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When asked how they feel about their daughter attending O D U , Randolph and Rebecca Shelton, parents of Alii Shelton, offered positive responses while unloading their SUV outside of Rogers Hall. "Great," said Mr. Shelton. "Good Choice," said Mrs. Shelton who feels that her daughter will have a good academic career at O D U . The Sheltons did not travel far; just about two hours from Chesterfield, VA, which is in the Richmond area. Alii said one of the main reasons she chose O D U is because it is "close to home." Another parent at Gresham Hall, who asked to remain anonymous, also gave a happy response to his daughter attending Q D U . »He sajd that he is very pleased and that it was "relatively ea'|y" "giving «his-daughter in and getting acquainted with the univ^ sit^ ^ l|> |[fy concern is that his daughter will not know what to ‘(JoV/i^hjIrseff and her new freedom. He said, "she really has no tjdea * * * .• • * , »Thank^also aJconcern for Mrs. Shelton who said she "just bppq(^ tfierQ w lil^ e people teaching*out tosfrgshipen " The Sheltons Vvei^vepf» concerned about#thq «bfest places fpr Alii to study.

Unlike previous years, no one interviewed was the IgasTbrf concerned about safety which has been a major concern with parents and students. Overall, move-in 2006 seemed less hectic than years before which is probably because freshmen started moving in on Wednesday August 23, instead of all cramming in on Friday. Josh Davis, a transfer student from Northern Virginia Community College, moved in on Thursday because he "thought there would be a lot of people" on Friday and because he wanted to get settled in early since his room is tripled. Similar to last year, the university has increased the freshmen class from 2094 to 2119. The increased student number means that more rooms will be shared by three students. "It sucks! It's horrible!" That is how Josh feels about living in a triple. He even tried to wait for all three guys to arrive before unpacking his belongings so that they could divide the room fairly. Josh seemed frustrated about how "the third guy came and took over," demonstrating one of the many problems that can come with living in too close quarters with two strangers. □ Adrienne Gainer


Opening weekend 2006 culminated with Freshmen Convocation held at the Ted Constant Convocation Cen­ ter. This traditional ceremony welcomes freshmen into the university and gets them ready for the academic year. Freshmen Zach Williams said, "it reinstated me back into school and got me ready for classes after the four days of fun." Zach and his friend Jason Nobles both thought that Convocation was not as bad as they thought it would be. "It was short, and I liked the speaker," said Jason. The speaker, Sam Glenn of Sam Glenn Enterprises, also spoke at last year's Freshmen Convocation. Marlane Gravely and Tarshay Blackwell also liked the speaker. Tarshay especially liked Glenn's message about how every student should approach school with a positive attitude, and if they do it will ensure that they all make it to graduation. When asked what she liked about Glertn, Marlane said, "He told his life stories and things that happened to him." "He gave a positive message without being too boring; he was phenomenal." This wasTarshay's answer to the same question. Overwhelmingly, when asked what was most memorable about Convocation, all of the freshmen interviewed mentioned the guest speaker. ~ Freshmen Convocation is Old Dominion's last encouragement before students officially enter into college life. With that, the newest editions to Old Dominion's magnificent legacy are ready to make their mark! â&#x2013;Ą Adrienne Gainer


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If you attended Convocation, you definitely noticed Senior |ovie Corpus. This is her second year singing the National Anthem and Alma Mater at this ceremony. Jovie: "Last year I was nervous, but this year it wasn't so bad. My nerves aren't there anymore. I get excited, but there is nothing nervous about it." Jovie, who is working on her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies (Pre-K through 6), was recruited to sing at last year's Convocation by Kelly Jo Karnes (Associate Director for Student Activities and Leadership) who had heard of Jovie's talents from numerous other students. Surprisingly, Jovie, having had no professional vocal training, is comfortable singing in front of about 2200 people! * ** Jovie: "I like sieging, but then there are all of the I p dynamics that go into itjike sight reading and theory. I guess I feel comfortable arouncfthe freshmen because l am a preview counselor." Even though it was 5 years ago, Jovie still remembers her Freshmen Convocation. ' Jovie: "I know it Wasn't at the Constant Convocation Center! I remember dressing up, and we received those pins, and everybody got to pin thap on each other." * ' : . The details ma^iave faded, but the mcpories of her first glimpse at the academic side of college are im p rin ted in Jovie's mind. Freshmen Convocation prepares studehts for what is to come, an exciting and enriching career at O D U . Adrienne Gainer


