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A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER FOR FACULTY AND STAFF AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AT COLLEGE PARK
DECEMBER 6, 1993
VOLUME 8, NUMBER 13
It's official, The campus is on the Metro map with the opening of the new College
Park/University of Maryland station.
When, Where and How Much?
College Park Metro Station Opens to Public Dec. 11
College Park commuters soon will
ride the rails of the long-awaited
Metro. On Saturday, Dec. 11, a noon
ceremony officially marks the grand
opening of the College Park/ Univer-
sity of Maryland station, one of five
stations that distinguish the 8-mile
Green Line extension from Fort Tot-
ten, in the District, to Greenbelt.
Other stops in between include West
Hyattsville and Prince George's
Plaza. On hand to share in the Dec. 11
festivities will be President William
E. Kirwan and the UMCP marching
band and cheerleaders.
"This will be a tremendous asset
for our campus," says Kirwan. "It
offers our students, faculty and staff a
new commuting option and it makes
our campus more accessible to visi-
tors as well as to the Greater Wash-
ington region." Kirwan also notes
that the Metro helps tie the campus
into the Washington community.
"Some people still think the universi-
ty is up near Baltimore. Now they'll
see us on the Metro map."
Metro fans interested in taking a College Park/UM station corn-
iest run may do so on Dec. 1 1 . Free muters will have access to 500 park-
rides will be available from 8 a.m to 4 ing spaces, at a cost of $1 .75 per day,
p.m. that day, from Creenbelt to any- and trains that arrive every six min-
where in the system — provided you utes during peak periods (5:30 to 9:30
don't get off the train. "If you get out a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.). At all other
at a station, to sightsee for example, times, trains are scheduled every 1 2
you do have to pay regular fare to get minutes. Metro hours of operation
back on," says Gerald Gough, gov- are 5:30 a.m, to midnight. Metered
em men I relations officer for Metro. parking is available between the
"But if you're just interested in riding hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for
the system, it's free." 25 cents per hour.
According to Gough, some 13,000 All parking and bus service will
new commuters will be served by the be on the east side of the Metro sta-
opening of the five lines. And at Col- Hon, closest to Kenilworth Avenue,
lege Park alone, 1,300 commuters are although a small Kiss and Ride lot
expected to board the Metro each day. with short-term parking spaces is
located on the west side of the tracks.
Station entrances are located on both
the east and west sides of the tracks
i ■ 1 j and two passageways under the sta-
; tion facilitate pedestrian crossing
1 &M from east to west.
Gough says the new Paint Branch
Parkway, to be built north of Calvert
Faculty Policies Addressed Road, will provide a through way
Workload and accountability ^ tluit Wul travel underneath the rail
are topics of open hearings \) lines to Kenilworth Avenue. Con-
struction on that parkway is not
Ollf Mr, Roberts expected to be complete until late
l-Schout prof, adds Fourth Estate r " eXt year
Award to illustrious career J The new $ 873 million Green Line
extension joins the Red Line at Fort
T u r .« T Totten station. From Fort Totten, rid-
Talk of the Town ers must tnwd fo Metn> Center tQ
Campus computers are abuzz S accGss ^ ^ To m jdeg flf
vvull,,MIAlK U fare costs, says Gough, peak fare
from College Park to Metro Center is
Flurry Alert q $ 2 .10. That amount drops to $1 .50
What Hi do when the snow falls O during off-peak hours.
Gough also notes that the Green
Line will interface with MARC com-
muter rail service at both the Green-
belt and College Park stops, "Orioles
fans can take the Metro to either sta-
tion and board the MARC train to
Camden Yards," he says.
Shuttle Off to Campus
Faculty, staff and students who
opt to commute to College Park on
the Metro can get a lift to campus via
the UM Shuttle. The free, express
shuttle is open to the general public
and does not require passengers to
show their IDs. According to David
Lennon, UM Shuttle Coordinator,
passengers will board the shuttle on
the east side of the station and ride it
directly to campus stops including
the Mathematics Building on Cam-
pus Drive, the Stamp Student Union,
and possibly the Center for Adult
Education. Lennon says riders should
anticipate a 20 to 25-minute ride to
campus from the station.
Every 20 minutes, between the
hours of 6:45 a.m. and 7:15 p.m., says
Lennon, a shuttle bus will depart
from the College Park/UM station.
Once the system is in place and
demand for ridership is determined,
says Lennon, a printed schedule will
be available. For more information
about the shuttle, its times and its
routes, call 314-2255 or stop by the
office of commuter affairs, or the
information desk in the Student
With the opening of the new
Green Line stations, many current
continued on page 6
U N I V
R S I T Y
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Carjacking Prevention and Control Guidelines to Be Developed
by Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Within a year, law enforcement
officials and citizens will be armed
with proven prevention and interven-
tion strategies to combat carjacking —
the newest crime phenomenon to hit
"At this point, police are unsure
how thev can prevent carjacking, and
unsure what motorists can do to pro-
tect themselves," says Charles Well-
ford, chair of the Department of
Criminal justice and Criminology,
which is rated the highest-quality
research program in the nation bv the
journal of Criminal justice Education.
Well ford is the chief investigator of
the one-year, $1 50,000 study, which is
funded by the National Institute
According to Well ford, the lack of
information about the effectiveness of
approaches to address this new crime
has left law enforcement officials con-
fused and struggling with conflicting
solutions. "For instance, some law
enforcement agencies recommend
engine cut-off devices to prevent car-
jacking, while others discourage it,"
"Clear! v, law enforcement needs
assistance to address this problem
and to draw upon the range of expe-
riences and efforts being undertaken
nationwide to respond to this new
threat to public safety," says Wellford.
A phone survey of the 100 largest
police departments is underway, to
be followed by a two-day conference
of law enforcement representatives
who are trying to deal with carjack-
ing. Data will be collected and ana-
lyzed on patterns of carjacking,
profiles ot known offenders, and
effectiveness of various interventions
tried bv the police and citizens.
