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Libraries Call for 
Faculty, Student 
Participation in 
Web Survey 

The Libraries will again conduct 
the LibQUAL+™ survey in April. 
This time there will be a total of 
318 participating institutions 
including all OhioLink members, 
and the Association of Academic 
Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) 
and universities in England. The 
database being built from the sur- 
veys provides a rich source for 
understanding service quality in 
academic libraries. 

In the Spring of 2001 and 2002, 
the university in conjunction with 
169 academic and research 
libraries participated in a research 
and development project spon- 
sored by the Association of 
Research Libraries (ARL).The pur- 
pose of the project, LibQUAL+TM, 
is to define and measure library 
service quality nationally across 
institutions and to create useful 
quality-assessment tools for local 

The Libraries will survey a ran- 
dom sample of 900 graduate stu- 
dents, 1200 undergraduates and 
900 faculty using an Internet-based 
scalable Web interface and proto- 
col to ask library users about their 
library service expectations. An 
email message will be sent to each 
individual in the sample explain- 
ing LibQUAL+ and asking them to 
participate and to complete the 
survey on the Web. The total time 
for a respondent to take the sur- 
vey is around 10 minutes.The ben- 
efit to understanding the Libraries' 
ability to deliver information to 
the campus is very great. 

A Goodbye and a 


When asked about Cindy 
Gilbert's contributions to 
the fire protection engineering 
department, people seem at a loss 
for words. It's not that they don't 
know what to say, it's that they 
don't know where to begin. 

However, many words and good 
wishes found shape in the form of 
a rare salute at a large party in her 
honor recently. Gilbert, who had to 
leave the department when her 
position was reduced to a part-time 
one after budget cuts, had little 
idea of what was to come. 

"The Thursday night before the 
party, I was taken to dinner by 
some of the faculty. All I was told 
was, don't make plans between 3 
and 5 on Friday," says Gilbert, who 
is now executive assistant to 
Karen Thornton, assistant director 
of the Hinman CEOs Entrepre- 
neurship Program. 

See GILBERT, page 4 

Terrapins Take to the Capital 

Pride Day a Chance to Show Support in Annapolis 


James Rzepkowski (third from left), chief deputy minority whip for the Maryland House and a Maryland 
alumnus, stands with {I to r) dad Walter Rzepkowski, sister Donna Coberly, nephew Rick Coberly, 
Testudo and brother-in-law Scott Coberly (also a Maryland alumnus) during Terrapin Pride Day. 

Valerie Brackins sat at a table look- 
ing over the loud crowd eating 
sandwich lunches and talking 
about education, politics "and 
other things." The Residential Facilities 
employee was attending her first Terrapin 
Pride Day, something she said she had to do. 
"Because of the budget cuts." 
In fact, it is why many either rode one of 
six buses or drove themselves to Annapolis 
last week. In a letter to the campus commu- 
nity, Vice President for University Relations 

Brodie Remington urged employees to make 
an effort — as Maryland citizens — to show 
their support for higher education. 

"You are, I am sure, all too familiar with the 
budget cuts that have hit the University of 
Maryland and all of public higher education 
in the state. State support of College Park has 
been reduced by a total of $40 million. And 
this is the good news!" he wrote. 

"The situation could get worse, and if so, 

See PRIDE DAY, page 3 

Author Recounts Being "Nickel and Dimed" 

Barbara Ehrenreich 
told an audience 
of nearly 200 that 
the gulf between the 
rich and poor in America 
is widening and the 
ranks of the middle class 
are dwindling. Author of 
the best-selling book 
"Nickel and Dimed: On 
(Not) Getting By in 
America," Ehrenreich 
spoke last Wednesday 
night in 1412 Physics as 
part of the Camille Raj- 
pat memorial lecture, 
named for the under- 
graduate government 
and politics major who 
died in 1998. 

