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WEDNESDAY | 11.2.11 MaceandCROWN.COM | Vol. 53, Issue 8



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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 Rachel Chasin Photography Editor Kyle White Senior Design & Web Director Megan Jefferson Design & Web Assistant Kathryn Mason Distribution Manager Jake Ullrich Sports Assistant Ari Gould Photography Assistant Senior Writers: Ben Decowski Justin Brown Martin Tucker

RJay Molina Derek Page

Staff Writers: Alexander Rose Robbie Ciara Stephen Gowen Steve Knauer Ethan Shaw Lauren Grant Elizabeth Bowry Tyler McCarthy Sarah Roby Jessica Piland Paul Minto Nour Kheireddine Shawn Minor

Angel Dodson Daniel Felarca Brian Jerry Brielle Boucher William Channel Timothy Fulghum Janah Stokes Jessica Scheck Gianina Thompson Emma Needham Megan Stamper MaryAnn Jackson Lateesha Gloston

Staff Photographers: Andrew Matkins Bruce Foote Chris Sampson Claude Dargan Crystal Spick Jake Zimmerman Lauren Makely 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 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

Weekly Address From President Broderick When Mace and Crown news editor David Bakhshaee asked me about writing a regular piece for the newspaper, I jumped at the opportunity. Since I began serving Old Dominion University as president, I have held fast to the belief that we can create a better institution if all of our initiatives and efforts are supported by open and transparent communication. I hope these dispatches will serve as a way to further engage you, the student body, in your university. Spirit and engagement are at the heart of Monarch Nation and nowhere was that more evident than our recent Homecoming. The festivities were well planned and full of energy. Countless people have told me how much they enjoyed the Homecoming Parade, the Kaufman Mall Tailgate Fanfest and the football game. School spirit is always high at special events here on campus, but the atmosphere at this year’s homecoming celebration seemed to have risen to a new level. I was thrilled to see several generations of alumni coming together to have fun and to strengthen their ties with their alma mater. Members of the Class of 1961, celebrating their fiftieth anniversary, got special attention, and from the smiles on their faces you have to believe they loved every minute of the celebration. There was something for everyone in the homecoming schedule: a comedy show at Webb Center, the Monarch Pride Day presentation of the Homecoming Court, step show at the Ted, Women’s Leadership Series breakfast, Powder-puff Championship, Black Alumni Chapter social, concert at the Ted featuring J. Cole & Big Sean with Kids These Days, Student Recreation Center open house and a Hall

SGA Address Monarchs,

This past week has been a very exciting time for Old Dominion University and its relations with the legislative community. I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Mark Warner as he spoke to an ODU classroom. Senator Warner is a strong supporter of education and innovation, however he stressed that sacrifices will have to be made in order to restore a balanced budget. Student Government and the League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads had the pleasure of hosting the Sixth District State Senatorial Candidate debate between Ralph Northam and Ben Loyola on Oct. 26. The debate was held in front of a standing room only crowd and was a tribute to the hard work from student organizations like Success without Limitations, Virginia21, and the Legislative Affairs Committee of SGA. State Senator Ralph Northam stressed that Education is the ultimate equalizer and that there is room for improvement in regards to state funding for ODU. Ben Loyola stressed the principles of the free market economy and lower taxes. In addition to this debate, SGA in coordination with several student organizations such as Virginia21, Success without Limitations, Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society, and the Kappa Gamma chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, undertook the “What’s your number” campaign. Waylin Ross, the catalyst for the campaign at ODU, stated that it is an initiative “launched by Virginia21, but led by students all over Virginia with ODU being at the forefront.” He went on to say that “for the past two years, Virginia21, along with

of Fame lunch. But, I especially enjoyed the Alumni Honors Dinner, where we presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to six Old Dominion graduates whose accomplishments are testament to commitment, hard work and the advantage of an Old Dominion University education. Those recognized were Wendy Bahr 1983, a Cisco executive; Navy Cmdr. Benito E. Baylosis 1987; Jeff Cogen 1979, chief executive officer of the Nashville Predators hockey team; Jeffrey A. Cotter 1985, founder and president of Rainbow World Fund; Wilbert W. “Wil” James Jr. 1978, a Toyota executive; and Louis G. Morris 1976, president and chief executive officer of Old Point National Bank. Also at the Alumni Honors Dinner, Louis G. Morris 1976, a Hampton Roads financial professional who works tirelessly on behalf of the university, received the Alumni Service Award. The Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Anna Tunnicliffe-Funk 2005, the legendary Monarch sailing team member who is the skipper for the U.S. Olympic Team. Finally, I was grateful to the members of the Hampton Roads community, and especially our friends in Town-N-Gown, who were part of our Founders Day Lunch. Among those honored were leaders in neighborhoods near the campus: Ellen Harvey, president of the Lambert’s Point Civic League; David O’Dell 1982, president of the Larchmont/Edgewater Civic League; and Dale Ryder 1981, president of the Highland Park Civic League. I shouldn’t forget to thank G. William Whitehurst, ODU’s Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs, for his eloquent Founders Day tribute to his former colleague, the late Alf Mapp Jr. But mostly, Old Dominion’s Homecoming weekend was an incredible success because of you, the students, who worked to put together a host of activities, who showed up en masse for our biggest ever parade, who put on your school colors and cheered on the Monarchs, who showed the thousands of visitors to campus that ODU is school where Monarch Pride roars! Thank you! SGA, has called on ODU students on multiple occasions to stand up and make their voices heard to our State Government. Each and every time, there is an overwhelming response.” This response is in the form of petitions and shirts that are being used to shine a light on the student debt problem. Many students have used the shirts to make a statement that their debt figure was simply “too much”. Be sure to like the “What’s your number” page on Facebook which will provide you with more information on how you can participate. Students like Waylin Ross are truly fine examples of Monarch Citizenship. In addition to raising awareness about student debt, SGA has actively engaged students about health issues and incentivized participation. This past week, SGA distributed “REP ODU” shirts in return for participation in a health clinic centered on STD education and prevention. I would like to recognize Otis Johnson as Senator of the Month for October and Ermias Nessibu as Director of the Month, both contributing greatly to SGA and I am appreciative of their efforts. Finally, SGA will be sponsoring an Interfaith Forum on how different religions view peace and service. The event will be held on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in North Café; food and beverages will be provided. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please feel free to contact me at All the best, Luis Ferreira Student Body President

