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Expanding fed. loan program may be hurting college students By Jim Bach Senior staff writer Gi na Ca i rney needed several student loans to graduate from this university. But paying back those expenses is weighing heavily on her mind now that she’s still searching for a permanent job three months after graduating. “Budgeting is very im-

portant and it probably takes up a lot of my time to make sure I can pay for everything,” said the journalism graduate, who has about $25,000 to repay in both government and pr ivate loa n s. Ca i r ney added that the government’s lender program, with its lower interest rates and monthly payments, was an enticing option that

helped her through college. “Without the federal loans, it would probably have been pretty tough.” The debate over federally subsidized student loans came to the forefront this summer when Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate sparred over how they would fund the nearly $6.7 billion program, ultimately compromising

to freeze interest rates on subsidized student loans another year. Both President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney voiced their support for the extension of the program during the debate. However, some experts have suggested the program See LOANS, Page 3

DIVING HEADFIRST Five university staff members travel to Afghanistan to help rebuild By Laura Blasey Staff writer Most have read the stories, heard the news. The culture and history of Afghanistan are often overshadowed by violence and political turmoil, but as several university staff members have found, taking a risk and boarding a plane can be a rewarding experience. It just depends on your attitude,

they found. July in Kabul: Temperatures reached the mid 90s as four American women strolled t h rou g h t he st reets wea r i ng shalwar kameez, the traditional long-sleeved tunic and cotton pants combination worn by Afghan women. Their head scarves were tied in the traditional fashion. For three days they commuted through the city, unescorted. It was hot, it was dangerous, but it

was necessary. Thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, the students were there to help the country rebuild. Through the University of Maryland Extension, a statewide network of educators that promotes the exchange of ideas and research, Amanda Rockler, See EXTENSION, Page 9

Univ. Senate skeptical of smoking ban By Lauren Kirkwood Staff writer Members of the University Senate thought they had laid the issue of a campuswide smoking ban to rest. Until a vote by the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents charged campuses to go smoke-free by nex t sum mer — leaving the senate’s most powerful subcommittee to decide how to best implement the policy at its meeting yesterday — many university officials had simply accepted a subcommittee’s decision from 2010 that a smoking ban would be impractical and difficult to enforce. That led many senators to voice their skepticism and frustrations with the order before ultimately charging the Campus Affairs Committee with

working out the details of the policy at the university. Several senators and students said the policy, approved by the board in July, may infringe on personal rights and will be just as hard to enforce as the current ban on smoking within 25 feet of any university building. The ban prohibits smoking on the campus’ grounds, outdoor structures and in school vehicles, but allows for “narrow exceptions” and the provision of a “very limited area” for smoking to be determined by the university president, according to USM spokesman Mike Lurie. The Campus Affairs Committee will explore implementing and enforcing the system-mandated policy before submitting its report in April. See SMOKING, Page 3

University launches emergency campaign Resident Life and RHA team up on S.O.S. initiative to help students respond in crises By Teddy Amenabar Staff writer The university is taking new steps to ensure students have a plan if the emergency siren blares across the campus aside from its test the fi rst Wednesday of every month. Department of Resident Life officials and the Resident Hall Association have teamed up on a campaign called S.O.S. in order to get students to stop, observe and seek information in the event of a crisis on the campus. The two groups envisioned the initiative after tornado warnings came through the campus one night last fall, leaving officials wondering whether students had the tools to

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respond and stay safe. “The safety and security of our students is really important to us, and I was really glad when the students who are on the ReLATe (Resident Life Advisory Team) committee of RHA came to me and said, ‘You know, we really don’t know exactly how to respond when the sirens go off,’” Resident Life Director Deb Grandner said. “A lot of our RHA members were hearing a lot of feedback from their constituents,” RHA President Sasha Azar said. “Students wanted more done on the university’s end in informing students on what they See campaign, Page 8

SGA readies for a productive year, hopes to pass several bills Members planned ways to reengage student body at annual retreat last weekend; working to avoid last year’s inefficiencies By Sarah Tincher Staff writer After spending last weekend planning how to engage the student body and craft bills, SGA representatives said they are prepared to start the semester on a stronger foot. Student Government Association members said they plan to introduce legislation as soon as possible to avoid falling into the same situation as last


fall when the body failed to propose a bill for the fi rst three weeks of the semester. SGA’s first step in preparing for the semester, which began with the first body meeting last night, was educating the 29 members through goal-oriented training sessions at the annual retreat last weekend. “The benefits are invaluable,” said SGA Communications Director Matt Arnstine of the group’s trip to Skycroft Conference Center in

Middletown, which Arnstine said cost about $2,950. “If you don’t have everyone on the same page to start the year, you’re going to end up with everyone frustrated because they’re not going to understand how the SGA functions.” The retreat offered both executive and legislative training, including mock debates, educational sessions


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LOANS From PAGE 1 has been a catalyst in fueling the rise of tuition costs and has extended loans to student borrowers who lack the means to repay them after graduating. As the federal government grows the lending program, it pushes up demand for college education and the number of graduates seeking a job at a rate much faster than employers are hiring, said Cliff Rossi, a teaching fellow at the business school. “Any time you provide the means for which people can pursue higher education, it creates an artificial demand,” Rossi said. “Because of that additional supply of financing for student loans, it gives the universities and colleges the ability to basically raise tuition costs.” Michael Finger, a communi-

cations specialist at brokerage firm Euro Pacific Capital Inc., said there is no real solution on the table. And with both presidential candidates supporting measures to extend the program, the workforce could become saturated with graduates who, because of large debt burdens, are less likely to start businesses and would instead take lower paying jobs to the detriment of the broader economy. “The ticket on neither party is serious about addressing the issue,” Finger said. “Essentially what they’re doing is making these kids ‘debt slaves.’” And Cairney experienced the anemic job market after graduation firsthand. She had to settle for a paid internship out of college to get by, and has to monitor her finances carefully. “It just seemed like when I was doing my job search, they just wanted interns, and most


of them were unpaid,” she said. Finger added the federal government should pull out of student lending altogether, leaving it to the private marketplace. The federal government issued 93 percent of student loans last year, while it only issued about 75 percent between 2006 and 2009, according to College Board. Those struggling to pay for college could take a hit if the federal lending program is abandoned, Rossi said, but the program does need to be more particular about to whom it issues loans to keep from fueling a “student loan bubble.” “We can’t afford to just pop it and take everything away,” Rossi said. “We have to have some sort of program out there; a limited federal assistance program out there for folks that are eligible and needy for those kinds of programs.”

This state has stayed below the national average for student loan debt, an accomplishment university President Wallace Loh commends. “The bottom line is, because the state has protected higher education in Maryland, there are far fewer students who are

hurting than compared to students at our peer institutions in the United States,” he said. But if more students continue to default on their federal loans, the country could face another economic collapse, Loh said. Default rates jumped to 8.8 percent in 2009 from 7 percent

Smoking From PAGE 1 But staff senator Steve Petkas said he expects the committee will fi nd enough leeway to adapt the policy to this campus. “That latitude allows us to make some sanity out of this thing,” Petkas said, “And enforcement is no simple task; let’s have some realism to this.” Several senators said they were worried the policy would be too restrictive, in particular to staff and visitors to the campus who smoke. “I don’t like smoking probably any more than any of you do, but … you just have to stop intruding on people’s personal stupidity from time to time,” said faculty senator Chris Davis. “Let them smoke, as long as they’re far from buildings.” Michele Eastman, the university’s chief of staff, said most aspects of the plan are still up in the air. “Someone’s driving through campus with their window open and smoking, and you’re s upp o se d to s top t hem?” Eastman said. “Are we going to say we’re not going to be

in 2008, according to the most recent Department of Education data. “If students start defaulting on their debts, we’re going to have a crisis as large as the mortgage crisis,” Loh said.

policing our parking lots? I don’t know.” Some st udents sa id t he ba n w i l l be too ch a l lenging to enforce, even if it does p ro m o t e a h e a l t h i e r a n d cleaner campus. Junior psychology major Cecilia Campos said she supports nonsmoking areas but believes those who want to smoke will do so regardless of the rules. “I guess I’m biased because I’m against smoking,” she said. “It’s a good idea but impossible to enforce.” Sophomore architecture major Sam Price also supported a ban but added it seemed unrealistic. “They’d have to have, like, spy cameras or something like that,” Price said. “It seems rather foolish.” However, several executive committee members said the policy raises the question of how far the university can go in regulating the lives of students and staff. “My only question is, are we going to ban cheeseburgers, pizzas and milkshakes?” facu lty senator Wi l l ia m Walters said.

