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WEDNESDAY | 10.24.2012 MAcEANDcROWN.cOM | Vol. 55, Issue 8
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By: Derek PageNews Editor
Mace & Crown
Virginia congressional candi-dates of the second and third dis-tricts took part in a debate at Old Dominion University, Oct. 18, in the Mills Godwin building.
Participating democrats were Paul Hirschbiel and Congress-man Robert “Bobby” Scott of the second and third districts, respec-tively.
The participating republican candidate was Dean Longo of the third district. Congressman Scott Rigell, republican for the second district, was absent from the de-bate. Representative Ron Villan-ueva of the twenty-first district at-tended on his behalf.
Moderating the debate was Dr. Jesse Richman, associate professor in the department of political sci-ence and geography.
The candidates were given two minute response times on topics such as student loans and tuition rates, the economic future of the local community and the state of Virginia, women’s rights and is-sues, and LGBTQ rights.
The majority of the debate fo-cused on the state and local econ-omy, job creation, energy indepen-dence and balancing the deficit.
The candidates were allowed to make opening statements. Hirsch-biel began and said he decided to run for congress because “congress is broken.”
He spent 15 months travelling around Hampton Roads on a “lis-tening tour” and said that people in all parties are “tired of the parti-sanship.” Hirschbiel said congress is in gridlock and is the “least pro-ductive congress in over 70 years.”
“We need a congress that focuses on jobs and the economy, not radi-cal agendas. As a lifelong busi-nessman, that’s what I’ve done,” he said.
Hirschbiel strongly believes education is the key to a driving a strong economy. He claimed, since 1980 there has been a 260 percent increase in tuition and fees for pub-lic colleges and universities.
“We need to do a better job of keeping college affordable and ac-cessible to everyone who wishes to attend,” Hirschbiel said.
He said more focus needs to be placed on creating jobs by grow-ing small businesses, balancing the budget, and getting veterans back to work.
“These are big challenges, but I’m more confident than ever, that if we can put aside our partisan dif-
ferences, get to work tackling these challenges, we can ensure that our country remains the greatest nation on earth,” Hirschbiel said.
Representative Villanueva, an ODU alumnus, delivered his opening statements on behalf of Congressman Scott Rigell, albeit speaking more to Rigell’s character than his interests.
“From day one, Scott has worked on behalf of this district tirelessly,” Villanueva said. He said the dele-gation has provided “great govern-ment coordination as a team” and that “everything Paul [Hirschbiel] is talking about, from day one, Scott’s [Rigell] has been doing.”
Showing his pride for his friend and fellow politician, Villanueva said Rigell “is a great leader. He’s shown great bipartisanship on both sides of the aisle. He’s worked without local delegation, our state delegation, and both our senators with regards to protecting the in-terests of the second district.”
Longo began his statement by acknowledging the students, as-serting that they are the future.
“In this room is unlimited oppor-tunity. You may go on to be world class doctors, famous lawyers, or renowned scientists, or entrepre-neurs who start highly successful businesses,” Longo said, “or, if you’re in the bottom of your class, you may actually go into poli-
tics and run for congressman,” he joked.
He said regardless of the paths student’s take in life, they are “the seed of this country’s future,” and that the strength of the country is defined by them.
Longo made note of the founding fathers and their principles revolv-ing around limited government, focused on power of the people rather than the elite.
“Everything we do in govern-ment must protect those tenets so we can continue to be great, but lately things have eroded, and big government, focused on Washing-ton, with mandates and programs, and huge debt, threatens all of that. Our country is suffering from all of that,” Longo said.
Congressman Scott followed Longo with his statement, wast-ing no time getting to his opinion on what the important issues are. His recognized the impact of the proposed sequestration, cuts to de-fense, education and issues involv-ing employment, criminal justice and other civil rights, as well as the unbalanced budget.
He quickly chastised republican criticisms and complaints revolv-ing around the state of the union. “It’s not enough just to complain or say how bad things are. You have to come up with tangible, workable solutions,” Scott said.
He referenced the Republican Party’s ill sentiments toward the president’s “watering down” of work requirements for welfare re-cipients.
“When you look at it, not only did he not do that, the republicans did on three occasions during the Bush administration. Once, with the written endorsement of the governor from Massachusetts, Mitt Romney,” Scott said.
He is also defending his record regarding Longo’s accusation that the number of bills he has intro-duced, and have thus been signed into law, suggests he is unqualified to continue in congress. Scott said this was done without recognizing that he has had more bills signed into law than the republican vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan.
“We have tough choices to make. Complaints and vague generalities won’t make it. I look forward to discussion of specific solutions to these problems,” Scott said.
The debate lasted a little over an hour with an estimated 100-150 people in attendance. It was cosponsored by the ODU Young Democrats, College Republicans, ODU Women’s Center, Pre-Law Association, Philosophy Club, SGA, and NAACP.
Congressional elections will be held concurrently with the presi-dential elections on Nov. 6.
Congressional Debate at ODU
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By: Allison TerresStaff Writer
Mace & Crown
Running, stomping and shouting are usually not allowed in the Chrysler Museum of Art, but it is exactly what artist Pina-ree Sanpitak wants you to do in her visiting artist series.
Sanpitak’s “Temporary Insanity” installation en-tices visitors of every age to interact with her multi-media exhibit, which re-sponds to sound and mo-tion.
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“Temporary Insan-ity” at the Chrys-ler Museum of Art
By: Steven KnauerStaff Writer
Mace & Crown
Brought to us by the well-known strategy game developers Firax-is, “Xcom: Enemy Un-known” did exactly what it set out to do when it launched on Oct. 9. As a return of a cult-classic se-ries made in the early ‘90s by MicroProse, “Xcom: EU” had an avid fan-base following and analyzing its every move.
Press Select: Xcom
By: Ben DecowskiSports Editor
Mace & Crown
In the 2010 and 2011 football seasons at Old Dominion University, ev-eryone who followed the team knew who defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron was. He was the face of the Monarchs defense and his play showed it, finish-ing second in total tackles both years with 72 and 73 respectively. After gradu-ating with an MBA in In-formation Technology fol-lowing the 2011 season, Cameron has taken his tal-ents to the National Foot-ball League and joined the Cleveland Browns prac-tice squad.
Igniting a Bonfire
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The 2012 election prediction depicted above does not reflect the thoughts of the Mace & Crown or Old Dominion University. The map is simply a prediction by the New York Times based on polling data and should be taken as such. Educating yourelf before voting is an important part of the voting process.
Possible Outcome for the 2012 Election
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2012 PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Obama defends his health care plan that gives medical insurance to millions of Americans. Being uninsured is a huge issue for college students, however, under Obama’s healthcare plan, students are allowed to stay insured under their parent or guardian until the age of 26. In addition, according to Obama’s website he plans to put a stop to the misusage of power by insurance companies in an effort to bring a sense of security to the middle-class.
Romney plans to work with congress to repeal “Obam-acare” and allow states to create their own health care plans that will best fit its own citizens. Romney states on his website, “competition drives improvements in effi-ciency and effectiveness, offering consumers higher qual-ity goods and services at lower cost. It can have the same effect in the health care system, if given the chance to work.”
Obama has created an initiative entitled “Race to the Top” which has helped nearly 46 states generate a higher level of standards for both students and teachers alike by giving positive reforms in local institutions. Additionally, Obama is also an advocate for success in community col-leges in order to provide more career-training programs, giving greater insurance for jobs after college. Obama placed a cap on loan repayment at 10 percent, making it easier to pay back loans.
Obama plans to allow states to improve their schools by relieving them of the “No Child Left Behind” man-dates. Each state can craft a plan that best works for their type of education needs.
Mitt Romney plans to remove unnecessary requirements that new teachers must acquire to get their certification. He also will allow students in low-quality schools to seek education at a different school.
