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City officials Cluck-U is latest business casualty to illuminate local streets Local staple shutters doors after 20 years BY RACHEL ROUBEIN Staff writer
Police, city vow to tackle long-time lighting issues BY LEAH VILLANUEVA Staff writer
After his first off-campus safety walk as University Police Chief, David Mitchell said he plans to let there be light in College Park. About a dozen people, including Student Government Association members, police and city officials, met at Stamp Student Union at 6 p.m., where SGA Senior Vice President Brandon Cuffy, who led the walk, briefed the group on the off-campus areas students have identified as places they feel the most unsafe. Half the participants then went to Leonardtown Community and half went to the Parkside Apartments area to determine what aspects of each location made them dangerous and how the city and university could cooperate to address those issues. A lack of adequate street lighting was the over-arching problem participants noticed at each location they scouted. Street lights were out on sidewalks and bike paths around several apartment and housing neighborhoods, an issue that has persisted for at least two
It seems no College Park business — even one with a reputation for entertaining late-night eating experiences — is safe from the brutal pattern of downtown turnover. Cluck-U Chicken has been a Route 1 staple since 1990, city records show, but the once-bustling restaurant is now empty because managers have been unable to make full rental payments for almost six months, accord-
ing to property owners. John Kempf, a property manager with Curtis Management — the company that owns the strip from Cluck-U to Bagel Place — said the eviction date was Oct. 22, but when officials arrived at about 8 a.m. that day, they found an already-vacant space and a broken door. “I don’t have any idea [why the door was damaged,” Kempf said. “Maybe just to make the entrance bigger to
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Cluck-U Chicken, a downtown landmark for generations of students, was evicted last month after 20 years at its Route 1 location. ORLANDO URBINA/THE DIAMONDBACK
Students won’t let marijuana legislation burn out NORML hosts event to breathe new life into issue that went up in smoke in April
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Activists Victor Pinho (left) and Caren Woodson (right) spoke to about 30 students last night about the need for expanded medical marijuana legislation. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
Art-Sociology building bricks crumbling
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Students still feel safe BY YASMEEN ABUTALEB Staff writer
With constant building renovations taking place around the campus, Facilities Management officials seem to be constantly moving forward. But between multimillion-dollar projects and new complexes, older buildings, like the Art-Sociology building, have been neglected. A retaining wall, which acts as a “sort of dam” between Tawes Hall and Art-Sociology, has rusted, which has led to bricks coming off the wall. Officials have yet to determine whether the retaining wall itself has suffered any damage, or if the issue is merely decorative. “The bricks up there are just for aesthetic purposes,” Director of Operations and Maintenance Jack Baker said. “If we just need to put the bricks back on the wall then that’s a several hundred thousand dollar job. But if there’s a problem with the wall, then who knows how much that’ll cost?” The retaining wall is a concrete wall, which Baker explained “holds up the dirt” between Tawes and Art-Sociology. About 25 years ago, bricks were placed on top of the wall to make the building more aesthetically appealing. Facilities Management officials have already begun working on repairing the wall by removing the bricks. Baker said after this phase of the project is complete, structural engineers will verify whether
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Yesterday, Arizona joined the ranks of 15 states to legalize medical marijuana — a measure some students hope this state will adopt in the upcoming legislative session. Although a bill that would have legalized marijuana in this state for medicinal purposes passed the state’s Senate earlier this year, the proposed legislation stalled in the House due to widespread concern over how the drug would be produced for sale and the costs of the program. But for about 30 students who attended last night’s lecture “Is Marijuana Medicine?” in Stamp Student Union — hosted by this university’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws — there is hope a similar bill will have greater success in the near future. Caren Woodson and Victor Pinho, two advocates for the legal use of medical marijuana, highlighted the number of people who
would benefit from additional medical marijuana laws across the country. While about 7,000 doctors are currently prescribing the drug to over half a million patients, only one-third of the population has access, leaving many sufferers without hope for treatment, according to Woodson, who works for Americans for Safe Access — an organization that advocates for legal access to marijuana for medicinal purposes. “These people deserve as many tools on the tool belt as possible to fight these severe diseases,” she said. Students at the event, many of whom are active members of student organizations that support legalizing marijuana, echoed this belief. “If it helps a patient more than any other prescribed drug, then why the hell not?” said sophomore plant science major Crystal Varkalis, who serves as the vice president for this university’s chapter of Students for
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DOTS to showcase student designs on sides of athletics buses BY LAUREN KIRKWOOD Staff writer
DOTS is holding a contest for students to design a new logo for the side of their fleet of athletics buses. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
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Terrapin sports fans with a desire to show off their Terp pride to students, athletes and rival schools may have a chance to see a logo of their own creation prominently displayed on the sides of the university’s athletics buses. By entering a Department of Transportation Services contest by Dec. 3, university students, faculty and staff can design a logo that could appear stretched across the fleet of vehicles. The newly selected design would likely replace the years-old image of Testudo holding a big red “M” to launch the word “Maryland” on the side of the bus. This decal has garnered opposition over the years from several members of