Redemption: Stacey Lannert Speaks Out to ODU BY: JANAH STOKES Staff Writer At the age of 18, Stacey Lannert shot her father twice and killed him. He had sexually abused her starting at the age of eight. The ice had broken once he began to rape her younger sister, leaving them with a sense of fear. On Oct. 28, Stacey Lannert visited Old Dominion University on behalf of the Student Activities Council (SAC) to share her story. It wasn’t until the age of 12 that she realized what her father was doing to her. “I had no idea that it was wrong when I was eight, I thought we were playing a game, I

thought I was his favorite daughter,” Lannert said. She didn’t tell anyone what was happening to her because she didn’t understand what was happening. As a child, she wasn’t educated on what sexual activity was. Once she found out what rape was, she felt guilty. “I was 12 years old when I found out what rape was.” She stressed how people would dwell on the issue. “Why didn’t you tell someone,” instead of saying, “thank you for finally saying something, let’s do something about this,” said Lannert. Before getting deeper into her story, Lan-

nert showed a clip from when she was on the Oprah Winfrey show. She thought that if people found out what had happened to her then they would think she was disgusting. The clip she showed was of her confessing to her rape experiences by going into detail about her father’s rape actions. The details were too explicit to share, however after the clip, the audience remained wide-eyed and silent. “How do you see me now?,” she said. No one walked out or called her bad names, so therefore, the idea of her thinking people would judge her in a negative way wasn’t the continued to A2



of the Fittest

The Pumpkin Drop

Erin Mabray | Mace & Crown

BY: JANAH STOKES Staff Writer Pumpkins didn’t have a chance on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Old Dominion University. They were taken to the very top of the Batten Arts and Letters building, the tallest building on campus, and were dropped with no remorse. Fortunately, a few pumpkins survived, but the others were splattered on the concrete, left oozing with gooey orange remains. The Society of Physics Students organized the Annual Pumpkin Drop, which resulted in excitement and innocent fun. The Pumpkin Drop wasn’t a charity event or anything of that nature, it was arranged for fun and participation. None the less, the Pumpkin Drop did hold significance. “Not only are students receiving extra credit, it’s also a good way to get them involved in physics,” said Sonya Woods, President of The Society of Physics Students. Each pumpkin was built a “pumpkin catcher,” said one contestant. Some catchers were decorated nicely with little to no substance, while others had a rough edge and seemed as if they could support a ton of pumpkins. The pumpkin catchers were centered and adjusted at the bottom of BAL. The droppers, who were positioned at the very top of BAL held responsibilities of landing every pumpkin inside of their catchers. Some catchers were thoughtfully built, while others were quickly thrown together. The contestants who took their time on constructing their catchers were rewarded with bragging rights, a safe pumpkin and cheers from the crowd. Woods emphasized that she could tell who put in effort and who waited until the last minute to construct their

catchers. Still, she understood that some catchers didn’t withstand, even though the students put in effort, it just didn’t work out for them. She also expressed her proud feelings towards the major outcome of the Pumpkin Drop. Although most of the pumpkins landed inside of their designed catchers, many of them exploded inside of them. As gravity pulled the pumpkins down from the top of BAL, the audience remained silent except for one person. A little boy dressed in all white broke the silence during the middle of each pumpkin’s fall, screaming “die pumpkin die.” Whenever the pumpkins landed perfectly inside of the catchers, judges and contestants rushed to see if it survived. After some landings, it was obvious that those pumpkins exploded due to the simultaneous crackling sounds and the crowd “oohing” and aahing” loudly with laughter. Physic majors and contesters Andrew and Jessie, had a successful first drop. Their professor offered them the opportunity to participate. “It’d be fun to build stuff and drop stuff for extra credit,” said Jessie. “We built it with card board boxes and we stuffed big trash bags with a lot of cushion,” Andrew continued. Each contestant was rewarded extra credit on a test grade. Regardless, students who didn’t succeed still received an award. Engineering junior, Daniele Burs, whose pumpkin didn’t succeed, revealed that he and his partners participated for extra credit and enjoyment. “Why not get an easy grade and engage in such a fun popular activity,” said Burs. The pumpkins were donated from a local farm, however some participants bought their own from grocery stores.

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Dr. Mathews takes over Associate Dean at College of Sciences

Promotion gives her excitement

BY: ERIC SMITH Staff Writer Dr. Terri M. Mathews, was promoted from assistant dean to associate dean in the College of Sciences at Old Dominion University. She has worked for the university since 1996 and served 11 years as assistant dean. The decision to promote Mathews was made by the College of Sciences’ Dean Chris Platsoucas. His decision was based on her creativity and coordination of undergraduate programs that benefited the students in the college. Mathews places strong emphasis on student retention and achievement within the college. “In the College of Sciences, enrollment has increased by 30 percent for undergraduate majors,” says Mathews. Aryles Hedjar, a senior at ODU knows Dr. Mathews well and has worked with her. “She has a lot of experience in science and advising,” says Hedjar, “She has the ability to handle the workload and students.” He worked on a paper for graduate school this summer and stayed in close contact with her by phone and email when working on it. In June, he drove to ODU from his native town just to speak with her about his paper. “She is not afraid to criticize, but it

will be to the point,” says Hedjar. He thinks Dr. Mathews will remember him for his efforts. “I listened to her because I wanted to, not because I was told to,” says Hedjar. Her passion is directed to those who are struggling with science or math courses. She coordinated the math and science tutoring program for students who want or need to raise their grades. “We have improved student achievement significantly. Grades of ‘D,’ ‘F,’ and ‘WF’ have been reduced,” says Mathews. Tutoring for math and science used to be in the Oceanography and Physics (OCNPS) building, however Mathews coordinated the opening of math tutoring in the Learning Commons. Science tutoring remains in the Oceanography and Physics building. One of Mathews’ great qualities is that she can relate to students who have struggling GPA’s. This ability to relate stems from the fact that she used to advise students who were on academic probation. “When I see a student who has struggled and is successful, that is rewarding,” says Mathews. One story in particular is of a student who was suspended from ODU for having a low GPA, was admitted to Tidewater Community College, then readmitted to ODU and graduated from medical school. During the

time, Mathews kept in contact with the student. These types of stories propel her to do even more for students. Also, students are more inclined to use every resource they can in order to do better in their classes. Since 2000, Dr. Mathews has been set on improving the realm of advising. “At first we did not have an advising center,” says Mathews. “Now we have a center of four advisors.” Within the College of Sciences, the advising center contains three types of advising. There is freshman advising, success advising and career advising. Leanne White specializes with transfer students while Adrienne Giles works with freshman and is a success advisor. Tammy Hanna was just hired as the sophomore success advisor. The center proves to be more than just a place for academic advising, it caters to every single need a student has. Prior to working at ODU, she was a lecturer in Guam, Hawaii, Florida and Norfolk, teaching Earth science. Mathews’ current position involves assessing student success within the college. She analyzes trends in classes and grades. These trends are important for her because she finds strengths and weaknesses. When weaknesses are found, Mathews crafts the best solution to make them strengths.

continued from “Redemption” on A1 case. She cracked minor jokes throughout her testimonial showing her sense humor. As a child, she explained that she would shop lift to express her pain and cry for attention. “Since I didn’t feel like a bad kid, I needed a reason to bad,” said Lannert. One of the items she remembered stealing was a big boom box. She also recalled reaching out to adults about her problem but they ignored her. Her mother soon divorced her father and remarried. She then moved across the globe with her new husband, leaving her two daughters behind. Once Lannert turned 18, she tried to leave and take her sister along, but her father did everything in his power to keep her under his control. “He outlined every way to find [me] if I decided to leave,” she stated. The day Lannert told her father she was leaving, he told her to go because her little sister was her replacement. At the age of 16, Lannert’s little sister became a rape victim for the first time. This event, she explained, tore her apart because she wasn’t able to protect her. She never called the police because he hid all of the phones in the walls. They were panicked and helpless. After leaving, she went back to retrieve her dog, grabbed his gun to shoot him out of anger and then fired a second time, killing her father. Lannert explained that she didn’t qualify for self-defense because she was the aggressor since her father was sleeping when she first shot him. The court wanted her to say that she shot her father for money since the estate they live on was worth a lot. Lannert explained that her situation did not qualify under the Battered woman defense because she wasn’t married to him. In her trial, she testified that she was molested. During that time, the Missouri court system didn’t categorize molestation as rape. “According to the judge, rape was not any reason of why she committed the crime. Period,” she said. She was found guilty and sentenced to life with-out parol. Although she was in prison, she still found freedom and safety. All of her appeals were denied she explained.

