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ODU beats Hampton 41-28 in the first game of the season. C1.

Drake (left) and Lil Wayne (right) performed for a sold out crowd at the Virginia Beach Farm Bureau Live on Aug. 27 as part of their “Drake VS Lil Wayne” tour. (Zach Chavis | Mace & Crown)

Drake VS Lil Wayne: The experience Adrienne Mayfield Editor-in-Chief Like any worthy investment, college isn’t cheap and Old Dominion University is no exception. ODU’s tuition is made of a $299-per-credithour “comprehensive rate,” of which more than a third goes towards student activity fees for Norfolk campus students. This $105.82 per-credit-hour fee for main campus students covers a myriad of goodies, including sports, educational services and academic activities according to ODU’s website. This year ODU entrusted $600 thousand of these fees for student organization budget allocation to student senators in the Student Government Association (SGA). Throughout the summer SGA cut and approved budgets for 195 organizations, including four “outliers” – SGA, the student activities council (SAC), the Mace & Crown (MC) and wODU Studios.

SGA balances behemoth budget

Student organizations made $1.8 million worth of budget requests at the end of the last academic year. This summer SGA considered these requests carefully, trying to meet as many organizations needs with an overall budget of $647 thousand. “I hope people can really see those numbers,” Connor Norton, SGA finance director said. “To make $1.8 million worth of requests fit into $600 thousand is not an easy feat. Specifically, it’s not an easy seat to sit in once you’ve made those decisions. It comes from a very hard decision place,” he said. After SGA modified requests most student organizations were left with budgets that span $500 and $16 thousand, excluding outliers. “One of the number one questions people will ask when they look at this is, ‘Is it fair?’ Not considering the outliers – yes,” Norton said. “At the moment it’s not enough… Theoretically not everyone can get what they want, but we’d like for more people to get the ability to have better programs andContinued on A4

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News Mace & Crown Staff : Adrienne Mayfield Editor-in-Chief Sean Davis Copy Editor David Thornton News Editor Maria Victoria Creamer Arts & Entertainment Editor artsandentertainment@maceandcrown. com

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Letter from the editor “I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.” - Christopher Hitchens Newspapers are obsolete, right? When was the last time you ventured off the net and picked up a real newspaper? Unless, of course, you’re reading the print version of this letter, in which case I love you. Paper as a physical channel for news may be tapering, but journalism is still an integral part of American society. True journalism seeks to keep society transparent by hold-

ing itself to national standards that include rules about accuracy, clarity and ethics. Without journalists, we might not have ever known the harsh realities of the Vietnam War. Without publishers we may not have known the reality of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks. Without newspapers, I wouldn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. My name is Adrienne (Dri) Mayfield and I am a December-graduating Senior and the new editor-in-chief

of the Mace & Crown. It’s a truly intimidating responsibility to represent the Mace & Crown as ODU’s student news organization, but I am excited to spend the next four months listening and reacting to our readers – you. We are an organization made of contributing writers, photographers, videographers and faculty advisors, as well as a working student editorial board. We all care deeply about providing you with accurate news that you care about. If you have a suggestion, make it. If

you have an idea, share it. If you have a talent, contribute it. If you have a story, let us tell it. We have an open door policy. We are located in the U-Center, hold open meetings on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m., and office hours weekly. Editors can be reached at the email addresses located to the left of this page. I can be reached by email, or phone at 757683-3452. Thank you for reading and best of luck this year, -Adrienne Mayfield

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The new Engineering Systems Building held its open house on Aug. 22. (David Thornton | Mace & Crown)

Engineers have the coolest toys

David Thornton News Editor

When the new Old Dominion University Engineering Systems Building held its open house on Aug. 22, one thing was abundantly clear: engineers have the coolest toys. The building’s two floors are divided by application. On the first floor, they learn to build and operate the newest and most relevant technologies. Upstairs, students learn how to integrate these new technologies into daily life, modeling their applications and potential risks to society. “Twenty years? Five? Three? One? Now! These technologies are not coming, they are knocking, breaking down our doors,” said Adrian Gheorghe, Batten Chair of systems engineering. The building design is very modern. Non-traditional, collaborative workspaces are emphasized over more standard, isolated learning environments.

