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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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County exec. Loh vows to fight future furloughs ousts several FURLOUGH FACTS amid scandal Employee morale remains low as state approaches projected $1.6 billion budget gap ees’ spirits with his public commitment to advocate against further reductions in take-home pay. “The issue of morale is very real on the campus,” Loh said in an interview. “After three years of furloughs and salary freezes, you’re losing ground. I will strongly fight for no more furloughs next year.” Loh is already making his case to University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, but the state and the Board of Regents —

BY LAUREN REDDING Senior staff writer

Police chief who served during riot steps down BY BEN PRESENT

For university staff and faculty members, it seems the hits keep coming. But as they prepare for a third straight year of furloughs and no pay increases, university President Wallace Loh said he will fight to help prevent a fourth. As the state grapples with an estimated budget shortfall of $1.6 billion, Loh said he hopes to boost employ-

the 17-member governing body of the university system — will make the final decision on furloughs, which are days of mandatory unpaid leave. Although the issue of balancing budgets is anything but simple, Loh plans on arguing against furloughs with simple rationale and straight talk. In the long run, Loh argues, furloughs will actually cost the state

A furlough is leave from work without pay Faculty and staff have been asked to take furlough days for two years Days fall during university breaks so as to cause as little disruption as possible

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Mere hours after taking over as Prince George’s County executive yesterday, Rushern Baker III (D) removed Roberto Hylton from his position as chief of Prince George’s County Police, a department addled by two ongoing federal investigations that allege corruption and misconduct. Deputy Chief Mark Magaw, a former narcotics commander who has been with the department for 27 years, will take over immediately as interim chief of police. This appointment was just one of several that Baker made among the county’s top leadership positions yesterday. Although

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Sat. scooter crash leaves two injured Cornerback, defensive end won’t play in bowl BY JEREMY SCHNEIDER Staff writer

Another season-ending scooter-related injury has struck the Terrapin football team. Redshirt freshman cornerback Dexter McDougle will miss the Military Bowl later this month after breaking his clavicle in an on-campus scooter incident Saturday, a team spokesman confirmed last night. McDougle was treated and released at a local hospital, and is scheduled for surgery today. Sophomore defensive end Isaiah Ross, who was driving the scooter, was not injured. The single-scooter accident occurred about 6 p.m. Saturday as the two headed northbound on Regents Drive toward the Lee Building, according to University Police spokesman Sgt. Ken Leonard. While further details of the accident have not yet been released, Leonard said he was “pretty sure” neither player was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. “It’s single vehicle, so it wasn’t like they were swerving to avoid somebody, something like that,” he said. “It seems like they were either going too fast [or] hit a pothole.” McDougle played in 11 games this season, recording 22 tackles as a second-string cornerback and averaging 14.2 yards per return as a kickoff returner. Ross finished with 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in 12 games this year. The accident comes less than two months after starting offensive tackle Pete DeSouza broke both his legs after being struck by a car while riding a scooter on the campus. The injury required season-ending surgery, but DeSouza is expected to make a full recovery. jschneider@umdbk.com

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Making ‘peace’ more than just a word Former secretary of state discusses potential for bringing peace to nations in Middle East

Madeleine Albright, who served as secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton, spoke at the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace in the Stamp Student Union yesterday. PHOTOS BY CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

BY COLLEEN JASKOT For The Diamondback

Peace in the Middle East is not an elusive goal, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told a group of more than 800 who gathered in Stamp Student Union yesterday afternoon. As part of the university’s annual Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace, which focuses on peace in the Middle East, Albright, who was the first woman to become secretary of state, spoke with candor and wit about Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, relations in the Middle East and her experiences in diplomacy. Albright, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in 1997, was the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time of her appointment. She was a leading diplomatic figure in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the Middle East. Today Albright is a professor at nearby Georgetown

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Take you to the candy shop Sweets will be sold where The Mark once stood BY RACHEL ROUBEIN Staff writer

Instead of asking for IDs, the building that previously housed The Mark will prompt patrons to find their inner child. Bringing bright-green tile floors, numerous television screens, free WiFi and 450 to 600 candy bins, the owners of Campus Candy — set to open at the start of the spring semester — hope their business will thrive despite downtown

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College Park’s reputation for rapid business turnover. Regional manager Jerremy Deckard said the staying power will come from becoming a hotspot for city residents and students alike. “We like to provide a place for people to hang out and not necessarily be a bar,” Deckard said. “It’s a modern-day version of an old school candy shop. If a Starbucks, a Dylan’s Candy Bar and a

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The site of the defunct bar formerly known as The Mark will be transformed into a candy shop, Campus Candy, as indicated on a flyer posted on the shop’s door. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

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THE DIAMONDBACK| NEWS | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010

Group says dining hall chicken has arsenic Students warned of tainted poultry BY ERIN EGAN Staff writer

An activist group opposed to arsenic in chicken feed is spreading the word that this university’s poultry supply may include the potentially hazardous substance. The Food & Water Watch — a nonprofit safety watchdog — has created a petition to be presented to the state General Assembly seeking a ban on the use of arsenic as a catalyst to speed chickens’ growth. Some of its members are warning students that chicken ser ved on this campus may contain the chemical. Keeva Shultz, a junior environmental science and technology major who interns for the group, said it is highly probable the university’s chicken available for consumption contains traces of arsenic. “The chicken they are ser ving is from a factor y farm that might have it,” Shultz said. “It’s hard to tell because we’re not allowed to know what the poultr y industr y uses in their feed, but it’s ver y well possible. The only way to know if your chicken is poison-free is to buy organic, and that can be expensive.” She added that because 100 percent of meat tested in fastfood restaurants has traces of arsenic, according to a study by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, FWW believes the university also serves chicken containing the substance. Dining Services Assistant Director Bart Hipple said he isn’t ready to formulate an opinion about the accusations yet. “[Dining Services is] looking into it, but I do not have an answer for it all,” Hipple said. “I would want a lot more information. I’m trying to get a lot more information. Until I have information that I can count on, I can’t really have an opinion.” Hipple said he did not know whether the university purchases its chicken from farms that use arsenic-laced feed. While Dining Services investigates the situation, Shultz is trying to report what she believes by getting the local community involved. “We go postcarding; we go

