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Through program, more campus offices go green Suspect Seventeen participants join Office of Sustainability’s new Green Office Program BY CLAIRE SARAVIA Staff writer
While this university is engaged in efforts to promote global environmental awareness, Office of Sustainability officials are also encouraging offices on the campus to prioritize eco-friendly activities. The university began rewarding offices for their sustainable efforts earlier this month through the Green
purchases recycled copy paper it might not be a huge difference, but if everyone starts doing it then it could be.” If the incentive gains popularity across the campus as Toews hopes it will, she said it could help the university reach goals, such as achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and becoming a national model for green universities, as outlined in the Climate Action Plan and the University Strategic Plan.
Office Program, a voluntary initiative that has already attracted 17 participants, according to Office of Sustainability Enhancement Coordinator Aynsley Toews. The program was designed to generate campuswide results by increasing environmental consciousness on a personal level, Toews said. “It’s definitely about building awareness for the steps we could each take to become more sustainable,” Toews said. “When one office
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To receive green office certification, each office must take five steps, including signing a green office pledge, performing an environmental audit before entering the program and identifying a green office representative to oversee sustainability efforts. After completing the checklist, participants can choose which level of recognition to pursue — gold, silver or bronze — depending on
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Hoyer honored with leadership award
U. Police arrest man who fled on scooter BY ERIN EGAN Staff writer
After chasing him through downtown College Park, University Police arrested Kevin Daniel Aguilar Saturday on charges of steal- KEVIN ing a scooter DANIEL from Lot Y earlier AGUILAR that day. THEFT SUSPECT The 19-year-old Washington resident, who is not a university student, also confessed to stealing a laptop from McKeldin Library last week. On Saturday, an officer attempted to stop Aguilar and a passenger for driving the scooter illegally on the sidewalk near Regents Drive and Route 1. According to University Police spokesman Capt. Marc Limansky, Aguilar sped away and a chase continued into Old Town. The passenger, who is described as a 6-foot-tall black male with short hair, khaki pants and a navy blue sweatshirt with gray on the shoulders, jumped off the scooter on Knox Road, Limansky said. The passenger has yet to be apprehended. Aguilar drove to College Avenue and jumped off, Limansky said. He was caught behind the Tri-Delta sorority
University alumnus, House Minority Whip speaks about election, Pell Grants When House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D) came to the campus last night to receive an award for his political leadership, he used his breadth of experience as the highest-ranking member of Congress in the state’s history to field a wide variety of questions. At the more than 90-minute event, the university’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship awarded Hoyer — a university alumnus who represents this university in the state’s 5th Congressional District — with the Millard E. Tydings Award for Courage and Leadership in American Politics in recognition of his leadership in promoting international political prisoner rights, gay rights in the military and the right to vote. “Congressman Hoyer … has been a paramount of principle, courageous leadership in an era of polarized politics,” said University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan. “He has also been an eloquent voice of reason and rationality.” During a question-and-answer session, Hoyer discussed topics ranging from retirement plans to next year’s election and Social Security to Pell Grants. “I want you to believe that America is going to make it,” he said. Though Hoyer discussed many contemporary political topics, his message to young people was clear: “You ought to be very angry,” he said. “You have a much bigger stake in what’s going on … [this] will impact your lives over the long term.” Several students said Hoyer’s message encouraged college students to be politically active — especially in an unstable economic climate. “I think we should be looking out for ways to help our economy because … it’s our world now,” said freshman government and politics major Tiffany Cox. “It’s on us.” — Text by Molly Marcot
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Fraternities double philanthropy hours from three years ago Members of the Interfraternity Council logged more than 19,200 hours last year for fundraisers, service BY REBECCA LURYE Staff writer
From coordinating carnivals with inner-city youth to hosting a barbecue fundraiser for breast cancer research that raked in thousands, fraternities at this university have logged more community service hours and hosted more large-scale fundraisers in recent years.
