Mace & Crown VOL. 52, ISSUE 2 | SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
Student newspaper of Old Dominion Univeristy in Norfolk, Vriginia, since 1930
Construction breathes new life into campus
Big Blue needs ODU’s help by
Monarch mascot competing in annual challenge Calling all Monarchs. The great Big Blue is in need of ODU’s assistance. Our beloved Big Blue is going up against some tough competition in the 2010 CapitalOne Mascot Challenge. Week by week Big Blue, will be battling against 15 of the best known college mascots in the nation at www.capitalonebowl.com. Each week he will campaign for more votes than his competitor on his road to a hopeful championship. Big Blue started strong, but he knows anything can happen. “At any point any school can use their large fan base as a potential threat to the voting so it’s important to stay on top while you can but not
Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown Perry library is one of four construction sites at ODU and will host the new student success center by
Four campus sites go under contstruction With a new school year beginning, the face of campus is also changing. Construction at four locations is helping ODU refresh during the next two years. The Student Success Center, an addition and renovation to the Perry Library, has several new features which can help students in their studies. The total project encompasses 50,000 square feet, including 30,000 square feet of new space currently under construction. The space will include 24 hour study space, something
Making Connections by Alyssa Odango
Monarch Mentors program links students, cultures Imagine landing in a country where you know virtually no one. Now imagine that you only have a
many students have been after for years, according to Dale Feltes, Director of Design and Construction for the school. “This is going to bring all parts of the University College together,” said Feltes. “The space will provide 24 hour study space and the Learning Commons, where students will have access to more technology.” The Learning Commons will encompass 8000 square feet of new space, on top of all 20000 square feet of renovation. “This will give students an opportunity to engage in projects using audio, visual, and virtual technology,” said Feltes. The project is planned to be completed by summer of 2011. Students can still access the library, but the front entrance is closed. Two temporary entrances are located on the side of the building. The total cost of construction for the project is projected at 10.7 million dollars.
few years of the country’s language under your belt, and are starting classes in that language in a few short days. You know essentially nothing about the area, and have no idea how to get around. For most people, this sounds like a bad dream. For many international students, this is a daily reality. Their heroes? The Monarch Mentors. Hundreds of international and foreign exchange students from various countries around the world
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come to ODU each semester. Out of approximately 200 students each year, 50 of them request the aid of an ODU student to assist them in getting situated around campus and the local area. Enter the Monarch Mentors program. The volunteer program is designed to connect an ODU student, American or international, with incoming international. students for at least one semester. Monarch Mentors is a learning experience for all students See MENTORS, B1
Monarchs’ lose home-opener to Jacksonville
Danielle Buxton Mace & Crown The ten final mascots will travel to the Capitol One bowl on New Year’s Day
get comfortable there,” said Big Blue. This is the same outlook that the student body must adopt in this 11 week tournament. Every Monday at 9 am the voting is reset as Big Blue takes on another mascot. Big Blue’s key to victory is using the student’s support. “It is just the ODU Community, calling on them once again to support a great mascot program and to help the Univer See BIG BLUE, C4
Campus crimes rattles students
Stuart Miller Mace & Crown Incidents are located thought the area, but are clustered in Highland park and Lambert’s Point by Amanda
Recent incidents put safety concerns in students’ minds Since the recent shooting on 39th Street, many students have a growing concern for safety on and off campus. The Thursday before school started there was a disturbance near campus involving two
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men who fired shots and then fled the scene. Also, after Saturday’s football game a non-ODU a student was robbed at gun point near England house in the quad. George Votava, Assistant Chief of Police at ODU assured, “The incident on 39th Street is under investigation by the Norfolk Police Department and did not involve students or others associated with the University.” The Old Dominion University Police Department warns, “There is a concentration of incidents between 43rd Street and 38th Street [Lamberts Point neighborhood] with another, wider, grouping between Killam Ave and Colley Ave [Highland Park neighborhood].” Votava says, “While violent crime does occur occasionally in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus, it is extremely rare on campus.” He’s right, a daily log of police reports can be found on the ODUPD’s website. The Assistant Chief also confirmed, “The majority of the incidents involve larceny of property taken from vehicles parked on city streets.” Norfolk Police Department and ODUPD play See SAFETY, A3
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“Iraqi Freedom” comes to an end by
Students weigh in on completed operation “Today at the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 4,427 American service members have died in Iraq, 3,502 of them killed in action; 34,265 have been wounded or injured,” said Robert Gates, U.S Defense Secretary. On Tuesday August 31, 2010, Operation Iraqi Freedom came to an end. Two hours before Operation Iraqi Freedom was declared officially over, Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke about how effective the operation was. According to CNN’s Larry Shaughnessy, Gates delivered an emotional speech explaining the hardships which American men and women in uniform had to face. He stresses the fact how the U.S military has many accomplishments there but Iraq still isn’t well. His statement meant that the Al Qaeda in Iraq is beaten, but not gone. Gates believed that sending
break.com As troops return home, family members are ready to greet them
troops to Iraq over the course of three years served a purpose. He expressed how the U.S. would not have accomplished certain goals if they hadn’t sent as many troops. The operation truly affected the troops but considering the number
of casualties, it affected the nation as a whole. Heshyar Shamdeen, Iraq native and ODU sophomore said “I’m relieved that the troops finally left my country. They needed to let Iraq control their own country; the U.S. should have
left Iraq way earlier.” When asked why he felt that way Shamdeen said, “They don’t know the Iraqi people the way Iraq natives know themselves. They were basically in the Iraqi government’s way when they were trying to settle their own problems.” Shamdeen didn’t feel any animosity towards U.S. troops for occupying his native country. He is relieved that his family in Iraq doesn’t have to deal with the American troops anymore, but he also understands why they were there in the beginning. “The Iraqi government was corrupt, the U.S. defeated Saddam Hussein, gave my people a base to work on and they controlled the violence which was frequently occurring.” he said, “They made peace but those problems were settled four years ago. What I don’t understand is why did they continue to stay after they helped Iraq solve its major problems?” That’s a question that will never get answered. Sophomore Christian Diaz who is a part of ODU’s ROTC program said. “Like everyone I know, I’m so glad it’s finally over because as a ROTC student I’m enrolling into the army right after college and now I know I don’t have to serve in Iraq,”
Local Literary Group invites student writers to attend events by
Hampton Roads Writers (HRW), a non-profit Virginia Beach-based organization, is broadening its network by sharing with the ODU community who they are, what it is that they do, their mission and how students can benefit from attending their events. Lauran Strait, the president and founder of the literary association, gave us a little history about the HRW. “The group formed in [February] 2008, was incorporated in April of that year and received 501c3 nonprofit status in June 2008.” Strait later added that there are roughly 125 members as of today, who have “given donations to the group.” However, she mentioned that between 300 and 400 people have participated in HRW’s “sponsored events since its inception in 2008.” Strait and advisory Board members Dr. Tom Cheezum, Linda Cobb, Lisa Drago, Lynn Johnson, Anne Meek, Cecilia Robbins and Valerie Wilkinson spoke in detail about why student writers might be interested in attending their Open Mic Nights, workshops, classes and et cetera. “The annual writers’ conference is an excellent mix of craft and industry knowledge that will benefit writers of all levels,” offered Wilkinson, also a graduate student at ODU of the Master of Fine Arts program. “Open mics offer monthly opportunities to share writing with the public,” she said. “Our organization strives to provide education, opportunity, and encouragement,” concluded Wilkinson. “Student writers can develop awareness of skills, critiques, feedback, standards [and] various genre,” stated Meek.” “Writers will be challenged to write more often and to write better.” Drago, also the treasurer of HRW, volun-
teered, “All events are open to everyone.” “Open Mic events are always free,” she said. Meek said in detail that the events that they have “bring people together throughout the region, contributing to networking with editors, publishers, [and] support groups throughout the nation.” “Open mics enrich connections among writers – of various groups – older, younger, Asian, black, white, Native American,” she said. Meek went on. “Open mics also create awareness of the HRW within all the communities, plus the HRW is the only literary arts organization represented in the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, yet the literary arts contribute to the financial health of Hampton Roads through conferences, publications, and events.” “You discover fellow writers at varied levels of expertise, both less experienced and more experienced than you,” she said. Robbins shared her perspective on the Open Mic Nights, saying that she found them to be “challenging.” “They’ve brought out my inner ham, and introduced me to a growing community of writers,” she said. Dr. Cheezum, Cobb and Johnson agreed that Hampton Roads Writers’ intended mission was and still is to serve the Tidewater. These areas include Hampton, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Norfolk, Suffolk and Portsmouth. “Open Mics are held in all cities in Hampton Roads,” said Dr. Cheezum, referring to a variety of workshops, like The Traveling Pen Series (TPS). TPS, according to www.hamptonroadswriters.org, teaches writers how to find their voices when writing a story, proofreading and creating characters that are hard to forget, among other things. The instructors who teach the workshops are published and established.
Although the Open Mics are free of charge, Drago told the Mace that the classes are $13 for members and $15 for non-members. She continued, explaining the goings-on at the HRW conferences and the costs to attend. “The writers’ conference includes a keynote address each day, first-pages critique sessions each day plus 12 workshops and opportunities to meet with an editor and an agent.” “The cost is $110-125 for the 2-day conference,” said Drago. Strait pitched in. “Full time students can attend for $35 plus $20 for lunch. That’s the best bargain in Hampton Roads. One of the keynote speakers scheduled to speak at HRW’s upcoming conference, which will take place at the Double Tree Hotel in Virginia Beach later this month, is local Benjamin Herson. Herson, Cheezum said, was selected among others as the ABC News “Persons of the Week” in August. Anne Meek shed more light on HRW’s annual conferences. She said it “brings together a community of writers.” Meek also said the conference “fosters connections among writers, editors, publishers, and readers, while Cobb summed up what it is like in three words. “Informative, motivating, creative,” said Cobb. Cheezum gave last remarks on the writers’ conference, saying that it “provides aspiring writers the opportunity to learn from and network with publishing industry insiders and other writers. It also gives writers exposure to educational seminars to improve their writing skills.” For student writers interested in learning more information about Hampton Roads Writers, visit www.hamptonroadswriters.org.
