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Haunted 
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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FACULTY AND STAFF WEEKLY NEWSPAPER 



Volume 18 • Number 8 - October 29, 2002 



State Schools 
Fare Well on 
Higher Ed 
Report Card 

The university was highly 
praised at the recent 
Governor's Conference 
on Higher Education, but the 
University System still sees many 
areas that require improvement. 

Gov, Parris Glendening praised 
the state, saying, "Maryland's inst- 
itutes of higher education take a 
backseat to no one in this entire 
country, and we have become a 
national leader in this coun- 
try. . . [and] instead of focusing 
on success, we should demand 
to keep momentum up." 

Both University President 
Dan Mote and Gov. Glendening 
expressed the pressing need for 
the state to take higher educa- 
tion off the discretionary part of 
the state's budget and make it a 
consistent priority. Currentiy 
higher education is the largest 
single part of the state's budget 
that is discretionary. 

University System adminis- 
trators came to College Park on 
Oct. 1 5 to hear representatives 
from other Maryland institu- 
tions speak on their accom- 
plishments and challenges and 
learn how Maryland measured 
up to other universities in its bi- 
annual report card. 

The state's report card, Mea- 
suring Up 2002, is an evaluation 
done by the National Center for 
Public Policy and Higher Educa- 
tion. It rates the relationship 
between secondary and higher 
education as it relates to higher 
education success. Maryland 
received the same grades in 
four of the six areas measured 
for the report: preparation, com- 
pletion, benefits and [earning. 
The state dropped from an A to 
a B+ in the area of participa- 
tion, which is the proportion of 
students who attend college 
after high school and the num- 
ber of adults enrolled in school 
part time. 

The state's biggest blow came 
from the category of affordabili- 
ty; Maryland dropped from a D 
to a D-. According to the report, 
Maryland is insufficient in provi- 
ding financial aid for low-income 
families. The state's poorest 
families must spend an exces- 
sive portion of their income to 
attend the state's lowest-priced 
schools. Relative to the perform- 
ance of other states, which have 
improved their affordability in 
the past two years, Maryland's 
grade has declined. 

From this report, the state has 
developed four initiatives for 
continued success, according to 

See EDUCATION, page 3 



Everything's Coining Up Pansies 




PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MJTCHEL 



Groundskeeping Supervisors Kevin Lewis (foreground left), Brian Rector 
(right) and Rick Cook (rear left) replant the traffic circle M with winter 
pansies of the Delta variety. The 1 ,400 cheery yellow flowers will bloom 
through the winter. 



Open Hearing 
on Parking Fees 

The Blue Ribbon Panel on Parking 
Fees invites the campus community 
to participate in an open hearing 
Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. in 
0200 Skinner, 

The panel, comprised of faculty, staff and 
students from across the campus, is study- 
ing one aspect of parking: the distribution 
or allocation of parking fees. Input is 
sought from all segments of the campus 
community regarding the existing fee dis- 
tribution model and feasibility of using 
other models in the future.fhis fee distri- 
bution review does not apply to members 
of the bargaining unit. Specific information 
about the various models is provided at 
www.agnr. umd edu/parking/. 

To sign up for a speaking opportunity at 
the hearing (comments must be limited to 
no more than three minutes), send an e- 
mail message to the address noted on the 
Web site. Speaking appointments will be 
on a first come-first served basis until all 
appointments are filled. Non-scheduled 
speaking opportunities will be provided as 
time permits. If there is time left over, per- 
sons who have not made appointments 
will be invited to speak for the same three- 
minute period until the hearing is complet- 
ed at 6 p.m. 

The panel would like to hear from those 
who cannot attend the meeting as well. 
Send your e-mail comments to the address 
listed on the panel's Web site. The commit- 
tee will read and consider all comments. 



Learning Happens 
in Many Ways 

Personnel Training Helps 
Develop the Whole Employee 

It's time to freshen up those customer 
service skills, or maybe to learn how to save 
for retirement, or perhaps learn how to han- 
dle blood-borne pathogens.Where docs one 
rurn?To the Personnel Services Department. 

Managed through the Division of Adminis- 
trative Affairs, the department's workshops 
and seminars cover several areas of employ- 
ees' personal and professional lives. Both on- 
and off-campus instructors teach subjects 
such as employee retention, team building, 
asbestos awareness, English and wellness. 
Faculty and staff may also take a three-hour 
class on home buying or an all-day course on 
handling difficult people. Marvin Pyles, assis- 
tant director, organizational development 
and training, says course offerings are shaped 
by needs assessments, feedback and his 
staffs observations. 

