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WEDNESDAY | 2.22.12 MaceandCROWN.COM | Vol. 54, Issue 17

Monarchs Battle Back to win 5-4

Walk-Off Single Means an Inaugural win for Coach Finwood By: Jake Ullrich Assistant Sports Editor The Monarchs’ bats were frustrated for the first five innings. Unable to get anything off Temple’s starting pitcher Matt Hockenberry, the team struggled to create any offense. At one point

said. “We weren’t doing a whole lot early, they were kind of getting the breaks. Getting the two runs got the monkey off the back and loosened the guys up a little bit.” The Monarchs put themselves in an early hole when starting pitcher Phil McCarthy struggled to find his best


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they were retired nine times in a row. Then the bats woke up. A two run sixth inning, two more in the eighth and ultimately a Michael Perez walk-off single in the tenth inning, led the Monarchs to a come from behind 5-4 win to give them a 1-0 record in 2012. “Very happy with how the guys hung in there,” coach Chris Finwood

#27 Dean Ali pitches against Temple in the season opener on Friday Feb. 17.

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stuff. He gave up two runs in the first and one in the second before settling down and pitching five solid innings.

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From Blue to Green:

ODU Hosts Third Annual Sustainable Living Fair By: Rebecca Hazlett Contributing Writer

Old Dominion University hosted the third annual Sustainable Living Fair at Webb Center this past weekend. The fair was created by two local businesses, Five Points Community Farm Markets and Green Alternatives, to educate and inform Hampton Roads about sustainable living practices. Local businesses and organizations displayed invigorating eco-friendly ideas to ODU students and viewers from the surrounding community. Decorated booths lined the halls of Webb Center, showcasing a plethora of ways to achieve a more sustainable way of living to better preserve the Earth’s valuable resources. Volunteers covered everything from organic community gardening, to recycling, to new forms of sustainable energy. Kevin Jameson represented Community Development International, which has established a community supported sustainable agriculture program known as the New Earth Farm. Jameson said his organization “mainly focuses on educating and teaching people organic farming and sustainable principles,” such as composting. Classes for youth and adults at New Earth Farm will begin the weekend of May 27. The classes will focus on sustainable and organic gardening, composting, farming, pruning, growing fruit, flower arranging, and more. New Earth Farm is also working to set up school gardens at every public school in the area. Sustainable farming helps to replace 47 percent

Watkins Joins Football Staff Feb 21 #ODUFootball Brad Watkins becomes the new assistant coach for the #Monarchs overseeing the running backs.

Black History Month Feb 21 A discussion on issues pertaining to the state of the #AfricanAmerican woman happened at #ODU on Monday. #BlackHistoryMonth

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Feb 22 Stands were set up at the fair to help educate about environmental sustainability. of the world’s farmlands that are already degraded due to non-organic practices and large scale, monocultural farming. “By demonstrating sustainable farming,” Jameson said, “New Earth Farm provides super healthy food that has no additives and no chemicals. [This method] heals the land, making it sustainable for a lifetime rather than degrading it.” Deborah Albero-Darta, a representative from TFC Recycling, also stressed the importance of composting. “Nothing breaks down in a landfill,” she said.

Albero-Darta pointed out that in recent studies scientists “have carved out landfills and found newspapers from the 1930s and apple cores that are 50 years old.” She told viewers that composting is the best way to demonstrate the reduce, reuse and recycle triad “because [waste] goes directly back into the earth to grow additional things. With landfills, we are really preserving our waste for future generations to deal with -- and that future generation is you, the continued on A3

The International men’s march to stop rape, sexual assualt, and gender violence #walkamile

Norfolk Weather Feb 22 #Weather Warmer weekdays makes it easy to get to class. We all know walking to class is the rain is a pain.


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Mace & Crown staff David Bakhshaee Editor in Chief Justin Brown News Editor Alyssa Narvell Arts & Entertainment Editor Matthew McCracken Sports Editor Megan Jefferson Senior Design LJ Harris Web Designer Jessica Starr Copy Editor Drew Marmo Advertising Director Elaina Ellis Photography Editor Kathryn Mason Distribution Manager Derek Page News Assistant Ethan Shaw Arts & Entertainment Assistant Jake Ullrich Sports Assistant Ari Gould Photography Assistant

Senior Writers: Ben Decowski RJay Molina Staff Writers:

SGA Address Dear Monarchs,

One of the major initiatives of the eightyfirst session has been to engage the student body in innovative ways. The REP ODU campaign is an example of how we have used fashion and eye-popping colors to attract attention to the various events which we have hosted, such as bike safety day, the state-senate debate, and our health and sustainability awareness tables. All of these events have stressed responsibility, engagement and pride. These are but a few of the characteristics, which I believe embody a Monarch Citizen. As we move forward with this concept, I would love to hear from you, the student body, what you believe illustrates Monarch Citizenship. Please send us your feedback on www. or email me at Your input is greatly appreciated. As you all may be aware, the budget proposals are underway and the Student Gov-

ernment Association is also preparing one. In recent years, SGA has been asked to support student activities and organizations. As our campus has transitioned from a largely commuter to a residential campus, there has been a boom in on-campus involvement. This is evident in the growing number of student organizations, which currently is over 300. In the last three years, the SGA fund has remained stagnant at $650,000 and a perennial demand from student organizations of over $1 million. This year, $1.5 million has been requested by student organizations. In order to meet this demand, and after a survey of the student body, I have proposed a 50 cent per credit hour fee to augment the amount of money available to student groups and initiatives. This proposed fee would generate $271,500 and fund student organizations. It would also help to establish the green fund and increase funding to the graduate travel award. This resolution recently passed through the Student Senate with a vote of 24-1. It is my

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All the best, Luis Ferreira Student Body President

