Archive for: February 2014

The great soda pop debate

SHAY MILLS
Opinions Editor

Sure, you can enjoy a nice Coke, if you like drinking syrup and sugar. Coke is the definition of too sweet for anybody’s taste. Oh, and let us not forget the many drug rumors that come behind the ingredients of that stuff. Let us just refer to it as crack for now. Crack, also known as Coke, should not even be considered soda. Every store should place it in the juice aisle because that is exactly what it is, fizzy juice. I take one sip of that stuff and I immediately feel every cavity I have ever gotten filled open back up. And no parents in their right mind would ever let their children have it either. Not even as a treat. One can is equal to approximately a couple hundred calories and two weeks of bad acne. Neutrogena and physicians are about the only people who have a good reason to support this stuff because it brings them so much money between the gigantic pimples and failed livers people get from drinking crack, excuse me, Coke. Pepsi is clearly the better choice here. First of all it actually tastes like soda. Second, it doesn’t have an addiction connected to it like Coke does. It actually quenches your thirst like a good soda is supposed to. One can and you are good to go unlike with crack, excuse me, Coke, which you have to drink at least two or three cans of in order to feel satisfied. And third, Pepsi cans look way better than Coke cans. That may not be important to some people. But to those who enjoy a good soda on a hot summer day, a cute can goes a long way. Who wants to drink the same stuff polar bears drink anyways? By the way, polar bears seem to be endangered. I wonder why.

ELIZABETH SIMS
Social Media Editor

It is the age-old question: Coke or Pepsi? If you can only choose one or the other, that has the potential to be a pretty big life decisions.
Oh, that college has Pepsi? You probably should not go there. Getting married and having an open bar at the reception? People ask for rum and Coke, not rum and Pepsi. Looking for some consistency during your hectic life? Coke has never changed their logo, unlike a certain aforementioned company.
Coke really is the pinnacle of what is good and right in the world. First of all, they have polar bears. Well, I don’t know if they actually own polar bears and keep them about the office, but who doesn’t want to drink a soda after watching a commercial with polar bears in red scarves playing in the snow?
And it is not just any soda you want, it is a Coca-Cola. You want an ice-cold Coke, just like those very fashionable polar bears.
Another reason Coke is better than Pepsi: other countries have machines that dispense the superior soda when you hug it or smile. How great would it be to roll up to a Coke dispenser without any quarters but, with a flash of your pearly whites, you get a Coke free of charge. It’s the dream of all moneyless college students.
Also, when it comes to bringing happiness to the community, The Coca-Cola Foundation is one of the most involved philanthropic organizations ever created by a beverage company.
They have donated millions of dollars to clean-water research and supply, access to exercise facilities in support of proper health and nutrition as well as made extreme efforts to decrease educational deficiencies and school dropout rates.
So in the end, not only is Coke the best-tasting, more refreshing cola on the market, but it also promotes the advancement of the human race, one smile and one sip at a time.

‘One sick love story’

LASHAWNDA WHITE
Staff Writer

The wildly popular coming-of-age novel, The Fault in Our Stars is getting the silver-screen treatment. This best-selling novel by John Green is about cancer stricken teenagers Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who meet at a support group and eventually fall in love.
When released, the novel received fairly positive accolades for its first few weeks on the shelf, and then began to pick up speed and sold incredibly well. It received critical acclaim from “NPR,” “The New York Times” and “The Critical Review.”
“The Fault in our Stars” has recently been receiving media attention because of the upcoming release of its film adaptation. On January 29th, the first official trailer was released, and has so far received over 11 million views on YouTube. The trailer gives a brief, but thorough preview of what is to come by sporting some of the more classic scenes of the novel as its centerpieces.
However, like any book-to-film adaptation, there have been complaints about its casting. Leading actress Shailene Woodley, along with co-stars Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff, are not living up to fan expectations of the characters described in the book.
Freshman Taylor Hannon remarked, “Shailene Woodley is a dull actor, and I don’t think she will live up to playing Hazel.”
The author, John Green, has said that physical appearance was never a big deal when casting actors, but the same cannot be said for the fans who became really invested in the characters. This could be turned into the debate of whether a film adaptation ever does the book justice. However, the success of the Harry Potter films remains a testament to the possibility of success when a novel is turned into a film.
Freshman Adrian Benn has “spent an immense amount of time of my life crying during sad books, movies and TV shows, but few times compared to The Fault in Our Stars. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product in theaters.”
“I found this to be an amazing book, and recommend it to anyone that reads.” freshman Leah Smith-Green added.
However, everyone doesn’t share these positive opinions. Freshman Nicolette Burns said, “The plot was unrealistic and predictable, but I may still go and see the movie.”
The Fault in Our Stars seems to be a title that will either reinforce the love shared between fans of the novel or act as another classic example of how films have a hard time capturing the true essence of a well-written book. Either way, the box offices are sure to see their numbers shoot to the stars.

