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Celebrating with Pride By: Alyse Stanley Staff Writer Mace & Crown

ODU Out, Old Dominion University’s LGBTQ alliance, rolled out the rainbow carpet in Runte Quad to celebrate its second ODU Pride Festival on Oct. 26. While ODU Out has existed on campus since the 1960s, the organization experienced a revival in 2000 and has been growing ever since. ODU Out President Mikey Fenn said the turnout this year almost tripled compared to last year, and the number of venders nearly doubled in number as well. Though this is only his first year as president, Fenn was amazed at how far the festival has come in such a short time. “It’s bigger than anything I could have ever imagined. New faces always means that we’re getting to new people, and the fact that people hear about it and are willing to stop by for a couple of hours and get their face painted and listen to music and see the performances – it’s just really more than I could have imagined,” Fenn said. Many ODU organizations joined in the festivities and hosted booths across the quad to show their support of ODU Out’s endeavors. The Office of Intercultural Relations advertised their workshops dedicated to sexual identity and expression, wherein “Students not only learn from the facilitator, a lesbian professor here at ODU, but also from the stories of the other student’s lives,” according to one spokesperson of the office. Residence life was promoting their LGBTQ friendly housing. Located on the first floor of Virginia House, Spectrum Floor is specifically reserved for LGBTQ students and their allies. The students who live there participate in many programs to raise awareness, one of their most frequent being a food drive to provide essentials to Seton Youth Shelter in Virginia Beach. Justin McLawhorn, president of the ODU College Democrats, explained how his organization was happy to come out and support the cause, as many of the candidates they are seeking to get elected are in favor of providing more rights for the LGBTQ community. “In the downtown after election season,

we want to work more with ODU Out doing events. We hope to participate in liberal fest next semester, especially since a lot of organizations like ODU Out and Planned Parenthood will be there. It’ll just be an overall celebration of liberalism, and we’d love to be part of that,” McLawhorn said. Also supporting the festival was the Human Rights Campaign, the largest organization dedicated to LGBTQ equality in the United States. They were there promoting their program Virginia is for Lovers of Equality, an initiative that hosts a ticket team of eight individuals that travel across the state encouraging citizens to vote for proLGBTQ candidates. Hope House foundation spokesperson Sherry Grimes, an ODU alumnus, was ecstatic to watch the events of the day play by her booth. “I don’t remember the events we had... being nearly as big as this one. I’m really stoked that ODU is doing this. It’s definitely something that we need,” Grimes said. Other organizations that joined in the event included Planned Parenthood, Young Americans for Liberty, New Life Metropolitan Community Church and the NOH8 campaign. The musical stylings of Randi Driscol, and performances by Naomi Black and Alessandra McQueen accompanied the festivities and the crowd’s cheers for them could be heard all the way from Webb Center. Naomi Black, working a rainbow jumpsuit and three-inch glittering heels, took to the stage for her second performance at ODU’s Pride Festival. “Gimme some attitude,” Black called out to the crowd before beginning her show. Those familiar with her performance responded to her with shouts of good-hearted obscenities, while those seeing her for the first time simply cheered as Black danced across the stage and into the audience. Occasionally partnering with fellow drag queen Alessandra McQueen, the two do shows across the Hampton Roads area and up and down the East Coast. They have both known ODU Out for years and were happy to add performing for the club’s event to their extensive list of volunteer work.


An International Perspective of America By: Samuel Mohan Staff Writer Mace & Crown

R. Nicholas Burns, professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard University Kennedy School, presented his lecture “America and the World” at the Ted Constant Convocation

Center on Oct. 24. The lecture was a part of the Waldo Family Lecture Series on international relations. Burns has dedicated 27 years of work to the U.S. government. His various positions have included being a member of National Security Council, State Department spokesman, ambassador to Greece, U.S. ambassador to NATO and undersecretary of State

for Political Affairs. The lecture focused largely on America’s status in the international community, the influence the U.S. has in the global economy and why it is unfeasible for the U.S. to revert to its isolationist tendencies. Throughout his presentation, Burns referenced his prior experience in civil service objectively and with nonpartisan bias. He did this through anec-

dotes, such as how he played an “integral role in the U.S.–India nuclear negotiations.” Burns also provided insight into the abundant diplomacy issues the State Department faces on a daily basis and gave critical advice for sustaining the U.S. as a world power. Burns suggests “U.S. involvement in all regions of the world...and the protection and support of all of our allies.”

There was a question and answer session at the end of the lecture. He answered questions that ranged from how the government shutdown impacted the rest of the world to the controversial NSA hacker Edward Snowden.

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

Dear readers, The staff is back! The National College Media Convention in New Orleans was a blast and all of us are excited to apply our new insights toward making the Mace & Crown better than ever! Being able to see other student publications – their styles and ways of operating – gave us a good view on what we’re doing right and what we can do to improve. We learned everything from how to report better news, how to promote and manage our website, how to tighten our production cycle and even what our personality types are and how others

perceive them. Among other things, we gained valuable insight into the industry of professional journalism and media. Broadcasters, writers and educators from all over the country shared their stories with us eager students, showing us what it takes to make it in an evermore competitive and demanding field. Albeit weary from our travels, we have returned with renewed ambition. Our first step is recruiting new members. Our small staff makes it difficult to create our ideal product. I may sound like a broken record in these letters, but we desperately need more writers. Come to our meetings in the U-Center, Webb 1051 on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and find out what you can do to become a writer and get published!