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Questioning voting PRO Stay informed and vote: Young voters can shape an election

Madeleine List In November, we students at this university will have a chance to make our voices heard at the polls … but will we? The number of young voters who have turned out to vote in past general elections has been incredibly low. According to a Feb. 15, 2000 article in The New Republic, the percentage of 18- to 29-year-olds who voted in that year’s election hit a historic low of 36 percent. President Obama’s campaign in 2008 seemed to re-energize young voters, raising the voting rate of this age group to 46 percent, but fewer than half of eligible voters younger than 30 turned out. Young voters are the most important voices of any election and should be more politically active than any other age group. We are the ones who will be most affected by policies on student loans, education and unemployment. We are the ones eligible to be sent overseas to fight our country’s wars. And most importantly, we are the generation preparing to inherit leadership of this country. Why aren’t we more concerned with shaping the world; aren’t we supposed to be the future? I have talked to many of my peers about voting — specifically in this year’s election. They have said they do not plan to vote because they do not know enough facts to make an informed decision. The New Republic article suggests young people are too caught up with personal issues, such as graduating from college, buying a home and getting married to be concerned with politics. I think it is a combination of these personal factors, a lack of media literacy and a general lack of faith in the people who are supposed to provide us with the information

necessary to make the democratic process work. It is nearly impossible to get a true sense of the candidates because we are constantly bombarded with ridiculous accusations targeting each one. Campaign advertisements from both ends of the spectrum spend more time criticizing the opposition than telling us what the candidates themselves are going to do for the country. A May 16 New York Times article referred to the aggressive campaigning techniques leading up to this election as a “full-scale advertising war,” as in just a few weeks time, both parties purchased more than $50 million worth of advertisements. When politics are so clearly driven by money, and the information provided to us is so blatantly biased, it is tempting to quit any efforts to stay informed. Because when we do read the news, we are subjected to comments such as Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) about “legitimate rape” and the female body’s supposed ability to block conception, and we realize intelligence is not a requirement to be a politician in America. It is very easy to get discouraged. What I would say to my fellow dismayed young people is the truth is out there, and it’s worth fi nding. We are lucky enough to live in a democratic country. We are able to vote and change our political situation. Yet a vote is worthless if it is not an informed one. Taking the time every day to read the news from multiple credible sources, starting discussions with peers, watching campaign ads and debates with a critical eye and developing opinions about important issues is essential if we want to improve the state of our world. Students who are not already politically active must get inspired, get informed and get to the polls this election.


Transfer of responsibility It can’t be easy for transfer students — not only are they adjusting to a new university, but they aren’t starting anew like most freshmen. That leaves them with enough on their plates without the added pressure of being shortchanged in the housing pool. Even though the campus will house more transfer students this year than last, there has been little consistency with this process over the past decade, posing a problem for students who are considering moving to the university. T his fall, 220 transfer students moved into dorms, suites and apartments on the campus, compared to only 121 last year. Depa rtment of Resident Li fe officials said transfer students’ hou si ng ava i l abi l ity g reat ly depends on the size of the freshman class and the number of students who decide to remain in their dorms — all of whom receive priority over transfers. Transfer students, a historically overlooked demographic of the campus population, have a lot to adjust and get used to when they come to the university: new classes, possibly a greater workload, a new campus and most likely few friends. Many of these students attend community colleges fi rst, and others may decide to switch in search of a better atmosphere. But if transfer students are treated as second rate, they won’t get the campus experience they hoped for. And on top of all

that change, a transfer student has to fi nd a way to get acclimated to life on the campus. In an article in yesterday’s Diamondback, many transfer students said they feel they missed out on a “college experience” because of the


Transfer students shouldn’t be put on the back burner when it comes to accessing on-campus housing. lack of availability of dorms and on-campus apartments. Some said they don’t even try to get on-campus housing because of the reputation it has among transfer students. They deserve better. Under the current system, transfer students get put at the bottom of the housing pool — upperclassmen and those who have lived on the campus the longest receive first priority, then freshmen and then transfer students. But this editorial board wonders why transfer students aren’t given the same priority as freshmen in the housing pool. After all, it’s their fi rst year at the university, so in terms of housing, they are technically “freshmen.” And putting them at the bottom of the pool isn’t something that will entice the most qualified students to choose to pick up in the middle of their college careers and come to the uni-

versity. It’s a welcome accompanied by a slap in the face. T his community should be working to attract transfer students — a nd m a k i n g t hem feel welcome — not repelling them by throwing difficult housing conditions their way. The university has several redeeming qualities — from the top-notch professors, to the variety of classes available to the vast number of ways to get involved — that housing shouldn’t be a factor turning students away. For students hoping for a streamlined transition to the university, however, the lack of housing options might deter them from joining the community. The Department of Resident Life recently triumphed over a decadelong housing crunch by providing housing to all students who applied for it over the past two years, and is working to make that a year-to-year trend. Everything officials have accomplished thus far is commendable, but leaving out this key demographic when making plans cannot happen. Transfer students are an integral part of the university community and should be treated as such. Denying them equal housing status with freshmen, who are also entering the campus community for the fi rst time, is, simply put, wrong, and can certainly be a deterring factor. Resident Life needs to be sure to include and improve its treatment of these students in the future, and make sure not to dismiss them just because they may not have started their college careers here.


Ma d el e i n e Li st i s a s o p h o m o re enrolled in letters and sciences. She can be reached at

CON Choosing not to vote could be the best option

Erik Shell It is a magical time of year in America: Children are going back to school, the weather is cooling down and the eager politicians are gearing up for yet another election season. This week marked the official beginning of the race for the White House. Mitt Romney has emerged as his party’s golden boy, and the true faceoff can begin. Now that this is all official, it’s time to start taking a good look at both of the candidates. I, along with most of my readers, am particularly blessed, as it seems the young, undecided men and women of America will yet again be one of the big groups that each party hopes to lure into the voting booth. I’ll start this off with an easy one: I don’t think anyone should be beholden to one political party 100 percent of the time. It’s almost always a safe bet that a single organization — which changes quite drastically even in a lifetime — cannot represent every one of your best interests. Yes, that even includes the party your parents vote for year after year. You know who you are. On the other hand, no one should ever vote with a “lesser of two evils” mindset. Many times during the George W. Bush/John Kerry election, I heard something along the lines of, “I really hate Bush, but, man, that Kerry guy just weirds me out. So I’ll vote Bush this year.” This was in Ohio, one of the biggest swing states in any modern presidential election. These issues stem from a single problem: People don’t know their options when they go to vote. We are assaulted with messages night and day about Republicans versus Democrats, so we go into that little booth and press the button of the candidate whose campaign commercial we heard last before leaving the house.

As a historian, I can confidently tell you this was not the intent of early democracies, or even early republics. In fact, I’d wager Romans would run our Senate out of town and hold the House of Representatives as ransom for the insult we pay to the system. Conveniently, however, you have more options than red or blue. Option one: Vote for Ron Paul. To clarify, by “Ron Paul,” I mean vote for anyone who is attempting to grab the lingering single-digit percentage of voters in November. No, they won’t be elected. But you weighed the options and picked someone who you actually want in the seat instead of just voting against someone you didn’t want. Option two: Divert your attention to your local government. The federal government is huge, and those with GVPT 100 under their belts know the president can’t get a law passed on his own, even if the Tooth Fairy gave it a nudge through the House. By focusing on local government, you can affect your life in an immediate and substantial way. Option three (my personal favorite): Don’t vote at all. Before you grab your torch and pitchfork, let me explain. Every time you vote, everything you’ve ever voted for goes in a column right next to your name and onto a computer database. Whether you like it or not, you are tattooing yourself with an ideology each time you pull the lever. No, you are not responsible for the actions of a person in office. However, it’s important to remember your vote is a soldier with enough strength to change the world even a little bit more in its favor. So I will volunteer in local government and get involved, but I might not vote this year. By doing so, I make politicians fight that much harder for what I believe in. I highly recommend educating yourself so you can get a similar result. Erik Shell is a sophomore classical languages and literatures and history major. He can be reached at

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Acquiring knowledge beyond Siri Drew Farrell When I was in middle school, I came across the first instance in which I learned it might not be super cool to get really good grades — so I tanked my report card. I had a steady stream of “Cs” and “Ds” for a while. By high school, I was still convinced that school wasn’t important, and not caring about my marks was the price of being cool. I graduated cool (with an even cooler community college future). Now that I’m at a real college, I understand the importance of a good education — or at least the yearn for the appearance of one. So, with the return of thousands of clear-eyed, full-hearted students to our little slice of this town we call College Park, I thought I’d address the very nature of why we’re all here: education. Or perhaps, at its essence, knowledge. Knowledge is essentially the result and process through which we learn and the way we apply it. Simple enough. Yet if you observe the way we share or prove our

“knowledge,” you’ll notice we’re not exactly expressing what we know in the best possible way. That doesn’t seem very knowledgeable. For one thing, most of us cheat. We never purely absorb knowledge to begin with, but instead pretend that we do while knowing we don’t. And those of us who don’t cheat are so proud and, at the same time, insecure of how much people think we know that what we actually know is rendered almost worthless. Basically, it comes down to average students faking what they know or knowing what they say they know is fake. I call this phenomenon “associative knowledge,” or perhaps more interestingly, “iPhone-Siri knowledge.” It basically equates to the smallest amount you can know about a subject that elicits either an A or a positive reaction from a friend. In regard to the Siri reference, this problem is apparent in the average members of our generation. It results in not much more than the ability to have a computer screen instantly tell you the answer to whatever question you could have. However, Siri’s answer is always “too right” — it is never improvised, appreciated or expanded the way a person’s might be. In other words, the

knowledge or intelligence is never an applicable skill. Every one of us wants to be Siri. We want to be asked questions that only we can answer. We are so smitten by the inclusion and potential praise that we embellish in the falsely earned attention that comes with being right, and we embrace it rather than buck it. Really, we should appreciate knowledge for what it is: just a step ahead of us. Knowledge is the struggle of formal education and life experience that results in the confidence you know what you’re talking about. It comes from an acceptance of differences. It should not be a Siri approach — learning as much as you can to impress other people or give the token random fact of the day. At the end of the day, what you know should never come down to what you can say you know. So for this semester, I’d say study the struggle of your education, not just the end. Grade yourself on what extra things you learn while you try to learn something else. And if you get the chance, tell Siri to shut up and let you think for yourself for once. Maybe then you’d learn something. Drew Farrell is a senior English major. He can be reached at