Members of the Interfraternity Council have reportedly doubled their philanthropy hours from three years ago, and members said the increase reflects a cultural shift in the way chapters give back to the community. “Chapters are wanting to do more and actually taking philanthropy and community service more seriously than they have in the past,” said Alex Marsh, IFC executive board vice pres-
ident of internal affairs. While many fraternities’ national organizations require chapters to meet a specific number of service hours, many fraternity members said this university’s increase is a result of many Greeks refocusing their efforts on philanthropy and service. Last year, members recorded serving more than 19,200 hours of community service, soaring 106 percent over
the 2008 total, according to IFC advisor Amie Jackson. Additionally, chapters reportedly donated $185,661 to charitable causes last year, nearly $68,000 more than in 2008, according to Jackson. Some fraternity members, such as Kappa Alpha Order President Greg Waterworth, said increased service shows members are focusing less on social aspects of Greek life and dedi-
cating more of their time — including early weekend mornings — to giving back to the community. “I kind of like how it’s feeling right now,” said Waterworth, a junior government and politics major. “There is a culture change that’s trying to happen right now, and it remains to be seen if it will be successful, but I’m excited to
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Farmers market will return in spring After a successful first season, market spokesman said interest was enough to ensure a second will begin in March or April BY REBECCA LURYE Staff writer
The farmers and city residents who for the first time brought fresh produce, eggs and barbecue downtown may become regulars on Route 1 after a successful first season. Brad Miller of Miller Farms said the Sunday farmers market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in City Hall’s parking lot — which is located across from Ledo Pizza — ended this month but garnered enough business to guarantee he’ll return for a second season starting in March or April. Miller said he
would like to make a few new additions, such as a snow cone machine, a live band and homemade jam, and jelly, to draw more attention to the market next season. “It started with me and my girlfriend and a little truck, and we went out there the first weekend not knowing what to expect,” Miller said. “But people showed up.” Although a few people, including an Asian pear vendor and a baker, tried to participate in the market but ultimately stopped coming because business was slow, Miller called his first season at this new location a
“success.” The Miller family already operates another market in the city, in the Ellen Linson Swimming Pool parking lot, two miles from the campus, on Saturdays. At its most profitable day in July, Miller said the market had about 200 visitors and made about $1,800. In August, business slowed, but Miller said it climbed again once more students arrived for the fall semester. “I definitely think we’re sustainable just as it is right now,” he said. Miller said the experience in a loca-
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Kappa Alpha Order President Greg Waterworth has helped organize a philanthropy event the last two years to raise money for breast cancer research. FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK
ARREST from page 1 house at 4604 College Ave. while attempting to flee on foot. While Aguilar was sitting in the holding cell at the University Police station, an employee of the Security Operations Center — a branch of police that monitors more than 300 security cameras placed around the campus and city — noticed similarities between Aguilar and a suspect wanted for stealing a laptop from McKeldin Library on Nov. 19, Limansky said. “The SOC [employee] noticed similarities in height, weight and features,” Limansky said. “He said, ‘I think this is the same guy.’ So, he called the detective, and the detective looked at it and continued interviewing [Aguilar] and then he admitted to stealing the laptop.” Aguilar is being charged with the failure to obey the lawful order of a police officer, resisting arrest, driving a vehi-
cle on the sidewalk where prohibited, driver failure to obey traffic control device, left turn from improper road position, attempt by driver to elude uniformed police other than on foot, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to drive right of center, driving the wrong way on a one way street, attempt by driver to elude uniformed police by fleeing on foot and driving a motor vehicle on a highway without license and authorization. Although Aguilar has not yet been charged with stealing the scooter or the laptop, he has admitted to committing both thefts, Limansky said. Court records also show two charges of fourth degree burglary in October. “We are very lucky that our officer was where he was at the time and he noticed that the scooter was on the sidewalk,” Limansky said of the arrest that occurred just minutes after the theft. “Timing was everything here.”
be on the right side of it.” Because of other fraternities’ success with new community ser vice ventures, others — such as recently formed Beta Theta Pi and older chapters such as Phi Kappa Tau that previously struggled to hold their own charity events — recently threw their first major philanthropy or community ser vice event in years. “I think it really has been internalized within each individual chapter, and they look over to the left and the right and say well they’re making great changes so we need to match what they’re doing or even do better,” said IFC
GREEN from page 1 their commitment to and financial investment in the cause. “The bronze checklist is fast and free, silver is simple and low cost but might have a little more commitment, and gold might involve larger purchases and integrating sustainability into the administration of the office,” Toews said. “Everybody on campus could achieve the bronze level without too much effort.” Offices receive a framed certificate and a logo for their website once they become recognized, Toews said. Achieving certification does not require most offices to change their ways, univer-
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firstname.lastname@example.org tion closer to the campus is a learning experience — and that students are very different customers than his regulars. “A lot of students didn’t cook, so fruits did pretty well but selling a pound of green beans was tough,” he said. “[Miller Farms’] number ones for produce are collard and kale greens, and I really couldn’t give it away up here.” The addition of live music every Sunday at the market
Executive Board President Marc George. “It’s great to see, and I don’t think we’ve reached by any means the peak of what we can do.” One of the fastest growing ser vice ventures for fraternities has been their partnership with Kid Power, a nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities for underser ved Washington youth. Alpha Tau Omega began sponsoring the organization last year after members realized their annual Virgin Party — a non-alcoholic social that fundraises money for cystic fibrosis research and the HERO campaign, a program that promotes harsher drunk-driving laws — had high attendance but wasn’t inspiring people to
donate as much money as in previous years. Members of three fraternities decided to refocus their efforts on community ser vice and began tutoring children twice a month at the university. The project expanded this semester, and now members of more than 10 fraternities take daily trips to Washington schools to tutor school children. Additionally, Kappa Alpha Order hosted a carnival field day event for the kids last May. “I think they’re really starting to realize, ‘Wow, if we feel connected to these things and make it meaningful, other people will feel that passion too,’” Jackson said. Water worth also became more involved in community ser vice last year and decided
to expand his chapter’s annual barbecue for breast cancer research. The Breastfest of Champions, which is particularly close to Kappa Alpha Order because members founded it three years ago after their president’s close family friend died of breast cancer, raised about $32,000 this fall. “There’s more collaboration within all of Greek life rather than individual chapters hosing their own events … and I think that’s more of an incentive to get involved. You don’t want to be the man that’s not part of it,” said senior journalism major Patrick Quinn, a former philanthropy chairman in Alpha Tau Omega.
