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GSG lambastes Mazza project RHA votes to Graduate students bemoan expensive rental rates, units for undergraduates BY BRADY HOLT Senior staff writer

Although developers of a proposed graduate studenthousing project won over a skeptical College Park City Council last night, they have yet to impress graduate students themselves. Members of the Graduate Student Government said the planned rent for units in the Mazza Grandmarc project will be comparable to University View’s — and will put the housing out of reach for

underpaid graduate students. “There’s no way a graduate student can afford to live in a place like the University View with the stipends we receive,” said GSG Chief of Staff Roberto Münster. “If the rents are going to be as high as University View, very few graduate students are going to live there.” Yet Mazza’s developers said they anticipated this scenario and are thinking the building may also attract

move housing process online Resolution will save Resident Life money, simplify annual process, proponents say

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BY DERBY COX Staff writer

After months of discussion and development, the Residence Hall Association yesterday unanimously passed a resolution to move room selection online for the spring. Online room selection will eliminate much of the stress of the old physical process and will save Resident Life at least $20,000 in overtime salary and space reservation costs, according to the resolution. “I think [the online process] came out really well,” said RHA President Alex Beuchler, who called online room selection a priority for the RHA at the beginning of the year. “It’s simple enough, but still pro-

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vides enough options.” The resolution leaves several details of the online process, including its timeline, undecided. It is also unclear whether room assignments will all be made at once or during the course of several days, similar to the current process. The resolution authorizes the RHA’s ReLATe Committee, which advises Resident Life, to work out the details. Under the new process, students will no longer have to attend room assignment meetings in the Stamp Student Union during April. They will instead be able to create or join groups of students they wish to live with by logging

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University researchers create device that can detect the source of sound BY CHRIS YU Staff writer

Design of a spherical microphone array for 3-D audio recording and playback. COURTESY OF ADAM O’DONOVAN

A sniper is perched on the roof of a building, stealthily crouched behind a pillar, poised to fire at innocent people below. As his finger lingers on the trigger, he pulls it. Within minutes of the blast, the latest device created by university

Nichols acquitted on remaining charges BY KYLE GOON Staff writer

Damien Nichols remembered the final moments of his trial played out like the idyllic conclusion of a movie. As soon as the judge read the “not guilty” verdict, his friends and family jumped up behind him, and cheers and applause filled the courtroom. “I didn’t think that kind of stuff really happened,” Nichols said, speaking through a series of electronic message exchanges. Nichols, a 2006 alumnus and

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former president of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, was acquitted last Thursday of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment charges against a student. He stood accused of cutting Sean Hammond with a knife on the face and neck and punching him repeatedly in the Thirsty Turtle on Dec. 30 of last year. Hammond declined to comment on the case for this story. The ruling ended an ninemonth odyssey for the accused alumnus that included jail

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Terrapin football player may face lesser sentence, but jail time still a possibility BY KYLE GOON Staff writer

Senior Terrapin football player Rick Costa still faces assault charges stemming from a drunken fight outside of Cornerstone Grill and Loft, and he could still see prison time. However, a change in the charges could help Costa avoid extra time behind bars. During Costa’s preliminary hearing yesterday morning, the state attorney amended the first-degree assault charge to a second-degree count. However, the linebacker could face an absolute maximum of 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He also faces two additional charges of second-degree assault. Costa was arrested after he was accused of strucking Cor-

nerstone bouncers in the face and hitting a Prince George’s County Police officer, damaging his cornea. At RICK COSTA the time, SENIOR LINEBACKER Prince George’s County District 1 Commander Maj. Kevin Davis said the injury would keep the officer off active duty for at least a month. Yesterday morning’s proceedings took only a minute. The state moved to amend the charges, the defense had no objections, and Costa and his

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‘It’s just a slap in the face’ Members of the Maryland National Guard from other states grapple with out-of-state tuition despite service BY MARISSA LANG Staff writer

Scott Wilson owes his life to an Iraqi dump truck. On the sergeant’s first tour in Iraq, a roadside bomb exploded as he rode by on the top of a Humvee, completely exposed. Luckily, a dump truck pulled up and stopped between his vehicle and the bomb as it blew up, sending pieces of shrapnel flying into the side of the truck. Wilson made it out completely unscathed. “I saw two of my friends get

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hurt real bad from suicide car bombs,” Wilson said. “I was so lucky. Three times, a roadside bomb exploded within yards of my vehicle. I literally risked my life for this country, for this state. And to come home and not get any recognition by the state — it’s just a slap in the face.” Wilson, despite being a Virginia native, has served six years with the Maryland National Guard and has been denied in-state tuition repeatedly for not filling state requirements that Wilson said could not be met on

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account of his two deployments to Iraq. “I wore the Maryland flag on my sleeve and when people asked me where I was from, I always said ‘Maryland,’” Wilson said. “I would never go into it and explain how I grew up in Virginia. I was proud to be part of the Maryland National Guard. Everyone else over there [in Iraq] knew the boys from Maryland were doing an awesome job, and I was part of that.”

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From Georgia, thanks for the U.S. Newly appointed acting ambassador accuses Russia of ethnic cleansing during August conflict BY ERICH WAGNER Staff writer

Malkhaz Mikeladze, who was appointed only yesterday as Georgia’s ambassador to the United States, spoke on the campus yesterday, accusing Russia of ethnic cleansing during the conflict between Georgia and Russia in August and speaking about the future of his country. Mikeladze, who also became the Georgian ambassador to Mexico and Canada yesterday when the former ambassador, Vasil Sikharulidze, was promoted to minister of defense, began by offering thanks to the roughly 25 people gathered in McKeldin Library yesterday for the United States’ “crystal clear” support for Georgia during the “August War.” That conflict, which he said was a Russian attempt to invade and annex Georgia, was fought between Georgian and separatist and Russian forces in the breakway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as in Georgia proper. “The August crisis was a wellplanned operation by the Russian Federation, as evidenced by the number of armored units who invaded,” Mikeladze said.

Russia’s goals were to annex Georgia and put a government in place that would act more favorably toward them, he said. “The Kremlin wanted to overthrow the democratic Georgian government to install a puppet government,” he said. “Another democratic success story in the region would lead to domestic unrest and further freedoms and concessions from the Russian government.” Mikeladze expressed Georgia’s wishes to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which NATO members promised earlier this year. But NATO has since said that Georgia must resolve its internal problems before being granted membership. In the future, Georgia intends to work on post-conflict reconstruction, as well as strengthen its democratic institutions, including strengthening the role of parliament and the judiciary, he said. “We will make the judiciary more independent through lifetime appointment of judges,” Mikeladze said. Freshman government and politics major Elliott Goldberg said he was excited to hear Mikeladze because of Georgia’s promi-

“The Kremlin wanted to overthrow the democratic Georgian government to install a puppet government.” MALKHAZ MIKELADZE GEORGIA’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES

nence in the news recently. “It’s good to hear about it from an insider,” Goldberg said. “It was an interesting, insightful and detailed presentation.” Courtney Davis, a freshman letters and sciences major, said she liked hearing Georgia’s perspective directly instead of through news outlets. “I actually found the [question-and-answer] section more interesting than the presentation itself,” Davis said. “But it was good to be able to hear him reinforce what [news anchors] already said.” ewagnerdbk@gmail.com

‘I was effectively on Landlords’ group to appeal trial for almost a year’ rent control lawsuit loss NICHOLS, from Page 1 time, a benefit concert in his honor and a long wait for his day in court. “I never thought it would go the wrong way, but I am astonished at how long it took to be vindicated,” Nichols said. “The trial only lasted approximately three hours, but I was effectively on trial for almost a year.” Nichols was arrested in March and spent several hours in a holding cell before being bailed out. On April 14, the felony first-degree assault charges were dropped, but the remaining charges were tried on July 18. An extension for the prosecution drew the trial out a bit longer, and the second part of it was set for December. Nichols’ attorney, Jon Katz, declined to comment for this story, but pointed to a blog entry he wrote about the case detailing some of the trial’s events. Katz wrote that the prosecution’s main evidence was Hammond’s identification of Nichols in a photo lineup. However, Katz tried to concentrate the trial on the fact Nichols and Hammond had no previous relationship or knowledge of each other before the incident. He also alleged that Hammond would not have been able to identify his attacker in the few moments before he was cut and hit.

