VOL. 52, ISSUE 19 | MARCH 16, 2011
Mace & Crown Student newspaper of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, since 1930
Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown Monarchs clinch second straight CAA Tournament Title and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
It would end that way Monarchs capture second consecutive CAA tournament championship against rival VCU Stuart Miller Editor in Chief
As Old Dominion University was announced as a nine seed in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, it reflected on the hard work that paid off from a season of success both in and out of the Colonial Athletic Association. Although they finished with the second best record in the CAA at 27-6, the Monarchs made their presence known in this year’s Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA tournament. The overall performance of the Monarchs throughout the tournament could be describe as resilient, hard fought and well deserved because of the effort the team put in. As ODU Head Coach Blaine Taylor and the rest of the Monarchs cut down the nets for the second consecutive year in a row at the Richmond Coliseum, emotions ran high as a sea of ODU fans crowded the team at center court. “It feels great, I mean two is always better than one,” said ODU junior guard Kent Bazemore. “It shows our toughness getting up at six in the morning lifting weights and working out, you hate to do it while you’re doing it, but it pays off.” After defeating a pesky University of Delaware squad and ruining Hofstra University senior Charles Jenkins’ last hope at an NCAA tournament berth, the Monarchs found themselves on hardwood of the Richmond Coliseum on championship Monday staring across the court at their bitter rivals: Virginia Commonwealth University. The VCU Rams came into the tournament with a bad taste in their mouths losing four of their last five games in the regular season, which put their hopes of being selected for the NCAA tournament in jeopardy.
Coming off of a rout of then nationally ranked George Mason University in the semifinals 79-63, the Rams walked into the championship game against ODU with the swagger of a team destined for an NCAA tournament berth, which they ultimately received even after losing to the Monarchs 70-65 in the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA tournament championship. When looking at both halves, the score tells a story in itself. Being up 13 points at halftime, it was no shock that the Monarchs were shooting 63.6 percent from the field. With that being said however, it was no surprise that VCU would find away to get back into the game, coming all the way back from an 18 point deficit to bring ODU’s massive lead to one point with under five minutes to play in the championship game. “It was quite a championship game, in the first half I thought we played just unbelievable for the setting and what was at stake,” said ODU Head Coach Blaine Taylor, “Our kids really came to play and played like champions.” The Monarchs’ hot shooting came from the CAA tournament MVP Frank Hassell as he put up 14 of his 22 total points in the first half followed by a combined 15 points off the bench from senior forward Keyon Carter and junior guard Trian Illiadis. The production of Hassell and the ODU bench was not the only factor in the first half as VCU took an early 3-0 lead and fell completely out of sync, shooting 37.5 percent from the field in the first half, but not without hitting six 3-pointers early on. Despite the Rams’ poor shooting performance the Monarchs headed into the locker room with the lurking concern that there were still 20 minutes to play in a hostile environment at the Richmond Coliseum. After starting out on a 6-0 headed up entirely by junior guard Kent Bazemore, the Rams went on their own run, cutting the lead to seven points thanks to an 11-0 run early in the second half. Led by VCU guard Joey Rodriguez, the Rams managed to cause panic amongst the Monarch faithful as the final four minutes of the
game consisted of both teams trading buckets to a point where the Monarchs could simply not put VCU away to solidify their second straight CAA championship win. “You have to give VCU credit, they really came at us and forced a number of turnovers and got very physical,” said Taylor, “But again a credit to our guys to be able to absorb their run and finish the job, fortunately we had enough wiggle room as well as we played and fortunately we have enough experience, enough talent, and enough will to get to the finish line and be able to say the rare occurrence of being CAA champions.” It wasn’t until the Monarchs found themselves up four points with 1:33 left and ball in their possession when ODU senior Ben Finney tossed an alley-oop to Bazemore off an inbounds pass, igniting the crowd. After the circus act of an inbound play, the Monarchs cruised to victory, hitting eight of their last 13 free throws. The conclusion to the final chapter of ODU and VCU on this season was one of the best games in recent years in a season where both teams stole a game on each other’s home court. “We have a little bit of time now because we play our tournament a little early to kind of rest and recuperate and at that point we just have try to stay focused,” said ODU Athletic Director Dr. Camden Wood-Selig, “The fact that we know that we are in the [NCAA tournament] I think is a real plus, there is no anxiety or heartache or mental anguish and a lot of wasted energy wondering what’s going to happen on Selection Sunday.” With a record of 27-6 the Monarchs will take on the eight seeded Butler University Bulldogs in Washington, D.C. on Thursday during the first round of the NCAA tournament.
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Too little, too late? Amazon attempts to enter instant streaming market
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At the end of February, Amazon introduced unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows. This service is free to Amazon Prime members. The range of free streaming movies is rather limited considering Amazon currently hosts around 90,000 instant streaming movies and TV shows for a fee on the site. Students can sign up to receive a free one-year membership to Amazon Prime. Simply go to Amazon.com and sign up using a .edu email address. Amazon student members receive unlimited free twoday shipping for one year. Used items are not included in the free shipping deal. What’s the catch? Student members must upgrade to a paid Amazon Prime membership to get access to the instant streaming of the movies and television shows. Prime Memberships cost $79 a year. “Adding unlimited instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost is a great way to give members even more value for their $79 annual Amazon Prime membership,” Robbie Schwietzer, vice president of Amazon Prime, said in a statement. Is it too little, too late for Amazon to enter the instant streaming market? Amazon streaming is not much of a threat to Netflix, the number one streaming service in the market. Netflix now offers an instant streaming only, no DVDs by mail, plan for $7.99 a month and offers more than 20,000 instant streaming videos, compared to the 5,000 that Amazon features.
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Netflix instant streaming? There’s an app for that. Netflix can be streamed using a mobile device, computer, gaming console, compatible set-top devices, Blu-ray players and HDTVs. Compatible gaming consoles include Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox. Amazon movies and TV shows can only be streamed to your computer, HDTV or compatible set-top devices. This doesn’t include popular mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad or Windows 7 phone. ODU senior Samantha Spangenburg typically uses Hulu for instant streaming. “I probably won’t consider upgrading [to Amazon Prime] due to the price of the membership,” she said. Hulu offers recent select television shows streaming free on their website. Customers can upgrade to Hulu Plus to expand their choices and upgrade to High Definition, when available. It costs $7.99 per month yet still includes commercials. Don’t want to upgrade to Amazon Prime? Anyone can rent instant streaming videos with a free Amazon membership. New releases normally cost $3.99 to rent for 48 hours. One-time rentals aren’t available on Netflix or Hulu. Netflix was the first to enter the DVD-by-mail market in 1999. Later, Blockbuster did little to rock the foundation built by Netflix when the company entered the DVD-by-mail market in 2004. Blockbuster has lost ground to Netflix’s DVD by-mail business and Redbox’s DVD rental kiosks, according to the “Dallas Morning News.” Netflix has “15 million by-mail customers to Blockbuster’s 2.6 million. Redbox has more than 20,000 kiosks to Blockbuster’s 7,000.” Netflix is prospering. Blockbuster is bankrupt. While nobody expects Amazon to have the same fate as Blockbuster, it will be hard to dethrone Netflix as king of instant streaming. It is too soon to tell whether or not Amazon will be successful in the instant streaming market. Spangenburg said, “I believe that Amazon will be competitive in the market. It was only a matter of time.”
Gas prices are rising because… Melissa Flippo News Assistant
In September of 2010, Hampton Roads gas was $2.52. Just six months later, it’s $3.55 a gallon. One month ago, gas was only $3.02 and prices are rising fast. Natasha Pietri, a sophomore at ODU, feels that the rising gas prices are “ridiculous” taking into consideration that there are “cheaper ways to obtain and sell fuel.” Many ODU students cancelled their spring break plans just because of gas prices. “It’s affected almost any traveling I need to do,” Pietri said. Gasbuddy.com is the website to use with this gas price hike. Just type in a zip code and a list will pop up showing gas stations with the lowest to highest prices. This can be helpful for planning a trip and not empty your wallet on gas alone. The recent situations in North Africa and the Middle East have “added uncertainty to the mix and lost production in Libya has tightened supply.” Obama proposed in his March 11, 2011 press conference that there are solutions to rising gas prices. “Now, here’s the good news. The global community can manage supply disruptions like this,” Obama said. “Other oil-producing nations have committed to filling any gaps –- and we will continue to coordinate closely with our international partners to keep all options on the table when it comes to any supply disruptions.” He and his staff are looking at more options other than just foreign oil. Obama said that if it’s necessary, we will tap into our own oil supply in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The president has said time and time again that we need to focus on building our oil supply domestically. His administration has not shut down oil production, instead having more precautions being taken with offshore drilling because the BP oil spill, the worst in our history, wasn’t that long ago. One standard is that companies can prove that it can contain underwater spills, if necessary. “But the bottom line is this. We’ve been having this conversation for nearly four decades now,” Obama said. “Every few years, gas prices go up; politicians pull out the same old political playbook, and then nothing changes. And when prices go back down, we slip back into a trance. And then when prices go up, suddenly we’re shocked.” The president plans on less talk and taking more action.
CONSUMERIST.COM Rising gas prices have been an issue for many students, including commuters who travel often to get to school.
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Global Student Friendship A Christian volunteer organization at ODU Melissa Flippo Assistant News Editor Being a student can be a daunting task alone. Marry that with being thousands of miles away from home, away from the support network of family and or friends and it can sometimes be the worst feeling in the world. The thought of having to start brand new can be a scary thing. That’s why Kurniawan Foe founded the Global Student Friendship organization at Old Dominion. “Global Student Friendship is a Christian student organization that is open to students from all nations, faith, and beliefs,” Foe said. “We have been known as a caring organization that serves International community in Hampton Roads.” When Foe arrived to America from Indonesia, he had no one for support and nothing to put in his home, other than a suitcase his family filled with food. He founded Global Student Friendship so it would be a second family for students far away from home, but they do not discriminate. Any and all students are welcome to join. The organization partnered with the Tabernacle Church of Norfolk and now donations of furniture are made available to international students in need. Global Student Friendship delivers every Saturday morning, averaging eight to ten apartments each delivery. The organization also is a support group for international wives and children. There are social gatherings twice each month for the wives and children to get together and do different activities. The activities have included parenting tips, cooking lessons, shopping tips, picnics and play-dates with the children. “We serve International students and get them involved in our community service because we believe that they are future leaders of the world,” Foe said. Foe believes that by reaching out to these students and teaching about community service, he hopes that they will take that knowl-
FACEBOOK.COM Among the many religious student organizations, Global Student Friendship is an international based group.
edge back to their countries to implement and transform it. Global Student Friendship is involved in many volunteer activities, the most recent event being after the “Extreme Food Drive.” The organization started hauling the leftover food to the Union Mission in Norfolk. Working with the Union Mission has helped some see that all countries have people that struggle. “This voluntary work broadens your sight. From this experience, I personally feel that even in this country there are still lots of people who need your love and help,” Shiwei Jiang said, an international student from China. “ODU’s GSF is a great platform that connects ODU internationals and Americans.”
