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State’s gun control ranked 4th in nation Brady Campaign gives highest rating in years By Jim Bach @thedbk Senior staff writer

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everybody’s working for the winter Facilities Management staff work extra hours to prepare for yesterday’s, today’s snowstorms

State g u n control advocates reveled yesterday in new rankings from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which ranked the state’s gun control laws the fourthstrongest in the nation. The ranking, the highest in years, follow a legislative session in which the state General Assembly tightened restrictions by banning a number of guns identified as assault rifles and implementing a new fi ngerprinting system and strict licensing regulations. The legislation was introduced in response to mass shootings See GUNS, Page 3

By Ellie Silverman @esilverman11 Staff writer At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Facilities Management staff started preparing for the anticipated snow and ice storm, the university’s fi rst winter weather event of the season. Working from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and from 6 p.m. on Sunday to

6 a.m. on Monday, teams of workers shoveled snow and cleared sidewalks. Karen Petroff, arboretum and horticultural services assistant director, oversaw a less than full staff — about 15 percent was not present — and said she was pleased with the work. “The only way to have a better response is to have more hand labor to be able to literally shovel any kind of residue off the

sidewalk,” Petroff said. “At this time of year, we have the staff that we have; people are on leave, people are sick, people aren’t working a lot.” Although some students expressed disappointment over Facebook and Twitter that school was not cancelled yesterday, junior accounting major Tyler Lenane See SNOW, Page 2

Univ Police: crime again down in Nov Vandalism, assaults in month’s 222 incidents

Student group aims to help empower female exercise CHAARG organization coming to univ in spring By Dustin Levy @dustinblevy Staff writer Claudia Pagan never used to work out with others. She’d go to the gym alone, listen to music and not talk to anyone. But this semester, the freshman journalism major started going to the gym with friends and realized she was more motivated. W hen

d oi n g c a rd io e xerc i se s w it h a friend, Pagan said she could push herself beyond her limits. “I actually kept up with the entire thing for I don’t know how long,” Pagan said. “If [my friend] hadn’t been there, I just would have stopped after like 30 seconds.” That group motivation was one reason Pagan decided to bring a student organization dedicated to changing women’s views on health and fitness to the university next semester. T he group Changing Health, Attitudes, and Actions to Recreate Girls aims to help female

students explore expanded exercise options a nd pa rticipate in group workouts. “A lot of girls think that doing hours of cardio every day is the way that they’re going to stay in shape, and that’s basically it,” said Pagan, this university’s CHAARG ambassador. “And it’s defi nitely not true.” Over the summer, Pagan saw a Facebook post on CHAARG and was drawn to the organization’s “sorority-type feeling” and health and fitness focus. She also realized the need for a female-specific program after going to the gym during her first semester at this university, she said. “I’ve been going to the gym since school started, and there are girls in the weight room, but there aren’t as many as I’d like to see,” she said. “I

think this will really help to get girls motivated.” To become a CHAARG ambassador, Pagan applied to the headquarters at Ohio State University, where the organization was founded. She was interviewed and made a video showing how she stayed “in charge” of her health and fitness. Pagan was initially nervous because CHAARG had never had a freshman ambassador, she said. “It makes sense that a freshm a n wou ld n’t b e a go o d f it because they’re coming in from high school; it’s a big change and everything,” Pagan said. “But I feel like I really was ready to take on the role.”

By Teddy Amenabar @TeddyAmen Senior staff writer University Police responded to 222 incidents this month, including a suspect dressed as Batman and a sexual assault at Byrd Stadium, according to police spokesman Maj. Marc Limansky. Over the past two months, statistics from the department’s monthly crime log have shown a downward trend from 260 incidents in September.

VANDALISM A few minutes after midnight Nov. 1, a student contacted University Police officers after seeing an individual dressed as Batman climb a pole to take

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Students turn fashion passion into business letters and sciences. “Even though fashion isn’t a studio art here, the theoretical aspect is very much in line in my eyes.” Students like Geatz who are interColin Geatz didn’t realize he could turn his passion for clothing ested in clothing design are making design into a career until he spent a do with the courses available at this few months in college, but he wasn’t university and said they will be as, going to let the lack of a fashion if not more, prepared for a career in program at this university hold him the industry than if they had gone to a fashion school. back from his new dream. Geatz came to this university “The fact that we have a costume department is really helpful; the art unsure of what he wanted to do, but department we have here is amazing,” by his second semester, he realized said Geatz, a sophomore enrolled in fashion was more than just a hobby By Madeleine List @madeleine_list Staff writer

models display a line of feminist T-shirts junior Ayana Cotton plans to debut this week. Cotton, founder of former clothing exchange Evlove, is part of a campus fashion entrepreneur subculture. photo courtesy of ayana cotton


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for him. He decided to create his own major through the individual studies program that would focus on fashion design as an art form rather than a business prospect. The major he’s created, which he will declare once he reaches the 30credit eligibility requirement for the program, includes mostly sociology and American studies classes, such as AMST498B: Special Topics in American Studies; Fashion and Consumer Culture in the U.S. See FASHION, Page 3





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FIA winners develop communication solutions Teams plan dance video archives, text message system in interdisciplinary challenge By Grace Toohey @thedbk Staff writer The winning ideas of a university interdisciplinary information competition ranged from text message innovation and historical census data to archives of dance videos and the impact of grant money, but they have one thing in common: a lasting impact. The second annual Future of Information Alliance Deutsch Seed Grant Competition announced semifinalists yesterday in a packed special events room in McKeldin Library. Sponsored by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the alliance seeks to develop solutions to issues in information communication. Ten semifinalist teams had five minutes each to pitch their projects to a panel of five judges. Each team consists of

up to five students and one to two faculty members various colleges within the university to encourage the FIA’s emphasis on interdisciplinary research. After presentations, the judges awarded four teams up to $25,000 to implement their projects during the spring semester. Judges also selected two teams for a $3,000 honorable mention award. “A couple of these projects, we thought, ‘If they just had some resources, they could actually go and carry out important parts of their projects,’” said Ira Chinoy, FIA co-director and seed grant competition judge. “We really wanted to help.” Each team applied for the competition in early November, describing an innovative project to confront an information-related problem and propose an applicable, realworld solution. “The field of information and

information research — this involves anything from education to digital technology to history and archaeology,” said Tetyana Lokot, FIA coordinator. “Information and the future of information covers all kinds of different disciplines.” One winning team’s project combined geographic and historic knowledge by applying old U.S. Census Bureau information to historic maps to access genealogy or look into a neighborhood’s history. “We take the names that are found on the map, find where they are on the census and attach all that data to a point on the map,” said Benjamin Skolnik, a doctoral candidate in the anthropology department. Another winning group looked to address childhood obesity through text messages. The team plans to develop a library of text messages to send to parents that contain ideas

Students push to change concert-planning policies Five groups seek $90,000 to host joint concert By Josh Logue @jmlogue Staff writer Concert planning has long been left to the university or SEE, but a group of students hopes to change that by challenging policies they said are unfair. On Dec. 4, three student groups appealed to the Student Government Association for more than $50,000 to host a free, joint concert. Hip Hop Orchestra, the Maryland