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“The whole assault happened so quickly, and [Hammond’s] first instinct is self-preservation, not getting a detailed rundown of his assailant’s appearance,” Katz wrote on the blog. The judge accepted the defense’s case that reasonable doubt existed that Nichols was the assailant and returned a verdict Nichols said he always knew he would get. However, he still expressed some bitterness about going through the financially and emotionally straining legal process to have to prove his innocence. “This was a serious breakdown of the system,” Nichols said. “I thank the judge for his handling of my case, but if anything, I was bemused by the thought that I should somehow be thankful to the justice system for figuring out that their charges against me were bunk.” Steven Silverman, a Washington resident who befriended Nichols through activism, said although he’s happy Nichols was vindicated in the end, the case reflects a legal system that can turn on the wrongfully accused. “It’s an example of how the criminal justice system targeted an innocent person,” Silverman said. “It turned out well in the end for us, but I’m sure it doesn’t always turn out as well for others.” goondbk@gmail.com

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A College Park landlord association will appeal the dismissal of its lawsuit that seeks to strike down a city rent control law, the organization’s president said yesterday. A county judge dismissed the lawsuit Alan Tyler et al. v. City of College Park last week, saying the rent control law did not discriminate against students. But Lisa Miller, president of the Prince George’s Property Owners Association, said her organization will “absolutely” appeal a decision she called “odd,” “weak” and “anti-American.” Miller and other landlords argue that the rent control law’s primary goal is to cap rents at a rate below which landlords can afford to charge, forcing them to stop renting to anyone, but especially to students. Since most of College Park’s renters are students, the organization argues that the legislation forces students out of College Park’s neighborhoods. The city’s goals for using rent control were not only to keep student renters from being gouged during the housing crunch, city officials have said, but also to discourage speculators from converting owner-occupied homes into rental properties. The city

exempted apartment buildings from its rent caps to encourage developers to build student housing apartment buildings, officials said. Judge Leo E. Green Jr. had ruled that it is not discriminatory for legislation to target rental homes just because most renters are students, but Miller disagreed. “When people are saying they don’t want rentals in the community, it’s not okay if all the renters are blacks,” she said. In the ruling, she said, Green “is amazingly saying that it’s okay for the city to want to get rid of rentals in the city.” Miller would not say how much her organization has spent on legal fees arguing its case or how much it is budgeting to fund its appeals, but she did say the group will take the lawsuit as far as it can. Bob Catlin, the College Park District 2 councilman who first proposed the rent control legislation, said the hardest part of the lawsuit was already over for the city, because it takes less time and money to argue an appeals case. “The appeals process won’t be all that expensive for the city, but I hope it will cost [the landlords] a lot,” he said.

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University can’t help veterans Friedgen: Costa VETERANS, from Page 1 But Wilson, who signed up for the Maryland National Guard knowing he wanted to go to school here, said upon returning to the United States, he was confronted with piles of paperwork and stringent requirements for in-state tuition. He knew the requirements would be impossible to fulfill on account of his two deployments. “I knew I wouldn’t meet those requirements,” Wilson said. “But there should be something in place that allows soldiers who served on behalf of the state of Maryland to receive instate tuition.” Wilson, whose military contract expired in June of this year, was deployed not once, but twice, an unusual occurrence for soldiers in the National Guard that student veterans say is becoming more commonplace as military resources are being stretched. “With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the [Army] Re-

serve and National Guard are being used so much more than anyone could have anticipated,” sociology graduate student and student veteran Kirby Bowling said. “Now, you can serve wherever there’s an opening. We have people from D.C., Virginia, Maryland all serving here because typically, people like to drill where they live or go to school.” Bowling said that by working with the Veterans Program Office and other student veterans, they raised their grievances to university administrators and state leaders last month by approaching the Bohanan Commission — a group working to determine a long-term funding model for higher education in the state. “Any veterans, regardless of their home of record, should get in-state tuition,” Bowling said. “And certainly anyone who serves in the Maryland National Guard or [Army] Reserve should be granted in-state tuition. Other states, like Wiscon-

sin, do that.” But administrators said this issue is out of the university’s hands. “We tried to get them instate tuition,” Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Warren Kelley said. “It’s a big deal, we just don’t have the authority to do anything about it. It either requires a change in the Board of Regents policy or state legislation.” University President Dan Mote said that though student veterans could not apply for instate tuition based on service, according to state regulations, there are many scholarships available. But Bowling and Wilson said that veteran scholarships are designed for those receiving instate tuition, and therefore cover very little of out-of-state costs — which amount to about $10,000 more per year. “The Iraq/Afghanistan scholarships need to be expanded,” Bowling said. “Especially because more vets are going to be

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coming to the university over the next bunch of years.” Ultimately, Wilson said that he hopes the issue can be resolved for future veterans who might run into the same problems as they return to the university from overseas. “Even if I don’t see another cent from this college, I don’t want someone else to get screwed,” Wilson said. “I’m ready to move on with my life, but hopefully they can straighten this thing out for the future.” langdbk@gmail.com

may play in bowl COSTA, from Page 1 attorney hurried out of the courtroom as soon as the judge said they were free to leave. They could not be reached later for comment. Although one of the assault charges has been reduced, state law mandates the maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and $5,000 for the individual charge, plus designation as a felony. The other charges carry a maximum of 10 years and a $2,500 fine each. First-degree assault carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison. Most second-degree assaults are designated as misdemeanors, but since one victim is a policeman who was on duty, the charge is considered a felony. The police report said the officer identified himself to Costa before he was injured. Senior Associate Athletic Di-

rector Kathy Worthington said Costa was still suspended from team activities for being charged with a felony as of this afternoon, and she had not heard any changes in his status. If the felony charge were to be amended again or dropped, she said head football coach Ralph Friedgen would be able to make a decision whether he can play in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. Friedgen acknowledged the possible return of Costa, who is in his final year of eligibility. However, he said he would wait to see how the situation develops. “We’ll just have to see,” Friedgen said. “I can’t say anything right now, but there could be something forthcoming in the next day or so.” goondbk@gmail.com. Senior staff writer Eric Detweiler contributed to this report.

