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WEDNESDAY | 2.27.2013 | MaceandCROWN.COM | Vol. 55, Issue 18

Text a Tip

Norfolk Crime Line now accepts Crime tips via text messaging

Tips can be sent anonymously to Norfolk Crime Line by texting the word NORFOLK, plus a tip, to 274637.

By: Derek Page News Editor Mace & Crown Norfolk Crime Line officials are urging students to utilize a new tipping feature. Anonymous tips of criminal activity can now be reported via text message, and online to the Norfolk Crime Line. Phil Davenport, president of Norfolk Crime Line, said tips can be sent with any electronic device with text messaging capabilities at a press conference Feb. 12. Tipsters must text the word NORFOLK and a tip to 274637. All tips are anonymous and those submitting them can earn cash rewards on those leading to arrests. Police detectives investigate tips, but the identities and phone numbers of “tipsters” are unknown. “Anonymity is of the utmost importance,” said Davenport. According to Crime Line, 288 tips were reported in Norfolk in 2012 resulting in 94 arrests and 118 solved cases, four of which were homicide cases. Cash rewards for that year totaled $22,250. The Norfolk Crime Line is a non-profit

organization directed, funded and promoted by a civilian community board of directors. They meet on a monthly basis to evaluate arrests and determine reward amounts up to $1,000. Rewards are distributed in a private manner to callers, and now text tipsters. However, according to Norfolk Crime Line’s website, many choose not to collect their rewards. Incidentally, tipsters do not need to testify to collect a reward. A common myth is that NCL does not pay out reward despite saying so. According to the website, “If Crime Line didn’t follow through on its promises, it would never have survived.” On average, Norfolk Crime Line gives more than $17,000 a year in rewards, and helps to recover tens of thousands sometimes more than $1 million in drugs and stolen property. “Norfolk Crime Line is definitely here to stay. It has been accepted by police as a valid and effective investigative tool and the public, through its overwhelming response, appears to have accepted it as a more palatable alternative to traditional methods of giving information,” the NCL webpage said.

One Small Step for ODU, One Giant LEAP for Freshman LEAP program makes great strides in Career Management Center By: Megan Jefferson Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown The Learn and Earn Advantage Program (LEAP) is making great strides on campus by helping employ freshmen students in departments throughout the university. The Career Management Center (CMC) created the program in spring 2011 as part of a presidential initiative from President John R. Broderick. The plan was to offer income opportunities for freshmen that are not part of federal work-study program. LEAP helps freshman earn money and experience for their resumes. Students in the program are required to attend the university class 195, a ten-week one-credit class on work place readiness, as well as keep a 2.0 GPA. The students work along with sponsors who mimic the lessons the students will learn in the classes. Sponsors are sent a newsletter, which outlines the things being taught. They use the newsletter to set up situations in the work place to test those skills. “[LEAP] is a fantastic program. It helps the supervisors because if they don’t have it in their budget to hire somebody, we do all the paper work. We do all the student employment processes. We do [their entire] payroll. All the supervisors have to do is identify a need and a job description. We match the students up,” said Randy Shabro, director of Employer Programs at CMC. When freshman apply for the LEAP program, they fill out a profile and submit a resume. The LEAP program tries to fit them into a position that will complement their interests. Joslyn McElvy, administrative coordinator of student employment at CMC, said the students in LEAP work 10-15 hours a week at $8 an hour. Around 125 students are employed under 80 different supervisors around campus. LEAP students work

can be placed into four job areas: office assistant, event assistant, academic assistant and ODU support services. The jobs include driving carts on campus, answering phones in various departments, working at the Ted Constant Convocation Center and the Student Recreation Center. This semester, CMC has partnered with Monarch Millionaire to offer a finance program for the LEAP students. The program will teach the student how to manage the money they are making through the program and learn about student loans. On average the LEAP program accepts a maximum of 125-130 students a year. This year, 17 of those students volunteered to take the spring course of Monarch Millionaire: LEAP Edition. Shabro plans to have all the students be required to take the financial literacy class from Monarch Millionaires in the future, in addition to the university workplace readiness course 195. After completing their first year at ODU, LEAP students who were enrolled as freshman can join LEAP 2 as sophomores. LEAP 2 is a program with identical goals but focuses on getting students jobs in a pre-internship position similar to their major. This opportunity will set them up with the abilities and work place knowledge to be a competitive applicant when they apply for internships in their junior year. “We are providing developmental, appropriate instruction and work place experiences for the first two years,” said Tom Wunderlich, executive director for CMC. “These students that are going into this program have something I have never had. They are so far ahead of their peers with preparedness than most students at other universities,” said Jay McCord, assistant director at CMC. The team describes success so great that other schools have become interested in adopting the program. On the other side of the scale, supervisors have en-

joyed the benefits of the LEAP program. Kaila Kea, a success story from LEAP now works with Dr. Ellen Neufeldt, vice president of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services (SEES). Kea worked with CMC as a LEAP student and was hired by SEES to work in their office after her employment through LEAP was completed. Many sponsors will find space in their budget to hire students that were sent by LEAP due to their quality of work and experience. It is very rare that students in the program are terminated. The program follows behavioral correction procedures when issues arise, for example not arriving to work. CMC works with ODU Cares to provide counseling services to students who need it. More often than not, the issues stem from stress over balancing school and work. The CMC reaches out to stu-

dents during ODU previews. LEAP has a table at every one to ensure all incoming freshman have the opportunity to enroll in the program. Once a student fills out their paperwork, the CMC makes a commitment to placing them into a position. The success has caused the program to begin keeping a waiting list. They will pull from this list to fill their 125 positions on campus. As students from the program start to graduate from ODU, CMC and the LEAP coordinators will track the progress of the individuals in the working world to determine the success of the LEAP programs. The coordinators review surveys from students and supervisors to improve their program, so it can prepare students for an ever-changing workforce.

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NEWS Mace & Crown Staff : Megan Jefferson Editor in Chief 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 Dominique Bailey Arts & Entertainment Assistant Aaron Roland Copy Assistant Sean Burke Web Design Assistant Senior Writers: Brian Jerry RJay Molina Mitchell Brown Staff Writers: Eryn Tolley Kadeem Porter Emma Needham Eric Smith Brian Bowden Josh Bray Staff Photographers: Rachel Chasin AJ McCafferty Taylor Roy Claud Dargan 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


From MOVE to Monarch A Profile of Jennifer Mullen Collins By: Derek Page News Editor Mace & Crown Jennifer Mullen Collins, assistant vice president of marketing and communications at Old Dominion University, was a sophomore in high school in 1985 when reports of an armed standoff with Philadelphia police consumed her attention. “It was fascinating,” she said. “I remember just sitting, looking at the TV thinking ‘I don’t want to go to school. I want see how this all is going to end’.” Officers were attempting to clear a building and arrest members or a radical “back-to-nature” black liberation organization, known as MOVE. The members were indicted on charges such as parole violation, contempt of court, illegal possession of firearms and making terrorist threats. Confrontations with the radical group began years prior when neighbors complained of members making threats, broadcasting political messages at all hours, and posing a health hazard created from piles of compost. The organization had automatic weapons, explosives, and had built a bunker on the roof of the row houses, making it extremely dangerous for law enforcement. Attempts to seize the building with tear gas and water cannons were unsuccessful. Mayor Wilson Goode ordered a police helicopter to drop an incendiary device on the compound’s roof. The bomb ignited other explosive material in the building and, consequently, nearby homes caught flame. As an entire block, 65 row homes, burned in West Philly, the ambition to tell stories burned in Collins. “That, actually, was the day I decided I wanted to do this for a living. I wanted to be able to tell these stories of what’s going on,” she said over a steamy cup of threecheese-potato bacon soup. Collins was always a reader and a writer. In high school, she loved her English classes and writing short stories. Her father is an avid reader and reads the newspaper every day, from start to finish. “I had the importance of being aware of what’s going on around you instilled in

me from an early age,” she said. With all her intentions set on becoming a broadcast journalist, Collins enrolled in Temple University in 1987. She soon realized the broadcast news industry wasn’t everything she thought it to be. “It wasn’t the way that I wanted to tell stories. There’s so many constraints in TV news that you really don’t get to tell stories the way you do in print,” Collins said. She switched her major to print-editorial journalism hoping it would give her more room to convey stories the way she wanted. On top of writing for the school newspaper, Temple News, Collins worked her way through college. One of her jobs working in the offices of Temple’s law school landed her an internship in the media relations office, the News Bureau. From here, Collins’ career path took a turn away from where she saw it going years earlier. Working at the News Bureau, she was introduced to a professional field previously unbeknownst to her. “I loved it. We wrote like newspaper reporters. We used AP style and it had all the feel of newspaper writing just without any of the bad stuff,” Collins said. “I thought, ‘I could get used to this.’” She said her job is great because “it’s hard to argue with the good nature of higher education.” She came to Old Dominion University in 1998 and entered the marketing and communications department to help establish the schools “brand name,” working with university representatives to create a profile for the institution and draw in prospective students. As the chief communications officer for the university, she is designated spokesperson for ODU. Any official stance or statement comes from her. She also sits on the president’s cabinet and works with the president and vice presidents on strategic communications. “It’s my job to make sure that the messaging is correct about what we’re trying to accomplish at the university,” she said. While she claims it’s hard to argue with the good nature of higher education, unfortunate events are a part of life. One of Collins’ responsibilities is heading the emergency alert system that notifies students and staff of urgent matters like

crime and inclement weather. “Life is what it is,” said Collins. “Emergency communications play a really vital role to students and the institution, so it’s critical I don’t have any conflicts about that.” Performing this duty means having to convey dire information in a non-emotional way. She doesn’t have a hard time doing this but admitted there have been many occasions where she was personally touched by the incident. “You wouldn’t be human if you weren’t,” she said. One of her first experiences having to exercise this responsibility involved a student who died of alcohol poisoning. Collins was left with getting the information to the media but also with doing her best to prevent them from doing what they do best, “sensationalize.” Her job was to make the university’s policy concerning underage drinking clear to the media. She was talking to a reporter when paramedics brought the body out. “That’s just a really difficult thing… this was someone’s child. He was loved,” she said.

