VOL. 52, ISSUE 10 | NOVEMBER 17 , 2010
Mace & Crown Student newspaper of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, since 1930
ODU College Republicans take safety into their own hands by
Christian Ernst News Editor
Petition for concealed carry started, passing 2000 signatures Safety is always a concern at any university, but has recently become a hot topic at Old Dominion University. The ODU College Republicans have started a petition to allow concealed carry of handguns on campus, which they feel will help safety concerns on campus. The petition currently has 1,100 digital signatures and 1,000 hard copy signatures, according to ODU College Republicans president Chris D’Ambra. The goal is 5,000 signatures, according to WAVY-10 news. “The purpose of the petition is to bring awareness to the President and his administration of the safety concerns that the student body has. We are not safe at ODU and the President continues to tell us that we are,” D’Ambra said. “By allowing concealed carry on campus there would be a form of concealed carry. The criminals would be far less likely risk committing crimes on campus if they knew that students are properly protected,” said Tyler Spires, a member of the organization. The organization has made local news, including WAVY-10 and local radio stations, with their message about the petition. “They can ban us from concealed carrying, but a regular joe blow like you can conceal carry anywhere you want on this cam-
pus and they can’t tell you you can’t,” said Spires to WAVY-10 news. The university has already released its opinion on the matter. “Like the vast majority of universities across the Commonwealth and the country, Old Dominion University does not permit firearms on campus. The university has a wide range of safety measures in place to provide an environment where members of our community are free to learn and grow,” said a university spokesperson in a release to WAVY-10. Many flyers can be found around campus now as well, with information pertaining to the safety of concealed carry. According to the flyer, Concealed Carry Laws reduce mass public shootings. Also, criminals are less afraid of the cops then a potential victim carrying a gun, according to the flyer. The flyers also outline the group’s posit i o n on the subject, saying they do not want the university t o turn into the “Wild West,” but they want criminals to understand that students are no longer standing for victimization. They feel that students should be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights even on campus, according to the flyer. Many students have taken stances on the matter as well. “I think allowing concealed weapons on campus would open a doorway for potential danger to students and faculty,” said sophomore Alexa Broadnax. “It is a better crime deterrent,” said Andrew Valentine, a junior and member of the Navy ROTC Marine Corps option program. He also said that most people don’t realize that many people already carry knives and that, against some public opinion, many people will still conceal carry weapons including guns onto campus. “I think it’s a horrible idea, for people to carry around guns that
will just create more crime,” said freshman Arya Aminrazavi. People signing the digital petition also had some words about the idea. “Allowing students who go through the measures of applying for a concealed carry permit are not the people who commit gun crimes. It is those who won’t abide by the restrictions that we must protect ourselves against,” said Collin Skogstad, who commented on the petition website, along with signing the petition. “In high crime areas, people need to be able to defend themselves. Only guns can “level the playing field” between a larger male attacker and a smaller female student. Let them carry guns if they are old enough and have the training!” said someone who signed the digital petition anonymously.
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Old Dominion University receives award for green building by
Jonathan Moran Staff Writer
“We’re ahead of the curve.” Earlier this year the Hampton Roads Green Building Council evaluated five buildings in the area to see which best met LEED standards. On Aug. 17 the organization recognized Old Dominion University’s E.V. Williams Engineering and Computational Sciences Building (ECBS) with their first LEED Building of the Year Award. The award was given to ODU officials at a luncheon in the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, it is quickly becoming the industry standard in green design and construction. Simply put, LEED is a ratings system that evaluates how green a building is. It awards credits for design, energy usage, waste management, and other criteria a building must meet in order to be considered green. During the construction phase it recognizes how much of the materials used were from recycled and salvaged sources. After completion it notes how much of the construction debris was recycled. ODU recycled about 50 percent of the debris after the ECSB was complete. Depending on how much of the criterion is met, a building is then awarded a LEED certification. This ranges from LEED Platinum being the top to Gold, Silver, and Certified. The ECSB is LEED Certified and was the first higher education building in Virginia to be built with LEED standards in mind. It was built by Moseley Architects. This however was not the only reason why ODU received
an award for it this year. It received the award because of the building’s design and the fact that since its completion in 2004 it has continued to be operated in a sustainable fashion. Sustainability is one category that is evaluated for LEED certification. This deals with how a building conserves energy and its impact on the environment around it. Many features of the building have been built to meet this category. Around the building there is a flower bed with a pathway of rocks. This is called a rain garden and when it rains the rocks filter the water removing pollutants and then irrigate the flower beds using the filtered water. The trees surrounding the building are River Birches and are very tolerant to extreme rain or droughts. Sun shades have been built on top of the windows to reflect rays that can lead to excess heat and cause the air conditioning unit to work harder which uses up more energy. Low UV windows were used to keep heat out and there are many of them. Dale Feltes, ODU’s director of design and construction explained that, “Glass is not only a signature architectural design on this campus, it also increases light.” Less energy is needed to light the building because of the use of natural light. Plus, as Feltes adds, “Everybody likes windows.” Last year former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine passed an executive order that any renovation or building constructed on a public college or university over 5,000 sq feet must meet LEED Silver standards. Once completed, Dragas Hall will be our first LEED Silver building. Much of the other projects around the campus will also be LEED Sil-
ver Certified but as Doug Alexander, director of environmental health and safety proudly pointed out, “We were ahead of the curve. Other schools have larger endowments than us and are doing extraordinary things with LEED Certified buildings but we were number one.” Feltes strongly believes in LEED design for a number of reasons. “I’m a granddad. I want my kids to have what I had but putting all that aside, it’s just good design. It’s good engineering and architectural practice. Efficiency is really, really important and it’s what we as design professionals should be doing.”
ODU’s Virginia Modeling, analysis and simulation center to establish new standards by
Siaga Johnson Staff Writer
As part of the process of developing software for operations ranging from military intelligence to school systems, modeling and simulation plays an integral role in terms of research and finding the most effective ways to carry out important tasks. However, through the use of such technology an issue that has become the center of attention on this topic is that clear standards for developing modeling and simulation software were not established. This presents a problem due to the fact that hundreds of thousands of dollars go into the development of such software, and without clear principles as to what this software is meant to accomplish more money goes into such development, which proves to be a waste of resources. Last year, Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) was granted $650,000 to draft and develop standards for modeling and simulation software development. Establishing such standards therefore avoids wasting money in the future. Modeling and Simulation is a process widely used by the Department of Defense
and John Sokolowski, the Executive Director of Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center expresses his sentiments as follows, “Congressman Randy Forbes saw that the Department of Defense was spending money on modeling and simulation over and over on the same thing. And that was because there were no clear standards that would allow something to be developed and then shared in different venues. So the Department of Defense was paying for something multiple times.” This therefore indicates that the grant given to ODU’s VMASC is a response to the amount of money lost to inefficient standards for operation. Part of VMASC’s task in this policy reform includes the integration of software to other areas of intelligence. Software can therefore be used in more than one operation, thus indicating the cost efficiency. The improvement of these policies is being done with the modeling and simulation coordinating office, which is affiliated with the United States Secretary of Defense. In revamping the policies for these operations, not only is the Department of Defense going to benefit, but the entire concept of modeling and simulation becomes more efficient because it is now able to be applied to all other areas of intelligence. In
the past, international organizations such as the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization have taken measures similar to VMASC’s, however a broader perspective is being taken this time around. Sokolowski indicates, “We’re not only looking at the engineering aspects of these standards, but also looking at the policy aspects, so these standards may be crafted or adopted or codified from a policy standpoint, to put them in a place where thy may be easier to follow.” This therefore insinuates that the reforms that the VMASC is conducting is really to create a template that will benefit all those who use modeling and simulation, not just in terms of cost effectiveness, but also in terms of the general efficiency of operations. Moreover, this also sets an equal playing field for companies to compete from. Now that new standards are being put in place, not only are competition standards more clear, but efficiency can now be measured. Due to the promising prospects that such reforms will bring forth, the VMASC has been awarded another $800,000 for a second year of policy reforms. New work on these policies will begin in September 2011.
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Diversity Institute A journey through understanding by
Siaga Johnson Staff Writer
As part of the college experience an important factor to keep in mind is the diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives that are represented in the Old Dominion University community. Not only does an understanding of diversity enable a more inclusive environment, different perspectives can all contribute to make the college experience richer, and filled with opportunities for learning. The learning gained from this serves a great purpose in enlightening students and faculty members, not only about certain groups that are represented in our community, but also the world in general. As a dedication to embracing diversity, an Old Dominion University program, Diversity Institute is offered every semester, and always proves to be a time of enormous self development, as well as heightened awareness of the environment for each student that becomes involved with this program. What’s more is that this is the type of program that huge businesses
and other places of work spend a great deal of money on, because education about people and social issues is extremely important. However, Old Dominion University offers this for free, which therefore places students at an advantage especially when getting ready to enter the workforce. Diversity Institute is a semester long commitment, spearheaded by the Office of Intercultural Relations that requires that students meet once per week to discuss social issues ranging from sexism to homophobia to religious differences. The program capacity rests at 20-25 students per semester, and students are chosen on the basis of an application, a short interview, as well as the student’s schedule and time constraints. The end result of this process ensures a diverse group of students with varying values, backgrounds, ethnicities, and platforms. Each week, interactive activities are held by certified guest speakers to allow students to understand how certain social systems work, and their economic and societal implications. Not only do students learn from guest speakers, students discuss and debate issues among themselves to test each other’s understanding of the issues. One may wonder why such a pro-
gram would be beneficial. An important piece of information to remember is that employees are often unaware of the things that Diversity Institute teaches, thus setting those who complete the program at a distinct advantage, not only in terms of their understanding of the world, but their ability to relate to others from a global standpoint. This opportunity is also a great resume builder, which is something that college students actively seek. This also helps to develop more efficient ways of communicating, and also leaves students looking within themselves to identify how they can help solve many social problems that are simply a result of a lack of understanding. Diversity Institute is therefore an opportunity for students to learn from one another, and an opportunity to minimize negative social forces such as discrimination, prejudice, and exclusion. This is therefore a step towards the direction of positive social change. The Office of Intercultural Relations is now accepting applications for the Spring 2011 Diversity Institute Cohort. For more information, visit their website at http://studentaffairs. odu.edu/oir/, or contact them by telephone at (757) 683-4406.
10 eco-friendly gifts for under $25 Reduce. Re-use. Recycle. It’s not always easy to be environmentally friendly. That’s why it’s even better when others are Earth conscious for us. Want to give “green” gifts this holiday season and not break the bank? Check out these gifts or head to the ODU bookstore for more green ideas. The ODU Village bookstore offers a plethora of eco-friendly books including Santa Claus is Green: How to Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas ($5.99). Plus, free and eco-friendly wrapping paper is right at your fingertips. Re-use this Mace and Crown to wrap your gifts this holiday season. No Batteries Required A clock that is powered by water? Now we’ve seen everything. This transparent bottle shaped clock runs on water alone. Simply pop the top off and fill the bottle with tap water and the LCD display will show the time. Re-fill the bottle every few days to keep the clock ticking. This waterpowered clock can be found at giftsand-gadgets-online.amazonwebstore. com for $14.95 “Think, Write, Grow” The cover of this 150 lined page journal is made from recycled office paper embedded with wildflower seeds. When you finish filling the pages with your daily dreams and ideas remove the cover, plant it in your garden, and watch it flourish into wildflowers. One journal costs $25 at uncommongoods.com
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Geek Speak For the techie on your list be sure to pick up a recycled circuit board mouse pad. The circuit board is coated with an acrylic top for smooth mouse action and features a no-slip foam bottom. Plus it works with laser mice or the old-fashioned ball mice. The mouse pads can be found at (I promise I’m not making this up) x-tremegeek.com for $24.95 Recycled Poop Who knew that poo could be recycled? Well it can and a company in Thailand is making Poo Paper. Don’t worry, the journals and note cards are stink-free. The products feature silhouettes of the animal from which the poo is recycled. You can find Poo Paper from elephants, horses, cows, and pandas at uncommongood.com. It’s $14 for a 20-page journal or $14 for 70 slips of paper and a re-useable notecard box. Recyclers Welcome This multi-colored door mat is made from pieces of leftover foam from Philippines sandal factories. Normally the pieces end up in landfills. Small recycled flip-flop door mat (19” L x 13” W) for $15 at uncommongoods.com
Eat Chocolate, Save the Environment The average American’s daily carbon footprint amounts to 133lbs of carbon dioxide a day. The Climate Change Chocolate bar not only buys you a bar of chocolate but it also includes a verified TerraPass reduction of 133lbs. The bar also comes with a fun wrapper that suggests 15 ways to reduce your daily carbon footprint. This holiday, feel good about eating chocolate. 1 bar for $5 at climatechangechocolate.com Love the bottled water taste? Hate the countless plastic bottle waste? Designer Karium Rashad has found the solution with the invention of Water Bobble Filtered Bottles. These curvy bottles feature a BPA-free recycled plastic body with interchangeable carbon filter heads. Simply fill the bottle with tap water and the water is filtered as you drink. The filters come in four colors and each filter lasts for 40 gallons of water (that’s 300 uses!) The bottle (including one filter) cost $10 and each replacement filter costs $7 at uncommongoods.com Personalized Bamboo Style This 2GB flash drive has an outer shell made from bamboo that can be personally engraved with a short saying or recipient’s name. It also features a magnetic cap. The drive is small enough for on-the-go (2-3/8” x 1-1/8”). One personalized flash drive costs $19.95 at 121personalgifts.com Green Dogs Don’t forget to buy your pooch a present this holiday season. The Recycle Bone (6.5” long) and the Recycle Ball (3.25” in diameter) are both made from scrap rubber leftover from making other chew toys. The scraps would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. They both come in various colors and cost $12 each at branchhome.com A New Use for Keyboards What happens to old computer keyboards when you get a new computer? Well the folks at perpetualkid. com turn keyboards into notebook covers. The cover of this notebook has 62 mixed up keys. The notebook itself has 88 lined pages good for taking notes, making lists, or keeping a journal. It measures 7”x5” and costs $16.99 at perpetualkid.com
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Recycling a must on campus University working on keeping campus clean and green by Krysta Murray Contributing Writer
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. The three “Rs” of waste management are usually taught as a little chant to elementary school children as a way to remember how to help save our planet and go green. What about as we grow older? Many people forget the importance of going green and reducing the carbon footprints of our lives. As college students, and for the staff and faculty of our university, it’s vital that we contribute together and take initiatives to save our planet because as a large community, we are making a significant impact on our environment. Old Dominion University’s website states that the goal of the Recoverable Resources Department, part of Old Dominion University’s Facilities Management, is to remove as much recyclable material from the University’s waste stream as possible while maximizing the return on the recycled materials. In addition, the department strives to educate and involve all members of the campus community in the needs and benefits of the program to ensure a more environmentally sustainable campus. Recoverable Resources collects recyclables from the Whitehurst, Gresham and Rogers dorms as well as materials from Powhatan apartments and the University Village. A look into the life of a college student reveals that just one person creates a lot of waste that can be recycled and re-used. Many containers for beverages alone including water, soda, energy drinks and yes, alcoholic beverages all require a bottle or can of some sort. They are typically made of plastic, aluminum or glass, all of which are recyclable. The problem occurs when most of this ends up in a trash can instead of a recycling bin. The amount of bottles and cans really adds up, and if they were recycled, they could be reused. Instead, they become a waste of space in our city dumps, or a pollutant as they leak harmful chemicals into our soil, which can ultimately end up in our water supply. ODU offers recycling drop-off sites at Facilities Management on 4401 Powhatan Avenue. and University Recycling on 861 W. 45th Street. Recycling bins are also found in hallways in every campus building near trash cans and vending machines. Most dormitories have one larger receptacle for the entire building. Amber Carson, who lives in the Village, said “I try to recycle, but most of the time the recycling bin for the building is full with trash.” This discourages her from bothering to separate the things in her room. She noted, however, that the containers in campus buildings with a trash and a recycling bin basket make it a lot easier while she goes about her day. On the bottom of most plastic containers there is a small triangle made of arrows, with a number inside of it. These recycling numbers are designed to help sort plastics that can be recycled from those that can’t. The number designates the chemical make-up of the products and how easily they can be broken down again. In Norfolk, a list of acceptable and nonacceptable recycling items can be found on the city website. Newspapers and its inserts placed in paper bags are accepted as well as aluminum
cans, pie plates and foil, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and jugs such as milk jugs, steel cans, flattened cardboard boxes, unwanted mail and magazines and mixed office paper. Items not accepted are plastic shopping bags, yard waste and Styrofoam containers. Instead, opt for paper bags and cartons and wide-mouth plastic containers such as those for yogurt and butter. A state deposit on bottles and cans may help improve the recycling rate amongst students. According to bottlebill.org, advocates of deposit systems have historically pointed to the environmental benefits of bottle bills including litter reduction and energy and resource conservation. Bottle bills provide a financial incentive to the consumer to return their empty containers. Everyone loves to get a little money back, especially college students. At checkout, any returnable bottles or cans have a deposit cost added to the amount. For example, if the deposit cost was 5 cents per container and a 12-pack was purchased, 60 cents is added to the cost. When the empty bottles are returned, the deposit charge is refunded. That 60 cents is hardly noticeable at purchase, but when you bring in all your bottles and cans say every two weeks, such as empty 2-liters, soda cans or beer bottles, it really adds up. That money can then be used for something else or to buy more. If enough people would support a bottle bill, this could be proposed to Congress. Every spring ODU participates in an intercollegiate recycling competition called RecycleMania. Over 400 colleges and universities participate in the competition over a 10-week period. Campuses compete to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita and have the highest recycling rate. This year’s competition runs from Jan. 27 to April 5. Last year, Old Dominion contributed 380,775 pounds, placing them fourth in the state and in the top 100 within the U.S. Excessive use of paper is a problem on every college campus; however, it can all be recycled. Computer labs and copy rooms often have bins for blended or mixed color paper located near printing areas. However, it still appears that a lot of paper ends up in the trash. Inkjet cartridges are another reusable item. On the Earth911 website, it is stated that cartridges can be refilled an average of five to seven times before they need to be recycled. Disposal is easy as the average toner cartridge is composed of 40 percent plastic, 40 percent metal and smaller amounts of rubber, paper, foam and toner. Unfortunately, most office staffers and students buy brand new cartridges instead of re-filling old ones. This is not only unnecessary but more costly. It may be a good idea to have an ink refill store on campus, such as InkStop or Cartridge World. Until then, stores such as Walgreens are now offering these programs as well. The community should be aware of this option for not only its financial benefits, but for its environmental benefits too. Recycling is not only going to help save our planet, but it’s easy. It’s simply a matter of separating the recyclable from the trash with a separate bin. Old Dominion can help to reduce further damage to Earth with participation of its members, by creating awareness for the cause and informing the community on how to contribute.
