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F-18 Crashed into Apartment Complex in Virginia Beach Seven people were hospitalized due to the crash, but no deaths were reported By: Megan Jefferson Senior Graphic Designer Good Friday brought a miracle to Virginia Beach when an F/A-18D naval jet crashed into an apartment complex and did not result in any casualties. Nine people were injured, seven of which were taken to the hospital. Sentara Healthcare said that six suffered minor injuries but one pilot was held for further examination. The crash occurred at the Mayfair Mews apartments, which is two miles from the Oceana Naval Base. A dozen apartments were destroyed as the plane exploded multiple times after the crash. The safety officials evacuated 63 residents and some were told not to return for a few days. The Los Angeles Times reported

Interfaith Celebration see A2

that the F/A-18D Hornet took off from the Oceana Naval base on a training mission around 12:30 p.m. One pilot was in training and the other was an experienced training pilot. They encountered a malfunction shortly after take off and had to eject from the plane after flying two miles. Before the F-18 went down, the pilots dumped the fuel on top of the apartment complex below. The fuel was found on rooftops and cars near the crash site. It is still unclear whether the fuel dump was a cause of the malfunction or a direct result of the pilots’ actions. The dumping of the fuel made the crash much less severe than if the jet had been carrying a full tank. Colby Smith, a resident in a nearby apartment, told WVEC-TV that a pilot, described as a “young male,” was very apologetic for destroying the continued on A3

Google’s Project Glass see A3

Tweleve apartment buildings were destroyed when the plane blew up several times.

Adventures of Smokahontas see B1

Baseball Player Joey Burney see C1

Photography Section see E1

CNU Meth Bust suspected mobile meth lab found outside a cnu residence hall By: Derek Page News Editor Investigation of a suspected meth lab at Christopher Newport University has led to two students being banned from campus. The university administration has not released the names or any other information regarding the two students. “It’s unfortunate schools can’t evaluate common sense when accepting students,” said ODU senior Chris Knight. According to the Virginian-Pilot, police found a substance in a room of Wilson residence hall

the Wilson residence hall and ordered an evacuation. Officials from the university told reporters a lab in Norfolk would be analyzing the substance. CNU Police Chief Jeffrey Brown told the Daily Press that, “first priority now is making sure the students are safe and any hazardous material has been removed.” Lou Thurston, Newport News police spokeswoman, told the Pilot a narcotics-detecting dog alerted officers of the presence of drugs in a car in the parking lot next to the dormitory, leading to the discovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

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“It’s not surprising to hear of students getting busted for pot every now and again, but meth is a different story,” said ODU senior, Mike Porter. “ODU gets a pretty bad rap when it comes to drugs on campus, but I’ve never heard of anything as extreme as meth floating around the student body.” Brown told Wavy News, “The investigation regarding the suspected mobile meth lab remains active.” So far, no arrests have been made. CNU police are leading the investigation with help from the Newport News police department.

Going for the World Record By: Matthew McCracken Sports Editor

Kathy Hilsinger Walliser, a 5-foot-5-inch, 60-year-old female doctorate student in the bio-medical program at Old Dominion University, is in training to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most weight lifted in a 24-hour period. continued on C3 Police search a suspected vehicle.


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Mace & Crown staff Justin Brown Editor in Chief Derek Page News Editor Alyssa Narvell Arts & Entertainment Editor

Letter From the Editor Readers of the Mace & Crown, As a staff we want to thank everyone who came out and supported Carniv-ALL. It was a fun for us to meet with students while also making a little bit of money for our organization. This week we are going to be holding interviews for paid positions on our Editorial

Board. The open positions are as follows: News Editor, Sports Editor, Head of Graphic Design, Web Master, and Advertising Director. Getting involved with the Mace & Crown is a great way to get active on campus and learn real world skills. We will be taking applicants this Thursday and the following Tuesday. Please email a

Jessica Starr Copy Editor

ODU MFA grad speaks in virginia beach

Elaina Ellis Photography Editor

By: Derek Page News Editor

Megan Jefferson Senior Graphic Designer James Porter Advertising Director

James Porter Distribution Manager Ethan Shaw Arts & Entertainment Assistant Jake Ullrich Sports Assistant Ari Gould Photography Assistant Senior Writers: Ben Decowski RJay Molina Staff Writers: Janah Stokes Alexander Rose Jessica Scheck Steve Knauer Gianina Thompson Lauren Grant Emma Needham Elizabeth Bowry Megan Stamper Jordan Jones MaryAnn Jackson Jessica Piland Nour Kheireddine Lateesha Gloston Shawn Minor Siaga Johnson Sarah Roby Angel Dodson Andrew Tompkins Daniel Felarca Rashad Little Brian Jerry Haja Kabba Allison Terres Timothy Fulghum Staff Photographers: Chris Sampson Rachel Chasin Jake Zimmerman Binh Dong Lauren Makely Alfred Greg Marlie De Clerck General Information: The Mace & Crown is a newspaper published by and written for the students of Old Dominion once a week throughout each semester and once in the summer. Originally founded in 1930 as the The High Hat, the paper became the Mace & Crown in 1961. The Mace & Crown is a primarily self-supporting newspaper,maintaining journalistic independance from the university. All views expressed in this collegiate paper are those of the author, not of the University, Mace & Crown, or the editors. Contact Information: Phone: 757-683-3452 Fax: 757-683-3459 Advertising: 757-683-4773

Best Regards, Justin Brown Editor in Chief

Natalie Diaz Speaks at Her Alma Mater

Matthew McCracken Sports Editor

LJ Harris Web Designer

cover letter and your resume if you are interested in any of these positions to

Diaz’s MFA thesis manuscript “The Clouds are Buffalo Stampeding Toward Jesus” has just been published by Copper Canyon Press.