The definition of "main" provided by Dictionary.com is: chief in size, extent, or importance. When I looked up "street," also from Dictionary.com, I received: a public thoroughfare. So when you put these two definitions together, you get a public thoroughfare chief in size, extent, or importance. That to me is perhaps the best way to describe O D U 's Mainstreet event. Every year in early September, student organizations and clubs alike get their chance to sell themselves to potential new club members. Flyers, banners, posters can be seen from as far away as Hampton Boulevard. If you had no idea when or where Mainstreet was, then you had to have been walking in another state. People off the street even came up to club tables hoping to get in on the action. O ne person who did take advantage of the festivities was Heather StClair, a transfer student from Troutville, Virginia. I had the chance to ask her a couple of things, and here's what she said: J.M.: "How did you hear about Mainstreet?" H.S.: " I found out about Mainstreet froi||the signs posted in the Webb Center and from the information in the housing packets left in the room on move-in day." J.M.: "What were your expectations?" H.S.: f I was expecting to find a lot of clubs/ Organizations for m eru check out and maynPpfrr fti order to get more life and meet some new people." J.M: " Did you find Mainstreet useful!" H.S.: "I found Mainstreet to be useful, but a little crowded." J.M.: "Overall,'how jwas your experience?? $$ H.S.: "My experienCe was good; it got me out of my room for a while/and I got to see a lot of interesting organizations. Heather is now a proud member of the Monarch Swing Dance Association a id the Earth and Ocean Sciences C ub.

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Mainstreet - the crowds, the fun, and the stress. At Mainstreet, confused freshmen were not the only ones making the rounds from table to table. Club members and advisors alike were anxious to make sure their club's name was noticed. Katie Gipe, a junior and a member of the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) for the past three years, gave the Laureate some insight on how it felt being on the other side of the table.' Laureate: Why did you decided to enter your organization into Mainstreet? KG: W e decided to do Mainstreet because it's always been a great way to get our organization out there. It's also a great way to meet new students and tell them about Catholic Campus Ministry. Laureate: Was the outcome of Mainstreet what you expected? KG: Yes, w e got some people to register for our mailing list, and w e met some new people who have become involved with CCM . Laureate: What have you done differently this year than past years? KG: I don't think w e did anything differently. W e always give our CCM t-shirt to people who register, and we always hand out info about CCM Laureate: Did you find Mainstreet an effective recruiting tool? KG: Yes, it's always a good way to meet new people. Laureate: If you could change anything about Mainstreet, what would you change? KG: I would probably have fewer organizations that aren't affiliated with O D U or at least have them sorted separately from O D U organizations because it's hard to get the word out when they have cooler stuff than us. Katie's organization, Catholic Campus Ministry, offers students of any faith the opportunity to partake in weekly Bible studies and prayer services. There is a Catholic Campus Ministry Center on the corner of 49th Street and Bluestone Avenue that is open everyday. â&#x2013;Ą Jenny Monokrousos


The newest addition to O D U student housing is Ireland? Ireland is the name of the first of two of four, double winged, residence halls built in the middle of former lot 27. A very distinguished guest, the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson gave a speech on human rights at the opening ceremony. O ne light was placed in every window of the Quad in remembrance of Irish emigrants all around the world. Students who moved into Whitehurst side B in August experienced their second move of the semester on the weekend of October 13th. Unlike other residence halls, this hew set of halls, called the Quad, have resident requirements in addition to being an upperclassman. Students must have a 2.5 GPA and be members in good standing of a recognizeduniversity organization. The Quad also has a different floor plan than any existing university housing. Every suite has a living room that has two hallways on either side. Each hallway contains a

bathroom and either one or two bedrooms. There are four students to every suite (with the excep­ tion of those housing Resident's Assistants who get their own rooms). Most of the students slated to live in the Quad, such as Senior Tamika Mills, highly anticipated move in. Unfortunately, many of them were disappointed with the semi-finished product. "I do like it. It's really nice. I just think they were trying to make a deadline." This is what Tamika had to say when asked how she felt about students moving into the Quad before the construction Was completed. Tamika feels that the outside of the building looks very nice, but the inside is disappointing in that it looks like some building that classes would be held in and not like somewhere n ice to Iive. Diningoptions are also a concern for many residents. The Quad does not have a cafeteria because of the close proximity to Webb Center and Café 1201. When asked how she felt

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If you askecfa studerffw K^^r^tgW D oar [ construction on campus he or she probably would have said there is a lot. In retrospect, the construction of the '04-'05 school year is palled in comparison to this year. Not a single trek from lodging to class is without some unsightly eye sore. The Health and Physical Education building was almost completely demolished. Students are forced to exercise and play basketball in a warehouse on 47th street. Contraction has also started on the new location of the O D U bookstore. Currently housed in the Webb [Center, the bookstore wm be moving to the corner of Monarch Way and 45th Street in the Village. This year ^lsosa|v the construct!on o f the first and second Quad dormitories, which sit in the ^ middle of lot 2 7 7 Work isevenoeing dopecihd plot of grass in between' Webb and .Constant where a constructiopuwOrker accidentally cut a phone line I while digging. Ever], though this year's construction is m6re than previous year's, odds ace that there fwillh^je*efTm0re construction in the future when two mPre buildings are added to the Quad, Elkhorn fAvenud is replaced with a lawn and walkways, and the Webb Center is renovated. There is even talk of Powhatan apartments being rebuilt. Although inconvenient, all of this construction proves that O D U is constantly changing for the better!

