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Task force still lacks CORE chair General education committee unable to work on overhaul
Peeping Tom incident is the second this month in Cumberland Hall restroom BY ADELE HAMPTON
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A committee charged with creating a new general education program for the university is still without a chair, preventing the university from working toward what administrators have called a critical goal. In an attempt to follow a national trend of trading in traditional general education programs for newer, more contemporary methods of study, the university is ditching the current CORE program and trying to adopt a new general education plan. Yet because no task force can function without a chair, the general education review process is at a stand-still until the University Senate can find someone willing to chair the committee. The committee, formally called the General Education Task Force, was created last semester by the strategic plan, a document that outlines the university’s goals and plans for the next decade. The task force members were supposed to be jointly appointed by the provost and the senate. Though it is not uncommon for task forces to
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A female student was showering in a women’s bathroom in Cumberland Hall last week when a man used a cell phone camera to attempt to take a photograph of her, University Police said. The woman was showering at 6 p.m. on Nov. 26 when the incident took place. The man fled down the building’s stairs after the student noticed and yelled at him, according to a flier posted in Cumberland Hall. The man is described by police as wearing a gray jacket with a blue hooded sweatshirt. Residents of Cumberland Hall were troubled by the Peeping Tom incident. “I’ve never thought of this dorm [as] being sketchy,” said Perri Lieberman, a freshman communication major. Wednesday’s Peeping Tom incident was the second one reported in Cumberland Hall this month. At 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 2, a female student noticed a Peeping Tom in a women’s bathroom, and the incident was reported to authorities the next day, according to University Police. Wednesday’s incident is under investigation, and it is not known if it is related to the Nov. 2 occurrence, according to University Police spokesman Paul Dillon.
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Edward Montgomery, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, has been named the head of a transition team for President-elect Barack Obama (D), an indication he may be asked to return to work for the federal government, experts say. Montgomery is leading the Labor Review Team, a group of advisers who will examine the Department of Labor to identify key issues and problems Obama will need to be familiar with come the Jan. 20 inauguration. “They need to first understand what’s going on in those agencies, and second off what they want these agencies to be doing the day after the inauguration,” said Associate
Dean of BSOS Robert Schwab, who has taken over many of Montgomery’s responsibilities in the college. Among the issues Montgomery is concerned with as the head of the team is minimum wage legislation and occupational safety, Schwab said. Schwab said Montgomery still works on the campus two days a week and keeps in close contact via phone and e-mail on the days he is not in. Montgomery continues to deal with budget decisions and the hiring of new faculty, Schwab said. But whether Montgomery will return to the university as a fulltime faculty member remains to be seen. Montgomery said he was not giving media interviews until the inauguration, and both Schwab and
EDWARD MONTGOMERY BSOS Dean experts say a government job offer is not out of the question. “It’s possible,” Schwab said. “I wouldn’t be surprised. Few people would be surprised if they do offer Ed a position. To be honest, I think they would be fools not to. He would be fabulous. So many of us in the college have tremendous respect for
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Mumbai attacks sadden univ. community BY ANNA KOWALCZYK Staff writer
A 60-hour-long terrorist attack in Mumbai killed 195 people last week, including a Virginia man who was reportedly a former university professor, and shocked the university’s sizable Indian community. The coordinated attacks spanned from Wednesday to Friday and targeted several hotels, a train station and a Jewish outreach center. It remains unclear who is responsible
for the attacks. Alan Scherr, a Virginia resident who was visiting Mumbai, and his daughter, Naomi, 13, were among the first to be killed in the attack on the Oberoi Hotel. Media reports and a Synchronicity movement website have said Scherr was a former art professor at the university between 1990 and 1996. But members of the art department said they have no memory of Scherr working at the university. “I do not recall Mr. Scherr teaching
for us,” John Ruppert, the chair of the art department, wrote in an e-mail message. Scherr was traveling with other members of the Synchronicity movement, a transcendental meditation group he had been a member of for several years. Indian students said they were horrified by the attacks, which personally affected many of them. “A lot of students are from Bombay. A lot of our parents are from Bombay,”
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LANDOVER – Announced one last time as the “starting free safety” for the Washington Redskins, Sean Taylor was inducted into the team’s Ring of Fame before Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. With his mother, father, girlfriend and daughter huddled under umbrellas near the center of the field, Taylor’s name was unveiled on the upper-level facade of FedEx Field, joining 42 other Redskins greats. His father, Pedro Taylor, told the crowd that his son used to say of the fans, “When you guys make the stadium rock, he begins to rock.” “Right now,” Pedro Taylor said, “Sean is rocking in heaven.” - Compiled from wire reports
CORRECTIONS The headline to Wednesday’s story about College Park’s ethics code incorrectly stated Mayor Stephen Brayman’s position on the rules. Though he said the city could benefit from loosening restrictions, he does not advocate doing so. The story about the Terrapin men’s soccer team’s 2-0 win against George Mason in Wednesday’s paper falsely reported in both the headline and the front page tease that the win put the Terps into the wrong round of the NCAA tournament. That victory placed the Terps into the round of 16. The team also won this Saturday against Cal and are now in the final round of eight.
take some time to assemble, as the semester draws to a close, senate officials said taking this long to recruit a chair is unusual and worrisome. “We’ve been having trouble with getting the General Education Task Force together,” University Senate Chair Kenneth Holum told the members of the Senate Executive Committee last month. “We still haven’t been able to find a chair [for the committee].” After nearly 15 minutes of brainstorming, senate executive committee members were left strapped for ideas on how to recruit “responsible” members of the campus community to take on the responsibilities of the task
portant. ments to chairing “We have a gena task force — eral problem with non-senate memrecruiting acbers are considtivists into the ered equally as senate,” Holum qualified as memsaid. “It’s a bers of the senate shame, too, be— Holum said cause it hinders members of the what we can do, campus commuand the adminisnity who are ideal tration is really for the position committed to the are often already shared governover-committed ment system we to other responsiELISE MILLERhave at this unibilities, and thereversity,” he said, fore do not have HOOKS citing the system the time, energy SENATE CHAIR-ELECT in place that alor willingness to devote to a task force. Especially, lows students, staff and faculty he added, if they are not senators members to serve as senators and do not understand why and thereby play a role in shapchairing a committee is so im- ing senate opinion, which is used
“This is an important committee that still needs a chair. I just don’t know what more we can do to find one.”