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the university community who felt the image appeared too phallic in shape. The winner of DOTS’ design contest will be chosen based on the aesthetics of the design, its suitability for use, and — most importantly — its positive representation of the university, according to the official DOTS rules. This is not the first time DOTS has organized a campus-wide competition; a similar one asking students to design parking permits has been held every year since 2006. When DOTS switched to the new Campus License Plate Recognition system this semester and did away with the hanging permits, officials
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Private donation will expand space for veterans Staff writer
Thanks to a donation from a university alumnus, veterans could be studying and mingling in a newly furnished lounge in the Cole Student Activities Building as early as January, officials said. Late last month, former Secretary of the Navy Gordon England, who graduated in 1961, donated $125,000 to the university to furnish and expand a card-accessible center for veterans and active-duty servicemen and women, Director of Operations and Maintenance Jack Baker said. The space will be used as a study lounge, a place to meet fellow student-veterans and a meeting area for Terp Vets, Stamp Student Union Director Marsha Guenzler-Stevens said. A fifth of the money will be used to pay for new furniture, laptop computers and a small kitchen, and the remaining $100,000 will support upkeep efforts in the
future, Vice President of University Relations Brodie Remington said. The center will be located on the first floor of Cole Field House in the Asian American Studies Office’s current space, Guenzler-Stevens said. The center should be finished by January 2011, depending on how quickly the Asian American Studies department can relocate to room 1145 in the same building, Baker said. Since the area was recently refurbished, the office will undergo modest renovation, Baker added, including painting the area and removing one wall to create more space. “This gift from Secretary England is a truly transformative gift in that it provides a place that will significantly enhance veterans’ experience at the university, improve their access, their support and their success,” said University President Wallace Loh’s Chief of Staff Sally Koblinsky. The university has wanted to
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create the facility after a university-sponsored study titled “Risk and Resilience in War Veterans Returning to College” several years ago revealed student-veterans wanted a place where they could study and socialize with each other, Koblinsky said. Remington said building the lounge would ordinarily have taken months or even years had England not donated the money when he found out about the project during a speech Remington made to the Board of Trustees last month. “That doesn’t happen very often,” Remington said. “He’s just a very caring individual and, needless to say, a very generous one.” England said he didn’t hesitate in donating the money, calling the center a great way to help student veterans become more engaged with each other. “It was natural for me to do this,” England said. “UMD was very instrumental in my life and my career. It was a small way to give back, but mainly it was a
MARIJUANA from page 1 Sensible Drug Policy. The speakers also discussed medical marijuana policy in states such as California and New Jersey, where the drug is legal but is regulated with varying degrees of severity. Woodson said other states should aim to instate statutes that resemble California’s. “From a medical perspective, California is head and shoulders above any other state,” she said. “It’s the only state where you can have access to the medicine within 24 hours of going to a doctor, and any physician can prescribe it for any condition.” New Jersey falls on the other end of the spectrum, said Pinho, a university alumnus who works for the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey.
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way to say ‘thank you’ and honor the veterans.” Army veteran and junior physical education major Chris Day, who served in Afghanistan for four years, said he is excited about the new center and the opportunity to meet more students, adding it will help some veterans come out of their shells. “For me, when I got to school, I was in my own bubble,” Day said. “I wasn’t comfortable ... even if there were things to go to. ... I think that having the lounge is going to help us meet one another and give us the willpower to basically get
involved more on campus and not feel so isolated.” England said he is glad the university is helping a population of students who have given up so much for their country and have a lot to contribute to the campus community. “Veterans have unique experiences, especially those that serve during times of war,” he said. “I think it’s very helpful to them to have a place and an opportunity to get together and share their unique experiences and build friendships going forward.”
He explained that those seeking medical marijuana prescriptions in his state must surmount a number of obstacles — insurance companies are not required to cover the costs, so bills can run high; there are no legal protections for those using medical marijuana preventing them from being fired by employers or otherwise discriminated against; and the maximum dose prescribed to patients is often too low to alleviate their symptoms, he said. Pinho urged students to call their representatives and make appointments to meet with them. “If you don’t stand up and talk to your politicians, your state will end up like New Jersey,” he said. “It is their duty to listen to what you have to say.” Lauren Mendelsohn, the president of NORML Terps, said this kind of lobbying is exactly
what NORML encourages. “It means a lot to lawmakers to see one person standing there, speaking out about something they believe in,” she said. “We really encourage our members to call their representatives.” Neither NORML Terps nor SSDP has definitive plans to lobby legislators in Annapolis to back medical marijuana legislation in the coming year. Several students said the issue is more relevant to the university than students often realize. “You don’t really think about it, but there are a lot of students who use medical marijuana,” said former SSDP president Irina Alexander, who now serves as a university senator. “When people picture these patients, they usually think of an older person, but it is a student issue as well.”
