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Tattoo Tale
NOVEMBER 3, 2011
Preparing for Play-offs
Sharia Law
The features editor takes you into
the studio of a Carytown
tattoo artist.
The president of the Muslim Law Student
Association provides insight into Sharia Law.
The women’s soccer team
ranks No. 2 going into the
A-10 tournament.
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Photo by Andrew Prezioso
Spider Celebration
 Catherine Crystal
Collegian Staff
More than 300 students attended
Spider Mayhem at the Weinstein Center
Friday night to mark the beginning of
the University of Richmond’s basketball season.
The pep rally featured men’s dunk,
3-point and tuition half-court shot
contests. The first 300 students in attendance received a Richmond Rowdies
glass and all were offered free Papa
John’s pizza.
Sarah Huang, president of the Richmond Rowdies, said she thought this
year’s Spider Mayhem was a huge success. Students particularly enjoyed seeing the men’s Atlantic-10 trophy and
highlight videos, watching students
participate in the fun contests and the
free food, she said.
“Our biggest competition was the
free-tuition shot,” Huang said.
Huang said the free-tuition shot
competition, which randomly selects a
student to participate, had been changed
in order to improve students’ chances
of winning. In the past, students had
to complete a lay-up, free throw, threepoint and half-court shot within a time
limit in order to win free tuition.
This year, students had the chance to
win tuition if they could make two out
of three half-court shots with no time
limit, she said. Senior Kelly Gonsalves
was the chosen participant.
Before Gonsalves could begin the
competition, she had to sign forms ac-
knowledging that she had never played
basketball in college or in the Olympics,
she said. Gonsalves said she was suprised to have been chosen and that she
was still in shock as she walked down to
the court to take her first shot.
“Basically I just went up and shot the
first one and I completely missed the
basket,” Gonsalves said. “So I decided
that I needed to throw it a little further,
and it just went in and I was completely
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Junior basketball player designs
his own activewear clothing line
 Markie Martin
Collegian Staff
Photo by Elizabeth Ygartua
See pg. 3 for a photospread of Cultural Alternatives’ pumpkin carving festivities and for
stories about the Cultural Alternatives program and the ghost tour of the Westhampton
Jonathan Benjamin, a junior point guard
for the Spider basketball team, has spent his
fall semester balancing schoolwork, a varsity sport and Official Visit ActiveWear, the
clothing line he started during the summer
of 2011.
Benjamin said he had always wanted
to start a creative clothing line for athletes
since “generic gray sweatpants” usually
characterized their wardrobes.
“A lot of us like to get dressed up,” he
said. “When we go to class we look tired
in our sweats, and I want to help athletes
across the country with our day-to-day
Benjamin said his intro to marketing
class with professor Adam Marquardt had
been the spark he had needed to start work
on the line. Marquardt showed several videos to the class about young entrepreneurs
who started successful companies during
college, which Benjamin said had helped
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him put his ideas together and make OVAW
seem possible.
The “Official Visit” in the brand name,
Benjamin said, was inspired by a desire for
his buyers to feel as though they are being
heavily recruited. Whether that recruitment is by a university, a sports team or an
organization, Benjamin wants people to feel
comfortable and confident in his clothes —
the same feeling he hopes people will have
after they make a successful recruitment
decision, he said.
“My whole catchphrase is ‘The Best
Fit,’” Benjamin said. “Even if you’re not a
student athlete, but just someone trying to
make sure the next situation is the best fit
for them…I want my clothes to be for anyone that has goals they are trying to reach.”
The biggest concern that people have
had about Benjamin is how he will manage to add creating a new business to his
already heavy schedule of activities and responsibilities, he said.
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Outside: Sunny........High of 67
NOVEMBER 3, 2011
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Photo by Keon Monroe
¾ Keon Monroe
University employees and family
members of Mark McGill, a deceased
facilities employee, spread throughout
the forest surrounding the Westhampton
Lake to play in the Mark McGill Disc
Golf Tournament on Sunday.
Staff and students were invited to
attend the tournament, which was held
around 2 p.m. in commemoration of Mc-­
Gill, who died in April.
An hour before the tournament, a tree
near the entrance of Booker Hall was
dedicated to McGill. He worked at the
University of Richmond for 13 years and
died suddenly after a brief lung illness.
Denise Johnston, assistant to the vice
president for student development, and
Dianne St. John, administrative coordina-­
tor of One Card Services, said they had
met McGill five years ago as members
of the University Staff Advisory Coun-­
cil. According to its website, the council
shares information, discusses issues and
ideas and serves as a liaison between the
staff and the administration.
“What I appreciated and loved about
that committee was that we came from all
different departments around campus,”
Johnston said. “Yet we became friends
through that.”
After serving their time on a subcom-­
mittee of the council, the employees con-­
tinued to connect outside USAC, St. John
and Johnston said. They began to cel-­
ebrate birthdays, went to baseball games
and concerts and did other things, they
“We’ve lost a great friend,” Johnston
said of McGill.
McGill’s family and other univer-­
sity employees mostly comprised the
disc golf teams. Construction partially
blocked some of the holes on the disc
golf course, so the teams only played
holes six through 14, which are near the
Westhampton Lake.
The disc golf course opened in
March. It spans one half mile across
campus, stretching from the Weinstein
Center to the President’s House. Some
of the team members in the tournament
said they had never played on the Rich-­
mond course before.
McGill used to play the course during
his lunch break, St. John said.
“I believe one of the holes where they
started on today, was where he got a hole
in one,” she said. “So that was the signifi-­
cance of having a disc golf tournament
was because it’s something that he really
enjoyed playing.”
Johnston and St. John reminised over
a picture of McGill in Robins Stadium.
McGill won two tickets and money to
travel to Ireland in a football game half-­
time promotion sponsored by nTelos.
He won the prize in a contest in which
he threw a football 10-­yards away from
a target. “This is my favorite picture, I
think,” Johnston said.
McGill had planned to make his trip
in May, but was never able to go.
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Sharia Law” on page six last week included a phrase that ex-­
pressed the opinion of the reporter. It has been removed from
the online version of the story. We apologize for the inclusion.
We aim to provide balanced and unbiased reporting.
-­The “Bookstore sells charity purses” on the front page last
week should have said that 25 percent of inhabitants of Pat-­
taya, Thailand, are involved in the sex trade, not 25 percent of
all Thai women.
