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The university held its fi rst-ever Scholarship Day yesterday, raising $222,039.60 for students across the campus as of midnight. The donation website opened Wednesday at midnight with 17 recipient options, including some of the university’s colleges and affi liated programs such as the Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund for studentathletes. Twelve colleges competed in the 24-hour challenge on the basis of participation rate, the number of gifts divided by number of graduates, and five scholarship funds vied to raise the highest overall donation total. While Scholarship Day was designed to add a sense of urgency to donate to the university, it’s about students at its core, said Brian Logue, senior alumni participation director. Money raised from the event will go directly to student scholarships, he said. “We are pleased to align Scholarship Day with a season of giving,” Logue wrote in an email. “Contributing dollars is a worthy effort, because we know that earning a scholarship can be a game-changer for many students.” For Ed Waddill, a junior marketing and supply chain management major, a scholarship meant he could focus on academics and not worry about struggling to pay tuition bills. His older sister went to college for a few years but had to drop out when it became a financial burden for their family. A first-generation college student,
the college park airport has been a local institution for more than a century. About 800 people attended Saturday’s Santa Fly-In event. joyce koh/for the diamondback
a flyable community College Park Airport has been host to aviation firsts throughout history By Annika McGinnis @annikam93 Senior staff writer The propellers roared and the helicopter circled the sky, steadying itself as it began its descent. A crowd of children leaning over the fence let out a collective gasp. Santa was coming to town — rather, he was f lying into the College Park Airport on a Prince George’s County Police Department helicopter. He stepped out of the cockpit clad in his traditional red coat and hat, waving and giving high fives.
“The kids ran to the window; they were so excited to see him,” said Apollo Harrington, a freshman enrolled in letter and sciences who volunteered at the Santa Fly-In event. “And then some of them were like, ‘Santa? I don’t care,’ and I was like, ‘I care; it’s Santa! Come on, Christmas spirit!’” About 800 people came out Saturday for the Christmas tradition at the College Park Airport, the world’s oldest continuously operating airport. Located just across the street from this city’s Metro station, the airport dates back to 1909, when Wilbur Wright came
to the city to teach Army officers how to fly. In the 1900s, when this university was a small agricultural college, the airport began as a farmer’s field with a grass and dirt runway, said museum educator Chelsea Dorman. It’s been open ever since — even staying open on 9/11 for federal aircraft after the government canceled thousands of fl ights across the country. Over the years, the airport has been the site of many “firsts” in aerial history. There, the first See airport, Page 2
Congress unveiled a bipartisan budget plan well before deadline, but experts are wary; rather than address larger budgetary issues, t he pla n cont i nues a legacy of stagnant compromise, suggesting the country could face further budget crises. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) presented their plan Tuesday, ahead of the self-imposed Dec. 13 deadline. The suggested budget works to restore funds lost to sequestration — automatic budget cuts that took effect after failed budget discussions early this year — by increasing federal defense and domestic spending by about $63 billion over the next two years, but it does little for higher education spending. Ben Miller, a senior policy analyst in the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program, said the lack of change in education funding is a plus for students who have suffered from federal budget cuts for the past several years. “If you look at past budget deals, those have generally included things that are bad for students,” Miller said. “These things are insignificant, but they’re better for students rather than another hit of some sort, which is what they’ve faced in the past.” The budget plan addresses interest rates for the Federal Family Education Loan Program, which allowed the government to back private student
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Some students fight possible American sanctions on Iran By Ellie Silverman @esilverman11 Staff writer
Longtime housekeeper Martha Timms to retire By Darcy Costello @dctello Staff writer During the holiday season, the south-side residents on the sixth, seventh and eighth floors of Cumberland Hall can count on one thing: a Christmas card, hand-signed, handdelivered and taped to their doors by Martha Timms. Timms is a familiar figure in the halls of Cumberland, where she has worked as a housekeeper for 16 years, and her Christmas cards aren’t the only
martha timms, 16-year Cumberland Hall housekeeper, makes Christmas cards every year for her floors’ residents. When she retires this month, she said, she’ll miss those friendships. sung-min kim/the diamondback way she shows her friendship with the residents. She acts as a kind of “mother hen” for the floors on which she works, she said, and when she retires this month, she’ll miss the students and her relationships with them most. “We get to be friends over the year they live on my floors. They’ll come
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up to me and be like, ‘Is it raining?’ or, ‘Is my skirt too short?’ It starts out silly, but then we start to talk about studies and what their major is and everything,” Timms said. “Yeah, I’m defi nitely going to miss that.”
K a m ra n Pa r tov i broug ht a suitcase full of medicine when she visited her family in Iran last winter break. “My grandmother is a dialysis patient; she’s been on dialysis for almost 20 years, maybe even more, and for patients like her, it’s very difficult to fi nd medication,” the sophomore government and politics major said. Limited access to goods such as medicine is a result of the economic sanctions the U.S. has imposed on Iran for decades, Partovi said. But in late November, the U.S., Iran and five other world powers — the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany — struck a deal to give Iran more than $6
billion in sanctions relief in exchange for stopping parts of its nuclear program. Now, some U.S. lawmakers, including Rep. Steny Hoyer (DMd.), are debating proposing new sanctions — restrictions that some Iranian-American students at this university said would be detrimental to the Iranian people. Since Hoyer represents parts of Prince George’s County, IranianAmerican students at this university have the potential to make a difference by voicing their opinions, said sophomore government and politics major Yosmin Badie. The sanctions have hurt Badie’s family members in Iran, she said. Though Badie was born in the U.S., almost all of her aunts, uncles and cousins still live in the Middle Eastern country.
