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Staff Sean Davis Editor-in-Chief editorinchief@maceandcrown.com David Thornton Copy Editor Dthor013@odu.edu Josh Whitener News Editor news@maceandcrown.com Amy Poulter Arts & Entertainment Editor artsandentertainment@maceandcrown.com Josh Boone Photography Editor photo@maceandcrown.com Ross Reelachart Technology Editor technology@maceandcrown.com

Sabrina Brooks Senior Graphic Designer sbroo029@odu.edu Jason Kazi Advertising/ Social Media Manager advertising@maceandcrown.com Jugal Patel Digital Strategist jpate016@odu.edu Matt O’Brien Sports Editor sports@maceandcrown.com

Staff Writers: Adam Flores Alex Brooks Amy DeLaura Connor Norton George Plank Jessica Perkins Michael High Veronica Singer

Staff Photographers: Brian Vliet Dawit Samson Jason Kazi Joshua Boone Joshua Caudell Schyler Shafer Shamon Jones

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NEWS BRIEFS SHOOTING, ROBBERY NEAR NSU Norfolk police are searching for a suspect involved in a shooting on Saturday evening. Police received a call about the incident near the 1500 block of Corprew Ave. around 7:15 p.m. Police say they responded to two men who both suffered gunshot wounds during a robbery. They were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and are expected to recover.

OCTOBER 25TH An assault was reported between 6:50 p.m. and 7:47 p.m. at this approximate location.

OCTOBER 25TH An assault was reported between 6:50 and 7:47 p.m. at this approximate location . The assailant refused to prosecute. OCTOBER 24TH A shooting was reported at this approximate location between 8:05 p.m. and 8:21 p.m. The shooter was cleared by arrest.

FORMER NORFOLK MAYOR REMEMBERED

OCTOBER 23RD A shooting was reported at 10:40 p.m. at this approximate location.

The former mayor of Norfolk from 1976 to 1984, Vincent Thomas, passed away Saturday. Thomas is credited with the development of Waterside, which is now seeing a large revitalization. He’s also remembered for encouraging more black government representation during that time period. NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH KEYNOTE SPEAKING AT ODU Karinne Wood of the Monacan Tribe in Virginia, will be speaking in the River Rooms at ODU’s Webb Center at 4 p.m. on Nov. 12. Wood was recently selected as an outstanding woman in “Virginia Women in History.” RSVP for her keynote address via MonarchLink. 2015 ENTREPRENEURIAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS Mark Strome will be returning to ODU on Friday, Nov. 13 to host the 2015 ODU Strome Entrepreneurial Center Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The event honors members of the ODU community who have achieved notable distinction in creating and running their own businesses. TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP DOCUMENT FULLY REVEALED On Nov. 5, the New Zealand government released the full text of the TPP. Completed on Oct. 3, the TPP lays out sweeping economic and business rules that have become the subject of much controversy.

OCTOBER 31ST A shooting was reported between 1:05 and 1:40 a.m. at this approximate location. The case remains inactive.

OCTOBER 28TH A robbery was reported between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m. at this approximate location. The case remains active.