With higher education, Romney plans to “simplify the financial aid system” and provide emphasis on advanced skills training.
Obama has been recorded as the first publicized presi-dent to stand in support of equal rights for same-sex mar-riage. He empathizes regardless of sexual orientation and believes all Americans should be treated equally without fear of social exclusivity. President Obama endorsed the “Respect for Marriage Act” and “Hate Crimes Prevention Act.”
Romney believes that marriage is a social custom that should be preserved as the joining of one man and one woman. Romney states on his website that he will, “…ap-point an Attorney General who will defend the Defense of Marriage Act … but he will also champion a Federal Mar-riage Amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman.”
Barack Obama said at the 39 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, “We must remember that this Supreme Court deci-sion not only protects a woman’s health and reproduc-tive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right.”
Mitt Romney is pro-life and believes that life begins once a woman conceives. Romney believes that the Su-preme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade. Once it is over-turned the states will decided their own abortion laws. In addition, Romney supports the Hyde Amendment, which takes away federal funding for abortions and programs that sponsor them.
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Rock the Vote Poster by Jessica Gibson
Rock the Vote Poster by Sabrina Bryan
NATIONAL DEFENSEIn order to protect the citizens of the United States
of America alongside of Homeland Security, President Obama chose to move forward with a planned raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. Also, President Obama has gone through heavy strains to strengthen our ties to Israel, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), and our allies in Asia and Latin America in order to col-laborate on issues and combined resolutions.
President Obama wants to protect social security ben-efits by not accepting reforms that will slash benefits for senior citizens, future generations, and also place social security in the hands of Wall Street. Ensuring these actions will promise seniors the Medicare that they have accrued throughout their lives.
Romney plans to reverse the defense cuts that were made to the military. He wants to increase the production of the Navy ships from nine to 15 per year. In addition he wants to balance out the ratio of civilian to active duty members of the military. Plans also include preventing war by maintaining the military and protecting democracy across the globe.
Romney plans to have a two-step program for social se-curity. First, the retirement age should slowly begin to rise due to the increase in career and life span. The second step includes expanding the benefits as age increases.
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson declared his 2012 Presidential candidacy for the Libertarian Party nomination on Dec. 28, 2011 at a press conference in San-ta Fe. He had previously withdrawn his candidacy for the Republican nomination and won the third party nomina-tion on May 5 of this year. His running mate is California judge James P. Gray.
One big promise Johnson issued was that he vows to bring home American troops from Afghanistan. He also promises to submit a balanced budget to Congress in 2013. Johnson said in a Republican presidential debate that if elected Commander in Chief, he will, “…veto legislation where expenditures exceed revenue.”
Johnson served as the twenty-ninth New Mexico Gover-nor from 1995 to 2003.
Jill Stein serves as the lone female candidate in the 2012 presidential race. Stein, a long time physician and teacher, secured the Green Party candidacy earlier this June at the party’s convention in Baltimore, MD. She defeated activ-ist and actress Roseanne Barr by a vote tally of 193.5 to 72 after presumptively wrapping up the nomination for weeks. The Chicago native has selected Native American Cheri Honkala as her vice presidential running mate on the all-female ticket.
Some of Stein’s promises include troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, an equitable tax system, and a defense of women’s rights. She also emphasizes four pillars of her proposed Green New Deal, including enacting a Full Employment Program that creates 16 million jobs in sus-tainable energy and efficiency and ending taxpayer funded bailouts for banks, insurers and other financial companies.
Gary JohnsonLibertarian Party
Jill SteinGreen Party
President Obama wishes to cut taxes for the working-class and middle-class Americans by simplifying the tax code. In doing so, President Obama intends on a balanced plan in spending cuts and revenue that will increase the deficit by more then $4 trillion over the next 10 years. President Obama has cut taxes a great majority for Ameri-can families by $3,600 in his first term.
TAXESFocusing on fixing the tax code to promote growth,
Romney plans to reduce marginal rates to, “…stimulate entrepreneurship, job creation, and investment while still raising the revenue needed to fund a smaller, smarter, sim-pler government.”
For individual taxes, Romney plans to lower marginal tax rates. He plans to cut 20 percent of all marginal rates. He also plans to eliminate the “Death Tax,” which is im-posed on the “taxable estate” of those who are deceased.
With the corporate taxes at 35 percent, Romney plans to reduce this tax to 25 percent allowing businesses in the America to compete in a global market.
Rock the Vote Poster by Katherine Monegro
Posters in this spread were designed by the Graphic Design students in the Poster Design course ARTS 395
By: Nour Kheireddine and Derek PageStaff Writer & News Editor
Mace & Crown
On Oct. 18, author and socio-biologist Rebecca Costa offered Old Dominion University insight into the ailing global condition as a result of its complexities, societal “gridlock,” and the role of belief verses knowledge.
Her book, “The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction,” examines the connection between crime, oil prices, Wall Street, global warming, nuclear waste and childhood vio-lence.
The book reveals “the four telltale patterns which paralyze innovative thinking, and with it, a civilizations ability to solve complex problems,” according to her website.
She said complexity is “the root of all our problems,” and the U.S. isn’t the only country facing difficulties. Issues concerning unemployment, education and numerous other socio-economic factors are becoming ubiquitous.
“This is not really a [contained] political and economic issue,” said Costa, “this is occurring to us species wide.”
Costa argues these complexities are a result of technological advancements. What was intended to make our lives easier has resulted in the contrary. She asked, “What happens when the rate at which our brains evolve is significantly slowler than the rate at which we manufacture complexity and make new scientific discovery?”
In an interview discussing the matter, she used the example of having to stop a check at her local bank. In the instance that she can’t reach her local branch, she is diverted to a 1-800 number, where someone in a foreign country answers her.
In the time she spent explaining the situation to someone who couldn’t understand her and vice-versa, she could have driven to the bank and resolved the issue in person, which is what she wanted to avoid in the first place.
This, of course, isn’t globally detrimental, so Costa asked, “What if that bank is going out of business, there’s a global bank-ing crisis, and suddenly I need to get a hold of someone and take some action quickly. That’s a whole other level of complexity.”
She argued all of us face this issue of complexity that hinders our ability for “collecting the facts” that will allow us to make informed decisions and act responsibly.
Examining a number of ancient civilizations, such as the Ma-yans, Byzantines, Romans, etc., Costa found a pattern. She found a positive correlation between a civilization’s apparent advance-ment and its inevitable collapse. She said almost every civiliza-tion began the same way.
These beginning civilizations were able to solve the basic problems with simple left and right brain problem solving tech-niques. As their methods for collecting food and distributing water advanced, the monetary and social networking systems evolved and the governments became more complex, their abil-ity to collect knowledge or facts about their conditions and their capacity for problem solving became increasingly difficult.
“When that happens, one of the first symptoms is ‘gridlock,’” said Costa. What she means by this is, “for generations, these
societies become unable to solve their most complex problems, and those problems then begin moving from one generation to another.”
She said the earliest warning signs of a collapsing society are the societies identification and mitigation of dangerous prob-lems, but never moving on to a full cure.
This same pattern occurs in our own society. Every four years, we hold elections in which the same problems are consistently addressed. “The odds are against us,” said Costa.
“Our government and our leaders don’t seem to be able to fix those problems, and so we have to ask ourselves if we’re not fix-ing them, what is happening to them? ...They’re not staying the same size,” said Costa.
“We’re either fixing the problem or we’re allowing it to per-petuate,” she said. She argues that we are allowing the prob-lems to “grow, and to possibly threaten the entire species of the planet.”
According to Costa, in the past there were massive “geograph-ic buffers” between one civilization and another. So, if one col-lapses, civilizations in other parts of the world weren’t affected.
