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Girls, Girls, Girls!

Females outnumber males at university See pg. 5 Entertainment Girls Rock & Girls Rule come to Hershee Bar See pg. 12

Commentary Military relationships face unique challenges See pg. 9

Sports Sailing team offers lessons for charity See pg. 17

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Younger brother of university basketball star Finney shot Crystal Tubbs Mace & Crown

On Sept. 13, Norcom High School student Ra-shawn Finney, the younger brother of Old Dominion University sophomore basketball player Ben Finney, was shot seven times in Chesapeake. Ra-shawn is being treated at Sentara Norfolk General for life-threatening injuries due to gunshot wounds in his chest, arm and shoulder. His mother, Desiree Finney, indicated her son was lucky because the bullets missed all major arteries. As of press time, his condition was stable but doctors were limiting visitors to eliminate exposure to any infections. “They’re keeping him heavily sedated because his lungs need to heal,” said Desiree. “They’re also keeping him under because of the pain. It’s going to be a long

healing process. It’s just going to take time.” Ra-shawn is an 18-year-old senior at I.C. Norcom High School and a wide receiver for the school’s football team. He is also the fifth local football player to be shot this year. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still unclear. Since the shooting his mother has heard several differing accounts of what happened. One story is that he was breaking up a fight at a party when he was shot. As of Wednesday, Sept. 17, Ra-shawn was still intubated and therefore, unable to talk. Attempts were made to get reports from Chesapeake police. However, the investigation is still open, and police declined to release any details by deadline.

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Ben Finney was not available for comment as of press time.

University prepares itself for state budget reductions LaNisha Washington Mace & Crown

As the fear of new state government budget cuts loom over Virginia, Old Dominion University is preparing itself to deal with what is likely to be a slimmer check from the state. The state and federal economies are faltering, and agencies have begun preparing for extreme reductions. Earlier this month, Gov. Tim Kaine announced his plan to cut up to 15 percent from the budgets of state agencies. This budget cut is needed to balance the state’s two-year $77 billion budget that went into effect July 1. Reductions will begin as early as next month to offset a shortfall in budget revenues. According to Kaine, this is a result of the lagging economy. Wayne Turnage, Kaine’s chief of staff, told agency

leaders to submit plans for cuts of 5, 10 and 15 percent for their budgets. These plans must be presented by Sept. 26. Although Kaine said certain state-funded institutions, such as ODU, would not be affected, Vice President for Administration and Finance Robert Fenning said that will not be the case. “While a full, 15-percent cut may not happen, there is no question that there will be a reduction in state funding, and that this reduction will require that these reductions be [permanent],” said Fenning. If ODU’s budget is cut, a 5-percent cut in state general funds would be a loss of approximately $5.5 million, 10 percent would be $11 million and 15 percent would be $16.5 million. Acting ODU President John R. Broderick has asked each area of the university to provide plans for these reductions and a final plan for the university will be developed over the next two weeks. Student organizations are already feeling the financial strain and fingers are being pointed at the Student Government Association. According to SGA’s Finance Chair Reagan

Davis, there are a number of organizations whose budgets were cut 96 to 98 percent because of a new electronic process that sets certain standards that SGA must enforce for all organizations. “We don’t want to cause anybody funding losses,” said Davis. The SGA is willing to assist organizations that want to apply for a contingency. “[ODU did] experience major budget reductions in 2002 and a 5 percent budget reduction last year,” said Fenning. The university’s enrollment has increased by 7 percent this fall. Nevertheless, without additional state funding to increase the number of faculty and available services, budget reductions will continue to have an impact on the financial stance of the university. Fenning said there are no immediate plans to increase tuition this year to offset these funds, but unless the commonwealth provides additional funding for next year, these budget reductions will necessitate increases in tuition for next year. “This is a very serious situation,” said Fenning. “Students can expect to be informed of the final reductions as we learn the extent of our budget reductions.”

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NEWSBUZZ “Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States” exhibition will SAC has open at The Baron announced the and Ellin Gordon headliner for the 2008 Art Galleries on homecoming concert will Sept. 23 through be N.E.R.D. Tickets go on Oct. 12, on sale Oct. 1. Prices for students are $15 in advance, $20 at the display from 11 a.m. to 5 door. General admission is p.m. $25 in advance, $35 at the


“Interrupting Family Life: Military and Prison experiences,” a panel featuring Rickie Solinger, will be held in BAL Room 1012 at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30.

Snippets Modeling and Simulation director to lead symposium at Cambridge University Last week, ODU announced through its Web site that Dr. Michael McGinnis, the director of the university’s Virtual Modeling and Simulation Center has been invited to lead a symposium at Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing in the England. McGinnis will work with Eric Weisel, an ODU Modeling and Simulation doctoral program graduate, to discuss modeling and simulation’s role in transportation, defense, medicine, manufacturing and training projects. Education experts recommend revamp of college lending practices A panel of education experts and researchers released a proposal last week that federal financial aid and lending policies be reconfigured to allow for a simplified application process, Pell grant maximums tied to inflation and federally financed savings accounts for economically disadvantaged children. The group also recommended doing away with the current federal aid application system, which it derided as too difficult and complex. Large Hadron Collider shut down for repairs Several technical failures, including a helium leak and the failure of a 30-ton electrical transformer, have forced European Center for Nuclear Research scientists to temporarily shut down the Large Hardon Collider, which opened last week among international fanfare. Scientists estimate that the collider will be inactive for at least two months, putting their goal of achieving high-energy collisions of protons by the end of the year in jeopardy.

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New council established to deal with enrollment issues Necola Tull Mace & Crown

Researchers point to algal-boidiesel’s superior fuel per acre, 10 times better than corn ethanol, as evidence at it commercial potential.

University algal-biodiesel research takes step toward commercial viability Robert Forsyth Mace & Crown

Old Dominion University has joined with a private contractor to expand the research of algaecreated biodiesel fuel. With the country suffering from a severe energy crisis, the government has attempted to relieve the problem by voting and debating on issues such as offshore drilling and the use of ethanol. However, some experts say that these types of solutions have disastrous environmental consequences. “The only real solution to the problem is algae-created biodiesel,” said Patrick Hatcher, Old Dominion University’s Batten endowed chair in physical sciences and executive director of the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium. “If you look at scientific studies done on alternative fuel sources, biodiesel would take 3 to 5 percent of our agricultural land versus the leading alternative fuel of debate which would require 1,700 percent of the land. Out of all the alternative fuel sources

displayed on the chart, biodiesel trumps them all in the amount of land, production cost and efficiency.” Hatcher first entertained the idea of algal biodiesel back in the 1980s when he was at Penn State. Hatcher also published several pamphlets concerning this topic during that time. ODU started research on a project that pursued Hatcher’s idea last year. “Virginia is the perfect place for creating algae-created biodiesel, It has all the right conditions: great sunlight, shade and water, which are essential for the creation of this form of biodiesel,” Hatcher said. Research showed one acre used the algae biodiesel production process can create 3,000 gallons of biodiesel. This research caught the eyes of private contractor Jeff Sprouse. “Fuel costs were going up and we have global warming,” he said. “I read about what ODU and Pat Hatcher were doing and I started looking into algae. I e-mailed Pat and told him I wanted to build an algae farm. He called me back and it’s been all a productive venture

from there.” Sprouse has provided 240 acres of land for this project. The reason he chose the plot was because of the presence of man-made lakes. This process will require an abundance of nutrients for the algae. These nutrients will be provided by the thousands of gallons of waste water that will be trucked in. The algae will clean the water and produce two by-products: biodiesel and fertilizer. The details concerning the research methods used to create these two products from the algae have not been made public, as they have yet to be patented. If all goes according to plan, the commercialization of this algae-created biodiesel will occur within the next few years. Another company in Arizona, proceeding along a similar course in producing algaecreated biodiesel, expects to put this biofuel on the market within two years. The financial gain for the manufacturing of this fuel is expected to be hundreds of millions of dollars.

