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Fraternity Pledge Period Suspended lor Reports of Hazing Kyle Castillo, Kelly Fischer & Stacey Mutt/ Cutsi Wri/m

LU Theatre s Newest Creation: Stop Kiss Longwood Theatre's newest production opens Feb. 23. see Art* & Entertainment pg. 7

Online Courses: Could Cons Out Weigh the Pros? Longwood has started the trend of offering on-line courses. see Feature pg. 10

February 17, 2005

I.ongwood University suspended social fraternities "New member pledge process, pending a review of all fraternity pledge activities by administration.,"according to a statement made by the Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Tim Pierson, on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005. Numerous reports of hazing within undisclosed Greek fraternity organizations at the beginning of the Spring 2005 semester spurred the administration's drastic response. Farmville police are lending their resources to assist with the investigation; however. Chief Lowe states that "police involvement is currently only being used as an aid for the administration." There is no evidence indicating

that fraternity members are in violation of the law, however, if a violation is uncovered, police involvement might become official. According to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, [.aura Bayless, "The convergence of evidence all at once is a major problem, so much so that I'm not convinced that new members are safe." While the specific nature of the current hazing infractions are unknown, the university defines hazing as "any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on or off Longwood property... to produce mental or physical discomfort, endangerment of life, embarrassment, harassment, intimidation, or ridicule. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: paddling in any form; coerced physical activity... consumption of harmful food, alcohol, or

drugs; publicly wearing apparel; or engaging in behavior that is in violation of Longwood University regulations or state and federal laws." l-ongwood mandates that all organizations, including non-policy holders, must adhere to the Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group's (FIPG) stated guidelines. This insurance policy entails 88 different infractions that, if breached, would violate the contractual agreement made by five of the six fraternities. Four administration members, (Pierson, Bayless, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Wayne McWee and Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.Olivia Acosta ) met Sunday night with the heads of each fraternity to discuss the dilemma. The initial feeling of those in attendance was that the discussion was "constructive."

While many fraternity members wished to reserve comment on the current situation, those who did speak said that the Greek community was stunned and angered by the decision to suspend all six fraternities at the same time. According to Kenny Turner, of Tau Kappa Epsilon "I think the situation is extremely unfair, not only to us, but the new guys we took as well." Some fraternities are so outraged that they are contemplating voluntarily dropping their chartered status with Longwood and relocating off campus. Matt Coyne, of Alpha Sigma Phi, declared, "If it comes down to it, this will be the biggest decision we've ever made since we've been here in 25 years." See FRAT p. 4

Meldere Continues Exciting Lancer Career Longwood student Meldere is the only player in women's basketball history to score 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. see Sports pg 14

Index 2- Op/Ed 3- Op/Ed 4- News 5- News 6- Calander 7-A&E 8-A&E 9-A&E 10- Features 11- Features 12-Features 13-Sports 14-Sports 15-Sports

D-I Move Promotes Construction of New Outdoor Stadimm Kyle Martin Staff Writer

Construction will begin this semester on a $5.5 million stadium across from the president's house and Longwood golf course in order to meet Division I standards. While four varsity sports will have a new place to call home, the men's and women's rugby clubs are still searching for a new place to play. The 13-acre complex will have a grass field for men's and women's soccer and a turf field will be installed to accommodate field hockey and lacrosse. The facility will replace Barlow Field and Lancer Field as competitive arenas and allow for larger crowds. "There will be [stadium] seating for 400 people and grass seating for 600 people," said Athletic Director Rick Mazzuto.

As Mazzuto explained, the new venue is not only a nice addition, but a necessity. "Artificial turf is interesting," Mazzuto stated. "In Division I field hockey, it's not an amenity. It's a requirement. If we did not build this facility, we would have zero games versus Division I teams at home." In 2004 the field hockey team hosted one game L at Barlow Field to a non-Division I opponent. Besides field hockey, the soccer programs also IP/ans for th have to meet spetific field requirements to host

games. "Lancer Field is too small. We couldn't host a team once we're in a conference," Head Women's Soccer Coach Todd Dyer claimed. A regulation soccer field is 120 yards long and 80 yards wide, but the current facility does not measure up. "It's basinew stadium cally over Courtesy of Kick Mauut* 100 yards in length and 70 yards in width.

When we're on the road, all the fields we play on are closer to that regulation size," Dyer explained. With construction set to begin later this semester, the process will be completed in phases. "Within 6-8 months, the fields will be built, there will be lights, there will be seating, and public rest rooms," Mazzuto said. He adds, "There will be a limited spectator area in the fall." According to Dyer, "We'll have the field, lights, [grass] burm, and temporary seating." Although the new stadium should remedy problems concerning scheduling, overused facilities, and enhance recruiting, it will create a few obstacles to overcome. When completed, the current outdoor stadium will occupy the field space on Johnston Drive directly across from the president's house and Longwood Golf Course. See STADIUM p. 5


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February-17, 2005

Words From The Editor: Stess Free Hints to Get You Through Earlier when I sat down to write, all I could think about was how much pressure I am under right now. And while I could use my column to whine and complain about my stress level, that is certainly not a productive use of time or space. Everyone is under enormous amounts of stress right now! Mid terms arc starting to sneak up on us, the fluctuating weather is hinting at spring, and most everyone I know has one thought running through their heads: spring break is less then a month away. The thought of spring break makes it even harder to concentrate, believe me, I know. As a college student who also works part-time and is active within the campus community, a week free of class, schoolwork and meetings seems almost

unimaginable. Way too good to be true. But I promise, it really is only a little more then three weeks away, and while it doesn't feel like it at this point, we will make it! While we're waiting for 5 p.m. on March 11 to arrive, 1 have brainstormed a couple stressrelieving tactics that have proven favorable in the past. 1 hope they help. It has been my experience that stress can only get the best of someone if that person isn't prepared to handle it. I am by no means an expert, but having had a fair share of experience in this department, I am going to offer you the best advice that I have come across. Always take breaks. No matter what it is, or what you're in the middle of, you will never get through it without taking some time for yourself in between. It is a common myth that if you work straight through then

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you will get the job done quicker, but this is false. If you do not allow yourself a breather when you feel like you just can't take anymore, then you arc going to focus on how frustrated you are instead of on the task as hand.. This will prolong the process even more. Must do number two: get sleep! A body cannot function properly on less then about six hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. If you are suffering from sleep deprivation, you are not going to be able to focus properly, therefore you aren't going to be as efficient, which will inevitably lead to a task taking longer then it should. The delay in progress will, without a doubt, add to your stress level. Your diet can also gready affect your stress level. If your body is not receiving the proper nutrients, then it is not able to operate at a normal level. Eating healthy can keep your body running. If you are sluggish and worn out from lack of proper nutrients, then you will not be able to remain centered and focused. Working out is always a wonderful way to relieve stress. You can

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sense to some of you, and for that I apologize. For the rest of you, I wish that someone had let me in on these simple solutions before they did. Probably the best advice that I ever got was that no matter what; always take care of you first. Things happen, work gets overlooked and sometimes it never gets done at all. And while I don't recommend making that a habit, if you slip, that's ok. Number one, above everything else, your mental, emotional and physical health should always be your number one priority. There is always going to be another job to do, another paper to write, another test to take or another meeting to attend, but unless you have taken care of yourself, none of that is going to matter anyway.

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take a break to use your frustration and turn it into a positive energy. Not only does working out give you a break from the task, but it also releases endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that have been proven to elevate your mood when they are released. By going for a run or hitting the gym for a little while, you would be taking a break as well as releasing hormones that have been proven to make you happier! A better mood and raised spirits is definitely a good way to dissolve stress. Do something fun! I'm not telling you to just give up on your work and go spend the entire day shopping in Richmond. However, hanging out with your friends, or calling to talk to them on the phone, lets you forget for a little while. Even if it is just for 30 minutes, that is a half hour that you haven't been thinking about whatever is causing you stress. Therefore, when you return to your work, it will be with a fresh, new and positive outlook. I realize that some of these ideas might see like common

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aspects about it. (Not something I can say about everything here at Longwood.) The library has ail aesthetically pleasing lobby, with tables and chairs to do work, and bunches of new computers with flat screen monitors. The computer system to find books and journals is efficient, and those little pieces of

I am a tutor for the writing center, and the other day at work I was thinking about the Dining hall, how crowded it is and how the wraps are now mini-wraps. I was thinking about the SGA and it's lack of knowledge in budgeting properly and about the Housing Department for not letting me move off campus. Understandably, it is easy to think of a few things that displease me about this campus. At about that time, I looked out and saw the students sitting at the computers working, and the person at the Greenwood Library reference desk helping Fiaureb/ Will tola someone. I started thinking about how paper and tiny pencils are awemuch I appreciate the library, and some when you're doing research. mainly about how the Greenwood Also, every single time I can Library has very few negative recall, every staff member of the

library, be it student or faculty, is friendly, helpful and on the seldom occasion, willing to admit when they don't have an answer for you. I think many other departments of Longwood's campus could learn a thing or two from the library. Another thing you may not know about The Greenwood Library: they take suggestions. You can send an email asking the library to acquire a particular book, CD, or movie, and chances are, they'll get it within the year. The library closes at eleven on most nights, at five on Fridays and Saturdays, but the twenty-four hour lounge is of course, always open. In closing I want to say that I appreciate the library and all of the people who work there. I am proud to say that our campus has a respectable library.


