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Mace & Crown Featured Stories RIDEWALL Students design a free webbased ride-sharing services exclusively for college students.




1 ODU The Student Government Association officially launched its 1 ODU campaign, an effort to recognize diversity and instill campus unity.


The World Must Respond Professor Dennis Darby, Ph.D., reveals new work that adds further warning to the already alarming report from the International Panel on Climate Change.


QUEER INTERSECTIONS A panel discusses African American LGBTQ experiences in Hampton Roads.


By:Adrienne Mayfield & Derek Page Copy Editor & Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown A controversial decision to deny Dr. Timothy Bostic tenure, effectively ending his employment as an English professor at Old Dominion University, has left many faculty members and students disconcerted.

“The loss of Tim Bostic is a heavy blow to the English Department,” professor Manuela Mourao said. “We will be hard pressed to hire someone to replace him who will match his extraordinary energy, dedication and talents, or who will bring to the department’s Teacher Preparation Program his extensive knowledge about, and connections to, the area’s high schools.”

Formerly a teacher at Maury High School, Bostic is a renowned and respected educator and member of the Hampton Roads community. He serves as coordinator of the teacher prep program and faculty member in the masters and Ph.D. programs at ODU. He was also one of the plaintiffs in this year’s landmark marriage equality case. Some are suspicious the decision is a con-

sequence of his involvement with the federal lawsuit. “Denying his tenure cannot have anything to do with his competence nor his effectiveness,” student Gary Welliver said. “I have to believe it must be political. My opinion of the character of the university leadership has been dashed.” Provost Carol Simpson declined to comment, but noted the lawsuit was unrelated to her decision. Dean Charles Wilson of the College of Arts and Letters also declined to comment, saying tenure decisions are a personnel matter. Professors can apply for tenure after six years at the university. An applicant must be approved by department, college and university committee as well as by a department chair, dean and provost. If denied, applicants are allowed to continue working for one year and are also given the option of appealing the decision. Bostic decided not to appeal and is resigning at the semester’s end to return to public education. Faculty and adminstrators take into consideration the applicant’s research and publication record, teaching and department service. According to those who worked closely with Bostic, he excelled in each of these areas. Dr. Joyce Neff, professional writing professor and graduate program director, said she was “shocked, saddened, and angry,” when she heard the news. She was on the search committee that hired him as a specialist in English Education and was a top candidate among dozens of applicants. Neff said Bostic “has more than lived up to the department’s expectations.” (See TENURE on A1)

A CATATONIC CONVERSATION: Can Campus CanN Crime? By: David Thornton Staff Writer Mace & Crown Crime. Safety. Whenever Old Dominion University is mentioned, the conversation inevitably turns to these controversial topics. John Cann wants to make the conversation productive. Cann is not your average graduate student. The 43 year-old is the founder and CEO of Twisted Ink LTD, a design company that has been based in Norfolk for 14 years. He is the publisher of multiple local publications, including Twisted Ink

Magazine and MicroCulture magazine. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Tau, both prestigious honor societies. He boasts a 4.0 GPA throughout his academic career. He was also, until recently, a resident of Norfolk, living on 49th street. He lived there for two years while attending ODU, but the local crime situation forced him to get rid of his house and move to Portsmouth. “I never thought I would want to live in Portsmouth, but I actually feel safer there,” he said. Immediately after the murder of Paul Johnson in February, Cann contacted President Broderick about organizing a town hall meeting where the student body,

off campus residents, ODU administrators and the ODU Police Department could begin a dialog to address the safety concerns surrounding ODU. “It’s not about pointing fingers,” Cann said. “It’s about confronting the problem.” Cann is no stranger to organizing public events. For the past five years, he has co-produced the immensely successful Hampton Roads Tattoo Festival in Hampton. In his own words, his goal was to “contribute to helping create a safe learning environment.” But the responses he got from campus administrators have been less than productive. First, the president’s office referred him to Don Stansberry, the assistant vice

president of student engagement. Stansberry informed Cann that student forums on the subject were in the planning stages and that Alex Asta, the chair of the SGA safety committee, would be in contact with him in order to work with him on these events. This was on Feb. 25. After more than two weeks with no contact, Cann again attempted to engage campus administrators. This time, he was referred to Mike Debowes, the director of student conduct and academic integrity and assistant to the vice president for off-campus initiatives. This time, he was assured that an off-campus advisory meeting was being planned in order to address safety and “other issues.” Again, he was

promised an invitation to participate, and again, he responded enthusiastically. This was on March 14. After a couple more weeks without any contact, Cann became frustrated. He sent an email inquiring about the status of the meetings. He never received a reply. Following the recent incident at the District, Cann’s patience reached its limits. He sent an email to administrators asking “How many people have to get raped and murdered before this meeting happens?” There was no response.

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Mace & Crown Staff : Derek Allen Page Editor-in-Chief Adrienne Mayfield Copy Editor Sean Davis News Editor Maria Victoria Creamer Arts & Entertainment Editor Nate Budryk Sports Editor Ellison Gregg Photography Editor Jonathan Kwok Senior Graphic Designer Elijah Stewart Graphic Designer Assistant Jason Kazi Advertising Director Sean Burke Webmaster Noah Young Assistant Webmaster Alyse Stanley Technology & Gaming Editor Senior Writers: Jasmine Blackwell Brian Saunders Pamula Floyd Mitchell Brown Matt O’Brien Staff Writers: David Baah Mark Fulton Symmion Moore Veronica Singer Joshua Stanton David Thornton Kimberly Joy Ward Noah Young Kemma Effiong Brian Minnick Eric Guy Rashad McDowell Seann Barbour

Ride Wall Gets Its Wheels Turning By: Derek Page Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown Ridewall is a ride-sharing service made exclusively for college students that sets itself apart from the typical ride-sharing platform. The free service allows users to seek or offer rides with users headed in the same direction. It offers drivers a chance to make some extra cash by charging for rides and gives students without a car a resource for finding transportation. “It’s very valuable. More valuable, I think, for freshman who don’t have cars,” co-owner Dane Howard said. “There’s already companies out there that charge schools a lot of money to use their service and I feel their platform isn’t exactly worth what they’re charging. I think a free service is more powerful and more beneficial to students.” Howard, a freshman computer science major from Haymarket, Va., was at a party when he met his business partner, Daniel Calabro. The two were visiting mutual friends when they began discussing their mutual passion for entrepreneurship. Howard mentioned he designed his own website company, Morning Sky CRM, a customer relations management system that keeps track of company sales, contacts and other essential facets of running a business. His programming prowess prompted Calabro to invite Howard in on Ridewall. Calabro, a former ODU student who transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University to study in the entrepreneurship program, was one of three members of Campus Wise that won a $15,000 stipend from Norfolk based mentor-based start up accelerator Hatch in February 2013. As a freshman at ODU, Calabro said, not having a car made travelling home to Northern Virginia was a hassle, so


“Dr. Bostic is a fabulous teacher by all measures, a committed scholar who published a co-authored book and Staff Photographers: wrote several grants in the past 3 years, AJ McCafferty and a dedicated university citizen,” Neff Claud Dargan said. “I have never seen a colleague Ari Gould work so hard for the university.” Chris Ndiritu Neff also served on the promotions Nikita King and tenure committee this year and many past. She said the committee gave Mace & Crown is a newspaper published by and written for the Bostic a unanimous vote in favor of tenstudents of Old Dominion once a week throughout each semester and once in the summer. Originally founded in 1930 as the The High ure and is “at a loss as to why he was denied tenure.” Hat, the paper became the Mace & Crown in 1961. The Mace & Mourao said the tenure review proCrown is a primarily self-supporting newspaper,maintaining journalistic independance from the university. All views expressed in this collegiate cess is “designed to evaluate whether the contributions of a faculty member to paper are those of the author, not of the ODU and to the scholarly community University, Mace & Crown, or the editors. at large are substantial enough to merit Contact Information: tenure.” She said the process generally Phone: 757-683-3452 comes to a fair conclusion, but in this Fax: 757-683-3459 case, she believes it failed. Advertising: 757-683-4773

he wanted to implement a service that was safe, convenient and appealing to students. He said the service has seen a significant, positive turnout with many students already signing up. The simplic-

ity of the site and ease of finding rides, or offering them, is what makes the service the most attractive. “The impact this service will have on students will be a game changer since we have made it open hub allowing stu-

