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WEDNESDAY | 6.6.12 MaceandCROWN.COM | Vol. 54, Issue 25

Sports and Mores see A2

The Patriotic Fesitval see B2

Conditioning for Success see C1

Monarchs C-USA Bound

ODU Announces the Move from CAA to C-USA By: Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown After weeks of waffling banter between conference affiliates and school officials, Old Dominion finally accepted the invitation to switch allegiances from the Colonial Athletic Association to the Conference-USA effective July 1, 2013. Many factors attributed to the move including the departures of CAA rival Virginia Commonwealth to the Atlantic 10 and Georgia State to the Sun Belt Conference. ODU President John Broderick made an official statement in a press conference May 17 addressing the move. The switch was made without an increase in student fees, which was one of the major concerns coming into negotiations. Now that the Monarchs have jumped ship and opened up a wide variety of potential new rivalries, it’s time to look at what it all means for Big Blue. The move requires the football Monarchs to move from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision. ODU set the record for the best start-up pro-

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gram in FCS history, going 27-8 in its first three seasons. The Monarchs played their initial two years as an independent before joining the CAA. They will have to do it all again, including adding 22-scholarships to the previous required FCS amount of 63, bringing the total to 85. Also, Foreman Field currently seats 19,125 to capacity. That number must go up drastically to meet C-USA standards in terms of size and accommodating a larger audience. This move will also bring more television exposure to the Monarchs as the C-USA currently has TV partnerships with CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports Media Group and ESPN. C-USA football teams enjoyed 70 games worth of action during the 2011-12 campaign, while men’s basketball games were featured 65 times, with 40 games being broadcasted for baseball, softball and women’s basketball respectively. This move means more than just added exposure for the gridiron. Potential football rivalries include East Carolina and fellow Virginia based school Marshall. The ODU baseball Monarchs were featured a total of zero times in na-

tionally broadcasted games. Add 40 to that total and the interest from recruits instantly goes through the roof. Think Justin Verlander times five. That’s how much exposure can be given to the baseball program when the school is officially able to begin conference play. The unfortunate part on the baseball side is the talent level of CUSA baseball. Rice, Tulsa, Tulane and Southern Miss are all powerhouses on the diamond and compete for several C-USA baseball titles, so the Monarchs will have their hands full in that department.

siana Tech, North Texas and UTEP without having to grind it out for one NCAA berth with the aforementioned CAA foe VCU, George Mason, James Madison and Drexel during the month of March. Other programs being accommodated in the switch are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s swim and dive, as well as men’s and women’s golf. Unfortunately, those who will be left in the dust are women’s lacrosse, field hockey, wrestling and the men’s swimming program, but ODU may

Additional recruits, potential new rivalries, upgrades and expansions to stadiums, arenas, and team facilities are just a few things ODU students, alumni and supporters alike can look forward to in the university’s future. The only downside to switching conferences are that CAA bylaws prohibit ODU athletics from competing for conference titles in the 2011-12 year, a restriction that university officials are actively seeking to grant an exemption from in order to avoid losing recruits, finances and berths to postseason championships. All in all, ODU made

Both the men’s and women’s basketball programs will most likely find their niche almost immediately in their new conference home. They will have their fair share of success against the likes of Florida International, Loui-

follow in compliance with Title IX by 2019 with the addition of women’s sports such as softball, cross country and track and field, among others. To sum it all up, the future of Monarch athletics looks brighter than ever.

a move that was both beneficial and necessary to the long-term success and exposure to the athletic future of the university. Next year can’t get here soon enough.

Researchers Recieve DOD Grant Team to develop military medical training simulation program

By: Derek Page News Editor Mace & Crown The U.S. Department of Defense Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) have awarded a $2 million grant to a team of researchers from Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC). continued on A3


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Mace & Crown staff Megan Jefferson Editor in Chief Derek Page News Editor Alyssa Narvell Arts & Entertainment Editor Ben Decowski Sports Editor