Transition job may be an audition for bigger position MONTGOMERY, from Page 1 Ed, and I’m sure the Obama people understand that, as well. They see what he can do.” Martha Joynt Kumar, a transition team expert and a professor at Towson University, said the position of transition team leader is sometimes used as an audition period for a larger job offer. Further, Montgomery’s background as chief operating officer and chief economist of the Department of Labor, as well as principal representative to former President Bill Clinton’s National Economic Council, suggests he is more than qualified for a position within the Obama administration.
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“It means they have a great deal of confidence in his expertise, in his confidence and in his ability to make good assessments as to what’s going on in the department,” Kumar said. She added that Montgomery was probably tapped for the transition team by John Podesta, the chief of staff for the Clinton administration from 1998 to 2001 and an expert on government specialists. “Sometimes they do hire people out of the transition team, that’s true,” Kumar said. “Sometimes people don’t want to go back in [to the federal government]. They might like being an adviser on the outside.” However, Schwab said he
doesn’t think Montgomery would pass up the opportunity to take a high-profile government position. “It would be a complete surprise if someone offered him the position of the Secretary of Labor and he turned it down,” he said. “That would be a complete surprise.” Unlike Montgomery, State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Anne Arundel & Prince George’s), who represents College Park, said he has no plans to return to the federal government, and he plans to run for re-election. Rosapepe served as Ambassador to Romania under Clinton from 1998 to 2001. email@example.com
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Years-long waits prevent College Park from enforcing code and contracts BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer
When the College Park City Council threatened to sue Santa Fe Cafe owner Mark Srour for repeatedly delaying the installation of a sprinkler system in his bar, he told the city to bring it on. It would take years for any lawsuit to move through the courts, Srour said. It seems he was right. In the three and a half months since the city filed suit to enforce its property use agreement calling for sprinklers, Prince George’s County hasn’t even set a court date. “You shouldn’t sue people, really, unless you’re prepared to wait,” longtime District 2 Councilman Bob Catlin said. “People in council don’t realize that. They have a misunderstanding about how the [Prince George’s County] courts work.” How do the courts work? “They don’t.” Catlin’s assessment is grim, but other city officials agreed that the county court system does not move quickly, undermining the city’s ability to enforce its contracts and codes. City Director of Public Services Bob Ryan, whose department includes code enforcement, said it typically takes three months to get a court date for someone who contests a citation for violating city code, even for minor violations like uncut grass. “While they’re appealing, they’re not complying” with the city code, Ryan said. “If you don’t correct it, it becomes an attraction for crime.” Phone calls to the county courthouse went unreturned over the last week. City attorney Suellen Ferguson said she couldn’t say whether Prince George’s County’s courts are any slower than those in neighboring jurisdictions. Ryan attributed the delays to a “busy court system.” Extended legal battles are also
expensive for the city. Staff members who testify are being paid while they aren’t working, and the city also must pay for lawyers and administrative fees imposed by the courts, Ryan said. One current lawsuit involves a small gravel parking lot Catlin said the city bought more than a decade ago to turn into a bike path. The city has spent at least nine years in court fighting over the ownership of the property, he said, and has spent more money arguing the case than the property is worth. But despite the costs, legal action is often necessary to pursue what the city wants. “There’s the flip side: What’s the cost of not prosecuting your cases?” Ryan said. “Then you end up with shoddy rental housing and neighborhood blight.” Catlin said in many situations, including the case of Santa Fe’s sprinkler system, it is “more productive” for the city to negotiate privately rather than sue, as the city would likely have gotten further on its own in the last three months than it has gotten so far while waiting for a court date. Recent city legislation enables the city’s code enforcement department to bring properties up to code, sometimes without waiting for the courts, Ryan said. The lawsuit against Srour, who didn’t return repeated calls, is meant to force him to comply with a contract he signed with the city promising the installment of sprinklers in Santa Fe by March 2006. In the time since the city filed suit, Santa Fe has remained open, crowded and without the sprinkler system city council members have all called an essential safety feature. Ferguson had said in 2006 that she expected Santa Fe’s management to obey the property use agreement without much fuss. “If they don’t, there are various ways to enforce it,” she added. firstname.lastname@example.org
said Rahguv Murali, a junior government and politics major and co-president of the Indian Student Association, using Mumbai’s former name. “I have a friend who worked in the Taj Hotel years ago. Indians will always have a bond with their country even if they are living elsewhere.” Vishal Shah, a junior government and politics major, said the wife and son of his dad’s closest friend were killed while having coffee in the Oberoi Hotel. “On Wednesday, we knew they were in the hotel,” Shah said. “We were just hoping for the best.” The friend of Shah’s father waited outside of the hotel for news about his family, he said. When he saw his wife’s and son’s names on the deceased list, he was asked to identify his family. Shah then received the news of the loss. “We did several prayers,” he said. “Remembering is really the best thing we can do.” The Indian Students Association’s executive board sent out a letter of support to its members. “As a community, we pride ourselves in being resilient while we face such hardships, but we must remember to never forget,” the board wrote. “It is now more important than ever that we come together as a family to support those whose lives have been affected by these shameless actions.” “Let us show these cowards who wish to tear us apart that our resolve is strong and our unity unshaken,” the letter
read. Freshman psychology major Sonia Sindhi visits Mumbai often and feels these attacks will make Indians more aware of the ongoing battle between Pakistan and India. “I know sometimes we are all so busy with our own lives we forget about what is happening around us and how people are now suffering from the attacks,” she said. “As Indians, it is our responsibility to help each other in any way we can.” Members of the university’s Pakistani community were concerned about the attack’s impact on Indian-Pakistani relations. The treasurer of the Pakistani Student Association, junior neurobiology and physiology major Tooba Mohammad, worried that because the media has put the blame for the attacks on Pakistani terrorists, peace negotiations between Pakistan and India will be slowed. “Instead of pointing fingers without any confirmation, it’s more important that everyone, including the Pakistani and Indian government officials as well as the media, concentrate on finding the perpetrators and wait until the identities of the terrorists have been confirmed to put full blame on anyone,” she said. “It’s really sad that attacks such as the ones in Mumbai are something we have to witness more and more regularly now.” University President Dan Mote said in a statement that the university community was “wrenched by the viciousness of the killings, injuries and kidnapping of innocent people in