Acting President of Old Dominion University John R. Broderick has developed a new plan to help handle future enrollment and growth at the university: the new Enrollment Management Council. The council is being created through a collaboration between administrators, staff, faculty and students. Its goal is to keep track of the history of enrollments to better plan for future growth and development. With new programs and the increasing number of students at ODU, the administrators feel it is important to create this committee. “[With this council], we hope to have an initial Strategic Enrollment Management Plan by early 2009, but it will be ongoing with implementation, assessment, and feedback on the goals each committee will establish,” said Dr. Alice R. McAdory, the associate vice president of the office of enrollment management. The council should integrate all of ODU’s programs, practices, policies and planning, McAdory said. It will be a campus-wide effort. There have been 13 committees established with input from the faculty, staff and student body. “Working Together to Enhance a Quality University” is the goal of this committee, as stated on its Web site. As it develops, the entire campus community is welcomed to visit the site for more information and updates at A MIDAS account is required in order to access it. Along with McAdory, Marty Sharpe is the vice provost for

planning and institutional effectiveness. For interested parties, there will be an enrollment management faculty forum on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Big Blue Room at the Ted Constant Convention Center. McAdory said this council would promote the success in growth and future enrollments at ODU. Many new programs can be put in place in lieu of the strategic planning and documentation that will be put into place. As a result of this implementation, the whole university community will profit from it. “The completed plan will be shared with everyone on campus,” she said. The Web site has a resource link to helpful topics in regards to enrollment planning. There are topics ranging from the human resources frame, arts and sciences, and a systems approach to enrollment planning. These are some of the strategic plans put in place by other institutions in the past. Students interested in what questions have emerged from other institutions that have set up enrollment plans read “Creating the Condition for Shared Responsibility for Enrollment Outcomes” by Lynda Wallace-Hulecki from the University of Victoria. As with any new program, there are many questions and few answers in the beginning. The administrators are there to answer any questions that are not answered on the Web site. Those interested in knowing more can contact the Office of Enrollment Management by phone at 683-3648 or on its Web site, em.




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Monarch female population on the rise Courtney Harris Mace & Crown

Look around the ODU campus on a typical day, and you are bound to see a variety of people walking to class or talking to friends. If it’s a nice day, you might even see some students playing Frisbee or napping in front of Webb Center. What you might not notice is the majority of students you see on campus are women. ODU has not seen an equal ratio of male and female students since 1992. In the years since then, the student population has shifted with increased enrollment and the population of female students has risen significantly. Today, women make up 62 percent of the student population at ODU. The university is not alone in this experience. The increase in women students is part of a larger shift seen in colleges and universities across the nation. This shift is believed to be linked to national graduation rates. More women are now graduating high school than men. These women then go on to get a college education, while the men who do not graduate will wait for their GED and beginning their higher education. ODU has long had support for women at the university. In 1976, the Women’s Center was created to address the needs and challenges of, as well as the opportunities for, women students. The center offers programs for women that range from crochet classes to self defense seminars, as well as services designed to promote a community without gender bias. The College of Arts and Letters is most affected by this shift. Females constitute 65 percent of the student population within the college. This college is the home of the Department of Women’s Studies, which was established in 1977. This department offers an array of courses per-

taining to women, including “All American Women� and “Feminist Thought.� The college has also integrated courses in women’s studies into other disciplines, for instance “History of American Women� and “Women in American Politics,� which count as electives for various majors within the college. Outside of the classroom, the College of Arts and Letters is responsible for the creation of various programs concerning women. This year’s program is “Interrupted Life: Incarceration of Mothers in the United States.� The program began with an art gallery exhibit and the opening of “Persephone Wept� on Sept. 20 and continues throughout the year with lectures, poetry readings and other events. The College of Sciences has also experienced the rise in the female population. The National Science Foundation has been pushing to increase the number of women in the sciences, and ODU is seeing the results, Chris Platsoucas, dean of the College of Sciences, said. Women make up over half of the population within several majors among the entering class of College of Science freshmen. Also, 47 percent of the first-year students in the college this semester are women. As a result, the administrations within these colleges are also changing. There is a new focus within the College of Arts and Letters to hire quality, female professors in an attempt to match the gender makeup of the faculty to that of the student population. In addition, last year, all four faculty promoted within the college were women. The same shift is occurring in the College of Sciences. For example, Gail Dodge was made the chair of the physics department, and Janis Sanchez was made the chair of the psychology department.


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Get Out Her Vote 2008 promotes female, minority voting Lara C. Chapman Mace & Crown

The Feminist Majority Foundation aims to electrify Old Dominion University with its Get Out Her Vote Campaign (GOHV) Thursday, Sept. 25, a rally to promote student involvement in the 2008 elections. GOHV, a non-partisan campaign, is on a nationwide campus tour to get students politically engaged and encourage young women and minorities to “vote as if your life depends on it.� Campaign representatives Tania Stewart and Patrice Guillory will speak to three women’s studies classes about reproductive rights, civil and human rights, global peace, women’s economic equality, environmental issues and trade policies. “The progressive voice begins with young people,� Stewart said. “Every student should be registered to vote, and that includes the great students at ODU.� She continued, “This election is critical, especially for women and minorities, and their voices must be heard.� Even though GOHV steers clear of specific political endorsements, its initiative is unmistakable: urging students to engage in political dialogue, promoting critical thinking and, most importantly, getting students registered. Vaughan Frederick, professor of women’s studies, is thrilled to give Stewart and Guillory the opportunity to speak with 80 of her stu-

dents. “I have found that many of my students are enthusiastic about registering to vote this election year,� Frederick said. “And to have national organizers from the non-partisan Get Out Her Vote campaign at ODU is especially exciting.� For students not enrolled in women’s studies classes, Guillory and Stewart, along with Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer, the ODU Feminist Alliance on Campus advisor, will speak at the Women’s Center from 12:30-1:30 p.m. “The activity hour will be a great way for young women to get involved with the Feminist Alliance on Campus,� Edwards-Bodmer said. “We’ll also give them all necessary information about voter rights and registration.� “Unfortunately, young women and minorities are least likely to vote come Election Day,� Guillory added. “During the activity hour at the Women’s Center, we’ll talk about the critical issues at stake in this election, and why every American needs to cast their ballot Nov. 4.� She said many Americans, specifically young women and minorities, forget the sacrifices made on their behalf to obtain voting rights. “My students are astonished to learn that many women died for the right to vote,� Frederick said. “It took white women 72 years to get that right in our country and African-American women even longer.� The deadline for voter registration is Oct. 6.

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Gasoline prices have risen over the last two weeks despite a decline in the cost of oil.



Gas prices take toll on students Zachary Hall Mace & Crown

If high gas prices had slipped to the back of your mind, Hurricane Ike most likely brought them back to the attention of both you and your wallet. Gas prices soared more than 20 cents over the course of a week due to an expected shortage in gasoline reserves. But even without these price fluctuations, the cost of fuel is significantly higher than it has been in years past. According to, a year ago the national cost for a gallon of gasoline was $2.79, and it was even lower in the Hampton roads area. The problem of rising fuel costs has led many students to wonder how to avoid a painful experience at the pumps. “Unfortunately,” said Dr. Christopher Colburn, professor and chairman of the economics department at Old Dominion University. “There’s not much that can be done in the short run to lower gas prices. Still, it’s not in the best interest of the gas companies that prices stay high long. Eventually people will adapt and find substitutes for traditional transportation.” Many students are proving Colburn’s prediction. Commuters are setting up schedules that do not require frequent trips to campus and car-pooling is all the more common with high prices. “Public transportation isn’t an option for me” says Sam Riahi, a sophomore commuter. “Gas is so expensive nowadays, so I ride my bike to class.” Riahi, who lives seven miles off campus, is hardly

what some would consider biking distance from ODU. Still, some live even further away, and even from this distance, public transportation is not an option. Francis Pruter, another commuter, has had to adapt as well. “Even though my car gets good gas mileage, filling up still is not cheap,” Pruter said. “It wasn’t uncommon for me to just drive around Virginia Beach all night with friends. With these prices, you really can’t do that anymore.” All of the accommodations undoubtedly take their toll on students, but people seem set on adjusting their lifestyle until prices go down. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to tell when that is. “So much goes into gas prices,” Professor Colburn said. “Even though the cost of a barrel of oil is decreasing, it is still historically at a high. Furthermore, low oil costs do not automatically translate into low gas prices.” That disconnect is reflected in the fact that while the price of a barrel of oil is about the same price now as it was last November, the price of fuel has risen 60 cents during the year. But compared to some the prices students paid over the summer, $3.60 for a gallon of gas might not seem that bad. Nationally, prices have been dropping over the past few months when they peaked in July. Perhaps Professor Colburn said it best: “It seems like we’re off the truly high gas prices for now, but who knows what the future may bring.”


Professors put textbooks online at no cost Dylesia Hampton Mace & Crown

Every year, millions of college students are unable to afford required course literature and materials. Oddly enough, it seems that the prices increase every year. In an article written by Maya T. Prabhu, assistant editor of EschoolNews, Prabhu addresses the fact that the average college student spent between $805 and $1,229 on books and supplies alone during the 2007-08 school year. Anjinai Hendrix, an Old Dominion Uni-

versity freshman, complains she was unable to purchase all of her textbooks and materials. “Once you go to class once or twice, you kind of have a feel for what you need and what you can do without,” Hendrix said. When asked if she felt her lack of materials would affect her grade, Hendrix said, “I have no idea. I guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens.” Phillip McCall, also a freshman, agreed with Hendrix and added, “We enroll in college, attempting to succeed but unable to.” As reported in The New York Times, Professor R. Preston McAfee of Cal Tech Uni-

versity recently posted his “Introduction to Economics” textbook online as a free PDF file. Before McAfee’s textbook retaliation, Textbook Revolution (TR), an online source for free textbooks, opened, in an attempt to put students out of their misery by offering free alternatives for the expensive textbooks assigned by professors. TR asks students to find alternative textbooks on it Web site and suggest them to their teachers. Professor James Sweeney of ODU’s history department said that although he empathizes with students regarding the high cost of text-

books, he finds free textbooks questionable and believes they would need full examination of content and quality before being assigned. Although several professors hate assigning expensive textbooks, it seems to be easier. Hopefully, professors will get a hold of the “textbook revolution” soon and begin either posting their own literature or assigning less expensive textbooks. Students are amped about the possibility of saving money. Freshman Lacey Pollak said it perfectly, “How could anyone not like this?”