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Date/ Time Occurred

Location

Category

Incident Number

Disposition

10/26/2015

10/26/2015 2:51pm - 3:12pm

1000 Blk W hi46th Street

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2015-ODU-001206

Inactive 11/06/2015

10/26/2015

10/25/2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm

1300 Blk W 49th Street

Larceny

2015-ODU-001205

Inactive 11/06/2015

10/27/2015

05/01/2015 12:00pm 10/26/2015 9:00pm

4800 Blk Killam Ave

Stalking

2015-ODU-001210

Active 10/28/2015

10/27/2015

10/27/2015 8:30pm - 9:45pm

4700 Blk Powhatan Ave

Larceny

2015-ODU-001212

Inactive 11/06/2015

10/27/2015

10/25 /2015 3:20pm 10/26/2015 6:20am

1000 Blk W 38th Street

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2015-ODU-001209

Inactive 11/06/2015

10/28/2015

10/28/2015 4:15pm-4:30pm

38th/Killam Ave

Robbery

2015-ODU-001216

Active 10/29/2015

10/28/2015

10/28/2015 10:09pm

49th/Bluestone Ave

Traffic Offense

2015-ODU-001217

Arrest 11/06/2015

10/30/2015

10/30/2015 12:40am

4500 Blk Monarch Way

Liquor Law Violation

2015-ODU-001224

Clear by Arrest 11/02/2015

10/30/2015

10/30/2015 11:55am

1700 Blk 48th Street

Vandalism

2015-ODU-001226

Inactive 11/02/2015

10/30/2015

10/30/2015 8:24pm

1200 Blk W 43rd Street

Trespassing

2015-ODU-001231

Clear by Arrest 11/02/2015

10/30/2015

10/30/2015 10:30pm

4700 Blk Elkhorn Ave

Narcotics Violation

2015-ODU-001233

Judicial referral 11/02/2015

10/30/2015

10/30/2015 9:35pm

4700 Blk Elkhorn Ave

Vandalism

2015-ODU-001232

Closed 11/06/2015

10/30/2015

10/30/2015 11:26am

1500 Blk 43rd Street

Vandalism

2015-ODU-001225

Inactive 11/06/2015

10/31/2015

10/31/2015 2:43am - 3:00am

1000 Blk W 46th Street

Vandalism

2015-ODU-001235

Active 11/02/2015

10/31/2015

10/31/2015 10:46pm

1500 Blk W 42nd Street

Liquor Law Violation

2015-ODU-001240

Active 11/02/2015

10/31/2015

10/31/2015 10:54pm

1700 Blk W 48th Street

Narcotics Violation

2015-ODU-001239

Arrest 11/06/2015

10/31/2015

10/30/2015 11:30am - 12:00pm

1000 Blk 43rd Street

Larceny

2015-ODU-001237

Inactive 11/06/2015

10/31/2015

10/31/2015 1:05am - 1:40am

1400 W 39th Street

Brandishing a Firearm

2015-ODU-001234

Inactive 11/06/2015

11/01/2015

11/01/2015 1:06am

W 37th/Killam Ave

Robbery

2015-ODU-001242

Investigation by other Agency 11/02/2015

11/01/2015

10/31/2015 3:00am

4700 Blk Elkhorn Ave

Harassing Communication

2015-ODU-001244

Active 11/02/2015

11/01/2015

11/01/2015 12:30pm

1400 Blk 39th Street

Robbery

2015-ODU-001245

Active 11/02/2015

11/01/2015

11/01/2015 12:20pm - 7:30pm

1200 Blk W 42nd Street

Larceny

2015-ODU-001246

Inactive 11/03/2015

11/01/2015

11/01/2015 8:00am - 2:20pm

W 39th/Killam Ave

Larceny

2015-ODU-001243

Inactive 11/06/2015

11/02/2015

10/17/2015 11:23am 10/29/2015 8:00pm

1400 Blk W 49th St

Assault - Simple

2015 ODU-001249

Clear by Arrest 11/03/2015

11/03/2015

11/03/2015 11:08 pm

1700 Blk W 48th Street

Narcotics Violation

2015-ODU-001257

Judicial referral 11/04/2015

11/03/2015

11/03/2015 3:02pm

4200 Blk Killam Ave

Vandalism

2015-ODU-001256

Inactive 11/06/2015

11/03/2015

11/02/2015 12:55pm

4000 Blk Bowdens Ferry Road

Fraud

2015-ODU-001255

Inactive 11/06/2015

11/03/2015

11/02/2015 8:30pm

800 Blk W 40th Street

Tampering with automobile

2015-ODU-001253

Inactive 11/06/2015

11/04/2015

11/04/2015 8:20PM

4700 Blk Powhatan Ave

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2015-ODU-001258

Active 11/05/2015

11/04/2015

11/04/2015 1:00AM - 8:35PM

1700 Blk W 48th St

Larceny from a Building

2015-ODU-001259

Inactive 11/06/2015

11/05/2015

05/01/201512:00pm 11/05/2015 2:00pm

1700 Blk W 48th Street

Larceny

2015-ODU-001260

Active 11/06/2015

11/05/2015

11/05/2015 5:00pm

4500 Blk Hampton Blvd

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2015-ODU-001261

Active 11/06/2015

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No Change in Richmond After Election David Thornton Copy Editor

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The Republican Party maintained control of both houses of the Virginia General Assembly after the Nov. 3 election, according to results from the Virginia Public Access Project. The Virginia Department of Elections shows 79 out of 140 total General Assembly seats were uncontested: 17 in the Senate and 62 in the House. Of the 61 races where voters actually had a choice, only 49 featured Democrats running against Republicans. Independent challengers all

lost by wide margins, rarely picking up more than 20 percent of the vote in their districts. The Washington Post reported, based on preliminary data from the Virginia Department of Elections, that voter turnout in Virginia was 26.5 percent, the lowest since 1976, when they started recording the statistics. In Norfolk, both Daun Hester (D) and Steve Heretick (D), the two House Representatives that claim parts of Old Dominion University in their districts, ran unopposed. Lynwood Lewis (D), the state senator who represents ODU as well as

territory in multiple different cities and counties, retained his seat, beating challenger Richard Ottinger (R) with 59 percent of the vote. It appears Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) will be unlikely to pass any of the items on his legislative agenda, such as Medicaid expansion or stricter gun-control laws. McAuliffe campaigned extensively for Democrats in recent weeks, hoping to leverage a Democratically controlled Senate into bipartisan cooperation in the house.

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Dr. Timothy Gay Discusses Football Physics Jessica Perkins Staff Writer Timothy Gay, author and physics professor, is on a mission to popularize science, especially physics. Gay brought his mission to the University Theatre Thursday night, where he talked to the audience about how football, a traditional American sport, is as much a representation of “classic physics” as it is entertaining. “There is this idea that if you do popularize science, then that somehow you are demeaning your work as a scientist. I happen to strongly disagree with this view,” Gay said. While explaining Newton’s laws of motion Gay placed four Styrofoam cups on a table. Two of the cups then

supported a wooden block, while the other two held a much heavier stone brick. To the audience’s quiet surprise the cups held both bricks without yielding to their weight. He then dropped a lead weight on to each brick from the same fixed height. When the weight cascaded onto the wooden block it crushed one of the cups and the block fell. However, to the audience’s obvious surprise, the stone brick because its mass absorbed the shock of the falling weight- the cups were unharmed and the setup remained upright. While Gay pushed his book, “The Physics of Football,” his lecture was more like a hands-on middle school physics lesson. He introduced each

new topic with one of his clips, discussed the topic through slides and graphs and then did an on-stage experiment to explain each concept. Gay closed the presentation with a bit of an unorthodox appeal. “Unlike football, a career in physics guarantees high pay, endless partying, and chance after chance to find hot dating prospects,” Gay said. The former college football player got his bachelor’s degree at the California Institute of Technology in 1974. He then attended the University of Chicago where he received his Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics. While his research interests are focused primarily on the scattering of electrons by atomic and molecu-

lar targets and elementary particle physics, he has also dedicated time to promoting science education in simpler forms. “As a teacher I’ve learned that the best way to get something across, is to connect it to what people are really interested in,” he said. From 1999-2004 Gay taught the principals of physics through short videos that played during home games at Alaska University. To show and explain some of those principal topics of physics such as momentum, force, mass and atmospheric pressure, he played the videos, and told the audience that relating these principals to football was easy, but that condensing them into two minute clips was

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an unusual challenge for the longwinded professor he considered himself to be. According to a press release from Physics Central, Gay’s clips gradually gained attention that led to his being featured in many publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He’s also appeared on ESPN, ABC and NFL Films which hired him to write and appear in short television segments for their show “NFL Blast!” He also had a short role in the NBC reality show “Tommy Lee Goes to College.”


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Multicultural Night Photographed by Diana Macareg

Multicultural Night Attracts Large Crowd Jacob Hall Staff Writer On Friday night, Kaufman Mall was filled with the sights and sounds of many different cultures. ODU’s Multicultural Night was led by the Asian Pacific American Student Union (APASU), and included presentations of various cultures, along with refreshments and games. “The point of this was to bring all the cultures and diversity of the ODU and Hampton Roads area together,”

Christine Gausin, ODU senior and director of APASU, said. A variety of different presentations were showcased as well as tables that were set up to add to the atmosphere of night. The Japanese and American Student Association, which co-hosted the event, provided food and drinks while APASU had a multitude of different games set up. One of these games, Ddakji, is a traditional Korean game in which two opponents attempt to flip folded

paper disks before the other. This is the second Multicultural Night at Old Dominion. The first premiered last spring to a much smaller turnout. It was Gausin’s first attempt after being elected Director of APASU. Last year, a lack of awareness, combined with uncertainty from many groups, led to the less-thanstellar turnout. “To me, ODU is known to be a diverse campus so the best way to present that is to showcase the different

cultures here,” Gausin said. The event drew a large crowd of students throughout the night, as well as many other Norfolk residents of various ages. While many people came and went during the night, the crowd maintained an average size of 30 to 40 people. “I think it’s a good thing these cultures are being more recognized,” Darion Holliman, a sophomore at Old Dominion, said. “We all have to live in harmony, all of our cultures.”