BIKE ODU: A New Way to Cruise Campus By: Derek Page Assistant News Editor

BIKE ODU, a new bike share program, will be starting next fall with plans to acquire 35 to 50 bicycles for Old Dominion University members to use. This semester began a pilot program with three bikes available to faculty, staff and students. The bicycles are located in the human movement sciences department and the Outdoor Adventure Program at the Student Recreation Center. The bike share program seeks to advocate bicycle use as an alternative means of transportation to motor vehicles in efforts to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. “Personally, I have been commuting by bike for about 12 years and feel it has a number of benefits. It’s a great way to exercise, have fun, and decrease our production of carbon emissions,” said Eddie Hill, assistant professor of human movement sciences, who started the program. According to Hill, bike share programs have been started all over Staff Photographers: the country and at many colleges and universities in response to parking and environmental issues. Many of the schools use the programs Bruce Foote Marlie De Clerck in conjunction with Sustainability Tracking and Rating Systems Chris Sampson Rachel Chasin (STARS), a self-reporting framework used to measure sustainability Jake Zimmerman Binh Dong performance. Lauren Makely Hill said the program “will become even more imperative as the campus reduces the number of parking lots and eliminates vehicle traffic.” General Information: Hill hopes to see the program take off, requiring an even larger fleet The Mace & Crown is a newspaper published by and written for the of bikes and its own funding source, thus allowing the hiring of a BIKE students of Old Dominion once a week throughout each semester and ODU coordinator. once in the summer. Currently, the three bikes in the program are beach cruisers donated Originally founded in 1930 as the The High Hat, the paper became from Surf & Adventure Surf Shop located in Virginia Beach. U-locks the Mace & Crown in 1961. The Mace & Crown is a primarily selfand baskets were donated from both Norfolk Bicycle Works and East supporting newspaper,maintaining journalistic independance Coast Bikes. from the university. These three businesses, along with the Outdoor Adventure Program, will finance the fleet of bicycles in the next semester. Surf & AdvenAll views expressed in this collegiate ture will be donating and selling at a minimal cost, purple used beach paper are those of the author, not of the cruisers they no longer rent to their customers. University, Mace & Crown, or the editors. Hill said, “We will continue this recycling process as a means to create a sustainable bike share program.” Contact Information: All the bikes will have the lower down-tube, typically found on what Phone: 757-683-3452 Fax: 757-683-3459 is described as the female style of bike, allowing a skirt to fall around Advertising: 757-683-4773 the legs. As the program goes into full operation next fall, bicycles will be checked out at no charge to any student, staff or faculty. The bike will

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come with a U-lock, helmet and basket, and can be borrowed for up to a week. The Outdoor Adventure Program will house the bicycles and can be checked out during normal business hours. Users may also visit the OAP Bike Shop for free maintenance and parts. Serving with Hill on the BIKE ODU committee are faculty, staff and student representatives who are interested in promoting sustainable behaviors on and off campus. The other committee members are: Krista Harrell-Blair, doctoral student and sustainability coordinator for the STARS program at ODU;

Tami Park Farinholt, coordinator of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement; Hobit Lafaye, adjunct instructor in the Recreation and Tourism Studies program; Bridget Nemeth, assistant director of the Outdoor Adventure Program; and Roxanne Stonecypher, an undergraduate student. The BIKE ODU committee is also working collaboratively with Norfolk’s Bicycle Task Force and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space. “The city is in the early stages of creating a municipal bike share program,” said Hill, “and ODU will assist in piloting policies, procedures and models for Norfolk’s new addition to sustainable transportation.” Hill and Lafaye, associates of ODU’s Recreation and Tourism Studies program, will use gathered research on the program to help the city generate a public education for its bike share initiative.


Wednesday 2.22.2012 | MACE & CROWN | A3 continued from “Green” (A1) students.” Another group in attendance was the non-profit organization New Forest Earth. They have found that recycled material can be used to benefit less fortunate families in Mexico and Ecuador while simultaneously preserving their environment and resources. New Forest Earth representative, Andon Zebal, spoke about how they “work with a Mayan community in Mexico, which makes original prints on recycled paper.” New Forest Earth also works with an “Ecuadorian hunter-gatherer tribe, on which the movie Avatar was actually based.” The tribe lives on an oil reserve and is being bought out by oil companies, losing tribal land and its traditional way of survival. New Forest Earth taught the tribe to produce handmade jewelry using seeds and palm tree leaves, and to plant more trees, to continue making money and avoid exploitation by oil companies. Sustainable energy was a big theme at the fair. Vlad Black represented the Tidewater Hemp Coalition. “Hemp can be used as a sustainable form of alternative energy,” said Black, “and Henry Ford actually ran his first model on hemp oil, not gasoline.” Black explained how a “small amount of hemp can be used for many things. One plant can make multiple sheets of paper and produce oil for other uses.” The annual Sustainable Living Fair once again brought out many organizations that shared their unique contributions to sustainability. They promoted the awareness of sustainable living to ODU students and the Hampton Roads community.

TeachLive Helps to Win ODU Awards at the AACTE By: Tyler Grieve Contributing Writer

Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education received recognition on two occasions for the month of February at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) annual meeting in Chicago. AACTE presented an award for Best Practice for the Innovative Use of Technology to the University of Central Florida College of Education (UFC) who is in partnership with Old Dominion. Also a researcher for the Center of Education Partnerships at the Darden College, Pamela Arnold, presented a workshop for deans of schools of education on how universities can exceed to engage schools in military-connected communities. At the meeting, Pamela Arnold was invited to present ODU’s Teaching Education and Awareness for Military-connected Students (TEAMS) initiative to deans of Colleges of Teacher education across the United States. TEAMS is facilitated by the Center

for Educational Partnerships that focuses primarily on the education of students Pre-K through 12 that are military connected. During her presentation, Arnold announced the current research completed at Darden, a graduate certificate program to be administered this spring, and an inclusive tool kit for large military populated schools. AACTE presented the Best Practice for the Innovative Use of Technology award to the University of Central Florida on Friday, for the TeachLive lab. ODU’s partnership with the University of Central Florida for the use of the new lab was a shared recognition and honorable award. Old Dominion is one of ten universities that is incorporating the TeachLive program within its curriculum. The program is a simulation of a classroom in which they use avatars that include operating drama students to provide opportunities for future and current teachers to develop classroom skills. In this lab candidates are put in scenarios where they are given predicaments of all students’ personas in the

spectrum of a classroom while being videotaped to critique their own performances. Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education Dean, Dr. Linda Irwin-DeVitis, had the opportunity to work in the TeachLive lab and praises its abilities. “It’s extremely intense, and helpful. You have one student not interested in what you’re teaching, another struggling student, a disengaged student and all sorts of other arrangements while being videotaped. It’s amazing, and the overall goal is to provide perspective for teachers in these cases.” The TeachLive received positive responses from students at Old Dominion as well. “ It was quite an experience. The way the kids act is very realistic to students. There are the classic characters one would find in a classroom today; the class clown, the teacher’s pet, even the silent one. The kids try and get you off topic and ramble on about nothing, even picking on each other sometimes. It was extremely helpful for a future classroom,” said ODU student Rachel Randolph.

Engineering Open House Hosts Local Students for Design Contests By: Andrew Tompkins Staff Writer

K-12 children enjoyed the annual Batten College of Engineering and Technology Open House that took place this past weekend.