decided a new competition was in order. “In the past, we’ve done the Design a Permit contest, and we thought this would be a good way to continue doing contests and getting the university community involved,” DOTS training and marketing manager Shayna Smith said. Freshman art and journalism major Kelsey Marotta said although she hadn’t heard of the contest, as a student interested in graphic design, she would consider entering. “That’s a really neat thing, to have a student’s design on the buses that carry Division I athletes,” she said. “I think a lot of people will enter, even people who aren’t into graphic design but have other artistic talents.” The design on the buses was created in 2003 by a professional design company, officials said, but with a campus full of potential ideas, soon it will be replaced by a Terp’s vision. “We’ve gotten some submissions already and we’ve only had it running a few days now,” Smith said. “I think a lot of students who are into graphic design will enter so they can say, ‘There’s my design going by on the buses.’” In addition to the reward of a public, mobile display for the winner’s design, the contest offers an additional prize of an Apple iPad. However, for some graphic designers, the draw of the contest is the chance to showcase their art, not to receive a gadget. “[The iPad prize] is definitely attractive to people, but I think being able to say, ‘That’s my design on the bus,’ is a lot cooler,” Marotta said. All contest entries must be submitted by Dec. 3, to be judged by a panel of DOTS representatives. The winning design will be seen driving around the campus by March 2011, officials said.
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Cole Field House will be the home to a new study and social lounge for veterans. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
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WALK from page 1 years, said Robert Stumpff, the city’s director of public works. Stumpff said he will prioritize turning on the lights the city owns as soon as possible, but many other street lamps are owned by electric utility company Pepco. Though it’s unclear why Pepco has neglected to fix the problem thus far, Mitchell said it was “outrageous” for the dark areas to have gone ignored for so long and he plans to put his foot down when he meets with the company. University Police officers and SGA Leonardtown legislator Andre Beasley also identified a number of locations in the Old
and New Leonardtown communities in need of additional security cameras this year. Beasley said cameras are a crucial element of his plan to reduce crime in what some students have said is a notoriously sketchy area. Cuffy said having the walk at night allowed officers to truly step into the shoes of students who feel unsafe venturing around the city — even to their own residences — after hours. “We really want to look around and immerse ourselves in what it’s like to walk around College Park at night,” Cuffy said before the walk. “The nighttime element adds something more of a realness to it.” The Parkside group discovered high, untrimmed hedges and bushes that spelled trouble
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Students, police and city officials toured off-campus areas some called unsafe. ORLANDO URBINA/THE DIAMONDBACK
as potential lurking spots for criminals and bars in the iron fence behind the building that were bent apart to create an opening. Multiple sidewalks remained dark as a result of street lights that were either out or blocked by trees. Sgt. August Kenner of the Leonardtown group reported his group identified a number of buildings as easy targets be-
cause they aren’t under surveillance by any security cameras. Cuffy said while the list of safety issues was long, he is confident the walk was the pivotal first step in addressing each problem. “The good thing about this is that all these problems are fixable,” he said. email@example.com
the retaining wall is “still doing its job” or if it needs to be replaced, which should take about a month to determine. Students who frequent the building said since they haven’t felt the effects of the rotting infrastructure, they still feel safe inside. “I figured when they first built it there was something holding it up besides just bricks,” freshman letters and sciences major Adele Hart said. “Unless there’s something wrong with the interior structure, I don’t think anything’s going to collapse.” But others said the building’s outdated structure interferes
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move things out from the inside.” While many other chicken establishments, including Wing Zone and Wata-Wing, folded after short-lived runs, Cluck-U Chicken has been a downtown mainstay for two decades — a significant amount of time by College Park’s standards and long enough to have seen many classes of students come and go. Many said they were disappointed to bid goodbye to the restaurant that routinely offered free chicken coupons and provided a guaranteed spot to catch their breath after a night out. Store manager Lee Majors — better known to students as “Cluck-U-Pac” for his uncanny resemblance to the 1990s rap icon — also sold or handed out his demo CDs to customers. “It’s kinda sad,” said senior journalism major Greg Jubb. “It was one of those staple late-night restaurants you went to if you were still up and about at 3 a.m.” “I’ve never really eaten there sober,” junior economics major Chris Conway added. “It’s good late-night food.” But a change in management at the beginning of this year spawned financial issues. Managers could not be reached for comment. “Once it was subleased to