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Mumbai. Our sincerest sympathies go out to the Indian community, to the victims of these attacks and to the many people in our university community who are affected by this brutality.” Rabbi Eli Backman, who runs a Chabad House off the campus for the university’s Jewish community, sent out an e-mail mourning the death of five hostages from the Chabad House Jewish Center in Mumbai. Two of the victims included an American rabbi from New York and his wife, friends
with Backman through the international network of Jewish outreach centers run by the Chabad organization. Shah hopes university students will recognize the gravity of the situation. “For each victim of the attack, there is another family with a similar story,” he said. The Indian Students Association will hold a vigil for victims of the attack on McKeldin Mall on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. email@example.com
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hen an 85-year-old senator has been indicted for failing to report corpo- And while this particular development certainly isn’t going anywhere without the rate gifts, and when lobbyists serve congressmen steaks standing up be- city’s input — it partially relies on city coffers for funding — an issue will surely arise cause they’re prohibited from serving sit-down meals, it’s pleasant to see when the city won’t have as much leverage. It will be important for officials to have a seat at the table. that ethical regulations are still sacrosanct in College Park. Of course, in an era of political corruption that has included Last week, Mayor Stephen Brayman passed on a chance to misconduct by municipal governments, the city should be caumeet and greet with East Campus developers over dinner betious in amending its rules. The city’s ethics rules should be concause the city’s ethics code bans officials from accepting fancy meals from anyone doing business in the city. Officials from The city should loosen its crete and firm, just not suffocating. There should still be dollar limits on the meals city officials can accept, and prohibitions on other area cities attended the dinner, which was hosted to collect ethics codes to include other gifts, including hotel rooms and travel expenses, should be community input on the 38-acre mixed-use development. College Park’s ethical regulations exceed the typical standards most meals, but not much more. kept intact. But the fact is that a nice meal has become the modern medium municipalities in the state abide by, said Forrest Tyler, chair of the College Park Ethics Commission. And though Brayman acknowledged the for negotiations. Business is done over dinner, whether with developers or officials at missed meal was a missed opportunity for city interests, he said it would appear the county and state level. The university has put on meals for donors and stake-holders. Some professors have even expressed interest in the East Campus development improper for him to suggest loosening the rules. Maybe so, but somebody should. Ultimately, you have to judge any rule in a government by the standard of whether specifically so that they have nice restaurants to take prospective faculty to. The city is not playing by the same rules as everyone else. And when it comes to it serves the common good — whether it benefits the people. Indeed, the point of ethics rules in general is to keep politicians working on behalf of the people when protecting the city’s interests, Brayman is right in pointing out that personal lobbycompeting interests threaten to seduce them. But what do you do with an ethical re- ing is often times the most effective way to make its voice heard. We’d like to trust striction that stands in the way of the public good? In missing the meal last week, our city officials enough to think a steak isn’t going to swing their stances on city Brayman missed a chance to chime in on an ongoing dialogue on how local cities see business. Their elected positions might not pay much, but last time we checked, East Campus changing the area. He missed a chance to represent the city’s interests. none of them were starving.
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Predicting taste: To each his or her own
hey say there’s no accounting for taste, but that doesn’t stop people from trying to understand why we like the things
we do. Netflix uses a computer program called Cinematch to guess whether you’ll like a movie. After you rate several movies, Cinematch generates suggestions from among films you haven’t rated. Amazon and other retailers use similar programs to try to anticipate user tastes. According to a recent article in The New York Times, the folks at Netflix have offered a $1 million prize to any programmer who can improve Cinematch’s predictive ability by 10 percent. Thus far nobody has claimed the prize, in part because of what one of the programmers called the “Napoleon Dynamite problem.” Napoleon Dynamite generates extreme ratings from users: People either love it or hate it. Even folks who agree on
SULLIVAN many other movies often disagree about Jon Heder’s breakthrough film. This is a problem for Netflix, because ultimately Cinematch determines its predictions based on a comparison between viewer ratings. Cinematch does not really know anything about your personal taste. It can only guess what you’ll like in relation to what other people have liked. If you and I have given five stars to a lot of the same movies, Cinematch guesses you’ll like other movies I’ve rated highly. This works pretty well up to a point, but nobody has claimed the $1 million because when we rate movies “Loved it”
or “Hated it,” we do not reveal why we liked or hated the film. Even folks who agree on a lot of films can disagree about some others. For example, I can’t stand Rushmore. This is baffling to some of my friends who love the movie and whose tastes in movies are usually similar to mine. Netflix’s guess was that I’d rate the movie with four stars, but I give it a one — I hated it. Why do I hate Rushmore? I find the lead character annoying and unlikable, I think the music cues are emotionally manipulative, and I think the plot is either boring or ridiculous. Yet I’ve liked other movies with disagreeable protagonists, pointed soundtracks and absurd stories. Based on films I like and on films friends of mine like, I should like Rushmore — but I really, really don’t. The appeal of a film, book or work of art is something that can’t be quantified or measured. We can love or hate a
movie without being able to articulate exactly what we love or hate about it. I don’t think Cinematch will ever be “perfected” because the vagaries of aesthetic appeal will trump a computer algorithm every time. The chief executive of Netflix seems certain that improving Cinematch by 10 percent would be worth more than $1 million to the company, but I’m not sure why. I suspect most people use Netflix because it is convenient, not because Cinematch suggests good movies for them. Movies are exciting and entertaining precisely because of the unpredictable and unexpected. Retailers may want to predict my taste with 100 percent accuracy, but I’d rather movies to continue to surprise me. Jeremy Sullivan is a doctoral candidate studying American history. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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n a bizarre turn of events, I actually picked up The Diamondback the other day and read an article that wasn’t written by me. The results were shocking. Ken Pitts, an excellent person and a stand-up member of the community, wrote “Feeling blue? Turn off the boob tube,” on Nov. 26, concerning a study that showed unhappy people spend more time watching television than happy people do. Happy people spend their time on activities that are less “passive.” I call bullshit. I spend most of my time away from the television coming up with semi-relevant topics to write filler columns about, and do you think I’m happy? Of course not. Apparently happy people read more, which is also a load of crap. I’d like to see all the happy readers when my columns come out.
