Archive for: March 2013

Women’s ODAC journey

Sexist spectators

Lex Higbee
Staff Writer

Our school prides itself on its athletic success, but are male athletes the only ones getting the attention?
Some of the most successful teams on campus are made up of women, yet they don’t get the same amount of support as the men. Every team works hard so that when it’s game time, they are ready to compete and show everyone what the Marlins are made of.
“It’s definitely frustrating, especially because I experienced it as a player as well,” said Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Andrea Ushinski “When I coached at Lynchburg everyone came to the games, both girls and boys.”
There are a good amount of parents who make it to games on a regular basis, but not many students do.
“A lot of the women’s parents will not only come out to watch them play, but then will stay for the men and vice versa,” said Associate Athletic Director Jeffrey Bowers.
Parents watching their own kids and staying to watch others is a great example to students. Those parents don’t have to stay and cheer on other players, but they choose to show support and pride for all athletes.
“This is a huge soccer community and we get a lot of those people coming out as well,” said Bowers.
The same cannot be said for the basketball teams.
When the women’s basketball team plays at home, the amount of students that attend the game could fit into less than one section. When the men play, the gym is packed to capacity.
“The quality of basketball adds a great atmosphere to watch,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dave Macedo. “We’ve been able to be pretty successful at home.”
The increasing amount of pre-game activities held for students attending the games has benefited the men’s basketball game attendance, but has posed even further problems for the women.
“It is also disheartening when certain pre-game activities are planned during our game-time,” said Ushinski.
While the Wesleyan Activities Council does a great job running different events for the sports teams, the timing seems a bit off. Instead of hosting a tailgate outside of the gym while the women are playing and drawing the crowd more away from the game, there could be more activities inside the gym to help keep people in their seats.
Coaches have had different ideas about how to increase the amount of students that come out to all sports games.
“I think awareness is the biggest thing,” Macedo said. “It’s tough cause a lot of games overlap. I know we have a lot of teams supporting each other and we just need to keep letting people know when people are playing.”
“One major way is through friends,” said Bowers. “It helps when you know people outside of your sport.”
The more people are aware of games for all sports, the more there could be a fan base that all teams deserve.
“Women also don’t support women’s sports,” Ushinski said. “If we don’t support women’s basketball, why would anyone else want to?”
Marlin pride needs to extend past the popular men’s sports, and be used to support all teams. This will not only encourage student athletes, but make our Marlin Nation even stronger.

On the roll again

Guy Hatch
Staff Writer

Should Virginia Wesleyan brace itself for an Ice Hockey program debut? Okay, maybe we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves, but the new roller hockey club could be the first step in that direction. Formed during the recent winter session, the group meets weekly for some friendly competition.
“We’re all great friends,” said junior Alex Ousely. “We could essentially be considered a club but we’re constantly welcoming newcomers and as a group we’ve decided that a ‘gathering’ sounds more welcoming instead.”
This gathering of hockey players has received mostly positive feedback along with a consistent number of weekly participants. However, the consistent use of the Cunningham Multipurpose Activity Center (CMAC) is perceived as a problem by some students.
“We’re only disliked by a few, simply because we require the use of the entire CMAC due to the safety of ourselves and spectators,” said Ousely.
“I don’t like it!” said senior Dustin Holland. “Usage of half of the CMAC is a sufficient amount of space for them to carry out their dreams of becoming future NHL stars.”
In fall 2009, current senior Alex Tiltman teamed up with Dean of Students Keith Moore with the hopes of creating a hockey league. The aspirations of the two men unfortunately went unnoticed with a lack of interest on campus.
The failed attempt did not discourage Tiltman from trying again. In fall 2010, Tiltman teamed up with sophomore Christian Withers to try again for a successful roller hockey club. Once again, a lack of interest led to the termination of the club.
The resurgence of the roller hockey club began on the recommendation of Vice President for Enrollment Services David Buckingham to Dean Moore.
“Hockey is increasingly growing on the national level,” said Moore. “Our student population consists of a number of northern students which in fact increases the

likelihood of a positive response.”
Excited for the group, Moore contacted Ousely.
“Moore contacted me because I often express my love for the NHL whenever we cross paths,” Ousely said.
Ousley is considered by many to be a key component to the roller hockey club.
“Alex does an amazing job communicating with participants,” said sophomore Jonathan Snow. “His leadership is exhibited throughout his willingness to set up equipment before everyone gets there and even staying after hours to clean up.”
Tiltman has given Ousely advice for restarting the club, including suggestions to reach out to as many groups as possible and even off-campus sources for possible funding assistance. Another concern is finding a new location.
“As of now, the CMAC is holding up, but an alternative location better equipped would be needed as the participants continue to grow in numbers,” Tiltman said. “After all, hockey as a sport is continuing to grow nationally which would lead to the support of the potential program on behalf of the student body.”

