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WEDNESDAY | 1.30.2013 MaceandCROWN.COM | Vol. 55, Issue 14

A Convincing Farewell Lady Monarchs beat Georgia State 68-45; finish series with 15-1 record By: Mitchell Brown Senior Writer Mace & Crown On Thursday night, the Old Dominion University Lady Monarchs (12-5, 3-2) and the Georgia State Lady Panthers (9-7, 1-4) had their final meeting as CAA members. The Lady Monarchs have had no trouble against the Lady Panthers throughout the 16 game series, holding a 14-1 advantage going in to the game. GSU’s lone win in the series came almost three years ago when they won 75-62 in Atlanta. The last time these two battled, the Panthers had a comfortable 20-point lead with 13 minutes to play and an 11-point lead with eight minutes. The Monarchs finally pulled out the 72-66 thriller. The Panthers came in to the game in the top-100 of six defensive statistical categories. The Monarchs got off to a slow start in Thursday’s game, shooting 2-12, and 0-2 from three in the first eight minutes of action. The Panthers didn’t start off any better, shooting 33 percent. Redshirt junior Rebecca Allison went down with a knee injury midway through the first half and didn’t return. “Rebecca is fine, just a sprain. She wanted to come back in the second half but we held her out,” head coach Karen Barefoot said. The Monarchs played a stifling full court press defense the whole first half. The Panthers turned the ball over 16 times in the opening 20 minutes, and 28 times in total. “I think this was a tough basketball game for us offensively, we didn’t take care of the basketball, I think Old Dominion’s pressure got to us, I think it affected us not having our point guard and not being able to get in to our flow,” Panthers head coach Shannon Baldwin-Tener said. “You’ve got to give Old Dominion credit, but you know I’m not happy with our basketball team, I don’t feel like we played until we were down 20.” Georgia State was held to a dismal 24 percent shooting from the field. Jackie Cook led all scorers in the first half with eight points. For the Panthers, Kayla Nola led with four points. Points were tough to come by for the Pan-

We just had a good week in practice, which I think carried over to all of us playing really well together, and when you have people like Michelle dropping dimes out there, it’s really easy.

thers, going over 15 minutes without a field goal. Cook led a 14-6 run out of the second half gates. ODU had a balanced scoring effort, with all 11 players getting in the box score. Jackie Cook led all scorers with 15 points and three steals, while Shae Kelley scored 12 points on 6-14 shooting, grabbing 12 rebounds in the process. “We just had a good week in practice, which I think carried over to all of us playing really well together, and when you have people like Michelle dropping dimes out there, it’s really easy,” senior guard Jackie Cook said. The effort from Kelley was her

Georgia State Old Dominion fourth double of the season. Kelley has been a rebounding machine for the Monarchs, leading in rebounding in every game except two. Michele Brandao had a career game, recording a career high eight assists. “I just try to be aggressive and find my teammates, they move well without the ball and I just find them,” Brandao said. Kelley was ex-

1st 2nd Final 16 29 45 28 40 68 tremely happy from the defensive pressure throughout the game. “There’s no words to explain it, even after a mistake, it’s not like a mistake and they go on a run, it’s like a mistake and then we get it right back. When we’re playing our game, then that’s when we’re the best at what we do,” Kelley said. Georgia State’s Kayla Nolan finished the

game with 14 points to lead the team. Nolan was the only Panther to record double figures. Coach Barefoot was particularly happy with the ability of the team to erase the memories from the last time out against Hofstra and play a fun and dominating game. “We were going to get ourselves back one way or another, this team wants to win and practice has been competitive but we just took pride in our defense and we know what our identity is,” coach Barefoot said. The Monarchs improve to 13-5 and continue to surprise many people.

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NEWS Mace & Crown Staff : Megan Jefferson Editor in Chief

Responsibly Engaging in Politics

SGA lobby’s General Assembly for increased university funding

Derek Page News Editor Alyssa Narvell Arts & Entertainment Editor Jordan Jones Sports Editor Jessica Starr Copy Editor Ellison Gregg Photography Editor Jimmy Long Senior Graphic Designer James Porter II Advertising Director Allison Terres Web Designer DeAngelo Thorpe Distribution Manager Charles Ordoqui News Assistant Sean Burke Web Design Assistant Senior Writers: Brian Jerry RJay Molina Mitchell Brown Staff Writers: Dominique Bailey Eryn Tolley Kadeem Porter Emma Needham Eric Smith Brian Bowden Staff Photographers: Rachel Chasin AJ McCafferty Taylor Roy Charles Ordoqui Claud Dargan Marlie De Clerk Mace & Crown is a newspaper published by and written for the students of Old Dominion once a week throughout each semester and once in the summer. Originally founded in 1930 as the The High Hat, the paper became the Mace & Crown in 1961. The Mace & Crown is a primarily self-supporting newspaper,maintaining journalistic independance from the university. All views expressed in this collegiate paper are those of the author, not of the University, Mace & Crown, or the editors. Contact Information: Phone: 757-683-3452 Fax: 757-683-3459 Advertising: 757-683-4773

Students met with Delegate Lynwood W. Lewis to reqest increased funding for additional faculty to reduce the student-teacher ratio and aid in timely graduation rates. state students, which is 10 points higher mal as possible, ODU is a rapidly growwith our fellow state institutions.” By: Derek Page The request for increased funding, than the state-wide average. That same ing institution with growing needs. To News Editor namely in the sum of $15 million, was semester, 30 percent of enrollees quali- help ensure these needs are considered, Mace & Crown based largely on ODU’s graduation rate. fied for Pell grants. Incidentally, ODU SGA stresses the importance of their Old Dominion University sounded Fifty-three percent of students graduat- ranks 11 percent lower than the institu- new mantra, “Responsibly Engaging in its voice at the 2013 General Assembly ing from ODU do so in six years. Many tion with the lowest amount of funding Politics.” SGA’s Director of Legislative and Diwhen the Student Government Asso- attribute this to the widening student- needed and received. The requested additional funding versity Affairs, Taniesha Simmons, said, ciation sponsored a trip to Richmond to teacher ratio. “Many legislators know that we are would be used to hire approximately 200 “It was truly a joy to watch everyone take lobby for increased university funding. SGA and other student-leader volun- one of the most underfunded state insti- faculty members, with an emphasis on matters into their own hands and advoteers arrived in the capital early Wednes- tutions that also have one of the largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer- cate for their education and future.” “Engaging in politics is key to seeing day, Jan. 23, to meet with delegates of the percentages of in-state students among ing and Math). Currently, there is one Tidewater districts to make their plea. the many Virginia colleges and universi- instructor for every 21 students at ODU. change and making sure one’s voice is SGA President Mariam Abdelhamid said ties, but it was great for them to hear from Other public universities average a ratio heard,” Joshua Darr, program assistant for student engagement and enrollment real students what implications that lack of one instructor per 17 students. the effort was “extremely successful.” Although the General Assembly allo- services, said. “I believe our message was clear,” Ab- of funding actually meant to our stucated an additional $5.3 million to ODU delhamid said. “We are producing great dents,” Abdelhamid said. Eighty-eight percent of ODU’s fall in 2011 and 2012, rising tuition costs, students but…we could be doing so many more great things if we were on par 2012 enrollment was comprised of in- something ODU strives to keep as mini-

