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Freedom Electric Solutions

A STUDENT STARTUP STORY

State of the Art Dining Hall to Serve Diverse Palates Jason Kazi Advertising Manager Starting Fall Semester of 2016, Monarchs will have a new landmark dining destination on campus – the Restaurant Commons in the New Dining Hall slowly rising next to Dominion House and Diehn Hall on 49th Street. The new 45,000-square foot dining facility will be able to serve 550 students indoors and 225 students outdoors on two separate patios.

(L) Erin Desmond Marshall holds a bicycle frame in a workshop. (R) Marshall stands with his finished product, an electric bicycle. Ross Reelachart Technology Editor The unassuming building at 111 Granby St. serves as the starting point for many young entrepreneurs and budding businesses, including Erin Desmond Marshall and his student startup company that builds custom electric bicycles and skateboards. As the CEO and sole employee of his

own startup, Freedom Electric Solutions, Marshall shares the building, and a coffee pot that has seen too many long nights, with many other eager startups. Using only his passion for the mechanical and the assistance from the Hatch program, whose missions is to be “an ecosystem for entrepreneurs to thrive,” Marshall aims to turn a love of building electric bicycles into his own business in Norfolk.

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The bike itself is capable of a respectable distance of twenty or more miles, enough for traveling within a city or town.” -Erin Desmond Marshall, entrepreneur

Stef Wasko Staff Writer For three weeks in early October, Esteban Del Valle transformed the pale concrete wall of Triumph Vaping Co. in Norfolk’s NEON District into a surrealist masterpiece. The vivid scene includes a roof-capped writer hunched over an electric-blue typewriter, a shawled female painter and illuminated Edison bulbs all woven together with the theme of creativity and innovation. “One of the things I find very po-

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At the shared Hatch space in Norfolk, he and many other startups, like SleepHug and Vinyl Mint are provided advice, resources and space to start their businesses and learn necessary skills. The energy that Marshall, a junior, showed for his creations started before he even came to Norfolk. As a freshman in Tallahassee, Florida in See Freedom Electric Solutions, D2 litical, but that other people may not view politically is my passion to spread the gospel—if you will—of the power of creativity,” Del Valle said. “That’s what this piece is about.” The motto “We can create what we can imagine,” painted on the banner and across the typewriter’s page in Del Valle’s Norfolk work, reveals the heart of the mural and the idea which sculpts Del Valle’s worldview. “We are existing in someone’s dream right now,” Del Valle said. He preaches the philosophy that everything— every restaurant, in-

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“I think it’s a great addition! Variety is key to happy healthy students. Maybe now I won’t miss my mother’s traditional Mexican dishes too much,” -Erica Ramos, freshman “If the food looks like the pictures and the dining hall really has all of those options, maybe I’ll buy a meal plan again,” Jessica Perkins, a junior, said. “You had me at Hibachi, you know.” The restaurant commons will offer delicacies from all over the world – from American classics to a noodle See Dining Hall, A5 terior design, technological device, phone app, painting, recipe, film, shop and city—begins as someone’s good idea. Our world begins with imagination. The key for Del Valle is to move from the dream into reality as a means of bettering society. He does this through multiple art forms including live paintings, drawings, videography, illustrations, collages and murals. Del Valle paints his murals freehand, without the use of stencils or projections. With a wall as large as the one in Norfolk, he began with a See See Mural, B4

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Face In The Mace Mace & Crown 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 Joshua Boone Photography Editor photo@maceandcrown.com Ross Reelachart Technology Editor technology@maceandcrown.com

Sabrina Brooks Senior Graphic Designer sbroo029@odu.edu Jason Kazi Advertising and Business Manager Social Media Manager advertising@maceandcrown.com Jugal Patel Digital Strategist jpate016@odu.edu Matt O’Brien Sports Editor mobri013@odu.edu

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Courtesy of Mace and Crown Date/ Time Reported

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Date/ Time Occurred

Location

Category

Incident Number

Disposition

10/19/2015

10/19/2015 5:36am 6:05am

38th/Hampton Blvd

Traffic Offense

2015-ODU-001158

Clear by Arrest 10/20/2015

10/19/2015

09/25/2015 4:42am

4500 Blk Monarch Way

Stalking

2015-ODU-001159

Active 10/20/2015

10/19/2015

10/16/2015 11:00am 10/17/2015 3:00am

4100 Blk Hampton Blvd

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2015-ODU-001160

Active 10/20/2015

10/19/2015

10/17/2015 11:30am 10/18/2015 10:00am

4600 Blk Powhatan Ave

Larceny

2015-ODU-001161

Active 10/20/2015

10/19/2015

10/19/2015 3:50pm 4:17pm

4300 Blk Elkhorn Ave

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2015-ODU-001163

Active 10/20/2015

10/19/2015

10/16/2015 6:10pm 10/18/2015 12:30pm

1300 Blk W 43rd Street

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2015-ODU-001164

Active 10/20/2015

10/19/2015

10/19/2015 6:13pm 6:40pm

4400 Blk Killam Ave

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2015-ODU-001165

Active 10/20/2015

10/19/2015

10/19/2015 8:18pm

1000 Blk 49th Street

Narcotics Violation

2015-ODU-001167

Unfounded 10/20/2015

10/19/2015

10/19/2015 10:05pm

1000 Blk 45th Street

Narcotics Violation

2015-ODU-001168

Active 10/20/2015

10/20/2015

10/20/2015 12:30pm3:20pm

1000 Blk W 39th Street

Larceny

2015-ODU-001170

Active 10/21/2015

10/21/2015

10/21/2015 11:45am 11:55am

1000 Blk W 43rd Street

Larceny

2015-ODU-001171

Active 10/22/2015

10/21/2015

10/21/2015 8:54pm

1200 Blk W 43rd Street

Trespassing

2015-ODU-001173

Active 10/22/2015

10/22/2015

10/22/2015 1:58am 2:20am

1000 Blk 49th Street

Warrant Cleared by Arrest

2015-ODU-001174

Clear by Arrest 10/23/2015

10/22/2015

10/22/2015 2:51am

1400 Blk Melrose Pkwy

Robbery

2015-ODU-001175

Investigation by other Agency 10/23/2015

10/22/2015

10/15/2015 8:00pm 10/20/2015 10:00am

1000 Blk West 49th St

Larceny

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Active 10/23/2015

10/22/2015

10/17/2015 4:30pm 5:00pm

5000 Blk Bluestone Ave

Fraud

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Active 10/23/2015

10/22/2015

10/22/2015 4:05PM

4700 Blk Elkhorn Ave

Harassing Communication

2015-ODU-001180

Inactive 10/23/2015

10/22/2015

10/22/2015 9:31am9:32am

4500 Blk Powhatan Ave

Narcotics Violation

2015-ODU-001178

Inactive 10/23/2015

10/22/2015

10/19/2015 7:00am10/22/2015 1:30pm

5000 Blk Bluestone Ave

Larceny

2015-ODU-001181

Active 10/23/2015

10/22/2015

10/22/2015 6:00pm 6:15pm

4700 Blk Elkhorn Ave

Narcotics Violation

2015-ODU-001184

Judicial referral 10/23/2015

10/22/2015

10/22/2015 5:3010:10pm

4600 Blk Killam Ave

Vandalism

2015-ODU-001185

Active 10/23/2015

10/22/2015

10/22/2015 10:44pm

4600 Blk Powhatan Ave

Harassing Communication

2015-ODU-001186

Judicial referral 10/23/2015

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BLACK BRIEF MOMENTS IN GIRL LOCAL NEWS MAGIC

Nov. 3 Election Offers Limited Selections

With all seats in the Virginia General Assembly up for election on Tuesday, less than half contain more than one candidate and only a small percentage are contested races predicted to be close. While Democrats only need one seat to take control of the Senate, it is considered extremely unlikely that they can gain control of the House.