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Every year, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership staff plans events and activities designed to keep students on campus over the weekends, th is year the staff put a new spin on some of the events, in order to keep programming fresh and interesting, Late Nighters transformed into O D U After Dark. "Its basically the same thing. W e changed the names so w e could have a theme," said Nicole Zelazny who is responsible for planning After Dark programs. Similar to Late Nighters, After Dark activities include bingo, inflatabies, music, food, performers, and some sort of memento, such as picture key chains or old time photos. According to Zelazny, what makes After Dark different from Late Nighters are the themed activities. For example, the October After Dark had a Halloween Fright Night theme with pumpkin carving, Drag Bingo, a Murder Mystery Dinner, anp a psychic fair. Another new attraction at all After Dark events is the Midnight Movie, and of course, there are plenty of chances to win great prizes. Among the students at the first After Dark (80's theme) was Junior O m ar Pickron. Laureate: W hy did you decide to attend 80's night? Omar: I went because my friend forced me to go; expectations (were) that 80s night would be a huge event. Laureate: What attractions did you encounter? Omar: There was a huge screen which played 80's music videos, board games, a comedian, speed dating, and there were like four different

movies playing, Laureate: Did you participate in speed dating? Omar: i participated. It was an interesting concept. It is a great way to meet new people for one night only, no life long friends. I would have to say speed dating was horrible. Laureate: What was your favorite jpart of 80's Night? Omar: I have to say the music videos. They brought back great memories. The largest crowd was at the comedian. Laureate: How did you feel about the event as a whole? Omar: I stayed about two hours. I could have done a lot more productive things. Laureate: D o you plan to attend the next After Dark? Om ar: Probably no. It depends on the theme, . . . Omar, along with severa other students agreed that 80s Night was a good theme idea, but generally students do other things on Fridays. An anonymous student stated, "A lot of students wanted to go, but had other plans." . . . Even though the first After Dark did not have as big a turn out as was hoped (250 students), with a little more advertisement O SA L hopes that After Dark w ill become a successful tradition. _ . ,. _ . l j Adrienne uainer


Waking up before 9 am on Saturday morning is not something most university students would volunteer to do unless it involves free food and an exciting speaker. Student leaders assembled in the Webb Center for the annual Leadership Lab. In previous years the entire lab took place on Saturday morning. This year there were two labs: a Technical Lab from 3-5pm on Friday and the traditional Leadership portion on Saturday. The Laureate interviewed Kelly Jo Karnes, Associate Director for Student Activities and Leadership, to find out about this change and to get some information from behind the scenes. Laureate: What is the purpose of Leadership Labs? KJ Karnes: The Technical Labs' purpose was to solely focus on the "technical" aspects of running a club or organization. It included sessions on managing your SGA Budget, updating your on-line roster, reserving rooms and organizing events on campus. The Leadership Lab was then able to focus solely on programming to improve leadership skills and aspects or individuals or organizations. Laureate: What was the theme of this year's Lab? KJ Karnes: We used the theme of "One Better World." Our keynote for the Leadership Lab was Mr. Vernon Wall. He does a lot of work in the area of Social justice, and "One Better World" is the name of his website. Laureate: How many students attended? KJ Karnes: We had about 200 at the technical lab and about 80 at the leadership lab. Student Leader Damien Cash attended the Leadership Lab on Saturday. "It was interesting. I liked how the speaker separated the group by leadership skills." Damien is not part of an organiza­ tion. He signed up for the Lab on his own hoping to improve his leadership skills. "I think (the Lab) is a good idea for people who are trying to become a student leader." Not only did students leave the Lab with some new leadership tactics, but they also received the traditional Leadership Lab t-shirt with this year's theme, "One Better World," printed on it. In addition to the Leadership Lab in the fall, during the spring semester the Office of Student Activities and Leadership offers students another opportunity to learn about leadership at the Leadership Lecture Series. During the series student can attend five programs designed to develop leadership skills. Students who attended three out of the five received an official leadership certificate! Subjects for the programs included writing a resume and officer transitions. â&#x2013;ĄAdrienne Gainer


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Nestled near the end of 49th street sits a quiet little house. This house is the Hugo A. Owens African American Cultural Center. This year, "The House" held its annual "House Party" inviting all students and family members to watch dozens of organizations perform Greek step, enlighten­ ing gospel songs, dances, and other club performances. Entertainers and spectators alike were delighted to see that a large portable stage with lights was provided for them by the City of Norfolk. This made later performances much more visible. Acts by the African Caribbean Association; the brothers of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and the sisters of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, among others, delighted viewer!.with their intricate and entertaining dance moves and Greek stepping. In addition to the usual free food ana fun games, there was a _ performance by the new Power Lifting Club. Three gentlemen from the Power Lifting Club presented a basic body drill performance, which consists of the men holding their body in structure enhancing positions. Basically, these guys went on stage and flexed their muscles. When asked how he felt performing in front of all the guests, Louis Baah, president of the Power Lifting Club and et tnember of the African Caribbean Association commentec|, "Before we got on stage it was scary, but relief came when the crowd started to cheer. In general it was a lot of fun." The party continued as the daylight grew dim. Finally, when the food had run out and all the performances were complete, the ■ Party" ended. □ Jenny■


