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Women’s Soccer beats GMU 3-1 Matt O’Brien Sports Editor Old Dominion Women’s soccer set out to snap a five-game losing streak on Friday night. The Monarchs (2-60) earned a much needed 3-1 victory on the heels of a hat-trick by leading scorer Iris Achterhof. Achterhof ’s three goals powered the Old Dominion offense past the George Mason Patriots (4-4-0). “We are a little tired. We have been

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on the road and we have played some very big programs. It’s a good experience for our team, it was great to come home and get a win in front of the fans,” said Head Coach Angie Hind. To the Monarchs’ credit, three of the five teams in their five-game slide were ranked In the top 25. One loss came at the hands of the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers. After arguably their most challenging stretches of the season, the lady Monarchs relished some home field advantage.

“This is the field we practice on every day that makes a big difference. We needed to get a little confidence boost it’s great to find the back of net again and hopefully this carries in to the next few weeks,” Hind said. Neither team was able to get off to a good start in the first half. ODU put up just two shots on goal in the first half. George Mason was able to generate some pressure towards the end of the half, with five shots on goal and two late corner kicks. Despite the

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ODU NAACP and Generation Forward Rally Josh Whitener News Editor The Old Dominion chapter of the NAACP and the student group, Generation Forward, have proposed a plan to university administration to develop a Black cultural center on campus. Advocates say the proposal has been met with indifference and disinterest, noting the increased racial tension nationwide.

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The Generation Forward Coalition created a plan last Spring and has proposed it to Ellen Neufeldt, Vice President for Student Engagement & Enrollment Services, The Office of International Relations, and ODU President John Broderick. They’re quick to note that they aren’t asking for something new, but the return of a space that was taken away. In 1991 the Hugo Owens African

American Cultural Center was established to help black students in academic matters and personal needs. The Center remained on campus until 2008 when it was closed for housing expansion during ODU’s transition to a residential campus. Atkins is also a member of Generation Forward. “The importance of the black culture center is to finally give appreciation to the black community at ODU,

providing an area where people of different backgrounds can learn our stories,” Samantha Conyers, ODU NAACP President, said. The proposal outlines a strategic plan that coincides with the university’s 2014-2019 Strategic Plan. They say the accentuated guidelines the cultural center would follow would “increase Old Dominion University’s national and international reputation for research excellence” and “promote

the university’s inclusive community and encourage an ethos of cultural (continued from A1) competence.” The proposal also includes six other black student organizations that “engage in cultural programming.” The list includes the “African Student Association (ASA), Black Student Alliance (BSA), Caribbean Student Association, Minds About Progress, NAACP, and the National Pan-Hel-

Atlas Genius Rocks

“Inanimate Objects” at The NorVa Adam Flores Staff Writer

Atlas Genius Performs at the NorVa on Sept 16, 2015 Josh Boone

Australia’s Atlas Genius played to a highly enthusiastic crowd Wednesday night at The NorVa. Fans were not disappointed as the band from the Land Down Under played an 80-minute set that consisted of material from their first album and most importantly, in support of their current album release, “Inanimate Objects.” Atlas Genius took command of the stage under a dazzling light show, opening with new songs such as the

first track from “Inanimate Objects,” “The Stone Mill,” and straight into their current hit single, “Molecules.” Other new tracks, such as “Balladino” and “Stockholm,” further expanded the flow and hypnotic, sonic energy the band flawlessly delivered. The core of the band, led by brothers Keith (lead vocals, guitar) and Michael Jeffery (drums) augmented with fellow band mates Matt Fazzi (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) and Alex Marans (bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals) round out this lineup that demonstrated musical versatil-

ity within the live alternative rock/ indietronica spectrum. For those unfamiliar with Americans Fazzi and Marans, Fazzi is well known on the circuit and for his work with Taking Back Sunday, until he left the group in early 2010. Marans is known for his work with the Queensbased group Gospels, who has opened for such groups as MS MR, MisterWives and even Atlas Genius. In the concert venue, Atlas Genius stays true to the sound of their studio takes, accurately reproducing their pop sensibilities and masterful use

ODU Student Wins ‘Best Film’ at Local Film Festival Cecilia Yeager Contributing Writer

Over the summer, Christy Stevens and her friends entered the Hampton Roads 48-hour Film Project, a contest where filmmakers from the area pro-

duce and edit a short film in exactly 48 hours. The event took place from August 14 – 16, and 26 teams signed up for the challenge. “It was the most anxiety-ridden experience of my life,” said Stevens. “But it was awesome.”

The event tests the ability of filmmakers to creatively work together under pressure. “We learned what we were made of,” Stevens said. On Friday, Aug. 14, teams randomly chose a movie genre and were given

three elements to include in their four to seven minute film: a line, a character and a prop. Teams then had two days to shoot and submit their product before the deadline on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 7:00 p.m. Stevens, a native of Virginia Beach,

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always knew she had a love for film. “It’s something I developed on my own. I’ve had a camera in my hand for as long as I could remember,” Stevens said. In high school, Stevens was a photographer for the school yearbook and


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CRIME LOG SEPT. 20TH

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An assault was reported to have occurred on September 20th at 3:00 a.m. at this approximate location. The suspect is in police custody.

An assault was reported to have occurred on September 13th between 11:45 p.m. and 11:56 p.m. at this approximate location. The case remains active.

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A hit and run incident was reported to have occurred on September 14th between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at this approximate location. The case remains active.

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A hit and run incident was reported to have occurred on September 15th at 2:00 p.m. at this approximate location. The case remains active.

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A burglary was reported to have occurred on September 13th between 3:45 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. at this approximate location

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A vehicle break-in/theft was reported to have occurred on September 12th at 7:15 p.m. at this approximate location.

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lenic Council (NPHC).

