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RAMS RAVAGED By: Brian Saunders Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Coming off a thrilling three-point edger on the road last week, Old Dominion football made a major statement at the hands of Rhode Island as they decimated the Rams 66-14 Saturday at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The plan for the Monarchs (6-3) this season was to beat up on Football Championship Series (FCS) opponents, while transitioning to Football Bowl Series competition. That had not been the case in three of the last four games against FCS teams. ODU found itself needing a late score, or defensive stop against The Citadel, Liberty and Norfolk State. ODU needed no heroics in its game against Rhode Island (3-7), a game that was never competitive. The Monarchs defense made the first statement on the opening drive of the game, when defensive lineman Nate Barnes deflected a fourth down pass attempt by Rhode Island quarterback Bob Bentsen. Taylor Heinicke turned the good field position into a touchdown. An Antonio Vaughn 12-yard touchdown on fourth down and two capped off the drive. ODU scored the first 17 points, shutting out Rhode Island until 6:23 remained in the first half. Rhode Island’s first touchdown came after ODU made one of its only mistakes of the game. Monarch punter Joe Pullsicpunted the ball poorly, and it went just 24 yards. Bob Bentsen threw a 41-yard strike to wide receiver Ross Kim as Rhode Island capitalized on great field position, scoring in seven seconds. Heinicke struck back twice more before halftime, with a 34 yard pass to Antonio Vaughn, and a 10 yard pass to Larry Pinkard respectively to make the score 31-7. The Monarchs set some records, and achieved statistical milestones in Saturday

afternoons win. The biggest achievement of the day belonged to Senior running back Colby Goodwyn. he needed 43 rushing yards to become the all-time rusher for the Monarchs. Goodwyn had lost his starting position a few weeks ago against Pittsburgh, but stepped back into his role after freshman Gerard Johnson was injured in the first quarter. On an 8-yard third quarter carry, he passed former quarterback Thomas DeMarco’s record of 1,456 yards. Goodwyn ran the ball 19 times for 76 yards. “I just wanted to get that out of the way,” Goodwyn said about breaking the record. The starting running back said he worried about not having the opportunity to break the record after his carries were diminished in the weeks prior. Heinicke also tied his own record for second most passing touchdowns in a single game with six, a record he set in the second round of last season’s FCS playoffs against Coastal Carolina. Heinicke finished the game 293 yards completing 80 percent of his passes. The Monarchs played balanced on offense, rushing the ball for 285 yards, including the longest run in Monarch history of 70 yards by Cam Boyd with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter. Boyd carried the ball seven times for 119 yards. He became just the second ball carrier to eclipse 100 yards in a game this year. “They called wolf, and when I seen the holes open up I hit it… I just wanted to get in the end-zone,” said Boyd of his big run. The defense who continues to improve, gave up its least amount of yards today, just 268. “Since the Citadel game, our defense has really played well,” Wilder said. “So many times the defense is overshadowed by our offense and our quarterback, who threw six touchdown passes today. That’s bright and shiny and everyone sees that.”

Monarch football dominated an exceptional game against Rhode Island and came out on top with a 66-14 final.


What’s Inside My Dorian

Climate Change

High Heat Splitter

Old Dominion University’s The Starving Artists, in partnership with director Ricardo Melendez, bring Monarchs and Hampton Roads residents an original production.

Cultivating a consciousness of climate risk was the goal for Retired Rear Adm. David Titley’s lecture in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The Old Dominion University women’s swimming and diving team were victorious over UMBC.

A new console generation is coming, but don’t miss out on some of the best games already available





Golden Era

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Mace & Crown Staff : Derek Allen Page

Editor-in-Chief Jessica Scheck News Editor Dominique Bailey Arts & Entertainment Editor Brian Jerry Sports Editor Ellison Gregg Photography Editor Jonathan Kwok Senior Graphic Designer James Porter II Advertising Director Sean Burke Webmaster Nate Budryk Distribution Manager

Senior Writers: RJay Molina

Staff Writers: Alyse Stanley Jasmine Blackwell Pamula Floyd Mark Fulton Dri MayField Zakeya Murphy Brian Saunders Joshua Stanton Mathew O’Brien

Staff Photographers: AJ McCafferty Claud Dargan Ari Gould Elliott Fisher

Mace & Crown is a newspaper published by and written for the students of Old Dominion once a week throughout each semester and once in the summer. Originally founded in 1930 as the The High Hat, the paper became the Mace & Crown in 1961. The Mace & Crown is a primarily self-supporting newspaper,maintaining journalistic independance from the university.

Letter From the Editor By: Derek Allen Page Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown

Dear readers, I’m pleased to introduce you to two new columns in our opinion-editorial section. “The Benchwarmers” written by Eric Guy and Brian Saunders that will cover the latest topics in athletic ecosystem and a column yet to be titled by Dominique Bailey that will address some of the anxieties facing young adults close to the “real” world. If you’ve been following us weekly,

you will have noticed a change in our design. Jonathan Kwok has been exercising his creative muscles to bring you a fresh new look in the Mace & Crown. Beyond that, I want to address something that has been of pressing concern for me. In recent weeks I’ve encountered a frightening number of distasteful and inflammatory comments made on social media that has left me harrowed. It appears to me that in a world that increasingly needs more love and kindness, animosity and insularity increasingly pervades. Most notably, racially inflamed com-

ments made on the “ODU Confessions” page left many insecure on campus when it spawned an anonymous bomb threat on ODU’s Webb Center. There is no room for hate and racism in today’s society. For our generation to ensure the prevalence of the human race, we must learn to put aside our differences and focus on what binds us. We fear what we do not understand. Communication and kindness and will be the ladder all people will climb to see beyond what is immediately in front of us. Once we break down these walls of difference can we begin to construct an

amicable community for us to sustain as a whole, not a collection of separate parts, disconnected and incapacitated. This sounds like the epitome of liberal ideology saturated in self-righteousness, but to disseminate these ideas is necessary if the collective conscious is to change for the common good. The individual has no place in a world where so many have so little. We must step away from our esoteric sensibilities and embrace empathy. I encourage you to keep these notions in your consciences. The future depends on it.

The Challenge of Climate Change Retired Navy Rear Adm. Speaks in President’s Lecture Series By: Sean Davis Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Cultivating a consciousness of climate risk was the goal for retired Rear Adm. David Titley’s lecture in the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Oct. 30. Speaking in the President’s Lecture Series, Titley spoke on the threats and implications of sea level rise with “The Evolving Understanding of Climate Risk: The Challenge That Won’t Go Away.” The lecture was in conjunction with the international conference “Transatlantic Solutions to Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Moving Beyond the Threat,” and Old Dominion University’s “Access EU” sea level rise conference, the latter being the only free, publicly available event. Although ODU students were a minority at the lecture, Titley praised the university programs and suggested universities become a vehicle to create “some kind of mid-Atlantic consortium, which has an intense interest in sea level.” “What I heard is so much advancement in how the Hampton Roads area is thinking about this, just in three years. And I’ve got to think that Larry [Atkinson] and Hans’ [Peter Plag] initiative on climate change and sea level had a lot to do with that,” Titley said. “ODU has really taken this issue and been very, very out front and consistent with it. And I think that can help move the community. And I would argue that…

