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After East Campus shake-up, Wylie says construction can begin in Jan., worrying activists BY DANA CETRONE AND DERBY COX Senior staff writers

Menu will emphasize vegetarian options

Environmental activists who have been fighting to preserve the Wooded Hillock expressed shock and confusion after East Campus’ primar y developer FoulgerPratt/Argo Investment pulled out of the project late last week, because no one seems to know what impact this turn of events will have on the forest. Although FP-Argo struggled to secure the loans needed for the $900 million development, Vice President for Administrative

Affairs Ann Wylie said the university will attempt to purchase the development firms’ site plan and work with multiple developers to build the project piece-by-piece without them. Wylie suggested the project could begin as early as Januar y despite this setback, drawing alarm and worr y from environmental activists who hoped the loss of an investor might buy them more time to preser ve the hillock — an area behind Comcast Center used for educational purposes which would be partially bulldozed

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Although Dining Services has been pushing a healthy-eating initiative this semester, for two student environmental activists, these efforts just weren’t enough. On Meatless Mondays,which are set to start next semester, The Diner and the South Campus Dining Hall will advertise healthy and green living. Junior Jesse Yurow and sophomore Sarah Eisenstein, who are both environmental science and policy majors as well as members of the Student Government Association’s student sustainability council, are working with Dining Services to launch the vegetarian-friendly campaign. “The Meatless Mondays campaign is all about promoting healthy and environmentally sustainable living,” Yurow said. “Most of the money that this country spends on health care goes to treat problems like heart disease and diabetes that can be warded off by healthy eating.” But carnivores have no fear — Meatless Mondays won’t be as meatless as its name suggests. Dining Services will not eliminate the burgers and chicken tenders that are their best selling items on any day of the week. “The idea of telling 20,000 people what they should eat is definitely not the right approach,” Director of Dining Services Colleen Wright-Riva said. “We’re in the

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WHITE OUT Creator of popular blog speaks on campus about chronicling Caucasian life BY LAUREN YOFFE Staff writer

For Christian Lander, sometimes the best inspiration can be found by just looking in the mirror. Last night, about 250 students attended Lander’s talk at the Hoff Theater in the Stamp Student Union on his quick rise to success, thanks to his renowned blog — stuffwhitepeoplelike.com — and book, Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions. Event organizers and many student attendees agreed the

crux of Lander’s appeal rests in the relatability of his subject matter: white people. Lander, 31, took the audience through his journey to fame and fortune — a rise Lander attributes to making the New York Times Best Seller list just two weeks after publishing his first book. First, there was the blog. In January 2008 Lander decided to create a blog after having an online conversation with his Filipino friend, Myles, about how all white people watch The Wire on

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Council wants stoplight on Paint Branch Parkway BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer

Prince George’s County transportation officials vehemently rebuffed College Park City Council members who were seeking a stoplight for a Paint Branch Parkway crosswalk at last night’s meeting. The intersection, where the Paint Branch hiker-biker trail crosses the highway, has seen at least three accidents this year in which motorists ignored a flashing yellow light to stop and struck either a pedestrian or bicyclist, or a car that stopped as required in front of it, officials said. “I just live in fear that tomorrow or next week I’m going to hear about another accident, and this one would be a fatality,” said District 3 Councilwoman Stephanie Stullich, who has led the city’s recent efforts to improve safety at the crosswalk. At one point in the meeting, Stullich broke in to tears while arguing her case. But Andre’ Issayans, deputy director of the county Department of Public Works and Transportation, told the council the intersection didn’t have nearly enough pedestrian traffic to justify a stoplight. He also blamed city officials for pushing what he called an inherently dangerous location for the crosswalk.

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Scooters blocking campus handicapped spots Crackdown by DOTS, University Police has decreased other ‘bad behaviors’ BY LAUREN REDDING Staff writer

Students park their scooters in a crowded Lot 9. DOTS recently added more parking for scooters. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

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Continuing a campus-wide crackdown on unlawful scooter behavior, DOTS and University Police are addressing a new problem: scooter riders parking in handicapped spaces. Earlier this year, police stepped up enforcement after the Department of Transportation Services received complaints about scooter riders jeopardizing students’ safety by riding on sidewalks and failing to obey traffic signs. While officials said the behavior of scooter riders has improved

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overall, too many still persistently park in handicapped spaces. “It came to our attention because a handicapped student complained,” said Beverly Malone, assistant to the director of DOTS. “We began to monitor the situation. They were fullon in the handicapped spots. I can’t imagine why anyone would do that.” When a scooter is parked in the federally mandated handicappedspaces, DOTS will immediately tow it without warning the owner. An additional $60 fine, DOTS officials hope, will further deter riders from unlawful parking, Malone said.

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“All of our fines are to modify behavior, as opposed to [meeting] some revenue goal,” she said. “Our main goal is to work with campus police to make scooter riders behave safely on campus, so we determined that number to discourage unsafe behavior.” Beginning in October, DOTS issued new policies that could potentially cost scooter drivers points on their licenses for dangerous activity. If a driver received three warnings for parking violations, the scooter

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Just to reiterate, all you soonto-be college grads: Your chances of employment are slim to none! But there might be a silver lining to the plummeting college labor market — if you’ve got a fondness for new drugs and old people, that is. The Daily Beast has the good news in the form of the top 10 Hot and Not Jobs. The rankings are crafted from three years of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more than 750 career fields, and adjusted for total employment and median wage shifts. By some miracle, print journalist doesn’t figure into the latter category, although fine artists, textile workers and engine builders might want to start checking the classifieds. Oil and gas drill operator took the crown of highest-growth job, followed by disease researcher, media and film producer, oil and gas surveyor, food scientist and pharmacist. For those of you who didn’t center your career goals around the energy boom or America’s aging demographics, cheers to bong rips in your parents’ basement until the economy improves. See more posts like this one on the Diamondback’s newsroom blog, Campus Drive, at blogs.umdbk.com/campusdrive.

