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WEDNESDAY | 3.6.2013 | MaceandCROWN.COM | Vol. 55, Issue 19

Tarzan Swings ODU Student into the Spotlight

Disney’s “Tarzan” is presented through special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions and Music Theatre International, according to the Hurrah’s Players’ official website. By: Allison Terres Webmaster Mace & Crown The story of Tarzan, first a book in 1912, a children’s movie in 1999 and a Broadway play in 2006, has become a classic family story that spans generations. Now, the Norfolk based theater company, Hurrah Players, with the help of ODU sophomore Zack Jenkins, is bringing the play to Norfolk. The March 15 through 17 showing at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center will be the regional premiere of the play. “[The Hurrah Players] are Virginia’s leading theater company and we work closely with Disney. We are only the third theatre company in the nation to get the rights to the show,” said Hugh Copeland, director of

the play and founder of the Hurrah Players and part of ODU’s communications department. It presents a great opportunity for everyone involved. Its score was written by Phil Collins and nominated for a Tony. The company will be performing such well-known songs as “You’ll Be in My Heart” and “Two Worlds.” Many can relate to the story of Tarzan. The plot takes the audience on a journey with a boy living among apes and wrestling with his identity. “It asks us what makes a family,” said Copeland. Jenkins scored the lead role asTarzan. He is a 19-yearold music production student with a concentration in vocal performance. It will be his first leading role in a play and his third musical theater performance. “When Hugh said Tarzan would be the upcoming show, I got really excited but never thought I would be Tarzan,” said

Let the Cuts Commence The sequestration has officially started and Virginia will be seeing some substantial changes By: Derek Page News Editor Mace & Crown Automatic federal spending cuts known as “sequestration” went into effect last Friday, March 1 as the White House and Congress failed once again to reach a budget agreement to reduce the national deficit. For apprehensive Americans, pointing fingers is all there is left to do, but many are unaware of where the blame actually lies. “The problem is that both sides, while they both have their merits, think they have the key to eco-

nomic recovery. In reality, they don’t. No one party or set of ideals can fix something like this,” said Justin McLawhorn, deputy director of outreach and engagement for ODU Young Democrats The cuts were to start on Jan. 1, but Congress and the White House agreed on a two month delay. In fact, the across-the-board spending cuts were never meant to happen. They were proposed in a bill during 2011 budget negotiations when a divided Congress argued over the debt ceiling. With bipartisan approval, it was intended to be so outrageous that legislators and the White House would be forced to compromise and prevent the cuts. Now, the govcontinued on “A4”

Jenkins. “I only got it because of my hair,” Jenkins joked, although his long blonde hair gives him the perfect manraised-by-gorillas look. Jenkins first got interested in musical theater through his love of singing. “My voice is my strongest area,” he said. Jenkins also works closely with his ODU vocal coach to make sure he is prepared for the performance. “She has been willing to go out of her way to make sure I am getting everything down that I need to,” said Jenkins. Jenkins gets a lot of support from the Hurrah Players as well. “We are like a big family, it is a unique experience,” he said. The group has been rehearsing since January, making sure that everything lives up to the Disney standard. There are about 140 people involved altogether from the actors, to the set designers and the costume makers, making it their largest production in five years.

The company is well prepared, having performed other Disney hits like “Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” and “Footloose.” A visit to a rehearsal of the play, in the historic Norfolk Academy building, proved how encompassing the show will be. The musical comedy and drama will feature singing, jumping and well-choreographed fighting by Hurrah’s Lisa Wallace. The company is leaving no tree branch unswung considering they even convinced the Roper theatre to install a rope from the scaffolding so that Tarzan can make his required leaps onto stage. “The play has everything” said Copeland, “just within the first five minutes of the play, we have a baby gorilla killed, an English mother and father killed, and a young baby Tarzan is deserted.”

DEBT VS. DEFICIT The deficit is the difference between the money federal government takes in, called receipts, and what it spends, called outlays, each year. The federal government generates revenue through income, excise and social insurance taxes as well as fees, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Bureau of the Public Debt. Spending includes Social Security and Medicare benefits along with all other outlays such as medical research and interest payments on the debt. When the amount of spending exceeds the level of income, there is a deficit and the Treasury must borrow the money needed for the government to pay its bills. For example, if you earn $30,000 a year but you owe $40,000 in bills, you have a $10,000 deficit. The federal government borrows money by selling

Treasury securities such as T-bills, notes, inflation-protected securities and savings bonds to the public. The government trust funds are required by law to invest surpluses in Treasury securities. The amount of the Treasury securities issued to the public and to the government trust funds is considered that year’s deficit and becomes part of the larger, ongoing national debt. One way to think about the debt is as the government’s accumulated deficits, the Bureau of the Public Debt suggests. The maximum sustainable deficit is said by economists to be 3 percent of gross domestic product. The Treasury keeps a running tab on the amount of debt held by the U.S. government. source:

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NEWS Mace & Crown Staff : Megan Jefferson Editor in Chief

2013 Lytton J. Musselman Natural History Lecture

Ethnobotanist Mark J. Plotkin

Derek Page News Editor Alyssa Narvell Arts & Entertainment Editor Jordan Jones Sports Editor Jessica Starr Copy Editor Ellison Gregg Photography Editor Jimmy Long Senior Graphic Designer James Porter II Advertising Director Allison Terres Web Designer DeAngelo Thorpe Distribution Manager Dominique Bailey Arts & Entertainment Assistant Aaron Roland Copy Assistant

By: Josh Bray Staff Writer Mace & Crown Mark J. Plotkin, a world-renowned ethnobotanist, spoke at a packed Diehn Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 28 as a part of the 10-year anniversary of the Lytton J. Musselman Natural History Lecture.

Lytton J. Musselman introduced the lecture and stressed the importance of the Natural History Lecture Series, which is under the ODU President’s Lecture Series umbrella, held annually by Old Dominion University to celebrate the accomplishments of those involved in field study as opposed to those involved in lab study. Plotkin’s lecture was focused on his

Conquering Dental Anxiety Virtual Reality – Visualization Immersion Therapy helps ease nervous patients

Sean Burke Web Design Assistant Senior Writers: Brian Jerry RJay Molina Mitchell Brown Staff Writers: Eryn Tolley Kadeem Porter Emma Needham Eric Smith Brian Bowden Josh Bray Staff Photographers: Rachel Chasin AJ McCafferty Taylor Roy Claud Dargan Marlie De Clerk Chris Ndiritu Ari Gould 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

By: Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown The Dental Hygiene Research Center is conducting a study to find alternative ways of calming nervous patients and needs anxious volunteer subjects for a free cleaning.“We’re looking at dental anx-

iety to see if visual immersion therapy will help. It’s sort of like virtual reality. People would wear high tech glasses and they could be watching a movie or a relaxing scene, or some kind of visual to help them reduce their stress level while they’re getting their teeth cleaned,” dental hygiene professor Gayle McCombs said. Since the study is being conducted on

over 30 year long work in the Neotropic zone in the Amazon Rain Forest. Ethnobotany is the scientific study of the relationships between people and plants. “To really understand history, you must study plants in order to understand people and their cultures,” said Plotkin. His research mainly focuses on the medicinal use of plants by the native tribes of the Amazon. “Tomorrows miracle cures are going up in smoke today,” said Plotkin. In 1996, Plotkin co-formed the Amazon Conservation Team, which to this day has protected 32 native tribes and countless plant and animal species in over 70 million acres of land. “In order to protect the land, we have to protect the native people who know the most about their land,” Plotkin said. The Amazon Conservation Team partnered with programmers from Google Maps as well as other cartographers to teach several native tribes to map their land using GPS technology. “Conservation is generally only aesthetically based, helping save elephants, polar bears, and dolphins. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to live in a world with those animals, but conservation should have a spiritual as well as utilitarian drive as well,” said Plotkin. “What about the campus, it will be a lot more accessible for students to get a free dental cleaning if they can’t visit their primary dentist back home. But, the study is not just limited to ODU or even college students, anyone who fits the enrollment criteria is more than welcome to give it a try. “Many people don’t like to go to the dentist, and if you’ve been in dentistry long enough, like I have, you hear at least once a day ‘I hate going to the dentist’. Some people are absolutely terrified and some people are just a little apprehensive,” McCombs said of her patients. “We’re looking for an audience of anyone who’s apprehensive about going to the dentist.” Many of the relaxation therapies out there right now are medication, according to Professor McCombs. So dentistry is trying to move away from that and give people something to help them relax that is pleasant to view and at the same time it takes their mind off of what their treatment. “People hate the sound of the drill, so a lot of anxiety comes from the noise. People don’t like the looks of the instruments, they don’t want to see [them],” McCombs said. “Sometimes it might be a particular smell, a lot of it’s sight, smell, hearing. Sometimes people are just in pain. So there’s a lot of different factors that contribute to anxiety.” Carmelo Padrino, class of 2010 graduate student and Venezuelan native, will finish conducting his clinical trial this semester. Once he finishes, he will write a thesis to be submitted to a professional journal. Dr. McCombs hopes to publish the study to help people understand how anxiety can be managed without medication. Padrino worked in private practice for a year and came back for his graduate program. “I started some research last summer

plants that can possibly cure diseases, or the animals that can help us possibly cure cancer?” “The lecture emphasized the importance of preserving ecosystems in the Amazon for the benefit of combating climate change,” said ODU Senior Temina Burun. In the last section of the lecture, Plotkin directly addressed the Old Dominion Students after being asked the question, “How can we best get involved?” His advice was to learn as much as possible while still attending ODU and exploring possibilities after school in order to find the path to what you are passionate about. “There are many problems in the world besides what is going on in the Amazon. Whether or not you are volunteering to teach inner city children in Norfolk, or volunteering to save the forest in Russia, there is always something you can become interested in that can have a positive impact on the world,” said Plotkin. Plotkin has won numerous awards based on his fieldwork, including the 1993 San Diego Zoo Gold Medal for Conservation and the Roy Chapman Andrews Distinguished Explorer Award in 2004. He was also Time Magazine’s 2001 “Environmental Hero for the Planet”. Plotkin has written “Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice,” which was turned into an Emmy Nominated IMAX Documentary, and “Medicine Quest.” Both are standard reading material for those in the field of Ethnobotany. and worked on my proposal in the fall. The few articles we found pretty much stated that dental anxiety can be reduced by the use of eyewear while patients are getting their teeth cleaned,” Padrino said. And so we said ‘that’s a good topic. Why don’t we study something that might [help] calm people down a little bit’?” Some articles found that playing music could distract patients. Also lighting candles and certain smells help ease patients. And if the dental office doesn’t offer that kind of technology, Padrino said that getting a hygienist who can have a lot more conversations and small talk can calm the patients down a little bit. She said communication is key. “As long as you tell the patient exactly what you’re going to be doing, then I think it will be less stressful.” The research study’s target will be 30 subjects. So far, they have 13. And Padrino admitted that 12 out of 13 of them loved the procedure. “They feel it’s a little more comfortable and that the appointment goes faster. When they’re distracted. They’re just focused on the movie, TV show, or whatever they’re watching and just relax,” Padrino said. While the research’s target is only 30 subjects, Padrino said more individuals are encouraged and welcomed to participate. “I think 30 will be a good sample to determine if this is going to work in private practice.” Individuals interested in being part of the study and want to get a cleaning must age 18-65, generally healthy, have no severe dental cavities or periodontal disease, and be able to wear visualization headsets for 60 minutes or less. To schedule a screening appointment, call 757-683-4719.