sity employees said. Leahkim Gannett, the green office representative for the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Librar y, said the librar y achieved bronze certification by maintaining green efforts already in place, such as recycling and stocking communal silverware in the kitchen. Alan Mattlage, a representative for one of 10 participating McKeldin Librar y offices, said his fifth floor office was poised to receive bronze certification after he took simple measures such as turning off lights. “There were lots of small and easy efforts,” Mattlage said. “My office is populated by a number of people concerned about the environment.” Student organizations with
offices in the Student Involvement Suite are also embracing the idea. The Student Government Association, for example, is sending a representative to green office training in December. “Since the program is being offered to other campus offices, [the SGA] should be setting an example,” SGA Director of Sustainability Michelle Kim said. Office of Sustainability Director Scott Lupin said the office launched the program after members of the university community expressed interest in promoting sustainability. “We felt creating a program that went through campus offices would give a lot of people an opportunity to participate [in sustainability] through their day-to-day
“It also gives us a vehicle to add new sustainability programs and policies we can weave into the program in the future.”
could drive more student patrons to the market, he said. “Just someone with a guitar playing a few tunes to set the atmosphere,” Miller said. “The group we had a couple times sounded like a pirate band, singing old Irish folklore songs, and it just was not what people were looking for.” However, Bill Coleman, the market’s barbecue vendor, said the market doesn’t have much money to spare for entertainment and finding a group willing to play for free will be nearly impossible. Tyler Stump, a senior history major, said although he only
shopped at the farmers market twice, he enjoyed having the option to buy fresh food close to the campus. “Music would be nice,” he said. “I’d probably be more inclined to spend more time there if they made it more than just a market.” Although Coleman and Miller said regular customers and new students alike frequented the location every weekend, both said the campus has more potential for customers. “There is kind of a disconnect between residents and the student population, but I think in a lot of ways, this kind of brings togeth-
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er both sides,” said Coleman, who’s lived in the city for 14 years. Aside from being the home of “the best deal in College Park,” according to Coleman — who’ll continue selling barbecue sandwiches with two sides for $5 every Sunday until the end of the semester — he said the farmers market helps bridge this gap. “I think [the market’s] something we need to get the community involved, so I thought I’d do the barbecue thing, get the smoke in the air,” he said. “It kind of draws people.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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tudent leaders have been less than thrilled with the state of shared gover- that’s a shaky excuse at best. If one is interested in any aspect of the senate’s activity, nance at this university these days. The Student Government Association is including meeting minutes and legislation schedules, that information is easy to find. In this technological age and with all the resources and skills of the student body, upset, and undergraduate senators aren’t happy either. After the University Senate decided to approve a new plus-and-minus grading system despite sig- there is no excuse for such a lackluster website. The average student is much more nificant undergraduate opposition, several student leaders in both bodies said their likely to keep tabs on the SGA by visiting its website, not by attending weekly meetings. If the SGA can’t attract students to its website, it doesn’t have much of a shot of voices have been drowned out too frequently in recent policy discussions. getting them to speak up at these gatherings. Likewise, other The problem, they say, is ineffective communication officials can’t be expected to be up-to-date on its actions. between the two organizations. SGA representatives It’s the SGA’s job to advocate on behalf of the student body faulted the senate for neglecting to engage them before — at a university this large, it would be impractical to expect debating an issue, while senators hinted at the SGA’s failFor the SGA to improve senators to solicit input from every corner of the campus. ure to inform the senate of its positions. communication with the That’s why the SGA, the Graduate Student Government and Both groups agreed they need to establish a more direct Residence Hall Association exist — to represent those system of sharing information, which is certainly true. Howuniversity’s other governing the populations. Senate Chair Eric Kasischke called his organizaever, in this case, poor communication is a surface problem bodies, it must organize its tion a “forum” for different opinions, and he’s right: The sencovering up more specific issues that have gone unchecked is a policy-making body, not a polling agency. for too long. This editorial board believes much of the blame public information, especially ateSenators said they weren’t aware of students’ concerns falls on the SGA and stems from what appears to be laziness and disorganization. its website, more effectively. about the new grading policy until the SGA circulated a petition against it — after the senate voted for the change. The The SGA website is a top offender. Although it has undergone some expansions over the last few years, it’s still inadequately maintained and SGA passed a resolution Nov. 7 condemning the policy, but it didn’t inform the senate has consistently been a source of aggravation for individuals searching for specific of that position until