Author and poet Natalie Diaz will be speaking live at the Old Dominion University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center on Thursday, April 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be streamed live to the ODU Tri-Cities and Peninsula Centers. Diaz, a Mojave and Pima tribe member, was born and raised on the banks of the Colorado River in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She played professional basketball in

Europe and Asia for several years before earning her masters in fine arts at Old Dominion University. She currently lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona where she works with the few remaining speakers of Mojave to revitalize the language at Fort Mojave. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in the Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri, The Speed Chronicles, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, and others. Books may be ordered from the University Village Bookstore.

Interfaith Celebration By: Morgan Malone Contributing Writer

Old Dominion’s Office of Intercultural Relations and the Office of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services’ Peace Week committee came together to sponsor the first ever Interfaith Celebration, this past Wednesday, April 14. The faiths represented included Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Spiritualism, and Christianity. Master of Ceremonies Dr. Chandra De Silva, introduced Dr. Ellen Neufeldt, Provost and Vice President of SEES. Dr. Neufeldt and Dr. De Silva agreed that it is important to promote inclusiveness at ODU and reflect interfaith understanding. The large and enthusiastic audience made for a night of celebration worth remembering. The presentations started with Dr. Ravi Mukkamala of the Sai Center of Hampton Roads. The Sai Center is a part of the worldwide Sai organization, a sect of Hinduism. Their goal is to uncover the divinity within through service, education and devotion. Dr. De Silva recited their motto as being, “Love all, serve all and help all. Hurt never.” Dr. Mukkamala said the religion emphasizes self-realization, and that the Sai sect focuses on the more than the body and mind because they are ever changing with the soul. Afterwards, he and other followers of the Sai Center sang three songs with fitting lyrics such as, “Love is my form, truth is my breath, this is my food.” Next, the Jewish choir Shir Darom, Songs of the South, sang songs in Hebrew and they also included a song from the Disney movie, The Prince of Egypt. The song previously recorded by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, Shir Darom more than did the song justice. Their songs reflected scriptures and some from Broadway plays. All in atten-

dance were captured by their harmony and unity. After the first two performances, Swabir Silayi, representing the faith of Islam, gave the night a change of pace. Silayi read two poems, both speaking of introspection, selfrealization, and awareness of one’s surroundings. He then spoke of Muslim relations in France and discrimination against Muslims as a whole for certain cultural aspects, like men with long beards and women who wear hijabs. While the previous three presenters were heavily applauded, the real interaction came when Julie Clark, acoustic guitar award winner and spiritual presenter, sang a song she wrote about her spiritual journey. As she sang and played the guitar, the crowd sang along making her presentation even more worthwhile. The crowd’s interaction with her spiritual presentation even further exemplified interfaith unity and the act of being open minded at ODU. The next presenters switched things up with the use of items important to their faith. Monks from the Dong Hung Buddhist Temple placed a statue of Buddha and two sets of potted yellow flowers on a table behind them as they sat with bells and began chanting to “spread the dharma,” dharma being the principle of cosmic order. The purpose of the chanting is to praise the dharma. Music in Buddhism is often thought of as an offering. The final presenter was ODU’s own, Ebony Impact Gospel Choir representing the faith of Christianity. ODU’s gospel choir of 35 years, Ebony Impact awed the audience with a few musical selections. With their broad smiles, synchronized to the beat, and live band, they put every ounce of their hearts and souls into the performance. In the end, the Interfaith Celebration showed that ODU is an accepter of interfaith

unity. The Interfaith Celebration was just the tip of the iceberg for what is to come. When asked if interfaith unity is represented here at ODU, Student Government Association President Luis Ferreira said, “I think we do exhibit Interfaith appreciation. Our international festival every year demonstrates that appreciation and coexistence. The fact we have so many different cultures working, studying and growing together is indicative of this.” Ferreira said he felt enriched by the interfaith celebration and found it to be a great opportunity to learn about different religions and how they show their faith. When asked the same question, Ms. Lesa Clark, Assistant Dean of OIR, responded with, “Yes, I think that our students, faculty and staff, for the most part, respect the diversity within our faith and belief communities. However, I deem that programs and initiatives that educate by bringing diverse voices to share their faith and belief journeys is critical if we wish to sustain cross cultural engagement. So often when it comes to the discussion of interfaith, it usually takes the form of a debate whereby participants defend their belief, try to prove the perceived fallacy of different beliefs, and marginalize the individual for their belief system. Via our Interfaith Forums and this event, we are educating students on how to share their perspectives while valuing and not judging others; they are learning the cross cultural skill of how to respectfully disagree with a perspective and share their core values in a way that does not impose those values on others.” This event turned out to be a wonderful success and the students and faculty of ODU can expect future presentations to accentuate inclusiveness when it comes to varying faiths.


