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Equine Studies 
Maryland Tradition 

To sec a vital part of the univer- 
sity's history, one need only 
go to the corner of Regents Drive 
and Farm Road. On a good day, a 
large horse named Bill may wan- 
der over to the ham fence for a 
nose rub. The horse represents a 
significant element of the state's 
future, as well. 

As a program, equine studies, a 
joint effort between the Institute 
of Applied Agriculture (1AA) and 
Animal and Avian Sciences, is 
small. Four faculty members teach 
nine courses to approximately 250 
undergraduates and one graduate 
student. However, it is one of the 
few places in the state where the 
horse community turns to for 
research and advice. Amy Orda- 
kowski almost single-handedly 
teaches equine science and horse 
management. Erin Peterson, in her 
role as extension specialist, 
answers caJIs from the community 
and teaches five of the courses. 
Malcolm Commer, an extension 
horse economist, is known for his 
impressive ability to put numbers 
to everything and Elaine Bailey 
makes up the administrative divi- 
sion as assistant director and 
instructor, as well as a lecturer for 
a course. Jordan Thomas is lead 
agricultural technician and farm 

"In April 1989, when I came to 

See EQUINE, page 6 

Teaching the 
Children to Lead 

A lot has been made of 
mandatory service learning 
for Maryland public school 
students, and probably an equal 
amount of energy has been devot- 
ed to giving more meaning to this 
requirement. A campus program 
believes it is providing life skills 
and lessons about community. 

A collaboration between the 
Academy of Leadership and Prince 
George's County Public Schools, 
Team Maryland connects Maryland 
students with students from 
William Wirt Middle School and 
Blatiensburg High School in efforts 
to build leadership and a greater 
sense of civic responsibility in 
both parties. Coordinator Sonia 
Keiner Flynn, when asked about 
the recent surge of interest in get- 
ting young people engaged, 
answers that many adult leaders 
don't see a choice. 

"Our democracy isn't working," 
she says. 

So she works with the entire, 

See TEAM, page 5 

Making Music, Having Fun 

Fundraiser Showcases Faculty and StaffTalent 


FSAP Coordinator Tom Ruggieri, above left, plays with his band Cheek to Cheek at the Rossborough Inn 
last fall. The jazz trio, which includes Julie Parsons (right), assistant coordinator of mental health services 
at the Health Center, and Eric Shramek, will be among many performers at Fun for the Fund March 12. 

Rob will sing a mean jazz tune, Bill's 
dusting off a banjo and Ron's show- 
casing a Billy Stray horn-Duke Elling- 
ton tune. They're coming together 
for an evening that promises to be a lot of 
fun for a good cause. 

Billed as the Fun for Fund Variety Show, the 
March 1 2 event is the first of what many 
hope will become an annual event to raise 

money for the Faculty Staff Assistance Pro- 
gram's Emergency Loan Fund. Who are Rob, 
Bill and Ron? Robert Waters, associate vice 
president and special assistant to the presi- 
dent; William Desder, senior vice president 
for academic affairs and provost; and Ron Zei- 
glcr, director of the Nyumburu Cultural Cen- 

See FUND, page 4 

Ag Leaders Discover Differences, 
Similarities South of the Border 

Pride. Initiative. 
These qualities 
describe members 
of Maryland's 
farming communi- 
ty. They also de- 
scribe the farmers 
hundreds of miles 
south in Cuba, as 
discovered by a 
group of 22 Mary- 
landers during an 
eight-day visit to 
the island nation 
in January. 

American and 
Cuban farmers 
share a strong 
work ethic, 
although their 
motivations are 
somewhat different, accord- 
ing to Eddie Draper, manager 
of the university's Wye Angus 
Program. "Farmers in Mary- 
land and the rest of the Unit- 
ed States work to make an 
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ered buildings used to protect crops by reducing sunlight and past populations 

comfortably,'' he explains. 
"Farmers in Cuba work to 
put food on the table." 

Draper was one of two 
College of Agriculture and 
Natural Resources faculty 
and staff who traveled to 

Cuba as part of LEAD Mary- 
land, a program offered by 
the LEAD Maryland Founda- 
tion, Inc., to identify and 
develop leadership for agri- 

See CUBA, page 6 

Seeing How the 
Other Half Works 

Editor's note.This is tbe second 
in a two-part series on tbe uni- 
versity's solid waste manage- 
ment division. Journalism stu- 
dent Melissa Ostrow spent a 
morning with two employees 
as tbey went about their jobs. 
In this week's installment, she 
rides around in the rolloff 
trash truck. 

I had spent half the morning 
with Rey Bell, experiencing 
the life of a front-end driver 
at the university and I was 
ready to find out what it was 
like to pull dumpsters. Mark 
Wilson came over the radio, 
ready to make the swap. 

I climbed up into the big red 
Mack truck he calls Tony or 
sometimes grandma, depending 
on how it is pulling. He calls the 
truck Tony when he is proud of 
it in honor of its first driver, but 
when the truck is pulling slow, 
he yells "Come on, grandma!" 

Many would describe Mark as 
a good-looking guy, about 5 ' 1 1 " , 
with a moustache. Born in Balti- 
more and raised in Ellicott City, 
Mark graduated from high 
school wanting to go into the 
Marines. Because of the war in 
Vietnam, however, his parents 
wouldn't let him go, so he came 
to work for the university. 
Unlike Rey, Mark's job varies 
from day to day. He has a usual 
schedule of dining halls he vis- 
its, but each day he has a new 
list of rolloffs and compactors 
he has to pick up. Roll-offs are 
large boxes that usually have 
open tops, while a compactor is 
a closed dumpster that com- 
pacts the garbage put into it. 

When I got to the parking 
lot, Mark was about to begin 
pulling the compactor. He 
backed up the roll-off truck in 
front of the compactor, discon- 
nected the compactor, 
strapped the compactor doors 
shut and hooked the cable 
from the truck onto the com- 
pactor. Then he backed up per- 
fectly straight to line up the 
rails on the truck with the 
compactor rails. He can tell if 
the compactor is straight, by 
looking in his side mirrors to 
see if the compactor is equally 
distributed on the sides of the 
truck. Sometimes Mark can 
make it in one try, but he aver- 
ages about three times. This 
time it took all three tries. 

Once he thought it was 
straight, the flat bed in the back 
came up and stood at a 45- 
degree angle over top of the lit- 
tle compartment Mark and I sat 
in. Then the wire would slowly 
pull the compactor up the slant 
until locked into position. Once 

See WASTE, page 6 

MARCH 4, 2003 



march 4 

4:15-6 p.m., Student-Faculty 
Forum 1 1 06 Francis Scott Key. 
John Lampe, Chair, Department 
of History, will present "Bosnia 
and Kosovo: Mixing War Mem- 
ories and Postwar Mandates." 
This semester's Student-Faculty 
Forum illuminates the current 
state of international relations 
in the Balkans and the Middle 
East. Pizza and discussion to 
follow the lecture. For more 
information, contact Ann 
Jimenez at 5-4268 or 

5-6 p.m.. Smoking Cessa- 
tion Class 3 100E Health Cen- 
ter. See For Your Interest, page 

6-9 p.m. OIT Peer Training 
Macromedia Flash: Creating 
Web Animations 4404 Com- 
puter and Space Science. This 
class will show how to create 
animations for Web sites. It will 
not include an in-depth tutorial 
on programming. The class fee 
is $10 for students and $20 for 
faculty and staff. Register 
online at 

6:30-8 p.m., Barbara Ehren- 
reich on A Political Life in 
Writing 1412 Physics. Ehren- 
reich is a journalist, essayist, 
humorist and poll deal activist 
who has written more than 10 
books on class, gender and 
race in the United States, 
including the recent bestseller 
"Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) 
Getting By in America." Her 
■work has appeared in numer- 
ous magazines, including The 
Nation and Time Magazine. For 
more information, contact 
Deborah Rosenfelt at 5-6877 or 

8 p.m., Guameri String 
Quartet Open Rehearsal 

Gildenhorn Recital Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. The ensemble, now in 
its 20th year of residency at 
the School of Music, will per- 
form. Free. For more informa- 
tion, visit www.claricesmith- 


march 5 

7:30-9:30 a.m.. Good Morn- 
ing Commuters Stamp Stu- 
dent Union, Hoff Hallway. Free 
Starbucks Coffee, Krispy 

Kreme Donuts and commuter 
information. For more informa- 
tion, contact Leslie Perkins at 

12:30 p.m.. Freedom of 
Information in Romania See 

For Your Interest, page 8. 

