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WEDNESDAY | 4.3.2013 | MACEANDCROWN.COM | Vol. 55, Issue 21

A Treacherous Treasurer By: Derek Page News Editor Mace & Crown

The former treasurer of ODU OUT, Bradley Bledsoe, was charged with and prosecuted for felony embezzlement in the sum of $2,800 of the organization’s private funds. As treasurer, Bledsoe had sole access to an account with ODU Credit Union containing the organization’s donation and fundraising money. Between April and October of 2012, Bledsoe used the ODU Credit Union debit card under his name for personal expenses, such as gas, power and phone bills, food and other miscellaneous expenses. ODU OUT didn’t approach the Mace & Crown with the story until recently because of a feeling of embarrassment from having their trust betrayed. They also faced having to notify all donors that their money was stolen. Making the story public may have brought unwanted attention at the time. “We didn’t want to be the talk of the town,” Connor Norton, president of ODU OUT said. “We didn’t really want people to know namely because of the embarrassment of the trust that we lost.” The organization began to realize allocating funds was becoming increasingly more difficult. Fred Hughes, a former executive board member of ODU OUT, went to ODU Credit Union to investigate and discovered the account was virtually empty. Bledsoe was confronted on his financial misconduct the day before ODU Pride Fest, one of the biggest events of the year for the organization.

He denied the accusation but didn’t appear at the event the following day, reinforcing the suspicion of his peers. ODU OUT filed charges against Bledsoe with the Old Dominion University Police Department on Oct. 17, 2012.

TOTAL MONEY EMBEZZLED $2,823.89 BETWEEN APRIL- OCTOBER 2012 Attempts to contact Bledsoe were unsuccessful. The incident took a harsh toll on the organization. Norton and Hughes were left wondering how such a betrayal got past their notice for so long. It started to make sense when they looked back and recalled odd jokes Bledsoe made regarding financial indiscretion and how he would look disagreeable in orange, alluding to jumpsuits worn by prison inmates. They had also noticed Bledsoe becoming more aggressive and controlling in his position and having a generally tense demeanor, something uncharacteristic of Bledsoe. “The person we grew to trust and grew to know in the beginning was not the person who did this to use in the end. He changed,” Norton said. “It slowly dawned on us that the reason he was cracking the whip so hard was that… the money that we were making was his money.” In one instance, Bledsoe attempted to use budget money appropriated by SGA to purchase a plane ticket for a Milwaukee based LGBTQ ac-

tivist so he could attend an event sponsored by ODU OUT. Norton was skeptical because Bledsoe had a more personal relationship with this person and figured Bledsoe had ulterior motives. “On paper it made sense but we were all like, ‘we know why you’re trying to bring him in.’ We’re not going to spend SGA money on a booty call,” Norton said. Norton and Hughes suffered academically from having to pick up the pieces and put them back together. Financially, things were tight. However, the ODU OUT showed great resolve and gave “pride” new context. “We didn’t want handouts,” Norton said. “The money we had left we wanted to make work… without having to play the pity card. We were scrapping and saving where we could. We had to downsize some of our events, shrink them a little bit or not spend money where we wanted to because, essentially, we wanted to continue operating within SGA’s appropriated budget.” Bledsoe was impeached from his position on Oct. 16, 2012. ODU OUT closed the account with ODU Credit Union and Bledsoe agreed to pay the money back after judicial hearings at the Norfolk General District Court on Feb. 25, 2013. Bledsoe had no previous criminal charges. Simply paying the money back would have reduced the charges to a misdemeanor but Bledsoe’s lawyer reached a deal with ODU OUT to have Bledsoe return the money without pressing charges. Essentially, Bledsoe provided an admission of guilt and the return of the stolen $2,800 in Bradley Bledsoe had sole access to an account containing ODU OUT’s donaexchange for a pardon. Bledsoe no longer attends Old Dominion Uni- tion and fundraising money which he used to cover personal expenses, like gasoline, food, power and cell phone bills. versity.

Powerful Peace

RETIRED NAVY SEAL J. ROB DUBOIS TALKS PEACE By: Sean Burke Assistant Webmaster Mace & Crown

J. Robert DuBois is a former U.S. Navy SEAL and author of “Powerful Peace: A Navy SEAL’s Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War.”

It can be hard to imagine the requirements and mental resolve needed to work in war zones or around them. Men like J. Rob DuBois are responsible for preparing our soldiers as well as the soldiers of the U.K and Iraqi armies for combat situations. Fashionably late, the retired Navy SEAL spoke at ODU about the balance of soft and hard power when considering combat situations. Soft power is the use of coercion through speech or mere show of force. Strong power is the use of force to end a situation, or as DuBois put it, “putting bullets in his face.” Both are required in the theatre of war and are exclusively useful in a variety of situations. Strong force is useful when death is certain, such as in an encounter with a suicide bomber, and soft is useful in situations that can be managed. DuBois’ job as a Navy SEAL was car-

tography, but after he retired in 2006, he assumed a different role. It was his job to think like the enemy or “become the terrorist” as he said in his speech. After this, he was to instruct forces on how to think like terrorists. He does this so that our forces and foreign forces can engage and defeat the terrorist threat. Sun Tzu was the first to conceptualize this philosophy of, “If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.” DuBois is also the author of novel “Powerful Peace.” He said it’s more about peace building rather than a guide for combat preparation. In the novel, he speaks to the trauma that war can inflict upon children. In his chapter “Harm.” he shares a chilling example of two Iraqi girls being wounded in a car bomb near a school. He writes, “My heart doesn’t ache for these children. It explodes. Forcing out burning tears, my heart explodes like the car bomb that tore them and their playmates apart.” His book is now available for sale in the ODU bookstore.

In addition to understanding the enemy, the book also speaks on understanding people. DuBois suggests that knowing “there is value in any point of view” can improve your outlook on life, and improve your interpersonal skills. DuBois admits that he failed in implementing this within his personal life. Admitting that he had not realized he had been forward deployed 36 months out of 48. However, realizing this helped him understand the stress his wife had been going through and it strengthened his marriage. He extended this philosophy of knowing the other side to political tension in the U.S. Stating, “Any wasted energy is a shame. If we stop fighting ourselves and unify our energies we can accomplish so much more.” DuBois’ speech became emotional once he began speaking on the events of Sept. 11, 2001. DuBois spoke about the rage he felt and took lengthy pauses as he described watching the plane hit the second tower. DuBois states, “If any of our fellow SEALS had laughed or shown any pleasure at what continued on A3

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NEWS Mace & Crown Staff : Megan Jefferson Editor in Chief

Meet the New Student Body Leaders

Derek Page News Editor Alyssa Narvell Arts & Entertainment Editor Jordan Jones Sports Editor Jessica Starr Copy Editor Ellison Gregg Photography Editor Jimmy Long Senior Graphic Designer James Porter II Advertising Director Allison Terres Web Designer DeAngelo Thorpe Distribution Manager Jessica Scheck News Assistant Dominique Bailey Arts & Entertainment Assistant Aaron Roland Copy Assistant Sean Burke Web Design Assistant Senior Writers: Brian Jerry Mitchell Brown Staff Writers: Eryn Tolley Kadeem Porter Emma Needham Eric Smith Brian Bowden Josh Bray Staff Photographers: Rachel Chasin AJ McCafferty Taylor Roy Marlie De Clerk Chris Ndiritu Ari Gould 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

By: Jessica Scheck Assistant News Editor Mace & Crown The Student Government Association election results are finally in. Voting was facilitated through on March 26 and 27. The results were posted Thursday evening after the winning candidates were notified. The new officers will replace the 2012-2013 officers Mariam Abdelhamid, Ashton Gray, Maya Shelton, Otis Johnson and Collin Hust. President: Collin Hust is in his junior year studying criminal justice and military leadership and will now represent SGA as the president of the student body. Hust has been heavily involved in many programs at ODU, including acting as

the president for the Aviation Club, leading as an assistant training officer in the HRNROTC program, helping found the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and serving as the group’s philanthropy director for Push America. Hust was involved in the SGA prior to this election as the Speaker of the Senate. Vice President: Jared Mays, a political science major, isn’t new to leadership. Before being voted as the new vice president of SGA, Mays gained experience working with students as a resident assistant and executive board member and bass player for the ODU Ebony Gospel Choir. He also graduated from ODU’s LeaderShape program. Mays was a Senator for the SGA, serving the Safety and Transportation Committee. Mays hopes to use his

prior experiences to work alongside the student body and be a voice for students to tackle tough issues that are important to student life here at ODU. Secretary: Nicole Randolph studies information technology and served as a Senator in the SGA, giving her insight into the day-to-day tasks of SGA. She also was a member of the National Society for Black Engineers, a committee member for Colleges Against Cancer and a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Treasurer: Saman Aghaebrahim, a rising senior biology major, was selected as the new treasurer for the SGA. He strives to be involved in the many organizations ODU has to offer. Since starting at ODU, Aghaebrahim was part of the Computer

Science Department, and is currently a brother in the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. He also volunteered with Serious Fun Camps in North Carolina, helping disabled children. Speaker: Currently in his junior year at ODU, Terrell Kingwood studies political science and economics. Before receiving the position of the speaker of SGA, Kingwood served as a Senator. He is a member of the Pre-Law Association and board member of the ODU Governmental Relations Board. With a list of experiences with the Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Department of Defense and the City of Hampton, Kingwood is highly involved in all the organizations he belongs to.