Finally, she explained, she was told to go public, and her first appearance was on the Montel Williams show. She didn’t go public for freedom or for sympathy, she went public to inform people of the epidemic she went through as a child. At age 36, Stacey Lannert was released on immediate action after serving 18 years in prison. She still undergoes the hardships of her childhood, but she appears as though nothing ever happened. Her laughter, smile and security warmed the audience to ask her upwards of 50 questions after her lecture. Questions included “Are you on Facebook?” She and the crowd bursted into laughter and Lannert responded, “yes, if anyone wants to send a friend request, do so.” SAC member, Gabriel Addy said, “I didn’t know she was going to give a lecture on sexual abuse and violent crimes, I thought she was just going to go into deep detail about her experience only. After the event, I thought it was really captivating, it made people want to sit down and listen, even those [who] couldn’t relate. She had everyone’s attention. Her story was so interesting, motivating, empowering.”

Bruce Foote | Mace & Crown


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A New Club for Musicians and Smokers Rick Perry Brings Up “Birther” Issue BY: WILLIAM CHANNEL Staff Writer

There are very few places in the Hampton Roads area that feature live jazz music exclusively, and even fewer that caters to smokers. Havana Nights Jazz and Cigar Club, opening in November in town center Virginia Beach, is hoping to break that trend. “It’s the resurrection of the 1920s,” said Jason Slaughter, a history graduate at Old Dominion University. According to John Toomey, department chair and director of jazz studies at ODU “jazz music did in fact start around the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. It was created by combining African-American music with the music prevalent at the time.” Dana Rice, the owner of Havana Nights, is trying to give it a New York feel. “It is going to be like a miniature Birdland in New York City,” she said. When he came to Virginia, Rice felt there was “a noticeable absent of live entertainment and a noticeable absent of jazz.” He is hoping that Havana Nights will help fill those voids. The club started off as just a place to smoke cigars and drink wine, but then, after going through all the Virginia laws, it became a jazz and cigar club similar to those found around New York, where he used to live. There are many places that offer jazz music and live entertainment in the Hampton Roads area, but not many concentrate specifically on jazz, and of those, none of them have an emphasis on smoking. Toomey explains that he “thinks it is a bit of a finer art form and that is always going to appeal to a smaller group of people.” Zachary Tench, a junior in the English department, thought the idea of creating such a place was a good one, but he didn’t think “college students would be interested,” in going. The whole idea seemed “very adult oriented,” to him. However, he did admit that he wouldn’t mind going and smoking a cigar there once in a while. The club will consist of three different parts. There will be a Caribbean style restaurant, the jazz club and the cigar club. The jazz club and restaurant will be open to the public, but will have a dress code and a table minimum, but no

BY: DEREK PAGE Senior Writer

cover charge. This is not a deterrent for some people. “It would be like a treat,” said Luke Stowell, a history graduate at ODU. The only place that will require a member’s access is the cigar club What is rather unique about the club is that it caters to smokers. People will be allowed to smoke cigarettes, cigars and pipes in the restaurant and jazz club, however only cigars and pipes will be allowed to be smoked in the cigar club. Hookah smoking will not be allowed at Havana Nights. Rice emphasized his desire for everyone to have a good experience. Non-smokers will have the luxury of enjoying a very strong ventilation system that is designed to replace all the air in the room with fresh new air every 15 minutes Rice is not looking to make a quick buck. “I’m trying to keep this relatively quiet,” he said. The reason for this is to make sure everyone’s experience is a great one. He explained that he would rather tell people that they were full than have a packed club which leads to customers complaining that the food took too long or wasn’t cooked enough. He mentioned that he will only run it at 10 to 15 percent. According to Toomey, the Jazz club will feature live music every day of the week. Monday through Wednesday will feature new jazz duos every week. Thursday through Saturday will be dedicated to either jazz shows with the potential for guest artists. Sunday will be what is called a jazz jam session, which will consist of an open mic for jazz players. He himself would probably play there as well. The average menu price for entrees at the Caribbean style restaurant is $20 with the most expensive being $24. Rice’s idea is that people will spend roughly $20 to enjoyo the atmosphere and music. Katie Merritt, a senior in the Accounting department, thought this was a great idea because “there are too many of the same bars around now.” Although Rice is keeping most of the information secret for now, many people are already looking forward to their grand opening. Anna Fisher, a History graduate at ODU, loves the idea of a jazz and cigar place that features Caribbean food. “It is not a place that you come across often,” said Fisher.

China Will Not Follow the U.S. on Carbon Emissions

With the rapid growth of the Chinese economy due to industrialization, China is making new strides to reduce their carbon emission levels. Their goal is simple: do not let emissions per person reach that of the U.S. “I don’t believe enough is being done to curb CO2 emissions, and if they continue increasing at this rate we will have a global crisis on our hands. If we do not solve the current energy crisis and find alternative clean burning energy sources, the effects could be disastrous to humanity,” said Jesse Bueno, a junior at Old Dominion University. To allow per-person levels to reach that high would be a “disaster for the world,” said Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission during a visit to the UK to speak on clean energy and climate issues. The meetings brought about the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with U.K. Energy and Climate Secretary Chris Huhne on areas for joint research. The Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environmet (Globe) International, a worldwide association of

parliamentarians, facilitated the visit with Xie Zhenhua. Vice president of Globe, Lord Michael Jay, said it is vital to make progress at this year’s summit in Durban, South Africa. “We hold the planet in trust for future generations, and that puts a lot of responsibility on our shoulders before and after Durban,” said Jay. During the meeting, Zhenhua suggested that Europe and China work together and “join hands to push the US to take action.” In recent years, China’s emissions have risen sharply due largely to the burning of coal. In terms of national emissions, China has surpassed the U.S. Being that China’s population is much larger than the U.S.’s, their per-capita levels are much lower, but speculations suggest per-capita levels could match the U.S. by 2017. China’s annual emissions are currently estimated to be at 6.8 tons of carbon dioxide per person, while the U.S. is figured at 16.9 tons, according to an analysis released last month by the European Commissions Joint Research Center (JRC). Other analyses show the U.S. level is in fact much higher, placing it around 20 tons. Speaking to U.K. parliamentarians, Zhenhua said China would not “follow

the path of the U.S.” and allow their per-capita levels to reach that high. “We are making efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions and our carbon intensity is decreasing,” said Zhenhua. Between 2010 and 2015, China projects economic growth of around 40 percent, but a fall in carbon density, the CO2 output for each unit of GDP growth, to fall 17 percent China’s long term goal is to increase energy efficiency by 40 to 45 percent by 2020. With this rate of development, it is only a matter of time before China’s per-capita emissions will dominate those of several European nations. According to the JRC, China has already overtaken France and Spain. Eventually, China will have to begin to cut emissions rather than simply curtailing them as international pressure converges. Addressing the matter of whether these precautions will be made before 2020, Zhenhua said it depends on the rate of economic growth China sees in the near future. “China will make commitments that are appropriate for its development stage. Since we have declared a low-carbon and green development path, China will follow this path,” said Zhenhua.