Handcrafted Perseverance: Bamboo Bikes in Norfolk By: Allison Terres Web Designer Mace & Crown Wes Cheney spends much of his time in the storage area of East Coast Bicycles on Granby Street where it stretches to Ocean View. His enterprise there is not in the manufactured bikes stored for quick retrieval on the whim of a customer looking for a fix. The back room is Cheney’s studio for a different two-wheeled venture, VeloBamboo. “I’m not really sure how many of my own bikes are in the studio,” Cheney shrugged and looked around. He builds and sells bamboo bicycles. He harvests the bamboo himself from around Hampton Roads, sometimes just knocking on people’s doors. At least a hundred shoots of dusty bamboo haphazardly lay on shelving. Wes, just as dusty, surveys his studio with his hands

on his hips. He boasts a 6-foot 4-inch frame and size 14 shoes. This combination, rare in the biking world, gave him the nickname “Yeti”. He whipped out a Seven Cities Rickshaw business card upon introduction, revealing that Yeti is indeed another name for himself. Bamboo bikes weren’t always Cheney’s occupation. It started as more of a pastime. “I kind of got thrown into it,” he recalled, “it was on my radar but it got shoved up by about five years because my job at Norfolk Southern came to an end.” Cheney had a desk job until he was 35, about five years ago. For a decade he was happy as the main freelance photographer for Norfolk Southern Railroad. When the time came for him to be promoted, it was done from the inside. He isn’t bitter, “I can understand from a human resource point of view why they did it. It saved them money.” He just realized it as an opportunity. He talked to his wife, Jennifer, who brought up the

idea of starting a bamboo bicycle business. It was a great idea that combined his love of biking, its craftsmanship and his dedication to sustainable practices and community involvement. Cheney visited the Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn, NY the summer before he lost his job and the North American Handmade Bike Show in Richmond later the same year. He encountered his first fully customized fixed-gear bamboo bike at the show and realized, “Hey, I could do this too.” For the last five years, Cheney has been striving to perfect the craft of customized bamboo bicycles. Wes Cheney started biking when he was a kid in Springfield, Vermont and has been biking throughout his life. He rode in the Boston Montreal Boston (BMB) race at the age of 32. It is a race of about 150 cyclists covering 700 miles in the span of ninety hours, from Boston to Montreal and back again. continued on A3


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The Word Is... Virginia Senate Passes LGBT Workplace Protection Bill Senate Bill 701, a measure to prevent discrimination of Virginia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered state employees, passed on Jan. 25 with a 24-16 Senate vote. The bill now moves on to the House of Delegates. “No state employee should ever doubt Virginia’s commitment to equal opportunity employment for all. This assures state employees that they will be judged solely on their merits and that discrimination has no place in Virginia,” said Senator Adam Ebbin, who introduced the bill alongside Senator Donald McEachin. Eighty percent of Virginia’s top 25 private employers have policies protecting sexual orientation, at least, and 60 percent also protect gender identity and expression. “In Virginia, LGBT protections will not pass without bi-partisan support. We are pleased that four Republican senators joined their Democratic colleagues in passing SB701 to protect LGBT state employees,” said James Parrish, Equality Virginia’s executive director. “In the private sector, workplace protections are shown to decrease legal vulnerability while enhancing the employer’s reputation, increasing job satisfaction and boosting employee morale and productivity.” U.N. Security Council expands sanctions on North Korea Condemning North Korea’s recent rocket launch, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution last Tuesday, Jan. 22, expanding existing sanctions. After the resolution’s vote, Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said, “this resolution demonstrates to North Korea that there are unanimous and significant consequences for its flagrant violation of its obligations under previous resolutions.”

In December, North Korea launched a long-range rocket that appeared to put a satellite in orbit enraging many in the international community. Many nations, like the U.S. and South Korea, believe the launch to be a cover for testing ballistic missile technology, however Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, insists its purpose was “peaceful.” North Korea’s Foreign Ministry asserts the country will continue launching “peaceful satellites.” “We will continue to expand and strengthen our self-defensive military power, including nuclear deterrence, to cope with the U.S.’s scheme of putting [on] sanction pressures,” stated North Korea’s state news agency, KCNA. Skepticism still surges among the U.N. and the newly imposed sanctions aim at hindering the growth of North Korea’s growing nuclear capacity. Rice said, “today’s resolution makes clear that there will be an increasingly steep price to pay if North Korea again chooses confrontation with his council and the international community.” Gun Control Advocates March in Washington D.C. A rally in Washington on Saturday brought thousands of demonstrators demanding tougher gun control laws. The vanguard vaunted a big sign reading “March on Washington for Gun Control: When we stand together, we stand a chance.” The goal was to persuade the reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles, highcapacity ammunition magazines, and universal background checks. The march came two days after Senator Dianne Feinstein (D–California) introduced a bill that would ban some assault rifles, semi-automatic weapons and highcapacity magazines. “This is about gun responsibility; this is about gun safety; this is about few dead

Americans, few dead children,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Ban Prohibiting Women in Combat Roles Lifted Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta vowed Thursday, Jan. 24, that the Pentagon will move “expeditiously” to integrate women into the military’s combat units. “They’re serving in a growing number of critical roles on and off the battlefield,” Panetta said prior to signing a new policy memorandum directing the armed services to fully integrate women. “The fact is that they have become an integral part of our ability to perform our mission.” President Obama praised the service of women, calling the move a “historic step” in a statement Thursday, Jan. 24. Virginia Environmental Groups Lobby for Alternative Energy Several bills at the 2013 Virginia General Assembly could help expand the availability of wind, solar and geothermal energy in the Commonwealth and simultaneously create jobs and support local business. If passed, HB1946 and SB1269 would require utility companies to make their quota of renewable energy from sources in Virginia. At least 40 percent would need to be provided by wind, solar, geothermal, wave or tidal energy. SB1023 and HB2334 would make financing renewable energy projects easier for buyers. The group also lobbied for policies on renovations to homes, businesses and government buildings to make them more energy-efficient. Another effort calls for wind turbines to harvest power off Virginia Beach’s coast. “I may be more pessimistic than optimistic from what we’ve seen, but I think there’s been a lot of progress,” said Kent Baake of Continuum Energy Solutions in Alexandria.

1/18 9:55 a.m. – 1300 Block 44 St.–Student Received Threatening Text Messages 12:01 p.m. –4600 Block Killam Ave.–Hit and Run 12:56 p.m. – 3800 Block Hampton Blvd.–Subject Arrested for Drunk in Public 1:28 p.m. – District–Dispute Involving Former Employee 2:00 p.m. – District–Damage to Entry Door 2:21 p.m. – 1000 Block 47 St.–Subject Arrested for Theft of Books 2:33 p.m. – Whitehurst Hall–Odor of Marijuana; Drugs Confiscated 3:45 p.m. – 4300 Parker Ave.–Theft from Vehicle 5:30 p.m. – 4600 Powhatan Ave.–Theft of Bicycle 10:45 p.m. – Webb Center–Student Arrested for Drunk in Public 11:57 p.m. – Webb Center–Student Arrested Disorderly Conduct/ Resisting Arrest 11:30 p.m. – 1400 Block 42 St.–Theft of Cell Phone


12:18 a.m. – Powhatan II–Fire Alarm Tampering 1:38 a.m. – Lion Fountain–Person Arrested for Public Nudity and Drunk in Public 3:23 p.m. – 1200 Block 40 St.–Subject Arrested for Drunk in Public 5:38 p.m. – Ireland House–Odor of Marijuana 9:00 p.m. – Scotland House–Theft of Shoes from Dorm Room

1/20 1:19 a.m.