Old Dominion University hosted hundreds of K through 12 graders at the annual Batten College of Engineering and Technology Open House this past weekend. The event featured tours of the campus and engineering classrooms on Friday and various design competitions on Saturday. With participation from numerous regional schools, children and young adults were given their first taste of college life at ODU and were able to explore engineering as a possible future. As part of the open house, middle school and high school students participated in several different engineering themed contests and competitions. Individual and team based contests were held in order to explore creativity and to help develop cooperation. Events such as the “egg drop,” “paper airplane toss,” “model span bridge” and “orienteering” were held as individual competitions. Team based games featured “tallest freestanding building,” and engineering obstacle course competitions as well as numerous other activities to test skill and inventiveness. “In addition to providing a valuable experience to prospective students and their families, the Engineering Open House provides an effective recruiting tool. Some of our best students have shared that they remember coming to the Engineering Open House as middle or high school students. I truly believe this two-day event provides a way for the college to market our programs in an engaging, interactive way,” Director of Experiential Education for the Career Management Center Beverly Forbes said. A panel of ODU faculty and local engineers were on hand to judge the various contests and select winners for each category. The games taught many students basic engineering skills and helped to spark future interest in studying engineering. These contests were a way to both engage and challenge prospective students in a fun and enjoyable manner.


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Heart to Heart


Alpha Phi sells heart shapes, on Valentine’s Day, for three dollars to benefit the Alpha Phi Foundation By: Haja Kabba Contributing Writer Alpha Phi held their Huggy Pillow Event, a co-sponsorship with the Civics Engagement Center, on Valentine’s day. During the event, heart shaped pillows were sold for three dollars and donations were taken to continue making the pillows. All proceeds went to the Alpha Phi Foundation, which comprised of Cardiac Care, Scholarship, ForgetMe-Not and Leadership Educational Programs. The pillows are made to help relieve stress and pain for cardiac care

patients and serve as a form of comfort to patients who have recently had heart surgery. There has been a substantial increase in the amount of pillows that were donated to Norfolk General. “Last year, we donated 50 pillows but this year we were able to donate 95 which I think is really great considering,” said Leah Curran, Director of Publicity and Advertising for Alpha Phi. The Cardiac Arrest event started in 2008. Since then the event has expanded substantially and increased in popularity. Students find that getting arrested and then bailed out by their fellow classmates to be quite appeal-

Congratulations to the following chapters of the Fraternity and Sorority Life community who achieved academic success for the Fall 2011 semester!

ing which is why they come back year after year. The act of being “arrested” is when a student is taken in using fake handcuffs until someone can raise the money to get them out. The Fifth Annual Alpha Phi Cardiac Arrest event was held Tuesday, Feb. 21 during activity hour in North Café. During the event, students had an opportunity to bail out fellow students and members of staff. Bail was set for $20. Heart disease is the number one killer in women 20 years and older. “A lot of people don’t realize that heart disease is the number one killer in women, most people think its breast cancer, but that’s not true,” said Curran. Curran once had a heart scare of her own and wasn’t quite sure what was going on throughout the whole process. “It is something that is in my family. My great aunt died of a heart attack and both my grandmother and

dad have high blood pressure.” “This is an illness that affects a lot of people, it’s just something that doesn’t get a lot of exposure,” she said. Curran and her fellow sorority sisters share a passion for bringing awareness, helping and funding patients suffering from cardiac arrest.

Alpha Phi recognizes February as a great marketing opportunity for thier heart disease awareness benefits. “It

makes it easier from a marketing perspective to kind of appeal to the masses by hosting majority of our events during February,” said Curran. The sorority also hosts other fundraisers geared towards cardiac arrest awareness such as the Red Dress Gala, which occurs once every three years, King of Hearts, which is a male pageant during the fall semester, and Jump into My Heart, a jump rope event geared towards promoting a healthier lifestyle. There are several preventative measures that can be taken to lessen the odds of heart disease. “Having an active lifestyle, eating right really helps,” Curran said. Though these activities might lessen the possibilities of being diagnosed with heart disease, they do not eliminate the possibility altogether. For further information visit the Alpha Phi website at


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You Can’t Quit Me Baby

Homegrown Talent Recognized at Norfolk’s Local Music Awards By: Allison Terres Staff Writer The Naro Expanded Cinema hosted Veer Magazine’s Local Music awards Wednesday night. Fans and musicians from Hampton Roads gathered to celebrate during a night of awards and live performances. Musicians, bloggers, venues and prominent individuals in the homegrown music community all accepted awards. Jeff Maisey, editor of Veer Magazine, organized the event for the first time in four years. “The local music scene is very fragmented,” said Maisey, “it was a way to showcase how much great music we have.” The sold-out event brought cohesion to the scene, with good vibes and support from everyone in attendance. Prominent acts within the huge range of local musicians were observed. Awards spanned every genre imaginable from World Beat to Metal and Hard Rock. Other honors included Best Busker, which went to Phil Roebuck, and Best Music Video/Film, which went to “Hardcore Norfolk”. The theme of the night, “Love Your Local Music,” contributed to the overall revelry. Each of the six live per-

formers covered a song with the word “love” in the title. The Annie Johnson Band opened the night with The Beatles’ hit song, “All You Need is Love.” Other live acts included The Crushes, BJ Lieberman Band, DJP & MR. T, Jackie Scott, the Housewreckers, and well-known Bison. Bison, a Chesapeake indie-folk group performed a U2 cover with their instruments huddled on the small Naro Cinema stage. Bison swept the three top awards including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Live Act. The band also won the award for Best Folk Artist. During their acceptance speech, lead singer Ben Hardesty announced an offer from the Universal record label. Awards were a testament to the otherwise unrecognized quality and creativity of Hampton Roads music. “It is clear from the turnout the enthusiasm and support that local acts gave each other, that it is a very vibrant music scene,” said Maisey. The winning selections were made by combining online votes and votes from a panel of well-known figures in the local music industry. There were 17,360 unique online voters within a span of three weeks.

A List of the Awards Presented at the Local Music Awards:

By: Alexander Rose Staff Writer With eight months of newfound sobriety under his belt, Russell Karchner has been working nonstop to prepare for his art show. He put finishing touches on an acrylic piece that was used as part of his collection of works, alongside fellow Norfolk painter, Ryan Yates. Together, Yates and Russell hosted their event, “You Can’t Quit Me Baby” this past Valentine’s Day, to a crowd at local bar and restaurant Belmont. Russell, who was born in North Carolina and raised in California and Virginia, has always been fascinated by street art, more particularly graffiti-style. “I was probably around 13 when I first started tagging my name on things” he explained, noting that he “always had a pen in my pocket.” Having become engulfed in a party scene that limited his ability to achieve the success he wanted to with his paintings, Russell decided to go cold turkey. “I have never felt better. I’m happy, very happy. I couldn’t see myself feeling this good with the path that I was headed

down,” said Russell. “You Can’t Quit Me Baby” was designed to exhibit the toxic relationship that can show up around Valentine’s Day. For Russell, the show was especially intimate, as it allowed him to funnel his past addictions into a new, clean medium. At 26, he realized that he had become engulfed in a toxic lifestyle for almost 10 years. “I had used drugs and alcohol so long that I felt the show was able to reflect some of my inner thoughts and realizations that I have experienced over the past year or so.” A crowd favorite, “Get Real” was a piece that Russell describes as “a cartoon style cupid heart which slowly melted and transformed into a realistic human heart.” Local bands, ‘The Glass Pennies’ and ‘Honor Code’ provided the soundtrack for the evening.Karchner’s next exhibit will be April 6. This will be his first solo show called “Gold in the Gutter” at Brent’s in downtown Hampton at 9 p.m.