Letter From the Editor Readers of the Mace & Crown, My name is Megan Jefferson and I am your new Editor-in-Chief for the 2012-2013 school year. We have many new things in this issue. We have a full color paper, with a new logo design, and a new staff. I would like to welcome Ben Decowski, Derek Page, Steven Knauer, Megan Stamper, Jimmy Long and James Porter. They have filled the Sports, News, Distribution, Webmaster, Graphic Design and Advertising positions at our paper

respectively. As we prepare to start the upcoming semester we are looking for additional writers and photographers. We are a very friendly organization and welcome everyone. The Mace & Crown has meetings on Tuesdays at 12:30 during activity hour in our office at the UCenter. Any student is allowed to write for us. We are also trying to start up a classified section. Any ODU student or organization is

allowed to publish a classified for free. In this section you can advertise events, sell/request items and ask for volunteers. To create an ad, type your information in an email and send it to Thank you for reading every issue, Megan Jefferson Editor-in-Chief

Jessica Starr Copy Editor Elaina Ellis Photography Editor Jimmy Long Senior Graphic Designer James Porter Advertising Director Megan Stamper Web Designer Steven Knauer Distribution Manager Ethan Shaw Arts & Entertainment Assistant Ari Gould Photography Assistant Senior Writers: Brian Jerry RJay Molina Staff Writers: Alexander Rose Janah Stokes Lauren Grant Jessica Scheck Elizabeth Bowry Gianina Thompson Jordan Jones Emma Needham Jessica Piland MaryAnn Jackson Nour Kheireddine Lateesha Gloston Shawn Minor Siaga Johnson Angel Dodson Sarah Roby Daniel Felarca Andrew Tompkins Allison Terres Rashad Little Timothy Fulghum Haja Kabba Staff Photographers: Chris Sampson Rachel Chasin Jake Zimmerman Binh Dong Lauren Makely Alfred Greg Marlie De Clerck General Information: The 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

As Costa’s bio reads, she “examines ‘the big picture’- tracing everything from terrorism, crime on Wall Street, epidemic obesity and upheaval in the Middle East to evolutionary forces.”

Gumbel is a three time Emmy award winning sportscaster and the first African American to announce play-by-play for major sports.

Sports and Mores

Greg Gumbel and Rebecca Costa to speak in fall semester lecture series By: Derek Page News Editor Mace & Crown

This year’s fall semester at Old Dominion University will welcome Emmy Award-Winning sportscaster Greg Gumbel and sociobiologist and author Rebecca Costa as guest speakers in continuance with the President’s Lecture Series. With a name synonymous with sports, Gumbel will come with 40 years of experience in the sports broadcasting industry. His three Emmys exemplify his outstanding career and the prospect of a satisfying, insightful lecture. Gumbel graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa with a B.A. in English. After some time selling hospital supplies in Detroit, he began his career as a sports caster in 1973 at a Chicago TV station, WMAQ-TV, when he auditioned for a sports announcer. Though his rise to prominence took place at CBS, Gumbel also worked at ESPN anchoring on Sports Center and doing play-by-play for NBA games. He also worked at Madison Square Garden Network [MSG], serving as a backup announcer for Marv Albert on New York Knicks broadcasts. He later went on to host pre and post-game shows for New York Yankees games.

After his first period of time at CBS from 1988-1994, Gumbel moved to NBC Sports after CBS lost coverage of the NFL and MLB. There he covered sporting events such as the 1994 MLB All-Star Game, daytime coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympics, and hosted the 1995 World Championships of Figure Skating. Gumbel is a member of the National Board of Advisors for The March of Dimes as well as the St. Judes Hospital Sports Council. As the first African American announcer to call play-by-play of major sports and an extensive career covering everything from NASCAR to figure-skating, Gumbel’s legacy leaves the industry of sports broadcasting with wide tracks to fill in his stead. ODU’s next guest for the fall series of lectures has aimed her career at offering “a genetic explanation for current events, emerging trends and individual behavior,” according to her website. Her first book, “The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction,” was released in 2010 and “explains how the principles governing evolution cause and provide a solution for global gridlock.” “Every person I know, rich or poor, educated or not, wants to know why our government gets more in debt, our air and water more polluted, our jails more crowded, our

