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University worker caravan protests parking rates In latest dispute with administration, workers drive across campus honking horns over prices By Talia Richman @talirichman Staff writer Jeff Fiory drove his dark blue 2008 Volkswagen Jetta down Union Drive at about 1 p.m. yesterday, his car windows plastered with posters reading “Fair Contract Now!” and painted with messages such as

“#Terps4FairContractRates” and “Lower Parking Rates.” Fiory, an information technology coordinator with the Department of Transportation Services, joined about 20 other decorated cars in a cross-campus caravan aimed at spreading awareness of what many university workers said are unfair parking rates. The drivers slowed

down in front of the Main Administration Building and honked their horns repeatedly. “I feel the management hasn’t taken the proposal that we placed on the bargaining table seriously,” said Fiory, who is on a workers’ bargaining team. “One way of trying to get the management to take us more seriously is going out and showing to them that we have issues and things we would like to demonstrate on.” protest signs are displayed on a car driven by a participant in yesterday’s cross-campus caravan to help See protest, Page 3 raise awareness about parking rates that some university workers view as unfair. photo courtesy of jeff pittman

Business owners get city grants Officials give funds for building improvements By Teddy Amenabar @TeddyAmen Senior staff writer

the dairy has served award-winning ice cream in historic Turner Hall near Route 1 since 1924, but the shop will move to Stamp Student Union next semester to increase visibility. rachel george/the diamondback


In the past decade, the Route 1 corridor has been the epicenter of a wave of new apartment complexes and businesses. Now, city officials aim to help local businesses that have served the community for years through a grant program officials hope will allow them to remain competitive. In November, College Park officials awarded $25,000 in grants to seven local business owners for improvements to their buildings, College Park Economic Development Coordinator Michael Stiefvater said. It was the inaugural round of allocations from the Retail Business Improvement Fund, launched this year See business, Page 3

After nearly 90 years, Dairy will move to Stamp Student Union in spring By Bethany Hooper and Jenny Hottle @thedbk, @JennyHottle Senior staff writers From plain vanilla to Fear the Turtle and Midnight Madness, the Dairy has served dozens of traditional and original flavors in Turner Hall since 1924. But nearly 90 years after it first opened, the Dairy will close at the end of this semester and move to Stamp Student Union in the spring to increase visibility and make way for an ex-

panded Visitor Center in Turner Hall. The Dairy will take over part of the Baltimore Room by the food court, said Marsha GuenzlerStevens, Stamp director. It will be located in the front left corner of the room, replacing the high-top tables there, she said. Officials hope that moving the Dairy from near Rossborough Inn on Route 1 to Stamp will improve the shop’s business, Dining Services spokesman Bart Hipple said. “More people will walk by and be more likely to get it,” Hipple said. “For us, the Dairy is not

central to where people are walking or driving. It isn’t really a lunchtime destination, but a place to go for a treat.” The move has created concern for some students who use the Baltimore Room on a regular basis as a place to eat, talk and catch up on work. “I normally study in the Baltimore Room,” said Elise Benjamin, a junior dietetics major. “So having another store there that would See dairy, Page 2

Nyumburu to partner with campus groups Cultural center seeks more student inclusion By Josh Logue @jmlogue Staff writer

founded in memory of a university alumnus who died of AIDS. “There are students that went to this campus who have been affected,” Satorie said. “It’s here. It’s been here.” That statement struck Amber Cook, a sen ior psycholog y major, deeply. “Here in college we’re in our own world,” Cook said. “We don’t think about the fact that it could be so close to us.” Satorie believes he was infected during college in 1991. “No one came to my school to talk like this,” he said. “I thought, ‘I’m a grown-up man and I can make my own decisions.’ I experimented some with alcohol and I did have sex and became infected. I didn’t know I had been infected.” About six years after becoming infected, Satorie received a phone

Founded in 1971 as a center for black social, cultural and intellectual interaction, the Nyumburu Cultural Center plans to expand its reach on the campus by pursuing partnerships with other student organizations. A review and subsequent report by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion last semester concluded that students who never visited Nyumburu thought its services were useful but not geared to their needs. Although a variety of student groups already use the center, Director Ronald Zeigler said, formalizing partnerships with other groups would promote Nyumburu as a multicultural space and dispel perceptions that the center caters exclusively to black students. “Some folks do not come here because they have, in my opinion, a twisted perspective in terms of what we offer,” Zeigler said. “There is a sizable portion of students of different political, sexual and ethnic persuasions who feel there isn’t a place for them, or only a limited place for them, on campus.”

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‘If you want to see a miracle, take a look’ HIV educator speaks about living with AIDS By Talia Richman @talirichman Staff writer Underneath the long sleeves of the blue and black striped shirt Greg Satorie wore as he stood in front of a full Charles Carroll Room in Stamp Student Union, there was a biohazard symbol tattooed on his shoulder. As a man living with AIDS, he said, that is what he is: a biohazard. Satorie, an HIV prevention educator, shared his story and information regarding HIV and AIDS at “Living with AIDS,” an event hosted by Alpha Theta Gamma Multicultural Sorority, Inc. last night in honor of World AIDS Day, which was Sunday. In Washington, about one person in 30 is infected — 10 times higher tha n the nationa l average, ac-

greg satorie, HIV prevention educator, asks a crowd in Stamp Student Union’s Charles Carroll Room to list the five bodily fluids that can transmit the HIV virus from person to person. james levin/the diamondback cording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Census Bureau. “I was part of the problem, but now I’m trying to be part of the solution,” Satorie said.


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DAIRY From PAGE 1 attract people wouldn’t be something I would like, but it would improve their business, I’m sure.” Guenzler-Stevens said she doesn’t expect the addition of the Dairy to impair the flow of traffic or take away seating in Stamp. “We have obligations to students and to visitors, but also to food vendors,” Guenzler-Stevens said. “We will not sacrifice the number of seats in that area that it intends to serve.” Employees aim to maximize seating in the area by using a small amount of space for the parlor, Hipple said. When the parlor reopens in the spring, it won’t be the first time the Dairy has served ice cream in Stamp. In the ’80s, Dory’s Sweet Shop on the ground floor of the student u n ion ser ved the Da i r y’s specialty flavors, said Anne

PARTNERS From PAGE 1 The center offers a variety of serv ices and programming, from credited classes to musical events. Officials plan to implement a series of new initiatives and expand some existing programs at the center to attract a more diverse group of students. O n e n e w p rog ra m , fo r example, will focus on “the complexities of sexuality, biracialism and identity for college students,” Zeigler said. Although the details are still in flux, the program likely will include speakers, workshops or conference trips. T he center will also increase advertising for other services that existed in some

Turkos, university archivist. Turkos said that while she understands the rationale for moving the Dairy to increase business and visibility, she’s sad to see the university lose part of its history. “For me, the Dairy represents a very important part of our agricultural and landgrant heritage,” Turkos said. “We’ve won awards for ice cream, and it makes us a wellknown institution in the area. I’m sad to see it go away from its historical home.” Turner Hall has undergone several architectural changes since the Dairy opened. When it was first constructed, the building looked like a factory, Turkos said. Former university President Harry Clifton “Curley” Byrd decided he didn’t like the look of the building, so he insisted the university build a brick facade to fit in with the look of the campus. “If you stripped all that brick away, you would find the original look,” Turkos said.