Sneaker Cartel and the Undergrounduates wanted to pool their resources with the Maryland Music Business Society and Terrapin Beats Society to put on a 5,000-ticket, $90,000 concert featuring Lupe Fiasco, but they found their efforts and their appeal blocked by a coupling of SGA and university policies. Though they did not get the money, group leaders said they felt they succeeded in bringing attention to the issue. “Regardless of the fact that we didn’t get funding, we shook up the room,”

of different physical activities parents can do with their preschool children. “We’re going to create the actual messages by listening to parents, talking with them and finding out what activities would make sense in their everyday lives,” said Sarah Pomerantz, a behavioral and community health graduate student. The third winning project, “Re-imaging and Re-imagining Choreometrics,” will create a data set of dance videos from around the world hidden in the Library of Congress. Team members want to organize the videos so people can view clips and annotate them. They hope users will “see the interrelation of the dances and therefore cultures as well, so we can have a better appreciation for how people move,” said Drew Barker, a library science graduate student. A research tool evaluating

said UMD Undergrounduates treasurer Matt Soares. “We woke people up to the fact that there’s a problem.” Under university policy, only university departments and Student Entertainment Events, the student-run programming board, are allowed to coordinate “major concerts,” events that anticipate more than 1,000 attendees or cost more than $5,000. SEE agreed to help plan the concert, but an existing SGA policy prohibits using SGA funds to sponsor SEE events, leaving the student groups without the money to pay for their concert. Stamp Student Union Director Marsha Guenzler-Stevens said the thinking behind the existing policy is that student groups are protected from liability if such a large project was to fail. SEE is staffed with experts and specifically designed to handle those

ALLISON DRUIN AND IRA CHINOY, Future of Information Alliance co-directors, prepare to announce the FIA Deutsch Seed Grant Competition winners. james levin/the diamondback the impact of grants received the fourth award. T h e Re sea rc h I Q tea m members will work with National Geographic, said Zahra Ashktorab, a doctoral candidate in the information studies college, but they plan to scale their project and collaborate with other organizations in the future, too. Each winning team will work with an FIA partner organization, and team members will present their project updates in April. The FIA partners act as project advisers, connecting

kinds of events, she said. “Concerts are not easy,” GuenzlerStevens said. “It is a big business, and in some ways there is a trust in the institution when students hold concerts that the university is going to manage that well.” But Soares said that while the policy works as a safety net, it stifles the ability of smaller groups to have a say in the community. “It just seems against everything this school seems to preach about collaboration and diversity,” Soares said. “We really just felt like there are a bunch of organizations on campus, but they’re on a small scale, so it’s tough to have a lot of impact.” Andrew Aggabao, SGA financial affairs vice president, said the SGA supported the concert, but had to comply with the existing policies at

university ideas to the outside world and encouraging sustainability of the research, said Allison Druin, FIA co-director. “The real goal of these winning projects will be not necessarily that they can do something amazing in one semester but that they can show a sustainable research program that can be picked up by our partners or funded by outside sources or can be continued on through the University of Maryland in some way,” Druin said.

the time the funding applications and appeal were presented. The student groups have temporarily shelved their concert plans, Soares said, and they are instead going to focus on working with administrators and the SGA to change the rule. Soares said they will meet this week to talk about an action plan. Policy changes aren’t out of the question, Guenzler-Stevens said, though they will be carefully considered. “Certainly we can always look at changing policy, but I’m going to have to wear these two hats,” she said. “We want to empower students, but we also have to ask how do we do this so we’re not putting [students] down a road that’s really not a good road.”

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facilities maintenance, said he scrambled to provide immediate assistance. But the department had a sufficient amount of workers to help prepare for snow, he said. The department handled one leak in a staff housing building but did not receive other reports of incidents related to the storm. “I pull all my men to concentrate on snow and ice. All my people normally do mechanical things, air conditioning, plumbing, electric, maintenance, light bulbs out,” Mohr said. “When it snows, people in all departments take care of snow: shoveling, snow blowing, salting, on the tractors.” Nickels said he worries about giving physically demanding jobs to people untrained for such work. “We can take a person who may have a less physically demanding job and put them in a situation where it’s extraordinarily physically demanding — it’s going to present problems,” Nickels said. “You’re going to have people who get hurt, who get sore, people who get sick, people who just can’t continue to work.” Kevin Baldwin, a junior environmental science major, wished for more snow, but if that were the case, it could be a cause for concern for this university’s infrastructure, officials said. A leak in the basement of Jimenez Hall, for instance, is just one of the problems that older buildings on the campus face in storms like this one, Nickels said. “There are maybe 115 open roof work orders and maybe 150 to 160 for foundation leaks, so that’s a pretty extensive backlog. We don’t have a lot of money and a lot of people to replace old infrastructure,” Nickels said. “The campus is falling apart, and we are an incredibly small group.”

said he had no trouble getting to his classes and was excited for the first snowfall of the season. “It’s m ad e me h appier because I love the snow,” said Lenane. “It’s good to see it, first of the year.” Achal Amin, a sophomore electrical engineering major, also said he was able to enjoy the winter weather without any impact on his ability to travel across the campus. “It made for a good snowball fight,” Amin said. But sophomore economics major Shashwati Das said slush and ice on the sidewalks and streets made for a hazardous walk to class. The snow-clearing task was a collaborative effort by Facilities Management, the Department of Transportation Services, Residential Facilities and other university departments. Richard Nickels, Facilities Management assistant director of maintenance contracts and structural trades, said he’s been dealing with an understaffed team and attributes the difficulty of responding to weather events to under-resourcing and unfunded vacancies across departments. As a result, employees in other departments aided in shoveling and other physically demanding jobs to compensate for a smaller work force. Yesterday, his crew was outside from 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. until almost 11 a.m. “We know the buildings, we know the problems, we know the areas that are going to present difficulties, so there is value in having us here, no doubt about it,” Nickels said. “I just don’t know if we are as effective as we used to be because we are so small.” In the recent snowstorm, George Mohr, Residential Facilities assistant director of

Q&A WITH TERPWEATHER’S JORDAN TESSLER Senior geography major Jordan Tessler runs TerpWeather, a Facebook page and Twitter account that he uses to inform the university and College Park community of upcoming weather events. The Diamondback caught up with Tessler yesterday afternoon to learn about how he tracks winter storms and events. THE DIAMONDBACK: What is your general forecast for the upcoming few days? JORDAN TESSLER: For this storm particularly, I’ve been one of those people who are pretty conservative about it just because it’s kind of sneaked up on us from behind just because everyone was so focused on the other storm. I’m thinking some forecasters are too aggressive, so I’m going with 2-4 inches just in the morning. It could be intense at times, the way things look. There’s always the chance that it might fluctuate a little bit and that’s why I do what’s called nowcasting, which is real-time forecasting, inundating your Twitter feed with updates. THE DIAMONDBACK: What are the challenges in predicting the behavior of a storm? TESSLER: In these earlyseason situations, it’s always temperature that matters the most. If you’re not freezing, you’re not getting as much snow as you could be. People put out snow maps and will read the models at a winter ratio. That’s assuming the standard 10-1 ratio, but in early-season storms, you might get an 8-1, 6-1. It’s calculating that ratio and factoring in what everything else in the atmosphere is going to do. With our previous storm, the biggest variable was how long the cold air held on against an assault of warm air from a different storm. It’s how long the air masses behave. You can’t

really nail that down until just outside of the event. THE DIAMONDBACK: How do you form your predictions? TESSLER: It’s kind of an aggregation technique. I look at what the models say — that’s what all forecasters do. I prefer the European model. It has a reputation as being really good, but I don’t discount any of the others just because they’re all model solutions. I also have contacts with meteorologists and we’ll bounce ideas off of each other. I go with my gut sometimes. THE DIAMONDBACK: How can other students get involved with tracking storms? TESSLER: There’s plenty of free resources. A lot of the modeling is available online. You can use NOAA’s website itself, even though it’s a convoluted mess. There are subscription-based resources — I have a couple of them. And then there are the free radars — the Weather Channel has its own radar, Accuweather has its own radar.