Despite tragedies like this, it is still her job to “make sure the university is protected, so to speak…but not at all costs.” “I can tell you I’ve never been put in the position at this university where I’ve ever had to do anything against my ethics or morals. I wouldn’t do it,” she said. Representing the university in these cases come with the territory but she finds solace knowing the good far outweighs the bad. “Every day we have some great stories, positive stories,” Collins said. “We work with great people.” On the hard days, when she feels like giving up, Collin’s reminds herself of the transformation the university has made. “Twenty to 30 years from now,” Collins said with the final spoonful of soup hovering inches from her mouth, “I’m going to be able to look back on this period of the institution’s history, no matter where I am, and say I was part of making Old Dominion something really special and unique and taking it from one level to something completely different, and that’s pretty cool.”

Letter From the Editor Readers of the Mace & Crown,

The Mace & Crown is currently gearing up to hire a new Editor-in-Chief. Unfortunately, my time at the paper is quickly dwindling down. I am sad to leave the Mace, but I know it will be in good hands. As we begin our search amongst our staff members, we are looking for a leader. Many individuals on staff are beyond qualified for the position. My hope for the paper is to remain a respectable outlet for news, entertainment and sports on campus. I want the student body to remain informed about the events across campus, and always come to the Mace to get their information. Organizations should feel welcome to reach out to us, and give us any story ideas. As EIC, I worked

hard to cover as many events held by organizations across all of the ODU campuses in Hampton Roads. The Editorial Board has a big decision to make in the next few weeks. As well as looking for a new EIC, the Mace & Crown will also be hiring for four other positions. Graphic Design, Copy Editor, Arts & Entertainment Editor and Web Design positions will be available. If you are interested in any positions, we will begin accepting applications after spring break. Please send any questions and resumes to The Mace & Crown will be at Relay for Life in April to help raise money for cancer. If you are interested in joining our team please email Jessica Starr at jstar018@odu. edu. We are hoping for a good turn out, so those who are

interested should definitely email Jessica. 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. If you wish to advertise with the Mace & Crown please contact James Porter at He can supply information on advertising costs and the classified section. Megan Jefferson Editor-in-Chief


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Third President of ODU Alfred Rollins Dies By: Derek Page News Editor Mace & Crown Alfred B. Rollins Jr., Old Dominion University’s third president, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Norfolk, at 91 years old. Rollins served as university president from 1976 until 1985, and continued teaching history until his retirement in 1991. “We have lost one of our university’s great leaders,” said university President John R. Broderick. “He was a man of great vision, intelligence and soft-spoken strength. I will remember him, a fellow Connecticut native, as a kind and decent man who always had time for people. I have tried to emulate that in the way I conduct myself. Two decades ago when I was just starting out at this university, he was very gracious and very helpful to me. I’m sure a lot of administrators, faculty members and alumni can say the same thing about him.” Rollins received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. In between degrees, he served in the Air Force during World War II as a bomber pilot. He flew fifty missions out of Italy, Germany and the Balkans. For his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four clusters. After the war, he went to graduate school on the G.I. Bill. He received his doctorate in American history from Harvard University in 1953. He had to leave Harvard before his dissertation because he couldn’t afford school any longer and his first wife, Ernestine McMullin wanted to settle down. The two found jobs at a teachers college in New Paltz, N.Y. which would eventually become part of the State University of New

York. After 19 years, he became the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont where he worked for nine years. He was the vice president of the university when ODU chose him as its president in 1976. When he came to Old Dominion University, he strived to make it a “real university.” He helped transform the incipient institution by expanding the university’s state and private funding, expanding student services to include a women’s center and international student center, establishing an honors program and increasing the number of graduate and doctoral programs. Having always been a great writer, he implemented the writing requirement, one all students need pass to obtain a degree at ODU to help those who lacked proficiency. When he arrived, Old Dominion only offered doctoral programs in engineering and oceanography. By the time he left office, ODU had 37 master’s programs and 11 Ph.D. programs. He made great advancements in racial integration by recruiting and retaining minority students and faculty. He considered his commitment and effort in affirmative action his most important accomplishment. He also helped develop the athletic program. Advancing the women’s athletic program, particularly women’s basketball, was one of Rollin’s biggest prides. “I came here…with a strong feeling of support for women’s rights and I tried to play a strong role in the development of equality for the faculty and staff with the development of the women’s center, and of course, the women’s basketball program,” Rollins said in a 1999 oral history interview. Racial integration was also an essential

component of the university’s agenda when he was in office, and one of his highest priorities. When he came to Old Dominion, Virginia was among a group of southern states under federal court order to provide equal opportunity. “His leadership for the development of women’s athletics and support for gender and racial equality has been widely recognized. What has not been publicly acknowledged as much is his insistence that our campus provide the opportunities for out-of-class learning and support for students,” Dana Burnett, former ODU dean of students and current professor of educational foundations and leadership, said. In addition, Rollins formed closer ties with NASA, the U.S. Navy, Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. During his presidency, the university joined other schools to form the Southeastern University Research Association, which helped in bringing the $300 million Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility to Newport News. Charles Burgess, a retired dean of arts and letters and Professor Emeritus of English, also spoke well of Rollins. “Al Rollins was not only a classy person in himself but also was the president who consolidated and strengthened the university based on the teaching tradition of the Lewis Webb years and the firm establishment of university status under Jim Bugg,” Burgess said. “Al brought a national view, a commitment to the arts and to affirmative action, and important new program initiatives, all with a rich sense of humor. He will be remembered as one of our great presidents.”

Norfolk Schools to Cut Jobs Due to Funding By: Rae Parker Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Norfolk public schools have been suffering for some time now, but recently there has been some action to mitigate the circumstances. The school system will reduce its staff by 108 employees, 63 being educators. Most of the cuts are being directed towards middle schools, high schools and central offices. Not only is the city cutting its staff, they are also undergoing its fifth consecutive year without an employee pay raise. Norfolk city schools have faced some financial stresses over the last three years, including $60 million in shortages. “The damages have been accumulating,” said school board chairman Kirk Houston. “We have been cut to the bone. And when you are unable to stop the bleeding, the cuts just get closer and closer to the classroom.” When calculating its reduction, Norfolk began seeing its decline in the 2008-2009 school years. As of now, over 600 full-time positions are being cut, which means a 14.5 percent decrease in the workforce. With this coming school year [2013-2014] the budget has already been set for about $296 million, with $180 million of that budget coming from the state. Already, the problem approaching is that the school system will spend close to $314 million for the school year, falling short of $18.7 million. However, with all of the budget cuts, a new proposed package would not cut the specialty student programs, including full-day pre-K or transportation, mainly because they have received strong support from residents at a recent budget hearing. Chief Financial Officer Michael Thornton met with the school

board and superintendent Samuel King to discuss a plan that could be made to the prospective budget last week. The plan is to make tough but necessary decisions and discussions to turn around the ailing school system. Houston said, “Immediate progress was needed in the division, which has 14 schools falling below accreditation levels,” which makes Norfolk in the top percentile for the worst performing schools in the state of Virginia. At its monthly meeting, King presented a $300 million plan to be in place for the upcoming school year. This projection plans to cut close to 100 full-time positions but also increases employees’ salary by 2 percent, as well as expands funding for Advanced Placement testing and alternative education. “I am confident that this proposed operating budget is student-focused and provides a solid foundation for the future,” he said. “If you fight for us, Norfolk will stand with you.” Not only does the threat of job cuts affect educators and employees already in place, it also affects future educators. Many education majors at Old Dominion worry that when they graduate and look for teaching jobs not just in Norfolk but cities elsewhere, they will come up short. “It’s very disheartening to know that I may not be able to find work once graduation approaches. My main goal for the past four years has been to help children and it’s sad there’s a possibility I won’t be doing that,” said Elaine Krass, a special education senior at ODU. However, this problem doesn’t seem to discourage other students like freshman Ashley Greene. “I’m not too worry about the job cuts, mainly because I’m sure as the economy grows so will the needs for teaching professionals,” she said.

CRIMELOG 2/14 11:10 p.m.

– Athletics Admin Building – Vandalism of Door

2/15 11:00 a.m.

– 4900 Block Killam Ave. – Hit and Run

12:45 a.m.

– 1200 Block 40 St. – Vandalism to Vehicle

10:56 p.m.

– Powhatan Apartments – Odor of Marijuana

2/16 3:00 a.m.


– Whitehurst Hall – Student Arrested for Discharging Fire Extinguisher

12:12 a.m.

– Village 9 –Student Arrested for Activating Fire Alarm

1:22 a.m.

– Powhatan II – Odor of Marijuana

2:03 a.m.

– Whitehurst Hall – Marijuana Confiscated

12:03 p.m.

– Village 5 – Suspicious Situation

4:13 p.m.

– Nusbaum Apartments – Damaged to Window

2/18 8:38 p.m.

– 4100 Block Killam Ave. – Theft from Motor Vehicle

11:58 p.m.

– Scotland House – Odor of Marijuana

2/19 6:20 a.m

– 1000 Block 47 St. – Hit and Run

2/20 3:25 p.m.

– 5200 Block Hampton Blvd. – Non-Student Arrested for Drunk in Public

4:00 p.m.

– Lot 49 – Hit and Run

2/21 3:42 p.m.

– Koch Hall – Harassing Emails

10:23 p.m.

– 4600 Block Killam Ave. – Threatening Bodily Harm

12:23 p.m.

– Scotland House – Odor of Marijuana


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“No Excuses, Just Excellence”

Van Jones Keynote Address for Black History Month By: Emma Needham Staff Writer Mace & Crown It’s not every day that a person of importance will choose to discuss and emphasize not the glory in the founding of America, but the ugliness. Thomas Jefferson, speaking of the inequality and Native Americans’ bereft of their land this country was founded upon, said, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” This is where Van Jones began his discussion as the Keynote speaker for Black History Month at Old Dominion University Feb. 19 in North Café, Webb Center. Van Jones is a Yale-educated attorney who has written two New York Times bestsellers: “The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Solve Our Two Biggest

Problems,” and “Rebuild the Dream.” Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House in 2009, founded the organization Green for All and has won several human rights awards. He is also a CNN contributor and was listed in Time’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2009. Jones spoke directly to the students, focusing on what this generation needs to do to step up and why they need to do so. To connect with the students, Jones went through his family’s background and how he did not grow up as “a rich man’s son.” His father was born in Memphis during segregation and later joined the military. Soon after, he went to college, and recognizing the importance of it, put his little brother, his cousins, and finally his children, Jones and his sister, through college. Jones’ point in explaining this to the students was to become relatable to them. He

explained that today’s generation is not only capable, but also expected to make changes to this country. Jones described the difference between the years of 1959 and 1969, going from nothing in ’59 to the Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Liberation Movement, the Stonewall Rebellion, “Flower Power,” and Rock ‘n’ Roll 10 years later. Jones said that the time before 1959, the “400 years of foolishness,” was broken in just 10 years because of the baby boomers, who were young people like the students in the audience. Jones emphasized that not only do the young people of today have the ability to change the country, but they also have more than the baby boomers did 45 years ago. Jones explained that today’s young generation is much larger than the baby boomer generation. He also explained that this generation is much more diverse and more ca-

pable of change. For Jones’ last point, he took out his iPhone. He said that because of this device there is, “more and better computing power in our hand than the entire government had when putting the first man on the moon,” but many people choose to use it as a toy. Jones explained that no one is rushing to help today’s young people; they are on their own. He closed by addressing students, “If you don’t fight for what you want, you deserve what you get.” After his presentation, Jones took questions from the audience, ranging from racial issues to affirmative action, which helped him get through school, and discussed the Kahn Academy, a website with a collection of free lectures and tutorials on various subjects to assist in students’ learning. Hana Abate, a senior studying International Studies and Political Science, said that

the presentation was, “very inspirational and motivating. The quote that struck me in particular was ‘No excuses, just excellence,’” Mazin Abuharaz, the president of the ODU Muslim Association, also found the presentation motivating. “I have African-American friends, including some Muslims, and I realize the challenges they are going through. I’m happy that someone is trying to lift them up,” Abuharaz said. Beside the stage, people lined up to buy Jones’ two books that were being sold, and after he took questions, he stuck around a bit longer to do a book signing and to talk individually to the students and patrons who were interested.