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Alta Gracia starts “living wage” movement by
Bookstore to carry sweats made in uplifting conditions Every student buys a college sweatshirt or t-shirt or some apparel during their tenure at school, with a variety of choices. Now, one company, Alta Gracia, who produces the Knight’s Apparel, is separating themselves from the field with a humanitarian movement, and will be available for purchase at the Monarch Bookstore in the near future. “We believe that doing good can be good business, that they’re not mutually exclusive,” said Joe Bozich, CEO of Knight’s Apparel. Alta Gracia is a company that locates its factories in Villa Altagracia, a town in the Dominican Republic. While many companies pay workers in similar factories small wages and house them in harsh conditions, Alta Gracia pays a living wage, allows workers to form a union, and provides a healthy and clean workplace. “I think the thing that really makes Alta Gracia different, and not just another apparel brand, is that we believe it can truly be a pathway out of poverty, and life changing… and not just for the individual but for their families as well,” said Bozich.
“We believe that this is the first apparel brand in the world …that is compensating employees not based upon what is required of us by law, but based upon calculating and going in and doing a living wages study”, said Bozich. “We asked the question how much money would an employees have to receive to provide their family with all of life’ s necessities; food, clothing, water, housing, transportation, health care and just as important of all those things provide them wages and benfits that allow them to provide an education for their children.” Bozich quantified his company’s ideals, stating his is the first company to do more than what is required in terms of living wages. “In this community where we’ve done the living wage study its about 300% higher than the minimum wage,” said Bozich. The workers of Alta Gracia have a voice in the company, through a worker’s union. “Alta Gracia project respects our rights as workers, and this isn’t true in other factories,” said Martiza Vargas, the president of the union and worker at the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic. “All of us in the factory feel like it’s our own, because the factory gives us an opportunity to be an important part of the factory.” While many living conditions in the Dominican Republic can be dismal, Vargas stated hers have vastly improved since the Alta Gracia project began. “My life has change quite a bit since I started working there,” said Vargas. She
altagraciaapperal.com “Alta Gracia project rejects our rights as workers, and this isn’t true in other factories,” said Martiza Vargas, the president of the union and worker at the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic.
cited a larger home that provides each of her fourchildren their own space, as well as three bathrooms, as one of the major upgrades. Before, her and her family lived in a tight, confined home with one bathroom that they
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Dragas Hall has been under renovation for the past year, and will be completed in the near future. “The contracted completion (for Dragas) is March, but we expect it to be sooner than that,” said Feltes. Dragas Hall will hold all international programs for the school, and will have classrooms, offices, and student areas. “(Dragas) will bring together our international program on campus,” said Feltes. Dragas will cost the school 4.2 million in construction costs upon its completion, but will offer 43,500 square feet of renovated space. The Monarch Theatre, located on 46 Street and Monarch Way, will be the first studio theatre on campus. It features the ability to have four different stage configurations, according to Feltes, as well as a proscenium. It also features seating for up to 150 people in 24000 square feet. The project’s expected completion date is late May 2011, and will cost the school approximately 9.2 million dollars in construction costs upon completion. The new Women’s Crew program will be housed at Lakewood Park, about three miles off campus, where the new, crew building is being built. The building puts the entire team in one spot, including locker rooms, coaching offices, boat storage, and team rooms. The teams ergs, boats, and oars will be stored there as well. The space is two floors and 16000 square feet, and will cost 2.4 million dollars. The space should be completed by November 11. The construction does have some affects of students at the current time. The parking lot located directly in front of the library is permanently closed, and the side walk is closed for safety while construction continues. One lane of 43rd Street closed due to construction at this site during the summer, but has since been reopened. Dragas Hall construction closed sidewalk use during the end of last semester, but now an overhang protects pedestrians from construction debris. Some students are bothered by the construction, but also excited about the future. “I don’t really like it. It took me off my path for thre library,” said sophomore Sierra Seabourne. “I’m lost looking for the front desk, but I don’t know where I’m going.” “In the future it could benefit for the better, cause you never see the finished product, we don’t know what it’s going to look like,” said sophomore Dirk hamilton. “For now, it can be a pain, especially if you’re going to BAL, I mean what else can they do to the library?’ “[24 hour access] would be very beneficial. I know a lot of my friends complained about the library not being open enough,” said Hamilton.
an vital roll in the community to prevent crime. Last week the police departments distributed fliers in. Lambert’s Point. The fliers offered crime prevention tips on how to avoid car break-ins and suggestions for proper lighting around your home. The Norfolk Police Department’s best advice for avoiding theft? Lock your car and don’tnleave valuables (like GPSs, iPods, or textbooks) in plain sight. The flier stressed, “Always lock your doors even if you plan to be away from your car for a short period of time.” Their example reminded students to lock your car even if you run in to pay for gas. If you go shopping, lock your purchases out of sight, preferably in your trunk. The Norfolk Police Department also encourages citizens to light up their property at night. One of the fliers recommends, “Do not depend on streetlights or lights from adjoining properties. Leave outside lights on after dark.” Outside lights may deter criminals and give residents some peace of mind. It’s never a good idea to travel alone at night. If you have to venture out or must travel home after dark, call the Campus Escort service. Using the Escort service is simple. After you call, someone usually responds within five to ten minutes depending on call volume. The Escort service can be reached at (757) 683-3477 or use any campus Emergency Telephone or Blue Light Call Box. They are available from 5:30pm- 2:30am. The campus safety website states, “Escorts respond on foot, bicycle and golf cart to requested locations.” No, they don’t take reservations so you can’t arrange to have someone pick you up in a golf cart every night after class. But, it’s free. Our campus police aren’t renta-cops. The campus safety website states, “Campus police officers are state-certified law enforcement of-
shared with their neighbors. “The respect for our union has come from a long history of struggle both support from U.S. organizations and also a union that used to exist,” said Vargas. “Alta Gracia is part a history of workers coming together to fight for something better for themselves and their coworkers.” “The company has really showed that it is different and this is a big change, because this is really the first company that has opened with this vision about unions,” said Vargas. Students are a major part of the movement, according to Teresa Cheng, International Campaigns Coordinators for United Students Against Sweatshops. “Students can educate other students and the campus community about why Alta Gracia is an important choice to support and when buying college apparel choosing Alta Gracia over other college apparel that is not made in conditions where workers are able to have their union recognized and receive living wages,” said Cheng. “Starting this plan… has really been a once in a career opportunity for me. We are excited about the possibilities and really hopeful that the university community will support this and make this sustainable,” said Donnie Hodge, COO of Knight’s Apparel. In the first week of sales at Duke University, 600 pieces were sold, approaching $11,000 in sales, according to Jim Wilkerson, Duke University’s director of trademark licensing and store operations.
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ficers who receive their training at the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy.” Aside from saving the world, or at least protecting our campus, the ODU Police Department is actively involved in crime prevention. The police department conducts safety lectures and seminars throughout the school year. ODUPD’s website informs, “Safety lectures and seminars are presented on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the welcoming of new and returning students to reporting criminal activity.” For more information on upcoming events, call the campus police department. Rudolf Burwell, Chief of Police at ODU, informs, “The Police Department is located at 4516 Monarch Way and is open 24 hours a day, providing around-the-clock protection and services to the University community.” Their phone line is also available 24-7. Have a question? Emergency? The campus police can be reached at (757) 683-4000. Do you own a bicycle? ODUPD can
register your bike free of charge. The Police Department encourages students to register their bikes mainly because it “greatly increases the chances of your bicycle being recovered if it is stolen.” The website also states, “bicycle registration is required for any bicycle operated within the Norfolk city limits.” So if you have a bike call the Police Department and get it registered. Operation ID is another program the police department offers free of charge. The ODUPD website explains, “[The program] consists of the owner’s identification number being engraved on valuable items (TV’s, stereos, laptop computers, etc.) to help prevent theft of those items or to help locate items that may be stolen after being marked.” Any questions regarding safety lectures, more information about Operation ID, or bicycle registration can be found on their website or by calling the police department directly.
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involved. There is an exchange of cultures that students can learn from, and a great way to meet new and interesting people. As a mentor, the ODU student will help his/her international mentee in adjusting to life on campus, as well as getting the new student acclimated in a new environment. Mentors help their mentees with various aspects of campus life at ODU, from registering for classes and getting around campus, to taking them on trips to Walmart, or exploring local tourist spots such as beaches and shopping areas. Mentors also help their mentees get ID cards, licenses, as well as attaining cell phones. Yoonji Kim, a Korean international student, has had plenty of fun with her mentee. “[We] went to Busch gardens, [the] beach, ate Japanese food, [and went] shopping,” Kim says of the activities her mentor took her out for. Being a mentor is not just assisting international students with one duty after another. The program aims to connect students together, create global networks, and provide students with fresh outlooks of different cultures. It is also about making long-lasting relationships with people. The head of the Monach Mentor program, Elena Agaragimova believes that the program gives students opportunities of “making friends for life.” There are many programs that the Office of International Relations hosts throughout the course of the semester. All are excellent ways of socializing with fellow mentors and mentees. The Monarch Mentor program is ideal for students who are interested in other cultures and want to help incoming international students. Those seeking possible future travel experiences and are culturally sensitive are encouraged to sign up for the program. Graduate students are also requested, as many international students are in ODU’s graduate programs. Since it is a volunteer program, it is flexible and students can help as much or as little as they can, though it is to their benefit to be involved with their mentees as much as they can. Students who are interested in joining the program may fill out an application in the Office of International Relations in Webb Center.
