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SGA Elections Underway Photographs from

By: Derek Page News Editor As the national Republican presidential nomination campaigns heat up, Old Dominion University will see their own share of politics today as the Student Government Association elections begin. The polls opened at 8 a.m. and will be open until tomorrow at 5 p.m. Online polling stations can be found in the Batten Arts and Letters building, Webb Center, the Student Recreation Center, the University Village front desk, and in the Rogers and Gresham area. Student voters can choose from candidates running for the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Speaker of the Senate. Current Student Body President Luis Ferreira said, “SGA elections are critical because they

Rwanda Genocide Survivor see A3

provide an opportunity for the student body to provide their input and shape the make-up of the executive board for student government.” As his office is currently up for grabs, Ferreira hopes to see a successor “who thinks critically, has strong interpersonal skills, is hardworking, and above all, is dedicated and accountable.” The candidates on the ballot for the office of Student Body President are graduate student of Public Administration, David Bakhshaee, and sophomore undergraduate student studying Finance and Business Analytics, Mariam Abdelhamid. Both candidates have extensive experience in the student government. Bakhshaee, currently the SGA Treasurer, said being a part of student government “has had a positive influence” on his time at Old Dominion. “I had the opportunity to witness first hand, the budgeting process. My experience allowed

Fashion Fights Back see B1

me to clearly see where improvements need to be made in order to serve the student body better and restore accountability and transparency within our student government.” As an SGA Senator and Finance Director, Abdelhamid said her experience with SGA “has been eye opening.” “I have come to know many procedural obstacles we must overcome in order to make effective changes upon our campus. I have mainly been on the financial side but I look forward to pushing student advocacy a lot harder and stronger than it has previously been emphasized.” To students who aren’t engaged in or with student politics, or even enlightened as to the role SGA plays, Bakhshaee said “get involved” because it’s the students’ “responsibility to voice their concerns and opinions. Everyone has a voice. No student is voiceless. Student govern-

Men’s and Women’s Tennis see C1

Goalie Profile: Sarah Geary see C3

ment allowed these concerns and opinions to be addressed.” Abdelhamid said similarly that students should take interest in student government because “upon making changes – everyday student life may be altered. SGA is a resource for students to voice concerns and progressively make strides in improving the quality of life and education at ODU.” Improvement isn’t a matter taken lightly for either candidate. Both Bakhshaee and Abdelhamid expressed their concerns with several areas within the Old Dominion community. For Bakhshaee, “these areas include the student organizational funding process, safety, parking, dining services and making sure Student Government remains autonomous, being influenced only by the students.” Abdelhamid said she could “go on for days” continued on A3

New Addition: Photography Section see E1

Bazemore Arrested Right Before Tip-Off By: Matthew McCracken Sports Editor

Kent Bazemore was arrested by Virginia Beach Police five minutes prior to tip-off against Mercer in the Post Season Tournament Quarterfinals. The fifth year guard and NBA prospect was back-toback CAA Defensive Player of the Year, as well as 2012 CAA first-team. Bazemore led a career that was filled with accomplishments and optimism, but he encountered some legal trouble last Wednesday night. A warrant was out for his arrest in connection to missing Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP) classes after being convicted of a DUI on July 23, 2011. Old Dominion lost to Mercer 79-73 ending their postseason run. Virginia Beach Police knew Bazemore would be present at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Bazemore’s lawyer, Peter Decker III, said the circumstances of the arrest

were “highly unusual”. “I’ve never seen a warrant for an offense of this nature served in such a public way,” Decker said. “I wish they would’ve called me. I would’ve driven him down there myself. It isn’t hard to find Kent Bazemore,” Decker said. Virginia Beach Police said Bazemore was “not uncooperative” during the arrest. “He owned up to it, he took responsibility for it,” Decker said. Decker is unsure of why Bazemore missed his ASAP classes. He is set to attend a hearing next month. A suspended jail sentence could be put on Bazemore, but Decker said he will try to “comply with court order to finish ASAP classes.” Fines and costs were paid at the original DUI hearing on Aug. 30, 2011. Bazemore was placed on unsupervised probation for a year. His license was restricted to use to go to and from work, ASAP meetings, school, and to transport continued on C4

Inside the Mace:

Police Chief Harris Introduced to Administration, Faculty and Students By: Justin Brown Editor in Chief A reception was put on for Old Dominion University’s new Police

Kent Bazemore was pulled moments before the final game of his college career.

Chief Rhonda Harris last week. The reception featured many of the university’s most prominent administrators as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

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Mace & Crown staff Justin Brown Editor in Chief Derek Page News Editor Alyssa Narvell Arts & Entertainment Editor Matthew McCracken Sports Editor Jessica Starr Copy Editor Elaina Ellis Photography Editor Megan Jefferson Graphic Design

Letter From the Editor Readers of the Mace & Crown,

I would like to deeply apologize for the issue that we printed and ran on Wednesday, March 14. This issue not only had grammatical errors on the front page, but also had no variety and was clearly a quick fix to a greater problem. While we as a staff at the Mace & Crown now see what was wrong with that paper, we would like to offer an explanation. We are students too. We go on spring break, we visit family, and we mess up sometimes. The problem here was that we didn’t think we were putting out a paper during the break, but the people who pay us for ads and the people who print our paper did think one was being printed. We were

forced to slap a paper together in two days and the product came out as you saw it and it was clearly not worthy of being circulated through the university. From everyone on staff, we would like to apologize for not only making ourselves look bad, but also the university. If anyone were to read that paper it would be embarrassing. Hopefully we didn’t lose too many readers and you will continue to enjoy the paper that we work so hard on getting out each week. Thank you. Best Regards, Justin Brown Acting Editor in Chief

The Power of a Woman

Hot button issues addressed in educational debate

Drew Marmo Advertising Director LJ Harris Web Designer James Porter Dirstibution Manager Ethan Shaw Arts & Entertainment Assistant Jake Ullrich Sports Assistant Ari Gould Photography Assistant Senior Writers: Ben Decowski RJay Molina Staff Writers: Janah Stokes Alexander Rose Jessica Scheck Steve Knauer Gianina Thompson Lauren Grant Emma Needham Elizabeth Bowry Megan Stamper Jordan Jones MaryAnn Jackson Jessica Piland Nour Kheireddine Lateesha Gloston Shawn Minor Siaga Johnson Sarah Roby Angel Dodson Andrew Tompkins Daniel Felarca Rashad Little Brian Jerry Haja Kabba Allison Terres Timothy Fulghum Staff Photographers: Chris Sampson Rachel Chasin Jake Zimmerman Binh Dong Lauren Makely Alfred Greg Marlie De Clerck General Information: The Mace & Crown is a newspaper published by and written for the students of Old Dominion once a week throughout each semester and once in the summer. Originally founded in 1930 as the The High Hat, the paper became the Mace & Crown in 1961. The Mace & Crown is a primarily self-supporting newspaper,maintaining journalistic independance from the university. All views expressed in this collegiate paper are those of the author, not of the University, Mace & Crown, or the editors. Contact Information: Phone: 757-683-3452 Fax: 757-683-3459 Advertising: 757-683-4773

