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WEDNESDAY | 11.16.11 MaceandCROWN.COM | Vol. 53, Issue 10

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Boardwalk Burgers and Fries Opens see A3

Skyrim Review see B3

Men’s Soccer Lose in CAA Championship see C1

Career Explorium Opens Students’ Eyes

Public Service Week Event

By: Eric Smith Staff Writer Old Dominion University held its second annual “Public Service Week,” with events highlighting the importance, joys and challenges of performing public service from Nov. 7 through Nov. 11. On Nov. 10, employers from various agencies settled in the lobby of Constant Hall, eager to greet students with questions. Dr. Juita (Wie) Yusuf, assistant professor of Urban Studies and Public Administration coordinated Thursday’s event. “We have found, and research sup-

ports, that today’s youth are very engaged in their communities and are more committed to public service than was previously thought,” said Yusuf. “Many students are required to perform community service while in high school, and college students are also involved in community service. These students are also actively involved in their university communities. At the same time, members of the university community are also engaged in public service in the larger community we live in.” Yusuf is a public servant herself. She continues to be one today by holding her current job here at ODU. “We wanted to pay tribute to this

commitment to public service and also to highlight the brand new public service minor we are currently offering here at ODU,” said Yusuf. The idea to devote a week to public service began in the Fall of 2009, a year before the first celebration. Some of the companies and their representatives present at the career explorium were Mark Alpine of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Shirlitta Satsatin of the Hampton Police Department and Virginia Fowler of the City of Chesapeake. Lizz Gunnufsen is also an employer of the City of Chesapeake. She explained what their city government continued to A3

John Waters; It’s A Filthy World

The Pope of Trash Visits ODU By: Derek Page News Assistant

Writer and director John Waters paid a visit to Webb Center last Thursday to present his show “This Filthy World” as a part of the “ODU Presents” series. The event was free and open to the public, and received a large and diverse audience. Young and old alike filled the room, eager to receive the self-proclaimed “Pope of Trash.” The lecture was more so a stand-up comedy performance that explored Water’s Baltimore roots, childhood influences and his career as an independent film writer and director. “It was great. I saw an ad for it on the front page of the ODU website and I wanted to go because I have been a fan of John Waters for years now. He’s been a big influence on me wanting to pursue a career in film,” said sophomore Bryan Gillick. Waters spoke largely about his group of friends, who often acted in numerous films by Waters, known as the Dreamlanders. The most famous of all being the notorious Divine, Waters’ closest childhood friend.

There was no bypassing the obvious topic of Water’s controversial cinematic style. Known to film buff’s as the Cinema of Transgression, as coined by filmmaker Nick Zedd, the underground film movement is characterized by shock-value and humor. Gillick says his favorite film by Waters is “Pecker” made in 1988, starring Edward Furlong, most well known for his role as John Connor in the 1991 science fiction film “ Te r m i n a t o r 2: Judgement Day.” The film also included Christina Ricci, the

Monarchs Persevere Over

the Tribe in Williamsburg ODU’s final regular season win clinches them a playoff spot By: Matthew McCracken Sports Editor

Two late interceptions by Monarchs’ freshman cornerback Eriq Lewis sealed the 35-31 victory for Old Dominion (9-2, 6-2) over the William and Mary Tribe (46, 2-5) Saturday at Zable Stadium. “It was more of just preparation in the film room and knowing what they like to do in certain situations,” Lewis said of his interceptions. Old Dominion claimed the lead late in the fourth quarter on a seven-yard run by redshirt freshman running back Angus Harper. Third down and one from the seven yard line, Monarchs’ freshman quarterback Taylor Heinicke pitched it out to Harper, who avoids a sure Tribe tackle, running it into the end zone to give the Monarchs their first lead since the second quarter. “In my head, I was already thinking we were going to have to kick the field goal here. For him, [Harper] to break that tackle and score was uncommon,” coach Wilder said. Despite the late turnovers by the Tribe, much of William and Mary’s success was under the legs of senior star running back

Jonathan Grimes. Grimes set a Tribe record with 38 carries, finishing with 233 rushing yards and three touchdowns. This also put him over the 2,000-yard mark for the year. Grimes accounted for 244 of the Tribes’ 503 total offensive yards. “I really respect the way he plays the game of football. He runs, he blocks, he catches. I think he’s one of the best players in the country,” coach Wilder said. Neither team led by more than seven points the entire game. Leading receiver for the Monarchs was junior Nick Mayers, who finished the day with nine receptions for 101 yards. Tribes’ leading receiver was senior D.J. Mangas, who finished with six catches, 76 yards and a touchdown. The Tribe shut out much of the Monarchs’ deep threat, but didn’t account for the versatility of these ODU receivers. A reverse to freshman receiver Antonio Vaughn turned into a 27-yard pass to junior receiver Reid Evans, allowing the Monarchs to tie the game at 21 late in the third quarter. William and Mary answered with a 17 play, 80-yard drive that took nine minutes and 13 seconds off Continued on C3


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Weekly Address From President Broderick There’s a lot of satisfaction associated with being president of Old Dominion University, but in my mind one of the most gratifying aspects of the job is seeing firsthand the many ways our campus community, and particularly our students, come together in the performance of public service. Serving the community is, indeed, at the very heart of this university. From one week to the next, individuals and student organizations offer and contribute their assistance to others on and off campus in a variety of ways, either working on their own or through the Center for Service and Civic Engagement. I’m told that our Greek organizations together, contribute more than 15,000 hours of service each year. Amazing! Public service, in fact, is one of the hallmarks of ODU. From the Center of Service and Civic Engagement, to the activities through our Office of Community Engagement, to the annual Public Service Week sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration, it’s clear to me that helping others is a priority on this campus. And I couldn’t be more pleased. Public Service Week not only brought some high-profile speakers to campus to inspire students, but it also presented a varied and meaningful series of programs that called attention to public service as a vehicle for community engagement and an opportunity for careers. As John Morris, graduate program director of the Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration, put it, “we created a program that highlights civic engagement, volunteerism and government service, and that acknowledges the important work done by ODU students and our fellow citizens to benefit our community.” “Public service makes everyone better off, because it not only helps solve common problems, but it also serves to strengthen the bonds of community and perpetuate common values. Public service ultimately strengthens democracy,” said Morris.

SGA Address Monarchs,

I would like to congratulate our field hockey team for capturing their fifteenth CAA title. They are having a fine season and will be hosting an NCAA tournament game as a number two seed. Additionally, our Monarch football team is headed to the postseason. It is truly an exciting time to be a Monarch sports fan. I hope you will continue to support our athletic teams in the future. In an effort to engage students at our higher education and distance learning centers, student government is exploring strategies to reach out and interact with these students. One of the simplest and most effective methods is through email. I have been in contact via email and recently completed a short clip urging distance learners to contact SGA to express their opinions and concerns. As we head into the holiday season, I urge you to keep safety in mind. This period of time coincides with higher levels of criminal activity; we can prevent this by locking up our valuables, keeping them out of plain sight, and bringing our most prized possessions home with us. For more safety tips, be sure to stop by Webb Center on Nov. 17 during activity hour and get a free door and window alarm, a “REP ODU” shirt and some tips on how to ensure your safety, because safety is a shared responsibility.

Public Service Week ended Saturday, Nov. 12, with an event called “Haul for Hunger.” On this Monarch Service Day, volunteers from ODU and the surrounding community gathered on Kaufman Mall to bag 10,000 apples, donated by local growers, for local shelters and soup kitchens. It was quite an event! With the numerous acts of public service undertaken by ODU organizations, there’s no way I could recognize all of them. However, by way of example, I’ll mention just a few recent and upcoming events students have supported. Phi Beta Sigma fraternity is organizing and taking part in a “Sleep Out for the Homeless,” an awareness event and fundraiser in partnership with The Dwelling Place, on Nov. 18 on Kaufman Mall. The residents of Virginia House collected an amazing amount of food for the Thanksgiving food drive sponsored annually by the Hourly and Classified Employees Association. The ODU NAACP chapter will bring area children to campus this coming Saturday for a Thanksgiving dinner, along with fun and games. This is the second year for the program, which is offered to kids enrolled in free-lunch programs and those living in homeless shelters who otherwise would not get a traditional holiday meal. The chapter purchases the food for the meal by encouraging its members and fellow students to donate meal swipes. Approximately 250 students will again be taking part in the annual Stuff the Stocking campaign for the Union Mission. The annual event is coordinated by CSCE. Such examples of helping others remind me of one of my favorite quotes from the late anthropologist Margaret Mead. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Helping others through public service is both a fundamental and important component of the overall education and system of values that we, as administrators and faculty members, strive to share with student’s day in and day out. From all appearances, the message has been received. I wish you well on your journey, and I offer my thanks and admiration for all that you have done in service to others, and for all of the many acts of public service that you will continue to perform during your remaining time at the university and throughout your life. To learn more about “REP ODU” and Monarch Citizenship, please be sure to visit and check out the “how do you REP ODU” video contest. For more information, contact Casey Morris at In legislative news, Director Collin Rodino recently had passed a bill before the Senate legislation that recommends to the University the creation of more student jobs on campus. It is a fact that students who are more engaged on campus, through extracurricular activities, sports, and work, are more likely to graduate. We continue to work with other sectors of the university, whether it is the university police and the safe-ride programs, dining options or health concerns. If you have any specific questions, concerns or ideas, we need your input. Please feel free to email me at . Be sure to stop by the student government office in Webb Center 1049, to pick up your exam week success package, which includes a free scantron, blue book, and pencil! All the best, Luis Ferreira Student Body President