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McDonnell still Fighting Sequestration in Virginia By: Josh Bray Staff Writer Mace & Crown Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell sent a letter to President Obama on Feb. 19, 2013 urging him to follow through with his campaign promise to avert the cuts to federal spending. The 2011 Budget Control Act that would disproportionally affect many Virginia residents especially those in the military and private defense contracting sectors. The Defense sequestration, used as a means to combat the fiscal cliff, would cut up to $85 billion in defense funding once a finalized version would become active on March 1, 2013. The effect from the sequestration would impact states all over the country, but would have a greater impact on Virginia. Hampton Roads has the largest concentration of military facilities in the world and around 900,000 defense workers who may loose jobs. During the recent meetings between President Obama and Congress, Obama has been using the sequestration deadline of March 1, 2013 as a leveraging tool in order to get the two parties in Congress to agree on a better solution. Little is known about the potential impacts of the sequestration. Originally, the

Department of Defense began to plan for the sequestration back in December 2012, a month before the original deadline of the sequestration on Jan.2, 2013. The delay was provided by the passing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which allowed time for further negotiations between the federal government and state officials. President Obama has been against the sequestration since the planning of the original 2011 Budget Control Act. On Sept. 14, 2012, the White House sent out a press release stating, “the sequestration would be deeply destructive to national security, domestic investments and core government functions,” and that, “The Administration strongly believes that sequestration is bad policy, and that Congress can and should take action to avoid it by passing a comprehensive and balanced deficit reduction package.” On Feb. 20, 2013, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta released a memo to congress stating the Defense Department is prepared to implement furloughs, unpaid leaves of absence, which would go into effect in April for civilian personnel once the sequestration becomes active March 1 and would affect most DOD civilian employees. President Obama made a campaign stop at Newport News Shipbuilding on Tuesday to sway Congress to snuff the cuts.

National Blue Day Support Colon Cancer Awareness Friday by Wearing Blue By: Megan Jefferson Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown The Latino Student Alliance and the Women’s Center are teaming up to get ODU aware of colon cancer. Friday, March 1, is National Blue Day, and students on campus are encouraged to wear blue in solidarity with survivors. The Colon Cancer Alliance reports 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. Colon cancer is among the most common forms of cancer. Sarah Miller, a member of Latino Student Alliance (LSA) and two-time cancer survivor, is an advocate for people knowing their family history, and getting tested. The symptoms for colon cancer include diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, unexplained weight loss, constant tiredness, blood in stool, and gas, bloating, and cramps. In addition to wearing blue on Friday, students are invited to attend an information panel held by LSA and the Women’s Center with surgeon Dr. Sayles, and gastroenterologist Dr. Mendu. The panel will be held in the Isle of Wight Room from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The medical specialists will present information on colon cancer, diseases affecting the digestive tract, and the importance of medical history. At the panel, LSA and the Women’s Center will inform students of ways to get tested for colon cancer. It can be detected through several screening processes, and is 90 percent curable if caught early. There are several ways to get tested. The most beneficial and recommended way to get tested is routine colonoscopies. Doctors urge patients to begin colonoscopy testing at

The Walking Cause Women’s Center Hosts Walk A Mile In her Shoes By: Sean Burke Assistant Web Master Mace & Crown Voluntary students showed their willingness to stop violence against women in this year’s event hosted by the Women’s Center in the Webb Center. More than 50 brave men signed up and slipped on a pair of high heels to demonstrate their enthusiasm for the cause. The nation-wide “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event is an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to sexualized violence, according to the event’s official Facebook page. Old Dominion’s annual event was hosted in conjunction with the YWCA of South Hampton Roads and raised $250 in less than two hours. “Walk a Mile was a phenomenal experience. For someone that has never done it before, it was great to see men become a little vulnerable for such a big cause. We definitely drew a lot of attention and cameras during the walk, making a strong statement against sexual abuse,” said ODU student and participant, Fred Tugas. Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer, public relations and marketing coordinator of the Women’s Center, assisted in hosting the event and said that while the

money raised was not as much as they were expecting “the event was more about raising awareness than about raising funds.” “It’s fun to play with stereotypes,” said EdwardsBodmer. “It makes the issue palatable and brings it to the forefront in a way we can talk about it.” Before the walking portion of the event occurred, there was a strut competition that was hosted by entertainer, Naomi Black, who commented on Twitter shortly after the event “The ODU boys worked it out today!!! #prouddragqueen.” Frank Baird created Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in 2001. A small group of men in a park grew to become a worldwide movement with thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters. The YWCA South Hampton Roads is a source of strength, courage and empowerment for women and families facing crisis. Their programs provide services responding to the critical needs of survivors of sexual and domestic violence, young women seeking direction, the need for quality and affordable childcare, and opportunities to work collaboratively to eliminate racism in the community, according to their website and mission statement. For women who need assistance, visit the Women’s Center located in the Webb Center or the YWCA located at 5215 Colley Ave. in Norfolk.

50-years-old. Through experience, Miller suggests, “If someone in your immediate family… has had a history of colon cancer, you want to get checked out 10-15 years before [they] were first diagnosed. Say they were 30 when they were diagnosed, you need to be tested 10-15 years before that age.” Randy Henniger, a colon cancer survivor of 27 years and patient support team member at Colon Cancer Alliance, suggests other alternatives for getting screened for cancer. A fecal immunochemical test (FIT Test) examines a small stool sample for blood and other genetic markers. Similar to a colonoscopy, a virtual colonoscopy is a non-invasive test that uses imaging techniques to examine the colon for irregularities. Advancements in medicine have developed a fourth alternative for getting tested. Although it is still undergoing testing, a stool DNA test (SDNA) offers another non-invasive alternative to getting tested. SDNA procedures include the doctors will test a small stool sample, and “look for genetic markers for cells that have gone malignant,” said Henniger. In the spring, LSA hopes to create a “undie” decorating contest, similar to bra decorating contests for breast cancer. This decorating contest will consist of decorating underwear to raise money and awareness for colon cancer. Any one interested in the event, or helping with colon cancer events is directed asked to go to LSA’s Orgsync page for more information. For more information on colon cancer, go to or call their toll-free number.

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ARTS & entertainment ODU Art Professor Earns Recognition

Peter Eudenbach

Old Dominion art professor Peter Eudenbach’s art is featured locally as well as internationally.

Eudenbach’s work typically features contemporary art composed of scupture and experimental film.

By: Allison Terres Web Master Mace & Crown

IIn a university becoming increasingly defined by its advancement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) lies an undercurrent of artistic movement. The Old Dominion art building is home to this strong flow where professors and students inspire each other to excel in a gifted community where recognition is difficult to come by. Associate professor of arts Peter Eudenbach recently burst through the dam with his sculpture and photography work that is drawing him special attention. Eudenbach’s work was recently showcased in the Select 2013. It is an exhibition in its thirty-second year and put on by the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA). The Select 2013 is free and open to the public in Washington, D.C. until the auction on March 16. The exhibition is selected by a group of notable curators and is dedicated to promoting “contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture,” explained the WPA. Amy Brandt, a curator from the Chrysler Museum of Art, selected Peter Eudenbach’s work. Ever since Eudenbach was young, he knew he wanted to make art. “I’ve always had the ideas,” said Eudenbach, a conceptual artist who uses sculpture, installations and video to explore our understanding of commonplace objects and to create metaphors that make his audience rethink function and purpose. A print of one of his photographs rests on the wall of his office, it depicts a clear plastic bottle sitting on a beach holding a miniature shipping container. “This was sort of inspired by being here with these containers that you see being pulled up and down Hampton Boulevard everyday, its a container within a container,” he said of the print. Eudenbach is a native of Newport, R.I. and started his college career as a student of the humanities at Providence College. After graduating in 1987, he later earned his B.F.A. in Sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art in 1991 and then his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Ohio State University in 1995. Eudenbach also received a degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 1990. He moved to New York in 1995 to gain knowledge about the business and worked as a studio assistant for different galleries and successful artists. But he doesn’t necessarily desire that fame for himself. “A lot of my work doesn’t have that same commercial appeal,” he said. He stayed there for eight years and has been teaching at ODU since 2003. Eudenbach’s professional work has influenced his time as a professor. “If any of this is worth doing, it is worth passing on,” he said, “and everything I do goes right back into the classroom.” One of his proudest moments as an artist, his recent curatorial project entitled “To Arrive Where We Started,” was partly funded with the help of an ODU grant. This exhibition is located at one of the oldest libraries in America, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Rhode Island. “To Arrive Where We Started” is a conceptual project that explores historical events and how they have influenced and reflect contemporary life. It is on display until June 2013. His work has been shown locally, at the Contemporary Arts Center as well as at the Pretlow Planetarium on campus. He has also been on display internationally, in such places as Germany, France and Sweden. The Hermitage Museum in Norfolk approached Eudenbach to prepare another installation on their grounds, a recent development that he is excited for in the future. To experience Peter Eudenbach’s work for yourself, visit his website at


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Sweet & Handsome Biscuits New Biscuit Joint Comes to Town By: Kadeem Porter Staff Writer Mace & Crown

The opening of Handsome Biscuit in Park Place has been attracting much attention. Since Feb. 8, the building on Colonial Avenue that has taken on the whereabouts of the old Quick Pik-Up and stomping grounds for the retired Park Place Boys & Girls Club, has been creating quite a name for itself. Business owners John Porter and David Hausmann claim the location was conveniently picked for the fringed neighborhood. “We don’t need to be on the hot block,” Hausmann assured while explaining in greater detail of its positioning. He says not only is it cheaper, but since Handsome Biscuit is doing something unique and fun, business will be attracted regardless as soon as a buzz gets started. According to Hausmann, the business wasn’t exactly hard to start; it was important to determine what will be valuable to the customer. “We just bust our tails to have some fun,” he said. Hausmann encourages Old Dominion students to visit because of its close proximity, affordability and positive energy.

The restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The staff stressed the limited hours are there to help increase the extra amount of time they have to improve the quality and different options of the menu. In addition to unique hours, the store also follows a unique menu. The menu may not be large but the exclusiveness of the food provides customers with items such as a pulled pork BBQ sandwich with apple coleslaw and lupo hot sauce called the ‘A.C. Slawter’ and a peanut butter, mixed berry jam and salted butter sandwich simple shortened to ‘PB&JB’ all served on sweet potato biscuits. Hausmann said the ‘Hella Fittzgerald’ was the most popular ordered sandwich so far. This sandwich is stacked with fried chicken, bacon, cheddar and sausage red eye gravy. The menu also includes a variety of sides, extra toppings, desserts and a house made pineapple mint aguafresca soda. Owners plan to do special deals such as Friday night fried donuts and drumsticks in the near future. For more information on the restaurant and a full menu, visit the official Handsome Biscuit website at

The sweet potato biscuit sandwiches have anything from fried chicken with bacon and sausage red eye gravy to pulled pork BBQ with apple coleslaw and hot sauce.

Baby, You’re a Firework

Old Dominion’s Theatre Program Debuts “The Miss Firecracker Contest” By: Nephthalie Lauture Contributing Writer Mace & Crown

Old Dominion’s theatre program opened their spring season with the much antici-

pated and Broadway favorite, “The Miss Firecracker Contest.” “If you enjoyed this evening’s performance, tell your friends. If you hated it, tell your enemies,” director Konrad Winters quipped before the start of the play.

Held in Goode Theatre on Feb. 21, the small and intimate set seating 150 at the most, was designed in southern decor with vintage wallpaper and furniture. The play opened with character Carnelle Scott, played by Lucy Bonino, rehearsing

The performance’s set displays old, southern decor mimicking the plot’s setting in Brookhaven, Miss.

her patriotic tap routine to the Star Spangled Banner. The plot follows 24-year-old Carnelle Scott, a Southern orphan living in Brookhaven, as she navigates her way to the very end of the Miss Firecracker Contest with the help of her family and friends.

“Miss Carnelle Scott, she is trying to be a beauty queen with a very soiled reputation. She’s like, the town slut,” lead actress, Bonino, said. “She’s really optimistic and energetic about winning it and… it kind of just blows up in her face, big time.” Popeye Jackson, played by Courtney Cook, is a good friend of Carnelle and helps her prepare for the competition. There is then Elain Rutledge, played by Maeghan Pardy, Carnelle’s selfish, vain cousin who is also a former Miss Firecracker. Elain comes back to her hometown after leaving her wealthy husband, two children and brother and Carnelle’s cousin, Delmount Williams, who was just released from a mental institution, who is played by Jeffrey Musselman. “I didn’t think I was going to be casted,” Bonino said, “but I’m really glad that I was.” Bonino is a junior acting major at ODU. She said she was selected for the role after a series of cold readings. “She gets really excited, like when she’s interested in something, she gets really excited about it and she goes all out for it and she’s crushed when it doesn’t happen. I see myself in that aspect, but not specifics. The things she would be interested in, I wouldn’t be interested in,” said Bonino when asked how her and her character, Carnelle, were similar. “The Miss Firecracker Contest” is the first production of the Goode Theater’s spring season. Performances will continue to be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2. The Goode Theatre is located at 4608 Monarch Way in ODU’s University Village. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www. or by calling the box office at 683-5305.


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Black History Month Hits the Outdoors African-American Contributions have shaped the Great Outdoors in Hampton Roads By: Brian Savage and Adam Wood Contributing Writers Mace & Crown A large number of African-Americans are responsible for many incredible contributions that have shaped outdoor recreation in our country. The First Landing State Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront was developed 1933 by a group of African-Americans working for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Only one percent out of the 280 million annual visitors to National Parks are AfricanAmericans, yet so much of the park system was created or improved with the help of African-Americans. Between 1933 and 1943, more than 200,000 African-American men joined the CCC to work on the preservation of our country’s natural and historical resources, such as Fist Landing State Park. Today, several African-American groups are encouraging members of the community who embrace outdoor recreation. The largest of these groups is Outdoor Afro, based out of San Francisco. Outdoor Afro’s mission statement is to “disrupt the false perception that black people do not have a relationship with nature.” The organization also aims to stimulate African-American participation in the outdoors. Oprah decided in 2010 to see what camping was like and share it with the world. When a National Park Service Ranger sent her a letter stating that only one percent of park visitors annually are African-American,

Oprah came to the rescue and set out to go camping. First, she went to an outfitter specializing in outdoor equipment to gather supplies then headed for Yosemite National Park. Oprah thoroughly enjoyed the experience saying “Just the beauty of the park. Everything about it is spectacular…being surrounded by the cathedral of stone. Now I want to see all the other National Parks.” Last year on National Trails Day, June 2, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) teamed up with the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to lead an African-American History Hike. Participants were guided along a one-mile route that began at the ATC’s Visitor Center in Harper’s Ferry. The hike consisted of various educational discussions, including the famous abolitionist John Brown’s raid of the Harpers Ferry Federal Armory, the creation of Storer College, one of our nation’s first higher learning institutions open to African-Americans and the Niagara Movement, a civil rights organization founded in 1905 that aimed to eliminate racial segregation. When enjoying nature and the fresh air, take a moment to reflect on those who worked tirelessly to create such a place of beauty. African-Americans have worked to preserve a place for future generations in the great outdoors. We take time in February, during Black history month, to reflect on the African-American volunteers of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Adventure on!

First Landing State Park is located on Cape Henry in North Virginia Beach with 2,888 acres of land.

All Inked Up ODU AIGA hosts a Screen Printing Workshop By: Megan Jefferson Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown Old Dominion’s AIGA organization will host a screen printing workshop to inform students of the process taught in the highly sought after printing class. Those who attend the event will be taught the basic screen printing process. ODU AIGA co-president Sabrina Bryan describes the process as straight forward. “They sell little kits online,” Bryan said. The event will cover developing screens and the process of printing the image on the shirt. ODU AIGA advisor and graphic design professor, Ivanete Blanco, helped set up the organization for the graphic design students to learn more about design outside of the

classroom. “It will be a basic one-color print introduction but Clay [McGlamory] will go over the process of making a screen,” said Blanco. The idea for the event came about from student interest expressed during an alternative print processes workshop held last semester. “We tried to think of things that graphic designers pay for but don’t know how to do. It’s things they pay extra money for, you can do very easily at home with kits,” Bryan said. Bryan’s hopes for the event are “to concentrate on things away from the computer. People so often think that [designers] just sit at a computer all day.” Jessica Gibson, copresident of ODU AIGA, added that this workshop will “enrich their understanding on different processes.”

Bryan hopes to have a bigger turn out to this event due to the high interest in the screen print class. “There was a really good turnout [at the last event] and we hope that there continues to be a good turnout,” Gibson said. The event will be in the Visual Arts Building in room 133 at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28. Students who attend the event are asked to bring a light colored t-shirt to print on. David Shields, graphic design professor, created the design to help advertise the graphic design department. The image can be found on the ODU GD Facebook page. For those interested in being part of the ODU AIGA, log into Orgsync and look for updates on their page. They also hold meetings every first and third Thursday of the month in VAB 211.

The design for Thursday’s screen printing demonstration made by David Shields.

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Sweet, Sweet Victory

The Monarchs Annihilate UNCW By: Eric Guy Staff Writer Mace & Crown

The Old Dominion Monarchs 4-23, 2-13 were “havin’ a party” Wednesday evening at the Ted Constant Center, cruising to a dominating 84-61 victory against the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington 10-17, 5-10. In what has been a constant struggle to win in front of the home crowd this season, the Monarchs were able to obtain an elusive home victory, snagging their first home win since dropping Morgan State 72-61 on Nov. 10. Shooting an astounding 58.6 percent from the field, five Monarchs scored in double figures, led by senior-forward DeShawn Painter with 18 and an ultra-efficient 15 points off of six-of-nine shooting from redshirt sophomore Dimitri Batten. Joining Batten in the Monarchs assault by way of the backcourt was ambidextrous junior guard Donte Hill, and with freshman guards Aaron Bacote and Keenan Palmore, shooting a combined 13-for-20 from the field. Although the Seahawks struggled mightily to answer the Monarchs on the offensive end, UNC Wilmington’s aggressive pointforward Keith Rendleman logged 15 points and 11 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive glass in 34 minutes of action. After a slow start, UNCW led 16-15 with 10:15 left in the first half, then after a pair of free throws by Painter to put ODU up one. The Monarchs roared ferociously, outscoring the Seahawks 20-10 to end the half and never looking back for the duration of the game. Limiting the Seahawks to an abysmal 35.6 percent from the field, and lockdown interior defense, coupled with active hands on the perimeter. Enabling the Monarchs to adjust the tempo of the game, and outscoring the Seahawks 16-4 in fast-break points. Getting out in transition in such a way that would make even the great “Showtime” Lakers of the eighties nod in approval. The Monarchs settled in on a pace of play that utilized each player’s athletic ability and skill, all the while earning the applause of interim head coach Jim Corrigan. “Our defense created offense for us,” Corrigan said. “We thought two of the big keys of the game were our transition defense and we thought we could get out on them in transition. As well as we shot it, [UNCW] had few opportunities to get out on the fastbreak.” Emerging as a complement to the sheer dominance Painter possesses in the low-

post, the Monarchs have continued to be anchored by none other than high-flying redshirt sophomore Richard Ross. The 6-foot 7-inch forward attacked relentlessly, and scoring 12 points while creating highlight reels on both ends of the court. Corrigan has implemented Ross into the game plan in a way that unleashes what he brings to the table: absurd athletic ability. If the past couple of weeks have been any indication, one thing is for certain. Richard Ross is becoming one of the most dominant and awe-inspiring players in the CAA. While Ross’ athletic ability may at times overshadow everything else he brings to the table. Corrigan is confident that as time goes on, Ross’ game will only elevate. “[Ross] is extremely athletic,” Corrigan said. “There was a play in the first half where he jumped up in the air, double-clutched and threw the ball over the backboard. When he came out of the game I was like ‘you have to dunk that.’ Then in the second half, he rose up and dunked it. He is learning to become a basketball player that is athletic versus an athlete that plays basketball.” Coming off a thoroughly impressive 7367 win at home against CAA-leading North-