with the classroom experience. “You can tell the building is old,” sophomore economics major Ken Grossman said. “It’s not as good of a learning environment as the business school is, which has really nice lecture halls.” And while at times it seems like the campus is slowly falling apart — officials have also dealt with a deteriorating heating and cooling system in the Microbiology Building and failing water lines just this month — Baker said it’s all part of the job. “Running a university is like running a city,” he said. “We’ve got lots of old facilities and this is part of the campus’ infrastructure, and we’re taking care of it.” firstname.lastname@example.org
the new management, that’s when problems started,” Kempf said. Curtis Management warned Cluck-U several times over the past five or six months that it was on the verge of being evicted, Kempf said, but the problem wasn’t fixed. “We did the right steps of what we were supposed to do as the owners,” he said. Several students said they weren’t shocked to see the downtown restaurant shuttered. “I’m not surprised; it looks like it’s poorly maintained,” Jubb said. “I wouldn’t call it the cleanest of establishments.” Officials from Burnett Builders and Developers — a company contracted by Curtis Management to clean the property — unearthed the restaurant’s last chicken meal yesterday under where the oven used to be and is now dealing with a different sort of occupant. “This place is infested with roaches,” Burnett said. “They’re all over the place.” Kempf said they are gutting the space to make it more appealing for a future tenant to rent. “We don’t have anybody set to go in there ... we’re just trying to get the place cleaned up to a white shell,” he said. “It’s vacant, and we’re looking for a tenant.” email@example.com
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t’s the kind of story fit more for Hollywood than reality, seeming too who has claimed the evidence will vindicate him. But through it all, the situation absurd to be true. Friday, Prince George’s County Executive Jack John- has left many shaking their heads at the sensationalism of the incident. Luckily for the city, thus far, it seems none of the development deals in son (D) and his wife, County Councilwoman-elect Leslie Johnson (D), were arrested by federal agents and charged with destroying and tam- question are linked to any in College Park. But if Johnson’s arrest is merely one instance of corruption in the county, the repercussions of such scandals pering with evidence in connection to a larger corruption investigation. Jack Johnson had been under FBI sur veillance for months for allegedly could affect the city and university for years to come. Some cite the fact that Johnson was only a month away from completing his accepting bribes from developers in exchange for preferential treatment in awarding county contracts, but when agents arrived at his door last week, final term and thus his arrest will have little effect on how the county and city are chaos erupted inside the Johnsons’ Mitchellville home. With agents listen- perceived by developers. This seems somewhat naive. After all, if this is indicative of a larger corruption investigation that extends ing in, Leslie Johnson allegedly phoned her husband to years back, developers may opt to take their projects elsetell him two FBI agents were at their front door. where, where there is less of a perception of corruption. Instructing her not to answer, Johnson then told his Although it may seem the It further complicates the efforts of a county trying wife to destroy a $100,000 check from a real-estate developer hidden in a box of liquor, according to the arrest of County Executive Jack desperately to break free of poverty and crime and become the equal of others in the state, such as the affidavit used in the case. His wife then allegedly tore up the check and flushed it down the toilet and then hid Johnson does not concern this more prosperous neighboring Montgomer y and nearly $80,000 of cash in her bra, as per her husband’s university, it should be rallied Howard counties. Moreover, the university is inherently linked to the suggestion. All, mind you, while FBI agents recorded against to create a more community that surrounds it. A county that already the spectacle as it unfolded. livable community. faces a constant struggle with its image is further Although the Johnsons are claiming innocence, and bruised by Johnson’s arrest by federal agents. For Jack Johnson was back at work yesterday at his Upper Marlboro office, both could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. And families considering where to send their children for college or potential some within the Justice Department are describing this as the “tip of the ice- hires considering this university as an employer and this county as a place of berg” when it comes to corruption investigations in the county government. residence, such a reputation is far from enticing. While Johnson is innocent until proven guilty and further revelations Although the stories of crooked politicians may seem worlds away to students, about the federal investigation will likely surface in coming weeks, we they are literally right in our backyard. Like it or not, the university calls Prince George’s County home. And with should not forget that Prince George’s County is the university’s county. Stuthat comes all the extra baggage. The county has long fought an uphill battle dents, faculty and staff are linked to it by where they work and often by to restore a respectable reputation, but last week’s arrests make such a task where they live. As such, the issue of corruption in this county should not be divorced from the issues facing this university. all the more difficult. The university community should take not only an interest, but a stand — In Sunday’s Washington Post, county residents not only expressed their embarrassment with Johnson’s arrest and the stories surrounding it but also feelings of corruption should be rallied against. Not only for the sake of the law, but also personal betrayal. Some urged others not to jump to conclusions about Johnson, for this place we call home.