security more tenuous and our children more violent. We seem to have lost our ability to solve our problems. The Watchman’s Rattle offers a genetic explanation for our paralysis, and prescribes a way out,” Costa said in her bio. Costa, retiring at the height of her career as CEO of Dazai Advertising, Inc. in Silicon Valley, California, spent six years researching and writing her book. The books subsequent success landed Costa a weekly radio program in 2010 called Rattler Radio. It was renamed and syndicated as The Costa Report and is currently “one of the fastest growing radio programs on the Central Coast of California.” Her father’s career as a CIA operative gave Costa opportunities most can only dream of. Costa was raised in Tokyo, Japan and lived in Laos during the Vietnam conflict where her father worked in covert operations. According to her bio, “she attributes her ability to see the ‘big picture’ to her crosscultural education and upbringing.” She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences. Gumbel and Costa are scheduled to appear Sept. 18 and Oct. 18, respectively, at Webb University Center at 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday 6.6.2012 | MACE & CROWN | A3 Dear Monarchs, First and foremost, I would like to express my pure excitement in starting the year as your new student body president. I am honored to have the position and would like to wish everyone a good summer vacation, even those of us who are not “vacationing,” and I hope that everyone stays safe over the break. In order to start off on the right foot, I would like to welcome any and all members of the student body to actively voice comments and concerns during open SGA meetings this coming year, Tuesdays at 3:30, or to swing by the SGA office in the U-Center of Webb whenever our doors are open. If you are unable to make it to the main campus, please contact me at mab- with questions or in regards to issues that arise. Whether you have ideas on the housing lottery system, think students would benefit from an additional reading day, or don’t think we have enough security on campus these are issues we need to be made aware of. Although the SGA is comprised of students who face similar issues to you all, it is often hard to advocate for over 24,500 students – which is why we need your feedback. To those students, faculty and staff members who are new to our university, welcome to the ODU family, we are glad to have you! To those faculty and staff members who continue with us, I thank you on behalf of our student body, as you guide us towards our bright futures. To those students who

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Team to develop military medical training simulation program By: Derek Page News Editor Mace & Crown The U.S. Department of Defense Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) have awarded a $2 million grant to a team of researchers from Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC). The team will begin work on creating a simulation and mentorship-based

software program to train Army and Navy nurses to work under challenging conditions and extreme environments before deployment. The program is intended to instruct medical personnel in essential medical and surgical skills in trauma care. It will also aid in efficient education as issues with limited numbers of clinical instructors and insufficient time for practicing critical clinical and teamwork skills. According to ODU News, “The study leading up to the creation of the training program will test the efficacy of an immersive, interactive, avatarrich virtual environment to develop nursing knowledge and teamwork skills before deployment.” Research Associate Professor and principle investigator on the grant Andrea Parodi told ODU News, “Trauma care requires the Nurse Corps officers to be both mentally and clinically prepared to anticipate managing patients that may be more critically injured than they have ever previously encountered. This preparation should take place pre-deployment.” The virtual environment of the simulation training program will allow trainees to make mistakes without real life consequences, giving them a chance to learn from their mistakes while avoiding harm to patients. Parodi hopes the new training approach will help in areas such as priority setting and critical thinking. The program will also incorporate multi-media into the simulation, using things like actual photographs of serious combat wounds commonly seen in the field. It will also allow for “multiplayer” team training. “We expect the end product will be improved Nurse Corps knowledge and performance of requisite skills, further enabling excellence in patient care anywhere, anytime,” Paroli said to ODU News. The two-year long project will kick off with a meeting at VMASC on June 5.



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arts entertainment Local Musician Todd Webb Fuses Music and Art in New Album By: Megan Stamper Web Designer Mace & Crown

Todd Webb is a local musician and artist, combining music and art in a unique and seamless way. His band, Seamonster, is coming out with a new album based on paintings. Though Seamonster has been around for a long time, on this new album, they tried a different approach to their songwriting, using the paintings as inspiration for the songs, not just lyrically but musically as well. Webb uses a computer program that changes pictures of the paintings into soundwaves according to color, hue, and shape. According to Webb, each song is named after a painter whose art is used to create the song. Webb then manipulates the soundwaves into songs, combining the “paintings” with other samples, live instruments and vocals to create a new piece of art. Webb started Seamonster in 2005 and has been described as ambient folk. Seamonster has been compared to and inspired by Neutral Milk Hotel, Animal Collective, and the Talking Heads. In addition to being a musician, Webb is also an accomplished comic book artist. He is known for his books “The Goldfish and Bob” and “Casual Poet.” Currently, he is working on a series of comics featuring Mr. Toast, a popular character created by Dan Goodsell. Visual art and music have always gone hand in hand for Webb. The new album is called “Baldessari,” named after John Baldessari, one of Webb’s favorite artists. “I just really like his work a lot and his work is about appropriating art to make something new, and I was making art into something new, so it fit thematically,” said Webb. The difference between this album and his previous albums, according to Webb, is the switch from primarily

