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Streetcar Renaissance Plans are calling for rail that will one day bring students to NOVA’s Alexandria campus.


Cherry Festival In Washington there’s a sure way to know spring has started, the Cherry Blossom Festival. Inside are details on this year’s festivities.


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Who Will be the Next NOVA Idol? The Fortnightly sat down with several Idol finalists to talk about their inspirations, aspirations, and music career before the March 26 finale.


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Is it Worth the Dough? By Nicole DiAntonio/Staff Reporter


Students are frequently in a situation between classes where they are starved but do not have enough time to go to a restaurant off campus. Although the chips and chocolate in the vending machines look tempting, there has to be a better solution. On the Annandale campus, food options are limited. The main location to buy food is in the school cafeteria. But, is choosing to eat there really the best choice? Down the stairs of the CF building at Annandale, is the school cafeteria. To some, the cafeteria is rather small and dainty. To others, it is quaint and charming.

“The NOVA cafeteria is a lot like a high school cafeteria,” says Paul Kaye. “It is loud and kind of annoying.” The room is small and looks as if it can only hold a couple hundred people. Long rectangular tables are joined to each other and travel across the length of the room. The floor and table tops are littered with trash and left over food. It is hard to find a clean place to sit. The cafeteria has standard choices like hamburgers, cheeseb u r g e r s , pizza, fries, cookies, and chips. In the Cafeteria Food 8

They need better and cheaper food.” —Sonia Altis, Student

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calendar EDUCATIONAL Women Who Lead Series Featuring Keynote Speaker Summer Rayne Oakes. Eco-model and author of Style, Naturally, the first global guide to sustainable beauty and fashion, Summer R. Oakes is one of Discovery Channel’s Planet Green eco-lifestyle channel’s resident experts and host. March 23, 12 p.m., AN CE Theater.

Women’s History Month Movie Night Iron Jawed Angels, a HBO documentary about the American Women’s suffrage movement in the 1910s. Refreshments and drinks provided. March 23, 12 p.m., MA.

Lifelong Learning Institute Speaker’s Forum “Defining and Attaining World Class Community Status for Prince William County” with Paul C.Moessner, Citizen and Community Activist. March 24, 10 a.m., MA Colgan Theatre.

The Body Image Group Hilarious and heartbreaking true stories from the mouths of those whose bodies will never be perfect and for whom a meal will never just be a meal. March 25, 11 a.m., AN CF building.

JOB EVENTS Career Center Featured Employer: U.S. Department of Labor

fer Resource Center website for details. March 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., AN CM 327.

Stop by the Annandale Career Center to learn about available positions at the U.S. Department of Labor. March 24, 11:30 a.m, AN CM 327.

Women’s Health Fair

College Transfer Events Transfer Admissions Visit: University of Mary Washington

Inova HealthSource will be providing health services and screenings to NOVA students, faculty and staff. March 25, 10 a.m., AN CF Bldg.

Drop in and meet with an admissions representative. March 25, 10 a.m., AN CM 327.



Transfer Workshop: So You Think You Want to Go to Medical School?

Art Exhibit Opening

This workshop will give you the nuts and bolts you need to prepare yourself for Professional Healthcare programs and the application process, the pre-requisite coursework, course choices at the community college, and what you can do outside the classroom to gain experience. March 25, 10 a.m., AN CS 237.

The Celebrating All Abilities: In Recognition of National Disabilities Month art exhibit will open at Innovation Park, hosted by the Manassas campus and Didlake of Manassas. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. March 25, 4:30 p.m., Innovation Park, 9485 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA.

Virginia Commonwealth University: Onsite Admissions Visit

2010 Juried Photography Student Show

If you are interested in attending VCU in Fall 2010 don’t miss this opportunity to meet with a Transfer Admissions Officer from VCU and walk away with a decision. To make an appointment, you must submit a completed packet of materials by March 26. See the Annandale Trans-

Opening reception for the photography show which runs from March 31 to April 14. April 1, 5:30 p.m., AL Tyler Gallery. Awards 6 p.m.

The Clothesline Project

victims are invited to design a t-shirt and view other shirts on display. March 23, 11 a.m to 2 p.m. /4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., AL Cafeteria.

3001 N. Beauregard St. Tyler Building, Room 227 B Alexandria, VA 22311 5,000 copies of NOVA Fornightly are published twice a month and distributed to all NOVA campuses.

ENTERTAINMENT NOVA Idol Find out who will be the next singing sensation crowned NOVA Idol. Volunteers are needed to assist with voting and as ushers to help make this event a success. Email to learn more. March 26, 7 p.m., AL Schlesinger Center.

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OTHER Free Tax Preparation NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus is offering free tax preparation services to individuals and families with a maximum household income of $49,000. This service is offered by appointment only. Call Tanya Kern 703-878-5684 to make an appointment. March 27, all day, WO.

World Heritage Day Come out and enjoy great food and entertainment. March 30, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., LO Waddell Theater.