Norfolk Improving Bike Paths

According to the Virginian Pilot, the city unveiled a $17 million dollar plan for the bike path network. The plan focuses on improving bikeability in key corridors including Downtown, ODU, Colley Ave and Oceanview.

Councilman Protogyrou Running for Mayor

According to Alt Daily, City Councilman Andy Protogyrou is running for Norfolk mayor. His key focuses include attracting new (and new types of) businesses, creating job opportunities for residents, improving quality of life for seniors, securing success and safety in all neighborhoods, and establishing a Public Safety Director position.

Norfolk Installing New Transit Center

According to Inside Business, citizens of Norfolk will soon have a new Transit Center to use right in Downtown Norfolk. The $6 million center off of St. Paul’s Blvd will be home to many HRT bus services, customer service, natural lighting, air conditioning and heating.

Norfolk Adjusting Traffic Light Timing

According to the Virginian Pilot, Norfolk has received $600,000 in federal funding to adjust the timing of 60 major intersection traffic lights. This is the third time in three years that the city will re-time traffic signals, although studies show that this a cost-effective measure for the city to take.

Meng McLendon Contributing Writer “Black girl magic,” a phrase coined by Old Dominion University students Claudette Woodhouse and Jazmine Mullen accurately describes the annual Sisterhood Symposium which took place on Friday evening. In the Big Blue Room of the Ted, more than 300 black women from both Hampton University and Old Dominion united in sisterhood to bond and uplift one another during a movement hosted by the Office of Intercultural Relations. “From sister girl to sister woman, we are united, building each other up in the kinship of sisterhood… leave your ego at the door. Embrace your sister,” Sarah Millar said, reading the mantra of the event. The program was divided into three portions, all of which focused on an aspect of health pertaining to black women, including how to manage a healthy self-image, maintain healthy relationships and care for personal, physical, sexual and mental health. Throughout the program, the women were encouraged to elevate each other with kind words. “Take a second out of your day to uplift your fellow black queen,” Jasmin Jackson, junior, said. Dr. Tamara Williams, a guest speaker from Hampton University, spoke about self image, saying that black women must learn exactly who they are and be comfortable with themselves. She said that when black women split their identity into different pieces, instead of being all of who they are as one cohesive entity, they give less of themselves to their ambitions and desires. As a result they become ineffectual, as it takes the full identity of a person to fulfill a personal purpose. “You don’t have any character flaws…be who you are. Stop trying to classify yourself as something you’re not,” Williams said. The program inspirited an impression of community and belonging for all black women in attendance. Guests were left feeling empowered. “This was a very empowering experience and I’m glad to be surrounded by my fellow queens,” Jedaya Parker, a senior, said. “One thing I’ve learned is the importance of self-knowledge and using that to empower others,” Shernae Valentine, senior, said.

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ODU STUDENT CHARGED

IN HOME INVASION

Josh Whitener News Editor Norfolk police responded to a call of three men forcing their way into a residence in the 1400 block of Melrose Parkway shortly after 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning, according to a safety alert sent out by the university. The men assaulted two of four residents, causing serious injuries, although none were considered lifethreatening.

One suspect from the home invasion was immediately taken into custody upon arrival. Two other suspects fled from the area but were apprehended by police not far from the scene. The suspects have been identified as Virginia Beach residents Nicholas Howerin, 18, Jacob Tuel, 18, and Zachary Kelleher, 19. A student named “Zachary L. Kelleher” is listed in the Old Dominion University student directory,

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and Giovanna Genard, a university spokesperson, confirmed in an email that that is who Norfolk Police currently have in custody. The three men are being charged with armed burglary, malicious wounding, unlawfully wearing a mask, robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony. They are being held without bond at Norfolk County Jail.


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DINING HALL

#WHYISTAYED CREATOR TO SPEAK

ABOUT DOMESTIC ABUSE Amy Poulter Arts and Entertainment Editor When TMZ published the video of Ray Rice physically assaulting his wife in an elevator on Sept. 8, 2014, a conversation on Twitter erupted. Within hours, some users began victim-shaming Janay Rice. In response, Beverly Gooden sent out a tweet using the hashtag #WhyIStayed detailing why she had previously remained in an abusive relationship. Unbeknownst to Gooden, the hashtag she created gave a voice to the voiceless. Thousands of domestic abuse survivors began using #WhyIStayed, giving rise to a conversation that focused on the abused instead of the abuser. Users throughout the country took to Twitter to share the reasons why they also stayed and to support one another. On Oct. 29, Gooden will speak to students at ODU about identifying signs of intimate partner violence and what resources are available to those who need them. Gooden said she hopes to teach students to identify the traits of unhealthy or abusive relationships. “I’m intentionally speaking at colleges because that’s the age that I met my ex-husband,” Gooden said. “I want college-aged students to know what I didn’t.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that 24 people per minute in the United States are victims of physical violence, rape or stalking by an intimate partner. A survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that the age group with the highest percentages of intimate partner violence is from 18 to 24 years of age. Gooden’s experience demonstrated the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey’s findings. She met her ex-husband while attending Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

Like many others, Gooden rationalized her abuser’s behavior. She even blamed herself, thinking that her behavior had somehow provoked his violence. Because her ex-husband had once been so caring, Gooden said she thought that the abuse would stop. She married her then-boyfriend, but the abuse continued.

“I stayed because I thought it would get better. It never got any better,” Gooden said in a tweet last September. In an effort to help domestic abuse victims, Gooden created the Ella Mae Foundation. As part of the organization, she created The Bolt Bag Project, which can be requested free-ofcharge through the organization and delivered to a specified safe address. The bags contain items like toiletries, first aid kits and grocery store gift cards to help victims leave negative situations behind. “When I left my ex-husband, it was difficult because I didn’t have any financial independence,” Gooden said. “I created a small book bag with some toiletries, my passport and stuff that I needed to survive.” Gooden received the “Everyday Hero” award, along with $5,000, at the Third Annual Inspire a Difference Honors ceremony on Oct. 22 in New York. She said she plans to use the money to continue providing bolt bags to those in need. “That award will go a really long way. It should last a year or two, at least,” Gooden said. “But my intention is to keep making them forever. I don’t feel like that’s impossible.” Gooden will be speaking on Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the North Cafe.

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“He was really great at first,” Gooden said. “He was extremely kind, sweet and active in the community. But then one day, he just wasn’t.”