from what I saw, you’re certainly further ahead. Maybe not as far as we want, but certainly further ahead than 3 years ago.” Titley suggested climate solutions like improving building codes and regulations in flood plains, including ending subsidies for those that live near water. He also suggested initiating large-scale adaptation projects, citing The Netherlands as an example, and changing Congress, by “looking in the mirror” and changing the constituency. Titley, the current director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State, spoke of his initial childhood “forays” into weather and a 32 year career in the Navy, which included being an oceanographer and navigator, Commander of Naval Meteorology and Oceanographic Command and head of the Navy task force on climate change. Initially skeptical of climate predictions and models, Titley said he was put off by the “political overtones,” and alarmism of the environmental community. “On a list of like one to a hundred things, climate would’ve been about number 240,” he said. “It really just wasn’t part of the conversation.” That shift in importance changed when he was assigned to study melting Arctic sea ice. Although the Navy may not be the world’s foremost environmental organization, there is strong acknowledgement and interest in the melting of Arctic sea ice and subsequent sea level rise. On one hand, ice-free summers could

mean a major shift in trade, resources, fishing and tourism. On the other hand, sea level rise is in part due to the slowing of ocean currents, such as the Gulf Stream, and threatens military installations, many of which are on or near the coast and very near seal level. Coupled with the fact that 3.7 million Americans live within 3 feet of high tide,

the military views climate change as a threat to national security. Titley accented this point with reference to a Boston Globe article addressing what the head of US Pacific Command felt is the biggest long-term threat to the pacific command. “He thought for a minute and he said, ‘you know what, it’s climate change,’” Titley said.


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“But this was another good step in the development of our defense. If we’re going to be able to compete next season in Conference USA, our defense has got to continue to improve,” Wilder said.

The win today may have come at an ultimate price for the Monarchs. If starting tackle Dominque Guinn-Bailey, backup linebacker Larry Alston III, and receiver Blair Roberts being out of the lineup due

to concussion like symptoms was not enough, the team also lost starting cornerback Eriq Lewis (shoulder) and starting linebacker Anthony Wilson (ankle) for the season. This Saturday, ODU travels to Idaho

to play FBS independent Idaho Vandals (1-8) at 5:00 pm, their first opportunity to get their first win of the season against a FBS school.

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Pumpkin Drop By: James Porter II Advertising Director Mace & Crown The annual pumpkin drop, an Old Dominion University tradition for over a decade, was held on Halloween to resounding success. The staff parking lot on the corner of Hampton Boulevard and 43 Street was the setting for the onlookers who were in more abundance than some previous years’ events. “I think it went well, the crowd was bigger than the last two years, it is getting bigger and bigger,” Mathieu Ehrhart, president of SPS said. Hosted by the Society of Physics Students, the pumpkin drop is a yearly event where students from ODU and the community construct pumpkin catchers in an attempt to catch a pumpkin unscathed after being dropped from the roof of BAL, ODU’s

tallest building. 11 teams competed in this year’s event with seven teams successfully catching a pumpkin without it breaking. The unbroken pumpkins were taken home as trophies or sold by SPS to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pumpkin catching devices ranged from large plywood structures with numerous layers of material to stop the pumpkin to simple cardboard boxes stuffed with newspaper. Hay, foam, and shredded paper were popular choices for padding. While hosted by SPS, sponsorships helped to make the event more inclusive for the participants. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers provided food for the competitors while the ODU Bookstore provided gift cards as prizes. Grainger Industrial Supplies of Norfolk, Virginia provided the tarps on which the pumpkins were dropped.

Atop the Batten Arts & Letters academic building, students dropped this festive gourd as part of a physics lesson.

Word Is… By: Jessica Scheck News Editor Mace & Crown LAX Shooting Many Los Angeles residents were in shock after 23-year-old Paul Ciancia allegedly carried multiple weapons into Terminal 3 of the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. The gunmen allegedly killed one Transportation Security Administration officer and injured four others. Ciancia carried the weapons in a duffel bag, alternating between them as their ammunitions dwindled. The bag also contained a written letter by Ciancia stating he, “made the conscious decision to try to kill” TSA workers at LAX and that he wanted to “instill fear in their traitorous minds.” Source: Associated Press America Strengthens Connections with Middle East The U.S. asserted its defensive strategy with various Arab nations Sunday after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry promised that, “we will not allow those countries to be attacked from outside. We will stand with them.” Some of the nations mentioned included Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Although Kerry plans to defend those nations, he made it very clear during his visit that the United States would not tolerate nuclear weapons in Iran. Source: CBS News World War II Bomb Surfaces in Germany A 1.8-ton bomb was exposed in the German city of Dortmund Sunday and 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes as a safety precaution. The bomb was discovered by aerial photography, and bomb squads worked quickly to remove the explosive since it had the po-

tential to demolish nearby structures. The device was removed by a special crane after it was defused. For more on this story, visit www.mirror. Source: Mirror Snowden Denied United States Clemency Infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden was denied clemency by the White House on Sunday. Snowden is most known for leaking classified documents and surveillance information. Snowden’s plea for clemency was released as a letter Friday. Dan Pfieffer, the senior adviser for President Obama has state that Snowden should return to the United States to face charges for his violation of U.S. laws. However, Snowden argued that “speaking truth is not a crime” and that his actions have caused Americans to investigate and debate about how the U.S. handles surveillance. He currently has temporary asylum in Russia. Source: NPR Schumer Gives Clinton Early Endorsement for 2016 Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York wasn’t going to wait for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make up her mind on running for president. Clinton’s former Senate colleague gave her an early endorsement during a speech at the Iowa Democratic Party dinner Saturday night. “Hillary’s experience is unrivaled and her vision is unparalleled,” Schumer said. “It’s time for a woman to be president.” According to polls, Clinton would be the top contender for the Democratic nomination if she runs. Source: Huffington Post

By: Joshua Stanton Staff Writer Mace & Crown A lecture informing Old Dominion University staff about copyright agreements was given at the Perry Library on Oct. 31 for the Perry Library’s Scholarly Communication Series. “Scholarly Publishing Agreements: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, Your University and Your Peers” was presented by Kimberly M. Bonner of NDIP Consult-

ing, LLC and provided faculty with general information related to the copyright law. The Copyright Act was passed by congress in 1976 and continues to protect someone’s work by providing exclusive rights to the work, such as selling, making copies, or publicly performing the material. Ms. Bonner explained that despite popular belief, no work needs to be registered with the United States Copyright Office to be copyright protected because all original work by an author is covered under the Copyright Act.

One problem over past years has been the increasing cost for universities and colleges to pay for subscriptions to peerreviewed journals. This has led to a rise in the practice of “open access” which allows unlimited access to peer-reviewed scholarly research on the Internet. “It looks like the websites are doing you a favor, but they are not,” Bonner said regarding open access, cautioning professors and librarians about signing off on publisher’s copyright transfers, which can be extremely binding.

