WEDNESDAY | 1.18.12 MACEANDCROWN.COM | Vol. 54, Issue 12
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It’s the start to a new semester and Old Dominion University’s police force will be starting fresh, just like the students. After 40 years of service to Old Dominion, Police Chief Rudolph Burwell, retired in June and ODU officials began the hunt for his replacement. The university interviewed and then hired the current chief of police at Rutgers University. Starting Feb. 13, 2012, Rhonda L. Harris will become the acting police chief for ODU. “The role of police chief at a metropolitan research university requires a distinctive set of skills and abilities to handle its unique challenges and
promote its opportunities,” said ODU President John Broderick. “Chief Harris has a proven track record of success and I know the city and ODU community join me in welcoming her.” Chief Harris has been the acting chief of police at Rutgers since 2006 and brings with her a wealth of experience. First off, she is an extremely educated police officer. Chief Harris has her bachelor’s degree in psychology and two master’s degrees. She has also done a handful of educational and developmental programs to go along with her degrees. Some of those programs include Advanced Criminal
Investigation and work with the FBI’s National Academy. Chief Harris comes in with a lot of experience and with it is going to come new ways of doing things. “We aren’t going to see much of a change. We’re going to see expansion,” said Jennifer Mullen Collins, ODU’s Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications. What Collins is talking about is an expansion into community policing. Chief Harris has a reputation for establishing a community policing style and that is what is going to be expected to start happening at ODU in the coming
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Felicia Smith, Lauren Glass, and Brittany Farmer (left to right) ﬁeld the last calls on the ﬁnal day of operations, January 9
Launch Call Center: Service Success in Rollins Hall By: ginA lUCy Contributing Writer
Candidates get ready for the Palmetto State By: Derek Page News Assistant It’s getting down to the wire as GOP candidates kick their campaigns into high gear for the final stretch in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Voters eagerly await next Saturdays primary in South Carolina to get a better view of the candidates and who will likely receive the nomination. “I’m really excited to see what happens in South Caroli-
na. This state can make or break a candidate,” said Thomas Barnes. On Jan. 4 and 5, a poll of 485 likely Republican voters conducted by ORC International, in conjunction with CNN and TIME, projects former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to maintain his position as the front runner with 37 percent of the vote. Rick Santorum placed second with 19 percent, Newt Gingrich third with 18 percent, Ron Paul fourth with 12 percent, Rick Perry fifth with five percent, and John Hunts-
From Jan. 3 through Jan. 10, 2012, students and staff returned from the winter holiday and prepared for a new semester. With the return of the students the call volume received by the Rollins Hall Phone Tree surged to enormous levels. Fortunately, a new Call Center team was ready and waiting to answer these calls. The Cisco Phone Tree is shared by Customer Relations, Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts Receivable, and the Registrar. In the past, it has been a challenge for the Phone Tree to provide its usual high level of customer service on phones while also serving every walk-up and email customer during volume surges. This January, however, a partnership was established between the Phone Tree stakeholders and the Monarch Project, a high-achieving group of student interns who work with the Office of Finance. While OCCS took charge of telecommunications and call tracking, Jennifer Green from the Office of Ad-
missions trained the Monarch Project interns on how to answer frequently asked questions as well as how to provide positive and personal service to every customer. At 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 3, the interns arrived fresh from winter break and ready to answer student questions for Customer Relations. This included common questions about installment plans, balance of aid refunds, and tuition. “I learned a lot that I didn’t already know just by answering customer questions,” commented student intern Olivia Martin. The Call Center remained open until 6 p.m. through Friday, Jan. 7, and again on Monday, Jan. 10. Felicia Smith, Chief Operations Officer of the Monarch Project and a 2011 ODU accounting graduate, was responsible for managing the project. Other student interns involved in the project include graduate student Brittany Farmer, senior Quinton Crawley, senior Gina Lucy, freshman Olivia Martin, senior Lauren Glass, and senior Thuy Nguyen. These interns fielded calls specific to Customer Relations.
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continued from “Police” on A1 months. “What we’re going to see is a real dedication to a community policing philosophy. Community policing is the idea that all the officers, department wide, will engage faculty, staff, and students,” said Collins. “What has been shown by community policing is that when you establish a relationship with an officer you are more likely to talk to them about issues and concerns that you may see.” The way community policing works is that officers will be expected to start really getting to know their students. There will be seminars put on by the police force, officers will be going to dorms, holding meetings, and doing whatever they can to get to know their students. Chief Harris is taking over at a university that is growing exponentially each year. She is leaving a campus of over 25,000 and joining ODU’s campus of almost 19,000 undergraduates. “It’s a great time to be joining Old Dominion University. The university is growing and
seeking to expand its impact in the local community, as well as in the broader arena of academia,” said Chief Harris. “I was impressed by the level of enthusiasm for the institution and the camaraderie displayed by the ODU community.” Students are also excited for the arrival of the new police chief. After some wellpublicized crime at the university, it will be good for students to have a new face to look towards. “I think it’s good that we got a new police chief with all the robbings and shootings on campus. It’s going to be good to have bumped up security,” said ODU senior Derek Valero. After the shooting of ODU student Chris Cummings, the university has needed to make a move toward showing students that there are going to be changes. With Chief Harris’s philosophy on community policing it seems that is exactly what they are getting. Students are going to see and know their police force better. They are going to have a chance to get integrated with them and with better communication will come better safety. Issues will be reported faster, crimes will be stopped sooner,
and the goal is that with Police Chief Harris, this campus will become safer.
The Teacher Immersion Residency Program By: Derek Page News Assistant Through a grant offered to Old Dominion’s Darden College of Education, a rigorous, intensive, school-based residency program in a high need school known as the Teacher Immersion Residency has emerged for students seeking a graduate degree in secondary education. Sharon Judge, associate dean for graduate studies and assessment in the Darden College, is the principal investigator for the ODU grant. “The grant is a unique collaboration of key stakeholders in Hampton Roads to improve the quality of teaching, increase teacher retention and improve student achievement in high-need secondary schools in the region,” Judge said following the announcement of the award nearly two years ago. “We are very excited about this opportunity.” Eligible students must have a degree from an accredited institution in English, math, science, or social studies. Students must also have at least a 3.0 grade point average, passing scores on the Praxis I, Praxis II and the VCLA, as well as a score of at least 1000 on the GRE. Ideal candidates should also have evidence of successful work or volunteer experience with high-need, urban youth. The program will qualify students who successfully complete the program for a Masters of Science in Secondary Education from
ODU, a Post-Graduate Professional License, three years of mentoring after graduation, and employment as a teacher for a period of no less than three years, as well as an instructor for dual enrollment courses in their major. If that’s not incentive enough, the program also provides tuition and fees for 42 graduate credit hours, a $25,500 stipend for living expenses, a laptop computer with student software and wireless card, and up to $1,000 for professional development funds. Once accepted into the TIR, students complete 42 semester hours of graduate study by working with faculty members from the Darden School of Education. “It’s an exciting alternative to the traditional teacher training programs,” said program coordinator Wendy Stout. “To me, its the best program I’ve heard of in getting your masters degree in education.” Travis Tuprin, a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in History, says his experience has been very positive. Turpin teaches senior Government, both AP and regular classes, at Norview High School. He says despite the fact that he is teaching in an urban setting with a low socioeconomic status, he relates pretty well with his students. “They seem pretty engaged,” said Turpin. “Something that has bothered is that a lot of people think these students aren’t intelligent or less capable, but I found that’s not the case. The majority of them are very bright, they just have not been given the same set of op-
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portunities that other students in better school districts have been given.” The program isn’t without it’s fair share of challenges. In addition to teaching in the classroom Monday through Thursday, the students also take classes in the evening, as well as courses taken on Friday that instruct students on pedagogical theory. Cabrillya Crumm, a graduate of UVA with a degree in English teaches tenth grade English at Granby High School, said, “It’s been an interesting experience. It wasn’t what I thought it would be, but it’s been challenging and rewarding.” Linda Pond, senior lecturer for the program, teaches math and science methods in the STEM and Professional Studies department. She says one of the reasons the program is so great is the outstanding level of support the students receive. “The students are supported by their mentor in the classroom, their coach, and then the content faculty who do observations, help them with their lesson playing, and help identify and work through problems,” said Pond. Stout added, “That level of support is very key to the success of the program. It really helps facilitate the student being able to become a successful teacher.” The program is in its second year and appears to be showing strong levels of success in its students and faculty. For students interested in pursuing a career in education, this could be the opportunity of a lifetime.