– 4200 Block Parker Ave.–Destruction of Property; Couch Set Ablaze

6:00 a.m. – Physical Plant–Vandalism to Vehicle 10:00 p.m. – Village Lot 3–Vandalism to Vehicle 10:00 p.m. – 1200 Block 42 St.–Theft from Motor Vehicle 10:00 p.m. – 3900 Block Killam Ave.–Vandalism to Vehicle 10:17 a.m. – 3900 Block Bowdens Ferry Rd.–Recovered Stolen Vehicle

1/21 11:00 a.m. – District–Vandalism to Vehicle 2:00 p.m. – Garage B–Theft from Motor Vehicle

continued from “Bamboo Bikes” “We started at 4 a.m. in Boston and I had with me gallon sized zip lock bags composed of what I needed every twelve hours.” Cheney finished the race in 88 hours, tired but proud. “Its stupid perseverance like that, that I have learned from riding to help me start this company and keep it rolling.” VeloBamboo isn’t his only endeavor in the world of biking. He is also a founding member of Bike Norfolk, the tight community of dedicated cyclists in the area.


Bike Norfolk organizes the community and pulls together efforts to create a city that welcomes biking. Cheney also earns a few quick bucks as the rickshaw driver, Yeti, with Seven Cities Rickshaw. “I don’t make much,” he says,” but I do actually get paid to ride a bike, and its really cool. “What job can you think of where you get to show up for work, watch osprey over-head, there’s dolphins playing in the Elizabeth river, and you’re having fun.”

Cheney has more plans for VeloBamboo to get off the ground. He is moving his studio in December and will then work with some friends and get a really good business plan developed and start manufacturing cargo bikes and utilitarian city bikes at a faster pace. “Biking is like sex,” he said, “at first you do it for fun, then you do it for friends, then you do it for money,” and by the looks of the bike wheel tattooed on his right forearm, he wont be stopping any time soon.

5:00 p.m. – District–Intimidation of Student

1/22 12:45 a.m. – Village 4–Disturbance in the Hallway 7:43 p.m. – Powhatan I–Fire from Fan Blower in Dorm Room

1/23 8:46 a.m. – Lot 42–Vehicle Fire 3:15 p.m. – Webb Center–Theft of Unattended Book bag 4:10 p.m. – Whitehurst–Odor of Marijuana 4:33 p.m. – 800 51 St.–Theft of Bicycle 4:39 p.m. – 3800 Block Colley Ave.–Subjected Arrested for Trespassing 9:44 p.m. – England House–Odor of Marijuana

1/24 9:58 a.m. – Webb Center–Theft of Unattended Book bag 5:34 p.m. – Village 1–Student Swindled by False job Scam 7:13 p.m. – Dominion House–Odor of Marijuana 8:02 p.m. – Powhatan II–Marijuana Found During Fire Drill Local bicycle enthusiast Wes Cheney has spent the last five years building sustainable, eco-friendly rides to encourage others to “go green.”

9:56 p.m. – Rogers Main–Odor of Marijuana


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ARTS & entertainment

Buckle Up

The Chrysler Museum

Hits the Road

The roadshow will feature art exhibitions, educational outreach, curatorial expertise and engaging events for all ages, according to the museum’s official website. to continue to engage our audience and our ing demonstrations, classes and workshops. to as “American Treasures.” The WilloughbyBy: Eric Smith Demonstrations occur Wednesdays to Sun- Baylor House was built in 1794 and was members.” Staff Writer The advantage of holding a local road days at no cost. Classes and workshops give restored to its original condition in the early Mace & Crown show also forges partnerships with other hands-on experience in glassblowing, fusing 1960s when bought by the Norfolk Historiand flame working. Costs for classes and cal Foundation. More than 50 of Chrysler’s At the end of December 2012, the Chrys- venues, according to Mackey. Norfolk residents seized the opportunity workshops vary between museum members best paintings and sculptures are stored here. ler Museum closed its doors, but only temBuilding a partnership with the Baron porarily. The museum began its road show to view artwork one last time before renova- and visitors. More information can be found this month touring in nearby cities and tion began. On Dec. 26, the museum held on under “Events Calendar” and Ellin Gordon Galleries of Old Dominion University is one opportunity for universities to continue the museum’s activi- a holiday closing party called “Au Revoir to and “Classes and Workshops.” Inside the Moses Myers House, a display the museum. Old Dominion is also on the ties and exhibits. The road show will end in Renoir.” In French, “au revoir” means “goodbye” or ”farewell.” More than 400 attended of early nineteenth century art shows the life schedule for the Chrysler Road Show with March of this year. of a wealthy Jewish merchant and his family. specific dates to be determined. Outside of the museum location, out- this grand finale event. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary The main building closed down for reno- More than 70 percent of the furniture and reach has been more important than ever in the road show, which was emphasized vations, but a few of the connected buildings paintings inside are original, dating back to Art will hold the “Nexus” exhibit, which is by Marketing and Public Relations Liaison, will still be in use. The three buildings that 1792. Free guided house tours are given ev- located in Virginia Beach, and lasting from Jan. 25 to April 28. Contemporary artists will remain open are the Chrysler Museum ery weekend beginning at 1 p.m. Cindy Mackey. Free tours are also given in the Wil- include Benny Andrews, Dale Chihuly and “This outreach program is the largest in Glass Studio, Moses Myers House and the loughby-Baylor House. The house holds Carrie Mae Weems, who are three of the 20 the history of the museum,” said Mackey. Willoughby-Baylor House. The Glass Studio is holding glassmak- American paintings and sculptures referred world renowned artists whose work will be “Since the museum is closed, it is essential

Indie Rock Take Over By: Dominique Bailey Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Brooklyn based band, Ambassadors, rocked fans to a sold out crowd on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Norfolk’s staple concert venue, The NorVA. Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, childhood friends Sam Harris, Casey Harris and Noah Feldshuh and New York import, Adam Levin, who the other band mates met while attending New School University, make up the Ambassadors. The Ambassadors are a rock group that draws from various styles and merges genres, including gospel, tribal and electronica music. In doing so, the band has been able to craft a unique sound that is becoming signature to them. Although their diverse sound has been influenced by

each band mate’s personal music taste, they say the diversity of their sound happened organically. Majority of the Ambassadors’ songs are crafted around lead singer’s Sam Harris’s vocal abilities. “A lot of it has to do with the vocal aesthetics. We are very vocally driven,” said Feldshuh Although the band is New York based, the Ambassadors have become a local favorite. “Norfolk has been awesome,” said drummer, Adam Levin. The Ambassadors are now played daily on 96X and they make sure they stop in Norfolk when they tour. During the show, the band’s lead singer made it a point to thank 96X for their continuous support. He personally thanked members of the 96X staff. He also told concert attendees just how lucky they were by saying, “It’s really rare to have such an awesome radio station in your hometown.”

