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Outlook 

The University of Maryland Faculty and Staff Weekly Newspaper 

Volume 14 • Number 10* November 2, 1999 



Dead Center, 
page 2 

Scholarly Blues, 

pageS 




Future Construction Projects 
Bring Growing Pains 



Pardon our progress, if you will. The University of 
Maryland is about to embark on a five-year capital con- 
struction program which will result in a tremendously 
enhanced campus with more first-rate facilities and numer- 
ous other benefits. 

But along the way, there's the matter of noise, dust, 
detours, road closures and utility outages to contend with, 
hi consideration of the confusion and consternation all this 
construction could cause across campus, university offi- 
cials are doing their best to keep the campus community 
informed about the challenges as well as the benefits such 
construction will bring. 

"This is going to be an intense period of growth for the 
university," says Frank Brewer, assistant vice president of 
Facilities Management. "We'll have to endure some tempo- 
rary pain and hardship in the process." Instead of being a 
period of finger pointing, Brewer says he hopes the com- 
munity will come together to meet the challenges. 

In the first step toward addressing concerns and ques- 
tions, last week Brewer led a campus forum which 
addressed the full range of projects to be undertaken 
beginning next spring and discussed the anticipated 
impact upon campus activities. 

Until now, says Brenda Testa, director of faculties plan- 
ning, the university experienced the most growth in the 
1950s and 1960s. This $430 million, five-year plan allows 
for 32 facilities to be built, adding two million gross square 
feet on campus. Additionally, the capital construction pro- 
gram calls for the renovation of some 1.3 million gross 
square feet on campus. 

"There's not a lot of land left on which to build," says 
Testa. "We're trying to make the best use of existing space." 

Continued on page 7 



Going Online with the Governor 




When Gov. Parris Glendening (seated) went online last Tuesday, for a live web chat with 
Washington Post columnist Bob Levey (standing), the university provided the setting and the com- 
puters for the Q & A session. From a conference room In the Computer and Space Sciences 
Building, the governor fielded questions on subjects ranging from the serious — controlling urban 
sprawl — to the semi-serious — exiling Baltimore Orioles' owner Peter Angetos. Pictured seated, 
above, with the governor Is his speechwriter Samantha Kappalman. 



Proposed Purple Line Puts Campus on Smart Growth Path 



One month after Charles Sturtz sent a 
letter to the Montgomery County 
Planning Board advocating a light rail line 
that would eventually connect campus to 
Silver Spring, Bethesda and New Carroll- 
ton, the issue is gaining momentum 
across the state. 

Sturtz, vice president of administrative 
affairs, says he has received numerous 
calls and e-mails supporting his move to 
place the university in the center of the 
discussion. "We should be an active par- 
ticipant in any way we can," he says. "We 
are a magnet to lots of people in the 
region, so we need to work to facilitate 
access to the university." 

If the campus continues to expand as 
a research university without becoming 
more transit-oriented, Sturtz says, it will 
only contribute to gridlock. As a member 
of the community, he adds, it is also 
important that the university seek out 
environment-friendly transportation. 

Light rail, which runs on electricity, is 
already in place in Baltimore, where pas- 
sengers can travel through the down- 



town area and as far as BWI airport. Less 
expensive to build than heavy rail (on 
which the Washington, D.C, Metrorail 
runs), light rail can operate in downtown 
areas as well as tunnels and overpasses. 
Light rail can also travel at high speeds, 
has no toxic emissions and is comfort- 
able for commuters. 

Last week Gov, Parris Glendening 
commented on the issue during a live 
web chat with Washington Post colum- 
nist Bob Levey: "As part of both our smart 
growth/anti-sprawl policy, and as part of 
our policy to double mass transit rider- 
ship by the year 2020, 1 think additional 
mass transit lines ate absolutely crucial. 
We'll be including money for the exten- 
sion of the Addison Road line to Laurel in 
the budget that I submit to the legislature 
in January, and also study and planning 
money for the possibility of a line from 
Bethesda [through] Silver Spring, College 
Park and New Carrollton.This line seems 
to make a lot of sense — connecting some 

Continued on page 7 




The proposed "purple line," connecting campus to Sliver Spring, Bethesda and 
New Carrollton, would be a light rail train line similar to the one pictured above. 



2 Outlook November 2, 1999 




University Hosts First 
International Gibran Conference 



When the 20s were roaring, the stock market was boom- 
ing, the world was recovering from a Great War and the 20th 
century was still in its formative years, a man wrote a book 
that touched millions. It is still one of the most widely read 
books in the world. The man is Kahlil Gibran. and an interna- 
tional conference from Dec. 9-1 2 at University of Maryland 
will celebrate the life and work of the artist, poet and author 
of "The Prophet." 

The conference, "The Poet of the Culture of Peace "is the 
first of its kind. It is being held in honor of the year 2000 
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural 
Organization's (UNESCO) International Year of the Culture of 
Peace. The Kahlil Gibran Research and Studies Project, which 
was established at Maryland to focus on understanding 
Gibran 's contribution to cross-cultural communication and 
the universal values he championed in his writing, is hosting 
the conference in association with the Gibran National 
Committee (Lebanon). 

The three-day conference provides an opportunity for a 
spirited dialogue about the legacy of Gibran as participants 
explore themes that appear in his work, including the equali- 
ty of men and women; justice, human rights, freedom and 
democracy; faith and reason; and ecology and the environ- 
ment. The conference takes place at University College's Inn 
and Conference Center. International participation already 
has been confirmed, with guests coining from China, Europe 
and the Middle East. 

"We believe this 
type of international 
gathering celebrat- 
ing the artistry and 
cultural impact of 
Kahlil Gibran is long 
overdue," says 
Professor Suheil 
Bushrui, director of 
the Kahlil Gibran 
Research and 
Studies Project and 
an internationally 
recognized authority 
on Gibran."Thjs is 
more than a tribute 
and commemora- 
tion. This is more 
than a conference. 
Gibran has touched 
the fives of millions 

and his message of unity and healing resonates with people 
from so many diverse cultures. This examination and celebra- 
tion of his work will give us a better understanding of his 
vision and of our own hopes for a culture of peace." 

In "The Prophet," Gibran wrote that a truly wise teacher 
leads students to the threshold of their own minds. The con- 
ference will feature Gibran-inspired sessions that are a mix- 
ture of brief presentations, panels, workshops, poetry read- 
ings, and an art and book exhibit ion. The highlight of the 
conference will be two panel discussions. The first, "The 
Immigrant Traditions of America," will be led by American and 
international specialists. A second panel consisting of poets 
and writers will discuss "The Legacy of Kahlil Gibran: 
Prospect and Retrospect." 

The Kahlil Gibran Research and Studies Project is the first 
academic program dedicated to the life and works of the 
acclaimed poet and painter. It is located within the Center 
for International Development and Conflict Management, a 
pan of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. 

For further information on the conference call 314-7714 
or visit the website at www.bsos.umd.edu/ cidem/gibran. 




Kahlil Gibran 



Moderate Leadership 

James MacGregor Burns and Georgia Sorenson Provide 
First Historical Evaluation of Clinton Presidency 



When Bill Clinton ascended to the presi- 
dency in 1993, he was determined to be a 
transformational leader in the tradition of 
his heroes: Washington, Jefferson and FDR — 
presidents whose stewardship radically 
changed American institutions. With the last 
year of his presidency approaching, two dis- 
tinguished scholars measure the success of 
Clinton's self-imposed mandate to carve a 
place among the great leaders of history. 

The Academy of Leadership's Pulitzer 
Prize-winning presidential historian James 
MacGregor Burns and senior scholar 
Georgia Sorenson provide the first histori- 
cal evaluation of Clinton's presidency, lead- 
ership style and legacy in their newly pub- 
lished book "Dead Center; Clinton-Gore 
Leadership and the Perils of Moderation" 
(Scribner, Nov. 1999). 