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Wednesday 1.18.2012 | MACE & CROWN | A3 continued from “Party” on A1 man finishing last with one percent. The same poll shows that 49 percent of voters may change their minds. 44 percent say they will definitely support their chosen candidate and the remaining seven percent have no opinion. However, a more recent poll conducted by Insider Advantage/Majority Opinion Research for the Augusta Chronicle shows a much tighter race. The telephone survey of 726 likely primary voters suggests Romney only holds 23 percent of the vote, while Gingrich, Santorum, Paul, Perry, and Hunstman claim 21,14, 13, seven, and five percent of the vote respectively. So far, the ostensibly clear front runner is Mitt Romney. Two consecutive wins in Iowa and New Hampshire have granted Romney some bragging rights being that he was the first nonincumbent Republican to win both of the critical states. Also, the results in Iowa were a virtual tie between Romney and Santorum with Santorum finishing second by eight votes to Romney. Ron Paul, whose anti-establishment message resonates strongly with the 18 to 29-year-old demographic, is still vigilant in his campaign as he placed third with 21 percent in Iowa and second with 23 percent in New Hampshire and the number of supporters continues to increase. “He [Ron Paul] wants to remove our occupations from other countries,
end the Fed, and end the drug war. This is the correct path for us to walk. Those that vote for the rest are voting for four more years of Obama, but just in a different body,” said Old Dominion University Senior Devon Mizelle. Numbers for Gingrich have decreased, possibly from a number of attack ads released by his opponents calling him a “serial hypocrite.” Gingrich countered with a new attitude, maintaining a calm and collected disposition rather than waging war. Although Jeff Musselman, senior in political science at ODU, is an avid Ron Paul supporter, he noted the significance attack ads can have on a candidates campaign. “With media so focused on soundbites rather than substance, effective attack ads can have a detrimental effect on the viability of a candidate. With a large spread of undecided voters, people will respond to attacks over a candidate’s record, particularly if it shows them in too liberal a light,” said Musselman Gingrich says he will do all he can to make transparent Romney’s moderate views. “I may define the reality of the Reagan conservative and the Massachusetts moderate,” Gingrich said. “And the stark difference between cutting taxes and raising taxes. And of being right-to-life and putting Planned Parenthood in Romneycare. But I don’t get this ‘go after’ stuff. You don’t need to do that.”
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Strict social conservative Rick Santorum did well in Iowa but doesn’t seem to have gathered much traction elsewhere. Ron Paul recently released a new ad citing Rick Santorum as the sixth most corrupt person in Washington according to a 2006 report by the “Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington.” The group made the claim based on the amount of money he accepted from lobbyists. Paul also claimed at the ABC hosted debate in New Hampshire on Jan. 7 that Santorum is “a big government, big spending individual because he preached the fact that he wanted the balanced budget amendment but voted to raise the debt ceiling five times.” John Hunstman’s choice to ignore Iowa and put all his eggs into the basket of New Hampshire was reflected in
his measly one percent. Placing third in New Hampshire, the former governor of Utah remains hopeful but there doesn’t appear to be much of a future for him in the remaining months of campaigns. Likewise, Rick Perry continues his campaign with enthusiasm despite his low poll numbers. After Iowa, he returned to Texas to rethink his campaign and plans to make his mark in South Carolina. The southern tier is known for its conservative support and is vital in securing the nomination. South Carolina will play a pivotal role in distinguishing which candidate will likely win the nomination to challenge Barack Obama’s hold of office.
Spices and Gold
By: Siaga Johnson Staff Writer Disembarking my Emirates jet presented me with a first time experience of what it is like to endure 90 degree weather at sunrise. As we walked down the boarding stairs of our aircraft, sand dunes, the city skyline, and the flagship of the Emirates fleet dominated the horizon. This was my first time stepping onto Middle Eastern soil, and while I had been exposed to the cuisine of various Middle Eastern countries as well as the music and bits of the culture, nothing could prepare
me for the wonders that I was about to experience in what I like to call “The World’s Oasis,” or more accurately, Dubai. The first thing that stood out to me was the importance that is placed on hospitality. This was shown by the fact that tourists are indeed treated like guests. Not only are you addressed by name by the flight crew en-route, served five star meals even in Economy Class, but a warm welcome was given to passengers with vouchers for the adventures available in Dubai, sponsored by the Marhaba tourism group located in Dubai International
Airport. Upon welcome, I was taken to Le Meridien, a four star tourist hotel, which was to be my home in Dubai for the next three days. The first activity that I was scheduled for was a trip to the Emirates mall. At first, I wondered how this was culturally unique as malls can be found globally, but the many attractions in the mall definitely showcased Dubai’s reputation for being culturally vibrant, as well as entertaining and memorable. The first activity I pursued at the mall was skiing. Yes; Indoor skiing at a mall in a country that remains hot all year. This is one of the
most popular attractions at Emirates mall, as participants in this activity are able to rent skiing gear, and are taken up to the synthetic snow hills and are able to experience the chilling temperatures as well as the trees and snow that is kept so well at this mall. This is what cemented my understanding that Dubai is not only a city of flashing lights. It is a city of innovation, and this has allowed me to understand that a huge part of their economy is based on the innovative entertainment available for tourists. Another striking thing I noticed was the diverse cultural landscape that
“I thought that it would be hard for me to answer the questions, but everyone was able to help [each other],” commented Glass. “I think that we really helped to keep customers’ satisfaction up.” Once the Call Center operations had concluded, the statistical data was analyzed each day. The Call Center received a total of 1,375 calls over five days. Calls were labeled as either “handled” or “dropped.” On Jan. 3, 2011, the percentage of calls handled by Customer Relations was 46 percent. On Jan. 3, 2012, that percentage surged to 94 percent. The data certainly seems to indicate that the project was a success, but the team also plans to evaluate its performance by distributing a customer satisfaction survey by email. The Monarch Project is an internal business consulting team comprised of the “best and brightest” ODU student interns. Bill Edmunds, acting administrative operations officer, oversees the interns and modeled the group after the Manhattan Project, which grouped the brightest scientific minds from America’s universities to harness the atom. The group has been involved in such key initiatives as this past summer’s university-wide 100 percent fixed asset inventory, HRT and eRefund marketing, the University Tennis Center, and the School of Dental Hygiene. The team is also currently recruiting for future student interns from a diverse range of majors. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
makes Dubai the magical city that it is. A majority perception of Dubai, a city in the Middle East, would hold that it is merely an Arab nation with an Islamic culture and a desert everywhere. What is actually true is that Dubai is a community of people of various cultural backgrounds who mesh to create a tourist and living experience that is memorable and that is ever changing with innovation. Taking note of the multifaceted international community also enabled me to recall that various world-class athletes and celebrities frequently visit Dubai, not only for its entertainment options, but also for its lucrative businesses. Dubai hosts a variety of fashion shows where world class designers meet and showcase their creations, as well as network with other movers and shakers. The variety of entertainment that I saw in Dubai therefore enabled me to understand that their economy is heavily based on the concept of innovation and integration; the integration of values and cultures to create entertainment and vocations for people who are dedicated to welcoming the world into this thriving Oasis. Dubai is therefore a place to wine and dine, to close some of the most lucrative business deals, and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultures that make this haven a must see in tourism magazines and lifestyle shows.
White House Chief of Staff, Daley, Resigns By: Allison Terres Contributing Writer
At a White House press conference held Monday, Jan. 9, President Barack Obama announced the resignation of his Chief of Staff, William M. Daley. The announcement came only a year after Daley’s appointment to the position. Jacob Lew, current director of the Office of Management and Budget, will be his replacement. A year ago, Daley was the solution to Obama’s struggled relationships with corporate America. Daley previously worked for JP Morgan Chase and held a position on the board of directors for Fannie Mae. With a background in the private sector, Daley could presumably understand corporate interests and attempt to bring partisan negotiations further toward the middle. The Chief of Staff is the president’s most senior aide. Historically, the Chief of Staff negotiates with Congress, members of the executive branch, and other political groups to implement the president’s agenda. Other duties include managing and supervising the White House staff, managing the president’s schedule, and deciding who is allowed in the Oval Office. The resignation comes as little surprise. According to The Washington Post, Daley could not develop relationships with members of Congress and struggled to handle partisan battles during most of 2011. In November, Daley relinquished his day-to-day responsibilities to Tom Rouse, a long time advisor for Obama. This displacement of duties is rare, hinting that Daley couldn’t live up to high expectations.
If there were issues with Daley as Chief of Staff, Obama ignored them during the press conference. He commended Daley as an, “outstanding Chief of Staff during one of the busiest and most consequential years of my administration.” Obama noted that Daley was “instrumental in developing the American jobs act,” as well as passing “historic trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama”. Both hailing from Chicago, Obama cited “the pull of the hometown we both love,” as Daley’s reason for resignation. William Daley is not leaving the White House empty handed. Upon his return to Chicago, Daley will serve as co-chair of Obama’s re-election campaign. Daley headed former vice president Al Gore’s election campaign in 2000. Obama named Jacob Lew as Daley’s successor, and said Lew “has my complete trust”. In comparison to Daley’s Wall Street background, Lew’s experience is in the politics of Capitol Hill. Jacob Lew presided over a budget surplus during the Clinton Administration. His career in Washington started in the 70s as the top aide to Speaker “Tip” O’Neill for eight years. Lew not only has a background in domestic but also international affairs. At one point in his career, he managed civilian operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. As the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Obama mentioned that Lew “held one of the most difficult jobs in Washington.” Lew has been at the forefront of current budget and tax negotiations. According to USA Today, Lew’s appointment represents a shift in the Obama Administration’s strategy. Where Daley was meant to bring moderation to partisan negotiations, Lew will focus solely on passing a budget plan.