Paper towel waste City gives $60,000 to local organizations stacks up in study Boy Scout troop, Lakeland Heritage Project and Meals on Wheels all benefit SCS Engineers analysis could reignite paper versus air dryer discussions BY TIRZA AUSTIN Staff writer

The debate between paper towels and hand dryers has blown across the campus. In the past, the university has considered bringing hand dryers to the campus bathrooms in hopes of becoming more environmentally friendly. But because of space and code restrictions, paired with electrical issues and consumer concerns, no action has been taken. But those decisions may have to be reevaluated after the university saw a high amount of “other paper” — usually paper towels and napkins — in a waste stream analysis conducted by SCS Engineers last month. The large amount indicates the university’s use of paper towels may have a larger negative environmental impact than previously thought. Dining Services alone uses 2.4 million feet of paper in a calendar year in the bathrooms and employee sinks in the dining halls, Dining Services spokesman Bart Hipple said. In last month’s results from the waste stream analysis, 17.8 percent of trash in The Diner on North Campus and 14.5 percent in the South Campus Dining Hall was other paper consisting of mostly of soiled paper towels and napkins. The highest amount of other paper usage was in the Eppley Recreation Center, with 30.3 percent of trash consisting of other paper. But, amounts of other paper were high in all the facilities examined in the study. In the Stamp Student Union, 23.6 percent of the trash was other paper. Steve Schatz, a facilities maintenance assistant director for Stamp, said he encountered some controversy when he proposed bringing a couple different types of hand dryers to the bathrooms on the campus. Schatz said he started looking into the motion because, “it’s a greener alternative to paper towels.” According to a study conducted by Environmental Resource Management, a leading provider of environmental, health and safety,

risk and social consulting services, concluded that hand dryers are more environmentally friendly than paper towels. Yet, Schatz faced concerns about the germs that are spread through the hand dryers and logistics problems of installing the machines, delaying all thoughts of air dryers being brought to the Union. Heather Lair, a sustainability project manager, said paper towels aren’t all bad. They could never be fully eliminated because they are needed to clean up spills, she said. Dining Services has reduced the use of other paper in the dining halls with different methods. For example, they put napkins on each table, which is meant to eliminate students taking too many napkins that they don’t use and end up throwing away, said Maria Lonsbury, a project specialist in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The project has decreased the quantity of napkins students used, she said. But officials are not so ready to switch to hand dryers, Lair said, even though eliminating paper towels would also reduce labor costs because housekeeping wouldn’t have to come in and replace paper towels. “Facilities managers would be reluctant to put [the hand dryers] in because there would be a lot of complaints,” Lair said. “People don’t like them. [Facilities managers] don’t want to do something that people are going to complain about.” Ultimately, Lair said the university has to take into account what students, faculty and staff use to dry their hands. “If students were telling Residential Facilitates, ‘We want hand dryers because they are more responsible,’ they would put them in,” Lair said. Lair said changes probably will not start unless students start speaking up. “It’s an educational process,” Lair said. “I don’t think we can shove it down people’s throats. We all have to decide how much pain we are willing to endure.”

onto a Resident Life website. The group creators will then form ordered lists of where the groups want to move. “It’s easy to use,” RHA Vice President Josef Mensah said, comparing the process to signing up for an e-mail account. “It’s very, very self explanatory. “Anything to make it easier on students to focus on academics,” is a good thing, he added. Later in the meeting, the RHA passed a constitutional amendment to change the manner in which RHA executives may be removed from office. Noting that “the removal of Executive Board members directly effects the Executive Board team,” the resolution gives the Executive Board, as a whole, one vote in removal proceedings. Before the resolution, executives had no vote in such hearings.

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The College Park City Council voted last night to award $60,000 worth of grants to local organizations despite one councilman’s objection to spending money during a recession. “I don’t understand: When do we start tightening our belt,” District 2 Councilman Jack Perry said. “Do we wait until the wolf is at the door?” Perry said although College Park isn’t suffering financially yet, it should prepare for the same budget crises that the state and other agencies and municipalities are now facing. Discussing the grants at a

SOUND, from Page 1 sound to get the bad guys. Duraiswami and his colleagues are developing an audio camera that can detect where sound is coming from. It could help police find the location of a sniper based on the sound of gunfire. The audio camera could also help architects design concert halls with better sound quality and allow automakers to build quieter cabins for their vehicles. “In the long term, this will change the way we view sound,” Duraiswami said. The audio camera is a small plastic ball with 64 holes spread across the surface, said Adam O’Donovan, a graduate student working on the project. Under each hole is an individual microphone. Because the microphones are in a spherical

undergraduates. Developer Bruce Terwilliger said while he’d love to see all graduate students in Mazza — “We have promised the city of College Park that we’re going to market mainly to graduate students” — he anticipates half the 630 tenants will be undergraduates. Yet GSG President Anupama Kothari disagreed. “These are just flimsy excuses camouflaging undergraduate housing as graduate housing,” she said. Kothari added graduate students wouldn’t be willing to pay more than $500 to $600 a month, an amount Terwilliger said was too low for the project to succeed.

“These are just flimsy excuses camouflaging undergraduate housing as graduate housing.” ANUPAMA KOTHARI

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Mary Cook took the middle ground, voting for the grants but suggesting the city restrain itself in future years. The city had written the grants into its budget for this fiscal year in April when the economy was less bleak. But Perry maintained it would be a bad idea to spend the money this year, especially, he said, because quite a few of the projects are unnecessary. “I look at many of these grants as pure unadulterated pork,” Perry said. “It’s for the elected officials to run around and pat themselves on the back and tell themselves how wonderful they are to the city.”

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arrangement, O’Donovan said they are able to detect sound coming from just about any direction, all at the same time. When a sound is detected, it is represented as a splash of colors on a computer screen. Red represents the most intense sound, while blue is the least intense, O’Donovan said. The audio camera could help police find a sniper because it not only detects where a shot is coming from, it also isolates the gunshot sound from all other sounds in the area, Duraiswami said. This way, police can pinpoint exactly where the shooter is hiding. This ability to isolate one sound out of many could also be useful during teleconferences, Duraiswami said. When more than one person is talking and it is difficult to

hear what each is saying, the audio camera can separate the commotion into comprehensible dialogue. The audio camera could help architects design concert halls, O’Donovan said. In order for the audience to get a rich, full sound from the performance they are watching, sound from the stage must bounce off the walls throughout the building. The audio camera allows architects to see which parts of the concert hall are not getting enough of that bounce, O’Donovan said. Enabling automakers to build quieter cabins for vehicles is also within the audio camera’s capabilities, because the device pinpoints exactly where sounds are leaking in, O’Donovan added. Although the audio cam-

“In the long term, this will change the way we view sound.” RAMANI DURAISWAMI COMPUTER SCIENCE PROFESSOR

eras have many possible uses, O’Donovan said putting the device together was difficult. He had to build everything from scratch, including the 64 microphones. When he tested the camera for the first time, it didn’t work. He said his “heart dropped,” but he later discovered the device was simply not plugged in. “It’s rewarding to see ideas actually pan out,” O’Donovan said. chrisyudbk@gmail.com

Graduate students, developers disagree on rent MAZZA, from Page 1

The resolution would also change the appeals process for executives removed from office. Previously, such appeals were handled by the Judicial Board, a never-used council composed of hall and area council presidents. Under the resolution, these appeals are handled by one of the RHA advisors. ReLATe Committee Chair Spiro Dimakas, who abstained, said he worried that RHA advisors, who work closely with the Executive Board, may face a conflict of interests. The resolution passed 31-5, with two abstentions. The RHA also resolved to send a letter to the heads of Resident Life, Dining Services and the Transportation Advisory Committee, reminding them to attend RHA committee meetings or provide a knowledgeable fill-in.

meeting last week, Perry Heritage Project. “I don’t know that we want said the civil servants on the to pull the rug out council — most from a lot of council members groups,” Catlin are federal or said. municipal employFurthermore, ees — don't underCatlin criticized stand fiscal one of the handful responsibility. of the few grants But District 2 Perry supported Councilman Bob JACK PERRY — Meals on Catlin said the DISTRICT 2 COUNCILMAN Wheels — for grants represent an serving customers almost negligible portion of its $13 million largely outside College Park. Perry was the only council annual budget, and it is important to fund community member to vote against any of the grants, leading Mayor organizations. Among the city’s grants Stephen Brayman to refer to were funding for fire depart- “Mr. Opposition” before corments, schools, a local Boy recting himself to say “Mr. Scout troop, Meals on Wheels Perry’s opposition.” District 4 Councilwoman and the Lakeland Community