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44 Did not pass 46 Melanges 47 Unsophisticated 48 Robin -- of balladry

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orn today, you are never averse to doing something that may not offer the maximum in tangible rewards; often, you do things more for what they can do for your soul than for your pocketbook. You have a positive outlook, and though the world around may, at times, seem as though it is spinning entirely out of control, you look favorably upon it and the people in it -- for the most part -- and you will continue to do what you can to make things better for yourself, your loved ones and the people with whom you share the planet. You understand that you are not in it alone, no matter what happens, and you appreciate the connections you have with those who have gone before, and those who will come after. You see yourself as part of a long chain, extending infinitely back into the past and on into the future. Also born on this date are: Andy Roddick, tennis player; Cameron Diaz, actress; Timothy Bottoms, actor; Peggy Lipton, actress; Frank “Tug” McGraw, baseball player; Jean-Claude Killy, Olympic skier; Warren Buffett, financier; Fred MacMurray, actor; Shirley Booth, actress. 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. FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -You will have a good time trying

something new -- and it will be even better if you invite a friend along who shares your sense of adventure. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may have to work a little harder to claim the usual rewards -- but this should not last long. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -You may find yourself vacillating between two conflicting moods -- and both hinge upon a certain chance happening of a day or two ago. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You feel as though you are short on energy and inspiration -- but later in the day you may find both of these resources in full supply. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Take care you do not cross another’s boundaries unintentionally. You don’t want to do anything that might be interpreted as aggression. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Others may be trying to get you to follow the rules -- and you are, but not in the way they are used to. Keep doing it your way. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You can express yourself more

freely today -- and in fact you’ll reap the benefits both personally and professionally. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You’re in the mood to play, but you still have work to do. Is it possible to combine business and pleasure? You’ll find a way. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You may be getting used to something that is, quite frankly, not good for you. Today is a good day to wake up and say no more, thank you! GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You have what it takes to add a little bit of fun to an otherwise tedious affair. Those around you will appreciate your contribution. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You can further your career in ways you do not yet fully understand -- but you’ll have the sense that something important is happening. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You may be rather erratic when it comes to the things you have to do because you’ve been told to do them.


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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has spent most of its time doing important science-y stuff, we assume, but it also manages to waste time, too. Specifically, it broadcasted a song by Black Eyed Peas member back to Earth, which is probably the worst thing to happen to the Red Planet since John Carter.




For many children of the 1990s, Hey Arnold! was the most meaningful cartoon around, thanks to its surprising emotional maturity By Adam Offitzer Staff writer A question that’s unique, but essential, to our generation is: Were you a Nickelodeon kid or a Cartoon Network kid? For me, it was easily Nick. Spongebob Squarepants, Fairly Oddparents, Jimmy Neutron and Rugrats all found that perfect balance between goofy childish humor and meaningful life lessons. But the show that meant the most to me wasn’t about a fry cook sponge or talking babies. It wasn’t about a boy genius or wish-granting fairies. It was Hey Arnold! — a show that hit home the hardest because it told ordinary stories about ordinary kids with extraordinary emotion. You may be confused — wasn’t Hey Arnold! just a typically silly Nicktoon? Think again. Think back to the episodes you remember the most — Pigeon Man, Stoop Kid, the Christmas special — these were powerful, moving stories presented in a serious manner. One episode, “Helga on the Couch,” spent nearly the entire 22 minutes observing Helga Pataki’s therapy session with the school psychologist. It showed flashbacks of her childhood, of her terrible parents who blatantly favored her older sister, forgot her name and made her walk to preschool on her own in the pouring rain. None of this is

told with any lightheartedness. Even now as a 20-year-old, it’s tough to watch. With its occasional use of episodes that told one, often serious, story over the course of a half-hour (rather than splitting it into two segments, as is common for cartoons), Hey Arnold! might be the only kids’ TV show that could legitimately be considered a drama. The emotional and serious nature of the show is why it resonated so strongly with so many. Arnold! treated its young audience with a respect that most shows didn’t. There was definitely humor — it was frequently hysterical — in each and every episode. (Brainy, the kid who was always breathing heavily, instantly comes to mind.) But the most important character — the show’s namesake — wasn’t himself funny. Arnold, and even his best friend Gerald, are not constantly cracking jokes or performing slapstick comedy routines. They’re mostly just normal kids — taking in and reacting to the wacky people or situations around them. In this way, Arnold is the closest thing we have to a modern-day Charlie Brown. (The only other character that even comes close is Woody from Toy Story, but he’s in a league of his own at this point.) His life is depressing in a lot of ways — he doesn’t have either of his parents, the girl who loves him does nothing but bully and tease


IT’S NOT ENOUGH By Dean Essner Staff writer

Album titles are fascinating slices of small-scale art, no matter how deliberately cryptic, revealing or nonsensical they seem to be. They may not directly shape a record, but they certainly give the listener something to think about before pressing play or while formulating a post-listen analysis. We, as students of music, have been taught by our parents to value everything related to music itself, whether it be the image on the cover or the font of the track-list. It’s all art. The care and effort put into naming an album exemplifies this theory.



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him and he gets caught in the middle of seeimingly every possible bad situation. When Mr. Simmons, Arnold’s meek fourth grade teacher, takes over P.S. 118 as principal and the school descends into chaos, Arnold is the guy who has to calm him down while he sheepishly hides under a desk. He’s the adult in the room. And it never feels fake or forced — Arnold isn’t some superhuman adult in a child’s arnold & co. The P.S. 118 crew from Hey Arnold! photo courtesy of body — he’s just a mature, caring, thoughtful kid. it’s time for me to leave here. Some people are Other shows simply did not have the emomeant to be with people. And others, like me, tional depth and complexity that Hey Arnold! are just … different.” Hey Arnold! didn’t just entertain. It had on a regular basis. One Christmas special inspired and taught. That’s why it has more shows flashbacks of Mr. Hyunh being sepalasting power than our generation’s other rated from his daughter in the Vietnam War. childhood TV memories. It focused on moral “Gerald Moves Out” follows Gerald as he leaves dilemmas and psychological questions, with his family and home and moves in to Arnold’s a main character who could be admired as boarding house, only to realize how much he a true role model — Arnold was always the loves and cares about his family. “Pigeon Man” most mature, level-headed kid in the room. tells the story of a misunderstood man who Compared to other cartoons, Hey Arnold! was abandons society to become a heroic, deranged just … different. half-bird creature. In his closing speech before literally flying into the sunset, the Pigeon Man explains his predicament: “You see, Arnold,

With that in mind, Bloc Party’s fourth record, Four, stinks of lazy complacency before you even cue up the first track. It’s a bad first impression, and the music to follow isn’t much better. While I can’t say I’ve been pining for a new Bloc Party release, I do admire the band’s 2005 debut, Silent Alarm, with its effortless post-punk reminiscent of late-‘70s Joy Division. It was Britain’s faster, angrier and sexier answer to Interpol’s distinctly New York Turn On The Bright Lights, which had been released three years prior. As the opening guitars on “So He Begins To Lie” blare out, beefy and gnarly as ever, we are greeted by the happy realization that Bloc Party, circa 2012, seems incredibly nostalgic. Has the band finally swapped its goofy noir synthesizers and pleas of meager romanticism — which permeated its Silent Alarm follow-ups, A Weekend In The City and Intimacy — for amp feedback and a genuine attitude? Unfortunately, though, every-

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thing sounds like reluctant regression. Tracks like “V.A.L.I.S.” and “Truth” are obvious blood relatives to the wobbly dance masterpiece “Banquet,” but neither can match the passion of the original. And “Day Four” manages to meticulously recreate the sweet terrain of bright guitars that made “This Modern Love” such a standout track on Silent Alarm. But the beauty is barely there. Whatever made Bloc Party’s debut special exists here, only in a frail exoskeleton of what came before. It sounds like the band is going through the lifeless motions, despite the fact that the blueprints for success are certainly present. There isn’t much to nitpick about, but you’ll forget nearly all of Four before the day is out. Oh, the premonitions of halfassed album titles.

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After spending last weekend on team building and problem solving exercises and learning about a variety of topics, such as bill writing and setting organizational goals, the Student Government Association began the semester yesterday by introducing four bills. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

SGA From PAGE 1 o n to p i c s f ro m b i l l w r i t i n g to setting organizational goals and general team building and problem solving activities. “Last year, things didn’t really come together for awhile as far as getting legislation together and passed because no one really knew each other,” Arnstine said. This year will be different, ac-

cording to SGA Speaker of the Legislature Matthew Popkin. “[The retreat] gave us an opportunity to collaborate together in mock debate situations, and also just social scenarios so we can work together effectively,” said Popkin. At last night’s meeting, the executives proposed several pieces of leg islation, i nclud i ng a n act co-sponsori ng a “Cri me T i me” Awa reness ca mpa ig n, a n act to add a diversity director as well as a health and wellness director to

the Executive Cabinet and a resolution to support marriage equality in the state. Legislators passed a similar resolution in February. A rnstine said representatives plan to vote on four pieces of legislation within the next two weeks. Both ju n ior mecha n ica l eng ineering major Joseph Fustero and sophomore mechanical engineering major Richie Bates said they never noticed the effects of SGA initiatives in the past.

