Orioles making push for AL East pennant

Longtime fans remember the “Orioles Magic” that was the foundation for a string of competitive seasons from the ‘60s through the ‘90s. Now, a new generation of fans may be seeing a reincarnation of that magic.

By Andrew Koch

The Orioles entered their series in Chicago against both the White Sox and Cubs with a seven-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East, and a 7.5 game lead over the New York Yankees. Baltimore is poised to clinch its first division title since 1997, a fact that’s not lost on the team’s staff, as box office representatives began sending out information on purchasing postseason tickets for season ticketholders while the Orioles were on their road trip to Cleveland and Chicago. What makes this season even more magical is the run Baltimore has been on since June.

During the first two-plus months of the season, Baltimore was struggling with consistency from both the offense and the starting rotation. The struggles of the starters to pitch deep into games put a strain on the bullpen. In early June, the Orioles found themselves in second place in the East, six and a half games behind Toronto. Baltimore took over first place in the division on July 4, and has not only stayed atop the division since, but also managed to put some distance between them and Toronto and New York. The Orioles’ surge has been keyed by more consistent starting pitching, and a consistently strong bullpen, even though the offense continues to struggle with consistency.

The Orioles rotation has been led by left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.76 ERA), and right-hander Bud Norris (11-7, 3.69 ERA) as the most consistent starters. Ace Chris Tillman struggled with consistency in the first half of the season, including starts in Pittsburgh and Texas where he only lasted only one inning. However, in his last 11 starts, Tillman has a record of 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA. In the bullpen, Tommy Hunter was taken out of the closer’s role after blowing two straight saves in April, and has been replaced by Zach Britton, who’s flourished as the stopper. Britton has a record of 3-2 with a 2.08 earned-run average, and has converted 26 saves in 29 chances.

The Orioles have gotten a mixed bag with their offseason acquisitions. On the positive side, Nelson Cruz is leading the league with over 30 home runs after signing a one-year deal as a free agent coming off a 50-game suspension for a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs last year with Texas. Outfielder Delmon Young has been solid despite limited playing time, hitting .297 with some flashes of power.

On the downside, outfielder David Lough, who was signed to provide some speed off the bench, has hit only .213, and has only stolen seven bases in 12 attempts. The biggest disappointment has been righthander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was signed to a four-year, $50 million contract at the beginning of spring training. He was 4-9 with a 4.83 ERA in 20 starts before going on the disabled list on July 13 because of a sprained right ankle. After starting in his return from the DL on August 9, manager Buck Showalter has announced that Jiminez will be moved to the bullpen as young righthander Kevin Gausman has proven to be a viable Major League starter. Showalter has also been able to manage productive platoons in left field with Cruz, Young and Lough, and at second base with Jonathan Schoop and Ryan Flaherty. Caleb Joseph has gotten regular playing time following Matt Wieters’s season-ending Tommy John surgery, and set a team record for catchers by hitting home runs in five straight games. However, the offense has been led by the steady hand of right fielder Nick Markakis, who’s in the top five in the AL in hits, and has made a habit of getting a hit to lead off games.

The Orioles will wrap up August and start September with an 11-game home stand that will feature four games against Tampa Bay, four games over Labor Day weekend against Minnesota and three against Cincinnati. After that, Baltimore’s final 22 games will be against their AL East rivals. The Orioles’ final home stand will be 10 games: four against New York, including a day- night doubleheader on September 12 to make up the Aug. 12 game that was rained out; three against Toronto; and, following a day off, Fan Appreciation Weekend on Sept. 19 through 21 against Boston. Baltimore will spend the final week of the regular season on the road for four games in New York and three  in Toronto on the final weekend of the season.

Bee Aware: Did you know?

Individual counseling and group counseling offered in UB Counseling Center, along with other outreach programs

By The UB Post Staff

With the recent passing of Robin Williams, a man who brought light and laughter to millions but was deeply troubled himself, it’s important to recognize that attending college can be a huge stressor and one may find themselves feeling overwhelmed and depressed at times.