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Unveiling this deal before the Dec. 13 deadline showed that Congress doesn’t want to face another government shutdown, said university public policy professor Philip Joyce, but it’s no guarantee that a shutdown won’t happen again. T he plan also stays neutral. Neither Republicans nor Democrats appeared to address their respective rallying cries for entitlement program reform and new revenueraising measures, though the proposal leaves some room to meet in the middle, McCann said. The true test of the Ryan-Murray plan’s viability is congressional support, and earning that w ill be a challenge, McCann said, because it’s unclear whether there are enough lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to endorse such a plan. Republicans in particular will be difficult to please, given the party’s reputation for routine opposition, Joyce said. “I can only believe that they think or that they know that it is going to pass,” Joyce said. “But I think it’s by no means a certainty.”
loans and was eliminated in 2010. Program participants who want to erase a default from their record can go through a structured repayment plan called loan rehabilitation, coordinated with their loan servicer. Previously, private lenders could charge a fee of up to 18.5 percent for defaulted loans, but the Ryan-Murray plan would cap that fee at 16 percent, saving the average defaulting borrower $360, Miller said. This is a minor step in addressing larger issues — the only students affected are those who took out loans when FFEL still existed — but Miller said a positive in the bipartisan budget plan is “it generates savings without harming students.” “If they can reach an agreement here, that sort of makes it easier because you can start to move on to more substantive issues,” Miller said. A more significant concern i s w h e t h e r t h e pl a n c a n provide enough stability to avoid another government shutdown. “The agreement doesn’t address a number of our largest long-term fiscal problems,” said university public policy firstname.lastname@example.org professor Tony McCann.
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AIRPORT From PAGE 1 cross-country fl ight took off, and the first machine gun testing from an airplane took place. In 2000, Gus McLeod flew his open-cockpit World War II-era Stearman biplane over the North Pole and finished his groundbreaking trip in College Park. The fi rst woman flying for the U.S. government also made her first trip from College Park, Dorman said. “She took off here, f lew straight down the tracks to Union Station, turned around and came back,” Dorman said. “She was afraid she was going to get lost, and she didn’t want to be the woman who got lost on that big fl ight.” I n 191 8 , t h e U. S . P o s t Office launched its airmail s e r v i c e i n Col l e ge Pa rk , Dorman said. It was a dangerous business: About 70 percent of airmail pilots died within the first four years of the service, she said. Pilots f lew over mountains with no radio access, and planes often caught fire. In the aviation museum
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next to the airport’s runway, Dorman pointed to a Wright biplane that used to carry mail. The plane’s only safety feature was that the engine was far enough away from the pilot’s seat that if the plane tipped on its nose, the engine wouldn’t fall on top of the pilot, she said. “A lot of our early pilots were daredevils,” Dorman said. “You had to be a little crazy to get in one of these planes, which had a tiny engine and barely gets in the air and has no seat belts.” Sometimes, airplane stunts are encouraged: Since the 1920s, the airport has hosted air shows in which pilots do flips and people walk across plane wings mid-fl ight. Over the years, the airport has adapted to an urbanizing city. In the ’70s, it paved its runways to make way for heavier aircrafts and rotated them so planes wouldn’t take off over residents’ houses, Dorman said. But during the past century, the airport has remained a central fixture in a city undergoing cycles of major change. T he mu seu m g ives tou rs to schools and community
groups, and it holds frequent events ranging from lectures and movie nights to paper airplane competitions. On Saturday afternoon, kids milled about the museum’s main room, decorating holiday bags and getting their faces painted with glittery aviator goggles. Tara Yokanovich came from Annapolis with her husband, Nick, and their three children for the event. “We’ve seen Santa throughout the year, but not like this — the kids loved it,” Yokanovich said as her family waited for a photo with Santa. A long w ith com mu n ity members, the airport has hosted a list of celebrities ranging from Ben Stiller, who flew in last month, to John Travolta, Dorman said. The one group that’s lacking, she said, is university students. Hardly any have come to the airport or even seem to know of its existence, she said. “We haven’t been able to put our fi nger on what the reason is,” she said. “We’ve gone to campus, sent fliers out and got no one.” It’s a tough time economically for the airport, said
Sara Demetrides, education director. Since 9/11, new restrictions on who can use the airport have greatly limited the number of planes that fly into College Park, and the airport has lost revenue. But it’s not the first time the airport has struggled. It almost closed in the 1960s, Demetrides said, but a community-wide “Save the Airport” campaign helped the airport recover. On Saturday, Harrington, a student in the university’s CI V ICUS liv ing-lea rn ing program, was volunteering for service project points. But the event was fun, he said, and he didn’t think many students knew about it. As the airport continues to adjust to the growing city, employees hope to attract more people who are interested in fl ight, people who can’t keep their feet on the ground. “It’s such a unique airport that people are intrigued by the story we have to tell,” Dorman said. “It’s always something new, someone new we have to tell our story to. It’s a lot of fun.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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SCHOLArSHIP From PAGE 1 Waddill received a Banneker/ Key Scholarship when he enrolled at this university. “It helps me not focus on the financial aspect of school,” he said. “It has allowed me to focus more [on] extracurricular activities or helping out student organizations.” The daylong fundraising event also looked to boost alumni donation rates, said Eronn Strickland, an alumni p a r t i c i p a t io n c o o rd i n ator. This university receives contributions from about 10 percent of graduates, according to Strickland — lower than the national two-year average of 12.8 percent, according to a September U.S. News and World Report list. “It’s about reaching out to them in ways they don’t ex pect,” Strickla nd sa id. “Scholarship Day is effective because there’s something exciting about it.” A s i ncentive to ma rket Scholarship Day to students a nd a lu m n i, t he u n iversity promised an additional $5,000 to the college and school participation challenge winner and $3,000 to the winner of the scholarship fund challenge. “The colleges have been the key to getting the word out on campus and engaging alumni,
