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VOL. 52, ISSUE 22 | MARCH 30, 2011

Mace & Crown Student newspaper of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, since 1930

CHIPOTLE CAMPAIGN SWEEPS CAMPUS Student leads campaign for new restaurant by

Christian Ernst News Editor

While the average student checks Facebook for friend requests or status updates, Chris Jenkins has instead started a campaign to get something he truly wants using Facebook. Jenkins started a page, “Chipotle Campaign,” in order to petition Chipotle Mexican Grill to open a restaurant near within walking distance of campus. “Chipotle Campaign to me is much more than getting my burrito fix. I work across the street from the Chipotle in Virginia Beach, so I go any time I want,” said Jenkins. “At first, Chipotle Campaign was just a funny idea I had, but I wasn’t convinced it was actually possible. It wasn’t until I woke up every morning for a week with Chipotle Campaign on my mind that I realized I had to give it a shot.” Chipotle Campaign has become a true project for Jenkins, but he said he enjoys it. “Luckily, I’m just about as in love with marketing as I am with Chipotle, so this kind of project stimulates my mind far more than shit like Oceanography class,” said Jenkins. “Some of my friends have questioned my incentive for providing the money for things like, but I see the long term value. Even if this project isn’t as successful as I intend, I will walk away having learned a lot, met a ton of great people, and had an absolute blast throughout the entire project.” Chipotle is a favorite of many students, seen through the 1,221 Facebook likes the page had at time of publication. “The students at Old Dominion are the driving force behind the campaign, and the primary reason the campaign will be successful,” said Jenkins. “My goal is to use the best resources the university has, and the 19,000 undergraduate students are a great start. In under a day, we had over 800 likes on Facebook. After exactly one month, we have had well over 100,000 post views, 2,700 monthly active users and even have fans from 9 different countries around the world.” But the campaign is larger than just the Facebook page. Jenkins is working with Chipotle’s corporate headquarters in order to make progress towards the establishment of a restaurant in the area. Chipotle has several suggested criteria for its stores, which customers can see online at They include current building size range from 1,000 square feet to 2,800 square feet depending on trade area characteristics, 25 feet minimum frontage, patio seating preferred, zoning to accommodate restaurant use and allow liquor license ( for beer & margaritas), parking adequate for

Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown While the chance of an on-campus Chipotle are small, one within walking distance is the focus of the campaign.

restaurant use, building exterior to allow Chipotle standard storefront design and signage and excellent visibility and access. “We’re going to look into every aspect of the local market, and develop a full presentation to take to the people within Chipotle that can actually make this happen,” said Jenkins. “We’re going to answer every question they have when looking to expand to a new market including location, sourcing local ingredients and any other variables that need to be considered.” Jenkins also said that the campaign plans on creating a video of students who are interested in the campaign and who support it. While many students wish for a Chipotle on campus, it seems unlikely. “We knew pretty much instantly that getting a Chipotle on the actual campus is impossible,” said Jenkins. “Aramark demands control and ownership of every piece of food that is distributed on campus, meaning not only do they own every restaurant in Webb, but service organizations can’t hand out cupcakes without getting

somebody’s approval (which they won’t get if they’re selling them for philanthropy or fundraising). Coincidentally, Chipotle doesn’t franchise (meaning they own every restaurant, not individuals) so an agreement is highly unlikely.” Also, Aramark currently owns Burrito Theory, a similar burrito restaurant located within Webb Center. Jenkins also seems to be sure a Chipotle near campus could be successful. “Despite many of us being broke, college students are one of the most sought after demographics to market to, because we are so connected to each other,” said Jenkins. “College students travel in packs and when we get together in one big group, we can do anything we want. Even in a down economy, students are responsible for spending billions of dollars every year. Anybody that doesn’t pay attention is making a mistake.” Neither Aramark nor Chipotle could be reached by publication.


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Mace & Crown staff Stuart Miller Editor in Chief Chynna Steve Copy Editor Christian Ernst News Editor Diane Dougherty Arts & Entertainment Editor Garrison Cole Sports Editor Nick Liedel Advertising Director Sarah Nadeau Design Director Danielle Buxton Photography Editor Kyle White Webmaster Kathryn Mason Distribution Manager Jessica Starr Assistant Copy Editor Amanda David Assistant News Editor Melissa Flippo Assistant News Editor Alyssa Narvell Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor Matthew McCracken Assistant Sports Editor Rachel Chasin Photography Assistant Staff Writers: Alexander Rose Martin Tucker RJay Molina Robbie Ciara Derek Page Justin Brown Steve Knauer Ethan Shaw Lauren Grant Elizabeth Bowry Heather Habermehl Jessica Piland

Paul Minto Nour Kheireddine Shawn Minor Angel Dodson Daniel Felarca Brian Jerry Brielle Boucher David Bakhshaee William Channel Siaga Johnson Jared Beasley Timothy Fulghum

Senior Writers Jonathan Moran Jake Ulrich Ben Decowski Staff Photographers: Crystal Spick Lauren Makely Ari Gould Rushura Jones General Information: The Mace & Crown is a newspaper published by and written for the students of Old Dominion once a week throughout each semester and once in the summer. Originally founded in 1930 as the The High Hat, the paper became the Mace & Crown in 1961. The Mace & Crown is a primarily selfsupporting newspaper,maintaining journalistic independance from the university. All views expressed in this collegiate paper are those of the author, not of the University, Mace & Crown, or the editors. Contact Information: Phone: 757-683-3452 Fax: 757-683-3459 Advertising: 757-683-4773


David Bakhshaee Staff Writer

There are many resources offered at Old Dominion University that remain unused, untried and many times completely unheard of. The ODU Dental Hygiene Care Facility is one of these unearthed gems. The dental hygiene program here at Old Dominion University furnishes students with expansive dental hygiene care at its on campus health care facility. The dental hygiene care is offered to ODU students, faculty and staff and to the local community surrounding the campus. The facility is located on the first floor of the Health Sciences building. The Health Sciences building is located at the corner of Hampton Boulevard and 47th Street. The entrance to the clinic is on 47th street. The facility is staffed and supervised by licensed oral hygienists and dentists, and ODU dental hygiene students; the students who provide the oral care have all-encompassing education and training and have demonstrated exceptional qualification in the clinical services before being allowed to treat the public. The goal of the facility is to

David Bakhshaee Mace & Crown Senior dental hygiene students Prava Onta and Amanda Kimball work with a very happy dental hygiene patient on good oral health habits.

assist individuals in eliminating and preventing oral disease and in maintaining top health. ODU’s programs in dental hygiene and dental assisting are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The clinic celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. It is home to over 100 students, consisting of first year and second year students, as well as students working to complete their master’s degrees. Acceptance into the clinical part of the dental hygiene program is highly com-

petitive, as only 48 students are selected to work in the clinic. Lynn Tolle, the Director of Clinical Affairs and a professor at the School of Dental Hygiene received her education from the University of Kentucky. She began her career at ODU 28 years ago. Recently, the health care facility was involved in helping 100 disadvantaged children by providing them with excellent and comprehensive dental hygiene care and educating them on how to maintain a healthy mouth and prevent oral diseases. The facility offers a wideranging assortment of services to patients. These services in-

clude everything from a basic cleaning, fluoride therapy and oral cancer screening, to dental sealants and radiographic services. There are small fees that are charged to cover the expense of supplies used during care. Clinic fees range from $3 to $50, depending on the type of service received and no further charge is made for subsequent appointments to complete treatment. Patients should expect to spend roughly three hours in the dental chair while receiving the services they requested, however, the length of the appointment varies per patient. “We welcome Dental Hygiene patients from the campus community and are pleased to offer a $5 discount to our already reduced fees to full time students and faculty,” said Tolle. Information is given to students, faculty and surrounding members of the ODU community about the phenomenal services that the ODU Dental Hygiene Care Facility offers through brochures, student previews and health fairs. Clinic business hours vary from semester to semester according to program schedules; however, appointments are available during the morning and afternoon hours. To schedule an appointment call the clinic at 757-683-4308 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

April is Autism Awareness Month by Amanda David Assistant News Editor

April is Autism Awareness month and the Old Dominion University community, especially Alpha Xi Delta women’s fraternity, is gearing up to help raise awareness of the disorder through a number of events. Autism is a lifelong neurobiological condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. As of today, there is no known cure. “Having a specific month designated for autism awareness helps us to focus people’s attention on the fact that autism is the single most prevalent developmental disability in the population today, occurring in approximately one in 166 births,” said clinical psychologist Dr. Cynthia Favret of the Peninsula Autism Society. “In 1990, the prevalence was about one in 10,000 so you can see how much it has increased in only twenty years.” Autism Speaks, an organization founded by the grandparents of a child with autism, is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism and increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders. In 2009, Alpha Xi Delta started a national partnership with Autism Speaks. Since then they have raised about $400,000 nationally to help the cause. They raise money through fundraisers such as walk-athons, silent auctions and other fun events. The local chapter recently completed Xi Paint Wars, an event where several teams competed to see who could capture the most markers without getting painted by the other team.. “The event brings in tons support for our philanthropy, and is full of fun, laughs and a little healthy competition,” said Danielle Schrenk, ODU graduate student and alumnae of the chapter. “Last semester the event raised more than $600 for Autism Speaks, with an even bigger turn out this semester.” Each year Alpha Xi Delta participates in the “AmzaXing Challenge.” This year the event takes place on April 12 and will include “Karaoke for the Cause.” “At the end of the day, it’s a great feeling to be able to help support global research into the causes and treat-

ment of autism and help spread the message to our local community,” Schrenk said. On Saturday April 2, The Autism Society of Tidewater is holding their 6th annual 5K run and one mile Walk-A-Thon at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach to raise awareness of autism. The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the one mile Walk-A-Thon at 9:15 a.m. Registration fee for race day is $30, which includes a free t-shirt and complimentary breakfast. The cause of autism is unknown. Autism affects one in every 110 children and one in every 70 boys. According to the Autism Speaks website, that makes autism more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. Dr. Jonna Bobzien, assistant professor of Special Education at ODU and a parent of two boys with autism, said, “Currently, we are working with children with autism through the training of special education teachers. We are one of only eleven colleges/universities in Virginia to offer coursework specifically targeting those who work with students on the Autism Spectrum.” After students complete the coursework they can earn a certificate that classifies them as being “highly qualified” to work with students with autism. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that the symptoms vary greatly in each individual. “One of the first things I say to my graduate students is ‘If you have met one student with Autism, you have met ONE student with Autism’,” Bobzien said. “No two children will exhibit the same strengths and deficits.” Autism Awareness is usually represented by a puzzle piece or a collection of pieces. “Each puzzle piece symbolizes a single trait of autism, not a person,” Bobzien said. “All of the puzzle pieces are unique and the resulting picture is different for each person.” Researchers are also trying to solve the “puzzle” of the disorder. “I recommend that all individuals speaking about these children remember that they are children first,” Bobzien said. “It is more appropriate to say ‘a child with autism’ as opposed to an autistic child. That way, the listener remembers that the disability does not define the child.”


