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Tug of War: Displaying the Ten

Commandments By: Janah Stokes Staff Writer A Southwestern Virginia public school is battling for the right to display the Ten Commandments. A student and the students’ parents came forward with complaints about the Ten Commandments being posted in a Giles County public school. The complaint states that the presence of the Ten Commandments infringes on First Amendment rights by portraying an outlet for one religion to be practiced. Jessica Womack, junior sociology and criminal justice

The 96X Morning Show team opened the Winter Meltdown at the Ted Constant Center with an introduction of the bands to come and presented the first act. The morning show also mentioned a Facebook giveaway. Anybody could login using a smartphone and throughout the show could be given the location of a hidden meet-and-greet pass. Phones lit up left and right in the crowd immediately following. On December 1, Young the Giant was the first act to open on the main stage, as Difference Days opened on the “Late Late Rock” stage thirty minutes prior. They played popular songs such as “My Body” off their self-titled album. The lead guitarist used his

pedal board to the fullest, using heavy chorus and delay effects. Next, on the main stage, was Taking Back Sunday who opened with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” originally performed by Judy Garland. They continued with many hit songs with frontman, Adam Lazzara, doing his usual microphone swinging across the stage in all directions. The band appealed to the crowd, with most fans knowing the words to their songs. Lazzara announced they would play two more songs. The band only played one song before Lazzara dropped the microphone at the end of the song and stormed off stage, leaving the crowd confused. They ended with “You Got Me” off their new self-titled record. Following that performance was Foster the People, who threw a heavy drum beat to start a great crowd re-

sponse. They played all songs from their self-titled album. Their set consisted of four keyboards/synthesizers, drums, two extra large floor toms, and various guitars and basses. The band used every instrument to lengthen the sound of their melodies. The Los Angeles based threesome, was highly energized, having been the only band to change up one of their hit songs, “Pumped Up Kicks,” to a synthesized and percussed song with little vocals, which left the crowd cheering for one more. On the “Late Late Rock” stage, a Manhattan based Grouplove performed to an extremely packed room. Mallory Schneider, a senior English student at ODU said, “I liked Grouplove the best, they peformed on a Continued on B2

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student said, “if I was in a secondary school, I probably would have just looked at it and acknowledged it, but I would not have made a big deal about it. I wouldn’t be offended, but I see why someone else would be offended, especially if Christianity isn’t their religion.” According to the Washington Times, the Ten Commandments have been displayed in all of the county’s schools for a decade, before complaints in December. “The school shouldn’t push religion down students’ throats; if you’re going to post the Ten Commandments then you should post other religious documents as well. They’re wrong for dismissing their claim like that because everyone isn’t a Christian and shouldn’t have to experience it. They make such a big deal about not teaching how God created everything but then they make a big deal about having the Ten Commandments in school. That doesn’t make sense,” said Shane Rivera, a junior history student at Old Dominion University. Residents who supported the displays were highly dissatisfied with the removals of the documents. About 200 students in Giles County participated in a walk out this spring to act out against the removal of the Ten Commandments. “This is Giles County, and Christ is a big, big, big part of Giles County, for those who don’t like it, go somewhere else,” said a student in court documents. The school board restored the religious document, and Continued on A3

Travesty in Pakistan NATO airstrike on Pakistani check post was monumental communications failure

By: Derek Page News Assistant

Ties between the United States and Pakistan have sunk to a new low after a NATO airstrike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last Saturday, Nov. 26. The incident occurred at a Pakistan-Afghan border when a joint USAfghan operation came under fire and called in NATO helicopters for support. Unnamed Afghan officials reported Afghan commandos and U.S. Special Forces were operating on the Afghan side of the border when incoming fire from the direction of the Pakistani posts forced them to respond accordingly. “It was a very sad and unfortunate

incident to hear of. My family felt very sorry about the human loss in the attack,” said Muhammad Fahim, a Pakistani graduate student at Old Dominion University. Fahim believes it will “increase the pressure on the government to step back from the US alliance. On the other hand, it will increase support for the militants, which will increase pressure on the military operations. Subsequently, it will increase the already tense relations.” Wajid Kahn, a student at ODU and native of Pakistan, expressed his reaction to the debacle. I felt “a sudden feeling of sadness and anguish.” Pakistani officials conceited the asContinued on A3