This is a great opportunity for all majors; especially English and communications majors who need to develop a portfolio before applying for jobs. Our goal is to have a staff large enough to assign beats, or specific topic areas for coverage. We even hope to pay our writers soon. If this hope comes to fruition, we will be able to have consistent Student Government Association updates, crime reporting, student organization coverage and more! What you may have also noticed is a change in our design. The convention was quite the eye-opener for our gifted graphic designer, Jonathan Kwok, and he is eager to begin experimenting with different styles and techniques to make the Mace & Crown a spectacu-

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“Everyone’s been so accommodating,” Black said. “And anytime something’s going to bring everyone together like this, that’s a positive thing. Most people don’t have that positive force in their life.” Many students came in costume to the occasion to show their support. Combining Halloween with gay pride, two young ladies covered themselves in zombie makeup and wore ripped t-shirts that proudly advertised their support for LGBTQ and “Z” rights. Another student paraded his support by draping a rainbow flag around a shoulder as a poncho, complete with a matching sombrero. ODU Out Treasurer Sean Bussiere said he was impressed with the overall turnout. “When we see strangers at events like this, we understand the campus community is coming to support us, and that’s wonderful,” he said.

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lar experience for our readers. Moreover, New Orleans is a magnificent city with so much to do and see. The people are great and food is even greater! I’m sure all of us have returned heavier than we left. Check out our photo section toward the back of the paper to catch a glimpse of our experience. In the meantime, please continue to support our publication. Your readership is inexplicably appreciated and keeps us moving toward our goals. Encourage others to read and, if you’re persuasive, even write for the Mace & Crown! And, one last thing – Happy Halloween!

Bicyclist Lectures About Health, Climate By: Joshua Stanton Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Dr. Wendy Ring, a public health doctor who won notoriety last year by touring the U.S. on a bicycle publicizing public health threats caused by climate change, spoke at a lecture entitled “Public Health and Climate Change” at Old Dominion University on Oct. 25 in Webb Center. Ring is a family physician who has dedicated her life to “work with those who fall between the gaps of the healthcare system,” she said. She went on to state that everyone is affected by climate change whether they believe it or not.

To support her point, she spoke on the four universal needs that climate change affects – air, water, food, and shelter. She suggested that as temperatures rise, so do ozone levels. These increased ozone levels cause asthma in humans, especially children. Ring also cited West Nile virus and Dengue fever as illnesses made more serious by a rise in temperature due to climate change. Both diseases are carried by mosquitoes. She explained that when the temperature is higher, mosquitoes breed more quickly, consume human blood more frequently and carry a virus that multiplies faster. When talking about a solution to the climate change problem, Ring said government intervention was the answer.

“Why can’t we just tell people to eat right and be active? Because it doesn’t work..[There] needs to be a federal policy,” she said. After the lecture was a discussion panel which included Ring, public health specialists, a student and climate lobbyisst at Eastern Virginia Medical School and ODU. For those interested in learning more about climate change, Safe Coast Virginia, a community action conference on climate change, energy and adaptation, will be held at the Norfolk Botanical Garden on Nov. 16. More information can be found at

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These 10 People Want to Save Our Planet By: Amanda Kirk Staff Writer Mace & Crown To an outsider, a college road trip to Pittsburgh, Pa., may seem like a perfect opportunity to party in hotels. However, a group of 10 young people from Old Dominion University and the surrounding community piled into cramped cars, battled traffic and slept on couches and floors to attend the Power Shift 2013 climate change conference. These dedicated members missed meals and attended fourteen-hour-long workshops filled with lectures, panels and speeches by featured scientists and professionals from the environmental community. They made these sacrifices so they could better educate students about the threat of environmental devastation and find a way for this generation to conquer it. Erin Fagan Fagan is only one person that can somehow get a grip on her long list of credentials.

At ODU she works in Marine Conservationas the public relations and marketing coordinator of Auxiliary Services. Fagan served as Regional Recruitment Coordinator for Power Shift 2013, head of the planning committee for the Marine Biology Student Association, as the regional recruitment coordinator for Greenpeace, and the environmental project manager for TerraScapes. She also works with Eco Reps, the ODU Women’s Center, Oceana, and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). While at Power Shift, she attended classes on anti-oppression that were more specific than any she had been to in the past. At Power Shift, she participated in a protest against investment in fossil fuels, primarily focused on fracking and mountaintop removal in Pennsylvania. Tynell Johnson In his senior year with the civil engineering program at ODU, this founder and president of Eco Reps had few expectations of his first Power Shift summit. He hoped

to expand his understanding of the green movement and while there learned about the different ways to engage a large number of people via social media. He also attended lectures about food justice and social justice, which educated about how to break down barriers between people regardless of differences in religion, ethnicity or gender. Johnson did extensive networking while attending Power Shift such as working with student and environmental leaders. After he talked with keynote speaker Kandi Mossett, Johnson said he now understands both sides of the coin. “I understand what the industry wants you to believe …and I understand the downside of fracking once they [industry] leave and the environmental chaos starts. Speaking with her kind of changed my outlook on fracking, and I can say I’m not for it anymore, because I don’t want what happened to her family to happen to my family,” Johnson said.

