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It is a bright and early Friday morning when the cars start to pull into the parking lots of Old Dominion University’s dormitories*, Eager students begin the registration process and receive their keys, while their parents wait close by with a look of panic. Before long, shopping carts and dollies are whizzing past with loads of clothing, decorations and supplies. The residence halls become a flurry of activity. Trash is everywhere, but students are ecstatic as they set up and organize in preparation for the first day of classes. At last, a new school year has begun! On August 23, 2002 over 2,100 students moved into O D U ’s campus housing facilities. W hitehurst, R oger’s M ain and Roger’s East Halls are mostly occupied by incoming freshman. Gresham International Hall houses international students, frequently paired with American roommates to ease the transition into American society. Powhatan Apartment complex offers upper level students the choice of an on-campus apartment, and the M onarch House is reserved for upper classmen with good academic standing. This year, 95 students resided, temporarily, at the Clarion Hotel in downtown Norfolk due to overcrowding in the dorms. Clearly, ODU has a place for everyone!

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After unloading the vehicles and the swarms of parents leave, it’s tim e for what every college student does b^st- PARTY! The Office of Student Activities and Leadership g av e stu d e n ts, b o th new and o ld, the opportunity to m eet other students at a Casino Party in Webb Center. The Party was held Friday night after students moved into their new homes. W ho could resist free food, games, music and the opportunity to meet new friends? Story and Photos by: Chrisse Rubenstein A group of freshmen play blackjack.

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Kaufman M all buzzed with activity on Thursday, September 12. All the buzzing led straight to M ain Street, the annual event that allows students to acquaint themselves with the intricacies of “campus life.” The music, food, and prizes set the atmosphere for an organizational bazaar that aims to encourage students to join a student organization and become active on campus. ODU is home to over 200 student organizations to cater to the needs o f every student, and during M ainstreet, m any o f these organizations anxiously await the opportunity to recruit new members to help advance their purpose. Candace Tuck, a junior said “I never even knew about half of these organizations. This is the first M ainstreet I have been to and now I want to become a member of 3 different groups.” The event is sponsored each semester by The Office of Student Activities and Leadership (OSAL) and is very important to our University. Mainstreet allows every participating organization to be put on display for eager students. It is a lot of fun and very easy to learn more about the many different groups on campus. Story by: Chrisse Rubenstein Photos by: Doug Hillson Mainstreet is a great way for many different student organizations to express their originality, attract new members and remind students and faculty what makes ODU different: Pride!


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The Olympics has always been an event that inspires honor, resp ect, dignity, and pride am ong both participants and spectators. It takes athletes years of training, total dedication, and many sacrifices to win the Gold. ODU has created it's own version called the "Wacky O lym pics". It doesn't take years of practice and training, just a willingness to come out and have fun. On September 19th Old Dominion University held it's 10th annual W acky O lym pics sponsored by Auxiliary Services. Students had a blast with various games and contests including: Limbo, Coffee Cup Relay Races, Water Balloon Tosses, and a plethora of other events. Prizes awarded included book-bags, sweaters, and a television. The crowd enjoyed eating free food and jam m ing to the tunes pum ped out by W OD U, w hile "Big Blue," our cam pus m ascot, entertained the masses by dancing, running around, and spreading M onarch Pride.

Pie anyone?

Story by: Joseph Lyttle Photos by: Auxiliary Services

The Hoola Hoop Queen.

On your mark, get set, go!

This is definitely more fun than class!


Heavy bags and overloaded luggage: the international students have arrived. Everyone starts to settle into their new homes. M ost prefer the I-Hall, which is designated especially for international students, others rent houses around the campus. Classes are soon to start again but not without some new frustrations o f adapting to a new country. O f course, the Dragas International Center's staff is always ready to help resolve any issue international students have. O ld D om inion U n iv ersity is co n sid e red the In te rn atio n a l University of Virginia. One of the m ost credible features of ODU is that help is always available. Scott King, the Director of Dragas and International student Advisor Sara Eser perform services that come from the heart. Bus tours of downtown Norfolk, welcome speeches, soccer games, and movie nights help to make students feel at "home away from home."

The Gresham International Hall assigns rooms to students from-different backgrounds. These students are roommates at Gresham from Denmark and Japan.

Over 1,350 international students have seen w hatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special about Old Dominion University. Every student has a different reason why they are here, but the most important thing is that every single international student is proud to be a Monarch! Story by: Jams Rustambekov

Gossiping in Webb Center

Jams Rustambekov poses for the camera with friends at the International Banquet.

Several international students pose with their host family at an International Banquet.