A controversial bill in the Virginia Senate that would require women to undergo a trans-vaginal ultrasound before an abortion has met its demise. nist mean to you?” and “Do you believe we However, an abdominal ultrasound is still By: Hannah Ordun required before a legal abortion in Virginia. will see a female president in our lifetime?” Contributing Writer The question that sparked the most debate When asked what the word feminist In support of Women’s History Month, meant, an audience member stood up and concerned women taking birth control. AlStudent Activities Council and the Women’s stated, “You are a feminist if you believe in though the original question asked was “Do you think a woman is viewed differently if Center cohosted an educational debate titled equal rights for everyone.” The most controversial question involved she is on birth control?” the answers got off The Power of a Woman. The Power of a Woman included a panel of the recent laws passed in the Virginian gov- topic. When one of the males on the panel said eight students, four male and four female, as ernment pertaining to abortion. The Virginia House of Delegates recently debated passing that birth control was a form of abortion, well as audience participation. As part of the introduction, the audience a law that made getting a trans-vaginal ultra- people in the audience and on the panel were viewed a video by TIME magazine recogniz- sound a requirement before a woman could jumping out of their seats to comment on this ing powerful women. Afterward, Joann Baut- legally get an abortion. This law came to be question and his response. Among the responses were two different feti-Roche, MPA assistant director & S.A.F.E. known as “The Rape Law” because a woman coordinator for ODU Women’s Center, made wanting an abortion couldn’t refuse the inva- male audience members asking if he believed menstruation and masturbation were abortion sive ultrasound. the official introduction. One of the women on the panel, Symone as well. Bautti-Roche said, “Without these women, The last question was “Do you believe we we couldn’t be having this tonight. Women Mercado, answered this question with the couldn’t be in the audience, on the panel, forward comment that “the government will see a female president in our lifetime?” women couldn’t even get a college educa- needs to stay out of my uterus and out of my R.L. Burton, one of the male panelists, said, “I think barriers are being broken every day. bedroom.” tion.” The government did not pass “The Rape When it comes to presidency, race was first, As the discussion commenced, questions that arose were “What does the word femi- Law,” regarding trans-vaginal ultrasounds. why not gender next?”


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Police Chief Harris

Introduced to Administration, Faculty and Students

Dear Monarchs, In the words of President Broderick we must “partner” with our international colleagues to resolve the issues of the twenty-first century. To this end, the university has established building international connections as one of the goals of our university’s strategic plan. In SGA we have had the benefit of having international students like Kevin Muchairi from Kenya, head our safety efforts, which have had a tremendous impact on our community. Similarly, Faisal Ashour, an international student from Saudi Arabia, will be featured in a Saudi Arabian government article highlighting his participation in student government at ODU. These contributions by international students in SGA are a source of great pride and contribute to an environment which stresses the importance of international partnerships. Kevin and Faisal provide only a sample of the positive contributions that our international students have on our campus. In the spirit of promoting these international connections, I urge you to attend the fourth annual International Festival at the Ted Constant Center on Sunday, April 1 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. This event will showcase various international student organizations, cuisine and culture and is open to the public. I hope to see you there. As always if you have any questions, concerns, ideas or need any assistance, I am here to help, so contact me at .

continued from “SGA Elections” (A1) about the issues she feels needs to be addressed. One of her biggest concerns is with housing. “Both capacity and the system” need changing, she said. “Often times, international students and freshman have to live off campus when neither typically have any idea of the proceedings.” She also purported the need for greater educational resources, suggesting graduate test preparations be on a continual basis, that employers chosen for career fairs should be recommended by the students, as well as making changes to the hiring process for tutors and making course textbooks available for hourly rental in the library. Like Bakhshaee, and likely most students, safety is a top priority for Abdelhamid as well. She said escort services should be “run in congruence with the library hours and making sure security is properly dispersed across campus, not just in selected areas.” Certainly politics aren’t all fun and games, but the candidates each shared their favorite part of the elections. “The best part of elections is campaigning. I love campaigning. It allows me the opportunity to stand for what I believe in, while simultaneously learning about the opinions and frustrations of countless students from our diverse student population,” said Bakhshaee. “The best part of elections is honestly getting to know new student concerns,” said Abdelhamid. I have a list of concerns compiled from over the last year, but it’s been great sharing those with other students and getting new input in addition. Every student doesn’t face every problem, so it is pertinent that we get a wide spectrum of student voices.” Students running for Vice President are Otis Johnson Jr. and Ashton Gray, for Secretary are Maya Shelton and Connie Bermudez, and for Speaker of the Senate is Collin Hust. Ferreira said no matter who wins, “the new officers will gain a sense of pride in knowing they are part of something bigger and get a sense of empowerment to make positive changes to the campus.”

By: Justin Brown Editor in Chief A reception was put on for Old Dominion University’s new Police Chief Rhonda Harris last week. The reception featured many of the university’s most prominent administrators as well as graduate and undergraduate students. University President John Broderick, Provost Carol Simpson, Chief Operating Officer David Harnage, and many more administrators were in attendance. One of the main things that impressed Broderick about the event was not only the administration in at-

Left to Tell By: Derek Page News Editor

As a woman whose friends, classmates and most of her family were slaughtered in the Rwanda Genocide of 1994, Immaculée Ilibagiza remains a beacon of hope for those who feel there is none. As a guest for the President’s Lecture Series, Ilibagiza accepted the Wallenberg Humanitarian Award before sharing her story of survival and faith with Old Dominion in North Café, on Tuesday, March 21. She told her story as detailed in her first book, “Left to Tell,” which tells experience and the relationship she built with God that enabled her to overcome the horrors of the Rwanda genocide. Ilibagiza found comfort in prayer when she spent 91 days huddled in a three-by-four foot bathroom with seven other women in the home of her pastor as Hutu militia murdered nearly one million fellow Tutsis. She went in a 115-pound electrical engineering student and came out a 65-pound miracle story. During this time, she spent days praying and learning the importance of love, understanding and forgiveness. In the cramped bathroom, she came to understand Luke 23:34 “Forgive them father, for they know not what they do.” “I would not be here today if I had not held onto that power,” said Ilibagiza. “They were fighting the evil that was within and to understand that was huge for me.” While Ilibagiza was more than grateful for the mercy of God, she said if she deserves mercy, then so do those who committed the murders. “I felt like I needed to choose, ‘Where do you stand?’ On the side of God...or on the side of hate?” She described a situation where she went to a prison and saw the man who killed her mother and brother. She said the head of the jail told

tendance, but the amount of students that cared about their new police chief. “I think it’s equally important that not only are the university administrators and faculty here, but so are the students. If this position is going to be successful it has to engage administration as well as with students.” After some mingling between the guests and Harris, Harnage took the stage to first introduce Broderick and later to introduce Harris. “I consider our search for a new police chief, after having worked with her for a few weeks now, very successful,” said Harnage. “She brings to us 25 years of police work and many years as chief at Rutgers.” Harris was serving as police chief at Rutgers University until she decided to take the job at ODU. Harris eventually took the stage and was delighted by the turnout. “I’m flattered to be here and I’m flattered for you to have me here. I am going to do my best to live up to your expectations,” said Harris. “I’m going to work very hard to do the best I can for ODU.” Head football coach Bobby Wilder echoed her excitement as he reminisced about his reception in February of 2007. “I remember when I was hired and

they put on a reception that I’ll never forget. There was a real wow factor.” Wilder spoke about the importance to have the students and faculty in the room similarly to the way Broderick did. “It’s great to see the Old Dominion community come out. The most important people are the students, but also the administration is here,” Wilder said. One of the themes of the event was the idea of community policing. Community policing is one of Harris’s top policies. The idea is that students and faculty get to know the police force they are working with so that they are more comfortable with them. It is a two way street to increase student and faculty safety on campus. Broderick understands the way this is going to work and spoke about the need for the two sides to come together. “I hope our students get to know our police and that our police get to know our students,” he said. The reception was very warm and the faculty and students alike got to meet their new police chief. While she has already been working, it is now up to Police Chief Harris to keep the ongoing sentiment and to really try to get to know the people of Old Dominion University.