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The atom-to-atom teleportation machine developed by the university’s Joint Quantum Institute landed sixth place in TIME Magazine’s 50 best inventions of 2009 — beating a possible AIDS vaccine, an electric eye that could give blind people partial vision and a mind-reading machine. The machine, the first to successfully transfer quantum information from one atom to another a meter away, is a landmark in its field, last week’s report said. “It is nice to get exposure for the [Joint Quantum Institute],

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HBO. Lander recalled Myles saying he “didn’t trust a white person that didn’t watch The Wire.” The conversation soon turned to speculating on what are other white people doing instead of watching The Wire? Doing yoga? Going to therapy? Getting divorced? “It was that last one, the idea that there is this white couple saying ‘I would love to get into The Wire, but I’m just too busy getting divorced,’” Lander said. “My exact comment in the Instant Messenger conversation was, ‘That’s it. It’s blog time.’” Lander started the website and began posting a few things he believed all white people enjoyed. He sent out a mass e-mail to 20 people — the “sum total” of all his friends — and waited. He said he was surprised to see that his friends had not only read and enjoyed his blog posts, but had forwarded them to their other friends. Soon after, his blog received a mention on Comedy Central’s website. After that, it went from getting 1,000 hits per day to 30,000. Newspapers from Los Angeles to Baltimore began profiling Lander’s unique website, and within weeks, the blog was receiving more than 400,000 hits daily. On March 1, he met with an agency to discuss a book deal. “I had just spent four years in graduate school,” Lander said. “It had been my dream to write a book, but it had been my real dream to write a book that people were going to read.” The book was first published on July 1, and just two weeks later — by July 14 — the book was ranked on The New York Times Best-Seller

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List, Lander said. “People loved giving it as a gift, not only the book but reading the site, they’re like ‘This is my friend, I’m sending this e-mail to them right now, saying ‘you are not special; here it is,’” he said. “That was an additional pleasure that I wasn’t expecting to come out of it.” Many of the students at last night’s lecture had heard about the book or blog previously, and came to see what Lander would be like in person. “I heard about Lander’s book from the Best-Seller List,” freshman psychology major Starr Chen said, adding after she found out about the book, she began reading the blog. “It’s nice to have a definitive list of stereotypes just for white people.” Chen added cheese, parenthating and Asian girls rank among her favorite “stuff white people like.” “I checked out his website and I found out that he has given some really successful lectures,” said Michael Goland, the lectures director for Student Entertainment

Events, which sponsored the event. “I mentioned the possibility of bringing him as one of our lecturers at a meeting and everyone was really excited.” The blog has inspired an array of spin-off websites relating to stuff that people of every demographic like. One such spin-off Lander mentioned is whitestuffpeoplelike.wordpress.com, featuring things people love that are literally white, such as cocaine and sugar. Lander said he’s working on a second book, and FOX is planning to work with the creators of Arrested Development to turn his first book into a TV show. The secret to this success, Lander said, is only updating the blog when something is worth writing about. “If you’re doing your blog because you love doing it, that comes across,” Lander said. “I think with the site, I was going to write this blog if the three people I was writing for were going to read it or if millions of people were going to read it ... I was going to do it regardless.” news@umdbk.com

focus mostly on the secure communication aspects of atom-to-atom teleportation. They expect to announce several advances during the next year, Monroe said. “There are some people doing some impressive work in quantum physics that do not get the recognition, but we got a lot,” Hayes said. “A lot has to do with the name — teleportation grabs people’s attention — but what we have done is significant and can lay the ground work for technology that can have a wide impact on how we live our lives in the future.” ndesmarattes@umdbk.com

care about the ad campaign, but if more vegetables and healthy dishes are made available to me, I’ll be more likely to eat them,” Cesario said. Eisenstein is currently working with John Gray, Dining Ser vices’ senior executive chef, to create more appealing vegetarian options to be launched with the initiative. “I always hear vegetarians complaining about diner food, so this will make their lives better as well as non-vegetarians who enjoy veggie-based meals ever y now and then,” Eisenstein wrote in an e-mail. Eisenstein hopes that more appealing vegetarian options will lure more students into going meatless. “I believe in autonomy, but I just want people to consider the costs their meat eating has on their environment and their health,” Eisenstein said. “I think many people will be suppor tive of this campaign whose message is moderation.” hemmati@umdbk.com

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CROSSWALK from page 1 Paint Branch Parkway is a county road College Park cannot do any work on itself. The county follows federal highway guidelines, which require 100 or more pedestrians crossing per hour for at least four hours or at least 190 for any one hour, plus fewer than 60 gaps in traffic per hour. When the county last studied pedestrian traffic at the crosswalk several years ago, traffic engineers observed only around 30 pedestrians over several hours, Issayans said. The council sparred spiritedly with Issayans and two of his colleagues over the current safety measures at the intersection: pedestrian-activated flashing yellow lights for which cars must stop, as well as new rumble strips and signs for both motorists and pedestrians explaining the signal that were installed Monday. “The county has spent a lot of manpower and energy making that location safe,” Issayans said. “We are trying to enhance the crosswalk as much as we can.” The county may also install speed cameras on that stretch of Paint Branch Parkway next year, he said, which would issue automated tickets to drivers traveling at more than 12 miles per hour over the speed limit of 35. But Stullich and other council members said a speed camera wouldn’t solve the widespread safety problem of cars ignoring