Sharing Their (Hearts There is always something to do in Norfolk! Every day there are num erous com m unity service projects to participate in, especially at ODU. In fact, many student o rg an izatio n s, ath letic team s, and students p rid e themselves on what they can do for their community. Instead of enjoying “sweet sleep” on Saturday October 5, m any OD U students along w ith the com m unity assisted in hosting the Norfolk H alf M arathon & 5K. This was the fourth annual “Race with a Face.” The race w as co o rd in a te d by the A m erican D iabetes A ssociation, w hose m ission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to im prove the lives of all the people affected by the disease. Jams Rustambekov, and others celebrate at the after party.

That Saturday morning nearly 30 streets in downtown Norfolk, Ghent and on the ODU campus were closed or at least partially closed for such a special event. M ore than 100 volunteers signed-up to assist with this event, while over 1000 runners hit the road. The race began and ended in front of Nauticus. A post-party was held for participants and volunteers, featuring music, food, beverages, awards and door prizes. Story by: Jams Rustambekov

Didn’t we just pass that building?

On the way back to Nauticus

Almost there!

Founder's Day 2002 Engulfed in the splendid evening of October 25, 2002, people of all ages gathered in the lobby of the Ted Constant Convocation Center to celebrate the grand opening of the multifaceted 8,600 seat arena. The celebration commenced with a ribbon c u ttin g c e re m o n y th a t in c lu d e d re m a rk s by Governor M ark Warner, Norfolk M ayor Paul Fraim and U n iv e rs ity P re s id e n t R o se a n n e R u n te , highlighting the great potential O ld D om inion University will offer the future. Gov. Warner, M ayor Fraim and President. Runte all agreed that building the C o n v o c a tio n C e n te r m ark e d one o f O ld Dominion University's greatest accomplishments. G uests w ere given the opportunity to tour the facility. Later that night at the annual Founderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Dinner, Old Dominion University recognized 17 of the m ost adm irable and philanthropic m en and women who have dedicated their time, energy and life in service to the community. The dinner, set within the beauty of the Ted Constant Convocation Center, added a more powerful sense of integrity, achievement and success in the sphere of service to the honorees.

The gorgeous new Convocation Center will host many different events throughout the year, including-basketball games, concerts, banquets and o f course, the commencement ceremonies.

Story by: Dominica Gray Photos by: Doug Hillson

President Roseann Runte, Ted Constant and Govenor Mark Warner are all sm iles after the ribbon cutting o f the Ted Constant Convocation Center.


How impressive is the Ted Constant Convocation Center? Some prominent students tell of the memories it invoked upon the first entrance: "It has blue seats" Ashraft Abdelhak, Class of 2003

"It was like walking into a movie, Jaw-dropping amazing" M eenal Walia, Class of 2003

"It was freaking awesome!" AJ Jank, Class of 2003

"It made me think of my high school prom. It even smelled fresh, like when you open a new pair of tennis shoes." Katherine Bucher, Class of 2006

"It reminded me of the MCI Center in D.C. It was quite a surprise because I didn't think they would finish it on time." JonM arie French, Class of 2004

Simply put, it's amazing. It's better than anything I've ever seen, and it sets us apart and above everyone else." Occasio Gee, Class 2003


Dim lighting and flickering candles on many tables set off a calm ing and surreal m ood on October 26. Club Candlelight, sponsored by the Black Student Alliance, combined music with poetry from the soul. The Fuzz Band of Hampton provided the entertainment, adding to the relaxing vibe of the evening. Simone Brehon described this event as a "cultural evening of enlightenment, live jazz, poetry and food." Students attended from ODU, Norfolk State, and Hampton U n iv e rs ity to p e rfo rm , lis te n , and e n jo y th e refreshm ents. Godchild and Queen Sheeba hosted the event and the open microphone allowed everyone who so desired to sing original songs and read poetry. The audience supported their fellow students with applause and shouts of praise. Club Candlelight allowed students to open up and express themselves while sharing their gifts with others. Story by: Christine Dillard

Club Candlelight allowed many different people to open and share a part of the soul. It was a soothing and satisfying event that will surely become an ODU tradition.


C^reat Tail Was it raining pumpkins on October 30, 2002? No, it was Old D om inion U niversityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society of Physics Students annual Pumpkin Drop. Close to Halloween each year, students drop pumpkins off the roof of B AL into student built catching devices, with hoping the pumpkin will survive. The pumpkin catchers were required to be at least three square feet, in order to best catch the pumpkins falling ten stories. The variation in size, shape and m atter is the k ey to m ak in g the p u m p k in drop e x trem ely fascinating. Story by: Chrisse Rubenstein Photos by: Doug Hillson

A pumpkin with a siren attached to demonstrate the Doppler Shift, which is the change of frequency in sound waves.


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Preparing the pumpkin catcher.

This pumpkin was a goner.