BY: DEREK PAGE Senior Writer The Republican presidential candidate and current governor of Texas, Rick Perry, expressed his skepticisms regarding the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate in an interview with Parade Magazine on Oct. 23. “It’s fun to poke at him a little bit and say, ‘hey, how about, let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.” When the question came up spontaneously, Perry responded, “I have no reason not to,” believe Obama is a legitimate citizen of the United States. “I don’t know,” Perry said, “I had dinner with Donald Trump,” and he said, “he doesn’t think it is real.” Scott Rogers, a sophomore student at Old Dominion University studying Political Science, said, “I would hope our government has the ability to determine whether or not a birth certificate is real. If we can do that for regular people, why can’t we be 100 percent sure for the potus [president]? So, yes, I feel that the document is legitimate.” Perry contended that the issue was not of importance and that it is simply a distraction. Perry’s press secretary Mark Miner dually noted the same statement to Fox News saying, “the governor is clearly focused on his economic speech. This is all an attempt to detract attention from that.” ODU senior Nick Montana approached the subject with some skepticism regarding the amount of time it took to produce the birth certificate. “If I needed to get my own [birth certificate], I don’t think it would be that hard. With modern technology, I don’t see how it could have possibly taken so long to acquire,” said Montana. While Trump saw strong results in the polls earlier this year when he made his own remarks on Obama’s birth certificate, Perry might not re-

ceive the same positive reaction. The question remains on whether Perry’s “birther” comments will detract from the unveiling of his economic plan and his flat tax proposal. The flat tax initiative would give all Americans the choice between following their current tax system and switching to Perry’s proposed flat tax of 20 percent of their income. Some are speculative of the flat tax while others fully embrace the new plan. “I completely support the flat tax idea. Without a doubt,” said Senior Mackenzie Moratto. “I don’t believe that if your salary increases, your tax percentage should too. Where is the incentive to work?” With the issue of income inequality becoming more prevalent, the flat tax brings up many already considered concerns regarding the current tax system. The 20 percent flat tax would continue to allow large tax breaks to the wealthy by eliminating dividends, capital gains, and interest income taxes. “I don’t care about that. What I care about is them [wealthy business owners] having the dollars to invest in their companies,” said Perry. Perry stressed the tax plan is intended to, “get this country working again…I want to get that money back out into the economy.” Hoping the announcement of his “flat tax” plan will avail his campaign strategy, Perry’s “birther” comment may curtail the candidate’s momentum. Karl Rove commented on Perry’s remarks on Fox News saying, “you associate yourself with a nutty view like that, and you damage yourself.” As the race for the Republican nomination intensifies and candidates begin to tighten the reigns on their campaigns, comments like that of Perry’s, could prove to be detrimental.


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Trash Threatens Elizabeth River BY: DAVID BAKHSHAEE News Editor Lamberts Point Golf Course, located on the Elizabeth River near Old Dominion University, is currently seeping garbage. Bruce Foote, student at ODU and photographer for the Mace & Crown Student Newspaper, was out canoeing, when he spotted the environmental hazard. Built on a landfill, Lamberts Point Golf Course has become a staple of the community. The Mace & Crown is currently investigating the severity of the situation. Several parties including the management of Lamberts Point Golf Course and City of Norfolk officials have been contacted. Please visit for additional information and photos.



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arts entertainment Haunted Halls Brings the Scream and Helps

the Hungry at ODU By: Siaga Johnson Staff Writer

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ODU’s Fourth Annual Breastival and Fun Walk By: Lateesha Gloston Staff Writer October is breast cancer awareness month. To help spread awareness on campus, Old Dominion University held its fourth annual Breastival and Fun Walk on Thursday, Oct. 27. The Breastival was presented by Student Health Services, Women’s Center, Recreation and Wellness, Center for Service and Civic Engagement, and Programs All Weekend. The event was from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Kaufman Mall. The first 250 people who arrived at the event were given free t-shirts that read “Early detection is the best protection.” Kaufman Mall quickly filled with students wearing the pink t-shirts. The Breastival held activities to raise money that included a Fun Walk, a bra decorating contest, a silent auction, an information fair, and pumpkin painting. Food, games and prizes were also offered. All of the proceeds of the event were donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Gift certificates for free manicures and pedicures, month of free, unlimited yoga sessions, and to restaurants Max and Erma’s and Mi Hogar were prizes offered at the silent auction. Many ODU organizations and departments participated in the event, including T.R.U.S.T., the Social Science Research Center, National Association of Colored People, and ODU athletics. The Monarch Dining Services hosted a game that informed participants of foods such as vitamin D, blueberries, cherries, almonds and spinach that are proven to help ward off breast cancer. Those who played the game were entered into a raffle.

ODU fraternity Phi Kappa Tau held a raffle of over $400 in prizes, including a $170 pair of Oakley sunglasses. They also sold necklaces, bands and pins that were hand made by ODU student, Michael Suarez. The Society of Women and Juniors provided buttons with designs of pink ribbons for attendants to color and decorate. Other organizations put their crafty talents to work and decorated bright, colorful bras to be voted for during the Breastival. One bra with the theme “Breast Cancer Bites” read, “a tail wag and a kiss makes all the difference,” showed students that pets have been used to help cope with the struggle and pain of breast cancer. ODU’s fourth Annual Breastival and Fun Walk was an interactive way to get students involved with breast cancer awareness. However, the Social Science Research Center wanted to see just how aware students already were by doing a survey. Tancy Vandecar-Burdin, of the Social Science Research Center, provided the results of the survey towards the end of the day. 51 students completed the survey, with about 25 percent being male and 75 percent being female. An interesting fact the survey revealed was even though over 70 percent of the respondents indicated that they personally knew someone who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, about 45 percent of the women who responded said that they perform a self-exam less than once a month. All of the men who responded said that they either never self examine, or self examine less than once a month. Overall, ODU’s fourth Annual Breastival and Fun Walk turned out to be an exciting, informative event for students to learn and have fun.

Powhatan Hall hosted “Haunted Halls” on Oct. 27, which drew a large crowd of ODU students who wanted a thrill and to contribute to the aid of those suffering from hunger and poverty. The event was held to generate non-perishable food for community centers and missions that house people who are struggling to put food on the table. The price of admission for each student was a canned, non-perishable good to be donated to charities and community centers within the greater Hampton Roads Community. While waiting in line, an event facilitator approached groups and asked them to play a trivia game. The game was comprised of trivia questions within the subject of spelling certain words and noticing alternative meanings of these words. The more correct answers that were given, the more rice that was sent to hunger relief camps around the world. This activity was meant to show students that their participation in this event was not only beneficial to those within our immediate community, but to those who struggle with poverty around the world. As guests entered the haunted halls, facts about families that suffer from

poverty were hanging on the wall. The middle of the poster contained statements such as, “If poor families just worked harder, then they would not have to deal with the issue of poverty” were pasted in the middle of the poster-board, along with the truth of falseness of such statements along the side of the pasteboard. The various stereotypes that the general majority of people have about poverty and the validity of such stereotypes were also mentioned. The facts were able to educate customers about the economic system that has been put in place. This was educational not only in terms of showing people the facts of what areas are affected by abject poverty, but also how people get into the situations that they face and how those of us at an advantage can help. Then educational purpose was by not only informing us, but encouraging us to create and participate in strategies that would help solve the problem of poverty. The turnout rate proved college students are able to understand the human condition at a practical level and that they want to do something to change it. Haunted Halls gave Monarchs a taste of a real-life issue and challenged us to be proactive about it.