Pedal power to the people Marian Rakestraw Contributing Writer
Just inside the front door of Conte’s Bicycle shop in Norfolk, Va., the year could easily be 1960. Retro is in. Ranks of high handle-barred, fender sporting cruiser bicycles line the floor and hang from racks around the edges of the room. Commuter bikes, with racks to carry a briefcase or groceries, and a few “fixies”, which have no free wheel and frequently no brakes, are sprinkled throughout the display. Few of these bikes have more than eight gears, and many have only one. The rugged mountain bikes and high-strung road bikes that have been staples of bicycle shops for years are relegated to the back of the shop. Bicycle manufacturing is an industry where incremental improvements in design have steered production for decades, so the sudden abandonment of carbon fiber frames for steel ones is a surprise to many. “With bicycles it has always been about faster and lighter,” said Paul Flannigan, Conte’s owner. “Right now, it isn’t really about new technology. It’s about average riders.” He points to a copy of “Bicycle Times,” a magazine that trumpets its dedication to “Your Everyday Cycling Adventure.” The answer to why simple, sturdy, old-fashioned bicycles are so popular is as hard to unravel as the Gordian Knot. Utility and fashion are both parts of what makes everyday cycling popular. Even the most dedicated bicycle commuter wants to look good doing it. Practicality doesn’t come cheap. While commuter and cruiser bikes may generally be cheaper than their road and mountain counterparts, prices for bikes from high-end manufactures still start around $300 for a simple, one speed cruiser. Most of these bikes are heavy, with a basic cruiser like the Electra Townie weighing close to 25 pounds and an accessorized top of the line Electra Amsterdam nudging 40 pounds. For years, premium bicycles have been weighing less and less. The weight of competitive road bikes is often as low as 15 pounds. “There is this old saying from bike racing,” said Sondelski, “There is light, there is strong, and there is cheap. Pick two.” For everyday riding and reliability, strong is the most important factor and strong weighs more. “For $1,500 you can get a light weight commuter but they become a liability to lock up.” He recommends that riders think about how they are going to use a bike, and look for the combination of features that suits them best. Choosing a bike based on how it is going to be used, rather than how it looks or how little it weighs, might be one reason for the popularity of commuter and cruiser bikes. They are designed around utility. Hardly anyone needs a bike that can whiz to the top of the Alps, and most riders stick to roads rather than pitching off into the woods for an all-terrain ramble. Commuter and cruiser bikes are designed for paved roads and carrying loads. Bruce Ebert, a Ghent-based writer, hasn’t owned a car in 17 years. He is a dedicated bicycle commuter. The decision to give up his car was a conscious one for Ebert. “I wanted to live an urban life, in fact as well as name,” he said. After trading a loved but impractical Peugeot for a bike better suited to carrying a shoulder bag, he started commuting. “I had a job downtown then,” he said. “It was an easy one mile commute. Now I go everywhere on my bike – 98 percent of the time.” The only exceptions are really foul weather, when he walks, and rare trips out of town that require a car rental. While not every bicycle commuter is as dedicated as Bruce Ebert, his choice of bike configuration is a common one. Like Ebert’s Peugeot, road and mountain bikes bend the rider forward. This makes it harder to see the road or carry a bag, and puts tremendous pressure on the rider’s wrists. Commuter and cruiser bikes put the rider in a more upright position through changes to the geometry of the frame and the addition of higher handlebars. A quick glance at a magazine like “Bicycle Times” illustrates the practical additions everyday riders crave. Ads for and reviews of, fenders, racks and baskets are common. Everyday riders don’t, evidently, wear Lycra and do want to arrive at their destinations sparkling clean. Bruce Ebert admits the way he dresses promotes an image of what it is to be a practical cyclist. He wears crisp polo shirts, creased trousers, and street shoes because, he said, “It sends a message that you can wear business dress and get around by bike.” There is more than a hint, too, that “Bicycle Times” is designed for an urban business clientele. An ad for Biologic offers a bike mount designed to hold an iPhone. A review of the Trek Soho, priced at $1,050 and weighing 28.9 pounds, notes that the bike comes standard with a stainless steel, bottle-mount coffee mug. Nathan Sondelski thinks bicycle commuting can work, at least for an area like Norfolk’s Ghent. “We have a lot of practical cyclists around here and I think we’ll see more as the area develops. Biking is most viable in a smaller area,” he said. Choice in which road to ride makes it easy to stay off of high traffic roads, like Tidewater Drive, in favor of quieter streets. Bicycling advocates think the city of Norfolk could be doing more to make the city bike friendly. “Norfolk’s ‘Share the Road’ signs are on dead-ends and brick streets. They should be on Granby and Chesapeake,” said Ebert. He thinks that it is vital for the needs of cyclists to be addressed when the city is planning new roads, rather than trying to squeeze bikes in as an afterthought. “You want a good looking bike for the same reason car drivers want a car that makes people whistle. My bike is Wisconsin battleship gray. I’m not a gray person so this winter I’m thinking of painting it. Maybe blue or yellow,” Ebert said. Every fashion trend has its extremes, and for the everyday biking movement that extreme is the fixed gear bike, or “fixie.” Fixed gear bikes have no free wheel, which means the rider has to keep pedaling. True fixies also have no brakes, with the result that the bike can’t be stopped quickly. John McCall is relieved that many newer models are capable of being converted to free wheel bikes. “Fixed gear bikes can be dangerous,” he said, “if you forget to keep pedaling.”
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arts enter tainment You love them long time
ODU Dresses in Green
Slanty Eyed Mama performs for ODU students by
Eco-friendly fashion show shows students how to dress
Martin Tucker Staff Writer
When Floetic Movement Poet Laureate Ka’Lyn Banks sauntered into the North Café with about six other soul sistas at 7, she couldn’t discern what was happening. Kate Rigg, one half of Slanty Eyed Mama, stood off in the distance conversing with APASU President Amber Thichangthong about ODU and how best to give a memorable performance to the students who would show up. Lyris Hung, accomplished violinist and fellow Slanty Eyed Mama band member, tuned the strings of the most gorgeous electric violin to ever grace the sacred stage of North Café. Both artists retreated into an adjacent room as more and more black seats seduced the seams of student’s jeans. Dominique Nguyen, the event’s emcee and second in command, introduced Slanty Eyed Mama while shedding light on the Asian Pacific American Student Union, an all-powerful group of student organizations with the purpose of spreading awareness about Asian American issues, educating others, and networking. Nguyen talked about the overarching event; Asian Seasons conversAsians which strives to increase a dialogue on Asian American Issues and discuss “what is actually quote un-quote Asian.” The event was sponsored by Programs All Weekend through OSAL. Rigg and Hung entered the stage in a way that would make Black Moon proud. In the words of Bobby Lee, these aren’t your “Average Asians”. They submerged the crowd into their first single “Wild Wild West” which referenced the discrimination against Asian Americans in the history of the Western United States. Her demanding voice echoed,” Where’s my land of opportunity” as every audience member was frozen like toddlers who see something for the first time, trying to determine what exactly is this blend of comedy, rap, triphop, and spoken word. Rigg performed elegantly as the white projector light shined from her hair to her neck as if to comment on her geisha-like approach of any performance artist displaying themselves for the
Jake Zimmerman Mace & Crown Slanty Eyed Mama performed comedy and spoken word for ODU students.
enjoyment of others. The Nuyoasian duo went on do a few improvisational jokes about ODU including the Monarch being a butterfly, which is becoming a staple for comedians who perform at Old Dominion. In the middle of the jokes Slanty Eyed Mama goes into a commentary on the plight of Asian American kids and the “lack of vocabulary for what we are as Asian Americans.” In the middle of the conversation Hung and Rigg transition into one of their most known records “Mulan” and “I’m a Naughty School Girl”, a dark and hilarious song on the erotic fetish with Japanese school girls contrasted with the reality of Asian school girls. The Julliard Alumni later performed a song on Asian parents’ obsession with medical school as Rigg courageously declared,” I’ll wear my labcoat in hell,” in spite of her “Post Traumatic Asian Mom Disorder.” Her venting continued as she completely ethered Condoleezza Rice and William Hung. Slanty Eyed Mama ended their set with “Me Love You Long Time”, a subversive response to 2 Live Crew’s “Me So Horny” and Full Metal Jacket which examines sexual stereotypes placed on Asian women; a narrative freestyle using the words Stankey Leg, Doggie, Banana, Chicken, Trap, and Blender; and “Rice Rice Baby” a parody of Robert Matthew Van Winkle’s
90’s masterpiece. Ka’Lyn Banks described Slanty Eyed Mama’s performance as “the bomb dot com.” Amber Thichangthong described Slanty Eyed Mama as a “menagerie” of performance art that “can’t be described in one word” which is probably what Christie Truong, Board Member of APASU, saw in them at the University of Florida where the idea entered her head to have them perform at ODU. Lyris Hung, who has played with everyone from Bono to Jay-Z at Radio City Music Hall, finds the best thing about being a musician is the “diversity of experiences and playing in unusual places.” She hopes to take their act overseas some day but for now they mainly tour in the US and Canada. As a musician she also regrets the closing of CBGB’s a legendary rock music bar in New York City that recently closed. Kate Rigg has done everything from voices for Family Guy and acting for Law and Order to having a battle of racial stereotypes with the legendary Paul Mooney during commercial breaks on Dr. Phil. She now makes money producing two shows “Gonzo Girls” which she describes as “Jackass for chicks” and “Dance Your Ass Off” a favorite on the Oxygen channel. She keeps herself grounded in her racial comedy by always commenting on the stereotypes from an “educated place” above that which she is joking.
What’s inside ODU ASIAN SEASONS TASTE OF ASIA GAMESHOW
PROFILE OF ODU’S DIVERSITY INSTITUTE
Elizabeth Bowry Staff Writer
A dark room, loud music, and newspaper covered walls was the setting of the North Café on Wednesday, November 10 as well as a runway going halfway down the middle of the room. With a 7:00 PM door and an 8:30 PM start, the ODU Fashion Association and Go Green Committee’s Green Fashion show began. The Go Green Committee approached the ODU Fashion Association earlier in the semester with the idea of joining in on November’s “Go Green” theme and putting on a fashion show to demonstrate fashion ideas that use recycled clothing instead of buying new articles for the fall. “It really is a ‘ready to wear’ fashion show rather than so high fashion,” said Shaunda Lambert, president of the Fashion Association. Only having four weeks to put together the fashion show, the Fashion Association asked students to join in their efforts to model the outfits as well as be stylists backstage. They joined forces with their main vendor Plato’s Closet, student designers, fashion classes, and other outside vendors to put clothes in the show. “Nothing we used in the show was new,” Shaunda said, “The go green show is a way to open students up to the idea of ways to incorporate a recyclable lifestyle into their everyday wear.” The show was in three parts with breaks in between to raffle away prizes and get audience participation with multiple choice questions with prizes for correct answers. The first part was more casual wear showing both the male and female models in sweaters, t-shirts, jeans and outerwear while one male model even went shirtless! The second part was the design contest that took four student designers and their own designs. Lastly were more dressed up outfits like sequined dresses, blazers and bow-ties. The second part had four student designers and dresses made from newspaper and other recyclable materials. Three dresses and one male outfit were modeled by their designers and the winner was Kirtrice Badger. Her dress was made from shredded paper and took four days to complete. “It wasn’t difficult but it was time consuming because I glued each strip individually and I weaved the top half of the dress,” said Kirtrice. Junk mail was the inspiration for her dress. “Every day, I go outside to get the mail and there are credit card companies trying to get me to sign up. Since my information is sometimes on the statements, I shred them instead of throwing them away. From the moment I heard about the contest I began brainstorming about what recycled things I could use from my recycle bin.” Kirtrice even goes green with her clothes outside of designing a shredded dress by donating her clothes instead of throwing them away, altering her clothing, and thrifting. In other ways that the fashion show went green besides the design contest and the thrifted clothing was that the Fashion Association worked with a designer named Catherine from Trashion Fashion who created accessories made just out of recycled soda cans. The fashion show’s goal was to promote Go Green fashions, show students ways to reuse their own clothing for the fall instead of having to go out and get new clothes, and showcase different ready to wear outfits. Some students already practice the message that the Fashion Association was trying to get across, “I thrift!” said sophomore Tonisha Thomas.