Countinued From A1 bar and hibachi grill. With a $24.8 million budget from capital funds, the all-you-can-eat dining hall is expected to be completed by July 1, 2016. Maize South American Kitchen will feature a churrasco grill and a rotisserie. Students will be able to devour skewers of a variety of meats, fish or vegetables. Maize will also feature a 30-item salad bar. Bud’s American Classics, named after Bud Paul, manager of ODU’s first snack bar, will feature regional comfort foods such as southern fried chicken, shrimp po’boys, ribs and Carolina BBQ. Ground beef and sausage will be prepared on site. Bud’s will also be open for breakfast. 350 Degrees Baked Goods will be the perfect destination to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Professionallytrained pastry chefs and bakers will prepare pies, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, bagels, crepes, cinnamon buns and more. There will also be a cappuccino and coffee bar for those with early classes. Uno Mas is guaranteed to be a hit for Chipotle fanatics. Everything at this Mexican eatery will be made from scratch. Fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and tamales will be made with a tortilla press and tamale maker. EVOO Italian Cuisine will feature gourmet brick-oven pizza, pasta dishes with full service. Students will be able to watch their pasta being made with the automated equipment. Rice Sticks will feature a high-top noodle bar where diners will be able to create their own noodle bowl with a variety of noodles and topping options. At the hibachi grill, students will be able to choose their own three-entree meal with fresh ingredients like bok choy, kimchi, spinach, roasted corn and shiitake mushrooms Mosaic International will represent ODU’s diversity by serving tapas on a continuously moving platform. At the sushi station, students will be able to watch sophisticated machinery pre-

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pare their roll. The sushi robot will take rice from a rice bowl and press it into flat sheets. Seaweed and fresh vegetable toppings will be placed on top, then the platform will envelop the sushi and roll it up. A separate slicing robot will finish the job and cut the sushi into bite-size pieces. The Pantry will feature cereal and waffles for those who like a simple breakfast. This station will also feature allergy lockers. These lockers will allow students to order entrees, side dishes and snacks specific to their allergy and have them stored in a temperature controlled locker accessible by swiping their student IDs. The second floor of the building will be used as an executive dining room and board room. Aramark and Moseley Architects, a Virginia Beach construction company, have ensured sustainability as a top priority in the new building. The building, much like other recent additions to campus, will likely be LEED-Gold certified, which takes factors such as energy use, materials used, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design into consideration. According to Monarch Dining Marketing Manager Kimberly Daniels, Aramark is looking into resources like a pulper and a cardboard/ recycling program. Many students await the new dining hall with curiosity and excitement. “I think it’s a great addition! Variety is key to happy healthy students. Maybe now I won’t miss my mother’s traditional Mexican dishes too much,” Erica Ramos, freshman, said. The specific eating options in the new facility were determined by a combination of student input, surveys, meetings and the leaders of the Student Government Association. A professional organization was also hired to take a look at industry trends and innovative ideas in dining. For updates on the project, visit www.olddominion.campusdish.com.


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SOCKS AND SANDWICHES: How One Student is Harnessing the internet to Help the Homeless Josh Whitener News Editor Ray Vittum, an Old Dominion University student, has developed an e-commerce site to help assist homeless residents in Norfolk along with surrounding areas of Hampton Roads. “Socks and Sandwiches” is an online donation site that allows contributors to purchase essentials for homeless residents that are personally delivered by Vittum and volunteers. The site launched on Oct. 12, and ten days later has over $300 worth of donations. “Socks and Sandwiches” was created by Vittum, a junior, along with longtime friends, Josh Underdown and Nick Gritta who attend North Carolina State and act as directors of the program. The site operates similarly to an online shopping site. Donors can browse through a collection of items such as cases of water, toiletries, blankets and socks and shop to donate them. Once items are donated, Vittum

and volunteers help deliver the items personally to shelters or individuals. The idea was planted when Vittum and Underdown donated clothes one day to a homeless man they saw daily at Vittum’s job at the Oceanfront.

“He lit up,” Vittum said. “He cried on the spot when we gave him the stuff and that was so easy and so rewarding.” –ODU student Ray Vittum This gave them an idea. The three embarked on a road-trip across the United States in the summer of 2014 to deliver clothes and other goods to homeless residents in American cities. “We took a coast-to-coast trip and went to all the big cities along the way,” Vittum said. “We found people mostly around homeless shelters.” Their trip, “Drive for a Cause,” took them to major cities along the

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Southern, Midwestern and Eastern areas of the country. After they had completed their drive, Vittum wanted to do more. According to the 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, Virginia Beach alone has 189 documented homeless families. “I think it’s a really good idea actually,” Billy Ashford, a homeless man in Virginia Beach, said. “I’ve been homeless for about a year and a half now.” Ashford said he is simply struggling to make ends meet. He said he was in need of basic supplies that “Socks and Sandwiches” could provide, notably a tent. “I go to shelters sometimes. There are too many drunks. My stepfather was a drunk,” Ashford said. “By the end of it we kind of wanted to keep going with it. We wanted to see what else we could do,” Vittum said. “So I had the idea to bring the act of helping the homeless to the world of online e-commerce and to give everyone a personalized way of

giving. It’s not like writing a check to a corporation.” Vittum, a carefree guy with a genuine tone of serenity, explains his ambitions for the site. “I don’t want this to become a mega corporation type thing, but I do have big aspirations. My goal overall is to be able to have my own shelter instead of just having to take it to various shelters,” Vittum said. “It’s going to take awhile to get there, but it’s definitely in the realm of possibility.” Andrea Butler is director of Mission Advancement for Virginia Supportive Housing, a non-profit that provides initial transition for homeless into affordable, permanent housing. Butler said shelters are the best way to get donations to the homeless in large groups. “Some people do not want to go to homeless shelters. They may be chaotic, noisy and the person may have developed their own coping mechanisms,” Butler said. “But with winter coming people need food and blan-

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kets and it’s important they get them.” Butler commented on the importance of a site such as Vittum’s to be set up as a non-profit. “As a non-profit you are held to a certain standard and deliver on a promise. A lot of donators aren’t doing this for themselves, but would like a receipt to be able to write off at tax season. Being a non-profit allows them to do this,” Butler said. Vittum said he intends to register as a non-profit soon. “The application to apply for a nonprofit is expensive,” Vittum said. “We plan to do it, we’re just waiting for more revenue.” As the site undergoes its initial launch, Vittum encourages visitors to take a different look at those struggling to make ends meet. “We all should act like brothers and sisters. The problem with the world right now is financial differences can equate to social differences,” Vittum said. “That doesn’t have to be the case.”


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BITS OF A&E Local Musician to Release Solo EP

Rob Sweitzer, keyboardist of Mae, announced the upcoming release of a new EP from his solo project, “My God, It’s Full of Stars.” The EP, titled “MP29,” will be released on Spartan Records on Dec. 18. The song “Lightness of Being” is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Foxing Streaming New Album Online

St. Louis-based indie rockers of Foxing are releasing their new album, “Dealer,” on Friday, Oct. 30. This release is the band’s second album, following the “The Albatross.” Foxing’s “Dealer” is now streaming online via Stereogum.

Tidewater Comicon’s Super Halloween Party

Tidewater Comicon is having its Halloween celebration at O’Connor Brewery this year, and bringing lots of surprises along. Events include live music, comedy shows, costume and pumpkin carving contests and a Death Star Piñata. Exclusive to the Super Halloween party, Tidewater Comicon will have the first issue of the Grumpy Cat comic book. The party starts at noon and ends at 10 p.m.

Work | Release to Throw Monster’s Ball

For Halloween, the heart of the NEON District will host a Monster’s Ball and a costume contest, with a grand prize of $1,000. The Fang Gang bash kicks off at 9 p.m. Performances by DJ Bee, LRDMRCY, DJ Android and more, with a special performance by the VB Steppers at midnight.