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NEWSBUZZ Professors take their turns as students Megan Tinsley Mace & Crown

As hard as it might be to imagine, Old Dominion University faculty members were once students. Yet to imagine them now in class, behind desks and taking notes can be a little disorienting. Some of ODU’s teachers in the engineering and technology department got to relive their student experience after receiving a lecture on professorship in a workshop last month. The program, known as the Engineering Faculty Teaching Workshop, began at the start of the fall 2007 semester. Professors from across the U.S., including Dr. Ronald Welch, the chair of civil engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler, shared advice on how to better improve teacher-student relationships and how to provide a positive, efficient learning environment. Dr. Linda Vahala, associate dean of the

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said this type of program is a first for the college. “This helps the faculty learn about different student learning styles and different teaching styles,” she said. “The faculty really liked it and they got some effective tools to use.” Welch expressed his passion for students by stating how meeting students’ needs are one of his top priorities. He also compared public speaking to performing. “Every day you get in front of students is a performance,” Welch said. “You want to be in front of that classroom more than anywhere else. Nothing else matters.” Carol Considine, associate professor of engineering technology at ODU, said she believes it is important to build a rapport with her students. When asked about her inspiration for teaching, she said she was motivated by one of her former university teachers who was proficient, compassionate and concerned about the academic performance of his students.

ODU’s engineering faculty went “back to school” to hone their teaching techniques.

“I was inspired to become a teacher because of a professor that I had at Virginia Tech,” she said. “He worked really hard on teaching the class.” Dr. Gary Schafran, the civil and environmental engineering chair, noted that the program benefited both teachers and students alike. He said that the outcome has been successful.


He also said students had nothing but positive comments about the lessons being taught. Regardless of how long faculty have been at ODU, they’re never too educated to learn, he said.

Norfolk gun-control case raises Second Amendment concerns Joshua Peters Mace & Crown

Chester Szymecki Jr. will get his day in court but not on the grounds he wants. Szymecki filed a lawsuit in federal court stating his second, fourth and eighth amendment rights were violated by Norfolk police during last summer’s Harborfest when he carried a handgun on his right side to the festivities. He was arrested on June 10, 2007, for violating a city ordinance banning firearms from the Harborfest celebration. In a court ruling on Sept. 13, the presiding judge ruled that the Second Amendment did not apply to state or local laws. However, the lawsuit could continue under the violation of the Federal Privacy Act. U.S. District Judge Henry C. Morgan issued a ruling that the lawsuit against the Norfolk Police Department could continue on the grounds of violation of the Federal Privacy Act due to the request for Szymecki’s social security number. The charges regarding the violation of the Second, Fourth and Eighth Amendments were thrown out on the grounds that the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were created to keep the Federal Government in check and did not apply to the states and their respective legislation. In a phone interview, Szymecki’s attorney Stephen Merrill, of the Ghent Law Offices, said politics was likely not involved but rather a conflict in perception of the law. He also said the two cases cited by the judge for dismissal of the second, fourth and eighth amendment charges, while decided in the last 15 years, were supported by rulings made in the late 1800s, effectively enforcing a turn-of-the-century mindset on modern legal decision making. Szymecki has since filed an appeal. Merrill, speaking on Szymecki’s behalf, feels confident the issue will be addressed again and to a more satisfactory conclusion. The court date is scheduled for Dec. 16. He pointed out the charges stemming from the tightening of

the handcuffs and illegal detainment were swept under the rug because the court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment rights voided all subsequent charges. In his court filing, Szymecki states that he, his wife, his three children and several other children from the local neighborhood attended Harborfest activities on the Norfolk Waterfront. Szymecki, an observer of the open-carry policy for firearms in Virginia, had a plainly visible, holstered handgun on his right side. Under Virginia law, the only time a permit is required is when the owner wishes to carry a concealed weapon. Several hours after arriving at the celebration, Szymecki was approached by a female Norfolk deputy sheriff and was informed that under city regulations, he would have to dispose of the weapon prior to returning to the festivities. Szymecki, a long-time Second Amendment activist, informed the deputy sheriff that Virginia law not only allowed him to carry the gun but also trumped the city ordinance. Backup was called, and Szymecki was escorted across Waterside Drive, where he was detained and handcuffed in “a tight fashion.” During his detention, Szymecki, citing medical issues with the right side of his body, requested that the cuffs be loosened. After not receiving a response, Szymecki made the request twice more. After the third request, two Norfolk police officers approached him and, according to Szymecki, proceeded to tighten the handcuffs further. He recalled in his statement that the officers had commented, “Handcuffs were not intended to be comfortable.” After two hours of being detained, Szymecki was released and charged with violating a city ordinance. Before he was free to go, he said that Norfolk police officers required him to give them his social security number. The charges stemming from the violation of the city ordinance were later voluntarily dropped by the City of Norfolk, citing that the state law, Virginia Code Section 15.2-915(A), did indeed overrule the Norfolk ordinance, although the city contests that the pre-existing state law does not necessarily

“void” the ordinance. Prior to being able to retrieve his private property form the city, Szymecki contends that he was, again, required to give his social security number to the Norfolk police. In response to the actions taken by the Norfolk police department, he retained the services of Merrill, and filed a lawsuit against the city for $250,000 citing physical and emotional suffering, loss of wage earning capabilities and emotional suffering inflicted on his family. Merrill notes that this is not the first encounter he has had with the NPD regarding legal gun possession in public. Danlani Moore, a young, black gun enthusiast was stopped twice by Norfolk police officers while legally possessing a firearm in public. On both occasions, Moore was held at gunpoint, cuffed and searched without being told why and was later released without being charged. In the process of securing records for his lawsuit against the city, Moore had to obtain and use a Freedom of Information Act request to secure records from the NPD. On July 24, 2008, with the assistance of Merrill, Moore was given a $10,000 settlement from the City of Norfolk and an apologetic letter from the Chief of Police.


U.S. District Judge Henry C. Morgan ruled that the Second Amendment has not been incorporated by the states.

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NEWSBUZZ Both candidates hit wrong note on economy

Panic on Wall Street sent the candidates scrambling to respond.








Scott Weinberg, FEARNET.COM


Late last week, in wake of the collapse of the 150-year-old Opinion investment bank Lehman Brothers and historic losses on the major trading indexes, the Bush administration stepped in to offer potentially trillions of tax payer’s dollars to stem the panic overtaking Wall Street. This followed an $85 billion bailout of American International Group (AIG) and the government seizure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the nation’s two largest mortgage lenders. Unsurprisingly, with voters overwhelmingly saying the economy is the most important issue in the upcoming election, both Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama and Republican candidate Sen. John McCain responded quickly with calls to action. Yet while their proposed plans of attack could hardly have been more different, they both managed to be wrong. McCain initially responded to the financial bloodletting by asserting his faith that the “fundamentals of the economy are strong,” which begs the question exactly what fundamentals McCain was talking about. Even if you ignore the crisis in the financial markets, unemployment is at its high levels in five years, having hit 6.1 percent nationwide last month (more than 9 percent among adults aged 20-24, also a five year high). Gasoline prices, due in part to hurricane-related refinery closings in the Gulf Coast, continue to hover around $4 a gallon. Year over year inflation, as measure by the consumer price index, reached 9.6 percent in August. That, taken with the fact that real wages (earnings growth minus inflation) for the average American family have declined in 2008 at the fastest rate since 1991, and it becomes clear at least these particular economic fundamentals are not strong at all. McCain later attempted to revise his statement, saying what he meant to say was that American workers are strong. On that, at least, he appears to be correct; you have to be strong to keep your head above water in this kind of economy. After the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell a staggering 449.36 points last Wednesday to close at 10609.66, the worst finish since the 2001 recession, McCain called for a bi-partisan committee to study the financial crisis. He also called for further regulation of financial markets, which he has opposed earlier in the campaign. His opponent wasted no time assailing him for “pulling the oldest trick in the book” and “passing responsibility off to a committee.” Obama also used the opportunity to re-state his own economic proposals, which include investment in infrastructure,