Timothy J Motley, Stiffler Professor of Botany, Dies at 47 By: Derek Page News Editor Mace & Crown Timothy J. Motley, the J. Robert Stiffler Distinguished Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University and director of science at the Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG), died of a heart attack Thursday, March 28. He was 47. “His death is a great loss to botany at ODU,” said Lytton J. Musselman, the university’s Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany and former department chair who recruited Motley almost a year ago, “He will be missed by his botanical colleagues, fellow faculty and especially students.” Motley was raised on a farm in central Illinois and became interested in plants and gardening at an early age. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in botany at Eastern Illinois University and completed his doctoral work at the University

of Hawaii, Manoa. His core research was based on the Pacific Ocean. “I am intrigued by how these remote islands became populated by plants and animals, and what the relationships are

between plants that occur on separate islands or archipelagos,” he said in an interview shortly after coming to ODU in 2006. Motley secured adjunct faculty affili-

ations with prominent American higher educational institutions such as Columbia and Yale University as well as institutions in China, Spain and India. “Tim had a gift, unusual among plant scientists, of being able to communicate botany with the general public, an ability he used both at the [Norfolk Botanical] Garden and in teaching undergraduate courses at ODU,” Mussleman said. “His Ethnobotany course, dealing with the diverse ways humans use plants, was always popular and filled up soon after registration.” Motley is survived by his wife, Tatyana Lobova, a lecturer in ODU’s Department of Biological Sciences, and his 2-year-old son, Anton. For a more in-depth look at the life of Timothy J. Motely, visit news/2013/3/timothy_j_motley_ Information for this obituary was compiled from News @ ODU

Letter From the Editor Readers of the Mace & Crown, Thank you to all that applied to the open positions on staff. I had planned on closing the application process on April 1, but some positions still have not received any applications. If you are still interested in working at the school paper we are currently hiring for five positions on the Editorial Board. We are looking for a news editor, arts & entertainment editor, copy editor, graphic designer and webmaster. The specific details of each position can be found on our website on the top menu bar. If you wish to apply, please

send a resume and cover letter to All of the positions are paid but you must go through the application process before obtaining the positions. I have some unfortunate news for our readers. I will be stepping down as editor-in-chief starting April 1. Derek Page will be the Editor-in-Chief as previously stated in my weekly address. I wish him the best of luck and great success at the paper. He is a great student leader and will take the paper further than I ever could have. As always, we meet every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the

U-Center, located across from the Card Center in Webb. We welcome anyone who has a passion for reading, writing, editing and photography. Join our Orgsync page for updates and meeting reminders. Lastly, if you wish to advertise with the Mace & Crown please contact James Porter II at advertising@ He can supply information on advertising costs and the classified section. For one last time, Megan Jefferson Editor-in-Chief


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Faculty Members Awarded QEP Grants to Improve Disciplinary Writing MORE THAN $78K IN GRANTS AWARDED FOR FOUR MEMBERS TO ENHANCE THEIR WRITING PROGRAMS By: Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown Four faculty members from three Old Dominion colleges have been awarded more than $78,000 in internal grants to design plans to improve disciplinary writing in their programs. The inaugural grants are called ODU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). These plans are important to the school’s accreditation initiative under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). ODU’s QEP is designed to improve upper division undergraduate students’ disciplinary writing, one that demonstrates a reasoning process supported by researching and reflecting on a problem, topic or issue. Lead recipients include assistant professor of counseling and human services Laurie Craigen, lecturer of teaching and learning Jennifer Kidd, associate professor of biological sciences Chris Osgood, and lecturer of English Elizabeth Vincelette. “We were very excited about the quality of the proposals we received and are even more enthusiastic about seeing the recipients bring their projects to light. Improving Disciplinary Writing is an invaluable endeavor and these projects are further evidence that many of our colleagues are willing to find creative ways to support their academic

Word Is...

North Korea Declares War on South Korea North Korea entered a “state of war” with neighboring South Korea according to a report from the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Saturday. The report included a threat to “dissolve” the U.S. mainland. Pyongyang asserted it “will not limit (itself) to limited warfare but to all-out-war and nuclear war.” “We will first target and dissolve mainland United states, Hawaii and Guam, and United States military based in South Korea,” the KCNA report said. U.S. officials remain concerned but don’t see the threats as anything new. “I think their very provocative actions and belligerent tone, it has ratcheted up the danger, and we have to understand that reality,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. HRT to consider changes after review Students that take full advantage of the 365Go Pass offered by the Office of Parking and Transportation services may have to find an alternative to using the Hampton Roads Transit system in the future. CEO and president of the HRT Wil-

programs, our students and this initiative,” director of writing and faculty development (QEP director) Remica Bingham-Risher said in a statement. Craigen leads a project entitled Human Services Program Initiatives. Co-investors of the initiatives include assistant professor of counseling and human services Narketta Sparkman and associate professor of counseling and human services Jill Dustin. Her project is designed to create one new writing assignment and rubric for each of the 10 core courses in the program to improve consistency and quality in the Undergraduate Human Services Program at ODU. Kidd’s project is entitled “Project6: A Program-based Portfolio and Professional Development Project to Improve PreService Teachers’ Writing Performance.” During the program, she plans to improve pre-service teachers’ writing by providing professional development to faculty teaching courses in the PreK6 program, engaging preK6 faculty in the collaborative department of interrelated writing assignments focused on the central time of diversity and developing a digital repository to facilitate interaction with student writing across the preK6 program. Osgood’s proposal and title is aimed toward “Training Writing Fellows in the College of Sciences to Support W Course.” He is assisted by lecturer of psychology Amy

Landers. They plan to offer an intensive, week-long summer workshop with the aim of improving instruction in the writing intensive (W) courses offered in biology and psychology by incorporating best practices highlighted in the QEP Faculty Workshops. The workshop will attract faculty currently or potentially involved in offering writing intensive courses, teaching assistants drawn from the two departments and undergraduate peer educators. Finally, Vincellette’s project, “Screencasting to Foster Formative Assessment” anchors a team that consists of Kidd and assistant professor of professional writing Timothy Bostic. “Improving Undergraduate Disciplinary Writing” plans to recruit faculty from across the university who teach upper-level undergraduate writing intensive courses and teach them to use Screencast (video screen capture) technology to provide formative feedback on student writing. ODU’s QEP was created to enhance skill in writing, which is demonstrated by six student learning outcomes that will be assessed through evaluation of written artifacts. The university’s QEP emerged from analysis of the ODU’s institutional effectiveness data and from campus and community-wide conversations with faculty, staff, students, alumni and employers.


liam Harrell is working on making changes within the finances of the transit system, which may include getting rid of the 365Go program all together, forcing students to pay for regular passes individually. The HRT has two years to bring itself out of the “red zone.” If their finances don’t improve within that time, there is a possibility that they will go broke.

ulty information, class sizes, graduation rates and surveys of the schools’ leaders, find this false information could change the reliability of the data as a whole.


