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Research sees more funding this year By Jim Bach Senior staff writer Research has continued to thrive at this university despite dwindling state funds and inconsistent state and federal grants, bucking a trend that has plagued other research institutions across the country. The university brought in $502 million in research funding this year from various sources, including federal government agencies, private enterprises and foundations — a $31 million jump from the year before. Even though

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federal money increased in 2009 and 2010, the university’s ability to secure more money this year in the midst of budget cuts indicates more growth than in previous years. The increase is partly due to Gov. Martin O’Malley and the state legislature’s efforts to continue large investments in higher education despite budget cuts elsewhere. While that money is not specifically set aside for research, general university funds trickle down to research. The state See research, Page 3

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Univ. to join CIC in July Move comes one year before conf. change

the university’s research funds increased this year despite budget constraints. Above is a breakdown of how funds are distributed among the colleges. data from umd division of research. illustration by kelsey marotta/the diamondback

a championship run

the men’s soccer team defeated Louisville in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament Saturday, avenging last year’s loss that knocked them out of the tournament. The team will travel to Hoover, Ala., on Friday to take on Georgetown in the semifinals with hopes of advancing to the finals. For more, see page 8. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

By Quinn Kelley Senior staff writer The university’s move to the Big Ten will bring new collaborations on the academic front, many of them out of reach for members of the ACC, officials said. Beginning July 1, 2013, a year before the university’s entrance to the Big Ten, researchers will be able to access opportunities through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, an academic consortium made up of the 12 schools in the Big Ten Conference and the University of Chicago. Officials learned the membership date yesterday, after member schools’ provosts reviewed and voted on the application university Provost Mary Ann Rankin filed last week. The Big Ten is more than an athletic conference, said University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan — it also boasts strong academics. Both Kirwan and university President Wallace Loh said opportunities provided in the CIC far exceed what is available through the ACC. “They just work together academically in a way that no other conference, except possibly the Ivy League, does,” Kirwan said. “There’s nothing like the collaboration of the CIC among the ACC or any other conference. It is a huge benefit, and it’s one of the reasons I was supportive of this decision.” To be invited to the Big Ten, a university must be a member of the Association of American Universities, a group of the 62 largest and most prominent public and private research universities See cic, Page 3

Hoping to help feed the masses After winning business competition, university’s Food Recovery Network chapter ready to help project expand to outside county By Fatimah Waseem Staff writer After spending almost two years recovering potentially wasted food from university dining halls, packaging the leftovers and donating them to local food shelters, this university’s Food Recovery Network chapter is ready to expand its operations outside Prince George’s County. Members of the student group, which won a $2,500 first-place prize in the behavioral and social sciences college’s Be the Solution Business Plan Competition Thursday, said the winnings will fund additional resources for the organization and aid an eventual expansion of the project to Montgomery County.


“As it’s often said, America doesn’t just face a hunger problem – it faces a food distribution problem,” founder and co-president Ben Simon said. The competition, co-hosted by the behavioral and social sciences college and the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, is the first to promote innovation and entrepreneurship specifically for behavioral and social sciences students, said John Townshend, the college’s dean. “This is a great job revenue opportunity,” Townshend said. “We encourage students to be the solution to the world’s great challenges.” FRN beat out four other teams, which were selected from a pool of more than a dozen applicants, to win the top prize. The others in the final five included

Co-op Housing at the University of Maryland (CHUM), Kahdor, a league commissioner tool that helps leagues and tournaments run more efficiently, the Maasai Hope Foundation, which sells accessories made by Maasai tribe women to help improve their living conditions, and WeGotThis, a social networking platform that encourages college students to accomplish goals. The prize will fund a full-time staff and board, key elements of the group’s plan to expand to Montgomery County grocery stores and selected nonprofits, Simon said. The expansion, proposed by Montgomery County Councilwoman Valerie Ervin (D-District 5) in October, gained headway when the council approved a work group to study the costs


the university’s food recovery network chapter, which won $2,500, is serving as a model for local officials who are expanding food collection and donation efforts to Montgomery County. fatimah waseem/the diamondback and logistics of the program in late November. Ervin said she hopes the program will address the growing number of applications for public assistance, as

