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Don’t be trashy, 5 Ways that YOU can go GREEN! Recycle! by Alyssa


Narvell Staff Writer

eing ‘earth-conscious’ is extremely important. Recycling can benefit you and your environment. The world is our home, so why shouldn’t we take care of it? Usually when students get bothersome comments from bystanders or friends such as, “You should recycle that plastic bottle,” they just slough it off and go on their way, right after they toss their plastic bottle into a normal trash can, or maybe even the ground. Or maybe you leave your sink water running as you brush your teeth without thinking about the gallons of water you are wasting. Even though being eco-friendly sounds like a waste of time and not important, it’s the complete opposite. You might be thinking, “I’m too busy with school and work and don’t need to be worrying about the silly environment.” Well the best thing is, that being eco-friendly is extremely simple and doesn’t take much time at all. What are some effortless and quick ways that you, as a student, can save the environment? Well, let me enlighten you:

First thing is RECYCLE! There are so many items that can be recycled. Items such as old electronics, glass, plastic, aluminum, paper and metal can all be recycled. Even hazardous materials such as batteries, paint and motor oil can and should be recycled to avoid causing harm to our groundwater. What you can do is set aside a designated trashcan for your recyclable items and take those items to a nearby recycling drop-off location once it is full. You might even get some money for bringing in aluminum cans to the nearby recycling center! Also, ODU has blue trashcans all around campus designated for recyclable items. So use them! Take advantage of renting textbooks! By renting used and new textbooks, it decreases the amount of demand for new printed books. Books use numerous amounts of paper, ink and money. This is a simple way to save those trees. Use refillable water bottles instead of plastic bottles. A lot of energy is required to produce plastic water bottles. Also, a significant amount of energy is consumed to fill them with water and then transport them to the shelves of retailers. Reusing plastic bottles is unhealthy, due to bacteria and other toxins building up inside of them. Yes, refillable sports bottles do take energy to produce, but they are safe for repeated use. Instead of burning energy to create a product that can only be used once, the process of making refillable water bottles can reduce the need for producing so many disposable containers. Buy in bulk! By buying your items in bulk, you can save our earth by eliminating individual packaging on multiple products. Buying items at a bulk food store can also save you trips. Some bulk stores, such as Sam’s Club and Cosco, even allow you to bring your own bags and containers to purchase your items, which also eliminates the production and use of plastic bags. When you’re not using anything water or electrical-related in your humble abode, turn it off! Why leave your sink running while you’re busy brushing your teeth? Why leave your shower head running on full blast while you’re underneath it just staring aimlessly off into space thinking about what you’re going to eat for tomorrow’s breakfast? Well, there’s no point. By carelessly running your water, you’re wasting gallons and gallons of it. Also, you’re wasting money. Same concept applies with lights and electronics. They all eat up large amounts of energy. Turn your lamps off when you’re not in the room, and switch off your televisions when no one is watching them. It will save electricity and save you money. So be resourceful when using water and electricity. Going green is the most efficient way that we can help improve our environment. Recycle, reduce and reuse is the best policy. So be friendly to Mother Nature, and start going green by recycling this newspaper when you’re done reading it!


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Mace & Crown staff Stuart Miller Editor in Chief

Megan Morrow Assistant to the Editor in Chief

Chynna Steve Copy Editor

Christian Ernst News Editor

Chelsea DeAngio Arts & Entertainment Editor

Garrison Cole Sports Editor

Nick Liedel Advertising Director

Sarah Nadeau Design Director

Danielle Buxton Photography Editor

Jessica Starr Interim News Assistant Alyssa Odango Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor Rachel Chasin Photography Assistant Staff Writers: Matthew McCracken Ben Decowski Donnell Coley Leslea Kuhrt Kevin Hollister Diane Dougherty Donnell Williams Jessica Piland Robbie Ciara Travis Kennedy Amanda David Janah Stokes Dustin Jensen Katie Davis Jillian Baylor William Channel Siaga Johnson Ka’Lyn Banks Staff Photographers: Jake Zimmerman Loni Earley Anna Nguyen General Information: The Mace & Crown is a newspaper published by and written for the students of Old Dominion once a week throughout each semester and once in the summer. Originally founded in 1930 as the The High Hat, the paper became the Mace & Crown in 1961. The Mace & Crown is a primarily self-supporting newspaper,maintaining journalistic independance from the university. All views expressed in this collegiate paper are those of the author, not of the University, Mace & Crown, or the editors. Contact Information: Phone: 757-683-3452 Fax: 757-683-3459 Advertising: 757-683-4773

Walkman walks off shelves Sony retires classic device by Amanda

David Staff Writer

On Oct. 25th, Sony announced that the once-popular cassette Walkman is set to retire. The Walkman was introduced in 1979 as the first affordable, portable music player. Sony says that their last shipment was sent to Japan in April of this year. After they are sold out, new Walkmans from Sony will not be available. Many ODU students are surprised to find that the Walkman is still around. Junior Christine Wetzler says, “Seriously? They were still making those? I don’t believe it.” Wetzler replaced her Walkman long ago and now depends on her iPhone to get her music fix. “I think they’re just making a big deal about this official retirement because they want their names in the paper so people don’t forget about them.” Anna Ray, 14, never owned a portable cassette player. She says, “I honestly don’t think many people my age even know what a Walkman is.” When

asked if she knew Sony was still manufacturing Walkmans she responds, “No, I can’t imagine them making a profit these days.” The older generation remembers the Walkman much more fondly. “I remember buying my first one to use while jogging,” Jeff Bailey, 48, says, “It was a big deal for me to have a cassette instead of an 8-track.” Music formats have evolved over the years. First, the 8-track replaced records. Then, cassettes took over the 8-track market. Next, cassettes were slowly replaced by CDs. Now, Mp3 trump CDs. The introduction of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad has made other portable music players all but obsolete. The cassette Walkman is a hefty plastic box that comes with headphones, not ear buds. To skip a song you have to fast forward and consequently rewind to find the beginning of a desired song instead of just tapping the next button. Plus your entire music collection isn’t available at the touch of the screen; not only do you have to carry around a music player ten times the size of an iPod, you have to carry your music collection around

with you too. The Walkman isn’t rechargeable. Portable cassette players practically eat AA batteries, so you have carry around extra batteries too. Nicole Sanders, mother of two, is reluctant to say goodbye to the Walkman. “I still use mine and if you go to the public library you will find a ton of books on cassette tape for the adults!” Sanders continues, “Also in the kids section they have a ton of ‘kits’ that contain the book, the cassette tape, and usually a stuffed animal of the characters in the book, my kids love them! They are great kits to use on a road trip with a Walkman!” This announcement follows a trend in the obsolete technology market. In March, Sony officially retired the floppy disk. At the end of 2009, Polaroid stop producing their famous instant film. JR Raphael of PC World ranks VCRs and using a public phone booth as being “on life support” in today’s technological world.

It seems that cassette tapes and cassette players still exist in this multimedia world. So if you still own a Walkman, hang on to it and in a few years it might be considered an antique. Maybe you’ll be able to sell it on Ebay for 20 bucks and be able to buy yourself a few of Apps from the iTunes store.


Norfolk to be “Twinned” with Tema, Ghana

City seeks international ties by

Siaga Johnson Staff Writer

On Wednesday, October 27 a ceremony was held at Waterside Norfolk to commemorate the official twinning between Norfolk, and Tema, a city in Ghana. This marks the first twinning between Norfolk and a city in West Africa. The Norfolk Sister City Association seeks to connect with cities abroad to foster global understanding as well as cooperation. This is done primarily via people to people communication and teamwork. Not only does this enable a richer relationship between Norfolk and cities abroad, this also serves as a good opportunity for trade and commerce, especially with cities that have ports. Cooperating with port cities also enables easy delivery of goods from a port abroad to a port here in Norfolk. Old Dominion president John Broderick involved the ODU community in this event by hosting a luncheon with the Norfolk Sister City Association. The luncheon was held at the Webb center, and also served as an opportunity for increased partnership between the cities. Considering the similarities between Norfolk and Tema, pairing them was appropriate. Tema grew from what was a small fishing village to what is now Ghana’s largest seaport. Tema is also one of Ghana’s leading places where manufacturing of goods takes place. Goods manufactured and exported from Tema include textiles for garments, as well as cacao for chocolate products and other food products that are exported abroad. Cacao is especially an item of trade that generates a lot of revenue, due to the rich quality of the cacao found in Ghana. Tema is not only a port, but an oil refinery as well. Tema also offers a lucrative tourism business, due to the fact that it is a coastal city. Tourists often visit Tema for its white and sandy beaches. A railway


connects Tema to Accra, Ghana’s capital city. This therefore serves as an immensely efficient way for traded goods to travel from the port to the capital city to be sold to markets. This also implies that goods manufactured in Accra are also transported to Tema to be shipped off to an abroad location. This therefore shows how pairing Tema and Norfolk is also a strategic way of enriching trade opportunities not only between the United States and Ghana, but also to other countries abroad. This certainly ensures that partnerships and a good network of coastal cities is created. Currently, Tema is also twinned with San Diego, and Greenwich, England. As part of the ceremony the Mayor of Tema, Robert Kempes Ofosuware led a delegation from Tema to downtown Norfolk. Their arrival was welcomed with a band performance by the Norfolk State University Spartan band team. After this welcome ceremony a reception took place where refreshments were served followed by entertainment such as dances and cultural presentations by members of the Hampton Roads Community. The end of this event was marked with a celebration dinner hosted at the Half Moon Cruise Center.