In her talk, entided 
"Nickeled and Dimed: 
Social Justice and the 
American Dream," she 
spoke about her experi- 
ence as part of the working 
poor. At lunch with a Harp- 
er's editor one day, she said 
she suggested having some- 

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Activist, author and humorist Barbara 
Ehrenreich's 2001 book recounts her 
experience as a low- wage worker. 

one go out and do the "old 
fashioned kind of journalism" 
and see if they could live on 
low wages. She became that 

someone and her experi- 
ence became a bestseller. 
She said she held five dif- 
ferent jobs: waitress, 
motel housekeeper, maid 
with a housecleaning 
service, a nursing home 
aide and a WalMart asso- 

"No one is an employ- 
ee anymore. Everyone is 
an associate or a team- 
member, as if they were 
going to sit down with 
the board and discuss 
company policy," Ehren- 
reich said of these low- 
paying jobs. 

"I survived and I never 
got fired," she declared. 

But she said she failed 
at living on her wages 
alone. She said she aver- 
aged $7 per hour and 
always had difficulty pay- 
ing even the lowest rent. For 
example, in Key West, where 

See DIMED, page 3 


Noise, Sea 



University Researcher 
Pushes for More Study 

Loud underwater sounds 
created by humans may 
harm whales and other 
sea creatures, but more research 
is needed, according to Mary- 
land biologist Arthur Popper 
and his colleagues. 

Popper, a professor in the 
Department of Biology, sat on a 
National Research Council com- 
mittee that released a report last 
month calling for further study 
of ocean noise. The impact of 
loud underwater sounds on sea 
life is an intensely debated sub- 
ject. Many experts say the issue 
is still poorly understood. 

Fish and sea mammals use 
sound to communicate and 
learn about their underwater 
habitats where visibility is typi- 
cally poor. 

"If you put ah kinds of other 
sounds [underwater] you not 
only effect the ability of [sea 
creatures] to communicate, 
which is dramatic, but you also 
effect the ability of the animal 
to hear sounds that are biologi- 
cally relevant " Popper said. "If 
you go into a very noisy room 
and somebody yells fire, you 
may not hear it, where if it's a 
quiet room, you will hear it. 
That background noise. ..will 
impact on your ability to teU 
what's going on around you." 

The controversy has centered 
on low frequency active sonar - 
a new technology being devel- 
oped by the U.S. Navy, which 
uses loud underwater sounds to 
locate quiet enemy submarines. 
Environmental campaigners 
compare the noise generated by 
the sonar system to the sound 
of a 747 jet engine. 

But the Navy is not the only 
source of underwater sound. 
Since the Industrial Revolution, 
the oceans have become louder. 
Ships, dredging, construction, 
oil drilling and seismic surveys 
are some of the other sources 
of noise in the oceans, accord- 
ing to the National Research 
Council report. 

"Supertankers are noisy 
things. . .and also seismic 
devices the oil industry uses," 
Popper said. 

The National Resources 
Defense Council, one of the 
groups leading a lawsuit against 
the Navy, has fought an aggres- 
sive battle against the sonar. 
"We have already seen the car- 
nage caused by the Navy's use 
of intense sonar. In March 2000, 

See POPPER, page 3 

MARCH II, 2003 



march 11 

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

4404 Computer and Space Sci- 
ence. The class is designed to 
give the user an understanding 
of Javascripting code. The class 
fee is $ 10 for students and $20 
for faculty and staff. Register 
online at 

7:30-9:30 p.m.. The State 
of Black Maryland Forum 

2003 Multi-Purpose Room, 
Nyumbura Cultural Center. 
Members of the Maryland 
Black Legislative Caucus will 
discuss community conditions, 
legislative initiatives, future 
challenges in the state and stu- 
dent leadership. In attendance 
will be Del. Salima Siler Mar- 
riott of Baltimore City and Sen. 
Nathaniel Exum of Prince 
George's County. Moderators 
are Sharon Harley of African 
American studies and Ron Wal- 
ters of government and poli- 
tics. For more information, con- 
tact Clyde Woods at 5-11 58 or 
cwoods@aasp . umd . edu . 


march 12 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Intermedi- 
ate MS Access 4404 Com- 
puter and Space Science. Par- 
ticipants will learn how to nor- 
malize sample tables, establish 
relationships between tables, 
design select queries, custom- 
ize the design of tables, forms 
and reports, and more. The fee 
is $90. To register, visit www. For more infor- 
mation, contact Jane S.Wieboldt 
at 5-0443 or oit-training® 