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Wednesday 11.16.2011 | MAcE & cROWN | a3 Continued from “Career” A1 does, which they consider public service. “The people are the city,” says Gunnufsen. Gunnufsen quoted Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address saying, “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Gunnufsen referenced Net Guard, a support group within the City of Chesapeake that assists in the restoration of communication systems after disasters such as floods or hurricanes. When Net Guard is at work restoring vital communication systems, back-up systems are at hand to coordinate where they need to go next. Systems such as generators are used when trees have knocked out power during storms to homes and businesses. Gunnufsen went on to discuss that the success of Chesapeake could never have been achievable if not for certain examples of sacrifice and hard work. Among these successful figures she explained are retired Nascar driver Ricky Rudd, Republican Congressman Randy Forbes who represents the fourth district, and Diamondbacks baseball player Justin Upton. Near the conclusion of the event, Jeff Bloom, a senior at ODU who also has been in the Navy for eight years, thought the fair was worth attending. “A public service job has not been a worry for me because circumstances never dictate the need to look at different job avenues,” says Bloom. His perception changed after speaking with various employers. “This is a great way to continue my government service after a military career,” said Bloom.

New Restaurant Opening in the Village

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By: DaViD BakhShaee News Editor Old Dominion University will be welcoming the opening of a new “gourmet burger place” on campus. Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries, a trendy chain restaurant located mainly on the East Coast, will be having its grand opening on Wednesday, Nov. 16. “I’ve had it once before,” said Kyle Pierce, a senior criminal justice major at ODU. “It was amazing, so I expect great things.” The latest addition to the University Village, Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries will offer salads, grilled chicken, veggie burgers, children’s packs, hot dogs, allergy awareness items, and of course, burgers and fries. “You’re talking about a non-fast food version of a hamburger,” said Mark Conway, the general manager of Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries. “We’re going to have the whole nine yards.” With its close proximity to campus, Boardwalk Burgers and Fries will have competition from surrounding eateries, and must stay connected to the student body. “P-Franks has some competition,” said Jimmy Long, a junior graphic design major at ODU, referring to Perfectly Frank, a burger and hot dog restaurant located in the Village. “We want to stay tight with ODU,” said Conway. “We’ll have televisions play-

Senate Race Decided By: MOrgan MaLOne Staff Writer Senator Ralph Northam and Ben Loyola both spent months campaigning to represent District 6 in the Virginia Senate. Both campaigned on issues ranging from healthcare and transportation to the size of government and education. In the end, it was Northam who topped Loyola by over 5,000 votes. “I supported him because he presented a mixture of fiscally conservative, but liberal issues. I also supported the social aspects behind Northam’s position like abortion and gay rights and also wanted more Democrats in the Senate,” said Alex Stephens, a junior political science major. Before losing to Northam, Loyola previously ran for Senate in District 2 back in 2009, eventually losing that race. He had strong support from leading Republicans and had top contributors from the Republican Tea Party. Throughout the campaign, Northam spoke of improved local transportation, more education, vocational program funding, and better healthcare. To repair the economy, Loyola backed less taxes and less government. “Education was an important issue that Northam emphasized and he connected with the views of Virginians who want to see education spending increase. That was more in line than Loyola who wanted to cut spending,”

said Dr. Jesse Richman, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography. Alex Stephens, a junior political science major at Old Dominion University, worked Northam’s campaign through the months before he was elected. “He really cares about the environment since he’s a native of the shore, and he has also done a lot for transportation in this area. So that also fueled my support,” said Stephens. “I was very proud when I found out Northam won. Overall, I am expecting him to give a voice to a democratic or at least independent perspective. If he goes up for re-election, I will work with him again because he’s a standup guy rather than just a politician.” The race between incumbent Northam and challenger Loyola was a closely watched race in Virginia, with Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and Republican lawmakers looking to gain ground politically. “It was interesting to me that both wanted to tie themselves to the governor. I was not surprised when I found out Northam won; he had the advantage of incumbency and ran an intense get-out-to-vote campaign. “I think he’s been an effective legislator. I’m going to withhold judgment on whether he gets my vote for re-election until I see what he does over these four years,” said Richman.

ing, games on, and we will stay open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.” Conway, who is certified by the National Restaurant Association in nutrition, is going to make sure “we are keeping up with everything from gluten allergies, to peanut allergies, to the vegan population.” Acknowledging that there is a large population of students who are legally able to purchase alcohol, Conway said, “we are going to stay away from liquor. [We have] no plans on a liquor license. We figure, by the time anyone gets here, they’ve had about all the liquor they need to have.” The new burger joint plans on having a promotion celebrating their grand opening. Boardwalk Burgers and Fries will be hosting a “Free burger day” on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Students and residents of the local area can receive a free burger from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The grand opening event, very much similar to the opening of Einstein Bros. Bagel’s in the new Learning Commons, will offer free burgers for a year for the first 30 to 50 people in line. Aside from taking cash, debit, and credit payments, Boardwalk Burgers will also be accepting Monarch Plus. While many students crave new dining locations on and around campus, Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries are setting out to fill that void. “It’s always good to get more varieties of food in the Village,” said Ryan Ramming, a senior studying economics.

Herman Cain’s Scandal

Women speak out against Cain By: Derek Page News Assistant

Sexual harassment allegations facing Herman Cain continue to prove arduous for the hopeful Republican presidential nominee. Recently, four women have made accusations against Cain, though he still continues to deny all allegations saying, “I have never sexually harassed anyone. Let’s say that secondly, um, I have never sexually harassed anyone.” In the late 1990s, two female employees of the National Restaurant Association came to colleagues and senior officials of the association with complaints regarding inappropriate behavior by Cain, resulting in women leaving their jobs. Old Dominion University senior Kym Ganczak expressed her disgust with Cain. “I don’t even think he should be in the race. He’s clearly proven himself incompetent and with this on top of it, I don’t understand how electing him would preserve any remaining sense of American dignity.” The women had apparently signed agreements with the group for a five figure sum, roughly the same amount as their annual salary. The agreements required them to leave the company and also prohibited them from speaking on the matter. Despite the fact that Cain was CEO of the association from 1996 to mid-1999 at the time of the agreement, he claims he had no idea of the settlement. “If the Restaurant Association did a settlement, I wasn’t even aware of it, and I hope it wasn’t for much, because

nothing happened,” said Cain in a television interview with Fox News. Sources in contact with the news group POLITICO describes scenarios where conversations allegedly filled with sexual innuendo and personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature left the women upset and deeply offended. There are also accounts of physical gestures that were not openly sexual but still unsettling and unprofessional. The latest case comes from a Chicago woman, Sharon Bialek, 50, who worked for the National Restaurant Association while Cain was CEO. Bialek says she came to Cain in July of 1997 for help finding a job after the organization terminated her employment. According to Bialek, the two were in a parked car, and instead of helping her, Cain reached under Bialek’s skirt and attempted to move her head toward his crotch. When she tried to resist, Bialek mentioned Cain said, “You want a job, right?” The Cain campaign hastily denied the issues regarding her allegations as “completely false.” Bialek’s fiance, Mark Harwood, was in “a bit of a shock” upon learning of the history of the two, but is still in full support of Bialek in coming forward. He noted that there are no political motives behind Bialek’s speaking up. Harwood said “she’s just trying to do the right thing, and that takes guts.” As far as the elections are concerned, these issues are certainly a step in the wrong direction for Herman Cain. Of course, this isn’t the first time the public has heard of sex scandals in Washington, but the harassment charges still raise questions about how America will respond in the polls.