Disc golf honors former employee
The crowd went crazy when the second
shot when in the basket, Gonsalves said. She
said everyone started to cheer and stood up
as she tried to make the last shot.
“I tried the third time, and it didn’t go in,”
Gonsalves said. “But it was really crazy be-­
cause I didn’t think that I was going to make
a single shot.”
Although, the free-­tuition shot is the con-­
test with the largest prize, Huang said, there
were many other fun contests, including the
organization-­bat-­spin competition.
This competition is a relay that requires
participants to spin around a bat 10 times,
make a lay-­up and run back to switch part-­
ners. Large student organizations, such as
the Panhellenic Council, Richmond College
Student Government Association and Wes-­
thampton College Government Association
participated, Huang said. The first team to
finish and sit down won, she said.
Senior Carli Guastafeste said she had
come to Spider Mayhem specifically for the
bat-­spin competition to support one of her
Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters, Kiki Grainger,
who was participating in the contest.
“I was really excited to be here and sup-­
port Kiki,” Guastafeste said. “I also thought
it would be so funny to watch this contest.”
RCSGA, the reigning bat-­spin champion,
defended its title and won for the second con-­
secutive year.
Senior Anna Von Heill said she enjoyed
Spider Mayhem and
thought that it was
a way to show sup-­
port for the basket-­
ball teams.
“I am really ex-­
cited to be a part of
Spider Mayhem,” Von
Heill said. Von Heill
said she thought the
pep rally helped gar-­
ner school spirit for the
coming season.
Senior Zak Estes, a
member of the men’s
basketball team, agreed
and said the teams were
always excited for Spider
Mayhem. “It is a great way
to kick off the season and
get fans excited since our
first game is only two weeks
away,” he said.
Oct. 26, 10:18 a.m. A WC student reported her iPhone, valued at $100, stolen from the 700 block of the University Forest Apartments. Oct. 26, 10:43 a.m. An RC student reported $200 stolen from his apartment in the 2000 block of UFA. Oct. 31, 3:41 p.m. A WC student reported $100 worth of Adderall pills stolen from her room in North Court. Oct. 31, 4:19 p.m. An RC student reported his Texas license plate, estimated at $20, stolen off his ve-­‐
hicle in the W-­‐40 Lot. Burglary/Breaking and Entering
Oct. 30, 2:17 p.m. An American flag was stolen out of an apartment in the 1700 block of the UFA.
Oct. 30, 2:54 p.m. Six beer signs, estimated at $60, were stolen from an apartment in the 1700 block of Oct. 30, 7:28 a.m. An electric trans-­‐
UFA. former was graffitied in the 2100 block of UFA. Destruction/Damage/Vandalism
Oct. 31, 8:20 a.m. An unknown per-­‐
son tried to knock the pineapple off Oct. 27, 1:56 a.m. A Wilton Way the Westhampton fountain. Dam-­‐
street sign, estimated at $75, was ages were estimated at $1,500. stolen near the Heilman Dining Oct. 31, 4:41 p.m. The gate to the Center. art yard outside Keller Hall and the Oct. 28, 7:58 p.m. A WC student Modlin Center was damaged. Dam-­‐
reported damage to the gas cap ages were estimated at $800. on her vehicle. Damages were esti-­‐
Hit and Run
mated at $100. Oct. 30, 12 a.m. Bathroom dispens-­‐
ers were ripped down from the Oct. 27, 1:54 p.m. A WC student re-­‐
walls in a first-­‐floor bathroom of ported damage to the rear panels Marsh Hall. Damages were estimat-­‐ on her vehicle. Damages were esti-­‐
mated at $500. ed at $60. Oct. 30, 11:46 a.m. A trash dump-­‐
ster was graffitied in the 2100 block Liquor Law Violation
of UFA. Damages were estimated at $100. Oct. 30, 12:06 p.m. The patio of Oct. 30, 2:08 a.m. A WC student an apartment in the 2000 block of was transported to St. Mary’s Hos-­‐
UFA was spray painted. Damages pital and referred to the dean for underage consumption of alcohol were estimated at $100. in Moore Hall. Drug Equipment Violation
Oct. 28, 10:23 p.m. An RC student was referred to the dean for pos-­‐
sessing evidence of marijuana resi-­‐
due on his smoking device. Theft from Building
Oct. 31, 7:28 a.m. An exit sign, val-­‐
ued at $175, was stolen from South Court. Nov. 1, 11:57 a.m. A WC student reported her $500 tweed Barbour jacket stolen from 203 UR Dr. dur-­‐
ing a party. Intimidation
Oct. 31, 11:19 a.m. An internation-­‐
al RC student reported being ver-­‐
bally harrassed by five RC students in South Court. NEWS
Common Ground
hosts Saturday
alternative events
Collegian Reporter Cultural Alternative Events is a
new series of programs sponsored by
Common Ground which offer activi-­
ties for students who are looking to
break away from the party scene and
have a mellow Saturday night, Lisa
Miles, assistant director of Common
Ground, said.
The cultural advisers program
started last February with a dozen stu-­
dents dedicated to promoting diversity
and inclusion in the residence halls,
Miles said. The program is a year long,
unpaid leadership position, she said.
Student adviser Aleah Goldin cre-­
ated the idea of hosting events on Sat-­
urday nights for students who didn’t
want to party, Miles said. After col-­
laborating with Common Ground the
program was launched, she said.
Hosting and staffing at least one
CA event is now in the job description
for students wishing to become cultur-­
al advisers, Miles said.
A pizza and game night kicked off
the program and more than 50 stu-­
dents attended, Miles said.
“We had very low expectations
when we started this program,” she
said. “We were only going to have it
for four weekends in February, but
with the turn-­outs we were getting we
knew we had to keep it going.”
The Saturday night programs con-­
tinued to attract about 50 students
each night from different classes,
races and ethnicities, so the program
was carried over to this year, she said.
There have been several events includ-­
ing stargazing, trivia night and a pool
party, Miles said.
CA Events often collaborates with
different clubs on campus to further its
outreach to students, Miles said. On
Nov. 5 it will be pairing up with the
international club, then again with the
art club on Nov. 12 for cake decorating,
she said.
Lorena Bolanos, a junior who lives
in Freeman Hall, is one of 12 Cultural
Advisers this year, she said. Although
she attends several CA events, it
doesn’t mean she and the other partici-­
pating students don’t go out, she said.