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Holliman’s sentiments echoed the overall goal of the night: being able to spread the vast array of cultures present at Old Dominion for more of the student body to see and experience. “Personally, it opens you up to the other cultures,” Gausin said. “It opens the window of seeing the beauty of these cultures, and you don’t get that a lot.”


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SHOCK ROCKERS GWAR RETURNING TO NORFOLK Richmond natives and heavy metal thrashers GWAR are bringing their messy, limit-pushing show to the NorVa stage once again. The costumed musicians will bring their 30th Anniversary tour to Norfolk on Nov. 11. If you’re ready to get doused in fake blood and other liquids, grab a ticket and head to the NorVa.

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MORE BEER! CRAFT BREWERY OPENING NEAR CAMPUS ODU students (of age), rejoice! A new craft brewery is opening up within stumbling distance to campus. The Bold Mariner Brewing Company will celebrate its grand opening on Nov. 14. Show up hungry, as food trucks Bodacious Pizza and Karnage Asada will also join the beer-fueled party.

NORVA STAGE Stef Wasko Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Young the Giant took the NorVa stage with a show almost as bold and mesmerizing as lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s gold sequin jacket. The night proved Young the Giant to be one of the rare music groups whose live performance enhances their growing list of well-loved hits. As the band moved from “Daydreamer,” to “Cough Syrup,” and “Mind Over Matter,” choosing a favorite track became a difficult task. Attendees trickled into the Norfolk venue during Wildiling’s opening performance and by 8:30 p.m., the NorVa floor was full with Young the Giant fans of all ages. Young the Giant’s live performance seemed to be the total package for its fans. At a musical level, the performance was true to the recorded album. Gahdia, along with guitarists Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata, bassist, Payam Doostzadeh, and drummer, Francois Comtois owned the intimate stage, radiating passion and energy. The concert began with a dark, backlit and foggy stage as Gadhia, Tilley, Cannata, Cameos and Doostzadeh made their way to their mics and instruments. From the first notes of “Daydreamer” through the threesong encore, the music and show never died. The showmanship was fluid without feeling forced, giving the audience a taste of each band member’s personality. Sporting a man bun, Doostzadeh coolly leaned on his bass, while Gadhia commanded center-stage with his quirky dance moves. The light show provided equal entertainment with laser beams, spot-

REDNECK COMEDY KING RON WHITE COMING TO THE CHRYSLER If you like offensive blue collar comedy and bourbon, Ron White just might be your kind of comedian. On Nov. 14, the self-proclaimed comedy king will bring his stand-up show to the Chrysler. If this sounds like more fun than a barn party, head to the Chrysler and #TAKEASHOTWITHRON. LOCAL BAND UNITES WITH FUTUREBIRDS, SUSTO FOR SHOW AT O’CONNOR Fronted by Ron Talman, Norfolkbased band The Mirrors are bringing their low-fi, retro jams to O’Connor on Nov. 14. Playing alongside Atlanta natives FUTUREBIRDS and Charleston, South Carolina-based SUSTO, the line-up is sure to cure post-midterm blues. Grab a beer and earn some cool points while supporting the local music scene at O’Connor Brewing Company. The show starts at 9 p.m., 21+. NORFOLK NEON DISTRICT JUST KEEPS GROWING The Glass Wheel Studio will host its grand opening event from 7 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 in the recently renovated 8,500 square-foot building at 128 W. Olney Road. The studio’s debut exhibition, “PROVENANCE,” will feature works from artists all over the country. Hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and food trucks will be on site. For more information, visit www. glasswheelstudio.com.

lights, intensely colorful backlights and a dark backdrop with six circular white lights surrounded by celestial “stars.” Although mesmerizing, the lights and energy were not over stimulating. The band skillfully walked the line between entertainingly bold and obnoxiously pompous. Young the Giant’s alternative-rock-not-quite-pop music meshed with the visual aspects of the concert. In the middle of the concert excitement, Gadhia still managed the kind of connection with audience, which so many young rock bands fail to make. “We recently had someone ask us what makes a great show. And this— this connection with you—this is it,” Gahdia said with a roaring response from the audience. Gahdia thanked the crowd for not being the kind of audience that only paid attention to glowing smart phones. He proceeded to act it out, staring down at his empty hands as if texting. The fans sang or shouted along to almost every song and as Gadhia belted the first chorus of “Anagram, I’m just a messenger man,” the room rippled with people jumping and dancing along. Many who came to the concert bought tickets for the band’s show while that had been scheduled in February. While that show was cancelled, those who came for a second shot could not have been disappointed. “We’re so happy to live up to our commandment and play here,” Gadhia said.

Young the Giant bassist Payam Doostzadeh at the NorVa on October 27, 2015. Photo by Stef Wasko

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HALLOWEEN FUN Wes Dildy Contributing Writer On a night where most are satisfied with themed house parties, crowds of costumed characters chose to head to the NorVa for the hybrid Halloween costume party and concert, Fantastic Planet. With performers such as DJ Vashtie, a 103 Jamz radio host, Dominique da Diva and Virginianative producer Lakim, the show received a consistent buzz amongst online circles as the place to be for Halloween this year. During Fantastic Planet’s ten-year existence, the NorVa is the second venue to house the event due to consistent growth in attendance. This year, the show packed both floors of the venue. For a full review, visit maceandcrown.com

Fantastic Planet Performing at the Norva. Photographed by Donovan Chew

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Grace Potter goes solo with ‘Midnight’ Adam Flores Staff Writer