Noon- 1:30 p.m.. Recruiting 
and Retaining a Diverse 
Faculty Nyumuburu Cultural 
Center. YolandaT Moses, presi- 
dent of the American Associa- 
tion for Higher Education, will 
discuss strategies. For more 
information, contact Marie P 
Ting at 5-5201 or 

Noon-1 p.m.. Career Needs 
Assessment of University 
of Maryland Graduate Stu- 
dents 01 14 Counseling Cen- 
ter, Shoemaker Building. With 
Career Center Director Linda 
Gast and Career Center 

Research Associate Kathleen 
lis Dean, For more informa- 
tion, contact Vivian S. Boyd at 
vb 1 


march 13 

4 p.m.. Graduate School 
Distinguished Lecturer: 
Poet John Ashbery 0200 
Skinner Building. Ashbery will 
present this year's first Gradu- 
ate School Distinguished Lec- 
ture. Ashbery has written about 
20 works of poetry, including 
the Pulitzer Prize-winning 
"Self-Portrait in a Convex Mir- 
ror" (1975) and "Some Trees" 
(1956), selected by W.H.Auden 
for the Yale Younger Poet Series. 
For more information, contact 
Anna Salajegheh at 5-8140. 

4-6 p.m.. Wo rks-in- Progress 
Seminar Series: Disserta- 
tions in Progress See For 

Your Interest, page 4. 

march 14 

Noon, Numerical Modeling 
of River Terrace Formation 
in Response to Oscillating 
Climate 1201 Physics Build- 
ing. With Greg Hancock of 
William and Mary College. Cof- 
fee and tea will be served start- 
ing at 1 1 :30 a.m. in die Geolo- 
gy Building. For more informa- 
tion, contact Karen Prestegaard 

Noon, Semtochemical Func- 
tions of Metathoracic Scent 
Gland Compounds of Plant 
Rugs: Pheromone, Kairo- 
mone or Action Inhibitors? 
1130 Plant Sciences Building. 
Qing-He Zhang will present. 
For more information, visit 
www. entomology, 

Noon-1 :1 5 p.m.. The Ethos 
of the Black Aesthetic: An 
Exploration into Larry 
Neal's Vision of Liberated 
Future 0200 Skinner. With Eric 
King Watts of Wake Forest Uni- 
versity. Part of the Department 
of Communication Colloquium 
Series. For more information, 
contact Trevor Parry-Giles at 5- 
8947 or 

4-5:30 p.m.. The Aeneid for 
a Lifetime Multi-Purpose 
Room, St. Mary's Hall. Zeta Nu, 
the University of Maryland 
chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the 
classics honor society, presents 

Susan Ford Wiltshire of Vander- 
bilt University as the 10th 
Annual Eta Sigma Phi lecturer. 
For more information, contact 
Jessica Dietrich at jd220@ 


march 15 

1-2 p.m., Lecture-Demon- 
stration with Danny Hoch 

Kogod Theatre, Clarice Smith 
Performing Arts Center. One of 
the first artists to bridge hip- 
hop and theatre, Danny Hoeh 
will discuss his creative 
process and the ideas behind 
his plays and characters. His 
lecture is held in conjunction 
with his performances of "Jails, 
Hospitals and Hip-Hop," per- 
formed March 13 and 14 in the 
Kogod Theatre. For more infor- 
mation, contact Ben Fisler at 5- 
0383 or 

march 16 

3 p.m.. University of Mary- 
land Symphony Orchestra 
Concerto Competition 
Finals Dekelboum Concert 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Final round of the 
School of Music's annual com- 
petition among students com- 
peting for a chance to play 
with the Maryland Symphony 
Orchestra. For more informa- 
tion, visit www.claricesmith 

march 17 

8:45 a.m. -4 p.m., OIT Short- 
course Training: Microsoft 
Word Level 2 4404 Computer 
and Space Science. Participants 
will learn to use section breaks 
to format a document, format 
text in columns and sort table 
data, create and use templates, 
create a fax template, merge a 
document with data to create 
variations, use macros, and 
more. The fee is $90. To regis- 
ter, visit 
For more information, contact 
Jane S.Wieboldt at 5-0443 or 
oit-training@umail. umd . edu . 