"Paula looks to see what is going in the 
real world," he says of Paula Basile, coordina- 
tor, organizational development and training. 

"Emotional intelligence is a hot topic." says 
Pyles. "It's reauy interesting to me. It gives a 
new light onto looking at how people and 
managers interact." 

Another of Pyles' favorite management 
courses comes from a recendy popular fig- 
ure, Ernest Shackleton.The course, "Leader- 
ship Lessons from Explorer Ernest Shackle- 
Sec PERSONNEL, page } 



Third Party 
Candidate Engages 
Campus Audience 

Laticaster Offers a Different 
Perspective on Statewide Issues 

Libertarian gubernatorial can- 
didate Spear Lancaster 
reminded an audience of 75 
in the Skinner building that for the 
first time in 30 years they had 
another choice for governor. Lan- 
caster, an alumnus and former 
longtime Democrat, came to cam- 
pus recendy as part of the second 
Recovering Democracy Forum 
2002 (RDF). 

The forums, run by the Center 
for Political Communication and 
Civic Leadership, invited the Mary- 
land gubernatorial candidates to 
the university to answer questions 
culled from "dialogue groups" of 
citizens who came to campus last 
month to discuss issues of concern 
to them. Department of Communi- 
cation graduate students acted as 
facilitators and read the questions 
at the two forums. Republican 
Robert Ehrlich attended the first 
forum on Sept. 22. Democrat Kath- 
leen Kennedy Townsend has 
declined to participate. 

Reading from a prepared state- 
ment, Lancaster underscored his 

See LANCASTER, page 3 



Journalism's 
Changed 
Relationship with 
National Security 

Reporters Robert Woodward 
and Carl Bernstein, famous 
for their work on the Water- 
gate scandal, discussed their effect 
on journalism and the media's 
management of national security 
affairs during a recent discussion. 

Haynes Johnson, an editor at The 
Washington Post during Watergate, 
joined Woodward and Bernstein. 
The discussion, held on Oct. 16 in 
Tawes Theater, was sponsored by 
Maryland's Norman and Florence 
Brody Public Policy Forum and the 
School of Public Affairs. 

Many agree that Watergate 
changed both journalism and poli- 
tics. "Watergate set the standard to 
look for wrongdoing in the hierar- 
chy of society," said Johnson. 
The Watergate story began 
America's fascination with scandal. 
Bernstein said that the trend has 
continued and now journalism is 
dominated by gossip and sensa- 
tionalism with less regard for the 
truth, "There is more importance 
[put] on the bottom line than the 
truth,"' he said. 

See JOURNALISM, page 4 



OCTOBER 2 0, 2002 



dateline 
maryland 



YOUR GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY EVENTS: OCTOBER 29-NOVEMBER 4 



October 29 

2-3 p.m.. The Adidasifi ca- 
tion of the New Zealand All 
Blacks: Sport, Globalisation 
and Corporate Nationalism 

Faculty lounge, Health and 
Human Performance Building. 
With Steven J, Jackson, Univer- 
sity of Otago, New Zealand. 
Sponsored by the Sport Com- 
merce and Culture program. 
For more information, contact 
David L.Andrews 5-2474 or 
da94@umail.umd.cdu. 



WEDNESDAY 



October 30 

10 a.m. -4 p.m.. Annual 
Health Symposium Grand 
Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. 
Meet recruiters from a variety 
of medical schools and allied 
health programs. For more 
information, call 5-2793 or e- 
mail preprof@deans.umd.edu. 

noon. Environmental Secu- 
rity and Cooperation in 
East Asia: China's Great 
Challenge 0105 St. Mary's 
Hall. Institute For Gobal Chi- 
nese Affairs forum. See For 
Your Interest, page 4. 

noon-1 p.m.. Some Obser- 
vations on Cross-Cultural 
Barriers and Solutions: 
Learning from Japanese 
Clients 0114 Counseling Cen- 
ter, Shoemaker Building. For 
more information, contact 
Vivian Boyd at 4*7675 or 
vbl4@umail.umd.edu, or visit 
www. inform . umd .edu/Cam- 
puslnf o/Dep a rtmen t s/Counsel- 
ing/Cale ndar/cal_rnd. htm . 

3 p.m.. Choosing Civility, 
Practicing Ethics St. Mary's 
Hall. Pier Massimo Forni of 
Johns Hopkins will give this 
free lecture. For more infor- 
mation, call 5-4031 or e-mail 
falvo@umd5.umd.edu. 