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President Broderick’s Address Research shows that student success is, in part, linked to student engagement. Students who take part in campus life and activities tend to have more effective reasoning and problem solving skills, stronger leadership skills, a greater sense of well-being, and steady continuation towards completing their degree. In fact, some research indicates that the greatest impact on learning and personal development during college years seems to be a function of university policies and practices that promote higher levels of engagement in educationally purposeful activities, both in class and out of class. Old Dominion has long made student success a top priority. It is, after all, the reason for our very existence. From the Student Success Center and Learning Commons, to the Career Management Center, Student Activities and Leadership (OSAL), Outdoor Adventure Program, and a plethora of other offerings, Old Dominion has made getting involved as easy and as seamless as possible. Through the leadership of OSAL, we’ve

now taken our commitment to engagement to a new level with several new offerings. OrgSync ( is a web application that allows students to join, organize, manage and communicate with campus organizations and their members. For students looking to get involved, it makes it easier to find registered campus organizations and provides calendar listings of all student organization activities, service activities, leadership programs, and more happenings on and around campus. The Co-Curricular Transcript is similar to an academic transcript in that it is a historical listing of all the co-curricular activities a student participates in during college. It provides a supplement to your academic transcript that lists all your involvement, leadership, and service. Today’s employers are keenly interested in not only the knowledge that you derived from textbooks, but also the knowledge you acquired as a result of being a leader of a student organization, volunteering for a non-profit, or taking part in a service learning activity. Sometimes, figuring out how to get in-

SGA Student Address Dear Monarchs,

As we come to a midway point of the semester, I would like to wish all of you good luck on your midterms! A few positive things have occurred over the past few weeks. The first is the revival of Spirit Fridays that is a student government resolution this year. Students should wear ODU apparel on Fridays to show your monarch pride regardless of whether you are a student or not and you can gain any of the following deals. Einstein’s – $1 blueberry bagels all day. POD-Village – Free regular size drink with the pur chase of a 12-inch sub. Raising Cane’s – 10 percent off total purchase.

Starbucks Village – Buy a grande or larger hot/cold beverage and get a pastry for $1.50. On another note, there has been much conversation over scantrons, a scantron vending machine, a scantron swipe machine, etc. What we have decided to do is to actually distribute scantrons to academic colleges, so that professors can attain as many needed for their classes during exam period. This should be occurring over the next few weeks, so you can let your professors know of the resource during this time period. Another great accomplishment made over the fast few weeks has been our collaboration with Aaron Hodnett, a senior communications student, who has recorded and

volved can seem daunting at a university as big and with as many offerings as Old Dominion University. That’s where Involvement Counselors (ICs) come in. ICs are students, just like you. They serve as a oneon-one resource for students interested in getting involved and enriching their journey as a Monarch. You can access ICs by stopping by the office (1071 Webb Center) or going to the OSAL website ( osal) and clicking on Involvement Counselors. You’ll fill out a brief questionnaire about your interests and an IC will contact you within 24 hours. You’ll get to have an informal discussion about what exactly you’re looking for or interested in, and then the IC will identify the great opportunities waiting for you. The IC will even help you get connected! As Ayn Rand noted, “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”

edited two videos with us, “Know the Facts: Stereotypes” video and a “Finish in 4” video. The videos will be widely spread soon. Student Government elections will happen at the end of this month, in which I hope all of you partake in. We have a variety of candidates running for the various offices. If you are interested in an appointed position, please contact the newly elected officers once they are in office. Lastly I would like to thank everyone who came out to our events during SGA week! The forum, the community service, the Friday Finale and the STD awareness could not have been as interactive without you. We gained a lot of feedback in the forum and will follow up on them. Best wishes and good luck on exams! Mariam Abdelhamid Student Body President

Letter From the Editor Readers of the Mace & Crown,

This week the Mace & Crown editorial board will pick a new editor-in-chief. This is a huge undertaking. The editor-in-chief of the Mace is equivalent to a president, treasurer and secretary all in one position. Derek Page and James Porter II have applied for the position and are prepared for the great undertaking. Both gentlemen hold positions on the editorial board and are qualified to become EIC. Their interviews will be held on Thursday and the decision will be announced on Friday. I wish them luck in the interview process. There have been several new additions to the staff that need to be announced. Aaron Roland has been selected as copy assistant. He will learn AP style and grammar techniques from the current copy editor. Dominique Bailey is the new Arts & Entertainment assistant editor. She will aid in creating the story list for the section as well as take part in the editing process. Anthony Brown

is the new Graphic Design assistant and will learn the ins and outs of the paper’s layout. We are co-sponsoring advertising with CSCE to help advertise the March of Dimes. See the ad in the paper for more information. CSCE is holding their third annual March of Dimes event on campus. It will be held March 22. We have also begun working with the Norfolk SPCA donating our left over papers to be recycled into litter boxes, bedding, etc. We appreciate that the SPCA gave us the opportunity to find another use for our papers. It feels good for us to be able to help animals. After spring break the Mace will be hiring for new positions. The available positions will be Copy Editor, Arts & Entertainment Editor, Graphic Design and Webmaster. If you are interested in any of these positions, please email editorinchief@maceandcrown. com with your cover letter and resume. If you are interested in becoming the News editor’s assistant, please contact Derek Page at He is looking

for a reliable individual who is knowledgable in editing and AP style. The Mace & Crown will be at Relay for Life in April to help raise money for cancer. If you are interested in joining our team please email Jessica Starr at jstar018@odu. edu. We are hoping for a good turn out, so those who are interested should definitely email Jessica. We meet every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the U-Center, located across from the Card Center in Webb. We welcome anyone who has a passion for reading, writing, editing, and photography. Join our Orgsync page for updates and meeting reminders. If you wish to advertise with the Mace & Crown please contact James Porter II at He can supply information on advertising costs and the classified section. Megan Jefferson Editor-in-Chief


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— Perry library — Fraudulent Check

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— 800 38 St. — Theft from Motor Vehicle

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— 4800 Block Hampton Blvd. — Simple Assault of Student

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— 1400 Block 41 St. — Theft from Motor Vehicle

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— 1400 Block 41 St. — Traffic Stop Marijuana Recovered

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— 1300 Melrose Parkway — Theft of iPhone

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— Village Lot 2 — Hit and Run

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— 3800 Colley Ave. — Robbery of 7/11

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— Rogers Main — Student Arrested Underage Possession of Alcohol

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— 4100 Block Parker Ave. — Vandalism to Motor Vehicle

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— Village 6 — Simple Assault

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— The Edge — Theft of Property

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— Whitehurst Hall — Odor of Marijuana

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— Village 6 — Intimidation of Student

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— Performing Arts Building — Theft of Book-bag

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— Dominion Inn —Suspicious Situation

2/26 4:30 p.m.

— Garage E — Hit and Run

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— Village 4 — Suspicious Situation

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— 5000 Hampton Blvd. — Hit and Run

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— 4300 Block Killam Ave. — Student Arrested Outstanding Warrant

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— BAL — Disorderly Conduct

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— 3800 Colley Ave. — Subject Arrested for Trespassing


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Be Beautiful, Be You Speech by Lizzie Velasquez tention and there was not one positive word spoken about her. She could not fathom how people could say such mean things when they did not know her at all. Her sadness morphed into anger. Velasquez wanted to get back at the thousands of people who said cruel things about her. A true victim of cyber-bullying, she looked to overcome the obstacles that faced her. She said there were three things that helped her. “The three things that allowed me to get through it all were my faith, family, and friends.” Since she has learned to focus her energy into complete positivity, her faith has grown immensely stronger, her family is always there to support her, and her friends

stronger each day. Her second book, “Be Beautiful, Be You,” shares advice on how to build up one’s self-esteem and take pride in being unique. She emphasizes how everyone is different in this world, but each person has a different purpose. Velasquez uses her disease to help define her purpose in life; being motivational to others. She is used to having people stare at her in public and has learned to walk with her head held high because, “I know that my disease is a blessing.” Because of the opportunities that resulted from her story, she is able to go outside without shame. She is proud to be the way she is. “I have a level of self-confidence that I never imagined I would have in a million years,” said Velasquez. She has had the opportunity to travel all across the country, giving speeches from New York to California. Lizzie continues to travel and share her story with anyone interested, while providing motivational advice and writing her third book.