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY STUDENT NEWSPAPER Brit Nicholson During his time at Old Dominion University, Nicholson earned his master’s degree in geological oceanography before doing two years of postgraduate research in physical oceanography. He has previously served as a teacher’s assistant in the oceanography department, but currently holds a teaching assistanceship in the modeling and simulation department, where he is pursuing his PhD. Climate change is his primary area of interest in the environmental movement, though he has decades of experience in environmental activism. During his second Power Shift, Nicholson attended trainings on food justice, United Nations environmental policy, and fracking. These sessions prepared him to become a more prepared movement in local environmental groups. With his extensive experience in geology, Nicholson came to the conference with expert knowledge about coal. “Clean coal isn’t clean. The technology isn’t there. If you want clean energy, you have to stick to the renewables.” When a few advocates for the coal industry accused the 1,000 Power Shift protesters on a bridge over Pittsburgh’s Allegheny River that they were “confused” and “job killers,” Nicholson responded,”Innovation wins. Progress wins. Welcome to the future,” Nicholson said. Maeha Karlow Though her academic pursuits are time consuming this junior psychology major still finds time to volunteer. She is the current vice president of EcoReps. The 2013 trip was Karlow’s first Power Shift. She is already active in pursuit of greater campus sustainability and community gardening around ODU. During Power Shift, Karlow attended focused sessions on food justice, but also branched out into lectures and panels on anti-oppression, divestment, community and self-care and recruitment. Sean Davis As a sophomore in English at ODU, Davis’ academic career may seem distant from environmental concerns. However, Power Shift offered sessions related to liberal arts study. During his time at the summit, Davis learned about indigenous groups living on the front lines of the fight against environmental devastation perpetrated by fossil fuels. Davis was thankful for the opportunity to “hear the voices that are not heard in the mainstream.” Seven protesters not affiliated with ODU were arrested for trespassing during at the Oct. 21 protest. The cohesiveness of the ODU Power Shift group was another motivating force for him to continue in environmental activism. Davis plans to use the perspective he gained from Power Shift in his future writing projects. Miriam Novotna As a senior in accounting and finance, a member of Eco Reps, community service chair for F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S., and treasurer

for the women’s rugby team, Novotna has a full schedule. Even with all of these responsibilities, Novotna devoted four full days to learning new strategies to better protect our planet. While at Power Shift, she met with people from all over the country as she attended training sessions on fracking, mountain top removal, tar sands, global warming, and social issues such as racism. The environmental justice sessions were especially eye-opening for Novotna. Jerrica Rawls Attending Power Shift inspired Rawls to change her major to environmental science in her senior year. When Rawls agreed to attend the summit, she wanted to get different perspectives on environmental issues, and to get up to date on changes within the movement. During trainings on anti-oppression and environmental justice, Rawls learned how climate change disproportionately affects the poorest members of American society. At Power Shift, Rawls became a part of the newly formed Virginia Student Environmental Coalition, and worked on a committee to set the parameters for the logo. Rawls hopes to implement an ODU chapter of the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition. Jon Aldridge Though he is not an ODU student, as a resident of Hampton Roads and a student in University of Maryland University College’s in environmental management program, Aldridge found common ground with the ODU students attending Power Shift. He learned about the effects of fracking, and it troubled him that people on the Fort Berthold reservation “can’t see the stars for the flares (that burn off natural gas during the fracking process) that make it hard to distinguish day from night.” Power Shift motivated Aldridge to continue to educate friends and family members about conservation and the true cost of waste. Robbie Barton Though Barton graduated from UVA in English, his education did not end there. Power Shift taught Barton about the “difficult realities that they’re going to have to deal with if they’re going to make progress.” Barton focused on sessions related to effective leadership strategies in activism. Power Shift taught Barton that “it’s really important not to go into a community and impose change- (educators) have to work locally and expand out.” Carter Nicholson The son of Brit Nicholson, Carter has attended environmental events since he was two years old. At age five, his growing understanding of environmental issues may help him become a leader forthe next generation of activists. Carter also realized his goal of seeing the world’s largest rubber duck while in Pittsburgh.

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Localpalooza2013 Music & Art Festival Questioning By: Haja Marie Kabba Contributing wwWriter Mace & Crown

Localpalozza 2013,was in full swing at Virginia Beach’s Motorworld on Oct. 26. The Halloween themed music and arts festival showcased local music artists and vendors from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Upon arrival, guests were greeted to the sight of a dancing banana and dancing ice cream and the sounds of Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. Local bands like The Great Dismal, Dirty Steve, Conquering Rome and Sean Peterson Project, provided attendees with a diverse

soundtrack throughout the festival. Among the memorable performances was Yell Rell, a young hip-hop artist from Chesapeake. Immediately, the crowd grew excited as Yell Rell took the Virginia List Stage, and hyped the crowd up with his infectious personality. Lady Liberty and an all-male dance crew joined Young Rell on stage, adding to the energetic performance as he performed hits like “Losin’ Their Mind,” “On Point,” and “B Ball Money”. When enjoying the indie artists around them, guests were free to roam the festival grounds and chat amongst vendors that sold paintings, festival shirts, longboards, wine

painted tiki torches and handmade jewelry. Vendors like Markus Fussell’s Spray Paint Art, Morphed, Kill Devil Skates, Funky Town Art Company and Stephanie Ann Gianna LiPuma were in attendance. Most of these artists had spent years managing their crafts and engaged in activities such as art galleries and customized purchase dealings. Also in attendance was festival co-sponsors WODU Studios who promoted the event throughout this month and conducted interviews with some of the local talent. “This just put me in a good mood for the rest of the day,” said Monique Bryant, a WODU Studios member.