Former US soldier arrested with using RPG for al Qaeda group A former U.S. soldier charged with illegally using a weapon in connection with an al Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria was arrested last Tuesday night. FBI agents took Eric Harroun, 30, into custody at a hotel near Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Harroun appeared in federal court Thursday in Alexandria, Virginia and was charged in connection to the alleged use of a reocket-propelled grenade in Syria against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. The law used to charge him states, “Any national of the United States who, without lawful authority, uses or threatens, attempts, or conspires to use a weapon of mass destruction outside of the U.S. shall be imprisoned for any terms of years or for life, or if death results, may be punished by death.” The Pentagon declined to comment on Harroun’s arrest. However, “It’s always a concern when terrorist networks in that part of the world and elsewhere seek to recruit Americans, whether they’re in the military or not,” spokesman George Little told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

Falsified Data Raised Concerns about Ranking and Reputation of Five US Secondary Schools Five colleges to include Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Claremont McKenna College in California and Emory University in Atlanta have admitted to exaggerating their statistics to U.S. News and World Report, a leader in providing statistics about higher education and college rankings. The school falsified information mainly regarding the high school rankings of their incoming freshman and inflated the SAT scores of the new students. Editors for the U.S. News and World Report have expressed concerns about the false data, stating that most of the competition between the nation’s schools revolves directly around the rankings and information about the schools. Although the U.S. News relies on many other factures for their rankings such as fac-

continued from “Dubois” (A1) we were witnessing I would have killed him on the spot.” After Mr. DuBois’ speech, the film “Zero Dark Thirty” was shown. The film tells the story of the hunt for terrorists around the globe by the CIA and it shows the inner workings of how intelligence is produced


for the military. The film culminates with a raid by Navy SEALs on the compound that housed Osama Bin Laden for months while he evaded American capture. The film was criticized during release for potentially releasing valuable intelligence relating to the practices of the CIA and pos-

sibly releasing classified intelligence relating to the subject. However, these claims were never substantiated and the film went on to win more than 54 awards, including an Oscar and AFI award for Movie of the Year.

10:00 a.m. — 5200 Hampton Blvd. – Theft of Data Cable From Building 9:00 p.m.

— Lot 10 – Hit and Run

3/23 1:00 a.m.

— England House – Aggravated Assault of ODU Student

1:20 a.m.

— 4800 Block Colley Ave. – Simple Assault of ODU Student

2:46 a.m.

— 4100 Block Parker Ave. – Robbery of Non-Student

2:33 p.m.

— OCCS Tech Support – Suspicious Situation

7:00 p.m.

— 800 Block 49 St. – Theft of Laptop

10:30 p.m. — Lot 42 – Vandalism to Vehicle 11:00 p.m.

— 800 Block 44 St. – Theft of Credit Card

3/24 2:03 a.m.

— 800 Block 49 St. – Theft of iPhone

2:15 a.m.

— 4400 Block Monarch Way – Suspicious Situation

2:30 a.m.

— 1300 Block 40 St. – Malicious Wounding

12:15 p.m.

— 1200 Block 38 St. – Non-Student Arrested On Outstanding Warrant

3:30 p.m.

— Student Rec Center – Theft From Locker

7:30 a.m.

— Powhatan I –Simple Assault

1:20 p.m.

— Powhatan I – Theft From Building

4:00 p.m.

— 1000 49 St. – Hit and Run

7:15 p.m.

— Lot 44 – Theft From Motor Vehicle

3/26 11:00 a.m.

— 800 47 St. – Hit and Run

3:17 p.m.

— 4700 Powhatan Ave. – False Call To Police

4:30 p.m.

— Lot 44 – Vandalism To Vehicle

3/27 12:16 a.m.

— Village POD Market – Theft of Cell Phone

1:20 a.m.

— 4800 Colley Ave. – Simple Assault

6:06 a.m.

— Garage D – Tampering With Auto

1:50 p.m.

— 800 Block 46 St. – Burglary

4:50 p.m.

— 4300 Block Parker Ave. – Hit and Run

5:10 p.m.

— 1000 Block 47 St. – Theft From Vehicle

6:00 p.m.

— 4400 Block Killam Ave. – Theft From Vehicle

11:00 p.m.

— 100 Block 37 St. – Suspicious Situation

3/28 12:02 p.m. — Parking Services –Fraudulent Use of Parking Permit


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If you stay an extra semester for those 2-3 classes you need to graduate, you aren’t just paying for tuition and student activity fee but you’re also paying for:

Block 225/Block 160 Meal Plan Room (Quad Average Cost) General Service Fee Student Health Fee Transportation Fee Total *Many students can graduate a semester early or on time if they properly plan their schedules accordingly with their advisors.

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Cost of staying an extra year 4,950 x 2 = 9,900

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Established in 2000 by the makers of the LUNA nutrition bars for women, Lunafest connects women, their stories and their causes through film. non-profit organizations throughout the na- she paved the way for women cyclists. Other Zealander woman who finally reached fulBy: Nephthalie Lauture featured film, “Self Portrait with Cows Go- fillment after a life filled with constant disaption and Canada. Staff Writer The sixth annual short film festival was ing Home and Other Works,” shed light on pointment. Mace & Crown Lastly came the heartfelt and comedic created “by, for and about women.” Taking the life of acclaimed contemporary photogODU welcomed the sixth annual Lunaf- place at the University Theatre, the films rapher Sylvia Plachy. Short animated film, film, “Lunchdate,” which tells the story of touched on the many and common adver- “The Bathhouse,” focused on working class a young woman who endures a difficult est film festival on Wednesday, March 28. Lunafest was founded in 2000 by the sities the modern woman endures daily. women finding solace in a bathhouse para- breakup by her ex-boyfriend who sent his 14 year-old half-brother to do it for him, but food company LUNA, who are known for Along with the Women’s Center, several dise. Other short films that were shown told ended up bonding with the young boy and creating whole nutrition health bars for sponsors collaborated including No Woman women. The company wanted to celebrate Left Behind, ODU Out, our universities stories of a single mother juggling multiple turned a tragedy into a blessing. The films were well received by the authe achievements and sacrifice of women very own LGBT club and Colleges Against jobs so that she could pave the way for a better life for her daughter, a woman who took dience members and ODU sophomore through art while bringing awareness to Cancer. “Georgena Terry” was a six minute film her chemotherapy treatment and used it to Meaha Karlow, who excitedly said, “I felt rewomen issues. They also wanted to promote female filmmakers and support numerous following the founder of Terry Bicycles as create something beautiful and of a New ally connected to the women in the stories.

Women Slam Back for History

POETRY SLAM IN HONOR FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH By: Kadeem Porter Staff Writer Mace & Crown Some say words are the strongest thing a human can manifest. Hoping to give students a platform to share this manifestation, the Black Student Alliance and the Women’s Center hosted a poetry slam and open mic night on Thursday, March 28. Held in Mills Godwin, the poetry slam and open mic event was the last of ODU’s Women’s Center’s Women’s History Month events. Hosts Timiaiah Smith and Brianna Cail said the event was “inspired by women not getting recognized in history.” The event had about 30 people in attendance. The poetry slam consisted of two rounds and prizes were sponsored by the bookstore. Prizes were given to the contestants who were chosen as winners via the crowd’s applause. The first place winner received a writer’s kit, which can help potential writers prepare to be published. Kim Morris, president of ODU’s poetry and spoken word organization Floetic Movement, was the first to get on stage and perform two poems. The first poem, titled

“Women in Corsets,” used clever wordplay and vowel repetition to display lines such as, “comfortably accustomed to being a custom.” Her second poem, “An Honest Poem,” was loved by the crowd, so much that they declared her the winner of the first round. After the poetry slam, audience members were invited to participate in an open mic night. The open mic night forum was less formal and intimidating. Each person introduced him or herself as a last minute addition. The poems read were titled “Reflections in the Mirror”, “Idle” and “Kiss Bang Pow.” Before the event ended, sponsors allowed any audience member to say a few words on why women should be appreciated. Women’s History Month began in 1981 as a national celebration. One year later, the celebration was extended to a week. After being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed a public law declaring the entire month of March Women’s History Month. Since then Congress has passed additional resolutions that request and authorize the president to declare March Women’s History Month.

The poetry slam was the last event held by the Women’s Center for Women’s History Month.