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Mace & Crown staff Diane Dougherty Editor in Chief Jessica Starr Copy Editor David Bakhshaee News Editor Alyssa Narvell Arts & Entertainment Editor Matthew McCracken Sports Editor Drew Marmo Advertising Director Elaina Ellis Photography Editor Kyle White Senior Design & Web Director Megan Jefferson Design & Web Assistant Kathryn Mason Distribution Manager

Weekly Address From

President Broderick “Hi President Broderick! What happened to your leg?” Over the past three weeks, this has been the refrain as I’ve shuffled on crutches across campus, through events, at dinners and luncheons, and in class. In most cases, I briefly consider an answer that places me in the midst of the pivotal tackle in the William and Mary game, or paints me as the brave soul in a rescue scenario, or simply makes the story most interesting and exciting than the real one. The truth is, after years of running and exercising, my left knee decided mutiny was the best course and I had surgery to repair some accrued damage. The injury is certainly not too serious, but enough to be given orders by my surgeon to bear no weight on my knee for at least 6 weeks. While I’m fairly certain my knee was trying to send me a message

about the sensibility of two-plus decades of concrete running, I have learned some real and valuable lessons about the ODU community. We always brag about our campus’ welcoming nature, but it becomes ever more evident when literally hundreds of faculty, staff and students sincerely inquire about your well-being and whether there is anything they can do to help. I have seen first-hand the generosity of the ODU spirit in the many people who have gone out of their way to offer help with transportation and the countless others who have opened doors and held elevators. Even students, who too often get unfairly criticized for paying more attention to their smart phones than their surroundings, came to my assistance on numerous occasions or asked how I was doing. My wife, Kate, who works in the Office of Educational Accessibility, reminded me that for many of our students and employees, physical challenges are a part of everyday life. Additionally, I became more aware of the challenges faced by individuals who encounter obstacles to accessibility on a daily basis. Finding and navigating the ramps for Kaufman and Webb when you are in a hurry, for example, opened my eyes to the many hurdles faced by individuals with accessibility concerns. So perhaps the greatest lesson to come from surgery is to be ever more mindful of that in my personal routine and more purposeful in my presidential undertakings to ensure that everyone at Old Dominion receives the same outpouring of support, accessibility assistance and encouragement as I did. My heartfelt thanks to all who have made the past few weeks easier! -President John R. Broderick

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Jake Ullrich Sports Assistant Ari Gould Photography Assistant Ethan Shaw Arts & Entertainment Assistant Senior Writers: Ben Decowski RJay Molina Justin Brown William Channel Martin Tucker Erin Robertson Staff Writers: Angel Dodson Alexander Rose Daniel Felarca Robbie Ciara Brian Jerry Stephen Gowen Brielle Boucher Steve Knauer Timothy Fulghum Ethan Shaw Janah Stokes Lauren Grant Jessica Scheck Elizabeth Bowry Gianina Thompson Tyler McCarthy Emma Needham Sarah Roby Megan Stamper Jessica Piland MaryAnn Jackson Paul Minto Nour Kheireddine Lateesha Gloston Shawn Minor Staff Photographers: Andrew Matkins Jake Zimmerman Bruce Foote Lauren Makely Chris Sampson Marlie De Clerck Claude Dargan Rachel Chasin Crystal Spick 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 selfsupporting 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

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The O-arm replaces the C-arm in Hampton Roads By: WILLIaM ChanneL Senior Writer


Sentara General Hospital in Virginia Beach has acquired an O-arm system this month, a GPS-like navigation system, for surgical use. The O-arm currently resides in Sentara’s General Hospital operating room on First Colonial Avenue. Sentara General Hospital is now one of the few hospitals in the country and the first in the Hampton Roads area to acquire one. The O-arm is designed for faster processing and creation of 3-D imaging during surgery. The O-arm is a combination of CT-scans and its predecessor the C-arm. Erik Smith, a junior in the international business field, doesn’t feel that “it’s crucial, but it is beneficial.” Scott Sechrist, associate professor and program directior of Nuclear Medicine Technology at Old Dominion University, said that the O-arm machine has so far been used three times and cost $600,000 The O-arm has a 360 degree angle capability, which is used for taking images of the patient. According to Neuroscience Institution at JFK, the O-arm can take almost 400 images in the time span of 30 seconds with a very low margin of error. Using these images, the O-arm can create 2-D images or 3-D models for the surgeon to evaluate during surgery. According to Sentara’s website, the speed and accuracy in which it takes the images is important because it changes the chance for success from a 54 percent chance to a 98 percent chance. There-