FAN PLAN: FANTASTIC PLANET TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY by
Donell “DJ” Williams
Local DJs Fantastic Planet are known to put on a fantastic time. And as the Jewish Mother opened its Oceanfront doors for the last time, there was a definite sense of finality. There was much excitement and hype about this event, and the DJs pulled out all stops. Asking people about the event, all seemed eager to attend. “All you need to know is that you won’t be disappointed,” said fan
The last event at the Jewish Mother Rochelle Baltazar. Zack Trowbridge echoed her sentiments. “Its like being six at Chuck E Cheese, but with better music!” While many people were excited for this party, the night was bittersweet – this would be the last one at the Hampton Roads staple, the Jewish Mother. Opened in 1975, the Jewish Mother has been the hallmark venue for local musicians in Hampton Roads. Good food drew crowds during the day, but the live music and notorious parties kept generations of music lovers coming back for more. This local’s favorite is where Fantastic Planet had its first party in Hampton Roads two years ago. Many memorable parties later, it is only fitting that the DJs playing this final party end it with a bang – and so they did. The party was an all out sensory assault. Seas of people danced seemingly on top of
Loni Early The Jewish Mother has attracted food and music lovers for decades
people. The best part? Knowing virtually everyone - your younger sibling who snuck in to the quite guy who sits next to you in your chemistry lab. Walking into the Jewish Mother is always like this, to some degree. But tonight? The DJs were on point playing everything from mixes that everybody knows to obscure songs that even though people did not know they tried to sing along with. Many attendees agreed - this party was the most insane they’d been to in a long time. Floating around the crowd were inflatable bananas and a person in a gorilla costume. It was a special night because the DJ’s gave all they got. This night was a great way to send the Jewish Mother off in their iconic location. Hopefully the people behind Fantastic Planet can christen their new location in the same fashion they sent the old one off in.
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Espionage in machete Review Robert RodriClooney is silent but deadly in “The American”
guez gives us a sinfully fun time at the movies. by
Robert Rodriguez’s Machete delivers as a gritty, bloody, messy, sexy, action-packed movie that fits perfectly in the exploitation film genre. Or should we say Mexploitation film? The action scenes are over the top and gore is all over the place. You laugh out loud because of how outlandish some of the feats are that the hero pulls off yet that is what makes this movie so good. It is pure entertainment, a wild ride through the tough streets of Texas that has you walking out of the movie theatre laughing at how much fun you had. Hands down, this is one of Robert Rodriguez’s best films yet. Danny Trejo stars in his first lead role as an ex-federale whose wife and child were killed by a ruthless Mexican druglord (Steven Seagal). Years later he is a day-laborer in Texas looking for work when he gets hired by a man named Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey) to assasinate a local politician (Robert De Nero), known for his radical views against illegal immigrants. After realizing that he has been set up, Machete begins a ruthless campaign to find Booth, clear his name, and as he puts it, “Take out the trash.” With the help of his brother, a priest who is deadly with a shotgun (Cheech Marin), a sexy immigration officer (Jessica Alba),
a hot nun with a gun (Lindsey Lohan), and a tough Taco-truck lady (Michelle Rodriguez), Machete will stop at nothing to do what is right, and he means nothing. Every bad guy must be stopped by his deadly machete skills and his astonishing arsonal supplied by the Taco-truck lady which includes a motorcyle with the biggest machine-gun possible. There is even an appearance by Don Johnson as a border vigilante. However the movie does not piggy-back on its stars to make it great, it is well written and directed beautifully. The stars ad to the entertainment of the movie, much to the delight of the audience and Danny Trejo stands out among all of them as the baddest hero on the screen. He makes this role his with the same intensity he has in all of his other films as the bad guy. Machete will shock and surprise you and have you anxiously waiting for Rodriguez’s next film. It is definitely one of the most entertaining and raunchiest movies of the summer.
From surgeon to superhero, George Clooney has always remained in the sight of audiences all over the world. Adapted from the 1990 novel A Very Private Gentleman, Clooney’s latest foray into the world of cinema, “The American” (opening September 1st at a theater near you), is a complex and crafty, yet subdued tale of one man’s futile attempts to avoid the past. After botching a job in Sweden, Jack (Clooney) seeks asylum in the peaceful Italian countryside. He is relieved by the quiet break from his austere job and settles down in the visually entrancing Italian town of Castelvecchio, where he quickly adjusts and builds new relationships. Most notably is his connection with the beautiful Clara (Violante Placido), with whom he quickly falls in love. This relaxing retreat is shortlived, however, as Jack learns that his violent past is beginning to catch up with him, and is tasked with yet another job. Says the local priest (Paolo Bonacelli) to the assassin, “You’re American. You think you can escape the past.” onlinemovieshut.com Director Anton Corbijn brings old-school motion pictures back to the forefront of cinema, and lets the audience know that yes, the aged approach to film still works. Clooney’s performance as the cold and calculating Jack is a far cry from his familiar portrayal of the lighthearted and jovial Danny Ocean. Quite frankly, it’s a breath of fresh air. If the riveting narrative, charming characters, or urbane action sequences of “The American” aren’t enough to convince you to buy a ticket, then perhaps you could just feast your eyes on the absolutely beautiful Italian landscapes in the film (or, if you so desire, you could just feast your eyes on George Clooney). “The American” is rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity. Run time: 105 minutes. Three stars out of four.
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Dorm room decor by
Style fit for a Monarch Dorm rooms always require a little decorating before they begin to feel like home. Luckily, it can be a lot of fun, especially if it’s your first time living on your own. You won’t have to spend too much money getting settled because many stores such as Target and Bed Bath & Beyond sell products aimed at college students who are moving out of the house for the first time. However, it’s important to remember a few things: If you know you will be sharing a room with someone else, always be respectful of their space. Make sure you don’t get any furniture that is going to take up more than half of the room. Dorm rooms are pretty small as it is, and it’s no fun living with a roommate if their furniture is cramping the whole place. If you want to rearrange the beds and furniture to give your room a different feel,
always check with your roommate to make sure they’re okay with it. College students have to learn how to do a lot with very little space. Bright colors are inviting and simple things like colorful curtains or a rug can liven up the mood of your room. Even guys, who usually tend to stick with darker tones, can do this to give their place an extra touch of color. Make sure you get bedding that you really like because your bed will soon double as a sitting area and a place to do homework. Storage containers not only help to declutter, they’re extremely convenient. By putting extra clothes or books in the containers under your bed, you can instantly create more space for yourself. One of the most important things to do is make sure your room shows your individuality. Put up posters of your favorite bands and movies. It’s also pretty comforting to have pictures of your friends and family around. Remember that your room should be a safe haven. It should be the place where you are most comfortable at school. The more your room begins to feel like your own space, the more at home you’ll feel.
Bright colors, especially on your comforter, can really make a room pop.
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College on rewind Five films to get back in the collegiate state of mind by
It happens at the same time every year: the beginning of yet another school year. Whether it is the beginning of kindergarten, the first day of high school or the start of another semester of college, the feeling is the same. The feeling of a new start and new friends and new teachers and a whole new routine to get used to all over again. Therefore, it is no surprise that there are plenty of movies depicting the lives of students. The following list is a compilation of movies that have captured the lives and adventures of students both young and old.
National Lampoon’s Van Wilder follows the life of Van Wilder, a popular student who has been attending Coolidge College for seven years. He is highly involved in the school and is well known to the rest of the students. The movie explores the battle between Van Wilder and Richard Bagg in a fight for Gwen Pearson, the star reporter of the school paper. The movie holds a certain college party feeling and thanks to the film, everyone understands: “Toga! Toga! Toga!” And hey, in the end, the underdog gets the girl.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:
Although we may not be in high school any longer, the feeling of skipping a day of school to do something fun and entertaining can still have the same excitement as it does in the 80’s classic Fer-
ris Bueller’s Day Off. The movie, which follows Bueller’s adventures through Chicago while he is supposedly home sick from school, captures the thrilling experience of getting away with lying. We may not have to have mom call us in sick anymore, but it’s always nice to remember when getting away with it was a lot harder, albeit we weren’t missing as much then.
Although the movie was not the most popular movie to-date, it concerns the difficulty that newlygraduated students have in finding a new job. In the current recession, main character Ryden Malby has to move back home after failing to secure her desired job at a publishing house. Despite extremely hard work throughout college, she finds herself unemployed and living at home once again. As the story goes on, she struggles with family and love interests and eventually her enemy, who originally got the job, gets fired and she gets hired. In the end, she hates the job and realizes that true love is more important. But that’s not the importance of the movie. The important part is to show that finding a job is hard in the current recession, but it is possible.
will not be 27 only to start primary schooling all over again. Nonetheless, the movie is a fun look at the journey one makes through the precollege years of school.
Imagine you were denied from every college you applied to and you had parents to impress. What else would you do other than open a fake college? That is exactly what Barnaby Gaines did in Accepted when he could not make it into any other college. He had his friend make a real website and they rented a building. Any student is automatically accepted and upon arrival they learn that they get to choose what they want to learn. Of course, the antagonist of the story proves that the fake college is indeed fake and he has to fight to keep his own girlfriend, whom he eventually loses anyway. In the end, Barnaby makes his school real and he gets the girl. Not to mention his father was thrilled that he actually owned a college. This only goes to show you that if you initially fail, find another way to solve the problem.
