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WEDNESDAY | 10.9.2013 | MaceandCROWN.COM | Vol. 56, Issue 7
RACE TO RICHMOND
Virginia Gubernatorial Election Fast Approaching By: Derek Page Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown The Virginia gubernatorial election is just weeks away. With incumbent governor Bob McDonnell ineligible for re-election, the Commonwealth will make a pivotal decision for Virginia’s future on Nov. 5. Candidates on the ballot include Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. McAuliffe, a businessman and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Cuccinelli, Virginia’s current attorney general, were the only candidates in their party to file to run by the deadline. Sarvis was nominated by his party at the Libertarian Party of Virginia convention in April after submitting 7,000 signatures over the 10,000 required for candidacy. This makes him the fourth minor party gubernatorial nominee to get on the Virginia ballot in 40 years. In a Washington Post/ABT-SRBI Virginia Governor’s Race Poll released in September, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli 49 to 44, but republican voters appear more adamant about their candidate. 76 percent said they
are “very enthusiastic” about Cuccinelli compared to 68 percent for McAuliffe. Still, McAuliffe leads in every subject the survey addresses. Much of McAuliffe’s lead comes from women. The democrat’s campaign ads have repeatedly attacked Cuccinelli as someone who will impede their rights. In the poll, 48 percent said they trust McAuliffe to “do a better job of handling issues of special concern to women. Only 25 percent believe Cuccinelli is trustworthy. Among surveyed registered voters, the majority trusts McAuliffe will do a better job handling abortion, healthcare, taxes, energy and the environment. Cuccinelli ties his opponent on transportation, jobs creation and understanding the economic problems of Virginians Incidentally, 33 percent of those surveyed said they usually think of themselves as democrat, 26 percent as republican, and 34 percent as independent. Virginians aren’t completely sold on either candidate. Both have been blemished with scandal. Cuccinelli felt the pressure following a larger scandal involving incumbent governor Bob McDonnell accepting large monetary gifts from an executive at Star Scientific, a technology-oriented healthy life-
style company. Cuccinelli donated $18,000 to charity in September as remorseful recompense. McAuliffe suffered backlash after nonprofit watchdog group Cause of Action discovered he was the founder and largest individual shareholder in a new electric-car company GreenTech.
The company released a confidential memorandum in March to prospective investors promising they would enjoy “billions” in government subsidies and tax credits in addition to having McAuliffe as a “chairman emeritus” with powerful political pedigree. The first survey by Public Policy Polling
since January found more and more voters are becoming undecided in a classic “lesserof-two-evils” election. Where 29 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of McAuliffe, 33 percent have a negative one. Similarly, where 44 percent of voters have an unpopular opinion of Cuccinelli, only 32 percent hold a favorable opinion of the attorney general. “The Governor’s race is shaping up exactly as expected- voters don’t care for either Ken Cuccinelli or Terry McAuliffe,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But at this point they have a bigger problem with Cuccinelli than they do with McAuliffe.” As voters vacillate, libertarian Sarvis continues to rack up points, standing at 12 percent in the latest poll by POLITICO and the PPP. In the wake of a government shutdown, this election is leaving many Virginians apprehensive. Both major candidates have spoken out against the shutdown, yet both are at each other’s throats with accusing the other of contrary actions. Nearly 64 percent of Virginia voters who oppose the government shutdown support McAuliffe while 16 percent support Cuccinelli. Those in support of the shutdown
favor Cuccinelli over McAuliffe, 73 percent to 10 percent. Cuccinelli has been strident in his disapproval of the Affordable Care Act, but 50 percent of surveyed Virginian’s blame congressional Republicans for the shutdown and 35 percent blame President Obama and Senate Democrats. While each side is likely to blame the other, independent voters blame republicans over democrats, 48 percent to 33 percent. McAuliffe and Cuccinelli will have their third and final debate on Oct. 24 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. In a state with many military and government workers, this election is vital to its prosperity. Regardless of who is elected the 72nd governor of Virginia, a clear, economically efficacious plan is what many in the Commonwealth are craving. “Fortunately for everyone,” wrote Huffington Post political reporter Jason Linkins in an opinion column in May, “despite the fact that Virginia’s transportation infrastructure spending remains a contentious issue statewide, there’s still a good chance that there will be several decently maintained highways by which residents may leave the Commonwealth after November.”
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Terence (Terry) Richard McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election, was Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2000-2005. This position gave him considerable influence over the Democratic platform as well as the party’s organizational activity.
Kenneth Thomas Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election, currently serves as the Attorney General for Virginia. As the attorney general, Cuccinelli was responsible for reviewing every bill passed by the General Assembly for consistency with existing laws and overall constitutionality.
WHAT THEY STAND FOR Terry McAuliffe’s platform is focused mainly on creating jobs and improving the economy and also encompasses certain social issues. He plans to see this through with investments into research and development and improvements in skill training. On education, McAuliffe wants to incorporate community colleges into the process of workforce training and to make higher education more easily accessible for all Virginians. His environmentalfriendly energy plans consist of investing in renewable energy, which he feels will stimulate the economy. Also, McAuliffe vows to stand for equal pay for women in the workplace.
Ken Cuccinelli’s ideas for economic growth and job creation mainly revolve around reducing the income tax rate for both individuals and businesses and to ensure that growth of the government is kept limited. On higher education, Cuccinelli plans to invest more into the state’s colleges and universities, to ensure they are providing quality education an training, and to reduce tuition prices. Cuccinelli’s energy plan includes a reduction of excessive regulation to incite the use of more energy resources, to reduce energy taxes and to push for exploration of offshore energy resources.
WHAT THEY OPPOSE Terry McAuliffe, though typically more liberal when it comes to social issues, has actually managed to consistently avoid the discussion of women’s health issues. It is currently unknown whether he supports open-access for abortion and contraception.
To put it simply, Cuccinelli is strongly against abortion or birth control, which he calls a “sterilization mandate.” He also does not support President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act. And last of the social issues, Cuccinelli is a firm believer that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.
IN THE NEWS Terry McAuliffe was recently under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission about an automotive company that he co-founded and abruptly resigned from. The basis of the investigation revolved around speculation that he had solicited loans in exchange for foreign investor US entry visas.
Ken Cuccinelli donated a substantial amount of money $18,000 – to a charity as retribution for his recent scandal of failing to disclose the amount of gifts, roughly the same sum value, and stock holdings he received from Jonnie R. Williams, the wealthy CEO of Star Scientific Inc.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING “In this election, you have a choice between two very different candidates – you can either vote for the man who will push his extreme social agenda on the citizens of Virginia or vote for the man who spent his life working for and putting Virginians first. Terry is that Candidate. He has a strong record putting differences aside for the overall betterment of the commonwealth.” – Justin McLawhorn from ODU Young Democrats
“This election is one of great importance to the Commonwealth and it is up to Virginians to make the choice of who they deem is the best person for the office. In one hand you have Ken Cuccinelli, a man who has proven time and again his commitment to Virginia and its citizens, while in the other you have Terry McAuliffe, who has proven time and again his commitment to himself and his lack of clear plans.” – Julius Lacano from the ODU College Republicans
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GREEN LOOKS GOOD ON MONARCHS By: Amanda Kirk Staff Writer Mace & Crown The official school colors may be blue and silver, but Old Dominion University is also sporting another color – green. Many of the eco-friendly actions around campus are efficient but are not seen by campus members on an everyday basis. But behind the scenes ODU faculty, staff and students work tirelessly to enhance and take care of the environment. 5. ODU Eats Green-With more than 6,000 students living within walking distance of the main campus, Monarch Dining produces massive amounts of food, However, Monarch Dining has committed to green initiatives, including their latest transition to a “tray-less” facility. This intiative alone can save up to 500 gallons of water per year. Monarch Dining reduces environmental impact by buying food for campus dining locally. About 95 percent of dairy products used by Monarch Dining are purchased from within the state. In cooperation with ODU’s Center for Service and Civic Engagement, as well as with Five Points Farm Market, a Community Supported Agriculture Program contributes fresh and local produce to ODU meals. Other popular dining spots are also going green including the Starbucks on campus, which started selling reusable cups for only one dollar. 4. Every Year for a Week, Blue Goes Green- Most campuses observe Earth Day, but ODU devotes an entire week to environmental efforts. The Office of Student Affairs coordinates week-long events each April devoted to green action. During “Blue Goes Green Week” in 2013, activities included presentations of ODU research projects, a fair showcasing green business, volunteer clean-up of area waterways, 5k and rock climbing events and planted trees in observance of Arbor Day.