3-6 p.m.. Open Hearing on 
Parking Fees 0200 Skinner. 
See article, page 1. 

4-5 p.m.. The Auditory 
World of Birds: Reflections 
From the Intersection of 
Psychology and Biology 

1240 Biology-Psychology. Dis- 
tinguished Scholar Teacher 
Lecture by Dooling, of the 
Department of Psychology. For 
more information, call 5-2509 
or rmalone@deans.umd.edu. 



Rossborough Inn's Haunted Halloween 

Reserve by today to take part in the trick-or- treating at the 
haunted Rossborough Inn on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 
8 p.m. Games will be held at the Carriage House and light 
fare will be served on the Courtyard Patio. Bring your children. Cos- 
tume contest and prizes. Cost is $5 per person 12 and over, $3 for 
children 6 to 11; children 5 and under free. Reservations required. 
For more information and to RSVP, contact Pam Whitlow at 4-8013 
or Pwhitlow@dining.umd.edu, or visit www.dining.umd.edu. 



7:30 p.m.. Big Band Mis- 
chief Night Kay Theatre, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Featuring the "Monster" 
Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Ensemble 
and Chris Vadala, woodwind, 
director of Jazz Studies. For 
more info rmation, con tact Amy 
Harbison, 5-8169 or harbison® 
wam.umd.edu, or visit www, 
claricesmi thcenter. umd.edu. 



THURSDAY 



October 31 

noon. Librarian's -Eye View 
of Course Assignments: 
Insights for Improvement 

See For Your Interst, page 8. 

8 p.m., Philharmonia En- 
semble, Hints of Halloween 

Dekelboum Concert Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. With Carmen Balthrop, 
soprano. A dark array of music 
of the 19th and 20th centuries. 
Free. For more information, 
contact Amy Harbison, 5-8169 
or harbison@wam.umd.edu, or 
visit www.claricesmithcenter. 
umd.edu. 



november 1 

noon. Long Term Conse- 
quences of Mexico- U.S. 
Migration: Old-Age Well- 
being l lOl Art-Sociology. Lec- 
ture by Rebeca Wong, associate 
research scientist, Maryland 
Population Research Center 
and adjunct professor at the 
Johns Hopkins School of Pub- 
lic Health. For more informa- 
tion, contact Hoda Makar at 4- 
1049 or visit www.popcenter. 
umd.edu. 

noon-1:15 p.m.. Department 
of Communication Colloqui- 
um Series: De-Canonizing 
Ancient Rhetoric 0200 Skin- 
ner. Presented by Robert 
Gaines. For more information, 
contact Trevor Parry^Giles at 5- 
8947 or tp54@umail.umd.edu. 



1-5 p.m., Pre-conference 
Professional Development 
Workshops Stamp Student 
Union. In conjunction with the 
Improving Learning Strategies 
for Literacy; Research and Prac- 
tice conference (see Nov, 2.) 
The two workshops offered 
are "Self-regulating Strategy 
Development: Making die Writ- 
ing Process Work" and "Dealing 
with Learning Disabilities in 
the Second Language (L2) 
Classroom." Registration fees 
are $45, $35 for teachers, and 
$25 for graduate students. For 
more information and to regis- 
ter, visit www. education, umd. 
edu/EDCVinfb/lntIConf2002. 

6-10 p.m.. Eastern Shore 
Fish Fry University Golf 
Course. For more information, 
contact Nancy Loomis at 4- 
6631 or nloomis@dining.umd. 
edu,or visit www.dining.umd. 
edu/ locations/golf_course/. 



SBtUDDOV 



november 2 

8 a.m. -5 p.m., Improving 
Learning Strategies for Lit- 
eracy: Research and Prac- 
tice Stamp Student Union. In- 
ternational research conference 
on first and second language lit- 
eracy strategies. Michael Pressly 
will be keynote speaker. Regis- 
tration fees are $95, $65 for 
school teachers and $35 for 
graduate students. For more 
information and to register, 
visit www.education.umd.edu/ 
EDCI/info/IndConf2002, 

8 p.m.. University Sympho- 
ny Orchestra, Opera Studio 
and Chorale Dekelboum 
Concert Hall, Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. Widi 
Carmen Balthrop, soprano. 
Verdi's most popular overture, 
Laforza del destino, Beetho- 
ven's humorous Symphony no. 
8, and Ravel's h/rical fantasy, 
L'enfant et les sortileges. Free. 
For more information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www. 



Answering Hate Constructively 



With chairs arranged 
in a large circle, 
various members 
of the campus community 
gathered recendy in the 
Nyumburu Cultural Center to 
share ways to combat next 
week's potential confronta- 
tions as "The Laramie Project" 
opens at the Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. 

