Collegian WWW.THECOLLEGIANUR.COM PLEASE RECYCLE The ISSUE 14. VOLUME 98 Tattoo Tale @URCOLLEGIAN NOVEMBER 3, 2011 INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND SINCE 1914 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. page 6-7 page 10 page 11 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 see Mayhem, page 2 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 Deanery. Inside: 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 wear.” 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 News 1-4.........................Arts&Features 5-7.........................Opinions 9-10...........................Sports 11-12 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. see Clothing, page 4 Outside: Sunny........High of 67 NEWS PAGE 2 NOVEMBER 3, 2011 from Mayhem, page 1 Photo by Keon Monroe ¾ Keon Monroe ŽůůĞŐŝĂŶ^ƚĂī 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 said. “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. -The last paragraph of the “Law School holds town hall on 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. advertisement: Corrections: WŚŽƚŽďǇƌŝƩĂŶǇƌĂĚǇ͗ĨĞĂƚƵƌĞĚĂƌŽůŝŶĞDŝŚŽŬ Disc golf honors former employee shocked. 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. UR BUSTED Larceny 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 THE COLLEGIAN Common Ground hosts Saturday alternative events PAGE 3 ƌƚůƵďƉƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚ:ŽŶ,ĞŶƌǇĐĂƌǀĞĚƚŚƌĞĞ ƉƵŵƉŬŝŶƐ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ϱϬ ƉƵƌĐŚĂƐĞĚ ĨƌŽŵ ŚŝƐ ĨĂŵŝůǇ͛ƐĨĂƌŵŝŶDƚ͘:ĂĐŬƐŽŶ͕sĂ͘ ¾റരZĂĐŚĂĞůŝůŶĞǇ 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 culture.” CARVING CULTURAL ALTERNATIVES Cultural Adviser Alternatives and Art Club co-sponsored a pumpkin carving and decorating party last Saturday night. ůŽĐŬǁŝƐĞ͗ Czech exchange student DĂŐĚĂWĂƚĂŬŽǀĂĐĞůĞďƌĂƚĞƐŚĞƌĮƌƐƚ American Halloween by carving a ƉƵŵƉŬŝŶĨŽƌƚŚĞĮƌƐƚƟŵĞ͘ &ƌĞƐŚŵĂŶ ƵƐƟŶ EƵĐŬŽůƐ ĐĂƌǀĞƐ ƚŚĞƐŽƌƟŶŐŚĂƚĨƌŽŵƚŚĞ,ĂƌƌǇWŽƚ-‐ ƚĞƌŶŽǀĞůƐŝŶƚŽŚŝƐƉƵŵƉŬŝŶ͘ Seniors Sarah Fishman, Caitlin Kear ĂŶĚ DĂŐŐŝĞ ŐŐĞƌ ĐĂƌǀĞ ƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶ-‐ al jack o’lantern faces into their ƉƵŵƉŬŝŶƐ͘^ĞŶŝŽƌůĞǆŽƌǁŝĐŬ͕ŶŽƚ ƉŝĐƚƵƌĞĚ͕ĐĂƌǀĞĚƚŚĞǀĂŵƉŝƌĞ͘ Photos by Elizabeth Ygartua Students take ghost tour of deanery ¾റരsĂůĞƌŝĞ:ĂŵĂ 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 before. 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 said. 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. NEWS PAGE 4 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 impressive.” 