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Holding hands with the local music scene by
Samantha Spangenburg Contributing Writer
Everything was empty, unblemished - the carpet, the stairwell, the walls, the doors; almost as if someone had taken numerous buckets of white paint and splattered every corner until they were completely covered. There were only a few exceptions made, however, with a few black, framed posters of some previously booked bands. The encompassing whiteness kept the signatures looking fresh as if they were scribbled earlier that morning. All colors and shades of ink depict a subtle view into the deep depths of Rob Devinney’s mind from his shoulders to his wrists. “But the white... It keeps everything looking new and untouched,” he said, walking up the staircase and leading the way into, yet another, white room. He plays around with his fingers and knocks his fists onto the floor as if they are singing the tunes for his mouth. He spoke words that could only wish to describe a life still waiting for the end of its roller coaster ride. “A day that I don’t ever want to come,” Devinney said, “every day I am thankful for what I do, what I have become and where my life has taken me. Without music and the local scene, there would be no passion in my life. I want to help [young artists] as they have helped me.” Devinney’s booking agency, has created a way for local music artists to be heard and through it’s ever-growing clientele, every year seems to turn a new leaf for him. Devinney books five bands every week and about 300 annually. Each week, each month and each year brings hardship, yet a profitable success. “There have been many painful moments,” Devinney said, sighing, “but, without the heartbreak and loss, there would never be a reason to keep moving forward in this business.” He eased his words as we began to talk of
a youthful experience that is not very much unheard of in the late eighties; an era of music that sparked through the atmosphere with neons this and that, creating ideas for garage get-ups and individualist pursuits. Devinney was a hot chip inside the boom box of his youth screaming for expression by way of radio wave. Growing up in Virginia Beach, he aspired to be in a band and tour the world. It was during this time in junior high school that he put the key into the ignition of his dreams. He began playing bass guitar in a band with some friends which they called Car 44. But soon thereafter, Devinney ventured in a different direction. “My mom wears the pants in the family, so I sided with her growing up. I dropped out of high school halfway through my senior year to go on tour with my band at the time. My parents didn’t graduate and are very successful people. I am thankful to have parents that let me follow my dreams. Not everyone is able to experience this, I am glad I was. “Truth be told, after touring in bands for over five years and even a national act, I do not desire that at all. I would tell any young teen thinking of touring and trying to make it in a band to go for it! Touring and seeing the country multiple times is an amazing experience! But, it really is a once in a million chance to make it playing and writing music, honestly. Even being on a major label in a signed band, there was no money to be made at all! The agents, promoters and managers make all the money when it comes down to it.” Devinney landed a job with Rising Tide Productions in Norfolk and started doing production work at the Riverview Theatre on Granby Street downtown. It’s a theatre that is somewhat similar to Norfolk’s Naro Expanded Cinema, which is a single screen playhouse also used as a live theatre venue. The owners of Rising Tide Productions, Bill Reid and Rick Mersel, eventually bought
the theatre and invested in what is now the NorVa on Monticello Avenue. “I remember when the NorVa first opened up and their first act was James Brown. I was unloading all of his musical equipment up the stairs with a partner just hours before he was to to go on stage. There were people lined up all the way down the street who had been waiting for forever to get in and I was already inside!” Devinney’s lackluster career at the NorVa had expired and he finally created his own agency and begin his ideal calling, his brainchild: Independent Music Group. Devinney began booking local Metal and Hardcore bands at smaller venues and working his way up. He booked shows at venues where he first played behind a youthful bass guitar, one such as the Peppermint Beach Club in Virginia Beach. Devinney books shows for venues and clubs all over the seven cities of Hampton Roads. Venues such as the Hat Factory in Richmond, Ted Constant Convocation Center and 37th & Zen in Norfolk, Peabody’s in Virginia Beach and including the all-knowing Backstage Cafe and NorVa. Devinney books shows for venues in North Carolina as well such as Port O’ Call and the OBX Brewing Station. One of the biggest constraints he has faced, though, is having to deal with competition in this particular market every day. Even though we are a secondary market, venues like the Norva still try and compete against us just to get small shows away from us Rob said. The sweat from his imagination continued to drip onto the floor. It is a stain of truth, a stain of hard work from feet that have traveled to many different atmospheres through time and space. A stain clearly defined. It is the decorative detail that stood out in all the rooms’ milkiness. This is Rob Devinney.
Come study abroad by
Janah Stokes Staff Writer
Have dreams of going to a different country to learn? If so, Old Dominion offers a Study Abroad program, where dreams of visiting another country are granted. Study Abroad can enhance any major by challenging students to adapt to unfamiliar learning atmospheres. ODU encourages all students to study abroad in order to expand their global perspectives. Certified courses taken abroad are transferable, and students can take other courses to meet their required major or minor. Arrangements can also be made for credit-bearing internships or volunteer work abroad programs. Also, if a student receives financial aid, they can continue to use it studying abroad. Lets talk money; speaking to ODU students, some feel that they could never afford to study abroad. Shalara Perry, an ODU sophomore, said, “That sounds so cool to be able to study in a different country but I know I could never afford it.” What Perry doesn’t know is many universities in the study program have equivalent tuitions with ODU’s. According to Study Abroad’s Graduate Assistant, Allison Wiggins, studying aboard was one of the greatest decisions she made during her college career. She’s been to numerous places in Europe. “I’ve been to Paris and London, but never have I went to the state of New York.” That statement was very amusing, considering the fact that New York is here in the United States. Wiggins also added that Study Abroad offers a wide variety of programs that can range from a few weeks to an entire year. Student interested in studying abroad for a semester or an entire academic school year should consider exchange programs or affiliated programs. There are a wide variety of short term programs available at ODU that are available during spring and summer breaks. Some of the programs are taught by ODU professors, so that’s a plus if a student knows the faculty member. For more information about the programs, visit the office of Study Abroad or go to their website. Getting started towards the journey of studying abroad begins with attending an information session. Thirty minute sessions are held weekly each semester. The speaker informs of eligibility requirements, scholarships and planning. Secondly, for preparation, visit
a Study Abroad Fair. The fairs are held in early October and early February. At the fair students can speak with returning students about their experiences. Faculty members are also there to speak about possibilities. Thirdly, after visiting a fair and having a country n mind as to where to study, make an individual appointment with a Study Abroad advisor. The advisor meetings are similar to visiting a regular advisor. They discuss universities that offer the classes a students is interested in taking. Advisors will discuss the application procedures and credit transfers. This is the time when students are encouraged to ask any question they are concerned about. The number to schedule an appointment is (757)- 683-5378. After a student has completed all of the processes, applying for the program of choice is the last step. It is strongly recommended that a student takes plenty of time to prepare themselves for the long, but rewarding journey ahead of them.
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A new ‘future leader in scientific policy making’ Poornima Madhavan talks about what is going on in the Hampton Roads area by
Poornima Madhavan, assistant professor of psychology at Old Dominion University, has been selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to participate in a teaching seminar. She was selected from 30 people throughout the entire country to attend. This teaching seminar is design to educate people about science and technology policies that are happening right now in Congress. In November, Madhavan will be going to this seminar. The seminar is designed to allow these people to meet with public speakers who are working in Washington, D.C., on the policies being used today. She hopes to learn from this “something we can
use to go forward; something we can use to help educate other people.” She also hopes to “as a scientist, see that the quality of life is better.” When Madhavan was asked about why she felt she was chosen to attend, she felt that it was a combination of both her accomplishments and research. However, she felt “what they are looking for primarily is to have the ability to connect your education background to be able to make a difference in one or more of these areas. What can you as a scientist do to contribute?” The ability to know and understand what is happening around the area is extremely important. Madhavan’s research falls along this line. She has been studying the rapidly rising sea levels and the effect they have on the local people in the area. Basically, “we’re sinking,” she said. Not only that, but Hampton Roads is one of the fastest sinking areas in the country. In fact, Hampton Roads follows New York and New Orleans in its sinking speed. So, right now Madhavan is trying to find means of combating this problem. “What we don’t want to face someday is this wide spread panic situation,” Madhavan said. There are a number of things that Madhavan and some of the other faculty are trying to do to help this situation. The first issue
Barely South takes students to the web Online journal publishes student work by Amanda
David Staff Writer
Barely South Review, ODU’s very own digital literary journal, is seeking submissions from the public to publish on their journal’s website. BSR accepts submissions from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30 each year. Valarie Clark, current managing editor for the journal, said, “We are soliciting submissions for a special Boundaries issue for September 2011, featuring work that opens up preconceptions of what is “here” or “there” and explores what it means to hew to “tradition” while straddling a divide — whether regional, national, or cultural; or in terms of gender, class, and other labels.” The journal publishes tri-annually in January, April, and September. Barely South Review debuted in April and has celebrated two successful issues so far. Their most recent issue, a special poetry issue, was released in September. “Our January 2011 issue will consist of interviews with the visiting writers who were just here for the 33rd Annual Literary Festival,” Clark said, “We’ll print excerpts of their work accompanied by craft interviews so that fans of the writers can see how it all comes together on the page.” Dr. Luisa Igloria, Director of the MFA Creative Writing program, said, “I think what we do, not only in the journal but also in the MFA Creative Writing program, has come to the attention of more folks out there.” She’s right. The Huffington Post recently published an article recognizing ODU’s MFA Creative Writing program as “one of 25 top underrated programs in the country today.” This digital journal should give the MFA Creative Writing program some of the recognition it deserves. BSR is mainly a student-run pub-
lication that offers a great opportunity to the students and staff of the journal. Clark said, “The experience gained while producing a publication is invaluable to students of creative writing. Students have the opportunity to observe what is undoubtedly happening with their own submissions to other publications, work together, add these experiences to their resumes for future job searches.” Over a decade ago, the MFA Creative Writing program was involved with a print journal called The Dominion Review. The journal was discontinued in part because of budget issues. The new online journal does not face this constraint as it is published online. ODU isn’t alone in this online venture. Igloria said, “Many national literary journals and magazines which have traditionally been produced as print publications, have in fact shifted to the digital platform in recent years.” Igloria was inspired to start a new journal because “every year we’ve always encountered high student interest in a journal and have gotten inquiries about how we can bring it back or create a new one.” In 2009, Igloria met with MFA graduate student volunteers to spearhead the new effort, and Barely South Review was born. It is simple for writers to submit their work. “Barely South Review is a refereed literary journal that invites national submissions from both emerging and published writers,” Clark informs, “We publish our submission guidelines on the website, barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com/ submission-guidelines/, and ask that submissions be done via the email address for the journal, odu.creative. email@example.com.” Writers have the assurance of receiving an immediate response to let them know if their submission has been successful. While Barely South Review is still in its infant stages, Igloria isn’t worried. “We aren’t short on imagination and the creative drive to produce a high quality publication that can reflect the best of what we represent as a writing program.”
that she mentions is the transportation problem. She said, “If public transport was better here, would they be willing to take public transport, and reduce their carbon footprint? Not drive so much every day.” Seeing how all of these problems are related to climate change as a whole, Madhavan is looking for things that can help to fix the problem on a local level, and can be implemented sooner rather than later. What people “don’t seem to realize that some of the weather phenomenons are often caused by the rising sea levels.” An example of this was the snow storm that took place last January. People barely realize it, but it used to go years without us ever seeing a snowflake, and now it snows practically every year. What Madhavan and some of the faculty are trying to do next is find out how much people actually know about what is happening in the area and world around them, and to then raise awareness of these situations. “Knowledge is the biggest weapon you can have,” Madhavan said. The best thing to do, as an individual and to be of help in this situation, is to become aware of what is happening. In this country or around the world, just knowing what is going on can make a difference in how people react or think about things. It is a gradual change, but it is becoming more and more apparent every year.
Member of the University Chaplains Association by Brian Barnett Contributing Writer
President John R. Broderick and a group of faculty, staff, students, and community members gathered on October 7 for a morning of interfaith dialogue and prayer. The Annual President’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast was sponsored by the University Chaplain’s Association and featured speaker Frank Batten Jr., CEO of Landmark Media Enterprises and a member of the Board of Visitors for Old Dominion University. The morning was kicked off with an opening prayer from Rev. John Haynes of the Tidewater Wesley Foundation and was followed by a few remarks from President Broderick. “One of my objectives as president is to remind our students that they can’t lose sight of the fact that good grades are not the only responsibility in life,” Broderick said. He continued to share about the importance of having a moral code, no matter your faith tradition, and the high value of having a responsibility towards family, friends, and the community. Broderick said that one man who exemplifies these characteristics and should be someone we
all aspire to emulate is Mr. Batten. “We could talk for hours about his accomplishments in business, but the first thing you hear anyone say about him is that he is a ‘good person,’” Broderick said. Batten’s Landmark Enterprise owns The VirginianPilot and specializes in other forms of media publishing and broadcasting, but his message that morning was on the issue of integrity and spirituality. “Integrity means that all the compartments of our life are consistent with others,” Batten said. He continued by sharing about how his personal relationship with Jesus Christ effects everything in his life— how he works, how he rests, and how he treats his family. Using passages from the Bible, Batten shared about the value of integrity inside the home and outside the home. “In Matthew 7, it tells us that if we ever get frustrated that people are not serving us—we should be the ones to go and in turn serve others,” Batten said. “And we should never let our studies or work take the place of God.” The morning was concluded with prayers offered from Chaplains Shikma Gurvitz of the Hillel organization, Rev. David Lassalle of the Episcopal Canterbury Center, and Ashraff Kareem of the Islamic Center.
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A scrapbook made of skin Adam Roberts tells his stories through tattoos by Melissa Flippo Contributing Writer
It was a sticky summer day in 2005 as we sat underneath a pine tree outside a tiny country library back in North Carolina, and I noticed Adam Roberts had gotten his first tattoo. Petrone, his mother’s maiden name, is stretched across his left arm in the Italian colors of red, white and green. He stated that he only planned on a few black and white tattoos, if he was ever to get anymore. Five years, $21,000 and 210 hours of tattooing later, things have changed. Sometimes Adam, 26, forgets that almost his entire body, from shoulders to ankles, is decorated with photographs of deceased family members and sentimental words or pictures. “When people stare at me, I give them a crazy look and then I realize that they are just staring at my tattoos.” The tattoos have been a part of his skin for a while and it tends to slip his mind occasionally. Most gawkers are more enthralled than being discourteous and sometimes they randomly give comments. Adam, who currently resides in Newport News, VA, was out and about for a typical day when a lady with a heavy Russian accent approached him. She immediately grabbed one arm and said, “This, this I don’t care too much for,” dropped his arm back to his side and retrieved the other, “but this I like.” Roberts said people are always commenting or asking questions if they are not staring. The question that
irritates Adam the most is if he got all the tattoos at once. Carl Fuchs, a tattoo artist at Trinity Tattoo in Virginia Beach, states that the human body can usually take no more than six hours at one time of tattooing for the body to heal properly. This means that any large or intricately detailed tattoo was started, then time had to pass to allow healing, and then Roberts had to return to get the piece finished. Adam does not let people’s commentary bother him. He smiles and nods to everyone that passes and extends a rainbow painted arm to open doors for people as he made way to the table for the interview. Adam’s gentlemanly qualities are greeted with blank stares. He responds by pasting an even bigger smile on his face. “I try to be overly nice to people who are rude to me,” he says flashing his smile. How many tattoos does Adam have? “I just have one big one. It’s just not finished yet.” This is his normal response for when people ask him this typical question. He doesn’t keep count anymore but at one point he tried. There was just no point anymore; all of his individual pieces have slowly turned into one big tattoo. A portion of the big tattoo is dedicated to his mother, Theresa. He comments on his first tattoo, “I got Petrone because I wanted something my mom would approve of for my first one.” Also in dedication to his mother’s memory is a picture of Adam when he was a toddler crying and being held tightly by Theresa. After being in remission from breast cancer for many years, Theresa has since passed away, but on the back of his left calf is a breast cancer awareness ribbon, which reads, “Son of a survivor Theresa.” After lifting his pant leg to show off the ribbon he looked up, smirked and said, “Besides, it’s the only way I could get a giant pink tattoo.”
