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WEDNESDAY | 1.23.2013 MaceandCROWN.COM | Vol. 55, Issue 13

A Tradition Tamed Police bite back on lion injuries By: Megan Jefferson Editor in Chief Mace & Crown

The lion has been keeping watch over Kaufmann Mall for over fifteen years. The rise in injuries occurring while riding the lion have caused the Old Dominion Police Department to crack down. A camera was placed atop the Webb Center with a direct line to the police department to prevent students from even attempting to ride the lion. For over 15 years the lion has kept watch over Kaufman Mall. The rise in injuries resulting from riding the lion has caused the Old Dominion University police department to crack down on the antics. Now, a camera placed atop Webb Center has a direct

line to the police department to deter students from attempting to ride the lion. ODUPD has bumped up security in response to a serious injury that resulted from riding the lion. Police Chief Harris claims the injured student received puncture wounds on the abdomen and/or back. However, the specific details of the injury could not be released, due to confidentiality restrictions. This injury brought the issue to the forefront of concerns, resulting in the security camera at the Webb Center. “There is a security officer that is assigned to the Webb Center. We have asked that during their patrols, that they also monitor the lion,” Police Chief Harris said. The dispatch center watches the camera and alerts security officers when people are trespassing.

Students who are caught riding the lion can be charged with trespassing, and will be sent to the Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity for sentencing. “The lion was not intended to have people climb through the fountain and get on it. I don’t think it was intended to have people who are drinking climb through the water and climb on it,” Police Chief Harris said. Jennifer Foss, director of student health services, has many concerns with the custom. After, being with the university for 21 years, Foss remembers the year the lion was erected on Kaufmann Mall. She said ‘four to five students per year report serious injuries from riding the lion and this number is up from previous years.’ “As young adults a lot of students think they’re invincible

and nothing can happen to them… They see their peers doing it, good old-fashioned peer-pressure. It seems like a fun thing to do, so they fail to realize the dangers involved with climbing the lion,” Kathy Smothers, president of student health advisory committee (SHAC) said. SHAC was not aware of the number of injuries related to the lion every semester, but plans to hold health related promotions on the issue in the upcoming semester. “I want to do a good job about communicating what happens on campus with the students, particularly about safety stuff,” Police Chief Harris said. There have been discussions about the traditions across the university. Many faculty members acknowledge the seal superstitions, Big Blue and now Charles the Monarch as a part of ODU traditions but wince when regarding the riding of the lion. Police Chief Harris, Foss and Smothers agree that the tradition came from the students and not from the school. Foss believes the students are the ones who make the traditions at Old Dominion University. Throughout time, this “tradition” was passed on from class to class and made a rite of passage. Foss poses this question to student groups on campus: “Why not start a new tradition that is safer for everyone to participate in?” She believes people enjoy the thrill of riding the lion, but hopes to spark a new tradition that will have the same thrill without the danger.

Students may have to part with an endeared tradition due to increased security on the lion.

ODU Master Plan: The Dominion in 20 Years

First Student Open Forum IN Webb By: Josh Bray Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Dominion University, in conjunction with representatives from Perkins+Will international architecture design firm, held the first of several Student Open Forums concerning the new update to the university’s Master Plan. Alongside representatives of Perkins+Will, an international architecture design firm, Old Dominion University held the first of several studentopen forums concerning new updates to the university’s master plan. The forum aimed to inspire ideas on how to improve the campus directly from a small representation of the student body. ODU as well as representatives from Perkins+Will had already held open forums with the Student Leaders and Student Government Association on Tuesday, Jan 15. “We have been analyzing the statistical data for the logistics of the school, but we are highly interested in constructive input from the student body itself,” said David F. Harnage, the Chief Operating Officer of ODU. The ambitious update to the ODU Master Plan will cover the projected growth of the student body and campus within the next 20 years. “We are interested in what you, the students, have to say about how you would like the future of Old Dominion to look by 2034. How do you

want to contribute to the future ODU generation? What legacy do you want to leave behind once you become an alumni?” asked Krisan Osterby, planning director for Perkins+Will. The forum was located in the Webb Center

We are interested in what you, the students, have to say about how you would like the future of Old Dominion to look by 2034. How do you want to contribute to the future ODU generation? Isle of Wright Room and was composed of 35 students and several members of the campus community. Each individual was asked three questions with the 20-year time-frame in mind: What do you hope would be the same? What is not working? And what is the campus missing? The questions were meant to go beyond the statistics of ODU into what the students felt would help grow ODU into the best school it could become. “One thing I’d like to see improved is better drainage of water on campus and better utilization

of space in Webb Center,” senior Aaron Turner said. Sophomore student Joe LaFalce agreed with a majority of the students present concerning the Webb Center. “The Webb Center is located in a great spot, but the space is underutilized,” LaFalce said. The plan is propelled by four main motivational “drivers” or needs of a collegiate institution: academics, economics, quality of life, and legacy. The Master Plan is aimed at improving all of these aspects in whichever ways best fit the campus and its students. There are four main phases to the project: observation and analysis, concept and design, master plan and implementation strategies, and document decisions and final presentation. The project is currently transitioning from the first phase, into the second phase. The observation and analysis phase is aimed at considering the needs of the school using statistics as well as input from the students, faculty, city officials, neighborhood leaders and the surrounding community. The concept and design phase will take all the data and input and construct it into several tangible designs and goals. The master plan and implementation strategies phase will condense the designs and goals into the preliminary plan for what would work best for the school considering all the options. The document decisions and final presentation phase will be the final draft of the plan and should be completed in June. “This is the first forum open to the general stu-

dent body. We are testing the process to see how we can better get input from the students. We plan to rely heavily on the website as well as the various forms of social media to best allow all of the students and community to participate,” Don Stansberry, the assistant vice president of student engagement, said regarding the low turnout of students. In the next few months, The Office of Student Engagement as well as the SGA will be focusing heavily on student outreach in order to gain as much input as possible using the ODU website, Facebook and Twitter as well as having booths inside Webb Center and other high traffic areas.

“We really want to get as much input from as many people as possible that the plan impacts. We hope to create a beautiful visual implementation of your needs that will make this a truly great and well recognizable school,” Benjamin Sporer, landscape and architect design leader, said in closing. To give your input to the Old Dominion University Master Plan project, check out the Master Plan website at where you can find a schedule of upcoming events as well as contact information for where to send your ideas and input into the future of Old Dominion University.

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NEWS Mace & Crown Staff : Megan Jefferson Editor in Chief

U: To Mine or not to Mine?

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 Charles Ordoqui News Assistant Sean Burke Web Design Assistant Senior Writers: Brian Jerry RJay Molina Staff Writers: Dominique Bailey Eryn Tolley Kadeem Porter Emma Needham Eric Smith Brian Bowden Mitchell Brown Staff Photographers: Rachel Chasin AJ McCafferty Taylor Roy Charles Ordoqui Claud Dargan Marlie De Clerk 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: Derek Page News Editor Mace & Crown A 30-year-old debate concerning a moratorium on uranium mining in southern Virginia is dividing state legislators. However, contention is based on geographic lines rather than the typical differences in partisanship. Governor Robert F. McDonnell said, “I have long maintained that Virginia should be prudent in considering the potential lifting of the uranium mining moratorium in the commonwealth.” When a joint venture between the Marline Uranium Corporation and Union Carbide sought to extract the uranium oxide from a farm in Chatham, Va. owned by the Coles family, legislators placed a moratorium on the effort to allow time to study the issue. A drop in global uranium prices and lingering skepticism of nuclear power following the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown forced the project to a halt. The Coles family revived the project

several years ago when uranium prices began to soar once more. They formed their own company, Virginia Uranium Inc., and have been trying vehemently to repeal the moratorium since 2007. Pro-mining efforts are focusing the argument on the economic advantages of mining. Virginia is home to the largest source of uranium in the United States and seventh largest in the world. Mining would create about 1000 new jobs in an area struggling with unemployment and would provide $135 million to the region. An estimated 119,000 pounds of ore rests in Pittsylvania County, roughly 200 miles west of Hampton Roads, and is valued at approximately $7 billion. The site is abundant enough to sustain all US nuclear power plants for two years, or Virginia for 75 years. It would also propel the US towards greater energy independence as 90 percent of uranium is imported from foreign sources. Patrick Wales, project manager for Virginia Uranium Inc., argues the importance of uranium mining for closing the “energy gap on