Today, Costa said we have a “highly interdependent global civilization,” so as one society begins to falter, so do other soci-eties around the world, thus resulting in a collapse of the human species.
Historically, when civilizations enter gridlock and attempt to solve their biggest problems Costa said, “they begin relying al-most exclusively on beliefs rather than knowledge to solve their most dangerous problems.”.
“Since the beginning of time, we are a species that needs both belief and knowledge,” she said. “We have to pursue fact, this is something we do very well as a biological organism, but we also enjoy the comfort and the meaning that come from beliefs.”
Belief is based on unproven ideas and is cognitively “inexpen-sive,” according to Costa. However, all scientific discoveries are based on belief and the drive to test the hypothesis of its truth, which Costa said becomes “pricey.”
As the world becomes more complex and the ability to obtain knowledge becomes difficult, people are forced to rely on what comes easily or naturally; belief.
Costa has referenced the Mayans with regards to resorting to belief in compromise to knowledge. Their knowledge of drought conditions led to the construction of reservoirs and unprecedent-ed public water systems.
This wasn’t enough to curb drought conditions, and eventu-ally led to disease, food shortages, war, etc. The Mayans, “be-gan abandoning any possibility of solving their problems using practical measures, and in fact, they stepped up human sacrifice and blood-letting to the point of sacrificing women and small children.”
Costa asserts there is a prelude to collapse when complexities exceed that which our capabilities can handle. The inability to solve social issues practically and the confusion of facts for fic-tion is portending of a societies collapse.
Costa said, “In every society, we find that certain belief sys-tems overtake the pursuit of knowledge and fact, and when that begins happening collapse is not far behind.”
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Letter From the EditorReaders of the Mace & Crown,
The Mace & Crown has collected data on the presidential candidates to help the student body educate themselves for up-coming election. In this issue we have or-ganized the candidates’ stances on current issues in an outline that all student can use to solidify their vote for Nov. 6. Voting is a serious matter and students should take the time to vote.
The political pages also break down how Virginia voted by county in the 2008 election. It also has an information graph-ic that displays how the electoral college is broken down and how they voted in
2008. The pages also include posters that I hope will inspire our student body to get out there and vote.
Last week was the Lion’s fifteenth birthday. Many students consider riding the Lion a rite of passage at ODU. It’s no secret that many attempt this while under the influence, as we recognized in last week’s photo caption. The Mace & Crown does not condone the riding of the Lion while intoxicated. Riding the Lion is a dangerous activity. Students injure themselves on the sprinklers and hurt themselves when they jump off the Lion. This is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. I hope that you all consider
your safety before you decide to ride the Lion.
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The Odds Are Against Us
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By: Justin McLawhornStaff Writer
Mace & Crown
A true renaissance man, Dr. Tom Isenhour of Old Dominion Univer-sity’s Department of Chemistry be-lieves in a well-rounded education. “The more math you understand, the more poetry you understand, the fuller you are in your educa-tion,” Isenhour said.
This showed early on for Isen-hour, who was originally going to major in either English, mu-sic, or physics, eventually choos-ing the latter. At the University of North Carolina, it is a standard requirement for physics majors to complete a chemistry course. Dr. Isenhour was invited into the hon-ors college, and it was his honors chemistry course that changed his focus.
“It seemed like there was just so much to explore, and it had such an influence on the world,” he said.
Isenhour eventually completed his bachelor’s in analytical chem-istry and his Ph.D. from Cornell, with his dissertation focusing on nuclear analytical chemistry. He then returned to North Carolina to join the staff, with all but one of his former professors still active.
Over the years, Isenhour was on the administrative staff at North Carolina, Duquesne, Kansas State, Utah State, and finally Old Domin-ion. His most recent administrative post was Provost and Vice Presi-dent for Academic Affairs before
stepping down in 2008.Though Dr. Isenhour is a profes-
sor in the chemistry department, he also teaches one history course, HIST 386T, the Evolution of Mod-ern Science. The course explains the chronological history of the great discoveries of the past 2000 years and the science behind it.
In class, the manuscript used is Isenhour’s own. Previously, Is-enhour had used several different volumes to assist with in-class lec-tures, but approximately five years ago Isenhour went to work writing his own.
“My goal is to demystify sci-ence. I want as many history and criminology majors to understand special relativity. I could not find a book that did that,” Isenhour said.
This is one of Isenhour’s favor-ite courses to teach, as well as an accelerated freshman chemistry course he developed specifically for very bright, interested students in chemistry. He also thoroughly enjoys working with graduate stu-dents in their research.
He strives to help his students not just remember a concept, but understand that concept as much as they can. He often attempts to lead a student to an answer instead of just telling them.
“I can be pretty Socratic at times, leading you to try to find an answer, trying to help you think about something. To me, every-thing I have ever taught is so excit-ing, I just want to share it with you. I want you to enjoy it,” he said. “I
really believe that almost every-body is a genius, but somehow we do not unlock their ability to learn. I try very hard to do that.”
This philosophy of Isenhour’s has served him well as a man who directed 28 Ph.D. Isenhour enjoys the one-on-one work with his grad-uate students. It is something he feels very proud about, and Isen-hour has much to be proud of.
In 1983, Dr. Isenhour won the world-wide American Chemical Society’s award in analytical chem-istry. Though Dr. Isenhour feels this is one of his greatest achieve-ments, he believes his greatest work has been with his students.
“I think I have caused much more good scholarship to be done than I could have done by myself at that time. That is what I feel best about,” Isenhour said.
His graduate students have gone on to have many successful careers in academia and industry.
For a man that has taken such a great interest in his graduate chem-istry students over the years, he also does not forget his belief in being a well-rounded individual. Isenhour has become a certified flight instructor of over 20 years, an award-winning actor, a play-wright, and has interests in classi-cal music, jazz and literature.
According to Dr. Isenhour, “When they say a good teacher can dramatically affect your life, it is absolutely true.”
Teacher ProfileDr. Tom Isenhour
By: Allison TerresStaff Writer
Mace & Crown
Running, stomping and shout-ing are usually not allowed in the Chrysler Museum of Art, but it is exactly what artist Pinaree San-pitak wants you to do in her visit-ing artist series.
Sanpitak’s “Temporary Insan-ity” installation entices visitors of every age to interact with her mul-timedia exhibit, which responds to sound and motion.
She is a world-renown artist from Thailand. She commonly explores female identity and roles through her work. “Temporary Insanity” is her traveling exhibit that has been throughout Europe and welcomed by much critical acclaim.
The installation’s residency at the Chrysler Museum, which will now run through Dec. 30, is its first time being shown in America, put-ting Norfolk’s Chrysler on par with other nationally recognized muse-ums.
“Temporary Insanity” incorpo-rates silk, synthetic fiber, batter-ies, motors, propellers and sound devices to “create an environment that is at once dynamic and medi-tative,” according to the inscrip-tion to the display. It is composed of about 50 standing silk pillows that range in colors of red, orange and yellow. Inside each pillow is a motor that responds to sound and movement. Each motor has a dif-ferent frequency at which it spins, some faster and some slower. Some pillows never stop gyrating and gently rock back and forth after ac-tivated. Collectively, they are said by Sanpitak to invoke temporary insanity.
“It attracts many people, young and old,” said Michael Berlucchi who works in Visitor Services for the museum. People of all ages can be seen here interacting with the little pillows, running around, stomping and yelling within the small green room of the exhibit. Walking up the stairs to the Visit-ing Artist room, echoes from the
activity can be heard and children can be seen playing in between the obstacle course of the pillows.
“Last week an 80-year-old cou-ple started making birdcalls in the room,” said Berlucchi. The play-fulness is all part of the exhibit and the museum welcomes the bustle.
Some pillows reflect the color and form of stupas, the dome-shaped monuments that house the relics of the Buddha. Other pillows are smaller and circular reflecting the shape of the human body, and in some cases, the female breast.