“last year, things didn’t really come together for awhile as far as getting legislation together and passed .” MATT ARNSTINE

SGA Communications Director “ T hey shou ld fo c u s on more public involvement, like a better voting system,” said Bates. SGA Chief of Staff Landon Greer said the SGA already has plans in motion to help gather input from

and inform the student body. “ We w a n t t o m a k e s u r e t h e student voice is truly being heard,” Greer said. Moving forward, the body plans to put together a more active polling system to both get feedback from students as well as provide background information on the stances SGA takes, Greer said. “We’re going to get down to business as soon as we can,” added Popkin.

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Entrepreneurship program pairs research, companies said the program has helped local companies create nearly 2,800 jobs, and the products MIPS has helped companies develop have generated $23.7 billion in revenue. “Start-up companies are usually very strapped for funds,” said engineering professor Paul Schonfeld. “The MIPS program funds UMD researchers to assist such companies in developing their new ideas, products, processes and services, which m i g ht ot he r w i se re m a i n undeveloped.” In August, Schonfeld’s civil engineering project to enhance ride-share vehicle programs received a boost with $135,000 from MIPS and mobile resource management development company IT Curves. “I think it provides great benefits to Maryland companies, their employees and their customers, as well as to UMD researchers,” he said. However, Barbe said MIPS has faced funding challenges since launching in 1987 despite the economic benefits of the program — the program sees about a 10 to 1 return on its funding for the state through income taxes generated by company hiring. “We usually have two times or more the proposals that are worthy of funding than we have funds,” he said. “Thus, we have companies ready to contribute matching funds for projects that we can’t match.

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Charging stations, cards emphasize sustainability Bradleigh Chance Staff writer To unite the university and the local community and reduce the area’s carbon footprint, DOTS officials developed several incentives for residents to choose greener transportation options. Over the past four years, the Department of Transportation Services had partnered with city officials to provide transportation cards that would allow residents to ride Shuttle-UM for free. In 2011, DOTS employees also installed several electric car charging stations on the campus that are open to the public and free of charge to use. DOTS officials said because electric cars can only travel so far before needing another charge, the charging stations were more aimed toward encouraging city residents to drive electric. “This particular initiative is

CAMPAIGN From PAGE 1 should do in an emergency situation.” The campaign will largely promote a new emergency preparedness application for smartphones that officials expect to release this school year. Though the app is still i n development, Resident Life Assistant to the Director Mike Glowacki said it will consolidate the information available online for students to access in one place. “I think there are some capabilities that mobile devices have t hat cou ld be rea l ly, really useful,” Glowacki said. Azar said in order to launch t he ca mpa ig n ef fect ively, the departments will work to make the S.O.S. campaign a familiar sight to students. “We’re talking about developi n g a p os ter a rou nd S.O.S. that kind of promotes the image,” Glowacki said, adding he also believed “there will be an online presence.” Glowacki said he met with resident assista nts on the campus over the summer to both promote the campaign a nd have a n open d iscussion about their concerns. However, some students said they think the new campaign will be too similar to the university’s existing emergency alert system. “I think it will do the same t h i ng as t he tex t message a lerts, a nd I feel that tex t message alerts right now are

geared toward people who live in our immediate neighborhood,” DOTS Assistant Director Beverly Malone said. “We would expect people in the local community to buy electric cars.” Malone added drivers with electric cars would be eligible for a 50-percent reduction on their campus parking registration fees. “Electrifying transportation on campus is just one of the ways we’ve been trying to reduce the area’s carbon footprint, both on campus and off,” DOTS Motor Transportation Services Manager Leigh Remz said. “We think that as a university, we should be on the forefront of trying new things.” City Councilman Patrick Wojahn said programs such as the Shuttle-UM transportation cards not only promote sustainability but also help build stronger relationships between the city and the university.

seen as a joke,” said sophomore civil engineering major Maya Wilson said. “But when it happens, it just creates mass panic.” O t her students sa id t he S.O.S. campaign could play a vital role in providing stu-


Cell biology and psychology major dents with a sense of what to do in an emergency. “I think it’s a good idea, especially in crisis, because the thing that causes a lot of panic is that nobody knows what to do,” cell biology and psychology major Adebimpe Atanda said. “But if everyone knows what to do and how to behave, then you can resolve the situation quicker.” Azar wrote in an email that safety will continue to be a priority as RHA and Resident Life work together. “I am glad that the Department of Resident Life has taken this recommended initiative very seriously,” she wrote.

“It helps make sure that residents know that the university can be a resource for our community in a variety of ways,” Wojahn said. Some students expressed mixed feelings about the need for a convergence of the city and the campus, with several questioning the safety of allowing residents onto ShuttleUM buses. But sophomore education and health major Max Kolesar said he believed the relationship between the city and university was fairly balanced. “Students pay a transportation fee and the citizens pay taxes,” said Kolesar. “I don’t see why DOTS shouldn’t be working to mesh the city and campus together. It depends on if it makes the whole area any safer or cheaper to live in for students.”

From funding research of more efficient hearing-loss therapy to world-class sail engineering, Maryland Industrial Partnerships has spent 25 years launching companies off the page. This fall, faculty, graduate students and outside companies will continue to develop new projects to add to the program’s wide portfolio of collaborations, which includes past work with large established firms such as Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman and a university researchers’ recent effort to expand physical therapy clinics in this city. MIPS and participating companies will continue their work this year, funding $4 million toward 19 technology projects, the program announced earlier this month. “In these 25 years, we’ve created a model that is a good formula for investing in the education mission of this university,” said MIPS Director Martha Connolly. MIPS, a program nestled in the engineering school’s Maryland Tech program, gives grants twice a year to businesses with commercially promising technology and products, which join with other private companies for funding and technology development. MTECH Director David Barbe

This is unfortunate since the program more than pays for itself because the funds are returned to the Maryland treasury from [these] taxes.” For Connolly, the advantages of the program extend beyond money alone. “Companies benefit from faculty expertise; faculty benefit from marketing and product management; students involved get the best of both worlds — all that capped with the returns this yields for the state,” she said. MIPS has also been crucial in the establishment and expansion of projects such as CSA Medical, a Baltimore-based project that began with one person and a breakthrough idea: to prevent precancerous lesions by destroying abnormal lining in the throat using liquid nitrogen. MIPS has also helped fund Earth Networks, a project aiming to create a model to forecast energy consumption in any building with weather forecasts. “Working this closely with [our company] has taught me a lot about the business aspects of product development,” said graduate student Michael Siemann, who works on Earth Networks. “I think of it as test driving entrepreneurship since my ideas and performance are important in deciding the success of the project, but I still have the guidance and support of my adviser and team at EN.”


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Five university staff members, including Jim Hanson (above) and Christie Balch (below, right) and Stephanie Grutzmacher (below left) traveled to Afghanistan this summer through the University of Maryland Extension with a $1.3 million grant. photos courtesy of Stephanie Grutzmacher

extension From PAGE 1 Christie Balch, Becky Ramsing and Stephanie Grutzmacher traveled to Afghanistan to run a three-day conference for Afghan women on effective farming and gardening techniques, hoping to improve food security for Afghan families. Jim Hanson, an extension specialist with the university’s’s Agricultural and Resources Economics Department, came up with the idea to create a program that would support the most vulnerable victims of war — women. W hen they lose their homes, their husbands, everything, women have few resources to help them rebuild and care for their children. Hanson’s idea was to es-

tablish a program in which women would teach women how to grow their own food as a means of increasing access to healthier, better and more reliable food sources. Surplus food could be sold to generate income, aiding not only the single mothers, but the community. “I was a bit nervous about going to Afghanistan,” said Grutzmacher, a UME faculty research associate and family health specialist. A l t h o u g h t h e p ro g ra m h ad m a ny p otent i a l b enef its, a g re at de a l of r i sk was also involved, which is why Hanson didn’t actively recruit volunteers. “Anyone who expressed an interest, I told them to think about it for a while and then get back to me,” he told the agriculture and natural re-

sources college. It was a conscious choice for all four women: The risks were weighed against the benefits, and each commitment was a carefully thought-out one. Ramsing, a Howard County nutrition, health and wellness educator, joi ned t he project early by accompanying Hanson to Kabul in March to start work on the project. Grutzmacher, Rockler, a watershed restoration expert, and Balch, Center for Educational Partnership coordinator at this university, soon followed. “It seemed like a unique opportunity,” Grutzmacher said. “The context for gender is so important because it really determines a person’s life chances.” “I was really intrigued by the idea of working in a country that has received so much

bad press,” Rockler said. “It was also an opportunity to empower other women in a country that has a tumultuous past with women’s rights,” Rockler added.

“People are not just in their houses, hiding in fear. they’re going out and living their normal lives.” AMANDA ROCKLER

University regional extension specialist Staying in a house rented by the USDA, they traveled the city and met with 15 female Afghan extension agents to swap teaching techniques. True to his project’s womanto-woman exchange premise, Hanson left Kabul and the four formed the Family Food Security Team, with Balch and Rockler responsible for the gardening education and Grutzmacher and Ramsing handling nutrition education. They taught lessons on veget a ble ga rd e n i n g, raising poultry, composting, storing, preserving and preparing healthy meals, as well as successful marketing strategies for selling surplus fruits and vegetables. Grutzmacher said she wasn’t sure what to expect. Under Taliban rule, women could not work or officially attend school. There was the possibility the women they wanted to help wouldn’t have the skill sets needed for the project to be successful. “I was expecting that we

would be walking into this with little human capital to work with,” she said. “The trip was full of surprises — there were a lot of really wonderful and confident and highly skilled women, but they can’t get the infrastructure they need to do what they know how to do.” By the end of the threeday workshop, Grutzmacher, Balch, Rockler and Ramsing had given leadership over to their Afghan counterparts, who i n t u r n w i l l demonstrate the farming techniques they learned to women in the community. A mong t he ba r ren l a nd and rubble, Rockler found there lurks a hidden struggle between hope and uncertainty. “People are not just in their houses, hiding in fear,” she said. “They’re going out and living their normal lives. University students were at the university walking around, vendors on the street, men going to work like normal.” Now a burned out skeleton of the grand roof that used to house royalty, Darul Aman Palace contrasts with the surrounding acres of land designated as preserved farmland for local women to use. “ T here wa s cer t a i n ly a sense of carefulness and uncertainty, especially with the United States pulling out and not knowing how the future is going to go,” Ramsing said. “I think what really struck me was their desire to learn — they’re smart, they’re innovative and they want to make things better.”