ICE on McKeldin Mall wasn’t enough for a snow day yesterday. james levin/the diamondback


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DANNY KIM @DannyKim95 Wallace D. Loh, you’ve failed me brotha..... President, why you gotta do this to us -

EMILY TOTH @ET_EmilyT Nearly slipped 20+ times walking from my car to my dorm. If they don’t cancel classes, I’m going to end up falling on my face. #UMDsnow

THE DIAMONDBACK: How often do you check the weather? TESSLER: If I know a storm is coming, I’ll check it usually twice a day when you’re talking about a storm that’s seven, eight days in advance just to check up on it and make sure it’s still there. When there’s big storms coming in, it’s once every six hours. And when it’s real-time, it’s every couple of minutes.

PATRICK RONK @PRonkkkk Don’t do this to me again. MT @thedbk: WINTER STORM WATCH, potential for “heavy snow” falling at 1-2”/hour. #UMDsnow

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Race, gender impact exercise, body image CHAARG Cole lecture looks at fitness through female, racial lens By Erica Bonelli @thedbk For The Diamondback Body image can affect the amount of physical activity women engage in, and this effect varies for black women and white women, according to university sociology professor Rashawn Ray. Ray spoke yesterday to an audience of about 30 in Cole Field House about the differences between black and white women in relation to perceived body image and physical activity. The lecture, called “The (In)Significance of Perceived Body Image on Physical Activity: The Importance of the Intersection of Race and Gender,” was part of the Maryland Population Research Center Seminar Series. Half of adults in the United States do not achieve the recommended amount of physical

BLOTTER From PAGE 1 down a university banner in the Denton Quad, Limansky said. Officers were not able to find the Dark Knight impersonator, Limansky said, and they do not know whether the suspect is a student. The caped crusader fled the scene without the banner after the student who reported the incident confronted the suspect. The investigation is suspended, pending further information, Limansky said.

activity, Ray said, and a discrepancy exists between races and genders. Fifty percent of black people are not physically active enough, but among white people, that proportion drops to 33 percent. Ray said that when white people belonged to a higher social class, it led to a higher amount of physical activity; however, this pattern did not translate to black people. The difference can be attributed to the effects of perceived body image, Ray said. While white women are more likely to perceive their bodies as unfavorable and larger than they actually are, black women, he said, are more likely to perceive their bodies as smaller than they actually are. Genetic determinism is a concept embraced by many black women, Ray said, and it can help explain the difference in amount of physical activity between black and white women. Black women believe that the body they were born with is the body they were meant to have and might not try to change it.

The officer touched the student’s shoulder twice in an attempt to get his attention, Limansky said. The second time, the student came “around and threw the full weight of his body at the officer” and swung his fist, Limansky said. “He did not make contact with the officer,” Limansky added. The officer then used pepper spray and put the student in handcuffs. When EMT personnel responded to the scene, the student also bit a responder’s pinky finger, Limansky said. An arrest warrant was made for the student the following morning, he said.


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Emergency personnel called University Police officers after seeing a drunken male student walking outside the North Campus Dining Hall at about 12:18 a.m. on Nov. 2. An officer found the student “stumbling around aimlessly,” Limansky said. Despite the officer’s repeated attempts to ask the student to stop, he continued to walk away.

A university professor called police at about 9 a.m. on Nov. 5 after dealing with a male student who exhibited aggressive behavior in class, according to a police report. “He was becom i ng aggressive in the class — very outspoken, argumentative,” Limansky said. The student did not make any specific threats, Liman-


where she studied fashion merchandising for a year. “There, I only learned about fashion, but I wasn’t getting any substantial knowledge that would make me successful,” she said. “If you’re talking about working in the fashion industry, I think it’s more beneficial to be a wellrou nded i nd iv idu a l w it h fashion experience rather than being knowledgeable about fashion and nothing else.” For her major, Cotton takes business and engineering classes to learn about marketing and management as well as art, sociology, philosophy and women’s studies classes that tap into her creativity and inspire her to incorporate social causes into her work, she said. “For me, fashion was how I was first exposed to my creative side,” she said. “I’m always trying to figure out how I can integrate my fashion interests at UMD in the absence of a fashion program or even a fashion club, it’s been hard.” She plans to launch a new line of feminist T-shirts called the #IBEWOMAN Series on her website,, this Friday, she said. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school for fine art and pursue a career as a political artist, but said her fashion experience will always shape her as an artist. “Being an artist, you have to have some level of understanding of design and personal style that influences your artwork,” Cotton said. “It informs my individuality.”

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“It allows you to not have to worry about the business aspects of things selling, the only thing you have to worry about is the creation,” he said. “If you’re creating something that’s tailored to sell, you’re not creating something as purely as you could be.” Jo Paoletti, the American Studies professor who teaches AMST498B: Special Topics in American Studies; Fashion and Consumer Culture in the U.S., said many of her students are interested in pursuing fashion, but her class focuses on fashion as a social construct rather than a retail business. “Fashion is much bigger than that; the course is much bigger than that,” she said. Although she recommends students hoping to land jobs in the fashion industry get some hands-on experience or attend a more fashion-centric graduate school, a liberal arts degree from this university is a great place to start, she said. Succeeding in the fashion world isn’t just about having technical design skills or retail experience, said Ayana Cotton, founder of Evlove, a clothing exchange business she discontinued this year. Cotton, a junior, also created her own major called creative entrepreneurship through the individual studies program after transferring to this university from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising College in New York City,

“Black women embrace the concept of inherited genes and embrace genes as a reason for their weight,” Ray said. “In this situation, gender and race are additive and combine to reinforce this concept in black women.” Ray said many black women embrace a “thick physique” as an ideal body stereotype, and they perceive a larger body as healthy — messages promoted by the black community and the mainstream media. If they perceive their body as healthy and normal, they are less likely to engage in physical activity, he said. These messages aimed at black women, Ray said, lead to a “sociocultural reinterpretation of body size,” contributing to an expectation that women embrace their bodies as determined by their genetics. Senior sociology major Claire Warner said the concept of genetic determinism influencing physical activity surprised her. “It was so interesting that perceived body image has such a nonsignificant effect on black

women being physically active, compared to what it does for white women,” she said. Ray said there are fewer positive images of black women in the mainstream media, as well as fewer images overall. “ T h e i m a ge s t h a t a re present reflect this stereotypical ideal, as seen in celebrities such as Oprah or Beyoncé, and in critical movie characters such as in The Help and Precious,” he said. These ideals are present in the medical community as well as in the media, Ray said. Doctors “embrace cultural narratives about black women and their stereotypes,” and therefore are less likely to tell black women to be more physically active and lose weight, he said. Ray said mental health is also a factor regarding body image and physical activity. Black women have higher self-esteem and are less stressed and less self-conscious of their physical appearance than white women are, he said. Freshman journalism major Craig Weisenfeld said he has

noticed a difference between the portrayal of black and white women in the media and believes that, generally, too much emphasis is placed on physical appearance. “Portrayal of the strong black woman in media is very prevalent, and it seems like in [movies such as The Help and Precious], their morals are more the focus, rather than their thin body image,” he said. “I think it is much more important to be confident in yourself mentally. We should stress being beautiful on the inside, more than being beautiful on the outside.” Ray said one group’s mental or physical health ideals aren’t better than the other; rather, both groups should work together to improve health on a broad scale. “Black and white women should talk to each other about strategies for consolidating mental and physical health,” he said.