The opposite leg he dedicates to his grandmother, Mrs. Roberts, in a collection of black and white tattoos with a few clovers scattered around, “My grandmother was Irish, so the clovers are for her heritage.” The tattoos of his grandmother include three photographs, one of her as a child of about six, another of her in her early twenties, and lastly one of her in her golden years. No matter which appendage his tattoos drape or who they are of, the portraits progress in age moving towards the end of the limb. Adam’s right arm is a collage in remembrance of his father, George. These tattoos follow the same structure as grandma Roberts. At the top is his portrait of George as an infant, and the two that are underneath are of him in his early forties. George has also since passed. Adam’s favorite tattoo is another one that reminds him of his father, “The word Scarecrow across my chest.” When his father and mother were going through a separation, he recollects how his father use to call Adam and his brother and when it was Adam’s turn, George would say, “I missed you most of all, scarecrow. It’s from the ‘Wizard of Oz.’” Scarecrow was the nickname his father gave him, so he holds the nickname very dear. “You know I have every letter but X and Z tattooed on me somewhere.” Adam said. The large tattoo on his back is a work in progress of a few of the characters from the “Wizard of Oz” and he hopes that somewhere amongst the graphics they can put the word ‘Oz’ so he can have the letter Z. What about X? “I figure I will just get my buddy Mike to tattoo an X somewhere.” Adam doesn’t plan on many more tattoos. The plan for now is to finish the “Wizard of Oz” theme on his back. “I want to leave my upper
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legs, stomach, and the rest of my chest empty just in case.” Roberts says about leaving room for more ink. Adam feels that it would be an extremely sad event to run out of room for additional tattoos, so, just in case, he is leaving room. His tattoos haven’t held him back at all in his career life. He has been in the Navy for eight years as a nuclear power technician and in October is moving up to become an instructor at a South Carolina Navy base. Almost finished with his bachelor’s degree in applied science, he has accomplished a lot. Once Adam is finished with the military and joins the civilian career world, he doesn’t think he will be hindered by his decorations. “No, I will wear long sleeves and pants to interviews and I don’t want any tattoos on my neck or face, so it shouldn’t affect me,” he said. When asked if there was any advice he could give to those who plan to venture into the world of ink, Adam gave a couple nifty reminders: they do involve needles, they cost a lot of money and you pay for the quality, so check out the studio and make sure you tattoo has meaning. You are, after all, supposed to be stuck with them for life. Scrapbooking has been popular for organizing memories, but it is a boring way in Adam’s world. His portraits are ways to remember the good times of the past and help those he cherishes live on. Every time someone asks him about his tattoos, he gets to talk about those family member and those events once more. He loves his tattoos, “The tattoos definitely make me feel more confident and outgoing.” Adam said, “I want all my tattoos to have meaning and pictures of the people I love mean the world to me.”
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arts enter tainment Africa Day at ODU
Behind the Little Shop
credit Mace & Crown The fourth annual Africa day was hugely successful.
Daniel Felarca Staff Wrtier
Everyone loves a little song and dance to put a spring in their step and a bounce in their breeches. This year, in their first production of the season, ODU Theatre is delivering such delight and performing the ever-popular rock musical known as “Little Shop of Horrors,” created by writer Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken, and based on a film of the same name released in 1960. “Little Shop of Horrors” is the story of an out-of-luck florist shop employee who stumbles across a mysterious plant that feeds on human flesh and blood. It is obvious that much work went into the creation of this play, but how does such a big production ultimately come together, and will it truly deliver? The audition process for any theatrical production is always one of the more nerve-wracking aspects of theatre, at least for actors desiring a role. The auditions for “Little Shop of Horrors” were no different. During the first and second weeks of September, dozens of potential Audreys, Seymours, Orins, Mushniks and others, each prepared with their own audition piece, 16 bars of music from a known theatre production, filed into the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Building. Those who particularly captured the attention of the people in charge of casting were called back to perform yet again. After much deliberation, the lead roles of “Little Shop” were decided; Cleo Antolin as Seymour Krelborn, the discontent and orphaned protagonist of the story; Jenny de Jaager as Audrey, the sweet, good-natured love of Seymour’s life; Christopher Jones as Mr. Mushnik, the cranky and money-grubbing, yet lovable owner of Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists, where both Seymour and Audrey work; Brent Hartigan as Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., a semi-sadistic dentist with a distinct love for anesthesia and Audrey’s abusive boyfriend; and Zachary Brunberg, who, despite never actually appearing on stage, establishes an extremely large presence with his portrayal as the voice of the vulgar plant known as Audrey II. A play requires teamwork to the umpteenth degree. No one aspect of the company could function very well without another aspect, nor could that part of the company function without another, and so on and so forth. That being said, despite the tremendous talent of the previously
mentioned actors, they would be nowhere without the numerous techies, and vice versa. The props and sets used in “Little Shop of Horrors” are not extravagant, but do not need to be. They are an accurate aesthetic representation of the aptly named Skid Row, what with the modest flower shop and the surrounding brick buildings. The set construction crew spent a large amount of time and energy creating the sets, and it definitely shows. In spite of the buildings and scenery, the props that will catch the audience’s attention will, without a doubt, be the Audrey II puppets. Throughout the course of the play, Audrey II grows bigger and bigger and thusly requires different-sized puppets and an actual human to operate them. The voice actor for Audrey II, Zachary Brunberg, speaks into a microphone from offstage while Casey Croson, the plant operator, moves the plant’s “mouth” in a way that creates the illusion that the puppet is actually speaking. Another integral part of the aesthetics of a production is the costumes, designed by Jennifer Baker. Having lived their lives in Skid Row for a long while, the characters’ costumes are not elaborate, but as with the sets, do not need to be and thusly get the job done. Finally, rehearsals are when the production finally comes together. The actors are able to work with the band and those in charge of sound, while the lighting designer is able to watch and determine which lights should be used and at what time. The majority of an actor’s portrayal of a character is formed during the rehearsal process, usually when feedback is given by the director, a certain line must be delivered or when a certain reaction is required; the rehearsal process shapes the actor and the character and is also the period of time in which an actor develops confidence in his or her performance. After all is said and done, the only thing left to do is to perform for the students of ODU and the general public. Will all the hard work put into “Little Shop” pay off? We’ll just have to see for ourselves, but it is definitely safe to say that this certain production is worth a view or two. Or three. “Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Katherine Hammond, opens Thursday, Oct. 14, and runs through Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. The performance on Oct. 23, however, begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for the general public.
Fourth Annual Celebration Delivers Culture to Campus by Angel
Eason Staff Writer
Did you smell a sweet aroma of delicious food in the Webb Center? Africa Day ODU, instituted in 2007, was recently held on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in Old Dominion’s Webb Center and was sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Relations. The Office of Intercultural Relations is committed to creating a campus community that values and supports the cultural identities of each of our members. Many students came out to participate in Africa Day. The purpose of the event was to highlight the cultural characteristics of many countries on the African continent. Throughout the day, many sessions and workshops were held. The first event, African Knowledge Community Fair was the kick-off for the event. Many students came out to learn the “truth” about Africa verses the myths that are usually shown on television and in movies. Students also had to opportunity to attend “South Africa Service-Learning Study Abroad”. This session was very informative and discussed the study abroad opportunities in South Africa. President John Broderick spoke at the Welcome and Keynote Performance along with performances from the Umdabu South Africa Dance Company. Shortly after, the reception was held for people to mingle and enjoy African food. A lot of students called their friends to tell them to make their way over to the Webb Center
for the rest of the Africa Day events. The African Caribbean Association sponsored the cultural presentations and the fashion show. Amma Pomaah Okrah, a student, participated in the Ghanaian culture presentation and also was a part of the Fashion Show. She is the Public Relations Chair of the African Caribbean Association, also known as A.C.A. During the cultural presentations, the African Caribbean Association members performed dances of several different African cultures. Some of the crowd even tried to learn some of the dances. The audience really enjoyed this part of the event. The fashion show featured models dressed in African attire. Bridgette Brown, a student, couldn’t stop talking about it. “The fashion show was very inspiring and the clothing worn on the diverse models really depicted the African Culture,” according to Bridgette. The fashion show was the last event of the night and the crowd didn’t want to leave. The DJ played African-inspired music, which is somewhat similar to American music. Students also had the opportunity to purchase Africa Day 2010 t-shirts during the day for a low price. The crowd throughout the day was very diverse and interested in the festivities. Some students even wore their authentic African attire to some of the events. After the event, students were discussing how much fun they had. Many students are already anticipating Africa Day 2011. People came to the events ready to have fun and left with more African knowledge than before. Africa Day 2010 was a huge success thanks to the Office of Intercultural Relations and the students of Old Dominion University. Don’t fret if you missed out on the wonderful event; mark your calenders for Africa Day 2011!
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Paranormal Activity at ODU ODU Students Search for the Unexplained By RJay Molina Staff Writer An Old Dominion University student, Andrew Patchan, and his friends have banded together to find paranormal activity in the area. Patchan made the group official by calling it the Old Dominion Ghost Hunters. “I started the group back in November of last year because I wanted to find the answers to questions I’ve been having since I was a kid and experienced strange things at my house. I was also the founder of the Northern Virginia Ghost Hunters before I came to ODU, and started that group back in 2005,” Patchan said. To make it even more official, the group has a website; http:// olddominionghosthunters.
tripod.com, and a Facebook page for fans to like. When asked why he chose to explore something as strange as the paranormal, Patchan said, “I go after the paranormal because I have always been interested in the unexplained. It all started when my grandpa died back in 2001. He was very close to the family and we had lots of unexplained events happen after his death. Light switches would go on and off; objects would disappear and then re-appear in obvious places, footsteps on occasion.” Spine-tingling occurrences and a strong determination are the perfect reasons to try to understand the unexplained. Patchan also described the equipment used for his group’s trips. “We use the standard audio and video recorders in hopes of capturing anomalies such as shadows, lights, mists, sounds, and EVP’s (electronic voice phenomena). Basically an EVP is a voice that is not heard at the time of the recording but plays back on the recorder,” Patchan said, “We also use EMF detectors which pick
Set sail to another country Consider Studying Abroad By RJay Molina Staff Writer Old Dominion University held its Study Abroad Fair on Oct. 5. Numerous tables were set up with students representing various countries. The energy was high and the international students were eager to convince Old Dominion students to study abroad at their school for a period of time. Studying abroad offers students the chance to experience something outside of their comfort zone. It opens students’ eyes up to the rest of the world. It is an experience that should be taken advantage of during one’s time in college. Old Dominion offers semester and yearlong programs to many countries such as China, Bulgaria, Fiji, the Philippines and England. The England table at the Study Abroad fair featured students from the University of Leicester, University of Essex and Keele University. Everyone there was ready to answer any questions about the United Kingdom, their schools and their life here at Old Dominion. The enthusiasm was infectious. “England is a lot more different than people think. There’s a lot of history. Everyone here [at Old Dominion] is very friendly. People back home kind of keep to themselves. But Essex has the second largest international population. The exchange students are given a lot of options, such as choosing where to stay,” said Katrina Hedges, from the University of Essex. A former student from Essex, Mark Walker, expressed his feelings about Old Dominion and Virginia and said, “I really like this area, it has a lot of history. Teachers are all active in their research fields. I’m now a graduate student here, working as a teacher’s assistant in history.” Dr. Araceli Suzara, a sociology professor for the Fili-
up electrical energy (which, in theory, is what ghosts are made up of). In addition, we use infrared non-contact thermometers which can take the instant temperature of any surface and theoretically an air mass. With this device you are looking for what is known as cold spots, which are basically pockets of cold air that shouldn’t be there. These are considered paranormal in nature.” Virginia is home to many battlefields from the Civil War era, plantations and other places that seem plausible for a paranormal occurrence. “You can go to just about any area truly. Also businesses, even a Wal-mart can have activity (I actually know of one that does). Homes also center a lot in the way of paranormal activity. We have been contacted by many homeowners that are looking for assistance in proving legitimate paranormal phenomena in their homes,” said Patchan. He went even further to add that he has “investigated about 15 different locations in my years of investigating. But I honestly only consider two or
three of them to actually contain paranormal phenomena. At the Ferry Plantation House in Virginia Beach, I heard a little girl giggle and try to say something to me while I was asking if anyone was there. At Riddick’s Folly Museum in Suffolk Synique, another member and I also experienced what appeared to be a young woman humming or singing in the basement. Finally, with my old group in Northern Virginia, I experienced a woman singing and trying to say something to me at the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries.” When asked if he would recommend this group to anyone at Old Dominion, he said, “It’s not for everybody. Being in the dark for 4 hours or more in areas where you know people have died violently can mess with your head, if you let it. But most new people love it and they tend to find it thrilling and adrenalinepumping.” Anyone interested in joining the group can reach Andrew Patchan and his team on their website or Facebook. Proceed at your own risk…
pino American experience, was quick to grab student’s attention with what the Philippines had to offer. “It adds global understanding. Knowing another country exposes the students to other cultures. There is a very close connection to the United States. Plus the Philippines is just a lot of fun,” explained Dr. Suzara. She leads a team of students across the seas every summer for an adventurous ride. A few students from other countries are here with scholarships, like Alex Seleznev from Kyrgyzstan. “I’m here to play tennis and I love it. I like the area. I’d stay longer if I could,” he said. Another student, Yu Fang Qi from Japan, explained that she “met an exchange student at her school from Old Dominion and decided to study here,” she said, “I’ve only been here for a month but I’ll be here for the whole school year. I love it. I’m not really home sick because I’ve been moving around my whole life.” Yu Fang occasionally giggled, feeling as if she had mispronounced a word whenever she spoke, but she had nothing to worry about. Her words came out eloquently. Patrick Duerr, an exchange student from Germany, was very honest when asked about why he decided to study abroad at Old Dominion. “Actually ODU wasn’t my first choice. It was either ODU or some other school. I just happened to pick ODU. I like it a lot here though. I’m studying engineering and it would be great to be here for one more semester,” he said. Now while the Study Abroad fair is over, students can still head over to the Office of International Programs in Webb Center, across from Starbucks, to meet up with an advisor and discuss when and how they can study overseas. It is an opportunity that should not be missed.
A Look at ODU’s French Club by Alyssa
Odango staff writer
Paris is the city of love; thus the French language can’t help being such a pretty sound to hear. What is good about language is that you don’t have to be in the nation to speak or understand it. French is one of the many foreign languages offered at Old Dominion, and because students love its culture and language so much, there is a club dedicated to the spread of the Francophone culture. ODU’s French Club is the best place to get a little piece of France on campus. The French Club had been around on campus for several years prior to becoming an official club in 2008. Its main goal as a club is to promote French and its culture throughout the university. What’s great about the club is that fluency in the language is not a requirement to join. Jonathan Etheridge, president of the French Club, said, “We welcome all levels, including people who have never even taken French 101.” Membership is easy to achieve; students simply need to contact one of the officers through emails or directly in person, or they can send inquiries to the ODU French Club Facebook group. Interest in the Francophone culture is a big invitation to check out the French Club. During meetings the club discusses French pop culture, interesting websites, and ways of reaching more people. The meetings are initially done in French, but do not worry; the meeting is immediately translated into English for members who are not quite versed in the language. French snacks are always a good incentive to check the club out. “At every meeting, there is
always plenty of Nutella,” Etheridge said. Opportunities for learning French are provided; the French Club includes members hailing from Francophone countries such as Haiti, Canada, France (of course) and various other places. For students who hope to practice their French, the French Club is the perfect environment to speak French with other students; the club also offers tutoring services for students needing help with their French lessons. The club offers plenty of activities and events that will hopefully garner a larger membership. Le Quart d’Heure is an activity where the students teach preschool-aged children at the Child Education Center basic French words and French songs. Other activities include: monthly movie nights, club trips to coffeehouses like Borjo, wine tasting as well as DressLike-A-Mime Day (which is coming up on Monday, Oct. 25). One major event coming up is the French Film Festival that the French Club will co-host along with the French Department, F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S, the Nichi Bei Club and other organizations. During the last week of October and the first week of November, movies of two recently deceased French directors, Claude Chabrol and Alain Corneau, will be played in celebration of their contributions to the French film culture. “Each night of the festival, we will be showing a film by either director, most of which are award-winning or inspired an artistic movement in France,” Etheridge said. Prior to the movie there will be a brief introduction about the film and its cultural importance. For students whose inner French interest is piqued, the Corneau et Chabrol Film Festival is a great event to check out. The films and their dates are all listed on ODU’s French Club Facebook page.
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“If You Can Imagine It, We Can Outfit It!”