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proposed for it to be displayed beside historical legal documents such as the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta, the Star Spangled Banner and a picture of Lady Justice. Those fighting for the removal claim that it “promotes a particular message to which the student does not subscribe. The display sends a message to the student that he is an outsider and not a full participant in the school community. It also places coercive pressure on student to suppress their personal beliefs and adopt the board’s favored religious views.” Mathew D. Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and the Dean of Liberty University’s School of Law in Lynchburg, Va, argued in court against the case. He stated that the plaintiffs “cannot allege the facts necessary to place the square peg of the Giles County documents display into the round hole of an impermissible endorsement of religion.” The Giles School Board and Staver merely dismissed the claim because the plaintiffs failed to present adequate information for their case. The board argued that the school exhibited one religious document in the company of several legal historical documents, which helped develop and influence the law in Virginia. They contended that the intentions weren’t to teach students about religion but to pay homage to influential historical documents.

sault was unprovoked and continued for over an hour despite informing their coalition counterparts at two joint border centers that an official check post was under attack. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen referred to the accident as “tragic and unintended.” ”There is a great stress on the relationship,” said Major General Athar Abbas, however he spoke about how he does not believe the incident to be permanently damaging to relations. “It will be the decision of the leadership whether to stop cooperating with NATO, but I don’t think so because we believe that there is a common threat of terrorism. We are both fighting to eliminate terrorists in that area,” said Abbas. Abbas did note the general publics’ reaction to the incident, as well as that of the Pakistani army and Parliament. “There is a great sense of resentment and anger,” said Abbas. Pakistan closed its western border, blocking multiple routes for delivering vital supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, and demanded that the U.S. abandon an air base in Pakistan used to operate drone strikes just hours after the attack on Saturday. The airstrike “negates the progress made by the two countries on improving relations,” said Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a phone call.

fore, doctors will be able to make less surgical errors. According to Evelyn Lewis, a freshman in the marine biology department at Old Dominion University, “any extra help that they can get to eliminate human error is good.” However, she does not think that it is going to become more effective than the more popular procedures, but may help the more life threatening ones. There is one main disadvantage to using the Oarm. The O-arm uses CT-scans to make its imaging. It subjects the patient and staff to a high dose of radiation. For Erik Smith, the level of radiation is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not the machine is useful. Because this is still new technology, having been approved by the FDA in 2006, produced by Medtronic Inc., not many of the staff at Sentara is aware of the O-arm system and know it as “the device used for spinal surgery. Others in Sentara still use the C-arm system. Currently, most hospitals still use the C-arm system that is an X-ray base tube capable of scanning at 360 degrees. However, the C-arm system has a limited visual space to work with and takes time that to rotate around the subject and get all the images. So taking images with this machine takes a while, and can prolong the surgery. The O-arm system hopes to solve many of the old problems the C-arm system could not, and make surgery safer for people. With the O-arm GPS-like navigation system during surgery, it aims to help alleviate the need for invasive surgery.

The US and NATO have pledged to investigate the incident, and expressed regret at the loss of Pakistani lives. Consequently, in protest of the incident, Pakistani officials have made the decision during a Cabinet meeting held in Lahore on Tuesday to boycott an upcoming meeting in Bonn, Germany concerning the future of Afghanistan. Both Fahim and Khan support the decision for Pakistan to remain absent at the conference in Bonn. However, many officials feel the absence of the Pakistani government would be a fiasco considering their relationship with Afghanistan and their potential influence on the Taliban. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said,”Pakistans absence would not be helpful to the efforts aimed at bringing about peace in Afghanistan.” CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen shared similar qualms. “Without Pakistan there can’t be a real settlement in Afghanistan. After all, almost all the Taliban leaders are living in Pakistan and only Pakistan can put the pressure on them to come to the negotiation table,” said Bergen. Officials unanimously agree that Pakistan’s presence at Monday’s conference is vital to the progress in eradicating terrorism in the Middle East and feel that the government’s absence could be damaging to these efforts. Hope still remains that Pakistan will recognize the imperative nature of their presence to the development of peaceful resolution.