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clean energy and education to help the economy break out of its slump. Yet like most campaign trail promises, there is a disconnect between what the Democrat is promising and what is feasible. While these projects might actually stimulate some gross domestic product growth, they unfortunately cost money, which is one thing the federal government won’t have much of by the time the next president takes office. In July, the White House Office of Budget Management released a report estimating that the new commander-in-chief would inherit a $482 billion deficit, the largest yearly total in history. Facing that kind of red ink, the government will likely have to start focusing its efforts on scaling back spending, rather than starting up new programs like those Obama has proposed. Not even a scaling down of the Iraq War or an increase in taxes on the country’s top earners, both of which Obama has said he would do, are likely to cover the gap. What neither candidate has mentioned at all are the Federal Reserve System’s shortsighted interest rate policies, which are arguably more responsible for our current situation than any other factor. Last summer, when the housing slump just began to rear its head, the Fed began slashing interest rates to prop up the sluggish markets. This naturally drove down the value of the dollar, which in turn drove up the price of internationally traded commodities such as oil and food. This ended any chance of containing the crisis within the housing sector, as consumers forced to pay more for gas and food cut back their spending in other areas. As any economist can tell you, consumer spending is what drives the American economy. Therefore, as average households tighten up their budgets, they drag the rest of the economy down with them. Even worse, these interest rate cuts did nothing to help the housing market and only served to speed up inflation. Now we find ourselves trapped in a death spiral of stagnant growth and soaring inflation, with no end in sight. Why aren’t the candidates addressing the issues in these terms? Either they don’t understand them, which seems unlikely, or they think the average voter doesn’t understand them, which seems more plausible. Most likely, they think a detailed discussion of the economy would simply go over most people’s head, and they don’t want to “bore us with the details.” Considering average citizens are losing their savings on Wall Street and their paychecks at the pump, perhaps its time they started respecting the American people and having a serious discussion about policy, instead of the same tired lines about “drill here, drill now” and “change we can believe in.” The citizenry needs to hear more from their potential leaders so they can make an informed decision in November. These issues are important, and they deserve a higher grade of rhetoric than we have so far achieved.


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More than 25 percent of ODU students are affiliated with the military.


Deployments, separation challenges military relationships Lara C. Chapman Mace & Crown

Significant portions of Old Dominion University students are married to members of the military. This kind of life brings excitement, attractive incentives and patriotism (yes, spouses are patriots too.) But it’s also a life of loneliness, disappointments, and the inability to nurture relationships. If proper precautions are not taken, strong marriages can wither away at the seams. But military marriages require more than just a 30-minute session with a counselor. Marriage is strengthened through hard work, selflessness, sexual fulfillment, understanding, forgiveness and, most importantly, the feeling of being loved. Understandably, the United States Military has its share of problematic marriages. Some are on the brink of divorce, extremely dysfunctional or even abusive. According to the Department of Defense, the divorce rate among military personnel is at 3.3 percent. Contrary to earlier predictions indicating stress levels would increase the divorce rate, it has remained steady. Senior military leaders attribute the successful data to strong programs and counseling services. Every branch of the military has a unique, effective agenda to counteract troubled marriages and thwart families from dividing. For example, the Navy has Fleet and Family Support Centers for couples to use if relationship turmoil erupts. They offer free workshops, weekend retreats, classes and counseling services that help enhance the quality of life and keep relationships strong. The Marines have similar programs that help couples with problem-solving and communication techniques. On Oct. 7, 2007, Army leaders signed the Army Family Covenant to pledge support to soldiers’ families while they serve the nation. This program includes ini-

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tiatives to improve family readiness by funding new programs, providing better health care services, improve housing and child education and expand employment opportunities for spouses. Nonetheless, when there is loss of companionship, inadequate spousal support and communication issues, infidelity and divorce can result. Many determined couples, however, do whatever it takes to keep their marriage strong. “Our marriage stays strong despite many deployments and sacrifices because we genuinely love each other and support one another in hard times,” said Caroline Sauer, wife of a Navy chief. “I know my husband would prefer to stay home with me but he has orders to follow and I understand that.” “We try to live a day at a time,” she added. “And we always plan special trips in between deployments.” In the best-selling book “His Needs, Her Needs,” author William F. Harley Jr. gives couples helpful hints to living healthy marriages. The book is full of insightful, expert analysis and digs deep into the reasons why marriages do work, instead of why they don’t. His findings are crystal clear: men and women have different needs and these basic needs must be met in order for marriages to survive. The first thing a woman needs is affection. The first thing a man needs is sexual fulfillment— no surprise there. But the fact remains: Lengthy, multiple deployments, raising children and financial hardships don’t exactly equal hot, steamy sex followed by hours of cuddling. This isn’t a problem exclusive to military couples. It’s universal. And the only way to get through tough times is to work at it. Make appointments to have sex, write graphic love stories, act out fantasies and show affection as often as possible. Be a strong lover and strong love will result.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Powhatan Field, WODU is co-sponsoring The Campus-wide Voter Registration Drive. The other organizations co-sponsoring the event are the Student Activities Council, The Mace & Crown and the Monarch Maniacs. All it takes it one vote to make a difference. Let it be your vote. Derrick M.J. Francis will be speaking in the House Of Blue on Oct. 2 about Clothing for the Community, a clothing drive geared toward donating clothes to the less fortunate. DJXKLUSIVE, a.k.a Jay Ramos, will also make an appearance. Francis will also be in the House of Blue on Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Do your part to participate in this charitable occasion. First Fridays are once again in full effect on Oct. 3. If you missed the last one, this is another great opportunity to connect with the poetry society. It is as always hosted by none other than Da Poet Eris. Other First Fridays occur are Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. Time is wasting away only three chances left. Check us out! In addition the current shows the make it what it is today, WODU has recently added three new shows to the lineup. For those of you who are gaming fans, we have our new show “Gaming Hours” on Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on either the WODU Web site, or on the WODU cable station, Channel 51. Tune in to keep up on all the latest gaming information. WODU is “gonna give you the business.” We have now launched our new R&B and hip-hop show, “The Business,” airing Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. B-Bass keeps us in the know with the “Top Of The Morning” show on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., giving us exclusive music, the latest in celebrity news and ODU Sports. He also announces ODU’s Hot Girl Of The Week. This week’s hot girl of the week is Felicia N. Cameron. She is a member of the RTS Majors club. This exquisite young woman is a member of the Kappa Gamma chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. Her major is exercise science and a minor in sociology. She plans to graduate in 2009. Let’s all give her a big ODU shout out to her for being the hot girl of the week.

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September 24, 2008

ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT M&C speaks with Norma Jean bassist Schultz Lorraine Dillingham Mace & Crown

After punk rock summer camp, a.ka. The Warped Tour, Norma Jean released their newest CD “The Anti Mother” and are doing what they do best: touring. Beginning Oct. 3, the tour’s bill consists of Haste the Day and The Showdown with Norma Jean headlining. This is their first headlining tour in almost two years. Norma Jean couldn’t be happier with their upcoming winter dates, and bassist Jake Schultz’s was willing to share insight into the band’s latest accomplishments. M&C: Which bands have influenced Norma Jean’s sound, and what are you currently listening to? Schultz: Bands like Nirvana, The Deftones and Tool, a lot of early to mid ’90s heavy music. M&C: With the recent release of “The Anti Mother,” Norma Jean’s newest album, is this the best disc to date?

Schultz: Absolutely. We try and do something different every time. We kind of branched out and decided to do whatever we want and experiment with sounds we’ve never done before. M&C: Which song off the new album is a favorite to play live? Schultz: We actually haven’t played any except for “Robots 3 Humans 0” on Warped Tour. We haven’t had a long enough set to play more than that, so this fall we’re going on as the headliner and will play four or five new songs. M&C: How long did it take to record “The Anti Mother?” Schultz: We probably spent two months writing and close to three months recording. M&C: Being on the Warped Tour this summer with Say Anything and Katy Perry, how was the experience? Schultz: Awesome! Everyone calls it a punk rock summer camp, but it really is a big hangout with a bunch of friends. It’s kind of hard to find time to hangout with everyone because there were so many bands we knew

on that tour. the single “Robots 3 M&C: After Humans 0.” How was being on the road all filming at the Hurley summer with Warped Compound and what Tour is Norma Jean can we expect from anticipating their the video? winter tour with Haste Schultz: It was the Day? really fun doing this Schultz: Yes! We video. We did it late haven’t had a solid at night the day after headliner in like two Warped Tour when we years so we’re really came home. There’s stoked for this one. a lot of trash being MYSPACE.COM thrown on us, which M&C: Since Norma Jean is con- Norma Jean, in light of their recent album was pretty funny. The “The Anti Mother,” will be touring in the stantly touring, what winter with Haste the Day. people at Hurley were does the band do on the really cool and hooked road for entertainment? us up with wardrobe, and just letting us do the Schultz: We are really good at doing video in their space. nothing. Since we’ve been on the tour so much Norma Jean will be playing in Norfolk Nov. there are certain times where you don’t feel 12 at the NorVa. For more information check like entertaining yourself. On the Warped out the bands myspace or the NorVa’s Web site Tour we’d put lawn chairs in front of our bus for details. and people watch. M&C: Norma Jean recently shot a video for