the East Coast.” He claimed the lode could potentially create 20 times more energy than all of the estimated oil of the coast of Virginia and create a 50 percent increase in the nation’s uranium production. In December 2011, the National Academy of Sciences delivered a report commissioned by the state legislature to study industry practices, health and safety issues, and regulatory considerations for the state. The report offered no conclusion regarding the moratorium, but said if it was lifted, Virginia could not begin mining for at least five to eight years due to the absence of state regulations, health and environmental safeguards, and public input. Those against mining argue the environmental and health related consequences of a potential contamination are not worth the benefiting economic factors. According to the Southern Environmental Law Center, the economic factors are not all it’s cracked up to be. “The costs to Virginia in a worst-case disaster are almost double the benefits of the best-case scenario,” their website says. The SELC cites potential health impacts of uranium exposure and mining chemicals. Global studies show people working in or living nears mines are at risk of lung cancer, bone cancer, leukemia, birth defects, weakened immune systems, hormone disruption, and damage to the DNA, kidneys and liver. Others worry of the stigma that will be placed on Virginia with particular regard to importance of tourism on the local economy. “We’ll be known as the uranium mill,” Delegate Donald W. Merricks (R-Pittsylvania) said. “That could be hard to overcome in trying to attract other industries.” The biggest concern remains the environmental risks involved with uranium mining. The mining site at Coles Hill uranium mine,

the proposed facility in Pittsylvania County, is 50 miles away from one of Hampton Roads’ main freshwater supplies, Lake Gaston. Given the circumstances, there is strong potential for radioactive waste to enter Virginia land and waterways. The NAS report warned natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and heavy rainfall “have the potential to lead to the release of contaminants if facilities are not designed and constructs to withstand such an event, or fail to perform as designed.” In a separate study commissioned by the Virginia Beach, findings concluded failure of uranium waste sites, or containment cells, could cause radioactive contamination that would take anywhere from two months to 10 years to purify. Wales still contends that, “Uranium mining is done safely all around the world, in a wide variety of climatic conditions. We believe Virginia is capable of setting a new, even higher standard.” Currently, according to a survey, a narrow majority of 652 business leaders across Virginia oppose ending the moratorium. However, these leaders showed low to moderate trust in the available information surrounding the issue. Supporters of lifting the moratorium remain hopeful and adamant that opinions will change as they learn more on how the ore is mined and the protective actions that will be put in place. “There’s only one factor that matters to me: Can we create a high degree of certainty that regulations that might be put in place… can provide for a high degree of public safety, including health, water, air and the rest?” Governor McDonnell said. “I’m not going to base this on political or financial issues.”

New Housing Program Shifts Priority Incoming and First-Year Students at Forefront of Selection Process By: Megan Jefferson Editor in Chief Mace & Crown Housing & Residence Life is rolling out a brand new program that on-campus students will use to obtain on-campus housing for the 2013-2014 academic year. The program begins Jan. 28 with new features allowing students to browse specific room layouts and view profiles of potential roommates. The biggest change with the new program is determining which students are eligible for oncampus housing. Housing switched to a firstcome first-serve application process where first-year students have the priority. First-year students can begin applying on Jan. 28 through Feb. 22. Second-year students through seniors can apply starting Feb 24. Sue Mykins, the assistant director of cus-

tomer service for Housing & Residence Life said, “Incoming freshman will be guaranteed housing for next year. For the past three years we have been able to guarantee any on-campus student housing as well, but that is changing.” Housing & Residence Life has 4,700 available beds for students. They reserve one-third of the beds for incoming freshmen in traditional freshman dorms such as Rogers and Whitehurst. The next group of people with priority will be the first-year students. After the first-year students apply, the leftover beds are opened to the remaining oncampus students on a first come first serve basis. “Once we know how many [rising] sophomores apply, the remaining spaces that we have open on campus we will accept applications for starting Feb. 24,” Mykins said. The new application process can be closed

once the limit is reached. Mykins urges students to be mindful of the deadlines. Once housing reaches their limit they will stop accepting applications. “There will only be a wait list if there is space available,” Mykins said. Once the applications are submitted, students will get a lottery number to aid in the room selection process. Seniors, juniors and sophomores will receive lower lottery numbers than the freshman who will receive higher numbers resulting in later selections. With the new housing program, students can browse profiles of other students looking for roommates for the upcoming year. The profiles answer a minimum of seven roommate preferences questions, but students can edit their profiles to include more information. Special interest housing is available for people with an organization who prefer to live with

Letter From the Editor Readers of the Mace & Crown,

Although some of you might not want to hear it, welcome back! I am more than excited to get back to school, start covering events and making papers. We have three new editorial board members and a handful of staff members joining the Mace this semester. We have a few interesting events planned for the paper coming up. We all know Valentine’s Day is approaching and everyone is stumped trying to figure out what to give his or her valentine. This year the Mace is printing valentine messages in the sundry section. The messages will be free with a limit of 50 words. Tell

your loved one how much you love them by sending your message to James Porter at We will be accepting messages until Friday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. The photography section is looking for sports photographers for men’s and women’s basketball games. There are a lot of games and we need help covering them all. Come to our meetings on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in our office to get a photo assignment. Jessica Starr, current copy editor, and Jimmy Long, current graphic designer, are looking for assistants. If you are interested in either position, please email editorinchief@maceandcrown. com. Copy assistants are required to know basic grammar skills and knowledge of AP style is recommended. Graphic design

their organization. Such applications must be turned in by Jan. 31 regardless of academic year. Students who live in special interest housing are required to do community service type projects in return for the special circumstances. The special interest housing applications can be found on the housing website. Off-campus students cannot apply for housing due to the high number of students seeking on-campus housing. Services are made available for students transferring to offcampus locations like The District or ODU Rent properties. Contact Missy Sernatinger at the Housing & Residence Life for help transitioning to off-campus locations. The Office of Housing & Residence Life is available to answer any questions via phone, email, Facebook or walk-ins. The information can be found on their website, housingoffice.

assistants must have a deep understanding of InDesign and a general knowledge of all other Adobe software. The Mace & Crown meets 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 at He can supply information on advertising costs and the classified section. Megan Jefferson Editor in Chief


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President Broderick’s Address Student activism has long been a hallmark of the college experience and the Old Dominion University student body, dating back to the earliest days of the school, has been engaged and passionate about their support and advocacy for their alma mater. Students are the heart and soul of this institution, and we are dedicated to providing you access to a quality, affordable and successful academic experience. With the General Assembly session now underway in Richmond, it seems prudent to keep ODU’s most dedicated advocates apprised of the university’s legislative priorities. In December, Governor Robert McDonnell announced his amendments to the 2012-14 biennial budget, which included an additional $5.3 million in base funding for Old Dominion over the nearly $18 million approved by the governor and General Assembly for the biennium last April. Governor McDonnell and the General Assembly have been incredibly supportive of Old Dominion and its commitment to continued affordability and accessibility. I am thankful for all they have done, and continue to do, to make not only Old Dominion, but the state’s entire higher education system, one of the best in the country, bar none. Yet now is not the time for this university to rest on its laurels. ODU is on an upward trajectory that is unparalleled in its history and continued support is critical. Old Dominion’s General Fund shortfall remains at $43 million and the university is funded at only 85 percent of the state’s funding calculation, the very lowest among Virginia public

higher education institutions. Approximately 88 percent of our fall 2012 enrollment is comprised of in-state students. Since 2004, ODU has added more in-state students than any of the other public university and has added the third largest number of in-state students over the past decade. Paradoxically, due to state budget cuts sustained over five consecutive years, General Fund support for these additional in-state students has significantly decreased, resulting in ODU receiving the smallest percentage of funding among all of the state’s colleges and universities. Despite these funding constraints, Old Do-

minion has consistently had among the lowest increases in undergraduate tuition among the public institutions. Our students cannot, and should not, shoulder the burden of inequitable funding. Our top priority during the 2013 General Assembly session is a request of $15 million to address the University’s shortage of full-time faculty. Currently, ODU’s faculty-student ratio is 21 to 1, the highest of any doctoral institution in the Commonwealth. These funds will allow the university to hire almost 200 additional faculty, with an emphasis on STEM and other critical shortage areas, bringing our ratio to 17 to 1, and on par with our peer institutions. This directly benefits you and your education, and the university needs your support. Two organizations–the ODU Government Relations Student Advisory Committee (GRSAC) and Virginia 21–are student-run, non-partisan groups that advocate on behalf of Old Dominion University and higher education in general. GRSAC will be holding its annual Old Dominion University Day at the General Assembly on Jan. 23. They also do a variety of grassroots activities and events throughout the year. The same is true of Virginia 21. You can find out more about either organization through the Office of Student Activities and Leadership. I urge you to take part in the discussion, get involved and engaged and, by doing so, assure that high-quality, affordable education remains a possibility not only for you, but for future generations.