It just felt good. I don’t really know how to describe it.” All of the proceeds of Lunafest went to the Breast Cancer fund and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. To learn more about Lunafest and their work or to acquire more information on the films showed that evening, visit To keep in touch with the event’s sponsors, visit the ODUWomenCenter page on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Five Stages, Fifty Bands

HAMPTON ROADS WELCOMES MUSIC 4 MORE By: Dominique Bailey Asst. Arts and Entertainment Editor Mace & Crown The Baltimore-based charity organization Music 4 More hosted its first music festival in Chesapeake this past weekend. On March 29 and 30, Hampton Roads welcomed this festival, launched in 2009. Music 4 More is a charity organization that focuses on collecting donated instruments and recycling them into schools and community music programs. This two-day festival was hosted at the VA Live Entertainment Complex on Military Highway and all proceeds will help provide instruments to schools that are in need. Each day, attendees were treated to performances by an array of local musicians. Local favorite and Virginia natives, The Hunts, performed on Friday night. Composed of seven brothers and sisters, The Hunts are an indie-folk band from Chesapeake. The Hunts fill each stage they touch with a variety of stringed instruments, heartpounding rhythms and harmonies. In addition to their work within the music realm,

The Hunts also participate in mission works. The seven siblings traveled to Haiti in 2012 and organized a two-week music camp for Haitian children. Since their visit, The Hunts have incorporated their work in Haiti into their live shows. Norfolk-based funk-reggae group Malt Liquor Sundae also performed on Friday night. Inspired by their love for music and funk, the six-member band formed in 2011, and have been jamming ever since. Since their formation, Malt Liquor Sundae has performed at a variety of venues throughout the Hampton Roads area, including Old Dominion’s campus. Malt Liquor Sundae prides themselves in blending good vibes with funk, reggae and rock music. They will be near campus, playing at the re-opening of Night of the Iguana on April 5. In addition to numerous bands, Saturday’s attendees were also treated to the sounds of SoulStice Reb’l and Artel Carter. SoulStice Reb’l is a quartet that merges genres like hip-hop, reggae and rock. This local band prides themselves in promoting lyricism and musicianship as they display their talent through heartfelt music that

encourages positivity and unity. Also that week, SoulStice Reb’l was the feature band at Old Dominion’s Floetic Movement’s annual event, The Lounge. Currently, SoulStice Reb’l is competing for a spot to audition for this year’s upcoming Warped Tour. Artel Carter is a hip-hop artist from Virginia Beach. He infuses his music with “beachy” fun while delivering consistent lyrics that all listeners can vibe out to. In 2012, Carter released the mix tape “Fresh.” “Fresh” featured Carter’s fit single, “Best Week Ever,” which earned him airtime on local station Z104. Since the release of “Fresh,” Carter has performed at a variety of venues throughout the state. As he continues to deliver music, Carter is becoming synonymous with the Hampton Roads hip-hop scene. Although a Hampton Roads import, Music 4 More is an organization that promotes the local music scene, while also uplifting communities throughout the country. For more information about Music 4 More and their mission, visit For more information on other featured artists, visit their Facebook pages or personal websites.

Music 4 More’s focus is collecting instrument donations and recycling them into struggling school and community music programs

ODU Alumni Releases National Album By: Alli Terres Web Master Mace & Crown Old Dominion Alumni and Virginia Beach native, Zach Hardison, is making a name for himself in the local and national Christian rock scene. After years of dedicated work his first national album, “Hope I’m Yours,” released on Tuesday. Hardison describes his personal sound as Christian Rock/Pop with R&B influences. He first picked up the violin at the young age of four from the encouragement of his mother. “It was clear at a very young age that music was an inherent part of me,” he said. He started playing guitar in high school and has been writing songs ever sense. Hardison graduated from ODU in Dec. 2002 and studied Creative Writing and Russian. After graduation, he dedicated himself to excelling in his music career. “By most standards, this should have happened ten years ago,” he said about his initiation into Tate Music Group last year. After years of hard work, promoting and writing songs, and a “hard kick in the pants,” he received two music label offers at the same time and decided to sign with Tate Music in March of 2012. On top of numerous upcoming local shows, “we are being fielded for a national tour in Nashville in May and will be sharing our music in Brussels, Belgium and South Africa in July,” he said. The “we” Hardison is referring to is his new band as of January 2013. The band includes ODU student Thomas Guglielmo on drums, Ryan Mekkes on electric guitar and Josh Jones on bass. Musical influences come everywhere from Hardison’s life, but he considers his childhood as a preacher’s son and education at a Christian school to be one of the biggest inspirations. “The concepts were rattling around in my brain for years before anything began to take root,” he said. There were specific experiences that he considers to have shaped his knowledge into faith.

“The Bible has much to say about my dilemma and offers solutions. My songwriting has been integral in the examination of my life and my journey out of hopelessness,” he said. Another unlikely inspiration to his music includes a four-month stay in Ukraine, which has helped him build a loyal Ukrainian fan-base. Although Hardison and his band are excited about the release of their new album, they are most look-

ing forward to their upcoming live performances. “The album is great, but we sound even better live,” he said. So far, their most memorable moment was playing at Busch Gardens in August 2012. It was the biggest stage they had ever been on. “My band has a blast playing on rehearsal nights, but once you add some enthusiastic fans to the mix, that’s when the party happens,” he said. From interacting with the audience to learning how a

Hardison’s debut album is set to release nationally on April 2.

specific song has a deep meaning for someone in the crowd, Hardison most enjoys the live performance aspect of music. The album, “Hope I’m Yours,” is available online and in stores around the area. Hardison’s favorite song from the new album is “Wash Over Me.” Even though it is the simplest song on the CD, it is about his wife, “and the subject doesn’t get much better than that,” he said.


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Watch Out for the Other Verlander

BEN VERLANDER BATTING .443 WITH 15 RBIS AND EIGHT HOMERUNS By: Jasmine Blackwell Staff Writer Mace & Crown

The last name Verlander should ring a bell for anyone who follows baseball. Major League Baseball fans immediately think of Justin Verlander, superstar pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Well, there’s another Verlander who is beginning to receive a lot of notability for finding his own niche at hitting. Ben Verlander has not just sat in his brother’s shadow. He has stepped up to the plate and has been performing exceedingly well at the college level of baseball play, with his offensive statistics ranking near the top nationally in almost every category. Thanks to the stellar way that he is playing, he won’t be known as “Justin’s little brother” for much longer. “I think he is part of the reason why I am where I am today. He would never let me win at anything. He’s nine years older than me and I could never win anything. We’d be in the backyard playing basketball and he wouldn’t even let me get one point. We’re the most competitive family there is. If there’s a spot that we’re walking to, we’ll race to it.” One competition that seems like it would be no problem for Ben is a home run derby because unlike his brother, he has shown that he is one heck of a hitter. Baseball is something that Verlander has been around his entire life. “From a very young age, I grew up around baseball. My brother was playing every day of his life and I grew up going to games and watching him play. I’ve just always known that I wanted to be a baseball player.” He may have chosen to come to his brother’s alma mater, but he is surely making a name for himself and gaining a fan following while doing so. Coming out of high school, Verlander was selected in the forty-sixth round of the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers in 2010, but opted to bring his talents to Old Dominion University on an athletic scholarship. He initially came to Old Dominion as a pitcher, but now as a junior is playing first baseman and outfielder. “I was doing both my first two years here. At the end of last year I sat down and talked with coach and we just decided that for me to be the best at one thing I should pick something and just go with it and strive to become the best at it.” He obviously hit that decision out of the park because he is good for a very impressive

batting average of .443 in the 2013 season thus far. He leads the Colonial Athletic Association with eight homers on the season. Verlander was recently honored as the Colonial Athletic Association Co-player of the week for a second time after hitting .632 with two homers, six runs scored and three RBIs against Towson and Virginia State.

I think he is part of the reason why I am where I am today. He would never let me win at anything. He’s nine years older than me and I could never win anything. We’d be in the backyard playing basketball and he wouldn’t even let me get one point. We’re the most competitive family there is. If there’s a spot that we’re walking to, we’ll race to it. Earlier this month, he tied an Old Dominion baseball record by hitting three homers. He also added seven RBIs that game which was one short of a school record. “I actually didn’t know until after the game when we were high-fiving each other in the middle of the field and they came over the loud speaker and said that I had gotten into the record books with three homeruns in a game against Northeastern and I honestly had no idea during the game so it was cool.” That surely won’t be the last time that Verlander breaks a record during his flourishing baseball career. This is just the beginning for Ben Verlander. Ben Verlander has hit eight homeruns through out the first half of the season.

A Tremendous Team Effort By: Alexandra Maddox Contributing Writer Mace & Crown

On Wednesday, March 27 2013, the lacrosse Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion took on the No. 9 Virginia Cavaliers at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex. The game started off with high intensity from both teams. Early on, the Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead, but the Lady Monarchs were quick to respond when Emily Austerberry scored Old Dominion’s first goal of the game. With life

brought back to the Monarchs, the hunger of both teams became present. Constant back and forth goals were scored between the two teams and at the nine minute mark, Christina Rea of the Old Dominion Monarchs, scored their first leading goal making it 6-5. By the end of the nail biting first half, there was a single goal differential between the two teams with the score of 8-7, the Cavilers in the lead. Despite the satisfying results the Lady Monarchs entered the half time with, the second half took a turn for the worst almost

as soon as the final 30 minutes began. Three minutes into the half, Virginia’s, Morgan Stephens, scored their ninth goal, which was followed by another five back-to-back Virginia goals, making it 7-14. However, that did not bring the Monarchs down a single notch. With only eight minutes remaining, Lady Monarch, Christina Rea, scored the team’s ninth goal, once again bringing hope to the Monarchs’ side. Though Virginia responded almost immediately scoring a goal in the seven-minute mark, that still could not bring down Old Dominion and the life

of the team was at its highest. Within the last four minutes of the game, four goals were scored, three of which were by Old Dominion. Though the Monarchs made a vigorous and heartfelt effort to make a comeback, they lost to the Cavalries with a final score of 16-12. In spite of the finishing result, the team remained confident and positive after the tough second half. Sophomore midfielder and leading game scorer, with a total of five goals, Christina Rea, said, “After the halftime, we came out overconfident and with little urgency.” She further continued, responding to the sudden roar of goals in the last eight minutes and said, “Our urgency

increased and we attacked the goal more.” Despite the unfortunate loss, the Lady Monarchs remain positive and are ready to take on the Cavaliers in the future. When asked how the team needs to go out the next time they face Virginia, sophomore midfielder, Ashmore Standing, said, “The next time we play them, we just need to come out stronger and continue keeping a motivated and positive attitude like we did tonight.” The Lady Monarchs are set to play another game this week on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m., here at Old Dominion’s L.R. Hill Complex against Hofstra. Make sure to come out and support the Lady Monarchs.