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David Bakhshaee Staff Writer

Every field of study has issues and challenges. On March 25, the Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration confronted these issues and challenges by hosting the “Public Service in 2011 & Beyond: Issues & Challenges” symposium. The purpose of the symposium was to bring together public officials, practitioners, researchers, educators and students to give and take ideas and discuss proposals to identify challenges the public and nonprofit sectors face as they respond to the call for public service. They also discussed effective strategies public administrators and members of the nonprofit community can employ to engage citizens in public service. The symposium had multiple informational lecture sessions going on. All the events were held on the second floor of the Webb University Center. The panels and presentations were simultaneously held in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth Rooms..

The symposium kicked off at 8:00 a.m. with registration and a welcome session followed by Jasmine Benford, a Graduate Assistant and active member of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement moderating “A Roundtable Discussion: Engaging Students in Service Learning, Civic Engagement, and Community Service.” Panelists such as Ebone Taylor who is a student at Old Dominion University offered wonderful insight toward the conversation. Jasmine Benford, a graduate assistant and active member of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement, moderated “A Roundtable Discussion: Engaging Students in Service Learning, Civic Engagement and Community Service.” Also offered was a discussion was led by Dr. Connie Merriman and panelists included Regina Hilliard, the director of Human Resources for Virginia Beach; Dr. Terry Jenkins, an adjunct professor for the department of Urban Studies and Public Administration, John Small and Kimberly Sherrill-Evans, two ODU Public Service minor students. During the seminar, students had the opportunity to learn more about public service, network with public service professionals and meet other students who share an interest in the subject. The assistant dean of ODU’s College of Business and Public Administration, Connie Merriman, gave a presentation titled “Today’s College Graduate, Tomorrow’s Public Servant: Addressing the Gap in Knowledge and Skills,” which discussed and helped prepare students for a career in public service. Next on the agenda for the ASPA symposium was a panel dis-

cussion led by Ph.D. candidate Vivian Greentree and a professional development session for graduate students led by Faith Gibson, a graduate assistant at ODU, and Arkesha Moses, an MPA student at Troy University. The event concluded with a buffet lunch being offered for anyone who attended the sessions, followed by the keynote speaker Vandecar-Burdin who is an Associate Director of the Social Science Research Center at Old Dominion University. The topic that was discussed was “Life in Hampton Roads: Results of a Survey and Implications for Public Service.” Public service is an intrinsic value that Old Dominion University, its faculty and staff and surrounding community take very seriously. In response to the high demand for education pertaining to public service, beginning in the summer of 2010 Old Dominion University started offering an undergraduate minor in public service. The minor in public service delivers students with a theoretical foundation in the study and practice of public service, preparing students for citizenship, leadership and careers in governmental and non-profit agencies and organizations. The courses offered are designed to provide a concrete foundation in public administration and non-profit management and prepare students for careers in public service and/or graduate education in public administration. For more information on the minor at Old Dominion University please contact Dr. Katrina Miller-Stevens at klmiller@ or Dr. Wie Yusuf at


Jared Beasley Staff Writer

This past Sunday, the Office of Intercultural Relations hosted the 3rd Annual International Festival at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Organizations from all across Hampton Roads and some as far as Richmond began setting up at 8:30 in the morning to prepare for the day’s events. Hundreds of volunteers and workers set up tables, displays, catering trays and registration tables hours before the first visitor passed through the doors. Some volunteers worked in shifts on their respective tables, while others worked from set-up to breakdown. By noon, the Ted was filled with the sights and sounds of hundreds of different cultures melding into one. Over the next five hours, thousands of people came through the doors to experience all that the cultural explosion had to offer.

Local food vendors offered pay per pound buffets with numerous options to fully sample their wares. From the very entrance to the International Festival, guests were presented with handmade jewelry, scarves and blankets. As they continued through the main hallway, a table for Italian souvenirs and T-shirts featuring comic phrases such as “Body by Ziti” marked the entrance to the main attractions. Walking into the stadium a cacophony of smells, sights and sounds attacked the senses and beckoned visitors in. Six rows of tables filled with educational material and crafts for children were packed onto the stadium floor. Every organization represented itself with posters, videos, and games signifying the culture represented. Creating masks, origami pandas on straws and having a word or name written in a foreign language were just a few of the attractions used to pique guests interests. The food and drink offered at the International Festival was as plentiful as it was exotic. Trays of vegetable curry from India were located a few tables down from platters of dolmades from Greece. Yet a few more feet and plates of mouth-watering, sweet, sticky pastries heaped on one another framed a table. Patrons piled everything they could onto plates and to go boxes and returned to the

Mace & Crown The International Festival is always a favorite among children.

Mace & Crown left The International Festival, hosted in the Ted Constant Convocation Center, is always a large draw for the community.

stands to devour it all. For those less willing to brave the strange and new, there was comfort food such as pretzels to munch on while wandering through the exhibits. Groups of performers and demonstrations continued throughout the day, each lasting approximately 20 to 25 minutes. The Junior Mosaic Steel orchestra and the Ebony Impact Gospel Choir displayed their musical talents while later in the afternoon, the Simon Jewish Community Center taught guests a traditional Hebrew dance. To finish the festival, there was a Tae Kwan Do demonstration and a Zumba dance. The International Festival was a great success and the staff of the OIR was greatly please with the turnout of both guests and volunteers. Thousands of people passed through its doors today and, after exploring all the celebration had to offer, filled out evaluation cards in which they praised how well it was put together. The only negative criticism offered was a lack of space, but when thousands of excited people crowd into the Ted, it is expected that personal space will be at a minimum. Students who volunteered were very excited to have done so and said that they can not wait to do so again next year.


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arts enter tainment And the winner is... The award categories included the following: Academic Excellence, Best Program, Donald K. Marchand Outstanding Alumni/ ae Award, Most Improved Chapter, New Member of the Year, Monarch Fraternity and Sorority Life Honor Award, Outstanding Senior, Philip J. “Tip” Connell Award, Outstanding IFC Chapter, Outstanding PHC Chapter, Outstanding NPHC Chapter, Dr. Dana Burnett Fraternity Man/ Sorority Woman Award and the Chapter of the Year Award. At the beginning of the ceremony, President Broderick made a speech about the excellence in ODU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life. He commented on its connection to the community, and recognized the students that spent their spring breaks volunteering their time to various community service efforts. After Broderick’s speech, it was announced that ODU would be adding two new chapters to its Fraternity and Sorority Life, and that Kappa Alpha Psi would be returning to campus after a seven-year hiatus. he first award that was given out was to the Greek Week team that won the Power Ranger-themed festivities. First place went to the Red Team, second place went to the Black Team and third went to the Yellow Team. Part of Greek Week is the Penny War, where

Fraternity and Sorority life’s highest ac hievers honored at Greek awards by

Lauren Grant Staff Writer

Every year ODU celebrates its Fraternity and Sorority Life community by having Greek Week; a week of games and festivities involving all of the fraternities and sororities that comprise ODU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life. To bring Greek Week to an end, an awards ceremony was held on Sunday night at 6 p.m. in North Café. It was a formal event, sponsored by Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, Order of Omega and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership. These awards recognized leadership, community service, philanthropic endeavors and several other commendable characteristics of the fraternities and sororities at ODU.

organizations try to out-fundraise each other. As a whole, the Fraternity and Sorority Life community raised $754.84. Best Risk Management Program award was given to Zeta Tau Alpha for “The Sam Spady Story.” Best Sexual Awareness Program Award was given to Pi Beta Phi for their “TAKE Self Defense Workshop”. Best Program Award was given to Zeta Tau Alpha for “The Sam Spady Story.” The Tidewater Alumnae Panhellenic Association award was given to Emily Jones. The Community Service Award was given to Maxine Sharp of Sigma Gamma Rho. The highest GPA for the fall 2010 semester was awarded to Alpha Kappa Alpha. Highest GPA for spring semester was awarded to Delta Sigma Theta. The New Member Of the Year Award was given to Frankie Krimowski of Sigma Nu and Amber Johnson of Zeta Tau Alpha. Outstanding IFC Chapter was awarded to Sigma Phi Epsilon. Outstanding PHC Chapter was awarded to Pi Beta Phi. Outstanding NPHC Chapter was awarded to Zeta Phi Beta and Chapter of the Year was awarded to Pi Beta Phi. Check the Mace and Crown Website for the complete listing of award categories, nominees and winners.

Mace & Crown The Black Mastadons placed first in the Greek God competition.

Mace & Crown Each team collborated and danced in the annual “Hop-off.”


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ODU Grad threads the needle Jervone Bowens Contributing Writer


Is there a formula to success and if so, how does one find it? This is the question that must be asked prior to speaking with Detroit native, Old Dominion graduate and up and coming CEO of A.V.A.T.A. Clothing, Donald Motley. In 2005, he, along with friends Cam Piper and Antoine Blount, began to collaborate in the lab of discovery to find their own tailored formula. It all began with Donald expressing his thoughts inspired by life and his relational encounters and Cam Piper following with an illustration that conveyed the thoughts that Donald expressed. Antoine Blount joined the pair by contributing entrepreneurial ideas. Together they embarked upon a journey to establish a brand. A.V.A.T.A. is an acronym that stands for “Authentic Variety Authentic True Art.” Their target market includes children and young adults but they have T-shirts to fit all sizes. They specialize in skateboarding and urban attire and they also have A.V.A.T.A. Angels for the ladies. Their greatest core competency is outstanding customer service. They can boast regarding this attribute because currently their only sources of advertisement are Facebook, Twitter and the simple word of mouth support. “People have to like you,” said

Motley. A.V.A.T.A.’s goal is to engage its customers by offering custom made designs and allowing shoppers to customize their orders. The merchandise is displayed in an album and patrons comment on the items that they would like to purchase. While doing so they also specify their desired color scheme. A.V.A.T.A. prides itself on maintaining good customer report. Rather than bombarding customers with costly ads, which is often impossible for a new business with limited finances, A.V.A.T.A. relies heavily on silent selling. According to the CEO those affiliated with A.V.A.T.A. wears the clothing daily; however they rarely discuss their clothing line unless someone inquires about it. He believes that too much direct marketing has the potential to get boring after a while. Motley said, “I’m not a typical fashion person, I just believe in being fly.” This is a concept A.V.A.T.A embodies along with being “fly but still down to earth,” a quote taken directly from an AVATA T-shirt. Motley defines himself as a reverse thinker. They have been striving for originality since the beginning. Motley described the evolution of the gaudy logo; it began with just an A and the embellishments were incorporated along the creative trail. While having a flashback, Motley spoke of his humble beginnings in Detroit and highlights his mentor Steven Culpepper. Culpepper, a wrestling coach at Deep Creek High school, really

Alert! A notification on the mind behind the safety alert system Derek Page Staff Writer