In the foyer, reasonable adults suddenly become children upon discovering specially designed, spinning, top-shaped chairs that seem to defy physics by not dumping their occupants on the floor. Downstairs, most spaces resemble labs and workshops, with manufacturing equipment and tools evident in many of the rooms. Upstairs, casual conference areas and collaborative space dominate the floor plan. Incredible touch-screen tabletops amuse and engage students. 3-D printers were on display in multiple rooms. Ominous, yet somehow enticing signs that read “Lasers in Use” appeared over various doorways. On the first floor, engineering students learn the processes and techniques required to assemble and operate various technologies. Drones built by students for sea, air and land were on display in various rooms. In one room, students and professors proudly showed off a dune buggy

and a formula one car, both built from the ground up by students. They emphasized that the point of the activity was not just building a working vehicle, but learning all the manufacturing processes involved. ODU’s formula one car placed 37 out of 120 multinational universities at a conference in Michigan last year. Students were judged not only on performance, but on manufacturing skills by professionals from the automotive industries. Virginia Tech is the only other school in Virginia who participates in this competition. Next door, students proudly showed off complex formulas they used to design newer, better control systems for a quadcopter and an unmanned ground vehicle. Another display featured a remote-operated boat, referred to as an autonomous surface vehicle (ASV), alongside videos showing it in action. Upstairs, in the engineering management and systems engineering area, students model complex sys-

tems in order to evaluate applications and risks of new technologies. They learn how to manage new technologies and complex projects in hightech industries. Learning to model new technologies is the challenge Gheorghe issued the engineering management students. “These are knowledge infrastructures,” Gheorghe said. “They are new ways of looking at complex systems. Students run simulations examining everything from drones, to fracking, to the manufacturing implications of 3-D printers on everyday life, modeling the systems with complex mathematical equations and simulations. These are some of the smartest kids on campus; they have figured out how to take the coolest toys, and turn them into the technologies that are building and shaping the future.

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Ebola epidemic continues to ravage West Africa David Baah Staff Writer Several media conduits have recently shed attention on the on-going Ebola epidemic in Africa. The current 2014 outbreak of Ebola, which started in West Africa, is, according to researchers, one of the largest outbreaks in history. The numbers are certainly grim, with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that “the Guinea Ministry of Health announced 648 suspect and confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 482 laboratory-confirmed cases, and 430 deaths.” Countries also at risk are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) and several other U.S. government agencies are working to investigate and respond to the outbreak. Men, women and children all share the hope that they will overcome the infectious killer. With goggles, gloves and gowns, medical specialists have set up Ebola treatment centers in the heart of the outbreak in Guinea. A significant number of the dead are healthcare workers. The WHO reported recently that 120 health care workers have died in the Ebola outbreak, and

Robert Williams Contributing Writer Old Dominion University students are getting a free ride courtesy of Uber, a ridesharing service quickly gaining popularity in urban areas across the world. In order to attract more passengers to their service, they are offering a promotion to ODU students to allow them to try it for free. Uber Hampton Roads is giving the ODU community a promotional code (ODU14), which will give reluctant new

SGA A1 just reach out to the community better,” Christopher Ndiritu, student body president said. Shaping the budget was a multiphase process that includes review by the SGA finance committee with help from volunteering senators and feedback from faculty and staff. The committee first gave the requests a soft comb through, making lenient cuts and then submitted their recommended allocations to Norton. He did the math and determined how much the budgets exceeded the actual amount of money SGA had. He gave that number back to the committee who took a harder look at the individual budgets. “After that [first stage] the entire finance committee and volunteering senators sit down

twice that number have been infected. While there have been efforts to mitigate the spreading of this disease, these attempts have yet to yield any serious results. A new plan needs to be acted upon said Brice de le Vingne, a Doctors Without Borders spokesperson. In Vingne’s view, the countries with the capacity to improve the Ebola condition in “less-prepared” countries must act with rapidity in assembling resources rather than spectating with lazy acknowledgement from the side-lines. The healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. National Institute of Health have developed a vaccine ready for human trials. The trials are expected to begin as soon as ethical and regulatory approvals are granted. Meanwhile, anger and fear have led to the designation of “quarantine zones” surrounding some of Liberia’s poorest areas. Barbed wires confine more than 70,000 people trapped without clean, running water or sanitation. Tragically, the thousands of Africans trapped in these unsanitary camps are more concerned about their hunger than they are of dying from infection. According to CNN reports, the quarantine measures were imposed after rioters looted an Ebola treatment center in the slum, claiming the virus was a government hoax.