Student Government Address Dear Monarchs, I hope everyone is getting settled back into the swing of school! Just wanted to give you all an update on the SGA events in the spring. SGA will be hosting a variety of events, as well as pursuing a few initiatives. This semester we hope to organize a General Assembly Lobbying Day in Richmond, Build-a-Big-Blue for military children, an ID card swipe system for scantrons in the library, an Eating with Strangers event during Peace Week, an SGA/Traditions Week and making several recommendation to our administrators on various topics of discussion. Two of the above mentioned goals I will highlight in this week’s address are the card swipe for scantrons concept and the SGA/Traditions Week. In terms of the scantrons, we asked many students about scantrons and their accessibility to them. Many students wanted an option to obtain and purchase scantrons in the learning commons. Upon researching vending machines

The Word is…

Algeria mounts assault on terrorist hostage situation at internationally-owned gas field On Wednesday, Jan 16, a jihadist militant group ambushed a bus transporting gas-field workers to a nearby airport before commandeering the compound. The next day, Algeria mounted an assault on Islamist militants holding Americans and others hostage. “The operation resulted in the neutralization of a large number of terrorists and the liberation of a considerable number of hostages,” Algerian communications minister Mohand Saïd Oublaï said. Oublaï said the abductions were an act of vengeance for France’s armed intervention in neighboring Mali where Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants advance toward the capital. The attack was led by Algerian terrorist Moktar Belmoktar a long-time target of French counterterrorism forces. US, Britain and Japan were not notified of the assault and feel the Algerians may have been reckless, causing preventable casualties. Algeria

that would be appropriate, we found it would cost more than $10,000. Instead, we decided to utilize those funds to allocate a certain number of free scantrons for students by using a card swipe machine in the learning commons. Details are still being configured, but the ultimate goals would be to use your ID to be able to purchase them when need be after the certain allocated amount has been used. The other idea I would like to elaborate upon is our SGA/Traditions Week. This is a new concept and we hope to not only show the student body a little bit of what we do, but also get feedback on differing issues we are continually researching. The week will be centered around ODU traditions and is planned for Feb. 18-22 while the locations are still being determined. On Monday, Feb. 18, we hope to have a display area surrounding the seal on Kaufman Mall, as not only awareness, but to get people discussing and reminiscing about some of our traditions.

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the SGA plans on having an STD Awareness event in the House of Blue, where we will be serving ice cream and cake. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, we will be hosting an SGA Forum. This is to directly gain feedback on certain campus issues and to give you all the opportunity to voice concerns on issues you are concerned about. We meet with administrators often and are able to relay information to them. On this day we will also be giving out new REP ODU shirts out to all forum attendees! On Thursday, Feb. 21, we will be hosting another House of Blue event, where we will display SGA accomplishments and take more suggestions and ideas for the spring semester. We will also be raffling off REP ODU hoodies. On Friday, Feb. 22, it’s a surprise, so I’ll leave you all guessing! Best regards and have a productive week!

stands by the decision. Assassination attempt on influential Bulgarian Turkish ethnic party leader Ahmed Dogan, leader of Bulgaria’s Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) party, was assaulted by a gunman during a speech at the National Palace of Culture (NDK) in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria. 25-year-old Oktai Enimehmedov rushed the stage and aimed a gas pistol at Dogan’s head which apparently got stuck, allowing Dogan time to wrestle with Enimehmedov until security subdued him. Delegates and other officials reportedly beat Enimehmedovo who was later discovered to be carrying two knives as well. Dogan’s expected successor, Lyutvi Mestan, told the Associated Press “the true reason for the assault was the language of hatred and confrontation.” in The assault is the most significant attack on a politician since the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Andrei Lukanov in 1996. Dear Abby” dies Pauline Phillips, known nationally as the

“Dear Abby” advice columnist, died in Minneapolis, Minn. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at age 94. Her official pen name was Abigail Van Buren, “Abigail” for the wise woman in the Old Testament and “Van Buren” in homage of one of her favorite presidents. The column first appeared in 1956, which she wrote solely until 2000 when her daughter Jeanne started sharing the byline. It appeared in 1,400 newspapers with daily readership of over 110 million, according to syndication service Universal Uclick. “My mother leaves very big heels to fill with a legacy of compassion, commitment and positive social change. I will honor her memory every day by continuing this legacy,” Jeanne Phillips said. Former New Orleans Mayor faces new kind of storm Ray Nagin was indicted last Friday on 21 federal corruption charges, including bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns. The 25-page federal indictment says he allegedly defrauded the city in a “bribery and kickback scheme” in which he received checks, cash, wire transfers, personal services and free travel from

Mariam Abdelhamid SGA President


1:00 a.m.

– 1500 Block Melrose Pkwy – Theft from Building

1/07 2:00 p.m. – 1000 49 St. – Vandalism to Vehicle

1/10 7:30 a.m. – Garage C – Theft of License Plates

1/11 9:00 p.m. – 5200 Colley Ave. – Unauthorized Charges to Student’s Credit Card

1/13 1:10 a.m. – 1400 Block 42 St.– Student Assaulted by an Unidentified Mob 3:00 a.m. – 800 Block 44 St. – License Plates Removed, Vehicle Tagged

1/14 12:20 p.m. – 1201 Café – Theft of Unattended Backpack 11:58 p.m. – Powhatan Apartments – Report of Students Smoking Marijuana 7:21 p.m. – 4700 Powhatan Ave. – Theft from Student Rec Center

1/15 1:17 p.m. – 5200 Block Hampton Blvd. – Hit and Run 9:04 p.m. – Garage D – Subject Arrested for Trespassing

1/16 12:50 p.m. 8:45 a.m. 12:45 a.m. 6:47 p.m. 04:30 p.m.

– Webb Center – Suspicious Male in Restroom – ODU Shuttle Bus – Theft of Laptop – 1500 Block 40 St. – Theft from Motor Vehicle – Chemistry Building – Student Arrested for Drunk In Public – 1300 49 St. – Theft from Motor Vehicle

1/17 9:39 p.m. – Gresham Main–Marijuana Found on Third Floor businessmen seeking contracts and favorable treatment from the city. It also says he allegedly received bribes in the amounts of $60,000, $2,250, $50,000 and $10,000 from city contractors. Nagin served as mayor from 2002 to 2010. He is best remembered for the SOS call to the nation during Hurricane Katrina. That same year, 2005, Nagin allegedly filed a false tax return claiming his income was $156,278. He faces the same accusation for 2006, 2007, and 2008. “Today’s indictment of former Mayor Ray Nagin alleges serious violations of the public’s trust,” current New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a prepared statement. “Public corruption cannot and will not be tolerated.” Arena plans buried A proposed sports arena that would have potentially been the new home to the Sacramento Kings has been put to rest, at least for now. Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms told 13News the project will be considered down the line, perhaps next year. The proposal would have left entertainment company Comcast-Spector in charge of operat-

ing the arena and finding a team. No pro team means no arena. To build the arena, it would cost the city $241 million. It also required a state contribution of $150 million and $35 million out of the picket of Comcast-Spector. Gov. Bob McDonnell has said his budget wouldn’t include money for the arena and Mayor Sessoms said the city will not pursue the funds in the General Assembly this year. “We have not reached a level of progress that will allow the city to go before the General Assembly to request the necessary funding. If the city is to secure support from the state, which is critical to this project, we must have a firm proposal for the legislature to consider. We must make more progress with our discussions,” Sessoms said in a joint statement with ComcastSpectacor President Peter Luukko. San Fransico 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens head to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Sunday’s wins against Atlanta and New England resulted in NFC and AFC chanpionships for the 49ers and Ravens. The two teams will face off in New Orleans on Feb. 3 for the super bowl.