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Mylo Xyloto Hits Stands BY: JESSICA SCHECK Staff Writer Coldplay’s new album, “Mylo Xyloto,” was released on Oct. 24. After the success of 2008’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,” “Mylo Xyloto” took Coldplay fans down a different path with new concepts and a change of style. Partnering with Brian Eno, a master of ambient music, to co-produce the album, “Xyloto” gave

fans tones of atmospheric sounds with more electronic influences, which past albums have not had. Xyloto is a concept album, having the music lead listeners through a story of two lovers Mylo and Xyloto and their fight to keep their love alive in a world against their wishes, as said by the band members. Popular due to their original style, worldly influences and stadium-like projection, Coldplay mixed synthe-

sized beats and electronic distortions for the new album. Songs such as “Paradise” and “Charlie Brown” seem to have some remnants of “Viva,” but the remaining 12 tracks are more raw and intimate than the previous album. Although “Xyloto” remains true to its theme of love and optimism, each track is different than the next, allowing listeners to enjoy a variety of different ideas that complement one another well. New techniques and layers were dubbed in to this album, yet each track still holds true to Coldplay with some even sounding like previous albums such as “A Rush of Blood to the Head” and “Parachutes.” Fans will enjoy the much more intimate sound of the album, which brings more acoustic characteristics and stadium-like sound. The downsides of the album are that it sounds much more mainstream and “pop” styled than previous releases. Also, some songs on the album are lyrically flat. “Princess of China,” which was released on Oct. 25, featured Rihanna as a collaborative artist, giving Coldplay a new spin. The song is very electronic with the symptom of flat and simple lyrics. It also does a sufficient job in showing off Chris’ vocal skills. “Mylo Xyloto” provides listeners with a new and futuristic sound. Coldplay does a great job starting off fresh and giving fans something new while giving homage to previously successful albums.

Sound Tribe

Sector 9 Debuting at

the Norva

Missing the Past BY: ETHAN SHAW Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor Recalling singles such as “Bring Me To Life,” “My Immortal,” “Going Under” and “Sweet Sacrifice” that capsulated so many gothic rock fans for the last decade, it is disheartening to see that Evanescence’s newest selftitled album does not meet up to the its predecessors’ standards. While record sales for this newest album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart with 127,000 sales, the band’s widespread popularity and the anticipation for the next album can easily explain this early success of its Oct. 11 release. Though not by any means a bad piece of music, the album’s biggest flaw is having only three songs that are entertaining. The set list opens up with the band’s latest single “What You Want,” which came out on radio air waves back on Aug. 9. Though having a catchy chorus that gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day, the song is missing the ethereal beauty that lead singer Amy Lee and her band have become recognized for. The other two songs worth mentioning on the album are “My Heart is Broken” and “Sick,” which contain some of the mysterious supernatural quality that is within the band’s Emmy award winning first album, “Fallen.” “My Heart is Broken” was scheduled to be the second single of the album

to debut on radio stations on this past Halloween. Despite Evanescence’s meteoric rise to fame, its past discrepancy of being considered a “Christian rock” group seems almost justifiable when listening to the entirety of the CD. In 2003, Amy Lee made a public statement summarizing that her band did not want to be labeled as part of the Christian Rock genre, many Christian stations and stores quickly pulled and

banned their music from the stores. By no means overtly religious lyrically, the lackadaisical vibe given off by the song’s melody leads one to think they are walking in to a shopping mall after hearing the background music. Though applauding their success, unique style and inventiveness, it’s unfortunate to see that this band is not in fact “perfect,” as this will definitely be considered their first flop.


BY: MARYANN JACKSON Staff Writer Sound Tribe Sector 9, also known as STS9, rocked the Norva on Friday, Oct. 28. STS9 is an electronic band fused with instrumental rock, jazz and hip-hop. They are known for their unique genre of music. STS9 brings together different types of music to create a different sound based on an electronic platform. Sound Tribe Sector 9 was formed about a decade ago in Atlanta, GA and since then released five studio albums. They also have their own label, which is 1320 Records. They are an instrumental band that is known for their live performances, which always come equipped with appealing light shows.. They have been ranked number 25 on Pollstar’s List of top grossing touring actsand have sold out every date on their winter 2010 tour. The members of STS9 include Hunter Brown on guitar, laptop and midi-keyboard; Jeffree Lerner on percussion, laptop, and hand-sonic; Da-

vid Murphy on bass, laptop, and midi keyboard; David Phipps on keyboard and laptop and Zach Velmer on drums. In 2010, the band brought forth a new light show set up which was sure to amaze. STS9 used to have Saxton Waller as their light show director, but he parted in 2009. After the parting, Saxton recently decided to reconcile with the group and created a brand new light show which included large LED panels, which Saxton controls throughout the whole show. STS9 appeared at many summer festivals. Their summer tour included a variety of festivals national and worldwide. They appeared at the ever popular All Good Music Festival in June 2011, Area 51 Soundtest Music Festival, and 10,000 Lakes Music Festival, among many others. STS9 also played a show at the Lunatic Picnic Outdoor Festival in Japan. Anyone interested in rock music or in an aesthetically pleasing experience should check out a STS9 show. It will be a show to remember.


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Old Dominion and James Madison Meet for the 62 Annual

Oyster Bowl BY: KATHRYNE MASON Staff Writer

After a 45 yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Duke senior Taveion Cuffee, JMU left the second quarter with a bit of the momentum on their side. Starting out strong with the running game, junior Nick Mayers started the game off with a 14 yard carry, putting the Monarchs in perfect scoring position. Freshmen quarterback Taylor Heinicke hooked up with wide receiver Larry Pinkard for a beautiful 17 yard touchdown pass to help put the Monarchs up by seven. Pinkard would end the game with two touchdowns and 94 receiving yards total. After a big run by the Dukes on third and five, Duke tight end Brian Barlow collided with ODU safety Carvin Powell, taking him off the field due to injury.. Powell would later return to the game in the second quarter. Thanks to punter Cameron Starke, James Madison would finally get three points up on the board after a 60 yard drive. Starke would later go on to be two for four on field goal attempts for the day. Heinicke, who rushed for a total of 92 yards, was sacked by freshmen Cole Trower. Old Dominion was forced to punt away, but on third and one, defensive ends Ronnie Cameron and Chris Burnett came up with a huge sack on the Dukes’ quarterback Jace Edwards with a loss of four yards. Due to injuries, the Dukes would lose three starting offensive tackles in No. 71 Josh Wells, No. 74 Matt Krout, and No. 76 A.J.

Scott. Wells and Krout both went down in the first half while Scott didn’t get injured until the third quarter. Adding another punch to the Dukes was the loss of star tailback Dae’Quan Scott with a shoulder injury. Referring to the upsetting loss against Towson, junior Craig Wilkins made it clear to the defensive line that they couldn’t make the same mistakes they made at Homecoming. “We knew as a defense that we couldn’t have another game be on us and let down everybody like we did the last home game,” Wilkins continued on to say, “We just knew we had to make a stop. Ronnie talked to everybody and got us focused, we just got it done.” Just before going into the half, the Monarchs offense knew they had to get it done to. Heinicke, who was on the verge of being bulldozed by three JMU defensive lineman, somehow managed to throw a hail mary pass towards the endzone to hook up with Pinkard once again. Pinkard was being covered on both sides and still somehow managed to get a grasp of the ball, sending the crowd of 19,000 strong into immediate frenzy and chaos. Heinicke, who got hit af-