A Piece of South Africa at Old Dominon

Artist Andrew Breitenberg Comes to the Changing Gallery By: Alyssa Narvell Arts & Entertainment Editor Mace & Crown

using an acoustic guitar to using electronic sounds. “But at the same time, it still sounds similar because I wrote it,” he said. Seamonster is playing a show on June 30 at the Belmont House of Smoke on West. 21 Street with local band DJ P and Mr. T. “Baldessari,” the 11 track album, should be out on a 12 inch yellow vinyl record with a digital download

code including remixes at the end of June. Listen to and purchase “Baldessari” and Seamonster’s previous albums at You can also check out his comic books and artwork at and follow his blog at walldrawing.tumblr. com/.

Andrew Breitenberg, an artist and activist who produces art in the township of South Africa, is now featured at the Baron and Ellin Gordon art galleries located in the University Village until June 24. Breitenberg’s goes by the street name Selah, which means “pause here, and reflect on that” in Hebrew. He is a street artist famous for drawing symbols and texts in Selah houses a unique collection of books, journals, writing implements and art from Cape Town, South Africa. His art portrays dialogue between the subject and the artist. According to the college of Arts & Letters website, this method reflects the values

of the African communities in which the work takes place. His exhibition features original drawings and prints, along with documentary photographs of his on-site work in the townships. Titled works such as “My 3 Month Old Told Me This Secret Over Breakfast 2” and “Rich in Love Masiphumelele” resemble wall art rich with powerful text and ties to the township residents about their bravery and strength. Breitenberg is a Virginia Beach native a graduated from the Swarthmore College Critical Visual Studies program in 2001. For the past few years, he has been an activist for social justice while working with community groups in Southern Africa and Nicaragua, according to his personal website.


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For Those Who Serve Virginia Beach’s 2012 Patriotic Festival

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The Blue Angels showed off for spectators along the beachfront on Sunday afternoon. By: Amy DeLaura Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Despite mother nature giving this year’s Patriotic Festival a rocky start, angels soared, fans sang and dreamers became stars. The Patriotic Festival is an annual three-day event in honor of those who serve in branches of the United States military. It took place June 1 through 3 and its purpose was to honor the troops and the loved ones who support them. Hampton Roads is home to the largest military bases in the United States and Virginia Beach was the host to commemorate all the soldiers and their families.

Country singer Miranda Lambert appeared at the end of the festival and fans filled the beach for blocks for a chance to hear her sing. “I thought [Lambert] was great. I love her, her voice, her outspokenness. She is my favorite country singer right now,” said one loyal fan. The Blue Angels showed off for spectators along the beachfront on Sunday afternoon. They flew throughout clear skies, so low they shook the ground. Their formations gave spectators the optical illusion that the planes were directly on top of each other. For the rest of the day, Virginia Beach boardwalk was lined with tents, stages and kiosk of merchandise, free giveaways, and activities from local

and national sponsors. All branches of the military were represented with displays, demos or competitions. Tanks and armored trucks were rolled in so people could see the different guns used in combat, pull-up contests were held and a large tank where participants could play tic-tac-toe with a navy seal diver was available to the public. The festival ended with a performance by recent American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. “I’m so happy to see so many people out here to see me and listen to me sing on a Sunday night… I feel like a star!” McCreery won American Idol’s tenth season, went platinum on his first album and is headlining his first tour at only 18.

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Conditioning for Success Lady Monarchs Using Offseason to Get in Shape By: Ben Decowski Sports Editor Mace & Crown

The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs had a tough season last year with a record of 11-21 in Karen Barefoot’s first

year as head coach with the program. It was a young team that struggled through a hard schedule with star forward Tia Lewis as the only senior. “I think that, in a lot of ways, I think we overachieved playing against such a tough schedule. I think it definitely

monarch mentions • A pair of former ODU football stars in Ronnie Cameron and Eddie McClam signed as undrafted free agents with NFL teams. Cameron signed with the Chicago Bears and McClam signed with the Detroit Lions. • Quarterback Taylor Heinicke was named the 2011-2012 Virginia Sports Infromation Directors Association Virginia Rookie of the year. • Former Monarch and Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe was selected to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. • Women’s basketball assistant coach Adrienne Goodson was inducted into the Hudson County Sports Hall of Fame.