Five Costumes to Avoid by
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Halloween is just around the corner, and while we have so many costume options to choose from, we should also know what costumes to avoid as well; it might help narrow down the list. These five costumes should be avoided under any and all circumstances:
Timothy Fulghum Staff Writer
For more than 30 years, Echoes of Time has been providing a plethora of costumes, whether they be festive, formal, elegant or goofy. Their diverse selection of clothing, costumes for rent, and accessories make them the perfect fit for obtaining the perfect costume. Located in Virginia Beach, this growing costume shop has built a large clientele based on their costumes, wigs, hats, jewelry and accessories. And the best part? There’s something for everyone. The staff stops at nothing to provide their customers with not only the best costume, but also add a creative and innovative flair to it. From television show characters, to historical figures, to holiday characters, Echoes of Time provides any theme imaginable. However, it doesn’t stop there: the shop also carries costumes from eras such as the 20s, the 40s, and the 70s. Their handpicked clothing will surely please the imagination as well as the vintage enthusiast. The store doesn’t limit itself to being just a costume shop either; it also offers customers event planning for themed parties, corporate events and even weddings. No job is too large. Their staff is dedicated to the customer and will stop at nothing to ensure the guest is just as comfortable as the costume they are wearing. Looking for a costume that doesn’t necessarily exist? Never fear, Echoes of Time also creates costumes from scratch. If you can imagine it, they can help create it! Echoes of Time is certainly one of the best costume shops in business. Their dedicated clientele alone is proof that they value their customers to the highest degree. Their costumes are unique and incredibly stylish. Other shops
offer only a limited variety, as well as limited sizes, whereas Echoes of Time offers sizing to ensure that each costume fit just right. No costume is complete without accompanying accessories! Along with amazing costumes, Echoes of Time has an extensive selection of apparel to accentuate each outfit. Not only do they carry varying styles of sunglasses, crowns and wands, but they also carry more intricate and detailed items such as necklaces, differing styles of gloves and masks. Each accessory is divided into eras and time periods from which they originate, thus making it easier to properly fit an accessory with its respective costume. The fun doesn’t stop there either; the costume shop provides era-appropriate wigs, themed wigs and character wigs. To add to the many wigs, also available are different forms of facial hair, including but not limited to, mustaches, facial hair and beards. The wig is just as vital as the costume itself, and their wide selection provides that the best costume is achieved. Echoes of Time offers the best costume, the best service and the best experience. With Halloween right around the corner, they prove to be a great choice to obtain an outfit from! To contact Echoes of Time, call 757-428-2332, or visit their website www.echoes-of-time.com. They are located at 600 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452.
Halloween turns from scary to sexy as girls grow up Should Girls Stop Dressing So Slutty on Halloween? By Jessica Piland Staff Writer “Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” Everyone knows that now famous (or infamous) “Mean Girls” quote in which the protagonist of the movie realizes she took a wrong turn in planning her zombie bride costume for Halloween: she didn’t make her outfit sexy enough. Should girls really be judged when they show up to a Halloween party in a slutty costume? Has all the originality that used to go into finding a perfect costume died with the increased popularity of wearing little to nothing for Halloween? Interestingly enough, most of the students with opinions on this subject happen to be girls. Any guy who was questioned on the topic said they didn’t have an opinion either way. It’s hard to believe that any guy wouldn’t think differently if every girl showed up for Halloween this year with a sheet draped over herself and called herself a ghost. Girls everywhere are divided on the subject. One Old Dominion senior, Heather Kelley, has a relaxed outlook on the subject. “I don’t think people should judge girls that look slutty
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on Halloween because it’s only one night out of the whole year. Everyone has the right to wear what they want,” she said. Another ODU student, Maryanne Summerford, stated that the new trend is “demeaning to women.” Nobody makes anybody dress like a slut on Halloween. It’s not a law, but it is a little bit disheartening to walk through the costume aisles at stores and see mainly “sexy” options for female Halloween costumes. If you don’t want sexy, you might as well be as unoriginal as a giant M&M, because there isn’t much more. On the bright side for those who want modest options, it’s a good incentive to save some money and just make your own costume at home. Poor college students generally don’t want to spend $50 on a costume, especially one that has barely any fabric, anyway. It’s a girl’s own prerogative to dress however she wants on Halloween, but is it hurting them in a way they don’t realize? There’s no reason why a girl should wear something slutty just because it’s expected of her, but like any trend, lots of people are going to take part just because everyone else is. Whether they realize it or not, everyone is influenced by their friends. You can bet that if a girl is the only one she knows who is planning to dress up in a costume that doesn’t require cleavage, she might just change her mind as soon as she sees her friends in outfits that show a lot more skin. Of course this won’t always be the case, but it’s a problem when girls feel obligated to show more of themselves than they are comfortable with for the sake of fitting in with every other girl at the party.
Naughty School Girl: Unless you’re trying to mimic Britney Spear’s 1990 music video (which you shouldn’t anyway), this outfit is too cliché for this generation. Let’s face it: we’re in college now, there is no need to wear a “high school” uniform. The Opposite Sex: Although this seems like the easiest, most creative Halloween costume, it should be avoided at all costs. Even though Halloween costumes are supposed to show a different side of you, wear them as if they were your everyday clothes. Translation: stick with costumes that make you appeal to others. FYI, if you’re trying to attract the opposite sex, this costume isn’t going to work.
cute idea for you and your best friend to dress up as these opposing icons, but in reality, these have become the most boring costumes to see and be seen in. It’s guaranteed that people won’t remember what you wore Halloween 2010 (or any year) if you show up in one of these “inner voices,” and don’t even think about being a contestant for the Best Halloween Costume Contest. Ranking as the most unoriginal costume, be sure to steer clear of this cute duo trap. Halloween is your one chance to show your creative and fun side that isn’t seen by most. Save your sexy, naughty side for the club and bring out your quirky, diverse side on Oct. 31. Your costume should be one that you love and can feel confident in. Receiving laughs and shrieks are the best way to know that you succeeded in sporting a unique costume. So, as Halloween rolls around, think twice before you take the easy way out when searching for the perfect costume.
Santa: Folks, I hate to break it to you, but this is the wrong holiday. Just like how you wouldn’t place scary ornaments on your Christmas tree, don’t dress as Santa on Halloween. Holidays aren’t made to mix and match. The two holidays have completely different meanings and conjure entirely different feelings and moods. Therefore, dressing up as Santa would confuse people more than it would excite them. Inanimate Object: Goofy? Yes. Original? No. Comfortable? Definitely NOT. This non-functional costume may seem like an easy way out of purchasing a costume, but in reality, who wants to be in a large, boxy, immobile costume in a crowded party? If your goal is ridiculous, then be my guest and throw on that cardboard box, but don’t say you weren’t warned when you notice that people are avoiding you to prevent themselves from being knocked or poked. Devil and Angel: It sounds like a
Devil and angel, inanimate objects and Santa Claus probably aren’t the most creative Halloween costumes.
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Fandoms is comprised of 12-year old females (and middle-aged housewives). Long before Edward shined his first sparkle, a young wizard graced the pages and screens of the world. The Boy Who Lived, or Harry Potter, proved that novels intended for children can appeal to anyone and everyone alike. by Timothy Fulghum What audiences love about “Harry Potter” is how many Staff Writer people grew up with him. ODU Student Cynthia Nunzez says, “I really love the plot, but most of all I like how he changed as we changed, kind of like we grew up with him Fandoms. They’re everywhere, whether they appear in and vice-versa.” Kasey Miller agrees with Nunez, but adds the form of a studly vampire who sparkles as bright as that the characters themselves appeal to the reader. “I love a diamond in the blazing sun, a wizard who can expecto Ron. Each character has twists and turns of their own, and your partronum or even a man who dresses up like a bat J.K. Rowling is not an incompetent writer, unlike other and talks with a smoker’s cough to conceal his true iden“novelists” of tity. But what drives our time.” “Harthese fandoms? ry Potter” has Clearly, the fans; been translated however, each reinto more than spective title holds 60 languages, its own ‘secret encompasses weapon’ to attractseven novels, ing the attention of and eight films, the masses. the last two of Since 2005, which are re“Twilight” has been leased in Noplaguing Amerivember 2010 can culture with its and July 2011. ‘unique’ tale of a These fanyoung girl falling in doms provide love with a vampire. varying reasons However, much unfor why each like the more amazpopular series is ing predecessor loved, but in re“Buffy the Vampire ality it all boils Slayer”, the girl is down to the plot weak, feeble, helpNEWS.BBC.CO.UK and relation of less and annoying, and the vampire Harry Potter fans have created a whole community around the boy wizard, each story to the reader. Although doesn’t kill, he with conventions, theme parks and sports. there are no sparkles. This toned such things as wizards (much to the dismay of Houdini) down love story has spawned three novel sequels and a and there are no real vampires, (despite a recent couple film franchise. However, its mediocrity is ignored as its in Arizona charged with sucking the blood of a homeless crazed fans continue to drool over Taylor Lautner’s “bod”; man), the characters at their core are relatable. Bella Swan “I only really love it for Jacob. Taylor Lautner is hot!” said has fallen in love with the mysteriously brooding Edward Kasey Miller, an ODU student. When asked what about Cullen, but outside influences attempt to keep them apart. “Twilight” appeals to her, she replied, “Taylor Lautner is Harry Potter is constantly facing obstacles as he endures THE ONLY reason that “Twilight” is acceptable in sothe trials and tribulations of adolescence with the aid of his ciety. I mean, who doesn’t like an amazing guy with an friends. Whatever the reason, each fandom has its rightful amazing body who takes off his shirt?” Clearly, the true place in each fan’s heart. reason “Twilight” is successful is because of the intended sexual situations that never happen…because the fanbase
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Viva la Naptime Five things college students will miss by
Timothy Fulghum Staff Writer
College is a wonderful place, a great place. Some may say it’s the best, expensive four year vacation they’ve ever experienced. However, the minute graduation happens, each student realizes all of the things they will miss out on once they obtain their degree. Naptime: Many students, under the guidance from their academic advisors, have structured their schedules to have breaks between classes so that there is plenty of time to travel to each one. However, a great deal of students have left so much time between classes that the only solution to solve the superfluous amount of minutes is to take a nap. College can be stressful, and naps do just the trick to help ease that. Also, it’s a great idea for those choosing to party, or “have intense study sessions,” into the early hours of the morning. In addition to these factoids, naps are a great idea. People need more sleep,
and besides, who doesn’t love a great nap? Food: College offers meal plans, meal plans offer delicious ‘free’ food and delicious “free” food equals incredibly happy students. Outside of college, food generally costs money; usually when the cashier swipes the card they don’t ask “Meal Plan or Flex Points?” Instead, they opt for “Credit or debit?” The insanely abundant and available amount of food in college isn’t as insanely abundant or available outside; it’s still there, but people generally don’t enjoy spending hard-earned money on food, especially if they don’t have to. Free time: A majority of students enroll in at least 12 credit hours; however, some may opt for more, and with subtracting those 12 hours from the week, there are still 156 hours remaining; after factoring in eight hours of sleep per night, 100 hours are left. Students have nothing but time. So, in order to fill the void, they become active members of clubs and/or organizations, engage in sports, hang out with friends, etc. However, after graduation, jobs are usually required to support one’s lifestyle, thus diminishing a large chunk
of that once-cherished free time. Free gym membership: Seeing that utilizing the gym’s “resources” is paid for by tuition, students are able to benefit from everything, and more, than other gyms offer. However, after the four year vacation ends, so do the benefits. Gym memberships can be costly, many starting at $20 a month. However, not all gyms offer the all of the amenities: exercise equipment, track, pool, rock wall, etc; some only offer the equipment and track. “Free” Utilities. Outside of college, things like water, electricity, heating, etc. cost money. However, college students aren’t burdened by these monthly fees because they are taken care of through room and board. In the “real world,” these necessities can rack up in the money department, but college students aren’t fully burdened by them, due to their inclusion with the rest of tuition. All in all, college is a wonderful place that offers amenities that the “real world” offers at inflated prices. On the bright side, there’s always the option to continue on to obtain a master’s, thus extending the vacation. Viva la Naptime.
iPods, Laptops and Cell Phones, Oh My 5 Must Haves to Carry On-Campus by
Timothy Fulghum Staff Writer
Every student has their own preference for what they carry on their person. However, there are five particular items that should be carried by ALL students, especially if they live on campus. These items will forever come in handy and aren’t too cumbersome to carry at all times. iPod: Everyone loves music, even those who claim to hate it (they love it in secret). iPods are lightweight, incredibly portable, and hold anywhere from 1,000 songs to 40,000 songs. They are especially handy when going to class, waiting for a class to start or for just killing time in the Webb. And, the universal sign of wearing headphones is ‘don’t talk to me’; perfect for those not interested in engaging in social interaction. Laptop: Every student needs his or her laptop. They are convenient when typing up homework, assignments, etc; they’re great for browsing Facebook, an activity that takes a good hour minimum to fully exercise and, despite the fact that instant messaging is possible through iPods and phones, the laptop can support all of these devices at once (no waiting and certainly no touch screen). And the best part? Laptops are the key to academic and social success! Yes, it’s true. In this advancing society, not only does one need to know things, but one needs to know people. Money: Each student should always carry around some form of money just in case, whether it be cash, credit or debit. Although col-
lege can offer some exciting, free products, the ‘fun stuff’ costs money, not Flex Points. Money makes the world go round, and even if students aren’t necessarily spending it, possessing it sure does seem to make them a whole extra ounce happier. After all, students are in college in hopes of making more money in the future. Comfy clothing: College means a lot of walking to class, and no student wants to walk in clothing that is too tight or too open, especially with the approaching winter months. Although not every student wants to stroll out of their dorm looking like a ‘hot mess’, sometimes the best clothes in life don’t exactly scream ‘fine!’. Keys/ODU ID: Keys open doors, cars, etc., and for those students living on campus, IDs function in a similar fashion. Although some may argue that one’s success in life is linked to his or her ODU ID, it’s not the case; it just means that you can get into your dorm, enter the many café halls littered around campus and receive discounted tickets from the Ted. With the recent, and violent, surge of crimes around campus, keys are a definite must-have to defend against assailants. It’s simple to protect oneself by placing the keys between the knuckles and punching muggers in defense. Using this tactic, one can easily create a diversion to get away! Also, more than likely, the mugger won’t have their ODU ID, so they won’t be able to follow their victims into the building, thus proving the importance of the ID as a safety mechanism against muggers. Although there are many other items that one may carry on their person, these are just mere suggestions for any future endeavors.
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Studio Evolve Transforming Tattooing in Hampton Roads by
Erika Schaubach Staff Writer
A steady buzz mingles with the murmur of multiple music artists, enticing potential customers to try and sneak a peek in two hidden, but active, rooms. In these rooms, three very talented artists work carefully to transfer their designs onto skin. Their canvases, three living breathing people, try not to squirm as a needle slides into their flesh, leaving a line of color with every stroke. Hidden next to Mount Trashmore Park, Studio EvoLve is an amazingly well kept secret in the Hampton Roads tattoo community. Although the place is only three months old, Studio EvoLve’s tattoo artists are always busy. What makes it the place to get inked? Unlike many shops in Hampton Roads that are owned by non-tattooers, EvoLve is owned and operated by local tattoo artist, Gabriel Cece. Cece clarifies the difference. “We do not wish to be a typical street shop with a big walk-in client base, looking for a quick tattoo they have chosen from a wall, but rather, we will strive to be an exclusively custom, by-appointment tattoo studio where everyone is welcome,” he said. No flash can be found on any walls in the studio, and clients are encouraged to give real thought to the ink that will be gracing their skin, rather than spontaneously choosing a design. Studio EvoLve’s artists are more than happy to create one of a kind tattoos for their customers, and when they are not tattooing they are often drawing in their sketch books. Cece said, “I kind of look at it like solving a problem sometimes; how to give people what it is that they are after, within the space and budget available, in the style of work that they want, next to, covering, or reworking what it is that they already have, and still have my own flavor in there as well.” At EvoLve, tattooing is not just the process of drawing on another,
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but producing unique pieces of art that clients are proud to have and display. Gabriel Cece founded Studio Evolve after ten years of dreaming and planning. Cece said, “I had just gotten to the point that I was done working for others, not making any progress in my path, or reaching my goals, so, 2010 was the time to move forward.” Fittingly, he named his place, Studio EvoLve as a reflection of his hope of changing the tattoo scene in Hampton Roads and as a recognition that art is a continuos learning process. No one at EvoLve claims to know it all but, rather, are excited to admit that there’s always more to learn. Cece said that a good artist has, “a willingness to learn, and to further ourselves, with every tattoo that we do.” He is unafraid to experiment with tattoos and has even created a series of “sketchy tattoos” that appear to be plunked out of his sketch book and transferred to skin. His lines are smooth and his color echoes years of practice. When questioned as to his greatest accomplishment Cece said, “ The most amazing thing I have ever done, the greatest accomplishment of my entire life, has been to make two wonderful children. They’re like, the most kewlest thing ever.” The only way to describe Gabriel Cece is a down to earth rock star of the tattoo world. Tanane Whitfield is one of the comedians of the Studio EvoLve staff. He proudly boasts that his hopes for the studio includes global domination. When asked as to what makes a great tattoo artist, Whitfield said, “Sterility. Not meaning not making babies. I like babies. But sterile technique and preventative practices. People skills. You can’t be a successful tattooer and not be able to consult, plan and execute a good tattoo if you don’t know how to talk to your clients. Artistic ability comes in handy when you have to come up with something for a client that is 100% custom. Imagination. Who wants to see the same ‘ol same ‘ol?” It is easy to realize that Whitfield’s people skills include humoring his clients and trying to take their mind off the tattoo’s painful procedure. His comic style often includes unexpected details. Whitfield said, “In my tattoos, I like to incorporate things that people seem to overlook in life, like crayons. I put them in tattoos because every artist starts with crayons but never come back to them, so that is my way of going back. Water wings on a whale, power buttons; my view on technology taking over. It turns everything into a cyborg, and rich, balleristic animals.” His inspiration comes from random sources such as Jabbawockez, strange patterns on floor-tiles, Spider-man, old people and conversations with friends. Tanane Whitfield is a character; his sense of humor is sometimes dark, but always amusing. Emily Sue is the youngest tattoo artist at Studio EvoLve. Although she has been working for only three years, her work is amazingly skilled and breathtakingly detailed. Emily Sue is currently in the Navy and although it gives her a tough schedule, it also has its perks. She views her experiences as the best of two worlds. She said, “Its been very rewarding and difficult. It’s a matter of balancing two almost completely different life styles daily. There is a ton appreciate from both professions; in the military things are rigid and rules are easy to follow and that helps in
tattooing, however I am able to be creative and expressive with art.” She is an outdoorsy person and, when off, enjoys gathering inspiration from plants, koi fish and people watching. Emily Sue’s defines her style as “free flowing.” She said,“I like to make the pieces compliment the wearer. Most of my pieces also have a painterly feel with few black out lines.” Her greatest accomplishment is her client’s happiness when he or she first sees the new tattoo. While Emily Sue’s artistic, paint-like style doesn’t seem to fit with her military background, her honest, straight to the point attitude reflects her many experiences. Studio EvoLve is not only the best tattoo studio in Hampton Roads but an awesome place to just chill with amazing people. For a little taste of EvoLve visit the studio on Nov. 7 for the Charles Long art show. Visit http://studioevolvetattoo.com for further information about the studio or artists.