MONARCH MENTIONS • ODU Wrestling starts out their season away at Chattanooga in Tennessee on Nov. 4 • ODU Men’s Soccer last home game is Friday at 7 p.m. against Drexel • ODU Men’s Basketball has an exhibition against Elizabeth City State Friday at 7 p.m. at the TED • ODU Women’s Basketball has an exhibition against Davis and Elkins on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the TED

ter throwing the ball to Pinkard said, “I didn’t even know he caught the ball, but then I saw everyone in the stands cheering, so I was like ‘wow, I guess he caught it.” The 74 yard drive put Old Dominion on top 14 to 10. Going into the third and fourth quarters, the Monarchs were starting an inconsistent pattern of not getting into the end zone. On more than one occasion, Old Dominion found themselves at first, second, or third and goal and on all occasions, the Monarchs either had to punt away or go for a field goal. All nine points in the second half solely came from kicker Jarod Brown. Old Dominion finished the game with 126 net yards rushing while JMU, the No. 1 rushing team in the conference, only finished with 103. Head coach Bobby Wilder said that this was definitely “a signature win for Old Dominion football.” Coach Wilder also went on to say that if, “People weren’t talking about Old Dominion and the playoffs in the same sentence, they definitely are going to start talking now.” Old Dominion’s next game is this Saturday, Nov. 5 against the Richmond Spiders. Kickoff is set to be at 2 p.m.


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Back on the Mats

ODU Wrestling is Ready to Win

BY: GREG ARNOLD Staff Writer Fans of Old Dominion’s wrestling team from last year may have a bit of hard time recognizing the team this year. The team has lost All-American James Nicholson and Kyle Hutter, both of who competed in the National Championship. However, as head coach Steve Martin will tell you, not only have those holes been filled, the weaknesses the team had last year have been all but taken care of.

“This is probably the most comfortable I’ve felt with a team here at ODU,” coach Martin described his current team. “Everything has come together. I feel that we can take positive steps forward every single day. We’re going to be solid at every weight.” Senior Te Edwards will be one of coach Martin’s positive steps. Edwards transferred from Arizona State this semester, but grew up in Virginia Beach and graduated from Cox High School. Last season, he qualified for the NCAA Championships where he went 2-2. In both of

his losses, he was only down by one point at the final whistle. He is expected to be a great addition to the team, and is hopeful to make a return the NCAA Championships this season. Redshirt sophomore John Nicholson will be returning to the team this season after missing all of last year with a shoulder injury. The year before, Nicholson finished with 23 wins, which was fourth highest on the team that year. Coach Martin redshirted Nicholson due to the injury last year, but has high hopes for Nicholson this season. “We feel that Nicholson, Edwards and

several other people,” coach Martin said, “have the ability at the end of the year to get to the podium.” A third piece to coach Martin’s puzzle is redshirt sophomore Justin LaValle. He had a busy summer as he took the Pan Am Junior Games. LaValle won the 66 kilogram freestyle weight class against opponents from around the world. With his help, the United States took first place overall at the games. Last season, LaValle was redshirted, but will have this season to prove how good of a wrestler he can be. This season ODU also welcomes the number seven recruiting class of the nation. This group is highlighted by current freshmen Rob Deutsch, Chris Mecate, Taylor Moeder and Pete Baldwin, all of which will contribute to the future of the wrestling team. “This year we’re going to be young,” coach Martin said of his team. One of the returning wrestlers this season will be senior Joe Budi. Budi is the only one on this season’s team that has attended ODU the last three years. He has averaged 21 wins each of those seasons. At last year’s CAA Tournament, he managed a third place finish in his weight class. Budi and the rest of the ODU wrestling team are ready to the start of the season. “We’re excited to start competing,” he said. “We’ve been training for a long time.” Old Dominion’s first home match is Nov. 20 against Iowa State, who is ranked fifteenth this preseason. They currently have seven wrestlers in the top-20 at their weight. Budi is looking forward to the competition early on, “Wrestling better opponents is always good for you.” Coach Martin and the rest of the Old Dominion wrestlers are hoping for the support of the Monarchs in their first home match at the Ted Constant Convocation Center this season.

Old Dominion Squeezes Out Win Against the Tribe

Senior Keeper Devon Seifert Gets Fifth Shutout of the Season BY: KATHRYNE MASON Distribution Manager

Despite the score and the outcome of the game, the Lady Monarchs could just have easily lost Fridays match against the Tribe with the way they were playing in the second half. The feeling in the stands was all too familiar from last year. The Lady Monarchs were making bad passes, giving away the ball, not capitalizing on corners, and making mistakes that athletes of their caliber shouldn’t be making. Thankfully, with Old Dominion being up by two going into the second half, junior Christy Longacre led the defense and made sure that William and Mary wouldn’t capitalize on the Monarchs’ mistakes. Fourteen minutes into the game, the Lady Monarchs got their first tally on the board from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania native Danielle Clutter. The assist was given to senior forward Kathryn Kirk, who took a long hit from the far right sideline, hitting the ball directly in the circle with Clutter waiting at the top. This is Clutter’s fifth goal of the season and Kirk’s fifth assist. Kirk is the fourth inmost assists following senior Rebecca Condie, junior Maarje van Rijswijk, and senior Stephanie Kratzer. No more than six minutes later, Old Dominion got their second and final goal from Kratzer with Condie getting the assist. Going into the second half, the Lady Tribe dominated Old Dominion in the midfield, blocked any shots that made it through the circle

and constantly put pressure on the few that dared to come up the sideline. Emma Batten, Katie Nearhouse, and Kirk, who all have exceptional stick work when it comes to ball handling, found themselves constantly getting double-teamed by the Tribe. Old Dominion, trying new tactics to get the ball in the back of the goal, started using the sideline. It wasn’t hard hearing the disapproving messages from head coach Beth Anders when the girls weren’t playing to the best of their abilities. Old Dominion won, but on more than one occasion, the Lady Tribes got close enough to where they could have easily tied the game up. William and Mary managed to do something that only five other teams have accomplished this season, holding the high- powered Old Dominion offense to a mere two goals. The Lady Tribes keeper Camilla Hill made an astonishing ten saves on Old Dominion. Three times in the second half, Hill had to come out of goal to make a stop on Nearhouse, Kirk, and Batten. The chances were there for the Lady Monarchs, but they constantly fell short of delivering. With Fridays win, Old Dominion improved to an 18-1 overall season record and 8-0 Colonial Athletic Association play. William and Mary fell to 6-11 overall and 1-7 in CAA action. CAA Tournament play starts on Nov. 4 for the Monarchs. Their first opponent is yet to be determined.