“Pinaree is amazing at layer-ing concepts into her work,” said Berlucchi. While these shapes do not evoke much connotation in America, the form and color of the pillow stupas reflect the tradition of Buddhism in Thailand. This is a tradition that women are not al-lowed to partake in.
In December the installation will move once again, but not un-changed. The exhibit has interacted with our community just as much as the community has interacted
with it. On Oct. 10, the Chrysler held a pillow stuffing party which interested adults and children who helped stuff the pillows in prepara-tion for the opening.
While Sanpitak was in Nor-
folk, she assisted glassblowers in the Chrysler Glass Studio to create glass stupas in reflection of her pil-lows. The glass pieces will accom-pany the installation as it travels.
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“Temporary Insanity” at the Chrysler Museum of Art
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By: Megan JeffersonEditor in ChiefMace & Crown
Rock the Vote posters were designed by the graphic design poster class to spark conversations about the importance of voting in the upcoming election.
As a part of the curriculum, the class was assigned to create posters for the Rock the Vote organization, which works to build political power for younger generations by getting them involved in the voting process. The collection of posters is displayed in the atrium of the Visual Arts building.
Professor Ivanette Blanco has taught the poster de-sign class at Old Dominion University for two years. “This was the first time I’ve ever separated them and hung them in a high-traffic area,” Blanco said. She decided to have a reception for the posters for the stu-dents to discuss designs and the posters’ impact of the presidential election.
The show has many different poster themes geared towards getting the younger generation to vote. Art student Alex Georghiou designed a poster with vin-tage campaign buttons that make up the Rock the Vote logo. “Every poster on the wall hits home with a dif-ferent sort of student,” Georghiou said. The collection encompasses designs for the college students who are into math, humor, statistics or video games.
The posters were designed to have a neutral point of
view. Professor Blanco requires each student to come up with 20 neutral designs that encourage people to vote. The class as a whole decided which sketch was the strongest and then that sketch was turned into a poster.
With people taking sides in the presidential cam-paign, the posters had to refrain from portraying bi-ased information. “I know that most of our society is getting overloaded with Obama this and Romney that, but I hope that our nonpartisan views on voting will make a difference… I hope people can find a poster that they can relate to and are urged to make a differ-ence regardless of their political leanings,” Georghiou said.
Professor Blanco said, “People respond to posters so differently. If we only hung one up, it would be hard to say one poster would be powerful enough to affect all. However, we had over 20 posters up which I think made [the posters] hard to miss as people walked by.”
The AIGA (Art Institute of Graphic Arts) student group and the Student Art League held a reception for the show on Thursday, Oct. 11 where the students gathered to talk about the artwork and how it will af-
Art Students Rock the VotePoster Design gets Political in new exhibition
By: Kadedra HolmesStaff Writer
Mace & Crown
Local reggae/alternative-indie rock band, Bimini Rd. will perform at Old Dominion University on Oct. 27.
The band will be performing during a tailgate party for the home football game versus the Univer-sity of Delaware to promote their new album. Their latest album “And Then Some,” has a unique blues-indie-reggae fusion feel.
“We want the college kids listen-ing to our music. We want to pro-mote the local music scene,” band member Travis Mansell said.
The band was born in Virginia Beach and has been active since 2008. Band members Mike Fisch-etti, Travis Mansell, Aaron Kukli-ca, Dave Ortiz and John Quan are a group of music veterans that chan-nel fresh sounds into the Hampton Roads area.
The band has played with popu-lar reggae artists including The Green, John Brown’s Body, The Expendables, King Yellow Man, Easy Star Allstars, Rebelution, Pato Banton and most recently with The Wailers.
“We make music for your ev-eryday person kind of songs, like San Juan. It’s an emotional connec-tion were trying to seek. We want to have people’s brains turning.
We have romantic songs and par-ty songs, we have many genres,” Mansell said.
Playing to crowds from Dela-ware to North Carolina, Bimini Rd. is eager to expand their mu-sic to broader audiences with the release of their latest E.P. “And Then Some.” According to a na-tional press release from the band, the album was recorded by Jocko Randal.
The band is managed by Mike Fischetti and Travis Mansell and is signed with C&A Media.
Mansell, backup vocalist for Bi-mini Rd., is an ODU graduate ma-joring in history and has had a pas-sion for music since he was a kid.
“It’s kind of crazy. I personally, I was never much of a music listener but I really enjoy playing music. Mike [and I] have been playing mu-sic for fifteen years, since we were young. John is our newest addition. He’s really good at improvising. We kind of just came back together to do music,” Mansell said.
Bimini Rd. has been compared to the sounds of Slightly Stoopid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pepper, Jason Mraz and O.A.R.
According to the band’s website, in the late ‘60s Dr. J Manson Val-entine discovered a disputed rock formation off the coast of the island of North Bimini in the Bahamas, hence the band’s name, Bimini Rd.
“It’s me and Mike [Fischetti],
the guitarist and backup vocalist, Aaron [Kuklica], and the vocalist and keyboard player, John [Quan]. John [Quan] and I used to work to-gether at the surf shop. We all hung out together and know each other, so the chemistry comes natural.”
Although they are just finding their mold in the music industry, they are already making ground.
After a lot of work and commit-ment, Bimini Rd. is putting them-selves on the map.
“We have two EP’s online right now that dropped this summer and is now available on iTunes. We have sold about a thousand of those. We have opportunities com-ing to us right now, which is good.”
The band has aspirations to hit
the regional festival scene through-out the spring and summer of 2013.
For more information, follow Bimini Rd. online at http://www.biminird.com and on Facebook.
Local Band Bimini Rd. in the Fast Lane to the Top
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Igniting a BonfireFormer FootBall monarch and current cleveland Brown Put hIs talents and educatIon to use
By: Ben DecowskiSports Editor
Mace & Crown
In the 2010 and 2011 football seasons at Old Dominion Universi-ty, everyone who followed the team knew who defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron was. He was the face of the Monarchs defense and his play showed it, finishing second in to-tal tackles both years with 72 and 73 respectively. After graduating with an MBA in Information Tech-nology following the 2011 season, Cameron has taken his talents to the National Football League and joined the Cleveland Browns prac-tice squad.
“My life has been a roller coast-er. I’ve gotten a chance to meet and work with great people who I never thought I would have the pleasure of working with. In the last year I have been on over 40 flights and visited 20 new cities and I’ve en-joyed every minute of it,” Cameron said. Cameron is currently on the practice squad but hopes to make the active roster soon and said that so far, “My time with Cleveland has been great.”
Football is only half of what Cameron has been working on since graduation and has been putting his education to use. “I decided to cre-ate a forum and a news network for young people to receive informa-tion about the good works that go on and also be aware of events that go on that more people need to pay attention to,” Cameron said.
Cameron’s forum and news network is an online publication, which he currently says is in de-velopment, called BonfireImpact.com. Cameron said his mission is to, “provide news, blogs and con-tent pertaining to social awareness, non-profit and charitable organiza-tions, human rights, social issues, education advocacy, health issues and several under-covered stories.” Cameron also said that he wants, “to get young people excited about being socially active and making a difference in the world.”
BonfireImpact.com is new and has not fully ignited yet but Cam-eron has been working diligently in order to lay out a clear and precise plan for its future. According to Cameron, he has already partnered BonfireImpact.com with the NFL Players Association, the American Heart Association and the Ameri-can Cancer Society. “I am very interested in helping children in [New York] where I’m from, and [Virginia] which I consider my sec-ond home. My brother is a teacher in D.C. so I want to hold programs there. I am an advocate for edu-cation reform and health for chil-dren,” Cameron said, “I want to ultimately open math and science centers to create a thirst for knowl-edge in these areas, especially for minorities because we statistically struggle in these fields.”