“Sometimes I will go out on a Fri-­
day,” she said. “And then Saturday I
will want to relax a little more. I usu-­
ally want to get up earlier on Sunday
morning to do work, so going to a CA
event is just a better option for me.”
Junior Megan Dooley has never
attended a CA event, but she said the
program sounded like a smart solution
for some students.
“I can definitely see how something
like this could attract students who
want to be social, but aren’t necessar-­
ily comfortable at an apartment party
or lodge,” she said.
Giving students an arena to meet
new people in a bit of a more con-­
trolled setting was just what Miles had
in mind for the program, she said.
“I’m not going to act like these
kids don’t go out and party,” she said.
“Sometimes it’s just nice to get away
from it for a night, and we are helping
provide students with another option.
We see ourselves in the future provid-­
ing a role connecting students through
healthy, but fun alternatives to party
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Students take ghost tour of deanery
Collegian Reporter Halloween night brought many Univer-­
sity of Richmond ghosts out to play for “UR
Haunted,” a Jeter and Freeman Hall connec-­
tion held in the Westhampton Deanery.
UR Haunted invited students to take a
candle-­lit tour of the deanery and listen to
the legends of its haunting, one of which
includes the tale of Dean May Keller, who
lived in the deanery until her death in June
29, 1964, according to urhistory.richmond.
edu. Keller still resides in the deanery, but
now it is her spirit that lives on, according
to the legend.
“My favorite part was that the stories
were real,” sophomore Fatima Al-­Bassam
said. “It makes you know more about the
university and its history.”
Al-­Bassam said she had never heard the
historical stories told during UR Haunted
Other ghost legends included the pool
ghost who haunts Modlin and the young
girl who paces the catwalks in Booker.
To some students such as junior Randi
Mansell, the stories were unrealistic.
“It was interesting hearing about some
of the staff encounters with ghosts,” Man-­
sell said, “but I would have loved to been able
to put a face on more of the supposed ghosts
on campus in case I ever run into one.”
In addition to listening to the ghost sto-­
ries, participants were invited to watch “Cry
Wolf,” a murder mystery filmed on campus
in 2005, according to imdb.com.
“It’s scary to see places on campus in a
horror movie,” Mansell said. “[It] makes me
think twice about wandering alone on cam-­
pus at night.”
UR Haunted was hosted by the resi-­
dence hall staffs of Freeman and Jeter and
Reed West, professor of theatre and dance.
The program was led by Charlotte McPher-­
son, head resident of Jeter and Freeman
halls, said Charm Bullard, associate dean for
residence life.
“[Charlotte] did a phenomenal job with
assistance from the entire Jeter and Freeman
RA staff and the two Westhampton College
area coordinators, Laura Cilia and Sarah Ev-­
erette,” Bullard said.
The purpose of UR Haunted was to cel-­
ebrate Halloween without alcohol, Bullard
She said the goal of Westhampton Col-­
lege residence life was to provide oppor-­
tunities for students to have fun without
consuming alcohol. “We know there is a lot
of pressure to consume alcohol so we try to
provide folks other options,” she said.
The Westhampton College RAs created
the deanery’s Halloween aura by putting up
spider webs, using light machines and play-­
ing ghoulish, eerie noises.
Mansell said the noises achieved their
purpose in startling students: “My favor-­
ite part about it had to be the screams and
banging doors. I have been alone at night
in the deanery and it is a pretty scary place
without all the noises.”
Because of the program’s success, Bul-­
lard said UR Haunted would become an an-­
nual festivity.
NOVEMBER 3, 2011
Junior point guard launches OVAW
fromരClothing, page 1
Senior teammate Zak Estes said: “He has been very dedi-­
cated to OVAW since the start of the company. He has been
able to maintain his focus on Richmond basketball while also
devoting a lot of his time to his company, which has been very
Chris Mooney, the men’s basketball coach, said that if
anyone could handle such a busy schedule it would be Benja-­
min because of the great energy he possesses.
“I was extremely impressed upon hearing he had his own
clothing line,” Mooney said. “I think it’s great and clearly he’s
going to be very successful.”
Mooney also said it had been exciting to see the men
on the team supporting Benjamin by wearing his shirts and
bracelets, and that he was waiting for the next shipment of
shirts in his size to come in.
Senior Conor Smith, Benjamin’s teammate and room-­
mate, said: “His clothing line has made him a lot busier, but I
think he enjoys it. He likes what he is doing and spends count-­
less time designing his new clothes, promoting his brand on
social networks, changing his website, etc.”
Smith said he wasn’t sure how popular the brand would
become, and that it had not been until the first shipment that
he had realized how serious Benjamin had been about the en-­
“Jon B. is one of my best friends and is a great business-­
man,” Smith said. “He is friendly and popular and works re-­
ally hard on his brand.”
Benjamin said he was thankful for the support he had re-­
ceived from his teammates and coach during the beginning
stages of the line.
“I thought Mooney would think it was a distraction from
basketball,” Benjamin said, “But he was excited about it, and I
was glad he thought it was a good idea.”
Beyond the personal success he has had with the line,
Benjamin said one of the most important aspects of the
brand was that 20 percent of each sale was donated to St. Jo-­
seph’s Villa — a shelter for children with learning disabilities
and troubled backgrounds. Since the start of the 2011-­2012
school year, Benjamin has given $500 to the children’s home.
The current line consists of t-­shirts, tank tops, promo-­
tional bracelets and hats. Benjamin said he had future plans
for hooded sweatshirts and nicer polo shirts, but that he want-­
ed to keep the line comfortable for now.
The influence of personal experience and past teammates
can even be seen in some of his designs. The tank tops that
feature “OVAW” in blue and white stripes were inspired by
the colors of the Orlando Magic, the professional team that
recruited Justin Harper, a former Richmond player. Each
“OVAW” logo also contains 20 stripes, symbolic of the Benja-­
min’s age during the company’s founding.
“I think the world of him,”
Mooney said. “He’s really bright and
this is a bit of a risk, but it’s differ-­
ent and unique. He’ll be extremely
Benjamin said he has had such
a positive reaction to his clothing
line from Richmond students that
he began sales at schools such as the
University of Florida, Santa
Clara, Bentley, UCLA
and Rutgers. Official
Visit ActiveWear is based
out of DePaul’s T-­Shirt
Factory in Benjamin’s
hometown of Rochester,
New York.