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The Starving Artists Go Wilde

ODU Art and Theatre Organization to Present Original Production By: Adrienne Mayfield Assistant A& E Editor Mace & Crown

Old Dominion University’s The Starving Artists, in partnership with director Ricardo Melendez, bring Monarchs and Hampton Roads residents an original production titled “My Dorian” starting Nov. 7. A Melendez original, the play was inspired by Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” The Starving Artists, a student art and

theatre organization resurrected after a 5-year hiatus, is coming back strong this year with more than fifty members. “My Dorian” focuses on themes of beauty from the book. The main character, Dorian Gray, is a narcissistic and self-indulgent young man who’s appearance doesn’t change as he ages.The progressive decay of his self-portrait done by his friend Basil Hallward is the only physical evidence of his aging. “The adaptation focuses more on the concepts of aestheticism and beauty in the

book rather than the homoerotic subtext or the super natural aspects. It focuses specifically on the ideas of beauty… focusing on the fact that beauty is ultimately a weakness to all of us whether you’re gay or straight,” said Connor Norton, president of The Starving Artists. In working with Melendez, Norton feels that he has learned valuable lessons that he hopes will translate to the audience. “The biggest thing that Ricardo has done with us is show us how to be passionate about the text,” Norton said. “It [‘My

in 2008. From then, there has been a notable maturity in the group’s music. “I think if you listen to our first record you’d think we’ve changed a lot,” Nickelseon said. Brock added that, “Our fans are very much into the idea of us progressing musically. We’ve been able to maintain and retain people that have been into us since our first record but also still love what were doing now and now we’re able to reach a different audience as well as keep old fans.” “Forever Halloween” exemplifies the bands marked experience with the poppunk, alternative rock genre. While the style remains within its typical boundaries, the music itself has grown more sophisticated and their technique audibly ripened. “We’ve kind of done things kind of similar on the last two records, but on both we were attempting to broaden the things we normally would do. It has been changing, but it’s always been changing,” Brock said. The group took a different direction in producing the album. They recorded the album with Brendan Benson, guitarist for one of Jack White’s projects, The Raconteurs. Brock and Nickelsen said if it weren’t for him they would never have taken the approach they did.

“That influenced the album so much,” Brock said. “He was all about the vibe. He would dim the lights when we’d record late at night, and we’d have a drink or two. He’d be in the control room, shirt off with a cigarette, looking in, giving us queues. It was just a totally different vibe, for lack of a better word.”

The Maine Plays Norva By: Derek Allen Page Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown

The Maine, a five piece alternative rock band from Tempe, Ariz., performed at the Norva Friday evening, Nov. 1. Dozens of fans waited in the rain outside of America’s number one entertainment venue for the doors to open and see The Maine play alongside friends and fellow musicians of Anberlin, another alternative rock group, from Winter Haven, Fla. The Mace & Crown was not able to attend the concert but rhythm guitarist and supporting vocalist Kennedy Brock and bassist Garrett Brock were able to sit down for a brief interview backstage before the show. The band came to Norfolk in near-perfect time to perform songs from their latest album “Forever Halloween” that released June 4, 2013, reaching number 39 on the Billboard 200 list and selling over 10,000 copies in its first week. Drawing inspiration from artists like Tom Petty and the Rolling Stones to Radiohead and Wilco, the band has evolved rather significantly from its conception in 2007 and first album “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” released

Rather than the traditional process of recording individual parts and mixing them together, the four instrumentalists recorded together in a live, one-take, taped analog setting giving the album a more intimate atmosphere. “There’s a certain feeling about it that you don’t get when you’re separate,” Nickelsen said. The album follows no concept, each song possessing its own meaning and mood. However, Brock and Nickelsen feel the title song “Forever Halloween” is “a perfect way of ending the record.” “It has a fight to it. There’s a crazy guitar solo at the end and then it just stops,” Nickelsen said. The abrupt stop ending the song was not planned. During the recording, the tape ran out and the group decided to just go with it.

Dorian’] critically analyzes the themes of aestheticism and beauty and the themes from ‘A Picture of Dorian Grey.’ It helps you analyze Victorian text in a way that’s fun.” “My Dorian” is also aimed at fundraising for the ODU Gay Cultural Endowment Campaign. The campaign is an effort that began five years ago by ODU faculty and staff to build a program of study specifically on gender identity and queer theory. “It allows your funds to go back to two important causes – to produce and help

foster student creativity as well as help foster and support an endowment campaign at ODU that is dedicated to LGBTQ causes that you should be a part of,” Norton said. “My Dorian” will be running at the Goode Theater on Nov. 7, 8 and 9. Tickets are on sale at the theater, online at or by calling 757-683-3438. Student tickets are $10 and general admission is $15.

Cultivated in Arizona, the band “The Maine” performed a newer, more refined ambience at the Norva on Nov. 1.

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Student Producer Orchestrates a New Album Cameron “Cello Figaro” Cloman drops new beats in November with “Concerto Grosso” By: Adrienne Mayfield Assistant A&E Editor Mace & Crown Old Dominion University Senior Cameron Cloman is a musician, songwriter and producer who wants to take you on a journey with his newest project “Concerto Grosso.” Cloman’s sixth hip-hop project, “Concerto Grosso” is a free album built on the concept of classical pieces, meaning that it has three movements that sound completely different but flow cohesively. It’s set to release online on Nov. 22. Formerly known as Cello Kid, Cloman is now producing hip-hop music under the stage name Cello Figaro. He derived both of these names from his roots in classical music. Cloman is a classically trained cellist whose musical talent took root at age 12 in small town Sanford,N.C.. “When I first got into music it was through orchestra… I eventually just branched off into recording and writing my

own stuff. I just keep ‘cello’ in my name as a reminder for what music did for me early on. Before that, I was kind of lost.” Cloman said. Cloman described his first music program in Sanford as low-funded. Orchestra students actually had to practice their instruments in a storage closet. Although it was rough, Cloman said the experience was fun because it had a “garage band feel.” Cloman continued to play the cello seriously through high school. However, when he reached ODU’s campus he decided to expand his musical reach into other instruments such as the harmonica and piano. Colman said he still keeps it in the family when it comes to his favorite instrument. The string family that is. “I’d have to say the guitar… You can make so many different noises and emotions come out of a string instruments…. The guitar is one of those instruments thats like the human voice in a way. There’s so many ways your voice can display different emotions without having words,” he said. Cloman also enjoys playing synthetic instruments, a little bit of beat making and the

production process. He said he prefers the production process over the beat making, but has experimented in both. “I mix and match a lot… you have a song or idea or emotion already and everything after that is just thinking ‘alright, what do I need to get that across.’… I do the majority of the production myself. This time [‘Concerto Grosso’] is probably the first time I’ve really sought out other people to produce for me,” he said. He has utilized these skills and his new proficiency in multiple instruments to convey his drive through “Concerto Grosso.” “With this album, the emotion I want to get across is hunger… With this project, I kinda just didn’t want to get lost in the concept so much I just wanted to display hunger through my voice,” Cloman said. Not through what I’m saying but more so how I’m saying it, so that when people hear it they’re gonna know I want this more than anybody else.” Find Cloman on Facebook and listen to his early release “The Loner’s Anthem 2” on

Cameron Cloman, also known as “Cello Figaro,” branched away from his orchestral upbringing for a calling in rap and hip-hop.