A handful of students from the Communications Club took their seats among the first few rows of MGB 102. At their request, Vice President for Marketing and Communications Jennifer Mullen Collins arrived at ODU to speak to the humble crowd of eight. On the rainy afternoon of March 24, these few students got a first hand view into the career of the “emergency notification lady,” as she has come to be known. She began her discussion with a short introduction, giving the audience some insight as to who she is, where she went to school and how she has gotten to where she is now. As an undergraduate, Collins majored in journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia. She got her start in broadcast but later moved to print. During her time as an undergraduate, an internship opportunity to work for Temple’s “News Bureau” arose, giving her a chance to establish her roots in journalism and gain experience for an unbeknownst and successful career in communications. Collins stressed the importance of internships and getting experience in one’s field before diving into the job market, and said “experience is everything,” and that it is “very hard to walk in the door and land a job,” especially these days. She noted the appreciation potential employers have for those who make the effort to gain experience for their careers. “[It] speaks volumes to me about initiative...right off the bat, that counts a lot for employers,” Collins said. For those planning on making their way into the communications field, she also urged the importance of writing. In this field, professionals are “always going to be writing,” and she encouraged the students to take advantage of on campus opportunities for the advancement of writing skills, such as The Mace & Crown. Shortly after graduating, she landed a job in the Public Relations office of Temple University working in media relations for the school and helping to pitch stories for advertisements, making press releases and working on what was known as the “tip sheet,” a newsletter printed for the

university’s faculty to discuss current issues. Collins also helped with guest speaker events by handling advertising and event management. By offering publicity for the guest of honor and their program, the school would receive publicity through the event they were sponsoring. After a brief period working at the Jamestown and Yorktown living history attraction as a marketing and public relations specialist, Collins made the move to Old Dominion where she helped develop the then archaic website and make it more navigable and user friendly. In 2004, she advanced into marketing for Old Dominion. Collins worked in conjunction with university representatives to establish a brand name for ODU. She worked to create a profile of the institution and establish its four “brand pillars”, those four most distinguishable and differentiating aspects of the university that makes prospective students want to come here. After some years as a marketing specialist for Old Dominion, the position for Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications was knocking at the door. Collins is now responsible for managing university publications, advertising and web communication, as well as strategic and emergency communication. This is only a glimpse at the weight this hard-working woman carries on her shoulders. The lecture rounded out to about 45 minutes. The majority of the time was spent answering curious student’s questions about their futures in the field. Greg Selden said the discussion “was definitely helpful to me for creating a vision for my career path in marketing and communications. She shared a lot of useful information with us.” Collins noted one does not need a degree in communications to get a good job in communications. She claims a lot of communication and marketing specialists majored in psychology, journalism and even political science. This field requires knowing how to persuade people and get them to fully understand and take interest in what is being communicated. Everything you see or read about ODU is meticulously phrased to draw the largest response and gain the highest mass appeal. From brochures and publications advertising the school, to the university website we surf as we do our school work, Collins has made it her career in developing and advancing the technological medium of communicating a throng of information to students, faculty, and the community quickly, intelligibly and with some pizzazz.

nurtured Motley’s talents and encouraged him to obtain a college degree. He also spoke about the moments of scarcity that led him to brainstorming and drafting a brief business plan. He even admitted how nervous the A-Team was when coordinating the first show they were featured in that took place in the ODU Webb Center. Using his smart phone, Motley strolled down a list of phrases he referred to as the A.V.A.T.A Quotalog; these ideas will more than likely be integrated with the designs for the upcoming season. Motley sees A.V.A.T.A. expanding internationally in the future; although he is aware that achieving this goal will require great tenacity, he assuredly is up for the task. While many investors are in pursuit, Motley considers wearing A.V.A.T.A as the best investment anyone can make in an effort to support their vision. A.V.A.T.A. plans on revamping one of their original T-shirts with a message in honor of breast cancer awareness. All proceeds from the sale of this T-shirt will go towards breast cancer research. He said starting another organization would be in his plans. He currently coaches young athletes so he is sure that it will be something to empower the youth. His said to, “believe in yourself; you only can be who you are and the best at it, and to know where your blessings come from.” How might the A.V.A.T.A. plot thicken you may ask? We’ll just have to keep an eye on our local Monarch stars to see where they land in the sky.

Power Rangers Kickball Greek Week Kickball Tournament by

Jonathan Moran Staff Writer

One of the final events of Greek Week was a kickball tournament between the teams. The tournament was held on Bolling Field, next to Rollins and Spong Hall. The theme of the week was Power Rangers and fraternities and sororities were assigned to five teams, each representing the original Power Rangers. People showed up to the field in their colors ready to have fun. As the teams huddled together, the field was a mass of multicolored shirts with everyone laughing, joking and planning how they would win. The first match was between the Pink and Blue teams. People cheered as their team ran the bases and laughed when someone slipped and fell. It was all in good fun. Then, the first homerun of the game was kicked. The ball was kicked out of the field and into Bluestone Avenue. After that, it got serious. The next kick out of the field sent the opposing team leaping the brick fence and charging the ball down at full speed on the asphalt. Other kicks went careening into the sidelines with spectators scrambling to get out of the way as players frantically chased the ball. This added to the excitement of the matches and got everyone hyped up. Taylor Ritchey from Alpha Phi, representing the Blue Rangers, hadn’t played kickball since high school. Even so, she said, “It was fun.” The Pink Rangers won and next up were the Yellow and Red teams. The Red and Yellow teams played a good match. It was a showcase of kickball skills and each team played well. The Red team had some help from the sidelines. Nick Flom brought a couple vuvuzuelas, the World Cup horns, to the match. The loud murmur of the horn led to a World Cup cheer for the Red Rangers. As the Red team stepped up to plate, the sidelines cheered, “Ole, ole, ole, ole…ole Red Team!” Nick Flom said it was to cheer on the team and show spirit. He also said, “There’s been a couple of times where the Yellow Rangers really messed up because of them.” The Red team won and the next match was between the Black and Pink team. During this match the kids from Larchmont Elementary got out of school. As they walked home with their parents they stopped and watched the match. Another homerun by the Pink Rangers thrilled a little girl walking home with her mom and she cheered for them. The Pink Rangers won and the last match was between the Pink and Red Rangers. This match was for the win and it was physical. Players shoved each other to get on base and more balls were kicked in the sidelines, making spectators hustle to get out of the way. The vuvuzuelas got louder and the Pink Ranger fans cheered as their team took the lead. In the end the Pink Rangers won first place by a landslide. After the match, the teams left reminiscing over the day’s events. Pink Rangers, Kimberly would be proud.


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Time Lounge goes international ODU F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S Club Hosts party in Downtown Norfolk Ethan Shaw Staff Writer


F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S, otherwise known as The Fantastic Outstanding Ridiculously Entertaining Immigrant Geniuses with Narcissistic and Egotistical Rationale Squad, has been providing entertainment and social occasions for the college youth of the world. For the last few years, Old Dominion’s F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S club has been associated with Granby Street’s Time Lounge. A reputable bar and club, Time Lounge has been one of Downtown Norfolk’s most popular hot spots. Last night starting at 10:30 p.m. was the “Caribbean Vibes Party,” hosted by the F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. The organization’s purpose has always been in establishing productive relationships between individuals throughout the globe. President of the club and graduate student Jeff Hughes said, “Our purpose it getting students from all over to mix and mingle producing networking opportunities and friendships for life. The club scene is a great way to accomplish this.” Besides the usual atmosphere of techno music, light shows, Jell-O shots and bikini clad waitresses, patrons were also introduced to various dialects and walls covered in national flags from around the world. A simple walk through the dance floor revealed nationalities originating from France, England, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Cambodia, Russia, Spain and Ukraine. Vice president and senior Katherin Su-

No need to Panic! arez said, “We provide an opportunity where someone can get immersed in a different culture in one social environment. We hold these events off campus because it releases the pressure of college life where everyone can relax.” An hour after the doors opened, the party quickly grew throughout the night creating an impressive melting pot of culture. The disk jockiess changed regularly, providing a wide variety of musical influences and educated locals on what was popular in foreign lands. Music choices ranged from popular techno mixes from the Middle East, reggae collaborations from the Caribbean and of course a wide variety of U.S. hits and classics. The mood of the night quickly engrossed all entered, as there wasn’t a single non-smiling face within the building. Even students who weren’t aware of the event showed great appreciation. One such student, junior Kevin Crandall said, “This is awesome! I didn’t even know this was going on, but I’m glad I came.” Despite the tensions regarding Libya and the Middle East, there was nothing but friendship and goodwill between exchange students and American students. Other such interactions between various cultures with political or religious disputes also proved to be more than pleasant, as men and women grabbed dance partners regardless of their personal background. Events such as these and the efforts from groups like the F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S, proves that the future of world diplomacy doesn’t look so grim. College is all about introducing students to new experiences and environments, and the F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S emphasized this. The event was a huge success and students are encouraged to come out for more festivities that can be seen on their homepage.

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Panic! At The Disco Restores the Exclamation Point, Dance, into ‘Vices & Virtues’ by

Elizabeth Bowry Staff Writer

Six years ago, four teenagers from Las Vegas released an album that was dance-like and poppy, while singing about troubles with alcoholic parents and song titles that made you run out of breath after saying them, on their debut album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”. This band was Panic! At The Disco until the exclamation was dropped with the release of their second, and significantly less popular, album. That particular album had more of a Beatles-esque sound that made fans flee in large numbers. In 2009, the band split in two and left singer Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith alone to try and gain the fan base back that ran away after the let down of “Pretty. Odd.” It took three years, but finally Urie and Smith finished producing and released the third Panic! At The Disco album, “Vices and Virtues,” with the beloved exclamation point back in their name on March 22. While they have the difficult task of winning back the fans that are now six years older and who were disappointed with “Pretty. Odd.”, Panic! At The Disco has created what should have been done after the first album. The sound is now more grown up and the lyrics talk about young love instead of alcoholism. The duo was able to take elements from both albums and create a sound

that is purely unique and almost fanciful. Each song on the album sounds like it could be in a movie and fit perfectly. Unlike their first album, Panic has ballads that were missing from the early years and unlike the second album, they have the flamboyance that Panic! At The Disco was known for back in 2005. Even the music video for the first single off of “Vices” “The Ballad of Mona Lisa”, which comes with the deluxe version of the CD, pays homage to the very first music video that they did with “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies.” The CD has at least one song to please everyone, it seems. “Let’s Kill Tonight” has an almost Halloweenlike feel to it and almost reminds me of the popular show “Dexter.” If one likes ballads, “Always” is the song for you. Want to hear the old Panic reborn? “Ready to Go” or “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” are probably going to be your favorite songs on the CD. “Sarah Smiles” has trumpets Spanish feel and was probably the best combination of the two previous albums. Also, if you have a girlfriend named Sarah or like a girl named Sarah, then you should seriously consider this song in your next playlist to her. According to an interview with singer Brendon Urie, he sang this song to his current girlfriend and they have been together ever since. So, it might be able to work its magic for another relationship. “Vices & Virtues” shows how Urie and Smith were able to survive the split and take everything they knew and create an album that could restore faith and hope in the fans that loved them before the split, before the second album and show the people who stuck with them through everything that they were back and weren’t going to disappoint.