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Old Dominion Women’s Tennis Served Another Crushing Defeat GAINING THE EARLY POINT IN DOUBLES PROVES TO BE A KEY FACTOR IN THE SEAHAWKS’ VICTORY By: Eric Guy Staff Writer Mace & Crown The boisterous roar of a monarch was nowhere to be found Thursday evening as the UNCW Seahawks muted the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs 5-2 at Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. Coming off a 6-1 thrashing courtesy of Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday afternoon, one would expect the Lady Monarchs to rebound in convincing fashion as they have in the majority of matches this season. However, the Seahawks were determined to thwart anything of the aforementioned, winning four out of six matches in singles play, all the while winning three of the four in straight sets. As a result, the Lady Monarchs drop to 9-7 on the season. Early on in doubles play, the Lady Monarchs looked poised for an evening of jubilation as Diana Ivanova and Nikol Hristova “put it in gear” against UNCW’s Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich, racing to an impressive 8-1 finish in their doubles match. Soon after, however, things plummeted south, as UNCW’s tandem of Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie outlasted Juliana Pires and Melissa Esnal Olguin, 8-6. Not to be overlooked, the doubles match of Ivana Vukovic and Nika Khmolovska against Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales proved to be key in how the Lady Monarchs performance would taper off throughout the

evening, as the two fell apart late, allowing Cameron and Hales to clinch the doubles point for the Seahawks in a thrilling 9-8 tiebreak. In collegiate tennis, it is commonplace for spectators and players alike to overlook just how key garnering the point in doubles play really is. Nonetheless, the opening point can simply turn out to be the dreaded one that got away, one in which can ultimately serve as the deciding factor in the outcome of the overall match. For the Lady Monarchs, giving up the first point of the evening to the Seahawks did indeed set the tone, fueling the Seahawks’ engine. “Sometimes you want to play the doubles point up like it’s really big or sometimes you want to play it down like it isn’t a really big deal, but typically it goes with whether you win the point or not,” said Lady Monarchs’ head coach Dominic Manilla. “There is a little bit of a momentum swing, but it’s really just one point when you need four.” For something that is “just one point,” it definitely proves to be somewhat of a boost for the recipient of it, and for the Seahawks, it was just that. In singles play, Cameron delivered an early punch, downing Pires 6-2, 6-1, giving UNCW a 2-0 advantage. Soon after however, Ivanova came up big for ODU, making quick work of UNCW’s Christina Riley, 6-1, 6-3. Following Ivanova’s victory, the Lady Monarchs would go on to lose three of the

last four matches, including a bitter 4-6, 6-4, 8-10 loss for Ivana Vukovic. Currently on a two match skid, the Lady Monarchs look to work out the kinks before Saturday’s showdown against a thoroughly impressive Delaware squad that boasts a record of 7-2 on the season. For Manilla and

his team, maintaining their composure and confidence is vitally important in order to come out victorious not only against Delaware, but against the rest of their opponents this season. “We need to find a way to stay more positive during the matches,” said Manilla. “We need to use our confidence be-

cause sometimes we can lose to teams that are less talented than we are. Hats off to hardworking teams, but we have to find the right mix where our talent can shine.”

Norfolk Welcomes You: Women’s Basketball Championship Regional to Be Held in Norfolk By: Mitchell Brown Senior Writer Mace & Crown What time of the year is better than now for the avid sports fan? Opening day right around the corner, the upset-galore that is March Madness, and playoff time is rapidly approaching for the hardwood and ice rinks. What I just listed is possibly the second Christmas of each year. Norfolk is receiving a gift this Saturday and Tuesday: The 2013 Women’s NCAA Tournament will bring the show to the campus of Old Dominion University and the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The thirty-first edition of the championship gauntlet tipped off on March 21. The opening rounds went as routine as could be. In the first round, the higher seeds went 28-4. Skylar Diggins, Elizabeth Williams, Carolyn Davis and Jordan Hooper will lead their respective teams in to the Ted to try and advance to the coveted Final Four to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana April 7 and 9. Notre Dame (33-1) is the top seed coming into the regional, trying to go to their third straight Final Four. The Fighting Irish handily defeated Iowa 74-57 to advance to the Sweet 16. Big East Player of the Year senior point guard Skylar Diggins (16.8 points per game) and junior guard Kayla McBride (16 points per game) have been a dynamic duo to lead the Irish to a 28 game winning streak coming into Sunday’s matchup

against Kansas. The Jayhawks (20-13) are the second No. 12 seed to ever advance to the Sweet 16. San Francisco was the last to do it in 1996. Kansas is led by Carolyn Davis who has been stellar all season. This will be the second straight Sweet 16 appearance for the Jayhawks who look to pull off the virtually impossible; defeat the Irish. Monica Engleman has gotten hot at the right time, averaging 18.5 points per game through two tournament games. Kansas has three players on the current roster in the 1,000 point club, so scoring should not be a problem for the experience heavy team. Notre Dame has the advantage in just about every statistical category in comparison to Kansas but the matchup will be a physical one. The teams will duke it out Sunday at 12:04 p.m. Speaking of “duking it out,” the Blue Devils (32-2) from Raleigh, North Carolina will be in the second matchup of the day. The No. 2 seeded Duke team is led by hometown star Elizabeth Williams. A Princess Anne graduate, Williams has been an integral part in the success of the team, registering double figures in the last 22 games. The Blue Devils have experienced heart break over the past three years, coming within one win of the Final Four but falling just short in each year’s contest. Nebraska (25-8) has another agenda for the way Sunday will go. The Cornhuskers come in to the game led by Jordan Hooper (17.7 points per game). Nebraska was able to defeat the 2011 National Champion Aggies from Texas A&M

74-63. The game will follow the conclusion of the Notre Dame-Kansas game at approximately 2:30 p.m. We don’t know how these matchups will

end, but one thing for certain is that there will be fireworks inside the Ted Sunday and Tuesday, providing us with nothing short of a thrill. The winners of the two games

will meet in the regional final on Tuesday at 7 p.m. For ticket information, go to www.


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Men’s tennis team is now ranked sixtieth overall in the international tennis association polls.

ODU men’s golf team finishes eighth at the Seahawk Intercollegiate at the CC Landfall dye course. Lady monarchs rowing team raced the University of North Carolina rowing team and defeated them by nearly eight seconds.

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Epicurious Eats

MARVELOUS MICROWAVABLE MEALS can substitute any type of meat or cheese to spice it up as well.