Tennis teams take the court

KAT PUDUCAY
Staff Writer

The 2014 tennis season is in full swing. Both the men and women’s teams have been preparing for this spring season.
Head Coach Darryl Cummings, born and raised in Virginia Beach, has returned to Virginia Wesleyan after a decade of coaching at Old Dominion University. Having years of collegiate coaching experience, Cummings has been confidently training his players for the upcoming season.
“In the fall, we had two to three tournaments that provided competitive opportunities,” he said. “It gave the coaches and players good feedback on how to develop their games.”
In addition to team training, many players pursued individual improvement during their school breaks.
Sophomore Mia Proctor prepared for the fall and upcoming season by playing and teaching tennis during the summer.
“This helped me understand what I had to work on,” said Proctor. “I also tried to work on my mental game and understand that anyone on any day can win the match.”
Fellow sophomore player Graham Wilson prepared for the upcoming season by training over winter break, meeting with his personal trainers three times a week.
“This season I plan on trying to improve my record from last year to go as far as I can and hopefully make it to nationals in May,” Wilson said.
Proctor’s goals for this season are being a leader and making sure everyone is trying their best on the court, while Wilson hopes the team’s training will lead them to a win at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship.
One of the most exciting aspects of the players’ training takes place during spring break. Both teams will travel to Florida over break to enhance their understanding of the game and become closer as a team. The trip will begin in Orlando where players will be matched against Knox College and Otterbein University.
“I am really looking forward to the trip because it will give good training opportunities,” Cummings said.
Next, the teams will attend a pro tournament in Miami where they’ll observe the highest level of play, and train at IMG Academy in Bradenton, where famous tennis players like Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Andre Agassi are alumni and trainees.
“I’m expecting the team to do well during the season and to really understand what it means to be a team,” Proctor said.
Players are working extremely hard to cooperate as a team and are confident that their training can lead to championships.
“This season, the men have the chance to compete for a conference championship and the women’s have a chance to be at the top five this season,” said Cummings confidently.
The 2014 tennis season is nearly in full swing. Both the men and women’s teams have been preparing for this Spring season.
Head Coach Darryl Cummings, born and raised in Virginia Beach, has returned to Virginia Wesleyan after a decade of coaching at Old Dominion University. Having years of collegiate coaching experience, Cummings has been confidently training his players for the upcoming season.
“In the fall, we had two to three tournaments that provided competitive opportunities,” he said. “It gave the coaches and players good feedback on how to develop their games.”
In addition to team training, many players pursued individual improvement during their school breaks.
Sophomore Mia Proctor prepared for the fall and upcoming season by playing and teaching tennis during the summer.
“This helped me understand what I had to work on,” Proctor said. “I also tried to work on my mental game and under that anyone on any day can win the match.”
Fellow sophomore player Graham Wilson prepared for the upcoming season by training over winter break and meeting with his personal trainers three times a week at Tidewater Performance in Newport News.
“This season I plan on trying to improve my record from last year to go as far as I can and hopefully make it to nationals in May,” Wilson said.
Proctor’s goals for this season is being a leader and making sure everyone is trying their best on the court, while Wilson hopes the team’s training will lead them to a win at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship.
One of the most exciting aspects of the players’ training takes place during Spring Break. Both teams will travel to Florida over break to enhance their understanding of the game and become closer as a team. The trip will begin in Orlando where players will be matched by teams … (play a couple of teams.)
“I am really looking forward to the trip because it will give good training opportunities,” Cummings said.
Next, the teams will attend a pro tournament in Miami where they’ll observe the highest level playing and train at IMG Academy in Bradenton, where famous tennis players like Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Andre Agassi are alumni and trainees.
“I’m expecting the team to do well during the season and to really understand what it means to be a team,” Proctor said.
Players are working extremely hard to cooperate as a team and are confident that their training can lead to championships.
Cummings stated confidently, “This season, the men have the chance to compete for a conference championship and the women’s have a chance to be at the top 5 this season.”