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New Climate Change Initiative Program at ODU By: cOnnie FarMer Contrubiting Writer

Dr. Larry Atkinson is currently coordinating the climate change and sea level rise initiative program at Old Dominion University. This enables students to feel like they can make an improvement to these environmental issues. “Climate change may not affect us but the next generation, so how do you teach it without overwhelming people with anxiety over it?” Atkinson asked. “Over the last 50 years, the sea level has been rising at a steady to accelerating rate.” He continues. “Climate change is overwhelming. Students turn off at a certain point, because it’s too upsetting. There’s a limit to how much you can teach.” Atkinson wants students to get involved with the flooding issues in Norfolk and other areas. When asked about his thoughts on the fact that many people in Hampton Roads do not believe in global warming, Atkinson stated, “We believe a doctor who tells us to take a pill and trust their expertise without knowing the exact science.” Citizens of Hampton Roads are not trusting scientists’ advice on climate change as much as they should be. Atkinson grew up in the Pacific North West near Seattle, Washington. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at the University of Washington in Seattle. Atkinson was a commercial salmon fisherman during the summers in order to pay for his college. He then received his doctorate in physical oceanography at Dalhousie University in 1972. Atkinson specialized in the western boundaries current interaction with adjacent waters, descriptive physical oceanography, and coastal waters. He is now the professor of oceanography in the Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at ODU. He is a member of a number of scientific groups such as the oceanography society, the American Meteorological Society, the Marine Technology Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Sci-

ences (AAAS). Atkinson also has played a large role in the research and development of offshore wind energy. He is hopeful that Virginia will be a leader in wind energy efforts. “There is good chance for an offshore wind industry here,” said Atkinson in an interview. He is optimistic because of Virginia’s large skilled workforce, amount of steel and amount of water. “The United States doesn’t have a decision of where it wants its energy to come from. It can’t just be oil from the Middle East and Canada,” said Atkinson. Northern Europe decided to invest in offshore wind, and the U.S. is looking to develop better turbines that are easier to maintain. “Wind is free,” commented Atkinson. Opposition to offshore wind energy sites is slight, but those who do complain are concerned about the noise and the killing of birds. The structures attract fish that therefore attract birds, which end up flying into the wind turbines. If the dead bird count at onshore sites rises, the turbines are shut off; however, the same steps are unworkable with offshore turbines, which is why some people have some concerns for the safety of birds. A successful offshore wind energy site needs strong winds, Atkinson explained. The farther offshore, the stronger the wind, but the distance from shore increases the cost of building wind turbines. For this reason, you don’t want to go too far offshore to build wind energy sites. Before Atkinson came to ODU, he worked at a research facility in Atlanta, Georgia focusing only on research. Research, however, requires a lot of money and ideas. This led Atkinson to ODU where he is able to do his research along with teaching. President John Broderick asked Atkinson to begin the climate change initiative program at ODU. “I told President Broderick things won’t happen quickly,” said Atkinson “There have already been people wanting to help out and donate, so, so-far-so-good.”

Atkinson also explained that states, the federal government, and insurance companies all have climate plans, and so should ODU. Students often ask Atkinson similar questions about the future of the East Coast and on sea levels rising. “Sea level rise will be a big challenge. Ocean levels are rising one and a half feet every 100 years,” said Atkinson. “The average temperature in Norfolk is about ten degrees higher than 100 years ago. And diseases spread easier when there’s less freezing.” There are a couple of reasons why the East particularly could be at risk of flooding from sea level rise. A majority of the West Coast of the U.S. is currently rising, while a lot of the East Coast is lowering. On top of this, the ocean is rising about two millimeter’s per year, and the North Atlantic is tilted one way. Areas of Europe such as the lowlands of the United Kingdom and Germany are at risk of a 30-foot sea level rise. The U.S. is now taking initiatives that Europe did in 1953. The attention of Americans has been only minimally captured by climate change now that it is a very serious issue. Houses have to be lifted on the East Coast of the U.S., most with national flood insurance money. There are a number of houses being lifted in Norfolk. The program at ODU is trying to lay low and not overwhelm people just yet. “People don’t normally drive through salt water,” Atkinson said of the flooding problems in Norfolk. “An area of Hampton Boulevard will be flooded every high tide in 2040, and definitely in 2050. Norfolk is very flat, so with winds, it floods quickly.” Anyone who lives in Norfolk has most likely driven through this salt water at some point. “It’s not easy to move naval equipment, and there is national security that needs to be on the waterfront.” Atkinson explained further why sea level rise has such a potential impact on Hampton Roads. “There is a national flood insurance policy being put in place.” This policy will help to protect expensive naval equipment, and prevent large expenses due to flooding in the future.

The Two Spirit Lecture: Qwo-Li Driskill speaks to students for Native American Heritage Month By: Janah StOkeS Staff Writer The Office of International Relations welcomed Assistant Professor at Texas A&M, Qwo-Li Driskill to Old Dominion University on Wednesday Nov. 9, to define the meaning of “two spirit people.” The “Two Spirit People Lecture” was held in Webb Center in front of Starbucks.

Before the reception started, Michael Turner, a senior at ODU said, “Two spirit means a person from either gender contains the spirits of both a man and woman,” The speaker, Qwo-Li Driskill, is a man, but he contains the spirit of a woman. The Native Americans coined the term “two spirits;” possessing the spiritualities of both genders. Driskill began his lecture by speak-

ing an unfamiliar Cherokee language. “I speak Cherokee like a three year old, because like most Cherokees, I didn’t grow up speaking Cherokee,” he jokingly said. He read poem after poem which traced the experiences of his life. Driskill resembled a white man instead of a Native American. Judging him from the outside, a person wouldn’t be able to tell that he was a descendant

from the Cherokee Nation. He wore one long dangling earring in his left ear and a long satin skirt. His poetry sounded as if he was reciting someone else’s, but in the end he revealed that they were autobiographical. “It’s powerful because he’s in touch with how a man feels and how a woman feels. The term “two spirit” derived from the Native American community,” said Turner.

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His poetry reflected the difficulties and obstacles he overcame from being a two spirit individual. One poem exposed sexual abuse he experienced as a child. Speaking swiftly, his lecture unraveled the rebellious behavior he had toward society. Instead of taking classes that would help him graduate, he began taking classes that he was interested in. “I dropped my major and created my own major, and I did what I wanted,” stated Driskill. He and a group of friends founded an organization, “Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual.” He was determined to make room for gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the South. The speaker didn’t adjust to the norm by rejecting his true feeling and spirituality. He came out and exposed himself, not caring if certain individuals accepted him or not. “Love myself or die,” said Driskill while reciting one of his poems. Driskill who is also an activist, writer and scholar, ended the event with words of wisdom for the audience. “Not to tell it, is to kill it,” said Driskill. He elaborated by explaining by not reciting memories and traditional stories, is to forget them, which is killing them. The event came to a closure as Driskill read his last two poems and answered questions from the audience. “We had a fabulous turnout. There were so many people that we had to move it to the North Mall,” said Dr. Heidi Schlipphacke, associate professor of German, “We had a capacity of 250 people,” Assistant Dean Lesa Clark said.


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arts entertainment By: Megan StaMPer Staff Writer

“With Lavender and Lace” is a small vintage clothing store owned by local Norfolk resident Kelsie McNair. McNair is a young musician, photographer and style enthusiast, who has overcome financial barriers to open her own vintage shop in Norfolk. Her curly blonde hair and optimistic attitude mirrors her store. McNair started her vintage collection when she was a photographer in Boston. She would look for hip, vintage clothes for her models. Eventually she started her own online store on and started collecting to sell. “I was hoarding vintage clothes [and] spending every paycheck I got on clothes.” Her online store was doing well after a year and a half, and she decided to move back home and open her own shop. “I had the photography skills, the design skills, the people skills, and the style skills,” said McNair. She purchases clothes for a variety of people. For men, McNair buys clothes which are aimed at a younger crowd, from high school kids to men in their late twenties. For women, McNair includes a wider range of clothes. She sells

clothes for younger girls and clothes that would “rock an old ladies world.” She includes any style from funky to preppy, to hippie, to dayattire that anybody can wear. McNair’s style is heavy on prints, floral, polka dots, textures and any-

thing that gives a woman a silhouette. She has styles from all over the spectrum. Other than clothes, McNair’s personal handmade hairpieces and journals are also sold in her store. She also sells shoes, jewelry, and other knickknacks. McNair’s inspiration to open the store came from the owners of a vintage shop in Springfield, Missouri called “Red Velvet.” The owners started to sell clothes on a website and now own one of the largest vintages stores in the country, along with their own fashion label. For the women who love vintage clothes but have trouble finding unique pieces for themselves, McNair says to be patient, scope out the vintage shops early, do not go looking for anything specific, keep an open mind, and have a budget to limit yourself. Sometimes vintage style is not about reliving the style as much as it is reinventing. Use old fashion to inspire and recreate new style. “With Lavender and Lace” had a grand opening last week. The store is located on 21 Street and Hampton behind the Taphouse restaurant. The hours are Thursday from 12 to 7 p.m., Friday from 12 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 to 4 p.m. You can also visit McNair’s blog at or search “With Lavender and Lace Vintage” on Facebook.