The Ambassadors

Rock Out at The NorVA On Saturday night, they debuted four new songs, “Habits,” “Down With Me,” “Madness” and “Heavy Forever.” Each song was warmly welcomed by fans as they swayed, danced, sang and clapped along with the band during the songs. The Ambassadors also played a few tracks off their debut LP, “Litost.” The crowd roared as the lead singer began playing the opening chords of their lead single “Litost.” Teasing the crowd, he paused and spoke to the crowd for a few moments. When the anxiety of the wait for most of the crowd’s favorite song began to seem unbearable, the band finally dove into the lead single. Although fans love the Ambassador’s debut LP, the band has begun to tire of the songs. Many of the LP’s songs are fairly new to fans, but for the band, the songs seem years old as they’ve been rehearsing, recording and performing these songs for years.

included in the exhibit. General admission is $7.70 and $5.50 for Chrysler Museum members. Mackey has high expectations for Chrysler’s Road Show. “We hope to gain new audiences as we venture out in the community,” said Mackey. “We also want people to continue to engage with us through our Facebook page and our website. We publish a weekly email blast and we encourage everyone to sign up to receive it.” The main museum is expected to re-open in April of 2014. Galleries will be reinstalled and updated to welcome a new beginning, with the Chrysler staff anticipating high attendance during the grand reopening.

“I’m more excited about the newer stuff. It’s old to us. Unfortunately, as a band member, by the time you go to record them, you’ve rehearsed them so much you almost can’t tell if it’s something you like,” shared Levin. Fans should expect to hear new music from the band before this summer hits. Ambassadors fans that were unable to make Saturday night’s show need not to worry. The Ambassadors will be performing in Norfolk again within the next few months with bands The Postelles and The Arkells. They also will be at the SXSW music festival once again this year. Chesapeake based folk family band composed of seven brothers and sisters, The Hunts, and Norfolk based duo, The Dahus, opened for the Ambassadors. Although the Ambassadors were the headlining act, the two local bands appeared to have their own loyal fan base in attendance. For more information about the band, their music and upcoming tour dates, the Ambassadors can be found at


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A Spotlight on Lena Renée A Garden State Musician with “a Virginia State of Mind” By: Allison Terres Web Designer Mace & Crown Many say Lena Renée Klett has a voice that stands out in what has become an endless crowd of singer/songwriter hopefuls. From a small town in New Jersey to the bustling city of Norfolk, Klett has become a singer with deep messages and lyrics running through her original compositions. On the night of Jan. 24 at Borjo, when there is usually an audible hum from people carrying on their usual conversations, the local coffee shop was quiet except for Klett’s voice. She had on a rich purple dress and a mass of brown curls drifted down and hung over her guitar strings. Her acoustic was hooked into a sound system and she was delivering a new song, “” written for her older sister. She just recently produced a music video for the composition with an Old Dominion graduate. Klett is a senior at Old Dominion, but she has identified as a singer for longer. Klett started playing guitar when she was 12. “My older sister was learning how to play and I got jealous, so I made my dad teach me too,” she said. Not too long afterwards, Klett and her family realized that she could do more

than just keep a tune; she had a beautiful voice. With the support of her family, especially her musician father, Klett’s talent grew to be bigger and more unique than most. The next song she performed, “Garden State Girl,” is about the small hometown where she comes from and the “Virginia state of mind” that she developed since coming to Norfolk for college. She came to Norfolk after being accepted into ODU’s dental hygiene program, one of the best in the country, but she grew up in Hopewell, New Jersey. “It’s a small, cute town where everybody knows each other a little too much,” Klett said. “But it’s a place that I love to call home.” She moved in 2008 with guitar in hand, hopeful to create a name for herself outside of the small community of Hopewell. “It was really hard to find gigs in Norfolk when I first moved here. No one knew who I was and I didn’t even have many of my own songs.” She also struggled with balancing school and music. Being in the dental hygiene program, Klett’s music lost focus during her education. She says that choosing between the two “is the ultimate decision for young musicians, like myself. What path do we take?” Her song “Maybe Someday,” reflects the responsibilities we all face as adults

and wishes that life could be simpler like it was as children. After “Maybe Someday,” she moved on to cover “Across the Universe,” a well-known song from The Beatles. Instead of performing it the same way as the original, Klett allowed her own talent to shine through by tweaking the song to fit her voice. In the past year alone, Klett started to become known around Norfolk. She has played a few local hotspots like Cure and Belmont. She also collaborates with Nate Saks, who won the 2012 Tidewater Singer/ Songwriter competition. After graduation, Klett admits that she will have hard decisions to make. She faces the prospect of moving back home or staying in Norfolk, where she has made the most effort to promote her music. But either way, the near future has a lot in store for the musician. This summer she has a spot in a locally run festival, Blueberry Jam, and will play alongside Galaxy Dynamite and other well-known performers. Klett has a Facebook fan page as well as a Myspace music page. You can also find her music and videos through her profile on YouTube. Lena Klett excels as a soulful folk and Americana songwriter.


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Young, but Talented Freshman sensation LaQuanda Younger continues to impress By: Matthew Obrien Contributing Writer Mace & Crown For many student athletes the transition from the high school game to the college level is a huge adjustment. It can take time for these athletes to become comfortable and be successful. Freshman guard LaQuanda Younger is adjusting quickly to the college game for the Lady Monarchs. Last week, Younger was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. She recorded career highs in scoring in back to back road games, hitting an impressive eight shots and shooting .727 from long range last week. She also recorded her most minutes of the season and was the team’s leading scorer in the victory against Hofstra. “It’s a big accomplishment for me, it’s something I’m very proud of and it’s a good reflection of all the hard work my teammates and I have put in so far this season.” Younger had a very successful week, one of the best in the country in women’s basketball and attributes that success to her coaching staff. “It all starts with the coaches having faith in me,” she said. “They really gave me the confidence I needed by sticking me out there in some big games and just telling me to go for it.” Lady Monarch fans have seen improvement from Younger week after week. Success on the court did not come easy, especially being one of the youngest on the team. “I made a point of doing all the little things,

the dirty work, and doing the things others don’t want to,” Younger said. Basketball was actually not her first love. Until age 12 she had dreams of being a football player but came to the realization that those chances were slim. She then tried softball, but there simply wasn’t enough movement in those games for her to show off her athletic ability. “I finally tried basketball and loved it; I had really hit a gold mound there and fell in love with the sport.” Younger played her high school ball close

PPG: 3.2 FG%: 37 3PT FGA: 1.9/G by at Warrick high in the Newport News area. She excelled in that program racking up almost 2,000 career points. “I had always planned to stay close to home that was important to me and when Coach Barefoot got the job that made my decision much easier,” Younger said She has blossomed in coach Karen Barefoot’s offense. A player and coach relationship has a profound effect on student athletes and her relationship with Barefoot dates back to her mother’s high school days. Her mother and Barefoot were very close as teammates on their school squad. “The trust factor between us was already there and it was almost like I was leaving my mom for my mom,” Younger said With her early success it is easy to forget that Younger is only a freshman and not that

far removed from the high school game. She has made a very big transition. “It was very hard at first, the game is different and so much faster,” she said. Younger ran into the same challenges that student athletes all over the country face. “The work was something I wasn’t use to, finding a balance between playing ball and my school work was also a big adjustment for me.” She credits her

teammates with making the transition much easier. Starting forward Shae Kelley helped Younger a lot along the way from many aspects of the game. “Starting out my confidence level really wasn’t where I wanted it to be especially coming in as a shooter and Shae and the rest of my teammates were very encouraging,” Younger said. She has begun to flourish in her role off

of the bench, recognizing her strengths as a shooter and wanting to improve as a defender. “I try to bring some energy off the bench night in and night out, the ladies and I on the bench want to be that spark in any way we can to help this team win.”