NOVEMBER 3, 2011
Photo by Caroline Croasdaile
To Dine or
Not to Dine
3 Monkeys Bar
& Grill
Brunch. It’s classier than lunch, but
still being served when you wake up. And
it was just what two lovely ladies and I
were craving the Saturday morning of
Halloweekend. The perfect restaurant for
quenching our hankerings was 3 Monkeys.
After a terrible parallel parking job,
my friends and I were quickly seated in
a booth on the well-­heated, glassed-­in
porch that faces the street. The porch is
connected to the main restaurant, which
holds more booths and a cozy wooden bar.
For those who can legally drink, 3
Monkeys serves morning specialties like
the 3 Monkey Bloody Mary with Abso-­
lut vodka, pepper and three olives, as well
as the Royal Monkey with Chambord
and champagne. (Chambord is a tempt-­
ing black raspberry liquor blended with
French cognac, Madagascar vanilla and
herbs, according to Chambord’s website).
I sampled the coffee and can absolutely
say it was the best I’d had in weeks. Noth-­
ing tops good diner coffee.
The brunch menu was an incredible
show of egg dishes that included Virgin-­
ia-­style ingredients such as Chesapeake
crabmeat, which you can add as a topper
to almost any dish for $2. I was drawn to
entrees such as the French toast monkey
cristo with prosciutto, turkey and brie
cheese, and the Belgian waffle, topped
with whipped cream and sautéed bananas.
I eventually settled on the eggs crabmeat
benedict, a 3 Monkeys' spin on the classic.
One of my friends ordered a chicken, pesto,
and three cheese omelet, and the other or-­
dered the tri-­pork omelet. That’s right, a
restaurant has finally acknowledged that
sometimes you just can’t pick one. The tri-­
pork omelet embodies a breakfast trifecta:
ham, bacon and andouille sausage.
While the lunch menu at 3 Monkeys
has a larger selection, it's more expensive.
I’d recommend sticking to the brunch
menu. Entrées hover between a reason-­
able $6-­$8.
The best part about 3 Monkeys is
that it attracts patrons with pink hair and
piercings, as well as those in Ralph Lauren
quarter-­zips. It makes for great people-­
watching and is a gathering place for all
elements of Carytown’s clientele.
Graphic by K
ellie Morgan
Senior social BUSted
A memorable 2012 Richmond senior
Halloween social ended with an accident
between one of the social's buses and a
stationary car.
A bus full of Richmond seniors in
costumes ranging from pop stars to
Power Rangers hit a car stopped at a red
light as it turned the corner, said Jackie
Stockinger, president of the Westhamp-­
ton College senior class. The car lost
part of its front bumper, she said.
After the bus had stopped for a long
period of time, some students started
calling taxis to pick them up and take
them back to campus.
Seniors were told the buses would
run continuously back and forth from 9
p.m. to midnight. The buses arrived on
time, but a miscommunication with the
bus company put the drivers under the
impression they were only to drive one
large group to the venue and drop them
off, Stockinger said.
Two of the three drivers agreed to
drive back and forth from the venue
even though the contract stated other-­
wise, Stockinger said.
At 10:45 p.m. on the night of the so-­
cial, a large group of seniors waited in
C-­Lot for a returning bus. Police officers
warned the students that the bus would
not be back soon so some drove them-­
selves to the venue.
When one bus finally arrived, a mass
of students ran to the side of the bus
as police ordered them to step back.
The group of students followed the bus
around the parking lot until it finally
When the doors opened, students
stormed up the stairs, leaving about half
of the group still waiting in the parking
lot after the bus was full.
Upon arrival to the social's venue,
Vision's Ultra Lounge, students danced
and drank discounted cocktails. At one
point the club hit maximum capacity
and refused to allow more students in,
Stockinger said. Any student that left
the club was denied reentry.
Hunter Reed, Richmond College se-­
nior class president, said it had seemed
as if the students at the club had en-­
joyed themselves.
“The off-­campus venue gave people
a chance to get out of the Richmond
bubble,” he said. Unlike the bus situ-­
ation, the venue did not present Reed
and Stockinger with any problems, Reed
One bus driver went back and forth
between the venue and campus three
times, Stockinger said.
The next morning, Stockinger
emailed the Westhampton College
senior class and offered them reim-­
bursements through the Westhampton
Deanery for taxis taken home from the
venue because of the problem with the
buses. Reed said the Richmond Deanery
planned to offer the Richmond College
seniors the same reimbursement.
My diary of watching a foreign film
For the past 23 years, Richmond stu-­
dents have been able to watch international
films without the hassle of booking flights
and finding their passports. The Interna-­
tional Film Series shows a new movie three
times every weekend (Friday afternoon,
Friday night and Sunday night) in Queally
Hall's Ukrop Auditorium.
This past weekend, I went to see "Re-­
vanche," an Austrian thriller that follows a
man who doesn’t obey the law. Below is my
account of getting acquainted with a for-­
eign film.
2:48 p.m.: I enter Ukrop Auditorium
and sit near the back.
2:53: The title menu appears on the
screen. I can’t figure out why there are pine-­
trees-­on-­fire looking things on the menu.
This seems kind of trippy.
Later, I found out from Paul Porterfield,
who selects the movies and is the head of
the Media Resource Center, that most of
the crowd at the three screenings is from
the community. Students are more preva-­
lent on Friday and Sunday nights. “Each
crowd is different,” he said.
3:00: Our first sighting of Porterfield.
He greets the crowd with a warm, "Good
afternoon," and highlights some of the
movie’s awards.
He told me later that he chose this movie
because he doesn’t often show thriller mov-­
ies or ones from Austria.
3:04: We learn from Porterfield that the
movie is divided into halves, one in the city
and one in the woods. The first part earns
the movie’s “hard-­R rating” because of its
brothels and nudity. This could be awk-­
3:07: Lights dim and I find out that the
trees weren’t on fire, they were just the re-­
flections of the trees in a lake.
3:10: Action starts. A shirtless-­guy
(who will be known from now on as Boy-­
friend) does a back-­flip off of his bed to get
up and answer a knock at the door. I have to
try that some time.
3:11: We get the film version of a false
start. Since this is an Austrian film, they are
speaking Austrian-­German, which makes
the movie hard to understand sans subtitles.
And right now, we don’t have them.
3:13: After some struggles, we are able
to turn the subtitles on. Here we go again.
3:16: Shower scene. Looks like the guy
used Head & Shoulders even though he
doesn’t have Troy Polamalu hair. He should
demand his money back.