4 p.m.. The Bad Mother? 
Marie-Antionette and the 
Politics of Maternity in the 
Age of Revolution 2110Tali- 
aferro Hall. The Center for His- 
torical Studies presents a semi- 
nar with Thomas Kaiser, an 

OCEE Thanks Campus Colleagues 

Last week. Outlook left off several names in the Office 
of Continuing and Extended Education's thank you 
note to those who helped after a fire nearly destroyed 
the offices below them in the Hartwick building. Here are the 
additional names: 

Gretchen Sacra, Environmental Services 

Chris Benas, Environmental Services 

Bill Hess, McKeldin Library 

Lori Goetsch, McKeldin Library 

Mark Wilkerson, McKeldin Library 

Mary Dalto, McKeldin Library 

Frank Hawkins, OIT NTS 

Jane Hopkins, OIT NTS 

Kathy Cole, OIT NTS 

Tom Cantone, Legal Affairs 

Julianna Bynoe, Department of Transportation Services 

expert on 18th-century France, 
from the University of Arkansas 
at Little Rock. This is the eighth 
event in the series "The Body 
and the Body Politic." Discus- 
sion will be based on a pre- 
circulated paper that can be 
obtained in the Department of 
History lounge, 2nd floor, Fran- 
cis Scott Key, or by requesting 
an electronic copy at 5-8739 or 
hist orycenter@uma 

7:30 p.m.. Annual Harp Stu- 
dio Recital Gildenhorn Recital 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. Works for solo 
harp and chamber ensembles 
by Debussy, Andres, Salzedo 
and Pierre. Free, For more 
information, visit www. 

8 p.m., St. Patrick's Day 
Concert Dekelboum Concert 
Hall, Clarice Smith Performing 
Arts Center. The Philharmonia 
Ensemble performs free of 
charge. For more information, 
visit www.claricesmithcenter. 

march 18 

12:30-2 p.m., Works-in- 
Progress Seminar Series 

01 35 Taliaferro Hall. Join the 
Center for Renaissance & 
Baroque Studies for "Hans 
Mending's Diptych of Martin 
van Nieuwenhove and the 
Problem of Male Embodiment 
in 1 5th-Century Bruges," a pre- 
sentation by Andrea Pearson of 
Bloomsburg University of 
Pennsylvania. Attendees are 
asked to read an abstract for 
the paper, available at 01 39 Tal- 
iaferro Hall. Coffee and dessert 
will be provided. For more 
information, contact Karen 
Nelson at 5-6830 or visit 

2-3:30 p.m.. Adventures 
with Electronic Texts: 
Where Test Coding, Mathe- 
matics and Evolutionary 
Biology Meet 6137 McKeldin 
Library. Peter Robinson, senior 

research fellow in the Faculty 
of Arts and Humanities at De 
Montfort University will pres- 
ent. He is the developer of the 
texual-editing program Collate, 
used on many textual editing 
projects worldwide, and the 
Anastasia electronic publishing 
system. He is director of the 
Canterbury Tales Project and 
was editor of its first major 
electronic publication, "The 
Wife of Bath's Prologue," on 
CD-ROM (Cambridge UP, 
1 996). Reception and light 
refreshments will follow. For 
more information, visit www. 
oit . umd . e d u/as/speake rseries , 

or additional event list- 
ings, visit www college 

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Diitied: Working and in Poverty 

Continued from page i 

she worked as a maid, she said a 
small half-size trailer rented for 
$625 per month, excluding utilities. 

On working in Minnesota she 
recalled the desperation that led to 
her renting a one-room motel effi- 
ciency. She said the rent was high, 
sometimes as high as a motorist's 
nightly rental, hut she didn't have 
to provide first month's rent and a 
security deposit. 

" [First month's and security depo- 
sit] is such a barrier to stable hous- 
ing for so many people " she said. 

She described in detail the 
ordeal of living there: the smell of 
rat droppings permeating the 
room, moving to several rooms 
when the sewage backed up, and 
having no privacy because there 
were no shades on the window. 
She said she felt sorry for herself 
until she realized others in the 
motel were sharing rooms with 
spouses and children. 

"1 should also mention the rent 
for this place was $250 a week," 
she said, "more than I was earning." 