“The English Department was unanimous and enthusiastic in its recommendation of Dr. Bostic for tenure,” she said, “but our sense that he is an exemplary colleague and an essential member of the department whom we very much need was not enough to change the outcome of the process.” Should Bostic decide to appeal, Mourao said, the department would fully support him. This support is echoed among the many students Bostic has impacted during his time at the university. “In my opinion…no other professor in the English Department can hold a candle to Dr. Bostic,” Welliver said. “What an incredible man. I am a nontraditional student who is returning to school after 21 years in the Army and think I know a little about people with true character; Dr. Bostic has true character.” Rachel Randolph called Bostic a

“deeply caring individual” and said the greatest repercussion of the decision is that education students will not be able to experience Bostic’s “wealth of knowledge and compassion.” “I can honestly say that I would not be the same teacher candidate without his loving guidance,” she said. Christina Kanu said Bostic touched her life and went “above and beyond” to ensure her success, never giving up on her when she wanted to quit. “He pushed me during my journey at ODU and always saw the best in me,” she said. Even ODU alumni caught wind of the controversy. James Avery said Bostic was the only reason he continued to pursue a career in education. “His encouragement, knowledge, and genuine concern for the wellbeing of his students was unmatched by any other professor I encountered in my four years at Old Dominion,” Avery

dents to find verified drivers from not only their own university but other ones across the country,” Calabro said. “We believe that this will be an industry changer since it will solve a problem that has exist for such a longtime. Seeing this service serve this option will provide something I wasn’t able to have when I was freshman.” Users can create a profile and a messaging system on the site allows users to get to know drivers and riders before they get in the car. It will also feature a driver and rider ranking system. They plan to connect with the DMV so drivers can register their vehicles with the site, ensuring users that each driver has a license and is in good standing. They plan to get connected to Facebook and other social media in the next month. Howard said the service has numerous benefits like reducing CO2 emissions, saving money and, above all, saving lives by using the service to find designated drivers. This aspect of the service touches him personally. In 2010, Howard’s best friend, Derek Meffert, died in a car accident on his way to a concert with friends. The driver of the vehicle was intoxicated and speeding when he lost control of the vehicle and was struck by an oncoming car. “My best friend shouldn’t have died that night,” Howard said. “Knowing that I’m in a position now that it can help stop that… that would be full circle for me to know that I could’ve saved someone else’s life.” Howard and Calabro are still working out the technological functionalities, developing an authentication system for students to log in, and polishing up the look of the site. They hope to have an official launch of the service in the fall of 2014. “I’m excited to see this grow and I’m excited to be a part of this,” Howard said. “Hopefully it really gets big and I can say that I helped save some lives and helped people out.”

said. “This is a loss that is very difficult to accept but I will never forget the impact he had on my life and how he reached out to me when no other professor did.” Bostic did not wish to make tenure an issue for the ODU community, but it is apparent the decision has affected many faculty members and students. Although he did not wish to comment on the administration’s decision, he did leave students with a few final thoughts. Bostic said he wants students to “learn to control their own narrative and not let other people try to write it for them. For my pre-service teachers, I would tell them that the work they are doing is of vital importance, not only for the young people who they teach, but for the health of the nation as a whole. A maxim that my father taught me from a very early age is that education is the one thing that no one can ever take from you.”

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SGA Launches ‘1 ODU’ Campaign

By: Derek Page Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown The Student Government Association launched the ‘1 ODU’ campaign, an initiative recognizing the positive impact of diversity at Old Dominion to bolster campus unity, April 18th in Webb University Center. “We are a university that strives on diversity,” SGA President Collin Hust said at the ceremony. “If one link out of the ODU chain, one link out of the Monarch family, if one was removed, ODU would not be the same. Whether you realize it or not, all of us make ODU what it is today.” Dr. Ellen Neufeldt, vice president of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, made opening remarks commending the efforts of SGA to create a campus of solidarity and instill pride in the university and its diversity. She said the student body’s diversity is something that excites her everyday and makes her proud to be a Monarch, but,

>>> CATATONIC Cann is not the sort of man to allow his voice to be stifled. He could have taken his story to one of his local media contacts. He mentioned a reporter he spoke to at the vigil at the scene of Paul Johnson’s murder. The reporter has been trying to engage the campus in a dialogue about crime and safety since the murder of Christopher Cummings in 2011. Cann says the reporter told an all-too-familiar story of being shuffled around the administration, receiving vague platitudes and no real responses. Instead, Cann chose to bring his story to the Mace and Crown. He hopes to motivate students to start asking questions, to engage administrators about their safety, and to demand a response. “This belongs here [at ODU],” Cann said. “It’s not about creating a public crisis. It’s about student recognition, about students, administrators and the ODU Police addressing the problem together.” Cann does not have a favorable view of the ODU Police Department.

above all, it’s what makes the university special. “We come from different walks of life, difference cultures…. we’re quite a global place,” she said. “Many universities envy what we get to boast about everyday, how diverse we are and how well we come together as one.” ODU’s diversity was evident at the ceremony as students of all ethnicities crowded in Webb’s front lobby, eager for free pizza, cake and t-shirts. Freshman human services major Kayli Rivera said diversity is one of the reasons she came to ODU, a sentiment echoed by Syed Hussain, a freshman computer engineering student from Pakistan. “It seemed like a pretty diverse university when I came here,” he said. “I really got absorbed in American culture. It was really cool to experience… I’ve made a lot of friends from different types of life.” Josh Devoe, a junior business management and marketing major from Chesapeake, Va., said the diversity at ODU is “really cool.” He said the ‘1 ODU’ campaign

was equally cool, and that he liked how SGA is “bringing everyone together and talking about how everyone plays an important part in ODU.” Students Marc Sanders and Andu Belachew said their favorite part of ODU is the diversity and “togetherness.” Sanders said he considered attending Norfolk State and Virginia Commonwealth University, but chose ODU because of the diversity, where “people from all different walks of life” come together. Andrew Belachew said he likes that “not everyone is just a single group. It’s not, ‘you’re this ethnicity so you stay with them.’ No, everybody is together, friendly.” Hust closed the ceremony, saying “ONE ODU is meant to establish a universitywide campaign to unite people beyond diversity, background, and generation by representing Monarch pride and citizenship, so that Monarchs can help each other finish in four and venture into the new world to form a life-long legacy, because everyone is one ODU.”

“Their relationship with the students is too distant,” he said. “They have a big city mentality, which is not healthy for a university police department. They brag about solving a higher percentage of crimes than the Norfolk Police Department. That doesn’t impress me. The Norfolk Police Department points to the number of crimes they’ve prevented. Preventative measures impress me.” Cann believes that the ODU Police Department needs a better relationship with the student body. “There should be more information sharing, more open access. It would have a positive effect in preventing crime,” he said, expressing beliefs shared by other students. “I wanted to put this together in a productive way, with shared dialog, rather than sweeping it under the carpet.” Instead, he has been shuffled around the administration, appeased with empty promises, stifled and ignored. “I get the impression that something else is going on,” he said. The few responses he received in his email correspondence implied that other considerations

were being taken into account. He wants to know exactly what the priorities of the administration are; what is more important to them than student safety? He points to the recent rape at the District. He wants to know why students weren’t informed sooner. “I didn’t get a safety warning. A girl I know who lives at the District didn’t get a warning. It was handled poorly,” he said. His opinion echoes that of numerous other students, most of who expressed shock, frustration and outrage at finding out about the incident via Facebook. Cann is trying to force the administration into a response. Towards this end, he is preparing to launch an anti-crime campaign on campus designed to get students thinking about safety. It involves printed media with provocative messages strategically placed in high traffic areas around ODU. He wants to remind the university that it has an “ethical responsibility to protect students on campus.” He hopes maybe this time, the powersthat-be will actually respond.