and we are glad to see some friendly competition as faculty, staff and students check the leaderboard throughout the day,” Logue wrote. When Lucy Dalglish, the jou r n a l ism col lege dea n, lea rned about a week ago that Scholarship Day would take place on Dec. 11, she and her colleagues sent out notices to more than 5,000 people asking them for contributions. By 2:15 p.m., users logged onto the journalism college’s donation page about 600 times. As of midnight, the college was in fi rst place for highest participation — a spot it claimed for most of the day. The journalism college has some of the highest student retention rates in the university. But because so many students live outside of the state — outof-state students make up 51 percent of the school’s 2013-14 freshman class — money is a major concern, Dalglish said. “We use every single nickel we get, and this is the time of year that we hear from students who are concerned about funding for next semester,” she said. “We know that when we lose people mid-year, it’s almost exclusively due to money.” Den n is T i ng, a ju n ior journalism major, said that receiving a Banneker/Key Scholarship as a freshman helped ease the fi na ncia l
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Junior computer engineering major burden on his family. “I have two sisters, so it definitely helps for our pa rents not to h ave to worry about one of us,” Ting said. “I was able to go study abroad because of that scholarship, which I wouldn’t have been able to have done if I didn’t have it.” To Triana McCorkle, a junior computer engineering major and Banneker/ Key recipient, yesterday’s event was an opportunity to give back to the university and help out her peers. “I know what it is like to not know how you are going to fi nd the funding to stay in school,” McCorkle said. “You’re helping your peers. Who knows — they could be one of you r friends. That could help one of your friends stay in school.” email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
She began working at this university after a supervisor and coworker from her previous job as a NASA custod ian encou raged her to apply. She began working on North Hill and then in Denton Hall, staying at both for less than a year before arriving at Cumberland hall, where she’s spent most of her time at the university. “I didn’t start out working thinking I was going to stay this long, but it’s been nice being in Cumberland,” Timms said. “You get used to the routine; you start knowing what to expect, what students you’ll see. You just get to know your floors.” For Timms, the routine is familiar. She wakes up at 5 a.m. and gets out of bed at 5:30 a.m. — “It takes me a while to actually get out, sometimes,” she said. Then she catches two buses to the university, where a coworker picks her up at the “M” circle and drives her to Cumberland to start her day. For 10 years, until October of this year, she had a part-time job in the evenings, traveling to the Internal Revenue Service building in New Carrollton to work from about 5 to 9 p.m. “My k ids have been on my back to retire for a long time, so when the government shut down in October, I stopped working the second job,” Timms said. “I initially planned to keep it until I retired from the university, but it just worked out that way. My kids were happy about it, and I’m excited to spend more time with them and with my grandkids.” T h o u g h h e r ro u t i n e i s fa m i l ia r, some semesters are definitely better than others, Timms said. When
she first started working at the university in 1997, she had two all-male, south side f loors. Cleaning for them was not easy. “They would do just crazy stuff in that bathroom,” she said. “They’d leave all kinds of shampoo and shaving cream on the mirrors. Once, they dragged a couch — I don’t even know where they got it from — and put it in the shower. It depends on the year, but some years were just crazy.” She remembers one student with whom she was particularly close. They had a rocky beginning, she said, because he came into the bathroom she was cleaning and got “testy” when she asked him to leave. For a while after that, he would avoid eye contact and pass by without greeting her. “One day I pulled him aside and was like, ‘Before you leave, we’re going to be the best of friends,’” she said. “He wasn’t sure, but I told him, ‘Just wait and see.’ For a while after that, he still wouldn’t speak to me, but he came around slowly.” By the end of the yea r, Timms said the two would chat whenever they saw each other. When the student’s dad came to pick him up, he introduced Timms to him and told him their story. “He wanted to give me a hard time, but he came around in the end,” Timms said. Timms has a way of slowly getting to know people, learning piece-by-piece from conversations in the hallway and sharing bits of her life with her residents, students living on her floors said. For instance, she has four kids and many grandchildren — she’s especially proud of one who graduated from high school in May. “You learn a lot about her when you take the time to have a conversation with her,” said Deja Duncan, a sophomore enrolled in letters and sci-
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ences. “She’s really nice, really compassionate — I talk to her whenever I get the chance.” Last year, Timms received a n awa rd m a rk i ng her 15 years at the university. She got a lunch bag and a plaque, she said, the latter of which is hanging in her house. Fo r C h l o e M i l l e r, t h e eighth-f loor Cumberland resident assistant, this was the fi rst semester having Timms as a housekeeper. But she said that from the first time they met, she knew they’d be friends. Timms is a “mother figure” for the girls on her floor, Miller said. “We’re so lucky to have such a charismatic housekeeper; she’s always ready to build relationships with the students,” Miller said. “I met her on the fi rst day and knew it was going to be so much fun getting to know her as the RA on the floor. She’s just the sweetest lady.” And though the residents sa id they’l l be sad to see Timms go, they were happy she’ll be able to retire and rest — something Timms is looking forward to doing. “I’m going to take a nice, long break and try to get out of the mode where I have to get up for work every day,” she said, laughing. “I’m going to visit my sister in Arizona next year, and while I’m out there, we’re going to go to Vegas and the Grand Canyon — yeah, I think I’m ready to retire.” email@example.com
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hristmas is coming early for the Terrapins football team. With visions of a Military Bowl trophy and a defeated Marshall team dancing in their heads, the Terps should wake up to the offseason with fresh new PlayStation 4s at their disposal. As part of the Military Bowl’s gift package to both the Terps and the Thundering Herd, the bowl has made headlines by offering more than 200 of the brand-new consoles, which retail starting at $399. And while the Military Bowl offers some of the most sought-after gifts to its participants — it gave iPad Minis to Bowling Green and San Jose State last season — it’s hardly unique in its generosity. The lowly Beef O’Brady’s Bowl will give Ohio and East Carolina players Samsung Galaxy Tabs, while the similarly low-visibility Poinsettia Bowl is offering Utah State and Northern Illinois athletes each $205 gift cards to Best Buy. Meanwhile, inside linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who put up extraordinary numbers against Florida International in August with five tackles and one-and-a-half sacks, won’t see a roughly $30 game ball until after he graduates later this
month. And coach Randy Edsall can’t even think about taking a player and his family out to dinner. In another case of the NCAA’s inability to rein in the college football cash cow it has created, bowl games can offer student-athletes up to $550 in prizes for their participation in the bowl. With the NCAA allowing 85 scholarship football players per roster, the prizes add up to more than $93,000 for scholarship players alone.