A Howling Good Time Top 5 Scariest Places in Virginia By: Haja Marie Kabba Contributing Writer Mace & Crown The season of the black cats and menacing ghouls is officially upon us. Historical Virginia is home to a handful of haunted landmarks that may leave the most experienced ghost hunter shrieking. George Mason University Gazebo (Fairfax, Va.) A drowned man’s body was found sitting in the gazebo that borders the campus pond. His spirit continues to haunt the area with spooky sightings of the man staring at his killer from the edge of the water. Occasionally, the shy ghost is spotted in the gazebo trying to lure women to come sit by him but vanishes himself when accommodated. Old Towne Inn (Manassas, Va.) Long before there was a Bates Motel,

there was the Old Towne Inn. The resident ghost, Miss Lucy, is believed to watch over four of the 56 hotel rooms and sometimes enjoys interacting with guests. She enjoys levitating her new friends as well as making startling noises, toying with doors and messing up beds. Wakefield High School Auditorium (Arlington, Va.) The Wakefield high school auditorium is haunted by more than performances past. People who have worked in the theatre reported feeling overwhelmingly depressed when working in the sound booth. Spotlights flicker and swing by themselves and the piano plays without a pianist. The responsible spirit may be found sitting alone on the balcony enjoying his terror from above. Walney Road (Chantilly, Va.) Before Walney Roadwas paved, a driver

mowed down a pedestrian during their nighttime walk. Now, his spirit can be seen hitchhiking along the road around midnight. If you drive past, denying him a ride, he’ll appear twice more along the road. This ghost doesn’t take rejection well. If after the third time your car passes him with an empty passenger seat he will materialize in the car, often causing fatal car accidents. The Bunny Man Bridge Colchester Overpass (Clifton, Va.) In the early 1990s a bus carrying the inmates of the Clifton Asylum crashed with one prisoner managing escape. After his disappearance, skinned and half-eaten rabbit carcasses were found hanging from trees around the bridge and in the bridge’s tunnel. Since his disappearance, there have been reports of a man wearing a rabbit costume with an axe threatening intruders who venture onto his property.

Reasons By: Haja Marie Kabba Contributing wwWriter Mace & Crown

John A. Baker, an American comedian, actor and artist known on YouTube as Spoken Reasons, performed in North Cafe, Oct. 25. His channel has over 1.5 million followers with hits like “Electric Wheelchair,” “Why you lyin” and “This Goes Out To My Momma” from his mixtape called “New King of Comedy.” His latest album, “The Game Changer” was released June 23, 2013. He has worked with celebrities including 50 Cent, Sandra Bullock and Priscilla Renea. Most recently, he appeared in “The Heat” staring Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, which opened in theaters June 28, 2013. His moniker came from realizing the power of words, stating, “Everything that comes out of your mouth has a living with purpose.” How did you feel tonight? How did you like the crowd, the energy? “I felt like the crowd was very, very great. They showed all the love in the world. I would come back if they chose to bring me back. It was just a dope show, man. It was just a place for me to really express my comedy and my art in different shapes and forms. A lot of comedians, they come with a set that’s structured, and I do that as well but I also like to incorporate crowd participation and everything else. So, overall, I’d give the show a 10.” Is this your first time performing in Norfolk and, if so, how would you rank it in terms of crowd electricity? “Yeah, this is my first time here. I feel like this school, it was actually one of the best schools that I’ve been to. A lot of schools that I go to, they come with like that tough love and they try to give me a hard time when I’m on stage and [I] have to come up with an icebreaker but this school didn’t give me that much of a hard time. I enjoyed it.”

Talk about your past experience. Where did you get your inspiration for your comedy and your poetry and how did you [learn how to] merge them together? Where did that come from, what inspired you the most? “My inspiration comes from struggles, life experiences. I believe everything that you go through, it’s not your story to tell. It’s actually God’s and it’s your job as an entertainer or as an individual or as an artist to spread it to the people and get your message across. That’s exactly how I got into it. The poetry came from me just waking up one day and I wanted to do something different with my life. The comedy came from when I hopped on YouTube and I actually couldn’t market poetry. So, that’s exactly how it all came together.” Tell us about your upcoming spots. How can fans stay connected with you if they want to come to another show? What would they do? “You can catch me on my Facebook.I leave a lot of updates on my Twitter. I’m always talking on there, especially on Instagram. You can always catch me on stuff like that. I will actually be in ‘The Real Husbands of Hollywood’ starting next year. Me and Kevin Hart will be going at it next year I can’t really get into details but look for me on ‘The Real Husbands of Hollywood’ next year.” Finally, are there any final words you want to say to your fans out there? “F.C.H.W. Faith, consistency and hard work. Without it, you will lose. You have to apply all three to get where you want to be in life and get everything that you want and you need. So, once you apply all those, you really can’t lose. It’s an inspiration, it’s gas to your motor vehicle from one place to another. That’s what I have to say. Take it with you.”

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A Stowe-ic Leader By: Matt O’Brien Staff Writer Mace & Crown

In his first full season as the men’s goalkeeper, redshirt senior Sean Stowe has certainly made his mark on Old Dominion’s soccer program. He was recently named Conference USA Defensive Player of the week for the second time this season. Stowe has played a vital part in helping his squad to a 9-3-1 record. “I am very happy about it. It just makes me appreciate my defense even more,” he said. “My back four have been solid all year. They haven’t allowed very many shots making my job that much easier,” The Monarchs back line has been plagued by injuries and penalties so far this season. The line has changed quite a bit since the start of the year. “It’s hard to have a change in personnel on any spot in the lineup and we’ve had a lot of guys step up in any role that they are needed this year and that’s huge,” Stowe said. Recently, Stowe earned his third clean sheet of the season as ODU beat Marshall 3-0. This victory put the Monarchs in first place in C-USA over New Mexico. “It feels good. We’re glad to have this pressure on us at this point, but we still have some tough games to get through we have to keep focus on the opponents ahead,” Stowe said The team has three conference opponents remaining and the opportunity to earn nine more points in the conference standings. “We want to lock up the top spot. I’m very happy with where we are right now, we just need to continue to build on it,” the goalkeeper said.

