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Cadets out-musket VMI in competition

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Hokies in trouble after loss

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The Army ROTC Marksmanship Unit poses during an awards ceremony after winning N-SSA’s competition this weekend. DONAL MURPHY news staff writer

Virginia Tech students can celebrate one victory from over the weekend. In front of almost 1,000 cheering Tech fans, the Corps of Cadets stole a narrow win from Virginia Military Institute during a musket shooting competition in Northern Virginia. As part of the NorthSout h Sk irmish Association’s (N-SSA) national celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a team of Tech’s cadets in the Army ROTC Marksmanship Unit won against VMI in a competition featuring Civil-war era muskets. “It was really cool while we were shooting to listen to the crowd, because we would get a hit and all the Virginia Tech fans would scream, and then they would get a hit and all the VMI fans would scream,” said Cadet Staff Sgt. and junior human development major Samantha Rowe. “It was just really awesome to listen to that.” During the competition, each team shot a board of clay pigeons at 50 yards. Whichever team shot the most won. Tech’s team of nine, compared to VMI’s team of seven, held up well during competition despite the large crowd. They shot 21 of their 32 clays while VMI shot 16 of their 28. Rowe held the position of team leader. She started doing competition air rifle shooting when she was 8 years old, and has since moved on to muskets. “My dad’s been doing it for a long time, and it’s become a family sport: my mom and my dad both got into it, my granddad does it and I do it, so we’ve got three generations of shooters doing it now,” Rowe said. Cadet Staff Sgt. Ben Hackney, a junior in food science and technology and a member of the team that competed, has also been shooting competitively since high school and was introduced to the compet it ion by Rowe. “It was extremely stressful. I’ve never been more stressed out during a shooting competition in my life,” Hackney

said. The event was originally meant to be held between VMI and West Point students in celebration of the Battle of New Market, where VMI cadets fought alongside Confederate soldiers. When West Point was unable to get a sponsor, Ken Stiles, a visiting faculty in the geography department and member of the N-SSA, recommended Tech in its place. Stiles has since been helping plan the event and has been training the team in the handling of the Civil War-era firearms. “We started our first session in March, we had five or six sessions last semester.” Stiles said. “I didn’t care about their accuracy, it was mostly safety. This is how you safely load, don’t worry about hitting.” Rowe was one of the few Cadets who had previous experience with muzzleloaders, firearms loaded down from the barrel, but still appreciated the effort Stiles put in. “(Stiles) was a great coach, he got us everything we needed and really helped us to get attuned with our guns,” Rowe said. For Hackney, the practice was also enjoyable, though difficult given his lack of experience with that type of firearm. “The preparation was a lot of fun. (Stiles) brought us out to the range on a few occasions,” Hackney said. The firearms were loaned out by various members of the N-SSA to the students for use, and have been kept by Stiles since training began in March. According to Stiles, there is a possibility of the competition occurring again in the spring, if they can overcome the time constraint of gathering equipment, setting up range practice time a nd corresponding schedules. Given the opportunity, both Rowe and Hackney said they gladly do it all over again. Follow this writer on Twitter @HokieRealist

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Michael Holmes (20) attempts to return a punt but is stopped short by University of North Carolina cornerback, Jabari Price (4). see PAGE FIVE

VTU limited by budget in concert choice

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Last year’s homecoming concert, sponsored by the Black Student Alliance, featured Travis Porter and Mike Posner & the Brain Trust. DEAN SEAL news reporter