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The World Must Respond

ODU Professor’s Work Adds Further Warning to Alarming IPCC Report By: Jugal Patel Staff Writer Mace & Crown The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently made news all over the globe for their latest report on climate change. As the environmental problems of climate change have begun to manifest, people are continuously warning that the world must respond. The IPCC is a world-renowned intergovernmental body that was formed under the United Nations in 1988. Its purpose is to evaluate the scientific, technical, and socio-economic information that is associated with potential impacts of climate change. They also provide solutions to adapt to climate change and mitigate the causes as well. The content of their most recent report sparked a media storm. In addition to the probability of extinction for a number of species, IPCC reports that climate change is expected to significantly affect billions of people by disrupting food supplies, harming economies, and causing environmental damage that cannot be reversed. The narrative of climate change has been no stranger to the spotlight either. Australia has undergone one of its hottest years on record. California is in the midst of terrible drought. African nations are undergoing desertification. Coastal cities in the Atlantic United States are flooding and small island nations are drowning The IPCC’s climate report focuses heavily on anthropogenic climate change, which is essentially the change in climate that is caused by humans. The city of Norfolk is the second most vulnerable city to climate change in the United States after New Orleans. This is for a number of reasons, such as the proximity to the coast, dense population, low-lying terrain, and a phenomenon called ‘subsidence’ in which land sinks into the

Earth. Problems of flooding in Norfolk are not out of the ordinary. Norfolk city planners identified the risks that climate change poses on the area and the need to adapt. The city essentially faces a billion dollar problem. In fact, completely adapting to sea level rise effects in Norfolk would cost more than the city’s entire annual budget. The Norfolk Naval Base—the largest naval complex on the planet—is another area in the region that has identified sea level rise problems. The Army Corps of Engineers conducted a study over the course of three years in which they found that Naval Station Norfolk did not have the infrastructure to survive the types of storms

and flooding that are expected to arise with climate change in years to come. Speaking on the matter, retired Navy Captain Joe Bouchard said climate change directly impacts the operational readiness of the naval station and is therefore an issue of national security as well. The problem extends further. When the streets of Norfolk become frequently inaccessible, everyone suffers. People are, at times, unable to get to work, or even travel freely at all. Old Dominion University’s main campus witnesses frequent and intensive flooding. During past storms, major campus streets and areas have been covered with multiple feet of water. ODU sophomore Tori Biase is one of many students that haven been impacted by

flooding on campus. “It’s impacted me most when we have heavy amounts of rain and classes get cancelled. It’s difficult to catch up when classes have to be postponed just because of rain,” she said. Another ODU student, Jeffrey Grabowski, said that flooding has provided problems for him as well. “I’ve seen students unable to even to get to campus in some cases. People in my classes that commute have had to miss class because of flooded streets,” he said. “This is especially a problem for group work, presentations or discussions which are all quite frequent in my courses,” he said Complimenting Norfolk’s relevance to the issue of climate change and sea level rise, Old Dominion University’s Ocean, Earth,

and Atmospheric Sciences department has regularly conducted climate studies from multiple perspectives. While anthropogenic climate change is the usual focus of environmentalists, the work of ODU professor Dennis Darby, Ph. D., offers more to consider. Darby’s work primarily focuses on paleoclimatology, which is essentially viewing long term changes in the climate in time frames that span thousands of years. His recent work identified newfound trends in the climate that refer to what is called the arctic oscillation cycle. Arctic oscillation concerns the fluctuation of atmospheric pressures in the arctic. Changes in pressure significantly affect North American weather. The pressure changes associated with arctic oscillation can range in severity. This causes colder or warmer climates, more precipitation in some areas, and less precipitation in others. Arctic oscillation also has the ability to enhance climate fluctuation four-fold. After intensive research and analysis Darby’s work ultimately found a 1,500-year trend within the arctic oscillation cycle, but the causes of the cycle are not yet known. The reason Darby’s work provides concern for adapting to climate change is that his findings are concerned with natural changes in the climate. This allows his work to offer another dimension to the IPCC report. After all, anthropogenic climate change stacks on top of natural climate change. It is for this reason that his work on arctic oscillation is highly important. Identifying climate trends that significantly affect weather, such as arctic oscillation, allows for a better understanding of what to expect. The arctic oscillation trends, which have a huge impact on weather patterns, are expected to enhance because of climate change via greenhouse gases. “Man has the capability of change,” Darby said. “The next step is to come up with good ideas to wean ourselves off of a carbon based fuel system and we have to go to cleaner fuels that produce less carbon dioxide and methane, then eventually to fuels that don’t produce any carbon dioxide or methane.” Despite how alarming his work may be at times, Darby has still been able to maintain optimism. “Eventually people are going to demand that something be done,” he said. “The reason [politicians] are not doing anything now is because they think it will hurt the economy. They’re not looking at the positive side of this, there could be new jobs as a result of a new energy regime, and new markets can spawn to help the economy.” Darby’s statements speak of a transition. All signs seem to point to the notion that there will have to be an inevitable switch from fossil fuels to renewables for energy. Groups that support this change are also urging that meaningful steps should be taken immediately. From their perspective, the longer the world waits, the more the world will suffer.

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Norfolk is home to Lambert’s Point Coal terminal, one of the world’s largest coal transport facilities that transfers up to 48 tons of coal per year. In residential areas near coal transport facilities, coal dust is a prominent health hazard. A 2007 ODU study showed that soil samples taken just 2.2 miles from the Lambert’s Point docks contained up to 20 percent coal by weight.

Changing the Conversation to Coal Dust By: David Baah Staff Writer Mace & Crown It is no debate that climate change affects citizens of the world globally. When it comes to combating these harmful impacts locally, Chesapeake’s Sierra Club focuses its environmental advocacy in the Norfolk area. On April 14, Norfolk residents participated in a discussion forum concerning coal dust impacts on local neighborhoods. The Sierra Club Chesapeake Bay Group, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and ODU’s EcoReps sponsored the event. Norfolk is home to the Lambert’s Point Coal terminal, one of the world’s largest coal transporting facilities that transfers up to 48 million tons of coal per year. Area residents expressed their need for Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality to more accurately assess the health and environmental impacts of coal dust in Norfolk. Leslie Morrison, a campaign director with CCAN, explained less coal is being used in America because of a growing awareness of its environmental effects. As such, tougher regulations have forced companies to start exporting more coal to Europe and Asia. As part of her healthy community campaign, Morrison works specifically with the “regulatory side of the clean

energy crisis.” Coal dust problems are most harmful to human health in the residential areas of transport, according to CCAN Sierra Club fact sheets suggest that significant amounts of coal dust “blow over into neighborhoods and agricultural areas, polluting waterways, crops and the air we breath”. Virginia health studies report that in communities where coal terminals are present, a higher number of residents suffer from asthma, increased infant mortality rates and decreased life expectancies. A study published in 2007 by William Bounds of ODU’s Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences and Karen Johannesson of Tulane University reveals some startling truths. Soil samples were collected in Norfolk to “examine the extent to which arsenic and coal are deposited into local soil.” The weight of coal present in the soil ranges from under 1 to 20 percent. Total arsenic concentration in the soil ranged from 3 to 30.5 milligrams per kilogram of soil. The 2007 study documented toxic coal dust contamination in Norfolk, stating that the Lambert’s Point terminal transfers “28+ million tons of coal annually from trains to ships, releasing about 50 tons/100,000 lbs of coal dust into the air each year”. Residents complained of the black grit commonly coating cars, windowsills, and

crops. The study also showed that soil samples contained up to 20 percent coal by weight at a site 2.2 miles from the Lambert docks. Each step in the process of coal transportation leaves its own hazardous footprint. Companies move the coal in open-top rail cars and store them in piles, some of which sit idle for days, before they are dumped onto ships for exportation. These rail cars– with the help of elemental winds– release what Morrison refers to as “fugitive coal dust”. Harmful toxins such as arsenic, mercury and lead are also carried by wind and disperse across long distances. According to Morrison coal dust contributes to heart and lung disease, asthma and cardio pulmonary diseases, decreased lung capacity, increased rates of childhood bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema. On the environmental side, the dust can contribute to haze and low visibility. It also poisons surface waters altering acidity of streams in large river basins and harming fish in large quantities. Certain companies have “pollution permits” which allow them to pollute the environment to a certain extent. Morrison suggested that residents can push for stricter permit regulations. She suggested that, coal companies have an interest in maintaining a good public image. “A lot of this stuff makes sense; it’s just

a matter of getting the coal companies and the regulatory agencies to take action on it,” Morrison said. So far CCAN, along with the Sierra Club and others, have launched legal campaigns against the Export-Import Bank, the official export- credit agency of the U.S. A lawsuit has been filed against the company for granting a $90 million loan to coal agencies, to support $1 billion in new coal exports.

The measure was taken without any environmental review. As such, it is in major violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) stipulations. The act enforces all companies to examine what potential environmental impacts might occur when such action is taken. The lawsuit is slowly moving forward, but, according to Leslie, a legal victory would send a positive message to the world.

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Queer Intersections was an panel-driven event organized by ODU professor Avi Santo, Ph.D., that opened discussion concerning African American LBGTQ experiences in Hampton Roads.