Cameron wants his news net-work to cover, “A wide array of
topics ranging from anti-bullying campaigns to Crime in the South-side of Chicago to the Human Rights cases in Africa. This will be an open website addressing the good works of people in communi-ties to the philanthropic endeavors of celebrities.” Cameron is also working to increase awareness of the, “good works, charities and philanthropy of pro athletes, espe-cially those in the NFL,” by dedi-cating a section of the website to them.
He has put a lot of hard work into this news network but still needs help from young and aspir-ing journalists. “I am looking for writers who are passionate about journalism or passionate about social causes and want to display their work on a large platform,” Cameron said. Writers who would like to contribute are only required to have, “passion and [a] thirst for
change.” The ultimate goal of Bonfire-
Impact.com is for it to become,
“An information center and a place for collaboration on topics that go past what mainstream media out-lets cover.” The news network is far from that goal right now but Cameron is taking the right steps in order to achieve it. He is currently working with a web design firm in order to make a legitimate and functioning website and is invest-ing his own money in the organiza-tion.
Cameron has been busy since graduating from ODU and is work-ing hard to try and ensure a suc-cessful future for himself. “A pro-fessional football career is in your hands to a certain extent but you are subject to the decision making of executives so you never know how long you will play this game,” Cameron said, “I definitely know I will be working with non-profits, charitable organization and being an advocate for education whether I’m still playing football or work-ing in information technology.”
Students who are interested in getting involved with BonfireIm-pact.com can contact the Mace & Crown’s Editor in Chief, Megan Jefferson, at [email protected] for additional infor-mation.
Sophomore quarterback Taylor Heinicke threw for 264 yards and one touchdown as he led the Monarchs to a 31-20 victory over Towson on Saturday, Oct. 20. Heinicke also ran the ball 10 times for 71 yards and two touchdowns. It was a big win for the 6-1 Monarchs who suffered their first loss of the season last week to the Villanova Wildcats 38-14 on homecoming weekend. Heinicke completed passes to eight different receivers and completed 26 of his 39 passes. Heinicke and the Monarchs return to Old Dominion next week to take on Delaware at home.
The Old Dominion Uni-versity football team con-tinues its climb to national notoriety with the news that they are scheduled to play the University of Maryland in College Park in 2013 and the University of North Carolina. By add-ing this high quality ACC opponent to the schedule, ODU continues to prepare for its impending move to the C-USA.
The basketball season is right around the corner and the preseason polls are here. The ODU men’s team has been picked to finish fourth in its last year in the CAA conference and the Lady Monarchs have been picked to finish fifth.
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By: Mitchell BrownStaff Writer
Mace & Crown
Golf is a game of patience, awareness and good judgment. This precise sport has many play-ers, some skilled and some less fortunate. Since golf originated in the fifteenth century, the game has seen many talented players. Samantha Morrell of the Old Do-minion University Lady Monarch’s golf team is one of those talents. Morrell, a senior, has become the catalyst of the Lady Monarchs.
Morrell just helped her team win the Ladies Professional Golf As-sociation Xavier Invitational title as she shot a solid 75-75-75 over the tournament, good enough for a second overall finish.
This past weekend was just one of Morrell’s many memorable per-formances. Morrell says that her most memorable moment came in dramatic fashion at the Lady Pirate Invitational where she won by one shot. “I didn’t think that my score was good enough, but when I found out I won, I couldn’t believe it.” Morrell said.
Morrell, a native of North Kings-town, RI, came to Old Dominion in 2009 and was ODU’s first ever Women’s CAA Rookie of the Year. Excellence has never been absent from Morrell’s presence who is a three-time state champion and four-time All-State selection, Of course there is natural talent. But to be the best, hard work is the key. “I love the game, it’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears. The hard work pays off,” Morrell said. Her hard work has shown on the lead-erboards with numerous top-five finishes.
Morrell’s typical schedule is hectic. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the team does off-cam-pus practice at various sites usually taking two hours to work on some short game work and putting, and finishing off with crushing some
balls at the range. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the team practices on-campus at Lambert’s Point, with practice consisting of the same agenda.
Aside from hard work, Mor-rell credits her team’s success to coaching and great team chemis-try. “Coach came in and instilled a positive vibe. The coaches helped bring the morale up and encour-age us,” Morrell said. When asked about the expectations for her and her team for the rest of the season, Morrell said, “I want to get another win, I also want my team to also get wins.”
This season, the Lady Monarchs have finished no lower than third place. When Morrell hits the fair-ways, she cuts out all emotions to ensure a brilliant performance. “No matter what you’re feeling, you have to go on the course and play well. Not only does it affect you, but it affects your teammates and coaches,” Morrell said.
Morrell is not only a player of golf, but also a fan of it. Morrell said, “Anaka Sorenstein is my role model, absolutely great player. [I’m] sad she had to retire.” In the future, Morrell hopes to play on the same stage as Sorenstein did in her competitive playing career. “I plan to continue golf after school and give the professional level a try. I put so much time and work into it so why not go for it,” Morrell said.
Samantha morrell leadS lady monarchS Golf on and off the GreenS
Driving ForwardBy: Jordan Jones
Assistant Sports EditorMace & Crown
Every defense needs an enforcer in the middle to anchor it and give it the best chance for success. An enforcer is someone who sets the tone for the defense and makes his presence constantly felt on the field. For the Old Dominion University Monarchs, that role is filled in by senior defensive tackle Chris Burnette. Last season he was named a Third-Team All-CAA se-
lection, starting all 13 games at nose guard and totaling 49 tack-les on the year. As of Oct. 19, the Baltimore, MD native leads the 5-1 Monarchs in total tackles with 42 and sacks with three and is a true leader on a defense in dire need of a stand-up individual.
As one of the elder members of the team and having been here since ODU’s inaugural season, Burnette has been through a lot and learned just as much during his time here. “Just becoming a man, it’s more than football, just growing up and being a better individual for myself and for the future.” Burnette said.
Burnette has also done a great job of utilizing the resources avail-able to him to become a better man and football player. He specifi-cally mentioned one person who helped him. “I wasn’t highly re-cruited out of high school,” he said, “But just being here, being around the coaches, being around guys like Ronnie Cameron (former ODU standout, now with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns) helped me be-come the great player I am now and I’m just determined to get better
every day.” For the remainder of his final
season at ODU, Burnette is com-mitted to helping the Monarchs have a better team, and in particu-lar, have a better defensive unit. “I want to see us defensively become a better defense, that’s something that’s been a struggle the past couple of weeks and I’ve just been pushing it. I just want to get better, everyone is taking it one day at a time.”
Even as Burnette is fully en-sconced in his studies and football
this season, he is still keeping his eyes open as far as future options are concerned. He has already ob-tained his degree in sports manage-ment, and hopes that the NFL will be a viable option in the future. If not, he hopes to find a good job in the field of sports marketing.
As Burnette reflects further on his time at ODU, he realizes that he and his older teammates have grown up a lot together. “We were very immature, an immature bunch,” he said, “we just grew up, became more responsible, more mature, and became better leaders. We’ve been through the hardest days, even from the beginning, and I don’t think anyone can take that from us.”
The Old Dominion football pro-grams instills work ethic, determi-nation, and humility in its players and Burnette is a good example of this. He chooses to take a team-first approach to everything so that everyone around him can enjoy the fruits of success as well. Not sur-prisingly, the team has done well consistently with this course of ac-tion.
By: Brian BowdenStaff Writer
Mace & Crown
Women’s field hockey head coach Beth Anders has a legend-ary reputation. Her accomplish-ments in the sport alone would fill an entire book. Her reputa-tion, combined with Old Dominion University’s long and successful women’s field hockey past, is what originally attracted redshirt sopho-more forward Nicole Goff to play at ODU. “Beth is known here for her reputation. I wanted to play under her and learn a lot from her,” Goff said. Goff started playing field hockey competitively around her freshman year in high school where she also dabbled in lacrosse for a short period of time. “I start-ed playing club around ninth grade and that’s when it got really com-petitive. I didn’t find lacrosse as exciting as field hockey anymore,” Goff said.