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ARTS & ENTERTANMENT An Unusual Encounter

Picasso at the Lapin Agile By: Eryn Tolley Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Have you ever wondered what might happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a bar? Famous comedian/actor/screenwriter Steve Martin imagined it would be a comical encounter. Set in a Parisian bar in the beginning of the twentieth century, Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” describes the imagined meeting of physicist Einstein, artist Pablo Picasso and an unexpected guest. Einstein walks into the Lapin Agile where he plans to wait for his date who he accidentally told to meet at another bar. While enjoying a drink, a diverse group of local patrons, including an old barfly who is obsessed with drinking and sex, discuss the local artist Picasso. Einstein becomes curious as a local dealer makes money off of the artist and one of the flirtatious female customers named Suzanne swoons over him. When Pablo Picasso finally enters the bar, his

arrogance is immediately evident. Obsessed with the opposite sex, he rambles on about his need to continually use women in order to be inspired. He is a lady’s man and self-confident, but that confidence fades away when his rival Matisse enters the conversation. Einstein and Picasso look down upon each other at first. However, their shared self-confidence eventually draws them together and they realize each others’ values with the help of other patrons and an unexpected guest. Jeremiah Joyce plays the role of Picasso and said he researched Picasso for his part. However, since the play is written by a comedy legend, he wanted to have fun with the role. “It’s a little absurd,” Joyce said. The play is meant to be light-hearted and silly, but it’s meant to have a deeper meaning behind the laughs and jokes. Director Jim Mitchell said he believes the play is about the “beauty of an idea.” “Can the beauty with which an idea is expressed, make the idea more beautiful?” Mitchell

said. He said the play seems more like a “Saturday Night Live skit” at first, but he called it “wonderfully absurd,” praising Steve Martin for his imagination. Mitchell performed in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” 14 years ago and he knew he wanted to direct it when he discovered it was being produced. “I knew how much fun it was,” Mitchell said. “Everybody gets to know each other really well; everybody has a part.” The play touches on topics of love, life, science, art and beauty while the characters find their place in the twentieth century. “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is being performed at the Little Theater of Norfolk from Jan. 18 to Feb. 10. The 90-minute performance begins on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. General admission is $17 and student and military tickets are $14. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at

This absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a cafe to meet before both became famous for their brilliant minds.

A Norfolk Experience Worth Tasting

80/20 Burger Bar Opens in Ghent By: Allison Terres Web Designer Mace & Crown The newly opened 80/20 Burger Bar, started from an original idea, to provide customers with a delicious burger with the perfect lean to fat ratio. The restaurant came together with considerable effort by Jamie Simms, Allan Braesen and Joe Pavey. Fortunately, the men were not alone in their venture. The restaurant had a local following even before it opened to wide community anticipation on Dec. 21. Pavey, who owns the restaurant, also manages The Taphouse, another local bar in Ghent. As a Hampton Roads native, Pavey knew locals enjoyed a true “Norfolkian” experience and atmosphere. The burger bar crew did all the work to revamp the space, which was once the restaurant “The Boot.” “We got about 15 tons of wood and stained it all ourselves…actually we did basically the whole

thing ourselves,” Pavey said as he surveyed his place from a stool at the bar. “It’s the only way we knew we could get it done right.” The restaurant is a dark but open space, with stained wood furnishings and a barn-style atmosphere. Every dark chrome fixture, table and ceiling tile was hand-worked, much like the burgers themselves. The buns, pickled peppers, seasonings and burgers are all handmade in the kitchen, which is visible from the dining area. Pickled jalapenos and chilies rest on the far wall, providing a colorful garnish for the food and the décor. Pavey spends a lot of his time at the restaurant. When he isn’t working, he is walking around and greeting the customers, with a beer in hand. “We wanted to keep it as regional as possible,” he said. The menu features obscure names that a Norfolk scenester and grandma alike could recognize. Like the “Orapax,” a burger with kalamata olives and tzaziki sauce, its namesake is a popular Greek place on Redgate.

Outside, the locally commissioned mural of a cow, by Rashidi Barrett, greets customers on their way in, of a breakdown of the animal and cuts that come from it. The single page menu features 80 different bottled beers and 20 different beers on tap and 12 types of pre-made burgers to choose from, but anyone could be “That Guy” and make their own with three possible toppings to choose from. Every burger is 100 percent grass fed organic beef but can also assume a vegetarian counterpart and comes with one side. There are three different types of fries and options like “smack and cheese” or creamed leeks. There are a few tables and booths that line the outer rim of the space and the open space in the middle of the restaurant is reserved for live local music acts, which will begin in February. Visit the official website at to view the full menu and directions to visit the newly established eatery.

There are 12 pre-made burgers featured on the menu with a variety of meat or vegetarian patties and toppings.

The menu includes a variety of starters from loaded potato skins to bruschetta.


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A Hope for World Peace Through Poetry

Weapons of Mass Construction CD Release Party at Borjo

By: Kadeem Porter Staff Writer Mace & Crown Borjo’s Coffeehouse, located in Old Dominion’s Villiage, shared its stage with poetic group Weapons of Mass Construction on the night of Jan. 19 in honor of the group’s new CDs, “StarsGrazing” and “Heartbreak In Three Pieces.” Artists Charisse Minerva and Regina Scott Sanford make up this energetic musical collective. The group descirbes their lyrics as “consciously positive content with positively conscious intent,” according to their Facebook page.

If we let the love shine in, it will change our hearts and we will change the world.

Saturday’s CD release party featured Weapons of Mass Construction at the Borjo Coffeehouse.

Seven City Spinners

Talent Ablaze in Virginia Beach

The three performers can be found entertaining on the Virginia Beach boardwalk. By: Erika Schaubach “My favorite thing about performing is the Contributing Writer rush of knowing the crowd is watching me and Mace & Crown loving what I do. The feedback from the audience energizes me,” said Sgroi. There is something seductive about the fantasy “It’s great to know that so many people can’t of leaving it all behind and joining the circus. For stop looking at what I’m doing, and they feel the three Hampton Roads locals, the circus was only need to give me money for what they saw. Instead as far as the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. of going to a movie and paying up front not knowOld Dominion alumni Jon Norton and Casey ing what you’re going to get, this is them paying Croson teamed up with TCC alumna, Jeanne because they loved what they got,” Norton added. Sgroi in 2012 to create the fire performing troupe The Seven City Spinners is comprised of Cro“The Seven City Spinners.” Norton and Casey son using fire poi and a meteor-hammer, Sgroi have been clowns and stilt-walkers at the Ocean- performing with fire fans or fire hoops, and Norfront, but felt they were not getting booked often ton seems to be trying to master all fire arts; poi, enough. fire staff, juggling clubs and fire breathing are just a When their manager suggested they form a few things on his pyro list. fire-troupe with the talented hula-hoop performThe troupe has been hired at Superbeach er, Sgroi, the rest was history. Croson decided that Street USA Sandbridge, a wedding in West Virgin“it looked awesome,” and said he could imagine ia, Norfolk public libraries and the Haunted Trail himself as a video game character. in Richmond as zombie stilt-walkers. It is not According to the performers, the learning surprising in an area known for tourism that they process was filled with danger and mistakes butit have found popularity. People flock to Hampton wasn’t long before the pyromaniacs became adRoads for an escape from monotony and nothing dicted. is more magical that a group that risks injury to Croson said, “a vast majority of practices were entertain. spent without fire” and that they always had a perWhen questioned if they would be pursuing son waiting with a fire-extinguisher. “But you can what some only dream about, which is joining the only do as much as you can and accept the risks,” circus, the answer was fairly immediate, “without he said. “Getting smacked in the face and singeing question, yes. I would love to be around creativity hair just came with the territory.” every day,” Norton exclaimed. Why would anyone want to learn such a danFor these three young adults, dreaming just gerous art? There is just something about being wasn’t enough. They weren’t satisfied until their on stage that inspires them, the group said; the talent was on fire and displayed for all. energy rush of performing is something they thrive on.

Their genre fuses poetic expression with soft, soulful instrumentals, such as tambourines and djembes. The CDs were released in honor or Martin Luther King’s birthday and were being sold for five dollars each. Weapons of Mass Construction began their performance with Minerva’s song “Possibilities,” members of the audience were out of their seats dancing and shaking instruments in the already

packed coffee shop. The recurring theme in the group’s music is about instilling hope and attempting to rid the world of hatred. Minerva sang, “If we let the love shine in, it will change our hearts and we will change the world.” The two artists performed lyrics together and individually, including popular songs of theirs such as, “Sometimes,” “Farewell in Gm,” “Stand Up For Your Rights” and “I Will Stop Cussing When There Is Peace.” Minerva and Scott Sanford shared the stage with DJ Rudebwoy, who was in charge of background music. He set the performance’s mood by playing Erkyah Badu, John Legend, Jah Cure and Donell Jones. The release party also featured Tonie Sheely, who performs under the stage name Quiet Storm. She is known locally for her potent spoken word and singing in a quintet group from Portsmouth called “Voices of Distinction.” The group is described as having a neo-soul and R&B feel while using snaps and claps from the crowd to perform classics like “My Girl” and “End of the Road.” The event also included a mini drum circle where audience members could use the microphone to express their words of wisdom. In addition to promoting peace, art and culture, Minerva and Scott Sanford plan to continue performing and hope to reach more people with positive energy.

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A Coach and a Teacher By: Mitchell Brown Staff Writer Mace & Crown There isn’t enough time in the day to name all of the accolades that the Old Dominion University football team was able to achieve this season. 79 touchdowns, 587 points and 7,127 yards are only a few of the CAA Single-Season records that the Monarchs accumulated throughout their historic season. In their fourth season, the Monarchs went 11-2, 7-1 in the CAA winning the conference championship. Coach Bobby Wilder, who is 3810 in four seasons as the Monarchs head coach, recently won the American Football Monthly FCS Coach of the Year Award.