Also from the article: “Very happy people also had sex more frequently.” Thanks, Ken. I don’t understand the constant effort to pigeonhole people and create categories for things that just can’t be simplified. There are six billion people in the world, and attempting to make any kind of sweeping generalization is just never going to work. I’m not going to say these sociologists were wasting their time, but these sociologists were totally wasting their time. As they’ll tell you in a statistics course, correlation does not imply causation. So no matter how many times you see two things happen together, that doesn’t necessarily mean one causes the other. But studies like this keep coming out to mess with our heads and tell us that happy people do this, smart people do that, popular people do whatever it is they do. It’s
GINDES crap. All crap. I’m proposing we all do just whatever makes us happy, and try not to get in each other’s way. World’s problems solved. Nobel Prize, please. I just think it’s unnecessary to come out with a study saying, “Hey you! Not having sex? Watching TV all the time instead of going out? Not a reader? Not close with your relatives? Let me guess ... you’re not very happy, now are you?!” So now people just feel crappy about themselves because they don’t live the life of a happy person. Lame. Watching TV makes me plenty
happy. It’s just that if I’m staying in on a Friday night watching TV because all my friends ditched me, I probably wouldn’t be too happy. So the study should’ve said, “If something makes you unhappy and then you decide to watch TV, you’re probably unhappy.” And that’s what we get with studies like this: correlations that can be traced back to circular reasoning. I hate when people attempt to make blanket statements about stuff like how to be happy. No person or book or self-help tape or study by university sociologists is going to have the secret to making you happy. I think the closest anyone’s come so far is Rocko, the esteemed rapper. “You just do you,” he raps. “I’mma do me.” Rob Gindes is a junior journalism major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NICKIE BABAYEVA For almost three years, I have been writing with disdain about the ineffective and counterproductive international and domestic HIV and AIDS policies adopted by the U.S. government. However, with World AIDS Day being today, my message for this year is full of hope. Yes, hope — partially due to my faith that the administration of President-elect Barack Obama (D) will mean positive changes in the issues that I care about, but mostly because after eight years of bad policies, hope is all I have left. Over the years, I have advocated for increased funding for international family planning programs, which are desperately NICKIE needed to ease BABAYEVA the burden of SENIOR ART HISTORY and AND ECONOMICS MAJOR maternal infant mortality. I have fought for the repeal of the anti-prostitution loyalty oath, a policy that forces national and international health groups that receive U.S. funding to denounce prostitution as a condition for receiving those funds, even when their mission is to work on HIV prevention among sex workers. I have battled Congress to eliminate the earmark in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief that required countries to use one-third of their prevention funds for abstinence-until-marriage programs. And most recently, I have worked to abolish the HIV travel ban that prevents non-citizens living with HIV from traveling to the United States. The past two years showed minor shifting in these policies. International family planning programs received a small increase, the funding requirement for abstinenceuntil-marriage programs was loosened (but only slightly) and the HIV travel ban was removed under the PEPFAR’s reauthorization. However, the anti-prostitution loyalty oath still stands — though it was ruled unconstitutional for groups in the United States, it still applies for those outside this nation. The new “abstinence — be faithful” funding requirements still make it difficult for countries to use their prevention dollars in a comprehensive prevention strategy. And the HIV travel ban has not been completely repealed by the Department of Health and Human Services. So, as this year’s World AIDS Day comes and goes, I hope the new inhabitants of the White House and the 111th Congress will expand the small victories into positive policies that will make a difference. I hope that some day in the near future, all individuals will have access to all the information and resources they need to make healthy choices — regardless of their lifestyle choices, sexual orientation or gender identity. I hope that some day science — not ideology — will dictate policy. I hope that some day soon, U.S. travel restrictions will not be based on HIV status. And I sure do hope that one of these days, when this ban is lifted, the United States will become a host country to the International AIDS Conference.
“I hope that some day science — not ideology — will dictate policy.”