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Relaying Throughout Decades and in Crisis Throughout the Night heLP out this hoLiDaY season

By: Megan StaMPer Staff Writer


By: r Jay MoLIna Senior Writer The Young Women’s Christian Association is joining up with Old Dominion University’s Women’s Center for the annual “Women in Crisis” charity. The charity, which has been around for many years, offers the chance for parents in need to give the gifts their children wish for during the holiday season. The ODU Women’s Center is given a list each year of items for children ages 5-11, 12-17, and up. Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator for the Women’s Center, Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer, spoke about the annual event. “The Women in Crisis charity provides a lot of services to our students who are in relationship violence, but these are the women and children that are actually in the shelter.” The Women’s Center makes it one of their top priorities over the holiday season to help these women, especially when considering their children because, “they’ve been displaced from their home, and they don’t have a lot of money to give their kids gifts,” said Edwards-Bodmer. The holiday wish list for this year includes items such as toys, children’s

movies, board games, and outerwear. Gift cards are also permitted as a donation to ensure that the parents being helped can “choose the best and most needed item for each family member,” as stated by the official wish list. Gift cards from Target, Wal-Mart, Barnes and Noble and Payless are encouraged. It can be understandably difficult to contribute to the “Women in Crisis” charity event, especially for underclassmen restricted to living on campus without a car or many items to give away. But for those with a few extra pennies in their pocket or items lying around in an apartment, it really does not take that much effort to brighten the holiday’s up for those in need. “There are kids as young as five and below and it’s a scary situation for them. This [event] just gives them a little more comfort,” says EdwardsBodmer. The donation deadline for the “Women in Crisis” charity is Dec. 16. Donations can be given to the ODU Women’s Center located in the Webb, or at the YWCA at 5215 Colley Ave. The wish list can be found throughout campus, as well as in the Women’s Center.

Relay for Life is approaching at ODU, and organizers are urging everyone on campus to get involved. This year’s theme is “Relay Across Time.” Dressing in a decade of your choice or choosing an icon is encouraged. Whether you decide to be a flapper or Elvis, the focus of the night is to give back and celebrating those lives which were impacted by cancer and raising money for treatments and cures. The celebration is from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. with the notion that cancer never sleeps, and a variety of events will be available all night. The first half of the night is dedicated to survivors and remembers those who have been affected by cancer. The Luminaria ceremony is the evening’s highlight. Those with friends and family affected by cancer can purchase a Luminaria bag prior to the event dedicated to their loved one. During the ceremony, the bags are lit for those to remember their loved ones. After the ceremony, there will be booths spread around Webb Center with food, games, entertainment and opportunities to donate. The Miss Relay Pageant is one of the most awaited events of the night and starts at 1 a.m. The pageant consists of men showing their support for the cause by cross-dressing, performing a talent, and gathering donations for the American Cancer Society. Participants can also consider a team captain position. Spots are offered for a variety of organizations on campus. The team captain has responsibilities of registering and recruiting teams, attending captain meetings and communicating information to their team, establishing a team goal, setting up fundraisers, decorating the campsite, and the walking schedule. Zach Hill, the public relations chair-

person, reminds those interested in starting a team to sign up as soon as possible. A late sign up risks missing fundraising, planning, and winning contests. The financial goal of the event this year is $65,000, and over $1,000 has already been raised. Most of the money is raised before the Relay event. Fundraising projects such as sending

letters to family and friends, organizing a restaurant fundraiser, selling Luminaria bags for $10, or promoting the event on Facebook or Twitter are ways to raise awareness and money. If you are interested in getting involved contact event chairman, Janette Julio, at, or the public relations chairman, Zach Hill, at



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two DeLiCious iteMs For the hoLiDaYs Flan

Some may say flan is an acquired taste, but with the easy to follow recipe, this flan will have even the toughest critics coming back for seconds. Eaten traditionally Spanish and South American cultures, flan has a texture similar to custard, and has a sweet cream taste. Ingredients: ¾ cup granulated sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract One 12-ounce can of evaporated milk 1 ½ cups whole milk

By: MeLanIe Barker Contributing Writer Many families across the world will gather this month to celebrate Christmas with presents, stockings, and most importantly, food. Cuisines across the world differ from what American’s eat. Dessert dishes from other cultures offer the most unique and fun way to explore what other families eat on the holidays. Here are two easy to make dessert recipes from Spanish and European cultures.