Monarch Men’s Tennis Squash the Visiting Spiders By: Eric Guy Contributing Writer Mace & Crown

Old Dominion University men’s tennis delivered a thunderous roar, defeating the visiting Richmond Spiders, 7-0 Saturday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center. In securing the win, the Monarchs improved to 2-1 with a slew of dominating performances that vastly bolstered the team’s confidence leading into the next contest against UMBC Sunday at 1 p.m. With momentum and drive growing rapidly three matches into the season, head coach Aljosa Piric alluded to a few areas where his team needs to continue to improve upon in order to grow. “We can always get better in critical moments and embrace the pressure situations,” coach Piric remarked. “The guys are battling and are in a good state of mind, and as long as we execute, we will be fine.” ODU quickly ran through the Spiders in doubles play as Carlos Lopez Villa and Can Cetinel were winners 8-3, while Jonas Kuwert and Albert Ochagavia ignited the monarchs’ flame with an 8-2 victory. The early momentum carried into singles action as Kuwert “put the hammer down” in what was a swift 6-1, 6-1 contest en route to his first collegiate win. Soon after, Ochagavia advantageously operated against the baselines, securing a 7-5, 6-0 victory. “In the beginning,

I thought he had a better forehand, so I started attacking his backhand and he was actually beating me,” Ochagavia said. “Soon after, I decided to start going after his forehand and he started delivering short balls, giving me the advantage.” Wesley Barrett immediately delivered a knockout punch, taking care of business with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Aaron Wicker. “I was feeling good and felt in a zone today,” Barrett said. “The crowd was into it, I had a high first-serve percentage, and I attacked short balls, which put a lot of pressure on (Wicker).”


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Following Barrett’s victory, Lopez Villa triumphantly escaped with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory, while Dante Terenzio was a 7-5, 6-2 winner. Finishing the sweep was Zvonimir Podvinski with a clean 6-2, 6-2 showing. With a grueling road ahead, coach Piric believes his squad is equipped with the ingredients to achieve success. “We just need to keep showing up with energy, intensity and focus. We have a tough schedule, but we are ready, and as long as we bring those components we will be fine.” The Monarchs seem to have a solid team overall, utilizing a mixture of crafty veterans and young talent. It will be up to the coaching staff to consistently put each player in good positions to be successful, utilizing strong techniques and textbook form.


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A Tribe-Called Quest Split Hoxha leads men in 13-point edge, women fall short but Rashleigh shines on Senior Day

By. Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown Before gearing up for a week’s worth of CAA Championships, eight swimmers said their goodbyes to the place they called their swimming home for the past four years. Old Dominion junior Sidni Hoxha led his side to a 151-143 edge over the Tribe of William & Mary. Kimberly Rashleigh led the Lady Monarchs in water wins but the Lady Monarchs fell just short to the Lady Tribe 144140 in an afternoon meet split Saturday that saw four records broken on senior day at J.C. Scrap Chandler Pool. A pre-meet ceremony was held to honor the eight seniors on the cusp of their final series of events in their home pool. Among those who were celebrated were: Jobin Bahmanipour, Jason Brame, Laura Cempel, Brian Fischetti, Jessica Hubert, Danielle Naylor, Ashley Luchsinger and Rashleigh. Hoxha secured an individual freestyle sweep on the day. The junior took the men’s 200-yard freestyle (1:42.36), and followed that victory up with impressive first place finishes in the men’s 50-yard freestyle that broke his own pool record with a time of 20.49. He also took the 100-yard freestyle (46.22). The Williamsburg native then anchored the men a win in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay (3:03.50) for the Monarchs. Reed Mathews broke the pool record in the men’s 200-yard butterfly race with a time of 1:56.56 for the Monarchs. Rashleigh went out in style for her last hoorah in the Chandler pool. The Aussie snatched the women’s 100-yard backstroke (57.11), the women’s 200-yard backstroke and set a new pool record of 2:01.85. She also won the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.00).

The Tribe men’s side was led by Kemp Pettyjohn who took the men’s 1,000-yard freestyle first place finish (9:33.47). He would also go on to win the men’s 500-yard freestyle. Andrew Strait also scored a pair of first place finishes in the pool for the Tribe, securing the men’s 100-yard breast stroke and 200-yard individual medley. On the Lady Tribe’s side, it was a collective effort, as Jen Bentley won the women’s 200 yard freestyle (1:53.01). Other notable wins included Emily Bart’s first place finish in the women’s breast stroke (2:24.43) and relay wins in the women’s 200-yard medley relay (1:47.40) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:29.92). Cempel picked up the final individual victory of her home collegiate career in the women’s 100-yard breast stroke (1:07.71). The senior also gave a fierce battle in the women’s 200-yard breast stroke, (2:27.13) but fell three seconds behind Bart. Hubert also had a terrific senior day for the women, winning the men’s 100-yard butterfly (56.85) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.25). Hubert’s time in the 200 set a new J.C. Scrap Chandler Pool record. After the meet, Brame, Cempel, Fischetti and Rashleigh all spoke about the somber moment of saying goodbye to their home pool but were adamant about the road ahead. Brame: “I think we did very well overall. The meet really came down to the last relay so it was really exciting to watch. It was really awesome to watch the final relay and how we scored those final points to pull ahead of the other team.” Cempel: “I’m really happy with how I swam and [how] the whole team swam. And it’s a sad but happy experience, it being the last meet. It’s sad because I’ve done this

my whole life but’s it’s also really exciting because now it’s like a new chapter in my life.” Rashleigh: “It was great to go out on a high note. And I feel good, the conference [championship] is coming up in four weeks. So it’s definitely looking good and everyone’s done well today. And to share it with all my seniors, it was so good. It was such a good day.” Fischetti: “I think I made some of my best

friends while I was here. It’s not all about swimming all the time, even though we work hard every day. We get up early and see each other every day but I made really good friends. I’m happy for swimming here and being a Monarch.” In men’s diving action, Danny Rabe finished in first place in the one-meter diving competition with a final score of 226.7. Mitchell Ortiz won the three-meter event

(271.43). On the women’s side, Kady Holland won the women’s one-meter (176.25) and the three-meter (174.67) diving competition for the Lady Monarchs. ODU will have a month off before heading to Fairfax. on Feb. 27 through March 2 for the 2013 CAA Championships.



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Old Dominion Lady Monarch sophomore Shae Kelly recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds along with three assists and a steal against Georgia St. It was the twelfth time in 18 games, that Kelly has scored in double figures. She is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12 points per game.

The Old Dominion University wrestling team took down Binghamton 21-18 on Friday, thanks to the efforts of Rob Deutsch, Scott Festejo, Justin LaValle and others. Old Dominion University’s men’s golf team has inked two new recruits for the 2013-14 season. They are Thomas Henderson (Sterling, Mass) and David Langley (Bucks, England).

Men’s Basketball Old Dominion Fairfield

54 55

Old Dominion James Madison

55 58

Old Dominion Delaware

72 84

Old Dominion George Mason

46 71

Old Dominion UNC Wilmington

60 65

Old Dominion Georgia St.

54 69

Old Dominion James Madison

46 56

Women’s Basketball LAST SEVEN Old Dominion Georgia St.