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Movies: Making and breaking friendships
really like movies. Whenever my budget allows, I try to see them in theaters. I saw a few great ones in Hoff Theater back in the day when they used to show new features for free. When money is tight, my friends and I will hit up the Redbox outside of 7Eleven, hoping it’ll have a decent flick for a dollar. I’m also on my third free trial of Netflix. After a movie finishes, we always turn to one another, waiting for someone to break the ice and make a claim about the movie. The first words spoken will set the tone for the rest of the conversation. Did we like it? Did we hate it? Was it just “eh”? Whoever speaks first will be the one defending their claim about the movie: If they liked it and someone else didn’t, will they acquiesce or stand their ground? I’ve noticed that people get pretty
ELLEN LINZER attached to movies they enjoy. New acquaintances can quickly bond over movies they both love. Sci-fi movie buffs have conventions and immerse themselves in their favorite fictional worlds. People can recite the script of cult classics and bond over watching their fave flick for the umpteenth time. But if you dislike someone’s favorite movie, they will seriously question your friendship. An even worse offense is not having seen a “classic.” There are certain movies that trigger a frightening response in some people. One time, The Big
Lebowski came up in conversation, and I casually mentioned I hadn’t seen it. My friends looked at me as if I just said I liked to punch puppies in the face. As they jumped down my throat about my ignorance, I curled up into the fetal position and told them I would see it (I haven’t). After this kind of thing happened to me a few times (OK, I like movies, but I haven’t seen every single one), I started to keep quiet or even bluff my way through a conversation. “Oh man, Ellen, that movie was awesome! What’s your favorite part?” “Uh, the part where that guy does that thing! Obvi ...” Why do we take movie preferences so personally? Well, there are so many reasons people will give for loving a movie. The characters. The actors. The director. The cinematography. The epic sex scene. Think about it, though — the characters aren’t real; we don’t know the
actors; that sex scene was really awkward to film; the plot line never happens in real life. Maybe people feel like they can relate to the characters, but with increasingly ridiculous characters and plots in movies, I find that hard to believe. Movies are our escape. I love a good book (see my tagline: I’m an English major), but sometimes you just need a good action movie, or a potty joke-filled comedy. For one and a half, two, even two and a half hours, we can sit in a dark, quiet room and escape into a different world. Someone else’s life. We all have our own “classics,” so there’s no reason to excommunicate each other if we don’t share the same fiery passion for Caddyshack. Ellen Linzer is a senior English major. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Demographics: More than just a box to check
few weeks ago, my roommates and I were sent the American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. We initially tossed the survey aside because we had all completed our Census forms and didn’t have the foggiest idea what the ACS was or why we were receiving another data-gathering survey so soon after the 2010 Census. About a week later, upon further inspection, we noticed that refusal to complete the ACS was illegal under federal law. So, of course, we did it. The ACS form is distributed randomly to approximately 2.9 million American households. The data collection is used to determine how $400 billion of federal money should be distributed to different communities based on “basic” population categories, including age, sex, Hispanic origin and race. According to the ACS website, the statistics gathered from the survey help to determine fund distribution to “everything from school lunch programs to new hospitals.” The ACS and Census are both
important in ensuring that the precedents of equal opportunity and employment set forth in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are carried out. They allow federal agencies to see where different racial communities are located and are invaluable in identifying structural inequalities that stem from different race, class and gender categories. However, not all demographic surveys have immediately recognizable practical aims. Leyla Korkut’s Nov. 5 article, “University introduces new demographical categories,” had The Diamondback readership asking why racial data collection is necessary at this university in the first place. For one, the university’s reports on racial demographics allow us to see how reflective the student body’s racial makeup is of the surrounding community. Located in Prince George’s County, the university’s Latino/a and black populations’ relatively low representation is troubling. A 2009 report on student enrollment shows that Latinos/as represent
MICHAEL CASIANO about 6 percent of the student body, blacks about 12 percent and whites about 56 percent. Aside from being a good way to shut down uninformed people’s claims of reverse racism and the socalled quotas that are destroying white people’s chances of getting into good schools (there are about 21,000 of you guys here, get over it), the demographical categories show the university’s recruitment practices might need a little tweaking. Located in a county with an astounding black majority, the 12 percent just doesn’t cut it for this columnist. Also, the university’s nondiscrimination policy mandates compliance with various state and federal laws regarding the distribution of needbased funds and admissions. Sur vey
data are not simply a way of touting multiculturalism (although former university President Dan Mote certainly never missed a chance to boast about such diversity). They are a starting point. From them, we can see who is being let into the university and what, if anything, the university can do to be more proactive in improving minority students’ life chances through a good education — something we’ve been denied historically. Still, the racial politics of the U.S. Census and similar data-gathering surveys are complicated. Yes, people who can’t sum up their race in one word have difficulty when given a piece of paper that tries to codify their identity under a rubric that doesn’t represent the complexity of racial formations. However, for the sake of need-based fund allocation, I implore everyone to suck it up and just fill out the damned things. Michael Casiano is a junior American studies and English major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