3. ODU Recycles-Throughout campus, recycling bins provide easy disposal of common recyclables such as bottles and cans. These receptacles have generated more than one million pounds of recyclables, but ODU’s Facilities Management Department oversees extensive network devoted to less common recyclables. All “regular” trash that does not go through the recycling bins ends up in a 40 cubic yard trash compactor. From here, the metals are separated from the
refuse and recycled. The remaining refuse is then taken to a Solid Waste Processing Plant, where usable waste is transformed into fuel for steam and electricity. This process reduces the amount of garbage taken to a landfill and decreases the amount of methane gas released into the atmosphere. Every year a campus-wide “Donate it- Don’t Dump it” program saves more than 6,300 pounds of items, including clothes and house wares from the landfill. Instead, these items are donated to charities in the area. 2. ODU Groundskeeping goes Beyond a Green Appearance- In front of the Oceanography and Physical Sciences building, turtles bask in the sun and ducks and geese swim in a small and scenic pond. This spot is just one facet of a campus-wide sustainability effort. Thanks to the Department of Facilities Management, these lovely ponds are cleverly designed to contain
stormwater and reduce harmful runoff into the Cheseapeake Bay. The majority of plants incorporated into ODU landscape designs are native plant species. Ecological controls of insects by mechanical, biological, cultural management and genetic approaches are favored over the use of pesticides. A hightech satellite-linked “TRAK”system controls irrigation. The TRAK system is based on current weather information, and greatly reduces unnecessary watering that may occur with timer-based sprinkler systems. Equipment for grounds maintenance and facilities management vehicles run on 20 percent biodiesel. The buildings on ODU Campus are also engineered to reduce environmental impact. The Batten Arts and Letters building is under a green roof. This roof is made up of vegetation which lowers cooling costs and reduces storm water runoff. Heating and cooling systems in all campus buildings are computer-monitored, lowering energy usage when buildings are unoccupied. Compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) light bulbs replaced incandescent light bulbs for approximately 75 percent greater efficiency. 1. Research Takes ODU’s Green Work Beyond Campus Borders- ODU functions as the headquarters for the Global Marine Species Assessment, which seeks to determine the risk of extinction for 20,000 different marine species. Biology students at ODU monitor the nutrient levels in the Chesapeake Bay through The Chesapeake Bay Program. As part of the Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences department, the ODU Center for Quantitative Fisheries Ecology conducts research on fish populations to establish statewide fishing regulations for healthier waterways. Also, fish collected for research are donated to charities for feeding the homeless. The fish are not palatable to humans are donated to wildlife rescues to feed to otters, pelicans and other fish-eating wildlife.
SGA STRIVES FOR MORE
INCLUSIVE ODU By: Dri Mayfield Assistant Arts & Entertainment Mace & Crown ODU’s 2013-2014 Student Government Association has one main agenda for the year: inclusivity. SGA has started to launch this initiative through alumni networking, student forums and community involvement. “We’re trying to make sure that everyone is touched and everyone is connected and everyone feels like this the right space, that this is the right university for them,” Speaker of the House Terrell Kingwood said. Student engagement includes both main and regional campuses. During the main campus’ “Week of Welcome,” SGA went to the Virginia Beach campus to hand out the same t-shirts and goody bags that were given to main campus students. Connecting students to one another is
important, but SGA also believes that connecting current students with alumni serves major benefits. On Oct. 1 SGA hosted an alumni networking event to connect students to alumni. Students were invited to mingle with alumni from different departments and fields. The event included a scavenger hunt with a list of questions meant to guide students in their interactions with the alumni and spark meaningful conversation. SGA is also collaborating with Norfolk State University to sponsor a food drive from now until the Oct 26 football showdown between the schools. Competition isn’t restricted to the field; the schools will also be competing to see who can bring the most pounds of food. Although most of the collaboration between ODU and NSU is currently centered on the football game, the schools are collectively asking themselves what’s next for the
community. Kingwood said that he and other members of SGA work with the student government at NSU to better the surrounding community. Students can become a part of SGA by joining senate committees on a variety of topics like transportation, housing and food and public safety and sustainability. Members of these committees meet once a week to talk about issues and create bills to be passed onto higher government. “You come to the committee and that is where your voice is heard. You can create positive change on campus,” said Kingwood. Positive changes brought about by these student senate committees include a new bus stop in Ghent on the weekends and a more efficient operation of Safe Ride.
crimeLOG Date/Time Reported
10/03/2013 7:00 p.m. 10/03/2013 5:38 p.m. 10/02/2013 11:22 p.m. 10/02/2013 9:26 p.m. 10/02/2013 7:27 p.m. 10/02/2013 5:55 p.m. 10/01/2013 12:06 a.m. 10/01/2013 12:06 a.m. 09/30/2013 12:43 p.m. 09/30/2013 4:15 p.m. 09/30/2013 2:56 p.m. 09/30/2013 10:13 a.m. 09/29/2013 10:58 p.m. 09/29/2013 12:32 a.m.
09/28/2013 6:10 p.m. 09/28/2013 4:50 p.m. 09/28/2013 2:18 a.m. 09/28/2013 3:50 p.m. 09/28/2013 12:26 p.m. 09/28/2013 12:51 a.m. 09/27/2013 5:23 p.m. 09/27/2013 4:59 p.m. 09/27/2013 12:50 p.m. 09/27/2013 12:21 p.m. 09/27/2013 2:45 a.m.
Date/Time Incident Location Category Occurred Number 10/03/2013 20131:30 p.m.-6:59 Gresham Burglary 021252 p.m. 09/01/2013 20138:21 p.m.Whitehurst Hall Fraud 021246 10/03/2013 9:08 a.m. 10/02/2013 1000 Blk W 41st Narcotics 201311:22 p.m. Street Violation 021199 10/02/2013 1000 Blk W. 2013Vandalism 9:26 p.m. 45th Street 021196 09/30/2013 1700 Blk W.48th 2013Rape 10:30 p.m. Sreet 021183 11:20 p.m. Warrant 10/02/2013 1300 W 49th 2013Cleared by 5:55 p.m. Street 021177 Arrest 09/30/2013 201311:50 p.m.Village 7 Assault - Simple 021073 10/01/2013 12:05 a.m. 09/30/2013 201311:50 p.m.Village 7 Abduction 021073 10/01/2013 12:05 a.m. 09/29/2013 4:00 a.m.4500 Blk Larceny from a 201309/30/2013 Monarch Way Building 021021 11:45 a.m. 09/30/2013 1500 Blk W. 2013Larceny 2:00 p.m.-3:30 49th Street 021030 p.m. 09/30/2013 Larceny from a 20131:45 p.m.-2:30 Visual Arts Bldg. Building 021026 p.m. 09/27/2013 5:00 p.m.1000 Blk W. 2013Larceny 09/30/2013 49th Street 021013 10:00 a.m. 09/29/2013 Narcotics 2013Village 2 10:58 p.m. Violation 020982 09/29/2013 W. 46th Street & Public 201312:32 a.m. Monarch Way Intoxication 020922 09/28/2013 2013Larceny 1:05 p.m.-6:05 Lot 9 020899 p.m. 09/19/2013 4500 Blk 2013Larceny 1:35 p.m.-3:35 Powhatan 020895 p.m. Avenue 09/28/2013 Fire - False 2013Village 2 2:17 a.m. Alarm 020858 09/21/2013 Harassing 20133:48 p.m.Scotland House Communication 020892 09/28/13 3:48 p.m. 09/28/2013 800 Blk W. 49th Hit and Run - 201312:15 a.m.Property Street 020883 12:22 p.m. Damage Hit and Run 09/28/2013 1400 Blk W. 2013Property 12:39 a.m. 42nd Street 020848 Damage 09/27/2013 2013Garage C Trespassing 5:22 p.m. 020833 09/27/2013 Narcotics 20134:50 p.m.-4:59 Gresham Main Violation 020831 p.m. 09/27/2013 201312:38 p.m.- Kaufman Mall Robbery 020818 1:08 p.m. 09/26/2013 Larceny from a 201310:45 a.m.- BAL Building 020817 11:00 p.m. 09/27/2013 Public 20132:43 a.m.-3:00 Education Bldg. Intoxication 020792 a.m.