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Jared Beasley Staff Writer

Bioware has done it again. From the developers who brought you blockbusting eye candy such as “Mass Effect 2”, “Dead Space” and the vintage “Jade Empire”, comes the newest edition in an already well-developed series. Those familiar with the earlier games and expansion will feel right at home with this long-awaited sequel. Arriving on shelves March 8 and promising nearly 200 hours of game play, “Dragon Age 2” is sure to be one of this year’s most spectacular role-playing games. “Dragon Age 2” is set during the same time period as “Dragon Age” and then the years after. In fact, as the opening sequence indicates, your character flees the village just as the Grey Warden of “DA” finishes passing through it. “DA2” chronicles the “Champion of Kirkwall” as he rises to his station from a lowly refugee. It is set in the background of a memory, told by a companion to the overly oppressive Chantry. As the story progresses, years will pass by between Acts to avoid any boredom of completing numerous menial tasks just to progress in the game. Many changes have come into “DA2” that fans can appreciate. While, just like “DA”, there are many side quests and companion quests available, “DA2” keeps them to a minimum and delves deep into each one. Companions each have their own house or area in town where they can be located to speak to and receive quests. Also, the tedious task of constantly switching equipment back and forth between characters has been somewhat resolved as each companion has their own armor which can be upgraded through purchases in various shops. Many new faces will join the ranks of Hawke as they travel throughout the Free Marshes, as well as some familiar ones from “DA” and “DA:O”. While Bioware has taken away the option of choosing race, they

still preserve the option of choosing gender and the three main classes every RPG fan knows: Mage, Rogue and Warrior. Other changes include the way a battle flows. Many fans are familiar with the strategic combat system employed by “Dragon Age” and “Dragon Age: Origins” however, “DA2” changes it up quite a bit. The combat system is still strategy based but “turns” pass within a fraction of a second. Those who prefer to meter out each move the characters will take are still free to pull the trigger and pause the action but those more inclined to a freeform fighting system never have to let the action slow down. Switching between characters is as simple as the slap of a button and using special powers, just as easy. The speed with which the attacks flow and powers cool down and recharge gives a feeling reminiscent of “Dynasty Warriors”, but with more class and less button-mashing. “DA2” keeps to its roots with giving the player the option of what to say to who and when. A dialogue wheel strikingly familiar of “Mass Effect 2” peppers the conversations and allows you to show your inner saint or sinner. However, unlike many good or bad or neutral dialogue options of games, Hawke has nearly 20 options and the main three sit on Tactful, Aggressive orRude, and the most enjoyable, Cheeky. As with nearly every other RPG, decisions and opinions can affect the entire game, yet when a game is set of the course of ten years even the smallest decision can greatly affect how everything turns out. Bioware also kept the romance option available yet. Without offering any spoilers, it will be left at that. Whether a first time Bioware player or a long-term “Dragon Age” fanatic, this latest installment is sure to scratch that itch. Smooth game play, mind-blowing visuals and a story line to involve even the most casual gamer, “Dragon Age 2” has definitely hit the nail on the head this season. While it may not be the best RPG of the decade, for now it holds the title of best RPG out there.

Let It Play! Duran Duran Makes a Pleasing Return by

R Jay Molina Staff Writer

Back in 1981, a little British pop group known as Duran Duran released their first self-titled album with high praise in Britain and a slow start in America. Then in 1982, Duran Duran released “Rio,” which is still considered their best work among fans. All throughout the 80s the band continued to rise as one of the greatest pop groups around, despite having albums that could not match the greatness of “Rio.” In the 90s their efforts started to decay, band members came in and out and drugs became an issue, but there was hope when the original lineup came back together in 2001. Unfortunately, the albums that were released since then could not satisfy the fans. Luckily for Duran Duran, they had the classics like “Hungry like the Wolf,” “Rio” and “A View to a Kill” to turn to for their tours. Now in 2011, 30 years since the release of their self-titled album, Duran Duran makes a triumphant return with “All You Need Is Now,” which can be seen musically as both a tribute to the band’s glory days and the start of something new. Taking the reins of this latest effort by Duran Duran is producer and fan Mark Ronson, a disc jockey most known for his album “Version” and co-founding Allido Records. Keyboardist Nick Rhodes and drummer Roger Taylor start the album off with a new sound, but they are smoothly joined in by John Taylor’s playful 80s bass and Simon Le Bon’s signature voice. The lyrics burst through the song as Le Bon sings, “And you sway in the moon the way you did when you were younger, we told everybody all you need is now!” It makes one remember that Duran Duran has been around for decades, but luckily that does not stop them from being in the moment and living like there is no tomorrow. The eponymous song is the bridge between the old and the new. It should prove to bring in new fans. Tracks like “Blame the Machines,” “Girl Panic!” and “Runaway, Runaway” feel more 80s than “All You Need Is Now” both musically and lyrically; such is the case for about half of the songs on the album. However, there are instances where Duran Duran goes into softer territory to help newcomers relax from the pop that explodes all throughout. Songs like “Leave a Light On” and “Before the Rain” are probably the most contemporary sounding tracks on the album. There are also welcomed collaborations with other artists such as Ana Matronic, from the Scissor Sisters, and Kelis. The most interesting thing about “All You Need Is Now” is that Duran Duran is not trying to make a groundbreaking, self-reflecting concept album that explores the last 30 years of their career. There are moments of that in a few songs, but they are not overpowering. And it does not feel like the group took ten years out of their life to make the album and said, “How can we pick ourselves up from this mess we got ourselves in?” Duran Duran just cares about doing what they do best; living in the moment. Buy the album. Relish it. Lose control and let your mind sway!

Even Limitlessness has limits

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Bradley Cooper stars in this 2011 Thriller by

Martin Tucker Staff Writer

As imperfect people ,we all want to be taller, more athletic, richer, etc. But mostly, we want to be smarter. Everyone has countless times where they wish they had studied more for a test or thought of the right line to a say to a potential loved one during the conversation instead of four hours later when they’re heading home from the party alone in their car. “Limitless,” the 2011 Neil Burger directed thriller tackles this subject. What would happen if someone could use his or her entire mental capacity? What if this gift was in something as easy to consume as a pill? There would be Einsteins , Da Vinci’s and Tesla’s made each second. Now this seems like a tricky premise. On one hand such a gift wouldn’t make for such a great story. All-powerful protagonists don’t work well; thus, every Superman needs his kryptonite. In “Limitless” our Superman is Eddie Morra, a struggling writer with a remarkably untapped brain and our kryptonite is time and dependency. Bradley Cooper plays Morra as a man who is down on his luck. His girlfriend and agent no longer want anything to do with him, his publishing company regrets giving him a chance and he doesn’t even know the details of his own novel. All of this changes when Johnny Witworth’s character, Vernon Grant, shows up with the answer to all his problems, NZT; the miracle drug. The story also involves stereotypical Russian mobsters, toothless Wall Street sharks and an unstoppable antagonist. It stays true to the plot of the book on which it is based, “The Dark Fields,” by Irish writer Alan Glynn, for the most part. The dialogue is interesting and the cinematography is beautiful, but there are some problems with this movie. There are one or two humongous plot holes; the actual drug and organization behind it isn’t fleshed out nearly enough, and while Morra is supposed to be using 100 percent of his brain, it really only seems like 40 percent. The film makes you wonder whether Morra is on the smart or dumb side of the equation. You almost wish for a sequel to find out what effects the drug has on those who aren’t complete failures when they start out. We are just supposed to take the idea that Eddie Morra is the perfect candidate for NZT at face value. That doesn’t work for me. I need Dorian Tyrell in “The Mask,” or Simon Caine in “The Meteor Man,” some instance where the character has his powers taken and must defy the odds to defeat the antagonist who has those powers. Now one might point out Gennady as the perfect character for that plot point, but he’s hardly a worthy antagonist. Robert De Niro plays Carl Van Loon, a top Wall Street mogul who uses Morra to become “the” top Wall Street mogul. Much more could have been done with this character, as De Niro’s role is pretty straightforward and doesn’t carry a lot of drama. Overall “Limitless” is an interesting film. For the premise it boasts, it doesn’t quite live up to it. As a conventional thriller it works well. It’s a decent movie to see, but don’t walk out of the theater expecting to raise your IQ by 100 points.


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Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge Tau Kappa Epsilon Does It Again by Diane Dougherty Arts & Entertainment Editor

There was a lot of student buzz in the SRC building on campus Saturday afternoon due to Tau Kappa Epsilon’s Kappa Delta Chapter hosting their annual dodgeball tournament. A total of 12 teams participated this year consisting of fraternities, sororities, ODU organizations,

friends and even a local business. Several students showed up as spectators to the event, some for support but mostly hoping they’d see some stiff competition. This was Tau Kappa Epsilon’s third year holding this tournament and each year it has consistently grown and raised more money. “Everybody has their niche and we wanted our own tradition; the dodgeball tournament was a way we could pass something on even after we leave,” said Bobby Lee, a senior at Old Dominion and Tau Kappa Epsilon’s Inter-fraternity council chair. Being that this tournament is not only a fun Tau Kappa Epsilon event but also part of their philanthropy efforts, each team was required to donate $25 in order to participate. “It’s always been a philanthropy event, all proceeds go towards St. Jude’s cancer research and we couldn’t be more excited about how this year turned out,” said Lee. As teams gathered and checked in, Lee began building the brackets. The game consisted of a double elimination, meaning a team had to lose two games to be kicked out of the tournament; therefore a winner’s bracket and loser’s bracket began to assemble. Dustin Craig, Tau Kappa Epsilon’s internal philanthropy chair was the man behind all the madness. His responsibility to organize the event naturally put him in the refereeing position.

As the first round began, Delta Zeta’s team No. 1 and Dixie Wrecked took the floor. Each team consisted of five players and each game consisted of only five dodge balls. As soon as the whistle blew members from each team sprinted towards the middle to grab a ball. If anyone has seen “Dodgeball” staring Ben Stiller, than you know exactly what the spectators and awaiting teams were witnessing. Teams were still trying to figure out a good strategic method and in the process there was a lot of hilarious disorganization. Once the tournament got underway teams got into the flow of competition and began noticing how certain teams assembled. They took notice to weaknesses and strengths and people began to target the stronger players to increase their chances of “survival.” Another strategy used was to target the weaker players to lessen the opposing teams numbers. Many tactics were used and some became extremely beneficial. The rest of the first round consisted of W’s for Tau Kappa Epsilon “Skull and Crossbones,” the Mace and Crown, Alpha Phi, Pike, the Chipotle Campaign and Tau Kappa Epsilon’s “Red.” The L’s were obtained by DZ team No 1, Kappa Delta Rho, Lambda Chi/Alpha Phi, DZ Team Two, Tau Kappa Epsilon “Skull and Crossbones” and Got Busch?. Once the first round ended, an intermission

began and a dodgeball free-for-all began. Every team took the court and members then picked a side. Complete chaos ensued and it was a sight to see. There was no strategy; just every man for himself. The intermissions allowed for everyone to participate together and everyone was enjoying himself or herself. Round two resulted in Pike and the Chipotle Campaign in the final match. The match was intense and either team could have been the victor, but Pike pulled it off in the end, giving them the dodgeball tournament champion title for the year. The event was a success and everyone thanked Tau Kappa Epsilon for hosting the tournament. “A big shout out to TKE for bringing back our childhood,” said Sarah Nadeau, an ODU senior who participated. Most of the players hadn’t played dodgeball since elementary school and it was a great way to bring back some youthful spunk. We can only expect next year’s tournament to be even better. “It’s a little bitter sweet seeing how this is our last dodgeball tournament as undergrads, but we’re thinking about coming back and making an alumni team next spring,” said Lee. Overall, Tau Kappa Epsilon raised over $200 from the tournament and it’s going to a great cause.