Silverman leads rock revolution for women musicians wanted to give something back.” Beneficiaries to Girls Rock & Girls Mace & Crown Rule included women’s homeless shelters, Habitat for HumanityNew Yorker Gail Silverman has Women Build and Voices of Women been affiliated with music for 11 Organizing Project. They are now years. She currently sings, writes working with the Willie Mae Rock and plays guitar in a rock/punk/pop Camp for Girls as their beneficiary band called G-spot. for their second year. In response to why Silverman The camp lasts for one week came up with such a name for a and is for girls from 8 to 18 years band, she said, old. The girls “We prefer to create a band Event: Girls Rock leave it to your on their first i magi nation, day, write & Girls Rule and all we ask a song and is that you practice and Where: The Hershee experience the then perform Bar, Norfolk pleasure.” it in front of When: October 4 With a family and How much: $10 musical backfriends on the ground, Sillast day. Silv e r m a n verman said decided to take girl rock to another the camp allows the girls freedom to level, coming up with Girls Rock & express themselves through music. Girls Rule in 2002, a tour consisting Silverman has volunteered at the of women bands. camp for two years in a row as a “I put it together with a few bands camp counselor and a band coach. that I knew, some locals from New Most of the women volunteers are York at a place called Meow Mix, musicians. and from there it really grew into Many of the women who help out this annual event,” Silverman said. with Girls Rock & Girls Rule are “It was all about bringing exposure also musicians. to women doing heavier rock, trying “Last year I had been really forto create these events as oppor- tunate [because] women that I have tunities, and the second year that playing with and known for a while we were doing it I decided that we wanted to really get more involved

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with it and help me grow it,” Silverman said. “Now we have a whole team of women. They are in bands, and they perform. They’re what we call the core bands, on the tour and in all the shows, but they also help organize the event and create it and all the events we do throughout the year.” Last year, they did a nine-city tour and they partner with local bands in the cities they go to. Some of the cities they’ve played at include Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. They travel in cargo vans full of equipment and women ready to rock. “We don’t really have a lot of cat fights,” Silverman said. “People are usually surprised by that. It’s not like we’ve never snapped at each other or anything, but pretty much it was a pretty good love fest.” Some memorable touring moments Silverman talked about included a night in Philadelphia. “We were actually staying at a hotel in Jersey. It [was] cheaper, and it was only 20 minutes away,” Silverman said. “We came out from this gig and we were walking back to our hotel room and we see these cops with dogs and they were like ‘Ladies, get back in your hotel room now!’ We were like what is going on,” she said, laughing.


Rewbee, along with other upcoming artists, will tour with Girls Rock & Girls Rule, a series of concerts highlighting female musicians.

Silverman said Girls Rock & Girls Rule is mainly about exposing new artists, but she said she wouldn’t mind getting known musicians, such as Joan Jett, involved. “If you think about her career, you know, she started at her own record label 25 year ago as a woman rocker because nobody wanted to sign her,” Silverman said. “Somebody like that with her mission would be really awesome I think.” Silverman said that a lot of what is played on the radio tends to sound the same and feel generic and overproduced. She also said that people aren’t taking risks with their music and it might be because of record labels’ influence. “There’s so many women, and it’s becoming more and more of a trend for women to be doing this

heavier kind of music, everything from rock to metal. I’ve even seen women doing death metal and doing things that are usually more associated with men,” Silverman said. “There’s all this talent out there that you’re not seeing on TV or hearing on the radio.” To girls who are interested in rock and roll and music in general, Silverman said, “Just go for it. Follow your heart. Follow your dreams. Get out there and practice and play. Find some other people to play with you. Write your songs and sing them or play them from your heart. Don’t let anybody stop you or tell you that you can’t do it. Take the risk and dive right in.”


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ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT Norfolk natives Influence The Chemist cooks up new sound Catherine Doss Mace & Crown

Influence The Chemist, a local experimental rock band, recently headlined at the NorVa. Their lead guitar player, Justin Gagnon, is a music production major at Old Dominion University. Influence the Chemist also consists of Jake on bass, Nick the vocalist, Jason the drummer and Bobby the keyboard player. Bobby couldn’t make the interview, but the rest of Influence The Chemist was able to chat about their band, performing, and what they plan on doing. M&C: How long have you guys been a band now? Justin: Not long. March 1 of this year was our first show. We’ve jammed on and off for a while, but Nick joined the band two weeks before our first show. M&C: How did you start out? Justin: One of my bands, Girl Scout Vs. Gentlemen, broke up, and I was looking for something new, so we just kind of put it together. Nick: I’d been working on my folk project, Imagination Station, and Justin called me and said, “Nick, we have a band, why don’t you come out and give us some vocals?” He invited me to come jam a few times, and then I decided it was definitely something I wanted to do. M&C: How would you describe your style of music? Justin: The way it has been described to us is chaotic dance pop. M&C: What, exactly, is chaotic dance pop? Justin: We have an almost sing-along feel, combined with random dance beats. There’s a controlled chaos, with synthesizers, bass and guitars. Then we throw all that in a blender, and that’s how we come up with our songs. M&C: What makes your sound different

than most other bands? Nick: I feel like the music we write is the music that we’ve always wanted to hear, so we make the music that we feel like listening to. For example, I wrote folk music for a year, so coming into it, I had no idea what I was going to do, and they listened to such different music than what I listen [to] that when we came together it was just a very different and original sound. Vocally, I was almost starting from scratch, not knowing what I was going to do. I had no idea what to expect when I came into practice. Justin: A lot of times what I’ll do, and these guys don’t really know about it, but what I do is, there are so many local bands here, so when I’m writing a guitar riff or a song, I think about what a local band would do, and then I do the exact opposite. That’s why our music is so different from the local scene. M&C: You have a very ethereal, almost experimental sound. How do you get that effect? Justin: Well, if you actually listed all my guitar pedals out, it would be a huge list. I pride myself on my pedal board. And a lot of times, what I try to do with the pedals is not necessarily use them like they’re supposed to get used, and that’s how you get some sick sounds. We use an organ from the ’40s and that definitely adds to the unique sound. Nick: On our next album you can expect more vocal effects. We’re definitely going in an experimental direction. I think as far as how we write experimentally is, in every song, we really explore different emotions that you get by the way a song makes you feel almost subconsciously. Jake: I really only have one effect, and that’s just my fuzz pedal. And that’s really the only pedal I have. Simply put. M&C: So, how did you come up with the name Influence the Chemist? Justin: We didn’t want like a standard band name. We wanted something that was kind of weird and awkward, like us. And I think someone just threw out that name, and it just kind of stuck.

Influence The Chemist will be playing at Club Relevant on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

M&C: What made you decide to use animal-themed song names? Justin: We were trying to come up with a title for one of the very first songs that we wrote. At that point, it was instrumental because we didn’t have lyrics. The song had a Minus the Bear feel to it, hence the name “Yellow Bear.” The song was actually nicknamed “The Bear.” So then at that point, we were just like let’s make this a theme and title all our songs after what animals the songs make us think of. M&C: Do you all play rock band? Jake: No. Nick: Nope. Justin: Unfortunately no, I have not. Nick: Justin can tear up some guitar hero though! Give me some Monopoly on Nintendo, though. I played today. I kicked some serious butt. M&C: Nice. I know that your band is local to Norfolk, where have you played so far? Justin: We’ve played all around Hampton Roads, and we’ve stretched up to Northern Virginia. We’re actually planning a tour in December. Jake: This is going to be a 6-day tour. We’re going to start out playing three shows in Virginia and working our way up to Maryland, and then DC, and then Pennsylvania, and then New Jersey. It’s going to be pretty nasty.


Nick: I would like to play overseas. If I could play anywhere, I would like to play in Japan. Justin: I would love to play in the UK. Jake: It’d be really sick to play in my homeland, Ireland. M&C: What musical artists/bands have influenced your musical style? Jake: Absolutely Minus the Bear, Sigor Rós. Justin: I, myself, am heavily, heavily influenced by Radiohead, and it’s not so much their music as how they approach music. I try to approach it the same way. Don’t care what other people think. Write it for yourself. Nick: I was thinking my three biggest influences would have to be: Sound of Animals Fighting, The Used, and Cutting Pink With Knives. M&C: What direction do you see your band going in the future? Any plans of getting signed. Justin: Most definitely. I think in the next month or two, we’re just gonna send out a ton of press kits and hopefully something happens. Check them out at:

M&C: Where would you like to play if you could play anywhere? Any venue.