Old Dominion 84 UNC Wilmington 61 eastern, one would think the Seahawks would be on a high, confident, and eager to hit the hardwood against anyone in the conference. However, that was not the case Wednesday evening, let alone the majority of games this year. In what has been a disappointing season, the Seahawks lack cohesiveness and leadership, something of which head coach Buzz Peterson has been coping with all season long. “Until they listen and be coachable, we will not win on the road,” Peterson said. “I don’t think there is a person in that locker room that is going to get on someone else. Not until we get somebody to challenge someone else will we be successful on the road.” Although only a four-win team on paper, Wednesday’s victory nonetheless instilled within the Monarchs the keys to being successful not only now, but for years to come. “It gives us a positive viewpoint,” Richard Ross said. “Now we see what we have to do to be successful, so we can just build on that.” With only three games left in the regular season, other teams in the CAA better wake up, for the Monarchs are hungry, and the feasting has just begun. Aaron Bacote led a well balanced attack on the way to a Monarch’s victory.


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Revenge Never Tasted So Sweet The Lady Monarchs top Tribe in a 75-64 win By: Jasmine Blackwell Contributing Writer Mace & Crown

The energy in the Ted Convocation Center was extremely high with Old Dominion hosting its first ever “Barefootin’ Night.” Fans were encouraged to donate used shoes to help those across the world that go barefoot each and every day. The well-known rivalry between the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs 18-9, 9-6 and the William & Mary Tribe 6-19, 4-10 continued as the teams fought relentlessly for a win on Thursday. The last time the two teams met, the Lady Monarchs fell to the Tribe in a 73-69 loss. This time, the outcome was very different. The Lady Monarchs played hard and received a well-deserved 75-64 win against the Tribe. The Lady Monarchs were coming off a 70-67 win against Northeastern in which they snapped a threegame losing-streak. Old Dominion knew exactly what

they had to do to beat the Tribe this time. Head coach Karen Barefoot said, “I really like this team and even when we have adversity come our way, we do a good job responding to it and I thought we made some great adjustments. “We held them to three three-pointers the whole night, which was great, had 19 assists, total team effort, our seniors stepped up big time, and Shae again gets a double-double. I’m so proud at the way that we continued to play hard throughout the whole game.” It truly took a team effort for Old Dominion to come out on top in this game. Everyone played their part, and did it well. Old Dominion’s defense forced the Tribe into committing 20 turnovers. “I think Old Dominion played a really good game tonight. It’s one of those games where at the 10-minute mark, you got a tie game and they wanted to win. You have to make plays down the stretch and we turned it over and over and over,” said Tribe head coach Debbie Taylor. This was the seventeenth time this season

that the Lady Monarchs have forced an opponent into committing 20 turnovers or more. “We did a decent job in the first half keeping Shae Kelley off the boards, but in the second half she had her way. Easy buckets, all of her buckets were easy…transition layups, put backs,” head coach Taylor said. Kelley was a dominant force in the game. She earned her seventh double-double of the season with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Old Dominion proved that they are resilient, and can handle many different kinds of play. Jackie Cook said, “We’ve been playing very well the past couple of games, moving the ball. We’ve struggled against a zone but obviously these last two games we’ve shown that whatever kind of defense they throw at us we’re going to execute and move the ball and share the ball.” This game was extra special for senior Jackie Cook who became the thirtieth ODU player to score 1,000 career points. “It means a lot just because it is such a small

club here at Old Dominion. I feel very blessed and I was happy that it was able to be here at ODU, especially with my parents and grandparents here.” Cook led the Lady Monarchs in scoring this game, with 21 points. Red-shirt senior Mairi Buchan showed how valuable she is to the team by adding 13 points to the scoreboard, and surpassing 700 career points. There are only three games left in the Lady Monarchs’ season, and they are looking to finish off strong. “It’s important to finish the season strong. We’re still taking it one game at a time even though it is near the end of the season. We still have to go out with a bang and make sure we take care of each and every game,” Kelley said. The Lady Monarchs will be looking to pull off their third straight win against Hofstra, this Sunday, in their last regular season home game.

S K Y H I G H R A L LY C R Y Esnal-Olguin pushes closer to the limit to propel team to victory By. Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown

ODU women’s tennis has shown winning focus in recent weeks.

Melissa Esnal-Olguin entered the second set with a deficit before igniting the flames on her way to a three set power surge 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 over Alex Ion to lift the Lady Tennis Monarchs past Penn 4-3 Sunday afternoon at Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. The sophomore used her slice and backhand for open opportunities in which she was able to capitalize on late, leaving Ion visibly and vocally frustrated in the third set. Esnal-Olguin was able to capitalize on that frustration and help Old Dominion (7-3) to remain unbeaten at home. “It was great having Tony my coach all the way through the match because I felt all throughout the match, chasing the girl. I was always down, and then coming back. Then in the third set, Tony helped me and also knowing that we could still win,” Esnal-Olguin said. “It’s all about knowing that we could win just gives me energy. And also having all my team up there cheering and all the people that support us helped me a lot. I think that’s what most helps me.” When asked whether this was one of the best matches she’s ever been apart of in her career, she was unsure but nonetheless very pleased with the valiant support she had to propel her team to their seventh win. “I’m not sure about that, but I’m really happy about it obviously. It’s also good to know that the team won [because of] one of your points,” Esnal-Olguin said. “Obviously all the points count but you put [up] one of them so that’s great.” The team was down 3-2 after Diana Ivonava and Juliana Pires dropped their singles contests 7-5, 6-1 to Sol Eskenazi and 6-2, 6-1 to Sonya Latyecheva, respectively. Nika Khmolovksa took care of business early against Katherine Jania 6-2, 6-4 while Nikol Hristova also handled Stephanie Do in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Before Esnal-Olguin’s comeback victory, Ivana Vukovic entered a barn-burner of her own. It took three sets and a rally cry of several deuce and advantage points in the third set to ultimately put Jaime Yapp-Shing away 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and force the tie at 3-3.

But this was a match not absent of controversy. In doubles play, a line judge appeared to miss a critical call that eventually cost the home pair of Ivanova and Hristova the match at the hands of Eskenazi and Latyecheva 8-6. The play resulted in head coach Dominic Manilla storming the court in outrage, furious at the judge’s lack of attentiveness. “I know the officials are trying to do their best. I didn’t agree with the call. I let him know,” Manilla said. “He controlled it and he took over and everybody’s trying their best.” Doubles went into a tie when Pires and Esnal-Olguin paired to beat Jules Rodin and Yapp-Shing 9-7, while Vukovic and Khmolvska dropped an 8-6 pairing to Do and Ion. While the Lady Monarchs had to battle their way back to a victory Sunday, the contest 24 hours prior was anything but. The day’s prior action was well in hand from start to finish. The team shook off 13 days full of rust prior to their last match in route to a convincing 7-0 thumping of Richmond Saturday afternoon. The strong start saw the Lady Monarchs take doubles as Pires and Esnal-Olguin ignited the flames early with an 8-2 win over Melissa Kandinata and Kayta Salas. Vukovic and Khmolovska made quick work of Emily Gitman and Mariana Arana. Finally, Ivanova and Hristova were up at 7-4 before the match was called. In singles play, ODU remained on top of their racquet game, sweeping all six matches. Khmolovska took care of Arana in a 6-2, 6-1 victory while Vukovic cruised all over Salas 6-1, 6-0. Ivanova followed her teammates’ perfect start up with a straight set breeze of her own over Kandinata 6-2, 6-1. Pires was tested in the second set and escaped with a 6-4, 3-6 (10-8) nail biter over Elizabeth Sims, while EsnalOlguin walked away with a 6-4, 7-5 “W” column check over Gitman to complete the perfect day. The Lady Monarchs head out on the road for a fourmatch stint before returning home Mar. 23 against Virginia Commonwealth.


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Let’s Try That Again Monarchs Go 1-2 in Series against Rutgers By: Mitchell Brown Senior Writer Mace & Crown Old Dominion Baseball went into the weekend trying to muster a winning record. The Monarchs entered the series against Rutgers at an even 1-1 and were hoping to gather momentum from a series against the Scarlet Knights. Mother Nature did not want to cooperate as Friday’s game was brutally cold and no Saturday contest took place because of soggy conditions. On Friday, Dean Ali took the mound for Old Dominion for the first time in the 2013 season and did not fare well. The Monarchs were blanked by the Scarlet Knights 3-0 and were held to four hits, two of which came from freshman outfielder Connor Meyers. Meyers was able to knock two singles into play. For Rutgers, Jeff Melillo hit a solo home run in the second inning and tacked on two runs in the eighth inning to solidify the series opening victory. Rutgers mustered five hits, but that was enough to stall the Monarchs on Friday afternoon. According to, “The Monarchs had an opportunity to score in the first inning as Tyler Urps got hit by a pitch to lead off the game while Jordan Negrini got a two-out single but Smorol got a fly out to end the threat. Reliever Nathaniel Roe pitched a scoreless ninth to record the save.” Sunday was a double header that consisted of two nine inning matchups, one cracking off at noon sharp and the other following 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Weather was better as the temperatures reached high 40s and had a nice spring-like breeze, perfect weather for baseball. For the noon matchup, Brad Gero (1-1) was able to get the win against the

Scarlet Knights Rob Corsi, who got a no contest through 6 innings pitched. Originally taking the mound was Ryan Yarbough for the Monarchs and Tyler Gebler for Rutgers. Jordan Negrini was able to get two hits and bring in one run, coming in the leadoff inning for the Monarchs. Scoring runs for the Knights was Nick Favatella, Jeff Melillo, and Ross Costello. Melillo had been consistent throughout the whole weekend, giving the Monarchs serious headaches. The Monarchs prevailed in the first of two 4-3 in a back and forth affair. In the series finale, the Scarlet Knights were able to find their bats and have a field day with the pitchers of Old Dominion. Tommy Alexander didn’t last long at all for the Monarchs, pitching 1.1 innings and then being relieved. Howie Brey of Rutgers pitched four solid innings, only giving up two hits and two runs. For Old Dominion, Pat Kane and Michael Perez had three RBIs apiece, while Connor Meyers was able to continue his steady progression, batting in one run. Perez also had three runs to cap a good performance. Nick Favatella came through for Rutgers fans as he put on a show, cracking four hits, matching his teammate Vinny Zarrillo. Ross Costello had six RBIs, a career high for the first baseman. The game mercifully ended, with the Scarlet Knights leaving Old Dominion with a bitter 17-7 loss on their minds. Old Dominion will take the field against the Spiders of the University of Richmond on the road and then travel to Virginia Military Institute before heading back to the Bud to face Temple in what should pan out to be an interesting, yet exciting series.