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The Vagina Monologues are Not Loved bu All U-Wirt I'm just going to say it: "The Vagina Monologues" sucks. Why the Associated Students of the University of Oregon Women's Center insists on performing this wretched play year after year is beyond me. The horse is dead, yet they just keep beating it. This thoroughly unremarkable play is certainly worth seeing once. But then again, so is The Sound of Music. For those of you who aren't familiar with the play, "The Vagina Monologues" is a loosely strung together series of poorly written monologues about women and their vaginas. Or maybe I should say vaginas and their women. The tide of the play appeals to the fourthgrader in all of us who still giggles when we hear the word "vagina." If the play had a different tide, no one would have ever heard of it. And if it didn't piss off certain Catholic groups so much, it certainly would have fizzled out long ago. Because of the controversy about the message of the play (or lack thereof), the fact that it's a shallow, rambling mess of prepackaged feminist cliche that many feminists don't even agree with anymore (if they ever did) has almost completely escaped public discussion. No one likes vaginas more than I do. I'm the president of the vagina fan club. But this play just sucks. The first half is everybody giggling about the fact that an adult just said "pussy" out loud while the second half of the play is everybody crying and feeling miserable about violence against women. Did I miss the part that was supposed to be empowering?

+ To vaginas, because they bring joy to the world. + To Swoops, the awesome chocolate Pringles.

It's a sad commentary that the great canon of feminist plays seems to consist of one play. One! For crying out loud, let's get some variety in here. Let's see something other than "The Vagina Monologues." Maybe those plays wouldn't suck so much. From a purely philosophical perspective, I'd like to see a play that's a bit more dialogical. "The Cunt Conversations" perhaps? You could totally do a play-

about vaginas and have it be a great play. This one just doesn't happen to be that play. For that matter, you could do a play about penises and it could be good too. But there are those who would argue that all Western culture has been about the penis, so maybe it's been done before. Is there a demand for a "Penis Monologues"? I doubt it. Besides, after the "Seinfeld" episode about shrinkage, there's not much left to say. In any case, this year's production by the ASUO Women's Center was particularly pitiful for a couple reasons. First of all, the political correctness militia won a major victory against quality theater this year when the producers of this year's play decided to typecast rather than hold auditions in response to protests of last year's production. About 10 people protested the fact that women of color, plus-sized women and lesbians were "underrcpresented" in the

cast of the play. The biggest complaint was that a white student performed a monologue in which the character was African-American. In other words, these few protesters wanted the directors to engage in typecasting so extreme that it borders on illegal discrimination. A sad side effect of such "inclusive" exclusivity is that it eliminates acting talent from the cast selection process. Also, keep in mind that the original cast for "The Vagina Monologues" was a middle-aged white woman doing all the parts -- all of them! Even more ridiculous than this policy of typecasting is the hypocritical results it achieves. "It's all about giving a voice to people who've never had the opportunity to speak up before," director Felicia Perez said in a press release. That's a nice line. Except when the cast was announced, the sentiment proved to be woefully hollow. Topping the list of cast members was Eugene mayor Kitty Piercy. A university vice president, several faculty members and the ASUO vice president were also cast. They said they wanted to make it more democratic and accessible to the common woman. But at the end of the day, they sold out to get a big name and cater to women who are already in a privileged position to have their voices heard. They didn't democratize "The Vagina Monologues." They didn't give a voice to the underrcpresented. And they certainly didn't cast the common woman. All they did was take "The Vagina Monologues" away from the good actresses.

+ To shoe stores closing and having 75% off sales. Drops: - To the Longwood baseball opener being cancelled on account of the field being too wet. - To eating your roommate's Valentine's Day chocolates that they somehow never got.

Speak Out What do you think of the suspension of the fraternity pledge period? I think it's stupid! -Miranda Swecker Senior

I think that the policy to halt pledging is unnecessary. -Chad Long Freshman It's very unfortunate for the pledges who are excited to Decome part of a brotherhood. -Kimberlee Straton Freshman It's stupid to punish the whole system for one orgaruzation's mistakes; it's just poindess. -Sean Gilmore Senior All pictum byWtti ftuls


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tions." Some fraternity members believe that the current level of anger will subside in time. "The initial reaction to change from a community based on tradition will be resistance. Despite these feelings, the Greek community will have to realize that here, change is necessary in order to survive," said Beau

stated, "I have no idea what's going to happen. This could be the downfall of all fraternities or it could be a positive change for the future." Bayless remains optimistic "I'm hopeful that every fraternity will be able to initiate new members by the end of this semester." However, she says that, "It's dependent on whether they can prove that they didn't have any hazing occur, as well as showing that they won't be having hazing in the future." How the remaining chapters of the 2005 fraternity saga unfold depends on what evidence is uncovered bv authorities, is well as how much initiative those involved display in curbing future problems. tccurcl .nowrnal l( Reed Fessel of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity Weaver, President of Alpha commented, "I just think it's too Sigma Phi Fraternity. bad that fraternity hazing got so The volatility of the situation out of hand that Longwood had has led manv to believe that to resort to suspending pledg it Nostradamus himself couldn't ing. predict what is to come of this Fraternities can onlv hope this debacle. Brandon Terpolilli, won't end up being a Greek President of Alpha Chi Rho, tragedy.

While Laura Bayless is upset that the administration is at the epicenter of the fraternity members' outrage, she is quick to defend the administration's actions. "I definitely understand their anger, but I believe that some students are not safe. I want the investigation to ensure that all 1-ongwood University students are as safe as they can be, that's why this is happening." Both sides might be digging in their heels in preparation lor a showdown, but Dr. Bayless insists that the administration does not wish to convey i message of hostility. " Ml four of us |Dr. Pierson, Dr. McWee, Dr Bayless, Acosta] were members of Greek organizations when we were in college, and we really want the Greek system to succeed. They really couldn't have a group of people that is more committed to maintaining the integrity of the Greek organiza-

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SGA s Budget Concerns EUen Lucier Guest Water A rumor is only a rumor until it has been verified. Since the beginning of the Fall '04 semester, many people have been talking about the Student Government Association's lack of funds to distribute to various organizations and clubs on campus. The rumor suggests that the reason for the low funds is because of poor accounting in the past. "It depends on what you mean by insufficient funds.," said Andv Peterson, current treasurer of the SGA. "We are low on funds, but it is normal for this time of vear." However, funds are indeed lower man normal, and many organizations on campus will feel the repercussions of this situation. The SGA currently has about 55,800 of its original 5550,851 to last until the first of July, and there are approximately 10-15 more club requests to be heard. Many of these needs will not be met. Many students do not realize that all of the SGA's money comes from undergraduate students. "F.ach semester the students pay a S80 Student Activity Fee. This is where the money we distribute comes from," said Peterson. This past fall the total undergraduate enrollment was about 3,600 students. About one percent of students do not pay their Student Activity Fee, and there is usually an 8 percent attrition rate for the spring semester. Taking these factors into account, the total amount of money the SGA has for one year is about $550,852.. The SGA started with a smaller reserve than normal. Every year the SGA sets aside 8-10 percent of its money for the next school year. "One reason for the lack of funds is that last year's SGA set a smaller reserve for this year. It was only eight percent, or about 544,000, that we started off with," said Peterson. Both Peterson and SGA President Alicia Moody agree that the Student Activity Fee needs to be raised to increase

funds. Although the $550,851.84 the group receives seems like a large amount, it is not enough. "The Student Activity Fee has not increased in a really long time. We are hoping the fee will be raised to $90 in the fall," said Moody. The Board of Visitors will vote on this concern on April 2. Another factor that needs to be weighed is the fact that many clubs did not turn in their budget packets last spring. During the spring semester, it is required that each organization turns in a completed budget packet that allows the SGA to forecast how much monev it will spend in the upcom ing year. "When clubs don't turn in their budget packets they aren't able to plan ahead. They end up asking us for money they didn't realize they would need, " said Peterson. Unpaid bills were also an issue. This summer, due to unfilled positions in the SGA's accounting office, some bills went unpaid. Therefore, at the beginning of the 2004 fall semester, the current SGA had been left with accumulated unpaid bills. Another cause of this problem is cuts in the National Public School Budget. "Many clubs and organizations that used to not be funded by the SGA have now become supported by us because the school iust doesn't have the money" said Moody. "We did make some mistakes in giving certain groups too much money," said Peterson. Larger groups that were seen first during the budget request hearings received more money than usual, leaving less for other organizations. Although the SGA does have unusually low funds this semester, it is very promising that next year's SGA will be better prepared. A new filing system has been created to help organize the office; it will be used to track funds for each club so that the SGA will know how much money is being spent and on what. "There will be more money next year because of better budgeting, " Peterson concluded. For more information on the SGA go to http://lancer.longwood.edu/org/sga/.