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signing up for a program at the University of Maryland,” he said. After study abroad programs saw participation grow in the 2010-2011 academic year, the university jumped two places to 15th in the Institutes of International Education’s 2012 Open Doors rankings. And because students can take advantage of the CIC’s offerings as well, the university can save money it may have used starting new study abroad programs, Loh said. The CIC also provides highspeed Internet connections among the universities and shared language courses, library resources and journal subscriptions, and opportunities for graduate students seeking fellowships; many of the resources will save the university money, Loh said. For example, the Big Ten

has a contract with Google to digitize whole library collections of the CIC universities, Loh said — a project that would cost the university “a fortune” on its own and will now only cost a fraction of the amount. “You want any book in the University of Maryland library or the University of Michigan library or wherever, you can go online and get it,” Loh said. “That’s the power of collective purchasing.” Although the CIC does not provide research grants and will not contribute to a direct source of research funding, university Research Vice President Pat O’Shea said membership will allow for greater research collaboration between universities, which often makes it easier to obtain larger grants. “Immediately, when I heard

about the CIC, I said, ‘This is great, because we’ve got nothing like this in the ACC,’” he said. “The Big Ten historically has been more than just athletics. It’s almost like the Ivy League but for public universities.” It is hard to predict how much CIC membership will increase research funding, O’Shea said, but the coalition will lead to more collaboration outside of the local area and give the university a competitive edge. “Ultimately, it will increase the research funding and the quality of the scholarship,” he said. “We’ll be playing research with higher quality colleagues. It will up our game.” Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon agreed, saying the CIC allows for collaboration in both research and

leadership among the institutions. “It allows greater collaboration, which has led to greater research opportunities,” she said. Membership in the CIC has helped other Big Ten members, such as Penn State, both academically and financially. Blannie Bowen, Penn State’s academic affairs vice provost, noted a CIC-run leadership development program for faculty who might want to move into administration. As part of the seminar, coordinators bring top speakers from across the Big Ten, who don’t have to be paid because they are already university employees. “For that reason, there’s a tremendous saving,” he said. “These people are really, really good speakers, so by sharing resources, we share some of the best speakers of the university.”

Though the university will not join the CIC until 2013, Bowen said some collaborations can begin much sooner. While Loh said he understands some individuals are upset about the move to the Big Ten, he argues the academic opportunities were too great to pass up. “Was this the major reason for moving to the Big Ten? No, it was not. But it was enough of a reason that I don’t think I wouldn’t have wanted to lead Maryland into any other conference,” he said. “I respect their feelings, but, you know, what I have to weigh is their upsetness over not having a basketball game versus the advantages of joining the CIC. That’s looking at the whole picture and looking at the future.”

and officials explicitly state how the university allocates its research funds. “We want to get out of the traditional academic situation where oftentimes academics just speak to other academics about their work,” O’Shea said. “We want to engage the public.” This university’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, for example, has been engaging students and faculty members in extensive terrorism research that is used by the State Department. “It’s not like you’re just doing this paper that gets thrown into somebody’s desk and then tossed,” said Gary LaFree,

START co-founder and director. The START program has been “on a roll,” LaFree said, mostly because the research model draws heavily on student input and research, which has helped attract grant money from the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institute of Justice and the National Science Foundation. “We’ve known for 100 years that the worst way to teach people is to lecture them,” LaFree said. “The more you get students engaged in the process, the more they’re likely to learn — the more they’re likely to retain it.” The Future of Information Alliance, a research program

born out of the university’s iSchool and the journalism college that researches developments and issues pertaining to information dissemination, receives generous grants from private donors. Associate journalism dean and co-director Ira Chinoy said the FIA reaches “across disciplinary lines” and constitutes a “mind shift” from the traditional research models. “It’s another take on research,” Chinoy said. The FIA brings together researchers from all disciplines and colleges within this university to further its research — a prevalent theme in several university programs. START, for example, has adopted what

O’Shea calls the “transdisciplinary” mold because it brings together experts from an array of fields. “We’ve got political scientists, we’ve got criminologists, we’ve got psychologists, we’ve got computer sciences, we’ve got mathematicians, we’ve got specialists in Hebrew,” LaFree said. “And they’re all working together.” Because it has been more difficult to obtain sizable grants in the economic downturn, researchers have branched out and become more businesslike in their pursuit of funding for various projects, O’Shea said. “It’s, I guess, made us be more entrepreneurial and innovative in terms of raising funding from

other sources, from companies, from foundations and from grants and contracts,” O’Shea said. “All of the major public research universities like us are exhibiting behaviors that are increasingly like private institutions.” The research arm of this university is becoming more like a mini-industry, O’Shea said. And for LaFree, research is becoming a self-sustaining entity. “ We e s s e n t i a l l y ge t n o funding from the university,” LaFree said. “We’re kind of like a small business in the s e n s e t h at w it h o ut g ra nt money, we disappear.”

from local food banks, grocery store chains and nonprofit organizations, will submit an From PAGE 1 interim report for food recovery A work group, made up of by March 31. Details regarding county government and school the size and structure of the officials and representatives program will emerge following

final talks in July, after a final report hits the legislative floor by July 1. “Really, it’s a win-win-winwin — for students, dining and food venues, nonprofits, people in need and the county,”

Simon said. “A bunch of college students show up at a diner, package the food in foil trays and take it to a local shelter — it’s really that simple.” FRN has donated more than 30,000 meals – a total of more

than 90,000 pounds of food — since it was established in Fall 2010, an “explosive” impact Simon said he hopes will create a nationwide food recovery movement on college campuses. Food recovery networks have

sprouted up at 11 universities across the nation, including the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College and the University of Texas at Austin.