The result will he definitive infor-
mation on the extent and nature of
carjacking and a model program
detailing effective prevention, inter-
vention, and control strategies that
can be used bv law enforcement offi-
cials as well as citizens.
UMCP Students Net Big Gains in Stock Market Competition
The University of Maryland at
College Park is ranked eighth among
more than 9O0 colleges and universi-
ties nationwide playing the stock
market in the AT&T Collegiate
The AT&T challenge is a national
financial stock trading competition
designed to give students the oppor-
tunity to make real Wall Street invest-
ment's on the AVIEX, NYSE and
NASDAQ stock exchanges.
Students begin with a fictitious
5500,000 in buying power, an instruc-
tional kit, including a glossary of
stock market terms, procedures and
strategies. To compete, they make
buy and sell transactions on an AT&T
toll-free line which gives them real-
time market information. Students
are ranked each week according to
their account values.
Keith (ones, a junior at UMCP
who hopes to major in business, is
ranked tenth for week five among the
9,350 college students participating
nationwide. Jones shares his secrets
o f s u ccess f u 1 i n ves t i n g .
"I like picking stocks that are five
dollars or under," he savs. "I research
them through my broker and I read
four newspapers each da v. I look for
stocks that have a relatively high
trading volume, and sometimes I
pick stocks that were once high
priced but are now low. When thev
are ready to rebound, I buy them."
According to Jones, there is no
great mystery to making money on
the stock market. "What this shows is
that there is money to be made," he
says. "You don't have to be an expert.
You just have to do vour home-
UMCP senior finance major
Alexander Tekie was ranked ninth
during week three. His goals are to
end the competition among the top
five and to use his experience in the
stock market to enter the job market,
"It will definitely help me in secur-
ing a job once I graduate," he says.
The top 20 students overall win
cash and the grand prize winner will
recei ve a 1 994 Po n t i a c Firebird and
SI ,200 in long distance certificates.
The competition began Oct. 11
and runs through Dec. 10. The Chal-
lenge is in its sixth year and will be
sponsoring another competition in
the spring semester.
Letter to the Editor
I was grea tly angered by the mis-
representation of the "Maryland
Association of Midshipmen" in Out-
look's cover article about the restora-
tion of Testudo (Oct. 25). 1 am the
president of this group and we repre-
sent about 15 midshipmen who
attend UMCP and are enrolled in the
U.S. NROTC Unit at George Wash-
This project of restoring Testudo
was begun about five years ago bv
one of our members, Dave Oates.
When the class of '33 heard of our
plans, we agreed to split the cost of
the restoration. We raised $3,000 for
this project over the next four years.
Our fundraisers included a 5K race
around the campus golf course,
cleaning up Byrd Stadium, working a
concession stand for football, and
many car washes.
As for the ceremony itself, your
article mentions that "members of the
class of '33 and President William
Kirwan" were in attendance. The
entire group of the Maryland Associ-
ation of Midshipmen minus three
members were present. We also pro-
vided a color detail to the ceremony.
T h e co m m a n d i n g o f f i cer f ro m ou r
unit at George Washington Universi-
ty was also present.
Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving
the College Park campus community.
' !;. ■ Burch
John T, Con sol I
Kerstin A. Neteler
Jennifer Grog an
Vice President lor
Director of Public Information
Director of University Publications
Layout & Production
Letters to the editor, story suggestions, campus infor-
mation & calendar items are welcome. Please submit
all material at least two weeks before the Monday of
publication. Send it to Editor Outlook. 2101 Turner
Building, through campus mail or to University of
Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Our telephone
number is 1301) 405-4621. Electronic mall address
is jhawes<?umdacc. umrJ.edu. Fax number is
Week of November 19-25, 1393
Washington Business Journal
Metro area universities make the grade
WILLIAM E. RIRWAN
In a recent opinion
column (Oct. 22-28,
1993), the Washington
Business Journal stated
that economic develop-
ment jn the region had
heen hampered by "a lack of entrepreneurial
culture," "complacency" and "a lack of
Moreover, the Journal asserted, "The
Washington area lacks a first-rate computer
sciences laboratory, and despite having a
number of good universities in the area, none
are in the top echelon of research and science."
While 1 make no claim to expertise in the
measurement of complacency and cohesion, I
can respond to what I regard as a faulty assess-
ment of the quality of the Washington area's
In its discussion, the Journal alluded to
remarks made by a panel of local business edi-
tors and reporters during a recent Washington
Board of Trade forum. On that occasion, at
which I happened to be present, David
Ignatius, assistant managing editor Tor finan-
cial news at the Washington Post, asserted that
the economic development of the Baltimore-
Washington region has been impeded by the
"lack of a first-rate computer science pro-
gram." He apparently based this view on an
experience his wife had while enrolled in a
computer science program at a university in
A recent ranking of the nation's computer
science programs tells a very different story.
U.S. News & World Report just published a
survey in which leaders from various fields
were asked to identify the strongest programs
nationally in their respective disciplines. The
computer science department at the Universi-
ty of Maryland was ranked as the 1 2lh best
program in the country, above those at, for
example, Michigan, Yale, Columbia and Har-
vard. In fact, among all universities on the east
coast, only the programs at MIT and Prince-
ton were ranked above College Park. In the
same survey, the university's physics depart-
ment was ranked 13th best.
1 hasten to add that this is hardly late-break-
ing news. In a study sponsored by the Nation-
al Academy of Sciences more than a decade
ago. College Park's computer science depart-
ment was ranked 1 5th in the nation. A number
of other programs at UMCP in the humanities,
social sciences, and the professional schools
were ranked among the best in the nation. Fur-
thermore, College Park's computer science,
physics and mathematics departments were
ranked higher than the corresponding depart-
ments at all other universities, public or pri-
vate, in the mid-Atlantic region.
More recently, three University of Mary-
land computer science faculty were named as
National Science Foundation Young Investi-
gators, perhaps the nation's most prestigious
award given to young scientists. College
Park's total was matched only by Carnegie
Mellon University, the top-ranked computer
science program in the nation.