Starving for the spotlight

ROBIN PETERSON
Staff Writer

As the world continues to be turned upside down by turmoil in multiple countries, everyone in the U.S. is focused on something of the utmost importance: Shia LeBeouf has had an awful 2014.
First he is accused of plagiarism in a recent docudrama that he has produced. Then he put a bag over his head at an award show, saying that he is “no longer famous,” and the day before that he also tweeted it, because “hey, why not.” Now people are saying that the poor man needs help and love and support.
I agree that he does seem to have
problems and needs some kind of help, but that is none of our business. The amount of attention that we give celebrities validates them and makes them want to do these stupid stunts. Shia LeBeouf, for example, is becoming less relevant in our pop culture, hence the “I’m not famous anymore” tweet. Face and name recognition is normally how an actor such as Shia LeBeouf gets jobs. And because, there is apparently no such thing as bad press, he does stupid and insane publicity stunts in order to keep his name out there.
It is the same situation with other stars who are fading; for example, the still-twerking Miley Cyrus, Arianna Grande and her twitter fight with Paris Hilton, the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West drama and Amanda Bynes going “twitter crazy” last year. Again, they all have something in common: they are all-stars that are
losing their fan base due to lunacy. Or they haven’t had jobs or, at least, significant parts for years. And even when there is no actual celebrity meltdown, we still pay way too much attention to these otherwise normal people whose only job is to entertain us peasants and spend away loads of their money on sports cars and other extravagant things.
Now the big question that the regular people seem to ask themselves because, it would seem, actors and movie stars that just happen to be children are public property: “Why are these people going crazy and what should we do to stop them?” And the answer to that my friend, is that we simply can’t, we shouldn’t and, above all, we shouldn’t care. These celebrities are not important nor should they be, outside of their
individual work.
We forget often enough that they are people as well as celebrities and therefore are prone to the same types of emotions, thoughts and bits of rage and self-doubt that we all have from time to time. But the limelight they are placed in distracts us from this fact: The more attention we give to crazy celebrities, the more justification they have to do these things that bring our attention right back to them. In other words, just ignore them and see how fast their shining star fades away.