eaders of Josh Birch’s Nov. 12 column, “Athletics: The blame game,” should glance at Friday’s New York Times. Three of the four headlined sports stories focus on serious problems in intercollegiate athletics, none related to Birch’s concern that he and his father must sometimes face the choice of paying for tickets to athletic events that do not guarantee victor y. The headlines speak for themselves: “NCAA Says Turkish Center Can’t Play at Kentucky”: Does this mean Kentucky coach John Calipari bent a rule or two in recruiting? Hold the presses on that one. (Can this man achieve the trifecta of landing three schools on probation in a single career?) “A Question of Eligibility”: Allegations continue around the possibility that Auburn’s quarterback in effect demanded a signing bonus. Finally, “How Broken Must College Football Be to Fix It?”: George Vecsey offers in this piece the “reality ... that football and basketball at the top level are semipro enterprises grafted clumsily onto the fabric of education.” Vecsey is partially correct, though not completely so. In the last 10 years, the athletics department which Birch accuses of an inability to do its job has produced national championships in men’s and women’s basketball and a football program that has competed in six bowl games. More importantly, it has done so without suffering NCAA probation in any of those programs. Vecsey further notes that “when a university suddenly becomes proficient in basketball or football, it is usually a sign its admission director is being held hostage in some rural hideaway.” (Has he been following the fortunes of North Carolina football?) My guess is that coaches Ralph Friedgen, Gar y Williams and Brenda Frese have stories they could tell of the admissions office here saying “no” on more than one occasion. I wish Athletics Director Kevin Anderson well in maintaining a delicate and difficult balance, one his Army experience must have prepared him for, to our benefit. This university’s fans, students and alumni need to support the university’s commitment to that balance. (To briefly note Birch’s other complaint, fan behavior of students and “old disgruntled men” alike is part of that.) Would I like to see the football team competing in a national championship game? Yes, but not at the price paid by such schools as Southern California, Alabama and others that have lost their grip over the years. Likewise in basketball, I’ll take Williams and Frese over Calipari any day of the week. When we win national championships, we don’t have to plan on giving back the trophies once the investigations are complete. In that respect, the university and its athletics department have done their jobs well. William Nolte is a professor in the public policy school. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SILENCED Loud only confirms Rihanna as a major-label construct BY ZACHARY BERMAN Senior staff writer
There is a very fine line between art and entertainment. Usually, this relationship reflects negatively on art — if something is too artistic, deep, confusing or uncomfortable, then even the hippest hipsters won’t view it as entertainment. Meanwhile, the other side of the dichotomy is that entertainment is so soulless it leaves art behind and blasts off into the stratosphere as a machine of bigbusiness money-making. This doesn’t happen to all pop artists — many manage to continue making great music no matter how popular they get. On her fifth album, Loud, Rihanna returns yet again with a brisk, 46-minute album of overproduced pop music that, while occasionally interesting musically, is lyrically incompetent and shows little in Rihanna as an artist. Let’s clarify: Rihanna lies somewhere in between the above stated parallels. While a
slim minority of her catalogue is interesting, she is for the most part just a major-label tool. Again, some artists on major labels really bring good music to listeners, but most are simply there to keep the record companies afloat for a few years while a trend passes. Like too many of today’s socalled artists, Rihanna does little but sing on tracks written by others. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does strip Rihanna of any credit fans may think she deserves for being the creative mastermind on her albums. In fact, as is made clear on this album, she uses copious amounts of Auto-Tune in her music, so she isn’t doing much of anything in the course of creating her music. She may have been present for most of the process, but her hands-on work is extremely suspect. Regardless of her minuscule role in the creation process, no one these days really cares how the music gets made, so all her popularity comes down to is whether one or two singles from
the album will bump in the club and whether or not one or two soft ballads will make listeners identify and feel emotional. The compositions on Loud are mostly a bore, though a few rise above the general junk that pervades the album. There isn’t much here people haven’t heard before in excess, so there isn’t much of a reason to bother with the album. The fact that Rihanna and Island Def Jam find it OK to regurgitate Eminem’s hit single “Love the Way You Lie” as the final track on an 11-track album not only shows the label’s shameless milking of a tired property, but it is insulting to listeners expecting new music. While Alicia Keys may have pulled a similar trick on her last album, The Element of Freedom, with “Empire State of Mind Part II (Broken Down),” she at least expanded on the original track, and in many listeners’ ears, improved it in her own way. Rihanna, on the other hand, is just banking on old cash crops.
Rihanna turns in a poor effort with her fifth album, Loud. Above, the singer serenades a robot at March’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. PHOTO COURTESY OF NICKELODEON
As for the rest of the album, listeners can expect often bland instrumentals and stupefying lyrics. The perfect example is opening track “S&M,” which, needless to say, isn’t one for the kids to be listening to. Aside from what is obviously revealed by the title, Rihanna misses a great chance at a metaphor and instead simply sings about fetish. In an odd, R. Kelly kind of way, the song is worth hearing purely because it is so unrelentingly silly. Take the chorus, where Rihanna repeats, “Some may be bad/ But I’m perfectly good at it/ Sex in the air/ I don’t care, I love the smell of it/ Sticks and stones may break my bones/
But chains and whips excite me.” The clear standout track on the album is “Cheers (Drink to That),” led by a an out-of-leftfield, Cranberries-style yodeling part by Rihanna on the chorus. The song is slower but very upbeat and simply fun to vibe with. However, the lyrics that rule the song are about partying at a bar. For such a joyous, pastoral excursion, the track can’t escape the major-label decree that every song needs to be club-ready. There has been so much
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SEEDING from page 8 and Duke highlight the rest of the Terps’ bracket. “Do we even have to play the games?” former Terp standout Taylor Twellman said on the ESPNU telecast after the seeds were announced, adding that the Terps have the easiest road to the College Cup of any of the top four seeds. Cirovski had a different take. “I think it’s a very difficult bracket,” said Cirovski, who plans to make the trip to watch the Bucknell-Pennsylvania game Thursday. “With geographic location, you’re always going to have some rivalries.”