Spring 2011 International Festival A Melting Pot By Paul Minto Staff Writer






Last Sunday afternoon, the Ted Constant Convocation Center was host to a wonderfully engaging event of cultural appreciation and interest. The event was the International Festival, an event held annually at the Ted Center to celebrate the diversity not only here at Old Dominion University, but abroad as well. As we entered the vicinity of the International Festival, we were met by a crowd of onlookers both young and old, excitedly scouting the colorful and lively scene. A play pin full of baby llamas, sheep and goats were the culprit for this juxtaposed gathering of life. The energetic little four legged creatures were just a glimpse of what awaited us upon entering the event. Upon making our entry further indoors, we were met by more cradles filled with piglets, ducklings, chicks and baby each one livelier than the last. We encountered then a myriad of stands adjacent from the play pins showcasing various paintings, clothes and trinkets all from different cultures of the world as a means of showing respect and a paying of homage to those in attendance and their various countries of national origin. As we made way onto the main court, home to the Lady and Men’s Monarch basketball teams, one could not help but to be drawn into the busyness of the atmosphere. It was a sight ripe with unique foods, smells, foreign garbs and art. An assortment of cultural groups like the ACA and various social organizations such as In Support of Children were in attendance. As we made way through the aisles bustling with life and culture, you could almost feel the level of admiration for the exotic and all things foreign. There was food catered from Rajput, a popular local restaurant known for their savory Indian cuisine, as the aroma of sweets and salts flooded into the air. Giggling children surrounded crafts, such as beaded jewelry made from Native Americans. Belly dancing and koto

Mace & Crown the International Festival, an event held annually at the Ted Center to celebrate the diversity not only here at Old Dominion University, but abroad as well.

also played from students on the open stage. Each individual performance and sight added to the vibe and feel of the gathering, demonstrate the plethora of cultures and nationalities all converging on forum for a splendid event. Teaming with life, the event was amazing to say the least. It was captivating to see people painting swans in East Asian brush painting style and young women draped in the garb of their mother countries. Exotic combinations of herbs and spices filed the air creating a rich blend that instantly stimulated the senses. It was a beautiful sight to see an elderly Native American women look over with interest and amazement at the Thailand exhibit and inquire with a sincere innocence as to study the nuances of a culture other than her own. Things like these are what make events so beautiful; in a sense they serve as the basis for the American concept of the melting pot.


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With Spring in the Air, Football Season Returns

Ari Gould Mace & Crown The Monarchs are gearing up for their Spring Game on April 23rd.

The Monarchs’ football team starts the season up with their first spring practice by

Justin Brown Staff Writer

Spring is back, the weather is getting nicer and the Monarchs’ football team is back in action. The first day of spring practice is an exciting day for players and fans alike. The football team suits up helmets, shorts and jerseys, and gets and gets back onto the practice field for a full two-hour practice that consists of 18 different five minute drills. After an 8-3 finish last year, the Monarchs seemed to pick up right where they left off. They came out crisp, healthy and energized that they were back on the field. “I really liked our tempo,” Head Coach Bobby Wilder said of the first practice. “Our theme for the spring is to think fast and to play fast.” They did both and it was evident that the coaches were not going to hold anything back even though it was the first practice. “We threw a lot at them in terms of schematics and assignments,”

said Wilder. The Monarchs hustled between drills, going from individual positional work, to special teams assignments, to 11-on-11 scrimmage situations. They jogged back and forth, got amped up when things went their way and got yelled at when things didn’t. One of the highlights of the day was when redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Lanciault returned a fumble for a touchdown during the first of two 11-on-11 drills. The play before the fumble return, sophomore defensive back Keenen Terry II dropped an interception and the team let their disappointment be known. The next play Lanciault scooped the fumble and returned it all the way. Both sides of the ball, offense and defense, yelled enthusiastically. These plays demonstrate how vested this Monarch team is to winning. It’s the first practice and players are already making plays, scoring touchdowns and playing fast, just as their coach had planned. The upcoming season is going to be a more difficult one, but a more exciting and interesting one as well. The Monarchs are now in conference play and part of the Colonial Athletic Association. Goals are sometimes difficult to achieve, but are put in place for a reason. This year is no different and Coach Wilder is not one to walk away from a challenge. “Our goal has been, since we started football, was to build a

championship program. We start out with the conference and this is our first year being in a conference so that’s our goal, we want to compete for and win a conference championship.” Wilder believes in his team and his rising senior quarterback Thomas DeMarco. DeMarco’s leadership abilities were apparent throughout practice as he ran the offense, hustled from drill to drill and put the ball on the money all day long. The other highlight on the day was a 60-yard bomb that DeMarco threw to freshman wide receiver Antonio Vaughan during passing drills. After Vaughan caught the pass DeMarco went sprinting down the field for a chest bump. It is that kind of enthusiasm, from the Monarchs’ most important player, that will give this team a chance to challenge for a conference title. One player doesn’t win a championship, however, others stood out other than just DeMarco. Defensive captain, Ronnie Cameron, was the disrupting force that caused the fumble for the touchdown from his defensive tackle position. Also, Craig Wilkins, the rover linebacker, was an impact player throughout the day. Those two captains, along with DeMarco, have this team in a position to do big things this year. At the end of the day, it was an impressive first spring practice and a great way to kick off the start to the college football season.


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A season in review Lady Monarchs Recap 2010-11 With Head Coach Wendy Larry Brian Jerry Staff Writer


The Old Dominion University Lady Monarchs finished the 2010-11 campaign with a 20-11 record overall 14-4 in Colonial Athletic Association conference play. With 19 postseason appearances in the last 20 seasons, they once again achieved a 20-plus- victory plateau for the 29th time in school history and remain amongst the most elite programs in the conference. One of several milestones reached this year include Head Coach Wendy Larry’s 600th career win. The team suffered six particular losses that were decided by nine points or less, and possibly could have handed them a 26-win season. Coach Larry pointed out a couple of games outside of the conference that brought out the best in the team. “There are a lot of parts to the whole. I felt like our non-conference (schedule) this year, we did an awful lot of good things,” said coach Larry. “We had some really important pieces to be able to set yourself up to be on a national radar screen. We won a couple of pretty good games against some good schools like Louisville and Georgia Tech. I think that our expectations were to compete for another conference championship and that wasn’t meant to be. We were also able to put together a 20-win season, which is kind of a spring board for us in the postseason.” With all the school’s success in women’s basketball apparent and the recent struggles that her team faced this season, Coach Larry shared what it took for them to get back to the level of 17 consecutive conference titles. “I always think that when you’re able to put 17 consecutive conference championships together, you always wonder if it’s something you can do again because while you’re doing it, you don’t recognize the magnitude of it,” said coach Larry. “The way we’ve tought here the last couple of years has been no difference.” “We’re teaching individual skill, leadership, a cohesiveness and team chemistry but we didn’t have that exact combination right in order to make that happen,” said coach Larry. “I felt like in some cases when we got further into postseason, that didn’t happen. That for whatever reason,

we got a little bit selfish, and we have to find out why and make sure that doesn’t happen for the following season.” One of ODU’s senior guards, Jasmine Parker, finished with over 1,000 career points. “What Jasmine Parker did so well for us was defend. Her scoring was an extension of her defensive ability,” said coach Larry. “She created offense from her defense. The fact that she scored 1,000 points here was a phenomenal accomplishment considering some of the fine company she has behind me.” In the game of basketball, there is always room for improvement, and Coach Larry said that Parker has work ahead of her to improve on her skill-set. “I still think that she can continue to get better. I felt like we never really saw her best game, which is kind of unfortunate because she was a deep-routed competitor and someone that really wanted to win,” said coach Larry. “She was really close to breaking records with assists. I think she came close to Ticha’s (Penicheiro) record for most steals in one game. She’s probably on my top-five defender list of one of the best defensive players I ever had the privilege of coaching.” Looking back on the season as head basketball coach, the Lady Monarchs were able to showcase some competitive effort on the hardwood floor, asking Coach Larry what she thought was her the highlight of the year as head basketball coach. “I thought some of the wins in non-conference were big and here at the Ted Delaware in particular,” said coach Larry. “Everybody was on the same page and we played well together. There were a couple of games where I thought we played really well and didn’t come out with a win I’m excited about our newcomers and the veterans, what they can accomplish over the next several months.” During March Madness, there are 64-teams to keep track of during bracket month. There is a team in the tournament that reminds coach Larry of her squad. “Well I think that when you start looking at NCAA brackets, I’d have to say on the women’s side it’s very similar to Georgetown in some regards, except we don’t have that one flamboyant shooter like Sugar Rogers,” said coach Larry. “I’m sure if we emulate anybody. DePaul maybe on the women’s side. I think we have some similar philosophies defensively and we do some of the same things offensively, so that maybe one.” So what do fans have to look forward to in the 2011-12 season? “Some young talent and some great enthusiasm for the game,” said coach Larry. “I think that we have a young set of guards coming in that can go up on a wall at some point in their career.”

Rachel Chasin Mace & Crown One of the highlights of another 20-plus win season for the Lady Monarchs was Coach Larry winning her 600th game.

The light at the end of the tunnel

Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown Finney, and the senior class won over 90 games over their careers at ODU.