By: Emma Needham Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Living in a dorm can be tough in terms of food. Yes, you get to store snacks galore and go to the cafeteria whenever you are hungry, but don’t you wish you could ever just make a great meal in your dorm? Well, now you can, all with the help of a microwave. Here are some recipes for students containing only ingredients and a microwave. Breakfast- Pumpkin Oatmeal Ingredients 1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats 1/4 cup and two Tbsp. skim milk 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon sugar Directions Mix together oats and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for one to two minutes, stirring once. Add more milk or oats to achieve the desired consistency and then cook for an additional 30 seconds. Stir in pumpkin puree and cinnamon, sugar and any other additional spices. Microwave for another 15 seconds and enjoy. Lunch- Frittata Ingredients One-teaspoon olive oil One-fourth cup chopped onion One-fourth cup chopped red pepper

One-fourth cup broccoli Two eggs Pinch of salt and pepper Directions Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds or until melted. Add onion, red pepper and broccoli. Cover and microwave on high for one minute. Stir in eggs, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high for one to

two minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for about three minutes, so the frittata can set. Dinner- Turkey Quesadillas Ingredients 12 oz. cooked turkey, cut in strips or cubes Eight (eight-inch) flour tortillas Two cups cheddar cheese, grated One cup green onion, chopped

Ask Meghan By: Meghan Larson Contributing Writer Mace & Crown “Ask Meghan” is an advice columnist ready to listen and help you with all of your dilemmas. All posts are made anonymous, and if you wish to write in and you have a Facebook, search “ODU Advice” and “like” the page. There is a link you can click on the page to submit your anonymous questions. If you don’t have a Facebook, you can send in a question via Question: One of my suite mates and I are both seniors about to graduate. I’ve had a lot of mental breakdowns lately, because I’m stressed about what I’m going to do afterwards. My family lives on a totally different continent, so it’s hard not to have that strong support system here. The other day, I heard my roommate crying and I don’t know whether I should say something or not. I want them to know that I can probably relate to whatever they’re feeling, but at the

same time I don’t want to seem nosy. -Scared Senior Answer: Let me start by saying, I feel your pain. Post-graduation plans can be very stressful and I assure you that you are not alone. My advice to you is instead of coming out and telling your roommate you heard them crying and try to open up to them yourself to make them feel more comfortable. For example, say something along the lines of, “I have been stressing so much about school lately...and graduation is so soon! I almost feel defeated sometimes thinking about knowing the right thing to do after I get out of here. You know what I mean?” By saying this, you are confiding in your roommate with something personal, so even if they weren’t crying about the same topic, they may eventually feel more comfortable telling you something personal about them. They will find it important that you trust them enough to tell them things that you don’t normally. If you make this a pattern, your roommate will eventually open up and

maybe you guys will be your own support system. Best of luck! Write in and tell me how it goes! Question: “My ex-best friend is a guy and he’s had feelings for me since we met like a year and half ago. There has been a lot of drama and we did have sex one night after getting drunk. I was going to go on a date with him a couple times, but it just didn’t work out because I freaked. I know that I played with his feelings, but I didn’t do it on purpose. After we had sex, we had a pregnancy scare and that was the second time I told him I wanted to go on a date with him, but he moved really fast and I freaked again. He got mad, of course, and he posted on Tumblr, “At this point I hope to god you don’t have my kid. If you don’t even like me, it would be horrible to be the father of your child.” He won’t take it down, and needless to say, we aren’t friends anymore. I just wish there was a way he would change his mind about keeping the post up, because that was really low of him to post that.”

One-fourth cup canned jalapeno chile One cup of salsa Directions Sprinkle four tortillas with turkey, cheese, green onion and chilies. Drizzle salsa over top. Cover with the other tortilla. Microwave on high for one to two minutes each, until the cheese is melted and the turkey is heated. Serve with salsa, cheese, sour cream, tomato, guacamole or any other desired topping. You -Toxic Tumblr Answer: I’m sorry that you had to go through that, but it’s important to remember that you are the bigger person here. He sounds very immature to be posting such private matters on Tumblr. My Advice: If it really bothers you that much, try contacting Tumblr by sending an email to I suggest that you put something in the subject line such as “harassment.” Give a description of the specific post and a link to his Tumblr page. They should be able to do something about it. However, if you don’t want to go that route, then I suggest coming to terms with the situation. Eventually, he will grow up and realize that his post is childish and unattractive. Plus, no other girl is going to like seeing a guy’s page with so much baggage displayed out in front of them. It’s important to remember that what’s happened is happened. You may not be able to change that he put that post up, but you can control how you deal with it. Hopefully this helps. Write back again soon and let me know how it went. I would love a follow-up post. Best of luck! Question: “Should I confront my suite mate on her shower habits, because she only takes a shower once a week and it shows, but I don’t want her to get mad at me for saying

Dessert- Cookies and Cream Mug Cake Ingredients For the cake: Five and one half tablespoon flour Four tablespoon sugar One-eighth teaspoon baking powder One egg Three tablespoon milk Three tablespoon oil Two Oreos For the frosting: One cup of heavy whipped cream Two and one half tablespoon sugar Three Oreos, crushed into fine pieces Directions Mix all ingredients for the cake in an oversized mug except the Oreos. After batter is smooth, add in the Oreos and crush Oreos into batter with a metal spoon. Cook for approximately one 1/2 minutes in microwave, then check on middle of cake. If not done, cook for another 20 seconds. Careful, not to overcook or cake becomes rubbery. While the cake is cooling, make the frosting. Whip the heavy cream and sugar. After the heavy cream becomes thick and forms peaks, gently fold in the crushed Oreos. Enjoy your home-made dorm room meal!

something.” Disgusted Roommate Answer: Wow, this is a tough one. Maybe the best thing to do is tell your suite mate that you think you might smell, but can’t really tell. Tell them you just got a new deodorant and you don’t know if it’s working properly then say, you want them to try it out too so you can see if it’s “you” or the deodorant. This might help mask the smell a little. You can even go a step further and give them a “gift” of a new soap that is supposed to hydrate your skin best when you use it at least 3 times a week. I know this isn’t every day, but it’s a baby step. However, if you are close with your suite mate, maybe it’s best to tell them in a nice way privately, because if it was me, I would want to know. Tell them how you keep odor away easily by making sure to keep up with hygiene. And remember to be sensitive, because you want to make sure that you are conveying that you’re not insulting them, but helping them.


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By: Rachel Chasin Staff Photographer Mace & Crown I’m Jewish. And part of my family died during the Holocaust. I have always known this, but my family and I never knew how or when. I had been told all my life that they were sent to the gas chambers at AuschwitzBirkenau. But I found out this wasn’t the case. This past spring break I travelled with

ODU students to study abroad in both France and Poland. The trip covered the French aspect of the Holocaust. We began in Paris, France studying the Shoah, what the French call the Holocaust. The Memorial de la Shoah impacted me the most when we were in France. We went into a room where a giant Star of David stood, a great symbol of Judaism. The star was filled with ashes of those who died in the Holocaust. I thought to myself, could my family

Crown Jewels By. Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown Hilarious really doesn’t do this story justice. The last time I checked, this was the first week of April. But apparently Maria Shriver didn’t get that memo. So, we’re rewarding her neighbors for telling her themselves. Well, at least they’re trying. The 57-year old American journalist and author of six best-selling books is known for her highly public separation from actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. But did anyone not tell her to flip her calendar over to 2013? Shriver’s Brentwood, Los Angeles neighbors are asking her to take down her Christmas tree lights that have been up for more than 100 days. TMZ broke the story about the neighbors “clucking about Maria’s ultra-bright Xmas light display for weeks now… because Christmas is long over, and the lights on the

trees around her property have become an eyesore.” They have not told her yet because they like her and don’t want to hurt her feelings. Sorry, I actually had to type that with a straight face. Look guys, I understand you’d like to protect her feelings but as the saying goes, “closed horses don’t get bred,” or whatever. But the point being is if the neighbors truly want to ring in the New Year officially, then they’re going to have to confront her very soon. The last time I checked, we’re just eight months away from December and they don’t want to give her another excuse to keep them up. So here is to Shriver’s neighbors, take the jewels for at least bringing it to our attention. But “aghhh, say something.” Mace Spray: Wow, just wow guys and gals. I don’t think I really have words for this one. But I’ll try anyway. The Bieb-ster has made head-

members be in there? The star was beautiful because it was a way of peacefully remembering the ones that were lost. You weren’t being exposed to blood and gore, or photos with saddened faces. It was simple. It was beautiful. On March 12, we arrived in Kraków, Poland. I will never forget this date. We spent the afternoon on a walking tour of Kraków. Later in the evening, Professor Edyta Gawron gave us a brief history of Jewish life in

lines once again. Unfortunately for him, there’s no beauty in it. Just a beast. Unless you’ve been living under a proverbial seven-day entertainment news media rock, Justin Bieber was caught in a bit of a ruckus situation. One of the 19-year old pop singer’s neighbors claimed the singer was tearing through their Calabas, California community last week at speeds approaching 100 miles an hour, and when the neighbor confronted Bieber he allegedly spit in his face and threatened to kill him, according to TMZ. The neighbor wants Beiber prosecuted and will fully cooperate with authorities during the investigation. Like I said, wow. I would love to say that this surprises me, but it really doesn’t. Bieber’s sudden erratic behavior has skewed peoples’ view of him, including yours truly. This guy just seems to dig himself an even deeper hole each time he graces a headline. But that still doesn’t exempt his actions. And for that buddy, you’re getting it right between the eyes. I hope it stings really bad and that you don’t find a clean spot on your shirt to alleviate the pain for hours.