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Hampton roads green livin’ by Amelia Baker Contributing Writer

A few hours north in D.C., the green scene is much more vibrant than our local muted hue, but we’re making strides in Hampton Roads. Our historically agrarian state still has a superb collective of small farmers who are experts at their craft providing naturally grown food and fortunately there is a place to pick up local and regional farm fare, Five Points Community Farm Market. Taking over an old warehouse space at the intersection of Church & 26th Streets, the Farm Market brims with seasonal, regional produce and is also home to a few other green businesses. Inside the market, you’ll find the Get Fresh Café serving up tasty dishes from farm market produce, Sabrosa Foods salsa made from locally-sourced ingredients with no preservatives, A Leaf of Tea brewing eclectic blends of organic and fair trade tea and Green Alternatives earth-friendly general store. Green Alternatives is the source for eco cleaning, personal care, pet needs, reusable bags and bottles and local art. It has become a local hub for hard-to-recycle-materials in Hampton Roads because of its recycling center drop-off for things like candy wrappers, juice pouches, yogurt cups, electronics and more. com Didn’t think all that was less than a mile from campus did ya? And there’s more… Around Hampton Roads’ seven cities are a unique collective of

future-friendly businesses and organizations. Ready to take on litter and restore our wetlands by volunteering to conserve our natural landscape? Check out the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sierra Club, Lynnhaven River Now, the Elizabeth River Project and Keep Norfolk Beautiful. They are all working hard to conserve, rejuvenate, restore and beautify land and sea. If you’re up for taking a stand beyond everyday lifestyle greening activities, do your part to move mountains (figuratively…not literally), by improving laws to be eco-smart. Your best source to get involved and receive alerts about upcoming legislation is to connect with TerraScapes, LLC. They work with the folks from Pew Environment Group, National Resource Defense Council, Sierra Club Hampton Roads and Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Jump on the bandwagon All your friends are doing it. If you’re not one of the 50 percent of Norfolk-ians recycling, hop to it and don’t stop there. Try a new green product every month, or sign up for an environmental blog or two to get the scoop on green living. You’ll most definitely want to mark your calendar for the upcoming Sustainable Living Fair held inside ODU’s Webb Center the last weekend in February. On Feb. 26 and 27, Webb will be packed with planet-forward workshops, eco films, local conservation groups, environmentallyminded businesses and more. The Sustainable Living Fair is coordinated by Green Alternatives and Five Points Community Farm Market. For more information, give your pals at Green Alternatives a shout at 757-622-1444.




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arts enter tainment Hund’s Recycle Factory provides quality bikes to ODU students and the area Andrew Hund’s Hobby Brings Bikes Back to Life by

Jonathan Moran Staff Writer

Andrew Hund’s motto is “Bikes are a terrible thing to waste,” which is why he opened Hund’s Recycle Factory on the corner of 50th and Colley Ave. Hund’s bike shop takes old bike parts to make new bikes. He also restores, repairs, sells, and makes custom bikes. How he puts it, “I bring old bikes back to life and make them new again.” Hund’s family has always been in the recycling business. His family owns Old Dominion Recycling and Metals, a scarp metal recycling center located in Hampton, Virginia. Hund worked there and was responsible for crushing scrap metal. Once he saw a bike get crushed and he said it devastated him. “It was like watching someone light a $20 bill on fire.” On September 9 he opened his shop and things are going good. Born and raised in Norfolk, the commute to Hampton was a bummer. Now he gets to drop his three year old son off at the Larchmont preschool every morning which he says, “Really makes my day.” Then off to work with something he is passionate about, and it shows. About 98% of a bike restored at his shop is made up of new or quality parts. The only thing that really stays the same is the frame.

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He can customize a bike to whatever the customer desires. Many times customers will come in and aren’t sure what they want. He said they usually go, “I want a blue bike… ”and ask him to take it from there. The colors on the bikes are vibrant, the inspiration of color comes from Hund’s other interest, shoes. He said growing up he was always into shoes and how unique styles and color schemes can make an outfit pop. The same goes for a bike. He outsources his painting to a local paint shop that use quality paint that bakes it into a bike so that it doesn’t chip. A customized bike is about $300. This will give you a quality paintjob and a bike that will meet any specifications you ask for. On the wall he has a customer’s bike with a classic Eddy Merckx 1978 frame. Eddy Merckx is regarded as one of the most successful cyclists in history. The colors are a bold blend of dark purple, yellow, pink, and white lettering. “I like for people to leave here happy with their product, I don’t stop until it’s perfect.” All students get 30% off a customized bike and a free bike lock with every purchase. Bike repairs at his shop are inexpensive. Hund worked in a few bike shops before he opened his own and disagrees with some of the pricing for bike repair. “I like to treat people fair. It’s what I’m about.” The atmosphere in the shop is friendly and Hund takes great care in making sure the customer is satisfied. Located near the ODU campus, Hund’s Recycling Factory is the place to go for a quality bike that is made exactly the way you want it.


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Big Man on Campus is huge success

Want to liven up your classes next semester?

ODU Offers Some Alternatives by

Jessica Piland Staff Writer

The spring course catalog is online now and for many students, that means choosing your courses for next semester. It’s fun, especially during senior year when your workload is at its highest, to have a class or two that is a little more unconventional. For English majors, there is a class offered next semester called “Backpack Journalism,” taught by Dr. Joyce Hoffman. It’s probably best for journalism students, but interesting for anybody with even a casual interest in the subject. If you’re a film or women’s studies major, “Chick Flicks,” taught by professor Vaughan Frederick, is a great choice. The class focuses on gender and race in film. Every week, the students view a film and discuss the role of women and minorities in it. It’s a perfect option if you want to learn in a casual atmosphere and view a few films you may have never seen before. Communications majors have quite a few options for themselves. Their topics courses include “The Music Industry,” with professor Tim Anderson and “Superheroes and U.S. Media,”

with professor Avi Santo. They’re fun options if you’ve ever had an outside interest in the behind the scenes world of the music industry or if you have a fascination with comics. Another class is called “London Theatre Tour,” and is taught by professor Konrad Winters. All of these allow you to take your major and apply it to the real world in a way you wouldn’t expect to be able to. Another idea, if you’re tired of the traditional class environment, is to go out and apply for an internship. This will work for any major and is a great way to build up some work experience. On top of being a resume builder, it gives you a chance to get an idea of what your future career might be like. To get an internship, you have to have your resume approved by the Career Management Center (just email it to them) and you must also attend an informative seminar held by the CMC that tells you everything else you need to know before applying for one. Remember to sign up for classes with an open mind. Sometimes a subject that you might find boring, with the right professor, can turn into your favorite class. Of course, it’s always best to ask your advisor before you sign up for a class if you aren’t positive that it will work with your major or minor. Also, remember to sign up for everything as early as possible because classes like these fill up fast!

The Greek men show off their brains, beauty, and talent by

Latifah Al-Hazza Staff Writer

An intense display of brains, brawn, and beauty? Nine of Old Dominion’s most talented men competed to become Old Dominion University’s 2010 Big Man on Campus. From demonstrating unusual talents to answering questions about breast cancer, each contestant did his best to be as memorable as possible, entertain the audience, and win the hearts of the judges. On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Zeta Tau Alpha put on the 7th annual Big Man on Campus, a male beauty pageant where all sales and auction proceeds go towards breast cancer research and awareness. It was a night of laughter as nine contestants had to perform a talent, show their knowledge of breast cancer, and model decorated bras. It was a difficult decision as three judges; Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer (administrative assistant for ODU’s Women’s Center), Kelly Donovan, (ODU’s Panhellenic president,) and Big Blue had to select the Best Bra-Wearer, Best Talent, third place, runner-up, and ODU’s 2010 Big Man on Campus. In case you missed this year’s event, here’s a profile of all nine of the remarkable contestants: Chris Falcone: Currently a junior, Chris is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. Chris sang “No Air” by Jordin Sparks as his talent. Nick Castelli: A senior graduating this December, Nick is a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. For his talent, Nick performed a few tricks for the audience. “My favorite part was the talent portion. The musical pieces were great with drums and guitar, and Alan’s “Dramatic Banana Eating” was hilarious! Stepheno and his brothers’ black light performance was really cool and I jump at any chance to do a magic show. All the talents were really unique and well performed and I had a blast participating,” he said. Chris Coats: Currently pledging Alpha Phi Omega, Chris was a handyman as his talent and created a Zeta crown masterpiece. “My favorite part was when all the ZTA’s went ‘awwwwwwwwww’ when I held the cut out of the crown,” he said. Collin Rodino: A second year competitor, Collin played and sang “Constellations” by Jack Johnson on the acoustic guitar. Bobby Lee: A junior here at Old Dominion University, Bobby participated in the Big Man on Campus pageant in memory of his aunt Kim who passed away from breast cancer this past year. Bobby performed the Travis Barker

remix of “Forever” by Lil’ Wayne and Eminem on the drum set. Tre Griffin: A member of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, Tre read a spoken word piece as his talent. “My favorite part of BMOC was the talent portion of the pageant and having the opportunity to share a reflection of an 80 year old breast cancer survivor,” he said. Matt Cruder: A member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity, Matt sang and played a mash up of songs on the acoustic

I have a strong urge to wear my sash in public, but I don’t want to seem conceited, guitar. “My favorite part of BMOC was the fact that even though all of the contestants were from different organizations, we were all able to come together to help fight a worthy cause,” he said. Alan Berg: A junior and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Alan had a very unusual talent, in which he performed a dramatic skit of eating a banana. “I competed for a good laugh,” he said. Stepheno Zollos: A senior and active brother of Theta Chi Fraternity, Stepheno performed a glow-in-the-dark dance with the help of his brothers. After talents were executed and knowledge was presented, the winners were: Best Bra-Wearer: Bobby Lee Best Talent: Matt Cruder Third Place: A tie between Bobby Lee and Tre Griffin Runner Up: Matt Cruder Last but certainly not least, Old Dominion’s 2010 Big Man on Campus went to Collin Rodino. “BMOC is one of the things I look forward to as a Greek in the fall. This was my second time competing and if I had not won, next year would have been my third year competing. I love that Zeta Tau Alpha is very helpful and accommodating for contestants during BMOC, they are always ready to help. Kelsey Peterson was my human microphone stand; she saved my talent.” “My favorite part is the talent because it gives everyone the chance to show their talents and have some fun, the bra modeling was a fun substitute for swimsuit modeling, I have a strong urge to wear my sash in public, but I don’t want to seem conceited,” Collin said

Latifah Al-Hazza Mace & Crown The Big Man on Campus competition brought out all kinds of ODU men, including Big Blue.