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continued from “Sequestration” ernment must shave off $85 billion from the budget by the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. Hampton Roads delegation was divided over the bill. Reps. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, and Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland County voted yes. Reps. Randy Forbes, R-Chesapeake, and Bobby Scott, D-Newport News voted no. Sen. Mark Warner and former Sen. Jim Webb, both Democrats, also voted for the bill. Because these cuts must be achieved over seven months rather than a full year, the effective percentage reductions will be approximately 13 percent for nonexempt defense programs and 9 percent for non-exempt nondefense programs, according to the Office of Management and Budget report on March 1. “According to analysis by outside experts, sequestration would reduce real GDP growth for 2013 by 0.5 to 0.7 percentage points were it to continue for the rest of the calendar year,” the OMB report said. States with a heavy military presence will hurt the most. Virginia will take the biggest blow according to Gov. Bob McDonnell said the state’s economy could face a loss of up to $4.2 billion in economic output over five years and 164,000 direct and indirect jobs. “Make no mistake. It’s going to hit [Virginia] harder than other places,” Christine Chmura, an economist with Chmura Economics and Analytics, told the Virginian-Pilot. “If sequestration occurs as it’s currently laid out, Virginia will end up in a recession.” The Defense Department is responsible for half of the automatic cuts despite that fact that its 2012 budget, about $614 billion, accounts for one-fifth of federal spending. The Navy is also required to cut $4 billion from its annual budget of $154 billion in six months. Military pay and benefits will be unaffected for now. However, Tricare, the military’s health care plane, may face issues later in the year. War costs will also remain untouched. A report released by the White House outlining budget cuts by state said 90,000 civilian defense employees would be furloughed at a pay loss of $648 million and the scheduled maintenance of 11 Navy ships in Norfolk would be cancelled. Starting in April, hundreds of thousands of government workers are expected to be furloughed, including as many as 39,000 Navy and Marine Crops civilian employees. Other impacts will include commissaries (military grocery stores), closing on Wednesdays, reductions in military child care center unplanned drop-off hours and heavier workloads for uniformed personnel. Economists at Old Dominion University said if sequestration persists through the end of 2013 the region would see a total economic impact of $2 billion and a loss of 12,200 jobs. Programs that are exempt from sequestration include

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The victim of cyber-bullying, namely in the form of a YouTube video called “World’s Ugliest Girl,” Lizzie Velasquez has overcome cruelty in extraordinary fashion. Now, she is an accomplished motivational speaker and author who spoke to Old Dominion University students last Wednesday, Feb. 27, with her message, “Be Beautiful, Be You” and that beauty is only skin deep and outward appearances don’t define a person. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Velasquez is a twenty-three year old woman

weighing only sixty pounds. She suffers from an undiagnosed syndrome that only affects two other people in the world. Her body cannot store any fat, cannot build muscle, and she is blind in her left eye. She has never allowed her size or appearance to define her. It started with the YouTube video that went viral. Running only eight seconds, without audio, the video has over 4 million views, which generated thousands of comments, all of them cruel and mean spirited. She said the comments ranged from “People telling me that I should kill myself” to, “This world would be better if you were gone.” The comments really captured her at-

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have been there every step of the way. Her retaliation came in rare form, and involved numerous interviews, television appearances, radio shows, magazine articles, film documentaries, and two published books. Fame reached her overnight, almost as quickly as the initial ridicule had spread on YouTube. She was the victim of a cruel label, “The World’s Ugliest Girl,” and used her cyber-bullying nightmare to transform herself into a motivational speaker and author. Her first book, “Lizzie Beautiful,” is a true story that shares all the obstacles she has overcome throughout her life. She offers readers insight into how difficult it can be for an unattractive person to live in a world that focuses so much on looks. She encourages her readers to see the positive side of all situations. During her speech, Velasquez told the audience how, “You always have to cancel the negative out with the positive. If someone says something mean to me, I look in the mirror and say, ‘Wow I’m having a really great hair day today’.” It’s as simple as that, and that is how her confidence grew

all right, is there a way for us to move forward on a package of entitlement reforms, tax reform, not raising tax rates, identifying programs that don’t work, coming up with a plan that’s comprehensive and that makes sense?” Obama said from the White House briefing room. “And it may take a couple of weeks, it may take a couple of months, but I’m just going to keep pushing on it.”

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ARTS & entertainment

Baron and Ellin Art Galleries Showcase

Student Talent

James Clark, photography student, stands with his photography piece in the juried exhibition opening on Friday. On the other hand, senior Kate Swartz had mixed feelings. “I was pretty By: Eric Smith confident in that I would get at least one piece out of the five I submitted Staff Writer in,” said Swartz. “I was shocked when I found out that three were selected.” Mace & Crown Swartz’s three works included “Subway,” “Target Shopper” and “Untitled FigOld Dominion’s art department kicked off their sixth annual juried exhi- ure 1.” Gretta Pratt, one of the photography professors at the art department, bition and scholarship competition on March 1. The beginning day was an informed Swartz of her achievement. Swartz’s artwork also represents a struggle. Her piece “Untitled Figure 1,” opening reception free to the public. It lasted from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The gallery is located on Monarch Way right across from the police station. Student work portrays her experience healing from a deep loss. “I became heavily interested in photography after Hurricane Katrina completely submerged my home unwill be displayed until March 31. Special guest, Amy Brandt, the McKinnon Curator of Modern and Con- derwater when I was 16 years old,” said Swartz. Swartz strikes two different themes in “Subway” and “Target Shopper.” temporary Art at the Chrysler Museum, selected work from 150 Old Dominion art students. The 20 pieces selected were chosen based on quality of Consumerism is the main theme in “Target Shopper” during Black Friday, content, form, idea and execution. Brandt has held many curatorial positions the busiest day for retailers. Neon signs are in the photo attracting shoppers at the American Federation of Arts, the Brooklyn Museum and the Solomon to deals. In Swartz’s “Subway” photograph, she captured a passenger enjoying R. Guggenheim Museum. She has worked for the Chrysler Museum for two leisure time during a ride. This is the complete list of students whose work was chosen for the art years. The staff at the Baron and Ellin Galleries welcomed her as the guest of the show: Troy Bonner: Untitled Chris Boylan: Ray, A True Friend is Hard to Find night. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know the art department and students over the Anthony Brown: Research Prototype on Flexible Properties of Wood past two years,” said Brandt. “We have done collaborative work together and Chali Cameron: Glued to Technology it has been a wonderful experience.” James Clark: Art’s a Drag Finalists were surprised when they found out they were selected. “Of Jessica Copeland: Gluttony, Pride, Greed, Lust, Revenge course there was shock and then a very strong feeling of flattery right before Jon Gibson: Taking Up Residency, Home the nervousness settled in,” said senior Stephanie Ramirez, who found out Madelyn Higgins: Teapot in Black and White she was a finalist by email. Austin Jacobs: Robots and You, Water for Elephants, Father of the Atomic Both of Ramirez’s works are: “Untitled 2” and “Untitled 4.” When asked Bomb what her artwork represents, Ramirez gave a universal answer about life. “My Megan Jefferson: Angry Santa Cards, Hop on Down artwork represents a struggle,” she said. “I firmly believe everyone has a story, Jessica Midgley: Eevee is Missing, Squirtle Mourns, Pickachu’s Funeral has a struggle, a hurdle, a doubt, odds.” Preston Mosley: America Scores with Trojan Ken Riley, another senior, felt the same way as Ramirez. “I was a bit surStephanie Ramirez: Untitled 2, Untitled 4 prised,” he said. “I didn’t think I would be selected considering the wealth of Leslie Renn: Signifyin’, Exponentiation talent and creativity among the students in the art department.” Riley was Ken Riley: Blackwater Ramp informed by a classmate on Feb. 22 he was a finalist, which was the same day Bryan Ruiz: Shadow of Doubt, Unknown Soldier, Hope of judging. Kate Swartz: Subway, Target Shopper, Untitled Figure 1 Riley emphasizes landscapes in his photo “Blackwater Ramp.” “I try to find Jesse Switzer: Untitled 1, Untitled 2, Odin’s Favor humor in everyday things but overall, I think I like landscape and scenic type Angie Van Dyke: Warm Traditions photography, especially of a place I enjoy,” he said. He cites his involvement in Edward Whelan: Relic, With Real Hair and Beard art stemming from a camping trip in Washington State with his family.


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Homer Simpson’s Poker Face

Sam Simon Visits Old Dominion By: Dominique Bailey Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor Mace & Crown Television legend Sam Simon met with a small group of Old Dominion students on March 2. The meeting took place late Saturday morning within the Baton Arts and Letters building. Sam Simon is an Emmy award winning television producer, director and writer. Simon has worked within the television industry for decades and is most known for co-creating “The Simpsons.” In addition to his work within the television industry, Simon has played in the World Series of Poker, managed a Heavyweight Champion boxer and is an animal rights activist. Witty, intelligent and easy-going, Simon wasted no time beginning Saturday’s event. Dressed casually in a multi-colored beanie, t-shirt and jeans, Simon remained seated at the front of the classroom throughout the event sharing memories of his time spent at Stanford University and his time at Filmation Studios. Simon then used that background information to segue into the later years of his career, which included working outside of animation on sitcoms like “Cheers,” “Taxi” and “The Drew Carey Show.” After briefly introducing himself and discussing his career, he began taking questions from students. Naturally, many of the questions were centered on Simon’s work on “The Simpsons,” along with the development and progression of the show. Created in the late 1980s, “The Simpsons” is the longest run-

ning animated series and sitcom. During his time there, Simon assembled the show’s first writing team and co-wrote numerous episodes. It has been over a decade since Simon left the show, but he appeared lively as he recalled his time spent there. Throughout the event, Simon spoke highly of the team he worked with while working on “The Simpsons.” “We had four or five people with IQs over 170 and kids that had graduated from Harvard at 16 and they were all working with me,” he laughed. “That was a real pleasure.” “The Simpsons” has grown since Simon’s departure and it still remains one of the most popular televisions shows on air. When asked when “The Simpsons” should come to an end, Simon laughed, smiled and stated, “It should never end.” Often prefaced with a funny memory or an insightful story, Simon also shared information on the industry and gave advice to the aspiring producers, directors and writers. When asked about censorship, Simon shook it off. Telling students that he never changed anything within the scripts based on FCC standards and practices. He simply stated, “You don’t know what’s going to offend people.” Simon also advised students to continue writing. While students are in the process of pitching spec scripts, they should be starting a new one; this way they are able to continue improving as a writer. In addition to his advice, Simon offered his idea of good sitcom writing. His idea consisted of three parts: 1. Story You need a story that you are able to tell

without jokes or dialogue that is still funny because the story is the most important thing. A good story is when you are able to pitch it and the things that happen sound funny. 2. Don’t be afraid of the quiet momentsDon’t be scared if there aren’t three laughs

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per page on the script; you can push the emotion. 3. Love your characters Viewers can see when writers don’t care about the characters. You have to care about the characters as if they are real people. When writers don’t care about the charac-

ters, it produces bad television. Simon is a legendary figure within the television industry. His love of the craft and his diverse interests have allowed him to become a legend while also remaining current.