The Virginia Tech Union is struggling to meet student concert expectations with a limiting budget. This year’s homecoming concert, tonight at 7:30, will feature up-and-comer Kendrick Lamar and independent rap artist Hoodie Allen, as well as special guest DJ Rhetorik. The event, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Union, is the first in VTU’s concert series for the school year. However, enthusiasm for the show has not been at a record high, with some students dissatisfied with VTU’s artist selection. “I feel like they could get bigger names to come to a big campus, especially on homecoming week,” said Sal Capone, a junior computer engineering major. This sentiment has been a

common complaint. But according to Eroica Williams, director of concerts for the VTU, the costs of bringing top names to Tech have become out of reach. “We can only bring who we can afford, and just recently artists have skyrocketed in price,” Williams, a senior communication major, said. “So we have to get creative with up-and-coming artists.” The logistics of booking a show can also be restrictive, involving not only the budget guidelines for both VTU and the artist, but also trying to align artist availability with venue availability. “Our main priority is to bring someone the students want, so we’ll do either do survey research or see from word of mouth about who is getting a lot of hype,” Williams said. According to Williams, VTU monitors social media carefully in an attempt to gauge

student interest. “Things like going on Twitter and seeing how many people from Tech follow (the prospective artist),” Williams said. Despite this, sophomore political science major Emma Weiss thinks the choices this year are lackluster. “Other schools get really big names for their homecoming week,” Weiss said. While admitting that the concert committee has made poor decisions in the past, Williams pointed out the importance of allocating a budget overall. “We could just do a really big show and do one concert for the year, but we think that doesn’t go along with our mission of bringing entertainment to a diverse group of people,” Williams said. “That’s why we try to have multiple concerts throughout the year, so for the people who are disappointed with (today’s) line-

up, they could be excited for another show throughout the year.” The homecoming concert has been the only show fully sponsored by the VTU this year. While they co-sponsored Victoria Secret’s Pink concert in September, they were not a part of the artist selection for that event. Last year, VTU sponsored three major shows: John Legend, Plain White T’s and the Avett Brothers. The VTU holds regular meetings that any student can attend where concert selection for the year is discussed. “Every voice counts, there’s no bad suggestion,” Williams said. “The only things that I have to absolutely say no to are the things that are out of my budget, that’s just a variable I can’t control.” Follow this writer on Twitter @jdeanseal


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Morgan Griffith is the incumbent candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives position for the ninth district. Griffith is a Salem native, and graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has been practicing law in Southwest Virginia for over two decades. The Collegiate Times talked with Griffith about his view on upcoming campaign issues, and the topics that affect college students. What have you done or will you do to make college more affordable? I voted to extend the lower interest rates on student loans, I think we should continue to do that. It costs some money, and we have to make sure that we are reasonable with our money, but I think this makes sense ... I think we have to keep our student loans at a reasonable cost ... The companies managing these loans ... would be much more reasonable in dealing with students post-graduation if the student fees ... could be bankrupted. I’m not encouraging students to bankrupt, but I think the companies, instead of saying “tough luck,” which a lot of them do to people who are struggling to get their student loans repaid, would be a lot more reasonable in negotiating some kind of a resolution ... on the fees and penalties. And then last, but not least, we need to make it so there’s some competition. The government (has a) monopoly on student loans and when you look at technology ... you see that everywhere else, technology brings cost down, except in higher education … There’s got to be a way that we can bring costs down by looking at the technology and seeing if there aren’t new ways. What technologies are you talking about specifically? I went and visited four people who are involved in different parts of health care, who got together and figured out a way to (lessen the cost of) blood tests dealing with diabetes and cardiovascular disease ... The four of them put the pieces together and said we can make technology make this work for people. So I’m not going to claim to be an expert in higher education, and I’m not going to claim that I know how to put those pieces together, but there have got to be people out there smart enough to figure out how we can put these pieces together to make it so we can create products that make it cheaper for students to go to school. Obama has been pushing changes like capping student loan payments, helping subsidize them and increasing Pell grants to students. Do you support these kinds of changes? We have to take a look at each one of them individually. I certainly support Pell grants. I think Pell grants are great. I was one of the first classes to participate in Virginia’s program where if you want to go to a pri-

vate university, the state gives you money to help you offset the cost ... I went to Emory and Henry College and received some of that money. Yet, I also think that we have to look at work-study and make sure we keep that program strong ... I think it’s important students work while they’re in college because you always appreciate something more if you have to work a little bit for it.

