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“Her Melody Lingers On” A Benefit Concert in Memory of Claire Cucchiari-Loring By Siaga Johnson Staff Writer The fifth annual Scholarship benefit, “Her Melody Lingers On,” was held at Old Dominion University on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Diehn Recital Hall in memory of ODU student Claire Cucchiari-Loring. The benefit featured a silent auction where various prizes and services were auctioned off, and also hosted various pianists and choir vocalists who performed a variety of numbers. Having a passion for music, Claire Cucchiari-Loring was on her way to graduating Magna Cum Laude from Old Dominion University in May 2007 with a degree in music. Her musical experience at Old Dominion ranged from collaborations with the Madri-
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gal Singers and Jazz Choir, as well as singing vocals for the Jazz Band. Tragically, the community lost her to the hands of domestic violence. Her memory is currently being honored by a scholarship in her name, as well as a yearly benefit geared toward showcasing musical talent and hosting a silent auction from various vendors in the Hampton Roads community. The Claire Cucchiari-Loring Memorial Scholarship was established in Claire’s memory, as an opportunity to reward students of ODU with outstanding musical talent. Students who receive this scholarship are viewed to embody similar ideals that Claire had in terms of musical talent. The scholarship is sponsored by donations from family, friends and supporters. “In recognition of the musi-
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cally talented recipients of the Claire Cucchairi-Loring Memorial Scholarship, established by her family and friends in 2006 to honor her memory
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and her gifts of music, passion and a generous spirit,” is engraved in the plaque students awarded the scholarship are given. continued on B2
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ODU Forecasting Team Predicts 1.97 Percent Economic Growth Old dominion studies hampton roads economy By: Andrew Tompkins Contributing Writer According to the Old Dominion University Economic Forecasting Team, the Hampton Roads area is projected to see an increase in real gross regional product of about 1.97 percent over the next year. The team comprised of three ODU business faculty members; professor Vinod Agarwal of economics, finance professor Mohammad Najand and the newest member to the group who joined this semester, professor of economics, Gary Wagner. Each year the ODU Economic Forecasting Team researches data and creates an annual Economic Forecast for the Hampton Roads region. The team presented their findings on Jan. 25 during Old Dominion’s Economic Outlook Conference at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. With 350 registered attendees, it is clear that local businesses have an especially vested interest in knowing the region’s fiscal prediction. As one of the few regional forecasting groups in the area, the findings are widely respected as an excellent indicator of the coming year’s economic outlook. Hampton Roads is a distinctive area in that it has a unique combination of privatized and governmental contract-
ing. As one would guess, the single largest factor that affects the Hampton Roads region specifically is the amount of military spending from the national budget. “Department of Defense spending accounts for roughly 46 percent of total output for this area,” professor Agarwal said. When the national economy picks up steam and continues to improve, so do smaller communities and regions. Areas like Hampton Roads get a lot of help thanks to heavy government spending as well. According to the national yearly forecast, the Department of Defense spending will be roughly the same as last year’s which means an estimated direct flow of about $20.75 billion of spending into the area. Consequentially the regional forecast predicts an encouraging change in a number of areas including a decrease in the unemployment rate and increases in hotel revenue (+2.6 percent), taxable sales (+3.8 percent), and general cargo tonnage (+2.9 percent). This translates to a projected increase in tourism income and port and shipping revenues. Though the projected increase in real gross regional product is below the region’s historical average annual growth rate of 3.2 percent it seems the economy is taking a turn for the better.
One facet of the financial system that continues to struggle is the housing and building permit market. Building permits for new residential construction projects are expected to decline over 11 percent in 2012, reflecting continued repercussions from the housing market crisis a few years back. With a predicted drop in the unemployment rate for Hampton Roads from 7 percent to 6.2 percent in 2012
this news is especially encouraging for ODU students. For comparison, the projected national unemployment rate will likely hover around 7.9 percent. Students who are currently looking for a job or graduating in 2012 are faced with a much better regional job market than last year. Additionally, since the economy is predicted to grow in tourism this could spark an arrival of new jobs particularly in the summer and
spring seasons. Even with the predicted drop, the unemployment rate is still one of the highest for Hampton Roads in the past decade. Local businesses may also see a growth in the coming year but likely not a substantial one. “Local businesses should be growing, but not all sectors are expected to grow, it is possible local government sectors may continue to lose jobs,” explained Agarwal. Since the economy has been recovering slower than expected it will take time to see what kind of impact this will have on the region. Even though the forecast team has projected growth in many areas, the growth may take place at a much slower than normal pace. It is clear by looking at the findings and projections that there is still a significant economic problem in the community. Ideally, the Hampton Roads community will continue to improve directly with the national economy. Students can look up the findings and view the actual presentation by going to the Forecasting Project’s Website at www.odu.edu/forecasting.