“It was just a safe space for black students to come [for] fellowship and talk about black issues. It was a place for research [and] it was a place for activity hour like we have here now. The NAACP would have their step shows, organizational meetings [and] basically we’re trying to bring that center back,” - Michael Atkins Conyers emphasized that all the black student organizations should come together as one in order to better represent black student organiza-

tion numbers in participation. “The [ODU] NAACP, our big thing this year is creating unity amongst all minority organizations on campus because we all seem to compete against each other rather than all of us just coming together and going towards the same goal,” Conyers said. Members like Atkins, representing Generation Forward, and Conyers, representing the ODU NAACP, are encouraging students by speaking to classes about the importance of a Black cultural center as well as utilizing social media. Reactions from students have been positive and supportive, some even voicing interest in supporting them through their own organizations. An ODU football player and a sorority member both expressed interest in supporting the cause during Atkins and Conyers presentation in Professor Vaughan Frederick’s Into to Women’s Studies course. Both organizations are still requesting meetings with administration to promote the need for a Black Cultural Center on campus.

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UNITY DAY: AN EBONY AFFAIR

DJ 2Nasty dropping the 1’s and 2’s on the Quad at Unity Day

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The Ebony Impact Gospel Choir performs on Sept. 18, 2015

ATLAS GENIUS AT THE NORVA

Atlas Genius played the NorVa on Sept. 16, 2015

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of live sound within their song structures. Along with their instrumental diversity are Keith Jeffery’s lead vocal talents and their backing vocal arrangements utilizing both natural harmonies and use of electronic vocal effects. Their use of unique synth sounds and sonic, spatial textures mixed with the band’s core rhythm instrumentation show all the unique strengths of the sound Atlas Genius are known for. There was no shortage of deep bass synth grooves, high energy drumming, carefully arranged guitar and keyboard work along with catchy, melodic vocals that kept everyone entranced the entire set. In true Atlas Genius fashion, the band resurrected the 1987 pop hit, “You Spin Me Round (Like a Re-

cord),” by Dead or Alive, utilizing their artistry to update the song and tailor it to reflect their sound as if it were one of their own songs. To the delight of fans, their encore performance brought up frontman Keith Jeffery to change the pace and deliver an intimate solo acoustic guitar and vocal performance of “Levitate,” the last track from their new album. He was then joined by the rest of his mates to close out the night with the high energy “Electric,” which left the audience upbeat and wanting more. After the show, the group met with their fans for casual conversation, autograph signings and photo opportunities to extend an appreciation for their loyal support.

Skylar Spence Slows Time with Debut Album ‘Prom King’ Wes Dildy Contributing Writer

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Skylar Spence, who is more famously known as Saint Pepsi, released his debut album “Prom King” on Sept. 18. The album sees a slight departure from Spence’s former style of transforming disco, classic rock and R&B hits into dreamlike pop songs. His freshman album is full of dance-ready, polished pop songs with the strong cloud of nostalgia that characterizes the vaporwave movement. Vaporwave is a genre founded on transforming the sounds of the ‘80s and early ‘90s new-age music while incorporating a hip-hop flair that only the ‘2010s can appreciate. The production on “Prom King” is engulfed by the retro influences of disco and early ‘90s synth-pop, which shows that Spence has not completely left the vaporwave sound that his career was founded on. What separates Spence from Saint Pepsi are the presence of his vocals,

which didn’t exist under Saint Pepsi. Providing rich vocals to accompany his lush instrumentals was a smart decision, especially since the majority of similarly-styled music is a collection of faceless artists represented by eerie cover art confined to the suggestions bar of YouTube. The album’s instrumental tracks are where Spence shines. While the majority of the album is based on the unique disco-pop sound he created as Saint Pepsi, Spence used his instrumental tracks to show his ability to transition between genres with songs such as “All I Want” as musical road trips that travel from pop, to chillwave and ending with soulful hip-hop. Spence’s voice accomplishes something that most vaporwave fails at: it gives his music context. As Saint Pepsi, Spence’s music had the same ephemeral appeal that plagues many artists of his genre. With relatable lyrics and catchy hooks, he pulls away from his past projects and gives fans something they can connect with

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on a higher level and share amongst friends without fear of appearing “too hipster.” Spence may not be the most profound lyricist, but perhaps depth isn’t exactly what he’s going for. In “Can’t You See” he sings, “…slowed some music down and called myself an artist,” a nod to his previous project. “Prom King” is the result of what occurred when Spence’s music-making process became more dynamic. Spence shows that he is a worthy opponent of any of today’s pop artists, and his skills of sampling, beat layering, and creating catchy hooks are the only proof that he needs. He is the budding superhero of pop music, despite his claims on “I Can’t Be Your Superman.” Spence’s decision to rise up from the ocean of ordinary vaporwave artists to deliver something different could be the most impressive campaign that pop music has seen in a very long time.


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Scream Queens:

On Wednesdays We Wear Blood Red George Plank Staff Write From “The Simpsons” to “New Girl,” The Fox Network television programs have become household names. Fox’s new horror-comedy show “Scream Queens” — debuting Sept. 22 — wants to do the same, but will it leave people running in terror or screaming for more? “Scream Queens” focuses on the very exclusive sorority Kappa Kappa Tau. On the surface, it seems like any other film sorority; narcissistic, vapid, and cruel, but underneath the sparkling white exterior it hides a dark secret. The university has received numerous complaints against the sorority and the new dean wants to revoke the organization’s charter. After some intervention from the national level of KKT, the dean elects another method of punishment. For this semester, anyone that wants to pledge Kappa will be automatically allowed in. This is where the main conflict resides. The active members of Kappa don’t want to sully the name of the sorority by admitting the

worst outcasts and misfits that the university has to offer. The president and other sisters, all named Chanel, take it upon themselves to make hell week as miserable as possible for the pledges. Fortunately for them, so does a killer that targets the Kappa sisters and begins killing them off one by one. The sisters of Kappa are some of the most despicable people imaginable with almost no redeeming qualities. Each time a new character appears, you think that there couldn’t possibly be a character to despise more. Not five minutes later, a new character appears that makes you wish for more time with the last. The pledge characters on the other hand are surprisingly creative. Among their ranks is the every-girl, the character that the viewer is supposed to identify with. She’s quirky and determined. Her roommate is an expressive girl who could be called the most rational of the group. For good measure, there are also a number of over-the-top characters. “Scream Queens” does what very few others dare to. It creates a horror-show without a pre-existing

product. Today’s market for television is oversaturated with shows like MTV’s “Scream” or A&E’s “Bates Motel.” The show draws less inspiration from classic horror movies and more from such films as “Mean Girls” or classic college movies such as “Revenge of the Nerds.” The show’s humor is derived from insults thrown around by the Kappa sisters that the audience is supposed to accept as catty. Admittedly, there is one legitimately funny scene in the premiere involving the killer and text messages, but the humor isn’t distributed well throughout the rest of the show. The sisters of Kappa Kappa Tau are so irredeemable that you’ll watch a majority of the show in the hopes that one of them finally meets their end, but we see quickly that no character is truly safe. The “whodunit” style mixed with a few twists and turns will leave most viewers formulating theories before the premier is over. If you wanted to see the cast of “Mean Girls” die horrible deaths one-by-one, then “Scream Queens” is the show for you.