“The building is a fascinating part of our history.” Until a renovation in the ’90s, the original Dairy had paneled walls and was “much darker and gloomier than what we see today,” Turkos sa id . B ut t he renovat ion transformed the shop into a bright, sunny place with white painted walls, making the Dairy look “much more like an ice cream parlor.”

Between renovations and changes, faculty, students and campus visitors have continued to line up at the Dairy to try rich, unique flavors, which used to be produced by the university’s dairy science program and are now made by the Dining Services bakery staff. World-renowned ice cream expert Wendell Arbuckle, a dairy sciences professor from 1949 to 1972, encouraged the

form before the review, such as a Swahili class taught by a linguistics student volunteer, in the hope of bringing together a more diverse group of students, Zeigler said. To help fund the new initiatives, the center submitted a request for a $1-persemester increase to the $18 student fee that supports the center. Fee requests aren’t finalized until the end of the academic year, but officials will begin implementing the new prog ra ms du ri ng the spring semester and work within their existing budget, Zeigler said. Student Government Association diversity director Joseph Ehrenkrantz is building an advisory committee of student group representatives to gather student input

on the center’s expansion efforts. The groups represented on the com m ittee will brainstorm ideas and prov ide feedback on how best to ensure students from different communities feel comfortable and able to take advantage of existing resources on the campus. “The challenge for diversity on campus is making the university feel like home for everyone everywhere,” Ehren krantz said. “W hat [Nyumburu does] to build space for a community on ca mpus is fa ntast ic, a nd that’s somet h i ng I’d l i ke to see for all other student groups as well.” Ny u m b u r u a n d re l igious centers such as Hillel and the Catholic Student Center provide a familiar,

comfortable space for students in those communities, but other groups on the campus lack such places, he said. Jada Ha rrison, a ju n ior com mu n ity hea lt h m ajor who has worked at Nyumburu since her freshman year, said while she supports the center’s inclusiveness, she is concerned that expanded outreach could dilute the center’s foundational focus. “I don’t think it’s necessary to expand beyond students of the black diaspora, only because there are other venues for those students in contrast to what [Nyumburu] was founded as — a place for African students,” Harrison said. “I think Nyumburu is just fi ne the way it is.”

THE DAIRY in Turner Hall serves traditional ice cream flavors such as rocky road and experiments with original flavors, including Fear the Turtle, Star Spangled Explosion and more. The ice cream parlor will move to Stamp Student Union in the spring. rachel george/the diamondback

u n iversity com mu n ity to sample watermelon, sweet potato, cantaloupe and more. In recent years, the Dairy has experimented with university-themed flavors such as Mochalotta Mote, named after former President Dan Mote, and the 2008 Maryland Day special Explore Our World, a mix of vanilla ice cream, sprinkles and M&Ms. Even the simple flavors are a

sweet treat, Turkos said. “Plain old vanilla is wonderful,” she said. “And the strawberry is terrific.” When the Dairy reopens in the spring, the new location will sell ice cream floats, cones, cups and milkshakes. Other products sold in the Turner Hall shop will appear i n S t a m p’s Un i o n S h o p, Hipple said. H ipple hopes the move will promote the university’s history and benefit the Visitor Center, which will expand to include a larger gathering space. A more central location will make the Dairy more popular with students, sophomore early childhood education major Danika Scott said. “I don’t even know where the Dairy is. I would go if I knew where it was,” Scott said. “They will have more traffic. So for them to [relocate to] Stamp, I would go.”

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Program uses maps, satellites, weather to model behavior By Joe Antoshak @Mantoshak Staff writer

beginning — and then phase it out as the other agencies started paying for it.” Schroeder, a visiting scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who has studied fire behavior and prediction for almost 15 years, said the stateof-the-art fire forecasting system has the potential to save lives. In the future, technology will enable authorities to make evacuation calls sooner, and people will be better prepared to evade dangerous situations, he said. “With this approach, we can provide more realistic information on fire prevention,” Schroeder said. In June, a wildfire near the small town of Yarnell, Ariz., killed 19 firefighters when the wind changed direction suddenly, in what was the largest single loss of life among firefighters since Sept. 11, 2001. From 2008 to 2012, 74 people died fighting wildfires, The New York Times reported in July. Patricia Oliva, a research associate who began working with Schroeder on the project in April, said she was confident the model would aid firefighters and officials in defusing dangerous situations in the future. “I think we can really help them see how the fire is progressing, to better manage their resources,” she said. “It’s nice to feel that your work is really helping people. That’s really motivating.” The project’s technology is made up of two parts: VIIRS data collected by Schroeder and a framework called the Coupled Atmosphere-Wildland Fire Environment computer model. Although the model was built to observe basic fire phenomena, it has evolved into a forecasting system that combines atmospheric information with fire behavior tendencies, said Ja n ice Coen, a Coloradobased NCAR scientist who developed the model and coauthored the report. “We’re looking at the big picture,” she said. “Where is the fire going to go? Is it going to intensify? These are the questions we think about.” W hether NASA chooses to fund the newly developed prediction system after the review process ends, Coen sa id, the tech nolog y w i l l ch a nge t he way of f ici a ls respond to natural disasters. “We’ve had such good reactions from so many people that I’m really confident this is something that will be put in place,” Coen said.