“Experience America” The all-American experience for international students Melissa Flippo Assistant News Editor ODU educates students from all over the world, and being an international student can be intimidating at times. To get the full taste of being an international student is to not only do the necessary schoolwork, but also understand American culture. With all the holidays and traditions that are practiced, things can get a little complicated. The “Experience America” program is a series of events designed to teach students, international and American alike, about cultures in America. The series will teach students about everything from football to food. Past events included a meeting during the Super Bowl to discuss how American football is played. Students watched the game while Bill Thompson explained the rules with handouts and videos. Traditional football treats were available while students learned about the sport. The menu included items such as wings and potato chips along with other typical American snacks. “The event was very successful,” said Rachawan “Aey” Wongtrirat, coordinator of international programming for ODU’s Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR). “We had over 40 international students representing all degree levels (undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and English Language Center stu-
dents) attend the program. It is very important for us to provide programs that foster international students’ interest in learning more about American culture from firsthand experience, outside of the classroom.” Other events included “All About America” and “American Cooking,” which roughly 150 students participated total. “Experience America” plans to continue to host future events and two events to close out the spring semester are planned. On March 17, there will be a St. Patrick’s Day event and the final event, “The Land We Live In,” will take place April 22. These events will be held at 11 a.m. in the Intercultural Center, room 2114 in the Webb. It is important to the Office of International Relations and the English Language Center to provide programs that foster international students’ interest in learning more about American cultures from first-hand experience, outside of the classroom. So far these educational events will be held throughout the spring semester. Check the Office of International Relations page on ODU’s website for updates on upcoming semesters. The OIR also has a Facebook page, which offers information. The English Language Center and the Office of International Relations sponsor “Experience America.” For more information regarding the series contact either Rachawan “Aey” Wongtrirat at email@example.com or Laura Ray from the ELC at lray@ odu.edu.
Everyone involved with the process has taken something away from the experience. Tami Park from the Office of Service and Civic Engagement sent an e-mail to student organization leaders about this service opportunity called “Rock and Wrap It.” The goal was to bring leftover food from the previous food drive to the Union Mission. The proposed project fit with the organization’s philosophy and spirit with serving others. GSF, Aramark and Tami worked together to organize about 10-15 schedules of leftover pickups. GSF continues to help out at the Union Mission, calling the service “Serving the homeless with ODU’s Global Student Friendship.” “I think that everyone in the process is grateful that we’re able to transport all the food,” Matt Vegel said, a GSF volunteer with the Navy. “The folks at Union Missions are also very thankful whenever we drop off the food.” Global Student Friendship also has other planned events for students involved in the organization. In the fall semester, the organization does a welcome bus tour and luncheon for new international students. They take a tour of downtown Norfolk and U.S. Norfolk Naval Base. The students get to board an aircraft carrier, followed by lunch and cultural performances. Then the students can go shopping if they wish. Also in the fall, the organization holds an International Thanksgiving Banquet, where they will have cultural performances from the students themselves. It is also a cultural exchange where they tell stories about the First Thanksgiving and share Thanksgiving meal. Lastly, in the summer the organization takes a trip to Lake Gaston in North Carolina. For more information about any of the information above or to get involved with Global Student Friendship, contact Kurniawan Foe via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization does not have an office and meets regularly Friday afternoons in the Webb Center and holds smaller meetings throughout the week. The volunteer work as well as some Bible lessons will be discussed in the meetings and everyone from any background is welcome to attend.
Natural disaster shocks Japan, neighboring nations Melissa Flippo News Assistant
The water gets sucked out from under and suddenly you drop nine feet. Then, the hungry monster races forward at roughly 500 mph and devours everything in its path. Cargo containers from 18-wheelers are sprawled about like the contents of a box of toothpicks tumble to the ground. Boats and vessels are tossing about like tiny tugboats during bath time. The ocean water glows as the layer of wreckage that smears the wave lights on fire. This is the damage of the March tsunami that struck Japan. All travelers heading or thinking about heading to Japan are urged to halt travel. Only U.S. government personnel should travel to the area. March 11, Japan was struck by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake, which caused a tsunami to form. The large wave destroyed the Japanese coastline and left thousands dead. Four trains were lost and it is estimated that 9,500 people were unaccounted for in a coastal town. In other places, 200 bodies had washed ashore. “The government said 642 people were missing and 1,426 injured,” said The Virginian-Pilot. There could be many more missing and only in time will they be able to have a better estimate. Japan is being taken care of as best as possible as 50,000 of its own troops joined the efforts with aerial support. President Obama said that two American aircraft carriers were sent to aid. Even after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami, Japan’s trouble was not over. Tokyo was concerned about the aftermath of the quake and tsunami on its nuclear power plant. The earthquake had caused the plant’s safety system to shut down and leave the mechanism running on battery life, which was limited. An explosion did occur, but there was no severe damage. The government has taken steps to avoid another explosion by pouring water over the reactors to keep them cool. It has also evacuated a 12-mile radius surrounding the plant and is prepared to pass out iodine tablets to protect the thyroid
SCIENCERAY.COM The recent natural disasters in Japan have resulted in thousands of people reported missing
gland from radiation of those who live farther away, in case more radiation escapes. Hawaii was the next target on the monster’s list and was struck with a 4.5 magnitude earthquake. Most of the losses were property damage. Boats were sunk, vessels and homes damaged, but no reports of human casualties were reported. California’s coast was hit as well, leaving one family searching for their 25-year-old son who had tried to get pictures of the wave. Most heeded the warnings and took cover. The port was severely hit, causing an estimate of $17.1 million in damages and roughly $4 million in private boat damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is ready to come to the aid of any U.S. states or territories that need help, said Obama. The tsunami and is rage is over but the damages still linger on. Efforts are being made to clean up the damage and help restore the affected areas as close to their original state as possible.
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arts enter tainment Student Showcase at the Diehn Student Dancers Make Impressionable Footprint Ethan Shaw Staff Writer
If you happened to enter the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts building around 7:30 p.m. on March 1 and 2, you would be immediately greeted by the scent of fried chicken emanating from the performer’s buffet and the sight of Old Dominion students lined up the entire length of the structure. For the small sum of $5, students and faculty got to witness the annual ODU Dance Association Student Choreography Showcase. In addition to being the Dance Association president, senior Destiny Shine helmed this year’s impressive crew of stage managers, technical support, dancers and choreographers. After seating a packed crowd in the Wilson G. Chandler Recital Hall, the audience was immediately greeted by Ms. Shine as she went over the program and the changes in the schedule. After her brief explanation, the lights went out and the show opened with an urban dance routine choreographed by Stacey Jackson titled “Stray/Gaight.” Locking and grinding to “Bass Down Low” by DEV and The Cataracs, the first performance energized the crowd and ended with the performers throwing handfuls of silly bands into the audience. Students Nicole Bounoviri and Stephanie Delman demonstrated the more classical aspects of dance with modern music as their duet danced to “Secrets” by OneRepublic. Following the pair’s performance were two subsequent solos, both being self-choreographed. The first solo was titled “Bet on It,” performed by Kevin Jones, who mixed hip-hop and classical styles to the rhythm of “Find Your Love,” by hit recording artist Drake. The second solo was
“Facing the Truth,” where Shenise Guy gave a memorable performance with her fluid movements, becoming one with the song “Impossible” by Shontelle. The upcoming piece had Ms. Shine herself dancing with fellow dancer Stacey Jackson, in which the duet came on stage in pajama clothing performing a quirky and charming dance of friendship, appropriately titled “B.F.F.L.” The next six performances followed the same format of urban hip-hop mixed with interpretive and classical dance. Most notable however, was the final piece “Expression,” choreographed by Darianne Green. This performance had four girls dressed in provocative burlesque attire dancing vibrantly to Christina Aguilera’s “Express.” At the end of the showcase, everyone stood onstage taking a bow. Ms. Shine went on to thank all of the instructors for their guidance and everyone involved in making this year’s showcase possible. After the show, audience members had varying opinions on how the night went. When asked on what he thought of the show, sophomore Devin Jansen said, “Some of the people in the audience were really annoying in not being quiet, but I enjoyed the show a lot.” Sophomore and ODU Dance Team member Arielle Lange said, “This year’s show was well rounded, with a lot of urban music and everything was fresh and new.” Ms. Shine, when asked how she felt the night went after the last performance, she said, “Stressed and organized chaos, though I had a lot of fun and it was definitely worth it.” When asked her opinion on the crowd’s reactions she said, “The audience responded well, except for a few hecklers. But that’s good; it teaches the dancers how to adjust, and creating discipline for your craft is what it is all about.” Ms. Shine then went into detail about how the whole point of these showcases is to give the performers experience in working with different forms of talent. It’s also to have them understand that being fully committed is the key to getting a response from the audience.
Kristin Campbell Mace & Crown Many students showed their natural talent in the dance show.