A university police car sits outside police headquarters. Police responded to 222 incidents in November. james levin/the diamondback sky said, but he was referred to magician and a street artist,” Limansky said. the Behavior Evaluation Threat Limansky said, and when the Two male students slapped Assessment team, which has student got to her destination, the band member on the rear since taken action. he kissed her on the cheek. end while she was in the “The goal is to make sure The student reported the stands at Byrd Stadium. The folks are getting the help they incident the next day, Liman- incident occurred after some need,” Limansky said. sky said. taunting during the game, The case is still open, and Limansky said. The band it is not known whether the member reported the inciAssault dent Nov. 11, two days after A female student reported suspect was a student. the game. unwanted physical contact Officers have been unable with an unknown male after Sexual Offense to identify the two suspects walking out of the plant sciencA female member of the es building toward the univer- Mighty Sound of Maryland who were at the game, Lisity greenhouses at about 3 p.m. marching band reported a sexual mansky said. on Nov. 7, according to a report. assault that occurred during the The male said he was “a Nov. 9 Terrapins football game,

GUNS From PAGE 1 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. “The research shows that strong laws can keep people safe from gun violence,” Vincent DeMarco, a public health lobbyist and president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, wrote in a press release. In a telephone interview, DeMarco said the state ranked seventh the year before, and the fingerprinting and licensing requirements were a “key tool” in stamping out gun violence. However, while he is pleased with the Brady Campaign’s recognition of the state’s law, he said other states need to take the lead to keep

guns from crossing state lines and the issue will “definitely need federal legislation.” DeMarco is still concerned that neighboring states with more rel a xed l aws cou ld provide a shelter for criminals to buy guns out-of-state, a phenomenon in states such as New York, where 90 percent of traceable guns used in New York City crimes in 2011 were purchased out-of-state. The Brady Campaign report noted that of the top 10 states with the strongest gun laws, seven were also ranked on a list of the 10 states with the lowest gun death rates. Those with the weakest gun laws were more likely to rank as having some of the highest gun death rates. This state did not make the top 10 for fewest gun deaths, and the Brady Campaign concludes that

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This university’s chapter is one of CH A A RG’s fou r new chapters, Pagan said. In the spring, the club will host weekly fitness activities so women can find a workout that suits them, Pagan said. These may include training for a 5K or half marathon, hiking and other outdoor activ ities a nd events at a fitness studio. Each CHAARG executive member will also lead a group of 10 to 20 women through workouts handed d o w n f ro m t h e n a t i o n a l organization. “[We] want girls to experience every kind of fitness class there is out there so that girls can find that workout that they really, really like,” Pagan said. “Because if you’re doing workouts that you don’t like, it’s going to be boring and you’re not going to be motivated to continue.” That kind of community support is beneficial in the long run, said Kerry Green, a professor in the behavioral and community health department. “We know from literature and from research studies that social support and community around exercise and around physical activity have positive effects,” she said. “So individuals who exercise in groups or have social support around exercise stick with the programs longer [and] have better program outcomes.” And because CHAARG is only for women, members can establish an especially supportive community, Pagan said. “It can be kind of intimidating going into a gym with big, buff g uys lifting 50pound weights, but when we’re in that group or when we’re with someone else, we feel more confident and we feel like we can go into the gym and work out and do whatever,” she said. Kristen Fishler, a senior cell biology and genetics major, said CH A A RG would help empower female students. “It’s kind of lonely to be in the weight room by myself a lot of times,” she said. “So just having that support group or just going with a bunch of girls would be great.”

“while more research is needed to determine the precise relationship, it is clear that the data supports the conclusion that state gun laws and the rate of gun deaths are closely tied.” In general, “violence is not evenly distributed throughout the population,” said public policy professor Christopher Foreman, but “whether this is because of gun laws or not is a tricky question.” “I would argue that one should be skeptical or at least understand the role that the laws play is a bit unclear,” Foreman said. “I’m not surprised that the Brady people found what they found, but whether the argument they make, whether the causal argument they make is valid, I don’t know.” As the one-year anniversary

of the Sandy Hook shooting approaches, the debate on gun control still rages on, a nd ma ny law ma kers previously said Gov. Martin O’Malley and other state legislators seized on a tragedy to push a gun control agenda that doesn’t address the key issues. Del. Michael Smigiel (R-Caroline, Cecil, Kent and Queen Anne’s), who opposed the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, also known as SB281, said it does little to punish criminals and instead burdens legal gun owners. “Every thing that’s in SB 2 81 d e a l s w it h l awabiding citizens and tries to turn them into criminals,” Smigiel said.

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s 2014 — and with it, midterm elections for many congressional districts — draws nearer, the push for passing extensive legislation has dwindled as lawmakers look toward mapping out their campaigns. Such reluctance to rock the federal boat further stagnates a Congress that, scarred by a rigid partisan divide, has made little progress on a number of legislative fronts. Proposed laws with far-reaching consequences — gun control bills and immigration and tax code overhauls chief among them — have remained stalled in Congress for months, and this doesn’t seem likely to change soon. While the aforementioned policy alterations surely would affect students at this university, perhaps no legislation on the table hits university students closer to home than the Higher Education Act, which expires Jan. 1. Lawmakers last reauthorized the federal system for regulating the flow of financial aid to colleges and students nationwide in 2008 after a drawn-out process spanning five years, and all signs point toward a similarly lengthy wait this time around. University education professor David Imig said in a September interview that reauthorization could face delays lasting until 2015 or even 2016, and other education and political experts have echoed his prediction. This delay does not bode well for students in need of financial aid hoping to gain a university education. Although major student aid policy changes are primarily determined


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by spending bills and federal rules outside of the reauthorization process, the act’s renewal remains important. In 2008, lawmakers largely failed to achieve their overarching goals: to increase colleges’ accountability and affordability. And once again, congressional malaise threatens to keep those legislative hopes from becoming a reality.


Congress needs to realize how important it is to pay attention to the rising cost of higher education and help students who cannot afford the obscene price. Postponing reauthorization endangers other education-related bills — namely the FAFSA Fairness Act of 2013, proposed in November by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). The act seeks to give students facing hardships at home easier access to financial aid. As the Free Application for Federal Student Aid stands, students who wish to be considered independent from their parents frequently find their applications rejected and are forced to drop the issue or undergo an intensive “dependency override” process. The FAFSA’s definition of “independence” typically refers to married students, those on active military duty and orphaned and homeless students. Cummings’

bill aims to expand that designation to students abandoned by their parents, those with incarcerated parents and students from abusive homes. Redefining independence as it relates to federal aid is crucial in a nation in which an estimated 2.7 million children have incarcerated parents and at least an estimated 3 million children witness domestic violence each year. But if Congress fails to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, many students in such situations who are struggling to pay the ever-rising costs of college on their own likely won’t see muchneeded financial aid. In an age when families confronted with tuition inflation and an uncertain job market are losing faith in the value of a college education, it’s crucial for Congress to make higher education a priority. That begins with passing legislation to ensure access to financial aid and prioritizing colleges’ accountability. There is value in a degree, and Congress has a vital role in demonstrating that worth. We can’t let partisan politics further intensify the difficulty of gaining a higher education in this country. We, as students, need to make it clear to our legislators that we won’t stand for Congress putting our needs on the back burner to benefit themselves, either by trying to lengthen their own time in office or attempting to keep their approval rating high. It’s not fair for them to keep pushing the issue to the wayside — we need results now.