79 touchdowns 587 points 7,127 yards Coach Wilder has led six players to All-American status; Taylor Heinicke, Nick Mayers, Chris Burnette, Craig Wilkins, Johnathan Plisco and Jack Lowney. Coach Wilder said, “This is a tremendous honor to win this award from a highly respected publication like American Football

“ Coach Bobby Wilder is becoming a household name all across the country.

to have multiple options on each play. The road the Monarchs are headed down seems bright, although there may be some bumps along the way. Coach Wilder hinted at Monarch fans possibly getting an expanded stadium in the near future. “What’s taking place is our campus leadership, and they’re working on the campuswide master plan which will involve all facets of the campus, and the S.B. Ballard stadium is part of that master plan, and hopefully we’ll know in the near future what the recommendation will be for stadium expansion; there is definitely going to be a bigger stadium in the near future,” Wilder said. A tough task lies ahead as the Monarchs will have to replace 19 seniors from the Monarchs 2012 team. “It’s going to be a major challenge to replace the leap of faith group, those 19 seniors that started the program at Old Dominion. You look at players like Craig Wilkins, who was a four year captain, and as far as I’ve been able to tell, is the only four year captain in the history of college football, which is pretty amazing,” Wilder said. When you meet a man like Bobby Wilder, just take a moment and listen, because your life might just be changed. Over the past four years and counting, the Old Dominion Monarchs have listened, and have blossomed in to an elite program.

We truly are a football family that understands the priorities and values of our great institution. I could not be more proud to represent ODU and our football program. -Bobby Wilder

Old Dominion Takes Sixth CAA Loss to Georgia State By: Sarah Condon Contributing Writer Mace & Crown

Georgia St. kept the Monarchs off balance on their way to victory.

Monthly. I accept this award on behalf of Old Dominion University, our students, and everyone associated with our program that gave a great effort this year during our 11-2 season,” Wilder said. “We truly are a football family that understands the priorities and values of our great institution. I could not be more proud to represent ODU and our football program.” Wilder has become the face of the Monarch football community and continues to create a positive, winning atmosphere in Norfolk. In a time of transition, coach Wilder said that the theme for the 2013 Monarchs team is to “Raise the Bar.” Wilder then went in depth to say that, “What I mean by raise the bar, is I need to become a better coach, our assistant coaches need to improve, and we started Monday morning on Jan. 15th at 5:30 a.m.” Wilder praised the effort of his players saying that he has a bunch of players that are trying to raise the bar. The main focus for Wilder and his staff will be maintaining the high level of play that brought in the barrage of accolades this past season. No one will forget the thrilling 64-61 win over New Hampshire where Taylor Heinicke threw for 730 yards, or the exciting FCS quarterfinals playoff game versus Georgia Southern where the Monarchs and Eagles dueled it out. This offensive efficiency all comes from coach Wilder; his system enables his quarterback

It was an energetic and lively crowd at the Ted Constant Convocation Center last Saturday night as Old Dominion hosted the Georgia State Panthers in a CAA conference game. Coached by Ron Hunter, the Panthers kept a strong lead the entire duration of the game, rarely allowing the Monarchs to make the score close in the second half. Like the Monarchs, the Panthers have a fairly young team with many of their players being either a freshman or a sophomore. Although both CAA teams were evenly matched, Georgia State’s aggressive zone defense proved to be too difficult of a challenge for Old Dominion’s offense as the Monarchs lost by a final score of 54-69. Although disappointed, Old Dominion head coach Blaine Taylor offered an optimistic approach on the struggling Monarch’s season. “These kids are getting academic and athletic experiences- we’re going to keep playing basketball. This is a game we love and we [have got to] move forward in the competition.” The first half started out slow, with the game going back and forth between Old Dominion and Georgia State. At nine minutes remaining, the Panthers pulled ahead after Manny Atkins hit a three-point field goal bringing the score to 19-11. Monarchs’ guard Donte Hill stepped up on offense after this run by providing the offense with scoring opportunities and attacking the Panthers’

zone. Hill also proved to be a strong defender in this half, forcing a number of Georgia State turnovers. He finished the first half with 10 total points and four total rebounds with three of these rebounds being on the defensive end. Moving into the end of the first half, the game picked up and transitioned into a faster pace battle between two teams. The Panthers persisted on playing their different zone defense as Old Dominion played an aggressive and tight man-toman defense. At 1 minute and a half remaining, Donte Hill scored a key three-point field goal that brought ODU up to a one-point difference, 22-23. The last minute of the first half was intense as Georgia State’s R.J Hunter hit a three-point field goal and Old Dominion’s Dimitri Batten responded with another three-point field goal with 41 seconds left. R.J Hunter then scored his third three point field goal of the half and Georgia State closed the first half leading 29-25. The second half opened with Old Dominion’s

Dimitri Batten sparking the Monarchs and bringing some much needed intensity back into the game. Batten made key blocks and assists during the second half, being a significant contributor to the score as well. Batten had 14 total points, four total rebounds and went 3-5 in three point field goals and field goals attempted. Unfortunately his valiant effort was not enough. The Panthers took control of the game largely due to the efforts of Lawson and Hunter and led by double digits for most of the second half on their way to the victory. “Our goal is to keep teams under 60. Offensively these guys [Monarchs] are really talented. We played seven different defenses tonight and when we do that, we’re pretty good.” Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter said after the game. Old Dominion will be back on the hardwood on Saturday as they travel to James Madison University and attempt to get back in the win column.

ATHLETEOFTHEWEEK Old Dominion University Women’s Basketball player Galaisha Goodhope, a freshman, was recently named CAA Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week. Set a career high with 21

points against Georgia St. Goodhope is third on the team in scoring and fourth in both assists and steals.

MONARCHMENTIONS Old Dominion Wrestling team goes 3-0 at CAA duals. The Monarchs defeated Boston University (23-6) , Drexel (27-9), and Hofstra (19-12). Four members of the Lady Monarchs field hockey team have competed or are scheduled to compete in Australia this month. Junior Kati

Nearhouse and Sophomore Kelsey Smither are set to begin competition at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Freshmen Teisha King and Sarah Breen helped lead their state to victory back home as Victoria’s U21 Indoor team won the national championship.


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NHL: Hockey Lives On What was once lost is now found

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By: Joshua Whiting Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Our prayers have been answered by the hockey gods. The National Hockey League has secured a season this year. The dreaded NHL lockout is over. The NHL, along with commissioner Gary Bettman signed a new collective bargaining agreement with the National Hockey League Players Association. Although many sacrifices were made by team owners and players, along with the image of the NHL becoming potentially tarnished, the puck was able to drop last weekend. As time passed with no end in sight, the excitement of a new hockey season, and the hope of a CBA agreement were quickly diminishing. After months of negotiating, both sides of the spectrum were able to muster up an agreement. The new ten-year agreement came just in time. Bettman announced earlier that if games were not started by Jan. 19, the 2012-13 season would be doomed. Well, coincidentally, the season was able to commence on that very same day. Sadly, before the agreement, commissioner Bettman had already made public that this year’s all-star game, along with possibly the most important game of regular season, the Winter Classic, would be canceled. Along with those cancelations, the amount of games played per team has been cut from the accustomed 82 games to a quaint, 48-game season. At least hockey fans can now look forward to more than just the survival of the NHL. Now we can all look forward to everyone’s favorite teams battling it out to the finish in a shortened season. We can look forward to watching each team’s new player acquisitions on the ice, such as the New York Ranger’s right-winger Rick Nash, or Wash-

ington Capital’s center Mike Ribeiro. Also the Los Angeles Kings will attempt to defend their Stanley Cup title. The collective bargaining agreement includes many new aspects. Some of the conditions include revenue sharing and contract lengths. Unlike the previous CBA agreement, which gave the players 57 percent of all hockey related revenues and 43 percent to the owners, both sides now share 50 percent of the revenues. The agreement also dealt

with the issue of long-term contracts given to players. Lengthy contracts were becoming common place for high-valued free agents. In the off-season, top free-agents, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, each signed 13-year, $98 million contracts to play for the Minnesota Wild. There is now a seven-year limit for player contracts, and eight years for teams who are re-signing their players. Team schedules will be quite different this season. Teams that are part of the Eastern Confer-

ence will not be competing against teams from the Western Conference in the regular season. This will decrease the amount of traveling for teams who will be playing games on a more frequent basis due to the shortened season. The Stanley Cup Finals will be the only time teams from opposing conferences will play against each other. It should make for an exciting series. The Winter Classic was scheduled for New Years Day, in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit

Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs were to compete outdoors in Michigan Stadium. The NHL All-Star Game was to be played at Nationwide arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 2014 Winter Olympics will delay the NHL and the city of Columbus from holding an all-star game until 2015.