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Monarchs, I am proud to announce that Bike Safety Day 2012 was a major success. In addition to registering bikes with the ODU Police Department, the SGA Safety Committee distributed bike safety tips, U-LOCKS, and REP-ODU shirts to students who registered their bikes and traded in their wire chain locks. This event is a continuation of our effort to promote student awareness and responsibility in regards to safety and other campus issues. At this time I would like to congratulate Casey Morris on being named Director of the Month for January, and Anthony Asmar as Senator of the Month. Their efforts have truly helped guide the direction of SGA throughout the year. Monarchs, we need your help as we take on VCU in the ODU-VCU Rivalry Week Coin Drive, Feb. 6 through Feb. 10. Be sure to stop by the student organization offices in the U-Center (SGA, Mace and Crown, SAC, FOREIGNERS, CSCE, MONARCH MANIACS) and the following locations on campus (Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, Office of Intercultural Relations, Bookstore, Webb Information Desk) and drop off your coins. The Commonwealth Trophy is on the line, as well as bragging rights. Every dollar raised provides three meals to the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia. Finally, as we kick off Black History Month, I would like every-
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President Broderick has been named to the Council of State Representatives. By: Derek Page Assistant News Editor
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By: Allison Terres Staff Writer Virginia Beach city hall reached the decision last month to rehire a privately owned company, the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service (VBLS), to control life support services at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The resolution was reached by city hall in the midst of VBLS’s seven-year contract with Virginia Beach expiring and the release of a city report that estimated considerable potential savings if the municipality took over operations. The report, released last month, outlined the benefits that transferring emergency services to the city-funded EMS Department could provide. Benefits included a savings of $1.4 million over five years. From Virginia Beach to Florida, most cities on the East Coast hire private companies to maintain shoreline emergency services. “It takes the liability and responsibility away from of the city,” said Deputy Chief of the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service, Tom Gill. VBLS’s eighty-year experience at the oceanfront and immense support from the Virginia Beach community won the company a new five-year contract, despite the possible savings presented by the city report. Gill argued that the report did not account for operational expenses that are not obvious. “We’ve been here a long time and we know where the expenses are.” Expenditures that were missed by the report include the operation of emergency vehicles and required lifeguard training. The Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service became operational in 1930 at the hands of Dusty Hinnant. The company has reserved control over lifeguarding services and emergency response tactics at the beach ever since. Since 2004, about 4,000 people have been rescued, 8,000 lost kids were returned to parents, and 750 medical emergency responses were made. With these figures, VBLS consistently proves itself to be one of the best lifesaving services on the East Coast. VBLS has become a part of the Virginia Beach community. “I will be part of VBLS for life,” said Bernard Escobar, who has been a lifeguard with the company for six years. Bernard is one of the more experienced lifeguards and believes, “The best part of the job is the camaraderie.” At a city hall meeting on Jan. 24, the pos-
sibility of the city takeover of oceanfront services was considered. About 60 people showed up in support of the continued operation of VBLS. “We didn’t have to build a grassroots organization. We are a grassroots organization,” Gill said of the outstanding community support. In 2009, the Virginia Beach municipality took over the lifesaving operations at Sandbridge, a smaller section of the Virginia Beach oceanfront, without consulting the community or offering a chance for VBLS to
argue the decision. According to many lifeguards, the service that the municipality provides at Sandbridge pales in comparison to the quality of a VBLS operation. “If they cannot manage Sandbridge,” said Escobar, “they definitely could not handle the main oceanfront”. VBLS was never looking to battle with the Virginia Beach community it is dedicated to protect. Gill believes the new five-year contract will bring “the best service at the best value that Virginia Beach has ever seen.”
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has appointed President John R. Broderick to the Council of State Represen-
tatives. “I am pleased to welcome and congratulate you on your appointment to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Council of State Representatives. I know you will do an outstanding job
representing the institutions in Virginia,” Edward Elmendorf, senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis, said in a letter to Broderick. Located in Washington, D.C., the AASCU is an association for higher education of nearly 420 public college and universities. According to the AASCU’s website it also represents “systems whose members share a learning-and-teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their region’s economic progress and cultural development.” One of the AASCU’s fundamental purposes is to advocate for effective public policy at the federal level and to provide both federal and state policy analysis to advance member institutions and the students they serve.
