Smotrycz Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Toe

The Maryland men’s basketball team will feature a lot of freshmen in their first Big Ten season. For the first part of the season, the Terrapins will have to compete without one of their more experienced players.

Head coach Mark Turgeon announced that senior forward Evan Smotrycz sustained a fracture of the pinkie toe on his left foot at the end of practice on Oct. 17, just before “Maryland Madness,” the team’s season-opening celebration. He underwent surgery to repair the fracture about a week later, and is expected to sideline Smotrycz for four to six weeks. That timetable means he should return some time between mid-November and early December.

Turgeon said while the team is disappointed for Smotrycz, everyone’s confident that he’ll be able to come back and have a solid season, thanks to his strong work ethic.He also expressed confidence that his team’s other front-line players will be able to fill the void left behind by Smotrycz’s injury.

“We have confidence that our front-court players will step up in Evan’s absence,” Turgeon said in a release from the Maryland Athletic Department.

Smotrycz, who’s originally from Reading, Mass., transferred from Michigan to Maryland in 2012. In his redshirt junior season last year for the Terps, he averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game in 31 games, including 28 starts. Smotrycz scored was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team after scoring 19 points against Northern Iowa and putting up 13 points and 11 rebounds against Providence College during the Thanksgiving weekend tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He scored in double figures in 19 games during the season, and his three double-doubles led Maryland.

Seeing fall colors in Baltimore and beyond

By Mia White

After a relatively mild October, the leaves are just beginning to change in and around the city. Even on Gordon Plaza, the color of trees is growing warmer. Although central Maryland may not be considered a prime foliage destination, there are a number of places to visit for impressive displays. The UB Post has chosen three destinations; the first two are mostly accessible by car, but the third is easily reachable from the UB campus.

Loch Raven Reservoir, Towson

Loch Raven Drive is closed on the weekends
Loch Raven Drive is closed on the weekends

 

The area around Loch Raven Reservoir has spectacular forests with brilliant fall colors. Just a few weekends ago, the steep shores surrounding the water were bright gold. This golden color came from the Tulip Poplars, which are the tallest and straightest hardwood trees on the east coast. Most other trees were just beginning to turn, so visitors will likely still see striking hues.

Foliage below Loch Raven’s Dam
Foliage below Loch Raven’s Dam

 

Drive up from Providence Road to Loch Raven Drive. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, a portion of the road is closed to cars so that cyclists and pedestrians are free to enjoy the route without traffic.

Patapsco Valley State Park

The Patapsco Valley Park system is a large one, with multiple recreation areas all along the western border of the city. The areas closest to Ellicott City have a lot to offer, including a range of trails that climb the hills surrounding the river, swinging bridges, and a waterfall. Since the entire park is heavily forested, autumn is one of the best seasons to visit. The Buzzards Rock Trail in the Hilton area is a steep one, but well worth it, with stunning views up and down the valley.

For free parking, you can reach the Avalon Area by stopping at the Park n Ride off route 1-66 from I-95, and walking 100 yards down Rolling Road to the Soapstone Trail.

Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore City

If you take the glass elevator up to the twelfth floor of the Angelos Law Center and look east, you will see a tall, dark spire in the midst of a clump of trees. Though it looks like a church, this is actually the Chapel of Green Mount Cemetery.

A ten-minute walk from UB’s campus, this 19th century landmark is worth visiting all year round, but it is especially beautiful during the fall. There are eleven species of hardwood trees within the cemetery’s sixty-eight acres, including gingkoes, which are known for their brilliant yellow hue. Enter through the southwest gate off East Oliver Street, and be sure to stop in to pick up a map with interesting burial sites for Baltimoreans Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, and infamous John Wilkes Booth.

 

Maryland begins first Big Ten basketball season

By Andrew R. Koch

The Maryland Terrapins’ first basketball season in the Big Ten is officially underway. The UMD Men’s and Women’s basketball teams hosted a Superman-themed “Super B1G Maryland Madness” rally on Oct. 17 at the XFINITY Center to kick off the 2014-2015 season. Radio Men’s basketball announcer Johnny Holliday served as the Master of Ceremonies. He began the evening by pointing out the new video scoreboard over center court. The two video-boards measure 12-and- a-half foot tall by 33 foot wide each and feature the Under Armour logo at the bottom.