It is important to note that Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest viruses. It is highly infectious and has the potential to kill almost 90 percent of those who come in contact with it through blood or shared bodily fluids. Research suggests that the Ebola virus is likely to spread in areas that have poor infection control and limited access to resources, such as running water. There is no vaccination that can stop it, though attempts at developing experimental vaccines are underway. Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches

and a sore throat. These symptoms can appear two to 21 days after infection. The WHO refers to African fruit bats as the original host of the Ebola virus. The bats allegedly pass it onto other animals through bites. The current fear is that the disease may spread across West Africa into other regions and continents. Environmental integrity is seemingly a major player in the current Ebola outbreak. Medical history demonstrates that prevention of the virus requires severe social and cultural adjustments. If animals are the primary cause then,

ODU students get a free ride

users to the app a $20 free ride. Uber is a phone app that only takes a few swipes to summon a driver in their personal car, ready to take passengers to any destination. Although it may sound like a convenient taxi app, it differs in both concept and price. “I wouldn’t call them taxi drivers. Ridesharing is much more personal,” said Alex Kelso, head of Uber Hampton Roads. “Our drivers in Hampton roads are friendly and nice people.” Drivers sign up both themselves and their cars to be a part of Uber. Personal

and go through the entire budget one organization at a time. That’s when they’re looked at very critically,” Norton said. The committee applied the ODU financial bylaws to the budgets to determine cuts. The bylaws are an official university document that governs the finances of SGA and student organizations. They include rules addressing requirements for student organizations, points and standards, funding requests, reallocation, contingency requests, sponsored events, new organizations and stipends. “It’s not ‘this is what we think we can, or want or would like’ – it’s primarily our financial bylaws that give us the ability to say we can’t fund this and we can fund that,” Ndiritu said. Even after the bylaws were considered, the

perhaps, a cleaner environment for animal habitation and a healthier system of consumption of meats must be achieved. However, with the environmental poverty of rampant in certain areas of Africa, this standard is difficult to achieve. Uncontrolled trash, low-grade sanitation, lack of drainage and clean water all stand as indications that West Africa’s Ebola outbreak requires persistent investigation into the underlying environmental and social conditions that might lead to the spread of disease.

vehicles are used for ridesharing, to lend customers a ride to their destination. Being a driver for Uber is like owning a small business. There are no set hours or a corporate office space designated to the driver. They can accept or deny any work that is offered to them. Uber even provides its drivers with an insurance policy. The insurance policy includes coverage of the drivers when they are on route to passenger, during the trip and even during the time between trips. Becoming a driver is not as easy as

simply signing up. All Uber drivers go through a rigorous background check, including three-step screening process of county, federal and multi-state checks as far back as seven years. The background check screens for National Sex Offender Registrations, violent crimes, hit and runs, gun related violations and DUI or other drug related driving violations. Uber also reassures their customer by regularly checking drivers’ motor vehicle records to ensure ongoing safe driving. These steps are far greater than some

taxi services take to check their drivers. The cars that drivers use while servicing Uber passengers also fall under strict regulations and cannot be older than ten years. Uber’s rates are a minimum fare of five dollars, accumulating twenty cents per minute and $1.60 per mile. All transaction and tips are handled through the app, so no cash is needed. No more awkward moments with the driver waiting for their cut.