The council members may be asked to produce quick turnaround responses on federal or state legislative matters of immediate concern or to advise staff on topical issues of public policy that may affect public colleges and universities. “Being selected to serve on the AASCU Council of State Representatives is an honor and an opportunity. It will provide a platform for me to better understand what is occurring in public education in all 50 states, as well as form stronger relationships with peers across the country,” said Broderick. They also strive to support the institutions of members in their mission to ready students who can be demonstrably competitive and effective in an economy and a society that require global literacy. The council also helps formulate and recommend the public policy agenda to the association, and to as-
ODU and Hampton University’s ‘Team Tidewater’: Building Energy Efficient Homes for the Future By: Siaga Johnson Staff Writer
On Thursday, Jan. 26, Oktay Baysal, the Dean of Old Dominion University’s Batten College, congratulated a group of students from ODU’s Engineering program and Hampton University’s Architecture program on their placement in Orange County Great Park’s Solar Decathlon. The competition will be held in Irvine, CA in 2013. During the event 20 Colleges from the U.S., Canada, and Europe will compete to design and build the most energy efficient Net Zero Energy Home. Entries will be judged by design and energy conservation capability. Net Zero Energy Homes are unique in that they consume a minimal amount of energy from power grids, are Carbon-neutral, and are made of renewable building materials. Moreover, light timers, automatic shades and specific thermostat settings are installed to ensure maximum efficiency of
energy management. ODU and Hampton’s collaboration will be dubbed Team Tidewater. This will be the second time this team has participated in a Solar Decathlon, with their previous result being a fourteenth place ranking at the Solar Decathlon held in Washington, DC in 2011. For that event, Team Tidewater built an experimental home named Unit 26. This home will now be transported to Old Dominion University’s campus and will be located on 47 and Killam. It will serve as ODU’s Sustainable Development Institute and will be a testing lab and showroom for innovations in energy management. Mujde Erten-Unal, associate professor of civil engineering at Old Dominion is a lead advisor for the project, along with David Peronnet, professor of architecture at Hampton Univeristy. Erten-Unal expressed anticipation for the event remarking that, “It’s quite an enterprise, but our last entry in the Solar Decathlon helped
form lasting links between the Batten College of Engineering and Technology and the architecture school at Hampton University. It was a great experience, and we’re happy to do it again.” The name of Team Tidewater’s home for the 2013 Decathlon will be Canopy House and it will be an energy efficient home also built to meet the
needs of the disabled. During the competition teams will construct their homes and will be assessed on 10 categories ranging from design of the home, to function, and to efficiency. Universities that have had experience with this event
sist staff in carrying out the agenda through contacts with stakeholders and members. Another duty will be to include a high priority role of observing and providing counsel on state higher education trends and issues. “As with my role as chair of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Presidents, it is beneficial for Old Dominion University to have a seat at the table when discussing important issues in higher education,” said Broderick. Other Virginia institutions represented in the AASCU are George Mason, James Madison, Longwood, Norfolk State, Radford, Virginia State and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. President Broderick’s term commenced Jan. 25 and will run through Dec. 31, 2013.
and will be participating in 2013 are the University of Calgary, Stanford University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Vienna University of Technology in Austria. In congratulating Team Tidewater’s selection to compete, Baysal reiterated that Unit 6 “represents the institutionalization of sustainable development. It’s not on our campus just for the duration of the competition. We want to use this physical space to experiment, expand and explore, and for others to see that sustainable development is not just practical, it can be interesting and beautiful.” Baysal stressed the importance of design ef-
ficiency and functionality as well as what can be done with a touch of creativity. With these skills, Team Tidewater prepares for a second shot at winning first place in 2013’s Solar Decathlon.
O D U C o un selin g St ud en t s O n ce A ga i n R eceive N a t io n a l Awa rd s By: Allison Terres Staff Writer
Old Dominion University demands the national spotlight once again with Rebecca Michel and Matthew Portner. The two graduate students from the Darden College of Education won top national counseling awards for the 2012 Chi Sigma Iota competition. “It is a testament to the counseling teachers and education here at ODU,” said Portner, winner of the 2012 CSI Outstanding Masters Student award. The award is decided from a national pool of counseling students affiliated with the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. The CSI Honor Society consists of 78,000 international professionals, students and educators. The society is dedicated to providing recognition for outstanding achievement as well as outstanding service within the counseling profession. Every college has its own chapter and ODU is home to the Omega Delta Chapter. Portner was notified three weeks ago that he won the award,
but his success has been a long process. He first won the award out of the sixty-five graduate students from ODU’s Omega Delta Chapter. From there, he had to reapply for the national recognition. Portner has years of hands-on counseling experience. At the Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center, Portner worked with adolescents. “The most rewarding experience has been teaching adolescents alternative ways to deal with issues,” he said. These alternative practices include yoga and meditation, two successful approaches that the Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center had never seen before. Portner found his passion and plans to continue working with adolescents after graduating from the master’s program. Portner is set to graduate from the program in May. From there he plans to apply for doctoral school, possibly at ODU, which boasts one of the best doctoral programs in the country. Michel won her award from the same Chi Sigma Iota Competition. She started with the ODU doctoral program in 2009 and has actively participated in the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society ever
since. The application and selection process for Outstanding Doctoral Student is similar to that of Portner’s. She was selected from a national pool of doctorate students on criteria of grade point average, extracurricular activities, service to the chapter and the counseling profession, and evidence of excellence. Rebecca, known as Becky to most, is a familiar face around the Old Dominion campus. Michel has either taught or co-taught eight undergraduate and graduate classes. She has also worked at the ODU Women’s Center offering dating violence workshops. She is the second doctoral student from ODU to receive the nomination for Outstanding Doctoral Student. Last year Stephanie Crockett won the same award. The Chi Sigma Iota International Awards Ceremony will be held in San Francisco Union Square in March where Portner and Michel will be recognized for their accomplishments.