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Dear Monarchs, As the eighty-first session of student government winds to a close, we look to the future and elections for executive office positions were recently held for the upcoming term. I would like to congratulate all of our winners; Mariam Abdelhamid, president, Ashton Gray, vice president, Collin Hust, speaker of the senate and Maya Shelton, secretary. I would like to thank Greg Walsh, the student representative to the board of visitors, for his valuable contributions to the university. This year I have worked very closely with Greg and he has been a tremendous advocate, working diligently on behalf of the student body at the board level. I am very excited to report that Kevin Muchiri, a graduate student in engineering management from Kenya, was recently appointed as the next student representative to the Board of Visitors. Kevin has demonstrated great leadership in student government as the chairperson of the Safety Committee and served as the Old Dominion University student representative to the Student Advisory Committee to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia for the 2010-2011 year. I am very excited for what the future has in store under the leadership of these fine individuals. If you have any graduation, parking or general concerns or ideas please feel free to contact me at lferreir@ As always, I look forward to serving you.

Project Glass

New prototype by Google called Project Glass.

The Future Is Within Sight By: Steven Knauer Staff Writer

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Nine residents sustained injuries, seven of which were hospitalized.

apartments. Smith cut the pilot from his parachute and pulled him to safety. The police and fire departments were at the crash site and had the blaze under control within the hour. Once on the scene, officials closed I-264 in both directions at Birdneck Road. They reopened the highway at 3 p.m. after everything was under control. Dawnielle Ellington, a business management senior at ODU, was concerned when her friend from Pennsylvania called her about the crash. Ellington followed the coverage on television at Chili’s. Ellington said, “I was concerned for the people in the apartments. What is the government going to do to help them?” The American Red Cross is offering assistance to those affected by the crash. The Navy is also offering help filing claims forms for injury and property damage.

Google’s newest endeavor, Project Glass, will be a leap into the future. Videos of the new project hit YouTube this week, stunning many viewers. The eventual product will be a frame resembling glasses with an eyepiece that projects images onto the user’s vision. An example of images would be text messages, pictures, directions, etc. The term for this idea is augmented reality or AR. Augmented reality is more-or-less the idea of having a heads-up display in a person’s view, similar to the visual displays inside a jet cockpit. Jeff Ely, an engineering graduate student at Old Dominion says these glasses could raise the average person’s amount of sensory information, claiming, “It’s not new information, but transforming information.” Features for Project Glass so far include vocal input, recording, picture taking and GPS. While the uses can be endless, students in particular could make use of this technology, and

A view from the eye of the user.

like smart phones today, applications can be made by anyone. For instance, someone could make an application that picks up certain cue words and records what follows, creating a list that can be browsed at the user’s convenience and used to recall certain conversations held during the day, such as a due date for a paper, or a meeting set up with an advisor. When asked what he would like to see with Project Glass, Ely responded that, “Typing on a keyboard is easier than a touch screen. Touch screens are clumsy, the glasses would need an innovation on controls,” referring to any feedback that is not eye movement tracking. Tracking the eyes can be used to navigate menus just as the vocal recognition can be used for input, but more intricate maneuvers would require a more one-to-one type of feedback. The glasses, still being in project form, have plenty of room for innovation to make them that much more useful in everyday life. One complaint voiced about the project is the look of the frames. This is just the prototype however, and the

finished product can have many varying looks. For instance, photos of the project show that there are rims in which glass can be placed, but there is currently nothing in them, leaving room for prescription lenses, or even sunglass lenses. A varying look of the glasses themselves would definitely help Google, especially for the consumers who don’t want to look like they are from Star Trek. Nick Bilton of the New York Times wrote, “The version Google unveiled Wednesday looks more graceful. There are reportedly dozens of other shapes and variations of the glasses in the works, some of which can sit over a person’s normal eyeglasses.” This claim alone shows Google is initiative to make them socially acceptable. There is no solid release date for the finished product, but rumors have risen inside Google that they are aiming for some time next year. Perhaps the best speculation of all is the price, planned to cost roughly the same as today’s average smart phone.



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arts entertainment THE ADVENTURES OF


From ODU to NYC, Up and Coming Music Phenom Audra the Rapper is Taking the Industry by Storm

By: Haja Kabba Staff Writer Most of her fans know her as Audra the Rapper, but some are coming to associate her with the nickname Smokahontas. Audra known for her strong disapproval of gimmicks says the whole association was organic. “I’m in love with weave. I always wear weave. Every time I would wear weave it would get longer and longer. People started calling me Pocahontas and I’d correct them and say Smokahontas.” “I am the anti-rapper,” Audra laughed. “People will talk to me and be like, ‘you don’t talk like a rapper, you don’t look like a rapper.’ I just happen to be me.” Audra’s honest and easy going nature has helped her establish herself in the music industry and gain a fan base, which is no small feat. A former graduate from Old Dominion University, Audra has always known that music would be it for her. “ I never had a plan B. I always wanted to do music. When I was six my mom got me vocal lessons, and when I was seven she got me piano lessons. I’d do All State Choir and we’d travel. When I was 13, I realized I couldn’t sing, so I wanted to be a rap-