Those who have experienced domestic violence or wish to support

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Spring is finally in the air on the six NOVA campuses. It’s time for renewal, and NOVA Fortnightly got a makeover. Designers Lori Milani, Joseph Cabato and Traci Brooks have been busy creating a new design that is more current, more exciting, more fun and more NOVA. The new logo ties into the NOVA identity while keeping its own fresh personality and the new layout introduces more enticing visuals while maintaining clean and simple aesthetics. Our design team will keep working hard to tweak and improve the design to make your NOVA Fortnightly experience more enjoyable. Please, don’t hesitate to send us your feedback or suggestions. We work for our readers and will take all comments into consideration.

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news In Wake of Shooting, NOVA Undergoes Security Review Uriah Kiser/Contributing Reporter NOVA students probably won’t see metal detectors installed anytime soon, but college officials are re-assessing security following a December shooting at the Woodbridge campus. The college recently launched its Presidential Commission on Safety and Security and gave it until April 30 to review the adequacy of emergency resources put in place following the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre—the worst school shooting in the nation’s history. “When your mind is focused like this, because of [the shootings], you’ve got that opportunity for not just a routine assessment, but one that’s really motivated by saying ‘look, that can’t happen here [NOVA], but it did happen here [NOVA],’”

said college Vice President John Dever. “While looking at what did we do well—and there are many things that we did well— we’ll ask: “Are there any things that we should improve?’ ” Police said that on Dec. 8, Dale City resident Jason Hamilton, 20, walked into a math class at the Woodbridge campus and managed to fire two rounds from a high-powered rifle at his professor before the gun jammed. The teacher hid behind a desk and no one was hurt. Hamilton then placed the gun on the floor and was taken into custody by campus police. He’s now in jail on an attempted murder charge. A court date is set for March 15. Investigators said Hamilton was unhappy with the professor and had low marks in the course. When shots rang out,

students and teachers hid in classrooms behind locked doors as friends and family waited anxiously outside for police to secure the scene. When the spring semester began last month at Woodbridge, students said professors talked briefly about the shootings, discussed safety procedures and urged students to report suspicious behavior. “Some sarcastically said, ‘If you don’t like me or the way I teach, then please come and tell me,” said 20-year-old student, Kelsea Williams. Other Woodbridge campus students said professors are locking doors at the start of classes, something they are allowed to do following the shootings, Dever said. After the Virginia Tech shootings, NOVA invested in technology that allows officials to send text messages and e-mails to

students and staff. The school also created offices of Emergency Planning and of Student Mental Health and Behavior. Dever said the emergency planning staff was key in teaching college officials how to manage emergency situations. After the December shootings, the staff injected clarity into a sea of confusion, keeping staff and students informed, he said. In addition to armed gunman, or “active shooter” situations, Dever’s board of 22 members—made up of professors, department heads and the Woodbridge campus student body president—will also make sure the college is prepared to handle problems that could arise from severe weather, hazardous materials situations and any other public health or safety issues. When finished, Dever said,

the board’s recommendations should not change the overall feel of the campuses. “We want very much to preserve the traditional setting and the openness of our campus communities, and for instance, I don’t expect metal detectors to be one of the recommendations that emerge. There are many ways to come onto our campus and into our buildings and into our classes, that is the way a collegiate institution is set up,” said Dever. Thomas Blot, an IT student, said he’s noticed an increased security presence, but said he still feels safe on campus. “Just because one terrible thing happens doesn’t mean that this college is not a safe place,” he said. This article first appeared  in the News & Messenger on Feb. 25.

C.J. Walker Relative Recalls Her Legacy Annie Ryan/Operations Manager

“Something special is being created at NOVA.” Those were the opening words of A’Lelia Bundles, biographer and great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, when she addressed her interested United States History 122 class on Wednesday, March 3. “With more than 180 countries represented at NOVA, it is an interesting representation of what America will look like in the next three decades,” Bundles began. Bundles has engaged public audiences on her book, On Her Ground the Life and Times of Madam C.J.Walker, from Kansas to Latvia, and Walker’s

life story is a collective one that one from any gender or culture can appreciate and identify with. It is the classic rags to riches story in which the heroine, Walker, saw fit to invest in the well being of the less fortunate in her day. In fact, one elementary school in Peoria, KS was so inspired by Walker’s philanthropy that the children raised money for Haiti. Like most successful people, Walker did not ascend to the heights of goodwill and fortune alone. At the age of seven, Walker’s parents died and by the age of 14, Walker was married. By 20, she was a mother and widow. She then moved to St. Louis, MO to live with her four brothers who were barbers. At St. Paul American

Methodist Evangelical Church, a group of church women decided to mentor Walker. They helped her get a job as a maid. From that job, she was promoted to a cook. Along her journey, Walker suffered from scalp disease. In the early 1900s, there were not many options for hair care or scalp disease as there are now, nor were the hygiene standards very high. Many suffered from terrible scalp conditions. Walker was among their number. She experimented with different treatments and then formulated her own hair care product. She sold the product out of her brothers’ barber shop. The remedy was called Madam Walker’s