FURLOUGHS from page 1 more money. As institutions impose unpaid workdays, the most talented faculty and staff members pack up their bags and head for other institutions that don’t do so. In response, the university must then find less qualified replacements that require time and training — an investment that ultimately will cost the state, even if the effect isn’t immediate. “You’re paying a huge price imposing furloughs,” Loh said. “The chancellor is ver y aware of this and is ver y sensitive to adopting a long-term perspective.” But Loh is also well aware that in an economic climate struggling to rebound, the money that is immediately saved from furloughs is hard for legislators to turn down. And at his prior position as provost of the University of Iowa, Loh faced a university budget cut of 24 percent and dealt with his fair share of budget-balancing techniques. In the Midwest, which he said has seen some of the worst layoffs in the countr y, Loh said he was more willing to impose furloughs if it meant saving jobs — a notion that state lawmakers have often used to justify the practice. “We protect our people in times of recession,” Loh said. “A university is only as good as the quality of its people.” But Loh emphasized that this isn’t Iowa and he doesn’t have the flexibility from the state to make such a call. So while furloughs are being imposed, Loh said he will fight them. University Senate Chairman-elect Eric Kasischke, a geography professor, said that while Loh’s opposition to furloughs isn’t drastically different from former university President Dan Mote’s philosophy, his immediate commitment is encouraging. “He understands the situation and that it’s ver y serious,” he said. “Everybody that I talked with are not happy about three years of fur-

“Arsenic is poison, and it’s hurting the chicken, it’s hurting the environment and it’s hurting us.” VAL NAM SOPHOMORE BUSINESS MAJOR, PETITION SIGNER

around to local businesses and ask them to sign onto the campaign,” she said. “We have letter-writing parties, where we write letters to local delegates to show them that our community cares. We have meetings with community members, where we talk about the campaigns and their concerns.” In order to proactively educate the campus on the dangers of arsenic in food — which the group’s website said includes an increased risk of cancer, diabetes and neurological problems — Shultz also speaks in classrooms on the campus. “The industrial process of growing thousands of chickens in concentrated conditions has driven the chicken industry to mass feed chickens a food additive that is arsenic-based,” she said. “Arsenic is being unnecessarily added to our food system and environment. It is affecting our waterways by leeching into the Chesapeake Bay from manure runoff.” Sophomore business major Val Nam heard a presentation by Shultz in an environmental science class and immediately pledged her support afterward. “I signed the petition because it’s wrong,” Nam said. “Arsenic is poison, and it’s hurting the chicken, it’s hurting the environment and it’s hurting us.” Sophomore communication major Emily Cohen hasn’t seen the petition but said she was glad she steers clear of dining hall poultry. “If that is true, if the university chicken does have arsenic in it, well then I guess it’s a good thing I don’t eat it,” she said. egan@umdbk.com

“We protect our people in times of recession. A university is only as good as the quality of its people.” WALLACE LOH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT

loughs, but we’re all realistic about the present economic situation. We realize there are a lot of people who don’t have jobs, and as faculty members we have that job security.” But university senator and biology professor Chuck Delwiche said although institutions across the countr y are struggling, this university has a unique set of circumstances. “I believe that if you compare faculty salaries to our peer institutions they were already relatively low even without correcting for cost of living,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Then when you consider the fact that we are located in the DC Metro Area where Federal employees have not had anything like furloughs — although it looks like that will change next year — taking a pay cut has really hurt us. At the same time, cuts in staff and student support have increased the workload for faculty, so we are in effect being paid less for more work.” The probability of future layoffs is still unknown, since Gov. Mar tin O’Malley (D) will not release his proposed budget for the next fiscal year until next month. But as the university moves for ward into economic uncer tainties, Kasischke said faculty and staf f members appreciate Loh’s value in personnel. “I think there is a spirit of shared responsibility,” he said. “There’s a deep sense of pride and understanding in the entire community and there’s pride in the university.” redding@umdbk.com

ALBRIGHT from page 1 University and a member of the board of the Aspen Institute — a Washington-based international nonprofit organization — whose seminars and conferences for the discussion of contemporary issues make peace more than just an “empty rhetorical device,” she said. “There is nothing inevitable about conflict in the Middle East,” Albright said, emphasizing that teaching hate is a choice, and although the U.S. cannot make choices for other countries, it can be committed to facilitating them. But in the end, Albright said, peace must be the result of choices made by the groups involved. For example, while a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians can be posed by diplomats, the parties themselves must answer difficult questions on their own, such as where to draw territorial lines. Albright said making

CANDY from page 1 Yogiberry all run into each other, that’s what you’d get. You’d get us.” But some students are skeptical of a candy shop’s ability to survive in the city. With the closing of three city bars, senior economics major Erica Meyer said a candy shop isn’t exactly what students are craving. “Students would rather have another bar, especially since now we only have two,” she said. “I just think it’s the wrong place for it. I don’t think college students want a candy bar.” But Deckard called Campus Candy’s two other locations at Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin, which both opened this year, an “unbelievable success.”

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright addresses her audience in Stamp Student Union’s Grand Ballroom yesterday. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

these choices independently is important, even if it means waiting longer for peace. When asked a question about the current WikiLeaks situation, in which hundreds of thousands of leaked diplomatic cables — including ones from the U.S. — have been released to the public, Albright said that it is “definitely a bad problem,” and that dealing with the information revolution and the possibility of cyber attacks will be an issue

in the future. On a lighter note, Albright also talked about the challenges of diplomats, and how, as a woman, she used her charm to get people off their game and then “let them have it.” Students said that Albright was both insightful and entertaining. “It’s always interesting to see what people on the inside think about things,” said Steven Goldstein, a sophomore government and politics