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What started in a New York apartment could continue in a high-end, state-of-the-art studio. Or, it could end up right back in the apartment. This is the story of Vampire Weekend, New York’s uber-indie rock success story. In one year, the band went from playing for 250 personcapacity clubs in Brooklyn to playing for thousands as unofficial headliners of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival’s first night in June. “It’s been a fun year. Not like any other year,” said multi-instrumentalist and album producer Rostam Batmanglij. If you have tickets to one of Vampire Weekend’s two sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club tonight and tomorrow, he’ll be the one playing the keyboard. The band’s return to Washington will be a welcome one. Batmanglij grew up in Northwest Washington, and the last time the group played in town was at a sweaty, jam-packed show at The Rock and Roll Hotel in early February. In 2007, the band was still playing tiny Washington clubs such as The Red and The Black. With the release of its self-titled debut in January, Vampire Weekend has seen a meteoric rise in popularity and is now playing at Washington’s biggest live music club. Not like the band planned it that way, though. “We made the album for ourselves,” Batmanglij said. “We didn’t have any outside pressure. We didn’t have a label. We just made the music we wanted to hear.” All graduates of New York’s Columbia University — where the band met — the four young men making up Vampire Weekend released their first, self-titled EP before they headed out on tour to support the three-song effort. As the band started touring the U.S. in the summer of 2007, the hype machine started turning its gears and the four recent college graduates saw the indierock blogosphere fawn over the band with great affection. “We gave [our songs] to our friends, they put [the music] on the Internet,” Batmanglij said. “Starting in July 2007, we started touring. We were basically just getting out there a solid six, seven months before we got our
[full-length] record out. To be able to get out there, to unload our record for ourselves in a do-it-yourself kind of way, to go out there and play shows, sleep on people’s floors. That’s what we did.” After garnering rave reviews and a rapidly increasing fan base, the band earned promotional spots on MTV and a slot on Saturday Night Live in March. The backlash from the indie rock faithful who had fawned just months earlier was not quiet, however. The elitism well known to those following the current indie rock scene fired back against the sweet Afro-pop of the band. Fortunately for Vampire Weekend, its fans won out. The band has toured tirelessly throughout the year, and they will end 2008 with a few more shows, including a streak of six straight sold-out concerts. Vampire Weekend is an 11-song affair, barely passing 30 minutes, but Batmanglij promises the two nights in Washington will each offer something different. “We might try to mix it up,” he said. “We’ve got a few covers that we know. We have two new songs that we’ll probably play. [Those songs] will be on our next album.” The band hasn’t started recording its sophomore effort yet, but it has begun the writing process. Batmanglij didn’t want to reveal too much about the next record, preferring to “surprise” fans instead. He anticipates releasing the album in the late summer or early fall of next year. “I think we want to have a clear break in terms of a new sound, but also an evolution,” he said. “I think, ultimately, the goal is that you know it’s our band, but … after we put out like five or 10 albums, you can say, ‘Oh, that was the sound of their second album’ just by hearing one song. I think that’s the goal. “I think we’ll have some new instruments — maybe some marimba,” he added. “We could record it in our apartment. That worked for the last one.” Batmanglij said that while African music will continue to influence the band’s sound, there will be a new feel to next LP and, perhaps, a new conceptual focus. “I think with our last record, there’s definitely a set of sounds that came together and
tied the whole thing together,” he said. “And I think with the next record, there should be a new set of sounds. I think with our first album there was kind of a concept behind it. It was somehow tied to education. I don’t think that will continue.” Vampire Weekend will play at the 9:30 Club tonight and tomorrow. If you have tickets, doors open at 7 p.m. both nights; if not, you’re out of luck. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Terps can still salvage something SCHIMMEL, from Page 10 second straight defeat seven days after they were on the verge of a division championship. But at least they went down fighting. This game was largely about pride, and while the Terps didn’t win, that pride is still intact. “I thought our kids played hard; thought they never quit,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “I would have been much happier if we made some plays and won the football game, because I thought we were very capable of doing that.” The Terps could have packed it in after any of a number of big plays the Eagles made against them that ranged from improbable to embarrassing — and which ended up making the difference in an otherwise fairly even game. They could have quit after Eagle linebacker Mike McLaughlin leapt clear over Terp running back Davin Meggett to sack Turner. Or they could have quit after Eagle linebacker Mark Herzlich made a diving interception, allowing the Eagles to score one play later right before halftime on a deep pass after Terp safety Terrell Skinner fell in the secondary. Or the Terps could have given up in the second half after officials overturned a muffed punt that would have given them some life and the ball back. Or after the potentially demoralizing fake field goal executed by Billy Flutie, nephew of Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, on the ensuing drive. Or after Eagle linebacker Robert Francois took an interception to the house to put the game out of reach. In a game that tangibly meant very little for the Terps — especially after such a big letdown the week before — it almost would have been understandable for them to go down quietly after any of those stomach-punch plays. And while the Terps came up short anyway and maybe should have been able to prevent so many big plays from happening in the first place, you still have to respect their resiliency. “We hung in there right with them,” linebacker Alex Wujciak said. “We just had too many mistakes to beat a good team like this.” The past two weekends have provided a startling turn of events for the Terps, who went from controlling the ACC Atlantic Division to falling out of contention to falling to the middle of the pack. But the feeling persists that you can’t really fault the Terps for what has happened. They simply got outclassed by Florida State, and they did not make enough plays to beat Boston College. The fact that the division title ended up coming down to those two teams really seems fair. At the end of the day, the Terps were good, but not good enough. “I think you gotta give our kids credit. They hung in there and kept fighting,” Friedgen said. “I just think we’re still capable of playing better than what we played.” There have been several frustrating losses this season, but Saturday’s was not one of them. The Terps still have a bowl game to play, and with it, one more chance to finish the season on some kind of positive note. There isn’t much left to play for, but it’s still not time to quit. And the Terps won’t. email@example.com
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breaks today.” That started when the Terps were sent to Boston College a few days after Thanksgiving to play a game that meant much more to the Eagles, who will now face Virginia Tech on Saturday for the ACC Championship. The bad luck continued when Heyward-Bey was a late scratch with a strained calf. The injury gave the Boston College secondary the luxury of not having to double team one of the nation’s most dynamic players. As a result, the Terps were forced to thrust younger receivers such as McCree into major roles, which was especially tough with a running game that netted negative-6 yards on 26 carries. The Terps responded with a more inspired effort that included a touchdown and onside kick attempt in the last 20 seconds to pull within a score. Still, they have a month — even if they must wait a week to find out the exact destination — to figure out how to change the recent results. “[The losses] are not going to weigh on us in a negative way,” said linebacker Dave Philistin, one of 30 seniors aiming to avoid ending his career on a losing streak. “We’ve got to find a way to bounce back. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.” TERP NOTE: Yesterday, Friedgen said he still likes the Terps’ position within the ACC’s 10 bowl eligible teams. Four teams finished the ACC season at 5-3, three of which beat the Terps this season. Six teams ended the ACC season 4-4, including the Terps. They beat four of those teams and did not play Miami. “As I look at it, we should be no worse than fifth in the conference, if you’re going to go by the same criteria as who goes to the championship game,” Friedgen said. “I would hope that would give us a leg up.”