A u n iversity professor worked with scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research to help develop a computer model that predicts patterns of wildfire growth and continually updates its forecasts throughout the duration of a fire. The modeling technique combines satellite imagery of the Earth with a simulation of the extent and direction of a wildfire’s movement, based on weather and typical fire behavior. The map updates every 12 hours and can provide information on how fires, both large and small, will spread over time. Wilfrid Schroeder, a research professor in the behavioral and social sciences college who served as the project’s principal investigator, worked to increase the resolution of the map’s images to yield a more realistic projection. By using relatively new polar-orbiting technology called the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, Schroeder decreased the pixel width of the satellite burn severity data from 1,000 meters of land to just 375 meters — a 10-fold increase in spatial information, he said. “The great thing about these sensors is that we’re able to now see forest fires and smaller fires,” he said. “We can look at these smaller fires before they become major events, and we can supply information on how best to attack them.” The origins of the wildfire modeling project date back to September 2012, when the NASA Applied Sciences Program began funding it as part of what Schroeder called “a oneyear visibility study” in which he and his fellow researchers were tasked with demonstrating the concept’s plausibility. Next month, NASA will complete its review and choose which projects, from a pool of more than 15, it will fund for the next several years as part of an implementation phase. If the wildfire prediction model is selected, organizations such as the National Weather Service and the U.S. Forest Service could soon begin using the technology, Schroeder said. “The idea is to have NASA kick-start the operation, and then have other agencies pick up the slack,” he said. “They would provide about 50 percent of the funding — more at the

to help locally based, independent small businesses finance repairs and renovations for their venues. Of the 10 businesses that applied, Azteca Restaurant a nd Ca nt i n a , B a n a n a s Hair Design, Cornerstone Grill and Loft, Fishnet, Hanami Japanese Restaurant, R.J. Bentley’s and Wood’s Flowers and Gifts received grants, according to a city news release. The awards ranged from $1,125 to $5,000, Stiefvater said. As a cond ition of the program, grant recipients matched the city funds they received, and a few invested more, Stiefvater said. Overall, the effort facilitated an estimated $75,844 worth of improvements at locally owned business around the city, according to the release. Many smaller businesses in College Park “struggle to make ends meet,” said District 1 Councilman Patrick Wojahn, and ke epi n g pa c e w it h t he bigger shops and restaurants filling up newly constructed retail spaces is a challenge. “Their priority is to stay open,” Wojahn said. “They

protest From PAGE 1 Parking prices for university employees are determ ined by a two-tier system in which workers earning less than $50,000 a year pay $452 per year, while those making more than $50,000 pay $676. This amounts to about a 5 percent increase from last year’s costs of $430 and $643, respectively. On Sept. 10, workers proposed a new system that would base parking rates on five salary-based groups: less than $30,000; $30,001 to $45,000; $45,001 to $60,000; $60,001 to $80,000; and more than $80,000. The university has not yet issued a response to the proposal, so workers decided to publicly demonstrate their frustration, said Jeff Pittman, spokesman for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. T he t iered system i s “going to help a lot of hardworking regular Joes and Joannes here,” Pittman said. “We’re hoping to get [management] to respond and negotiate, meet us in the middle and come up with something that eases the strain of parking costs for everybody. Our propos-

Hanami japanese restaurant was one of seven local businesses to receive grant money from College Park’s Retail Business Improvement Fund. The program aims to help small businesses keep up with newer developments through matching grants. file photo/the diamondback don’t think of their appearance as much.” He said he hopes the city program will bring life to commercial districts that have been facing difficult times. The RBIF is a new incarnation of an earlier aid program that helped business owners purchase new storefront signs. The program came out of discussions with city businesses, Stiefvater said, and its grants can be put toward a number of facility upgrades, including electrical, facade, flooring, HVAC repairs and updates and green initiatives. Only College Park-based businesses within the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan region are eligible to apply. Applications were ranked

and reviewed on the premises of the investment, business type and how long the venue has been in College Park, Stiefvater said. Business owners who didn’t receive funding this year can apply for one of next year’s grants starting July 1. The RBIF program is one of two designed to facilitate commercial growth around College Park. A similar statefunded Commercial Tenant I mprovement Prog ra m helps small business owners new to College Park spruce up the local venue they’ve purchased. Ba rba ra Wood’s fa m i ly opened Wood’s Flowers and Gi f ts on Route 1 i n 1938. When the shop needed new

flooring this year, Wood, who runs the business, decided to apply for the grant. If the city weren’t splitting the cost, Wood sa id, she wou ld n’t be able to afford the morethan-$9,000 renovation. “It’s going to help us a great deal,” Wood said. The RBIF grant opportunity launched at a time when the community needed it, she said. The recession hit small busi nesses ha rd, a nd the rebound has been slow. “We really haven’t had the funds to invest in any improvements,” she said. Though her business can’t apply next year, Wood said she will apply again when eligible.

al is not calling for anything radical. The fact the university hasn’t even responded, I can tell you the workers aren’t happy with that.” Since June, when a contract protecting university workers’ rights expired, workers and administrators have been at odds over which benefits a new contract should protect and the grounds for negotiation. In July, workers said university officials did not respond to a proposal requesting more worker participation in the negotiations and that negotiation days not count against worker vacation time. Protesters said some supervisors had told them they would have to use vacation time to attend the discussions. But university officials told The Diamondback there was a miscommunication and they had not intended their response time to be taken as a decision on the matter. Permission for both the requests was granted on July 8. Parking costs were a concern early on in the contract dispute. In a June letter to university president Wallace Loh, a group of university workers listed pay without parking costs deducted among the benefits they sought in a new workers rights contract. University Administration and Finance Vice President Carlo Colella declined to comment on the details of contract at the time.

“I don’t think it is appropriate to talk about the items that are on the negotiations,” Colella said in a July interview. “I can assure you that the university’s representatives are very interested in getting an acceptable agreement and will continue working in good faith to do so.” T he five-tiered system would directly affect Fiory, who said he makes $51,000 a year. Because he is just over t he $50,000 second-t ier threshold, he now pays an extra $213 each year, a burden many workers cannot handle, he said. “When you’re in a position like I am, when you’re living from payday to payday and just barely making it, any little thing that can help out — like the restructuring of parking fees — is great,” said Fiory, who took a vacation day to organize the demonstration. Maria Ayala, a housekeeper who has worked at the university for almost nine years, also drove in support. Ayala makes about $22,000 a year, meaning she pays the same amount for parking as someone earning twice as much. “I have two kids, and I just make $500 every two weeks. If I had an extra $20 every paycheck, I could buy something for the kids,” said Ayala, who wakes up at 2:50 every morning to get to work by 4 a.m. Many workers said they

fou nd fau lt w it h t he pay disparity among DOTS employees, citing that the three highest-paid DOTS managers have had a collective pay raise of $113,088.31 over six years, according to The Diamondback’s annual Salary Guide. “What is really bugging workers is that over the past six years, they have received about a 2 percent pay raise, and those three guys have had a pay increase of over $113,000,” Pittman said. A pamphlet distributed by AFSCME at the men’s basketball game against Oregon State on Nov. 17 read: “UMD hiked all our parking costs to hike salaries for their top three parking buddies. Over the past few years the U we love & support has jacked up parking costs for you on game day & for all UMD employees every day to reward ‘The Three Amigos.’” Fiory said he hopes people who saw the workers’ cars go by will express their support. “I hope that the students watching us go by are willing to support the people in the union and stand behind us as we try to accomplish our goals and try to encourage management to negotiate with us,” he said. “I hope that the faculty and staff see it and are encouraged to join the union and help us get a better contract.”