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(continued from A1) newspaper. Her passion for filmmaking deepened, but she took a different route in college pursuing a degree in economics at James Madison University. “I’ve known that I’ve wanted to make movies for a long time, basically all my life. But you’re told from many different sources that it’s not feasible, that’s not possible. You have no connections to Hollywood,” Stevens said. Stevens left JMU after one semester and returned home before starting her film studies at ODU. “It was the best choice I ever made. I don’t want to be in school for something I don’t love,” Stevens said. Stevens finds inspiration from many famous filmmakers, including the Coen Brothers, who directed the movies “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” and “No Country for Old Men.” Film screenings for the 48-hour Film Project began on Aug. 25 at the Naro Cinema and continued until Aug. 29. Families, friends and the public were invited to attend. Stevens’ team, the Screaming for Orange Productions, submitted their short horror film, “Glimpse,” and took home six awards including “Best Film

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Overall.” Stevens also won for “Best Cinematography,” which requires setting up lights, choosing the right lens and overall, preparing the set exactly how the director wants it to look and feel. The road to Hollywood is not easy, but Stevens’ advice for future film students is not to quit. “When you know what you want to do you just can’t fight it off. You’ll try to, but you just always end up on the path you’re supposed to be on. Dedicate everything to it and crazy little things are going to happen. Those little things add up, and one day what if you’re at the Oscars? You never know,” Stevens said. Now a senior at Old Dominion University, Stevens is debating between grad school and the opportunity to work for a non-profit organization. She’s content with making any type of films from music videos to commercials, but her dream goal is to travel and shoot social and cultural documentaries. “I think they’re so powerful and under-appreciated. When you use a talent to help people, it’s the definition of purpose,” Stevens said.


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Graduate Student Zach Gehring Talks

DEMONS and Dreams

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Zach Gehring’s graduate assistant office door was wide open, and adorned with existential-themed coloring pages. He waved to me from his desk, where he was scrolling through Tumblr on his laptop. In front of him sat The Existential Coloring Book, where his door decor derived from, and a box of crayons. Gehring’s office illustrated what his latest project DEMONS is all about – music that’s inspired, philosophical, but still easy-going, fun and very much his own thing. One of the posters on the office wall was an original print from the 10-year anniversary tour of Gehring’s other band, hometown heroes Mae. The band stopped touring in 2010, and Gehring’s priorities took a major shift. He’s married, back in school and working at a local coffee shop – the first place he’d worked since before Mae began touring. In this time, music has been on the back-burner but still prevalent in Gehring’s life. He still played nearly every day, and soon began to index lyrics along with guitar riffs. Soon, he had his first batch of songs he’d ever completed independently, and began recording an EP in 2013 after raising funds on Indiegogo, a popular crowdsourcing website. “I would go into the studio about once a week to write and record songs,” Gehring said. After dealing with major recording studios, this new approach was relaxing and became a fun project without a mission. This process allowed these individual tracks to be free of

what Gehring refers to as “conceptual framing.” “That’s one thing that Mae was always good at doing,” Gehring said. “I just wanted to focus more on this self-absorbed expression.” School became a huge influence for Gehring’s songwriting. “What I learned in school affects and informs what I do in music,” he said. This makes working in both worlds easier, with both school and music playing off each other. “In a good way, I hope,” Gehring said. “Too soon to tell.” Themes of self-doubt and criticism are very prevalent throughout DEMONS’ first EP, “Great Dismal.” Gehring wanted to “explore the theme of being subjective towards oneself, and not giving oneself the benefit of the doubt.” Gehring’s Christian roots allow him to explore a unique framework of guilt. He admits this self-indulgence might sound “easily overdone, kind of narcissistic and very millennial when done wrong.” Through this EP, Gehring attempts to learn how to avoid these faux pas when writing songs about himself. Throughout Gehring’s time in Mae, he yearned for a sleaziness he couldn’t fully express through the band’s carefully produced sound. DEMONS draws influences from grittier and harder stuff that reflects Gehring’s more punk background, such as bands like Rancid, Mudhoney or the Melvins. This time around, Gehring compiled a group of guys who enjoyed similar influences, with whom he could take the reigns and be the driving force of the band’s sound. Chris

Matthews joined DEMONS after the EP was recorded. From what he heard in Matthews’ hardcore band Moutheater, Gehring knew him well enough to know what Matthews liked and what he was into. “I knew if I asked him [to join the band], he’d be able to get it,” Gehring said. DEMONS has played a few shows around the area. In June, they opened for Fucked Up!. “That was really cool because Fucked Up! is a great band,” Gehring said. “They’re a band that’s been around for a while, so I was really stoked and excited to get that opportunity.” While Gehring is getting used to his new-found place at center stage, the self-proclaimed introvert still finds it an uncomfortable place to be. “I don’t have control over the stage at all, but the band is very encouraging. This support allows shows to be more like hangout sessions than anything else,” Gehring said. With a pregnant wife at home and an ever-growing stack of homework, Gehring admits an absence of time, money, or patience to put into DEMONS, which he had a plethora of in Mae’s heyday. “I knew that whatever I were to start outside of Mae, in my mind, wouldn’t get to even half of what Mae was able to accomplish,” Gehring said. While hopes of future success are in the back of Gehring’s brain, he realizes the level of commitment dedicated to playing in a popular band isn’t possible like it was in his early twenties.