Marlin artist spotlight

Maria Marinelli
Staff Writer

Shawn Riley takes his woodturning abilities to amazing heights with each piece.

At 52, Shawn Riley neither looks like a “typical” Virginia Wesleyan student, nor the stereotype of an “artist.” An unassuming man with a kind face, Riley possesses a quiet confidence that is unlike the brash boldness that many college students embody and the frantic energy of many would imagine an artist to have. Riley sat down to talk about his art, his inspirations and the journey that led him to our campus.
Growing up in “dairy country,” New York, Riley had an early appreciation for the beauty of nature, and began pursuing art in the 70s as a way to “channel his energy” in school. In 2006, after serving for 21 years in the military, he sold the majority of his possessions, bought a small RV and “went for a drive”. He ended up spending six years traveling the country. Although he says “there are still some places I have to go,” his favorite part of the country was the valleys of Montana. But that wasn’t the only place that left an impact on him. Riley eventually ended up in Alaska, and he and a friend taught themselves how to turn wood.
Turning wood is a process wherein a person mounts a block of wood on a lathe, a piece of woodworking machinery, and then shapes it to the desired appearance. When he makes bowls, he rounds the outsides before hollowing out the inside, and then sands and polishes the bowl. Finishing the piece, he says, is the hardest and longest part of the process, but the pieces that he makes are extraordinary. Some look ordinary, like plain wooden bowls, but others are amazing displays of skill, with finely sharpened lids and intricate carvings.
One of his favorite things about woodcarving and woodturning as an art medium is the level of craftsmanship that goes into the art, and that dedication is clear in his work.
Riley also paints, and he sees the Impressionist painters as a major source of inspiration.
“There’s something about representing a scene in a fashion that nobody else has done before that those guys captured…they developed a school for seeing things from a different point of view,” said Riley. He likes painting for the stress relief that it offers him, especially in winter when he has to deal with the demands of work and school.
He is currently working towards a B.A. in Visual Arts and wants to be able to teach or facilitate art in the future. Virginia Wesleyan appealed to him because of the “welcoming and encouraging” nature of the faculty and the small size of the college. Although he does admit that the small size and age of the art facilities are drawbacks.
When asked about advice for budding artists and art students, Riley said, “Be brave. Express yourself and don’t worry about what other people think of your work.” He lamented the fact that many artists doubt their abilities and don’t finish what they start, so he wants people to “do what you’re going to do” and “follow your vision all the way to the end”.
The advice has certainly worked for him. In addition to participating in art shows across the country, Riley, out of over 1,000 other designers, won the 2012 New Designer Search hosted by The Foundary, a furniture and home décor online store. As a reward, his work was sold during a 48-hour flash sale on their members-only website. Within 24 hours, he had sold over 28 of his pieces. If you’re looking to buy, you can contact him through his email, sbriley@vwc.edu.
What makes Shawn Riley truly stand out from the crowd is his dedication to his craft. He cares deeply about honing his skills and perfecting his work, and it shows in the level of technique and talent exhibited in his art. We, as a community, are truly lucky to have such an artist walk among us.

Enhancements come to Chrysler

Shanisha Branch
Staff Writer

The Chrysler Museum is in the process of receiving a face-lift, bolstering exhibits and overall style.