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Active 10/04/2013 Closed 10/03/2013 Closed 10/03/2013 Active 10/03/2013 Arrest 10/03/2013
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Active 10/01/2013 Inactive 09/30/2013 Arrest 09/30/2013
Closed 09/30/2013 Active 09/30/2013 Arrest 10/04/2013 Active 09/30/2013
Active 09/30/2013 Investigation by NPD 09/30/2013 Arrest 09/30/2013 Active 09/30/2013 Arrest 09/30/2013 Active 09/30/2013 Arrest 09/30/2013
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ARTS & entertainment HOMECOMING CONCERT SAILS PAST EXPECTATIONS
By: Derek Page Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown What many students outwardly considered the most disappointing part of homecoming proved to be one of Old Dominion University’s most intimate and energized concerts. Twenty One Pilots, from Columbus, Ohio, and AWOLNATION, from Los Angeles, came to campus with a regal repertoire that kept the Monarchs moving Friday night. “The concert was awesome,” Senior Zyiad Mutawy said. “Both bands were great.” Twenty One Pilots opened and gave the small crowd their all. Josh Dun shocked the crowd with a backflip off a piano, and a propulsive drum battle with lead vocalist Tyler Joseph spurred a spirited audience. Dozens crowd surfed and Joseph climbed atop two stacked speakers on the stage, singing as he perched. Although attendance was much lower than last year’s homecoming concert, this crowd matched its energy. Their enthusiasm paired well with the upbeat tempos of both bands and afforded an animated atmosphere. This enthusiasm contrasted the multitude of students who disapproved of the Student Activities Council’s choice in artists.
Weeks before the concert tickets were on sale, students took to various social media platforms to express their discontent for the selected artists. A popular hashtag “#ThingsBetterThanODUHomecoming” pervaded Twitter, catching the attention of headlining act AWOLNATION, whom was rumored to have almost backed out. SAC endeavored to provide students with artists that everyone could enjoy. A survey in June allowed students to suggest a genre or artist, but much to SAC’s chagrin, students appeared polar in their opinions, making compromise a dubious notion for Concert Director Amira Taylor. “I knew it from the start it would be a hard concert to pull off,” Taylor said. “The university is always trying to increase diversity in various ways, and I wanted to apply that same idea into events like homecoming.” Despite the backlash, frontman Aaron Bruno persisted in delivering a tenacious and electrifying performance. Playing on a college campus added to his ardor, he said in an interview with WODU Studios. This was exemplified when he sang and crowd surfed simultaneously in an encore performance. “I like it a lot… I never went to college… It’s a totally different experience than a regular show with the general public,” Bruno said. “I’m sure half the people here don’t give a [expletive] about us, but they’re just ready to party and that’s cool too.”
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DID HE REALLY JUST SAY THAT?
STUDENTS ENJOY NIGHT OF NO-FILTER LAUGHS AT HOMECOMING COMEDY SHOW By: Dri Mayfield Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor Mace & Crown ODU’s homecoming comedy show presented a mix of political, racial, and sexual humor to a few hundred students on Monday, Oct. 1. Held in the North Café, the show was free with a student ID and featured three comics who each brought a special shade of humor and kept the laughs rolling. Opening act Dominique Grayer, president of ODU’s comedy club the Stand-Up Monarchs, warmed the audience up with a short standup routine. It included an anecdote about hanging out with a felon and the trouble it can lead to. He also made introductions for the other two comics performing that night, middleman Adam Mamawala and headliner Guy Torry. Adam Mamawala, a 26-year-old communications graduate from the College of New Jersey, began doing standup during his freshmen year at a New Jersey comedy club named The Stress Factory. Eight years later, he still frequents night clubs in New Jersey and New York but is also a major player on the college circuit. “By the end of 2013 I’ll have performed at almost 80 colleges this year,” says Mamawala, “In general, I think college audiences are very receptive… especially at a show like tonight, sometimes you get these huge crowds that you wouldn’t get anywhere else.” Mamawala was the middle act who kept
the crowd laughing by making fun of himself. His act capitalized on his half-Indian half-German heritage as well as racism. A memorable bit was about the sprinkles that cover cakes and ice cream, referred to as “jimmies” by some dialects. Mamawala says that as a child he called the colorful sprinkles
by their given name, “jimmies”, but nick named the brown sprinkles “jamaals”. “Find what you’re passionate about and work really hard at that one thing,” said Mamawala. He said this was his approach to comedy. “If I pursue this and I fail and I fall on my
face I can live with that. But at least I’ll know that I tried,” he said. The final act was headliner Guy Torry. Famous for being in movies like “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood” and “American History X”, Torry now co-owns a comedy club
in Los Angeles called The Comedy Union. He also does national tours and performs at Virginia Beach’s Funny Bone about once a year. Torry is known for his self-described “nofilter comedy”. “I have no filter. If I’m not gonna do well I’d rather not do well my way rather than changing,” he said. At ODU this “no-filter comedy” included religious and gay humor as well as his student involved “abs and back” routine that kept the audience in hysterics. Torry is used to performing on the night club circuit, so preparing to headline at a college required a different approach. . “It’s always challenging because you know, I’ve lived. I’ve married, divorced, had real life problems. Sometimes I have to remember these are student and they haven’t experiences those things yet,” said Torry. Although there are challenges in performing for college students, there is also a great benefit in having such a large audience. “The good thing about a live show is that that show will never happen again. All the people will never be in the same room at the same time with that entertainer. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.” said Torry. “Cherish these years in college. They will be some of the best years of your lives. Take it all in. Don’t be in a rush to grow up.” For weekly laughs check out ODU’s Stand Up Monarchs on Friday nights. Students are welcome to perform and the audience is open to students and community members.
HOMECOMING STEPS UP NPHC HOSTS THEMED STEP SHOW By: Kema Effiong Contributing Writer Mace & Crown
The Old Dominion University Homecoming Step Show took place on Oct. 3rd in the Ted Constant Center and was sponsored by the National Pan Hellenic Council. “What I will remember most about this year is that this is the first guest host we’ve had, as well as the lively and interactive crowd” said Christina Kanu of Sigma Gamma Rho. The winner of the step Show was Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi Alpha. For the first time in Old Dominion University’s step show history, the show was hosted by guest host and multi-media personality Jae Murphy who kept the crowd wild with enthusiasm and kept the audience thoroughly entertained throughout the show’s performances. The Old Dominion Step show consisted of over eight performances, which also included the participation of students from the audience.
There were several themes to a few performances. For example, Sigma Gamma Rho based their performance on “The Wizard of Oz,” using several characters from the original story such as Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin-Man or “woman” in the show, and the scarecrow. There were notable changes, but the theme of the story provided a beautiful touch to their performance overall. Another theme included in the step show was Alpha Kappa Alpha’s “Men in Black” themed stepping, which encouraged never giving up in the fight despite the consequences, or losing one of your teammates to the enemy. Other performances included those from Virginia Beach that were not college affiliated. Stage performances by Old Dominion’s Alpha Kappa Alpha and Sigma Gamma Rho were presented on the stage. The event also featured a small dance competition between two students during an intermission of the show with which the female competitor won and during the show a scholarship was offered to students as well as the opportunity to meet with performers after the show.
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ODU STUDENT TO PLAY NORVA By: Derek Page Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown Making beats seems to be easy to Jake Schmader. The Norfolk native and sophomore student at Old Dominion University has been surrounded by music his whole life, but just recently began experimenting with sampling, mixing and synthesizing his own. “I make music because I love music and there are types of music that I want to hear that don’t exist yet,” Schmader said. “I want to make that music.” He will be putting his skill on display at the Norva, Norfolk’s historic theater voted by Rolling Stone magazine as the country’s best venue, on Nov. 19, alongside fellow Maury High School graduates and musicians. After graduating from Maury 2012, he spent a semester at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond before transferring to ODU. His time there exposed him to many new styles of music that have since influenced his music. Still, he pulls inspiration
from everywhere. “Other artists inspire me. Nature inspires me. The past inspires me. Even ideas I learn about in class inspire me. I stay pretty inspired,” he said. About 25 floppy disks sit on his desk next to his sampler, each one filled with various sounds and beats he finds from the all corners of the musical landscape. Schmader said he will sample “anything and everything that sounds cool.” His greater influences include MF DOOM, Animal Collective and Lil Ugly Mane. His last rip was “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by ‘80s English new wave band Tears For Fears. He is currently undecided on a major, but is taking basic piano and music theory classes to prepare for his next semester as an official music production and business major with a focus on audio engineering. “I guess my goals would be to create honest music that I enjoy and hopefully other people enjoy. But if it ends up being just me, I want to be ok with that,” he said. “If I made money from music, that would be pretty cool too.”