aids From PAGE 1 call from the person he was involved with during college. “Maybe you want to sit down,” the person said. “I’ve been infected with AIDS and might have had HIV when we were together.” After getting back positive results, Satorie said, the weight of the knowledge that he was walking around with HIV inside of him was enormous. He knew he had to tell his family but was reluctant. When Satorie was 13 years old, his 10-year-old brother went in for heart surgery and never came out. When his parents came home from the hospital, his mother told him through tears: I could never bear to lose another one of you. “I didn’t want to tell them,” he said. “But I thought, ‘I have to share with my family what’s happening because I don’t know how much time I have left and I want us to make the most of it.’”

Greg Satorie, an HIV prevention educator living with AIDS, speaks to attendees in Stamp Student Union about his personal story and preventing the spread of the syndrome and virus. Satorie’s presentation was part of “Living with AIDS,” an awareness event hosted by Alpha Theta Gamma in honor of World AIDS Day. james levin/the diamondback At the time, Satorie’s grandmother was very ill and his sister-in-law had been diagnosed Stage IV breast cancer. Someone told his mother that it was going to be a hard year with three funerals. But he made it — Satorie credits his survival to a cocktail of seven medicines he

takes each day. When he first started treatment, he had more than 400,000 copies of the virus in every milliliter of his blood. Now, he has fewer than 20 copies per milliliter. It’s progress, but it wasn’t easy to get this far. He has tried an array of treatments — treatments that made him

throw up every morning for six weeks straight, treatments that gave him diarrhea in public places, treatments that turned his skin yellow. “If you want to see a miracle, take a look,” he said. Satorie started his presentation by testing students’ knowledge of how HIV is transmit-

ted. The answer? Blood, semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk and preseminal fluid, he said. “Can you get HI V from alcohol? Not from the bottle, not from the glass,” he said. “But do people engage in wild behavior when under the influence? Yes, they do.” He urged students to get

tested often and avoid the stigma associated with it. He said once a person is infected, they’re contagious within 24 hours, but symptoms may not show up for five to seven years. “It’s heroic to find out and get the medicine so you don’t become a horrible statistic,” he said. “When you see a 22-yearold die of AIDS because they didn’t know to get tested, that’s tragic. I’ve lived with it longer than they lived altogether.” Taylor Rogers, Alpha Theta Gamma vice president, said the idea of the event was to raise awareness in a powerful and striking way. “It empowers people to make informed decisions,” she said. The dissemination of information is key to stymieing the spread of HIV and AIDS, Satorie said. “You have the option of sh a r i n g t he i n for m at ion instead of sharing the virus,” he said.





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even dollars and 25 cents an hour. That’s the national minimum wage, as well as the wage for this state. It’s a wage that hasn’t changed since July 2009, when it increased by a mere 70 cents after the start of the Great Recession. It’s a wage that is unfair, unrealistic and simply unfit for our modern economy. It means those hard workers earning minimum wage remain below the national poverty line. As President Obama said in this year’s State of the Union, “That’s wrong.” “In the wealthiest nation on Earth,” the president said, “no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.” That’s why last week’s votes from the Prince George’s County and Montgomery County councils to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by October 2017 were such encouraging, positive steps. If neither the federal nor state governments will take the initiative, then it is up to local governments to ensure hardworking citizens can make a decent living. Still, for many student employees, this county increase will likely have no impact because university jobs pay the state-mandated wage. That’s why it’s imperative that Gov. Martin O’Malley and the state government take action on this enormous issue. Last month, O’Malley established an online campaign to raise the


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minimum wage, teasing legislation that will be introduced next year. A Goucher College poll of 665 state residents found 74 percent supported increasing the wage to $10 an hour. With strong public support in a state that has already proven to be progressive on a number of issues, O’Malley shouldn’t have trouble passing this commonsense legislation.


The minimum wage should be raised in this state and across America to ensure a decent living for all workers. A s m i n i m u m wa ge i s s e t to become a statewide issue next year, it is also set to become a national issue. In November, Obama publicly supported an effort from congressional Democrats to raise the wage to $10.10 and align it with inflation going forward. Most Americans support increasing the wage — a nationwide poll from Hart Research Associates found 80 percent support overall, including 62 percent of Republicans. The Economic Policy Institute estimates increasing the national minimum wage to $10.10 would benefit 30 million workers. Many workers would benefit directly from the increase, but as Paul Krugman explains in The New York Times, many would also receive indirect

benefits “because their pay is in effect pegged to the minimum — for example, fast-food store managers who are paid slightly (but only slightly) more than the workers they manage.” There is only one legitimate argument against increasing the minimum wage: Some economists insist an increase will adversely affect overall employment. But recent studies have proven this to be a flimsy assertion. In 2010, a 16-year study in The Review of Economics and Statistics found that minimum wage increases did not negatively affect employment. A February 2013 report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research also found that “two recent meta-studies analyzing the research conducted since the early 1990s concludes that the minimum wage has little or no discernible effect on the employment prospects of low-wage workers.” Of course, some studies will s h ow o t h e r n u m b e rs, b u t t h e overwhelming evidence shows increasing the minimum wage d o e s n o t d ra s t i c a l l y r e d u c e employment. More than anything else, it would help millions of workers make a better living. It would help countless students pay their rising tuition costs. It’s a logical, obvious move that would make sense politically and practically. So to Gov. O’Malley, President Obama and Congress, we say: Let’s raise the wage in this state and across the country.