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Rent at the View starts at about $800 a month, but Terwilliger said Mazza’s rent will depend on market conditions when it opens in time for the fall 2010 semester. “We’re spending a lot of money to build this project and get the land,” Terwilliger said. “We’re going to charge whatever the market will bear.” He said he was not aware of concerns that graduate students often can’t afford rents as high as undergraduates, and had not considered offering discounted rent to graduate students, as do Graduate Hills and Graduate Gardens. Terwilliger came before the city council last night for a contentious discussion of how the developer planned to fund improvements to roads near Mazza, which broke ground last month behind Jordan Kitt’s Music on Route 1. To open by August 2010, Mazza needed council approval for its plans last night, and the council unanimously approved a compromise for how they will work out paying for adding lanes to Greenbelt Road and an extension of Hollywood Road to the west side of Route 1. The agreement came after a shout-

ing match between attorney Thomas Haller and Mayor Stephen Brayman. But council members did not single Mazza out as graduate student housing, mentioning only the more general housing crunch facing College Park’s students. GSG officials blame graduate students’ housing situation on a general lack of understanding of their diverse housing needs and a lack of university interest in increasing their pay or subsidizing their housing. Many graduate students only make $900 per month to spend on rent and all other costs, so they say low cost is paramount. “We’re not looking for luxury,” Münster said, referring to graduate students who live in crowded buildings such as Graduate Hills and Graduate Gardens because they cost less than $400 a month. “While [Mazza’s] facilities are probably going to be a lot better, that’s quite a difference.” Some graduate students also want to live near the campus with their families, and would prefer to live

“We’re spending a lot of money to build this project and get the land. We’re going to charge whatever the market will bear.” BRUCE TERWILLIGER DEVELOPER

away from rowdy undergraduates so they can concentrate on their studies. But with College Park suffering from a student housing crisis and incoming developers planning rents graduate students can’t afford, Kothari said the graduate housing situation will continue to be poor without university help. “We’re going to be farther and farther away from the university,” she said. “And if you’re lucky enough to live nearer in Greenbelt or Hyattsville, we’ll still be living in pest-infested inferior housing.” holtdbk@gmail.com


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rom a moral standpoint, it would be misguided to equate the failings of the United States results directly from the quality of our higher education, coma minor with those of an adult. …” That’s what Supreme Court Justice bined with our demographic compared with Europe and much of Asia. While Anthony Kennedy wrote in the 2005 decision abolishing juvenile exe- those countries have stagnant and aging populations, the U.S. continues to have cutions. It’s likely a similar thought process that prompted Prince an expanding (and younger) population. That growth, Zakaria says, is largely George’s County Councilman Will Campos (D-District 2) to argue for attributable to continuing immigration. The importance of recent immigrants to U.S. technolexpanded access to higher education for undocumented ogy is immense — foreign students and immigrants make immigrants, saying, “students who were brought here illeup half of science researchers in the U.S., and received gally by their parents at a young age should not be penalhalf of all doctorates awarded in science and engiized.” Supporting legislation to allow nearly neering. By 2010, Zakaria projects that foreign students But not everyone is so welcoming of academically aspirthe children of undocumented will receive more than half of all doctorates awarded in ing illegal immigrants. Brad Botwin adamantly opposes legislation that would grant in-state tuition rates to undocu- immigrants to receive in-state tu- any subject in the U.S., and nearly three out of every four awarded in the sciences. mented students. Botwin is the director of “Help Save The state has staked its future on continued success as a Maryland,” an organization whose website argues, “the ition is the country’s best interest. technology corridor. The university has staked its global presence of illegal aliens in Maryland poses an unacceptable economic burden and physical threat to our communities. …” But illegal prestige on excellence in the sciences. It is shortsighted and self-destructive to immigrants can’t be written off as a drain on the economy, and certainly not in effectively bar immigrants from our institutions of higher education by not the context of higher education. Quite the opposite, in fact: Immigrants may offering in-state tuition, when they are so clearly essential to sustaining and expanding our successes. We hope that both state and federal legislators recvery well be our economic — and national — salvation. International journalist Fareed Zakaria argues that the dominant position of ognize these facts, and truly act to help save Maryland.

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A day that lives in infamy I think in our busy lives we do not meditate on the meaning on lessons of history enough. This weekend was Dec. 7, “A date which will live in infamy.” But why? The Japanese did nothing wrong in carrying out a preemptive strike against the United States. They were trying to prevent an attack from the U.S. I, for one, am ashamed that our country was once so uncivilized that it considered planners of aggression as war criminals, and I AVI am embar- ROBERTS rassed that we SOPHOMORE put Japanese soldiers on trial who used enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding on American prisoners of war. I call on President-elect Barack Obama (D), when he is inaugurated, to issue a formal apology to the nation of Japan for these long-standing injustices, and I hope he will have the good moral sense to do so.

“I think in our busy lives we do not meditate on lessons of history enough.”

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A frosty reception to Christmas decorations

City parking: You get what you pay for

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e have a lot of parking lots in downtown College Park — one behind the Maryland Book Exchange, one next to Applebee’s and a garage being built at Knox Road and Yale Avenue. Yet these lots will all sit empty while cars line up Route 1 to enter a parking lot more exclusive than The Mark. I’m talking about the College Park Shopping Center’s parking lot at Knox Road and Route 1. The shopping center is home to all of your basic, non-alcoholic college kid needs: toothpaste, coffee and burritos. Its parking lot can be described as nothing other than a nightmare, with lines that frequently back up into the street and effectively stop Knox Road at rush hour. What’s the solution? Certainly not more parking lots. I’ll catch a lot of flak for saying this, but I think the meters aren’t charging enough to park. Here’s an example. I pay more for a room in South Campus Commons,

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REED which is right in the middle of downtown College Park, than someone who lives in University Courtyards, which is more than a mile away. The rooms are more or less the same, but I’m paying for the convenience of having a short walk (or drive, if I’m lazy) to all of College Park’s deep-fried goodies. Shouldn’t the same principle apply to more convenient parking spaces? In his book The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup, professor of urban planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, argues that what you pay at the meter rarely reflects the actual value of a parking space. Two

years ago, the city of Rockville built a new parking garage in its downtown that costs $1.5 million a year to maintain, but charges just $1 an hour to park there. The result? A garage they can’t pay for that fills up before lunch, sending people to continue searching for a space. And all of that extra driving puts a strain on the environment. In a study of Los Angeles’ 15-block business district, Shoup discovered that people drive 950,000 miles a year trying to park, wasting 47,000 gallons of gasoline and pumping 730 tons of carbon dioxide into the air. If the goal is to take these cars — and the accompanying waste and pollution — off the street and into a space, the answer is what Shoup calls right-pricing: setting rates at a level that will ensure a consistent occupancy rate in parking spaces. In other words, charge people more to park at busy times (for example, around lunchtime) or in more centrally located lots. Basically, you’re put-

ting a price on convenience — parking right in front of the store or not having to spend time waiting for a space to open up. It’s applying free market economics to the parking lot: The city gets something closer to its money’s worth on the space, and you’re guaranteed to get your errands done in a timely manner. It’s true overpriced parking spaces can drive people away. Just look at the Mall at Prince Georges, whose many customers are attracted by the free parking available, while the neighboring University Town Center — which charges after two free hours — is fairly quiet. Being a new shopping center that hasn’t built a name for itself doesn’t help, either. But in an established destination such as College Park, having customers that can’t even snag a space, let alone pay for one, is just as bad. Dan Reed is a senior architecture and English major. He can be reached at reeddbk@gmail.com.