Grace Potter to Play NorVa

On Nov. 5, Grace Potter will bring her winter tour to Norfolk. Rayland Baxter will open for Potter for this show. Potter’s tour is in support of her debut solo album, “Midnight,” released on Aug. 14.

ODUREP PRODUCTION

Captures the Ultimate Selfie Richard Gabrintina Contributing Writer

ODURep’s “Narcissus: The Ultimate Selfie” debuted at ODU’s Goode Theater on Oct. 20. The interactive performance event drew parallels between the Greek myth of Narcissus and contemporary selfie culture. The production questioned the role of selfies in shaping the view of oneself and the view of ourselves through others. Attendees expecting a conventional play were in for a unique experience. White paper lanterns and umbrellas were suspended from the ceiling of a black room, illuminated by neon-colored lights. The scene resembled a lively and elegant nightclub. The set design, curated by Angela Winters, incorporated a blend of ancient Greek decor fused with more modern elements. Visuals, featuring previously submitted selfies, were projected on three large screens and on a wall of white beach balls situated between fabric columns. Performers greeted attendees as they entered and danced to contemporary music. “The crowds are usually really great, really responsive. We haven’t had really shy crowds, surprisingly,” Nikki DeBrango, who portrayed Eos in the production, said. One of the most exciting features of the performance was its interactive nature, as the entire room, including patrons, made up the stage. Spectators truly felt like they were a part of the cast, as the performers navigated their way through the audience, stopping every now and then to interact with the crowd. The play, which was envisioned by Theatre faculty members Konrad and Angela Winters, followed Narcissus in his quest for the ultimate selfie, along with interactions among familiar figures from Greek mythology such as Icarus, Zeus, Hera, Theseus and several others. In between singing, danc-

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ing and the countless taking of selfies, performers interacted with audience members, comically addressing them and providing comments as the plot progressed. Theseus later encouraged the audience to march outside into a long, narrow maze. Once inside the maze, the music would occasionally stop, and Theseus would suggest that everyone stop and take another selfie. Two large puppets stood at the exit of the maze as the audience walked to the final portion of the eventful performance in Brock Commons. At the top of the stairs, a statue of Narcissus with a large sign read: “I, Narcissus, have finally finished my quest for the Ultimate Selfie. It’s beautiful here by the reflecting pond so I have decided to stay – for eternity. Pause with me now and take a picture with me in it. You know it will always be better if I’m in the picture.” Participants of the event heeded the invitation, and a selfie session ensued for several minutes. Attendees were encouraged to share their Narcissus selfies with #narcissusODU. Spectators lingered, and continued to discuss and the play. While most plays often prohibit the use of cellphones, Narcissus encouraged it in an effort to embrace technology and its potential implications in live theatre. In this manner, theatre, as a medium, is able to evolve and adapt to new audiences. “It was a bit confusing,” Jonathan Abdollahzadeh, a freshman at ODU, said. “It was hard to tell what was happening,” Anna Wexel, an ODU sophomore studying studio art, said. Both students thought it was interesting, however.

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Lindsey Brown shows her style

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Monarch Style: Clare Benedetto Contributing Writer Lindsay Brown Major: Art History Year: Senior Spotted: Constant Hall

Perhaps Lindsay Brown’s major has something to do with it, but she has the art of layering down to a science. This University of Virginia transfer student described her style as “classic American” and is currently favoring flannels and neutrals, as demonstrated when she walked into her Italian class on Monday. This outfit, which Brown said she “chose for practicality,” was made more than just practical when pulled together with a Banana Republic tote bag and classic blue denim. Brown achieved a look that is refreshingly simple but perfectly assembled. As for jewelry, Brown “tends to

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prefer sentimental pieces.” The small heart necklace she wore was a gift from her boyfriend, and her rings are family jewelry. The chic style of Katie Holmes is a fashion inspiration for Brown, and she mentioned that she would enjoy seeing the iconic “Annie Hall” masculine look come into everyday fashion. Brown’s favorite item in her wardrobe are her Frye boots, complete with chunky heels and a vintage, beat-up leather feel to them. The first item she grabs when she’s overslept her alarm is her green cargo jacket. Whose closet would she love to raid? Grace Kelly’s.


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MERCYME’S ‘GREATER THAN’ TOUR

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Adam Flores Staff Writer MercyMe singer-songwriter Bart Millard appeared the shy, quiet type on stage at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Oct. 22. His modest demeanor didn’t keep him from sharing heartfelt stories and periodically breaking that tension by throwing out comedic one-liners. The “Greater Than” tour brought Millard and his multi-Dove Award winning, Grammy-nominated band, MercyMe, to Norfolk, performing before an intergenerational crowd in support of their 2014 “Welcome To The New” album. Fans were treated with a well-balanced mix of classic and newer material spanning more than 20 years. Sporting a Motown-style black suit, white shirt and black tie, complete with white sneakers, Millard took the crowd on a musical journey. Opening with new songs such as “Gotta Let It Go” and “Shake” had MercyMe’s message of redemption focused on both their music and in Millard’s testimonies and reflections throughout the show. “We’re gonna have as much fun as we can and try to keep Christ the

center of attention along the way, so I hope you guys enjoy yourself,” Millard said. Shortly into the high-energy launch of MercyMe’s almost twohour set, the crowd subdued as the band revisited their unforgettable 2002 GMA Dove Awards Song of the Year, “I Can Only Imagine.” Millard pulled the emotion of the crowd together by encouraging them to sing part of the song with just the band. The inclusion of traditional church hymns within their live set such as “Because He Lives” and “Amazing Grace” also allowed the audience to engage with the band vocally. MercyMe’s warmth and persona is unlike other Christian bands that tend to cross over into a much more theatrical setting on stage. While it may make MercyMe’s overall stage presence dull and uninteresting at times, it does not put up a wall between them and their audience. Within that framework, Millard paused to talk briefly to the crowd about legalism within the church. As he explained, the message of “Welcome To The New” is very simple. “We want people to see just how incredible this journey actually is

and what it means to be covered in grace and to know there is nothing you can do to make Christ love you any more than He already does right now,” Millard said. Millard led the band into an energized rendition of the 1983 Katrina and the Waves hit song, “Walking on Sunshine.” The crowd quickly got back on its feet as MercyMe performed under a beautifully choreographed light show, illuminating the arena. Millard broke into a longer band pause by talking about his family, his father, and forgiveness. The MercyMe frontman shared his story of being a victim of abuse by his father during Millard’s childhood and preteen years. He talked about the kind of father he wants to be to his five children with his gifted sense of humor. As the concert drew to a close, MercyMe performed the African American Spiritual, “His Eye Is On the Sparrow.” This led into current hit songs, “Greater” and “Flawless.” Millard and MercyMe delivered a concert and worship experience that left fans asking for more. However, MercyMe did not return to the stage for an encore performance.

ALT ROCKERS YOUNG THE GIANT HEADING TO THE NORVA Stef Wasko Staff Writer Although not new to Norfolk,Young the Giant will take The NorVa’s stage for the first time on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The alternative rock band will play from their latest album, “Mind Over Matter,” which released in January 2014. This will be one of Young the Giant’s last tours before their third album is released next year. Eric Cannata, lead guitarist of Young the Giant, describes their concerts as energetic, emotional and colorful. For him, it’s not about the crowd or stage technology. Cannata said that the best part about a concert is being swallowed up in the music.