College football rules are antiquated and need a serious overhaul; the parameters for giving players gifts are hypocritical. It’s difficult to justify allowing a bowl game to drop nearly $100,000 on football players while other athletics rules prevent simple, benign tokens, such as a meal between coach and athlete or a game ball. After Whitfield learned in September that he would not be eligible to receive the Florida International game
ball, sports pundit Keith Olbermann went on to call Edsall the “world’s worst person in sports.” That might be a load of hot air, but there is a grain of truth to Olbermann’s diatribe. The hypocrisy of the NCAA’s amateurism rules can’t be described as anything but inane. The NCAA’s 2011-12 Division I Manual, a tome meant to guide member organizations’ compliance with their ridiculous mandates — including gems such as how large pieces of paper sent to prospective recruits are allowed to be — is 426 pages. And it’s a disaster. Among calls for student-athlete salaries in college football and scandals at Ohio State and the University of Southern California, it’s hard not to see that the NCAA is in over its head. In 2011, the top 15 highest-paid coaches in college football earned $53.4 million. The sport is a business, and the NCAA isn’t prepared to deal with it — silly rules are not going to solve the grander problems of the enormous enterprise. A significant overhaul of the way college football is run needs to come soon. And Whitfield needs to get his game ball.
not prevent you or your sisters from marrying a good person, as it used to. If you cheat, you can still buy property, still appear publicly, still vote and, as we have seen, still hold public office. Perhaps it is exactly because our culture has some grandiose picture of “honor” that they used it. If there is no difference in our minds between the publicly shamed official, the unfaithful spouse and the cheater on a test, then there will, theoretically, offer more of a real-world deterrence. But this phrase is carrying a lot of social baggage. It is this same “honor” that conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh in 2012 tried to take away from women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke, then a Georgetown Law student, by calling her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” It is honor that drives people to fight, die and — often overlooked — kill for their country. Is this honor the same that we pledge to keep on our quizzes? Of course not. There are not nearly the number of real-world consequences at stake. Yes, the system is set up to utterly destroy students’ credibility if they should cheat, and in that way there are consequences. Yet for those not planning on being professors or engineers, this can often mean next to nothing in terms of future impact. But the comparison simply doesn’t hold up. Instead, I’d rather see a list of study tips where the pledge should be. “The best way to cheat is to know everything and to drill the information daily,” “Learn well so you can be the first one to hand this in” and other motivational and helpful quotes would be just as good. Chances are, if people are going to cheat, they will sign an honor pledge night and day if it makes the school happy. Instead, we should look at the culture of cheating and attack that, and leave “honor” to the now-socially backward societies that came before us.
If you’ve taken so much as one exam at this institution, you’ve no doubt read the Honor Pledge. It is the one that goes, “I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment/examination.” This statement is drilled into your head pretty thoroughly. Much like the church bells at the top of the hour, I could sing and recite both from memory. Yet there’s a single word in that pledge that stands out as particularly antiquated: honor. Though not everyone is a classics major and therefore equates honor with the plundering, destructive, hypermasculine man-beasts that are the Iliad characters, undoubtedly we all have our own mental picture of what “honor” means. And I highly doubt that mental picture has a chemistry exam in it. Before the rant, I must say I do fully understand and support the purpose behind the pledge. Academia exists both to replenish itself and to create functioning, honest members of society. I also get that the pledge protects the university. Time and again, professors have told me about some students trying to wiggle out of the pledge in some way or saying they never signed it so they were allowed to cheat. Those people are the outliers of my discussion. But why “honor”? And why, on the Honor Pledge website, do only “pledge,” “code” “scroll,” “council” or “that” (from the pledge) immediately follow the word in sentences? Clearly it was chosen for its brevity, but why choose this word specifically? After all, what administrators are saying is that you won’t cheat. Erik Shell is a junior classical languages This does not concern the public’s and literatures and history major. He perception on your bloodline. It will can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. LETTER TO THE EDITOR
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Remember everyone for the holidays MATT DRAGONETTE While we enjoy the holiday season with parties and presents, we should remember the millions who will go without this year. Whether from job loss or low pay, many people cannot afford gifts for their friends and families. Many of these stories are heartbreaking, as people desperately want to give to their friends and family. Unfortunately, these stories have become more and more common in the past few years. Even though the unemployment rate has declined, pay and hours have been dramatically reduced. A study from the National Employment Law Project found that 60 percent of jobs lost during the recession were middle-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs added after the recession were low-wage jobs. This means fewer skilled (and valuable) jobs exist now than in 2007. And as I mentioned in my response to The Diamondback’s call for a higher minimum wage, this problem will exist regardless of the wage level the government mandates. But our government can help in the creation of stronger American jobs in two valuable ways: 1 . A re d u c t i o n o f b u rd e n s o m e re g u l a t i o n . While there are, obviously, necessary regulations, America’s mountain of them discourages people from
starting and keeping businesses here. Every entrepreneur who wants to start a business can potentially face more than 700 federal regulations in addition to hundreds of state and local regulations. These regulations do make a negative economic impact: One study “presents evidence that stronger entry deterrence increased industry concentration and reduced employment growth” in the French retail industry. Portuguese reform, which streamlined regulations, increased the number start-ups by about 17 percent and created about seven new jobs per 100,000 people, according to a study in The Economic Journal. The study goes on to say that businesses created as a result of deregulation were disproportionately owned by older, female and less-educated proprietors. These are just two examples of the negative effects of overregulation and how reasonable reform can promote growth. We have to incentivize industry to create wealth for America. 2. Immediate increased e n e rg y p ro d u c t i o n . One industry that needs additional investment and attention is energy. America has huge oil and natural gas reserves that could help us remove our dependence on foreign oil. Let’s use them (gasp!). While we continue to find replacement sources for oil (especially for cars), we are going to keep sending money to the Middle East instead of paying Amer-