I will leave it to others to decide which of
these competing assessments of the quality of
the area's computer science resources and sci-
entific research prowess deserves to be given
greater credence, but two more general points
need to be made.
First, it is apparently still not understood by
reporters in this region that the University of
Maryland is, by a variety of measures, one of
the nation's leading research universities and
a powerful force for technological and eco-
nomic development in the region. Last year,
faculty at College Park were awarded more
than $120 million in new research grants and
contracts, one of the largest totals in the nation
among institutions without an affiliated med-
ical school. Maryland is also the only univer-
sity in the Washington area to have been
selected for membership in the prestigious
American Association of Universities and to
be ranked as a Carnegie Class I Research insti-
tution. These two affiliations, it is generally
agreed, define the nation's top research uni-
In contrast to the assertions about the
absence of an entrepreneurial spirit in the
region, the university's research strength is
having an impact on the region's economy.
Nearly two dozen companies have "graduat-
ed" from the university's incubator facility,
including Freewing, which won Discover
magazine's national innovation of the year
award in the field of aerospace. Further, the
university's industrial outreach efforts
through its Dingman Center for Entrepreneur-
ship and its Maryland Industrial Partnership
program, which draw heavily on the research
expertise of faculty, are being emulated by
universities around the country. And, College
park's technology Liaison office has docu-
mented close to 200 inventions and licensed
almost SO technologies since its inception in
Finally, in my view, it is a mistake to
attempt to tie economic development in the
region to the overall quality of area universi-
ties. These days there is hardly a university in
the nation that would try to be equally excel-
lent across all the fields of human inquiry, and
the trend toward greater selectivity in
resource allocation is almost certain to con-
William E. fCirwan is president of the Uni-
versity of Maryland at College Park,
Senate Hearings Scheduled for New Policies Concerning
Faculty Workload and Accountability
In response to a request from the
College Park Senate Executive Com-
mittee, the Faculty Affairs Committee
has produced draft proposals of two
policies concerning faculty workload
The first proposal, entitled "Draft
Proposal on Teaching Expectations of
Faculty," establishes standards for
faculty responsibilities. In addition to
research an J service, the draft pro-
poses a standard of teaching respon-
sibility of five courses per academic
year — a courseload that can be
reduced, by criteria "customary in
the faculty member's college, depart-
ment, or unit," if the faculty member
demonstrates substantial commit-
ment to instructional development,
advising, research or service beyond
typical expectations. The draft also
proposes a minimum teaching load of
one course per year for ail tenured car
The second proposal, entitled
"Draft Proposal on Post-Tenure
Review," establishes a formal perfor-
mance review for tenured faculty in
six-year intervals. The procedures
include a tactual report of the faculty
member's accomplishments by two
colleagues of equal or higher rank,
and an evaluation bv the faculty
member's chair or dean (in non-
departmental i/ed colleges). The fac-
ulty member may review all
documents and append a response.
Robert Gaines, chair of the Faculty
Affairs Committee, will present a pre-
liminary report to the full Senate on
Monday, Dec. 6, The Faculty Affairs
Committee will hold open hearings
on Thursday, Dec. 9, from noon to 2
p.m. and Monday, Dec. 13, from 3 to
5 p.m. in the Maryland Room of
Marie Mount Hall. All faculty
received a letter from Hank Dobin,
Senate Chair, about these proposals
and the upcoming hearings.
"The draft proposals will prom cite
the interests of College Park by
demonstrating our commitment to
faculty excellence and by exercising
initiative and leadership on issues of
current public concern," says Gaines.
Dobin commended the efforts of the
Faculty Affairs Committee to respond
to intense public scrutiny of higher
education and adds, "These policies
are an attempt to describe what we
do as faculty members and to devel-
op a more formal way of accounting
for what we do."
1 V 9 3
Proposals Invited for Exchange with National Chiao Tung University
The Taiwan Subcommittee invites proposals from UMCP faculty for an
exchange program with National Chiao Tung University, The exchange agree-
ment calls for an exchange of two professors, one post- doctoral student and
two short-term visitors each year. Deadline for proposals is Dec. 30, 1993. Pro-
posals should include: C.V. of the scholar proposed; a short description of the
proposed research plan; source of matching funds; and evidence to indicate
that the proposed exchange will be accepted and supported by the scholar's
home institution. For more information, call Jackson C.S. Yang, x5-5306, or
Jason Kuo, 405-1499,
Foundations Bring Controversial Developer of Ecological
Economics to School of Public Affairs
Herman Dalv savs that current
economic theory fails to consider
whether the biosphere can sustain
projected or even current levels of
economic activity. Furthermore,
argues Daly, one of the founders of
ecological economics, much of cur-
rent economic thinking leads to
destructive consequences for the
Impressed with the importance of
having Herman Daly participate in
the education of the next generation
of environmental policv makers, a
consortium of eight foundations con-
tributed a total of $500,000 over five
years to finance his appointment at
the School of Public Affairs as a
senior research scholar. Thev are Ba li-
ma n, Island, Mac Arthur, Mott,
Noves, Rockefeller Brothers, Rocke-
feller Financial Services and Schu-
mann. Daly will be leaving his
current position as a senior economist
in the World Rank's Environment
Department in January.
J'erhaps best known as the author
of For fhv Common Good, written with
John B. Cobb jr., Daly is a prolific
researcher and writer with ten books
and innumerable journal articles to
his credit. He is an associate editor
a n d c o- f o u n d er o f t he j o u rna I pu b-
lished by the International Society for
Dalv brings to the School of Public
Affairs a strong international interest
with a special focus on Latin Ameri-
ca . W i t h i n the school, Daly will work
with the International Institute of
Environmental Policy and Manage-
ment, which is being developed.