Noon, Deconstructing 
"Model" Students: Under- 
standing Asian Pacific 
American and Living-Learn- 
ing Students 0114 Counsel- 
ing Center, Shoemaker Build- 
ing. Karen Inkelas of the coun- 
seling center will be speaking. 
For more information, contact 
Vivian Boyd at vbl4@umail. 

4 p.m., Gibbs Symposium 

See For Your Interest, page 8. 

7 p.m. Author Reading with 
Chtqui Vicioso 6127 Mc- 

Keldin Library. Vicioso will be 
reading as part of the "Writers 
Here and Now," hosted by the 
creative writing department. 
The reading is free, and a book 
signing will follow. For more 
information, contact Don Berg- 

8 p.m., Herndon High 
School Symphonic Band 
and Maryland Symphonic 
Wind Ensemble Concerts 

Dekelboum Concert Hall, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. Part of the annual con- 
vention of the American Band- 
masters Association, which is 
being held at the university. 
Free. For more information, 
call 5-8169 or visit www. 
Clarices mi thcenter. umd . e du . 


march 6 

Institute for Global Chinese 
Affairs Business Conference 

See For Your Interest, page 8. 

6-9 p.m., OIT Peer Training: 
HTML III: Manage Website 
Design with Stylesheets 

4404 Computer and Space Sci- 
ence. Introduces Stylesheets 
and Image Mapping as useful 
and attractive interfaces for the 
user. The class fee is $10 for 
students and $20 for faculty 
and staff. Register online at 
www. oi t . umd . ed u/pt . 

8 p.m., Allentown, Pa. 
Band Concert Dekelboum 
Concert Hall, Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. Part of 
the annual convention of the 

Health Center 
Hours Change 

In order to provide bet- 
ter service, the Health 
Center has changed its 
hours of operation to: 

• Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. 
to 7 p.m. 

• Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 

• Sunday: closed 

It also has gone to an 
appointment-only system. 
Call 4-8184 to schedule 
an appointment. Urgent 
care, of course, is avail- 
able without an appoint- 

American Bandmasters Associa- 
tion, being held at the universi- 
ty. Free. For more information, 
call 5-8169 or visit www. 

march 7 

Noon, Magma Dynamics 
and Planetary Differentia- 
tion 1 20 1 Physics Building. 
Bruce Marsh of Johns Hopkins 
University will be speaking. 
Part of the Department of 
Geology's spring seminar 
series. Coffee and tea will be 
served at 11:30 a.m. in the 
Geology building. For more 
information, contact Karen 
Prestegaard at kpresto@geol. 

Noon, The Role of Measure- 
ment Error in Studying 
Minority Groups 1101 Art- 
Sociology Building. Seth 
Sanders, associate director of 
the Maryland Population 
Research Center, will lead the 
seminar. For more information, 
visit www.popcenter.umd, 
edu/e vents/spring2003 - shtml. 

Noon, The Secret Social 
Lives of Shrimp: Behavior, 
Ecology and Evolution 1130 
Plant Sciences Building. Emmet 
Duffy of the College of William 
and Mary will be speaking. Bar- 
bara Thome will host. For more 
information, call 5-391 1 or visit 
www. entomology, 

8 p.m., Romeo and Juliet 

Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. Shake- 
speare's romantic tragedy will 
be presented in a true-to-peri- 

od production. Tickets are $20; 
$5 for full-time students (two 
tickets per ID). For tickets and 
more information, call (301) 
405-ARTS or visit www.clarice- 


march 8 

8 p.m., U.S. Navy Band 
Concert Dekelboum Concert 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Part of the annual 
convention of the American 
Bandmasters Association, being 
held at the university. Free. For 
more information, call 5-8169 
or visit www.claricesmithcen- 

8 p.m., Romeo and Juliet 

Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center. See Friday, 
March 7. 


march 9 

1 p.m.. Preliminaries: 
University of Maryland 
Symphony Orchestra Con- 
certo Competiton Gilden- 
horn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. Gradu- 
ate and undergraduate soloists 
compete to perform next sea- 
son with the University of 
Maryland Symphony Orches- 
tra. Free. For more information, 
call 5-8169 or visit www. 

2 and 7:30 p.m., Romeo 
and Juliet Kay Theatre, 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center. See Friday, March 7. 

march 10 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Introduc- 
tion to MS Excel 4404 Com- 
puter & Space Science. Partici- 
pants will be able to: under- 
stand the disadvantages of 
paper spreadsheets and the 
advantages of electronic 
spreadsheets by exploring 
both; create a basic worksheet 
by entering text, values and 
formulas; create formulas by 
using Excel's built-in functions; 
change the appearance of 
worksheet data by using a vari- 
ety of formatting techniques 
and so on. The class fee is $90. 
For more information, contact 
Jane S.Wieboldt 5-0443 or oit-, or 

4 p.m.. Shadows on a 
Dime: Subcutturat Lives 
and Other Queer Temporali- 
ties 2154Tawes. Judith Hal- 
berstam of the University of 
California, San Diego, will be 
speaking. Part of the Lesbian, 
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender 
lecture series. A reception will 
follow. For more information, 
call 5-5428 or send e-mail to 

lgbts @umail 

6-9 p.m., OIT Peer Training: 
Adobe ImageReady: Creat- 
ing Web Animations 4404 
Computer and Space Science. 
This software can be used to 
create original art designs and 
turn them into rollovers and 
animated gifs for the Web. The 
class fee is $10 for students 
and $20 for faculty and staff. 
Register online at www.oit. 

7 p.m., In the Company of 
Fascinating Women Room 
3736, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Actress Sarah Pfey- 
dell will star in this one- 
woman show as part of the 
campus-wide celebration of 
Women's History Month. For 
more information, contact 
Sibbie O'Sidlivan at sibbie®, or see article 
on page 4. 

march 11 

6-9 p.m., OIT Peer Training: 
Javascript: Learn to Read 
and Interpret Scripting 

4404 Computer and Space Sci- 
ence. This class is designed to 
give the user an understanding 
of javascripting code so exist- 
ing freeware javascripts can be 
altered by the user. The class 
fee is $10 for students and $20 
for faculty and staff. Register 
online at 

or additional event list- 
ings, visit 

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 infonWs 
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 


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

Brodie Remington 'Vice 
President for University Relations 

Tereia Flamiery ■ Executive 
Director, University 
Communications and Marketing 

George Cathcart • Executive 

Monette Austin Bailey • Editor 

Cynthia Mitchel • Art Director 

Robert K. Gardner * Graduate 

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

Send material to Editor, O\ilhok, 
2101 Turner Hall. College Park, 
MD 20742 

Telephone • (301) 405-4629 
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E-mai! • 




Unexpected Musical Compositions 

ew music — 
it's bold and 
and aggres- 
sive. Today's groundbreaking 
musicians are stepping out- 
side musical boundaries creat- 
ing cutting-edge compositions 
and exploring new ways for 
music to be played and appre- 
ciated. Their blend of eclectic 
instrumentation and diverse 
musical styles has created a 
fascinating sound landscape 
for listeners. 

The adventurous music 
ensemble Bang on a Can All- 
Stars personifies new music's 
pioneering sound. All-Star artis- 
tic director Julia Wolfe notes 
that when the group first col- 
laborated there was "a whole 
new generation of composers 
who didn't fit in... We wanted 
to provide a place for new 
music in society., .to make it 
accessible. . , We put pieces 

together that were really 
strong and belonged to differ- 
ent ideologies." 