Best Metal/Hard Rock: The Kill Circuit Best Garage/Punk: The Unabombers Best Indie Pop: The Aragona Project Best Rock: The Fighting Jamesons Best Hip-Hop: J. Pharaoh and the Manhattan Project Best Americana: Muckrakes Best Country: Gina Dalmas and the Cowtippin’ Playboys Best Blues: Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers Best Experimental: Carousel/LoLa Best Cover Band: The Deloreans Best World Beat: The Dharma Initiative Best Gospel: Alex Holt & Free Worship Best Busker: Phil Roebuck Best Open Mic Night: Colley Cantina Best Music Video/Film: “Hardcore Norfolk: The Movie” Best Local Music Blog or Website: Best Major Music Venue: The NorVa Best Music Club/Bar: Jewish Mother, Virginia Beach


Lady monarch Basketball

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Swim & Dive at the CHampionships


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Baseball Monarchs handle Owl City in the sixth ON THE MOUND February 18 Game 1

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monarch mentions • The media room at the Ted Constant Convocation Center was named after 28-year SID veteran Carol R. Hudson. • Lady Monarchs fall to VCU 56-67 in their 10th annual Hoops for the Cure game on Sunday, Feb. 19. • No. 23 Old Dominion wrestling finished their regular season at 13-10 after losing to No. 21 Virginia on Sunday 31-3. Three of ODU’s ranked wrestlers were absent from the lineup.

By: Brian Jerry Staff Writer

Sophomore Joey Burney’s triple in the bottom of the sixth inning gave his team the go ahead 2-1 lead. Old Dominion would add four insurance runs to defeat Temple 6-2 in the second game of a double header Saturday at Bud Metheny Complex. “Before the game I was just talking to coach [Karl] Nonemaker about how we need to flatten out my swing. I was trying to do too much using my shoulders pulling off the ball. I got a good pitch to hit and just lowered out my swing,” Burney said of his approach to his final at bat of the night. “A lot of guys started changing their swings, flattening them out and strong pitching. That’s how we win ball games, no errors on the board.” Burney finished the day two-for-two and drove in a run. Brett Harris picked up the victory on the mound for ODU. The redshirt

junior from Chesapeake went five scoreless innings off a hit and struck out five. “I felt great, it was the first time I’ve been out there for a while and I really need to thank my teammates,” Harris said. This was his first start since 2010 after sitting out last season from an injury. Head coach Chris Finwood was pleased to see his ball club rebound after dropping the first game to the Owls earlier in the day. “Well the first game today was real similar to last night’s game. I mean we just came up on the wrong side of it. Four runs isn’t going to win you many ball games,” coach Finwood said. In game one, designated hitter Matt Elko went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Owls past the Monarchs 5-4 in 10 innings. After going five innings strong and allowing no runs, Finwood pulled right-hander Ben Tomchick from a 3-0 lead and brought in redshirt senior C.J.

Huyett. The move would prove costly as Huyett would give up a base hit to Steve Nikorak. Soon after, Taylor Juran would bring in two more runs giving the Owls the lead. A bases loaded walk and an Elijah Yarborough sac fly would be all she wrote for Temple, as they would secure the victory. “Everybody’s kind of in that boat this weekend. We were only going to use [Brandon] Smith for one inning. Coming off yesterday for one, it’s early so after he threw the ninth we were going to get him out of there,” Finwood said of his decision to insert the freshman. The first year ODU coach was nonetheless pleased with what he saw on the mound. “We pitched good enough to win all three games, but we just have to do a little bit more offensively,” coach Finwood said. The Monarchs host a series against Rutgers starting Friday, Feb. 24. * for more baseball statistics see C5

Athlete of the Week:

Kent Bazemore

Senior Guard

Bazemore scored a career high 28 points against the Missouri State Bears on Saturday during the Monarchs’ Bracket Buster win, 73-67. Bazemore also added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.


Running out of Gas

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Old Dominion University Lady Monarchs vs. Drexel Lady Dragons By: Jordan Jones Staff Writer

The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (9-16, 6-7) took on the Drexel Lady Dragons (12-11, 8-5) at home in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup pitting two teams looking to make a late season push heading into the CAA tournament. The Lady Monarchs led by the number four scorer in the CAA, Tia Lewis, looked to provide the home crowd with another victory. Those in attendance would leave disappointed, however, as the Lady Monarchs fell to Drexel 53 – 45. “We didn’t come out hungry in the second half,” ODU head coach Karen Barefoot said. “I’m just really disappointed in our defensive

effort in the second half, the entire team.” Drexel, coming off of a 79-59 win over the College of William & Mary, was looking to depend on its two star guards Kamile Nacickaite and Hollie Mershon. The leagues’ seventh and eighth leading scorers, respectively, came into the game with averages of 17.1 and 15.1 points per game. In the first half, Drexel struggled, shooting only 16 percent from the field and trailing 27-13. Old Dominion looked to push the tempo as junior guard Jackie Cook scored 10 while controlling the paint. Mershon made three of Drexel’s four field goals in the half. Drexel head coach Denise Dillon celebrated her school record one hundred and

forty-fifth career victory and spoke on her teams gritty performance. “I wasn’t pleased with the first half how we came out and played, I think we were a little flat on the defensive end which resulted in some inconsistent shooting,” she said. “In the second half, thankfully, the girls gathered themselves and were composed on the offensive end.” The Lady Dragons went on a 7-2 run to begin the second half to cut the Monarch lead to 29-20 and the pressure was on. Kamile NacicKaite, who went a scoreless 0-6 in the first half, made four three-pointers as the Drexel team made eight three’s and shot 48 percent from the floor. “Our shots were rushed in the first half”, NacicKaite said. “In the second half, we kind of got on each other’s backs and said some words and got angry at each other. There was no negativity and we were able to stay positive and make some shots.” Despite winning the rebounding battle 45-30, the Lady Monarchs hurt themselves in the second half with15 turnovers, many of them unforced. Drexel also claimed a Ted Constant Convocation Center record, taking 29 three-pointers in this game, ultimately making nine of them. “That’s a team that can be 0-15 and then make their next 15, coach Barefoot said. “We weren’t rotating aggressively like we did in the first half.”