per,” she said. For Audra, life after ODU was reminiscent of Woodstock. “I kind of just played in different directions. I had just graduated not even a year ago. My three friends and I moved in with my home girl and we just lived like hippies the whole summer. We just chilled all day and none of us had jobs. We just lived like we were at Woodstock,” she said. In 2007, Audra released her first mixtape aptly titled “Sweet and Sour.” The mixtape had a total of 13 songs. The mixtape was a great stepping stone in establishing Audra and gaining a fan base. In 2010, Audra released her mixtape “Miseducation of Audra.” Audra showcased her singing talent on the song “Comfort Zone.” The popularity generated from the song led to the decision to include it on her 2011 mixtape, “No Such Thing Exists.” Audra’s natural talent has given her the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as Trey Songz, Jadakiss, LaToya Luckett, Lloyd, Ray-J, MC Lyte and many others. In 2010, Audra’s hard work finally paid off when she was approached by well-known rapper Rick Ross and was invited to join the Maybach Music Group family.

face, on my clothes. I do what I like. I really like vintage pieces. I’ve always dressed the same, even when I was at ODU,” she explained. Audra urges her fans to stay in school. She acknowledges the hard economic times, but is also aware of some of the frustrations students feel. “Stay in school. I wanted to quit school every day. My junior and senior year I’d take the bus to NYC to rub Audra accredits much of her success to the support of her mom and family, in general. Audra’s mother changed her dreams to fit Audra’s. She took classes on management and has always been there to support Audra through the ups and downs of the industry. “I think family support is huge when you’re chasing your dreams. Me personally, when I’ve thought about quitting I would think about my Mom supporting me. She changed her dream to concede with mine. My mom wants me to succeed in this. My family has always been a huge support. My family will chase state lines to come support me, I’m so blessed.” She is known for her music, but often identified by her whimsical sense of style. Audra’s wardrobe consists of eccentric heels, adorned headbands, leather jackets, hipster readers and vintage pieces, to name a few. It’s often hard to get a precise feel of her style because she wears what she feels. “I’m a chameleon. I really am. I think how I feel be written on my

Relationship Trouble? By: Emma Needham Staff Writer April is sexual awareness month, and a series of five workshops are being offered to help promote awareness and educate on healthy relationships. These workshops cover many topics and engage attendees though exercises to reinforce the principles discussed in the sessions. Pour Your Heart Out, HEART session number two, led by doctoral student in the department of Counseling and Human Services Kate Bender on April 5, focused on effective communication strategies for healthy relationships. The session began with attendees filling out a “My Relationship Profile” to detail what each individual expects in a relationship and what they think they bring to a relationship. A list was then presented addressing realistic and unrealistic expectations in most relationships. For instance, a realistic expectation is couples should enjoy spending time together and an unrealistic expectation is a couple will enjoy every moment of their relationship. “The Cycle of Violence” is a three-part circle that rela-

tionships consistently go through. The first stage is the tension stage, followed by the violence stage, and lastly, the honeymoon stage, until it circles around again. To learn how to ease the tension and violence stages, attendees participated in an exercise that involved one person being a bad listener, while their partner would try to talk to them about a problem. The role of the bad listener was then switched to a good listener, illustrating the proper techniques to communicate. While this particular session focused on effective communication in relationships, there are four other sessions that complete the series. While the focus of the first session was engaging in healthy relationships, the next three focus on techniques to resolve conflict, talking with friends about relationship trouble, and safely navigating college culture. The next three sessions are held on April 10, April 12, and April 17, all from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday sessions are held in Cape Charles Room in Webb Center and the Thursday session is held in the Chesapeake Room in Webb Center.

shoulders with people that I’ve seen on TV. Every day I’d wonder why I’m in school because they didn’t finish school and they’re established but school grooms you. People like hearing that you graduated from school and now you’re out there trying to make your dreams happen.” At 22, Audra has a bachelor’s degree from ODU, several accolades including “20 Emcees to watch in 2012.” “I don’t want to act. I really don’t. Being an artist is my end all be all. I don’t see anything else besides music. I just want to have my hand in music always... I have a charity called The Audra M Green Music for a Cause

Foundation. I founded it when I was 17. The foundation helps people who have HIV/AIDs, and prevents youth violence and teenage pregnancy.” Audra helps to organize the events for her charity. She was nominated for the Role Model of the year by Southern Entertainment Awards. For Audra the sky is the limit and she realizes that. “If anything, I’d want to own a hotel one day. I try not to go to the same hotel twice. I’m obsessed with the little things about hotels and the little details,” she said. Interested in finding out more about

Audra? You can find out more by following her on her Twitter page @ AudraTheRapper or Tumblr page On April 10, Audra will be on the cover of Celebrity Magazine. She will be featured in the June issue of Essence Magazine. She will also be in the 2012 Rocawear Lookbook.