Black History month
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Bike Safety week
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& Black History Month:
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arts entertainment 1920 1930
Past & Present
African Americans you may know, and those you may not By: Dominique Bailey and Rashad Little Contributing Writers
1926: Carter Woodson 1935: Ella Fitzgerald
1940 1950 1960
1943: Dr. Charles Richard Drew
1955: Rosa Parks
1955: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1954: Dr. Maya Angelou
1970 1965: Patricia Roberts Harris
1963: Malcom X 1976: Oprah
1985: Spike Lee all photographs are from google.com
There is a sad misconception that Black History Month no longer holds importance in American culture. It is even sadder that this misconception is widely spread by younger generations. How Black History Month is celebrated or what meaning it holds or doesn’t hold varies but it is still important to stay informed. African-American history is American history. One of the many goals of Black History Month is to blur the line that separates the two. In 1926, Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week. Over time, Negro History Week evolved into February being nationally recognized as “AfricanAmerican History Month” or “Black History Month.” During this time, prominent figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks are celebrated for their parts in the civil rights movement; however, they are not the only African-Americans who have contributed to the social progression and general achievements within the black community. Thomas L. Jennings was the first African-American to hold a U.S. patent. He is also credited with the creation of the dry-cleaning process. Dr. Charles Richard Drew was a doctor and surgeon who was best known for his techniques for blood storage. His ideas lead to improved blood banks and saved many lives. Patricia Roberts Harris was the first African-American women to become an ambassador. She also was the first African-American women to hold a cabinet post. There is also Ella Fitzgerald, a legendary jazz singer, who helped change the face of jazz music. In her lifetime, she won thirteen Grammy Awards and was honored by Ronald Reagan. A more familiar person is Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou is one of the most influential voices of recent times. She has lived abroad, mastered multiple languages, and is known worldwide for her literary works such as “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Dr. Angelou has also used her talents to write multiple screen plays and has appeared in numerous movies and television programs. Dr. Angelou is known as a powerful, uplifting voice within the African-American community, and she continues to speak out against social injustices. Many past influential African Americans have paved the way for current African-Americans to live out their dreams freely. Whether a politician, lyricist, talk show personality, or movie director, the African-American race has progressed immensely since the early to middle 1900s. Most notable for his films “Do The Right Thing” and “He Got Game,” Spike Lee is known as one of the greatest movie directors of all time. He is credited with giving a multitude of African-American actors and actresses their first film roles such as Halle Berry, Martin Lawrence, and Bill Nunn. Spike Lee’s films are known to address the socioeconomic issues of race, poverty and prejudice, African-American culture. Within the music industry, Common is known as one of the most influential lyricist among African-Africans. A strong advocate of positivity, Common discusses topics such as teen pregnancy, violence in the African-American communities, and the importance of education in his music. Not as widely acclaimed as other lyricists in the music industry, Common can be respected by many fans for his ability to uplift African-Americans by voicing societal misfortunes affecting them through his music. Arguably the biggest name amongst the African-American race presently is none other than Oprah Winfrey. When discussing the contributions of Oprah one does not ask what has she done, but what hasn’t she done. Whether donating a new home and car to a single mother raising four children in a one-bedroom apartment or giving millions of dollars to the impoverished countries in Africa, Oprah can be seen as an influential being. She is not only the wealthiest AfricanAmerican living presently, but also considered the greatest African-American philanthropist in American history. These legendary African-Americans can be seen as a ray of hope and a prime example of success for past and present generations.
PHOTO CAPTION GOES HERE By: Mary Jamora Contributing Writer The following scenario is probably familiar to the majority of the university population: A person, minding their own business, ignores the speeding, two-wheeled monstrosity in front of them and fails to brace for the inevitable crash. In the spirit of unfortunate biking accidents, the second annual Bike Safety Day was held in the South Mall of Webb Center on Feb. 2. Officer Anthony Cook from the University Police said that they rarely get reports of such collision accidents. “Share the road. People have complained about bicycles taking the road,” Cook said. “But what we really want is
to push bicycle security at ODU.” There was an emphasis on bicycle theft and the kinds of locks that students need to use. The event highlighted the use of the more durable U-locks over cable locks that can be cut by pliers. The event, which was sponsored by the Student Government Association and Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, also gave out special shirts and served pizza and drinks to riders who were able to register their bikes with the ODU Police Department. “It’s important to get your bike registered so that we can figure out who stole it and try to find it,” participating student Quashawn Cook said.