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Talented awareness Talent for the Cure helps raise money for diabetes foundation by
Caitlin Whitaker Staff Writer
Old Dominion University’s T.R.U.S.T. organization and class of 2013 presented the “Talent for the Cure” talent show last Tuesday night at the Webb Center’s North Café. Tickets were only a dollar and were available at the C.I.C. (located at the Webb Center’s front desk) and at the door of the event. All proceeds went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Awareness Foundation. Chaz Epps and Danyatta Dudley supervised the entrance doors as students entered a few minutes after 7:00 p.m. They were greeted by Latisha Taylor, Gabriel Abby, Brittanie Scott, Synique Stevens, and Victoria Lee at the ticket table and with the hottest music on radio provided by D.J. Jmayy, who worked his magic on the turntables near stage. Free food, including pizza and brownies, was served to all students by T.R.U.S.T. Treasurer, Sarena Harper, T.R.U.S.T. secretary, Brittany Burrell, and T.R.U.S.T. President, Charis Booker before the show. The door quickly flooded with hype students, resulting in a full house event. The lights were turned off and replaced with colorful spotlights at the front stage. Twenty minutes after doors were opened, T.R.U.S.T. member Tiffany Palmer took the stage as she welcomed and thanked the audience for attending an event that supported a cause, the research needed in order to cure diabetes in young lives. A brief PowerPoint was presented, informing the audience of the facts and stats of diabetes. One example of the facts listed was that diabetes can shorten a life span by fifteen years. A video was planned for screening, but due to complications with sound, Tiffany provided a verbal summary of the video instead, sharing the story of a seven-year-old child who suffered from diabetes. Soon after, the hosts of the talent show were introduced. Brittany Harden and Aaron Hodnett set the stage on fire with their hilarious opening to a great night of talent. “Are y’all ready to have fun?” Brittany asked the crowd with enthusiasm. Chemistry between the hosts was definitely unmistakable as the two playfully exchanged humorous insults to one another onstage. After a few laughs shared by the audience, Brittany and Aaron thanked the crowd and asked them to follow one rule: Respect the mic (absolutely no booing). The first performance was by Chris Dean, who impressed the entire audience with his spectacular magic tricks and card tricks, which involved guest volunteers. One of his acts asked for a gentleman with a breast pocket. The volunteer picked a random card, a card that Chris did not see. The young gentleman then randomly placed the card back into the box of cards and then put the box into his breast pocket. Shockingly, in a blinding sweep, Chris swiped his hand past the volunteer’s pocket and amazingly held the correct card that had been randomly chosen. Talk about skillful pickpocketing! After Chris featured Jessica Scheck and Jarvis Griffin with their duo of Alicia Keys’s hit song, “If I Ain’t Got You.” Following Jessica and Jarvis was Jazzmin Crawley from Old Dominion’s Floetic Movement, who powerfully took the stage as her own with an original poem. Blazing imagery and emotion erupted before the audience as she passionately dropped a beat with words, telling the story about the influence of Hip-Hop in the narrator’s life. The fourth act was performed by Darianne Green as she dominated the stage with an emotional solo-dance to the Trey Songz hit, “Can’t Be Friends.” Soon afterwards, singer Lauren Wiswell enthusiastically took the stage, leading into her performance of the song, ‘Don’t Stop Believing,” by Journey. The audience fed into the excitement by clapping and singing along. Some students even pulled out the cell-phones and flipped them to their lit screens, waving them side-to-side in the air like candles. Following Lauren’s performance was the smooth poet himself, Josh Haralson from Floetic Movement. His act featured two pieces: one poem dedicated to the ladies and another for the gentlemen. The ladies awed to every touching line of poetry he shared from he original poem about the indefinable love felt for his one and only lady. His second poem was addressed to the real men in the audience, which attracted a great deal of positive feedback, as he brought up the issue of men cheating and how real men are waiting to be noticed by worthy women. At the end of his outstanding performance, Brittany and Aaron asked for snaps from the audience to a great act. SaTasha Torres later stepped onto the stage for the seventh act
of the night with a singing improvisation as she sat in the center of the stage, cooing softly into the mic along to medley of songs. An intermission followed afterwards, allowing students to move about and mingle, get some more free food and jam to D.J. Jmayy’s talent behind the booth. A raffling ran by Tiffany Palmer and class of 2013 president, Russell Burton, also took place during intermission as students listened closely for their ticket numbers to be called onstage. Prizes, such as an ODU towel, a pair of ODU socks, and an ODU sweatshirt, were given at random. The selling of “Be the Change” wristbands and other organization updates were also announced by the current president and former member of T.R.U.S.T. After intermission, hosts Brittany and Aaron welcomed the Hip-Hop group, N’Tyce, to the stage for their original dance performance. The members of N’Tyce, including Lakiah Garland, Chantell Woolridge, Brittanee Brooks, Brittany Wagner, Nicquiya Falu, Shannon Stevenson, Lasha Robinson, Courtney Wall, Lauren Sharpe, Brittany Martin, Shanice Martin, Shanice Taruer, Brianna Kernodle, and Alicia Austin, blew the audience away with a fierce, energetic dance number that had only been created two weeks prior to the talent show. N’Tyce are not affiliated with the university just yet, but are sure to be in due time with talent performed like Tuesday night. Check them out and continue to support the dance group, N’Tyce, in order to help them on their path towards becoming official! Next to perform was Floetic Movement member, Shamir Epps. Shamir shared with the audience the reasons for why he had changed the title of his poem from “Photograph Me” to “Soul Keeper” and the meaning behind the words he had chosen in a poem that uses photography as a metaphor for love. Awes erupted from the crowd as he dedicated his poem to a special someone in the audience. The following performance featured Kimberly Morris and her inspirational and inspiring poem for change called, “Nothing but the Truth.” The eleventh act featured Anastacia Sanchez and Aaron Turner, performing a duo of their original piece, “Brand New.” Near the end of their song, both singers randomly grabbed two individuals from the crowd. Staci had chosen a male student who was more than welcome to keep her company near the stage, whereas, Aaron was not as lucky with the shy ladies. But Aaron should have nothing to worry about. Some people are just simply shy around perfection. The next contestants, Cory Apps and Will Moore, brought fire and flavor to the stage with their musical talent. As they prepared the set for their performance, Aaron and Brittany remained onstage. As Will finished setting up his equipment, Cory provided a “demo of talent” to the audience on his acoustic guitar, stringing the hit song by Taio Cruz, “Dynamite.” The hosts and audience clapped and sang along. Soon afterwards, the hosts left the stage, but Aaron continued to assist the two musicians with his presence offstage. Once everything was set, Will and Cory performed the hit song, “Down,” by Jay Sean, using the acoustic and electric guitar, electric keyboard, and a “Mac on deck,” as Aaron had put it. Number thirteen onstage was Floetic Movement member, Rachael Payton, singing the song, “Slow Motion,” by Karina Pasian with outstanding perfection. And the last act of the night was singers Max Covington and Rachael Payton, performing their original duo, “Moon Kid Max.” Max ended the talent show right with hype, lively bouncing onstage as he rapped to the crowd. His uniquely wacky, cool flavor projected to the audience like no other performer that night. Rachael gave the performance a splendid twist as she appeared during Max’s third song. After all the contestants had performed, it was now time for the judges, Noelle Cook (T.R.U.S.T. member), Drakkar Ferguson (T.R.U.S.T. member, Sports Management Association), Janiesha Welch (T.R.U.S.T. member), Karin Nguetta (T.R.U.S.T. member, Vice President of the Class of 2013), Cory Jones (Class of 2013 Events Coordinator), and Russell Burton (Class of 2013 President), to make their move in determining who the winners of the “T.R.U.S.T. & Class of 2013: Talent For The Cure” Talent Show were. Meanwhile, the raffling continued as ticket numbers were called from onstage. The prizes consisted of a grey ODU t-shirt, a blue poncho, a keychain lanyard, a grey fleece ODU sweatshirt, and a pair of ODU sweatpants. The ODU sweatpants received the most hype, next the sweatshirts. More T.R.U.S.T. information was shared with the audience, such as a game night today, Wednesday, November 17th and a tailgate last Saturday. Afterwards, the crowd broke out into dance as D.J. Jmayy took over with dope hits. Then, as the crowd settled later on, all the talent show contestants were asked to the stage, where the hosts announced the third, second, then first place winners. In third place
was Chris Dean, the astounding magician. Lauren Wiswell, the singer, was announced second place by the judges. And, at last, the first place winner of the “T.R.U.S.T. and Class of 2013: Talent for the Cure” talent show was announced as talented poet Josh Haralson from Floetic Movement. Talent show hosts, Brittany and Aaron, thanked all of the audience for their attendance and support and encouraged people to donate more than a dollar if they are willing for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Awareness Foundation. A last word was given to the students as the event ended with laughs and cheers. Yesterday at 2:30 p.m., T.R.U.S.T held it’s most recent general meeting in the Cape Charles room at the Webb Center. Tomorrow at the Larchmont Elementary School, T.R.U.S.T. is hosting an international Pot Luck. And November 28 through December 4, T.R.U.S.T. is holding an AIDS Awareness and Education Week. For more information, contact T.R.U.S.T. via e-mail: trustthemovement@yahoo. com.
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What is . . . Asia? Taste of Asia Gameshow offers fun way of learning about Asia by
Caitlin Whitaker Staff Writer
Old Dominion University’s Asian Pacific American Student Association (APASU), The Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR), Indian Student Association (ISA), Student Government Association (SGA), and Chinese Language Club (CLC) teamed up last week to co-sponsor a week of exciting events called Asian Seasons. These organizations kicked off Asian Seasons with a jeopardy-style game show last Monday in the Hampton/Newport News Room at the Webb Center. The room was filled with nine round tables, labeled with green, numbered cards and two projector screens with blue, identical jeopardy boards. Students were free to sit anywhere in the room and mingle with other people as they waited for the game to begin at 7:00 p.m. The event began with a descriptive list of other upcoming Asian Seasons events for the week and then an introduction of the jeopardy game show host, Robert Mack. Mack stood in front of the seated crowd, wearing an attention-grabbing patched jacket with bright colors that matched his enthusiasm as he spoke into the mic. His exaggerated, game show voice created a humorous and friendly environment in the room. Each table
formed a team and competed versus other tables for the highest score and prize. Round one began with the following topics: Geography, Interesting Facts, Culture, Demographics, and Miscellaneous. Table one started the game off right as they correctly answered the multiple choice question, “Where is Mount Everest located?” with the answer, “Nepal.” But table three found themselves stumped as they were asked, “What was China’s population in 2008?” without any given choices. Their answer, “2.3 billion,” was so close but not close enough to the correct answer, “1.3 billion.” During the beginning of the game, there were a few complications with the jeopardy boards as some questions were repeated and numbers did not highlight after being chosen, but the game went on strongly. Eyebrows raised and laughter were seen and heard after table six continuously managed to answer incorrectly to seemingly easy questions, such as the multiple choice question, “Which Asian country has the largest population?” They answered India. The correct answer was China. At the end of the first round, the scores were read out aloud. Table one had three-hundred points, table two had eight-hundred, table three had two-hundred, table four had five-hundred, table five had six-hundred, table six had sixhundred, table seven had five-hundred, table eight had two-hundred, and table nine had twohundred. An intermission followed with a food table awaiting the students across the room. An incredibly long line formed as people hurriedly
For the homeless A Chance to Rough It Out with “Sleep Out for the Homeless” RJay Molina, Staff Writer
The Center for Service & Civic Engagement (CSE) and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity are ready to rough it out for an entire night, along with anyone else, to experience what it is like to be homeless for a night. The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity have been doing the “Sleep Out For the Homeless” event for a few years, but now the event is being sponsored by the Center for Service & Civic Engagement, and students and other organizations are being allowed to participate. “This year we’re trying to expand the program,” says Ebony Taylor, program assistant for the center, “We want to promote and educate the students on the needs of the community” she continued to say. Students wishing to participate have to pick up a registration form from the Center for Service & Civic Engagement in the University Center at the Webb. The event is scheduled to start at six o’clock p.m on November 18, on the Kaufman Mall. The event will last until nine in the morning on Friday. Registration will start at three on the day of the event and from there all participants will have to begin setting up their “campsite.” Participants will be permitted to bring any necessities to make their campsite, such as cardboard boxes or tents. “They’ll have to
build their own rendition of a shanty town” says Taylor. A soup kitchen will be opened up at six and the event will begin. Participants may bring their cell phones and such to the event, but there will be nothing for them to charge their electronics with. The idea is to make the whole night feel as realistic as possible. So even if a participant is tempted to bring any electronics, their encouraged to try to rough it out. On their registration form, the CSE has made it abundantly clear that “No alcohol or drugs are permitted on Kaufman Mall during this event. Intoxicated people will be referred to Campus Police.” Also there will be designated spots for participants to use as their campsite. These spots will be given on a first come, first served basis. No vehicles will be permitted on Kaufman Mall nor will participants be allowed to start campfires. Only small grills are permitted. The CSE would also like it to be clear that vulgar, obscene, or offensive campsites will be removed if need be. Participants are also encouraged to donate anything such as, clothing, nonperishable foods, or money which will be given to the Dwelling Place, an emergency shelter for the homeless. “Sleep Out For the Homeless” seems like the perfect challenge for anyone thinking that he or she can last through a cold Fall night, or for people who simply want to walk in a homeless person’s shoes, while giving something back. Fingers are crossed for a successful night. But even if it is not, the best things that will come out of this are the donations towards the needy.
rushed to the long table of Asian foods. People helped themselves to sandwiches from Myanmar and Vietnam and desert from India as they sat and chatted, forming friendships and comical rivalries. A calligraphy table was also available to students during the game and intermission. The calligraphy writing was provided by the Chinese Language Club and offered brief calligraphy lessons and students’ names in Chinese characters. After intermission, round two began with the topics: Geography, Government, Signature Factoids, Kuwait, and Bangladesh. Table one did it again as they correctly answered their chosen question. Teams two, three, four, and five also answered their first questions correctly, illustrating a continuous winning streak amongst the teams until team six answered wrong to the multiple choice question, “Bangladesh has one of the largest beaches. What is it called?” They answered, “Dhaka Beach.” The correct answer was, “Cox’s Beach.” The disqualification of table eight created some laughs as Mack walked up to the empty table during its next turn. The team was not actually disqualified, though Mack had simply made a joke due to the randomly disappearance of the team. It turns out that they had left due to a meeting elsewhere. But the real laughs came in when a team chose the multiple choice question, “What is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh?” and the possible answers read as, “A: Waka. B: Dhaka. C: Flocka.” Get it? Of course, the correct answer was, “B: Dhaka.” Unfortunately, the game had to end. The final
scores were tallied up as the following: Table one had 1200, table two had 1600, table three had nine-hundred, table four had 1400, table five had1500, table six were no longer participating, table seven had eight-hundred, table eight were no longer participating, and table nine had seven hundred. As read to the teams seated, team four was in third place. Team five was in second place. And, in first place was team two. Team two stood in front of the room and received goody bags consisting of movie tickets, a pen, and a stress reliever toy. But, wait! There’s more! The team remained standing for the exciting part of jeopardy, Final Jeopardy. Being once a team, team two found themselves divided amongst itself as individuals. Each teammate answered the Final Jeopardy question for the ultimate prize: an ODU sweatshirt, sweatpants, a hat and/or a pair of gloves. What a perfect prize for the chilly, holiday season? The Jeopardy question had stated that there are twelve countries in South East Asia and asked the contestants to list as many as they can in thirty seconds. The winner was Alexa Ziegler, the participant who had answered the most countries. Everyone gathered then left as the event slowly came to an end. Some students did a last minute peek at the calligraphy table, where others took another plate of food to go. Overall, the first event of the Asian Seasons event was a huge success.