made us better,” coach Barefoot said. Coach Barefoot is pleased with the development of her young team as she prepares for her second season at ODU. “I would say for us in evaluating the year, I couldn’t be more proud of the way they adjusted and the way that they had to step up and play a tough non-conference schedule that allowed us to be, you know, successful down the stretch in the CAA,” coach Barefoot said. Most would think that maturity would be an issue with a team as young as the Lady Monarchs but coach Barefoot says that’s not so. “They get it. They know what it takes to be here. They really understand the history. You know I’ve really tried to educate them, and where we want to go and stuff like that so I think that they’re holding each other accountable,” coach Barefoot said, “They’re picking each other up, which I really like seeing that now. You know like pushing each other, picking each other up, calling each other.” Coach Barefoot has also been hearing a lot about the maturity of her team from people around campus. “Every-

body around campus is like ‘Oh is that your team, they’re in the gym every night playing pick-up, they’re running all around campus,’ so when you hear those things, that’s always very positive,” coach Barefoot said. That maturity and ability to hold each other accountable is huge this offseason as ODU turns its focus to conditioning and getting into better shape for the next season. “Right now, what I really want them to do in the offseason is I want them to get in the best shape possible, and then I also want them to really make their weight room their best friend,” coach Barefoot said. Getting into better shape is important for the Lady Monarchs who struggled as the games wore on. “We would be competitive for let’s say about 22, 24 minutes and those other minutes we kind of slipped off,” coach Barefoot said. In addition to getting into better shape, ODU will have six new players joining the team in 2012 including Stephanie Gardner, LaQuanda Younger, Shea Kelley, Brittany Martin, Michelle Brandao and Galaisha

Goodhope. This added depth is huge for the Lady Monarchs and their future success. “The way that we run our system is we have to have depth. You know, we have to have players that are going to defend, and we put a lot of pressure on the ball and we’re a transition team so we have to be in shape,” coach Barefoot said. With more depth and a better-conditioned team coach Barefoot feels better about her team’s chances next year. “I like the fact that we’ve got depth coming, I like the fact that they are working on themselves to help the team get better and as a result I’m hoping and I’m excited to see them come in preseason being stronger, being faster, being quicker,” coach Barefoot said. The Lady Monarchs have plenty of time and plenty of things to work on before the next season starts. “Our standards are going to be high but I’m ready for them to just, you know, give me all they got and some,” coach Barefoot said, “This is a team that’s very unselfish and a team that’s just going to be out to do some great things and represent their school well.”

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Michelle Brandao Sophomore Guard

Michelle Brandao made the Portugal National team and will be competing in the Federation of International Basketball Assocition (FIBA) Europe EuroBasket Qualifications. Other participants include Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, and Israel.


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NFL Offseason Review The Best and Worst of the AFC and NFC

By: Ben Decowski Sports Editor Mace & Crown The National Football League grows in popularity throughout America every year. The fast pace, the hard hits, the high scores and the colorful personalities around the league always leave the fans wanting more. So when the offseason rolls around in mid-February it comes as a shock to the system for diehard fans across the country. However, those fans can satisfy their football appetite by keeping up with the 32 NFL team’s transactions throughout the long offseason. With just two months remaining before preseason football starts in August, now is the perfect time to review which teams have had the best and the worst offseason in the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) so far. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have arguably had the best offseason in the NFC. After a 4-12 season in 2011, the Buccaneers made the decision to fire head coach Raheem Morris in favor of former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. Schiano wasted no time in making his mark by signing some high profile free agents in wide receiver Vincent Jackson and offensive guard Carl Nicks to help out fourth year quarterback Josh Freeman. The Buccaneers continued to solidify their roster in the NFL Draft by picking Alabama safety Mark Barron and Boise State running back