“It may be a little naive, but we didn’t feel what I had anticipated going into this,” she added. Balch wrote in an email she was surprised by how welcome she was made to feel, from people on the street to the women she worked with to even a taxi driver. It was far from what she expected watching the American news. “I had asked one of the drivers about Afghan music during one of our drives and he played different songs and translated them. When I left a few days later, he gave me a CD of Afghan music,” she wrote. “I was surprised and honored by how welcomed we were.” Over the next year, the four women will take turns returning to Afghanistan. Working in three-month shifts, they will take turns leading the program, and despite the positive results of the workshop, there is still work to be done. “Our whole project is capacity building — we’re spending money there, so we need to spend some time thinking about fundamental issues that are there: basic rights, how the government runs, corruption,” Grutzmacher said. For now, they wait, fingers crossed and eager to return. “We’re still waiting for the local staff to figure out what we can do next,” Grutzmacher said. “We all have different areas of expertise and we’ll be able to target our specific areas better when we can get our next steps.”




Terps look for young defense to improve as season progresses By Erin Egan Senior staff writer

Defender Megan Gibbons (left) is the lone upperclassman starting on the Terps’ defensive backline this season. Freshmen Shannon Collins and Sarah Molina are the other two starters on defense. file photo/the diamondback

Jonathan Morgan watched as Ohio State’s Tiffany Cameron broke free of his defense and sped toward the goal, watched as Cameron accepted a through-ball from teammate Michela Paradiso and launched a shot at goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands from 8 yards out and watched as the Buckeyes celebrated their eventual gamewinning tally. Standing on the sideline, he was powerless to prevent his defense from allowing its fi rst goal of the season. “To be fair,” the Terrapins women’s soccer coach said, “the goal [Ohio State] scored, they deserved.” Cameron’s goal remains the only blemish on the Terps’ otherwise stout defense, but it was enough to hand them their fi rst defeat of the season, 1-0, on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. The Terps know their defense didn’t put forth its best effort. “That was the first goal we let up all season,” defender Shannon Collins said. “We definitely could have done better.” Defense has long been an integral

part of the Terps’ game, but with only one starter returning on the backline — defender Megan Gibbons — Morgan’s team is working to overcome its undeniable immaturity. “We need to be better defensively and we need to be better in goal. There are defi nitely some growing pains,” Morgan said. “We’re not paying attention to details that can hurt you. It’s just a product of a young team.” After graduating every-game starter Skyy Anderson and defensive contributors Mallory Baker and Kristen McAfee, the Terps (1-1-1) are relying on a young core of players to fill the void left in the defensive backfield. Gibbons remains on the field, but the other two spots are being filled by freshmen Collins and Sarah Molina. Collins played all 90 minutes in the game, and Molina chipped in 45. Sophomore Shade Pratt also added 25 minutes off the bench. But even with their relative inexperience, Collins already sees the Terps’ backline beginning to come together. The Terps allowed that goal in the 17th minute, but shut out the Buckeyes the rest of the way.

“After that goal in the Ohio State game, we got over it,” Collins said. “We started playing better.” “That one goal, well, we just needed to pay more attention to detail,” Gibbons said. “We will get better with time, but we do have tons of new people.” What does help the newcomers, though, is the attitude of their elders. Each Terp checks her ego at the door and once in uniform — class rank has no meaning. “The seniors and the upperclassmen have been awesome,” Collins said. “They’ve really been guiding us and we’re all clicking with one another.” “The new girls that we have coming in are great so far,” Gibbons added. “We’re teaching them our expectations of the back four and they’re learning a lot of new things.” The Terps’ youthfulness on defense is reason for some concern. That doesn’t mean the players are worried, though. “It’s hard to start and be good together right away,” Gibbons said. “But we’ll get there.”


So far, no problems for Terps After first two games, team’s offense, defense clicking By Nicholas Munson Staff writer By a ny stretch of the imagination, the Terrapins field hockey team’s opening weekend schedule was not an ideal one. Fresh off their second consecutive national championship, the No. 1 Terps were wearing the label “nation’s best team” like a target on their backs. And with road games against No. 16 California and No. 11 Stanford to start the year, the team had little time to shake off the rust. But any doubts of their ability were erased in two thrilling, down-to-the-wire finishes. With a 2-1 victory over the Golden Bears on Friday and a 3-2, double-overtime triumph over the Cardinal on Sunday, the Terps showcased just how groomed their “closer” mentality already is. Tied at one at halftime in Berkeley, Calif., forward Katie Gerzabek scored off a penalty corner almost immediately after the second half began, giving the Terps the only margin they would need. The Golden Bears mustered just two shots on goalkeeper Natalie Hunter in the second half as the Terps’ defense held on to claim its first win of the season. “It was just a great opening for us with mental vigilance in a tough second half, and a stellar performance for our deep defense,” coach Missy

NOTEBOOK From PAGE 11 to play.” This year will be no different. Coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday he will probably play three running backs during Satu rday’s season opener against William & Mary. Redshirt freshman Brandon Ross, who drew rave reviews during preseason for his consistency, will earn the start. But who else will handle the carries is not exactly clear. Sophomore Justus Pickett, who rushed for 274 yards last season as Davin Meggett’s primary backup, figures to see some time. And as far as using the team’s other two running backs — freshmen Albert Reid and Wes Brown — Edsall said it may all depend on the situation.

Meharg said after Friday’s game. “Cal had a great fan base and there was a little bit of a definite home-field advantage for them. It was very lively.” The team’s game 50 miles south in Stanford, Calif., had even more dramatics. Forward Jill Witmer notched the first goal after just four minutes of play, and for a while it seemed like the team’s defensive dominance against Cal would continue uninterrupted. But in the second half, the Cardinal exploited a defense that returned all three of its starters from last season, when it fi nished 14th in the nation in goals against. Midfielder Alex McCawley netted a high shot less than three minutes into the second half, and teammate Jessica Chisholm followed with another tally two and a half minutes later to give the home team a 2-1 lead. But Meharg pulled Hunter out of the cage late in the contest in order to add an extra offensive player to the attack, and Witmer delivered the game-tying goal with just more than three minutes remaining in the game to force overtime. The teams fi nished the fi rst extra period without netting a shot, but Gerzabek notched the game-winning tally with just 24 seconds to play to keep the Terps’ record unblemished. The games marked a cont i nu at ion of l ast season’s prowess on both ends of the field. T he Terps earned 16

“It was just a great opening for us with mental vigilance in a tough second half.”

“We have some backs that cause some different problems,” Edsall said. “We will probably play three guys in the game based on what we want to accomplish.”

ups on the depth chart. “There are things that we like that Caleb does, and there are things that we like that Devin does,” Edsall said. “It could depend on the situation if something happens who we put in there.”

HILLS’ BACKUP UNKNOWN Edsa l l su rprised no one when he na med fresh ma n quarterback Perry Hills the Terps’ opening-day starter last week. It’s a bit more perplexing, though, that he still hasn’t named a No. 2 signal caller. With just two days remaining before Saturday’s opener, Edsall is uncertain who would play under center should a backup be needed. Freshman Caleb Rowe and sophomore Devin Burns — a former wide receiver who switched to quarterback when C.J. Brown went down — are listed as co-back-


Terrapins field hockey coach penalty corner chances over the weekend versus just 10 for their opponents, and won the shots battle in both games — 11-9 against the Golden Bears and 19-14 against the Cardinal. On defense, Hunter proved more than capable of taking over for g radu ated goa l ie Melissa Vassalotti, totaling nine saves on 13 shots on goal. The perfect weekend sets the Terps up for a matchup with longtime rival Old Dominion on Friday. The No. 3 Monarchs defeated the Terps handily twice in the regular season last year before falling, 4-0, to the Terps in the NCAA Semifinals, and should provide one of the toughest tests of the young season. But, as is her custom, Meharg isn’t worried about Old Dominion just yet. She’s more focused on taking all the positives out of the Terps’ opening weekend. “This game was such a great opportunity for us to experience all facets of the game and so many situations,” Meharg said. “We found a way to win, and it’s just a great experience for us so early in the year.”

FERRARA DAY TO DAY Nick Ferrara was perhaps the most surprising omission from the Terps’ season-opening depth chart Monday. The senior kicker had hip surgery in the offseason and missed spring practices. Edsall decided to rest him the past week after Ferrara developed soreness. “Nick is kind of a day-today situation,” Edsall said Tuesday. “We will see how Nick plays out through the rest of this week.” If Ferrara is unable to play

Forward Patrick Mullins should be a key factor in the Terps’ offensive gameplan this season.