Burns and Sorenson share their analysis 
of Clinton's presidency Wednesday, Nov. 10 
at a noon lecture in the Stamp Student 
Union Atrium. A book signing follows. 

In "Dead Center" Bums and Sorenson 
offer an incisive and informed evaluation of 
what Clinton has failed to achieve in com- 
parison with the goals and performances of his 
predecessors. They examine the way in which the 
president's adherence to centrism has led to posi- 
tive policy changes while undermining his hopes 
of effecting transformational change. 



"A contradiction lay at the 
heart of Clinton's leadership: if 
he truly aspired to presidential 
greatness, the strategy he had 
chosen ensured he would never 
achieve it." 



— From "Dead Center' 



"Seven years ago, when we interviewed Bill 
Clinton during his first presidential campaign, he 
had professed a strong hope to be a transforma- 
tional leader who would shape large and lasting 
changes in American society," Bums and Sorenson 
report. "Instead, he became the consummate 
transactional leader in dealing with friend and foe 
in Washington and in skillful mediation of con- 
flicts abroad." 

Clinton's electoral victory brought the "troika" 
of the President, Hillary Rodham Clinton and AI 
Gore to the White House: three political dynamos 
poised to govern in a new way. Yet, despite this 
impressive brain trust, the new administration 
was unprepared for running the presidential 
power center. Bungled cabinet nominations, the 
mishandling of healthcare reform, the misguided 
pledge to end the ban on homosexuals in the mil- 
itary, and the bombardment of negative press 




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(due largely to the Clintons' inability to court the 
media), overshadowed the Administration's small 
victories, including the Family and Medical Leave 
Act and the 1993 budget. While he recovered 
from the loss of the Democratic congress in 1994, 
Clinton continued to be dogged by accusations 
about his personal conduct, culminating in the 
revelations about Monica Lewinsky that precipi- 
tated the impeachment proceedings. 

Despite all. Bums and Sorenson feel Clinton- 
Gore centrists can boast of hundreds of presiden- 
tial and congressional acts leading to incremental 
progress, not least of all the balanced budget and 
first government surplus in several decades. But 
with his characteristic brokering and appease- 
ment, Clinton failed to be the transformational 
leader he hoped to be. On important issues such 
as education and health care, little progress has 
been made. 

Burns and Sorenson say "a contradiction lay at 
the heart of Clinton's leadership; if he truly 
aspired to presidential greatness, the strategy he 
had chosen ensured he would never achieve it." 
Rather, long before his presidency he had 
resolved on a centrist path that called for the kind 
or transactional leadership he would exercise in 
abundance, especially in foreign policy. 

As a master broker he raised the art of the deal 
to world-class levels. As the authors note, the 
result, at least on paper, brought peace to Bosnia 
and still-debated negotiations in the Middle East. 
But in rejecting the decisive (and often unpopular 
actions) of those presidents he admired most, he 
failed to rank among the presidential greats. 

While the American public has generally sup- 
ported the Clinton presidency, his scandal- 
plagued tenancy has left a wide margin of ambiva- 
lence about his character and leadership. "Dead 
Center" navigates the contradictory coverage of 
the Clinton years, and provides an authoritative 
evaluation of a leader who, while not a visionary, 
has left an indelible mark on the presidency. 



Outlook 



Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff newspaper serving the University of Maryland campus community. Brodle Remington, Vice President for University Relations; 
Teresa Flannery, Executive Director of University Communications and Director of Marketing; George Cat heart. Executive Editor; Jennifer Hawes, Editor; 
Londa Scott Forte, Assistant Editor; David Abrams, Graduate Assistant; Erin Madison, Editorial intern. Letters to the editor, story suggestions and campus Infor- 
mation are welcome. Please submit all material two weeks before the Tuesday of publication. Send material to Editor, Outlook, 2101 Turner Hall, College Park, MD 
20 7 42. Telephone (301) 4054629; e-mail outlook@accmail.umd.edu; fax (301) 314-9344. Outlook can be found online at www, inform.umd.edu/outlook/ 



November 2, 1999 Outlook 3 



Local Teachers Find Ways To Create Sense 
of Family in the Classroom 



Beyond lay-ups and drib- 
bling the ball, local middle and 
high school physical education 
students ate learning conflict 
negotiation and social respon- 
sibility through an innovative 
curriculum created by 
researchers in the department 
of kinesiology. 

The "Sport for Peace" 
instructional model creates 
more than just a setting where 
children participate in physical 
activity, it promotes nonviolent 
behavior, self-empowerment 
and a sense of community. 
"We developed this curricu- 
lum to intervene with aggres- 
sive behaviors and found that 
children are often disruptive 
because they are bored, 
unchallenged or inactive," says 
Catherine Ennis, professor of 
kinesiology. "This kind of inter- 
active model keeps all stu- 
dents of every skill type inter- 
ested and engaged." 

Creating an interesting and 
engaging environment was 
one of the challenges posed to 
Terri McCauley, a former DuVal 
High School physical educa- 
tion teacher who participated 
in the initial research phase 
design of the model. When she 
first arrived at DuVal High 
School in Prince George's 
County, she came to a gym 
where balls were constandy 
flying and where local chil- 
dren, who were not students 



at DuVal, occupied the basket- 
ball court during physical edu- 
cation class. 

"I slowly introduced the ele- 
ments of the curriculum to the 
class," she recalls. "Before I could 
teach the students physical edu- 
cation skills, I needed to know 
what was impeding them from 
learning. I hid die basketballs 
and used the time to discuss 
their needs and expectations, 
and to build trust." McCauley, 
who is currently a physical edu- 
cation teacher at Cabin John 
Middle School in Montgomery 
County, says "Sport for Peace" 
provided the foundation to meet 
this goal and served as a means 
to understand each other. 

With rotating game manage- 
ment roles, journal writing and 
self evaluations, students not 
only learn about each other, 
but also find ways to resolve 
conflicts. 

Unlike traditional curricu- 
lum methods of physical edu- 
cation, the model requires that 
each student must have his or 
her own ball during practice 
drills and it modifies game 
rules. For example, each stu- 
dent has a three-dribble limit 
before passing the ball during 
basketball and is limited to 
only three hits for each side 
during volleyball. 

"The curriculum addresses 
dominance and gender issues 
by putting everyone on the 



same playing field. Students 
have time to work Indepen- 
dentiy and with each other to 
improve their skills," says 
McCauley. 

Teachers found these kinds 
of changes not only improve 
skills, but students begin to rely 
on each other for help and 
openly discuss their needs for 
improvement. With this kind of 
team effort, students experi- 
ence increased feelings of 
camaraderie where they built 
an amount of care and concern 
for each other and look at their 
team as a family. 

Because the "Sport for 
Peace" model helped 
McCauley create a sense of 
family in the class, she says it 
helped her earn a Teacher of 
the Year award in 1998 from 
the state of Maryland for her 
work in Prince George's 
County, Although she no 
longer teaches at DuVal, "Sport 
for Peace" is still used as the 
physical education curriculum 
and she is now introducing 
the model to Cabin John 
Middle School. 

Since 1997, the model has 
been implemented in six high 
schools and 20 middle schools 
in Prince George's County and 
introduced to other area 
school districts, including 
Baltimore City and 
Montgomery and Howard 
counties. 



University Named One of Nation's Leading 
Colleges in Encouraging Character Development 



Schoolwork used to be focused on the three 
R's: reading, writing, and rithemetic. Modern col- 
legians can add a CD to those core educational 
values— character development. This aspect of 
personal growth is increasingly addressed in uni- 
versity programs and curricula across the nation. 
Locally, the university has been recognized for 
leadership in the field of student character 
development in The Temple-ton Guide: Colleges 
that Encourage Character Development, a 
guidebook released nationwide last month. 