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals front-woman Grace Potter debuted her solo effort entitled “Midnight” on Aug. 14. The collection of powerpop-rock oriented tracks will leave listeners wondering why the sultry singer didn’t provide the party to fully immerse themselves in the album’s festive atmosphere. Known as an earthy and aggressive vocalist with the Nocturnals, Potter retains her edginess, yet soars to a new beat. It seems that each track on ‘Midnight’ was designed to be a hit, yet its genre-hopping sound keeps the momentum from track to track fresh and energetic. ‘Midnight’ is a departure from the rock riff stylings of her former Nocturnals counterpart that heard her as a belter proving her dynamic range. She expands her vocal prowess into new musical territories, yet keeps her

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timbre aligned in an aggressive, selfconfident fashion. “Empty Heart” is a reckless, carefree track combining elements of Melissa Etheridge and perhaps, Janis Joplin with a hint of Tina Turner, an idol of Potter’s. “Look What We’ve Become” presents an electro-jam feel reminiscent of MGMT with a healthy dose of her powerhouse vocal flair. With other tracks such as “Your Girl” and “Delirious,” Potter pays homage to the sound of ‘80s pop groups such as the The Go-Go’s and The Bangles with a touch of soul from Prince. This eclectic mix of sound and style on ‘Midnight’ keeps the pace moving forward via modern day electronic synth and sequencer technologies. Throughout the well-polished sound of the musical arrangements found on ‘Midnight,’ Potter balances this with her sincere, yet deliberate lyrics and vocal approach. Working

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with Los Angeles producer Eric Valentine, the new album is the culmination of her new sound while retaining her sonic edge. Though her credentials saw her in the limelight leading the Nocturnals and currently flying solo with ‘Midnight,’ she has been reaching out to expand her fanbase. She freelances recording country tracks with Kenny Chesney or stepping onstage with The Rolling Stones. She shows no limits collaborating also with the likes of Willie Nelson and Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. One consideration of Potter’s ‘Midnight’ is if she has gone too far beyond her core audience. In a genre that is already filled with female pop singers, the new album is on her terms revealing a daring, yet solid step in new directions.


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Modest Mouse performed at the Ted on Oct. 24, 2015.

Modest Mouse is Anything but Coy at the TED Zach Moeller Contributing Writer After a lively opening set from Philadelphia natives Hop Along, Modest Mouse took the stage of the Ted Constant Center, participating in a jam-packed week of live music at ODU. Only eight days after Jeremih and Rae Sremmurd rocked the Ted, lead singer Isaac Brock and his troupe of humble rodents offered a much different aesthetic to concert goers on Oct. 24. Modest Mouse embarked on a national tour coinciding with the band’s latest album release. “Strangers to Ourselves” is the first record from the indie icons in eight years, and has been well received by fans and critics

alike. This reception was evident as the arena was filled with an eruption of cheers when the lights dimmed and the group took the stage. Little time was wasted as Brock, sporting a multicolored jacket, began strumming the intro to “I Came As a Rat.” Tunes from the new album came into play as Brock shed his jacket, and the band tore into the song “Be Brave.” M o d e s t Mouse managed to blend their new releases with old fan favorites, and played at least one song off of each of their six studio albums. Other songs featured on EPs throughout the years also found their way into the setlist, as the crowd

danced along and sang in unison. The atmosphere of the Ted completely transfixed fans as fog machines and dazzling lights synchronized with the eerie high-pitched guitars played alongside the strings of Lisa Molinaro’s viola. After playing an extended version of the song “Lampshades on Fire,” the group dove into the wellknown “Dramamine,” stoking the crowd into a frenzy as they sang along to the 1996 release. The lights dimmed for a moment, and as they focused on the stage once again, Brock stood wielding the banjo as he lead into the song “King Rat.” The banjo rolled, the horns

roared, and the drums beat in an almost frightening pattern as Brock belted out the lyrics, before smoothly transitioning into “Bukowski.” The crowd became particularly engaged towards the tail end of the set, during which the venue trembled from the blaring amplifiers. “Black Cadillacs” prompted a loud response from attendees, followed by an explosive performance of “Fly Trapped In a Jar.” All eight members then bowed, before a sniffling Brock instructed the crowd, “Don’t catch colds,” before exiting the stage. The crowd hadn’t had their full fix yet, however, and applauded and cheered until the ensemble returned. The sad, distant opening riff of

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“World at Large” filled the arena, followed by several subsequent songs, each of which surprised the audience who feared the concert’s finale. When the show’s conclusion finally did arrive, it was in the form of “The Good Times are Killing Me.” Brock swooned the room with tales of addiction and substance abuse, followed by an extended outro delivered by a smiling band. They bid farewell, and the lights came on as the crowd slowly poured out of the room. Outside there was a general feeling of happiness and satisfaction as people discussed what they had just witnessed. With such warm adoration, it would be no surprise if Modest Mouse returned to Norfolk soon.


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Dawit N.M.: From Video Games to Videography Larenz Johnson Staff Writer Old Dominion sophomore Dawit Samson, 19, is a director, photographer and graphic designer who goes by the name Dawit N.M. The influence of the name stems from familial ties as well as the military acronym – N.M. — for not having a middle name. Following his move from Virginia to Maryland, Samson discovered graphic design as well as directing while in high school. Samson got involved with graphic design when the device he used to record video game gameplay broke. “I got into video gameplay like recording and putting it on YouTube, then junior year my recording device broke, so I just started editing video gameplay, and that’s when I started graphic design,” Samson said. When senior year came around, Samson bought his first camera, a digital single lens reflex, and began shooting home movies. Originally, Samson planned on moving to New York for school, where he wanted to pursue a degree

in film-making. However, family issues led to eventual attendance at Old Dominion. “I did get accepted to all the colleges I applied to up north, but due to family issues we had to move to Virginia Beach and then I was just like ‘I’ll go to ODU and keep working at this video stuff and hopefully before I graduate get something popping off,’” Samson said. Samson’s background in photography began with the Mace and Crown, after hearing the university newspaper needed photographers and videographers. Samson showed his interest in videography, but the position was no longer available. “When I went in and asked if they had any videographer jobs they were like, ‘Actually we aren’t doing that anymore, but we do need photographers,’ so I was like I’d just rather be a photographer,” Samson said. Samson says that directing is his favorite out of his three talents, with his influences being Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and David Fincher. “You’re basically a god in your own movie, because you control every sin-

gle aspect, like a lamp in a film can mean a lot of things because I chose what type of lamp,” Samson said. Samson has directed music videos for artists such as Tone’s “Franco,” and El Pavich’s “Bando.” Samson has also done album artwork for Old Dominion artist Doug Finesse’s song “House Music,” as well as his “Humble and Hungry” EP. With directing and photography, Samson’s ultimate goal is to help kids in third world countries after he gets a little more exposure. Although he has not started yet, Samson intends to use his talents to showcase the reality of the dangerous life kids in Africa live, as well as poverty stricken children in the United States. “To be honest, if it wasn’t for my dad joining the military and bringing us to America, I would have been that kid in a third world country, I would have probably been dead or starving…I just want to help those kids out,” Samson said. Follow Dawit’s work on Twitter @ Dawit_nm.