STUDENT THEATRE ORGANIZATION RESURRECTED By: Brianna Posch & Derek Page Contributing Writer & Editor-In-Chief Mace & Crown The Starving Artists, a student art organization at Old Dominion University, has returned after a five-year hiatus. “The Starving Artists was founded for the purposed and interest of students in theatre, dramatic, visual, musical, vocal, and all performing arts in order to present and demonstrate the diverse talents and artistic passions of the ODU student body,” TSA President Connor Norton said. It serves as a supplement to the university theatre and theatre honor society Alpha Psi Omega. Its resurrection now gives students
“A larger student base, and students interested in learning and developing their craft is necessary to help move things forward in our organization and create a larger performing arts following,” Norton said. While the organization focuses much on the business side of art and theatre production, much of its endeavor is helping members harness their artistic capacity. The organization is not just for students majoring in theatre or art. Everyone has the ability for artistic expression, according to Norton. It’s just a matter of unlocked the potential. “All human beings have a creative ‘aura’ that is locked inside them that leaks out through whatever it is you call ‘your pas-
a platform to showcase their work in a fully student-operated setting, gain experience in producing and managing art events and network with other artists. The Starving Artists are still trying to find their footing. Funding is their primary concern among others. A small membership fee of $5 a semester is walking stick for the climb uphill, but still much remains in their path. “The performing arts are often called a ‘dying art form,’” Norton said. A lack of active artists and student interest at ODU makes it hard for TSA to hold productions without taking away performance and technical theatre students from the ODU Theatre main stage productions and vice versa.
sion,’” Norton said. “From doctors that look at creative new methods to cure diseases, to the president who uses theatrical monologues to prepare for his speeches to the public, there is an artist inside all of us that can be crafted and exercised in any number of different methods.” The Starving Artists will present their first original production “My Dorian,” an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s only published novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” from Nov. 7–9 at 8 p.m. TSA meets at 12:30 p.m. in the University Theatre Production Studio on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.
NEW TEQUILA BAR JOINS GHENT By: Dri Mayfield Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor Mace & Crown There is a new restaurant in Ghent with impassioned staff members and a specific vision. 328 Tequila Lounge on 20th Street aims to bring back classic cocktail culture to Hampton Roads. The lounge currently offers 40 brands of tequila and aims to build their collection to about 60 names. Coming soon is a special order of tequilas that are not served at any other establishment in Hampton Roads. Tequila is made from the blue agave plant and aged in the used charred oak wood barrels that originally make whiskey. For a
liquor to legally be classified as tequila, the brand must only use 51 percent agave in their liquor. The rest of the bottle may be made up of up to 49 percent inexpensive rum with additives for color. This is the same liquor often being served in $7 and $8 well drinks. 328 Tequila Lounge says this isn’t good enough. 328 Tequila Lounge will only be serving 100 percent de agave tequila brands with well drinks beginning around $8. “Lately we’ve developed into a shot and beer culture so it is our goal to sort of bring that classic cocktail scene back to Hampton Roads,” Josh Seaburg, 23-year-old bartender turned bar manager said. “The message we are trying to spread is that you can get a good cocktail, you don’t have to settle… for the same price you can get something made
with fresh ingredients.” For those who aren’t fans of tequila, the bar also houses other quality spirits and will feature non-tequila cocktails. However, Seaburg said, “All of the cocktails on our menu will be able to have a substitute for tequila for a different expression of that drink that is equally good.” Aside from the vast selection of liquor, what sets 328 Tequila Lounge apart from the cluster of bars and restaurants in Ghent is the details and attitude. “What we really wanted to was participate in this nationwide movement returning to the roots of cocktail culture… What that means is quality spirits, fresh juices, fresh ingredients and taking a lot of pride and attention to detail in the work we do,” Seaburg said.
328 Tequila Lounge doesn’t just want to get you tipsy. They also want to feed you with a chef created menu that stays close to the tequila theme. Executive chef Pedro Andre has full creative control over the lounge’s menu which will include Latin-American and Caribbean cuisines. Andre has worked in Ghent for several years and knows the community well. “I researched a lot and I worked around this area for a long time so I know what to bring that’s different,” he said. He also interacts with customers during their dining experience to see their reactions to the menu and serves a complementary taste-test item to customers to test out different recipes every evening. The food, like the tequila, is all about the
details. “Everything is fresh from scratch. I don’t do nothing out of the box. Even the ice cream is fresh from scratch,” Andre said. “I put in maybe 10 hours [a day] but it’s worth it. It shows because people appreciate stuff like that better than being simple and plain.” 328 Tequila Lounge celebrate its official grand opening on Oct. 5 and will remain open seven days a week. Hours aren’t set in stone yet, but the lounge opens at 5 p.m. every day. They plan to be open until 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1:30 a.m. on weekends. On weekends the lounge will serve drinks and dinner until 11 p.m. and then a full bar and tapas until close.
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CBS EXTENDS LETTERMAN THROUGH 2015 By: Brian Jerry Sports Editor Mace & Crown Fear not late-night fans, he’ll be around for another two years and some change. While Jay Leno is throwing up the peace sign to NBC, David Letterman will be with his regular audience through 2015. CBS announced the deal with the 66-year-old last week when Corporate CEO Leslie Mooves spoke very highly of the number one network’s host of over 20 years. “There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS home,” Mooves said about the impossibility to replace him. Letterman was grateful of the opportunity to entertain people for two more years and in usual “ Good ‘Ol Dave” fashion, he had to hit us with a knee-slapper as only the long-time Late Night headman can. “Les and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground,” Letterman joked to reporters.
In an interview with Oprah last month, Letterman said that he had a discussion with Mooves and agreed that she would have to let him know when it’s time to go. Luckily, that is no time soon. I have to say this is great for CBS. Sticking with the date who bought you to the dance usually is the grandest idea. I’m very happy for him though. Here’s a guy who’s gone through a severely obstructed heart and had a quintuple bypass in 2000, only to resume his hosting duties just a month after the most intense and life threatening experience ever. He went off the air in 2007-2008 during the infamous Writers Guild of America strike and has even been the victim of a death threat in 2011. This guy has been through so much but it’s just great that he gets to stick around. Believe it or not, Letterman actually started on NBC, his late-night rival station but a Peabody and five Emmys later, he’s dusting off his shoulders in the CBS fast lane. Sure he’s seen his ratings slide over the last five years or so but there’s plenty of completion these days. Everyone from Mr. Jay Chin-O
himself over on the National Broadcasting Company’s network and Conan O’Brien’s show on TBS, has provided alternative viewing options for the average tardy evening snoozer. Letterman probably has to be the coolest host ever for owning his own show through his Worldwide Pants production company. It does pretty well in the ratings despite the slide, with an average of 3.14 million viewers a week. Jimmy Fallon will be taking over for Letterman’s rival, Jay Leno next year and I know I had a bit of fun poking jokes at the Los Angeles based host but D.L. and J.L. have been on the air seemingly forever. One will be gone but the other isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That is a fairly big win for nostalgia, if you ask me. Thank you CBS for keeping a class act and a genuinely nice guy on the air for many years to come. It is only fitting that he gets at least a couple more years to tickle a few more funny bones.