Iguana Falls Back An Hour 1980s Murder Mystery Comes to Life With Powerhouse Hip-Hop The Big Question: “Who’s done it?” poisons a concert By: Kadeem Porter Staff Writer Mace & Crown The Iguana, located on 37th Street and Hampton Boulevard, was ready for a late night of powerhouse hip-hop featuring artist, Adlib and Fugitive 9 on Nov. 2. ODU students and locals paid $5 and loaded the room as they waited for the show to begin. At 11:15 p.m., with an audience of approximately 50 people, Ryan Baker of Rhyme Crafters took the stage after a successful attempt to get the pack of people pumped up by Cuda Brown. Baker performed three original songs including “Life Is Good.” The young artist was sure to include the crowd by performing from the floor, not even using the stage. In fact, all of the acts seemed to find it important to get the audience involved either by rapping from off stage, getting the crowd the raise and wave hands, or having them shout out chants like “hip-hop.” Cuda Brown from Fugitive 9 came to the stage again to perform a solo song to fill the gap before other local rappers such as Anthony “High Priest” Wilson, Daniel “Googz” Woodward, and Shane “Shane Dollar” Johnson went through their songs. The first main act was a traveling hip-hop artist born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by the lame of Adlib. He proclaimed to have traveled to 10 different countries on tour and was showcasing his skills in Norfolk. Adlib remained humble as he informed everyone about a group he represents called the Battle Axe Warriors (BAXWAR), which is a global positivity movement of over 4,000 supporters.

“Never let a person on stage act like they’re above you. If it weren’t for you at the door, there would be no show,” he said before toasting the spectators and performing the next song. His newest album “Bad Newz” was available for sale at the show but is also in stock at any Best Buy. By 1 a.m., the crowd was riled up and ready for the finale and, since it was daylight savings time, the bar time was extended by an hour. The drink specials seemed to keep the bartenders and customers happy as Fugitive 9 all lined up to take the stage. Contrary to the group’s name, there are actually only eight members, seven of whom were present. The members included brothers, Nick “Cosmo Texx” Jublou and Alex “Sintax” Jublou, Nate “Wyze Oner” Gandy, Bartholomew “Cuda Brown” Asman, Maurice “Moe Hendrix” Oswald, Alexi “Dyslexia” Zeren, and Ryan “Sun Soul MC” Watson. Delta Automatik, who lives in Lorton near Richmond, Va., couldn’t make it to the event. The band made sure to give a high-energy show with their unique performance style of starting small circles inside of the audience for extended mobility. Such was the case during the performance, which included songs from their recently released EP “Immobilize,” which is for sale at their shows and on the group’s Bandcamp account. One of the fan favorites was the titular single where the group displays their witty lyricism, Their next album “Vision Alpha” will be realized hopefully before 2013 is over. Meanwhile, Fugitive 9’s music can be found at and

By: Eric Smith Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Halloween took at time travel traveled back in time Wednesday night when Student Activities Council ran hosted an ‘80s themed murder mystery event in the Chesapeake and Portsmouth rooms at Old Dominion University. Murder Mystery Inc., an independent company, coordinated the game play. On each table were binders about with the

rules, money, paper for notes and a laminated sheet with ‘80s phrases. Phil Jones, the special event coordinator for SAC, came up with theme while the rest of the council SAC voted on it and approved the event. It was their second event with a murder mystery theme. Participants dressed in ‘80s clothing or as a celebrity of the time. Some had real ‘80s names, while others had altered names. Most notable portrayals include Poison band member Bobby Dall, Cyndi Lauper, Doug-E Fresh and “Annie Fannie” from

the titular 1982 film. Bobby Dall was called “Poison” by participants. The mystery unfolded. Poison was set to perform a concert. Muffy, a fanatic of Poison, would do anything to win Poison’s affection. Olivia John, another character, had just divorced Poison. Poison did not want to perform at first, but Johnny, a Long Island native and Posion’s agent eventually persuaded him Poison to perform.


The Stars Align in “Escher’s Universe” Pretlow Planetarium presents documentary on artist M.C. Escher By: Adrienne Mayfield Assistant A&E Editor Mace & Crown Old Dominion University’s Pretlow Planetarium is putting on a show unlike the usual. Primarily known for dazzling the audience with math and science themed astronomy shows, this semester the planetarium wants to take viewers on a journey into the mind of complex artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., the Pretlow Planetarium screens the short documentary “Escher’s Universe.” The film is set in Escher’s study and animates some of his most popular pieces alongside the mathematics, science and history that inspired him and how he transformed it into art. Born in 1898, Escher was a skilled enthusiast of mathematics, crystallography, astronomy, optics and geometry. He was

fascinated by the way the world naturally fits together like a puzzle. His true passion was art and he used his knowledge in other fields to visually explain complex concepts about the earth and cosmos. He produced pieces with a combination of carving and printing. Linked with his love of geometry, Escher was especially fascinated by the Arabic style of pattern making which fills every inch of the intended canvas completely with interlocking shapes. Many of Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints, all forms of printing, feature flawless multishaped tessellations. Escher also enjoyed exploring impossible architecture and the concept of infinity in his work, creating pieces within his pieces. ODU’s physics lab research specialist, Justin Mason, said that “Escher’s Universe” was deliberately picked out by the university because of its uniqueness.

“Choosing ‘Escher’s Universe’ was trying to do something a little bit different. Usually we do very astronomy related movies so this was a little more artistic. It gives a different look at astronomy and science,” Mason said. He said that “Escher’s Universe” feeds the curiosity of art lovers and inspires current physics students, many of whom, like Escher, know the math behind physics but are artists themselves. It also attracts a new group of people to the planetarium. “It catches a different crowd… If people are more artistic and come in and see some of the different things he [Escher] did with art,” Mason said. After the documentary is aired, one of the presenters from the physics department takes time to answer questions the audience may have. He or she may also take them on a quick tour of the galaxy from Norfolk’s point of view using the department’s computerized telescope.

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>>MYSTERY CONTINUED FROM B2 The mystery began when Johnny took a sip of poisoned water and suddenly collapsed. Panic arose and the quest to find out no one knew who killed Johnny began. From Murder Mystery Inc., Detective “Patricianess,” a Southern Belle, began the investigation. As part of gameplay Like Clue, participants used deductive reasoning to find out the suspect. Gameplay was similar to the board game “Clue.” Money could be used for betting on a suspect or for extortion. Possible suspects included Skull, Poison’s former guitarist, Olivia John, Muffy, Theodore and Dr. Leroy Joe King. Supermodel Trisha Hughes was another possible suspect because she was mostly silent. Detective “Patricaness” asked Theodore if he committed the crime. He claimed that he did not. She asked Theodore a second time with a lie detector. When he claimed again that he did not commit the crime, the lie detector did not beep. Pat Menatar, another member from Murder Mystery Inc. wanted to sing. Johnny showed resentment for her singing. Pat’s real last name is Benatar. She released the album Crimes of Passion with the hit song “Hit Me with your Best Shot.” Poison was pressured to let Menatar sing. Menatar performed with backup dancers. Her song gave clues to Johnny’s death. SAC concert director Amira Taylor thought the suspect was Muffy. “The ‘groupie’ had the most motive,” Taylor said. Taylor thought it was Muffy because she was a Poison fanatic. However, the next scene proved Taylor wrong. All of a sudden Muffy thinks thought she is was pregnant. It turned out that she was also poisoned and died. Detective “Patricaness” goes went to Dr. Leroy who claimed he only attended the concert in case of an emergency. The next suspect in question was Olivia John, Poison’s ex-wife. SAC president Rachel Harney thought it was Olivia because her divorce might have prompted revenge on Poison. Detective “Patricaness” and the participants finally got to the bottom of the murder mystery. Cyndi Lauper, Poison’s girlfriend, turned out to be the one responsible. Harney knew it was Lauper the whole time. Lauper had experience in electronics from her father. She revealed this when Johnny went around the room for introductions. Her target was Poison. Not only did Lauper poison Johnny’s drink, she immersed Poison’s headphones in water too. Johnny ended up wearing the headphones. Johnny wanted Poison to wear them for performing. “I thought the actor who played Poison was good because she kept everyone laughing,” says Taylor. Harney said the same thing. “I thought Poison was the best because she kept the crowd engaged,” says Harney. Agent Johnny was her favorite celebrity, but for acting Harney thinks Poison was better. Lauper proved to everyone that “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” She loved Poison and did not want anyone in her way like Muffy. Lauper will not have fun with the girls while serving jail time.