The game turned into a back and forth affair in the second half as Mershon was able to knock down a threepointer giving Drexel its first lead of the day at 40-39. As the game drew to a close, it was clear who the better team was on this night. After Old Dominion’s Tia Lewis tied the game at 43, Drexel scored inside and never looked back. The stars of the game, Hollie Mershon and Kamile Nacickaite both made clutch free throws in the final minutes to seal the victory for Drexel. “Towards the end of the game is when we really got after it,” coach Barefoot said. “We put the press on but it was just too late. They hit some big three’s.” “I felt like our defense was flat,” Lady Monarchs’ Jackie Cook said.

The ball movement and intensity of the Monarchs was nowhere to be found in the second half, partly due to Drexel’s defensive tenacity. “We were just stagnate at times,” Mairi Buchan said. Part of Old Dominion’s collapse could be attributed to fatigue as Drexel’s trapping zone defense was sharp and they were able to keep many fresh bodies on the floor performing at a high level. “Tonight, we were not tough,” coach Barefoot said. “I think for me, that’s the most disappointing part.” With this win, the Drexel Lady Dragons move within one game of Hofstra University for third place in the CAA.

The Man from

Down Under Trian Illiadis Profile By: Jordan Jones Staff Writer Trian Illiadis traveled a few continents to attend Old Dominion University and play basketball. So far neither he nor the university is regretting that decision. The 6-foot-3-inch senior from Australia is averaging 8.5 points per game as well as being one of the leaders in the Colonial Athletic Association in assists at 2.4 per game. During his time at Old Dominion, Illiadis admits that he has had to work extremely hard and even change his game. “Coach Taylor is really a guy who preaches rebounding and defense,” Illiadis said. “When I first got here I really couldn’t do either of them, I think now as my career has progressed he’s pushed me to be more of a defender , and being more of a leader on the court”. Illiadis has been through many highs and lows during his career. “It’s been a long journey”, he said. “Going through all the games with teammates and coaches, and the highs that we’ve had my four years here. Winning the CAA championship, going to the NCAA tournament, winning

the CIT, winning the Paradise Jam, that’s been an experience that I will hold with me.” Illiadis is a biochemistry major and was named the Chemistry Student of the Year as well as being named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Academic team this past year. He hopes to pursue pharmacy school after graduation. Illiadis has always been able to shoot the ball and is among the team leaders in three-pointers made. He enjoyed a career high of 22 points this year against the University of Vermont and has been one of the teams most consistent performers throughout the season. As we approach tournament time, hopes are high for this year’s Monarch basketball team. “I think there are six or seven teams that can easily win the [CAA] tournament, winning the next few games is going to be big for us because we need some momentum going into this tournament,” Illiadis said. Illiadis understands that as he as grown older, his role on the team and responsibilities have increased as well. “At the start of the year I wanted to help the younger guys get accustomed to what it’s like

to be a Division 1 athlete,” Illiadis said. “And not just on the court, but also in the classroom.” Many times the transition a student makes from high school to college, academically, is understated and Illiadis stresses the importance of both. The Monarch coaching staff is laden with experience and Illiadis has done his best to learn from them. “Being solid, being able to rebound and defend my position and I think I’ve improved this year more than past years,” Illiadis said. “Also not taking any days off.” Illiadis seems to be on the right path to success and is making sure to help others along. Illiadis will be vital if the Monarchs win their third consecutive CAA title.

Illiadis, Trian

Season Statistics 8.7 PPG 3.0 RPG 0.2 BPG 2.4 APG 1.6 SPG


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C3 | MACE & CROWN | Wednesday 2.22.2012

MEN AND WOMEN DEFEAT UMBC By: Sarah Roby Staff Writer The day started off very well for both men’s and women’s tennis at Old Dominion University. The Monarchs beat the Retrievers 6-1 while the Lady Monarchs beat the Lady Retrievers 4-3. “We did pretty good, we got on top of the guys pretty quick,” Alfredo Rodriguez said. Rodriguez is a junior at ODU. Rodriguez played doubles with Carlos Lopez Villa against the Retrievers and won once again. Rodriguez and Lopez have played six doubles together this season and are undefeated. The Monarchs worked long and hard for their win over UMBC. “At one point we were matching, but they kind of dropped the level and we advanced,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez and Lopez finished 8-2. One of the Monarch’s freshman, Can Centinel, said, “We played good. We do what our coach asks us to do.”

Centinel and his partner, Albert Ochagavia, finished 8-4. Centinel fell to UMBC’s Kamal Patel in singles. The Lady Monarchs took their fifth win this season when they played against UMBC. “They’ve worked really hard this past week,” coach Toni Neykova said. In doubles, Diana Ivanova and Melissa Esnal-Olguin beat Kim Berghaus and Carme Jackman 8-4. Ivanova also won her singles’ match over Berghaus in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. There were quite a few injuries on the women’s team. “We’re a little short-handed because of the girls’ injuries,” coach Neykova said. The girls pushed through it for the close victory over UMBC. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to show up and play well,” coach Neykova said. Lady Monarchs host Longwood University on Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. alongside the men’s team match-up against the University of Memphis.

Men’s Tennis ODU 6 UMBC 1

Doubles Albert Ochagavia/ Can Cetinel over Joe Adewumi/ Daniel Gray, 8-4 Krzysztof Muzalewski/ Wesley Barrett over Cristian Hodel/ Juan Manual Aranzazu, 8-4 Carlos Lopez-Villa/ Alfredo Rodriguez over Gaulthier Berret/ Kamal Patel, 8-2 Singles Krzysztof Muzalewski over Cristian Hodel, 6-2, 6-1 Albert Ochagavia over Joe Adewumi, 6-1, 6-4 Carlos Lopez-Villa over Gaulthier Berret, 6-2, 6-1 Wesley Barrett over Juan Aranzazu, 6-1, 7-5 Alfredo Rodriguez over Daniel Gray, 5-7, 6-4, (10-8) Kamal Patel over Can Cetinel, 5-7, 6-3, (10-5) Order of Finish Doubles: 3, 2, 1 Singles: 2, 3, 1, 4, 6, 5

Women’s Tennis ODU 4 UMBC 3

Doubles: Diana Ivanova/ Melissa Esnal-Olguin over Kim Berghaus/ Carmen Jackman, 8-4 Aleksandra Mitrovska/Nika Khmolovska over Josefin Stange-Jonsson/ Shalini Sahoo, 8-6 Isabel Aldunate/ Heidi Danielsson win by default. Singles: Diana Ivanova over Kim Berghaus, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 Aleksandra Mitrovska over Shalini Sahoo, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Melissa Esnal-Olguin over Carmen Jackman, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Isabel Aldunate over Nika Khmolovska, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 Heidi Danielsson over Faith Atiso, 6-2, 6-2 Josefin Stange-Jonsson wins by default. Order of Finish: Doubles: 1, 2 Singles: 2, 1, 3, 4, 5



up in the zone,” coach Finwood said of McCarthy’s performance. “I think Phil will tell you he didn’t have his best stuff.” “But what I was really proud of him about was two innings in a row, they had second and third, one out and he got out of it with no runs.” McCarthy was able to pull back and find crucial strikeouts when needed to keep the game close. Shawn Sizemore led the sixth inning off with a walk, becoming the teams’ first base runner since the second inning. After stealing second, Sizemore scored after a Chris Baker double down the first base line. Josh Tutwiler then doubled Baker home to make it a 3-2 game. Ben Verlander replaced McCarthy in the sixth and gave up a run after a passed ball by Tutwiler. Dean Ali came in to replace Ver-