T-shirts: What’s really important at the semester’s end

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he end of the semester is a time for reflection — a time to look back to see what went wrong, what went right and what you need to improve upon for next semester. For me, it’s a time to reflect on the exorbitant number of free T-shirts I’ve collected this semester. Right when you get to the university, you get your first free shirt. You remember New Student Orientation. You know, that two-day, $145 field trip where you got drunk for the first time? You didn’t get just one “free” shirt — you got two! Flash forward to my junior year, and the shirts keep on coming. The first one of the year was a fight. It was Sept. 26 — a dreary, rainy and cold Friday night. Maryland men’s soccer vs. Wake Forest. Upon entering Ludwig Field after waiting in line for nearly 15 minutes, I immediately realized I had entered through the wrong entrance: They were giving away shirts at the student entrance. But no need to worry — my former roommate and I

sprinted over to get a shirt. Despite being extremely tired and nearly breaking my ankle in a hole in the ground, nothing would stop me. We got our shirts, and promptly watched our team lose 4-2 in the pouring rain. The shirt got soaking wet, but it was the same red and black “Crew” shirt that I got last year, so no big deal. On a side note, I experienced my first “voluntary” evacuation. I laughed. Shirt ranking: 6/10. On that same night was the Stamp All-Niter. Between a Panda Express eating contest (the Orange Chicken was amazing, by the way) and an “all night” event that ended at about 2 a.m., I got my shirt. This one wasn’t that tough to get — I saw them setting up and was ready to fend off the masses. But the shirt was still impressive. It is all black with red and white lettering. Despite the fact that the shirt did not include the year on it and it was a large, I’ll give it a 7.5 / 10 ranking. Next up was Midnight — sorry, Maryland Madness on Oct. 17. This

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COHEN was a pretty cool night. Along with the free shirt, I got free tickets to a suite in Comcast Center. After seeing the same exact show the previous two years (except this time, it was the Under Armour show), the shirt and the tickets were the only saving grace. The shirt was totally different from past years’ Maryland Madness shirts and, just like the AllNiter shirt, didn’t include the date. It’s like they don’t want us to remember the season. Shirt ranking: 8/10. A week later was the Terps’ football game on Oct. 25. Once again, it was a rainy, dreary and cold day. I thought about not going, but then I got a call from a dear friend informing me that they were giving out free shirts. So nat-

urally, I didn’t just scan and leave; I scanned, got my free T-shirt and left. Yep, I’m one of them. Despite the fact that the shirt’s sponsor, a to-remain-unnamed bank, may soon cease to exist, the shirt was impressive — team names, dates and a graphic! Shirt ranking: 9.5/10. The final free shirt was at the “Blackout” football game Nov. 22. Wait. Never mind, I don’t remember that. Though I enjoyed these free shirts, none of them topped my lucky finals shirt — the Google “I’m feeling lucky” shirt I got my freshman year. Sure, you may say that as an in-state student, I paid thousands of dollars in tuition for the right to get the aforementioned free shirts. It might have been expensive, but I feel it was well worth the cost. The fact that the shirts may be worth more than my degree: priceless. Joel Cohen is a junior government and politics major. He can be reached at jcohendbk@gmail.com.

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While walking through the business school recently, we couldn’t help but notice the striking Christmas tree and the hanging poinsettias lining the main hallway. Our first thought was, “How delightful! Who doesn’t love a good poinsettia?” But upon second thought, we were appalled at the blatant misuse of university funds and the explicitly Christian overtones of the decorations. Let’s first consider that this is not the first or only example of favoritism the university displays toward the business school. We have yet to see any decorations, or even refurbished facilities, in buildings that house the liberal arts. Of course, we understand the arts and humanities majors won’t be bringing in the big bucks as alumni, while the future upstanding chief executive officers of General Motors graduating from the business school will be donating their pocket change to the university. It seems only fair that they get the best this university has to offer. Furthermore, when we applied to the university, we were under the impression that it was a public institution. In fact, this is the case. This begs the question: Why would a public institution use decorations so clearly associated with a particular religious holiday? A state university should have no holiday decorations of any kind on its campus. Don’t get the wrong idea — we’re hardly anti-holiday cheer. In fact, if you were to walk past our South Campus Commons building, you’d see our apartment’s Christmas tree proudly standing in the window — in the privacy of our own home. You may think that we would be satisfied by the inclusion of a menorah and a kinara, the symbol of Kwanzaa, alongside a Christmas tree. We’re all for diversity and pluralism, but this, too, would be inappropriate. A state institution should have no holiday decorations of any kind on its campus. There is a place for religious symbolism, and a public university is not it. Next time, we suggest the artistic visionaries behind the lovely Christmas decorations stick to everyone’s favorite secular standby, Frosty the Snowman. RACHEL BALTUCH JUNIOR JEWISH STUDIES AND LINGUISTICS SALA LEVIN JUNIOR ENGLISH

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o you’ve finally done it. You’ve completely exhausted the gamut of offerings on the Food Network. Rachael Ray’s signature “yummo” and “EVOO” have grown tired, Giada de Laurentiis’ over-pronunciation of all things Italian (Moot-ZaRell-Uh) sends you scurrying, and Paula Deen’s obsession with butter (Fried Butter Balls, really?) sends cardiac shivers down right arms everywhere. So what’s a foodie to do? Fear not, for the Food Network and Bravo’s Top Chef are not the only places to get a food television fix. PBS (Channels 19, 22 and 26 on the campus) offers a wide array of food shows to suit any taste, and the Travel Channel has upgraded its offerings beyond Anthony Bourdain’s travel show No Reservations. The following are the three best food shows you’re probably not watching — and you don’t even need cable for two of them.

LIDIA’S ITALY Saturday and Sunday evenings PBS, WHUT

Lidia Bastianich is, without a doubt, the best Italian chef on television, especially after the Food Network dropped Mario Batali. She’s the co-owner of several restaurants across the country, including Becco in New York, and her son, Joe, is co-owner of several restaurants with Batali. She has several PBS-produced shows, the most commonly aired shows coming from Lidia’s Italy, which is peppered with scenes of Bastianich perusing Italian markets and learning dishes from cooks all over the country, followed by her cooking versions of those dishes or similar dishes in her kitchen.

On Man v. Food, host Adam Richman travels around the nation looking for food challenges — in essence, big things to eat in little time.

Joe, is a renowned wine maker and appears on the show to help with grilling and pairing wines with the dinner selection. Joe isn’t the only family member to get involved in the act. Lidia’s mother,

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Erminia Motika, also makes occasional appearances on the show to help cook and share stories of her life. No matter which incarnation of Bastianich’s shows you encounter, you will surely see Italian delights of all styles prepared. Lidia showcases everything from salads to desserts. Soon, you will be repeating her signature phrase, “Tutti a Tavola, a Mangiare,” when you want people to eat the meals you cook.

AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN Saturday and Sunday evenings PBS, WHUT

For the most part, the show takes a lighter look at cooking, but the actual preparation of food is serious business. Its principal mission is to examine the myriad of styles of preparations for a given food — chocolate cake, barbecue and macaroni and cheese, to name a few — and find either the best style, or sometimes a lighter version of said style. In addition to the show, the crew of America’s Test Kitchen has produced several cookbooks and a pair of magazines — Cook’s Country and Cook’s Illustrated — covering the same territory. Cook’s Illustrated editor in chief Christopher Kimball hosts the show and, despite his bookish appearance, has great rapport with the rest of the crew and even cracks the occasional joke. While the primary aspect of the program is to showcase a recipe, the series also has segments covering cooking utensils and ingredients. There’s also a series of Test Kitchen taste-offs (anything

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from cocoa mix to parmesan cheese) and kitchen item tests (everything from hand tools to blenders). Kimball sometimes demonstrates the tools but always tastes the ingredients involved in the test, usually leading to amusing results.