Doug Martin in the first round. Tampa Bay also signed former Colts pro bowl tight end Dallas Clark after trading away their own tight end, Kellen Winslow II, to the Seattle Seahawks. Offensively, the Buccaneers are already miles ahead of where they were last year and the presence of safety Mark Barron in the secondary helps out a struggling defense immensely. In the AFC, the Denver Broncos are a team that has to be mentioned when discussing the best offseason moves. The simple addition of four-time NFL MVP quarterback Peyton Manning has catapulted the Broncos into Super Bowl contention. The signing of some of Manning’s former weapons in wide receiver Brandon Stokely and tight end Jacob Tamme makes the Broncos new offense much improved on paper. On the defensive side of the ball, Denver added cornerbacks Drayton Florence and Tracy Porter through free agency and drafted defensive tackle Derek Wolfe out of Cincinnati. These new defenders will add depth to a defense that already has star players like 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year Von Miller, 11 time pro bowl cornerback Champ Bailey and pro bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil. Staying in the AFC, the start of the offseason seemed promising for the Miami Dolphins when the team fired head coach Tony Sporano and landed former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as a replacement. Unfortunately that was the only good news Dolphins fans

got this offseason. The Dolphins traded away pro bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for a pair of third round picks and then failed to replace him. Miami also missed out on signing free agent quarterback Matt Flynn who opted to sign with the Seattle Seahawks. It would have made sense for Miami to sign Flynn who threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns with the Packers last year against the Lions in Philbin’s offensive system. The Dolphins did get a quarterback with the seventh overall pick in the draft in Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill, but most experts don’t expect Tannehill to be NFL ready any time soon. Basically this all means that the Miami Dolphins will put the same offense on the field that ranked 22 overall last year minus a pro bowl wide receiver. The New Orleans Saints had the worst offseason in the NFC by far. Thanks to what has come to be known as “bountygate,” numerous members of the organization have received suspensions for the 2012 season. Head coach Sean Payton and pro bowl linebacker Jonathan Vilma

received a one-year suspension, interim coach Joe Vitt was given a six-game suspension and defensive end Will Smith received a three-game suspension. To make things worse, Super Bowl XLIV MVP quarterback Drew Brees was franchise tagged and is now threatening to sit out the next season if he doesn’t get a long-term deal. The Saints did manage to resign their top wide receiver Marques Colston, but with the suspensions and the possible holdout of Brees, the Saints 2012 season outlook is very grim. The Buccaneers and Broncos seem to be off to the best start while the Dolphins and Saints look to be going in the opposite direction. Nothing is a sure thing in the NFL though and it is impossible to tell where these teams will be when the playoffs roll around at the end of the next season. There will be plenty of speed bumps for every team in the NFL as each franchise is forced to deal with injuries, suspensions and the natural wear and tear of the 17-week NFL season. That’s the joy of the NFL though, no one ever knows what is going to happen and it all starts soon.





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Warner vs. Hoge By: Ben Decowski Sports Editor Mace & Crown

“Fifty shades of GreY”

Former National Football League quarterback Kurt Warner has unintentionally popped his head back into the spotlight this offseason. The former league and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP made a stir when he came out and said that he would prefer that his kids not play football because of the danger that the game poses. This didn’t sit well with some other former players, specifically former NFL fullback Merril Hoge. Hoge, who now works as an analyst for ESPN, called Warner “uneducated and irresponsible” after hearing Warner’s stance on his kids playing football. This makes a ton of sense coming from a guy who had so many head injuries that he was forced into early retirement. Hoge’s criticism of Warner is absolutely baffling. First off, Warner played professional football for 20 years, 12 of which were in the NFL, to Merril Hoge’s eight. That means that Warner suffered through 12 more years of pro football injuries than Hoge. Yes, Hoge may have had some more severe injuries but Warner has clearly earned the right to have his own opinion on the danger of the game. Second, how could anyone possibly call it “irresponsible” for a father to not want his kids to play a sport that can leave you brain damaged and paralyzed? Does anyone remember what happened to former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand in 2010? LeGrand delivered a hit against

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Army and suffered a spinal injury so severe that it left him paralyzed from the neck down. Thankfully, LeGrand has started to get some of the movement back in his arms and legs but he will never physically be the same as he was before that injury. So yes Hoge you’re right, Warner should definitely want his kids to play a sport that can have the devastating outcome that it had for the LeGrand family. How uneducated and irresponsible of Warner as a father to not want to expose his children to that kind of danger. What would Warner know about football anyways, it’s not like he ever did anything in his career. I mean what does a league MVP and Super Bowl MVP even mean these days? Hoge certainly wouldn’t know.