72 66

Old Dominion Towson

65 55

Old Dominion Delaware

46 63

Old Dominion UNC Wilmington

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Old Dominion Hofstra

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Old Dominion Georgia St.

68 45

Old Dominion William & Mary

69 73

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Hofstra Georgia State James Madison Northeastern Towson Drexel

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Drexel UNC Wilmington Delaware William & Mary George Mason Georgia State

55 Hempstead, N.Y. 63 Atlanta, Ga. 50 Harrisonburg, Va. 91 Boston, Mass. 77 Towson, Md. 57 Philadelphia, Pa.

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Northeastern 73 George Mason 55 Delaware 67 Old Dominion 68 William & Mary 59 Towson William & Mary George Mason Drexel

Drexel 85 Boston, Mass. James Madison 71 Fairfax, Va. UNC Wilmington 39 Newark, Del. Georgia State 45 Norfolk, Va. Towson 50 Williamsburg, Va. UNC Wilmington Towson, Md. Old Dominion Williamsburg, Va. Georgia State Fairfax, Va. Delaware Philadelphia, Pa.

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Coach John Harbaugh

Coach Jim Harbaugh

Record 10-6-0

Record 11-4-1 Quarterback Colin Kaepernick

Quarterback Joe Flacco

Key Players Michael Crabtree Mike Gore Patrick Willis

Key Players Ray Lewis Ray Rice Torrey Smith

Super Bowl Wins 5

Super Bowl Wins 1

Jim Harbaugh’s decision to switch QB’s mid-season has worked out perfectly.

John Harbaugh seeking his first super bowl victory.


By: Jordan Jones Sports Editor Mace & Crown It’s about that time folks, the zenith of football, one of the marquee events in the sports world is just about here, Super Bowl XLVII. The San Francisco 49ers will go toe to toe against the Baltimore Ravens in the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Feb. 3. There are many intriguing story lines for this game. The 49ers storied franchise, led by rookie Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are looking to win their sixth Super Bowl, tying the Pittsburg Steelers for most all time. The Ravens will try for their second Super Bowl title, and first since the beginning of the decade in what superstar middle linebacker Ray Lewis has said will be the final game of his Hall of Fame career. The head coaches for the respective teams also happen to be brothers, Jim and John Harbaugh. The San Francisco 49ers have been picked as the favorite to win the Super Bowl, for obvious reasons. They boast a strong, disciplined defense lead by AllPro middle linebacker Patrick Willis. The offense has become one of the most dangerous in the league with

the midseason addition of rookie quarterback Kaepernick. Kaepernick is a passing and running threat which poses additional threats to opposing defenses and leaves coordinators restless at night. Since Kaepernick has taken over, the 49ers have won seven of their last nine games. The 49ers should use the momentum from their emotional NFC championship game victory against the Atlanta Falcons to propel them to victory. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh had nothing but praise recently in press conference. “The one that has the greatest share of the [credit] is Colin Kaepernick. What he’s accomplished, what he’s done. We are so happy for his success. And the kind of young man that his parent’s raised, and his family, and his hometown. You know, his high school coaches and college coaches. This is his time.” Due to the addition of Kaepernick and bruising running back Frank Gore, San Francisco has the top rushing offense in the league behind the efforts of a powerful and mobile offensive line. Ray Lewis’ impending retirement is sure to grab many of the headlines leading up to the Super Bowl, but undoubtedly it will be young Kaepernick and his teammates who will bring the sixth championship ring to the Bay. There certainly won’t be any brotherly love between the two coaches during this game.





By: Evans Sparks Contributing Writer Mace & Crown The month of February is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing. Football season is coming to a close. NFL fans everywhere are reluctantly preparing themselves for the grueling seven-month depression that is the off-season. From botched calls to last second touchdowns, this year has had it all and more. Now, these moments are nothing more than a memory. Yet, in the midst of the oncoming darkness there is a glimmer of light. This haven has one name: Super Bowl XLVII. The elements surrounding the game can only lead to an exciting matchup. On Feb. 3, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will face off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Both teams have overcome enormous adversity to reach this pinnacle of football events. The 49ers, one of the favorites to win it all last year, made the bold decision to replace quarterback Alex Smith with Colin Kaepernick halfway through the season. The Ravens have triumphed over numerous injuries, including the absence of defensive stars Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs for several games. Despite relatively equal hardships, the biggest connection would have to be between head coaches Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh. For the first time in Super Bowl history, the opposing head coaches are brothers. However, this isn’t the first time the Harbaughs have had a taste of the other team’s talent. Last season, Baltimore and San Francisco battled in a defensive bout, which resulted in a 16-6 victory for the Ravens. With that being said, who shall be the victor

of the second Harbaugh Bowl? In spite of the 49ers being the favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, the Ravens are certain to pull off another upset. Coming off of a dominating 28-13 win over the New England Patriots, Baltimore has nothing but momentum coming into this game. Yes, the 49ers have also proven themselves during the playoffs. But barely beating an Atlanta Falcons team, whose twenty-fourth ranked defense had San Francisco on their heels much of the first half is not exactly impressive. Besides, John Harbaugh and his Ravens defense appear to be more than ready with a game plan. “We’re going to have to tackle him. We’re going to have to keep him inside of our defense,” Harbaugh said at an ESPN press conference. “He’s not just an integral part of their passing game, he’s a huge part of their run game. We’ll have a plan for it.” Even with the Ravens post-season performance overshadowing that of the 49ers, that’s only a small portion of the game. A strong passion for the sport is one of the deciding factors in winning, and the Ravens shine in that category. Ray Lewis is the chain that unifies this team and his faith in their success has brought the team together. Even Ravens’ long snapper Morgan Cox stated, “to have such a big personality, be so passionate about his faith, it certainly helps us all bring it out.” Being the motivational genius that he is, Lewis decided to announce his retirement only days before the playoffs began. This could be called many things but “coincidence” is not one of them. Fueled by the inspiration to win one more ring for Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens will defeat the San Francisco 49ers in what is sure to be a game heatedly discussed at the Harbaugh family dinner table for years to come.


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THQ Goes Bankrupt

Are Triple A Titles to Blame?

By: Sean Burke Staff Writer Mace & Crown The games publishing company THQ is officially bankrupt. After missteps in the market like U-Draw and assumed triple A titles like “Darksiders 2” fall flat, the com-

pany will dissolve and most of the assets and studios previously owned have been sold. So far, the only assets not sold are the WWE license and the developing studio Vigil Games and their property “Darksiders.” Other properties sold for a combined $68.3 million with Koch Media spending the largest chunk at $27.8 million. Other

companies like Sega and Ubisoft had large bids as well. Koch Media bought THQ’s most critically loved franchise, “Saints Row” and the development studio Volition Inc. for $22.6 million. Koch Media is the parent company of the development studio Deep Silver, creators of “Dead Island.” It was previously thought that THQ

would be able to sell itself to another company for $60 million and theoretically be rid of bankruptcy within seven years. This would allow the studio to virtually exist under another name and maintain all of its properties and studios. However, the creditors of THQ pleaded to a judge who agreed that THQ would fetch more at auction and that that

would be the course of action taken. THQ recently released this in an in-house statement on the subject of employees: “We expect that most employees of the entities included in the sale will be offered employment by the new owners. However, we cannot say what these owners may intend, and there will likely be some positions that will not be needed under the new ownership. You should receive notice this week or early next week if the new owners intend to extend employment to you. Please note that the terms of your new employment, including pay and benefits, may be different from the current terms of your employment with THQ.” It was also said that in the case of employees not under any of the studios purchases, they would be terminated immediately after Jan. 25. With companies like THQ and 38 Studios going into bankruptcy, it has come into question whether there is a growing gap in the video game industry. This gap is between triple A releases like “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” which are expected to sell millions of copies in the first night, and indie games like “FTL: Faster Than Light,” “Minecraft” and “Kerbal Space Program,” which are not expected to do well but have both an extremely low cost to produce and a low cost to buy. The games left in the middle are games like “Darksiders 2” and “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning,” games that had triple A budgets but didn’t get the reception to pay it off. THQ didn’t have a game that sold like “Call of Duty,” “Halo,” or “Gears of War.” Instead, they made mid-tier level games that were aimed at increasingly niche markets. While there are more factors that led to THQ’s bankruptcy, I believe that the studio was merely another casualty of the ever increasing “expectation canyon” in the video game industry.