A journey through understanding Profile of ODU’s Diversity Institute by
Siaga Johnson Staff Writer
As part of the college experience an important factor to keep in mind is the diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives that are represented in the Old Dominion University community. Not only does an understanding of diversity enable a more inclusive environment, different perspectives can all contribute to make the college experience richer, and filled with opportunities for learning. The learning gained from this serves a great purpose in enlightening students and faculty members, not only about certain groups that are represented in our community, but also the world in general. As a dedication to embracing diversity, an Old Dominion University program, Diversity Institute is offered every semester, and always proves to be a time of enormous self development, as well as heightened awareness of the environment for each student that becomes involved with this program. What’s more is that this is the type of program that huge businesses and other places of work spend a great deal of money on, because education about people and social issues is extremely important. However, Old Dominion University offers this for free, which therefore places students at an advantage especially when getting ready to enter the workforce. Diversity Institute is a semester long commitment, spearheaded by the Office of Intercultural Relations that requires that students meet once per week to discuss social issues ranging from sexism to homophobia to religious differences. The pro-
gram capacity rests at 20-25 students per semester, and students are chosen on the basis of an application, a short interview, as well as the student’s schedule and time constraints. The end result of this process ensures a diverse group of students with varying values, backgrounds, ethnicities, and platforms. Each week, interactive activities are held by certified guest speakers to allow students to understand how certain social systems work, and their economic and societal implications. Not only do students learn from guest speakers, students discuss and debate issues among themselves to test each other’s understanding of the issues. One may wonder why such a program would be beneficial. An important piece of information to remember is that employees are often unaware of the things that Diversity Institute teaches, thus setting those who complete the program at a distinct advantage, not only in terms of their understanding of the world, but their ability to relate to others from a global standpoint. This opportunity is also a great resume builder, which is something that college students actively seek. This also helps to develop more efficient ways of communicating, and also leaves students looking within themselves to identify how they can help solve many social problems that are simply a result of a lack of understanding. Diversity Institute is therefore an opportunity for students to learn from one another, and an opportunity to minimize negative social forces such as discrimination, prejudice, and exclusion. This is therefore a step towards the direction of positive social change. The Office of Intercultural Relations is now accepting applications for the Spring 2011 Diversity Institute Cohort. For more information, visit their website at http://studentaffairs.odu.edu/oir/, or contact them by telephone at (757) 683-4406.
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The hype with suspension piercing by
Erika Schaubach Staff Writer
It is a secretive ritual that few know about and even fewer witness; a form of entertainment or meditation that demands both mental and physical endurance. In various locations around Hampton Roads piercers suspend trusted volunteers in midair using large hooks. The skin is pulled tight and for a moment, gravity is conquered. Many controversies arise when considering suspension. Ocean Mystique’s piercer Ryan Provido clarified the issues surrounding suspension. He said, “tattoo and piercing shops are not insured nor allowed to do suspensions. However, there is a gray area because suspension uses a needle to insert a piece of jewelry and that is the definition of a piercing by health department standards; the jewelry just happens to be a hook. If shops were to do suspension they would use the lobby because its the largest most open area. As a result, it would have to be after hours so no random people would be in the way. This is another part of legal reasons; shops are only allowed to operate during certain hours 10-10 Monday thru Saturday and 12-8 on Sundays and no tattoos or piercings can be done after close. A piercer also cannot do suspension out of a house because as a licensed piercer he or she is not allowed to pierce outside of a
Gaining independence ODU Student Becomes a Filmmaker by
RJay Molina Staff Writer
An Old Dominion University student, Abe Moran, is going for independence. He is a local filmmaker trying to spread his work out to an audience with his upcoming short film, “Almost Human.” Moran has recently secured a spot to premiere his film at the Naro, in Ghent, and at Regent University. Moran credits filmmaker David Lynch, surrealist painter Salvador Dali, and the Twilight Zone as his inspirations. “I think I wear my influences on my sleeves” says Moran. He went on to explain that “some directors are afraid of doing that for being called out that you are ‘imitating’ these films or artists. No, we are a culmination of everything that we love and when we create art, it is a result of these influences.” Moran finished by justifying that “if somebody can spot an influence in your work, it must mean that you are doing something right, at least to me because if it’s just a bad film, nobody would be able to finish it to make such comments!” “Almost Famous” is a ten minute film that tells the story of a woman who wakes up on a beach with no memory of how she got there. The only thing she recalls is that she has a son, who has gone missing. Moran explains that the film is a mix of Pinocchio meets the Twilight Zone. One of the main fears of Moran’s is being “didactic.” He believes that less
shop.” These laws make it impossible to legally practice the art of suspension. As a result, only trusted friends of piercers or tattoo studios get to witness suspension locally. This lack of education about suspension only furthers the taboo surrounding the practice. ODU alumni, Sara Snader had finally made up her mind; she would give into her curiosity and try suspension. Snader is not the stereotypical Jackass want-to-be that is incorrectly associated with such practices. Although she wears many tattoos she is petite and adorable. When being pierced, she used her yoga experience to maintain steady breathing and was quick to recommend that anyone that attempts suspension practice some type of mental training, such as yoga or meditation. Snader described the experience saying, “Suspension to me felt physically heavy and emotionally liberating, I had a body high for the next 2 days, and felt super happy.” Maybe it was the conquering of her fears but suspension seemed like a spiritual adventure for Snader. When asked if she would attempt it again, she quickly agreed. She said, “Yes, I will definitely do it again, and hopefully for longer. My favorite parts were swinging, being able to pick up my own feet and the piercing itself. My least favorite was spinning; it made me a little light headed.” When flying through the air, the piercings stretching her skin, Snader looked like a pixie described in dark and unusual fairy tales. The scene was a beautiful mixture of pleasure and pain that alternative communities bask in; a scene reminding the watcher that mortality is a looming presence in life.
focus on symbols and ideas muddles any story. Moran also believes that “Almost Famous” will break a wave of cliché films that have been hitting Norfolk. “I mean that when we write, the first ideas that we get come from novels and films and other stories that we love. So when we get stuck as storytellers, we turn to those films and novels. And other people have done that already, so you venture into cliché” explains Moran. The film is currently in postproduction, meaning that it is in the editing stages. Moran expressed his excitement with the overall quality of the film by explaining how he used the RED camera. The RED is one of the best digital cameras in the market. It offers top notch imagery while being extremely light. Moran was proud to say that he used the same camera that the filmmakers of “District 9” and “The Lovely Bones” used. In regards to his actors, Moran said that “one has been nominated for an Emmy. The other has been a lead in a few features that are on Netflix. Last but not least, one of our actors has been in films in 2009 that went to both Sundance and Cannes respectively.” Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival are two of the most prestigious independent film festivals available to filmmakers. Moran has also been thinking about the future. He talked about making a feature length film that would be a mix of “E.T.” and “Pans Labyrinth.” He hopes that by premiering “Almost Famous,” he can “get the buzz out there about this short and also drum up buzz on the feature and hopefully meet some people who can help me raise the financing for a low budget feature.” Cheers to Abe Moran for working hard to get his name out there.
Erika Schaubach Mace & Crown “Suspension to me felt physically heavy and emotionally liberating, I had a body high for the next 2 days, and felt super happy.”
The poetic night was an amazing event to witness. A few people were suspended in the air, flying like trapeze artists without the help of swings. The night was twisted, lovely and rememberable. Although the idea of piercings and hooks frightened and horrify many, it is definitely an interesting and breath-taking sight that everyone should witness at least once in their life.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. The ever-popular alliteration signifying environmental living, sustainability, and embodying the green movement is a smart motto to live by. Understanding what each ‘R’ really means is somewhat mandatory to actually progress as an environmentally-sound person. Perhaps the most difficult ‘R’ is RECYCLE. Of course, the more you reduce and reuse, the less you’re stuck with to find a recycling outlet. Around here, keen recyclers utilize various drop points to divert waste from landfills. Blue Bin. Lucky for ODU faculty and staff, the university takes recycling seriously. Drop your aluminum cans, pie tins, foil, glass bottles, cardboard, chipboard, office paper, newspaper, and bottle-shaped plastic in recycling bins around campus. Green Alternatives. Offering up a drop for hard-to-recycle items, Green Alternatives accepts a collection of trash to be sent to Terracycle and upcycled into new products. Bring in 6 oz and 32 oz yogurt cups (except Yopliat), butter spread containers, juice pouches, energy bar wrappers, candy bar wrappers, Kashi packaging, Starbucks coffee bags, and cookie wrappers for the Terracycle brigade program to support Five Points Community Farm Market. To participate in the Terracycle recycling mentioned above, bring in clean and empty items. In addition, ink cartridges can be dropped off to be refilled and reused. Prescription eyeglasses are also accepted to support both the Lion’s Club and Jewish Family Services. Preserve toothbrushes and their packaging can be dropped off to be sent back to Preserve for recycling. Gently used books can be donated to support Spotlight Books, a program of The UpCenter. And finally, electronic equipment can be brought in for proper breakdown and recycling through Synergy Recycling (see www.green-alt.com for additional information regarding the electronics recycling program). City Hazardous Waste. Your local city-run hazardous waste program will accept items like batteries, compact fluorescent bulbs, and more. Check with the city you reside in for locations, hours of operation, and a full list of accepted hazardous waste. Atlantic Paper Stock. Any and all paper products can be dropped off at Atlantic Paper Stock at the corner of Church and 19th Streets – old books beyond use, any stock of paper, gift wrap, cardboard, even the paper between your cheese slices. Aveda. Aveda (inside MacArthur Mall) accepts caps and lids for recycling. Origins. Origins (inside MacArthur Mall) will accept
cosmetic containers, packages, tubes, and canisters. Keep Norfolk Beautiful. The City’s environmental education and litter prevention department manages a comprehensive directory of alternative recycling outlets. Check out www.norfolkbeautiful.org to download the directory. Even more waste can be diverted by composting veganbased food scraps and yard waste. Compostable material usually accounts for about a quarter of overall trash which will reduce your trips to the curb. Amelia and Brandon Baker are the owners of Green Alternatives earth-friendly general store, recycling center, eco lawn care service, and environmental education program. Be sure to contact Green Alternatives at 757.622.1444 or email@example.com with any and all greenie questions. And, when you’re checking out the retail spot at inside Five Points Community Farm Market, spend $35 and get an organic cotton tee free through November 24. Green Alternatives 2500 Church Street // Norfolk, VA 23504 757.622.1444 www.green-alt.com // firstname.lastname@example.org Open Wed-Fri 11-7, Sat 9-5 & Sun 11-5
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What’s the Story “Morning Glory”; Unstoppable review What’s the Word Humming Bird? Tony Scott and Denzel Washington do it again Review of “Morning Glory” by
Diane Dougherty Staff Writer
Walking up to the box office, buying what I thought would be just another chick-flick ticket, was the quite opposite of what I was getting myself into when I walked into the theater to see “Morning Glory”. This refreshingly comedic film surprised me in all the right places. Rachel McAdams stars as Becky, a workaholic television producer who is trying to keep her job, her love life and a mediocre morning show from spiraling out of control. Much like the craziness of television today, McAdams is thrown through several hoops which she must overcome, against all odds in order to keep this show and her career from essentially kicking the bucket. McAdams does a stand up job of playing a frustrated, overlooked, and unappreciated person who just wants to be recognized for her talented abilities as a business woman. Personally, I don’t believe there was a better actress to play this role. Mike Pomeroy, played by Harrison Ford
is a legendary newscaster who is recruited to co-anchor the morning show. After losing his last anchoring job, Pomeroy became an angry, lonely, pathetic old man. He became intolerable to work with and really he couldn’t even tolerate himself. He’s a newscaster and reporting anything that wasn’t newsworthy was beneath him. Needless to say this was not going to be an easy task to get Pomeroy to dish out the “fluffy” stories of housewife entertainment. This was by far one of Ford’s most memorable characters as of late. An overlooked element to this film is the captivating soundtrack, which ultimately added to the emotional rollercoaster ride of McAdams journey. The casting for this film was also top notch. Diane Keaton who played the over washed but eventually lovable co-anchor to Ford and Jeff Goldblum, the executive “man upstairs” that we loved to hate who had McAdams on her toes. Every role was extremely convincing; each character had their individual personalities and the actors to fill those shoes. With the compelling story of a young woman who will do just about anything to succeed and the beautiful relationships she makes along the way, this script is an ingeniously simple outlook on life and can not be disregarded. “Morning Glory” is definitely a thumb’s up kind of movie.