The United States Withdraws from Iraq: A Bittersweet Aftermath By: Siaga Johnson Staff Writer The end of 2011 brought with it the end of an eight-year struggle that had become the backbone of American political discourse and strategic planning. With the United States’ withdrawal from Iraq came economic, political and social implications for both the United States and Iraq. The task of rebuilding what has been damaged, now presents the world with questions such as, “where does the United States even begin to pick up the pieces?” “What does this mean for our economic future?” and “Is this really a victory or a long overdue event that came too late?” These questions have left politicians and citizens of the world with mixed feelings about the pullout, while also wondering whether this is truly a turning-point or a minor curve down the same path. While the pullout faces politicians and economists with daunting challenges, a benefit can be seen in the fact that no more money has to go towards the manufacture and distribution of armaments, nor does any more money have to go towards deploying troops to the area and allocating resources for their upkeep. This is the first time in nearly a decade that billions of U.S. dollars are not being borrowed and spent on this operation, which creates a chance for the economic relief that the United States desperately needs. Moreover, a political benefit can be seen in the fact that the Obama Administration stands a better chance of regaining election in 2012, as they brought the end of a war that citizens began to doubt would ever end. “I think it can only benefit the administration, although I don’t know
how much of a benefit it would be because this came so late and so much has to be sorted through now. The opportunity for this to really benefit American Foreign Policy has come and gone,” said Old Dominion University Assistant Professor of American Politics and State & Local Government, Kimberly Karnes Many politicians and economists believe that this is not even a turning point. This is justified by claims that although the United States has pulled out of Iraq in terms of combat, they still remain involved with rebuilding the nation in terms of its infrastructure, regulating ethnic conflicts within the nation as well as setting up a government that will enable the country to operate. This implies that United States original Foreign Policy remains unchanged, as this has been the sort of function that it has played for decades.
Moreover, money is going to have to go into nation rebuilding. So, instead of having money directed towards producing armaments and deploying soldiers, money is now being redirected to fix the damage done. While some may argue that the money required to do this is nowhere near the billions of dollars that had gone into the war, it is also important to consider that the war has placed the U.S. into formidable debt, thus limiting the government’s capacity to effectively rebuild Iraq and help maintain their reparations. Politicians therefore argue that while the war and bloodshed is over, the political and economic challenges remain the same. In an article in the UK Daily Mail, Tom Leonard emphasizes that “One of the biggest mistakes following the ousting of Saddam was to dismantle his army, and senior U.S. officers doubt Iraq’s ability to defend
its own soil or even its valuable oil rigs in the Persian Gulf.” This observation therefore confirms Politicians’ suspicions that the United States is going to be forced to still be involved with Iraq’s political affairs, which therefore leaves U.S. Foreign Policy unchanged. What makes this situation slightly different though is that both countries have been left shattered. A turning point that can be seen is the fact that the United States is now in a very feeble condition to assist Iraq with helping to establish and maintain its government. The world now sees two battered countries with little resources to make a swift turn around and create the prosperity that the people hoped to see from the end of this war. The end of the war therefore brings with it economic and political challenges, which leaves politicians and economists with the task of identify-
ing exactly how the salvation that both countries involved were seeking can now come about. It has been widely established that too much damage has been done to suddenly see economic and political change. Although there is no more conflict, the political fate of Iraq, and economic fate of the United States still hangs by a thread. This poses a new set of challenges for future American politicians, particularly students studying Political Science, as this marks the first time since the Great Depression that The United States has been in an almost crippled position and has a limited set of options to help countries that can benefit from American Foreign Policy, as a result of being so far in debt.
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Kim Jong-il dead, Son Announced as “Great Successor”
By: AnDreW ToMPKins Contributing Writer Kim Jong-il’s almost two decade reign over North Korea came to an abrupt end on Dec. 19, 2011 when he suffered a massive heart attack while on board a field train. Though his death was sudden, it was not entirely unexpected. The 69-year-old supreme leader suffered from numerous health issues including diabetes, obesity and hypertension. He suffered a stroke in 2008, and had a lengthy family history of heart problems including most well known, the death of his father Kim Il-sung who also died from a heart attack. Shortly thereafter, Kim Jong-il’s youngest son Kim Jong-un was announced as the “Great Successor.” There has been much debate as to whether Jong-un has been well groomed enough to take over in his father’s shadow.
Jong-un inherits a country that is still in terrible shape due to poor economic and political conditions. North Korea suffers from a wide array of problems, most notably devastating food shortages, numerous human rights violations, and severe limitations on political and social freedoms. Recently North Korea has been in conversation with the U.S. to arrange a deal in which they cease uranium enrichment programs in exchange for U.S. food and aid. Jong-un’s administration has adamantly proclaimed they do not need such aid but have left the door open for further talks. In a released statement from the country, an unnamed spokesperson proclaimed that they would wait and “see if the United States has a willingness to establish confidence.” In addition Jong-un, in what appears to be a goodwill gesture, has issued a special pardon for prisoners in order to celebrate what would be Kim Jong-il’s seventieth birthday in February. The amnesty is most likely being used as a way to increase his own popularity among citizens and abroad. The pardons will begin as early as Feb. 1. High ranking military and political leaders were quick in reaffirming and swearing oaths to Jong-un as the new supreme leader of the country. Even going so far as to vow to become “rifles and bombs” to defend the new supreme commander. Jong-un also wasted no time in issuing his first threat of war, saying that North Korea may “Smash the stronghold of puppet forces in the south for hideous crimes” committed during the mourning period for his
father. Threats such as these were a regular occurrence under Jong-il and demonstrate that political philosophies will most likely remain unchanged in North Korea. However, the U.N. and western world leaders are hopeful that Jong-un will be more open to international communication. In the wake of his appointment there has been much optimism towards perhaps a new era in connecting the very isolated country to the rest of the world. “We reiterate our hope for improved relations with the people of North Korea and remain deeply concerned about their well being.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on the matter. Jong-il’s death capped off a year of unusual success in the fight against global terrorism. In early May, Osama Bin Laden’s extensive manhunt came to a conclusion with his death in a Navy Seal team raid on Pakistani soil. Furthermore, top Al Qaeda figure Anwar al Awlaki was killed by an American drone strike in September. Awlaki held a major Al Qaeda role and was among the United States’ most wanted fugitives. Protests in Libya against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in early February quickly turned into an all out rebellion which ended with the subsequent capture and execution by Libyan rebels. Finally, with the withdrawal of the last army troops out of Iraq, the U.S. has signaled the end of the war on Iraq. International politics and foreign policy have changed significantly this past year and it will be interesting to see how the U.S. embraces and prepares for what lies ahead.
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A New Year, A New You! By: siAgA Johnson Contributing Writer For decades, the concept of a ‘new year’s resolution’ has turned into an elusive commitment that starts out strong for the first week of the year, then usually disappears by the time January is over. One can see this in action at gyms that are packed for the first week of the year, but then start to magically reveal their spaciousness as the year progresses. Or when people look at pictures of themselves taken a year before hand, and comparing them to recent pictures only to notice that they’ve gained weight. This leaves people who genuinely seek change asking, “How can I start the year off right, and maintain my new outlook to finish off strong?” In other words, how do we follow through with the changes that we want to make for the New Year? This is especially a concern on college campuses where new year’s resolutions range from maintaining a 4.0 average to losing 30 pounds by the time Spring Break is upon us. The answer is com-
passion for the self. What a lot of self-help gurus have pointed out is that the reason people seem to make such slow progress when it comes to new years resolutions is the fact that people expect to change overnight, and expect to maintain that change as their new way of life. In other words, people do not give themselves enough time to make inner changes in their outlook on life, how they feel about themselves, and how they feel about their circumstances. Only when a change from within occurs can a change in outer circumstances come about. This may all sound like philosophical hogwash, but there are practical steps you can take to implement this into your life. Start by letting go of the past. Studies have shown that people seeking a change often sabotage themselves by thinking about the past, feeling guilty for what they may have done, or being angry about what may have been done to them. This doesn’t allow for growth and this doesn’t allow for space to be created for future growth. People therefore slow themselves down this way. Focusing on what’s working is a step in the right direction for
An Uncommon Classic: The Dreamer, The Believer By: lATeeshA glosTon Contributing Writer Common is back in action after releasing his ninth studio album on Dec. 20, 2011. “The Dreamer, The Believer” is intended to be an up-lifting album for all. “It’s going to be positive hip-hop that can really generate good spirit, the spirit of music, and just good energy,” said Chicago native rapper, Common, to AOL Music on his album release.
“The Dreamer, The Believer” sets an uplifting and inspirational tone, opening up with a song titled, “The Dreamer.” The song features poetry recital from legend, Maya Angelou, about dreaming. She tells the youth, “You can build a better future when you join the winning team. If you desire a bright tomorrow, you must build a brighter dream.” The album takes a change of gear with the following track, “Ghetto Dreams,” featuring New York rapper Nas, in which Common expresses his desire for a girl from the ‘hood,’ who he describes to “look good and cook good.” The track includes a sample from Nas’ “Hope”.