Breath-taking glass fixtures, vintage collections of European and American paintings and a classified selection of sculptures can be found in the Chrysler Museum of Art. But what’s new at Chrysler? With a new renovation plan scaling $24 million, many more citizens will be viewing what Chrysler has to offer.
The museum is well known for its immense collection of glass art with more than 10,000 pieces ranging over three thousand years of human history. The museum houses a glass studio that attracts scholars, students and artists alike where a class is held on the art of glassblowing and flame-working.
Along with its glass studio, the museum holds an astounding mixture of paintings and sculptures, modern and contemporary art, and antique photography. The Chrysler owns over 30,000 pieces which spans the mid- 1st century to the twenty-first century.
Walter P. Chrysler Jr., the founder of the Chrysler, was an avid collector of paintings and an enthusiast of art. He collected over seven decades of art when he toured Europe and brought most of his items back. Walter had a passion for the arts at a young age, at only fourteen years old, he owned his first Renoir painting. He obtained over eight thousand pieces of glass, which were held in Massachusetts until 1971 when Walter decided to move his collection to the Norfolk Naval Museum of Arts and Sciences. This building soon became the Chrysler Museum of Art.
Upcoming renovations of this historical monument include up-to-date art galleries with extra space, new modern restaurants, handicap access and overall eco-friendly devices throughout the museum. The museum repairs are being funded by a capital campaign of 45 million, and of that, 24 million is going towards the expansion. The rest of the money will be going to the renewal of the glass studio and additions of three novel curators along with special exhibitions and educational programming.
The renovations will allow for one-third of additional space that will enable the museum to display all the remaining glass art that has been in storage before the expansion. Jack Hennessy, the museum director, states that no matter how old you are “there is something interesting and engaging for you.” However, the museum is not getting a complete head-to-toe makeover: the exterior will stay the same and the interior will be expanded to keep its original charm. The extra developments will create “a new greener Chrysler together as well as an even more exciting one to visit,” said Jack Hennessy.
While the expansion and renovations are underway, the museums main building is closed and most items are in storage. Nevertheless, other buildings like the Moses Myers House and the Willoughby-Baylor House and others will be displaying some of Chrysler’s art pieces around downtown Norfolk. These structures will be changing out their exhibits periodically using Chrysler’s inventory throughout the time before its reopening.
If you cannot visit the museum because it is closed or you are unable to get to one of the sites, “we’ll send an educator to your school classroom, neighborhood league, community group, or church program to talk about the museum,” said Hennessy.
The Chrysler Museum Roadshow is being used in place of the actual museum. This is how Chrysler shows its collection and staff of to the Hampton Roads area.
The Chrysler Museum of Art will reopen in the spring of 2014. Admission is free to the public for all ages. With the new expansion plan and renovations finished, the Chrysler Museum hopes to attract a new crowd of people, young and old, scholars and students, admirers and skeptics, sharing and appreciating Chrysler’s renowned collection.

PlayStation 4 unveiled

Andrew Mullen
Arts & Entertainment Editor

The PlayStation 4 has finally been unveiled. For what has seemed like millennia, rumors and speculation about this mythical gaming system have been flouncing around the abscesses of the Internet. After faked patents, high-reaching rumors and photoshopped images, Sony has finally given the world a sneak peek at what very well could be the future of gaming.
The system itself is a total powerhouse, boasting an X86 CPU, enhanced GPU capabilities and an excellent 8 gigabytes of memory to work with. As for the hard drive, there is no word yet on what option Sony will provide at the launch of the system. For those who do not follow the technical jargon, the PlayStation 4 is a workhorse that has the power of a supercharged, overclocked computer.
The controller for the PlayStation 4 is a hot topic of discussion. The classic DualShock layout returns, with the familiar X, O, Triangle and Square buttons to the right of a direction pad and two analog sticks resting in their normal spots. However, this new controller has a sleek black sensor bridging the gap that usually exists between the shoulder buttons that will be used for motion sensor games and applications. The controller also has a “share” button on it, which is arguably the most exciting aspect about this entire unveiling. This button will allow every single person with the system to record and stream their gaming sessions live.
As for the interface, much of it is yet unknown. However, Sony seems to be working on a Netflix-like system of buying and renting games. This means that games will be available in droves, and they will also not need to be installed, which has been something PlayStation 3 owners have complained about since its launch.
It has been announced that the PlayStation 4 will have a sleep feature that allows the system to be converted into a low-power, sleep-like state, and have a game resumed immediately from the exact position in which it was ended. Additionally, the system will not have any backwards compatibility with older PlayStation games, but it should be noted that this only applies to physical copies.
The stage has been set for the next generation consoles by Sony. The few games shown at the unveiling are gorgeous, innovative and familiar. The system is a juggernaut of technology. The controller is revolutionary, just like the interface that will be implemented into the system. Now the world will have to play the waiting game to see what Microsoft does with its next generation console, as well as a price tag for the PlayStation 4.