Let’s start the SHHO Malice of the Clipse Heads SHHO’s First Event by
Martin Tucker Staff Writer
Who would be better to discuss hip hop and life experiences than the Hampton Roads native and Grammy nominated Malice of the Clipse, who promoted his new book, “Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked”. Old Dominion’s own talented musicians came to support. Cello Kid said, “Malice is a legend as far as VA,” and expected to “get to hear his (Malice) side of the story.” Wrighteous, who is originally from Northern Virginia, described the event as “monumental” due to the importance of having a successful Virginia emcee come to support the new organization. Before Batten Arts and Letters room 1012 was packed with students, photographers, hip hop lovers and journalists alike all bobbing their brains to the boom-bap spins of DJ EHRLMATIC. Malice recognized that this was, “a night of first” and was focused on showing the audience, “a side of hip hop you really don’t see.” Malice chronicled his struggles post(??) “Till the Casket Drops” with his crisis of conscience about his drug influenced rap saying, ”I think we did it a little bit too well,” reasoning that his manager received a 32 year prison sentence and many of his entourage won’t get out until he and his brother, Pusha T, are middle-aged. Malice said, “I just can’t do it no more,” and felt he needed to document the “wild series of events” that took place in his life since 2009. Malice said his book “has been a burden” and was “definitely not popular or convenient,” although he has received support from the likes of Bun B, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell, and Game. Malice gave short speeches between a video excerpt from the book, a video blog allegory of the Book of Job called “This is Only a Test”, and a vignette rap called “Am I my Brother’s Keeper”. He makes no qualms about the role of spirituality in his life as he said, “For those that don’t know I am Christian,” which erupted a loud applause in the room. One of Malice’s main points of advice for aspiring artists is that you
need to be grounded because “it’s not hard” to make it in the music industry, but once you get signed, the problems start. When asked about the most fun artist he has worked with Malice replied, “Most fun? Yea pause,” (???) before his response, he said he loves to work with Pharrell and Chad of The Neptunes. He went on to address questions of religion saying that he was saved knowingly in 1996 and that as a married man his only temptation is a “dope restaurant.” Malice was also approached with many questions about music. Carlito Conway, an aspiring producer, asked about the best way to introduce beats to major artists and Malice recalled how Pharrell would give artists beats with the hook already attached. Malice admits that Nicki Minaj “is having her run right now” and that he usually approaches verse writing with the opening line. Afterwards, TuanAnh “2-Non” Vu and Kyle Geck of public relations set up the table for book purchases and signings while Taylor Guttenberg of “Major Deal” hopped on the wheels of steel and took over DJ duty. Sarah Watkins, TV personality of “DatzWutzUP!”, was impressed to hold Malice’s expensive “Re-Gang Record.” Watkins jokingly said she could pawn it and pay her whole tuition with that chain. One ODU musician named Max(last name??) originally admitted that “I don’t like hip hop, I respect it” and said he worked more in the “Kid Cudi genre” but at the end found that the event was inspirational. Filmmaker Jason Anderson thought that the shorts (what shorts??) were “were dope” and “definitely expressed what he wanted you to feel.” DJ EHRLMATIC who spun old school Queens, Brooklyn, and Bronx hip hop appreciated the great turnout and felt Malice was a “common man talking to common people.” JB Navarro and Taylor Guttenberg both agreed that it was really successful for a first event and that they had no idea what to expect because of the Probate happening simultaneously in Webb. SHHO President Charlie Duong said it was “crazy and honestly a dream come true.”
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Mary Anning: Girl Fossil Hunter This Family-Oriented Tale Tells Girls It’s Cool to be a Scientist by
Timothy Fulghum Staff Writer
“Mary Anning,” written and directed by Old Dominion University professor, Jenifer Alonzo, tells the tale of real-life scientist Mary Anning growing up and discovering the mysteries and wonders behind fossils. In addition to the narrative, the play features fantastic puppetry, aerial acrobats and nonverbal storytelling. The titular character, portrayed by Liz Helton-Johnston, is encouraged by her father to explore, much to the dismay of her mother. And not too long after, she and her brother discover fossils of creatures from the past. However, only her brother receives credit for their findings. Through the course of the play, narrators Rene Montague and Morgan Wilson relay other events of Mary Anning’s life to the audience. “Mary Anning” is a fantastic show that showcases the importance of science, as well as the men and women behind it. Geared toward all ages, but especially children, the show focuses on the importance of female scientists. Much of the appeal of “Mary Anning” lies in the amazing puppetry that steals the show between each anecdote of Mary’s life. Between the larger than life puppets, the puppeteers and the accompanying lighting, it was certainly a treat to witness. However, the fun didn’t stop there: along with seemingly flying dinosaurs, Mary herself took to the trapeze, performing aerial movements that were amazing to behold. In addition to producing the show, the Old Dominion University theatre department also held creative festivities for audience members before each showing. Participants were able to make their own puppets and even discover fossils of their very own. Also, before the March 5 showing, participants were able to join in on a Dinosaur Parade that traveled around the campus featuring handmade puppets by audience members, as well as the puppets from the show. “Mary Anning” is certainly a show that should be seen by all, and is truly something not to miss.
Breathing to cope with stress Take a Moment to Relax by
Jonathan Moran Staff Writer
A college student’s mind is a whirlwind of activity. It is cluttered with fleeting thoughts of deadlines, homework, projects, tests, exams and appointments. It isn’t easy having these thoughts buzzing in your head constantly reminding you that in one day you must write a paper, study, work, go to class and still find time to eat and sleep. And when that day is over, the next one is just as busy. When it gets to be too much and you feel like exploding, take a deep breath and relax. The Counseling Services at ODU are there to help. And that deep breath is more beneficial than you would think. Betty Davis works for the Counseling Services and specializes in Barratt Breathworks. Barratt Breathworks is a series of simple breathing exercises similar to yoga or meditation. Breathing occurs unconsciously, but Barratt Breathworks focuses on being aware of your breath. The exercises you do in a session make you notice if your breath is labored or erratic. By focusing on calming and regulating the breath, you open yourself up to a number of health benefits. Breathwork calms the central nervous system and reduces stress and anxiety. It provides relaxation and balances blood pressure. It can also help with personal growth and improve sleep patterns. These are some of the many benefits that come with these breathing exercises.
Radiohead- “The Kings of Limbs” A Cinematic Orchestra Paul Minto Staff Writer
Radiohead makes a triumphant return to the music scene after four years with their long-awaited eighth album, “The King of Limbs.” This album is a follow up to their 2007 hit, “In Rainbows”. This album, much likes its predecessor “In Rainbows”, is also a self-released and funded project by the band. The album is a dip into an eight song electronic and alternative rock smorges borg that can best be summed up and described as what I call a “cinematic orchestra.” NERDYNOTHINGS.COM The album begins with the track titled, “Bloom.” It is a rather dreamy, exotic and captivating introduction into what is to be a wonderful and dreamy listening experience. This is quickly and seamlessly followed by “Morning Mr Magpie“. Radiohead’s King of Limbs album This track continues Radiohead’s musical assault of beautiful and valiant sounds was fianlly released. with a slightly more up-tempo pace. The combination of sonically pleasing drum patterns, soft singing and steady guitar rhythms continue to add to what is a sonically beautiful album. The third track “Little by Little,” continues where “Morning Mr Magpie” leaves off. The fourth track, “Feral” begins with a steady and consistent drum pattern that is quickly built upon with fainting singing and other instrumentation that adds to the cinematic feel of album. Though this is the shortest track on the album, it still holds its own and is a solid track in its own right. “Lotus Flower”, the bands lead single off of the album, stands in juxtaposition to the previous track “Feral.” Where “Feral” was a more up-tempo piece of work, “Lotus Flower” is a lot more relaxed and also adds lyrics to sonically stunning masterpiece. Track six, which is named”Codex”, shows a much more down-tempo side of the album. This track is the definition of dreamy as it trots along calmly and slowly allowing for dreamy visuals to set in the listeners minds. Ambient noises play a very large role in this track in particular. This track almost gives the feeling of floating. “Give Up the Ghost”, is yet another beautiful track. This track continues the dreamy floating vibe left over from ”Codex”, but has a more acoustic, “nature” sound to it. This track is tailor made for easy listening and is arguably the best track, if not one of the best tracks, on what is a masterpiece of an album. “Separator”, which is the last track on the album, closes up what is a beautiful listening experience with that Radiohead sound that die-hard fans all know and love. It seemingly serves as the ending credits to what is a cinematically orchestral experience. The album is a wonderful 8-track experience with each track being no less-epic than the last. The album is available for purchase at the bands website, http://kingoflimbs.com/DIUSD.htm. It is available for nine dollars for the mp3 version and $14 for the WAV file. This album is a wonderful, dreamy work of art, for with that being said, Radiohead works their magic again and earns a perfect 10/10 for The King of Limbs.
Students can schedule a session by emailing Davis at email@example.com. She has held sessions at the Rogers dorms, the rec center near ODU, and some during activity hour. A session begins with calm music in the background. You close your eyes and take a deep breath. As you breathe you begin to relax and clear your mind. The rhythm of the breath and the soothing music calms you and the thoughts buzzing in your head begin to disappear. Your mind gets a break and for a moment, things are simple. When the exercise is done, you open your eyes and the pressures and anxiety of the day have settled down. Tests and papers suddenly aren’t that intimidating anymore because you have relaxed and can now focus. Another session is scheduled on April 13, and if the crushing weight of schoolwork is getting to you, it may be something to check out. Davis said that an easy exercise that could be practiced at home or whenever you need a break is to take 12 deep breaths. This will help calm you and give you a moment where you can relax. Another tip is to look for five beautiful things a day. This can make you see the good in everyday life and will improve your mood. It’s a fun way to pass the time and will improve your mood throughout the day. Relaxing exercises are important because they release the stress that goes on in life. For a college student, the experience can be fun and demanding. When it gets to be too much, it’s nice to be able to take a moment and have a break.
MtvU college radio hosts annual award show MATT & KIM discuss WOODIES with the MACE! by
Robbie Ciara Staff Writer
In just three very short years, mtvU has been the premiere video channel for college campuses across the country. According to its promotional materials, mtvU broadcasts exclusive content dedicated to aspects of college life, including music, news and on-campus events. The channel was the first MTV network to stream all of its content online. On-campus events include the Campus Invasion tour, featuring up-and-coming bands; the GAME0Rz Ball tour, which brings new video games to campus and Tailgate Tour, which provides mtvU with a presence at campus tailgates. mtvU shows include Dean’s List, the mtvU Awards and mtvU Spring Break. All of these are punctuated by mtvU’s own annual award show called the Woodie Awards. The Woodie Awards recognizes the music voted best by college students. Winners at the 2009 Woodie Awards included Green Day, Kings of Leon, NeverShoutNever, Tech N9ne, Hotel of the Laughing Tree and Matt & Kim. Matt & Kim recently held an mtvU conference call with campuses all over the country to discuss their latest projects, their European tour, getting naked in New York and the Woodies. Former WODU music director James Duval and ODU alumni had nothing but good things to say about Matt & Kim. “I loved their previous album, “Grand,” where they really seemed to hit the nail on the head with where their music needed to go. Sing-along choruses are easy, but they even managed to write sing-along verses,” Duval said. “Have I mentioned they do this with nothing more than a keyboard and drum kit?!” The nuances with Matt and Kim start and end with their simplicities. The duo achieved some notoriety by having their song “Daylight” being featured in a Bacardi commercial as well as being completely naked in New York City for their viral hit “Lessons Learned.” We were able to get the skinny on the famed video from Matt (Kim was unavailable for the interview). When asked about the uncomfortable arrest in the video (Matt is seen being thrashed by NYPD patrol officers in the raw) Matt responded with the same light-heartedness that is reflected in their music. Matt said, “We get asked about that video all the time but it really wasn’t as bad as it looked, in fact, those guys were pretty cool about the whole thing” Getting tackled naked in the cold, in the middle of Times Square and being cool with the NYPD is a good thing? see Woodie C3
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“Battle: Los Angeles” The Good and the Bad by
Steven Knauer Staff Writer
“Battle: Los Angeles” came out on March 11, 2011. It resembles a sci-fi/action movie that mixes an alien invasion with something akin to a Michael Bay movie. While the movie is enjoyable, you walk away with a few questions about necessary parts, such as plot holes. The overall plot involves a platoon of Marines in California being deployed to Los Angeles because a scheduled meteor shower turned out to be more than they expected. The meteors are not dropping at their terminal velocity, but are actually slowing before they land. This causes suspicion of these meteors to be a means of transport for something. Before the platoon reaches its briefing, the coverage of these meteors unfold and hundreds of armored
creatures emerge from the beach and start firing explosives upon the city. Finally, after most civilians have been evacuated, platoons are deployed to search for remaining civilians for extraction. This is where the mission starts to get out of hand as they get a close-up look at the aliens. This movie is not without its negatives. First and foremost, the cinematography was not the best. Shaky cam, used in shows like “The Office,” was overly used for the film. Secondly, the beginning of the film spends roughly 15-30 minutes showing the Marines’ backgrounds. One Marine has a fiancée and another has a pregnant wife. Their second-in-command, Sgt. Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), is a veteran of Iraq who lost men in his platoon and planned to retire before the film unfolded. However, throughout the movie, the other Marines’ back-stories seem to just be forgotten about and are actually never tied down at the end. You never find out if their loved ones make it out of California or not. What you do learn is that Eckhart’s character heavily grieves over the loss of his former platoon in a display of machismo-filled guilt. This particular scene
is moving, but it completely takes the spotlight from arguably more current issues (i.e.: the fiancée). Another issue with the movie was a point where they find a downed alien and decide to find its weak point to help with the remainder of the mission. The sergeant drags it inside their building and calls the medic to him. A civilian they previously rescued comes over and offers her assistance, claiming she is a veterinarian. A veterinarian somehow out ranks a trained medic, who earlier in the film said he chose the position because he wanted to be a doctor when he left the service. This scene seemed to be a desperate, yet unnecessary, attempt at putting a “damsel” into the movie. All negatives aside, the movie was enjoyable and the setting and atmosphere was spot on. I found myself getting excited when the platoon would find their way out of an obviously disadvantageous situation. Even the cheesy “We won’t leave your side, Staff Sgt.” moments played well for me. If anything, people in service who enjoy action films should watch this movie.