Other items needed: 6-8 shallow bowls or a pie dish Saucepan Mixing bowl Whisk Oven Foil

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2.Heat sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Once a liquid, pour the sugar in the bottoms of the bowls or the pie dish. Expect it to harden. The sugar will soften upon baking. 3.In the mixing bowl, mix the eggs, vanilla extract, evaporated milk, and milk. Pour mixture over the sugar in the baking dishes. 4.Cover baking dish in foil, then bake for 60 minutes. The dish is done when a knife inserted in the middle of the flan comes out clean. Serves 6-8. Variations of this recipe include using condensed milk instead of whole milk, and using less or more sugar for sweetness. Two tablespoons of coffee can be added to make coffee flan.


Marzipan Made in European countries as a frosting for cakes and for chewy candies, marzipan is already a tradition in some American homes. Once marzipan is made, food coloring is added and the paste can be made into shapes. Marzipan is found at most candy stores in shapes of clovers, pigs, and ladybugs, all of which are European symbols of good luck. Marzipan has a thick, frosting-like texture and an almond taste. Ingredients: 8 ounces almond paste 2 cups confectioner’s sugar ¼ cup corn syrup Food colorings of choice (optional)

Other items needed: Medium bowl Plastic wrap

1.Break apart the almond paste in the medium bowl. Slowly add the confectioners sugar in ½ cup increments. Knead the almond paste and sugar with hands until blended. 2.Once all confectioners sugar is mixed with almond paste, slowly knead in the corn syrup until the marzipan has a consistency of paste. 3.Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one hour. Once set, the marzipan can be broken off in small pieces and color can be added. The marzipan can then be molded into an array of shapes or animals.


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smaller stage but their energy and enthusiasm made up for it.” Cage The Elephant played next on the main stage, who also implemented exemplary musicianship. This wild five-piece band truely showed what getting in the crowd meant, as the vocalist, Matthew Shultz took many dives into the crowd while belting out lyrics into the microphone. ODU Junior communications student, Sarah Brunke said, “The lead singer crowd surfed right over us and then stood up in the crowd.”

After Cake and Bush performed on the main stage. Last on the “Late Late Rock” stage was The Naked and Famous. This band traveled from New Zealand for a tour in the United States and still had a huge following. The group has an indie synth-pop sound with heavy vocals from both Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers. Many sponsors were present including Budwiser and a Norfolk local, Aardvark Glass. Fans at the annual local favorite event seemed pleased by the overall

Flan and marzipan are two desserts from other countries that can easily be created in any kitchen. The recipes can be altered to cater to individual tastes and guests will be delighted to try a new recipe around the holidays.

great performances. ODU Almuni, Ally Vaccaro commented, “The concert was a muscial masterpiece and a better combination of bands wouldn’t have been possible.” Both Foster the People and Cage the Elephant live videos are now available to view on


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A Leader in Lewis By: Ben DeCoWSkI Senior Writer

Senior forward Tia Lewis has exemplified exactly what a Lady Monarch should be since she transferred to Old Dominion University from Central Florida in 2008. She was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-

Tournament Team in her first year as a Lady Monarch and just last year, she won Team MVP. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Old Dominion. I wish they had picked me up coming out of high school because this is like a perfect fit for me,” Lewis said. “I really love it, the atmosphere, fans, the game plan, the style

monarch mentions • Old Dominion football lost 55-48 to Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga. on Dec. 3 in the second round of the FCS Championships. • Old Dominion Men’s Basketball record is 5-3 only playing one conference game so far this season. • Lady Monarchs Basketball has lost eight out of their nine games this season, but it is still early in the season. • Old Dominion is currently in 16th place for the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup after the Lady Monarchs’ field hockey Final Four finish.

of play, my teammates, my coaches, I really love it here.” It was a bit of a journey for Lewis to get to Old Dominion, a school that really wasn’t even on her radar coming out of Worth County High School in 2007. Even after deciding to transfer out of UCF after her freshmen year, Lewis did not intend on going to ODU. “I was actually trying to get into Georgia Tech and they didn’t have any more scholarships left,” Lewis said. It was only then that Lewis was referred to ODU and she gave the Monarchs a look, “…they had the same type of play that I was looking for and Old Dominion had a scholarship. Then they looked at me, did details and whatever and they liked what they saw. I liked what I saw when I came in my visit and I chose this school,” Lewis said. Now in her final year as a Lady Monarch, Lewis and her team have had to face some adversity early on. Lewis is the only senior and returning starter on a Lady Monarchs team. A team that has sputtered out to a 1-7 start after a tough opening schedule that included