Goff has seen a substantial in-crease in her playing time this season compared to last year when she saw action in only two games. This is partly due to an injury that
co-captain Kati Nearhouse suf-fered against Delaware on Sept. 30 and Goff has been filling in for her. She has played in 13 games so far this season and started five. One might think that an increase in playing time means an increase in pressure to perform well, but not the case with Goff. “I really don’t find it as being more pressure. It’s a lot more fun knowing that I’m going to be in [the game] compet-ing and playing with everyone,” she said.
Goff has really stepped up to the plate with the injury to Nearhouse, who has no set date to return. She has six goals and 12 points on the year as well as a shooting percent-age of .375, which is second best on the team. Goff has also just come off two of the biggest games of her season. She scored one of two goals in a loss to No. 6 Mary-land, and then went on to score one of three goals in a win against No. 24 Duke the following game. “The team’s been playing well to-gether on attack and we know that with one of our starters, Kati Near-house, being out we all need to step up,” she said.
When she doesn’t have a stick in her hand trying to smash the ball into the opposing team’s goal, she just likes to hang out with the girls, “We’re always together off the field as well, so we just hang out at the house and watch movies,” Goff said. Her favorite athlete is multiple gold-medal-winner and all-around Olympic stud Michael Phelps. “He just always consis-tently works hard,” she said.
This season, because of ODU’s decision to switch conferences from the Colonial Athletic Associ-ation to Conference USA, the team is looking for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. “We have to win the at-large bid to get into the NCAA tournament so each game is really important this year,” Goff said. This year’s semifinals and national championship game will be played right here on their home turf in Norfolk. “I think as long as we play the best we can play, we’ll have a really good chance. That’s our ultimate goal,” Goff said.
Stepping Up to the Stick
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ODU (6-1) Rushing Attempt Gain Loss
ODU 31 at Towson 20Heinicke, TaylorLee, TyreeHarper, AngusGoodwyn, ColbyTeamRoberts, BlairTotals
Net TD Lg Avg10141222040
Towson (3-4) RushingEnders, GrantBooker, Domin.Phifer, SterlinWilkins, SpencerTotals
ODU (6-1) Passing Cmp Att IntHeinicke, TaylorVaughan, Antonio
Yds TD Long Sack260
Towson (3-4) Passing
ODU (6-1) Receiving No Yards TDBailey, JakwailMayers, NickRoberts, BlairLee, TyreeHarper, AngusThomas, MarquelSpellman, KirkVaughan, AntonioTotals
The CAA SCore Corner
Towson 20 Old Dominion 31
Richmond 35 James Madison 29
Georgia State 24 Villanova 49
Delaware 47 Rhode Island 24
Maine 21 New Hampshire 28
Enders, Grant 26 41 1 290 1 36 0
Heinicke WatchODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke picked up another 335 yards this week in the Monarchs victory over Towson. That gives him a total of 3,124 yards on the year, leaving him 2,852 yards shy of the single season record of 5,976 held by former Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons. The Monarchs have four games remaining in the season, not including potential playoff games, for Heinicke to try to break that record. It is a tall order for the sophomore quarterback but he certainly has the talent and weapons on offense to do it.
Old Dominion 2 Hofstra 1
William & Mary 2 Northeastern 1
George Mason 2 Georgia State 1
Towson 2 UNC Wilmington 5
James Madison 2 Delaware 1
Drexel 2 Delaware 4
James Madison 3 William & Mary 0
Northeastern 7 Hofstra 1
Maryland 9 Towson 0
George Mason 1 James Madison 2 Old Dominion 2 Towson 1
Northeastern 2 UNC Wilmington 1
Georgia State 0 Drexel 1
Towson (3-4) ReceivingSheppard, Ger.Ryan, TomWilkins, SpencerOboh, JamesBooker, Domin.Blake, AlexKinnard, LeonBanks, ErronKirby, CoryTotals
Attempt Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg
Cmp Att Int Yds TD Long Sack
No Yards TD Long
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By: Emma HeringStaff Writer
Mace & Crown
With the political and fall sea-sons in full swing, sporting patri-otic colors and styles expresses respect for the country while de-fining personal style.
Luckily, the good ol’ U.S. of A was blessed with three classic and complexion friendly colors. Red and blue are compliments to many other hues and white goes with anything. Colors like green or or-ange aren’t a winner on everyone.
Stripes are a classic print that designers have adapted to their collections within current seasons. Even after 50 years, the peace sign can be found in prints, jewelry designs or accessories. Another iconic and favored symbol, the star, is also prevalent throughout any season.
Mixing the classic symbols and prints of yesterday with today’s
styles will allow any chic citizen to show off their pride without any ensuing controversy. Americana inspirited fashions are evident in three predominant trends this sea-son: military inspired, modern and preppy styles.
The military style, intentional or not, pays homage to our wonder-ful men and women that protect our borders. This look is perfect for fall because of the layering, footwear and color story. The mili-tary look began as a facet of the “trickle-up theory.” This theory explains how designers gain inspi-ration from the everyday person and adapts those details to their upscale designs and customers.
The modern, or “mod,” style be-gan in the late 1950s and peaked in the ‘60s. During this decade, the country saw a rebirth in the economy after a ten-month reces-sion. Similar to our current eco-nomic environment, the ‘60s were a time of growth and technological
advancement. The mod style in-cludes crisp, clean silhouettes and color blocking. This style is attain-able at any mall or boutique.
The preppy look is a timeless style synonymous with American culture. From J. Crew to Forev-er21, shoppers can find plaids and layering cardigans for any budget. This style has become more preva-lent on college campuses. The preppy approach doesn’t have to channel Steve Urkel, but can al-low the wearer to express their ap-preciation for tailoring and classic styles.
No matter the season, year or time of day, showing support for our country is always in style. The iconic fashions within American history have sparked trends and set the standard for political panache. Despite how debatable the candi-dates are a patriotic ensemble will win over any party.
Red, White & BeautifulBy: Steven Knauer
Staff WriterMace & Crown
Brought to us by the well-known strategy game developers Firaxis, “Xcom: Enemy Unknown” did ex-actly what it set out to do when it launched on Oct. 9. As a return of a cult-classic series made in the early ‘90s by MicroProse, “Xcom: EU” had an avid fan-base follow-ing and analyzing its every move.
“Xcom: Enemy Unknown” cer-tainly won’t disappoint a fan of the series. While there have been changes to parts of the game-play, having some parts expanded while others were streamlined, the game overall holds true to its original form. Many systems that were con-sidered outdated were changed to fit better into the twenty-first cen-tury way of gaming.
Due to the last game coming out in 1997, fans were able to take the rules in place and break them, mak-ing the game easy if the loopholes are found. The new game needed to find a good mix of updating the rules while still keeping true to the series. “Xcom: EU” should be un-derstood as a re-imagination as op-posed to a remake.
What brings Xcom forward as a series is keeping the style of the game while bringing its graphics into the new age. The game has a slightly cheesy overtone with beefy, muscle-head characters and an ominous, overseeing “council” resembling something out of an ‘80s cartoon. This seems fitting for a game made in 1994, and “Xcom EU” holds that torch just as well. It may not have held water as well if it was taken serious like many games try to do today.
The single most important fea-ture to old fans of the series still
reigns in the newest installment: difficulty. “Xcom: EU” is not for a person looking for an easy game to fiddle around with. For those new to the series, “Xcom” has always been a game of careful strategy.