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It’s hard to define which genre Young the Giant slides under, perhaps because of the band’s array of musical influence. “From pop, to hip hop, electronic, and folk. We are constantly on the search for new music, and take bits and pieces of inspiration from many artists,” Cannata said. Before Young the Giant made their own music, there was The Jakes, a band formed in Irvine, California, in 2004 by a group of five guys who decided to pursue music in place of their college education. The Jakes’ song “Cough Syrup” received some airplay in Los Angeles, but that was only the beginning of the story. In 2009, after some band member switch-ups and a signed contract with Roadrunner Records, Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Payam Doostzadeh, François Comtois and Cannata announced the band’s new name— Young the Giant. They released their first album under the same name in 2010 which included “Cough Syrup” and their first single, “My Body.” In the last two years, the band has

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released the album “Mind Over Matter,” as well as a series of music videos filmed outdoors during their travels. The band has just released their fourth and last “In the Open” session with their song “Crystallized,” but Cannata said that they hope to film an “In the Open” session off their next album in Norfolk one day. “We are all so excited for the next year, to share our new material, and continue to make our live show as good as we possibly can,” Cannata said. Young the Giant also spent some time in India back in February, where they filmed a short documentary. “There’s this culture. There’s this zest for life — everything is flavorful, everything is bold,” Gadhia said in the documentary. Young the Giant’s Oct. 27 show at the NorVa is one of the first of the band’s winter tour. Despite some cancellations from the previously scheduled tour, the band said that they are excited for the upcoming months with their crew and opening band, Wildling.


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Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads George Plank Staff Writer For many, it probably felt like they couldn’t step outside without hearing about the hit ‘80s film “Back to the Future II.” Television news outlets reported on the arrival of Marty McFly and Doc Brown, radio stations played selections from the expansive soundtrack and even USA Today printed a facsimile of their paper from the film. What is it about this film that has so many excited about a particular day? The film picks up exactly where the first left off. Doctor Emmet Brown shows up in his time machine, made from a DMC-12 Delorean, and insists that Marty McFly and his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, come with him. Doc Brown loaded the car’s fusion reactor with aluminum cans, banana peels and other assorted refuse from Marty’s garbage. After pulling out of the driveway, McFly suggests that Doc Brown back up, as there isn’t enough road to get up to speed for the car to travel through time. Doc Brown casually flips down his shades and said that now all too familiar line: “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” McFly and his girlfriend are whisked away to the distant future, October 21, 2015, approximately 30 years from when the first movie took place. Once there, they are greeted with a magnificent vision of the future, in which the “Jaws” franchise was still going strong with its 19th installment. Flying cars are a reality and Hover Boards are mass-produced by toy manufacturer Mattel. The future featured in the film was a mix of gleaming optimism and jaded cynicism. Yes, we had flying cars, but the economy had faltered to extreme levels. We have incredible amounts of technology in the home, including closet fax machines, so therefore there is no true personal interaction anymore. In that regard, the film came very close to our current reality with sev-

eral of their predictions. Children spend meals and every other waking moment on their personal devices. Video conferences are more popular now than they have been before. We may not have Jaws 19, but films like “Sharknado” and “Sharktopus” show that the interest is still there. The economy has gotten worse, though luckily not so much that we need $100 to get ourselves a Pepsi Perfect, more like $20. People can’t go down to their local Café 80’s and have a burger served by a Max Headroom-esque effigy of Ronald Regan or Michael Jackson, but our current culture has a retroactive obsession with ‘80s culture and style. So, what is it about this movie that sends people into a frenzy? Is it the date that has now come and gone? Probably not. When the film came out, it represented all of the potential for the future and the hope for a bigger and brighter tomorrow.

“Never has there been a more exciting time to be alive, a time of rousing wonder and heroic achievement,”U.S. President Ronald Regan, giving a speech about the potential of the nation’s youth, said. “As they said in the film Back to the Future, ‘Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.’” That hope still resonates with citizens today. The year doesn’t matter, because our potential as a society can still not be capped. Even after Oct. 22, when the “future” in that movie takes place in our past, people will still watch it again and again. Many viewers will return to “Back to the Future II” to once again, go back to the future.

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Coheed and Cambria Reveal ‘The Color Before The Sun’ Adam Flores Staff Writer Progressive rock veterans Coheed and Cambria have unveiled their eighth studio album, “The Color Before The Sun.” Released on Oct. 16, the prog-pop-metal quartet returns with their signature sound, but also a departure from their iconic “The Amory Wars” storyline. The new release breaks away from their Sci-Fi concept album theory, yet their musical integrity is not compromised. Recently released singles such as “You Got Spirit, Kid” and “Here to Mars” are the first songs that stand alone as short stories of frontman Claudio Sanchez’s raw feelings through introspection. Within the scope of Sanchez’s band duties as lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist, he also authored the famed science fiction narrative, “The Amory Wars.” His literary fiction and comic book series served as the prime medium lyrically for the first seven Coheed and Cambria studio albums. Coheed and Cambria also consist of fellow guitarist and backing vocalist, Travis Stever, bassist and backing vocalist Zach Cooper, and Josh Eppard on drums as well as backing vocals. Their unique style and sound has

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been classified as progressive rock, new prog and progressive metal. Their first album, “The Second Stage Turbine Blade,” initially saw them labelled as them as post-hardcore. As a band, they are heavily influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Misfits and Thin Lizzy. Perhaps one of the most identifiable sounds on a Coheed and Cambria track is the Geddy Lee vocal tonality Sanchez possesses. Instrumentally, the group is also known for their meticulous attention to superb musicianship. The high art, heady prog brand of music the band stands on brings about an extra breath of life to progressive rock, a currently dying music art form. “The Color Before The Sun” offers a different glimpse into the group’s musical abilities. They enlisted the talents of numerous musicians supplying string and horn textures, such as the track “Peace to the Mountain.” Throughout the record, the band continues to push their musical arrangements in new sonic directions. As Sanchez began to write new material back in January, he found that his songwriting process had changed. He reflected on this change in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “This doesn’t have the formula of a Coheed record,” Sanchez said.

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Sanchez has had some life changes recently. Anxieties of fatherhood, losing a home, and reflections on morning walks serve as the catalyst to his lyrics on “The Color Before The Sun.” His story is accompanied by driving, colorful musical arrangements that have the expansive feel of power-pop meets space-rock with a mix of ‘90s emocore crunch. Though the concept-album formula is dismissed on the new record due to the personal life crisis Sanchez sees himself in, the new material adds dimension and depth in his storytelling. The new tracks serve as a welcome addition and add variety to their evergrowing music catalog. The band’s “Children of the Fence” fan base, coined from the fictional galaxy, Heaven’s Fence, from “The Amory Wars,” have two new music videos. The adolescent comedy, “You Got Spirit, Kid,” released in July 2015 and the lonely, urban “Island,” which was released earlier this month, visually bring to the forefront Sanchez’s personal story. Coheed and Cambria kicked off their U.S. tour in support of “The Color Before The Sun” on Aug. 8 in Nashville, Tennessee. They will be making a stop at The NorVa on Friday evening, Dec. 4, as part of the 96X Winter Meltdown Concert Series.


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Stef wasko Countinued From A1 digital collage and some preliminary sketches in order to perfectly arrange the elements of the space. “I prefer to just start on the wall,” he said. Even without specific planning, Del Valle carefully selects every shape and image in his murals. The writer with his mind as his home serves as a symbol of an artist who lives in his mind, according to Del Valle. The light bulbs, lighthouse and painter all point to ingenuity and art.