Stowe and his teammates have reason to be happy, as they have won four in a row and have managed five victories in six matches. “I think it’s just a mindset. The team has clearly grown up a lot; we have figured out our style and grown very accustomed to each other. We’re starting to really achieve our goals and it feels good,” he said. Stowe himself is achieving a lot personally. He is 3rd in the conference in saves with 31. He is also seventh in Goals Against Average posting a 1.25. He believes his daily routine in practice is a big part of his success. “The other goalkeepers and I, Matt Sanchez and Connor Miller, we’ve really got a solid routine down. They tell me what I need to work on game by game and we go from there. We are all very educated goalkeepers, but we can always get better and they have really helped me out in my confidence and success,” Stowe said. He also attributes his success to his teammates in the field; mainly those that have been with him since his first season in 2009. “Tim Hopkinson and Jason Gaylord have been with me the longest. We came up together. They have always believed in me and having their confidence really goes a long way,” he said. He also gives credit to the coaching staff, one that has been here for his entire run at Old Dominion. “The staff brought me in and taught me a lot from the start. They also will jump all over me as soon as there is a mistake and I can always build on it,” he said. Stowe was quick to praise his staff no matter his personal performance. “We’ve got some very knowledgeable coaches here and they’ve helped me out with my development quite a bit” Stowe said.


New Conference New Chances Change Good when it Comes to Men’s Basketball

By: Jasmine Blackwell Staff Writer Mace & Crown The Old Dominion men’s basketball team has gone through many trials in the past year. With the firing of a head coach, a less-than-stellar record from the previous season, and the loss of several players, there are many nay-sayers when speaking about possible success in Monarch Nation this season. There are many changes that have been made in Monarch Nation including the joining of Conference USA in which they will play FIU, Middle Tennessee State, Charlotte, North Texas,Florida Atlantic, UAB, and Tulsa, facing off with East Carolina on the road.

This will surely be a challenging season for Old Dominion as they attempt to take steps in the right direction. Fortunately for the Monarchs, they have an excited new head coach who has a huge vision for the team in the near future. Former American University head coach Jeff Jones has been named the thirteenth men’s basketball head coach in history at Old Dominion University after the untimely dismissal of long-time head coach Blaine Taylor. Jones has 21 years of experience as a head coach and 29 years of coaching experience overall under his belt. Jones will bring an abundance of knowledge and work ethic to Old Dominion’s men’s basketball as he attempts to rebuild the team after an unexceptable 7-23 season last year. The Monarchs lost a total of five players from the 2012-13 roster. Among those play-

ers who will not be returning this season is Clemson transfer Donte Hill. It has been confirmed that Hill will not be returning this season due to a denied appeal by the NCAA. Hill would have been Old Dominion’s most experienced player on the court this season. One thing that has not been confirmed is whether or not transfer point guard Trey Freeman will be required by the NCAA to sit out a year. Nik Biberag is a preferred walk-on who will be required to sit out this season. Sophomore Deion Clark will likely miss the entire season due to a knee injury. The Monarchs seem to have suffered a few huge losses, but have also gained a promising 6-7, 215 pound forward who also has a 7-1 wing span. Forward Josue Ebondo comes to Old Dominion from Garden City Community College and has also played at

Eastern Oklahoma State College. There are also a few players who will be returning back to Monarch Nation. Among those returning is sophomore point guard Keenan Palmore who has been selected by Conference USA’s men’s basketball coaches as one of 16 preseason Players to watch for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Guard Dimitri Batten will also be returning. Batten will be looked to for scoring relief as he scored in double figures in his last eight games of last season. Richard Ross will be returning as he plays a huge role on defense for the Monarchs. Ross blocked an astounding 14 shots in his last 13 games last season, ranking him 4th CAA in blocked shots averaging 1.9 blocks per game. Returning players will surely be looked to for leadership throughout the season as the Monarchs play their first season in Con-

ference USA. Even with the conference change, Old Dominion will face off against a few familiar faces with six games against former CAA competition, including long time rival VCU. The Old Dominion Monarchs have the pleasure of attending the Cancun Challenge this year where they will face off against Presbyterian and Georgia Southern at home. The team will then travel to Cancun, Mexico to play neutral court games against West Virginia and then either Wisconsin or Saint Louis. The Monarchs will kick off the regular season against Missouri State on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Ted Convocation Center. The players were unavailable for comment as they are working very hard to prepare for the quickly approaching season.

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ODU Rallies to Avoid Let Down Against Norfolk State 27-24 By: Brian Saunders Staff Writer Mace & Crown

No one gave the Norfolk State Spartans much of a chance against the fast -paced offense of Old Dominion (5-3). The Spartans (2-6) had been struggling to fill the seats at Dick Price Stadium, only 11,308 were in attendance Saturday afternoon. After losing its starting quarterback, Omari Timmons, to injury on the first drive of the game the Spartans put in ODU transfer Tyler Clark, who guided the Spartans to a field goal to draw first blood Taylor Heinicke answered with 17 straight points, including scoring drives of, 3:21, 1:59, and 3:00. Antonio Vaughn and Larry Pinkard caught 20, and 22 yard touchdowns to cap off two of the three drives. A story almost lost in the wave of Norfolk State’s solid performance and near upset is Heinicke passing another milestone. No Virginia Division I quarterback has ever passed for 10,000 yards in a career. In his first 3 seasons Taylor Heinicke has eclipsed the 10,000 yard mark. Heinicke passed this milestone on the aforementioned Pinkard touchdown Heinicke was solid once again, completing 26 of his 44 attempts for 325 yards and three touchdowns. His career passing yard total is 10,186. It was clear that NSU was not going to lie down and let the Monarchs run up the score on them, as it’s done against its 4 other