Brad Gero pitches for Old Dominion against Rutgers in Sunday’s double-header that resulted in the Monarchs winning the first game but losing in the second. ODU baseball has gotten off to a slow start so far this season.


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NCAASCORE LAST SEVEN Old Dominion Georgia St.

63 83

Old Dominion George Mason

74 85

Old Dominion Drexel

78 66

Old Dominion Northeastern

74 79

Old Dominion Delaware

73 75

Old Dominion William & Mary

62 74

Old Dominion UNC Wilmington

61 84

Women’s Basketball LAST SEVEN Old Dominion UNC Wilmington

62 55

Old Dominion George Mason

53 39

Old Dominion Drexel

50 65

Old Dominion James Madison

56 68

Old Dominion Delaware

62 82

Old Dominion Northeastern

67 70

Old Dominion William & Mary

75 64


Men’s Basketball

Old Dominion Lady Monarch’s basketball player Jackie Cook recently became the 30th player in ODU history to score 1,000 points in a career. The senior is currently leading her team in scoring average and providing much needed veteran leadership.

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Old Dominion University basketball Senior forward DeShawn Painter scored 18 points in a winning effort against UNC Wilmington. For the second week in a row, ODU men’s tennis is ranked no. 67 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.

vs. Rutgers vs. Rutgers vs. Rutgers at Richmond at VMI vs. Temple vs. Temple

Bud Metheny Complex Bud Metheny Complex Bud Metheny Complex Richmond, Va. Lexington, Va. Bud Metheny Complex Bud Metheny Complex

L, 3-0 12:00 p.m. ET 2:30 p.m. ET 2:30 p.m. ET 3:00 p.m. ET 3:00 p.m. ET 2:00 p.m. ET

vs. Northeastern at Delaware* vs. William & Mary* vs. UNC-Wilmington at Hofstra* vs. Drexel* at Northeastern*

Norfolk, Va. - Constant Center Newark, DE Norfolk, Va. - Constant Center Norfolk, Va. - Constant Center Hempstead,NY Norfolk, Va. - Constant Center Boston, MA.

L, 79-74 (OT) L, 75-73 L, 74-62 W, 84-61 7:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET 12:00 p.m. ET

Norfolk, Va. Newark, Del. Norfolk, Va. Norfolk, Va. Norfolk, Va. Harrisonburg, Va. Boston, Mass.

L, 68-56 L, 86-62 W, 70-67 W, 75-64 2:00 p.m. ET 7:00 p.m. ET 2:00 p.m. ET





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Women’s 02/12/13 02/14/13 02/17/13 02/21/13 02/24/13 02/28/13 03/03/13

vs. James Madison at #20/22 Delaware vs. Northeastern vs. William & Mary vs. Hofstra at James Madison at Northeastern

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Epicurious Eats Blue List Food for the Soul Mood Music: The By: Emma Needham Staff Writer Mace & Crown As Black History Month is coming to a close, there are still a few things to help this yearly tribute and commemoration continue. This menu contains traditional southern style soul food, a type of cuisine common in African American culture, and ranges in classics from baked biscuits to fried chicken. Breakfast- Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits Nothing says good morning like hot biscuits with melted butter. Simple, yet mouth-watering, these biscuits are a southern food not to be missed. Ingredients: Two cups all-purpose flour Two teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup shortening One cup buttermilk Butter or jam of your preference Directions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees., then in a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt together. Cut in shortening, add buttermilk and mix well. Then place on a floured surface, roll out and cut with cookie cutter or shape small rolls by hand. Bake until brown, approximately 20 minutes. This will make about 20 biscuits. Slather with butter or jams of your choosing. Lunch- Bake Macaroni and Cheese: This dish is called comfort food for a reason. Warm, soft and cheesy, this macaroni and cheese recipe can lift anyone’s spirit. Ingredients: One box elbow macaroni One ½ pounds shredded cheddar cheese One cup whole milk One stick unsalted butter, softened A pinch of salt Pepper for taste Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Microwave the butter on low for about 60 seconds then boil your elbow macaroni according to package instructions. Place cooked and drained macaroni in your casserole dish. Add softened butter, milk, pinch of salt, pepper to taste, and one pound of shredded cheddar cheese. Gently mix to blend the ingredients. Layer the top of your macaroni with the remaining cheese, about 1/2 pound. Bake macaroni with cheese for about one hour. The top layer will turn golden brown when the macaroni is ready.

Fried chicken is known as one of the most common “soul foods”.

Dinner- Southern Fried Chicken and Cream Style Corn Perhaps the most common recipe among soul foods, southern fried chicken, is definitely a must. With a side of cream style corn, nothing could describe southern soul food better than this dish. Southern Fried Chicken Ingredients Three eggs 1/3 cup water About one cup hot sauce Two cups flour One teaspoon pepper One chicken, cut into pieces Oil for frying House seasoning House seasoning: Mix one cup salt, 1/4 cup black pepper and 1/4 cup garlic powder Directions: In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with the house seasoning. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour mixture. Heat the oil in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil. Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. It should take dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around eight to 10 minutes.

Midterm Playlist By: Dominique Bailey Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor Mace & Crown

Whether we like it or not, midterms are just around the corner. In a few days, students will begin pulling all-nighters, consuming their weight in coffee and burying themselves in index cards. Time management can relieve some of the stress and chaos of midterms but it won’t make them any easier. However, the perfect midterm playlist can. No need to fall for the myth that classical music is the best genre to study to. Create a balanced playlist filled with upbeat and mellow songs from all genres. A balanced playlist will be the deciding factor between

3. “Thought You Was Nice” – J. Dilla Instead of overcrowding one’s mind with heavy lyrics and booming bass while studying, venture over to the more laid-back side of hip-hop. The legendary hip-hop producer, J. Dilla, has an endless catalog of instrumentals that will keep one relaxed. His soothing, jazzy instrumentals make his catalog perfect music to vibe to while studying. 4. “Breakdown” – Jack Johnson Everything about this track screams “beach.” The mental image of waves, cool breezes and the warm sun may make one even more anxious for spring break, but it’ll keep one on track. Remember the sooner one finishes studying, the sooner one can hit the beach.

Cream Style Corn Ingredients: Six ears fresh corn 1/4 cup butter Four tablespoons water, divided 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon flour 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk or half-and-half Directions: Using a sharp knife, scrape corn kernels from the cob into a bowl and set aside. In a large skillet, melt butter then add corn mixture. Next add in three tablespoons water and sugar, stirring constantly. Continue to cook the corn until it’s tender. Once corn becomes tender, mix one tablespoon of water, with one tablespoon of flour, salt, and pepper, blending well. Finally, gradually add your milk. Cook and stir cream-style corn continuously for two to five minutes. Serve immediately. Enjoy these dishes while keeping in mind their southern roots. These meals will warm your stomach and inflict reminiscent thoughts about those home-cooked meals you may miss. Happy eating!

a never-ending, unproductive study session and an intense, but effective study session. Here are a few songs, if added to one’s midterm playlist, that will keep anyone motivated and focused throughout the various study sessions. 1. “Oxford Comma” – Vampire Weekend Really, who cares about the Oxford comma? After two days of nonstop studying, essay writing and little sleep, no one at Old Dominion will. This light, spunky song will brighten anyone’s day (or night) and give the much needed push to finish that last essay. 2. “Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey Yes, this is as cliché as it comes but midterms are stressful and any motivation is better than none. Let this classic rock song remind one of the light at the end of the metaphorical tunnel. Spring break will never become a reality unless one is able to push through midterm week.

5. “Float” - Nottz Smooth, yet funky, this instrumental requires a slight jam session. The track by hiphop producer and Norfolk native, Nottz, will have one dancing in the library. Give this track a spin and let any stress about midterms float away. 6.. “Keep Your Head Up” – 2 Pac Instrumentals are great music to fill a midterm playlist, but sometimes a jolt of energy is needed. 2 Pac’s “Keep Your Head Up” is a mid-tempo song, but it will break the haze before it sets in. Plus if played at the right moment, this song can prevent the mid-study breakdown that paralyzes one too many students. Unfortunately, midterms are a necessary evil, but do not allow them break your spirit. Remain calm, study hard and enjoy the music.