The unique instrumentation 
of Bang On A Can All-Stars 
includes clarinets, sax, electric 
guitar, bass, keyboard and per- 
cussion, making them hard to 
place in a recognizable music 
category. The All-Stars include 
Robert Black, bass; David 
Cossin, percussion; Lisa Moore, 
piano and keyboards; Mark 
Stewart, electric guitar; Wendy 
Sutter, cello; and Evan Ziporyn, 

Bang on a CanAll-Stars with 
special guest Meredith Monk 
will appear in the Dekelboum 
Concert Hall at the Clarice 
Smith Performing Arts Center 
on Tuesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. 
Their program includes Con- 
Ion Nancarrow's "Three Stud- 
ies" (arrangement by Evan 
Ziporyn), Julia Wolfe's "Believ- 
ing" and Louis Andriessen's 
"Workers Union." 

Composer, singer, choreogra- 
pher and creator of new 
opera, films and musical the- 
atre, Meredith Monk lends her 
amazing talents to the evening 
by performing unaccompanied 
solo selections including 
"Panda Chant I," Memory Song, 
"Double Fiesta, Shaking" and 
the world premiere of" Last 
Song" and "Panda Chant II." A 
pioneer in extended vocal 
technique and interdiscipli- 
nary performance as well as 
site-specific performance, 
Monk creates works that, she 
says,"thrive at the intersection 
of music and movement, image 
and object, light and sound in 
an effort to discover and 
weave together new modes of 

Tickets range from $20-30 
and are $5 for full-time stu- 
dents with ID. For ticket infor- 
mation call (301) 405-ARTS or 
visit www.claricesmithcenter. 

Silks and Velvets for "Romeo and Juliet 

hat would Broadw_ 
smash hits "Lion 
King" or "Aida" be 
without those fabulous cos- 
tumes? Costumes capture the 
essence of a performance. From 
creating wardrobes for theater 
productions to dance and opera, 
the versatile costume shop tech- 
nicians of the Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center are an inte- 
gral part of each performance. 

Some 38 costumes have been 
created for the Department of 
Theatre's upcoming production of . _ 
Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juli- 
et," running March 7 through 15 in the Kay Theatre 
of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, You will 
see everything from ball gowns, townspeople and 
servants' costumes to contemporary jean jackets 
with the doublet look, 

"We've tried to incorporate- a modern take on 
period silhouettes, using simpler lines while main- 
taining a Renaissance look," explains costume coor- 
dinator Veronica Stevens. "The design of the cos- 
tumes runs the gamut of the centuries," 

The volume of fabric is extensive for this produc- 
tion and includes everything from patterned silks, 
brocades, wools and velvets to upholstery fabrics. 
"Many of the men's garments have piecing and 

patchwork, explains the cos- 
tume shop's Susan Chiang. "In 
the Renaissance period, different 
colors were worn on each side of 
a garment to indicate member- 
ship in a family clan," says Deb 
Stvigny. "We took that idea and 
incorporated it in the costumes." 
The costume shop houses four 
cutting tables and 12 sewing 
machines and is staffed by under- 
graduate and graduate students, 
professional drapers or pattern 
makers, a costume construction 
I faculty member, a craftsperson 
who makes items including 
masks, hats and jewelry, and a host of others. 

And how does the costuming process work? It's a 
process that includes conceptualization, meetings 
with the director regarding his concept, research, 
developing preliminaries or line drawings, redefin- 
ing designs, choosing the right colors, fabrics and 
textures and the ability to incorporate "doable" 
designs within budget parameters. 

The final results will be made evident when the 
play opens. Prepare to be transported to the steamy 
streets of Verona where these star-crossed lovers 
experience the haphazardness of luck and love in 
this full-scale, true-to-the period production. For 
tickets and information, call 301 -405-ARTS. 

Acclaimed Choreographer 
Nassif Joins Forces with 
Dance Department 

Internationally recog- 
nized choreographer 
and professor emeritus 
of dance at the University of 
Wisconsin, Anna Nassif has 
created more than 200 
dance works spanning a 40- 
year career. Her dynamic 
choreographies are inspired 
by her extensive travels 
around the world. On March 
6,7 and 8 she lends her 
artistic collaboration to the 
University of Maryland's 
Dance Department in "Cap- 
tured." an evening that 
showcases potent and inno- 
vative dance works. 

Dance student Daniel 
Phoenix Singh performs 
Point Omega, a work that 
was developed in collabora- 
tion with dancer and Mary- 
land Dance Department 
Chair Alcine Wiltz and com- 
poser Joseph Koykkar fol- 
lowing Nassif 's travels and 
study in Bali and Java. The 
dance was inspired in part 
by a study of Lord Shiva, the 
God of Creation and Lord of 
Dance in Hindu religion as 
portrayed in the art and 
dance of Java and Bali. Cos- 
tuming is by Nassif, with 
music by Mit Holz and 

Other dance works 
include "Lfnderneath," chore- 
ographed by Vicki Angel and 
performed by Steffany Haaz; 
"Vicious Cycles," choreo- 
graphed by Daniel Phoenix 
Singh and performed by 
Connie Fink and Singh; 

"Physicists," choreographed 
by Zoltan Nagy and per- 
formed byTzveta Kassabo- 
va, Anthony Gongora, Ed 
Tyler and Nagy. 

Nagy uses the writing of 
the physicist Durrenmatt as 
source material for this new 
quartet. Nagy explores the 
idea that "the content of 
physics belongs to the 
physicists, but the applica- 
tion of physics belongs to 
everyone. That which 
belongs to everyone, we 
have to solve together." 

The fifth dance work is 
"Before Wedding," choreo- 
graphed by Nagy, featuring 
the music of Schubert Quar- 
tet No. 14 in D Minor and 
performed by dancers 
Ronya-Lee Anderson, Brooke 
BelottjYvonne Cissel, Maria 
Dausch, Jennifer Hart,Tzve- 
ta Kassabova and Molly Sue 
Welch. Tickets are $8. 

For more information, call 
(301) 405-ARTS or visit 

For ticket information or to 
request a season brochure, 
contact the Ticket Office at 
30 1.405. ARTS or -visit www. 
claricesmi thcenter. umd, ed u. 

Clarice Smith 



MARCH 4, 200J 

Visitor Center Offers 
Positive First Impression 

Each year, the Univer- 
sity of Maryland Visi- 
tor Center wel- 
comes more than 
35,000 visitors to the univer- 
sity. Managed by Conferences 
and Visitor Services (CVS), 
within the Division of Stu- 
dent Affairs, the Turner Hall 
center serves as the main 
entry point for most external 
audiences of the university. 

University visitors stop at 
the center for many reasons. 
Often, it is to pick up a cam- 
pus map or attend an admis- 
sions up-close session.While 
in the center, they might take 
a look at the model display 
of the future Samuel Riggs IV 
Alumni Center, watch a bit of 
a UMTV broadcast, get park- 
ing information, or even find 
out where they can trade in 
their Duke shirt for an offi- 
cial Terps shirt. 

In order to help better 
publicize the center's activi- 
Ues and services, Megan 
McCarthy was hired last sum- 
mer as communications and 
visitor services manager. She 
reports to CVS Associate 
Director Susan Warren. A for- 
mer project manager for 
advancement at Carnegie 
Mellon University in Pitts- 
burgh, McCarthy has more 
than five years of public rela- 
tions and communications 
marketing experience. She 
has hig plans for the facility. 

"I'd like to expand visitor 
parking permit distribution, 
extend marketing efforts 
toward the university's 
publics through rotating dis- 
plays and branding materials 
at the center, forge a closer 
relationship with undergrad- 
uate admissions and create 
the 'ultimate visitor experi- 
ence' after surveying the 
broad audiences the center 
attracts," says McCarthy. 

Welcomers, selected from 
a pool of involved, talented 
students, are essential to the 
success of the visitor center. 
Providing consistent, correct 
answers to questions from 
university guests that range 
from the simple to the inane, 
these students are quite 
capable and exemplify the 
idea of grace under pressure. 

Renovated in 1988, the vis- 
itor center houses a state of 
the art auditorium available 
for use by campus depart- 
ments for a nominal hourly 
rental fee.The Office of 
Undergraduate Admissions 
often uses the auditorium 
during the day. Visitor servic- 
es produces campus maps 
each year (with participation 
from campus parking and 
printing services) that are 
available for purchase by 
campus departments at the 
rate of $1 1 for a pad of 100 

In addition to the main vis- 
itor center location in Turner 
Hall, another visitor services 
desk is now in operation at 

the Main Administration 
building. Seen as a high traf- 
fic area for campus guests, 
the annex desk serves as a 
substantial help in establish- 
ing a visitor services pres- 
ence on campus. 