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Most thriller junkies would tap their veins in the face of trains saying that they are often an antiquated form of human transportation. Those worthless addicts would respond that their only real purpose is to carry supplies and give graffiti artists a police free canvas. Those godless fiends would not have seen Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, the 2010 film chronicles the struggles of Frank Barnes, played by Denzel Washington, and Will Colson, played by Chris Pine, to slow down both their lives and a half a mile long train laced with enough chemicals to destroy an entire region. The film is based on the Crazy Eights incident in 2001 Ohio where a runaway unmanned train rode for 66 miles before being tracked down. By now Denzel Washington knows exactly what Tony Scott expects and never misses cue. Frank Barnes is a veteran locomotive engineer intensely dedicated to his job which often comes at odds with his family. Chris Pine on the other hand plays his character naturally as if to get a better performance than Denzel. Will Colson is a “Yellow Jacket” rookie conductor with all of the book smarts but very little experience. Rosario Dawson and Kevin Quinn are decent in their supporting roles as a train dispatcher and a VP of the train company although Quinn pretty much does the same face you see in every Kevin Quinn film, “the chocolate cake surrounded by barb wire face.” Overall Unstoppable is worth seeing and probably my third favorite Tony Scott film behind The Last Boy Scout and Enemy of the State. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and on the curves of your popcorn kernels. There’s just enough comic relief to give you a breather and just enough drama to invest you in the film. Probably some of the best short parts of the film are how local media is both used as a narrative vehicle and a commentary about media during disaster events. The film was released November 12, 2010 and is a must see for any Denzel, Tony Scott, or train fan, Ronald “Strike” Dunham from Clockers.
Into the mind of Mr. Rager Review of Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II: the Legend of Mr. Rager by
Thomas Kargbo Staff Writer
Kid Cudi has several vices that he struggles with, which are well-documented in his music. Regardless whether you agree with his actions in his personal life, or if you disagree with h i s take on other artists, the one thing that speaks louder than his actions is his music. Cudi has this ability to make extremely melodic and catchy songs DAJAZ1.COM
that people can easily zone to. The vibe his last album gave off to listeners was almost stronger than the lyrics that were being recited. With his new project, Cudi keeps the same formula; he ties together different melodies that are laced by lyrics that set the mood for the entire album. Although it’s not all Hip-Hop, Man on The Moon 2: Legend of Mr. Rager is still original in its own right, and Cudi fans will be pleased with the outcome. There’s not a genre of music that Kid Cudi fits into neatly. He bleeds into several categories from HipHop, Rock, and even a little touch of Techno/Pop here and there. His singsong delivery through verses and his harmonizing with the track’s underlying melody are prominent throughout the entire album, and that’s what makes this album so catchy. Factor in the attention to detail that Cudder pays attention to is his presentation of the songs, and you have an impressively put-together album. A perfect example is the ballad “Marijuana”, which is impressive by itself, but the finishing touch is the fact that the track ends at the 4:20 mark. Additional to this, Cudi has audio samples of himself indulging in his drug habits between verses on “These Worries.” The production on Man on the Moon 2, like
its predecessor is theatrical, and each instrumental fits the vibe of the album down to the small details. There’s no real fault concerning how the album sounds; it all comes together to enhance the overall quality of the LP. The features also help to boost the value as Kanye West gives his G.O.O.D. artist another dope verse on the track “Erase Me.” Chip Tha Ripper steps in alongside GLC and Nicole Wray to deliver some of the best bars you will hear on the album in “The End”, and the extra vocals from Mary J. Blige on “These Worries” help to power that song to become one of the standout tracks. The only real issue here is the subject matter. Most of the songs seem to recycle the same “this is my life” aspect. “Don’t Play This Song” is a track that essentially goes inside Cudi’s mind while he’s high. Although melodically detailed and by far one of the standout tracks on the LP, if you simplify it, “Marijuana” is a weed ballad. “Wild’n Cuz I’m Young” and “Mojo So Dope” essentially both share the same feel to it, because they both focus on Cudi as he’s talking about being proud of his habits. The album is cohesive together, but at times the subject matter seems to become redundant. Even with the repeating subject matter, this is still a great album if you’re looking from something different than the normal, easily categorized genres of music that’s available for purchase today. The album flows well, sounds great, and maintains that Kid Cudi vibe that his fans will appreciate and that other listeners with a wider range of musical taste can comprehend
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Home Court Advantage? Old Dominion has lost two straight to Georgetown University at their own arena by
Matthew McCracken Staff Writer
Two teams with more length than most Division-1 basketball programs mean many things including blocked shots, alley-oop attempts, freethrow shooting, and three point shots. “They’re very big, long and athletic,” Georgetown senior guard Chris Wright says about Old Dominion University. “If you’re open against them, it’s only for a hot second, an instant,” Georgetown head coach John Thompson III added on. These hot seconds accumulated enough for a Georgetown Hoyas’ win against Old Dominion University Monarchs 62-59, in Norfolk, Va., at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Coming into the game, the Monarchs were a three point underdog to the 20th ranked Georgetown Hoyas, according to Associated Press rankings. Despite the fact that the Monarchs had the
Christian Ernst Mace & Crown Keyon Picture: Keyon Carter was tough inside as he finished with 9 points on 4-7 shooting.
Christian Ernst Mace & Crown Bazemore finished with a team high 13 points for the Monarchs
fourth longest home winning streak in the NCAA at 23 games, the Hoyas were known to have an advantage in the TED against the Monarchs. In match-up history, the Monarchs have won three away and lost two at home. The first half was filled with Monarch teamwork, and one Hoya game-saver. Georgetown seniors Chris Wright and Austin Freeman are publicly known as the main reasons the Hoyas are ranked nationally. Combining for only six points in the entire first half, Hoyas’ junior guard Jason Clark scored nine, going four of seven from the field. “He has a lot of different shots,” Coach Thompson says about Clark’s talent. While Clark can attest for almost half of the Hoyas’ first-half points, the Monarchs were able to spread the ball around with their leading scorer, junior Kent Bazemore, only having eight of their 25 first-half points. Even with the sharing of the ball, Monarch’s first half success is attributed to defensive plays and hustle points. With seven steals, nine offensive rebounds, and forcing 11 turnovers in the first half, the Monarchs were able to score off of fast-break points instead of half-court offense. Running an unorthodox zone where length is the key, the Monarchs forced the Hoyas into rushed jumpshots. Rarely allowing sight of the paint, the Monarchs tossed a couple Hoyas’ shot attempts into the stands. Coming off the bench, Monarch’s junior forward Chris Cooper did all the dirty work for the
Monarchs in their first-half dominance. Grabbing four offensive rebounds, blocking a shot while disrupting others, and stealing the ball while falling on loose ones, Cooper was the spark that lit the Monarch’s fire in the first half. Despite failed alley-oop attempts and shooting 35.7% from the field, the Monarchs went into the locker room at halftime leading the Hoyas 25-19. Holding Georgetown to nine of 26 from the field and one of ten from beyond the arc, the 20th ranked Hoyas looked more like freshman than experienced. “I reminded them we’re a veteran team, I think that calmed them down,” Coach Thompson says. The second half was the coming-out party of the Hoyas’ top three players in Wright, Freeman, and Clark. The hype of these perimeter players was finally present. “Their perimeter got loose in the second half,” Monarchs head coach Blaine Taylor says. Going seven for 11 on three point shots in the second half, the first ten minutes of the second half was back and forth. With Georgetown scoring 17 while Old Dominion scored 16, Preseason Big East Player of the Year, Freeman, hit two big three-pointers in the second half. The second shot was one made despite a foul, turning into a four point play for the senior. “I read my man, he played under, I was open at the time, and I took the shot,” Freeman says. Calm explanation from a confident player. Freeman wasn’t the only one who stepped up for the
Hoyas in the second half. Senior guard Chris Wright went perfect from three-point land, hitting four in the second half alone. One of these came from more of a heave than a full-out jump shot with the clock winding down. “Those shots hurt when you’re playing hard defense for 35 seconds, and a guy just heaves one up,” Monarch redshirt senior forward Keyon Carter says. If Wright’s heave was a dagger, Clark’s three point shot with 46 seconds left in the game was the twisting of the knife.“It was late in the shot clock, I just shot it hoping it would go in,” Clark says. Regardless of all the big shots hit late in the shot clock or the Hoyas 13-2 run late in the second half, the Monarchs still were in it at the end. Shooting a disappointing 60.9% from the freethrow line, the Monarchs went six for eight from the charity strip the last two minutes of the game. The Hoyas went 46.2% from the free-throw line for the game missing seven of their 13 attempts. The biggest of these misses came with six seconds left in the game by Wright on a oneand-one attempt. Keyon Carter grabbed the board, raced down the court only to pass it off to senior guard Darius James for a last second desperation heave to bring the game into overtime. However, James game tying attempt hit the bottom of the backboard, sending the Monarchs to a 0-1 start, while ending their home-game winning streak. Finney, Bazemore, and Hassell all scored 13 each, but it wasn’t enough to match the big three of Georgetown in Freeman, Wright, and Clark. Combining for all but eight of Georgetown’s points, Wright finished with 19 points while Clark and Freeman right behind him with 18 and 17. Old Dominion outrebounded Georgetown 4133, but only shot 25% from three-point territory while the Hoyas shot 38%. A game that started off defensively turned into a shooting spree. “Unfortunately, someone’s got to get the short end of the stick,” said Coach Taylor. With the season just starting, the Monarchs take this loss with a grain of salt having to face their next opponent, High Point University, Monday at the TED. “One of the things you’ve got to be careful of is overreacting to a win or loss in your first game,” head coach Taylor says. With only 11 wins left to become Old Dominion’s all-time winniest coach, Taylor knows that his team “must put this game in its place, learn a few lessons, the show goes on.”
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Inspired effort sparks senior night success
ODU VS VMI box score
ODU takes down VMI 45-28 by
TEAM STAT COMPARISON
Donnell Coley Staff Writer
A salute to the seniors. The ODU football Monarchs were inspired by the few seniors that they have to a 45-28 rout over Virginia Military Institute. This marked the last home game for the team this season as they improved their record to 7-3. . “If you’re going to win games with teams with the record of ODU you can’t get those turnovers and give up them big plays on defense,” said VMI head coach Sparky Woods. A frustrated Woods also showed disappointment with his team tallying eight penalties for a total of 104 yards. Being that the offensive side of the ball has the most seniors on the team, it was no surprise for the Monarchs to put up 45 points and amass 459 total yards for the game. Senior lineman Tobin Cameron opened up the way for great plays in the running and passing game. Junior quarterback Thomas DeMarco threw for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns. While junior wide out Prentice Gill became a favorite target yet again, gaining 110 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore running back Mario Crawford helped with the attack scoring two touchdowns. The game was won however with big plays by the Monarch defense, as they created four turnovers off five fumbles. The most inspired of the defense unit seemed to be senior linebacker transfer from Hofstra University, Deron Mayo. Mayo recorded 9 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. He displayed intensity the entire game and explained why when he said, “Every time I go out on the field I try and play like that, but especially because it was senior day we told everybody to
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Yards per pass
48 NU26 ODU 3.6 4.7
Rushing Attempts Yards per rush Jake Zimmerman Mace & Crown The Monarchs defense had reason to celebrate as VMI went 4-13 on third down conversions.
go out there and play for the seniors.” Though the defense basically shut down the VMI attack for the better part of three quarters, the first quarter of the game was won by the Keydets. After a fumble by ODU wide out Monty Smalley on their first possession, VMI took the ball in great field position and scored with a 1-yard run by running back Chaz Jones. After a touchdown drive led by DeMarco the score was knotted 7-7. This tie would come to an end when VMI quarterback Eric Kordenbrock threw a sweep pass to his wide out T.J. Talley who accelerated up the sideline for a 55-yard touchdown. This put the Keydets up 14-7. The first quarter would prove to be the foundation for most of VMI’s offense as they were kept off the scoreboard in the second quarter and held to just 14 points the entire second half. ODU corner back T.J. Cowart led the team in tackles with 13, and made key plays on defense the entire night. Going into halftime the Monarchs
enjoyed a 24-14 lead that Head Coach Bobby Wilder was happy to have. “To be able to take a 24-14 lead at the half was a credit to being able to respond to adversity we had put on ourselves,” Wilder said. “To come out the locker room the Monarchs put the game away and rattled off 14 unanswered sports to make the score 38-21 at the end of three.” Wilder stressed the importance for the team to win the game for the seniors. He also talked records and implied the importance of ending the season 8-3, which would mean that seniors would have had a record of 17-5 in two years. The last game for the Monarchs this season will be in Durham, North Carolina on Nov. 22, as they take on the North Carolina Central University Eagles.
C/ATT YDS AVG TD
T. DeMarco D. Hareza Team
20/35 0/2 20/37
3 0 3
0 0 0
CAR YDS AVG
T. DeMarco M. Crawford J. Parham D. Williams P. Gill M. Smalley Team
20 13 9 4 1 1 48
0 2 0 1 0 0 3
12 25 19 3 1 0 25
270 0 270
67 59 46 3 1 -4 172
7.7 0.0 7.3
3.4 4.5 5.1 0.8 1.0 -4.0 3.6
RECEIVING CAR YDS AVG TD
P. Gill R. Evans M. Smalley M. Thomas K. Blanco M. Crawford D. Jackson C. Lovitt D. Williams Team
48 15 33 9 10 9 8 6 3 48
4 5 2 4 1 1 1 1 1 20
110 53 44 27 10 9 8 6 3 270
27.5 10.6 22.0 6.8 10.0 9.0 8.0 6.0 3.0 13.5
1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3
ODU-VMI By The Numbers By Garrison Cole Sports Editor
3: Number of fumbles recovered by the Monarchs against VMI. The Monarchs forced four fumbles in all.
3: Number of touchdowns thrown by quarterback Thomas DeMarco.
9: Number of different receivers DeMarco connected with on the game as he threw for 270 yards.
110: Number of receiving yards Prentice Gill had on the day. He finished with four catches and a touchdown.
189: Number of rushing yards that the Monarchs had on the game.