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Warm Autumn Weather Clare Benedetto Contributing Writer When spotted outside of MGB, Haja Sheriff, a freshman majoring in International Studies, revealed that the favorable weather was what spurred her to dress up. “I wanted to take advantage of it,” Sheriff said. A native of Woodbridge, Sheriff has been experimenting with her “chic and chill” style on campus by matching colors together in nontraditional blends. In the creation of this particular outfit, Sheriff tucked a pristine denim-blue button-down top into an olive-green pencil skirt. “I didn’t think the colors would go together, but they do,” Sheriff said. A simple gold chain bracelet helped spark up Sheriff’s outfit, as did her nail polish. ODU-appropriate blue and

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white polish adorned her fingernails, with flawless coral pink polished toes peeking out from her sandals. Incidentally, these sandals are her most treasured wardrobe item, as they go with everything, are comfortable, and just so easy to slip into. Since Sheriff’s morning alarm sneaks up on her pretty frequently, these sandals come in handy. She also likes to stay “prepared with a couple hoodies” to throw on when the need to dash arises. The 1950s are a style inspiration for Sheriff, and she would like to see the fashion of that era reemerge as a modern trend. “There was this great sense of being classy and stylish,” Sheriff said. Sheriff named Rihanna’s closet as the one she would most love to raid.


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Chasing Souls with SUSTO:

Justin Osborne talks lost love and religion before the band’s first appearance in Norfolk Amy Poulter Arts and Entertainment Editor A few years ago, Justin Osborne was working as a short-order cook at a bar called The Royal American in Charleston, South Carolina, while recording music with his band, SUSTO. The bar’s owners would frequently play the band’s music over the house speakers to show support for Osborne’s work. Word of SUSTO’s music spread throughout Charleston, finally reaching Ben Bridwell – founder of indierock outfit Band of Horses – and he invited Osborne’s band to open shows in Atlanta, Charlotte and New York City. On Saturday, Nov. 14, SUSTO will play in Norfolk for the first time at O’Connor Brewing Company. SUSTO’s self-titled album was released on April 1, 2014, though prior to its release, Osborne wasn’t plan-

ning on getting back into the music scene. He had previously been involved in another band, but wanted to start a new project. Beginning in 2011, collaborations with musicians Johnny Delaware, Jordan Hicks and Wolfgang Zimmerman gave rise to material that Osborne would end up taking out on a solo tour in early 2013 under the name SUSTO. By August 2013, a full band lineup was created, including Delaware on lead guitar, Taylor McCleskey on drums, and Eric Mixon on bass. Garnering local attention, the debut album was released the following spring on Peninsula Records. “We put the album out and it started to get really good feedback, and we were able to start booking tours on it,” Osborne said. Taking the band’s name from a Spanish word that means “a loss of soul from the body,” SUSTO’s album

largely reflects what Osborne was going through in his personal life. He cites struggles with losing his religion, trying to make ends meet in his mid-twenties, lost love and familial issues as sources of inspiration. “Aimlessness is probably the theme,” Osborne said. “I kind of felt like I was in a period of my life where I was just floating, and I didn’t have any kind of direction.” The album has a strong sense of Southern Gothic appeal. Osborne’s voice is gritty, soulful and whiskeydrenched on tracks like “Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wine.” The album’s opening track, “Black River Gospel,” includes Baptist hymns, while “Motorcycle Club” talks of inner-demons and a river of blood. On the only love song on the album, “La Mia,” Osborne’s voice transforms into a lullaby-like purr. “It’s nice to be lumped in with

some timeless American artists outside of rock-and-roll, but have had a huge impact,” Osborne said, “Like a voice from a region that transcends a place, connecting us to authors like Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.” Between tour dates, SUSTO is recording their second album, tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2016 release. Osborne said that the new album will serve as a follow-up to the lyrical content of the previous album. They’re also being featured in a documentary that will follow the band on tour and into the studio as they prepare to release “& I’m Fine Today,” which is the working title for their sophomore release. With shows in Atlanta and New York City just before they stop in Norfolk, SUSTO is winding down their fall tour. With just a few dates left, they are scheduled to open for Lauryn Hill in Columbia, South Carolina at

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the state’s largest free New Year’s Eve celebration. “We’re really looking forward to coming to Norfolk,” Osborne said. “We’re really excited to be playing in front of some new faces, and to see where the road goes.” To hear SUSTO’s music before they play in Norfolk, tune into ODU student Haja Kabba’s WODU radio show, titled “The Best Kind,” on Friday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m., or head to their Spotify channel to stream the album. The 21+ show on Nov. 14 at O’Connor Brewing Company will also feature FUTUREBIRDS from Atlanta. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., with live music scheduled to kick off at 9 p.m. from Norfolk-based band The Mirrors. Tickets are $10 in advance via EventBrite and $12 at the door.


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For updated Monarch sports coverage, visit maceandcrown.com. FOOTBALL SECURE 36-31 VICTORY AGAINST UTSA A 40-yard touchdown pass from David Washington with 5:45 to play in the fourth quarter served as the game winning touchdown. The Monarch defense held UTSA out of the end zone twice in the final few minutes to hold on for the win

Field Hockey Loses a Close Battle Against UConn Jonathan Harding Contributing Writer ODU suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the undefeated UConn Huskies, eliminating them from the Big East Tournament and potentially ending their season. The Lady Monarchs’ performance was admirable, being the only team this season to out-shoot the Huskies, and to score more than two goals against them. “You always want to have an edge on a team like this, get off to a fast start and we did that today. It just did not go our way at the end,” Head Coach Andrew Griffiths said. The Huskies struck early, scoring just 39 seconds into the first half. ODU didn’t let that first goal stop them from putting up an impressive first half, out-shooting the huskies 7-6.