Abercrombie & Fitch: At least truthful credit for at least being honest about what his company does, rather than hiding behind a veil of buzzwords like “sophistication” or “chic” the way other companies do. In my mind, selling products by playing off the self-esteem of consumers while pretending to be something else is the most offensive strategy of all. But the worst backlash I’ve seen has been the viral videos featuring smug do-gooders handing out Abercrombie & Fitch clothing to the homeless and then documenting their adventures via blogs and social media. The homeless look confused, wondering why they’re being filmed as a stranger shoves a hot pink hoodie in their hands. I’ll admit that, when set to an upbeat indie song, these videos make for an entertaining watch at first glance. But this is entirely the wrong way to respond to Jeffries’ comments. The video I watched, which has garnered an astonishing 8 million hits on YouTube, is a sad misuse of creative consumer power. The homeless in the video are used as props, the hardships that drove them to their current state being put on display so a self-assured blogger can make a catchy video. I’d be curious to see if the filmmaker of “Abercrombie & Fitch Gets a Brand Readjustment #FitchTheHomeless” has ever donated clothes to the homeless in the past or if this was just a convenient opportunity for him to make a point. I never want my son or daughter to walk past an Abercrombie & Fitch window in 20 years and feel ashamed, like he or she is not good enough because someone like Mike Jeffries told him or her so. Ultimately corporations such as Abercrombie & Fitch rely on us, the consumers, to keep growing and resultantly spewing out demeaning, fat-shaming crap. While we should be enraged at Jeffries’ comments, let’s not be so foolish as to think Abercrombie is alone in acting this way. Furthermore, let’s brainstorm effective ways to exercise our consumer power that don’t require abusing and highlighting the misfortune of others.


This past May, the Internet erupted in self-righteous rage in the wake of comments made by Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries. In a 2006 interview with Salon, Jeffries admitted his company doesn’t manufacture size XL clothes because he targets the brand toward the “attractive, all-American kid with … a lot of friends.” Consumers blasted Jeffries on many social media forums, boycotted Abercrombie & Fitch and signed online petitions requesting an official apology. The only thing more disgusting than Jeffries’ comments is the amount of controversy it generated. A mainstream clothing company wants to brand its clothing by featuring the young and beautiful? And we’re pretending to be shocked and outraged by this? With holiday shopping just around the corner, I’d be curious to see if the same upset consumers boycott every store that uses sex and glamour to advertise products, in consistency with their alleged principles. Somehow, I have a feeling shopping malls and outlet stores will still be teeming with customers. I do not support the message Jeffries and stores like Abercrombie & Fitch present. Like many young women, I’ve had images of beautiful, thin women weighing down my self-confidence since I was in elementary school. This is without a doubt largely because of advertisements generated by the fashion industry. What I don’t understand is why the recent outrage has been so narrowly targeted at Jeffries. The only thing that separates him and just about every other fashion CEO is that Jeffries had the courage, or maybe the cockiness, to be honest about his business model. As offensive as his tactics are, they are essentially identical to every other main- Lauren Nurse is a sophomore government stream clothing company. If any- and politics major. She can be reached at thing, Jeffries deserves a sliver of

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CAROLINE CARLSON Exam week seems to bring out the worst in all of us. For me, not only is it the one week of the semester when I’m stressed out the most, but it’s also the one week of the semester when I literally care the least about how I look — meaning I typically look like I’m suffering from a bad case of tuberculosis during finals. Before exams, my parents generally assume I have no common sense, and remind me about how to prepare for finals week. Really? I had no idea people eat breakfast and sleep every day. I thought we lived in a world of insomniacs who have a low intake of protein and calcium. I didn’t want to write a column about how to simply prepare for finals week; I trust that your 13-plus years of education have taught you the basics of exam preparation. Rather, I think it would be better to tell you what not to do during exam week. I typically run into some of these problems each semester, and although some of these rules may seem like conventional wisdom, you’ll be surprised how many people ignore this advice.

1. Don’t fall in love with a TV series on Netflix. Last year, I was an idiot and listened to my sisters talk about what a great show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was. Though I knew it was exam week, my urge to binge on Netflix somehow surpassed my willingness to care about school. The rest was history — I spent many hours watching Danny DeVito marry prostitutes, eat alcohol-laced ham and exploit the wealth of others instead of studying for my accounting exam. My best advice to deter you from Netflix is to only let yourself browse through the “Faith & Spirituality” section — all of those movies suck. 2. Don’t break up with your significant other. One time, while studying in McKeldin Library, I heard a couple breaking up at the table behind me. Not only was this situation really awkward, but they also spent hours complaining to each other about how badly their relationship was going. It’s exam week — do you really have time for that? 3. Don’t wait until the last minute to order from D.P. Dough. Since almost everyone on the campus is also staying up late every night, phone calls for D.P Dough calzones are usually never-ending. I find

myself waiting an average of two hours for my BBQ Chicken Zone to arrive. Don’t starve yourself — plan ahead. 4. Don’t think about your future career. Although this advice seems kind of ironic, exam week is not the time to stress about what you’re going to be doing after graduation, especially if you have a huge exam the next day. I used to spend a lot of time browsing for jobs and graduate schools online while I was studying. This fools your mind into thinking you’re being productive because you’re not doing stupid stuff like watching cat videos on YouTube. However, at the end of the day you’re doing the same thing — not studying for exams. 5. Don’t drink. Yeah, I know. Who drinks during exam week? All those people I see waiting for buses outside (drunk and in their clubbing clothes) the night before Reading Day, that’s who. Hopefully, this list reminded you of how easy it is to do dumb things during exam week. Let’s try to make the end of the semester brighter by not letting ourselves succumb to bad relationships, Netflix or alcohol. Caroline Carlson is a junior government and politics and information systems major. She can be reached at


n late November, Montgomery and Prince George’s County councils voted to raise their minimum wages from the federallymandated $7.25 to $11.50 by 2017. At first glance, this looks like great news for university students. Work-study jobs and others that help students stay in school and pay for basic expenses will now be more profitable, and more money per hour means that a greater amount of time can be spent on studies instead of work. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This university, as a state institution, has no prerogative to raise the minimum wage for on-campus employees, and can continue to pay $7.25 an hour until the state wage floor is raised. This is not what the university should do. There has been much debate in The Diamondback about raising the state minimum wage, but there is an alternative proposal: raising this university’s minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage for employees of this university would be a boon for several reasons. First, it would signal a respect for local laws, and improve syn-

chronicity with the counties closest to the university. This school is not a world unto itself; we as students rely on the local community for internship opportunities, special events and donations and public safety. We cannot repay our neighbors for all that they do for this university with a blatant disrespect for their laws. Second, it will keep more student employees on the campus. If a student can make $11.50 an hour off-campus, in contrast to making $7.25 on-campus, why would they choose the latter? Student employees are crucial on the campus, and without them, departments such as Campus Recreation Services would face a serious dearth of staff. Third, this university ought not to shortchange its students for the sake of marginal savings. As university tuition rises, along with student fees and textbook costs, the minimum wage does not. Raising the campus minimum wage would help students keep up with the rising costs of school and would send a powerful signal that the university is conscientious about students’ needs. Geneva Kropper is a freshman government and politics and history major. She can be reached at