Football Championship Series (FCS) opponents. ODU came into the game averaging 55 points against FCS teams. After allowing 17 unanswered points, and switching quarterbacks for the third time, this time inserting Malik Stokes, the Spartans began to take control. There were 11 minutes and 10 seconds remaining in the 2ndquarter when ODU took its 17-3 lead. Over the next 20 minutes, the Spartans scored 21 straight points of their own. NSU took some Bobby Wilder-esque chances during its scoring run. During an 84 yard drive, that took 8:42 off the clock, the Spartans faked a punt on fourth down to extend the drive. Stokes capped off the 21-0 run with a 2 yard scamper into the end zone with 14:11 remaining in the game and his team up 2417. The two teams, who are separated by four miles, have programs going in different directions. The Monarchs are the talk of the town, moving into the highest level of competition, having more scholarship players, recruiting better talent, and selling out every home game. The Spartans are scrambling to put together a competitive team, and not able to fill its 34,000 seat stadium to capacity. Their first and only prior meeting was in the 2011 FCS playoffs, a game won by ODU 35-18.

“I’m pretty sure they’re sick of hearing of ODU,” Heinicke said. “If I was in Norfolk State’s situation and I kept hearing about the school across town that gets all of the attention and we didn’t, I’d feel the exact same way.” Wilder said: “You have to give Norfolk State a lot of credit. They played a hell of a game.” NSU coach Pete Adrian said: “I think everybody in the community thought this was going to be a blowout, and you saw what

type of game it was. It went right down to the last play of the ballgame.” “We had our chances, just as they did, and they capitalized on what they had.” Just as it did against Liberty three weeks ago, ODU turned the offensive magic on late to escape with another close victory. Heinicke, Mr. Clutch himself, rallied his troops and drove 72 yards to tie the game at 24, with a 2 yard pass to Pinkard, with just over 7 minutes remaining in the game. After a blocked field goal, the Monarchs

got the ball back, and Jared Brown kicked a game winning 24 yard field goal as time expired. Wilder shook up his running back depth chart again. This week he decided to give freshman Gerard Johnson most of the carries, Johnson who had just 20 attempts for 69 yards on the season, ran 17 times for 101 yards to help carry the Monarchs. Next Saturday ODU returns home for a 2:00 pm game vs Rhode Island. >> STOWE-CI CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1

There is a good aura surrounding this team as the regular season is coming to a close. “I feel like we are more of a team this year, we don’t rely on individual players like we have in the past. We are getting contributions from every guy on this team,” Stowe hails from Midlothian, Virginia just outside of Richmond. He has been playing soccer since he was four years old. He began to play goalie when he was 11. “I never really had the foot work to excel in the field so I just stuck with goalie, sometimes I got put at right back in practice and that was always fun,” Stowe said. He credits his brother for his love of soccer. “He was two years older than me and I started playing with him as soon as I could, I have loved the sport ever since,” he said. His older brother played a part in him attending Old Dominion as well. Stowe was fascinated with the Monarchs playing style and goalie play when his brother was playing them at William and Mary. “At the time they had a very good goalkeeper by the name of Evan Newton. He was incredible. I thought man I got to see more of this guy, he ended up going to the MLS and I got to train with him for two years,” Stowe said. As his tenure here at Old Dominion is now coming to a close four years later, he reflects on what the university has taught him. “Working hard, that’s been my main thing since I’ve been here. I thought for a while that it wouldn’t pay off but I finally got my opportunity. I was able to do some great things for a great program.”

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The Building Blocks of ODU’s Minecraft Club By: Alyse Stanley Staff Writer Mace & Crown

The game accomplishes a lot for gaming as“We aren’t just avatars, we’re actual people!” reads the slogan on the webpage of the Old Dominion Minecraft Club. Founded by club President Daniel Swift, the club was added to ODU’s roster of recognized clubs this semester, and its thirty plus members are greatly enjoying their official club status. Players and enthusiasts with any range of experience are welcome. As Vice President Harry Belfore explained, “Minecraft is built around a community [in which] we pride ourselves in working together and communicating with each other. And that applies to the club too.” Minecraft is an open world or “sandbox” PC game that, despite releasing with no commercial advertising or publisher backing to speak of, has skyrocketed in popularity ever since its original release in 2011. The game resembles a 3D version of the

8-bit games popular during the 80s and 90s. In a world constructed entirely of blocks that can be manipulated in an infinite number of ways, players set out to explore and collect materials for the structures they wish to build. Structures can range from a wood cabin set on a hillside to a sky fortress overlooking an ocean with a lava waterfall, to recreations of photos using individual blocks in the game as pixels. While the game does not have a plot in any traditional sense, players are spurred on by their own desire to manifest their creations in the virtual world. Enemies such as the now-iconic Creeper swoop in at random to gum up the works and disrupt the player’s progress, but otherwise the players are primarily left up to their own devices. In short, as Officer of Human Resources Neffy Laine described it, “It’s a sandbox game where you can literally build anything.” The club also uses the game as an opportunity to teach neophytes and veterans how to work with Java, the game’s programming language, and how to work out various logic puzzles and circuitry problems through col-

laboratively building structures. The game requires a server to play on and currently the club has been resigned to bringing their own to meetings, which can only support a limited number of people, but Laine explained that they are working to get a server hosted through ODU specifically for the club. “This would be a lot more durable, because we wouldn’t have to worry about it crashing. Effectively on these servers we’d all be playing online together. We should be able to get up to sixty four people to work on the same project at the same time.” However, a lack of server space hasn’t