The institute will educate students
from the public, private and NGO
sectors in Latin America, the newly-
independent states of Eastern Europe
and the former Soviet Union, Africa
and Asia as they pursue a Master of
Public Policy degree program special-
izing in environmental studies. In
addition to the required academic
background, admission to the pro*
gram will be based on the potential
for leadership in preserving the envi-
ronment and promoting sustainable
Dingman Center and DEED Announce Joint Venture to Help
Small Manufacturers and High Tech Businesses
A new Maryland Manufacturing
and Technology Small Business
Development Center (SBDO at the
University of Maryland at College
Park will expand the capacity of the
Maryland Small Business Develop-
ment Center Network to help small
manufacturers and technology firms
with their management, marketing
and financial needs.
Called Tech/SBDC, the joint ven-
ture between UMCP's Dingman Cen-
ter for Entrepreneurship and the
Maryland Department of Economic
and Employment Development
(DEED) was announced on Nov. 30
bv Dingman Center Director Charles
Heller at the School of Business and
Tech/SBDC provides access for
Maryland companies to business and
technical information, advice and
resources, and assists SB DC centers
in Maryland as they work with man-
ufacturing and technology clients.
"Helping Maryland's manufactur-
ing sector is a top priority of this
administration, so I am very much in
favor of this new center," says Gover-
nor William Donald Schaefer.
The Dingman Center has a I read v
assisted several hundred emerging
growth companies and entrepreneurs
in Maryland, savs Heller. "Now,
teamed with the state's SBDC net-
work, we can expand the scope of
these activities to reach more Mary-
William Mayer, dean of the School
of Business and Management, says
marrving the university with the pri-
vate sector is an advantage for
UMCP's students. "They're exposed
to the academic side while getting
practical experience," he says.
And the small businesses benefit as
well. "Management skills are often
the weak spot in the structure of sci-
ence-oriented companies," says
Maver. "The affiliation of this new
center with the School of Business
and Management is an obvious
advantage to SBDC clients in this cat-
Audrey Theis, assistant secretary
for business resources, notes that
small businesses represent 98 percent
of business in Maryland. And ftO per-
cent of Maryland's employees work
for small businesses.
President's Commission Helps Shape Educational Initiatives
The President's Commission on
School/University Cooperation held
its first meeting this fall at the College
Park campus. The 27-member com-
mission includes higher education
representatives as well as school,
business and government administra-
tors. Its purpose is to serve as an
advisory body to help UMCP lead in
developing model school/university
Commission members advise on
current school /university programs
and new ventures that might be
undertaken. Through their organiza-
tional affiliations, members help link
the university to activities that show
promise for improving school/uni-
versitv cooperation in Maryland. The
commission is working on two pro-
jects aimed at shaping educational
initiatives in the 21st century: The
Regina Complex and Equity 2000.
The Regina Complex, on the draw-
ing board, is an initiative with lofty
goals: to improve teaching and pro-
mote fundamental change in both
schools and universities. It calls for
the creation of a Professional Devel-
opment Center designed to become a
model for the country. The center will
bring together partnerships involving
the Prince George's County School
System, UMCP, county government,
and other corporations and businesses.
At the proposed Regina Complex
site (currently home to three
schools — Adelphi, Langley and Regi-
na) children will have on-site access
to full-time health services, coordinat-
ed community social services, mental
health services for families and before
and after school programs. In addi-
tion, the school complex will provide
day care for three- and four-year-
olds. Services for adults will include
parenting skills workshops, nutrition
education and adult education oppor-
tunities such as health and consumer
education and literacy instruction.
Equity 200(1 is a six-year national
education reform project established
by the College Board to enhance
minority preparation for, and success
in, college. The project (now in its
second year) is located at six sites,
including Prince George's County,
spread across the country.
14 9 3
The Philadelphia Story
Decorated Vet of Newspaper War Shares Triumphs
When Gene Roberts lived in
Philadelphia and took the train to
work, he always got on in the back of
the car and walked towards the front
so that he could see what newspapers
the morning commuters were reading.
As executive editor of the Philadel-
phia Inquirer and in the midst of a
great newspaper war, it was impor-
tant for him to know what newspa-
per people were reading. His job
depended on it.
But Roberts won that war, retired
three years ago and is now a journal-
ism professor at the university.
Today, he makes his home in Wash-
ington, D.C., and travels by taxi to
But old habits die hard and
Roberts still finds himself keeping
score. "Instead of seeing what people
read, ! check the street sale boxes and
see who is sold out," he says.
Roberts, who was born in rural
North Carolina and graduated from
the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, has also written for the
Virginian-Pilot, Detroit Free Press, and
the New York Times. He was at the
helm of the Inquirer for 18 years, dur-
ing which time the paper was hon-
ored with 17 Puiitxer Prizes.
The National Press Club recently
praised him with its 21st annual
Fourth Estate Award, acknowledging
1 i f e ti me ac h i e v em e n t .
"The Fourth Estate Award comes
a t the end or near the end of your
career," Roberts savs. "And it is nice
for me, personally. But since I'm no
longer with a paper, it's not a build-
The Pulitzers were building blocks
for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Roberts
says. When he arrived at the Inquirer
in 1972 it was struggling and
involved in a battle with Philadel-
phia's other newspaper, the Bulletin
(which folded in 1982),
The first five or six awards were
verv important for turning around
the self esteem of the newspaper. "It
gave | the staff | a sense of worth that
they could practice journalism as well
as anybody in the country," Roberts
Building a newspaper that
wins so many awards means
being able to focus and stay sin-
gle-minded on your goals, he
says. "One day you wake up,
three or four years down the
road, and the whole paper is
changing under your feet in
ways that e\ en I tin- staff] don't
quite realize. The awards were
important mainly because they
gave people a sense of worth,
that somebody out there thought
they were good, and it kind of
feeds on itself at that point."
In the early days of his tenure
at the Inquirer, a reporter from
Philadelphia Magazine wrote a
piece on the war between the
inquirer and the Bulletin, The reporter
said that the editor of the Bulletin
looked like George Hamilton and the
editor of the inquirer looked like Con-
gressman Frogg from the comic strip
Even though the Bui let in had a
lead on the Inquirer at the time, the
reporter said "the smart money is on
"The staff thought this was the
funniest thing they had ever heard
of," Roberts says. They took up a col-
lection in the newsroom, rented a
billboard that overlooked the Bulletin
newsroom and had the staff artist
draw a frog looking into the news-
room with the message: "the smart
money is on the frog."