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orn today, you are not always willing or able to work and play well with others. While this is not always something to hold you back, you had best learn to anticipate the onset of such feelings so that you don’t suddenly find yourself in an awkward, difficult or threatening position as a result. Most often, you prefer to do things in your own way and on your own time, without being hemmed in by the expectations or requirements set down by others. You are perfectly happy spending a great majority of your time alone, but this doesn’t mean that you cannot, on occasion, show your face in public and actually enjoy the society of others! Even when you are not at work in an active way, you are working on future projects and future plans. Your mind is always conjuring something, mulling over issues or envisioning a future that inspires you. Rare indeed is the moment during which the wheels are not spinning away. Also born on this date are: Emily Dickinson, poet; Bobby Flay, chef; Michael Clarke Duncan, actor; Susan Dey, actress; Dan Blocker, actor; Kenneth Branagh, actor and director; Dorothy Lamour, actress; Fionnula Flanagan, actress; Chet Huntley, journalist; Patrick Flueger, actor. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide.

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Donald Glover’s latest album is brilliant, hilarious, personal, annoying, juvenile and, most of all, inconsistent By Brianna Patterson @DBKDiversions For The Diamondback It wasn’t always easy to take Childish Gambino seriously. It was difficult to expect anything more than musical comedy, the kind of rap in which every verse must end with a punch line, from the alter ego of actor and comedian Donald Glover — known for his role as the dimwitted Troy Barnes on NBC’s Community and for his sketch and stand-up comedy— especially with a moniker lifted from an online Wu-Tang Clan name generator. But somewhere around the release of his debut album Camp, it became clear that Gambino is a legitimate rapper and a multifaceted, emotionally raw human being. His newest release, Because the Internet, reveals that behind the laughs and punch lines — yes, they’re there — is a man just as lonely, confused and depressed as the rest of us. Tracks such as “Worldstar” and “Sweatpants” are filled with the kind of arrogance and classic rap bravado one expects (“Hip deep in the Pepto/ I got five on her like Ben Folds/ I got more tail than that Petco/ You faker than some Sweet’N Low”) over hard-hitting trap beats. Gambino also delivers his comedic, socalled “hashtag” raps, which invariably end

in a so-corny-it’s-clever punch line and reference everything from A$AP Rocky to Star Wars to Disney movies — “Girl why is you lyin’, girl why you Mufasa.” But it’s when he provides a peek into his emotional life and relationships that this album is at its best. Songs such as “III. Telegraph Ave. (‘Oakland’ by Lloyd)” and “I. pink toes” — featuring rumored girlfriend Jhene Aiko — are among the best-produced on the album, layering stories of love and doubt over lighter beats and harmonious, catchy hooks sung by Gambino and his guests. Fun, poppy lead single “V. 3005” delves into Gambino’s concerns about how fame has affected his friendships — sentiments that are only amplified as the album unfolds, evolving into a conflicted and melancholy rant. A lost and existential Gambino is left questioning his life’s purpose and his relationships on looming experimental tracks. Closing song “III. life: the biggest troll [andrew auernheimer]” is exceptionally gloomy, laying out Gambino’s fears and frustrations explicitly and ending with him repeating — almost pleading — “Please help me.” But his vulnerability sometimes comes off drab, like the ramblings of a moody, pubescent teenage girl. The drawn-out, dreamlike “Flight of the Navigator” features Gambino lazily singing over a re-


GOOD TO BE BAD By Alana Pedalino @DBKDiversions For The Diamondback Film heroes are the onscreen manifestations of our hopes, dreams and desires — which is why we love to see a young, handsome face overcome all odds stacked against him and emerge from his struggle victorious in the face of evil. It’s too bad, then, that all these do-good endeavors have been overdone to the point of boredom. Stories of knights in shining armor — or their equivalents, be they cowboys, superheroes, Jedi or what have you — have been so

thoroughly hammered into our brains since the bedtime stories of our youth that they no longer feel relevant. The hero gets the girl and defeats the villain — who is, invariably, some character actor resigned to a supporting role. So far, so tepid. We usually write off the villain — he’s (as with the hero, in Hollywood the villain is usually a “he”) an agent of chaos and suffering that we’re naturally supposed to hate. However, in recent years, I have found this to be less and less true. In fact, I have begun to root for the villains. The villain’s role is to act as

petitive guitar cadence and trippy vocal samples. At almost six minutes, it runs the risk of sending listeners into a coma. “Zealots of Stockholm [Free Information]” takes the same tone, opening with a similarly morose verse and instrumental section before taking an unprecedented twist after the verse is cut by an abrasive electronic scratch that lasts for nearly 15 seconds and streams into a grimy, bassheavy beat — a mediocre transition that sounds like it was plucked straight out of Kanye West’s experimental Yeezus. The album’s overarching themes are inconsistent and half-assed; the tracks are grouped into sections lacking any sort of cohesion. The Internet motif loosely extends to song titles such as “Worldstar,” “earth: the oldest computer (the last night)” and lines referencing old viral video phenomena and social media outlets. Because the Internet casts Childish Gambino in a more serious light. His most intimate thoughts don’t always make for the best songs and it’s hard to decide whether to “turn up” with him or just give the poor guy a hug. But Gambino has shown a lot of lyrical growth and depth since his previous production. While this existential crisis may be just a phase, his rap career is here to stay. CHILDISH GAMBINO’S Because the Internet veers between brash brilliance and adolescent soul-searching. photos courtesy of, and

a foil to the hero. Nowadays, in defiance of traditional filmmaking conventions, screenwriters are starting to change the archetype, rendering their villains more charismatic than the heroes themselves. The villain is often brilliant, witty and devious; the hero is merely square-jawed. It’s easy to be torn: We’re supposed to love hating the villain, yet we can’t help hating that we love him. Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) is one filmmaker pushing the boundaries between heroes and villains. He has been blurring moral lines since his debut film, Reservoir Dogs, and his mainstream breakthrough, Pulp Fiction, but he outdid himself with the character Colonel Hans Landa in 2009’s Inglourious Basterds. In this World War II film, Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) plays a so-called “Jew Hunter,” a

Nazi mastermind whose polite charisma and mental dexterity render him fascinating even as his actions show him to be despicable to the point of inhumanity. We are transfixed by his mannerisms, thought process and malevolent charm even as he commits unspeakable atrocities. Waltz went on to win Best Supporting Actor at the 82nd Academy Awards. If Waltz’s win proves anything, it’s that we should honor our villains just as much as our noble heroes — perhaps even more, for portraying them carries the additional acting challenge of adopting the mindset of immoral, ruthless, psychologically damaged persons. A classic example of the potential toll of the work is Heath Ledger, who isolated himself for a month to perfect the persona of the sociopathic Joker from The Dark Knight. Ledger received universal acclaim

for his performance, overshadowing the film itself, but died of a drug overdose before the film’s release, meaning his Supporting Actor win at the 81st Academy Awards was a posthumous one. When push comes to shove, watching a movie with a happy ending and a victorious hero is innately satisfying. However, watching a movie in which the villain comes close to winning throws us for a loop. The film feels all the more real because it imitates life, in which the hero doesn’t always win by a large margin, or at all. So here’s to the supporting villains who give the heroes a run for their money. May their diabolical ways continue diverting attention from boring protagonists and making our movie experiences far more exciting.