Designed for students, parents and educators 
who believe that character should be addressed 
in the college environment. The Templeton 
Guide profiles 405 exemplary college programs 
in 10 categories and 100 colleges and universi- 
ties named to the Templeton Honor Roll for 
their record of commitment in inspiring stu- 
dents to lead ethical and civic-minded lives. 

The University of Maryland is profiled in the 
section on exemplary programs for its nationally 
known academic integrity program. One of the 
hallmarks of the program is the Student Honor 
Council, a 40-member board of undergraduates 
dial judges and educates students accused of aca- 
demic dishonesty. The university treats violations, 
particularly among first-time offenders, as a learn- 
ing experience. Accordingly, the policy is to pro- 
vide those offenders the opportunity to expunge 
a negative notation on their transcripts by partici- 
pating in an interactive seminar on ethics. 

The university also created an Office of 
Judicial Programs and Student Ethical Develop- 



ment, that helps each student understand edu- 
cation as a lifelong process that is enriched by 
the development of a sense of civic and ethical 
obligation. 

Other initiatives at Maryland include Academic 
Integrity Week, a yearly event during which stu- 
dents can view a free showing of a pertinent fea- 
ture film that addresses contemporary ethical 
issues, followed by presentations and discussions 
by prominent feculty members; an interactive web 
page (www.umd.edu/etbics) designed to promote 
ethical dialogue in and out of class; and the launch- 
ing of the university's Civil Society Initiative, which 
features a lecture series and the landmark CTVICUS 
living-learning community for undergraduates. 

"Our focus at Maryland is bringing ethics and 
civic-mindedness into all aspects of our stu- 
dents' lives," says Gary Pavela, director of judicial 
programs and student ethical development. "It 
means a lot to us to be noted as a place that fos- 
ters character growth as well as academic 
growth. We are preparing our students not just 
to be good employees but also good people. We 
believe universities have a seminal and unique 
role to play in linking integrity in schoolwork 
with integrity in life." 

Programs were chosen through a highly 
selective process that considered clarity of 
vision and statement of purpose; institutional 
resources; involvement of institutional leaders; 
impact on students, faculty, campus and commu 
nity; integration into the core curriculum or aca- 
demic study; and longevity. 



Scientists Work to Keep 
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Officials bid farewell to the fatally damaged, 400- 
year-old Liberty Tree last week, but university 
researchers are attempting to clone the felled poplar. 

Repeating history is more than just a cliche with bio-tech 
researchers at the University of Maryland, who are making 
progress in cloning the 400-year-old Liberty Tree fatally dam- 
aged by Hurricane Floyd. State, county and city officials gath 
ered at St. John's College in Annapolis last week to bid 
farewell to the decaying tulip poplar, the last of 1 3 planted 
in the original American colonies. 

The cloning project, conducted by Maryland researchers, 
marks the first time this kind of genetically engineered 
experiment has been applied to such an old tree. "We are 
having moderate success using the biotechnology approach, 
but there still could be roadblocks along the way," says Gary 
Coleman, assistant professor of horticulture and landscape 
architecture. 

Last summer, researchers collected genetic material from 
the tree and took tips of the plant, or shoots, and grew them 
in a sterile dish with hormones, organic nutrients, minerals 
and sugars. When placed in a tissue culture environment, 
the shoots were stimulated to grow and are now producing 
more shoots. Coleman says they have over 50 new shoot cul- 
tures and expect to have several hundred in the upcoming 
months. 

If the shoots root successfully, the most critical step 
involves moving the Liberty Tree clones from the tissue cul- 
ture environment to grow in pots in a greenhouse environ- 
ment. Now halfway through the process, scientists are hope 
ful, but remain cautiously optimistic. 

"We can only do what the biology of it will allow us to 
do. With the removal of the Liberty Tree, we will no longer 
have any original material available to repeat the process if 
necessary," says Coleman. The research team hopes to have 
seedlings big enough to plant during the winter. 

The first 13 cloned trees will be planted in the original 
locations as part of their state's millennium celebration. 
Soon thereafter, all 50 states will receive a cloned copy of 
the Liberty Tree. The original trees were planted where the 
Sons of Liberty met and plotted the revolution against the 
British. 



4 Outlook November 2. 1999 



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Your Guide to University Events 
November 2-11 



November 2 



4 p.m. Physics Colloquia:"New 
Results from the Galileo Jupiter 
Orbitcr," Don Williams, Applied 
Physics Laboratory. 1410 Physics 

Uklt; 

5 p.m. School of Music: Guarneri 
String Quartet Open Rehearsal. The 
quartet read through the String 
Quartet in A Minor, Op. 4 1 by Robert 
Schumann. Ulrieh Recital Hall, Tawes 
Bldg. 5-5556. 



November 3 



N'oon < enter fur Health mill 
Welibeing presents a brown bag 
lunch and talk about the proper way 
to exercise in cold weather, 0121 
Campus Recreation Center- 
Noon. Research & Development 
Meeting: "Adding Two Levels of Self- 
Exploration to Career Counseling 
Clients' Tasks." Franklin Wcstbrook. 
staff psychologist, 0114 Counseling 
Center, Shoemaker Bldg. 

4-5 p.m. Astronomy Colloquium: "An 
Impact Origin of the Earth/Moon 
System," Robin Canup. Southwest 
Research Institute. 2400 Computer 
and Space Sciences Bldg. An infor- 
mal reception follows in Room 0254 
5-1037. 

7:30 p.m. University Community 
Band. This ensemble offers both stu- 
dents and community members the 
opportunity to continue to play or 
learn new instruments. 102 Tawes 
Bldg. 5-5542,mb287@umail.umd.edu. 



November 4 



Noon. Institute tor Global Chinese 
Affairs Lecture: "NSF Research and 
Education Opportunities in East Asia 
and the Pacific, with Special Focus 
on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong," 
William Chang. National Science 
Foundation, 5-0213 or 
rm l65@uniail. umd.edu, 

12:30 p. m "Meet the Director." 
Michael Kahn. artistic director of the 

Shakespeare Theatre and director of 
its current production of King Lear." 
Frank Hildy.Ted Leinwand and Ted 
van Griethuysen, panelists. Maryland 
Room, Marie Mount Hall. 5+6830 or 
crbs@umail.umd.edu. 

4 p.m. Committee on the History 
and Philosophy of Science Lecture: 
"Prognostication: Science of the 
Next Millennium." James Yorke, ISPT. 
1117 Francis Scott Key Bldg. 



November 7 



2 p.m. School of Music: "Pass in 
Review," University of Maryland 
Marching Band. L. Richmond Sparks, 
director. Tawes Bldg.* 



November 8 



4 p.m. Fifth Annual Robert FischclJ 
Lecture: "Globalization of Science, 
Technology and the Economy: 
Consequences for the Research 
Community," Erich Bloch, principal of 
the Washington Advisory Group. 2460 
A. V Williams Bldg. 5-007. 



November 9 



4 p.m. "Why Was Relativity 
Accepted?" Stephen Brush, distin- 
guished university professor. 1410 
Physics Bldg. 



November 10 



8 a.m. Dtngman Center for 
Entreprcneurship:"How to Develop 
Your Marketing Plan," this seminar 
provides information on developing 
marketing strategies and an opportu- 
nity to address attendees* specific 
marketing issues. Speaker?: Gabriel 
Biehal,Gina Dubbe and Gary LaFever, 
Pooks Hill Marriott, Bethesda. 403- 
4290 or bbarthol@rhsniith.umd.edu.* 

Noon. Research & Development 
Meeting: "Social Interactions as 
Moderators of Adjustment in Acute 
Cardiac Patients," Scott Green. 0114 
Counseling Center, Shoemaker Bldg. 