OFFENSE From PAGE 11 season, though, Cirovski hopes the year ends a bit differently. After beating Duke, 4-2, in front of their largest home crowd ever Oct. 14, the Terps faltered down the stretch. They won just one game in their final six contests, averaged almost a goal fewer per game and fell to Louisville, 4-2, in the NCAA Tournament’s third round. For a third straight year, the Terps would not make a College Cup appearance. And they haven’t forgotten, either. “I think we should have been sharper near the end of the season,” forward Patrick Mullins said last week. “A little complacency might have come into us, but I think looking back on it now … we’ve all learned lessons from that.” Mullins will likely be key for the Terps this year. The junior ranked third on the team in goals last season, but five of his six scores came in the season’s first five games. A fter scoring two goals against

Saturday, freshman Brad Craddock is slated to handle placekicking responsibilities. Craddock, an Adelaide, Australia, native who grew up playing Australian Rules football, committed to the university in July to provide more depth on special teams. He is also deadlocked with freshman Nathan Renfro for the starting punter job. Edsall called the position a “gametime decision.”

Boston College on Sept. 9, his lone goal came in the Duke game. While Louisville’s Andrew Farrell, the Preseason Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year, helped the Cardinals’ backline keep Mullins out of the goal Sunday, the New Orleans native still managed to notch assists on the Terps’ second and third goals of the game. It’s a welcome sight for the Terps, who will need Mullins and company more than ever after forward Casey Townsend graduated in May. The former MAC Hermann Trophy candidate led the team with 17 goals last season. “I had a fast start last year, and I kind of tailed off a little in the middle and toward the end,” Mullins said. “I think just the mentality and focus I brought to the table this spring and this summer will help me throughout the season.” The team knows it has the firepower for another deep postseason run. Blowout wins in August mean little when the postseason arrives.

three options on the field, Edsall switched Francis — who started four games at defensive tackle last season — to defensive end. “With what we are asking the nose guard to do,” Edsall said, “it allowed us to move A.J. to end and have Darius at nose guard.” The switch could help the Terps defend the run. Kilgo, who is 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, should provide a big body up front to wear down the opposing center.

LINE SWITCH WALK-ONS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS Edsall said T uesday the Terps’ defense will now have a front three of sophomore Darius Kilgo and seniors A.J. Francis and Joe Vellano. The move came after Kilgo impressed the coaching staff with his play at nose tackle during preseason. Wanting to have his best

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Edsall exhausted the Terps’ available scholarship spots Tuesday, rewarding six walkons for their varying contributions to the program. He awarded scholarships t o d e f e n s i v e b a c k C l a rence Claiborne, linebacker

Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil, fullback Jeff Hernandez, tailback Kwabena Ofori, long snapper Greg Parcher and defensive lineman Alex Walker. “Some of the men are paying their own way through the Un iversity of Ma r yla nd,” Edsall said. “To be able to do that makes you feel good for them and their families.” Four of the six players are listed on this week’s depth chart. Parcher is set to start at long snapper, Claiborne is the second-string strong safety, Hernandez is a backup fullback and Walker is the No. 2 nose tackle. Ofori was a walk-on the past two seasons, but has yet to play a snap. Cudjoe-Virgil will sit out this year after transferring from Division II Seton Hill.



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Terps to use committee in backfield

Offense keys Terps’ strong start to year By Daniel Gallen Senior staff writer

Team unsettled on kicker, backup QB

During its blistering start last season, the Terrapins men’s soccer team was an offensive juggernaut. The Terps scored fewer than two goals only three times through their first 15 games. Throughout the year, they tallied four goals in four separate games, averaged 2.2 goals a contest and opened with a 13-1-1 record. The No. 6 Terps returned to their old ways Sunday, routing No. 14 Louisville, 3-0, before 3,003 at Ludwig Field. Forward Schillo Tshuma scored in the ninth minute, and the Terps never looked back. “3-0 is a fl attering scoreline,” coach Sasho Cirovski said. “But we’ll take it.” Perhaps, but it’s nothing new to Cirovski. The Terps had a convincing win — a 3-0 victory over St. John’s — in their season opener last year. This

By Connor Letourneau Senior staff writer Mike Locksley is no stranger to platooning running backs. Everywhere the Terrapins offensive coordinator has been, at least two players have taken the majority of the team’s carries. When he was at Illinois half a decade ago, future NFL stars Pierre Thomas and Rashard Mendenhall shared the load. When he was the Terps’ running backs coach in the early 2000s, he used a committee of LaMont Jordan, Bruce Perry and Chris Downs. “With the physicality of the position,” Locksley said yesterday, “you are going to have three or four guys that are going See NOTEBOOK, Page 10

Running Back Brandon Ross is the starter for Saturday’s game, but he will likely split carries with the team’s other backs. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

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2012 College Park Guide



How to navigate College Park: A beginner’s guide Worried about isolating yourself? Just follow this simple list By Nick Foley Staff writer Simply learning how to mesh into a new environment is overwhelming enough as it is, and it can be an even more daunting cha l lenge when you’re faced with a massive campus. Whether you’re a freshman, a transfer or returning for your fifth year but still feel lost, this list of do’s and don’ts is sure to help you lead a successful (and fun) year and prevent you from being ostracized by your classmates. DO: Be vigilant of lurking, psycho resident assistants. During the first weeks, they are plastering their ears against your doors for any indication of alcohol intake. Just try to avoid all of the cliches people associate with drinking, such as cla n ki ng bottles a nd bouncing pong balls. If you’re doing it anyway (and you totally should), always keep your door closed and make sure to check your peephole before exiting your room. DON’T: Decorate your room with empty glass bottles. Not only is it the lamest thing you can do (and it screams freshman), your RA could use it as “evidence” against you. But I’m still not clear on how the Department of Resident Life “justice system” works. DO: Hang out, lay and bask in all the glory that is LaPlata Beach. This playful swath of green turf is located between the Cambridge and Ellicott communities. It radiates happiness and youth, and without a nearby shoreline, it’s also your best bet for tanning. DON’T: Bring your laptop chargers to class. They’re completely unnecessary and call unwanted attention. The cord rustles around your feet like a python, and you’re doing way too much on your com-

puter if you run out of battery within 50 minutes. Switch to pen and paper if you want to save your dignity. DO: Always leave your door open. The hallway is basically a continuation of your dorm. A lot of weird events will go down in the hallway. Be constantly prepared for any sort of action that could lead to bonding or friendships — and don’t be afraid to find a way to subtly invite yourself to these sorts of gatherings. If your door stays closed, you will be forever shrouded in mystery and loneliness. DON’T: Jump in the fountain. Ever. It’s such a tired, expected move, and no matter what anyone tells you, it’s not something you need to do before you graduate. It may seem fun in the moment, but you will emerge wet and disheveled, wondering where you went wrong in life. Besides, it’s teeming with STDs, and you will get chlamydia. And die. DO: Be careful about where you park: You will quickly learn that the Department of Transportation Services shows no mercy in ticketing your car, striking mere seconds after you shut your door. You can’t park anywhere without a permit or some form of payment — and there are no exceptions to this rule. Check its website, dots., if you’re ever unsure. DON’T: Wear pajama pants to class. I am absolutely puzzled when people do this or think it’s in any way acceptable. Are you serious? Is this a joke? I will not take anything you say seriously until you change because you are blatantly flouting basic rules of society. DO: Treat McKeldin Mall like a runway. When you walk across

any path on the mall (and there are tons), pound the pavement and remember that all eyes are on you. It is the shining moment of your journey to class. Work it. DON’T: Leave trash on Testudo outside McKeldin Library. For some reason, people leave their trash on and around Testudo’s body in what can only be described as a basic lack of respect. This is a legendary terrapin — he’s our school’s mascot — and it’s planted in the heart of the campus to give students luck. He isn’t there to collect your trash.

do STRUT down mckeldin like you’re on the runway at a fashion show. file photo/the diamondback



Ready for class? Professors share what they wish they saw more of out of their students. New students, take notes for a smooth start It may seem like a professor’s mind is shrouded in mystery, but after asking a few of this campus’ teachers what they wish their students knew, it seems pretty simple. We obviously all know not to take our cell phones out, constantly check Facebook on laptops and blatantly get up in the middle of class (though that doesn’t seem to stop most of us). But after talking with a few pro-

fessors, it seems as if impressing isn’t as hard as it may seem. Sure, staying on top of all the reading may seem like an insurmountable task at times, but some subtle moves will leave your professors more than grateful. Maybe you won’t work your hardest every minute of college. But take these professors’ advice to maybe buy yourself some brownie points when you really need them.

JOSEPH BAILEY Business professor

“Sit closer to the front of the class. Don’t open your laptops until you find out if laptops are acceptable in class. Arrive on time and introduce yourself to the professor. Shaking somebody’s hand and telling them your name gets things off on the right foot.”

RANDY ONTIVEROS English professor

“Don’t check your cell phone every 10 minutes. Don’t miss a class and then ask, ‘Did I miss something?’ the next day. That’s a pet peeve. … Showing up for office hours early in the semester makes a huge difference. Not a lot of students do it, but we’re here.”

JONATHAN ROSENBERG mathematics professor

“What professors like most are students who come in with good questions. What professors like least are students who sit there with blank stares on their faces and do not react at all. … Interaction is good and people shouldn’t be afraid to interact. … Students should feel that professors are here to help them and are not in an adversarial position.”



How to make it a good, good night By Annika McGinnis For The Diamondback Col lege Pa rk ca n seem l i ke a daunting place to navigate, especia l ly w ith the stri ng of crime alerts that usually show up around this time of year. Fear not, new Terps. Keep this College Park nightlife guide handy and you’ll know where to go, when to go and why.

“Bentley’s is a little more fratty and bigger crowds,” said senior computer science major James Parker. He prefers Looney’s Pub and Cornerstone as places to hang out with friends.