budget requests still exceeded the amount SGA had to give Norton said. The committee looked at the budgets even more closely, considering specific requests and their impact on university life. “That’s when we start to weigh the value of the programs,” Norton said. When a realistic budget was composed, a system called “points and standards” was applied. These are 10 requirements organizations must meet to get 100 percent of their allotted budget. They include participation in leadership development, philanthropy and student activity involvement. If an organization fails to meet a point and standard 10 percent of their budget is taken away and put into the contingency pot. “We see [the points and standards] as a really great set of expectations to ensure that student organizations are really reaching out and mak-

ing a great impact,” Ndiritu said. “Some of [the organizations] benefit and some of them get hurt by it.” The contingency pot is money that is available upon request for organizations that experience budget cuts and unexpected expenses. Historically the pot has held excess funds of between $40 and $50 thousand, but this year the finance committee cut it to $24,437, giving more funds directly to organizations in the form of larger budgets, Norton said. “Student organizations received a sharp percentage of increase compared to their budgets over the past few years,” he said. “It was always a want that we would have more money allocated to us [organizations] in a budget before the school year, rather than have to constantly request a contingency request every time,” Norton said. “This year’s administration decided if the students and organizations want it, then let’s do it.” There are four outlier organizations on campus, all of which have long, positive and successful histories with the university. While they go through the same budget review and approval process as other organizations, they consistently receive a larger than average budget. “We can’t really trust every organization to and we don’t expect them to – handle $50,000,” Ndiritu said. “Those outliers have proved that they handle the money. Their events and initiatives make a

great impact on the university and they provide opportunities and experiences for students,” he said. Outlier organizations budgets include allocations for travel, production and stipends that average between $20 and $25 thousand, Ndiritu said. This year SAC received the largest budget: $159,880 – more than the other three outliers combined. SGA came in second with $55,620, followed by MC with $32,380 and wODU with $10,356. These larger budgets manifest themselves on campus in the form of events from SAC, campaigns like “Rep ODU” from SGA, a weekly publication from MC and a weekly show schedule from wODU. SGA aims to remain financially transparent to the ODU community, Ndiritu and Norton said. “I enjoy transparency, making things so simple that anyone can understand them,” Norton said. “A lot of time we get mixed up in tech jargon that makes it sound like we’re trying to avoid the answers. So sometimes I think students do like a little bit of blunt transparency. That’s what you really want to hear – whether you want to hear it or not.”


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Watch Drake and Lil Wayne rap it out online at

Reasons the “Drake VS Lil Wayne” experience was dope Adrienne Mayfield, Maria Victoria Creamer, Abdirahman Mohamed Editor-in-Chief, Arts & Entertainment Editor, Contributing Writer 1. It was a Mortal Combat meets rap demi-god style duel to the verbal death – complete with a cartoon story line. 2. The rappers gave three hours of pure energy, feeding off of the crowd – which in Virginia Beach reeked of positive vibes and dank weed. 3. Drake and Wayne showed the state love by flipping the two up two down and name-dropping Virginia Beach all night. 4. They showed huge love for their crazy fans, saying “We ain’t shit without y’all.” 5. When Drake hovered over the audience on his “floating stripper pole” and gave shout outs to thousands of his adoring fans. His eyes even bugged out when he discovered the extent of people in the lawn section. 6. Drake brought a random “MILF” from the crowd onto the stage to congratulate Wayne on being crowned Rap King. 7. The respect between teacher (Wayne) and student (Drake) was real and evident. They had a great time performing together, never dropping a beat. 8. They left everything on stage. They laid their hits, energy and talent at the feet of an audience who devoured it. 9. The crowd made this show special. They were extremely receptive and stayed true throughout the entire show. After three hours everyone was still standing, jumping and dancing with the rappers, who were still just as invested. 10. They showed the side of rap that isn’t about bitches and cash. Although they spit verses about who can bang which girl, and who gets paid, it was obvious that the real reason they perform is their love for the fans.