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continued from “Battle Back” (A1) lander and pitched two and two thirds of excellent baseball. Striking out five of the ten batters he faced, Ali set the tone to allow the team a chance to get back in the game. Brandon Smith earned the victory after pitching an inning of scoreless ball, striking out the side in the tenth. “I thought Dean Ali and Brandon Smith were outstanding from the bullpen. When you’ve got those guys late in games, you’ve always got a chance,” coach Finwood said. CAA preseason player of the year Josh Wright earned a walk to start off the eighth. After stealing second, designated hitter Joey Burney reached on an error to bring up Baker with two on and nobody out. He grounded into a fielder’s choice and advanced Wright to third. Senior Brent Frazier then delivered a two run single to tie the game at four.

“We were overdoing it a little bit, a lot of pop ups maybe too big of swings,” coach Finwood said. “We talked about having good at bats and battling.” A lead off double by Burney gave the Monarchs a great chance to win in the tenth. Baker advanced him to third on a fielder’s choice to set the stage for Perez, who was at the plate for the first time of the game. A single was all Perez needed to score Burney and win the game for the Monarchs. “I was just trying to get something to hit,” Perez said. “We showed how committed we were to come back and win.” Perez was mobbed by his teammates and even got a pie to the face for his effort, an effort that led the Monarchs to a first win in the 2012 season. * for more baseball statistics see C5

#21 Virginia 31, #23 Old Dominion 3 125: #11 Matthew Snyder (UVA) won by forfeit 133: Scott Festejo (Old Dominion) won by decision over #20 Matthew Nelson (UVA), 6-4 141: #7 Nick Nelson (UVA) won by decision over #26 Justin LaValle (ODU), 1-0 149: #20 Augustus Sako (UVA) won by decision over Brennan Brumley (ODU), 8-1 157: Jedd Moore (UVA) won by major decision over Jacob Kingett (ODU), 19-7 165: #16 Nicholas Sulzer (UVA) won by decision over #21 Tristan Warner (ODU), 4-1 174: Vinny Waldhauser (UVA) won by decision over Brett Miller (ODU), 10-4 184: #14 Jonathan Fausey (UVA) won by decision over Billy Curling (ODU), 4-1 197: Ryan Malo (UVA) won by decision over Joe Budi (ODU), 4-0 285: Derek Papagianopoulos (UVA) won by decision over Matt Tourdot (ODU), 8-3


Wednesday 2.22.2012 | MACE & CROWN | C4

Swim and Dive Looks to Make a Splash in CAA Championship

By: Ben Decowski Senior Writer The Old Dominion University Swim and Dive teams are racing towards the end of their seasons and both the men and women are looking to finish strong. The Colonial Athletic Association Championships are set to start this week with dive beginning on Wednesday and swim on Thursday. “We’re looking forward to that, we’re getting excited and resting a bit, focusing on a lot of our little things in the pool,” head coach Carol Withus said. Coach Withus explained that preparation for swim and dive is a little different than preparation for other sports. “In swimming you rest more,” coach Withus said, “We do a lot of mental training like visualization and focusing and goal setting.” Both the men and women’s teams have a lot of talent and expect to make some noise in the CAA Championship. “I’d really like to

see both of our teams be top three. Our men have a shot at winning, so that would be a goal for them, but top three would be awesome,” coach Withus said. “We have a bunch of athletes that have an opportunity to make the NCAA Championships.” She specifically expects senior Arni Arnason, a five time CAA swimmer of the week, and sophomore Sidni Hoxa to make the NCAA Championships from the men’s team. Arnason is also one of six seniors on the swim team along with Birkir Jonsson from the men’s team and Emma Forbes, Erla Haraldsdottir, Madeline Stiles and Kelsey Thompson from the women’s team. “It is really hard because it’s not only our last time, it’s like a big event so it really makes the ending significant.” “They’ve all been very successful in their years here, definitely have made a big impact on the team,” coach Withus said of the soon-to-be ODU alumni. Coach Withus was quick to mention that even though there are some key swimmers leaving the Monarchs next year, there are other athletes ready to step up and take their place. She expects juniors Danielle Naylor, Jessica Hubert, Ashley Luchsinger and freshman Yesim Giresunlu to be leaders for the women next year. On the men’s team, Coach Withus expects junior Jason Brame and sophomores Daniel Camozzo and Andrew Crockett to step up. Until then, the teams are just enjoying the rest of the year. “It’s a really great situation, the kids on our team, they are really close knit,” coach Withus said. These teams are unique because they feature athletes from not only all over the United States, but from all over the world. “Whether they’re from one country or another or one state or another, they all live together, they really do a lot of things together, so it’s a great opportunity for them to be around people of different cultures and different areas of the country too,” coach Withus said. With the CAA Championship approaching, it is sure to be an exciting end to a five month long season that began on Oct. 1. “It’s been a great year so far,” coach Withus said. “It definitely is a great place to be, a good time.” Check out the Mace and Crown’s next issue for results from the Swim and Dive CAA Championship.

Last Year’s Losses Will Equal This Year’s Triumphs Inside Preview to the 2012 Women’s Lacrosse Season By: Kathryne Mason Distribution Manager

In the 2011 spring lacrosse season, Old Dominion finished with a 4-11 record, and 3-4 CAA record. Instead of looking in the past with regret, the Lady Monarchs are looking into the present with eyes wide open. “In terms of last years record, they’re not going to put up with that,” Interim head coach Heather Holt said. “They are more focused this year, they are working 100 percent harder this year…and for the seniors, they realize this is their last year, so they’re determined to give it their best.” Out of the 17 games booked on the Lady Monarchs’ schedule, only four games are out of state. Another four are away, but in the state of Virginia and the remaining games are home at Old Dominion. In terms of travel, coach Holt sees it as a nice advantage. “Lacrosse isn’t really popular around here, but it is primarily an east coast sport, so it is nice that we don’t have to travel more than a few hours away.” In an effort to fill the stands and have more people in the Norfolk area