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This Game is Your Destiny: The Next Sci-fi Action Game from the Makers of “Halo” By: Sean Burke Assistant Webmaster Mace & Crown

Bungie, creators of the beloved “Halo” franchise, have formally announced their next project “Destiny” which can be described as a mix between “Skyrim,” “Mass Effect,” “Halo” and “World of Warcraft.” The game falls into the mythic science fiction and first-person-shooter genres and features what seem to be planetary amounts of backstory. Bungie released a short video documentary relating to the backstory of the universe in “Destiny” wherein they allude to Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) elements as well as Role Playing Game (RPG) elements. The story for the game as described in a video documentary is one of a destroyed earth that has come through its struggle and is beginning to rebuild. The race of humans has been all but wiped out, in some un-described cataclysmic event, and in fact would have been if not for a mysterious moonsized object known as “The Traveler.” This object hovers in geosynchronous orbit with the earth and the humans that were left have begun building a new city in its shadow. It is

alluded to that humans had colonized other planets, but the event destroyed those civilizations and left only their ruins. The game setting is such that human civilization has been rebuilt in the shadow of “The Traveler” and civilization has reached a point of interplanetary expansion once again. However, when the humans of this new era reach other planets that were once their own, they find “strange and deadly creatures [that have] occupied our old worlds…” as described in the vid-doc. This easily sets up for conflict in the game, where the player is cast as a guardian of the city who is also imbued with special power from “The Traveler.” The game’s mechanics are largely unknown, but Bungie has said that the game will require constant online connectivity and the presence of multiple interplanetary factions across the old human home worlds. It is easy to imagine the game playing like “Planetside 2” which featured large-scale player controlled battles involving vehicles and foot soldiers alike. “Planetside 2” also featured factions as the source of conflict, and means for players to identify with their avatars. These possible similarities lead me to believe that the game will have a persistent

world state and play in some respects like a console based MMO. The next most prominent mechanic is player classes. There are three shown in the vid-doc sent out by Bungie that include the “Hunter,” “Warlock” and “Titan,” which correspond to well-known tropes for gamers like sniper, mage and assault classes. It is unclear if there are more classes, and Bungie has not commented to any such effect to suggest there are. However, with RPG elements finding their way even into non-class based games, it can be assumed that the three known classes will have spec-trees or other player controlled gameplay customization features similar to that of “Final Fantasy” or “Borderlands.” Concept art from the game illustrates a variety of landscapes ranging from forested citadels to desert based military complexes. Each picture is stunning in its own right, and has set high expectations for the game itself. Bungie has set high standards internally on this one and has comprised seven pillars that the game must hold up to. First it must be a “world players want to be in” if any game does not fit this criteria, then why play it? Secondly, it has to have “a bunch of fun things to do” because if it doesn’t, then it still

fails as a game. Three and four fall into one another, “[have] rewards players care about” and have “a new experience every night.” These are similar because they involve player experience in the game. “Call of Duty” is seen as redundant because it gives the same reward varieties and the same experience every time you play it. It seems that “Destiny” is looking to get away from that. “Destiny” will also be “shared with other people” through constant online connectivity and “enjoyable by all skill levels” which suggest level-gated areas, a common trope of MMOs. Lastly, it will be “enjoyable by the impatient and distracted” which suggests that it will play to the inter-

Sony Lights up NYC in Press Event Revealing PS4 By: Sean Burke Assistant Webmaster Mace & Crown

It has finally happened. No more guessing, no more speculation and no more rumors from the media. The PlayStation 4 has been announced, details revealed, games unveiled and minds blown. The newest addition to the Sony entertainment ecosystem is officially named the PlayStation 4 and will release this holiday season. The system will feature vastly upgraded internal hardware. To demonstrate the power of the system, Sony showed a one million object physic demos, where they let one million individual objects fall and be subjected to simulated physics. This simulation would have overloaded the processors of current consoles. The system gets a new Dualshock 4 controller that features a share button and touchpad, as well as a new “light-bar” feature to be used in conjunction with PlayStation Move, through a new Kinect-like device that Sony also unveiled but didn’t name. The share button is extremely interesting and integrates with Sony’s new social media mindset. With the press of a button you can “instantly” share game-play through social media sites. This is without complicated capture equipment, without editing and without buffering. Something to this magnitude has never been attempted by consoles and accurately echoes the new Sony mantra of simplicity, integration, personalization, sociability and immediacy. Everything from the startup time, to menus, to joining a friend’s game is supposed to be instant. And with the new powerful specs, the system can definitely achieve that. But the social aspects of PlayStation 4 do not stop at sharing game-play. In theory, there will be the ability for a players’ friends to watch the player at a moments notice and seize control of the players’ game to help in difficult situations. This will likely be gated by system settings and won’t be turned on 100 percent of the time, but will be extremely helpful in difficult games like “Dark Souls.” The announcements weren’t finished there, though. The Sony Entertainment Store will feature high-speed download and even the ability to play games as they download. This is something that has never been attempted by any platform to date. Additionally, every title in the store will be playable,

again, instantly with the touch of a button. The store will also learn your likes and dislikes via social media and your purchases as well as your friends’ purchases through the network. This will allow for an extremely personalized ad-space. The PlayStation 4 will feature Vita integration to a great degree. The goal of Sony is to have every single PlayStation 4 title available for Vita and have the Vita access the system as though it was a server, so you can play your games on the go. This functionality is indicative of both the bandwidth capabilities of the PS4 and the hardware capabilities of the Vita. This functionality of a dual screen experience was demoed with the first game ever announced for

est of the modern casual gamer that is used to iPhone games that last a maximum of 15 minutes, or can be consumed in small spurts rather than long sprints. After coming off the “Halo” franchise, Bungie has a lot to live up to with this next game, but if they can maintain these pillars of development throughout the process of creating the game, then they have a definite contender for game of the year. The game has no release date as of yet, but has been announced for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation3 and has a timed exclusive over Xbox 360. More details can be found at

PlayStation 4, “Knack.” The system will host games for a variety of audiences and age ranges. “Knock” was the first one demoed that takes advantage of the new physics capability with a character that disassembles at will and uses this ability to solve puzzles that look like they come from the Lego franchise. Next was “Killzone: Shadow Fall,” which is clearly aimed at a more adult audience and requires a separate skill-set the PS4 offers, graphical fidelity. Even on the low resolution of an Internet stream, it was obvious that the types and amount of dynamic lighting, flame effects, high-resolution textures and frame-rate are leaps and bounds ahead of the current generation. Other games announced were “Watch_Dogs,” “InFamous: Second Son,” “The Witness,” “Diablo 3,” “DriveClub,” “Deep Down” and “Destiny,” along with a teaser for the next installment of the “Final Fantasy” franchise. While the event didn’t lack in games, it did lack in some crucial details. Sony did not name a price or show a PS4. So while this is an apparently amazing system, there is no guarantee of a sub $600 price point like the PS3 had. It was also unclear whether or not the social media integration would be gated behind a subscription model similar to that of Xbox Live, which has been a fear of many speculators. All-in-all, the system looks great thus far, and will not suffer from a lack of games this holiday.

The full PS4 design has not been released yet, but is much anticipated by gamers.


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Monarch Words of Wisdom Preparing for the Future By: Eryn Tolley Staff Writer Mace & Crown As a college student, you have no choice but to live in the “now.” Coffee is your lifeline, you work a part-time job and you take a full load of classes. You’ve learned to juggle studying, working and spending time with friends. As graduation creeps up on you, it’s time to start looking ahead and planning ahead. One of the most stressful parts of graduation is finding a job and figuring out your plan after college. Many students wait until after graduation to think about these things, but it doesn’t have to be that way for you. You can be prepared and in charge of your future with this short term plan. Follow your passion but be realistic. Figure out what makes you tick. What would make you excited to wake up early in the morning and go to work every day? Answer these questions and then weigh in factors like relationships, marriage or family responsibilities. Think about the career that might be best suited for your goals in life. Dig, dig, dig. You’ve figured out what type of work would make you happy, so now, it’s time to do some research. Find out what industries are growing, what fields are hiring the most and what type of experience you will need if you choose one of those jobs. You want a

job that makes you happy, but you also want to be financially stable. Network. Networking is definitely the most important part of planning your life after graduation, as it’s one of the greatest tools you can use. Talk to professionals in the fields you’re interested in, let them know you’re looking for a job and be memorable. Searching the web can be very useful, but personally getting involved is so much more rewarding. Create your resume. It’s impossible to get a job without one, so of course you’ll need a great resume. Start out by putting on paper your past work history, skills and educational background; don’t worry about constructing it with the perfect font and printing it on the perfect paper. You can adjust the design components once you’ve completed the main guts of your resume. Remember to spell check and have someone else read it over when it’s finished to make sure there are no grammatical errors. Go for it. Make your dreams a reality; after all, you’re the only one who can. Now that you’ve done your research, networked with professionals, created the perfect resume and come up with a flexible plan of where you see yourself in the future, you’re more prepared for the big day. Believe in yourself! You’ve made it to this point because you’ve done what you needed to. Now, just continue doing that and you’re sure to be successful. Networking is an important part of planning life after college.

CROWNJEWELS By: Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown

Now that’s what I call “Hip” Pop Volume One. At least that’s what Lady Gaga calls it anyway. The 26-year-old artist posted on her blog last week that she had hip surgery, and it “happened so fast.” According to Entertainment Weekly, “The Fame Monster” canceled her “Born This Way Ball” tour last week, and apologized to all her little monsters for the abrupt changes. She posted a message thanking her fans, and said they gave her “a lot of strength.” Gaga admitted to reflecting on her fans as she was being wheeled off to surgery. Referring to her fans, Gaga stated, “sometimes you are so brave that it terrifies me. I wonder how it’s even possible.” The pop star ended up canceling over 20 dates on the remainder of her tour, which began last April. She originally postponed four dates last week after, experiencing difficulties during her concert in Montreal. She explained to fans via Twitter that she’d hurt herself while performing some time ago. Honestly, it’s not surprising that she would put these concert dates on the back burner for her fans if she knew she wouldn’t be able to perform up to par for them. Gaga has always been someone who always went out of her way to please her fans. One time in May 2011 during a nationwide recession, the artist priced a digital copy of her “Born This Way” album at 99 cents. Yes, you read that right guys and gals, 99 pennies. Another time, she treated her fans to pizza and doughnuts. She gave everyone in line outside the Saturday Night Live studios

for her performance [about 25 people] food and drinks for waiting in line over a two-day period. It was a token of her gratitude for their dedication as her fans. But she takes it a step further in assuring

her fans that they will get a 100 percent, “Gaga oh la la” before she ever takes the stage. I must admit, it’s an extremely commendable act to do if she didn’t feel up to par. Also, I’m sure those who bought tickets are guaran-

teed a complete refund, or will be vouched for her next show in the area. Regardless, the only thing bigger than her fame is that red thing that pounds everyday on the left side of her chest. Lady Gaga, please enjoy these

specially designed, buffed crown jewels. Go hang them up somewhere. It’s indeed my pleasure I give them to you ma’am.