two days later — the same day senators voted in favor of the polinformation. If students are looking to keep tabs on the body’s meetings or the status icy. That’s not enough time for senators to consider their position. SGA legislators pass resolutions with the knowledge their bills are more symbolic of its resolutions, they’re likely out of luck. Many links lead to dead ends and several sections are incomplete or out-of-date, such as the “News” tab off the main page, than efficacious. Representatives can only truly affect policy if they work hard to keep which was last updated more than six months ago. Most notably, links to this semes- their head above water during turbulent decision-making processes. When there’s ter’s resolutions weren’t accessible when this editorial board tried repeatedly to open potential for officials to press full speed ahead with an idea, it’s even more crucial for them. After being redirected to long-neglected pages or encountering one error mes- student leaders to follow up. It’s up to the representatives to stay abreast of university affairs and to speak up in a timely fashion. sage after another, one is likely to give up out of frustration. The senate does have a great deal of power, and the university community should The senate website, by contrast, offers a wealth of information about the body’s operations, is easy to navigate and is updated regularly. It provides a user-friendly certainly try to check that authority by monitoring its activities and forcing senators to graphic of active legislation that classifies each bill’s status with links to summaries, be responsive to constituents. And yes, communication is key. But the SGA, as the full texts and details of the bill’s progression through committees. Some SGA repre- group of students elected to do their peers’ bidding, must realize the senate will carry sentatives said the senate does not inform them before a vote on important issues, but on with or without its input.
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Don’t institutionalize individuality
he idea that a group of people can become more than the sum of its parts is something we’re all familiar with. A small band of soldiers nearly defeats a dominant enemy at Thermopylae or the Alamo. A group of musicians turn noise into a beautiful symphony. Overmatched players win the game because they understand there’s no “I” in “team.” The concept is a motivational tool used to extract maximum effort when facing an obstacle — but it’s wrong. It only tricks us because we so readily underestimate ourselves. There is an “I” in “team” — more than one, in fact — because the team consists of individuals. A championship basketball team doesn’t win because its production is greater than the sum of its parts, but because the parts fit together so well. We inherently know this is true (and even use the correct metaphor of cogs in a machine) but don’t want to accept it because of the implication that none of our institutions are actually any greater than the people who comprise them. Institutions such as our government, schools and religious organizations help
HAXEL maintain society, but they become problematic when people place too much faith in them. Elected officials answer to political parties instead of constituents because they believe too much in ideology. Penn State football and the Catholic Church ignore sexual abuse because defending the institution seems more important than protecting the individual. It happens so frequently because our institutions are so much larger than Dunbar’s number — a doctrine claiming we have the mental capacity to maintain close relationships with only 150 people. Mankind’s technological advancements are beneficial for many obvious reasons, but they’re troublesome because they’ve outpaced our own biological evolution. Ancient self-governing communities of about 150 have been replaced with many large networks both online and in per-
son, so we encounter far more people than we can possibly form meaningful relationships with. The lesson here is twofold: First, we should strive to eliminate layers of bureaucracy and limit organizational units to about 150 members. It’s no coincidence the U.S. Senate is more genteel and less partisan than the House of Representatives because 100 members is far fewer than 435. Modern militaries are vastly different from ancient forces, but the standard company element has always been about 150. One reason the university’s living and learning programs work is because the cohorts are small enough to foster meaningful relationships. Second, we should always remember that no organization or institution is more important than the people it serves, because individuals are the reason such entities exist. Former Athletic Director Debbie Yow tried to build one of the nation’s top athletics departments, but in doing so she made financial decisions that ultimately hurt the student-athletes. Someone makes the same mistake every time a scandal is
hidden from the public. Of course, not every organization can be limited to 150 people. Nobody outside of the tea party would argue the federal government could or should be of such limited scope, but departments should be small enough that everyone knows their co-workers. De-centralizing authority is also valuable because a department head knows far better how his workers will be affected by a decision than does a CEO or president. As the world continues to advance, our networks will only grow in size and complexity. Unless we learn how to speed up evolution, we’ll still only be able to manage about 150 close relationships. But don’t fret: The wonderful thing about life is that we’ve been given all the tools we need. Our advanced mental capacity enables empathy, so we don’t actually need to know everything about everyone — just enough to see ourselves in others and to realize the value of individuals over institutions. Christopher Haxel is a senior English major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
America: Land of equal opportunity?