Stop by the visitor center 
one day. Try to stump the 
welcomers with an unusual 
question, view a promotional 
video on the TV, and peruse 
the latest issue of College 
Park magazine, Outiook or 
The Diamondback.And don't 
forget to stop by the dairy 
for some ice cream. 

Conferences and 
Visitor Services 
would like to rec- 
ognize three seniors 
who always have the 
right answers, and will 
graduate this May. 

Danielle Harlan, stu- 
dent manager, graduat- 
ing with double bache- 
lor degrees in business 
and government and 
politics, has been with 
CVS for three years. 
Danielle is often bewil- 
dered by guests who 
ask where Potomac Hall 
is, or come rushing in 
for a meeting only to 
realize that they are 
searching for facilities 
at UMBC, not College 
Park. Danielle has 
accepted a position 
with Teach for America 
and begins her adven- 
ture in San Francisco 
this summer. 

Andrea Cohort, gradu- 
ating with a bachelor's 
degree in communica- 
tion, has been with CVS 
for two years. Currently 
working an internship 
at The Washington 
Post, Andrea will pur- 
sue a position in public 
relations upon gradua- 
tion. Andrea's funniest 
memories from the Vis- 
itor Center include 
questions like "What 
sports are popular 
here?" and "Can I get 
eye waxes by using my 
student ID?" 

Patrick Smith will 
graduate with a bache- 
lor's degree in sociolo- 
gy. Upon graduation, 

he plans either to teach 
or attend culinary 
school while pursuing 
his master's degree. 
While Patrick only 
joined the welcomer 
team this past semes- 
ter, he is the face you 
always see on Satur- 
days at the center. In 
addition to his welcom- 
er responsibilities, 
Patrick is also a resi- 
dent assistant. 

Talking About Diversity, Sharing Strategies 

During the Spring 2003 
semester, Academic 
Affairs, in conjunction 
with Student Affairs, will intro- 
duce a new initiative titled, 
"The Provost's Conversations 
on Diversity, Democracy and 
Higher Education." 

As the student population of 
the university grows in racial/ 
ethnic diversity, there is an 
opportunity to engage this 
diversity to the educational 
benefit of all students. Faculty 
and staff play a key role in cre- 
ating a positive climate for our 
students, and we are commit- 
ted to assuring that faculty and 
staff have the knowledge and 
tools needed to address the 
challenges and maximize the 
opportunities that come with 
an increasingly diverse student 

"Diversity has been one of 
the key characteristics of the 
university for many years," said 
William W Destler, senior vice 
president for academic affairs 
and provost. "[But] many peo- 
ple don't feel like we take 

advantage of the diversity 
around us," 

To this end, these conversa- 
tions are designed to share 
information and strategies to 
help academic units/depart- 
ments and the institution as a 
whole implement policy and 
practices that encourage a posi- 
tive, diverse learning environ- 
ment for faculty, staff and ulti- 
mately students. 

This initiative will consist of 
three conversations featuring 
invited scholars and campus 
faculty experts. The topics and 
dates are as follows: 

■ Wednesday, March 12, noon- 

1:30 p.m., Nyumburu Cultural 


Recruiting and Retaining a 

Diverse Faculty 

Yolanda T.Moses, who cur- 
rendy serves as president of " 
the American Association for 
Higher Education, will discuss 
strategies for transforming insti- 
tutions of higher education 
into places where faculty of 
color and ultimately all faculty 

will thrive. 

■ Tuesday, March 18, noon- 1:30 
p.m., Nyumburu Cultural Center 
Affirmative Action and 
Higher Education 

This discussion will include a 
panel of speakers who will pro- 
vide a much-needed campus 
forum for a discussion about 
the implications of the 
Supreme Court decision. 

■ Thursday, April 17, noon- 1:30 
p.m., Nyumburu Cultural Center 
Advancing the Discourse of 

Professor Mitchell Chang 
from UCLA will discuss strate- 
gies for creating a diverse 
learning environment and also 
the educational value of diver- 
sity-related c utricular initiatives. 

Reservations are requested, 
as seating is limited and lunch 
will be served. For more infor- 
mation and to RSVP, contact 
Clayton Walton at cwalton® or Marie P. Ting 

Fund: Raising Money for Emergency Loans 

Continued from page 1 

ter, are just a few of the night's 
performers, Gloria Aparicio, assis- 
tant to Associate Vice President 
of Administrative Affairs Sylvia 
Stewart and coordinator of the 
event, says it was Stewart's brain- 

Attendees can also look for- 
ward to hearing Tom Ruggieri. 
coordinator for the assistance 
program, and his band Cheek to 
Cheek; an Elvis impersonators 
entourage; and more. 

The fund was started in 1 994 
by then-president William Kir- 
wan. Charles Sturtz, former vice 
president of administrative 
affairs, gave the fund its first 
$20,000 from funds earned 
through concession stand sales. 
Rev. Beth Platz set up the logis- 
tics and Ruggieri has adminis- 
tered the loan program since 
then. As of last December, 
$186,532 have been given out in 
296 loans. Each can be no larger 
than $ 1 ,000 and must be paid 
back, with 5 percent interest, 
within six months. Also, employ- 
ees must be off probation and in 
good standing. 

"It's for unforeseen emergen- 
cies," explains Ruggieri. "It's 
mostly used for rent and trans- 
portation. Someone gets in an 
accident and can't get to work 
because they don't have a car. 
This is not for payroll problems." 

Sometimes, the loans are used 
to restore cut-off utilities or 
funeral expenses. Occassionally, 
$1,000 isn't enough. Ruggieri 
tells the story of an employee 
whose father died while visiting 
from Africa. He had to send the 
body back home and accompany 
it. "He appreciated the help, but 
said that $ 1 ,000 doesn't cut it.' 
We're not here to bail everybody 
out, but we try." 

He says that while most of the 
loan's clients are those on the 
lower end of the pay scale, Rug- 
gieri received a request from 
someone making $62,000 a year. 
"He was in a mess. Some of us 
are just one paycheck away from 

Most of the money for the 
fund comes from the faculty staff 
annual giving campaign and 
fundraisers by individual divi- 
sions, such as Facilities Manage- 
ment and Dining Services. He 
likes the idea of making the 
event annual so they can stop 
"begging for money." 

lake Ruggieri, Zeigler, who 
hadn't heard of the fund until 
being asked to perform, is look- 
ing forward to the evening. A 
saxophone player for years and 

an instructor for a course on jazz 
at the university, Zeigler plays 
daily. He admits, though, that this 
performance is different, 

"I'm really going to practice 
before I get up in front of all 
those people, people you work 
with every day." 

Destler, whose office collec- 
tion of 14 banjos is a very small 
part of what he stores at home, 
echoes Zeigler's concern. "1 used 
to perform fairly regularly and 
made a couple of records when 
I was younger. Then I got a real 
life, had a family and got a real 

"There'll be a little dust to 
dust off [my playing banjo] , but 
this is a chance to have fun and 
to see all your friends and col- 
leagues embarrass themselves." 

How You Can Help 

1 un for the FUNd will offer three ways for employees to contri- 
bute to the Emergency Loan Fund (ELF): 

1 . Purchase a ticket for S3 
and attend the event on March 
12 at the Clarice Smith Perform- 
ing Arts Center Dekelboum 
Concert Hall, from 3-5 p.m. The 
$3 tickets can be purchased at 
the Clarice Smith Ticket Office 
{301) 405-ARTS or by calling 
Gloria Aparicio at (301) 405- 

2. Bid on our silent auction 
and/or purchase raffle tickets at 
the event to win one of the fol- 
lowing items: 

Round trip tickets to any- 
where in the continental United 

Terps basketball tickets; 

A signed basketball from 
2002-03 Terps team; 

Orioles baseball tickets; 

Bowling children's birthday 
party for 10 people (including 
pizza, cake, soda, and bowling) 
at the Union Recreation Center; 

Free massage at the Health 

Lunch for two at Adele's; 

... and much, much more. 