ODUʼs “Dear Love” Atheists, Agnostics, Program Schools Humanists and Skeptics Welcome Students on Relationships reaCh oUT To More PeoPLe

By: r Jay MOLina Staff Writer

There was little notice from the Office of Counseling Services in regards to one of their latest sessions, “Dear Love,” which talked about love and proper communication between partners. But, the information provided by the session’s speaker, Angela Holley, was useful and refreshing, especially when she mentioned her own experiences in bits and pieces throughout the session. “It’s about communicating with someone that you love,” started Holley. The Office of Counseling Services created the information session, because of complaints from various people in relationships about a lack of communication from their partners. Communication, in its simplest form, is giving and receiving information from a person. With regards to the complaint about a lack of communication, Holley asked, “Well, what is it that you want to know [from your partner]? What information are you trying to give them?” While these two questions seem simple, it is an important and overlooked aspect of basic com-

munication. Holley went on to give participants a survey which looked at what each person in the room considered to be the most important factors for choosing a partner. The top three factors rounded out to being easygoing, having good communication skills, and having a sense of humor. Physical attractiveness was surprisingly not as important as originally thought to be. “You have to make sure that when you choose someone, they meet your criteria,” said Holley. “If they don’t, you’re not going to be happy.” Someone who meets a couple of factors, but not all of them, is not enough. If it is enough, then the good things about that person must outweigh the bad. A person should never have to settle for someone that “kind of” meets their expectations. Holley brought four ideas to help guide how a relationship with someone should be built; understanding communication styles, speaking up, communicating without blame and using good communication tools. In a relationship, it may be natural to get a point across by blaming a partner for something that he or she did, but it is far from healthy. Holley pointed Continued on B2

By: LateeSha gLOStOn Staff Writer

ODU’s diverse roster of organizations has recently welcomed a new addition with the Secular Student Alliance. The SSA at ODU was recently approved to become an official part of the International Secular Student Alliance. The Secular Student Alliance’s founder and chairman, Ben Frey, founded the group with the intention of creating a community for atheists, agnostics, secularists and humanists. “As the atheist population is growing in America, it seemed as if we needed a voice,” said Shenetta Sims, the public relations chairwoman of the Secular Student Alliance. “Universities are amazing places of free thought and have a disproportionate number of non theists”. The group was aware of the many religious organizations on campus and wanted to fill the void of the non theist voice. The public chair-

man of the group mentioned it can be difficult finding similar-minded people. One of the group’s goals is to use public service to dispel misconceptions about atheists. When asked if it was challenging starting the SSA at ODU, Shenetta Sims said that the campus has been very helpful. “The idea is not as unique as it may seem. Instead, it is satisfying a void that has been long overdue to be filled,” said Sims. Though she was initially a bit reluctant to join, she noted that she saw the good the group could do for the school. The staff of the Secular Student Alliance wants to offer advice, books, magazines, speakers and connections to local and national secular groups. The group is currently involved with the interfaith committee and the Office of Intercultural Relations. The SSA recently sponsored an interfaith forum and is looking forward to having more events. The SSA is focused on what current and future members want

to gain from the group. They are considering events such as trips to D.C. in March 2012 to attend the Reason Rallies. In the meantime, the group is looking for volunteer opportunities to participate in. The Student Secular Alliance wants to provide a community for non theists to be able to meet other people with similar views and help others learn the truth about these views. However, the group is not limited to only non theists. “Everyone is welcome, by the way, not just non theists. I believe we have a couple of Christians in the group now,” said Sims. Students interested in getting involved in the SSA can join their Facebook, add themselves to the roster, and attend meetings. The group usually meets one or twice a month. The next meeting is Nov. 20 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mills Godwin building at ODU in room 101. For more information, visit www.


B2 | MAcE & cROWN | Wednesday 11.16.2011 Continued “Dear Love” from B1 out four key points in communicating without blame. The two most important points include listening generously and

speaking unarguably. Holley referred to her spouse by noting how she has been mindful to avoid communicating with blame by rephrasing what she wants to say, so that it avoids putting him down, yet still manages to get the point across. Students who are starting, or wanting, to take relationships seriously need to realize that part of being in a relationship means investing one’s self completely and being able to make compromises to please both parties. Relationships and communicating are not about being right all the time or trying to be the most dominant, they are about confiding and sharing time with someone special.


Bang By: aMy DeLaUra Staff Writer Originally from D.C., the up and coming band Crash Boom Bang is now on tour with Plain White T’s, promoting their new EP “These Wild Things.“ The first stop on their tour was Nov. 3 in Virginia Beach at Diesel Rock N’ Country Sports Bar. Diesel allowed a wild atmosphere that was created by Crash Boom Bang’s new music. “It was the first time we played the songs from our new EP ‘These Wild Things’ for a live audience. You never know what you’re going to get,” Chaucer, Crash Boom Bang’s guitarist, explained. Along with their new EP, the production of the band’s first music video is expected

to drop within the next month. “V.I.P.,” the third song on their new album, speaks on behalf of the band. Chaucer says, “‘V.I.P’ best represented what we’re about as a band. The music is about having a good time about being larger than life.” Mauricio, the band’s drummer, spoke about the filming of the music video. “The whole music video, we we’re just kidding around, but also serious. It’s really just about us having fun.” “I mean, how do you take yourself seriously on a $20 million yacht, in this huge mansion with $5 million in cash to just throw a round and play with,” said Omar, who is the band’s lead singer. When asked if the CD cover was an excerpt from the music video, they said no, but the company, 8112 Studios, which did the shoot for the CD, also did the music video. “So, the same girl from the cover you may see again. Possibly as our accomplice,” said Chaucer with a smile. Crash Boom Bang’s first album, “Gold

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Rush,” was produced by Plain White T’s lead singer, Tom Higgenson. Mauricio has known Higgenson since before Plain White T’s became famous. “Plain White T’s is one of my favorite bands. I knew Tom before he got big and we stayed in touch and watched his band grow. It is really a dream come true to be able to do this tour with them. When “Hey There Delilah” came out and we started hearing them on the radio, we were able to be there and root for them the entire way. When I joined Crash Boom Bang, Tom heard some early demos from back when we were just on MySpace and he became a fan. When he told us he wanted to get into producing, it all just came together from there,” said Mauricio. Though Crash Boom Bang’s hometown of Fairfax, VA is not a stop on the tour, can our Northern Virginia natives expect any shows in the near future? “Definitely a CD release show at Jammin’ Java or the 9:30 Club,” one of the band members ecstatically said. “Tom did mention going to Chicago in his studio to write with him. When that happens, we’re not sure, but definitely is an idea that we hope happens sooner than later!” said Maurice. When asked about the background behind one of Crash Boom Bang’s song “Hands Up” Chaucer said, “That’s exactly what we wanted, for girls to get pumped up to. We tried to imagine the perfect song girls could listen to while getting ready to go out. We just really wanted to give girls an anthem.” Raul added, “There is a one thing we really want to say and make sure people know, all of our music from our latest EP is available on our Facebook to download for free! We don’t want anyone to have an excuse to not have our new album. We want everyone to enjoy our music. We are some poor college students. We know how it is.” Chaucer added to the reason of this decision with, “We’re hoping to start a new trend in the music industry. Have the love of performance and live shows be the source of income for bands, but the art of the music available for all who want to hear it.”

PRE-LAW ASSOCIATION FOUND GUILTY OF SUCCESS pre-law stUDent OrganiZatiOn shines again By: rOBBie ciara Staff Writer Once you sit down with Old Dominion University senior David Asbury, president of the Pre-Law Association Organization, it’s easy to see why this student organization is one of the hidden gems on the campus. The club’s numerous professional guests, plentiful networking opportunities, and valuable legal resource center located in the Webb Center make it an attractive choice for all students thinking about joining law school after their undergraduate studies. Founded in the late 90s originally as the Political Science Law Entry Program, the Pre-Law Association has continued to be an unprecedented student organization that is focused on admission to law school and career success in the field of law. “I joined as a sophomore and I would have been completely lost in the admissions process of law school,” said Asbury. These are humble comments from an organizational leader that has main-

tained steady organizational meeting attendance from local career professionals, such as associate attorney Dawn Serafine, from the prestigious law firm Troutman Sanders who was in last week’s meeting. “We are always excited to have lawyers come in to speak with us,” said Asbury. For $5 a semester, members have access to a plethora of LSAT materials and get to speak with the people responsible for gaining entry into law school, judges, and lawyers. Some of the guests have included Christina Gambino, the director of law school admissions for Villanova, and Bonnie Creef, the director of financial aid and admissions for Regent University. “Law school is not getting any less expensive,” added Asbury. “Our major trips provide access to lots of scholarship information.” At an average of $35,000 year, law school is expensive and the Pre-Law Association works with other law organizations. Recently, the club worked with the National Black Law Students Association who helped sponsor a major trip last year for numerous pre-law associations. The trip included a tour of William and

Mary, free breakfast and lunch, mock trials, and mock law school classes. The major staple of the trip was the valuable access to scholarship and financial aid information for the students. Asbury said, “Our next major trip is to George Mason next year for their Legal Career Fair, which includes several colleges from the state.” The most valuable asset in this organization is the teamwork. Asbury spoke fondly of his time with the LSAT. “I took the LSAT with my best friends in the organization and just going through it with other people helps, and that’s how law school works. In law school, you’ll be with the same 40 people.” The organization has a stocked library full of LSAT resources that students depend on. “After being in this organization, you will know whether or not law school is for you but either way we all work together to get in,” said Asbury. The Legal Resource Center is located at 2118 Webb Center. For more information about joining the Pre-Law Association, contact President David Asbury at