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Virginia Senate Votes Against Gay Marriage Janet Jones Style Editor On Feb. 7, Virginia Senate approved a measure that would make same-sex marriages unconstitutional by a vote of 30-10. It is now expected to pass overwhelmingly by conservative voters, where all 100 votes will be decided in November According to Tyler Whidey, a staff writer for The Richmond Times-Dispatch, "In a sometimesemotional Senate debate on its marriage amendment, which restricts the recognition of marriage to a union between one man and one woman, critics said the measure recalled the Holocaust and Virginia's past support of segregation." On the day of the vote, ten Democrats voted against the measure, while six Democrats and all 24 Republican co-sponsors voted for it. Sen. Stephen D. Newman, a Republican from Lynchburg said, "This is not about a particular lifestyle. It's

about protecting marriage." pink patches. "In Virginia today, be legal has always been an issue, Virginia currendy has a law we do not require pink triangles. there are many more branches of banning same-sex civil unions, We stigmatize and marginalize the debate that must also be now, however, the issue of these people in other ways, as we go addressed. Delegates also had to couples adopting a child has down a path that we don't know vote to determine whether or not come into question. where it will end." gay and lesbian couples should be This did not go over well with Many Virginia citizens are permitted to adopt children. many, who feel Delegates voted 71-24, requirw*-^\ a us allii in ■ his i-irclieved that this is onlyGod made that they ing social services to take into going to bring up image - man and woman, have lead- account whether the couple past atrocities black and white, straight ers in office wanting to adopt the child is gay. such as Virginia _ and gay." - Sen. Janet D. who sup- Liah Williams, a junior at segregation and Howell, D-Reston port tradi- I-ongwood University, feels that, the Holocaust. ■ tional mar- "anyone who really loves children Sen. Mamie Locke, a Democrat riages. Other Virginians do not would want them to have a good from Hampton said, "Virginia feel that gays and lesbians are home. Also when you consider would be stigmatizing gays, just going to ruin the sanctity of mar- everything that gay couples must as Hjtler stigmatized Jews in riage. go through, it seems that they Germany before World War II." Whitley also quotes Sen. would not waste their time if they Whidey retrieved other quotes Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, did not truly want to have chilfrom Democrats. "God made us who called his colleagues hyp- dren." all in his image - man and ocrites and said if they were realSince Virginia state law already woman, black and white, straight ly interested in protecting mar- requires state investigators to do and gay," said Sen. Janet D. riage they would look to the high background checks on potential Howell, D-Reston in the course rate of divorce. "It's not what gay parents wanting to adopt, making of her argument. Howell said people are doing to marriage, it's a law against gays and lesbians Jews in Nazi concentration us," he said. for the purpose of protecting the camps were forced to wear yelWhile the topic of whether or children would only be marginallow patches, while gays wore not same-sex marriages should izing them.

Longwood to Award Dos Passos Prize to Maureen Ii i ioward Kent Booty Office of Public Relations Novelist Maureen Howard will be awarded the 24th John Dos Passos Prize for Literature in a ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in Longwood University's W y g a 1 ctwmotic Auditorium. Howard, who will receive a $2,000 cash award and a medal, will read from her work, and a reception will follow in the nearby Haga Room. The Dos Passos Prize, administered by Longwood's Department of English and

Modern Languages, is awarded Circle Award for Non-Fiction in ticated is a graceful, arresting annually to a creative writer 1978, and she mix of whose work demonstrates char- received the metaphor acteristics found in the work of 1997 Award in and Dos Passos, such as an original Fiction from the demotic exploration of American 71 idiom, specifically Academy of ironic American Arts and Letters, humor and themes, an which said she glistening experimental "commands images." quality, and a what may be the H e r range of liter- most sublime most ary forms. lyric prose style recent Howard, in Amerwork, pubidiom who lives in ica...Maureen lished last New York Howard is an year, is City, is the American origiThe Silver author of nal of inimScreen, the nine novels, itable, prodithird book three of gious talent, a of "what which, Grace Abounding, major poet of she calls a Expensive Habits and Natural the novel." 'quartet' History, were nominated for the Publishers based on PEN/Faulkner Award. Weekly has said Maureen Howard the four County of Kent toot/. Office oftablk Motion Her memoir Facts of Life her "vigorous seasons, won the National Book Critics prose - at once earthy and sophis- said Dr. Martha Cook, a

Her "vigorous torose - at once earthy and sophisticated - is a graceful arresting mix oi staphor and] ironic humor ana glistening images." Publishers Weekly

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When asked about the relocation of the rugby teams, Mazzuto replied, "That's something student affairs will handle." Tim Pierson, Vice President of Student Affairs at Longwood, remains positive about the continuation of both programs. "Rugby has been one of those things that is enjoyed by Longwood. We will continue to give students the possibility to play and watch," Pierson said. Although a facility for the rugby teams has not been established, Pierson claims that field options exist. "First Avenue Field looks like a possibility, but it's a back-up field for athletics," Pierson stated. According to Pierson, the original plan for the outdoor stadium located it within The Triangle;' an area designated as the main campus of Longwood University. "In The Triangle' there are approximately 40 properties that the University did not own," Pierson explained, "and you can't build something on property you cannot own." Mazzuto acknowledges that property acquisition led to the change in the site for the project. "[The new plan] allows us to build the fields now because we don't have property acquisition to worry about."

I-ongwood English professor who chaired the prize committee and the prize jury. "That's her summer novel. A Lover's Almanac, which students are reading in my American Literature course, is the winter novel, and Big As Iife, which students in some freshman English courses are reading, is the spring novel. The autumn novel is in progress, as I understand it." Howard, who teaches courses at Columbia University, also has wrjtten the novels Bridgeport Bus and Not a Word About Nightingales, as well as several stories and two plays. Previous recipients of the Dos Passos Prize, founded in 1980, include Tom Wolfe, Lee Smith, Shelby Foote and Ernest Gaines. Funding for this year's prize is from the Longwood Foundation through the office of the vice president for Academic Affairs.


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For tkeWeek of February 18 - 24 Friday tke 18tk Saturday tke I 9tk Monday tke 21 it Tuesday tke 22 nd Wednesday tke 23nd Movie: Team America: World Police 7:30 p.m. ABC R<x>ms Think Fast Game Show 10 p.m. Ballr<x>m Artist Recital: Melanie Melcher 7:30 p.m. Wygal Hall

The Roommate Game 9 p.m. Ballroom

Sunday the 2 Oik WMLU Radio Meeting 9 p.m. Hiner 201

Women's BaskethallLongwood Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night: Norfolk State 7 p.m. Willett Gym

Rockin' Roses 8 - 9 p.m. WMLU 91.3 fm

Chamber Music Concert: Baroque Soprano

Longwood Tlieatre: Stop Kiss 8 p.m. Jarman Auditorium

7:30 p.m. Wygal Hall The Fo Lizzie Show 8-10 p.m. WMLU 91.3 fm The Rhythm Bandits 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. WMLU 91.3 fm

Dos Passos Prize Presentation and Reading by: Maureen Howard 8 p.m. Wygal Hall

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Interest in Blue Heat Cool this Year: No Dancing this Spring Naomi Pearson I laff Writtr Longwood University's Blue Heat dance team began four years ago as a student's dream. The dancers have put on energetic half-time shows at longwood basketball games, performed at Oktoberfest and Spring Weekend. They have gone on to win back-to-back regional and national competitions, qualifying for another bid in this year's national competitions. However, the vision of capturing another tide this semester is just a dream. Blue Heat simply just does not have enough members to make up a full competition squad. The team opened up to squad tryouts at the start of Fall 2004 with nine members, but they soon experienced a significant drop in membership due to time commitment and healthrelated issues. The present membership

stands at five: four freshmen, a sophomore and two coaches. For competition the team needs a minimum of five dancers; however, not all of the members are able to commit to the additional time required to compete. Christy Beisheim joined Blue Heat in 2002, danced in its first competition in 2003 at King's Dominion, as well as in the team's double title-winning Eastern Dance Association (EDA) National Competition in Myrtle Beach in the spring of 2004. Blue Heat took first place in the EDA Virginia State Regional Competition, which made the team eligible for another bid at the EDA National Competition this April. Upon the December 2004 graduation of Blue Heat's coach and founder Dyanna Giles, Beisheim, the captain, and Amie Worley, the treasurer and member since 2003, took on the jobs of coach and co-coach. Because of the switch in position, they chose not to dance or compete.