“Customer volume itself has been very high in general, and quite honestly has blown our projections out of the water,” he wrote in an e-mail. Founded by Mark Tarnofsky, a candy-bar-craving father who was moving his daughter into her dorm at Indiana University, Campus Candy is expanding its candy and frozen yogurt offerings to other college towns. College Park will be the third or fourth, depending on when the University of Arizona’s location opens. But with downtown College Park’s history of short-lived restaurants — Living Well Café, Wata-Wing and Chicken Rico included in the casualties — and with Yogiberry housed in the same Route 1 strip, the new business needs a stable plan, which Deckard said Campus Candy has. The store will target the student population through

social media outlets, he said, while also forging relationships with local residents by supporting community events and philanthropic causes. “[We plan to] get involved in schools, get involved with Little Leagues — anything to help the community, support the community and let them know we’re interested in staying here a very, very long time,” Deckard said. As for Yogiberry, Deckard said Campus Candy — which has what he called the “world’s largest topping bar,” as all candies can be used as toppings for yogurt — is not trying to compete. “We are first and foremost a candy store. … We’re not here to come into town as a yogurt shop,” he said. “We’re not here to put people like that out of business; we’re here to do our own thing. If people like our yogurt better, then that’s that.”

major. “Also, she was pretty darn funny.” Ilana Ullman, a senior government and politics major, agreed. “I thought she had a really good perspective and a great sense of humor,” Ullman said. Even as Albright drew on her past experiences, she emphasized the importance of moving forward. “I think looking back is useless,” Albright said. “Our leaders have the responsibility to look ahead.” Despite her sense of humor, Albright took on a hardened tone near the end, and drew on the event’s namesake, Mohammad Anwar el-Sadat, president of Egypt in the 1970s who worked toward peace in the Middle East, to make the point that policies should not be based on frustration and fear. “That was not acceptable to Sadat,” Albright said, “and it should not be acceptable to us.” news@umdbk.com

Kai Umurzakoev, a manager for the Yogiberry chain, said their loyal customer base will keep Yogiberry — which has had a steady stream of customers since its opening in College Park last November — afloat. “Of course it’s competition, but I think it doesn’t matter for us because our customers like our yogurt,” he said. “We’re not new, and a lot of customers love us.” But Deckard said the shop’s copious candies — with unique combinations such as tequila-flavored suckers and chocolate-covered graham cracker “clodhoppers” — provide a lively atmosphere that will keep patrons coming. “We get the ‘wow’ factor,” he said. “When people walk through the door, they get all of these candies people haven’t seen since they were kids.” roubein@umdbk.com


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Van Munching mold removal poses no risk Regents approve USM Strategic Plan update Some students still worried about exposure to chemicals in classroom BY MATTHIEU DROTAR For The Diamondback

Despite ongoing repairs and posted signs warning of a “microbial hazard,” classes continue to meet in the Tyser Auditorium of Van Munching Hall, causing concern and confusion among students even as officials insist the area is safe. A careful examination of the auditorium following an Aug. 18 storm revealed a severe roof leak that caused common mold to grow within the walls, said Leland Comstock, director of operations for the business school. Since then, Van Munching’s largest lecture hall has been under repair. The private company contracted to remove the mold used the disinfectant solution Sporicidin, which contains small amounts of the chemicals phenol and sodium phenate. Prolonged exposure to those chemicals can cause adverse health effects, including second- or third-degree burns and harm to the nervous system and heart, which could lead to seizures or coma. Despite the risks, Sporicidin’s website says the solution has a

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toxicity rating of “low/very low.” Repairs are expected to be completed before the start of next semester. Business school administrators relocated all but one of the classes scheduled to meet in the lecture hall. They were not advised of the specific mold removal solution that would be used prior to making the decision, according to Facilities Maintenance Associate Director Laura Wildesen. “Classes were moved from Tyser Auditorium due to the fact that there would be insufficient seats for some classes and to facilitate the repairs,” Comstock said. “It was necessary to keep some classes in Tyser due to the unavailability of classrooms within Van Munching or elsewhere on campus.” One of the two lecture sessions for BMGT 364: Management and Organization Theory remained in the auditorium for the duration of the repairs. Over the past few weeks, the remaining classes have returned to Tyser as well. Inside the auditorium, a

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large plastic tarp separates the repair site from the usable lecture area. Wildesen said using such a barrier is common practice for keeping dust and debris out of the classroom space and it will remain in place until the interior repairs are complete. Signs posted on the plastic tarp read: “DANGER MICROBIAL HAZARD - Keep Out - Authorized Personnel Only - Respirators And Protective Clothing Are Required In This Area.” But Comstock said workers finished removing the mold in early September, so the signs are now null. “The signs are posted to ensure workers wore appropriate clothing and equipment during emergency cleanup and demolition, just as a standard procedural caution — no specific hazards,” explained Wildesen. “The signs should have been removed immediately after the remediation activity was complete.” Some students taking classes in the room, however, still harbor lingering concerns about the blocked-off area. “It is kind of weird that there are signs that say

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Focuses on technology, small classes BY LEAH VILLANUEVA Staff writer

The University System of Maryland has approved a new 10-year Strategic Plan for the state’s colleges that focuses on graduating more students, creating classrooms that are more conducive to one-on-one learning environments and a greater emphasis on technology. On Friday, the Board of Regents unanimously approved the new plan, which system administrators said is specifically tailored to produce graduates with the skills and specialties to address state and national economic needs. To meet the state’s goal to have 55 percent of the resident population older than 25 collegeeducated by 2020, the plan calls for increasing systemwide undergraduate enrollment by 45,000 students over the next decade; this university may accommodate 4,000 of them, Chancellor Brit Kirwan told The Diamondback last month. Vice Chancellor Anthony Foster, who played a key role in drafting the plan, said administrators hope to boost the number of graduates from science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields by 40 percent. Those fields are in highdemand in the state economy and job market. The plan also calls to double externally-sponsored research and development funding, including a $600 million increase in capital spending during the next five years. As one of the system’s premier institutions for STEM programs and the home of a number of important research centers, this university will likely be the central launchpad for these initiatives, Foster said. “What College Park will do in terms of STEM graduation and what it will do on the home campus for cybersecurity and biotechnology is hard to see 10 years out,” he said. “But that will be a tremendous element to the plan.” Another major tenet of the plan is “course redesign,” which specifically targets large-lecture, introductory level courses where a single professor teaches a 100-student class without teaching assistants. According to system Vice Chancellor Joe Vivona, the model set forth by the plan would break up these classes into living-and-learning laboratories open 24/7, where