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young girl who played in “Casper.” The film is a comedy-drama that examines the rise to fame and potential fortune of a budding photographer. “It shows that not everything in life is normal and that being artistic has no bounds,” Gillick said regarding “Pecker.” Waters’ rise to fame came in the early 70s with the black comedy “Pink Flamingos,” created in 1972, which is a film that exemplifies Waters’ specialty in “bad taste” cinema. The film poster notes the film is “an exercise in poor taste” just below the title. In the lecture, Waters mentioned the film was “about limits” and that the film wasn’t meant to be a real movie, but rather a low budget gag film for the amusement of him and friends. Black comedy, also known as dark comedy, is defined by humor that is problematic. “Pink Flamingos” follows Divine, “the filthiest person in the world,” who lived in a trailer in the woods under the pseudonym “Babs Johnson” with her delinquent son Crackers, a woman named Cotton who is obsessed with voyeurism, the sexual interest or practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors, and Divine’s retarded, egg-loving mother, Edie. Divine, or Babs, is forced to protect her title of “the filthiest person alive” when Connie and Raymond Marble, who are a couple running a black market baby ring, who kidnap hitchhikers and have them impregnated by their homosexual servant, Channing, to sell to lesbian couples, who attempt to destroy Divine’s family, falling apart themselves in the process. This film is not for the weak stomached. The film depicts numerous disturbing portrayals of murder, cannibalism, graphic sex, transgendered nudity, incest, and to top it all off, Divine literally ate canine excrement. Gillick said if one were to consider watching “Pink Flamingos” without knowing anything of John Waters that, “they should prepare for a storyline unlike anything that they have ever seen. After that, they can’t go back to who they were before.” Making the transition into mainstream cinema, Waters wrote and directed the cult classic “Hairspray,” which was created in1988, staring Ricki Lake, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, and Divine. The film portrays Lake as a “full figured” teenager by the name of Tracy Turnblad pursuing fame as a dancer on a local TV show and through her fame rallies against racial segregation. “I discovered John Waters through his more tame movies like “Cry Baby” and “Hairspray” and was a fan of the amount of subplot and storyline he provided in his movies. The reason I moved on to “Pink Flamingos,” and more cult status movies, is because I like anyone that challenges what is normal,” said

Gillick. Each film Waters makes is set in Waters’ hometown of Baltimore. Waters personally selected all the music for the films from his own childhood collections saying they are typically in relation to the narrative. Waters’ first film was “Hag in a Black Leather Jacket,” created in 1964, shot with an 8mm camera, made with $30, and is roughly 17 minutes long. Waters went on to make films like “Cry-Baby,” starring Johnny Depp, “Serial Mom,” staring Kathleen Turner, and “A Dirty Shame,” starring Johny Knoxville. Waters is also the author of many books such as 1981s “Shock Value,” 1987s “Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters”, and his most recent titled “Role Models,” in 2010. “We need to make books cool again,” said Waters. Waters didn’t fail to recognize his effect on cinema, art and society in his lecture. Joke after joke was supported with reasons to his madness. According to Gillick, John Waters is “a revolutionary in artistic filth,” an opinion anyone can agree with.



in Tamriel

By: Shawn MinOr Staff Writer On Friday Nov. 11, 12 a.m. marked the official release of one of the most anticipated games for followers of the Elder Scrolls Series. “I’ve finished all of my assignments for the next couple of days and cleared my schedule just so that I can have a good amount of time to play Skyrim and be able to really get into it,” says Jessica Habermehl who ordered her copy of Skyrim two weeks in advance. Skyrim is aesthetically pleasing with its improved graphics, real-time dialogue, and interactive map. Skyrim is the fifth addition to the Elder Scrolls medieval series of games set in a land called Tamriel. In Tamriel, one can lose themselves engaging in hunting, exploring, chatting, bartering, dungeons, caves, battles, quests and more. Skyrim brings several new capabilities, characters and items that come together to create a whole new experience for the gamer, especially when compared to its predecessor, also created by Bethesda, “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.” It is the first of the Elder Scrolls series to bring dragons from mere non-playable-character banter to real interaction and an even battle. Gamers will notice modifications as early as character creation. Each race is fitted with its own set of advantages and disadvantages similar to their respective powers seen in Oblivion, however, the major changes have been made in way of appearance. New races have also been added to the character roster, which increases the amount of possibilities to choose from when creating the character. Changes to the battle experience consist of smoother overall mobility, new weapons and armor, both of which can now be custom made from scratch with practice of new skills exclusive to Skyrim, new spells, and the ability to dual wield. Bethesda also added the ability to absorb dragon souls, which aid in special abilities the player can unlock. These abilities are shouts that give the player stronger power usable in and out of battle. After playing Skyrim and seeing the new modifications made, Anthony Minto, an ODU student states, “Honestly, it doesn’t feel like Oblivion at all…it doesn’t even feel like it’s part of the same series.” The menus have been completely remodeled, giving the

game a sleeker, darker feel. New ways of selecting items, leveling up, buying items, viewing the map, and editing “hotkeyed” items have all been implemented. Instead of hot-keying an item, one now places it on a favorites list which can be accessed for weapons, spells and armor selection. Skyrim honors the name of The Elder Scrolls series with a smooth addition at number five with all of its new features and overall smoother, cleaner game play.

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Nekocon 14:

the rundown By: PaUL MintO Staff Writer

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! All sorts of amazing costumes and characters – some human, some not – could be found at Nekocon this year. Nekocon is an anime convention that is held annually at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Nekocon’s fourteenth year was bigger and better than ever. This year the convention ran from Nov. 4 through Nov. 6. The crowd consisted of 4487 people, which is 700 more than last year. There were many fun things for attendees to go to starting on Friday morning. The dealer’s room and artist alley were open when con-goers began arriving, and panels began shortly after. Later in the afternoon on Friday Nov. 4, was the karaoke competition. The dealer’s room had everything the anime and manga fan could want. Books, stuffed animals, food, clothes, jewelry, weapons and more could be purchased for prices usually less than what can be found at other stores and online. The artist alley was the place to go when looking for Christmas presents for family and friends, or a treat for yourself. Everything for sale was handmade and reasonably priced for those with a budget. So many different items were available and some of the artists were willing to do custom pieces for only a small price raise. While these two rooms were open for the majority of the convention, there were other things to do as well. Panels were held every day, some held by fans and con-goers and others held by guest speakers. A panel can be a demonstration of a skill, a guest speaker can talk about what work they do, or it can be kind of a fun thing. One

of the panels this year was a mock trial for a video game character. Old Dominion student, Travis Greene was at Nekocon this past weekend. When asked about his favorite part of the weekend, he said, “I’d say my favorite part was the dance on Saturday

night. Dancing, great music, contests and dance-offs? Who wouldn’t enjoy it?” Without a doubt, everyone’s favorite events of the weekend are the two dances. One was held Friday night and the other on Saturday night. Saturday night’s dance was the one everyone makes sure to attend, because the outfits were outrageous. Everyone had incorporated some form of glowing object into their ensemble. Glow sticks, LED lights, fiber optic lights and more could be found throughout the room. Someone had even built the gold robot head from LMFAO’s music video for “Party Rock Anthem” and was wearing it around the dance. There was a DJ contest at the Saturday night dance. Each DJ played an eight minute set and then the crowd chose who they liked best.









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an own Goal is the Demise as the Monarchs Lose 2-1 By: Jake ULLrich Sports Assistant The beauty of sports is the incredible extremes a player’s emotion can range from. From the glory of victory to the agony of defeat, players can experience amazing shifts in their mood. Sunday afternoon, the Monarchs felt the lowest of lows. A 65-minute own goal from ODU’s defender Drew Smith ultimately sealed a 2-1 loss and a devastating collapse for the heavily favored Monarchs. “I thought [Delaware] didn’t really create much either half,” coach Alan Dawson said after the game. “Second half, they had two shots. We scored the goal for them. “We played well enough to win the game. We had chances to win. But that’s our sport. That’s the way it goes,” coach Dawson said. The Monarchs started much better of the two teams, creating multiple scoring opportunities in the first half. ODU was dictating the pace of the game and Delaware was camped in their own

half. The Monarchs’ pressure would ultimately pay off when a quick throw-in from Chris Harmon released Yannick Smith into the box. His first touch beat the defender and he was quickly fouled to win ODU a penalty kick. The referee had no hesitation pointing to the spot and Jordan LeBlanc stepped up and placed the ball perfectly in the left side of the net. It was LeBlanc’s second goal of the tournament, both of which were penalty kicks. It seemed the Monarchs would double their lead in the 32 minute when Smith pulled a cross back for Tim Hopkinson at the top of the penalty box. He picked his spot and was only denied by a brilliant save from Delaware’s goalkeeper Kris Devaux. The Blue Hens continued to play on the counter and were rewarded in the 34 minute when a lovely 1-2 combination found Vincent Mediate alone against ODU’s goalkeeper Victor Francoz. Francoz did well to save the first shot, but the rebound fell right back to Mediate’s feet and he tied the

monarch mentions • Wrestling defeated Buffalo and Cleveland State on Saturday while falling to No. 13 Ohio State at the Wrestle for a Cure Duals in Harrisonburg. • ODU’s Men’s Soccer victory over JMU was coach Dawson’s 300th career victory. • Monarch football ends the regular season with a 9-2 record. Their win over William and Mary won ODU the “Battle for the Silver Mace.” • Old Dominion alumni sailor Anna Tunnicliffe was the recipient of the 2011 USAF Roles World Sailor of the Year award.