From PAGE 1 in the country, Kirwan said. This prerequisite is a testament to the conference’s emphasis on academics, he added. “That’s one indication of the commitment there to making the conference much more than athletics,” he said. Membership in the CIC will aid in the university’s efforts to globalize, Loh said, particularly through new study abroad opportunities. If this university doesn’t have a certain study abroad program offered by another CIC university, students can join that program and pay this university’s rates, Loh said, opening up 70 new programs. “It’s seamless. It’s like you’re

Research From PAGE 1 does, however, often provide research grants to the university. “We’ve actually seen less cuts than would have been dictated by pure economics,” said Pat O’Shea, the university’s research vice president. “It doesn’t directly ... fund research; indirectly, it supports infrastructure that supports research.” Research has also drastically changed over the last few years because it is not only confi ned to the institutions and professors involved. Many research projects now reach out to the public for transparency purposes





The journey of an atheist

I was raised to believe in God. It was comforting, when bad things happened in my life or the world, to believe there was a grand design or purpose for tragedies. It was comforting to think I could appeal to a higher being for change through prayer. It was comforting to believe I and those I hold dear will not just die and decay but will “go to a better place” and watch over the world in some kind of continued consciousness and immortality. I first started wondering why I believed in one religion and some people believed in another during college, and that’s when my journey began. It was not hard to notice that with few exceptions, kids of Christian parents were Christian, kids of Muslim parents were Muslim and kids of Jewish parents were Jewish. It gradually dawned on me that my particular beliefs may not have been based on the fact that they were a higher truth, but rather were a circumstance of my birth and the indoctrination that followed. When I initially strayed from my religion, I continued my belief in God. But after a decade of reading, thinking and attending ceremonies and meetings of various religions, I allowed myself to consider that a belief in God may be born from wishful thinking — wanting answers to tragedies, desiring the ability to change things by prayer, feeling comfort in the shadow of death. But I understood wishful thinking might not correspond to reality. As a high school student, I came across a technique that brought me peace and kept my excessive worry in

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check. By first accepting the worst possible outcome for a particular situation, I could then calmly try to improve on it. So I let myself accept the possibility that there was no God. In other words, accept that sometimes bad things happen to good people for no purpose. Prayer is futile and death may be a return to the nonexistence we experienced before we were born — living on only through the ripples of our actions while alive. While initially less comforting, my new belief seemed more intellectually honest. For me, it made more sense to say “I do not know” instead of attributing unanswerable questions to an invisible being and evoking invisible places. I could no longer make a leap of faith to beliefs that seemed to satisfy emotional needs but also seemed to be more mythical than real and in some cases just seemed illogical. I have now lived more than half my life without God. My wife and I have raised two children who turned out to be hardworking, moral and loving adults without attending religious school or weekly religious ceremonies. I subscribe to the human value, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” and believe that being a good person means “doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” I have described my journey so you may know that for me, and I am sure for many others, atheism is the destination reached in a search for reality. It has not diminished my awe of the world around me. It has not diminished my morals or those of my children. It has not diminished my love and respect for those who believe differently.


Make your legislators listen


or anyone watching the fiscal cliff talks unfold, it seems like a serious case of deja vu: Democrats and Republicans have just four weeks to negotiate an alternate deal or a set of devastating across-theboard budget cuts will go into effect. Democrats think raising taxes on the wealthy and maintaining support for government programs is the way to go. Republicans say high tax rates on the wealthy will squelch job creation. Despite campaign promises to compromise and get the country back on the right track, the debates and talks seem largely the same as they were in the summer of 2011, when all legislators could do was craft a short-term deal that got us to where we are now. This time, however, President Obama changed up the negotiations: He called on everyday Americans to take to Twitter to help the talks progress. Democrats and Obama want the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for the wealthiest Americans but stay in place for families making $250,000 a year or less, which covers 98 percent of citizens and 97 percent of small businesses, according to Obama. If Congress doesn’t do anything, taxes will simply rise for everyone. But Obama has vowed to prevent

that from happening. He said, “It’s too important for Washington to screw this up.” So he asked citizens to tweet at or write Facebook posts to members of Congress explaining what $2,000 means to them and why paying that much more