“Beastly” – the better Twilight This Retelling of Beauty and the Beast Gives the Vampire Flick a Jog for Its Money by
It Made Me Cry, Almost by
Martin Tucker Staff Writer
“Barney’s Version,” the 2010 Canadian dramatic comedy, is an epic and emotional journey through the life of Barney Panofsky, who is a cigar smoking, flawed, Jewish television producer, as well as a serial husband. The Richard J. Lewis directed film is an adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s novel of the same name. Paul Giamatti, who’s known for roles in “Sideways,” “Cinderella Man” and “American Splendor,” does a great job portraying Barney Panofsky through three stages of marriages of his life. His transition through the character of Panofsky from the 70s to present day have earned him a Golden Globe award. The film’s title refers to the underlying mystery of who killed Boogie, Scott Speedman’s character, and the racist Canadian detective who is determined to bring Panofsky to justice in the public eye rather than prison. Dustin Hoffman stars as Panofsky’s father, a hardened retired detective who’s seen it all and is content with living out the rest of his life in joy, unlike Panofsky, who is constantly haunted by his past mistakes and regrets. Jake Hoffman, Dustin Hoffman’s son, makes an appearance as Panofsky’s judgmental son. One would think a man with three wives is quite the Casanova, but Giamatti plays Panofsky as a particularly sad, but respectable man. He has just enough confidence not to be a pushover, but not enough ambition to pur-
sue his desires in a timely fashion. Giamatti gives Panofsky a certain charm that makes it barely apparent why three beautiful women could possibly marry him. Rachelle Lefevre, Minnie Driver and Rosemund Pike all seem to be competing as Panofsky’s wives Clara, the unnamed wife and Miriam. The story, penned by Michael Konyves, weaves in the subject of Alzheimer’s, which ironically strikes Panofsky at a period where most of his life’s answers are finally being revealed. It adds a dark tone to the otherwise romantic comedy drama, and helps the audience look back on Barney as a man who has been through many changes. The story is told mainly through flashbacks that reveal more and more about how Panofsky turns from an optimistic, naïve artist to a cynical man who forgets what is most important to him. The story also weaves in jokes about Canadian television as well as Canadian actors, screenwriters and directors including Atom Egoyan, Paul Gross, David Cronenberg and Denys Arcand. All of the Canadian film references are mainly focused in a subplot involving Barney Panofsky as the producer of a long running, but pathetic soap opera, a nod to the intense drama the drives the movie. For a film that has been in production for 12 years, “Barney’s Version” turned out well. It is in fact a rare find to see such a well-crafted movie being unknown amongst many moviegoers. It is a must-see and a tearjerker, and actually worth the price at your local indie theater. Most importantly, it’s a movie that stays with you long after the credits roll.
Timothy Fulghum Staff Writer
“Twilight” lovers and non-lovers, rejoice! “Beastly,” a retelling of the classic fairytale, “Beauty and the Beast,” brings the romance, the teenage angst, the humor and the outrageously ridiculous but likeable costumes worn by Mary-Kate Olsen that you just can’t help but love. However, unlike the campy vampire snoozefest that features more lip biting than neck biting, Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris and Lisa Gay Hamilton provide a film that is teen-romancey without the constant clichéd ridiculousness. The film opens with Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) campaigning to become the president of the school’s environmental club. However, instead of running on the platform of all things green, he demands the position because of how attractive he is. All the while, Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) stands in the corner, opting for the position of secretary and Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), the school witch, watches amongst the crowd. One thing leads to another and suddenly Kyle is announcing Kendra’s lack of beauty before the entire school, inviting her to the big party, standing her up at said party, and then becoming ugly. Kendra curses him to look unattractive, but should he find someone to fall in love with him before a year’s time, the curse will be broken. Unable to handle his son’s unattractiveness, Kyle’s father purchases him a new apartment and sends him away. Their
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maid, Zola (Lisa Gay Hamilton), is sent to look after him, as well as a tutor, Will (Neil Patrick Harris), to ensure that he continues his education. Kyle wallows in self-pity for five months. Enter Lindy. Kyle pines after her, and sees that she’s in danger from one of her father’s nefarious dealings. He strikes a deal with her father to keep her safe, and he agrees. And, after an hour of courting, she admits her love for him after plenty of obstacles, thus breaking the curse. “Beastly” is a terrific retelling for the modern day world, but it certainly has its moments of “Ugh.” Although a better “Twilight,” some scenes felt incredibly forced. Alex Pettyfer didn’t seem to know what to he was doing after becoming ugly. And Vanessa Hudgens at times was just downright annoying with her attempt to be similar to Zooey Deschanel. The script, particularly the final half hour of the film, had its own awkwardness as well. Also, every character in the film oddly accepted the fact that Kendra is a witch, yet they continued to taunt her. Regardless of the inconsistencies, Neil Patrick Harris and Lisa Gay Hamilton brought life and heart to the film. Their performances were terribly overshadowed, but between their side-cracks and exchanges they stole the show. Will’s snarky comments and blind-actions were hilariously devilish at times, while Zola’s good-natured persona kept everyone grounded. Kendra, the witch who curses it all, was also a big win for the film. One of the most fascinating aspects of her character is how many costumes she changes into, signaling how “witchy” she is. If anything, her presence in the film makes up for weaknesses of Kyle and Lindy. And, MaryKate is just downright fun to watch. “Beastly” is certainly a fun film to watch, especially when there’s nothing else appealing to do; however, it’s definitely not a film to spend more than $7 to see.
Matt, after running on fumes while on their European tour, was completely amped up to discuss the Woodies as well. “The opportunity to come back and be a part of the Woodies is a proud achievement for Kim and me,” he said. “Our college fans have been so supportive, we could not have had the success we’ve had without their support.” Alex McGinnis, the alternative and rock music director at WODU, is one of those students who regularly votes in the Woodies. “To have an opportunity to talk to bands like Matt & Kim which college students like me have voted for is awesome,” Alex said. When asked if Matt & Kim would entertain coming to ODU and giving us a show, Matt said, “For you guys, as soon as we get back from Europe we’ll be looking you up!” Crowning the biggest names in indie rock and hip-hop for the Woodies is the definitive award show for the Monarchs and the music that makes us roar (or get naked in New York City). Mark your calendars. RSOWENS.COM The 2011 mtvu Woodie Awards will be broadcast live on Wednesday, The Woodies are March 16 at midnight. March 16, at midnight!