Bikes are free to register 24 hours a day at the campus police offices, located at 4516 Monarch Way and at the Powhatan Station. Having bikes registered makes them less likely to get stolen and speeds up recovery in case of a theft. The Outdoor Adventure Program at the Student Recreation Center also holds Learning Labs where technicians can show students and faculty members how to fix their bikes. Their hours of operation are from Sunday to Friday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bike clinics will also be held on March 27 and Feb. 9 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.. For more information on bicycle safety, students are encouraged to contact the ODU Police Department at 683-6528.
continued from “Melody” (A1) In addition to celebrating Claire’s legacy, the fifth annual benefit brought supporters together to participate in a silent-auction and musical recital. The silent auction featured goods and services ranging from a one-hour flight tour of Hampton Roads, to skincare services at a spa. There were 40 auction vendors who participated. Featured musical performances ranged from a song from the ODU jazz choir, to jazz piano performed by John Toomey and Justin Kauflin, with concluding performances done by pianists Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshn. In an interview with Barbara Besal, a close friend of Claire’s and a co-coordinator of the event, it was stated that the first benefit held in Claire’s memory was a variety of talent performances ranging from martial arts to belly dancing. A strong focus on music was therefore not present until recently when officials in ODU’s music department were able to introduce jazz performers and pianists of Claire’s musical inclinations into the performance. “Tonight has been the best turnout for people to still come back. It is overwhelming, and a testament to Claire. Truthfully, Claire didn’t have any idea how powerful her presence was. She would be honored,” said Besal. The fifth annual scholarship benefit to remember Claire’s legacy had the highest turnout of participants of all benefits held in her honor. The students recognized for their musical achievement are seen to be talented in such a way that Claire’s legacy is able to live through others. This was also an opportunity to learn about resources that are made available by The Samaritan House to help people who are either suffering from or know others who suffer from domestic abuse. Scholarship donations can be mailed to ODU Educational Foundation, Attention: Cathy Craft Old Dominion University, 9000 BAL Hall Norfolk, VA 23529. Resources to help cope with domestic abuse can be found at www.samaritanhouseva.org. They can also be reached at their 24 hour crisis hotline at (757)-430-2120.
open mic Tau Sigma National Honor Society presents
February 11 6-8:45 pm
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Old Dominion Tennis
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Keeping the Pressure On By: Jordan Jones Staff Writer
JoNiquia Guilford is quickly becoming a dependable force on the court for the Lady Monarchs. The player who many know as “Jo” has shown improvement throughout her time at Old Dominion, and has shown more flashes of brilliance in her third full year of action. In her first year as a full-time starter, she has come through with performances such as her first double-double against George Washington University and more recently, her 20 point effort against George Mason University in a close win for the Lady Monarchs. Guilford knows and embraces her
role as a leader on a young Lady Monarchs team. “My role is defensive, make defensive stops, and guard the other team’s best person and just make good plays,” Guilford said. Every team needs someone to do the tough work on defense and on the boards. So far, Guilford has been the woman for the job. Although the Lady Monarchs are struggling this season, Guilford is extremely optimistic for the future of this team. “I see us going forward, all we’re doing is progressing each game and taking it step by step,” she said. Guilford herself has made significant progress as she went from being a seldom used reserve to ultimately becoming a starter and having a big role continued on C3
ODU Men’s Tennis waiting to return a serve
Donte Hill attacking the basket against JMU
From Clemson to ODU By: Jake Ullrich Assistant Sports Editor
JoNiquia Guilford driving against UNCW
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He may have taken a bit of a detour to Old Dominion, but ultimately, Donte Hill has found the school and team he wants to be a part of. After being recruited out of Norfolk Collegiate, Hill made the decision to join Clemson, a decision he doesn’t necessarily regret, but admits may have been different if it happened again. “As a young kid when you see the names of schools and stuff when you’re getting recruited, you’re more susceptible to choose for the wrong reasons,” Hill said. “Now that I’m more mature, I’d advise young kids to not make light of the decision and make sure it’s definitely the right fit, it’s a system that fits you and a coach that wants you to do well.” “In the grand scheme of things Old Dominion is a much better fit.” Hill is from the Hampton Roads area and attended Norfolk Collegiate high school. He grew up going to Old Dominion games, admitting it was the only games he went to before arriving at Clemson. Like many natural athletes, Hill excelled in basketball and football, but after breaking his foot in football, he decided to stick with just basketball. A versatile player, Hill is able to fill in many different spots in the lineup, handling the ball or as a slasher. He possesses an above average shot and has no problem pulling
the trigger from behind the arc. “My favorite player is James Harden, so I kind of try to do a little bit of everything like he does,” Hill said. “Just rebounding, I’ve always been a naturally good passer, try and get my teammates involved. Do anything I can to help out.” Unfortunately for Hill and the Monarchs, he had to sit out all of last season and the beginning of this season because of NCAA transfer rules. But Hill didn’t look at that as a bad sign. Instead, he took it as an opportunity to get accustomed to the Monarchs’ style of play. “It was tough, but it wasn’t as tough as some people may think it was,” Hill said. “I was just observing more than anything. I was just watching, learning the system.” “Guys like Breon Key and Jason Pimental came in and got thrown into the fire, I got a chance to watch and I think it’s helping me now.” Coming from the Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC), Hill is certainly used to playing against big time athletes. But he isn’t cutting the CAA short, saying it is just as competitive and the players are just as skilled. The biggest difference he admits is the size of the arenas. While the size might be different, Hill is quick to address that the atmosphere presented in the Ted is just as good, if not better, than some of the stadiums he played in while at Clemson. Being a local, Hill sometimes gives away “15 tickets a continued on C3
Athlete of the Week:
Men’s Basketball Senior
Chris Cooper grabbed 22 rebounds while scoring 10 points against James Madison on Feb. 2. Cooper’s 22 rebounds is a new Constant Center single game record, breaking the 16 held by Alex Loughton in 2004. He has 13 double-doubles on the year thus far.