3. Employees interested in 
making a tax deductible contri- 
bution to the ELF fund may do 
so by contacting Claire Wyrsch, 
associate director, Maryland 
Fund for Excellence at (3011 


Team: Developing Engaged Citizens Now 

Continued from page 1 


Team Maryland has many ways to foster trust and teach cooperation. Above, sixth graders make a human 
knot; below, a student works on a diagram showing how, like parts of the body, different components make 

up a friendship. 

students are selected by school 
staff who feel the particular 
students could use a boost. 
"Before I could, they were 
already self-organizing. It's real- 
ly exciting." 

The students did get a 
chance to go to SHARE, a food 
distribution warehouse, to 
learn about its operations. 
They then weighed and pack- 
aged hundreds of pounds of 
sweet potatoes. Flynn also 
arranged a hunger banquet 
where students were grouped 
into poor, middle class and rich 
categories and fed based on 
those classifications. One of 
the group's highlight activities 
is "Rising Stars: Serve, Learn 
and Lead," a day of learning and 
activity. Last year's event fea- 
tured talks by former homeless 
people from the National 
Coalition for the Homeless, 
sandwich making, craft making 
and campus tours. The middle 
schoolers are involved as well. 
This year's Rising Star day will 
be May 2. 

Flynn is endiusiastie about 
what her kids can, and do, 
accomplish She's watched 
them transfer their newly dis- 
covered power to more per- 
sonal issues, such as letting 
school administrators know 
that they don't like the lack of 
toilet paper in their restrooms. 

"It's very exciting. Kids are 
amazing. We don't give them 
enough credit," says Flynn. 
"There were people who were 
skeptical about our eighth 
graders going into Northwest- 
em... but when you give up 
your power, that's when stu- 
dents make it theirs." 

For more information about 
Team Maryland, go to http:// 
www. acade my. umd . ed u/edu- 
cation/TeamMD/index. htm, or 
call Sonia Keiner Flynn at (301) 

though small, sixth grade class 
of Wirt; some of its eighth 
graders; a group of ninth 
graders from Bladensburg; and 
Maryland undergraduate stu- 
dents and student-athletes 
enrolled in BSOS 399MTeam 
Maryland: Serve, Learn and 
Lead. Instructors for the 
course, open to all students, 
are Nina Harris from under- 
graduate studies and Wendi 
Schweingruber from Com- 
muter Affairs and Community 
Service. Maryland students 
learn to structure quality serv- 
ice learning opportunities 
through analysis of community 
needs and lead a team of 
younger students in projects. 
Prince George's students, 
through these efforts, study 
hunger, homclessness and 
other social issues. 

Flynn brings some skills and 
relevant knowledge of her 
own to the mix. She went to 
Towson State University on a 
full basketball scholarship and 
earned a degree in psychology 
and sport psychology. She's 
earning her master's in educa- 
tion policy and leadership 
here. She's taught middle 
school and been a recreational 
director for an adolescent 
group home. After a brief stint 
as a corporate recruiter, help- 

ing professionals find employ- 
ment, she realized teaching 
young people was what she 
wanted to do. Though Team 
Maryland existed in some form 
before she arrived a year and a 
half ago, Flynn shaped its cur- 
rent format. 

"It was mostly a scholar ath- 
lete program, students going 
into schools giving speeches. 
There wasn't the reciprocity of 
service learning. I wanted to 
incorporate that." 

Last fall, a pilot program 
launched with approximately 
20 Wirt eighth graders added 
another dimension to Team 
Maryland. Calling themselves 
the Jaguar Community Action 
Team (JCAT), the students met 
after school every Wednesday 
to learn more about project 
planning and different types of 
service from Flynn and three 
Team Maryland students. The 
sniper attacks and snow clos- 
ings interfered with their plan 
to execute an activity focused 
on hunger and homeless, but 
Flynn remains excited about 
their potential. 

"The kids are great. North- 
western High School wanted 
our eighth graders to come 
and give a presentation, teach- 
ing service learning," says 
Flynn, who emphasizes that PG 


Black Enterprise magazine 
released its rankings for the first 
time in two years. The Universi- 
ty of Maryland recorded a jump . 
from No. 31 in 2001 to No. 22 in 
2003 for top universities for 
African Americans. It was the 
most significant improvement 
of any school ranked in the Top 

PETA2 listed the university in its 
top 10 best college cafes for 
vegans and vegetarians. The 
others were: College of the 
Atlantic (COA) in Bar Harbor, 
Maine; New York University in 
New York; Syracuse University 
in Syracuse; Lewis and Clark 
College in Portland, Ore.; Vir- 
ginia Tech in Blacksburg.Va.; 
Hampshire CoDege in Amherst, 
Mass.; University of California- 
Santa Cruz (UCSQ; Indiana Uni- 
versity (TU) in Bloomington, 
Ind.; and Bryn Mawr College in 
Bryn Mawr, Pa. 

Jacques S. Gansler was elected 
toALPHATECH Company's 
Board of Directors at the Feb. 8 
meeting. The company is a 
developer of technology inten- 
sive applications software for 
government and industry focus- 
ing on advanced solutions 
incorporating sophisticated 
mathematical and knowledge- 
based algorithms. 

The College of Computer, Math- 
ematical and Physical Sciences 
celebrated several achieve- 
ments: Chuan Liu, physics, has 
just been appointed to a three- 
year term as president of the 
National Central University in 
Taiwan. Tom Antonsen, physics/ 
electrical engineering/IREAP, is 
the recipient of 2003 LEEE Plas- 
ma Science and Applications 
Committee Award. The award, 
established in 1993 to recog- 
nize outstanding contributions 
to the field of plasma science in 
research or new applications, 
will be presented at the 2003 
International Conference on 
Plasma Science, June 2-5 in Jeju, 

George Gloeckler. physics/ 
1PST, and Andrew Wilson, astron- 
omy, were included in a list of 
the most highly cited space sci- 
entists. The list can be viewed 

Katepalli Sreenivasan. 
ffST/lREAP/physics and 
mechanical engineering, has 
been elected an Honorary Fel- 
low in the Indian Academy of 
Sciences. Martin Reiser, LREAP 
and professor emeritus, has 
been awarded the 2003 USPAS 
Prize for Achievement in Accel- 
erator Physics and Technology 
for his seminal contributions to 
the physics of high-intensity 

beams and for his life-long 
accomplishments in technolo- 
gy, research, community leader- 
ship and education in the 
physics of beams. The awards 
will be presented at the 2003 
Particle Accelerator Conference, 
May 12-16 in Portland, Ore. 

Konstantina Tri visa, mathe- 
matics, has been awarded a five- 
year career grant. In the entire 
NSF Division of Mathematical 
Sciences, only 10 such awards 
were given last year. 

Choice, a leading reviewer of 
books and monographs for aca- 
demic libraries, has selected 
"The Rhetorical Presidency, Pro- 
paganda, and the Cold War, 
1945-1955," by Shawn J. Parry- 
Giles (Department of Communi- 
cation) as one of its "Outstand- 
ing Academic Titles "for 2002. 
Parry-Giles' book was one of 
only seven books in Communi- 
cation selected for this award, 

Peter Eyre, who oversees admin- 
istration of the two-state Virginia- 
Maryland Regional College of 
Veterinary Medicine, received 
the Landis Virginia Veterinarian 
of the Year Award, presented by 
the Virginia Veterinary Medical 

The January 2003 edition of 
NEXOS, a journal that serves as 
a cultural arbiter in Mexico and 
perhaps in all Latin America, 
announced the 10 top works of 
literature of the last 25 years in 
various categories. Three faculty 
members associated with the 
Department of Spanish and 
Portuguese of the School of Lan- 
guages Literatures and Cultures 
were selected. 

Distinguished University Pro- 
fessor Jose Emilio Pacheco is 
the only writer to be singled 
out in two categories. His novel, 
"Las batallas en el desierto" 
(1981) was chosen as one of 
the 10 best novels published in 
the last 25 years. His collection 
of poetry, "Tarde o temprano 
1958-2000," was selected in the 
top 10 titles of poetry collec- 

Jorge Aguilar Mora's "La div- 
ina pareja: Historia y mito en 
Octavio Paz" (1978) was chosen 
among the top 10 essays. The 
book has a become a standard 
reference work on Octavio Paz 
(1914-1998), the renowned 
writer who became a Nobel lau- 
reate for Literature in 1990. 