These days, Roberts says that he
tries not to read the Inquirer. "I ration
myself to two a week. I don't
want to get so wrapped up in
it that I'm tempted to call
somebody, or get involved in
any way with the editing."
Roberts believes that, in
general, newspapers have
started going downhill. Up
until five years ago, he says,
newspapers on the whole
were getting better. "In a lot
of small and middle-sized
towns the papers are just not
serving their towns well, their
readers well, or anybody else
Roberts says some of the
In fits College Park office, Eugene Roberts' amphibious collection reminds him of
his early days with the Philadelphia Inquirer when a magazine writer compared him
to Congressman Frogg of comic strip fame.
problem has to do with newspapers
choosing to copy the USA Today for-
mat. "They are copying the weath-
ermap, the TV listings and the shorts.
But they haven't copied the sports,
probably the most effective part of
the whole format. I'm not asking that
they go out and spend money, but
I'm just asking that they basically do
the job for their hometowns."
But there may be hope with jour-
nalism students today, says Roberts.
Not much has changed since he was
an undergraduate and today's stu-
dents, it anything are better.
A major difference is the existence of
graduate students, he says.
"They're older and have been
around the track a little more,"
Roberts says. "They have a better
grip on what thev want to do and
where they're going."
The main reason he came to teach
at UMCP was Reese Cleg horn, the
dean of the College of Journalism.
"I've known him since my days cov-
ering civil rights in Atlanta in the
'fills, t le was unc ot the great newspa-
per writers in the country."
The college has been expanding,
with projects like the Humphrey Fel-
lowship, at a time when most journal-
ism schools across the country are
not, he says,
Roberts, who teaches a class on
civil rights issues, has been using his
experiences as a civil rights reporter
for the New York Times in the '60s to
write a book.
"What 1 hope is that it will be a
broad sweep of the press and the civil
rights story," he says.
But would he go back to a news-
"1 only went to Philadelphia
because it was a competitive citv and
I the inquirer] was in a desperate situ-
ation," he says.
There aren't any more cities where
he could take the second paper and
make it the first, he says. "If you
invented me a city like that, I'd rush
out and do it."
— Stephen Sobek
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Two-day Priority E-mail Links Faculty to Library
The libraries arc expanding reference service available bv e-mail as a pilot service
beginning in December through May 18, 1994. All those with UMCP Umail
addresses may direct their queries to library @ libr.umd.edu during this period
and receive a response by Umail. Mail will be read daily on work days bv a refer-
ence librarian, who will respond within two working days with either an answer
or a referral to a more appropriate resource. Inquiries might concern specific
information, where to get information, how best to utilize library collections and
services, including electronic resources. For further information, contact Robert
Merikangas at McKeldin Library, 405-9274, or send an e-mail inquiry.
Setting the Stage
TJjeatre Faculty Practice What They Preach in Area Productions
The intercom above David Kriebs'
desk projects the cacophony from the
stage, which at the moment includes
carpentry bangs and thuds and tom-
foolery. He seems to take no notice,
except when a stage crew member
bursts into his cramped office, tool-
belt swinging, with yet another ques-
tion. Kriebs gives him directions and
the problem is solved.
Kriebs, a UMCP theatre professor,
teaches courses in stagecraft, sound
design and stage management. He's
also the technical director, design
engineer and production manager for
the ten productions the theatre
department is staging this semester.
Two doors down, lim Kronzer
describes his duties as the resident set
designer. This fellow professor
instructs students on drafting, scene
painting and set design.
Dan Wagner, who teaches classes
in lighting design and seriographies,
in the meantime, serves as the light-
ing director. Resident costume
designer Helen Huang teaches classes
in costume history as well.
And, as if thev don't already have
enough on their plates, each of these
professors is involved with produc-
tions outside of the university.
Wagner is currently opening Alice
in W&nderlatid at the Kennedy Center,
and is working on Christina* Revels at
the Lisner Auditorium and Holiday
Memories at the Olnev Theatre.
Kronzer opened a show in Buffalo
this month, and is working on Death
tind the Maiden at Studio Theatre.
Huang, who is the resident
designer for Studio Theatre and
National Players, the oldest classical
touring company in the United States
housed here at College Park, counts
Rosencrante ami Guildeitstem are Dead
and Brighton Bench Memoirs, which
opened in Tawes Theatre in Novem-
ber, among her latest shows.
Kriebs, who has accustomed him-
self to 14- hour days, is also working
on Holiday Memories. He is engineer-
ing The Nutcracker with the National
Ballet of Maryland as well.
The productions, these faculty say,
keep them current, bringing trends
into the curriculum they teach. Thev
participate in these shows to keep
from becoming stagnant.
And, most importantly, it gives
them the chance to involve their stu-
dents in the world of professional
theatre because thev take their stu-
dents to work with them on these
"It gives them a chance to get their
feet wet," says Kronzer, who worked
w i tli three University of Maryland
students at theOlney Theatre last
summer. "You learn how to swim bv
getting thrown into the deep end."
It also gives the students a chance
to connect with professionals who are
part of a tight-knit community in
Washington. Huang points out that
the experience the students gain
helps them develop a good reputa-
tion long before thev graduate.
Something to Talk About
Computerized Conversation Service Increases Campus Communication
Call it the talk of the town — or of
the campus at least. It's UMTALK-L.
the new electronic mail-based service
designed to tap into student — and
now faculty and staff — opinion sand
concerns. Its purpose is to increase
dialogue about campus issues using
con tcmporar\ computer technolog\
Begun in September, the service
currently has 150 subscribers who
have discussed everything from the
disappearance of the Diamoiidhack to
concerns about health care coverage.
And prior to Thanksgiving, faculty,
staff and students debated whether
or not the campus should be closed
the Wednesday before the holiday.