“One of the things I find very political, but that other people may not view politically is my passion to spread the gospel—if you will— of the power of creativity,”

Also incorporated in the mural are iconic images of Norfolk, such as the NorVa sign, ships in the Harbor and a bicycle wheel to honor the building’s original use as a bike shop. Del Valle first splashed his art illegally across the back wall of a Kmart in Chicago. “I still remember the paint-can colors,” he said. “sage green, dutch Boy yellow and burgundy.” Del Valle adds his vibrant murals to cities around the world. His public art is displayed in New York, Florida, Alaska, Germany, Colombia and Puerto Rico. Del Valle received his masters from the Rhode Island School of Design, a school that is well-known for painting. He has participated in several prestigious exhibitions and residencies and recently completed a fellowship at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Del Valle’s dreams aren’t for himself, however. He said he hopes to start a foundation to help kids who are ready to seriously pursue their passions. He is also funding a young man who loves mixed martial arts and intends on fighting professionally. “Empowering and inspiring young people is one of my passions, but I’m still figuring out exactly how to do that,” Del Valle said.

- Esteban Del Valle Modest Mouse played at the Ted Center on Oct. 24, 2015

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No. 14 Monarchs Take Draw Against No. 16 Kentucky Charles Sims Contributing Writer

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Saturday night saw the No. 14-ranked Old Dominion Monarch Men’s Soccer team (8-2-1) took on No. 16-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (8-3-2) in Norfolk in what would eventually become a battle to the very end. Hot off a victory against North Carolina Wilmington, the Monarchs could not find the back of the net as the hard-fought match ended in a 0-0 draw. From the get-go, ball control was shared equally on both fronts, but it quickly became ODU’s game with exceptional ball handling and pass placement from ODU’s front three. Three concentric corner kicks gave the Monarchs ample chances to take a very early lead, but the Wildcat defense held firm. This propelled ODU into a dominating offensive for nearly the rest of the first half. ““In patches, we were quite good,” Head Coach Alan Dawson said. “We had some 20-30 minute patches where we knocked it around and got after them a little bit and we looked like the better team. And there were

times where they did the same thing to us.” ODU managed to post eight total shots on goal opposite UK’s three, and it would have appeared as though it was only a matter of time before the Monarchs would score, but it was not meant to be. Kentucky came dangerously close to scoring around 36 minutes in, but ODU’s keeper Alex Tiesenhausen hustled and prevented anything from happening. Kentucky hung in the game despite being invariably routed during the first half, but ODU just could not capitalize. The second half began in a similar fashion, but ODU was limited to only four shots on goal. Kentucky showed stronger offense as well, but was limited to a mere one shot on goal. Naturally, as both teams grew restless from lack of scoring, the on-field banter grew, leading to 12 total penalties and two yellow cards from both teams including a physical tripping foul by Kentucky in the 61st minute. 70 minutes saw ODU’s next and perhaps last chance at a lead and victory with their two final shot attempts

of the game, but Kentucky’s keeper made crucial saves to nullify them. The final opportunity came with eight minutes left in regular time, wherein ODU striker Ivan Militar took a direct free kick from roughly 30 yards out, leading to another corner kick that would also come up short. Regulation would end scoreless. Overtime saw numerous shots on goal for Kentucky, while ODU’s defense was left playing catch up. During overtime in the regular season, the Golden Goal rule is in effect, meaning the first team to score automatically wins. Having zero total shots during overtime, things were looking down for the Monarchs. Luckily enough, despite UK placing five shots into Tisenhausen’s territory and ODU firing off none, the two overtime periods came to an end and the final score remained 0-0. ODU had numerous chances during the regular time to make it their game, but it seems as though both teams were evenly matched up. With the tie, ODU’s record changes to (8-22, 3-1-2 in conference) and Kentucky becomes (8-3-2, 4-0-1 in conference).

Old Dominion Wrestling

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In a room adorned with framed news clippings and pictures of times past, behind a desk covered in books and manila folders, sits Steve Martin. Martin is the head coach for the Old Dominion University Wrestling team and is busy preparing for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. Coach Martin looks to improve on last year’s second place conference finish and is aiming to lead an Old Dominion wrestler to a national championship, a feat that has eluded the Monarchs on the mat. “Preseason training is going very well. We have a 32-man roster and out of those 32 people, 15 are freshmen, so we are a little young,” Martin said. Freshmen on the team have had to make the transition and adjustments necessary to be able to compete on a college level. Ben Schram, a freshman from Ohio, is still adjusting to life on the college mat. “Preseason, it was tough. I think after a week I got used to it and I just started going through it and working

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as hard as possible to get through it. But it was a good learning curve and I enjoyed it a lot,” Schram said. The lessons of the preseason will be sure to come in to play for this Monarch squad move into the regular season. Old Dominion finished second in the Mid-American Conference behind the University of Missouri. The Monarchs face a long road of six meets and tournaments away from Norfolk. “We are young but luckily these younger guys can learn from this core group of seniors. These guys are proven winners,” Martin said. One wrestler looking to make an impact in the big meets is Chris Mecate, an Old Dominion Senior and All-American. As a seasoned athlete, Mecate is looking forward to a successful final year at Old Dominion. Mecate was selected as No. 1 in his weight class of 141 this preseason. Two other Monarchs were also selected as No. 1 in their respective weight classes: Alexander Richardson in the 148 class and Jack Dechow in 184. “If I win or lose that’s not as im-

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portant as actually getting better because the wins and losses are going to happen, that’s just part of the sport, but I want to be able to keep getting better,” Mecate said, speaking about his upcoming season. The first test of this young Monarch team is Clarion Open in Clarion, Pennsylvania. Old Dominion will face the University of Missouri and other conference schools in January and February of 2016. However, the Monarchs face their first and one of the biggest opponents with the match against the University of North Carolina on December 13th. The 17th ranked Old Dominion Monarchs will take on the Tarheels, currently ranked 10th according to Intermat rankings. The next home dual meet comes in the form of Northern Iowa followed by Navy. “We have been working hard in preparing for this season; we have got a lot of good wrestlers on this team. We have to focus on the Clarion on the 1st and get off to a good start,” Mecate said.


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Norfolk Admirals Kickoff New Season Joshua Stanton Contributing Writer Hockey season is back in Hampton Roads. The Norfolk Admirals took to the ice downtown at the Scope Arena on Friday, October 16 in their seasonopener against the Wheeling Nailers. Norfolk dropped the home opener by a score of 3-0 due in part to former Admirals player Ty Loney who scored two goals for Wheeling as the game unfolded in front of a crowd of over 4,200, according to The VirginianPilot. However, the Admirals came back the following night to split their

first home stand by beating the Nailers 4-2. While the hockey that takes place at the Scope this season may feel the same to fans as that of previous years, there have been a few changes over the past 10 months. In February, NewsChannel 3 reported the Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League franchise had announced it would be moving its East Coast Hockey League affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, to Norfolk for the upcoming season. The announcement was made just weeks after the Admirals learned the team’s NHL

affiliate, the Anaheim Ducks, had decided to move the Admirals franchise from Norfolk to San Diego. According to Wavy 10 News, the Ducks decided to move the team to the west coast so all the Ducks’ minor league affiliates would be in closer proximity to Anaheim. The two major changes that have occurred for the Admirals since last season are the team’s league membership and its NHL affiliation. The Admirals’ new NHL affiliation is now with the Canadian-based Edmonton Oilers. This new team affiliation also comes with a new league. Norfolk

now plays in the East Coast Hockey League, which is a lower-level league than the American Hockey League the team was a member of last season. The good news for Norfolk hockey fans is the Oilers decided to keep the Admirals’ franchise name, so fans will still be able to root for the same team they have grown to love. “We are very excited to open a new chapter with our ECHL team moving to Norfolk, a city with a deep history for the game. Norfolk is a great place for our young players to learn and develop and we look forward to working with the fans and the city of Norfolk,”

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Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe said. One factor that should be helpful to the Admirals as they continue making their transition is new assistant coach Ben Boudreau. As a member of last season’s Bakersfield Condors coaching staff, Boudreau is already familiar with many of the players that will be playing for the Admirals this season after moving from Bakersfield. The Admirals will take on the Quad City Mallards in their next home game on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.