GEORGETOWN from page 8 Rodgers. The Suffolk, Va., native led the Hoyas in scoring as a freshman last season and earned first-team All-Big East and honorable mention AllAmerica honors. “I think Terri has done a tremendous job in rebuilding that program, and she’s done it with recruiting,” Frese said. “It’s a lot of players we’ve seen in the process. There’s a lot of familiar faces.” Even as Williams-Flournoy has begun to stockpile talent and transform the Hoyas into a team picked to finish third in the powerful Big East, Frese has in no way slowed down. This season’s freshman class is perhaps the best that Frese has brought to College Park in her nine years on the bench for the Terps. And given the plethora of talent in the Washington area, Frese said it’s plausible that the teams could coexist as regional powers. “It’s exciting for the game, and especially in our area, where there’s so many great
The Terps are 4-0 against teams in their region this season, including two victories against the defending national champion Cavaliers. The team also beat Penn State last season in the second round of the tournament, setting up a potential rematch against the Nittany Lions in the Sweet 16 this year. The Terps’ bracket also includes South Carolia, which almost upset North Carolina earlier this season, and Michigan, which won its first-ever Big Ten championship last weekend. Still, the Terps contend their focus is not on prospective matchups. “In situations like this, you can’t look ahead,” Kassel said.
It might be tempting for the Terps to look to the past, though. In 2008, when the Terps won their third ACC Championship before also receiving a No. 2 seed, they went on to Frisco, Texas, to win their third national championship. But Cirovski knows there’s a difference between savoring one accomplishment and pushing for another. “It’s an incredible feeling,” Cirovski said of the team’s ACC Championship. “You’re still walking on air. ... We just talked about it in the locker room. We’re filing it away. We had a great weekend, but we’re moving forward.”
options,” Frese said of the local talent. “It says a lot for our sport that we can have two great programs play each other in a nonconference slate by [just getting on a bus].” While tonight’s matchup may mark the start of a competitive regional rivalry that has long eluded the Terps — the two teams have already agreed to square off again at Comcast Center next season — its significance as a measuring stick for both could be of greater importance. Both teams are young, with talented Georgetown guard Monica McNutt standing alone as the only senior on either roster. And both are fast and prefer an up-tempo style of play, characteristics that neither side has seen in an opponent this early in the season. The game has particular significance for the Terps, who have gotten ample contributions from a highly touted recruiting class that has never played together outside the comforts of Comcast Center. A road debut at McDonough Arena could be particularly jarring, even for talented freshmen such as Alyssa Thomas
and Laurin Mincy. “We want to see how we compete when we go on the road,” Frese said. “Can we go out in this hostile environment and play to the best of our abilities?” Tonight’s game won’t pose the same problems of life on the road that the Terps’ first true test last season did. The Terps were dismantled at No. 25 Mississippi State in their fourth game of the year, marking the start of road woes that lasted throughout the season. And while tonight’s game gives the Terps their first chance to establish themselves on the road this season, it could also serve as something greater: an opportunity to further prove themselves as the top dog in the Washington area. “We’re looking forward to seeing how we match up,” Frese said. “We know each other’s players. In the overall scheme of it, I don’t think it’s a game that’s going to make or break either team’s season. But it’s a fun crosstown rivalry game.”
Running back D.J. Adams celebrates one of his three touchdowns Saturday against Virginia. Adams has been primarily used as a goal-line back this year. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
ADAMS from page 8 right read, but the one thing the kid does is he will compete,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “We can’t turn him free because he’s not solid on all his protections yet. But he will fight his butt off to get the ball in the end zone.” Adams scored the Terps’ first touchdown of the game, a 6-yard run in the first quarter in which he took four Virginia defenders with him over the goal line to finish the play. His two fourth-down conversions came shortly thereafter. By the time the Terps marched into the red zone less than a minute into the fourth quarter, there was no question who would get the ball. Facing a two-point deficit and first-andgoal from the 7-yard line, quarterback Danny O’Brien handed
off to Adams, who forced his way through to the 2-yard line. On the next play, he pushed himself into the end zone for a touchdown and what proved to be the game-winning score. “I’m playing my role,” said Adams, who became the first Terp to rush for three touchdowns in a single game since Lance Ball in 2007. “I’ve accepted my role, and opportunities present themselves, like they did tonight, and you’ve got to make the most of them.” Though Adams has appeared in six games this season, Saturday marked his most significant contribution since scoring two touchdowns against Football Championship Subdivision opponent Morgan State in the second game of the season. Adams helped the Terp offense Saturday to a perfect 6for-6 in the red zone. Last week, the Terps went 2-for-3,
with both scores against Miami coming on field goals. “We finished the ball a lot on the offensive side today, and that was a very positive step,” Friedgen said. Adams’ success against the Cavaliers was due in large part to the work of behemoth defensive tackle Zach Kerr. The 6foot-2, 320-pound sophomore helped out on both sides Saturday, playing as a fullback in short-yardage packages and ably clearing out Adams’ path. “We’re still using D.J. in packages because he’s still a young guy, growing, but he does run extremely hard,” offensive coordinator James Franklin said. “And when you’ve got him, who’s a 400pound bencher, 220 pounds, and you’ve got him behind Zach Kerr, that’s a pretty good combination.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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More on the Terps’ draw Who should the Terrapin men’s soccer team be rooting for in Thursday’s Bucknell-Pennsylvania first-round match? Get more at TerrapinTrail.com.