Rwanda genocide survivor shares story with ODU

her she could “beat him, spit on him, do whatever, because this man had killed his wife and children.” When she approached the man, she said she felt the angry overtake her and that she almost forgot all she learned of forgiveness, but in the end she told the man that she forgave him “just to release him” from her. She said the man

everyday, but it only made him more angry. Forgiving them allowed him to move on. Ilibagiza learned English in those 91 days spent in the small bathroom with only a Bible and a dictionary. She immigrated to the United States were she began working for the United Nations. She established a charitable organization called Left to Tell that funds orphanages in Africa.

“dropped his face” in shame, that he, “couldn’t look at me anymore”. Ilibagiza said “something happened to his heart.” When the head of the prison witnessed this, he was confused and angry as to why she did that. She said he screamed at her “Why would you do that? Aren’t you mad? This man killed your family,” and she felt terrible. One day, he came back to thank her saying he would beat the prisoners

Her devotion to God has led her to travel the country as a motivational speaker, spreading her faith and belief in the power of love, understanding and forgiveness. “When I stand here, I just feel like I am where I am supposed to be. I love to be able to share my faith, to give a little bit of strength to another human being, because we are so strong at heart.”



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arts entertainment Fashion Fights Back F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. Giving Human Trafficking Victims a Voice, One Strut at a Time By: Haja Kabba Staff Writer Human trafficking is an ongoing issue that has affected many women living in third world countries. Last Saturday, March 24 at 8:30 p.m. in the North Café, student organization F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. hosted a “Fashion Fights Back” themed fashion show to bring awareness and raise money to support victims of human trafficking. The event was free but donations were welcome. All proceeds went to the United Nations G.I.F.T. and Blue Heart Campaign. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purpose of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, or modern-day slavery. Statistics show that human trafficking is widely experienced by women, children and men in their own countries. The show was split into four scenes, including the effect human trafficking has on victims, the victim fighting back from the situation, the victim rising above and beyond to become successful with the many facets of their lives, and the victims and their many

cultures represented and celebrated. The structure of the fashion show is meant to depict the cycle the victim of human trafficking endures during the time they are being victimized. Kristen Johnson, junior and fashion show coordinator for F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S., was inspired to take the focus away from a stereotypical ideal of a fashion show and instead tell a story, specifically the story of a typical human trafficking victim. “I consider myself to be a very creative person. It took me awhile to actually come up with the concept for the show but I’ve done fashion shows here at ODU where I had to make more than one outfit. I really just wanted to tell the story and get it across,” she said This is the first year that the organization has decided to add fashion to a show to bring more awareness to human trafficking, however, this is not the first year promoting the cause. “Last year we started our human trafficking awareness campaign, but we didn’t do a fashion show. I wasn’t an officer last year. This year, as a fashion merchandising major, I decided to do a fashion show. I’m having so much fun doing it,” Johnson

F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. hosts a fashion show to raise money for human trafficking.

explained. Although the organization is currently focusing their efforts on bringing awareness to human trafficking, they support other causes as well such as Relay for Life and G.I.F.T Fund. The G.I.F.T. Fund proceeds collected from the organization are used to prevent human trafficking. “We’re really trying to get more involved this year and not just be known for the organization that likes to party. We do a lot more than that.” F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. stands for Fantastic Outstanding Ridiculously Entertaining Immigrant Geniuses with a Narcissistic and Egotistical Rational Squad. “To sum it all up it means we’re crazy, lots of fun and we want to do a lot of events to socialize with one another,” Johnson said. The purpose of F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. is to promote equality between diverse ethnicities. “We want to promote diversity, because there’s no other organization like us on campus,” Johnson said. For further information regarding F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. please visit: or on Facebook.

The fraternities and sororities compete against each other in many arenas.

Unity, Team Spirit and Togas? Greek Week at Old Dominion By: Dominique Bailey Contributing Writer Monday’s array of Greek lettered Tshirts or widespread display of school colors proves it’s Greek Week. Monday, March 26 marked the beginning of Greek Week 2012. Greek Week is an annual event that serves as a platform to unify all Greek chapters and councils. Greek Week allows fraternity and sorority members to promote a positive image throughout campus. This week allows fraternity and sorority chapters to compete in various activities and the hope their team will be named champions at Sunday’s award ceremony. Wanting no one chapter to have an advantage because of size, teams were placed together in January by the Fraternity and Sorority Life committee. Throughout the week, each of the five teams will participate in competitive events for points. Points will be awarded in increments of ten, fifty for placing first in an event and ten for placing fifth. Greek Week is not new to Old Dominion, but this is the first year members have had an active role in planning the week’s events. For months, chapter members have met with ODU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life committee, deciding which events would be added or taken away from the roster. Although participation is limited to only fraternity and sorority members, all ODU students are encouraged to

come out and watch. On Wednesday, March 28, there will be Greek’s Sing in North Café at 8:30 p.m. Team members will sing, dance or act for audience members. Friday, March 30 will be Greek Week’s first powder-puff game. Kick off will be at 4 p.m. in the Quad. During halftime, audience members will be treated to a cheer show presented by the men of each team. Greek Week is also used to give back to the community. Throughout the week each team will be raising money for Relay for Life with Penny Wars. Penny Wars will begin Monday and end Friday at 2 p.m. Non-Greek students can participate in this competition. Teams will have a jar located in the OSAL office and each jar will be available during OSAL hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For every penny collected, teams will earn positive points, and will be docked points for each silver coin or dollar. Students may place donations in any of the five jars. Teams will also be competing to collect recyclables for ODU’s Recoverable Resources program. Greek Week coordinator Jayme Watkins encouraged participants to list memories they made during the week. “I want students to look back and remember having a good time. I also hope this time will give everyone a chance to get to know each other within the Greek community and form bonds that may have not been formed otherwise.”