Looney’s Pub: One of the newcomers in town, located on the first floor of The Varsity apartments. It has live music — filling the empty space in some students’ hearts left by the now-closed Santa Fe Café BARS — and the food is good. There are Cornerstone Grill and Loft (AKA cheap drinks and themed events. “C-Stone”): One of College Park’s It’s open until 2 a.m. Sunday most popular bars, located on through Thursday and 3 a.m. WHILE IT MAY NOT BE the healthiest option, students looking for something other than bars and restaurants on late weekend nights should venture Route 1 next to Knox Road. It’s Fridays and Saturdays. For grad- to Café Hookah, Prince Café or Mosaic Café for a change of pace. Café Hookah sits on Route 1 on Lehigh Road. FILE PHOTO/the diamondback open u nti l 1:40 a.m. Su nday uate student Julia Bui, Looney’s is Applebee’s: Not really a bar, cravings to low-key hangouts for through Thursday and 2:40 a.m. her favorite because “it’s close and but come for karaoke on Thurs- stressed-out insomniacs. The food Panda: Americanized Chinese Friday and Saturday. There’s a shuttle-accessible.” days and happy hour specials. It’s may not be amazing, but at 3 a.m., food. It’s right off Route 1 on dance floor in the upstairs loft. Be T he B ark in g D og: A not her down Route 1 next to Hartwick who really cares? careful, warns senior government Lehigh Road and open until 3 a.m. and politics major Nicole Zion, newcomer, this bar replaced the Road and is open until 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 a.m. because “the scene can get rowdy Thirsty Turtle on Route 1 and is Monday through Thursday, 2 a.m. Ratsie’s Pizza: Hot, greasy food, Friday and Saturday and 1 a.m. arguably the strictest at enforcing Friday and Saturday and midnight students in various degrees of in- on Sunday. in a bad way fast.” no underage drinking. It can be on Sunday. toxication, occasional arrests for a little expensive, but the atmochair-throwings — you’re always Yogiberry: Located on Route 1 R.J. Bentley’s: T he resident sphere is nicer. Tuesday is Salsa in for an interesting time. Located sports bar, right next to CorHOOKAH near Ratsie’s, it’s a make-it-yourright across from Cornerstone on self frozen yogurt place with a nerstone. It has pretty standard Night and Wednesday is Trivia bar food (a lot of fried dishes and Night. It’s open until 12:30 a.m. Debates over side effects aside, the corner of Knox Road, it’s open huge assortment of toppings. It’s burgers). As long as you can deal Monday through Thursday and 2 it’s an alternative to the traditional until 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 affordable, said senior government with sticky floors — and walls a.m. Friday and Saturday. bar scene. There are Prince Café a.m. Monday through Saturday. and politics major Janelle Asiedu. — it’s a staple in College Park. and Mosaic Café, both found in the It’s a good place to go before going McDonald’s: No description out, since it closes at 10 p.m. “It’s a Campus Village Shopping Center across from The Varsity. Café needed. Open 24 hours a day. nice place to go chill with friends Hookah, which opened this spring, L ocated nex t to the Ca mpus at night if you’re not big on bars is right off Route 1 on Lehigh Road, Village Shopping Center across and parties, but you don’t want from The Varsity. near Potbelly’s. to stay in your room all night,” The bar features live perforAsiedu said. Plato’s Diner: Large portions of mances from students and local “Plus watching people on Route musicians and food from Krazi Greek-inspired food and tradition- 1 is like standing at the front row Kebob, the Middle Eastern restau- al diner dishes, if you can make the of a parade. You never know what rant next door. It closes at 12 a.m. trek all the way down the hill late you’ll see next.” Sunday, 1 a.m. Monday through at night. Located on Route 1 near Thursday and 2 a.m. on Friday and Calvert Road. Open until 1 a.m. REAL FOOD Sunday through Thursday and 24 Saturday. hours Friday and Saturday. The Calvert House Inn: It’s a seafood-specializing restaurant LATE-NIGHT EATING D.P. Dough: Late-night cal- and pub located in Riverdale, just zones. Open until 2 a.m. Monday about a mile from the campus, near It’s an unquestionable necessity for college students. Luckily, to Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday the Calvert Mansion, a National a college park staple, R.J. Bentley’s sports bar, which is almost always as packed as it is in the picture College Park has everything, through Saturday. Located in the above, offers a more fratty scene than some of the other city bars. FILE PHOTO/the diamondback from places that cater to drunken Campus Village Shopping Center. SEE NIGHT, Page 9



What we wish we knew “Don’t be afraid to be involved. Join as many student groups as you can, and try a little of everything until you figure out what’s right for you.” Sami Ahmed

Senior kinesiology major

“Remember that you only got four years and to make the most of every single weekend. Remember that no matter what - you can be tired or homework might be long - you should still make good memories.” Brooke Parker

Junior government and politics major

“Stay organized and stay on top of your classes. Going to class is more important than you think. Balance everything with going out with friends, because the social aspect is also important.” Becca Hanley

Sophomore special education major

“Go to class, even if it seems like you don’t have to. Choose your friends wisely. Observe their actions before you declare them your friend.” Ciera Cockrell

Junior government and politics major






Bagels & Coffee 22 7-Eleven 47 The Bagel Place 14 Starbucks

Nail, Hair Care & Tanning, cont. 37 Revo Nails 31 Today’s Hair

Ice Cream, Smoothies & Yogurt 9 Cold Stone Creamery 57 Smoothie King 39 Yogi Berry Pizza 8 59 44 20

Laundries & Dry Cleaning 74 Zips Lodging & Travel 3 Quality Inn & Suites

Domino’s Pizza Ledo Restaurant Papa John’s Pizza Ratsie’s Terrapin Eatery

Restaurants & Spirits 4 Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill 43 Aroy Thai 73 Big Play Sports 10 Boston Market 23 China Cafe 13 Chipotle Mexican Grill 52 Cluckster’s 61 Cornerstone Grill & Loft 67 District Dumplings 50 Five Guys 29 Hookah Cafe 17 Jason’s Deli 37 Jimmy John’s 66 Kiyoko Express 26 Krazi Kebob 59 Ledo Restaurant 48 Lime Fresh Grill 27 Marathon Deli 11 Noodles & Co. 32 Panda 68 Pho Thom 2 Plato’s Diner 33 Pot Belly’s 20 Ratsie’s Terrapin Eatery 62 RJ Bentley’s Restaurant 55 Shanghai 54 Subway 34 Ten Ren’s Tea House 35 The Barking Dog 46 Wasabi Bistro 42 Yami Yami

Mini-Markets & Pharmacy 22 7-Eleven 7 CVS Pharmacy Music, Videos & Electronics 58 A to Z Wireless 6 Gamestop 16 Radio Shack Printing, Copying & Postage 5 FedEx Kinko’s Copies 25 UPS Store Sportswear & Equipment 24 College Park Bicycles 21 David’s Shoe Repair 40 Maryland Book Exchange 12 Rugged Warehouse 51 Three Stripes Miscellaneous 33B Curious Tattoos

SPECIALTY SHOPS & SERVICES Banks 18 Bank of America 39 Capital One Books 49 Bookholder’s 40 Maryland Book Exchange

Clothes, Gifts & Boutiques 64 Big Planet Comics 40 Maryland Book Exchange 41 On Cloud Nine 12 Rugged Warehouse 15 University Shop

Nail, Hair Care & Tanning 63B Alina’s Hair Design 30 The Beach Tanning Center 65 College Park Barber Shop 56 The Hair Cuttery 28 Kevin’s Nails

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Office Buildings 60 College Park City Hall 78 College Park Center 19 Kaplan Education Center 70 T Mobile



Where to go? Here are the year’s hottest events With the university offering so many events, it’s hard to determine which ones are worth it. But these aren’t the ones to miss, and you’ll be sure to want to find time in your schedule to attend De-st ress w ith puppies: At the end of the semester, right before finals, the Student Govern ment Association usua l ly Throughout the school year, brings puppies to Stamp Student there are several big events you Union so students can come in won’t want to miss. Whether it’s and relax. a massive on-campus concert It’s probably the most brilliant C o m e d y s h o w: E v e r y f a l l , or a fair put together by student groups, this university actual- Student Entertainment Events idea the SGA has ever had, and ly offers some pretty cool stuff b r i n g s a c o m e d i a n t o t h e people go crazy for it. Stay tuned outside of classes. Make sure campus for a big performance. for the date and make sure to get they’re on your calendar every Past performers have included there early. Also, did I mention year and you’ll leave this campus Aziz Ansari, Mike Birbiglia and PUPPIES? have crossed off a number of Demetri Martin. The comedian Art Attack: The academic year announcement is usually made items on your bucket list. in September. Get tickets fast ends with a huge concert blowout First Look Fair: The fair is a because it’s usually held in Cole hosted by SEE. Last year, B.o.B. huge assembly of on-campus Field House, which can only hold performed. Past acts have also g roups a nd orga n izations on so many people. And be prepared included Weezer, Ben Folds and Nelly. SEE usually announces the McKeldin Mall at the beginning for a stomach cramp. of every fall semester. This year, it will be held Sept. 12 and 13. You can peruse the hundreds of tables throughout the two-day event and get a chance to talk to student leaders eager to recruit you. Also, most of them give away prizes or have fun games. Freshmen, this is a great event for you to meet some new people and get involved in what you love. By Lauren Redding Senior staff writer

Homecoming: It’s a great week full of Terps pride that takes place every fall. This year, it’s Oct. 14 to 20. T here’s a giant parade through the campus with amazing student-built floats. It ends with the homecoming football game Oct. 20 against North

Carolina. Alumni return to the campus for a great day of tailgating and cheering. If you’re thinking about going home a weekend this semester, make sure it’s not this one.

artist in April. It costs less than $10 and there are fun events on McKeldin Mall the day of the concert (for example: an inflatable obstacle course and a petting zoo). Even if

the artist isn’t that great, make sure you go. It’s a quintessential Maryland undergraduate experience.