'it's an open forum for people to
converse," savs Janet Schmidt, assis-
tant to the vice president for student
affairs. Schmidt chairs the Hearing
the Students' Voices Committee
which initiated UMTALK-L, one of
several projects the student affairs
College Park Metro Station Opens
continued from page 1
Metrohus schedules will be affected.
According to Emmett Crockett, of the
Metrohus office, the College
Park/ University of Maryland station
will be served by buses Eft and R12.
On the ft) bus, service will be rerout-
ed to operate between Prince
George's Plaza and NewCarrollton
stations via College Park/UM station.
Extended Rt. C2 service will directly
link the University of Maryland at
College Park campus and Green belt
Center (currently served bv Rt. ftO.
On the R12 bus, service will be
rerouted between the Dean wood and
New Carrol Iton stations to operate
via College Park/UM and Creenbelt
stations. The part of the route
between Dean wood and Addison
Road stations will be replaced by the
rerouted Rt. V14.
New fliers are being issued aboard
Mctrobuses, but to request specific
route information, or to obtain a flier,
Crockett advises commuters to call
Metro Information at 202-637-7000.
Help is available seven days a week
from 6 a.m. to 1 1 :30 p.m.
office began in response to President
William E. Kirwan's Continuous
I mpro vein en t i ti i t i a ti ve.
While the project was originally
geared to students, Schmidt s,ivs,
"faculty and staff have been running
with this." At the end of the vear, her
office will analyze the program to
determine its effectiveness.
But as Debra Stuart, acting direc-
tor of institutional studies, savs, "It
seems to be working. There's enough
activity that it perpetuates itself."
Stuart, who serves on Schmidt's com-
mittee, savs she keeps a watchful eve
on the computer conversation. If a
conversation is dving down, she says,
committee members call Schmidt,
who inserts a new question to get the
discussion moving again.
Schmidt savs her office has started
topics, hut subscribers often start
them on their own. "People do
answe-t oih 1 anullier." -viv-. Vhnmlt.
"And we forward items as needed. If
we think someone can answer a ques-
tion or better address an issue we let
[the appropriate person] know."
Anyone may read along with, or
listen in on, the conversation, but to
be an active participant, says
Schmidt, one must subscribe. To join
in the ongoing dialogue, call the SCS
Consulting Lab at 405-1500.
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Poster Competition Deadline Extended
The i 'resident's Commission on Women's Affairs poster competition to com-
memorate its 20th anniversary now has an extended deadline for entries of Jan.
5, 1994. Faculty, staff and students may submit entries based on the anniver-
sary theme, "Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Shaping the
Future," to the Art Center, Stamp Student Union. First and second place prizes,
to be awarded the second week in January, are a SI 50 and $75, respectively,
University Book Center gift certificate. The winning selection will become a
printed reproduction that celebrates the 20th Anniversary. For more informa-
tion, call Donna McMahon, 405-3979.
Female Faculty Bring Fresh Views to Landscape Architecture
For as long as there's been a
Department of Horticulture and a
program of landscape architecture,
there has never been a woman on the
full-time faculty. But that all changed
last spring with the back-to-back hir-
ings of Assistant Professors Margari-
ta Hill and Mina Hilsenrath. With
them, they brought a fresh perspec-
tive on the landscape architecture
"They've brought a tremendous
amount of energy aboard," says Bob
Scarfo, associate professor and pro-
gram coordinator. "As professionals,
they see the world differently. And as
women, they see the world different-
ly." Of the latter, he explains: "They
fill in things that I'd like to think that
we've dealt with all along, but per-
haps only cursorily." And, he adds,
"Students are turning to them in
What Hill and Hilsenrath offer
potential professionals, savs Scarfo,
are "two different role models."
Hill hails from "the research
world," Armed with an abundance of
international contacts, the Cuban-
born I iill often favors taking a cross-
cultural approach to her case studies.
At the moment she's scouting various
sites in and around the U Street corri-
dor, in downtown Washington, D.C.,
and Balls ton, in Northern Virginia —
sites that have undergone tremen-
dous growth in recent years- — for a
potential case study in the spring.
Essentially, she'll be looking to see if
these rapidly developing new com-
munities are ultimately "sustainable,"
Margarita Hill and Mina Hilsenrath joined landscape architecture's faculty last spring.
that is, if they will be able to continue
to grow without sacrificing their own
Hilsenrath, who has taught at
Morgan State University, brings with
her a wealth of experience from pub-
lic and private practice. She worked
most recently for the land develop-
ment and research division of the
Department of Planning and Zoning
in Howard County, where, among
other things, she helped develop a
new stream protection program.
Owing to increasing public aware-
ness of environmental issues and vast
changes in state regulation, Hilsen-
rath says that landscape architects in
recent years are as much in demand
as they've ever been. Certainly, stu-
dent enrollment is up. Hilsenrath, for
her part, says she's excited to be play-
ing a part in shaping the program.
"It's being recognized as being
valuable," she says.
— Todd Kliman
Zoologist Eugenie Clark Lends Shark
tise to IMAX Film
UMCP's own "Shark Lady," Euge-
nie Clark, leads viewers on an ocean-
ic expedition in "Search for the Great
Sharks," the new IMAX film at the
Maryland Science Center. Clark, pro-
fessor of zoology and worldwide
expert on sharks, provides the focus
of the film, along with Rodnev Fox,
another shark expert.
"Search for the Great Sharks"
takes viewers from the coastal waters
of California to the coral reefs of Aus-
tralia in an excursion into the worlds
of the Blue Shark, the Whale Shark
and the Great White Shark.
In a scene filmed at the New York
Aquarium, Clark relates how she first
saw sharks swimming in the very
same place when she was nine. "!
wanted to be in there with them," she
says. She never imagined them to be
Dramatic sequences include a
swim alongside the rarely seen
Whale Shark, the largest of more than
350 species of shark; the birth of a
shark; the once-a-year blossoming of
a coral reef; and a gripping scene
which follows Fox below the surface
in a clear plastic diving tube — leaving
him apparently vulnerable to -or-
Along with the filmmakers, Clark
and Fox hope to convey to viewers
that sharks are more intelligent, more
docile and more fascinating than
imagined. In the film, Clark notes
that sharks have survived for more
than 350 million years "and have
very few enemies — until we entered
their realm." Viewers will discover
the enormous threat to the existence
of these ancient creatures — humans
are well on their way to wiping out
most of the known shark species.