Wonderful Hair Grower. According to biographer Bundles, “It was quite revolutionary in 1907 for Walker, a black woman, to put her own image on a product. There were few products geared toward African Americans and those had only pictures of white women.” She not only put her image on her products, but also changed her name from Sara Walker to Madam C.J. Walker after her third marriage. Madam was a French term that American women of high society used. Walker acquired as much knowledge as she could. She had her secretaries read the daily newspaper out loud. If they did not know what a word meant, then Walker would

look up the word as to not embarrass them. Before women were granted suffrage, Walker was photographed in the driver’s seat of a Model-T Ford in 1910. When Bundles was asked by a NOVA student if all of Walkers panache was resented by the African American community, Bundles replied, “Back then successful African Americans were role models. Just the fact that one of them had made it gave them something to aspire to.” Later on when Walker relocated to Indianapolis, she hired a tutor to improve her own learning and grammar. She surrounded herself with excellence, hiring the best lawyer, hiring the best accountant, and throwing the best parties. She loved A’Lelia Bundles 4

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Alexandria Plans Call for a Streetcar to NOVA Joshua Davis/ Editor-In-Chief

Streetcars may one day whisk passengers to NOVA’s Alexandria campus, if current plans hold up. Planners are working on a streetcar line that would run from the Pentagon City Metro station, down Columbia Pike, and end at NOVA. The Alexandria campus would be a central part of this new system. A control center, rail yard, and repair shop at NOVA could be part of the new line, according to Dr. Jimmie McClellan, the dean of Arts and Humanities at the Alexandria campus and a board member for the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition. Classes in streetcar repair and operation could be offered as well. The plans for the Columbia Pike Streetcar originally called for a terminus at the Skyline development in Falls Church, which is about a mile from campus. However, as part of recent steps to integrate the Alexandria campus with transit, a request was made to consider having the first phase of the streetcar end at NOVA instead. One of the organizations beA’Lelia Bundles from 3

music and Nobel Sissel, the American jazz musician and playwright, was one of her music entertainers when he was a teenager, according to Bundles. A’Lelia Walker was the apple of her mother’s eye. She grew up privileged, never experiencing the struggles of her mother’s childhood for herself. This life of comfort did not inhibit her from

hind the streetcar effort is the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition. They are composed of developers, current and past officials from Fairfax County, Arlington, and Alexandria and others interested in transit. The NVSC wants to see rails brought to the West End neighborhood of Alexandria, but they also have a regional focus, wanting Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax to integrate their proposed streetcars into one system. A compatible system is important for NOVA because it sits near the center of these three jurisdictions, and if each one uses different standards it makes it harder to reach campus by transit. The planning for this project is still in the early stages. The Columbia Pike Streetcar is just entering into its engineering and environmental impact phase. The coalition currently has a temporary board, as they were started shortly after a Nov. 2009 meeting at the Alexandria campus that was attended by about 80 people. The organization hopes to start a preliminary feasibility study on this project soon, but the study could take over a year

according to Janet Gregor, an organizer with the coalition. A request has been sent to Jim Moran, the Democratic congressman representing the Arlington and Alexandria area, for federal money to study extending the line from the Columbia Pike streetcar, to near I-395 and Seminary Road. This Alexandria section of the line would likely be in a separate phase. A timeline is hard to predict so early in the process, but the Columbia Pike streetcar has been nearly a decade in serious planning. This project is just now moving into the engineering and environmental studying phase. Public transit at the Alexandria campus is currently limited to about four bus lines, many

with wait times of half an hour up to an hour. NOVA worked to make that situation better, getting Metrobus and Alexandria’s DASH bus company to bring the routes through campus. The push for a streetcar is part of enhancing transit to NOVA’s most urban campus. The recent Department of Defense move of over 6,000 jobs to the nearby Mark Center has also prompted officials to look at options besides single use automobiles for moving those workers in the already congested I-395 and Seminary Road area. This project will not be cheap. In the Alexandria Transportation Master Plan, the cost for streetcars is estimated to be $19 million per mile. This means the

learning to care for others. May Bryant was adopted by A’Lelia Walker after becoming a hair model for and a close friend of the Walker family. Bryant began with the Walkers as an errand girl. Born to a widow who was the mother of eight children, her birth mother knew she could not give May the life that she wanted for her. So, she asked the Walker family to legally adopt May so long as

they provided May an education. A’Lelia Walker agreed, and thus became A’Lelia Bundles’ great grandmother. One NOVA student asked Bundles why she did not go into the hair care business. Bundles replied that her passion was writing. Bundles had written for student newspapers, radio, the New York Times Book Review, and other prestigious publications. Her biographic novels include Madam C.J.

Walker: Entrepreneur, Madam C.J. Walker (Black Americans of Achievement), and On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J.Walker. JOY GODDESS: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, an upcom-

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Columbia Pike Streetcar might cost around $114 million. Funding for such projects usually comes from a variety of sources. The Federal Transit Administration could provide up to half the costs. However, in such an instance, the project would have to compete for scarce transit funds on a nationwide level. The federal route can also add years to a project, as happened to the Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport. The other funds could potentially come from increased property taxes and vehicle registration fees. “There’s a lot of student interest,” Gregor said, about NOVA students involved with the project. Several showed up to a streetcar meeting on campus. Other students in the design department are currently working on a website and logo for the coalition. The NVSC will hold another public meeting at 7 p.m. on April 22 at the Hilton Mark Center Alexandria, with presentations from the local jurisdictions on their transit plans. Details about the NVSC can be found at