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A Global Extravaganza at Old Dominion

The International Festival features many cultures from around the world. By Lateesha Gloston Staff Writer

Hampton Roads wants locals to experience world cultures and cuisines first-hand. On Sunday, April 1, Old Dominion will be holding its fourth annual International Festival. The event will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event for a global extravaganza. ODU’s Office of Intercultural Relations describes the event’s purpose to “highlight magnificent

performances that will guide all on an exciting and engaging international journey.” The International Festival is free, open to the public, and children friendly. A children’s activity arena will feature global activities and interactive stations as well as an outdoor petting zoo. There will also be an array of international foods on sale, including authentic Thai, Turkish, Southern, Creole, Greek, Israeli, and Puerto Rican cuisine in the global food court. Food will be provided by vendors Bangkok Garden, De Rican Chef, Mayflower

Café and Mary Helen’s. The International Bazaar will have vendors selling jewelry, arts and crafts. Some featured merchant vendors are Beloved Beadwork, Dee Chic Boutique, and the Women of Hope Project. D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D, T.R.U.S.T, and the African-Caribbean Association at ODU are among the many ODU student organizations that will be volunteering at the event. Participating student organizations will be contributing to the various activities, such as performances by acrobats and belly dancers. The African-Caribbean Association

at ODU will contribute to one of the 19 performances that will be featured at the event. Justina Acquah, president of the ACA, said their performance’s theme will be influenced by Caribbean carnival, which consists of dancing, food and colorful costumes. Acquah is excited to be attending the event again this year. “We’re excited for it… basically we have activities where we educate people on the different countries and the islands… we’re doing something to show the Caribbean culture.” The Old Dominion 2012 International Festival is sponsored by Old

Dominion’s Office of Intercultural Relations and will be hosted by WTKR anchor Kurt Williams. The assistant dean of the OIR, Lesa Clark, said, “During a time when there is global unrest and division, Old Dominion University’s International Festival reminds us that we are one, yet many citizens of the world, and that is something we should embrace, value and celebrate.” Free parking for the event will be available at the 43 and 45 Street parking garages. For more information, call 757-683-4406.


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Delta Zeta’s Turtle Tug Pulls in Funds for Charity

Seventh Annual Turtle Tug is a success By: Mary Ann Jackson Staff Writer

Tugging over a pile of green Jell-O is what the women of Delta Zeta do to give back to charity. Saturday, March 24, the Delta Zeta chapter of Old Dominion hosted their seventh annual Turtle Tug event. Delta Zeta’s Turtle Tug is the chapter’s biggest philanthropy event. Proceeds raised go towards their national philanthropy, The Painted Turtle Camp, which is a camp for speech and hearing impaired children in California. The event ran from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. and members of Delta Zeta raised roughly $1,200. Turtle Tug was featured this year at Whitehurst Beach. Despite the rain, the event brought forth hundreds of participants and spectators. “The entire campus is open to sign up. There is a team of five people per one team, the teams can consist of boys and girls, and students can even pay to be thrown in the massive pit of Jell-O,” said Isobel Bartle-Tubbs,

this year’s Turtle Tug chairperson. In past years, the setup was the same for Turtle Tug and the event brought out many Old Dominion students. Attendees of the event included new Delta Zeta recruits, Delta Zeta alumni, members’ parents, and an array of other ODU students. Turtle Tug involved two teams of five people, $25 per team, playing tugof-war over a pit of 700 packs of lime green Jell-O. The color lime green was chosen for the Jell-O because pink and green are Delta Zeta’s national colors. The winners of the tug-of-war contests received various prizes, including Delta Zeta Turtle Tug “champion” T-shirts and other things like jewelry from the local Hi-Ho Silver. Raffles, food, corn-hole, and live music were offered to participants as well. New Delta Zeta member, Kaley Linton, said, “The excitement and the energy was pretty intense. No one was a poor sport and it looked like everyone had a great time.”





Delta Zeta holds the seventh Turtle Tug to raise money for their national philanthropy, The Painted Turtle Camp. ©A.M.P.A.S.®





Missing Pages of History

Documentary “Hidden Colors” Comes to Old Dominion By Siaga Johnson Staff Writer


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“Hidden Colors,” a documentary detailing hidden historical facts about the Aboriginal and African descendent tribes of ancient times that have been left out of the pages of history, was hosted by ODU student organization Minds About Progress. A panel comprised of members from MAP presented the documentary that featured the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. The documentary was shown Monday, March 19. The program’s attendees were introduced to studies that have shown a general racial sentiment is that blacks are at a disadvantage in a western superpower as well as historical facts discussed in the documentary. The origins of Africans and their influential roles in creating a foundation for science, mathematics, trade and commerce were discussed. Various forms of art and religious depictions were traced back to ancient times and the famous art that is celebrated today has been inspired by ancient portraits and sculptures. Ancient king of Mali, Mansa Musa, was mentioned for his contribution of gold to the people, which was documented to be the current equivalent of $100 million. This was such a valuable contribution that it upset the ancient Egyptian economy.

The history of the slavery era was also discussed and dispelled stereotypes, which included that Western colonists simply went to Africa for slaves and natural resources. History has shown that the relationship between Africans and Western colonies was based on a foundation of trade and commerce. A spirit of community was a theme among both ethnic groups, as each was learning from the other. Complications within the relationship subsequently led to the slavery era that is widely discussed today, therefore exposing a piece of history that is missing. The race relations and stereotypes many Africans face in the Western world were also discussed. The panel discussion that followed the documentary shared that recent studies have shown there’s a general sentiment among the African-American population that being black is a limitation. This statistic was exemplified by a survey completed by groups of black children who were asked to compare white and black things and make decisions in terms of what was the most desirable color and what general ideas accompanied each color. Education of the self was emphasized to enact proactive change among the campus community. “Hidden Colors” was an opportunity to learn about a facet of history that is often hidden, and to cultivate new understandings.


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Columbia Snags Victory Over Lady Monarchs in Unusual Fashion Rain pours during match play, game shortened due to opponent flight obligations By. Brian Jerry Staff Writer

Columbia wrapped up four singles match victories over Old Dominion to claim a day that included weather inclinations and scheduled conflicting priorities Saturday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. Before the game, both coaches agreed to start singles match play rather than the usual doubles opener worth one point due to Columbia having to catch a flight at 4 p.m. Therefore, the match would start with six singles matches. However, the craziness would not stop there. At around 12:40 p.m., the match was called indoors because of heavy rain. The Lions went up 4-0 in singles action when the match was officially called. The Lady Monarchs dropped

their fourth straight contest. Head coach Dominic Manilla explained the situation after the match. “Unfortunately, 3:20 p.m. was the only time they could get out of Norfolk, so that’s just how that kind of played out. I would have liked to have played doubles but, you know, you’ve got to be accommodating to your guests.” “Nika Kmolovska had a great start. She kind of caught the woman, out-energized her which is kind of her M.O. and went up immediately and ended up losing it in three [sets]” Manilla said. Diana Ivanova was seen after the match icing her right leg. The junior from Moscow, Russia received attention from the trainer during her match. However, coach doesn’t believe it’s anything too serious or out of the orcontinued on C3

Lady Monarch prepares serve inside the Folkes-Stevens Center.

Cornell On the Cob Rodriguez finishes Clark in straight sets, clinches match victory By: Brian Jerry Staff Writer

Alfredo Rodriguez looks to return a serve over the weekend.

monarch mentions • Old Dominion senior swimmer Arni Arnason reached Honorable Mention All-American as he finished in eleventh place in the 100 breastroke at 2012 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. • Old Dominion sailing hosted elite programs from all over the Nation in the annual Aaron Szambecki Team Race on the Elizabeth River this weekend. • Spring practice began this weekend for the Old Dominion football Monarchs.