become interested in the sport of lacrosse, a lot of the Lady Monarch game times have been moved from their normal 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. times to 7 p.m. With 10 returning starters and eight new freshmen, the Lady Monarchs have more than enough depth and talent at all positions to fill up the roster. “Having so much talent on the team is great for me and makes my job easier, but now that we’re getting closer to our first game, the girls are all wondering who’s going to start and whose going to be coming off the bench,” coach Holt said. “I’m sure it has to be pretty nerve racking for the girls.” This year, the Lady Monarchs will be having four captains which is unusual, but not out of the ordinary for the sport of lacrosse. Sarah Geary, Hannah McBee, Sarah Wright, and Rebbecca Hartrum are the captains, but Holt expects all seniors to be the leaders on and off the field. Senior Lisa Bernardini was selected to the 2012 pre-season All-CAA team. “Essentially, we as coaches nominate our players and then coaches from other schools will vote for whoever they think deserves to make the

team.” Bernardini, who led the Lady Monarchs last year with 34 goals and 16 as-

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sists, has been selected in the past for the CAA All-Rookie Team and CAA player of the week honors, so her being selected this year for the preseason wasn’t a surprise at all. Coach Holt, who is also an ODU Alumni, says that transition from assistant coach to head coach has been a smooth one. “There’s a lot more delegating now. Overall, Sue [Stahl] and I had the same philosophies when it came to this program, so there aren’t going to be any big, or major changes,” she said. Coach Holt hopes to accomplish

a lot by the end of the season, but a couple things stand out in particular. “I want the girls to come away loving lacrosse and to have pride playing for this program. Team wise, I want to see a winning record,” she said. “This program and university deserve to have a lacrosse team with a winning reputation and I believe we’re moving closer and closer towards that reputation.” Lady Monarchs host Louisville for their season opener on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m.


C5 | MACE & CROWN | Wednesday 2.22.2012

T he CAA S core C orner Old Dominion University Baseball Old Dominion 4 vs Temple 5 February 18 Game 1 Old Dominion Shawn, Sizemore Wright, Josh Burney, Joey Baker, Chris Perez, Michael Tutwiler, Josh Frazier, Brent Verlander, Ben Eldridge, Josh Shelton, Brandon Belgrave, Kenneth Coker, Drew Tomchick, Ben Totals

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Old Dominion 6 vs Temple 2 February 18 Game 2 Old Dominion AB Shawn, Sizemore 4 Wright, Josh 2 Burney, Joey 2 Baker, Chris 4 Tutwiler, Josh 2 Perez, Michael 1 Frazier, Brent 2 Bashara, Brian 1 Eldridge, Josh 1 Yesensky, Ty 1 Shelton, Brandon 4 Coker, Drew 2 Harris, Brett 0 Engler, Donald 0 Totals 26

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Detroit 82 James Madison 70


Drexel 69 Cleveland State 49

New Hampshire 72 Towson 58

Stony Brook 76 Northeastern 69

Georgia State 82 UT-San Antonio 71

VMI 73 William and Mary 65

Hofstra 81 Siena 69

Manhatten 79 UNCW 64

George Mason 75 Lamar 71

Delaware 68 Hampton 64

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Women’s CAA Basketball Sunday February 19

VCU 67 Old Dominion 56

Delaware 40 Drexel 39

Northeastern 61 James Madison 50

UNCW 78 William and Mary 74

Hofstra 69 Towson 66

George Mason 70 Georgia State 68 OT


D1 | MACE & CROWN | Wednesday 2.22.2012


Strike the Earth By: Steven Knauer Staff Writer

I play many video games, as this column so obviously proves. But with the gaming industry growing so rapidly over the past couple of years, more and more genres emerge. My last article shed light on some over looked titles that everyone who plays video games would like. But when one really digs deep enough, even very niche games will come up. These games are not for everybody, hence the name niche, but are feverishly followed by their fans. There are two games in particular that are actually quite innovative in what they do. One of these games is “Minecraft,” the build anything, go anywhere game. It is an indie game that happened to have amazing commercial success. Made by a very small group of people, it was released for free in its alpha stage of programming. After some updates were made, this initial version was kept free as a “demo,” while any updates added were part of the paid version. As the game continued through its alpha stage, people could get access to it and the eventual complete game for a mere five dollars as compared to

the now released beta which goes for $26.95. The website even has a ticker counting how many people have bought their game, which is constantly moving up. It is currently just under five million copies sold. Besides the money being made, the game itself is amazing. There is barely a story beyond the player waking up on a procedurally-generated island. The game map is enormous and is never the same among players. In fact, before the game can even be played, a map must be generated as there is no default. The player’s goal is merely to survive the wilderness and build a home. He or she can cut down trees for wood, make tools out of them, mine rock and other ores, farm crops, pasture animals, etc. They must also defend themselves against the wild and hide during the night, as evil creatures roam the surface. Once the player has a safety net of food and supplies, they can build whatever they want. People have posted their creations online, ranging from a small hovel in the woods to a castle in the desert. There is almost no limitation to what can be built besides the material it is made of. A player can even bring his friends into his “world”

Build Anything, Go Anywhere

and have them help. As great as this is, many mainstream gamers would ask “what’s the goal?” as some people are ingrained to go in, do what needs to be done, and win. These niche games don’t work that way. The next game in this “everything simulation” genre is the lovable game of “Dwarf Fortress.” To some, the term lovable should have a sarcastic

a mountain. As time passes, more dwarves come to live in this home. The player can have his dwarves make certain items to sell, as well as making food and drink for themselves. With NPC interaction in the form of caravans wishing to trade, “Dwarf Fortress” has more of a forward drive for the player. This does not make it any easier; however, many would say the opposite.

a game, but to the people who enjoy it, it makes it that much more satisfying. As stated before, niche more or less means “not for everyone,” but there is something to be said about the fans of these games. It is not too often when someone is indifferent to “Dwarf Fortress” or “Minecraft.” They either love it, hate it, or have never played. These fans are such that they create communities within themselves to

tone to it as “Dwarf Fortress” can be a very frustrating game at times. It has more of a “goal” to it than “Minecraft” in the fact that the buildings actually have a function other than looking neat. One must lead his expedition of seven dwarves into yet another playergenerated map and build a home into

With a difficult user interface and an unattractive ASCII art using coding symbols as graphics, this game can be a real strain on the eyes. My personal preference is to download a graphics pack, making the game a top down 8-bit game, and another programs to make its interface more manageable. This seems like a lot of work to enjoy

share what they build and how they play, because in these games there is no real wrong way, even if it means death. After all, in “Dwarf Fortress,” where you can just play it safe forever, they call tempting death Fun with a capital F.