What do you see as the best and most expedient way to provide more jobs to recent graduates? Fifty-five percent of (small business owners) say they would not start their business today, in large measure, because of regulations. When you put so many regulations on people that they don’t want to start businesses, they don’t create jobs. A big part of our job problem in this KEVIN DICKEL / SPPS country is that we’ve regulated Morgan Griffi th is the Republican incumbent in the state’s ninth congressional district. our jobs out of existence. He is running for re-election against Democratic candidate Anthony Flaccavento. Whenever you see a new set of regulations come in, you see the smaller people in that industry fade away. The big Just to clarify, you believe that the insurance companies companies might survive, but the small companies don’t are actually the ones benefiting more than the students? ... Where job creation generally comes from, particularly No, I think both are benefiting because the insurance when you’re coming out of a recession, is not the giant company is making money, but if you’re a 24-year-old corporations, it’s the small companies. living at home you’d much rather have insurance, so it’s a peace of mind factor... So, it’s a win win, there’s no So putting more emphasis on small businesses would raise the question about that...(but) even if we didn’t do it at the employment for recent graduates? federal level it would stay, because the insurance comIt doesn’t matter if it’s two jobs or a hundred jobs; if a panies would provide it because they’re making money company feels like they can actually make a go at it, they off of it. open up a business, they create two jobs. That’s two jobs for graduates. You have three younger children. What do you want for them when they go to college, what do you want for their future? The recent healthcare law allows young-people to stay on their I want them to get the best education they can possibly parents insurance until they are 26. Do you believe “Obamacare” is get. Whatever course of action they choose, the best way positive for students who have graduated without jobs? to get there is through a college education. I grabbed the I don’t think you need it for that purpose ... Human American dream, I want my kids to have that chance. beings who are under the age of 26, as a general rule, are healthy ... You’ve already seen the insurance com- Follow this writer on Twitter @priscialva panies state they don’t care if it’s in Obama care or not, they’re keeping it because you feel more comfortable as CHECK ONLINE a student having that insurance and the insurance comSEE FULL STORY ON panies figured out … they make money. They suddenly have a large pool of healthy people that they’re getting a COLLEGIATETIMES.COM premium for.

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Options exist to quell debate over same-sex marriage issue

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uring Mitt Romney’s tenure as governor of Massachusetts from 2002 to 2007, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled allowing only heterosexual couples statesanctioned marriages unconstitutional. Massachusetts then became the sixth jurisdiction in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Mitt Romney has explained his position on same-sex marriage, stating he believes the federal government should defi ne marriage as being between a man and a woman. This reinforces the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law Bill Clinton signed in 1996, defi ning marriage as a union of one man and one woman. However, Romney believes it is up to the states to determine whether they acknowledge same-sex marriage and grant rights and benefits to such couples.

Ultimately, who would you rather have making the decision: the voters or the courts?”

In a 2006 National Review interview, Romney stated, “The debate over same-sex marriage is not a debate over tolerance. It is a debate about the purpose of the institution of marriage, and it is a debate about activist judges who make up the law rather than interpret the law.” However, President Barack Obama’s record is mixed on the issue of same-sex marriage. As a candidate for the Illinois State Senate, he favored legalizing it. But later, as a U.S. senatorial candidate in 2004, he opposed same-sex marriage, emphasizing that “What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman.” Covering all bases, he also supported state rights, which recognized same-sex partners having the same privileges. He emphasized his faith as the main reason for opposing same-sex marriage. Yet this May, Obama came out with another position, this time supporting a federal law allowing same-sex marriage across all states. One might argue the recognition of same-sex marriage is purely a state issue. Since 2004, six states have legalized same-sex marriage: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and

Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia. Not included in this list is California, which does not perform same-sex marriages but does recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. In Washington and Maryland, the legalization of same-sex marriage is on the ballot in the upcoming election. If the amendments pass, that will make eight states that recognize same-sex marriage. On the contrary, nine states prohibit same-sex marriage by statute and 30 prohibit it in their constitutions. This May, a marriage amendment to the Constitution of North Carolina passed overwhelmingly. In response to persistent debate over same-sex marriage, there are basically three ways the issue can be resolved. Each would have different supporters and opponents, and each scenario would have different constraints on the groups’ ability to get their point across. In state referendums, the voters — the people of the state — would have the power to make the decision. If it were left to the states, those who wanted it would move to those states that provided it. Likewise, opponents would move to states that did not allow it. The second option would be an executive order from the president or law from Congress, saying same-sex marriage is allowed. At some point, however, this approach would be challenged in the courts. In the executive order or the law, the courts would have the power to make the decision. And finally, the third option is for the federal government to do nothing, and to let the states do what they want. One would expect there to be politicians who support the position for same-sex marriage. Some of these might lose political support and not be re-elected while some would become wildly popular. Ultimately, who would you rather have making the decision: the voters or the courts? Left to the voters, the individual has the opportunity to move or not move to states that acknowledge same-sex marriage. Or you could leave the decision to the courts, in which case seven white-haired old men and two women would make the decision. SALLY BRADY -regular columnist -agricultural and applied economics -graduate student

he personal greatness of any individual can be assessed by his or her ability to stand on the right side of history. To evaluate Governor Mitt Romney’s propensity towards personal greatness, one only needs to look at his stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. The expansion of LGBT rights is the civil rights movement of our era, and Romney, along with Rep. Paul Ryan, are on wrong side of history. Both these men have, in some sense, built their careers out of a disgusting display of bigotry to the LGBT community, even while the country moves beyond them toward dignity and justice. As it stands now, nearly 54 percent of Americans support homosexual marriage, while 73 percent of those 18 to 34-years-old do. Even within the Republican Party — which has consistently donned itself in the robe of hatred toward the LGBT community — almost 50 percent of Republicans younger than 35 support same-sex marriage. In this sense, Romney is not simply on the wrong side of history but also on the wrong side of the future of his party. Though this might be a symptom of growing tolerance among the Millennial generation, it also shows Romney as a decaying remain of a generation losing power to its children, who are showing themselves as better than their parent’s generation was. Attempting to understand Romney’s views regarding LGBT rights is — as is trying to understand his views on anything — a remarkably difficult task, given the politician’s astounding use of double-think. While he ran against Ted Kennedy during the 1994 senate race, Romney stated he would be a better advocate for LGBT rights than Kennedy. Though he lost that election, he demonstrated his personal disgust for homosexuals as governor and as a presidential candidate. He clarified his views in 2011, when Romney signed the National Organization for Marriage’s pledge, which binds his support to a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, support of the Defense of Marriage Act, and a promise to appoint Supreme Court justices against gay marriage. In 1994, Romney was in favor of open service in the armed forces and considered “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as a means to obtain that goal, yet in 2011, he stated it was a mistake to repeal

that act. In addition, Romney is against a federal employment anti-discrimination act, which would protect members of the LGBT from being discriminatorily fired. This is a particularly important case because, as it stands currently, homosexuals can be fired for their sexual orientation in 29 states, while transgenders can be fired for their gender identity in 34 states. Romney’s stance against such a measure — which he believes places an ‘undue burden’ on businesses — is as important as his obvious disgust at the thought of same-sex marriage, since both are currently the most important issues facing the LGBT community. As an open homosexual myself, I must admit I am not merely offended by Romney’s discriminatory views, but overtly disgusted by them. What he, along with all others who claim tolerance while espousing bigotry, fails to recognize is LGBT rights are not simply a political viewpoint for me or the other members of my community. It is a question of our very lives, and our defense of these issues is a defense of the future happiness we hope to have. Because of this, I will fight with the whole of my will against any person who works to deprive me of my right to pursue happiness. It is embedded within United States’ essence that freedom, equality, tolerance, and justice are the cornerstones of our republic. Though our history has had a propensity toward bigotry against many minority groups, it has also had a propensity to eradicate bigotry. Whether it be in the defense of Native Americans, African Americans, women, Latinos, or any other minority group, the United States has slowly but surely progressed toward expansion of equality to all sectors of the populace. Romney and Ryan represent a horrifying parade of hatred and bigotry against a complete sector of this nation. As a member of this sector and as an American citizen and human being, I am offended by the prospect of their administration. I hope this nation will recognize the importance of eradicating bigotry and expanding justice. All those who place themselves on the wrong side of history will quickly recognize their error as the world progresses beyond them. JASON CAMPBELL -regular columnist -philosophy -senior