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- deavor. “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 successful.” 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. WŚŽƚŽƐďǇ:ĂƐŵŝŶĞ'ĂƌƌĞƩ ĂŶĚDĂƌŬŝĞDĂƌƟŶ Above: ĞŶũĂŵŝŶĚŝƐƉůĂǇƐƚǁŽŽĨƚŚĞŝƚĞŵƐŝŶŚŝƐĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶ͕ĂŚĂƚ ĂŶĚƚͲƐŚŝƌƚ͘,ĞĂůƐŽĚĞƐŝŐŶƐƚĂŶŬƚŽƉƐĂŶĚƉƌŽŵŽƟŽŶĂůďƌĂĐĞůĞƚƐ͘ >ĞŌ͗ĞŶũĂŵŝŶ͛ƐĨƌŝĞŶĚƐŚĞůƉŵŽĚĞůŚŝƐůŝŶĞŝŶƚŚĞZŽďŝŶƐĞŶƚĞƌ͘ dŽƉůĞŌƚŽƌŝŐŚƚ͗ŶĚƌĞǁWĞŶĂ͕ĞŶũĂŵŝŶĂŶĚ:ĂŵĞƐZŝĚĚŝĐŬ͘Žƚ-‐ ƚŽŵůĞŌƚŽƌŝŐŚƚ͗ůĂŝƌtŽŽĚƐŝĚĞĂŶĚZĂĐŚĞůĂƐĐŝŽ͘ ARTS FEATURES NOVEMBER 3, 2011 PAGE 5 Photo by Caroline Croasdaile dŚƌĞĞĞŐŐƐďĞŶĞĚŝĐƚǁŝƚŚĐƌĂďŵĞĂƚ To Dine or Not to Dine 3 Monkeys Bar & Grill ¾റരĂƌŽůŝŶĞƌŽĂƐĚĂŝůĞ ŽůůĞŐŝĂŶ^ƚĂī 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 ¾റരƌŝƩĂŶǇƌĂĚǇ ŽůůĞŐŝĂŶ^ƚĂī 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 stopped. 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 said. 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 ¾റരŶĚƌĞǁWƌĞǌŝŽƐŽ ŽůůĞŐŝĂŶ^ƚĂī 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- ward. 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 nude. 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- ward. 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 hair. 4:29: Yep, Boyfriend definitely looks like Earl. 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 served. NOVEMBER 3, 2011 PAGE 6 It’s All About the Ink PAGE 7 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 epidermis new skin dermis 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. hair 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 mainstream. 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 improperly, the 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 damage because 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 foolish.” PAGE 8 ADVERTISEMENT NOVEMBER 3, 2011 OPINIONS Find out why Qasim says... Exclusive at Crime “Americanlook Muslims must ad- here to the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land...” page 11 NOVEMBER 3, 2011 Loan forgiveness limits When I was traipsing around Scotland during my semester abroad, I noticed that the plas- tic bags at Tesco, the mainstream su- permarket, were <ĂƟĞ streaked with the dŽƵƐƐĂŝŶƚ slogan: “Every little Opinion Editor 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 said. 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 ¾റര^ĂƌĂŚǇĐĞ Contributor “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 PAGE 9 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 after. Five Shariah insights for students at UR & + # 2 & 2 ! ! $& # 2 ! ## ! # " ! ! & & )# $+ " ! # & # ' & ) $.'' #( & # $2 & 5 # ! ! $! 