ince we were all little, we have been told how lucky we are to live in a country where we have the freedom to become who we want. However, as great as our country is, it is not the land of equal opportunity. It never has been, and I dare say it never will be. This does not mean I am not grateful to live here, but it does mean America isn’t as perfect as we have been taught to believe. By now I am sure you are aware of the Occupy movement, which captures some of the nation’s most egregious injustices and inequalities. The movement shows there can never be equality in this country if a small minority controls most of the wealth and manipulates the helpless majority underneath it. It also shows this country will never be equal as long as we still have high levels of corruption among millionaires and billionaires who don’t take responsibility for their mistakes. But I don’t want to sound like a broken record about our nation’s problems. What I will do is explain the
source of inequality that has taken place here at this university over the past few weeks. The athletics department has been forced to cut eight varsity teams due to insufficient funds. I know times are tough and money is tight, but let’s cut the bullshit here. I highly doubt university President Wallace Loh read more than 50 emails on this subject from students, and I would be shocked if he actually spent time crying as he said he did in an interview with this newspaper. The reality is that the eight teams cut were the teams that the President’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics felt were disposable. Yes, the teams that will be cut didn’t bring in much revenue, but somehow they had survived in the past. Through all of this turmoil, the big sports knew they would never be threatened. Although the budget shortcomings stem primarily from the inept play and dramatic drop in revenue brought in by the football and men’s basketball teams, these athletes walk away from this situation
JOSH BIRCH basically unharmed. The truth is that the teams most of us overlook are the ones that will be dropped. Just because some of us may not care about the swimming and diving teams or the track teams doesn’t mean those participants aren’t committed athletes who have sacrificed a lot to be part of those teams. Giving them the opportunity to transfer or continuing to honor their scholarships doesn’t negate what has happened to their teams. Instead of cutting some spending from the top down, this university has taken the easier path — cutting the small, “unimportant” teams. I am not suggesting we cut the football or men’s basketball teams, as that would be absurd. However, football coach Randy
Edsall will make $2 million this year, despite leading the football team to one of its worst seasons ever. Edsall has earned $1 million for each win he has produced this year. Men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon is set to make $1.9 million this year, making him the second-highest paid basketball coach in the ACC — behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. These coaches don’t deserve this type of money, nor have they proven they could produce results that warrant it. And just think, these expenses don’t even include the assistant coaches’ salaries. During this debacle, this university did what this country has often resorted to — hurt the little guys to keep the big guys. As long as the big sports are untouched, despite irresponsible budget allotments, all is right at this university. No matter how unequal it is, it happens in this country, and it just happened at our university. Josh Birch is a senior history major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
he decision by university President Wallace Loh to abolish eight non-revenue teams wasn’t a total surprise, but it still hurts like hell. As usual, the innocent become the victims of stupid policies and foolish mismanagement through no fault of their own. This isn’t the first time it has happened at this university and probably isn’t the last. Back in the “old” days, the university had a famous basketball player who died of a drug overdose a few days after signing with the Boston Celtics. The athletics department allegedly decided to complicate matters by cleaning his on-campus room and removing any drugs they found. It turned out the same department had hidden the fact Len Bias was short of graduation, though he’d used up his athlete eligibility. Years later, the NCAA punished the basketball team for these and other transgressions by reducing scholarships and banning television appearances. The problem was those television fees were what largely paid for the other varsity sports on the campus, such as the swimming teams. So guess who suffered the real punishment? As funds dried up, scholarships for swimmers disappeared. By the 1990s, the men’s team was reduced to just one scholarship for a minuscule team of only a dozen or so swimmers. NCAA rules limit the number of events a swimmer can swim in a meet, so with only a dozen athletes, our Terrapins were losing to such local swimming powers as George Washington University — in one meet against GWU, we couldn’t even field a final fourman relay and had to forfeit all those critical points. The swimming team, along with other nonrevenue teams facing similar scenarios, became the unknown victims of the Bias debacle. Despite these setbacks, the various affected teams sur vived and eventually regained their footing. Fast for ward to 2011. The athletics department, in an orgy of overspending on unnecessar y suites at Byrd Stadium and gargantuan salaries for unproven coaches, now finds itself once again in utter chaos. Mismanagement — largely related to the moneymaking sports — has once more resulted in the decimation of innocent teams that have done nothing to deser ve the treatment they have received at the hands of Athletic Director Kevin Anderson and Loh. Both men should be utterly ashamed of what they have done to these fine studentathletes and to the university in general. But they are not wholly to blame. How many of you know the swim team has to pay $1,000 per day to swim in the Eppley Recreation Center pool a couple of hours each day, or to hold an occasional Saturday meet there? Campus Recreation Ser vices charges the athletics department $288,000 per year (remove nontraining Sundays, holidays, away meets and August break, and the team is there fewer than 288 days) for our own Terps to swim in the pool on their own campus, a figure supposedly calculated to cover one-third of pool operation costs. Seems a little high to me, but what the heck, CRS can easily make up that shortfall — can you guess who will get hit with higher mandator y recreation fees? Were you thinking that eliminating the swim team was going to save you some tuition? Nope, it’s actually going to cost you more — a little surprise university officials have neatly covered up, just as they’ve covered up years of poor leadership in the athletics department. I love swimming and have been a fan of the Terps swim teams for years. I will do whatever I can to support them in their efforts to sur vive yet another bout of incompetence. If you would also like to help, please visit www.saveumdswimming.org. Don’t let more than 55 years of Terp swimming pride go down the drain. Terrapins are aquatic creatures — help keep them in the pool. James Nealis is a 1980 university alumnus. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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orn today, you are able to maintain, day after day, a level of energy and resolve that is virtually unmatched by anyone else born under your sign. You have a great deal of strength and stamina, and yet you may not seem to others to be one to notice for these particular traits. Your brand of strength runs as a current beneath the surface, and you are able to stick with a project longer than most without calling a great deal of attention to yourself.