THE EMPTY HOLSTER: DOES CAMPUS CARRY WORK? By: Mike Sobey Contributing Writer Mace & Crown
As I write this, I reflect on an email that many of us received from ODU some nights ago. A student was robbed on the streets adjacent to campus near Taco Bell. This is no one’s fault except the criminal that enacted this form of terror upon a student that was doing nothing more than minding their own business. One of the criminals stated that they had a weapon on them, and used this uncertainty to intimadate and obtain the victim’s belongings. Other than the loss of money, phones and other belongings that we carry with us every day, the criminals have taken something else from the victim– piece of mind. They have put this victim through a trauma which can have a life altering impact. This week I want to compare ODU to the University of Utah located in Salt Lake City. Like ODU, U of U is located in a city and has an open campus with no distinguishable boundaries or entry control points. So, why is their violent crime rate lower on and around campus? I spoke with an officer from the University of Utah about their campus carry policy. First it must be noted that campus carry in Utah is allowed by law and no public university shall prohibit it. When I asked the officer how the university police view campus carry he said, “They don’t care. They are there to enforce the law.” I followed up by asking him if there had ever been any problems with people carrying concealed, his response was what one
might expect. “The vast majority of those carrying their personal weapons are law abiding people. You rarely know if they are carrying and if you do it’s by accident... It has never been a real threat.” The officer also stated that they have never responded to a call where a person was carrying concealed and committing a crime, in fact there has not been one instance of a personal weapon being used even ‘when it may have been warranted.’ My conversation with University of Utah police was enlightening. It was not what I expected. The point in the conversation that had the biggest impact on me was a statement the officer made. He, with extreme confidence said, “you are safe on this campus.”
Why did this have an impact on me? Because ODU has told us how to ‘be safe’ and not that we are safe, and that doesn’t even work as we have seen when a group of six students were robbed at gunpoint. I spoke with a representative from the ODU Police and asked many of the same questions. They have no comment on the campus carry debate but they “feel” they are doing a good job at protecting the students. I don’t want to be one to judge, so I’ll leave that to you to decide if we are really safe. The part of my interview that really stood out was when I asked if ODU police feel as if we are safe – The answer was “Yes.” However, there was hesitation, unlike U of U where the answer was a swift and confident yes. To help keep you the student ‘safe’ ODU police
do have extra patrols on Friday and Saturday night and they work closely with Norfolk PD to prevent and investigate campus related crime. The only advice and guidance I was really given was to utilize ‘safety tips.’ I encourage the student to do this as it is our only option. Travel in groups, avoid ‘bad areas’ (which is hard to do.) Limit alcohol consumption and if need be, I highly encourage you to utilize Safe Ride or request an escort. The phone numbers to do this are – SAFERIDE 757.683.3477 or 757.683.4000. You may request an escort by contacting the ODU police office at 757.683.3477. They will escort you no matter how many requests they receive, I was assured that they will escort all who request it. Summing up, the general climate is, as officers of the law, it is not their job to decide what is right and what is wrong, rather to enforce it. The University of Utah is not the only school to permit campus carry but in comparison to ODU, they seem to be a much safer environment and looking at the numbers, it is the safer environment. At this time I would like to offer a rebuttal to a comment that was posted on the Mace&Crown website in response to my article two weeks ago titled ‘Do Gun Free Zones Work?” The comment is as follows – “A nice little college article. You’re missing the point. Even if college kids were armed those unwanted residents would still be living near us. I do appreciate the fact that a different view was tendered and I challenged. I would also like to say thank you for the compli-
ment, though is seems condescending. The user who posted this under the handle “ODUTRUTH,” however, proves my point. Yes, those ‘unwanted’ residents would still be living near us. I myself would not have used the term “unwanted, maybe they are undesirable, but as we have seen recently ODU can’t just take land from the surrounding area. And yes, I did see that they will still be living near us, I think I have made that clear in the past that a major concern is our proxy to these areas and the crime and violence that they produce. However, what man has the right to displace another for their safety and on the other side of that coin, what man has the right to disarm another? Both of these actions are near criminal and flat out wrong. As it is their right to live in the area, it should be ours to protect ourselves. I encourage you the student in the meantime to utilize all services ODU has to offer for your safety to include SAFERIDE and the escort service. But please remember one simple fact – We live in a world that has evil it, and unless you have an officer with you everywhere you go, nothing will stop an armed thug bent on taking your possessions and your dignity by force unless you have the means to fight back. I welcome any concerns or comments from you the student. I can be reached at email@example.com. Do you support Campus carry? Be heard – support the cause on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/ODUcampuscarry
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SPORTS MONARCHS SNUFF OUT FLAMES
MONARCHS COME BACK IN FOURTH QUARTER FOR 21-17 HOMECOMING VICTORY
By: Jasmine Blackwell Staff Writer Mace & Crown “We wanted to win,” Heinicke said when asked if settling for a field goal was an option when the Monarchs trailed by three with 4:22 remaining in the game. There were only 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Taylor Heinicke managed to find Blair Roberts open for a 27-yard game winning touchdown pass to bring the score to 21-17 for the Monarchs homecoming game victory. Energy was extremely high in Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium on Oct. 5 as Old Dominion (3-2) took on Liberty University (3-2) for the homecoming game.
Fans striped out the stadium as they filled the stands wearing blue and white. The Monarchs wore pink socks in support of breast cancer awareness month. This was not a usual game for the Monarchs as they went two quarters without producing on offense. The Monarchs trailed 17-7 in the fourth quarter and had not shown their ability to score since early in the game. It was not until Aaron Evans returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown with a little over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter that the momentum began to change. “I made one guy miss and the rest of the guys did the rest of the work. They did good blocking. I felt like a play needed to be made,” said Evans when speaking about this monumental punt return.
According to statistics Liberty is arguably the best team that the Monarchs have played since Maryland and East Carolina. “They are my pick to win the Big South,” head coach Bobby Wilder said. The Old Dominion defense kept the Monarchs in the game when the offense was failing to produce. The defense did a great job of holding Liberty to 17 points, which is the second lowest that they have held a team to this season. Misher led Old Dominion in tackles with 11 and also knocked down the Hail Mary attempt on the last play of the game. Misher also added a recovered fumble, which is his second of the year. Richie Staton was not far behind with eight tackles and a tackle for loss. John Darr added six tackles, two tackles
for loss and also a forced fumble. Liberty’s defense also proved to be a force in this game. The Monarchs were one for six in the red zone due to the pressure that Liberty’s defense put on Old Dominion. “They are very well disciplined and they were fighting out there the whole game,” said Heinicke when speaking about Liberty’s defense. The Flames forced Heinicke to throw two interceptions in the in-zone, which is very unusual for last year’s Walter Payton Award winner. Early in the game it seemed as though everything had been going the Flames’ way, but none of this mattered because in the end because the Monarchs came out victorious. “It’s about making sure you finish,” Liberty head coach Turner Gill said when speak-
ing about Old Dominion’s fourth quarter comeback. The Monarchs may have struggled early in the game, but definitely showed how resilient they truly are as they came back from a 10 point deficit late in the fourth. “This win is more important to our program than last week’s 66-10 win because this is a close football game and when you develop character within your football team and everyone within your organization, it’s how you respond to adversity, it’s how you play in game situations like this,” Wilder said. Next up for the Monarchs is a bye week, followed by a road trip up north in Pittsburgh next Saturday to take on the Panthers.
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AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
KALMUT, SMITH GOALS LIFT LADY MONARCHS TO FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR IN CONVINCING FASHION By: Nathan Budryk Assistant Sports Editor Mace & Crown
The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs got on the board on Friday afternoon, defeating the East Carolina Pirates 2-0 to earn their first victory of the year at the ODU Soccer Complex. This game marks ODU’s first home game and win as a member of conference USA. ODU set the tone for the game early, with junior forward Jesse Klamut scoring in the tenth minute off an assist from fellow sophomore and forward Jordan Jones. Head coach Joe Pereira admitted that this effort hasn’t been present all season long but, nonetheless, he is impressed by their collective effort. “You immediately get a bounce on that and we kept that bounce and we kept going at it from that perspective and we not only played forty-five [minutes] , we played ninety which we haven’t been doing, so to do a complete effort, we are very, very pleased,” Perreira said.
The next seventy-odd minutes was a defensive struggle, with neither team scoring despite a late push by the Lady Pirates. The Monarchs held off three ECU corner kicks over a span of less than five minutes with seventeen minutes left in the game. ODU also benefitted from solid goalkeeping from freshman Meredith Lennox who made four saves for her first shutout of the year. Old Dominion’s junior forward Taylor Smith would tack on an insurance goal in the 86th minute off a free kick to seal the Monarch’s first victory of the year in front of a packed, homecoming crowd. The victory ended ODU’s nine game winless streak and provided an invaluable morale boost. “It’s incredible. It’s so difficult to do, and we’ve been in such a rut…finding ways to fall short, not getting it done and all of sudden, step up in our first home game in Conference USA, start the homecoming weekend. Wow,” the junior forward said. ODU’s record now sits at 1-9-1, having lost against Middle Tennessee State on October 18th.