"Responding to Purveyors 
of Hate" was sponsored by 
the President's Commissions 
on Disability Issues; Ethnic 
Minority Issues; Lesbian, Gay, 
Bisexual, Transgender Issues 
(LGBT); and Women's Issues. 
Students, faculty, vice presi- 
dents, directors, staff and a 
campus police officer partici- 
pated in a moderated discus- 
sion of how the campus should 
respond if anti-gay groups 
choose to demonstrate. 

Opinions varied from inac- 
tivity to countcrprotests. 
"Why should we engage them? 
We simply elevate their argu- 
ment,'' said Luke Jensen, coor- 
dinator of Lesbian, Gay, Bisex- 
ual and Transgender Equity. 
Speaking of Fred Phelps, the 
Kansas minister promising to 
bring his followers to campus 
to protest, Jensen added, "He's 
a speck, a pimple, a mosquito; 
after a couple of days, he's 
gone." His words were echoed 
by a few others, but he did 
admit that knowing students, 



inactivity was unlikely. 

Ideas did run along quiet 
lines, with many suggesting 
making this an opportunity 
for education. Mark Brimhall- 
Vargas, assistant director of 
the Office of Human Rela- 
tions Programs, said it would 
be irresponsible not to offer 
ways for people to learn from 
the situation. One thought 
was that people could wear 
the same color T-shirt one day 
and a hand out would explain 
what the action stands for. 
Others liked the idea of a 
fundraiser where pledges 
were made for every minute 
Phelps is on campus. "We 
could make a big sign that we 
update every hour saying, 
'Thank you Fred. You've 
helped us raise. . . '" suggested 
one participant. The money 
would go to either on- or off- 
campus LGBT groups. 

An idea that seemed to gar- 
ner the most support came 
from Stanley Liu, a junior psy- 
chology/pre-med major. Rib- 
bons or buttons could be cre- 
ated with some variation of 
the message, "No Hate on Our 
Campus" that would be worn 
before, during and even after 
the play's run. 

Anyone wishing to contri- 
bute to this effort should call 
Elizabeth Hagovsky at (301) 
3 1 4-8497 or send e-mail to 
h ago vsky@wam . umd . edu . 



ciariccsmithcentcr.umd.edu. 



november 3 

3 p.m., The Child and the 
Magic Spells Dekelboum 

Concert Hall, Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. With 
Carmen Balthrop, soprano. A 
free encore performance of 
Ravel's L'enfant et les sortileges. 
For more information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit www. 
claricesmithcenter. umd.edu. 



november 4 

8:45-1 1 a.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Corporate 
Time-Web Based 4404 Com- 
puter & Space Science, The 
class fee is $20. To register or 
for more information, contact 
Jane S.Wieboldt at 5-0443 or 
oit-training@umail.umd.edu, or 
visit www.oit.umd.edu/sc. 

12:45-4:00 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Intermedi- 
ate MS PowerPoint 4404 
Computer & Space Science. 
Prerequisite: three months 
experience with PowerPoint. 
The class fee is $80. To register 
or for more information, con- 
tact Jane S.Wieboldt at 5-0443 
or oit-training@umaiI.umd.edu, 
orvisitwww.oit.umd.edu/sc. 



or additional event list- 
ings, visit www, co I lege 
publisher.com/outlooh 



calendar guide 

Calendar phone numbers listed as 4-xxxx or 5-xxxx stand for the prefix 314 or 405. Calendar information for Outlook is compiled from a combination of inforM's 
master calendar and submissions to the Outlook office. Submissions are due two weeks prior to the date of publication. To reach the calendar editor, call 
405-7615 or send e-mail to outlook@accmail.umd,edu. 



Outlook 



Outlook is the weekly faculty-staff 
newspaper serving the University of 
Maryland campus community. 

Brodie Remington »Vice 
President for University Relations 

Teresa Flannery ■ Executive 
Director, University 
Communications and Marketing 

George Cathcart ■ Executive 
Editor 

Monette Austin Bailey • Editor 

Cynthia Mitchel ■ Art Director 

Robert K. Gardner ■ Graduate 
Assistant 

Letters to the editor, story sugges- 
tions and campus information ate 
weleonie. Please submit all material 
two weeks before the Tuesday of 
publication. 