She said for most people these 
motels were the last step to home- 

Ehrenreich said she also had 
many advantages in the low-wage 
workforce: having no children, 
being white and doing this for a 
short time. 

She criticized the tests adminis- 
tered to applicants for these jobs, 
claiming that drug testing was a 
violation of the Fourth Amend- 
ment's prohibition of unreasonable 
search and seizure. She also said an 
American Civil Liberties Union 
study found that drug testing didn't 
achieve its goals of reducing absen- 
teeism and increasing productivity. 

"So why are they doing it?" she 
asked. "It's a little ritual of humilia- 

Ehrenreich said she expected 
these jobs to be physically challen- 
ging, but was surprised at the men- 
tal challenge they presented. The 
biggest one she faced was learning 
and relearning the exact locations 
of the constantly rotating stock in 
the ladies' department atWalMart. 

"The lesson for me was an 
important one: I will never use the 
word 'unskilled' to describe any 
job "she said. 

She also said these jobs were 
made unnecessarily difficult by an 
atmosphere of distrust and intimi- 
dation festering in the work envi- 
ronment. Rules prohibiting talk 
among employees reminded her of 
being in junior high school. And 
now, from what's read since her 
experience, she believes she hasn't 
even seen the worst. 

"There are ways in which many 
American workplaces are begin- 
ning to resemble what we think of 
as third-world sweatshops," she 

One way she found particularly 
disturbing concerned adults having 
to ask to use the bathroom. She 
mentioned a conversation with a 
University of Iowa academic who 
had studied the issue of bathroom 
breaks. He told her there was an 
increasing number of job situa- 
tions—assembly lines, cash regis- 
ters — where the lack of bathroom 
breaks forced women to wear adult 


She said the most important 
thing she learned from her experi- 
ence was the meaninglessness of 
the official poverty level. She said 
making $7 per hour kept her well 
above the poverty level for one 
person. She criticized the determi- 
nation of the poverty level, taking 
the cost of the minimal amount of 
food a family needs to survive and 
multiplying by three, for failing to 
account for housing inflation and 
health care. 

The people she met supported 
themselves by pooling their wages, 
and said she would have had to get 
a roommate if she actually stayed a 
low-wage worker. Still, she said, 
many didn't make it. She recalled 
working alongside full-time work- 
ing people living in their cars who 
didn't consider themselves home- 

Ehrenreich had harsh criticism 
for President Bush's ideas for solv- 
ing the poverty problem. She said 
the Bush administration's latest 
idea for women in poverty is to 
have them many, "the idea being 
that a husband will help lift them 
out of poverty." Ehenreich said she 
believed a woman's marital status 
shouldn't be the government's con- 

Eherneich said the biggest prob- 
lem with Bush's plan was that poor 
women, like most, tend to marry 
within their own social class. She 
said blue-collar men, whom these 
women are most likely to many, had 
experienced a significant decline in 
wages over the past few decades. 

"It leads one to sit down and cal- 
culate, how many men does a 
woman have to marry to lift herself 
out of poverty?" Ehernreich said, 
drawing laughter from the crowd. 
"And it's getting to be a big num- 
ber. It's over two now." 

Ehrenreich said she believed 
there was a connection between 
the extreme wealth of the few and 
the poor of so many. She also said 
poverty did not exist in isolated 
pockets, as she claimed Bush 

The Economic Policy Institute in 
Washington, D.C., she said, esti- 
mates that 29 percent of American 
families with a child under age 12 
do not have enough money to 
meet basic needs. She said the fed- 
eral government's estimate is 12 

Expanding the scope of her dis- 
cussion, she included those com- 
monly considered middle class — 
schoolteachers, librarians and 
adjunct faculty — as potentially mar- 
ginalized workers. 

"Those of you who are working, 
have you figured out how many 
months you could go without a 
paycheck?" she asked. 

After her speech, Ehrenreich 
invited questions and activists to 
stand up and speak a little on 
behalf of their cause. 