stopped members from beginning construction on bigger projects. The club has already built a virtual model of Perry Library, and plans to replicate the entire campus in-game with the help of actual blueprints of the university. The club also has plans to host an ODU Minecraft Treasure Hunt in Haufman mall, a survival style scavenger hunt where students collect objects as they would in the game, to receive slips of paper listing vital materials for constructing that night’s resources. Whoever can secure enough materials for survival the fastest wins a prize. They’re committed to extending their role beyond the virtual world and into the

campus community as well. Club members volunteered with Wesley House at the homecoming carnival, providing Minecraft related carnival games. Plans are also in the works to join the ranks of ODU clubs that participate in the Adopt-a-Spot clean-up initiative, a program where students commit to regularly collect and dispose of litter at their designated location. Meetings take place every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Isle of Wight room above the Student Health center. Those students wishing to receive more information should contact Neffy Laine at nlain001@

obstacles to overcome, chief among them is a lack of weather proofing on the current drone prototypes. “Flirteys currently operate in summer weather, which is one reason that Sydney is a great city to pilot the technology,” said Vimbra CEO Matthew Sweeny. “Flirtey is working on weather proofing our UAVs for all conditions, rain, hail or shine.”

In the meantime, Flirtey is in the process of gaining regulatory approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority. “As one of the few countries in the world to allow commercial drone activities, Australia is uniquely placed to create a new drone industry and shape the development of regulations in this space,” said Zookal CEO Ahmed Haider.

A test flight is scheduled to take place in November at the University of Sydney. If the simulation is successful, Zookal anticipates drone textbook deliveries to begin as early as March 2014. izable. So go crazy or go conservative, just make sure to go before stores start hauling out the Christmas decorations.

Drones to Deliver Textbooks in 2014 By: Zakeya Murphy Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Pokemon X and Y: Must. Catch. Them All. By: Alyse Stanley Staff Writer Mace & Crown Pokemon X and Y mark the newest generation of Pokemon, capping the current total at 718, and while the series’ age old trademark of “gotta catch ‘em all” is as daunting as ever, the series remains no less addicting than it did with its original 151. The game takes place in the Kalos region, a gorgeous landscape heavily influenced by French architecture and culture, making these games the first to take place in a European inspired environment. The story follows the typical formula at first: a young trainer is sent off from his or her mom’s house, equipped with his or her first Pokemon, to find and capture Pokemon to complete his or her Pokedex. It isn’t until the player catches word of an ancient war that took place thousands of years ago between Pokemon that things start to take a turn from the expected. While simultaneously trying to uncover the implications of this war in present day, the player is tasked with discovering the secrets of Megaevolution, which allows Pokemon to evolve into a new form for

the duration of a battle. Charizard and Mewtwo have the added bonus of having separate forms depending on if the player purchased Pokemon X or Y. There’s no shortage of throwbacks to earlier games as well. Veteran fans will fondly recognize many of the references Game Freak sneaks in. A sleeping Snorlax blocks the road at one point in the story, preventing the player from moving onward. Allusions are also made to Professor Oak’s grandson, Gary, and legends from previous Pokemon games. Not to mention that for the first time there are two sets of starter Pokemon the player is allowed to pick from, and the second set will look all too familiar to fans of the series. Everything from the people to the Pokemon to the environments has been converted to 3D design models to take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS graphics engine. Battles are no longer static showdowns between two sprites, but instead fully 3D animated sequences complete with environment-sensitive backgrounds and a rotating camera to catch all the action. It’s extremely evident the amount of work Game Freak put into making the environments memorable. Every town and

gym has a clearly defined theme that blends together seamlessly with the overarching European motif. From rooms that open up to reveal a rotating sphere of constellations, a forest town overrun with mushrooms that might as well have been ripped straight out of a Grimm’s fairy tale, a modern metropolis complete with its own homage to the Eiffel tower, the region is filled to the seams with stunning visuals. For the first time in the series, character customization is possible. The outfits available are themed to the towns in which they are sold and the inventory changes daily, inciting players to check back each day. Non-playable characters will respond to your choices, and certain locations will not unlock until you are deemed “fashionable” enough. While the overhaul in graphics makes battling a much more engaging experience, what perhaps is most fun about Pokemon X and Y is what happens outside of battle. A new feature called Pokemon-amie allows players to interact with their Pokemon via the touch screen and 3DS camera, and each Pokemon has its own unique animation for the different ways players can interact with it.

If you dangle food in front of its face only to have it drop to the floor, most Pokemon will stamp their feet or pout dejectedly. Petting it with the touch stylus yields hearts and gratified mewls, whereas incessant tapping or petting it wrongly might earn the player a sour look, and that’s only from the mildest of Pokemon. Pokemon with fiery tails or manes burn the player’s hand when touched, Trubbish, a Pokemon composed entirely of trash, makes the player’s hand gooey and move slower, and certain ones will dole out high fives if prompted. While all this playing around does yield a variety of in-battle bonuses, Pokemon-amie, with its adorable variety of animations and level of interactivity, hardly needs much incentive to begin with. Hard-core players will appreciate the new Super Training system, a series of point and shoot mini-games that allow players to finely hone their Pokemon’s individual stats. Considering the previous way to do this involved tediously training for hours without nearly as precise results, this new method comes as a much appreciated improvement. However, for all its bells and whistles the actual battles in Pokemon X and Y are not nearly as difficult as in previous games.