NIGHT from PAGE 4 Historic Landmark. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Karaoke nights are Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 p.m., and Caribbean Night is Fridays at 10 p.m. B usboys and Poets: Na med for poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy, this restaurant/performance venue/bookshop/art gallery opened in Hyattsville about a year ago. The food is unique and delicious and includes many vegetarian and vegan options, even though it’s a bit pricey. Every T hursday, there’s open mic poetry. It also hosts occasional comedy nights, open mic talent showcases, live music and talks. According to Zion, this restaurant and Looney’s Pub “have the best brunch around” and “can be a good way to wrap up the weekend.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner was one of many notable speakers brought to the campus last year at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. file photo/the diamondback

cornerstone grill and loft is a Route 1 staple for many students. Some warn to be careful: The scene can get a bit rough at night, but it’s always a packed location. charlie deboyace/the diamondback

Rapper b.o.b. was the headlining artist at last year’s Art Attack, a university-sponsored concert brought to the campus every spring by Student Entertainment Events. file photo/the diamondback

Comedian aziz ansari also performed on the campus last year at SEE’s fall comedy show. A packed audience at Cole Field House showed up to hear the performer. file photo/the diamondback

OFF-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES Movies: The closest theater is the Regal Hyattsville Royale Stadium 14. It’s in the University Town Center, near student apartment building The Towers a n d e ate r i e s s u c h a s T h re e Brothers and Mongolian Grill. To get there: Take the Metro down one stop to PG Plaza. Or work off all the popcorn you’re about to eat and take a 2-mile hike down Adelphi Road. But be careful: It can get a bit sketchy at night.

at wooden pins can be a great w ay to re l i e ve t h e s t re s s of school. The AMF College Park Lanes are located down Route 1 near Pizza Hut and the Comfort Inn. A f te r 10 p. m . o n F r i d ay s, bowling is $40 per lane for two hours for up to six people, and shoes are $4.81. It also has late Ice Skating: A winter classic. n ig ht hou rs: On Fridays, it’s It’s no Christmas at Rockefeller open until 1 a.m., and on SatCenter, but for poor college stu- urdays, 2 a.m. dents, the Herbert Wells Ice Rink comes pretty close. It’s about a ON-CAMPUS mile down Paint Branch Parkway ACTIVITIES: near the College Park Airport. With a university ID, college Student Entertainment Events students get admission and skate holds regular evening events. rental for $3. Come Friday nights In the past, these have included for a DJ-ed public skate. free monthly movies, comedy shows with Seth Meyers and Aziz Bowling: Hurling a heavy ball Ansari and an annual concert

(last yea r: B.o.B.). Un iversity-sponsored program Stamp Second Satu rdays a lso holds month ly n ightti me events i n Stamp Student Union , including roller skating, ice skating and salsa lessons last year. I n the basement of Sta mp, Ter pZ one featu res a n eig htlane bowling alley, pool tables and arcade games, and there’s cosmic bowling Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (CSPAC) holds professional performances many nights of the week, including all varieties of music, dance, opera and theater. Students get discounted tickets (usually for $10), and sophomore English major Lyla Lawless said sometimes,

t h e y ’re f re e. “ I d o n’t t h i n k people realize that,” Lawless said. “There’s a lot of free everything over there.” Some students find their own fun on the campus. “We do photo shoots,” said sophomore piano performance major Daniel Hopkins. “We all dress up in fancy clothes and stand outside and take photos.” Sophomore E n g l i sh m ajor Anna Johnson said she likes to go to monthly poetry events in Tawes Ha ll sponsored by the English department. She a l so t a l ke d a b out f u n she and her friends have in the dorms. “We play board games, a nd we’ve cl i mbed on top of roofs to look at stars,” Johnson said.

BEYOND COLLEGE PARK And if you can’t find anything to do at school or in College Park, Washington is only a Metro ride away, where there a re da nce clubs, bars, restaurants, shops and pretty much everything else. “People should definitely take adva ntage of the D.C. d a nce scene,” said Zion. “T here are plenty of 18-plus places, and they’re only a 5-20 minute Metro ride depending on how deep into the city you’re going. If you’re 21 plus, I hear great things about the H Street corridor and Adams Morgan. You can’t not find a place to go in those neighborhoods on weekends.”



Who says eating in college has to be disgusting? By Jenny Hottle Staff writer Although college brings the excitement of independence, night life and (optional) classes, students often seem to long for a home-cooked meal. There’s a stigma associated with college dining: It’s bland, boring and sometimes just plain gross. But walking into this university’s dining halls can be exciting and overwhelming all at once — with hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, soup, a pasta bar, salad bars and more, there seems to be something for everyone. Yet you’ll still likely find yourself settling into a boring and tasteless routine, and you’ll be tired of eating the same things every day after a month or two. That being said, the dining halls really aren’t bad — the food is decent, even pretty good. The biggest complaints seem to be a lack of variety and not enough healthy choices, so we’ve compiled some tips to surviving, and even enjoying, college dining. DO learn the best times to avoid the dining halls. Students pack the dining halls during the noon to 1 p.m. rush, when all students seem to have the sa me brea k between classes. After a week or two, you’ll quickly learn the best times to go to or avoid the dining halls. On days when you’re in a rush, consider getting your lunch to go, especially if you don’t have much time to wait around looking for a table. And don’t wait in line for the stir fry or pasta unless you comfortably have an hour to linger in the diner between classes or work. DON’T go to Late Night every night. Even though it’s definitely a fun time to meet up with friends and grab some wings or dessert, you’l l f i nd you rsel f q u ic k ly packing on the freshman 15 if you go too often. DO try some student favor-

251 North, located in the Denton Community, is arguably the best place to eat on the campus. Don’t miss out on this buffet-style dining hall. Residents on North Campus have one 251 North meal a week, while South Campus residents have four a semester. file photo/the diamondback ites: bu f fa lo ch icken w raps, Korean barbecue from the North Campus Dining Hall, stir fry from the South Campus Dining Hall, the made-to-order pasta and ice cream from this university’s Dairy. After all, they’re favorites for a reason. DON’T get the value meal every day. They’re not really a value; if you get it every day, you’ll find yourself out of dining points a month before the end of the se-

mester. Certain value meals are by far better than others (get the buffalo chicken sandwich, avoid anything with fish), so don’t be afraid to try out the options and sift through them before deciding which ones are worth spending your precious dining points on. DO keep an eye on your dining points, but don’t freak out if you’re running low. At the end of the semester, there’s always someone with extra points who

residents are allotted four meals per semester. The all-you-caneat dining hall undoubtedly has the best food on the campus, ranging from significantly better pizza to gourmet desserts, such as cannolis. DON’T forget about alternate dining options. Even with three dining halls, there are nights when just nothing on the menu sounds appetizing. You can try being creative — a friend swears by putting peanut butter on the hamburgers instead of ketchup (not that I’d necessarily recommend that particular combination). Or you can switch it up by going to the Stamp food court or spending some Terp Bucks in one of the campus convenience stores. And if you just need to get away from campus for a bit, head down to Route 1 to grab a bite. If you’re just feeling too lazy to leave your room, order food online — many Route 1 restaurants deliver right to your residence hall.

will gladly buy you a meal. And if you’re that student with the extra points, treat some friends to dinner — maybe even at Adele’s, the sitdown restaurant in Stamp. And it’s a surefire way to score some more friends — not that you’re trying to buy your friends. DO find a way to make the trip to 251 North, located in the Denton Community. Residents on North Campus have one 251 North meal per week, while South Campus




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FOO T BA L L: Ter ps vs. University of Connecticut Huskies, Sept. 15

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Can I have your number? Save these numbers in your phone to make sure you stay safe on the campus five-digit code posted at a university bus stop and it will use GPS to tell you how long until It’s scary being in a new place. the bus a rrives. Pa r ticu la rly That’s why we’ve given you the useful during storms to check most important numbers you how far away a bus is from your need to ensure your safety on dorm’s bus stop. Also available on l i ne a nd as a sm a r t phone and off the campus. application. UNIVERSITY POLICE DOTS NITE RIDE 301-405-3333 301-314-NITE (6483) The emergency phone number D O T S’ N i te R i d e s e r v i c e , for University Police. Calling 911 from a cell phone will put wh ich operates between 5:30 you through to Prince George’s p.m. and 7:30 a.m. and is deCounty Police, which deals with signed to pick up students in off-ca mpus cri me i n Col lege areas of the campus that aren’t Park. If you’re in a pinch, 911 on the evening bus routes. w i l l a lways work, but th is HEALTH CENTER number goes directly to Uni301-314-8184 versity Police, which deals with on-campus emergencies. The number to make an appoi nt ment at t he Un iversity DOTS NEXTBUS Hea lt h Center. You ca n a l so 301-314-2255 make appointments for many T he Depa rtment of T ra ns- services at portation Services’ automated NextBus service. Just type in the By Lauren Redding Senior staff writer

STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY by saving the University Health Center’s number in your phone so you can easily make an appointment in case of illness or emergency. file photo/the diamondback

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