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Hereafter Review NO ONE IS DEAD WRONG by

Martin Tucker Staff Writer

“Hereafter” is Clint Eastwood’s new romance about death and the afterlife, starring Matt Damon, Cecile de France and Frankie and George McLaren. The film uses the stories of three protagonists; Marie Lelay, a French television journalist with a near-death experience; Marcus, a young boy with an old soul on a quest to discover the afterlife and George Lonegan, a former psychic who is trying to leave his past behind him. This film is at its best when dealing with romance and emotional scenes. It tries to present answers on the afterlife, but often devises disclaimers that can derail its controversial argument. The acting performances were satisfactory. This is the second Clint Eastwood directed film that Matt Damon has starred in, the first being “Invictus,” and he does a good, but not great, job. He plays George Lonegan, a sheltered psychic looking to be with someone that can understand him. Frankie and George McLaren have unexpectedly the best performances in the film as their genuine portrayal of loyal twins who love their drug addicted mother, and later as a brother whose monophobia pushes him to find out the truth about the afterlife. They steal every scene they’re in, even with often the least amount of words. Cecile de France, the French actress

who horror fans may recognize from 2003’s “Haute Tension,” seems placed in the film merely to please the French gods of cinema, but her role as a tsunami survivor is stunning enough to keep the audience’s attention, and subtle enough not to bleed into melodrama. The supporting actors also play their parts well, adding different perspectives on life. Lyndsey Marshal plays the heroin-addicted mother of the two boys, but throughout the entire film I kept expecting her to dye her hair red and start refuting Agent Moulder’s paranormal theories. Jay Mohr plays what he plays best; a slightly funny insensitive everyman with a good intentions but bad timing. Supporting roles by Bryce Dallas Howard and Richard Kind help foreshadow events that occur later in the film. With all its great acting, emotional scenes and thoughtful content, there are a few missteps in this “stairway to heaven.” The Peter Morgan-penned script is often predictable in both the plot points and the weaved-in storylines that “Crash” did so well. The film’s climax is done beautifully, but the ending seemed awkward and forced. The CGI afterlife scenes remind me of a Wii avatar screen or the scene from “The Matrix” when Neo gets loaded in and asks for guns. A lot more could have been done to this movie to make the supernatural thriller Clint Eastwood originally wanted to direct, but it ultimately achieves its purpose; to make the audience think about the afterlife, and be assured that we simply cease to exist after death.

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MOVIE REVIEWS ”Saw” needs to end The “Saw” Series Is Dull and Beyond Sharpening by

RJay Molina Staff Writer

There was a time when the film “Saw” was considered to be an intense psychological thriller. But that effect has faded since the third film of the franchise. There is now a seventh (and supposedly final) installment, which should have been the most epic and terrifying. But it is not. It is the derivative drivel that fans have come to expect since the fourth “Saw” film, and a big slap to anyone expecting a proper conclusion. Most of the fans of the film must feel cheated out of the last six years spent on following this dwindling franchise. When the first film was released, it reminded audiences of just how far a film could go to deliver effective, shocking horror. Since then, the films have become redundant and regrettably desensitized many viewers to think the violence in the film is nothing new. With a “Saw” film coming out every year, fans began to wonder just how long the filmmakers could keep up this act before it got old. The plot of each film has been recycled since the third film, when the main antagonist was killed off too soon. Since then the filmmakers have continued to cast the same actor for flashback scenes in an attempt to link each film to the previous one. The plot is simple; some person teased or angered the main antagonist, The Jigsaw Killer, when he was still alive. Before his death, the killer managed to create the ultimate scheme to teach that person a lesson. A number of characters, who have some connection to that person, become involved in the game and are eventually picked off one by one as the person responsible for upsetting The Jigsaw Killer tries to rescue them. All of this leads into a convoluted twist at the end, which sets things up for a sequel. It has been like this since the first “Saw,” but it worked for “Saw II” and a little bit of “Saw III.” But at this point M. Night Shyamalan must be looking at this saying, “Even that’s too ridiculous for me!” Since then the movies have become laughingly bad. The dialogue is too cheesy, the script has slowly been shredded away over the years and the acting is beyond terrible; even for a B-movie horror film. Even the traps, which have been so elaborated since the first film, have become too cheap for this final installment. It is as if the Jigsaw Killer got too lazy to concoct another elaborate trap. But then again who can blame him? He was an old man with barely a handful of apprentices to help him out. It is a coincidence that everything managed to play out exactly the way he planned it though. He has been dead since the third film, so one would think that something would go wrong. But as fate, or cheap writing, would have it, the Jigsaw Killer wins once again to deliver yet another plot twist that does not explain anything. At least the 3D, which serves as the big gimmick this time around, works in a few areas. SPOILER ALERT! The only good thing about “Saw VII,” which could also been seen as another fault, was the reintroduction of Cary Elwes’ character, Dr. Gordon, from the first “Saw” film. His fate at the end of that film was left open very effectively, but he has not turned up in any of the other films until now. Now despite being one of the main victims throughout the franchise, who had every right to seek his revenge on the Jigsaw Killer, Dr. Gordon is revealed to be yet another puppet in this tangled web of nonsense. Why? It is never really explained. Dr. Gordon was the one character who sparked the most debate among fans throughout the course of the franchise, and he is reduced to being another apprentice of Jigsaw’s. It is a big slap to the fans that have been waiting for something juicy and it leaves the film open for another sequel.


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Money has always been a contributing factor for this franchise. The first three “Saw” films garnered so much profit that it was inevitable that this series would regrettably live on like the “Friday the 13th” franchise. But due to poor box office sales from “Saw VI,” the filmmakers rightfully decided that it was time to close the book on the series. Too bad they did not know how. If this truly is the end, then there better be something on the DVD extras to explain this catastrophe.


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Back off haters! Taylor Swift is “Livin’ in a big ol’ city”! Speak Now Speaks Awesomeness! By Timothy Fulghum Staff Writer Taylor Swift is back with a vengeance, literally! The cute and adorable popcountry singer has returned to release her much anticipated junior album, “Speak Now.” The album chronicles her life since the release of Fearless. And for the record, this album is beyond superior when compared to her previous two attempts. From the beginning track, “Mine,” to the end track, “Long Live,” Taylor Swift invites her audience to experience the rollercoaster that is life. Her crafty lyrics, catchy beats and downright candidness catapult the listener into each song, experiencing it

firsthand. The album, in its entirety, is written and composed solely by Swift. Even through a twenty-second sampler of each song, one could tell that this girl has improved. As with her previous albums, each song holds a “secret” message hidden within the lyrics, and each varies from past relationships to events memorable to the singer. “Speak Now” provides English majors, and other literary lovers, with a “Diction-Syntax-Figure-of-Speech Field Day.” Each song is laced with her autobiography; however her ingénue demeanor masks the bite she wields. A notable example of this is “Better Than Revenge.” Taylor Swift has grown up, and her wordplay makes that factoid evident. And, for those just interested in listening to the CD for its sheer deliciousness, it’s good for that too. Notable songs include: “Mine”: Disliking this song is the equivalent to punching a baby in the face. Okay, so it’s not really that extreme; however, this song is hard not to like, put on repeat 67 times and still jam out to. The song is purely adorable, and that alone is enough for one to immediately download this cutesy-invention. “Mean”: In light of the more recent, more publicized bullying, this song is the perfect “It Gets Better” listen. Taylor Swift blatantly asks “Why you gotta be so mean?” and further states that she’s going places and no one will stop her. “Mean” on the surface is an adorable country song, but at its bone holds a message for every-

one; the good guy always finishes first. A bully is “mean, and a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life. And, mean, and mean, and mean.” “Better Than Revenge”: “Now go stand in the corner and think about what you did.” This song is the quintessential “Jilted-ExAnthem.” Taylor sings that she does nothing better than revenge, but she clearly forgot to gloat about her amazing songwriting skills. Not only does she bare her teeth with the first verse of the chorus, “She’s not saint, and she’s not what you think, she’s an actress/She’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress,” but she keeps her ingenuity intact by keeping the lyrics cute: “Soon she’s gonna find that stealing other people’s toys on the playground won’t make you many friends.” “Haunted”: Swift crosses the borders of Country-Land and sneaks into Rock-Alternative-Nation. The music only features orchestral backgrounds, guitar solos and riffs and melodic piano accompaniments. These background noises don’t even begin to compare to her powerful voice driving the song. And, to be honest, she could probably conceive an alternative album that makes old-school Avril look like bubblegum pop. Taylor Swift has crafted genius on her third album, and it’s damn near impossible not to find at least one song that is appealing; even the haters will enjoy this one. “Speak Now” is available at all retailers. This album is definitely worth spending the $13.