Noon. "Evolving Pedagogy and the 
Focus on Student Learning." 3134 
Hombake Library 4-8350 or 
lclement@deans, tund.edu. 

Noon. Center for Health and 
Welibeing Brown Bag Lunch: "Time 
Management: Fitting It All In," learn 
time management strategies to help 
balance your life. 4-1280. 

1:30 p.m. Control and Dynamical 
Systems Invited Lecture Series: 
"Riddled Basins of Attraction of 
Chaotic Systems," Edward Ott, 
Institute for Plasma Research. 2460 
A. V Williams Bldg. www.lsr.uijjd.edu/ 
Labs/ISL/events.html. 

7-8:30 p.m. "OVERKILL; Mass Murder 
and Serial Killing Exposed," profilers 
Jack Levin and James Fox. Stamp 
Student Union; Colony Ballroom 

7:30 p.m. University Community 
Band. This ensemble offers both stu- 
dents and community members the 
opportunity to continue to play or 
learn new instruments. Performances 
on campus and in surrounding 
venues occur throughout the year. 
Emphasis is placed not only on top- 
notch performance, but also on cama- 
raderie and fellowship. It is open to 
all players who arc seriously interest- 
ed in making music. 11 02 Tawes Bldg. 
5-5542, mb287@umaU.umd.edu or 
www.umd.edu/bands/ 

8 p.m. "An Evening of Provincetown 
One-Acts." including Trifles, a play by 
Susan Glaspell. Tawes Fine Arts Bldg. 
5-2201 or 
www.lnforM .umd. edu/THET/plays . * 



Concert Society Presents the Cajun Sounds 
of Beausofeil Avec Michael Doucet 




Beausolell Avec Michael Doucet 



The Concert Society at Maryland presents 
an evening of Cajun music with Beausolell 
Avec Michael Doucet and AdVUle Que Pourra, 
Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. in Tawes Theatre 
with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. 

Michael Doucet, founder, fiddler, songwriter 
and lead vocalist of BeauSolell, has long been 
known for his in-depth study of traditional 
Acadian music. And his Grammy Award-win- 
ning band has played a major role in the 
preservation of Acadian culture. 

Louisiana's Cajuns descend from the 
French-speaking Acadians, who settled in Nova 
Scotia in 1604. In 1755, English soldiers seized 
the Acadians and forced them onto ships sail- 
ing south. Half died on the voyage and the rest 
made their way to Louisiana's bayous. Doucet's 
music reflects the joy and suffering of these 
experiences, as well as the continued evolu- 
tion of Cajun culture. 

"Cajun music is wrapped up in emotion," 
says Doucet. "Maybe some of the emotions, the 
modern emotions, aren't adequately covered 
by the old songs. So that's what we try to do 
with our new compositions. If the music cap- 
tures where we are now. it just adds to the 
preservation of Cajun music." 

"In our career, BeauSolell has always reflect- 
ed the diversity of Cajun music. Not just the 
two-steps, but ballads, blues, jazz, Tin Pan Alley, 
everything that made our musical culture. 
From near-forgotten individual musical crafts- 
men to such influences as brass bands, jazz, 
Texas swing and country," adds Doucet. 

BeauSolell was honored with six Grammy 
nominations before its L'Amour Ou La Folie 
won Grammy gold in 1997 for best traditional 



folk album. They group performed at the 1996 
inauguration of President Clinton and was fea- 
tured on stage during the opening festivides of 
the 1997 Super Bowl in New Orleans.They 
have released 17 albums, including their latest, 
Cajunization (Rhino RH-75633)- 

Also performing will be the Quebec-based 
AdVielle Que Pourra. An electro-acoustic band 
of four.Ad Vtelle's music is steeped in the his- 
torical musical styles of French-speaking 
Europe and Canada (including dance music 
from Brittany, Belgium, the Alps, Paris and 
Quebec), and played on the traditional instru- 
ments of diose regions (the hurdy-gurdy, great 
Bourbonese bagpipe, Flemish bagpipe, diaton- 
ic accordion and mandolin). The name of the 
group is a play on the French expression 
meaning "come what may" and the word for 
hurdy-gurdy. 

Formed in 1986, the group began playing 
traditional music from Brittany and France. 
According to band leader Daniel Thonon, "We 
felt we had been playing that music for a long 
time and we wanted to bring something new 
to it, to evolve.'The result is an adventurous 
blend, which Ad Viellc refers to as "new French 
folk music ."Ad Vielle has four albums on Green 
LinneVXenophile Records, including the most 
recent Menage a quatre (1 997). 

A free pre-concert discussion features 
BeauSolell leader Michael Doucet, moderated 
by University of Maryland ethnomusicologist 
Carolina Robertson. 

Tickets are $25, $20 and $15 with discounts 
for senior citizens and students. For more 
information call 405-7847. 



November 2, 1999 Outlook 5 



November 11 



9 a.m.- 3 p.m. "Visit Maryland Day: 
Open House for Prospective 
Students," for students who are high 
school seniors or transfer students, 
and their families. Invitation only. 
i-8385 or um-itdmit@uga.umd.edu. 

3:31) p.m. Panel: "Historical 
Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity" 
Panelists are Leilh Mullings, Lee 
Baker, and George Lipsitz. 2203 
Art/Sociology Building. For more 
information, call the Committee on 
Africa and the Americas at 5-6935. 

3:30 p.m. Meteorology Seminar: 
"Recent Research in Tropospheric 
Chemistry," Daniel Jacob, Harvard 
University, 

7:30 p.m. "Physics is Phun.""It's 
Physics," has answers to physics 
questions my children asked when 
they were young. Halls open hy 7 
p.m. for hands-on experiments. 1412 
Physics Bldg. Richard Berg, 
S-5994, rcberg@physics.umd.edu or 
www.physics.umd.edu/dept info/ 
i'aci [it ies/ieedem 

H p.m. "An Evening of Province town 
One-Acts," including "Trifles," a play 
by Susan Glaspell.Tawes Fine Arts 
Bklg. 5-2201 or 
www. inforJVl.timd.edu/TH ET/play s . ' 

8 pm. A talk hy Dennis H a 11 iday, for- 
mer United Nations assistant secre- 
tary general ;uid chief of the human- 
itarian mission in Iraq until 1998 
when he resigned in protest over 
the UN's sanctions policy. Since 
then, he has been speaking out 
against the sanctions in North 
America and in Europe. 0130 
Tydings Hall. 301-477-3322. 

9:30 p.m. "Numerical Analysis 
Seminar," estimating the error of 
numerical solutions of systems of 
reaction-diffusion equations Donald 
Estep school of mathematics, 
Georgia Tech. 3206 Math Bldg. 



Student Website Captures Heart & Soul of the Blues 



When Jami Noguchi was assigned to 
create a webpage for his American studies 
class, he had no idea the page would 
become so popular. The site, called "The 
Blues Callin' Me," is a comprehensive guide 
to the blues for the music novice. It is also 
an archive of links and information for the 
music enthusiast. 

The writing style Noguchi employs is as 
striking as the appearance of the site. 
About Christopher Columbus, Noguclii 
writes, "You can't really say that Cliris was 
the Father of America, since he landed in 
the wrong 'hood." In a tribute to blues leg- 
end B.B. King, Noguchi writes, "Any elec- 
tric blues player worth his or her mojo lias 
to take some lessons from the King." 
Describing the birth of rap music, Noguchi 
writes, "Rap as an art form emerged in the 
early '70s. Isn't it kinda frightening how 
the '70s created these 
wondrous musical 
genres?" 