Double Dagger Net Swagger Ivanova & co. cruise past Spartans, Bison to start the season off with perfection By: Brian Jerry Senior Writer Mace & Crown A singles clinic and doubles sweep ended a near perfect day for the Lady Monarchs (2-0) as they knocked off the Norfolk State Spartans (0-1) 7-0 and Howard Bison (0-1) 6-1, respectively as Old Dominion began the 2013 campaign Saturday at Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. In the first match, freshman newcomer Nikol Hristova teamed up with Juliana Pires to defeat Andrea Macchiavello and Yvonne 6-1 in doubles action to seal the point in doubles action. Diana Ivanova and Melissa Esnal Olguin shut out Luara Gutierrez and Mafalda Lhorca 8-0, while the other fresh face Ivana Vukovic paired with Nika Kmolosvka to take Rebecca Graff and Maryna Kariuk 8-1 for the sweep. Singles action pitted Ivanova against Maccahiavello, as the Russian senior took care of business in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. Hristova defeated Yvonne Kameone 6-2, 6-0 in the first singles action of her collegiate career at ODU. Elsewhere, Olguin made quick work of Lhorca 6-2, 6-2. Kmolosvka handled Mariuk 6-1, 6-0 and Faith Atiso rounded out the singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout over Kia Batiste. After the match, head coach Dominic Manilla expressed his satisfaction for the team’s opening performance in the opening matches of the day. “I think the girls came out and they were focused the entire time,” Manilla said. “Everybody closed out very professionally. I think we looked strong today. We looked experienced, even in our youth.” Heading into her final go-around in her col-

legiate career, Ivanova spoke of her dominance in the final singles contest to wrap up the match, citing the reliance of her fundamentals as a tool that propelled her to take care of one half of the day’s business. “First match is always tough because it’s the beginning of the season and then you have to find your game,” Ivanova said. “You have to focus and remember how to play points and not focus on the score.” Speaking of the score, the senior was adamant in spite of the score that her opponent Macchiavello didn’t give up despite being contested in such a lopsided contest and expressing her expletive vocal frustration in the second set. She also noted what her team needed to do in the next match to carry the momentum into 3 p.m. “I don’t think she gave up, she was fighting until the last point. She had pretty good shots, so she didn’t give up,” Ivanova said. “For the next game (against Howard at 3 p.m.) I will just try to put every ball inside the court and just play my game.” So after establishing their dominance in the first course of the meal, how would the main course and dessert fare? The answer was quite appealing to the home team. In the second game, the Lady Monarchs gave the Bison all they could handle and then some. Ivanova once again teamed up with Olguin to handle Katelyn Stokes and Brittney Morgan in doubles to the tune of 8-2. Hiristova and Pires then took their success against the Spartans into the second contest in a 8-1 thumping of Talia Johnson and Stacey Roheman. And Khmolosvka and Vukovic defeated Umarah Mughee and Gabrielle Moxey 7-4 to complete a second consecutive doubles sweep of the day over the Bison.

In singles play, the only loss of the day came when Ivanova dropped straight sets to Stokes 7-5, 7-5. Other than that, it was all ODU, all day long. Hristova settled into her career to take down Morgan 6-1, 6-3 to improve to 3-0 on the court for the day. Vukovic followed with the completion of a three-win performance of her own, defeating Mughee 6-0, 6-2 in straight sets. Pires halted Johnson 6-2, 6-3, while Olguin took care of Moxey 6-2, 6-2. Khmolovska made quick work of Roheman 6-0, 6-1. With the second match of the day wrapped up, Pires expressed her thoughts on the match, her opponent, and how rehab is going for a knee injury which forced her to miss significant time last season due to injury. “She’s a good player and she was very consistent but what I was looking for in this match was getting myself back into the game after all my injuries,” Pires said of Johnson and her knee. “So it was just like getting confident, trying to do the best I could. I’m just going to get it and play every match. And it’s going to keep going,” Pires spoke of her confidence. On her knee and how rehab is going: “I’m not back to where I was but it’s a good start. Today’s win was very important to me because it was the first one since last semester, I barely played. So it was good,” Pires said. Going forward into next week, Manilla is adamant in building on these wins to put everything in place going forward. “All in all, our girls are looking tough. I think from top to bottom, we’ll be successful if we played the way we did today,” Manilla said. Ivanova helped swing Old Dominion to a perfect start.



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Wrestling with Success Old Dominion wrestler Chris Mecate wins CAA Rookie of the Week Award

On Saturday, Jan. 12, the Old Dominion University wrestling team placed eighth out of 16 teams in the 2013 Virginia Duals held in Hampton. Although the team finished with an overall record of 1-2 in the tournament, one wrestler proved to be a dynamic young talent and a new challenge to overcome on the mat this season. Redshirt freshman Chris Mecate of Highland, Cali. was named CAA Rookie of the Week following his 2-1 finish in his first ever Virginia Duals. For the 141-pounder, the news of his selection for the award initially came as a surprise. “I was a little shocked to be honest,” Mecate said, “I did lose this

weekend, so I didn’t even know I was up for that award or anything. I mean I’ve done well, but I didn’t expect it.” To begin his Virginia Duals debut, Mecate faced off against highly ranked Mitchell Port of Edinboro University. Despite a losing effort resulting in a 7-3 decision, the California native was far from deterred and moved on to defeat Kyle Bauer of Kent State (2-0) and Mark Erickson of North Dakota State (8-3). In spite of being a relatively new face to college wrestling, Mecate has experienced a great deal of success this season. He’s placed in five tournaments throughout the season and his two wins in the Virginia Duals has added to an already much improved record from last year’s 20-14 finish. For many college athletes, love for their sport


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Delaware Northeastern

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William and Mary Drexel

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Old Dominion Georgia St.

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Women’s Basketball Thursday, January 17th James Madison William and Mary

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Georgia St. Northeastern

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UNC Wilmington Old Dominion

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Towson George Mason

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is often influenced by professional icons or older family members. As for Mecate, it was as simple as picking up the Sunday paper. “My dad was reading a newspaper article one day about a kid who was a wrestler,” Mecate said with a smile, “he showed me and I was like ‘I’ll try wrestling. Why not? I want to be like this kid!’ “So my dad found the best club in my area, I started going the very next week, and I stuck with it.” And stick with it he did. After going to the state championships three out of four years of high school and winning states his senior year, it was set in stone that collegiate wrestling was the next step for him. Being from a state where wrestling isn’t a highly popular sport, Mecate’s skills on the mat stood out and colleges soon took notice. Ultimately




By: Evans Sparks Contributing Writer Mace & Crown

Mecate chose to join Old Dominion’s wrestling team but it appeared that decision had been made years ago. “Well, the head coach runs these summer camps and used to come out to California like three times a summer. Every summer I would see Steve, I would train with him, and he would coach me. So I naturally felt a little more comfortable with Steve because I knew if I came out here it wouldn’t just be me by myself.” Having a close relationship with head coach Steve Martin not only made the transition from the Golden State easier, but also somewhat familiar. From day one, Mecate was dedicated to Martin’s coaching routine, revolving his training around a notion that is encouraged to the team: doing the extra. But for Mecate this concept doesn’t stop just at wrestling. The young hopeful

plans on taking his knowledge and skill from the mat and trying it out in the octagon. “Actually, I want to do mixed martial arts,” Mecate stated, “I’ll never forget when I was little I was at one of Steve’s camps in Huntington Beach California and MMA fighter Tito Ortiz came to the camp. I was a little 9-year-old kid when I saw him and that influenced my life.” With an ultimate goal in mind, Mecate’s discipline is sure to propel him on the right path. At every level he has improved and by the end of the season Mecate plans to make a bold statement in the collegiate wrestling world. “I want to be nationally recognized,” Mecate said, “I want to get respected amongst the best in college and hopefully I’m doing the right things now for me to get it. It’s easy to say it but it doesn’t matter if you don’t do what you have to do.” His confidence now boosted from last year, Mecate is set on a path with only one thing in mind: preparation for the NCAA tournament in March. Chris Mecate is shaping up to be a challenging opponent in the 141 pound division and he will be sure to turn heads in the seasons to come.