3:27: Boyfriend hides under his girl-­
friend’s bed when a pimp comes to visit
her (the girlfriend is a prostitute). Good to
know that under the bed is an international
hiding spot.
3:29: Fun fact no. 1: Exquisite is pro-­
nounced the same.
3:42: Girlfriend (as I like to call her) tells
Boyfriend that their life is “pretty normal.”
Right, being sold to a high-­status client and
getting ready to do lines of cocaine is to-­
tally normal.
3:52: Girlfriend is obsessed with being
3:53: Finally learn Girlfriend’s real
name: Tamara. One character’s name down,
only a couple to go.
3:58: Fun fact no. 2: Passport is the same
in Austrian-­German.
4:01: I swear, Boyfriend looks different
in each scene. Right now, he looks a bit like
Billy Bob Thornton.
4:12: Always fun to look at the signs in
the background and make up what they say.
4:18: Crowd laughs at a sex joke. Awk-­
4:20: Old Man, father to now-­single
Boyfriend, is busting out an accordion.
About time we get some music.
4:22: It hits me, Boyfriend looks like
Earl from "My Name is Earl." Just with less
4:29: Yep, Boyfriend definitely looks like
4:59: I thought this movie was supposed
to be over 30 minutes ago. And it doesn’t
look like it’s ending soon.
5:11: Wow, this movie just had a more
abrupt ending than "Inception." Still, that
didn’t stop people from enjoying the film.
After the film, David Gripshover, who
said that he has attended this film series and
seen nearly every film in it for the past three
or four years, said he had enjoyed it, and
watching foreign films in general.
If you’re adventurous or even just curi-­
ous, go see one of these films. Admission is
free and who knows what you’ll see.
Just bring your own popcorn, none is
NOVEMBER 3, 2011
It’s All About the Ink
This diagram demonstrates how a tattoo needle inserts ink
into the dermis of the skin. The needle, which pierces between one sixteenth and one eighth of an inch, often causes
bleeding and pain.
Graphic by Marina Askari
new skin
Below: Ivey sits in his tattoo chair in his studio. He has his own
studio to work in upstairs at Journey’s End, complete with
couches and a fireplace.
 Marina Askari
Collegian Staff
Above: Ivey handles the needle while working on Cindy Miano’s foot. He keeps
a small dap of vaseline-like gel to apply to the tattoo during the process to help
with healing.
Below: Miano’s foot after the tattoo is finished. Immediately after Ivey
had completed it, he covered the tattoo in a gauge-bandage and told
Miano not to scratch the tattoo even though it would likely peel.
Above: Ivey adds the bright green coloring to the black outline of
“Jade.” During this process, he is constantly stretching Miano’s skin
to ensure the needle pierces her skin and inserts the color correctly.
All Photos by Marina Askari
Dzzt. Dzzzt. Dzzzzt. The tip of the needle pokes 300 to 2,000
strokes per second. Droplets of blood come out. Ink goes in.
In Richmond alone, there are about 30 shops where needles buzz,
deftly moving in the hands of artists to create crimson, midnight
black and plum purple skulls, snakes and even the occasional Freddy
Krueger. For Mike Ivey, owner of Journey’s End Tattoo Shop in Carytown where he works with Joe Thurston, it’s a sign of tattooing gone
Ivey, 42, chain smokes cigarettes. His forearms are covered in a
mess of black and red shapes he calls “biker crap,” that he’s not eager
to talk about. He has a blond ponytail, rimless glasses, three gold
hoops in his right ear and a lot of attitude about “bum” tattooists, state
regulators and an art that’s gone “fluffy and sissified.”
Ivey apprenticed with a man named Lizard back in the 80s. On his
first day, Ivey tattooed one of Lizard’s friends.
“A hardcore biker, not a sissy weekend doctor wearing a brand new
leather jacket, but a real biker full of crystal meth and god knows what
kind of alcohol and with a 45 on the side,” Ivey said of Lizard’s friend.
“[Lizard] sat him down and said, ‘Here tattoo him.’ That was my audition so to speak. I had never touched a real tattoo machine. He showed
me how to set it up, and I just drew a little skull on him and I didn’t get
shot so I guess it was pretty good.”
Tattooing, Ivey said, was a secret society back then. You’d get
physically thrown out of a shop if you asked about learning to tattoo.
“Now it’s completely lost its soul and character,” he said. “Now it’s
gone Hollywood.”
Along with mainstream attention, tattooists face medical and licensing requirements today, Ivey said.
“People have called for the regulation of tattooing for years, but
it’s so ridiculous,” he said. “They call for this regulation, screaming
and whining, ‘There’s a need for regulation. The reason they do that
is because of the ***holes who work in their mom’s basement, in the
ghetto, in some project apartment, in the trailer park. It’s those bums.
Regulation affects them in no way, shape or form. All they’re doing is
hurting the people who give a damn and are doing the right thing. You
can’t hurt the bad guys, because they don’t care.”
The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation controls licensing and regulation of 514 tattoo shops in Virginia, including those in the Richmond area.
The department’s website states that its mission is to “protect the
health, safety and welfare of the public by licensing qualified individuals and businesses and enforcing standards of professional conduct.”
The investigations and licensing examinations they conduct “need to
be valid, reliable and legally defensible. They must measure entry-level
knowledge and skills, and be developed with the ultimate goal of discriminating between competent and incompetent candidates in order
to protect the public.”
Ivey began his career in tattooing as a child when he would draw
homemade tattoos on himself and his friends. “I did a lot better than
my other stupid friends did, because I could draw, but that is the wrong
way to do it,” he said. “I would never recommend it to anyone,” he said
as he popped open a Coke Zero and lit another cigarette.
Ivey shares his beginnings with many tattooists. “Customizing the
Body: The Art and Culture of Tattooing” reveals that, “Many [tattooists] said they had played with tattoos as youngsters – collecting “lick
and stick” tattoos from bubblegum packs, marking themselves and
friends with ballpoint pens and doing homemade tattoos with India ink
and sewing needles stuck in pencil erasers.” India ink is a simple black
ink made of carbon, gelatin and water, commonly used for drawing.
As Ivey performed his work on client Cindy Miano he was intent
on his art, yet he talked nonchalantly. He created the black design of
the name “Jade” with two paw prints on Miano’s foot to memorialize
her pitbull, Jade who she was having euthanized that day after nine
years of friendship.