The Pope Approves Viagra By: Easy A Staff Writer

The Pope approved the male enhancement pill, Viagra. He has approved the pill for Catholics under the following situations, as stated by the, “the Viagra medicine has only one purpose, to facilitate the marital act, then it can be taken licitly only by married people who are open to life.” It can also be taken by the couple who are past menopausal stage that are pro-life and seek to “keep the love and affection alive between husband and spouse.” I think of this as a great stride for married couples that suffer from erectile dysfunction, also known as ED. This opens up many doors for married couples to regain sexual intimacy in their

relationships. But what does this mean for college students and our sex lives? The majority of us are not married and usually have sex outside of wedlock. For those who are religious, it means the older generations are coming around to the newer developments with sexual drugs. Although Viagra was approved, it doesn’t mean that birth control will be approved, but it has some hope. Birth control has been a hot topic for religious sects for many years. It is viewed as an abortion pill because it creates a period for females every month. It also gives adolescent people the idea to have sex because they are “protected.” Although Viagra and birth control are on separate ends of the spectrum, they still deal with the same subject, sex. I agree with the Pope and his reasons to approve Viagra for older couples that

suffer from ED and have a desire to have children. Older people have to “get it on” to relieve stress and keep healthy. Regular exercise is mandatory for a healthy life style. The overall acceptance of bringing unnatural substances into the bedroom can make sex better for both sides. Listen ladies, Viagra is only going to make your life better. If your man has a problem, talk to him about. Let him know that things are not lasting as long as you need it to be. He wants you, but things can be better. According to, 30 million men suffer from erectile dysfunction. If your sex life needs a little love-shock, go to to get more information or check out the sex books in your local bookstore.


D2 | MACE & CROWN | Wednesday 2.22.2012

Learning Bakhshaee’s African- Rebellion American Studies By: David Bakhshaee Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Wilder Bonner enlightens her students on the importance of African-American Studies By: Rashad Little Contributing Writer In the spirit of Black History Month, one Old Dominion University professor who enlightens students on AfricanAmerican studies is Dr. Kideste Wilder Bonner. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree and proceeds to earn her doctorate from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Bonner’s research interests included policing, race, ethnicity, inequality and criminal justice pedagogy. Her publications include a co-authored book chapter, a coauthored article in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and entries in the Encyclopedia of Race and Crime. She was also the first police accountability fellow for the Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College.

Dr. Bonner currently teaches AAST 100S which is an African-American studies introductory level course. When asked what motivates her to teach African-American studies she responded, “I love this field of study and enjoy exposing students to material that they might not otherwise learn.” The first day of class she opened with a quote by Sojourner Truth: “it is the mind that makes the body,” and she continuously challenges the minds of her students African-American studies is defined as a field of study that systematically treats the past and present experiences, characteristics, achievements, issues and problems of black citizens of the United States who are of African origin and background. First coordinated by Nathan Hare in 1968, African-American studies derived from the lack of black history and culture within American education. The comprehensive purpose of the study is to promote equality in American education as well as administer a different academic prospective on traditional teachings of American his-

tory. Dr. Bonner consistently opens the class for discussion on the assigned material. “You guys are not going to just to sit there and let me talk all class,” she often comically says, “you are going to talk back to me.” In her class she teaches about the in depth accomplishments of influential black figures such as David Walker, Angela Davis, Maria Stewart and W.E.B Du Bois. The topic of slavery is also heavily discussed. During primary education, the extensive damage done to the country of Africa and also to the black race is often neglected. Stories of slaves Olaudah Equiano and Nat Turner are discussed in detail to better understand the concluding slave experience, while the movie “500 Years Later” is shown to convey the many ship expeditions from Africa to the Americas.

African-American studies should also not be misconstrued as a field subjected only to African-Americans. It would be untrue to propose that this subject is bias to the black race. The ideology of the subject is to broaden the horizon of any individual whom is interested in increasing his or her knowledge of African-American culture and history. Blacks contributed significantly greater feats to the Americas than just that of slavery, and African-American Studies shines a bright light on those contributions. Students curious about the historical contents of AfricanAmericans should consider taking AAST 100S with Dr. Bonner. “I would hope students walk away [from my class] with an understanding of African-American studies beyond that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, connecting instead this extensive history and the path ahead to ensure full freedom and equality.”

It is official; Virginia Republicans have lost their minds. This week I will be giving you, as I am sure you can already tell, my biased opinion on what the Virginia Republicans have been concocting inside the state capital in Richmond. There are two bills in particular that have caught not only my attention, but the attention of thousands of citizens,

some of which are lucky enough to be living outside of this fantastic sociallyconscious commonwealth. Let me first start out with House Bill 1. HB1, otherwise known as the “Personhood” bill, defines a fertilized egg as a person. That is right folks; from the second that sperm wins the beautifully natural race to the ovum (egg cell), blasts its way inside the thick protective shell-like barrier, the fertilized egg declares legal victory and is the proud recipient of all of the rights, privileges and immunities that you and I so effortlessly enjoy. (Sorry, very microscopic cluster of cells with no heartbeat inside the womb, but you still have to wait 18 years and 9 months to vote). The second bill, HB 462 REQUIRES that as part and parcel of receiving an abortion in Virginia, EVERY pregnant female must undergo a trans-vaginal ultrasound. The physician performing the ultrasound must also obtain a written certification from the pregnant woman stating that she was given the opportunity to see the ultrasound and/ or hear the fetal heartbeat. This internal probe and political domination of female genitals is clearly invasive (no pun intended). Not only are Virginia Republicans trying to delve deep into the vagina’s of Virginian woman, they are also digging deep into the pockets of physicians who do not comply with the provisions of this bill by fining them $2,500. I have several quandaries regarding both of these bills. Let me start off with the obvious hypocrisy and infantile level of critical thinking (pun intended) that the “Right Wing” small government propagating Virginia politicians are exhibiting. They constantly tout small, unobtrusive government

that stays out of the lives of citizens. These so called leaders and “cultural warriors” bash the Obama administration for being a socialist and proponent for big, obtrusive government, going so far as too suing the Obama administration over the controversial health care law because it is to encroaching and impinges on citizens’ individual freedoms. Yet on the same breath, these hardshelled fruit of plants having an indehiscent seed (Google it), are passing

sweeping laws that create not a big government, but a tremendously monstrous behemoth government. Virginia Republicans want a government so big that it can literally get inside individual citizens’ genitals by force. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, a rising Republican star who has been rumored to be a Vice Presidential frontrunner in this year’s presidential election has stated that he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk. Well ladies and gentleman, HB462 is on his desk awaiting his signature and he flirtatiously stated that if HB1 makes it to his desk he will “take a look at it”. I would love for all of you to provide me with your thoughts about these two bills. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe I am

crazy. I just do not think that a room full of out of touch, decrepit “public servants” which predominantly consist of men, should be cracking eggs of knowledge, especially when they don’t have any eggs to begin with (pun intended).


S1 | MACE & CROWN | Wednesday 2.22.2012

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Crossword Puzzle

Sudoku Solution

from Vol. 54 Issue 16

Crossword Solution

from Vol. 54 Issue 16

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