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Women’s soccer handles Oklahoma easily, wins 4-1 JULIA CANON sports staff writer

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Michael Holmes is brought down by a pair of UNC defenders during Saturday’s 48-34 loss. Tech dropped to 3-3 on the year.

With 19-year bowl streak on the line, coaching staff and players must dig deep to salvage season, program It hasn’t taken long for things to go from good, to bad, to worse in Blacksburg. Just over a month ago, Virginia Tech knocked off (what seemed like at the time) a tough Georgia Tech team at home on Labor Day and seemed poised for a big season. Since then, the Hokies have wins over Austin Peay and Bowling Green and losses to two Big East teams and North Carolina. Their 3-3 start is the worst this team has opened a season since 1992, the last time Tech didn’t make a bowl game. And, with three losses in their last four games, it marks the team’s worst stretch since a 1-4 finish to the 2003 season (the one win was a 24-23 OT victory over Temple. It was also the last time Tech lost to Virginia). So yeah, things are bad. When the offense is clicking, the defense can’t stop anybody (see North Carolina). When the defense is firing on all cylinders, the offense can’t pick up a first down (see Cincinnati). This team just can’t seem to put a complete game together. As if things weren’t already bad enough, the team’s 19-year bowl run (only Florida and Florida State have longer streaks going) is in serious jeopardy. Looking at the schedule, Boston College and Virginia look like they

should be victories. Duke and Miami are toss-ups (yes, Duke — they’re 5-1) and Florida State and Clemson will be very tough to beat. Granted, I think there are definitely three, maybe four wins in there, giving Tech enough to keep the bowl streak going. But for a team that’s had eight straight 10-win seasons, that’s still going to be considered a down year — to say the least. But let’s not focus on the bowl streak for a second and focus on the now. This team — or, this program, for that matter — is at a crossroads if I’ve ever seen one. The fan base has, for a while now, voiced its disapproval of offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring (who hasn’t called the plays since 2010, by the way). Frank Beamer’s loyalty to his staff has long-since been considered his Achilles’ heel, and it might be time for him to make a serious change, if for nothing else than to prove that he’s committed to winning a national championship. It also became clear, primarily over the past two seasons (both teams won 11 games, but lost in BCS bowl games), that 10-win seasons aren’t cutting it for a fan base that’s been desperate for a national championship for over a decade now. So now, with Tech sitting at .500 midway through the season, it’s time for us to find out what this team (and this fan base) is made of. The players

have expressed their dissatisfaction with their performance to this point, but will it be enough to jumpstart a win streak? As far as the fan base goes, dissatisfaction doesn’t quite seem to cover the emotions many die-hard Hokies are feeling at this point. It’s not just the players who will have to dig deep now to recover from such an awful start — for fans of the team, fully supporting Tech from here on out (while perhaps difficult) will be instrumental in the team’s success. It might sound like an overstatement, but remember — these are 18-22 year-old kids we’re talking about. You think they don’t read about how “terrible,” (or, “average,” rather) they are on Twitter? Fan support can go a long way. Of course, if Jim Weaver would just put the headsets and clipboards in the hands of the fan base, this team would go 14-0 every season. I poke fun, but in all seriousness — this team will need support (support, not coaching) down the stretch if they’re going to make any noise at all in the Coastal Division. It’s gut-check time for Virginia Tech football as a whole — time to find out how this program responds. ZACH MARINER -sports editor -junior -communication -@ZMarinerCT