Billy Madison, starring Adam Sandler, follows the life of a spoiled-rich, 27-year old son of a wealthy hotel chain owner. When Billy’s father decides not to make Billy the new head of the hotel chain, Billy argues that he can do it. He is then given a choice: finish elementary, middle, and high school in the course of 24 weeks and he can take the head position. The movie expertly describes the trivialities involved in every grade Billy passes through while showing important relationships made throughout. Fortunately, most of us
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The Monarchs return four out five starters and look to defend their CAA title
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ion University football players and fans during Saturday’s home opener game. Coming off their 9-2 inaugural season, the Monarchs opened up their sophomore year as a program to Jacksonville University. Having beaten the Dolphins on their own turf last year, the Monarchs confidence was in a category higher than Hurricane Earl was listed as. This confidence went missing just as Earl did in the Norfolk area as the Monarchs were defeated in their home opener 3525. Dropped passes from receivers redshirt sophomore Reid Evans
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and redshirt sophomore Nick Mayers, 18 yard punts from All-American Jonathan Plisco, and three interceptions from redshirt junior Thomas Demarco were just some of the unusual events that occurred during Saturday’s game under the lights at S.B. Ballard stadium. Electing to receive the ball after winning the coin toss, the Monarchs’ offense marched onto the field. After a weak rush and incomplete pass, Demarco found his long-lost partner, Reid Evans, for a 14-yard pass play to move the chains. After a series of runs and passes, the Monarchs didn’t capi
Coming off yet another 20 plus win season, the ODU Monarchs basketball squad is ready to defend their Colonial Athletic Association championship this year. The road will not be easy however as their schedule that was just recently released dictates. Headlining the schedule are tough home matchups against Georgetown, University of Richmond, and Dayton University. The Hoyas of Georgetown will be looking for revenge after an upset victory for the Monarchs last season in Georgetown’s McDonough arena. They also have a tough road game at Missouri, as well as the opportunity of playing in an early season tournament with the likes of schools like Xavier, Iowa, Alabama, and Clemson. “I am pleased with the finished product of our schedule. We’ve played a very aggressive and challenging schedule over time and this one certainly compares with any”, said ODU head coach Blaine Taylor. Taylor is accustomed to dealing with the trials of a tough schedule and being successful as he has an outstanding 188-103 record with his nine year tenure with the Monarchs and is only 11 wins away from becoming ODU’s alltime winingest coach. Having a coach with this type of success makes a program exude confidence from the coaching staff down to the 12th man on the bench. It also develops a characteristic that any sports program wants to have when viewed nationally: respect. Redshirt junior guard Kent Bazemore echoed this notion of respect
when stating, “I think it just shows how much the nation respects us now, four years ago not too many people knew who ODU was and I think when we work hard in the off-season and during the season we gained some recognition.” The two “R’s” respect and recognition are extremely important to a program’s success and factors in to the important strength of schedule ranking in that powerhouse teams such as Georgetown and Missouri are willing to put ODU on their schedule knowing how competitive the matchup will be. “The fun part is playing the games. The winners are the fans and the players,” said Taylor. Having said that, it will be just as tough playing the CAA schedule this season for the Monarchs, as battles with rival teams such as William and Mary, George Mason, and Virginia Commonwealth will prove yet again huge hurdles to overcome. “We have that bulls-eye on our backs once again, we had it up there last year but we didn’t know the extent of it. I know this year is going to be crazy, we’re going to get everybody’s best, night in and night out,” says Bazemore. Winning both the regular season and postseason CAA titles, as well as beating Norte Dame University in the NCAA tournament last season, the Monarchs have reason to have the proverbial bulls-eye on their backs. Returning nine players, including four starters from last year’s team has ODU and its fans salivating for November to come. With the departure of AllCAA performer Gerald Lee and key role player Marsharee Neely, there will need to be new faces that have a crucial role in backing up the likes of Bazemore and senior point guard Darius James. “Our team is a puzzle, and everybody has their own piece of the puzzle,” says James. “Everybody just has to do their job and not do too much and we will be all right.”
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The Wait is over, the NFL is Back by
A preview of the big match-ups of week 1 It’s that exciting time of year again sports fans. The NFL is primed and ready to make its return as the Minnesota Vikings travel to the Superdome to take on the defending Super Bowl Champs, the New Orleans Saints tomorrow night to kick off the regular season. The offseason has been long and busy as teams tweaked their rosters and coaching staffs in order to improve their chances of hoisting the Lombardi trophy on Feb. 6th in Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLV. The Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks have all made changes at the head coaching position. The Bills hired former Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey, while the Redskins hired former Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan, and the Seahawks hired former University of South California Head Coach Pete Carroll. These three franchises hope that their new coaches will breathe life back into their struggling franchises. There have also been some exciting roster changes. Star defensive end Julius Peppers
signed with the Bears to try to help revamp the team once referred to as the “Monsters of the Midway.” The Redskins acquired Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb and then traded away quarterback Jason Campbell to the Oakland Raiders. Another big name quarterback that has changed locations is Jake Delhomme, who is now playing for the Cleveland Browns. There have been a number of star wide receivers that have changed teams over the past few months. Former Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall is now playing for the Dolphins and one time Super Bowl hero Santonio Holmes was traded from the Steelers to the Jets. Anquan Boldin who was part of the deadly Cardinal passing attack is now playing in Baltimore for the Ravens and Terrell Owens recently signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Perhaps the biggest name to change locations this year is running back LaDainian Tomlinson who was the face of the Chargers franchise for almost a decade and is a former league MVP. Other notable running backs to change locations are Chester Taylor who is now with the Bears and Thomas Jones who now plays for the Chiefs. Now that the offseason has been recapped, it is time to preview some big games happening week 1. The biggest off-season story again was the saga that surrounded Vikings veteran quarterback Brett Favre. Favre is back and the Vikings chances at making a deep playoff run are enhanced. The Vikings week one opponent, the Saints are also trying to do the unthinkable
and repeat as Super Bowl Champs. Led by the great Drew Brees, the Saints have a legitimate shot at making yet another championship run. The next big matchup of week one is the Cincinnati Bengals at the New England Patriots. The Bengals have one of the most exciting wide receiver corps with Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. It will be Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer’s job to get them the ball. Running back Cedric Benson was once thought to be a bust with the Bears but emerged as a star with the Bengals last season rushing for 1251 yards in 13 games. The Bengals total defense was ranked sixth overall last season. The Patriots are led by former league MVP and Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady. His number one target in the passing game is wide receiver Randy Moss. Wes Welker is also a very strong option for Brady as the No. 2 receiver. The Patriots running game leaves a little something to be desired but is still in the middle of the pack of the league. The third game to keep an eye on is the Indianapolis Colts versus the Houston Texans. Both of these teams have very powerful offenses. The Colts are led by former league MVP and Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning has a plethora of weapons to throw to. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark are Manning’s favorite targets but players like Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie also emerged as threats for the Colts last year. The Colts running game is their weak point, ranking last in rushing last year,
but they rarely have to rely on it. The Colts defense finished eighth overall last season. The Texans best player is clearly Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson. Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Schaub has proven to be more than capable of getting him the ball. Tight end Owen Daniels has also emerged as an elite player and will be returning from a season ending knee injury. The Texans have struggled to find a consistent running back and their defense has been weak with the exception of defensive end Mario Williams and linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing. This matchup will let the league know if the Texans are ready to make that next leap. There are still intriguing storylines to follow heading into the regular season. The New York Jets have been the talk of the off-season for just that, talk. Led by Coach Rex Ryan, the Jets have been the sexy pick to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. If they can get the Darrelle Revis situation taken care of, and Mark Sanchez improves that talk can become a reality. The Cowboys are trying to become the first team ever to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Like the Jets, their chances hinge on Tony Romo. If Romo can play at a high level all season the Cowboys have a great shot at playing deep into January, and possibly early February. So yes the wait has been long and unbearable but the NFL is back football fans, and it never fails to deliver.
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Fooball loss from C1 talize in the red zone as they only came away with a 24-yard field goal by Drew Hareza. Starting their debut at Foreman Field, the Jacksonville Dolphins started at their own 22 yard line with 9:57 remaining in the first quarter. Known for their Walter-Payton award candidate running-back, Senior Rudell Small, the Dolphins. came out running. After a couple of short gains, the Dolphins showed off quarterback junior Josh McGregor with a 20 yard pass to senior tight-end Chris Kuck. Stopping Jacksonville three plays later, the Dolphins were forced to punt pinning the Monarchs on their own six-yard line. Uncharacteristic of the Monarchs’ offense, their second drive of the first quarter was filled with incomplete passes and loss of yards. As many know, Plisco is one of the top punters in the nation. Coming out for his first punt of the season, it sailed high,short and out of bounds after a flight of 18 yards. After only gaining 12 total yards on four plays, Jacksonville’s McGregor turned over the ball for the first time in the game throwing an interception to Monarchs’ redshirt sophomore Deron Jasper at the 2:34 mark in the first quarter. Disgust filled the hearts of fans and players as Demarco threw his first interception of the season after a seven-play, 53 yard drive. The high-powered scoring talent Old Dominion possesses was nowhere to be found as the game seemed to be turning into a defensive battle. Coming out in the second quarter, Jacksonville looked to show Old Dominion they didn’t travel 500 plus miles to lose. Starting at their own 37 yard line, the Dolphins drove 10 plays for 63 yards in less than five minutes to score their first touchdown off of a fouryard TD pass from McGregor to Kuck. Trying to establish home field dominance, Coach Bobby Wilder elected to go for it on fourth down. With one yard to go, Demarco was met by four different Dolphin defenders in the backfield for a turnover on downs. Stealing a page from the Monarchs’ handbook, Jacksonville became the one who capitalized off of turnovers. Driving 88 yards off of 12 plays, Small scored the Dolphins’ second touchdown off a one-yard rush with 4:07 left in the first half. The Monarchs punted after five total plays, and the Dolphins punted back to them after three, it felt like déjà vu to Monarch players and fans. With a little less than two minutes to play in the first half and the ball in Demarco’s hands, anything was possible. Complet-