Return of the King GOSSIP.WHYFAME.COM

“The Lion King” with a new musical perspective by Alyssa Odango Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor

Childhood cartoons had kids singing along to the entire film after watching it ten times so they can memorize the lyrics. Even after they’ve graduated from childish animation to movies with dry humor and recycled thriller plots, those songs they have learned from a Disney VHS will forever remain in their heads. There’s a reason for why those songs are so great, and part of that was presented Tuesday, Oct. 26 during the movie event at the Diehn Composer’s Room, where “The Lion King” and its many memorable songs were played. The movie night event went along with the Diehn Composer’s Room exhibit of music in animation, which is still on display. Jessica Mirasol, the Librarian Archivist for Music, presented a lecture on music in animations with accompanying clips from various cartoons as early as 1929. With students, faculty, parents and kids in attendance, Mirasol enthusiastically gave a brief history on how animation came to include music that now is necessary to film or show. Starting with Walt Disney and his animated movie, “Steamboat Willy,” music came to be an important feature to animation, and soon after Warner Brothers had their “Silly Symphonies” orchestrating animated musicals. Short clips played after the brief discussions. A black and white cartoon about springtime had instrumental sound effects; percussion punctuated the clacking of a caterpillar’s demise into a chirping bird’s beak. “What’s


COLLIDER.COM We’ve grown up on Simba and Rafiki, but when was the last time you really listened to the soundtrack?

Opera Doc?” from Looney Tunes utilized traditional opera scores with Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny’s famous voices adlibbing to the original lyrics. The last short clip played came from the nostalgic cartoon, “Animaniacs,” where Wakko burped his way through “Wakkorotti.” These clips and the animations featured in the exhibit barely seemed like hard work. “The best part of my job was looking at cartoons and calling it research,” Mirasol said about the work put into the event. “The Lion King” was the chosen film for the evening, not only for its award-winning soundtrack, but also because the Broadway version is coming to Norfolk this month. The film features some of the most famous Disney songs, including the vocalized title song, as well as Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Even after 16 years since its 1994 release “The Lion King” is one of the most loved animated feature films in history. When asked why she chose this movie, Mirasol said, “It was a good example of award-winning music.” She also chose it for its musical format. “The bad guy gets a song, the good guy gets a song, the love story gets a song.” Every good animated

movie should follow this format for guaranteed success. Justin Prosser, a freshman, enjoyed the movie and the presentation. “[The presentation] showed [Mirasol’s] vast knowledge of the subject and showed that animation has come a long way,” he said. The movie and the lecture were also held to provide a guide for music education students’ futures as teachers. Exposing young students to classical music in fun and entertaining ways are effective in teaching the importance of music. Youths were not the only ones learning something from that night; the older crowd revisited the movie of their childhood with a new perspective. Not only were they singing along to the songs, they realized the huge role music plays in animation. Contact Resources: Jessica Mirasol Librarian Archivist for Music Justin Prosser ODU ‘14



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Christian Ernst Mace & Crown Coach Bobby Wilder congratulating cornerback Lee Daniel after a great play.

Special teams key to Monarch victory Players return home to upend local team by

Christian Ernst News Editor

ith Old Dominion University entering a highly anticipated matchup against Hampton University, many people looked at ODU’s passing game, ranked 13th in the country, to be key against the Pirate’s sixth ranked pass defense. The difference maker in the 28-14 Monarch victory, though, became special teams, as Old Dominion had two blocked punts and one tackle of the punter that lead to 21 points, all in the first half. “I think the difference in this game was the three blocked punts,” said head coach Bobby Wilder. “That’s really what this game came down to, because it was a grind in every other phase of the game. Our offense… consistently put together drives. I felt like our defense was consistently on top of what they were doing offensively.” The team had not previously blocked a punt in 18 games, and Hampton had not allowed a blocked punt since 2004. Deron Mayo, one of the team’s best players according to Wilder, stepped in on special teams to block one put and tackle the punter on the one yard line, both in the first quarter. The blocked punt was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, and the tackled punter lead to a one yard, 29 second touchdown drive. Although Mayo doesn’t normally start on punt assault, Wilder said he saw a matchup he thought they could exploit on Saturday. “I told (Mayo) he was going to block a punt this week, and he said ‘okay’, and that was really the extent of it,” said Wilder. “Coach Bobby was so anxious that he even called me into his office like right after class and said ‘come here, come watch this on tape’. He was anxious all week,” said Mayo of Wilder’s


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special teams preparation for the week. According to Mayo, he didn’t actually block the punt, merely ran his blocker into the punter, who then deflected the ball of the blocker’s helmet. He was credited with the block anyway. “Our kids have an attitude right now on special teams that they think they can beat teams in that phase, and that’s all of them. They look at that team as an all-star team,” Wilder said. Wilder explained that Mayo plays 80 snaps a game on average, but may have played 100 today through special teams. Mayo started on defense, kickoff, punt and punt assault, according to Wilder. The game was a grind on offense, as Old Dominion was held to 251 total yards of offense, more than 100 yards under their average. Demarco

I told [Mayo] he was going to block a punt this week, and he said ‘okay’, threw for 182 yards and rushed for 41 and two touchdowns. On defense, the Monarchs performed well, holding Hampton to 223 yards. The defense came up with two interceptions, tying the team’s season total. The team also had four sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. The game’s location was also an interesting factor. Mayo was one of six members of the Monarchs returning home to Hampton on Saturday. Mayo said he lived and went to school within 5 minutes of the stadium. Because of the proximity to ODU, many saw the game as a building rivalry. Many students, alumni and other Monarch fans were in attendance, as the trip is less than 20 miles. The Monarch Maniacs also hosted a bus trip for members of the organization to attend the game. “This is the first local Division I program that we’ve beaten,” said Wilder. “We would like to be seen as the choice of schools players want to go to and to do that, you have to beat the other teams.”


No. 2 UNC narrowly wins against No. 19 Old Dominion Lady Monarchs Wrap Up 2010 Home Schedule with a Loss by

Kathryne Mason Staff Writer

The Lady Monarchs last home battle was against No. 2 UNC Tar Heels Oct. 30 at Powhatan Sports Complex. With it being senior night, and the last home game for the 2010 season the Monarchs were all smiles and laughs during warm-ups. The Lady Monarchs put up a great fight, but in the end the defending champs proved to be to much as No. 19 Old Dominion fell to No. 2 UNC. If they knew how the first half of the game was going to play out, they would have been smiling a lot more. With ODU showing their muscles, UNC decided to show theirs. In the first half, the Tar Heels were tallied for nearly a dozen pushing obstructions. The Lady Monarchs were constantly putting pressure, both offensively and defensively, on the Tar Heels. As an ODU fan watching, one couldn’t help but smile and feel proud at how well they were playing. The Lady Monarchs were controlling the midfield, making smooth passes, great stick checks, and intercepting passes. With 15 minutes left in the first half,

things started getting a little bit more dangerous. ODU freshman keeper Devon Seifert made a fantastic save on UNC forward Katie Ardrey to keep both teams off the scoreboard. UNC was given their second corner with nine minutes to go in the first half, but didn’t converge. Sophomore Maartje van Rijswijk took control of the ball in the midfield, dribbled it into the circle and took a powerful shot at the goal. Rijswijk’s shot ended up hitting a UNC player and with that came another corner for the Lady Monarchs. Sophomore Danielle Clutter hit a shot in goal after the UNC keeper fell on the turf, but it was ruled illegal by the referees because Clutter hit the foot of a UNC defender in the process. In response, the referees gave the Lady Monarchs a penalty stroke. Sophomore midfielder Julie Hodge took the stroke and converged on it to get the first goal of the game putting the Lady Monarchs up by one. ODU definitely had the momentum on their side as they continued play. But a mistake in the circle gave the Tar Heels a corner, and that was all they needed to prove that they were defending NCAA Champs. UNC freshman Marta Malmberg took a shot that rocketed past the ODU keeper, tying the game at one a piece.


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Mark Your Calendar Nov. 5th -- Basketball

LADY MONARCHS VS. DAVIS AND ELKINS The Lady Monarchs will get to face somebody other than themselves as they face their first exhibition foe. Nov. 6th -- Football

ODU VS. SAVANNAH STATE The Monarchs are going into their second to last home game, after winning two straight victories. The Monarchs will try to get back to .500 at home. Nov. 6th -- Basketball

ODU VS. ELIZABETH STATE The men will get their chance to play somebody else. The Monarchs have high expectations and will get their exhibition schedule off to a start against Elizabeth State.










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C3 | MACE & CROWN | wednesday 11/3/10

What adjustment period? Wilkins making the transition look easy by

Matthew McCracken Staff Writer

6 feet2 inches, 225 lbs can mean many things on the football field. With that height and weight in the secondary, his mere presence could scare away receivers from even daring to come across the middle of the field. His speed, quickness, and thrill for the sound of shoulder-pads popping against each other have brought him down to the linebacker level. Known as the position where only the real men play, Old Dominion’s Redshirt Sophomore Craig Wilkins is loving every minute of it. “It wasn’t hard to do at all. As long as I’m playing on the field, I’ll play anything,” Wilkins says. As one of the Co-captains for the Monarchs, Wilkins has been with the program since it was brought back in 2009. Starting every game of their first season, Wilkins tallied 65 total tackles, 46 of them being unassisted. On top of that, Wilkins also intercepted three passes from various opponents. Numbers like this seem unbelievable for a first year Division 1 College player, let alone, on a team in its first year as a program. Going 9-2 in their inaugural season, it seemed like the Monarchs didn’t need much time before they were a force to be reckoned with on the field. Tell Wilkins this and he’ll laugh in your face. “We wouldn’t have won too many games,” Wilkins admits when talking about their team in their building year. Training for a whole year with two-adays, practices, scrimmages, and such on top of school, Old Dominion has created a name for themselves as they are to enter the CAA next year. With leaders like Wilkins on the newly-created squad, success isn’t much of a surprise. Wilkins has been successful on the football field since the day he first strapped on the pads, and laced up the cleats. In his senior year of high school alone, Wilkins tallied 103 tackles, eight interceptions, 21 pass breakups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two blocked punts. Filling up every category known in a stat book, Wilkins prides himself on his success on the grid-iron. Changing positions wasn’t as big as a transition as changing levels of play. “Football is more of a lifestyle in college,” said Wilkins. Joining a brand-new program, Wilkins had no one to look up to or learn from. He and