The #My2K Twitter campaign is one example of lawmakers reaching out to citizens for our input — we have to take advantage of it. in taxes would be detrimental. He told people to tag those tweets with the hashtag #My2K which, no surprise, was a trend on Twitter for a couple of days last week. Obama’s use of Twitter as a negotiation mechanism signals a critical change in the government’s structure, and this editorial board isn’t sure yet whether it’s for better or worse. We have more access than ever before to national leaders — all it takes is 140 characters or less. Campaign promises clearly haven’t taken us far — Obama, senators and representatives all pledged to work together and put the country’s needs ahead of political bickering, and we

have yet to see that play out in this debate. Time is quickly running out to negotiate a new budget plan, and if the fiscal cliff changes go into effect, it’s highly likely they will trigger another recession. So whether you support Obama’s plan or not, use social media and other similarly simple avenues to urge national lawmakers to avoid another catastrophic short-term budget deal. It’s up to legislators to craft the plans, but it’s up to citizens to make elected leaders answer to their constituents. It’s easy to play political hardball if it feels like there aren’t consequences — but not if there are people looking for answers about why their future can’t be secured. Without a new deal and a plan to lift the country out of the economic downturn, students can expect to continue hearing about how worthless their degrees will likely prove to be. National lawmakers are supposed to serve their constituents, so make that easier by reaching out via Twitter, Facebook or whatever method is easiest. Hold Congress accountable, because when it comes down to it, it’s probably not legislators who have severe consequences to live with if there isn’t a long-term budget deal in place soon — it’s the 98 percent of Americans who are worrying if their next paycheck will be enough to get them by comfortably.


Richard Zipper is a Golden ID student taking classes in biology. He can be reached at

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Social entrepreneurship


ighteen months ago, university President Wallace Loh announced the launch of a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with the vision “to make innovation and entrepreneurship an integral part of our academic culture.” The idea was to integrate the various initiatives and opportunities across the campus under one umbrella — certainly no small task at a school of 37,000 students across 13 distinct colleges and schools. The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, for example, has been connecting students to tools, resources and networks since 1986, while the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH) has had a multibillion dollar impact on this state’s economy since 1983. The public policy school’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership has also provided the tools and experience for students to develop nonprofit ventures (including its annual Do Good Challenge). With this expertise now under this CIE umbrella, there is a great opportunity to promote the concept of social entrepreneurship (i.e., forprofit businesses that also have a positive impact on people or the planet) across the campus. Currently, the Center for Social Value Creation at the business school has taken the lead on this initiative. However, not all universities choose to house their social impact initiatives within the walls of their business schools; schools such as Middlebury and Georgetown, for example, take a more campuswide approach to such initiatives. Which begs the question: Should social entrepreneurship live only in the walls of Van Munching Hall? I approach social entrepreneurship from a business perspective. To be a successful social entrepreneur, you must start with the basics — good business practice in areas like strategy,

finance, marketing and human capital. Social entrepreneurship isn’t about a “doing good” sticker; it’s about passionate people changing the world for the better and being willing to acquire the business skills to make it sustainable. Thus, students from any walk or major — global health, education, agriculture, law and so forth — can utilize social entrepreneurship. Successful social entrepreneurship’s roots are in best practice business approaches, so managing it out of the business school makes sense. However, since its actionable agents are from all majors, it behooves the CSVC to continue engaging partners and stakeholders from across the campus. And future migration away from the business school (e.g., as part of the CIE) should keep this duality of components (i.e., management-driven approaches combined with cross-disciplinary application) in place. As this university continues to establish itself as a leader in the art of taking ideas from paper to product to action to market, it is comforting to know social entrepreneurship is part of the conversation. My optimism aside, this facet of the venture creation process is imperative should new businesses seek to survive in a future of constrained resources. It is not enough to come up with worldchanging ventures that only seek to serve the owner’s financial bottom line. We, as Terps, must support those entrepreneurs seeking to deliver value to society in addition to themselves; if we don’t, we are neither the leaders in innovation that we profess to be nor are we producing those of the future. Guillermo Olivos is the assistant director of programming and social entrepreneurship at the business school’s Center for Social Value Creation . He can be reached at