students would receive enhanced one-on-one instruction and utilize more technology, and faculty would collaborate to create course curricula and place class material online. “It’s smaller class sizes and greater reliance on technology, so that the end result is students feel good about working at their craft,” Vivona said. But he noted that this university has already jump-started meeting the graduation rate goal with its updated general education program. History professor Ira Berlin — who spearheaded getting the new general education program approved — said while the elements of “course-redesign” sounded good, he wondered if they were needed on a campus where most large-lecture teaching courses are already broken up into discussion sections with TAs. “One of the things about our general education program is we use the ‘I’ courses as kind of introductory courses,” he said. “They’re smaller, they have TAs, they present real-world questions and provide occasions for students to interact. “The most important relationship in education is between the teacher and student,” he added. “You want to maximize that as much as possible. Technology is great, it’s very useful, but it certainly can’t replace the studentteacher relationship.” But Foster said the new strategic plan simply laid out a blueprint and it’s up to administrators at each institution to implement it on their respective campuses. And he said they have already begun to do so. “It’s not a directive process,” he said. “The chancellor won’t point and say, ‘do this,’ and expect them to follow.” Vivona said he realizes the plan’s implementation would call for more state dollars even with a projected budget shortfall of $1.6 billion, but hopes lawmakers will buy into his philosophy. “We hope the state legislature realizes that there is an economic imperative that higher education produces people who are empowered because of their skills, and that’s how you really recover the economy,” Vivona said. “We will have to be the first priority of the state, because the way to stability in the economy is through higher levels of education.” villanueva@umdbk.com

Former county police Chief Roberto Hylton caught flak for officer conduct at the Duke victory riot (above). FILE PHOTO/THE DIAMONDBACK

POLICE from page 1 this decision comes at a time when the department and the county at large have made headlines for scandal and corruption, police officials said the decision is routine. “Every county executive that gets in here generally brings in a new chief,” District 1 Commander Robert Liberati said. “Ever since I’ve been with the department that’s the way it’s been.” Police spokesman Maj. Andy Ellis said he couldn’t speak to Baker’s intentions, but noted the past three county executives have elected to bring in a new chief. Liberati said issues affecting students at this university, such as police and student relations, have been addressed in the form of changes in training and policies, and are not closely tied to changes in administration. He said Magaw, a former District 1 Commander himself, is well aware of the issues facing College Park. Hylton, who was promoted to chief from the position of deputy chief of bureau patrol in September 2008, held the position for just more than two years. Under Hylton, crime in the county steadily dropped. But still, ethical questions and charges of conspiracy and brutality persisted. Consequently, Magaw will inherit a department that has come under federal investigation more than once — late last week, the FBI assumed control of an investigation of county police for

their conduct in the post-Duke victory riot in March, interviewing about 40 officers at their homes. Last month, three officers were indicted for their alleged involvement in the distribution of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol. The indictments, unsealed Nov. 15, also alleged officers conspired to sell cocaine. Still, officials maintained the move was nothing more than a standard shift in power. “I think, had all this corruption stuff not come out, I think he still would have chosen his own [chief],” Liberati said. Magaw most recently served as deputy chief of strategic management and recently headed the narcotics division for county police. “I am honored and humbled to be appointed interim chief of the Prince George’s County Police Department by County Executive Baker,” Magaw said in a statement released yesterday. “This is an outstanding police department with dedicated employees who serve our residents every day. I will do everything I can to continue to move our agency forward.” Baker also appointed Mark Bashoor as interim fire chief, Betty Hager Francis as interim director of housing and community development and Gail Francis as interim director of finance. He found permanent replacements for his chief of staff — Gwen McCall — and director of human resources management — Stephanye Redd Maxwell. Baker appointed interim officials in four other positions, as well. present@umdbk.com


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ust three months shy of the one-year anniversary of the post-Duke vic- position, Baker ousted Roberto Hylton as county police chief, dramatically tory celebration, the ordeal that began with a game and ended with riot shaking up the scarred department. Hylton left his post hoping to be remembered as “a person of integrity and police and pellet guns continues. Last week, the FBI took control of an investigation into last semester’s accountability.” And while his personal legacy is not in question, it seems that if riot. The bureau has not commented on why it decided to take over nine judged on the department he ran, that is a legacy he will have to continue hopmonths after the incident occurred and after Prince George’s County Police ing for. Hylton, a Johnson appointee, was sworn in shortly after the Justice spent months investigating their own conduct on that infamous March night. Department wrapped up monitoring operations of county police due to allegaBut as FBI agents descended on the homes of 40 officers to conduct interviews, tions of excessive force. Hylton has claimed he was more aggressive in disciplining officers, and perit seems a strong indication that sanctions may be imminent. As it stands now, two county police officers remain suspended in connection haps that’s true. After all, there are at least 46 county officers suspended or on administrative duties. But this could also be an indicawith the beating of a student. The student, John tion of Hylton’s failure to change the mentality of a McKenna, had originally been charged with assaulting department that has had a slew of scandals, from an offiofficers and a police horse. But when video footage surThe inauguration of Rushern cer indicted for reselling seized guns onto the streets to faced shortly after the riot, it showed McKenna doing no such thing before officers bludgeoned him with batons, Baker III as the executive of an FBI investigation of bribed officers protecting a gambling ring with powerful drug-dealing patrons. which led to a concussion and other injuries. Prince George’s County could But Baker’s dismissal of Hylton and the reshuffling The FBI’s stepped-up role is welcome and seems like a of other county posts indicates that perhaps better move that should have been taken place months ago, parsignal a new era free from days are ahead. ticularly considering county police’s history of questioncorruption and abuse, The county’s reputation for aggressive police and corable uses of force; the U.S. Justice Department was overspecifically on the part of rupt officials is not an easy one to erase. Indeed, the seeing county police as recently as last year because of expansion of federal corruption investigations and the concerns about excessive brutality. county police. FBI’s increased involvement in the McKenna beating But further FBI involvement in county affairs does little for the area’s reputation. Indeed, it was just last month that federal agents case will no doubt yield further headlines in the months to come. That said, Baker has an opportunity to truly make a cleaner and more livable arrested County Executive Jack Johnson (D) in connection with a corruption scandal. Alongside her husband, Leslie Johnson, who yesterday was sworn in county. As he stated during yesterday’s inauguration, he has a “chance to get it to serve on the Prince George’s County Council, was charged with evidence right.” As the search for a new long-term police chief begins, it should be appartampering and destroying evidence after allegedly hiding nearly $80,000 in cash ent the tactics used by previous chiefs have not worked. While Hylton may have in her bra when agents came to the Johnsons’ door. Days later, three county been harsh in sanctions, it is obvious such sanctions did not rid his department police officers were arrested in connection with another corruption probe, and of the culture that bred years of controversy. County police surround the university, patrolling the streets and neighborthe owners of Tick Tock Liquors, located in nearby Langley Park, charged with smuggling liquor and cigarettes, were recorded on wiretaps talking about brib- hoods of College Park where students make their home. They should be viewed as protectors, not aggressors. But for years, events like last semester’s ing officials. Needless to say, this county has seen better days. Yesterday, however, the scandals that rocked the county in recent months riot and November’s county executive scandal have made this gleaming repucame to a head. Rushern Baker III (D) was sworn in as county executive, prom- tation all the more unattainable. Hylton’s departure and the change in leadership in the county government ising greater days ahead. While such rhetoric is typical of inaugural speeches, Baker demonstrated a willingness to act. Mere hours after assuming his new provide an opportunity to change that. And it is up to Baker to make it right.