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GRAHAM From PAGE 8 five rebounds and helped slow down the Colonials’ offense by providing a presence in the paint. “I thought Jonathan Graham gave us great minutes,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “He played hard, and we raised our intensity up a level because of him.” Graham hasn’t had much of an opportunity to impact games so far. He transferred to the Terps prior to this season after spending two seasons playing for Penn State, and he struggled to find a niche in Turgeon’s rotation during the opening month of the season. Sunday at Verizon Center, though, the third-year coach turned to Graham after his team got off to another slow start. The junior sociology major delivered productive minutes, particularly on the defensive end, where starting big men Evan Smotrycz and Shaquille Cleare were struggling. “I wasn’t sure how many minutes I was going to play and I wasn’t worrying about it,” Graham said. “I was just pre-


paring myself for the game and when I get in there, I’d just play as hard as I can.” Turgeon and forward Jake Layman credited Graham with providing a jolt to the Terps, who trailed by 12 at halftime. With the Terps searching for momentum early in the second half, the defense-minded Graham even threw down a dunk over Colonials forward Isaiah Armwood and got fouled on the play. Graham screamed after his slam, walked to the free throw line and sank the shot to trim the Colonials lead to 10 points with 16:50 to play in the second half. “He gave us great minutes, rebounding the ball, his intensity,” Layman said. “The and-one over Armwood was great. It got us going even more.” While Graham’s powerful finish over the lanky Armwood brought the Terps faithful in Verizon Center to their feet, the Baltimore native doesn’t pride himself on highlight reel plays. He prefers to view himself as steady on both sides of the floor. Graham was just that on Sunday, recording three blocks and hitting all three of his free throws. Still, Graham and his coach thought his

tireless defense provided an even bigger boost. “I was taught that effort is very important in anything that you do,” Graham said. “Not just in basketball, but in life.” That’s where the Terps’ big man does try to mimic his father. He may not routinely score from long range or make plays off the dribble like Ernest Graham did in the late ’70s and early ’80s, but Graham believes he can work as hard as his father did. Graham said his parents instilled in him positive energy and work ethic, and he points to those traits as key to his productive play against the Colonials. He turned in season highs in points, rebounds and blocks while keeping his team in the game despite its listless start. And Graham didn’t have to post 44 points to contribute; he just spent his time grinding in the post. “He had the offensive arsenal,” Graham said of to his father. “Me? I’m consistent with one area and I stick to it and I do the best I can at my one position.”

BREAKS From PAGE 8 championship effort.’ And true to what I said, that is exactly what happened in this game.” Even after a strong and gutsy performance from the Terps, Cirovski admitted his team couldn’t have pulled off the victory without a little luck. In the 19th minute, Golden Bears forward Luis Fuentes was wide open in the middle of the field and received a pass on another breakdown from the Terps backline. Fuentes beat Steffen with a finesse shot, but the ball clanged off the right post, trickled along the goal line and hit the left post before defender Mikey Ambrose cleared it. “We knew they were going to get the chances,” said midfielder Alex Shinsky, who scored his first collegiate goal in the 33rd minute against the Golden Bears. “I think that just shows our determina-

DEFENDER CHRIS ODOI-ATSEM was part of a Terps backline that made a number of key plays to preserve its 2-1 win at California. photo courtesy of carli baker/the daily californian tion and will to win. We really wanted that game, and I’m glad it went our way.” Cirovski said he anticipat-

ed both sides getting quality scoring opportunities during the game. Golden Bears goalkeeper Alex Mangels made

FORWARD JONATHAN GRAHAM is the son of former Terp Ernest Graham, who holds the program’s single-game scoring record, but the younger Graham is less of a slashing scorer than his father. christian jenkins/the diamondback

five saves in the match, including a stop on a left-footed rip from forward Patrick Mullins with the game still tied at 1 late in regulation. “That could have been the game-winner right there,” Cirovski said. After a regular-season loss at California on Sept. 1, when the Terps couldn’t make crucial plays down the stretch and ultimately lost when Steffen mishandled a header, Cirovski said it only seemed fitting that his squad caught a couple breaks in the rematch. T h e c o a c h wa s c l e a r about one thing, however: Regardless of how close the Golden Bears came to winning the contest Saturday, his players earned their victory and a semifinal match against No. 8-seed Virginia on Friday night at PPL Park in Philadelphia. “Bottom line: The players bought in,” Cirovski said. “They did everything I asked them to do in this game.”

285-pound spencer myers is 12-0 this season, but he’s had some close calls, like defeating Penn’s Steven Graziano in a sudden victory period on Nov. 22. file photo/the diamondback

MYERS SAINTS From PAGE 8 score,” Frese said. “It was as close to a perfect game for us in terms of just really locking in on both ends of the floor and never really playing the score, but playing for Maryland basketball, playing to get better.” Siena, coming off a 64-60 win against Buffalo on Saturday when the team overcame a 13point deficit, looked to continue its momentum in College Park, but the Terps rarely allowed the Saints to gain any confidence. The Terps (9-1) were 10of-15 from three-point range against the Saints, bettering their 2-of-11 mark from Wednesday’s game against Ohio State. Siena (4-4) shot

5-of-9 from beyond the arc in the first 14 minutes but were 2-of-13 for the rest of the game. “That’s what is so fun about coaching this team,” Frese said. “We knew we could shoot the ball better. Obviously, when Laurin Mincy is playing like the way she did tonight, it puts us in a whole other area.” The 3-pointers helped the Terps keep a comfortable lead in the half, while their high-pressure defense forced turnovers and helped lead to offensive surges. The team went on a 20-5 run in the game’s first six-and-ahalf minutes. The Terps had six steals during that span, helping to open up their transition offense. Siena responded with a 12-2 run to make it 22-17 with 11:21 left in the half, but

the Saints wouldn’t get any closer for the rest of the game. Guard Brene Moseley scored nine points in her almost 10 minutes on the court during the first half, leading the team as it secured a 48-26 halftime lead. At the half, Thomas had eight points, five assists and three rebounds. But the Terps offense improved during the second half, as the team shot better than 60 percent from the field. Mincy was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and had 14 points in the second half, the most on the team in the final 20 minutes. “I would just say it’s just being confident and coming in being confident,” Mincy said. “Just playing not worrying about making mistakes.” Guard Shatori Walker-

Kimbrough had 11 points in the second half after scoring two in the first, and Thomas grabbed 10 rebounds and had six assists after the break to complete her triple-double. Former Terps forward Marissa Coleman was the first and only other player in the women’s program to record a triple-double, further entrenching Thomas in the team’s history. The overall improvement on offense helped Thomas reach another big moment of her career. “Like I told them in the locker room,” Frese said, “to be a part of history, to be able to watch [Thomas] have a tripledouble, that doesn’t happen very often in their careers.”