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tia Lewis FiLLs the tough roLL as a LeaDer For the Young LaDY MonarChs an away game at No. 5 Stanford. That hasn’t discouraged Lewis though, who said, “I honestly feel like we’re going in the right direction. After each game, I feel like we get better and better and better because we learn.” Besides learning to play with such a young team and four new starters, the Lady Monarchs have also had to adapt to a new head coach in Karen Barefoot, who has won two National Coach of the Year awards. “It’s more up-tempo playing under coach Barefoot. She has more energy I would say and she’s just more lively and adapts well to things that go on as far as adversity with the team or things that others are facing,” Lewis said. Lewis has been able to establish a good relationship quickly with coach Barefoot as the lone senior and leader of the Lady Monarchs. “I look at her more as like a friend and a coach because I can go and talk to her and the coaching staff about anything that anybody on the team is going through. Anybody can go to them, so that’s a big difference,” Lewis said. Lewis has handled the pressure of being a team leader well so far. “I don’t

feel as much pressure because I knew it was coming and I was prepared for this role. Yes, it gets frustrating sometimes, but end of the day I’m not going to break down,” Lewis said, “I’m the lone senior, everybody is looking up to

I’m the lone senior, everybody is looking up to me.

me. I have to be a role model.” This may be Lewis’ most important year as a Lady Monarch as she tries to set a good example for this new young team that is in transition. The Ladies still have a long season ahead of them, but with Lewis leading the way, they are in good hands.

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Final Score: georgia southern- 55 Old Dominion- 48

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T. Heinicke: ODU





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By: Sarah roBy Staff Writer Nick Mayers, a redshirt junior, is leading Old Dominion’s football team in receiving yards this season with 658 yards. Mayers, No. 7, standing at a mere 5-foot-7-inches, weighing only 170 pounds, is a wide receiver that plays a big part in ODU football. Mayers is second on the team with seven touchdowns this season. “It feels real good. The first year I led in receiving touchdowns, but the second year was awful. To be able to come back and help the team win, it’s

a blessing really,” Mayers said. ODU football is a fairly new program, but has progressed tremendously in their first three years. “A lot of maturing has been going on. It has benefited us being around each other that long. We are coming together and peaking right at the perfect time,” Mayers said. Mayers likes that the coaching staff is always trying to find new ways to use ODU’s speed, as well as the other wide receivers. “We call each other CBS. That stands for ‘Can’t Be Stopped’,” Mayers said about the wide receivers. The wide receivers spend a lot of time to-

gether whether it’s on the field, dinner cooked by the wide receiver coach on Thursday nights, or playing intramural basketball. “None of us are selfish guys, we all want everybody to do well,” Mayers said. The wide receivers encountered a major change this season when the dynamic of the offense was flipped due to a new quarterback. When Thomas DeMarco was injured and freshman Taylor Heinicke had to take over, it may have been for the best. “Taylor has better pocket presence,” Mayers said, “Taylor throws the ball softer than DeMarco, which makes it

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easier to catch.” Mayers noticed a change in the team when Heinicke took over. “It sends a message to everybody on the team that nobody’s spot is safe. You [have] got to prepare and work hard like today is your last day,” Mayers said. Despite the major changes, the offense this season has worked very hard and has done well. “To be able to control the play clock and making drives and being able to score points is always beneficial,” Mayers said. When Mayers thinks about his goals for the rest of the season he wants, “just to keep winning. The more we

win, the more we will be recognized around the country and we’ll be able to come back here and play another game in front of our home fans,” Mayers said. ODU football has done what they needed to do in order to get this far, but they are not done. As coach Wilder has been preaching all season, the Monarchs are not done fighting until they get that National Championship, despite their youth. Mayers has had a great season so far with receiving yards and touchdowns, and plans to finish out strong.