The lecture was part of the 
semester-long seminar series "Politi- 
cal Women's Writing," co-sponsored 
by the Department of English, 
Women's Studies, the Curriculum 
Transformation Project, College 
Park Humanities and University 

Popper: Sounds May Mislead Mammals 

Continued from page 1 

several whales and dol- 
phins stranded them- 
selves and died on 
beaches in the Baha- 
mas," wrote actor Pierce 
Brosnan, a spokesman 
for the NRDC, in a 
recent direct mailing. 

Environmental cam- 
paigners have focused 
on the Bahamas strand- 
Ings and say that Navy 
sonar tests caused the 
beaked whales' inner 
ears to bleed and made 
them beach themselves, 
but Popper cautions that 
much remains unclear 
about the incident. 

"There was bleeding 
in the brain, but not in 
the ear," Popper said. 
Popper said that similar 
symptoms in humans would 
cause a"massive headache." 
Popper said it's possible that 
the whales became confused 
and stranded themselves 
because they were in an 
enclosed area of the sea sur- 
rounded by islands, but there 
is not enough data to be 


Arthur Popper studies the Impact of noise 
on sea life. 

"No one knows what hap- 
pened to the mammals that 
didn't beach.They may have 
gone out between two 
islands, had a headache for a 
day or two and then were 
fine afterwards," Popper said. 

Popper and the other sci- 
entists on the National 
Research Council committee 
hope that further research 

will answer such ques- 
tions. Their February 
report "Ocean Noise and 
Marine Mammals" calls 
for a single government 
agency to collect, organ- 
ize and analyze data and 
for the establishment of 
an ocean noise monitor- 
ing program. 

Popper, who research- 
es the effect of under- 
water sounds on fish, 
has been on three 
National Research Coun- 
cil committees. Though 
the public debate has 
centered on whales, 
Popper said that fish are 
important too, and he 
was asked to join the 
committee "as a fish 
spokesperson." Popper said 
fish are a more significant 
part of the human food 
chain and a source of food 
for marine mammals. To 
learn more about Popper's 
research, visit 

— Stephen E. Mather, 
journalism graduate student 

Pride Days For Higher Education 

Continued from page 1 

the University's quaUty will 
be irreparably harmed and 
the impact will be felt 
directly by faculty, staff and 
students. The recent 'threat' 
in Annapolis to eliminate 
the tuition remission pro- 
gram is just one example 
of the further harm that 
could come our way." 

Part pep rally and more 
parts lobbying effort,Ter- 
rapin Pride Day gives sev- 
eral constituencies an 
opportunity to show Mary- 
land legislators just how 
important higher educa- 
tion is to them, and how 
high they feel it should be 
placed on the legislative 

Last week's event, post- 
poned from February 
because of snow storms, 
was the most successful 
ever, according to Tara 
Brown, with the Office of 
Legislative Affairs, In terms 
of numbers and of the var- 
ious audiences gathered in 

"It goes to show legisla- 
tors that students, faculty, 
staff and alumni care about 
higher education," she said. 

Approximately 500 peo- 
ple drove from the campus 
to Annapolis for an after- 
noon of short speeches, 
lunch and face time with 
representatives. Brack ins, 
and a few fellow Denton 
Community workers, did- 
n't plan to meet with elect- 
ed officials, but wanted to 
show their support for bet- 

ter funding. 

"There will be no raises, 
but they're going to raise 
parking and health bene- 
fits," said Lorenza Sanchez. 
"They're going to take it 
from our checks." 

During the two-hour 
event in the Miller Senate 
Building East, participants 
heard from Student Gov- 
ernment Association Presi- 
dent Brandon DeFrehn, 
President Mote, Senate Pre- 
sident Mike Miller, Men's 
Basketball Coach Gary 
Williams, House Speaker 
Mike Bush and others. The 
overriding theme was 
maintaining excellence, 
echoing Mote's call for 
"maintaining momentum'* 
from his state of the cam- 
pus address given last 

"The future of the state 
depends on a great univer- 
sity... the flagship univer- 
sity has got to be the one," 
he said to a cheering crowd 
dressed mostly in red, black 
and gold. Speaking to how 
the university rises to 
excellence, Mote added 
that "the whole thing has 
to rise at die same time." 

Williams echoed his 
thoughts from a sports per- 
spective. "We're a part of 
the university. The acade- 
mic achievement of our 
school... and President 
Mote have made it such an 
exciting place to be. My 
business degree is looking 
a lot better," he said. 