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CREATIVE ENCLAVE Chapter 4 Rifts from Fretful Pathways on Costa Concordia - The Moral Destroyer Voyage on Norwegian Sky By: Ryan Miller “In the early hours of Monday, the massive 114,500 ton Costa Concordia wallowed on its side only meters from the picturesque Tuscan port of Giglio, with rescuers continuing a painstaking search for survivors or bodies. The 290-metre long vessel, a multistory floating resort carrying 4,229 passengers and crew, foundered and keeled over after being holed by a rock on Friday night. A total of 64 people were injured in the accident, health authorities said. …The ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, was arrested on Saturday on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. The first officer was also detained. …State prosecutor Francesco Verusio said investigations might go beyond the captain, who he said had abandoned the vessel not long after midnight, before all the passengers were taken off.” -Reuters There was mass confusion abroad. And as much focus as there was on Costa Concordia’s strange, capsized partial sinking there was as much attention diverted to the stories describing the stooping low cowardice labeled over Captain Francesco Schettino’s name and his intermittent evasion during the crisis. At what capacity, what twisted psyche could you be at to cause this fault? There must have been an enormous absence of prowess, a complete lack of resilience, not a flinch in nature to the enormity of a disaster that was at his hands. Then, to follow this lavish entity of leaving the ship on its side in water in one of the few free lifeboats, Schettino had an entire ensuing argument via telephone with the Coast Guard Captain Gregorio Maria De Falco, who was cursing him to get back on his ship, to no compliance by Schettino. To dissect this matter even more so, it’s a new method entirely of abandoning a sunken ship and its passengers. Abandon ship isn’t the appropriate word here, but rather, screw the ship, and let it be sucked through a sinkhole to the pit of hell is more accurate. Physically the ship was left behind, as well as the order of operations. More disturbing, the captain can be characterized by his lack

of will to physically do anything. Flaring a distress signal was not performed; undoubtedly a refusal to climb back aboard after leaving his ship with passengers and even the act itself of landing on his lifeboat was without lifting a trembling finger. In the captain’s own weak words, he simply had fallen off Costa Concordia in a scuffle and landed safely on the boat. So, if he had not the will to do anything, at the very least he could have a conscience. Your parlors are flooded, your crew disbanded, and all that was being done was counting the amount of paces your paddles have and seconds to strokes in the current from the shore. And the ship’s hanging lanterns touch the water, the bow finally submerges beneath the surface and you cover your eyes as it goes under. Why look back when you could risk breaking your neck? They were as good as dead. But rather than using the bulk of my disposal in some strung out journalism on Captain Schettino, there’s quite an apprehensive story here when looking at Costa Concordia with a bird’s eye view. Both The Sydney Morning Herald and BBC News marked the regularity of cruise ships to sail close by the island of Giglio and blow the horn to gesture a reverence to retired ship captains. BBC News reported that during the preceding August that the ship actually came closer to the island during the night of the shooting stars festival as approved and authenticated by the ship’s company, Costa Cruises, and in orchestrated agreement with the town mayor. This time, however, the ship wasn’t cleared for close travel, and there wasn’t a festival of Italian townspeople spectating but instead an uncharted giant rock waiting for the ship to collide and gash into its hull. Meanwhile The Telegraph wrote two stories on what exactly the captain was doing when the massive ship met with a stationary rock. He was having dinner with one of the ship’s blonde haired dancers half his age, until his meal was rudely interrupted by bellowing complaints of uncertainty from passengers. His only answer to the mess was “whatever”, as he returned to his meal before dropping his fork and allowing his dish lose its warmth. Then there was the rigor and torment from the aftermath of the nautical disaster, and the comparison of Italy’s fallout of world stance in economic representation covered by its own press. Quick comparisons of the conflicting characters, Schettino and De Falco were made to mudslinging Italian politicians, the weak and the proud. Even the embracement of De Falco as a national hero had to come at the expense of a million dollar cruise ship and a subhead to Schettino being another name for goat. Roman newspapers wrote of the maritime embarrassment for Italy, a global farce, obliviously obvious in photographs of the ship protruding off the banks of Tuscany. It stands up in the air like a distorted monument of shame, a human made wonder of the world. This is proof of how a mistake on such a large scale could ever take place, and a prized scheme dedicated to the likes of those involved

in a botched Manhattan Project. Its grand product and sum of human folly of a preventable error makes for coverage in an anti-Pulitzer Prize kind of way. Francesco Merlo of La Repubblica had one of the better quotes, “Even the comparison with the Titanic isn’t right, because this didn’t take place on the high seas, but practically in a washtub.” But even more descriptive, the best quote I found came from another writer: “There is something peculiar in a small boat upon the wide sea. Over the lives borne from under the shadow of death there seems to fall the shadow of madness. When your ship fails you, your whole world seems to fail you; the world that made you, restrained you, took care of you. It is as if the souls of men floating on an abyss and in touch with immensity had been set free for any excess of heroism, absurdity, or abomination. Of course, as with belief, thought, love, hate, conviction, or even the visual aspect of material things, there are as many shipwrecks as there are men, and in this one there was something abject which made the isolation more complete—there was a villainy of circumstances that cut these men off more completely from the rest of mankind, whose ideal of conduct had never undergone the trail of a fiendish and appalling joke.” -Lord Jim Joseph Conrad wrote that, and he did it more than a hundred years before the actual sinking of the Costa Concordia. These rifts from fretful pathways embellish a certain familiarity to circumstances that define the human character. Jim and the rest of his crew had abandoned the 800 immigrants on the ship Patna amidst tribulation from a definite sinking, leaving no awaking alarm to sleeping mothers, fathers and children, sure to wakeup to the cries and screams and struggles with another. Jim had even floundered his way onto his crewmates’ lifeboat by incidentally tripping on a dead body. Though when landing he had to defend himself from a scorning majority of captains displeased with his company and afraid of his voucher against them in the high court. It was this and Jim’s chagrin of mind differentiating him from the likes of the captain in charge of Patna. Reading about Costa Concordia and all I could do was turn to Jim and envision his face, ridden with horror, trying to grasp his mind of the meaning of security when crowds come to fisticuffs and lose themselves to complete disobedience in civility, while he’s adrift on a little boat in the sea, marked with men in the same ranks of apathy. Furthermore, Jim was made to look to the extent of his inner self, and all of his anguish. Though this was burden enough, his own conscious as punishment was pushing further from the truth, as the ship’s fate was pending on sinking; it stayed afloat, without a stir from a person other than those who had left Patna. See MACEANDCROWN.COM for more

When the trains wake me up at night Somewhere in the Distance By: Will Wilson

The sun blinked a rainbow of morning light through the clouds— passion purples, rhythmic reds, and optical oranges in the sky. Birds sung—their songs full of pleasantries. Bees buzzed through daffodils and daisies, with pollen painting their appendages. They swam through the air to their honeyhomes, where they would refine this yellow-tinted ambrosia to sweet, sticky gold. And somewhere in the distance a brown bear awaited his meal.

Sonnet XVIII.5 (After Shakespeare’s Sonnet XVIII) By: Kadeem Porter

Shall I compare she to an Autumn breeze? The perfect combo of beauty and grace. We’re a perfect two to do what we please. but Fall falls way too quickly in this place. And the breeze gets unbearable at times. Cause often the sun’s nowhere to be found. Winter arrives, my love’s beauty declines; it escapes my sight but is still earthbound. Of course, Autumn is endless in my heart. So see, her beauty could never be lost. Nor shall death ever trip and place His mark. We’ve paid words so he’ll never seek the cost. So long as our children and theirs can breathe None shall forget her beauty with ease.

By: Rowland Cowles

I feel as though I could punch a hole in a concrete wall with my bare fists and the force of two train cars colliding. I close my eyes and try to dive back into a dream. The sound of the train’s breaks creep into my hypnagogic hallucinations and lace the dream, like a nightmarish string ensemble with the eerie screeching of steel wheels against the tracks in the somber distance. As I seep into deep sleep, a figure appears and my fear pleads with me to wake back up, but I am stuck in a fight with a faceless man who slams me into further blackness. I pull back to the surface. I pull back my fist throw it, though all it does is



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Blair Middle School on Colley Avenue

New resturant in Norfolk, Handsome Biscuits, prepares innovative meals with biscuits.

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event across campus held by the Women’s Center.

Tyler Urps at bat in Friday’s game against Rutgers.

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CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 5. Matured 9. Accomplishment 13. River of Spain 14. Bottoms of shoes 16. Beige 17. Winglike 18. A green fabric mixture 19. Tibia 20. Leases 22. Decay 24. A set of garments 26. Juliet’s love 27. Snood 30. An indigenous person 33. Evaluator for taxes 35. Watchful 37. Best seller 38. Little DOWN 1. Equipment 2. Competent 3. A type of semiconductor 4. The infliction of pain 5. American Sign Language 6. Well-behaved 7. Young eel 8. Church official 9. Pillage 10. Reflected sound 11. Twin sister of Ares 12. A ridge of sand 15. Leaf opening 21. Transgressions 23. Anagram of “Meat” 25. Exam 27. Laugh 28. Comment to the audience 29. Foot digit 31. Having a backbone



41. Ribonucleic acid 42. Take as one’s own 45. Twice the radius 48. Found at the end of a pencil 51. Procedure 52. “Bolero” composer 54. Apply 55. Equipment 59. Fortuneteller’s card 62. Colors 63. Restaurant 65. Early 20th-century art movement 66. Chocolate cookie 67. Muse of love poetry 68. Ear-related 69. Scream 70. At one time (archaic) 71. Lease

32. Sea eagles 34. Scarlet 36. Sailors 39. Bite 40. 36 inches 43. Sunshade 44. Russian emperor 46. Protective ditch 47. S. American country 49. Avoid 50. Hit the sack 53. Pertaining to the moon 55. Greeting at sea 56. Unadulterated 57. Rind 58. Collections 60. Norse god 61. Diplomacy 64. Decay


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classifiedads Office of Intercultural Relations 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

Bimini Rd. CD release Bimini Rd. CD release with Co-headliner Spiritual Rez from Boston also featuring Major & the Monbacks. Free giveaways by Lynx Shreds clothing and dance party to follow. Location is Peabody’s in Virginia Beach, doors open at 7pm, 3.1.13. Tickets can be purchased at $7 advance $10 day of show.

Mace & Crown The Mace & Crown meets 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. If you wish to advertise with the Mace & Crown please contact James Porter at advertising@ He can supply information on advertising costs and the classified section.





UPCOMING EVENTS February 27th - March 5th Ad sponsored by:

Office of Student Activities & Leadership Want to see your event on this page?

E-mail Andrew Fortman at for details.

Lincoln 2/27, 3/1, 3/2

Get a Tat with SAC: Airbrush Tattoos


North Mall, Webb Center

MGB 102


Student Activities Council


Be Beautiful, Be You 2/27/13

North Cafe, Webb Center 8:00PM

with Lizzie Velasquez

ODU Concert Series 2/28/13

North Mall

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Student Activities Council

Atlantis After Dark 3/1/13

North CafĂŠ, Webb Center



OrgSync Trainings 2/28/13 & 3/4/13

U-Center Conference Room, Webb Center


Join us for an in-depth training on how your organization can get the most out of OrgSync.

Student Organization Orientation 3/5/13

Chesapeake Room, Webb Center


Get informed on all the information you need to manage your newly-formed organization

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