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September 24, 2008

ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT Susan G. Komen races to VA Beach Jordan Bremus Mace & Crown

For the past nine years, Virginia Beach hosted the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K. Many people meet at the Oceanfront, covered in pink, to educate and raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Almost 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 die of it each year, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation began in 1982 after Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister Susan she would help end the struggle, and it became an international fight. Virginia Beach became an affiliate to the cause 17 years later because of the voice of three local “founding mothers” who believed Hampton Roads needed more participation. Ilona Webb-Bruner, executive director of the Tidewater affiliate to the Komen Foundation, said, “[When Komen was diagnosed] breast cancer [was] considered almost ‘taboo.’ People didn’t talk about it because they didn’t know much about it. Knowledge is power.” “Our primary goal is education.

Bringing in awareness, celebrate survivors, getting good information out so women know to get themselves checked early,” Webb-Bruner said. Before the race, Phylicia Thomson, 22, will give a speech. She was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 2, 2004 at the age of 17. Her message to Old Dominion University students is, “Cancer has no age! Don’t let any doctor, insurance company or HMO tell you you’re too young to get a mammogram. Demand it.” For the second year in a row, the Susan G. Komen Foundation received 4 stars (the highest rating) from the Charity Navigator, a national charity evaluator. “It sets our standards high for each year,” Webb-Bruner said. According to Webb-Bruner, the Tidewater foundation affiliate would like to raise $1 million this year. “It will allow us to better impact the community and 75 percent of the raised funds come from the race itself,” she said. She also said more than $1 million raised from the National Foundation goes to medical research alone while the rest goes back to the communities to raise awareness. The Race for the Cure 5K starts on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8 a.m. Runners and volunteers will meet at 31st Street

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“We encourage students to volunteer,” Ilona Webb-Bruner, executive director of the Tidewater affiliate to the Komen Foundation said.

Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. “We always have it the third Saturday of October, it’s such a nice time of the year here,” Webb-Bruner said. The registration fee is $25, and after Sept. 26 it increases to $30. To participate or donate go to or call (757) 490-7794. You can also register as a “spirit runner” if you cannot make it to the race. The Lady Monarchs, Big Blue and the ODU dance team, along with other “I am the Cure” partners will be there to support the cause, said Webb-Bruner. She said, “Get informed, be a participant, take action and be your own health advocate. We are proud that Old Dominion supports us. Go Monarchs!”

Tag me! Students discuss what’s appropriate on MySpace, Facebook have posted online. One example of this that received Mace & Crown national attention was the story of Michael Guinn, a former student of John Brown MySpace and Facebook have become University, a Christian university located staples in our culture. While many college in Siloam Springs, Ark. According to a students use this site to post much of their USA Today article, university adminispersonal information, feelings, and pictrators saw a picture that he had placed on tures, they may not realize they might Facebook of him dressed in drag. He was FACEBOOK.COM have let the whole world into their private Tag-worthy photos with alcohol immediately expelled from institution for life. his behavior. consumption might be a risk when What constitutes as an inappropriate or job searching. A lot of employers also utilize these racy picture? Many people may have difWeb sites in the hiring process. Stacy ferent definitions. Carty, a community coordinator for a local nonprofit organiOld Dominion University student Jessica Paland said, “You zation, said, “Yes, I always search MySpace for hiring purshouldn’t put naked pictures on MySpace, but technically poses, even if their page is private. If they have some crazy it’s your page and you can do what you please, but just be default picture, I move on to the next candidate. I don’t need careful.” that craziness and drama in my office.” On the same token, Tosbe Benson, a student who doesn’t “When you get older and out into the job market, at least use these networking sites, said, “Don’t have any swimsuit make your pages private so a prospective employer can’t see it pictures or any pictures exposing your body for that matter, if you are that worried about them checking,” student Chrystal and don’t put any pictures with you drinking massive amounts Stone said. of alcohol or smoking weed.” On the other hand, Jessica Dunne said, “These websites Matthew Bottis, an ODU student, said, “If you’re dumb are my personal business. I love them, and they keep me conenough to put anything up there like that, it’s your own fault if nected to the outside world when I am buried under homework. something happens.” What goes on my page should be my business.” Many students across the country have been reprimanded or even expelled from their schools because of pictures they

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What to wear: Lauren Dabney is a thirdyear fashion major at Old Dominion University and the Co- Vice President of the Fashion Association at Old Dominion University.

Q: Dear Lauren, I’ve been looking for vintage and unique clothes, what are some good thrift stores and consignment shops in the area? --Shardae A: Dear Shardae, I love shopping at consignment shops! There is a great consignment shop in Virginia Beach, called Worth the Wait Consignment Boutique, which carries exclusive designer clothing for an affordable price. You could visit their Web site at www.worththewaitusa. com. Personally, I’ve found lots of great finds at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Norfolk. They have a huge selection for men, women and kids. I hope this helps. Q: Dear Lauren, How do you tie a scarf around your head so that it stays? I can never get it right. --Summer A: Dear Summer, Scarves can be tricky, whether they are worn around the neck or around your head. I found that it’s not how you wear the scarf that makes it easy to slip, it’s the material. Silky scarves tend to slip easily. Try switching to a cotton fabric or a scarf that is made with thin material. If all else fails, try opting for a scarf headband where you can still tie the material left at the bottom at the back of your head just like a scarf. A lot of stores are now carrying this convenient accessory, such as Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, even Wal-mart.

If you would like to contact her with your fashion questions, or if you need fashion advice, please send your questions to

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Beat Union, from the U.K., recently released “Disconnected,” which is anything but. They are a new age, power-pop, punk band everyone craves similar to Green Day or No Doubt. Beat Union is already connecting with the next generation punk fanatic by performing with Motorhead and Judas Priest and joining the 2008 Warped Tour. Beat Union is all over the place and proving they are a talented band. “Disconnected” consists of 11 tracks that are fairly short but are likable yet have a kind of care free sound. It’s nothing too heavy, but still with an obvious punk influence. Their catchy single “Can’t Stop the Radio” is simple but haunting. The video for “Can’t Stop the Radio” is strange, poking fun at the common misconceptions between the relationships of different racial groups. However, it is still original for a music video. Beat Union successfully creates an interesting combination of new wave and punk, while establishing a defining sound. Their sound is radio friendly and easily marketable because of there fun and attractive style. They are a much more clean cut version of the Sex Pistols, but are representing the genre well with their latest release “Disconnected.” “Disconnected” is available in stores now. If punk’s your cup of English tea, also see them on tour this fall.

Seemingly with their better days behind them, Metallica returns to the music that made them one of the most influential bands of the last 25 years. Most will remember them for the very good and shorter radio friendly songs of the ’90s. Although those albums were good, the band’s best work came from earlier albums. The new CD “Death Magnetic” returns to the roots of what Metallica was: long, unabashed thrash fests that show they could care less if it gets radio play. Only one song is less than six minutes, and all 10 songs clock in at just less than 75 minutes. This is more in tune with Metallica’s pre-MTV days when they had an unrelenting festival of aggression. The first single off the album is “The Day That Never Comes.” Compared to the rest of the album, it starts off relatively slower but builds. At about the midpoint, transitions into an air guitar player’s dream. On that note, the entire album was simultaneously made available to download and play on Guitar Hero III. The expertise necessary to play the arrangements on the games will undoubtedly take some time to master. Easily their best work since “… And Justice for All”, “Death Magnetic” is a return to an era of better music, but it also gives hope for the future with what is sure to be considered a classic for this generation.

Young Jeezy’s third album, “The Recession” showcases that Young Jeezy has come a long way from being a drug dealer to being able to produce an album like this one. With it’s catchy lyrics, it is an enticing CD with slow-mo beats and use of vulgar lyrics in an almost respectable way. The second song on the album “Welcome Back” is one of my favorites because it is completely pointless, and it is just there for enjoyment. The best line from this song is “Excuse me if I’m being rude let me check my attitude, Excuse me, Mr. Attitude, why you got an attitude” as if it was not his fault that he had an attitude. The only problem with the song is that it is his second song that states that he is back in the rap world. The funny thing is that he never went anywhere. He went on hiatus from the rap world for less than two years. He has produced three albums. The last two both had songs stating he was back. The song “What They Want” has a musical back-beat, different from anything I have ever heard in a rap song. The lyrics and the tune bat heads like bulls. The music sounds like a song that would be in a introduction for someone like Michael Phelps. Then the lyrics are about how selling drugs is an “easy way to make a million.” Even though the CD is not different from his previous albums, the songs are worthy of showing up in a club.