SCOOTERS from page 1 could be towed. The new regulations also required drivers to park specifically in designated scooter parking spots, barring them from parking next to bike racks or on the sidewalk. “We still see riders exhibiting some risky behaviors, for example, riding with more than one person on a scooter,” Malone said. “There’s been a big cut down on scooters being on the sidewalks. That was a main concern, and there’s been a big improvement.” Police officials attributed the increase in safe scooter behavior to education and enforcement. “It seems more scooters are using the roadways,” University Police spokesman Paul Dillon wrote in an e-mail. “We are seeing results and enforcement results will continue.” Dillon wasn’t able to give exact numbers on how many citations have been given to scooter riders since the crackdown began because reports don’t differentiate between scooters and other vehicles. Most of the violations, according to DOTS officials, occur in the highly residential South Campus area. Because of the large number of students who live there, many scooters are parked overnight. Malone insisted there are

the pedestrian signal. “I appreciate the additional enhancements, but it seems to me that a red light means stop and a yellow light doesn’t,” Stullich said. “This is just not a workable system.” “A speed camera doesn’t get people to stop at an intersection — it gets people to drive 35 miles an hour,” District 1 Councilman Patrick Wojahn added. “The people who were in these accidents could have been driving the speed limit, so I don’t see how that’s a solution.” But the county officials blamed College Park for what they called an unsafe location for the crosswalk — a location the city had lobbied for to make the hiker-biker trail possible. “That crossing should not have been there. It was the wrong place for it, and College Park pushed for it,” Issayans said. It’s much safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross a highway at a signalized intersection, he said, and he recommended they instead cross Paint Branch Parkway at Route 1 to the west or at the fire station to the east. Stullich said the trail is necessary to offer convenient car-free transportation to residents, essential in curtailing excess automobile traffic. And as it is, she said, it’s dangerous for pedestrians to cross. “I just don’t see how we can live with ourselves if we don’t make this crossing safe,” she said.

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Liberian ambassador discusses the past, present and future of Africa Audience lauds ambassador’s positive outlook and presentation BY ZEMEN HABTEMARIAM For The Diamondback

Africa has come a long way, Liberian Ambassador to the U.S. Milton Nathaniel Barnes said in a lecture yesterday, but still has a long way to go. Barnes spoke yesterday in McKeldin Library to more than 30 students and faculty members about how a new “African Renaissance” is emerging, in which many African heads of state are now elected to public office democratically and rule out the duration of their terms before stepping down amicably. “We have turned the corner,” Barnes said. “Things have begun to change.” Change, he said, can be seen in the way more African nations deal with aid from

donor countries. The region’s collective mentality has shifted from, “It’s your money, tell us how you want to spend it” to “It’s our money, this is how we want to spend it,” according to Barnes. However, African nations still need to deal with corruption, which Barnes called “the most divisive factor on the continent of Africa.”

“We have turned the corner. Things have begun to change.” MILTON NATHANIEL BARNES LIBERIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S.

The solution, he said, is courage. “It takes radical solutions, courageous solutions, out-ofthe-box solutions in order to pull ourselves out of the ground,” Barnes said. The students who attended the lecture mostly did so of their own accord because they were interested in hearing about the region from Barnes’ perspective, they said. Senior sociology major Nosizwe Moyo, the former vice president of the African Student Association, said Barnes’ perspective was very intriguing. “I am always interested in the development issues in Africa,” Moyo said. Freshman government and politics major Molly Brune

attended the ambassador’s lecture because of her interest in international relations, especially in Liberia. “I really liked how [the lecture] was so positive,” Brune said. “[Barnes] was so enthusiastic about what has improved.” The Barnes’ lecture is one of many in accordance with the Ambassadorial Lecture Series organized by Lucie Covey, coordinator of conferences and international visitors for the Office of International Programs. “It’s time we have started emphasizing Africa’s place in the world,” Covey said. “And his lecture puts it in a context that makes it personally engaging.” ga@umdbk.com

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ample places to park on South Campus but said many students don’t want to park their scooter in a garage or parking lot and find handicapped spaces more convenient. “We’re not asking scooter riders to walk any farther than drivers of vehicles would have to,” she said. DOTS is continuously adding more parking spaces, Malone said, although it does meet some setbacks when developing in a residential area. “We have to take away driver parking to make more scooter parking,” Malone said. “If we move a spot, we have to negotiate with [Residence Hall Association] to ensure we’re not inconveniencing students or delivery people.” DOTS added scooter parking this semester at sporting complexes such as Byrd Stadium, Comcast Center and Kehoe track to serve student athletes. In South Campus, additional parking was added at Mowatt Lane Garage and the South Campus Dining Hall. However, some students feel that these efforts fall short. “People are always squeezing and trying to fit into the parking spaces,” sophomore family studies major Brittany Dipper said. “I don’t think there’s enough parking. I’ve had my moped physically moved by someone else two different times so they could make room for their scooter.” redding@umdbk.com

The Senate Executive Committee met yesterday to discuss the agenda for the upcoming University Senate meeting and debate a resolution to the controversy surrounding the Wooded Hillock. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