his classmates were the first of their kind at Old Dominion since the 1930s, forcing them to learn on their own. Weight lifting, practice, study hall, and film meetings are just some of the things that Wilkins has to cope with being a college football player. In high school, most of these were praised upon, but weren’t mandatory. Football seems to have taken over Wilkins free-time, but not his life. Wilkins is majoring in sports management. This allows Wilkins to take his knowledge on athletics to the business side. Being able to prioritize his school-work with his passion for football, Wilkins is already on track to pass his past year’s statistics. With an ability to shed off blocks like a dog shakes off water from his coat of fur, Wilkins has already totaled 50 tackles in only seven games. With 20 unassisted and 30 assisted, Wilkins has met opponents in the back-field 20% of the time he has recorded a hit. 225 lbs coming down-hill, an offensive player is bound to either shy away from the hit or lose the ball. Forcing two fumbles already this year, Wilkins puts the pads in the opponents’ chest, and his head on the ball. A solid hit that some feel is unfair due to the outcome. William and Mary were quoted for talking about Monarchs in a sense that their defense is filled with dirty players. “We play the whole play, to the whistle. Maybe they weren’t ready for that,” Wilkins says. Strong words from a strong man. Recovering three other fumbles, Wilkins is still the ball hawk he was at strong-safety last year. Only difference, he is closer to the line of scrimmage. An advantage for the Monarchs; a disadvantage for anybody in Wilkin’s line of sight. Wilkins can do anything of physical nature that the sport of football demands. Jump over a tackler after an interception, deflect a pass from a strong-armed quarterback, stop forward progress of a down-hill style running back, or run stride for stride with any receiver while lined up as a linebacker are just some of the skills Wilkins possesses. Son of Linda Wilkins and Alvin Funcherss, Craig Wilkins is a physical beast in between the sidelines, starving for any kind of physical contact, and fiending for the ball. Transferring his skill he’s acquired in the secondary level of play, Wilkins is now known as Monarch’s top linebacker. Wilkins isn’t the type of player one can categorize or compare to others. He is the only of his kind. Quotes from Craig Wilkins: Interview set up by Kim.

Jake Zimmerman Mace & Crown Wilkins has been a leader since he joined the Monarchs, this season he leads the Monarchs with 56 tackles.


Bringing the Juice Goodwyn Making a Name for Himself by

Ben Decowski Staff Writer

Freshmen Running Back Colby Goodwyn is the spark that ignites the Monarchs, the stud of the special teams, the unsuspecting hero of the grid-iron and the future of the offense. Fans watched him explode for 42 yards on 3 carries and a touchdown in the game against William and Mary. They saw him diving into the end zone on a 21-yard touchdown run in the 34-20 rout of Georgia State. They even watched him compile 333 yards on 9 kick returns against Campbell. He has become ODU’s new playmaker and has the campus buzzing. “I started playing when I was probably like 7, I moved from Connecticut so as soon as I moved down to Virginia in the Hampton area that’s when I started playing,” says the local from Phoebus High School. Goodwyn played running back as well as defensive back while attending Phoebus and largely credits his old school with his current success. “They prepared us a lot. It’s a little bit fast, up tempo more, but I mean it’s not too much that I wasn’t already prepared for,” says Goodwyn. Goodwyn also says that being able to play so close to home “feels really good,” but seems to be enjoying his time at ODU. “It means everything,” said Goodwyn with a smile, “its real exciting, the crowd, the cheerleaders, the band and all that.” The one thing that Goodwyn misses is the opportunity to play on defense. “I was talking to Coach Z about trying to move to defense a little bit, trying to work in a little bit on defense,” said Goodwyn referring to Running Backs and Special Teams Coach Michael Zyskowski, “I miss defense a lot.” Having that experience on defense has seemed to really help out Goodwyn who has 40 carries for 196 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. “It gives me a good view of the coverages and defenses that they’re in because if I see a defense that’s out there I’m like ‘Oh that’s cover 3 spin,’ I’m just good at recognizing coverages,” he says. Goodwyn is the quiet type “I don’t do too much trash talking, I just go out there and work hard.” He also prefers to be alone and he keeps to his self before a game while listening to his iPod. He said his favorites

to listen to are “Gucci Mane, Wacka Flocka and Travis Porter.” Goodwyn’s quiet personality might stem from his hero who he says is Hall of Fame Running Back Barry Sanders, “I like the way he ran the ball. Not just his character on the field but off the field, he’s a quiet guy he doesn’t talk too much. I kind of look up to him a lot.” Off the field conduct seems very important to Goodwyn who says Head Coach Bobby Wilder “…is real good about character and conducting yourself off the field. Not just the football aspect but school and just life.” Goodwyn says that he is a “nap person” but while he may like his naps, he is wide awake when it’s time to play. Goodwyn had his biggest game of the season on the offensive side of the ball rushing 10 times for 72 yards and a touchdown in the homecoming game against Georgia State. His big day helped lift the Football Monarchs (4-3) to their second home win of the season. “The home games we come out with a lot of energy,” said Goodwyn but added “There are things we can work on, we still have got time.” Goodwyn says the game that is most meaningful to him so far this season was the game against William and Mary, which the Monarchs lost 21-17. “Everybody expected us to not do so good against them. We came out and played hard and we should have beaten them but I mean things didn’t go the right way,” explained Goodwyn If asked about his career goals at ODU one would expect to hear something like a statistical milestone, a number of touchdowns that he wants to score or a number of yards he wants to rush for while a Monarch but this is not the case. Goodwyn is quick to say that his top priority is to “Graduate and get my Bachelor’s in Biology, that’s my main goal right there.” This is something that sports fans love to hear, a well grounded athlete that understands the importance of education. Even though his focus is rightfully on academics, he remains dedicated to the game and he is an important part of the team. “I bring a lot of juice,” says Goodwyn, “Juice like if we need a spark from kickoff return if our offense or defense isn’t getting good field position I try to give a good spark.” “I think I bring a good energy to the team,” he continued. Goodwyn is definitely a high energy player with his contributions on offense and special teams and he’s making his name known. So if you find yourself wondering who that #36 is on the field, his name is Colby Goodwyn and he’s here to bring the “juice.”


wednesday 11/3/10 | MACE & CROWN | C4

Monarchs get early Halloween treat Defeat Northeastern in Overtime 1-0 by

Jake Ullrich Staff Writer

It seemed sophomore Daniel Lidster had made the most important play of the match in the 104th minute. Northeastern was given a free kick on the side of the field and sent in a dangerous pass across the goal. It was headed down and volleyed by Northeastern forward Don Anding. It seemed destined for the goal before Lidster threw his body across the goal to prevent a certain win for the Huskies. “I was just man-marking my guy and I saw the forward take a shot,” Lidster said of the play. “I just stepped in front of the ball and did my best to clear it.” The play was certain to be the play of the


night, a last second clearance to keep the game tied. That was, until Lidster scored the winner in the 105th minute. Freshman Tim Hopkinson broke down the left side of the field and whipped in a fierce cross across the goal. The ball fell to junior Captain Tommy Webb who had his shot cleared off the line. The ball fell to Lidster who made no mistake putting away the game’s only goal. “I saw Tommy going in to the box with the ball,” Lidster said. “The ball came back to me right at the top of the six yard box and I just finished it off.” The goal sent Monarch fans into a craze who had been witnesses to a slow goalless draw for the first 105 minutes. The stage seemed to be set perfectly for Lidster. After two disappointing losses, the Monarchs came into Saturday night with a little extra motivation, it was senior night. It would be the last home game for seniors Evan Newton, Adam Roscioli and Harry Gillespie.

“They’re three wonderful boys,” Coach Alan Dawson said of the seniors. “Good players, good students, good citizens.” The first half was a goalless draw where it seemed both teams were a bit nervous to lose. Newton made a fine save in the eighth minute when Anding split the defense and shot low. Newton dove to his left to keep the score deadlocked. The second half continued the spell of poor finishing when both teams were unable to score with a combined 21 shots. Newton made a few more strong saves while Northeastern keeper Oliver Blum saved well on forward Gideon Asante. The goalless 90 minutes meant one thing for the two tired teams, 20 more minutes of golden goal soccer to decide a winner. “Coach told us to play safe, but we need this win,” junior midfielder Nick Foglesong said. “We keep them on their heels because I know we want this more than them.”

In the 97th minute, it looked as if Northeastern would walk out the stadium with three points and send the Monarchs to a third consecutive defeat. Anding once again broke through the defense and had only the keeper to beat to win the game. Newton had other ideas. “The kids fast and get in past the defense,” Newton said of the play. “I just tried to stand him up, make him beat me. Fortunately I was able to make the save and do my job to keep us in the match.”

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Young Monarch looks to lead team to future success Despite team struggles, LeBlanc having a break-out season by

2011 Virginia General Assembly Internship Program Paid Internship Temporary accommodations in Richmond during Session, which runs January 12 – February 25, 2011. ODU interns work a 40-hour week assisting a pair of Hampton Roads legislators. Students should check with their departmental advisor if they seek to achieve academic credit for the experience. All ODU students in all majors are eligible to apply. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, November 5. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Students must be in good standing with their department and the university. For more information or an application, interested students should contact the Assistant to the President for Local, State and Federal Governmental Relations, Elizabeth Kersey, at, or 683-3152.