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April 15 Marks the Century Old Tragedy of the Titanic By: MaryAnn Jackson Staff Writer Everyone knows the story of what happened to the supposedly unsinkable ocean liner. The sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic happened a century ago, and several events are being held to commemorate it. Many embody the tragedy of the Titanic in James Cameron’s 1997 critically acclaimed film. In commemoration of the disaster, the film “Titanic” is being rereleased to theatres now in IMAX, 3D and RealD. Although many of the characters in the film are fictional, the passengers involved were real. There was the true story of passengers Isidor Strauss, the founder of Macy’s, and his wife Ida. The two dressed in their best as the ship was going down, and held hands with the only comfort being that they would die together. “Titanic,” in some

ways, related main characters Jack Dawson and Rose to the sad death of Isidor and Ida. Along with the rerelease of the movie, other commemorative events happened. On April 10, Royal Mail released stamps in remembrance of the Titanic. Stamps printed include pictures of the construction of the Titanic at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, the Titanic’s launch in Southampton, and The New York Time’s report of the tragedy. The mail area of the ship was one of the first places that began to plunge into the depths of the ocean after the hit, and five postal clerks died. Royal Mail spokesman, Philip Parker says on the stamp release, “The history of the Titanic and Royal Mail are closely interlinked, as the ship was commissioned to carry mail, so the letters R.M.S, Royal Mail Ship, were used in the ship’s name.” Other events include a new exhibi-

tion opening in Wales that includes replicas of pieces salvaged from the ship, along with articles and testimonies from the passengers who survived. Also in Belfast, “Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film” will be released. The film tells the story of the voyage of the ship, the disastrous sinking, and even of the last remaining band members that played to their death on the ship’s deck. One of the last events includes the release of special National Geographic broadcasts. “The Titanic: 100 series with Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron” aired Sunday, April 8 at 8 p.m. The broadcast explained Cameron’s journey and all of the questions answered in search of the Titanic. Another program on National Geographic included “Save the Titanic” with Bob Ballard, the man who is on a constant quest to save and salvage the wreckage of the Titanic from trea-

sure hunters, tourists and others. “Save the Titanic” aired Monday, April 9 at 8 p.m. Although the tragedy of the Titanic happened a century ago, the memory of the terrifying accident still remains. Young and old know the chilling story of the Titanic’s unsuspected demise.

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Impact From the Start Joey Burney: From DH to 1B and Everywhere In Between

By: Jake Ullrich Assistant Sports Editor Unless you’re the Kentucky Wildcats, most freshmen don’t make a big impact on their collegiate team. They’re new to the college game, physically not as strong and mentally might not be prepared. Well, Joey Burney wasn’t like most freshmen. His first year, he played in 45 games and started 40, hitting eight home runs and 34 RBI’s. Not bad production from a 19-year-old freshman.

“The coaches said everyone is going to have a chance, just see what you can do,” Burney said. “I had a pretty decent fall and everything worked out.” It worked out for the best for the Old Dominion Monarchs. Burney, a sophomore finance and accounting major from Gloucester, Virginia has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember. While most athletes start young, Burney started really young. “I’ve been in batting cages since I

monarch mentions • Jamie Hughes, junior cheerleader from Chesapeake, won the title of Miss Virginia United States on March 31 in Richmond. • Sophomore dancer Kendall Smith of Waldorf, Maryland won the Miss White Oak crown. • Elizabeth Haycock won CAA Golfer of the Week for a second time after earning medalist at the Hoya Women’s Golf Invitational on April 3.

was three,” Burney said. “Pretty much as soon as I could stand up, I was playing.” Surprisingly, he wasn’t being recruited at the age of three, but he remembers realizing he wanted to play baseball on the division one level when he started playing high school ball. After talking to multiple coaches, he started to look around for offers from schools. Multiple Virginia schools contacted Burney, including William & Mary and Virginia Military Institute But a surprise offer came from Old Dominion and he knew that’s where he wanted to go.

“I wanted to be close to home so my family could some see me play,” Burney said. “Everything they told me [about ODU] I loved. Everything’s getting so big.” When Burney arrived at Old Dominion, he was most surprised that everyone was so good. No longer was he the dominant hitter he was in high school, but instead at the bottom of the totem pole for a new team. But that didn’t keep Burney from dedicating himself to getting better and giving himself a chance to play. He credits Josh Wright and Chris Baker as the senior leaders of the team who helped him through the transition to college ball. Most of his freshman year, Burney played as the designated hitter, finishing with very impressive offensive numbers. “It’s tough when you’re DH [designated hitter] because you have to be so involved in the game even when you’re not,” Burney said. “You have to watch everything.” This season saw a move from Burney to first base, a new position for him but one that allows him to be on the field much more often. He was recruited to play third base but says they threw him at first because he, “Wasn’t as fast as everyone else.” Or because he has serious power potential. “I’ve made three errors so far, so not terrible,” Burney said of his experiment at first base. “There are some things I feel I could improve on. But I watched [Chris] Baker all last season and he was an amazing first baseman. “ Burney credits his new coaches for the improvements he’s made from last season. He admits last season he would sometimes step up to the plate knowing he was going to swing before

he even saw the pitch. Now, he steps into the box trying to be aware of what pitch he could see coming. “I’ve really been thinking about the game now and not just swinging,” Burney said. He feels the improvements the team has made this season fall to the positive changes coach Finwood made when he came to Old Dominion. “Everything’s changed,” Burney said on his arrival. “Josh [Wright] and [Brent] Frazier and [Brandon] Shelly in the infield were making plays that weren’t made before. Everyone was making it look so much easier. “He’s probably the most knowledgeable coach I’ve ever been around,” Burney said. Burney has already made a serious impact for the Monarchs and he only looks to do more for his team. They came into the season wanting to win the CAA title and admit they’re in a down cycle right now. But he believes the team has the potential to return to their winning ways. And for Burney, that’s all that matters, not his RBI’s or home run totals, but the success of the team. “I just want to be able to give everything I can give and know that my teammates would know that I tried my hardest.”