“I will have other dogs,” Miano said, “but there will never be another Jade. Ever. I don’t care if you get the same breed, the same everything, you just know there’s never going to be another one like that
one. ”
This was Miano’s third tattoo. She couldn’t remember how painful the other two were, but she thought this tattoo might be the most
painful, she said as she gripped the edges of her chair.
“[Tattooing is] kind of like drawing, just infinitely more complex
because you’re doing it on a live body instead of on paper or canvas
that’s not gonna whine, cry, bleed, move and other things,” Ivey said,
which is why clients like Miano try hard not to let their pain get in an
artist’s way.
Ivey finished the black outline. He added jade-green coloring into
the ‘J’ and the ‘D.’ The distinctive buzzing of the needle filled the
room. A small lamp shone directly on Miano’s foot, which allowed Ivey
to see what he was doing and illuminated the lines of concentration on
his face like a spotlight.
During the tattoo process, distilled water is used to wash excess
blood off the surface of the skin. Tincture, a mixture of water and alcohol, sanitizes the skin. The dark colors are tattooed first, then black.
The needle penetrates the skin between one sixteenth of an inch and
one eighth of an inch depending on what part of the body is tattooed.
Although it’s not visible to the casual observer, Ivey engages his
whole body while tattooing. A tattooist must stretch his client’s skin in
all directions while maneuvering the needle into a design at the same
time. Stretching the skin ensures the needle pierces it rather than
bouncing up and down on the surface, causing pain and tissue damage.
This puts pressure on an artist’s hands, back and joints.
“You can ask Mike,” Joe Thurston said. “He’s got a bit of a Carpel
Tunnel Syndrome and has some shoulder issues. Over the years, it’s
kind of dangerous.” Thurston has heard of artists needing surgery due to years of tattooing.
After each tattooing session, Ivey and
Thurston clean up their work stations.
They remove the plastic covering they
put over the workstation, lamp and
tattoo chair. They throw away
products that they can’t put
into the autoclave machine
for cleansing. Then they
wipe down the workstation and the chair
with Madacide. This
potent cleanser is
intensely stronger
than Lysol. “It will
kill everything, including you, if you
drink it,” Ivey said.
Tattoo removal
involves a machine
known as the Qswitched laser and
several trips to the
dermatologist. The
Q-switched laser
is generally most
effective at removing black, blue and
green inks. If used
laser can lead to
irregular pigmentation of the skin
as well as a change
in skin texture. It can
take between four and
six laser treatments to
achieve between a 75
percent to 95 percent
clearance of the original tattoo.
Ivey himself
has suffered skin
of tattooing. Inexperienced tattooists can damage
and traumatize the
skin, he said. “Massive scar tissue will stay with you for the rest of
your life.”
Clinton R. Sanders, the author of “Customizing the Body: The Art
and Culture of Tattooing,” concluded that within conventional society,
“the decision to be tattooed is rarely presented as having essentially
‘healthy,’ pro-social, self-affirming roots; most studies are premised on
an assumption of pathology.” In fact, most “conventional members of
society [tend] to define people with tattoos negatively.” The book also
says, “For the tattooist, the overriding problem inherent in his or her
occupational situation revolves around the public’s continuing negative definition of tattooing, tattooists and tattooed persons.”
Tattooists are seen as outside the norm, outside the mainstream,
Ivey said. “Folks think there is something scary or dangerous about
us,” he said. “They say the most asinine things about us, having no
knowledge of the situation at all. Mainstream people just do that.
They assume we’re all f*?!ing pimps and drug dealers, and
murderers and thieves and all that s*** and
that’s just completely
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Loan forgiveness limits
When I was
Scotland during my
semester abroad, I
noticed that the plas-­
tic bags at Tesco,
the mainstream su-­
streaked with the
slogan: “Every little
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helps.” For the life of
me, I could not figure
out what the missing noun was.
Back in America, President Obama’s
newest slogan seems to be: “Every little
dollar helps.” For students, that is. And the
slogan seems to make sense.
The Obama Administration released a
government analysis called “Making Col-­
lege More Affordable” Oct. 26. The analy-­
sis outlines Obama’s plan to ensure that
federal grants and greater tax benefits
make college more affordable for students,
according to a White House press release.
The plan is that, as of 2014, all new
borrowers will have the opportunity to
decrease the amount they pay for student
loans to 10 percent of their discretionary
income – the chunk of income retained
after bills are paid – according to the
White House. Loan forgiveness will occur
after 20 years of the first loan payment.
But first, when 2012 rolls around,
Obama’s “Pay as You Earn” strategy
will allow this drop in loan payments to
be available to about 1.6 million students
who will be taking out loans for college.
This strategy is a response to the fact that
many students need financial relief before
2014, according to the press release.
The benefits of Obama’s plan were
more apparent when I whipped out my
calculator. Were I to be a post-­grad in
debt at this moment, with an income of
$40,000, I would owe $6,000 of my annual
discretionary income each month. A year
from now, in 2012, I would owe $4,000.
Embedded in a current career of study-­
ing and babysitting, I realize that a $2,000
drop in monthly payments would boost
my financial stance, or that of anyone in a
similar situation.
The problem: Those who may be re-­
ceiving these benefits may not be in a sim-­
ilar situation to Richmond students. The
other problem: lack of clarity.
David Curtis, assistant director of fi-­
nancial aid, said the university’s adminis-­
tration had participated in the direct loan
plan since 1996 or 1997. Under Obama’s
proposal, what has not yet been made clear
is whether the 10 percent will be based on
loans received by students after the 2012
implementation date, or whether the re-­
duction can apply to students currently
taking out loans, he said.
Yet the 2014 implementation of the
plan clearly shows that reductions will
affect students who will take loans out
after July 1, 2014, Curtis said. Students at
Richmond and at other institutions may
therefore be eligible to benefit from these
reductions in 2014 if they qualify based
on overall debt and income, he said.
Obama’s plan will alter the current
law, which keeps loan payments at 15 per-­
cent of a borrower’s discretionary income,
and does not forgive debt until 25 years
have passed since the initial payment, ac-­
cording to the press release.
Based on Obama’s ambiguity in terms
of who is eligible, it does not seem that
current Richmond students would benefit
from the implementation of the 2012 plan
unless they are students transferring in
from other institutions and need to take
out fresh loans at Richmond.