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Monarch Style: Jacque Davis

Clare Benedetto Contributing Writer Name: Jacque Davis Major: Communication Year: Freshman Spotted: Kaufman Hall Jacque Davis claims that she chose this outfit because it was something she could throw on before her 9 a.m. class, but she clearly happens to be one of those lucky souls who has style sense early in the morning. Jacque was wearing a pair of light-wash distressed jeans, an aquamarine tank top, gold hoop earrings, a trusty black book bag, and tan sandals. The outfit came across with a cool, relaxed vibe. She describes her clothing style as “casual and comfortable,” but loves to take risks with her hair.

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Right now, “burgundy” streaks of hair line her face, but in the past she has had her hair shaved, dyed crazy colors, and cut again and again. “I love to have scissors taken to my hair,” she said. Although they unfortunately have been eaten by her dog, Jacque’s favorite item of clothing in her closet was a pair of cheetah-print Nike Free Runs. Sevyn Streeter is her fashion inspiration. Her trend of choice is ripped jeans, which she likes to buy at PacSun, because although they’re a bit more expensive, “they’ll last forever.” Davis advises people to care less about what is popular when choosing what to wear. Instead, she says, a trend she would like to see come into style would be “diversity.”


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How to Eat like a New Yorker on a College Budget Amy DeLaura Staff Writer I really love food. I know people say this all the time but really, for me, it’s a passion. That is why I decided to go to New York City one weekend just to eat. My friend, Lexi, said she wanted to get away from campus for a weekend but only had $100. As two poor college students, we decided to set a limit of $100 for the entire trip, transportation included. Leaving from Washington D.C., Chinatown bus tickets are $35 round trip (because one never drives to New York City). The goal was two lunches, dinner, breakfast, and one late night snack. With sub-

way fare, that put each meal budget at just over $9. With Lexi accompanying me, we stepped off the bus in the bustling streets of Chinatown, New York, hardly a word of English in sight. The cramped streets were flooded with people, lined with vendors and exotic foods. The first stop I had to make was right in the heart of Chinatown on Mott Street. This tiny little dive restaurant, Hop Kee, has the largest steamed pork buns for only a dollar. Next, for something a little sweet, I got the best tea in Chinatown — bubble tea! Crossing Canal Street, the exotic smells of Chinatown are drowned out

by accordion playing and restaurant owners hollering at us in Italian and English to try their food. Ah, Little Italy. We chose a restaurant with a dinner special for eggplant parmesan with spaghetti and salad. I sat outside in the sun enjoying the perfect day, sipping cheap chianti, attempting to imagine I was in Rome again. The meal was delicious with the freshest mozzarella and eggplant cooked to perfection. We continued to people-watch and as the sun began to set on Mulberry Street, we knew the city was only just starting to come alive. With the sky risers and jumbotrons circling above us, we made our way to Times Square. There is just some-

thing magical about people coming together from all over the world coexisting in this one place. Rounding about three in the morning, our next stop is essential to any visit to New York City. I stepped out of the city’s night into a bunch of drunkards shuffled in a long line bonding over the craving for cheesy goodness only New York pizza can fulfill. As the sun came up and city lights began to disappear, Doughnut Plant was our next stop. Made famous by their peanut butter and jelly doughnut, this was the reason I came to New York. The peanut glaze and jam filling are both house made. The good folks at Doughnut Plant are breaking

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all kinds of expectations by having square doughnuts and a super-secret technique of getting gooey filling into every bite. We made our way back to Chinatown for our last lunch. I knew Pho would be the best cure. There is no pretty way to eat this mixture of meat and clear noodles in beef broth but it hit the spot. Lexi and I boarded the bus back to D.C., our stomachs satisfied and proud of keeping within the budget. A hundred bucks was totally worth the delicious adventure.


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Participants take part in a symbolic Dragon dance at the Mid Autumn Moon Festival on Sept. 12, 2015

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Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Fascinates Downtown Norfolk Cecilia Yeager Contributing Writer On an average afternoon in the park, it might be unusual to see groups of people dressed in colorful, ornate costumes resembling mythical beasts, dancing to the beat of a drum. That is, unless you’re watching a traditional Chinese performance called the lion dance that kicked off the 10th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in TowneBank Fountain Park on Saturday, Sept. 12. Hosted by Norfolk Festevents, the festival drew in a steady crowd of families, friends, and onlookers to the exciting show. Vendors sold Chinese tokens and food on the water-

side while spectators gathered on the lawn to watch the continuous stream of performances. Entertainment ranged from fastpaced, spirited martial art demonstrations to more relaxed forms of tai chi, a graceful meditative exercise. Several organizations participated in this event including the Taoist Tai Chi Society. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, the second largest Chinese holiday, is typically celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar. This tradition evolved from Chinese farmers celebrating the end of the summer harvest. Families would host a banquet to thank the moon gods for a plentiful

season. It is sometimes compared to the American tradition of Thanksgiving. This year, the Mid-Autumn holiday will be on Sept. 27. On that night, the moon will be at its brightest and fullest. The acrobatic performance was a big opener for the show as crowds focused on the intensity and agility of the dancers. In teams of two, dancers dressed in red and yellow metallic garb would hoist one another up and weave in and out of the crowds to interact with the audience. It’s believed in the Chinese culture that these creatures ward off bad energy for the upcoming season. Residents also had a chance to sample Chinese delicacies. The most

popular were moon cakes, which are pastries filled with fruits, egg and nuts, provided by Friends of the Pagoda and Oriental Garden Foundation. They are typically eaten during special Chinese holidays, like Chinese New Year, and symbolize good luck and prosperity for those who eat them. The event’s music was provided by live singing and zither playing. The Chinese zither is a stringed instrument that is plucked and pulled using both hands to produce a distinct twang. Musicians played songs familiar to the public as well as cultural folk melodies. Chinese fashion was showcased with a mother-daughter fashion show.

The vibe was upbeat as women and their daughters dressed in traditional silk garments featuring detailed patterns – often symbols or flowers – catwalked the stage. Although the festival didn’t end in moon gazing, it was filled with activities that were enjoyable for all. If you’re interested in Chinese culture and want to learn more, the Confucius Institute at Old Dominion University is hosting a martial arts performance by the Tianjin University troupe at the University Theatre from 4 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. Tickets ($5) will be sold at the door.