Five Buck Box BA Runs Hits Walks Errors

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* for more baseball statistics see C4

Athlete of the Week:

Ben Tomchick Senior Pitcher

Ben Tomchick threw for a five-hit shutout against the Towson Tigers on Saturday helping the Monarchs win 7-0. This win also ended a six game losing streak for the Monarchs.


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From Poland,

With Love Muzalewski’s Hard Work Paying Off

Muzalewski returns the ball with a backhand. By: Ben Decowski Senior Writer

Senior Krzysztof Muzalewski has served as the backbone of the men’s tennis team this year. He has played in both the number one and two spots in singles and has compiled an overall record of 10-8 so far, 8-8 as a one and 2-0 as a two. Muzalewski has been a dedicated player for Old Dominion University throughout his career and even traveled all the way from Torun, Poland to be a Monarch. “To be honest the deciding factor is that it was the closest to the ocean. I like the beach, I like to be close to the water,” Muzalewski said. The United States were not the first stop for Muzalewski who lived in England for two years before coming to ODU, making the transition from Poland to the United States a little easier. There are differences that Muzalewski has had to get used to, “The whole education system here is completely different, you get to pick your own classes and basically, you make your own schedule while in Europe you kind of get thrown into a program and they give you the times and the days for it for all the classes,” Muzalewski said. Tennis is not exactly huge in Poland, but that didn’t stop Muzalewski from picking up the sport early on in his life. “…It just kind of runs in my blood. Everyone in the family plays tennis, so since I was little, I was always around tennis courts,” Muzalewski said. Since he arrived at ODU, it has been all business for Muzalewski. He has to juggle practice, classes and conditioning on a week-to-week basis and it

is starting to pay off. Muzalewski was just named the National Strength and Conditioning Association Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year. “I don’t actually know much about it,” Muzalewski said but mentioned that, “It’s certainly nice, there’s been a lot of sweat and a lot of pain put into this whole program in the last few years and especially in the last year so it’s good to get something out of it.” Hard work seems to be a theme for Muzalewski. “I like to work hard, I enjoy working hard. I enjoy doing the same things over and over again,” Muzalewski said. That kind of mentality is setting Muzalewski up for a successful future and he was just accepted into the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands to get his masters degree in financial economics. Muzalewski doesn’t seem to be letting his accomplishments get to his head though. He even admits that he has problems with his confidence. “Sometimes I don’t believe in myself enough,” Muzalewski said. Confident or not, Muzalewski is the owner of an impressive career record of 61-34 in singles and 63-33 in doubles. Last year, he was even awarded with First-Team All-CAA honors in doubles and Second-Team All-CAA honors in singles. The tennis season is almost over with only one regular season match-up left against William & Mary on April 14. “I know we’re getting close to the end, but this is the most crucial time and everything. This is when the CAA tournament is, this is when finals are in all the classes,” Muzalewski said, “…now is the time to get the payoff, so we’ll see, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Wright runs down the field craddling the ball.

Wright’s Worth SARAH WRIGHT FIGHTS FOR HER TEAM By: Sarah Roby Staff Writer

The women’s lacrosse team at Old Dominion University is in the middle of its season and is fighting hard in hopes of making it to the CAA’s and winning. “We need to win CAA’s,” Sarah Wright said, senior lacrosse player. Wright explained how the team works hard in practice and stays positive. For the women’s lacrosse team, the key ingredient in winning is confidence, “we need that confidence from everyone,” Wright said. The easiest way to accomplish this is to “make your teammate look good by picking them up after they make a mistake,” Wright said. The lacrosse team is 1-0 in the conference and 4-7 overall. “We’re really good underdogs, we tend to be more scrappy and outhustle the other teams and that’s when we win,” Wright said. Wright has played lacrosse since she was 9 years old. She is a senior midfielder standing at 5-feet-9-inches from New York. She is ranked third in points, currently with 18 goals and

four assists, totaling with 28 points. She has started every game of her college career. In Wright’s junior year, she was second on the team with 19 goals, three of those goals in a single game against rival William and Mary. Wright chose to continue lacrosse in college over her other high school sports, soccer and track. “I learned it so much quicker,” Wright said. Lacrosse has been a huge part of her life for so long. “I love running.” Wright said. Wright is a significant player with her speed, skills and competitiveness. “I try to funnel all of my issues into lacrosse,” Wright said. She knows her strengths and how to focus on the field, but her biggest concern is to see her teammates happy. “I love playing for my teammates and having everything come together, seeing other players happy,” Wright said. The only improvement Wright needs to work towards is being more confident. The lacrosse coaches encourage Wright to be more confident in taking the ball to goal more often. “I need to improve on being consistent with that confidence,” Wright said.

Wright has been on the lacrosse team for four years now and through all the training and hard work her favorite memory is a special team run. “My favorite memory is probably in the fall when we go on this campus run where we all dress up in Halloween costumes,” Wright said, “It’s really interesting to see after we have fun, that’s when we play the best lacrosse.” Wright has plenty of fun with lacrosse, but also enjoys being active outdoors, whether it is with friends or family. She is pursuing a degree in exercise science and is planning to get a physical therapy internship.