Humble Indie Bundle Humble Indies Helping Out

By: Steven Knauer Distribution Manager Mace & Crown For the past five years Child’s Play, a group that buys video games and consoles and gives them to children in hospitals, has hosted a charity specifically aimed at gamers. Child’s Play has been active since 2003. Independent game studios, better known as “indie developers,” promote their games in this charity every summer. The consumer can pay however much they find worthy and in return get a number of indie games. Each year there are different studios who put their games up for charity. This charity features games from

independent studios, which are studios not attached to a publisher. In today’s gaming world, it’s hard to break into the business unless a publisher and a well-known development team is involved. That being said, the ones who make it without either have their heart dedicated to making enjoyable games. These independents use things like social media and blogs to get their name out, getting really attached to their fan base since they are basically their own sales team. The Humble Indie Bundle is one way these developers give back to the community. These developers get nothing in return for donating their games to charity, but it does raise their popularity among the gaming and charity communities through an act of

good faith. In the past, titles such as “World of Goo,” “Braid,” “Super Meat Boy,” and “And Yet It Moves” have been in the bundle. These well-known titles are bundled together with lesserknown ones, helping their popularity and giving to charity all at the same time. This year we get yet another nice lineup of games. The first in the line-up is “LIMBO,” a game that harkens back to the side-scrolling era of video games. Playing as a boy in limbo, the plane between heaven and hell, the player must traverse across a 2D environment and overcome puzzles on their way through the world. Developers at Playdead Studios made their debut in

As a gift, I was given the book “Fifty Shades of Grey” written by E.L. James. I started reading the book this summer and once I picked it up, I couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t decide if I was appalled by the context or turned on. Not knowing what I had gotten myself into, I kept turning pages. The book follows a female character, Anastasia Steele, a student about to graduate from college. Her world is turned upside down when she gets the chance to meet and interview Christian Grey, a man of money, good looks and a mysterious personality. Ana meets Grey at an interview where she becomes drawn to him. Little does she know, she has the same effect on him. He immediately becomes her protector and constantly appears in places to sweep her off her feet. Never having such strong feelings for a man before, Ana starts to fall for Grey until she is thrown a curve ball titled his “red room of pain.” This is where the book gets kinky, steamy and all sorts of weird, but in a good way. July of 2010 with their “video game as art.” The story is told loosely, allowing for interpretation and to have the player enjoy what they are seeing. The second game in the bundle is “Psychonauts.” Double Fine’s 2005 cult classic returns to relevance thanks to the nature of today’s Internet. A victim of being before its time, “Psychonauts” was loved by everyone who had played it, but most had never heard of it in its day. Recently, “Psychonauts 2” was announced by Double Fine’s executive producer Tim Schafer and it is no surprise to see the original on this list. Explaining the premise of this game could take a whole article in its own so i’ll define it as the enigma that is Schafer’s mind. This game is a trip and should not be missed. “Amnesia: The Dark Descent,” a horror game that some may call “too scary,” is on our list of games this year. One day, Frictional Games must have gotten together and decided to make a game that people would buy but never play. This isn’t because of game play, but because of terror. Amnesia has been known to scare even the bravest of gamers as they are equipped with nothing but a lantern and a loud heartbeat. With freakish monsters popping out of nowhere and having no way to defend yourself, this game is difficult in a refreshing way. I’ve never played it only because I knew how scary it

On their second date, Grey asks Ana to be his submissive. That’s right, Christian Grey is a dominant. He gets off on making girls do what he wants and punishes them if they disobey. The stipulations of the relationship he wants are laid out in the book for all readers to see. There were things he desired in the arrangement that blew my mind. He craved bondage, spanking and everything in between. Ana was open to adjusting to this extreme type of sex but she had boundaries about what Grey could do to her. Never having sex before, Ana knew no other way to have sex than Grey’s erotic style. Once the two reach an agreement on the hard and soft boundaries, the two fell into a web of love and lust. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy romantic novels. Grey and Ana realize they fit well together and build a relationship around each other’s wants and needs. Grey seeks to dominate Ana but she wants more from him. He claims that he doesn’t do relationships because of his tortured childhood, yet for Ana, he breaks the rules of their agreement to make her happy because of his strong love for her. can actually be. The fourth thing on the list is an unfamiliar game to me called “Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery.” It seems to be another “video game as art” like “LIMBO,” focused on story telling rather than action. Unlike “LIMBO,” it’s a point-and-click adventure and like every game in this list it has an amazing soundtrack. In fact, when the Humble Indie Bundle is purchased, every games’ soundtrack is given to the customer. This is quite a deal considering what the fifth game in the bundle is. This final game, worth every penny alone, is “Bastion.” I wrote an article about this game once and how beautiful it looked and sounded. The game plus the soundtrack could easily be sold by themselves and make a fortune for this year’s bundle, but due to the nature of these developers it’s just a delicious icing on the cake. As of Tuesday, June 5, there will be nine days left to get the Humble Indie Bundle and I highly recommend it. Five amazing games and their soundtracks for however much you feel like giving sounds too good to be true. So if you donate, be sure to make it significant so that children have something to play while they recover, and so the Humble Indie Bundle continues for years to come.