Mace & Crown ing five total passes, three of which went to junior transfer to Prentice Gill, the Monarchs scored off a 19 yard pass to Gill to end the half. Coming out of the locker room at half time down four, the Monarchs’ defense looked to lock down the Dolphins powerful running game and swift passing ability. Having the ball for a little less than five minutes, Jacksonville’s offense elected to go for it on fourth and seven. With the stadium on its feet, the Monarchs’ defense on its toes, and the Dolphins offense with chills running down their backs, ODU deflected the pass attempt by McGregor giving the Monarchs a chance to take the lead in the 3rd quarter. After a twenty-nine yard corner pass to Evans and a ten yard run by Monarchs’ sophomore running back Mario Crawford the Monarchs were in the red zone. After a missed shot to Evans in the endzone, Hareza was sent in for a 32-yard field goal attempt at the 7:38 mark in the third quarter. Without wind being a factor, this was considered a chip shot for a leg like Hareza. Déjà vu was out the window as shock fell over Foreman field after Hareza’s field goal sailed right. The comeback that fans were waiting for was postponed even more after Jacksonville drove four plays for 80 yards to score their third touchdown of the game to extend their lead to 21-10. The drive started with a 44 yard pass to Dolphins’ receiver Josh Philpart so it was only right to end it with a 32 yard strike to him as well. The Monarchs’ were now down by two possessions and needed to score immediately. In the previous year’s matchup, Old Dominion relied on redshirt sophomore wide reciever Dorian Jackson’s speed to get them the touchdown they needed. Déjà hit as the Monarchs ran a similar screen to Jackson,for a 44 yard touchdown pass. This catch and run capped off ODU’s three play, 65 yard drive. With 4:44 left in the third quarter, Coach Bobby Wilder looked to his defense to make a stop. Last year, interceptions and fumbles caused by the defense were about as common as a water break during a timeout. This year was a different story. The Dolphins went on a long drive, finishing it off with a two-yard run by two-time 1,000 yard rusher, Rudell Small. The drive ended up dragging into the fourth quarter giving the Dolphins a 2817 lead with less than 15 minutes left in the game. After throwing an interception where redshirt sophomoe reciever Chris Lovitt had the ball ripped from his grasp by a Dolphin defender, Demarco lead his team on a short, but sub-
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stantial drive. Although the awful nine-yard punt by Jacksonville helped, Demarco scored off a one yard run finishing off the six play, 24 yard drive. Down four, the Monarchs elected to go for the two-point conversion. After completing the two point conversion to Jackson, the Monarchs were now a field goal away from tying the ball game. After a pass deflection by redshirt sophomore linebacker Mike Williams, the Dolphins were forced to punt. The Monarchs were right where they wanted to be. They were at home, down three, with the ball with 6:37 remaining in the ball game. With a 23 yard run by Crawford and a pass to Gill for 18 more yards, ODU looked like the Monarchs of the past coming back for the win. “I was going for the win,” said Demarco about his next play, which was an interception he threw at Jacksonville’s 11 yard line. After returning the pick 41 yards, the Dolphins seemed to have come away with the win as long as they could get a first down. With less than five minutes left in the game, the Monarchs’ defense decides to show up. Bringing pressure to Jacksonville’s McGregor, Monarchs’ defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron came up with what seemed to be a game-changing 16-yard sack. On third down, the Dolphins were forced to pass considering the fact they needed 23 yards to move the chains. Thanks to another blown coverage by ODU’s secondary, the Dolphins hit the first down chains to bring
DeMarco, Monarchs’ offense going through growing pains Quarter Back adjusting to spending more time in pocket by
Last season quarterback Thomas DeMarco was a dual threat for the Monarch offense. He racked up 36 total touchdowns on the way to a 9-2 campaign for the Monarchs in their first season in 70 years. It was the ability of DeMarco as he would constantly use both his legs and arms to march the Monarch offense down the field. Fast forward to the season opener where the Monarchs led by DeMarco, fell to the Dolphins 35-25 in front of packed house as the Monarchs opened season 2.0. The Monarchs also unveiled DeMarco 2.0, as DeMarco deviated Christian Ernst Mace & Crown DeMarco finished the game with 41 rushing yards, 2 passing TD’s from last season where people argued he was the Tim Tebow of the FCS, and and one rushing TD
Monarch fans out of their seats, and out of the stadium. After a play like that, redshirt senior defensive end Deron Mayo admitted, “that right there is just demoralizing to our defense.” Bobby Wilder admitted, “That was an absolute dagger.” The Dolphins put the game out of reach as Josh Philpart caught his second touchdown of the night to bring the Jacksonville lead to ten. ODU’s last chance at offensive success was shot down after Nick Mayers fumbled the kick-return to give the Dolphins the ball with 1:50 remaining in the game. The game ended with a Jacksonville victory over Old Dominion. When asked about the game, Head coach Bobby Wilder said, “We didn’t play Old Dominion football tonight.” Despite all the turmoil suffered during the game, Monarchs’ captain Thomas Demarco believes ODU could turn “this into a blessing in disguise for next week’s game.” Despite Demarco throwing for 334 yards and scoring three total touchdowns, Jacksonville owned the time of possession stat line controlling the ball for 36:14. One thing about Monarch football is they stick together. According to Coach Wilder, the Monarchs “made their biggest gains last year from week one to week two, and expect to do the same this year.” The Monarchs face Campbell University this Saturday on the road ODU looks to bounce back from only its second home loss since the resurrection of the football program.
instead stayed much more in the pocket making reads and throwing the ball downfield. The results produced as mix bag as DeMarco finished the game 2240 for a career high 334 yards and two touchdowns. The bad is that DeMarco threw three interceptions on the night after throwing four of all last season, although after Head Coach Bobby Wilder said that “a couple of those interceptions weren’t on him.” DeMarco also only had 9 rushes on the night, and only a handful of those rushes were designed plays to begin with. Afterwards Coach Wilder explained the logic for keeping his All-American more in the pocket saying “we feel Thomas can be more of a threat this way.” And he’s right. If DeMarco can throw consistently from the pocket downfield to his receivers, it will do nothing but help the overall offense as now opposing defenses will have that much more to worry about when game planning for the Monarch potent attack. However, when trying to mold
or change the young QB from what he did so well last year will no doubt lead to some growing pains, Saturday night being an example. But the numbers dictate that Wilder and his staff know what they are doing. The 344 yards, the two scores, and completing passes to seven different receivers show that the DeMarco is more than capable of consistently dropping back and making smart reads. “I thought he was exceptional tonight,” Coach Wilder said. “We had some drops, and some plays we’d like have to back, but I thought [DeMarco] was really really good.” As with any adjustment this one will also take time before it is at the level of proficiency that Wilder and DeMarco would like to be at. Even with all of this learning and tweaking the Monarch offense still was able to put up 25 points and pile up 463 yards of total offense. However, when it all does come together for the Monarchs expect to see an even more octane offense that will be able to carve defenses at will.
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Pirates of East Carolina skate by with 3-2 victory Many people feared that the Old Dominion University vs East Carolina University women’s soccer match would be canceled today due to the effect of Hurricane Earl, but by some miracle the game was still called on. Even after the rain showers that were experienced the field was played in moderately dry September conditions. The ODU Lady Monarchs were playing with the momentum of not losing their first two games including a 4-1 thrilling win over VMI just 8 days ago prior to their match against ECU. Coach Joe Pereira had the hard decision of who to play in his back field, he chose to play two freshmen with two experienced players. While this decision was risky this resilient freshman defense were put on their heels early on with 2 plays that allowed ECU to get past the Lady Monarchs. But these girls kept their composure and quickly took charge of the backfield despite the lack of communication at some points. The forwards looked strong early on with pin-point passing and wisely timed through balls that made the ECU defense look like they had just started playing the game. Junior Lisa Bernardini was the key player on the defensive side of the ball first half with well timed tackles and beautifully placed crosses. On the offensive side in the first half the duo of Victoria Johnson and substitute Ashlee Coutugave the ECU defense a lot of headaches, as they had trouble with which girl to pressure because they created an opportunity for other people to take a shot on the ball. In the 27th minute ODU drew first blood with Kirstin Walker scoring off a well placed header from a free kick by Rachael Carroll. The girls played vigorously until the second half. In the 50th minute ECU’s Tricia
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College football 2011 preview special Christian Ernst Mace & Crown Lisa Bernardini and the Lady Monarchs’ defense only yielded nine shots
Tufts scored a lucky goal that got away from keeper Brianna Alvarado. The ball ricocheted off the field and off a players back into the net. Brianna did not lose her composure after letting in that goal where most other keepers would begin to crumble. At the 73rd minute Amanda Malkiewicz of ECU broke past the Lady Monarchs defensive line to score the Pirates second goal of the night. This sparked a creative energy in the girls because in the 87th minute Victoria Johnson headed the equalizer past the ECU keeper during a corner kick. Unfortunately ECU’s Chrissy Gratz took matters into her own hands and scored the game winner that just got passed Alvarado’s hands. The Lady Monarchs showed a level of class and talent that was impressive despite the loss against a tough playing ECU who at times physically pressured the girls. With their pin-point passing and strong crosses that at some points looked like fans were watching either the Italian or Argentinian national team playing. This team is
Big Blue from A1 sity as whole reach new levels on the National Stage,” said Big Blue. Big Blue has a tough road ahead of him. In Week nine, he will be facing the defending champion the Cincinnati Bearcat. And in Week three he will be a part of the Matchup of the Week, as he goes against two-time champ Monte the Grizzly of the University of Montana. When asked about his strategy going into these matches Big Blue responded coyly, “I’d like to answer this question with another question; does the military tell the media when they are going to invade another country?” As always Big Blue stays focus on the task at hand. “I’m not thinking ahead to a championship right now. I am looking at it week to week and encouraging all Monarch Fans to vote and show their support. If I don’t win those match ups there is no championship.” While at the website, try your hand at being Big
young and with more games under their belts you would see that they would be the team to beat in the CAA conference. Coach Pereira said about the girls after the game when asked what they need to work on “They need to grow as players and learn from defeats like this, and it’s early on in the season.” Defender Lisa Bernardini said “[We] need to communicate better especially with the two freshman in defense, transition between defense and offense faster, and hanging onto the ball.” While both of them where right in certain aspects, ECU was just luckier than ODU in this game and were able to capitalize on the a team they had to physically wear down with tough challenges to win the ball, because in all other aspects of the game the Lady Monarchs had them out-talented. If the Lady Monarchs can work on their communication in the back field and capitalize more on the chances they create, they will be a team to watch out for as the season progresses.
Blue in the Mascot T-shirt Challenge. Blast fans with your own T-Shirt gun. Plus, students are encouraged to checkout videos of ODU’s own Big Blue. As Big Blue has been there for ODU day in and day out, trying to make students smile when they are sad and helping the ODU faithful cheer our athletes on to success, ODU should be there for him, in his time of need. Give Big Blue all the support for not only Big Blue, but also the Athletic Department and all of ODU. Students are encouraged to vote as much as they can. Most importantly, vote weekly to make sure he keeps getting the wins he needs to make the playoffs and eventually win the Championship. Big Blue’s plans after winning it all for ODU? “I’m going to Disney World.”