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"International Flavor" was created as a response to what students expect from on-campus events. A focus group, consisting of a number of student leaders from various organizations, helped assess what students would like O D U events to include. Each program had a different theme and title, which aimed at exposing individuals to other cultures. O ne of the coordinators of the program, Dionicia Mahler-Rogers noted that these programs added to "students' understanding and tolerance for differences between cultures by increasing their interaction with diverse groups." At the first program, "A Penny for your thoughts," students were asked to bring in a coin from anywhere in the world and share an experience or something significant about the coin. The overall idea was that through this, students, both American and international, could be introduced to each other's cultures and be able to broaden their perspectives of one another. To further enhance the intercultural experience, students were also able to participate in a bread tasting. A variety of breads and bread spreads, with recipes originating from countries like India, Poland, Ireland, and many more, were offered to all attendants. Unlike other cultural events that O D U offers, like "Cultural Explosion," "Cafe con Leche," and "Cipher," "A Penny for your thoughts" was much smaller and thus offered an intimate setting, making the intercultural connection stronger. At the following program in October, titled "Rules of the Game," students introduced and demonstrated various games from other countries, like India, and also games from different states. Other programs that took place during the year include "Etiquette Dinner" and "International Fashion." The last program of the spring semester will be an art show, including art pieces from around the world. For many; college is time for students to grow as individuals. During this growing process, becoming aware and respectful of others and other cultures is essential. Because Old Dominion is quite diverse, students have many opportunities to do so. Mahler-Rogers commented, "We can't visit ail the countries, but we have all the students here so why not maximize your experience by interacting and gaining different perspectives." She continued, "We have sucn a diverse campus, but what benefit is it to you if you don't reach out and make the most of it? It is the administration's responsibility to create opportunities for students to maximize their experience on a college campus." "International Flavor" programs offered plenty of Iopportunities for students to maximize their college experience and make the most of Old Dominion's diverse campus. â&#x2013;Ą Christina Licud


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Would you like some milk in your coffee? Sí por favor, gracias! That was precisely the words that were emitting out of every student's mouth that attended this event. The place was filled with color, excitement, and that particular Latino flavor. Café Con Leche had a significant purpose for O D U students, "The point was to dedicate and let everyone come out and learn about Hispanic Heritage Month and experience the culture. We were trying to focus on the food, culture, and dancing," says Café Con Leche attendee and O D U student sophomore Jonathan Ranelo. The night consisted of fun and entertaining events along with dancing, music, and of course café con leche. First, there was a presentation by Guillermo Gomez, a Mexican performance artist. Gomez is known for being edgy, thought provoking, and having far left political views. "He was very interesting, very outspoken. I've never experienced something like that," says Ranelo. Next came the food, which consisted of traditional Mexican deserts, coffee, and tea from the Mexican restaurant, Plaza Azteca. After the food the DJ played reggaeton music, a mix between reggae and Latin music styles. Everyone was invited to dance. A dance instructor showed students classic salsa moves, which enticed even the inexperienced dancers to join the fun. For the rest of the night dance and music performances from students and various Latin organizations were mixed in with the music. The band performing that night, Essencia, is a Latin music band from Hampton Roads. Café Con Leche introduced Latin culture to the students at O D U and came off with great success. □ Elle jones


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Old Dominon's fabulous student leaders set a marvelous example of excellence for the campus and community. They plan club meetings, events, and fundraiser, often for little, recognition. To show appreciation for student's efforts, and to honor the extraordinary contributions of some, Student Affairs puts on the annual Student Affairs Leadership Awards. Since April of 2001 students have been given the opportunity to nominate themselves, fellow students, and entire organizations; for a wide range of awards. Applications are available mid-spring semester and the ceremony takes place in April. â&#x2013;ĄAdrienne Gainer

Outstanding Leadership Award Larry Crosby, Luarnie Bermudo, Danyell Facteau,Suzette Halfhide, Amber Ivey, Ashley Jackson, Kevin Jules, Anshita Kumar, Wallie Lacks, Jessica Smith, Mary Worrell, Elena Williams Outstanding Student Organization Award Psi Chi Student Housing Staff Award Anshita Kumar Emerging Leader Award Kojo Asamoa-Caesar Philip J. "Tip" Connell Greek Award Jesse Goldstein (Theta Chi Fraternity) and Shelby Galvin (Alpha Phi Fraternity)


For years, O DU 's students and faculty have displayed their pride by sporting Monarch gear on spirit Fridays, in addition, this year, during activity hour, on selected Thursdays spirit = t-shirts? Students caught wearing O D U apparel won a t-shirt sponsored by the Student Ambassadors and O D U Athletics. O D U pride does not stop there. At athletic events students wearing blue and silver are the most enthusiastic fans. Lea by the pep-band, Monarch Maniacs, Dance Team, and Cheerleaders, ODU's students and faculty are jam packed full of spirit and excitement! â&#x2013;ĄAdrienne Gainer

The Monarch Maniacs is a student-based group whose purpose is to cheer on O D U athletics programs and the university in general. Members receive membership cards, t-Shirts, and can participate in giveaways arid special events. Any current O D U student can join by going to the Office of Students Activities and Leadership, filling out an application and paying a $10.00 membership fee. The Maniacs now have Captains who are representatives that help The Office of Student Activities and Leadership plan Maniacs events and help make the Maniacs a successful group on campus.