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ODU Dives into Success

Swim and Dive Teams Off to Fast Start

BY: BEN DECOWSKI Senior Writer The Old Dominion University Men and Women’s Swim and Dive teams have created quite an early splash this year. Both teams have started out well with the Men standing at 2-0 and the Women standing at 3-1 since the six month long season began on Oct 1. “Hopefully we will have some athletes make the Olympic Games for their countries and have some of our U.S. swimmers make our Olympic trials,” said Carol Withus, the head coach of both of the teams. It may seem like the Monarchs set the bar high at making the Olympics, but that is not the only goal they have this year. “We’re looking to break at least ten records, school records, on each side for the year,” said coach Withus. The Lady Monarchs made progress towards that goal when both teams defeated Howard on Oct. 15 at the J.C. “Scrap” Chandler Pool. Freshmen Yesim Giresunlu from Istanbul, Turkey, set a school record for the 1000 meter freestyle at 10:08.88. The record was formerly held by Mary Kay Bolduc, who swam for the Lady Monarchs from 1995 to 1999 and won Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Swimmer of the Year all four years. “I think that Yesim can do that also and break school records,” said coach Withus. On the men’s team, Arni Arnason from Mosfellsbaer, Iceland, was named CAA Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 11 for his performance against UNC-Wilmington where he picked up three individual wins for the Monarchs. Arnason followed up his performance with two more wins against Howard. “He’s one of our captains and he’s a great leader in and out of the pool, by example. He’s not a big verbal talker, but by example, he really is a great leader,” said coach Withus. Arnison is a player who has had a fair share of success in his swimming career. He swam for Iceland

in the 2008 Olympics, won CAA Swimmer and Rookie of the Year in the 2008-2009 season, won another Swimmer of the Year award and CAA Championship Most Outstanding Swimmer award in 2011 and holds four school records. That is just a few of his many accomplishments. When ranking Arnison among the men that coach Withus has coached through her 18 years at ODU, she said that, “He’s absolutely at the top.” `All of these accomplishments do not come easily. It takes the right athletes and a distraction-free atmosphere. “Our team is hardworking and responsible,” said coach Withus, “We don’t have to chase around a lot of people that are missing or doing anything wrong.” The teams also have the luxury of a pretty new facility at the Student Recreation Center. “The pool has been renovated and updated, which has really helped a lot,” said coach Withus. The coaches’ offices are also right next to the pool now, which coach Withus likes, “It helps with communication, storing equipment, just being organized.” Coach Withus was also quick to credit the staff at the Recreation Center saying they, “really have been quite supportive of our team.” The only real struggle that Coach Withus thinks that the team faces is being able to stay focused throughout the season. Due to the physical demand of the sport, focus is one of the main keys to success.. “There’s some days where we have two work outs a day and a lot of times we’re in the weight room,” said coach Withus, “We might be in the weight room and swimming on the same day.” As the month of October comes to an end, the teams dive into November with a meet at George Mason University on the fourth. The meet is a CAA matchup, which always brings out the best in the athletes because of the conference rivalries.

We’re looking to break at least ten records, school records, on each side for the year

Skylar Hagan: Senior Mentality

Acts Anything But A Freshman On The Field

BY: JAKE ULLRICH Sports Assistant Skylar Hagan may be a freshman off the field, but with the composure and demeanor he has on the ball, you may have mistaken him for a senior. A central midfielder from Dallas, Texas, Hagan has had little growing pains at Old Dominion. He has appeared in most games for the Monarchs and even started some. Hagan plays an important role in the Monarchs’ system, sitting in front of the defense and keeping the ball moving at all times. He allows the players in front of him space to create goals. “I try to get the ball as much as I can, be positive with the ball,” Hagan said. “Get the ball up, try to set people up to score and try to score.” Hagan started playing soccer as a kid and never looked back. He admits he tried a couple other sports out, but never stuck with them because of how much he enjoyed soccer. After playing competitively for FC Dallas’ youth team, Hagan was recruited strongly by Old Dominion and Wake Forest. He attended a camp with assistant coach Trevor Adair, which opened his eyes up to ODU. “I heard about ODU, so I started watching them a lot more,” Hagan said. “Then I started finding out about ODU and when they got into the NCAA tournament. I heard about when they beat North Carolina so I thought they must be pretty good and getting up there.” Hagan admitted he considered Wake, but after discussing with his parents and visiting Old Dominion, he knew this was the right school for him. Even if Hagan has been playing well for the Monarchs, he admits it is quite a difference than high school soccer. “It’s a much quicker pace,” Hagan said. “At first I was kind of nervous, but then I got used to it. I was confident.” Hagan saw himself starting a lot when normal center midfielder Jordan LeBlanc went down with a knee injury. It was a big role for the freshman, he was responsible for keeping the ball for the entire team. “I was ready for the opportunity,” Hagan said. “I felt like I could maybe step up to Leb’s role and I could help out with the team.”

But, Hagan was quick to admit there is still room for improvement “Yeah, I feel I could have done better.” There will be plenty of time for that improvement. Coach Alan Dawson has already proved he has trust in Hagan and knows he will be important for the team in the coming years. “Skylar Hagan has arrived,” coach Dawson said. “He’s a player that can keep the ball. I think we’re only scratching the surface

with him. I’m going to be asking him to do more. I think he can score some goals, be more offensive for us. He’s already a very good defender.” Hagan has seemed to already adapt the Monarchs’ mentality of team first. He’s happy with his performance and would enjoy getting some awards at the end of the season. But ultimately, Hagan wants the team to win, and win a lot. If he keeps playing like he has, there’s a good chance they will.


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Freese takes MVP honors as Cardinals hoist up eleventh franchise Fall Classic crown BY. BRIAN JERRY Staff Writer


St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay caught the final out as catcher Yadier Molina jumped ran to jump into the arms of closer Jason Motte. The Cardinals captured their eleventh World Series Championship in franchise history, defeating the American League Champion Texas Rangers on Oct. 28. Third basemen and St. Louis native David Freese was crowned Most Valuable Player in the series, posting a .348 batting average with seven RBIs, three doubles and a walkoff homerun to cap off a memorable game six. Freese was also awarded a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette in recognition for his outstanding performance in the series. After being down to their last strike on two occasions in game six on Thursday, game seven, the Cards once again found themselves down early in the first inning, courtesy of outfielders Josh Hamilton and Michael Young’s doubles to right. Down 2-0, St. Louis rallied to get on the scoreboard by way of Freese’s two-run double to left-center in the bottom half of the inning. A 379-foot homerun to right belted by outfielder Allen Craig in the third inning was all that ace Chris Carpenter (2-0) needed to work with, as the Cards would not look back. Carpenter was pulled in the seventh inning after giving up two earned runs off six hits and five strikeouts. The ace right-hander received the win while righty Matt Harrison took the loss for the Rangers.

On Aug. 10, being down ten games in the wildcard race, the red birds managed to snag the final National League playoff spot on the final day of the season. They then went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers to win their NL best eleventh World Series title, second only to the New York Yankees with 27. Free agent to-be first basemen Albert Pujols took the podium after the game to answer questions from Fox announcer Chris Rose in regards to address his future plans, the lead story of the 2011 season off the diamond. Nonetheless, Pujols once again shrugged off those questions with big smiles in front of the 47,399 in attendance chanting his name for their beloved nine-time All-Star first basemen. A visibly upset Ron Washington stated that one thing he’ll look back on is game six, where his ball club fell short to capture their first World Series in franchise history after winning back-to-back American League Championships. Washington pointed to the Rangers failing to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth, one pitch away from the title when Freese tripled to deep right tying the game. Later on in the eleventh, Freese capitalized again on Rangers’ reliever Mark Lowe, belting a 428-foot shot to center when Fox play-by-play announcer uttered the infamous phrase, “We will see you tomorrow night.” Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman receives his first World Series ring in thirteen seasons of MLB service. Berkman went 11-for-26 with five RBIs off eleven hits in seven games. Rangers catcher Mike Napoli led the team offensively, batting .423 with two homeruns and ten RBIs in the series.