An over-hit shot by Spencer Clark clinched a 7-6, 6-4 straight set win for Alfredo Rodriguez leading the Barquisimeto, Venezuela native as he pumped his fists in triumph. Old Dominion (8-8, 1-2 CAA) retrieved its third straight win defeating Cornell 4-3 Friday evening at the FolkesStevens Tennis Center. “First of all, it was a tough match. The guy played really good. I was down a break and came back, I was digging in making my balls and came back and won,” Rodriguez said after the match. “We’re working really hard since the fall. I

feel pretty fresh right now, I could play another set.” Carlos Lopez Villa and Wesley Barrett also picked up singles victories. Lopez Villa handled Danny Riggs 6-1, 6-3 while Barrett took care of Alex Sidney in three sets 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 to split singles 3-3. “It’s very nice to get a doubles point. Last week, we came off a tough match against Penn, another tough Ivy League school and lost the doubles point. Then we end up coming back and winning one, two, three, four singles,” ODU head coach Aljosa Piric said. Albert Ochagavia and Lopez Villa defeated Jason Luu and Quoc-Daniel Nguyen 8-4 while Krysztof Muzalewski and Rodriguez handled Kyle Berman and Sam Fleck 8-6

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Athlete of the Week:

Carlos Lopez Villa

Freshman Tennis

Lopez Villa won his singles and doubles match this weekend against Cornell as the Monarchs won 4-3. He won 6-1, 6-3 in singles while pairing with Albert Ochagavia in doubles to win 8-4.


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Monarch looking to connect on a pitch from Hofstra.

Hofstra Ignites for Nine Runs in Route of Monarchs

Game 1 Feb. 24: ODU 5, Hofstra 9 Game 2 Feb. 25: ODU 13, Hofstra 5 ODU held scoreless for seven straight innings in defeat Game 3 Feb. 26: ODU 1, Hofstra 11 By. Brian Jerry Staff Writer

A ninth inning grand slam by Chris Baker sparked a short lived rally that proved to be not enough as Old Dominion failed to tack on four more runs in a 9-5 loss at the hands of Hofstra Friday evening at Bud Metheny Complex. Taking a 9-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth, Baker’s grand slam was shortly followed by Drew Coker’s strike out, as Hofstra recorded the final out to seal the fate of the Monarchs. Even as the team rallied late once more, their efforts proved to be short lived and coach was none too thrilled with the lack of effort to say the very least. “I’m not pleased at all, I’m horribly disappointed. Coming out at home on a Friday and get down 8-0, then 9-1. We out hit them by

three and got beat by four,” head coach Chris Finwood said. “We just pitched terrible at the beginning of the game and didn’t do anything right on the mound there.” Hofstra tacked on six runs in the first two innings courtesy of Kenny Jackson’s and Taylor Stuart’s base hits up the middle, scoring two RBIs in the first and second respectively. The Pride added three insurance runs in the eighth to seal the victory. ODU got off to a lackluster start from the jump as freshman Greg Tomchick was pulled after just one and a third innings, giving up five earned runs off six hits and two walks. “He was throwing balls down the middle of the plate and they were hitting them. That’s usually how it works. I was really disappointed in his effort tonight. I thought he was terrible. He needs to toughen up is what he needs to do,” Finwood said. The Monarchs were led offensively by Baker who finished the

The Wright Way

Josh Wright swings for the fences, hitting three homerun’s this season.

game going two-for-five with four RBIs. Relief pitchers Dylan Bratton, C.J. Huyett, and Kevin Griffey combined for two earned runs off four hits and struck out eight. Andrew Barbarino (1-1) picked up the win for the Pride in three innings of action while the loss drops Tomchick to 0-2 on the year. As for coach, he made no bones about prioritizing the guys on the roster that he feels is going to give an honest effort. “I told the guys that act like they want to play the most are going to play. It’s disappointing, we’ve got a few older guys that I don’t think are giving us everything they’ve got from a mental standpoint” Finwood said. The team plays host to Norfolk State on Wednesday before heading up to North Carolina on March 30 for a three-game set with UNC-Wilmington. * for more baseball statistics see C5

Redshirt Senior Shortstop Josh Wright Looks to Finish ODU Career Strong By: Ben Decowski Senior Writer

Redshirt senior shortstop Josh Wright has experienced a lot of success in his career as a Monarch. In 2009, Wright led Old Dominion University with 11 homeruns and made the CAA All-rookie team. In 2011, he was named First Team All-CAA shortstop and won CAA player of the week three times. This year, Wright started off strong and was named CAA Preseason Player of the Year. “It’s been awesome. ODU has meant a lot to me through my family, through my friends. I’ve met so many great friends here. I’ve had three different coaches in the last three years and every one of them has meant a lot to me,” Wright said. Wright has been a big part of the Monarch offense since he’s been in the lineup. He has recorded 33 homeruns, 39 doubles and 135 RBI’s so far in his career. However, Wright’s batting average is currently at .253, which is down from last year’s average of .369. “I’m getting a lot of difficult pitches to hit and right now, I’m not doing a very good job of laying off of them, so

I’m not being able to get in good hitter’s counts,” Wright said. “We’ll fight through it, it’s a long season.” Even though his average is down, Wright has still been effective this year. As of March 21, he was third on the team in hits with 19, second in doubles with four, and third in RBI’s with 11. Wright leads the team in stolen bases with five and has not been caught stealing yet this year. “…once I get on base, I feel like I could steal a bag pretty easily,” Wright said. Being a senior makes every game for Wright mean a little bit more to him. “It makes you think every time, every time you lose a game you’re like ok well that’s one less,” Wright said. “You feel it every time.” The Monarchs currently sit at 9-13, but Wright has big plans for them this season. “We want to get to the CAA tournament anyway, anyhow. And then win it and go on to regional,” Wright said. As far as his individual goals go, Wright said that all he wants to do is to “…keep helping the team win in any way possible.” The Monarchs still have a lot of games to play and Wright understands that there is still plenty of work to

do. “I definitely need to cut down my strikeouts. I’m swinging at bad pitches, pitches that are out of the zone that should be turning into more walks,” Wright said. After the season is over, Wright said that if the opportunity arises, “…I would love to keep on playing. Maybe try pro ball out for a couple of years, if not, I’ll probably move back home and find a job back in Bridgewater.” Wright has been a staple of the offense and consistently finds a way to be productive. There is no way of telling how the rest of the season will unfold, but it is safe to say that the senior shortstop will do everything he can to finish out his season and career strong.

Five Buck Box BA: .259 HR: 3 Runs: 20 RBI: 13 Errors: 10


Wednesday 3.28.2012 | MACE & CROWN | C3 continued from “Cornell” (C1)

in doubles to claim that precious point. Coach also acknowledged other guys really getting the job done on the court as of late. “Today we got the [doubles] point and what I’m happy about is we got it done at the bottom of the lineup this week,” coach Piric said. “I’m definitely happy with the way guys competed and fought. We’re definitely starting to compete a lot more mentally, not just physically.” After three straight victories over proven opponents, the resolve of the Monarchs can be attributed to the team being battle tested as of late. “It’s interesting all these teams are very good,” Piric said. “So I think it’s all about getting better as the season progresses and our guys have done that.”