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High Heat Splitter Women outpace Lady Retrievers in pool, men cut it close but fall short in home opener

The ODU women’s swim and dive team got a stroke of luck against University of Maryland, Baltimore County Saturday afternoon.

By: Brian Jerry Sports Editor Mace & Crown The Old Dominion University women’s swimming and diving team were victorious over UMBC while the men’s squad were edged out by just 19 points to the Retrievers Saturday afternoon in the first home meet of the season at J.C. Scrap Chandler Pool. The women’s 200 medley relay team of Colleen VandePoel, Julia Vido, MacKenzie Payment and Juliana dos Santos kicked off the meet in convincing fashion with a win in

a time of 1:45.67. Yesim Giresunlu took the 1000 yard women’s freestyle at 10.26.31 for ODU while home’s Tyler Anderson won the men’s event at 9:37.64. Giresunlu won again, this time in the 500 free, in a time of 5:07.18. ODU swept the 200 free as Savannah Bowers and Sidni Hoxha won the event while VandePoel was a winner in the 100 back stroke with a time of 57.86. VandePoel made a statement in her third win of the day in the 200 back at 2:06.81. Reed Mathews was impressive in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:53.72.

Later in the afternoon, Emily Escobar edged out her teammate Kayla Lilly in just .28 seconds to score a win in the women’s 200 yard individual medley in 2.09.40 minutes for UMBC. Shortly after, Mohamed Hussein climbed the aqua latter in 1:55.08 to pick up the men’s 200 yarder in the same event. The Monarchs took both of the 50 yard freestyle events, as dos Santos won in a time of 23.91 while Sidni Hoxha was a winner in 20.53. Hoxha also won the 100 freestyle in a time of 45.35. In diving action, Rachel Eckert won both

Lobos shut out Soccer Monarchs Season-high attendance not enough to propel home team to victory, drop fourth game of the year By:Brian Jerry Sports Editor Mace & Crown The 25th ranked New Mexico Lobos took down 24th ranked Old Dominion to the tune of a 3-0 shutout before a 2013 record crowd of 1,452 at the ODU Soccer Complex Saturday night. The win for New Mexico (10-4-2/6-1-1) put them in first place in Conference-USA play by a point over the Monarchs (9-4-1/62) 19-18 and ended the home team’s fivegame win streak. In the first half, the Lobos went on the

attack when the first goal came 17 minutes into the match by James Rogers. That was essentially all they needed but there would be more. Their second goal came in the final minute of the half off a steal by Chris Wehan, who then handled the ball on the left side and shot it off the right of the net for a 2-0 halftime lead. The third and final goal came in the last 11 minutes of the match on a penalty kick by Michael Calderon, who was granted a foul in the box. ODU took more shots than New Mexico, 20-15 overall while the Lobos had a 10-9 advantage in shots on goals. Tim Hopkinson

led the Monarchs with four and Ivan Militar finished with two. The Monarchs had nine corner kicks to the Lobos one, but New Mexico goalkeeper Michael Lisch (who entered the game with a 0.90 percent goals against average, good for second in conference play) recorded seven saves on the night coupled with two additional defensive saves from his teammates. ODU’s senior goalkeeper Sean Stowe had a career high-tying seven saves in the match, the third time this season for him. The Monarchs soccer team heads to South Carolina in the regular season league finale next Saturday night at 7p.m. in Columbia, SC against the Gamecocks.

the one and three-meter dives with scores of 262.04 (nine points) and 270.15 (nine points) respectively. UMBC’s Timothy Perkins knotted a one-meter dive victory for the Golden Retrievers with a score of 268.94, good for nine points. Pak Lam Wong secured a three-meter dive win with a score of 305.10 (nine points). The always exciting 400 yard freestyle relays did not disappoint. Concluding an exciting day in the water, Kristie Langford, Kali Dean, Mariana Alvarado Gordoa and Talor Tadena beat the Lady Monarchs team of Juliana dos Santos, Payment, Stephanie

Norris and Savana Bowers to the finish line in 3:31.73 (11 points) to take the women’s side. ODU’s Jacob Zeidler, Eddie Hubert, Vitor Sa and Hoxha cruised to a win in the men’s side of that event to wrap up a split for the home team. The Monarchs are back in action next Saturday, Nov. 9 when they host St. Andrews at 1 p.m.

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Crowning the Vikes Old Dominion University sophomore guard Aaron Bacote scored a game high 23 points and fellow sophomore Keenan Palmore added 15 to lead the Monarchs to an 81-50 exhibition win over Elizabeth City State Friday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. ODU led by five, 22-17 with 8:27 left in the first half, then outscored the Vikings 15-5 the rest of the half for a 37-22 halftime lead, as Bacote scored 14 points in the half. The Monarchs took care of the ball as well, committing only four turnovers in the first half to ECSU 14 and ODU scored 16 points off of those mistakes. The Monarchs finished the game shooting .469 percent (30-64) from the field, including .581 (18-31) in the second half. The home team also outrebounded the Vikings, 40-34. ECSU finished the game with .333 (15-45) shooting and 24 turnovers. The Monarchs led the night with 12 steals and scored 32 points off their opponent’s turnovers. “Nice to get the first win under our belts. Cleary [there’s a lot of things we need to continue working on but it was nice to see our guys play as hard as they did. I thought

for a majority of the game, we really got after it at times, played some outstanding defense,” new head coach Jeff Jones said of his team’s opening performance. “We’re not going to be an offensive juggernaut so we’re going to have to make things hard for our opponents.” There was a 14-minute stretch late where Elizabeth City State did not get a field goal. They scored one to get to 17 but did not record another one until much later. Despite the strenuous defense effort of his ball club, Jones admitted that he never applied any defensive alterations strategically during that particular frame. “No we didn’t change a single thing defensively. We didn’t change anything on certain situations, ball screens. We stayed pretty much basic and thought we would probably have to play zone. That’s one thing that we’ve been spending some time on just out of necessity but the foul difficulty wasn’t too bad and didn’t come until late,” Jones said. Reporter Gebar Hagos asked Jones what in particular he saw in the game that he would like to clean up when the regular season starts, to which the former American University head coach pointed to a plethora of them. “Wow, I could give you a list of things about as long as my arm,” Jones laughed. I think in a lot of ways, the biggest thing is consistency. Consistency in our focus [and]

our mental side of things. I think consistency in our execution. I think that’s probably the biggest thing…The stuff that we might be teaching might not be some of the same things these guys were taught last year. So it just takes time and we’ll continue working hard to try to get there,” Jones said. Jones gave light on the offensive tempo he will employ this season and how the team has gone towards a more defensive minded, up-tempo style in practice. “We’d like to be opportunistic, get out and transition when we can and tonight our defense gave us a chance to do that. We rebounded the ball and if you don’t do a good job of finishing possessions that limits your opportunities to get out in transition. There will be plenty of times for us to run sets and execute but we don’t want to have to do that every time on the floor,” Jones said. Palmore, who led with four steals and four assists was six-for-eight from the floor and Bacote was eight-for-16. Red-shirt junior forward Richard Ross came off the bench to add 12 points and a game high 12 rebounds. Freshmen Jordan Baker scored nine points and Ambrose Mosley had eight for the Monarchs. ODU tips off the regular season this Friday night, Nov. 8 against Missouri State at 7 p.m. in the Constant Center.

game. “It’s always a very emotional evening. It’s a celebration really of four years of work that we are putting a closure to and this group has obviously been extremely significant. It’s a very special day for the seniors and hopefully we always love to win in these situations and leave it on that kind of a note but if don’t win we at least do it for pride, class, and we did at least that much.”

Charlotte moved to 10-6-2 on the year. The 1-13-3 record for the Lady Monarchs this year is indicative of the age of the team and the experience level. “Obviously even at the end, eleven freshman and the bottom line is that we have to learn lessons from this entire experience and immediately put it to work so grow, grow, grow, so it was a very difficult, challenging

year but saying goodbye to six seniors with eleven freshman now they become the cornerstones of how we go forward with it.” said Coach Pereira. This match marks the last one of the year for the Lady Monarchs and with eleven freshman on the team, the team will only become more experienced and more competitive next season.

By:Brian Jerry Sports Editor Mace & Crown

ODU Men’s basketball Guard Keenan Palmore helped the Monarchs win Friday’s exhibition game 81-50 against Elizabeth City State University.

A Game of Numbers 49ers 86 Lady Monarchs in Final Home Game of Season

By: Nate Budryk Distribution Manager Mace & Crown The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs soccer team lost a disappointing seniornight match to the 49ers of the University of North Carolina Charlotte last Thursday night at the ODU Soccer Complex. The match bought the women’s soccer season to a close. They finished the year with a record of 1-13-3. Before the match, Old Dominion honored six seniors prior to the game as Sara Brock, Nikki Clarke, Amber Cook, Meghan Cozens, Samantha Hinson and Kayla Hufford all took the field for the last time in an ODU uniform. Despite the cheers of a very colorful student section, the Lady Monarchs just could not break through against a tough 49ers team that set the tone for the game early with a first minute goal from freshman forward Perri Bonner. ODU would answer with an eighth minute goal from redshirt sophomore midfielder Meghan Cozens coming off an assist from junior forward Jessie Klamut. That would be all the scoring in the first

half as the Lady Monarchs went into halftime tied 1-1 with the 49ers. Charlotte came out on fire in the second half, scoring two more goals before it was all said and done: a goal by Sara Trexler in the 53rd minute, and a goal by Amanda Jones in the 59th minute. Despite the less-than-favorable outcome of the game and season, Coach Joe Pereira was reflective about his seniors after the

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The beloved Bob Barker from “The Price Is Right” inspires others with his concern for the climate during his retirement.

Funnyman Kevin Hart gives some of his hard-earned cash to those in need when a struggling school district faced additional hardship.

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Senioritis Step One: Accepting Reality By: Dominique Bailey Arts & Entertainment Editor Mace & Crown It’s difficult to look in the mirror and realize you just spent four years of your life drinking cheap vodka and perfecting the art of procrastination, but don’t worry. Take comfort in knowing 75 percent of your graduating class has done the same. So, what do you do? You take a deep breath and prepare yourself for reality. Reality is not friendly nor is she welcoming, but she is unavoidable. Preparing for graduation means befriending her and hoping that she takes pity and allows you cross the Ted stage without a limp. Reality bites hard when graduation starts approaching. Even if you aren’t ready, she reminds you that life is changing so it’s time to adapt or be left behind. Life is no longer about the Edge’s drink specials, football games and concerts. It’s about hunting - job hunting, apartment hunting and car hunting. Missing class is no longer an option because the longer you delay gradation the more likely Sallie Mae is to cut you off. Moving back in with your parents is no longer a dream, it is a reality. All those unpaid parking tickets? They now have to be paid and you can thank reality for the reminder. Reality is harsh and unforgiving, but I’ve learned to face her head on. Befriending her is the only way you and I are going to get through the next 187 days (or, if you’re lucky, 41 days). If you can accept reality, all the other perils of the impending adulthood will begin to seem less intimidating.

The Benchwarmers: That Unforgettable Night By: Eric Guy Staff Writer Mace & Crown

We are forever enamored with moments that take our breath away. Whether it’s getting on that one roller coaster you were always afraid to ride, being in the company of the one you love or hearing that one song while driving on that nearperfect night that you’ll never forget, we constantly experience beautiful moments, regardless of whether we realize them or not, that will forever and always be engraved

on our hearts. Certainly, the same can be said about sports. Call to mind the 2013 ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Now, unless you’re a Sox fan, you probably thought the Tigers would pull out the series in, say, four or five games after having witnessed their impressive victory in Game 1. Honestly, throughout the majority of Game 2, the Tigers looked as if they were primed and ready to pop open some champagne.

In the eighth inning, however, everything changed. Trailing 5-1, Beantown’s outspoken leader, David Ortiz, stepped up to bat with all of Fenway praying for a miracle. They got one. “Bang” was the sound that echoed throughout the park, and all televisions sets of those watching at home, as a 4-run shot skyrocketed over the wall, placing the Sox in position to win not only that game but the series, too. Seeing that play and the reactions of fans was a heartwarming sight, indeed.

Although many of us were at home watching, we still experienced the same sensory details as those jumping out of their seats, well, except for having to stand in spilled beer, peanut shells and crushed up popcorn. Maybe a few people had the aroma of beer and Fritos permeating throughout their quarters, too, but, anyway, you catch my drift. No one will forget that moment or any other that has yet to come. With the various stresses that we all go through on the regular, recalling such fond

memories takes away a little bit of the pain that is constantly etched within the notebook of our lives. And guess what else? There is much more that is to be written. Welcome to the mind of The Benchwarmers, where Brian Saunders and Eric Guy will be delivering sports content in an insightful, entertaining, and refreshing manner, all the while pushing to break the barriers that exist between the reader and author. Get comfortable, for this is going to be a journey unlike any other.