Epicurious Eats Hot Food for a Slim Wallet By: Emma Needham Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Suddenly frozen in your footsteps from the sudden cold weather? Not to worry. Whether you are a breakfast, lunch or dinner person, it’s possible to stay warm inside while also keeping both your stomach and wallet full. For Breakfast- Turkey, Egg and Spinach Mix This meal is a hot, quick, cheap and healthy combination of delicious ingredients. Only three ingredients are needed with a less than five minutes preparation time. Ingredients: One to two cups spinach Three egg whites

Two strips of turkey bacon Directions: First, microwave the turkey bacon as instructed on the package. Once finished, rip the bacon into small pieces and add to a small bowl. Next, tear up the spinach and add to the bacon in the bowl. Then, add the egg whites to the bowl and stir. Pour the mixture over a medium heated skillet and flip and stir until no more liquid is present. Finally, put the finished product on a plate to eat and add some whole-wheat toast for a complete hearty breakfast. For Lunch- Microwaved Baked Potato Sure, this may seem simple, but sometimes simple works best. All you need for this recipe is one large potato, of course pairing it with toppings to make it less boring

and more tasty. You can include chopped onions, light butter, cheese, bacon, light sour cream or some of your other favorite veggies. Ingredients: One large potato Healthy toppings of your choice Directions: Thoroughly wash your potato, making sure all of the dirt is removed. You will then use a fork to poke five different sets of holes into the potato; one on each side, one on the top, one on the bottom then one in the middle. Next, wrap the potato in a damp paper towel and set it on a plate, then into the microwave. A large potato should take about six minutes to fully cook. To check if it’s ready, use a knife to poke it. It shouldn’t be too soft to eat and should be slightly firm on the inside. Let the potato sit to cool down

for five minutes then add your toppings and enjoy. You can also add some greens on the side for essential vitamins and minerals. For Dinner- Caprese Stuffed Burgers For this recipe, you can use either beef patties, or turkey patties, if you want a leaner meat. Again, not many ingredients are involved, but the taste will explode once you bite into it. Ingredients: Ground beef or turkey meat Grape tomatoes Fresh mozzarella Basil leaves Buns (go for the whole wheat ones!) Directions: First, divide your meat patty into two and lay one aside. Take the first meat patty you

make and add approximately a teaspoon of quartered tomatoes to the middle. Next, add a small amount of mozzarella and basil to the middle, filling the center just enough to not break the patty. You can now add any seasoning to the meat patty if you wish to. Then, take the second half of your patty and make a sandwich with the other. Mold the sides together to completely seal it into one patty. Here, you can either grill as usual, or use an oven. To use an oven, preheat it to 350 degrees and place the meat onto an aluminum foil covered baking sheet. Leave in the oven for about half an hour, or until there is no pink inside. When finished, put on your bun of choice with savory condiments. Bon appetit!


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Quarter-Life Crisis: CROWN Monarch Words My An Ode to Adulthood JEWELS ADVICE COLUMN

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for ODU Students By: Eryn Tolley Staff Writer Mace & Crown We’re college students now, so we know everything, right? Well, not exactly. Everyone can use some good advice every now and then, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. Thus, I have compiled 10 pieces of advice that I think all students can use. 1.Try not to care too much about your love life (or lack thereof). Relationships in college are like seasons; they come and go. So don’t invest all your energy into people. It’s better to invest your energy into your education, because education can never leave you. 2.If you want to build a relationship, build one with your professors. No, I don’t mean that kind of relationship. You want to have your professors on your good side, and this will come in handy when you’re asking for those references for jobs once you graduate. 3. Get a job. Part of being an adult is getting a decent job where you don’t hate your life every morning that you work there. As a college student, it’s not practical (or healthy) to work 40 hours every week, but having a job will teach you time management skills and the responsibility you will need after college. Talk to the financial aid office about their federal work study program, which allows ODU students to work part time and earn financial aid while attending school. 4. Don’t go to the university bookstore first when buying textbooks. The university bookstore should always be a last resort because the books are almost always more expensive. Try Chegg or Amazon first to rent or buy your textbooks, then sell or return them back to these sites at the end of the semester. You may not get all of your money back, but every little bit helps. 5. Try different internships. Even if you can only get credit for one,

having a few internships under your belt can’t hurt. Internships may not always guarantee you a job, but they do guarantee experience, new connections and sometimes cash. 6. Study abroad. If you want to visit a foreign country, there is no better way to do it than by studying abroad. Studying abroad through the school is not as expensive as you may think, as it’s around the same amount as regular tuition, and many times, financial aid will help you pay for it. Leaving the country will never be easier and more educational. 7. Don’t spend money on brand new, expensive furniture. You’re going to be moving back and forth a lot while you’re in college and you might end up breaking or scratching most of your stuff. If you’re dying to become Suzy Homemaker, try your hand at cheaper DIY projects. If you break or lose anything, at least they were cheap. 8. Try not to stress so much over assignments or tests I know this is easier said than done, but what good will it do to freak out? Freak outs will only mess with your head and your nerves. To cure this, throw on relaxing music, watch your favorite tv show, brew some hot tea and take a deep breath. If you do your best, that’s all that matters. 9. Go to class. You’re paying an arm and a leg for these classes, so go to them! Not going to your classes is like buying a new car and never driving it; it doesn’t really make sense. You came to college for an education, right? You’re not going to get one by skipping class. 10. Have fun This is college, and that means you should have fun before you enter that dark realm we like to call “the real world.” You should be smart about the type of fun you have, obviously, but you should enjoy the next few years of your life.

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By: Megan Stamper Contributing Writer Mace & Crown I was nervous at graduation. I thought I would trip over my feet and I purposefully did not wear cute stilletos like every other girl for that reason. But more than nerves, I was starving... and ready for a drink.