Lady Monarchs’ Tennis faces off against George Washington
Men’s Tennis returning hit with a backhand.
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All-Decade ODU Wrestling Team Honored Thursday Senior Day for Edwards and Budi By: Greg Arnold Contributing Writer Old Dominion wrestling will pay homage to 10 wrestlers from their past during the intermission of their match against NC State on Thursday, Feb. 9. These wrestlers are part of the ODU All-Decade Team. The match will also have a ceremony for the team’s two seniors, Te Edwards and Joe Budi. The young ODU wrestling team will stop to take a look at the past for a moment, as they continue down their own path into the future. The ODU All-Decade Team is made of the best wrestlers that have graduated from ODU since 2000. Each member will represent a different weight class. Recent graduates James Nicholson, Kyle Hutter, Joey Metzler, Chris Brown and Jesse Strawn will be among those honored. As ODU looks to celebrate the past, they have plenty to look forward to in their future. This year’s team is young, but has done well so far. Monarchs’ head coach Steve Martin said of the season so far, “It’s going above average,” which from him is quite the compliment. “In the dual meet season, I think we could have won pretty much
every one so far, with the exception of Ohio State. It’s come down to basically a point here or there,” coach Martin said. ODU has a record of 11-8. The team is currently ranked 25 in the nation by the NCWA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll. Coach Martin feels they could be higher. “With our young kids I think [the ranking] meant a little bit to them,” he said. “But they know we could be a top-ten easily. Every match we have been in [was] a dogfight.” The youth of the team is something coach Martin knew he would have to appreciate this season. “We’re so young we have to have everyone compete at the highest level,” he said. “Nobody can have an off day.” Redshirt sophomore John Nicholson is a member of the team coach Martin has high expectations for. Nicholson is still having difficulties from an injury, but he is now on an eleven-match winning streak and is looking strong. “I don’t think he wrestled very well in December, he’s had some shoulder problems he has been dealing with. I expect him to be undefeated now, he’s just that good,” coach Martin said. Edwards has also been a huge part of the team’s success this season with
Wrestling’s head coach Steve Martin answering questions from the media. a 19-3 record. “Guys like Nicholson and Edwards, I think they could beat anyone in the nation,” coach Martin said. Looking into the future, ODU is coming up on one of the biggest challenges of the season. “The CAA Tournament is important this year because we have three top-25 teams,” coach
Martin said. “In the past the CAA was average, now you got Binghamton, Hofstra and us. And that’s not going to change anytime soon.” This season the tournament will be on Mar. 3 in Binghamton, N.Y. These young Monarchs have bought into coach Martin’s system and are something the rest of the nation will have to deal with for
not only the remainder of the season, but far into the future as well. The match Thursday will also be having a food drive. Bring in a canned food item or a coat and ticket price will be reduced to $1. Proceeds will be going to the Salvation Army
continued from “Pressure On” (C1) on this team. It was not always smooth sailing for Guilford. As a true freshman, the Portsmouth, Virginia native appeared in five games before suffering a season ending knee injury, tearing her anterior cruciate ligament. This may have been a crushing blow for most players, but Guilford used it as a learning experience. “I just kept working hard all offseason, telling myself just got to keep working. Doing extra to stay in shape while I’m off to combat the weakness in my knee. Mentally, I just pushed through it,” Guilford said. She has set some goals for her teammates and herself as well in the coming months. “I want to make it to the CAA [Colonial Athletic Association] and win. Our team is young and just keeps progressing,” Guilford said. Guilford is a student of the game as well and identified some of the strengths and weaknesses of her team. “Our posts are awesome and I think we have pretty good guards also. We just need to strategize and put those two things together,” she said. At Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Guilford averaged 27 points per game during her junior year and won many accolades. She has adjusted her game while at Old Dominion to improve on defense and impact the game in ways other than scoring. Her favorite sports personality is Lisa Leslie, the Hall of Fame center for the Los Angeles Sparks. One word to describe Guilford’s career thus far would be improvement and she will only take her game to new heights in the coming years. The Lady Monarchs travel to Delaware on Thursday, Feb. 9 to face the Blue Hens at 7 p.m. Tune in to witness Guilford’s hustle impact the outcome of the game.