“When you play them the first time around and the score is 1-0, you know you’re going to get a fight,” UConn Head Coach Nancy Stevens said. And fight is something the Lady Monarchs never ran out of. Sophomore Danielle Grega tied the game at one-apiece in the 17th minute off a corner, but UConn answered only a few minutes later leaving ODU down 2-1 going into the half. The second half started very similarly to the first with UConn scoring another quick goal, this time 1:20 in, increasing their lead to 3-1. “When they scored on us we didn’t drop our heads,” Grega said. “We continued playing with determination and passion.” Freshman Chrissy Horn scored in the 43rd minute narrowing the deficit, but the Huskies were able to capitalize off a penalty stroke awarded

in the 57th minute to increase their lead once again. After ODU pulled their goalie, Grega scored her second goal of the day with five minutes left to play bringing the Lady Monarchs within one. ODU out-shot the Huskies again in the second half 6-3, bringing it to a total of 13-9 for the game, but couldn’t manage the finishing touch needed to tie the game. “We played together, we played the right way, we played with a lot of class,” Griffiths said. “More than anything I was proud of how the team fought; they had a couple tough breaks and came back from them well and fought till the end.” In a poignant display of how tightknit the Lady Monarch Field Hockey team is, Grega said “we fought for each other.”

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Photographed by Brian Vliet A painful Saturday night, emotionally and physically, for ODU Men’s Soccer

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The Monarch Men’s Soccer team took on Marshall University’s Thundering Herd on a cold and rainy Saturday night. The Monarchs, ranked fourth in Conference USA and 20th in the nation, fell to the Thundering Herd after a late second half goal. This loss happened on Senior Night and was a tough one for the Monarchs. “Definitely a tough loss, we had a lot of chances,” Alex Tiesenhausen said. “Yeah, it’s devastating, it was our Senior Night and we had high goals.” Tiesenhausen, Old Dominion’s junior keeper, had successful night despite the loss. Tying his seasonhigh number of saves, Tiesenhausen held off seven shots during the game. Both team’s keepers held their own in the first half with a score of 0-0. As the second half started the rain picked

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up and so did the action. The Monarchs best opportunity came from the foot of Ivan Militar in the 65th minute but was deflected by the crossbar. “We wanted this one for our fans, and as a senior you could feel that pressure; we just couldn’t capitalize,” Militar said. Militar, who has scored on multiple free kicks this season, had another chance on a free kick in the 70th minute. The attack was held off by the Marshall wall of defenders. The Monarchs’ fate was sealed when Marshall’s Trevor Starcher scored a loose ball off of a corner kick in the 82nd minute of play. As the second half wound down so did the rain, but the weather had made its impact. “Well, the rain makes it faster of course, but it shouldn’t be an issue. I think the rain should have been an advantage for us because we are tech-

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nically a good team,” Tiesenhausen said. The fourth-seeded Monarchs will start their post-season play against fifth-seed Florida International University. As the returning conference tournament champions, Old Dominion feels the pressure. The Monarchs look to shrug off the last few losses and draws as they enter the post season. “We wanted to finish our season really well and it didn’t work out, but we got to look forward and keep our heads up,” Tiesenhausen said. Despite a loss in the last home game of the season, the Monarchs will look to rebound in Florida and enter tournament play as the defending champions of the conference.


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WOMEN’S B-BALL EXHIBITION

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Women’s Exhibition Photographed by John Harding.

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Ivan Militar’s Decorated Journey as a Monarch Matt O’Brien Sports Editor The year is 2011. Ivan Militar is preparing for his second week of soccer practice at Old Dominion. Although he had made it to practice on time, his roommate, who was also on the soccer team, slept in. “Coach Dawson looked around at the start of practice and realized there was one less guy out there. We knew we were in trouble,” Militar said. The practice that followed was packed with running and incredibly competitive games. Just one month into his collegiate career in the United States, Militar was being held accountable for his roommate’s late arrival. “It was the toughest practice of all-time,” Militar said. ”In the showers that day afterwards, I thought, ‘Where the hell am I? How am I going to do this every day?’” Ten goals and 21 assists later, practices like that one are just another day for Militar, who is now a redshirt senior. His record of assists earned the record of fifth all-time and speaks to the kind of player he’s been at ODU. “When I came in, things were different. We have evolved in my time here, all for the better,” Militar said. He has made his mark in setting up his teammates and establishing himself as a first-string player, but he’s made a conscious effort not to get caught up in the statistics. “The assist column is very important to me. I want to put my teammates in the best position I can,” he said. A personal goal Militar set for himself was to surpass other players in assists. He has succeeded in the last few weeks. Militar was recently rewarded by his coaches. He was given the armband that signifies his role as captain of the team. He thinks back to those who were before him: Tommy Webb, Jason Gaylord and Chris Harmon. Militar still considers Harmon — who is now serving as a women’s soccer assistant here — one of his best friends. “I learned so much from the other captains before me. I wanted to emulate them. I wanted to be respected like they were.” Militar said. In his fifth season, Militar has earned that respect, led by example and let his playing do the talking. He finished this season with three goals and six more assists. His second goal of the season made headlines and went viral on social media. The goal came at a home game on Oct. 10 against New Mexico, and was a lifetime in the making. It consisted of an incredible cutback, a

beautiful touch with the right heel to create space, and a shot off his left foot to leave the defense stunned. Militar first saw the move performed by French soccer star Diddier Drogba. The video that went viral was released by Fox Soccer, but it didn’t compare him to Drogba. Instead, Militar was compared to the likes of superstar Christiano Ronaldo. “I have been able to pull off that move in practice before. I was very happy that a move like that worked in a game situation,” Militar said. That goal was merely a testament at how hard Militar has worked to perfect his craft since his arrival in Norfolk. He knows that he has few chances left to leave an impact and his mindset has evolved in his senior season.