It was academics that 
brought Natasha Clermont 
to Maryland, and to Anna- 
polis. She works as a re- 
search coordinator for the 
National Foreign Language 
Center and has an applica- 
tion in at the Graduate 
School to study education- 
al policy and leadership. 

"I followed the rankings. 
There are so many great 
programs here. It's much 
more organized," she said, 
than her previous graduate 
program at Temple Univer- 
sity. She came intending to 
pay her way through 
school and then realized 
that employees receive 
tut ion remission. However, 
Clermont was concerned 
to hear the benefit being 

James Rzepkowski, chief 
deputy minority whip for 
the Maryland House and a 
Maryland alumnus, also 
expressed concern about 
funding cuts. The eighth of 
eight children, he thanked 
his dad for paying for his 
schooling, but remembers 
he and his fraternity broth- 
ers collecting change from 
Route 1 drivers to raise 
money to keep Hornbake 
Library's 24 hour study 
room open in 1 992 after 
severe budget cuts. 

"There Is no partisanship 
when it comes to love for 
the university," he said. "And 
we cannot allow what hap- 
pened in '92 to happen 

MARCH II, 2003 

Terps on Stage for Terps 
in Need 

The University is hosting a tal- 
ent show to raise funds for the 
Faculty and Staff Assistance Pro- 
gram (FSAP) Emergency Loan 
Fund. On Wednesday, March 12 
from 5-5 p.m. in the Dekelboum 
Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Per- 
forming Arts Center, faculty and 
staff members will dazzle the 
campus community with their 
heretofore hidden talents. 

Who knew there was a senior 
administrator on campus who 
plays banjo? How about the jazz 
singing member of the 
provost's staff? What about the 
virtuoso pianist who's an associ- 
ate dean? Can you afford to 
miss the singing group of Elvis 
impersonators? What about the 
dancers, drummers and other 
talented performers who will 
show their stuff during this 
afternoon of entertainment? 

The Emergency Loan pro- 
gram has helped many staff and 
faculty members in times of 
need. More than $200,000 has 
been allocated for helping peo- 
ple address housing and health 
care needs and to help pay for 
utilities, child care and funeral 

Tickets for the event are $3 
and can be purchased from the 
Clarice Smith Performing Arts 
Center box office. You can also 
make tax-deductible donations 
to this fund. For more informa- 
tion, contact Marsha Guenzler- 
Stevens at mguenzle® union. 

Laboratory Safety 

The Department of Environ- 
mental Safety (DES) hosts a lab- 
oratory safety orientation train- 
ing session every month. This 
training is offered to assure reg- 
ulatory compliance. The next 
scheduled training session will 
be held on Wednesday, March 
19 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in 3104 
Chesapeake Building. Space is 

For more information and to 
reserve a place, contact Jeanette 
Cartron at (301) 405-2131 or 
jcartron@accmail . umd .edu , 


Dissertations in Progress 

Join the Center for Renaissance 
& Baroque Studies (CRBS) on 
March 1 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. in 
the Maryland Room, Marie 
Mount Hall, for its next Works- 
in-Progress presentation. The 
monthly series offers a forum 
for campus scholars to share 
their most current research on 
the early modern period. 

Abstracts for the papers are 
available at CRBS, 01 39 Taliafer- 
ro; the Department of English, 
3101 Susquehanna; and Art His- 
tory and Archeology. Partici- 
pants should obtain and read 
papers in advance of presenta- 
tions to prepare for discussion. 

The presenters will be: 

• Brandi Adams, Department 
of English: "Entering into the 

Study of Renaissance English 

• Bryan Herek, Department 
of English: "Early Modern Satire 
and the Bishops' Order of 1 599: 
Manuscript, Print and Stage" 

• Helen Hull, Department of 
English: "An Officer and a Gen- 
tlewoman: Representing the 
Monarch in If You Know Not 
Me,You Know Nobody." 

For more information, visit 

2003 Spring Career Fair 

The Career Center will hold its 
Sprng Career Fair on Tuesday 
and Wednesday, March 18 and 
19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the 
Stamp Student Union. 