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Max Hall and Austin Jones, founders of CampusWise

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CampusWise has become a onestop for ODU students looking to rent or sell their textbooks. Just over a year ago, juniors Max Hall and Austin Jones took over the concept from original $15,000 Hatch entrepreneurial grant winners and creators Franck Tchouambou, Daniel Calabro and John Polizo. We chatted with Max Hall to learn how much they have grown in the past year and what’s on the horizon for the small studentrun company. JK: What’s new with CampusWise? Where have you expanded? Where are you planning to expand? Hall: A lot has changed since our last time being interviewed by the Mace & Crown. We have successfully, at ODU, helped students save over $3,400 in our first semester last spring. Thanks to the incredible feedback from students, and the community, we decided to bring CampusWise to more students by launching at over 15 schools including James Madison University, George Mason University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Christopher Newport University, Virginia Commonwealth University, West Virginia University and many other campuses. This semester, we reached over 1,000 students who signed up for CampusWise and were able to help more students save money on their books at ODU. Students at all of the participating schools were really excited to learn that there was a new option for buying and selling books at their school. We definitely will continue to expand the site to

more schools for the spring 2016 semester, and we are also focusing on growing the site’s number of users at the schools where we already have a presence.

JK: How satisfied have you been with the level of support from the university and campus area businesses? Hall: We’ve been really appreciative for the amazing support from the community. Many of the local businesses, such as Borjo Coffehouse, The Dirty Buffalo and Doumar’s have taken part in our CampusCoupon program, which allows them to offer coupons to students buying and selling books on CampusWise. We’ve also had amazing support from the Strome Entrepreneurial Center at ODU and many other departments. JK: As you expand to other schools, have you found some markets that have competing businesses? Max: There are always competing businesses, like campus bookstores and online websites, but so far we haven’t yet come across another company that is able to offer the same ability for students to buy and sell with each other. So far, that has been one of the biggest aspects students love about the site and we feel it continues to keep us competitive. No middle man shipping. Just better prices for all students. JK: What’s your favorite part of being involved? Has the team grown? How big is the team currently?

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Hall: It’s been such an amazing experience and we’ve learned so much. Austin and I are still the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer respectively, but we’ve brought on ‘CampusReps’ at a number of universities both in Virginia and along the East Coast. Here at ODU, we have a great new CampusRep, Austin Rankin, who is a freshman this semester and has already helped us continue to grow this semester. We’re really glad to have him on the team. JK: What are some of the biggest issues you’ve come up with so far?

Max: Some of the biggest limitations we’ve faced are things like the lack of access to email lists and huge marketing budgets to help get the word out. It’s also still just Austin doing all of the information technology and development side and myself doing the business and growth side, Still being students, it can be really hard to balance it all and achieve as much progress as we would like. JK: How many CW ’employees’ are there now? Max: At this point we have over 16 reps at the various campuses where we’ve launched. Austin and I are still the only “employees” working on the development of the website and the growth of the company, along with everyday business operations. JK: Any chances to take the company to other parts of the country / overseas? Max: Our goal is to have CampusWise at schools in every state over the

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next few years. We haven’t thought too much about overseas yet because it really is a different market. Once we’ve spread all over the country, overseas may be an option. JK: Do people try to talk to you, just because they know you through CampusWise? By that, I mean are you a campus celebrity?

Max: It’s great because unlike this time last year, people actually know who we are and what CampusWise is. Thanks to all of the news and media coverage, as well as our efforts on social media, many people know who we are and will stop and talk to us, or reach out to us through the website. We love hearing from students about how much they saved and also we’ve been extremely pleased with the number of people who have reached out looking to learn more about the company. JK: How do you plan on keeping CampusWise going once you graduate? When do you graduate? Max: One of the things that we definitely considered when we reviewed applicants for the CampusRep position at other campuses was graduation year. Being juniors, we realize that we have a limited time left in college and want to make sure that we have reps at all of the schools who are younger than us and will have a year or two to continue to grow the website at their school, even after we are no longer in college. We’ll also be looking to them to help us find other reps to take over once they graduate as well. JK: Where do you see CW in the

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next year? Five years? Ten years? Max: Over the next year, we are really focusing on continuing to expand CampusWise at our current schools as well as expanding to more and more campuses. Within five years, we see CampusWise as being the number one way students buy and sell their used books, right alongside Chegg and Amazon. Over the coming years, we aim to use our established infrastructure to improve other aspects of college life and find other ways to save students money. JK: Tell us more about other companies that you have collaborated with – such as Dorm Room Decor and GradWYSE. Max: Dorm Room Decor is a company founded by an ODU student, which makes hand-crafted dorm decorations. We were really impressed with the marketing she was putting out and the quality of her products, so we were thrilled when she reached out and wanted to become a CampusBiz and sell her items on the site. GradWYSE is an exciting company founded by an ODU student, which allows students to rent and buy their caps and gowns for graduation for much less than anywhere else. We met them through the Strome Entrepreneurial Center, where they were also going to get mentorship, and it just seems liked the perfect idea, and really went along well with our mission at CampusWise. We are thrilled to help them grow their company at ODU and bring forth another way for students to save money.


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Freedom Electric Solutions: A Student Startup Story Cntd. Continued from A1 ...2013, Marshall sought out a way to get to and from school easier and, as an off road cyclist and hiker, a way to ease the work of getting uphill. With no formal mechanical training and just a Dremel (a handheld metal-working tool), Marshall cobbled together an old skateboard with an electric motor he bought online to make it self-propelled. When it came time to test the skateboard, Marshall had no idea of what it would be capable of. “[It was] terrifying. Absolutely terrifying… That thing gets up to about 28 miles per hour,” Marshall said. But that was only the “child setting” he tested with. Later, he described overtaking cars while traveling to and from school on his new creation, which became the envy of those on campus. Coming to ODU, Marshall felt that he had a chance to put himself out there. “When I got [to ODU], that’s when the entrepreneurship

started snapping in… I saw it as an opportunity to see what I could do with electric bikes… and I started reaching out at the Strome Center,” Marshall said. During a networking event at the Strome Entrepreneurial Center, where he spoke of his custom electric bicycles and floated the idea that would eventually become Freedom Electric Solutions, he was introduced to the Hatch program. Curious, he attended a weekly event in Virginia Beach called “One Million Cups,” a national program developed by the Kauffman Foundation “designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs,” according to the website. “It’s like a baby Shark Tank,” Marshall said. After giving his presentation, and answering the questions that followed, Marshall was invited to join the Hatch program to develop his business and build his bicycles. The invitation was so overwhelming that he refrained from telling his parents, because he could not believe that such an opportunity could be possible, much less that it would come so easily.