Making Waves An inside look at freestyle swimmer Yesim Giresunlu By: Kathryne Mason Distrobution Manager
Yesim Giresunlu, or “Yessi” as her roommate and close friends call her, is easy to spot. The 5-feet-6inch freshmen from Istanbul, Turkey looks like your stereotypical swimmer. With her long legs, muscular arms and broad shoulders, it’s easy to tell that the pool is her home away from home. According to Yessi, most Turkish students study abroad for college after they graduate from high school. Yessi first came to America her freshmen year of high school, and again her junior year with her club swim team for the Destination Imagination Global Finals Swim Meet that’s held every year in Knoxville, Tennessee. “I wasn’t sure where I wanted to study, but I have a friend on the swim team here and she told me I would love it here, so that’s how I heard about ODU,” Yessi said. Mufit Giresunlu, Yessi’s father, taught her how to swim when she was nine. “It wasn’t anything special, I looked like a normal kid learning how to swim…just splashing around and not really doing anything extravagant,” she said. It was Yessi’s elementary school physical education teacher that first took a notice of Yessi. “I wasn’t a very good swimmer at first, but the coach saw how hard I was trying and he asked me if I wanted to swim for him competitively and I said sure,” Yessi said.
When asked about what she loves most about swimming, Yessi’s face instantly lit up. She repeatedly said over and over how much she loves the water and claims it doesn’t always have to be pool water too. “I love it all, even if it’s like a really small lake, I love it.” Yessi doesn’t have any weird diets, special workouts or million dollar personal trainers. From September to May, Yessi swims for Old Dominion, and during the summer, she goes back home to train and swim with her national team. “There isn’t really an off season for swimming, it’s pretty much year round for me, so luckily, I’m always in shape,” Yessi said. The sport of swimming for the most part has always been considered an individual sport, but Yessi would beg to differ. Swimming in Turkey is much more about the individual, but here in America, “It’s much more about the team. The mentality is completely different over here than in Turkey. My team is like my family,” she said. Not many 18 year olds can say they’ve represented their country on their national team like Yessi can, and while she is proud of that, her biggest accomplishment was making the final cuts for the 2011 World Champions Team in China. “That was my next goal after making the national team, and when I made the cuts, it was such a relief and great feeling, I was so happy,” Yessi said. “That was definitely a really big step for me personally.” With two of her main goals crossed off of her list,
continued from “Clemson” (C1) game” and loves to play in front of his friends and family. It gives him that extra motivation to perform for the Monarchs. Hill came into a team on the back of two CAA Championships, an impressive feat that he very much wants to continue. “It’s almost like we’re always expected to win,” Hill said. “We were ranked high in the CAA after losing three or four seniors so people expect the ODU tradition is winning.” While Hill may be a well-rounded player, he understands there are areas to improve. He mentioned his decision making and aggressiveness, but then laughed when he said “coach Taylor says I got a whole bunch of weaknesses.” A sociology major, Hill thrives on the court as well as off. He wants to be around basketball, but feels confident in his sociology skills and wouldn’t mind pursuing a career in that field. Hill has already improved a very talented Old Dominion team and there is no reason to doubt the team’s ability to win their third straight conference title and Hill’s first.
there’s only one more she would like to fulfill, going to the Olympics. It’s been her dream since she started swimming competitively, and she knows that the coaching here at Old Dominion will one day help her get there. With a lighthearted laugh, yet serious tone Yessi explained that, “The Olympics for swimmers is like the Super Bowl for football, that’s my dream…I have to go to the Olympics.”
200 Free 1:53.45 500 Free 4:54.68 1650 Free 16:45.98
Albanian Native the Future of Old Dominion Swimming Getting to Know Sidni Hoxha
Sidni Hoxha dives into the pool to get a head start looking to help lead his Monarchs to another victory. By: Matthew McCracken Sports Editor With 6-feet-6-inch Arni Arnason graduating, Old Dominion men’s swim and dive team looks to another man to step up to fill his shoes. Arnason was the Colonial Athletic Association’s (CAA) Men’s Swimmer of the Year two times in his career and picked up six all-CAA honors in 20102011. Though not as recognized as Arnason, Monarchs’ 6-feet-3-inch sophomore Sidni Hoxha understands he could be the next one to reign. “I can handle the 100 and 50 [yard freestyle] and maybe the 200 [yard freestyle], but for the rest of it, we’ve got other guys that can help fill his shoes,” Hoxha said. As a freshman in the 2010-2011 season, Hoxha was named the CAA co-Rookie of the Year and earned AllCAA in the 50 meter freestyle with a
time of 20.01. He also was the conference champion in the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 44.56. The CAA Tournament is being held in Fairfax, Virginia on Feb. 22 through Feb. 25. “I have to do what I did last year and better. Practice makes my races better. Practicing every day, I think I will get my goals,” Hoxha said. A humble man from Tirane, Albania has already made a mark at Old Dominion in his first two years as a Monarch. Hoxha is second all-time at ODU in the 50 and 100 meter freestyles with times of 19.87 and 44.56. He started swimming when he was nine years old. Already this year, Hoxha has gotten within less than a second of his best time in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 20.30. Assuring that practice is the way to improve, Hoxha knows what he needs to concentrate on these last couple of weeks before the tourna-
ment. “I can just start thinking about tampering, and just thinking about what I’m going to do for my race mentally,” Hoxha said. Hoxha comes from a family with a history of athletics as his grandfather was a member of the Albanian national soccer team and his father earned a no. 3 ranking in tennis for Albania. With such athletic success in a family, any goal can be attainable. “My goals are to make the NCAA’s this year. By my fourth year, I’d like to go to the finals of the NCAA’s. It’d be really hard, it’s what I’m aiming for, and hopefully I’ll reach it someday,” Hoxha said. Although close to his team and roommates, Hoxha admits to missing his family back in Albania. Being so far away, one of the closest things related to his life back in Albania is the pool. Aiming for success, but practicing for dominance is the way Hoxha prepares for races. Most recently, Hoxha won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.82 and
100 yard freestyle at 47.06 against the Towson Tigers on Jan. 28. Hoxha isn’t even half way done with his collegiate swimming career at Old Dominion. With such early success as a Monarch, fans can only expect continued success in the pool for the Albanian native. Hoxha hints at what could be in his bright future, “the records in the 100 [yard freestyle] and 50 [yard freestyle],” and goes on to say “maybe the 200 [yard freestyle].” Hoxha’s pure talent mixed in with his hard work and dedication at practice equal an equation for success. Continue to watch the sophomore at the CAA Tournament in late February in Northern Virginia as he tries to reach his goals.