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Nicholson Looked to Climb the Mountain

oDu wrestLer reaDY to MaKe his MarK By: greg arnoLD Staff Writer Last season, Old Dominion wrestler John Nicholson watched from the stands as his team earned a losing record of 7-13. This season, as a redshirt sophomore, he is able to do something about it. He is personally holding an 8-2 record and leads the team with four major decisions. His team is 4-1. He does, however, have a long way to go before he considers himself a success. A shoulder injury kept Nicholson off the mat, but he has recovered and is ready to get back to it. Nicholson was not too pleased about having to sit out last season, “It was hard, it sucked. There were a lot of times where I just wanted to jump right out there and wrestle, but I couldn’t.” He was redshirted and forced to watch from the sidelines. This season has been marked by change for ODU wrestling. Not only is Nicholson now eligible to wrestle, but he says there has been a huge swing in the entire team. “It’s a more disciplined team,” Nicholson said, “We’re doing a lot better, we are more focused.” Another new element to the team is senior Te Edwards, who transferred in from Arizona State University. “Te is a great asset to the team because he is a leader. He is new, but everyone looks at him and sees he is winning and doing well.” The mountain Nicholson is looking up at is his own goals. When asked about his goals, he answered before the question was even finished, “National Champion.” Then he put that goal even higher, “If you want to reach a goal you have to shoot past it, so my goal would be to pin the National Champion.” Not only does Nicholson want to be the National Champion, he wants to score a pin to win it. Nicholson knows he will have tests coming soon that

will show him just how high that mountain really is. “In a month, eight of the top ten guys are going to be at the

If you want to reach a goal you have to shoot past it. Scuffle.” While many are recovering from New Years, Nicholson with be at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Jan. 1 and 2. There, ODU will face some of the best colleges including Penn State, the defending National Champions. Nicholson also understands he has to do more than beat the best to be a National Champion. He has to beat pretty much everyone. He will not be able to let his guard down because any other wrestler can beat him if he is not careful. This gets to be harder and harder as he climbs the rankings and becomes a target. Lower ranked players will look to beat Nicholson to make a name for themselves. “I’ve never looked at myself as a target, I always look at myself as an underdog no matter what.” If the name Nicholson is familiar, it is because John’s older brother James is a three-time All-American wrestler who graduated from ODU after last season. “We rough housed a lot, my brothers picked on me,” John said of his childhood, “But that is why I think I am tough today.” The next time Nicholson and the rest of the ODU wrestling team has a match at home will be Jan. 11, 2012, when they take on Bucknell.


Let the Games Begin nba season set to start DeC. 25 By: MattheW MCCraCken Sports Editor While the NFL has been in action for so long it seems as if there wasn’t a lockout, the NBA decided to take a different route. Wishful thinking was thrown out the window after the Players’ Association of the NBA denied a 50/50 split offer between the owners. Fans thought they wouldn’t be able to see if Lebron James would get his first ring. They wouldn’t be able to witness if Dirk Nowitski could take over the league through his versatility as an athlete. Hope had gone out the window, and didn’t leave a note saying goodbye. That is, until the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday came in its true form for NBA fans as the players and owners agreed, through a handshake, to a 49/51 split with room for improvement on the players’ side. Opening day will be Dec. 25, Christmas Day, and teams can start signing players on Dec. 9. Neither side seemed to have won the argument, but essentially, didn’t let their opposition take advantage of them. The owners refused to give the players what they were asking for in a 51 percent revenue share while the players didn’t budge for the owners’ proposed 47 percent revenue share. Business men, wealthy individuals, and high-powered basketball stars came together to bring basketball back to the fans all over, starting with five must-see games come Christmas. Starting at 12 p.m. eastern, the Boston Celtics travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks. Celtics, known to be getting old yet wise, face the fairly new formulated dynamic duo in Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. Celtics may not be familiar out on the court as their star point guard, Rajon Rondo, isn’t happy in Boston. Come time to trade free agents, look for Rondo to be on the chopping block. Every man or woman who calls themselves a fan of the NBA will be glued to the television come 2:30 p.m. eastern on Christmas Day as the Dallas Mavericks host the Miami Heat in a repeat of the 2011 NBA Finals. Mavericks, the 2011 NBA Champions led by Dirk Nowitski, look to set their tempo for a possible repeat against the media-favorite Heat. Miami, known for their big three in Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, had their ups and downs in the 2010-2011 season. At times, they were counted out of even winning a series in the playoffs, and then, were deemed as unstoppable when playing to their utmost potential. Expect the Heat to use every last cent in their budget to give these stars a true big man