A track which stands out on the album is “Sweet,” which allows listeners to become acquainted with a more tough side of Common, who seems to be craving an old school rap battle. Common sparked a bit of controversy when he admitted to dissing fellow rapper, Drake, on this track. Common proceeds to go back to a smooth tone on the album with tracks like “Gold” and “Lovin’ I Lost,” which is about heartbreak that many presume is about his past relationship with tennis player Serena Williams. On the track, he says, “How could someone you could talk to each and every day, that you ‘bout to marry, be on their merry way?” However, “The Dreamer, The Believer” is nothing to be sad about. “Celebration” is a feel good track, reminiscent of a backyard barbecue and which samples the song “Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins. The track portrays Common’s fellow music artist, Kanye West’s “See Me Now,” as they are both produced by No ID. “The Believer” gives more inspiration to the album, as John Legend sings, “I believe in the light that shines and will never die. Like they talked about the kings before us, they will talk about us” and Common rhymes, “from one King’s dream, he was able to Barack us.” As the album opens with words of wisdom from Maya Angelou, it closes the same way, with wise words from Common’s dad on “Pop’s Belief.” “I’m enthused to do hip-hop, which is something that I have to do when I feel it,” Common said to AOL Music. The artist’s passion shows through the songs on “The Dreamer, The Believer.” The album’s smooth production and consistency is reminiscent of Common’s sixth studio album “Be.” The tracks provide listeners with substance, something to reflect on, as well as guest artists John Legend and Nas. In all, “The Dreamer, The Believer” stands to be a classic 2011 album release and a great album to start off your 2012 with.
a positive change, then using that focus to create the change you want to see. You cannot create a positive situation with a negative attitude about anything, even yourself. Scientists have proven that the power of our thoughts has an immense but unknown effect on the outcome of our circumstances. Therefore, this means to think positive and the best will come forward. Relaxing can also help to improve your lifestyle. Part of what enables change to come about is accepting the limitations of the present moment. Only then can you feel at peace with yourself and free mental and emotional energy to see the change that you want to come about. Buying self-help books to teach you how to calm your thoughts and your body will help you become more calm and grounded, as well as in a better state to make decisions. Studies have also shown that meditation and yoga have also done wonders for people, not only mentally, but emotionally and physically as well. With these steps in mind, you create a platform to truly live out your intentions for the new year.
Relay Pottied By: MegAn sTAMPer Contributign Writer
It’s that time of year again, Relay for Life is sponsoring the “relay potty” again. The relay potty is a small and decorated children’s training potty that is placed on the desk of faculty members. The Student Engagement and Enrollment Services and Auxiliary Services are the largest participants, but the potty can be sent to any office. A two dollar donation will send the potty to almost any faculty member on campus. When they receive the glorious gift, they have three choices: send it back to Center for Civic Engagement for a one dollar donation, send it to another faculty member for a two dollar donation, or gain potty immunity for a ten dollar donation. The only faculty members that are off limits are the members with potty immunity as indicated by a sign on their desk. This tradition originated over 10 years ago when ODU began participating in Relay for Life. Tamorah Park from the Student Civic Engagement Center said, “The rumor has it that it started with a creative individual in OCCS and has now spread campus wide.” Currently there are three potties circulating around campus. Faculty members over the years have had posi-
tive feedback. “People think it is a fun and creative way to raise funds,” said Park. The Coordinator for Activities & Programs, Meghan Harr, was a recent recipient of the relay potty. Harr’s first thoughts when she received the potty was, “weird, where did this come from?” She did not know about the tradition, but she participated. “I have potty immunity,” said Harr. She believes that faculty members will react positively to the relay potty because, “it’s for a good cause and all in good fun.” The relay potty is an interesting concept, but not exclusive to ODU. Several counties and universities use a full size purple potty in the front yard of houses. The toddler potty version of the relay potty, however, is an ODU original and according to the South Atlantic Division’s Relay for Life College Fundraising Guidebook, the ODU faculty team who started the potty alternative raised over $1,000. So far, the relay potty has raised $65. The overall goal this year is to raise at least $65,000. If you want to participate in the relay potty, visit the Civic Engagement Center in the U-Center of Webb Center. The relay potty fundraiser will be continuing until April 13, 2012, the official start date of Relay for Life.
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Horror At Its Best
By: rAshAD liTTle Contributing Writer
“The Devil Inside” is an entertaining yet unpredictable horror flick, which will certainly cause a jump or two. Director William Brent Bell, who is also directed “Stay Alive,” gives the audience another documentary film filled with individuals later finding themselves possessed with satanic demons. A slow starting film, “The Devil Inside” later becomes highly action-packed as the majority of the movie is captured from a point of view camera angle reminiscent of “Quarantine” and “Paranormal Activity.” The film builds to its climax ending in a way that derives the question, “what’s next?”
The plot is based on daughter Isabella Rossi, played by Fernanda Andrade, on a mission to uncover the truth about her mother Maria Rossi, played by Susan Crowley. Maria is diagnosed as mentally ill after murdering three individuals during a failed exorcism performed on her. Isabella travels to Rome seeking to uncover the truth about her mother’s health as to whether she is possessed, or mentally ill as documented. Isabella meets with her mother hoping to establish a lost mother-daughter relationship over the years. She finds that her mother is extremely deranged which compels Isabella to find her mother help. She meets an ordained exorcist Ben, played by Simon Quartermen, and an ordained priest David, Evan Helmuch, who perform exorcisms unsanctioned by the church. David and Ben in-
sist that if Isabella has any chance at saving her mother she must become more familiar with exorcisms from experience. This leads to Isabella accompanying Ben and David as they perform an exorcism on a possessed woman, Rosa. A disturbing scene of body contortions and obscene language comprise the incident Isabella witnessed. She found herself in disbelief that exorcisms and demons are real; nevertheless, she is convinced that another attempted exorcism on her mother could possibly be the cure. David was severely reluctant to attempt the exorcism on Maria, explaining that the risk was far too high, but he was eventually persuaded and agreed to help Ben perform the exorcism. What begins as a customary exorcism later ends in an
uncontrollable demonic event. Maria is no ordinary possessed individual, which was entirely unknown. As the plot begins to unfold, the cast becomes vulnerable and is no longer safe as you the unthinkable transpires. The characters continue to struggle with selfrestraint as the demon later grasps full control of their personas. “The Devil Inside” is a must see film that many will probably hate, but many will love, as the movie’s suspense is captivating and gripping. The film delivers in excitement and an experience that will make you want to keep the lights on at night.
EXPLICIT FILM STUDIES SEXUAL ADDICTION By: r JAy MolinA Staff Writer British independent filmmaker Steve McQueen delivers a powerful, character driven drama with his sophomore feature entitled “Shame.” Controversy has been attached to this film since the Motion Picture Association of America, MPAA, slapped an NC-17 rating to the film last year. NC17 means a film contains an abundance of adult content deemed too much for anyone under the age of 17 to handle. Unfortunately, what this also means is that films with this rating are heavily stigmatized, and as a result, go unseen. It can be argued that these types of films can be good character studies on drugs, violent behavior or sex. With McQueen’s “Shame,” the audience is given an open window into to the life of Brandon Sullivan, a suc-
cessful businessman in New York City, who uses his free time to indulge in various sexual acts in order to curb his hidden sexual addiction. His perfectly crafted double life is shaken by the arrival of his sister, Sissy, who is a bar singer floating around from place to place in a sea of uncertainty. Michael Fassbender, an actor who has slowly been on the rise within the past year with films like “X-Men: First Class” and “A Dangerous Method,” delivers an emotionally exhausting, and brilliant performance that is easily the best of 2011. With McQueen at the helm, he is able to fade audiences into “Shame” and put them in Brandon’s shoes so by the time the film reaches its climax, the rug is pulled from under them. Carey Mulligan, best known for films like “An Education” and “Drive,” delivers a performance that
almost matches Fassbender. She does a fantastic job of playing the opposite of Fassbender’s “Brandon,” which is someone who is extroverted and unafraid to show pain. Mulligan nearly steals the show during a poignant scene in which she sings a slow rendition of “New York, New York.” McQueen uses long takes and composes his shots in an unconventional way that may seem weird to some viewers. The movie is a character study in which everything about his life is mostly seen, not heard. The film does earn its NC-17 rating, but McQueen is a master of desensitizing his viewers to the point where the explicit scenes are devastating to watch. One of the main questions to consider throughout the film is whether or not sexual addiction is real. Some psychologists are quick to discredit it as an addiction. But “Shame” paints a
delicate, but ultimately brutal portrayal which suggests that sex addiction is just as real as a drug addiction. “Shame” is easily one of the best dra-
mas of the year, and Fassbender earns his stripes as one of the best working actors in both Hollywood and the independent industry.
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“The Old Republic”
BIOWARE CHANGES THE GAME By: sTeVen KnAUer Staff Writer
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Bioware announced a massive multiplayer role play game set in the Star Wars universe. After many years of anticipation and raving fans, the game was finally released under the name “Star Wars: The Old Republic.” Lovingly called SWTOR, pronounced sweater, by its fans, this game’s nearly four year production brought a whole new level of standards to the online gaming market. The addition of the game being 100 percent voice acted was a smart move by the team at Bioware. “According to the Guinness World Records 2012, Star Wars: The Old Republic has more voice acting than any entertainment project that has gone before. With over 200,000 lines of dialogue voiced by more than 200 actors, there’s not much that can really compete,” said Tom Senior on PCgamer.com. It took the company over four years to complete this masterpiece. On top of the sheer number, there are also wellknown voices from the voice acting community involved, such as David Hayter, “Solid Snake” from “Metal Gear Solid,” Nolan North, “Nathan Drake” from “Uncharted,” and every Bioware fanboy’s favorite, Jennifer Hale, “Female Shepard” from “Mass Effect.”