Now their job now is to shape Blue Heat's dance routines, as well as to handle the paperwork for the team. Although the team is disappointed at the prospect of missing this year's Nationals, and despite other internal shake-ups such as a change in advisors and new protocols for performing at basketball games, the members have no intention of giving up. Worley said, "This year's team definitely has a lot of talent and with a few more [members] it would be an awesome team." In the past they practiced three times a week-or more, as competitions approached-but this semester, while they are in non-competing status, they meet only once a week. Beisheim said they are working on active recruitment at high schools in Northern Virginia, Richmond and Tidewater-the hometown regions of Blue Heat's members—as well as developing a website. They have plans for tryouts on campus again, and they're looking to next fall as a probable time frame. To anyone interested, Worley

LU Theatre s Newest Creation: Stop Kiss Ashley Dow Staff Writer Friendship blooms and grows in unexpected ways in Longwood Theatre's production of Stop Kiss. The play focuses on relationships and how they don't always turn out how we expect. The main characters of the play are Sara and Callie, two women in their twenties. Sara, who is played by Aubrie Therrien, has just moved from St. Lewis to New York City to teach at an inner-city school. Sara finds herself in a city where she knows no one until she meets Callie, a traffic reporter, played by Mel McConncll. "This play is about the forming of relationships," explained Therrien. "The characters show how we don't ahvays know how a relationship will develop." The two women become dose friends, and eventually take their relationship to the; next

level af when the two share a kiss in Central Park. However, the kiss results in a physically violent attack on Sara by a pass- Aubrie Therrien as Sara and Mel McConnell as Photo by Sabtae it Laforcadt er-by. Callie in Stop Kiss During their relationship, the two women have to make many choices that will test their commitment to one another. In the end, one must choose between her past and the uncertain relationship before her. "After the attack, Sara begins to question whether or not her relationship with Callie is worth it," said guest director Bruce

Speas. The play is performed in the past and present. All scenes prekiss are in the past. The present scenes show what has happened as a result of the kiss. Stop Kiss opens February 23rd arid runs until the 27th. For more information please call the Jarman box office at 395-2474.

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said," [You] will meet some awesome girls, learn fun choreography and never regret it." Males are welcome to join, "if they meet the qualifications for the team," said Beisheim. "Haven't had any up to this point." Worley added, "If they can 'get down', we'd love to see it. It's such a small school, though, what are the odds?" After all, the purpose of Blue Heat is to offer Longwood students, to gain experience in a dance team, to

perform at games and to give something different from cheerleading: no chanting, no stuntsjust a great two and a half minutes show at half-time that appeals to everyone. According to Dave Levy, Blue Heat's faculty advisor, they have upheld their standard of excellence in performance through the years and changes in members. "They work really hard.. .they should be very proud of what they've accomplished."

THANK YOU! The Career Center Stall would like to thank all oi the Volunteers lor their assistance during the Education Recruitment Day on Saturday, January 29,2005 and the Job and Internship Fair on Wednesday, February 9,2005.

A special thanks to Alpha Phi Omega, Delta Sigma Pi, and all ol the other volunteers, lor your assistance during both ol these events. The winner ol the Alumni Bag irom the Education Recruitment Day, courtesy ol the Alumni OHice, was Gina Spontarelli The winner ol the Ballistic Nylon Rolling Computer Portlolio Irom the Job and Internship Fair was Amanda Isley.


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Arriving at the Gala at 6:30, gallery goers would be astounded at the said that when people ask her if crowds of people already thereshe considers herself a Southern and not just there, but dressed to writer, she says, "Yeah, I guess the hilt as well. so. The places I write about are Inside the newly renof the south. Family, children, ovated LCVA, the break up of marriages - I write scene wasn't Farmville about everyday, normal things." at all. Instead it was like Her favorite authors include something borrowed Flannery O'Conner, Toni from a Friday night in Morrison, all the Russian writers, Richmond or New Van Gogh, and many others. She- York City. said, "I'm stupid Farmville turned up about science, for this black-tie event but I love to read and turned up ready. it" Brian Green's What makes this The Elegant event unique is obviUniverse gives her ous, even more so to great images to the art patrons who paid the forty dollars , work with. "I used to for the privilege of attending this think that if I black-tie event. read it as the sun It was an opportunity to dress came up, then I'd and impress colleagues and friends. r.mUwatwriun.0^ understand it bet- It was a chance to further diminish ter," she claimed. the notion that Longwood and As she wrapped up the end of Farmville are too provincial to the night, she told both young appreciate the fine arts or pull off and experienced writers in the a successful gallery re-opening. room, "Remember: read, read, Both corporate and individual read!" sponsorship made the renovations uncomfortable. If I'm scared, everyone else will be too." Cox

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Autkor Series: Elizabeth Cox The first Author's Series Reading of" the new semester started off with Elizabeth Cox on Monday Feb. 14th. Dr. Challender hailed the small Valentine's Day crowd as "lovers of literature." Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Cox is now a professor at Duke University. She has taught creative writing at Boston University, Tufts .University, Bennington College, The University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina (at Chapel Hill). She lives in Littleton, Massachusetts with her family. She started writing poetry in her thirties, and moved to fiction. Her work includes two novels -

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Concerts arc great! Especially with the constant increase of free drinks or tickets. One night in particular the good karma was definitely radiating off me. Upon returning from retrieving the tickets. I realized my money, ID and tickets were gone. I was devastated; no drinks, no ticket, no ID. I had one option: backtrack. I walked back down my cold trail, with my eyes fixed to the ground. After finding them in a bundle I entered to the sound waves of Sublime to dance and crowd surf. I was literally elated off the ground.

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and Gala possible. While the LCVA was down for improvements, the staff was working hard to make plans for the reopening and events that would follow in its wake. Not only was the stunning artwork submitted by local artists and collectors, but the efforts of the LCVA to make this Gala more than a gallery walk through were highly successful. The catering, done by Aramark, featured several vegetarian options, sushi, exotic dainties and an open bar. The atmosphere was surreal—to think this caliber of food and quality of company was here on Main Street Farmville. The definition of "black-tie" by Farmville standards, by the way, ranges to include kilts, pin striped zoot suits, top hats and formal evening wear with trailing trains. The art goers were as eclectic as the pieces the gallery had up for silent and live auction.

Ceramic work, quilts, woodworking, steel sculpture, paintings, photography and more were all available to the highest bidder. The attendees and the LCVA had an overall positive impression of success. While a few pieces were not sold, the majority of them did and the LCVA still needs a few more days to know exacdy how much money was raised bv the auctions. The highest selling piece, an oil painting on canvas entitled "Summer Porch," sold for $2,050.00. Even during the event that night, many people were hopeful for a repeat Gala the following year. However, the LCVA thinks that it would be in their best interest to keep the event a biannual rotation. For more information about upcoming LCVA events, check out their website at www.longWPQd.edu/lcya/ and keep an eye on the Rotunda for announcements.


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CD Review: Cannibal Ox "*-*•«*<*-•*■•■* Kyle Castillo Staff Writer Kverv so often an album comes along that infects your eardrums with sound waves so potent you'd swear that you've been exposed to a virus. Wu Tangs' 1994 debut album, "Enter the 36 Chambers," had a unique gritty sound that burrowed itself into the minds of many hip-hop fans. Since then, many artists have tried to create a similar sound-scape, but few have been able to accomplish such an illusive feat. In 2001, New York based hip-hop duo, "Cannibal Ox," released their only album to date "The Cold Vein," on Definitive Jux records. The album exudes atmospheric qualities unrivaled since the days when Shaolin was an official bureau of New York. Armed with an imposingly vast vocabulary, "Can-Ox" MC's Vordul Megilah and Vast Aire paint a vivid portrait within the

listeners' minds, ala "GZA" or "Nas." "It wasn't even like that; I wanted my cardiovascular to fight back; cupid had me runnin circles blindfolded, in the daywww. Je{mil* ej u i. com

time with a flashlight, looking for her." fThe F Word.) Producer and Def lux label owner El-P, caps off the group's arsenal of musical talent with his trademark street-sonic sound, flawlessly complementing the MC's styles. El-P accomplishes the difficult task of allowing the

individual song to have its own distinctive feel, while ensuring that each song acts as a layer, building upon the one preceding it. With seamless production, 'The Cold Vein" is truly an album as opposed to a compilation of singles. The CD jumps off with the staggeringly melodious song "Iron Galaxy," in which the MC's utilize their vernacular to sculpt emotionally driven vignettes, exposing more about their persona in one song than most artists are able to accomplish throughout an entire career. Vast Aire states, "I rest my head on 115, but miracles only happen on 34th so I guess life is mean." Other highlights include the epic "A B-Boy Alpha" and the finale worthy "Pigeon." While stylistically on a different level than "Enter the 36 Chambers," "The Cold Vein" undoubtedly reaches legendary album status, giving others a new #style to attempt to emulate.