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THE BLUE LIST By: Dominique Bailey Staff Writer Mace & Crown Music is dynamic and forever changing, but two things are necessary for longevity within the music industry–talent and more importantly fan appeal. This past year, music lovers were introduced to artists that understood this and who were rooted in the craft of music. 2012 birthed the success of artists like Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and Lana Del Ray. This year, numerous artists are hoping to follow in their footsteps and find their own spotlight. Without a doubt. 2013 will bring a multitude of new artists, but this will also be the year that many indie favorites obtain the mainstream spotlight they’ve been working

so hard for. Joey Bada$$ (Hip-hop/Rap)– Independent seems to be a good look for hip-hop these days, especially for 17-year-old New Yorker Joey Bada$$. Joey Bada$$ has managed to make quite a name for himself in such a short time. With two solo projects, two projects with collective Pro Era, and numerous collaborations with rap heavy-hitters under his belt, Joey Bada$$ is quickly becoming a favorite within hip-hop circles. Although the young rapper has major labels begging to sign him, he has chosen to remain independent. It’s unlikely that this decision will hurt his growth, though. With a spotlight slot on MTV, this young rapper will be a household name in no time. While waiting for new music, check out his debut project, “1999” and his lat-


New, Yet Old Faces

Indie “Veterans” That Will Finally Shine in 2013

est release with collective Pro Era, “P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse.” Skylar Grey (Pop)– Formerly known as Holly Brook, three-time Grammy nominee Skylar Grey is not a new face or name within the music industry, but she still has not had the success needed to push her to stardom. Years of setbacks have prevented Grey from standing out among the crowd. However, after her name change in 2010, she’s been on a steady uphill path. Since 2010, Grey has worked with numerous big name artists, including Lupe Fiasco, Eminem and The Band Perry. Grey’s latest single, “C’mon Let Me Ride” is satirical and humorous, so it is only natural that Eminem is featured. Although fun-filled, the song showcases her songwriting abilities. Between her songwriting skills and

vocals, Grey is an artist music fans will want to know and love this year. Fans will have to wait a bit longer for Skylar Grey’s latest album, but her extensive catalog should be enough to keep them happy. Jhené Aiko (R&B, Soul)– Singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko is also is no new face within the music industry. Although Aiko made her musical debut in 2002 with boy band B2K, that success was short live as she took a step back and walked away from music in 2008. Jhené Aiko reemerged in 2011 completely independent and unknown to the general public, but she made a splash. The release of her mixtape “Sailing Soul(s)” catapulted her into the spotlight. Since then, Aiko’s fan base has stabilized and increased enormously, making her an artist everyone will know

in 2013. As fans anxiously await the release of her album “Souled Out,” they can hear her signature sultry voice on songs with music group “Cocaine 80s.” AlunaGeorge (Electro-Pop)– U.K. breakout duo AlunaGeorge will have no trouble gaining the attention and respect of American music lovers in 2013. Consisting of singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid, this duo is a remarkable pair. Capitalizing off the success of groups like Little Dragon and SBTRKT, these two have managed to create their own distinctive sound in a lane dominated by artists who are successful globally. The stand out track “Your Drums, Your Love” is making their crossover into the U.S. market a simple task. While waiting for their upcoming album, check out their latest single “Body Music.”

Games are Violent because It’s Easy

Carnage courtsey of Borderlands 2. By: Sean Burke Staff Writer Mace & Crown Since the creation of violent video games, many parents have been blaming developers for rotting their child’s mind with graphic imagery. The argument that violent video games cause violence in real life is now being applied to the mass shootings in Connecticut and Colorado amidst similar arguments for gun control. There was even a planned burning of violent games in Southington, Conn. Even though the burning never took place, the discussion has reached such prominence that Vice President Joe Biden invited game developers and other high profile members of the gaming industry to come to Congress to discuss what should be done about the issue, and whether or not it is one. Members of the gaming press were divided on whether or not to go to the meeting at all. Kris Graft of Gamasutra felt that the meeting should simply be avoided and that going would validate any blame on the industry. He was swiftly rebutted by Casey Lynch of IGN. “You sug-

gest that participation implies some level of guilt and forces us into a defensive position, but our refusal to cooperate makes us appear that we have no defense to offer our accusers,” Lynch said, as he made a case that developers should at least be part of the discussion. The meeting turned out to be a farce. It is largely agreed by sites such as Venture Beat and IGN that the video game industry was asked to the table as a rhetorical tool by the Democratic Party to refute the NRA’s claims after the Newtown shooting. Inviting industry leaders lets the administration say that they considered all options and that all parties were given a fair share. While this meeting was more of an “Alice in Wonderlandstyle tea party,” as Venture Beat commented, rather than a legitimate in depth discussion, it succeeded in starting a conversation on what games are and why they are violent. The reason why games are violent is not very complex at all. In a virtual space, there has been a limited number of ways to interact with avatars of other players, especially in way that people understand. Killing is the easiest to understand in that it’s very simple and has intrinsic relations to power. It is easy for many people to understand that what they are

holding is a gun, and if they point it at someone and fire, they die, and because they died and you lived, you gain power over them. That is the base concept behind games such as “Call of Duty” and “Borderlands.” Even though games have changed dramatically over the last decade, this concept remains a trope of nearly all video games. Even games like “Angry Birds,” which reached very high levels of popularity on the iPhone and Android marketplace, functions on the idea that “If you kill X, then you are better than X,” except now there is a Y; your friends. By associating a rating system to the game, which is describing how well you killed the pigs, you can associate that with your friends’ scores and say “I have killed X, I am better than X. But I did that better than Y, therefore I am better than Y.” This allows us, as gamers, to bring our power fantasies into the real world, even if we don’t realize it at first. But I feel that the “killing formula” is not what games need to be, and I don’t think that all games can continue this trend for much longer and remain innovative. It won’t be long until we have killed players in every way imaginable, so we need a new formula. I think games like “Journey,” on the PlayStation

Network, is going to comprise a large part in the future of how games are played. “Journey” was not combative, had no strictly described story, no dialogue, friends list, leaderboard, invitation system, protagonist, antagonist or even health bar. But the game has since been nominated for hundreds of awards and even a Grammy for its musical score. Players were playing multiplayer with other completely random strangers and going on a journey together in a bleak and desolate, but beautiful, desert in pursuit of a light on the horizon. The game is hard to describe and requires a hands-on experience to understand it. The popularity of “Journey” leads me to believe that even gamers want to change the formula of what a game is and why it’s fun. And while many can’t name the “it factor” in “Journey,” I feel that it holds the secret to changing the basics of modern gameplay and moving away from the violence in today’s gaming culture.


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Trifecta for Happiness How to Do Life Right in 2013 By: Sean Burke Staff Writer Mace & Crown There is no sure-fire road map to success in this day and age, no matter what any advertiser would have you believe; however, there are general things that everyone can do to make life a little easier and make you happier. Life-style changes are directly related to improving your mind, body and spirit. Mind Being that we are all in college, it’s a safe bet that we are all either actively trying to improve our knowledge base for our own enlightenment or simply pad a résumé for future employers. In either case, you can almost certainly find something that will stimulate your interest and your mind and incorporate it into your daily life. For me it is going to and viewing one video a day. Whether it is by Ken Robinson on how schools have killed creativity in this postindustrial economy, or if it’s Jane McGongal speaking on how we can use video games to solve the world’s problems, there is a plethora of videos between five and 40 minutes that will get your brain rolling, and get thoughts stirring. Because the TED speakers are of many differ-

ent backgrounds, you can attempt to gain a wider worldview and arguably become a more competent person because of watching a 20 minute video three to five times a week. Body This is the part of my trifecta for happiness that everyone focuses on between Dec. 31 and Jan. 14. People get frenzied with radical ideas about changing their physical appearance by drinking spinach smoothies and running 20 miles a day. While doing that consistently will make you more fit, it may also have some adverse health effects such as malnutrition and overworking your muscles. This likely won’t be a plan you can easily stick with, either. Like grandma always said “everything in moderation,” as you have to ease yourself into diet changes and into running 20 miles every day. A good tip for anybody is to go to your doctor, a dietician or a personal trainer in a gym to discuss what might be right for you and what kind of pace you need to take for healthy weight loss. Spirit I am of the mindset that most people tend to grow out of childhood, and that makes me very sad. It’s true, we should not eat boogers and run into walls for the entirety of our lives, but the

reason kids do those things is twofold; one, they don’t know any better, and two, they have no fear of failing. Because we know better and we have expectations of us as adults, we lose our spontaneity and sense for adventure. I think this is a loss of a valuable resource to the human race as we are breeding safer and safer generations that don’t want to do and embrace strange things because they are strange. So, my first tip for maintaining a healthy spirit is to just be weird once a day; maybe not in front of your boss, but at least with friends or in the privacy of your own home. The next is to do something you think you can’t, and I don’t mean fly. I mean try something new that you didn’t previously think was possible for you: start a novel, paint something, build something, try to make a business, cook dinner, write a song or write some computer codes. Even if you fail, you will gain something from the experience and that is certainly worth the price of admission. It is these little victories that can forge people and improve our imaginations, self-image, perception of reality, and general sense of fulfillment.