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University e-mail: In need of a face-lift

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hen I was a freshman, I was super excited to get my @umd.edu address. I considered it a privilege to finally have an e-mail that didn’t end in .com. In fact, I almost wished Facebook had stayed exclusive to college students because I was now endowed with the power of a university e-mail! At first, the Courier font, square-shaped buttons and pixilated icons of the Mirapoint system that houses the university’s e-mail were endearing. But after a few weeks of using this university’s system, I couldn’t resist my affinity for the user-friendly and eyepleasing interface of Gmail. So I was happy to hear the university was considering changing or upgrading its e-mail host. As stated in yesterday’s Diamondback, most

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SHE students do opt to forward their emails from the @umd.edu accounts to Google, Yahoo or Microsoft hosts. Nobody really uses the Mirapoint system, and if they do, the system’s limited resources may in turn limit the user in what they can achieve. Putting aside frivolous features such as being able to customize your Gmail background to a lovely beach scene and whatnot, there are definitely some key things the university could change to make the @umd.edu e-mail functional and appealing.

Take something like Google Docs, for instance. Being able to create and edit a document, spreadsheet or blank canvas on the web with a group is an invaluable resource for students. And at such a large university — with people living on and off the campus — having an online workspace like the one Google provides its users is a convenient and sometimes essential tool to have. If the university were to upgrade the e-mail system, having add-on features that emphasize and facilitate group work would greatly benefit student efficiency. It would also be helpful if the student e-mail system were more smoothly integrated into the MyUMD portal. Rather than having the university e-mail as a separate box on MyUMD that functions as an

external link and has limited capabilities, it would be helpful to have student e-mail, student bills, tickets, announcements and ELMS all on one home page after one log-in. This is essentially what Google and other large mail servers achieve as many features are lumped together in one space for easy access. Whether this university adopts Google, opts for an updated version of Mirapoint or does something else entirely, there is no doubt the @umd.edu system needs some sort of improvement given the convenient features available on larger mail servers today. Angelina She is a sophomore English and neurobiology and physiology major. She can be reached at ashe@umdbk.com

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merica has gotten fat. This is probably not news for most of you. An alarming 34 percent of all Americans are obese, and an even more alarming 17 percent of American children are obese. So how did this happen? Obesity rates skyrocketed in the population due to poor diet, overeating and a huge decline in the amount of physical activity people get per day. Think of your own life experiences, from how often you eat junk food to the portion sizes you eat on a regular basis to the amount of exercise you get every day. We are definitely not afraid to take something that has no nutritional value and supersize it, then sit around and tweet about how good Five Guys was. At dining halls across the country, these problems can be seen all too clearly. All-you-can-eat dining plans

encourage students to overeat and even binge. In addition, dining halls that serve meals based on young people’s simplistic tastes are not helping the cause. These meals are too fried, too heavily salted and too covered in fatty dressings. I went on a research trip to the North Campus Diner and the South Campus Dining Hall and was overwhelmed with stations serving heavily fried foods and meat-centric meals. Although the steps Dining Services has taken toward including vegan, vegetarian and healthier options are commendable, it is discouraging to see a fried Blue Plate special, chicken tender wraps, hamburgers and french fries. Yet the obesity epidemic goes beyond plate size and the type of food served in college dining halls. It starts in the home where you grew up. Habits, such as the type and amount of food you eat, the pace at

CORY KUTCHER which you eat and the amount of exercise you get, are formed in the home. If you have parents who expose you to nutritious foods and tout the importance of them, you are much more likely to form healthy eating habits. Eating meals together promotes family values, teaches kids to eat at a normal pace and is just nice for family bonding. Also, a family that emphasizes physical activity can help form children’s exercise habits, so later on, when they are living independently, children make the right choices. Additionally, it seems as if the

days when kids played outside with friends until their parents called them in at nighttime are gone. We have become a nation of sedentar y people, low on exercise and high on fatty and salty foods. If you take some time and read books such as Fast Food Nation, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Recipe for America, you’ll see why our food system is broken, what we can do to fix it and how our food habits have changed. This trend has become so appalling that there is a counter movement called Slow Food, which emphasizes the importance of healthy foods, eating slowly and sharing food with people you care about. So take some time, choose your food wisely and enjoy it. Cory Kutcher is a senior kinesiology major. He can be reached at kutcher@umdbk.com.