After Cal midfielder Pat Marion missed a shot just wide left of the goal in the 89th minute with Terp defender Rich Costanzo bearing down on him, the game was finally in hand. It was a match the Terps mostly controlled. Defender Omar Gonzalez scored the game’s first goal in the 19th minute on a header off of a Graham Zusi corner kick. In the 62nd minute, forward Jason Herrick sent a hard shot toward the left corner of the net. But Golden Bear goalkeeper Stefan Frei, the only keeper to shut the Terps out this season thanks to Cal’s regular-season 1-0 victory against Cirovski’s team in August, made a spectacular diving save to prevent a 3-0 deficit. “I looked at my assistants and said, ‘They’re gonna come at us now,’” Cirovski said. “You could just sense the momentum swing there that they were just thrown a lifeline by their goalkeeper.” A little more than six minutes later, Cal made its run and Wiedeman had his shot at a second goal in less than a minute. Although it came earlier than Bradley’s miraculous comeback the year before, the talk after the game centered mostly on how the two games compared. Gonzalez said he wasn’t thinking about Bradley as Wiedeman streaked through the box and that he had confidence MacMath would make the save. MacMath said his mindset was to “defend like our lives depend on it,” and that he knew the Terps were going to protect their lead. Wiedeman saw the play differently. “I was able to run on to it and I just didn’t put it away,” said Wiedeman, who ended the season as Cal’s scoring leader. “There’s really no excuses.” Either way, MacMath’s footsave helped secure the Terps’ berth into the round of eight, where they will host No. 7-seed Creighton on Saturday. It also allows the Terps to move past last season’s not-so-happy ending. “I think you saw a team that’s mature, hungry and found a way to win this game,” Cirovski said. “The defense the last 20 minutes will keep us humble and keep us sharp defensively. ... It feels good to get past this one.”
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Loss of Heyward-Bey hurt offense BC, from Page 10 -tual 28-21 win. As the Eagle defenders piled on top of each other in the end zone celebrating the play that sent them to the ACC Championship, the Terps were left to think about another mistake in a season marked by missed opportunities. “The receiver should’ve broke hot,” Turner said. “He’s young, and that’s part of learning. I understand.” But it’s not as easy for the Terps to understand how the season slipped away in its final two weeks. After being in the driver’s seat for a spot in the ACC Championship heading into their game against Florida State on Nov. 22, the Terps (7-5, 4-4 ACC) closed with their first back-to-back losses of the season, leaving their bowl future in limbo. Terp players speculated a win against Boston College (9-3, 5-3) could have propelled the Terps as high as the Chick-fil-A Bowl — the second of the conference’s nine bowls to select. Now the Terps, without much to distinguish themselves from a group of 10 bowl-eligible ACC teams, must hope for an invitation from one of the last to select an ACC team, such as the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, or an at-large berth in another lesser bowl. “We controlled our destiny two weeks ago,” linebacker Alex Wujciak said. “Now we’re waiting to see what happens. It’s something you don’t want to do.” The Terps had their chances to avoid the waiting game by knocking off one of the ACC’s hottest teams. They trailed by a touchdown after Turner found wide receiver Danny Oquendo for a 13-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Oquendo, who caught nine of Turner’s career-high 57 pass attempts for 111 yards and a touch-
down, teamed with Torrey Smith (eight receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown) to give the Terps two receivers with more than 100 yards for the first time since 1995. But their next drive ended in a missed 36-yard field goal by Obi Egekeze. And after a penalty backed the Eagles up to their own 5-yard line, running back Montel Harris, who pounded the Terps for 116 yards on 25 carries, moved the ball and worked the clock by himself with 10 straight runs. The ensuing punt pinned the Terps at their own 9-yard line and set the stage for Francois’ defensive touchdown. “I thought we played harder today than we did last week,” said coach Ralph Friedgen, whose team fell to 41 against ranked opponents this season. “We just didn’t make any plays.” They also weren’t able to overcome the big plays made by the Eagles, who struggled to move the ball for much of the day with backup quarterback Dominique Davis under center. Turner, who threw for a careerhigh 360 yards despite the absence of a running game and constant pressure in the pocket, threw his first interception in seven games against ranked teams late in the first half when linebacker Mark Herzlich laid out to snare an errant pass. On the next play, Davis found wide receiver Rich Gunnell all alone behind the Terp secondary for a 45-yard touchdown to give the Eagles the halftime lead. The Eagles made it a two-touchdown lead using a fake field goal. Billy Flutie, the nephew of former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, turned a 27-yard field goal attempt into a 9yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordon McMichael. Add in the late defensive touchdown, and big plays buried the Terps. “That’s 21 points right there,” Wujciak said. “We just didn’t get any
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The Terrapin volleyball team (6-26, 2-18 ACC) lost its season finale 3-1 at Boston College Wednesday, tying the Eagles for last place in the ACC. Against Boston College (8-24, 2-18), the Terps did not succumb to the vices that had hurt them most often in losses this season — committing errors and allowing runs — but they still could not keep control of the match. Though the Terps beat the Eagles 3-1 in College Park earlier
this season, the opponents were Mary Beth Brown, setter Tedi evenly matched in the finale, Doucet and middle blockers with nearly identical hitting per- Meredith Doyle and Kathleen centages, .259 for the Terps and Wilson — the match marked the end of their final sea.250 for the Eagles, and son as Terps. the same number of erBut it was the unrors, 21. derclassmen who led Despite a promising the team in the loss. start for the Terps, with VOLLEYBALL 17 kills and .341 hitting TERPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Outside hitter Maddi in a 25-21 first set victo- Boston College . . . . . . 3 Lee scored a matchhigh 15 kills. Lisa Scott ry, luck turned against contributed 10 kills, them in the next three sets, which they narrowly lost to and Brittney Grove and Sharon the Eagles 24-26, 27-29 and 23- Strizak had nine and eight, respectively. Strizak also added 44 25. For the seniors — outside hit- assists and three blocks. The loss was the Terps’ eighth ters Maggie Schmelzle and