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For twenty-one year old N icholas D aniels, being a "Ted Head" has more to it than just showing up to see the Monarchs and Lady Monarchs play ball. He is the guy that is at every game, shouting for rebounds, and making every noise possible to distract the other team's foul shots, all w hile blaring a saxophone during half-tim e. Nicholas Daniels is a 13-year veteran of the saxophone and has proudly played for the Monarch Pep Band for the last 4 years. So what does it take to be a part of the pep band? Nicholas Daniels gladly answers this and otner thought provoking questions: Laureate: What changes have you seen the Pep Band go through these past four years? N.D: I've been through three directors. Currently, we are directed by John Schiffler. I've also noticed a change ^ H r in the musicians' attitudes from good to better. iÂŤ i U

Laureate: Besides home games, what other events does I the Pep Band attend? N.D: Besides the men's and women's basketball : games, the Pep Band can be seen at O D U pep-rallys and other special events such as Mainstreet. Laureate: Which special events have you attended? N.D: The Pep Band went to play at Madison Square

Garden in New York last year for the Monarch men's basketball tournament. Laureate: That is really awesome! So, what is your favorite song to play at basketball games? N .D : I like "2S or 6 to 4" by Chicago and "Beginnings." Laureate: W hat is your worst memory from being in Pep.Band? N .D : I once signed up for an O D U credit card at a basketball game and received aV C U card instead! Laureate: No! Not V C U , O DU 's rivals! W hat about a great experience? N .D : There is a couple. The time the Pep Band went to Baltimore for a women's basketball tournament was cool. We had our own charter plane with real turkey sandwiches! Another was when sno-cones were given out at a game. Laureate: Thanks, N icholas, for sharing with us your experiences from the other side of the court! â&#x2013;Ą Jenny Monokrousos


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The North Cafeteria of Webb Center was trans­ formed during Homecoming from a dining room facility into a royal vestibule, capable of housing the most noble of Old Dominion students. On November 14, the 2006 Homecoming King and Queen Pageant took center stage. To host the most fitting event for this year's theme, "Monarchs: A Royal Legacy/' Student Activity Council members rearranged and redecorated North Cafeteria to create a regal environment for the crowning of ODU's Homecom­ ing Prince, Princess, King, and Queen. This year's judges, Lesa Clark, Sandra Adams, Am­ ber Ivey, Jean Holt, Scott Harrison, and Amanda Kennedy, had to critique contestants during three portions of com­ petition First, contestants had to introduce themselves, then perform a talent, and finally maintain composure during the question and answer portic§§p§ The ladles competing for a tiara were Carin Eliza­ beth Andrews, Kacie Cobb, Brittany Fields, Amanda Ful^t Tori Herb, ||jse Christina Jenkin% Tiffany Ray, Elizabeth Weir, and Ashley Williams* The gentlemen competing for the crown were Joseph Brown, Matt Cutler, Gerad Colin Geeson, David Harris, and Terry Jones, Jr. Contestants showed off talents ranging from danc­ ing to "doodling." Some participants performed dramatic interpretations of poetry readings, and another made balloon art. Singers displayed their vocal talents in a u s | array including a cappella versions of "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and "Who Would Imagine A King?" "I think the talent part is the most fun part of pageants, in general," said Senior Jackie Asman. "But, this year there were more interesting talents and very entertaining. The audience was laughing and cheering people on. I During the intermission, SAC workers raffled off prizes from the O D U Bookstore as well as allowed students to take the stage in an impromptu talent show. Finally, after the judges had convened, Gerad Geeson and Amanda Fulk were crowned ODU's Homecoming Prince and Princess, and Ashley Williams and Terry Jones, Jr. were crowned King and Queen. "Winning the Homecoming Pageant was a great honor to represent Old Dominion. The entire experidft®^ was rewarding and fun," said Amanda Fulk, a sophomore active in the Delta Zeta sorority and Ebony Impact Gospel Choir^ijnfe Homecoming committee did a fantastic job of organizing tf^event, and it was a great pleasure to place in the pageant. I had more fun if anything else!" The court took fjH|| sashes and crowns and car­ ried them for a speci|f place in Saturday's Homecoming Parade and O D U history. □ Lauren Wicks