Terps get No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament Team receives first-round bye, will play winner of Bucknell-Penn at home Sunday BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer
Unlike last season, the Terrapin men’s soccer team didn’t tune into the NCAA Tournament selection show yesterday feeling uneasy about whether it would play in the first round. A second ACC Championship in three years Sunday left the Terps with no
worries about that. A firstround bye and top-four seed in the field of 48 were all but guaranteed. So when their name appeared on the screen as the No. 2 overall seed, behind only top-seeded Louisville, the Terps (17-2-1) were filled more with satisfaction than exhilaration. Coach Sasho Cirovski described the atmosphere inside the varsity team
house as “very nondescript.” “We expected a high seed,” Cirovski said. “We’ve been through this so many times now, we know all these games are going to be tough.” Instead of playing in the tournament’s first round Thursday, as they did for the first time in eight years last season, the Terps will stay home and rest until the
weekend. The road to the College Cup in Santa Barbara, Calif., as far as the team is concerned, now goes through College Park. “We knew we would be a top-four seed. We expected that,” midfielder Matt Kassel said. “The important thing is that we’re going to be home until the College Cup, but our focus is on our first game.” Sunday, the Terps will face
either Bucknell or Pennsylvania in the second round of the tournament at Ludwig Field. Bucknell (10-8-2) won the Patriot League title this past weekend, while Pennsylvania (12-5) finished second in the Ivy League. No. 7 South Carolina, No. 10 Michigan, No. 15 Penn State and unseeded Virginia
see SEEDING, page 7 Forward Diandra Tchatchouang, center, and the Terps face No. 13 Georgetown tonight. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
Showdown pits Terps against surging Hoyas BY CONOR WALSH Staff writer
ity and perseverance throughout the Terps’ 42-23 win against the Cavaliers — if not impressive yardage totals — Adams proved himself a valuable offensive weapon, making the most of his 13 carries for 37 yards. “Sometimes, he doesn’t make the
Before last season, Georgetown had long stood in the shadows of the Terrapin women’s basketball team, both locally and nationally. As the Hoyas floundered throughout the decade, the Terps, nearly half an hour down the road, flourished under coach Brenda Frese, emerging as perennial contenders for ACC titles and national championships. But the 2009-10 season marked what some saw as a local power shift between the two, with the Hoyas celebrating their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 17 years. The Terps, meanwhile, sputtered en route to their first absence from the sport’s Big Dance in seven seasons. When the No. 21 Terps travel to McDonough Arena to battle the No. 13 Hoyas tonight, they’ll be seeking to reassert their spot atop the local pecking order against a team that has followed a similar path to prominence. Hoya coach Terri Williams-Flournoy has ratcheted up her recruitment of talent from the Terps’ traditional stomping grounds of Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey over the past several seasons, landing several highly touted recruits to help trigger the program’s rebound. Williams-Flournoy’s most notable pledge was sophomore guard Sugar
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Running back D.J. Adams, center, ran for 37 yards on 13 carries in the Terps’ 42-23 win Saturday against Virginia.
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Adams comes up big on short gains Reserve Terp running back racked up three touchdowns with bruising goal-line runs BY KATE YANCHULIS Senior staff writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Facing a fourth-and-1 in the red zone midway through the second quarter, the Terrapin football team elected not to trot out running backs Da’Rel Scott or Davin Meggett.
But its special teams didn’t move from the sideline, either. Instead, the Terps called on third-string running back D.J. Adams for the shortyardage situation. The redshirt freshman delivered where his teammates have often come up short this season, barreling through the Virginia defense for a first down on the
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Cavaliers’ 8-yard line. Four plays later, on yet another fourth-and-1, Adams got the call once more on the goal line. Again, he easily broke through the line of scrimmage, pushing the Terps’ lead to 11 with his second of three rushing touchdowns. Displaying an impressive physical-