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news Dental Students Volunteer Free Dental Work over Spring Break Emily Pfister/ Staff Reporter

For two days over Spring Break students at NOVA’s Medical Education campus got to know the poor and underserved of Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington. Students enrolled in the Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Technician and Nursing programs volunteered their services along with area dentists, pharmacists and translators during the days of March 12 and 13 for the Northern Virginia Mission of Mercy Project, also known as MOM. At 5:30 a.m. on March 12 the line to get into the Dental Clinic stretched out of the first-floor entrance of the Medical Education Building. The clinic checkin was nothing short of ordered chaos. Languages spoken casually included those that seemed familiar – Spanish, French and English – and those that seemed not as commonplace, such as Hindi, Farsi and Vietnamese. There were translators for many and several of the dentists spoke one or more of these languages fluently. Dr. Howard Kelley, director of the Dental Clinic, said most people are at MOM because they can’t afford care anywhere else. The people who come to MOM are recipients of social services in and around Northern Virginia. The Northern Virginia Dental Association is responsible for contacting each agency that will participate and asking the group to send 50 beneficiaries of their usual services to MOM. The Northern Virginia Dental Society also invites member dentists to participate at the event and donates, delivers,

unloads and stocks the supplies that are used during MOM. “Students always look forward to seeing the preschoolers,” Kelley said. However, there were no children at the event. The ‘Give Kids a Smile’ event will take place later in the year in addition to a clinic day for those in the community with special needs. On Friday alone, over 200 people signed up to work at the MEC Dental Clinic as receptionists, dental staff, translators and triage volunteers. Each dentist brought his or her own staff and accepted referrals for future services. One woman, Myra Caceres, reported that she had lost her dentures two years ago and that here she “found help and got a gift from God.” Although her procedures could not be performed on site at the clinic, the dentists in the area will not turn away people in need of more detailed procedures. The first 100 people who show up get in according to Kelley. He emphasized that around 800 people show up in addition to those receiving social services just to get in the door of the Dental Clinic as walk-ins. Many cannot be seen at the event. The dental clinic has 32 fully equipped dental stations. NOVA has the largest dental clinic of any community college in the country. Volunteer Kenneth Bernstein blogged that over 400 people signed-in for treatment on March 12. Many probably needed multiple services, but each attendee was allowed only one treatment. There have been 44 MOM events held by the Virginia Dental Association since 2000. The Medical Education campus has hosted a MOM event every year since opening in

2004. Before that, NOVA hosted the event at the school’s Annandale campus. To date, throughout the state, 34,398 patients have been provided with over $17.4 million of free dental services ranging from basic cleanings to root canal surgeries.

Are Free Clinics the Future of Healthcare? The Washington metro area is one of the richest in the United States, yet the demand for free clinics is very high and the unfilled void can be fatal. In Prince Georges County, Deamonte Driver died in 2007 of bacteria that spread to his brain from an untreated abscess. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. has authored an amendment to the Senate’s health care reform bill that includes providing $10-$14 billion more for free clinics-including dental clinics. The provision, announced December of last year, would provide health care for an additional 25 million Americans. “The additional resources will help bring about a revolution in primary health care,” Senator Bernie Sanders said in a press release. The money would go to “new or expanded health centers in an additional 10,000 communities.” Sanders has said that his provision to the heath care reform legislation would “save Medicaid tens of billions of dollars by keeping patients out of emergency rooms and hospitals by providing primary care when they need it.”

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VADYM GULIUK/NOVA FORTNIGHTLY Peggy Sullivan lectures at domestic violence seminar.

Domestic Violence Seminar Opens Students’ Eyes KJ Mushung/Managing Editor

The turnout for the seminar was low, with more than half the auditorium left unfilled. Disappointing, said organizers, considering the topic is so important and common. That topic was domestic violence. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used by one person intended to exert power and control over an-

other. Every year Peggy Joy Sullivan comes to the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College to teach people about what constitutes domestic violence and what to do about it. Sullivan is the community outreach coordinator for ACTS/Turning Points Domestic Violence Program in Dumfries. She has trained police officers, judges, school nurses, teachers and counselors. Domestic Violence 7

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Cherry Blossom Festival in Bloom By KJ Mushung/Managing Editor

The city of Washington will celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival in its usual fashion, with lots of trees and tourists. The festival is Washington’s signature springtime event and is considered the beginning of tourist season. City officials hope the weather will cooperate. Good weather always brings a sigh of relief to officials, who cross their fingers and hope for pleasant weather and a good turnout each year. With the recession, it’s especially important that tourists spend substantial money, which they’re more likely to do if they’re out and about exploring the city and not inside taking shelter from rain. The first festival was held in 1935 to commemorate the gift of cherry trees to the United States from Japan. Initially, Tokyo gave Washington 3,000 trees in 1912, according to the festival’s official web site. Former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson accepted 3,800 more trees in 1965. The Festival begins on Saturday, March 27 with Family Day at the National Building Museum at 401 F Street, NW. The free public event runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with numerous activities to partake in, including the construction of koi (goldfish) from paper and fabric that children can take home and suspend from their ceilings. The opening ceremony, which will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., will showcase Japanese and Western entertainment. “The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and opening ceremony is a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome visitors from D.C., and around the country,” said president and executive director of the National Building Museum, Chase Rynd, in 2009.