Although his treat- 
ment of history is 
unconventional, 
Noguclii draws heavi- 
ly from credible 
sources, and his read- 
able style is helping 
visitors understand 
what the blues is all 
about. One visitor 
says, "My son is 13 and 
has to do a project for 
his music class on the 
blues. Your pages are 



very informative and I don't know 
what 1 would have 
done without 
them." Noguchi's 
site received an aca- 
demic excellence 
award from Study 
Web, a site that offers 
links as resources to 
students of all ages 
organized by topic. 

In addition to the liis- 
tory of the blues, the site 
also has a list of record- 
ings and artists to help 
beginners become well 
versed in the notable con- 
tributors to American blues 
music. Purchasing the com- 
pact disc is as simple as 

clicking the "CD 
Now" link. Noguchi 
explains some 
music theory as it 
relates to the blues, 
such as the notion 
of the % IV, and V 
the three chords 
that make up a 
standard blues pro- 
gression . Visito rs 
can learn about the 
various blues instru- 
ments, and can 
jump to vendor 
home pages for 
companies like 




Fender and Gibson. 
Plus, there is a list of 
links to related web- 
sites covering every- 
thing from Kiss to 
Buddy Guy to jazz. 
The website is 
dedicated to James 
"Otis"Williams, 
the late director 
of the Nyumburu 
Cultural Center. 
Noguchi says 
Williams 
inspired him 
with his 
knowledge, 
charisma and silky 
smooth voice. He credits Williams 
with teaching him everything he knows 
about music history. 

"I never thought that all these people 
would be looking at my site and actually 
using it for papers and things like that," 
says Noguchi. "So it's motivating me to 
make it that much better. I'm starting to 
revamp a few things and add a few things 
so that I when I move it to my domain, it 
will be a much better site design wise and 
content wise." He says the new version of 
his site should be up and running by the 
new year. The current site is located at 
www. warn . umd.edu/~jarnihn/bluc5.html . 

— DAVID ABRAMS 




Team Approach Successful in Leading Sexual 
Harassment Prevention Program 



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Calendar Guide 



Calendar phone numbers 
listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx 
stand for the prefix 314- or 
405. Events are fee and 
open to the public unless 
noted by an asterisk (*). 
Calendar information for 
Outlook is compiled ftom a 
combination ofmforM's 
master 

calendar and submissions to 
e Outlook office. 



To reach the calendar editor, 
call 405-7615 or e-mail 
Outlook@accmail. umd.edu. 




The Sexual Harassment Prevention 
Program now features a team of leaders: 
Mark Brimhall-Vargas and Craig Alimo, This 
team is responsible for planning the 
Sexual Harassment Prevention Program 
Training of Trainers, as well as coordinat- 
ing all sexual harassment workshop 
requests that come to the Office of 
Human Relations Programs (OHRP) from 
the campus community. 

Brimhall-Vargas, acting assistant director 
of OHRP and director of the Sexual 
Harassment Prevention Program (SHPP), 
regularly conducts training for sexual 
harassment and diversity facilitation. In 
addition to SHPP, he co-manages the cam- 
pus-wide Diversity Initiative, 

In contrast, Alimo is new to OHRP and 
the university, Alimo, who is currently pur- 
suing his Ph.D. in college student person- 
nel, earned a certificate of advance gradu- 
ate study in social justice education from 
the University of Massachusetts where he 
was a residence director.According to 
Alimo, UMass offers the only Ph.D. in 
social justice education in the nation. 

Alimo s focus is on gender issues and 
sexism. His internships with Mentors in 
Violence Prevention Project at 
Northeastern University and 
Everywoman's Center at the University of 
Massachusetts- Amherst, teaching sexual 
harassment training courses for academic 
credit and facilitating workshops, led him 



to the work he's currently doing at the 
university. 

Recently.Alimo and Brimhall-Vargas 
organized and facilitated the first day-long 
SHPP Training of Trainers of the semester. 
"A small group of students attended but it 
was a great training because there was a 
lot of flexibility to adapt the workshop 
based on student's needs and interests," 
says Alimo. "It provided an atmosphere for 
a lot of learning to take place, plus it 
allowed for more space and time for each 
participant." 

The participants learned about many 
aspects of sexual harassment, 
including: 

• An opportunity to experi- 
ence a "peer workshop" first 
hand; 

• A presentation by Cynthia 
Trombly of George Mason 
University, who shared her 
personal experience with sex 
ual harassment; 

• A presentation by John 
2a eke r, associate director of 
judicial programs, who dis- 
cussed the legal aspects of 
sexual harassment; and 

• Guidance on how to design 
and facilitate social justice 
education (as it relates to the 

SHPP workshops the peer trainers will be 
facilitating) and how to encourage student 




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participation in the workshops. 

After successfully completing training, 
each peer trainer shadows experienced 
trainers a few times before facilitating a 
workshop.AU workshops are conducted 
by diverse facilitators, such as a man and 
woman or two people from different 
racial or ethnic backgrounds. 

"The [training] was great," says Kyra 
Mumbauer, a freshman anthropology 
major. "It was really informative, especially 
the legal aspects of sexual harassment. I 
learned how to facilitate a workshop and 
how to make it a valuable experience for 
the participants" 
According toAlimo," ...we 
would like to do more in the 
future (looking into the possibility 
of offering a peer training class 
for credit like the one at UMass). 
We are always looking for more 
participation from students, facul- 
ty, staff and administration in the 
Sexual Harassment Prevention 
Program," he says. 
For more information about the 
Sexual Harassment Prevention 
Program, contact Alimo at 405- 
7563 or calimo@wam.umd. edu; 
or Brimhall-Vargas at 405-2840 or 
mb333@umail.umd.edu. 

— JAIME FEEHERY-SIMMONS 



6 Outlook November 2. 1999 



Diversity: It's Your Future 

November. Focus on Diversity 



All Month 

American Indian Heritage Bookfair. In 
celebration of National American Indian 
Heritage Month, the University Book 
Center will be extending a 20 percent 
discount on all American Indian related 
tides in stock (textbooks excluded). Call 
UBC, 4-7770. 

Nov. 1- Dec. 13 

12-2 p.m. Coffee and Conversation. A 
place to meet and eat. Drop in and have 
a free cup of coffee and meet other 
returning students. Come once or come 
ever)- week. 2201 Shoemaker Bldg. 
Contact Beverly Greenfeig or Barbara 
Goldberg, 4-7693. 

Nov. 1 

2-3 p.m. Financial Aid Workshop. One- 
hour workshop designed to Inform 
turning students of the types of finan- 
cial aid available. 2201 Shoemaker Bldg. 
Contact Beverly Greenfeig or Barbara 
Goldberg, 4-7693. 

7 p.m."Phazes of Movement: A Tribute 
to African American Dance."This event 
promises to be a night of dancing, 
swelling, and African rhythms. Featuring 
dancers from die Morgan State Dance 
Ensemble, Restoration Records, 
Broadway's "Bring in Eta Noise, Bring in 
Da Funk."The Caribbean Student 
Association Dance Troupe, Dance Afrika, 
and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. 
Sponsored by the Black Student Union. 
Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 
Call 4-8326 for more information. 

Nov. 4 

Noon- 1:30 p.m. Brown Bag EunchTalk: 
"NSF Research and Education 
Opportunities in East Asia and the 
Pacific, with Special Focus on China, 
Taiwan and Hong Kong." Everyone is 
welcome, and graduate students and 
junior faculty with interests in biology, 
natural resources and engineering field 
are especially encouraged to attend. 
Please bring your bag lunch. 0112 
Reckord Armory. Call for reservations. 
Contact Rebecca McGlnnis, 5-02 1 3 or 
rml65@umail.umd.edu 

Nov. 5 

2-4 p.m. "White Awareness Workshop," 
discussion focused on issues related to 
white identity. Location TBA. For more 
information, contact Paul Gorski, 5-8192 
or pg92@umail.umd.edu 

Nov. 8 

2-3 p.m. "Exam Skills." Learn the skills 
needed to prepare for taking exams as 
returning students. 2201 Shoemaker 
Bldg. Contact Beverly Greenfeig or 
Barbara Goldberg, 4-7693. 