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Virginia Tech women’s soccer team rebounded from an overtime loss against Duke last week with a 4-1 win over the Oklahoma Sooners Thursday night. Head Coach Chugger Adair switched up the Hokies starting lineup, especially on the defense, giving a starting nod to junior Taylor Antolino. “This was my first start of the season and my first time playing the full ninety minutes this season, and it felt great to be out on the field,” Antolino said. Boasting a revamped starting lineup, it didn’t take the Hokies long to find the back of the net. Freshman Ashley Meier scored her sixth goal of the season off of a Shannon Mayrose assist before four minutes ticked off the clock. “I thought we played well tonight, and getting the first goal early really opened up the game for us and made us relax,” Adair said. “I thought playing a few different players and resting Mayrose and Meier in the second half allowed for more balance in the minutes played by everyone. The Hokies did not let off the gas after their first goal, which they’ve made a habit of in past games. Sophomore Katie Yensen scored off of a rebound from a hard shot by junior forward Jazmine Reeves 33 minutes into the game. “The buildup was all Jazmine, she had a great run and took a hard shot,” Yensen said. “When the keeper made the save I just happened to be there and I finished it in the corner.” The Hokies kept their momentum into the second half, controlling the tempo and possessing the ball for most of the game, until Oklahoma forward Amy Petrikin scored off of a deflection of a shot by freshman Jade

Dapaah. This lapse in concentration by the Virginia Tech defense caused the Hokies to take a proactive approach and put the game away. “Their goal sparked us to generate more offense,” Yensen said. “We started possessing the ball more and calmed down a little bit and then we were able to put the two goals in the net.” After many close chances throughout the match Reeves finally scored with 10 minutes left in the game when she chested the ball down and launched a hard shot which hit the inside of the goalpost and went into the goal. Sophomore Ellie Zoepfl followed Reeves with a goal of her own when she chipped the ball over Oklahoma goalie Kelsey Devonshire’s head for the first goal of her career. With their win against the Sooners, the Hokies fi nished their non-conference schedule 9-0, going undefeated in the non conference schedule for the first time in the program’s history. “One of our team goals was to win all of our non-conference games and we accomplished that goal for the first time ever at Tech and it allows us to build our resume for the NCAA tournament bid,” Adair said. The Hokies travel to Florida State, the current No. 1 team in the country on Thursday, and will remain in Florida until their Sunday game against Miami.

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Australian rockers deliver on second album Music Review

Tame Impala is a psychedelic rock group, though most of the music is written and recorded alone by frontman Kevin Parker. The group won widespread critical acclaim with the release of their debut album “Innerspeaker” in 2010, channeling the influences of 60s and 70s psychedelic rock. The Australian rockers are back with their sophomore album, and they have never sounded better. “Lonerism” is a blissful trip through psychedelic rock that is introspective, dreamy and fun to listen to. The album opens up with “Be Above It,” featuring the whispering vocals of “gotta be above it” repeated over and over to the cadence of the fidgety drumbeat. The song then presents

an extremely distorted guitar chord that only comes in every so often, but somehow compliments the spastic drum beat exceptionally well. “Apocalypse Dreams” is an expansive six-minute song with a catchy bass line, some piano and unfurling guitar. Parker’s introspection continues as he sings, “Well, am I getting closer? Will I ever get there? Does it even matter?” The last few minutes of the song have no vocals, but showcase the swirling guitar and psychedelic groove of the song. “Lonerism” is everything that the band did well with on “Innerspeaker,” just more expansive and produced better. Everything sounds incredibly crisp and well layered. The album features more synthesizers, but their sound remains rooted in psychedelic rock of the past.