Major programs with major questions The 2010-2011 college football season should be yet another spectacular showing of struggles, battles, and rivalries that all culminate to exciting bowl games and the crowning of a national champion. The storylines should be nothing short of captivating from beginning to end. Heisman hopefuls, team rankings, and conference battles will all help to provide for an exciting season. First, let’s take a look at the superstars that left their school and moved on, and who will be filling those large shoes. The Florida Gators lost arguably the most decorated player college football has ever seen in quarterback Tim Tebow. Opponents of the Gators feared every snap that number 15 was under center because of the confusion that he left defenses as to whether he would run or pass the ball. The daunting task of replacing this iconic figure is left to junior John Brantley. Brantley appeared in a couple of games early in the season last year when Tebow was out with a concussion, and he showed flashes of a potential pro prospect who did well throwing from the pocket. Another quarterback attempting to fill big shoes is sophomore quarterback Garrett Gilbert starting for the Texas Longhorns. The man he will be replacing was a Heisman finalists the past two seasons as well as the Longhorns all-time most accurate passer in Colt McCoy. When McCoy left early in the national championship game last season, it was Gilbert who stepped in on the game’s biggest stage as a freshman and more than handled his own against the best defense in the nation. Though Brantley and Gilbert have such huge voids to fill for their respective teams, experts and coaches are obviously confident in both players abilities to lead their team as both Florida and Texas find them ranked in the top five of the preseason polls. Besides the play of Gilbert and Brantley, there are other players that are on the radar to have breakout seasons and are considered to be Heisman hopefuls. Leading the group is Boise State junior quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore passed for 3,536 yards and 39 touchdowns last season and has many anticipating what is to happen this season as he leads his third ranked Broncos. The next quarterback is arguably the most electrifying athlete in college football this season, Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor. Last year he led his team in rushing and passing and racked up 25 touchdowns in total, with 18 of them coming through the air. Senior quarterback Jake Locker from Washington University is considered to be the best National Football League prospect. Locker threw for 2,800 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. Virginia Tech boasts a stud sophomore running back Ryan Williams who tallied 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns on his way to becoming the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year last season. Rounding out the bunch is last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. The junior running back led his team to a national championship last season, but because of a knee surgery in the offseason, Ingram will miss time hurting his chances of repeating as Heisman winner. All of these standout players and those that are under the radar will make for interesting matchups. The number one ranked and defending national champions, Alabama Tide are perceived by many experts and analysts to run the table and repeat as champions. Schools such as Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, and Miami all have teams that have will have their say in that regard. Emerging superstars, key matchups, and week-to-week drama are what engulf fans in the pageantry that is college football. If this season encompasses all of these aspects, buckle up and enjoy the ride.
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Tailgating Palooza by
An inside look at tailgating at ODU There are a lot of things to love about college football—the rivalries, the school spirit, Erin Andrews—but by far, nothing beats tailgating on game day. For the last four months, the only thing that got me up before noon on a Saturday was the 10 a.m. SportsCenter (and I still watched that from the comfort of my bed). But Saturday, Sept. 4 was different—I awoke at exactly 8:39 AM. Football season was back and I was ready to tailgate. With only the essentials (a koozie, Wet Ones, and, of course, my tape recorder) I took to the streets early to see how prepared the Old Dominion fans were for the season opener. Certainly there was a buzz around campus. As I rode my bike through the parking lots and streets I was reminded that tailgating is one of the few occasions society is allowed to revert back to its caveman instincts. Students, alumni, parents, grandparents, kids, all eating exorbitant amounts of smoked meat off the bone and washing it down with soda or ice cold beer (yes, cavemen had soda and beer). Anthony Franz, an alumni from the Class of 2009, agrees that gluttony is one thing tailgating is all about, “Well, I eat a lot. I think you need to eat at least two cheeseburgers. If not two cheeseburgers, three hot dogs—because three hot dogs convert to two cheeseburgers. But sausage, that’s a one-to-one conversion.” My personal favorite appetizer were the wings made by graduate student Thomas Anderson. I tried one of his wings, and it nearly had me crying. “I make my wings really hot because that’s how I like them. Usually a couple of
With the football prgram now in it’s second year, tailgaters have learned a lot in the off season as well wings put hair on a pre-pubescent teenager’s chest,” Anderson said. Of course every tailgating station has its own menu. While burgers, hot dogs and chips tend to be the norm, everything from stuffed jalapeno poppers to seafood was on display. Leo Procise, a fifth-year Ph.D. student at ODU, was one Grill Master who certainly had a wide array of items on his menu. “I have burgers, hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob. I try to keep the menu basic, and just throw one surprise in there. Today, it happens to be
shrimp. All I ask is that people bring a lot of beer so that everyone is happy and spirits stay high.” Procise said. While food and (adult) beverages are a must, no tailgate is complete without entertainment. ODU fans seem to have every tailgating game imaginable. Tailgaters played Frisbee, Ladder Golf, Washers, Kam-Jam, and Cornhole while listening to their favorite tunes. Freshman Khyber Rooney-Rabdael was especially excited for her first ODU football game and tailgating experience.
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“This is so much better than the high school football scene. I’m looking forward to winning, and partying before and after,” RooneyRabdeal said. As I dabbled in a game of Cornhole at a tailgate in front of a house on Longwood Drive, I heard a young fan say to his dad, “This is like when we tailgated before the Redskins game.” He’s exactly right. ODU fans can tailgate like the pros.
By the Numbers:
How the Game Was Won
Number of interceptions thrown by quarterback Thomas DeMarco after throwing four all of last season.
Number of times that the Dolphins converted in the red zone. They were 5-5 and scored touchdowns each time. Conversely the Monarchs were 3-6 in the red zone.
Number of receivers that Monarch quarterback Thomas DeMarco completed a pass to. Nick Mayers led the Monarchs with 7 catches for 89 yards on the evening.
Number of different receivers that Jacksonville quarterback Josh McGregor completed a pass to in the victory.
Number of minutes that the Monarchs had in time of possession in the second half after dominating that category in the first quarter.
Number of yards Jacksonville needed on third down late in the game up by three. The Dolphins picked up 36 yards on the play. They added another score to close out the Monarchs. WWW.MACEODU.COM
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“Ground-Zero Mosque” raises eyebrows by Alan
Both sides riddled with interesting figure heads If you didn’t know by now, objectivity is near impossible. I had a professor who always said ideology worked best when it was invisible. We all carry bias to the discussion; end of discussion. So when I write about the “supposedly dubbed” ground-zero-mosque, I bring my own bias. It is already present in my framing of the name. See those quotations? I am already indicating which side I am on of this debate. I am a cynical secular progressive, and I would like to point out that this is an election year. But let me be fair and highlight all the arguments on both sides, so you can be the judge. We are an eclectic mix here at ODU and we all have our opinions. For the people in and around our community there did seem to be some confliction. Some were in full support, some were in the middle, and some were outright opposed to it. A recent graduate claimed that two blocks away was plenty of distance, but that if it were to be on the actual sight he would have some objection. Perplexed, I asked why. He gave the same reason that the opposition did for having it so close to the site to begin with: terrorism, specifically the attacks of 9/11 are directly tied to Islam and that would be insensitive to the victims. Or, as he was able to concede, an extremist view; but a Muslim view nonetheless. I lamented about all the falafel and porn one could obtain at this very moment one block away from the site, but that was more or less to lighten the mood. I didn’t mention, because I didn’t know at the time, that there is a mosque in the Pentagon, which was added after the attacks to promote interfaith dialogue. At this point I would like to catch you up to speed about the arguments, especially if you don’t know what’s going on. The opposition to the “mosque” claims that it is insensitive to the victims of 9/11 to have it built there because the religion that would be practiced in this “mosque” is the same religion that was used to justify the attacks. The opposition to these claims have proclaimed that allowing the project to continue is a matter of religious freedom and a testament to our tolerant society. The quotations are there because, the “mosque” is actually a community center called Park 51. The community center would house a culinary school, arts center and, somewhere in the proposed thirteen story building, a prayer are. One reason for the center would be to promote interfaith dialogue, and all would be welcome. The opposition mostly comes from the right, and the support mostly comes from the left. However, there are exceptions, and it is these very exceptions that I would like to display. For one, I didn’t consider the fact that there might be Muslims who are opposed to the
building. But, I was wrong. Here is a quote from Neda Bolourchi that was published in The Washington Post in August 8th in a piece called “A Muslim Victim on 9/11: ‘Build Your Mosque Somewhere else.’” “Though I have nothing but contempt for the fanaticism that propelled the terrorists to carry out their murderous attacks on Sept. 11, I still have great respect for the faith. Yet, I worry that the construction of the Cordoba House Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site would not promote tolerance or understanding; I fear it would become a symbol of victory for militant Muslims around the world.” (It was originally called the Cordoba House) Interestingly, this is exactly something I heard from a local conservative I spoke to about this. She claimed that it would be a symbol of terrorist victory. The liberal counter is that it would be a symbol of tolerance and more of a defeat to terrorist ideology. I guess it depends on which side of the spectrum you already agree with. As for the families of victims of the tragedy, they too run the gamut of opinion. As much as there is concern over Park 51, there is support. In an article written by Colleen Kelly, who lost her brother that day, she gives her support. “For those who oppose the building of the cultural center for reasons of religious intolerance, remember your roots. This is America. And the beauty of our Constitution not only allows for, but mandates separation of church and state. The founders knew what they were doing. Several colonies in our nascent nation were founded specifically to escape religious intolerance, Maryland and Pennsylvania being two great examples.” This was from an article titled “Not All 9-11 Families Oppose the Mosque” originally published in City Lights Magazine, a web-zine out of NYC, and was ran on August 18th. The title directly address the issue of using the victims as fodder for political support. And the article itself goes on to defend the founders of the center. Much to my surprise, Howard Dean, the former chairman of the DNC came out in opposition to the Mosque. I could not believe it. He is quoted saying that it is “a real affront to the people who lost their lives.” He wants a compromise, and feels it should be built somewhere else. He is not the only Democrat to come out against it, as Harry Reid of Nevada also stated something similar. Though, I have to admit, I shouldn’t be surprised of too much of this, it is an election year after all, and the polls are stating that a majority of Americans are opposed to it. Even Obama is hedging his bets. He came out in support of it citing religious freedom, but on the following day, after a speech he gave in the Gulf Coast, he stated that he would not “comment on the wisdom of the decision to put a mosque there.” Ah, but there lurks a presence of a voice of reason that reflects my own cynicism. A polarizing figure who gained an incredible amount of press during the last election cycle. A man who is so independent, neither party can get fully on board, though he claims to represent the traditional view of the
gulfnews.com Protesters on both sides have made thier voices heard of late.