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“I want to give my last drop of blood to this program and to this team. With each passing game the emotional impact is a little different. I feel the pressure more and more,” Militar said. While his time here as a Monarch is winding down, Militar is also able to reflect on his tenure and the people who helped him get to this point. “For Coach Dawson to bring a Hungarian kid in after only watching him play once, that’s bravery right there,” Militar said. Militar has also worked with four assistant coaches, including Trevor Addaire and Ryan Sniegosky, who helped Militar to shape his skills throughout his early days and find himself as a player. The assistant coaches helped him pinpoint

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his weaknesses and improve his game over the years. Militar still remains in contact with both coaches. “I’ve matured a lot. When I came in, I was a little hectic. I was unorganized defensively. Sometimes I tried to do just a little too much,” he said. Some of his early issues as a player stem from the differences between the way the game is played in Hungary and the collegiate game in the United States. In Hungary, theres a large emphasis on technical skill whereas in the United States there is much more physicality to the game.“I’m not the most physical guy on the field and it was definitely a learning experience,” Militar said Militar’s journey from his homeland of Hungary to Norfolk, Virginia, is interesting. The Szeged native was in the right place at the right time by some way of fate. Atilla Vendegh, who Militar refers to as “the greatest player who ever played here at ODU,” is an alumni who played from 2000 to 2003. Vendegh, also a Hungarian native, had just gotten a job in the capital of Hungary and came to see Militar play. It happened to be a two-goal, two-assist game for Militar, in a 4-1 victory and his best game of that season. That performance was all Vendegh needed to see. “This kid can definitely play here and he’s going to be [a] strength on your team,” Vendegh told coach Dawson. While he has had many influences on his game in his time in Norfolk, his biggest role model is a different kind of sports icon. “Kobe Bryant is my biggest idol in sports. He is everything I aspire to be,” Militar said. Leaving a legacy of his own on the ODU soccer program is very important. “I just really want people to remember how Ivan Militar played with the passion and commitment for Old Dominion soccer,” he said. Militar’s future plans include soccer. He is open to playing in the United States, but also interested in playing in European leagues. “I have a lot left to give to this game. I’m open to playing anywhere,” Militar said. Almost six years after Coach Dawson found Militar through one of his alumni, Militar has left a legacy as a hard working, consistent and smart player. He only has one regret. “My first two years, my mindset was just survival. Whenever I went into games, I was just happy to be playing. I wish my mentality had been a little different,” Militar said. “All in all it has been an incredible ride.”


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MOMENT IN TECH NEWS NINTENDO ANNOUNCES MIITOMO Nintendo has announced an app called Mitomo that will allow users to create a Mii on their mobile devices. Users will create their Mii and then answer a series of questions. The answers to these questions as well as the created Mii will be shared with others that are also playing on the Mitomo app. LEAKED COMCAST DOCS Comcast recently introduced 300 GB data caps for Internet users for some of its US markets, stating that the caps were to help with network congestion. Leaked documents suggest that the caps are in place only for the money they generate when people go over the limits, and are charged $10 for every 50 GB of extra data use. YOUTUBE RED YouTube introduced a new paid subscription service called YouTube Red. For $10 a month, users will be able to watch YouTube ad-free and have access to exclusive content from some of YouTube’s biggest “stars.” MASS UFO SIGHTING IN S.C. Several witnesses watched and recorded a cone-shaped bright light flying through the evening sky on Saturday Nov. 7. A Navy spokeman later told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the light was an unarmed missile test, fired by the Navy’s Third Fleet. FACEBOOK BANS MENTIONS OF TSU.CO Tsu.co is a new social networking platform that promises to give users a fair share, 45%, of their advertising revenue. However, Facebook isn’t pleased by this latest turn of events. Tsu users have been creating fake profiles, which allows them to earn more revenue. In response, it is now impossible to mention Tsu.co on Facebook.

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with Society for Modeling and Simulation International Ross Reelachart Technology Editor The excitement centered around virtual reality, especially the Oculus Rift, can only reach a certain level before it needs to be experienced firsthand. Thanks to the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS), based at ODU, I was able to experience what the Oculus had to offer, in literal first person. In the spirit of Halloween scares, the SCS opened up their set of Oculus Rifts to the public in exchange for a small donation of $5. The donation bought a 20-minute session with the Oculus virtual reality headset, where players could experience one of many horror games developed by the Oculus Rift community. For those with weaker constitutions, there was also a selection of puzzle-oriented games. The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters would receive 20 percent of all donations. Before the play could begin, the members of the SCS described their own goal with the set of three headsets they owned, plus the newer “mobile” version they had recently acquired. Using the “safe space” provided by virtual reality, a space that is also being utilized for PTSD therapy, they hoped to develop a way to simulate dangerous or hazardous occupations for training purposes. Jerold Register, the SCS vice president, specifically mentioned “at-risk” jobs that might benefit from a way for new employees to gain experience without risking their safety or health. Spencer Smith, the SCS president, provided instructions and introductions to the games they were demoing for donations. The headset itself was easy to wear, as it slipped over the eyes and head, and headphones would come next for a full immersive experience. Smith said that the commercial release of the Oculus would have earphones built into the headset, relieving the customer of the burden of also buying a good enough headset for the full experience. The first game SCS demonstrated

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was a cartoony simulation of a secret agent escaping from a car within a cargo plane. While unable to move in the environment, players are able to manipulate items and the world around them using a controller. This game illustrated the strengths of a VR headset that tracks head movement, as some of the useful items can only be seen by fully turning around and looking at them. Though the experience was at such low resolution that individual pixels could be seen, Smith emphasized that a high frame rate and one-to-one head movement tracking was more important. Lower frame rates and virtual movements that did accurately mimic actual head movements caused feelings of nausea and vertigo. But the Oculus managed to keep up and escape after a few tries. The second game of the session was more in line with the theme of the day: Halloween and horror. The horror game was a small “haunted house tour” developed by the Oculus Rift community, and focused on the immersiveness of virtual reality. It was easy to forget that I was sitting in a lab with a headset on and not in an abandoned house being chased by a ghost girl who could be behind me at any second. The graduate adviser to the SCS, John Shull, described both the hurdles to implementing VR in the mainstream and the benefits it offers if successfully integrated into the modern world. The next hurdle for VR is finding a way to manipulate the virtual world with simulated hands, and that hurdle will be cleared once the Oculus has its commercial release. With that in mind, the possibility for virtual reality simulations to aid in therapy and safe training is only a few years away. Students curious about taking part in the SCS’s plans might be interested in a motion capture event that is in the works. Interested students can contact the SCS-ODU President Spencer Smith at ssmit195@odu.edu.