The XFINITY Center in College Park, Maryland
The XFINITY Center in College Park, Maryland

The Women’s team was introduced first, players making their way down to the court from the luxury suites into the lower bowl. The coaching staff, led by Head Coach Brenda Frese, was introduced next. She expressed confidence in both her team and the Maryland fans in her speech to the crowd.

“How are the best fans in the country doing tonight?” Frese asked in her opening remarks.

She told the Terrapin faithful that after falling just short in their Final Four appearance last season, her team is “extremely hungry” and “extremely motived” for the coming season. Keeping in the spirit of the rally she also informed the crowd that she’s been asked what it will be like for Maryland to come to the Big Ten. Her response to them she stated is always, “What will it be like for the Big Ten to come to Maryland,” ending her speech in a round of applause.

Following a performance by the dance team, the Men’s team was introduced next and players rose up one by one onto the stage. As a unit, they walked through red lasers down onto the floor, took a ball provided to them by one of the ball boys, and dribbled down to the basket for either a layup or dunk. After the coaching staff was introduced, Head Coach Mark Turgeon came out of a phone booth, ditched a pair of glasses, and opened up his shirt to reveal a Superman-inspired Maryland logo. His remarks to the crowd were inspired by the slogans of their apparel provider.

“We will play harder. We will play smarter. We will practice like champions, and we will…protect this house,” the fourth-year head coach told the crowd. He added that even though the season is just getting started, this is already one of his favorite teams in 16 years as a college basketball head coach. Emphasizing their position as student athletes, Turgeon praised his player’s for going to their classes, getting good grades, and maintaining a good work ethic in practice.

“They come to practice on time, they work their tails off, and they’re very coachable,” Turgeon said of his team, which was picked to finish 10th in the Big Ten in the preseason coaches’ poll. He praised the strength the conference has showed on the national stage over the last several years.

“The Big Ten is a heck of a league, arguably the best league in the country the last four years; great coaches, great players,” Turgeon said, whose recruiting class has been ranked in the top 10.

Redshirt senior guard Richard Pack will be among the players counted on to direct Maryland’s offense. The Detroit native is a two-time transfer, having played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Florida International University before transferring to North Carolina A&T and then Maryland. He’s tried to impart to the Maryland freshmen how things work in college basketball and how it’s different from high school. Pack feels that the team will perform well this year because of how close the group is. He was asked about how that confidence can be translated into positive results:

“A lot of the confidence has come from how hard we’re working and how together we’re playing, so we lean on each other, so we give each other confidence.” Pack said. “We’re a tight group, and I think that’s how it can translate. Whenever someone is feeling down, someone else picks it up. Someone’s having an off night, another guy picks up that slack. We have that type of team this year where I think we have a lot of guys who can contribute.”

The Maryland women were picked as the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten. Coach Frese says that means her team has already garnered respect from its new league.

“I think people have obviously followed our program and watched our tradition and our past,” Frese said, pointing out that the games during the regular season are more important than a preseason ranking. However, the team will have to move forward without the most successful player in program history, Alyssa Thomas. Frese says it will have to be a group effort to fill the void that Thomas is leaving behind.

“No one’s going to do what Alyssa Thomas did. She’s one of the special players who’s hanging in the rafters for a reason, but I do think it’ll be by committee,” Frese said.

Two of the players Frese singled out to watch are sophomore center Brionna Jones of Havre de Grade, who will provide a presence in the post, and sophomore guard Lexie Brown, who was named to the All ACC Freshman team last season. In the team’s intra-squad scrimmage, Brown connected on a pair of three pointers.

As part of the evening, the teams unveiled new uniforms from Under Armour. Both teams have red, white and yellow uniforms trimmed with the colors of the Maryland flag. The men’s team will also have a black alternate uniform. Each team then performed a dance routine that Brown said took two to three weeks of several hour practices with the dance team to perfect.

November’s schedule for the

Maryland Women features six home games, including South Florida on Nov. 19 and Loyola on Nov. 24.