Send material to Editor, Outlook. 
2101 Turner Hall, College Park, 
MD 20742 

Telephone • (301) 405-4629 
Fax • (301) 314-9344 
E-mail * oudook@acemail.umd.edu 
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OUTLOOK 



Education: Make it a State Priority 

Continued from page 1 



the Chief Executive Officer of 
Maryland Higher Education 
Commission Karen Johnson. 
They arc access to higher edu- 
cation for all people, afford- 
ability, achievement and 
accountability. Access includes 
providing affordable and equi- 
table admission for every qual- 
ified person. The state is striv- 
ing to find a benchmark test of 
accountability that would 
measure standardized achieve- 
ments of secondary intuitions, 
comparable to the tests pre- 
sently administered in K-12. 

Since a student's prepared- 
ness affects their performance 
in secondary education, Mary- 
land is striving to strengthen 
its students before they reach 
college. Higher education and 
K-12 share the task of ensur- 
ing a student's seamless tran- 



sition from high school to 
college. 

Though annual funding for 
Maryland's higher education 
increased an average of 12 
percent between 2000 and 
2002, affordability is still Mary- 
land's biggest hindrance. Last 
year the Lumina Foundation 
for Education ranked Mary- 
land's education system 
among the least reachable in 
the country due to problems 
with affordability. Glendening 
experienced problems widi 
school affordability since he 
came from a poor family him- 
self and required financial aid 
to attend college. A constant 
supporter of higher educa- 
tion, Glendening said, "A col- 
lege education can become 
die strongest bridge a person 
can travel from poverty to 



prosperity." 

Now with the state facing a 
projected $1.7 billion deficit, 
higher education is on the 
chopping block; which may 
lead to declining state rev- 
enues and thus increased 
tuition. 

Mote strongly urged all 
advocates of higher education 
to lobby for its position as a 
permanent element in the 
state's budget. He also said 
higher education currently has 
no constituency and each per- 
son must vote to transform 
the priorities of state legisla- 
tures. Glendening offered a 
slogan to propel the state into 
greatness in die area of higher 
education, "Think Maryland, 
Think Higher Education." 

— Kelyaone Brady, 
junior, journalism 




PHOTO fl¥ CYNTHIA MITCHEL 



Jan Miller-Vogel, an off-campus consultant, leads a recent customer service and 
satisfaction seminar for Personnel Services. From front left, Tim Byrne, Fred 
Morris, Kris Olson, Jeffery Dove and Nick Trainor, among others, participate. 



Personnel: Learning to Work and Grow 

Continued from page 1 

ton," takes lessons 
from Shackleton's 
many Antarctic 
explorations, 
including one 
where he kept 27 
men alive while 
trapped for two 
years. 

University 
basics — new em- 
ployee orientation, 
PRD training and 
certain kinds of 
department-specific 
instruction — are 
offered regularly 
Basile and the per- 
sonnel staff then 
work to create a 
supporting and 
engaging roster of 
courses that can I>e 
taught in short time spans, to 
limit interference widi em- 
ployees' work schedules. 

A recent morning found 10 
people learning about cus- 
tomer service and satisfaction 
from Jan Miller-Vogel, co- 
fbunder of Mosher and Miller- 
Vogel Associates, a consulting 
firm supporting the successful 
development of organizations 
and staff. Individuals from sev- 
eral areas of the campus, some 
assigned to attend and others 
volunteering to do so, spent 
the day learning and dis- 
cussing practical ways to build 
and maintain positive relation- 
ships with customers. 

"I deal with customers a lot 
and I thought it would be a 
neat thing to improve my 
skills," said Frank Hawkins, 
with the Office of Informa- 
tion Technology. He's also 
taken courses on retirement 
planning and personal organi- 
zation. 

Though participants in 
Miller-Vogel's workshop paid 
$100, many offerings are free 
for the campus community 
and the rest cost a small fee, 
compared to similar profes- 



sional courses off campus. The 
office invites certain county 
government agencies to take 
advantage of the classes, as 
well. 

"These are all just cost 
recovery. We do not make any 
money," says Pyles, 

"And it's important to stress 
that the quality comes from 
the trainers," adds Basile. "They 
have experience; some are 
adjunct faculty. It's not Joe 
Schmoe off the street. We 
interview every one of them. 
We are very selective and have 
very high expectations." 

Class size is limited to 
approximately a dozen people 
to facilitate interaction and 
personal attention. Evaluations 
filled out by participants help 
to shape the next offering of a 
course, or whether it's offered 
at all, Basile says they try to 
consider suggestions, but she's 
not sure a feng shui class will 
be coming soon. She is excited 
about a management develop- 
ment workshop, "Love 'em or 
Lose 'em: A Workshop on 
Retention," offered this fall. 
"It's taught based on a well- 
known book and we give 



everyone a copy" she says. 