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ixar’s WALL-E depicts a grim future for humanity — one where morbidly obese people sit in advanced “wheelchairs” all day, relying on automated systems for almost everything. And while many may view this depiction as unrealistic, I would invite any doubters to check out the men’s bathroom in Cole Field House, or really any of the restrooms on the campus that are not equipped with auto-flush urinals. It is as if no one can be trusted to manually flush a toilet ever since the automatic flush valves have been installed in most of this university’s facilities. But as disconcerting as this reliance on technology for even the simplest of things may be, what is even more unsettling is the very real fact that modern technology is changing the physical structure of the human body. This is especially true of the way our brains function. After all, when was the last time you spent two or three hours working on something without checking Facebook? Furthermore, when you are in a remote location — one without cell phone reception and an Internet connection — don’t you feel anxious and uncomfortable, almost as if you are going through drug withdrawal? A recent experiment by University of California, Los Angeles, neuroscientist Gary Small and his colleagues found different patterns of neural activation in the brain between people with differing degrees of exposure to computers and the Internet when they were asked to perform online searches. “As the brain evolves and shifts its focus toward new technological skills, it drifts away from fundamental social skills such as reading facial expression or grasping the emotional context of a subtle gesture,” Small said in an interview with Scientific American Mind. Additionally, according to a recent New York Times series, “Your Brain on Computers,” heavy video-game play may induce the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is thought to be involved with addictive behavior. We all get too used to the dopamine squirt from the constant exposure of new information and to the feeling of being connected via technology. Don’t get me wrong — I am not a pessimist. I don’t believe smartphones and WiFi networks do any harm to most of us, besides encouraging procrastination. There is a lot of research that reveals our brains are evolving and adapting to our technologically advanced world in a good way. Our brains, scientists have shown, are getting better at multitasking and are more capable of prioritizing when bombarded with tons of information. Records even show that average IQ scores have been rising steadily. However, in spite of this, when a friend of mine enthusiastically told me about a new software that could help him focus on studying, I inwardly groaned. The software he referred to — called Temptation Blocker — blocks your Internet connection for a user-specified period of time. To me, this seems to be a sign that we are too dependent on technology, and I worry that if someone ever invents a manual flush reminder, then we really are doomed.

Chong Huang is a graduate student in geography. He can be reached at qhuang@umd.edu.

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REVIEW | T.I.

T.I. versus the state of decency The rapper’s No Mercy is a breath of fresh air in a stale rap subgenre BY ZACHARY BERMAN Senior staff writer

Contrary to popular belief, people are not predisposed to change. Instead, humans seem to constantly return to the negative parts of their lives that are keeping them down. Abusive partners, drugs, crime — the list goes on — all these scars seem to drag their victims back in regardless of their successes and opportunities. For Atlanta rapper T.I., life has been a fairly short road of drug dealing, arrests, prison stints and sudden stardom. The majority of T.I.’s widely publicized arrests and recent televised soulsearching are likely only being used to sell the artist to his numerous fans as someone who is finally making a change, when in reality it seems pretty clear that he isn’t doing much of anything to make himself a better person. That being said, with No Mercy — T.I.’s seventh album — the rapper has truly made a marked musical improvement from some of his trashier offerings in the past. No Mercy is actually a great listen and thankfully doesn’t focus too much on the fact that T.I. is spending the next 11 or so months in jail. Clearly, many musicians can’t be looked up to as role models anymore — except for maybe former corrections officer Rick Ross — and more and more often their music isn’t worth listening to either. However, this doesn’t have to be true of all artists, and somehow T.I. is one of those. T.I. makes a number of great choices on this record, from his producers to his guests. Take opening track “Welcome to the World,” featuring Kanye West and KiD

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CuDi. It’s a song that wastes no time getting right to the point. No, the song has nothing to do with West’s own “Lost in the World,” but it is still quite a good track. The beat, co-produced by West, starts the album with a bang — catchy chorus, rapid-fire synths and an interesting combination of voices as the song bounces back and forth between the three frontmen. T.I.’s verse is particularly striking as he spits half of it with faux-stuttering on every line. Strange as it may seem, No Mercy is actually a happy, positive and excited record, different than what one might expect given the timing of its release

and the cover art, a black-and-white image of T.I. with his face in his hand, which is clearly playing on his imprisoned, soul-searching figure. It seems fairly obvious that T.I.’s continued opposition to the law was spun by his record label as a major piece of its marketing plan, but listeners shouldn’t let this cloud their judgment about the record because, ultimately, that move doesn’t affect the songs. “Everything on Me” comes later in the album but exemplifies some of what makes No Mercy great. Featuring some interesting horn samples that drive the beat, the song wants nothing more from its listeners than for them to

feel the groove it creates and vibe to its positive energy. Other tracks, such as “Big Picture,” are equally proud, epic and thumping compositions that really make the album a southern hip-hop affair full of good feelings. Elsewhere on the album, everyone from Eminem to Drake to Christina Aguilera stop by for some interesting guest spots. None of these feel forced, which — as minuscule of a detail as it is — really lifts the album that much higher.

The album is not completely free of errors, however. Lyrically, T.I. often simply takes the easy way out and rhymes “dick” or “Al Capone” with almost any other word. It can get to be annoying, especially over the course of an hour-long record. The song “Strip,” featuring Young Dro and Trey Songz, is a fairly obvious example of this nonstop barrage of homogenous rhymes. Things get very confusing with “Amazing,” produced by The Neptunes and featuring Pharrell on guest vocal duties. The beat — structured around an interesting glockenspiel melody and deep drums — is strangely appealing and one of the best listens on the album. However, the song falls prey to some incredibly raunchy lyrics — a “Parental Advisory” sticker wouldn’t even begin to describe them. No Mercy is by no means conceptual or progressive like some of this year’s best hip-hop releases, such as those from Big Boi and Kanye West. However, this record does fill an important role: The album is a straightforward pop-hip-hop romp that really succeeds in what is often a dried-out genre. No Mercy’s music may be relatively standard, but it works so well on both a track-by-track basis and as a cohesive listen that it’s hard not to enjoy this record. Even if T.I. hasn’t changed his ways, he does seem to have stepped up his game, which in a musical climate pervaded by rubbish is nothing if not commendable. berman@umdbk.com