Halloween: the one day each year when it is perfectly normal for adults to dress up in costumes and act like children in public! T hat’s exactly w hat happened on ODU’s campus this Halloween. Students everywhere were ran around in costumes, reliving their childhood. The Harvest Fest was co-sponsored by the Honor Council and the Pagan Student Alliance to facilitate this reversion into childhood. The event featured games, pumpkin painting, apples and candy. All the ingredients needed for a funfilled Halloween Party on Kaufman Mall. Story and Photos by: Chrisse Rubenstein

A group o f ODU students paint pumpkins during Activity Hour on Halloween.

It’s Pumpkin Love!

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Seems that apples are a reoccurring theme for Halloween.

Anyone Hungry? A group of Student Ambassadors watch a bean-bag toss game

The Black Student Alliance offered a fun and safe alternative for Halloween this year. Instead of trick-or-treating outdoors, BSA held a Halloween party for the children in Old Dom inion’s surrounding community. Simone Brehon, the president of BSA, states, “This is the first year we are having the party, and we hope it turns into as big of a success as the egg hunt in the spring.” The Honor Council, the Pagan Student Alliance, and several sororities and fraternities helped to make this a special event by passing out candy and providing games. In addition to food, games and fun, a live DJ provided great music that made everyone wanted to jum p out onto the dance floor. Story by: Christine Dillard

The Wicked Witch o f the West wants you.

Hairy Halloween! Remember to always smile.

Spiderman and Superman join forces to fight evil.


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This is truCy a $. (Roseann In November, the education bond referendum passed when 73 percent of voters approved the distribution of $900 million of funds for college construction and renovation across the commonwealth. Old Dominion will receive more than $44 million, making it one of the biggest beneficiaries in the state.

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The work will start in summer 2003 with a $9 million renovation of the Technology Building, and a $700,000 renovation of the Chemistry Building. "Students will begin to Student Body president Larry Woods, Vice President for see an improvement Institutional Advancement John R. Broderick and others when they return in the celebrate the passing of the bond referendum. fall," said John ODU President Roseann Runte said, "This is a Broderick. A $5.6 million renovation of Hughes truly significant moment in Old Dominion Hall is also planned. University history. We can now plan our future growth in a rational fashion. This is truly a $44 For those who spend their time under the sagging million day!" she declared. John Broderick, Vice ceilings of BAL, the wait will be a little longer. President of Institutional Advancement at ODU, Work on the $9.6 million renovation of the 30-year and the state's regional coordinator for the old tower block will not begin until at least 2005. campaign described the 73 percent majority as "a great number." In addition to renovations, two new constructions ODU students agreed that many areas of campus need renovation, but it will be future students that will reap the rewards. First year History graduate student Alvin Shields who voted in favor of the motion said, "I voted 'Yes.' BAL certainly needs it,

are also planned. $13 million will be spent on constructing Phase II of the Physical Sciences Building, and a new $6 m illion Tri-Cities Higher Education Center to be built in Chesapeake completes the §|x project list. Story by: Pete Hull Pictures by: Chrisse Rubenstein


BAL, the tallest building on campus, will receive a $9.6 million renovation in 2005.

Construction for Phase II of the Physical Science Building has already started.

The Chemistry building will undergo a $700,000 change starting in 2003.

The new university apartments are in demand and havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been completed yet.

Hughes Hall, the oldest building on campus, will receive $5.6 million for renovations.

The Technology building will begin its $9 million renovation in 2003.

Just when we thought the construction was over the bulldozers start lining up again.


(Music to m y Ĺ&#x2019;Lars L udacris & O D U On Saturday, Novem ber 16th m ulti-platinum artist Ludacris with special guest the Nappy Roots made a visit to the pristine Ted Constant Convocation Center to celebrate this year's homecoming festivities. The co n cert w as a p p ro p riate ly th em ed afte f one o f Ludacris' hits "Southern Hospitality," to allow students the opportunity to put the books aside for one night and begin to celebrate a week devoted to the spirit of Old Dominion University. The concert was opened by three local opening acts that got the audience in the m ood for the two star acts. The creative beats and lyrics of The Theory, DMP, and Goodfellas amazed a lot of skeptics who had preconceived notions that the evening would start off as a musical disaster. Shortly after 9 o'clock, the lights w ent down and e x c item e n t spread w aitin g fo r N appy R oots to suddenly appear on stage. One by one, each m ember ran onto the stage with energy and spirit to test the outstanding acoustics of the Convocation Center. Each m em ber of the band had their own unique way and style of performing a num ber of their hits like "Po Folks" and "Aw Naw", their debut single. Som e m embers of the group even took advantage of the "hospitality" they received from ODU by sporting University apparel while on stage to help kick off the school spirit. Story by: Trey M ayo


Will Bousman, Jeremy Chambers and Justin Couther patiently wait for the show to start.