Pulls Military Heartstrings with New Book By: Megan Jefferson Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown Military wife and children’s book author Cheryl D. James tells the tale of young character Leah, as she celebrates Thanksgiving without her father due to his service in the military in her new children’s book, “Leah’s Treasure Book.” Main character Leah keeps a sketchbook of the images and drawings that take place during the holiday. With the help of her mother, Leah turns the sketches into a memento to give her father for Christmas when he comes home from an eightmonth cruise. Living in Hampton Roads, James is in a familiar place surrounded by people living in the same military life style. According to, Hampton Roads has the largest concentration of naval bases. The Navy owns 36,000 acres in the area. Ap-

proximately 118,300 residents of Hampton Roads are dependents of the military. Exposed to the military life for 30 years while raising two sons, James understands the hardships that come along with loving someone serving our country. “I hope that people enjoy it and that it gives people a positive view of the military families,” James said. James came up with the story in her class at the Institute of Children’s Literature. It began as a short story. “I made a few revisions and then it came to me that this would make a good book,” James said. “The perspective is very gentle and simple. [Leah’s Treasure Book] is about the family and friendships in the military. [Being in the military] is a life of many hardships but there is also an atmosphere of friendship because everyone is going through the same thing,” said James. She hopes the book gives children an opportunity to discuss their

feelings about the life their family lives and whether they are feelings of joy or longing. The book aims to paint a picture of military life children face growing up with a parent who is deployed often. James describes that she “wanted to give some respect and some awareness of how much the families contribute to everything.” Around Thanksgiving, Leah injures her knee and can’t help her mother cook Thanksgiving dinner. Leah’s brother and sister have to pitch in to help their mom because Leah’s father is out to sea. “I hope that people enjoy it and that it gives people a positive view of the military families,” James said. The book is on sale at A select number was put on display at Heaven & Earth. James plans to increase the number of locations that the book is displayed and display the book on shelves in stores where military families can purchase it.

In this children’s story, Leah discovers the special treasures in her life and how to deal with her father’s military deployment.


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Inside a Conscious Mind

Kane Charles Russell Makes Musical Strides By: Maria Victoria Creamer Contributing Writer Mace & Crown We entered a small elevator, a box of icy silver walls reflecting a soft glow from the dangling light bulbs above. He tucked his hands in the front pockets of his black skinny jeans, exuding a compelling blend between a raw yet velvet charm. He wore a dark blue denim vest over a long-sleeved, plaid button down, Nike SB’s on his feet, and a black rosary around his neck. On his head sat a slouched beanie, casting a shadow over his youthful smile. “I’ve been having the worst migraines, man. I have one right now,” he said. He then slightly shifted his gaze towards me and said, “I’ve gotten use to the pain though. You have to get used to the pain.” His room was the size of a 7-Eleven bathroom, and emptier than his growling stomach. The white walls held the piercings of a pinned American flag, the scotch tape of a black, and white Michael Jackson poster. On the floor sat a twin sized mattress and a stack of notebooks. Recorder to his lips, he rapped, “Uh, yeah... Connect eyes as I preach. The sayin’ is trust no one. I’m not askin’ to trust me just hopin’ you listen to what is soon you’ll be sayin’ - it must be. Yeah, the truth as it sits there and marinates in your brain.” Jersey boy by birth but a Virginia gentle-

man at heart, 19-year-old Kane Charles Russell has a story to tell. Russell grew up in an atmosphere charged with creative juices and musically invested parents. His mother Karla Russell, a songwriter, and his father Chris Russell, former rapper Stric-9, biologically embedded music in his blood stream. “I naturally hopped into it,” he said, “I grew up around music.” His mother taught him how to format his song lyrics, and his father fueled his passion for hip-hop. Russell wrote his first song titled “Kane” at the age of eight. A smile formed across his face and a contagious laugh roared from his belly. “My name is Kane I’m in this game to win y’all. Eight years old bringin’ stains to your brain.” A few years later the relationship between Russell’s pen and paper became a way of life. It was the beginning of verses scribbled on a crumbled napkin, beats resonating in his mind, and the pursuit of a valiant dream. When in the world of scribbling and word scrambling, Russell identifies himself as “Conscious Kane.” The title speaks for itself, with his music rooting itself into a Modern Era of streamline of consciousness. While in producing and beat making mode however, his identity becomes that of “Len Byas.” The title was inspired by Leonard Kevin Bias, but also known as Len Bias. The former Maryland native All-American college basketball player towered at 6-feet 8-inches and weighed 210 pounds. In the 1986 NBA Draft, his explosive talent on the

court made him the Boston Celtic’s second pick. Less than 48 hours later, Len Bias died from a cardiac arrhythmia provoked by a cocaine overdose. Len Bias was only 22 years old. “The timing of his death and its impact amazes me,” Russell said. Len Bias’s name morphed into Len Byas to project the unpredictability of life and how abruptly it can end. Russell stresses the need to act today, so that our marks can forever linger positively. “It’s like I’m finishin’ a story that begun with greatness with the ending of my greatness,” he said. Within the last year, Russell found himself battling a “struggle filled journey,” he said. After a year at Old Dominion University, Russell withdrew from the institution and found himself back at home in Hampton, Virginia. The withdrawal wasn’t caused by lack of financial support, but was triggered by the pulling of creative strings within the mind of a wordsmith, an artist. When asked how it felt to rebel against the norms of society, he said, “I’m not a fearful person nor was I ever a systematic thinker, you know?” In his eyes, life is an assortment of singular individuals who shouldn’t act as the puppets of society, but as their own ventriloquist. Like a tree, people’s lives split and branch into its own unique shapes and angles. His withdrawal unfortunately spawned resentment and disappointment amongst his parents, making life at home a mental imprisonment. Constant cloudbursts between

Reel It Out

Hampton Roads Debuts First LGBT Film Festival By: Nephthalie Lauture Contributing Writer Mace & Crown

Being the only of its kind in Virginia, Hampton Roads’ first LGBT film festival is set to take place March 14 through March 21. The festival will be showcasing up to nine full-length films in different venues throughout the Hampton roads area. The week-long event will benefit the LGBT center of Hampton Roads, a program linked to Access Aids Care. The center provides a social and living environment for the LGBT youth and adults. Depending on the support and feedback they receive, the festival has a chance of becoming an annual event. About a year ago, event coordinator and Old Dominion sophomore Connor Norton, a team of driven students, professors and sponsors had the idea to start an event that would bring attention to the LGBT community in Hampton Roads. “There are so many different people from so many dif-

ferent walks of life that agreed that this project needed to happen,” Norton said. The festival will start off with a screening of the film, “Struck by Lightning,” written by Chris Colfer, who also stars on the hit television program “Glee.” The screening will be held at the Naro Theater on Colley Avenue. The Naro will also host a screening of “Judah Kiss” on closing night. There will also be a discussion panel for the film led by director Carlos Pedrazza followed by a small reception at the Green Onion. An after party to end the week of film festivities will take place at Night of the Iguana March 21. Several universities have agreed to screen films at their schools. Films such as “Pariah” and “The World Unseen” are set to be held at Norfolk State University, hosted by their LGBT organization in the New Student Center. Another discussion will follow, this time featuring Dr. Charles Ford, a NSU professor. At Old Dominion University, ODU Out, the school’s LGBT organization, will host a screening of the film “Stonewall Risings”

in the Monarch Theater, located on Hampton Boulevard. After the film, Mitch Rosa and Melissa Morrissett, who were both in Greenwich during the LGBT community uprisings, will lead a panel discussion. The two are also residents of the Hampton Roads area. At Christopher Newport University, their LGBT organization and many other organizations, such as the Communications Club, the Film Club, Unitarian Universalist and United Campus Ministries, will be showing “Prayers for Bobby,” which will be held at The Ferguson Center Studio Theater located in Newport News. Some of the other films set to screen on the remainder of the week include “The Sensei” at the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads, “Were the World Mine” at TR Dance, located on Granby Street, and “Imagine You and Me” at the Commodore Theater. For more information on the Reel It Out LGBT film festival, visit

him and his parents consisted of the exchange of incoherent bawling and spouting of acidic words laced with strychnine, also known as Strict-9. The fights were crippling and catapulted Russell to make a life altering decision. “My creative flow was blocked, and that’s why I had to leave,” he said. Russell bravely broke away from home and plunged into a life of homelessness. Bouncing from place to place, he found himself sleeping on the cold streets of Norfolk. “I slept on a curb next to a Savannah Suites Hotel. It wasn’t a bad looking hotel,” he said. Barely scraping by, he landed a job serving fried rice and dumplings at the Panda Express located in ODU’s Webb Center. This flight into manhood constructed clarity and a peace of mind within him. “I could do the struggle as long as mentally I could be free,” he said, “and because of it, I take note of everything. Things I see wrong and things I see right.” The obstacles in his life and newfound awareness led to the release of his first mix tape “The Clarity Project” on Dec. 16, 2012. It is a conceptual mix tape holding 19 full recordings with inspiring bridges, hooks, body moving melodies, and a message the world can sing to. “With my mix tape I try to hit the question: are you living or are you existing?” On Feb. 19, 2013, Russell was one of six who entered a Rap Battle called WODU Rappers Delight at the Webb House Center House of Blue. The crowned champion

would receive a humble $50, but with the grand prize of $200 Monster DNA Headphones. He glided across the floor with effortless ease, while emanating his staple aura of that raw yet velvet charm. Wearing an all black ensemble with the same Nike SB’s on his feet and a black rosary around his neck, he blasted past his first opponent dropping only one line. Microphone to his lips, he rapped, “You the type to have a sing along wit Adam Lambert and swim in Frank’s ocean till ya legs hurt.” The first battle was over in two minutes. An assembly of fans and friends came to life as the freestyles and beats vibrated against the atoms in the room. After an electrifying a cappella round, beads of sweat formed like insects on the foreheads of spectators. Micah Davis, also known as Masego, and Kane Russell, or Conscious Kane, were preparing for the final round. Once again microphone to his lips, “Y’all should know I’m bout to kill em’, and rob em’ for his title. Yeah, like he walkin‘ down Killam, yeah.” The crowed crowned Conscious Kane as the Champion of WODU Rappers Delight. It’s his story, but it’s the struggle of many. While combating against the obstacles of life, Russell highlights the vitality of remaining true to oneself, and encourages his listeners to connect to the dreams that fill the crevices of their minds.