In addition to the voice acting, all the quests, regardless of their importance, are scripted with conversation, dialog choices, and action that makes one care about the story being told. A character can go into a conversation and make “good” and “evil” choices to change the outcome for the group they are with. SWTOR is a sequel to a previous Bioware game called “Knights of the Old Republic,” which is a single player RPG on the original Xbox and PC. To please both the online gaming audience and the die-hard RPG fans, Bioware seamlessly blended both genres’ strong points into the tastiest geek fondue ever. The controls are solid, quick and responsive. The visuals are very rich and the art style they were going for was pulled off nicely. The sound is what stands out the most. Every sound, ranging from the soundtrack, dancing in and out of classic Star Wars pieces, to the iconic sounds of blasters and light sabers will make any Star Wars fan smile. After much consideration, this game deserves 9.75 out of 10. The existence of a “perfect game” is not possible, but Bioware always puts everything they can into their creations and continuously improves them as time goes on. The best part about SWTOR is if someone does not like it for whatever reason, they still cannot deny the fact that it has forever raised the bar in the online gaming market.
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By: shAWn Minor Staff Writer
The Office of Student Activities and Leadership hosted the perfect event for the season at MacArthur this past weekend. OSAL worked with MacArthur’s Ice Skating Staff to allow ODU students to join in on an opportunity to sail along the ice at MacArthur Mall’s ice skating rink from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. People have been lining up to ice skate since Nov. 19 when the rink first opened to the public for the season. Regular admission is $6 and $4 for military personnel and their families. However, this past Saturday, any ODU student with a valid university i.d. had the pleasure of skating for free. The rink is located at the corner of Freemason Street and Monticello Avenue. Although the temperature of the free ice skating night hit a low of 34 degrees, it did not freeze the efforts of ODU students along with the surrounding Norfolk community to come and watch each other slide about the ice and join in on the fun. Timothy Sills, a student, commented, “I had a blast. It was a very enjoyable event. Families, friends, couples and college students got together for clean fun which is really nice to have in the community nowadays.” Not only did skaters have the plea-
sure of skating with their peers, but the rink provided a DJ to keep the traffic in tune while they slid about, playing the latest hits from the pop genre. The biggest fear of those in attendance seemed to be falling face first into a sheet of ice. However, the rink invited everyone from pros to “wallhuggers.” Not only was there a “kiddie rink” next to the main rink provided for the toddlers to get a chance to blade across the ice, but trained skate guards were available to take skaters out on the ice personally and train them on the basics. This service cost $12, however, there were skate guards constantly on the ice to oversee the rink and make sure the flow of traffic stayed within safety limits free of charge. The skate guards also had skaters come to a slow stop and either skate the other direction or exit the ring periodically to give the skaters a break and for ice clean up. For those who were unable to join in on this year’s ice skating, MacArthur hosts the event annually. More information on what exactly the experience entails can be found at the MacArthur on Ice website at http://www.shopmacarthur.com/macOnIce_info. On the website one can find information on location, dates of operation, admission, season and discount passes, and group reservations and activities on the ice.
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Old Dominion Athletics Top-20 in the Nation
KENT BAZEMORE PLAYER PROFILE
ODU BASKETBALL VS. HOFSTRA ASHLEY BETZ-WHITE PROFILE
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A LEGEND OF HER OWN KIND
MONARCHS RANKED 15 IN THE LEARFIELD SPORTS DIRECTOR CUP By: MATTheW MCCrACKen Sports Editor It wasn’t just the temperature that was rising around Virginia in the autumn of 2011, it was the performances of Old Dominion Athletics. Because of the success in Fall 2011, Old Dominion is being recognized in the Learfield Sports Director Cup as the fifteenth highest ranked school in the nation. This recognition was developed through a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletes and USA Today. Points are awarded based off of each college or university’s finishes in particular fall sports, both men’s and women’s. “I think it’s a huge reflection of the amount of effort and energy that our coaches, student-athletes, administrators have put toward athletic excellence. We have all given a championship effort,” Old Dominion’s Athletic Director Dr. Camden Wood Selig said. Men’s soccer advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Monarchs’ third year football program shocked not only the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), but also the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), making it to the second round of the FCS playoffs. During all of this, Old Dominion’s Field Hockey sat atop the nation at No. 1 for weeks and made a Final Four ap-
pearance in the NCAA Tournament. Ultimately, the Lady Monarchs lost to Maryland, who won their second consecutive title. ODU has the highest ranking in the CAA and the state of Virginia. They are the highest FCS ranked team with the next closest being Georgetown at No. 34. The Monarchs beat out perennial powerhouse schools of years past such as Florida, Oklahoma and Oregon. “To me, it says we have maximized every dollar that we have invested in athletics,” Dr. Selig said. Based off the Learfield point system, Old Dominion scored 83 points from field hockey, 53 from football and 50 from men’s soccer. Old Dominion Field Hockey fell to Maryland in the Final Four despite beating them twice in the regular season. The Lady Monarchs were ranked No. 1 throughout the majority of the 2011 season and finished with a 22-3 record. ODU is honored with the privilege to host the NCAA national championship for the next two years. Legendary coach Beth Anders announced her retirement Tuesday, Jan. 10 after 29 seasons to only proceed with the statement of returning for one more year. Finding a replacement for Anders will be essential considering her 546 career wins are the most of any field hockey coach in NCAA history. Luckily, the Monarchs won’t continued on C2
monarch mentions • ODU Wrestling beat both Arizona State and No. 18 Rutgers in the quarterﬁnals of Virginia Duals Tournament before falling to No. 22 Kent State, 21-16. • Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke was named the 2011 National Performer of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards. • Ted Constant Convocation Center was ranked eighth in the world for arenas under 10,000 seats and second in the United States according to Pollstar’s 2011 year end rankings. • Capital One Cup ofﬁcial fall standings put Old Dominion women’s standings at 19th and men’s standings at 38th.
BETH ANDERS ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 WILL BE HER FINAL SEASON By: KAThryne MAson Distribution Manager ODU field hockey head coach Beth Anders is without a doubt the field hockey equivalent of Mike Krzyzewski. For lovers of the game, it would be hard not to mention the words “Anders,” “field hockey” and “best” in the same sentence. “Coach Anders really put Old Dominion on the map for top notch college field hockey programs,” Stephanie Garvin said. Garvin, a sophomore and field hockey lover, who is also a Norfolk native and Maury High School graduate went on to say, “Every home game that wasn’t on a weekday my team would come and watch. The high schools around here are pretty lucky, they have a field hockey power house right in their backyard.” Coach Anders initially made the announcement Jan. 10 that she would not be returning for her thirtieth season as ODU’s head field hockey coach. However an overwhelming shower of pleas from players, former players, and even President Broderick himself made her rethink her decision. ODU sports website quoted Anders saying, “I have been very touched by all the calls and letters I have received from former and current players this week, as well as people through out the field hockey world and the ODU community…As a result, I have decided to remain at ODU for one more year and I look forward to coaching the 2012 team.” In the 2011 season, coach Anders won her fifteenth CAA field hockey title and led the Lady Monarchs all the way to the NCAA “Final Four” for the seventeenth time. Coach Anders, who is the most successful winning field hockey coach of all time, has a record of nine national field hockey titles. The 2012 field hockey team will have 14 returning players, including All American Katie Nearhouse and National Rookie of the Year Kelsey Smither. It is easy to see why coach Anders had to come back for
one more season. The key to coach Anders success, both as a player and as a coach has clearly come from her love and dedication to the game. If you’ve ever been to an ODU field hockey game, you can often hear or see her love. Pacing back and forth, shaking her head in a disapproving way, with both hands on her hips, you can easily tell when the girls aren’t playing up to her standard. Looking like a ticking time bomb ready to go off, coach Anders is known for being vocal on the sidelines. If you do something wrong, or make a stupid penalty, expect her to call you out on it, but at the same time, if you do something right, or astronomically amazing, she’ll make sure you know. “Sometimes I feel bad for them, when I hear her yelling,” junior and club field hockey player Sydney McPfadden said. “But they seem to respond to it so I guess it works. To each their own.” With her own 90 mph penalty shot, coach Anders has made a legacy that will be hard for others to follow. As an athlete she was unstoppable, going to both the Pan American World Cup, the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and being an All-American college field hockey and lacrosse player. As a coach, she’s unbeatable. With a NCAA record of 546 overall wins, an .808 winning percentage, 15 CAA titles, and nine national championship titles, coach Anders is the most winning coach of any Division I field hockey program in the entire nation. As quoted by former ODU Athletic Director Jim Jarrett, “ No other coach or program in ODU history has enjoyed the kind of national success and dominance that the field hockey program has commanded and that is all due to Beth’s outstanding coaching and incredible knowledge of the game.” With Anders at the helm of the Lady Monarchs, ODU’s Powhatan Sports Complex will host the 2012 and 2012 NCAA Field Hockey Final Four.
Athlete of the Week:
Arni Arnason Senior Swimmer
Arnason led men’s swimming to a victory over East Carolina with three individual victories in the 100 breaststroke (54.41), 200 breaststroke (2:00.46), and the individual 200 medley (1:51.43).