straight, capping the team’s second prolonged losing streak of coach Tim Horsmon’s first season with the Terps. It was separated from the other, a 10-loss slide, by one win against N.C. State in the middle of the conference schedule. The Terps end the year with twice as many losses as last year’s squad, and Horsmon will miss the NCAA tournament for only his second time in 10 seasons as a Division I head coach. Horsmon was unavailable for comment. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Terps bounce back with Illinois blowout CANCÚN, from Page 10 “I loved the way we played today,” Frese said. “Definitely a different mindset. I thought the team within itself just kept challenging themselves to play hard for 40 minutes.” Forward Marissa Coleman led the Terps with 17 points and nine rebounds in the team’s sixth straight win, including a perfect 3-0 record at the Cancún Caribbean Challenge. After allowing inferior competition to hang in games, the Terps finally asserted their dominance early against the Lady Illini, who were swept in the Thanksgiving break tournament. “Well, we haven’t played well to our standards in the past games, so we just had a mindstate that we had to dominate this team,” said reserve forward Drey Mingo, who was one of four Terps in double figures Friday. “We knew they hadn’t won a game and they were just going to come for us, hungry. We had to just put them out before they could do anything.” The effort certainly wasn’t perfect. After their early dominance, the Terps allowed Illinois to break through with a 13-0 run late in the first half. Guard Kristi Toliver, who dominated the early stretch with 11 of her 15 points in the first 10 minutes, and the rest of the Terps relied on their balance and athleticism — as they have all season — to pull through for the win. “I’m a little disappointed with how we let up going into halftime, but [that’s] something that’s definitely fixable,” Frese said. “We want to be aggressive in our mentality, and at times we want to be too aggressive and that takes us out of our game.” The Terps started the round-robin play by having to come back from a one-point halftime deficit against a three-point hucking South Dakota State team, then allowing Montana to hang in for most of the game. In the end, though, things finished on a positive note. And the Terps were able to enjoy their last two nights in Mexico. “This has probably been one of my favorite tournaments,” Toliver said Friday. “I’m glad we topped this evening off right so we can have a good time tonight and tomorrow, on the beach and by the pool.” email@example.com
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Williams switched up rotations GTOWN, from Page 10 It was the Terps’ worst loss since January 2005, when North Carolina defeated them 109-75, and their worst nonconference loss since a 105-70 beating at the hands of UCLA in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. “You have to be ready to play, and I’ll take responsibility — we weren’t ready to play,” Williams said. “[After] we walked out on the court tonight, I thought we were slow; we weren’t aggressive; we weren’t talking. And when you play a good team, you pay the price for being that way. I was very disappointed.” No players were made available for comment. Days after dominating one of the nation’s top teams, the Terps proved to be inferior to the Hoyas. The much-hyped game between the two Washington area schools, which hadn’t met since the 2001 Sweet Sixteen, did not live up to its billing. Everything the Terps did well in the upset against the Spartans, they failed to do against Georgetown. A once precise offense looked mangled, and their previously tireless defense was worn down. “Against Michigan State two [games] ago, you’d like to think everything worked really well, your offense and your defense,” Williams said. “Tonight, [everything went] probably 180 degrees; nothing worked well for us.” Throughout the tournament, the Terps shot a worse percentage each game and gave up more points than they did in their first game. It all culminated in a gruesome night where the team shot 31.6 percent on just six assists. The Terps had not scored as few as 48 points since a game in 1995 against Massachusetts. “We didn’t do a good job running our offense,” Williams plainly stated. The offense’s usual leader, guard Greivis Vasquez, had arguably his worst game in a Terps uniform. Matched up against Hoya defensive stopper Jessie Sapp, Vasquez scored two points on 1-of-7
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team to a zone defense, and the Hoyas shot right over it. The young Terps, who looked particularly sprightful during the first two games of the tournament, had the energy sucked out of them in their poorest showing of the season. “You can’t do anything about the Georgetown game,” Williams said afterward. “Now you have to see how the players respond, see how they come into practice tomorrow and go from there.”
gate. So while the Terps considered it a road game, Georgetown did not consider it a home game. Ironically enough, the teams needed to go all the way to Anaheim — home of Disneyland and site of the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2001 — for a rematch. And the next game between the two teams was last night at Disney World. But the game lacked the splendor that a locally played one would undoubtedly have. Most of the fans on hand were wearing bright orange in support of Tennessee, who played in the Old Spice Classic final against Gonzaga immediately following the Terps/Hoyas game. Both the Terps and Hoyas had small contingencies of fans in the 5,000 seat Milk House, and neither side was exceptionally loud. “I’m not sure how emotional it was,” Hoya coach John Thompson III said. “Being here this week separated us from what was going on back home.” The Maryland/Georgetown series dates back to the 1910-11 season, and the series is now in favor of the Terps 36-26. The teams played 57 times from 1935 to 1980, but with rigors of Big East and ACC schedules, a rematch was put off for more than a decade. The only non-ACC team that the Terrapin men’s basketball team has had more games against than Georgetown is George Washington. When asked if last night’s game could get the Terps to travel to Georgetown for a rematch, coach Gary Williams responded, “I think we’re 2-1 in the last three games, and they didn’t come back on the schedule from then, so this has nothing to do with that.” While a renewal of the rivalry would be great for basketball fans in the area, don’t count on it just yet. “You would like to think [this could renew the rivalry],” former Terp and current ESPN announcer Len Elmore said. “I think there are some issues to be resolved, as to where it would be played and how often, but come on. We put people on the moon and we’re sending rockets to Mars; I think we can figure this one out.”
Forward Landon Milbourne and the Terps were swarmed by the Hoya defense. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK
shooting. “As the game went on, he started getting less and less talkative, and I wanted to make sure he [didn’t start talking] again,” said Sapp, one of four Hoyas in double-figures. The typically loquacious Vasquez was effectively silenced, and only played 25 minutes in the blowout. “He didn’t seem to have his usual quickness,” Williams said of his junior star. Vasquez wasn’t getting much help from the rest of his offense, either. Guards
Eric Hayes and Adrian Bowie led the Terps with 11 each, but the rest of the team labored to find open looks and missed the few that they had. Williams fiddled with different rotations — Sean Mosley started instead of Cliff Tucker — but neither that nor any other lineup seemed to get the Terps going. The Terps started in a manto-man defense, and the Hoyas exposed the favorable one-on-one matchups. Williams then switched the
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After the Terps’ 2008 Old Spice Classic began brilliantly with a dominant win over No. 5 Michigan State, the rest of their Thanksgiving trip to Florida was nothing to write home about. Following a hard-fought loss to No. 9 Gonzaga in the semifinals Friday, the Terps (4-2) were clobbered by No. 21 Georgetown (4-1) 75-48 in the holiday tournament’s third place game yesterday.