To make courses more inter- 
esting and accessible, multime- 
dia instruction designer 
LaShanda Blissett is working 
on Web-based training, espe- 
cially for new hire orientation 
and PRD sessions. A computer 
training lab and library are 
also in the works at the Chesa- 
peake Building. 

Pyles and Basile say their 
audience has changed over 
the years, becoming one more 
interested in learning, not just 
getting out of the office.This is 
good news. 

"Our mission is to provide 
training and to provide profes- 
sional development for uni- 
versity personnel," says Pyles. 
As for the personal develop- 
ment, Basile adds, "When peo- 
ple come to work and they 
feel better and are less 
stressed, then we hope they 
work better." 

To learn more about training 
and development programs 
offered by Personnel Services, 
tttsit unvw.personnel.umd.edu/ 
tcp/trainingcourses.html, or 
call (301) 405-5651. 




Lancaster: Another Choice 

Continued from page 1 



outsider status by saying that 
his running mate, Lorenzo 
Gaztanaga, was the first His- 
panic in Maryland history to 
run for high executive office. 

Lancaster criticized both 
Democrats and Republicans 
for a lack of creativity in deal- 
ing with the issues facing 
Maryland and accused them of 
arrogance in asking for more 
and more money, 

"When they have a problem 
their answer is to spend your - 
money and reach deeper into 
your pockets," he said. 

Addressing government mis- 
management, he guaranteed he 
could improve state services 
and cut taxes by using new 
technology and implementing 
proven business strategies 
from die private sector. 

"With computers and the 
Internet we are going to change 
the way the world works," he 
said. "We're going to take things 
out of the metaphysical, where 
[politicians] can smooth you 
over and tell you that's working 
wonderful.... We're going to get 
hard data. . .and be able to put 
people's feet to the coals." 

Lancaster partly blamed the 
$1.7 billion deficit on the waste- 
ful duplication of government 
programs and a 60 percent in- 
crease in government spending. 

"And I ask you: Did you see 60 
percent more highways being 
built? Sixty percent more roads 
being built? Where has this 
money gone?" he asked. 

Lancaster said he planned to 
generate the revenue needed to 
pay down the deficit by reduc- 
ing duplication in an effort to 
use money the government al- 
ready had. He also advocated the 
auctioning of licenses for slot 
machines that he claimed would 
produce about $1.5 billion. 

Lancaster drew a distinction 
between higher education and K 
through 1 2 . He said he believed 
higher education was in good 
shape because most people are 
free to attend whatever school 
they want, whereas most Ameri- 
cans are forced to attend public 
primary and high schools. He 
compared the poor performance 
of public schools to a business 
monopoly with no incentive to 
provide value. 

"We have a top-down bureau- 
cracy and it dehumanizes every- 
body," said Lancaster. 

Noting the enthusiasm he wit- 
nessed visiting Maryland's first 
charter school, Lancaster called 
for a school choice program that 
included vouchers, home school- 
ing and charter schools. 

"The enthusiasm was electrify- 
ing. ... I talked to the little kids 
and you could just see it: they 
were excited," he said. 

When asked about supporting 
the Thornton Commission legis- 
lation on improving public edu- 
cation, Lancaster implicated the 
commission's recommendations 
as "the old, sad, tired" call for 
spending more money. He con- 
ceded the recommendations 
made some good points, but said 



PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MPtCHtl. 



Spear Lancaster, addressing a campus 
audience last week. 

there were more effective ways 
of improving public education. 

After recalling his own experi- 
ence trying to adopt a child, Lan- 
caster called for decreasing regu- 
latory bureaucracy to expedite 
adoptions. He also criticized the 
foster care system, saying it 
ignored the feelings of foster 
parents and moved children 
around like chess pieces. Citing 
an orphanage program he stud- 
ied for Hershey Estates in Her- 
shey, Penn.,he said there are suc- 
cessful programs in place that 
need to be emulated. While 
admitting he had few specific 
remedies, he promised he would 
not let things go on as they had. 

"I don't know the mechanics 
of exactly how (the solution] 
would work. . .but [basically] we 
need to let the money follow the 
child," he said. 

As to what he would do with 
the state prescription plan in 
light of the current budget 
deficit, Lancaster said it wasn't 
fair for young people to pay for 
seniors' medicine. He said it was 
not right to send the message 
that people didn't have to save 
for retirement because the gov- 
ernment would fund it by taking 
from their grandchildren. 