icans to drill for the same substance here. We should also invest in nuclear power. Nuclear power’s costs about a tenth of oil in terms of production. In the U.S. in 2012, nuclear production costs totaled about 2 cents per kilowatt-hour compared to oil’s production cost of almost 24 cents per kwh, according to the World Nuclear Association. If we are able to use our own resources, we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This means more jobs and stable energy sources. Perhaps more importantly than these and dozens of other ways to foster a stronger jobs environment is for American consumers to buy what they preach. Everyone always complains about businesses outsourcing jobs and things being made in other countries, but few buy only American-made items. Free trade is not something to fear, but we cannot always make the cheapest goods in America. When consumers decide to demand American goods, companies will bring those jobs to the United States to meet that demand. America has to fix its economy now. If too many generations are left to low-paying service jobs, we will be at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world. Let’s create jobs to make our country better and help millions of our fellow citizens earn a solid living. Matt Dragonette is a sophomore accounting major. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
rriving here recently as a graduate student, I am surprised and disappointed with the university’s concept of personal development. For a university this size, Campus Recreation Services should be offering not only training in numerous mind-body classes, such as various types of yoga, martial arts, tai chi and meditation but also classes in different sports. When I was an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, I enjoyed the ability to choose from not only these classes (with only a nominal fee) but also from numerous sections of each class. In addition, Rutgers Recreation offered classes in many styles of dance and leveled classes in outdoor activities, such as kayaking, with fees much lower than those at this university. This university’s recreation fees are acutely exorbitant when considering the scant offerings. Before you get upset with me, I say all of this not to bash this university. The campus is far more lovely, as is the overall experience. Yet, because I am familiar with what I believe is a fair basis of comparison, I want you and me to get our money’s worth. As it stands, we are not. This extends past the issue of recreation. I took a walk toward the beautiful music facilities at this university, violin in hand. No, I am
not a music major, but I am a serious violinist and semiprofessional operatic baritone and cannot practice without disturbing my neighbors. To my surprise, I was unable to sign up for a practice room, much less get into one with my swipe card. Finally, a faculty member told me these are for only music students. I understand now. At this university, athletic facilities are not just for school athletes, but music facilities are only for the school’s music students. This is unfortunate and signals a limited philosophy of personal development. Recently, I walked through the education department’s Benjamin Building and noted a large number of office furnishings with Post-it notes labeled “TT.” I asked another student, and she said, “Oh, those are going to Terrapin Trader. They are constantly getting rid of stuff.” I visited Terrapin Trader, this university’s surplus warehouse. After purchasing a perfectly good and relatively new desktop computer, monitor and fancy office chair, I thought about the sheer volume of good materials the university disposes. I began to wonder if several hundred dollars of my recreation fee went not toward paying for a wonderful variety of classes never offered but instead to unnecessarily replace a desktop computer, a monitor and a fancy chair.
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‘THat SEX GROUP’ Sketchup rebrands and aims for a more mature, intelligent style of humor
By Beena Raghavendran @thebeenster Senior staff writer Five minutes into Sketchup’s open dress rehearsal for its end-of-thesemester show Tuesday evening in an Art-Sociology building lecture hall, there wasn’t a fart joke or poop joke to be heard. Thirteen minutes in — still no poop jokes. Forty minutes — not even one. An hour later — nothing. The rest of the university knows Sketchup as “that sex group,” said Reed Bjorntvedt, a junior studio art major in his third year with the sketch comedy group. “There was one show last year where I played nothing but characters who pooped,” Bjorntvedt said. “I was the pope and I pooped, Sean Connery and I pooped, FDR and I pooped. “They were great roles, and I loved them,” he continued, “but this show is noticeably less sexual, less raunchy.” Tonight’s “Sketchup and Get Down,” the group’s last show of the semester, signals Sketchup’s gradual shift away from its traditional crude humor to classier jokes and a more professional show. It’s what senior marketing major Lauren Mazlin, who’s in her fourth year with Sketchup and serves as the group’s advertising director and recruitment chairwoman, calls “smarter
Bjorntvedt said that while the group humor.” There are still sexual jokes involved in this show because the group didn’t explicitly decide to change the is playing to a college audience, but tone — it was more a push for proits members said there’s noticeably fessionalism — it’s going to promote humor that will less crass. focus on “things “The feel of “THERE WAS ONE SHOW LAST that are not necSketchup has YEAR WHERE I PLAYED NOTHING been continually BUT CHARACTERS WHO POOPED. essarily degrading or offensive changing, in my opinion, for the ...I WAS THE POPE AND I POOPED, toward certain demographics better,” Mazlin SEAN CONNERY AND I POOPED, and identities.” said. “I can very FDR AND I POOPED.” Mazlin said vividly tell that REED BJORNTVEDT while sketches each semester SKETCHUP MARKETING DIRECTOR weren’t a big that goes on, we’ve gotten to a level of more intel- part of the audition process in earlier years, Sketchup has put increasing ligent humor.” Sketchup’s old tone can be found in weight on them. It’s changed the its YouTube channel. A video uploaded dynamic of the group from mostly in February 2010 titled “Funeral Ditty theatre majors (who possess “perDat” — “Or should I say… Titty Dat??”, formance quality”) in previous years as part of the description reads — is to those with positive energy and about a man who can’t stop staring at writing chops. For Bjorntvedt, the tonal shift is a a dead woman’s breasts as she lies in a casket. Another, uploaded in Decem- big-picture one. He hopes to pursue ber 2012, calls a feminist some deroga- a career in comedy and pinpointed tory names, and several sketches poke Sketchup alumni across the country, including former members with telefun at racial stereotypes. Bjorntvedt referenced a sketch vision credits and one alumna who’s uploaded in December 2012 in which touring with improv group Second City. “I’m someone that wants to go on to he impersonated Sean Connery’s way of making “sit” sound like “shit,” a comedy career, so my attitude about it, I think, influences other people in before defecating on a bench. There won’t be many of those the group too,” he said. “We think groan-worthy moments in the first about it in terms of our whole career.” Sketchup has been growing on the 15 or so of the group’s sketches of toproduction level too, said Bjorntvedt, night’s show.