Homecoming 2002 Queen Stacie Lewis, and King Matthew Gilchrist.

Homecoming 2002 Prince Leland Grant and Princess Dominica Gray.

Adrian Jank, Leland Grant, Dominica Gray, Stacie Lewis, Matthew Gilchrist and Karl Crudup pose for a picture at the Homecoming pageant.


Top Left: Honor Council in style! Top Right: Got Pride? Lower Left: TKE and DZ want to prove their loyalty. Lower Right: Forever a Monarch.

Surrounded by balloons, the November 19,2002 Homecoming King and Queen Pageant was an event not to be missed. The quiet excitement of the crowd and scenery encapsulating the "Bring the Heat" theme left everyone attending in anticipation. Eight contestants: M atthew Gilchrist, Suzanne Turney, Paul Hart, Dom inica Gray, Leland Grant, Stacie Lewis, Occasio Gee and Tia-Farrah Rice all com peted in the spirit of Old Dom inion pride as they showcased their intellect, talent and beauty throughout the competition. Backstage, there were only white smiles and hearty laughter as each contestant quickly changed outfits for the next portion o f the show. In the house were cheers and warm smiles for every participant. The calm and friendly atm osphere created by the Student Activities Council's Homecoming Co-Chairs, Adrian Jank and Karl Crudup, and the host of other SAC members and advisors who made the night one to remember. With excitement and ODU pride, Lauren Marsh, Director of Student Activities Council, announced the Prince, Leland Grant, the Princess; Dominica Gray, the King, Matthew Gilchrist, and the Queen, Stacie Lewis. And as everyone cheered and snapped pictures of the Homecoming Court, another Old Dominion memory was set in the pages of ODU history. Story by: Dom inica Gray


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The blue and silver pride at Old Dom inion University was on display during hom ecom ing w eekend as the M onarchs and Lady M onarchs hosted the N orth Carolina Tarheels and the Lady Cavaliers o f Virginia. The Lady M onarchs w ere first up to kick off the season as they challenged the Virginia's squad. The noise in the building read a feverish pitch as the Lady M onarchs w ere introduced. The colorful stage lights and am plified m usic brought over 600 M aniacs to their feet as they w aved their rally towels and spirit sticks in the air frantically. Their excitem ent signified a new season was about to begin and, with that, a new sense o f pride. The opening tip w ent to the Lady Cavaliers and with that cam e a hostile environm ent provided by the M onarch M aniacs boldly chanting in unison D E 足 FENSE! DE-FENSE!


There was never a dull m om ent from start to finish as the Lady M onarchs attem pted to claw their way back into the game. W ith every basket: cam e a sense o f excitem ent and urgency to continue to cheer the team on in their effort to stage a comeback. Although the Lady C avaliers ultim ately w on the gam e, the M onarch M aniacs pride was far from being deflated. They knew, on Sunday, they would be ready to deliver a ru d e w elco m e to the v isitin g N o rth C a ro lin a Tarheels. After all was said and done, Old Dom inion Basketball opened the season w ith losses to reputable A CC o p ponents. B ut M o n arch M aniac p rid e reig n ed supreme! By: D uane Dinio

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ne year ago w e were w aking up, eating breakfast, and going to our classes. Then, the w orst tragedy on A m erican so il h a p p en ed . We w ere attacked, and our world as we knew it changed. Immediately following 9 /1 1 , w e united as Americans to restore peace and justice in the world. September 11 is a day that will echo in our lives forever. One year later, we are still healing and trying to put som e norm alcy back into our lives. On this day of rem em brance, we united in mourning the deaths o f our lo v ed ones and fellow human beings. It is in this unity that w e w ill find the strength to carry on.

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Tom D eluca, a com edian and h y pnotist, visited ODU on D ecem ber 3 ,2 0 0 2 thanks to the Student Activities Council (SAC). The show started at 7 PM , b ut people started arriving earlier, hoping to participate in the show . D e lu c a h a s b e e n n a m e d as th e E ntertainer o f the Year for four years by colleges across the country. Judging by the pictures, w eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure that every M onarch will agree. You scream, we scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!

Story by: Chrisse Rubenstein

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Oh! What is that smell!


I have the lead!

Prima Ballerinas.

I will dance circles around you.

Being put on parade.