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There were castles and crowns and hundreds of students adding last minute paint touch ups in Parking Lot 27 Saturday morning, for the end of a tremendous Homecoming week, dozens of student organizations created floats of every shape and size to take part in ODU's annual Homecoming Parade. In the early morning nours, students began bringing in their flat bed trucks and rented platforms to set up the results of hard work of the previous week. At noon, the parade kicked off, and the first float turned out ofiteparking lot and headed down 49th Street. "I think that tne~best part of the parade was when everyone was lined up in the parking lot," said Sarah Cloud, a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. "We were all there for one reason, and you could really feel the school's |f|ity." As usual, police shut down Hampton Boulevard, and the parade took its traditional loop down 49th Street, turning right unto Killam Avenue and turning left unto Monarch Way. The parade temporarily stopped at this point for the judges' station to see eacn of the entries. From there, tne floats turned onto 47th Street and crossed over Hampton Boulevard again to return to Parking Lot 27. Throughout the parade's course, floats and entries played music, passed out candy, and waved at friends, family, and O D U alumni that came out to support the school. "It is a lot of fun; it is cool to see everybody out there," said sophomore Christine Cook. "It shows school spirit, and it is a tradition that I want to see kept throughout my alumni years." This year, O D U students were not the only ones taking part in the Homecoming Parade. Community groups and local businesses had entries in the parade as well as by sponsoring floats for students, fo r the float competition, fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha and sorority Alpha Xi Delta won first place. Second place went to fraternity Theta Chi and sorority Zeta Tau Alpha, and third place went to the Indian Student Association. â&#x2013;Ą Lauren Wicks


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; Alpha Epsilon Delta is a National Health Pre-Profes­ sional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary, pharmacy, and others. The organization is open to all O D U students and offers national accreditation to those who meet the minimum requirements. Alpha Epsilon Delta is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is a member of the Associa­ tion of College Honor Societies. AED holds great and informative meetings. The club has hosted fascinating guest speakers including deans of medi­ cal, pharmaceutical, and dental schools. AED is a resource in reference to the process of getting accepted into different health programs and professional schools, and they work in conjunc­ tion with the Pre-Health Advisory Committee. Some activities AED took part in this year were: Freshman Debut/Preview, the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon of Virginia Beach, Cultural Explo­ sion, Red Cross Blood Drives, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundra is ing.


Alpha Kappa Psi is a co-ed professional business frater­ nity sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administra­ tion. The brothers of Alpha Kappa Psi believe that they have an exciting and rewarding experience to offer students of all majors. They are a professional business fraternity, nota club, whicfc? facilitates an atmosphere for its members to form close bonds w if i one another. This brotherhood créâtes friendships that will last well beyond college years. -Friendships, brotherhood, networking, fellowship, insight; these are among some of the many key components of being a member of tho Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi. □ Na'Tasha Pritchett


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The O D U Chapter of the AIAA is a student group that embodies students with an interest in aerospace studies. The students range from Undergraduate to Graduate flvel, and consist mostly of Aerospace Engineering students. The group competes primarily ^ ^ g A IA A Student Conference Paper contest, held annually at AIAA R eg ||| I area. The goal is to prepare students to present and publish their work in a professional manner. In the past AIAA O DU Chapter members successfully represented our school. An u iB u a lly large team from O D l!ip 3 students + 1 faculty) traveled to Penn State University April 7-8th f o r Ž annual AIAA regional student paper competition. Of 13 entriesP p | § graduate division, 6 were from O D lp m d we came away w ib 1st place (Isik Ozcer) and 3rd place (Jimmy Leahy), thoroughly embarrassing Penn State, Maryland, Virginia Teen, UVA, and even NIA. iOicer will now compete in the national competition to be held in January 2007 at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Reno. The winning paper was entitled "Sonic Boom Prediction Using Euler / Full Potential Methodology." The 3rd place paper was entitled "An Update on Progress towards a Working Five Degree of Freedom Magnetic Suspension and Silan ce System." The team was also very succesful in 2005 AIAA Student Conference held at U V / B w o of the members, Donhyuk Jeong and Yenew Kassaye won 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. Currently they hav^around 40 members actively participating in our events. Other than attending f i i u a l studbpi ^inferences organized by AIAA National Chapter, they a w ^ $ it places that are related to aerospace engineering such as Wright Brothers Memorial Langley Air NASA Langley Aircraft Landing Dynamics Facility, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Virginia Air and Science Center. For more information and pictures visit us at http://www.orgs. odu.edu/aiaa/.

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The Black and Gold Society is an Old Dominion University student organization that provides leadership development opportunities and participates in numerous on and off campus activities. Black and Gold Society activities include community service projects, paintball, m ilitary weapons ranges, rappelling, recreational sports programs, and more. Primary member足 ship o f the Black and Gold Society is made up of Army ROTC students. However, all university students are eligible and encouraged to join. Members are eligible to participate on the Army ROTC Color Guard team and Ranger Challenge team. W hile participating in Black and Gofo activities, members nave the oppor足 tunity to learn about various scholarship and tuition assistance programs through the Army ROTC and Army Reserve Components. Mem足 bers w ill learn about the extensive career oppor足 tunities available to ROTC cadets.