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Queer Intersections

PANEL DISCUSSES AFRICAN AMERICAN LGBT EXPERIENCES By: Maria Victoria Creamer Arts & Enterainment Editor Mace & Crown A table of five smiling panelists watched as the room filled with Old Dominion University students and professors. A room with a 54-head occupancy left people standing, even with the added chairs. The conversation driven event was rooted on African American and LGBT experiences in Hampton Roads. Avi Santo, a communications associate professor, helped organize Wednesday night’s Queer Intersections event. Santo introduced the invited panelists Michelle Breedlove, Christie Lake, Judah Lamar, Chadra Pittman Walke and Toni-Michelle Williams. Active LGBT members of the Hampton Roads community, each panelist shared their personal stories and addressed the challenges African-American lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals encounter in Hampton Roads. “I was honored to be asked to participate in this. I feel like it’s important to talk about what it means to be black and gay,” 40-yearold married lesbian Lake said. Originally from Los Angeles, Lake is an LGBT activist and founding organizer of Forever, which is geared to ending violence and rape. Highly involved in the LGBT com-

munity, she often works as an event promoter and aids charity works. Published researcher and ODU alumnus, Judah Lamar, connected with the students as he teleported them to the past. He conveyed the lack of a gay community on ODU’s campus calling it “nonexistent” when he was a freshman in 1999. Times have obviously changed, but Wednesday’s event highlighted the current obstacles the LGBT community deals with today. The experience based event created a comfortable space for open and honest dialogue, Brushing sensitive topics such as religion, racism, education and their influence on the struggles of “coming out” and self-identity. Self-acceptance and social standards were stressed throughout the discussion. Breedlove explained how growing up in liberal Atlanta during the ‘80s felt free and accepting, Saying that you could have a million holes in your face or a big mohawk and still be accepted. However, acknowledging or accepting being gay was difficult for her. She explained how she’d go to church and pray for “the gay to be taken out of her.” Each panelist urged the notion of being comfortable in one’s skin, and how to embrace who you are. Regardless of what society, religion or anyone might say.

“I’ve been gay since birth. It wasn’t until 38 that I decided ‘okay, that’s it. I’m coming out. I’m just going to be me, and not fit into someone else’s identity,’” Breedlove said. Though not everyone in the audience was queer, the crowd demonstrated their appreciation for the panelists and how the event clarified their understanding of the LGBT community. “The panel was really relatable and made things easy to understand for a straight female who’s best friend is a lesbian,” ODU student Jessica Aguiluz said. According to Pittman Walke, a tall, thin woman with beaded dread-locks and an earthy-bohemian vibe who is originally from New York City, the narrow mindedness of Hampton Roads was “surprising” and “a bit of a culture shock.” Pittman Walke is an anthropologist, writer and founder and executive director of The Sankofa Project, which is dedicated to remembering and honoring African ancestors. The free-spirited woman illustrated the fluidity of life and that labels are irrelevant. Such stereotypes and preconceived ideas can become convoluted if a woman marries a man, has three kids and identifies herself as a lesbian like Pittman Walke. She told the audience how colleagues questioned her sexual orientation, laughing when she said, “What? Did I revoke my L card?”

Pittman Walke believes that love and attraction have no limits, Making reference to an article written by a lesbian about lesbians. The writer of the article, however, married a tall white man. When questioned about the change, the journalists said that labels are coffin shaped boxes. All five panelists agreed. Toni-Michelle Williams, a Norfolk State University graduate and health worker at Access AIDS Care, knows a lot about labels and how to break them. She proudly said, “I am an African-American transgender woman, and there’s nothing y’all can do about that. You need to identify and claim yourself.” The beautiful Williams sparkled with confidence and grace as she shared the importance of “rocking” and “loving you for you,” regardless of the negative energy you may receive. She explained that people accept and respect you more if you accept and respect yourself. Racism, not only in Hampton Roads, but in general surfaced in conversation. There was an overwhelming sense that such prejudice is a substantial constraint in LGBT acceptance and self-growth. One face in the audience felt that the black LGBT community in particular is “200 years behind” the white LGBT community, suggesting that times of slavery and segregation stunted the growth of the black

LGBT community. Williams explained that love is love on a human level, and not just on a black or white level. Pittman Walke suggested alternating words such as minority or black and white with the words love and diversity thus reflecting the contemporary changes and evolvement of society. The overall hope is that social diversity and acceptance become the norm of the future. ODU students and audience members Matthew Taylor and Jazmyn McGhee displayed their gratitude and admired the bravery of the panelists while recognizing their wisdom and tips. Taylor said, “Being a 22-year-old black gay male, I appreciate them standing up for themselves and sharing stories of what they have been through.” “Even though I don’t identify as LGBT, I loved this session as they touched on topics of labels which I can relate to as bi-racial. Everyone should be required to attend something like this,” McGhee said. Santos was very pleased with the event and hopes to continue the offering of this type of events on campus.

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Students Rebuild Water Challenge: The Bead Project

By: Veronica Singer Staff Writer Mace & Crown

While some contemplate the seemingly difficult decision of choosing between Deer Park and Dasani, many do not even think about the approximately one billion people in this world who do not have access to clean drinking water at all. According to the charity, Global Nomads Group, areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, women and children walk up to three hours a day to collect water from swamps, rivers and ponds using a jerri can, a container typically used for gasoline. The water they collect is dirty, contaminated and contains germs that lead to serious health issues such as a dehydration, diarrhea and even death, but they have no other option. Thankfully, there is a solution. Thanks to Ruth Freisenbruch, an ODU student and aspiring art education teacher, and Students Rebuild, a non-profit organization, all ODU students have the opportunity to help bring clean drinking water to villagers in Tanzania by completing one simple task– making a paper bead. The charity partnership between the Global Nomads Group and The Students Rebuild Water Challenge is a universal collaboration to help generate funding for water projects in Tanzania. The project asks individuals from all over the world to come together to create paper beads that can provide thousands of Tanzanians with clean water. For every 20 beads made one villager will have access to clean water. According to the Students Rebuild website, the private independent charity organization, the Bezos Family Foundation, will match the amount of beads made to fund 41 water projects. Around 16,000 schools and communities in Tanzania will be served by these projects. For an ODU art course, Freisenbruch’s semester assignments were conceptually based on art for social change. She stumbled upon the project while completing an as-

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signment. Freisenbruch discovered the Water Challenge while looking up how to create paper cranes from the Japan project, a previous Students Rebuild effort to help raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. Excited about the art project, Freisenbruch approached her professor, Patricia Edwards, a senior art lecturer at the ODU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and together worked to spread the word to many schools, organizations and individuals within the community. “The beads have been made by students at Salem Elementary, Bayside High School, Granby High School and ODU Career Switchers. There has been community outreach bead making at the ODU Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, ODU Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and the ODU National Art Education Associations members worked with the Hope House Foundation,” Freisenbruch said in an email. Having already collected 1,727 beads, which do not include the beads from the Higher Education Center, the project has grown significantly within the community and far exceeded Freisenbruch’s expectations. “When I began, I had no idea that we were going to be able to produce enough beads for 86 plus [Tanzanians],” Freisenbruch said. The project’s goal is to collect 323,460 beads that will provide clean drinking water for 16,173 villagers. The main question is why beads? For the African culture, beads are symbolic and have been a substantial part of African life for thousands for years. According to Students Rebuild fact sheets, the beads have been used for ceremonies, significant life events, currency, communication and adornment. The process to make a bead takes only minutes, and gives people of all ages the opportunity to not only provide the people in Tanzania with clean drinking water but also allows individuals to join a global effort to help create change.

“Art is such a powerful medium that easily transcends international boarders and unites us all,” Freisenburch said. The global project has also incorporated Vik Muniz, a world-renowned artist and Academy Award nominee for best feature documentary, “Waste Land.” Students have studied Muniz’s unique ways to create spectacular tableaus recreated from original photographs using trash and unconventional materials, such as chocolate sauce and diamonds. With the sent in beads, Muniz has agreed to create a benefit poster for the project, a similar approach he did using the paper cranes from the Japan devastation three

years before. Muniz was as an inspiration to the overall semester, Edwards connected the materials used in this project to how her students, future teachers and art educators, are able to use such materials with their future students. “What I absolutely love about this project is so often we as educators are trying to keep our learning and teaching at a budget and using simple materials like magazines that are discarded, glue sticks and scissors, you can create beautiful, aesthetically magnificent works with very little money,” Edward said. What started out to be a class research assignment for Freisenburch has developed

into a community involvement. “I believe this project has been so successful because of the big ideas which were integrated: global awareness, collaboration, social responsibilities, critical thinking, creative thinking, recycling and changing the world through art,” Freisenburch said. To contribute, a table is set up inside the Virginia. Beach Higher Education Center Atrium until May 1. To learn more information about Students Rebuild and the Water Challenge, visit