down low, and a deep bench to rely on. Nene and Tyson Chandler will be the first two Miami seeks out on Dec. 9 due to lack of money. Every other team in need of a big man will be bidding on the well-known superman of the league, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. One of those teams will be the Los Angeles Lakers, who came off a tough outing in the 2011 playoffs, being swept in four games by the Dallas Mavericks. While Kobe Bryant may not be getting any younger, his game will not be affected. Still one of the most dominant players in the league, the addition of Dwight Howard could lead to a scary sight for the Chicago Bulls to see at 5 p.m. eastern, Christmas day. Chicago Bulls, led by 2010-2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, looks to settle down in the playoffs, getting past the hump of the Eastern Conference to win a championship. Despite free agent moves, look for this match-up to be one that comes down to the final seconds. Come 8 p.m. eastern, the tale of the Orlando Magic, who have been on the brink of a championship for the last three to five years faces up against the young guns of Oklahoma City Thunder. With Dwight Howard, the Magic are champion contenders. Without him, they are fighting for an eighth seed into the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Thunder, led by NBA 2010-2011 scoring champion Kevin Durant, look to get past the hump of the Western Conference finals, to get their first ring as a city. Durant’s partner in crime, Russell Westbrook, must play as a point guard willing to give the ball up at the right time. Last year, Westbrook was criticized for being selfish with the ball at key points in the game. The chemistry between Westbrook and Durant will be the difference in this home opener for Oklahoma City. Heading back to Los Angeles, the Clippers host the Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m. eastern. The Clippers, on the back of their high-flying superstar Blake Griffin, will look for guards to feed him the ball. Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets will be their first choice as the combination of a passer and receiver in Paul and Griffin could be deadly against opponents. Clippers, known to be the junior varsity basketball team of L.A. under the Lakers, will look to dominate their opener against the Warriors Christmas day. The business suits are off and the basketball shorts are on for the players. Christmas day will be one to remember as the 2011-2012 NBA season gets underway with a new labor agreement, fresh legs and revamped teams.


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By: MattheW MCCraCken Sports Editor


Teachers: Help us, Help you in Spring 2012

As we all are nose deep in our textbooks in the new learning commons, I’m sitting here thinking why it even has to be this way? Why do I have to take a final exam to prove the grade I have already received? I have done everything my professors have asked for. Sure, at times, it may not be of the best quality, but at the end of the day, I did my work. Now, I am nowhere near new to this university so I am not ignorant to the fact that I know things will not change. Next semester, come late April, we will all meet back in the Perry Library trying to retain a semester’s worth of knowledge for what is usually an hour long exam. Many grades have fallen due to the stresses of these finals, and that is essentially the reason I have this list for professors to read over to help us, help you in Spring 2012. 1. Do not make the final cumulative. If I got an 80 on chapters 1-5, what makes you think that I am going to read over that next week? I still got to get onto chapters 6-8 along with other class work. Professors wonder why their grade averages drop down during finals. Well, accept the fact that I know 80 percent of chapters 1-5, and don’t ask me to prove it again.


2. Be lenient on the “participation” grade you offer. Many times, professors include attendance and participation in the same category. Now, this doesn’t go for me, but I have witnessed it through my tenure at Old Dominion. A student will show up to class, but may be the quiet type. They won’t be disrespectful in texting or playing Angry Birds in class, but they won’t be volunteering to answer any questions. Do not deduct their grade because of this. Everybody knows that before finals, we all calculate what we have to get in order to either maintain our grade or get the next highest one. And when we do this, we always count participation as a 100 percent. Help us, help you.

3. Go over the syllabus every now and then throughout the semester. We realize you provide it to us at the beginning of the semester and go over it. But we have an issue with being more focused on who is in our class instead of what is expected of us throughout the semester. Going over the syllabus will keep us from doing stuff last minute. Well, maybe not. But it sure will help us realize that it is due in class at 12 p.m. instead of wondering if it is uploaded to blackboard or not. 4. Do not pick our groups for us. We are all adults here. We schedule our classes based off friends in the same major, or roommates taking the same class that ensures an occasional skip won’t kill your grade. Picking the group for us is just begging for mediocre performance. Let us pick our own groups, and if we still fail, we probably won’t have an excuse for you. But I bet you’ll see otherwise. 5. Let us out early sometimes. One of the main reasons we start to miss class is because we can’t stand that you actually keep us for the allotted time period. We don’t schedule a three hour night class so we can attain three hours worth of lecture a week. No, we take it so we don’t have to go to class two-three times a week. Tease us by letting us out early sometimes; it’ll keep us coming back for more. Professors of all majors should trust me on this. If you follow these requests, your grade average will improve and your overall mood will rise. Just remember, whatever stresses you have from a class, they probably have the same stresses about you. Help us, help you professors. After all, we’re supposed to be in this together.

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