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The New York Times bestselling author dazzles once more with her latest installment in the Fever series. “Faefever” begins with a recap of the happenings so far, but anyone wishing to read the series should begin with book one “Darkfever.” Set in Dublin, MacKayla, or Mac Lane, is on a quest for revenge against her sister’s murderer. Little does she know that her trip to Ireland will change her life forever. Her first night in Dublin, Mac finds that her world is not what she thought, and powerful creatures, called the Fae, walk the same cobbled streets. As Mac gazes at the unnatural beauty of the Fae, she begins to understand that only some people can see them. Not all the Fae are so pleasing to the eye; some are twisted, ugly and pure evil. Mac gets herself mixed in with a mysterious man, Jericho Barrons, who saves her life and wants her help in return. The wall between the Fae and human worlds is crumbling, and the only way to restore it is with “The Sinsar Dub,” a book of evil spells that Mac can sense when its near. Mac’s gifts come with a price. When she learns that her sister was murdered because of this book, her mission becomes even more complicated. The Lord Master, as he likes to call himself, is also searching for the book, not to restore the walls but a much darker purpose. A Fae prince, V’lane, who has aligned himself with Mac to find the book, makes her unsure of whom to trust. This book was fantastic. I was amazed by the plot and the style of writing. It is an engrossing tale of mystery, when one question gets answered, five more questions appear. It can be somewhat shocking as the book goes into great detail on the gore and somewhat more erotic scenes, but Moning certainly delivered a winner. I’ve been a fan of Moning since her Highlander series. Her books have captivated me since page one. I could not put this book down. I had to keep reading, to see what would happen to Mac next. When I had to drag myself away, I found concentration was hard because I wanted so badly to know what the next page would bring. Each sentence gave so much, and Moning has always known exactly what the reader needs to see the story in full color. Moning weaves her story of grief, pain, war and love together so perfectly that not a seam is visible, and it feels real right up until the final period and the last page has been turned. It left me, near tears, sitting in my bed, hoping for the next book to appear in my lap, so I can continue to read Mac’s story and know whether or not good will triumph over evil. AMAZON.COM


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ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT “Lakeview Terrace” is worth the stay

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Amy Winehouse gets a new figure

Amy Winehouse has joined the list of celebrities who have been immortalized as Lego figures. Madonna, David Beckham, the Jolie-Pitts and others have been immortalized as Lego figures, according to aceshowbiz. com. The Amy Winehouse Lego will feature her trademark hair style and tattoos. These Lego figures were created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Lego, which was created in 1978. Unfortunately they won’t be available for sale to the public, but pictures of the Lego-sized celebrities can be seen on According to, Winehouse is currently dealing with her messy life and was last reported to have embraced Buddhism to help her relax, which with hope will enable her to kick her drug and alcohol addiction. m

humiliation and attempted rape. Strange to see in a PGMace & Crown 13 film, but it’s handled with the emotional realism such “Lakeview Terrace” is a material deserves. great movie for all who are The director is Neil LaBute, able to take it on its own terms. whose previous films include From a shallow perspective, it “In The Company of Men,” is the story of a crazy cop who “Your Friends and Neighbors” “Lakeview Terrace” topped the box office with takes out his frustrations on a modest $15 million. and “The Shape of Things”. his innocent neighbors. Those Like those films, “Lakeview looking for emotional depth, however, will find a char- Terrace” has no heroes. Everyone comes flawed with acter study of three humans in conflict with each other, a dark side, and we can see each one’s point of view. one of which ultimately takes it too far. LaBute has a love for crisp and honest dialogue, and The central character is Abel Turnur (Samuel L. it’s always shocking and surprising to listen to his charJackson), a black, Los Angeles police officer who lives acters talk frankly about uncomfortable issues such as in Lakeview Terrace. He has a decidedly dogmatic view race, ethnic attitudes and the nitty-gritty of married of life. Early in the film, he asks his son to change out life. of a basketball jersey because “they” had The end plays out like a thriller, but the decided to not promote that player. Then a characters are so developed that we find married couple, Chris (Patrick Wilson) and it plausible and emotionally compelling. Lisa Mattson (Kerry Washington), move in Nor are the final moments arbitrarily next door. They spontaneously make love in happy. The film is daring enough to show their pool their first night there, and Abel’s that some conflicts leave scars that cannot children see. He is not happy. Furthermore, heal overnight. “Lakeview Terrace” is Chris is white. Lisa is black. Abel seems to resent this meant to provoke, to challenge our perceptions and to for reasons that become more apparent later. make us think. There can be no neutral ground on this Issues begin to build. Abel begins with seemingly film. innocuous comments that turn hostile. Then there are Abel’s outdoor lights, which shine into the couple’s bedroom. From there it escalates, going as far as sexual

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EA D.C Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to support O gay marriage. Pitt made the donation to fight California’s November ballot initiative that would overturn the state Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, according to The Associated Press. In November, California voters will be asked to ban same-sex marriage in a state where it is already legal. Same-sex marriage is also legal in Massachusetts. Pitt told the Associated Press he was surprised that his colleagues in the entertainment industry had not donated more to support the battle against Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that would reinstate the ban on same-sex marriage. Pitt said, “No one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it.”

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With comedian Rick Gervais, awkward moments cause laughs and help move the movie.

followed him around by finishing their unfinished business, whatever that may be. Pincus comes to terms with himself, and after some counseling by his “acquaintance,” Dr. Prashar (Aasif Mandvi), all’s well that ends well…sort of. It is not so much the screaming of bad words or a bunch of fifth-grade jokes, but more of a toned down simple, sometimes intellectual, humor that causes many more memorable laughs. Overall, the movie was really enjoyable and started well with fresh and witty remarks. However, it fell off of a cliff about midway through and turned into a normal, overdone romantic comedy that focused more on the romance than the comedy.

Katie Holmes makes Broadway debut Cheered on by husband Tom Cruise and shouted at by anti-Scientology protestors outside the theater, Katie Holmes wins praise in her debut on Broadway in Arthur Miller’s classic “All My Sons.” Before the show began, a group of about 20 protestors gathered outside the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater shouting, “Scientology is a cult” and “Free Katie,” according to Reuters. Cruise said, “She was extraordinary.” TELEGRAPH .CO “All My Sons” is based on the true story .U of a successful businessman who knowingly sold the government defective airplane parts during World War II. Previews for the play began last week, but the official opening is Oct. 16. K

After the five lackluster previews, hopes were not high for “Ghost Town.” However, the previews were not indicative of the movie. British comedian Ricky Gervais, known from the HBO show “Extras,” stars in the comedy along with Téa Leoni and Greg Kinnear. At the start of the movie, dentist Bertram Pincus (Gervais) goes in for a colonoscopy, following a humorous little banter between a secretary and a witty dentist. After the procedure, he finds out he died for “a little under” seven minutes. He then finds out that he can see ghosts, and being an anti-social person, he tries to avoid them at all costs. Frank (Kinnear) pesters Pincus until he is finally convinced to break up Frank’s recent widow and her new fiancé. The first half of the movie is chock full of laughs,

ninety percent of which are made by Gervais, with his witticisms and quick quips with the hospital staff, Frank and the rest of the ghosts, his co-workers, his patients, and Gwen (Téa Leoni). Leoni has some small lines that cause a few stirs, but the majority of the laughs belong to Gervais and his “one-liner” humor. Along with the quotable moments, the first half is full of awkwardness in a way that only Gervais could pull off. The sad realization is, however, that there is a definite point in which the movie takes a serious turn. After many laughable scenes, the movie slumps into a romantic comedy, focusing more on the relationship between Gwen, Pincus and Frank than the comedy. Though there are a few laughs in the second half to help relieve some of the tension and sadness felt by Dr. Pincus, it just isn’t enough to compare the first and second half. After realizing he cannot run from the ghosts, he helps a few that have

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ODU overwhelmed Akron with 33 shots on goal.

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Lady Monarchs produce fourth shutout against Akron Garrison Cole Mace & Crown

Typically, home is where the heart is. For the Lady Monarch soccer team, that has proved to be true this season. The Lady Monarchs routed previously undefeated Akron Friday night 4-0, in front of the rowdy Monarch faithful. Doing so improved the Lady Monarchs’ home record to 3-0, with all victories ending in a shutout, and a 6-1 record overall. The Lady Monarchs have out-scored their opponents an astonishing 14-0 in home games. After a tough loss to Radford on Sunday, head coach Joe Pereira was pleased with the way the team responded. “The team was focused on getting the bad taste out of their mouths,” he said. The ladies struck first in the 26th minute, as Shavon Knight sent a cross through the box, and senior Katie Watson put it in the net. Watson struck just minutes later on a penalty kick, and the Lady Monarchs never looked back. Watson added her third goal of the night in the second half, and Jenni Purdum put in another late goal. It was Watson’s fourth, fifth and sixth of the young season, as she continues to show the dominant form she displayed two years ago, before an injury sidelined her in 2007. The Lady Monarchs attacked offensively Friday night. They

pounded out more than 30 shots while yielding only seven themselves. They had as many goals (two) as the Zips had shots in the first half. “It was a carbon copy of Sunday’s game, getting a lot more shots,” Pereira said. This time, the result was different. From the outset of the game, the Lady Monarchs imposed their will on Akron, controlling the ball for most of the game and getting chance after chance to put it in the net. The constant pressure the Lady Monarchs applied led to all the chances and shots they were able to make. However, Pereira wasn’t completely satisfied and wants them to follow through on more of the opportunities. “We have to capitalize on the chances we get. We need to improve in that area, but I’m happy with what we did,” said Pereira. The Lady Monarchs played as if they had been caged all week after the loss. They played with an added aggressiveness that comes after suffering a loss. They will need to show that same aggressiveness as the conference games get under way. The Monarchs will host conference foe Georgia State on Friday, Sept. 26, before embarking on a three-game road trip. It is imperative that the Lady Monarchs continue to protect their house.