Japanese RPG gives 30 seconds to save the day Game Review

With only seconds left on the clock, I sprinted to the nearest town — only to run into a giant hermit crab. Forced into a fight, I watched as my hero pounded away at the crab’s oversized shell with his wooden sword. With two seconds remaining, I finished the battle and ran into the town, narrowly missing the gameover screen. Mar velousAQL Inc.’s “Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy” is a parody of classic Japanese role play games, where each level of the game has a 30 second time limit. All of the things that you love and hate about Japanese RPGs are simplified and streamlined. Each world area is compact and features villages are filled with nonplayer characters that repeat across levels, as well as item vendors for healing, weapons, and armor. Players navigate the game map by selecting levels on a path. Each level houses an evil lord who is casting the Spell of Destruction that will destroy the world in 30 seconds. Fortunately for our hero, the Time Goddess will allow him to rewind time for an ever-increasing amount of gold. This is the defining mechanic behind “Half Minute Hero” and it makes the RPG incredibly fun to play. Although time does stop while you are in villages, traveling and fighting enemies all takes place in the small 30 second window. You’ll always have to keep an eye on the clock while completing quests. It is a race against the clock as you battle enemies and purchase equipment to get strong enough to defeat the boss hidden in a castle somewhere in the level. Combat is fairly simple as your only control options

“Why Won’t They Talk To Me?” is one of the more somber tracks on the record. Parker’s short choppy sentences further alienate him as he sings, “Out of the zone / Trying to see / I’m so alone / Nothing for me / I guess I’ll go home / Try to be sane / Try to pretend / None of it happened / Oh this old tree / Lonely old me / Whoops-a-daisy / I thought I was happy.” Trippy synthesizers make up the backdrop for the music, only adding to the song’s ambiance. The first single off the album is “Elephant.” The song features a heavy guitar riff and a straightforward drum beat before it breaks midway through the song when the guitar fluctuates more and becomes more spacey. The song is about a person with a huge ego, as Parker sings, “He pulled the mirrors off his Cadillac / ‘Cause he doesn’t like it looking like he looks back / He

comparisons to John Lennon are likely to abound even further with this track as Parker sounds incredibly similar to The Beatles’ legend. The song breaks off halfway through and turns into nothing but a hazy, spastic guitar and strange background noise. Tame Impala certainly met the lofty expectations placed on them after “Innerspeaker,” and seemingly exceeded them with “Lonerism.” The music harkens back to the days of Pink Floyd and The Beatles, sounding vintage but somehow fresh all at the same time. “Lonerism” is definitely worth listening to, leaving listeners hoping for more. talks like his opinion is a simple fact.” The album’s closer “Sun’s Coming Up” is the most dis-

Also out this week... “XCOM: Enemy Unknown,” Oct. 9 The classic XCOM franchise is being rebooted as a turn-based tactics game developed by Firaxis and published by 2K Games. “Dishonored,” Oct. 9 A “futuristic steam-punk totalitarian ‘Londonesque’ environment” is the backdrop for a game that claims to offer an unparalleled level of freedom and choice by Arkane Studios.

JACOB WILBANKS tinct track from the album, as -featured music columnist it opens with nothing but piano -junior and Parker singing for the first -communications major two and a half minutes. The

“Argo,” Oct. 12 This political thriller is based on a true story from the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis, where six Americans managed to escape from the embassy and hide in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Rescuers plan to save them by pretending they are filmmakers working on a fake sci-fi movie. “Seven Psychopaths,” Oct. 12 A struggling writer has a great name but not a story for his latest screenplay, so he looks to his friends’ lives for inspiration when they get in trouble after kidnapping the beloved Shih-Tzu of a big-time gangster.

MellowHype - “Numbers,” Oct. 9 MellowHype, has already released two albums, “YelloWhite” and “BlackenedWhite,” and is gearing up to release their third album, “Numbers.” Fans of Odd Future Records will be excited to have another release on their hands. Trash Talk - “119” Oct. 9 Trash Talk, a hardcore punk band, is known for its exceptionally short and blisteringly fast songs. The 14 tracks on “119” clock in at a total of only 23 minutes.