A Local St. Patty’sTradition Norfolk’s “Shamrockin’ in Ghent” Returns By: Cassie Lord Contributing Writer Mace & Crown The Hope House Foundation will be throwing their annual “Shamrockin’ in Ghent” block party on March 15 in hopes of raising money for their cause. The foundation will collaborate with local radio stations 93.7 BOB FM, 96X and US 106.1 to host the nineteenth annual “Shamrockin’ in Ghent” block party. The street party will take place on Colley Avenue between Shirley and Gates Avenue from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. This event will be free and will be open to the public. All proceeds will benefit the cliental of the Hope House Foundation. The “Shamrockin’ in Ghent” block party will include food, beverages and live musical performances by local bands The Newport News Police Pipes and Drums and Glasgow Kiss, a Celtic trio that features vocals, acoustic guitar, Scottish bagpipes and other Celtic percussion. Also preforming at the block party will be the 2012 winner of Veer Magazine’s Local Music Award for Best Cover Band, The Deloreans, a high-energy 80’s show band. Ghent barbecue joint, the Belmont House of Smoke, will also be attendance

selling various foods and beverages. The Hope House Foundation is a local non-profit organization that provides supported living services for adults with developmental disabilities. These services are provided for adults with developmental disabilities within the comforts of their homes or apartments. The Hope House Foundation is currently serving more 130 people living in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. In addition to the annual block party, the Hope House Foundation has also created the local tradition, the Stockley Garden Arts Festival. Each year, the arts festival is hosted at Ghent’s Stockley Gardens. Numerous exhibits, vendors, children’s activities, live musical performances and food vendors are featured. The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival has become a staple within the Ghent community and continues to bring awareness to the purpose of the Hope House Foundation. Like “Shamrockin’ in Ghent,” all proceeds from the festival benefit the clientele of the foundation. To learn more information on “Shamrockin’ in Ghent” or the Hope House Foundation, visit or call 625-6161.


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Improper Sendoff Monarchs Roar Back, but Fall Short to Drexel, on Senior night By: Brian Saunders Contributing Writer Mace & Crown On a night that Monarch nation said their final goodbyes to seniors DeShawn Painter and Nick Wright, Old Dominion captured their twenty-fifth loss of the season, to the Drexel Dragons, despite 15 points apiece from senior DeShawn Painter freshman Aaron Bacote and a solid 14 from junior Donte Hill. Thursday night contest was a tale of two halves. The first half was simply dominated by Drexel and their ability to capitalize off of rebounds, turnovers and wide open three point shots. Standout sophomore guard Damion Lee was the star of the first half. He was simply unconscious; he made every single shot attempt in the first half, including an astounding 6-6 from the three-point range. In the first match up with the Monarchs this season, Lee did not score on 0-6 shooting. “These are shooters rims,” Lee jokingly said after tonight’s game. In his first career game at the Ted Constant Center last year he scored 28 points. On this night, he finished with 34 points, connecting on 11 of his 13 shots. Monarchs interim coach Jim Corrigan said, “One of the adjustments on Lee was just to stay with him,” in man-to-man situations, “don’t worry about help” after he torched ODU in the first half. “He came looking for a vengeance, he shot the ball very well in the first half, we kinda slowed it down in the second half, not good enough though,” said Aaron Bacote. The Monarchs found themselves down by as many as 15 in the first half. Every time they tried to chip away at the lead they com-

mitted a costly turnover. There were many missed defensive assignments and times where they looked flat out lost. On the offensive end, there was too much standing around, which caused the Monarchs to force up some untimely jumpers connecting on 10 of their 22 first half shots. However towards the end of the half they began to figure it out, closing the lead to as low as 10, trailing by 12 at intermission. The Monarchs woke up in the second half, playing man-to-man defense. “We played really good [defense] from the mid-

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dle of the first half on,” Corrigan said. The momentum of the game began to swing in the Monarchs favor when, DeShawn Painter hit a three just as an away from the ball foul was called simultaneously, with 13:18 remaining in the game. On the subsequent inbounds Dimitri Batten nailed a three, thus garnering a six point ODU possession. The crowd got into the game after that, bringing a tournament-like atmosphere into the arena. The Monarchs continued to gnaw away at the lead and with 10:47 remaining in the game, Nick Wright scored on a lay-up that tied the game at 53. After Drexel pushed the lead back up to 9, the Monarchs roared back with one more ferocious rally. After the Dragons junior forward Frantz Massenat converted on what seemed to be a dagger, Monarchs junior Donte Hill converted a three point play with 44.2 seconds left to trim the lead to three. “It’s a play where I set a screen for Richard, or whoever is the

post on that side, and they come back for a lob I think, it was open in the first half, so when I set the screen on the first guy, I rolled to the ball and Aaron made a good play to get it to me,” Hill added on his big time play after the game. Monarchs would have an opportunity down two with six seconds remaining to tie or take the lead but would turn the ball over, in turn losing 81-77. Corrigan was proud of his team’s effort once again. “Extremely proud of how the kids played tonight, falling behind like they did early it would’ve been real easy to quit but, they did a great job of coming back, tied it up and then fell behind by nine again, and they came back again, they played with a lot of heart tonight didn’t get it done, but you can’t ask for more out of a team.” This is most likely the final time Old Dominion and Drexel face off because the Monarchs are moving to the Conference USA. Dragons head coach Bruiser Flint gave much credit to the Monarchs, paying homage to what they meant to the Colonial Athletic Association. “ Old Dominion is one of the schools that made the CAA what it is, since I’ve been in the league. Blaine did an unbelievable job here, they won games got into the tournament, they helped build the reputation, as one of the top major leagues in the country. They had good teams, when you talk about CAA, you talk about, George Mason, ODU and VCU, they were bench mark programs in the CAA, they helped build the reputation.” The Monarchs fall to 4-25 on the season, with a 2-15 record in conference, while Drexel improved to 12-17, 8-9 in the CAA. The effort was there, but the Monarchs couldn’t quite get over the hump against Drexel.

New Faces. New Hope. Lady Monarch’s Soccer Sign 10 New Student-Athletes for 2013 Season By: Brian Bowden Staff Wrtier Mace & Crown Last season didn’t necessarily begin or end well for the Lady Monarchs. They were at a lowly 4-12 overall, so head coach Joe Pereira had his work cut out for him during the off-season. His team had trouble winning and on top of that he was losing six seniors to graduation, two of which were his only goalkeepers. He answered by signing 10 new student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2013 fall season, which begins in August. “We’ve been trying to change the standards and the mentality of the program. Having half of the roster new is not necessarily a bad thing,” said Pereira. “It’s a very deep group. It’s a very athletic group. It’s a very versatile group,” said Pereira of the 10 new signees. The group

consists of forward Carly Goldsborough, midfielder Grace Haverly, forward Madison Hogan, midfielder/defender Rachel Johnson, goalkeeper Erin Kinz, goalkeeper Meredith Lenox, forward Melanie Oaks, forward/defender Thyla Peterson, defender Jackie Stroud and forward Morgan Vezina. “It’s a very talented group and it’s going to press a lot of positions. We’re going to be young and we’re going to compete,” said Pereira. The starting goalkeeper position is wide open for Kinz and Lenox to compete for come August, “The two new goalkeepers will compete for the job to see who gets that position so that’s immediately a massive part of the puzzle,” said Pereira. Kinz was a threeyear member of the Olympic Developmental Program team in New York and Lenox was a four-year letter winner at Wakefield

High School in North Carolina. It should be a heated competition come August to say the least. Along with goalkeeper, the Lady Monarchs look to fill some holes in their defense with Stroud and Johnson. Stroud, of

Millbrook High School in North Carolina, was Player of the Year and also earned AllConference and All-Region honors in 2012. In 2011, she attended school in Georgia and was Defender of the Year and first-team AllGeorgia selection. Stroud was also a three-

year participant in the ODP team in Georgia. “She’s a very central player with a good size, a good frame, moves well, and good on the ball so we’re hoping she’s going to immediately be giving us a lift,” said Pereira. Johnson, of Lenape High School in New Jersey, was an All-County, All-South Jersey, All-Conference and All-State selection in both her junior and senior seasons. She was also named the South Jersey Defender of the Year, Courier Post Player of the Year and was a regional All-American as a senior. Like Stroud, Johnson was also a part of the ODP team in New Jersey. “She possesses a lot of that grit and hardness that we are hoping to be able to tap into,” said Pereira. This will be the Lady Monarchs first season in the Conference USA, competing against teams such as East Carolina University, Louisiana Tech University and

Florida International University to name a few. “We’re excited about the change and we’re embracing the change. We look at this as nothing but a great opportunity to start fresh,” said Pereira. The Lady Monarchs have already begun their spring schedule, but the new acquisitions won’t arrive until August. “We’ve been at it pretty hard, so we’re going to use the spring dates we have to really test and see how much we’ve grown and developed as a group. I’m looking forward to see how we stack up and measure. It’ll be a very good test,” said Pereira. They have five games left, two of which will be played at the ODU Soccer Stadium, against Richmond, former Colonial Athletic Association rival William and Mary, Navy, Loyola and then they finish up the spring schedule against Longwood on April 20.