Students bring awareness to eating disorders

KACI PARKER
Community Editor

Body drawings, info tables, fun activities, oh my! Feb. 24-28 marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Students educated on the importance of eating disorders have decided to help bring awareness to our campus community. The Psychology of Eating Disorders winter session course prompted Assistant Professor of Psychology Taryn Myers and her students to plan a week full of events dedicated to providing information to the students, faculty, and staff.
“Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of mental illnesses, which makes them extremely important. Even more important, they tend to be quite common among college students,” said Myers.
Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to participate in activities that will open their eyes to the importance of disordered eating habits.
“I hope people take away that eating disorders can affect anyone, male or female,” said sophomore Morgan McKenzie.
Another hope is for the participants to learn facts which they may have not known prior to the week.
“I volunteered to help throughout the week because there is valuable information people don’t know and they need to become more aware,” said senior Kamil Inmon.
Many people fear openly discussing this topic, yet talking about these issues allows for revelations within people’s lives.
“After taking this class, I realized I was becoming a product of my society, and my household, and I didn’t even realize it. As much as everyone would like to think they don’t care about the standards society has set for women and men, no one is completely exempt,” said junior Sarah Nwokorie. “I think it’s easier to go against the grain when you know exactly what you’re coming against.”
As students head into the final activities, there is an underlying message that Myers and her students want the campus community to carry with them every day.
“I would love for students to take away a better understanding of eating disorders, but more importantly, I would like them to take away the message to love their own bodies. The week of activities we have set up really emphasizes appreciating what your body can do for you and loving yourself as you are. I hope this week leaves students with this sense of positivity,” said Myers.
There will be various activities throughout the week promoting self-confidence and positive body image.
“One of my favorite activities planned for the week is Operation Beautiful. Everyone can participate by writing positive messages and posting them around campus,” said McKenzie.
During the week, students can also attend a panel to become better informed about eating disorders and their bodies in general.
“I’m also going to be a part of the panel to be of assistance to spread more information. I’ll actually be discussing the project that I created while I was in Dr. Myers’s Psychology of Eating Disorders class,” said Nwokorie.
At the end of the week, the combined efforts of Myers and her students will prove to be worth it.
“I just hope that seeing these tables and attending these activities will make people aware of how unreasonable cultural standards of thinness are and how dangerous engaging in disordered eating patterns could be. I also hope that folks learn to love themselves just a little bit more,” said Myers. “Having seen people struggle, if we can help just one person not to engage in these behaviors, this week will be successful.”

Registering guests online

EMMA SOROHAN
Staff Writer

Beep, beep, beep is the noise some students report hearing when calling the security gate to register guests. Students consistently report waiting in long lines to get on campus because of improperly registered guests. Student Government Association (SGA) is working to change the process of registering a guest on campus to avoid these delays.
The process currently requires students to call the security office, provide their name and dorm room number, and spell the name of the person they are calling in.
“Students will be allowed to use Web Advisor to put in the visitor’s information, such as their name and the student’s dorm number. This will then be seen at the gate by the officers shortly after completion,” said Director of Security Jerry Mance.
The idea to transform the registration format from phone calls to computer came from SGA junior senator Mindy Bertram. Bertram’s job is to ask students what improvements need to be made on the VWC campus. Enough students mentioned the inefficiency of the guest check-in process so that SGA conveyed the concern to Mance. Mance met with Computer Services last month to help develop an appropriate program. Together they decided to put the registration on WebAdvisor.
Other than knowing that the registration will be located on WebAdvisor, there is currently not a lot of information regarding the change in policy because it is still in the works. However, there are two things that are certain; first, the program should be ready after spring break, and second, there is a training program in place for all the officers.
“February 21st is when the training program begins and this will help make sure that all staff members are comfortable with the new program,” said SGA president Steven Bond.
The idea that change is coming seems to be exciting most of the student body, but there still are a few who are a bit skeptical about the program.
“I feel like the change is good except for the people who don’t have a smartphone, said freshman Valerie Wilburn. “It will be more difficult making a last-minute decision since you’ll need a computer or smartphone to register guests, so I wonder if they will still expect phone calls.”
“I use the phone system about twice a week and it works great for me,” said freshman Sarah Antozzi. “There’s an old saying: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ And why weren’t all students told about this change when they started working on it, instead of just now?”
According to Mance, the focus of the new program is trying to get away from the phone calls, so unless it is an emergency check-in, students should not call the security gate to confirm a guest’s registration.
“We are trying to get away from the calling. Web Advisor will specifically be made to be updated on real time to avoid any waiting at the gate,” said Mance.
Overall, the change will make it easier and more convenient for students, but at the same time, there still may be a wait at the gate because someone did not know a person’s license plate or incorrectly typed the guest’s name. Regardless of all the small mishaps that may happen, the point of the change is to streamline the process, making it more efficient for both security officers and students. Most importantly, of course, it will still maintain the safety of the student body.