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“Family Day captures the spirit of the Festival with free entertainment for kids of all ages and their families,” said Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Among the most notable activities to be held during the two-week event is the annual parade Saturday, April 10 along Constitution Avenue. Parade performers will include American Idol finalist Justin Guarini and Miss America 2010, Virginia’s own Carissa Cameron. Tickets cost $17 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Following the parade, the JapanAmerica Society will host the 50th annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, featuring a Japanese beer garden, Japanese pop culture, traditional crafts, cuisine, martial arts and more. A festival favorite, the annual fireworks display, will illuminate the waterfront Saturday, April 3 starting at 8:30 p.m. The ship, Spirit of Washington, will hold a buffet dinner cruise with a unique vantage point of the fireworks for

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those willing to pay the $90.90 fee, up from last year’s $75 price tag. The fireworks may be best viewed from the Southwest Waterfront Promenade or East Potomac Park, which are accessible via the Waterfront-SEU metro stop on the Green Line. Between paddle boats, photo safaris, bicycle tours, cruises and walks, the 1 million visitors expected at the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival will have many ways to see the District’s famed flowers. For more information, visit

Opening Ceremony

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Fireworks Display Saturday, April 3

Festival Parade

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Japanese Street Festival Saturday, April 10

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After departing some basic information, she conducted an exercise with a volunteer from the audience, Nevin Cuff, whose children attended NOVA. She and Cuff stood facing one another with hands on hands. He pushed against her hands while she pushed back. You can’t accomplish things if all your energy is used against each other, said Sullivan. You have to make decisions and solve problems

in a good, healthy style. Some people, however, solve problems through violence. According to Sullivan, when violence occurs in an intimate relationship, it’s difficult to set boundaries because it’s happening inside a personal space that the victim has let the abuser in to. There are also different kinds of abuse, some relating to a person’s age such as elderly abuse. Some abuse doesn’t even

involve physically hitting a person; it can involve making threats to control someone or destroying personal possessions. Threats can be very effective, especially if children are involved, or an abuser knows what a person’s treasures are. Cutting up a person’s clothes is another form of abuse. Clothes are very important to some people, they can be a part of a person’s identity – like an attorney who must always look professional and who cannot go to work without being sharply

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dressed. There is a risk of abuse for people who are elderly or disabled because the victim might be less capable of leaving the situation. In these cases, an abuser might take away a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glasses, cane or prosthesis so they cannot go out. For the elderly or disabled, pets are often very important to their lives, but a spouse or caregiver might kill or harm their pet in order to hurt the victim. In addition to discussing different scenarios surrounding domestic violence, Sullivan conducted an interactive exercise with yellow cards that depict levels of abuse like punching, threatening to take the children away, pushing to the ground, name calling, keying a car, mind games, tickling, destroying a photo album, blocking a person in a room and more. Sullivan had several volunteers try to order the cards from least violent to most violent. No one could agree on the order. One female audience member said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the matter is subjective and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different for each person. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone has their own order,â&#x20AC;? said Sullivan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And it changes as their life progresses.â&#x20AC;? What is considered no big deal by one person may be considered far worse to another. Since significant others know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to their victim, they can be strategic in deciding what to do. Red flags to watch for in a relationship include: blaming others for their own faults, cruelty to animals, inability to express emotions verbally, possessiveness, treating a partner like property and a disproportionate reaction to little things. Sullivan said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many people come to our shelter and go back [to the abuse] many times,

but they go back smarter.â&#x20AC;? The average number of times victims go back to their abuser after leaving before they leave for good is seven, but it varies with every person, according to Sullivan. She told the audience that when someone says they are experiencing violence at home, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to listen carefully and hear what that person has to say and then refer that person to someplace where help is available. If their first attempts at getting help fall through or make matters worse, they might not seek help again. Brennan Smith, a liberal arts major, thought the seminar was very informative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the time when people are in abusive relationships, I feel that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know where to start to go. With these safe houses, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to tell them what to do.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came because personally I have been in an abusive relationship before, which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t common for [men],â&#x20AC;? confessed Smith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far past now but, in case I wanted to help my friends later, I wanted to make sure that I knew proper steps and places to seek the help for them.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it shocked people,â&#x20AC;? stated Melody Sanchez, an education major. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a child of domestic violence. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be as real as it was at my house. I was glad that it was.â&#x20AC;? Sanchez said that if a friend said she was being abused, she would let her know of places where she could get help and would share her own experience to make her friend feel comfortable confiding in her. To contact ACTS/Turning Points, call 703-221-4460. The 24-hour domestic violence hotline is 703-221-4951.