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game at 1. “A soft goal got them back in the game,” coach Dawson said. “Had we have gone in at 1-nil, I would have felt pretty good about it.” The Monarchs continued to exert their dominance in the second half and the mainly pro ODU crowd thought they had gone ahead in the 58 minute. A Chris Harmon header hit the side net and unleashed a roar from the crowd, only followed by a moan when they had realized it wasn’t in the back of the net. ODU was made to rue their missed chances in the 65 minute when Mediate sent in a dangerous, whipping cross into the ODU’s penalty box. Smith had trouble judging the ball and ultimately, headed it into the corner of his own net. Francoz had no chance. “Its not an individual thing, we win as a team and we lose as a team,” captain Chris Harmon said. “I thought we brought some intensity but they’re a good team.” The Monarchs continued to throw men forward and tested Devaux multiple times, but to no avail. After scoring an impressive five goals in the semifinal, the Monarchs were held to one in the final. “Any championship game you play in is going to be a tight game,” Harmon said. “That just how it goes.” “You know all we had was the penalty kick today,” coach Dawson said. “The ball bounces funny ways sometimes. I thought we snatched a little bit at the end.” Tommy Webb, Jason Gaylord and Tim Hopkinson were all honored on the All-Tournament first team, but it certainly wasn’t the trophy they wanted to go home with. The Monarchs now wait until Monday to see their selection in the NCAA tournament and who they will play in the first round.

When one usually thinks of a semi-final match, they think defense and a tight, close game. It wasn’t exactly that Friday night for the Monarchs, but in the end, they won and moved on to the CAA finals with a 5-3 win over Georgia State. First-half goals by Alex DeJohn and Tim Hopkinson aided by second-half goals by Hopkinson again, Jordan LeBlanc and Gideon Asante ensured the Monarchs would clinch a victory, albeit a bit of a wild match. Georgia State started the better of the two teams and should have gone ahead in the eight minute when Evan Scott missed a wide-open header inside the 18-yard box. The Panthers were peppering the Monarchs’ goal and should feel quite unlucky not to have gotten an early goal. The Monarchs’ made them pay for their early misses in the 19 minute from a very unlikely source. The Monarchs’ aren’t really considered a dominant aerial threat and rarely look threatening from corners, but DeJohn finished brilliantly at the back post from a fine Hopkinson corner. “It’s the first corner goal I’ve seen in about 14 years,” coach Alan Dawson said after the game. “And the first goal I’ve ever seen from DeJohn.” The score may unfairly reflect the relatively impressive performance from the defense, led by junior DeJohn’s return to the lineup. After missing the past two matches with a foot injury, his performance Friday night gave immense confidence to the Monarchs’ backline. “He’s got pace, his aerial ability is second to none,” Tommy Webb said of DeJohn. “He brings such a balance to the back four when he’s back there.” The Monarchs’ didn’t take long to double their lead when Hopkinson scored in the 36 minute after a brilliant finish from 20 yards out. A long ball from Chris Harmon found Hopkinson’s feet, who unleashed a fantastic strike into the top corner. “I was a bit guilty cause I missed a similar one earlier,” Hopkinson said of the goal. “So that one, I didn’t even see it hit the net. I just saw the players jump on me, so I’ll take it.” What should have been a comfortable 2-0 lead into halftime quickly turned into a nerve-racking 2-1 when Gimel Gordon scored in the 38 minute. The goal

changed the feel of the game and gave the Panthers much more fight going into the second half. “Had it been 2-nil at the half, I would have been feeling really good about it,” Dawson said. “That goal changed the complexity of the game. I was disappointed the second half that we didn’t jump all over them.” Georgia State came out the stronger of the two teams in the second half, and equalized in the 62 minute when Ayokunle Lumpkin scored after a wonderful counter-attacking move left him a simple tap-in. Hopkinson, who had missed a brilliant chance in the 73 minute, made sure of his chance in the 75 after an Alex Vaughn shot was saved and he calmly slotted the rebound into the corner to give the Monarchs’ the lead once again. “I thought he was terrific in the first half,” coach Dawson said of Hopkinson. “The kid could have four goals tonight. He had a couple of goals and a couple of bad misses.” A penalty kick in the 79 minute after a clear handball in the penalty box allowed LeBlanc to step up and send the goalkeeper the wrong way to reinstate the Monarchs’ two-goal lead. The Panthers, however, ensured an interesting last five minutes, when Peter Vania scored off a corner to cut the lead to one goal yet again. It was the second time in four games that the Monarchs gave up three goals, a problem that could come and hurt them in the later rounds of the tournament. “Defensively, we haven’t found our rhythm yet,” Webb said. “We’re leaking goals and we don’t know why. We got to put our finger on it and straighten it out.” While the Panthers threw men forward looking for an equalizer, Asante made them pay when he scored a brilliant goal to seal the win. A long ball over the top found Asante one on one with the last defender. He calmly tapped the ball over the defenders head and slotted the ball past the keeper for a trip to the finals. It may not have been exactly how the Monarchs had written it up, but at the end of the day, they booked a place for an opportunity to win the CAA championship, a goal they had set early in the season. “When we had to come up with the goods,” coach Dawson said, “we got the job done.”


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Lady Monarchs Defeat Duke in NCAA Tournament ODU scOres On cOrners tO taKe DUKe DOwn By: Sarah rOBy Staff Writer

Sunday afternoon, the Old Dominion field hockey team beat the University of Duke Blue Devils 2-1 in a tough second-round NCAA Tournament game. The entire game moved fast and both teams played top notch. The Lady Monarchs and Duke passed with precision, positioned themselves well, and played hard the whole game. The key difference between the two was ODU had more corner opportunities that they excel at so well.. In the first half, Duke took the first shot on goal with about 28 minutes left in the half, with a block by Devon Seifert. At times, the game was rough and players were injured. Emma Batten, No.8, took a hard hit to the head while falling on a fast break away in the first half. Also in the second half, Batten was injured again and had to be taken out of the game. ODU took their first corner with 17:42 remaining in the first half and missed the shot. Duke took their first corner with 11:30 remaining in the first half and missed the shot as well. Halftime came around and the game remained scoreless. ODU had three total shots with a corner and Duke had

two total shots and a corner. ODU started out strong in the second half, taking a shot within the first minute of the half, but missed. With 29 minutes and 20 seconds on the clock for the second half, ODU got back-to-back cornersand finally recorded a goal. Rebecca Condie, No. 24, senior back, scored after a beautiful pass around the entire circle. Duke tied the score when they got a corner with 17 minutes and 40 seconds left on the clock for the second half. With less than eight minutes left, the Lady Monarchs came back and scored again on a corner. Katie Nearhouse, No.20, scored on the corner after beautiful passing around the circle. ODU finished with nine total shots and five corners, while Duke had four shots and two corners. The rest of the game was surrounded with an intense atmosphere, both teams were playing hard defense. As the clock ran out, tears flowed from both teams. Duke’s upset was a huge victory for ODU and the ladies rejoiced over their advancement in the NCAA tournament. The Lady Monarchs travel to Louisville, KY to play in the semi-finals at Trager Stadium on Nov. 18. Winner will play in the Championship game on Nov. 20.

Making sure they set the tone of the game to their pace, Old Dominion came out pushing hard and fast. One minute and 45 seconds into the game, the Lady Monarchs were awarded for their efforts and earned the first corner of the game. Getting the pass from senior Rebecca Condie, forward Katie Nearhouse, without hesitation, put the ball in the net giving Old Dominion a one to nothing edge. The small cluster of Ohio State parents and fans shook their heads in a disapproving way, not wanting to believe what they just saw. From start to finish, Old Dominion never let up offensively or defensively. The Lady Monarchs dominated ball control. Ohio State didn’t get the ball into their possession for another 10 minutes. Senior Emma Batten, who is known for always hustling to the ball, did just that throughout the game. On more than one occasion, Batten made great stops and key interceptions, reading the Lady Buckeyes bodies and knowing their every move. With the Lady Buckeyes not watching their feet in the circle, Old Dominion was again given their second consecutive corner just under the 21 minute mark. There is a saying in field hockey, that “every corner is a goal” and for Old Dominion, the saying couldn’t have been more true. Condie, who was aiming for Kirk’s stick, made a pass that slightly missed the mark. With the ball still in the circle, and play still in action, No. 5 made a beautiful push hit over to Condie, who was standing by the post with no one guarding her. As easy as one, two, three, Condie knocked the ball past Ohio State keeper Ally Tunitis and put the Monarchs up two to null. This was Condie’s eighth goal of the season. Trying to put a spark back in her troops, Ohio State head coach Anne Wilkinson called a timeout with 20 minutes left in the first half. The spark worked, and no more than a minute later, the Lady Buckeyes were finally given their first corner of the game. With defensive back Christy Longacre leading the defense, the Buckeyes got

nothing. Batten took the ball to the abdominal arc, making a huge sacrifice by putting her body in between her offender and the goal. Seven minutes later, Batten would get awarded for her sacrifices by notching another goal for Old Dominion. Kirk, who was handed the assist, played a textbook style “give-and-take” pass with Batten all the way up the left sideline, into the circle. Not knowing that Batten would be the most threatening force, four Lady Buckeye defenders dropped Batten to pick up on Kirk, who was still in the circle with the ball. On the final give, Kirk made a reverse stick sweep to Batten, who was waiting on the far left side post to knock it in goal. Batten, who was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Field Hockey Player of the Year, is tied for fifth with Northwestern’s Chelsea Armstrong, in NCAA field hockey goals per game, with an average of 1.14. Before the end of the first half, both Old Dominion and Ohio State would be awarded corners, but neither produced. Coming out with the same dominant force that they started the game off with, Old Dominion scored 20 seconds into the second half. Nearhouse got the assist, with Batten getting her twenty-seventh goal of the season. After Batten’s goal, Ohio State had four consecutive corners, all within a six minute time span. Once again, Longacre and Condie both stepped up and gave them nothing. Ohio State would only be 1-6 in corners. Clearing the ball out of the circle, Kirk made a high flick over the heads of both Old Dominion and Ohio State players, and got it to the perfect spot where freshmen Lydia Velzian went one-on-one with Buckeye defender Jenn Sciulli. Velzian beat Sciulli and scored, giving Velzian her first post regular season goal. Velzian’s goal would indefinitely be the final for Old Dominion as they went on to eliminate Ohio State out of the tournament. With the win, Old Dominion moves on to the quarterfinals. Second seeded Old Dominion will play Duke at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Powhatan Sports Complex.