Nov. 12 

8:30 p.m. "Juke Joint." An evening filled 
with fun, food and spoken word. No 
admission. Sponsored by the 
Nyumburu Cultural Center (NCC). 
Nyumburu Cultural Center. Contact 
NCC, 4-7758. 

Nov. 15 

2-3 p.m. "Notetaking Workshop." Acquire 
good notetaking techniques to see what 
a difference it can make as a returning 
student. 2201 Shoemaker Bldg. Contact 
Beverly Greenfeig or Barbara Goldberg, 
4-7693. 




Nov. 19 



4-6 p.m. "Buddhist 

Reliquaries in China: 

The Famensi Treasure. 

Featuring Roderick 

Whitfield, Percival Davit 

chair of Chinese and 

East Asian an, School of 

Oriental and African 

Studies, University of 

London. Co-sponsored 

by the art history and archaeology 

department and Institute for Global 

Chinese Affairs. Call for reservations by 

Nov. 13- Art-Sociology Bldg. , Room 

2309. Contact Rebecca McGinnis, 

5-0213 0rrml65@umail.umd.edu 






Focus on Diversity 

FA 



Do you know what White Awareness is? Come And 
out at the November events featuring this topic. 





Second Annual Tibetan Cultural Week 

Nov. 1-5 



Nov. 1-5 

10 p.m,~4 p.m. Parents' Association Gallery, Stamp Student Union 
Sand Mandala Painting by monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery. 

NOV. 2 

8 p.m. Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union 

Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing by monks of Drepung Loseling 

Monastery. 

Nov. 3 

8 p.m. Tawes Theater 

Evening with Palden Gyatso, author of the New York Times bestseller "The 

Autobiography of Tibetan Monk." 

Nov. 5 

7 p.m. Hoff-East (Bio-Psychology Bldg.) 

"Wlndhorse * A critically acclaimed independent film by Paul Wagner which was 

filmed in the Himalayas and the streets of Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. 

Contact Alexis Blalock, 5-0819 or ablalock@union.umd.edu. 



Nov. 16 

12-1:30 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Talk: 
"Cross Strait Relations" featuring Joanne 
Chang, a visiting scholar from National 
Taiwan University. Please bring brown 
bag lunch. Call for reservations by Nov. 
12. 0101 Taliaferro Hall. Contact 
Rebecca McGinnis, 5-0213 or 
rml65@umail.umd.edu 

Nov. 17 

7 p.m. -9: 30 p.m. "Good Morning 
Commuters," hosted by the Student 
Intercultural Learning Center. Stop by 
and see what this new center has to 
offer. Atrium, Stamp Student Union. 
Contact Paul Gorski, 5-8192 or 
pg9 2 " >■ 1 1 m a i I . umd . edu 

Nov. 18 

7 p.m. "Event Third Thursday." A monthly 
poetry jam session featuring area jazz 
bands and student poets. Sponsored by 
the Black Student Union and the 
Nyumburu Cultural Center (NCC). 
Nyumburu Cultural Center, 4-7758. 



Nov. 20 

6 p.m. 22nd Annual Miss Black Unity 
Scholarship Pageant. The pageant is one 
of the most spectacular events of its 
kind in the metropolitan area. The 
pageant features intelligent and talented 
University of Maryland students. The 
goal of the Miss Black Unity Scholarship 
Pageant is to promote unity, self-confi- 
dence and education. Admission $12 (in 
advance) and $15 (at the door). Tawes 
Theatre. Sponsored by the Nyumburu 
Cultural Center. Contact NCC, 4-7758. 

Nov. 22 

2-3 p.m. "Choosing a Career," a discus- 
sion for returning students, 2201 
Shoemaker Bldg. Contact Beverly 
Greenfeig or Barbara Goldberg, 4-7693. 

Nov. 29 

(through December 3) 

9 p.m.- 4 p.m. "A Celebration of Black 



Art:Thc African 
American Experience ."This is a rotating 
exhibition of local artists' original 
works. Sponsored by the Nyumburu 
Cultural Center. Nyumburu Cultural 
Center, Art Gallery. Artists interested in 
being considered for the next exhibit or 
for more information, please contact 
the curator for this exhibit, 
4-7758. 

2-3 p.m. "Managing Exam Anxiety." One- 
hour workshop to help returning stu- 
dents feel less anxious and to perform 
more successfully on exams. 2201 
Shoemaker Bldg. Contact Beverly 
Greenfeig or Barbara Goldberg, 4-7693- 

Nov. 30 

1-5 p.m. "Path to Empowerment: 
Information and Resources on Domestic 
Violence "A chance for all students, fac- 
ulty, and staff to hear and meet repre- 
sentatives from area resources provid- 
ing victim and offender support, with 
special attention to additional factors of 
immigration, language barrier and sexu- 
al preference. Colony Ballroom, Stamp 
Student Union. Contact Cpl. Mary 
Brock, University Police, 5-7031 or 
mb rock @umpd .umd.edu 

6-8 p.m. "White Privilege."A cinema and 
conversation session focused on White 
Awareness. Cinema will be used to 
spark dialogue about this important 
topic. Co-sponsored by Office of Human 
Relations Programs, NCCJ, College Park 
Scholars and Academy of Leadership. 
Cambridge Community Center, Room 
1111. Contact Bridget Turner, 5-8190 or 
bt38@umail,umd.edu 

To see the full version of the Nov. 
"Focus on Diversity" Calendar go to our 
new "Student Link to the Diversity 
Initiative at www.inform.umd.edu/ 
Diversity/Initiative 

To place your event in December's 
"Focus on Diversity" calendar, e-mail 
information to Jamie Feehery-Simmons 
at jfl56@umail.umd.edu or fax 314- 
9992 no later than Nov. 15. If you have 
any questions, please call 405-2562. 

Calendar brought to you by the 
Diversity Initiative. 



November 2, 1999 Outlook 7 



New National Center to Examine High Rates of Incarceration of 
Juveniles with Learning Disabilities 



While only 10 percent of the 
nation's school children are enrolled in 
special education programs, they make 
up 30-50 percent of those who are 
incarcerated at any given time.A new 
National Center on Education, Disability 
and Juvenile Justice (EDJJ), based at the 
University of Maryland, has begun tak- 
ing a hard look at why children with 
disabilities are so grossly over-repre- 
sented in the nations jails and what 
can be done to reverse the trend. 

Supported by a five-year, $2.75 mil- 
lion grant funded jointly by the U.S. 
Departments of Education and Justice, 
EDJJ is designed to understand and 
develop more effective responses to 
the needs of youth with disabilities in 
the juvenile justice system, and also to 
develop strategies to help a broad 
range of at-risk youth avoid falling into 
trouble with the law. 

The center, a collaborative effort 
involving researchers at the University 
of Maryland, the University of Kentucky, 
Arizona State University, American 
Institutes for Research in Washington, 
DC, and the PACER parent advocacy 
center in Minneapolis, will examine 
issues of school failure, inadequate pre- 



vention programs and ineffective transi- 
tions services that impede the ability of 
some youth to make successful transi- 
tions to adulthood. 

"Juvenile crime doesn't just happen," 
says Peter Leone, project director and 
professor of special education in the 
College of Education. "There are a broad 
set of circumstances associated with the 
propensity of kids to commit crimes. 
There needs to be a greater commitment 
to providing programs and services that 
can keep kids positively engaged and 
help them steer clear of trouble; and if 
they do get into trouble, to help them 
reengage with the community." 