Did you know that UB has a Counseling Center? Located in the lower level of the Academic Center, Room 111, they offer individual counseling, group counseling, psychiatric referrals, stress management, grief peer support, outreach programs, and crisis intervention.

Free to all students, the Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm. Walk in visits are available to first visitors at the times listed below. Services are paid for through student fees and entitle every enrolled student a maximum of ten (10) sessions per academic year.

They will see students immediately in emergent situations, but remember you can also dial 9-1-1, the UB Police Department at (410) 837-5520 or #4444 on campus, report to your nearest hospital (the closest of which to campus is the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, located at 827 Linden Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201), or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

Counseling Center

1420 N. Charles St.

Academic Center

Room 111

410.837.5159

counseling@ubalt.edu

Office Hours

Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment or to speak with a counselor, call (410) 837-5159.

Walk-in times (first-come, first- served basis):

Monday: 3:30-5 p.m.

Tuesday: 10-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday: 3:30-5 p.m.

Thursday: 10-11 a.m.

Ravens looking to move past lackluster 2013 season

Will have to start without Rice

By Andrew Koch

A disappointing 2013 season that saw the Baltimore Ravens finish 8-8 with a struggling running game and offensive line was followed by an offseason dominated by news of offseason arrests. The highest-profile off-the-field incident will cost the Ravens one of their most important players for two games.

After being arrested for assaulting his now-wife inside an elevator in the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the NFL suspended running back Ray Rice for the first two games of the season. The suspension will go into effect on Aug. 30, and will continue through Sept. 12. That means Rice will miss the Ravens’ opener on Sept. 7 against Cincinnati, along with the Sept. 11 Thursday night game against Pittsburgh. The suspension that was handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has created a firestorm of controversy, raising questions about how seriously the league office takes the issue of domestic violence perpetrated by its players.

Rice wasn’t the only Ravens player to have a run-in with the law. He was one of five players who were arrested between February and July. Less than a week after Rice was arrested, receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested for marijuana possession in Gainesville, Florida. The case was later dismissed. Offensive tackle Jah Reid was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery after a fight in a bar in Key West. Like Rice, Reid has been accepted into a pretrial diversion program. Over Memorial Day weekend, rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and being drunk in public after being accused of breaking a window in a cab. That case has been dismissed. On July 12, cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct when Baltimore County Police say he was helping an intoxicated woman inside a bar bathroom in Towson, he refused to comply with officers’ orders and after medics and officers arrived.

The Ravens offense is quickly adapting to the new system that’s being installed by new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Offseason acquisitions running back Justin Forsett and tight end Owen Daniels are helping the offense learn Kubiak’s system, having played under him when they were in Houston with Kubiak as the head coach. The offensive line under coach Luis Castillo has performed well in preseason play, and the running game featuring Rice, Forsett and Bernard Pierce has also looked good.

While the Ravens’ first teams on offense and defense have looked good in the preseason, the games have come with a physical cost. Smith and Rice were both taken out of the game at Dallas with injuries. Rice suffered an injury to his shoulder on Baltimore’s second possession. On the Cowboys’ first possession of the game, Smith went up to make a play on a pass intended for wide receiver Dez Bryant and landed on his chest. He then coughed up blood on the field and in the locker room. After undergoing an MRI, Smith was diagnosed with a bruised chest. His injury is challenging the depth of the Ravens secondary. Cornerbacks Asa Jackson and Lardarius Webb haven’t been practicing because of ankle and back injuries, respectively.

The Ravens will open the season with three straight games against their division rivals (Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and at Cleveland on Sept. 21). Baltimore will wrap up Sept. by facing Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at home on Sept. 28.

Terrapins football begins new era in Big Ten

By Andrew Koch

Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall and his staff have finalized their roster, and the Terrapins have broken camp as they get ready for their first season in the Big Ten Conference.

After announcing in 2012 that it would be leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference after helping create the conference in 1953, the University was sued by the conference for the exit fee of $52.3 million. That exit fee had been raised twice within the previous year. According to ESPN, the fee was first increased to $20 million in 2011, after Syracuse and Pittsburgh joined the conference, and then up to $52.3 million the following year, when the University of Notre Dame announced that it would join the ACC in all sports except football.