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have to worry about that until after the 2012 season has come to an end. Alan Dawson and the men’s soccer Monarchs fell to sixteenth seeded Indiana, ending their season 12-6-2. Throughout the majority of the year ODU was ranked top-5 of NCAA in scoring. Victor Francoz, Tim Hopkinson, Yannick Smith and Gideon Asante were all selected to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region team. NSCAA and College Soccer News also selected Smith to their third team All-American squads. “I just think very highly of our men’s soccer program. I think it is one of the stellar programs among many here at ODU,” Dr. Selig said, “I would love to see us break through to a Final Four and I really think we have the potential, the student-athletes and the desire to do that.” On the grid-iron, ODU football finished with a 10-3 record. Monarchs’ head coach Bobby Wilder picked his Monarchs to finish last in the CAA. Driving his team into success, ODU finished 6-2 in the CAA and broke into the top-ten national rankings. In three years as a program, the Monarchs have
only tallied eight losses and 27 wins. The Monarchs graduate only eight seniors from the 2011 roster, bringing hope to the 2012 football season. Old Dominion has never failed to sell out a game in their existence as a football program since 2009. “It’s a great unifier. It unifies Hampton Roads, it’s an event people want to go to. People have told me they are dropping University of Virginia and Virginia Tech season tickets. They’ve got great football right here in the backyard,” Dr. Selig said. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup ranking of Old Dominion is an accomplishment by not only one person, but a nation of Monarchs as a whole. “It really goes to everybody behind their efforts. Student-athletes ultimately, they’re the ones getting it done on the field,” Dr. Selig said. The match that has been lit on ODU Athletics shows no signs of burning out as the Monarchs still have a semester of athletics to go. “We want every single program to finish first, second or third in the CAA. If we can focus to be at the top of our conference, then the rest will take care of itself nationally,” Dr. Selig said.
Swimming and Diving Monarchs impress in homestead duel versus Pirates ARNASON AND RASHLEIGH SHINE IN INDIVIDUAL MEDLEYS, EARNS THEIR TEAM A SPLIT VERSUS EAST CAROLINA By: BriAn Jerry Staff Writer Swimmers Arni Mar Arnason and Kimberly Rashleigh picked up 200-meter individual medley victories, while divers Mitchell Ortiz and Rebecca Krunkel score a combined twelve points in four diving events as Old Dominion splits swim and dive meet with East Carolina. The men picked up the 165-127 victory in overall point totals while the women fell 155-143 Saturday at J.C. “Scrap” Chandler Pool. Arnason picked up the first of his three wins of the day in the men’s 100-yard breast stroke. The 6-feet-6-inch, 24-year-old senior from Iceland posted a time of 54.41 seconds, nearly three seconds in front of the second place finisher. He would go on to take first place in the 200-yard version of the same event with a time of 2:00.46 as well as the men’s 200-yard individual medley, barely missing his personal best mark of 1:50.74 by less than a second. “ECU’s a strong team and we wanted to beat them today. We did and I’m happy with that. I’ve been training hard and I wanted to do a good job today with the team,” Arnason said. His performance in three first place finishes helped the Monarchs improve to 5-1 on the year. “I’m happy with everything. I’m swimming fast with my personal best times. We didn’t rest a lot for this meet, so I’m just happy,” Arnason said. On the women’s side, Rashleigh recorded three different event victories in the pool of her own including the 200yard medley relay (1:46.72), 100-yard backstroke (58.23), and 200-yard backstroke (2:04.27). “My roommate and I were just having fun today mocking around the pool deck dancing, having fun,” Rashleigh said of her light hearted approach to Saturday’s events. Although, the junior from Sydney, Australia admitted to one race that posed a bit of a challenge for her, “Proba-
bly the 100 Backstroke, I’m not the best sprinter, so I just had to like give it all I had.” ODU swimmers, both male and female, combined for twenty first place finishes out of 24 events, as head coach Carol Withus seemed more than pleased with her team’s effort throughout the day. “I was very, very excited. This is actually our first meet of the school semester, so we weren’t sure how we were going to swim. We’ve been working really, really hard so to come back and win a lot of events and have some fantastic swims overall, so I was very excited. It was where we want to be,” said coach Withus. Coach Withus was very satisfied with the honest efforts of her two top swimmers of the day, Amason and Rashleigh. “Kimmy’s [Rashleigh] done outstanding. She’s kind of versatile and she can pretty much do every event. Arni’s [Arnason] right on target, right now he’s ranked seventh in the country in 100 [yard] breast stroke, so his times are real fast. What he did today was fantastic,” coach Withus said. ODU racked up ten total victories in lane four alone. Earlier in the day, ODU men’s and women’s divers Mitchell Ortiz and Rebecca Kunkel competed in both the one and three meter dives. Ortiz finished second in two events, 230.55 and 261.00 respectively, while Kunkel racked up four points in two of the four scheduled for Saturday, 141.45 and 127.50 respectively. “Today went really well, every dive except one I did better than I had hoped” Ortiz said of his performance. “On the one I didn’t do too bad on I was kind of expecting it. I didn’t practice it enough, but besides that, I feel like I had a good meet.” The Monarchs now travel to Montclair State in New York City for the start of a five-meet road stretch before returning back home to Norfolk for a Jan. 28 match-up against Towson.
A Fresh New Start FRESHMAN BETZ-WHITE QUICKLY BECOMING A BIG PART OF ODU’S FUTURE By: Ben DeCoWsKi Staff Writer
Starting freshman point guard Ashley Betz-White has been the story of the year for the Old Dominion University Lady Monarchs, who have stumbled out of the gates to a 5-11 start. Standing at 5-feet-3-inches, Betz-White has used her speed and quickness to open up the Lady Monarchs’ offense on her way to 51 assists and 137 points. “Recently we just put in a new offense that I think is really a good offense. You know we’re moving the ball and getting open shots,” Betz-White said, “It opened up actually a lot in the middle so I could drive, kick out to Tia [Lewis] a lot.” Coming to ODU from Trinity High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Betz-White has adapted well to the collegiate level and plans to get ODU’s program back on track. “ODU’s got tradition and the past couple years, you know, they haven’t been that same team, so coming in here, you know with my other fellow
freshmen, we want to come in here and make a difference,” BetzWhite said. The Lady Monarchs currently have only one senior in forward Tia Lewis, so Betz-White and her fellow freshmen will have their chance to make a difference as they grow together on this young team in the coming years. “This team has a lot of potential, you know everybody works hard and you know everybody wants the same goal, so we keep working towards that and getting to know each other playing together. This team is going to be real hard to beat,” Betz-White said. Betz-White has been a perfect fit for new head coach Karen Barefoot and she has enjoyed her brief time playing for her. “I like it, I definitely love her. She was a point guard herself, so she understands a lot of what I’m going through and she definitely tries to talk to me and give me a lot of advice as well as Coach Tom [McConnell], he’s actually my position coach,” Betz-White said. Having a coaching staff that understands the point guard position has helped Betz-White, but she admitted that it has been a change
since her high school days. “It’s been a lot different you know taking on the leadership role, point guard. You know I did that in high school, but coming into college it’s a lot different and a bigger responsibility,” Betz-White said. On top of the responsibility of being a leader on the court as a starting freshman, Betz-White has also had to adapt to her new surroundings away from her family. “It’s been hard being away from them, we’re real close. I have a younger sister, she and I are real close, but they come to a lot of games,” Betz-White said. Through all of the new changes in her life though, Betz-White has managed to take it all in stride and enjoy her time so far at Old Dominion saying that she has really enjoyed “…the team and the relationships I’ve been forming with everybody, we’re really close.” Those close relationships are the ones that will make Betz-White a leader on this team for the next three years as she attempts to bring ODU back to the top notch level that it is known to be. As of now, the Lady Monarchs look to be in good hands.
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Winning Ways Continue Old Dominion
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23 Ross, Richard (F)
22 De Lancey, Marquel (G)
24 Bazemore, Kent (G)
04 Batten, Dimitri
00 Pimentel, Jason
15 Iliadis, Trian
20 Cooper, Chris
Total Field Goal % 3-Point Field Goal % Free Throw %
0-1 0-0 2-6 0-0 0-0 2-4 0-0
0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-4 5-7
2 0 1 0 0 0 2 9
3 2 2 0 0 2 6
5 2 3 0 0 2 8
0 2 4 0 4 3 0 16
2 1 2 1 2 2 1 14
1 0 0 0 0 0 2 7
0 1 3 0 3
21 22 31 7 9
ODU BEATS HOFSTRA, BECOMING 5-1 IN THE CAA By: JorDAn Jones Staff Writer This past Saturday, the Old Dominion Monarchs, winners of three straight conference games, took on the Hofstra Pride, currently winless in the conference and was able to come away with a 69-61 victory on their head coach Blaine Taylor‘s birthday. This matchup pitted the Monarchs against two of the top-ten scorers in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Moore and Nathaniel Lester. The Monarchs started the game in a sluggish fashion and the Pride took full advantage. Using a variety of defenses and high intensity, Hofstra jumped out to an early 16-3 lead, keyed by the aforementioned Moore and Lester who were able to knock down three point shots. Old Dominion seemed to settle in somewhat and was able to go on a quick 7-0 run to close the gap. Hofstra was able to maintain a five point lead for a good part of the first half while Old Dominion was able to stay close thanks to the efforts of senior guard Trian Illiadis, who scored nine points in the half. Meanwhile, Hofstra continued to play well behind Moore and Lester combining for 29 points in the half and a 22-12 rebounding advantage, rare for Old Dominion opponents. With about four minutes left in the first half, Old Dominion was able to go on a 10-2 run due to solid defensive pressure and good passing, taking a brief lead at 27-26. But the story of the first half was
Moore. The CAA’s leading scorer was able to tally 19 points on six of 11 shooting, including a buzzer beating lay-up before halftime, giving the Pride a five point advantage at the half, 38-35. “Usually in the first half teams will play me honest, so I’m able to take advantage,” Moore said. Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara added his take, “I was proud of all of our guys, and how they battled. I thought we came out with a lot of energy and rebounded the ball well.” Hofstra was able to shoot 44 percent in the half to Old Dominion’s 43 percent. This game was a tale of two halves as the Monarchs came out with an aggressive approach and Old Dominion was able to go on a quick 7-0 keyed by two Chris Cooper free throws and a three pointer by Illiadis, who made two on the day. Hofstra struggled from the field in the second half, shooting only 27 percent as Moore and Lester were held to six points while the Monarchs were able to shoot 50 percent from the field. At the 6:54 mark in the second half, Kent Bazemore was able to knock down a three pointer to give Old Dominion its biggest lead of the game at 59-54. ODU was also able to close the rebounding gap in the second half and assert their authority. Old Dominion has struggled mightily at the free throw line at times this season, but was able to seal the game and finished 80 percent from the charity strip in the second half. Bazemore finished with 16 points. “As a team we play with a chip on our shoulder, people have been counting us out and we want to
prove them wrong,” Bazemore said. Coach Blaine Taylor offered his take on his team’s effort on his birthday. “Hofstra came out ready to play, and played one of the best half’s of basketball. One of the key ingredients that’s helping us, especially on defense, is that we didn’t have Donte [Hill] until
Christmas. His length really helps our defense.” ODU’s leading scorer for the game, Trian Illiadis offered his take on the second half. “In the first half, we were scoring, but weren’t stopping them. In the second half we were scoring and stopping
them.” Great effort from the Monarchs all around as they now prepare to travel to Towson University on Wednesday, Jan. 18 for another important league contest.