The player plans out in advance what they are going to do on what is called the “battlescape.” This is where the player controls up to 12 soldiers on the field, taking their time to kill the invading alien menace. When this “battlescape” is won or lost, the player is brought back to a planetary view from their home base. This is where the buy-ing of supplies and healing of sol-diers happens.
The biggest difference between the old and the new series is that the amount of soldiers was moved from 12 to six. Soldiers can now do much more than just shoot and throw grenades. They now have skills that apply to different situ-ations in a battle, making six more well rounded soldiers more valu-able than 12 pieces of cannon fod-der. This, plus the simplification of an inventory screen, makes soldiers more valuable and relat-able. However, it also makes it that much worse to lose a soldier, which is actually one of the main themes in the game.
There was a lot riding on the game’s success due to the tactical strategy genre being more-or-less dead since the ‘90s.
When futuristic or modern tones and guns are put into today’s video games, they usually turn out to be first-person shooters. In fact, be-fore “Xcom: EU” was announced, a first-person shooter reboot of the series was announced. Some people were excited but many loyal fans of the originals were displeased at the genre change and the game fell off the media radar.
Xcom: Enemy UnknownTHE KING Of TACTICAL STRATEGY IS BACK
“The Blue List” colD weatherhot albUMs
By: Dominique BaileyStaff Writer
Mace & Crown
October is notoriously known for marking the beginning of the larg-est music quarter of the year. With three albums releasing on Oct. 22 and two more in the upcoming week on Oct. 30, music fans of all genres will have enough music to distract them from Norfolk’s cool-ing temperatures.
1. Kendrick Lamar – “Good Kid, m.a.d.d city”
Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid,
m.a.d.d City” is one of hip-hop’s most anticipated albums of this year. Although the album leaked towards the middle of last week, Kendrick Lamar’s major label de-but officially released on Oct. 22. Despite having a Dr. Dre co-sign and the backing of a major label, fans will be delighted that Califor-nia’s new front man hasn’t strayed from his signature style. Featur-ing appearances by Drake, fellow Top Dawg Entertainment label mate Jay Rock, Dr. Dre and Mary J. Blige, “Good Kid, m.a.d.d City” should please all K.Dot fans.
2. Taylor Swift – “Red”Grammy Award-Winning coun-
try music sweetheart Taylor Swift released her fourth studio album on Oct. 22. Simply titled “Red,” Tay-lor Swift has slightly moved away from her country roots and opted for a new pop sound. Featuring the undeniably catchy lead singles “We Are Never Getting Back To-gether” and the dub step influenced “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Swift fans will be pleased to have a new batch of honest songs about love and heartbreak, but they may also be surprised by some of the col-laborations and genre fusions.
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3. P.O.S – “We Don’t Even Live Here”
Further proving Oct. 22 was a golden day for music, Doomtree collective member P.O.S also re-leased his fourth solo album “We Don’t Even Live Here” on Mon-day. The Minnesota based rapper refines his social conscious and angst filled lyrics and further ex-pands his hip-hop and punk fused trademark style with this album. Featuring collaborations with Bon Iver front-man Justin Vernon and fellow Doomtree member Mike Mictlan, “We Don’t Even Live Here” should keep fans satisfied in light of P.O.S having to cancel his upcoming fall tour as he undergoes dialysis in preparation for a pend-ing kidney transplant.
Fans can stay updated and in-formed about P.O.S. on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yeahrightpos. There they can also receive information about ways they can assist with his medical expenses.
4. Calvin Harris – “18 Months”Oct. 30’s release, “18 Months”,
is international DJ and producer Calvin Harris’s third solo effort, but for many fans it may feel like the first. Unlike his first two al-
bums, Harris is not the lead singer on “18 Months.” Instead, he en-lists big name talents like Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Ellie Goulding, Kelis and Florence + the Machine singer Florence Welch to be lead singers. By stepping away from the mic, Harris is able to focus more on the production and less on his singing voice. Although older fans will be familiar with much of the already released album, Calvin Harris will keep fans bouncing despite the sea-son’s cold weather.
5. Meek Mill – “Dreams and Nightmares”
Following an ODU homecoming performance with an album release sounds like perfect planning. Phil-adelphian rapper Meek Mill plans to deliver his debut album “Dreams & Nightmares” on Oct. 30. Filled with star studded features such as Drake, Rick Ross, Wale, John Leg-end and Nas, the rapper will get a chance to prove he holds his own talent despite being surrounded by famous lyrical heavy hitters. Not only will Oct. 30 be Meek Mill’s moment to shine without his fellow Maybach Music Group members, it’ll be the rapper’s chance to dis-play his growth.
By: Eryn TolleyStaff Writer
Mace & Crown
Are you having trouble with family or friends? Have you been having issues with your roommate? Are you looking for a way to save money more efficiently? Often-times, college students find that they have no one to talk to or go to for advice during difficult situ-ations. Look no further, Old Do-minion University. Now you can get advice when you need it most.
First things first, you probably want to know a little bit about the person you are about to confide in. My name is Eryn Tolley and I am a junior English major here at ODU with a concentration in journalism. I have been married for two years to a sailor in the United States Navy, and because of that, I am a commuter student.
However, I have not always been a commuter student. I transferred to ODU in the fall of 2010 from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. While in Jackson, I lived on cam-pus and was not married. Thus, I have experience in different as-
pects of the college life. I strive to be frugal and I enjoy finding ways to make a buck go farther. I hope to be able to provide advice on things as simple as where you can find the cheapest textbooks, to issues you might be having in a re-lationship. I can also offer advice on time management, as being mar-ried requires a great deal of that.
I hope that you will trust me to answer your questions in the best way that I can. I look forward to helping you reach your goals throughout this semester, no matter what they are. Send in your ques-tions to [email protected], and I will do my best to guide you in the right direction. Anonymous questions are welcome as well. I will reply to all questions, but only a few will be chosen for the news-paper. I look forward to hearing from you.
Dear Eryn,My roommate and I are two com-
pletely different people. I am more of a homebody, and I am constantly studying or working. My room-mate is more of a partier and stays up late making noise that usually
Advice Column continued from “Blue List” (D1)
By: R Jay Molina Senior Writer
Mace & Crown
As a self-proclaimed “hip-ster,” I need a place to escape to from time to time. A perfect escape for me includes scenic locations perfect for photography, cheap for-eign restaurants that no one else would ever go to or little coffee shops that could put Starbucks to shame.
The latter is Elliot’s Fair Grounds on Colley and Baldwin Avenue. Further comparisons to Starbucks would only serve to hype this cof-fee shop up to a level that would make newcomers judge it harshly, but maybe that’s fine considering I want the place for myself.
If you want a place to write and dream in an environment that re-sembles pieces of a long forgotten home, Fair Grounds is that place. Without even realizing how much time had passed, it was shocking to see that I had spent nearly five hours there.
Fair Grounds rests on the sec-ond floor of an old building. Its age presents itself with pride as the owners have embraced it over the years. Various art pieces from local artists hang all over the dif-ferent colored walls evoking a true independent feel and the baristas are lively and welcoming.
I got to see the faces of the usual patrons as they looked comfort-able upon entering this little shop.
There were those who, like me, had stepped into this place with a small sense of awe at how simple, yet perfect, everything seemed. My blueberry muffin and iced cof-fee had a true homemade taste that Starbucks could never match. Add that with their updated sandwich menu and there’s no reason to re-turn to another coffee chain estab-lishment.
Notable entrees include french toast, veggie burgers and chicken salad sandwiches. Apart from cof-fee, this little shop also offers a variety of tea such as chai, jasmine and pai mu tan for the bold drinker.
Elliot Juren established Fair Grounds back in 2001. He recently passed ownership to Mike Dimir-sky, who is working to update the establishment with hints of mod-ernism. Fair Grounds will be a unique atmosphere if he continues on this path, with renovations and new technologies added to the fold.
Similar to Borjo in The Vil-lage at Old Dominion University, Fair Grounds serves not only as a “hip” hang out, but a venue. Fair Grounds works with community organizations, musicians and art-ists to host events and fundraisers.
It’s open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday and closes at 11 p.m. on Saturdays and opening at 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Take a Saturday afternoon and journey to this comforting home away from home.
This Wonderful Café
keeps me up late into the night and I don’t know how to confront her about this. I don’t want to come off as not being fun. If she wants to party, I don’t care, I just want her to be quieter when she comes home late at night with friends. What should I do?
Sincerely,A Sleepy Student
Dear Sleepy Student,Unfortunately, many of us have
to deal with these things when we get a roommate. It’s definitely a frustrating situation. Have you considered asking her to go to her friends’ dorms or apartments in-stead? There is a chance that her friends do not have a roommate that is bothered by the partying. I would suggest trying this first. If she has nowhere to go, you could try kindly explaining to her that you are very busy and need your sleep. Would you also be willing to agree on one night on the week-end as a good night for her to have friends over until late? Compro-mise is the key when living with roommates. I hope this helps you out.
Derek Braxton | Mace & Crown
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Burning the Midnight OilTo the tune of Drunken sailorBy: Sean Burke
Plug in a laptop for lots of power,Drink a new red bull every hour,Write till you wanna jump from a tower,Early in the evening.
Don’t get grumpy don’t get mean,Look in a mirror to see you’re green,Dark rings in the mirror you’re seeing,Early in the morning.
The drive today is dark and gray,Took a wrong turn and lost my way,In a soft bed I want to lay,Early in the morning.
Walk into class with an audible sigh,With no Scantron, the end is nigh,My grade sure won’t be so high,Early the next morning.
SynesthesiaBy: Kadeem Porter
My eyes can hear you,my hands can smell you,my ears can feel youand my heart’ll tell youthat my nose beats for youand my mouth can seehow my brain knowsthat we’re meant to be.
Stream of Heir By: Will Wilson Here in this place I sit,wondering howthe world holds air. Breathing breath bornsome 2012 years ago,when my fathersbefore my fathersbefore my fathers were here -- in this placebreathing the same breathsI’m breathing now, wondering how the eyesof history would treat them; looking back and forwardat the same time.
Superfluous SoundsBy: Roland Cowles
My trying to write rhymes that aren’t trite is like fighting Mike Tyson hands tied and blind folded.
I begin by perpending past regrets that might beget poetic heft, but instead I play Russian roulette with a revolver of reminiscence and a
pessimistic pen. I need to calm the sea of impetuosity to reachthe nest of halcyon lucid-
ity instead of pretending this molding of mired trifles will transpire with tactful titillation.
For placation’s sake I need to sway back from bombarding the poem with sonic explosions and do it barred sounding overdone.
“The fact to which we have got to cling, as to a lifebelt, is that it is possible to be a normal decent person and yet be fully alive.” – Allen Ginsberg
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DOWN1. Circle fragments2. An escape of water3. Help4. Continuing forever5. Border6. Smell7. Dishes out8. Verdigris9. Dominance10. Murres11. Religious offshoot12. Jab15. Hermit 21. Gentlewoman23. Dribble25. Sit for a photo27. Letters, etc.28. Cancel29. Tear
31. Train engine32. Cognizant34. Lay turf36. WW1 plane39. Spy agency40. Chop finely43. Anagram of “Chatter” 44. Modify46. Outbuilding47. Sunshade49. Delete50. Urticate53. French for “Sister”55. Flower stalk56. Minute opening57. Feudal worker58. Rodents60. Distinctive flair61. Airhead64. Got together
ACROSS1. Wings5. Cavort9. Astrological transition point13. A musical pause14. Something to shoot for16. Chocolate cookie17. Carryall18. Slogan19. Notch20. Play the bagpipes22. Reestablish24. Break26. Contemptuous look27. Bullfighter30. Ring around the nipple33. Literary criticism35. A type of farm tool37. Hotel
38. Historical period41. Type of hat42. Ill-gotten gains45. Dispersion48. Heavy51. Disgraced52. Rubber wheels54. Protagonist55. Witness59. Old hat62. Nonsense (British)63. Water vapor65. Storage cylinder66. Sea eagle67. Wash out with a solvent68. Egg-shaped69. Encounter70. At one time (archaic)71. Gave temporarily
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Solutions Vol. 55, Issue 4
ODU College of Arts
You are cordially invited to attend a Visiting Artist Lecture by Gary Simmons This public lecture, a response to the 30 Americans exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art, is cospon-sored by ODU’s Art Department, College of Arts and Letters, and the Chrysler Museum of Art.Friday, October 263:30 Reception, Batten Arts & Letters Lobby4:00 Lecture, Auditorium, 1012 Batten Arts & Letters
ODU In Support of Children
In Support of Children is a student organization on the campus of Old Dominion University. We are hosting our 2nd annual International Children’s Day event, on November 17, 2012 at 3pm. This will be an educational fair free to the public. We will also have a DJ, live performances, guest speakers, food, fun activities, games and prizes. It will certainly be an event worth attending. Kids encouraged to attend!
Join ODU Out at their general member meetings and learn when and where to volunteer for the LGBTQ community in Hampton Roads and On-Campus!Where: Suffolk Room, ODU Webb CenterWhen: 12:30 p.m What day?: Every first and Third Tuesday’s of the Month
Are you interested in robotics? If you are, join ODU Robotics to learn about robotics and gets your hands on how to build one from the bottom up. We are al-ways looking for people to help us on ideas about robotics, so don’t hesitate to talk to us about any-thing robotics related. To find more about us contact our President Daniel Park at [email protected].
10/24SAC Free Movie:
The Dark Knight Rises
10/25College Showcase and
Constant Hall Lobby12-2pm
Come talk with our faculty about Come talk with our faculty about majors and minors in business,
internships, learn about our business clubs, and find out more
about our degree programs!
10/25ODU Breast Cancer Walk
10/25PAW Event: TRANSformations: Politics of
Identity & Social Change Conversation and Book Signing with Clarissa Sligh and Wil Laveist
North Cafe, Webb Center630-9pm
TRANSformations featuring Clarissa Sligh TRANSformations featuring Clarissa Sligh presents a narrative regarding race and gender in which Sligh’s work questions and challenges
the construction of traditional values and contemplates relationships, between liberation, authenticity, performance, and the location of
one’s place in the world.Sponsors: Gay Cultural Studies,Sponsors: Gay Cultural Studies, The LGBT Center, ODU OUT, Norfolk State University,
OIR, ODU Safe Space, PAW, Social Entrepreneurs Council, SEES
10/26From Fragile Seeds,
The Kill Circuit, Of A Ghost
1338 W 49th Street6pm
Sponsor:Sponsor: Tidewater Wesley Foundation
10/26SAC Free Movie:
The Dark Knight Rises
10/27SYCAR/Still I Rise
CD RELEASE SHOW
1338 W 49th Street6pm
Sponsor: Sponsor: Tidewater Wesley Foundation
10/27SAC Free Movie:
The Dark Knight Rises
10/27Monarch Service Day:
Virginia Beach Ocean Front
10/30Lessons You Know By Heart:
Staying Safe at College
Portsmouth Room, Webb Center1230-130pm
Sponsor: Women’s [email protected]@odu.edu
10/30Stitch A Bit
North Mall, Webb Center5-7pm
Work on your latest stitching project or learn to knit. All are welcome!
Sponsor: Sponsor: Women’s [email protected]
Powhatan Apartments – Community Room
8pm-12amThis is the 6thThis is the 6th Annual Housing & Residence Life Haunted Halls.
Come visit us as we “Scare Away Hunger”. Admission to the event is
Sponsor: Housing & Residence Life683-4752