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Stevie Jay: Comedian, Storyteller, Insi#ktful Artist Leslie Smith Assistant Editor-in-Chief In 1998, Stevie Jay Savit decided that the world needed him. "(The show] became something I had to do," he said. The show, Ijfe, Love, Sex, Death...And Other Works in Progress, came by I.ongwood last Tuesday night. Stevie's take on the show: "The show is a journey into the wild world of relationships and sex and life in our modern times! It delves into the struggles we all go through as human beings, to express ourselves honestly and passionately— to love fearlessly, ——**r and to reach out to the people we're attracted to, even when we're scared." He's performed at many dif-

ferent venues, including Kennesaw State University, Indiana University, University of Oregon, Charlottesville's Live Arts Performance and The Gravity Lounge. The show has even toured internationally in London and Scotland. Stevie does the show because, "It's a blast to make people laugh, of course-and all the more fulfilling to help people get down to some of their core issues and expand their thinking beyond [ conventional boxes." The show touches on each of the subjects in the tide, and includes a chakra tutorial in the middle. One of Stevie's main focuses was "Love." "Intimate relationships are difficult for all people-

it's a universal struggle, and as far as I'm concerned, the key question to delve into is not whether one loves a man or a woman, but whether one loves at all," he said. "There's so much greatness to be realized in our personal relationships-and there's no question that this is what will matter to each of us at the end of our lives-real love and connectedness— safety, honesty, and respect. This is what matters to us now. So— let's not miss it-while we're still here." Sexual labeling is another large part of Stevie's show. "There is so much grief about sexual orientation nowadays-and what a psychic drain that is-distracting us from what really matters," he said. "I don't really think in terms of gay and straight-I think that people are people" Stevie is very concerned with the matter of male closeness in any respect: "It has become a cultural norm, in the Western hemisphere, at least, for men to be emotionally absent and non-

expressive. So when two men get together in any context, there is the greater possibility of an unwillingness to communicate N wwf.siefieiay3.com openly. He gets very emotional about this issue, continuing, "The fact is, men (just like women) have great admiration for one another, and a deep longing to connect with one another in a multitude of ways-a need to be loving, to be honest, to be unguarded-to be real with one another-and our culture simply does not allow for this!" "We are taught to lie about it, to be ashamed of it, to hide it, to alter it, to essentially squeeze the life out of it, which is totally damaging because men connecting with other men is an inherent human need," he finished. Freshman Kat Peets was the

Commitee Chair who initially talked to Stevie, and worked with him up to the actual night of the show. "I liked Stevie's performance. I feel that he might have been odd for this campus, but his performance was phenomenal," said Peets. While the student turnout for the event was small, the group was excited, and reacted strongly to Stevie's performance. "I liked it, very much. It was very interesting. I really liked the way he addressed the [homosexual] labels, because I agree that labels are very bad," freshman Aden Rowe said about the show. Stevie's messages of love and acceptance are loud and clear, and hopefully more people will learn to pay attention.


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Online Courses: Could Cons Out Weigh the Pros? Kyle Castillo & Kelly Fischer Staff VC'ritm

technology has the ability to bridge what might otherwise be perceived to be a communication gap. Stuart stated that, "1 enjoyed teaching my class. I felt that the students overall got a lot better at being resources for each

Online courses offered this past summer provide an alternative to traditional classroom learning formats, allowing students to gain credit for a class within a time period as short as two weeks. "HelttWIpaid$400ior The initial courses offering basically teaching myself. were limited to two courses, (jimm410: Communication -Ashley Dow, Senior Technologies, taught by Dr. Bill Stuart, of the Department of CCommunication other. They would post a quesStudies & Theatre, and tion to the discussion board and CIMS170: Computer their classmates would help Applications, taught by Dr. them when I could not be Linda Lau, an Associate around quick enough to do so." Professor of Computer Online courses utilize the Information Management Blackboard system, (which most Systems. Io>ngwood students are already The trial period offered some familiar with), giving its users insight to both professors as to access to online message boards, what benefits online classes where they can post questions offer, as well as the shortcomor give advice to classmates. ings the change presented. Because students had limited While there may be no faceaccess to the professors, many to-face interaction, both professtudents utilized the message sors quickly discovered that board, forming a tight knit

online community. Dow was one of those students who said, "Online classes According to Lau, online are good to take because I classes are not for everybody. wouldn't be able to graduate if "We cater to those students who they hadn't offered the class I are independent," said Lau. Due to the intensity of online courstook." I.au found that many of the es, the need to be proactive and resourceful is not just a recomfaults that online courses have mendation; it's a mandate for are fixable. Most of the stumbling points she encountered success. Ashley Dow, of Stuart's were because of miscommunicasummer 2004 class stated, "It tion. was difficult, because if you Lau believes that with time didn't know how to use the programs then it was ' We cater to .those students more of teaching yourself, who are independent. and the class I took was only three weeks long. 1 felt that I -Dr. Linda Lau paid $400 for basically teaching myself." Stuart concurs with Dow saystudents and teachers alike will ing, "Since the classes are taught become more comfortable and in a much shorter time than a aware of how to convey their normal semester, if a student mess*0es. Online courses may provide misses one class, it puts them very far behind. The great news greater temptation for Honor is that Longwood students would Code violations. "That was the have either delayed graduation or biggest problem I had with have a more complicated schedonline courses, because there really is no way to know whether ule if these online courses or not the student will cheat on a weren't offered."

test or project; but it's not like there's not opportunities to cheat within the classroom," said l.au said. The ability to cheat on an online test might not be able to be stopped, but efforts are being made to make it more difficult. Online classes utilize "SAM" software, which places a strict limit on testing time. "SAM" does make it more difficult, but the ultimate fate of the Honor (Code rests in the individual students' personnel integrity. Online courses are not devoid of potential problems such as cheating, communication problems in student-professor interactions and increased workloads. While students and professors alike may have a fear of the unknown, online courses are forging the path of the future in education. Limited only by the restraints of technology and the initiative one is willing to exert, online courses stand on the precipice of tomorrow, and we may never look back. —_—•_—————

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Catck tke Spirit: Hackney Gives Back to His Community Wes Hackney, always making time for his Longwood family, as well as his own.

Wes Hackney from the Facilities Management Dept. in his Cub Master attire. Photo provided by longwood Public filiations.

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"Like a big family," is how Wes Hackney describes his relationship with co-workers in the Facilities Management Department. Family is a very important part of Hackney's life at and away from Longwood. He spends much of his time devoted to his 11 -vear-old son John Michael and his youth activities. "When my son joined Cub Scouts 1 started going to the meetings," explained Hackney. "The next thing 1 knew I was a

Den Leader and that is how it all started." Over the past few years, Hackney has followed his son through Cub Scouts and assumed new roles with greater responsibilities. Currendy, he is Cub Master of the Prince Edward-Farmville Cub Scouts. He presides over pack meetings and attends various committee and roundtable meetings each month. "Even though being Cub Master is time-consuming, I like helping the kids," stated Hackney. "I also try to get the parents more involved in Cub Scouts." Hackney has taken his scouts to Richmond Braves games, the circus and ice hockey games. However, his favorite event is taking his scouts to camp every summer in Goochland. While at camp, scouts learn the basics of first aid, fishing and archery. They also have the opportunity to advance their swimming skills and learn how to cook outdoors. "The best thing about camp is all the activities the kids can enjoy," stated Hackney. "Camp also allows scouts from all over Virginia to meet and exchange-

ideas." Despite his in-depth involvement with the Cub Scouts, Hackney still finds time to coach baseball with the Prince-EdwardFarmville-Youth Association. He has been a coach for six years. "I like being a coach so I can teach the kids sportsmanship and how to play the game," said Hackney. "Hopefully what I have taught them will stay with them throughout life and other activities." Similar to Cub Scouts, Hackney says baseball provides youth an opportunity to gain self-confidence and new skills. "It is important that students participate in activities and sports," said Hackney. "They will stay out of trouble, have a better oudook on life and develop leadership skills." Hackney plans to work with kids as long as he can. He enjoys their excitement and enthusiasm. "People always tell me I am a big kid at heart," explained Hackney. " I really just like helping kids!" Hackney was born at Southside Hospital and raised in Farmville. He has worked for I-ongwood for eight years.

Spring 2005 CAMPUS RECREATION HOURS Weight Room Monday 12:00 pm -1:00 pm & 6:00 pm -11:00 pm Tuesday 11:00 am -1:00 pm & 6:00 pm -11:00 pm Wednesday 12:00 pm -1:00 pm & 6:00 pm -11:00 pm Thursday 11:00 am -1:00 pm & 6:00 pm -11:00 pm Friday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday 5:00 pm -11:00 pm

Willet Pool Monday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Thursday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Her Gym Monday - Thursday 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm (Aerobics) Monday - Thursday 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm (Intramurals) Monday - Thursday 9:15 pm -11:15 pm (Club practices) Friday 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Open rec) Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (Open rec) Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Open rec)

Rubber Bracelet Craze: Can Fashion Have A Purpose? Holly Weiss Guest Writer

What is going on with these bracelets that everybody has been wearing lately? Livestrong? Support our Troops? Dream? Athena? Find the Cure? I did not vote 4 Bush? The new silicone bracelet craze all started when Nike offered to make the now infamous yellow Livestrong bracelets for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Once those became popular, companies everywhere began cashing in on the fad. If you do a search on eBay, you can easily get hundreds, if not thousands, of hits for bracelets that look like the yellow bands seen around campus. And since so many are cashing in, there are very few whose profits actually are seen by nonprofit organizations around the country. Out of the hundreds of bands that are seen on eBay and other internet retailers, only 17 were

found to have a real affiliation with a non-profit group. Many of those non-profit groups are cancer-oriented, like the American Cancer Society (offering bands that say "Iivefree Smokefree" and "Share Beauty, Spread Hope") One of the bands that came up most often was one for and said "Tsunami Relief." However, only one of these eBay sellers explicidy said that the profits were going to AmeriCares, an organization that is helping with tsunami relief. And, of course, there are many out there that do not even claim to be going to a non-profit. For example, the green camouflage band that says "Support our Troops" has no affiliation with any non-profit organization. It's simply people who want to cash in on the popularity of these bracelets. And rather than doing something good, people who buy the fraudulent bracelets are not helping anyone but the sellers. The black bracelet with "I did not vote 4 Bush" is starting to gain popularity among eBayers and Democrats. This one in particular is in a different category all in itself, because the creator does not even know where the proceeds will go yet. On the retailer's webpage (www.) 'â&#x2013; ididnotYQtc4bush..com), there is a poll asking where people would like the money to go, such as the Human Rights Campaign, Democracy for America, or Planned Parenthood.