Kraków past and present. When she finished I asked her how I could find more information about my family. She gave me a website, which I immediately texted to my mom, a genealogist. My family lived in Rzepienik, a ghetto located in Galicia, Poland. My mom texted me back almost an hour later, with news. This was it; I was going to finally know what happened. 364 people were murdered by the Nazis on August 11, 1942. They were

taken in groups of 10 to a nearby forest and shot. Not once were they given a chance to survive. They were: Chana Nemeth my greatgreat grandmother, Henna Stammler my great-great aunt and her husband, Chaim Greenfader, and their daughter Miriam and her husband Simcha Grossman. After receiving this information from my mom, I found my way to my room and cried. Two days later we visited AuschwitzBirkenau. It was hard and emotional. Several of the former barracks have been turned into museums for each country that had people die there. We visited the French building. Taking a moment to rest, I leaned up against the windowsill and looked out upon the rest of Auschwitz. My emotions intensified. Tears began pouring out of my eyes. I was standing where many others stood before me, and died. A window in the building across from me began to open and shut. I don’t know if it was the wind, or someone was messing with it. But it reminded me of so many things we take for granted. We use windows to see out of, and most of time it’s to see the beauty of the world. But many would ask what beauty can be found at Auschwitz? Hope. I’ve been inside the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. A Jew stepped into a gas chamber and came back out, physically unharmed. But not emotionally. It was surreal. Even though part of my family lost to the Nazis, I won. Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jewish people and have everyone forget about them. I won because I found out how my family died. They will never be able to take that away from me. Like the many others who were murdered, and those that survived, they will never be forgotten. There is a memorial at the edge of Dabry Forest, where my family had been taken. I plan to go there as soon as I can. I will leave a rock at their shared tombstone, because in the Jewish culture you never leave flowers. There are several reasons for this tradition, but I think the one deemed most appropriate for this story is that rocks never die. A reminder, a lasting moment in time, where you never forget. Now, isn’t that beautiful?


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An Ode to Employment

A FINAL FAREWELL TO TWO LONG YEARS By: Megan Jefferson Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown I will be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief starting April 1. Derek Page will be the Editor-in-Chief as previously stated in last week’s address. I was offered a wonderful position at a graphics company and could not turn the offer down. Although no one at this university loves working for the Mace more than I do, I had to make the adult decision and step down. It is important to look into the future and always stay two steps ahead of yourself. I knew I was graduating and planned to have a full time job before I walked across the stage. I just hoped it wouldn’t be this soon. I am grateful for the opportunities that this paper has given me. I have worked with wonderful people throughout the two years I have been employed at the Mace. At the top of my list is Nicole Kiger. She has been my guiding light through out running this highly successful organization. With out her help, I have no idea if I would have survived this past year. Nicole and Dr. Hoffmann were the two best advisors anyone could ask for. Dr. Hoffmann taught me how to write news stories and I think she did a pretty good job. She is still teaching me when to use “me” or “I” but I don’t know if I will ever figure that out. Nothing stuck more with me than when Dr. Hoffmann complimented me after laboring over the paper. She always knew the right thing to say to make all the suffering worth it. Nicole always helped me achieve everything I was trying to do at the paper. I thank her for coming to our Harlem Shake taping and bring her son to let us corrupt. It was a blast working with the both of you. I want to thank Keisha and Sharon in OSAL for letting James and I bother them all summer long about budgets and what ever nonsense I had planned. My staff has been my rock to stand on through out this past year. Jessica Starr, Alyssa Narvell, Derek Page, James Porter II, Jimmy Long, Ellison Gregg, Jordan Jones, Allison Terres, Megan Stamper, Ben Decowski, Steven Knauer, DeAngelo Thorpe, and Elaina Ellis. You all were such great student leaders and essential to the production of the paper each week.

I would especially like to thank James Porter II for being my “co-editor-in-chief.” He helped me make the tough decisions. James is by far the most interesting individual I have ever met. I will never get bored of his stories. He is a wonderful advertising director and friend. Alyssa Narvell and Jessica Starr have been wonderful co-workers and friends through out my entire employment at the Mace. These two girls have put in just as much time producing this paper as I have. They are excellent at their positions and the paper is better because of it. I want to thank Ellison Gregg and Jimmy Long for putting up with all my last minute changes to the mock every weekend. You two are troopers and always have your back against the deadlines. I appreciate all the wonderful things you have brought to this paper. You are both masters of your craft. Sean Burke, I really loved being on the podcast every week. I will miss rambling on with you about topics loosely related to the paper. I hope you find a podcast companion to finish out the rest of the year. Mic checks were my favorite and I will cherish the April Fool’s podcast forever. I wish you the best of luck in your future at the Mace. You are a very dedicated writer and a very determined individual. Brian Jerry, you’re crazy but it works. I loved editing your Crown Jewels every week. You have a character in your writing and it is such a joy to read. Keep on loving ODU baseball. You are their number one fan. Derek Page, Jordan Jones, James Porter II and Ellison Gregg, you are the ones who will carry this paper into the future. You will be the returning staff for next year. Remember that. This paper is yours to mold into what fits best for this university. Keep your eyes open for talent and never turn anyone away. There are stories everywhere on campus. I trust that you will keep this paper going in the direction that I have planned for it. To all our writers, without you there would be no paper. You are the ones that make our paper every week. You are the face of the Mace & Crown. You interact with the public and generate story leads. There are always places to advance your experience at the paper. Remember that. Especially because we are hiring and your time could be now.

Lastly, I would like to leave a few notes for Derek. Always be understanding and a friend to our writers. This is a learning experience and no one is perfect. As an Editor-in-Chief, you develop your leadership skills. You will learn to balance a hundred different things at one time. By no means did I get everything right the first time but I figured it out eventually. This job is VERY stressful at times but I trust that you will figure it out. Most importantly, put everyone’s number in your dang phone! It is truly heartbreaking that I have to leave the paper

Fans of Video Games are a Little Crazy… in a Good Way By: Sean Burke Assistant Webmaster Mace & Crown

One of the unique factors in video games that many people do not take into consideration while playing them, is how much that medium affects other media. Games affect other games, movies, TV, art and cosplay have spawned entire conventions in honor of the art itself, or individual games. The game industry today is much like the comic and movie industry in its ability to inspire a fan base to action. A fan of “The Godfather” can recite every

line, a fan of “X-Men” can keep track of the alternate universes within the fiction without missing a beat, and a fan of Wiz Khalifa will know the lyrics to most of his songs and the history of how he started his career. I would make the argument that fans of video games are slightly crazier than the average fan of any other media, because games are more immersive than movies, books, TV and music by instilling a larger impact on the player. This impact can influence a variety of actions, such as cosplay. Cosplay is literally costume-role-playing. People become attached to the character that they have played or interacted with in a

story of a video game and will then seek to emulate the appearance and behavior of the character by fabricating elaborate costumes and adopting a character’s personality while wearing them. This industry is still fairly young, but it’s growing rapidly. Cosplayers, like Jessica Nigiri, are being picked up by marketing divisions to be the face of upcoming games or being recruited into the development of future games. Where do the cosplayers go? Conventions or “cons,” of course. Gaming has spawned a multitude of conventions all around the world and has taken over conventions that were previously reserved for

before my time was up. As I was telling Nicole, I was really looking forward to spending the rest of the budget. There is nothing more satisfying than opening a box with a new computer inside. Special thanks to Diane Dougherty, Matthew McCracken, Kyle White, Ben Decowski and Justin Brown. It was you all that got me hooked on the paper in the first place. I thank you for that. Meggie Jeff, out.

other media. Comic Con is a good example of how gaming can overpower another media like comics. At San Diego’s Comic Con in 2012, seven highly expected releases such as “Zombie-U,” “Fortnite” and “The Unfinished Swan” were either announced or had a decent amount of face-time on the show floor or in an exhibit hall. Not only have games taken over other events, but they have been the center of their own conventions such as Penny Arcade Expo (PAX), PAX East, Gamescom, RTX, MAGFest and California Extreme. Many of these are sponsored by companies that put on the events such as Penny Arcade, which is a games culture comedy website that started a convention in their hometown of Seattle and later expanded to include a convention in Boston and soon Australia. But wait, there’s more! It’s not enough that enthusiast based companies have started their own conventions that have grown to be larger than intended, but game development companies are falling into the practice of having events that last for three to four days that fans can buy tickets to and calling

them conventions. Obviously, I am down on this concept, mainly because I believe it fractures the gaming community by creating ideologically stiffened fan basses on two sides of a property. However, the events tend to be immensely popular. BlizzCon, a Blizzard (creators of World of Warcraft) convention, drew upwards of 15,000 fans. As developers hold conventions, attendees are likely to get the scoop on new information concerning the properties of the studio. Blizzard held tournaments in “Star Craft II” at its events, and also released information on Diablo 3 before the rest of the world knew at its convention 2011. Gaming has also spawned new business such as Rooster Teeth, as discussed in last week’s column by yours truly, and also entire news networks devoted to the media, such as IGN or GiantBomb, which host their own podcasts, videos, articles and merchandise. Gaming has even affected particular columns in your favorite local school newspaper.