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The field of Information Systems and Technology (IT) requires advanced minds and exceptional thinkers. In order to help minority students excel in such a demanding voca足 tion, the BDPA was formed to serve as an alliance of black students who wish to pursue technological studies. Students have the opportunity to network with potential employers and to develop skills vital to the industry. Through guest lecturers and potential internship opportunities, students are exposed to the arduous demands of IT professions, thus teach足 ing them to be better workers. BDPA's community service efforts and fundraising ventures promote selflessness, thus helping them to become better people.


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Divine Inspiration Dance Ministry (DIDM) is a university level Christian praise dance min­ istry on the campus of O D U wherèby the Word of God Way be ministered through the art of dance The vision and purpose of Divine Inspiration Dance Ministry is to dance under the anointing of God so as to encourage the saved and deliver the gift of salvation to the unsaved at O ld Dominion University and the Tidewater area. As a ministry, they pray that their choreographies and the Holy Spirit within each of their members will usher audiences IMO a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.


Ebony Impact Gospel Choir was established on the campus of Old Dominion University in 1977. The organization was founded by Mrs. Carolyn McCollum of O ld Dominion University and Mrs. Carolyn Bell of Norfolk State Iteiversity. Although E.I. began primarily as a social organization, they eventu足 ally evolved into Ebony Impact Gospel Choir, their purpose is to bring forth the Word of God through song on the campus and in the community. Their mission is to always lift up the name of Jesus in everything that they do. It has been 30 years since Ebony Impact was first established and they are still going strong!!


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O ld Dominion University takes great pride in its reputation of academ ic integrity. The Honor Council preserves that reputation by educating students about the importance of honor in an academ ic community. . . . 1 This year, the Council conducted monthly Honor Days to promote and maintain the organization's reputation and visib ility in the campus community. W hether we were giving out free cake or passing out lollypops disguised as Halloween ghosts, the Council w as constantly meeting new people. . , . . , ,. . . . ... . W e cosponsored events with many other campus organizations, including M ovie Night with SAC and elections with SGA. In early November, the Council hosted a debate between the College Republicans and the College Democrats for the Greek organizations of O D U . W e would like the values we teach to be lifelong personal standards. To accom plish this goal, the Council encourages all students to sign the Graduation Pledge A lliance. The Pledge af足 firm s that students w ill uphold honor and integrity in their careers and w ill take into account the social and environmental ram ifications of their jobs.

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The Human Services Association (HSA) is dedicated in participating in many community service projects and volunteer experiences. This organization encourages the interest of any student, particularly those who major or minor jn Human Services. They present numerous guest speakers from many agencies in the area, which gives students the chance to engage in opportu足 nities that can enhance their human services $M|p. HSA strives to improve lives through service and they welcome anyone who is vw in g to contribute their time and lend a hand on campus and in the community! O Carla Taylor, Secretary of HSA


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The Old Dominion University chapter of the National Association of Blacks In Criminal Justice (NABCJ) was created as a vyay of connecting students to professionals who are concerned with the state of the justice system and how it relates to African Americans and other people of color. This organization is open to anyone regardless of major or ethnicity. What matters is that the individual has an interest in the state of the justice system and has a desire to work with an organization that strives for equality in a fundamental aspect of democracy-justice.


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The Propeller Club is a professional organization whose purpose is to introduce its student members to the local maritime and transportation industries and to the professionals who manage them. The Propeller Club also offers a great opportunity for those seeking careers in international commerce to network and make the contacts that count when graduation comes around. They provide our members tangible and practical experiences through a variety of tours, lectures, and luncheons and promote scholarly research in fields of concern to the maritime industry. The Propeller Club welcomes students from all disciplines; Economics, Marketing, IT, and Engineering.

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The Ranger Challenge Team at O ld Dominion University affords highly-motivated Army RO TC cadets the op足 portunity to acquire and demonstrate specific military skills in a tough, competitive environment. Known as Turleys Rang足 ers in memory Of one of the team's past commanders, the Ranger Challenge Team represents O ld Dominion University and the Army ROTC Monarch Battalion at a regional competition consisting of both small and arge colleges from the east coast. This is a co-ed intercollegiate event, which is the Varsity sport otR O T C . Ranger Challenge training supple足 ments and compliments normal cadet military skills and is geared to the small-unit leader level of operations. It includes skills such as grenade employment, patrolling, survival operations, land navigation, marksmanship, and a high degree of physical fitness. Participation in Ranger Challenge training is open to all enrolled and academically eligible Army RO TC cadets. ^ ^ weekend Qf October 27-29, 2006, the Monarch Battalion Team consisting of 10 cadets competed in a brigade level competition at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia. The competition consisted of 21 teams from private, public, and senior military colleges from Virginia and North Carolina. Only 10 cadets were selected to represent the Army ROTC Monarch Battalion.The Ranger Challenge Team consisted of 5 freshmen, 2 sophomores, 2 juniors, and a senior cadet