For all its accomplishments in 2008, the Terrapin men’s soccer team had yet to exorcise the demons from its all-toomemorable and devastating season-ending loss from last year. Saturday, the Terps returned to the same stage on which they lost to Bradley in double overtime last season, a game they had in control. This time, the Terps held on, beating California 2-1 in the third round of the NCAA tournament and avoidMEN’S SOCCER ing a repeat disaster. California . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Last year, the Terps No. 2 TERPS. . . . . . . . . 2 blew a 2-0 lead with less than three minutes remaining. This year, a 2-0 lead was again tested. Cal forward Andrew Wiedeman headed in a goal in the 68th minute to make the game 2-1. On the next sequence, a mere 39 seconds later, Wiedeman got past two Terp defenders with the ball in the box and only Terp goalkeeper Zac MacMath to beat for the equalizer. But MacMath managed to deflect the shot upward with his foot and help the Terps (20-3-0) avoid another round-of-16 collapse, providing not only the biggest play of the game in the Terps’ 2-1 win against the Golden Bears, but perhaps the most important save of the Terps’ season. “Obviously, the last two years on this stage we had some heartbreaking losses,” coach Sasho Cirovski said. “But, as you know, a two-goal lead in soccer is a dangerous lead. Momentum can change very quickly, and it did, and I think we did what we had to. Zac made a save on our end that kept us in it.” To the true freshman goalkeeper, it seemed like any other critical save, the type MacMath has made a number of this year. But while midfielder Jeremy Hall, who scored the Terps’ second goal in the 53rd minute on a deflected shot from just outside the penalty box, said he wasn’t thinking about the Bradley loss during the exchange, it didn’t go totally forgotten. “Before we got to the game, I remembered Bradley,” Hall said. “I mean you can’t even describe it — that should’ve never happened. I just told myself we’re gonna get past this round. We really wanted this going into the game.”
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Guard Eric Hayes and the Terps struggled to produce any offense yesterday against Georgetown. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK
Georgetown overwhelms Terps Terps manage just 48 points in loss; worst offensive output since 1995 BY MARK SELIG Senior staff writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Early in the second half of the Terrapin men’s basketball team’s game against Georgetown, coach Gary Williams determinedly shouted at a referee until he finally received
a technical foul. Williams was frustrated with a prior intentional foul called on forward Landon Milbourne, and he was frustrated by what was at the time a 20-point Hoyas lead. It would only get worse — even more frustrating moments were on the horizon.
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Wide receiver Danny Oquendo (center) had nine catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in the Terps’ loss at Boston College on Saturday. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
Series of big plays do in Terps in regular-season finale BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – When a pair of Boston College defenders rushed Terrapin quarterback Chris Turner off his right side late in Saturday’s football game, he looked for a quick throw. With the Terp offense
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Terrapin men’s basketball team hadn’t played Georgetown since the 2001 Sweet 16 — not in the regular season since 1993 — but there was still a sense of familiarity last night when the players battled hundreds of miles away from home. “Those were our friends,” Georgetown guard Jessie Sapp said of the Terps, “so it was about bragging rights.” The Hoyas certainly won those bragging rights with a 75-48 victory, and the Terps may never get a chance to win them back. Many members of the Terps and Hoyas played against one another in high school and in the Amateur Athletic Union, and they regularly visit each other’s gyms for pickup basketball in the offseason. So why do the two decorated programs — located less than an hour away JESSIE SAPP from each other GEORGETOWN GUARD — need happenstance occurrences at tournaments to meet up on an official basis? For now, it’s a scheduling issue: They can’t decide where to play a game. The last scheduled meeting — in 1993 at the Hoyas then-home court, the USAir Arena — ended in a Terps victory. “I think that game might have put the program back on the map, as far as nationally,” said Terp assistant coach Keith Booth, whose first game as a freshman was that one against the Hoyas. “It was a big thing in this area, especially, because Georgetown was the top team in the area for many years before that.” It was such a big thing in the area that both teams’ fans filled the USAir Arena, and the two teams split the
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he game was over, the season had effectively been over for a week, and yet the Terrapin football team kept playing. Down 28-14 with less than two minutes to play Saturday at Boston College — after yet another punch to the stomach in the form of an Eagle big play — the Terps put together their most impressive drive of the game. Quarterback Chris Turner led the Terps 63 yards in 15 efficient plays in just 1:28, culminating in an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Torrey Smith. The Terps still lost, and it’s hard to take consolation in a
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Women’s basketball slips out of Cancún unbeaten Terps dominate Illinois after two lesser efforts BY ADI JOSEPH Senior staff writer
CANCÚN, Mexico - It took the Terrapin women’s basketball team two games to adjust to playing in the Galactic Ballroom of the all-inclusive Moon Palace Golf Resort & Spa in Cancún this break, but by Friday, things had returned to normalcy. After two closer-thanexpected wins against South Dakota State and Montana on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, the WOMEN’S Terps (6-1) BASKETBALL rolled Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 through Illi- No. 10 TERPS . . . . . . . 79 nois (3-4) on Friday 79-52 with a balanced team effort. The end result was never in question, and the No. 10 Terps looked like they were expected to throughout the three-game round-robin. Just one day after describing her team’s efforts as “really below average,” coach Brenda Frese was satisfied with an effort where the Terps jumped out to a 37-10 lead and never really looked back. Please See CANCÚN, Page 9
Forward Marissa Coleman led the Terps with 17 points and nine rebounds Friday against Illinois. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK