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University expecting loss in state funding in upcoming years Bryoney Hayes Mace & Crown

Virginia is facing a $4.5 billion budget deficit, which means the state will have less money to fund its colleges and universities over the next two years. Old Dominion University receives money through a mix of general funding, or financial support from the state, and non-general funding, which is money from tuition, fees, endowments, and private gifts. ODU is expected to lose more than $4.6 million of general funding in 2011. The school is expected to lose an additional $15.4 million for 2012 from the general fund once the stimulus funds run out, according to dpv. This is not the only money the university could face losing. “Governor Kaine’s introduced next biennial budget, which is under review by the General Assembly through March, would reduce further our state support by 15 percent, roughly $14.6 million,” Bob Fenning, ODU’s vice president of administration and finance, said.

Megan Morrow / Mace & Crown Old Dominion University is expected to lose more than $4.6 million in general funding in 2011.

“Plus, we will lose the Federal Stimulus funds that have supplanted lost state funds this year and next year, such that FY 2012 will lose the $14.6 million and the $12 million for the operating year, beginning on July 1, 2011.” This is not the beginning of the university’s financial woes, however. “Over the last two fiscal years we’ve lost about $31 million in our general budget,” Debora Swikecinski,

associate vice president of administration and finance said. The university is mindful of the potential financial burden these budget shortages could place on students. “We have a student body that cannot afford double digit tuition,” Swikecinski said. “ODU needs to position itself so that by 2012 we will not have to impose significant budget reduc-

tions or tuition increases on our students.” ODU general funding has decreased steadily since 2008. The 2009-2010 year was met with a 17 percent budget shortage for the university. Its calculated need was more than $254.5 million, but the actual amount of money it had available was $210.6 million. To offset budget cuts last year, ODU increased tuition by 5 percent. Though less than it would have been without the stimulus, it was still enough to strain students. “They’re not about to increase tuition again are they?” sophomore Jesenia Navarro said. “I really can’t afford a tuition increase because my parents, they pay for my tuition. I don’t get federal funding.” “Students may have to take out more money from loans to pay for their education,” Swikecinski said. These cuts are proposed, but they’re not finalized. Though Virginia’s deficit is real, the ways the state will try and supplement it are still being worked out in the General Assembly. Gov. Bob McDonnel is paying attention to ODU’s budget woes. “He has met with [university] President Broderick and he is aware of our funding situ-




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This week in Black History Month Black History Month began as “Negro History Week” in 1926, created by Carter G. Woodson. It changed to a month-long celebration in 1976, February being chosen to commemorate the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, according to To help celebrate Black History Month this year, each week in February the Mace & Crown will feature a “This week in black history” section.

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Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf.

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First formal protest against slavery by organized white body in English America made by Germantown, Pa. Quakers at monthly meeting.

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Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.

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Writer Wallace Thurman’s play “Harlem” opens in New York City. It is the first successful play by an African American playwright.


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Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally for his organization.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single “Parents Just Don’t Under- stand.”


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ODU Student is a candidate for Norfolk’s mayoral race Katy Townsley Mace & Crown

Taxes are high and crimes are rising. These issues are what motivated Old Dominion University student Ryan Cooper to declare his candidacy for mayor of Norfolk. Crime was his major driving factor because his Jeep has been broken into countless times. The final straw was when his roommate was held at knife point at his front door. After sitting in on a city council meeting and getting deferred, Cooper felt his First Amendment right had been stolen. As a confident individual who is self-educated on the issues of Norfolk, Cooper wants to bring change to the table. His first action if elected would be to audit the budget. He wants to relay to the public where all their money is spent and eventually let them track their tax dollars online to see what projects they are funding. After researching crime, the platform of his campaign, he found out Norfolk does not have the funding to staff more security. Continued research showed that Norfolk is not offering teachers quality-of-work-life, has not updated textbooks, and does not have the money or space to hold back children who fail classes. However, the city has been selling huge pieces of land to private benefactors. He plans to find out where taxpayer money is going.

Cooper believes flooding, lack of snow plows, and potholes are all connected, causing a domino affect of problems for the city. In his opinion, if Washington, D.C. can handle these same problems while being situated on top of a swamp, then Norfolk should be able to handle them also. Cooper said, “The question is how cities like Norfolk that cannot police itself can protect their citizens from outside dangers like the weather?” If elected, safety and protection will be the first areas he will direct attention to, followed by education and development. The young activist’s opinion on The Tide: It is environmentally friendly, good for commerce and commuters, and it will make cheaper travel. It has also tripled over the budget and has not secured the tracks to keep children away. He has talked to people who are for and against it, and is still not sure where he stands on the issue. Cooper has gotten plenty of support from family and friends. His campaign manager Erik Ingram and his campaign team have coached him through his race. Critics see his age and lack of experience as a disadvantage. But he sees it as an advantage and does not let any of those who have doubts slow him down. The Norfolk citizen has read The General Plan of Norfolk (all 380 pages of it) to educate

himself on the city’s history and development. “If I am going to make a plan, then it has to go along with The General Plan of Norfolk because it wasn’t made by just one person. It was made by a group of people. It was something they all agreed on,” Cooper said. Cooper gave Paul Fraim credit for all he

Ryan Cooper said, “The question is how cities like Norfolk that cannot police itself can protect their citizens from outside dangers like the weather?” has done in the past 16 years. “I will be the first to tell you Paul Fraim is not a bad guy, but as a person you can only do so much,” said Cooper. Cooper said he cannot compete with Fraim’s experience but would love to work with him if given the opportunity. He plans to work with

McDonnell’s plans to cut health and education funding. “No city has ever failed because funds were cut and we won’t be the first,” he stated. The ODU student is not worried about balancing school with work. Cooper only has a few classes left until graduation. He said plans are in the works to get the campus involved in the campaign, but he didn’t want to give too much away. Cooper said he does not want to get our hopes up by speaking too soon. The young candidate said his campaign goals go hand-in-hand with the personal ones he hopes to achieve from this experience. He wants to get Norfolk running like a clean professional business instead of its current ragtag state. Cooper said he never once regretted declaring his candidacy because he had already started planning his campaign before he had gotten home from the town meeting that evening. Ryan and his campaign team meet every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the Smithfield Room of Webb Center. The meetings are open to the public. If you’d like to get involved or ask any questions, you may email Ryan and his team at or join the Facebook group “Campaign for a Safer Norfolk.” Place your vote May 4 at the Norfolk clerk’s office.

Manned Space Age sputters to a close Christian Ernst Mace & Crown Commentary

As the age of manned space missions draw to an end, 48 years of American dreams close with it. NASA launched the first of five shuttles to end the manned space mission era, STS-130, on Feb. 8 at 4:14 p.m. EST. While further missions will be sponsored by NASA, the current plan is for them to remain unmanned. This is due to a massive budget cut which NASA veterans say will “put NASA on a path to mediocrity,” according to Although President George W. Bush said in 2004 he planned to reach the moon again by 2020, this seems to no longer seems to be a possibility. The plan would cost $100 billion by 2020, according to Obama has instead called for spending $6 billion over 5 years for further focus on “research and commercial development of rockets, robotics and other space related technology.” As Commander Steven W. Lindsey launches in STS-133 on Sept. 16 of this year, I will remember the many years of growing up with men on the moon and trips to the International Space Station. But this will be no more. Young children will no longer be able to look up to astronauts soaring in the air in large crafts. And if they do it will be in Virgin Airlines Shuttles, not NASA ones. While manned trips will still be possible, they will only be possible on shuttles commissioned and paid for by large corporations. The last manned space mission launches on Sept. 16, 2010.

While I agree that the large sums of money would have been taken from a budget already in the red, this is one program I see as a necessity. The NASA space program is essential to the American culture. Republican Sen. John Cornyn from Texas shares this opinion. He considers the cuts “both unnecessary and misguided.” “If the White House would eliminate duplicative spending and reform or streamline entitlement programs, then our country’s chief human space flight program wouldn’t be on the chopping block,” said Cornyn, as published on examiner. com. The extensive cuts to the NASA budget are a cut to a program that is embedded in American culture. Without the manned program, the chance of further discovery and exploration is harshly crushed. While there will still be unmanned trips the results are far less, and will not match the experiments that are possible with men in space.

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Alpha Phi Epsilon chapter’s gala Janah Stokes Mace & Crown

The Old Dominion University Alpha Phi Epsilon Eta chapter gathered alumni and parents of active sisters together last weekend. The gathering was a celebration of their 40th anniversary as a chapter on ODU’s campus. Chapter President Chelsy Pepples prepared a greeting for 150-175 people. She spoke of their sisterhood, which has remained bounded together. At Alpha Phi’s first Red Dress Gala, refreshments, alcoholic beverages, and dinner were provided. The gala consisted of a disc jockey who played current and older music hits. Sisters of the sorority were escorted by their parents, boyfriends, each other, and the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Their red dress theme symbolized heart disease and cancer, the single leading causes of death for American women. Alpha Phi and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity helps the American Cancer society raise money to help victims. During the event Vice President Lauren Robinette took to the podium, speaking of the importance of the chapter having a definite bond. Ms. Robinette honored alumni and collegians for their appearance to the gala. She then asked her sisters to join her in reciting the creed. Alpha Phi welcomed members new and old to celebrate 40 years on campus.

As a union some stuttered, while others recited their creed flowingly, still a resemblance showed throughout their hearts. Since 1956, Alpha Phi has donated millions to heart disease research and remedies. Alpha Phi Epsilon Eta is one of the largest growing sororities on campus and was rewarded for most school spirit during homecoming 2009.

The sorority crossed over 21 sisters in fall 2009 and have a union of about 60 altogether. During the gala the red evening gowns swayed from short to long, metallic red, to cotton, but all were radiant to fit the sorority’s description. Coming through the entrance the event showcased plaques, trophies, and metals that have been in the family for decades dating back to the 50’s. Before dinner, Pepples led the audience into their chapter’s prayer. In the middle of the gala, alumni of the sorority formed a circle in the middle of the floor. They chanted their ritual slogan. To end the extravagant evening, the sisters grabbed cake and socialized. The gala was a successful event. Not only was it symbolic for women becoming easy victims of heart disease and cancer, it also gave opportunities to gain stronger alliances throughout ODU’s community.

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That’s what V said: The best, classic bar jammy-jams

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Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing songs like Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” and David Guetta’s “Sexy Chick” when I’m at a club or bar. However, there’s just something about hearing that classic tune that makes the night much better. It keeps the fact that it’s just about last call less disappointing. These songs end the night on a high note every time. First, the hip hop/rap trip down memory lane. These are the tunes that bring me back to middle school in the best possible way. If Tupac’s (or 2Pac’s) “California Love” comes on or Biggie Smalls’ “Hypnotize,” or any other classic jammy-jam from these two hip hop pioneers, I can guarantee that everyone will have their hands up and will be singing along. If I hear “Bust a Move” by Young MC, “Motown Philly” by Boys II Men or “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe, I can guarantee I’ll be doing the running man, the cabbage patch, or any other embarrassing dance out of impulse and pure enjoyment. More hip hop classics at closing time include Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “Next Episode.” It’s one of those classic hip hop songs that was great when it was edited for the radio. Then when we learned the actual lyrics, it made the song much more fun to sing in public. Any Michael Jackson song from “Billie Jean” to “Thriller” also causes great dancing when individuals are quick to do the crotch-grab and moon walk. “Push It” by Salt N’ Pepa, “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice, “It’s Tricky” by Run DMC, and “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix A Lot call for fun dance moves usually involving booty slapping,

hip thrusting and grinding with a friend or complete stranger. The best is when these songs cause a circle to form and someone decides to get in the middle to show off his or her moves. It’s a middle school dance all over again. Sir Mix A Lot gets the best reactions. Seriously. Every girl takes it upon themselves to narrate, “Oh my God, Becky…” Which is again followed by booty slaps. Girls also take it upon themselves to react perfectly to other classic songs, but in the rock genre. Gentlemen, if you want to see the girls in the bar become instant strippers, complete with drops to the floor and hair whipping, request “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard. There’s just something about this song that brings out the table dancer in some of us. AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Cherry Pie” by Warrant can also spur seductive dances from the ladies. Another favorite genre of mine are songs you know girls will love, yet surprisingly every guy around knows the lyrics and isn’t embarrassed to sing along. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper and any old school Britney Spears, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, or *NSYNC songs could make for a fun discovery about your guy friends. I respect guys who are man enough to sing these songs in public, with or without the help of alcohol. Let’s face it: mostly everyone knows the words anyway. Let’s not leave country or “country-esque” songs out of the mix. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks get great responses by people who don’t even like country music. These are amazing songs and turn the entire club or bar into an intense karaoke session. Then finally there are the jammy-jams that are just classical in every sense of the word. These songs cause your group of friends to

simultaneously stand in a circle, and hold out a hand to use it as a faux microphone in order to serenade each other. Let’s hear it for the feel-good songs that bring us all together right at 2 a.m. These songs are “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money, “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, and of course, “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. The music really can make the difference at a club or bar. And even though most places wait until the last 30 minutes or maybe an hour to start playing the classics, it’s worth it.


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Commentary ODU group memorializes nationwide child abuse victims Shanice Johnson & M. Tinsley Mace & Crown

The Old Dominion University organization In Support of Children (ISOC) held their 5th annual candle light vigil in the North Mall of Webb Center at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11. Attendees explored the aligned posters with pictures and information of nationwide children who had passed away due to child abuse. Among those memorialized were Nixmary Brown of New York and Shatierra Sigler and Carly Sawyer of Virginia. Some of the deceased were from Hampton Roads. Roughly 41 names under age 15 were honored. “Incidentally, Nixmary Brown’s death was a stimulus to this vigil,” said Jim Boxley, president of ISOC. “[She] was a 7-year-old from Brooklyn. Due to repeated trauma she was killed on the 11th of January in 2006.” “When we started to do this years ago there were some people who were afraid to say it is never OK to hit a child, because they were afraid they would lose their funding,” said Boxley. “But now that is not the case. You now have people willing to say this.” In Support of Children was started by Dr. Karen A. Polonko in 1991. It was inspired while she was teaching a class on violence against children a year prior. Polonko said she and her students became discouraged reading statistics about sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and neglect. Thus, the students formed an organization, which started by passing flyers in stores such as Kmart, Toys “R” Us, and in daycares. “We want a venue,” said Polonko. “We want a way to make a difference in the lives of children.” Boxley added that the association “advocates for children who can’t speak for themselves anymore. They were killed at the hands of those who should’ve protected them.” Besides Polonko and Boxley, other speakers and performers on the program were Rev. John Haynes, Jr. of the Tidewater Wesley Foundation, Ebony Impact Gospel Choir, Megan Zwishon, senior assistant commonwealth’s attorney, and Dr. Katherine Kersey, professor of Early Childhood and Special Education. “I’m the one who sees the autopsy photos. I’m the one who goes to court,” said Megan Zwishon, senior assistant commonwealth’s attorney. “In most of these cases, [children] don’t have a voice. The only time I get choked up is during the closing argument,” said Zwishon. “It is my voice that is channeling what [these kids] have gone through.” Wearing white shirts and jeans while holding red roses, ODU’s Ebony Impact Choir gave a selection by Hezekiah Walker called “I Need You to Survive.” Four students gave compelling recitals on the topic of child abuse and neglect. One of which, Ann Marie

Lovett-Battle, a survivor of child abuse, read a narrative and shared her story to the audience. Lovett-Battle, a senior and Human Services major, became emotional as she recalled her childhood. An excerpt of her piece, “Thank You for the Abuse,” reads: “For everyone that is out here today, if you don’t do nothing else in your life, be a good parent, and not the textbook good parent – that thinks if you spare the rod you spoil the child. How about we spare the child and get rid of the rods, the fists, the bites, the hurtful words. The burns and the generation of fatal, lethal, and evil teachings that say you have to break a child’s spirit, or they will run wild.”

“We need to be assertive and set goals to save our children,” she said. “It’s time we stop talking about it, and be about it.” The vigil ended with the song, “Amazing Grace,” which was sung by a young boy named Justice Paige. “I’m the oldest child, and my mother gave birth to me at 13,” she said. “My dad was 20.” Lovett-Battle, who conceived her first child at age 14, said her dad tried to molest her a year earlier. One of the ambitions she has for the future is to start a group home called Battleship Creations for victims ages 16-21. “I want to cater to females that have been in foster care,” said Lovett-Battle. “If [anyone] would like to support me, [they can contact me at]”

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It’s a deep question that evokes a lot of thought and wonder. A new series on MTV, “The Buried Life,” which premiered in January 2010, stars four young men who are trying to accomplish a list. The list is comprised of 100 different things they all want to do before they die.

From making a toast at a strangers wedding, asking out the girl of their dreams, and crashing a party at the Playboy mansion, their list ranges from probable to nearly impossible. They also took it upon themselves to help strangers accomplish something they want to do before they die on their journey. Many individuals have different goals in mind and long to-do lists. Some Old Dominion University students, alumni, and faculty shared what they would like to do before they die.

Katrina Shellman, senior I want to make a difference in people’s lives through my writing. I want to get a real chance at expressing my thoughts and passions on real life issues and problems of the world through my eyes and the eyes of people like me. I would also like to travel to Africa and Italy before I die. Winning the lottery is a long stretch but being able to do that would make most of my goals in life attainable. Jennifer Coiner, student To be honest, live long enough to grow old with the man I love. Nathan Corday, second degree-seeking student I want to learn Italian and French and complete all of the painting and sculpture projects I have in mind at the moment. Also, seeing more of the world would be lovely. Professor Elizabeth Vincelette, English Department I’d like to help establish a local horse rescue/retirement non-profit organization. Viktoria Wooten, student Well, I’d like to experience true love and of course become talented at something I’d enjoy and become rich. I’d like to learn another language, learn to play guitar, learn to salsa dance, and tango. Become a great mother. Go on a cruise, actually travel a whole lot. I’d like to enjoy life.

Laura Nnadi, ODU alum Go to Nigeria and learn Igbo, get married, have kids, get an award, enjoy my years as a nurse, and make people happy.

Keana Stewart, student Before I die, I would like to travel the world and be wealthy! And have good and true friends and family around me.

Jonathan Avery, student Before I die I want to be a dad. Kara Kimball, freshman Instead of wanting to do cliché things like skydiving or travel, I want to do simple things. I want to spend a year living homelessly so that I can understand the struggle of thousands of Americans. After that I hope that I can make a positive impact on the poverty situation in America. I also hope to participate in Teach for America. If I am blessed enough to grow old, I want to own a plantation style house in South Carolina, where I could sit on a porch and drink sweet tea until I die. Marcello Chevalier, student I want to go skydiving before I die. Meredith Devereux, student I’d like to walk the Appalachian Trail. Rhamobbie Smith-Vanterpool, senior Travel the world aiding people and kayaking alongside whales would be hella fun! Karen DuVal, junior I want to write a book and turn it into a movie.

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Mace & Crown Editorial Board Vanesa Vennard, editor in chief Drive across America, write and publish a novel, write an award winning article, write a movie script and see it on the big screen. Be in a musical and a music video, spend a day with Oprah, spend a night with Tom Brady, visit the Grand Canyon and Machu Picchu. See the Detroit Lions play against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl with my dad, buy my mom a house in Hawaii, buy my brother an awesome car, make a large crowd break into song simultaneously and grow old with the love of my life.

Bryoney Hayes, news editor I’d skydive, go to all seven continents and see the sights and eat the food. I’d publish a bestseller and cause someone to cry because of something I wrote. I’d make a difference, contribute to my little cousins and nephew growing up to be happy and productive, dress in traditional Hindi bridal fashion (no disrespect), attend weddings/celebrations from all over the world and learn the dances and eat the food. I’d learn like five languages, make friends with people all over the world, and visit them often and have them visit me, remember it all, write it all down and pass along the stories.

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Megan Wood, senior Something I want to do before I die is that I want to work as Cinderella at Disney World. I was given an opportunity to when I was 18, but I turned it down so that is something I would love to get another chance to do!

Alexander Edwards, student Skydive butt naked.

Keshia Cadogan, sophomore Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Justin Willis, ODU alum Become a father, get married, travel as much as possible, leave an inheritance for children (money or land), tell close friends about god, and know God for who He truly is.

Bryan Tarvin, junior I would like to have kids before I die, or make my mom proud.

Ryan Percy, junior

Go back to Thailand.

Samantha Sanders, student

Stuart Miller, sports editor

I want to go to Vatican City.

Play one-on-one with Michael Jordan, attend the Super Bowl, be on national television, party with Shaq, and have a Chipotle in my house

Kate Scaplen, senior Be able to get married and have a family.

Lorraine Dillingham, entertainment editor Publish a photo book, sail to 20 different countries, and interview Incubus.

Chelsea McGarity I [want to] have a family. The husband, kids, white picket fence and all.

Cameron Allen, copy editor Before I die I’d like to run for a political office.

Michelle Vargas, junior

Sateesh Kadiyala, IT manager I want to walk on the moon and travel into the unknown space (travel with warp speeds). Start up a company and lead it into the Fortune 500 list, drive a Hummer on top speed in heavy traffic and if get pulled over. I want beat up the cop who issues a ticket, compete in SYTYCD and win it (by the way did I tell you I am bad dancer). And finally when I am sick and tired of my life I may want to marry a girl (a nice looking girl).

Anton Murray, graphic designer Meet Timbaland and have a big house.

Mitch Schafer, ad director Snowboard and go swimming in the ocean in the same day. Go see an Arsenal match in England. Be able to own two small houses; one on a lake and another in Aspen.

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What I would like to do before I die is see the world.

I know it is kind of boring and a lot of people want to do it. Traveling to new and exciting places and experiencing firsthand the people and the culture is so much better in person then reading it in a book.

Rashidah Holdness, student Before I die, I want my daughter to know how much she means to me.

Amy Rubio, student I would love to go scuba diving with a Great White Shark before I die. No cage. Just me and the shark.

Megan Morrow, photo editor Professionally, I would like to be published in New York Magazine, photograph a Yankees game at their new stadium, and photograph Holi, an Indian festival celebrating colors. Personally, I would like to return to Nice, France and try every flavor of gelato at that place a few blocks away from the beach. I want to actually put my six years of foreign language to good use, and I’d like to be there to see the Yankees win their 28th world championship (and their 29th, 30th, etc.). Finally, and most importantly, I would like my parents to know that everything that I have accomplished is because of their sacrifices, nudges, or advice, and that I am really, truly blessed to have them in my life.

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Flowetic Movement brings Def Poet to campus Bryoney Hayes Mace & Crown

The student organization Flowetic Movement turned North Cafeteria into a poetry lounge. Every chair was taken in the room, and students who did not get seats leaned against the dividing wall, listening to former Def Poet Shihan perform. Between poems, the spoken word artist told stories about his family and life to the audience on Feb. 9. Students laughed as he talked about the games he plays with his daughter. They try to see who can come up with the most creative threats, and for a long time hers didn’t make sense because she was still small. Then one day, he said he had one of her Care Bears in a headlock. “Come any closer and I’ll kill her,” he told her. Then he described his pride at her response. “I’ll rip open your mouth, punch down your throat and turn your heart off.” “You have to get to a point where you feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable on stage,” Shihan said after the show. “You don’t know who in the audience needs to hear it or wants to hear it. If you do it halfassed, it’s a let down.” Shihan’s poetry addresses a wide range of social issues. One piece, the “Negro Auction Network,” deals with the way the stereotypes of black people in mass media turn them into caricatures to the world at large. Another deals with the way boys and girls are socialized into their gender roles, something he said he thought about while watching “The Princess and the Frog” with his daughter. Shihan said he always stays aware of the message he’s trying to send to the audience. His job is to attach

He said his job is to attach an emotion to each of his pieces so that the audience will want to know a little bit more, he said. “If you left people with what they wanted or expected, you’re not doing your job right,” he said. Whether or not the audience members of The Lounge got what they expected, they were into the show. “Being a poet myself, Shihan has just been one of the people I respect,” said graduate student Quincy Shannon. “I mean, how can you describe listening to one of your heroes talk?” said Flowetic Movement Vice President Joshua Harrelson. “It was perfect.” Shihan mixed comedy into his spoken word performance, cracking jokes with the audience, improvising as different events unfolded, and answering any audience questions between each piece. “I only love him,” junior Dasha Jeter said. “It was a nice experience, he’s a very talented artist. We should have more events like this at ODU.” Flowetic Movement members Reggie “Ima Poet” Sellers, Michael “Killa Mike” Kerig, Robbie “da-poet Eris” Ciarra, Michelle Dodd, Martin “Bad Apple” and Joshua Harrelson each performed to open for Shihan. In addition to Shihan performing, The Lounge was a special night for Flowetic Movement because cofounders Karellia Daniels, president since 2008, and Joshua Harrelson, vice president since then, officially passed the mics onto their successors. Ka’Lyn Banks and Michelle Dodd were announced as the new president and vice president of the organization. “It was sad, really sad, but I was prepared,” Daniels said. “I have tremendous faith in the new members.”

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Mise En Place (Mise en place: A French culinary term that means everything in its place; cut, dice, measure, and prep everything before you start mixing or cooking.) Q&A with the campus Executive Chef, Timothy Brown Timothy Brown has been a National Certified Executive Chef for 15 years. He is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University and has been in the food and beverage industry for 30 years. Culinary term of the week: Deep Fat Frying- To completely submerge in fat at a high temperature until golden brown. Dear Chef Tim, When making fried chicken, how can you get the golden crispy skin that is often found in fast food restaurants? Often when my chicken breast is frying, the flour doesn’t stay on, so there is no crispy skin in that area. Should I use something else other than flour to coat the chicken before frying or should I use something to make the flour stick better (like egg)? Trenice No, you do not have to dip your chicken in egg first. If you would like a thick crust you would follow the standard breading procedure. Flour, egg, then your breading. Otherwise you would season your chicken and set it in the refrigerator until you are ready to fry it. Heat your oil until it reaches approximately 350 degrees. Pull your chicken out and dredge the chicken in seasoned flour and shake off the excess. Place the chickens in the oil one at a time so the temperature of the fat does not have a chance to cool down too much, otherwise it will get soggy. Let the chicken cook until golden brown and the center of the chicken has reached 165 degrees internally. Also, do not pre-dredge the chicken in the flour before frying. This will make the flour absorb the moisture and your chicken will become soggy. Timothy A. Brown, CEC Executive Chef

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Hilarious remake of popular song by ODU students take the campus by storm Ka’Lyn T. Banks 
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All around campus some students are jokingly saying, “What’s in my pocket’s dawg? Big face flex points” and that is all thanks to ODU’s very own Roshaun Watson, also known as SK the Rapper (Sean The Kid). SK is a local resident of the Norfolk area and is currently a sophomore majoring in Business Management. He and his roommate DJ Smirnoff (also a local student) have started this praise for flex point’s anthem around campus. SK said it all started as a Facebook status that a good friend of his had posted. Then from there SK and Dj Smirnoff took the beat and concept from the song “Plenty Money” by wellknown rapper Plies and made their own comedic version of it. This song took the campus by storm last semester and just recently they released a video on Facebook for the tune. The goal was to get everyone to re-post the video on their page and the pages of their friends, and just like that the video was being posted like wildfire. The video was shot in Webb Center before winter break. It took about two days to make the video but a little over a month or so to get it out. The video featured a slew of our own students on campus as dancers, hype people and even cameos from some of our other rappers on campus. SK the Rapper is already known for being an actual rapper even though he showed his funny side in the “Plenty Flex Points” video. He has opened for big acts like Rick Ross and

Rapper SK and DJ Smirnoff created a hilarious take on ODU’s food service in their music video “Plenty Flex Points.”

Ryan Leslie. SK said that he is a “pop artist who wants to make music that everyone can have fun to.” He compares himself to a twist of Kanye West and Justin Timberlake because he raps and sings. He currently has a mix tape out called “The Flood Mix Tape” and that can be found on his official Web site In the future he said there are more funny videos to come and that we all can find his previous satire videos featuring Dj Smirnoff on his Facebook; and he would like us to follow him on twitter,

SKTHERAPPER. If you haven’t checked out the “Plenty Flex Points” video please take five minutes out of your day, log onto Facebook and watch it. I guarantee this hilarious video will be worthwhile and have you saying, “I got plenty flex points” around campus.

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An interview with Big Blue, the king of ODU Kevin Hollister Mace & Crown

This past week, the Mace & Crown caught up with one of Old Dominion University’s most recognizable faces: Big Blue. Although he’s a difficult lion to get a hold of (with his busy schedule of games) he was able to give me about ten minutes for his thoughts on the upcoming spring season of sports. He also answered some pressing questions from the ODU student body, including whether Mrs. Big Blue exists, and why he insists on not wearing pants. M&C: So Big Blue, let’s get right down to it. The spring sports season at ODU is coming up. Any bold predictions for the spring sports squads? Big Blue: Not at all. I think Monarch baseball is always an exciting time. But as far as how the team is gonna shape up, I haven’t been to their practices. Women’s lacrosse is also exciting, too, because each game is a battle. I’m looking forward to all the spring sports teams. M&C: What is your favorite spring sport here at ODU? BB: Gotta love em’ all. M&C: Alright then. Looking back on the year thus far, what has been the best ODU sports moment for Big Blue? BB: Hands down the inaugural football game. It was the most exciting thing to happen on campus. It was a sold out crowd. It was a test of endurance-- the hottest event I’ve ever done. M&C: I hear the fur adds about 30 degrees to the outside temperature? BB: I never shed my fur. I’d like to shave before the spring sports. M&C: Seems like tough work. Do you train in order to be ready for that? BB: I have a specific weight trainer, Yaw Baidoo. He is the assistant weight coach, but helps me out with weight training and cardio workouts. A significant amount of work is done to prepare for the physical demands it takes to keep a crowd entertained for two hours.

M&C: Maybe it’s the heat, but why don’t you wear pants? BB: Pants aren’t good for animals with tails. I guess I can answer that question with another question, “Why doesn’t your dog wear pants”? I’m a lion. Who said any lions have to wear pants? M&C: Well then, can we expect to see any new dance moves from you in the coming months? BB: New dance moves are going to be invented every day, it’s an ever evolving process. For instance, the “Baze,” which was invented at the William & Mary game, was to celebrate Kent Bazemore’s athleticism. M&C: Which mascot, college or pro, was your biggest influence while you were going up the ranks and studying Mascotting 101? BB: As a young cub in the jungles of Norfolk, the only real influence was Old Dominion. It was something I was born to do. I premiered in the 1970 season as an all blue character, but since then my coat has slowly faded into the light brown you see today. M&C: There are shirts in the bookstore that read, “Our mascot can beat up your mascot!” Obviously, this is true; but is there any mascot in the CAA that would give you a run for your money? BB: As far as mascot skills are concerned, no mascot gives me a run for my money. As far as getting in a fight, that’s not really advocated. Although I am a lion, I would seek a peaceful resolution before engaging in any physical altercation. M&C: You’re a clear favorite at the games. Do the cheerleaders or dancers ever get jealous of your natural ability to woo the fans? BB: Honestly, cheerleaders and dancers are jealous. When I’m up in the stands hanging out with other girls, I always catch a few envious stares from their sections. I get free reign. They have to be jealous of my freedom. M&C: Okay, dancers or cheerleaders? BB: Great question. As far as uniforms go, both squads look great. They both look collegiate. They’re in-sync and on

top of things. As far as differences, you will find a different personality in a dancer than a cheerleader. Not one is better than the other. Both are very different. I couldn’t pick just one. Without them the show wouldn’t go on. M&C: On average, how many pictures do you pose for per game? BB: Football was huge. I’ve never taken more pics for a game than football season. Fans were literally screaming at me to have their pictures taken. People would line up to take pictures. M&C: What is the funniest thing you’ve heard shouted at you? BB: I laughed the hardest when a three-year-old girl asked me if I was going to melt by the end of the game. M&C: How does Big Blue do in a game of H.O.R.S.E. against Gerald Lee? BB: Gerald is an exceptional player. His inside game is something that has proved itself over the past four years. Hands down, Gerald Lee would win in H.O.R.S.E. M&C: I’m not a fan of mascots in those new-fangled inflatable suits. Personally, I don’t think it would be flattering to your chiseled physique. Your thoughts on inflatable mascot garb? BB: Inflatable mascots are an insult to the art of mascotting. They’re always weird-looking, they’re made out of plastic, and there is no type of character development involved. At the end of the day, no one will remember something funny an inflatable did. It’s going to always go back to the animal, the character: “Big Blue did this; Big Blue made me laugh, Big Blue had a personality.” M&C: Okay, I’ll get ya outta here on this one: One question on a lot of people’s minds is does a Mrs. Big Blue exist? BB: There is no Mrs. Big Blue. In all honesty, a Mrs. Big Blue would bring about some drama. I’m consistently known for my antics with women. Any girl in the vicinity of Big Blue are always found.

Lambert’s Point: The golf course next door Justin Brown Mace & Crown

One of the forgotten treasures on the Old Dominion University campus is the fact that there is a great golf course at Lambert’s Point. It’s located right next to Whitehurst Hall on the intersection of 43rd Street and Powhatan. Lambert’s Point is a fantastic golf course with holes that suit beginners as well as experienced golfers. Michelle Holmes, one of the golf pros at Lambert’s Point, had a few things to say about the golf course. “We have a nine hole golf course, it’s links style. We have a two story heated driving range with forty bases. We have a state of the art practice facility with a chipping green, bunkers surrounding, and putting area. We have our PGA golf pro and a fully stacked snack bar,” said Holmes. Basically, Lambert’s Point has everything that a golf course needs for players to enjoy the game. There is a top of the line pro shop that sells clubs, shoes, golf shirts, golf balls, and any other golf gear that would be needed by a frequent golfer or someone just trying to check the sport out. It is a beautiful course whether you are looking out on

the water or hiking to the top of the hill to see out over all of Norfolk. The golf course can be a bit challenging at times, but that’s why they have the practice area and driving range for a golfer to tune their game or just hit some balls for fun. Being that Michelle is a Scottish golfer she had some more to say about the style of the course, “It is a links style, Scottish style course. We really don’t have that anywhere else in this area.” She also elaborated on her favorites about the course, “The most challenging, and my favorite hole, would be number three. A lot of water on that hole. The most enjoyable hole for the average golfer would probably be number one and number eight.” The golf course itself is a great place to get out and enjoy for students, especially since spring is creeping right around the corner. For now the golf course is open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., but will be opening from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in mid March when the whether gets nicer. There are deals for students on prices as well. If students come on the weekdays it is $11 to play nine holes walking and $22 to play eighteen holes and renting a cart. On weekends the

rates increase and move up to $13 walking nine holes and $25 for 18 holes with a cart. To hit a bucket of balls on the driving range it is usually $8, however, all day on Wednesdays students can come to the driving range for $5 a bucket. Lambert’s Point golf course is a great way to get some fresh air and enjoy a weekend or even weekday. Get out and enjoy what Old Dominion has to offer.

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Different sport, same result: Football team still the story Garrison Cole Mace & Crown

During the off-season players are supposed to relax and get away from the game, while continuing to work on their techniques. The football team is getting away by still competing in a team sport because some players are playing intramural basketball. The Old Dominion University football team has teams in both the A League and the B League that are bringing a whole lot of excitement and fan fair to intramurals. “Having fun that’s all it’s about,” said team captain Reid Evans. “The Football Team” is in the A League and just completed an undefeated regular season with a record of 5-0. With supreme athleticism and too much brute and size inside, it is easy to see why this team is getting victories. The roster has a nice mixture of speed and includes Reid Evans (wide receiver) Nick Mayers (wide receiver), and T.J. Cowart (defensive back). The team also features a shooter in Fred Credle (defensive back), and an athletic wing player in Marquel Thomas (wide receiver). Inside the football team has Andrew Turner (defensive lineman), Chad King (defensive line), Dominique Blackman (quarterback), and Nate Barnes (defensive line) anchoring the middle. This mixture of size and speed is one of the reasons why the football team is undefeated heading into the playoffs. Another

reason for the success of the team is their ability to have fun out on the court. In an earlier game this season, with time running out and the game in hand, there was a long pass down the court to Mayers, who threw an underhand alley-oop to Cowart. Cowart then threw it down on a reverse dunk. The buzzer sounded and the team and their football teammates rushed to the floor to celebrate. “Playing basketball isn’t serious to us, it’s about having fun, but of course we are still going to be competitive, still try to win,” said Evans. “Our main goal is to win the whole thing and go undefeated.” For those worried that playing basketball was not signed off by coach Bobby Wilder and the rest of the coaching staff, that is not the case. “Going into recruiting [coach Wilder] said that [the coaches] play basketball themselves,” said Evans. “Eventually, we were going to try to play. If he said that we couldn’t we wouldn’t, but we had a team meeting and he said yeah we could play.” Coach Wilder and the coaches also talked a little trash to Evans and the rest of his teammates. “He told us they were going to have a team and beat us,” Evans said. Playing two sports is not new to these guys as everyone that is on the A League intramural team played basketball at their respective high schools. When asked what it would take for Evans and his teammates to win the A League title his answer was simple.

“Just keep having fun and playing together. Other people’s teams I see they get mad at each other, we just out there to have fun win or lose.” Evans paused and then said, “But we don’t want to lose.” Playoffs for basketball intramurals begin Feb. 21. All games are at the Student Recreational Center.

Lady Monarchs edge out Blue Hens to take first place in CAA Stuart Miller Mace & Crown

When the University of Delaware Blue Hens (15-8, 7-5 CAA) arrived at the Ted Constant Center on Thursday night they had one thing on their minds; revenge. After being defeated at home 60-59 earlier in the season by the Lady Monarchs (12-10, 10-2 CAA) the Blue Hens left it all out on the hardwood, but again came up short as the ODU women’s basketball team squeaked by with the win 54-52. The Lady Monarchs came out red hot to begin the game by jumping out to an 11-0 lead before 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman Elena Delle Donne of Delaware put in the Blue Hens’ first six points of the game. The Lady Monarchs found Delle Donne to be quite the disruption all over the court as she finished with a double-double scoring 21-points and pulling in 10 rebounds. “We all had to defend her together,” said ODU forward Tia Lewis. “Her step back shot is more shocking than anything. She could hop back and be behind the men’s 3-point line to get herself an open look.” Although the Lady Monarchs seemed to keep control of the game early, staying ahead of Delaware for over half of the first half, the Blue Hens went on a 16-2 run over the course of seven minutes to give them a 22-20 lead with 6:45 minutes left before halftime. The Blue Hens were not the only people at the Ted getting hot. A shower of “boos” became a regular chant as the referees called 18 fouls between both teams in the first half, which contributed to the lackadaisical play of the Lady Monarchs in the latter portion of the first half. Forward Shadasia Green put in seven of her 11 total points in the first half and Tia Lewis added eight of her 12 total points and grabbed three of her seven total rebounds. The most surprising first half performance came in the form

of guard Jasmine Parker, who was an assist machine dishing out five and also recording two steals. “I’ve been more poised as of late,” said Parker. “I felt as a point guard at the beginning of the year. I was out of place but I had to suck it up, as long as we win and come away with a victory I’ll do whatever it takes.” Once the second half started, the Lady Monarchs looked to bounce back from their shooting drought in the first half. After the Lady Monarchs and Blue Hens traded a basket each, Shadasia Green hit a tough fade away jump shot from the right wing to put the Lady Monarchs up 31-30 early in the second half. This basket would prove to be huge in the Lady Monarchs’ win as Delaware never regained the lead after Green’s shot. “We’ve had situations where we’ve been punched and haven’t punched back,” said ODU head coach Wendy Larry. “It was one of those things where we couldn’t relax and we had to keep attacking. We did get a little over zealous and we almost shot ourselves in the foot but we were able to compose ourselves.” After the Lady Monarchs jumped back out to a double digit lead, Delaware’s Delle Donne chipped away at ODU’s lead bringing it to five by hitting a 3-pointer with 7:34 minutes left in the game. From there every second that went by at the Ted seemed to be growing with intensity as the Blue Hens and the Lady Monarchs traded baskets until the final buzzer sounded. With the Lady Monarchs leading 53-52, ODU guard Kquanise Byrd almost put the win in jeopardy as she threw an off target pass to Shadasia Green which ricocheted out of bounds with under a minute remaining. However, the Lady Monarchs were able to get the ball back only for ODU forward Jessica Canady to miss a tough jump shot to beat the shot clock. Luckily, Delaware guard Eva Riddick went after the missed shot and fell out of bounds with the ball, returning possession to the Lady Monarchs with 7.8 seconds remaining in the

game. The Blue Hens proceeded to foul guard Jasmine Parker who put in one out of two free throws to seal the victory for the Lady Monarchs by a score of 54-52. “With VCU and JMU losing, we have to keep working at that separation and we have to play hard because we know what happened the last time we traveled to George Mason,” said coach Larry. With the win against Delaware and their current win against George Mason Universitty on Feb. 14, 66-52. the Lady Monarchs hold onto sole possession of first place in the Colonial Athletic Association and have won 10 of the last 11 games.