Washington Capitals are the Head of the Pack in East BY: JUSTIN BROWN Senior Writer The Washington Capitals have been one of the better regular season hockey teams and this year is no different. To start the year, the Capitals rallied off seven straight wins and it wasn’t until a tight game against the Edmonton Oilers last Thursday night that they got their first loss. The Capitals are first in the National Hockey League with 3.8 goals per game and are shooting from all over the ice. The scary thing about them is that anyone can score. “It shows that we got a lot of depth and everyone can score every night,” said Mathieu Perreault, a young center who played much of last season for the Capitals farm team, the Hershey Bears. “It makes our team pretty tough to play against. You got to get out there with four lines ready to go every night because our four lines are ready to go every night. It feels pretty good right now.” It is important for the Capitals players and fans to recognize that it is just right now. For the past three years, the Capitals have made early exits from the playoffs, which has had a lot to do with lack of defense and discipline. To this point, the Capitals have been playing with a newfound sense of intensity, not only on offense, but on defense as well. Last year’s Capitals stressed defense throughout the year and while it worked, they lost much of their offense. Alexander Ovechkin had his lowest scoring output of his career and the offense seemed anemic. This year, the Capitals are leading the league in scoring and are fourth in goals against with 2.0. Not only that, but newly acquired goalie, Tomas Vokoun, is fifth in the league with 1.83 average goals against. The Capitals are putting in a recipe for success when it comes to winning a championship. Being able to put the puck in the opponent’s net is important, but defending their own is key. The Capitals have been in a goaltender flux for the past couple of seasons and Vokoun has given them stability in a position that dictates playoff hockey. Year in and year out, it is the team with the hot goalie that takes their team the distance. Last year, Tim Thomas did it for the Bos-

ton Bruins and the Capitals are hoping they have the same formula with Vokoun. After a 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings last week, Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau could have admired the offensive onslaught, but instead, credited his goalie for the win. “The difference was our goalie was better than their goalie,” said Boudreau. While the beginning to this season has been impressive, the Capitals players and fans have all been through this before. They have

seen their team dominate the regular season only to lose in playoff hockey. The players are happy with where they are right now, but now there is a lot more hockey to be played and a lot more milestones to achieve to consider this season a success. Defensive leader Mike Green echoed that sentiment after the Detroit game. “I think that we’ve stepped up to the challenges. We are definitely happy where we are, but we still have a lot of work to do.”


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Pul l Up J BY: JAKE ULLRICH Sports Assistant Go ahead and tell me again how bad this World Series was going to be. Remind me that there wasn’t a big market team, that these teams didn’t have diehard fans and people only care when the Yankees, Phillies or Red Sox are in it. Tell me that again while I tell you about the six games decided by four runs or less, three of which were decided by one run, includ-

ing game six, one of the best baseball games ever played. I’ll remind you about Josh Hamilton’s two-run home run in the tenth inning of game six that seemed destined to win the Rangers their first world series ever. Only to be forgotten by David Freese’s walk-off moon shot home run in the bottom of the eleventh. Ask me about Pujols in game three, when he finished 5-6 with six RBIs, four runs and three home runs. Yes, three home runs. Only two other people have ever gone deep three times in a World Series game. Reggie Jackson and some guy named Babe Ruth. Not so bad of company for the Machine eh? How about after the 23 run outburst game three, a 25-year-old named Derek Holland would silence the Cardinals’ bats, pitching eight 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and zero runs. The kid with a worse mustache than Pedro in Napoleon Dynamite pitched a gem to remind the viewers it wasn’t all about the offense. Or when the Cardinals seemed destined to take a 2-0 lead in the series when the Rangers scored two runs in the top of the ninth to steal game two and even the series at one a piece. Go ahead and tell me baseball isn’t fun anymore. That you can’t watch it on TV and any football game is better. Because after this World Series, one of the best of my lifetime and some of the older baseball enthusiasts saying one of the best of all time, you can’t. On Aug. 25, the Cardinals were 10 and a half games out of the playoffs. They had played subpar baseball all season, and were doomed to an offseason of questions on where Pujols would

land. Instead, they beat out the Braves for the NL Wildcard. But it wouldn’t matter, no way they would beat the almighty Phillies in the ALDS. But they did. Then they matched up against the big-bat Brewers, armed with Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder, they would certainly be beaten. But they weren’t. The Cardinals faced controversy all year long, starting when their ace Adam Wainwright was ruled out all season with Tommy John surgery. But they never stopped playing. They made it to the playoffs with the fewest wins of all the teams, 90, and were behind at one point in all three of the series’ they played. Don’t forget they were twice down to their last strike in game six. The Cardinals kept faith all season, never losing faith in their ability to win any game they were in. They have arguably the best manager of all time and proved that they deserved a title. The Cardinals epitomized why we, as a nation, love sports. They had no right to make the playoffs, let alone win the World Series. But they did. They silenced all their critics and believed in each other. Their fans supported the team and the team rewarded them. They proved what a real team can do. Maybe the Red Sox should take notes.

Release the Cracken

Chris Cooley, it’s been fun

BY: MATTHEW MCCRACKEN Sports Editor In a recent interview, Chris Cooley told reporters that his season-ending injuries are a result of the NFL Lockout. Having a broken finger along with a knee that has been injured since training camp, Cooley ended his seventh season with the Redskins early. He finished the year with only eight catches for 65 yards. His replacement, Fred Davis is leading the team with 28 receptions for 423 yards with two touchdowns. Davis, a talent out of University of Southern California, came into his own this year after playing and learning from Chris Cooley’s reign as the Redskins leading tight end. Now, you are wondering why all of this matters. We have a tight end that can replace Cooley this year. Cooley will get healthy, and next year, we will have two tight ends that are able to tear apart defenses. Wrong. Cooley has played his last game in a Washington Redskins jersey. Yes, it is sad. Yes, it is unfair. And yes, that is the NFL. Cooley ends his Redskins’ career placing eighteenth all time for tight ends with 428 receptions. He takes first place among receptions for a tight end in Redskins history. He is a two-time pro bowler who has stuck with the Redskins through thin and thick. No matter who the head coach or starting quarterback was, Cooley was the only player on the Redskins roster who brought consistency to the game. That is, when he was healthy. This year isn’t the first that has ended early for Cooley. In 2009, he suffered a fractured foot that required surgery. Don’t get me wrong though, Cooley is nowhere near soft. Playing fullback at times, Cooley loves his physical

contact as much as the monster Mike Sellers. I guess when it comes down to it, I’m just writing this column out of respect for Cooley. I wish there wasn’t a word count on Microsoft Word so I could just go on and on about how much I appreciate what Cooley did for me as a Redskins fan. He stuck with us through all the close losses against the Dallas Cowboys. He didn’t give up on us after starting every season well, and then ending sub-par. He never held out for more money, or ran his mouth to the media. A fourth round pick out of Utah State became the face of the Washington Redskins for a little less than a decade. His random No. 47 flooded the stands of FedEx field. The roar of his last name rumbled the ground underneath the grass of the stadium. If I was famous enough to contact Cooley, I would tell him not to worry because your legacy will always outlast any new tight end or receiver to succeed you. I will always remember how many times you bailed out Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell, Donovan McNabb and others. I’ll always remember how you would turn a two-yard reception into a first down conversion. I wish there was something I could do to keep you on the team, but at the first sign of injury, you know Daddy Snyder gets scared and gets rid of it. I will always remember you. I don’t care if the Redskins go undefeated next year without you. I will always say they would’ve been a better team if you were on it. Do me a favor. Go to another team, preferably not in the NFC East, do your thing and get yourself a ring. Get your feet wet in the pool of success. You deserve it. Don’t turn back, just remember us screaming your last name out, losing our voices.. And when you do big things in a future Super Bowl, don’t forget where you came from because we will never forget you. Good luck Cooley.




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