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tremely limited operating area. Let’s put this in perspective: To ship my packages, I would use the fulfillment center planned for Baltimore, set to open in 2014. A drone leaving from that center, in southeast Baltimore, could only travel about as far north as Towson, as far east as the Chesapeake Bay, as far south as Glen Burnie and as far west as Catonsville. That’s a pretty abysmal delivery area for the only center in this state. Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that within that 10-mile zone is the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In order to solve this problem, Amazon would need to radically increase the number of fulfillment centers, which seems unlikely as they hope to launch the program in about 2015. From there, you run into problems with how the drone will deal with interference from wildlife and airplanes — not to mention the outrageous number of drones each center would need to be convenient to customers. The worst thing that could cripple the system would be having too many orders and not enough delivery vehicles. A pipe dream like this begs the question: Why do we even need this? Why move away from the “one long-range vehicle carrying hundreds of packages” method to the “hundreds of short-range vehicles carrying a single package” method? With the exception of those with disabilities and those lacking quick transportation, I don’t really see the demand for having small packages delivered instantaneously. I think if people really need something, they can go out and buy it from the store. And if they want to get something else on the way, they can do that too — a luxury that is not possible with Amazon Prime Air. So the answer to my question is that we don’t need this service. It’s impractical nonsense that, for the most part, is less convenient than methods we already use today. If you really needed that book from Amazon Prime, you should have ordered it yesterday.

Picture this: It’s the evening before a research paper is due and you still need that one book. But you have no car, the right translation isn’t on the Kindle store and the library doesn’t have a copy. The situation is bleak. A winter class is imminent. That is, until you realize you can order the book on Amazon Prime Air. Problem solved! You order the book, select the new 30-minute delivery service and in no time (well, 30 minutes) your book is at your doorstep, delivered to you by a flying robot. You skim the book on time and the paper gets the “C” you needed to pass. And it’s all thanks to Amazon’s amazing, totally practical drone delivery service. Unfortunately, as much as Amazon wants you to think this scenario will be a common occurrence — its drones revolutionizing package delivery; their presence becoming, as its website says, “as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today” — this prospective service looks like nothing more than a far-fetched, highly impractical idea. Upon first viewing Amazon’s video unveiling the Prime Air service over the weekend, I had an instant, instinctive reaction: “This is awesome.” It’s an idea I can quickly get behind — innovative, fast, seemingly convenient and totally, utterly cool. It’s basically the future. But then I started to read more and think about its vast limitations in realworld use. Bummer. Yes, the service is super cool, but it’s completely impractical for multiple reasons. The first, and the greatest, is the drone’s restrictive 10-mile travel distance coupled with the small number of Amazon fulfillment centers across the country. There are 37 fulfillment centers across the United States, with five Sean Forsythe is a junior theatre more opening within the next year m a j o r. H e c a n b e re a c h e d a t or so. This gives the service an ex-


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EZRA FISHMAN It’s almost the week before finals. Or, as I like to call it, “final papers, projects and presentations week.” During this week, many students will need to write more than they’ve written throughout the rest of the term combined. With so much to write, it can be difficult to find enough to say. We sit down, ready to go, but we are foiled again and again by our foe: writer’s block. As somebody who does way too much writing for his own good, I’ve experienced more than my fair share of this nightmare. With this experience, I’ve learned a few tricks for keeping writer’s block at bay. First, some tips on how to avoid it to begin with: Start your work early. Or, at least, start your research early. Once you know what you’re going to talk about, writing is fairly straightforward. But the process of finding a topic and the research you’ll need for it can be tedious and time-consuming. By getting this done in advance, you can be sure that you’ll be ready to write quickly and efficiently when the time comes. Talk to your professor about your topic. Once you tell your professor what you want to write about, that’s what you’re writing about. You can’t stress about a topic if you’re already locked into one. As an added bonus, your professor might even have ideas that will help you write a better paper. Practice. Write for fun. Writing is just like anything else: Practice makes perfect.

The more often you write, the better you’ll get at it and the quicker you’ll be able to do it. For example, after a year and a half of writing these columns, I’ll finish this one in less than 15 minutes, just because I’m so used to the style and format. In addition, here are some tips for dealing with the beast once it is already upon you: Talk to people. You’ll almost never get a usable idea from anyone else, but talking to someone else will often open you up to new areas you hadn’t thought of and help you find an idea that you can actually use. Write down a list of ideas. This will help you in two ways. First, it will give you a tangible list of possible topics to choose from so you’re not facing the dark cloud of: “I can talk about anything.” Beyond that, it will get you to my final tip: Just start writing. Writing is all about momentum. Once you start going, it’s much easier to keep writing. The first 100 words can be almost impossible to find, but the next 100 come pretty easily. The devil can only hit you if you’re not writing, or if you stop in the middle of writing. Even if you end up deleting some of the things you write because they aren’t useful, you’ll still have a foundation on which to build the rest of your work. Writer’s block, awful as it is, will find most students at least once over the next two weeks. However, if we’re careful and vigilant, we can beat it back before it gets too serious. If nothing else, just remember this: It happens to everyone, it’s perfectly normal, you’ve beaten it before and you’ll beat it again. And again.


when your professor announces, “And don’t forget to turn your final papers in at the end of lecture.” If you make a list of all deadlines beforehand, you will know exactly what is expected of you and when. Not to mention the fact that it’s extremely satisfying to cross an item off your list when you complete it. Step 3: Maintain a (relatively) regular sleep schedule. Sure, sometimes waking up at noon and studying until 4 a.m. can work. But in order to feel well-rested and stressfree, try maintaining a relatively normal eight hours of sleep — go to bed before midnight and be up by 9 a.m. the next day. Waking up earlier might even help you feel more productive because you’ll be halfway done with a report before your roommate even wakes up. Step 4: Eat regular, healthy meals. Nothing is worse than skipping a meal during finals week. As if your stress levels weren’t high enough, skipping a meal can leave you feeling cranky and tired — a surefire path toward a classic finals freak-out. Try to eat something when you wake up to gain your focus, and make sure you are eating full meals with all the essential food groups. Of course, make sure you also have a healthy dose of chocolate to comfort you while you work. Step 5: Go to Puppy Palooza. If you love happiness, you will love this signature event held in Stamp Student Union each year, although specific details for this year’s event have not yet been announced. Prioritizing and staying healthy will help keep your stress levels down and decrease your risk of an emotional meltdown during the most grueling part of the semester. So work hard, eat well and most importantly, pet puppies!