HILLOCK from page 1 in the construction. “Our initial response was utter confusion and it still is,” said Joanna Calabrese, chair woman of the Student Sustainability Council. “The whole timeline is unclear because the way the university does development and the way they form contracts is ver y time-intensive.” At its meeting yesterday, the Senate Executive Com-

mittee, which sets the agenda for the rest of the University Senate, drafted a letter to Wylie urging her to investigate ways to reduce the development’s environmental impact on the hillock and to consider the hillock’s value for educational purposes. But Jonathan Sachs, an undergraduate senator from the school of behavioral and social sciences, said the letter wasn’t strong enough. The selection to develop the hillock, Sachs said after the meeting, “war-

rants and needs a second look.” “This isn’t going to satisfy the people who I represent,” Sachs said. The project — billed as the largest redevelopment in College Park in at least 50 years — had been stalled since earlier this year, but Wylie said the university will continue working on relocating the mail building, greenhouses and other facilities on the East Campus site that the university had planned to move to the hillock area. Because of community outcry, Wylie said the university is working with the community to find other areas to move the facilities to but noted no area large enough to accommodate them will be perfect. “If the university proposes one or more alternate sites, it will request input on all alternatives alongside the hillock to make an informed decision,” Wylie said. “If we want to develop East Campus, we must have an alternative.” A senate committee charged with looking into the hillock’s development recommended a task force be formed to evaluate university policies that guide the process of selecting construction sites. Although the senate is still looking for a graduate student and faculty member to ser ve on the task force, three people have already been selected: Gerald Miller, a professor emeritus in the chemical and life sciences school, undergraduate Brent Finagin, and Willie Brown, chairman of the University System of Mar yland’s Council of University Staff. Senate chairwoman Elise Miller-Hooks said all members have been vetted to ensure they have no stake in the issue. Many members of the university community have taken sides, however. “Once those trees are gone, they’re gone,” graduate student Alexander Weissman said. “Students and faculty will no longer have anything to fight for, and the hillock will sit there until they finally do come up with the money to pave and build.” Some activists, like Weissman, say this course of events was the worst thing to happen to the hillock. “It is clear that Dr. Wylie wants to start bulldozing as soon as possible in a mad rush to put an end to the

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controversy,” Weissman said. “Whether or not they can start building afterwards is immaterial to her.” Others expressed concern about the funding of the project, which they said doesn’t specify whether it will be more costly for university to obtain a new appraisal of the land and then develop the area, resulting in construction being postponed even more. “How can you say you’ll break ground in Januar y when you have to start again in this whole process?” Calabrese said. She noted it takes 90 days to secure groundbreaking permits from the Department of Natural Resources and developers must also be approved by the Board of Regents and the Department of Public Works before they can commence construction. “We honestly can’t respond until they know what they’re doing,” she said. Hillock activists intended to pass a motion during last week’s senate meeting but ran out of time and had to postpone until the next meeting on Dec. 10. Calabrese said they may change the motion and demand more transparency in the development process because it’s important students understand the timeline of events. “Our goal is still to preser ve the hillock, and this doesn’t change our effort,” undergraduate senator and student activist Bob Hayes said. “We’re working as hard as we can to fight this and reaching out across the state.” cetrone@umdbk.com, cox@umdbk.com


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ince most university students were in diapers, there has been talk of rais- of students enrolled in remedial math courses. But as some professors have pointed out, this one step will not solve the ing American educational standards for a new, globalized world. In 1983, a blue-ribbon commission released “A Nation at Risk,” which laid out in nation’s long struggle with mathematics. Although this is a step in the right direcbleak terms how young Americans’ poor knowledge of math and science tion, the solution for the problem with math education extends beyond just testthreatened U.S. technological development, industry, and general economic ing well to a true understanding of the concepts. Although testing can provide insight into development, there has been too much focus dominance and growth. placed on memorization. As Joseph Ganem, a physics profesThe report set off a movement toward education reform. sor at Loyola University Maryland, wrote in The (Baltimore) Today, results from this reform can be seen in nationwide Sun earlier this month, teaching advanced algebra to middle standardized testing that gauges results across state lines, Math requirements for schoolers is similar to trying to teach a 6-month-old to walk — and the issue of math and science education is considered important enough that presidential campaigns can’t afford to state universities should be it flies in the face of normal development. The incessant pushing of students through the public eduignore it. increased. cation system is more focused on the pass/fail ratio than Next month, the Board of Regents will likely vote to actual learning. With many students scraping by with minimal require all undergraduate applicants to university system institutions to have completed a fourth year of high school math. The system understanding and climbing the mathematical ladder because of a passing test only requires applicants to have completed four years of English, three years of score, they hit a wall when faced with college-level math. The university, at the behest of the state, has worked feverishly to increase the science, three years of social science/history and two years of a foreign lannumber of math and science majors. But without being able to pass college level guage or advanced technology. With the luxury of only three years of required math, many high school sen- math placement exams, these students stand no chance of majoring in many of iors pass on the opportunity to take another year of the subject. This has two the sciences that will play such a large role in the emerging, globalized economy. effects. First, many of them are never exposed to more advanced math topics If the state is truly committed to increasing its technology-based workforce, the such as calculus. Second, they go a year — or even two, in some cases — without onus must be shared. If public high schools in the state can’t get their students facing a chalkboard with a formula scrawled on it. Their math skills, accumu- ready for college-level math courses, something needs to change. The board would be right to increase math requirements for state universilated during more than a decade of schooling, decay. Almost half of all students educated in state public schools do horribly on college math placement tests, ties. By requiring interested applicants to continue with math for an extra year, and are forced to take non-credit, remedial classes. This university has to offer the board would give students more time to develop and increase their understanding. There then would be no extended break from formulas and long dividozens of these courses, costing thousands of dollars a year. By requiring a fourth year of math, the regents would eliminate the gap sion, and the decision would be an advance in preparing the nation for a globalbetween high school and college and perhaps dramatically reduce the number ized world.