MAN V. FOOD Wednesdays, 10 p.m. TRAVEL CHANNEL

To be honest, if you haven’t seen this show yet, it’s likely because it premiered last week. Regardless, its opening pair of episodes shows bright promise, building off of the already intriguing premise. The guise of the show is its host, Adam Richman (who has worked in restaurants all over the country in various jobs, according to his Travel Channel bio), visits a locale and takes on whatever mammoth food challenge exists. While there, Richman checks out other restaurants, but the draw of the show is his attempts to gorge on the nation’s giant steaks, burgers and sandwiches. In the premiere episodes, he attempted the Big Texan Challenge of a 72-oz. steak, baked potato, side salad, shrimp cocktail and dinner roll in an hour or less in Amarillo, Texas (he won), and a seven-and-ahalf pound burger in Memphis, Tenn. (he lost). Richman manages to be quirky without taking it to obnoxious levels and clearly loves both the preparation and eating of food, a combination that makes Man v. Food a show to keep an eye on. tripp.laino@yahoo.com

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vital video HEY, REMEMBER SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE? Now that the election’s over, Saturday Night Live can return to sucking for all 90 of its on-air minutes. But SNL’s still trying the political humor, even in a post-Sarah Palin world. This weekend, the show brought back Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, appropriate because most thought Poehler was done on SNL after she gave birth. With Clinton’s nomination as President-elect Barack Obama’s (D) secretary of state, there was no better way to start the show. But it didn’t take long for SNL to slide back into failure; Andy Samberg and Lonely Island’s new digital short, “Jizz in My Pants,” did that for them.

JOHN KRASINSKI, SINGER We don’t know why, but all comedians in Los Angeles seem to be friends with singer Aimee Mann. We’ve seen her do comedy before, but now, Mann flipped the switch, letting The Office’s John Krasinski join her on stage last week for a “Winter Wonderland” duet. Krasinski can’t sing — at all — but if you were ever curious, we hope you’re satisfied.

Bring on the Orchestra Manchester Orchestra drummer discusses the band’s intense live show BY JON WOLPER Staff writer

Manchester Orchestra is the paragon of a band using its Internet presence to its advantage. Through the combination of hefty MySpace usage and consistent YouTube-based video podcasts, the band gradually found itself accumulating noteworthy buzz. “It was never something where, all of a sudden, we saw a change in the people coming to shows,” drummer Jeremiah Edmond said. “It’s something we always did, and it gradually grew along with us, and with the attendance to shows and the buzz around the band.” When the band comes to the Ottobar in Baltimore tomorrow, it’ll be bringing its different brand of rock in an intense, lauded live performance. “It’s very loud, it’s very dynamic, and it’s very intimate,” Edmond said of their performing style. The band often brings out its openers to join them on songs like “Where Have You Been,” during which more than 10 people could be screaming into the audience “God, my God, where have you been?” at any point. It’s extremely raw and powerful and exactly what the band strives for. Manchester Orchestra’s debut full-length record, I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child, used

very personal lyrics over a spectrum of music, ranging from quiet acoustic balladry (“Don’t Let Them See You Cry”) to booming emotional climaxes (“Where Have You Been” and “Colly Strings”). It’s remarkable, then, that a band which seems so well versed in crafting songs has been around since 2005. It’s even more remarkable that the average age of its members is about 20. “It wasn’t like we just started a band and made a record, and all of the sudden, we were thrown on the road,” Edmond said. “We’ve been out on the road playing shows for close to four years now.” The majority of Manchester Orchestra’s members have been in bands and playing shows since their mid-teens, he added, so the transition to a touring lifestyle wasn’t terribly difficult. “It wasn’t a huge shock for us,” he said. “Things just kept getting a little bit busier and a little bit busier until we were on the road for a full year.” The band is currently in support of a new EP, Let My Pride Be What’s Left Behind, which came out in October. It features several new songs, live renditions of older tracks and a 40-minute documentary by Sam Erickson, who followed the band on the road

last year. The new songs — specifically “I Can Feel a Hot One” and “I Was a Lid” — expand on the songwriting chops of I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child, while still keeping its structural and emotional core. The former hinges on a slow, gut wrenching vocal performance by singer Andy Hull, while the latter is full-on power chord intensity, easily louder and angrier than any song the band has put to tape thus far. It’s easy to see the wide spectrum of moods the band conveys is as prominent as ever on the EP. This will carry over into the band’s new full length, Mean Everything to Nothing, which is due out early next year, Edmond said. “It’s really loud, dirty and abrasive at parts,” he said. “But it’s still written around pop songs, so the melodies are there. It’s really dynamic like the last record but even bigger and louder. “We’re a lot better at our instruments and focused on pushing ourselves and thinking outside the box of what we’d normally write for a part,” Edmond added. “We’re trying to grow and do something new and not just make the same record we already made once.” Manchester Orchestra, Dead Confederate, Kevin Devine and All Get Out are playing at the Ottobar tomorrow. Tickets are $11, and doors open at 7 p.m. jwolper@umd.edu

KERMIT SINGS A SAD SONG YouTube has become a ripe place for people to make Jim Henson’s Kermit the Frog sing (or do dirty things, whatever). So, it’s nice when Kermit gets to just sing an awesome song, even if it’s a somber one. For this video, Kermit lip-sings to LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down,” around different parts of the Big Apple. It’s fitting, considering singer James Murphy sounds a bit like Kermit on the song, and at the end, we discover Murphy was in on it all along — he’s the one controlling Kermit. We’d show you the video, but record label EMI pulled it from YouTube, despite Murphy’s involvement.

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Terps bounce back big LOYOLA, from Page 10 was extremely hard to watch,” Coleman said. “It wasn’t anything that was out of our control. It was just our lack of intensity from the get-go, and when we come back inspired and ready to play, we play our best basketball. I think we can see some of that today.” Coleman was at the top of her game from the opening tip, hitting a 3-pointer for the Terps first basket of the night with 19:06 left. She had 13 points in the first half to lead the Terps (8-2), who used their superior depth and size to go on a 13-0 run over the final 4:53 and take a 38-19 lead into the locker room. Coleman didn’t stop in the second half. On the Greyhounds first possession, the athletic small forward stole a post entry pass on her way to a telling all-around stat line of 19 points, 13 rebounds — six on the offensive end — and five steals. Frese was impressed with Coleman’s energy level, which she felt the rest of her team picked up on. It was a big change from after Sunday’s game, when Frese said she expected better from fourth-year players Coleman and guard Kristi Toliver. “It’s contagious,” Frese said. “Marissa does such a phenomenal job of leading the team and bringing a tremendous amount of energy. When she’s positive and really getting everybody else fired up, it’s extremely contagious. Then, she doesn’t even have to worry about her game because it’s gonna happen naturally.” The Terps held the Greyhounds without a point for a 9:35 span bridging halftime. By the time Loyola scored their 21st point, the Terps held a commanding 26-point lead. Center Lynetta Kizer also came back from a sub-par performance on Sunday with 15 points and 11 rebounds. She was complimented down low with a 17-point effort from forward Demauria Liles. “Coach just told me to go inside on the blocks and just go to work,” Kizer said. “I was just

TERRAPIN MEN’S SOCCER NOTEBOOK

ACC presence felt in College Cup BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer

Forward Demauria Liles’ 17 points helped contribute to an overall dominant effort from the Terps. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK

using the confidence from my teammates and them giving me the ball and then going to work.” While Toliver struggled, starting 0-6 from the field with four turnovers, guard Kim Rodgers hit all four three-pointers she took in the second half in her first career appearance. The redshirt freshman sat out last season with a knee injury and the early part of this year while recovering from mononucleosis. Even though the game was well in the Terps’ control, Rodgers’ sudden 14point barrage in just 12 minutes of play was an exciting moment for the team, who cheered wildly with each shot. “I feel relieved,” Rodgers said. “I waited a long time to get back out there with my team. I worked really hard, and

I just wanted to show up for them because they really supported me for this year and a half.” It was a solid way for the Terps to come back after Sunday’s blowout loss against the Panthers, though Loyola (6-3) didn’t provide the same level of competition. Still, Coleman said the Pitt loss was enough motivation. “I just think we kinda got refocused,” Coleman said. “We’re all obviously not happy with how Pittsburgh ended. We’re trying to build from that. We’re trying not to let that happen again so we’re taking strides. At times today we fell into what happened, but I also think that we improved on things that we needed to improve on.” akrautdbk@gmail.com