Drake and Lil Wayne performed for a sold out crowd at the Virginia Beach Farm Bureau Live on Aug. 27 as part of their “Drake VS Lil Wayne” tour. (Zach Chavis | Mace & Crown)

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Remembering Robin Williams Eric Barnett Contributing Writer “Twenty-six years ago, you played a game with a little boy down the street. A game with drums.” This quote comes from the classic film “Jumanji”, which was made over 19 years ago and starred a very memorable actor and comedian, Robin Williams. Williams was a creative and entertaining actor to see on the big screen. His versatile style of acting allowed him to enter any genre; thriller, comedy or drama. Whether he made you laugh, cry or surprised the hell out of you, the films he starred in had energy and charisma. Listed are some of the films that show that he was not a one-trick pony. “Jumanji” Who wishes their board game would come to life? In “Jumanji” this magical board becomes a reality when it comes to life and wreaks havoc on the whole town.

Williams plays the main character, Alan Parrish, who accidently discovers the game as a child, and is ultimately sucked into it for 26 years. Decades later, the current residents of Parrish’s house find the game and free him, along with monkeys, lions, poisonous vines and jungle life. “One Hour Photo” This psychological thriller was definitely a change of pace for Williams’s typically corky and funny films. Williams plays Sy, a photo technician who works at a one-hour photo department. Sy is a lonely man that lives vicariously through the pictures that he develops for his customers. He soon becomes disturbingly attached to one of the family pictures and tries to become part of their family. “Patch Adams” I hate using the word “heartfelt” when describing a film, but the film “Patch Adams” is one of the most heartfelt dramas I have ever seen. Williams portrays a doctor, Patch

Adams, who uses humor as a form of medicine to help those that are sick or in pain. The world is full of sadness and pain, but Patch Adams believes laughing to be the most effective remedy. Other Williams films that need no explanation are “Hook,” “Aladdin,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Good Will Hunting.” If you were born in the 90’s you’ve seen them – and for those who weren’t lucky enough to be a 90s baby, we all highly recommend them. Williams will also appear posthumously in four films. He returns, once again, alongside Ben Stiller in the third installment of “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” He will also appear in “Merry Friggin’ Christmas and Boulevard” a drama dealing with marriage, and “Absolutely Anything,” a science fiction comedy.

Actor and comedian, Robin Williams, was found dead in his California home on Aug. 11 after commiting suicide. He was 63 years old. (Wikipedia)

“The Stranger” challenges social norms with protagonist, Meursault’s existentialist attitude towards life and death. (MollyFatale | Flickr)

Book review: “The Stranger” by Albert Camus Dacia McBride Contributing Writer Choosing a book to read can be frustrating with so many genres, titles and authors to choose from. Luckily, French-Algerian writer Albert Camus, author “The Stranger”, might spark your interest and compel you to give it a try. In “The Stranger” societal norms are challenged by, protagonist, Meursault’s existentialist attitude towards life and death. A string of emotionally demanding events, including romance and murder, are shadowed by his apathy. The book takes place in Algeria and focuses on Meursault’s emotional de-

tachment from the world and the people around him. The reader follows him throughout numerous events and encounters that create rifts within social settings and himself. This gives a part of the audience a great chance to empathize with Meursault nowadays devastating news headlines of war and violence can numb people’s ability to display emotion, causing them to detach themselves from those around them. Although this approach toward life may seem simple, it does come with its downfalls. The book begins with the passing of Meursault’s mother; contrary to societal norms, he shows no emotion whatsoever

when he discovers this. Here, on the very first page of the book, there is early evidence that his lack of emotion is something he carries with him no matter what the circumstances are. “Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don’t know. I got a telegram from the home: ‘MOTHER’ deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.” That doesn’t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday,” Meursault said. Meursault’s detachment from the world around him and lack of emotion creates problems with many people, but most importantly his girlfriend, Marie, a typist. Whenever Marie asks Meursault questions about how he feels about her and their

relationship, his emotionless responses confuse her, sometimes bringing her to tears. Since she does not place her feelings in the back of her mind like Meursault, she constantly struggles to understand him and how he feels. Another trait that some would find inappropriate is Meursault’s inability to sugar coat brutal honesty. He shares painful truth without hesitation. Some people find this off-putting because they are not used to hearing exactly what someone is thinking in the exact tone that they are thinking it. Meursault’s emotional detachment from the world around him contributes to his non-filtered attitude; since he does

not register the feelings of others, he does not think about how they would feel about some of the things he says. All of this plays a considerable part in the trouble Meursault lands himself in later in the book. But, since I do not want to spoil the book, you’re going to have to read it to find out what exactly this trouble is! Although Meursault may seem like a tough character to identify with, he and the other characters in the book provide an interesting story that will leave you thinking about the book long after you have completed reading it. Enjoy, and happy reading.