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Going for the World Record Sixty-year-old ODU student attempts to break world lifting record By: Matthew McCracken Sports Editor

Kathy Hilsinger Walliser, a 5-foot5-inch, 60-year-old female doctorate student in the bio-medical program at Old Dominion University, is in training to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most weight lifted in a 24-hour period. That record is held by Shaun Jones, who lifted 1,013,250 pounds on the morning of his fiftieth birthday on March 23, 2010. “Everyone can be fit. If you have a body, you can be fit. If you have a mind, you can be alert,” Walliser said. On March 30, Walliser successfully lifted 581,500 pounds in 7.25 hours at the Student Recreation Center. That calculates out to 80,207 pounds lifted per hour. Her workout includes lifts that concentrate mostly on back, legs and core. “Your back, you’ve got to keep it strong. That’s what supports everything else,” Walliser said. She also incorporates lifts using her chest, biceps, triceps and shoulders. One concept that Walliser concen-

trates on is the gym is high repetitions with a lot of sets. She works her muscle groups equally by keeping track of her numbers, and pushing herself on various muscle groups. “I try to balance it so what I do on one muscle group, I copy on another.” Walliser also takes into account the importance of nutrition and dieting with taking on such a difficult feat. She doesn’t eat any junk food, stays away from salt and fat, anything artificial, and all colorings. “Even the Gatorade that they sell in the back [of the gym], I can’t drink because I can’t metabolize the red,” Walliser said. Instead, Walliser eats a lot of fish, raw vegetables and salads. For her long-lasting workouts, Walliser has invented a paste from peanut butter and fruit. She stops occasionally during workouts to take this, which she eventually wants to use to help third world countries in their protein intake. “When you are lifting like that, you can’t do it on a full stomach. You can’t do it on an empty stomach. It doesn’t matter what you ate for breakfast, it’s gone in three hours,” Walliser said.

On top of that, Walliser has also invented her own water. Having pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C and adding lemon lime flavoring, Walliser’s new water helps neutralize lactic acids, which helps keep her muscles going. Walliser said, “That way your muscles can keep going without having that burn.” As an elderly woman, Walliser has received a lot of support from groups around Old Dominion. Some of these include the Women’s Center, Student Health Center, Pure Health Education group and the Student Recreation Center. Walliser’s message is, “You do not have to let your brain or your body time out. Fitness is for life.” She went on and said, “When I address women, I say women are strong. When I address athletes, I say records are for breaking. When I address old people, I say age is just a number.” Walliser takes the role of being fit as a lifestyle instead of training for a world record. She walks everywhere because she doesn’t have a car, whether it is to the beach or Farm Fresh on 21 Street.

With such extensive training, Walliser had a different opinion than most. “I avoided taking advice from all the trainers. I avoided the advice that says no pain, no gain.” Walliser enjoys being active and staying fit, and said, “I think we need to dispel that myth that it has to hurt to be good, I don’t believe it.” How much time needed to train to break the record is unknown, but be-

ing able to lift over 500,000 pounds in a third of a day shows Walliser is on the right track. Walliser’s blog,, gives more indepth detail on her ideas and inventions. As for what it would mean to Walliser to break Shaun Jones world record, she smiled and said, “That would mean the strongest person on earth is a Lady Monarch.”


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T he CAA S core C orner Women’s Lacrosse ODU Baseball

Old Dominion 7 vs Towson 0

AB Wright, Josh 3 Eldridge, Josh 4 Baker, Chris 5 Tutwiler, Josh 5 Burney, Joey 4 Coker, Drew 0 Perez, Michael 4 Fraizer, Brent 3 Shelton, Brandon 3 Belgrave, Kenneth 2 Tomchick, Ben 0 Totals 33

Old Dominion (11-20)

R 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 7

H 0 0 1 2 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 9

April 7 RBI BB SO PO 0 2 1 2 0 1 3 1 2 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 10 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 5 1 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 7 6 11 27

Game 2 A LOB 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 13 8

ON THE MOUNDA p r i l 7 G a m e 2

Old Dominion Tomchick, Ben

IP 9.0

H 5

R 0

ER 0

BB 0

SO 5

Old Dominion 14 vs W&M 10 Old Dominion (4-9)

1 Reymann, Rebecca 2 Bernardini, Lisa 4 Collins, Jordynn 5 Wright, Sarah 6 Austerberry, Emily 7 Burns, Alexandra 14 McCormick, Kallie 20 Davis, Shelby 22 Hartrum, Rebecca 25 Rea, Christina 30 McBee, Hannah 32 Geary, Sarah 10 Dragon, Alyssa 12 Liberty, Jess 15 Rogers, Meredith 21 Johnson, Courtney


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A 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

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opinions “Savage u” talks about SEXcapades getting tested By: Easy A Staff Writer

MTV premiered its new series “Savage U” on Tuesday, April 3. The show stars Dan Savage, a popular sex and relationship advice columnist, traveling to universities across the United States. In the first episode, Savage and his producer, Lauren Hutchinson, go to the University of Maryland to hold Q&A assemblies and meet students one-on-one. In this first episode, Savage and Hutchinson run into a male student who was getting tested for STDs. You would think he was a responsible young male, but as Savage asked him questions about his sex life with his girlfriend, things turned gloomy. The male had been having unprotected sex with his girlfriend, who is not taking birth control. Savage is shocked, as am I.