ANOTHER DISAPPOINTING LOSS OVERtime heartbreaker leaves
odu 1-1 in c-usa By: Nathan Budryk Assistant Sports Editor Mace & Crown The Old Dominion men’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Kentucky on Friday night as they were defeated 2-1 on a Brad Doliner overtime goal with 1:55 left in the first overtime that lifted the Wildcats on the road before a crowd of 854 at the ODU Soccer Complex. The loss dropped the Monarchs to 4-31 overall and 1-1 in Conference-USA play, while Kentucky improved to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in the C-USA. The game was as hard-fought as the Monarchs could’ve played, as ODU matched Kentucky punch for punch, but ultimately it just wasn’t the Monarchs’ day. ODU had plenty of opportunities in the game, but only capitalized on one with sophomore defenseman Michael Nelson scoring a goal off a corner from the foot of junior Hungarian forward Ivan Militar in the 77th minute. Both of Kentucky’s goals were scored by the redshirt senior defenseman Doliner, one of which was the game winner in the final minute of the first period of sudden death overtime. Doliner’s other goal came in the 51st minute off a corner kick by Isak Krogstad. Justin
Laird then gathered the ball and passed it to Doliner for the game-winning goal. Monarch redshirt senior goalie Sean Stowe guessed right, deflecting the shot, but it still found its way into the back of the net to give Kentucky the 1 to nil lead that they would take into halftime. Adding to the plethora of drama, the Monarchs and the ever-present Monarch faithful were devastated when an apparent 89th minute Militar goal was waived off, denying the Hungarian homecoming glory in front of a packed house. Goalkeeper Stowe (Midlothian, Va.) played fairly well, recording three saves, but took the tough loss, bringing his record to 4-2-1. In some injury news, star forward Tim Hopkinson suffered a gruesome injury about halfway through the second half. While defending a corner, Hopkinson gashed his head and had the leave the game and head to the hospital to get stitched up for cut suffered on the left side of his head. The Monarchs outshot the Wildcats 1714 as goalkeeper Callum Irving recorded six saves including two in the overtime period. Stowe made three saves in the contest. Due to post-game fireworks to celebrate the beginning of the Conference USA era at Old Dominion, players were unavailable to comment after the game.
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BLAIR ROBERTS AIRS ATHLETIC EMINENCE By:Brian Saunders Staff Writer Mace & Crown Standing at six feet and two inches tall, 190 pounds Old Dominion junior wide receiver Blair Roberts is easy to pick out of a crowd. Liberty found that out when quarterback Taylor Heinicke sent a 27-yard pass to Roberts in the back of the end zone to complete a two score comeback in under five minutes to edge the Flames 21-17 in front of a sold out crowd Saturday night in the homecoming game. It’s not hard to understand why Roberts has become a favorite target of Heinicke this season. This season the Monarchs have and will continue to play the toughest competition since the program was reinstated five years ago. Roberts said the team’s main focus this offseason was attention to detail and making sure everyone handles their assignments. “Everything is about detail with this time. That is what we focus on. Getting everything right. Perfection,” said Roberts. This is the Monarchs’ first season without Taylor Heinicke’s favorite target, Nick Mayers, and Roberts and his receiver brethren have stepped up by committee to fill the void. “We came together as a group. Coaches emphasize teamwork that is number one. A lot of the younger guys stepped up like Zach, JB, Kirk, they all stepped up filled the role where Nick was at.”
The receivers Roberts was talking about where Zach Pascal, Kirk Spellman, and Jakwail Bailey, who have combined for 33 catches, 367 yards but most importantly, five touchdowns. Roberts is poised to have an even better season than last year. Last season he had 56 catches, 707 yards and 7 touchdowns. Roberts started the season with a bang on
the biggest stage the Monarchs had played on to that point. At East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC, in front of 44,597 screaming fans he grabbed nine passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Roberts feels like the team made a statement even though they eventually fell to the Pirates in a high-scoring 52-38 game. The Pirates, a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school that won 10 games and ap-
peared in a bowl game the previous season had the Monarchs receivers feeling confident. Roberts and the Monarchs struggled in their second game of the season, uncharacteristically turning the ball over and failing to convert on third down opportunities. Unlike the prior week, Roberts was unable to get his name on the stat sheet.
“I don’t think that we were shocked by the atmosphere. I just think we didn’t play well.” Roberts said that Coach Bobby Wilder emphasizes to the team that there are “one 11’s on the field and if each of us do our job, we should play well.” ODU is in the midst of a four game home stand where you can expect a sell -out crowd every week. The Monarch Nation “bring da noise” every week as they root on their team at S.B. Ballard stadium. The home team feeds off that fan excitement , reminding us why teams like the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs , Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida Gators, just to name a few are so dominant at home. “It’s always good to play in front of your crowd. It was good to come back home,” said Roberts. He believes that the 12th Monarchs push his team to the next level and it is important for a team to have the support of their hometown behind them. The Monarchs definitely thrive at home; they have salvaged their season by winning three straight games scoring an average of 67 points at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard stadium. Roberts has been a massive part of the thriving offensive juggernaut. Through three home games thus far, he has 17 catches for 186 yards and a touchdown. His season total is 26 catches, 260 yards and three touchdowns. “If you are open Taylor is going to find you, so you have to do your job.”
DEFENSE BEGINS TO TURN THE TIDE By: Jasmine Blackwell Staff Writer Mace & Crown
Coming into the Sept. 28 home game against Albany the defense had been highly criticized for their poor performance in the first four games of the season. The defense began the season giving up an average of 44 points, yet managed to give up a season low 10 points against Albany followed by a 17-point comeback performance Saturday’s homecoming game versus Liberty. Linebackers Caleb Taylor and Larry Alston are suspended indefinitely for violating team rules and defensive linemen Terrell Reid and Nate Barnes were out with injuries. This left the team shorthanded and called for newcomers to step up and show everyone what they were made of. “It’s always the next man up mentality so everyone has to prepare like you’re a starter. Everyone did just that and we had a good game,” Simon said when asked about how being shorthanded affected the team. There were two linebackers who planned on being the “next men up” with major contributions on defense. Redshirt freshman linebacker Anthony Wilson led the team in tackles with 11. Junior D.J. Simon was not far behind with nine tackles and an interception. “It helps your confidence level but at the same time, we haven’t done anything yet. We really have to maintain our heads and go
out there and show everyone that we can be consistent,” Simon said of the stellar defensive performance against Albany. This is the first season for both Simon and Wilson on the Monarch roster. Simon transferred from a Junior College and Wilson transferred from Marshall University.
Simon and Wilson both praised Wilder for the program that he has made very successful since the re-installment. “I could see what this program was becoming and I wanted to be a part of something special,” Simon said when asked why he came to Old Dominion.
Simon made it clear that playing at the Junior College level of football could not compare to the immense feeling of playing for a soon-to-be Conference-USA team. “I was kind of nervous the first time because I never experienced playing in front of that many people. I caught a few butterflies
but it was all fun,” Simon said of his first time coming through the tunnel onto Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium which seats 20,118 people. Old Dominion has had no problem filling those seats due to a loyal fan base. Wilson and Simon both agreed that the Hampton Roads area breathes football. “It’s a football environment. There are many good high schools surrounding the area such as Phoebus and Hampton. Those are really big football schools in Virginia,” Wilson said. There’s no denying that the Hampton Roads area has produced consistent football talent. In an area where football is important, it is no surprise that a poorly-performing defense would call for much criticism. “It pushed us all, not just the defense, but as a team. The offense helped us become better. We were watching film, reading their keys and we progressed from there,” Wilson said about the criticism the defense received earlier in the season. There will be much speculation as to whether the defense can continue to perform at the same high level of play as they did with Albany. With a tough schedule remaining it is imperative that the Monarch defense comes up big. “We’re going day by day. We have to keep working hard every day, on and off the field. We have to go out there and give it one hundred percent every single time,” Wilson said.