Donnell Coley Staff Writer

Young teams in any sport go through a growth period in which the team looks great one minute and not so great the next. The same can be said for the Old Dominion University soccer Monarchs as they trek through the season with seven underclassmen starters. Among those starters is stellar sophomore midfielder Jordan LeBlanc. He leads the team with 5 goals and 11 points. Though he is not happy with the team’s lack of success lately, LeBlanc looks forward to expand on what has been a break-out season. Last season as a freshman LeBlanc did not make it out on the field consistently until the last five games of the season. “When I was a freshman we had two other midfielders that were seniors,” said LeBlanc. The Monarchs were led by the hustle LeBlanc displayed which led to more playing time. The transition from last season to this season has been no challenge for him. His work ethic over the summer was impressive. Along with the extensive workouts with his club team FC Delco in Pennsylvania, LeBlanc said he “worked out with [his] dad three times a keep his body in shape”. This summer-long routine had him eager to start the season. “In pre-season I felt like I was in some of


the best shape I been in for awhile,”he said. With the new confidence and high level of fitness, LeBlanc was ready to be a big time player. Coaches found a spot for him as one of the goto players on the team. “He inspects me to be a leader and to instruct players what to do and control the middle.” Being one of the leaders on the team is an honor to him. Even with this high position on the team, LeBlanc finds room for improvement. I’m not satisfied,” he said. He went on to say, “It could be better. I’ve had lots more opportunities to score and haven’t had success.” He is however, confident that with more time these things will be fixed. The Monarchs were on a little skid prior to Wednesday night’s game, losing three games in a row. Though they have been on a losing streak, they have confidence from earlier in the season when beating UNC and WMU. “Last year we had five or six freshman that played regular minutes and we have the same this year,” LeBlanc said. The future is bright for the Monarchs and LeBlanc is well aware of that. “I think it’s a very positive thing.” They end their season at Drexel on Saturday, Nov. 16.


C5 | MACE & CROWN | wednesday 11/3/10

Lady Monarchs Kickoff 2010-11 Season ODU Women’s Basketball Played Their Blue-White Scrimmage by

Greg Arnold Staff Writer

The ODU Lady Monarchs Women’s Basketball Team played in their annual BlueWhite Scrimmage Friday night against an all-male practice team. The Lady Monarchs lost the game 59-45, but this night wasn’t about winning or losing, but about getting ready for the rough season ahead. Going into the season ODU was picked to finish second in the CAA by the league’s women’s basketball coaches. Picked to finish first in the CAA was James Madison University, with Delaware finishing third. JMU and Delaware will each have one of the top five scorers in the nation for Women’s Basketball. JMU’s senior Dawn Evans averaged 24.6 points per game a year ago, while Delaware’s sophomore Elena Delle Donne averaged 26.7. Evans has been named one of the top five guards in the nation, and Donne was last year’s CAA Player and Rookie of the Year. The three teams also have something else in common; they were all ranked in the top 25 in the first release of the


Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown Going into the season ODU was picked to finish second in the CAA by the league’s women’s basketball coaches. Mid-major Top 25 Poll. JMU is ranked third with ODU ranked 11th and Delaware following them ranked 24th. ODU will have plenty of weapons to go against these tough opponents. Four of their five starters are returning for another year. Last season they finished 14-4 in the CAA, which was good enough to put them at the top of the standings at the end of the 2009-10 season. Three of those returning averaged double figures in scoring last year and made this season’s CAA Women’s Basketball Preseason All- Conference Second Team. Junior center/forward Tia Lewis led the team in scoring last season with 11.2 ppg. She was third in the CAA in field

goal percentage and eighth in the CAA in rebounds with 7.6 per game. ODU’s star guard Jasmine Parker is coming back as a senior this year to help lead the team. Last season Parker averaged just behind Lewis with 11.1 ppg. Also returning will be senior guard/forward Shadasia Green who averaged 10.7 ppg and 5.3 rebounds per game. Both Lewis and Green had good showings at the BlueWhite Scrimmage with 13 and 10 points respectively. ODU’s senior from Brisbane, Australia Alena Voronina led the team in scoring with 14 points and was a strong force inside the paint with Lewis also inside. Lewis managed to lead the team with two steals and shared the lead in rebound with sophomore

JoNiquia Guilford, who both had six. The crowd at the Ted went dead silent as team leader Parker hit the ground hard after playing only eight minutes. She had to be carried off the court, but was able to return for four minutes near the end of the game. The Lady Monarchs will have a couple more shots at getting any bugs out of their early season play as they have two scrimmages left before the regular season begins. Their first will be against Davis & Elkins on November 5th, and their second will against Bowie State on November 9th. Their season begins November 14th at 2 pm against Georgia Tech at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Van Rijswijk came back with a vengeance as she dribbled the ball through three UNC defenders and into the circle. Van Rijswijk took a beautiful shot from the far right side of the circle, but went wide left as it ricocheted off the post. Less than five minutes into the second half, UNC forward Taryn Gjurich scored from the top of the circle to lift the Tar Heels up by one. With no pressure coming from the Lady Monarchs, the Tar Heels altogether used up about 10 minutes of the game clock playing keep away from Old Dominion. More mistakes from the Lady Monarchs led to a corner for UNC with a little under 16 minutes left in the game. UNC showed their strength, but Seifert gave no ground as she made two key stops, one in mid air. With 11 minutes of play left on the game clock, ODU coach Beth Anders called a timeout. Trusting her Lady Monarchs defense to keep it together, Anders made a bold move when she took Seifert out of the game to put an extra Lady Monarch on the field. With a wideopen cage and the way the Lady Monarchs had been playing, everybody in the stands was nervous. But with no keeper in the cage, the Lady Monarchs realized they were on their own and had to step it up. The Lady Monarchs played with the passion they played with in the first half, and proving to be too much, UNC coach Karen Shelton called a timeout to rally her troops back together. As the play clock started to lose time, Hodge showed a last minute effort as her shot on goal went far right from the post. The Lady Monarchs outshot the Tar Heels 11 to 10. With this loss, the Old Dominion fall to 9-10 on the season. The Lady Monarchs’ last game is at Colonial Athletic Association rival William & Mary. Old Dominion (6-1 in CAA play) would need a win and a Drexel loss against Delaware to secure the top seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament.

Rachel Chasin Mace & Crown Paige Clutter and the Lady Monarchs finished the season 4-4 at home this season.





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For Crying Out Loud Proposition 19 has significant opposition



Christian Ernst News Editor

alifornians have many options for recreational activities. They can head to Los Angeles for a night on the town. They can visit the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. They can go see the stars in Hollywood. They can go watch any number of famous sports teams. Now, they may be able to go grow and smoke their own marijuana. Prop 19, a statewide ballot proposition for legalized marijuana in California, was on Tuesday’s ballot. Due to printing time, polls were not yet available. Prop 19 offers a clear concise way to use marijuana as a benefit for state government. No I don’t mean it tells politicians to go smoke pot, but it allows taxation and limited possession, something that can be beneficial to the state. First, the ability for California to tax all profits on marijuana is smart. Just as cigarettes and alcohol are taxable entities, marijuana could be as well. This will provide a useful income for a state that is feeling the recession as much as any.

Taxes will keep marijuana in check. It will keep usage down, as price will be high enough to prevent mass purchase. It will limit illegal sources, as most people look for legal sources. The proposition also has several stipulations as to use and sale of marijuana. Legal possession is only one ounce, and anything more than that requires a license to sell. Licenses require that sales can’t be to anyone under 21, and that sales to people under 18 can result in incarceration. Marijuana has long been a part of society. The fact that it is illegal has done little to prevent its use in social scenes. Legalizing it allows those social scenes to be controlled and censored. Just like bars, there would be control as to the use. The proposal does allow people to use marijuana in private space, as well as grow their own in spaces smaller than 25 square feet. This allows a limited personal use, and would be regulated I assume. Marijuana is too popular to keep illegal. It is popularized in movies, mentioned in songs, and common on almost every college campus. It’s hard to deny that. And this is the first step toward national legalization. The fact that one state is moving toward legalization means another will follow, even if it doesn’t pass. And one state will pass it in the future. Which will lead to another state passage. Until a national bill becomes evident. And then it will go to vote. It won’t pass the first time. But it will at some point. Unless major opposition rises sometime soon. This is all speculation. But it’s possible.


That’s G NBA Season


By Garrison Cole Sports Editor

t’s usually until about mid February that I, a basketball fanatic really start paying attention to the NBA season. There usually isn’t much reason to watch before then. This season that could not be further from the truth. Thanks to the summer to end all summers the NBA finds itself in a position not seen since the 1995 season when a guy named Michael Jordan made his return. The NBA in November is must see television every single night. Because of what transpired this summer, and the fact that the Miami Heat has formed a super team on South Beach, every single night they will get every team’s best shot. With that every single loss they suffer, as was on opening night in Boston will be magnified like the end of the world. They have become the most hated team of all time, and in the Eastern Conference where the power has shifted, Miami will have a dog fight to capture the top spot in the east. The defending Eastern Conference champs, the Boston Celtics are one of two teams that I think can actually beat the Miami Thrice in a seven game series. The other Big 3 is one again primed and ready to take one more run at winning an NBA Championship. Garnett, Allen, and Pierce are joined by Rajon Rondo, who is dropping dimes like it’s a style so far this season (he had 24 last week). The Celtics will lean heavily on the two O’Neal’s inside until center Kendrick Perkins recovers from knee surgery. The Celtics beef inside, and their ability to guard Dwight Howard one on one, make them not only Miami’s biggest threat, but the favorites to make it to the finals in June. Speaking of Howard, his Magic is the other team with a legitimate shot at defeating the Heat. The Magic are stronger than the Heat at two positions that are question marks

for the Heat; center and point guard. They have Howard, who seems to have a post game through the first week of the season. He hit a few of face up jumpers, which if he can consistently knock those downs, memo to the league: you’re all in trouble. The Magic also have Jameer Nelson, who when healthy is an All-Star in this league. His ability to get to the rim and play pick and roll basketball with Howard and Rashard Lewis make him a tough cover on the floor. The league is also must see for the individual storylines this season. After a summer which transcended him to the most popular player in the league, Kevin Durant now tries to take his game and his Thunder to a higher level. Durant is simply indefensible. The 6 ft 10 inch Durant can get his shot off whenever, wherever, however because of his quick release. Put a small guy on him, he shoots over him, put a big guy on him, and he’s going to the hole. Durant, the player picked to win the MVP by General Managers across the league now is aiming at the defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers in hopes of supplanting them as the Western Conference’s best. The league also will feature a rookie of the year watch with so much intrigue. Number one pick John Wall has the keys to the Washington Wizards, and his blazing speed will be on display all season long. However, “redshirt” rookie Blake Griffin had an awesome preseason and is reminding everyone why he was the number one pick two years ago. Throw in Sacramento Kings big man Demarcus Cousins, and there are three guys who will jock for rookie supremacy all season long. When it is all said in done, I expect to see the matchup fans should have gotten for the past three seasons, a healthy Lakers against a healthy Celtic to decide the NBA Championship. I expect Wall to capture the rookie of the year crown, because he will have the ball in his hands 95% of the time, and the freedom to make plays, but Griffin will make it tough. There hasn’t been this much buzz and excitement over the start to an NBA season, maybe forever. Now like T.O. says it’s time to get your popcorn ready, it’s going to be quite the ride.