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Lady Monarchs Diminish in the Second Half
53 Richards, Shakeva (F)
44 Lewis, Tia (C)
14 Cook, Jackie (G)
03 Buchan Mairi
11 Betz-White, Ashley (G) 23 Guilford, JoNiquia (G)
04 Allison, Becca
12 Hall, Myeisha
32 Minor, Tiffany
0-0 0-0 1-1 0-2 0-0 2-8
1-2 0-0 0-2 3-7 0-0 14-27
4 4 0 1 0 4 0 9
5 2 2 2 2 3 0
9 6 2 3 2 7 0
1 0 4 1 14
3 3 7 0
2 3 1 0 0 4 0 16
1 6 5 0 1 1 0 21
Total Field Goal % 3-Point Field Goal % Free Throw %
By: MATTheW MCCrACKen Sports Editor Three players from Hofstra (13-3, 5-0) including junior Shante Evans and seniors Nicole Capurso and Marie Malone scored twenty points or more, leading the Pride to a comfortable 81-
68 victory of the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (5-12, 2-3). Malone, who is from Virginia Beach, scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds on the day. “I just knew that we came out and had to play our game. We had to do what we had to do to win,” Malone
said. Evans tallied her sixth twenty point game this season and tenth doubledouble, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds. “We kind of got over this hurdle a couple days ago. She’s just getting tripled teamed all the time. I think
we found ways to get her the ball and she had a good night,” Hofstra’s head coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said. Old Dominion led at halftime 4641, controlling the tempo of the game in the first half. Junior Jackie Cook scored the first eight points for the Lady Monarchs, finishing with 15 points on the day. Eleven of Cook’s points came in the first half. “You just get into the flow of the game and then everyone else started stepping up. They started to play better defense,” Cook said. Old Dominion went on an 8-0 run midway through the first half bringing their lead to four. Six of those points were scored by freshman Myeisha Hall. With the game tied at 33 with a little over five minutes left in the first half, Old Dominion outscored Hofstra 13-8. Senior Tia Lewis had the last six points of the half, including a buzzerbeater jumper. Coming out in the second half, Hofstra went on a 9-4 run to tie the game at 50. Six of those nine points were three-pointers by Capurso, who went six of ten from beyond the arc on the day, finishing with 20 points. “I was more about focusing and finishing today. I’m a three point shooter so I have to focus and finish those just like the ‘bigs’ got to focus and finish down low,” Capurso said, “you get in that zone, and you’re shooting well and just want to pull it from everywhere.” Hofstra continued on with their dominant second half play, going on a 10-1 run, bringing their lead to 60-51. “We need to be who we are. We played to their game plan, sat back on our heels, and we were passive and settled,” Old Dominion’s head coach Karen Barefoot said. The Lady Monarchs’ number one option and leader of the team, Lewis,
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finished with 27 points and nine rebounds. Lewis was ten of sixteen from the field, but only took six shots in the second half. “They played a triangle and two so it was packed in the inside. We really couldn’t get the ball in the inside or for that matter, attack the middle and get a shot off,” Lewis said. Hofstra’s Candice Bellocchio had 11 assists on her own as the Pride turned the ball over 16 times with 19 assists. Old Dominion only scored 22 points in the second half while Hofstra scored 40. Lady Monarchs had 21 turnovers on the day and 16 assists. “It had everything to do with us. I give credit to them, but a lot of the breakdowns had to do specifically with us, it had nothing to do with them,” Cook said. The Lady Monarchs tried to pull off a late run down ten with a little over five minutes to go, but Hofstra’s dominance in the paint was too much. The Pride scored 48 in the paint throughout the game, 24 each half. “We tried to get back in the game. We had a couple of defensive break downs. I think we played hard tonight, but we’ve got to be smarter,” coach Barefoot said. Old Dominion shot a disappointing 25 percent from the field in the second half while allowing Hofstra to shoot 55 percent. The Lady Monarchs were able to get to the free throw line 27 times, but only made 14 of them. “It’s mental. Just a mental thing, just got to be focused,” Lewis said of free throws. ODU has lost two straight, and have only won five games on the year. They are ranked eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association. Lady Monarchs look to turn their season around Thursday, Jan. 19 at Georgia State.
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Kent Bazemore leads his Monarchs as a senior By: JAKe UllriCh Assistant Sports Editor
Kent Bazemore finished the pre-season scrimmage with six assists and one turnover. Most players and coaches would happily take a 6:1 ratio of assists to turnovers, but Bazemore and coach Taylor aren’t like most. “I like the six assists,” coach Taylor said. “But I remember that one turnover a lot better.” It’s that type of mentality that has been enriched into Bazemore, the type of mentality that has won the redshirt senior from Kelford, North Carolina, two Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championships, and possibly a third. Growing up however, basketball wasn’t even Bazemore’s number one sport. “I was much more of a football player growing up,” Bazemore said. “I fell in love with football, but going into high school, I jumped from like 5-feet-9-inches to 6-feet-1-inches but I was still like 150 pounds, so I couldn’t take that punishment. Then I stuck to the hardwood.” Bazemore, the preseason CAA Player of the Year this year, admits ODU wasn’t his first choice. Coming from North Carolina, he was a Wolfpack fan and was hoping to wear the red and white of NC State. However, after being recruited by multiple CAA teams, Bazemore settled on Old Dominion. Redshirted his freshman year, Bazemore took the opportunity to improve his overall game. He mentions the speed and strength of the college game took him by surprise. “I don’t think I scored my first basket in practice until like a month in,” Bazemore said. He worked his way into the rotation his second year, mainly serving as a role player. His junior year Bazemore cemented himself in the lineup and was instrumental in a team that won back-to-back CAA Championships. “I came in with Darius [James] and Ben [Finney] so we were just
boys from day one,” Bazemore said. “To win two championships with them meant a lot. Then you got Frank [Hassell] and Keyon [Carter] that are our age too. There was a big camaraderie with those guys.” The team faced off against Butler in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last year and came up short to Matt Howard’s buzzer beater. “It hurt. It didn’t really hit until we all got in the locker room and we were like ‘man this is our last time playing together,” Bazemore said. While James, Finney, Carter and Hassell all left the team, Bazemore was already preparing himself for the next season. Three days after the loss, Bazemore was back in the gym. But then a setback surfaced. Bazemore had surgery in early August on a broken foot and was unavailable for the preseason. A devastating blow for most players in their last year of eligibility, but Bazemore tried to take it as an opportunity to get better. “I was kind of depressed early on,” Bazemore said. “I went and talked to coach Taylor and he was like you can be optimistic on the situation. Start taking what you wouldn’t be working on, which is your mind, and start to improve that.” Bazemore made his debut on the season opener, but was clearly not at full speed. His minutes were limited and it was clear he still was a bit away from being 100 percent. The crowd needed Bazemore almost as badly as the team did. Always a fan favorite, Bazemore has a trademark smile that seems can ignite a Monarch crowd on its own. There isn’t a fan in their seat when Bazemore gets his now regular breakaway dunk. Shooting the passing gap, Bazemore takes the ball in full speed and usually doesn’t disappoint the crowd. “It’s a lot of pressure,” Bazemore jokingly said. “You can’t lay it up even though in college basketball two points is very important, that’s why I never try and windmill it or anything.” The Monarchs aren’t dominating the CAA in the early stages like they have in the past, but its unlikely they’ll stay that way.
The team has a way of playing its best basketball in late January and February and with Bazemore at the reigns, it shouldn’t be any different this year. His improvement on the court has been clear for the fans, but his off the court has been just as impressive. “I think its significant that he’ll leave here with two degrees,” coach Taylor said of Bazemore. “He really took advantage of the academia. I think he had to deal with the injury, the setback, what our team was going through and I think we’ve headed it with a pretty steady approach.”