flict and controversy to a minimum today — provided you are willing to say what needs to be said.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Questions asked today aren’t likely to result in the answers you had hoped for — though one or two will surely give you food for thought.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’ll feel the support behind you as you head off on a journey that will put both your will and your ambition to the test.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — You may not want to follow the advice you have been given recently, but you may want to borrow the techniques used by one of the experts.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Don’t hesitate to let a fond memory shape your attitude. Take care that someone else doesn’t try to impose his own agenda.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You can prove to others that you belong in the game — and in the end you may actually defy those who expected someone else to win.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — There is very little chance that you will be able to recapture the glory you felt in a time well-remembered — but it can give you fresh insights.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You’re likely to reach an important marker, and as you pass this halfway point you’ll want to think about where you’ve been.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Quiet time affords you more than rest; you’ll enjoy a good deal of honest reflection — and can focus on issues others are avoiding.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — What may prove the deciding factor may be discussed and argued over for some time before all is said and done. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You should be able to keep con-
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Arno Cost loves DJing and hates dubstep BY RENEE KLAHR For The Diamondback
DJ/Producer Arno Cost, only 22years-old, began producing mixes out of his bedroom at age 18 and releasing them to local stations. Inspired by a wide array of musical styles, ranging from pop to disco, Cost tinkered with various sounds before he created his breakout hit “Magenta” in 2006. The native Frenchman will be performing at Josephine in Washington on Friday. “All of a sudden, my song was doing really well,” Cost said. “It was played the most at The Amsterdam Dance Event that year and I just couldn’t believe it.” Much to Cost’s surprise, revered DJs such as Eric Prydz and Steve Angello also began playing his tracks in their sets. With two more hit singles following in quick succession, the show bookings began rolling in and Cost’s future looked bright. He knew that creating buzz-worthy tracks was not an easy feat, but maintaining the momentum has proved to be more difficult than he initially expected. “I had three tracks that worked right away and, after ‘Cyan’ was released in 2009, I was kind of lost,” Cost said. “I wanted to make something better because there were all these expectations of me, so in the end I didn’t release anything.” After more than a year out of the loop, Cost re-entered the scene and made an impact with 2011’s “Lise.” The song quickly gained
the attention of DJs Guetta, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, among others, and gave Cost the opportunity to tour with some of the best in the business. Though he has found success as a touring act, Cost has not entirely escaped his fear of disappointing his fans, a fear so crippling it caused him to stay away from production in 2010. “I love what I do but I still have that problem sometimes,” Cost said. “There is always pressure to make quality music, and balancing time between producing, touring and having a life makes it even harder.” In addition to the pressures of being a sought-after DJ, Cost has been dealing with the drawbacks of mainstream attention. In just five years, the house DJ scene has become an entirely different place. What began as an underground movement has now taken control of the airwaves, with big artists such as Rihanna and Usher turning to European DJs to help create pop hits. For DJs who are willing to produce commercial music, the popularity of electronic music has been seen as a blessing. Yet for Cost, whose DJ style resides somewhere in between underground and mainstream, having to deal with this new side of the industry has been a trying effort. “Now all these young kids who only really know Swedish House Mafia are requesting to play the latest hits, which can be really boring,” Cost said. “You have to look harder for a crowd that is there to hear the
French 22-year-old DJ Arno Cost will bring his collection of house music hits to Washington Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF BEATSMEDIA.COM
need to adapt his music to the sounds of today, but trying to do so without selling out can be difficult. His new remix of Guetta’s “Titanium” is a bold move that he hopes will be a step in the right direction. “Being a DJ has its ups and downs,” Cost said. “But it is the life I have chosen to live and if you love it like I do, it’s all worth it.” Arno Cost will perform at Josephine in Washington on Friday. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
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Issues aplenty IS DANNY O’BRIEN HEADED ELSEWHERE? Entering this season, it seemed that if anyone’s starting job on the Terrapins football team was safe, it was quarterback Danny O’Brien’s. The reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, O’Brien was expected to further establish himself among the ACC’s top signal callers this season. But early-season struggles for the redshirt sophomore spiraled into a quarterback controversy with dual-threat quarterback C.J. Brown, and speculation over O’Brien’s possible departure from College Park has since skyrocketed. He’s reportedly set to graduate in May, which would allow O’Brien to join another program without sitting out a season after a transfer. Could he rejoin former offen-