Matthew McCracken Assistant Sports Editor


Old Dominion University men’s basketball program has made a name for themselves atop the Colonial Athletic Association these past couple of years. Granted, part of the reason is the coaching of Blaine Taylor and the athletic program overall. But in the end, it’s the players that get the job done. Experience creates expertise on the hardwood, and the Monarchs’ seniors Keyon Carter, Frank Hassell, Darius James and Ben Finney do it best. Losing to University of Butler in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Monarchs fell short of their expected success in the “big leagues.” Despite their early exit in the tournament, Finney and James both said “winning the second CAA championship was the best moment” during their time as an Old Dominion Monarch. James averaged seven points a game while Finney averaged 8.7 during their tenures at Old Dominion University. These players have made a contribution to athletics here at ODU, but some of their best experiences have been as just regular students here at ODU. Talking about their most memorable moment at ODU, Finney said, “My first Webb Jam my freshman year.” James, on the other hand, said that his most memorable moment is still to come. “I’m getting my masters,” James said. Both Finney and James piggy-backed each other’s answers and said, “Winning at VCU their freshman year because they were telling us before they haven’t won there in 16 years.” Both admitted those words, “sparked them.” These players also have a friendship off the court. In the absence of Keyon Carter, the oldest of the players, Finney and James described him with names such as “Papa Bear” and “Old Man.” Finney and James went on to describe Carter with names such as “Papa Bear”, “Old Man.” James said, “Keyon thinks he can do no wrong.” All fun and games, Finney and James said, Whoever got the ball first between Carter and Hassell and themselves would win two-on-two. Playing with one another for four long years, the game would be close, but Finney and James would pull it off because “neither of them (Hassell or Carter) could guard Ben.” Hassell, disagreed with Finney and James assumption. “Darius can’t guard us. A lot of people don’t know it, but I have an outside shot,” Hassell said. Hassell averaged 9.3 ppg during his time at ODU, but only took one three-point shot in four years. The next argument on the table was who had the most swag? Better known as being smooth, Finney said, “It’s Darius.” Both Finney and James laughed at the idea of Hassell or Carter being accounted for having swag. “That’s a hard one,” Finney said, laughing. This close-knit group have nicknames for one another. The usual “Frank the Tank” is an obvious one, while Carter was dubbed “Old Man” by James. Darius James, is called “Snake” because he is the leader of the pack. Also, “Ken Stabler was the first left-handed quarterback to win the Super Bowl, and his nickname was Snake,” James said. Finney’s nickname is one that can’t be said by most teenagers. Rhyming with ‘Itch’, Finney is called this by his coach to fuel his fire. “I hate that word,” Finney said. These seniors are more than basketball players. These men are just regular kids who went through college just like any other student. except for the fact they were followed by many more. Leaving the Monarchs, these men will never be forgotten. In the hearts of Old Dominion fans, these seniors will reside. But these same fans will reside in the hearts of these seniors. Bringing Old Dominion two CAA championships in four years, these seniors said they couldn’t do it without their fans. Leaving Old Dominion to the next chapter of their lives, their legacy will live on. Frank Hassell’s goodbye to his fans said it best, “I love y’all and I’ll miss y’all.”


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Marty Ball to the rescue The hiring of Marty Shottenheimer brings legitimacy to the UFL by

Ben Decowski Staff Writer

Marty ball has found its way to Virginia with the hiring of Marty Schottenheimer as Head Coach of the United Football League’s newest franchise, the Virginia Destroyers. The timing of the move by the Destroyers couldn’t be better. In the midst of the first National Football League lockout since 1987, the UFL finds itself as the most popular option for die hard football fans starving for action across the country, and Schottenheimer puts the Destroyers on the radar. The Destroyers are the league’s fifth team behind the Hartford Colonials, Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and two time champions, the Las Vegas Locomotives. The Destroyers are helping to add legitimacy to the expanding UFL in a key moment in the league’s history, as it tries to take advantage of being the only American football league that, as of now will be operating in the 2011 season. If a new collective bargaining agreement cannot be reached before the 2011 NFL season, then America’s most popular sport will leave its fans devastated and looking for anything to fill the void left by the lockout. That is where the UFL comes in. If the UFL can continue to expand and establish legitimate teams run by good football minds like Schottenheimer, fans will be more susceptible to jumping on the UFL bandwagon next season. Schottenheimer had an extremely successful head coaching career in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers. Schottenheimer compiled an overall win-loss record of 227-142 throughout 24

BALLHOGSRADIO.COM The Virginia Destroyers will play their home games at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

years. In his entire career Schottenheimer has only had two losing seasons, one in 1998 with the Chiefs and one in 2003 with the Chargers. Where Schottenheimer loses his luster is in the playoffs, where he has been criticized heavily for not being able to make deep runs for a championship title. In fact, Schottenheimer has only won eight career playoff games and has lost 15. But that is nothing to worry about for Destroyer fans who still

await their team’s first snap of football. Schottenheimer is a brilliant hire by the Destroyers because he establishes a winning culture everywhere he goes. This is huge for an expansion team that is in a new league still trying to find its place in the football world. It is every franchise’s goal to establish a winning culture, no matter what league they are in. Just look at the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills, who seem to finish at the bottom of the NFL year in and year out. They would love to have a coach who could give them a chance at a winning record on a consistent basis like the New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Marty Schottenheimer is a coach who can do that. Schottenheimer did bring success to the Browns in his time there as a head coach, finishing seasons with at least 10 wins from 1986-1988. He also brought back the winning days of the San Diego Chargers, who employed three consecutive coaches who compiled losing records in Kevin Gilbride, June Jones and Mike Riley. It is no question that this hiring is good not only for the Virginia Destroyers but also the UFL. This is a critical time in the league’s short history as it tries to deepen its roots in the American sports world and give itself a stable fan base that it can rely on for years to come. There have been leagues in the past that have competed with the NFL and failed miserably, like the XFL, which only lasted through 2001. The Arena Football League is still around, but the game is much different from the traditional style of football with things like a 50-yard field and 9-foot- wide goal posts. The AFL has also struggled with economic issues and cancelled the 2009 season. As of now, it seems that the UFL is in good hands and has at least secured a few more years of play for it to gain more popularity. The Destroyers also seem to be off on the right foot and Virginia’s football fans can rest a little easier knowing they will have a team to root for in the 2011 season. So NFL season or not, get excited Virginia, Marty’s here and it’s time to play ball.

Nicholson ties all-time ODU win record First Two-Time Wrestling All-American for ODU since 1982 by

Greg Arnold Staff Writer

Senior James Nicholson wrestled his last official match for Old Dominion in Philadelphia during the NCAA National Championships. One of the best ways to look at his collegiate wrestling career would be to examine some of his achievements. He was the first wrestler in the CAA to win four consecutive CAA Championships. He tied Chris Brown’s mark of 138 career wins for most in Old Dominion history. Nicholson was a three-time All-Academic honoree. He finished the regular season of this year with a perfect 290. And the title he is most proud of, he is a twotime All-American. Even with all these accomplishments Nicholson was not totally content with his career at Old Dominion. “I wish I had more end of the year accomplishments,” he said. This year at the NCAA Championship, he was one of the few favorites for national champion at his weight class of 125 pounds. Unfortunately he was upset in the second round, losing to Utah Valley senior Ben Kjar by a score of only 2-1. In the consolation rounds, Nicholson was hoping to do well and still receive a high ranking. To

do this, however, he would have to have wrestled four matches against wrestlers ranked in the Top12 in one day. Exhausted and sore, he lost the fourth of those matches to Stanford sophomore Ryan Mango. He returned the next day, still a little beaten up, to lose to Oklahoma sophomore Jarrod Patterson. “I was a little disappointed,” he said, “actually not a little, a lot.” He finished his senior year with a ranking of eighth in the nation. Life after ODU wrestling looks bright for Nicholson. He plans on coming back to help out the wrestling program that has given him so much. “A lot of the guys on the team have a lot of potential,” he said of ODU’s future in wrestling. “It’s just that they’re young, I was there at one time. If I started as a true freshman I would have been in the same boat. We’re going to be a lot better dual team next year.” One of those he plans on helping will be his brother, sophomore John Nicholson, who was redshirted this season mainly due to a shoulder injury. Nicholson was a part of Nicholson’s favorite moment in his wrestling career. When Nicholson received his first All-American honor in his freshman year, Nicholson slipped past a couple of guards to give his big brother a hug. When Nicholson won his second All-American honor this season, his even younger brother, Joseph Nicholson, managed the same feat. Throughout Nicholson’s time at ODU, he has come to appreciate all that his Head Coach Steve Martin has done for him and the rest of the team.

Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown Nicholson will leave ODU tied for the most wins in school history with 138.

Nicholson now sees the long hours and hard work Coach Martin puts in to get the best out of his wrestlers. Nicholson said, “He called me at 11 from the office last night.” And despite these hours, Coach Martin never shows the effects of the stress. “It’s not even flipping a switch; he always has a positive attitude.” Nicholson was joined at the NCAA Championships by two other Monarchs. Senior Kyle Hutter, who wrestled at 133 pounds, won two

of his four matches. And senior Joey Metzler lost both of his matches at the 149 pound weight class. gJames Nicholson will be a big part of Old Dominion’s athletic history. Despite the current sting of the rough road he went down in the NCAA Championships this year, as two-time All-American and tied for the most wins in ODU history, he has something to be proud of as he graduates and starts a new chapter in his life


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Ben there, done that Brian Jerry Staff Writer


Ben Tomchick, a 6-foot-6-inch junior right-hander for the Old Dominion University Baseball Monarchs, has posted incredible statistics throughout his first five starts on the mound at Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. Posting a 4-1 record with a 1.95 Earned Run Average (ERA) and giving up just seven runs all season long, opposing hitters post just a .238 average against the Virginia Beach native and product of Princess Anne High School. The key to a successful start on the diamond stems from production on the mound, which every pitcher strives to achieve. Tomchick gave some insight into what’s been the key to a successful start for the team and how his in particular impacts the rest of the arms on the roster. “I think the key is just filling up the strike zone,” Tomchick said. “You start walking people, that’s when a lot of runs get scored,” said Tomchick. “Our coach Tim LaVigne, he preaches that a lot (just filling up the strike zone, going after people) and a lot of the other pitchers will do the same, which makes them affective.” Tomchick said Coach Lavigne stresses some basic mechanics during practices. “Just staying back, not rushing forward, keeping all your weight behind the ball, getting out front, and keeping the ball in the zone. So that’s basically it.” Many elite teams in the conference, such as Georgia State and Virginia Commonwealth University, will carry high powered offenses against the likes of Tomchick and other opposing pitchers. Tomchick said one team in particular poses, at times, the biggest threat over the plate. Tomchick said his primary focus at every start was getting ahead of hitters. “It’s a whole different game when you can get batters

Rachel Chasin Mace & Crown Tomchick has been off to a hot start this season with a 4-1 record.

behind in the count instead of you being behind in the count as a pitcher,” he said. “So getting ahead of them definitely helps out being successful.”

Different players have various routines that gets them prepared or hyped up for a big game, whether it’s warming up, taking batting practice, or listening to music. Tomchick’s is no different when it comes to his music “I like Lupe his new CD, but just knowing that I’m going out there to pitch just gets me pumped up enough. New Lupe Fiasco is definitely on my iPod though.” Tomchick has been the beneficiary of great advice at ODU. “I mean they’ve given me a lot of advice but the fact that they are pretty laid back coaches so they’re not really uptight coaches and they’re not really uptight about anything and I believe that’s how baseball should be played,” said Tomchick. “We all made it here at this level doing something so just go out there and let it happen.” Tomchick was a fan of a former big leaguer who was a force on the mound. “Growing up, I always liked Pedro Martinez,” Tomchick said. “He played for my favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. I grew up watching him so I liked him a lot.” Since a student athlete has such a big commitment to their sport, Tomchick finds new ways to study. “We’ll find it either on bus trips, in hotel rooms,” he said. “This whole past month we’ve been home so it’s been kind of easy to get my homework done and study & stuff. You have a lot of people and resources that’ll help you out.” If the Monarchs are going to become a better team throughout the rest of the season, Tomchick knows what must be done. “Just keep doing what we’re doing,” he said. “We’ve had a couple of losing streaks here and there but those are just little bumps in the road to what we want to accomplish. So I believe if we just keep doing what we’re doing, working hard at it, we’ll get there.”