“Yeah, I think we’re gonna win a third one.” But Bazemore doesn’t plan on stopping basketball after ODU. An athletic specimen who plays exceptional defense, Bazemore has serious pro potential. He claims to model his psyche off of Kobe Bryant. Bryant, who is known for his intensity, rarely shows emotion before the game. Bazemore admits to doing the same, even being called “old head” by the rest of the team. The intensity is there, but so is the love for the game. Bazemore is a regular after practice, simply shooting, shooting and shooting, doing anything he can to improve the team. He admits his favorite moments have been winning titles, not individual awards. “Winning and being able to hug 13 or 14 guys is a lot better than winning and celebrating by yourself,” Bazemore said. “It builds that camaraderie.” Bazemore expects this season to be no different. “Yeah, I think we’re gonna win a third one.”
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Men’s Basketball Saturday January 14th
Old Dominion 69 Hofstra 61
VCU 68 Delaware 55
William & Mary 50 Northeastern 64
Drexel 79 UNCW 57
Towson 42 Georgia State 57
George Mason 89 James Madison 83
Sunday January 15th
Hofstra 81 Old Dominion 68
Delaware 70 Northeastern 54
UNC Wilimington 61 George Mason 53
Drexel 65 Georgia State 38
James Madison 67 Towson 57
VCU 83 William and Mary 80
NFL Football San Francisco 49ers 36 New Orleans Saints 32
New England Patriots 45 Denver Broncos 10
New York Giants Green Bay Packers
Baltimore Ravens 20 Houston Texans 13
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MOST MEMORABLE ALBUMS
By: AleXAnDer rose Staff Writer
1. ADele’s “21” “21,” the title of the most acclaimed album of 2011, is a title which also serves as a testament to the age at which British female vocalist, Adele, began to record the follow-up to her highly successful debut album, “19.” It took all of three years for Adele to experience what seems to be the message behind her most recent chart topping effort- heartbreak. After being unanimously received as the most successful album of 2011, let me be the first to say that whoever the gentleman was that decided to break Adele’s heart, thank you. In some twisted sort of way, the break-up seemed to inspire Adele into writing an album full of tunes which pluck at the hearts of fans worldwide. Singles such as “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” speak to everyone as Adele’s powerful and far reaching voice digs deep into each of our pasts. Anyone that has experienced a troubled relationship or any number of strong emotions that are evident throughout the lyrics on “21” can seek comfort in the healing voice of Adele. 2. Bon iVer’s “Bon iVer” Adding to the list of successful sophomore album efforts, Bon Iver released his self-titled album this year to the amazement of all. While his first album was primarily recorded in a cabin in rural Wisconsin with little outside help, Justin Vernon’s newest effort brought in a wide variety of multi instrumentalists to help transport his newest album to a level unattainable by himself. The end result is an album that blurs the lines of folk music into an exciting blend of sounds that are sure to please any and all listening backgrounds. This Grammynominated artist has extended his reach as far as Kanye West and Jay-Z, lending his vocals to some of the tracks from “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” and even the latest, “Watch the Throne.”
Tracking Norfolk’s Thriving Music Scene By: isABellA WooDs Contributing Writer
Norfolk, Virginia has a rich and varied history. A city where cultures collided and traditions mixed and mingled. Norfolk has been a palpable representation of the American “melting pot.” A live music scene that is continually growing and shifting describes the Norfolk music scene. Traditionally, Virginia Beach has been pointed to as the hotbed of culture along Virginia’s coast with its thriving tourist industry. However, Norfolk has quietly been making a name for itself with a music scene that is as wide-ranging as the people who call the city home. Norfolk began as a settlement, grew into a fort, then was split into Upper and Lower Norfolk counties, then subsequently into Upper Norfolk, Norfolk, and Princess Anne Counties. Lower
Norfolk forms the majority of what is now modern-day Norfolk. The young township was considered to be one of the most prosperous in Virginia in the late 1700s, but was destroyed during the Revolutionary War and then was destroyed again by a fire in the early 1800s. It served as military stronghold during the Civil War and a base for shipbuilding for World Wars I and II. Virginia fought desegregation tooth and nail until they were finally forced to uphold Brown vs. The Board of Education, but many white families moved out of the city in response in the early 60s. In the 80s, the decision was made to revitalise the port area of Norfolk, and since then the city has become more and more popular with tourists and businesses. The influx of out-of-state revenue has drawn native Virginians back to the city, and it out of this “re-integration” is when the music scene has begun to take shape.
3. JAy-Z & KAnye WesT “WATCh The Throne” As we look back on 2011, it can be argued that one of the most successful songs of the year was N****s in Paris – the song which begins with introductory sample from the Will Ferrell movie, “Blades of Glory.” What became evident to me was how quickly a party’s mood can change once this song comes on. It does not even matter what type of party, or who is in attendance; when the song starts, everyone starts to move. All in all, the collaborative effort by Jay-Z and Kanye West proved to be a monumental success. “Watch the Throne” drew samples from artists ranging from James Brown, to Nina Simone, to Flux Pavilion. After a highly successful nationwide tour, it was revealed that a follow-up to “Watch the Throne” was not out of the question. 4. The WeeKnD “hoUse oF BAllons” The Weeknd is a mysterious act to follow. After self-releasing his debut album, “House of Balloons,” many people started to ask questions about this unknown artist. It was learned that Abel Tesfaye, the solo force behind The Weeknd, had been hard at work on this project since his partner left the group in 2010. “House of Balloons” garnished the attention from several high profile sources such as Drake, The Rolling Stone, XXL, Pitchfork, and more. As the first of a three-part series, “House of Balloons” takes the listener to an untapped area of music. The music is hard to articulate, as dark and layered vocals ring out in R&B infused instrumentations. You’ll be seeing a lot more of The Weeknd in 2012, I can promise you that. 5. JAMes BlAKe “JAMes BlAKe” James Blake seems to have been in the right place, at the right time, with the right musical ability. As a dubstep genre began to emerge in the UK, James Blake was one of many leading the scene in nightclubs all across Europe. However, he decided to take some time off and record what would slowly push the boundaries of the dubstep scene and transport him into international stardom. Beginning with his first single, “Limit To Your Love,” a cover of the song first made famous by Feist, James Blake took his club music background and trimmed it down to create songs which compliment his eclectic vocal style. In the end, this album proved to be a testament to the growing demand for electronic and dubstep music in America. There are multiple large-scale live music events throughout the year. From March to October, Town Point Park offers a wide-array of outdoor events featuring many different musical styles from rock, to blues, to jazz, to opera. The outdoor music events start with the March ShamROCK n’ ROLL concert, and continue from there with Latin music for Cinco de Mayo; a multi-day Bayou and Cajun celebration in June; a reggae party and a weekend-long jazz festival in July; a festival of Latin music and culture in August; and an opera festival, an acoustic music festival, and a bluegrass festival in September. Throughout those months, local bands and musical ensembles are featured almost every Friday night on the waterfront. With such a diverse population, Norfolk has managed to create a waterfront music scene that has something for everyone in multiple age groups. While Town Point Park caters to larger acts from all over, Ocean View Beach Park is devoted to showcasing the best of the local scene, with a concert series that runs all summer-long. The “Thank Goodness It’s Ocean View” concert series has a rock vibe and happens every Friday.
“Big Bands on the Bay,” a Sunday afternoon concert series, is perfect for those who like their concerts with dancing. In addition to the outdoor music scene, there are more traditional music venues that receive high marks from tourists and locals alike. Arguably the most famous of Norfolk’s music spots, The NorVa hosts acts such as The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, and Owl City, has welcomed everyone from James Brown to John Scofield. Originally built to rival the now defunct Boathouse music venue, The NorVa attracts a diverse crowd and always has an interesting lineup of up-and-coming bands, or more established acts looking to play a relatively intimate venue. Smaller venues that feature local bands include the Lazy Dayz Hookah Lounge, and 37th and Zen. If you like your music more classical or of the Broadway variety, Chrysler Hall hosts Broadway shows, dance performances, and operas throughout the year. Whether you need to rock out after an exam, want to lose yourself in an aria, or chill out with some blues on a late Saturday night, you can find it somewhere in the Norfolk.
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MASCOT TRYOUTS Interested in becoming the next Big Blue?
ODU Athletics is looking to add members to the nationally recognized Big Blue Mascot Program. No past experience necessary, just a love for Old Dominion, an open mind and overflowing school spirit. Wednesday January 18: 5PM Interest Meeting Jim Jarrett Athletic Administration Building GO MONARCHS!
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Renata Giannini, a PhD Student in the Graduate Program for International Studies at ODU, will be talking on the subject of sexual and other gender based violence in Haiti and the challenges ahead.
Annual spring showcase of student organizations. Free cookies and milk!
$10 at the door: Under City Skylines; Existence; The Sons of Katie Elder; Frontlines; Elko Tract; Provoke, Destroy
“Black Man’s Odyssey into the Ku Klux Klan”
Faculty development workshop facilitated by Ken Glickman. RSVP at http://bit.ly/deafproverbs by January 18th.
DEAFology 101, a highly entertaining lecture on Deaf Culture by Ken Glickman, the author of DEAFinitions and More DEAFinitions! humor books.
January 18, 2012