In addition, Sergio Ramirez, 
writer and former vice presi- 
dent of Nicaragua, who teaches 
for the department as a visiting 
professor, was represented in 
the journal by an excerpt from 
his latest, award-winning novel 
"Sombras nada mas" (2002). 

MARCH 4 , 2 3 

Equine: Fiscal Challenges 

Continued from page 1 

Maryland, we had animal sci- 
ence person who was full- 
time horses," says Commer 
"And we had a veterinary 
school person who was half- 
time horses. The animal sci- 
ence person retired within 
two years and the veterinari- 
an left. The hiring freeze [in 
1991] took two newly pro- 
posed animal science posi- 

"For five years, I was it. I 
had to address all the horse 
questions and I wasn't aca- 
demically qualified to do so. 1 
would call Virginia Tech or 
Colorado State Univeraity 
and get the answer, then call 
the people back. After 
answering so many of the 
same questions, I knew the 

Commer read a lot of 
books on his own, but he still 
needed some help. 
Peterson and Ordakowski 
came aboard in 2001 to help 
with the department's three 
focus areas: teaching, research 
and extension. There is also a 
large youth programs compo- 
nent that Ordakowski runs 
through Maryland 4-H. She is 
co-sponsor, with Peterson, of 
the Equestrian Club, a multi- 
major group that hosts edu- 
cational events, horse shows 
and social activities using the 
horses on campus. 

"But we all work together 
for the good of the depart- 
ment," she adds. 

What would really help 
equine studies, faculty mem- 
bers say, arc a few resources. 
It's hard to teach equine 
reproduction, says Peterson, 
without a breed mare. For 
hands-on experience, stu- 
dents usually go to nearby 
horse farms. It would be 
great, she says, to offer stu- 
dents experience in foaling 
and selling horses. It would 
also be nice to get a beginner 
horse, "a horse that anybody 

can ride," says Ordakowski. 
They do accept donor horses 
and in the last year and a half 
have been given six horses 
worth approximately 

"Though we've turned 
down quite a lot of horses 
lately," she says, because of 
temperament or handicaps. 
One of their favorite horses 
is Bill who, as Ordakowski 
jokes, is more like a mascot. 
"He's so sweet," she says. 

Many of the students in 
the program go into support- 
ing industries such as animal 
medicine and nutrition. A 
potential graduate student, 
for example, is a political sci- 
ence major. Commer says the 
horse industry is confronted 
with numerous political 
issues, since it is such a large 
component of the state's 
economy. Peterson adds that 
the state's secretary of agri- 
culture commented that he's 
heard more about horses 
lately than ever before. 

Though small, the equine 
studies department is vocal 
about many issues: the need 
for more funding, the impor- 
tance of real-world experi- 
ence for its "great" students, 
the importance of fostering 
more research and the signif- 
icance of its place within the 
university — figuratively and 

"We want the campus 
farm saved," says Peterson, 
referring to plans for a road 
through where the horse 
barn stands in order to 
accommodate Comcast Cen- 
ter traffic. 

"We can teach until we're 
blue in the face, but we need 
the horses," says Ordakowski, 
adding that the sheep pas- 
ture was taken to make way 
for the center. 

"We're losing our history 
slowly," says Peterson. "We 
don't have to lose sight of it." 

Cuba: Farmers Share Work Ethic, Knowledge 

Continued from page i 


Many Havana residents shop for locally grown fresh produce in open-air farmers markets. 

culture and rural communities. 
Each LEAD Maryland class partic- 
ipates in an international study 
tour as part of their two-year 
training. The goal, over time, is to 
increase the collective knowl- 
edge and experiences within 
Maryland's agricultural and rural 

"Nothing broadens your hori- 
zons like going to a new place 
and seeing how people, agricul- 
tural businesses and societies 
think and operate differently," 
says Susan Harrison, executive 
director of the non-profit organi- 
zation. "Travel, especially the 
type of travel done through our 
program, helps our leaders to 
view the world differently and 
bring a new perspective to solv- 
ing problems at home." 

Many members of the class 
were initially hesitant to travel to 
Cuba, according to Harrison, but 
she felt that it was the right 
place for the leaders-in-training. 
"It stretched them, got them out 
of their comfort zone, and 
changed them," she explains. 

"And, ultimately, that's what lead- 
ership is all about — the ability to 
learn, change, and grow!" 

And learn they did. During 
their week in Cuba, LEAD Mary- 
land participants visited several 
vegetable and citrus coopera- 
tives, a sugar plantation, a tobac- 
co farm, and a dairy. They also 
toured sugar, rum and cigar fac- 
tories, and walked through ration 
stores, groceries, and farmers' 
markets. They talked to farmers, 
members of agricultural coopera- 
tives, a foreign minister, trade 
representatives and residents of 
the towns and villages of west- 
ern Cuba. They gained first-hand 
knowledge of Cuba and its agri- 
cultural industries — knowledge 
they hadn't acquired before, 
despite a year of studying and 
preparation for their trip. 

"I was most surprised by the 
sophistication and complexity of 
the agriculture in Cuba," says 
Thomas A. Fretz, dean of the col- 
lege. "Due to the loss of support 
from the former Soviet Union, 
the agricultural system is highly 

sustainable and organic, and the 
market quality of products is 
very high," 

Fretz joined the study tour not 
only because the college is a 
founding partner of the LEAD 
Maryland Foundation but also 
because he saw it as a chance to 
develop a better understanding 
of Cuba and to establish ties 
with the University of Havana. "If 
and when the ability to travel 
freely between Cuba and the 
linked States becomes a reality, I 
think there will be real opportu- 
nities for collaboration, particu- 
larly in the areas of sustainable 
agriculture, organic production 
practices, inner city or market 
garden agriculture, and shade 
culture," he says. "I can only hope 
that mutually beneficial educa- 
tional exchanges become a reali- 
ty in the next few years." 

For more information about 
LEAD Maryland, contact Susan 
Harrison at (410) 827-8056 or 
sh 1 

— Flam Townsend 

Waste: A Morning with One of the Many People Who Keep Campus Clean 

Continued from page 1 

the compactor and cable were 
locked in, Mark lowered the flat 

For safety, Mark has to keep 
the compactor at a tilt above 
the back window until it has 
completely locked into posi- 
tion, as otherwise it could roll 
right on top of him. Finally the 
compactor was on, but we were 
not done. The compactor still 
had to be turned around. We 
headed to Lot 1 , a large empty 
parking lot. The process began 
again. It reminded me of a roller 
coaster slowly climbing to the 
top of a hill, shaky but sturdy. 
Then he slowly let it down like 
putting a sleeping child to bed. 
After all was set, we began the 
long haul to the dump. 

Mark has worked two jobs for 
most of his adult life. Every 
morning he wakes up at 3:30 

a.m. to allow enough time to get 
from his house in Baltimore to 
the university. He works until 
1:30 p.m. and then works out at 
the gym until 2:30 p.m. He then 
heads to his second job doing 
custodial work for Howard 
County schools, where he 
remains until 11 p.m. He goes 
home and relaxes before going 
to sleep around midnight. He 
sleeps about three hours a day. 

He explained why he does 
this. When his father died, he 
asked Mark to take care of his 
mom. "Everything she wants, 
she gets," he says with a proud 
smile. Mark also has three kids 
he helps support, is trying to 
buy a house and just likes to be 
in the position where he can go 
out and buy a motorcycle, if he 
wants. "I like having two jobs, it 
keeps me out of trouble," he 


When 1 asked Mark if he likes 
it here, he is slow to answer. "It's 
all right. When I get up in the 
morning I know I have a job. 1 
don't have to worry about pink 
slips." However, Mark would 
rather be driving an I8-wheeler 
like his dad did. But he likes the 
benefits of health insurance and 
paid vacations offered by the 

With all that work and no 
sleep, Mark somehow stays 
awake in the traffic without 
any coffee. He just drinks water 
and smokes his Marlboro 
Lights. "It's nice to have some- 
one to talk to," he tells me. "It's 
not a sense of being lonely, but 
sometimes if you are tired, you 
want someone to talk to and to 
share the experience of the 
bad drivers." Mark and I talked 

about the bad drivers on the 
beltway, as we sat in traffic. A 
little yellow car had flipped 
into the median. 