NBC’s New Thursday Night Comedy Receives Mixed Reviews “Outsourced” Tries to Prove Itself by
Jessica Piland Staff Writer
This year, NBC debuted its new addition to the Thursday night comedy lineup on Sept. 23. “Outsourced” follows an American business manager named Todd Dempsey, played by Ben Rappaport, who is transferred to a call center in India when his business is downsized. Dempsey has to adjust to Indian culture while trying to keep his business running and his employees happy. One of the things that stands out is Dempsey’s blatant ignorance. Anytime a difference of culture is brought up, he is completely shocked. He is supposedly very determined to live in India and make this new chapter in his life work, but cannot hide his stupidity when he faces anything different from the way he does things in America. Dempsey cannot help but snicker anytime certain Indian names are said, which is cringe-inducing. It’s uncomfortable to sit and watch one of the only American characters on the show be so comfortable with his ignorance. The other main American character, Charlie Davies, played by Diedrich Bader, is just as
bad. One of his first lines in the pilot episode is him complaining about how much Indian food gives him diarrhea. “Outsourced” has a chance to get rid of annoying stereotypes and assumptions about Indian culture, but instead it has fed into them, all while not being very funny. What is so dishearten-
ing is that NBC, while it isn’t the most diverse network on TV, actually has a few great examples of Indian characters in its other Thursday night shows. Mindy Kaling on “The Office,” Danny Pudi on “Community” and Aziz Ansari on “Parks and Recreation” are three examples of actors in the Thursday night comedy lineup
whose personalities do not revolve around the fact that they are Indian. Being Indian is just a part of who they are. Unfortunately, this show pushes back the very funny “Parks and Recreation” until January. Hopefully NBC will realize that this show is full of cheap laughs at the expense of a culture that they used to seem to care about, and return to the original Thursday night lineup. Otherwise, “Outsourced” will have to work very hard to prove itself as a comedy this year. As nice as it is to see a cast where minorities make up the majority, it’s extremely hard to root for a protagonist who seems so proud of his ignorance. However, it’s still early and therefore possible for the show to make a turnaround. If given a chance this season, it might find its legs and become a decent comedy. Maybe the creators of “Outsourced” just need a little time to test the waters with what’s okay and what’s not okay to joke about. Either that, or they should take a page from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and make Dempsey an unapologetic jerk who the audience is meant to laugh at, not with. If “Outsourced” doesn’t pull itself together and become a great ensemble comedy like the others in Thursday’s lineup, hopefully NBC will realize that it’s not living up to expectations and bring back the original lineup.
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Zombies infecting television! AMC’s new series “The Walking Dead” by
RJay Molina Staff Writer
Frank Darabont, director of films like “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Mist,” is bringing an adaptation of a comic book, “The Walking Dead,” to the small screen. With the show set to air on the AMC channel on Halloween of this year, “The Walking Dead” is sure to infect audiences everywhere who tune in. The story involves a police officer who wakes up in a hospital to find that the world is now ravaged by flesh-eating zombies. Thus, he sets off with a ragtag group of survivors to find a safe haven from the undead, and from there the plot will continue to unfold. The show stars Andrew Lincoln as the police officer, Rick Grimes, and he is supported by actors who are notable for working with Darabont on his most recent films. Lincoln is notable for being in films like “Love Actually” and the television series “Afterlife.” The comic book that the show is based off
of was created in 2003 by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, who served as the writer and artist, respectively. To this day it is still an ongoing series that is currently celebrating its 77th issue. Despite the show being a regular program on AMC, the zombie makeup looks phenomenal. But it remains to be seen if the gore factor will live up to fan expectations. The teaser trailer wasn’t afraid to show blood smears or people screaming in agony. However whenever clips of zombies were shown closing in on a survivor, the trailer was quick to cut away from the feeding. However www. bloody-disgusting.com, featured an article about how a visit to the set of the show confirmed that the show will not hold anything back. During an interview with Frank Darabont, Bloody-Disgusting found out that the show cannot use strong profanity, but that they are able to “shoot a zombie in the head at point blank range.” The original creator, Robert Kirkman, expressed his surprise to Bloody-Disgusting and said, “The stuff that AMC is going to put on air is crazy. They keep showing
me things and I’m like, you’re not doing that.” Time will tell. For all the fans know, these statements could be promotional jargon to get people excited. The season premiere will be 90 minutes long, showing at 10:00 p.m., for AMC’s “Fearfest” and will continue to air on the Sunday night slots. AMC’s “Fearfest” will be a marathon of horror movies that celebrate October’s ghoulish holiday. Dozens of movies such as “Friday the 13th,” “Halloween” and “Night of the Living Dead” will be shown, leading up to “The Walking Dead.” All that can be said now is that if Halloween turns out to be a bore, or plans get cancelled, tune in to AMC and catch Frank Darabont’s “The Walking Dead.” It might the next best show that television has to offer. AMC has already given audiences hits such as “Mad Men,” “Rubicon” and “Breaking Bad,” so all concerns aside, “The Walking Dead” should prove to be contagious. BLOGS.AMCTV.COM caption
Album Review: Belle and Sebastian- Write About Love
Album Review: Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest
Deerhunter return with their best work yet by
Indie Legends Belle & Sebastian Return with Typical Fare
Clay Blondin Staff Writer
When one listens to a Deerhunter album, it can be a lot like taking a trip through music itself. You hear a bit of shoegaze here, noise rock there, and ambient everywhere in between. Such eclecticism can often be confusing and hard to follow, but ultimately, a very rewarding experience. So, for Deerhunter’s fifth, “Halcyon Digest,” the group decided to add a few more musical nuances to their sound, including pop. But this isn’t that surprising. Deerhunter has been moving towards accessibility with every release since 2007’s “Cryptograms,” and with “Halcyon,” they may have finally achieved the balance they’ve been searching for. “Halcyon Digest” could definitely be argued to be Deerhunter’s best work yet. It finds the perfect balance between what is coming and what has gone by. Every track is enjoyable on first listen, and is deep enough to have you coming back over and over again. Tracks like “Desire Lines” and “He Would Have Laughed” sound like college radio staples at first, but as the tracks progress, we are led into the beautiful soundscapes that Deerhunter do best. Although “Halcyon” is much less ambient than the group’s previous releases (It wouldn’t be a stretch to call “Cryptograms” an ambient album), it still somehow manages to maintain the atmosphere their previous works captured. Whereas “Microcastle” and “Weird Era Cont.” were fueled by punk enthusiasm and groggy chord progression, “Halcyon” peels back the layers of noise, and feels much closer to jangle pop than punk. It is a much more intimate affair, as lead singer Bradford Cox is brought up in the mix, and every word can be clearly heard and understood. With this drive towards a more accessible sound, the line between Deerhunter and Cox’s solo project, Atlas Sound, has become blurred. Cox lays his soul
THENEEDLEDROP.COM “Halycon Digest” is the latest release from the Atlanta group.
on the groove here, using intimacy as his primary resource rather than noise. It is an incredibly rewarding listen, as every song is a killer. “Earthquake” starts off the record with its weird version of 50’s bedroom pop as it slowly twists and turns into the folk-tinged “Don’t Cry”. Although all the songs are fantastic, “Helicopter” is a highlight, as Cox whimpers “Tired of my pain, oh/Tired of my pain” and “No one cares for me, I keep no company.” The album’s final track “He Would Have Laughed” is a classic from the get go, as Cox laments over his fallen friend, Jay Reatard, who died earlier this year. Deerhunter have also had an air of nostalgia to them, but with “Halcyon,” they push it to new levels. Even the album’s promotion, in which the band asked fans to print out posters for the album, post them around their town, and take pictures of their work, calls to the days of the DIY punk scene. Deerhunter are looking to get you excited again. Excited about music, excited about memories, excited about life. “Halcyon Digest” refers to a fond memory that has been altered. Maybe becoming so attached to music, or being so intimate with it, is not as great as we remember, but they are our memories, and they make us happy. “Halcyon Digest” captures all of that in its 46 minutes and so much more. This one is going to be a classic in indie rock for years to come.
Clay Blondin Straff Writer
Belle & Sebastian decided to call their new record “Belle & Sebastian Write About Love,” which begs the question; when are they not writing about love? The Scottish twee rockers seemed to amass a huge following in the 90s, based on the fact that they were writing about your lost high school sweetheart as you cried yourself to sleep listening to your Smiths records. So, coming out with a record called “Write About Love” is sort of redundant. Unfortunately, this redundancy continues throughout the record and it makes for a typical Belle & Sebastian experience. There is seemingly nothing new or exciting here, bar a few funky breakdowns. Belle & Sebastian could be credited as creating the twee sound of the 2000s, from the glowy
THENEEDLEDROP.COM The Scottish rockers, often compared to The Smiths, are back for their latest album.
chamber pop of their 1996 classic “Are You Feeling Sinister?” but after making such an accomplished record so early in your career, you are put in an awkward position. Front man Stuart Murdoch took more creative control from there, and the band’s quality of work spiraled in the years to come. In 2005, with their 7th LP, “The Life Pursuit,” B&S finally seemed to be returning to form, as they created easily the second best record of their now lengthy career. We are now one removed from that with “Write About Love” and expectations were very high. Coming off that record, B&S had a lot to prove, but here it feels a little stale. I thought I had accidentally put “The Life Pursuit” on when “Write About Love’s” first track, “I Didn’t See it Coming” began. Luckily, the track is saved by a funk-ridden breakdown, but it still seemed played out. The record has much of the same 60s pop aesthetics that B&S have become famous for doing, while mixing in the 80s twee sound. “Write About Love” is still leaps and bounds above any of the records made by the band between “Are You Feeling Sinister?” and “The Life Pursuit,” so you could call this a victory, but if the band keeps producing the same record over and over, they are going to run themselves into the ground all over again. “Write About Love” isn’t without highlights of course. The beautifully sung laments “Little Lou, Ugly John, Prophet John,” call back to the best days of B&S. The title track bleeds twee rock and could be one the band’s best boppers, with shaking rhythms, harmonized vocals throughout, and rattling guitar chords. B&S show how they’ve taken some modern influences in the second half of the LP, as there are clear influences from the New Pornographers and Camera Obscura. It has been a while since B&S were on the scene, so it is only natural for them to pick these things up, but filter them through their own recognizable sound. Belle & Sebastian accomplish something with “Write About Love” in making a decent record, but fail in regards to bring anything new to the table. The record is a solid listen, but it can easily become boring on repeat. If B&S hope to keep the quality of their work up, they will have to take more risks. Besides, how can you call yourself a legend if you don’t take risks?
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Early Picks: The Oscars
The “March Madness” of Film by
RJay Molina Staff Writer
2010 is coming to a close fast. This year has had plenty of misfires in the film industry with very few big budget films making an impact. Independent films continue to get by with limited releases and some have even garnered strong critical praise at various film festivals. So with the end of the year on its way, Oscar buzz is starting. The Academy Awards, or Oscars, is a ceremony that honors the work of actors and filmmakers who have impressed audiences and the academy over the previous year. Now while the ceremony is very formal and the losers are not really seen as losers, it is always fun to predict the outcome. Last year saw many firsts for the ceremony that had started to become a little formulaic. People all over expected James Cameron’s “Avatar” to be a big winner. It had been nominated for almost every category; Best Motion Picture, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Sound, Music, Editing, Directing, Visual Effects, Cinematography and Art Direction. The only categories missing for it were Best Actor, Actress and Supporting Actor. “Avatar” was competing with other great films such as “Inglourious Basterds,” “An Education,” “District 9,” “Precious,” “A Serious Man,” “Up in the Air,” “Up,” “The Hurt Locker” and “The Blind Side.” Now while all of these films were worthy of a nomination, the real “battle” narrowed down to “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar.” It suddenly became very interesting to see that “The Hurt Locker,” being a small independent film, go up against the behemoth that was James Cameron’s “Avatar.” It was also interesting to see that the director of “The Hurt Locker,” ironically James Cameron’s exwife, Kathryn Bigelow, had the strong possibility of not only winning Best Picture, but being the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Directing. Bigelow collected the gold as she won for both categories, completely upstaging her exhusband, who had exclaimed that he was “the king of the world” years ago when he won for “Titanic.” But of course, the win was celebrat-
Blast Up the Blue ed formally, with Cameron nodding his head with approval to show his respect. So again while the ceremony is indeed very formal, it is always interesting to guess the outcome. This year has a few big budget films that are worthy of a nomination or two. Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” certainly deserves a nod for multiple categories. “Inception” was Nolan’s first original movie since the cult-classic “Memento,” and it was refreshing to see him in his element yet again, but now with an eye for solid action. “Inception” at the very least deserves nominations for Best Directing and Best Picture. If the film is looked at as a whole, it features everything a summer blockbuster is supposed to have plus more; a great ensemble cast, dazzling special effects and a strong plot. Another big contender would have to be “Toy Story 3.” It is very rare for a trilogy to improve itself with each movie. “The Lord of the Rings” is one of the few that succeeded, whereas other trilogies like “The Matrix” failed. What makes “Toy Story 3” a worthy contender is its ability, over the years, to reach such a wide age group of people and to tell a very heartfelt story involving toys. “How To Train Your Dragon” is another animated film that, while not as great “Toy Story 3,” held its own for most of the summer and told a very traditional story with fun characters. A smaller film that was released within the last few weeks has been garnering a lot of Oscar buzz. “The Social Network,” brilliantly directed by David Fincher has the potential to gather Best Picture, Best Directing and maybe even Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg, who portrays Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Fincher has always directed interesting films like “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Danny Boyle, the Oscar winner from 2008 with his film “Slumdog Millionaire,” is also returning to the screens with his film “127 Hours,” starring James Franco. Early reviews are praising the film, particularly Franco’s performance, so it will not be a surprise if he is nominated for Best Actor. So despite a rough year for movies, it will be interesting to see if there is another David and Goliath scenario like “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar,” or if the Oscars will drag on like previous years. If you are a film enthusiast, it is definitely not too early to start your predictions for next year’s ceremony.
Amphigory, Hebetudinous, Pedantic, Oh My!