A S pieciai Giti ~>r A t fyectatH Frank Batten, founder of Landm ark Communications and an Old Dominion University supporter for nearly five decades, has given $32 million to the university. It is the largest gift in university history and one of the largest gifts ever to a V irginia public college or university. "As the first director o f the B oard of Visitors, I developed a strong com m itm ent to Old Dominion University," Batten noted. "Over the past 48 years, I have seen Old Dominion make great strides in student achievement, teaching excellence, research endeavors and state-of-the-art facilities. I hope this gift will enable Old Dominion to reach the forefront of academic and research eminence, particularly in the fields of science and technology." According to President Roseann Runte, the gift will benefit all six of the university's academic colleges, with a particular emphasis on engineering and science. Seventy-five percent of the gift will be used to establish endowed faculty chairs and the remaining 25 percent will go to endowing research within the institution. "I want to thank Frank and Jane Batten for their leadership, generosity and belief in education as an engine to better the region," Runte said. "This gift enables the university to carry forth its strategic plan and will help it achieve its goal of being in the top 100 universities in the nation. Frank is truly a rare and treasured friend of humanity." The $32 million gift comes before the formal launch of a $100 million capital campaign for Old Dominion University. Prior to Batten's gift, a $ 10 million anonymous gift during the previous capital campaign stood as the largest in university history.


"We are extremely encouraged and energized by this gift," Runte added. "I feel confident that we will arrive at our goal with support from our alumni and the community." Batten's financial support to Old Dominion has earned him the distinction as the university's mbst significant and enduring contributor. His influence has extended beyond the generosity o f his im m ediate fam ily, including his wife, Jane, and three children. In 1995, Old Dominion initiated the Batten Award to recognize and encourage others who, like the Batten family, have demonstrated outstanding charitable support to the u n iv e rsity and w hose p h ila n th ro p ic lea d e rsh ip encourages others to support the university. A fter receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard University, Batten began his professional career in the 1950s when he went to work for his un cle'stw o local newspapers, The Virginian-Pilot and the Ledger-Dispatch. Later he acquired a controlling interest in the newspapers. He built them into Landm ark Communications Inc., a Norfolk-based, privately held m edia company with national and international interests in newspapers, broadcasting, cable program m ing and electronic p u b lish in g . In 1998, B a tte n p a sse d c o n tro l o f Landm ark to his son and currently serves as chairman of the board's Executive Committee. Story by: Old Dominion University News

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Constant Hall was given a $12.5 million renovation over the last 2 years. On M ay 21, 2002, it was reopened and dedicated. The new design nearly doubled the original. It has an incredible two-story, oak-trimmed stonewall lobby with custom designed chandeliers and terrazzo floors bearing the U niversityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seal. There are student lounges, meeting rooms, a 34-station computer lab, 18 classrooms, offices for the College of Business and Public Administration, two lecture halls with one-hundred seats, two Harvard-style case study lecture halls and four seminar rooms. The benches in the hallway are equipped with electrical outlets for laptop plug-ins. In addition, the building operates on radio waves which allows connection to the computer network without a modem. This newly renovated building is the technological wave of the future! Story and Photos by: Chrisse Rubenstein

Construction on the Magnetic Levitation Transportation System (Maglev) began in April 2002. It was scheduled to be completed in September of 2002, and is near completion. Unfortunately, progress cannot be made until a few problems are worked out. Financially, the M aglev is waiting for a federal appropriation of up to $2 million to add to the projects budget. The M aglev is a single vehicle, approximately 45 feet long that will take 100 passengers at a speed of 45 m.p.h. from the Powhatan Apartments to the Convocation Center. The ride will take approximately seven minutes round-trip. It is the first step toward connecting the Hampton Roads region with Washington, D.C. via high­ speed maglev technology. In addition to the financial issues, the Maglev, itself, is not running properly. Thomas V. Radovich, who coordinates the project for Lockheed M artin in Orlando, FL said the train is responding differently to the elevated guideway at ODU than it did on the ground at American M aglev's Florida test track. American M aglev Technology plans to work out all problems for a smooth ride. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We're disappointed . . . but these are not fatal issues," said Tony M orris, president of American M aglev Technology Inc. in Marietta, GA. No date has been set as of now for the opening.

Story by: Chrisse Rubenstein & Old Dominion University News Photos by: Sonja Foster


One of a The National Pan-Hellenic Council, the governing body for the Historically Black Greek Lettered Organizations, asserted itself as the prem ier leader in the minority community here on campus and in the surrounding area. Old Dominion NPHC members have represented the campus around the entire country, spreading the name of ODU. A small community, the NPHC received record recruitment numbers this year due to its outstanding programming over the years. Every single m em ber of the NPHC can be found on the executive board or as a prominent m ember of other organizations around the campus. Not only is the NPHC a leader for ODU, but it is a leader for Greek-lettered organizations around the country. By:Occasio Lerrod Gee

Sigma Gamma Rho & Phi Beta Sigma members

Sigma Lambda Upsilon & Phi Beta Sigma members

Zeta Phi Beta & Phi Beta Sigma members

Area Phi Beta Sigma members

Area Phi Beta Sigma members


'llnbreakaJbĂš Fraternity comes from the Latin word fratem itas, meaning state of being brothers. Sorority, from the Latin word soror, meaning Sister. Here at Old Dominion the fraternity and sorority community is this and much more. These members of our student body strive to be the best they can in all avenues of the collegiate experience. Stellar members in the academic, athletic, and service arenas, the Greek community increased significantly this year showing that they are a friendly and inviting group of people. Highlights this year included an outstanding participation in H om ecom ing, unbelievable events during G reek W eek and an adm irable performance in the classroom setting. Story by:Occasio Lerrod Gee

Powder Puff football is yet again an ODU tradition with the many greek organizations. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games were a part of the Homecoming Celebration.


I Since its founding in 1998 by ODU alumnus K eith Chow, O D U 's APASU has strived to increase awareness of Asian and Asian American culture as well as promote ethnic and cultural u n d e rs ta n d in g . T h e m em b e rs o f A PA SU encom pass m any ethnic backgrounds, all of whom are interested in learning more about the rising Asian American identity. As a means of helping to raise the consciousness o f A sian A m e ric an s^ w e b ro u g h t in s p e a k e rs and perform ers, such as Harlem -raised com edian Eliot Chang and the M ountain Brothers hip hop group. This past year, with help from FAS A, we b ro u g h t in M ic h e lle M y e rs and C a tz ie Vilayphonh of Yellow Rage to celebrate Asian Heritage Month.

Top Right;At Relay for Life, Julius Samonte gives Maricel Navarro a piggy back ride with Kenny Faulkner and Jamison for backup support. APASU officers Rika Johnson,Wil Peralta, Belen Joa, Maricel Navarro, and Jeannette Dineros try to help Alex Acevado through the web entanglement Bottom Right: Dong Ngu fires up the grill during the Back to School Picnic at Princess Anne Park

"What I like about APASU is that there's always a feeling of welcome amongst all members, whether they're new or old." Ryan Delacruz


(Black Student 窶連 lliance The purpose o f the Black Student Alliance is to enhance the developm ent o f black students by providing an opportunity for all students to w ork together, to share inform ation and resources, and to offer support and strategies to students. The Black Student Alliance is here to benefit the lives o f black students by providing social, educational, and cultural events on the cam pus o f O ld D om inion University. We also ensure that the voices o f Black students are heard at Old D om inion University. Presentation:

We strive to present an inviting, engaging, and professional atm osphere for the Black students on campus. Empathy: We concentrate on m aking a positive and em otional connection to the Black students on campus. Responsi venes: We aspire to anticipate and exceed the needs o f both Black students and the University community. Reliability: We aim to establish qualities o f trust, dependability, and loyalty. Story by: Sim one Brehon

The Black Student Alliance sponsored many events throughout the year including Club Candelight, a Halloween Party and the Ms. Ebony ODU Pageant.


m ain purpose is to p rom ote academ ic in te g rity across campus. In other words, we get the m essage across that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s im portant not to cheat, let the students know w hy they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cheat, and w hat will happen to them if they do. A lot o f people still think o f us as an H onor Court, and that w hen a student is caught doing som ething they shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they are brought before us. This is a m yth. We do serve on appeal hearing boards, occasionally, as m em bers o f the Student Conduct Com m ittee, but there are also two faculty m em bers along with the tw o student representatives on the board at every appeal hearing. We provide advocacy for those students involved in the ju d ic ia l process. We have advocates w ho w ill inform a student o f his or her rights, and help them to put a case together.

Pamela Majundar prepares for graduates to sign the Graduation Pledge,

O ur goal is to let the students know that the best way is not always the easy way, and that there are options available at Old Dom inion University that w ork out better than cheating or lying. Story by: Em ily Cooke

Honor Council members pose with their Homecoming Float.

Veronica Pope promotes the Graduation Pledge Alliance.

Cindy Slaughter, Daniel Figueroa and Veronica Pope at Learn to Lead.





I Latino Student “ Affiance

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The Latino Student A lliance was established to ensure the developm ent o f Latino Students at O ld D om inion University. O ur m issions are to up lift the H ispanic Com m unity through cultural aw areness and to reach out to the H ispanic student body. We aim to educate the college com m unity about the H ispanic and Latino culture, w hile dispelling stereotypes and other misconceptions. We strive to provide an outlet fo r H ispanic students to interact within their own culture, while also opening opportunities to gain awareness o f the m any diverse heritage groups that are a part o f the ODU campus.