"I tell seniors, government has 
nothing that it doesn't take from 
somebody else first," he said. 

Lancaster said government had 
a duty to take care of victims of 
accidents and misfortune, but 
that a blanket senior prescription 
paid for by taxing young workers 
wasn't morally right. 

After he responded to the dia- 
logue group questions, the floor 
was open to the audience. They 
asked about everything from the 
death penalty to traffic cameras 
in College Park. When the con- 
cern about wasting a vote on a 
third party candidate was raised, 
Lancaster said a Libertarian vote 
wasn't a wasted one because it 
sent a message. 

"You want to get [the politi- 
cians'] attention? Register and 
vote Libertarian. . . .You may 
hate politicians; you may admire 
them. It makes no difference. 
One thing about them is, they 
can count." 



OCTOBER 29, 2002 





Highlights off Bruce 

Collection 

A small exhibit containing high- 
lights from the Libraries'James 
Brace Collection will be open 
to the public on Wednesday, 
Oct. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the 
Maryland Room at Hombake 
Library The exhibit is being 
presented in honor of Ambas- 
sador Brace's daughter, Louise 
Brace, who donated and fund- 
ed the processing of his collec- 
tion. 

James Bruce (1892-1980) 
spent most of Iiis life in the 
world of business and banking, 
working in both New York and 
Baltimore. He and his family 
also had ties to diplomacy and 
early in his life, just prior to 
enlisting for World War I, Bruce 
served as private secretary to 
his uncle .Thomas Nelson Page, 
U.S. Ambassador to Italy, Several 
years later, from 1947 to 1949, 
Bruce himself served as U.S. 
Ambassador to Argentina. 

Items in the exhibit include 
letters to Bruce from President 
Harry Truman, Secretary of 
Defense James Forrestal and 
Argentina President Juan Peron; 
literature from his 1958 cam- 
paign for a U.S. Senate seat in 
Maryland; and documentation 
of his distinguished military 
and diplomatic service. 

The Bruce exhibit is the third 
activity in the Hornbake Show- 
case celebrating the Libraries' 
Special Collections there. More 
information on other Showcase 
programs is available at www. 
Iib.umd.edu/HBK/showcase. 



American Political 
Change 

Kevin Phillips will give the sec- 
ond Nathan and Jeanette Miller 
Distinguished Lecture in Histo- 
ry and Public Affairs, sponsored 
by the Center for Historical 
Studies. His talk, "Wealth and 
Democracy: A Political History 
of the American Rich," will be 
held Monday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in 
the Multipurpose Room, Nyum- 
bura Cultural Center, A recep- 
tion follows. 

Phillips is one of America's 
leading political analysts and 
intellectuals. Author of many 
books, Phillips is a contributing 
columnist for The Los Angeles 
Times and Wall Street Journal, a 
regular commentator for 
National Public Radio and for- 
mer editor-publisher of the 
American Political Report. 

For more information, con- 
tact Herbert Brewer at (30 1) 
405-8739 or history center® 
umail.umd.edu. 



Institute tor Global 
Chinese Affairs Forum 

China's environmental and 
developmental challenges are 
enormous. Environmental 
degradation in China is severe 
and has begun to capture 
the attention of the Chinese 
government as well as the inter- 
national community. There are 
signs of change in the way 



China is governing her envi- 
ronmental problems. On the 
one hand, China is beginning to 
engage in regional environmen- 
tal cooperation initiatives. On 
the other hand, we are seeing 
the growth of an environmental 
"governmental non-governmen- 
tal organization" (GONGO) 
community. 

Miranda Schreurs, associate 
professor in the Department of 
Government and Politics, is a 
specialist in East Asian environ- 
mental politics. Fengshi Wu, a 
graduate student in die Depart- 
ment of Government and Poli- 
tics, is researching the environ- 
mental movement in China. 
Both will speak as part of the 
U.S. -China Relations Series 
"Environmental Security and 
Cooperation in East Asia: 
China's Great Challenge" on 
Wednesday, Oct. 30 from noon 
to 1:30 p.m. in 0105 St. Mary's 
Hall (Language House). 

A Chinese buffet lunch will 
be served (students $5, faculty 
and others $10). Plan to pay at 
the door, but reservations 
should be made to Rebecca 
McGinnis at (301) 405-0213 or 
rml65@timail.umd.edu. 

Sadat Lecture for Peace 

with Kofi 



We Have a Winner! 



Secretary-General of the United 
Nations Kofi Annan will speak 
on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the 
Cole Student Activities Build- 
ing. Doors will open at 9:30 
a.m. and the lecture will begin 
at noon. Please note: this is a 
change in time. 