Elliott Walden, chairwoman of UR
Collegian Republicans, said it was un-­
clear how the proposed savings would be
achieved. “It seems pretty obvious that
many of these loans are not going to be
Graphic by Kellie Morgan
paid and that tax-­payers are going to have
to foot the bill for every dollar that is for
given,” she said.
She said a better proposal would have
been to staunch the sky-­rocketing cost
of tuition, and that this proposal would
not solve the post-­grad problem of find-­
ing employment to actually pay the loans.
“Unfortunately, President Obama’s ‘Pay
as You Earn’ plan only puts a temporary
bandage on a wound that is hemorrhag-­
ing,” Walden said.
In the press release, Obama did ad-­
dress the fact that congressional action
would still be necessary for the establish-­
ment of more jobs. But he said the plan
would make a difference.
Charles Sabatier, president of UR
Young Democrats, said he supported
Obama’s effort to take more immediate
action than Congress. The 10 percent re-­
duction will help Americans have more
disposable income and allow the economy
to heat up, he said.
But the 20-­year forgiveness element
could prevent full loan payment and hurt
the very private businesses that provided
students with loans for college, Sabatier
I was practically broke when I re-­
turned from my semester in Scotland. I
had enjoyed more than my fair share of
salsa clubs in Barcelona, sheep sightings
in Killarney and pub “hiking” in St. An-­
drews. But I will never have to pay off
student loans. I will have no debt after col-­
lege, and I am eternally grateful.
I do not know who will benefit from
Obama’s plan, whether they are my
friends or people whose faces I have never
seen. But the option Obama has presented
is optimistic.
Except after that 20-­year period, when
loan forgiveness kicks in, and we all hit
equilibrium, borrowers and non-­borrow-­
ers alike. And who will be better off ?
Steps to barefoot bliss, life’s true priorities
“Why doesn’t that girl wear shoes?” I wish I could say
that it was a campaign to raise money and awareness for
impoverished, shoeless children, but as noble as this may
sound it is far from the truth. If you stopped to ask me
this question, I may have mentioned feeling more con-­
nected to nature or claimed that I found shoes to be an
inconvenience after a year abroad in the Turks and Caicos
Islands and New Zealand.
In reality, my barefoot endeavor began when I mis-­
placed my flip flops in Maryland during my drive to cam-­
pus. I planned to swing by Target and purchase a new
pair, but in the excitement of returning to Richmond
after being away for over a year, I kept putting off this
simple errand. A day turned into a week … and surpris-­
ingly, I discovered that shoes, which the general public
considers to be absolutely essential for daily life, are really
only an accessory.
I can tell you from personal experience that you will
not contract trench foot from the Westhampton Green
and that the bricks on the side of our walkways are
smoother than the pavement. For those of you B-­school
residents who are concerned that I will never amount to
anything because of my barefoot lifestyle, let it be known
that I successfully landed a job after a shoeless interview!
But still, in the world of the 21st century where even
most impoverished children can find shoes, why bother
going without them?
For me, it was a means of discovery. Richmond stu-­
dents are so driven toward the concept of success that
somehow we can lose sight of what makes life worth-­
while. Walking barefoot has been my personal reminder
to always fully engage in life.
It has literally slowed my walking pace and made
me more likely to stop and talk with people, rather than
the typical, “Hey Brittany, what’s up?” without waiting
to hear a reply. In class, it’s easy to become caught up,
stressing over a particular concept or assignment and fail
to appreciate the value of the present.
During my year abroad, I learned that happiness can
be something that you strive for on a daily basis rather
than a long-­term goal linked to a successful career. Ad-­
ditionally, undue worry about little things, like shoes, or
memorizing a specific chemical reaction, or perfecting the
exact wording of a text message merely adds stress to
life without any significant payoff.
As the leaves start to change and cool autumn days
replace warm summer sunshine, chances are I will finally
return to the comfort of a polyurethane sole beneath my
feet. But I hope that by spending two months without
shoes I will not quickly revert to the relentless pace of
my previous life, where people and relationships were sac-­
rificed for productivity.
A productive lifestyle is valuable, but truly invest-­
ing in the people around me, their hopes, dreams, fears,
strengths, passions, etc., and enabling their success is far
more rewarding and more meaningful than an uncompro-­
mising pursuit of my own solitary achievement. I also
hope that this exploration of life’s true priorities will im-­
pact others, not to sentence shoes to the dumpster, but
rather to move beyond small talk conversations and fully
engage in life.
How many times do you find yourself checking the
time on your phone and considering the numerous other
places you should be? Consider where you actually want
to be? What do you enjoy doing? Why? These are the
things, or likely the people, that bring value to life. Make
them your priority and let everything else fall into place
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Boise State: In Need of Respect
Find out why Matt says,
State anymore.”
NOVEMBER 3, 2011
Scores &
Field Hockey:
Richmond 1
Richmond 4
La Salle 1
On to
Men’s Soccer:
Women’s Soccer:
Richmond 1
Richmond 1
Cross Country:
Photos by Andrew Prezioso
Field Hockey
Men’s Basketball:
Robins Center
Men’s Soccer:
Robins Stadium
Robins Stadium
Women’s Soccer:
The University of Richmond women’s
soccer team is playing its first game in the
Atlantic 10 semifinals at the University of
Dayton on Friday, and is hoping to return
home with a conference championship.
This season has been the most positive
one the team has had in the past four years,
senior midfielder Liza Koch said. In past sea-­
sons, the team had had a decline in the middle
of the season, and once it reached the A-­10s,
it has been unable to perform, she said. “Now,
it’s kind of like we’re peaking right at the
right moment,” Koch said.
Richmond had to win at least three games
against A-­10 conference teams to get the No.
2 seed at Dayton. This ranking has allowed
the team to bypass one of the three tourna-­
ment games. If the team wins on Friday, it
will move to the finals on Sunday. Head coach
Peter Albright said the team had focused a
lot of energy on making sure it had a win-­
ning season in order to receive a bye in the
“Once we accomplished that [winning
three games] there was very little celebra-­
tion,” Albright said. “The players immediate-­
ly refocused on ‘OK now we’ve got this, now
we need to win the tournament.’” It would
have been normal for the players to feel as
though they had accomplished something
and celebrate, but they really kept their eye
on the main goal – to win at Dayton, he said.
When asked if she had noticed any
changes in the team this year, sophomore
right back Crystal Koczot said: “This year I
feel like we’re more cohesive as a team, just
because a lot of the same players have re-­
turned. So we already knew how everyone
played. Last year I felt like a lot of players
were moved around a lot.”