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usually don’t read e-mails sent by school administrators. I open them, scan them and go back to living my life with no negative repercussions. However, Monday morning I opened my inbox and actually read the e-mail from university President Dan Mote pertaining to diversity. I laughed — not a cheery laugh, but not an evil “mwahaha” either. More like an ironic chuckle. This is the quote that stuck out: “When considering diversity, committing to its breadth is necessary. While racial and ethnic diversity are clearly important, so are diversity issues around culture, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, age, socioeconomic status and others.” When having to reread a particular passage multiple times before understanding the information in its contents, patience and a dictionary is of the utmost importance. See? Not fun. E-mails, especially, should be direct

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RASTOGI and not convoluted. You’re not Yoda. The way I understand Mote is he thinks vague rhetoric is an adequate replacement for action and that descriptive diversity is really what’s important. Can we tally you up and write it down on a page? Yes? Great. We have diversity. Who cares if diverse groups interact? What we’re lacking here is diversity in thought and politics — it’s probably covered by “others.” Seems simple or unimportant, right? Wrong. I had a brilliant government teacher in high school who continually pushed his students to look at issues from every angle and questioned our fundamental beliefs. It was hard, but I’m a better writer and

analyst because of him. Students loved him, but he doesn’t teach anymore. He was forced out because the county education board didn’t agree with his methods or beliefs. His situation reminds me of government and politics professor Dorith Grant-Wisdom’s plight. If you haven’t taken one of her classes and don’t plan to next semester, you never will. She’s being laid off — even though Grant-Wisdom’s name is perfect for her job. I never took a class with her, but her reputation precedes her. She has worked at the university for 16 years, is the only professor to cover politics in the Third World, Latin America, the Carribean and South America, and is popular with students. Yet she’s never been put on a tenure track. Why? When asked, Wayne McIntosh, the associate chair of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, wouldn’t explain why Grant-Wisdom’s contract wasn’t going to be renewed but did say the college is actively recruiting comparative gov-

ernment and politics professors. Thus, this is definitely not a budgetary issue. You might think the issue of diversity doesn’t directly affect you. Maybe you’re not a government and politics major and never planned on taking Grant-Wisdom’s classes. But think about your own experience. Have you ever had a professor who made you think and actually challenged you? If diversity is important, then it is hypocritical to lay off a professor who promotes diversity by challenging students to think about politics from a Third World perspective. If we aren’t learning anything new, then diversity is just on paper. We need professors in the classroom teaching us about new perspectives who are able to do so without fear of losing their jobs. Otherwise, what’s the point of going to college? Shruti Rastogi is a senior journalism major. She can be reached at rastogi@umdbk.com.

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o you think you have it bad? Become a journalism major. The College of Journalism is considering changing the curriculum to better reflect the changes in the industry. It is always nice to be prepared in school for what may come in the workforce, but the changes remind us we are required to know more than ever and finding a place in this competitive job market is contingent on that knowledge. Every day, our professors remind us we will probably have to uproot our lives to an undesirable region of the country and then not be able to afford living there. Print students have to hear from everyone that newspapers are dying. Broadcast students are told to know how to do every single position at a news station or move aside for someone who does. Online students

just don’t exist, which means their problems don’t exist either. And no matter which major you are, having a niche is strongly recommended because just reporting does not suffice anymore — at least not for a profit. One of the new ways to get a decent paycheck in the field is to know the most intimate details about one subject and be your own reporter. Sanjay Gupta serves as a prime and successful example of that, but we’re even warned that his luck is rare and unlikely to happen to us. The truth is though the industry may not be as booming as it once was, it doesn’t mean it’s dead. The rumors of death mainly target print and broadcast, but online is set to flourish because of its media capabilities, employment flexibility and timeliness. Some forget online journalism has its own issues with accuracy and conven-

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SOLOMON tional journalistic guidelines, which is why people still heavily rely upon TV and newspapers. Our professors look at the economical side of the industry and seem to forget that the basics can never be replaced. A mélange of these different forms can work together to better deliver news. Once this viable combination is discovered, we can begin to look at the economic opportunities it will present. Journalism is reinventing itself and adapting to technology better. That shouldn’t be mistaken for the idea that it will grow independent of old

media and, furthermore, of journalists. Newspapers and TV news are still important because the entire world is not wired to the Internet. In Third World countries especially, Internet cafés are not everywhere and many lack speed and certain programs for media viewing. This means the majority of the market is going elsewhere for their media — old media to be specific. So to our professors who incessantly promote a bleak outlook, hear this: Just because your days in “the biz” are finished doesn’t mean ours are. People will always need the news in its three basic current forms for as long as my generation will be in “the biz.” Coming to the realization of that fact mixed with a little encouragement would be nice.