Less than three weeks until days of unlimited eating, sleeping and watching hours of good (or bad) television. Less than three weeks until holiday cheer, catching up with old friends and spending time with family. Not much stands in our way — except, of course, all the final exams and projects we have yet to begin. Papers, projects, exams — oh my! Right now, it can all seem a little overwhelming. We all have that book on our shelf that we should have been reading all semester, but its uncracked spine lies sadly dust-covered and untouched. And then there’s that final project you’ve known about since syllabus week, but you haven’t even read the prompt, and it’s due next week. Yikes — do I hear consecutive allnighters? Perhaps not, if you take some steps toward managing your time more effectively in the coming weeks. Step 1: Realize it’s OK to say “no.” Everyone would rather hang out with his or her friends, significant other or even family than study for an exam. But when it becomes crunch time, it’s OK to decline a social invitation in favor of schoolwork. You don’t have to watch the ABC Family “Harry Potter Weekend” for three days straight when you have a massive project due Monday. Your friends will not hate you. In fact, you might even set a good example and encourage others to join you at the library. Step 2: Prioritize and make a schedule. I’m not talking color-coded, media-quality publications here; a simple outline on a Post-it Note will do. It often helps to make a chronological list of paper deadlines and final exams to help orient you toward which endeavors to undertake first and how long you should spend on each of Tiffany Burba is a senior government them. Nothing is worse than forgetting a major and politics major. She can be reached at assignment and finding out about it in class

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orn today, you may not always be the most easygoing of individuals, mainly because you are so often wrapped up in work and everything that it entails. There may be times, in fact, when you have very little left to give to friends and loved ones, and this can surely taint the opinion that others have of you. You must strive to maintain healthy relationships with others, especially those in your inner circle. Otherwise, you may find that circle becoming smaller and smaller very quickly, as those for whom you have little time have less and less time for you. You are ambitious and hardworking, but you are never content unless you are calling the shots in some way. This doesn’t mean that you should be doing so, however; in fact, you may at times find yourself in over your head. Still, when others indulge you and let you be in charge, you can be quite happy. Also born on this date are: Tyra Banks, model; Marisa Tomei, actress; Lila McCann, singer; Jay-Z, rapper; Jeff Bridges, actor; Fred Armisen, actor and comedian. 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. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You’re eager to display the new you to those who know you best, but you must prepare

yourself for some unexpected reactions. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Why are you hiding behind another? Today is a good day to bust loose and let the world know that you’re here and ready for action. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -You’ll be relieved to discover that you’ve been on the right track even when you’ve felt as though you’ve been drifting. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You must guard against any kind of overreaction. Be sure that you’re seeing things the way they are, and not as you fear they may be. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- There’s more to say than others are expecting, but you may not know how to begin without letting the cat out of the bag. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Not everyone is willing to do things according to your rules. You’re likely to have a run-in with someone who is particularly rebellious. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -You have a way of putting things that can prove somewhat polar-

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Eugene Mirman — stand-up comedian, tour curator and actor — headlines “Chanu-Comedy: A Festival of Laughs” tonight at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue By Eric Bricker @EricCBricker Senior staff writer Eugene Mirman passes through Washington all the time, but he rarely plays conventional venues in the area. Instead, the alternative comedian has performed at settings ranging from the 9:30 Club to the Rock & Roll Hotel. He kicks off a four-date northeast tour at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue tonight. “I like D.C.,” Mirman said. “I go there periodically. It’s a great place to do comedy.” His latest Comedy Central special, Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory, was released in February. The hour is indicative of Mirman’s less-thantraditional style: Over the course of the set, he tells jokes while accompanying himself on the theremin, riffs through an old school notebook unearthed in his parents’ attic and answers questions submitted by the audience. “I skip things,” Mirman said. “If someone’s question is, like, ‘ANTS, ANTS, ANTS,’ I’ll skip it. That’s not a question.” Mirman also gained attention in 2011 for his tongue-in-cheek media

campaign against Time Warner Cable, which he addresses in Fake Underground Laboratory. After Time Warner representatives repeatedly failed to show up to Mirman’s appointments, he took out full-page ads in several New York newspapers to lambast the company. Eventually, Time Warner responded on its corporate blog, Mirman said. Mirman just wanted to contact the indifferent company “in a way that could reach them,” he said. “What would be effective and funny?” In addition to his stand-up, Mirman has appeared on Adult Swim’s Delocated and voices off-kilter middle school musician Gene Belcher on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers. Bob’s Burgers is recorded with all of the lead actors in the studio together, which is “unusual for a cartoon,” Mirman said. “It’s very fun to do,” Mirman said. The cast — which includes Kristen Schaal, H. Jon Benjamin and comedian Dan Mintz — are “friends of mine that I’ve known for a long time,” Mirman added. He did the pilot as a favor to the show’s creator, Loren Bouchard, and spent several years working on the initial 10-minute proof of concept, Mirman said. He said it’s now been

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boy meets all of us Girl Meets World is set to premiere in 2014, but the original sitcom still resonates with fans By Michael Errigo @DBKDiversions For The Diamondback It pops up in conversation with people of a certain age from time to time. Maybe someone drops a Feeny quote or likens a couple to Cory and Topanga. Whatever the trigger is, what follows is usually a simultaneous exclamation of excitement that Boy Meets World, despite being off the air since 2000, has brought you to common ground. I mean, who didn’t love that show?

Cory and Topanga? Eric? Feeny? And spin-off but love Boy Meets World. The show played a big part in my now it’s sort of back — Disney recently childhood, and looking back announced a spin-off called on it now, I can appreGirl Meets World featurciate its quality even ing Cory and Topanga’s more. The story lines daughter, set to preare smart, funny and miere in 2014. Ben relatable, but they Savage and Danielle were not what set the Fishel are even reshow apart. It posprising their roles as sessed something that Cory and Topanga, rewould be hard to find if you spectively. As exciting as turned on any sitcom that last sentence is, I’m photo courtesy of not quite sure how I feel about this today: morals. Each episode taught new show, considering I hate all things us something. Sure, it meant Boy Meets

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BUCKEYES From PAGE 8 Terps’ starting point guard about a week before the season opener and freshman Roddy Peters has flashed high potential off the bench. “We’ve figured out how to use Dez at the point guard. It’s taken time,” Turgeon said. “Roddy’s our best passer, he’s starting to feel comfortable, he gets guys shots. There’s a lot of things that we’re doing better.” Still, upperclassmen such as Craft and Scott head a Buckeyes defense that gives up 53.3 points per game, the second-stingiest mark in the country. “We haven’t seen a defense like this,” Turgeon said. “We haven’t played in an environment like this, so it’ll be quite a test.” Even if the Terps can handle the pressure, it won’t be easy to outscore the Buckeyes, who advanced to the Elite Eight last season. Six games into this season, Ohio State doesn’t have a single player who averages better than 12 points a game, but it has four who average 11 or more. Turgeon, who believes the

OSU From PAGE 8 as an ACC representative in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge won’t mark an end to the team playing against Big Ten competition, the next