The Lady Terrapins will play James Madison and Washington State in the San Juan Classic in Puerto Rico during Thanksgiving weekend. The Maryland Men will play seven home games and travel to Kansas City to join Arizona State, Iowa State, and Alabama in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic the week of Thanksgiving.

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Hot Spiced Apple Cider, Sweet Potato Waffles with Toasted Marshmallows, and a super special bonus recipe

By Jessica Greenstein

It’s bonus month everyone! That’s right: I’m giving you a super special bonus this month that will leave your jaws on the floor until the next issue at how easy and amazing it is. But first …

While I enjoy a warm cup of cocoa, I usually save that for the winter months. In the Fall, I’m all about apple cider, and this month, so will you be. This recipe is all mine: I use a box of apple cider packets and some of the best aromatics the gro- cery store has to offer, and voila! I serve it at all of my Fall get-togethers and my guests absolutely love it. You can make the same recipe for a single cup, too, just decrease the portions accordingly.

As for the sweet potato waffles, if combines two of my favorite things; anything breakfast and marshmallows! I’m a marshmallow fool; anytime Kraft comes out with a new marshmallow, I have to buy it. I have pumpkin, mint chocolate, sugar-coated Easter, and toasted coconut ones, not to mention the regular ones in my pantry right now. It’s a sickness, people. I came across this Food Network recipe and with a few tweaks, fell in love. Now, as we approach the season of giving, I’m feeling generous. You’re welcome!

While we are talking about my generosity, I’m giving you the easi- est bonus recipe on the face of the planet. It really is stupid easy and yet NO ONE and I mean NO ONE will ever know (except those who read this column of course) how freaking simple it was to make, and yet happi- ness for days. What are we making? Caramel—well Dulce de leche to be exact and all you need is a pot of hot water, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and a few hours to check the stove periodically. I shit you not; it really is that simple and will knock your freaking socks off. So with that said, let’s get to it.

Hot Spice Apple Cider

Ingredients:

10 pouches – single-serve apple cider

100 fl. ounces – water
2 – oranges (quartered)
5 – cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon – ground cinnamon 1 1⁄2 teaspoons – ground allspice

1 teaspoon – apple pie spice 24 – whole cloves
5 – whole star anise
1⁄2 teaspoon – ground cloves 1⁄4 teaspoon – ginger

1/8 teaspoon – nutmeg

Method:

Boil the water until it comes to a rolling boil. While waiting, quarter the oranges and press the tail-end of the cloves into the rind of the slices. Once boiling, lower to a simmer. Stir in apple cider packets and add all ingredients. Cover and let simmer at least one hour. Add a little water if necessary.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Toasted Marshmallows

Sweet potato waffles with toasted marshmallows is an ideal option for any brunch menu—try it at your next one
Sweet potato waffles with toasted marshmallows is an ideal option for any brunch menu—try it at your next one

Ingredients:

1 – medium sweet potato
1 1/2 cups – all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon – baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon – baking soda
3/4 teaspoon – ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon – salt (you want a fine variety; I used Pink Himalayan salt) 3/4 cup – heavy cream
1/3 cup – coconut oil, plus additional for brushing on the waffle iron
4 tablespoons – light brown sugar
1 – large egg + 1 large egg white Pure maple syrup
2 cups – mini marshmallows Equipment needed: waffle or iron grill pan

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Poke the sweet potato with a fork a few times and bake until soft in the center, about 40 minutes. Cool, then remove the flesh and puree in a food proces- sor (or blender) until smooth.

Lower the oven to 200°F (for waf- fle warming). Preheat a waffle iron or grill pan to medium-high. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together the heavy cream, approximately 1/2 cup of the sweet potato puree, coconut oil, brown sugar, egg, and egg white. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and gently stir until well mixed (it will likely be lumpy).

Lightly brush the top and bottom of the waffle iron with warmed coco- nut oil, then fill each section about three-quarters of the way full. If using a grill pan, spoon the desired amount onto the pan and allow it to form a circle itself; lower the heat to medium low to allow perfect markings, golden brown and gently crispy (about 8 minutes). If using a waffle iron, close and cook until the waffles are golden brown, and gently crisp, 7 to 9 minutes. Place the waffles in the oven to stay warm while you make the rest!

Turn the oven to a low broil and driz- zle each waffle with a small amount of syrup and small handful of mini marshmallows. Broil until golden.