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don’t know about you, but my first day at the university was probably one of the most exciting and, frankly, nerve-racking experiences I’ve had in the past few years. New school, new friends and new environment. After settling in and attending my first dorm floor meeting and all of the other activities associated with move-in, I settled down in bed. As I was falling asleep, I smelled it for the first time. No, not the disgusting odor that is typical of the male side of the hallway. Rather, I smelled smoke creeping in from outside. During the next few months, the smoke became unbearable. Even though my room is on the third floor, smoke still comes in at all hours, especially at night. After talking to other people in my dorm and in other buildings, I found out this is not an isolated problem. When I was appointed as a freshman legislator in the Student Government Association, the organization gave me a platform to work on my top priority: changing the smoking radius from 15 feet to 25 feet around buildings. The change would put the university on par with large number of other colleges around the country. In fact, all of the university’s peer institutions and most other schools within the University System of Maryland have at least a 25foot radius. Some will argue 25 feet is too far and simply unrealistic. However, it is not far when compared with many other colleges, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a peer institution, which has a 100-foot policy. The University of Michigan will ban smoking on its three campuses in 2011. Towson University will soon join the growing list of about 365 colleges to completely ban smoking on their campuses. Others will say 25 feet is not far enough. But as we saw last semester when the University Senate’s considered instituting a total smoking ban on this campus, we need to compromise. This action created an intense outcr y and didn’t lead to any change. The goal of my proposal is to create a middle ground — one that is acceptable for smokers and non-smokers alike. I intend to work with Facilities Management, as well as other university stakeholders, to create this change. We all know it’s hard to quit smoking, but in this case, the university’s new “Unstoppable Starts Here” slogan need not apply. Resources are available for free from the University Health Center for students who wish to quit smoking. I also encourage all students who smoke to come to the university’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer’s event, the Great American Smokeout, on Thursday to find out about smoking cessation programs. Tonight, the SGA will be voting on my bill that would advocate taking this action. This is just the first step in clearing the air.

Zach Cohen is a freshman legislator in the SGA. He can be reached at zbcohen@umd.edu.

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Ridiculous prices and time-consuming shopping tend to hurt my chances of achieving style perfection. When I’m feeling low on fashion luck, I often dream of magically transforming into a glamorous, Cinderella-esque figure for a night or somehow reaching into the glossy pages of Vogue and plucking out a dress for my own closet. But now there is a more realistic way to find the perfect dress with the perfect fit and greatest wow factor: The Netflix of fashion, known as Rent the Runway, is an online service that officially finished its testing phase Monday as a recession-friendly way to find, rent and mail order designer dresses. For prices that range from $50 to $200, a patron can rent the dress of her dreams for four nights. The company will even ship the outfit to the recipient’s doorstep along with a garment bag and a “fit kit,” consisting of double-sided tape, adjustable bra straps and deodorant stain removers. Shipping is included in the cost and the shopper is also provided with a re-

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TERPS from page 8 Gary Williams said. Earlier this week, Williams called Fairfield “a step up” compared to the Charleston Southern team the Terps throttled in the season opener, and the Stags didn’t disappoint early on. They used a variety of different defenses to frustrate the Terp offense. Even though Fairfield (2-1) turned the ball over on five of its first six possessions, the Stags managed to take a 12-7 lead into the game’s second media timeout — just more than eight minutes into the game. But the Terps (2-0) responded with the 15-0 run to take control. The burst included a personal 7-0 binge by Hayes, who paced the team with 14 points for the game, and a nearly eight-minute Fairfield scoring drought. “I think Eric pretty much fired us up a little bit,” Milbourne said. “The way he came in and attacked and hit those shots for us — that kinda got other guys into it.” After the scoring outburst, the Terps seemed to settle, making sure their lack of frontcourt depth wasn’t an issue. The Terps wore down the Stags, who started a bigger lineup than usual to try to gain an advantage inside, and rap-

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PAPPAS from page 8 “He’s a huge support system for me,” Pappas said. “I look to him a lot for confidence and advice. And if I have any kind of questions, or if I’m down about my play, he always has some good words of wisdom to bring me up.” For Pappas, Gonzalez is just one piece of a solid net of support that has helped her through two National Championships, three ACC titles and a stint on the U.S. Junior World Cup team. But all those who have stood behind Pappas know she gives as much as she receives. “Ever y time that me and her have problems on the field, we have a talk about it,” Gonzalez said. “I just trans-

Forward Jordan Williams attempts a shot in last night’s victory against Fairfield. The freshman started for the second straight game and recorded six points and five rebounds. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK

“And if I have any kind of questions, or if I’m down about my play, he always has some good words of wisdom to bring me up.” ALEXIS PAPPAS TERP FIELD HOCKEY MIDFIELDER

late my soccer experience to tr y and help her out, and she does the same for me. Having her there by my side has been great for me.” While she supports her boyfriend mainly from afar,

Pappas has benefited her team directly on the field as they charged through the season undefeated. Pappas has recorded 24 assists for the Terps (22-0) so far this season, the secondhighest total on the team and fifth-highest in program history, and picked up her second straight All-ACC selection. The senior stars on the defensive side of the ball as well, running and doubleteaming opponents all over the field. Back Brianna Davies, one of her teammates on the U.S. under-21 national team, said, “She’s done tremendous. I know that I can trust her, that she’ll eliminate her players or tackle back and make that great defensive play.” Pappas, who has started in both the midfield and the

backfield during her four years on the team, has also provided a helping hand to younger teammates as they adjusted to collegiate field hockey. “Lexi knows the ins and outs of the positions and all the little details that I never would have guessed,” freshman back Colleen Gulick said. “It would have taken me so much time to learn on my own.” But Pappas credits the players who went before her with teaching her how to lead. “The people above me had showed me some really great things and were always ver y understanding and helpful, not ever putting me down,” she said. “I’ve learned from the best.” She said she also draws inspiration from her grandmother, Mae Greider, who is