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Second Round March 17-18
Third Round March 19-20
Regional Semifinals March 24-25
Regional Finals March 26-27
(16) UT-San Antonio (19-13)
First Round March 15-16 (16) Alabama St (17-17)
National Semifinals April 2
(12) UAB (22-8)
(12) Clemson (21-11)
(1) Ohio State (32-2) (16) UT-San Antonio/Alabama St (8) George Mason (26-6)
Cleveland, OH March 18 & 20
(9) Villanova (21-11)
(5) West Virginia (20-11) (12) UAB/Clemson (4) Kentucky (25-8)
Tampa, FL March 17 & 19
(13) Princeton (25-6)
(6) Xavier (24-7) (11) Marquette (20-14) (3) Syracuse (26-7)
Cleveland, OH March 18 & 20
(14) Indiana St (20-13) (7) Washington (23-10) (10) Georgia (21-11) (2) North Carolina (26-7)
Charlotte, NC March 18 & 20
HOUSTON April 4
(15) LIU (27-5)
HOUSTON April 2
(1) Duke (30-4) (16) Hampton (24-8) (8) Michigan (20-13)
Charlotte, NC March 18 & 20
(9) Tennessee (19-14) (5) Arizona (27-7) (12) Memphis (25-9) (4) Texas (27-7)
Tulsa, OK March 18 & 20
(13) Oakland (25-9)
(6) Cincinnati (25-8) (11) Missouri (23-10) (3) Connecticut (26-9)
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(14) Bucknell (25-8) (7) Temple (25-7) (10) Penn St (19-14) (2) San Diego St (32-2) (15) No. Colorado (21-10)
Tucson, AZ March 17 & 19
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Regional Semifinals March 24-25
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(16) UNC-Ash (19-13)
(11) VCU (23-11)
(16) Ark-LR (19-16)
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The Last 5:19 Monarchs Rely on Each Other to Ensure their Second Consecutive CAA Championship by
Matthew McCracken Asst. Sports Editor
Monarch senior guard Ben Finney subbed in for senior guard Darius James at the 5:19 mark in the second half of the CAA finals against Virginia Commonwealth University. “This stops now,” Finney said to his team. Fists clinched with his index fingers pointing to the hardwood, Finney looked to his team. It was time to stop this run by the VCU Rams, who were slowly but surely getting back into the game. The Rams, who trailed 39-26, cut the lead down to four points with a little over five minutes left in the game. With the score at 53-49, and the CAA Finals in the Richmond Coliseum, the Rams had the home court advantage. All VCU fans were on their feet looking for the best angle to view what could have been one of the greatest CAA finals comebacks. All the Monarchs had were each
other, and fans who were being flushed out by Ram fans. That is all they did need to hold onto a 70-65 victory of VCU. Despite a tip-in by Ram’s junior guard Bradford Burgess to cut the lead of the Monarchs to two, ODU stuck together as an experienced team. A couple tip-ins and lay-ups by junior forward Chris Cooper and redshirt junior Kent Bazemore gave the Monarchs back their leeway against the Rams. Ram’s senior forward Jamie Skeen scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, but was not enough to complete the Ram’s run at a comeback. Monarch’s senior guard Darius James went four of six from the free throw line at the end of the game to ensure the Monarch victory. James only took four shots throughout the whole game, but hit his free throws when needed. Despite the Ram’s valiant effort, that wasn’t the story of this CAA final. When the Monarchs’ backs were up against the wall away from home, they leaned on one another to come out victorious. Monarch’s senior forward Frank Hassell finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double. Monarch’s Bazemore filled up all slots in the statistics sheet. 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals were accredited to the 6 – foot-5-inch Bazemore. The Monarch’s bench contributed for 17 of the Monarch’s 70
Makes you wanna dance Brian Jerry Staff Writer
It’s that time of the year again where America starts running out of print paper and ink: March Madness is upon us. Headed to the dance are your Old Dominion University men’s basketball Monarchs, who, upon completing a successful run in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament last week, were awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA field of 68. Hundreds of individuals including students, alumni and members of the Hampton Roads community gathered in the North Cafeteria of Webb University Center on campus Sunday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the much anticipated seeding placement of the team. On hand were the conference champions sitting in the front row of the room, eagerly anticipating their first match-up of March Madness 2011. Everyone viewing the ESPN Selection Show watched on the projector as the East region of the bracket was announced. Prior to the announcement for the remaining field, the four top seeds were announced for the East, West, Southwest and Southeast regions as follows: Ohio State, Duke, Kansas and Pittsburg, respectively. Monarch fans were hanging on to the edge of their seats when the first round of games were announced. To the delight of many on hand, fellow conference foe George Mason received what was seemingly a tough opening match-up against Big East powerhouse Villanova. Heading into the West region, a contest was announced between Duke and local area code school, Hampton. As the network finally reached the Washington, D.C. region, ODU fans began to become anxious as No. 3 seeded UConn received their opening round match against No. 14 Bucknell, followed by No. 6 Cincinnati taking on No. 11 Missouri. Moving on to the Southwest region, to the surprise of many, ODU rival Virginia Commonwealth University, who was ousted in the CAA Tournament championship game against the Monarchs last Monday, received a No. 11-seeded play-in game against the University of Southern California with the winner facing No. 6 Georgetown in Chicago, IL. At last, after an extensive wait period of the previous three announced regional match-ups, the Monarchs would soon learn their fate in the form of the Butler University Bulldogs, to the roar of the entire room, as it was announced they would be playing their second round match-up in nearby Washington, D.C., just over 300 miles from the Ted Constant Convocation Center. The Bulldogs are best known for their trip to the national championship game last year against the Duke Blue Devils, who fell short after a half-court shot attempt by now-Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward failed to rattle in as the buzzer sounded, giving Duke their fourth national title. ODU celebrated their seeding, as they felt confident in their contest against the Horizon League tournament champions. Head Coach Blaine Taylor didn’t ask for much during his team’s seeding announcement. “All I care about is location,” Taylor said after discovering the Monarchs’ placement in the nation’s capital. “I think it’s the best location we could have hoped for. A little taken back at his players’ seed, he remains focused on the task at hand. “You are playing a team that played for the National Championship last year. They’re a quality team.” The Monarchs, should they get past Butler, will await the winner of the first D.C. Southeast regional match-up between No. 1 Pittsburg and the winner of a play-in game, as UNC Ashville and Arkansas-Little Rock battle each other to determine who will represent the No. 16 seed. Both games begin on Thursday, March 17. The field of 68 begins Tuesday, March 15.
points in their victory. Junior guard Trian Iliadis scored 10, while redshirt senior forward Keyon Carter scored seven. Old Dominion out-rebounded VCU 38-23 in expected Monarch fashion. Despite their 16 turnovers, the Monarchs did not allow one single fast break point for the Rams. The Rams, known for their hustle points, were forced to play against the Monarchs with a half court offense they are not accustomed to. Although Ram’s senior guard Joey Rodriguez had seven assists and Burgess had 19 points along with eight rebounds, it wasn’t enough to overcome the teamwork of Old Dominion. Statistics show media, coaches, fans and so on the outcome of the game, but the last 5:19 of this CAA final portrayed how composure and teamwork won the game. That’s something statistics sheets cannot show. Three simple words by Finney, one of the Monarch’s many vocal leaders, were all that needed to be said. There wasn’t a need to respond to Finney’s demand by his teammates. All of the Monarchs are experienced, and were in it for one reason and one reason only: to repeat at winning the CAA conference. With teamwork, guts and experience, the Monarchs only needed one another to win this battle in a foreign territory to win the second consecutive CAA championship.
Going mad March Madness is in Full Stride as the NCAA Tournament Goes Underway by
Ben Decowski Staff Writer
It’s that time again, and madness has taken to basketball courts all around the country. Each conference has finished its respective championship tournaments, and now it’s time for the big show. Yes, it is finally time for the NCAA basketball tournament to begin. The tournament’s first round of games begins on March 15 and will finish the next day. The second and third rounds of the tournament take place between March 17 and 20. Then the regional semifinals will take place on March 24 and 25, followed by the regional finals on March 26 and 27. The national semifinals will be held on April 2, and the national championship game will be played in Houston on April 4. There will be 68 teams fighting for the championship title for the first time ever in the 2011 NCAA tournament, which will only make things even more interesting than years past. There will be more opportunities for upsets and Cinderella teams like last year’s Butler, Northern Iowa or St. Mary’s. New stars and heroes will emerge, and legends will be made before it is all said and done. The first question to answer is where to look for those Cinderella teams. To answer that, look no further than Old Dominion University’s Monarchs. The Monarchs have impressive wins on their resume against Xavier, Clemson, Cleveland State, George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth. The Monarchs also won the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in Richmond against the VCU Rams. The Monarchs rely on a tough zone defense and utilize their big man, senior center Frank Hassell, on offense to generate scoring opportunities. The Monarchs made it into the tournament last year as an 11 seed and defeated the No. 6 seeded Notre Dame in the first round of the tournament. That experience might help ODU go a long way in this year’s run. Other than the Monarchs, there have been some other teams that have made some noise this past week in their conference championship tournaments. No. 19 Connecticut defeated No. 3 Pittsburgh and No. 4 Notre Dame in the Big
East tournament and seems to be picking up steam behind junior guard Kemba Walker. Richmond defeated No. 25 Temple in the Atlantic 10 tournament, and Michigan State defeated No. 9 Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament. These three teams are getting hot at the right time and might send some top seeded teams home early if they can keep up their high level of play. But enough with the Cinderella teams. It’s time to take a look at some of the top notch teams to watch out for. Obviously, there is No. 1 overall ranked Ohio State, led by freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who has been a monster this season for the Buckeyes. Ohio State only lost two games during the regular season and they look like they are built to make a championship run. The defending 2010 champs, the Duke Blue Devils, are ranked No. 5 overall and will not likely go down without a fight. Senior guard Nolan Smith has been great for Duke all year and if freshman guard Kyrie Irving can get healthy, the Blue Devils can become serious contenders again. Then you have Kansas, who is ranked second in the country behind Ohio State. Kansas is led by junior brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris. They also only lost two regular season games like the Buckeyes and are sure to make a deep run. Don’t forget about Pittsburgh and Notre Dame either, who both come out of the Big East, arguably the nation’s toughest conference this year. These two teams could be huge threats in the tournaments purely because of the competition that they have had to face during the regular season like UConn, No. 14 Louisville, No. 11 Syracuse, No. 18 St. John’s, No. 22 Georgetown and West Virginia. There are plenty of other great teams that will be competing for the national title and all of them deserve the respect that they have earned throughout the season. There are also plenty of other superstars that will be competing, like Brigham Young’s senior guard Jimmer Fredette, who is averaging 28.5 points per game and put up 52 points against New Mexico. The fact is though, none of the stats or records matter now that the regular season is over. It is time to put up or shut up. People all across the country will spend the week grieving over their busted brackets because the truth of the matter is that it is impossible to tell who will come out victorious in these games. There are always plenty of upsets, no matter what the seeding difference between the two teams is. The only way to tell who the real heroes are is to sit back and watch it all unfold.
C3 | MACE & CROWN | wednesday 3/16/2011
Free throws, rebounds and Elena Delle Donne by
Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown Alena Voronia finished with 11 points on 4-8 shooting for the Lady Monarchs.
Blue Hens Upset ODU in Quarterfinals of CAA Tournament by
Ben Decowski Staff Writer
The second seeded Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (2010) were knocked out of the Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament by the seventh seeded Delaware Blue Hens (19-12) at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD on Friday, March 11. The 72-55 loss marked the first time in 20 years that the Lady Monarchs were knocked out in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The game marked the two teams’ third meeting this year after Old Dominion swept Delaware in their regular season matchups. “I’m just really proud of my team,” said Delaware Head Coach Tina Martin. The beginning of the game was great as the Lady Monarchs came out of the gates fast and went toe to toe with the Blue Hens. Throughout the first 15 minutes of the game there were eight ties and five lead changes as each team exchanged baskets. The game seemed to be shaping up to be a great tournament matchup, but that’s not the way the basketball gods would have it. It was with 4:15 remaining in the first half that disaster struck for the Lady Monarchs. Sophomore guard Jaquetta May hit a jump shot for the Blue Hens to give Delaware a 23-21 lead over the Lady Monarchs. 13 seconds later, May stole the ball from senior guard Kquanise Byrd, who then fouled May and sent her to the free throw line. May hit both free throws to extend Delaware’s lead to 25-21. May followed those free throws up with another jump shot and gave the Blue Hens a six point lead. It was then that Delaware’s star sophomore forward Elena Delle Donne hit a crushing 3-pointer to put Old Dominion into a nine point deficit with 2:09 remaining in the half. “You know I think energy and passion comes into play, you know you got to play with great energy anytime you’re in a tournament and you know play passionate,” said ODU Head Coach Wendy Larry, “I thought we did it at times but I don’t think we did it consistently for forty minutes.”