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Religion: Best served individually MARIA ROMAS Throughout my childhood, I went to church every Sunday morning. It was an institution set by my parents that I grudgingly accepted at first, then came to enjoy. The Greek Orthodox Church has helped shape me into the person I am today, and without it, I would be a lot more lost — not necessarily in a moral sense, but as to where to turn when reality throws you a curveball. My religion, like many others, has guidelines for how to handle different situations. In a way, it has been a coping mechanism for life. It works for me, but I don’t expect it to work the same way for everyone else. Just because I feel happy with something doesn’t mean it will make others happy too. I don’t agree with every single statute in Orthodox Christianity, but it’s the religion that most aligns with my viewpoints. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the church, but I’ve never felt the need to stray far from the path outlined in the church’s teachings. Now, I consider myself a faithful person, but I’m hardly an expert on the subject. As such, I’m not going to impress my church’s teachings

on every passerby — there’s too much I simply don’t know or understand. All I can do is share what I can comprehend, and if someone trusts my years of experience enough to ask for my concept of my religion, I’ll tell them. But I would never be presumptuous enough to state my religion is the right one. Nobody knows. That’s why there are so many different belief systems out there. That’s why faith is such an important part of religion; at some point, you just have to believe. But the absolute worst thing people can do is attempt to yell me into submission and agreement with their views. No, UMD Freethought members outside of Stamp Student Union, I don’t want you to challenge my views by screaming questions at me. No, Catholic Terps, shoving a free cup at me won’t make me more inclined to come to your Bible study. I’m not going up to you and telling you what to think. What makes you think I want to hear what you want me to believe? What these “missionaries” don’t seem to understand is that people searching for answers in the form of religion will seek you out — you don’t have to find them. And the way many people go about sharing their viewpoints is incredibly misguided. Is it really plausible for you to persuade other people to think like you do by trying to debase their views? If anything, you lose credibility in their eyes.

And if people are so willing to drop their own personal beliefs that they will subscribe to yours, they probably won’t truly have faith in what your religion preaches. Most people who know me know I’m Greek, but rarely have I fully explained to someone my understanding of my religion. It’s not for lack of willingness to share — I never have a problem telling others about my religious views, and welcome the opportunity to learn about others’ religions. Religion is such a cool concept; so many people believe so many different things. We can’t know what’s right; we simply have to believe what we think is the truth. But is there any reason we should be screaming our religious views in each others’ faces? Informative discussions and spirited debates can be fun, but it’s not often people are capable of keeping it at that level. The inherent fervor behind your beliefs begs passion, which typically incites a vast array of emotions. Sometimes these emotions can be kept in check, but when someone threatens the very morals and standards you base your life on, it’s not likely. It’s OK to share your thoughts and beliefs. Just bear in mind the line between thoughtful musing and overconfident preaching. Maria Romas is a junior English m a j o r. S h e c a n b e re a c h e d a t

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orn today, you harbor a great many conflicting feelings that you will be working out through much of your lifetime -- though this is not to be considered a liability or anything else negative, for that matter. Indeed, the truth is that you are likely to be one of the most reflective and honest individuals born under your sign, simply because you understand that everyone has a great deal going on beneath the surface that he or she is not always willing to acknowledge. You take things very personally, and yet you are never rash, nor do you allow yourself to get defensive. You may choose to reinvent yourself once or twice along life’s journey, and yet you will always remain constant in one or two ways that allow others to recognize that no matter what you are doing, or how, or why, it is always you doing it! You’re not to be mistaken for anyone else. Also born on this date are: Holly Marie Combs, actress; Daryl Hannah, actress; Julianne Moore, actress; Ozzy Osbourne, rocker; Andy Williams, singer; Bobby Allison, auto racer. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You’re going to have to do


more than one thing at a time if you expect to get everything done according to the “official” schedule. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You’re likely to find yourself far busier than you had planned -- though much of what you have to do gives you pleasure. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -You may receive information that shocks you into taking action you had not anticipated taking. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -Give yourself credit for the good decision you made yesterday. Others are likely to follow in your footsteps. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You’ll be called upon to step in for someone who is under the weather -- or otherwise unavailable or inaccessible. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You may meet someone who reminds you of someone you knew quite well some time ago -- and the resemblance may be more than skin deep. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Someone will have your back -- and may expect you to return

the favor before you know it. You’re in a position to help in a surprising way. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -The “same old thing” isn’t likely to do it for you today, and you’ll want to experiment to see if you can’t come up with something new. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Give a friend some pointers and you’ll see him or her develop in a way that makes you proud. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You may feel as though you are only one of many, but in fact, what you have to offer is unique -- and no one is able to imitate you! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You are looking forward to something that should give you enjoyment, but you also fear that things may not be as they usually are. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -Now is the time for you to reach out to a friend and offer what is needed -- before he or she has to ask for your assistance.