various issues work themselves out, their in-game experience will prove to be invaluable. What better way to prepare these guys for the tougher challenges that lie ahead than to let them get their feet wet playing serious minutes in November? The stakes are low, but the games are real, the opponents are real, and the Comcast Center atmosphere is real. At this point, any experience is good experience, and it will benefit both the freshmen and the entire team down the road. “Those guys want to play,” forward Landon Milbourne said. “The coaches are going to give them the minutes, so it’s just up to them to show what they’re going to do with it.” In the first two games, Williams and Padgett have showed some flaws and at times, their inexperience shows. Jordan Williams often glances over at his coach on the sideline as soon as a whistle blows to see if he’s about to get chewed out. And in the second half last night, Padgett didn’t go up strong enough against Stag senior forward Anthony Johnson. Johnson blocked Padgett’s shot into the first rows of seats then gave him a look as if to say, “Really? I mean … really?” But it’s only been two games, and for the most part, both guys have looked solid. They’re battling hard for position in the low post, they’re not afraid to bang with big men who have had the benefit of a few years with a collegiate strength and conditioning coach, and when they’re called upon, they have both showed they

always cheering her on loudly from the stands. The field hockey team’s self-declared “No. 1 fan” has attended 90 of 92 games in Pappas’ time with the Terps, traveling 100 miles from Mount Joy, Pa., for home games and even further for road trips. She has worn the same lucky outfit to each one — black pants, a white shirt and a red Mar yland shirt on top. And, Greider said proudly, she yells for the Terps until she goes hoarse. Greider has seen nearly ever y step of her granddaughter’s career, from her first National Championship in her freshman season to her Junior World Cup matches this summer. Yet she said that Pappas’ unselfish mindset is what she is most proud of. “Alexis has never come up

can absolutely hold their own. They are taking their first mid-semester exams just like any other freshman might, but they’re taking theirs under the bright lights and in front of more than 16,000 people. “They’re definitely doing a great job coming in and playing big minutes as freshmen,” guard Sean Mosley said. “They definitely have an inside presence, and that’s what we need right now.” It would be somewhat ridiculous to make any broad judgments or projections after just two games, but no matter what Padgett and Williams continue to do during the early part of the season, it’s only going to help them in the long run. ACC Championships are never won in November or December, and neither are NCAA Tournament games. But when the time comes for the stakes to be raised and for each player to step up his game, Williams and Padgett will have a much better chance of being ready than other freshmen in similar situations. We don’t know if Gregor y will be back anytime soon, and we don’t know if Choi or Goins will be healthy or if they will even be able to significantly contribute if they are. But we do know Williams and Padgett probably won’t be playing like freshmen by the end of the season. So as long as the Terps can continue to handle their early season opponents, this can only be seen as a blessing in disguise. “They continue to get better and we’re going to need them in the big games,” guard Greivis Vasquez said. “They just got to get used to what they’re doing right now. They just can’t be satisfied.” schimmel@umdbk.com

and bragged to me about what she’s done on the team,” Greider said. “I respect that even more than her field hockey ability.” Pappas impresses ever yone around her with “her attitude and her selflessness,” coach Missy Meharg said. So if she gets a chance at a third National Championship on Sunday, she will go in with an army of support behind her, from her teammates to her grandmother to her boyfriend wishing her luck from Seattle. And Gonzalez knows one of the best ways he can support her will be getting his own victory in Sunday’s MLS Cup match. “Hopefully we can get the win,” Gonzalez said, “because I know Alexis and the girls are up for it.” yanchulis@umdbk.com

The last time running back Da’Rel Scott was on the field for the Terps, the junior broke his wrist against Clemson. Scott could return Saturday. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

NOTEBOOK from page 8 packages before Turner was injured. And several Terps said Robinson has shown command in the pocket and that chemistry is not an issue. “We’ve been practicing with him since the summer,” wide receiver Adrian Cannon said. “We all know each other. That’s the least of my concerns. I have the most confidence in him.”

SCOTT IS BACK Friedgen also announced yesterday running back Da’Rel

Scott would be practicing fullcontact starting today. The junior and 2008 All-ACC firstteamer has missed the last five games since breaking his wrist against Clemson. He will be wearing a brace on his left arm, but Friedgen said the brace allows him to use his hands, and Scott hadn’t struggled with catching in practice Monday. Since Scott’s injury, the combination of Davin Meggett, Caleb Porzel and Gary Douglas has averaged just 54.8 yards per game on the ground, culminating in zero yards on six carries by Terp running backs

against Virginia Tech. The team also hasn’t won a game. “I think you look at our run production since he’s been out, it’s been down significantly,” Friedgen said. “We were trying to get a big play out of Porzel. Da’Rel gives you that big-play opportunity because of his feet. He had some plays against Florida State last year where he busted through. ... If we can get him back and he’s able to secure the football and be able to function, I think it would be a help.” ajoseph@umdbk.com


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Men’s basketball team plays small ball No. 25 Terps beat Fairfield 71-42 despite depth issues BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer

Freshman James Padgett was the lone forward on the floor for the Terrapin men’s basketball team when Eric Hayes rose to shoot in the middle of the first half of Tuesday’s game against Fairfield. The 6-foot-4 guard, marked closely by Fairfield’s Ryan Olander, lofted a jumper high over the 6-foot-11 forward that swished through the hoop for a five-point lead. The No. 25 Terps used its four-guard attack sparingly, but that shot — part of a run that included 15 unanswered points — provided a notso-subtle message the Terps didn’t need size to measure up against the Stags. Despite playing with just three scholarship forwards, due to injuries and Dino Gregory’s suspension, the Terps rolled

past Fairfield 71-42 at Comcast Center. “We don’t really think about stuff like that,” forward Landon Milbourne said of his team’s short bench. “We had guys on the bench that were ready to come in and guys on the floor who were ready to play. We got a win, and that’s all that matters.” The Terps overcame a sluggish start, including nine first half turnovers, to earn its second straight comfortable win to start the season. The Terps, who got at least six points from each player in its regular eightman rotation, turned 25 Fairfield turnovers into 21 points, frustrating the MAAC school with their quickness and defensive aggression. “We’re starting to get it in terms of how hard you have to play to be a good defensive team,” coach

Yesterday, Ralph Friedgen said Jamarr Robinson will start against Florida State. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

TERRAPIN FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

Turner ‘50-50’ for season finale; Scott to return for FSU

see TERPS, page 7

BY ADI JOSEPH Senior staff writer

This experience will pay off down the road GREG

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n a perfect world, Jordan Williams and James Padgett wouldn’t have to play this much this soon. In a perfect world, Jin Soo Choi wouldn’t have sprained his ankle, Steve Goins wouldn’t have a recurring knee injury and Jerome Burney wouldn’t have been forced into an early retirement by his bum feet. And in a perfect world, Dino Gregory wouldn’t have been suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules — and, for that matter, coach Gary Williams would tell us what the hell Gregory’s status is for the rest of the season.

With all those things going on, the Terrapin men’s basketball team’s suddenly thin frontcourt situation doesn’t look ideal right now. But you know what? This imperfect reality is really not so terrible. In fact, as far as accelerating the freshmen’s development goes, it is actually a positive. Either Jordan Williams or Padgett or both were on the floor for the entire 40 minutes of the Terps’ 71-42 win over Fairfield last night. Both were decent but not spectacular: Williams finished with six points and five rebounds, and Padgett finished with six points and seven rebounds. But no matter what these guys do during the first few weeks of the season while the veterans’

see SCHIMMEL, page 7

BY THE NUMBERS A statistical look at last night’s game

Guard Sean Mosley goes up for a layup yesterday night. The sophomore, who also played power forward at times, finished with 13 points against Fairfield. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK

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First half points from guard Eric Hayes, who lifted the Terps when they struggled in their set offense.

Steals by the Terps, who used pressure defense to create 21 points off turnovers.

7 28.6 Rebounds by guard Sean Mosley, who logged minutes up front at power forward.

Fairfield’s field goal percentage. Coach Gary Williams said defense was key for the Terps.

Terrapin football coach Ralph Friedgen put his cards on the table yesterday, announcing quarterback Chris Turner will miss Saturday’s game at Florida State, leaving Jamarr Robinson to start for the second straight week. Last week, Friedgen danced around providing a definitive answer the entire week. Turner was listed as ‘doubtful’ on the official injury report released before the Virginia Tech game, with coaches and players darting around the topic, uncertain of Turner’s recovery from an MCL injury sustained in a loss at N.C. State two weeks ago. Robinson has yet to lead the Terps to an offensive touchdown in six-plus quarters since Turner’s injury. And Friedgen continues to leave open the possibility of burning Danny O’Brien’s redshirt if Robinson continues to struggle. But despite the offense producing just one field goal in Saturday’s 36-9 loss to Virginia Tech — the defense scored the other six points on a fumble recovery in the end zone — Friedgen did not place blame or dissatisfaction on Robinson, who rushed for 129 yards and threw for 104 more, producing all but 3 yards of the Terps’ offense. “Some guys gotta make some plays for him, too,” Friedgen said. “[Robinson] put the ball in some spots where it was possible to make the play. That would have increased not only his confidence, but the offense as a whole’s confidence. I wasn’t disappointed with him at all. I’ll tell you, the plays that we made were because of Jamarr.” Teammates have supported Robinson since it was suggested he might play in occasional

see NOTEBOOK, page 7

The championship couple Midfielder Pappas and former Terp soccer player Gonzalez draw inspiration from each other BY KATE YANCHULIS Senior staff writer

Midfielder Alexis Pappas and the No. 1 Terps could end up in the NCAA Championship game on Sunday, the same day her boyfriend, former Terp Omar Gonzalez, will play in the MLS Cup. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

Terrapin field hockey midfielder Alexis Pappas wishes her boyfriend could watch her and her team play in the Final Four this weekend. But she understands why he can’t. He’s got his own championship to worry about. Omar Gonzalez, a rookie defender who starts for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy, will play in the MLS Cup in Seattle on Sunday night, hours after Pappas and the top-seeded Terps would compete for the National Championship if they win their Final Four match on Friday. “Just having two championships for us again this year would be an incredible experience for both of us,” Gonza-

lez said. “So I’m really just pulling for her to make it happen.” If both win, it would be a repeat of last year for the athletic couple. Pappas, a senior and four-year starter, and Gonzalez, her boyfriend of more than two years and a standout on the 2008 Terp soccer team, both won NCAA titles last year — the field hockey team in November and the soccer team in December. With both playing at the same time and with Gonzalez, the recently named MLS Rookie of the Year, playing across the country, they rarely get to see each other’s games. But even if they can’t voice their support from the stands, they still rely on each other.

see PAPPAS, page 7

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