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This year the LSA had great success in our observance o f N ational H ispanic H eritage M onth (S eptem ber 15th to O ctober 15th). A lth o u g h w e a re a r e la tiv e ly y o u n g organization, we have m ade great strides to m eet our mission. Story by: Brian Conner LSA helped to make Halloween ‘02 a safe and fun night for all.

Jessica Tirado and Ann Dinguis stop to snack during the Hispanic Health Fair.

Leo Maldonado, Jamie “Shaggy” Flores and Eric Barretto are all smiles. Flores is a Latino poet and activist.

‘Mace and Crown

0 ‘D ‘U's Student Newspaper

The prim ary m ission o f the M ace and Crow n is to inform ( and to a lesser extent, entertain) the student body o f Old D om inion University. Its secondary m ission is to develop the writing, photography and editing skills o f it’s members.

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The M ace and Crow n is published 12 tim es per sem ester with a Preview edition during the summer. It is distributed to m o s t b u ild in g s o n c a m p u s , in c lu d in g d o rm s , adm inistration buildings, instructional facilities, the Webb Center, and the Ted C onstant Convocation Center. The M ace and Crown staff consist^ o f an editorial board, sta ff w riters and pho to g rap h ers, graphic designers, a d istrib u tio n m anager, and an a d v ertisin g editor. T he editorial board is com posed o f the Editor-in-C hief and new s, sports and entertainm ent editors. The M ace and Crown works closely with M aceA to publish the on-line edition o f the paper and web-exclusive content.

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M em bers o f the M ace and Crown also attem pt to prom ote involvem ent and fight cam pus apathy by bringing campus and university issues to the attention o f the students, In addition to prom oting cam pus safety and encouraging feedback and discussion o f ideas. Story by: BarbaraJane Clopton-Blackwell

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frisa re ‘h fationaf S cietyf(BÎacê Engineers o The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a non­ profit organization that focuses on academic excellence and community service. The mission of NSBE is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. NSBE is the largest student run organization broken down into six geographical regions. The region that the Old Dominion University (ODU) chapter belongs to is Region II. Region II includes all chapters from West Virginia and Pennsylvania down to South Carolina. W ithin Region II there are five different zones. The zone that ODU is included in is the O-Zone that includes all chapters in the state of Virginia. Every year there is a N ational C onvention and three conferences that are held w ithin each region. Regional Leadership Conference (RLC); Fall Regional Conference (FRC); and Spring Regional Conference (SRC). RLC is for all of the chapter officers to com e together and obtain training from their regional and national counterparts to ensure that their work in the chapter will be efficient. FRC allows all members to gather and use networking skills at the job fair and amongst themselves to help improve their chapter and offer suggestions of im provem ent to other chapters. SRC is the business conference where all of the final preparations are made for the National Convention and to close out work for the region. The National Convention allows all chapters to come together on a larger scale to network with over 300 companies at the career fair, to gather information about academic improvements and graduate schools, and to vote on their representatives for the upcoming year.

Travis Tucker, Raymond Goins, and Brandon Bowers at a NSBE fall conference in Charlotte N .C .

ODU and Hampton Univerity’s chapters of NSBE at the Fall conference.

Story by: Kenisha Pope

NSBE posing at the CANDII house, which benefits AIDS children.



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This past summer was a time of great change for our organization. In August, the group decided to change its name from Gay Lesbian Bisexual Students and Allies (GLBSA) to ODU Out. The new name, along with our new logo, shows the tremendous change that our group has experienced in the past year. ODU Out started off with a strong year! We had over 40 people at our first meeting, many of them incoming freshmen. After having won the M ost Improved organizatioii award last year, we are on the road to having another strong year. We continued several programs which were successful last year. We started the year with the second annual GLBT film festival, which lasted for two days this year! We also had our second annual Straight But Not Narrow button campaign. The Spring term will include our Pride Prom and a GLBT leadership conference in April. The conference will be held at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and will include students from colleges and universities throughout Virginia, M aryland and the Carolinas. Story by: Kevin Norfleet

Kristen (left), Kevin Norfleet and Gregg Henderschiedt take a break to smile during lunch. &

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Térrica Hayes, Matt Trimmer, Joey Hensberger, Kristen, Gregg Henderschiedt, Monique and Kevin Norfleet are taking a small pit-stop on the way to a GLBT conference in Kentucky.

Matt Trimmer, Lee Phillips and Carrie O’Connell laugh at a picnic sponsored by ODU OUT.


Physical Therapy Club Old Dominion‘University T he P h y s ic a l Therapy Club has been very involved in the com m unity this year. As part of a c o m m u n ity outreach program th at began in the sp rin g o f 20 0 2 , club members and faculty have been m ak in g w e e k ly trips to Lam bert’s P o in t. T o g e th er with the ODU nursing students, we have been providing Lambert's Point residents with health screenings, blood pressure readings, and a weekly low-impact aerobics class. In October, several club m em bers took on the 5K challenge, “Race for the C ure” to support the fight against breast cancer. Also during that month, a group of club members volunteered with Sun Wheelers (a local event for wheelchair basketball teams), and collected $65 for UN ICEF’s Trick-or-Treat campaign. November began the club's first canned food drive in w hich collected goods were donated to the Union Mission.