Profile of ODU Student Author, Brandon C. Jones by Alyssa Odango Assistant Art & Entertainment Editoir
It is not often that Old Dominion students find themselves swathed in literary fame. Old Dominion alumni find their names listed in booksellers, but it is a huge feat when a current student achieves the status of having his/her book sold either online or in bookstores (self-publishing on blogs and writing sites do not count). Meet Brandon C. Jones. He wrote “Amphigory Almanac: Hebetudinous Humour, Pedantic Prose, & Linguistic Levity: Meet Mr. J” (might need a dictionary for the title alone), is a student, and quite full of wit and comedic charm. Jones got his start being a stand-up comedian at age 17 at Ha! Comedy Club NYC. “Incidentally, I started by writing jokes and they were hebetudinous humor drenched in maladroit mediocrity. Subsequently, I became a preponderantly prolific penman. Parenthetically, some jokes from the stage made it to the page.” Such humor
exists in jokes like: “I graduated class president, prom king, valedictorian . . . Man, I miss home school. Sure every time I look in the mirror it’s a class reunion, snow days are never canceled, but when your body is the student body there’s no need for roll call at Brandon Jones Academy.” For a good synopsis of the book, the best bet is to read it. Jones said about his book, “My book is confusing at best. Understanding some chapters is like trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube . . . color blind . . . Essentially it’s either a real book by a fake author or a fake book by a real author.” Whichever one it is, it is definitely worth checking out, despite Jones’ claim that readers want “an immediate refund and apology” after reading his book. It was not an easy process, writing a book. Jones juggled school and writing, and putting both factors together did not equate perfect results. There were times that he “almost gave up and folded under pressure like origami,” but many great authors take detours before arriving at the end of their journey. For his first book, Jones “trott[ed] the uncharted blue marble spinning in the abyss of star sprinkled doubt orbiting the galaxy of inevitable failure, frustration, and disappointment. I had no Rosetta stone, no
Homecoming is one of the most intense, yet exciting times of the fall semester. Throughout the majority of the fall semester, most students have numerous exams and study sessions penciled into their assignment pads. Exhilarating activities seem to be out of the question for most of them. But there is the one time of the semester where everyone deserves to let loose a bit to celebrate our Monarchs and display our blue and silver pride. So all of you Monarchs out there, leave some room in your assignment pads for at least one of the many astounding activities going on during Homecoming week. I promise you won’t regret it. This year’s Homecoming festivities are predicted to be more than incredible. The Student Activities Council (aka SAC,) are the main producers of this event. SAC has started planning for Homecoming since this past January. They plan the different events based on a collaborative system, where all members of SAC’s Homecoming committee pitch ideas to one another and vote on them. Another main step in starting the Homecoming planning process is sitting down with many of Norfolk’s businesses to see who wants to sponsor and be involved in the famous Homecoming events. SAC has been working nonstop to create and promote for the upcoming Homecoming activities. The official theme for Homecoming 2010 is ‘Blast up the Blue.’ “Yeah, we could have done a theme like ‘Las Vegas’ or ‘Sunset Beach,’” said sophomore Fred Tugas, Spirit Traditions Chair of SAC, “but we’re not in high school anymore. We wanted something different. Something that would increase school spirit.” SAC wanted to keep some of the more traditional events, such as Pride Day and the Homecoming Parade, since they are such a huge part of Old Dominion’s Homecoming’s culture. But they also wanted to add a few new events. Events such as Poker/ Bingo Night are predicted to be a hit among students and staff. Starting Friday, Oct. 15, and stretching until the Homecoming game, which is on Saturday, Oct. 23, Old Dominion’s official Homecoming week will be in full swing. This week is jam packed with activities for anyone and everyone. Homecoming week will kick off with
Hip-Hop Across Cultures, presented by the Office of Intercultural Relations, on Oct. 15. This cultural celebration will be held in the Ted Constant Convocation Center at 7 p.m., and will feature our own Monarchs displaying an array of global hip hop artists and dances. Saturday, Oct. 16 will be the campus-wide display of Monarch spirit, also known as ‘Pain the Town Blue.” A range of student organizations, resident halls and other groups will be decorating the windows of businesses around Norfolk, including Kaufman Mall and its famous fountain. The number of businesses participating in this event has tripled since last year. The week won’t be over yet, though. There will be contests such as the student organization banner contest, Monarch spirit video contest, department/ office and resident hall lobby decorating contests as well as most spirited commuter contest. Sports tournaments such as powder puff football, three vs. three basketball game and student vs. faculty volleyball will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17. Free giveaways and prizes will be handed out at the Pride Day celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and community service projects will be completed, such as the Can Sculpture. An assortment of entertainment will also be present throughout the Homecoming week. The talk of the town is the appearance of famous pop artists 3OH!3 and Ke$ha, with the company of hellogoodbye. They will be performing on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. Famous comedian Godfrey and special guest opener Ashley Ladyman will be performing at 8 p.m. on Oct. 20th in the North Cafeteria. You will not want to miss any of these entertaining and hilarious performances. All of these fantastic festivities lead up to the two most important events of the week: the Homecoming parade and football game. Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 will be the 12th Annual Homecoming parade. Outrageous floats and upbeat music will fill the streets of the Old Dominion campus. To pump up antsy Monarch fans even more, there will be a pregame party at Kaufman Mall at 11:30 a.m. and the Blue vs. White basketball game at ‘The Ted’ at 12 p.m.. By the time the sold out football game against Georgia State rolls around later that afternoon at 3:30, fans everywhere will be pumped up and ready to cheer their loudest. Homecoming 2010 will be an extravagant and fun-filled week, to say the least. It’s a great way to come out, get involved, have fun and relieve some of that midterm stress. So bring your family, your friends and your energy to Homecoming week. It will be a week to remember!
compass, no archetypal template or formula to guide me. I was lost but kept moving forward at a steadfast and unwavering pace. I was like Lewis or Clark exploring the ragged edges of the universe.” However, Jones did get come inspiration from his ODU professors, one of them being Dr. Joy, a Communications professor. “After acing the final exam in her class, I knew I could use sophistry to manipulate some automaton to publish my book even though reading it will you put you to sleep faster than a narcoleptic counting sheep on 20 mg of Ambien.” He made an articulate literary shout out to the great American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald. “I pay a copious homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s brilliantly infested passages gleaming like the crimson bloom of the rose colored sun radiating with a subtle elegance yet a celebrated eloquence.” Also to Woody Allen. “I also like amalgamating erudition and absurdity like a nerdy Samuel Becket aka Woody Allen pre-Annie Hall.” Jones did offer some good advice for aspiring authors. “Think outside of the box and the books. Be the first to write a “Where’s Waldo?” book with flat brail that can only be read while using oven mittens. Or a book called “Ventriloquism
for Dummies”, I can’t believe no one’s done that double entendre yet.” He also remarks on publishing in the era of e-books and instantaneous reading. “Oh and don’t publish on paper. It’s an iPod era and hardcovers are pre-Marconi phonographs. Printed paper publishing is so outdated it makes Alexander Graham Bell’s first prototype look like the unreleased iPhone.” Jones is already starting on a new book. “I’m making a yearbook because I never had one in home school. I’m still not sure if I want the last chapter to say, “Have a great summer, KIT”, it’s just so predictable. Maybe I’ll think of a twist ending while picking up some Windex for my class reunion.” Asked about what he sees himself doing in ten years, Jones said, “Writing . . . on a cardboard sign, “Will check grammar for food.” Or I’ll be consumed with intrinsic elation while working on my 3rd novel.” Let’s hope it’s the former. Who knows, he may write the next bestseller including pop-ups, braille, and those little soundbite chips found inside greeting cards. In the meantime, pick up “Amphigory Almanac: Hebetudinous Humour, Pedantic Prose, & Linguistic Levity: Meet Mr. J”. It’s available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Dominion Bookstore.
Homecoming Events Create Big Bang by Alyssa
Narvell Staff Writer
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sports Paige Clutter:
A force to be reckoned with Senior excels at assisting others by
Kathryne Mason Staff Writer
In her final season with the Lady Monarch field hockey team, midfielder senior Paige Clutter is in the lead, both with ODU and in CAA play with 14 assists. Paige isn’t letting it go to her head. “I just do what I’m supposed to do; it’s pretty much my unwritten job. Most of my assists come from corners, I just happen to always be in the right spot at the right time,” Clutter said. Most of Clutter’s assists have come from goals from senior midfielders Loran Hatch and Alyschia Conn. When asked about her fellow teammates, Clutter made it clear that they are well connected with each other on the field. Clutter is pretty much used to being on the top ten lists for anything. Her sophomore year, Clutter was ranked fifth in the CAA play in total defensive saves. Clutter’s younger sister, Danielle, is also on the Old Dominion University field hockey team. As a sophomore, Danielle is already showing the same offensive potential that her sister has shown the last three years. “I try to help her out whenever I can. But she’s going to have to grow on her own,” Clutter said. “She’s going to make mistakes, but she’s also going to make big plays, and I hope that I would have something to do with it.” Clutter will be graduating this year with a degree in exercise science. She plans on going on to attend physical therapy school. Not only is Clutter a stand out athlete, but she’s also a stand out student. All four years Clutter has been on the NFHCA National Academic Squad. The first CAA play lost for the Lady Monarchs came from Drexel University. The Lady Mon-
archs biggest rival by far, and a team that Clutter is sure they will see again in the CAA conference championships. “We’re definitely just thinking about getting revenge on them when we see again in the championship. They’re our biggest rivals in the CAA and really competitive players, so it’ll be a good game,” Clutter said. Although the Lady Monarchs lost the game, Clutter ended up taking the assist in senior Loran Hatch’s goal. Playing against Hofstra, Clutter also picked up two assists. Her first assist came from a corner goal by Hatch and her second assist came from a goal by Danielle. The win against Hofstra makes the Lady Monarchs 4-1 in the CAA conference, tied with VCU in second place. When asked about the game against No. 2 Maryland, Paige made it clear that the team was ready to face them. “Of course it’s going to be a really challenging game because Maryland is in the top ten in the nation. We’re going to have to come off strong to keep up with them,” Clutter said. “It’ll be a hard game though mentally because the top ten teams always have a different style of play from the CAA conference teams. Usually, the CAA teams are a bit more aggressive, because everyone’s fighting for a spot in the NCAA Sweet 16, but it would be a great accomplishment if we beat them.” “We don’t get intimidated by anybody though, so we’ll be ready to face them,” Clutter said. The next two opponents the Lady Monarchs face are non-CAA conference games, No. 2 Maryland and No. 16 Duke. Clutter said, “If everybody on the team does their part and we have good practices then we’ll be fine. I don’t think any one of us will be satisfied though until we make sure we win the games we need to win, -and the CAA championship is one of them.”
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Garrison Cole Sports Editor
Number of Shutouts the Lady Monarchs has had on the season. They have outscored their opponents 17-0 during those shutouts.
Number of conference games left that the Lady Monarchs have remaining.
Number of goals that sophomore Maarje Van Rijswijk has on the season
Number of goals that senior leader Loren Hatch has on the season.
The record that the Lady Monarchs have in conference play.
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Monarchs fall short to #14 Mustangs In a game full of points Monarchs can’t outscore Cal Poly by
Donnell Coley Staff Writer
The Old Dominion University football Monarchs faced the #14 Cal Poly Mustangs Saturday, Oct. 9 in,their second nationally ranked Football Championship Subdivision team of the season. Again, the Monarchs fell just short of victory in a back-and-forth game, losing 50-37. “The story of tonight’s game was explosive plays,” said ODU head coach Bobby Wilder when summarizing the game. Last season when facing the triple-option attack of VMI, the Monarch defense surrendered 422 rushing yards. The Monarch defense gave up a season-high 326 yards rushing to the Cal Poly triple-option offense, including long runs of 63, 35, 22, and 20. Overall, the Monarch defense gave up a total of 538 yards thar night. The game started off with a huge momentum boost for the Monarchs as sophomore corner back Lee Daniel recovered an onside kick on the opening kickoff. On that drive, ODU junior quarterback Thomas DeMarco and sophomore running back Desmond Williams combined for 33 yards rushing, capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Williams to put the Monarchs up 7-0. “I think we needed to make a response after what they did to open the game,” said Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh. He would get his wish on the ensuing possession for the Mustangs as junior running back David Mahr sprinted across the field for 62 yards. “David Mahr is arguably one of our best players and I challenged him to be a play maker,” said Walsh. Mahr racked up a total of 158 yards during the game and the 62 yard scamper set up a Mustang field goal, mak-
ing the score 7-3. ODU’s next possession resulted in one of the three turnovers by DeMarco in the game, as he sailed a pass over the head of his intended receiver and the ball was picked off by Cal Poly corner Nico Molino. This turnover, like the others, would result in points for the Mustangs as they pulled ahead 10-7 on a 10-yard touchdown run by Mahr. The Monarch defense had trouble stopping Mustangs wide out Dominique Johnson as he amassed 123 yards receiving throughout the course of the game. The 6-foot-4-inch, 225 pound senior transfer from UCLA, caught a 75yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andre Broadous with 5:58 left in the second quarter which put Cal Poly up 17-7. “The coaches put together a good game plan and we got what we expected for the most part,” Johnson said. After falling behind 20-7, DeMarco, who threw for 327 yards that night, led the Monarchs’ best drive of the game. A six play, 71-yard drive highlighted by a 32-yard grab by ODU senior re-
ceiver Prentice Gill and was finished with a 17yard touchdown reception by sophomore Marquel Thomas. The momentum from this drive was halted once again with another quick strike from the Mustang attack. Broadous completed another long touchdown pass, this time for 44 yards to running back Mark Rodgers putting the Mustangs up 27-14. One of the most important factors in keeping ODU in the game was the kick returning prowess of true freshman Colby Goodwyn, who collected 333 yards on nine kick returns. None of these was more important than the record-setting 89-yard return that Goodwyn almost took back for a touchdown, and that would eventually set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from DeMarco to receiver Reid Evans with 5:11 to go in the first half. Commenting on his dominance in the return game Wilder said, “Colby was absolutely outstanding. He really got us back in this game and I’m very very excited with his performance.” Both teams’ defenses answered the call to
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open up the third quarter as no points were added to the scoreboard, and the score was 27-20 going into the fourth. The drought was broken however, after DeMarco threw his second interception of the game which resulted in Broadous’ first of two rushing touchdowns in the game on a 2-yard option-read play. This expanded the lead for Cal Poly to 34-20. Faced with adversity, the Monarchs came back with a statement of determination and perseverance. DeMarco led another touchdown drive that was highlighted yet again with a deep connection down the left side of the field to Gill for a 68-yard gain. This led to a 2-yard touchdown pass from DeMarco to Thomas on a crucial fourth down conversion which closed the gap to 34-27. After a Cal Poly field goal, Goodwyn worked his magic once again in the return game accelerating up the sideline for the second-longest return in ODU history of 79 yards. The Monarchs were held to a field goal of their own that made the score 37-30 with 9:15 left to go in the game. On the ensuing kickoff, Cal Poly return man Eric Gardley ran the ball for 47 yards that put the Mustangs in good field position. This led to Broadous’ second rushing touchdown of the game on an 8-yard scramble into the end zone that broke the spirits of the ODU faithful, as some started to head for the exits with 7:08 remaining. After scoring another touchdown off of a DeMarco turnover, Cal Poly went up 50-30. DeMarco then led a 15 play, 60-yard drive to pull the Monarchs within 13 points. After recovering another onside kick, the Monarchs could not pull out the improbable comeback. DeMarco could not connect with his receivers and was forced to turn the ball over on downs, ending the game.
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T. DeMarco D. Williams C. Goodwyn M. Crawford Team
16 5 7 7 35
45 36 23 11 115
2.8 7.2 3.3 1.6 3.3
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9 Number of different receivers that Thomas DeMarco connected with on the day.
46 Number of combined first downs that the two teams accounted for.
57 Number of pass attempts that DeMarco threw, completing 28.
P. Gill M. Thomas R. Evans D. Williams C. Lovitt M. Smalley D. Jackson M. Crawford N. Mayers Team
5 5 6 4 2 1 2 1 2 28
133 53 48 37 16 15 12 8 5 327
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326 Number of rushing yards that Cal Poly had on the ground from the difficult triple option attack.
538 Number of total yards that the Mus-
tangs gained against the Monarch defense which has struggled all season at home.
980 Number of yards gained by both of-
fenses combined as the Mustangs and Monarchs went back and forth all night long.