Faculty and staff may pick up 
tickets on a first-come basis on 
Wednesday, Oct. 30 beginning 
at 8 a.m. from the Hoff Theater 
Ticket Office in the Stamp Stu- 
dent Union. Faculty and Staff 
may pick up two tickets witii 
their UMCP ID card and may 
bring up to two IDs (theirs and 
one other's). Tickets will be 
given out until they are gone. 

All seating will be by general 
admission; there are no reserved 
or assigned seats, except for a 
small section on the floor for 
invited guests. For more infor- 
mation, call (301) 405-6734 or 
e-mail sadat@gvpt.umd.edu. 



Librarians' Perspective 
on Course Assignments 

The Center for Teaching Excel- 
lence (CTE) presents a teaching 
and learning conversation enti- 
tled a "Librarians-Eye View of 
Course Assignments: Insights 
for Improvement," to take place 
Thursday, Oct. 31 from noon to 
1 :30 p.m. in the Maryland 
Room, Marie Mount Hall. 

How well do students under- 
stand the research process? 
How well can they apply criti- 
cal thinking skills to evaluating 
information resources? A panel 
of campus librarians will offer 
their insights to help teachers 
improve the design of student 
assignments. 

For more information and to 
RSVP, contact Mary Wesley at 
(301) 405-9356 or mwesley® 
deans.umd.edu. 




PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MITCHEL 



Again, the campus community showed its pen- 
chant for detail by providing nearly two dozen 
thorough answers to the Oct. 15 mystery photo 
contest. However, there can be only one winner. So, 
Rosemary Blunck with Office of Continuing and 
Extended Education receives a coupon for any tall 
coffee or espresso beverage at The Coffee Bar in the 
Stamp Student Union. Her winning answer: Tydings 
Hall - the side that faces onto the mall. 



Journalism: Less Trust 

Continued from page 1 

Through the allure of gossip 
and a focus on profit, a division 
has developed between jour- 
nalists and public figures. Pub- 
lic figures can no longer make 
mistakes, Bernstein explained, 
and it has made lying a terrible 
part of public life. 

The Post's editors chal- 
lenged Woodward and Bern- 
stein to find increasingly more 
sources, which led the two to 
the doorsteps of many people 
connected to the scandal. The 
most central sources for Water- 
gate remain anonymous three 
decades later. 

"The heart of it all," said 
Johnson, "is trust between the 
source and the press."Wood- 
ward and Bernstein's sources 
were their lifeline to the "crim- 
inal conspiracy headed by the 
president," said Bernstein. 
Woodward was quick to add 
that the entire break-in was "all 
about Nixon settling scores" 
with people he felt were 
obstacles to his re-election. 

The scandal revelation led 
Nixon to regard the two with 
great contempt for many 
years, calling them and their 
writing "trash" during a televi- 
sion program, said Bernstein. 
Yet, the pair agreed that they 
were never trying to win a 
popularity contest. Both men 
felt a passion for writing and 
were thrilled by the vitality 
within the newsroom. 

Through Watergate, Wood- 
ward said he learned a lesson 
about the government that 
transcends time. There is "a 
disparity between what was 
going on and what was being 
said." 

As the press fights secret 
government, a greater chasm 



develops between journalists 
and government. A reporter's 
job is to question government 
decisions and publish as much 
as possible around the "classi- 
fied" parts of records, said 
Woodward, A reporter must 
find a way to publish sensitive 
issues because "you need to 
tell people what's going on." 

He continued, saying that 
no responsible journalist 
would actually compromise 
national security for a head- 
line "If a story costs one life," 
said Woodward, "it is not 
worth it. No story is worth a 
life or even the possibility of 
taking a life." 

The two differ on their 
opinions of the current state 
of the government in regards 
to dealing with Iraq. Bernstein 
said he thinks that newspa- 
pers print numerous stories 
on war tactics to send a mes- 
sage to Saddam Hussein that 
will "rattie his cage." 

Woodward disagrees with 
him saying the government is 
not organized enough to leak 
information to reporters that 
would affect Saddam's rela- 
tionship widi the United 
States. 

The two finished their 
forum by saying that journal- 
ism is the process of studying 
life, which is to say that a 
reporter is always learning. A 
passion for the truth is what 
separates average journalists 
from a great journalist. "The 
truth is complex, said Wood- 
ward,"it's not black and white, 
and our job is to convey that 
complexity." 

— Kelyanne Brady, 
junior, journalism