sive coordinator James Franklin at Vanderbilt? Might he pursue a fresh start at another school, as former N.C. State star quarterback Russell Wilson did this season at Wisconsin? O’Brien’s offered little public insight into his thought process at this point, and coach Randy Edsall has said he plans to see O’Brien here next season. But after losing his job in the midst of a horrendous 2-10 campaign, could anybody blame him if he at least explored his options? HOW MUCH OF AN EXODUS WILL THERE BE? With The Baltimore Sun’s report Sunday that sophomore defensive end David Mackall was granted a release from his scholarship last week, the expected slew of offseason departures from the program
has begun. What remains to be seen is just how long the list will be. Mackall told The Sun that this season “wasn’t really the family vibe that we had a year ago,” and more divorces seem inevitable. In addition to O’Brien, running back D.J. Adams, who was relegated to the bench for much of the season after rushing for 11 touchdowns as a freshman in 2010, certainly seems a likely candidate. And with what appears to be pervasive discontent with Edsall in the locker room, additional personnel turnover should be expected in the coming weeks and months. WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE TEAM’S DEFENSE? It’s no secret the Terps’ defense was crippled by injuries this season.
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With four probable starters — linebacker Kenny Tate, safety Matt Robinson and defensive linemen Isaiah Ross and Justin Anderson — missing the majority of the season due to injury, just three players starting all 12 games and five freshmen seeing substantial playing time, the Terps’ struggles in stopping opponents were understandable. But nobody thought it could get as bad as it did. The Terps surrendered more than 500 yards four times this season — a threshold crossed just four times in former coach Ralph Friedgen’s 10year tenure — and gave up more than 30 points in eight of their 10 losses. So what has to change this offseason? Many of the Terps’ problems came from poor execution in the form of missed tackles and
SCHNEIDER from page 8 season’s worth of press conferences that were about as colorful as a black-and-white photo probably didn’t help. There isn’t much more that could have gone wrong for the Terps in 2011, which might just have been the worst season in program history. It’s been only a year, but it is fair to wonder whether Edsall really is the right coach for this team. In fact, at this point, it’s fair to wonder whether he’ll even be able to repair the damage he’s done in his only season on the job. So how do you fix it? Not by firing Edsall — at least, not yet. The athletics department is on the cusp of cutting eight programs, and it will take years to balance the budget. Shelling out $10 million to buy Edsall out a year after paying Ralph Friedgen $2 million would look horrendous. Even if Anderson were able to secure outside funding from a certain prominent alumnus who owns a certain Baltimorebased athletic apparel company, he wouldn’t be able to justify Edsall’s costly ouster while sports are being termi-
ILLINI from page 8 court defense and motion offense. The Terps (3-2) have three players averaging 30 minutes or more, including senior guard Sean Mosley, who is nursing an ankle injury, and freshman point guard Nick Faust, who has struggled with cramps. Faust, in particular, is learning how to manage his body to play the high-intensity minutes that Turgeon has requested, all while learning a new position he hasn’t played regularly since he was 10 years old. As the team’s preferred point
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nated left and right. Not only would he have to pay another coach even more money, but doing so would amount to a concession that Edsall’s hiring was a mistake. But you can take financials or reputations out of the equation. Whether he was the right hire is beside the point — you just can’t judge Edsall on his first year, regardless of how disastrous it was. He’s a discipline-based coach who had a team filled with players who didn’t want to play for him. He deserves a chance to be judged when he has a team of his own players. The question, of course, is who wants to play for him. It seemed as though Edsall lost the locker room pretty early in his first season. When you have players turning to Twitter to express displeasure with their coach, and some even comparing the football house to a prison, you know you have a problem. It’s hard to imagine many high school players will want to play for such a taskmaster. “I don’t need the outside world telling me,” Edsall said last week. “I know that what I’m doing is right for these young people.” He could take a page out of
former boss Tom Coughlin’s book. Coughlin has a similar militaristic style of coaching, but he won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants only after he softened up and listened to his players more. Could a similar move work for Edsall? The damage may be done. Mackall is already gone. D.J. Adams spent more time in Edsall’s doghouse than he did on the field this year, and it wouldn’t be shocking if he left. Danny O’Brien, the face of the Terps’ program, could very well be on his way out after playing quarterback roulette for most of the season. College Park wasn’t a very desirable landing spot for recruits before this year, and Edsall’s reputation probably isn’t going to make it look any better. But chances are, Edsall isn’t changing. And Anderson had to know about his style of coaching before he picked Edsall over the swashbuckling Mike Leach. As questionable as Edsall seems right now, this style has worked in the past. He better hope it works again, and fast. His job depends on it.