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Baseball Captains interview with the Mace & Crown Kevin Hollister Mace & Crown

The Mace & Crown was able to sit down with the three newly named captains of the Old Dominion University baseball team: Jake McAloose, Cory Toth, and John Malbon. Despite their cool, calm, and collected demeanor on the diamond, they were initially a little sheepish about answering some questions for the paper. However, once they got to talking, they were as smooth as a 6-4-3 double play. All three radiated a quiet sense of confidence while simultaneously oozing excitement about the upcoming season. In an interview with as much formality as a Saturday morning brunch conversation, the three captains talked about their plans to motivate a young squad, desire to finish the season strong, and Justin Verlander’s nasty stuff. M&C: As a captain, Jake, what are the changes in your leadership style? McAloose: We just have to keep everybody motivated— keep them in-line sometimes, keep them in-check. Other than that, just be a leader in every way. M&C: Cory, how do you plan to motivate a young team and a young pitching staff? Toth: The biggest thing about pitching in college is confidence. You always have to believe in what you’re doing and you have to have trust. Coach Meyers is a great pitching coach. But for me and Chris Boggs, we have to do things the right way and set examples. Always be positive and believe in what you’re doing. M&C: Last year, John, you were more of a role player, but succeeded in limited playing time. How do you, as a captain,

plan to help teammates (who may be role players this year) to be ready when their number is called? Malbon: You have to keep your head up and continue to work hard in practice. When your opportunity comes, you’ll know you’ve worked hard enough so that you’re going to come through in the situation you’re called on.

into the CAA tournament—and we don’t finish. It’s all about finishing. Malbon: The group of guys we have this year will make our jobs easier from a motivation standpoint. I think everyone is on the same page as far as getting ready and turning on that switch once Feb. 19 rolls around.

M&C: You all are a young team, but you’ve had players who were younger step up last year. How do you take last year’s role players and have them step up their performance this year? Toth: When you’re a young guy and your name is called immediately—I mean—we had two freshmen last year who threw 80 innings apiece. They held up really well. I’d love to see them work harder than they did last year. No matter how much success you’ve had, you need to continue to work hard and keep your head straight. Be better than you were last year. Malbon: Also, for young guys who may not have played as big a role last year, you have to hope those guys were paying attention. And hopefully, they’ve learned from the older guys—guys with experience.

M&C: Okay, time for some fun questions. This is for John and Jake. Justin Verlander—ODU alumni—just signed a huge contract with the [Detroit] Tigers. How many pitches do you think it would take you guys to get an extra-base hit off of him? McAloose: I don’t know. That’s a little tough. Depends if he’s throwing overhand or underhand (All three guys laugh). Maybe if he front-tosses it to me I might be able to get a hit. Malbon: Watching him on TV, man, his stuff is so nasty. It would be hard enough to hit a 98 mile-per-hour fastball. But if he was throwing breaking balls and change-ups and stuff, I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d have much of a shot. McAloose: He could tell us what’s coming and we still wouldn’t stand a chance.

M&C: How, as captains, do you help the team “turn on that switch” when the season starts to ensure you start off hot right out of the gate? McAloose: Yeah, that does matter. But it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. It’s important to get off to a good start. Get off on the right foot. Get some wins under your belt. And finish strong, most importantly. Toth: Jake’s definitely right. You want to start out, get the confidence going, and you want to step out on the right foot. But we’ve been on teams before that came out of the gate firing. I mean, winning two-out-of-three each weekend against conference teams. Being the number one team in the CAA going

M&C: Are there any traditions you guys do on the road to stay motivated? Anything fun you guys do? Toth: We all normally eat as a team. There’s no real traditions or what-not. We have our days planned out for us already by coach Meyers, we have itineraries. McAloose: (Interrupting) Card games?! Toth: Yeah, we play card games a lot—that’s a big thing. We play on the bus, off the bus. But when you go on the road, if it’s your first time, you don’t really need much motivation because your nerves are so high. It’s a good experience. Oh, and you look forward to the meal money.

No rest for NFL teams as offseason begins Ben Decowski Mace & Crown

The playing season has come to an end in the NFL with the Saints winning Super Bowl XLIV. Some football fanatics may think this is the end of football until the second Thursday of next September, but in reality the fun has just begun. The 2010 NFL offseason is underway and there is much to be done. The Scouting Combine begins on Feb. 24 and ends on March 2. Teams do an enormous amount of work on their draft boards at the Combine. This is when they will look to find players that fit their needs and are worthy of their draft picks. Players participate in a number of drills, such as the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, shuttle run, bench press, and the 3-cone drill. Players also run position drills during the Combine to give teams a better idea of how good the players are at their respective positions. Free Agency begins on March 5 and there are key players becoming free agents this year. Here’s a list of some of the big name free agents: Quarterbacks: Chad Pennington, Jason Campbell and Tarvaris Jackson. Wide Receivers: Terrell Owens, Brandon Marshall, Vincent Jackson, Miles Austin, and Braylon Edwards. Running Backs: Ronnie Brown, Willie Parker, Chester Taylor, Leon Washington, and Pierre Thomas. Linebackers: DeMeco Ryans, D’Qwell Jackson, Shawn Merriman, Kirk Morrison, and Karlos Dansby. Defensive Ends: Julius Peppers, Aaron Kampman, Leonard Little, and Elvis Dumerville. Offensive Lineman: Jahari Evans and Logan Mankins.

Something to keep in mind is that without a new labor agreement, most of these unrestricted free agents will become restricted free agents, making it much more difficult for them to sign with new teams. Other story lines to watch include whether or not Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre decides to retire, where disgruntled Chargers running back LaDanian Tomlinson ends up, and whether or not the NFL and the NFLPA (NFL Players Association) can decide on a new labor agreement. There are rumors of the Eagles wanting to trade away one or even two of their teams’ three quarterbacks (Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, and Kevin Kolb). With the quarterback being such a key position in the sport, if one of the three were to be traded it would definitely shake up the NFL. There are also three teams with new head coaches. The Redskins hired Mike Shanahan, the Bills hired Chan Gailey, and the Seahawks hired Pete Carroll. Probably the most exciting event of the offseason for football fans is the Draft. This year’s Draft occurs April 22-24. The team with the worst record picks first in the Draft, the second worst gets the second pick and so on (draft picks can also be traded). This year’s top ten Draft picks in order belong to the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and the Denver Broncos. Here’s a list of some top Draft prospects: Quarterback: Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) and Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame). Offensive Linemen: Russell Okung (Oklahoma State), Anthony Davis (Rutgers) and Trent Williams (Oklahoma). Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is a free agent along with quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Jason Campbell.