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YEAR HAS ‘BREEN’ PRETTY SOLID
SOPHOMORE FORWARD/MIDFIELDER’S INSPIRATION AND TWO-SPORT ATHLETICISM HAS PROPELLED HER TO NEW HEIGHTS ON THE PLAYING SURFACE. By:Brian Minnick Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Old Dominion’s field hockey team enters the 2013 season following a successful 2012 campaign in which they reached the NCAA quarterfinals. After a rough stretch to begin this season, the team has rebounded with three straight wins, including a 2-1 overtime home victory against Providence last Friday afternoon. Leading the way with her scoring and aggressive play is Sarah Breen, who has scored four goals in the last three games. Her favorite is the game-winner in the overtime victory. Breen is a sophomore midfielder or what she would rather call, the “corner” position. As the team’s corner she already has an impressive resume filled with notable honors, including Rookie of the Year in the state of Virginia, First Team All-State and AllCAA selections, the All-CAA Rookie Team, CAA Player of the Week and three-time CAA Rookie of the Week honors. There is little doubt that nothing will stop her from building upon an already great collegiate career. With all of Sarah’s accolades and her bright future, she still remains humble and attributes the success towards her dedication, enthusiasm, and most notably, the people closest to her. She started playing field hockey at the age of three and admits
that her love for the game is inspired by her sibling. “My older sister is my biggest influence. We played together all the time,” Breen said. As a sign of appreciation, Sarah wears an old special ribbon from her mom during every game. “It makes the games more meaningful to me when my family comes to watch,” the forward/midfielder said. Her competitive spirit and enthusiasm as an athlete can also be accredited towards her experience as a runner and soccer player. Even though she did not have the same commitment to those sports as she does now with field hockey, she still has fond memories of both sports. As the team’s leading scorer with eight goals in 10 games played, she constantly reminds fans that her team mates deserve just as much credit, as they constantly work to set up favorable scoring situations where she can capitalize with goals. As a student athlete, Sarah commits most of her time to studying on her own, study hall, games, practices, and traveling for road games. She wishes that there were more free time to spend enjoying her hobbies, her favorite being shopping. She loves shopping for shoes, especially Converses, and she also envisions herself becoming an avid traveler someday. Her most desired location is China. She has already visited Bali and been across the east coast
of the United States, and her experience as a traveler has influenced her to choose geography as her major. With all that being said, she still has her greatest times with her team mates. Accord-
ing to Sarah, the players call her the “weirdest” or the funniest on the team. Her laid back and relaxed attitude creates a great atmosphere for success on game day.
The Lady Monarchs took on their Big East foe Georgetown on Sunday with a crushing 7-0 home victory with Junior Rosario Villagra scoring three goals.
SEASONAL TRANSITION FOR PLAYERS, PATIENCE IS A COACHING VIRTUE By:Brian Minnick Contributing Writer Mace & Crown If you take a close look at the ConferenceUSA stats sheets, they don’t look to pretty for Old Dominion Women’s Soccer. Not at first glance, second or third will you see anything very far from the bottom but the never say die attitude of this team lifted them to their first win of the season last Friday afternoon with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Lady Pirates of East Carolina. Through the team’s struggles, everyone continues to work hard and continue to push through despite a 1-8-1 overall record for the Lady Monarchs, including a patient and composed junior forward/midfielder Taylor Smith. The Virginia Beach native and Ocean Lakes high school product admits that the mix of so many freshman into the system with the returning players has had more than its fair share of difficulties. “Having 11 new players and 11 returning players has been different as a team completely but I think we’re learning from our mistakes slowly but surely,” Smith said. Speaking of the growing pains this season, Smith acknowledged that a combination of both a transitional period the youthful freshman and growth to get them acclimated to this level of play. “It’s a whole different a whole different world when people aren’t afraid to put you on the ground and you’re not worried about what everyone else is thinking about you in the stands. It’s just a whole different perspective,” Smith admitted. Last season, Lady Monarchs Soccer
played in the travel friendly confines of the Colonial Athletic Association, where every team was in fairly close proximity to each other and the trips were far less strenuous.
This season, the team has had to venture out, sometimes in the same weekend as far as West Virginia and Florida. Nonetheless,
Smith has already experienced road trips in previous competition, so the new schedule is nothing too difficult to manage. “I think it’s just a learning curve [for them]. They’ve never had to do a game and then a bus, then another game, two planes and then another game. It’s just a struggle in general. My club team did a lot of flying, traveling and played in different parts of the coast. It’s always going to be hard to fly, even flying a couple hours takes a toll on your mental game,” she said. In order for the team to gain a positive string of success going forward, Smith believes. “I think this is the first team since I’ve been here that there’s no outside dilemma. There’s no struggle to be friends or whatever else. So to have a group of 22 girls [which is a relatively small team] and everyone genuinely enjoy each other is its own victory in itself. It’s much easier to lose with your friends and grown from it as a group,” Smith said. Head Coach Joe Perreira confirmed a lot of the sentiments expressed by his junior mid-fielding attacker. After observing a Wednesday morning practice, the yells and shouts through his voice at the ODU Soccer Complex are concrete and crystal clear to every player on the field on a hot and humid day. He always wants more but until the East Carolina game, that hungry play didn’t resonate. Perhaps one of the reasons why is because Sara Brock was out all year due to a torn hip flexor. She was back on the field and looked solid and coach attributed her as one of the missing pieces to a struggling but resilient puzzle.
“It’s huge, it’s the missing piece. We’ve played nine games and only scored four goals. You’re not going to win many [games that way]. She was our starting forward coming into the fall and then the injury really set us back. [We’re] trying to get her back into the swing of things. The key is to see her not coming the day after sore or stiff. We’ve been missing that element in a big way,” Perreira said. As far as the team attitude is concerned, the “never say die” attitude and play hard nature of the team is still heir apparent. Most coaches after going winless in nine straight games would throw the deck of cards in the air and get ready for next year’s hand at the table. That is, all coaches not named Joe Perreira. He’s not ready to throw in the proverbial towel on his group. “I think there’s still a lot left to play for so we’re not in all that way. Even then, there’s still pride to play for. We have to go in there with everything we’ve got, period. I don’t care if it’s the last game and there’s no hope left. We’ve got to have serious integrity in what we’re doing. We have to maintain [that] part,” Perreira said. There’s plenty of soccer left to play and it hasn’t been the easiest season to watch in from the sidelines in the slightest. However, Perreira knows what has to be done in order for Lady Monarchs Soccer to inch back towards the realm of respectability. “The thing is the lessons and the process. The fact that we’re young is, ‘did we learn lessons in this’. So we’re just about halfway over through this and now it’s ‘can we now find a way to turn this around’.”
Wednesday 10.9.2013 | MACE & CROWN | D5
TAKING THE DROP ON A DREAM
ALUMNUS PADDLES TOWARD PROFESSIONAL SURFING By:Derek Page Editor-In-Chief Mace & Crown
Pursuing one’s dreams can be risky, but recent Old Dominion University graduate David Tortolini believes that is what life is all about.
Rather than looking for jobs, Tortolini is leaving for Mexico in January to follow his dream of competing in the Association of Surfing Professionals. As a 25-year-old “dark house” in the sport, he takes a risk entering the water without sponsorships or much prominence. To stay afloat, he has to compete on par or better with other surfers in his echelon. “I think I will compete well as long as I remember to have fun in the water,” Tortolini said. “Yeah, paying out of pocket is a gamble, but sometimes in life you have to put all of your chips in to win the jackpot. I won’t stop until I do.”
Other than his goal to participate in the East Coast Surfing Championships next August, Tortolini is striving to slay the stigma that comes with being an east coast surfer. “I want to break the mold as an ‘east coast surfer.’ I just want to show people that an east coast kid can do it,” he said. His age isn’t a qualm for him. He trains
everyday to keep his body in peak physical condition. Hours in the water working on new tricks keeps him focused. “I’m still young at heart. I can keep up with these kids,” he said. His only disappointment is he couldn’t start sooner. School was always his first priority. He graduated from ODU in May 2013 with a Bachelor of the Arts in English. The importance of education is a sentiment he brings to the water. “That’s what I told kids on the water,” Tortolini said. “Earn that piece of paper but then if you want to do it [surf], then do it.” While he will support himself financially during the tour, his most valued support
comes from his family and friends. He said it’s what keeps him going. Encouragement from his grandfather, his main inspiration, has made the greatest impact on his perspective as a surfer and individual. “He said ‘If you don’t do it now you’re going to regret it forever,” Tortolini said. “He’s always been my biggest fan. I idolize that man.” The biggest lesson he learned from his grandfather is of being humble. It’s something he hopes others will recognize in his character and adopt in their own. “I don’t want kids thinking I’m some ‘mightier-than-thou’ person. I want them to see that even though I’m on tour, I’m just a regular person like they are,” he said. Another facet of his dream is representing his family’s country, Argentina. A military brat, Tortolini was born in Italy and raised in the United States to an American father, but he said he will “probably backflip” when he sees ‘Argentina’ next to his name on the heat board. “I lived down there for about five to six months. I love the country,” he said. “I’m proud to be an American. It’s just something I’ve always wanted.” His mother, another huge supporter of his, has been all for his aspiration since he caught his first wave when he was 17. “Most parents are like, ‘You graduated college. Go find a job,’” he said. “She was like ‘if you go surf on tour, that means you’re going to do something you’ve always wanted to do. So, go.” Tortolini has just a few months left to pin down his moves, save $6,000 and prepare to see his fantasy become reality. Unlike the waters he rides, he remains calm and composed. “No apprehensions,” he said. “I’ve never been so sure about anything ever before.”