guard option, Faust’s scoring ability — an attribute many raved about when he signed with the Terps — has become lost in the shuffle of a positional switch. He has missed all seven 3-pointers he’s attempted and is 4-for-19 overall from the field in the past two games. “That might have thrown me off a little bit,” Faust said of the extra responsibilities. “It’s just me getting up more shots. I just have to get into the flow of things and get it going.” Faust and the Terps have also learned to play a slower style of offense. With fewer players to work with, Turgeon has had to adjust how he usually coaches to conserve his team’s legs for a full 40 minutes. But the Terps, through their early-season losses, have grown as a group. “They’re maturing,” Turgeon said. “We have guys that pout, we have guys that make excuses. There’s guys that are pouting less, there’s guys that are making fewer excuses. We’re getting there. We have a long ways to go but we’re making strides. I went home last night and I felt good about the guys. That doesn’t mean we’re
going to win [tonight], but we have a chance.” Tonight’s prime-time, nationally televised contest against the Fighting Illini gives the Terps an opportunity to show just how far they’ve come since stumbling in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off nearly two weeks ago. While some have reservations about tonight’s game, others are excited for another chance to show how far they’ve come. “I try to put it out of mind,” center Berend Weijs said. “It’s just a game. But knowing all the cameras are there, you notice it. So you might get a little more jitters.” “I like that,” Faust said. “Big lights, big stage. I’m happy for it. I really don’t get any jitters for it. I get excited.” The Terps have won 14 of their past 20 nonconference games, and they’ll put a sixgame win streak in the Challenge to the test tonight. “Hopefully we can keep that string going,” Turgeon said. “That means we played really well and beat a good team to do it. We have a heck of a challenge.”
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Big Ten foe should test improvements BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer
From as early as the shootaround before his Terrapins men’s basketball team’s first game against UNC-Wilmington earlier this month, Mark Turgeon was beyond frustrated. His irritations didn’t wane in the games that followed. The coach routinely barked from the sideline when the Terps failed to run back on defense, couldn’t run his plays or didn’t make the right reads on offense or defense. But with his team set to host undefeated Illinois (6-0) tonight in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Turgeon is pleased with his players’ progress in the early season. They run plays right about 70 percent of the time, according to the first-year coach — a drastic increase from just a week ago. “We’re just trying to take tiny steps to bring it all together,” Turgeon said. “I think we’ve made significant improvements since Puerto Rico, so hopefully that will carry over into [tonight].” They’ll face an Illinois team stacked with exactly what scares Turgeon: quality depth. The Fighting Illini have 11 players who average 10 minutes or more of playing time per game, and can rotate fresh bodies in and out to run their full-
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Who might join defensive end David Mackall in leaving the program this offseason?
Coach Randy Edsall’s first season included 10 losses, low fan support and a rash of suspensions. Still, with no buyout option in his contract, he’s all but certain to return next year. PHOTOS BY CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK
Terps’ lost year JEREMY SCHNEIDER
t was about a year ago this time that the Terrapins football team was complaining about its selection to the Military Bowl. The Terps had gone 8-4 after soundly defeating N.C. State. Surely, players argued, they deserved better than one of the lowest bowls in the country. Really, fans wondered, one of the nation’s best stories was going to cul-
minate at RFK Stadium? A year later, after a 2-10 mark in Randy Edsall’s first year as coach and a tumultuous season marred by an apparent locker-room divide, the Military Bowl looks pretty good. All the hope that existed in Gossett Football Team House is gone. There is nothing to build on, no bright light to signify that things will get better. There’s no reason to think this team is going from “good to great,” as Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said was the goal when Edsall was hired to replace Ralph Friedgen. The only thing that remains now is
a question: Just what exactly is Randy Edsall doing? Going 2-10 after 9-4 last season is bad enough. But on top of that, Edsall seemed to alienate just about every important demographic in College Park in less than a year. The list of players leaving the program this offseason will include far more names than David Mackall’s. The fans don’t want to pay to see Edsall’s team play, and many of them are calling for his job. The media isn’t far behind in that sentiment, and a
see SCHNEIDER, page 7
What will become of linebacker Kenny Tate and the defense?
Will coach Randy Edsall relax his oft-criticized team rules?
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