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Sailing team holds annual Sailapalooza for charity and pull. Garrison Cole After I executed my first tack, I started to feel better Mace & Crown about sailing for the first time. Hall and I chatted a little more, and I got a little bit more insight on what “This really can’t be all that fun.” it means to sail. This Saturday morning was cloudy, “This can’t be all that hard.” with a lot of wind. That prompted me to ask him what These were some of the thoughts I had when I the perfect day would be for sailing. attended the Sailapalooza, which “Well, a day like this with the was held by the ODU sailors to wind blowing,” he said. This kind benefit Operation Smile on Sept. of day did not seem like the best 21. day to do anything on, but that Like many others, I did not proves how little I know about have the respect for what sailors sailing. do, but that has all changed. “A lot of guys will say to me, I was fortunate to get taken out ‘Man you’re a girl for doing on my first boat and attempt to sailing, and sailing isn’t really learn something about sailing— a real sport.’ I tell those guys I’m happy to say I did. ‘Really? Why don’t you come out Freshman Drew Hall was here once and give it a try’,” Hall my captain on my first sailing said. Jake Zimmerman / Mace & Crown attempt. It was truly a mismatch All proceeds from the Sailapalozza After being out there myself, I of experience. “I have been doing went to Operation Smile. certainly second that. this longer than I can remember,” We got a chance to sail behind Hall said. Whitehurst for a little longer before Hall asked me, As we started out, I was so out of it that I almost “Ready to go in?” forgot to take off my shoes before getting into the boat. “Yeah, I think I have seen enough out here today,” When I got in the boat, I finally started to relax, until I told him. we hit our first wave, and cold ocean water splashed We returned to the dock, and I started to leave into the boat. the boat when I realized I had forgotten my note pad I settled down but then Hall said, “OK, we are in the boat. I looked down at it and realized it was going to do a tack.” soaked and decided that it would be better to leave it “A what,” I thought to myself. For those who aren’t there. As I walked up the dock I felt good inside. I felt familiar with tacking, it’s working to windward by like I had really done something, and I gained a new sailing close-hauled on alternate courses so that the respect for people who sail. wind is first on one side of the boat, then on the other. For me, that meant get to the other side of the boat

Monarchs roll over Bryant, 7-0

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With a hat trick by junior Steffen Rabben and an offensive attack that yielded 11 shots on goal, the Monarchs defeated Bryant University Friday, Sept. 19. The Monarchs open conference play against Delaware on Sept. 26 in Newark, DE.

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Members of the Mace & Crown editorial board analyze the week’s best gridiron match-ups and try to predict which team will prevail.

The dudes oncemore displayed consistency, while only one chick (Megan) had a winning record in Week 3. The dudes now hold a 13-game advantage on the season.

(109 - 75)


Week 4

(11-5, 31-15)



(10-6, 27-19)


(9-7, 24-22)


(9-7, 27-19)

(96 - 88)


(8-8, 18-28)

Chicks Megan Stephanie

(10-6, 32-14)

(7-9, 23-23)


(6-10, 23-23)

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Sports commentary:

Organizations consider athletes expendable Dan TeSelle Mace & Crown

After unsettling conversations with NFL teams, franchises told free agent Daunte Culpepper there was no room for him as a starting quarterback or even a backup, Culpepper decided his stay in the NFL had been long enough and hung up his pads. The only option teams gave him was to remain patient until another quarterback was injured, and then go sign with the team and fill in the role as a backup. Expressing his personal concerns with the players’ rights in the NFL, Culpepper wrote a letter announcing his separation with the league. “I would rather shut the door to such ‘opportunity’ than continue to wait for one of my fellow quarterbacks to suffer a serious injury,” Culpepper said. “Since I was not given a fair chance to come in and compete for a job, I would rather

move on and win in other arenas of life.” Culpepper also said, “The NFL has become more about power, money and control than passion, competition and the love of the game. Regardless of this shift, player’s rights are still supposed to be a part of this league.  In every level of sports, from high school to college and professional, the rights of athletes remain a constant, uphill struggle. For years, there has been concern about coaching staffs’ treatment of players and the jeopardizing of their health. It has been written about in newspapers and magazines such as “Sports Illustrated” and talked about on shows such as “Jim Rome is Burning” and “Outside the Lines.” Every year, it seems there are multiple incidents that spark trouble but end up burning out before anything too major can happen. Although the issue is real and should be solved before anyone else

gets hurt or overexerted, some feel it has played its course and are sick of athletes complaining. Culpepper raising his concern and leaving the sport he loves, which has not always loved him back, has grabbed less attention than expected, leaing some to believe things are uglier on the inside than any outsider might have realized. At every level of sports, one of the basic operations for a coaching staff is to show concern for the players and their health. However, too many times players have left organizations and teams claiming the staff encouraged them to take the Vince Lombardi road and play through pain, occasionally with needle injections of pain killers if necessary. This might leave the athlete’s body destroyed beyond repair years down the road after retirement, when they are of no more use to the professional sport anymore. No coach will ever publicly endorse steroids because if he

does, his talent pool would dry up so quickly, he would end up swan diving straight into a concrete floor. But consider how many players have been caught taking steroids. Next, consider how many players have gotten away with taking steroids. Lastly, ask yourself if a coach, manager or team doctor would really be so blind to never have never seen any of the players he works with taking steroids. As long as it remains as it behind closed doors, nobody in the franchise loses. Let’s take things one level lower than professional sports. In college, there is the same added pressure, except without the money the professionals make. The student-athletes are competing with the best nationwide and are one level away from achieving their dream and living in the limelight on the world stage. Coaches and program directors alike want the best for their athletes, as well as their programs’ names.


Culpepper officially retired from the NFL on Sept. 4.

With that said, no one can say they wouldn’t turn a blind eye to steroid usage or other controversial practices capable of shriveling down the human body into nothing more than a leathery carcass. Culpepper left football while he was still perfectly capable of having success. He made it clear in his retirement letter that he is looking forward to watching games this season, and seeing those he knows have success. Culpepper is not a case of grapes gone sour. He is one of the better quarterbacks of the recent years, who was chased away by bad ethics and practices going on daily behind the closed doors of the NFL.

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ODUSPORTS Portsmouth welcomes hometown hero with parade, celebration Donnell Coley Mace & Crown

Hometown hero and ODU student LaShawn Merritt won two gold medals in this summer’s Olympics in Beijing. He won in the 400-meter race and the 4x400 relay. This accomplishment has gained him the praise and the respect of the community of his hometown, Portsmouth. Because of this respect and admiration, the city threw a parade on his behalf at the Omoja Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, in downtown Portsmouth. This parade began on Crawford Street around 5:30 p.m. and ended at the nTelos Pavilion Center around 6 p.m. At the pavilion, speeches were given in honor of Merritt. The local

community was in attendance along with local news broadcast stations. Then, when the first speaker, Olympic reporter Bruce Rader, walked to the lectern, the wave of excitement could be felt as Merritt sat on the stage with his friends, family and coaches. After compliments from Rader about Merritt’s successes and career, a barrage of speakers followed to say how proud they were of his achievements. One of the speakers was Congressman Bobby Scott, who spoke about the time and dedication it takes to “achieve excellence.” Merritt’s publicist Marcus Simms then said, “LaShawn is the type of man a city can be proud of. He is always composed and never loses his cool, which makes him special and unique.”

Next up was Merritt’s coach Dwayne Miller, who ended his speech, “They didn’t think we could do it, but we did, and in 2012, we are going to do it again.” The next two speakers were his parents. His dad Owen spoke first. His speech was brief yet solid as he recalled some of his son’s goals and aspirations. Owen said there was a time his son said to him, “Daddy I want that gold, and I’m going to get it!” Merritt’s mom, Brenda, came to the platform with a comical attitude and was glowing while speaking about her “baby boy Lorenzo.” She highlighted Merritt’s childhood and the tribulations he endured to achieve greatness. Just before Merritt took the stage, a special surprise came from the mayor of Portsmouth. He gave

Merritt, a Portsmouth native, captured two gold medals in Bejing.

Merritt a framed collage of all The Virginian-Pilot headlines he made during the Olympics. Then, Merritt was called to the platform and was awarded a key to the city. Then the Woodrow Wilson High graduate took the podium with the Olympic music playing in the background. “As far as the medals are concerned, they are just one step in my

life. I will probably give them to my mom or something because I am all about forward movement,” Merritt said. He finished with a “thank you” to all in attendance and a promise to work even harder to achieve greatness again in the next Olympics.

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