Republican party. Oh yes, I am talking about Ron Paul. The title of an article reprinting a statement he issued on August 20th says it all. “Ron Paul to Sunshine Patriots: Stop Your Demagogy About the NYC Mosque.” Yes, I had to look up the exact definition of ‘demagogy’ too. According to Wikipedia: Demagogy or demagoguery (Ancient Greek: δημαγωγία, from δῆμος dēmos “people” and ἄγειν agein “to lead”) is a strategy for gaining political power by appealing to the prejudices, emotions, fears and expectations of the public—typically via impassioned rhetoric and propaganda, and often using nationalist, populist, or religious themes. His statement begins, “Is the controversy over building a mosque near ground zero a grand distraction or a grand opportunity? Or is it, once again, grandiose demagoguery?” He takes a harsh absolutist stance in defense of the mosque, and Islam as a whole. In his critique on the conservative notion that Islam was directly behind the attack, he counters, albeit not without some controversy, “If it became known that 9/11 resulted in part from a desire to retaliate against what many Muslims saw as American aggression and occupation, the need to demonize Islam would be difficult if not impossible.” He then states something I have not been able to put into words about many issues occupying the national attention at the moment. I would rather let the words speak for themselves, but I would like to point out that this is not an attempt to write a fluff piece praising Ron Paul. In researching this topic, in my opinion, this was the most reasonable voice I could find on the debate. In a world of self-serving politics, hedging bets, and irrationality from all sides, I appreciate the candor and conviction people like Paul speak with. No, his points are not popular, in fact, they may even be considered fringe, downright looney. But that doesn’t diminish the potency of pith interwoven within his message. So, without getting further of track, let me just copy and paste this last section from his statement,which can be found at RonPaul.
com: “It is repeatedly said that 64% of the people, after listening to the political demagogues, don’t want the mosque to be built. What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City? The point being is that majorities can become oppressors of minority rights as well as individual dictators. Statistics of support is irrelevant when it comes to the purpose of government in a free society—protecting liberty.” So, this is what the people are saying. Many of these views are fluttering around campus, plus many more. As I have already said, everyone has their own opinion, and is entitled to it. We are free to carry around our ideas in our heads, our hearts, and even on our sleeves. And that is the point. And that is what ultimately is at stake here, what is being argued. Where is the line drawn? According to a majority of Americans, the line is drawn between ground zero and a mosque. But does freedom come with lines? There are numerous quotes one could pull from to illustrate the necessity of freedom of speech, religion, and tolerance, but they would all be backing up my own bias towards this issue. I am not even entirely sure of how fair I was in procuring these arguments. I was probably undermining all the opposition arguments and blatantly supporting my own arguments. In fact I was. It is clear as to where I stand on the issue, in full support. That’s why I kept dropping the fact that it’s an election year, and the whole demagogy thing. I was illustrating a point. Well, there is one more quote I would like to illustrate. Jon Stewart is fairly clear on where he stands on the political spectrum, but he did say something that struck a chord with me, and I hope you, on his show last week, as they have been covering this very story rigidly. In summary he said that extremists would be upset with us no matter what we chose, so let’s try something new: Not caring about what they think.
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You Love Food? So Do I You need food to survive. You don’t need a college degree to figure that out. But what you need to know is that the college staples of Doritos for breakfast and last night’s take out for tomorrow night’s dinner are not the only options. Yes, there are a variety of favorite cereals for breakfast, or the many meal plans you can choose from; however, there are so many food options offered beyond ODU’s campus. Don’t get too familiar with Quizno’s or Taco Bell, because there are other, and dare I say, better, sandwich and taco res-
taurants waiting to be discovered. And I’m your girl to do it. I do not claim to be an expert in the local dining establishments you’ll surely encounter in the course of this semester. I cannot tell you where to find the best panini around town, nor can I boast about the vegan friendly restaurants. I am not an expert on food. I have burnt water before. I have cried over ruined dishes. I’m more of an amateur chef who is too intimidated to even try attaching the label ‘foodie’ to me. I read food blogs and try to imagine myself as a sophisticated food connoisseur, but I’m really just your average college student who loves food, cooking, baking, seeking out new meals to try. I am willing and excited to embark on this epic journey of food hunting. I want to navigate the vast world of food and get it all under my belt, literally and figuratively. Not only do I want to take you on this fun and eye-opening adventure, I want to help ODU students realize that eating and food should not be taken for granted. Along with exploring the food scene around Norfolk and Hampton Roads, I’ll include tips on eating healthy, review cookbooks catered to college students, and throw in some good recipes that yes, I will
have tested and tried before sending students off to experiment in their kitchens. (Caution: I am not liable for the angry roommates at the messy state of your dorm, nor the less than perfect outcome of the meal. If you’re cooking on a stove, please, use caution to not burn down your building). They will be simple, quick, and most importantly, delicious. We live in a city rich with culture, reflected in restaurants scattered across town. Not only can the food be appreciated for its aesthetic and flavorful value, but for its cultural value as well. Many diners and restaurants made names for themselves in Norfolk years ago, so they must be making good food to satisfy the locals. On this journey, I will taste some foods I would have never considered eating and discover various versions of dishes I love. I will rely on local favorites and risk the notso-favorites. My goal is to provide you with an interesting quest on all things food. I’m sharing my plate, interest, and thoughts, so grab that threepronged utensil because we will be Forking ODU.
For Crying Out Loud
Oil Rig fire raises doubts about offshore drilling In late May, the area was buzzing about offshore drilling and the opportunities it would bring to the area. Since, there have been two accidents involving oil drilling technology. Although the latest, a fire on a gas production platform, left no oil sheen in the water, this raises many questions. Is the technology up to par with the goals currently in place? When there are already problems with drilling, should we be expanding? What affects could a spill on the scale of the BP Deepwater Horizon bring if it were to happen in the mid-Atlantic? The latest incident happened in the Gulf of Mexico, when Vermilion Block 380 spontaneously combusted on Thursday, September 2. 13 crew members were rescued from the water just after the fire. The crew members were doing maintenance on the vessel when the fire occured, according to CNN.com. Although first reports indicate
there was a water sheen, later reports indicated no such sheen could be found. “Automated shutoff equipment on the platform safely turned off the flow of oil and gas from the platform’s seven producing wells before the fire occurred and the crew evacuated,” Mariner Energy, who owns the platform, said in a statement to CNN.com. But “automated shutoff equipment” has failed in the past, as seen in the Deepwater Horizon accident. After incidents like this, are we really ready for offshore drilling? Offshore drilling could be the boost the economy needs at a time like this, but it could set companies even farther behind if they need to deal with cleanup and Public Relations hits off a massive incident. Many who opposed the offshore drilling cited marine wildlife and tourism as main reasons Atlantic drilling would be harmful, as well as little effect on consumption. Although I disagree with consumption arguments, wildlife could play a factor in the Atlantic. As the gulf coast fishing market has been hurt by the BP Deepwater Horizon scandal, so could the Atlantic fishing and shellfish market if a similar spill were to occur. I know much of this is hypothetical, but the repercussions could be real. We’ve seen two incident in the last 4 months. How long would it take before we have a “Mid-Atlantic crisis”? Would we be ready to handle it? Before we become attached to offshore drilling, we should make sure we are prepared for it. Make sure to check christianthenewsgeek.blogspot.com regularly for more commentary in a range of topics.
More than Skin Deep
A college girl’s guide to style One of my co-workers recently had this tattooed on the inside of her right leg and it struck me that (regardless of the way the Temptations feel) it’s true: beauty is more than skin deep. I plan on using this column to, yes, keep you informed on the latest beauty and fashion trends, but also reinforce the idea that you are beautiful. No matter what color, size, skin or hair type you are. I am a current (super) senior here at ODU. I am an English major (verbose and proud of it) and a connoisseur of the current trends, though not in the way one would expect. I am an ardent believer in turning the trends on their heads, sometimes literally. You may see me one day in full mourning (remember the tragic day Alexander McQueen was discovered dead in his apartment? The girl in the veil, with the dark glasses and black armband? That was me.) and the next in busted down jeans, cowboy boots and a straw fedora. Menswear? No problem. I have been wearing men’s clothes since
8th grade. Where do you think the boyfriend style came from? I swear someone saw me in those men’s church shoes (you know the ones, with the matching hat and suit?) sometime in 2003 and jump started the boyfriend style. And yes, I wear make-up to class. What can I say - I can’t help it! With so many pretty colors and techniques to try, it kind of has to happen EVERY morning. And for the dudes: I love to dress you guys so don’t think you all are off the hook. GQ is one of my favorite magazines so I know what you all should be wearing, reading, and using to wash your face! If you don’t, please don’t despair, I’ll let you know. So what qualifies me for this job? I work at Arden B. in Macarthur Center, as the assistant manager and occasional personal shopper to many desperate clients; feel free to stop in and see me any time. I have held several positions in the fashion/beauty industry including two years at H&M and one year at Victoria’s Secret. I am a trained make-up artist (I also worked at The Body Shop) and currently subscribe to 6 fashion and beauty magazines. So needless to say, I’m on it! I hope you all enjoy the column as much as I enjoy writing it. Please don’t hesitate to email me with your beauty and fashion concerns (this includes you dudes!). Who knows, you may even make the paper! Having a fashion emergency? Leslea answers your beauty and style questions at lkuhr001@odu. edu.