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Reasons To Get Out in Hampton Roads This Summer By: Megan Stamer Webmaster Mace & Crown

This summer the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Town Point Park has plenty of reasons to leave the house. Harborfest will be at Town Point Park June 8 through 10. Harborfest has ported at Town Point Park for 36 years and has a great turnout every year. Some highlights include live music, shopping, food vendors, ships to walk on and activities for kids. And make sure to stay until the sun goes down for a fireworks show. This event is free and open to the public. If boats are not your cup of tea, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront will be hosting a spicy Latin Fest June 8 and 9. Groove to the caliente sounds of salsa, merengue and jazz music. The Latin Fest is adopted from the authentic festival in Miami. Experience the Latin American life with food, music and dancing all night. There will also be a Zumba marathon hosted by the Mambo Room so you can learn Latin dances and break a sweat. This event is free and open to the public. Want to go to New Orleans but can’t afford a plane ticket? Town Point Park will host the second annual Norfolk Bayou Boogaloo on June 22. The park will be full of Cajun food, mu-

sic, drinks and artists from New Orleans. Thursday is free to the public and participants on Thursday can pick up a free ticket for Friday. Friday and Saturday events are $20 for a weekend pass. Sandstock is at the Oceanfront June 22 through 24 and free to the public. Bands will cover artists from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. On Friday at 9:45 p.m. is the Pink Floyd laser show. Event stages are on 17 Street, 24 Street and 31 Street all day. July fourth fireworks will be in abundance this year and whether you would prefer an oceanfront, mountain or harbor view, there are fireworks for everyone. Fireworks for fourth of July will be set off at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach, and Town Point Park. Tap into your artistic bone July 7 at the Oceanfront this summer for Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion. Two hundred competitors will draw on the boardwalk with chalk on a four by four square according to the theme. Participants are separated into three categories: youth, amateur and professional. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded for winners. There is no fee to attend or participate but registration is required for participants by 1 p.m. and drawings must be completed by 3:30 p.m.

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Soulutions | Vol. 54, Issue 24

CrossWord ACROSS 1. Conflict 6. Fraud 10. Not barefoot 14. 67 in Roman numerals 15. Hefty volume 16. Decant 17. Stave off 18. District 19. Graphic symbol 20. Instructions 22. Ancient Peruvian 23. Warning device 24. Not the borrower 26. Chilled

30. Card with one symbol 31. Long-haired wild ox 32. Connecting point 33. Blowgun missile 35. Transparent 39. Urinary organs 41. Spiny anteater 43. Meddle 44. If not 46. A noble gas 47. Got together 49. Estimated arrival time 50. Annoying insect 51. Strong suit

54. Shocked reaction 56. Weightlifters pump this 57. Graniteware 63. Devil tree 64. Spouse 65. Moses’ brother 66. Leave in a hurry 67. Portent 68. Homeric epic 69. Story 70. A musical pause 71. League members

DOWN 1. Attired 2. 66 in Roman numerals 3. Affirm 4. “Your majesty” 5. Enlistment 6. Steps 7. Medical examiner 8. Ends a prayer 9. Paltry 10. A light shower 11. Hunting dog 12. 1/16th of a Lb. 13. Gloomy, in poetry

21. Sycophant 25. Every single one 26. Writing fluids 27. Metal money 28. Cocoyam 29. Denote 34. Part of the Bible 36. Biblical garden 37. Dwarf buffalo 38. Deliver a tirade 40. Type of sword 42. Stop 45. Emissaries

48. Quake 51. Center 52. Genus of heath 53. Complete 55. Braid of hair 58. What a person is called 59. Welt 60. Operatic solo 61. Wander 62. Terminates

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ODU’s Week of Welcome is an exciting opportunity to meet other students, have fun, and learn about campus. Participate in the MANY social and educational events that will be provided! Check out for more information!

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June 6, 2012 Mace and Crown Issue.

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