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A Golden Era in Gaming By: Sean Burke & Alyse Stanley Webmaster & Staff Writer Mace & Crown In an eager dash to scoop up the newest hardware in gaming coming out later this month, it’s easy to speed past the game store shelves filled with titles that defined this generation of gaming. However, before you trade in your PS3 or Xbox 360 or abandon it to the dust of your game room, The Mace & Crown would like to provide its recommendations for some of the games that made this generation a golden era in gaming. Bioshock (2007) “Bioshock” takes place in a 1960s dystopian city at the bottom of the ocean. That should be enough to sell anyone. In the unlikely case that it’s not, it also has an incredibly compelling story with one of the most iconic plot twists in gaming to-date, as well as a moral choice system that gained the game a touch of notoriety upon its release due to its shockingly dark nature. The game beautifully blends engaging environments, provocative story-telling, first-person shooting, and stealth gameplay to create a game that shines as an example for gaming as an art. Fallout 3 (2008) Bethesda Game Studios is famous

for crafting enthralling and masterful open-ended environments, and “Fallout 3” is one of the most iconic examples. Its post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. setting is in-depth and chilling from the moment the player takes his or her first steps out into the sprawling destruction and sights the desolate remains of the Washington Monument in the distance. The story is rich and sprawling. While there is a certain critical path to the narrative, players will find themselves wrapped in the engaging plotlines of The Wasteland. Fallout: New Vegas (2010) It might seem like cheating to include two titles from the same series on the list, but “Fallout 3” and “Fallout: New Vegas,” while sharing the same dystopian setting and battle system, cater to two different audiences. Here’s an easy way to think of it: while “Fallout 3” is a shooter with certain RPG elements, “New Vegas” is an RPG with certain shooter elements. Its dizzying array of endings, influenced by the players own alliances with different factions, makes playing through the game multiple times necessary and completely gratifying. Portal (2007) A short experimental puzzle game originally based on a student project and ultimately constructed by a team of only ten people, “Portal” shines above the rest. Though the game can take as little as two

hours to complete, its combination of unique physics puzzles and gleefully dark humor have cemented it in gaming history not only as a technical marvel, but also as a cultural touchstone of false baked goods. Beautiful Katamari (2007) Quirky is the best way to sum this game into just one word. The Katamari series does not offer much in the way of story other than a few cut scenes of off-beat humor. However, what “Beautiful Katamari” lacks in content it makes up for with eccentric environments and enjoyable gameplay. It’s simply a fun game and it doesn’t need a story to do that. There’s something almost cathartic about rolling over buildings to the tune of upbeat Japanese music. Heavy Rain (2010) This PlayStation 3 exclusive tried to do the improbable – make an interactive movie. Even if “Heavy Rain” wasn’t initially conceived as an interactive movie with wildly diverging storylines, that is absolutely what it became. Players have very little direct control of the characters in the game, but the player maintains narrative control despite this. Rather than use the apparent black and white choice systems of other games, Quantic Dream developed a new system that uses Quick Time Events to give the player agency at key points of narrative, and the execution of such points can mean the life or death of some characters,

affecting story further down the line. The developers execute this perfectly and deliver an experience that is personally compelling and cinematically brilliant. Assassin’s Creed II (2009) Ubisoft redefined the expectations of an open environment game while managing to sacrifice nothing in terms of story, gameplay, or atmosphere with the release of “Assassin’s Creed II.” The game is a great example of fully detailed environments from floor to sky, and a marvel in dynamic crowd technology that populates the world with interesting non-playable characters that can act both as obstacles and as utilizable distractions. This combined with the total revamp from the first installment of the Assassin’s Creed saga has made AC II an example of how a sequel should be done. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) No game has impacted the multiplayer space or spread the videogame genre as much as the Call of Duty franchise. The series has garnered a monolithic following and generated a sub culture that draws from every aspect of American life. If you know someone with a game console, they have played Call of Duty at least to try. So with nine titles from the series, why “Modern Warfare 2?” Because it was the start of the current model of CoD shooters and the beginning of the studio split between Infin-

ity Ward and Treyarch. In other words, this game defined the current formula and style of the modern military shooter. Mass Effect 2 (2010) Galaxy spanning space opera, tight shooting, dynamic choices, expansive dialogue, and not one, but two phenomenal lead voice actors to walk players through the story as either of their preferred gender. Mass Effect had a great start as a series, but the sequel was the crowning achievement for the trilogy. “Mass Effect 2” saw the simplification of complicated mechanics, the retooling of basic game design elements, and a visual upgrade that carried through to “Mass Effect 3.” Geometry Wars (2005) “Geometry Wars,” originally an Xbox game, was rebooted in 2005 for the launch of the Xbox 360 and was one of the first available Xbox Live Arcade games. And boy did it set the standard. Simple. Fast. Fun. Cheap. “Geometry Wars” would be a quarter eating, profanity inducing, relationship ending addiction machine if it had existed in a physical arcade. But the Xbox Marketplace allows you to lose your sanity in the safety of your own home. And no matter how irritated you will become at the tiny geometric shapes that construct your demise, you will keep coming back again, and again, and again.

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Kerbal Space Program and Edutainment By: Sean Burke Webmaster Mace & Crown Edutainment – the crossroads of education and entertainment. Basically, it’s the process of making education easy for students that don’t learn as easily by means of textbook readings or chalkboard dissertations. Previously, edutainment has been confined to the VCR, DVD player or teacher made Bingo Cards that relate to the subject matter. However, video games have a lot to offer in this space of education at varying grade levels. Perfect examples of games that do edutainment well are “Minecraft,” “Kerbal Space Program,” “SimCity” and “Oregon Trail.” These games are perfect for educational purposes because they lack story. They lack a narrative that could otherwise constrict a lesson plan or distract students from the educational objective. Kerbal Space Program is a complicated physics simulator sandbox game with no expressed storyline in its current build. The unexpressed objective of the game is to explore the solar system given to the user with the tools prescribed. It sounds easy, but even getting into orbit is a difficult task for first time players. Students must manage fuel, weight, speed, and angle of escape to achieve an efficient and useable orbit. Getting a ship into orbit is a unique lesson because it requires one of two things – great mathematical ability coupled with a basic understanding of physics, or brute force trial and error. For the nay-sayers that say, more often than not, that students will use brute force because it is a game, look at math classrooms today. Students who can solve the problems by described methods and ones who guess blindly make themselves apparent by not answering questions correctly. The same

will be apparent in games, except it will be denoted by the negative reinforcement of a crash and explosion, which can be a more powerful motivator than a red ‘X’ on paper. “Kerbal Space Program” requires basic knowledge of math and physics for successful operations. That’s easy enough to understand. How do “Minecraft” and “SimCity” relate to the classroom? These games do not offer inherent arithmetic opportunities, however, they are great for generating creativity and improving reasoning and problem solving abilities that are the basis for all other curriculums. Both games offer

an open world, a blank canvas, a clean slate to work with. Now, the slate isn’t entirely clean. “Minecraft” comes with monsters and the need to gather resources. This is an organic way to generate obstacles for students to overcome. Creating a need for cognitive elasticity and quick reasoning. “Minecraft” is essentially a logistics management simulator in that the player needs food, shelter, weapons, and needs to avoid monsters. Once this is achieved, and a student is in a position to survive, the game changes. It becomes a world building exercise where the

student will affect the landscape, sometimes creating their own cities or other immense structures. ODU student and teacher Michael Duffey uses “Minecraft” in the classroom. “I will give students a certain number of blocks and ask them to create a shape or an object… this is to help them with special awareness and planning,” Duffey said. “SimCity” is slightly different in that the goal is to build the largest most efficient city possible. Students will encounter things that will counteract this goal such as theft, pollution, fires, and overdevelopment. “SimCity”

is a much more intense logistics simulator than “Minecraft” and would likely suit an older audience better, but it can be used to flex a student’s planning and special awareness abilities just the same. Games aren’t just games anymore. Games are tools. They teach pilots to fly and they teach kids to count. Games are tools as much as they are recreational outlets now, and the educational system is already benefiting from their use. Creative teachers like Michael Duffey are using these new and inventive ways to educate without boring the class.