Summer Movie Preview

School is almost out of session and a summer full of blockbuster films is about to begin. While anticipation levels are not always indicative of box office success, it certainly does help decide which movies get the most media attention. It is important to note that this list of potential summer hits is not allinclusive. Excluded films from this list include, but are not limited to, “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” “22 Jump Street,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Expendables 3” and “The Giver.” “The Amazing Spiderman 2” – May 2 Spiderman faces multiple villains including Electro, the Rhino, and a suspicious and bratty Harry Osborne. Ultimately, this movie is a launching pad for Sony’s own attempt

at a franchised comic book movie universe that will include an upcoming Sinister 6 spin-off. “X-Men Days of Future Past” – May 23 Wolverine goes back in time to help save both mutants and humans from destruction. Audiences will finally get to see Magneto, played by Ian McKellan and Professor X, played by Patrick Stewart, work together instead of against each other. This also means the previously assumed separate X-men franchises will be merged into one mega franchise with a whole slew of new characters. “Maleficent” – May 30 Live action fairytale films are surprisingly popular in Hollywood right now. It’s no surprise Disney is keeping up with the trend by releasing a twist to the original “Sleeping Beauty.” The legendary villain, Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie shares what happened before the original story line. Maleficent may not be as evil as we expect her to be. Also Lana del Rey does a rendition of

“Once Upon a Dream” that will send chills down your spine. “The Fault in Our Stars” – June 6 Two cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus, meet when Hazel’s mother forces her daughter to go to a support group. The two, like most teen chick-flicks, fall in love. If it remains true to its source material, John Green’s bestselling novel, the movie is sure to put you in tears. The success of this film is so highly anticipated, Green’s novel, “Paper Towns,” is already in the works for its own film. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” – June 27 Finally! Shia LeBeouf is gone and an older but far superior actor, Mark Wahlberg, is the new head of the franchise. Wahlberg’s character, Cade Yeager, and his daughter are unlucky enough to unearth a secret that attracts unwanted attention from Decepticons, Autobots and bitter government officials. Marketing suggests this movie will be the best Transformer’s film yet.

“Jupiter Ascending” – July 18 Mila Kunis’s character, Jupiter Jones, leads an average life only to discover she is the next heir to an incredible throne and inheritance. On paper, this looks like a generic sci-fi film. In trailers however, the movie looks much flashier and original. “Guardians of the Galaxy” – August 1 A group of intergalactic criminals, lead by Chris Pratt’s, Peter Quill, become a ragtag team of unlikely heroes. Although this is mostly a standalone film to test the draw of Marvel audiences to movies without wellknown titular superheroes, it does take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the last major Marvel flick to come out before “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” It is important to note that this movie appears more light-hearted and humorous than previous Marvel films. After a handful of dark Marvel Phase Two films, this is probably the best direction for the movie to go, especially since one of the lead characters is a talking raccoon.

“Lucy” – August 8 When I first saw the trailer before “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, I squealed because I thought a Black Widow movie had somehow escaped my notice. Alas, this is not another Marvel film, but a film that would have been more interesting if the explanations given in the trailer were not so convoluted. Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who begins to develop 100 percent brain capacity after a drug deal gone wrong. “If I Stay” – August 22 A life and death situation forces Juilliard hopeful, Mia Hall, to finally decide whether or not she wants to pursue her musical career or a different life with her boyfriend Adam. This book has been sitting on my book shelf for awhile now. After I sobbed through half of the emotional first trailer, the book skyrocketed to the top of my “to read” list.

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Annual Dance Theater Spring Concert

By: Maria Victoria Creamer Arts & Entertainment Editor Mace & Crown

The lights dimmed, purple drapes drew back and silhouettes of dancers wearing fitflared dresses formed on stage. A full house on opening night ignited as an up-beat acoustic tune filled the room. University Theater showcased Old Dominion University’s annual Dance Theatre Spring Concert on Wednesday, April 16, with shows scheduled into the weekend. “Opening night is always a lot of energy– both nerves and excitement at the same time, so it’s special. There’s only one opening night, and it was really lovely to see them come to life on stage tonight,” Assistant

Dance Professor Megan Thompson said. The audience silenced their phones and conversations as Associate Dance Professor Amanda Kinzer began the night with a brief opening speech. Kinzer applauded the dancers for their hard work and talent, which illuminated the stage with ballroom, jazz and modern dance. A total of nine acts demonstrated the choreographed collaboration between the dancers and faculty. Artistic Director of Anahata Dance and guest artist, Natalie Teichmann, was a vital aid to such artistic expression. “Natalie Teichmann brought a poem and distributed individual lines from the poem to the dancers and they had to make up vocabulary based on the words. Some of that did eventually get incorporated into the

piece within the structure of her own choreography,” Thompson said. Dancers Lauren Kidd, Stacia Major and Madeline Samarazea performed ODU dancer and graduate student, Sheena Jeffer’s, “Intransigence.” Jeffers explained how the choreography was inspired by a common human experience, the experience of how ideas, good or bad, can torment ones mind. “Intransigence” was the artistic portrayal of this inner turbulence through modern dance. “I wanted to take that and put it into movement. I sat down with myself and thought, when an idea is pestering me, what does that feel like? What does that look like? What does that read like to an audience?” Jeffers said

The result, dancers in all white flowed to a robotic blending of tribal sounding hand percussions. A black backdrop contrasted the dancers and a playful altering of stage light as a plunging spotlight would disperse into a lightly dimmed stage. Each act differed stylistically and evoked distinct emotions from the crowd. The dancing duo between dancer and choreographer Elijah Motley and dancer Elizabeth Humes in “A Day at the Park” was jazzy and flirty while “Night Envy” was provocative and electric with its sensual outfits and red hue lighting. When the purple curtain dropped, the dancers received a roaring applause followed by whistling ‘bravo’s’ and ‘hurrah’s.’ “We felt really good at the end when the

curtain came down everybody just squeezed hands and we were all so really happy,” Jeffer’s said. Two ODU students shared positive feedback at the end of the show. “I thought it was cool overall, it was neat, ” Gavin Jones said. Aaron Dilworth said, “The show was really well put together and I really enjoyed it.” An upcoming dance event to stamp on the calendar will be held on May 31 at the University Theater. Information or tickets for the Rituals Faculty Dance Concert can be found at or call 6833002.


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While sustainable fish harvesting initiatives have gained some momentum among those fishermen who truly care, more needs to be done to ensure that parents can take their children fishing for as long as humanly possible.

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Spring: A Time for Fishing and Contemplation By: Nate Budryk Sports Editor Mace & Crown As the weather continues to warm up, and people’s collective attitudes improve, the time has once again come for us to venture outdoors, something that only a month ago might not have been so enjoyable. For some, it’s hiking, for others, hunting. For me, the changing of the seasons and the blossoming of the trees means one thing: fishing. Fishing, one of the world’s oldest pastimes and means of sustenance, can hold an almost magical charm. Along with sports, it was a means of connecting with my father. My dad was the first person to tell me about fishing, as his father had done for him. My father was not the best

communicator, but when we were fishing, it didn’t matter. The language of something that two people deeply enjoy, and enjoy in part because they are with that other person, is one of the simplest, most beautiful things in the world. Fishing is something that can provide common ground between two people who may not otherwise have any. We, as a country, need to keep the institution of fishing alive. It will always exist in those places where it HAS to exist-- places where fishing is a means of survival. Fishing for recreation, however, is a classic example of how much nature provides for us. Who doesn’t experience an almost inexplicable feeling when the first warm days of the year come? That feeling when the ice melts, setting the stage for the sun to come out and touch the faces of those who so

longed for it during the winter months, is proof positive that a connection with nature is not only recommended, but in my opinion, critical for a happy life. For those who love to fish, there is no better feeling than a line going taut, and the subsequent halfdance, half-battle that is bringing the fish to land. For as long as I can remember, fishing has been a huge part of my life, and one of the things that makes me truly happy. I know I’m not alone in this, and I know that fishing has bridged father-son divides for as long as recreational fishing has been around. That feeling that fishermen get when they get that first bite of the year, or get that first glimpse of a big fish they’re fighting may not be here forever. I say this because fisheries across the country, despite the best efforts of

conservationists and biologists alike, are not all faring well. Things are slowly improving, but fisheries are not where they need to be. While sustainable fish harvesting initiatives have gained some momentum among those fishermen who truly care, more needs to be done to ensure that parents can take their children fishing for as long as humanly possible. We simply cannot afford to lose something that can be so special and important to so many people. As the fishing season begins, fishermen must also do their part because, unfortunately, not all fishermen are concerned with sustainability or fishery laws in general for that matter. Therefore, when you fish, leave the body of water and the area around that body of water exactly as you found it. Any fisherman who leaves the trash from

a twelve-pack at their favorite fishing spot, doesn’t deserve the rod they cast. If there are regulations or slot limits on keeping fish, follow them. They’re there for a reason. If you are a boat fisherman, make sure you understand what kind of emissions your outboard motors produce, and if you need to, replace them. It may be an expense, but its effect is priceless. These are only a handful of the more sensible measures that can be taken by recreational fishermen to at least try to conserve some of the fisheries in the country. My father and I got along best when we were fishing, as I’m sure he and his father did. I hope recreational fishing will still be as great as it is today when it comes time for me to take my son out to the lake and truly feel nature’s connection, a connection that we must preserve.