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TECHNOLOGY & GAMING
NINTENDO ENDS THE YEAR STRONG
By Alyse Stanley Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Nintendo has announced its game lineup for the fall and winter season during its yearly press release video: Nintendo Direct. While there were few new faces in the lineup this year,many familiar franchises are getting a makeover for their first release on the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. Judging from the snippets of gameplay revealed, Nintendo is taking full advantage of each systems full capability. “Legend of Zelda” fans will be floored to hear that Nintendo is straying from the prac-
tically sacred game formula the franchise has maintained for more than a decade. In the newest addition to the series, “Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds,” instead of acquiring a new gadget in each dungeon and then using it to solve the puzzles there, all items will be available for rent at the beginning of the game. With this method, as Nintendo’s global president Satoru Iwata describes, “The order you approach each dungeon and the way you do so is up to you. So, to a large degree, the player can decide how to proceed through the story.” Though the environment and plot is still directly based on the original Super Nintendo version, “LoZ: A Link to the Past,”
this feature seems to be a fresh addition to the series. The game releases Nov. 22 for the Nintendo 3DS. Another old favorite being revamped is “Super Mario 3D World,” scheduled to release new gameplay abilities were revealed – a cherry power-up that allows Mario to split into duplicates that the player, or players, control simultaneously, suits that allow players to disguise themselves as the iconic mushroom Goomba enemies or coinspewing mystery boxes, and - for whatever reason - Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad all get cat suits. Coming out Oct. 25, “Wii Party U” is the routine multiplayer game that Nintendo
releases with every new system to showcase that system’s features. In this case, it’s the Wii U’s second screen control pad and how it reacts with other Wiimote controllers. Iwata described how in one mini game called “Water Runner ” where “A stream of water is displayed on the Wii U gamepad. Players…scoop water from the stream using Wiimote controllers as ladles and then carrying it to a picture displayed on the TV without spilling.” Many of the mini games demonstrated were new spins on old favorites, such as Twister with the controller buttons as substitutes for colored circles and a dancing game where players placed the control pad
on the floor and moved around it in a dance that oddly resembled the hokie pokie. Oct. 12 is the release date for “Pokemon X and Y.” Coincidently, the Nintendo 2DS is scheduled for release on the same day. According to the official Nintendo website, this system “Gives you all the features of the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, minus 3D viewing.” The presentation ended with a teaser trailer for Nintendo’s newest side-scrolling Kirby game coming out in 2014.
Wednesday 10.9.2013 | MACE & CROWN | E2
CAMO TEXT STUMP NSA?
COULD CAMOUFLAGING YOUR TEXT HELP KEEP THE NSA OUT OF YOUR BUSINESS? By: Ryan McGovern Contributing Writer Mace & Crown That’s what an ex NSA contractor and designer, Sang Mun, seems to believe. Mun has released several font types under the name ZXX. These font types are Bold, Sans, Camo, False, Noise, and Xed. The reasoning behind the creation of these font types is to trick Opical Character Recognition, or OCR, programs from deciphering messages online. OCR is the most used form of data collection by the NSA and other organizations, so in theory, these font types should keep the NSA from cataloging internet users’ data. The various font types are named the way they are to describe the function they serve. Sans and Bold are classic font types that are easily read by both the naked eye, and OCRs. These are clearly legible, and can be used in conjunction with the various OCRtricking font types. Camo uses natural vector curves to “camouflage” the text. Munn says “...This is based on animals’ natural vector style camouflaging systems.” Meaning that words are camouflaged with discordant and natural shapes.
False is essentially a flipped alphabet in which A is hidden within a larger Z, B within Y, and so on. It is useful because it interrupts the hierarchy that OCRs scan for. The software will recognize a false garbled message and miss the intended one. Noise may be one of the easiest font types to determine the meaning of. It literally adds noise in the form of excess shapes to the letters, disrupting the OCRs process of determining the skeleton of the letter. The most efficient yet easy to read of the OCR-fooling font types in the package is called Xed. Xed does exactly what it sounds like, it X’s out each letter, number, and symbol. This may seem like the easiest of the four to break, but in the several tests that were run, Xed had the most garbled results. This is due to the markings the X’s produce in the four corners of each character’s box. If this seems like it is too good to be true. Well it might be. Because the NSA is not a static organization, it is likely to add this new font type to its recognition software. While this new font style will work for now, the NSA will likely be able to recognize it globally within the month.
EXTREME REALITY 3D MOTION CONTROL GAMES COMING TO ANY WEBCAM NEAR YOU By: Alyse Stanley Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have all incorporated motion control gaming into their systems and solidified it as an industry standard. However, this technology has had virtually no presence outside of consolegaming. Extreme Reality hopes to change that. This Israeli-based technology company has created a program called Extreme Motion that “[enables] any consumer electronics device with a standard 2D camera to become a full-body motion controlled gaming system,” according to their website. And they really do mean any device. PC’s, TV’s, tablets, smart phones – anything with a webcam can become a comparable alternative to the popular Xbox Kinect.
According to the Extreme Reality website, “Extreme Motion…extracts the 3D position of the user in front of the camera in every frame and creates a live 3D model of the user in real time.” It tracks player joints to recognize body positions and movements automatically. The addition of hand gesture tracking lets the player drag items, open and close documents, and click icons just like a traditional mouse. Though so far many of the games released have been by indie developers, SEGA recently used it in its iOS game “GO DANCE.” Additionally, popular games such as “ProRiders” by vTree Entertainment have been converted from their original formats to work with the software. The gaming industry is not the only place where Extreme Reality has made waves. Dor Givon, co-founder of the company, stated that the software “can analyze skel-
etal data and generate a unique biometric signature, so it will recognize an individual when they want to log into a device,” making the program a leap in biometric recognition technology. The company is also researching how to apply Extreme Motion to augmented reality experiences and wearable devices. This month, Extreme Reality launched its free Software Development Kit, or SDK, allowing developers to start using the software to create their games. The company is also sponsoring a competition dubbed the Extreme iPad Challenge with a cash prize of ten thousand dollars to entice developers to create games with Extreme Motion for the iPad device. Joshua Cruz, president of ODU’s Video Game Design and Development Club, shared his views on this new technology for computers and phones.
While Cruz admitted that he and his fellow student game developers have actively discussed how to include motion capture in future projects, he lamented that “the technology so far has been so costly that it’s unrealistic.” He listed examples he has seen of developers struggling to work with a wide range of onerous and costly equipment, from 3D cameras, to green screens, to the unintentionally hilarious full-body suits with rubber balls attached at key motion capture points. Cruz even described how many developers have gone so far as to dissect their existing Xbox Kinect devices to hook them up to their computers. And even then, most indie developers do not have the manpower to make their games as polished as those of larger companies. He hopes that with developments like the Extreme Motion SDK, the gap between
indie and big-name developers will be bridged. “But it all depends on how indie developers use [the technology]… If they find a way to provide a unique experience with the hardware, then there’s a lot of room for indie developers to become bigger in the community.” Above all, Cruz emphasized that he would want the industry to avoid the gimmicky nature that plagues motion gaming in the market today. Up till now many of the existing games made with Extreme Motion follow this pattern, but Extreme Reality’s SDK release has opened the playing field for a new wave of developers dipping their feet into designing motion control gaming. And, as Cruz said, the only limit of content is the developer’s own creativity.
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