When we got to the dump, 
we drove up on a big scale and 
into what looked like a giant 
warehouse. It was filled with 
the noise of unloading trucks, 
throwing their garbage into a 
massive, smelly heap. Mark 
backed the truck in, threw on 
his reflector vest and hard hat 
and went to the back to untie 
the doors. He wears overalls to 
keep the garbage from splatter- 
ing all over his clothes. "just 
because I work in trash doesn't 
mean I have to come home 
smelling like it every day." 

Organized solid waste has 
been around a long time, 
Benjamin Franklin started the 

first municipal street cleaning 
operation in Philadelphia, in 
1757. However, it wasn't until 
1885 that the first garbage 
incinerator was built in New 
York to grind down the 
garbage.Then in 1899 the New 
York Street Cleaning Commis- 
sioner organized the first rub- 
bish sorting plant for recycling 
in the United States. 

After Mark dumped all the 
garbage, he lowered the com- 
pactor flat and a bulldozer 
came by and pushed all the 
garbage into a pile to be taken 
to the landfill. It was amazing 
to see that much garbage all 
piled up. We weighed out on 
exit, so that we would have a 
bill for how much we dumped; 
garbage costs about $47 a ton. 

See WASTE, page 7 


Honor Society Celebrates 75 Years 

This March a venerable university 
institution will celebrate its 
75th anniversary. The Maryland 
chapter of Sigma Xi, an international 
honor society for science and engi- 
neering, was founded on March 2, 
1928. The original charter hangs in a 
non-descript frame in the office of Tim- 
othy Ng, the society's secretary and his- 

labeled sensitive by the government 
and faced restrictions when trying to 
publish the results. This creates con- 
flict, says Ng, because "of course, any 
researcher's goal is to disseminate new 
information as widely as possible " 
Many times, he says, the researchers 
enter sensitive areas unintentionally, 
having been led there whde invesugat- 

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"You'U see 
some familiar 
names on it," Ng 

The names on 
the charter were 
some of the lead- 
ing American sci- 
entists of the 
early 1900s. Two 
of these names— 
H.J. Patterson 
andA.L. Woods- 
found their way 
onto campus 
buildings. Anoth- 
er one, N.E. Gor- 
don, later had 
the famous con- 
ferences of van- 
guard research- 
ers in the physi- 
cal sciences he 
convened named 
in his honor. 

The Maryland 
chapter, the 49th 
of Sigma Xi,cur- 
rendy has 389 
members, includ- 
ing Rita Colwell, 

head of the National Science Founda- 
tion, and William Dcstler, Hie universi- 
ty's senior vice president for academic 
affairs and provost. Members of the 
Maryland chapter have won many 
awards and work at the Food and Drug 
Administration, the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture and all the major federal 

"You look at all the people doing 
major research today and they're in 
Sigma Xi," says Ng. 

Membership — open to undergradu- 
ates, graduate students and faculty — is 
by invitation. Nominees must be nomi- 
nated by a full member of Sigma Xi. 
Tli ere are two types of members: asso- 
ciate, graduates or undergraduates who 
don't necessarily have a publication 
history; and full, researchers with a sig- 
nificant publication history. "An apti- 
tude for research and a desire for publi- 
cation are the most important criteria," 
Ng says. 

Ng, associate vice president for 
research in the division of research and 
graduate studies, says the chapter is 
interested in getting more people 
signed up earlier. He also mentions the 
survival of Sigma Xi. The organization's 
original goal was to provide research- 
ers the oppurtuntty to share their work 
with each other and encourage coop- 
eration among disciplines. Ng says due 
in part to Sigma Xi's efforts, research 
since then has become increasigly 
interdisciplinary, necessesitating a 
change in the organization's focus. 

Changes have included becoming 
more involved with ethics issues deal- 
ing with best practices for animal and 
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making sure federal regulations on test- 
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part of that. 

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also dealt with homeland security 
issues. Ng says that Sigma Xi 
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The founding charter of the Maryland chapter of Sigma Xi hangs in 
Timothy Ng's office in the Lee Building. 

ing something else. 

The Maryland chapter itself con- 
ducts educational outreach by funding 
the Prince George's Community Col- 
lege Engineering Education Day. It has 
also supported the Graduate Research 
Interaction Day (GRID), an interdisci- 
plinary symposium acknowledging the 
variety of research at Maryland, from 
its inception. Sigma Xi also runs the 
Grants in Aid of Research Program, 
which provides $ 1 ,000 research grants 
to science or engineering students. 
Grantees can use the money to pay for 
research related travel expenses or buy 
specialized equipment needed to com- 
plete their research. 

Recognizing individual achievement, 
the chapter also gives out the Pelczar 
Award for Excellence in Graduate 
Study and the Sigma Xi Contribution to 
Science Award. In the interdisciplinary 
spirit, the Pelczar Award is not limited 
to science and engineering majors. Ng 
says that one of the most memorable 
recipients was Guy Klinton McElroy, a 
disabled art history major who died a 
few years after receiving the award. 

Ng says that in additon to the chap- 
ter's activities "there's always the pede- 
strian goal of getting more research 
funding." To that end, he says commu- 
nicating the importance of scientific 
research to the tax payers who fund 
much of the research in this country 
has become vital in recent years. 

A horiticulturalist, Ng studied at the 
University of California, Berkeley in the 
1960s, where, he jokes, "I got tear- 
gassed more than I studied." He earned 
his master's and doctoral degrees at 
Purdue University before coming to 
the University of Maryland in 1977. 

Sigma Xi is seeking nominations of 
students and faculty for membership as 
it is every spring. For nomination 
forms and more information about 
Sigma Xi, visit 
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ARTFEST Expands Offerings 

On Monday, 
March 10 at 7 
p.m., actress and 
University Honors 
teacher Sarah Pley- 
dell will star in a 
one-woman show 
entitled "In the 
Company of Fasci- 
nating Women " in 
3736 Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts 
Center. Pleydell, a 
1991 master's of 
fine art in creative 
writing graduate, 
will perform 
monologues and 
poems by and 
about women. 
Among the pieces 
she'll perform are 
selections from 
the monologue 
"The Mother" by 
Italian dramatist 

Franca Rame and poems on subjects 
ranging from the Virgin Mary to the telev- 
sion show"Witchblade" 

Pleydell has taught and performed in 
many countries, including Lesotho, 
Indonesia, Great Britain and the United 
States. A graduate of Oxford University, 
she has played Electra, Ophelia, Emily 
Bronte and other prominent female roles 
in numerous productions. 

"In the Company of Fascinating 
Women," created to celebrate Women's 
History Month, is a joint venture 
between Pleydell and fellow University 
Honors teacher Sibbie O 'Sullivan. It is 
part of the ARTFEST program, an infbr- 

Sarah Pleydell 

mal forum creat- 
ed by Sullivan to 
display University 
Honors students' 
creativity. ART- 
FEST began as an 
open-mic night in 
the Anne Arundel 
Hall lounge, fea- 
turing jugglers, 
guitarists, poets 
and piano players. 
Sullivan says she 
recendy decided 
to spread the pro- 
gram over an 
entire semester. 
"I wanted to 
expand ARTFEST 
...sol approached 
Sarah at the 
beginning of this 
semester with the 
idea of working 
up a little some- 
thing for Women's History Month and 
she agreed, "says Sullivan. As the mid- 
semester offering, Pleydell's performance 
will function as the program's center- 

Sullivan says she is responding to a 
need on campus for an arena for expres- 
sion in her work with ARTFEST. In the 
future, she would like to work more 
closely with Jimenez-Porter Writers' 
House and Honors Humanities, living- 
learning programs for gifted students 
interested in creative writing and the 
arts. She'd also like to add a three-day 
event to cap the ARTFEST's offerings 
over the semester. 

A Thank You Note 

Imagine coming to work to find your office smoke-filled and covered in soot. 
Thafs what happened to 17 staff members in the Office of Continuing and 
Extended Education (0CEE) last month, when fire nearly destroyed the 
offices below them in the Hartwick building. Forced to relocate and continue 
the daily flow of work, the staff experienced the generosity and quick response 
of campus colleagues who, without hesitation, jumped in to provide office 
space, IT support, parking permits, telecommunications assistance, insurance 
information and even legal advice. 