Parable” criticizes gaming industry dependence on the tropes of narrative gameplay to propel players through a story without stopping to consider other ways in which games can be manipulated to create memorable and thought-provoking experiences. It also begs players to stop for a moment and step outside the gaming experience to ask why they are trying to complete the arbitrary objectives laid out for them. The spotlight is not only on gaming companies,

but the players themselves. For instance, the narrator sometimes chastises players for following orders blindly, or responds with surprise when players perform an action not explicitly given as an option. Some options simply don’t have answers, or, at least, none that players have found yet, which questions the notion of what constitutes a game itself. “The Stanley Parable” asks players to break it, to cheat, to jump off platforms be-

fore the narrator has finished speaking and explore areas not on the brightly lit path the developers obviously wanted them to follow. It’s more a comment on modern gaming than anything else, though the humorous narrative often dilutes the more pointed undertones. “The Stanley Parable” is truly unlike anything players have ever experienced. Veteran gamers, especially, should give this refreshing take on contemporary gaming a chance.

Obliterating the Fourth Wall with The Stanley Parable By: Alyse Stanley Staff Writer Mace & Crown The Stanley Parable takes whatever preconceived notions players may have of how a game is supposed to progress, cheerfully tosses them to the side, and stamps them into the ground. Constructed using Valve’s “Source” game engine by a single amateur game designer, Davey Wreden, the game first released in 2011 and went on to win an award in “Excellence in Narrative” at the 15th Annual Independent Games Festival. His game caught the attention of professional game modeler William Pugh, and with his help “The Stanley Parable: HD Remake” (now shortened to simply The Stanley Parable once more) was released this past month with significant improvements to both graphics and the depth of gameplay. Despite its status as an indie game, it sold 100,000 copies within its first few days on Steam. With a dry, dark wit akin to that of GLaDOS from the Portal series, the voice of British narrator Kevan Brighting accompanies the player throughout the game rather than directs, because while he does instruct the player where to go, it is entirely up to the

player whether or not he or she decides to listen. A series of choices, some obvious and some shockingly covert, can lead to over 15 different endings. It is obvious that the developers themselves were gamers, as for just about anything the player can think of to do, the developers have thought of it first, and provided narration for the player’s actions, preempting even the most outrageous playstyles. While some of the endings are not particularly satisfying or answer any questions about the game itself, the brevity of the game allows for a large amount of trial-and-error. This allows the player to see all of the endings and fully experience the game in a way that is harder than in other games like “Mass Effect,” which can take hours to complete. The endings that are noteworthy are incredibly so. “The Stanley Parable” does not just break the fourth wall. It obliterates it completely. You will have to take my word on this however, as it is extremely difficult to explain and verbally unpack the philosophical marvel that is “The Stanley Parable” without spoiling it for new players. This is truly a game that has to be experienced, rather than heard about. By poking fun at a multitude of commonly accepted gaming notions, “The Stanley

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Wednesday 11.6.2013 | MACE & CROWN | G2



Horoscopes Aries: This week you can’t escape it: When it comes to love, you’ll need to confront your darker side. Those walls of self-protection you hold up to avoid being hurt are about to come crashing down all around you. This is a good thing. If you’ve been the one who gets all dressed up in a suit of armor before going on a date, then it’s time to dress down. In fact, it’s time to disrobe. Surrender those fears and dare to feel something real.

Taurus Your relationships are probably more complicated than you prefer now. Today’s Scorpio New Moon Eclipse falls in your 7th House of Others, adding boundary issues to your current struggles. You might strive for simplicity because you are happier when all is secure and stable. Paradoxically, in the spirit of getting back to basics, you could be willing to make your life even more complex for a short while. Keeping your goals in mind ensures that you continue to move along on your path.

Gemini: Make simple adjustments to your daily routine today -- ones that won’t turn your life upside down. But even the most subtle modifications can set into motion a series of profound consequences with the Scorpio Solar Eclipse rattling your 6th House of Self-Improvement. The potential to change direction is strong, so choose your actions wisely. However, being overly insistent could overwhelms others, causing your plans to backfire. Gentle persistence is much more effective now than one dramatic gesture.

Cancer: You may feel as if your life has come to a standstill, but in truth it has not. In contrast, you’re on the verge of something big. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about starting a creative project or initiating action on the romantic front. With today’s New Moon Eclipse joining restrictive Saturn in your 5th House of Self-Expression, whatever it is won’t happen overnight, so be patient with yourself and others a little while longer. It’s always darkest right before the dawn.

Leo: Your inner world of emotions may be at odds with your outer world of actions. You would like to withhold your feelings and smile now, but you might not be able to get away with it. Acknowledge your inner process while the Solar Eclipse is intensifying your 4th House of Security. Thankfully, you can change the rules of the game; instead of choosing emotions or logic, seek a position that honors both realms. Maintain your connection with your heart while making decisions with your rational mind.

Libra: You are not saying everything you know today, but whatever secrets you keep to yourself may actually be more important than what you share. It’s critical to increase your awareness by realizing your own core values, including the obvious issues of money, love and power. Today’s Scorpio New Moon Eclipse falls in your 2nd House of Personal Resources, possibly making you feel less confident about your financial issues. Pushing through your resistance is not about denying real concerns; it’s about facing them head-on. Sagittarius: You might miss an opportunity to make a meaningful connection with someone close to you in your desire to demonstrate your competence to the world. You seem to be emotionally present and living in the moment, but no one really knows for sure as today’s Scorpio Solar Eclipse occurs in your 12th House of Secrets. Deep soul-searching might reveal that you are not yet ready to share your vulnerability with anyone else. Don’t push it; you will know when the time is right.

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communicate this week. Thankfully, these changes symbolize opportunity that will help you convey your deepest desires in a way that no longer makes you feel threatened. Penetrating dialogue between you and someone close will only support deeper intimacy. On Thursday, you and a lover might reach new heights together in the bedroom. With Sunday’s Eclipse, you might be ready to speak up to your mate about what you need emotionally to enjoy a true partnership. Capricorn: Shine your awareness onto the outer world now, as you are quite skillful engaging in the social scenes unfolding around you. But your ideas may be more fixed than anyone realizes, and you really don’t want to change your plans with the Scorpio New Moon Eclipse landing in your 11th House of Goals. You can engage others with calculated precision as if you are playing a game of chess. Trust your intuition; you know exactly what moves to make. Keep your eyes on your goals; your single-mindedness might just bring you the treasures you seek.



Scorpio: You can do nearly anything now if you set your mind to it as today’s New Moon Eclipse empowers your emotionally intense sign. It’s as if you are carrying a secret vial of superpowers, but you must use the potion carefully or you’ll create more problems than you solve. There’s nothing wrong with trying to save the world, but acknowledging your limits today can save you from disappointment tomorrow.

Aquarius: With the ruler of your romance sector, Mercury, now in retrograde motion, this week may be more about dwelling on the past in terms of your love life than anything else. Thankfully, a powerful Solar Eclipse in Scorpio will help you face painful memories of love lost or any betrayal you may have endured that has left you scarred. If you want to let love in, it’s time to give yourself permission to release the grip any trauma has on your heart.

Pisces: Successfully planning for your future requires that you have a good map showing the lay of the land. But sometimes it’s quite challenging for you Fish to get your bearings, especially now that the mysterious Scorpio New Moon is being eclipsed in your 9th House of Journeys. Nevertheless, you should land safely at your desired destination just in time, as long as you continue to visualize your arrival. Take an extra step and make an itinerary for the months ahead so you can stay on track as you move toward fulfilling your dreams.

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