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Ride and Broom McGowan, Eldridge and Urps lead turbo charged bats in route to weekend sweep over Owls By. Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown Austin McGowan led a sixth inning splurge with an RBI double to deep right-center and scored on a wild pitch to cap off a three game sweep over Temple, Sunday afternoon at Bud Metheney Baseball Complex. McGowan led all Monarchs at the plate with that hit and run, and went one-for-four on the day. Tyler Urps also recorded a hit and a walk. Brad Gero picked up his second win of the season in relief for ODU while Patrick Peterson took the loss. After five scoreless innings, which saw four runners left on base, Tyler Urps led off the inning with a walk and stole second. On the ensuing at-bat, McGowan found a pitch across the plate and belted it to deep right-center and scored Urps from second to put the Monarchs up 1-0. McGowan moved over to third after Ben Verlander’s sacrifice bunt and later scored on a wild pitch in route to a 2-0 Monarchs lead. “That at bat, it was kind of a bunt situation, so coach

Finwood pulled me over and said, ‘Hey, let’s try and deke him into thinking we’re bunting and maybe you can get a fastball you can hammer’,” McGowan said of the plan. “And [I] got fortunate enough [that] the guy left a fastball and [I] just put a good swing on it.” McGowan explained how vital the pitching staff was to carry the torch the rest of the way. “We’re just trying to stick with the same approach as we’ve had the whole weekend, which is just keep hunting fastballs and keep getting heads to baseballs. It just worked out, just stick with it and good things happen,” McGowan said. Head coach Chris Finwood also explained McGowan’s crucial at bat and confirmed the strategy involved. “[Tyler] Urps did a good job drawing the walk to lead off the inning. And then I just told Mack [McGowan] ‘Okay, they think we’re [going to] bunt here so let’s just take a shot 0-0 and you try to drive one, and if you miss it then we’ll try to bunt.’ And he did a great job,” Finwood said. “He knocked it to the wall and we [were] able to score the run. Ben Verlander does a good job sacrificing

him up and we score on a wild pitch. Sometimes you’ve [got to] win in different ways and we won the first two games with a lot of offense. And then today we won with a lot of pitching and defense. So, it’s good to be able to win with whatever way it takes to win that day.” Starter Andy Roberts, Gero and Smith combined to give up no runs off just four hits and fanned six Temple batters. “Well, Andy’s a guy we’ve been wanting to get out there. He’d been a little bit tender arm-wise so he didn’t throw [the] first two weekends. And we got him out there today and [he] gives us five and two thirds shutout innings,” Finwood said. “And I thought he really mixed his pitches in well, the change-up was working good for him and Parker’s playing big today so you can get away with some mistakes in the middle of the field. And Brad, he’s been sold as a rock force out of the bullpen.” “And I thought it was Brandon Smith’s best performance of the year. His stuff was back to kind of where it was at the end of the year last year. His first couple of outings this year has just [been] a little bit out of kilter but today, he was right on it. It was nice to see that 92 [mile an

hour fastball] bend in the ninth. So, guys pitched great, I’m really proud of them.” Temple’s Michael D’Acunti led the Owls offensively with two hits and a walk. Both Patrick and Eric Peterson combined for two runs off four hits with a walk and four strikeouts in the loss. On Saturday, McGowan recorded three hits and Eldridge belted his first home run of the 2013 campaign to push the Monarchs to a 12-5 smashing of the Owls in the second game of the series. Urps led off the game with a single and moved over to third followed by McGowan’s infield single. Then, Eldridge hit a home to give ODU a three run lead. The Monarchs later answered with five runs in the fifth to blow the game wide open, an inning capped off by Joey Burney’s RBI double to right field that scored pinch-runner Dylan Hall to give the Monarchs an 8-2 cushion. Then ODU started to turn the tables over in the seventh. They scored four more runs on a pair of Temple errors and another McGowan single that essentially put the game away. Eldridge led all Monarch batters with a pair of hits and four RBIs. Burney and Ben Slaton also had two hits apiece. Peterson and Lustrino added two hits of their own in the game. Eric Baker took the mound for three innings and did not allow a single hit to pick up his second win of the year. Friday’s game wasn’t much different. Both Urps and Verlander combined for three hits apiece and Dean Ali took the mound for six innings of solid work in ODU’s 9-2 thumping over the Owls in the series opener. The home team added three more runs in the fifth after Perez’s two-run double to left center. Urps followed up with a single to bring him home. After the Owls scored a run in their half of the same inning, Verlander followed up two innings later in the seventh with a lead off triple. He later scored on a wild pitch. Ali gave up just a single run off four hits in six innings, while Mike Ney and Mitch Monyihan closed out the contest. McGowan admitted how good it felt to such a young ball club to grab a sweep over a team like Temple. “It’s big, I think it’s [going to] hopefully lead into this week. Hopefully, it’ll carry over and [we’ll have] some momentum.” Finwood later conquered with his designated hitter regarding how this sweep boosts team confidence and moral in the clubhouse. “It’s hard to sweep people in college baseball and we didn’t sweep anybody last year. We got swept a few times, but this is a good stepping stone for us, I think,” Finwood said. “That was a team that we had a bunch of close games with last year when they came in here.

Weathering the Storm

After rain delay, Lady Monarchs rally to defeat the College of William & Mary 15-9 By: Mitchell Brown Senior Writer Mace & Crown If you asked the Lady Monarchs (1-2,1-0) what type of weather they like to play in, they would tell you a nice, cool evening game. Instead, for their CAA and home opener, the Old Dominion Women’s Lacrosse team had to play in weather that calling it nasty would be an understatement. The L.R. Hill Sports Complex was in puddles. The win for Old Dominion was the first of the season, also tying up the annual Optima Health Challenge at 45 apiece. This was a familiar feeling for the Tribe, as Old Dominion used a strong second half last year to steal a victory, 14-10. The Lady Monarchs dug themselves into a 7-2 hole in the first half. After a lightning delay, the storm calmed down and so did the Lady Monarchs. “It was a great win for our team. We had a new game plan and I think it was good we broke the game down into

smaller pieces so it was smaller things to focus on and one goal at a time, and that was our main focus and we did it so every time we scored it was lets get one more, why not?” head coach Heather Holt said. The College of William & Mary (1-3,0-1) came out unfazed by the weather. The Tribe scored early and often, starting with a goal from Maggie Bermingham just two and a half minutes into the first half. The goal was Bermingham’s first of the season and the start to a 7-2 run to start the game for the Tribe. Jenna Doughtery, Kyrstin Mackrides and Kaleigh Noon contributed two goals apiece while Colleen Nofia did what she could in goal, with seven saves. The rain delay was a blessing in disguise for Old Dominion. It gave the Lady Monarchs ample time to re-focus and get prepared for another round of battle. Sophomore midfielder Ashmore Standing went on to score a game-high five goals and earn three draw controls to pace the offense. In her season debut, junior attacker

Emily Austerberry was able to get herself and ODU on the board with a goal that came shortly in the first half after resuming of play due to the delay. “I think that it helped us re-focus when we went to the locker room, we assessed how we really need to go and attack the other team,” Austerberry said. Austerberry showed no signs of rust as she went on to score four goals and assisting on two more. Talking about finally being back, she said “It feels so good, I feel like I practiced off-ball and all preseason and the day before the first game of the season I get a sprained ankle,” she said. Sophomore midfielder Christina Rea also chipped in two goals and collected a team-high four draw controls. Stalwart senior defenders and sisters Alexandra and Carolyn Burns logged identical stats, each collecting four ground balls. After the goal from Austerberry, the Lady Monarchs were able to rip in six straight goals to open the second half and grabbed a slight lead at 9-7. “Everybody was feeling good when we went in to

the locker room so that was crucial,” coach Holt said. The win wouldn’t come easy though, as the Tribe cut the lead to one with 15:32 remaining. That would be all them motivation Old Dominion needed to finish the game, responding with four goals to build a cushion late in the game. The Lady Monarchs don’t get much time to rest as they hit the road for three of their next four games, commencing Saturday when they head down south to duel with Jacksonville University at 11:30 a.m. Coach Holt talked about the matchup saying that “We’ve never played them before, but I think it’s going to be a good solid matchup.” Standing is aware of the weight that these games hold. “Definitely, we have a big game coming up this weekend and it was just important that we got this one under our belts before we go and travel,” she said.


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NCAASCORE Men’s Basketball LAST SEVEN Old Dominion Northeastern

74 79

Old Dominion Delaware

73 75

Old Dominion William & Mary

62 74

Old Dominion UNC Wilmington

61 84

Old Dominion Hofstra

59 70

Old Dominion Drexel

77 81

Old Dominion Northeastern

81 74

Women’s Basketball LAST SEVEN Old Dominion James Madison

56 68

Old Dominion Delaware

62 82

Old Dominion Northeastern

67 70

Old Dominion William & Mary

75 64

Old Dominion Hofstra

80 75

Old Dominion James Madison

61 77

Old Dominion Northeastern

60 79





Old Dominion men’s tennis player Carlos Lopez Villa stretched his undefeated record to 11-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jordi Vives at No. 1.

Josh Eldridge blasted his first home run of the year to lead Old Dominion baseball to a 12-4 win over Temple on the way to a three game weekend sweep. Old Dominion men’s basketball team beat CAA leading Northeastern 81-74 in its final game ever in the CAA conference.