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At first, Marshall described his reaction to the invitation as “skeptical.” But once inside, and provided with mentorship and even marketing help, his opinion changed to “eye opening.” While not yet at the stage of having startup capital, Marshall was provided with help from people who got his company off the ground, and even the resources necessary to shoot a commercial. Marshall introduced his in-progress creations. Both his electric bike and skateboard looked bulkier than their analog counterparts due to the addition of motors and battery packs. They looked like they were in made in a garage, yet possessed functional and strong components that allowed them to propel a rider smoothly and quickly through the urban landscape. They possessed a handmade charm, and Marshall alluded to custom-machined parts that would come in the future to make the bike look professional and sleek. The bike itself is capable of a respectable distance of twenty or more miles, enough for traveling within a city or town, depending on how fast

and hard the rider pushes it. Since the motor is housed directly on the wheel it does not interfere with the bike chain, and the bike can still be pedaled normally for an even greater range. Marshall emphasized that his bikes are more than capable of achieving high speeds to rival mopeds, scooters and cars. But his bikes will be built with a limiter for safety reasons, and so that the rider does not need to obtain a special license. I was allowed to try his own personal bike, equipped with a makeshift phone “dashboard” and a custom Bluetooth speaker system for riding enjoyment. Previously, I had no real experience or training with anything that involved a throttle. But his bike was simple and easy to learn. With a light push to get going and a gentle turn of the single throttle, the bike took over and I was sailing around campus. Not only was the bike simple to operate, the ride was smooth and always within control. Even when pushed to higher speeds, the bike never felt unweildy or threatening to fall apart.

The electric motor produced a low, quiet purr that sped the bike along. With no engine noise to drown out the rush of wind, there was a peaceful power to the experience. The demo rides were more than evidence that the bike was a must-have for any student. Marshall’s creation was solid, speedy, quiet and easily accessible. With a charging time of three hours in a wall plug, it could be used any day. But with the custom fast charger that Marshall was developing, the bike could be charged in an astounding 20 minutes. Marshall’s shop and his bikes brought to mind the likes of Jobs and Wozniak, or the Wright brothers. Despite the change in technology and education, Marshall belongs to the group of people driven to create with their own two hands and whatever happens to be lying around them. Their first builds were rough, but they worked and were made with careful attention and many trials. In time, Marshall will also be one of those people who can take nothing but passion and drive, and turn them into something great.

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Queer Column: Check Your Privilege: Why the Majority Doesn’t Get to Feel ‘Left Out’ Connor Norton Staff Writer I am a White, Cis-Queer Male and I recognize that as a white Cis-Male I will have certain privileges in society that I have been raised to expect. This statement is difficult for some people to say. The simple fact is that we live in a heteronormative white dominated society that ingrains in us from preschool to college the understanding that white culture is “normal,” cisgender is “normal,” and heterosexual relationships are “normal.” Because of this, there are many people who will never really understand the experiences of these people who are oppressed by the fundamentals that have been instilled in us by society. Therein lies the rub, the one word that some who are over-sensitive and privileged don’t like hearing… never.

It’s a difficult concept for some people to wrap their heads around: the fact that one will never be able to relate or understand the issues and struggles that other marginalized groups are forced to suffer under. As a white person, I will never be able to understand the oppression, the suffering, and also the camaraderie and connections felt within the black community. As a cis-white man I will never understand the struggle of trans* individuals who struggle to make society understand and validate their identity. As a man I will never understand the fear some women have walking home or to their car at night, with the constant fear of being sexually assaulted. But that doesn’t have to stop you from being an ally. Recently, I came across a really problematic image with the follow-

ing written it. we’ll see if you can find the problem in it:

The issue with this post is that we are eliminating blame; we are trying to distance ourselves from an issue that is a very real and prevalent issue by focusing on saying “not every privileged person is part of the problem.” Ding-ding-ding! You win a cookie for stating the painfully obvious, but what has this accomplished

exactly, except absolving people who call themselves allies of any real responsibility? We wish to use these words “racists” and “homophobes” as if they aren’t “white people” or “straight people” but they are; you can’t ignore the very real fact that just because not ALL cis-white heterosexuals are bigots doesn’t mean they’re not out there. We then address the very problematic use of the word “hate” at the end of this. Hate is not an issue here; it is only made into an issue because the privileged majority is being challenged to think outside the way they have been inscribed to think. The minority does not ‘hate’ the entire majority because of the actions of few. This is a misconception felt by the privileged majority who are hurt because they will ‘never’ understand any of these struggles.

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“Just Your Daily Reminders: Racists are a problem White people are not Homophobes are a problem Straight people are not Transphobes are a problem Cis people are not Sexists are a Problem Men are not”

The call to action for you allies out there is this: realize that ally is a verb, not an identity; you never stop being an ally as long as you continue your allyship. Recognizing and deconstructing in your mind the institutionalized oppression, realizing there are opinions and issues you are not equipped to relate too, but still being able to give voice and validity to those issues is the best way one can be an ally. So as someone who may go through life privileged and unaware of the issues that surround other communities, remember: it is not your place to weigh in or feel in any way, shape, or form; it is your place to silence the noise and allow those who are suffering from this oppression the location to tell you what they need, because only they will be able to tell you what they need.


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FAUX NEWS IS GOOD NEWS: Headphone Maker Skull Candy to Release New Style of Earphones. George Plank Staff Writer Skull Candy, one of the largest manufacturers of headphones and earphones, unveiled their patent for a new product they hope to have on shelves by summer of 2016. Sam Paschel, the chief commercial officer of skull candy held a press conference last Tuesday to address some of the major concerns some customers have been having. “The main goal of the Skull Candy company is to provide stylish and affordable choices to all of our customers. We place the

customer’s satisfaction first, and that’s why your concerns, as a customer, are so important to us,” Paschel said. “Many of you have reported that our current earphone design is comfortable and sits in the ear fine, but often times they will fall out and interrupt your listening experience. We hear you loud and clear and we have recently created a new design that we hope will meet all of your needs. We are proud to present our newest product, the “Head-sticker.” With a showman-like demeanor, Paschel pulled a sheet off of a promo-

tional board to reveal an advertisement for the new product. The Head-sticker retains a similar design to normal earphones. It features a cylindrical design with a thick no-tangle cord and rubber inserts for comfort of the wearer. The main feature, which immediately separated the Head-Poon from its predecessors were the sharp metal barbs conveniently located on the rubber inserts. “The Head-sticker combines all the features you love of our traditional earphones with all the security that only a harpoon can provide. With

new Head-Poon™ technology, you will never have a pair of earphones fall out on you ever again. The new metal armatures dig deep into your flesh and latch on for maximum grip so your day to day life will not get in the way of your casual listening lifestyle,” Paschel said. The announcement was greeted with a smattering of applause from the audience. Groady Duhd, correspondent for the popular skate boarding magazine, The Daily Grind, was particularly impressed with this new advancement in listening audio

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technology. “Finally! Finally we can go on with our extreme lifestyles without ever worrying about our excellent playlists being interrupted by the most heinous outage of our listening apparatus, dude. Yeah it hurts, but not as much as going without my all Fall Out Boy playlist for even a second,” Duhd said. Look out for the new Skull Candy Head-stickers heading straight for your store shelves in the summer of 2016.


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