The quality of education, says Leone, 
seems to be central to both the prob- 
lem and the solution. "Higher levels of 
education and literacy are associated 
with lower rates of juvenile criminal 
activity," he says. "We need to make ade- 
quate educational services for students 
with learning and mental disabilities a 
higher priority within our communities 
as well as within the juvenile justice 
system." 

In addition to providing assistance to 
strengthen prevention activities in 
schools and communities, the EDJJ cen- 



ter will focus special attention on devel- 
oping models of good educational pro- 
grams that can be provided within juve- 
nile correctional facilities. According to 
Leone, these facilities frequently have 
relied on unmotivated, uncertified 
teachers who push a one-size-fits-all 
GED prep program for everyone, often 
with as little as an hour and a half of 
instruction per day. 

What's needed, says Leone, is a com- 
mitment to certified teachers, a com- 
prehensive curriculum that earns credit 
toward graduation, SAT preparation, as 
well as the GED option. 

Over the next five years, the center 
will survey community and correction- 
al facilities across the country that have 
developed promising educational pro- 
grams. Researchers will measure the 
success of specific tactics and strategies 
and also evaluate state and local poli- 
cies relating to juveniles to see what 
factors promote or inhibit the develop- 
ment of appropriate programs. Effective 
transition services that help kids recon- 
nect with their communities after stints 
in correctional facilities will also be of 
particular interest. 

"Kids don't get locked up for life," 



says Leone. "It is in our best interest to 
assure that they become productive 
members of society. It is a lot more 
expensive not to provide adequate ser- 
vices and increase the likelihood that 
they will reoffend, than to give them a 
good educational foundation that 
increases their opportunity to get a job 
and become productive." 

While the EDJJ center will focus 
■ specifically on services for students 
with disabilities, Leone notes that 
improvements to the educational pro- 
grams at correctional facilities will ben- 
efit all incarcerated students and pre- 
vention activities will reach a broad 
spectrum of students considered to be 
at-risk for involvement in juvenile 
crime. 

"It is our hope that schools and com- 
munities will have a range of programs 
that will better serve kids with special 
mental health, social and educational 
needs," says Leone. "Instead of expelling 
and pushing them out of our education- 
al institutions, we should have things 
that keep them engaged and out of the 
juvenile justice system." 



Proposed Purple Line Puts Campus on Smart Growth Path 



continued from page 1 

of our major residential and employ- 
ment sectors — and I am very excited 
about the possibility of moving that for- 
ward." 

The light rail proposal, often referred 
to as the "inner purple line," is still very 
much in the initial stages. Sturtz's letter 
to the Montgomery Planning Board 
urges the neighboring county to start 
the ball rolling by connecting Bethesda 
and Silver Spring, a line known as the 
Georgetown Branch. That project 
appears to be moving ahead. 

Although the initial draft of the 
Transportation Policy Report, generated 
by the Montgomery County Park and 
Planning Department, recommended 
against any further study of light rail, 
the board revised that draft to include a 



recommendation that staff continue to 
look at options for dealing with belt- 
way congestion. 

"Big projects always have a lot of 
trouble getting off the ground," says 
Webb Smedley, project planner in the 
department of facilities planning.The 
light rail line could cost upwards of $ 1 
billion, and the heavy rail over $2 bil- 
lion, he says. "This project has an advan- 
tage in that it can be phased in and wiU 
benefit two of the most politically pow- 
erful jurisdictions in the state," says 
Smedley, who has a background in com- 
munity and regional planning, and was 
asked by Sturtz to monitor progress on 
the purple line for the university. 

Prince George's County Councilman 
Peter Shapiro (D. -Brentwood) says the 
benefit to other communities surround- 
ing the university should not be over- 
looked. "It's smart growth, revitalizing 



older neighborhoods," he says. One plan 
would align the light rail line with 
University Boulevard, traveling through 
Langley Park. Light rail lines can make 
stops every 100 yards, if necessary. 

The State Highway Administration 
and Maryland Mass Transit 
Administration are also reviewing sever- 
al options for dealing with beltway con- 
gestion, including light rail, roadway 
improvements, heavy rail and a combi- 
nation of the three.Whether there is a 
light rail or heavy rail line, Metrorail 
would most likely run the system, mak- 
ing transfer easier for passengers. An 
alternative heavy rail system proposal, 
also referred to as the "outer purple 
line," would connect North Bethesda, 
Grosvenor,Wheaton, Greenbelt and 
New Carrollton. 

Faculty and staff members are prais- 
ing the light rail idea. "It would improve 



our transportation system," says Bruno 
Quebedeaux, professor of natural 
resource science and land architecture. 
"We're heading for a big disaster in the 
Washington area. The beltway is not 
going to be able to handle all of this 
traffic " Quebedeaux, who drives from 
Burtonsville every morning, says he 
would use the light rail system to 
attend meetings at the National 
Institutes of Health. 

"It is highly inconvenient for me to 
take the Metro, and it doesn't go direct- 
ly to campus," says assistant astronomy 
professor Eve Ostriker, who also drives 
to campus every day from Silver Spring. 
"Something that went directly to cam- 
pus would be very convenient." 

— DAVTDABRAMS 



Future Construction Projects Bring Growing Pains 



continued from page 1 

Included in this construction is the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 
Stamp Student Union renovations, new 
North Campus and South Campus 
Parking Garages, the new arena and 
Chemistry Teaching Building, and an 
addition to Van Munching Hall. 

As buildings are constructed many 
parking lots will be lost, says David 
Allen, director of campus parking. But 
there are plans to provide new park- 
ing — either through new lots or 



garages — and provisions are being 
made to accommodate those persons 
temporarily displaced from their famil- 
iar parking lots. 

The cost of building these new lots 
and garages will result hi increased 
parking fees for faculty, staff and stu- 
dents over the next five to seven years. 
The increases are gradual (roughly $20 
to $30 per year) and, according to 
Allen, slightly mitigated by the pre-tax 
savings on parking fees now available 
to direct deposit employees through 
the federal government. 

Next -week's issue of Outlook (Nov, 



9, 1999) will feature a special pull-out 
section detailing the planned construc- 
tion and related issues. Inserts and 
other informational updates will be 
published throughout the construction 
period, says Terry Rannery, executive 
director of university communications 
and director of marketing. 

In addition, a web site (www.umd. 
edu/ouch) will be accessible as of Nov. 
9 for faculty, staff and students to 
obtain up-to-date information. The site 
also will contain an e-mail address visi- 
tors can click on to direct their con- 
cerns and ideas, Flannery says. 



Before construction projects begin, 
neighborhood meetings will be con- 
ducted with the people who will be 
most affected. In addition, ongoing con- 
struction management meetings will 
take place with University Police, 
Campus Parking, Facilities Management 
and other departments to ensure the 
process, as well as the movement of 
people and vehicles on campus is 
smooth. 



8 Outlook November 2. 1999 



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SPSS for Windows 

The Office of Information 
Technology is sponsoring faculty, 
staff and graduate student computer 
training in SPSS for Windows, Nov. 8, 
10 and 12 (all three days), from 10 
a.m. to noon. Geared toward the 
needs of researchers using SPSS to 
input and analyze data, the course 
covers procedures to combine files, 
modify and transfer data, and manage 
the SPSS environment. Participants 
will use the program to perform vari- 
ous data analysis techniques. 

There is a $60 fee for training and 
course materials. Seating is limited 
and web-based preregistration is 
required at: www.inform.umd.edu/ 
ShortCourses. 

Questions about course content 
can be directed to oit- training 
@umail. umd.edu; questions about 
registration can be directed to the 
OFT training coordinator at 
405-0443. Registrations will be 
processed in the order in which they 
are received and confirmation 
notices will be sent within 72 hours 
of receipt of the electronic registra- 
tion form. 