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The Scabbard and Blade National Military Honor Society was founded in 1904 and is nationally recognized and distinguished military honor society. Since it's founding, the society, comprised of Army ROTC cadets, has continually raised the bar by striving for excellence and expecting the best from each cadet inducted into the Society. Throughout the year, members bf Scabbard and Blade Honor Society participate in service projects with local schools, hospitals, and other organizations. Membership in the Scabbard and Blade Honor Society is both an honor and a privilege. Cadets strive hard to balance their academic and military responsibilities in order to maintain a competitive grade point average. Members must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The society enhances cadet development by focusing on the essential qualities of effective and efficient Army Officers. â&#x2013;ĄCadet Emma C. Taylor


sigma gamma rl)o The Theta Chi Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1982 by three incredible * women. The chapter is currently comprised of five classy members who have come togetner with three major commonalities; scholarship, sisterhood, and service to the community. The currentinem bers are Melissa Bryant, Valarie Smith, Tara Hogwood, LaTresha Barksdale, and Heather DeBruler. This group of women strives to give back as much as possible to Old Dominion University and to their community. Some programs the chapter takes part in are "Operation BigBooKbag," "Project Wee Savers," "SPEAR," and more. This organization takes pride in their sorority and shows it in everyway possible, always trying to achieve, "Greater Service, Greater Progress!"


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The Sport Management Association is a student organization comprised of undergraduate sport management majors and minors. The Club was created to help its members see all the oppor足 tunities, changes, and challprJgfes in the sport industry. Annually w e take a trip a conference held at Georgia Southern. It is a great way to networfend get insight on the sports industry. Each year over 500 sport employers come to the conference and speak on issues related to sport. This year they hope to make the second annual golf tournament a great success.


Looking for something to do? Want to get involved? Want to have a fun time? You've come to the right place. SAC is the place for you. SAC is the official student programming board for O D U and has plenty of opportunities for you to get involved or just take a break from classes. The Student Activities Council exists in order to initiate and coordinate programming on a University-wide basis. They have brought many different events like: the Bravery, Make your own DVD, Mike Super, Chris Rock, Make your own key chain, Spoken Word Nights, Homecoming, Movies, Green Day, Tie-die Frisbees, Lupe Fiasco, Sandy Candy, O D U Idol, Mike Jones, Air-Brush Hats, Think Fast Game Show, Murder Mystery, AN D M UCH M UCH MORE! To get involved, please stop by the office in Webb Center!


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The 76th Session of the Old Dominion University Student Government Association has been actively working to make changes to enefit the student body. This organization consists of elected and appointed students who serve on committees, address students concerns, nd propose and vote on legislation that directly affect the university. This year, SGA has improved communication with administrators tudent organizations, and the student body to fulfill the organization's mission: "Shaping the Lives of Studente by Being Their Unified Voice . By designing a discussion board on their website, SGA is better able to address students concerns. SGA also allocates funds to tudent organizations. Due to inefficiency concerning the budget process SGA has worked tediously to change the budget process to make it asier ana more objective for student organizations. A new fund, the Organizational Assistance Fund, was made available for organizations This year, The House of Representatives was also implemented, consisting of representatives from student organizations. By oncentrating their efforts on issues that are important to the student body, the members of SGA have directed their focus back to where it hould be: the best interest of the students. Student Government will continue to focus on the needs of our student body and move forward a ensure that their needs are being met. SGA is not just a governing board, but we care about the student body and hope that we have erved and will continue to serve in such a fashion.


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The Student Virginia Education Association is a professional organization for pre-service teachers. Their members include students in the interdisciplinary studies programs, secondary education, early childhood, physical education, counseling, and many other fields. They offer workshops and conferences geared toward preparing students to enter the classroom. They also bring guest speakers to their meetings to talk about issues such as teaching methods, new technologies, and community involvement. SVEA is also involved in local community service projects and takes an active role in the political process concerning education. To learn more about SVEA please visit the website: http://orgs.odu.edu/svea/

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The Kappa Delta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon has never been stronger. Tau Kappa Epsilon values scholarship, character, leadership, teamwork, service, and brotherhood. On March 6th 1965, TKE was established at O DU and still strongly follows these values. W ith recruitment efforts doubling chapter size, they have been able to excel in service to the community. TKE volunteers at the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen every week serving the homeless a hot meal. They have also participated in Adopt a spot, O D U Easter Egg Hunt, and even helped the Macedonia United Methodist Church's Easter EggHunt all the way in Louisa, VA. The Kappa Delta Chapter hosted the Province Education Conference for TKE this year which was a record high attendance with members representing chapters from GM U, JM U, Radford, and Longwood. The conference aimed at increasing efforts towards risk management, recruitment, and brotherhood. Tne event was a huge success. TKE w ill be holding various events involving academics and financial management in the future. They w ill also be hosting the TKE Alumni Softball game this fall during homepoming. The Kappa Delta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon is a brotherhood of men who support each other's mental, moral, and social development. They w ill work everyday to display that image of brotherhood and service to the O D U campus ana community.


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