"Search for the Great Sharks" will
be on view at the Maryland Science
Center through May 26, 1994. For 24-
hour information, call (410) 685-5225.
Diversity on Film
As part of the Diversity Year initiative,
I lorn bake Library's nun print media services
department is presenting a series of videos,
from the library's collection, on subjects
ranging from noted author Tout Morrison to
the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The videos are
available to faculty, staff and students and
can be viewed on the library's fourth floor at
the times noted below.
A new series of videos will be presented
beginning in late January. Look for listings
in future issues of Outlook, For more infor-
mation about the videos, call 405-9263.
Dec, 5-Dec. 10; Common Thread?: Stories from
the Quilt. The story of the AIDS Memorial
Quilt established by the San Francisco
NAMES Project Foundation in 1987 to com-
memorate the lives lost to AIDS. 80 min.
Plavs at 9 and 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30, 3,
4:30, 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m.
Dec. 12-Dec. 17: Festival of American Folklife.
Shows different events of the American
Folklife Festival's 1976 bicentennial celebra-
tion in Washington, D.C. Reflects the diver-
sity of cultures found in the U.S., as seen by
the folk dances, music, arts and crafts, etc. 28
min. Plays every hour on the hour.
Dec. 19-Dec. 22; Valuing Diversity: Diversity
at Work, Describes how management must
consider race, ethnicity, disability, age, gen-
der, sexual orientation, and culture in order
to promote productive work relations and
effective communication at the work place.
29 min. Plays every hour on the hour.
I 9 4 3
College Park Senate Meets on Monday, Dec. 6
The next meeting of the College Park Senate convenes on Monday, Dec. 6, at 3:30
p.m., in Room 0220, Skinner Hall. President Kirwan's question-and-answer period is
the special order of the day- The Senate will consider recommendations for changes
in the Advanced Studies requirements of the CORE curriculum, a resolution on con-
tinuing education, a proposal to establish a Master of Engineering program, and
revisions to the Senate Bylaws. Special remarks will he heard from Professor Robert
Gaines, chair of the Senate Faculty Affairs Committee, on proposed policies on
teaching expectations for faculty, and post-tenure review of faculty. All meetings
are open to the campus community. Call 405-5805 for more information.
Guarneri String Quartet Open
Rehearsal: Tue.. Dec. 7,7 pun.. Tawes
Fine Arts Building. Call 5-5545.
University of Maryland Chorale
Chrtetmas Concert: Tue., Dec. 7, 8
p.m.. Memorial Chapel. Call 5-5548 foi
University Theatre: The Beaux
Stratagem, Tue.. Dec. 7, through Sal..
Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.. and Sat.. Dec 12. at
2 p.m.. Pugliese Theatre. S10 adults. $7
students and seniors. Call 5-2201 for
Student Chamber Music Recital: Wed..
Dec, 8. Chamber Music Marathon,
Tawes Fine Arts Building. Call 5-5545 for
University Theatre: Borneo and Juliet.
Wed.. Dec. 8 and Thu.. Dec. 9, 9:45
a.m.. Tawes Fine Arts Building. $10
adults. 57 students and seniors Call 5-
2201 for info.'
University of Maryland Percussion and
Marimba Ensembles: Thu. Dec. 9.
noon. 1102 Tawes Fine Arts Building.
Call 5-5545 for info.
Art Center Open House: Fn ., Dec. 10,
0232 Stamp Student Union. Call 4-2787
University Theatre: George Orwell's
1984. fn.. Dec. 10. 9:45 a.m., Tawes
Theatre. Tawes Fine Arts Building. J10
adults, S7 students and seniors. Call 5-
2201 for info.*
Department of Dance Informal Showing:
Fn.. Dec, 10, 5 p.m.. Dorothy Madden
Theatre. Dance Buitdmg. Call 5-3180 for
Maryland Gospel Choir Concert: Fn ,
Dec. 10. 7:30 p.m.. Grand Ballroom.
Stamp Student Union. Call 5-5545 for
O The Concert Society, at Maryland
WorldSong Series: Fn.. Dec. 10. "Sufi
Music from Pakistan." Nusrat Fateh Ali
Khan & Ensemble. 8:30 O.m.. Tawes
Theatre. 550. S35. S25. S15
seniors; Students /groups discount. Call
3-4240 for info.'
Annual Showcase Concert: Sat.. Dec
11, Concert Band, Symphonic Band.
Wind Ensemble. Jazz Ensemble.
Marching Band. 7:30 p.m. . Tawes
Theatre. $7 general admission. $5 stu-
dents and seniors. Call 5-5545 for Info."
Employee Development Training
Program: Mon., Dec. 6. 'Speaking
Confidently ll-Advanced." 9 a.m.noon.
1101 Administrative Services. Call 5-
5651 for info.
Guest Ledum: Mon,. Dec. 6, "Validity
Generalization or Wishful Thinking: Some
Advances. Concerns and Reflection,"
Jorge Mendoza. Department of
Psychology. University of Oklahoma.
11:30 a jn. to 1 p m,. Faculty Lounge,
3237 Benjamin Building. A tight lunch
win be served.
Entomology Colloquium: Mon.. Dec. 6.
"Disparity. Diversity and Damage: 300
Million Years of Insects interacting with
Plants." Conrad Labandena. tvahonai
Museum of Natural History, 4 p.m.,
0200 Symons Call 5-391! for info.
Employee Development Training
Program: Tue.. Dec. 7, 'Effective
Motivational Technipues of Supervisors.'
9 a.m.4 D.m., 1101 Administrative
Services. Call 5-5651 for info.
Zoology Lecture: Tue.. Dec. 7
"Comparative Investigations of the
Reproductive System of Stalk-Eyed Flies
iDiopsidae, Dipteral." Marion Kotiba.
noon. 1208 Zoology/Psychology. Call 5-
6890 for info.