Season’s Best 50 Free 100 Free 200 Free
20.30 45.38 1:41.98
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Men’s Basketball Saturday February 4
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Sunday February 5
By: Steven Knauer Staff Writer
tennis Men’s BB scores i hope there is enough women’s BB to fill this space ODU
FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF
01 Wright, Nick
04 Batten, Dimitri
10 Key, Breon
22 De Lancey, Marquel 23 Ross, Richard
40 Larsen, Anton
0-2 2-3 1-3
0-0 3-6 0-1 0-0 1-2 0-2 2-2 0-1
2-5 0-0 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
4 2 0 0 0 1 1 2
11 Betz-White, Ashley
23 Guilford, JoNiquia
32 Minor, Tiffany
44 Lewis, Tia
14 Cook, Jackie
12 Hall, Myeisha
53 Richards, Shakeva
6-15 1-7 0-4
0-1 0-4 2-3 0-2 0-1 0-0
5 4 2 1 1 1 1 4
2-4 7-8 4-4 0-0 0-0 1-3
0 2 2 2
DE Total TP
FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF
03 Buchan, Mairi
00 Pimentel, Jason
15 Iliadis, Trian
24 Bazemore, Kent
12 Hill Donte
DE Total TP
20 Cooper, Chris
4 0 1 2 5
0 0 1
0 1 1 0
1 0 1 0 1
4 1 2 0 2 0 17
3 1 2 1 2 1 17
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 1 3 0 0 0 8
It’s that time again, that time where we in the gaming world get excited and reluctant about a new console release. Microsoft has not denied the planning of this new console, nor have they officially announced it; however, the “Xbox 720,” as it is affectionately codenamed, is certainly an exciting subject full of hopes, dreams and worries. To start, the rumored specifications
of the console are pretty nice. According to James Rivington of Techradar. com, it will have three 3.2GHz IBM power cores, an ATI graphics processor, a brand new core i7-2600k CPU, an Nvidia GTX580 graphics card, and at least a terabyte of save data storage. In layman’s terms, it could be between six to eight times more powerful than the Xbox 360. The most exciting part to me is Microsoft’s new dive into the digital market. It is unclear where they are heading with it, but they could reinvent the console market if done
correctly. Taking inspiration from a solely digital market like Steam would be a good move on Microsoft’s part, making the purchase of games easier and more convenient. There are some more rumors involving Microsoft’s plan to eliminate the used game market with this new console. Colin Campbell of IGN.com spoke about the issues of eliminating the buying and selling of used games, primarily involving the economy in its current state. Gaming is an expensive hobby and there is no denying it, and
The Future of Console Gaming selling our beaten games is a good way to continue this hobby. Campbell said, “In these ferociously difficult economic climes, the ability to trade games is the thing that allows us to buy new games … If those gamers stopped buying new games, the policy of war against used games would look Pyrrhic.” Microsoft’s current tactic for battling the used game market is the use of online passes. To play a game online, one must enter a one-use code that comes with every new copy off a game. For people who bought a used copy of a game, this online pass is available for a modest price on the game’s section in the Xbox live mar-
case, stored in a box and shipped via truck to a game store is a significant cut in costs for the company. If the industry is trying to root out the major source of gamer’s pocket money, it would only be fair to give something back so that they could fathomably afford their products. In my crazy dream world, a game console would rely solely on its on virtual marketplace that has cut prices due to less cost, and have no use for game stores in general. This dream, however, may never come true as these stores pay a good amount of money to keep the gaming companies concerned with them. All the nit picking aside, the unofficial announced released for
ketplace. My suggestion to Microsoft would be if the games available for the system were available digitally, the price should be reduced. Not having to pay for a DVD to be written on, put in a
this console should be sometime in the year 2013, so Microsoft has plenty of time to decide who gets the raw end of the deal, gamers or retail.
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