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Roadrunners Blank Monarchs

By: Matt O’Brien Staff Writer Mace & Crown

On a cold and windy Thursday night at the Bud Metheny Complex, Old Dominion baseball (22-16) began their three game set against the University of Texas San Antonio. (26-12) The impact of the cold weather was clear from the start as the Monarchs did not play their usual mistake-free baseball, and couldn’t get their bats going like they have all season. UTSA shut out the Monarchs 5-0. “It was a tough night to play. It was not going to be a good night to hit. We have gotten used to playing in warm weather and it certainly showed out there tonight,” Coach Chris Finwood said.. The team did not get off to the start they wanted, and shot themselves in the foot by making mistakes in the field. “They scored their first run on a dropped ball in center. We had a chance to get out of the one inning and threw a ball away, couldn’t make the plays we needed to tonight and they made every play,” Finwood said. ODU was still able to tally eight hits on offense. P.J. Higgins and Taylor Ostritch added two hits each but the Monarchs just missed some opportunities, leaving eight runners stranded on base throughout the game.

“On a day like this you just have to keep fighting. We had a couple chances with runners on first and second with two outs, we just couldn’t get the big hits. It’s unfortunate but that’s baseball. That’s just how it happens sometimes,” Finwood said. The Monarchs’ pitching staff could have had a much worse day as well. Andy Roberts took the mound for ODU (3-1) and only gave up two earned runs in six innings. The dagger came in the bottom of the sixth when the Road Runners put up three runs, scoring on two sacrifice bunts and a single. “They did a great job executing a couple safety squeezes. That’s not an easy play by any means but they really executed them perfectly and that hurt us in the later stages of the game,” Finwood said. ODU was able to muster a few singles in the eighth but unable to generate any runs. The Road Runners were able to add one more insurance run in the ninth and close out the victory. The loss puts UTSA two games up on the Monarchs in the Conference USA standings and brings their in-conference record to 10-9. “Losing a series opener, all you tell the team is let’s get back in this series. We didn’t play terrible tonight but it was their night and we have to put it behind us and come out of the gate strong for the rest of our series,” Finwood said.

In a three game set against the University of Texas, San Antonio, the Monarchs lost without a point on the board last Thursday, April 17.

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Meet the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers By: Jasmine Blackwell Senior Writer Mace & Crown The Old Dominion Monarchs and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have much more in common than the average college football fan would think. For starters, Western Kentucky University is new to Conference USA. The Hilltoppers will officially move to Conference-USA in 2014 after leaving the Sun Belt Conference.  Another similarity is that Old Dominion’s current athletic director, Wood Selig oversaw Western Kentucky’s move to the Football Bowl Subdivision before he decided to come back to his hometown in of Norfolk and oversee the Monarchs’ athletics.  The Hilltoppers wrapped up their final season as Sun Belt Conference members on a high note after setting 18 new offensive records under Bobby Petrino, first-year head coach.  Western Kentucky went 8-4 overall and 4-3 in the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. The Hilltoppers will return most of their starters for the 2014 season but graduate four of their top six running backs and all three starting linebackers.  Western Kentucky signed a total of 15 recruits for the 2014 season. Jared Dangerfield, Dejon Brown, DeAndre Farris, D’Andre Ferby, Nick True, Dennis Edwards and Nacarius Fant are among the three-star recruits that have signed with them.

Edwards is an offensive lineman and was named as a first-team all-county player by the Gwinnett Daily Post and ranks among the top 20 centers in the nation. Fant joins the Hilltoppers as a wide receiver after tallying 1,701 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns on 83 receptions as a senior at Bowling Green High Sschool. He’s is ranked as the No. 7 player in the state of

Kentucky by 247sports. Ferby is a running back who joins the Hilltoppers after rushing for 1,322 yards and 22 touchdowns in eight games. He’s is ranked as the No. 34 prospect in Tennessee by It will be interesting to see how the Hilltoppers deal with losing a few key starters and the other number of changes that have

recently occurred. The Hilltoppers hope to be successful under the leadership of Petrino who will only be in his second year as head coach and the move to Conference USA. The Old Dominion Monarchs will face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Oct. 25 at L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky.








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Fan pop

Hetalia: Welcome to the World! PASTA!

By: Kimberly Joy Ward Staff Writer Mace & Crown

A comedic allegory for international politics, Hetalia, as a franchise, presents history in a unique medium. As an anime, it presents concepts that would not be familiar with an anime audience, such as the differing cultural idiosyncrasies of European nations, addressing cultural stereotypes and introducing little-known historical events or countries. The premise may vary due to the time period it is addressing or how it wants to reference a series of historical events but it is usually as follows: countries are represented by adults that embody the stereotype most associated with that country and these adults act out a historical event, political satire or social commentary. By far the most interesting aspect of the Hetalia franchise is the time span. Every episode happens within the time span of five

minutes and two seconds and sometimes one second less for a shorter episode. It is astounding how much education and comedic material is presented within each episode. Unfortunately, the educational value depends on the version and the series. The Japanese dubbed version is more educational by default. The original language can express information more accurately in the right amount of flaps with no problem. In contrast to the English dubbed version, dubbed by FUNimation, which tries to get the same amount of information in a completely different language within the same amount of time and shaped flaps. In reference to the different series, Hetalia: Axis Powers series (APH), the original, is definitely more educational considering the material is mostly based on history. While Hetalia: World Series concentrates on the comedic situations and cultural differences. Hetalia: The Beautiful World definitely returns to the roots of the original, but still carries some of the comedic charm established

in the sequel series. It is however the only series that does not have an English dub, so viewers will have to wait a year or two at the most. Unfortunately for viewers who do not prefer subtitles, Hetalia requires subtitles for many reasons even when dubbed in English. APH has many scenes with Japanese text block in the corner that further explains the situation thus English text block is put in the opposite corner. In the scenes with scrolling Japanese text or slides, it is more common for the narrator to read the English equivalent as the subtitles appear on screen, but there are few instances where to understand reactions of specific characters subtitles appear to further understand the shock. As for material, it is presented in a very palatable way that does not require previous knowledge of history but viewer familiarity makes it easier to appreciate subtle nuances of each scene. Previous knowledge also aids in clarifying certain scenes and situations.

For instance, the two or three scenes that emphasize Germany’s height over Italy are explained by Germany having more territory, wealth and power, but since the height difference is so small (eight centimeters), it is not by much. Hetalia has a unique animation style. The colors are very bright and the movement is lively, even if the character designs are a bit blockish. The background can be very distracting since at times it is either blank, loose outlines with watercolor or a colorful graphic design. Fortunately, the characters quick over-the-top gestures and exaggerated expressions provide enough energy that the backdrop seems to fit the overall tone of the anime. Another trait exclusive to Hetalia is the lack of an opening song. Rather than a wonderful opening song, Hetalia has the most addictive ending songs with multiple versions for each country. Many of the songs accompany an odd story line that also emphasizes goofy gags that were established in

the anime. The albums do not have one set sound as every country has its own genre. I am very fascinated by the phenomena of Hetalia, as it becomes increasingly intellectual and nuanced every time I watch it. The music is wonderful, and the episode runtime makes squeezing 124 episodes in a weekend easy. Love Anime? The Mace & Crown is looking for anime review suggestions from readers. If interested please send an email with “Anime Request” in the subject line to Maria Victoria Creamer: mcrea002@odu. edu . The message should include the title of the anime, the number of episodes and a brief description of the premise. I am only able to review completed anime, so please do not suggest anything that is ongoing or discontinued.