Physics Colloquium: Tue.. Dec. 7. 'Fun
with the Superposition Principle." Daniel
Greenberger, City College of Mew York. 4
p.m.. 1410 Physics Building. Call 5
6020 for info.
Sounding the Humanities-Discussion of
'Beau*': Wed.. Dec. 8. University
Theatre. noon-12:50 D.m.. 1102 Francis
Scott Key. Call 5-2201 for info.
O Middle East Roundtable Discussion:
Wed.. Dec. 8. "In the Aftermath of the
Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accords:
Obstacles and Opportunities for
Success," Raymond Cohen, Sari
Nusseibeh. William Quandt, 2-4 p.m.,
1137 Stamp Student Union, Call 4-7703
Astronomy Colloquium Series: Wed.,
Dec. 8, "The Detection of Small
Asteroids m the Final Days Before the
Earth Impact.' Peter Leonard. Los
Alamos National Laboratory. 4 p.m.,
1113 Computer and Space Sciences.
Call 5-1502 for info.
Materials and Nuclear Engineering
Seminar: Thu.. Dec. 9. 'Applications of
Non-Linear Magneto-Optic Materials," C.
Davis. 4 p.m., 2110 Chemical and
Nuclear Engineering. Call 5-5208 for
Geology Seminar Fri„ Dec. 10,
'En stat i te Chondrites: The Most
Reduced Rocks m the Solar System.'
Jeffrey Grossman. U.S. Geological
Survey. 11 a.m.. 0103 Hornbake Library.
Call 5-4089 for info.
Botany Seminar: Fri ., Dec. 10.
"Siogeographical & Ecological Correlates
of Dioecy in the Hawaiian Flora." Ann
Sakai, Program Director. Population
Biology. NSF. noon. 2242 H.J.
Patterson. Call 5-1597 for into.
National Reading Research Center
Seminar: Fn.. Dec. 10. 'Running Start-
Promoting Reading Engagement for First
Graders Across Home and School
Contexts.' Linda Gambrell, 4-5 p.m.,
3104 J.M. Patterson. Call 57437 for
Zoology Lecture: Tue.. Dec. 14. 'Mating
Systems and Reproductive Success in
Golden Lion Tamarms," Jim Dietz, noon,
1208 Zoology/Psychology. Call 5-6890
Campus Senate Meeting: Mon., Dec. 5.
3:30-6:30 p.m.. 0200 Skinner Building.
Call 5-5805 for info.
Commission Meeting: Mon., Dec, 13.
Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh AM Khan and his 12-member
ensemble will perform Sufi music called qawwall at Tawes
Theatre on Dec. 10. Used to Induce religious trances in
Pakistan, qawwaii has won a devoted following in the West.
William Kirwan. noon-1 p.m.. Maryland
Room. Mane Mount. Call 5-2840.
Returning Student Workshop: Mon..
Dec. 6. 'End of Semester Survival
Skills.' 2 -3 p.m.. 2201 Shoemaker. Call
4-7693 for info.
College Park Chapter of AAUP
Workshop: Mon., Dec. 6. "Teaching at
UMCP: Its Changing Role in Promotion.'
3 p.m.. Maryland Room Marie Mount.
Refreshments will be served and there
will be an exhibit of materials from the
Center for Teaching Excellence. Call 5-
1518 for info,
Stress Management Workshop: Tue..
Dec. 7. "Test Anxiety." 5:15-6:15 p.m.
2107 Health Center. Call 4-8131 for
Holiday Craft Fair 1993: Wed.. Dec. 8
Fn . . Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.. Grand
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. Call 4-
9814 for info.
Returning Student Workshop: Thu.,
Dec. 9. "End of Semester Survival
Skills." 2- 3 p.m., 2201 Shoemaker. Call
47593 for into.
University of Maryland Mobile Robot
Competition: Tue., Dec. W. 2:30 rj.m..
Atrium. Stamp Student Union.
Sponsored by the Department of
Computer Science. Call x5-2696 for info.
Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-juxx or 5-kxxx stand for the prefix 314- or 405-
respectively. Events are free and open to the public unless noted by an asterisk ( * i.
For more information, call 405-4628.
Listings marked with this symbol have been designated as Diversity Year events
by the Diversity Initiative Committee.
There's No Business Like Snow Business
When the ward goes out from the
Office of the Vice President of Aca-
demic Affairs that the forces of nature
are going to cause a disruption in
UMCP's dailv routine, you can be
sure that the crew from Physical Plant
will be on-duty to put things back to
normal as quickly as possible.
Frank Brewer, director of Physical
Plant, arrives on campus about 4:30
a.m. to observe conditions of roads,
parking lots, sidewalks and steps. He
then calls Provost Daniel Fallon by
5:30 a.m. to review conditions and
make closing recommendations. The
safety of students, faculty and staff is
alwavs the primary concern.
In addition to road and walkway
conditions on campus, Brewer takes
into consideration the status of major
arteries on the way to campus, the
condition of shuttle bus feeder routes,
the extent of physical plant mobiliza-
tion and the weather forecast from
Brewer savs in a typical winter
season, the campus is closed two
days. However, in rare years, he
notes, campus weather closings have
run tin' gamut from no days to as
many as six days.
Students, faculty and staff should
tune into local radio and television
stations (by 6 a.m.) to hear one of the
The University of Maryland at
College Park campus is closed or the
UMCP campus opening will be
delayed for a specific number of
hours, usually two or three.
Brewer notes that if no informa-
tion is given on designated media,
personnel should assume that the
campus is open. If closed, both day
and night classes are canceled.
The decision to close the campus
Snow Announcement Stations
Washington Area TV
Washington Area Radio
Baltimore Area TV
Baltimore Area Radio
or delay its opening applies to every-
one, excluding those individuals des-
ignated as "essential."
As soon as a snow emergency
decision is determined, the Office of
Public Information calls selected
media (see box). Although the uni-
versity tries to insure that its message
is used, it cannot control announce-
ments presented through radio orTV.