Masego Takes Center Stage at Work|Release Dejonna Mayo Contributing Writer

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Former ODU Student Micah Davis AKA Masego showcased his talents on Friday, Sept. 11, at Work|Release, the warehouse turned art space in the Neon District. The atmosphere was diverse, ranging from men in ties to college kids in flip flops. There were even some families weaving through the crowd. A large projection screen was placed in the middle of the loft-like building, next to a stage surrounded by Technicolor lights. Masego danced his way to the stage around 9 p.m., introduced himself and dove right into his music. Masego is a stage name, but has special meaning to the budding artist. “It’s an African name. It means ‘blessing,’” he said. “Everybody in church, they always called me blessing.” Masego was dressed in his signature style — a floral Hawaiian dress shirt, blue jeans and Clark loafers. “Hawaiian shirts mean vacations. It means freedom. I’m all about be-

ing comfortable. That’s what it’s all about,” Masego said. Masego began by making a beat on the spot, adding on instruments and melodies as the song built momentum. Many people in the crowd sang along to his most popular tracks. Even if they didn’t know the words, attendees found themselves dancing along with Masego and Mr. Lightskin, Masego’s best friend who he occasionally brings up on stage. The upbeat vibes of Masego’s music were infectious. Everywhere you turned, someone was either dancing, swaying along or bobbing their heads to the music. Masego performed 10 songs including a new track called “Innovate,” which had the building in a frenzy. The crowd was jumping and singing along with the song’s catchy and repetitive hook. Not only did Masego create beats on-the-spot, but he also played the saxophone and electric keyboard, enhancing the feel of the performance. Of the seven instruments he can play, he didn’t hesitate to claim a favorite. “The keyboard, definitely,” Masego

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said. If the music were to be categorized, it would take more than one word to describe it. He calls it “trap house jazz.” The mix of old school R&B, new school trap music (though he doesn’t curse), and the melodic jazz flow of his saxophone creates a genre of its own. “I’m a big fan of Cab Calloway. At a very young age, I watched a documentary of Cab Calloway and represented what I wanted to do with music. The energy, the feel of it. Jazz music is very powerful,” Masego said. Masego had a solid connection with his audience. He spoke to them as if they were old friends and this was a private concert. His two steps and jigs had the place on their feet, trying to duplicate his fancy footwork. The way Masego worked the stage looked very natural, and it seemed his talent could get him far in the music business. For new Masego fans, or anyone who might want to listen to his music, you can find him on SoundCloud, or Twitter.


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For Updated Monarch sports coverage, visit maceandcrown.com. (continued from A1) early pressure the Lady Monarchs’ defense held up. ODU goalkeeper Erin Kinz made three key saves to keep the score level at half. “I liked the way we controlled the ball we just couldn’t get anything concise. Erin certainly bailed us out a few times,” Hind said. Hind and her team made some changes to their offensive game plan. The Lady Monarchs had to find a way to get the ball in the box. “We focused on stretching their defense a little wider so we had more space to play the ball through,” Hind said. Eight minutes into the second half they did just that and executed a perfect through ball at the feet of midfielder Kira Laurento. Laurento was able to find Achterhof as she got behind the defense and chipped the ball over a sliding Mason goalkeeper giving the Monarchs a 1-0 lead The Lady Monarch offense had struggled as of late. They were only able to score two goals in their last six

games. Achterhof ’s success came as no surprise as she is the team’s leading scorer and has already racked up six goals this season. “She did great. She can create a lot of space for herself and she knows where to be at the right time. She is one of the best finishers on this team and we are just really lucky to have her,” Laurento said. The Netherlands native was not done, on her way to her second hattrick of the season. She wasted little time, less than four minutes later Laurento found Achterhof again on a cross to the middle of the box giving the lady Monarchs a comfortable 2-0 lead. In the 79th minute however, the Patriot offense finally capitalized on one of their many opportunities of the night. Mason forward Emma star launched a ball from just about 25 yards out that hit the post and found the back of the net. The Patriots comeback effort was short lived. Just five minutes after the deficit was cut, Achterhof struck

again. Achterhof ’s move past a defender secured her final goal just inside the box, she fired a ball that found the upper right hand corner of the net. Her third and final goal secured the win for the Lady Monarchs. In the second win of the season, the Lady Monarchs put up their largest margin of victory. This comes despite being outshot 11 to 8 and surrendering five corner kicks. “This gives us a lot of momentum going in to conference play. We played some tough teams to prepare us for this and it helped us up the intensity and our abilities,” Laurento said. The first test of in conference play will come on September 25 when the lady Monarchs take on Louisiana Tech on the road.

Shuler Bentley Looks to Write His Own Legacy as Quarterback Matt O’Brien Sports Editor Old Dominion University has one of the newer football programs in the country. Since its rebirth in 2008 the program has been headlined by star quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who has since graduated and made an NFL roster. But before he left he served as a mentor to a freshman from Duncan South Carolina. That freshman is Shuler Bentley. Bentley, who was redshirted last fall, wasted little time in beginning his legacy here at ODU since being named the starter. Coach Bobby Wilder confidently named Bentley starting quarterback back in May after the addition of two other walk-on quarterbacks. “Shuler’s our starter, He was clearly the best quarterback in the spring. He was consistent, he was accurate. He completed 65 percent of all of his passes,” Wilder said. Bentley lived up to those words in his first career start against Eastern Michigan. He racked up 184 yards a touchdown and posted a quarterback rating of 114.4. “It was awesome. First start, first touchdown pass, and most importantly first win. That was a must win if we have any aspirations of going to a bowl game,” Bentley said.