Random Walks 

Jeffrey Picka discusses "Random 
Walks and The Relative Conductivity 
of Composites,"Thursday, Nov. 4, at 
3:30 p.m., in Room 1313 
Mathematics Building. This statistics 
program seminar is sponsored by the 
mathematics department . 

For more information, contact 
Grace Yang at 405-5480 or 
gry@math.umd.edu. For a complete 
abstract go to: www.math.umd.edu/ 
dept/seminars/statistics/. 

Open Positions on Parking 
Commission 

At its Nov. 18 meeting the College 
Park Senate will be electing represen- 
tatives to the Campus Parking 
Commission. One faculty member 
will be elected by Senate Faculty 
members, two staff members will be 
elected by the Senate Staff members, 
and one student member will be 
elected by Senate Student members. 

Persons wishing to be considered 
for these positions are invited to sub- 
mit a brief statement about them- 
selves and their views on Campus 
Parking to the Senate Committee on 
Committees by Nov 2. These state- 
ments can be sent by hard copy to 



Teresa Moore, College Park Senate 
Office, or by email to temoore® 
deans.umd.edu. The statement should 
include the person's name, tide, 
address and extension. Brief means 
one paragraph of no more than 10 
lines. The selection of nominees will 
be made by the Senate Committee 
on Committees and reviewed by the 
Senate Executive Committee. You 
need not be a member of the Senate 
to apply. 

Michael Schwemer Activist 
Award 

The Gleitsman Foundation is seek- 
ing nominations of exceptional full- 
time undergraduate students who 
have initiated positive social change 
through their commitment and lead- 
ership. Five awards of $ 1 ,000 each 
will be presented to full-time under- 
graduate students in the United 
States who best fulfill the spirit of cit- 
izen activism and promote positive 
solutions for social change. 

Nominees may focus their activi- 
ties on campus-related causes or 
such broader concerns as social and 
economic justice, human rights, envi- 
ronmentalism, and the battles against 
racism, sexism, anti-semitism and 
other oppression. 

Faculty and staff are encouraged 
to nominate undergraduate students 
for the award. Nomination forms are 
available at Community Service 
Programs, 1 1 95 Stamp Student 
Union, 314-CARE. Nomination forms 
must be postmarked no later than 
Jan. 14,2000. 

Live Satellite Telecast: Academic 

Advising 

The Office of Undergraduate 
Studies and UM Libraries are sponsor- 
ing the live satellite telecast of a 
panel forum, "Academic Advising, 
Campus Collaborations to Foster 
Retention, "Thursday, Nov. 4. Nonprint 
Media Services has reserved room 
4210Q in Hornbake Library for inter- 
ested viewers. 

The program is produced by the 
National Academic Advising 
Association (NACADA) and transmit- 
ted via the PBS Adult Learning 
Service. Panelists include Wesley 
HableyACT, Inc.; Catherine Joseph, 
University of California, San Diego; 
Nancy King, Kennesaw State 
University; and Manuel "Buddy" 
Ramos, IBM Education and 



Consulting Services. 

For those who cannot attend, a 
videotape of the forum will be on 
reserve at Hornbake. Questions may 
be referred to James Newton at 
405-6851 or jnewton@deans. 
umd.edu. 

World Game Workshop 

An interactive cross-cultural nego- 
tiation workshop, World Game 
Workshop, comes to campus Friday, 
Nov. 5, from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 
(international buffet lunch from 
11:30 a.m,-12:30 p.m.) in the 
Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student 
Union. 

During the four-hour Cultural 
Awareness World Game workshop, 
participants will observe cultural 
behaviors and consider how they 
impact and formulate world view. 
Standing on a world map measuring 
40x70, players will have the respon- 
sibility of meeting their basic human 
needs and solving regional and global 
problems. In three dynamic rounds, 
the players will interact and engage 
in trading, developing strategies and 
creative problem solving. 

The workshop is open to stu- 
dents, faculty and staff (up to 150 
total participants) at a cost of $5 per 
person, including lunch. RSVP to 405- 
0292, or aknaus@rhsmith.umd.edu 

Recognizing Returned 
Volunteers 

Faculty and staff who served as 
Peace Corps volunteers wiU gather to 
share stories Thursday, Nov 4, at 5 
p.m. at a Peace Corps reception hon- 
oring the more than 45 University of 
Maryland faculty and staff who are 
also returned Peace Corps volun- 
teers. Each returned volunteer has 
been asked to bring one person to 
the event who is interested in learn- 
ing more about Peace Corps interna- 
tional job opportunides. 

The event takes place in Room 
2106, Holzapfel Hall. 

First Year Focus 

The First Year Focus program, a 
division of the Office of die Dean of 
Undergraduate Studies, is pleased to 
offer a list of tutoring/mentoring 
resources available on campus. This 
information is on the web at: 
www. info rm.umd.cdu/EdRe sA'grad 1 
nfo/UgradStudies/TRS/epic.html 

To update any information or add 
new resources, contact Nathan Tsoi 
at 405-9342 or ntsoi@wam.umd.edu. 

Maryland Charity Campaign 

The 1999 Maryland Charity 
Campaign is underway and the uni- 
versity hopes to achieve its goal of 
$181,000— a 10 percent increase 
over last year's contribution. Your 
help is needed. 

Pledge cards have been distrib- 
uted to individuals across the cam- 
pus. By Nov. 5, the university hopes 
to wrap-up the campaign. 

Each vice president identified a 
divisional coordinator who in turn 



named departmental coordinators. 
Individuals should submit their 
pledge card response tlirough their 
coordinator. The campus-wide cam- 
paign coordinator, Ron Jones, is avail- 
able to respond to questions at 405- 
6662. 

Pledges can also be forwarded 
directly to Ron Jones in the Room 
4100, Chesapeake Building. 
Contributions received after the tar- 
geted Nov. 5 completion date will be 
accepted. 

Pollution Prevention, Waste 
Minimization 

Recently, the Department of 
Environmental Safety developed 
Campus Pollution Prevention and 
Waste Minimization Guidelines to 
assist students, faculty and staff. The 
guidelines contain many useful tips 
about chemical handling, waste dis- 
posal, recycling and other topics 
which can save you money and pro- 
mote a cleaner environment. 

Visit the department's website at 
www.inform.umd.edu/DES and click 
on "Waste Minimization" to view die 
Waste Minimization Guidelines. Your 
ideas on how to improve the pro- 
gram arc greatly appreciated. 

Historical Perspectives on Race 

The Committee on Africa and the 
Americas presents a panel discussion 
Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. which will 
explore the historical development 
and applicadon of concepts related 
to race and ethnicity in the social sci- 
ences. The p rogram , " H istor ical 
Perspectives on Race and Edinicity," 
takes place in Room 2203,Art- 
Sociology Building and includes pre- 
sentations from three scholars in the 
fields of anthropology and ethnic 
studies: JLeith Mullins from City 
University of New York; Lee Baker 
from Columbia University and 
George Lipsitz of University of 
California at San Diego. 

The panel presentation is an inte- 
gral component of the Committee on 
Africa and the Americas' thematic 
focus, "Reexamining Race and 
Ethnicity for the 21st Century." 

For more information, call 405- 
6835. 

Virus Alert 

lite OIT Vims Notification 
Program would like to remind facul- 
ty, staff and students that anti-virus 
software cannot protect your com- 
puter If you do not keep it up to 
date. Please take just a few minutes 
today to update your protecdon 
against the latest computer viruses, 
worms, and Trojan Horse Programs. 

For more information about com- 
puter viruses and how you can pro- 
tect your computer from being dam- 
aged or disabled by a virus, visit the 
OIT Virus Notification Program web- 
page at www.helpdesk.umd.edu/ 
virus