C3 | MAcE & cROWN | Wednesday 11.16.2011 Continued from “Monarchs” A1 the clock. There was no sign of Monarch defense on the field as Grimes got every single yard he wanted. Tribes’ sophomore quarterback Brent Caprio ended the day with 245 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on twenty completions. “Adversity defines your character. Anyone can do well when things are going well, but in football, how do you react when someone punches you in the face?” coach Wilder said. Easily forgotten under Grimes performance for the Tribe, Monarchs’ Harper finished the game with 107 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Argued by many to be the CAA rookie of the year, Heinicke finished the day without a passing touchdown. He had 273 yards passing, 58 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. The Monarchs were guilty of 11 penalties of 117 yards, many of which came at crucial times in the game. Two in particular were called against the Monarchs’ run stopper in senior defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron. “I didn’t let that slow me down. You can’t let situations like that slow you down,” Cameron said. Both teams had at least 500 yards of of-

fense. Neither defense had an answer for the weapons on offense. The offensive shootout was put to a holt after Lewis’ two late fourth quarter interceptions. The Monarchs were able to kneel the ball to run out the clock, bringing victory back to Norfolk for their last regular season game.

We didn’t just knock on the door of the playoffs, we just kicked the door down In their third year as a program, the Monarchs are 26-7. With this season being their first in the CAA, the Monarchs were picked to finish tenth out of 11. Only losing two games to Delaware away and Towson at home, the Monarchs are riding a four-game winning streak into what they hope is a first round bye and home field advantage in the playoffs. “We didn’t just knock on the door of the playoffs, we just kicked the door down,” coach Wilder said. The Monarchs await Selection Sunday on Nov. 20 for their position in post-season play.

ODU seniOr wiDe receiVer prentice gill set tO graDUate By: JOrDan JOneS Contributing Writer

Prentice Gill has been a steady and consistent part of the Old Dominion University football team throughout his career. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound wide receiver senior leader has compiled 26 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns. Gill is well traveled, having started his collegiate career playing in California at Los Angeles Harbor

College. He helped his team to a 9-2 record and a No. 9 ranking in Southern California. Gill has a unique perspective as far as what kind of legacy he will leave as a Monarch. “I think I won’t just have a legacy as an individual, but more of a legacy as a team, because of how special this year is, our first in the conference and how well we’re doing.” The Monarchs are 8-2 overall and ranked eleventh in the coaches and sports network polls.

Gill has been able to bring a lot to the table during his time on the football team. As a leader, he has been able to have a unique impact on the team and on the younger wide receivers in particular. “I feel like I brought a different mentality, when I first came here, everyone was real relaxed and close, so no one was really competing much. Since I came and started doing my thing, it brought friendly competition,” Gill said. During his tenure here at Old Dominion, the Mon-

archs have adopted a phrase CBS, which stands for “Can’t Be Stopped.” Being in college, one is likely to meet people who will have a huge impact on your life. Gill said that aside from football, he will miss his best friend Tory Martin, a student here at Old Dominion University. As far as plans after college, Gill has a few options at his disposal. Depending on whether or not he chooses to stay in Virginia or go back to California, his former junior college coach at Los Angeles Harbor will bring him on as the coach of the wide receivers. If he were to choose to decline this offer, Gill will stay in Virginia and look for different job opportunities. Gill has had some strong motivators in his life while at Old Dominion. One in particular is his wide receiver coach Keita Malloy. “When I first got here, he pulled me in his office and said that a lot of players had already made their marks and he told me I would have to work twice as hard to get on the field.” Gill will take away many lessons from the coaching staff here at ODU. “Coach Malloy always tells us to keep playing, keep playing,” he said, “he always tells us that, even in life, if things are going wrong, just play the next play and don’t worry about things you can’t control.” Gill admitted that special teams coach Zyskowski taught him perfection and to do your best. Gill said that his favorite game of his career is when Old Dominion faced off against Jacksonville University last year. “It was my first game and I was real nervous and anxious. I didn’t start, which made me more nervous, but when I did get in, I played real well.” Gill has been a great leader on and off the gridiron and a great model for how student-athletes should conduct themselves. His legacy at Old Dominion will travel further than the grid-iron.


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Chemistry Takes Time to Measure late pOwer sUrge By hOKies tOO mUch fOr laDy mOnarchs tO OVercOme By: Brian Jerry Staff Writer Freshman guard Ashley Betz-White chipped in 22 points in her first collegiate game, while senior forward center Tia Lewis added 18, but it proved to be not enough. The Virginia Tech Hokies defeated the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs 77-65 in the 2011-12 season opener at the Ted Constant Convocation Center Friday. “I just came ready, I was focused and it was so much adrenaline in me” said BetzWhite of her performance on the court. “I just went out there and played like I knew how to play.” Betz-White’s five of seven shot attempts were from beyond the arc. “Coach Barefoot never tells me “don’t shoot. Ever.” the freshman said. “So I feel like if it’s a good shot or an open shot, then I had the green light to take it.” Hokies’ guards Monet Tellier, Aerial Wilson and Alyssa Fenyn scored a combined 60 points, including connecting on

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seven of eleven attempts from three-point range. “We didn’t really take care of the ball but we came out and we came back,” Lady Monarchs’ head coach Karen Barefoot said. ODU traded three-point field goals back and forth early in the first half. However, the team would have to fair without junior forward Jackie Cook, who went to the ground hard, walked up limping and went back to the locker room for further evaluation. She would return to the bench and sit out for the rest of the game. “We played a lot of times with three freshmen on the floor. I keep telling them every possession is a learning possession and we’re going to grow this team to a championship team. The season is a marathon, it’s not a sprint,” coach Barefoot said.” After jumping out to a five point deficit, Lewis nailed a bucket that would tie the game at 29. However, Tech’s Wilson would lead the charge on a fast break

bucket to regain the lead, going into the locker room 41-32 over ODU at the half. The Lady Monarchs bench, who were counted on heavily when Cook exited the game, combined for 14 points in the loss. Head coach Karen Barefoots’ ball club shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, while cooling off significantly in the second with 26.7 percent. “I’m not sure what’s going on with Jackie, we’ll find out but of course we missed her,” Barefoot said of her junior starting forward’s early departure from the contest. In the second half, redshirt junior forward Mairi Buchan in her first game after sitting out the entire 2010-11 season, nailed two of her nine points and cut Tech’s lead to eight with a little over seven minutes to go in regulation. Despite the loss, Lewis agrees that she’s building chemistry with her new firstyear point guard out on the floor. “Of course, I mean it starts in practice, but I talked to her to keep it going and going and going to pick her up when I feel like she’s dropping” said the senior forward. “I have to constantly keep her up.” ODU outrebounded the Hokies 42-36 in a closely contest game that saw four ties and lead changes. The Lady Monarchs next opponent is away against Stanford on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Menʼs Basketball Falters in the Season Opener By: Sarah rOBy Staff Writer

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Old Dominion lost in their season opener Saturday, Nov. 12 to the Northern Iowa Panthers, 63-46. “We did not earn the opportunity to have the right results today,” coach Blaine Taylor said. ODU suffered tonight with Kent Bazemore, a senior starter, recovering from a foot injury, as well as two players being benched, Nick Wright and Richard Ross. Bazemore was named the preseason Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year. With a hurt foot, Bazemore still played for a majority of the game. “I’m getting back to where I need to be, but it’s still early,” Bazemore said. In the first five minutes of the game ODU had three turnovers, and a total of 10 turnovers with six assists in the first half. Bazemore led the team in total points during the first half with 10, and freshman Jason Pimentel followed with eight. Bazemore also led the team in steals with three for the first half. Pimentel led in rebounds with five for the first half. Late runs by Monarchs were shut down with and one’s by Northern Iowa’s Jake Koch and Marc Sonnen. Koch led Northern Iowa in total points with nine for the first half. The largest lead during the first half was with 7 minutes and six seconds on the clock when Northern Iowa led by 14, 26-12. In the first five minutes of the second half, Northern Iowa put together an 11-4 run, forcing their lead

to 46-29. And they never slowed down. With seven minutes and 18 seconds left on the clock, Northern Iowa led by 18 and started to pull away. The largest lead was at 3:20 when Northern Iowa was up by 21, 60-39. Three of Northern Iowa’s players finished with double digit points. Koch scored 18, James Anthony scored 13, and Marc Sonner scored 12. “They played very hard, they played very smart, and they were very timely in a lot of things they did,” coach Taylor said. Bazemore led ODU with 17 points. Senior starter, Chris Cooper, No. 20, led ODU in rebounds with nine. ODU had a total of 19 turnovers and only a 27.3 percent shooting rate, while Northern Iowa ended with a 49 percent from the field. “We got a lot of work to do as a team,” Bazemore said. It’s simply in the numbers, Northern Iowa shot better as a team. “They play pretty much how we like to play together, they understand their offense,” Bazemore said. Northern Iowa showed their identity tonight, while ODU is still trying to put it together. “The fact is they’re a little bit farther along than us right now,” coach Taylor said. The Monarchs may have started off the season a little shaky, but there is still time to shape up and improve. “We have better players than what we showed today,” coach Taylor said. Old Dominion’s next opponent is Howard University at home on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The Monarchs look to bounce back into shape against the Bison.