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Epicurious Eats

Shamrocks Galore

By: Emma Needham Staff Writer Mace & Crown What a better way to end Spring Break than to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? On Sunday, March 17, everything will turn green and gold, whether from leprechaun gold or beer, including your food. This menu has a mix of traditional Irish food and popular food with an Irish twist. Breakfast- Lucky Charms Pancakes Ingredients Original Bisquick mix One cup milk

Two eggs Green food coloring Lucky charms cereal Whipped cream Directions Follow directions on Bisquick box, and mix all of the ingredients. Add green food coloring to the mixture and whisk together. Pick out ½ cup of the marshmallow pieces from the cereal, and add just the marshmallows to the pancake mix. For each pancake, pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter onto a hot griddle. Cook about three minutes, or until bubbles form on top, and edges are dry. Turn and cook until the other side is golden brown and set. Stack the pancakes, top with

whipped cream and even more marshmallows from the cereal. It’s magically delicious! Snack- Irish Soda Bread Ingredients Three cups flour Two to four tbsp sugar ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp baking powder One tsp salt One cup raisins One ⅓ cups buttermilk Directions Mix the dry ingredients together well then stir in the raisins and milk. Mix together to form sticky dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead until smooth, about eight

to 10 times. Don’t over knead. Line a nineinch cake pan with parchment paper and add the dough. Spread the dough out in the pan. Score the dough with a large “X” on the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes. Carefully remove the bread from the oven and serve with your Irish meal. Dinner- Hot Reuben Dip Ingredients Eight ounces cream cheese, softened 1½ cups, six ounces shredded Swiss cheese Four ounces deli sliced corned beef, chopped ½ cup Thousand Island dressing

½ cup drained sauerkraut Rye bread, toasted Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl mix together the cream cheese, one cup of the Swiss cheese, the dressing and corned beef. Spread in a pie plate or other shallow serving dish. Top with the sauerkraut and the remaining ½ cup of Swiss cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until bubbly around the edges. Serve hot with pretzel crisps or cocktail-size rye bread squares. Dessert- Shamrock Shake Ingredients Two cups Breyers mint chocolate chip ice cream 1/4 cup Low Fat Milk 1/2 York Peppermint Patty One Pack of York Wafer Bars Whipped cream Chocolate sprinkles Green food coloring Directions In a blender combine milk, ice cream and a few drops of food coloring. Blend to desired consistency. Pour into malt glass and top with a swirl of whipped cream. Sprinkle with chocolates. Garnish with York patty and wafer bars. Serve immediately and enjoy! And for those of age- Guinness Float Ingredients Chocolate bar One can of Guinness Two Tbls. chocolate syrup Two scoops chocolate ice cream Canned whipped cream Directions Shave chocolate bar into small pieces. Put chocolate syrup in pint glass, and pour a little bit of Guinness into the glass. Stir chocolate and Guinness together. Scoop the chocolate ice cream into pint glass. Pour in Guinness slowly, stopping about a quarter inch from the top. Top with big spoonful of whipped cream. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate. Serve with a long spoon and straw. From traditional Irish food to American food dressed up to be Irish, there are many ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. Enjoy the green and gold on the 17 and appetite maith!

The Blue List: New York City, Austin, Texas and Norfolk

Cities Bursting With Talent By: Dominique Bailey Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor Mace & Crown

Era Hardway was one of the featured ODU student groups at the SAC concert series.

There is a certain unexplainable rush that comes with discovering a new music artist. Their music is captivating because they just want others to understand and enjoy their vision. They aren’t rich or famous yet, so there’s purity and a sense of innocence that hasn’t been tainted by major label demands, or the pressure to crossover. It is solely about the music and nothing else. Over the past month, Old Dominion’s Student Activities Council highlighted talented local music artists in a concert series hosted in Webb Center. Each week, a differ-

ent artist was allotted an hour to perform for new and old listeners. Those artists included L.Y.E.D, Era Hardaway, Conscious Kane and Galaxy Dynamite. Each artist represented a different musical genre or sub-genre, a different city or region and each artist had a unique style. However, no matter how different from one another, each artist represented Norfolk. Musically, Norfolk is a melting pot and ODU supplied the ingredients. Students from across the nation choose to attend ODU and they bring their unique sound with them. It’s here they are able to nurture and to grow their sound and to gain the support of their classmates. Once they have the support of their classmates, they are able to

share their talent with not only the ODU community, but the city of Norfolk. In doing so, they are able to push themselves as music artists and reach a larger audience. Norfolk may not be a known for its music scene like New York City or Austin, Texas, but the talent is enormous here. Norfolk is filled with endless venues, radio stations and restaurants that support the local talent. Luckily, ODU is a part of that list. Our university is home to an abundance of talented students and those students need to be heard. More information on each artist and band can be found online.


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Is the Games Industry in a Rut?

“Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” is rumored to have 60 minutes of playtime on the PS3 and will be released at least for PC, PS3, Wii U and Xbox 360. This is an example of a studio in distress, story, to “Assassin’s Creed 3,” was minuscule By: Sean Burke not monetarily, but creatively. There have in comparison. There were hardly any new Assistant Webmaster been seven “Assassin’s Creed” games over mechanics and some had been taken out. Mace & Crown So what can Ubisoft do in order to avoid the course of a five year period. Ubisoft is a Ubisoft Studios just announced their lat- large studio, and is working on other projects a “Call of Duty”-esque backlash for “overest game, “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” like the much anticipated “Watch_Dogs” sequalization?” Stop. If they stop making the with a picture of what the cover art of the and “Splinter Cell” games for the next gen- “Assassin’s Creed” franchise for a few years game may look like. The name and image eration of consoles, but I believe their time and devote time to another series before moving back to it. I believe the company will clearly suggests a pirate theme for the games with “Assassin’s Creed” might be up. The problem with the franchise’s recent be able to come up with more interesting storyline and aesthetic. While this can be an interesting theme for the franchise. One instillations is they have not iterated enough, ideas, and be able to implement them in a can’t help but wonder if Ubisoft is merely or at least not as much as compared to pre- meaningful way. This is a lesson many other companies dragging their feet until the next great idea vious jumps. The jump in technology from “Assassin’s Creed” to “Assassin’s Creed 2” have already learned. Valve, a highly respecthits them in the face. “Assassin’s Creed 3” is their latest released was massive; there was improved crowd ed company, waits years in-between its game installment of the franchise, and was met dynamics, different types of cover systems, releases, and does a lot of in-house testing to with middling reviews and poor fan recep- new and interesting enemy types, and great make sure the game is good. Even the “Halo” tion after the first few months. Large chunks work on the new character, Ezio Auditore, franchise, which has seen seven iterations as of the game, such as a three-hour beginning a hotheaded violent youth who learns pa- well, manages to space releases out in order where the playable character is not the main tience and discipline to reclaim his families to clearly define goals and the story before one, could have been left out or summarized honor and become an Assassin. The charac- development begins. Like a great philosopher once said, “pain a cut-scene. The game suffered from poor ter was so well received that he was used in tience is a virtue.” pacing, poor character acting, and minor two sequential games as a result. The jump in technology from “Assassin’s mechanical issues that all contribute to the Creed: Revelations,” which ended Ezio’s games mediocrity.

Alternative Spring Break Trips Have Much to Offer an Outdoor Enthusiast By: Brian Savage Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Alternative spring break trips aimed at outdoor recreation are a great way to briefly escape from the sometimes stressful and always monotonous routine of college life, while avoiding the self-destructive party atmosphere found at a typical tropical destination. Here are several options to consider that will offer a unique outdoor experience. The Appalachian Trail is a world-famous 2,200-mile continuous footpath that ribbons its way along the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. Of the 14 states that can claim to contain segments of the trail, Virginia boasts the longest portion with over 550 miles within its margins. The Appalachian Trail crosses countless roads throughout its course, making it extremely accessible to its patrons. It easily caters to both the casual day-hiker and the ambitious adventurer seeking more of a strenuous

and remote experience. A simple Internet search-engine inquiry about the trail will yield a litany of useful information to get you started. Located within the Appalachian highlands of central West Virginia, the New River Gorge could be considered the Mecca of east coast rock climbing. Over millennia, the New River has severed a deep cliff line into the surrounding mountains, extending for over 53 miles through Fayette, Raleigh and Summers County. Climbers target this region due to its scenic majesty and its numerous classic rock climbing routes. The gorge offers beginner, intermediate, advanced sections for climbing, and chances are you’ll be scaling portions that have been previously conquered by some of the greatest climbers the sport has ever produced. For many, bypassing the stereotypical spring break destination is to avoid many of the hefty expenses associated with them. However, if cost is not an issue, consider a kayaking trip to the Florida Keys. Key West

is over 1,100 miles from Norfolk, so it’s not the most accessible destination, but neither is Panama City or Cancun. There are over 1,700 islands that make up this archipelago and pavement can only take you so far into them. The best way to access and to explore remote beaches and the shallow, crystal clear waters surrounding these beautiful islands is by kayak. The number of outfitters that are readily available to supply your unfettered aquatic adventure are plentiful. The best part is you’re virtually guaranteed warm temperatures and abundant sunshine uncommon to the mid-Atlantic March climate experienced in Norfolk. Outdoor recreation has a lot to offer the college spring-breaker. If you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast, or if you are simply seeking a healthy compromise to the stereotypical spring break destination, these alternatives can provide a unique experience.


By: Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown She’s quite the trip, literally. But that shouldn’t stop her from being crowned, now should it? I say absolutely not. So this week’s Crown Jewels go out to “Hunger Games” star, Jennifer Lawrence. Last week, the 22year old took home the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal as Tiffany Maxwell in “Silver Lining Playbook” alongside Bradley Cooper. Seems like the perfect recognition for an up and coming actress like her, right? Definitely, but it didn’t stop there. While making her way up to the stage to accept her prize, Lawrence accidentally slipped up the stairs. Luckily Hugh Jackman was there to save the day and catch her fall. To be fair, she was sporting a Dior Haute Couture dress, Chopard jewels, a Roger Vivier clutch, and Brian Atwood shoes. Thus, it was only fitting that she showed her human side while rocking all that bling. Lawrence was also the subject of a photoshop-troversy, if you will. She has admitted that her new Dior ad campaign has had a few touch ups. The actress told Access Hollywood about her ad. “Oh, my God, I haven’t seen this. That doesn’t look like me at all. I love Photoshop more than anything in the world. Of course it’s Photoshop, people don’t look like that.” So she can hang up those old jewels and replaced them with the new ones. Oh yes, with the Crown Jewels, you’re more than just a trip.