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To be prepared, or not to be prepared, that is questionable. Run to the hills! Hide your kids! This not a drill people! At least this was the feeling I had when the Hampton Roads area braced itself for the impending doom that was hurricane Earl. The flutter of articles and e-mails from local media outlets were definitely helpful if I were preparing for a mother-nature induced Armageddon. However, when Earl turned out to be a measly sprinkle on the grand scale of weather catastrophes it made me question Hampton roads’ preparation. Mainly I questioned why the area was so prepared for a tidal storm that it is used to, but it was completely rattled by the blizzard that blanketed the seven cities last winter. To not completely blast the weather emergency services, I understand that this area is somewhat lacking when it comes to winter precipitation, but being from the Northern Virginia area where snow is more common than the small waves Virginia beach boasts, I
marveled at the procedures or lack thereof carried out by the city of Norfolk. Streets went unpaved for days, road weren’t salted, and the drivers (which I know the city has no control over) put on their Ice road trucker hat and braved the conditions in their two-wheel drive sedans. The comparison between my experiences this past winter and the recent experiences of preparing for hurricane Earl left me baffled. Seeing that Norfolk was almost completely under water last year after the Nor’easter hit it was no surprise that a serious plan of action was put into place. But, who can you blame for the uproar though? The Nor’easter? Hampton Roads’ Meteorologists? Ill-prepared citizens? To me I don’t think the blame rests on one sole reason, but the collective as a whole. You are never going to have total cooperation from the citizens of the area at hand, nor can you accurately predict what mother nature’s intentions are, so I assume a public “freak-out” was deemed necessary. I will admit that other people’s fear of “Earl-mageddon” was somewhat comical to me as the parking spots in the Powhatan apartment complex were mine for the taking. Watching students and faculty scurry to get their car to the top of whatever parking garage they could find just reminded me of the antics some people carried out when the blizzard hit (as if parking your sedan in a driveway rather than on the street was going to deter snow from falling on your car). When I walked outside at 6:30 a.m. the morning after the expected storm to see if my car was flooded I slowly saw the parking fill up again (with cars not water) to the chagrin of those worried student. I guess when they realized they wouldn’t need a canoe to travel down Hampton boulevard it was time to hike up the parking garage to retrieve their car. Now I don’t want to come across as complaining about the fact that this past weekend turned into a four day weekend, but I will complain about the drastic levels of preparedness between a snowstorm and a hurricane. So when I think about purchasing my next off road vehicle, I’m buying a snowmobile and I’ll suffer through the next “Earl-mageddon” with my rain boots and umbrella.
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Dear Diane, I’m having trouble “clicking” with my roommate. I want this year to go by smoothly and would also love to have a go-to friend that I live with, how do I find a way to get my roommate involved in who I am and vice versa? Sincerely, Overlooked
Dear Overlooked, Sometimes its better to have friends that don’t have a lot in common with you; It gives you opportunity to learn more about hobbies and people you wouldn’t normally be involved with. You should try asking your roommate about their hobbies and get involved, show you’re interested in them as a person and in return they might be open to learning about the things you love to do. Another way you could go about it is try something new for both of you together. Neither of you have ever been hiking? Sign up for the Outdoor Adventure Program at ODU. Who knows, you might end up finding something you’re passionate about and then you will definitely share something that makes you click.
Dear Diane, My roommate comes home every night, loud, drunk and obnoxious. She constantly turns on the lights while I’m sleeping and then pretends like she didn’t know I was there. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in a couple nights and I don’t want this continuing the rest of the year. I want us to be friends, but I can’t seem to put this past me enough to get along with her. How do I go about telling her all this without upsetting her?
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Dear Irritated, First off, your roommate sounds like a total drag. Don’t they say, “Your true colors come out when you drink?” If I were you, the next time you go out and she feels like getting some shut-eye, do exactly what she has done to you and then we she gets flustered and asks you what the heck you’re doing just say “Exactly what you’ve been doing to me the past few weeks. Now that you know what I’ve been dealing with, I hope you understand why I’d appreciate it if you’d come home quietly from now on.” I highly doubt after that, you’d have many late-night issues with her; but maybe that’s just me. Or, just try talking to her. A lot of times, people come to college having never lived with a roommate. Perhaps she honestly doesn’t realize her mistake. Take her out for a slice, drop a few hints about why you’re so exhausted all the time, and if she doesn’t pick up on it, just ask her politely to be a little more considerate when she comes in at night. Chances are, she’ll apologize and the problem will be solved. Got a campus conundrum? Dear Diane is your girl! Ask her anything at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Potential 18 Game Season Least of NFL’s Worries On the eve of the 2010-2011 NFL season there is uncertainty league wide amongst players and coaches. Yes there is always uncertainty this time of year, but 99% of it stems from the unknown on the field issues. This issue however, has the potential to affect everything from who plays on the field and for how long each coming season. The NFL owners along with Commissioner Roger Goodell are pushing hard for an 18 game regular season, in what they are hoping will be a last ditch effort to agree to a new CBA with the NFLPA. The owners are pushing this idea because extending the NFL regular season schedule has worked before. It’s been extended from 12 to 14, and from 14 to 16 very successfully, and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that if it is a 18 game regular season that fans will still watch because it’s football. Preseason football going head to head with The Emmys actually got a higher rating which is no surprise, because American’s love football and will watch it anyway they can. However, to me and 18 game regular season is a bad idea. The NFL has bigger issues then an 18 game regular season, which I think should be, addressed way before
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adding more games to the regular season. The first big issue that most established players feel is the biggest problem in the league is the fact that there is no rookie pay scale. In the past two draft’s number one picks Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford have gotten $50 million and over $40 million dollars respectively in guaranteed money. No disrespect to those two individuals but that’s absurd. Before each has played a down in the NFL they are already being rewarded with contracts that would have people believe they were five time pro bowlers. There needs to be a rookie pay scale simple as that. There should be a window of money that a rookie coming in should be able to get. In no way should a great college quarterback be able to say he makes more guaranteed money then say Peyton Manning or Tom Brady before taking a snap. Another pressing issue facing
game schedule they need to be just as adamant about making the preseason shorter. Now when it comes to an 18 game schedule it comes down to player compensation. The NFL has no off-season. There isn’t one. Coaches control their players from end of the season on. So if you were too add two games to the regular season with the four pre-season games, the NFL season wouldn’t end until mid February we’ll say just for the sake of argument. That means players have a little over a month to heal and get their mind’s right before the dictators that are NFL coaches have them report for “voluntary” OTA’s and minicamps. It doesn’t seem right and the players feel the same way. I was watching Peter King from Sports Illustrated last week and he was talking about how he went to over 20 camps this summer and talked to countless veterans about this idea and “not one single
Cee Lo’s new single explodes on the net Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, also known as Cee Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mob fame, is probably one of music’s best kept secrets - until now. Cee Lo’s latest single, the abruptly titled, “F**K YOU!” (the radio friendly version is titled “Forget You!”), sounds like a far departure from Cee Lo singles “Crazy” or “I’ll be around” . You would be both right and wrong. “Forget You!” grabs the listener from the first bar. Reminiscent of the explosion that happened when Outkast released Hey Ya and Roses, you just know you are hearing a #1 hit. The first lyric “I see you driving around town with the girl I love and I’m like F**K you” belts out over Motown sounds complete with female background vocals and you can’t help but laugh and listen. The new video for the single has already generated over 4.5 million hits on youtube.com and could be
a contender at the next MTV video awards. It features Cee Lo’s journey from small child to ladykiller. LadyKiller is the name of the album set to be released in December. The video is set in the 60’s and is complete with white wall tires and malt shops. Cee Lo plays a lovable loser who is constantly getting rejected by a girl he’s known all his life. The video is colorful, polished, and moves at the pace of a sing-a-long. It’s easy to ignore the swear words when most of the song is self-deprecating humor. The single was co-written and produced by the Smeezingtons. The Smeezingtons have garnered massive industry attention since producing hits “Billionaire” for Travie McCoy and “Nothing on You” for B.O.B. Cee Lo admits he always goes for shock value when he produces his music. This is not a surprise to those who have seen Cee Lo perform the Twilight Saga song “What Part of forever”, in chainmail on Lopez Tonight. In 2006, Cee Lo along with other Gnarls Barkley bandmates, performed in full Star Wars attire. The song has come with its share of opposition. Concerned parents have been buzzing on the net in shock. One youtube.com post read: “Am I getting this right? Is the guy from Gnarls Barkley singing F*K you?”. Another post read: “I used to like Gnarls Barkley until this song”. The politically incorrect song may not resonate with conservatives, but old and new Cee Lo fans alike will just respond with “Forget You!”
danielrober.com the Commissioner and the owners is the constant outcry against preseason football. The pre-season is too long. The fact that there are four games in the pre-season is a risk to the players. We’ve seen it time and time major injuries happening to big time players in what are exhibition games (although the league frowns upon that) If the league is hell bent on making an 18
veteran he talked to believed an 18 game schedule was a good thing.” In fact King even pronounced that if the players were not compensated in some way for an 18 game regular season then “the players would walk away for a long time.” So enjoy this season watching your favorite players because next year there is a chance they might not be out there.
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As Virginian students, we’ve probably all spent some time in our nation’s capitol. Washington D.C. was the exciting big city we field tripped to as kids, shopped in as teens, and now, tend to dismiss as a crowded tourist spot. And with a youthful, charismatic president in office, Washington has become the new “hot” city, the focus of many new television shows (The Real Housewives, Top Chef and the Real World, just to name a few). But let’s be honest – when have you ever dreamed about vacationing in D.C?
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So when my friends recently suggested a quick weekend road trip, D.C. was the last place I had in mind. Still, with so many ODU students calling Northern Virginia home, we figured we’d at least have friend’s couches to crash on for an even cheaper mini-vacation. After settling in at a friend’s place in nearby Alexandria, we took to the streets – or shall I say, we took to under the streets. The metro is an inexpensive, quick way to get around the city. There’s really no need to splurge on pricy hotels in the city with metro stops located in virtually every surrounding suburb. As a self-proclaimed reality show buff, I was excited to dine at Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery. It’s a simple concept that appeals to the masses – burgers, fries and shakes – but done the gourmet way. The toasted marshmallow milkshake was deliciously sweet enough to send me into diabetic shock, but balanced perfectly with the salty boardwalk style fries. Of course, a trip to D.C. is never complete without a visit to a museum, so we decided to check out one a bit off the beaten
path. The National Museum of Crime and Punishment provided a fascinating (and much less crowded) afternoon than the main drag of Smithsonian museums could offer. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea: co-owned by America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh, the museum features actual electric chairs, gas chambers and jail cells. CSI fans will love the Technology of Crime Fighting wing, where they can enter a crime scene and attempt to solve the case. For an afternoon pick-me-up, we headed over to the Soho Tea & Coffeehouse, a local favorite for Capitol Hill interns. Located in the trendy Dupont Circle, the funky decor and enticing aroma is enough to attract just about anyone - people watching alone made the trip worth it. Monday is Open Mic night, which brings out some of D.C.’s brightest and best comedians, poets and musicians. Despite my skepticism, it turns out D.C. is a whole lot more than just museums and tourist traps. Away from the bustling National Mall, Smithsonian and monuments, there’s a whole city worth exploring.
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