Buckeyes have “eight guys capable of scoring in double figures every night,” said Ohio State’s balance makes the team difficult to defend. “ I t ’s m u c h h a r d e r,” Turgeon said. “You got to guard the system. You’re not going to guard a player. We know there are certain guys that can really shoot.” Before the Terps attempt to defend Ohio State’s long list of capable scorers or handle the pressure from Craft and Scott, they’ll step onto an opposing team’s floor for the first time all season. Four of the Terps’ first seven games came on neutral courts, but the players concede that a true road game is a different challenge. When the team traveled to Brooklyn to play thenNo. 18 Connecticut to open the season Nov. 8, the crowd at Barclays Center was split between Terps and Huskies fans. Nobody is expecting that same scenario to play out in Columbus, Ohio, tonight. “It’s definitely a place I’m familiar with, and hopefully these guys have played in enough bigtime venues,” said forward Evan

time the Terps face such opposition during the regular season will be in conference play, a transition that motivates the team to continue its winning run as it moves into a new conference. “We definitely got to go out with a win,” Brown said.

gALLEN From PAGE 8 2012-13 Wildcats were a middling team that missed the NCAA tournament yet again. But as of yesterday, the Buckeyes ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 53.3 points per game, and their opponents are shooting just 34.7 percent from the field. Ohio State boasts one of the nation’s best point guards in Aaron Craft, and the team is consistently one of the best in the Big Ten. And while Value City Arena isn’t as sexy as the chic Barclays Center, the game will still be televised on ESPN, providing the Terps with another chance to snag a signature victory. I f t h e Te r p s d o n ’t w i n tonight, the next chance for


“Maryland is the only team that hasn’t lost a Big Ten/ACC Challenge, so that’s one expectation. I think if we just play together and play how we do — play how we normally play — then I think we’ll be fine.”

first 30 minutes of the period, but Cirovski responded by moving midfielder Tsubasa Endoh to a more defensive position in line with Metzger for the final 15 minutes of regulation — a tactical change that solidified the Terps defensively and prevented the Anteaters’ aggressive formation from doing much damage. “These were games at the

be having the success they are enjoying now. “We’ve been through just about every situation you can be this season,” Mullins said. “I think that’s prepared us for now. We’ve learned from every experience, and I think we’re playing our best soccer at the end of the year. We’ve always said we’ve wanted to do that in my four years here, and I can truly say that this year we are especially doing that.”




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beginning of the year that we would have found a way to lose,” Cirovski said. “And now we’re finding ways to win.” Mullins said that Sunday night’s win perfectly represented the Terps’ growth this season. The senior forward — who will have a chance to win a second straight MAC Hermann trophy after the NSCAA named him one of 15 semifinalists for this year’s award — noted his team’s early-season struggles. But he said without those low points, the Terps wouldn’t

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be beneficial down the road. After all, the Terps play at Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State later this season. “I think the more big games you get in a different venue, the better off you are, especially with young guys,” forward Evan Smotrycz said. “It’ll definitely be different than the UConn game. That was more so a home game for us. But if we can stay composed, I think we got a good shot.” Though the Terps fell short on the national stage against UConn, they get an early shot at redemption tonight in Columbus. There’s still much to learn about this team, and its ceiling hasn’t presented itself yet. But a win over the Buckeyes would go a long way in solidifying a spot in the national conversation.

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a win over a team currently ranked in the top 25 won’t come until Feb. 15 at No. 10 Duke. It’s still more than a month — Jan. 6 at Pittsburgh — until the Terps take on a team receiving votes. “The statement would be you are playing a top-10 team on the road that arguably in the last four [or] five years has been one of the best programs in the country,” Turgeon said. The significance isn’t lost on the players, either. They’ve locked down signature wins before — the two victories over Duke last season come to mind — and now they have the chance to do it early in the season. And though Turgeon was initially disappointed in having to hit the road for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge for the second straight year, he and his players recognize that playing in a hostile environment can

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Smotrycz, who played Ohio State six times while at Michigan. “The guys that have been in college have played tough road games before, so it should be nothing new.” Despite the challenges, the Terps have a chance to boost their postseason resume significantly with a road win against a top-five opponent. Factor in that the Terps already lost to a pair of major-conference opponents, and the game’s implications become even greater. It’s not an easy task to beat the Buckeyes at Value City Arena, but Turgeon thinks his team can avoid falling victim to the distractions — from extra microphones to potentially raucous fans — and challenge Ohio State. Perhaps all the Terps need to do is find something familiar in the middle of the hectic atmosphere. “The building probably looks a lot like this,” Turgeon said as he turned away from the group of media to point to the Comcast Center stands. “So we should feel comfortable in it, with the red seats and everything.”

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Buckeyes guards, defense present tough test in hostile environment

No. 5 Ohio State offers opportunity for elusive early season marquee victory

By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer


Mark Turgeon meets with the media before every Terrapins men’s basketball game, greeting the same reporters time after time, but yesterday morning the third-year coach noticed something different when he stepped into a scrum of extended arms on the Comcast Center floor. “There’s a few more mics,” Turgeon joked before taking questions. Though the quip was typical of Turgeon, who likes to lighten the mood before speaking about his team, it also hinted at the significance of the Terps’ matchup at No. 5 Ohio State tonight in the nationally-televised Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tonight is the Terps’ first game against a top-five team and appears to be their final chance to beat a ranked opponent before ACC play begins. It’s also their first true road game of the year and comes in a hostile environment in their future conference. Plus, the Terps (5-2) have to deal with the Buckeyes (6-0), who have established a reputation for their relentless defensive pressure. So the additional tape recorders and video cameras at Comcast Center were the least of Turgeon’s worries. He had to prepare his team to extend its four-game winning streak despite playing in an unfamiliar environment against heightened competition. “I feel like composure is everything,” forward Charles Mitchell said. “Execution and poise, and do everything the right way and just play hard, then everything will be good.” Even if the Terps overcome the pressure of the stage, they’ll have to handle Ohio State’s aggressive defense. Buckeyes guards Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott both made the Big Ten All-Defensive Team last season and are likely to pressure the Terps’ less experienced backcourt all game long. The Terps appear confident, though, considering Dez Wells has improved since taking over as the

COACH MARK TURGEON and the Terps play their first true road game of the season tonight. file photo/the diamondback



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WHEN Tonight, 7 p.m. WHERE Value City Arena, Columbus, Ohio TV ESPN LINE Buckeyes by 10 DATA Ohio State advanced to the Elite Eight last season and has made the Sweet 16 four consecutive times.