Delivery drones could soon be outdone by robot cars. While Amazon wants to release flying drones to speed up the delivery process, there are laws that must be followed. Delivery robot cars, on the other hand, could kick off more easily than the drones since the packages would be transported on the ground. These robot cars could deliver a package to your door within thirty minutes. According to a Popular Science article on the robot cars, they are designed to deliver groceries to your door. The cars, which are called Starships, are designed by Starship Technologies, run by the co-founders of Skype. Starships can move at four miles per hour and can carry about twenty pounds of groceries, which is about two bags. Groceries would be stored inside of the car’s body, and they could only be retrieved by unlocking the compartment with the mobile app. The cars would be driven by themselves 99% of the time, according to Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, but a human watching the Starship could take over if it was about to cross paths with traffic. They would be released from hubs approximately two miles from the customers to deliver within half an hour. While Amazon would like to have their flying drones out in the air as soon as possible, there are laws that prevent them from doing so. According to a Popular Science article, the US government has to give the green light on these drones before they can soar the skies with the packages. Amazon released their plan for the drones in 2013, and while they received some skepticism about it, they continued to pursue the dream

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of drones that could fly unmanned to predetermined locations to deliver packages. As a result, they have run into issues with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in regards to getting permission to test the drones. The FAA is concerned about the drones intercepting larger aircraft, so the Amazon drones would, in theory, fly around 400 to 500 feet in the air. However, the current rules that the FAA has set in stone are that commercial drones have to be flown in the sight of the person piloting them. Like the delivery robot cars, the flying drones will be more or less self-driving, but can be controlled by a human being in case danger crosses their paths. Self-driving cars have the same concept. A Huffington Post article says that while there’s no car that can drive itself on the road yet, Tesla’s Model S has released a software update called Autopilot. This update, when used, activates autonomous driving features to control speed, braking and steering. Sensors already on the Model S will allow the car to switch lanes and avoid collisions when Autopilot is on, and the car can scan for parking spaces and parallel park if needed. However, the car isn’t completely autonomous. The driver can’t type in their destination and let the car do the rest, for example, and it can’t detect stop lights or traffic signs. The driver would still have to remain alert in case they had to take over. Other companies are working on self-driving cars as well, such as Google, Volvo, and GM. The future of flying delivery drones and delivery cars is murky. Tesla’s Elon Musk has put a date on self-driving cars: three years. It’s an estimated date, but it’s more than what delivery drones and cars have at the moment.


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Why the T is not Silent in LGBT Connor Norton Staff Writer On November 4th, an anonymous person only registered on change.org at “Drop the T” started a petition asking leading LGBTQ advocacy and publication groups to no longer include or advocate for Transgender Rights. The opening paragraph of the petition reads: We are a group of gay/bisexual men and women who have come to the conclusion that the transgender community needs to be disassociated from the larger LGB community; in essence, we ask that organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Lambda Legal and media outlets such as The Advocate, Out, Huff Post Gay Voices, etc., stop representing the transgender community as we feel their ideology is not only completely different from that promoted by the LGB community (LGB is about sexual orientation, trans is about gender identity), but is ultimately regressive and actually hostile to the goals of women and gay men.

The petition, which has since received over 1,000 signatures, has been the subject of much debate, anger and outreach from members of the Queer Community, calling for responses from community leaders of these organizations. Within only two days of the petition going live, leaders like the President of the HRC Chad Griffin quickly responded; Nov 6, 2015 — This is unequivocally wrong. The hate that killed Matthew Shepard killed Zella Ziona. The bullies at school aren’t just harassing the gay kids, they’re harassing the transgender kids. The parents who could provide loving homes for the 400,000 children in foster care aren’t only lesbian parents, or gay parents, they’re bisexual parents and transgender parents. This idea that we are somehow separate and apart is patently untrue. We are one movement, stronger in our unity. We are one community, period. And the Human Rights Campaign will not be done working until equality reaches every single one of us. Not only is it unequivocally wrong, but it poses more detriment to the

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Queer rights movement than the makers of this petition care to admit. Where they cite that the issues and ideologies of the Transgender movement are harmful and regressive to women and gay men, the actions taken by these gay and lesbian men and women is in fact not only regressive but destructive to the definition of equity. When the Stonewall riots occurred, Trans Women and Queer people of color were at the front marginalized lines fighting for the right to be treated as ‘human beings.’ Now nearly 50 years later, where Gay men and Lesbian women have the right to marry and are looked on as deserving of equal rights by the majority (56%) of Americans, transgender people who fought with us are still on the front lines fighting. This petition wasn’t the only sign of ignorance and lack of support of trans* lives; in Houston ‘The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance’ or HERO, a Proposition that would allow Trans* men and women the right to use the restroom of their gender identity was overturned with the offensive anti-campaign slogan of “No Men

in Women’s Restrooms” portraying the image that this law would be used by men wishing to assault or harm women and children. The campaign, however ill-informed and judgmental, won and set back huge strides to support transgender lives. A fact we wish to ignore, however, is the simple fact that a large reason this ordinance failed was a lack of support and unity between Gay and Lesbian activists and Trans* activists, as we saw from the petition that formed so quickly after this defeat. Transgender people are not safe; they have to prove their identity each and every day to people who would rather not take the time to support or acknowledge their reality. Even feminists like Germaine Greer, author of ‘The Feminine Mystique,” a massively read and studied book on feminism, have gone on record invalidating and trivializing the struggles of Trans* women. When the people who are supposed to be the most inclusive minds refuse to acknowledge the needs of a community more marginalized and oppressed than any other, we have a problem.

This is a time where these words need to be said now more than ever: we are in the middle of a revolution, a revolution of gender that can only be led and understood by the youth and those open enough to listen to youth. We, the college students and future of this country, are more inclusive and open-minded when it comes to gender and sexuality than any of the current leaders in the LGBTQ community today. Use it. Use that power, the knowledge and willingness to learn, to your advantage and silence the people who have grown so comfortable in their knowledge they have refused to let it grow. There is a new age coming for our world, and no one has the right to shape it but us. As we prepare for The National Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20th we must remember: we are in a country where it is less common to hear about or have sensationalized the death of LGB lives based on sexuality, but it is still overwhelmingly common to see Trans* people murdered for their gender, and that means there is a lot of work left to be done.

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