A tweak to the existing item known as experience share could be to blame, as now it has become incredibly easy to level up an entire team in a fraction of the previous time, reducing the long hours of grinding players have become accustomed to while also making the games more accessible to casual gamers. Though it takes relatively little effort to beat the game, Game Freak accommodates for that by providing post-Elite Four quests, daily trainer challenges, a Battle Tower reminiscent of the Battle Subway in Pokemon Black and White, and, of course, the ever present challenge of collecting over seven hundred Pokemon. Even with their imperfections, Pokemon X and Y mark an incredible improvement in the series. The Pokemon that gamers know and love has received a gorgeous makeover in these 3DS titles, and it’s not much of a stretch to say that Game Freak might have perfected the formula of addicting gameplay. A fair bit of warning, though: students with heavy schedules, purchase with caution. It’s incredibly likely that no homework will get done the day you buy the new Pokemon.

Look up in the sky; it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone and it’s dropping books. According to, Zookal, an Australian textbook rental service, plans to begin employing drones to deliver books to students in Australia in 2014. Zookal intends to expand the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to customers in the United States in 2015. Zookal has partnered with software company, Vimbra, to form Flirtey, the company that will manufacture six drones that will be used to start the alternative delivery method in Sydney, Australia. The current drone models are powered by rechargeable lithium polymer batteries, can travel a distance of almost two miles and carry packages weighing up to four pounds. Deliveries will be free and customers will have the ability to control the entire transaction through Flirtey’s Android smartphone app. Apps for other smartphone platforms are in development and will be released closer to the official launch of the service. Customers will choose the drop off location and the drone will use GPS coordinates

to calculate a preferred flight route. Once an exact location and route have been determined, the drone will take off. Customers will be able to track the location of the drone with their smartphone and proceed to the drop-off location once the drone is in close proximity. One press of the “Lower package” button on the app and the drone lowers its position closer to the customer. Based on of the location of the smartphone, the drone will safely hover over the customer. Once the customer utilizes the drone’s lowering cord, the package of books will drop without causing any damage or interrupting the drone’s flight power. Zookal claims deliveries will be completed in two to three minutes and the drones will immediately return to headquarters after the job is done. As safety precautions, the drones are equipped with custom designed anti-collision technology that will ideally steer them clear of any buildings, birds and aircrafts. Zookal and Flirtey stated that the drones will not be equipped with any surveillance or camera software. There are many possible advantages and conveniences offered to customers with this new drone fleet; however there are still

Tech-or-Treat: Tech Tips for a Hanuted House

By: Alyse Stanley Staff Writer Mace & Crown

It is almost the end of October, and that only means one thing: Halloween. The years of plastic skeletons and cotton-spun spider webs have faded, and bowls overflowing with fake brains simply don’t cut it anymore. Technology has upped the ante for those wishing to truly terrify their guests, and the Mace and Crown would like to help by providing a short shopping list of some haunted house staples. Fog Machines are a must whether a person is trying to spook trick-or-treaters or scare hard-core haunted house goers. Units range from thirty dollars for the 400 watt variety with prices increasing according to wattage. Party stores also sell accessories like

zombie figures or dying bodies that can attach to the machine to make it look like they are rising from the grave or spewing smoke from their mouth. Strobe Lighting is the cheapest way to create a chilling mood. Twenty five watt units can be bought at Target or Home Depot for twenty dollars. Higher wattage brings a higher prize but a more blinding and terrifying impact. Outside, smaller tower strobes can be strewn behind grave stones, inside plastic pumpkins, and along footpaths. All of which can be purchased for as cheap as ten dollars. A DMX system is one of the higher tech options. Its control console gives users more precise control over pre-set light shows using a system of multiple dimmers and frequency options. However, expect to dole out at least two hundred dollars for this

advanced customization. Most lighting triggers can be bought at party or hardware stores, but someone online Halloween stores such LightsAlive sell pressure pad triggers, perfect for surprising trick-or-treaters at the welcome mat. Another company is Monster Eyes that produces blinking lights in the shape of, much as its name implies, monster eyes. Place them in plastic skulls, hide them strategically amongst the bushes, or put them amongst the rafters to make it seem like bats are glaring down, especially when the colors flash red. Animatronics can be a costly route to get a good scare, but depending on how much a person is willing to pay, the effects can be well worth it. From bodies that dangle gasping from nooses, mannequins that reach out for

unsuspecting victims or whip their heads towards those walking past, and hanging, blood clotted body bags that shriek and struggle in mid-air – the selection is as vast as it is varied. Most can be purchased either at party stores or online, and specializes in animatronics with a selection ranging from fifty dollars for the simpler, smaller variety, to thousands of dollars for the larger mechanized haunts. Existing technology in one’s home can also be integrated into the scaring experience. A haunted mirror can be created using a spare PC; simply buy a frame large enough to conceal it and place it behind a sheet of glass to create the reflective quality. For those who wish to take it one step further, a false door can be constructed around a PC secured to the wall, so that its screen

resembles a door window, and play a video of a shadowy figure slowly getting closer, or the undead banging on the screen to get out. Home speaker systems can be used to polish off a haunted ambience without purchasing additional equipment. Just hook up an MP3 player with spooky music to create suspense or pre-set a crack of thunder or ominous howl to accompany strobe lighting. Apps such as Soundslate make it easy to pre-set sound effects on a wireless device. Many of these gadgets can be purchased at local stores such as Party City or Home Depot, and the variety available makes decorating for Halloween immensely customizable. So go crazy or go conservative, just make sure to go before stores start hauling out the Christmas decorations.

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