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The Well-Travelled Geek; India Part 4 By: Jason Kazi Advertising Director Mace & Crown

(Picture of Masala Dosa - Google Images) On a cool summer day, I went to the Garden of Five Senses. The Garden of Five Senses is not just a park; it is a space with a variety of activities inviting public interaction and exploration. The space was developed as a place for people to socialize and unwind. It’s a twentyacre park with stainless-steel birds, elephants and camels (that you can ride on), plazas, water baths and a food court. I rode the camel twice. The next day, we went to the Purana Quila complex for a light show. The show was a luminous presentation of the history of India spanning from Mahrashtra to modern day, booming India. Purana Qila (translation: Old Fort) is the inner citadel of the city of Dina-panah, founded by the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun in 1533 and completed five years later. Purana Qila and its environs flourished

as the sixth city of Delhi. The walls of the Fort are about 18-meters high and run on for about 1.5 kilometers and also have three arched gateways, the Bara Darwaza (Big Gate) facing West, which is still used today; the south gate, the ‘Humayun Gate,’ probably called so because it was constructed by Humayun or that Humayun’s Tomb is visible from there; and lastly the ‘Talaqi Gate’ or forbidden gate. All the gates are double-storied sandstone structures decorated with white and blue tiles. Despite how fancy the exterior is few of interior structures have survived except the Qila-i Kuhna Mosque and the Shermandal. In the evening after going to the icecream shop to pick up some ice cream, we returned home and I cooked Thai Chicken Lettuce Rolls. My brother who was a really picky eater liked it so much that he asked for thirds and asked whether or not I could cook everyday until I leave. As usual, I chose to have a safeda (sapodilla) shake. It has become my favorite sweet treat which I sure miss back in the US.

The next day, we had a special lunch funded by the teachers. I ate two masala dosas (mashed potatoes with spices wrapped in a lentil pancake) and some jelabis (sweet dessert similar to funnel cakes). We went to Akshardham Temple in the evening. It was a very enlightening experience because it is a very peaceful and quiet place. The complex has a large central monument made entirely of stone, exhibitions on incidents from the life of Indian religious leaders and the history of India, an IMAX documentary, a musical fountain, and large landscaped gardens. Our closing ceremony included a photo slideshow of our activities, various dances, speeches and gift/certificate giving. That night I went to a restaurant called Big Chill with my family. The restaurant is where my family always has some sort of conflict. The food was the best Western food I had in Delhi, though. I got Lebanese Chicken with Tangy Potatoes. The Well-Travelled Geek is likely going to Cameroon via Europe this summer and hopes to enlighten readers again in the fall.

SteVe R Masala Dosa is a south Indian delicacy made by stuffing a dosa with a lightly cooked filling of potatoes, fried onions and spices.

Trifles and Treasures A Trip to Ingram’s Flea Market By: David Thornton Staff Writer Mace & Crown Hampton Roads is like a yard sale. It’s sprawling, disorganized and random, but if you look hard enough, you can usually find some hidden treasures that fit the limited budget of a college student. A good number of Old Dominion University students are not originally from here, and many natives, like myself, have never fully explored or appreciated the many charms of Hampton Roads. With that in mind, I’ve set out to experience as many hidden treasures as I can, and hope to discover the best of what our region has to offer. So what do bulletproof vests, children’s toys, antique furniture, vinyl records, tiedyed tapestries and funnel-cakes all have in common? They’re all for sale at Ingram’s Flea Market of Norfolk. Ingram’s Flea Market is a truly unique shopping experience. Featuring a combination of permanent, indoor shops and outdoor tables with new vendors every day, the only way to know what you’ll find is to rummage through everything. Every now and then, I wake up with the urge to find something or go somewhere weird. Saturday was one of those days. So I loaded the family into the car, and we set out for Ingram’s. The parking lot was packed when we arrived, and cars were waiting for spots all over the place. Luckily, someone began to pull out right in front of us as we went down the first row, and as we snagged the spot, we felt no remorse for the cars that had circled the entire lot several times already. Before we even got out of the car, our senses were overpowered with the smells of fried food and the sounds of people hag-

gling. Children ran unchecked among the booths, begging their parents for money. Vendors shouted prices as people walked by. Hip-hop, soul, salsa and every form of music imaginable mingled together into an almost melodious white noise underscoring the chaos of the market. Two food trucks sold hot dogs, French fries, ice cream and funnel cakes to customers and vendors tired from arguing over prices. Since its outdoors, people aren’t shy about bringing their pets. Dogs sniff around for fallen French fries as they are dragged around the tables. I also saw a man with a snake on his shoulders, and a ferret on a leash drinking out of a teacup. The vendor tables were disorganized and varied. Some sold clothing and housewares while others specialized in toys, or tools. An old man snoozed in a chair behind a table that seemed like someone had taken all the useless, mismatched and unknown pieces that collect in the corners of garages and sheds, and piled it all on his table. Every third table seemed to have a collection of knives that drew teenage boys like iron shavings to a magnet. Cheap folding pocket knives, military issue ka-bars and bayonets, ornate pieces of crap with eagles and wolves painted on the handles and everything in between could be found. Other weapons and military surplus junk were in abundance as well. Swords, axes, bulletproof vests and even a riot shield (or more likely just a piece of Plexiglas with “police” stamped on it) were scattered throughout the flea market. One booth even had a homemade morning star, which consisted of a solid metal ball attached by a heavy chain to what may have begun its life as a trailer hitch wrapped in electrical tape. I could just picture the world’s meanest, ugliest, dirtiest Hell’s Angels reject

using it to shatter someone’s skull in an alley behind a bar. I’m sure some 11 year-old probably thought it was cool, and bought it. To contrast the implicit violence of the place, a wizened old Asian man sold bonsai trees, prisms with images inside and small fountains from his table. Others, including two of the permanent stores, sell *ahem* “functional glass art,” as well as tapestries, hemp clothing, incense and other hippie/ Rasta gear. The Space Station has the more unique selections, but the employees of AC’s House of Glass and Scent Shop have been

known to haggle in the past. Stereo equipment was easy to find, both for vehicles and for entertainment centers. CD’s were fairly common, although I don’t know who buys them anymore. DVD’s were generally overpriced, with vendors who have apparently never heard of streaming charging on average $5 apiece. I was disappointed with the selection of vinyl this time around. All I could find was disco and Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass. The last time I was there, whole tables were devoted to albums. I had picked up a copy of

Wish You Were Here in good condition, while a friend of mine bought Abbey Road. This time around I couldn’t even find a copy of Frampton Comes Alive. I didn’t find anything quite interesting enough to buy this time, although my wife did briefly consider one of the bonsai trees and an antique trunk. But the people-watching alone was worth the trip. It’s tough to find a more diversified cross-section of the Norfolk population than at Ingram’s Flea Market. Come for the deals and the unique items, but stay for the spectacle.

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Games of the summer

By: Symmion Moore Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Video games are released all the time and it can be a struggle trying to keep up with them. Thankfully the amount of games released tend to slow down in the summer months. Here are some games to keeps an eye out for. “Kirby Triple Deluxe” (Nintendo 3DS) The adorable pink puffball is back in action on the Nintendo handheld. In this new entry releasing on May 2, Kirby does what he does best: saving Dream Land and copying the powers of his enemies. “Borderlands 2” (PlayStaton Vita) Get ready to shoot Bullymongs and laugh at Handsome Jack’s quips on the go with this port of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of the same namesake coming out on May 6. It will feature a cross-save function for owners of the PS3 version which will allow them to transfer their saves on the Vita version to the PS3 version or vice-versa. “Bound By Flame” (PS4, PS3, 360, PC) Releasing May 9, this upcoming fantasy role-playing game features a demon-pos-

sessed main character and forces players to choose between using the evil powers offered or disregard them for a force of good. Depending on how the player users their powers and the choices made will determine how the story will play out. The developers Spiders have stated that they have made the combat intentionally difficult to give it a “Dark Souls” vibe. “Transistor” (PS4, PC) “Transistor” is developer Supergiant Games’ follow up to the critically acclaimed “Bastion.” Players control Red who stumbles upon a sword called the Transistor that he must protect from the evil organization called the Process. Combat in the game takes place in real-time until Red’s action bar is filled up, after which players can press a button and enter planning mode. In planning mode the game stops and allows the player to choose where Red will be positioned and what attacks she will use. “Transistor” comes out on May 20. “Wolfenstein: The New Order” (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) B.J. Blazkowicz is back to fight the Nazi powers on May 20. “Wolfenstein: The New Order” however takes place in an alternate

history in which the Third Reich won World War II and have dominated Earth using super weapons. The game features a slew of enemies ranging from Nazi soldiers, mechanical dogs, and giant robots. To help B.J. on his quest, he is equipped with a wide array of weapons, some of which he can dual wield, from the likes of a pistol to a giant laser cannon. Hopefully Mecha-Hitler makes an appearance like in “Wolfenstein 3D.” “Watch Dogs” (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) Releasing on May 27 with a Wii U port scheduled for later this fall, “Watch Dogs” is Ubisoft’s take at a modern open-world game. Players play as Aiden Pierce a gifted hacker who is out to get revenge on the people who murdered his niece. Aiden’s smartphone is where all the hacking takes place and he is able to hack into almost every piece of technology in the fictionalized world of Chicago. Videos have shown him hacking into traffic lights causing accidents while another video showed Aiden surrendering to the police and he caused a massive blackout before escaping. “Mario Kart 8” (Wii U) –May 30 “Mario Kart 8” continues on the tradi-