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the game we aLL grew up with

By Dean Essner Staff writer My first exposure to the business world came on a cold winter night as I perched at my old, snail-paced Gateway computer with a cup of hot cocoa. I had wandered into a gig as an amusement park owner, architect and bookkeeper for the new and improved “Essnerland.” I was trying to be someone with both the effortless juvenile essence of Walt Disney and the selling savvy of Steve Jobs. This was work, and I had a very important job to do. RollerCoaster Tycoon came into my life during a pivotal period. I was 9 or 10 years old and smitten with the endless wonders computer games seemed to provide. But after a frustrating breakup with Backyard Football — I was winning the championship every season with ease, so I made the executive call to ax it from my lexicon of digital hobbies for a while — the growing pains seemed to suggest it might have been time to move on to something more representative of my age. Luckily, reconciliation came quickly. With RollerCoaster Tycoon, I felt as though I was channeling the spirit of my younger self

Why RollerCoaster Tycoon was the game that bridged childhood and adolescence

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fight for your right to party Drawing from all of the recent Top 40 musical trends, Ke$ha’s latest record is a loud, cheesy, trashy mess — and one of the best pop albums of the year By Eric Bricker Staff writer When future historians look back at our decade, what music should they listen to? What is the best this generation has to offer? More importantly, what album or artist best represents what music sounds like in the second decade of the 21st century? The musicologists of tomorrow could do a lot worse than Warrior, the latest from glittery riot-pop sensation Ke$ha. Not just the best dancepop album of the year, Warrior may as well be the only pop album of 2012, as it totally, gloriously and utterly unironically embodies every trend in current music, repackaging it all with a professional yet surprisingly intimate sheen. This trendiness makes for an

album that is as fleetingly ephemeral as it is joyous. Even the best tracks on Warrior will sound dated by the time Christmas rolls around. That’s OK. If there’s one takeaway from Ke$ha’s slim but thrilling oeuvre, it’s that the moment is all that matters. Surrender to that mindset, and Warrior goes down like a water bottle full of whiskey in the passenger seat of a gold Trans Am. The title track sets the mood early: Yelling at her “animals” like the Patton of getting white-girl-wasted, Ke$ha orders her listeners to “live like it’s our last night alive” and “cut the bulls— out with a dagger.” Then the bass drops, the song devolves into dubstep-y madness and the party begins in earnest. From there the album turns into a checklist of every trope and trend

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Forward Dez Wells (left) celebrates with center Alex Len during the Terps’ seven-point victory yesterday. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

PATRIOTS From PAGE 8 end of the day, whatever my team needs me to do, I’m going to provide for them.” Early against George Mason, the Terps needed points. Wells was happy to oblige, using a mix of layups and jumpers to notch the team’s first eight points. By the time he headed to the Verizon Center locker room for halftime, he boasted 15 points as the Terps clung to a 34-30 lead. The Patriots went on a 7-0 run to take their fi rst and only lead of the game less than three minutes into the second half, but Wells hit two layups and a free throw to give the Terps a 43-39 edge with 14:43 remaining. The Terps weathered a late George Mason flurry that sliced the margin to 65-60 and hit the necessary free throws to seal the victory. Seventeen of their fi nal 23 points came at the charity stripe. “Each game is different,” Turgeon said. “You figure out a way to win.” Yesterday, the Terps rode Wells’ hot hand and used a stifling defense to take pressure off their young offense. Turgeon’s squad held the Patriots to just 31 percent shooting (4-of-17

HUSKIES From PAGE 8 from Williamsport, Pa., has seen action in every game, averaging 7.4 points in 17.6 minutes per game. “I can’t think about putting any more pressure on myself, because it might mess up my

from beyond the arc), and limited guard Patrick Holloway — who finished with a team-high 17 points — to just two second-half field goals. Turgeon estimated he changed the Terps’ ball-screen defense two or three times — adjustments that proved critical during another turnover-marred performance. The Terps (6-1), who are averaging 15.6 turnovers per game, gave the ball up 19 times yesterday. The Patriots (5-3) had only nine. “Guys are just trying to do too much at times,” said guard Nick Faust, who scored 14 points. “Instead of making the easy play, they’re trying to do something special.” Wells is no exception. He turned the ball over five times yesterday and leads the team with 21 on the season. Shortly after the fi nal buzzer sounded against the Patriots, Turgeon said he told Wells he was on track to set the program’s turnovers record. But no ribbing could bother Wells. He was still reveling in another strong performance, in the growing sense he was always meant to don red and gold. “Right now,” Wells said. “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere but Maryland.”

game,” Rutan said. “So I’m just trying to let things still come to me and play within my role and just do what I can for the team now.” A nd wh i le the Ter ps get more a nd more shorthanded — they’re down to eight healthy players on the roster — the Huskies are only getting stronger. After missing