WHAT DO ALL THESE BRACELETS MEAN?

Willet Gym Sunday - Thursday 8:30 pm -11:00 pm Friday & Saturday Closed

Longwood University ID is required far entry into all facilities. Please present your ID to the supervisor or lifeguard on duty.

Celebrate Hope - A purple bracelet that goes toward the American Cancer Society. Liwelong - Support Breast Cancer Research and Education. A rainbow one goes toward the Liwelong Organization. Athena: Victory starts here! - A pink bracelet that goes toward Athena Partners, an organization trying to find a cure for breast cancer. Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends - A pink bracelet that goes toward thebreastcancersite.com. Fear Nothing - A blue bracelet that goes toward the American Cancer Society. Cultivate Peace - A blue bracelet that goes toward thehungersite.com. MakePovertyHistory - A white bracelet that goes toward Oxfam, an organization that teaches people around the world how to survive.


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Longwood Part of Southern Humanities Conference Ashley Reams

civil rights period in the late 1950s. Gray's presentation, "A Child of Closing" concentrated directly on how the closings affected the youth of that time. Gray interviewed Reverend Samuel Williams, who was a student of Moton High School in Prince Edward and a participant in the high school walk out. "It was great meeting writers and

Going to be a Teacher," as a look into "how women come up through the system" as English At least six Longwood students majors. "Female undergraduates and 14 I^ongwood faculty memare interested in teaching bers took part in The Annual because they do not know that Conference of the Southern English majors can go into other Humanities Council at the fields," she said. Crown Plaza Hotel in Richmond "Teaching seems convenient," Feb. 3-6. Smith added, "but there are Dr. Greg Salver, Lecturer in other opportunities for female English, and Mar)' CarrollEnglish majors." Hackett, Assistant In addition to participatLongwood students wko parProfessor of English, coing in their own forums, chaired the event, which ticipated were absolutely Longwood students ran was sponsored by the registration table and essential to tke success ol the Ixmgwood University for helped set up and break the first time. conference. down audio/visual equipThis year's conference -Manj Carroll-Hackett ment. also saw "the most particiHackett, who was pation by far from responsible for organizing Longwood students and faculpeople of literature from the creative writing aspect of the ty," said Salyer. around the world," Gray said conference included readings The general theme of the about the conference. from different authors and panconference was "Imagination Prickett's segment focused els of Longwood's creative writand the Public Sphere." on the "unanswered questions" ing students as well as writers Students Walter Gray, Matt brought about by the closings from all over Virginia. She said Prickett and Melaina Evans, as and the general attitude of that the Longwood students, who well as Susan Stinson, I.ecrurcr time. participated were "absolutely in English, participated in their "It seems to be something essential" to the success of the own panel presentation entitled, the community wants to conference. "Prince F.dward Count)- School ignore," he said. "All of them were poised and Closings: I>ongwood University Studenf Leslie Smith participrepared," added Hackett, Ix>oks Back." pated in a feminist forum enti"Participants from other schools In this presentation, they .each tled, "What Women Really even thought they were graduate focused on a particular aspect of Want." students." the Prince Edward County Smith described her presenStudents were not the only school closings just before the tation entitled, "Oh, So You're ones who represented Staff Writer

Longwood at the conference; longwood faculty members participated as well. Dr. Michael Lund, Professor of English, gave what he described as "a formal talk" entitled, "Writing Vietnam after 9/11." Dr. Lund served as an Army correspondent in Vietnam and hid what he knew until Sep. 11, 2001. After the terrorist attacks, he decided to "offer the lessons of history to be taken or rejected." Rodney Williams, dance instructor with the Department of Health, Recreation and Kinesiology at Longwood, choreographed pieces for the conference as well. According to Carmen Phelps,

Assistant Professor of English, faculty members also promoted student involvement. "The conference brought students out of the Longwood atmosphere and into a broader context, which let them demonstrate their talents and skills," she added. The Southern Humanities Council is over 50 years old and is geared toward people who are interested in Humanities. This year, professors from around the world participated in the conference. "We have gotten positive feedback from the participants," said Salyer "They look forward to next year." For more information, visit www.southernhumanitiescouncil.org/2005program.html.

RUING LAB H< HJRS The Writing Lab is located in Room 154 in the Information Commons of the Greenwood Library, offering FREE assistance to students to enhance their writing skills. Monday 9-11 am; 7-9 pm Tuesday 9-11 am; 1-3 and 7-11 pm Wednesday 7-9 pm Thursday 1-11 pm -riday 3-5 pm Check out the Academic Support Center Webpage. Then click on Study Skills to locate an online guide for writing research papers and individualized writing tutorials.

Culture Shock ior Longwood Minorities Mallory Gordon Guest Writer

On Feb. 14 a meeting of minority peers gathered to discuss what it feels like to be a minority in a majority world, specifically a minority at Longwood. Imagine being one of only two black girls in your class. A class discussion on slavery is being held, and the teacher, while attempting to use someone as an example, says "say I owned...you," and points his finger direcdy at you. This is just one of the dailystruggles minorities have to face

diversity so broadly. Perhaps it is on a day-to-day basis. we just don't really talk about on "Diversity is very broad here because "broadening our divercampus." at Longwood. It's either she's sity makes it seem like we have Audry Henderson, comments short or she's tall," says that "Longwood knows Kyra Greene, Secretary of there's a problem with We need to include race, genthe Black Student diversity; they just don't Association (BSA). Dr. know how to fix it." der, and sexual orientation into Theresa Clark says, "We There has been talk of our definition ol diversity. need to include race, gender, working toward change and sexual orientation into with the faculty and staff. -Dr. Tkeresa Clark our definition of diversity." Longwood has discussed I.ongwood's total minorihiring more minority ty student population is about more diversity than we actually staff members on campus, but 11 percent, seven percent of have," said Tracy. Tracy and others wonder, "Does whom are African-American. Whitney Dunlap, vice-presithis mean minorities for the Dr. Pam Tracy, director of dent of the BSA, says, "People lower paying jobs or the higher women's studies, wonders why feel like they have to be quiet paying positions?" Longwood should think of about it. Diversity is something The Committee on

Diversification of Faculty recommendations are now being revisited. "Apparently you can't talk about diversification of faculty if you can't talk about diversification of students," says Tracy. Members of the BSA, other minorities, students and professors are all concerned with the diversification of I-ongwood. Perhaps with more talk, diversification may, in time, increase. Until then, it takes people from this meeting, and others concerned with Longwood's growth as a University, to continue to speak out.