The Blue Hens took a 33-27 lead into halftime over the seemingly deflated Lady Monarchs. “I thought we dug ourselves a pretty good hole in the first half,” said Coach Larry. In that first half, Delle Donne had 15 points, three blocks and six rebounds. May added nine points, six of which came in Delaware’s 9-0 run. The Lady Monarchs were outrebounded 25-17 in the first half and gave up 17 points off of turnovers and 13 second chance points. The Lady Monarchs bench also put up a whopping zero first half points to Delaware’s 11. The second half only got worse for Old Dominion. In the first six minutes of the second half, the Blue Hens jumped out to a 15 point lead. With 10:29 to go, it seemed the that Lady Monarchs might make a comeback as redshirted sophomore guard JoNiquia Guilford hit a free throw to cut Delaware’s lead to eight, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Junior guard Vanessa Kabongo, sophomore forward Danielle Parker and Delle Donne all pulled together to send the Blue Hens on a 13-3 run that nailed the coffin shut. Delaware held a double digit lead for the rest of the game to complete the upset. Delle Donne finished the game with 31 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. She also went 7-7 at the free throw line, the fifth straight game that she has gone without missing a free throw. Kabongo finished behind Delle Donne with 11 points and five assists. Danielle Parker also added a healthy second half contribution with nine points. The Blue Hens defeated the Lady Monarchs in almost every aspect of the game. They outrebounded them 41-32, had 28 points off of turnovers and 17 second chance points and on top of that, they hit 25 of 30 free throws. “There were a number of things that were really lopsided,” said Coach Larry. The Blue Hens did show a lot of class after the game and praised Old Dominion’s program and Coach Larry. “We don’t appreciate enough what a legendary coach she is,” said Coach Martin of Coach Larry, “I have the upmost respect for her and her team.” It is with those comments that the Lady Monarchs season seems to be over with virtually no chance for them to make the NCAA tournament and a very grim chance that they make the WNIT.
Matthew McCracken Asst. Sports Editor
The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs failed to reach the semi-finals of the CAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years. They lost 72-55 against the University of Delaware Blue Hens, who had not beaten the Lady Monarchs since the 2004-2005 season. The loss didn’t come from lack of scoring on the Lady Monarchs side of the ball. Senior guard Jasmine Parker had 16 points, while senior guard Kquanise Byrd wasn’t far behind with 14 for herself. Both Lady Monarchs forwards, senior Alena Voronina and junior Tia Lewis finished in doubledigit points with 11 and 10, respectively. Four seniors in double-digits, yet they lose by 17. The answer for that is simple: free throws, rebounding and sophomore All-American Elena Delle Donne. Delle Donne of Delaware finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. The 6-foot-5-inch guard/ forward was able to do anything she wanted to do on the court against the Lady Monarchs. Hit three’s that would count in men’s college basketball, get inside and find the open player were just a few of the skills witnessed by fans during Friday’s game. Despite Delle Donne’s historic performance, one player cannot beat a team who has four players in double digit scoring. But one player with a team that can hit free throws and rebound can. The Blue Hens went 83.3 percent from the free throw line, hitting 25 of their 30 attempts. The Lady Monarchs only shot 45.8 percent, hitting only 11 of their 24 attempts. Doubling the number of free throws made is just one of their statistics that proves the mystery of how a No. 2 seed loses to a No. 7 seed. Rebounding is something that is taught early in a player’s development, but never mastered. The Blue Hens out-rebounded the Lady Monarchs 41 to 32. Old Dominion only scored six more points in the paint than Delaware despite their reputation of being an inside team. The Lady Monarchs also gave up 17-second chance points while only converting three themselves. This goes back to rebounding. If a team wants to win, you must rebound on both sides of the court, not just whenever they feel like doing it. The bench of Old Dominion was nonexistent Friday, only contributing to four of their 55 points. On the other hand, Delaware’s bench contributed four times as much with 16 points. A game that started out back and forth between the two ended up being a high light reel for All-American Delle Donne. The Lady Monarchs didn’t lose this game because lack of coaching. They have one of the most legendary coaches in women’s basketball in Coach Wendy Larry. Because of this, the Lady Monarchs didn’t lose due to lack of preparation. They were 53-2 in CAA tournament games prior to
this loss. They lost due to lack of fundamentals. Free throws are free shots, better known as a point that should be guaranteed. A team can’t win without rebounding. Without rebounding, a team loses an opportunity to score. A team can’t win without contributions from their bench players. Without bench players, a team is not whole. And as the Lady Monarchs had to find out in ugly fashion, you can’t win when an All-American opponent gets to shoot 25 times from the field while being a perfect seven of seven from the free-throw line. The formula is easy. Follow the fundamentals of the game and the “W” in the game column will follow. Next year is another year for the Lady Monarchs, another year without four of their senior starters. But with a coach like Wendy Larry, the Lady Monarchs will take this loss with a grain of salt, and be prepared for the 2011-2012 season.
LADY MONARCHS HOOPS
Lady Monarchs lay an egg
wednesday 3/16/2011 | MACE & CROWN | C4
Moving on up
Monarchs survive and advance with win over Delaware by
Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown Bazemore was a stat stuffer finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Monarchs Blow Blue Hens into the Wind by
Matthew McCracken Sports Section
Add another one to the Monarch’s belt as they win their 11th game out of their last 12 with the win against the University of Delaware on March 5. Playing against the Delaware Blue Hens in the quarterfinals of the CAA tournament, the Monarchs relied on their seniors to pull away from Delaware at the Richmond Coliseum. The first five minutes of the game gave Delaware a slight 6-4 lead over the Monarchs. Delaware, who had played the day before to qualify for the quarterfinals, already had experience under their belt in the 2011 CAA Tournament. The seniors of Old Dominion showed the Blue Hens that experience doesn’t go away after a year. “We’re a veteran group. Most of our guys have been in this environment and setting before, so I feel like we’re very comfortable,” Monarchs senior guard Ben Finney said. Mid-way through the first half, the Monarchs went on a 9-0 run led only by senior forward Frank Hassell and guard Ben Finney. Capped off by an and-1 bucket by Hassell at the 7:19 mark, Delaware was unable to stop the force of two experienced Monarch seniors. Delaware’s senior guard Jawan Carter went four for six from three-point range in the first half, totaling 14 points in the half. The last five minutes of first half play started with Delaware’s Carter scoring five consecutive points for the Blue Hens. Old Dominion played from a different perspective, using their seniority to their advantage. In the lasting minutes of the first half, the Monarchs went on a 7-0 run led once again by Hassell and Finney. Hassell finished the first half with 11 points ,while Finney scored nine himself. Combining for 20 of the Monarchs’ 27 points in the first half, ODU went into the locker room up by two, 27-25. When asked about the runs of Hassell and Finney, Hassell said, “I guess we play unselfish basketball and we knew we had to make a play.” Hassell said, “In the moment when the play presented itself, we scored. It could have been Kent, could have been Coop.” With the momentum on the side of the Monarchs, the second half started out of consistent misfires. Only scoring ten points between the two teams in the first five minutes, the first sign of life came at the 15:39 mark. Monarchs redshirt junior guard Kent Bazemore hit an and-1 lay-up through traffic. It was the first bucket Old Dominion scored in three minutes of play. Delaware’s Carter, who is a part of the 3rd team All-CAA, was shut down from three -point territory in the second half. Only hitting one of four after shooting 66.6 percent in the first half from beyond the arc, Carter was ice cold., “We tightened it down,” Coach Blaine Taylor said.“We contested the three and avoided the perimeter fouls.” Old Dominion went on to go on a 9-2 run from 9:27 to 5:47 in the second half. Four of those points came back-to-back from Monarchs senior forward Keyon Carter. Despite this run by the Monarchs midway through the second half, Coach Taylor said, “The key to the game was when we settled down.” The Monarchs turned it over nine times in the first half, but only three times in the second half. The last five minutes of the game, Delaware had three players in Carter, senior guard Brian Johnson and freshman guard Devon Saddler hit threes to try to cut the lead the Monarchs had installed. ODU’s Hassell went four of six from the free-throw line towards the end of the game to ensure the Monarchs win in the quarterfinals of the CAA Tournament. Old Dominion went on to face Hofstra in the semi-finals. “We can play better than we did today and we probably have to,” Coach Taylor said. The Monarchs went looking for a win to bring them to their second consecutive showing in the CAA finals.
Garrison Cole Sports Editor
One of the most common used sayings that can be heard throughout the month of March is survive and advance. Just count from now until the end of March Madness how many times its said. Teams are never going to play their best each time out and will have close games testing their mental toughness more than anything else. The Monarchs were able to survive and advance in their quarterfinal victory over the Delaware Blue Hens, 59-50. Delaware could make a claim to being the Monarchs toughest opponent this season. The Blue Hens boast a victory over the Monarchs 75-67 in early December. When the Blue Hens traveled to Norfolk, the Monarchs struggled throughout before eventually winning 67-59 last month. This game followed that same script as the Monarchs struggled early on against Delaware. All CAA-Third Team performer, Jawan Carter was a thorn in the side of the Monarchs. He had 14 points in the first half, hitting four of his six three point attempts, many of them right in the face of the Monarchs defense. The Monarchs however, didn’t crumble in the face of what Carter and the Blue Hens were doing. The Monarchs responded like teams who know what’s at stake do. First, midway through the first half the Monarchs went on a 9-0 run to counter a spurt by the Blue Hens. Then after Carter scored five straight for the Blue Hens, the Monarchs went on a 7-0 run to lead by two as the halftime buzzer sounded. Like a pesky fly at a cookout, the Blue Hens just refused
to go away. Hitting timely baskets and playing frustrating defense the Blue Hens once again put the pressure on the Monarchs tying the game at 35 apiece with 10:15 remaining in the second half. With the onus put right back on the Monarchs the more experienced bunch made the necessary plays to keep the Blue Hens at bay. Senior Frank Hassell started it off with a three-point play, which was followed by a basket by junior Trian Iliadis. Senior Keyon Carter scored back-to-back baskets and junior Kent Bazemore ended the run with a pair of free throws. All of the sudden the Monarchs had the air space that they were looking and were able to hold off the Blue Hens the rest of the way. This win wasn’t just an ordinary win. It’s the type of win that teams, especially the good ones pull out in March. A lesser team or one who wasn’t in this moment before might have folded, under the pressure of being the higher seed and struggling to put away an opponent. Not these Monarchs. The Monarchs executed when it counted and although the stats say otherwise (2-10 from behind the arc, and 11-19 from the free throw line) the Monarchs experienced of playing big games in March shined through. “We can play better than we did today and we probably have to,” Head Coach Blaine Taylor said after the win. He’s right about that, but the Monarchs did what you’re supposed to do above all else in the madness of March. The Monarchs survived and advanced to play another game, and that is the key this time of year.