sketchup members prepare for their final show of the year at the open dress rehearsal for “Sketchup and Get Down,” which the group hopes will help change its image as “that sex group.” james levin/the diamondback who’s also the group’s marketing director and graphic designer. They’ve been recruiting stage managers since 2008 to improve their shows and order two unique T-shirt designs each year. “We’ve kind of rebranded since I’ve been with the group,” he said. “We’ve had a shift in our professionalism.” Noah Ferentz, a sophomore enrolled in letters and sciences in his first semester of Sketchup, feels the group gives him a chance to sharpen his writing and comedy skills and become part of a close-knit community. “At the end of the day, we’re all madly in love with each other,” Ferentz said. While prepping for the dress rehearsal, parts of Queen’s “Don’t Stop
Me Now” blared through the lecture hall. Sketchup members ran props back and forth and etched a set list on the blackboard next to a chalked Sketchup logo. An antsy feeling of excitement ready to explode seemed to pulse through the room. So when the members rushed the bottom of the lecture hall with their signature chant — “arf arf Sketchup, arf arf Sketchup” — they did it with all the energy of years past and a focus on the future. Sketchup’s free end-of-semester show “Sketchup and Get Down” will take place tonight at 8 in Hoff Theater at Stamp Student Union. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Yosmin Badie, a member of a local National Iranian American Council chapter, wants students to petition against additional U.S. sanctions on Iran. kelsey hughes/the diamondback
IRAN From PAGE 1 So as part of the Prince George’s County chapter of the National Iranian American Council, Badie sent an email to the university’s government and politics listserv Monday asking students to sig n a p et it ion opposi ng the possible new sanctions. About 10 to 15 students at this university are part of that chapter, she said. “I’ve a lways wa nted to kind of find a way to help,
but I’ve always felt hopeless,” Badie said. “Hearing about Nationa l I ra n ia n American Council and their campaign kind of gave me hope and made me realize that I could do something to affect the situation.” In her email, Badie asked for people who support lifting sanctions and increasing diplomacy to send in their signatures to be presented to Hoyer. The chapter’s goal is 75 signatures, and so far, her message has generated 24, she said. She sent out the message without permission, however,
and some students thought it was too politically charged to go out to students. “[It was] inappropriate for a student to use a schoolsponsored academic forum for their political views,” said sophomore finance major Ryan Crowder. But the students i n the chapter will continue their efforts, Bad ie sa id, ca mpaigning by talking to students outside McKeld in Library and other campus locations. The national debate includes concerns that lifting sanctions against Iran might indirectly support the nation’s nuclea r capabi l ity. But though Badie opposes Iran having nuclear arms, she doesn’t think imposing sanctions will help. I nstead, she supports the November deal that relieved some international sanctions in exchange for working to minimize Iran’s nuclear program, which includes diluting its supply of uranium, which can become fuel for a nuclear weapon, halting construction of any new nuclear facilities and increasing outside observation of its nuclear program. Still, some said the tempo-
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From PAGE 10 SoccerPlex, leaving players on each side worn out and fatigued, including forward Schillo Tshuma, who sat out the final game with a tweaked hamstring. “The game at Germantown was a tough game,” Cirovski said. “Both teams had used different kinds of energy on the Friday. Our ga m e w i t h C l e m so n o n Friday was a very physical, very draining game. [Virginia’s] game, they were down by two and had to use a lot of energy to come back and force the game into overtime. Both teams were exhausted on Sunday. It was a survival contest.” This weekend will mark the Terps’ eig h th College Cup appearance in Cirovski’s 21 years as coach. His program, however, has dropped five of its seven semifinal matches since 1998, when the team made its first final four since 1969, including a heartbreaking loss to Georgetown last season in Hoover, Ala. “I think we have the approach this week that it is an
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eagles From PAGE 10 that guard Nick Faust needed to improve his defensive play after the junior played a part in allowing Colonials guard Maurice Creek to score 25 points Sunday. Then there’s guard Roddy Peters, who is likely to make the third start of his freshman year at point guard against the Eagles. Peters could help to guard Hanlan tonight, though he’s struggled at times this season staying keyed in while on defense. “Roddy’s our best point guard offensively,” Turgeon said.“He’s getting better defensively. He’s concentrating on it.”