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Resolving to Keep Your Resolutions in 2013 By: Eryn Tolley Staff Writer Mace & Crown Let’s face it, the hardest part about making New Year’s resolutions is actually keeping them; I’ve been known to break mine within 24 hours of making them. However, anybody can make New Year’s resolutions, but resolving to keep them is an important step to success in the New Year. Here are some ways you can resolve to keep your resolutions this year. Tell your friends about your resolutions. New Year’s resolutions should never be made in secret. It is easier to give up on a resolution that no one knows about because no one will ever know that you failed. Tell people you know what you would like to accomplish this year. Having someone there to hold you accountable and offer encouragement makes keeping these promises a little easier. Be realistic about your goals. Resolving to look like a Victoria’s Secret angel or The Rock is just setting yourself up for failure. Instead, start small by cutting back on sodas or going to the gym every day. Making unrealistic goals will only disappoint you in the end, so be sure to make attainable resolutions. Develop a plan that will lead you to success. Developing ways to stick to your resolutions can also help you keep them. If you are resolving to lose weight or exercise more often, make a schedule and follow through with it. If your resolution is to save for a car, create a budget you can stick to. This also goes hand-in-hand with telling your friends, as they can help you stick to whatever your plans are. Forgive yourself when you slack off.

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Don’t give up just because you didn’t go to the gym one day or you spent too much money on Xbox games last month; it happens to the best of us. Realize your mistakes and learn how to avoid them the next time around. Lay out your gym clothes every night and place your alarm on the opposite side of the room if you have trouble getting up in the morning. Also, don’t carry cash if it tends to burn a hole in your pocket. The key is to take each day at a time and not to let your failures bring you down. Reward yourself when you do well. When you meet a goal, whether big or small, treat yourself. But treat yourself to something that does not break your resolution, like eating that entire tub of ice cream in the freezer. If you have resolved to run a mile every day, treat yourself to

new running shoes, or if you have lost five pounds, buy yourself a new shirt. Most importantly, don’t give up. After a few weeks of diet food, you might be ready to throw your diet plan out the window and head to McDonalds, but you must resist the temptation because it’s not worth it. Picture yourself achieving your goals and you will be more motivated to say no to the fast food or skipping the gym. Resolutions can be hard, but the prize for keeping them is much greater than giving up. Make 2013 your best year ever, and keep those resolutions. Don’t forget to send in questions to

Hello readers, and welcome to the very first edition of a brand new column entitled “Crown Jewels” where I give my weekly take on stars in the entertainment industry who fulfill a good deed or just plain feel good moments a star creates for someone else. So, without further ado, the first ever “Crown Jewels” goes to: Lance Armstrong, nah just kidding. The real award goes to Jodie Foster. The 50-year old actress came out at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday while accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award. She even gave a touching thank you to the co-parent of her children, Cydmeu Bernard. Foster isn’t one who normally puts her sexual orientation out there. The legendary actress emphasized that it wasn’t a coming out speech, but deep down, we all knew it was. I applaud her for both her bravery and PR genius. Her speech gave a sense of added connection into her personal life and made her fans and the viewing audience at home inclusive in her life. Not only is she an incredibly talented actress but a walking inspiration in a black dress. Foster’s career expands over 36 years. She was awarded the Cecille B. DeMille award for her outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Her career pedigree includes two Academy Awards and four nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role and three Golden Globe Awards with six nominations. Foster’s most recent charity work saw her raise over $300,000 in a Celebrity Poker Bash alongside Mel Gibson at the London Hotel in West

Hollywood in December for Mending Kids International. The earnings went to subsidizing corrective critical surgeries for children that include: correcting congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and cranial facial deformities. Kudos to you, Mrs. Foster, your acceptance speech shined even more light on the beautiful woman you already are and even more so now because of it. Job well done, ma’am.

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Flowers (For Sandy Hook)

By: Kadeem Porter

l o v e is like an apple. The first day of class, you learn that the apple doesn’t fall far from the last one in the grass. The epiphany of hope, love is such a good seed. It’ll keep the doctors away, the first of many is just what we need. Let’s have faith in the fate of apples eaten: Apples are Eden on the Eve of our desires. Love is like the king cobra of temptation. Shiny and red, and as passionate as fire then it falls, right when it’s ripest. Young, not knowing to fight this, you take the first bite into razor blades.

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By: Rowland Cowles First dawn’s light stumbled silently through my room, still to bloom but boasting a beautiful day. I rose and noticed you ambling along the cracked road to school, the blues in your eyes, cold, as though you know something I am not afraid to know. I was thinking, I’d like to hold you.


By: Taylor Joyner I was this kid whose favorite color was red and every day after school would sit on his bed orchestrating high speed chases with his plastic police cruiser and cycle through his Fisher Price toy box like inventory in a department store. I was this kid whose favorite color was red with his dinosaur bedspread making clubhouses out of Power Ranger sheets and four stuffed best friends and denying access to anyone over ten. I was this kid whose favorite color was red and playing pretend was an art form he mastered after soccer one weekend with a box of Crayola crayons and six BIC pens. I am this kid whose favorite color is red.

In our last passing I wish I told you I notice how you never smile, that a while with me might be worth seeing if I can change what makes your face stay the same each day I see you. Maybe I am what you need when you’re stoking the night fire with rue and a pensive gaze into the false inferno, sullen by inexcusable solitude because the sun is up, and it just seems rude. I wish you would just have looked up from your shoes so I could tell you that I was thinking, I’d like to love you.

I sing: Wilted, stunted seedlings, eyes shut never to open again. These young hearts knew no crime other than coloring outside the lines. Blurred between rights and wrongs, they no longer have a song; so I’ll sing for the painful position parents are put in. Decisions that used to seem so simple: chocolate or white milk; crust or none; “Young daughter or son, what would you like for Christmas?”, some shouldn’t be hard to make. I sit and debate whether or not to send my daughter to school. Today I pass the time thinking about pain, wondering over and over. It feels like eating piping hot soup, burning my tongue again and again. I walk and can’t see the beauty of flowers. A rose. A red rose, smell filling my nasal cavity, exciting my mind. A carnation. A yellow carnation, so bright its light radiated, lifting my spirits. An orchid. A blue orchid, the fairest flower, swaying gently with the wind’s current. I once cherished these. Today I lament over what I shall never see— the little buds from Sandy Hook Elementary that shall never grow. These seeds sown in tilled earth too poisonous to support their lives. Plucked far too soon. Children! Little bundles of breath, whose chances at experience were clipped by treacherous hands. It’s hard to understand how a man, who couldn’t see glory, would strip theirs from the world. Smothering their roots— the parents whose unimaginable losses cannot be filled. No word can bring them back, no tear can let them grow— experience the gift of life. Instead of living in a world where children can be slain for learning math or how to craft sentences... here is where I’ll spend a few seconds— moments longer than the souls of Sandy Hook have— I would have loved to watch you grow.

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Weapons of Mass Construction packs the house at Borjo Coffee House.

Taylor Heinicke holds Coach Bobby Wilder’s FCS Football 2012 Captain U Coach of the Year trophy at Saturday’s basketball game against Georgia State.

The Voices of Distinction attended the Weapons of Mass Construstion at Borjo.

Men’s basketball falls to Georgia State in the game on Saturday, Jan. 19.

80/20 Burger Bar enhances their menu with entrees such as potato skins.

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Classifieds Art Department Interest Meeting: Art Department Trip to New York The trip will take place on March 8-10, Two Day, One Night Stay Information meeting will be on Tuesday, January 22, at 5 p.m. in room 116 VAB If interested, please attend. For additional information, contact Heather Bryant at, Elliott Jones at, Cheryl White at or Robert Wojtowicz at

Office of Intercultural Relation s Celebrate the 2013 Lunar Year, year of the snake! Food, Music, Crafts, Activities, Fun and more! January 28th 7 p.m. @ North CafĂŠ Sponsors: APASU, TSA, CLC, KSA, and OIR

Office of Intercultural Relations Dorood! Want to Learn Persian? Class Days: Tuesdays from 5:30pm-6:45pm January 29 February 5,12,19,26 March 5,19,26 April 2,9 Intercultural Center, 2114 Webb University Center Please RSVP by January 25th at: INSTRUCTOR: MOHAMMAD EBRAHIM BOLOUKI

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