Two months later, when Maryland announced that it was going to join the Big Ten, the ACC responded by withholding Maryland’s share of the conference’s TV and bowl revenue. Maryland filed suit, calling the move “an illegal penalty.” After being sued for the exit fee, the University filed a $157 million countersuit against the conference. In the suit, the school claimed that the ACC tried to recruit a pair of Big Ten schools to join after Maryland announced it was leaving. In a settlement that was reached on Aug. 8, the ACC will be allowed to keep the $31.4 million in TV and bowl revenue, and Maryland won’t owe the conference any additional money.

With all the legal wrangling in the background now in the rear-view mirror, the Terrapins football team focused on preparing for a new season and a new conference. Maryland went 7-6 in 2013, its final season in the ACC, including a 3-5 record in conference games. In training camp, much of the competition was on the offensive side of the ball. According to Matt Bertram of the Athletic Department’s Media Relations Office, this year’s training camp saw a wide-open competition at tight end. That position will have a young group, with the most experienced of the five on this year’s roster being sophomores Andrew Isaacs, Brian McMahon and P.J. Gallo. The other two tight ends on the roster are redshirt freshmen Eric Roca of Puerto Rico and Derrick Hayward of Wicomico High School in Salisbury. At running back, four players were competing for two spots to get regular playing time. However, one of those running backs, Jacquille Veii, has been converted into a wide receiver, and will be lining up in the slot.

The defense will be anchored by senior Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (Towson High School) and Sophomore Yannick Ngakoue at linebacker. Cudjoe-Virgil had 18 total tackles, three sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception in six games as a redshirt junior last year. Ngakoue added 10 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. The pass rush will be led by defensive end Andre Monroe, who led the team with 9.5 sacks, good for a tie for sixth in the ACC. Monroe set career highs in total and solo tackles in a game (10 total, seven solo in Maryland’s loss to Marshall in the Military Bowl), sacks and tackles for loss (three sacks, and 3.5 tackles-for-loss in an overtime win at Virginia Tech).

Maryland will open the season on Aug. 30 in College Park against James Madison. The non-conference schedule will include games at South Florida, home against West Virginia, and at Syracuse. The Terps will play their first Big Ten game on Sept. 27 at Indiana. The following week, they’ll play their first Big Ten home game against fifth-ranked Ohio State in the Buckeyes’ second visit to Maryland.

Following their bye week, Maryland will host Iowa on Oct. 18, and then travel to number 14 Wisconsin. The Terrapins will play at Penn State on Nov. 1, and after another week off, will have a night game at home against Michigan State. Maryland will wrap up the season with games at Michigan on Nov. 22, followed by the regular season finale at home against fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers on Nov. 29 during Thanksgiving weekend.

Business school begins new school year with new dean

By Andrew Koch

Murray Dalziel (pronounced D-L) was announced as the new Dean of the business school on June 3 and he officially took over as Dean in August. Prior to coming to the UB, Dalziel had been the director of the Management School at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom since 2007. According to the University of Baltimore’s University Relations Office, while at Liverpool, Dalziel helped increase the university’s enrollment, launch new programs ,and increase its teaching standards. One of his accomplishments was developing new management programs at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China, as well as other programs for when Liverpool opened a campus in London.

Prior to restarting his career in academia, Dean Dalziel worked for the Hay Group, an international consulting firm, from 1988 to 2007. During that time, he eventually became the company’s managing director for North America and Europe. From 1972 to 1988, Dalziel was with another consulting firm, McBer and Company, where he would become both an Executive Vice President and a Senior Vice President within the company. He was also a teaching fellow and tutor at Harvard University from 1972 to 1976, and received a Doctorate in Sociology from Harvard in 1979. Prior to teaching at Harvard, Dalziel graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 1972 with an M.A. in Sociology. One thing he says he was very much involved in while at Liverpool was online education.

“That was a very key component of my operation,” Dalziel said, adding that he also brought his management and client experience into the classroom. He feels it was the mission of the UB, to make a higher education accessible to everyone, that attracted him. He said the major business schools that get a lot of publicity are, in his view, only educating “elites.”