Open to graduate and under- 
graduate students of all majors 
and to Maryland alumni, the fair 
provides a forum to discuss full- 
time, part-time, internship and 
summer job opportunities, and 
is an ideal place for job seekers 
to network. 

For more information, con- 
tact Christopher Irwin at (301) 
314-7225 or cirwin@ds9.umd. 
edu, or visit www.careercenter. 

Where'd the Lawn Go? 


Imagine our furry friends' surprise last month 
when the campus, their favorite foraging ground, 
disappeared under unprecedentedly high mounds 
of fluffy frozen white. 

Most readers will be able to answer the what and 
the when in the above Mystery Photo, but anyone 
who might be able to .discern where it was taken will 
really impress Oudook staffers and fellow readers. Send 
your educated guesses to, 
or by campus mail to Oudook, 2101 Turner Hall, by 5 
p.m. on Thursday, March 13. A winner will be selected 
at random 60m among the correct answers and will be 
announced in the March 18 issue of Oudook, 

WE twe 


Fire trucks from Berwyn Heights Station T A and College Park Station 12 
raised their ladders in salute to Cindy Gilbert in front of the University 
GoH Course clubhouse. 

Gilbert: Receives an Outpouring of Love 

Continued from page 1 

Students and alumni from 
the department not only gath- 
ered dozens of friends for a 
party at the University Golf 
Club clubhouse, but arranged 
for two fire trucks, from 
Berwyn Heights Station 14 and 
College Park Station 12, to 
raise their ladders and display 
a sign saying," We love you, 
Cindy," outside the clubhouse's 
front doors. Gilbert says this is 
a rare and high salute in the 
firefighting community. 

"I know that they don't do 
that for anybody," she says, 
adding that the last time she 
saw it was when she attended 
the funeral of her boyfriend's 
father in 1995. 

Gilbert says there aren't 
words great enough to express 
what she felt then and will 
always feel for the department, 
especially the students. Chair 
Marino DiMarzo found quite a 
few words about Gilbert, 

"She's fantastic. She's not 
good, she's extremely good 
with students and alumni, 
especially alumni, which was 
her hallmark," he says. Though 
Gilbert's main duties were 
administrative, she made it her 
job to help students get into 
the program, find summer 
work, land employment after 
graduation and many other 
things. DiMarzo said it isn't 
unusual to run into an alumnus 
in the profession who men- 
tions Gilbert as an important 
piece of their time at Maryland. 

"When people found out she 
was leaving, 1 got quite a num- 
ber of e-mails from all over the 
country," says DiMarzo, "from 
alums who were here 10 years 

ago who are now in the Navy, 
presidents of companies. . . " 

Erica Kuligowski, a graduate 
student who now works at the 
National Institute of Standards 
and Technology studying the 
movement of people in build- 
ings during evacuations, said 
when Gilbert first mentioned 
her departure to a few students 
and alums about one month 
ago, word spread quickly. 

"She's amazing, so person- 
able and supportive of us no 
matter what we do. When new 
people come in, they see her 
smiling face. It was such a 
warm impression "says Kulig- 
owski. "And she never forgets a 
name and a face." 

Gilbert, who has been on the 
campus since the late 1980s, 
credits the students for her 1 2 
years with fire protection engi- 
neering (FPE), saying that they 
take just as good care of her as 
she does of them. She values 
the trust dtey showed by con- 
fiding in her and asking for 

assistance. It is the small, famil- 
iar atmosphere of FPE that first 
lured her from the engineering 
dean's office. 

"It was fun to do what I did 
and to see how they were 
affected by my presence there. 
Dealing with the students was 
the favorite part of my job," 
says Gilbert. "They put the fun 
and variety in my day." 

DiMarzo says it's unfortunate 
that he lost such a valuable 
part of his small department. In 
fact, Gilbert was the only FPE 
staff person. "There was no rea- 
son for her to go anywhere, 
but that is one of the effects of 
this budget problem." 

Gilbert says she looks for- 
ward to making alumni con- 
nections for the Hinman pro- 
gram like she did for FPE. Her 
new colleagues tease her that 
they won't be able to top her 
FPE send-off. 

"They were 12 very reward- 
ing, happy years, but I am 
happy here."