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Lancers Handed Loss by Visiting UMKC Kangaroos Lancer s Bench Scores 29 ol Jl points as Longwood s Losing Streak is Extended to Fourteen Games John Rosenstock

both ends of the court, UMKC sophomore guard Quinton Day The visiting Universtiy of hit a three-pointer for a mere 5-2 Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos score within five minutes of play won 12 of their previous 14 in favor of the visitors. Day gave games when they arrived at Ix>ngwood a glimpse of what I-ongwood for a Valentine's Day was to come, as the Kangaroos showdown. Coming off a 19- made six more threes in the conpoint loss to Texas A&M-Corpus test. Longwood's freshmen Christi on February 12th, the guard/forward Dana Smith got I-ancers looked to snap a 13-game losing streak against the the crowd into the game with a powerful block on the defensive Kangaroos. Facing a suffocating defense end, however the squad continand outstanding scorers, ued to struggle on offense. l-ongwood had a tough time set- UMKC limited the Lancers to tling down and getting into a just four points in the game until rhvthm. After -a scrappv start on freshmen guard Stanley Boateng converted a lay-in with 9:411 left in the first half. Sophomore forward 1.eland Beak followed with a short jump-shot to bring the score to 20-8 near the eight-minute mark. With momentum in favor of UMKC, sophomore guard Michael Jefferson found an opening and powerfully dunked the ball, bringing Longwood's total to 12 points around five minutes remaining in the half. Jefferson scored two more times before the conclusion of the first half. However, the Kangaroos outMichael Jefferson (20) scores two of scored the Lancers his twelve points as he gets the slam 37-16 going into halfdunk as both teammates and oppotime. nents look on. PhMo by Will Palm At intermission. Staff Writer

UMKC had only made five more shots from the field than Longwood. The 21-point difference came from the Kangaroos' three-point shooting as well as free throws. UMKC was 4-7 from beyond the arc and 7-11 from the charity stripe, compared to Longwood, 0-3 and 0-4 in those categories. The I-ancers got on the board early in the second half as Jefferson made a pass down-low to junior center Chad Kosmo finishing the play with a lay-up within the first minute of play. However, the Kangaroos' Brandon Temple and Quinton Day, among others, continued to make big plays to keep their opponent clown. Similar to the first half, several "in-and-out" jump shots plagued Longwood early in the period. Additionally, seven quick fouls put UMKC in the bonus with 12 minutes remaining in the game. As hopes for a victory were coming to an end, several bench players contributed for Longwood in a big way. Sophomore forward Darren Holmes got the crowd excited as he put up six points and grabbed a rebound, playing nine minutes late in the game. "It felt good to come in and help out," Holmes commented. "The bench players work hard and try to come in and boost the morale towards the end of the game." When asked about his bench's performance, head coach Mike Gillian said, "They did a good job, worked hard, and I'm glad

they got a chance to do that." A typical starter at guard, Husein Pistoljevic, came . off the bench and collected \ the Lancers' only three pointers, drilling two distance shots late in the contest. According to Gillian, Pistoljevic was replaced by Smith because of hard work, and Pistoljevic's shot has been a little off. Even though the I .ancers never made a serious charge at UMKC, they played a better second half and were OUtSCOred by |ust two points (37-35). Also, Longwood's bench outscored their opponent's bench 29-16. Despite impressive bench play, Longwood lost their 14th straight contest, 74-51. "[UMKC is] a really good team,"Gillian said, "and there is a reason they have now won 13 of their last 15," The Kangaroos dominated on the offensive end Michael Jefferson goes for a with three players finishing reverse lay-up around Mike PhoubyW,llPmm in double-figure scoring. English (42) Temple led all scorers with led the squad in rebounds. a game-high 16 points. Day conJefferson recognized several tributed 14 points, and Aaron advantages UMKC held, mentionamassed a double-double with 11 ing, "Their effort, energy, and points and a game-high 14 size were all factors for the loss." rebounds. The men's basketball team Jefferson was the lone player plays their last three away games in double-figures for Longwood, at Appalachian State, James totaling a team-high 12 points. Madison, and #5 Wake Forest With five boards apiece, before returning for their final Jefferson, Kosmo, and sopho- home game of the season against more forward Maurice Sumter Utah Valley State on March 2.

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Last year, the lacrosse team fell one win shy of a perfect season in their first year of the Division I re-classification process with an impressive 14-1 record. Senior mid-fielder Emily Bikowski said, "This is the hardest schedule we've ever had, but there's no reason we shouldn't go undefeated if we play team ball." This year, the Lancers face their first full season against all Division I opponents including

in-state rivals Virginia Tech and William & Mary. In order to pursue this goal, the team added Lael O'Shaunessy to handle assistant coaching responsibilities and aid Head Coach Janet Grubbs in the transition process. "With each year of ^coaching, I have more experience and a more educated approach," O'Shaughnessy said, "I learn more about how to think and view situations on and off the field as a coach." O'Shaugnessy's previous experience in recruit-

ing, scouting, and strength and conditioning at William Smith College should help her adapt to her new role. Grubbs already notices a difference with O'Shaunessy's presence in the program. "She's good off the field and she's good in the office. She brings some new ideas to the program, a passion for the game, and she relates well with the players," Grubbs claimed, "It's made a huge difference in my life to have a full-time assistant."

Besides adding a new assistant coach, the Lancers gained five new players, all freshmen, to complement the 18 returning players from last year's squad. Compared to last year's team, Grubbs seems confident about the defensive lineup with returning senior players Shawn Slotke, Heather Crouse, and Leah Graham. However, she feels work needs to be done on offense. Last year, the Lancers outscored their opponents combined in goals.

225-124. "We kept all of our defense. We have five seniors on defense. Attack is where we are going to have to fill in," Grubbs said. In order to fill in the gaps, first year players such as freshman attacker Joyce Haines will need to adapt to the change in the level of play from high school to Division I. "It's a lot more competitive and hard work than high school," Haines explains. "Basically, in

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Women s Basketball Continues to Dominate Inside the Walls of Willet Hall Kyle Martin Staff Writer Home sweet home. This year, the women's basketball team has been dominant at Willet Hall, winning six of their seven home games prior to Monday nights Valentine's affair with the Division 11 Panthers of Virginia Union University (VUU). Head Coach Shirley Duncan explains the decision to play a Division II team. "Well, we've got 26 D-I games and we've got two games to work with," Duncan said. "Virginia Union is close by and we've played them over the years and it's a good situation for them as well as us because they are so close." The Lancers are struggling on the road currently 5-11 away from Farmville. Ixxigwood came off of a 58-39 win over Savannah State last Saturday before their final five games of the season. In the first half, the Panthers got off to a slow start with senior guard Pira Stellmacher missing a three-pointer in the opening minute. Senior forward/center Marita Meldere nailed a lay up beneath the basket with 19:29 remaining; giving Longwood a lead they never lost. Three consecutive turnovers for Virginia Union gave the

Lancers several scoring opportunities, including a pass from sophomore guard Abigail Freese to set up junior guard Jessica Wilkerson's triple with 17:53 on the clock. The Panthers reached the scoreboard less than four minutes into the contest on a lay up from sophomore guard LaToya Green for a 7-2 score. Virginia Union cut Longwood's advantage to three (10-7) after junior forward/center Andrea Bellamy's free throw with 14:48 to go, but the Lancers used the next five minutes to pull away. Senior forward/center Catherine Dunn drilled a three with 11:54 left in the half to make it a 17-9 score. VUU's Green answered with a three of her own, but a jumper from junior forward Ashley Mason, a lay up from Meldere, and another three from Wilkerson put Ix>ngwood ahead by 12 (24-12) with less than 10 minutes to play. The Panthers lost a chance to gain ground on the Lancers, missing nine shots in less than two minutes before sophomore center Shawanda Geter made a pair of free throws for a 24-14 score with 7:29 left in the period. Longwood outscored the Virginia Union 12-3 over the final 3:39 of the half, including Mason's buzzerbeating three-pointer with one second left to lead 38-

22 over the visitors. Green led Virginia Union at intermission with seven points including a three-pointer. However, the Panthers shot a dismal 20%, converting seven of 35 shot attempts in the first half. Turnovers plagued Virginia Union as well. They committed 15 in the half compared to Longwood's seven. Duncan offered an explanation for the turnovers. "We changed the defense to make them react and think and they didn't respond well," Duncan claimed. Longwood's Mason and Meldere each shared a half-high 12 points at the break with Meldere leading in rebounding with six boards. The Lancers managed a 42% field goal performance, including an impressive 45% from three-point range. Similar to the opening half, Meldere converted a jumper in the opening minute after a VUU miss. Wilkerson connected on her third three of the game for a 43-24 score with 19:09 to increase the Lancers' lead to 19. Green hit a jump shot off a pass from junior guard Shanell Roberts, but Longwood scored seven unanswered points to lead by 24 (50-26) with 15:20 remaining. Two minutes later, Green converted her third triple of the game, but the Lancers' Freese responded, making her first three-pointer of the contest with 12:44 left in the period. Longwood outscored Virginia

10-2 over the next 3:44 of the contest, with freshman guard Leigh Mascherin hitting Longwood's third shot from behind the arc in the half to extend the lead to 28. Stellmacher responded with a jumper and a free-throw shot to chop the Lancer's edge to 25 (6237) with 8:35 remaining, but they did not get closer. With the game out of reach for Virginia Union, Longwood utilized the late minutes of the second half to allow their bench players to gain experience. Mascherin, along with freshman guard Kieva Small added three more triples over the final 5:30 of the contest, giving longwood six three-pointers in the second half. Freshman forward Amanda Chilcoat entered the game and scored her 11th point of the season on a free-throw with less than two minutes to play. "I got really nervous at first because I don't know when I'll go in. I go in for Marita or [Catherine Dunn] and it's my job to grab the rebound, play good defense, and pass it to the open player, and if I'm open, look to score," Chilcoat said. Longwood held on to defeat Virginia Union 77-47, improving their record to 12-12 while dropping VUU's record to 11 -11 on the season. Meldere and Mason led the offensive onslaught for Longwood, scoring 22 and 19 points respectively. Meldere earned another double-double

with her 15 rebounds. As the season progresses, Meldere continues to impress her coach with her performance. "She's really done a good job," Duncan stated. "She's an outstanding rebounder. She's done a good job to develop her scoring." Currently, Meldere is averaging a double-double, leading the Lancers in scoring and in rebounding averaging 13 points and 12 rebounds per game. Also, Mascherin totaled a career-high 11 points with three three-pointers. Virginia Union's Green led her squad in offense, amassing 18 points in the loss, while freshman forward Katchona Johnson snagged a team-high seven rebounds. Compared to the Lancers, the Panthers shot 24% for the game to Longwood's 43% and committed 20 turnovers in the contest Duncan adds, "We shot 43% from the floor. That in itself should win you some games." Longwood travels on the road to play against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, a team they defeated 67-57 at home on January 8. "I think one of the things we talked about the other day is being used to the [home] floor and the baskets. When we go away, it's like a different environment," Chilcoat claimed. Longwood hosts their next home game against Norfolk State on Monday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Meldere Continues Exciting Lancer Career Steve Reeves Staff Writer