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They’re just not that into you. No really..They aren’t. Stuart Miller Editor in Chief


“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” While Marilyn Monroe was a very influential figure in American society and this quote is one of her most popular, its meaning has been misconstrued. It seems that women these days are turning this quote into an ultimatum that no man wants to be a part of. But to be fair, men don’t make the best case either. Okay, first of all, I’ll need to denounce my credibility as a love guru because I’m 22 years old, single and have no intentions of “settling” in the prime of my college life, which is soon to be over. I will, however, comment on the situation because you could say I’ve gotten “older and wiser” through these five years at ODU, but in reality I knew as much about women when I was a freshman as I do now, with a few minor exceptions. If there is one thing I am good at though, it is noticing things, seeing patterns, and taking notes on the triumphs and the failures of my colleagues and I in this tangled web of hook-ups, relationships and publicly dramatic events. All these experiences bring me back to the quote at the top of the article, mainly the tail end talking about not being able to handle someone at their worst and not deserving them at their best. Do I agree with Mrs. Monroe? Yes, a man should absolutely treat a woman with respect and take care of her when she needs it, but where I disagree with Mrs. Monroe is when girls have the habit of taking that quote and applying it to their drinking habits. While I haven’t personally experienced this correlation with a woman’s classiness and alcohol consumption, I’ve watched people go through it and it never ends well. By all means, go out with the girls and have a great time, dance your ass off and laugh louder than anyone in the room, but when your “worst” consists of you falling down, vomiting and verbally attacking the guy that you call your “boo,” then there is much to be questioned about deserving you at your best. In some cases, I’ve seen that handling a girl at her “worst” has


by Danielle Buxton Photography Director

If you are a VCU fan or you currently support the Rams in any way during their current NCAA run, stop reading. I say that because you are not going to like what I am about to say. I will first say congratulations to your recent success in this year’s NCAA tournament. The team as a whole has made the entire world take a second look at the Colonial Athletic Association. Your recent tournament success cements that your coach has guided you into one of the upcoming top mid-major programs. As a fan of Old Dominion basketball, I would like to be in your position right now. I would love to see my team defeating the teams that they would have faced in the tournament. Am I envious that the team that my school is rivals with is getting all of this attention? Yes, I am. I feel as though ODU deserves to be in this position because we won the conference championship. We earned our right to be in this competition; you didn’t. If I was a player on the men’s basketball teams of Harvard, Colorado or Virginia Tech, then I would be angry to look at this team from Richmond smiling and receiving all of this positive attention. The anger comes from the fact that you do not belong in the tournament in the first place. To all the people who argue that VCU’s wins against USC, Georgetown, Purdue and now Florida State validate their presence in this year’s tournament, you’re wrong.

deserved a gold medal or Goldschlager. No guy finds it attractive when you can’t even walk to the front door of the place you are at and it makes it even worse when you can’t string together a concise sentence. If you do find that guy who finds that attractive, then congratulations, you’ve either found the most desperate guy in the room or your equally intoxicated counterpart. Mazel Tov. So ladies, throw on your nicest heels and your best dress, but please, if you can’t handle the pace of the night don’t be afraid to throw in the towel early. While it may seem like I’m merely attacking women for this abuse of a quote the same standards can be applied to men as well. Guys aren’t off the hook. I love going out and having a great night with my “bros,” but it doesn’t need to end with a bar brawl or a screaming match between one of my buddies and his ex or current girlfriend. In some cases, a guy’s “worst” trumps a woman’s “worst” ten-fold because instead using catty words, the drunken male uses fists. Now I can honestly say I’ve never once thrown a punch or been in a fight, and while to the average tough guy that may make me a “bitch,” I can’t say I’ve had to explain a black eye or sleep on a cold, hard slab of concrete in the drunk tank. What I can say is that I’ve broken up more fights with my words then I can even count since I’ve gotten to ODU whether alcohol is involved or not. If it’s not fights that guys get involved in, it’s the overall “hunt.” Maybe if you weren’t out trying to “mack on some bitties,” you wouldn’t get rejected and you might meet a girl who is worth getting to know instead of searching to find the drunkest girl in the room. I find it easier to see the flaws in a guy because, well, I am one and my friends that are girls always reassure me how unintelligent our gender is. So guys, stop living like you’re the real “Situation” and start impressing girls in less ways that make you look like a tool. What I’m trying to call for is a plea for classiness. We all talk about being the perfect gentlemen or the most humble and sweetest lady possible, but our culture has been overshadowed by a “I’m a bitch deal with it” and a “I’m going to hit on anything that walks in the door” mentality. What has happened to us? I’ll admit I’ve been guilty of it before, as most of us have, but I don’t get why everything has been so centered around the thrill of the hook-up and the drowning of our livers in alcohol. So this Friday before you hit the town, why not think about what you’re wearing and who you’re going home with instead of wondering where you’re going to wake up and whose floor your clothes are on?

Just because you have wins against schools in big conferences such as the ACC and the Big East on a neutral floor, doesn’t mean that you belong in the NCAA Tournament. I don’t want to knock your smile, Brandon Rozzell, but you have no right to but up the No. 1 in your picture. VCU did not finish first in the division. You’re team lost four out of its last five regular season games. Why the selection committee chose to put you into the tournament instead of other deserving teams? I will never understand. I’m frustrated because I know that your success will cause your fans to rub in everyone’s faces next season. VCU fans are obnoxious to begin with, but if you add their NCAA tournament success to the list of insults that they get to use, it gives ODU’s fans another reason to strongly dislike them. As said earlier, your success makes our conference look really good but I would rather see ODU or even George Mason having your imminent success. George Mason earned their at-large bid into the tournament, not you. I’m pro Colonial Athletic Association. I will never be pro-VCU, even if they are the only team remaining in the tournament from the CAA in the tournament. Just because you made the Elite 8 doesn’t mean that I will forfeit my allegiance to Old Dominion. Not now, not ever. VCU basketball, you have been Caught! You were caught celebrating success in a tournament that you shouldn’t have been a part of in the first place. Do us all a favor and just lose already.

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Hate ‘em or love ‘em, VCU was impressive


Garrison Cole Sports Editor

Every year we as fans are treated to some Cinderella story about a team who comes out of nowhere and captures the heart of the nation. This year it happens to be the team we hate the most. I hate the fact that Virginia Commonwealth made it this far. It is my duty to as student here to make that perfectly clear. With that said, the journalist in me is compelled to give credit where credit is due. The run they were on embodies everything that March Madness is all about. It’s why the three weeks in March when the tournament is on are the best three weeks of the year in terms of sports. In reality, this is Exhibit A as to why college basketball is light -years ahead of college football, who refuses year after year not to get it right. The Rams were scrutinized like no other. Jay Bilas said they wouldn’t even pass the laugh test. Well, the Rams have proved to the nation that they were worthy of being selected by the NCAA selection committee. Now the rest of the nation can see what most of ODU knows, but doesn’t want to admit out loud: VCU can play. Now people will argue that they had an easy road through the tournament, and they shouldn’t have been in the tournament anyway. But the Rams have passed every test in front of them. Head Coach Shaka Smart now

has any job in the country that he wants with his coaching performance in this tournament. His team plays at a tempo that really isn’t throughout the country and it’s this unique style of play that makes his team difficult to prepare for. When they get in transition, they don’t look for the easiest way to get a layup. No they look for the easiest way to jack up a three pointer. Ever since you started playing basketball, coaches say take away the two and give up the three. Not when you’re playing with Rams. It doesn’t hurt that he has really good players to help run that system. Bradford Burgess was red hot throughout the tournament and going back to the CAA tournament, he is averaging 17 points a game and had 23 and 26 points respectively in the wins over Purdue and Florida State. The Rams also have one aspect that is imperative for a mid-major to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament: older players. When one usually scrolls down the roster of a mid major they will find more juniors and seniors than those of a BCS school. The unquestioned leader of the Rams has been Joey Rodriguez. Rodriguez is the engine that makes the Rams go and it’s not a coincidence that he is a senior and a point guard, because guards usually dominate March. His ability to lead his team throughout the tournament is something that is invaluable when it comes to the win or go home scenario that is the NCAA Tournament. I’m not saying that I was happy watching the Rams, a team the Monarchs beat twice (had to put that in there) celebrating after every victory. What I will say is that hatred aside, you have to give it up for the Rams. Granted, I was rooting for them to get bounced in every game, but it was still an awesome sight to see them defy the odds again and again.

For Crying Out Loud Why I would run for President in 2012 by

Christian Ernst News Editor

It doesn’t take a Harvard graduate to tell you the 2012 presidential election will be interesting. Obama will win the democratic nomination, in most eyes at least. The Republican nomination, that’s more like 25 plus different shaped pegs in a White House shaped hole. And honestly, I don’t see a single one that fits perfectly. Let’s get the toupee shaped peg out of the way first. I am not voting on the “Trump 2012, America’s Fired” ticket. I’d rather hand the keys to my country to my dog than let him run our country. Yes, he knows how to control a private business and make money. That doesn’t mean in any way that he knows how to control a highly structured nation with several problems, money only being one of them. Then we have the “Pig in Lipstick” peg. Palin isn’t my favorite candidate, but she at least brings some experience to the race. She has some backing, but I see 2012 next page


wednesday 3/30/2011 | MACE & CROWN | D2 don’t see her as the best candidate. Here’s my favorite: the plane shaped peg. Tom Miller, a flight attendant from Kansas, pulled a page out of Ray Romano’s book in “Welcome to Mooseport,” but there’s one problem: This isn’t Mooseport, this is a country. If this man gets a percentage point in the primaries, we have a problem, people. And then there’s the classic “This peg looks like the same peg we’ve had twice before that didn’t fit.” Yes Jeb, we all know you’re related to two former presidents, but no one really liked either one of them, so why would we vote for you? Because you are a governor in a state not named Texas? What about the Tea Party peg? While the Tea Party might be a return to conservative roots, Michele Bachmann, among other Tea Party candidates, is another of a long line of candidate who might be a little too strong for our, well, cup of tea. John Bolton is a nicely shaped U.N. peg, but doesn’t quite fit the White House hole in my mind. Sure, he’s a good diplomat and up to date on foreign affairs, but he’s never held an elected office. Plus he’s from the Bush era, and, as with Jeb, do we really want any more Bush buddies in office? Here’s one that speaks to my New Jersey born heart, the possibly formerly in the mob peg. Chris Christie, while doing a good job in my home state, is probably, as most of us Jersey born folk are, a little too much for the country as a whole. And he’s already said there’s no chance he’ll run. So that’s more like a disintegrating peg. Here’s everyone’s favorite Virginian peg, the military man peg. Sure, Bob McDonnell seems like a pretty good candidate, but I think he’s a question mark for the party. I don’t know that he has the national recognition or the backing to really make a difference in the race. And here it comes: Mitt Romney, the “it didn’t work last time, but this is