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CREATIVE ENCLAVE Holocaust Poems-Rachel Chasin Candle by Candle

My Family

The Forrest

Friday nights were my favorite But this one was different We didn’t gather around the table My father came and went The candles were barely lit KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK At the door Lots of blood and gore Red & black Red & black I will never be able to go back Yanking my arm until it was mush PUSH, PUSH, PUSH We stumbled upon a secret A secret so secret Not even the stars in the heaven knew I asked where G-d was For surely he would help us NO, NO, NO We cried out to him But no help came In a group we went murder, murder, murder Into death’s daunting darkness

Screams, Screams Children crying Dead of night I’m just lying This just means The reich is coming 10 by 10 We went With nothing 1 by 1 we laid down Round by Round

The trees saw everything Swaying in the wind They talked to each other Down came the leaves The crunch beneath my feet We were given nothing to eat Flakes are falling I’ve fallen Now I’m crawling To the early mist of the dawn of the day Where everyone is wondering WHY? WHY? WHY? We never even said good bye The humiliation is upon us Oh how I long for those hot summer days Birthdays were the best They call me a pest But I know in the far off distance I can hear mama’s praise Our existence Is no more To this war We got our State But now without loss Or heart ache

Slowdown By: Will Wilson Take your time and see, pay attention to the world around you— that’s not a’s a piece of the earth, spit from its mouth when it sneezed a fireball; that’s not a’s free of burden— it no longer is required to look pretty, now it will feed another life because it’s broken down; that’s not a computer— it’s a connection of minds overtime coming together to advance civilization, make it more efficient... it’s a curse which has sped up the world on a fast moving web. And that’s how things are: always on the move always trying to get faster— be the fastest thing created. Lightning. To be fast and no other way; until it becomes a problem to be a second slower than the competition....That’s a “No, No!” Create your own space: a section of the world you can call your own. Sit there for awhile



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A train car located at the Drancy internment camp memorial in Paris, France.


Oskar Schindler desk displayed at the Oskar Schindler Factory Museum in Krakow, Poland.

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Girls dressed up at the comic convention in Webb on Saturday.


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Moon Kid Max performing.

Calvin perfoming at WODU Showtime at the Apollo

Student dressed up as a new character from Pixar’s new movie, “The Croods” at the comic convention held in Webb on Saturday.

ODU student plays the guitar and sings at performances on campus.


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ODU students dressed up as their favorite character from the web comic, “Homestuck� at Saturday’s comic convention in Webb.

St. John Episcopal’s Easter Vigil on Sunday in Portsmouth.

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ACROSS 1. Lukewarm 6. God of love 10. Matured 14. Small African antelope 15. Pervert 16. A ball of yarn 17. Frighten 19. Center 20. Decrease 21. Lay turf 22. Train track 23. Meddle 25. Tropical nut 26. Catholic church service 30. New 32. An abusive word or phrase 35. Pixies 39. High regard

40. Clothing 41. Hopelessness 43. Receive from a predecessor 44. Brook 46. Sleep in a convenient place 47. Foundation 50. Of the highest quality 53. Flows 54. Soviet space station 55. Financial 60. Modify 61. Dental medicine 63. Assistant 64. Certain 65. Carcinoid 66. One who accomplishes 67. Nipple 68. Platform

DOWN 1. Hard work 2. Sea eagle 3. Quarries 4. Nile bird 5. 10 cent coins 6. A late time of life 7. A rational motive 8. Devilfish 9. Outbuilding 10. Recognized 11. Boast 12. Creepy 13. Inhabit 18. Hotel 24. Not in 25. A bed on a ship 26. A fitting reward (archaic) 27. Church alcove 28. Seats oneself 29. Daughter of a step-parent

31. Extent 33. Warms 34. Arab chieftain 36. Novice 37. Twin sister of Ares 38. Collections 42. Ash 43. Evil spirit 45. Dawn goddess 47. Slang for money 48. Sound 49. Malicious 51. Eastern newt 52. Violent disturbances 54. The bulk 56. A promiscuous woman 57. Unwakable state 58. All excited 59. Stringed instrument 62. Mesh



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The Sixth Annual Institute for Learning In Retirement Art Exhibit Opening Reception Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm in the Atrium. This event is Free and Open to the Public Exhibit runs April 2-30, 2013 Come meet the professional and self-taught ILR artists at the reception. National Poetry Month Celebration by Old Dominion University: Featuring Tim Seibles and Philip Raisor Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm live from ODU Virginia Beach Lecture Hall, Room 244. Readings also televised to: ODU - Peninsula Center in Hampton ODU - Tri-Cities Center in Portsmouth This event is Free and Open to the Public Book sales provided by the University Village Bookstore. Book signing and reception to follow at the Virginia Beach location. Both with read from their new books: “Seibles’ Fast Animals and Raisor’s Swimming in the Shallow End. Seibles and Raisor are widely published authors, and Seibles was a nominee for the 2012 National Book Award in Poetry. Visit his website:


Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Reception Yom HaShoah is the Holocaust Day of Remembrance. The reception will feature guest speaker Jay M. Ipson, holocaust survivor from the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania and Co-founder and Director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, VA. This program aims to educate the community on the history of the holocaust in order to prevent future genocides.a For more information, contact Office of Intercultural Relations at (757) 683-4406, oir@odu. edu, or Monday, April 8 12-1:30pm Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb University Center Open to the public




ODU presents INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Embark upon our annual global extravaganza! Ted Constant Center April 7th, 2013 12 pm - 5 pm Global Marketplace | International Food Vendors Cultural Performances | Global Educational Displays Grand Finale Global Fashion Show & Zumba Blitz Also featuring: Children’s Cultural Activities | Animal Exhibit | Free Admission and Parking For more information (757) 683-4406,, or

ODU NIGHT AT NORFOLK TIDES Saturday, April 13 at 7:05 p.m. The Norfolk Tides are proud to invite all ODU students to enjoy a night of Tides baseball at Harbor Park. The night will include contests, music, and a few ODU surprises! Come out and show your ODU Spirit! TICKET ONLY ($6 EACH): All ODU students can purchase discounted tickets for this special game. Enter the ODU Night Promo Code ODUSTUDENT. TICKET & PICNIC ($21.05 EACH): This special offer includes both a ticket to the game and delicious food in Harbor Park’s picnic area. Food service begins at 7:20 PM and ends at 8:50 PM. Enter the ODU Night Promo Code STUDENTPICNIC. The picnic menu includes the following: · Hamburgers · All-You-Can-Eat Hot Dogs · Potato Salad · Potato Chips · Cookies · Watermelon · Soft Drinks Get tickets at On the following screen, the site will ask for your seating preference. Please select “Third Base” since your seats will be on the Third Base side.


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GREEK WEEK April 1st - 7th, 2013 Across Campus -

ODU AFTER DARK - SNL April 5th, 2013 Kaufman Mall 12:00PM

SUMMER JOBS FEST April 9th, 2013 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM North Mall, Webb Center

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National student employment appreciation week April 7th, 2013 Campus Wide Campus Supervisors are encouraged to show

Fraternity & Soroity Life FrAnn Reightler /

decorate party April 4th, 2013 11 AM - 3 PM South Mall

appreciation to thier student employees. CMC /

interNational festival April 7th, 2013 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Ted Constant Convocation Center the Festival features a global marketplace, food vendors, cultural performances, global edu-

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screening & panel discussion April 9th, 2013 7:30 PM Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building Women Center /

leadership lecture series April 10th, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Hampton/NN Room, Webb Center OSAL - Josephine Ferrantelli/


CMA CGM (AMERICA) INFO SESSION April 4th, 2013 12:30 - 1:30 PM Constant Hall Room 1037

President’s roundtable April 8th, 2013 12:00 - 1:00 PM Isle of Wright, Webb Center

Learn about summer internship opportunities Anna Maskaljun /

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Business and Arts & letters Job search strategies April 4th, 2013 8:00 PM North Cafe Learn about the various strategies that they can Management Center, Job Boards, Social Media, Networking etc CMC /

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diversity zone April 8th, 2013 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM VA Beach Room, Webb Center

Relay for life of ODU April 12th, 2013 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM Webb Center

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No BoozaPaLooza April 11th, 2013 12:00 - 1:30 PM Kaufman (Outside) Rain Site, North Webb

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