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Heartbreaker ODU loses to #16 Duke despite comeback effort by
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Lady Monarchs come close to upsetting No. 2 Maryland, but not close enough Lady Monarchs drop only their second game in their last 7 By Kathryne Mason Staff Writer No. 19 Old Dominion University Monarchs took on No. 2 Maryland Terrapins Oct. 15 in a huge matchup. For the majority of the game the Maryland Terrapins controlled the mid-field and took advantage of the Lady Monarchs mistakes. At the 31-minute mark in the first half, Sami Richardson made a crucial save that kept the both scores at zero. The first of three corners for Maryland came in the 29th minute of the game. The Lady Monarchs kept the Terrapins out of the circle for the corner, but not soon after Maryland scored with a rocket shot from the inner left side of the circle. Not to worry though, because soon after senior Alyschia Conn came back with a vengeance and scored a high chip shot over the keeper’s head. Soon afterwards, Maryland came back to score again putting the Terrapins up one. The Lady Monarchs weren’t going to give ground, and four minutes later, Maarje Van Rijswijk hit in a deflection goal from senior Paige Clutter to tie the game back up. Clutter would finish the game with two assists to give her a team high of 16 assists. From there on out, the Maryland Terrapins would have two consecutive goals; one of those goals coming from a corner, and another coming from a give-and-go shot that was five yards out. These goals would put the Terrapins up by three. While the Lady Monarchs were down, they had more than enough offensive opportunities to capitalize on. Sophomore Danielle Clutter made a wicked shot that went straight across the Maryland goal with no one to knock it in. Sophomore
Maarje Van Rijswijk took a beautifully executed pass from Clutter and went one-on-one with the Maryland keeper to score her second goal for the Lady Monarchs, with under eight minutes to go in the first half. About two minutes later, Clutter would get an unassisted deflection goal for the Lady Monarchs. Clutter’s goal would leave the Lady Monarchs trailing by one. With 3:21 to go in the first half, and the Lady Monarchs down by one, freshman keeper Devon Seifert would make a diving save to keep the Lady Monarchs in the game. Another mistake in the circle though, would cost the Lady Monarchs, as the Maryland Terrapins were awarded a corner with 2:10 to go. The Maryland Terrapins put the pressure on, but once again keeper Seifert would come up with a huge stop to put a damper on the Terrapins ego. The last ten minutes of the half was definitely controlled by the Lady Monarchs offense. Although the Lady Monarchs only had two corners in the first half, they made smart sideline passes, and created a number of scoring opportunities in the circle. At the end of the first half the Lady Monarchs had nine shots on goal while the Maryland Terrapins had ten. Within the first five minutes of the second half, the Terrapins were given a corner. They almost capitalized on it, but senior Loran Hatch got it out of the circle just in time. The Terrapins were given another corner a minute and 23 seconds later, but did not score. After the Lady Monarch defense got it out of the circle, the Maryland Terrapins got it back and scored in the 28th minute to put the Terrapins up by two goals. The Lady Monarchs passing wasn’t too noteworthy in the first ten minutes of the second half. The majority of passes that were intercepted by the Terrapins were in center field, where the Terrapins dominated the most. Maryland ended up getting four consecutive corners within the 21:00 and 19:30 minute marks of the second half. Although they did not capitalize on the corners they came close. Seif-
ert kept the Lady Monarchs in the game for the most part, making key stops to the Terrapins two leading ladies Katie O’Donnell and Megan Frazer. O’Donnell would end up having ten shots on goal, with two shots being converted into goals. The four unanswered corners prompted Coach Beth Anders to call a timeout with 11 minutes to go in the last half of the game. A minute after the timeout was called, O’Donnell would score her second and final goal for the Terrapins to put Maryland up by three. Van Rijswijk took a long hit from the sideline to try and create more opportunities for the Lady Monarchs, but had no such luck. Van Rijswijk would end up scoring the final goal of the game with two minutes and 40 seconds left. Rijswijk beat the keeper eight yards out from a deflection to score her third goal of the game. The Lady Monarchs finished the second half with only two shots on goal and no corners. The Maryland Terrapins took 20 shots on goal and were awarded 11 corners. When asked about only getting two shots on goal, senior Paige Clutter said, “We should have created more opportunities in the circle like we did in the first half. The few times we did get the ball in the circle we didn’t finish the drive.” Clutter also responded to the Terrapins getting 11 corners in the second half. “Most of the goals we should’ve have been able to stop, because most of their goals were just one-on-one goals. We’ve got to make better, smarter decisions, defensively.” The Lady Monarchs may have lost the game by two, but they accomplished something no other team in the nation has yet to do. The five goals the Lady Monarchs scored against Maryland have been the most goals ever allowed by the Maryland Terrapins the entire season. The loss against Maryland will leave the Lady Monarchs with a record of 7-8 on the season, while the Terrapins improve to 13-1.
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The Old Dominion University field hockey team showed a lot of heart in their 4-3 overtime loss to #16 Duke on Oct. 17 at the Powhatan Sports Complex. It is the second time the team has played Duke this season after defeating the Blue Devils 2-1 in Durham, N.C on Sept. 19. Duke started out fast as freshman defender Brenna Rescigno scored six minutes and 21 seconds into the first half off of a penalty corner, giving her team a 1-0 lead. Rescigno scored again on a penalty corner about 25 minutes into the first half to put the Monarchs into a 2 point hole. Then Duke delivered what Christian Ernst Mace & Crown seemed to be the dagger as freshman midfielder Emmie Le Marchand scored off of a deflection to make the score 3-0 going into the half. “We didn’t play in the first half,” said ODU ead coach Beth Anders of her team, which seemed to be in complete disarray. The team especially struggled trying to defend against the penalty corners which resulted in Rescigno’s two goals. The Monarchs did not quit though. “We played a bad first half and we had to fight back,” said sophomore forward Maartje Van Rijswijk, who is a transfer from Duke. Van Rijswijk was a huge part in orchestrating ODU’s massive comeback. After junior forward Kathryn Kirk scored for the Monarchs to cut the lead to 2, Van Rijswijk put the team on her back and took the game into her own hands. Van Rijswijk had the ball at the 58 minute mark and, with her back facing the goal, ripped a shot into the upper right corner of the net to bring the Monarchs within one point of the Blue Devils. Then to complete the comeback, Van Rijswijk passed the ball in front of the goal to senior back Sami Richardson, who scored the game tying goal and sent the game into sudden-death overtime. “I guess playing them always gives the extra thrill,” said Van Rijswijk about playing her former Duke team. “I look at it as a different chapter and I love the team I’m playing for, I love everything about it.” The game seemed to be right in the Monarchs hands heading into overtime, but a game can change in an instant. In the first minute of overtime, the Monarchs had an ill-advised pass that Duke’s sophomore midfielder Mary Nielsen intercepted and then shot into the ODU’s goal for the game-winning point. The loss dropped ODU to 7-9 overall. “The team has to decide what they want,” said an upset coach Anders of the teams close loss. Coach Anders also commented about the team’s second half performance saying “You still have to face the fact that you didn’t come out in the first half and play, so you need to do it for 70 minutes not for 35,” she said. Van Rijswijk is a player for ODU to keep its eye on. She has scored four goals and made one assist in back-to-back games against #2 Maryland and #16 Duke. If Van Rijswijk can maintain her high level of play, she will greatly enhance the Monarchs chances of winning the CAA. Duke is the 12th ranked team that ODU has had to face this year and eight of those games were away games, including at #1 North Carolina and at #2 Maryland. “It’s the schedule you want to play,” said Coach Anders, “I set the schedule and I wouldn’t change it for the whole world.” ODU has four more games remaining in the regular season, three of which are against CAA opponents Virginia Commonwealth, James Madison and William and Mary. ODU is currently tied for second in the CAA with VCU at 4-1 behind Drexel who is 5-0. The team also has to play #1 North Carolina at home on Oct. 30.
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Soft spoken but confident Local product shining in ODU colors by
Matthew McCracken Staff Wrtier
“Evans Dynasty” are the words individuals read when they look at Reid Evans’ triceps. If one looks at his biceps, you’ll read the words “God’s gift.” Four simple words, yet meaningful. Evans, a redshirt sophomore at Old Dominion University, plays receiver for the Monarchs. A local from Phoebus High School, located about 20 minutes from ODU’s campus, Evans is a hometown superstar. Leading the Monarchs in receiving their inaugural season, Evans has already surpassed his own statistics from last year by scoring four touchdowns in six games. “Of course I want to have better statistics than last year,” Evans said. Already beating his touchdown total from last year, Evans is well on his way to beating every category of his past statistics. Football is built up of individual talent, but only teamwork wins. Evans, who won a state championship in high school, knows this best. Tearing his ACL the end of his redshirt year as a freshman, Evans was forced to play his first real season of college football at a disadvantage. “After every game, my knee would be really sore, and I’d have to ice it,” Evans said. Hard work is something that can’t be taught, but is contagious. In Evans’ case, he inherited it. Growing up with his mother, Tinnie Gamble, Evans witnessed how hard it is for a mother in today’s society. “My mom is the best,” Evans said. “I look up to her more than anything. She brought us from under, and became successful. I want to be successful just like her.” Evans, who is a soft spoken individual with a monotone voice, could speak for days on things he loves about his mother. Don’t get it twisted though; Evans isn’t soft spoken on the field. Admitting his confidence, Evans doesn’t deny any of the hype he has been granted. Agreeing with the fact that he has great juke moves, good hands, and outstanding blocking skills, Evans is not the type that needs a pep talk. Commitment is not forceable, it is volunteer based. Staying at ODU the entire summer instead of spending it at home with his mother and old
friends, Evans improved what seemed to be an outstanding performance as a first year college receiver. “I stayed the whole summer and worked out hard,” Evans said. “I stayed after with quarterbacks, caught balls, ran routes, worked out extra on my own. I was given the summer 2010 award for working hard. Next summer is going to be even better because this is my first year being 100% off of my knee injury.” Never raising his voice, Evans unleashes his adrenaline out on the field. Known for his amazing catches and being able to make people miss, Evans wishes that “fans would notice my blocking skills.” With the dynamic spread offense Old Dominion possesses, receivers are required to block in order to open up holes for the running backs. Totaling 2,027 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions as a high school football player, Evans has always been the one coaches want with the pigskin. At ODU, there are many offensive weapons with similar abilities, but different ways of going about it. “I don’t want to be the one who gets the ball all the time so that the defense keys up on you only. They got to key up on everybody because of our dynamic ability,” Evans said. Last season, Evans caught 46 passes, averaging 54.7 yards a game, 13.1 yards a catch. Although natural athletic ability can attest for most of his catches, Evans also has another skill that separates him from others. Playing defensive back in high school, earning first team all-state, Evans knows what it takes to beat a good corner at the line of scrimmage. “When they press coverage me, I know what they’re thinking. I know when a receiver attacks defensive backs leverage; it is hard to guess if they are going to go left or right.” With Evan’s allusiveness and intelligence, he is a force on the grid iron almost impossible to reckon with. Admitting that he misses playing defensive back, Evans knows that he is better used as a receiver at Old Dominion. When asked what other position he would want to play, Evans smiled and said, “Quarterback. I want the ball.” Evans can play any position on the field, but is best used when the ball is in his hands. He can catch, intercept, juke, block, run, and scramble, anything to do with your legs moving and your hands on the leather of the ball. Evans is soft spoken, but confident. He is built skinny, but strong-willed. He isn’t immune to pain, but immune to failure. Evans is the Monarchs go-to guy, and will be for the rest of his Monarch career.
Monarchs welcome Panthers for homecoming game
Monarchs Look to end homecoming week with a victory by
Garrison Cole Sports Editor
The Homecoming festivities will conclude this Saturday at Foreman Field as the Monarchs will take on the first year Georgia State Panthers. The Monarchs are coming off of a loss at home against Cal Poly in a game that featured 87 points and nearly 1,000 total yards of offense from both teams. With that loss the Monarchs are an uncharacteristically 1-3 at home after going 6-1 a year before. The Panthers are facing a similar situation the Monarchs did a year ago, as they are a first year program. The Panthers are riding a four game winning streak in which they have outscored opponents 136-69. This will be the Panthers second game away from the friendly confines of the Georgia Dome. In the Panthers only other trip on the road they were victorious against Campbell. The Panthers are led by an offense that has proved to be potent so far this season. The Panthers are averaging 31.1 points per game and they are doing it with a balanced attack. The Panthers are averaging 146.1 yards a game on the ground, and are throwing for an average of 190.1 yards a game. The Panthers air attack is led by their quarterback Drew Little, a pocket passer. He has completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns. Little has also been stingy with the football, only throwing four interceptions thus far. On the ground, the Panthers have
four running backs who have gained over 100 yards on the season. Kelton Hill is the leading rusher for the Panthers, despite not getting the most carries on the roster. Hill has only two rushing touchdowns on the season. The other two rushing leaders for the Panthers, Travis Evans and Parris Lee, have a combined seven touchdowns. The Panthers ground attack has been effective when they have run the ball rushing for 4.8 yards a carry. For the Monarchs, it boils down to the defensive side of the ball. Granted, the Monarchs have played some tough opponents this season at home, but they, defensively, have been nothing short of dreadful. In the Monarchs three home losses they have given up an average of 486 yards a game. They gave up 493 yards in the home opener against Jacksonville, 424 yards against William and Mary and two weeks ago Cal Poly was able to amass 538 yards and 50 points. Offensively, the Monarchs have been the explosive offense that fans saw a year ago. Junior quarterback Thomas DeMarco has already thrown for 15 touchdowns. The downside to DeMarco’s game this season has been the turnover bug. The Monarch quarterback has already thrown nine interceptions. A year ago the signal caller only threw four interceptions all season long. The Monarchs will see a lot of resemblances when they step on the field against the Panthers on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers are a program trying to establish themselves by coming away with a huge win on the road. If this game is any like the previous home games for the Monarchs, the scoreboard should see a lot of action in this on
Who says kickers and punters aren’t football players? All-American punter emphasizes team despite high praises by
Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown
Donnell Coley Staff Writer
Standout athletes usually have a certain bravado about them that says, ‘I’m the man’. Sometimes the athlete will even verbally make this known to let others know how confident he or she is about their elite capabilities. But for one local All-American football player at Old Dominion University, a different mentality resonates. “It’s about team. It’s 100% theirs as it is mine. They make me do well,” said ODU red-shirt sophomore punter Jonathan Plisco, who was named an Associated Press First Team AllAmerican last season. Those were the first words to come out of his mouth. Simple, concise and to the point. He wanted to make it clear that without his teammates none of the accolades that he has received would be possible. He even made it a point to mention that long snapper Dustin Phillips was named an All-American at his position as
well. But where does someone with a unique gift to ignite power into a football and punt it 76 yards down the field, find such a modest attitude? Maybe it derives from the fact that Plisco never even thought about playing football until his freshman year in high school. Or maybe from the fact that he doesn’t show excitement about a lot of the activities on and off the field. Whatever the reason may be for this nonchalant attitude toward self-promotion, it should not go unnoticed how special a player he is. Already this season, Plisco has been named Punter of the Week three times by the College Football Performance Awards. “I don’t try to dwell on it. If I get it that’s cool, if not, whatever,” said Plisco when speaking about receiving various awards and accomplishments. He currently leads the Football Championship Subdivision in punting averages with nearly 47 yards per punt, and has racked up 1,079 total yards in those six games. Though not enthusiastic about those numbers and accolades, the time Plisco does show enjoyment is when he talks about his time on the field. “I’m not on the field getting to hit people
so I get really excited, run down the field, and jumping around when I hit a really good punt,” he said. Most of all, he enjoys pinning the opposition deep in their own end zone as he said, “My favorite is when we pin them inside the 5. I just go crazy.” Plisco works hard to keep performing at this high level. His weekly routine involves not only kicking, but also going through the same weight training regimen with the rest of the players on the team. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the days in which he “puts a lot of work in,” getting 6070 punts up a day. Thursdays and Fridays are less strenuous, involving him punting 20-30 times. With this kind of work ethic to go along with the achievements that he has already collected, you would think his goal would be to grab some more awards and add another AllAmerican award to his resume. But not for Plisco, as he simply said “I just want to put the team in a position to win.” A fitting microcosm of what makes this football player a special one.