Monarchs contain Jenkins advance to CAA Final by
Garrison Cole Sports Editor
Throughout the season, the Monarchs have been praised for their hard nose defense and relentlessness on the backboards. In the semi-finals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament the Monarchs showcased their abilities on offense en route to a 77-69 victory over Hofstra. The Monarchs shot .571 percent from the floor and pounded the Pride in the paint. Senior Frank Hassell followed up his dominant performance in the quarterfinals with 22 points to lead the Monarchs. However, it was the play of another senior Darius James who provided a boost for the Monarchs. James finished the game with 16 points on 7-9 shooting, and zero turnovers. James was able to get to the lane and finish effectively. “I guess the lane opened up because of how well Frank [Hassell] has been playing lately,” said James. “He gets a lot of attention when he’s down there so it just opens up for us. If you see it, take advantage of it. If they help then obviously make the pass, but just make a play when it presents itself.” James, as most point guards are asked to do has been very unselfish throughout the season for the Monarchs. However, coach Taylor was happy to see James deliver in critical moments when his team needed him the most. “Darius has had to give himself to the team and be very unselfish night after night, and not get as many shots as the other guys,” coach Taylor said. “Tonight the way the Red Sea parted they were worried about our wings they were worried about our post, I thought he stepped in there like Moses and took advantage. The Monarchs were also able to get it done on the defensive end as they held two-time CAA player of the year Charles Jenkins to 16 points. “Charles is so good at getting lay-ups and getting to the free throw line,” said Head Coach Blaine Taylor. “If you can keep him off the free throw line, we were really bent on not getting airborne and whacking at the ball, so we kept him off of there.” Jenkins did not get to the line at all
Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown Finney not only was one of the primary defenders on Jenkins, but he also finished with eight points for the Monarch.
against the suffocating defense of the Monarchs. In the two games against the Monarchs this season Jenkins went a combined 12-32. Although Jenkins was 4-5 from the three point line he was only 2-11 from inside the arc, a credit to the length inside of the Monarchs. “Jenkins is an excellent player especially finishing with contact at the rim,” said senior Keyon Carter. “You just have to try to cut off as much as you can in the passing lanes.” With the victory the Monarchs advanced to their second consecutive CAA Tournament Championship game, this time the Monarchs will be facing their hated rivals the Virginia Commonwealth Rams. The Rams defeated the No. 1 seeded George Mason Patriots to reach the title game. “Coming here with 12 teams and you get down to the last two obviously you’re going to have somebody that’s playing well,” said coach Taylor. “We felt like we came here trying to get to the championship game and trying to do well in the championship game whichever opponent we drew we draw.”
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opinions Miller Time!
AND IF YA DON’T KNOW, NOW YA KNOW
Stuart Miller Editor in Chief
OHTHESCANDAL.COM Charlie Sheen’s “goddesses” have been one of part of his erratic lifestyle that has catapulted him into the news.
by Danielle Buxton Photography Director
I couldn’t have gone two weeks without a column and not talk about Charlie Sheen. I found a picture of Charlie and his goddesses that I can’t wait to dive into. Charlie, it looks like you have gone crazy. I’m almost certain of it. Not only are you living with one woman that’s half your age but you are living with two! Among chauvinistic men this would be cheered upon, but not in my opinion. You look sick, Charlie. I don’t know if anything is wrong health-wise, but your face does not look like it’s healthy. If there is a little voice going off in your head right now, I hope it’s saying, “You’re going crazy, so stop now before things get out of hand.” The sad thing is, I believe that little voice may have quit the second he brought his goddesses into his house. You have titled your home the Sober Valley Ranch. In all honesty, based on all three facial expressions in this photo, I don’t think that any of you are sober. That’s just my opinion. It looks like you are all drunk, which does not look well for any of you. Now, I’m not saying that you are drunk because I don’t know, but I will say that you look like you’re drunk. Let’s move on to the lady in the middle. I did a little research and found out that your name is Rachel. Rachel, your face looks like you are only in this relationship with Sheen because of the perks. That smirk says a lot of things, and the fact that pops out first is that your feelings for Charlie are not genuine. It seems like you can’t wait to get out of the picture. I think that you do not want to be in the spotlight with Sheen. I don’t blame you, but we all know different versions of the saying, “you get yourself in then you can certainly get yourself out.” I also found out the name for the second lady that is standing next to Rachel. Her name is Natalie. Your smile looks genuine, Natalie. From that smile, I can guess that you’re happy to be in Sober Valley Ranch with Charlie and Rachel. It also looks like you are enjoying your current circumstances. I don’t know why, but it looks like you are enjoying them. If you’re happy, then Charlie is happy, and if he’s happy, then Rachel is happy. That means happy living in Sober Valley Ranch. One last thing is the shirts that the two ladies are wearing. I don’t like them, especially Natalie’s. If I were to take a guess at the animal on your blouse, then it would be an owl. Rachel, I just don’t like ruffles, so enough said. Charlie Sheen and your goddesses, you have been Caught! I don’t know what exactly you have been caught doing, but you look pretty ridiculous to all of us who have decided to keep tabs on what happens next in the Sober Valley Ranch. Next time make sure that the facial expressions between Rachel and yourself become a little peppier.
Old Dominion Hail? More like Old Dominion fail and I’m not talking about any particular class or long-boarder who ate it rolling down the sidewalk on campus. I’m talking to you; the student body. Unfortunately the student “body” of ODU would look like something anorexic and withering away due to the lack of coherency around campus. So you went to a basketball game once and maybe are part of a club that you attend the meetings of once a year, but do you really know what’s going on around campus? Aside from the few of you that are involved and pay attention to what goes on at this university, this newspaper that was shoved in your hand should be a wakeup call to you because let’s get real. Did you even know it existed? Or better yet, do you know anything else that your boat loads of money is going towards besides the classes you may or may not attend? It’s really sad to be how disconnected the students are with this campus. When I arrived at ODU in the fall of 2006 ,I hated it. I wanted to transfer because I thought this school was going nowhere. Boy was I wrong. I would kill to be
a freshman at ODU in this day and age. Instead people walk around this campus like “droopy armless children,” as Charlie Sheen would say. Aside from being able to tailgate for football for the next four years and enjoying the benefits of a quality education rivaling some of the top universities in this state the opportunities are endless for the average ODU student, but the problem is the average ODU student is completely content with being just that. Average. On paper I’ve been seen as “average” my whole life. My grades, my athletic ability, etc. has all been average, but I knew that wouldn’t cut it when I’m sitting in front of a potential employer looking for that “wow factor”. So I made a change. I got involved, I became more aware of the things that ODU had to offer and I stopped worrying about being “too cool” to do anything and now I’ve set myself up with some great job opportunities even before I walk across the stage on graduation day in May. What are you afraid of? Are you afraid you might actually set yourself up with a great opportunity for an internship or job? Or are you afraid that you might meet people that could potentially be lifelong friends and great connections later in life? Even if you feel like joining an organization may be too time-consuming for you there are still plenty of things to do around this campus to better yourself and improve your overall image when you eventually get on the job hunt. ODU does so much to set its students up for a great starter career and so many students let these opportunities fall by the wayside So when it comes time to start thinking about a career after college, instead of bitching about how bad the economy is, do something about it now.
For Crying Out Loud #Bi-polar or #biwinning?
Christian Ernst News Editor
Charlie Sheen has quickly become one of the most popular celebrities in the news, due to his extreme antics and wild downfall. Still, he has managed to become an Internet icon, from YouTube to Twitter. While critics argue that this could destroy his career, it can also be seen as an agent’s dream, with more people than ever focusing on Sheen. Charlie Sheen has been a popular star, with a television show that humored viewers nationwide. Now Sheen, even without his show, has been catapulted into the public eye. Interviews have been shown on a variety of networks, even quick documentaries about Sheen’s troubled path.
Sheen’s Twitter account has become the fastest growing the web has seen, gaining 1 million followers in its first day. Twitter has also had trending topics including #teamsheen and #tigerblood, both starting just after Sheen joined Twitter. Parody videos have popped up using interviews of Sheen, ranging from songs to critiques. Products based on Sheen and the interviews have also been becoming popular. Shirts with catch phrases like “I’m bi-winning” and “I’m a total bitchin’ rockstar from Mars” have been found on the Internet, as well as “tiger blood.” Even popular satiric television shows, like “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show,” have dedicated segments about Sheen on recent episodes. While it is necessary to worry about the health of Sheen, with his drug abuse and public meltdown, it also has to be seen through a lens. As a public figure, it is possible that at least portions of this public fiasco have been embossed to create a more public scene. Public figures like Sheen crave attention due to the nature of their jobs. While it is sad to watch such a per-
son become so controlled by his environment of drugs and porn stars, it’s become a regular part of American pop culture. Shows like “Big Brother” and “The Real World” live off the enjoyment of viewers watching people in “real” situations struggling to cope with it. Charlie Sheen has taken this to a whole new level, dominating the pop culture scene with, as he would say, “tiger blood.” Sheen is marketing himself better with negative attention than most celebrities can with the best positive attention. Even without a job, after “Two and a Half Men” was halted, Sheen is more active in the media then nearly anyone else. He has made appearances on several popular talk and radio shows, and his tweets are popular enough to haul in 1 million plus followers. This surpasses the appearances of most major film stars on the release of their newest film, something hard to compete with. Charlie Sheen might not be a genius, but he has successfully used what he could to make an even larger name for himself in the world of pop culture.
wednesday 3/16/2011 | MACE & CROWN | D2
Law & Disorder: Is Crime in Norfolk out of Control?