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Oh, Sweet Revenge By: greg arnOLD Contributing Writer Old Dominion University’s wrestling team has more than a few new faces. Amongst them is senior Te Edwards, who has something to prove this Sunday as ODU takes on Iowa State University. After his loss last year to redshirt junior Chris Spangler of Iowa State, he is ready for another chance. Last season, Edwards wrestled for Arizona State University. He wrestled well, but not up to his full potential. He has come to ODU to regain his focus, focus that was distracted at ASU by “palm trees and girls,” as Edwards put it. This is his last chance at getting to the podium at the National Championships. Luckily for Edwards, ODU wrestling’s head coach Steve Martin can help him with his focus. “Coach Martin…he’s crazy,” Edwards said humorously. “I mean crazy in a good way. He pushes me when I think I can’t go anymore.” So far this season, it seems to be working, Edwards is 5-0 and recently won the Hokie Open at his weight class. Edwards is currently ranked eighth in the nation at his weight class of 174. His goals for the season, however, are to achieve much more. “It’s a stepping stone,” he said of his current ranking, “For now, I’ll take it.”

His matchup this Sunday, against Spangler, will not only help him work his way up in ranking, it will also show how focused he is. Last season, while with ASU, he had a match against Iowa State. It happened to be just days after he suffered a heartbreaking loss to now graduate Jordan Burroughs of Nebraska University. Edwards had been looking forward to the match against Burroughs, who was ranked high and would eventually win the National Championship last season. He struggled a bit after the loss. “I was just down and cutting weight wrong and I was sick that week,” Edwards said. “I wasn’t feeling good at all. And I had this kid Spangler, he was a back-up, fighting for a spot.” Edwards trained to go against a ranked wrestler, but Nebraska put in Spangler instead. “It was kind of an insult,” Edwards continued. “They put Spangler in, and I was so determined not to lose, I warmed up for 30 minutes straight. Sprints and sprawls, and I got so tired. I went out there and my body shut down. He pinned me and did his celebration, and Iowa State

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was celebrating. I was so angry.” Spangler has done much more than earn a starting role with Iowa State since last year. He is currently ranked seventh in the nation, just one spot ahead of Edwards. Edwards needs this win to move up the ranks. “Coaches have told me every year, you could be this good,” Edwards said of his ranking. “I never had it click, and did what it took to be there. So now,

I am actually doing the right thing, just to have that achievement from working hard, it feels nice.” Edwards wants to show Spangler what he is made of; luckily, he will be doing it at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Sunday at 1 p.m. As a team, Iowa State is nationally ranked 21. A young and unproven ODU will get its chance to show the wrestling community it has what it takes to win.

Long Row to Success

rOwing team wOrKs harD in fall fOr spring champiOnships By: Ben DecOwSki Senior Writer

Old Dominion University is known for its dedication to producing excellent sports programs. From their beloved basketball teams to their upstart football program, the Monarchs have managed to put top-notch teams together year in and year out. The ODU women’s rowing team is no different. Established in 2008, the program has already made huge strides opening up a $2.3 million ODU Rowing Center this spring, located on Willow Wood Drive in Norfolk, VA. This new facility is especially important in a sport that spends most of the fall semester getting in shape and ready for the spring championships. “There’s a lot more movement to rowing than you would first imagine. From the outside looking at it, the thing that kind of dulls your eyes is that the boat is moving with these athletes, so you get kind of dulled to the speed that they’re actually moving,” first year head coach Daniel Garbutt said. “I mean boats are moving over 10 meters per stroke and their moving sometimes 38 to 40 strokes per minute.” The rowing team spends the fall working on their technique and stamina, while also getting the new members used to the sport. “We find ourselves mixing the entire group, varsity down to these beginners, to try and elevate their learning curve a little bit,” coach Garbutt said. The races in the fall are five kilometers long, which can be a shock to the system for some new

rowers. “There are walk-ons right now who have never seen an ore before,” coach Garbutt said, “So this is really about building more than anything else this phase of the year.” Coach Garbutt expects his team to show up at the Rowing Center at 4:45 a.m. for practice at five so that the women can get a good practice in before their 8 a.m. classes. “I rarely have them over 90 minutes. It’s usually 80 minutes or less,” coach Garbutt said. The early practices are also important because the girls have to get on the water before it gets busy. “The main thing that makes rowing unique is that we don’t have a fenced in field or a doored in gymnasium,” coach Garbutt said, “We’re practicing on a river that’s open to crabbers, fishermen, pleasure boats, foul weather, you know, so there’s a lot of things to be able to kind of account for.” The fact that the Norfolk area is surrounded by water is what makes ODU such a good location for a rowing program. “Most northeastern schools are landlocked, you know forcefully landlocked, for a good portion of their winter,” coach Garbutt said. The Lady Monarchs have easy access to the water year round since the rowing center is just about a six minute drive away from campus. “Yale for example, I think their commute is almost forty minutes to their rowing site,” coach Garbutt said. While the location of ODU and the new facility are big advantages for this fairly new program, it is still a challenge to put together a competitive

team in the Colonial Athletic Division and the Mid-Atlantic region that includes No. 1 Princeton. “I think the challenge for everybody has been to feel like you go into these regattas and you feel like you have a sense of respect from your competition. I feel like we’re getting to that point and that’s sort of a rewarding feeling,” coach Garbutt said. The rowing program certainly has work to do to become the top ranked championship contenders

that they are capable of being, but the program is making all of the right moves to get there. “It’s always going to be the goal of this program to improve,” coach Grabutt said. The Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend was the last competition of the fall for the team. They will pick back up in the spring on March 17 at the University of North Carolina and University of Delaware here at ODU as they get ready to make their championship run.

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Pul l Up J By: Jake ULLrich Sports Assistant

I wrote this column as soon as the Penn State scandal came about, so I apologize for the timeliness of it, but I felt I wanted to get my opinion of it out. All of Penn State should be embarrassed with itself. Whether it’s the Athletic Director, Defensive Coordinator and Joe Paterno himself, they deserve to be ripped apart by the media and fired immediately. They allowed a disgusting, inhumane crime to happen and did nothing in turn to make sure it never happened again. And don’t give me the argument that Joe Pa did all he was required to. Legally? Sure he did. Ethically? Morally? Not a chance. I know people will argue that Joe Pa did his job by telling his boss what happened. Well at Penn State, Joe Pa doesn’t have a boss. Sure, on the flowchart, the Athletic Director probably makes more money than him and is considered to be his superior, but nobody is higher than Joe Paterno at Penn State. If he wanted something to be done, then he could do it. No questions asked. So why did he do nothing? He told his Athletic Director Tim Curley and when Curley did nothing, Paterno did nothing. He should have raised hell with his superiors for not doing anything. He should have called the police himself. He should have scheduled a media conference himself. He should have fired Sandusky himself. Because he could. Because he is Joe Paterno. Whether he meant to or not, Paterno set the tone of indifference to the entire ordeal. He passed it on to someone else and never thought of it again. He was everything at that university, so when he decided not to care, nobody cared. Nobody made an effort to contact the child or discover the ultimate truth. The worst punishment of a child being sexually harassed in the shower was the assistant coach

having to turn over his keys to the locker room. It would have been beyond difficult for Paterno. He would have to confront a co-worker and a friend about a heinous crime unspeakable to most of the public. But he had to and he didn’t. He let a child be damaged beyond belief and did nothing to repair it. His direct indifference to the matter allowed children to continue to be harassed by a disgusting embarrassment of a man. Sandusky later came back to Penn State and was in direct contact with children at a football camp. Ten years after the first allegation came to light! I don’t care about Paterno’s legacy or his however many wins. I won’t remember him for the national championships he won or the fantastic players he had at Happy Valley. I’ll remember him as a pathetic coward who knowingly let a child molestor continue to coach for him. What is being overlooked by all of this is the incredible courage the children who were harassed are showing by confronting the sick bastard who did it to them. They are able to bring back a memory they certainly stashed far away in their mind to ensure Sandusky will never get the opportunity to hurt another child again. These people should be praised beyond all belief. They were scarred like no other and are able to repair themselves like no other. Penn State should be embarrassed. Their University will have a dark cloud over it for a very long time. They need to clear house with everyone immediately, wiping themselves clear with any person in the football program for the years this was happening. And I know I will never support them in anything ever again.

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