At just 19 years of age Bentley showed a lot of poise managing the game and killing a lot of clock in the game’s final drives. His running back and roommate Ray Lawry ran for an incredible 223 yards and four touchdowns. Fellow freshman Oshane Ximines forced the game winning turnover to secure the victory. “I love these guys; that was a great team win. The plane ride back to Norfolk was a lot of fun,” Bentley said. While it is just one game into the season and with some pretty big shoes to fill one has to wonder how he is handling this new found pressure. “Being able to lead the team is the best part of this whole experience. Now all eyes are on me, there is no more hiding behind Taylor. There is certainly a different kind of pressure involved. You get coached differently but it only makes me better,” he said. With the redshirt freshman at the helm, and leading a very young group of guys, growing pains are to be expected. Bentley threw an early interception in the first half of his debut, and Coach Wilder noted that this team is “going to take about a month to grow into each other.” “You are held to a much higher standard. There were some throws I could get away with as a backup that definitely don’t fly anymore. It’s very

different but I’ve got to continue to get better,” Bentley said. In week one’s post game, Coach Wilder reiterated the faith this team has in Bentley. While he was redshirt he developed many close relationships with his teammates making things off the field a little easier for the quarterback. Aside from his teammates Bentley credits his coaches for confidence and all that he has learned in the past few months. No relationship seems as vital as the one he has formed with quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Ron Whitcomb. Whitcomb also got the nod as a redshirt freshman when he was playing quarterback at Maine University. “He knows a lot about what I am going through right now. He became a four year starter, and in turn has really helped all of these quarterbacks here progress year after year,” Bentley said Bentley’s older brother also played quarterback at Rutgers giving him a lot of people to help him through this experience. Perhaps no one proved as helpful to Bentley as former ODU quarterback Taylor Heniecke. In his last six months on campus the two lived together and Heniecke served as a mentor to the young quarterback.

“Being able to stay with him helped. I learned so much in that time period. I was lucky to have such a good mentor. It’s something I look forward to doing at the end of my time here,” Bentley said. The two still keep in touch, exchanging texts before games. Bentley was quick to praise those who helped him in his earlier playing days as well. He cites his father for his biggest influence in football. “My father and I are very close, I don’t think I go more than two days without talking to him. He is always there to help me in life and in football. He has been there every step of the way,” he said. Bentley is one of the most successful high school players in South Carolina history. The Duncan SC native was named Gatorade player of the year twice. He racked up over 13,000 yards and an astounding 177 touchdowns. “There are a lot of guys to come out of the state of South Carolina like Lattimore, Clowney, and Stephen Davis. To be in the conversation with guys like that is pretty special,” Bentley said. Bentley drew recruiting interest as a sophomore. He received offers from ECU, Tulane, and Cincinatti before choosing Old Dominion.

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“It was my best opportunity to start as a freshman, being able to redshirt behind a proven quarterback. I felt very welcome and at home here,” Bentley said. Bentley now has the chance to prove himself and will serve as a leader for a very young team. “It really helps when the core of this team is young. We only have 10 seniors on this team so it’s not like I am the only young guy out there. We definitely have some great chemistry,” he said. Bentley won his second game as a starter in a 24-10 win against the Norfolk State Spartans. He went 1222 with 122 yards. He has high expectations for this team going forward. “We need to just keep winning. We want to win the East, and conference play is going to be very important. Ultimately we need to go to a bowl game now that we are eligible,” Bentley said. Perhaps Bentley’s biggest test of the season comes next week against the NC State Wolfpack. The Wolfpack is the biggest program to come to Foreman field. They are currently undefeated and a former powerhouse in the Atlantic Coast Conference.


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Monarch Football Falls Short in 34-17 Loss to N.C. State Alexander Brooks Staff Writer The Old Dominion Monarchs hosted the North Carolina State Wolfpack in, arguably, the biggest game in S.B. Ballard Stadium history. This was Old Dominion’s chance to show the world that they could compete with a Power Five conference team. It did not go as planned for the Monarchs however as they could not get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. Before the teams even took the field Coach Wilder told reporters, “Everything is play from on-side kicks to fake punts to being ultra-aggressive on fourth down from anyplace on the field offensively.” Unfortunately for the fans, nothing that resembled on-sides, going for it on the fourth or fake punts were used by ODU. Coming into the game, both the Wolfpack and the Monarchs were undefeated and had two studs at the running back position. Ray Lawry was leading the nation in both rush-

ing yards and touchdowns, while Matthew Dayes was in the top 25 for rushing yards. The Monarchs went three and out twice to start the game against the stifling defense of NC State. It looked as though the Monarchs’ D was going to match, when the Wolfpack drove down the field before stalling on third down in the red zone. Only eight minutes into the game it was expected that they would take the points and take an early 3-0 lead on ODU. This was not the case however, as the Wolfpack went, and successfully converted a fourth down conversion in the red zone which led to a rushing touchdown by Jaylen Samuels. The drive took a lengthy 7:42, which was not surprising as the Wolfpack were coming into the game as the “greediest” team when it came to time of possession, controlling 40 minutes of the clock, on average. ODU answered fast to NC State’s first score. 14 seconds in fact, as quarterback Shuler Bentley threw a screen

pass to Lawry which lead to a 70 yard foot race that he would eventually win. This was Lawry’s first receiving touchdown pass of his short ODU career. Unfortunately, that was the only screen pass that amounted to any sort of significant yardage. Then ODU’s offense went dormant, going three and out three more times to end the half. At half, NC State. was leading 217, but the Monarchs were lucky the score was that close, they started most of their drives within their own 20 yard line, while the Wolfpack tended to start around the 50. The mesmerizing stat at halftime was that ODU’s high powered offense had 89 total yards, with 87 of those coming in the second quarter. This was compared to NC State’s 262 yards. And yet again NC State controlled the time of possession with a 22:07 to 7:53 in favor of the Wolfpack. The Wolfpack finished with 40:12 to ODU’s 19:48 in time of possession. The Wolfpack came out after half-

time running all over ODU’s defense, literally and fugitively as they ran it five out of the first six plays getting the ball all the way to the 40 before becoming stagnant, and having to put the ball away. Later, the Monarchs started to throw the ball deep with QB Bentley, which lead to their first score since the beginning of the second quarter. That would be the end of ODU’s scoring for the night as they went three and out for the rest of the game. The Wolfpack added on another 17 points before the final whistle blew. Most of that scoring came off of the running game from both their super star running back Dayes, along with back-up running back Shadrach Thornton and QB Jacoby Brissett, who all had touchdowns. Dayes finished with 108 yards on the ground followed by Thornton with 92 yards. Brissett also added 179 yards through the air which is even more of a feat considering that NC State’s coach said, “Jacoby had a fever and didn’t

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feel well this morning, but no way are [we] keeping him off the field.” Lawry on the other hand had an abysmal game only mounting 15 yards on 11 attempts and with Bentley only throwing for 151 yards, it would have been an impossible feat to overcome. NC State Coach Dave Doeren was very satisfied with his defense saying, “Take away that pass (Lawry) caught and we pretty much eliminated him.” A positive that ODU fans may take away from the game is that Freshman QB Bentley didn’t turn the ball over and did not force any bad passes. This is something that former Old Dominion quarter back Taylor Heinicke struggled with, so to see Bentley have a handle on it is a positive sign. Next week ODU looks to rebound at home against Appalachian State, as North Carolina State has to travel to South Alabama for the final game in their road stand.