As the season moves forward, the goal in mind is certainly to claim a coveted spot in the conference postseason picture, according to coach Piric. “We’re definitely improving as the season goes on and we’ve got a couple of matches coming up that I think our guys our guys are feeling pretty good about and they should.” The team shifts gears towards their remaining part of the schedule with a home match versus Temple March 29 followed by back-to-back road contests against UNC-Wilmington and Campbell on April 1 and 2 respectively, before returning home. Their final match prior to the conference tournament is an April 14 showdown with CAA foe William & Mary.

Lady Monarch discusses strategy. continued from “Columbia” (C1) dinary. “Diana [Ivanova] has struggled with some injuries in the past that have debilitated her. She’s very conscientious of what she puts in her body. If something’s bothering her, she’s going to get it checked out,” coach Manilla said. Although only five matches remain on the regular season schedule before the conference tournament, coach is adamant about finishing it strong and not looking past those upcoming matchups. “The only thing we can control is keeping ourselves healthy, positive, playing good tennis and seedings take care of themselves” coach Manilla said. Lady Monarchs next match is April 1 against Marshall in Richmond, Virginia.

Lady Monarch, Diana Ivanova, looks to return serve.


Lacrosse team gathers around goalie Sarah Geary. By: Kathryne Mason Staff Writer With a combination of fast reflexes, footwork, effective communication and perseverance, being a lacrosse goalie is like being the quarterback of the game. Sarah Geary, Old Dominion’s starting keeper for the 2011-2012 season and 2009 CAA Rookie of the Year, said that she couldn’t have said it any better. “A lot of times during practice the [team] will get frustrated with me, and say I should have gotten it, but sometimes I just think ‘well why don’t you get in goal then?’…It’s not as easy as it looks.” Geary continued, “Everyone’s a critic until they’re actually out on the field themselves.” Geary, who led the team last season with 50 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers, said that the teams recent 21-6 win over Longwood was a nice confidence boost. Geary finished the first half with four saves. Freshmen goalie Karen Hyde started the second half and also finished with four saves. This is Geary’s last year playing for Old Dominion and said she’s not surprised interim head coach Heather Holt put Hyde in goal in the second half. “We were up 14-2 going into halftime…obviously we were going to win, so it’s good that Karen [Hyde] got some playing time, and got to experience her first college lacrosse game… especially since I’ll be gone next year and she’ll be the starter.” Geary didn’t take a real interest in lacrosse until her freshmen year of high school. In fact, if it weren’t for her friends peer pressuring her into

doing it, she wouldn’t be at Old Dominion. “I played lacrosse when I was younger, but absolutely hated it,” Geary said. “I was the field hockey goalie in eighth grade and was pretty good at it, and all my friends that played field hockey played lacrosse too, so they pretty much pressured me into trying out for the team.” As a testament to the Lady Monarchs defense, Geary had a .502 save percentage her freshmen year coming off as a redshirt. With Geary leading

A lot of times during practice the [team] will get frustrated with me, and say I should have gotten it, but sometimes I just think ‘well why don’t you get in goal then?’ them, the Lady Monarchs went 11-5, and made a career high 19 saves in a 10-7 win over Towson. Now as a senior, her save percentage has slightly decreased, but is still well over .450. Currently, Geary has had 82 goals hit the back of her net. That may sound like a high number, but since lacrosse is such a high scoring game, even the best of the best wouldn’t be able to stop every shot from getting in. Geary will be the first one to tell you that unlike in soccer, or field hockey where you’ll only get two or three goals scored against you, lacrosse goalies are often the ones taking the biggest

beating, both physically and mentally. “It always sucks turning around and having to get the ball out of the net after someone just scored on you, but Heather [Holt] was a goalie when she played here. She said instead of getting pissed off and frustrated, to cheer really, really loud, so that’s why I’m always yelling.” Geary, who has seen over 2,600 minutes of game time, said that playing for the ODU lacrosse program under the leadership of Holt and former head coach Sue Stahl has given her a “lifetime’s worth” of lessons and experiences that she can easily use both on and off the field. Every now and then, when sitting in the stands at Powhatan, you can hear coach Holt yelling out, “Come on Sarah Bear! You got this!” Geary chose not to comment on how she got that nickname claiming it is too embarrassing to tell, firmly saying that only her coach and teammates are allowed to call her that. “I actually hate the nickname, like I really hate it, but I know I’m probably going to miss it next year when I’m not playing.” Geary continued on and said, “Maybe Heather [Holt] will yell it out for me one last time when I’m walking across the stage.”

Five Buck Box W-L-T: 3-5-0 Min: 447:11 Goals Against: 95 Saves: 65 PCT: .406

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C4 | MACE & CROWN | Wednesday 3.28.2012 continued from “Bazemore” (A1) a minor child. Monarchs’ head coach Blaine Taylor was not aware of Bazemore’s legal trouble until after the arrest last Wednesday night. “I wish Kent had come to me with this issue, but he didn’t. Had Kent told me, I would have told him to do what was required of him,” coach Taylor said. “The university does have a code of conduct for all students and if there is a violation there is a process. However because of federal privacy laws, we are not permitted to talk about student records,” coach Taylor said. Bazemore was a vital part of the Monarchs 2010 and 2011 CAA Championships and NCAA Tournament berths. With NBA type athleticism, Bazemore averaged 15.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals during the 2011-2012 season. A native of rural Kelford, N.C., Bazemore was not only a college athlete, but a Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity brother. He pledged in January 2011. “He’s a great kid who is approaching graduation with two degrees this May and has a bright future ahead of him in basketball,” coach Taylor said. “I have full confidence that he will rectify this situation.” Bazemore is set to graduate in May with degrees in human services and criminal justice.

Blaine Taylor contemplates during game at Ted Constant Convocation Center.

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ODU Baseball

Old Dominion 13 vs Hofstra 5 Old Dominion (9-13) AB

Coker, Drew Shelton, Brandon Bashara, Brian Wright, Josh Baker, Chris Tutwiler, Josh Burney, Joey McGowan, Austin Frazier, Brent Eldridge, Josh Belgrave, Kenneth Tomchick, Ben Smith, Brandon Verlander, Ben Total

5 2 1 6 5 4 3 5 3 5 0 0 0 0 39

Old Dominion Tomchick, Ben Smith, Brandon Verlander, Ben

IP 4.0 4.0 1.0

R 0 1 0 1 1 2 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 13

March 24 Game 2 H RBI BB SO PO A LOB 2 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 2 0 2 1 2 0 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 12 5 6 2 3 1 0 6 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 12 6 6 27 12 13

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ON THE MOUND March 24 Game 2 H 3 5 2

R 1 4 0

ER 1 4 0

BB 1 4 0

SO 6 4 1

Old Dominion 1 vs Hofstra 11 Old Dominion (9-14) AB

Coker, Drew Shelton, Brandon Wright, Josh Baker, Chris Tutwiler, Josh Burney, Joey McGowan, Austin Fraizer, Brent Eldridge, Josh McCarthy, Phil Ali, Dean Totals

3 3 2 3 1 2 2 3 3 0 0 22

R 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

H 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 6

March 24 Game 3 RBI BB SO PO A LOB 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 2 5 2 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 8 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 18 10 8