Earlier this month, the building passed all environmental and structural safe- 
ty standards to allow staff to reoccupy the affected offices. The exact cause of 
the fire is still under study. OCEE is extremely grateful to the following individu- 
als for the assistance they so willingly provided. It is in difficult times like these 
that we realize, more than ever, the great community of colleagues we have 
among us. Thank you. 

Steven Hurtt, Architecture 

Steven Boyle, Architecture 

James Newman, Campus Mail 

Carolyn Horvath, Dept. of Transportation Services 

Deborah Wiley, Dept. of Transportation Services 

Waste: At the End of a Busy Day 

Continued from page 6 

Then we had to turn the compactor 
around again. After 8 a.m. it is too hard 
to do it on campus because of all the 
cars, so he turns it around at the dump. 
After the compactor was safely on, we 
headed back into traffic. 

Mark hates traffic, because he con- 
stantly has to be on the clutch and the 
brake. "It can wear your legs out." 

We made our way back to the universi- 
ty and Mark backed the truck into the 
back of the Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. There were two lines in the 
ground, from the wheels on the com- 
pactor, that he used as guides for where 
he should place the unit. Once the com- 

pactor was in its correct spot, he 
attached it back onto the building and 
checked that it was working properly. 
After the compactor was checked we 
went to the recycling center and picked 
up a rolloff filled with white paper. Every 
year the university has to make a quota 
of recycling 20 percent of the solid 
waste and usually they do. 

So, next time you're up early enough 
to see the garbage dragged away or catch 
a person dragging out a recylcing bin, 
make sure to smile and wave at the men 
who make our world a little cleaner. 

— Melissa Ostrow 

MARCH 4, 2003 

China Connection 
Conference II 

To help the government offi- 
cials and business leaders in 
the United States belter under- 
stand how to approach the 
Chinese market, the Institute 
for Global Chinese Affairs 
(IGCA) will hold a Business 
Conference on Thursday, March 
6. Participants will explore the 
laws, regulations and trends 
that will affect their business 
plans in ( :hina. They will meet 
with government officials and 
business leaders from the 
Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces 
and Beijing, the political and 
economic center of China. 

RVSP by e-mail to, by fax at 
(30 1) 405-02 1 9, or by calling 
Linda Zhao at (301) 405-0209. 

Freedom of Information 
in Romania 

Cindy Clement, director of the 
Center for Institutional Reform 
and the Informal Sector's (IRIS) 
governance team, will lead a 
discussion on the design of a 
project, "Testing Free Access to 
Information," being conducted 
in partnership with a Roman- 
ian organization IRIS. The dis- 
cussion will take place on 
Wednesday, March 5 at 12:30 
p.m. in 1101 Morrill Hall. 

The project will involve 
assessing the state of imple- 
mentation of a freedom of 
information law by the Roman- 
ian government and public 
authorities, making recommen- 
dations to them on how to 
strengthen implementation as 
a result of testing; and demon- 
strating the law's usefulness by 
putting to use information 
gained through information 

For more information, con- 
tact Jennifer Munro at 5-372 1 
or jenniferm@iris.econ.umd. 
edu.or visit 

Spring 2003 Academic 
Administrators' Guide 

Copies of the Spring 2003 
Guide for Academic Administra- 
tors are now available. The 
Guide contains an updated 
directory of deans, chairs and 
academic directors, as well as 
information on "whom to call 
for what," college organization- 
al charts and more. Academic 
administrators and their assis- 
tants who have not already 
received a copy may obtain 
one from their dean, chair or 

For more information, contact 
Rhonda J. Malone at (301) 405- 
2509 or 

Gibbs Symposium 

A symposium will be held to 
commemorate the publication 
of J.Willard Gibbs" seminal 
book, "Elementary Principles in 
"Statistical Mechanics," on 
March 5 and 6. The two ses- 
sions of the symposium will be 

Police Chief Charles Moose Keynotes 
Black History Month Closing Ceremony 


Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose was the keynote speaker 
at the university's closing ceremony of Black History Month last Thursday. 
Speaking to a crowd of about 50 at die Nyumburu Cultural Center, Chief 
Moose shared some personal anecdotes and encouraged those in attendance to take on 
leadership roles as a vehicle to improve their communities. Moose expressed that die 
ideals of Black History Month should be an everyday mission. The ceremony featured a 
violin performance by Miss Maryland, Camille Lewis. Student Miesha Lowery sang "Lift 
Ev'ry Voice and Sing," which is considered the black national anthem. An invocation was 
delivered by the Rev. Dr. Ruby Reese Moone, above left in photo with Chief Moose 
and event organizer Anne Reese Carswell (right), associate director of the Nyumburu 
Cultural Center. Center Director Ron Zeigler delivered the ceremony's closing remarks. 

held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 
Physics Lecture Hall. They are 
open to the public. 

J.Willard Gibbs (1839-1903), 
Professor of Mathematical 
Physics at Yale University, was 
one of the most important 
American scientists of the 19th 
century. His formulation of the 
laws and concepts of thermo- 
dynamics is a fundamental part 
of theoretical physics and 
physical chemistry; it has found 
widespread applications in 
research on the properties of 
matter. The planned program is 
as follows; 

Wednesday, March 5 

• "Gibbs in Europe." Ole 
Knudsen, History of Science 
Department, University' of 
Aarhus, Denmark 

• "Gibbs and Asymptotic 
Relations between Theories." 
Robert W. Batterman, Depart- 
ment of Philosophy, Ohio State 
Thursday, March 6 

• "Key Concepts from Gibbs 
that Empowered Van der Waals, 
Kortcweg and Kamerlingh 
Onnes." Johanna M. H. Level t 
Sengers, National Institute of 
Standards and Technology 

• "The Legacy of Gibbs' Geo- 
metric View of Entropy." C. 
David Levermore, Institute for 
Physical Science and Technolo- 
gy, and Department of Mathe- 

For more information, con- 
tact Stephen G. Brush at 

IT for UM Newsletter 
Available Online 

The spring issue of ITforUM, 
the IT newsletter for the uni- 
versity faculty and staff is avail- 
able online at www.oit.umd. 
edu/ITforUM.The hardcopy 
version will be distributed to 
the university community early 
next week by campus mail. 

The Office of Information 
Technology (OIT) produces 
this publication in the fall and 
spring semesters. ITforUM pro- 
motes information technology 
projects, services and initiatives 
at the university. Letters to the 
editor, article suggestions and 
comments are welcome. 

For more information, con- 
tact the Office of Information 
Technology (OIT) at (301) 405- 
1500 or, or 
visit www.oit. 

Smoking Cessation 

Ready to Quit Smoking? Come 
and learn strategies for quitting 
and what the Health Center 
can offer you through its many 
programs. Classes will be held 
in 3100E Health Center on: 

• March 4, 5 to 6 p.m. 

• March 1 1 , 5 to 6 p.m. 

• March 18,5 to 6 p.m. 

Light snacks will be provid- 
ed. For more information, con- 
tact Tracy Graham at 4-8123 or 

Same Quality, 
Fewer Pages, More 
Web Presence 

As with many other 
campus units. Uni- 
versity Communica- 
tions is developing ways to 
work with fewer funds. One 
way money can be saved is 
by cutting all Outlook issues 
back to four pages. 

Since this means less 
space for news and features, 
we ask for the campus com- 
munity's understanding if 
everything can't get it the 
printed edition. However, 
this means we can make 
greater use of our Web site, 
outlook. Each week, stories 
that didn't make it in the 
hard copy version of Outlook 
and need to run will be fea- 
tured on the Web site. 
Prompts in Outlook will let 
readers know to go to the 
site for more news. 

We will be reconfiguring 
pages in order to provide as 
much space as possible for 
faculty and staff news, so 
Dateline and For Your Inter- 
est may be shorter. Stages, 
the peforming arts page that 
runs every other week, will 
now go to two columns. We 
welcome your feedback on 
the changes, since this publi- 
cation is for you. 

Send thoughts to Monette 
Bailey, Outlook editor, at, or