Several events are planned for th e c lu b in th e u p c o m in g m o n th s. T h e se in c lu d e a clothing drive, participation in R elay fo r L ife, cosponsored ev en ts w ith the O D U R ock Climbing Club at the Virginia Beach Rock Gym, and further participation in the intramural s o ftb a ll, b a s k e tb a ll, and volleyball events. Story by: Kristy Booth

The Physical Therapy intramural flag football team

The Physical Therapy Club has also been involved in school related events. This year, members elected to p a rticip a te in M ain Street, as w ell as the annual homecoming parade. Thirty-three of the club's members are now proud to be part of the university's M onarch Maniacs. This fall the Gaitors, our club's intramural flag football team took 2nd place in the coed tournament. The club also has a team currently participating in intramural soccer.

The Physical Therapy club in action


O ld D om inion U niv ersity 's S tudent Senate gives students a chance to get together and have fun, while still getting experience in a business setting. The Senate is a very professional and serious organization with many responsibilities to O ld D o m in io n U n iv e rsity . T he stu d e n ts m ee t o nce a w eek in the General Assembly, where they discuss weekly business. Afterwards the Student Senate will often go out to eat and enjoy each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company. The Senate provides a chance to get to know o th er stu d en ts fro m all over campus. Senators talk to other students ab o u t th e ir co n c ern s and o p in io n s regarding Old Dominion with the hope of changing our University for the better. "The Student Senate is very important, making sure that all students have a great academic experience, but also making sure they enjoy their college experience and have as much fun as possible during th e ir tim e h e re ," say s P a u l H a rt, Executive Vice President, 2002-2003. Story by: Ally son Gometz

Robin Blakney adjusting levels in W ODUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio.

W elcom e to O ld D om inion U niversity's Cam pus Radio Station W OD U AM 1630! W OD U is a studentrun, low power, AM radio station, subject to Old D o m in io n U n iv e rsity an d F C C g u id e lin e s and regulations. W O D U was founded in 1972. We are one o f the few free-form at radio stations in Ham pton Roads. A t W ODU, w e welcome diversity and variety w ith show form ats ranging from M etal, Alternative, Talk, Urban, and Top 40 to Country, Comedy, and House. W O D U Sports showcases the best athletic events that the M onarchs and Lady M onarchs have to offer. M onarch R adio N etw ork features m any diverse programs from History and Science to current events. The purpose o f W O D U is to provide and serve as an e d u c atio n a l and rec re atio n a l forum fo r the O ld Dom inion University Cam pus and the surrounding H am pton Roads Com m unity through program m ing, activities, comm unity service, and special events. We give students an opportunity to strengthen their talents behind the m icrophone Story by: Ruben Brown

Andrew Blakney standing at table during mainstreet.

Ruben Brown, Sonia Besares, Mike Baxter


Mike Baxter ready for the camera!

Ruben Brown, Jerome Gehrig, Trevor Gwin

I w ould like to take this tim e to thank the entire com m unity o f O ld D om inion U niversity for allowing m e to have such an incredible and rew arding opportunity. In the past year, I have not only learned an astounding am ount from others, but I have also learned about m yself. I am very proud to give to you the 2003 Laureate, and I hope that you agree w ith its quality. I w ish even m ore success in the future to the Laureate. I hope next year we have m ore support, m ore enthusiasm , m ore participants and m ore to share. I hope that students, faculty and staff w ill look at this yearbook and have a strong sense o f M onarch Pride. I accepted this position with hardly any experience. It has been a long year, but it has been very successful and gratifying, and I w ouldn't change the experience I have now for anything. I'd like to also add some personal thanks. To m y staff, who always stuck by m e, even on m y scatterbrain days: thank you Christine Dillard, Em it Enriquez, and Jam Rustam bekov for all your hard work. Thank you D ionicia M ahler-Rogers for your guidance and help. T hank you to everyone who wrote articles and helped w ith pictures; I appreciate it m ore than you know. Thank you D om inica Gray for your last m inute editing! Thank you to the late-night staff in W ebb for always watching out for me. T hank you to all the organizations who subm itted their inform ation. M ost o f all, thank you OD U for this chance and this experience. Respectfully, Chrisse Rubenstein Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-Chief Chrisse Rubenstein takes a final glance at the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 Laureate.

Emit Enriquez adjusts a page in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 Laureate,




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