THE SCOOP! (Music Reviews)

The Death of a Legend

By Robbie Ciara Staff Writer The Scoop! was saddened to hear that arguably the greatest male hook singer, Long Beach, California native Nate Dogg (Nathaniel Hale) died on March 15, 2011 at age 41 after several years of health problems. With his deep vocals and silky smooth delivery, Nate Dogg was one of the key ingredients of the West Coast G-Funk sound in the 1990s. Nate Dogg was often in the background compared to the people he worked with. However, Nate Dogg had a hall of fame list of collaborators that included Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Emeniem, Warren G and many more. The cause of Nate Dogg’s death has not been confirmed but the rapper had been battling health issues for a numbers of years. Nate Dogg suffered a massive stroke in 2007 that left him partially paralyzed and unfortunately suffered a second stroke in 2008. Many on the ODU campus have been shocked by his sudden passing and have fond memories of the Gfunk era, “I thought Nate Dogg was extremely talented!” said ODU senior and Z104 DJ Brandon Bassett . “His ability to sing on a rap song skill was truly one of a kind. His unique style created a buzz in the industry, you didn’t have to be a great singer to jump on a song with an artist but the flow in the voice had to fit the song

and that’s what he created...R.I.P Nate Dogg”. Martin Tucker, a student and spoken word artist at ODU shared Brandon’s sentiments. Martin said, “He’s probably the greatest hook maker in hip hop of all time. People like Cee-lo, Pharoahe Monch, Kanye and Swizz Beatz have tried but none compare. Nate Dogg broadened what you could do with hooks and bridges as far as subject matter whereas before singing hooks were usually just watered down versions of the theme of the song and used to assist the listener and break up the verses. Nate Dogg changed all that.” Josh Haralson, hip-hop guru and spoken word artist at ODU was also saddened to hear of the passing, “Nate Dogg was the perfect balance between Hip Hop & R&B. And his entrance into music came at a time where the industry was switching to an even more hook dominated style” said josh. “No one will ever forget Nate because of his countless classic hooks. But, what was truly unique about Nate Dogg was his ability to blend his singing alongside the rhythm of rappers in the middle of verses. Hits like “Regulators” and “Nobody Does it Better” worked especially well because of Nate’s ability to sing alongside rappers and not clash with the tempo and mood of the verse. RIP.” Artists such as Nate Dogg are often overlooked during Grammy or American Music Awards ceremonies, but no one can argue Nate Dogg’s contributions. The Scoop! remembers a popular hook of Nate Dogg’s that comes from the classic hit “Regulate.” Nate was smooth when crooning, “The rhythm is the bass and the bass is the treble”. All we know is that music will never be the same. R.I.P. Nate Dogg.

Pull Up J Fantasy Baseball Preview by

Jake Ullrich Staff Writer

The only thing better than baseball season starting is fantasy baseball season starting. While my fantasy football team won the last-place game (I was cursed with injuries, I swear!) and my fantasy basketball team limped into the playoffs, only to get destroyed in the first round (It was injuries again, I swear!), it is easy for me to say I’m ready to repeat as champion of my fantasy baseball league. I play in a 10 team, head-to-head format and last year I finished second in the regular season and went on to win the championship in our annual league, called The League. Original, I know. I defeated my best friend Garry in a final result that ended 5-5. I won because I had won the regular season series against him. Needless to say, he’s still bitter. I’m hoping to help my fellow fantasy baseball lovers with their upcoming drafts. I have a few players I value highly and early, some I find way overrated and some sleepers you can target in the later round. I’ll give my list of five rules I follow in drafts and let you adapt it to your leagues. Rule 1: Hitting over Pitching. Roy Halladay is being drafted in some leagues sixth overall. Sixth! That’s before Votto or Longoria, or Howard or Fielder; players that will be on the field every single day. Votto will have 20 to 25 at bats a week and Halladay will be lucky to have two starts. If he gets lit up in that one start, he is officially useless for that week. If Votto goes 0-4 one game, he has a chance to go 4-4 with four home runs next game. Take the hitting because pitching goes deep. You can’t find the power in the first round later in the draft, but you can find a more than acceptable rotation in the early teen rounds. Rule 2: Don’t draft a top tier closer. Saves are overrated. Usually top tier closers start going in the fifth or sixth

round. In my fifth and sixth round, I took Justin Morneau and Chris Young, both capable of putting up 30 plus home runs. Closers should come in the last four rounds and on the waivers. Grab a player when he gets a closing job and see how he does. If he stinks, drop him and grab the next one. Rule 3: LIVE on the waivers: Picking players up is the greatest thing about fantasy baseball. You can grab a player for a week when he’s hot and drop him next week when he’s not. Keep an eye on call-ups. Last year I saw the Giants call up a Triple-A catcher by the name of Buster Posey. Intrigued, I picked him up. He then led me to a championship by hitting 18 home runs, 67 RBIs and scoring 58 runs. Not bad numbers for a pick up midseason. Rule 4: Don’t draft more than one bench player. A lot of players like to stock up on their bench in case they get a player who gets hot mid season. Well that’s what the waiver is for. Bench players are for pitchers. If your staff stinks and you never win ERA or WHIP, start as many pitchers as you can and try to win wins and Ks. I have one bench player who is used only for steals when I need them, and I have four bench pitchers to cycle in and out when they have their starts. It also gives you an opportunity for more saves by starting three or four medium-level closers each night. Rule 5: Draft upside late. Please don’t waste any 15th or 16th round picks on Old Man River with a broken hip. A friend of mine drafted Brian Roberts in the 20th round of our draft. Seriously? What do you think Roberts is going to bring, other than an upsetting amount of time on the DL? These are the rounds you take a chance on an up-andcoming Pitcher, like Mike Minor or Jordan Zimmerman, or a speedy outfielder like Jose Tabata, capable of getting you steals. Everybody drafts well early, but to win a championship you have to draft well late. As a parting rule, remember this: seasons are not won in the draft, but they can be lost.

Weekly Whims The World is in Desperate Need of Ear Plugs. Where in the World Did the Good Music Go? by Alyssa Narvell Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor

I am the epitome of a dedicated music fan. I have to listen to music at least ten times a day, or else I feel incomplete. I am always on the look out for new music and am open to all types of genres. I also do not know one person that doesn’t enjoy at least one genre of music. Music has been around for thousands of centuries, and every country around the world has it. There are so many different genres, pitches, dynamics, tone colors and durations that can relate to any person, any generation and any culture. There have also been hundreds of amazing, talented artists who are truly brilliant and who play and sings beautiful sounds and words. There is one thing though that I absolutely despise about music and that is what music has been becoming recently. Music has changed drastically in the past couple of years and I don’t mean changed in a good way. Just think about Rebecca Black’s “Friday;” worst song I have ever heard in my entire life (If you haven’t heard it, consider yourself lucky). Her voice is full of auto tune and sounds like a dying horse. And then, on top of the horrible sounds coming out of her mouth, her lyrics are describing how awesome Friday is, by first singing about what she does when she first wakes up in the morning on Friday. That’s all it’s about. Then some random guy, who is at least twenty years older than Rebecca Black and her friends shown in the music video, comes out of Nowhere and starts to rap about how awesome Friday is. It’s one huge joke, and it’s truly depressing that some people actually consider stuff like this

music. Side note: Rebecca Black was actually featured on Jay Leno’s late night show. I am now convinced that the world is ending. Let’s now take a quick look at these lyrics and compare and contrast them. “Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face, stars fill my dreams. I am a traveler of both time and space; to be were I have been. To sit with the elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen,“ written by Led Zeppelin in the 1970s. Great lyrics, right? Yeah, that’s because they actually have solid meaning. Then, we have lyrics such as, “They be actin’ like they drunk, actin’-actin’ like they drunk. When sober girls around me they be actin’ like they drunk. Poppin’ bottles in the ice, like a blizzard. When we drink, we do it right, gettin’ slizzard,” written by the Far East Movement in 2010. I’m not even sure what those lyrics mean. “Slizzard” isn’t even a word. Yeah, sure, this type of music is fun to dance to, but that’s about it. I could never sit down and listen to that kind of music for pure enjoyment. There’s more to life than just “poppin’ bottles right” and partying your pants off... just saying. I feel as if the majority of our modern generation is becoming obsessed with “party” music and is no longer interested in hearing solid, meaningful lyrics or mellow tunes. As long as it has a thick bass, people seem satisfied. “Artists” such as Ke$ha, Lil’ Wayne and the Black Eyed Peas seem to be shaping the new generation and it’s absolutely astounding how the effect of this “music” is transforming our youth. I hear this music so often these days that I am almost forgetting how many members there are in The Beatles because that type of music is so forgotten these days. It’s very sad. I know I can’t do anything about this unfortunate phenomenon but sit here behind my computer and deal with it, but if the world can realize what this tainted music is doing to the vast majority of our younger generations, then maybe something will be changed for the good. For now, I will be crossing my fingers in hopes of a change in this horrible music trend.


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VCU; support them or not?

Who is your favorite power ranger?

What’s your favorite shoe brand?

Favorite breakfast food?

Favorite place to eat around Hampton Roads?

Chipotle on campus? Yes or No?

Yeah, at least right now

The Pink ranger



No Frill Grill


Even though I hate them... they’re still from VA so yeah

Black Mastodon baby!


Anything my mom cooks

Yorgo’s has the best bagels

Hell yes!!



Uggs I guess


Olive Garden


I support VCU because it makes ODU look good cause we beat them twice

Red ranger, duh

Nike 6.0s


Dog N Burger

Chipotle on campus would be great, especially for all you NOVA addicts




Pancakes with fruit topping

Ruby Tuesday







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Down 1- Floor coverings; 2- Dull pain; 3- Delhi wrap; 4- Monetary unit of Brazil; 5- Astrologer Sydney; 6- Actor Auberjonois; 7- Able to; 8- Auth. unknown; 9- Eye sores; 10- Vitality; 11- Autobahn auto; 12- Arduous journey; 13- Fine-tune; 21- Coffee container; 23- Poisonous; 26- Partly melted snow; 27- Fungal infection; 28- Art supporter; 29- Lower legs; 30- Hazardous; 31- Behaved; 33- The number system with base 8; 34- Fishhook line; 35- Cordillera of South America; 37- When doubled, a dance; 38- Go quickly; 41- Funeral fires; 42- Abnormal; 47- Grommet; 49- Farm female; 51- Prolonged attack; 52- Irritably impatient; 53- Splendor; 54- Explorer Tasman; 55- Roster; 56- Spahn teammate; 57- “All The Way To ___”, song by REM; 58- Mid-month times; 59- Edible corm; 60- Archer of myth; 63- 6th letter of the Hebrew alphabet;


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