I was nervous at graduation. I thought I would trip over my feet and I purposefully did not wear cute stilletos like every other girl for that reason. The speaker was dry and his speech seemed to me like he had a big Chinese dinner the night before and wrote down all the fortunes from the little bitty papers inside the fortune cookies. He was inspiring, but I could have been just as inspired by a dinner at Jade Garden. I was the last of my high school friends to graduate from my undergraduate studies; the real world was not a very desirable place, so I stayed in school until my parents were fed up with paying for tuition and I exhausted all of my options for classes. The day after I graduated, real life happened. It didn’t happen in a slow motion sort of way; it punched me in the face. Within a 24-hour period, I had a car payment, insurance payment, phone bill, credit card bill and doctor co-payments all faithfully showing up in my mailbox. Not to mention a

mom who passive-aggressively, but more aggressively than passive, “suggests” that I move out as soon as possible a couple times a week. So what do you do when you graduate college and the bills start knocking? You get three jobs. A job is not something that I was necessarily qualified to have after I graduated. I was one of the lucky ones, though; I had connections to get me a little part-time office job editing documents and writing blogs. The problem is after college if you are lucky enough to get a job, you will inevitably work for peanuts and probably part-time. This is a part of the “quarter life crisis” phenomenon: you are in your mid-20s, just graduated from college, and you want everything while you’re young enough to enjoy it, but you cannot afford anything. During your quarter life crisis you will ask yourself a lot of questions. Did I have enough sex in college? Is my GPA high enough to get into graduate school someday? What kind of job can I really get with a degree in “whatever you studied?” While you may want to focus on regrets during this quarter life stage in your life, I try to focus on the positive aspects of my college career. A degree in English gave me a lot of positive experiences. I read a lot of great novels, I learned how to read “The Canterbury Tales” in Middle English, and I can rationalize correcting my friends’ grammar on Facebook. I’m not a b****, I just have an English degree. I don’t regret anything, and I am learning how to be an adult. My life consists of working, cramming for the GRE and drinking wine basically every day. I know graduating college can be tough, but I would say I am doing pretty swell.

By. Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown

It’s only fitting that this week’s Crown Jewels goes to Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts. Roberts recently returned to New York City for the first time since undergoing a bone marrow transplant surgery that forced her off the air. But she’s since made her way back to the city to do a few private “GMA” test runs to determine when she’s physically ready to come back to the show. Roberts announced, on the June 11 show last year, that she had been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. She was a recipient of her sister Sally-Ann Roberts, who was almost an exact match for the surgery. The longtime 52-year old host was advised by doctors two weeks ago to do a series of un-aired dry runs of hosting GMA before officially returning on-air. Roberts went home from the hospital on October 11, three weeks after undergoing the successful transplant. This is not the first time Roberts has fought adversity in her life and career. Six years ago in the summer of 2007, she announced she was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. But after completing eight weeks of chemotherapy treatment (with six and a half weeks of radiation treatment), Roberts was cleared to resume her hosting gig and even published a book entitled, “From the Heart: Several Rules to Live By” of which she said, “I’m a big believer that you have to put yourself in position for good things to happen to you.” Well I must say Mrs. Roberts, your will to continue to carry on inspires many others to push themselves, even in trying times and situations. Thus, I’m proud to give this shiny jewel to you and know you will keep fighting in spite of the hurdles that come your way.

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ODU men’s swim team competes in the weekend’s match.

Jackie Cook going for the lay-up against Georgia State.

ODU swim team uses strength and finesse to overpower the competition.

An icy Kaufman Mall before a snowball fight among students.

Ashley Betz-White plays defense in Thursday’s game against Georgia State.


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SGA’s trip to Richmond to meet with members of Virginia’s General Assembly.

Norfolk at night during the weekend’s snowfall.

The Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.

ODU swim team competes in the backstroke.

Editor in Chief, Megan Jefferson, at the Mace & Crown table at the Spring Organization Fair.

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41. A dais 43. Shooting sport 44. Where a bird lives 46. Aquatic plant 47. Mesh 49. Hog’s home 50. Lascivious look 51. A symbol of disgrace 54. Peddle 56. Clue 57. From that time on 63. Skin irritation 64. Care for 65. Antlered animal 66. Chimney channel 67. Killer whale 68. Farm buildings 69. Small slender gull 70. Comply with 71. Mixture of rain and snow

DOWN 1. Pitcher 2. Citrus fruit 3. Biblical kingdom 4. Anagram of “Meat” 5. Unreactive 6. Type of sailboat 7. One sank the Titanic 8. Blue-green 9. Ancient ascetic 10. Involving three parties 11. Equestrian 12. Something to shoot for 13. Coarse-grained 21. Silk-cotton tree 25. Where the sun rises 26. Vipers 27. An escape of water 28. Adhesive strip

29. Fortify 34. The previous day 36. Sheltered spot 37. Border 38. Back 40. Bit of gossip 42. Pizazz 45. Gist 48. Skin pattern 51. Change gears 52. Name of a book 53. Bring upon oneself 55. Young sheep 58. Parsley or sage 59. A young horse 60. Ripped 61. Feudal worker 62. A musical pause



Wednesday 1.30.2013 | MACE & CROWN | F2


classifiedads Office of Intercultural Relations ODU presents: Black History Month 2013 Keynote featuring Van Jones; 2009 White House Green Jobs Adviser | CNN Contributor | President of Rebuild the Dream | Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Key note address: 6:30 pm Book Sale & Signing: 8:00 pm (Author of two New York Times Best Sellers: The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream.) North Cafe, Webb University Center Free and open to the public For more information: Office of Intercultural Relations (757) 683-4406 or visit Asian Indians of Hampton Roads cordially invites you to join us in celebrating India’s Republic Day Guest of Honor: Ambassador from India to USA, Her Excellency Mrs. Nirumpama Rao February 10, 2012, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Panel discussion and luncheon More details to follow

Higher Education Center #1 New York Times bestselling author Sheri Reynolds reads from her new book: The Homespun Wisdom of Myrtle T. Cribb, A Novel. Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lecture Hall, Room 244 at ODU Virginia Beach. 1881 University Drive, VB, 23453, 757368-4108. Book sale and reception at this location only.




Televised Live-Videostream to: ODU Tri-Cities Center, room 2203, 1070 University Drive, Portsmouth, 23703, 757-6866220 ODU Peninsula Center, room 2233, 600 Butler Farm Road, Suite 2200, Hampton, 23666, 757-766-5200 Participants are to go to the ODU Regional Higher Education Center location most convenient for them. See our website:


UPCOMING EVENTS|JAN. 30 - FEB. 5 Fun Size - Film

Speed Bingo

Leadership Lab

Headphone Disco

1/30, 2/1, 2/2




MGB 102

North Cafe,

Webb Center

North Cafe, Webb Center

8:00 PM

Webb Center

10:00 AM

9:00 PM - 1:00 AM


8:00 PM


A silent disco dance party


you’ve got to see to believe!


Back to School Concert 2/2/13 North Cafe, Webb Center 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Featuring Kingsfoil (Frankie Muniz’s band) SAC

Healing Movement: Using your Body to Heal your Mind

Intergenerational Communication

Monday Feb 4, 2013


North Mall

President’s Dining Room,

12:00 - 2:00 PM

Webb Center

This is a screening of extreme stress

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

responses to various life s & wopportunities

Join us for a discussion on

to cope in a healthy way!

how to better communicate

Office of Counseling Services; Co-sponsors:

with your classmates from

Department of Recreational Sports, Health

different generations.

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Dr. Gwen Lee-Thomas,

Contact Crista Gambrell @

Women’s Center

683-4401 or

Mace and Crown Issue 1/30  

The newest issue of the Mace and Crown for Janurary 30, 2013

Mace and Crown Issue 1/30  

The newest issue of the Mace and Crown for Janurary 30, 2013