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Sony Announces New Games at Tokyo Game Show Robert Williams Contributing Writer Tokyo Game Show 2015 is here to bring all of the big gaming news coming out of Japan. Below are some of the top stories from TGS. Sony started TGS strong with their press conference announcing a new “Kingdom Hearts” collection, downloadable content for some of its favorite titles and so much more anticipated news. There had been many rumors going around about a new “Kingdom Hearts” collection, and that it would be dubbed “KH 2.9.” The rumors were not too far off. “Kingdom Hearts II.8 Final Chapter Prologue” is similar to the other HD remix collections. It will be three games wrapped into one bundle. The games are comprised of an

HD remake of “Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance” with two all new titles: “Kingdom Hearts: Back Cover” and “Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep 0.2.” “Back Cover” will be more of a cinematic movie while “Birth by sleep 0.2” will be playable in the same engine running “KH3.” “Bloodborne” is getting its first expansion called “The Old Hunters,” which will further explore the game’s story. It will be released November 24 and the “Bloodborne: The Old Hunters” edition of the game will be released December 3. Also, “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate,” still set to release October 23, announced a Jack the Ripper DLC campaign which will be included in the season pass for the game. It will be set 20 years after the main game’s story in 1888 during the Autumn of Terror. Project Morpheus is no more. Now

Sony’s virtual reality add-on is called PlayStation VR. The new lackluster name announcement came with a notable VR demo for “Final Fantasy XIV.” The PS4 hardware got a few new customization options including nine new colored faceplates for the system and four new controller colors which consist of gold, silver, steel black and a transparent crystal controller. These items will only be available in Sony stores. Sony also announced the delay of “Persona 5” until 2016. The new “Attack on Titan” game received a new trailer which included some pleasing gameplay footage. Capcom’s Ace Attorney franchise is getting an anime adaptation in 2016, but no news whether it will be release around the newest game in the series, “Ace Attorney 6.” “King of Fighters 14” was announced for PS4.

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Facebook users may soon have the option of “Disliking” content, according to founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. On September 15, Facebook held a live-streamed Q&A session wherein Zuckerberg made his softened stance on “disliking” known to the public. Previously, Zuckerberg had been against such an option as it presented a very obvious method of sowing discontent and negativity on the world’s most popular social network. But now, in the wake of Facebook and social networks being used for social activism and world news, Facebook seems like it may actually need a way for users to express themselves in a way other than a one-dimensional positive acknowledgement. Whatever new button, or buttons, that Facebook plans to implement will probably not be a generic “Dislike” button. Such a button will be just as one-dimensional, and lacking in meaning, as its positive counterpart. More than likely, Facebook will implement some kind of “sympathize” button for content that people want to see more of, and care about, but is not necessarily the kind of content that warrants “liking”, such as the current refugee crisis. Whatever Facebook decides to do, the current “Like” button will not be going away, and Facebook is against buttons that encourage negative behavior. As opposed to systems like Reddit’s up-voting and down-voting, Facebook wishes to only have encouraging behavior. One reason Facebook is against any kind of “disapproving” system, in the

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face of many users calling for such a feature, is because such a system may allow negative behavior against content that is not meant for sharing. “While many users love the idea of Facebook adding a dislike button, I don’t think there are many users who are dying to have their own content disliked… there are many things users want for themselves, but don’t enjoy when given to others in their social network,” a Facebook engineer said in 2012 on Quora.com. The Facebook engineer may be right. The internet is very fond of not liking anything that even mildly annoys it, and then sometimes goes too far with such reactions. However, there are opposing opinions on how such a system might be used by the social network. “They may use a dislike button to express some negative emotions, like frustration with ads… but I doubt it will cause them to start wantonly disliking pictures of their friends’ babies, dogs, cats and cooking experiments,” Dr. Andrea Forte, a Drexel University professor who specializes in social media, wrote in an e-mail to USA Today. While Dr. Forte may have a more positive outlook on the behavior of people on the internet, any kind of “Dislike” button will require a lot more thought and care than simply adding it alongside the “Like” button. Facebook users are clamoring for a way to express a myriad of emotions and personal opinions on their favorite social network, and the addition of one or two more buttons may help them do just that.


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Queer Column: I’m Queer. Why That’s Important and Why You Should Shut Up If That Offends You Connor Norton Staff Writer

A wise person once said, “we are all Queer, none of us are normal” and it’s a completely valid argument for why the identity Queer is so important, so inclusive, and so right. It has been used as a derogatory word to insult many members of the community from the ‘70s to the ‘80s; but just as any derogatory word has been used against people, the words have only had power based on their use, fear, and treatment in public discourse. The word does still carry intense weight, and is powerful and hard to ignore but it is what the word encapsulates and represents for people that makes it a deliberate choice of identity. As a word that yields so much

negativity and brings up such dark memories, why would anyone choose to identify that way? Well the answer is simple: people choose to identify with a hard, heavy-handed, and gut-wrenching word for one simple truth… it’s accurate. Now claiming that identity doesn’t, by any means, discredit or invalidate the impact the word has had on the previous generation of Queer people. For anyone to claim the identity, there has to be some recognition of the sensitivity the word has to the founders of the Queer Civil Rights movement. That respect, which does tend to fluctuate from time to time amongst people, is often not reciprocated from the other generations. When young people claim the Queer identity, they feel challenged and unassertive of their identity, not

because of oppression or the heteronormative society, but because of their own community members. As a person who claims a Queer identity, I cannot count how many times my identity has been invalidated in public discourse, meetings, initiatives and rallies because it is an “unpopular” word that impacts donors and bureaucratic followers. To those people I have a simple response, my identity is not a fad so stop treating it like one… and back the fuck off. Too many young queer people are becoming empowered to claim their identities just to risk having them stolen by the “gay white one percent” who think that the word queer is dangerous because it impacts their ability to be heard. They should, instead, be fighting so those who use the word “queer” can be heard.