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And so it begins Monarchs Gearing Up for another run at CAA Title by
Jake Ullrich Staff Writer
The Old Dominion Men’s Basketball team seemed to have shocked the world last year on their run to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Defeating VCU and William & Mary in the CAA semifinals and finals respectively and then beating Notre Dame in the opening round of the Big Dance certainly registered as one of upsets of the tournament. ESPN and sports magazines alike suddenly seemed to respect Old Dominion as a legitimate threat. It appeared to shock everyone, everyone except Coach Blaine Taylor and his team. “Its not a surprise to us,” senior guard Darius James said. “We expect to do that, and going into this season we expect to do it again.” Coming into this season, the Monarchs will certainly have a bulls eye on their backs. After wining the double with the CAA regular season and tournament, teams inside and out of the conference will be looking to get a marquee win against the Monarchs. Sporting a schedule that sees Georgetown, Dayton, and Richmond all come to the Ted and traveling to play the likes of Missouri, the Monarchs will certainly not have a walk in the park to repeat, not mentioning the always tough conference match ups. “We’ve played a really strong schedule for years, and this one matches up with any” coach Blaine Taylor said. “Two-thirds of our schedule is our conference race and that’s really where our first focus is. But you look at our non-conference schedule and look at the caliber of some of the teams we’re and it should be a lot of fun for everyone.” The tough non-conference home schedule will certainly test the Monarchs, but does not frighten them. “Every game at home excites us,” James said. “We got the home win streak, so we’ll obviously try and keep that going cause that’s important to us.” Senior Frank Hassell shares a similar idea, appreciating the dedication from the Monarch’s fans. “You know it seems every game at the Ted is packed and you
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know we’re going to keep that streak going,” Hassell said. “We’re going to keep exciting the fans and keep the Ted alive.” The Monarchs will have a new look this year without last year’s leading scorer Gerald Lee and sixth man Marsharee Neely, but bolster a lineup that could see three seniors and one redshirt junior all starting. That kind of experience could reap enormous
benefits. “Everything that can come our way we’ve already experienced,” James said. “This much experience doesn’t come around that much so we know we need to take advantage of it and have some fun.” “We’re missing Lee and Neely and those were pretty good pieces, but we still got a good puzzle going on,” Hassell said. “A lot of players that can make the same plays we made last year. We’re still a young scrappy bunch and now we just know a little more about the game.” While losing two seniors, the Monarchs are welcoming four new additions to the squad. Redshirt freshman Josh Hicks and Anton Larsen are looking forward to getting on the court this year as well as true freshman Dimitri Batten and Richard Ross. Coach Taylor knows all four can make an exciting difference for the team. “Anton just finished his redshirt year and will definitely bolster our frontline while Hicks is a great shooter and still working on improving his overall game,” Taylor said. “Then the two new guys; with Richard Ross he’s had a great fall and will definitely work into our system. He’s definitely got a chance to stick his nose in the line up,” Taylor went on to say. “And Dimitri is one of the finer players from our region and really has a bright future.” “They’re all getting used to working and being involved in a pretty elite level so everyday is a new experience for them.” Returning key players such as James and Hassell, as well as redshirt junior Kent Bazemore and redshirt senior Keyon Carter, the Monarchs will be a force not only in the CAA, but also in the nation. While the CAA title and another trip to the Big Dance would seem to be obvious goals, Coach Taylor has a different thought process. “Maybe I’m a bit of a weird guy cause I don’t really have goals,” Coach Taylor said. “I believe that deep down in our hearts we know we can play with just about anybody. It’s about how we work each day and how we compete. We’re out here working, shooting and playing defense, that’s what we’re worried about.” Even with the preseason expectations, James insists he is focused on the game; realizing teams will be gunning for them, but not worried about it. “Oh yeah they’re definitely coming for us, but its alright, its still just basketball.”
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Catch him if you can Speedy Freshman Asante providing spark for Monarchs By Jake Ullrich Staff Writer If there is a loose ball in a match with Gideon Asante playing in, it would be a safe bet to say he’s going to get to it. “I don’t know what it is, but when I see the ball, I just get some kind of energy to go for it. When I see the ball played through, I just want to go get it. That’s all I think about it,” Asante said. Asante, a freshman forward from Sunyani, Ghana, has shown his Monarch teammates and fans that he is a pretty good player once he gets the ball. Asante has started all 11 games in his short career and already scored three goals and recorded one assist. Asante says he learned his skills by playing nonstop in his home in Ghana. Growing up with two brothers and a sister, he was rarely seen doing anything else. “It’s in the family, we would always be playing pick up. Even if it wasn’t that serious, we were always playing,” he said. Asante moved to the U.S. and got an opportunity to play for the prestigious Shattuck Academy in Fairbault, Minnesota, where Old Dominion recruited him. Not sure of where he would end up, Asante took a big chance with ODU. “I actually never talked to one of the coaches,” Asante said, laughing. “During Thanksgiving my coach told me ODU is willing to book me a flight to come for a tour. If I like it, they said I could make a commitment then. I came here and luckily I loved it.” Being a top player, many other schools recruited Asante, but he says he knew there was something special about being a Monarch.
“I got recruited by a lot of different schools, but I felt a connection here at ODU, this is where I wanted to be,” he said. Coming in as a freshman, Asante knew breaking into the starting 11 would not be easy, but he said he knew that would immediately be one of his goals. Asante trusted his work ethic and skill and was confident he would make the line up. “It feels really good coming here and helping the team. When I was coming I knew I needed to work hard. I wanted to start, but I wasn’t sure I would, so I kept working hard and showed my coach how badly I wanted it,” Asante said. Asante started his scoring off in an exhibition against Virginia Tech, but did not stop there. He scored to level the game against West Virginia and scored twice to defeat North Carolina 2-1. Asante said he will not forget those goals anytime soon. “Before that Carolina game everyone was ready to give all they got and we don’t lose on this field. Everyone was working so hard and when I scored that second goal, it felt really good. Everyone was so happy, everyone worked so hard and we came out with that win,” he said. Even with his individual success thus far, Asante still keeps his team goals first. “We want to get through the CAA and clinch a good spot. Be in the top 4 of our conference and make it to the NCAA, that’s definitely our biggest goal. It’s step-by-step though, we know we have to take every game seriously. We can’t underestimate any teams anymore,” Asante said. Asante has shown he has the quickness and skill to lead the Monarchs to huge success this season, and he has no intention of shying away from the pressure. He wants the ball in any game, whether it is a pick up game with his brothers in Ghana or the NCAA final this year, he knows he is going to get the same energy to go get the ball. “Yup I’m ready, ready to take that goal in the tournament.”
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Men’s Soccer continues to surge Dominate in 4-1 victory over Towson By Jake Ullrich Staff Writer When the Old Dominion Monarchs took the field Oct. 16, they were playing for a little more than usual. For the first time this year, the Monarchs were ranked in the top 25 RPI in the nation. While that was certainly an honor, captain Tommy Webb was not too worried about it; instead, he was more worried about simply winning the game. “Personally, I don’t really look at stuff like that. We just take every game, one game at a time and get the wins up on the board,” Webb said. Webb did not have too much to worry about during the game; the Monarchs won 4-1. Goals came from freshmen Alex Vaughan, Gideon Asante and Placide Buduri and sophomore Jordan LeBlanc. The game started out under cool temperatures and a tough opening ten minutes. Being in the heat of conference play, both teams seemed timid early on. A first chance came for the Towson Tigers when ODU senior goalkeeper Evan Newton was caught off his line. A long ball was played over the top of the Monarchs’ defense and Newton came out to meet it. A heavy bounce caught the keeper out of position and the ball seemed destined to roll into an open net. Freshman defender Ryan Oakes sprinted towards the ball to save what would have been an opening goal for the Tigers. After the early scare, the Monarchs settled into a groove and created multiple chances to take a lead. Ten minutes into the game, Asante drove a low cross across the 18 yard box that sophomore midfielder Shane Howard just missed tapping in. At the 18th minute, LeBlanc fired a cross towards sophomore forward Chris Harmon who dove to head in, but came up short. The Monarchs continued to dominate, but just could not find the finishing touch, When Vaughan came in the match at the 23rd minute, the team immediately found an extra push. A few more close calls for the Monarchs kept the scores level, but Vaughan changed that in the 34th minute. “There was a scramble in the box and kid tried to pressure me,” Vaughan said of the goal. “I played it in behind him and then just hit it first time on the volley. It felt good right away and found the bottom corner.”
The opening goal gave the Monarchs even more confidence and they looked to double the lead. With the clock ticking down to less than 20 seconds, it seemed as if the Monarchs would go in with a 1-0 lead. LeBlanc had a different idea. In the 45th minute of play, with 15 seconds left in the half, LeBlanc met a ball headed on by freshman Tim Hopkinson and gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead. “That goal was huge,” coach Alan Dawson said. “It was such a critical moment of the game. That second goal really put them in a funk.” The Monarchs came out after the halftime break looking just as hungry as they were to end the first. In the 58th minute, Asante made it 3-0 and seemed to put the game out of reach. A long ball was played to Hopkinson, who headed directly into the path of Asante. He ran onto it and calmly slotted into the far post. Hopkinson notched his second assist of the game. The goal should have sealed the game, but instead seemed to rejuvenate the Tigers who suddenly looked quite threatening. In the 60th minute, Towson senior forward Marco Mangione was through on a breakaway with Newton. He took a touch around the keeper, only to miss the wide-open net. The missed chance should have awoken the defense, but instead only increased the Tiger pressure. In the 71st minute, the Tigers capitalized on their chances. A bouncing ball fell to forward sophomore Zach Hoffer, who unleashed a fierce shot that found the top of Newton’s net. “They don’t care if they lose 3-0 or 6-0, so suddenly they’re throwing their whole team at you,” said coach Dawson. “We needed to settle down and make some passes, and luckily the fourth goal put them to bed.” That fourth goal came as a career first for forward Buduri. Buduri capitalized on a poor back pass from the Towson defense and finished with a breakaway against the keeper. The goal settled the nerves of the Monarchs, who returned their defense to their stellar first half form and stomped out any more chances from the Tigers. The win improved the Monarchs to 7-3-2 overall and 3-12 in conference play. The win, freshman Vaughan feels, should only put the Monarchs even higher in rankings. “We should be top 10, no doubt,” said Vaughan. “And I think we just proved that with a 4-1 victory.”
Master of defense Webb key to the Monarchs success defensively By Jake Ullrich Staff Writer When it came to soccer, junior Tommy Webb didn’t have much of a choice. Born in New Zealand and growing up in England, soccer was all he knew. “I was always out in the field with me dad, just kicking it with him. Played a little bit of cricket, but it was always going to be soccer for me,” Webb said. Webb loves soccer more than most anything else. While living in England, he became a die-hard Everton supporter. Whenever he’s not playing, he’s keeping up with his beloved Blues. Old Dominion University recruited Webb while he was playing club soccer in New Zealand, and with a little bit of luck, he became a Monarch. “My coach in New Zealand knew a coach at ODU and he emailed him saying he had a kid that wanted to come over to play and he should take a look at him,” Webb said. “So I actually sent a sixminute DVD of me over and, well, I guess they liked it.” Webb was a popular player in New Zealand and was recruited by other schools in the U.S., mainly New Mexico State. In many
cases, a player will compare each school’s strengths, playing styles and coaches to make a decision on which he will attend. Webb used a much more unorthodox decision-making process. “I actually looked at both on Google Earth and it looked really good. ODU looked like it was right on the beach, so I chose that one,” Webb said. The Monarchs are certainly happy about that choice. Webb, a communications major, has started and played every game he has been eligible for in his career. The few he missed coach Dawson wasn’t happy about. “Yeah I think I missed a couple games cause of suspension, too many bookings, got a little bit of stick for that,” Webb said. As a junior this year, Webb was given the captain’s armband. It is an impressive feat that he says he doesn’t take for granted. “It’s a fantastic being a captain, leading such a good team. Hopefully we’ll keep up having a good year,” he said. The Monarchs are certainly on the right path for a good year. Big wins against William & Mary and North Carolina headline a season that should see the Monarchs in the top 25 nationally. But slipups against Elon and Delaware have hurt them in their hope for national recognition. “We came into the Delaware game a bit too cocky after the UNC game. We thought we could beat anybody- which is true, but you can’t just think that,” Webb said. “It was a bad pitch, they packed it in, and we got caught. But you got to keep plugging away. “We use that as motivation, we make sure there won’t be another
Delaware this season.” But that doesn’t change Webb’s ideas about what needs to be done. He has his goals made and intends on fulfilling them. “We have three main things we plan on accomplishing this season. We want to host and win the CAA tournament, and make the NCAA tournament. We know when get in the tournament we’ll go far,” Webb said. Webb’s hard work and gritty playing style seems to be a perfect example for the Monarchs. A team that has grinded out victories this year (five of their seven wins have been by one goal) needs a leader like Webb to motivate and push them to keep winning. Most important for Webb is the pride he gets playing for Old Dominion. “I love ODU. I feel more of a connection with ODU than with any club I’ve ever played for and that’s important to me. I love putting on the jersey cause it reminds me of my English team Everton, they play with such passion and I try to for ODU,” he said. He has hopes of playing more after graduating and staying here in the states, with his skill level; it’s definitely a possibility. “Yeah I’d like to stay here in America and play somewhere. Maybe head to Europe if I get to play for Everton, they’re top of the list,” he said. With the success he’s had so far, there is still one thing missing for him. “Yeah I haven’t scored yet, I don’t like brining it up. It’s coming soon though, maybe a winner in the tournament,” he said.
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Phillip Rivers Is Elite
Garrison Cole Sports Editor
I got into a heated discussion the other day. It surrounded the term “elite quarterbacks,” and them playing in the National Football League. Elite quarterbacks don’t grow on trees; that’s why there are so few in the game today. In the most important position in the league, if you have an elite quarterback then you always have a chance. The argument that I got into centered on one quarterback in particular; Phillip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers. The person I was arguing with did not feel that Rivers, who leads the NFL in passing yards so far this season, was of the upper echelon of quarterbacks in the league. I disagree. When you look at the qualities that an elite quarterback possesses, it would be hard to leave Rivers off that list. First and foremost, an elite quarterback must be a leader for his team. When taking a closer look at Rivers, he is the unquestioned leader of the Chargers. From his play on the field to his confidence off it, the team looks to him in every situation. Second, an elite quarterback must be able to make all the throws. The knock on Rivers coming out of NC State was that his awkward throwing motion would hinder his performance in the NFL. So far, as Rivers is in his seventh NFL season, he has thrown 117 touchdowns while throwing for almost 17,000 yards. In addition, one of the most important qualities that an elite quarterback must have is that he wins. The guys
that are unanimously considered elite; the Bradys, Mannings, Breeses and the Roethlisbergers; although their styles are all different, all of them win. Rivers has a 46-18 record as a starter in the league, which is an outstanding record. An elite quarterback must be tough. They should be the guys that any teammate would love to have in a foxhole with them. Rivers, in the 2007 playoffs, proved that he could be that guy. Going 2-1 in those playoffs, Rivers played through excruciating pain. In the AFC Championship game in particular, Rivers played on one knee against the New England Patriots and went toe to toe with Tom Brady. While other injured teammate Ladanian Tomlinson sat on the sidelines with an injury, Rivers gutted it out and almost pulled off the upset in Foxborough. The most important quality that an elite quarterback must have is will. No matter how poorly the game has gone up to that point, elite quarterbacks seem to will their teams to victory when it seems least likely. In his short, but productive career the twotime pro bowler Rivers has 11 fourth quarter comebacks and 14 game winning drives. Even this year Rivers had to singlehandedly bring the Chargers back into games. He has already thrown for over 400 yards twice this season in attempts to bring the Chargers back. Any level headed person can see that the Chargers’ struggles should not be laid at the feet of Rivers. The ineptitude of the special teams of the Chargers has led to their surprising 2-3 record this season. However, playing in the less than stellar AFC West should help the Chargers. When people start to name Manning, Brady, Brees and Roethlisberger as the only elite quarterbacks in the league, don’t forget to mention Rivers. His talent and body of work back that up. The only thing that the four others have on Rivers is a Super Bowl ring to flash, which is the only thing Rivers hasn’t won…yet.