In practice, Albright said, the coaches
focused on playing patterns, techniques and
shooting by breaking down into smaller
groups. Assistant coaches Jen Woodie and
Peter Nash worked hard to train players in
their specific positions, said Melissa Pacheco,
a senior goalkeeper.
In practice, every drill has a purpose and
it is displayed in games, sophomore forward
Becca Wann said. This has improved the
team’s attack, she added. “Last year we would
have under five shots every game and in the
last four games we’ve had over 100 shots.”
The players agreed that playing home
games on campus was better than playing at
Ukrop Park, where the team has played for
the past two years because of construction
on campus. Pacheco said she was proud that
the team had represented Richmond so well
and was glad to earn more respect and at-­
tention from students and the community.
“We’re undefeated at home and no other team
at Richmond can say that in our new sta-­
dium, which is a pretty big thing,” she said.
It’s unimaginable what a difference it’s
made, Albright said of the switch to on-­cam-­
pus games. “We used to joke last year that we
had 20 away games,” he said. “We have re-­
ally good student support but we also have a
positive feeling of energy. It’s an incredible
environment to play in.
In addition to drawing larger audiences,
players and coaches agreed the new turf gave
the team an edge in home games.
“The turf that we have here is faster than
anyone else’s,” Wann said. “Since we practice
on it, we’re better. When other teams
come here it takes them almost a half
to get used to it, so it’s a big advantage for
Koczot and Koch agreed that the team’s
victories over the University of Dayton and
The College of William and Mary were the
most memorable moments of the season.
Both teams are in the top-­25 and they were
home games, Koch said.
Two of the most challenging games this
season were Temple and St. Bonaventure,
Albright said. “We won William and Mary
by being great,” he said. “But with Temple
and St. Bonaventure, we had to grind it out
to find a way to win, and we did.” The team’s
loss against Penn State showed the team it
could play against strong teams with confi-­
dence, and it was a great learning experience,
Albright said.
Above all, the players’ attitudes are a
driving force in their success. “The whole
idea of chemistry with our team is good,”
Koczot said. “We get along really well off the
field which I think helps a lot on the field.”
Players have a common theme: hey all work
hard for one other, respect one another and
are willing to sacrifice to do what it takes to
win, which is different from past years, Pa-­
checo said.
“In the past we’ve had a chance but at
times we would expect the worst and we’d
be worried that we were going to lose,” Al-­
bright said. I think now with this team, when
something bad happens, they really expect
that they’re going to overcome it and win.”
The team’s record is 13-­4-­3 overall, with
a 7-­1-­1 conference record.
Calling BS on the BCS
Guest columnist
wonders why Boise
State gets no respect
So in a week that I was referring to as prac-­
tically irrelevant, what with the LSU-­Alabama
showdown coming up this Saturday, much has
changed in the landscape of college football.
While LSU and Bama were dormant this
week, each still holds the top two spots in the
BCS rankings. (Stanford won for the first time
by less than a hundred this season, beating
USC in triple overtime.) Oklahoma State, No.
3 in the polls, demolished an upstart and dan-­
gerous Baylor team by 35, while its in-­state ri-­
vals, Oklahoma, spanked previously unbeaten
Kansas State 58-­17.
The only top 10 teams to lose this week
were Clemson, which was demolished by Paul
Johnson’s triple option offense as they lost
to Georgia Tech 31-­17, and Michigan State,
which mustered a sickly three points against
Nebraska. Although devastating for those two
teams’ hopes of a national title, there was not
a whole lot of shake up in the top 10. Despite
the dormancy, Boise State still dropped a spot
from four to five this week. This, I take issue
I understand that Boise State plays in the
Mountain West, which is certainly a step up
from the Western Athletic Conference but still
nothing to write home about, but what else do
you want from these guys? I know they do not
play the best schedule, but the one thing people
always say is the easiest way to prove you’re
the best is by winning. Since 1997, the Bron-­
cos have gone 143-­32, going 69-­2 at home. Let
that marinate for a second.
And even in recent years, the team has
proven that it can beat top programs, routinely
playing in an opening weekend showdown
with a team from a major conference, such as
Virginia Tech last year and Georgia this year.
And it has yet to lose, while also winning the
only two Bowl Championship Series it has
played in.
Now I know that what a team has done in
the past means nothing when you’re looking
at where they should be ranked currently, but
I feel as if Boise is an exception. It gets no
respect year after year because of the schedule
it plays, and the argument against it is that if
it were to play in one of the major conferences,
it might not be winning 10 games every year.
I won’t try to argue that Boise would still
win all of these games if it were in the SEC or
the PAC 12, but I will say that we can’t know
until it is given the opportunity. Every time
it has been tested, it has come out on top, so
why not let them try it one more time? Espe-­
cially in a year when one of the top two teams
is going to lose by this time next week, and
there’s a good chance one of the only other
two teams in the way is going to lose as well.
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m in the mi-­
nority here, but I can’t stand that every year
we are left with doubt. Do we need a playoff ?
Maybe that is the answer, maybe not. I don’t
think we’ll ever know for sure. But until we
do, I don’t think that we can ignore Boise State
anymore. Give them the respect that they de-­
Now that I’ve written this, they’ll prob-­
ably go and lose to University of Nevada-­Las
Vegas this week just to make me look bad.
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Q: What were your expectations
before the race?
Q: What were you thinking after
you won and the team took fourth?
A: Our goal as a team was to defend
our title as A-­10 champions, but we
also knew that there were about five
other teams that could give us a good
run for our money and that it was
going to be an extremely competitive
race. So, as a team, we knew that
we should place within the top five.
Our team is relatively young so I’m
extremely proud of the way my
teammates competed and happy with
our team placing fourth. Individually,
I wanted to be within the top five. I
knew the individual race would also
be extremely competitive, with a few
seniors and fifth year seniors favored
to win, so I honestly did not expect to
A: I couldn’t have been prouder to
be part of this program. I was so
overcome with excitement and joy
that the pain of the race did not even
hit me until much later.
Q: What are you doing to prepare
for the Southeast Regional?
A: To prepare for the Southeast
Regional meet, I think it is most
important that we stay focused and
determined. The coaches do a really
great job at making sure we are rested
and well-­prepared physically for the
race, and it is up to us to make sure we
are equally mentally prepared as well.