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thoughts Stand Up To Cuccinelli’s Bigotry By: Charles Bright Virginia’s attorney general has encouraged institutions of higher education to remove written policies they may have that enforce antidiscrimination policies on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Ken Cuccinelli’s reasoning for this is that the standards of anti-discrimination policies for state institutions can only be set by the General Assembly and, since the Assembly has repeatedly voted against including such language in state policies, then universities should not be doing so. This idea is just terrible. The one scary part of Cuccinelli’s letter is the fact that he is right. The General Assembly is responsible for setting these standards, and time and time again they have either voted against or killed efforts to expand the commonwealth’s anti-discrimination laws. Cuccinelli is technically executing the job of the attorney genCafeteria Food from 1

words of Jenni Bartell, “They have mostly stuff you would find at a fast food restaurant.” They also have a refrigerated shelf with prepackaged foods such as wraps, sandwiches, fruit cups, and pudding that always looks the same. They could have possibly been sitting on that shelf for months without anyone realizing the difference. The cafeteria has more than enough soda, with a total of eight soda machines. At least there is no worry of anyone dying of thirst at NOVA. In the very back of the kitchen, there is a small bar of food that is made daily. The food looks less prepackaged

eral by suggesting these institutions obey the law of the land. However, just because something is law, does not make it right. It is because of this that I am urging the leadership of Northern Virginia Community College not to comply with the wishes of Cuccinelli. What Cuccinelli is doing may be horrendous, but it presents a unique opportunity for our commonwealth’s institutions of higher learning to stand up for what is right. Our public institutions of academics are supposed to be grounded in the ideas of fairness, truth, equality and knowledge. These schools have taken it upon themselves to make sure that those who are different are not denied any opportunities just because of who they are. Cuccinelli wants to take action on this right now, after less than two months serving in this position. I’m guessing he has wanted to do this for a while, especially since his four Republican predecessors –Jim

Gilmore, Mark Earley, Jerry Kilgore and Bob McDonnell – did not actively work to have universities lift these policies. I’m also guessing that Cuccinelli has not taken into consideration that for most people the idea of attending a public university that actively promotes and safeguards diversity for all is a positive one. I can be fairly certain that Cuccinelli, based on his voting record in the General Assembly, does not care about a student or an employee at a college being denied an opportunity or even a place at the college. Even if this is simply because the person providing it disapproves of something in the applicant’s private life that does not affect the way they perform. Unfortunately, that is the truth in Virginia. Sometimes it’s easy to forget in the gay-friendly areas of Alexandria, Arlington and Falls Church, but our commonwealth is not very receptive to people of different sex-

ual orientations and gender identities. Our commonwealth is on the same level as Oklahoma, the most anti-gay state in the nation, when it comes to the anti-gay policies that are the laws of the land. That two people of the same gender who love each other cannot receive any government protections as a couple is unjustified. That several companies are apprehensive to bring jobs to Virginia because of anti-gay policies is a horrid one, especially in this economic climate. It’s up to every college student in Virginia to stand up for what is right. The House of Delegates has made it abundantly clear where they stand on discrimination (the state Senate has passed a state non-discrimination bill) and, with an all-GOP executive branch, we cannot count on Gov. McDonnell to help us. We all must stand up to Cuccinelli’s personal crusade against queer people. It shouldn’t matter what your own personal labels are.

and frozen and a bit more nutritional. However, the food is charged by the pound and it can get very expensive. Many students don’t buy a full meal in the cafeteria partly because of the cost and partly because of the nutritional value. “The food here is expensive,” says Paul Kaye. “I bought my food here a lot my first semester and ended up spending a lot of money. They need cheaper prices or a deal to make it less expensive for students.” Many people will come and only buy one item. Vegetarian options are limited too. “I usually come here to get fries,” says Sonia Altis. “Other than that there are not many options for people who

are vegetarians.” Other people bring their own lunch or come to the cafeteria just to see and meet with friends. According to Jimmy Chen, “some of my friends will bring their game stations here, and play various games.” Crowding can also be a problem. Chen said “On a typical day I will go in to the cafeteria, try to beat the line, get food and get out. I think they need a second cafeteria. This one gets really crowded in the mornings and they get all jammed up which creates a problem.” Student sentiment seemed to be the same, the cafeteria could be better. “I would never bring a friend here, I would rather go out to a restaurant if I had the time,” Kaye said. Altis summed the situation up best

declaring, “They need better and cheaper food.”

Whether you are black, white, Latino, Asian, Middle-Eastern, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Mormon, Buddhist, agnostic, atheist, young, old, liberal, conservative, gay, bi, trans or straight, we need to show our solidarity and commitment to fairness. Let’s call Cuccinelli’s bluff. What does he plan to do to institutions that do not comply with these wishes? He could cut the school’s funding, but would the state Republicans really cut funding to organizations that are employing people inside the state? Could you imagine the attacks Cuccinelli and all the General Assembly members against fairness would receive because of this? Let’s take Cuccinelli on. Write and call his office. Make your voices heard on this. And no matter what the outcome may be, never let your voice be silent on injustice again. Charles Bright is a student at NOVA and president of the Alexandria campus Gay-Straight Alliance.

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Prepackaged foods at the Annandale cafeteria.

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focus NOVA Idol Finalists Talk About Musical Inspirations, Aspirations By Chris Pilcher/Staff Reporter

We’ve all seen the hit television series American Idol. Now NOVA has its own iteration of the show, NOVA Idol. Dozens of students auditioned, performed, and were sent home, until only the finalists remained. At 7 p.m. on March 26 the finals will be held at Schlesinger Hall at the Alexandria campus. Eight students with great talent will compete to hold the title of NOVA Idol, as well as cash prizes for third place, second place and the Idol. NOVA Idol is an annual competition for area high school and NOVA students. Below are the interviews of five contestants the Fortnightly was able

to catch up with.