ON THE MOUND March 24 Game 3

Old Dominion McCarthy, Phil Ali, Dean

IP 3.1 2.2

H 7 4

R 8 3

ER 4 1

BB 3 2

SO 0 1

Women’s Lacrosse

Old Dominion 12 vs VT 13 1 Reymann, Rebecca 2 Bernardini, Lisa 5 Wright, Sarah 6 Austerberry, Emily 7 Burns, Alexandra 10 Dragon, Alyssa 15 Rogers, Meredith 20 David, Shelby 22 Hartrum, Rebecca 24 Burns, Carolyn 30 McBee, Hannah 32 Geary, Sarah 4 Collins, Jordynn 14 McCormick, Kallie 19 Standing, Ashmore TM Team

GA 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12

## Goalie 32 Geary, Sarah

MIN 60:00

Old Dominion (3-6)


A 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

Sh GB DC TO CT FPS Foul 5 2 1 2 0 0-1 1 5 3 0 6 4 2 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 7 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 4 1 2 0 3 0 1 6 1 0 4 1 2-2 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 3 0 1 3 4 0 3 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 28 26 14 21 13 2-3 20

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Pull Up J


the road map to get your girl naked By: Easy A Staff Writer The other day I was in a hot moment with my boyfriend and things began to progress as they do when you get a little frisky. His hands made it to the button on my pants but he suddenly sat up and screamed, “What the f---, there is no zipper on your pants?” Dumbfounded, he stared at my jeggings and plotted how to get them off. I showed him the glory of these pants is the fact that they stretch to extreme dimensions, which happen to be my hips. I am now going to give you the road map to get past these tricky items that make it nearly impossible to get your girl naked: jeggings, bras, skirts, dresses with eye-hooks, and shirt belts. Jeggings are a new trend that has taken off like a rocket. For females, jeggings look good with any outfit, are beyond comfortable, and always make their butt look good. You can spot them because they have fake front pockets and always look like they are painted on. With my jeggings, there is only a top button and no zipper. If your girl has jeggings with no zipper, my best advice for getting these off is to unbutton and just pull. Jeggings with a zipper are easy because you just proceed as if they were pants until you go to pull them off. I’m emphasizing the word “pull,” They look painted on for a reason; jeggings are tight. Another trend in fashion is shirt belts, which are accessories on shirts and dresses. They are attached to the shirt somewhere under her breasts but higher than her hips. If you don’t undo the belt attachment before you lift up the shirt, be ready to deal with that awkward moment when she has to help you take her clothes off. Shirt belts can consist

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of thick belts that snap, thin belts with a normal buckle, or a piece of cloth that ties. Another little tricky hook that can slow down the action is the eye-hook on a dress or skirt. This is located above the zipper on the piece of clothing. Its purpose is to keep the dress or skirt closed by reducing the pull on the zipper. The zipper is easy to find, but if the skirt does not fall open, it’s because of this hidden contraption. The winner of slowing sexual sessions is the infamous bra clasp. Whether the pesky little thing is located in the front or back, it is has been baffling men since it was invented. First, I am going to tackle the more common back-clasp bra. My little secret to a quick two-handed release is getting the fingers on one hand in between the band of the bra and its excess expanders, then bringing both hands together to unclasp it. If you grab both the band of the bra and the excess expanders, things will not go as planned because you’ll be holding both ends of the bra. Front clasp bras are a little harder for men to comprehend because they are a little less common. They might have an eye-hook, but front clasps slide in to one another... usually. There is a top piece that you slide into a bottom piece and snap flat. To undo, snap the piece so that it makes a ‘V’ shape and slide your hands apart vertically. For those with larger bra sizes, there might be three or four eye-hooks. In case of the sports bra, there is no clasp, just pretend it is a shirt. It is easy for men to take off but most unflattering for the “girls.” Hopefully, this makes the busy work of undressing move smoother. If this road map doesn’t help, then you should consider going to a nudist colony where clothes won’t be a problem.

Tim Tebow. Where do you even begin with the man? A player with hardly any quarterback skills created the biggest sports discussion in years last season when he took over a struggling Denver Broncos team and led them to a playoff victory. There has rarely been an argument over a play with the two sides so separated on their feelings. Yes, Tebow wins, but how much of that was him? He beat struggling teams and had the help of a dominant defense. He missed countless open receivers and showed he lacked traditional quarterback skills. And what reward does Tebow get for igniting the Bronco’s faithful and carry the team to the playoffs? He gets traded to the Jets. Being a Jets fan, I am really, really torn on the move. I like it on the football field, but I hate it off. Let me explain. The Jets best offseason move was firing offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and hiring former Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano. Sparano is a run first type of coach who will thankfully get the Jets back to their ground and pound approach to games. Gone are the games of Mark Sanchez throwing the ball 40 or more times, which he did four times last season. Shonn Green is in a contract year and Rex and Sparano will be fine with keeping the ball on the ground, opening it up for play action and allowing Sanchez to make easy throws. Easy throws that took him to the AFC Championship game two years in a row. But Ryan has also always been a fan of the Wildcat. It throws the defense

off and allows to reads and options. The Jets ran it frequently when they had Brad Smith, but strayed away from it last year. Sparano was one of the pioneers of the Wildcat, implementing it frequently in Miami. Combining Ryan and Sparano will ensure there will be plenty of that in the coming season. And is there a better QB in the league than Tim Tebow when it comes to the Wildcat? The man is built like a freight train coming in at 6-foot3-inches, 245 pounds. That’s the size of some fullbacks. If Ryan sets up packages for him inside the 10, expect the Jets to be much more successful in the redzone. However the problem with Tebow is the absurd amount of attention he gets off of the field. The Jets have already been in the center of the media, usually for bad reasons. Adding Tebow will triple that coverage. They’ll be the lead on Sportscenter every night he does something, good or bad. But what about Sanchez? He certainly can’t feel good about this trade. It’s like telling your insecure girlfriend you’re partners with a super hot girl in your biology lab. Sanchez is already lacking in confidence, so is it a good idea to bring in competition? The first game Sanchez struggles in expect the media and fans alike to be demanding Tebow for the starting job. The problem with that is Sanchez is still a better quarterback. Sure, Tebow can run harder, but he lacks any traditional passing skills. A problem in a league that is quickly turning into a pass-first league. The Jets acquired a good player for their system; there is no debating that. But it has to be seriously questioned if his off-field attention is worth his performance on the field. Perhaps his arrival will inspire Sanchez to become a dominant quarterback, or perhaps it will be another big name personality in a locker room with too many of them already. We’ll see in September.