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From small town to big city Redshirt Junior eclipses competition with a smile on his face Stuart Miller Editor in Chief
“Fire, Energy, and..” “Kobe” shouted a woman in the background as Redshirt Junior Kent Bazemore was looking for words that he wanted to describe his legacy at ODU. With his trademark smile the starting guard for the Old Dominion University Men’s Basketball team laughed off the comment and agreed, “There you go, Kobe.” However, unlike Kobe, Bazemore’s journey to where he is now didn’t include a father who played professional basketball with the likes of Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks, and Darryl Dawkins. Instead, Bazemore had to find a way to showcase his skills so that he could get noticed. In his hometown of Kelford, North Carolina which has a population of 222 people, Bazemore began playing basketball at the age of three. His parents Glynis and Kent Sr. kept him involved in sports, but basketball emerged as the frontrunner as Bazemore began to grow into his 6’5” frame and realized he had a true knack for the game. At the age of eight Bazemore began his basketball career playing in the local recreational leagues. “They had a 9-12 age group, I used to play in that and did pretty good so I stuck with it and thought ‘I could do something with this.’” said Bazemore As he adapted to the hardwood, Bazemore’s high flying talent eventually landed him on a local Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team in the summer of his eighth grade year. Throughout his high school years he played on various AAU teams with some of the elite members of the surrounding high schools in the Kelford area while also playing on the varsity team at Bertie High School. It wasn’t until his 10th grade year when Bazemore began to grab the attention of recruiters and by that time he had already fine-tuned his above the rim capabilities. As he kept getting more looks, Bazemore realized where his talents could take him and on his “most memorable night” in high school as he calls it, Old Dominion University came into the picture. Former ODU men’s basketball assistant coach John Richardson grew up in the Kelford area and was in town for a rivalry game between Bazemore’s Bertie high school and Hertford County high school. “It’s one of my favorite nights to talk about because I had 30 points as a sophomore on Senior Night,” said Bazemore. “It was cool because [Richardson] already knew my mom, but he didn’t know she had a son who played basketball that’s kind of where it started at.” Although he wears the Monarch colors with pride now, Bazemore admitted that before he had met Richardson that evening that he had never heard of ODU. As his high school career began to wind down he began to show more attention to ODU although other Colonial Athletic Association schools were doing their best to coax him in their direction. Virginia Commonwealth University was one of the schools attempting to lure Bazemore away from ODU, but after seeing the Rams fall to the Monarchs at a game at the Ted his decision became clearer. “I came to the ODU vs.VCU game and ODU won so I started to lean towards them and they just stayed in the picture the whole time,” said Bazemore. “Coach [Blaine Taylor] would call me every now and then to see how I was doing and would come to see me play.” That summer Bazemore committed to ODU and his dreams of leaving his small hometown became a reality. “Where I’m from it’s more of a dream because the last guy to [play] Division I was Lester Lyons and he did that in the mid-90’s.” said Bazemore, “It’s a rarity to find a guy who can [play] Division I because it’s [a small town], you don’t get a lot of publicity down there, you’re only big in the area.” As his high school years came to an end, Bazemore made Norfolk his new home. The move would prove to be a culture shock for the newest addition to the Men’s basketball team as his introduction to the bustling city of Norfolk was an “eye-opening experience”. The biggest change to Bazemore came when he realized that the University Village at ODU rivaled the population of his hometown of Kelford. “A day [in Norfolk] starts at like five in the morning, people are up out running and construction is going on,” said Bazemore, “Back home on a Saturday morning people just sleep in until like nine or ten [in the morning], you might hear a lawnmower or dogs barking, but [in Norfolk] you have steel cranes and stuff it’s really noisy you can’t even sleep sometimes, it’s crazy.” As his small town life changed so did his life on the basketball court as Bazemore was informed just weeks after arriving at ODU that he would be redshirted for his freshman year. “I mean it was hard, definitely a hard pill to swallow,” said Bazemore, “I was a two-time conference player of the year back home so it was a piece of humble pie for me it was just like ‘sit back and wait your turn’ basically.” Bazemore’s redshirt experience did not fall by the wayside in the least bit. With the motivation from his teammates and extensive work-out programs with Travis Decuire, who is now the assistant basketball coach at the University of California, he focused on improving his game. “I could always get to the basket and finish around the basket, but I couldn’t really shoot,” said Bazemore. “So I would shoot with one hand for the first three weeks of my individual workouts, I used to work out before the game, and I used to work out four times a week just to catch up because I figured I was a year behind.” Now a redshirt Junior, Bazemore’s hard work and dedication to the ODU basketball program has
paid off as he is a pivotal component to the Monarchs’ success on the hardwood. After helping lead his team to a CAA championship and an NCAA tournament berth last season, Bazemore has set his sights on repeating all of last year’s success with the knowledge that he and the Monarchs can go even further, even cracking the top 25 national rankings. With the loss of Gerald Lee and Marsharee Neely, Bazemore and the other returning players have been in the gym all summer with a bitter taste in their mouths from their second round loss to Baylor in the NCAA tournament last March. The word that Bazemore and his teammates have used to describe their feelings for this season is “Hungry” and when that passion is combined with tournament experience, the end result could prove to be dangerous for any opponent that steps onto the hardwood. “After we lost to Baylor last year the ride home was pretty sour,” said Bazemore. “I mean we won the [CAA] championship last year, but two rings are better than one and the Elite Eight sure sounds better than the second round so we are hungry, we are very hungry.” With four starters returning to the lineup for the Monarchs this season, head coach Blaine Taylor knows he has a formula for success. As for Bazemore, he sees this year as just another way for him to prove himself as one of the elite players in the CAA and in ODU’s basketball history. “I want to keep everybody into it, all 8,000 people in the Ted, that’s basically what I want to do,” said Bazemore. “I just want people to be like ‘he was one hell of a player, he did it on both ends of the floor, played above the rim, and was a joy to watch.’ Basically I live my life to make others around me happy and at the end of the day I’m always going to keep a smile on my face, I’m always going to play hard, and give it all I got.” With so much success at ODU in such a short period of time and two more full seasons of high flying excitement, Bazemore will surely find no problem keeping ODU fans happy and ready for the next highlight reel worthy play.
Courtesy of Cristine Brown -- ODU Athletics
wednesday 11/17/10 | MACE & CROWN | B2
Lady Monarchs win thriller in season opener Parker’s two free throws prove to be the difference by
Ben Decowski Staff Writer
There were no superstar or individual break-out performances in the Lady Monarchs opening season 65-63 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Sunday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. To be completely honest it would be unfair to say that there was an Old Dominion team on the court. What there was though was an Old Dominion family. “We’re kind of like a family. We are more of a family than we were in the previous years,” said senior Guard Jasmine Parker. Like in all families, the Lady Monarchs had ups and downs. The game started with the Lady Yellow Jackets in a full court press, which really seemed to disrupt the Lady Monarch’s offense. After sophomore Guard Jackie Cook hit a three-pointer to tie the game up at 5 with 16:22 to go in the first half, the Monarch offense came to a screeching halt for the next 5:22. Georgia Tech went on a 10 point scoring run with buckets coming from four different Lady Yellow Jackets that was capped off by a three-pointer from junior Guard Metra Walthour. ODU seemed to be dead in the water with no signs of life, but this family is one that doesn’t give up. ODU finally got it going when senior Forward Alena Voronina made a layup at the 11 minute mark. After freshman guard Tyaunna Marshall made a jumper for GT to bring the score to 17-7, ODU’s junior Forward Tia Lewis had had enough. Lewis was fouled and went to the line and made both of her free throws to bring the score to 17-9. Then GT junior Center Sasha Goodlett turned the ball over and redshirted sophomore Guard JoNiquia Guilford passed the ball up the court to Lewis who put in the layup to bring the score to 17-11. Parker kept the pressure on the Lady Yellow Jackets and stole the ball away and fed Lewis the ball again. Lewis made a jumper to give her six straight points and brought the score to 17-13. Then Cook made a free throw and GT senior Alex Montgomery hit a jumper to bring the score to 19-14. ODU freshman Forward Shakeva Richards put in a layup and Lewis followed it up with two free throws to put ODU within one point of the lead at 19-18. “To be honest I kind of got hit in the face and it kind of like got me mad. So it was like I had to retaliate and I knew I couldn’t hit them back so the only thing I could do was like score so that helped me,” said Lewis of her barrage of points. The game went back and forth with both teams exchanging buckets until Voronina hit a free throw that finally tied the game up at 26 with 1:08 remaining in the first half. Walthour responded for the Lady Yellow Jackets and put in a layup to put GT up two. Then Cook hit another three-pointer to give ODU the lead for the first time since the 19:37 mark. Marshall hit a jump shot for the Yellow Jackets to put them up one point with eight seconds to go in the half. It seemed like GT would go into the half up 30-29 on the Lady Monarchs. But ODU is a family that goes through ups and downs, and this was a time for an “up.” Senior Guard Shadasia Green dribbled down the court and threw up a prayer about 5 feet behind the three-point line and the ball went through the hoop as the buzzer sounded putting the Lady Monarchs on top 32-30 for the half. “I was fired up and I was fired up on the bench too,” said Green who was one of four from the field in the first half. “I was struggling in the first half and my teammates picked me up. I mean Tia Lewis was digging in me, she was saying some stuff to me,” said Green “They were getting on me. I apologized to them and thanked them at half time.” Tia Lewis led all players with 10 points in the first half. Parker led all players with 4 assists and 3 steals. The Lady Monarchs also out-rebounded the Lady Yellow Jackets 3230. ODU Head Coach Wendy Larry said “…I believe this team can become unselfish, could care less who’s going to be the leading scorer, but probably get to the point where
they’re going to care more about who’s the leading offensive rebounder or who’s got the most assists or who’s got the most steals.” When the second half came around, it seemed like the Lady Monarchs had all of the momentum with them but ODU is a family and as the trend goes it was time for ODU to be in a “down.” ODU found itself in another 10 point hole with 11:26 remaining in the game. It seemed like ODU had let the game go yet again but this is a family that is determined. Cook hit a three-pointer that sparked the offense and brought the score to 48-41. Then Voronina made a layup and Lewis hit a free throw to bring the score to 48-44. Marshall hit a free throw for GT and Parker responded with her first three-pointer of the night to bring ODU within two points at 49-47. ODU finally tied the game up again with 6:03 remaining in the game when Green converted on a three point play. “I think that this team is really hungry you know as a whole we’re all hungry,” said Green. The Lady Yellow Jackets jumped back out to a six point lead with 3:33 remaining. Then Green put in a layup and a pair of free throws that were followed up by a Parker layup to tie the game up once again at 61 with 1:36 remaining. The two teams exchanged layups to bring the score to 63-63 with :48 remaining. That’s when GT junior Forward Chelsea Regins fouled Parker. Parker went to the free throw line with :04 remaining and a chance to put her team up and win the game. “I can honestly say I was very, very ,very nervous,” said Parker. Parker kept her nerves under control and managed to hit both of the free throws to put the Lady Monarchs up 65-63. Tyaunna Marshall rushed the ball down the court for the Yellow Jackets and attempted a shot but was fouled by Parker with :01 remaining. Marshall went to the line with the chance to tie the game up and send it into overtime. The crowd went wild as Marshall stepped to the line in an attempt to break her concentration. It worked. Marshall missed the first free throw and intentionally missed the second in order to try to get an offensive rebound and put it back in. Unfortunately for the Lady Yellow Jackets Lewis was there to grab the rebound and the game was over. “It puts us right away on a radar screen,” said Coach Larry, “The ACC is that well respected.” Not only does the win put ODU on the radar but the way ODU won the game gives the Lady Monarchs something to be proud of. Coach Larry said that “…we dug down and we got it done. I’m just hopeful that it’s something that’s going to carry over for the rest of the season.” This team is different from previous years and the players and coaches are the first to say it. “Well it’s a different team. This team, their fighters and we haven’t had that attitude in quite some time as a matter of fact we haven’t seen it in two years,” said Coach Larry. “Honestly I can say our chemistry off the court is a lot better and that’s helping us on the court. We are always together, always hanging out, we’re always eating together, we’re always doing something together,” added arker. “Like everybody is saying it’s really a different chemistry,” agreed Green. The team seems to be enjoying itself, and it should be as long as it continues to play like it did against the Lady Yellow Jackets. There were five Lady Monarchs, Voronina, Lewis, Parker, Green and Cook, who scored double digits in the game. It was a complete “family” effort. “I think this team could be a team that it could be very difficult where you have to pick who you’re going to guard. You know, who you’re going to put your best defender on because on any given night somebody could go off.” Said Coach Larry. This is only the first game of the season and it is important to not get too high on the team after just one win but this looks like a family that can prevail against any odds. “I think this team has something special,” said Coach Larry, “It’s fun to coach.”
Jasmine Parker ready for the next championship
Rachel Chasin Mace & Crown The senior leader was huge in the Lady Monarchs season opening victory as she had a team high 13 points.
Senior guard leads on and off the court by
Jake Ullrich Staff Writer
Jasmine Parker has always been an athlete. It seems she was given natural talents to be an exceptional basketball player. Sometimes, however, you need a little help discovering those talents. In Jasmine’s case, it was found running away from her mom. “I started basketball when I was seven years old,” Parker said. “My step dad started me playing when he saw me hopping a fence trying to get away from my mom. He said ‘That girl needs to be in sports.’” And ever since, she has. Growing up in Norfolk, Parker attended Maury High School where she shined as a basketball player. She averaged 19.3 points, five steals and six assists per game as a senior and scored over 1,130 points in her four-year career. Parker even picked up some tips from former ODU greats. “I grew up right in the backyard of ODU so I attended a lot of games,” Parker said. “Me and my teammates came to watch them for pointers. Wound up seeing Okeisha Howard a lot. I was a little Okeisha Howard in high school so I kind of watched her a lot. “ Even after seeing her hero Howard, Parker wasn’t sure where she would end up and ODU was not at the top of the list. Parker planned on going to Longwood, but the coach left before she arrived. She then verbally committed to George Mason before changing her mind and committing to ODU. Parker says she’s sure she made the right decision. Parker immediately made an impact at ODU. She appeared in all 36 games and was named to the CAA All-Rookie team her freshman year. Parker continued to rise up the totem before starting all 36 games as a junior. She knows, however, this season as a senior is a different responsibility. “I really hold my teammates more accountable being I’m a senior,” Parker said. “You have to hold the new
comers accountable for their actions. We have to stay eligible. I know that’s been a problem with us in the past couple years. So we’re trying to stay on the floor.” It’s a responsibility Parker has done very well with. “Jasmine helps me on the court and off the court,” Freshman Shakeva Richards said. “When I first got here she was one of the first people that showed me around, asked me if I needed anything. On the court she talks to me if I need help. If I don’t understand a play I can ask her. She’s definitely the leader of this team.” Head Coach Wendy Larry also sees the improvement from Parker. “Jasmine has really matured in her three years here at Old Dominion,” Coach Larry says. “She’s got a great deal of competitive edge. I think now she’s become a lot more passionate in the right way.” Parker has received many individual awards during her time here at ODU. She was named Second Team All-CAA, CAA All-Defensive Team and CAA All-Tournament Team. It’s evident she has stellar basketball skills and only looks to improve. “She’s very gifted athletically,” says Coach Larry. “She’s got to lead us defensively. She’s one of the best defenders I’ve ever had. She just needs to share that passion and that ability to change the game with her teammates. But she can do that offensively too. She’s a fine three-point shooter and she has the athleticism to attack the cup.” Even with those awards,Parker is focused on team goals. “I’m focused on what we accomplish as a team, the individual awards will come. What I win is what my teammates win. A lot of the individual awards are because of my teammates.” The defeat in the CAA finals last season saw the Monarchs stay at 17 conference championships. Parker is certain to make sure they don’t stay there again this year. “We want our championship back, get our tradition back. That’s our major goal, our number one goal. Getting number 18.”