BONUS TIME!!

Dulce de leche

Dulce de leche is so easy to make as long as you have a little bit of time on your hands
Dulce de leche is so easy to make as long as you have a little bit of time on your hands

Ingredients:

1 – can sweetened condensed milk 1 – stockpot 75-80 % full of water

Method:

Boil the water. Remove the label from the can. Gently place the can in the boiling water and allow the pot to maintain a gently boil without over- flowing. Let boil for three hours. You will need to add water periodically to ensure the can stays under water.

After three hours, remove the can with a ladle or tongs. Place on cool portion of stove top for 10 minutes. Place can on a quartered paper towel in the refrigerator and let chill for at least an hour or until completely cooled, even when the can is shaken. Open and enjoy!

This is seriously good on everything; apples, toast, or the leftover waffles from above!

Bon appetit!

Challenge accepted!

By Jessica Greenstein

We’re still searching for my male counterpart. Do you know a guy who likes trying out new stuff, isn’t afraid to voice his opinions, and can string a couple sentences together? If so, have them apply at editor@ubpost.org.

Since we don’t have our male voice yet, I’m giving you two box reviews this month and they are all geared to- ward women this month (sorry guys).

SwaagBox is a discreet time-of-the-month box that includes makeup and jewelry every month
SwaagBox is a discreet time-of-the-month box that includes makeup and jewelry every month

SwaagBox (TOM)

SwaagBox is a time-of-the-month box that I decided to try out this month because they had a coupon to try the service for only $5 with free shipping (regular price is as low as $14/month with a six month sub- scription or $16 per month). I was pleasantly happy about the fact that I got to choose between Tampax (Pearl and Regular), Playtex (Gentle Glide and Sport) and Always (pads), plus they promise to send you jewelry, makeup, and sweet treats to help get you through the week. It’s mailed in a discreet box, right to your door. For an additional $6, I was able to double my makeup and jewelry and since it was a trial, I figured, why not.

Upon opening the box, I immediately noticed it was packed full; that’s a good sign, right? Well, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. I looked at the makeup first. It was mostly Hard Candy brand eye shadows and eyeliners (valued at $30 since I doubled the makeup) with a Maybelline Color Show (Spring color) nail polish (value $4.99) and a Revlon Luxurious Color Shadow (value $5.99). It was all bright tones or glittery, something I could probably only get away with on Halloween or at a theme party, but perfect for someone in their late teens or early twenties.

The jewelry was also disappointing. I received a Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet (value $19.95) and for doubling up a Breast Cancer Awareness Bangle (value $19.00). It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, so I’ll wear it with pride, especially since they donated a portion of their profits to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, but I was hoping for a something a little more generic that I can wear anytime and with almost anything. My box included an 18 count of Tam- pax Pearl tampons (value $4.99) and some much needed TOM chocolate.

I will use a couple of the eyeliners and I want to try one of the eye shadows (I think I can pull off the team color if I use it sparingly for smoky eyes and accenting; the rest I’ll be swapping on one of my favorite subscription box blogs. I’ll probably do something with one of the brace- lets too because I’m just not the type of person that can wear advocacy 24/7/365. Although I’m going to swap more than half of the box, the value (according to the product card inside my box) was phenomenal—$84.92 and I only paid $11.00 for it!

SwaagBox
Cost: $14.00/per month with a 6 month subscription.
FREE SHIPPING!
Website: Swaagbox.com Introductory Offer: $6.00 for your first box at http://www.swaagbox. com/tombox/1/?SSAID=669014 (Make sure you type it correctly)

 

Wantable Intimates

Wantable Intimates box includes four to five items for $36.00; free shipping
Wantable Intimates box includes four to five items for $36.00; free shipping

I’ve been subscribing to Wantable Accessories for about six months now and absolutely adore it, so this month I decided to branch out and try something new—Intimates. While my intention was to still review the Accessories box, my October box still hasn’t arrived, so as if we haven’t been intimate enough with a TOM review, welcome to my bedroom!