Top-seed Wake Forest and the No. 2-seed Terrapins were among the best men’s soccer teams in the country all season, making the ACC arguably the best conference throughout the year. The Terps (21-3-0) and the Demon Deacons (22-1-1) were expected to advance to this weekend’s College Cup in Frisco, Texas, but a third ACC team, No. 13-seed North Carolina (14-7-1), has crashed the party despite a rocky end to its season. The Tar Heels lost five straight matches entering the NCAA tournament, including two to the Terps and one to Wake Forest, and didn’t look like the type of team that was ready for a semifinal run. But they earned a protected seed, meaning a first-round bye, then caught some breaks in their region. Both No. 4-seed Akron and No. 5-seed Michigan State were upset before potential matchups with the Tar Heels, and they beat Jacksonville, Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern in Chapel Hill, N.C., — each by one goal. Before the Terps’ 8 p.m. game against No. 3-seed St. John’s on Friday, the Tar Heels will try to keep their run alive with what would be a major upset against the Demon Deacons. It’s not the first time the ACC has sent multiple teams to the College Cup. This will be the fourth consecutive season two teams from the conference have made it to at least the semifinal round. “[It] is a remarkable statement,” coach Sasho Cirovski said of the ACC’s soccer prowess. “I think playing in that league and having success in our league gives you a great deal of confidence when you get to NCAA tournament play. And I think we feel, after [how] we played our schedule, that no matter who we play against, we’ve got a great shot to beat them.” Despite the league’s success, no two ACC squads have met

Defender Omar Gonzalez is no stranger to Frisco, Texas. As a Dallas native, the MAC Herman Trophy finalist frequented the town’s soccer facilities. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK

in the championship. That will change in Sunday’s national championship if the Terps win their semifinal.

GONZALEZ HOMECOMING While all the Terps made getting to the College Cup one of their season-long goals, defender Omar Gonzalez had a special incentive. Gonzalez has been looking forward to getting to Frisco, about 30 miles north of his hometown of Dallas, all year. He said he expects about 25 family members to show up at Pizza Hut Park, home of Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas, for Friday’s semifinal. “I’m just looking forward to it,” Gonzalez said. “My mom is setting up a tailgate for all of the parents from here, because she doesn’t get to come up to many games. She wants to throw a big thing so they all can mingle before the game. So it’s gonna be really nice.” Though he’s from Dallas, Gonzalez said he spent a lot of time in the Frisco area while growing up playing soccer at Frisco’s soccer park. “Most of my friends are from

there, so I spend a lot of time there,” Gonzalez said.

TEAM MOTTO In this age of ubiquitous corporate naming rights deals for stadiums, Cirovski decided to join in on the act. After Saturday’s 1-0 win against Creighton, Cirovski said one of the team’s mottos this year was, “from the Home Depot [Center] to Pizza Hut Park.” The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., was the site of the Terps’ season-opening 2-1 overtime win against UCLA on Aug. 29. Pizza Hut Park is the aforementioned home of this weekend’s College Cup. Ironically, defender Rodney Wallace scored the game-winning goal in that UCLA game and the game-winner in Saturday’s win, which allowed for the fulfillment of that goal. “Rodney got the goal to get us started, and he put the goal away to get us there,” Cirovski said of his left back, who only has three goals all season. “So he’s a special player.” akrautdbk@gmail.com

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Terps adjusting to coaching losses With Cosh and Pearman gone, team now feeling effects in practice BY ERIC DETWEILER Senior staff writer

When Dave Philistin got the phone call, he thought it was a joke. The Terrapin linebacker was in New Hampshire visiting family when Chris Cosh called him Friday. In a low voice, Cosh told the senior he was leaving his post as the Terp football team’s defensive coordinator to become an assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State. With three weeks left in his college career, Philistin was without the man who had set up his defensive schemes for the past three seasons. “I didn’t know what to think,” Philistin said. “I had mixed emotions about this. You don’t want your defensive coordinator leaving before the bowl game.” Coupled with the departure of tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Danny Pearman, who is expected to join the staff at Clemson after just one season at Maryland, the Terps have had to figure out how to deal with the loss of two coordinators in the last week. Because neither will coach the Terps in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 30, Terp assistants have taken different roles during the last two days of practice. Former outside linebackers coach Al Seamonson has taken over as interim defensive coordinator. Brian White, a staff intern in his third year with the team, has taken over with the tight ends and will direct the special teams with head coach Ralph Friedgen. After an off-week, Friedgen said the team has adjusted well to the new alignment, which has forced some coaches to double up both coaching and recruiting duties. “What I’ve found is the kids are pretty resilient,” Friedgen said. “Sometimes, it has more of an effect on the [other] coaches than it does on the players. It didn’t seem to affect us yesterday. The kids just adapt to those things.” As Friedgen continues his search for full-time coordinators while recruiting and trying to prepare for the bowl game, the players have started to move on. Senior defensive tackle Jeremy Navarre said it was weird not hav-

Men’s team can’t swim past Navy Terps unable to complete sweep of in-state rivals BY JONAS SHAFFER Staff writer

day, is happy his long-time position coach will get the opportunity. “I always thought he’d be a good defensive coordinator,” Covington said. “He has a thorough knowledge of our whole defensive scheme and a lot of good ideas. I’m glad to see it.” As the Terps prepare to meet Nevada in Boise, Idaho, things may be different. But to linebacker Alex Wujciak, it’s nothing they haven’t seen before. “You’ve got to just keep pushing,” Wujciak said. “That could be the theme of our season. We’ve overcome obstacles like the tough losses. Now the coaches leaving is another obstacle.” TERP NOTE: Friedgen said wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is still considering whether to enter the 2009 NFL Draft. The redshirt junior will continue to gather information regarding his possible draft position before the Jan. 15, 2009, entry deadline. Heyward-Bey missed the final regular season game Nov. 29 at Boston College with a calf injury, but Friedgen hopes to have him ready to play in the bowl game-which would be a final chance to showcase his talents before deciding his pro future.

On the weekend of Nov. 21, the Navy women’s swimming and diving team traveled to College Park for the Terrapin Cup alone, but hopeful they would return with a title. Instead, they left empty-handed, finishing sixth out of 10 teams while the homestanding Terrapins captured the crown. Yesterday, it was the Maryland men’s swimming and diving team that paid the Naval Academy a visit. In return, the Midshipmen men got payback. In convincing fashion, they took the men’s-only meet against the Terps, 159-111. The Midshipmen’s win pushed them to a flawless 12-0 record on the year. The Terps fell to 4-4 and squandered an opportunity to lay claim to the state’s best swimming and diving program this year. Both men’s teams had beaten two of Maryland’s other premier swimming programs — UMBC and Johns Hopkins — and this matchup pitted two of the region’s hottest teams. But first-year coach Sean Schimmel’s squad just didn’t have enough Tuesday afternoon. The disparity in talent was evident right from the opening gun, when the Terps’ vaunted 200-meter medley relay team — good enough to finish in first and ahead of seven other teams in the Terrapin Cup — fell by more than two seconds. Things didn’t get much better. Navy went on to capture eight of the next nine events, and even Terp standouts such as Andrew Relihan and Mitch Challacombe were forced to play catch-up. The Terps weren’t shut out, though. Eric Cullen and Andy Dilz again dominated the breaststroke events, with Cullen taking first in the 100-meter variety (1:03.15) by nearly two seconds and placing second to Dilz (2:17.60) in the 200-meter event. Sean Stewart also led a sweep of the 100-meter fly with Roger Dent and Kyle Glennon. Schimmel and several Terp swimmers did not return phone calls. The meet marks the team’s final event of the 2008 calendar year, and they will kick off 2009 in the Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium for a Jan. 16-17 meet against Villanova, Pittsburgh and Penn State.