B3 | MACE & CROWN | wednesday 11/17/10
Something Special ODU’s Special Teams Making a Name for Itself Ben Decowski Staff Writer
Every Monday, football fans across the nation gather at school or work to talk about their favorite team’s big game over the weekend. Most of these conversations are about a big run or pass play on offense or a turnover or goal line stand on defense. For Old Dominion Monarch fans the conversation goes a little bit differently. While the Monarch offense and defense make big plays, it is the special teams that seem to have become the schools “golden boy.” As long as redshirted sophomore Punter Jonathan Plisco is a Monarch, his name will be thrown into just about every football conversation around campus. Plisco is averaging 45.2 yards per punt this year and even had a punt that went 75 yards in the third game of the season against William and Mary. “Obviously we’re lucky we have Plisco so you could very well get a 50-yard punt,” says Special Teams Coordinator Michael Zyskowski about his punting team. “We had a big week last week and we jumped up seven spots in the nation. We went from 20 to 13,” Coach Zyskowski continued, “we’re very excited about that.” On the other side of the ball, the Monarchs have sophomore Monty Smalley returning punts. Smalley is averaging 11.5 return yards per punt. In the game against Gardner Webb, Smalley had a key return late in the game that sparked the offense and set up the game winning touchdown. “We’re seeing better punters this year which allow him the chance to actually field the ball where last year we saw some poor punters that would punt the ball out of bounds and didn’t give him the chance to catch the ball,” said Coach Zyskowski. Smalley has impressed the fans and coaches this season, “He’s not going to run a 4.3 but his quick’s right now and his lateral movement is what’s outstanding,” said Coach Zyskowski. “We always tell him you’ve got to make the first guy miss. It’s very rarely, if ever this year, has he gotten tackled by the first guy.” Another player that has grabbed the attention of the coaches this season is freshman Kick Returner Aaron Evans. “I always just joke with Coach Z and ask him to give me a chance,” said Evans. When Evans finally did get his chance against Savannah State, it
was no joke. Evans made the best of his opportunity getting Old Dominion’s first ever kick return for a touchdown on a 92 yard dash. “Everybody blocked well but I wasn’t even supposed to get the ball,” said Evans who continued to say “the hole was there so I just ran.” Evans said that he originally didn’t know that he was the first to ever return a kick at ODU. “After everybody told me I was excited to go down in the record as the first one.” What makes the return game even more special is the fact that Evans is usually a blocker for freshman return man Colby Goodwyn. Goodwyn went down with an elbow injury against Hampton so Coach Zyskowski decided to give Evans a shot. “Coach Malloy, our receivers coach he works with the returners, I always go to him ‘Hey who do you like? What’s this kid doing?’ and he said ‘Hey you got to get Aaron out there,” said Coach Zyskowski. “Now if teams want to try and kick away from Colby now they have to kick to Aaron which obviously he’s shown the ability to be explosive as well so it’s great,” continued Coach Zyskowski. The fact that Evans and Goodwyn are roommates makes the return even more special. “We’re close. In high school we played each other so we always talk trash about our high school teams and stuff like that and he always talks about his kick returns in the room and how I don’t block for him,” said Evans. Evans did say that when he returned the kick Goodwyn “was excited for me too.” With Goodwyn out for the rest of the season, it was important for someone to step up on the special teams to fill his void. “We all have a role, I am 1/11th on the field and when somebody goes down everybody has to just step up and fortunately it was me this week who stepped up,” said Evans. Evans hopes to get more opportunities to get his hands on the ball but acknowledged that it was the coaches decisions as to who gets playing time. On top of the great play by the Monarchs punting and return teams, they have also blocked five kicks this season. “It’s a combination of scheme and then a combination of the kids believing in them,” said Coach Zyskowski, “That’s never going to be a team that you’re going to have to coach effort on, we have instant success on that team.” Coach Zyskowski seems to be having fun with his team this year saying “I could draw all the X’s and O’s that we want, whatever I put up there they’ll believe in it because the fact that we had success early.” “We’ve hit most of our goals,” said Coach Zyskowski as he studied the teams goals chart. Believe it or not, there are still three goals that the team has not met yet. “In a game, I know it sounds kind of miniscule, we’d like to be turnover and penalty free on
Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown The All-American punter has averaged 45.2 yards a punt this season
special teams,” said Coach Zyskowski. The team has been turnover free for an entire game but not penalty free yet. Coach Zyskowski also said that “I’d like to get a punt return for a touchdown, would love to get a blocked field goal or PAT returned for a couple points too, that would be pretty cool.” With these goals in mind, Coach Zyskowski said that “We are light years ahead of last year.” Some of the players that he thinks have improved the most include redshirted freshman Patrick Young, sophomore’s Carvin Powell and Monty Smalley and redshirted sophomore D.D. Williams. Coach Zyskowski has enjoyed this year so far saying his team is “aggressive and I want to say fun. The kids are having fun, they are having fun executing.” With all of the success that the special teams has had this year, there is one thing that sticks out the most to the head of ODU’s “Golden Boy” and that’s is Evans’ kick return for a touchdown.
RB or WR? Doesn’t matter for Desmond Williams The speedy player looking to make an impact for the Monarchs by
Jake Ullrich Staff Writer
Desmond Williams wasn’t really sure what sport to play. All through high school he played basketball and football and ran track but wasn’t sure which he wanted to play in college. It turned out he would be a football player, but he was only found because of his basketball coach. “I got recruited here kind of last minute,” Williams said. “My basketball coach told them to come look at me for football. Coaches came to see me play and everything worked out for the best.” The choice of football over basketball seems to be paying off. Williams rushed for 385 yards last year and three touchdowns and has constantly been able to put the defense on their heels with his speed. It’s his speed, quarterback Thomas DeMarco certainly appreciates. “Desmond helps us a lot in a lot of ways,” DeMarco said. “Bringing attitude to practice and intensity to games. Being able to run the ball, catch the ball and line up as a slot receiver makes it a lot easier for me as a quarterback.
“I trust him running it, catching it, anything. He’s a great player.” Recruited as a WR, Williams made the switch to RB his first year. “I got recruited as wide receiver, came here as a wide out,” Williams said. “I made the move to running back in the spring of my freshman year and been rotating back and forth ever since. I just like having the ball in my hands.” Williams was redshirted his first year, but it was the first season for the Monarchs so they didn’t play any games. Williams says it was tough to practice against the same guys everyday without playing games, but is confident it helped everyone out in the long run. The Monarchs had a stellar first season and came into this season with a much tougher schedule and felt they needed to continue to earn the respect of others. “We wanted to top what we did last year and do better,” Williams said. “We don’t want to be content with anything, we want to get better. Everybody thought it was a fluke so we still got a little chip on our shoulders.” The Monarchs started off this season with a 1-2 record and it seemed last season may have indeed been a fluke. Williams was sure that wouldn’t happen. “We couldn’t let that loss bring us down for
Crystal Spick Mace & Crown Williams has tallied over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns this season.
the season,” Williams said. “That Sunday we came in and talked about it, we got everything cleaned up and we moved forward. That motivated us to work harder cause we didn’t like that losing feeling.”
The Monarchs rebounded strongly and coming into the VMI game have a 7-3 record, including a 57-9 beating of Savannah State where Williams broke off a 32-yard run for a touchdown, although he feels he can do better. “Yeah that one was pretty good,” Williams said. “But I still got two more games so we’ll see what happens.” With this season in the latter half, it’s hard not to already start thinking about the excitement of next year’s CAA play. “We’re real excited about that,” Williams said. “We respect all our opponents. JMU, William & Mary, they’re good teams. We know their background and their history but that doesn’t mean we won’t go in and compete.” Williams knew coming to ODU that he would be making the history that people later talk about and that was an excitement he was looking forward to. “It’s an honor and I take pride in it,” Williams said. “We know all the hard work we put into it so we just want to go out and let everybody know the hard work paid off. That’s why we go out and try to get W’s every Saturday.” It seems Williams is keen to keep the W’s not only this season, but well into next as well.
wednesday 11/17/10 | MACE & CROWN | B2
More than a gym SRC gets into the Go Green Mold Garrison Cole Sports Editor
As the month of November continues to progress, Old Dominion University is in the middle of go green month. The campus continues to make strides to become a greener campus as a whole, and the Student Recreation Center and its departments are doing their part to ensure the SRC is going green. “Obviously we recycle,” said Shannon Sauerwald who is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Membership at the SRC. “We also reuse the backs of paper that we mistakes on when printing, so that we find ways to reuse that paper.” Sauerwald and the Graduate Assistant for Facility Operations, Michael Clark are also in the process of making life easier for the student managers who work at the gym. Since the gym opened a little over a year and a half ago, the student managers have done their hourly counts on a piece of paper. However, in the coming months Clark is hoping that will no longer be the case. “We are currently moving to a system where everything will be done on an Itouch,” said Clark. “It will be installed into a J drive and we will be able to access our daily numbers.” The reasoning behind this switch to electronically counting the members who are using the facility is something that Clarke feels will add something new that the SRC patrons are using. “It will help cut down our use of paper,” Clark said. In addition, to all the departments that are involved at the SRC, the workers are not only reaping the benefits of recycling. The Intramural program is continuing to do a good job of being green. “Our office printer prints double sided which reduces using paper,” said Samantha Lowry, the Graduate Assistant of both Intramurals and Extrmurals “We also give our old equipment to the pro ship instead of throwing it away.” The back office of the SRC is also showing its commitment to going green as they are participating in the Walk Across America which started this month and will last through the end of February. The Walk Across America program is very simple. Participants wear a pedometer and it counts the steps that a person takes in a day.
Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown The SRC has made additions like the recycle trash can above to the SRC.
Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown The SRC has made great strides in their efforts to ensure a greener gym.
At the SRC there are two teams that are competing in this event, and although most of the members of the back office at the SRC are in good shape, it is another factor that makes the Walk Across America such a fun experience. “For me it’s more about competition than it is lifestyle,” said Brandon Adams who is the Assistant Director Intramural and Extramural Sports. “I walk to Webb to get lunch rather than drive a golf cart.” Sauerwald echoed Adams sentiments. “You think about do I need to use the golf court to go to the Webb? No probably not.” Although, the SRC continues to make strides when it comes to going green there are still things that Sauerwald would love to see added. “A touch screen for the lobby that would include the courts and what’s taken and what’s not would be great,” said Sauerwald. Sauerwald also would love to see “the new hand dryers would be nice to have, and a great way reduce the paper towel usage at the SRC.” The SRC starting this summer, installed new hand scanners which they felt would make the process of entering the gym more efficient for students. Now Sauerwald wants to make this accessible for the members of the SRC. “We are going to reduce the amount of paper used for membership cards thanks to the hand scanners,” Sauerwald said. The power of recycling can go a long way to help the environment. As seen with the good people at the SRC even the smallest changes can make a huge difference in the long run.
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opinions That’s G: Collin Cowherd is apparently clueless Radio personality rips John Wall for no apparent reason
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Rookie sensation, John Wall seemingly has done all the right things since being made the number one pick in June. Wall in every interview he has done, has tried to deflect the attention he is getting and focus it on team. Sure he could point out that only Oscar Robertson had more assists in his first five games as a professional, or he could brag about how he
was four steals away from becoming only the fifth player in NBA history to record a quadruple double. But, that’s not in the twenty year olds DNA. Wall refrains from placing the spotlight on him, often celebrating more after his teammates do something impressive on the court rather than himself. However, in his first professional home game, a game in which Wall had 29 points, 9 steals and 13 assists, Wall decided to have a little fun. As he was being introduced Wall decided to dance. And for 34 seconds Wall taught the Verizon Center crowd how to dougie. And it was great entertainment, as Wall with his trademark smile had his teammates applauding his performance. One person who didn’t think to highly of Wall’s dance was Colin Cowherd, who is a host of a radio show as well as a co host of ESPN’s Sportsnation ripped Wall. “J Wall’s 37-second ‘Yo dawg look at me I’m the man dance’ … [has] everybody else is buying his stock, and it told me all I need to know: He’s gonna end up on the Iverson, Francis, Starbury side … He’s gonna
drive people nuts.” Cowherd then went on to say that J Wall is “all about him” and quickly pointed out Wall had eight turnovers which of course is too high for the point guard of your team. Well if Mr. Cowherd was paying attention to the whole game, and not worried about a dance done by a kid in his first game of his career he would have heard Wall say this after the game when talking to Comcast SportsNet sideline reporter Chris Miller, “Yeah, it was great, man, the one thing I want to really work on, though -- great win for the team -- but turnovers,” Wall lamented. “I came back in and had nine or eight. That’s too many turnovers for this team.” Those words are the first words out of 20 year old kid’s mouth after he has one of the most impressive home debuts in recent memory. He doesn’t talk about what he did right; instead he shows his maturity and leadership and highlights the thing that he did wrong. So if that is one what Cowherd calls the “me first attitude” well then the Wizards brass should
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If there is one meal that I look forward to every year, it’s Thanksgiving. Just saying the word, Thanksgiving, makes my mouth water. Just thinking about the food that I normally see on Thanksgiving: turkey, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet potatoes, corn, string beans, etc my taste buds are going nuts right now. I could go on all day but that would make me a little crazy. I personally look forward to it because it’s the one day out of the year that my mother goes all out in the kitchen. I mean, the kitchen starts to make my mouth water two days before the actual holiday. Yes, it’s that serious in my family. This is a picture of a plate that someone may typically eat on this wonderful holiday. I like to eat, so looking at this plate is making my mouth water all around. Let’s start with the turkey. Here you have a mini personalized turkey, just for you. I actually like this idea of having your own turkey. My favorite part of the turkey is the skin. Therefore if I have my own turkey, then I have my own skin and I won’t get yelled at for taking all of the skin on the big turkey. Turkey is always delicious. In my opinion, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey. This holiday wouldn’t be in effect if there weren’t plenty of side dishes as well. As you can see in the picture, there are some sweet potatoes on this plate. Sweet potatoes are by far my most favorite side dish of Thanksgiving. These sweet potatoes sure do look very appetizing. I can look and see the cinnamon and brown sugar on the plate. I’m getting hungry just looking at it. Personally, I prefer marshmallows on top of my sweet potatoes but looking at the scoop on this plate, I don’t need them. I see one more thing on this plate that I absolutely love. It’s the cranberry sauce. Now I prefer my cranberry sauce to be jellied but I can’t deny that it’s my favorite dessert on
want Wall to be this way for the next 10 plus years. Cowherd then continued to use his mouth as a shovel and dig himself into a deeper of a hole a few days later, when he thought it would be okay to rip Wall’s deceased father saying, “Let me tell you something: I’m a big believer, when it comes to quarterbacks and point guards. Who’s your dad? Who’s your dad? Because I like confrontational players, I don’t like passive aggressive. Strong families equal strong leaders.” What Cowherd is trying to prove, I’m not sure he even knows, but if he thinks that Wall doesn’t possess the necessary leadership qualities to make him a successful NBA player then he is dead wrong. It is exactly the opposite reasons why Wall will be successful. My only hope is if and when Wall does win an NBA title that he thinks Cowherd, who showed once again that people should think before they speak.