Erika Anderson

Erika Anderson has been singing for as long as she can remember. She has always wanted to be a serious musician, and has taken her singing to venues such as the Crystal Cathedral and the D.C. Convention Center. She started her professional career after meeting her manager while working at a deli. She plans on getting her degree in music, with a minor in business, and plans to attend a prestigious school of music, along the lines of Berkeley or the Peabody Institute. Her favorite artists include Billy Holiday and Beyoncè.

Stacy Dumas

Stacy Dumas was seven years old when she decided she liked to sing.

She loved the movie “Annie”, and wanted to be like her favorite star. Dumas landed her first paying venue at the age of 10, when she auditioned for a dinner theatre, and was accepted. As she grew up, she was always in the chorus at her school. She has been on the road with Uplifting People, a not for profit organization, and has performed in countries like Australia and Mexico. Dumas has also published her own album, called Finally I fly. She likes to listen to Amy Grant, a gospel singer. She has been the music director for many highschool theatre departments.

EJ Jung

EJ Jung first started singing in her elementary school choir at the age of 12. She realized she liked singing, and that she had a knack for it.

She has performed in several contests hosted locally by Korean record companies. The first time she entered one of these contests, she received second place, while only 14 years old. She hopes to become a producer one day helping indie bands find their way. She enjoys listening to Ella Fitzgerald.

her church, Church on the Hill, in Alexandria. She has performed with the Washington Philharmonic Orchestra, and sang Carmina Burana at the opening of the Schlesinger. She wants everyone to know how much she loves NOVA for it’s great opportunities and excellent teachers.

Terri LaGoe

AshleyWilliams began her musical career at the age of three. She started singing in church, and eventually joined her school’s chamber choir. Her entire family is very musical, and Williams’s favorite singer is her own mother. She recently tried out for the spring musical at her home school of Potomac Falls, where she also plays the clarinet in the band. She is a member of a professional rhythm and blues band.

Terri LaGoe has been singing for 30 years. Her first real experience singing was for the NOVA Community Chorus, which she joined more for a social outlet than a creative one. Soon, she was taking Class Voice, a vocal class at NOVA, and then eventually enrolled in private lessons. LaGoe has been the soprano section leader for the Washington National Opera Chorus, and often sings at

Ashley Williams

Chef Dean: Annandale Dean also an Amazing Cook By: Chris Pilcher/Staff Reporter

NOVA plays host to a wide variety of students and faculty. All manners of talents are displayed on campus, from musicians to football players, and from computer wizards to fashion divas. Annandale campus boasts a very special inhabitant; however, Gerald Boyd, Dean of Languages and Literature, has a talent which makes him very popular in the office. He is a professional cook. Dean Boyd started his cooking career at the age of 15. He was a dishwasher in his home state of Pennsylvania. When his father, who was in the military, was stationed in Germany for several years, Boyd sampled the best food of Europe.

In high school, Boyd was active in sports, and always ate a healthy, balanced diet. When he attended college at George Mason University, he worked as a waiter at Fritzby’s. Working full time on top of his schoolwork, he was able to pay for his education, receiving his Bachelor’s in English and his Master’s in Linguistics, all while being promoted from waiter to bartender, and eventually to manager. Boyd says all the skills that he learned working in the food business helped him get to where he is today. Management skills are required in both a food service and an educational environment, and therefore, he was able to quickly move up the ranks at NOVA. Starting as an ESL professor, he went on to become the

KAMA STORIE/NOVA Fortnightly Jerry Boyd prepares squid for a seafood dish at his home in Fairfax.

Coordinator of Continuing Education, and then, eventually, to dean. He has been dean of Languages and Literature for 10 years. Boyd proudly displays his culinary awards along-

side his academic awards on the wall of his office. On top of his duties as dean, he also keeps up with his contacts in the food industry. He is often called on as a consultant for menu items at local restaurants, and always looks for ways to help support NOVA with his connections, and vice versa. He has also been the co-author on two books, The Accent of Success, and From the Classroom to the Boardroom. He has also been on a television show called “Delmarva Cooks,” on local access cable aired on the eastern shore. Despite being an excellent cook, Boyd is very modest. He does not like to be called “chef,” as that is a title one earns from years of hard work and a degree in the culinary arts. He does admit that he could, however, most likely pass the final exams

for culinary school. Boyd has been married for 19 years. He has two daughters, both of which are very talented musicians, and have won multiple awards for their talents. His wife cooks for the kids every day, and Boyd himself cooks every night for his wife. A dish you might see on the Boyds’ dinner table would be skillet chicken with braised Brussels sprouts and stuffed poblano peppers. Boyd is working on his PhD in Higher Education at University of Maryland. He does not plan on opening his own restaurant when he retires, but will likely continue working in the field which he enjoys so much.