“That’s a good mission to have,” Dalziel said, “but … if you’ve ever looked around the world of business, it’s not populated by elites. It’s populated by people who actually get work done.”

As for the direction he’d like to take the Merrick School of Business in during his tenure as Dean, Dalziel said that’s something he wants to collaborate on with both students and faculty.

“In my first 90 days, I’m not going to come up with this defined vision or this defined strategy because that’s something we’re going to work on together,” Dalziel said.” So I’m going to be doing a lot of learning. I’m talking to everybody … and I want to talk to students as well. I want to really understand the students that we have.”

He added that he likes to think of students not as consumers of education, but as partners in it. He wants to know what it’ll take so that when faculty are at professional gatherings in the future, and they say they work at the Merrick School of Business, their colleagues will say “Wow!”

On Aug. 8, the UB announced that the online MBA run in partnership with Towson University had been named one of the 30 best online MBA programs in the country. Dean Dalziel said he’s pleased to see increasing enrollment in the program, and he really likes the direction the program’s going in.

“I think it’s got a very powerful proposition for students … it’s very consistent with what is going on in other industries,” Dalziel said, adding that it gives students, especially those who work full-time, more choice and flexibility about how they want to construct their MBA programs, while still teaching them the basics at the same time.

In addition to his career in higher education, Dalziel continues to be an investor in startup entrepreneurial ventures in the Northeast, especially in the Philadelphia area.

Accounting student look to start NABA chapter on campus

By Andrew Koch

Like many students at the UB, Denyse Webber is a nontraditional student. She’s a member of the UB chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (the honor society for accounting, finance and information systems majors), and is scheduled to graduate with her Master of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Advisory Services in December 2015. Webber is also trying to start a new group on campus geared specifically toward minority students.

Webber is trying to start a UB chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). She explained that the association was started to help African Americans overcome the racial barriers that existed in the past and break into the accounting profession. Webber said the lack of African Americans in the accounting field is still an issue today. Now, NABA awards scholarships to African-American accounting majors, and provides them with networking opportunities. Webber said she wants to start at UB to help black accounting students capitalize on opportunities that are available to them in the field.

“I felt like a lot of students, especially African-American students, don’t really know how to take ad- vantage of the opportunities,” Web- ber said. “So I thought with NABA that, coming from someone who was just like them, would help them understand and guide them through the process of getting your degree in ac- counting, sitting for your CPA exam.”

However, Webber said she’s running into some challenges in trying to start a chapter on campus, including graduation at the end of each semester.

“It’s hard to get people to commit if they graduate every semester,” Webber said. She said she’s found that some people don’t want to take ad- vantage of networking opportunities, even though that could help them in the future.

“Some people just have an attitude that ‘I just want to get my degree, I really don’t want to participate in any networking or any organizations,’” Webber said. In addition, she said that because some people work full- time, they don’t have the time to devote to such organizations. She said she’s not really sure what to do to get students to make the commitment so a chapter can be started at UB.

While she’s run into difficulty trying to start a NABA chapter at UB, Webber said she’ll continue to promote NABA she has been able to get students to sign up for the asso- ciation’s Baltimore regional chapter. School chapters that are members of the regional chapter include Towson, Morgan State and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. The University of Maryland-College Park also has a sizable NABA chapter.

In addition to awarding scholarships to students and providing them with networking opportunities, Webber explained that NABA sets up organizations at different universities throughout the country and, as part of the association’s community outreach, goes into high schools and talk about the accounting profession in an effort to get high school students interested in a career in ac- counting. She added that NABA has conferences in June every year where attendees can go for interviews, and current accountants can go to get Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. This year’s conference was held in Bethesda. Webber says in the spring, NABA holds regional career development days throughout the country.

During those career development days, Webber explains that members come together, critique student resumes, and go over how to dress and prepare for an interview. Accounting firms and other businesses come to the events. Students can then upload their resumes onto an e-resume book that’s accessible to employers, who can then review resumes and schedule interviews.