On the opposite side of things, welcome everyone to a brand new section of this column entitled the “Mace Spray” aka the exact opposite criteria of a jewel winner. Yep, this honor is reserved a special weekly, one of a kind screw up. So let’s get started, shall we? The first ever Mace Spray award goes to Mr. Steven Tyler. This one kind of pains me because Aerosmith is an iconic rock bands in historical music context. But wow, he said what? Five, count it, $5 million worth of cocaine the rock legend snorted over the years, according to Tyler’s admission in an interview with 60 Minutes. “Probably, realistically, $5 or $6 [million] easy,” he said. “You could also say I snorted half of Peru, but, you know, it’s what we did.” However, his cocaine use is no secret as he admitted his usage to a 2011 interview with Matt Lauer and discussed his weed usage in the ‘80s. Tyler is not receiving this spray between the eyes for his usage, but rather the shock factor his admission triggered as a result. I mean, is venture to guess none of us common folk have ever accumulate that kind of stash, let alone that much in cocaine. It’s great that the 64-year-old former American Idol judge has been sober for every year that ensued. But man, that’s a hefty amount I just can’t look past. Mr. Tyler, I regret to inform you that this will sting a little. But open your eyes wide and get ready to rub them profusely. Take the mace in yo face. Five million on cocaine? That’s enough to feed about one percent of the entire human race.


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CREATIVE ENCLAVE Chapter 5: The Dark ‘N’ Stormy Backstory - The Ghost of the Pride of Aloha By: Ryan Miller The Dark ‘N’ Stormy is single handedly the most significant vice for influencing my agreement with Dr. Bob’s terms to come to Miami and peruse the islands. Predominately doing so as I lower my inhibitions, sipping from a Collins glass with a secreting lime wedge on top, while staring off of our balcony trying to count and compare the number of tiger sharks in the water to camera snapping tourists on the ship. The night before my spring final Dr. Bob was in town on one of the legs of a cruise trip up the Atlantic. After having him over for dinner we broke into the liquor cabinet, arranging Diego’s first meeting with the doctor over several different bottles of rum and bourbon and then immediately testing, examining, and downing shots. Certainly it was an esoteric occasion for our sinister coalition, exclusive to those with abusive motives in light of what is normally considered fair, decent productivity for a Monday evening. The Wild Turkey 101 ran smoother than expected, with favorable responses from our trio, producing that inner stir and blanket of warmth that sees that binge drinkers wrap their mouths around the bottle to the last ounces of fluid droplets. The Gosling’s Black Seal Bermuda Rum was “a good swish” and also a surprise, as the first bottle I had ever bought of Gosling’s was condensed to half a bottle of foam, likely the cause of distribution misplacement or some homeless man stumbling into an ABC store and knocking over a midsection of the rum shelf. Bacardi Select had turned the trick so to speak, a house favorite, and a giant jug of dark rum that had been rolling in the trunk for the past two weeks as Diego and I sped along highway 460 in a fit of commotion for spring weekend at the university. Dr. Bob’s brainwaves were

losing their compatibility with words to represent real meaning. He broke into hissing laughter and remained wordless with the gap of his mouth wheezing, with a banana in his hand to serve as a pointer in a demonstration to compare the diverse ratings we gave for each bottle. Regardless of his limited vision with color or depth perception, Dr. Bob would not be able to read a straight line on the labels for the rum names, referring only to Great Dismal Virginia rum as swamp gas. But our hero of the story, Dark ‘N’ Stormy, planted the doctor in a pivoted delirium, as he began talking to President Barack Obama on the telephone, which was formerly his pointer banana, about reaching the pinnacle of the evening. To properly make, mix: two shots Gosling’s Black Seal rum, one shot of freshly squeezed lime juice, half a shot of sugar syrup boiled in water, shake with ice and strain, and top with Gosling’s ginger beer. The lime wedge is a complimenting garnishing, as is a crazy swirly straw to uptake the flavor. On this day henceforth the Dark ‘N’ Stormy is the allure of traditional tastings and momentous gatherings, a mood swinger and kicker to trite cocktails at hack conventions and spiked punch bowls at juvenile banquets. And speaking of which, it was quite the reason for the three of us to self medicate with the stormy remedy from a room the size of a postage stamp on a ship of a thousand lights moving at 20 knots across the water. I’ve made a point not to refute the credibility of journalism by the use of over simplification, but let’s not waste time with spacious descriptions, as a cloudy head full of rum bothering with minute details can lead to dry spells that preside over the important task of reaching our table in the main dining ballroom. Dinner consisted

Tour for a Newly Strayed Feline (after Ruth Foley) By: Will Wilson

This is your home, a desert without an oasis, the ominous world. This is your new life, although you should barely call this living. Take a walk around the block; watch out for broken glass. That’s the stump where Casper died— got chased by a pack of dogs up the tree that used to be there, lost his footing and fell down—forget what you were told, cats don’t always land feet first. He broke his neck when he hit the ground; the dogs chewed on his corpse. And speaking of that particular pack— BEWARE! They’re demons with primal urges and tastes for feline meat. Stay as close to this side of the street as you can, those oafs won’t bother you here. When you’re hungry, try not to be tempted by the aromas you smell creeping from the windows of houses. Yes, they are promising but do not get your hopes up. The humans do not care— they only want their stomachs fat and are not swayed by your need of nourishment. If you’re lucky one of their offspring will show you pity and leave a pile of food scraps at the back door. Cherish this meal with rare excitement. But don’t get used to it. Their parents do not like you and will convince them you have rabies and to be wary of your scratch. And the food scraps will stop coming, you’ll be shooed from their driveways, and their lawns won’t welcome you. They’ll call animal control. And soon you’ll disappear. It happened to Max and Whiskers just the other day— some human in green garb, with his name stitched in his shirt, rounded up the both of them, threw them in his truck, closed the door, and screeched off in the sunset leaving tire marks and a cloud of black smog.

of a first course of red lobster tail, snapper, and most importantly a bottle of Estancia Pinot Noir. This rather was the start of an excessive capsize of fortunate values, as we began pounding out further requests with raving and incoherent expressions, swatting at all of the waiting staff like they’re servants for a plethora of seafood at the ship’s all inclusive expense. A lion’s share of shrimp, clams, potatoes, key lime pie, raspberry chocolate cake, all of it, our free will, but all of it, food with ingredients of zero alcohol content, a concept that is very evil to grasp, as the Pinot Noir was split and emptied mostly by Dr. Bob and myself. It was replaced in a matter of milliseconds by a Jameson whiskey. Gone. The waiters were sure to be left uneasy, sea urchins were aboard and spiking orders with mixers and chasers of large quantities of alcohol in toxic proportions from the cellar inventory. Just the few of us were bound to be known as swatters, these swindlers ruining the beneficial free enterprise of food if only not for us balancing the cost with our own checks and balances. Dr. Bob retired respectively early that evening, though not before seeing a note placarded on our door for Diego and I, “Please come to Captain Cook’s bar for a rescheduled safety muster at 5pm tomorrow in accordance with regulations since your absence from today’s training assignment for passengers.” We were short on time and high on a drink count when we missed the original training. Dr. Bob was exempt from formal safety regulations, dually to his handicap condition. Norwegian Sky will just have to cut its losses during a case of risky emergency evacuation and leave the doctor stepping with his cane on a tilting ship, running his hands along the wall like he’s reading braille, using the rest of his senses to accommodate when the lights go out.

Diego and I sickly delighted our aptitude for the seventh floor casino, commandeering more drinks and drifting about as on lookers in a circle of hell, where the only similar feeling is being in the presence of a pest living in your home with its fleas roaming around on the carpet. People all shapes and sizes, feathered able body persons, gambling men playing craps that look as suspect as Joe Camel, some old bags dried out who were nymphs sometime long ago with masterful longevity to spend their lives pulling the levers on malfunctioning slot machines, hitting them, wishing they could get their money back, while the others starve in manic depression from their innate natures, feeding coins and smoking cigarettes, godless creatures void of frontal lobes. I’m inclined to off putting statements when vitalized by a rotten, blotted reverence from casino partakers despite really never getting to know them. Maybe it’s the empathy I have for the custodian during closing time, filling his dust pan with filtered butts and ticket stubs. Or it could be the sly eyed sphinx with implants blowing smoke rings around her table, and all the resounding impressions from a world of cruise ship gambling, commercial airlines, fake tans, expensive jewelry, plastic surgery, cell phones, social networks and switchboard operators all currently prevalent…I’m no being of righteousness and in all reality not someone infatuated with contempt or bedridden with malice, but for all intents and purposes it’s worth noting the feeling in my stomach and giving some explanation to why I think my dinner is coming up. Actually as a result of my pressure Diego lost about 20 dollars filtering his card into a lonesome machine before giving up and deeming us completely hypocritical for everything I just wrote. Screw that misleading cornucopia of indulgence and fortune.

Toe to Toe

By: Rowland Cowles I walked back in the rain in reverie a rampant rain so steep I could hardly see but three feet in front of me and the sound of the leaves as they were stripped from the trees when the wind shook them like maracas drowned me like an ant in a rain drop. I had gone a few blocks then took a wrong turn and shared a smile with a large family on their porch galvanized by the vehement skies and postulating God’s discontent and the sky was weeping diamonds that struck my neck and sent chills down my spine and by the time I reached my car you might as well have tossed me in the sea So I wandered to the water’s edge with the rest of Earth’s creations behind me and the sound of the rain against the ocean’s surface was like an applause, the wailing wind a whistle within it. The tide had receded so I walked another block in the wet sand stopped and rested my hands on my head took a deep breath and wept gently. What anger has previously resided inside me felt insignificant wading in the current, toe to toe with this tempest. I let my angst take with the waves and thanked the divinity that brought me there.

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Dress rehearsals for Tarzan the musical.

Coach Jim Corrigan gets animated during the men’s basketball game.

Student stands with artwork during opening reception for the Annual Student Juried Art Show.

Photography student, Kate Swartz proudly stands with her two photography pieces at the Juried Art Show at the Gordon Galleries.

Dress rehearsals for Tarzan the musical.


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SAC concert series in north cafe.

Men’s baskeball against Drexel on Thursday night.


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