It hurts to see people on Facebook gang up and invalidate other people’s opinions because of their identity, their choices – basic freedoms for which I thought gaining civil rights and equality were meant to protect. It hurts to see someone claim their identity as queer and then face comments from leaders of the so called “LGBTQ community” like “I don’t like that ‘q-word’ either.” It’s not a word, it’s my identity and it deserves to be said in full. I am not fighting for the right to impose my views on others, I am fighting for the right for all people to be able to have a choice in their identity, gender, and personal lives; something I think the LGBTQ leaders of yesteryear have forgotten. Gender Identity and sexuality have been reclaimed and expanded by today’s generation, but they can’t move

it forward because the older generation still controls the privilege, money, and voice that they fought for all of those years to hold. In the midst of the fight for equality, something was lost, the realization that all of this fighting was for a generation meant to come after them. I have hope for a truly equitable future, but unfortunately I don’t see it coming until youth are finally given a voice, instead of being used as a commodity without a mind. We’re here, We’re Queer and we have every right to be proud of that; and have a right to be helped by our LGBTQ ancestors. Whether it makes you uncomfortable or not we are the future; once upon a time that used to count for something.

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Faux News: Betty White’s Graceful Aging Secret Revealed George Plank Staff Writer

Betty White is revered by many as an American national treasure of the big and small screens. The 93 year old actress has had a long and varied career that has garnered her multiple awards including multiple Emmys and a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild. She has been in over 100 projects and is well known on the talk show circuit. It seemed as if we had seen every possible aspect of the actress, from her life on set to her off set humanitarian work. That was until last Wednesday, on her scheduled appearance on the Late Late Show with James Corden, when the world saw a completely new side of her. At first it appeared as if the show

would run as smoothly as any other. James had already conducted his pre interview chat with her and everyone was already at their places. Ms. White was escorted to the stage on a rickshaw cart pulled by two strapping young men. She was waving and smiling to the crowd, in her usual style, blowing kisses along the way. When she arrived at the stage she was offered a hand up by Reggie Watts, comedian and band front man for the show. As she was getting up she stumbled a little bit before eventually taking a tumble to the floor. The audience was aghast, not from seeing the elderly actress take a tumble, but instead from what they saw immediately after. The Ms. White’s body was still and lifeless and according to eye witnesses she appeared, “deflated”. Where the actress once was sitting

was now a large hole in the rickshaw. From there emerged a young man wearing a headset and carrying two large sticks. “Everyone please remain calm.” Said the young man, later identified as David “Pup” Etier. The audience took a few moments to settle down before Mr. Etier explained all.

In late 2008, during the filming of the romantic comedy, The Proposal, Ms. White fell ill and was unable to film any more scenes within the time limit. Not wanting to lose money or celebrity name recognition on the film producer, David Hoberman, reached out to the master puppeteers at the Jim Henson Company to offer an alternative. They responded in kind with a full sized life like Betty White puppet. The puppet was used

until the completion of principal shooting for the film. While the real Betty white did eventually get better her illness left her very weak. Afraid to let the general public see her in her lessened condition she contacted the people at Jim Henson Studios to have the puppet fill in for her in her live action performances and appearances. It is for this reason that whenever she is seen in public she is usually sitting down or riding in a golf cart. Mary Femme-Au, Ms. White’s personal assistant replied to concerns at a press conference on Monday. “We regret that the world was made aware of Ms. White’s condition in this way. Rest assured that she is perfectly healthy, just a little weak. Betty still works hard to please her audiences. Ms. White has done all of her own

voice work in the numerous animated projects she has been in. All of the puppeteers are hand selected by Betty herself and undergo rigorous mannerism training.” Most of her fans are conflicted by the news. Many have begun questioning other notable celebrities as to the legitimacy of their bodies; Donald Trump being their biggest target. And this entire ordeal has sparked debates in the corporate world. Since Betty White’s current body is property of Jim Henson studios both Disney, who currently owns the Muppets, and HBO, who recently made a deal to produce Sesame Street for five seasons, have started a bidding war over the Betty White IP.

Faux News: Retail Store Pulls Nazi-esque Products George Plank Staff Writer Over Bed Bath & Beyond’s 44 years of service shoppers of the retail giant have come to expect certain things from the company. They expect friendly service, a wide selection of linens and housewares, but what no one expected was anti-Semitic imagery. When Adoline Naughtsee visited the retail location in her area mall she

claims that she was greeted with innumerable swastikas. “I was going in to find my sister a new vacuum; after her old one broke. I take one step into the store and there it was. Red and White interlocking swasticies. Scores of them as far as the eye could see.” What Ms. Naughtsee saw was promotional material for the store’s “Summer of Tradition” sales event. The series of advertisements featured

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images that were considered iconic of the season. Hot dogs, Whamo Frisbees and beach balls were among the images used, but what had Naughtsee riled up was the background for the text boxes. The background was patterned after the traditional red and white checkered picnic blanket. “You can’t tell me that you don’t see the swastika. The red color with the harsh right angles. Clearly an homage to the Third Reich.” Said Naughtsee.

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“I have never been more offended, and I’ve been looking for a reason.” Since then the retailer has taken all of the ads down, and has removed all products bearing the familiar pattern from the store. “The last thing we want is for people to be offended,” Steven H. Temares, CEO of Bed Bath and Beyond. “There is no telling what will set people off these days. We removed the products from the shelves so we can

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prevent this issue in the future. In all honesty we’d like to sweep this entire ordeal under the rug. If the rumor, that Bed Bath & Beyond were supporters of the Nazi mentality, went viral it would almost be as bad for the company as Adam Sandler’s movie, Click, was.”


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