Latvian born senior forward Marita Meldere has become one of the best women's basketball players in Longwood history and it the all-time leader in career rebounds. n*,.i,mii ***

Literally on her own since the age of twelve, the love and dedication Latvian native Marita Meldere holds for the game has taken her away from her family, and allowed her a level of independence not known by many her age. "I consider it [her ability to remain focused while absent from her family] my greatest accomplishment." Virtually born with a basketball in her hands, Meldere tells of times she was drawn to the game, even as a toddler. "I have pictures of me with a basketball in my hands when I

was two." She began organized play in the first grade and attributes a lot of who she is to her brother, who now plays professionally in Europe. "He is who I look up to," said Meldere. Upon her arrival to Longwood, Meldere made her presence known by adapting to her new role as a post player. Before joining the Longwood women's basketball team, she rooted her skills in running the point guard position, a role opposite to that of a post player. Although she secures her presence in the post, Meldere remarked that she still gets that thrill when she is able to start a fast break for her team. On the court Meldere is a force to be reckoned with, shattering Longwood records much like for-

mer NBA great Daryl Dawkins used to shatter backboards with his thunderous dunks. Currendy ranked number two in the nation for rebounds and being the only woman in Longwood's history to score a thousand points and grab a thousand rebounds, Meldere reflects on her many years as a student to the game of basketball. Her favorite part of the game though is what she is trademarked for, rebounding. "I would rather get rebounds than score, anybody can score," she said. Leading I-ongwood's rebounding records, she doesn't plan on slowing down just yet. "I wanna get some more so nobody can beat me," Meldere said with a little smile. Statistically speaking, Meldere is averaging just over twelve

points and twelve rebounds per game. Having two stats in double figures is a feat known to basketball fans as a double-double. Majoring in finance, Meldere plans to hone the skills she gained in the classroom to pursue a career in real estate here in America. "People seem to be a lot nicer here, they say thank you a lot." As her senior season comes to a close, Meldere is looking forward to closing the year out strong with her service to the team. And, after a two-year separation from her family, it looks as if she will be able to reunite with her mother, who will arrive and be given the opportunity to see her daughter play the game she grew up loving.


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Weekly Triyfr WboistkeOnlu Division I Women s Basketball Player Averaging More Rebounds than Marita Meldere? Last WeekS Question: Who is the Only Division 1 Men's Basketball Team With Out a Win This Season? Savannah State if you would like to submit a trivia question tend an e-mail to ntunda@longwood.edu subject liina''withyour question, answer and name(ij desired).

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LACROSSE cont'd p. 13 "in high school you can do whatever you want and the refs will let you get away with it. Here, everybody out there's really good and you're not out there for fun, but you're out there because you chose to be out there and want to be out there." Fortunately, the younger players can rely on the experience of Bikowski, who led the team in scoring last year with 36 goals. "Most of the rime, they have a lot of questions and I try to answer them and I work out with them extra to just help them." One change to look for this season is a change between the pipes. "We lost our three-time ail-American goalkeeper Stacey Schmidt," Grubbs explained. Junior Emily Wilson replaces Schmidt as goalkeeper this season, starting at goalie for the first time in her career. "I don't really think there is a lot of pressure because last year, we split the time," Wilson commented. "I was really pleased when I played last year. It might be a little different this year, because the competition is harder than last year." In 11 appearances during the 2004 season, Wilson managed a 62% save percentage in over 300 minutes of play. To achieve their undefeated dream, the Lancers face a balanced 16-game schedule with seven games at Lancer Field and

February 17, 2005

STUDENT-ATHLtTL FROilLLS Romana Bucur Women's Tennis Sophomore (Second yr.) Brasov, Romania

Chris Newman Men's Tennis Senior (Third yr.) Chesapeake, VA

Why do you play tennis? -At first, it was because my parents chose it for me. I had to choose between volleyball, basketball, and tennis. I choose tennis because it's a single sport. At the end of the match, I know the results are my work if I do well or fail. Recall your best moment playing here. -Everything has been great since I've been here. I've gotten better as a player, but also improved my teamwork skills. What do you like most about Longwood? -I like it because it's a small school and you can interact with a lot of people and develop as a student and an athlete. What goals do you have? -I have short-term goals. In tennis, I always try to improve from the last rime I play. I try to do better in everything and not remain satisfied with anything that's happened in the past. Who is your role model and why? -I don't have one in particular. I try to take the best out of

Why do you play tennis? -My dad got me into it when I was little. Growing up, I played baseball as well. I was better at tennis, so I just stuck with that and it's worked out for me. Recall your best moment playing here. -It was a home match against liberty. I beat their #1 player from Costa Rica in three sets. That's probably one of my best moments here at Longwood University. What do you like most about Longwood? -I'm in a fraternity. Not only does it provide a good place to learn, but the social life is pretty exciting. What goals do you have? -I'm going to take some time off after school to do some gambling. Hopefully, I'll enjoy myself on a couple of trips before I get a job. I want to get a job and apply what I've learned at Longwood. Who, is your role model and why? -My dad, Jim Newman, he's successful at being a business owner and he works hard to get it. Hopefully, I can be as successful as he is.

nine contests on the road. Longwood plays two of their first three games at home, hosting Bucknell and St. Bonaventure before a four-game road trip. The Lancers will look to avenge their only loss last season on March 8 against George Washington. Grubbs has her own goals. "I'd like to beat a couple of top20 teams. William & Mary is ranked 14th at this point and that's one of the team's I'm looking to beat. I'd like to have another win against Virginia Tech." Beyond wins and losses, Grubbs has specific expectations for her team, stating, "I want to play consistently well and hard." Catch Longwood in action for their season opener on February 27 against Bucknell at 1:00 p.m. at Lancer Field.

everyone I come in contact with. Everyone contributed to the person I am now. They each brought something that makes me better. What are your favorite hobbies? -I love watching movies. I love music. I love playing other sports such as volleyball, basketball, and ping-pong I love to travel. What makes you unique? -One interesting fact is I'm from Romania and I came here to go to college. It's been so much fun and it's helped my life experience. What do you want to be remembered as? -I'd like to be remembered as a good athlete and a good student who enjoyed everything, combining sports and school and making the best of both of them.

What is your favorite hobby? -Poker. I pretty much diversify myself and play a lot of games including Omaha, Stud, and Hold 'Em. I play golf a lot. I like to have a good time. What makes you unique? I'm a well-rounded student I'm on the tennis team. I'm in Pi Kappa Phi, and a finance major. So as anyone who's in a sport and going to school is well-rounded. What do you want to be remembered as? -I want to be remembered as a good all-around person. Someone who did well, had fun, on and off the court, and tried to set an example for the freshmen.

NHL Cancels '044)5 Season Patrick Sullivan Sports Editor Yesterday marked the official end of NHL Hockey, at least for this season. At a press conference held Wednesday afternoon by Gary Bettman, the last shovel full of dirt was placed on top of the grave for the NHL 2004-05 season. Bettman put the final nail in the this season's coffin with the words, "It is my sad duty to announce that because a solution has not been attained, it is no longer practical to conduct even an abbreviated season. Accordingly, I have no choice but to announce the formal cancellation of play." The lock-out began when owners felt that players salaries

were not in line with the money teams were making. Since hockey does share the same draw as its other professional sports brothers, owners felt that there needed to be a limit on the amount teams were paving their players. The most feasible way to limit player's payrolls was to create a salary cap, however players strongly apposed this proposed implication. Since September the NHL Players Association and the NHL owners have been trying to hammer out some son of agreement that would allow for a shortened season. In the closing months both sides had agreed to a salary cap but could not agree on the amount The NHLPA suggested

that the cap be $49 million per team and the owners proposed $42.5 million per team. In the end the difference of a few million dollars was one of the major causes to the cancellation of the season. According to Bettman at his press conference, "The National Hockey League was formed in 1917, and it has played a season through to a championship in every year but 1919." This will be the first rime that a major professional league has cancelled its entire season. Bettman summed it up best with his closing remarks. "This is a sad, regrettable day that all of us wish could have been avoided."


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