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My Way or the Highway “Grounded” Showcases Alternative Options


by Chelsea DeAngio Arts and Entertainment Editor

’m one of those weird people who actually enjoys flying. I love the whole process. From checking my bag and watching from big picture windows as luggage is carted to the belly of the plane, to the thrilling takeoff and even the stale airplane food seems like a luxury after hours of sitting on a plane, I just love to fly. There’s the convenience factor, too. New York is just a hop, skip and

a jump away from little old Norfolk when you fly. I could visit Mickey in Orlando in a matter of hours. And when I fly to England to study abroad this spring, I’ll certainly be glad I’m not sailing the Atlantic to reach my school. But according to Seth Stevenson’s new book “Grounded,” air travel is killing our environment. It currently accounts for 2% of the world’s carbon emissions, and that rate is growing constantly. Air travel is as American, some would say, as baseball and apple pie. Our nation’s history is tentpoled with inspiring stories of great inventors like the Wright brothers and great aviators, like Charles Lindhberg. Plus, flying is relatively cheap, fast and convenient. Isn’t that the definition of 21st century consumer culture? The natural inclination towards flight is what Stevenson explores in his new book. Released this April, the memoir explores Stevenson’s yearlong journey around the world. Trick is, he attempts to travel completely air-free. The result is challenging, often hilarious, and always rewarding. Stevenson’s approach to travel made me reconsider the way I look at

Dear Diane

Staying Connected and Above Water


Diane Dougherty Staff Writer

Dear Diane, I’m a freshman this year and at first I really felt connected to the university. They had a ton of activities for us to do at the beginning of the year, but now I feel as if there’s hardly anything to do around here. Am I just not looking in the right places? -Disconnected Dear Disconnected, I guarantee you there are tons of other people out there, not just freshman, that feel the same way you do. Don’t get discouraged, because there is always a lot going on around campus. You just need to broaden your mind and maybe try something you would have never considered before! First thing I recommend you do is go to the ODU website, www. There is a tab at the top of the page called University Life. If you click that, the page opens up to numerous places you can visit to find out about events and clubs and organizations that are active around campus. For instance, ODU offers great intramural and club sports teams. You can get a group of friends or join a club that’s already established and play the game you love, whether its softball, soccer or even kickball every week. It’s a great way to meet people and also get that much needed exercise in too! OSAL, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, has an awesome amount of information about organizations that you can join on campus, whether you want to try out Fraternity and Sorority Life, or you really want to get involved with

flying. I rarely fly – the last time was in 2007. But it’s always an option, and usually the first one I look at for long journeys. But are we missing those journeys by flying? Stevenson seems to think so. Those of us who love to travel miss the actual travel part of our journey when we fly. We sleep our way through states, oceans and even countries. Travel has become too often about the destination, and not about the things that happen along the way. My favorite method of travel has always been the road. There’s something so essential, so intangible about packing up the car and hitting the highway. You actually get the feeling you’ve accomplished something after a 10 hour drive. Not so, with air travel. So what’s Stevenson’s point, with “Grounded?” To argue for the end of air travel? To guilt his readers about their selfish waste of fossil fuels? No. He simply wishes to make us pause and reconsider the role planes have played in our lives, to examine why we travel, and whether it is truly the destination or the journey that is more valuable.

community service. There are about 200 student organizations here at ODU, so there is a very diverse collection you can choose from. You can always come write for the Mace and Crown, too! If you enjoy writing or learning about our college atmosphere, this is definitely the place to do it! We have meetings every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., and anyone is welcome to come! There are plenty of opportunities to find something that fits your life and what you want to do. Hey, it might even look great on a resume! Dear Diane. Not only am I a student full time but I also work part time outside of school. I’m finding that my schedules are constantly clashing and I can’t figure out a system that works for me so I’m not completely overwhelmed. How do I balance both without sinking? -Drowning Dear Drowning, Trying to do it all is definitely a tremendous task, but it can be done! Spring registration is right around the corner, so this is the perfect time to be able to get a hold on your schedule. First, write down all of the classes you want to take this upcoming semester and write down every class time and day it is offered. Then figure out the best days for you to work, whether it’s peak times in a restaurant if you’re a server or the busiest days for retail, and write down those times and days of the week. Now, be sure to make multiple schedules so if any of your classes fill up you have other options. Always make sure you give yourself at least one day to relax from work and school so you can have some down time or a day just to catch up on homework. I usually pick Sundays, but it is whatever day you think will be most beneficial. As soon as you register for classes, let your boss at work know that you plan on changing up your availability so they have enough time in advance to get comfortable with a new schedule before it goes into effect. School always comes first, and if your work doesn’t agree with this, then sit down with them and ask them what they need of you. If your idea of what’s important is different than theirs, then it might be time to look for a new job before next semester starts.


THE SCOOP! Music News and Reviews Eminem tops MTV list for hottest 2010 MC ‘


By Robbie Ciara Staff Writer

ere’s The Scoop! – Old Dominion student Taifa Manuel is the biggest Nikki Minaj fan on the entire planet. In her office space at WODU you can find her Nikki Minaj wallpaper and souvenirs splattered over her computer and work area. Someone once changed her wallpaper as a prank and the results weren’t as friendly as the MTV show “Punk’d”. Nicki is Taifa and Taifa is Nicki. Taifa’s radio personality moniker is Mz. Barbie, in tribute to her idol. Taifa is not only that passionate about the upcoming rapper’s music but can turn every Nicki verse with perfection in her own right. Surprisingly, when The Scoop! deliberately tried to illicit a passionate response about her favorite rapper being ranked at number six she had a very professional response. “For Nikki to be ranked at number six is a huge accomplishment”, she said. “For an artist who has never had an album and just a mix-tape is impressive. Everyone on the list has had an album or a history of music. Nicki is making great verses for other artists right now….unfortunately there’s not a list for that.” She said. Mz. Barbie may have a point. Nicki is one of the hot-

test guest MC’s in the game right now. The rapid success of “Bottom’s up” by Trey Songz and just about any other track involving a Nicki Minaj guest appearance has been download gold. It’s quite an accomplishment to go from the luke-warm single “Massive Attack” to, as of this month, being the first female artist to have seven songs in the Billboard top 100. The Scoop! may feel a little differently about the definition of hot and those numbers are just too hard to ignore. Perhaps the MTV list is based more on body of work than the state of current affairs. ODU student Cameron “Cello Kid” Cloman who also debates hiphop history frequently around campus wasn’t as diplomatic when it came to certain MC’s on the list. “It’s hard to argue against Eminem being number one on this list considering his work this year but I would put Kanye West over Jay-Z” Cameron said. “Jay-Z disappeared over the summer and Kanye has been making tracks on a weekly basis.” he added. “Also, B.O.B has had three top ten hits on the Billboard charts while Waka Flocka Flame hasn’t even cracked the top 100 and has had more of an underground buzz”. The Scoop! can’t deny there are some strange entries that boggle the mind on this current list. Rick Ross over Little Wayne? Why is Rick Ross on this list anyway? Ludacris rounding out the top 10? Drake, who we have to pry off of our radios and i-pods, is on the outside looking in at the top three? There are a lot of questions to ask. Does Eminem deserve to be number one after riding the success of collaborations with Rihanna and Little Wayne while the solo success of Drake is being ignored by this list from MTV? It is about a history of success or is it really about who’s hot? The Scoop! says let the debate begin.

MTV’s current TOP 10 MC List 1. Eminem 2. JAY-Z 3. Kanye West 4. Drake 5. Rick Ross 6. Nicki Minaj 7. Lil’ Wayne 8.Waka Flaka Flame 9. B.O.B 10. Ludacris

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More than Skin Deep: Fashion Police! Best and Worst Dressed Celebs of 2010… So far

of his looks, both personal and on the runway, are my personal favorites.