Here’s Your Tip: The Diary of a Waitress
Narvell Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor Recently, safety for others and myself in the campus area has been making me extremely worried. I am from a small town in southern Maryland and don’t have to worry about much crime. It’s a nice, quiet, quaint little town with very little serious crime. The worst crime that has happened in my neck of the woods was about six years ago when someone stole the large plastic cow on top of the local convenient store off of the roof. The “criminals” ended up returning it a week later. So, when I arrived in Norfolk and started receiving all of the safety alerts, it was a bit terrifying for me. You can only imagine my feelings towards my new surroundings and how unsafe I felt, and I know I’m not the only one who is apprehensive about wondering the streets of Norfolk after dusk. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy living here. There is always somewhere to go or something to do, and we aren’t far from the beach, which is a huge plus. But the crime rates around this area are more than just slightly alarming. I am honestly uncomfortable leaving my car unlocked for more than three minutes and refuse to walk around outside alone unless I am going to class in the early afternoon. Safety has been a hot button topic here at ODU for the past couple of years. And yes, there is inevitable crime everywhere you go, but there are higher crime rates in certain areas than others and Norfolk is unfortunately one of this highcrime areas. Since we are in a high-crime area, that means we need to be extra cautious. That also means that authorities and housing buildings need to be extra aware as well. I have heard of ODU adding more street lights around campus to light up the darker, sketchier spots as well as the increase of campus police patrolling campus, and I am happy to hear this. But I still haven’t really seen any of this put into action, and I still get safety notifications almost every weekend about an armed robbery or a stabbing that happened either on or near campus. Some of these crimes are even committed during the lightest time of the day. This just makes me feel so safe and secure. Instead of leisurely walking over to the Village to grab a bite to eat, I feel the need to be looking everywhere around me to make sure there is nothing crazy going on. Recently, there has even been a serious crime committed on the floor above my apartment in the District. I now have to be afraid to walk inside of my building. I don’t think we, as students, should have to feel unsafe and insecure about our campus, especially in our place of living. We already have enough to worry about on a day-to-day basis and our having to worry about our safety of walking 50 feet after our night class from building to building is just unacceptable. I am sick and tired of having to be super paranoid about walking around. Something needs to be done and fast, or else many students will be turned off from this area and not want to continue going to school and/ or living here. I hope everyone reading this takes precautions when walking around and watching their belongings, and that’s all we can do for now. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope something changes around here for the better, or else things will just continue to worsen.
by Diane Dougherty Arts & Entertainment Editor
This past week and a half, I’ve been basking in the sun and leisure of spring break, far, far away from home. I forgot what it was like to have no responsibilities such as school and work and might I say, it is fantastic. I knew I wasn’t going to terribly miss either, but I didn’t realize how much I didn’t want to ever go back until now. As I reflect on the hustle and bustle of the restaurant, the noise, the rude people and the days where I don’t make a dime, I laugh, wondering why the hell I even work there at all. I know I can’t stay away forever, but it is nice to think about what life will be like when I don’t need to serve people to make my rent and of course, beer money. The first day back is always the hardest to get through. Everyone’s been there; you’re probably sun burnt, tired and daydreaming of places much better than where you work. The motivation to work that has deteriorated from the week of relaxation doesn’t seem to be returning anytime soon. How do you get back into the work grind? Well first, you must accept the fact that you’re not going back, at least not anytime soon. As much as it pains you to realize this, the sooner you do the better, otherwise you
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won’t snap out of your vacation coma. As for the sunburn and sleep deprivation, purchase some aloe and get on an early sleep cycle. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep, probably more, just to ensure you won’t be drowsy during the day. Whether the sun made you tired or the excess partying and sightseeing did, you more than likely have a lot of sleep to catch up on and you won’t be 100 percent until you do. The restaurant grind is especially hard to come back to. Personally, I don’t enjoy smelling like fajitas, fried food and whatever it is I come home reeking of, so coming back from smelling like suntan lotion to smelling like food, stinks (pun intended). Another downside is the work schedule. The hours are scattered; most servers don’t have a set schedule every week, so it’s harder to get used to a work routine when it technically isn’t routine. If you’re working a good ole nine-to-five, it doesn’t take as much effort to get back to business. Overall, the worst part about coming back to a restaurant job after having been on vacation is that more than likely other people went on breaks also, including the people you work with and the clientele. This just makes it harder to work because your fellow employees are just as unmotivated and people aren’t going out to eat because they are also just as broke. So here’s your tip: If you go on vacation, I’d recommend waiting a couple days before jumping back into the work world. That will give you time to get your mind and body right and also allow you to savor your vacation just a little bit longer.
Robbie Ciara Staff Writer
Here’s The Scoop! When you name your albums after your age, you’re taking a big risk. The industry could have overlooked Adele’s debut album “19.” When you’re 19 years old and your album debuts at No. 1 in your native U.K., then debuts at No. 1 in the United States, the industry could call you lucky. When you sell 352,000 copies in your first week in the U.S. and 208,000 copies in the U.K., the industry could call you a commercial success. When you win two Grammys, including the coveted Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal, the industry will call you a star and then spend two years anticipating your follow-up album and cringing at the thought of the familiar sophomore slump. Adele doesn’t need to worry about a sophomore slump or getting carded at next year’s Grammys; her sophomore album, “21,” could find her at the Grammy after party sipping champagne and showing off her album of the year. The Scoop! likes bold predictions and this album shines with such fervor and emotion that you can’t help but be in awe of such a young and talented songwriter. Adele follows the path of Alicia Keys by letting her songwriting and
vocals carry the album to an all-encompassing emotional fever pitch. There are several standouts on this album. The first U.K. release, “Someone Like You,” is a heartbreaking tale of love lost and love found all wrapped in simplistic piano verses. Other tracks, such as “I’ll Be Waiting,” could be heartbreak classics. With lyrics like “I swam in dirty waters but you pushed me in,” Adele shows her poetic gifts have matured even more. Her album was produced by Paul Epworth, who has worked with Cee-Lo Green and Florence and the Machine, who were both Grammy nominees from 2010. It’s sassy, neosoul and blues; the quintessential Adele. Another Epworth and Adele collaboration, “Rolling in the Deep,” is a Record of the Year candidate and standout track. Adele belts out hard-stomping Memphis blues funk. The single not only showcases her vocal range, but it just drips with raw jazz emotion. Other note-worthy tracks on “21” are “He Won’t Go,” produced by Rick Rubin, and “Turning Tables.” These tracks swarm with sentimentality and piano flair. “Take It All” and “Set Fire to the Rain” may not be musically exciting as “Rumor Has It,” which is another bluesy funk number reminiscent of the tracks on “19,” but lyrically these two songs could be the best on Adele’s sophomore effort. Finally, the album closes out with a surprising cover of “LoveSong”, the 1989 mega hit by “The Cure.” The Scoop! boldly predicts that this cover will do for “LoveSong” what Gary Jules cover did for “Mad World” by Tears for Fears. It’s simply that good. Adele makes an alternative rock classic completely her own and quite possibly surpass the original. Adele’s album “21” clearly makes this an easy 5-scoop pick. If this sophomore album is any indication, when Adele drops her “30” album the industry could call her one of the greatest. That’s The Scoop!
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Down 1- Affirmative votes; 2- Elegance; 3- Confront; 4One more; 5- Pro ___; 6- Grad; 7- Lease holders; 8- Acid type; 9- Rocker Ocasek; 10- Flower parts; 11- French friends; 12- Civil disturbance; 13- “Rule Britannia” composer; 18- Heath; 19- Comfortable; 24- Exceptional ability; 26- Ships; 27- Earnings; 28- “The covers of this book are too far ____” — Bierce; 29- Foot bones; 30- Skillfully; 32- Rubbish; 33- Chair designer Charles; 34- Peruses; 37- Kitchen addition; 40- Fill with horror; 45- Small bone; 46- Mayor having judicial powers; 48- Give in; 50- Goat’s milk cheese; 52- Nicholas Gage book; 54- Beget; 55- Knot in wood; 56- How sweet ___!; 58- Editor’s mark; 60- Make-up artist?; 61- Poet Pound; 62- Goes out with; 64- Back talk; 65- “Respect for Acting” author Hagen;
BestCrosswords.com - Puzzle #4 for March 13, 2011 Across 1- A single time; 5- Sash; 10- Ingrid’s “Casablanca” role; 14- Sea swallow; 15- Fungal infection; 16- Bandleader Puente; 17- Camaro model; 18- Pays to play; 19- Make ___ for it; 20- Red dye; 22- Flat surface; 23- Axlike tool; 24- Wreath of flowers; 25- Synthetic fiber; 29- Wild cherry; 33- Crackers; 34- Scent; 36- Approach; 37- CD forerunners; 38- Indian millet; 39- ___ Grande; 40- Kind of prof.; 42- Burden; 43Singes; 45- Inheritrix; 47- Scrutinize; 49- Land in la mer; 50- ___ Darya (Asian river); 51- Uneven surface; 54- Limp; 60- Hurler Hershiser; 61- Jewelled crown worn by women; 62- “Hard ___!” (sailor’s yell); 63- Temple; 64- Bitterly pungent; 65- Fork feature; 66- Rate of flow of fluid; 67- Island in the East China Sea; 68- Cornerstone abbr.; Down 1- Auricular; 2- Emperor of Rome 54-68; 3- Gator’s cousin; 4- Shackle; 5- Division of a poem; 6- Motion picture; 7- Organization to promote theater; 8- Film spool; 9- Scale notes; 10- Some sausage; 11- Currency of Turkey, and formerly of Italy; 12- Astound; 13- Bang-up; 21- Without much effort; 22- Apiece; 24- Zhivago’s love; 25- God of Islam; 26- Thicket; 27- Martini’s partner; 28- People and places, e.g.; 29Code name; 30- Turkish palace; 31- Monument; 32- “______ by any other name…”; 35- Actress Joanne; 38- Prescribed amount; 41- Threefold; 43- Ditto; 44- Imitate; 46- English cathedral city; 48- Place of contentment; 51- Box office hit; 52- Caspian Sea feeder; 53- Course list?; 54- Director Vittorio De ___; 55- Constituent; 56- Coloured part of the eye; 57- Some Ivy Leaguers; 58- Dispatched; 59- Bird feed; 61- Skye cap;
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WEEKLY RECYCLING SITE WHEN: Every Wednesday from 10 am until 2 pm January 26th through April 27th WHERE: In front of Webb Center next to the Lion Come bring all of your acceptable recyclables to our table in front of Webb every Wednesday. Help get Recycle Mania off to a great start. Grab a new copy of the Mace while you are at it, and bring it back next week with your other recyclables listed below.
-Flattened cardboard (must be sized to fit in cart with lid closed) -Newspaper and inserts -Magazines and catalogs -Phone books -Paperback books -Mail -Office paper and scrap paper -Paper bags and food boxes (no liners) -Frozen food boxes -Juice boxes -Clean milk jugs and cartons (rinsed) -Clean plastic containers #1-#5 (food, detergent, shampoo, etc. Labels are ok, discard lids and caps) -Aluminum cans -Steel or tin cans -Glass bottles and jars (labels are ok, discard lids and caps)
DONâ€™T BRING THESE -Food residue or garbage -Plastic bags -Styrofoam containers or peanuts -Paper towels, plates or napkins -Diaper or rags -Plastic take-out containers -Plastic trays -Food wrap -Toxic containers (oil, antifreeze, pesticides) -Aluminum foil, foil trays -Aerosol cans -Needles or syringes -Scrap metal, knives or scissors -Ceramics or dishes -Light bulbs -Mirrors or window glass -Yard waste or leaves