From PAGE 8 That’s not the attitude of a national champ.” After three periods, the wrestlers were locked in a tie at 2. Then in the tiebreaker period, Tasser was awarded a point after Myers was called for his third caution. “I couldn’t believe that I kept giving up all those cautions,” Myers said. “When he got the escape, I knew I had to get a takedown to win. Just going balls to the wall, trying to do whatever it takes to win.” A s t h e c l o c k ex p i re d , Myers finally lunged forward and took Tasser down easily, nabbing two points and sealing a 4-3 victory. It wasn’t the first time Myers had been significantly challenged. On Dec. 1 at the Grapple at the Garden,

he needed two tiebreaker periods to defeat Rutgers redshirt sophomore heavyweight Billy Smith. And on Nov. 22, he needed a sudden victory period to defeat 285-pound Penn’s Steven Graziano. Still, Myers has been one of the Terps’ more reliable competitors this season. If the Terps, who have dropped four of their past five, hope to return to national and ACC legitimacy, they will need the Selinsgrove, Pa., native to continue to win matches. M ye r s , t h o u g h , i s n ’ t content just capturing victories. He wants to be a dominant presence again. “ I ’ m a n o b o d y n o w,” Myers said. “I’m thinking I’m somebody I’m not right now. I’ve just got to come back and just kind of let it click for me.”

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After last night’s performance, Alyssa Thomas owns three of the triple-doubles in Terps history. Marissa Coleman and Greivis Vasquez each had one, and Derrick Lewis had two.


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STATLINE Terps women’s basketball forward Alyssa Thomas’ performance in a 105-49 win vs. Siena

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FORWARD ALYSSA THOMAS scored 12 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished 11 assists in the Terps’ blowout win over Siena last night for a triple-double. rebecca rainey/the diamondback

Thomas’ historic night paces Terps Senior records third career tripledouble in Siena trouncing last night By Paul Pierre-Louis @PaulPierreLouis Staff writer

FORWARD JONATHAN GRAHAM scored five points and played a season-high 15 minutes in the Terps’ 77-75 loss to George Washington on Sunday. christian jenkins/the diamondback

energy boost

When Alyssa Thomas sat on the Comcast Center bench with less than six minutes left, the Terrapins women’s basketball team had a 55-point lead over Siena. But the forward would return to the game less than a minute later. Thomas was only one assist away from getting the fourth triple-double in program history, and after she found center Brionna Jones for a layup with 4:36 left, she sealed another milestone moment in her illustrious career. “When I went in the huddle, I just told my teammates that I needed one more to get 10,”

Thomas said. “They just focused in and helped me get that last one.” Thomas’ third career tripledouble, the seventh in Terps basketball history, led a dominant 105-49 victory over the Saints last night. The Harrisburg, Pa., native scored 12 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had 11 assists as her performance headlined a highpowered offensive showing for the No. 8 Terps. Guard Laurin Mincy led the Terps in scoring with 21 points, shooting 4-of-5 from three-point range. They were part of a filled box score that had six different Terps scoring double digits. “I want to frame this box See saints, Page 7

Graham’s intensity, post presence help buoy Terps in Sunday’s loss By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer Jonathan Graham doesn’t try to emulate his father. Not on the basketball court, at least. Though the Terrapins men’s basketball forward laces up his shoes before each game to play for the same program Ernest Graham suited up for more than 30 years ago, Graham never adopted his father’s style of play. Ernest Graham was a slashing perimeter scorer, and he still holds the Terps’ single-game scoring record after pouring in 44 points against N.C. State in December 1978. Jonathan Graham,

meanwhile, is a 6-foot-8 big man who prides himself on providing post defense, solid rebounding and consistent energy. In Sunday’s 77-75 loss to George Washington in the BB&T Classic, the younger Graham finally began carving his own imprint on his father’s former team. Graham’s play in a season-high 15 minutes helped the Terps withstand a poor shooting performance in the first half and remain in position to erase a 14-point deficit in the second half. Graham, who hadn’t played more than seven minutes in a game prior to Sunday, finished with five points and See graham, Page 7


Post-injury, Myers struggles in wins Heavyweight undefeated but looks to re-establish dominance on mat By Joshua Needelman @JoshNeedelman Staff writer


Ball bounces Terps’ way in Cal win Golden Bears fail to take advantage of easy opportunities in quarterfinals By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Staff writer The Terrapins men’s soccer team was locked in a 1-1 tie with California in the 60th minute Saturday afternoon when Golden Bears forward Stefano Bonomo broke free from defender Chris OdoiAtsem and received a through ball with space in front of him. Te n m i n u te s e a r l i e r, Bonomo had scored an equalizing rebound goal in the NCAA quarterfinal match, and now in a one-on-one situation against goalkeeper Zack Steffen, the forward looked poised to give the No. 4-seed Golden Bears a one-goal lead. Odoi-Atsem, though, did not give up on the play and chased Bonomo down from behind,

defender mikey ambrose cleared a dangerous ball off the goal line in the 19th minute of the Terps’ 2-1 win at California on Sunday. photo courtesy of carli baker/the daily californian forcing him to cut around the diving Steffen. Despite Odoi-Atsem’s recovery, Bonomo had a clear look on an open net. He put a left-footed shot on target, but defender Suli Dainkeh, who had moved into the goal seconds earlier, assumed the role of goalkeeper and booted the ball away to keep the game tied at one.

The save proved vital, and with four minutes remaining in regulation, midfielder Michael Sauers slotted home the game-winning goal to give the Terps a narrow 2-1 victory and their second straight College Cup appearance. However, coach Sasho Cirovski knows how close his team came to another

crushing defeat in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, as Dainkeh’s clearance was only one of many scoring chances the No. 5-seed Terps spoiled for the Golden Bears. “I told the team before the game, I said, ‘Look, this is the type of game where we’re going to have to make some plays in the box,’” Cirovski said Sunday. “‘Not only do we have to outplay them in between the 18s, but this game is going to come to who makes the big plays in the box. One of you is going to have to clear the ball off the line, someone is going to have to block a shot or pick up a loose ball and put your body in harm’s way. Playoff games demand this kind of See BREAKS, Page 7

One year ago, the Terrapins wrestling team appeared primed to capture its third consecutive ACC title under coach Kerry McCoy. Former conference champions 174pound Josh Asper, 184-pound Jimmy Sheptock, 197-pound Christian Boley and 285pound Spencer Myers headlined a talented roster. Myers tore his LCL, though, forcing him to redshirt. While Asper, Sheptock and Boley each won individual ACC titles, the Terps finished third in the conference tournament overall. Asper has since graduated, but the Terps believe a healthy Myers could help carry them to an ACC crown this season. While Myers — nationally ranked as the No. 7 heavyweight — has maintained a 12-0 record so far, he hasn’t looked particularly dominant either, causing McCoy to question his mentality. “He’s got to wrestle to win, not to not lose,” McCoy said. “It’s something he’s dealing with mentally. It’s a tough

situation, but he’s going to have to get over it.” By the time Myers, an AllAmerican in his freshman season, locked up with Pittsburgh heavyweight P.J. Tasser — listed at 174 pounds — on Friday, the Terps had already lost the dual. They were trailing the Panthers 21-9, so Myers’ contest had no impact on the outcome of the match. The redshirt junior displayed little aggression, seeming to wrestle from a defensive standpoint despite his overwhelming size advantage. The noticeably smaller Tasser was competing at heavyweight, but he has won matches at five different weight classes over his career, the lowest being 165 pounds. “I’m not going on the offensive like I should be,” Myers said. “I’m on the upper end of the weight for heavyweights but I feel like I could still move, but I’m not proving it right now. Right now, I’m proving that I just wait for something to happen. I can’t wait for it; I have to make something happen. See MYERS, Page 7

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