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Thanksgiving. (Yes I consider cranberry sauce to be dessert.) It looks like the cranberry sauce on the plate is made with fresh cranberries which are a plus because with all on your plate, it’s nice to go healthy with one thing. There are a few things on this plate that I do not agree with. I don’t like the face that there is broccoli on this plate. Since when is broccoli considered a side dish for Thanksgiving? I just thought that it was a vegetable that goes along with any dinner during the course of the week. Also, what is with the apples? Not really feeling apples on my dinner plate. It just looks like decoration to me. It should be an unwritten rule that there should be nothing on your Thanksgiving plate that is decoration. Thanksgiving is a time to pig out and not care what anyone thinks. Who needs decoration on your plate for that? Plate of Thanksgiving food, you have been Caught! You were caught displaying the tastefulness of the turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce while being questioned for character for having broccoli and apples on the plate. Have a happy holiday everyone.
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Miller Time! The infamous all-nighter
Stuart Miller Editor in Chief
Seeing that finals week is rapidly approaching and I’m beginning to type this article at 5:20 in the morning I found it very fitting to discuss a very important thing that all college students hopefully will never have to, but probably will experience. The all-nighter. Now this isn’t a “how to survive it” piece or me trying to sound like your parents by saying “get seven hours of sleep” because one, if you’ve pulled one then you already know how to survive it and if you haven’t, I don’t recommend it and two, what college student can honestly say they
Trash Talk By Sophie Clark Staff Writer
According to www.recycling-revolution.com/ recycling-facts.html... Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs, $236 billion in gross annual sales and $37 billion in annual payrolls. The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours. Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper. All of these jars are recyclable! Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees. If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year! To produce each week’s Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down. England is tiny. You could probably chop it up and fit it into Virginia if you wanted to. Even though we are tiny, our carbon waste is huge. According to www.clickgreen.org.uk the UK produces 15 tonnes per captia of Co2. The U.S. produces 29 tonnes per capita annually. This serious amount of waste pollution is cause shock issues globally, and the difference can start right here at ODU. In the UK in an area called the Midlands there is a city called Leicester. This is no regular city, oh no. This is the city that contains the glorious, the magnificent, the incredible Leicester University (see The International office for study abroad opportunities). This is my home college which is situated in one of the UK’s most environmentally aware cities. Leicester University has incorporated a lot of environmentally friendly aspects into college life. The city is huge of cycling and there are specifically designated cycle tracks to ensure the safety of cyclists against traffic throughout the city. Through this Leicester University hosts regular and free bike checks and free equipment for those who choose to cycle instead of drive. However, to apply this aspect to ODU would work in terms of the help for cyclists, but because there are so many students here that live quite far away from college it doesn’t seem likely that that many peo-
consistently get seven hours of sleep every night during the semester? Back in the day having a sleepover with your friends and watching cartoon network while eating and drinking as much chocolate and soda as your prepubescent body could handle was thought of a one great night. Now as we are all older, cartoon network now takes the form of you staring blankly at the Facebook homepage as if it’s going to do magic tricks and all that candy and soda take the form of an industrial sized energy drink with enough caffeine to have you bouncing off of walls like spider-man. All of this happened because you’ve added procrastination as a second major since coming to college. There’s no hiding it, we all make excuses so don’t feel guilty. “There’s a football game on.” “It’s so and so’s birthday tonight at the bar.” Or my favorite one, “Eh, I’ll do it later.” Despite what excuses you may make, in the
ple will give up their cars to bike into college. This is an issue that can be put down to the lack of good public transport that is around the Norfolk area. I don’t have a car here and it drives me crazy every time I want to get anywhere that isn’t on campus. In Leicester a bus arrives every minute. Here buses are relatively frequent but hardly ever on time and I often find myself waiting for 30 to 45 minutes for one to pick me up. Public transport is a huge area that needs renovating in the Norfolk area to attempt to get people to feel that they no longer need to drive everywhere. If buses were more frequent and went to more areas, with the ODU bus pass that extremely inexpensive, people wouldn’t want to pay for fuel when they would have the cheaper option of jumping on a bus! But cutting pollution doesn’t just boil down to elaborate actions like deciding not to drive your car, it can be as simple as putting the right trash in the right places. At Leicester University there are regular trash cans, then plastic recycling and paper recycling next to every regular trash can (or rubbish bin as we say in England). This makes it so easy to make a difference without even making any effort, something that I really think ODU needs to think about! The issue of recycling jumps up in my head every time I walk around the Webb centre. Plastic bags are given out at the drop of a hat, in England you are now charged the equivalent of 2 cents every time you want to get a plastic bag when food shopping or getting a takeout. In the House of Blue cafeteria in Webb, polystyrene cups and takeout boxes are given out that are probably thrown straight out as soon as the person is done with the food and chucked into your average trash can because there is such a lack of recycling places on campus that it would be too much of an effort to ensure that it was dumped in the right place. ODU can change these issues and so can you. By just going along to any aspect of Green week you’ll be educating yourself just a little bit more on one of the most serious topics in our world today. Everyone has to pitch in to make a difference and its’ true that it really doesn’t take any effort at all to ensure that this happens.
back of your head you still know you have two midterms, a seven page paper, and 40 pages worth of reading to do in a very short period of time. I mean Webb center is open 24 hours so why not just cram? But does that strategy really work? Of course the jittery kid next to you in class who is sporadically yelling out math formulas will tell that it worked for him, but in reality it’s a recipe for disaster unless you stay up late every night anyways playing Call of Duty online. The bottom line is, you’re going to eventually crash and when you do it’s going to be at the worst time possible, like five minutes before the exam you just spent eight hours straight studying for. It’s happened to me before and the result usually ends with dropping that class or sticking with the class, bombing the exam, and trying to play catch-up for the rest of the semester. Of course there are those of you out there that have an “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentality and with that statement I’ll agree. Because when your parents see your grades you’ll either have
plenty of time to sleep because they’ve yanked you out of school or you will quite possibly be dead from their wrath. I will say though, all-nighters can prove to be successful. I like to compare them to the off-brand pills that you see being sold through infomercials (you know which ones I’m talking about) because they always use the phrase “results may vary”. It is though a case by case basis because I have found success and have also failed miserably. My success though, comes as a catch 22. After a night of cramming for my four exams the following day I left Webb center at around four in the morning. While I passed all my exams with flying colors, I parked my car illegally in my delirious state of mind and I awoke at nine in the morning only to find that my car had been towed. That being said, the all-nighter definitely has it’s pros and cons so be wary of the consequences that could take place. So I say this to you creatures of the night. Have fun, study hard, but get some damn sleep every once in a while.
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Dear Diane Who knows, you may end up having a lot of fun!
Diane Dougherty Staff Writer
Dear Diane, Thanksgiving has always been a huge deal in my family. Unfortunately I go to school out of state and I don’t have a car down here to get home. I have friends that lives close by and they offered to let me come stay with them for Thanksgiving but I’m nervous my family will be upset. I could always take the bus home but I really don’t have the extra cash. What should I do? Stranded Dear Stranded, Have you considered asking your parents to pay for the bus ticket? They must have known it was going to be hard for you to travel during the holidays without a car at school, so don’t worry about them getting upset, they should have had a backup plan. Greyhound bus tickets can be cheap but the drive takes absolutely forever. Do you really want to spend two full days out of your vacation on a bus? Talk to your parents and explain to them your situation. If they don’t offer to either A. Come pick you up or B. Pay for your bus ticket I’d say, sorry mom and dad but I’m going to spend the holidays with a friend close by. Let them know that you’re really going to miss seeing them over this break but Winter break isn’t too far around the corner and you’ll be home soon enough. If you’re nervous that it is going to be weird at your friend’s house with their family, talk to your friend about their home life. Have them quiz you so you will already know who everyone is and a little background on them so you can carry conversation at the dinner table.
Dear Diane, I’m having a major problem trying to figure out what to get my family members for Christmas. Should I go with something sentimental for each of them or lean towards a gag gift? This will be one of the first years that I actually have a good amount of money to buy them each something so I want to make it memorable. Puzzled on Presents Dear Puzzled, The right gift always depends on who you’re giving it to. If it’s your mom, I’d say definitely go with the sentimental gift. Mom’s dig sappy presents and if it’s a gift that holds special memories with just you and her than it will be extremely important and unique to her. For dad’s, gifts that are practical are always the best. Get him something he will use, whether it’s a new golf bag, power tools, sport event tickets, etc. just make sure you know it’s something that he likes, otherwise he will never use it. Parents are the easiest to please; it is the siblings that are always the hardest. If you’re really close with your brother or sister, get them something you guys can do together. Maybe an all day pass to a paintball arena for your brother or take your sister on a mini-spa date. Whatever it is that you guys have in common is something you should do; it could be a great bonding experience. If you’re not able to get a gift that you share, find something that they have a passion for. Really though, it doesn’t matter how expensive or big the present is, the fact that you thought of them and got them something with the money you’ve earned yourself is a huge gesture in itself. They love you; they’ll appreciate anything you give them.
Forking ODU Microwave Caramel Corn
by Alyssa Odango Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor
I don’t know about everyone else, but I loved Cracker Jacks as a kid. Well, I’ve always loved caramel corn so I loved Cracker Jacks for its portability; the only other source of caramel corn for me was in that holiday popcorn packed in tall tin cans (don’t even get me started on my love for those). I’m not a very big popcorn person. I love kettle corn and white cheddar popcorn, but I don’t normally eat regular popcorn. Caramel corn is a good snack for the holiday season, or for any movie night. I never realized how easy it could be to make caramel corn. I always thought it was some magical production that mixed perfectly melted caramel with perfectly popped corn kernels into the crunchy yumminess of caramel corn. Without any magic, perfection, or rocket science, it’s so easy to make your own caramel corn in the comfort of your home, or dorm room. This week I’m providing a recipe for caramel corn that’s easy, quick, and delivers awesome results. It also yields a large batch, and since the holiday season is approaching, it would be good to start practicing generosity. Microwave Caramel Corn makes 4 quarts Ingredients: 1 small brown bag, or 1 regular brown grocery bag 2 bags microwave popcorn 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar ½ cup butter (1 stick) ¼ cup corn syrup ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda Directions: Spray the inside of a brown paper grocery bag with vegetable cooking spray. The popcorn will fill about ¼ of the
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brown bag, so you can cut the excess from the top, but make sure to leave enough room to fold the top over a couple times. Pop the popcorn according to the directions. Place the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a 2 quart microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high heat for 4-5 minutes, or until it boils. Remove from microwave and add baking soda until foamy. The mixture will turn from a dark brown to a more caramel color. Pour the popcorn into the prepared bag and then pour the sugar mixture over the popcorn (you don’t need to mix it at this point—just make sure to pour all of the sugar mixture). Microwave on high heat for 1 minute, remove from microwave, and shake well. Cook for 45 seconds and shake well. Cook for 30 seconds and shake well. Cook for 15 seconds and shake well. Cover a baking sheet with either parchment paper or aluminum foil and pour the popcorn onto the sheet and let cool. (Make sure you have a big enough baking sheet, because there is a lot of popcorn) If you’re feeling super nostalgic, you can add some kind of prize inside for your friends to find once you’re ready to serve the popcorn. I wouldn’t recommend anything that can be accidentally eaten or anything that might spoil the popcorn, like money. Note about serving size: This recipe does make a lot of caramel corn, so if you’re making it for only one person, you can use just one bag of popcorn and cut the sugar mixture recipe in half. No change in the cooking directions.
THE SCOOP! Music News and Reviews The Gorillaz come out swinging for Christmas
Robbie Ciara Staff Writer
Here’s The Scoop! – The Gorillaz are not an actual band or group. 2D, Muroc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs were born from the creative minds of British musician Damon Albarn and British cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the cult classic comic and razzie award winning movie Tank Girl. Unless you were under a rock in 2001, you would also know that the band
exploded on the scene with their debut album Gorillaz and then set the scene completely on fire with their follow-up Demon Days back in 2005. Since then they have followed up with the latest hot album Plastic Beach earlier this year. The Gorillaz musical style can be described as dub, hip hop, rock, electronic and pop music. Impossible? Well consider the line-up of guest stars on the ever evolving Plastic Beach LP. Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed, Mos Def, Bobby Womack, Gruff Rhys, Mark E. Smith, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Kano, Bashy, De La Soul, Little Dragon, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, sinfonia ViVA, and The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music. Yes, you read that correctly Snoop Dogg and the Lebanese National Orchestra. The visual style and creative marketing of the virtual band is always challenging the musical landscape. Damon describes the group’s progression as a series of phases and this latest Plastic
Beach, phase 3, appears to reinvent, remix, and twist music to a place that all Gorillaz fans can appreciate. Like Bruce Willis chasing the fellaz in the Gorillaz video Stylo, there’s definitely a sense of urgency in this latest effort. A virtual tour of the Plastic Beach was added to the band website, a new Gorillaz game was added entitled Escape to Plastic Beach. Several ‘Shorts’ of each band member were included in the follow-up to the album’s release, to give fans an understanding of the fictional band members’ story before their arrival to the island. theme was also released. A critically acclaimed international tour kicked off in Montreal last month and now a new stand alone single, Doncamatic, featuring Manchester star Daley has been making its rounds since last month. But wait --- there’s more. The Scoop! just learned that the group isn’t just resting on the success of Plastic Beach and the tour that just started its first vine, Damon Albarn an-
nounced that the group could have a new record out before Christmas. Damon announced, “I’ve been recording a new record on the road, which I’m going to try and put out before Christmas. It’s a studio album made in hotel rooms across America.” What’s even crazier about this breakneck pace the group is on is that the album was not made in a studio. He added, ““I’ve made it on an iPad. I hope I’ll be making the first record on an iPad — which is ironic, being the sort of technophobe and Luddite that I am. But I fell in love with my iPad as soon as I got it, so I’ve made a completely different kind of record.” The Scoop! thinks that’s just bananas but if you know the Gorillaz that’s just how they like it.
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Favorite Thanksgiving food?
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Sweet Potato Casserole
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BestCrosswords.com - Puzzle #5 for November 14, 2010 Across 1- Oscar Madison, for one; 5- Cop ___; 10- Very, in Versailles; 14- I could ___ horse!; 15- Listens; 16- Gutter locale; 17- Indigo; 18- Santa’s aides; 19- Get ready; 20- Headache and pain reliever; 23- Bona ___; 24- ___ anglais (English horn); 25- Darken; 28Half a fly; 31- Small branch; 35- Idolizes; 37- Salt Lake City athlete; 39- As a female, you could be queen or worker; 40- School VIP position; 44- Bump off; 45- Sun. talk; 46- Bee or tea; 47- Eye sores; 50- Moo goo ___ pan; 52- Flip out; 53- Horned viper; 55- Delineate; 57- Insect repellent; 63- Flexible tube; 64- Causing goose bumps; 65- Female servant; 67- Banned apple spray; 68- Spiritual sustenance; 69- Borodin’s prince; 70- New Mexico art colony; 71- Impassive; 72- Circle at bottom, point at top;
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