tional gameplay the “Mario Kart” series is famous for but add in two new features, including an anti-gravity sections and HD visuals. The Koopalings, seven characters that debuted in “Super Mario Bros. 3,” are now playable for the first time ever in the series. Online multiplayer makes a return for up to twelve racers along with four player local multiplayer which runs at 60 frames per second. Players can get their hands on a copy come May 30. “The Last of Us: Remastered” (PS4) Naughty Dogs’ swan song of the PlayStation 3, “The Last of Us” is headed to the PS4 on June 20. The remastered version of the game will have improved visuals, run at 60 frames per second and feature native 1080p display, commentary during cinematics and all the downloadable content that was released for the PS3. This includes the “Left Behind” single player DLC and the map packs for the multiplayer. “Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark” (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, 3DS, Wii U) When there’s a Transformers movie there’s a Transformers movie tie-in game. “Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark” takes the two video game Transformers franchise,

the movie tie-in games, and the Cybertron series, and mashes them together. The game is being touted as a sequel to “Fall of Cybertron” and a companion to the upcoming film Transformers: Age of Extinction. The game, which releases on June 24, will allow players to choose if they want to be an Autobot and protect the Earth or affiliate with the Decepticons and destroy the Earth. “The Evil Within” (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) –August 26 The creative mind behind the “Resident Evil” series, Shinji Mikami is at it again with “The Evil Within” this August 26. Players control Detective Sebastian Castellanos as he awakens in a world where monsters walk about. Sebastian must fight off the monsters along with his growing fears and madness in order to survive and discover what is really going on. E3 this year is from June 10-12 who knows what will be announced then and released shortly after. With that, the Mace and Crown would like to wish its readers a happy summer, and remind everyone to be on the lookout for other games at this year’s E3 gaming conference from June 10 to 12.

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PAX East Packs on the Gaming Announcements By: Seann Barbour Staff Writer Mace & Crown


News of “Titanfall” downloadable content, a new “Civilization” game, and information about upcoming titles such as “The Evil Within,” “World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor” and “Tales from the Borderlands” were announced at Penny Arcade Expo East over the weekend of April 12. Redspawn Entertainment unveiled its new “Titanfall” downloadable content pack. Titled “Titanfall: Expedition,” the pack will allow players to explore new maps, such as a swampland and a titan pilot training area, with new challenges. The maps and scenarios are set after “Titanfall’s” main campaign. In addition, players will be able to customize their titan mechs with decals. Meanwhile, Telltale Games, developers of “The Walking Dead” and “The Wolf Among Us,” has revealed new information about their upcoming title “Tales from the Borderlands,” an adventure game set in the world of Gearbox’s “Borderlands” series. Throughout the game’s story, players will jump between two perspectives, con artist Fiona and Hyperion worker Rhys, occa-

sionally seeing the same event play out from both characters’ perspectives. Keeping with the sci-fi theme, Firaxis announced a new game in their long running “Civilization” line. The full title of the new game is “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth.” It is a spiritual successor to the classic “Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri” and is built off the same engine used to create “Civilization V.” It is set in the far future, and will focus on building a space-faring civilization on a new planet. “Beyond Earth” will forgo the series’ tradition of having players choose from a list of historical civilizations to play as, instead allowing players to choose number of factors, such as who backed their expedition, what kind of spaceship they used to reach their home and what they brought with them, to customize their own high-tech civilization. The game’s developers have stated they were heavily inspired by the current FOX series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Going back to the present (and Earth), new details have also been released about “The Evil Within,” Bethesda’s upcoming horror title directed by Shinji Mikami, the creator of Capcom’s “Resident Evil” series.

Bethesda released a new gameplay trailer for “The Evil Within,” showing off gameplay that appears to have been inspired by “Resident Evil 4.” Despite this, the aesthetic of the game bears little resemblance to its spiritual predecessor, as “The Evil Within” focuses more on supernatural horror, as opposed to “Resident Evil’s” more sci-fi approach. Blizzard also showed off a bit of the upcoming “World of Warcraft” expansion, “Warlords of Draenor.” Like previous expansions, it will offer a higher level cap and new places to explore. However, “Warlords of Draenor” will also include garrisons: bases of operations of players that produce resources and are staffed by AI controlled followers. According to the developers, the garrisons are a nod to “Warcraft’s” past as a real time strategy series, and they want players to feel like they are “the guy in charge of a Warcraft III base.” PAX East 2014 has come and gone, and it brought enough news to wet any gamer’s appetite. There are many games on the horizon, and these were only just the tip of the iceberg. Gamers certainly have a lot to look forward to over the next year.

Scammers Love Tinder By: Rashad McDowell Staff Writer Mace & Crown

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Online dating, apps included, have become a hot bed for impersonations and illicit profit. Typically, dating is most profitable for the dating services, as far as the online variation is concerned, or for the various businesses couples frequent. However, when profits are involved, people will find every avenue they can to maximize their yields. Such is the case with the dating app Tinder. Since its launch two years ago, the makers have boasted over 1 billion matches among its users. Those numbers lose a bit of their prestige in light of several stories coming out of users being little more than people pretending to be someone else entirely. While the phenomenon of people using the internet to impersonate other people isn’t new, what makes the Tinder situation so tender is the ways in which the impersonators run their scams. To try to seem as real as possible, photos that have not been made private on other social networks are taken in large amounts. A fake profile is created from these stolen pictures to make the assumed alias seem real. NBC news reported on the story of Kris-

tin Shotwell who was a victim of the one such Tinder impersonation. Shotwell, who did not use the Tinder app herself, was made aware by a friend that he had seen her profile. The pictures all belonged to Shotwell, but the profile was under another name entirely. Experts categorize the dating scams under two categories. In the first category, the fake profile makes contact with a potential target. From there, the person is led to a location to download malicious software or to adult webcam sites. Those scams are usually easier to identify because they rely on automatic scripts and messages. Simple questions often times are all that are needed to pull back the curtain on this type of scam. The second category is more time consuming, but also much more lucrative. The fake profile is used to make contact similar to the first type. What separates the two is the need for a real person to interact with the target. The user of the fake profile attempts to win over the target so that they can elicit money. While Tinder has not seen any particularly headline-worthy scams as of yet, users still have reason to be careful. In 2012, dating scams were responsible for $55 million in loses to Americans alone.

Webb Gets an 80s Makeover with Retro-inspired Game Night By:Noah Young Assistant Webmaster Mace & Crown An intimate crowd gathered last Thursday to play and compete with classic video games in the Student Activities Council hosted Retro Game Night at Old Dominion’s Webb Center. The centerpiece for the event was PacMan Battle Royale, a four player Pac-Man game where eating the power pellets give

you the ability to eat other Pac-Man. There was also a foosball table, two arcade basketball stations, a Namco multi-game cabinet, and two racing games set up for multiplayer. Though not exactly retro, ODU Video Game Design and Development Club’s Ride the Lion was also available for play. All of the games were played constantly throughout the event, with Pac-Man being the most popular. Around 7:30, 80’s music began playing over the speakers, to help contribute to an arcade feel.

“This is awesome! We need more events like this for the nerds for sure,” said attendee Megan Newcomb. The event was relatively small scale, making the amount of space seem unnecessary given the turnout. Aside from the listed games, there was a table with pizza and drinks on it, and places for people to take breaks and wait for their retro game of choice to become free. “We’re excited to see people coming out and enjoy a SAC event and getting to know

the Video game organizations work,” said Megan Harr, coordinator of activities for the Organization of Student Activities and Leadership. Kayla Britford, the special events coordinator for SAC, said “The event didn’t die until around 8:30, which is understandable because that’s when all the pizza was gone.” Joshua Cruz, the president of the Video Game Development and Design club, had a couple of theories about the low turnout saying.

“If the time slot wasn’t conflicting with Anime Club and there had been more games the turnout would have been better.” He also pointed out that the event was not adequately advertised, saying that he had not heard about the event until he received an email the day before asking if the VGDDC would feature “Ride the Lion” there. Still, “At the end of the day, free pizza and PAC-man,” Cruz summed up the event.

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Anime Club ($6559.68)

Jesseca Carter, ODU APASU ($1902.00)

Pi Beta Phi ($4535.85)

Samantha Conyers, NAACP Angels ($1048.00)

ODU APASU ($3415.50)

Maxine Sharpe, Aramark ($838.45)

FIJI ($1694.66)

Sebastian Askin, FIJI ($760.00)

Student Veterans Association ($1649.59)

Daniel Yuen, ODU APASU ($593.00)


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