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REVIEW from page 9 and Duke had energized the struggling program. The NCAA Tournament may not be far off for the Terps, though. The team will return more talent in 2011 than it did in the past two seasons, Horsmon said, and the Terps may finally have all the pieces necessary for the success they have longed for during his tenure. “This year, [the NCAA Tournament] was in our sights, but we didn’t really know exactly what we needed to do to get there,” setter Remy McBain said. “Now that we’ve been through it and were so close this year, it will make us that much better.” The Terps will have to contend with the losses of four senior stalwarts, including middle blocker Brittney Grove and libero Bethany Springer. But there will be a new influx of talent ready to replace the old next season. Recruits Catie Coyle and Adrenee’ Elliot, both middle blockers, and Ashleigh Crutcher, an outside hitter, coupled with the return of sophomore Sam Rosario and

freshman Carlisle Abele should give the Terps the depth necessary to replace their departed players. “They were a huge part of what we did this year,” McBain said of the team’s four seniors. “But I know that we have a bunch of good freshmen coming in next year, so I think they’ll fill in pretty well.” “I could see one or two of those kids be on the All-ACC team,” Horsmon said. “We have some great players on their way to College Park.” Five years ago, the Terps were a conference power, having won their third straight ACC Championship. Despite their struggles since, after two years as an afterthought, the 2010 season could ultimately mark the beginning of the Terps’ ascent back to ACC prominence. “Through our three years here, we’ve gotten better each year,” Horsmon said. “We expect to continue that trend, and we’re going to get better again next year. We have a lot of talent in our program, and it’s just a matter of putting those pieces together, finding leaders and setting some really high goals.”

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a team-high six assists. Even after the reserves’ comeback bid had failed, Gary Williams’ message to his starters was clear: Up your energy, or risk losing your job. “We’ll see how the next two days go in practice. That’s all I can say,” Williams said when asked about the starting situation after the game. “We’ll work on some things, see if we can snap some people out of the way they were playing tonight and go from there.” Of the eschewed starters Sunday, Gregory is likely the one whose job is most secure. Despite managing one point against Temple, the senior had six rebounds and three steals. Mosley’s spot also seems safe. Even with his offensive shortcomings, the guard brings a valuable defensive presence. Bowie and Tucker, however, might not be so fortunate. Their showings Sunday were the latest chapter in what have been vexing seasons to this point. Bowie’s performances have varied from impressive to poor, while Tucker, after scoring in double digits in the team’s first six games, had two points against Temple after being shut

instability had undermined the Terps’ hopes of containing a potent Wolverine offense. The three goals the Terps surrendered exceeded the number yielded in the past 10 games combined and were also the second-most the team had allowed all season. “It took us out of our rhythm in the midfield,” Cirovski said of the injury. “But their goals didn’t come because of that, at least the first two goals. Greg’s been a great story for us this year. I don’t think we can put blame on anyone individually.” The Terp defense, which had allowed just four goals since Sept. 24, wasn’t the only second-half problem. After forward Casey Townsend scored the game’s opening goal in the 17th minute, the Terps’ shooting efficiency severely dropped. In the second half, the Terps converted just one of their 16 shots. The Wolverines, meanwhile, scored twice on seven shots. “If we would have done our job with our finishing chances, this game would have never gotten to that point,” Cirovski said. “In the first half, I think they felt good being down only one.” The Terps cruised through the regular season with an unrivaled flair for scoring, leading the nation in goals per game. They scored a season-high seven goals on 15 shots at Virginia Tech on Oct. 8, while scoring five goals on 16 shots against Coastal Carolina on Nov. 5. Before the team’s Sweet 16 match against Penn State on

Forward Jordan Williams was instrumental in the Terps’ comeback Sunday. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

out in a win at Penn State. As reserves, Stoglin and Howard have starred at times as freshmen, building resumés that could soon make them a threat for starting roles, if they aren’t already. “They didn’t do everything right,” Gary Williams said Sunday, “but they certainly played with a great deal of intensity.” When asked about the lack of intensity his fellow starters displayed, Jordan Williams, the lone constant for the Terps against Temple, stressed patience. “That’s what we’ve got to figure out,” Williams said. “It’s not going to be instant or right away, but we are going to figure it out.” kyanchulis@umdbk.com

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Nov. 28, the Terps had put nearly half their shots on goal and scored on about 20 percent of their total shots. But after managing to put just one of 21 shots on goal against the Nittany Lions, the team improved only marginally against the Wolverines on Saturday, placing only nine of a season-high 33 on goal. “We had so many chances,” Cirovski said. “I think I remember seven pretty clear, good chances. You have to credit their goalkeeper, he made some pretty good saves. Good fortune was on their side today.” The Terps put just three of their final 20 shots on frame, converting on one of those chances. With an offense struggling to find the net and a defense trying to make up for a missing piece, the Terps became disjointed in the final game of the season. “They put out a great effort and they put out an effort that’s indicative of our program,” Cirovski said. “I think all games provide lessons, and this one certainly does. The details and the importance of every play, whether it’s making the right run or hitting the ball down — we’ve been on the right side of 99.9 percent of those this year.” ceckard@umdbk.com

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business, Frese said, tonight’s game will serve as another opportunity for the team to work out its kinks as it heads toward a future that likely poses far greater danger on the court than the present. “Obviously, road wins are critical to your success,” Frese said. “We’re just trying to grow and mold together within our rotations right now. We’re still searching together in terms of our identity.” cwalsh@umdbk.com

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Terps to play Owls in ’10-’11 The Terrapin men’s basketball team is expected to play Temple again next year at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Get more news at TerrapinTrail.com.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

For Terps, a changing of the guards? Struggles in Terps’ backcourt might prompt new looks BY KATE YANCHULIS Senior staff writer

Coach Gary Williams relied on a group of reserves for a near comeback Sunday night.