“I Love Y’alls Accent!” My name is Sophie, and I am an exchange student from Leicester University, England. Before coming here, there was one main positive to me going to a university in the U.S.; I wouldn’t have to learn a new language. I could not have been more WRONG! Since moving to the U.S. (I’ve been here two months this Sunday), I’ve had a number of problems with my accent. I’ve had to be directed to another assistant in Walmart because the first had no idea what I was saying, and I’ve had many, MANY severely blank looks with embarrassing moments of silence as the other person tries to navigate their way around the sentence I have just given them. I never thought I would have so much trouble speaking to people who speak the same language as me. As another exchange student from Germany, said to me, exasperated, at a
What’s in a name? A Pretty Cool Daytrip if You Work it Right… by
Thomas Anderson Staff Writer
I can’t help it. I love the road. Road trips define for me what America is all about- freedom, open spaces, diversity. This past weekend I had the pleasure of taking to the road for a seven hour jaunt to central Pennsylvania for my cousin’s wedding. The best part of the trip was that I got to practice one of my favorite road trip pastimes, sidetracking. Like most seasoned road trippers, I like to take a look at the map and plan out my route prior to the start of a long-distance exodus. Once I determine the route, though, I then look for the town along my route with the strangest name, and that town becomes the destination for my mid-trip sidetracking adventure. With only the town’s name in my head, the road trip always seems to go faster as I ponder the un-known town’s architecture, food and people. The best town that I ever sidetracked to during a roadtrip was the oddly named Smut-Eye, Ala. Smut-Eye was a Southern crossroads town plopped smack-dab in the middle of miles of hay and cotton fields. Too small of a town for a post office, the Smut-Eye Grocery’s ramshackle storefront wooden pillars, struggling to hold up the weight of the roof and a faded Coca-Cola sign, served as the town’s meeting place and the personification of its broken spirit. Weathered through the years by tornadoes, misfortune and Father Time, Smut-Eye Ala., whispered the story of forgotten pasts and the labor of weary farmhands. The faint smell of boiled peanuts lingered in the air as I left Smut-Eye that day with more questions than answers. This past weekend, though, my mid-trip detour brought me to Funkstown, Md. A mile-and-a-half off the interstate, American Legion signs welcomed me as I waited for the oncoming traffic to pass before I drove over the one-lane, brick bridge that passed over Antietam Creek and led me into town. Funkstown. I continued along Baltimore Street, the main street in town, as large American flags flapped near the entryways of the antique stores and small bed-and-breakfasts. Another sign reminded passersby of Funkstown’s place in history as a stop on the National Road propelling Manifest Destiny pioneers out west, and I could see the stagecoaches and Conestoga wagons struggling down the street under their loads. I parked my truck and walked into what appeared to be Funkstown’s only watering hole: Joker’s Pub and Grill. The low ceiling threatened to scrape the top of my head
party a couple of weeks ago, “How can it be difficult?! You all speak the same language!!” Well my fellow foreigner, I wish that was the case. ]The main differences between English and American are the small things in everyday life. It has taken me a while to get used to things that people say throughout the day – there is a lot more small talk than in England! For example, people ask, “How you doing?” all the time! Also, in reply, everyone is always “good” or “fine.” If you replied with “Actually, my goldfish died this morning and I just fell in a puddle walking through the Quad,” people wouldn’t know what to do with themselves! I’ve had to make sure that I changed my spell check on Office Word to ‘English (United States),’ as I keep getting red lines through my work where my spelling of words is different
as I ducked into the pub, and I grabbed a seat at the tired wooden bar that wrapped around three sides of the tavern. My stool wobbled and I marveled at the mismatched and torn upholstery adorning the various stools at the bar. About 15 old, bulky television sets sat high on the long shelf hugging the walls, and Zac Brown crackled “Whatever It Is” in the background. A middle-aged man with a 3-day-old beard pulled two halves of a cue stick out of a case and twisted them together near the bar’s solitary pool table, and a poster advertised the favorite smalltown gambling pastime of two-dollar pull tabs. Stella and Yuengling graced the tap handles, and a deep cherry oak casing predominantly enthroned a large glass bottle of Jagermeister across the bar in front of me. Before I came into the bar I had noticed many people filing into the town’s lone red, steepled church, and I soon realized that Joker’s was the town’s other house of worship. I ordered a hamburger and a pint of the lager and looked up at the TV screens to see the Sunday NFL games just preparing for kick-off. The Sunday afternoon faithful came in to Joker’s wearing purple and black and “Lewis” on the back of their jerseys. Others arrived in black and yellow, talking about “Big Ben” and raving about Heinz field. Sitting at a bar located halfway between Baltimore and Pittsburgh, I sensed the coming of the area’s bloodiest battle since Lee and McClellan clashed 150 years earlier. An intelligible, guttural roar erupted as the Ravens sacked the Pittsburgh quarterback on the game’s third play. Just ten minutes later, a purple shirt screamed back at the TV screen, “Who’s reffing this game, the umpires or the Steelers?!” The shot glasses and tumblers on the bartender’s racks began to shake louder with each successive play. I paid my tab and slipped out of the pub, grateful that my name would not soon be etched onto Funkstown’s second Civil War monument. Jumping back into the truck, I saw a large white banner that read “Welcome to Funkstown,” and beneath the picture of a cannon it advised me to “Enjoy the Adventure.” Hydrated and with calories in my belly for the road, I put the truck into drive and headed out of town, passing tall grain silos and October corn fields recently leveled by the combine’s silver guillotine. With half of my trip still remaining, I had several hours to consider Funkstown’s people and history and it’s place in the history of my mid-trip sidetracks. I was reminded that America is about freedom, and that it’s also about conflict… whether it brings us to arms or just to the pub on Sunday. ** Visit http://www.funkstown.com for more information on this interesting little slice of Americana.
to American English. We might use too many letters and the words are not spelled how they sound (color = colour), but it’s the way I’ve been taught and it physically hurt to have to change it! I have been practicing pronouncing my r’s, as in British English we often silence them, and it causes no end of trouble when talking to people! Overall though, I’m loving getting used to speaking American. I never thought it would be this different, but its proving to be a fun challenge! Finally, I want to end with an English way of speaking that not many people use outside of London, but a lot of artists use in their music. Cockney Rhyming Slang is a form of English that is spoken by people in the East End of London – only certain people speak it, and it’s slowly dying out, but it’s still fun to know! Art-
ists like the Audio Bully’s and the Streets use this kind of language. For example: Alright = How are you Apples and pears = stairs Mate (as in friend) = China plate House = Mickey Mouse “Alright me China plate? Why don’t we go up the apples and pears to your Mickey Mouse?” …I’m not even joking. Y’all have a great day now!
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Advice anonymous Digging Yourself Out Of A Messy Situation
Diane Dougherty Staff Writer
Dear Diane, I live in a house with a couple of other girls. We all decided when we moved in that chores would be split up equally per week so we could keep the house clean for ourselves and when guests come to visit. I am becoming frustrated with that fact that hardly anyone sticks to the chores they are assigned and I don’t know how to get them involved with the work that needs to be done around the house. What should I do? -Stuck in the dirt Dear Stuck in the dirt, Everyone who has ever lived with a roommate deals with these exact issues. It can be very tough to keep a house clean if not everyone is willing to participate. Whether your roommates are random or you’re living with friends, each of them must be approached the same. When you’re confronting your roommates, make sure you’re treating everyone equally and not putting all the blame on one individual (even if it should be). Let them know that you’re willing to work with them to keep the house in order because there are things you could probably do to help even more. A chore list is a great way to organize who does what chores and when. Choose a system that works best for everyone; for example each person is given three chores each week per month that cycles. Every week the chores will change to the next person so no one is stuck doing the worst chore (dishes, of course) multiple times a month. If one of the roommates has a pet, those chores pertaining to that pet will obviously be only their responsibility, but if they start to slack and it is affecting you, let them know or just take care of it yourself. Dear Diane, I don’t have a car down here at school and it is really making it tough to get around. My parents want me to find a job, but there aren’t many places that will hire me because I have to rely on others for transportation. I hate having to ask my roommates all the time for rides, but I really need to make some money. Is there anything I can do? Marooned
Not having a car down here is definitely limiting, but thankfully there are a couple of ways to get around. Cabs are always an easy go-to if you’ve got the money. Unfortunately, since you’re strapped for cash, along with everyone else it seems, that wouldn’t be the best way to get to and from places because it really adds up. The Hampton Roads Transit buses (HRT) run all over the Hampton Roads area and are a great way to get around. They have an efficient schedule and the one-day passes for the entire day are only $3.50. Also you can go online and to www.gohrt. com and you can even plan out your trips on the website. You type where you want to go and it will give you the easiest and most direct routes to get there. There are also plenty of job opportunities on campus through the Career Management Center or within walking distance; either in the Village or a bike ride away in Ghent. Don’t let being car-less limit you. There are plenty of students on campus who are in the same predicament you’re in as well. Ask around; I’m sure they can give you some great feedback. Dear Diane, I’m really frustrated because I found out I might not graduate on time. My parents are going to kill me. How can I tell them? Screwed Dear Screwed, Make sure before you say anything to them you have all your facts right. You definitely want to find out and weigh all of your options before dropping this bomb on them. Make an appointment with your advisor and make sure you’re well prepared for the meeting. Take note of all the questions you want to cover and write down their responses and your potential options. Look into summer classes or online classes that might work toward building the credits you need in order to graduate on time. If graduating on time is clearly not an option, than work with your advisor to set up a school schedule that works for you and would most likely please your parents the most. When calling your parents, or if you’re seeing them in person, make sure you don’t get upset or flustered when talking to them. Stay calm and be mature about the situation, because most likely this will keep them calm also. Explain to them that you’ve been working extremely hard on all your assignments and tests, but there is just no way you’re going to be able to graduate on time. Show them your plan to make sure you graduate as quickly as possible while still not overwhelming yourself with classes. Don’t forget to give your parents the contact information for your advisor in case they have any questions you hadn’t thought of to ask. Most importantly, let them know you are willing to fill out scholarship information and work towards financial aid in any way possible to help them with the finances. They will really appreciate your effort and honesty.
For Crying Out Loud Tim Tebow is the Truth
Christian Ernst News Editor
Call him a product of a system. Call him a college player. Call him overhyped. Call him picked too high. In all reality, you should call Tim Tebow “The Truth.” Tim Tebow scored his first touchdown in the NFL Sunday, running it in from five yards out against the New York Jets. In all, Tebow had six carries for 23 yards and the touchdown, with a long of six. Tebow didn’t attempt a pass during the game. The Broncos took a risk drafting Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 draft; I’ll admit that. Many people said he shouldn’t get drafted. His only chance to see the field would be with a clipboard in his hands, many people said. Here are five reasons Tim Tebow will be “The Truth,” and will start for a team in the NFL, if not this year, then some time during his career. 5. Athleticism: Michael Vick is the most mobile quarterback in the NFL. Even with issues off the field, he has established himself as a playmaker. Tim Tebow, in my opinion, is the most athletic quarterback after Vick. He is versatile, quick and agile. He is a weapon that is unlike anything most teams in the NFL have. 4. Injuries: Teams around the league have been bit by the ever-nagging injury bug. Nine quarterbacks on seven teams have suffered injuries. Kyle Orton is the only one between Tebow and a starting job. Brady Quinn has proved to be a bust, and the Broncos have no other quarterback on their roster. If Orton goes down for any amount of time, Tebow could show more similarities to the aforementioned Vick and earn the starting job over an injured player. The trade deadline is still looming as well, and a team could look to pick up Tebow as a valuable backup. 3. Parity in roster depth: Many teams have aging quarterbacks and no visible replacements. Washington has Donovan McNabb starting currently, but he is nearing 34 years old. Behind him, the Redskins have Rex Grossman, 30, who has not proven to be a valuable starter, and John Beck, 29, who has five career games and 60 completions in four seasons since being drafted out of Brigham
Young University in 2007. The Vikings have Brett Farve, 41, who may have retired after any of the last three seasons. Minnesota then has Tavaris Jackson, who has had chances at the starting job in the past and not lived up to expectations. Joe Webb, a sixth round draft pick in his first season, is the only other quarterback on the Viking’s roster. Other teams in similar situations could be the Patriots, Colts and Saints, who all lack depth behind their strong starting quarterbacks who are starting to age. 2. Kyle Orton: Tebow has gotten to sit behind a skilled quarterback so far this year. There’s a lot he can learn from a veteran like Orton. He has six years and more than 1,600 attempts. That’s knowledge that Tebow can gain from working closely with Orton. Sure, not many quarterbacks thrown from the back lines into the starting job have worked out. Matt Cassel is starting to look better for the upstart Chiefs, but hasn’t proven to be the starter to see when he took over for the injured Tom Brady in 2008. Kevin Kolb sat behind McNabb for three seasons, and hasn’t proven to be the new face of the Eagles. But look at Philip Rivers, who sat behind Drew Brees, or Aaron Rodgers, who sat behind Brett Favre or Brady, who sat behind Drew Bledsoe. They have all proven to be elite quarterbacks, who’ve gained invaluable experience behind strong veterans. 1. Tim Tebow cried on TV: Character is a question mark for many star players in the NFL. Brandon Marshall, Ben Roethlisberger and Plaxico Burress have all shown that off the field issues can be big negatives on the field. Tebow has proven he is the antithesis of those players. He is a leader on and off the field and has never had a character problem. His speech “The Promise,” delievered after a 2008 loss to Mississippi State, is already immortalized on the University of Florida’s stadium. And yes, Tebow did cry during that speech. His “30 minutes” speech, delivered at halftime of the 2008 BCS Championship game, still rings in ears of many faithful Gators. Few can debate that Tebow was an elite leader in college, and that will transition into an NFL locker room. And here is a bonus fact. Tim Tebow was an elite college quarterback. He has a Heisman Trophy, 88 career passing touchdowns and 9,285 career passing yards. On top of that, he has 57 career rushing touchdowns and more than 3,000 career rushing yards. Sure, his throwing motion wasn’t perfect for an NFL quarterback. But he proved he has at least some tools to make it as a pro.
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Vietnamese Food, Ahora! Pho Hung serving Vietnamese . . . and Mexican?
by Alyssa Odango Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor
I get the trend of fusion cuisine. The merging of two culinary styles is successfully experimental at best. I’ve personally have not tried fusion cooking before (Note to self: check out local fusion restaurants), but I wouldn’t be averse to trying it at least once. But what about non-fusion, but the fusing of two restaurants into one? Pho Hung off Tidewater Dr. does just that—it serves not only Vietnamese (good Vietnamese, might I add) food, but Mexican and American food as well. The storefront is definitely deceiving; driving past the little restaurant you see a red roof and in large, yellow block letters “TACOS”. Walk up towards the store and you see “Vietnamese Noodle Shop” on one window and “Philly Steak, Taco Burrito, and Quesadilla” on the other. Had I not previously known about what this restaurant exactly served, I would definitely be double checking on which cuisine I came for. This day, I came for both. My love for Mexican food is common knowledge. It wasn’t
Alyssa Odango Mace & Crown Tacos and pho make for a surprisingly delicious combination.
until earlier this year that I had been introduced to Phở. For those who are unfamiliar with Vietnamese cuisine, Phở is a noodle soup that is made of rice noodles usually served with meats, though it can be vegetarian as well. The soup is always decorated with basil, cilantro, peppers, and beansprouts. Extra (and a lot of extra) beansprouts, clusters of fresh basil, lime wedges, and jalapenos are served alongside the soup. I’ve always ordered a large serving of Phở and that is one thing I love about Vietnamese food—their food is always served in a large proportion. I had also ordered some tacos so I could say I successfully ate two different cuisines in one sitting. I ate a fish taco, while my
friends ate beef, steak, and chicken tacos. The tacos were standard, but not unpleasant. The menu displayed behind the register belied any proof that Vietnamese food was served there; what’s listed are the various Mexican dishes (tacos, burritos, quesadillas), as well as philly steak sandwiches (I glimpsed a teriyaki steak flavor) and burgers and fries. The Vietnamese menu is actually on a laminated sheet sitting on the counter displaying the various dishes and their English translations. However, for this outing I wanted to expand my Vietnamese palate, so I tried Bún thịt nướng, which is a rice noodle dish served cold with grilled meats. I chose the grilled chicken
THE SCOOP! Music News and Reviews
Rapper T.I. saves a life – Can he save his own?
By Robbie Ciara Staff Writer Here’s The Scoop! – Clifford Harris, better known as T.I., has been one of the century’s biggest entertainers in the past decade. Since his debut album “I’m Serious” and award winning albums “Trap Musik”, “Urban Legend”, and “King” T.I. has enjoyed being in the musical spotlight. In addition, T.I. has had a moderate amount of success in his film career. After an impressive debut in the film “ATL” T.I. had one of his best roles ever in the film “Takers” where he plays the villain of the movie. In addition, T.I. was a major force in helping with the Katrina relief efforts where he helped displaced New Orleans citizens relocate to his hometown of Atlanta. He’s also helped single parent families, like his own, by providing scholarships for single parent families with the local Boys and Girls Clubs. In T.I.’s latest good news story, T.I. saved a man’s life who was attempting suicide. After hearing about the situation on a local radio station, T.I. decided to take action and help negotiators talk the man out of killing himself. In an interview with V103, a local Atlanta radio station T.I. responded to the public attention this caused: “I’m not taking any credit,” T.I. stated. “It could have been resolved in another way. The fact of the matter is God put me in a position, and put in my spirit to be in the position to help, and I can’t take
any credit for that. He added, “I didn’t wake up this morning with the intentions of going down and helping hostage negotiators talk someone down off a ledge. I don’t think that could be in anyone’s plan of action,” he added. “I don’t expect this to have any different impact on any of my circumstances. That wasn’t my motivation.” Some speculated that this could have been a publicity stunt but the mother of the troubled man quickly dismissed those rumors. “I wish it was a publicity stunt, and that my son wasn’t hurting as bad as he is,” the woman told radio station V-103 during an interview last Thursday. “Thank God for T.I.” So what’s the scoop? Why can’t T.I. stay out of the negative spotlight? T.I.’s legal issues are just as long as the list of his good deeds. T.I. has been on probation for a 1998 conviction for drug possession and false information. T.I. followed that up with probation violations which included marijuana and firearm possession. In 2005, T.I. threatened a man outside of a strip club and previously, in 2003 T.I. was sentenced for assaulting a female deputy sheriff. Now, T.I. has been sentenced to 11 more months in jail for a September arrest for drug charges that involved his wife and mother of his two children, Tiny. These recent probation violations involve possessing ecstasy and testing positive for opiates. The rapper reportedly said in court: “I screwed up big time, and I’m sorry. I’m truly and sincerely sorry. I don’t want and I don’t need to use drugs anymore. I want them out of my life,” The Atlantic Journal-Constitution has reported. Although T.I. has once again expressed regret for his actions it’s hard to ignore that he was only out of jail for a short period of time before getting in trouble again and this time with his wife. T.I. once exclaimed in a song, “Yeah, you know they call me T.I. – but you don’t know me”. The Scoop! agrees. We really don’t know you T.I., it’s time for you to know yourself, and that’s the real scoop.
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