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Women Lose Close Tournament Final By: Arch Scurlock/Staff Reporter

The NOVA women’s basketball team lost a tough game, 53-51 to Tidewater Community College in the finals of the Virginia Community College System tournament in Roanoke. The team only scored two points in the last eleven minutes in the March 14 game at Virginia Western Community College. The disappointing loss marked the career end for two year starters Karla Cortes, Julia Terrell and Kristin Dukes. Though these players ended their NOVA careers on a losing note, over the last two years their teams had fine 16-8 and 14-7 records. After the TCC game, first-year Coach Wayne Vincent recalled the hard work that the team had expended, starting in June when this team first came together, playing in a summer league, starting practice, beginning the season in early November, surviving five weeks without a game in January and February and only starting play again until now. He concluded by saying, “I am so very proud of this team.” This game marked the third game of the year between these two teams, with TCC ending up the victor in all three. Only a week ago, TCC had edged NOVA 56-55. The game was not particularly well played by either team, but it was a very hard-fought contest that was exciting to watch. In the first half, NOVA got off to a quick start with Stella Hollaway scoring four points near the basket for an early 9-6 lead. TCC then rallied and took 20-13 and 22-15 leads before NOVA narrowed the deficit to 24-23. A late TCC spurt gave them a 34-29 halftime lead. Hollaway kept NOVA in the game with

Arch Scurlock/NOVA Fortnightly NOVA’s Julia Terrell (#23) lifts a shot near the 3 point line in the first half versus TCC.

her play around the basket, grabbing and putting in errant shots as she scored 12 points. The second half saw NOVA come out strong and take the lead 35-34 on three pointers by Terrell and Dana Carlstrom. Strong play by several players saw NOVA slowly stretch its lead, with two straight baskets by Kristin Dukes making it 49-40 with 11 minutes to go. Things looked promising. Then NOVA went into a near scoring drought until the game’s end as the team appeared to tighten up and force its play. TCC was not playing exceptionally well either, but

with six minutes to go they had narrowed the deficit to 49-46. NOVA finally scored what was to be their final two points on a Dukes basket with under four minutes to play to lead 51-46. TCC tightened it to 51-48 with a little over two minutes to go and then to 51-50 with over a minute to go as their guard Brittany Herriot made her only basket of the game a big one. With NOVA still unable to score and with two timeouts not helping, TCC took the lead 52-51 with 40 seconds to go. More NOVA attempts went awry, including one with less

than 20 seconds to go with an inbound pass under its basket from Terrell to a closely guarded Cortes that was unsuccessful and wound up with Cortes fouling. TCC’s leading scorer, who was not performing well under pressure at the foul line and had missed four straight foul shots since the fourminute mark, again missed two foul shots. However, the ball rebounded out to TCC, and NOVA’s Hollaway ran after the TCC player with the ball, fouling her with 5.1 seconds to go. TCC’s Courtney missed the first foul shot, but made the second for a 53-51 TCC lead. NOVA still had a chance as it quickly brought the ball up court. Terrell dribbled past the half court line, saw a somewhat free Cortes running up ahead along the right side and hurried a pass up towards her. Unfortunately it was out of reach and the ball bounced out of bounds. With 0.2 seconds to go, TCC launched a long pass, which saw the buzzer quickly sound as second-seeded NOVA went down 53-51, leaving top-seeded TCC as the VCCS tournament champions. The game ending was reminiscent of NOVA’s two-point loss in last year’s tournament when they were unable to get off a hurried shot as time expired. For the game, Hollaway led NOVA with 12 points, all in the first half. Cortes tallied 11, while Dukes and Erin McGartland each scored eight. Other NOVA players who scored were: Terrell with six, and Carlstrom and Alyssa Ablaza with three each. Whitney Stan did not score. TCC’s Ashley Miles led TCC with 19. This ended the season’s basketball conference rivalry with Tidewater Community College, with NOVA losing all six games. Four of them

were especially tough losses, with the women losing by one or two points and the men losing by two and in overtime during the regular season. In the tournament semi-final the previous day, NOVA swamped Thomas Nelson Community College, 81-51, after a 41-19 first half. Karla Cortes led NOVA with 21, with Terrell scoring 16, Hollaway 14, Dukes 11 and Carlstrom 10. Dukes gathered in 14 rebounds and Hollaway had 11. In all, only four VCCS women’s teams participated in the tournament. In the games after the women’s team came off its five weeks of game inactivity, NOVA appeared rusty as it lost a home game to Tidewater, 73-64, on Feb. 20. Dukes had 16 points, with Ablaza adding 10, Terrell nine and Cortes and Carlstrom eight each. In its Feb. 28 make-up game at Southside, NOVA won in a romp 87-35. Carlstrom had a super game, scoring 18 while Cortes and McGartland each had 15, Ablaza 14 and Terrell 10. Stan added eight and Hollaway seven. In a March 2 home game against the Hagerstown Hawks, NOVA revenged an early season defeat by winning easily 75-53, as it outscored Hagerstown in the second half 4426, after a tight 31-27 halftime lead. Carlstrom again led scorers with 21, while Cortes added 17, Terrell 13 and Ablaza 10. Then in its final game before the tournament, NOVA traveled to Tidewater. It led 29-26 at halftime, but eventually lost a tight one, 5655. Carlstrom tied for NOVA scoring honors with 12 with Ablaza, while McGartland added 11 and Hollaway 10. NOVA wound up 4-2 in VCCS league play and 13-6 overall before the tournament.

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