UConn’s fi rst two games with a sprained ankle, All-American guard Bria Hartley made her fi rst start of the season in the Huskies’ 101-41 victory over Colgate on Wednesday. She’s just another weapon for Huskies coach Geno Auriemma, who has six players averaging at least 9.5 points per game. The closest game

in the country.” The first 44 minutes were a n e v e n , b a c k-a n d-fo r t h battle, pitting a stiff Cardinals defense, featuring Big East Defensive Player of the Year Andrew Farrell, against ACC Offensive Player of the Year Patrick Mullins and the nation’s leading scoring offense. T he two M AC Herm a n n Trophy semifinalists battled all over the field, and it appeared the two teams would enter halftime deadlocked in a 1-1 stalemate. But reserve forward Jake Pace scored t he go-a head goa l w it h 40 second s remaining in the first half to g ive the Terps a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Defender Dakota Edwards flipped the ball to Pace in the box, and the 6-foot-2 redshirt junior headed it past Louisville goalkeeper Mike Mauro. “After the goal, we kind of got together,” Pace said. “We talked about how much this is game-changing, how we need to keep going and they’re going to come out harder because of it. It really gave us some momentum going in and then coming out.” The Terps’ defense clamped down in the second half and all but eliminated any chance of a Cardinals comeback. Louisville took just one shot in the second 45 minutes as the Terps’ backline, which had Kemp on the field for the first time in nearly a month, kept the ball away from goalkeeper Keith Cardona. “We probably had our worst game of the year and really didn’t show from a standpoint of pressure and keeping the ball what Louisville is like tonight,” Cardinals coach Ken Lolla said. The Cardinals weathered a series of early threats from a Terps offense that was on the attack from the outset. In the fi rst minute, Mauro saved

the Huskies have played all season came in an 81-50 win at Texas A&M on Nov. 18. Their average margin of victory this year is 48.7 points. Despite the numbers, the Terps (4-1) present the stiffest challenge UConn (6-0) has faced. The Terps’ size inside with Hawkins and centers Alicia DeVaughn and Malina

forwa rd Sch i l lo Tshu ma’s bicycle kick attempt. It was just one early indication of the Terps’ mindset, as they would go on to take 16 shots. T he Ter ps fi na l ly broke through in the 34th minute when Woodberry scored his first goal since notching two at College of Charleston on Sept. 29. Kemp, making his presence felt in his return from injury, served a ball into the box and Woodberry headed it past Mauro. Louisville answered less than six minutes later on a counterattack after a Terps corner kick. Farrell played a long pass ahead to midfielder Dylan Mares, who tapped it over to forward Zach Foxhoven, who beat Cardona to his right. “Right before we got out there, we reminded our team that we’re an attacking team,” Cirovski said. “We’re going to be on the front foot. We’re going to get after it. We’re going to put them under some

Maryland pressure.” After Pace’s goal gave the Terps a 2-1 lead at halftime, Mullins put the game out of reach with his 16th goal of the season in the 68th minute. Kemp crossed it to Mullins, who had his initial chance saved by Mauro. But the ball squirted loose, and Mullins muscled it into the back of the net. With the way the Terps’ defense played, it was more than enough. Before the season started, Ci rovsk i set t he n at ion a l championship as the end goal for the Terps. Anything less, he said, and the year would be a failure. With standout performances from Kemp, Woodberry and Stertzer, the Terps are two wins from reaching that goal on college soccer’s ultimate weekend. Said Cirovski: “This group of seniors was not going to let this pass us by.”

Forward Patrick Mullins netted the game-clinching goal for the Terps in the 68th minute. It was the ACC Offensive Player of the Year’s 16th goal this season. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

Howard has been effective all season, and Thomas gives the team a player who can take over a game at any time. No matter how many healthy players a re on the roster, though, the Terps know they still have a chance to make a statement. Back-to-back wins over ranked teams this early in the season could set the tone

for ACC play, which begins later this week. “It’s something we always work hard for,” Rutan said. “It’s why we came to Maryland, to just play the topranked teams. I think it’ll be a good test for us and a good test for them.”

STATLINE Terps men’s basketball forward Dez Wells’ performance in a 69-62 win vs. George Mason

25 6 Points


2 Assists


“I think it’s tough to compare to all the years, because it’s like having children and they’re all so beautiful and you love them all the same.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY Sasho Cirovski Terps men’s soccer coach



Alabama Bound


Wells leads Terps to 6th straight win Team nets 69-62 victory against George Mason By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer

WASHINGTON — Dez Wells is finally comfortable. After a whirlwind three months that likely included some of the darkest days of his life, the Xavier transfer jumps at any opportunity to express satisfaction with his new team. He discusses pivotal closed-door conversations with coach Mark Turgeon, praises teammates’ camaraderie and regularly thanks fans for their support. Wells is the happiest he’s ever been, he says. He’s on a team he loves and in a town he’s come to cherish. That newfound comfort level is translating to the court. After an up-anddown first five games, the sophomore forward has used career-high efforts to will the Terps to two consecutive wins away from Comcast Center. His latest performance — a 25-point outburst in a 69-62 victory over George Mason in the BB&T Classic — showcased a player ready to step into the national spotlight for something other than expulsions and NCAA appeals. Wells shot 11-of-17, becoming the first ACC player this season to register that many field goals made in a single game. The Raleigh, N.C., native accounted for 36 percent of the Terps’ offense, carrying his team past the Patriots for its sixth straight win. The sterling display came just five days after Wells scored a thencareer-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting in a blowout victory at Northwestern. “I’m going to cool off at some point,” Wells said after the game. “But at the See PATRIOTS, Page 7 Defender London Woodberry celebrates with the crowd at Ludwig Field after the Terps’ win Saturday. Woodberry and his senior teammates will play in their first College Cup this weekend. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

Terps advance to College Cup for first time since 2008 after Saturday’s win over Louisville The No. 2-seed Terps defeated No. 10-seed Louisville, 3-1, before 3,556 at Ludwig Field to clinch a spot in the program’s 12th College Cup. The Terps will take on regional foe Georgetown on Friday evening in Hoover, Ala., keeping alive a streak in which every senior class since 1997 has reached college soccer’s fi nal weekend. “I knew they were going to come out with a magical performance tonight, and that’s what that was,” Cirovski said. “We played a great game against one of the great teams in college soccer, against one of the most well-coached, skillful and determined teams

By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer The legacy of the Terrapins men’s soccer team’s senior class was at stake entering Saturday night’s NCAA tournament quarterfi nal matchup with Louisville. Three Terps mainstays — midfielder John Stertzer and defenders Taylor Kemp and London Woodberry — had never advanced to the College Cup. They came to College Park in 2009 on the heels of coach Sasho Cirovski’s second national championship in four years. But through a series of heartbreaking defeats in the past three years, they’d come up empty. That all changed Saturday.

The Terps celebrate after clinching a trip to the College Cup in Hoover, Ala., for the first time in four years. charlie deboyace/the diamondback


Forward Dez Wells’ career-high 25 points carried the Terps past George Mason yesterday. charlie deboyace/the diamondback


Without Mincy, Frese again searches for best combination Guard’s injury leaves hole as Terps prepare for No. 2 UConn By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer

Coach Brenda Frese will have to shuffle the Terps’ starting lineup again after starting guard Laurin Mincy suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the team’s win at No. 21 Nebraska on Wednesday. christian jenkins/the diamondback

In the early part of its season, the Terrapins women’s basketball team sported an unexpected look on the floor. After guard Brene Moseley’s season ended in October because of a torn ACL suffered in practice, coach Brenda Frese shuffled her starting lineup, searching for a combination that would produce. It appeared she found that mixture Wednesday in the team’s 90-71 win over No. 21 Nebraska. But after starting guard Laurin Mincy tore her ACL in the second half, the No. 11 Terps will once again be looking for the right formula when they take on No. 2 Connecticut at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., tonight in the Jimmy V Classic. “We have to go in there and play

hard,” Frese said. “We have to manage the press and take care of the basketball. That’s going to be key to be able to give ourselves opportunities.” I n M i n c y, t h e Te r p s l o s e a n outside shooter who was i n the midst of a breakout game at Nebraska. At the time of her injury, M incy had scored 16 points and was 4-of-4 from three-point range. The Newark, N.J., native was also a defensive presence on the outside, someth i ng that cou ld be sorely missed against a UConn team averaging 90.2 points per game. “She wa s ou r b e s t d e fe n s ive stopper on the perimeter,” Frese said. “We could match her up with a point guard, we could match her up on the wing. That’s going to be difficult to overcome.” Despite losing Mincy, the Terps are still coming off their most complete performance of the season at Nebras-

ka. Forward Alyssa Thomas scored 25 points, dished out eight assists, had six steals and grabbed five rebounds. Forward Tianna Hawkins had her third double-double, and the Terps shot 7-of-15 from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Terps held the Cornhuskers to 33.3 percent shooting in the second half. “I think everybody really stepped up,” Thomas said. “We had a guard and post performance and just all around, and it just shows if one person goes down, we get that much tighter.” Frese said she expects guard Katie Rutan and forward Tierney Pfi rman to see the majority of the time in the backcourt next to guard Chloe Pavlech. Rutan, a transfer from Xavier, started the Terps’ fi rst three games this year before reverting back to a bench role. Pfi rman, a freshman See HUSKIES, Page 7

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