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ACC exit fee lawsuit will go ahead after decision North Carolina appellate court denies state, univ bid to dismiss lawsuit forcing univ to pay $52M By Alex Kirshner @alex_kirshner Senior staff writer Three North Carolina appellate judges ruled unanimously yesterday morning against the state and university’s bid to dismiss an ACC lawsuit to force the university to pay a $52 million exit fee when it leaves for
the Big Ten in July, as The Associated Press first reported. The university has argued that the exit fee is unreasonably high, and with the court’s dismissal, that argument with the conference will continue until the parties reach an agreement or North Carolina’s judiciary does so for them. In September 2012, about two
months before the university announced it would move to the Big Ten, the ACC’s Council of Presidents voted to increase the conference’s exit fee from about $17.4 million to $52.3 million, valued by the appellate court at three times the conference’s annual operating budget. University President Wallace Loh voted against the increase, but the court ruled that each of the conference’s schools, including this university, wallace loh, university president, voted against an increase in the ACC’s exit fee to $52.3 million, but a court See ACC, Page 3 ruled the conference’s schools, including this university, are beholden to the fee. file photo/the diamondback
Big Ten may help inspire univ policy Schools exchange ideas on housing, other depts By Dustin Levy @dustinblevy Staff writer
adele’s circle members meet in Stamp Student Union in early November. The alumnae organization seeks to empower female students to realize their full potential with confidence. sung-min kim/the diamondback
‘the power to do what they want’ Alumnae form Adele’s Circle of Women group to foster confidence in female students By Darcy Costello @dctello Staff writer The Rev. Beth Platz, chaplain emerita at this university, became the first female pastor ordained in the Lutheran Church in America in the university’s Memorial Chapel in 1970. A product of a women’s college,
Platz grew up in an environment dominated by the thought: “Of course women can do this.” That empowered view opens doors for women, she said, and she hopes to help foster that thought at this university as part of Adele’s Circle of Women, a new alumnae group dedicated to female empowerment. “It was funny because I was really secure, but no one else knew,”
Platz said. “People would come up and ask me, ‘When you get married, you have to leave the ministry, right?’ And I would just ask them, you know, ‘Is your pastor married? Why would I have to leave?’ They all just needed to work it out.” Adele’s Circle seeks to inspire and inform female students at the university through storytelling, mentoring and connection. The
group is still in its formative stages, holding meetings with alumnae and planning outreach to the student body, but members said they hope to host their first event before the end of the school year. The group has been a dream of Stamp Student Union Director Marsha Guenzler-Stevens’ for a See circle, Page 2
By Ellie Silverman @esilverman11 Staff writer Barry Gilder was 17 years old when he had to complete his compulsory nine-month service with the South African Defense Force. It was 1968, and although Gilder grew up in South Africa, he identified with Western culture and could not fathom the idea of going to war. “I was thus a child of the ’60s, inspired by the same literature and music that inspired my contemporaries in America and Europe. I hated war, I hated racism, I hated exploitation,” Gilder read from his memoir. “I grew up on the songs of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger. I was a child of Woodstock, and I hated the army.”
barry gilder, South African student activist, guerrilla insurgent, folk singer and author, spoke to about 50 students and faculty yesterday at Francis Scott Key Hall about his memoir. marquise mckine/the diamondback Yesterday afternoon, Gilder led a lunchtime talk hosted by the history department in front of a crowd of about 50 students and faculty members in Francis Scott Key Hall.
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He read excerpts from his memoir, Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance, and answered questions from the audience. From a student activist to African
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Pre-College Programs try new strategies Amid funding cuts, univ takes on fewer students By Madeleine List @madeleine_list Staff writer
National Congress guerrilla insurgent, folk singer, spy trainee and intelligence official in postapartheid South Africa, Gilder is a man who has lived many lives, said Bernard Cooperman, Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies director. “Folk singing was a form of protest that moved mountains, changed the world,” Cooperman said. “Since I’ve been in the university since I was just a young boy and never left, I’m impressed by people who live in multiple worlds and who actually accomplish things.” Gi lder’s ex per iences h ave enabled him to see firsthand the struggles in South Africa’s past, present and future. Adele Seeff, former director of the Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies at this university,
After funding cuts this year, this university’s Pre-College Programs are finding creative solutions to further their goals of helping underprivileged high school students excel academically and transition successfully into college. The federal grant that funds the PreCollege Programs received a 5 percent cut when it was renewed in January. Five percent appeared small, but as expenses rise each year with inflation, small cuts can have big impacts, said Georgette DeJesus, Pre-College Programs executive director. “This keeps us from expanding our program and bringing in more students,” she said. “We’ve learned to do more with less. It does put a strain on our staff, but it’s motivating us to be more creative.” The Pre-College Programs academic assistance program, Upward Bound, is free for high school students from low-income families. To qualify for the programs, families must have a maximum annual income of $35,325 for a family of four with varying income ranges for families of different sizes, or the student must
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The impact of the university’s move to the Big Ten athletic conference may soon extend beyond the athletic program and into residential life and on-campus housing. Last month, Department of Resident Life Director Deb Grandner attended the Big Ten Housing Officers Conference — held at the University of Michigan — to learn about diverse housing and residential life programs other schools in the conference have launched. Because of the parallels between many of the 12 schools in
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circle From PAGE 1 long time, and it is finally coming to fruition. It’s time for the “old farts,” as she put it, to take some time to invest in young women. At its core, the group of alumnae seeks to empower female students. GuenzlerStevens cited research that college women nationally graduate with higher GPAs than their male counterparts but have drastically lower self-confidence. “I read that and just knew something had to change,” Guenzler-Stevens said. “If women are best developed a n d nu r t u re d w it h re l ationships, if they do best in groups — whether it’s family or f r i e n d g ro up s — t h e n that’s the best environment for them to get an education in as well.” A similar alumnae group, t h e C o m m it te e to Un ite Women Leaders, existed at this university but faded in the late ’90s. It also consisted of faculty, staff and student leadership and provided a variety of events for the university community. I n t h e f u t u re , A d e l e’s Circle plans to expand its numbers from about a dozen t o n e a r l y 10 0 a l u m n a e , Guenzler-Stevens said, and will be somewhat selective, l o o k i n g fo r wo m e n s u c-
cessful in their fields. They hope to potentia l ly reach out to hundreds of students through planned events and mentor partnerships. Sophomore elementa r y education major Caroline Weber said she would be interested in joining the group and she sees their initiative to lead by example as potentially very beneficial to the female population at this university. “There’s definitely a need to make female students more confident. It’s easy to see women entering and leaving school that are very smart, get good grades and have high potential but just don’t recognize it,” Weber said. “We definitely need to show young women they have the power to do what they want, and I think leading through stories and by example is an effective way of doing that.” Guenzler-Stevens teaches a women’s leadership class during the spring semester and said she sees students appreciate the “power of the story.” The hallmark event the group plans to host by the end of the school year w i l l prom i nent ly featu re such storytelling. “Usually in class, a panel will come in to talk to students, and I really see students appreciate the journey that the women have taken to get to their career,” GuenzlerStevens said. “A lot of times, they see themselves in the
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Sophomore elementary education major story. Their paths won’t all be linear, there’ll be bumps and missteps. Seeing that reflected really helps reinforce that, helps them to be strong throughout.” Melissa Kalas, a 2010 graduate of the university who now works at Lockheed Martin, described the importance of seeing a female professional’s life in chapters, to show students that things don’t always make sense at the time, but they all contribute to a larger picture. “If we introduce women at the pin nacle of their ca reers, who a re doi ng awesome things and making a difference, but then show how they’ve taken steps in their lives and that not everything has come easily, I just think that would make the biggest difference,” Kalas said. “Students could really appreciate and relate to that and hopefully gain something from it at the end of the day.” email@example.com
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ALL YOU CAN EAT OR ALL YOU CAN MELT? When North Campus’ buffet-style diner, 251 North, introduced soft-serve ice cream three weeks ago, many students who had awaited this addition to the menu since Dining Services announced it at the beginning of the semester were left disappointed with a small bowl of sweet soup. For more of staff writer Holly Cuozzo’s story, visit diamondbackonline.com.
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detailed forest mapping allows scientists to better understand deforestation patterns across the globe. University scientists created this high-resolution map from 650,000 satellite images, to track changes from 2000 to 2012. map courtesy of allison gost
Univ researchers track forest gain and loss across world with map By Joe Antoshak @Mantoshak Staff writer Researchers from this university released the first highresolution map of worldwide forest gain and loss last week, the result of a collaborative effort with researchers from Google, the federal government and other universities. The map, pieced together from more tha n 650,000 images taken by satellite, chronicles forest change from 2000 to 2012. The team reported a global gain of 800,000 square kilometers and a loss of 2.3 million square kilometers of forest over that period. Matthew Hansen, team leader and geographical sciences professor at this university, said that while researchers did not receive funding for the project until 2011, the practice of map-building was far from foreign to his colleagues. “We’ve been doing global land monitoring for about 20 years,” he said. “This was a natural evolution of our map.” Ha nsen sa id he sta rted talking to collaborators from Google Earth Engine, a database that offers users access to an extensive knowledge of the Earth’s surface, four years ago. The Google team then implemented models developed at this university for characterizing the satellite image data and helped to quantify the map. This map is the most
extensive of its kind to date, Hansen said. “Nobody’s ever done a global assessment of [forest] loss and gain at this scale,” he said. Wide-ranging map coverage brings some obstacles, however. Occasionally, pattern recognition misidentifies terrain such as a swamp as a forest, Hansen said. Creating the perfect map is not yet possible, said Peter Potapov, a geographical sciences research professor who worked on the team. He and Hansen said they have received both positive feedback and criticism from researchers in places as far away as Africa and Asia. “We’re taking in feedback and striving to improve our map,” Potapov said. “We know the percentage of our error.” M a ny cou nt r ies do not have the information the map has collected, Hansen said. Others, such as Australia and India, conduct similar studies of forest change at least once every yea r but rele a se l it t le d ata to t he public, if any, he added. The country that exhibited the greatest reduction in forest loss was Brazil, which also releases a forest change study annually. Because these studies from different ends of the world operate under different presumptions, Hansen said, the globa l forest cha nge map does not borrow from previ-
ously collected information. “We don’t rely on national, regional or anyone else’s data,” he said. “Not every country defines trees, forests or loggers the exact same way.” Researchers plan to update their global map yearly, but they’ll have to adjust their models for a new satellite that was launched into orbit earlier this year. “We haven’t formulated how we’re going to do it, but we want to reassess every year,” Hansen said. Among the surprising trends in the study was that the tropics had the greatest increase in deforestation of any climate on the map during the analyzed time period. Additionally, Indonesia had previously reported that its rate of loss was declining, but Hansen’s team found the opposite was true. Hansen said he hopes the research will push countries to improve both policy and transparency about forest i ncreases a nd decreases. H e a n d Po t a p ov a g re e d , however, that the most important attribute was that the map is free from political and moral agendas. “Everybody will use it,” Potapov said. “If you’re an environmentalist, you can use it. If you’re a logger, you can use it. There are so many uses that we don’t even know where it will end up.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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acc From PAGE 1 have agreed to hold to the greater fee. David Paulson, a spokesman for state Attorney General Doug Gansler, said the state was still deciding a path forward, but it has joined the case to defend the university. “T he appeals court ruling in North Carolina remains under review, and the state is looking at its options,” Paulson said. “It’s considering options moving forward.” The state and university could appea l the appel late ru l i ng by trying to send the case to North Carolina’s supreme court, or they could accept this ruling. If the appellate ruling goes uncontested, the case will proceed toward trial. The university has also fi led its own suit against the ACC in Upper Marlboro. University officials said
models From PAGE 1 the conference and this university, successful programs at other Big Ten institutions could become models for implementation on this campus, Grandner said. “[The conference] allowed me to learn from colleagues about different programs and services that they offer,and how they do business and to talk about issues that are similar across institutions,” she said. “One of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much was that so many of the schools a r e s i m i l a r, i n s i z e a n d scope, to the University of Maryland.” Over the course of almost two days, university housing representatives discussed diversity education programs, sexual assault education, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, resident assistant selection processes, salary packages for staff, student success plans, parent communications and strategic plans across campuses, among other issues. “T he exch a n ge i s ver y helpfu l to a l l the schools because we learn from each other so much, and are often able to adapt ideas from other schools,” said Peter Logan, communication director for the University of Michigan’s housing. Grandner said Resident Life would be open to adopt-
the conference has been withholding the university’s share of conference revenue since the university announced its exit from the ACC. That case stagnated pending resolution of the North Carolina case. The fundamental issue is whether the university will be forced to pay the original $17 million exit fee, the increased $52 million or somewhere in the middle. “The bottom floor for them is $17 million and change. Anything above that is really gravy for them,” said Bradley Shear, a sports lawyer and sports management professor at George Washington University. “At the end of the day, it’s not in dispute that Maryland’s going to owe at least $17 million.” Shear added that the university should remain well positioned as the lawsuit moves forward. He cited the ACC’s constitut ion for t he 201 2-13 academ ic
ing or adapting programs from other institutions in the Big Ten, such as the University of Minnesota’s Step Up prog ra m, a bysta nder intervention program that includes a five-step decisionmaking process and considers strategies, scenarios and factors involved when recognizing and intervening in an emergency or nonemergency situation. Other housing programs focus on issues such as social justice. At M ich iga n, d iversity peer educators help develop multicultural appreciation among peers from many different backgrounds, Logan said. “It’s been very successful, and it’s been very important to our m ission in housing,” he said. “We are helping educate the individual in terms of how their actions have consequences and impacts on others.” In addition to residential housing programs, aging infrastructure itself is always an issue, one Michigan has addressed by renovating dorms to make spaces more conducive to living and social activities, Logan said. With construction projects such as Prince Frederick Hall are taking shape at this university, Resident Life seems to be ahead of the curve in some areas, such as gender-inclusive housing, officials said. The university offers mixed-gender and gender-inclusive housing on a case-by-case basis in
year, which says that conference rule changes become effective the July 1 after enactment. Because the fee increase was approved in September 2012 and the university announced its move in November 2012, Shear said, the tripled fee shouldn’t apply. “Maryland has a superior longterm hand in this,” Shear said. But critics can make a strong argument as well, he said. The university is not officially leaving the ACC until next year, long past July 1, 2013, and the ACC could argue that the $52 million fee is in effect, he said. Shear said the case has become a turf war between the Big Ten and the ACC, which is frustrated over the Midwestern conference’s “poaching” of the Terrapins. “That’s what a lot of the media has really missed, in my opinion,” he sa id, describi ng t he ACC’s thought process as, “‘You poached
dorms. And for students who live in South Campus Commons and Courtyards, there is a selection of mixedgender apartments. “That’s a big difference from a lot of schools that I’m really proud of,” said Amy Martin, Resident Life associate director. “I think the Big Ten schools are all over the place in terms of mixedgender and gender-inclusive housing. We’re kind of forward in our thinking and processes.” Gender inclusiveness has been one of Michigan’s priorities since 2005, and the school recently expanded gender-inclusive living to a new quad, but students must contact the housing office to access this option, Logan said. Resident Life is working on a strategic housing plan that will shape the future of university housing, including renovations and residential programs, for the next 15 to 20 years, which the department will unveil near the end of the semester. “I think one of the most interesting [aspects] for me, since we’re involved in a strategic plan, was to be able to talk to institutions who were all at different stages in their strategic planning,” Grandner said. “It helps me look creatively at our process for ways we can enhance our program and save revenue.” email@example.com
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gilder From PAGE 1 is writing an article on updated versions of Macbeth made by the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She came to the talk for greater insight into the state of affairs in South Africa and said Gilder answered all of her lingering questions. “I was born in South Africa, and I was interested in learning if in fact it is not totally postracial. I’m interested in learning if there is any truth to that and if the remake is not just a utopian remake, and he gave us the answer: It is too hard to change,” Seeff said. “It will take a lot of time, a lot of ingenuity and a lot of money to undo what is historically white, empirical, economic exploitation.” Not all audience members were satisfied with the talk, however. Elliott Hung, a senior history major, left disappointed, as he thought it would have
pre-college From PAGE 1 be a potential first-generation college student, said Alissa Mayers, research coordinator for Pre-College Programs. The university recruits students to apply from local high schools based on the school’s need, but it had to take on fewer students this year to cut costs. T he university has also reduced its number of target schools from 19 to 10, DeJesus said. Strategic plan committees within the Pre-College Programs are exploring ways to use the money available efficiently to make the greatest difference in the lives of as many students as they can, Mayers said. One of the most helpful new strategies has been the use of data walls, which are sets of charts and graphs created with analytics software, such as IBM’s SPSS and Microsoft Excel, that track student progress and show trends, Mayers said. Using these tools helps the counselors and mentors see which teaching strategies are working and which aren’t worth the time and money by predicting student progress
BARRY GILDER reads from his memoir, Songs and Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance, at a history department lunchtime talk. marquise mckine/the diamondback been more conversational. “I was expecting more of an experience where he would just talk instead of reading off of his book,” Hung said. “I wanted to hear his experiences with the intelligence source.” Gilder, who was trained in intelligence in Moscow, spoke about his time as an intelligence official — a story Ann Abney, a graduate student in history and library science, found compelling.
“I didn’t know how connected the ANC was to the Soviets, so that’s probably the most sticking point. [Gilder] was a guerrilla fighter, but he seems so down to earth,” Abney said. “I tend to perceive these guerrilla fighters as totally passionate and very ‘rally towards their cause.’ To see someone who can talk about it seeing it from both sides is not something you would expect.”
and comparing it with real outcomes, she said. Another device has been fostering conversation between high school and university administrators, Mayers said. Last semester, the Pre-College Programs held its first annual Best Practices Forum, a conference between employees from the target schools and university officials in Stamp Student Union. “We got them in the same room to talk about bridging the gap between high school and college,” Mayers said. “This was helpful because we were able to share resources.” Students who don’t qualify for an Upward Bound program can sign up for LIFT, another Pre-College academic training group. LIFT is not free, but is able to provide services such as tutoring and SAT preparation to high school students at much lower costs than other, more mainstream programs, said Alison Dodson, LIFT program coordinator. Because LIFT does not rely on federal funding, it has actually been able to expand its reach this year, opening up a new program for middle school students over the summer, she said. In an effort to create a stronger
connection between students and the university, the PreCollege Programs ramped up undergraduate involvement, pairing student mentors from the Honors College with the high school students to work on projects together and talk about the future, Mayers said. “We want to encourage them to find their passions,” she said. “Go to college but use education to explore their passions.” Easing the transition from high school to college is an important goal of the Pre-College Programs, as it is the first time many participating students think about college, said Emily Rizzo, Upward Bound counselor. “Most of them are interested in college, but many may not understand or have the resources to know what it takes to get into college,” she said. Though keeping up with limited funding has been difficult, Rizzo said the programs have risen to the task so far. “You want to be creative and always thinking about ways to expand the program so that you’re constantly showcasing change,” Rizzo said. “The challenge is doing that on a budget.”
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The SGA is right to attempt funding a weekly grocery shuttle again. But this should be the last try. Students without cars who live in those communities have limited access to decent grocery stores, putting them in a sort of food desert. This lack of university support for students who live in these borderline on-campus/ off-campus communities is frustrating. It shouldn’t be innovative for students to have access to quality food products and fresh produce, and Commons Shop and other campus convenience stores — with high prices and limited offerings — just don’t cut it. Neither does CVS. Still, $4,975 is a lot of money for an initiative that underachieved in its trial run. Fortunately, that price is relatively low and could’ve been far higher — the SGA wisely negotiated a lower charter cost with the Department of Transportation Services of about $55 an hour
rather than $72. Ideally, DOTS would be able to help support this initiative to get it off the ground and running, but director David Allen said there is no room in the DOTS budget for a new shuttle route. Hopefully, with increased advertising, student awareness and a more concentrated bus schedule, the grocery shuttle will be a success. Either way, it shows the SGA continues to take action on issues that should benefit a large portion of the student community. However, if there is consistently low turnout for the shuttle yet again next semester, that would be a signal to abandon the initiative going forward. The SGA should put benchmarks in place to evaluate the program’s effectiveness as the spring semester goes on, because if money that many students are paying ends up getting used by very few, the program would be a disappointment for most of the university community. Giving students access to quality grocery stores sounds like a great, commonsense idea, but if the students don’t show up, perhaps it’s not that big of an issue. If at first you don’t succeed, try again for sure. But if at second you still don’t succeed, spend $4,975 on something else.
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Is Facebook still cool? Analyzing the generational differences in social media use MARIA ROMAS The other day, my 14-year-old sister told me she doesn’t go on Facebook anymore because it’s “not cool.” That really threw me off. As all my Facebook friends know, I’m still fairly active on my page; for people my age, the site still seems to be a means of communication and a medium for sharing thoughts. So it got me thinking about the progression of social media in general and the potential reasoning behind its rises and falls in popularity. Now, I don’t think of my sister as being in a “different generation” from me — she’s only six years younger, and because we have another sister splitting the difference between our ages, it never seemed like that big of a gap. But when it comes to technological innovations, it seems like even a oneyear age difference can impact how a person uses different social media platforms. When this year’s college seniors started high school, Facebook expanded to include more than just college students. But for this year’s college freshmen — a class that my middle sister is a part of — Facebook opened up when they were in sixth grade. And for my youngest sister and her classmates, Facebook became a part of growing up. Apparently, that very presence has caused Facebook to lose its appeal for the kids who hardly ever have known life without it. The people who seem to have embraced Facebook more in the past few years are part of our parents’ genera-
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f at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. So goes the age-old saying, and the Student Government Association has heeded the advice. After an initial attempt to establish a grocery store shuttle bus last semester achieved only limited success, the SGA plans to allocate $4,975 for a similar initiative in the spring semester. While it may seem foolish to spend so much money after last semester’s pilot program underachieved, this particular effort still makes sense. Last semester’s new shuttle program was underadvertised and poorly timed, according to SGA officials. The bus, which took students to the Target and Giant on Greenbelt Road, ran on Saturdays and Sundays for only the last four weeks of the semester. Over those four weeks, only 114 students used the shuttle. But the SGA admitted they did not have sufficient time to promote the new route. Now, with a full month in the winter to promote the shuttle, and a full semester to establish the bus in the spring, the program should see success. Plans call for a weekly bus to those same stores next semester, running from noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday
tion. Perhaps this has contributed to the disenchantment today’s kids have with the social media site. Because their parents are posting statuses to share their opinions and uploading pictures that very well may embarrass their kids, Facebook is thought of as something older people use to communicate with their friends. (Conversely, older generations still typically see the site as geared toward young people, which is somewhat ironic.) In fact, an article in The Guardian reports Facebook is “an obligatory communication tool that younger people maintain because everyone else does.” And that’s what it seems people my age use social media to accomplish. As college students, we generally use Facebook to communicate and keep tabs on one another’s lives. Plus, companies and news outlets have adapted to use social media for customer service and promotion. Even The Diamondback has changed — and surprisingly, we generally get more traffic from Facebook than Twitter. (It’s probably a result of Twitter’s influx of information that people must choose more sparingly when they should react.) But Facebook has caused younger people to turn to other sources for self-expression and communication. And in turn, this has led people to create more websites and applications to feed this need. My 14-yearold sister uses Instagram more than any other platform to share her thoughts. According to an Al Jazeera article, “‘My mom’s on Facebook’: Teens unfriending network,” young people now report spending more time using Instagram and Snapchat
than updating their Facebook. My 18-year-old sister prefers perusing Twitter. I’m still partial to Facebook, but I know many of my peers have forsaken it for the anonymity of Reddit or the more personal interactions of messaging apps such as WhatsApp, WeChat and KakaoTalk. So what will come of all this? It seems that in our ever-changing world of technology, we are constantly left guessing where entrepreneurship and innovation will lead us. But it’s interesting to take a look at history when considering what is going to happen in the future. I consider social media an extension of art and literature, in a way, as paintings and novels used to be the primary way to share ideas and communicate. Now, everything has become abbreviated and stripped down to the bare minimum for grammar and syntax. And many consider the art form of literature to be dying (which I don’t agree with, but that’s another conversation). It certainly has become less popular — forsaken for the easier methods available online. But does that mean eventually all these forms of social media, developed through technological innovation — as literature was with the printing press, allowing people to become literate — will become obsolete? It seems that process has already begun. It will be interesting to see what innovators will come up with next. Let’s hope it doesn’t allow for the deterioration of literacy and intelligence. Maria Romas is a senior English m a j o r. S h e c a n b e re a c h e d a t email@example.com.
Pro-cat-stination Use Internet cats to pass the time TIFFANY BURBA If you ever find yourself feeling blue or looking for an excuse to procrastinate, you should immediately consult Internet cats. Why? Because cats are naturally mysterious, adorable and likely to brighten your day. Couple that with witty captions and goofy scenarios and you have yourself a ticking time bomb of laughter and smiles. And while just about any cat would make me feel warm and fuzzy, I have compiled a ranking of my top three Internet felines: 1. Lil Bub — This endearing kitty was discovered in a toolshed in rural Indiana and would soon be destined for fame. She is a “perma-kitten,” meaning she will stay quite small and m a i n ta i n yo u t h f u l fea t u re s throughout her entire life. She is actually quite healthy despite a severe case of dwarfism, oddly formed jaw and lack of teeth. She even has extra toes. But all of these unusual features make her special and all too adorable to look at. According to her website, Lil Bub and her owner have raised more than $60,000 for various charities through her travel and merchandise. If you haven’t seen Lil Bub yet, be prepared to melt at the sight of her big green eyes and perpetually stuck out tongue. 2. Grumpy Cat — While Tardar Sauce the Grumpy Cat is best k n ow n fo r h e r co n s i s te n t ly grumpy facial expressions and the ensuing Internet memes, she recently won the Lifetime Achievement Award at “The Friskies” cat video awards show for “doing the most to help cats take over the Internet.” After a video of Tardar’s grumpy ways went viral on the Internet and appeared on MSNBC, her popularity exploded. She now boasts a coffee line, a movie deal and
a New York Times best-seller — Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book. If you’re looking for some entrepreneurial inspiration from a furry feline, Grumpy Cat is the Internet cat for you. To top it off, she also has a very grumpy brother named Pokey who frequently appears in her videos. Double the grump, double the trouble, double the procrastination. 3. Henri, le Chat Noir — Perhaps the world’s leading feline existentialist, Henri the philosophical cat combines his elegant tuxedo appearance with dazzling wit to produce surprisingly thought-provoking short films. These are exclusively produced in black and white, and often include captions. As with many other Internet cat sensations, Henri also has a book: Henri, le Chat Noir — The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat. As with other Henri merchandise, a portion of the book’s profits are donated to animal welfare organizations. So next time you are looking for inspiration for a philosophy paper, or just contemplating the meaning of life, check out the woeful musings of handsome Henri. Inevitably, there will be those of you who are simply not “cat people.” You will recall childhood memories of your aunt’s evil cat that always scratched when you bothered it. Perhaps you are allergic to cats and just seeing one makes your eyes start to itch. However, Internet cat sensations allow even you to enjoy the majestic and often silly aspects of cats from a comfortable distance behind the computer screen. Hopefully, you will find Lil Bub, Tardar Sauce the Grumpy Cat and Henri, le Chat Noir so endearing that you just might grow fond of felines in general. And if you’re not a cathater, embrace your inner crazy cat lady, start browsing online and enjoy the show. Tiffany Burba is a senior government and politics major. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t take tailgating lightly
ust a few weeks ago, as I was making my way to the basement entrance of my dorm after an 8 p.m. meeting, I noticed a middle-aged couple peering into the building through the glass of the door. When I arrived at the door and exchanged glances with the pair, I flashed an awkward smile and swiped into the building. “Here you go,” I said, holding the door open behind me and allowing them to enter. The next day, while I was talking to a few friends over dinner, one of them mentioned seeing a middleaged couple blindly wandering around the third floor. I sat there, half-shocked, wondering how the two made their way to the top floor of the building. At this point, you’re either laughing or shaking your head in disdain at my momentary lapse in common sense. Obviously, I am quite aware that I shouldn’t have let the couple in. Clearly, they were not residents of Dorchester Hall, and the fact that they were hanging around the campus at 8 p.m. raised a serious eyebrow. I am also quite aware that tailgating, or following someone into a dorm without swiping in, is a Department of Resident Life prohibited behavior — students should never allow strangers into their dorms. The university’s stance on tailgating was made clear to me at orientation by Resident Life and later reinforced by my resident assistant during floor meetings. The primary concern is that you’re putting both yourself and the hundreds of other students you
live with in serious danger by allowing someone you don’t know to enter your building. This concern is a serious one. Given the recent string of events in which shooters sauntered into public places and unleashed terror — from this month’s shooting at a New Jersey mall to last year’s shooting at a Colorado movie theater — there is truly no telling what some people’s intentions are. My incident with Mr. and Mrs. Anonymous got me thinking: Why do students continue to welcome tailgaters into their dorms, knowing the risk that comes with letting a stranger into your home? Why does tailgating remain such a common issue on the campus? The simple truth is that students shrug off the words of Resident Life officials and RAs. There is no chance, we think. Instead, we continue holding doors open for strangers, not wanting to be the “loser” who actually asks, “Can I see your university ID?” Resident Life needs to place more emphasis on the danger of tailgating and highlight this issue in programs centered on campus safety by injecting students with a hard dose of reality. How exactly am I putting myself and the hundreds of other students I live with in serious danger by allowing someone I don’t know to enter my building? Provide me with the cold truth: A tailgater can enter my room. A tailgater can steal my property. A tailgater can be armed. Because contrary to popular belief: There is a chance. A n ge l o B a v a ro i s a f re s h m a n journalism major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Frank Wess, who was instrumental in establishing the flute as a crucial element in jazz music, died Oct. 30 of a heart attack. The Diamondback’s Danielle Ohl talks to the assistant director of this university’s jazz band about Wess’ legacy. For more, visit diamondbackonline.com.
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pro-bending is a sport adapted from The Legend of Korra, a spinoff of the critically acclaimed Avatar: The Last Airbender. In real life, pro-bending involves throwing tennis balls at the opposing team. If a player is hit, he or she must step backward a section. photos courtesy of lydia ginter By Zoë DiGiorgio @DBKDiversions For The Diamondback “Benders ready?” The players took their positions. The referee blew the whistle, and red, blue and green balls began to soar through the air. Though the players tried to dodge the projectiles, no one could miss the telling plunk of a well-thrown tennis ball striking a thigh. The whistle sounded again. “Blue team wins!” It was hard to tell who was on the blue team because both sets of players were smiling and laughing as they exited the roped-off playing field on McKeldin Mall on Friday. The students were playing pro-bending, a dodgeball-style game based on the sport from The Legend of Korra, which concludes its second season Friday. The university’s pro-bending league is one of only a handful of its kind, created by fans of the TV show who wanted to transform the fictional sport into a game playable in the real world. On the show, the players are “benders”
bending Facebook group now has about 30 members, with an average of about 12 players each Friday. The game on the show features two teams of three players each: one earthbender, who throws discs made of clay; a firebender, who shoots controlled bursts of flames; and a waterbender, who manipulates small quantities of water. The two teams try to knock each other out of bounds, meaning out of their individual sections, or off the raised playing field into the water below. The pro-benders at this university sport red, blue or green bandanas to indicate their chosen element and each use six tennis balls wrapped in fabric that matches their headgear. Ropes provide the boundaries, forming a large oval divided into six sections. The two teams face each other in the two center sections. When the whistle sounds, players throw their balls at the opposing team. If a player is hit, he or she must step back into the next section. If all three players of a team are hit, the opposing team may advance forward a section. The game is over once an entire team is knocked back out of the ring or when two minutes are up. The players switch in and out of the games so
who can control the elements of fire, water or earth. Though bending was also prominently displayed in the original Avatar: The Last Airbender series, The Legend of Korra shows how bending has evolved into a form of mass entertainment in the Avatar universe. As a campus sport, pro-bending has happened every Friday from noon until 2 p.m. since Oct. 4, thanks to freshman architecture major Lydia Ginter. A longtime fan of the Avatar series, Ginter was inspired to start a pro-bending league after watching the first season of The Legend of Korra in early 2012. There was a movement of fans who adapted the pro-bending rules from the show in the same spirit as Harry Potter fans embraced Quidditch, but in many cases, the game failed to take off, Ginter said. She tried to persuade people in her high school to play last year, but after a few games, enthusiasm waned. The summer before coming to this university, Ginter tried to gauge interest on Tumblr for a pro-bending league on the campus, she said. Tori Buckshaw, now a junior Arabic major, responded excitedly. Through the combined recruiting efforts of Ginter, Buckshaw and others, the pro-
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peters From PAGE 8 started last week against Abilene Christian, but that was because he was replacing forward Jake Layman, who missed practice with a thigh bruise. In the Terps’ two games against opponents from major conferences, Peters came off the bench, while last season’s leading scorer, Dez Wells, has started as the team’s primary ball handler in place of the injured Seth Allen. If Peters, a natural point guard, does start this week, it’ll allow Wells to move back to the wing. “ I ’ve g ive n i t a l o t o f thought,” Turgeon said. “I think it helps Dez. I think it helps the team. [Peters] was good. Pretty big environment, I thought he handled it great.” T h e S u i t l a n d p ro d u c t o f te n p e n e t ra te d t h e Beavers’ zone defense and created plays in transition Sunday before a large crowd t h a t i n c l u d e d P re s i d e n t Obama. He shot 5-of-9 from the field in 25 minutes. His aggressive play also created open looks for his teammates, whether he was credited with the assist or not. “Roddy played big. That’s
GUARD RODDY PETERS started for the first time against Abilene Christian on Nov. 13 and likely will start against Marist this weekend in the Virgin Islands. christian jenkins/the diamondback how he’s capable of playing every night,” Wells said Sunday. “We all knew Roddy was going to come out. We’ve been waiting for him to blossom.” As he makes more plays — both for himself and others — Peters is getting more comfortable with the college game. “I’m starting to get into the
flow of it now,” Peters said yesterday. “I’m starting to pick up the offense, so I think I’ve been doing a lot better. I feel more confident.” Though Peters flashed excellence early, his inexperience showed in his first three college games. Turgeon mentioned that Peters struggled
to play at an appropriate pace at times against Oregon State, and the point guard is still learning when to push the ball up the floor and when to settle the team. Peters also struggled a bit defensively, Turgeon said. But that problem was widespread for the Terps against Oregon
State, which shot 59.6 percent from the field, and the thirdyear coach has seen Peters improve his commitment to defense during the season. “I’ve been watching film, so I see a lot of things at Oregon State that I could have done better,” Peters said. Still, the 6-foot-3 Peters
has emerged as a valuable asset for the Terps, and with Allen sidelined for likely another six to eight weeks, the Terps may turn to Peters to man the starting point guard position for the next several weeks. For a team averaging 15 turnovers so far this season, there appears to be room for a natural point guard in the lineup. But Peters, a softspoken newcomer who rarely shows emotion, doesn’t seem to care. He’s intent on improving in any role he takes on. “I don’t think it would matter,” Peters said. “I’m just going to go in whenever Coach wants to play me.” Peters’ early play forced Turgeon to consider putting him on the floor for the opening tip, and while asking the unassuming freshman to step into a large role right away after a 1-2 start to the season might be a tall task, his teammates seem to think he’s ready for the responsibility. And they believe he’s only going to get better. “He’s coming along really well,” Wells said. “But you guys haven’t seen nearly his potential as far as him being a good point guard.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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minutes into overtime, goalkeeper Zack Steffen misplayed a header off a California corner kick, and the Golden Bears netted the rebound for the game-winner and a 3-2 victory. The Terps responded with a two-goal win over Duke in front of a record crowd at Ludwig Field on Sept. 6 and returned to their home field two days later for a matchup with VCU. Cirovski’s squad built a 2-0 lead in the first 71 minutes of action and looked poised to secure its second straight victory. But in a catastrophic defensive collapse, the Terps surrendered three goals in the final 13 minutes of regulation and suffered a shocking 3-2 loss to the unranked Rams. All three goals occurred because of lapses on the Terps backline — which featured freshmen Alex Crognale and Suli Dainkeh at center back and Chris Odoi-Atsem at right back — on long balls over the top, and Steffen, a freshman making his fourth career start, was indecisive. In four games, the Terps allowed 10 goals, making them one of the worst defensive teams in the nation heading into their first conference match of the season on the road, against then-No. 2 North Carolina. Cirovski started the same backline against the Tar Heels — the three freshmen along with sophomore Mikey Ambrose — and early on, the squad suffered a similar fate. Two first-half goals left the Terps trailing 2-1 entering halftime. It was the earliest the Terps had allowed 12 goals in a season in the past 10 years. The coach replaced Dainkeh with defender Dakota Edwards, who missed the first four games of the season with a hernia. Although he wasn’t fully healthy, Edwards provided muchneeded experience in the back after starting 23 games as a freshman in 2012. The Terps overcame their one-goal deficit and battled to a 2-2 draw with North Carolina. The Terps earned a road victory at Clemson just more than a week later, but Edwards’ presence proved a temporary fix. A few days later, the team surrendered a late own goal in a disappointing draw against Old Dominion on Sept. 24. That prompted Cirovski to make another adjustment to his backline: He replaced Odoi-Atsem with midfielder Jereme Raley at right back. Despite being a midfielder, Raley, a redshirt junior, provided crucial experience for Cirovski’s defense, as his confident passing and decision-making helped
top of the circle, and the fake opened up space for forward Sydney Kirby, who scored from the top left of the circle. “It was a really, really wellexecuted penalty corner,” coach Missy Meharg said. “It was beautiful, and I’m not so sure that on any day a defense could’ve stopped that.” McEvoy remained calm, however, as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year organized a team huddle after the goal. The Terps drew a penalty corner three minutes after play resumed, and McEvoy’s shot found midfielder Anna Dessoye, who deflected the ball into the goal to tie the game. The team had to recover again after Princeton took a 2-1 lead with about 30 seconds left in the first period. Midfielder Jill Witmer, also a senior, tied the game with six seconds remaining. The goal marked a turning point for the Terps. McEvoy’s communication helped the Terps limit defensive miscues, and the T igers struggled to generate scoring opportunities. “She talks very early,” Meharg said. “So it’s very clear to the people in front of her what she wants done.” McEvoy helped orchestrate
GOALKEEPER ZACK STEFFEN has recorded five shutouts in his past seven games, including three straight on the way to the ACC tournament title. christian jenkins/the diamondback possession along the backline. Over the next four games, the Terps surrendered three goals and earned their first shutout of the season in a 2-0 home victory over Pittsburgh. The group also went on the road and earned a 1-1 draw at then-No. 2 Notre Dame on Oct. 8. But another setback was looming. On a rainy evening in Charlottesville, Va., the Terps surrendered three goals in the first 27 minutes of a 3-3 draw with Virginia. Cirovski replaced Crognale and Edwards with Dainkeh and Odoi-Atsem after the outburst of scoring to start the contest. That was the last time Crognale and Edwards appeared for the Terps this season. The defense settled down against the Cavaliers, but more importantly, Cirovski finally found a composed and confident backline with Raley at right back, Odoi-Atsem and Dainkeh at center back and Ambrose — a constant — at left back. The Terps returned home for a shutout win over Marshall on Oct. 15, but four days later suffered yet another defensive lapse in a crucial game against then-No. 15 Wake Forest. Midfielder Dan Metzger suffered a leg injury with about 35 minutes remaining in the first half and was forced to leave the game. The Demon Deacons scored four goals in Metzger’s absence before halftime, and the Terps lost 4-3 despite Metzger’s return for the final 45 minutes of the game. Cirovski considered making further changes to his defense after his team’s second home loss of the season, but he decided otherwise. And his trust in Raley, Odoi-Atsem, Dainkeh, Ambrose and Steffen paid off. In the seven games since the loss to Wake Forest, including the three ACC tournament matches, the Terps have surrendered just two goals and have had five shutouts. “This team has really taken on the challenge of getting better,” Cirovski said. “They’ve shown great humility and great
resiliency. We’ve come back and tied or won so many games this year. But I think they’ve bought into the idea of how important defending is.” Cirovski said a large part of the defensive growth this season has been a result of the work of the players in front of the defenders: the midfielders and forwards. “It just comes down to working for each other,” said Metzger, who plays defensive midfielder. “It’s not just the back four and myself. It’s everybody doing the work together.” As was obvious against Wake Forest, Metzger — who moved from outside midfielder to defensive center midfield before the Terps’ match against Clemson on Sept. 21 — has been one of the most important pieces in the Terps’ defensive improvement. Metzger’s strong challenges and sound dribbling have proved vital since his position change. Metzger has impacted the Terps so much that forward Patrick Mullins — who was named the ACC tournament MVP and is the defending MAC Hermann Trophy winner — said Metzger has been the Terps’ best player all season long. “Having him behind me, pushing me forward has been an inspiration for me,” Mullins said. “And as far as growing this team defensively, he puts in the great work every game.” It was an arduous process that included a great deal of misfortune, but Cirovski’s defense eventually reached its potential. And it was on full display in the ACC tournament. But the coach made something clear in the moments after the Terps secured their conference title: A defense cannot be successful unless there is a full team effort. And when he finally got that message through to his players, the Terps never looked back. “We’ve been much more connected as a group,” Cirovski said. “And it’s shown.” email@example.com
bowl From PAGE 8 successful season in College Park and bolster their bowl case. “Six wins doesn’t guarantee anything,” Edsall said. “Six wins just makes you eligible. It doesn’t guarantee that you’re going anywhere. I’ve told that to our team, so again, we’re just focused on Boston College and we’ll worry about Boston College and getting prepared, and then we got another game the following week. All that other stuff doesn’t mean anything until after we conclude our regular season.” The Terps’ bowl-clinching victory came after a trying month for the program. They lost three straight games while sitting one win away from eligibility and lost wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long to season-ending injuries during that stretch. After a listless performance in a 20-3 loss to a middling Syracuse team Nov. 9, the Terps’ future seemed to be in doubt. Entering Saturday’s
DEFENDER ALI MCEVOY and the No. 1-seed Terps will compete in their sixth straight national semifinal this weekend against No. 4-seed Duke in Norfolk, Va. rebecca rainey/the diamondback the defense in the central midfield, which was key to stifling Princeton’s offense in the second half. Terps midfielder Maxine Fluharty contained Tigers midfielder Michelle Cesan, giving her less space to find teammates and start counterattacks. “I thought Maxine Fluharty at center midfield really handled M ichelle Cesan,” Meharg said. “To handle her in some channels, and then double-teaming, she was first class.” McEvoy provided cover in case Princeton found a way to break through the midfield line, preventing the Tigers from getting shots on goal. Goalkeeper Natalie Hunter
didn’t have to make a save in the second half, a result of the team’s defensive organization. And when McEvoy and the rest of the senior class make their fourth straight s e m i f i n a l a p p e a ra n c e , they’ll try for another feat O’Donnell couldn’t achieve in her illustrious career: a third national title. “ We ’ r e e x c e e d i n g l y excited to move on,” Meharg said. “I’m very proud of the women. I’m proud of the entire program for finding a way to beat a very talented, very experienced and the former national champions in Princeton.”
game in Blacksburg, Va., as two-touchdown underdogs, few gave them a chance on the Hokies’ Senior Day. The thrilling victory advanced them to the postseason, but the Terps know there is still work to do to gain a higher-tier bowl berth. The last time they went to the postseason, it was a few miles down the road at RFK Stadium in Washington. “Our situation is still undefined,” Brown said. “We’re still at six wins. We have two more games to go. But to have that monkey off our back, to have the opportunity to go to a bowl, absolutely. I’m very excited, and it just puts more emphasis on this week, that we can go out there and better our situation and, yeah, I’m excited.” Safety A.J. Hendy said the plane ride home Saturday night was “full of energy” — a welcome change after treks home from previous road losses to Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., on Oct. 5 and at Wake Forest in WinstonSalem, N.C., on Oct. 19 — with happy players laughing and joking. But the team has turned the page from victories
quickly this season, so when the Terps returned to practice Sunday, it was back to correcting mistakes and preparing for their next game. “I enjoyed it for a couple hours after the game, then it was right back to business Sunday,” Hendy said. “Since Sunday, we’ve been focused on Boston College. It was a good feeling after the game, though.” A bowl game gives the program a national platform for visibility to increase its profile to both fans and recruits. Each additional win the Terps finish with increases their chance to play for a bigger audience on a wider stage. Six wins and Edsall’s first bowl berth are positive signs for the program, but the Terps have their eyes on more, starting this Saturday against Boston College. “Six just makes you eligible,” Brown said. “You’re not guaranteed anything. We just want to go out there. We’ve got two more. Eight’s ideal, obviously, but we’re going to focus on this week and get number No. 7.”
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THE TERPS have settled on a backline combination of (clockwise from top left) Jereme Raley, Suli Dainkeh, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Mikey Ambrose after early season struggles. top left, bottom right: christian jenkins/the diamondback; bottom left, top right: file photos/the diamondback
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After backline struggles plague Terps during rough start to season, Cirovski shuffles unit to kick-start ACC Championship run By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Staff writer Four games into its 2013 campaign, the Terrapins men’s soccer team had compiled the program’s first losing record in three years. Defensive letdowns in an overtime loss at California and a home loss to Virginia Commonwealth left coach Sasho Cirovski searching for answers but finding none. The 21st-year coach hoped to rely on freshmen
defenders and a freshman goalkeeper in the starting lineup, but the youth, though talented, proved detrimental during the team’s opening slate. More than two months later, Cirovski and the Terps stood in the middle of the field in Championship Stadium at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown raising the ACC Championship trophy in celebration of their second straight conference title. The group didn’t surrender a single goal in three tournament games.
And a defensive unit that was once a profound weakness emerged as the Terps’ most consistent strength, capping a season filled with setbacks, growth and, ultimately, a title. “I’m just really proud of how much they’ve learned and digested and how committed they’ve been to improve,” Cirovski said Sunday. “We don’t take losing or tying easily at the University of Maryland, but they become great opportunities to get better.” The majority of those opportunities for Cirovski came during the beginning of the
season. The Terps opened the year with a West Coast swing that featured games at Stanford and California. And while the team’s offense produced five goals in the two contests, the defense allowed six goals. The Terps escaped with a 3-3 draw against the Cardinal on Aug. 30 behind an 86th-minute goal from forward Jake Pace, but they couldn’t replicate the heroics two days later against the Golden Bears. Just more than six See DEFENSE, Page 7
McEvoy’s voice leads defense Senior helps limit miscues in quarterfinals to help reach semifinal By Paul Pierre-Louis @PaulPierreLouis Staff writer
GUARD RODDY PETERS scored 10 points and dished six assists during the Terps’ 90-83 loss to Oregon State on Sunday. Peters, a freshman, could start this weekend at the Paradise Jam. christian jenkins/the diamondback
While sitting in the lounge of the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on Sunday afternoon, Ali McEvoy reflected on her career with the Terrapins field hockey team. The Terps just beat Princeton, 3-2, in the second round of the NCAA tournament, meaning that the senior defender would make her fourth straight
appearance in the national semifinals. McEvoy’s postseason success surpasses that of former forward Katie O’Donnell, the team’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points, who had three semifinal appearances. “Being able to always believe and being able to know that we can always get better really has helped us to achieve that kind of a goal,” McEvoy said. With an assist and a strong second-half performance in the back-
line, McEvoy led the Terps in their win over the Tigers. Solid defense was a key factor in the team’s past two wins, but it didn’t look like that trend would continue in Sunday’s contest. Princeton broke into the circle and drew a penalty corner in the opening minutes, and the Terps were outmatched on the set play. The Tigers set up a decoy at the See MCEVOY, Page 7
Turgeon could give Peters starting nod Bowl-eligible Terps look ahead FOOTBALL
By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer
About midway through the first half of Sunday’s 90-83 loss to Oregon State, Terrapins men’s basketball guard Roddy Peters sliced through the middle of the Beavers’ zone when two Oregon State big men closed to block the freshman’s path to rim. So Peters whipped a pass right by the defenders to center Shaquille Cleare, who ended up with an easy dunk. Through the season’s first three
games, Peters made a habit of getting to the rim and either scoring or dumping the ball off to open teammates, like when he found Cleare on Sunday. The point guard had his most productive game against Oregon State, recording 10 points and a team-high six assists off the bench. As a result, coach Mark Turgeon pondered plugging Peters into the starting lineup when the Terps play in the Paradise Jam tournament in the Virgin Islands this weekend. Peters See PETERS, Page 7
Edsall, players say there is still more to accomplish this season By Daniel Gallen @danieljtgallen Senior staff writer Randy Edsall leaping and bounding onto the Lane Stadium grass Saturday after the Terrapins football team’s 27-24 overtime win against Virginia Tech signaled many things for the program. It was the third-year coach’s first win after Oct. 13 since he took over
the Terps, ending a three-game losing streak. And Edsall’s celebration — quarterback C.J. Brown said the normally reserved and serious coach looked like a “goofball” — punctuated the program’s biggest win in some time. Perhaps most importantly, the Terps’ sixth win allowed the team to clinch bowl eligibility, marking the first time they will participate in the postseason since 2010.
But as he has all season, Edsall isn’t letting the team’s focus stray too far ahead. Whether the Terps play in the Military Bowl in Annapolis; the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La.; the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.; or some other bowl, the Terps host Boston College on Saturday with the opportunity to improve on Edsall’s most See BOWL, Page 7