Wide Receiver: Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State). Defensive Tackle: Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska) and Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma). Defensive End: Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech) and Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida). Cornerback: Joe Haden (Florida). Safety: Eric Berry (Tennessee). Draft day is also a popular time for teams to trade players and draft picks. If a team has a player who is upset with their organization, the team will look to trade him for draft picks before or on draft day. Draft day is clearly an exciting event that will help shape the future for all of the NFL’s franchises. So to all football fans, a season has ended but another exciting one has just begun. This offseason is sure to give some teams a new look and create new contenders. Teams will solve some of their problems as well as create new ones. It is impossible to tell what the outcome of the next season will be, but it all starts here in offseason 2010.

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NASCAR: A man’s sport with a female superstar Matthew McCracken Mace & Crown

Coming up on 28 years of age in March and standing at 5’2” and weighing a little over 100 pounds after a five buck box from Taco Bell, Danica Patrick seems like your everyday American girl. At first glance, not one individual would think she is one of the top Formula 1 race car drivers in the world. Even knowing that, it’d seem even more far-fetched that this woman plans to participate in NASCAR racing as well. Even though both sports have to do with the speed of vehicles, the differences between the two is tremendous. Going from racing Formula 1 cars to stock cars is like a softball pitcher learning how to pitch over-hand. Male or female, Danica Patrick is undoubtedly one of the most gifted racers in today’s day and age. The struggles Patrick will face from switching from F1 racing to NASCAR seem far-fetched, but are not impossible to overcome. Just like how a three point line gets farther away as you move up in basketball from college to NBA, or base distances increase on a baseball field from high school to professional, Danica Patrick will have to deal with the changes of the race tracks. With Formula 1 races being like “professional street racing,” Patrick is used to making left and right turns in an abrupt fashion. She is also used to timing the speed of the turns to get the slightest advantage on the straight parts of the race track. In NASCAR, Patrick will have to adapt to the oval-shaped race tracks while maintaining speeds to catch up or maintain the position as leader of the pact. Pit stops are apparent in both styles of racing, but the time allotted for them, machinery, and amount of help are almost opposites. With Patrick being used to having 13 men handling four nuts After one race Patrick is ranked 35th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and earned 58 points

and tires with four guns and two jacks, she’ll be in for a big surprise with the changes she’ll face in pit stops in NASCAR. Although Danica has the talent that wins races, her team, including the pit men and women, are what gets recognized for the “W.” In Nascar, a pit is made up of only seven men having to undo 20 nuts on four tires with only two guns and one jack. The time spent in the pit preparing the car could be the difference between a win and a huge loss for Patrick and her team. Being a woman will not bring any extra pressure to Patrick, who has been racing in the IndyCar Series since 2005. The extra pressures that she will have to deal with are close races, which are usually less than a second in NASCAR. In most F1 races, the start of the race is as close as it’ll

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ever get as the most technologically advanced car usually pulls ahead, and maintains the lead for the rest of the race. However, in NASCAR photo finishes are what brings fans into the stands. In the 2000 Daytona 500, the top 4 cars finished within four inches of one another, with the 10th place winner being less than a second behind the number 1 finisher. With close calls like that, Patrick will struggle with choosing her times during the race to be aggressive or contemporary. The most obvious struggle Patrick will face in switching from F1 to Nascar is the car itself. With Formula 1 cars being top of the line technologically, Patrick will have to deal with the old, grease-oil type stock cars in NASCAR. Not being able to hit the same speeds as a Formula 1 car, Danica will also have to deal with the make up of the vehicle. F1 tires are placed on the outside of the body of the car while stock cars are built more like regular vehicles you see on the road, with a lot of bumper stickers and advertisements. The handle of the car, the pit stops, the race track, and the overall pressure of a woman going from a Formula 1 racer to a NASCAR driver seems like it should be over bearing for Danica Patrick. If anyone can handle pressure it’s her. Taking over the Formula 1 racing spotlight as a female, Patrick plans to dominate NASCAR as well. She was teamed up with the well-respected Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on Saturday for the Daytona International Speedway race. She failed to finish after being a part of a 12 car crash midway through the race. Don’t let this accident fool you; Patrick gained a lot of experience from the majority of the race she was in before the crash. With more and more practice, expect Danica Patrick’s name to be mentioned in victory more and more often in NASCAR racing.

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Monarchs roll over Patriots 76-60, now in first place in CAA Donnell Coley

Monarchs led 34-21 at the half. After the retirement of ODU great Odell Hodge’s number at halftime, the Monarchs came out and picked up where they left off defensively as they caused GMU to turn the ball over four straight times. Frustration was evident on the GMU sideline as arguing between teammates and the referees was apparent. Patriot sophomore forward Mike Morrison headed for the showers early as he was tossed out of the game after being hit with two technical’s for arguing a call. After Gerald Lee hit the four free throws for the technical fouls and put the Monarchs up 51-25. Lee dropped ten second half points and ended the game with 16. He and Finney were key in surprising mini runs that GMU had in the second half. With the win, ODU extended their home winning streak to 21 straight, which ranks fifth longest among active Division I men’s basketball. Also, the Monarchs bumped the Patriots to third place in the CAA and captured their 20th win of the season. Which brings many to wonder if the Monarchs have done enough already to get a NCAA tournament bid. For now, however, the Monarchs are focused on one goal as Finney put it, “To get that Conference ring”.

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[With the win against George Mason and Northeastern losing to William & Mary, ODU is now in a tie for first place in the CAA with Northeastern] It was an afternoon of redemption for the ODU Monarchs on Saturday as they took down one of their most hated rivals, George Mason University, after getting blown out in Fairfax earlier in the season. The story of the game was the leadership and outstanding play of the experienced Monarch players. They were led by the 19-points of junior guard Ben Finney, who was hot from the field all night shooting 7-11. “We dug ourselves into a pretty big hole.” These were the words of the less than pleased Jim Larranaga, the George Mason head coach who was describing his team’s slow start. After scoring the first point of the game the Monarchs rattled off 17 unanswered points to take a 17-1 lead. The run was fueled by great ball pressure that forced GMU turnovers, and the great shooting of Finney and senior guard Marsharee Neely, who ended the game with 12 points coming off the bench. “I really love playing in these big games… Big players step up in big games,” said Neely. Lots of second chance opportunities proved to help out the Monarchs in gaining their lead. They ended the first half with ten second chance points off of nine offensive rebounds. The game seemed as if it was going to take a dramatic change when the Patriots closed the gap bringing the game to within nine points with the score being 26-17. They did this mainly with the free throw line as they went 7-13 in the first half from the line. But Neely hit a crucial three as time expired

Jake Zimmerman / Mace & Crown With the win against George Mason and Northeastern losing to William & Mary, ODU is now in a tie for first place in the CAA with Northeastern

in the half that lifted his team and had the crowd erupt as the

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