Almost a month ago, the Terrapins men’s basketball team fell one point short of a thrilling comeback against then-No. 18 Connecticut in its season opener in Brooklyn, N.Y. It was a chance for the Terps to make an early season statement on national television in the glitzy Barclays Center. But a slow start doomed the Terps, who fell behind by as many as 17 points in the second half, to another narrow season-opening loss. But unlike last season, when the Terps raced through a nonconference slate full of weaker teams after their bout with then-No. 3 Kentucky, the team has another shot at a national statement. Tonight, the Terps will be in Columbus, Ohio, to play No. 5 Ohio State in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge. And while it might be easy to make tonight’s game about future conference foes, the significance lies clearly in the now for the Terps. Last season, the Terps played at Northwestern in late November at Welsh-Ryan Arena before a notably hostile crowd and pulled away late for a convincing 77-57 win in the Challenge. Guard Dez Wells flashed some of the potential he would showcase later in the season with 23 points. The Terps outscored the Wildcats by 18 points in the second half after shooting the ball dismally in the first. “I wouldn’t say we have to have this game, but we need to play well in a big-time environment,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “Even without Seth [Allen], we are much more mature. We are much further along than we were last year. Even though we went to Northwestern and won, this is a whole different animal. It’ll be a whole different game.” Last season’s victory over Northwestern was the type of performance that raised expectations during a soft nonconference slate before the Terps crashed back to earth during ACC play. Now, Ohio State obviously isn’t Northwestern. The See GALLEN, Page 7


Terps come full circle in Challenge Team faced Ohio State in first edition of competition seven years ago By Paul Pierre-Louis @PaulPierreLouis Staff writer

GUARD BRENE MOSELEY is rounding into form as she returns from a torn ACL that caused her to miss last season. The Terps host Ohio State tonight at Comcast Center. file photo/the diamondback

Six years ago, the Terrapins women’s basketball team’s dominant 77-53 win against Ohio State capped its 10-0 start to the season. But it also marked the beginning of the Terps’ 6-0 record in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge; they are the only remaining undefeated team in the competition. Now, with the July switch to the Big Ten approaching, the No. 8 Terps will face the Buckeyes at Comcast Center tonight for the first time since the Challenge’s inaugural year, concluding their stint in the competition as an ACC representative. “That’s kind of interesting, as it has gone full circle,” coach Brenda Frese said. “We always enjoy this time of year — two

great conferences playing against each other. We’re looking forward to it.” The Terps’ inside presence was a key factor in their 2007 win against Ohio State. Former frontcourt trio Crystal Langhorne, Marissa Coleman and Laura Harper combined for 44 points that night in College Park, as the team outscored the Buckeyes, 46-16, in the paint. The Terps (7-1) will look for that type of production again when they face Ohio State (6-3) tonight. Their dominant performances in the paint helped them muscle their way to 100-59 and 84-60 wins against Texas Southern and Ohio, respectively, in last weekend’s San Juan Shootout. After a sluggish second half hurt the Terps in their 69-63 win against Drexel on Nov. 25, the team’s improved inside

play helped it boost its offense during the next two games. “I thought we really came together as a team and we had an inside-outside presence in Puerto Rico,” Frese said. “That’s what we’re going to have to be able to have.” With the Buckeyes becoming a conference foe next season, the team has the chance to see how its playing style matches up with Ohio State’s for future reference. Still, the Terps don’t expect to make adjustments when they enter the Big Ten. “Of course we’re looking at the type of style that they play because we know a lot of Big Ten teams play with a similar style,” guard Brene Moseley said. “But our game plan won’t change. We’re still going to attack teams how we do: defend, rebound and run.” Moseley had 12 points and

nine assists against Ohio, while guard Lexie Brown had a career-high 16 points. The two have stood out recently in the Terps’ robust backcourt, as one of the two has led the team in assists in each of the past five games. Both Moseley, who missed last season because of a torn ACL, and Brown, a freshman, have had to settle in at the start of the season, but both players are in strong form entering tonight’s matchup. “Within this past month, we’ve been able to learn how to work within each other,” Moseley said. “If Lexie can shoot the three, you can have me bring up the ball, and I’ll get it down to Lexie instead of it being me and Lexie fighting for playing time.” Though the Terps’ final game See OSU, Page 7


Defense puts early season collapses behind it Sunday By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Staff writer The Terrapins men’s soccer team developed a habit of creating lategame drama during its 2013 campaign. All but six of the Terps’ 23 games this season have been decided by one goal or fewer — nine wins, five draws and all three losses. So the Terps were in familiar territory Sunday night at Ludwig Field, holding onto a 1-0 lead late in regulation against UC Irvine in the NCAA tournament third round. Early in the season, though, the Terps

struggled to close out games. They lost in overtime at California on Sept. 1 and again at home against Virginia Commonwealth on Sept. 8, surrendering three goals to the Rams in the final 13 minutes of action in a shocking 3-2 loss. But coach Sasho Cirovski noted the Terps are a much different team than they were several months ago, in terms of both personnel and attitude. And as a result, the group fended off a vicious second-half attack from the Anteaters — who scored 11 of their 33 goals this year in the final 15 minutes of play — earning yet another one-goal victory and

a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals, which are Saturday afternoon. “I give credit to Irvine for throwing some numbers forward and challenging us in the second half,” Cirovski said. “I thought we stood strong. I think you’ve seen the resiliency of this team, the growth of it. We were very composed.” The Terps dominated the first half against the Anteaters — something UC Irvine coach George Kuntz attributed to a combination of nerves and cold weather — and had a number of opportunities in the closing moments of the period to

extend their lead to two goals. Forward Patrick Mullins found fellow forward Jake Pace at the top of the 18-yard box with four minutes remaining in the half. Pace left a slow-rolling pass for midfielder Alex Shinsky, who took a one-time strike headed for the bottom right corner, but goalkeeper Michael Breslin dove right and caught the bullet. Midfielder Dan Metzger, who scored both his goals this season on long-range shots, also had a good look from around 30 yards on a bouncing ball, but his effort sailed over the goal. “We knew they were going to make a run,” Cirovski said. “We had

a couple of chances maybe to get the second goal that we could have taken better and relieved some pressure. We could have been a little bit better with the ball at times and kept it.” But behind a solid second-half performance from goalkeeper Zack Steffen — who made five saves in the game for his eighth shutout of the season — the Terps overcame the Anteaters’ late-game offensive push. Kuntz moved a midfielder forward for the second half, which caused problems for the Terps during the See DEFENSE, Page 7

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