I have to say, I have never been disappointed with a Wantable box yet. I have loved every single thing that I have ever received and the only minor issues I’ve had, they’ve made it up to me in a huge way. Their cus- tomer service is incredible! I once received a ring where the stone in the corner (very tiny; barely notice- able) had fallen out; they let me keep the ring and instantly sent me a scarf (worth double the value of the ring) to replace it!

Wantable is truly customized. They ask you a series of questions to get to know your likes, dislikes, and style preferences. They ask about sizes and types of intimates prefer- ences. You can change it every month so that you can focus on more of what you like or need at that time. For example, when we get further into winter, I will probably only change my preferences to reflect that I love loungewear, but right now I have it on dislike so that they don’t send me any as I have plenty for this season.

Wantable costs $36.00 with a sub- scription or $40.00 for a one time box. You can skip months, so honestly, just sign up for the subscription and save yourself some money. They promise four to 5 pieces every month and shipping is always free.

My Preferences

Love

Shapewear
Soft Bras
Fun & Flirty Brights

Like

Panties
Camis
Pretty & Polished Neutrals

Dislike

Loungewear

Hoisery Accessories

Tanks Tights/Leggings Socks

Inside my box:

•Nana Soft Bra in Grey by Miel (value $34)

•Lace Trim Boyshort in Bright by Fleur’t (value $35)

•Royal Ribbon Thong in Rose by Sophie B (value $12)

•Hot Pink Seamless Sports Bra by an undisclosed designer (value $18

I love everything in my box. Everything fit and I will wear it all. Particularly, the bright pink sports bra is one of the softest things I’ve ever felt in my lift—think bunny rabbit! I was really hoping for ACTUAL bras, you know, with support, but the grey, soft, bra without underwire fit perfectly and provided just enough support for me. The total value of my box was $99 and I only paid $36, so it’s also not too shabby!

Wantable (Intimates, Accessories, or Makeup)
Cost: $36.00/per month with a subscription. FREE SHIPPING! Website: Wantable.com

Introductory Offer: Unfortunately there isn’t one available at this time; you’ll just have to fall in love with them at full price!

All photos courtesy of Jessica Greenstein for the UB Post

U.S. Department of Justice probes police department

But what will happen afterwards?

By Benjamin Land

Police brutality cases keep trending on social media and on news channels throughout America. While the police-related shootings of Michael Brown and Vonderrit Myers Jr. in Missouri have justly garnered most of the public scrutiny on police brutality, Baltimore was recently added to the cities affected last month.

The Anniversary of Tyrone West’s Death Protest. Photo credit: http://www.themsuspokesman.com
The Anniversary of Tyrone West’s Death Protest.
Photo credit: http://www.themsuspokesman.com

Last month, the incident involving Baltimore resident Kolin Truss and police officer Vincent Cosum made local headlines as the latest addition to police brutality altercations from the Baltimore City Police Department. This particular incident found itself spotlighted in local publications across the city, which in turn reminded readers of similar cases in the past. These incidents were frequent enough that it provoked the Department of Justice to initiate a probe into the BCPD for police brutality as well as officer misconduct.

The DOJ’s probe’s hasn’t been released to the public, yet, but the sheer fact that there is a probe to begin with has galvanized local civil rights leaders into calling for a more invasive one. According to the Baltimore Sun, the local branch of the NAACP is spearheading the move for the second probe, citing reasons such as distrust of the current mayoral administration as to why a federal investigation should be carried out. The current probe is a “collaborative review” that was agreed upon by both the mayor’s office and the DOJ.

At the moment, opinions on the outcome of the probe and what it means are mixed. But all concerned parties seem to agree on the need for an internal reform of the current police department. Cases like the above, and several settlements that are currently being paid from the city to residents, are indicative of the threat that violent cops who remain in the department pose.

Earlier this month, the city released a report that discussed on- going changes within the BCPD. The report stressed two suggestions: increased staff to man the Internal Affairs Division and the Force Investigative Team, as well more equipment that will assist in the investigation of police misconduct. The second suggestion is equipping officers with body cameras for a more “in-depth” view of any altercations with residents.

The latter suggestion is widely popular with the City Council and criminal defense lawyers, as well as being supported by activists and citizens via the social media coverage of the Missouri protests. If implemented completely, the suggestions could be the first step in repairing the relationship Baltimore City residents have with the BCPD in the immediate future.