Guard Adrian Bowie struggled in the Terps’ 64-61 loss to Temple on Sunday before being replaced in the second half by his backups. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

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Guard Terrell Stoglin came off the bench to score 16 points against Temple on Sunday, more than any guard on the Terp roster. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

With three seconds left on the clock Sunday night — enough time for one final desperation shot that could have tied the game against Temple — Terrapin men’s basketball coach Gary Williams turned not to one of his three upperclassmen guards but to a freshman. Reserve guard Terrell Stoglin ultimately missed the half-court heave in the Terps’ 64-61 loss, but that the ball was in his hands at that moment was a powerful enough symbol for the critical role the Terp bench took Sunday — not to mention what it might take on in the immediate future. Starting guards Adrian Bowie, Sean Mosley and Cliff Tucker struggled through much of the first half on both sides of the ball against the Owls. When the Terps opened the second half by digging themselves into a 15-point hole, Williams had seen enough. Within minutes, he had made wholesale changes, pulling out every starter but forward Jordan Williams. “I was mad,” Gary Williams said. “I would have put six [substitutes] in there if I could have.” He didn’t need to. The reserves sparked the Terps to a 10-0 run. “You just could tell, right away, they were flying around,” Williams said. “They just play. They don’t care. They just play. And that’s what we needed. We didn’t need to change a lot of things except for the energy level we were playing at.” Williams leaned on the substitutes for large chunks of the second half. Led in large part by Stoglin and freshman guard Pe’Shon Howard, the Terps trimmed a double-digit deficit to a 56-56 tie with less than two minutes remaining. “We were fighting,” Jordan Williams said. “We were playing hard. It wasn’t even about who was the better basketball player or who was more talented. It was about who wanted it more, and us five on the court wanted it more than [the previous starting five].” The bench contributed 35 points in the game, compared to a combined nine from Bowie, Tucker, Mosley and forward Dino Gregory. With 16 points Sunday, Stoglin outshot the starting backcourt on his own. Howard had six points and

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Goalkeeper Zac MacMath and the Terp defense struggled late in a 3-2 defeat to Michigan. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK

MEN’S SOCCER

Terps’ loss was tale of two halves Injury, sputtering attack cost team BY CHRIS ECKARD Senior staff writer

On one of the final plays of the first half in Saturday’s NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, Terrapin men’s soccer defender Greg Young went down with a high-ankle sprain that changed the complexion of the Terps’ game and, ultimately, their season. The play forced the redshirt senior out of action for the remainder of the double-overtime match, and as a season-ending 3-2 loss unfolded before Young’s eyes, he could do little else but stand on crutches and watch the Terps repeatedly break down defensively. The injury forced coach Sasho Cirovski to tinker with a lineup that seemed entrenched at the start of the tournament. Midfielder Billy Cortes, who had played right back at the end of the regular season and in the ACC Tournament, again moved to the backline. But after Michigan’s Jeff Quijano evened the score at 1-1 in the 50th minute, Cirovski turned to former starter London Woodberry, who had not seen playing time since Oct. 19 due to an injury. Before long, the defensive

see LOSS, page 8

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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Terps looking to push streak to seven wins

Terps slowly morphing into conference contender BY JOSH VITALE Staff writer

Entering the 2010 season, the Terrapin volleyball team was an afterthought in the ACC. Coming off two straight under-.500 seasons, the Terps were picked to finish just ninth in the conference. But in coach Tim Horsmon’s third year in College Park, the Terps (19-13, 10-10 ACC) began a turnaround that could eventually bring them back to the top of the league.

Team faces mediocre Loyola squad tonight BY CONOR WALSH Staff writer

For nearly 35 minutes of last Thursday’s game at Purdue, the Terrapin women’s basketball team searched for answers in a hostile Mackey Arena. As the Boilermakers capped a 9-2 run with just more than five minutes left on the clock, it seemed the No. 22 Terps’ chances to nab a key nonconference road victory had all but slipped away. But after the team’s emotional leader, center Lynetta Kizer, challenged them to raise their intensity, the Terps responded, scoring 14 of the game’s final 16 points to stun the Boilermakers with a 56-55 comeback victory. “Lynetta Kizer and her leadership had them believing that they could win this game,” coach Brenda Frese said. “I know how competitive this team is, and this is definitely something we can continue to draw upon.” The Terps (7-1) certainly seemed to capitalize on the win’s momentum when they hosted Appalachian State on Sunday. In a game that could easily have turned into a trap game given the team’s emotional hangover, the Terps managed to withstand a sloppy first half before outscoring the Mountaineers by 15 points in the second to record their sixth straight victory. Mental toughness will again be paramount tonight, when the Terps travel to Baltimore to face another middling oppo-

After finishing with just six and 14 wins in Horsmon’s first two seasons at the helm, respectively, the Terps climbed out of the conference’s basement, finishing tied for seventh in the conference and, until a lateseason slide, challenging for an NCAA Tournament bid. “When it’s all said and done, we’re going to look at this and be pretty excited about where our program is going,” Horsmon said. “We can beat any team in our conference, which we showed this year. I

don’t think we could have said that our first two years.” Inconsistencies plagued the Terps throughout the season, but even through their struggles they remained in the hunt for a spot among the conference’s elite and a postseason appearance. Until a three-game skid to close the season dashed the team’s tournament hopes, midseason victories over conference powers Florida State

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Guard Anjale Barrett and the Terps will travel to Loyola tonight to match up against a 2-5 Greyhound squad. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK

nent in Loyola. “Right now, with such quick turnarounds in the middle of all the work academically, it’s all about staying fresh,” Frese said, referencing the added stresses for her team as the semester draws to a close. “This is an intense time for a student-athlete.” It may have been those late-semester stresses that produced one of the Terps’ biggest blemishes last season, when they rode a five-game winning streak up to Towson last December only to be upset by the Tigers. “With six games remaining before ACC play, we’re trying to fine-tune things,” Frese said. “We’re focused on playing with the intensity level that we did [in the final five minutes] at Purdue for 40 minutes.” The Terps might not even need a flawless start-to-finish performance tonight to come out victorious for a seventh straight time. The Greyhounds are a pedestrian 25, and in their two games against major

see LOYOLA, page 8

Outside hitter Kara Bates celebrates during a 3-0 win against Wake Forest on Nov. 12. The Terps won 10 games in conference play this season, the most in three years. CHARLIE DEBOYACE/THE DIAMONDBACK


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