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Yy- n?pw- ” Yl rv vl ?H nwn nI pw- ” vl ?wp i urmQ yI v l yI pg HyI ‘uu i ? vl ? ru’ w” l vH Q??, ?p y“ vl ? gvypw?g ??u “p?? vy ?( r” ” ?prv? l yY ?’ i rpprgg w- ” vl ?HY?p? vyy d l ?H‘uu- ?c?p Q- yY O11O2013 1EOONM132 I 32N0 , M M3 0 I 32N0 SPORTS Boise State: In Need of Respect Find out why Matt says, A\gfll`afco][Yfa_fgj]:gak] State anymore.” hY_])* NOVEMBER 3, 2011 PAGE 11 Scores & Schedules Field Hockey: DĂƐƐĂĐŚƵƐĞƩƐϭϬͬϮϴ Richmond 1 DĂƐƐĂĐŚƵƐĞƩƐϬ >Ă^ĂůůĞϭϬͬϯϬ Richmond 4 La Salle 1 Football: DĂƐƐĂĐŚƵƐĞƩƐϭϬͬϮϮ Richmond 7 DĂƐƐĂĐŚƵƐĞƩƐϮϴ On to Dayton! Men’s Soccer: DĂƐƐĂĐŚƵƐĞƩƐϭϬͬϯϬ ZŝĐŚŵŽŶĚϮ DĂƐƐĂĐŚƵƐĞƩƐϭ Women’s Soccer: ZŚŽĚĞ/ƐůĂŶĚϭϬͬϮϴ Richmond 1 ZŚŽĚĞ/ƐůĂŶĚϬ DĂƐƐĂĐŚƵƐĞƩƐϭϬͬϯϬ Richmond 1 DĂƐƐĂĐŚƵƐĞƩƐϬ _________________________ Cross Country: Photos by Andrew Prezioso ĂǀĂůŝĞƌ/ŶǀŝƚĂƟŽŶĂůϭϭͬϰ ŚĂƌůŽƩĞƐǀŝůůĞ͕sĂ͘ ϰƉ͘ŵ͘ ĞĐĐĂtĂŶŶĂŶĚ>ŝǌĂ<ŽĐŚĞŵďƌĂĐĞĂŌĞƌtĂŶŶ͛ƐŐŽĂůĂŐĂŝŶƐƚZŚŽĚĞ/ƐůĂŶĚ͘dŚĞƚĞĂŵƐĞĐƵƌĞĚĂďǇĞŝŶƚŚĞͲϭϬƚŽƵƌŶĂŵĞŶƚĂŌĞƌďĞĂƚ-‐ ŝŶŐhDĂƐƐ^ƵŶĚĂǇ͘ Field Hockey ¾റരdĂǇůŽƌůŽŽŶĂŶ ͲϭϬdŽƵƌŶĂŵĞŶƚϭϭͬϰͲϱ ŵŚĞƐƚ͕DĂƐƐ͘ ϭƉ͘ŵ͘ Football: KůĚŽŵŝŶŝŽŶϭϭͬϱ Norfolk ϮƉ͘ŵ͘ Men’s Basketball: ŵĞƌŝĐĂŶϭϭͬϭϭ Robins Center ϳ͗ϯϬƉ͘ŵ͘ Men’s Soccer: ƵƋƵĞƐŶĞϭϭͬϰ Robins Stadium ϳƉ͘ŵ͘ ^ƚ͘ŽŶĂǀĞŶƚƵƌĞϭϭͬϲ Robins Stadium ϭƉ͘ŵ͘ Women’s Soccer: ^ĞŵŝĮŶĂůƐϭϭͬϰ ĂǇƚŽŶ͕KŚŝŽ ϭƉ͘ŵ͘ &ŝŶĂůƐϭϭͬϲ ĂǇƚŽŶ͕KŚŝŽ ϭƉ͘ŵ͘ ŽůůĞŐŝĂŶ^ƚĂī 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 tournament. “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 us.” 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. PAGE 12 SPORTS Calling BS on the BCS Guest columnist wonders why Boise State gets no respect ¾റരDĂƩƵŶŶ ŽůůĞŐŝĂŶ^ƚĂī 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 with. 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- serve. 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. NOVEMBER 3, 2011 SPIDER OF THE WEEK SPIDER OF THE Spider of tOF he THE Week WEEK SPIDER WEEK SPIDER OF Sport: WEEK Cross Country THE SPIDER OF THE Year: Sophomore WEEK SPIDER OF THE WEEK Hometown: Skillman, N.J. SPIDER OF THE WEEK SPIDER Event: Distance OF THE WEEK SPIDER OF THE High School: Montgomery WEEK S?PIDER OF THE WEEK Highlight: bgbla^]bgÛklmieZ\^bgma^.D SPIDER SPIat the A-10 COF ross CTHE ountry WEEK Championships last Saturday. Her time of 17:13.7 is the second-best in championship history. WITH JILL PRENTICE 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 win. 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.
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