So, I want to bring a few facts to your attention. has 10 shocking stats that deal with college students and STDs. They are as follows:

1) 1 in 4 college students have an STD. 2) 54 percent of students regularly use condoms. 3) 18 percent of teen girls in a research group, consisting of 838 teen girls, have the Human Papillomavirus, HPV. CDC researcher, Dr. Sarah Forhan, conducted the research with different four STDs. 4) 19 million new STD cases occur each year. 5) 80 percent of people carrying an STD show no symptoms. 6) HPV is the number one sexually transmitted disease on campus. 7) 45 percent of drunken college freshman

fail to protect themselves during sex. 15 percent end up getting a STD. 8) In a study among college students, half believe that they can tell if someone has a STI by just looking at them. 9) 87 percent of men know how to use a condom while 60 percent of women know how to correctly use condoms. 60 percent of women say they would still have sex if a man did not wear a condom. 10) 60 percent of women say they are in a committed relationship while 38 percent of men will agree to the same statement.

Really? People, come on! Get tested, use condoms, and protect yourself. Little known fact about birth control is that it takes three months from the time you take the first pill to become active. If you switch brands, your birth control

becomes less effective for a month. There are also antibiotics that cancel out your birth control during the time that you take them. The Health Center here on campus does testing for STDs. It is always good to get tested, even if you don’t think you’re carrying any diseases. The piece of mind is better than not knowing you have a small case of chlamydia. Now if you are sitting there reading this thinking, “Wahhh, it will hurt.” Grow up! If you’re afraid of the truth then you shouldn’t even be having sex. People are at ODU to educate themselves and gain higher knowledge. We should also have knowledge to protect ourselves. That is the purpose of Sexcapades. To educate you on a subject not taught in the classrooms at ODU but instead, taught in the dorm rooms to be shared here in Sexcapades.

Keeping Healthy While in College Exercise and Zombies By: Jessica Starr Copy Editor

College students have a difficult time keeping up with everything. We have to study and do homework, we try to have some semblance of a social life, and some students have jobs as well. Even though it should be, health does not always make that list of things to worry about. Staying healthy may not be easy, but it is something that is incredibly important to keep in mind. As expected, one important thing to do to stay healthy is to exercise. Students are used to walking around campus to their classes, and while that is a good start, it’s not enough exercise depending on diet. At least 30 minutes of activity a few times a week is a

good start if a person is trying to maintain their weight. More than that though would be needed to lose weight, preferably an hour of exercise a few times a week, or 30 minutes every day or so. Going to the gym is something that, while not necessarily enjoyable, makes it easier to complete different types of exercise in one place. It is important to do different types of exercise in a routine instead of just one. The basic routine that I find most helpful is to combine cardio, stretching, strength training and a good core workout. It is important that you do a few exercises out of each type, but don’t push too hard in one category. I do understand, however, that the gym is really not an entertaining way to work out. That’s why it is important to remember that you can exercise while doing something you actually enjoy. Frequently there will be people out on Kaufman mall playing Frisbee or football with their friends and that is a great way to workout. Hanging out with your friends playing a quick game between

classes doesn’t seem like much work at all. If going to the gym is the only way you can motivate yourself to exercise, but it still isn’t a fun thing, I have a suggestion. There is an app currently for iPod Touch and iPhone called “Zombies, Run!” that makes running on a treadmill much more entertaining. It will also be released on Android later this year. The basic idea of this app is that a zombie apocalypse has occurred and your character is trying to run around and collect supplies to build up the campsite. While on your run, or walk, the story is unfolding of what role you now play in this small group of survivors. The story line is interjected between songs that are on your iPod, so you can listen to your own music as well. When the groans of zombies can be heard, you need to speed up to outrun them. Nothing is more motivating than the moans of the undead as they approach. The great thing about this app is that it’s not just something you can do while you are running. It is both a motivator and a game. Once finished with your workout, it is time to rebuild your camp. All of the supplies that were collected during the mission are now listed and you can give certain supplies to certain parts of your camp in order to level up. The higher the level of the building, the more people you are able to keep alive in your camp. But once the supplies are gone, there’s nothing else that can be built until you run again. Exercise is just one of the important ways to keep healthy while in college. Whether it is enjoyable or not, it is something we all need to make more time for in our busy schedules. Maybe those zombies can help motivate us just to get up a little more.


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photography Here are some of the photographs that were taken at local events this week by our photography staff at the Mace & Crown. If you want to see more photographs, please go to the Mace & Crown’s Flickr account.

F.O.C.U.S Ministry sold chocolate covered treats to students to fundraise at Carniv-ALL.

ODU Chess team challenges students to a match where every participant gets a prize.

The Easter bunny was a celebrity among the children that attended.

All around Kaufman Mall children crouch, waiting to collect more eggs.


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Nick Markakis swings for the baltimore Orioles on the first inning.

Children decorated cookies with a fully stocked toppings table.

A look inside the Orioles Dug Out.

Local families celebrated Easter with sororities and fraternities by painting faces with many different designs.

Norfolk Tides Ryan Adams throws for a double play.


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