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Defensive end Jared Harrell and the Terp defense lost coordinator Chris Cosh to Kansas State.

ing Cosh barking orders during the drills at the beginning of Monday’s practice. But the players eventually slipped into normalcy with one of their more physical practices in weeks. “It kind of sucks he left three weeks before the bowl game and all that,” Navarre said. “We would have liked him to finish out with us, but it’s just part of the business.” Seamonson said he plans on being the coordinator for the bowl game and acknowledged it will be an audition to get the interim tag removed. But the Wisconsin graduate, who has been with the Terps during Friedgen’s entire eight-year tenure, doesn’t plan to change a whole lot to a defense that ranks 60th in the nation in total defense. “Our package is established,” Seamonson said. “We’re talking about Game 13. It’s not like we’re going to re-invent the wheel between now and the bowl game.” The special teams, which will get its third coordinator in three years next season, is without Pearman, a Clemson alumnus whose family lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. When reached by phone last night, Pearman thanked Friedgen for the opportunity to spend a season with the Terps and called it a “mutual decision” for him to leave

before the bowl game. “It was a tough decision to leave Maryland,” Pearman said. “The timing is never good to leave a job, but it was an opportunity for me to go back home.” Punter Travis Baltz, who earned All-ACC honors this season under Pearman’s watch, said the unit knows what it needs to do to prepare for the bowl and doesn’t blame Pearman. “If my dad got offered a promotion, I wouldn’t tell him not to take it,” Baltz said. “And he gets to go home again.” Cosh’s departure is more complicated. The third-year coordinator was maligned during much of his tenure because of the defense’s inconsistency. During a game against Virginia Tech on Nov. 6, Friedgen got visibly upset at Cosh, who will share Wildcat defensive-coordinating duties with former Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, after a miscommunication led to a timeout late in the first half. Friedgen maintained his support for Cosh, but linebacker Trey Covington said he could see a “distancing” between Cosh and Friedgen. Cosh did not return phone calls to comment. Covington, who did not find out about Cosh’s departure until Mon-

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Terps not feeling effects of new line LINE, from Page 12 slightly different roster, this year’s Terps (6-2) have attempted more threes and made a higher percentage of them, knocking down 45-of-

the sequence with a 3138 (32.6 percent). “If you’re a great shooter, pointer of his own and later it doesn’t matter how far in the game hit his only other they put the line back,” attempt. “If the opportunity is guard Adrian Bowie said. “If you can shoot, you can there, then we’re gonna take it,” Milbourne said. shoot.” Coming into the season, The Terp who has struggled shooting most from last defending the new 3-point season to this one has been line was as much of an guard Eric Hayes, who hit emphasis as shooting from it. 39.2 percent of his threes last Players double-teaming off season, yet was only a 28.6 of their man and into the paint now have a percent shooter longer distance to from long-range travel in order to before Sunday’s get back outside to game against put a hand in a 3George Washington. point shooters face. But Hayes The Terps’ snapped out of the defense has had few funk to drill three 3problems trying to pointers in as many do that. Opponents possessions in the are shooting 28.6 first half Sunday. percent (40-for-140) Even though he behind the arc. Only missed his remainMichigan has hit ing four attempts double-digit 3-pointthroughout the ers against the game, he gave the Terps. Terps a push in a One change playdepartment that ers said they have could be crucial this noticed is an openseason with so much ing of the court for reliance on the big men. perimeter players “For the guys in scoring. the post, it’s a little “I don’t think it’s different for them,” making too much of ADRIAN Hayes said. “They a difference,” Hayes BOWIE have a little more said regarding the SOPHOMORE GUARD space to work and it new 3-point line distance. Hayes called a recent takes longer for guys to come they’re gonna string of bad shooting nights if before the George Washing- double[team].” This aspect probably won’t ton game “just something out work in the Terps’ favor, as of the ordinary for us.” Hayes’ hot shooting they don’t have a prototypiseemed to rub off, as forward cal back-to-the-basket big Landon Milbourne followed man that opposing teams

“Once we knock down our shots, it will be more area to drive and more room for the post players to put in work.”

Forward Landon Milbourne is part of a Terp frontcourt that can knock down outside shots with regularity. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK

The Terps’ top 3-point shooter last season, guard Eric Hayes has finally shown signs of adjusting to the new 3-point line. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK

would have to scheme against. But because the Terps’ two starting forwards — Milbourne and Dave Neal — can both step outside to

pop a three, the team’s guards have found it easier to get to the basket. “Having it a foot back, it’s more area to create for oth-

ers,” Bowie said. “It should work to our advantage, but we have to knock down our shots first. Once we knock down our shots, it will be more area to drive and more room for the post players to put in work.” The small-ball Terps also have an innate advantage when they have five guys on the court that can hit that longer shot, compared to other teams who may only have three capable players. The pushed-back line could also lead to uncertainty for players less accustomed to taking 3-pointers. “It’s the fringe shooters, the guys who were starting to take more threes who really weren’t great shooters, now the guy that sets the screen, pops out and gets the ball back, he might be looking down to make sure he’s on the right 3-point line,” Williams said. “Anything that makes a shooter hesitate helps your defense.” Williams has been pining for a longer 3-point line for years, citing the fact that his college players are much bigger, stronger and quicker than high school players who used to shoot from an identical difference. Whether it’s for his benefit or not, Williams got his wish. Although the extended 3point line hasn’t impacted the game drastically yet, there’s no telling if it could will have a huge influence come March. mseligdbk@gmail.com

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Toeing a new line Men’s basketball players around the country have dealt with a new 3-point line this season BY MARK SELIG Senior staff writer

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hen the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel decided last May to move the men’s basketball 3-point line back a foot to 20 feet, 9 inches, there were numerous opinions as to how the change would affect the game. Teams’ 3-point shooting would be curtailed. Percentages would go down. But maybe defending the 3-ball would be more difficult, as well. After about a quarter of a season has passed, the overriding opinion is: not much has changed. Except for a distracting

“If you’re a shooter, I don’t think it affects much.” Guard Greivis Vasquez and the men’s basketball team now must step a foot back for 3-pointers. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK

GARY WILLIAMS MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

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MEN’S BASKETBALL pair of lines in gyms where women’s teams also play (the women kept their line at 19 feet, 9 inches), no clear difference has been visible in statistics or game flow. “Ours is white, theirs is red — that’s how we teach it,” Terrapin men’s basketball coach Gary Williams said about the two lines before the season. “Everybody grew up with the one line. All these guys probably have had the 3-point line their whole life, so it’s a different look. At the same time, if you’re a shooter, I don’t think it affects much.” Last season through eight games, the Terps made 33-of-118 3-pointers — a rate of 28 percent. Albeit with a slightly different roster,

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Forward Marissa Coleman’s all-around spectacular night led the Terps to a dominant win yesterday at Loyola. ALLISON AKERS/THE DIAMONDBACK

Coleman, Terps dust off Greyhounds BY AARON KRAUT Senior staff writer

BALTIMORE – There was something drastically different about Marissa Coleman last night compared to Sunday afternoon. Against No. 16 Pittsburgh this weekend, the senior forward had her worst game of the season in the Terrapin women’s basketball team’s 29point loss. She scored just eight points on 3-9 shooting and was benched with fewer than 12 minutes remaining after a conversation with

coach Brenda Frese. ColeWOMEN’S man never BASKETBALL returned to No. 15 TERPS . . . . . . 83 the floor. Last night Loyola (Md.). . . . . . . 52 at Loyola (Md.), Coleman was a completely different player, making plays all across the court and energetically helping the No. 15 Terps cruise to a 83-52 victory in their last game before final exams. “When we watched film, it

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