bowl From PAGE 9 it will be a new experience for many of the players. And that experience includes being away from home on Christmas for the first time. “That’s one of the disadvantages of coming up here,” said cornerback Will Likely, a Belle Glade, Fla., native. “You know you’re going to be away from your family, so you just got to suck it up and get used to it.” Bowl week also provides the Terps with free time they haven’t had all season long. After trying to balance football with the different elements of school, late December will be about football and only football as the Terps prepare to face an explosive Marshall team. And while there’s extra focus on the game, staying in a swanky hotel in northwest Washington with unexpected time to kill presents its own management challenges. “I think it could be [a distraction],” Brown said. “If you let your mind wander, if you don’t know the day-to-day process of what you need to do and focus,
Turgeon said his main guards — Faust, Peters, Dez Wells and Varun Ram — need to do a better job against Boston College’s perimeter players. Creek and guard Joe McDonald consistently penetrated the Terps defense Sunday, which helped George Washington to pull away. “G.W. drove it, and they hurt us,” Turgeon said. “Them scoring, us fouling, them getting a second-chance point. Guys just got to guard better.” With the Terps’ perimeter players struggling to defend the Colonials guards early in the contest, they didn’t force many turnovers and couldn’t find any easy buckets. As a result, the Terps struggled on both ends of the floor and entered halftime trailing by 12 points.
making sure you’re in on time at night with curfew and things like that and not just getting wrapped up in the whole bowl week. … You’re not living in a dorm; you’re staying in a nice hotel, getting all this nice food, just making sure you’re staying on top of your game.” Brown was a backup quarterback in the 2010 Military Bowl, in which the Terps beat East Carolina, 51-20. He had suffered a broken collarbone in the second game of the 2010 season, and the practices leading up to the bowl game were his first since early September. So for him, the lead-up to the game was about getting back on the field and contributing to the winning effort. Still, the then-redshirt freshman was sometimes in awe of the events surrounding the week and the game at RFK Stadium. “I think the biggest thing is I kind of know what to expect the week leading up, what the practices are going to be like, not where I was younger my first time going, where I was kind of wide-eyed vision, not really knowing the dayto-day process of staying in
They worked their way back into the game in the second half when their defensive pressure picked up, forcing George Washington into 15 turnovers. Tonight, the Terps hope they can open the game against Boston College with that sort of pressure, rather than digging an early hole. “ Once we loose ne d u p, ou r offense got going and our defense also got our offense going,” forward Jonathan Graham said. “Our team defense got better, we were scoring points and getting better.” Though the Colonials ended up on top, the Terps did erase a 14-point lead late in Sunday’s contest, leaving the team with something to build on. The Terps’ full-court press sparked
“YOU KNOW YOU’RE GOING TO BE AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILY, SO YOU JUST GOT TO SUCK IT UP AND GET USED TO IT.” WILL LIKELY
Terrapins football cornerback a hotel every night, going to practice in the morning and coming back,” Brown said. “It’s just football every day.” Brown said he’s talked to some of the younger players about what the experience will be like, and the veterans who were around three years ago will do their best to help guide the team through the Christmas holiday. A season full of firsts for the Terps — under Edsall, his first winning season and bowl game — will add another for many in spending Christmas away from home. “This is going to be my first year,” wide receiver Amba EttaTawo said. “It’s a good way. At least I’m doing something I love to do, so I can’t really complain.” email@example.com
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the run, which gave Turgeon more confidence to employ the defense. The Terps, though, aren’t going to change much about their defensive game plan for the Eagles. Turgeon said he would only “sprinkle in” the fullcourt press and he doesn’t have enough depth to significantly change personnel. Turgeon just wants his team to guard better in its current system and bring more intensity on defense. He doesn’t want to wait for improvements, either, considering his team enters conference play just one game above .500 despite an offense that averages 72.8 points per game. Turning around the defense tonight might not be easy, but it’s something the Terps feel they have to do.
preview From PAGE 9 is so focused on gymnastics,” Nelligan said. But before the Terps look too far ahead, they’ll have tonight’s Red vs. Black intrasquad meet and a regularseason schedule that starts at Central Michigan on Jan. 10. Later schedule highlights include EAGL meets against N.C. State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, George Washington, Towson and New Hampshire. “There is a nice rivalry going with N.C. State. Their fans booed us when we went there,” Nelligan said. “We are really looking forward to those kind of meets, seeing them for the last time in an ACC format.” The Terps got the better of the Wolfpack last season, finishing in a tie in Raleigh, N.C., and winning in College Park. N.C. State was the preseason No. 1 in the conference last season, with the Terps ranked second. Because of scheduling, though, the Terps will not get a chance to face off against N.C. State at Comcast Center this
“RODDY’S OUR BEST POINT GUARD OFFENSIVELY. HE’S GETTING BETTER DEFENSIVELY. HE’S CONCENTRATING ON IT.” MARK TURGEON
Terrapins men’s basketball coach “We just have to defend better,” Turgeon said. “We’re going up here to play against a team that’s averaging 77 a game and can really shoot and really space you, and they’re really hard to guard because they have a great point guard. We’ll be challenged in that area again.” firstname.lastname@example.org
season. Conference foes North Carolina and Pittsburgh will visit the Terps, however. For their final year in the conference, the Terps are returning plenty of experience to go with a strong freshman class. They lost only one senior after last season. Freshman Sarah Faller impressed on the bars and beam in a preseason intrasquad meet, Nelligan said, and freshman Nikki Chung should have an impact as well. Two of the other freshmen, Leah Slobodin and Nicole Dragon, are sidelined with injuries. Sophomore Haley Jones, who missed her entire freshman season with an injury, should provide a boost on vault and beam, Nelligan said, while sophomore Kathy Tang returns healthy after she rolled her ankle last season. “We want to improve on last year’s finish,” Nelligan said. “Last year we finished No. 22. We want to see if we can get into the teens, maybe top-15 or top-18.” The team was nationally ranked as high as No. 14 last season, but injuries down the stretch set the team back. With a healthy squad, the
Terps’ regular-season goal is to go undefeated at Comcast Center and on the road in the conference. “We are pretty even all the way around,” Nelligan said. “I think coming from last year, we have made some upgrades on bars.” In addition to the Terps’ usual prowess on the vault and floor, Nelligan said the team is still developing on the beam but has the potential to strengthen later in the season. “This year, we have so many girls ready on each event so that if anything happens, if there is an injury or we have to pull someone out, I’m just as confident in the next girl we put in there,” Dodds said. Dodds, a senior, along with the team’s other captains, senior Ebony Walters and junior Stephanie Giameo, said the biggest difference between previous teams and this season’s is the depth. “We are really strong on every event; we are putting up a lot of girls on each event,” Walters said. “We are all confident and ready to go.”” email@example.com
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Building back up After disappointing, injury-filled end to 2012-13 season, Terps look to capture conference in final try By Ryan Baillargeon @B_lage038 Staff writer The Terrapins gymnastics team has been climbing the rankings during Brett Nelligan’s four years as coach, and the Terps look to build on that progress in his fifth. After finishing second in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship meet last season, the Terps will look to take the next step behind their success in the vault and on the floor. “I want to leave my senior year with a ring, so I think the ultimate goal this season is to win the EAGL conference championship,” captain Katy Dodds said. This will be the team’s final chance to win the EAGL Championship, with this university’s impending move to the Big Ten in July, and the significance of the move isn’t lost on the coach or the gymnasts. “It is something that the Big Ten really cares about, and it will be much better for us to be in a conference that See Preview, Page 8
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In August, C.J. Brown sat at a table in the front of Glazer Auditorium in Gossett Football Team House answering questions at the Terrapins football team’s media day. Reporters touched on a variety of subjects: How did the quarterback’s knee feel? What were the expectations for coach Randy Edsall’s third year? What did he think about the talent on the roster?