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Attention “Swagaholics” If You Think You Have Swag, Why Do You Have It? By: Rashad Little Staff Writer So what is swag? There is actually not a concrete definition for the term, but there are certain qualities a person must possess in order to have swag. Swag has to do with how a person dresses and how a person carries themselves. The argument to this viewpoint about swag is that fashion varies from culture to culture. European fashion is different from American fashion, as black fashion is different from white fashion. What a black person sees as swag, a white person may oppose. Nevertheless, if you are a confident person but lack the eye for fashion, you definitely will want to continue reading. It’s not easy for everyone to understand fashion. If you follow the latest fashion trends such as the throwback jerseys and “tall tees” back in the early 2000s, it does not mean you have swag or even a sense of fashion, it simply means you know how to follow the latest trends. Fashion involves colors, styles, materials, accessories and an overall neat appearance. Once the concept of fashion is grasped, there is nothing left to do but make sense of the outfit you choose to wear while

putting your own twist to it. Speaking from a guy’s perspective on fashionable swag, there are a select number of things that will instantly remove you from the swag category. It is not swag to be wearing a wrinkled outfit, if your shoes either do not match or they are not clean, if you look nice but smell bad, if you think you have more swag than the next guy because of how much your outfit cost, or if your hair is not cut or neat. In order to say you have swag your total appearance has to be 100 percent put together, and your confidence must follow suit. It does not matter the cost of an outfit, only how good a person makes an outfit look. Swag is not about following the latest trends, but about understanding fashion and adding your own twist that makes sense. Swag can also be basic or flashy. However you decide to dress, make sure your outfit first looks neat and makes sense. For example, it would not make sense to wear an Adidas tracksuit with a pair of Nike sneakers. It’s OK to not have a sense of fashion or just not care about it, but don’t say you have swag until you realize why you have it.

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

“The Hunger Games” Premieres in Theaters Across the Country By: Haja Kabba Staff Writer

“The Hunger Games” is a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins set in a futuristic dystopian society. The heart of “The Hunger Games” lies in Katniss Everdeen’s struggle to stay alive. On this journey, Katniss attempts to hold onto herself and keep her promise to return safely to her sister. The movie brought in $155 million in ticket sales and is now in the top three highest grossing opening weekends of all time. According to and CinemaScore, those under the age of 25 gave it an A+ and those over 25 and A-. Teenagers and pre-teens made up 39 percent of the audience under the age of 18. Old Dominion’s Student’s Activity Council also gave out 180 free tickets to students on Wednesday, March 22. It was first come, first serve and tickets were gone within 24 hours. Director Gary Ross brilliantly depicts the life of a young heroine in the futuristic society with the use of sound and editing. Ross utilizes these two elements to bring a melancholy feeling to the world of Panem and the Capitol. The audience finds themselves instant-

ly thrust into the action as the lights dim and the film begins. Ross ingeniously utilizes quick cuts from the action to the behind-thescenes drama. This is a device greatly appreciated by the audience as they get to see both sides of the coin, so to speak. They were able to question the actions of those controlling the games while inwardly rooting for those involved within them. From the beginning of the film, the audience is taken into the breathtaking world of Panem and the Capitol. The setting helps establish and shape the characters and events. There is an infallible level of desolation and comedy. The laughs within the film are few, but genuine, many of which are provided by the brilliant repertoire between characters Haymitch Abernathy and Effie Trinket. These few moments of relief in between the seriousness of the games help to intensify the emotional misfortunes. The acting is exceptional across the board. The actors portray characters that audience members can relate to, root for and empathize with. The touching relationships between the individuals within the story are the very heart of “The Hunger Games.” Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of the young

heroine, Katniss Everdeen, is absolutely gripping. She effortlessly portrays a range of emotions that help to shape the three dimensional character. The audience can’t help but to smile, laugh and cry with her. Josh Hutcherson astonishes as Peeta Mellark. Hutcherson adds a sense of charm and kindness to the character that matches that of the reader’s imagination; one can’t help but to cheer for him as he tries to save the girl of his dreams. The bond between Katniss and Rue is an excellent parallel to the relationship between Katniss and Prim. Jennifer Lawrence and Amandla Stenberg, who plays little Rue, are quite touching. As always, there will be fans of the book that don’t agree with its execution. As a fan myself, the film is highly recommended. At 192 minutes, it manages to condense and captivate the essence of the book. In a nutshell, there was great directing, great acting, great scenery and great costumes. The audience is taken on an emotional roller coaster and left at the end questioning the possibility of the role that such an occurrence can play in their lives.

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photography Here are some of the photographs that were taken at local events this week by our photography staff at the Mace & Crown. If you want to see more photographs, please go to the Mace & Crown’s Flickr account.

Donte Hill No. 12 speeds past two Mercer defense.

Chris Cooper jumps over No. 52 Daniel Coursey for a crowd cheering swoosh.

Local band Galaxy Dynamite puts on a show at the Norva.

Bass player from Galaxy Dynamite thanks the crowd for all their support.


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SAC dishes out some tasty caramel apples.

Students listen as ImmaculĂŠe Ilibagiza speaks about the Rwanda genocide.

ODU baseball stops Hofstra in their tracks for a double out.


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Classified Section Medium Chris Cooley jersey. Worn once otherwise brand new. White, stitched numbers and letters. $75. Email

2002 VW Passat. 135,xxx miles. Blue exterior, black leather interior. Fully Loaded. Power windows, locks, mirrors, seats, sun roof, 15 inch alloy wheels. Brand new tires, brakes, tune up and inspection. Asking $5,500 obo. Very reliable and clean car. Great for college student. Please email if interested.

Women’s cherokee lab coat. size 6 brand new $20 white. email

White Mini Fridge around 1.7 cubic feet of space. Gently Used $35. contact Megan at If you wish to enter your things in the Classified Section please email advertising@maceandcrown. com



Level of Difficulty: Very Hard

Thank you for reading the paper every week! Love, The E-Board


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Crossword Puzzle

Sudoku Solution

from Vol. 54 Issue 20

Crossword Solution

from Vol. 54 Issue 20



Women Leading/Leading Women

SAC Novelty:


Webb Center, River Rooms 12:30-1:30pm

Kaufman Mall 3-6pm

Sponsor: Women’s Center 683-4109

Sponsor: SAC 683-4818

Sponsor: Women’s Center 683-4109

Sponsor: SAC 683-4818





Spring Career Fair

Women’s Center 35th Anniversary Reception

New Year Spring Festival Celebration

Comedy Showcase & Competition

The Ted 11am-3pm The ODU Spring Career Fair with up to 100 employers attending is open to all ODU students & alumni and local area transitioning military service/family members.

Conference Rooms, Learning Commons, Perry Library 3:00-4:30pm




SAC Free Movie:

Webb Center, North Mall 5-7pm


Webb Center, North Cafeteria 6-8pm An int’l holiday celebrated for over 3000 years, officially recognized by UNESCO and UN’s General Assembly. RSVP by 3/26, limited seating available.

Sponsor: CMC 683-4388

Sponsor: Women’s Center RSVP to

Sponsor: OIR, SEES, ODU Persia, PAW and Monarch Dining Services




SAC Free Movie:

SAC Free Movie:


International Festival:


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

MGB 102 8pm

MGB 102 8pm

Embark upon our annual Global Extravaganza at this free Hampton Roads cultural event for all ages!

Sponsor: SAC

Sponsor: SAC 683-4818

Sponsor: OIR & SEES 683-4406


The Ted 12-5pm

Ad sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership Want to see your event on this page? E-mail Nicole Zelazny at for details.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo MGB 102 8pm

Webb Center, North Cafeteria 7pm Sponsor: SAC 683-4818

4/3 Listen to Your Heart: Engaging in Healthy Relationships Webb Center, Portsmouth Rm 12:30-1:30pm Sponsor: Women’s Center 683-4109

March 28, 2012  

Mace and Crown March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012  

Mace and Crown March 28, 2012