Leslea Kuhrt Staff Writer


ith Election Day right around the corner (actually, by the time this article is published, it will have already happened), I find myself thinking about who I would elect to the 2010 Best and Worst Dressed List. There are several celebs that belong on each list, but I thought I would narrow it down to the Top Three for each category. BEST DRESSED in 2010 (in no particular order) Kate Moss- This chick never seems to have a bad day! She always looks casually cool and together in whatever she has on. She can go from wellies and super short shorts to an effortlessly chic evening gown in a matter of hours. My favorite look from her this season: The sheer green maxi dress and black leather jacket combo that she wore to a party for her new line for TopShop. Kourtney Kardashian- Two words: Green turban. I loved this look! She is the best dressed of the three Kardashian sisters. Kim always seems too sexy to just be wandering around the farmer’s market on a Saturday, and sometimes Khloe can be a little boring (even though she is my fave sister.) The best look of 2010: Green Turban, period. Hands down. Alexander McQueen- He was one of the most visionary designers of our generation. From his perilously low rise jeans (bumsters), to his last collection, he leaves a legacy of fabulosity (in a non-Kimora Lee Simmons way) that will never be matched. All

WORST DRESSED in 2010 (in no particular order) Rihanna- The only thing keeping Rihanna from the best dressed list is that awful red hair that she either can’t or won’t get rid of! Her style is definitely one of the most unique that I’ve seen, but she makes some risky decisions that ultimately don’t pay off in the long run. Worst Look of 2010: VMAs. Sorry Ri-Ri. The flapper headband, fiery red hair and ballerina dress just didn’t add up. Lady Gaga-Gaga makes the list because she seems to constantly be in character. Yes, I know, she said that that’s who she really is, but come on Steph. I don’t buy it. The final straw for me was the meat dress of the VMAs. Most of her outfits leading up to that were outlandish, a little eccentric and extremely inappropriate, but the meat dress with the matching hat was just tragic. Worst Outfit(s): Meat Dress (with matching hat) and the Latex ensemble worn to meet the Queen of England. Mel Gibson- His craziness makes anything he puts on look crazy. Sorry Mel, you just look like the crazy old man you seem to be turning into. The beard, the rants…sorry man. That Tom Ford suit just looks awkward now. Worst Look of 2010: All of them. Remember, when it comes to putting together a successful look, sometimes less is more (or in the case of Gaga, waaaaaaaay less is more.) The best dressed celebrities are usually the one that don’t look like they’re trying too hard. The best advice is to just be yourself; they’ll either love you or hate you. And in the case of my “worst” list, I love everyone on it; they all have their moments of fashion genius. Think about it: Mel Gibson in Mad Max, Rihanna in GQ and Lady Gaga in her Armani Prive Grammy dress. Sometimes it takes a while to find a style that you’re 100 percent comfortable with, sometimes people peak way too early and sometimes you find yourself dealing with a true visionary. You just never know!

Whoop Butt with Whoopie Pies A Fall spin on these fluffy oreos

by Alyssa

Odango Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor


he word ‘whoopie’ had me automatically thinking about the no-eyebrow actresses-turned-talk-showhosts and those pink inflatable seat cushions that expel a sound embarrassingly familiar to flatulence. Never would I think to put link the word to any kind of food, much less a dessert. Apparently, whoopie pies are trendy among the culinary circle (if you’re not part of that in-the-know group, no worries, I’m not either.) When I first learned what a whoopie pie was, I never really put much thought into it. They just seemed like ice cream cookies, only not filled with frozen cream. If you still don’t have a good visual, or if yours is of melting ice cream between sliding cookies, think of it this way: fluffy, soft cookies with a fluffier, softer cream filling. You have a visual? Good. Now imagine taking a bite into pillowy sweetness. I’ve got my first batch of whoopie pies out of the way, and attempted to make about 100 more in different flavors, just for the heck of it. These pies are fairly easy to make, and what’s great about them is that they yield a lot of cookies, making them perfect for parties. And because it’s fall, I used a chocolate pumpkin whoopie pie recipe, which means they looked like giant Oreos with a pumpkin cream filling. Ooh, yumminess abounds. Spiced Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies makes roughly 35 (fairly large) whoopie pies Cookie Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tbsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room tem perature 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar (I used light brown sugar—there’s no difference) 2 large eggs 2 cups whole milk 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

by Alyssa Odango MACE & CROWN Use pumpkins leftover from Halloween for yummy desserts like Whoopie Pies.

Filling Ingredients: 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin grated cinnamon, to taste (I used about 2 teaspoons) freshly grated nutmeg, to taste (I used about 1 ½ teaspoons) To Make Cookies: Preheat oven to 375° F. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a hand mixer, mix together the butter, shortening, and sugars for about 3 minutes until creamy and smooth. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix for around 2 more minutes. Alternately add in the flour mixture and milk on low speed, beginning and ending with the flour. Scoop dough 2-inches apart onto prepared baking sheet in about a tablespoon-sized mound, trying to keep a round shape. Bake for 12 minutes or until the cookies spring back when lightly touched. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. To Make Filling: In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Add in the pumpkin and spices and mic until smooth, scraping down the bowl as necessary. To assemble: Spoon a tablespoon-sized amount of filling onto the flat side of one of the cookies and top with another cookie. Repeat the sandwich-making process with the rest of the cookies/filling.

News Travels Sophie Clark Staff Writer he News. It’s very fast pace, there’s always a lot of it and because of this its difficult to know exactly what’s going on all the time. There is no difference between American News and English News regarding these three things, but there are definitely differences in the way that it is presented to the public. The news is always something I try to keep up with and always seem to fail at. This problem became even worse when I came to the U.S. – what channel do I pick?! In England there are only a few channels that are solely dedicated to the news, the main one being the BBC which covers the news regionally, nationally and internationally with no talk shows or popular culture; just



straight news. In the U.S. there seems to be more integration between talk shows and the news. The News is almost like entertainment; there is racy music in the background, the presenters joke with each other and everything is extremely fast pace. This almost cinematic quality is also displayed within the reported news stories. Celebrity and politics has a lot greater connection here than in England. The way that celebrities and popular culture connect with politics is something that the English have always kept very separate. I believe this is because we have a Monarchy and anything that is deemed as political is connected to the Queen, and therefore should not contain elements that are not labelled as having a serious nature to pertain to traditional English culture. Whereas here popular culture is

constantly used by politicians to gain votes and connect themselves to the public, and this is shown through the news. At home the news is always presented with a sombre attitude as news reporters are very strict to not show any bias towards any side of the news that is being presented. This lack of bias becomes even more emphasised when elections are underway. The BBC has very strict rules about not showing emotion towards any of the parties involved. This is also the case in regards to religion. Like here, England’s traditionally prominent religion is Christianity, but News reporters are not allowed to make exclamations outside of their reported news that show any bias towards any religion, so, for instance, they would not be allowed to say, “Thank God” as this would alien-


ate people with different religions that may be watching the report. Although the news isn’t always our first point of call when slouching on the coach and turning on the TV. after a hard day or night, it definitely is a good example of your culture and where you’re a part of. Next time you decide to press the big button on your remote, try to steer yourself away from the joys of Jersey Shore and take a look at one of your many news channels and have a think about how it reflects America and the problems it is facing, it’s definitely good to know what’s going on around you and what’s showing as a representation of your country.


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What do you do to help make ODU green?

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Grade for green participation by oDU students?

Mis term elections: do you care?

Do you know what materials can be recycled?

Guess how many lbs. of material ODU recycled last year

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C R O W O R DS S Solution for last week’s puzzle - Puzzle #3 for November 1, 2010 Across 1- Enervates; 5- Golfer Ernie; 8- Flaky mineral; 12- Dash; 13- Agitates; 15- Bartlett’s abbr.; 16- “All The Way To ___”, song by REM; 17- Every other person, approximately; 18- ___ first you don’t...; 19- Development outside the body; 22- Give ___ rest; 23- ___ kwon do; 24- Haul; 26- Mescal; 29- Add fizz; 31- Mend; 32- Guides; 34- Covered with fur; 36- Bit; 38- Marsh of mystery; 40- Challenge; 41- Rotates; 43- Gnu cousin; 45- Freight weight; 46Persian musical instrument; 48- Asexual; 50- Bottom of the barrel; 51- Beverage commonly drunk in England; 52- Bass, e.g.; 54- Strict; 61- Star of the first magnitude; 63- Give guns again; 64- Come up short; 65- Jazz singer Anita; 66- Black tea; 67- Draft classification; 68Fabric ridge; 69- Not emp.; 70- X-ray units;

Down 1- Shrivelled, without moisture; 2- Novelist Waugh; 3- Breathe hard; 4- Condescending; 5- Collar type; 6- Corona fruit; 7- Ladies of Sp.; 8- Avril follower; 9- Permeate; 10- Cover; 11- Organization to promote theater; 13- Add sugar; 14- Long-billed sandpiper; 20- London jail; 21- Board on water; 25- Extol; 26- Sanctimonious; 27- Beyond the authority of law; 28Enthusiastic; 29- Continental identity of a Chinese person; 30- Diamond flaw?; 31- Appropriate; 33- Indian dish; 35- Desire; 37- Actress Heche; 39- Former; 42- Pace; 44- Shootout; 47- Encroach; 49- Fit with clothes; 52- Acknowledge; 53- Moon of Jupiter; 55- Not e’en once; 56- Birthday treat; 57- Horse’s gait; 58- Mrs. Chaplin; 59- Not new; 60- Mariners can sail on seven of these; 62- Affirmative vote;


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Grab your forks & Dig into Norfolk with Norfolk Walkabouts! Sample some of the area’s favorite local restaurants and “hidden gems.” Guests have a behind the scenes experience at restaurants while enjoying culinary creations. Between sampling, the tour visits several landmarks and discusses the history of Norfolk and Hampton Roads. ODU students receive a 10% discount. Purchase food tour tickets online and enter the code “botetourt.” Contact us about availability. Offer valid through 2/28/11. Call us @ 641-7968 or visit our website 24/7 at . Tours are every Saturday starting at 11am. “Grab your forks & Dig into Norfolk!” with Norfolk Walkabouts Food Tour!


Vol. 52, Issue 10 - November 3rd, 2010  

Vol. 52, Issue 10 - November 3rd, 2010

Vol. 52, Issue 10 - November 3rd, 2010  

Vol. 52, Issue 10 - November 3rd, 2010