Then, bowl eligibility came up. The Terps fell short of the six-win threshold in three of the previous four years, but Brown made it clear that the postseason was the goal. But at the same time, Brown acknowledged the drawbacks of playing football during the holiday season. “I haven’t been home for a Thanksgiving since I’ve been in college, and all the local guys get to go home. You go to a bowl game, you might not be home for Christmas either,” Brown said. “It comes with the territory. It’s a good
feeling to be around the guys. The bowl game’s just a great experience overall; everyone wants to go there. Everyone knows the gifts and the experience of going to a different place and staying in hotels.” The Terps will check in to the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington on Dec. 23 and stay until the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis. With only three participants and 16 redshirts left from the Terps’ last bowl team in 2010, See bowl, Page 8
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Defense looks to get back on track at BC Turgeon displeased with early performances By Aaron Kasinitz @AaronKazreports Senior staff writer Mark Turgeon gets a bit disgruntled when he reviews the Terrapins men’s basketball team’s offensive statistics from the first nine regularseason games, and it’s not because the third-year coach thinks his team should be scoring much more. He’s frustrated because he believes the Terps have been productive enough offensively to have seven or eight wins at this point in the season. Instead, the Terps are 5-4 after giving up more than 76 points — about 11 more than they allow on average — in each of their four losses. “Seventy-five points should be enough to win a game, but it wasn’t,” Turgeon said yesterday. “Eightythree at home should be enough to win a game, but it wasn’t. Connecticut was 77. That should have been enough to win a game, but it wasn’t.” It’s been a shaky defense, in Turgeon’s mind, that has cost the Terps a few extra victories. So in tonight’s conference opener at Boston College, the team will aim to put its defensive struggles in the past while beginning ACC play for the final time after more than 60 years in the league. The Terps’ task of patching up their defense against the Eagles (3-6) doesn’t appear easy, though. Boston College averages more than 76 points per game and makes 80 percent of its free throws — the best mark in the nation. Plus, Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan averages 19.2 points and three
MIDFIeLDER SUNNY JANE and the Terps beat Virginia for the ACC Championship, 1-0, nearly one month ago at Maryland SoccerPlex. file photo/the diamondback
GUARDS RODDY PETERS (left) and Nick Faust (right) are being counted on by coach Mark Turgeon for better defense tonight. christian jenkins/the diamondback assists per game, presenting a challenge for a Terps team that has struggled against talented guards this season. “They got a good point guard,” forward Jake Layman said. “They got a lot of shooters. It should be a tough matchup.” So the Terps need to improve their defensive effort against Boston College, and both Layman and Turgeon agree on what needs to change. “I just think it’s effort,” Turgeon said. “Effort and concentration — that’s the only thing it comes down to.” Still, there are a few specific players who will be key in defending Boston College. First, Turgeon mentioned See EAGLES, Page 8
Terps, Virginia prepared to tangle yet again tomorrow in Chester, Pa. By Daniel Popper @danielrpopper Staff writer On Oct. 11, the Terrapins men’s soccer team played to a thrilling 3-3 draw against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., as both teams combined for six goals in the first 27 minutes of play. Just more than a month later, the Terps and Cavaliers went head-to-head again in the ACC tournament championship game in Germantown, producing an equally entertaining match. Forward Patrick Mullins forced an own goal on a cross in the 88th minute after outmuscling defender Matt Brown for the ball down the left sideline, leading the Terps to their second straight conference title. After the victory, fans figured the two national powerhouses had met for the final time as conference opponents. The NCAA tournament, though, has
brought them back together for yet another chapter in their storied rivalry, which coach Sasho Cirovski believes is the best in college soccer. The No. 5-seed Terps and No. 8-seed Cavaliers will face off tomorrow night at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., for a spot in the national championship game. And with both teams rested and playing their best soccer, Cirovski expects a much cleaner affair compared to the two nail-biters from earlier this season. “I think you’ll see a different game,” Cirovski said yesterday. “This week, both teams will be fresh. I think you’ll see something in between.” The Terps and Cavaliers both endured overtime contests in the semifinals of the conference tournament just two days before the championship game. Not to mention, the referees allowed a great deal of physical play throughout the weekend at Maryland See CAVALIERS, Page 7