Looper defies mainstream Hollywood Movie Review

are to use an equipped item, flee from battle or speed up your character at the cost of health. There are no spells to cast or enemies to select; instead, you will charge the monsters until they are dead. While this may sound boring and repetitive, the combat takes a backseat to the more intriguing RPG mechanics of the game. Managing your health and your time is the first priority. Choosing and purchasing equipment is also important, but the game provides opportunities to collect loot liberally. All of these considerations affect attempts to level up your hero for the boss battle at the end of each area. “Half-Minute Hero” manages to be funny and fun at the same time; the dialogue and story have an undeniable charm. With an upbeat soundtrack and incredibly colorful yet sparse graphics, this game can be comical at times. While the game becomes stale after a while, and it gets frustrating to restart a level if it takes you a few seconds over time, your time in the world of the Time Goddess is still largely enjoyable. BEN KIM -featured game columnist -sophomore -communications major

Joseph Gordon-Levitt could have gone down the typical road of most child stars. Just look at Lindsay Lohan, Macaulay Culkin or any number of other washed-up former stars to see how that story ends. Instead, Gordon-Levitt quit acting in 2000 on the heels of the highly successful fi lm “10 Th ings I Hate About You,” co-starring Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger. Aft er four years studying at Columbia University, he decided to return to Hollywood to make movies — but not just any movies. Gordon-Levitt has said repeatedly that when he returned to the world of acting, he made the decision to only “be in good movies.” Since then, his track record has been remarkable, with the glaring exception of “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra,” which one has to assume blackmail must have been involved to get him to sign on. One of the fi rst movies Gordon-Levitt starred in after his return was “Brick,” a modern-day noir fi lm about a high school student who immerses himself in an underground drug ring to figure out who murdered his ex-girlfriend. Th is was the fi rst time Gordon-Levitt worked with director Rian Johnson, but it would not be the last. Johnson and GordonLevitt collaborate again in “Looper,” a sci-fi fi lm set in

a dystopic future where time travel does not yet exist — but “in thirty years, it will have been.” Specialized hit men work for a mob boss who cleans up his messes by sending them back in time to be killed. These assassins, or “loopers,” take the job knowing that eventually, their target will be their future self. Upon “closing their loop,” they get a big payday and thirty years to wait for death to come. But when Gordon-Levitt’s character sees that his latest target for execution is none other than himself, a splitsecond pause is all that is needed for his future self to escape. It is a fascinating premise that led to a lot of hype before the fi lm’s premiere. For once, audiences got a movie that lives up to expectations. In the midst of a general dumbing-down of movies that Hollywood has subjected audiences to for the past decade, there has been a small number of rebellious fi lms, rejecting idea that a 21st century audience can only be entertained by massive robots and increasingly ludicrous explosions. Sci-fi in particular has produced a number of these boundary-breaking movies that harken back to a better era of fi lmmaking. Probably the most commercially successful has been Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” in 2010, which was really only funded as a thank-you for “The Dark Knight,” yet went on to gross more than $800 mil-

lion worldwide, making it one of the highest grossing movies ever. “Inception,” which featured Gordon-Levitt, proved audiences were willing to deal with a complicated story, provided it was done well. “Looper” is the latest of these cerebral big-budget movies to really make an impact on audiences and critics. The fi lm is steeped in a mix of retro and futurism similar to “A Clockwork Orange” with a lavish attention to violence that has you wondering if Quentin Tarantino were involved. Johnson’s camerawork avoids cheap thrills in favor of letting audiences enjoy the action as it fi lls up the screen, a bold move in a time when most directors think frequent scene cuts will force the suspense that their plotline cannot provide. But Johnson, who also wrote the screenplay, created an excellent script and a fantastic cast. Bruce Willis, fresh off

Wes Anderson’s acclaimed “Moonrise Kingdom,” is better than he has been in years as the older version of Gordon-Levitt’s main character, Joe. Gordon-Levitt, under a mask of make-up to make him look more like Willis, lashes out between numb and ferocious as only a man hunting down his future self can be. The two work together beautifully, especially in the climatic fi nal scene. Ultimately, “Looper” is successful because it does not let its own complexity get in the way of the story, an issue that has doomed many promising movies over the years. Instead, it simply takes the audience on a wild ride and asks only that they pay attention and keep an open mind. KATIE WHITE -featured movie columnist -junior -history major

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