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ODU beats Hampton 41-28 in the first game of the season.(Zach Chavis | Mace & Crown)

Old Dominion plays sloppily in season opener Beats Hampton 41-28 Brian Saunders Senior Writer It has been nine months since the Old Dominion Monarchs took a trip to Chapel Hill to be decimated by the University of North Carolina 80-20 last November. Since then many things have changed. Old Dominion University is now officially a FBS school. Plans to build a bigger, more state of the art stadium were approved, and then put on hold. The Monarchs dismissed four receivers and lost another, Blair Roberts, to a seasonending surgery. And Bobby Wilder’s son, Derek, committed to play for his father next season. While the Monarchs off-season was full of changes, one thing that remained constant is that Taylor Heinicke is still running the show as quarterback. On the preseason watch list for several awards, including the most coveted Heisman trophy, “Touchdown Taylor” is leading ODU in his final season. Heinicke and his teammates opened

up the season at S.B. Ballard Stadium in front of its sell-out crowd of 20,000 fans in a Hampton Roads showdown with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Hampton Pirates, the Monarchs only Football Championship Series (FCS) opponent this season. ODU, which was favored by 30 points, but looked lethargic, won by just 13. Early on, the revamped Monarch defense looked like they had gotten better after forcing a punt on the Pirates opening drive. However, after a touchdown from Heinicke and crew, the ODU defense surrendered a 16-play 75-yard touchdown drive that spanned 8:49. Hampton quarterback, Jaylian Williamson, a junior, threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns torching the Monarchs defense. Pirates running back Jorrian Washington, a third team preseason All-MEAC team selection had a field day against ODU’s defense and special teams catching four passes for 99 yards and collecting 129 kick return yards on his way to 246 all-purpose yards.

Washington’s most electrifying play came early in the fourth quarter when he caught a screen pass from Williamson and danced his way through a sea of would-be tacklers, racing 75 yards into the end zone scoring what would be the final points of the game, trimming a three touchdown Monarch deficit to 13 points. “I counted six missed tackles on that play,” said Wilder after the game. Sophomore Gerard Johnson looked like a stud carrying the ball 22 times for 137 yards including a 31-yard scamper up the middle for a touchdown. Senior Old Dominion running back Cam Boyd did his fair share of damage to the Pirates rush defense scoring twice, running for 37 yards on four carries. Adversely, the Monarchs defense infamously known for giving up a plethora of rushing yards only allowed 26 yards on the day. Heinicke looked good at times, throwing three touchdowns while amassing 281 yards. However, he threw two uncharacteristic interceptions in the game,

none more potentially game-altering than the fourth quarter pick snatched up by Hampton’s Breon Key in the red zone, which ultimately led to Washington’s 75yard score. “I wasn’t sticking to my reads,” he said of his two turnovers. Wilder noted how upset Heinicke was after the game. “If we play like that against N.C. State, we don’t have a chance,” Heinicke said. Although it allowed 416 yards, ODU’s defense turned the Pirates over four times, including two fumble recoveries inside the 10-yard line. The more memorable of the two fumbles was caused by sophomore linebacker Richie Staton, who took advantage of a free lane to the quarterback, sacked him and snatched the ball out of his hands. He called the strip sack “luck” while smiling. After a mishandled pitch play between Williamson and running back Eric Carter with 2:24 remaining in the game, the Monarchs ran down the remaining time. Pirates first year head Coach Connell Maynor said after the game, “We had an

opportunity to win the game, even with as many mistakes as we made… We have a new system offensively, a new system defensively. Our guys fought hard.” For ODU, this was perhaps its easiest scheduled opponent, seeing as Hampton is a Division I-AA school. However, Wilder was not surprised by the outcome. “I thought there were be some areas where we would struggle,” he said. “That was an absolutely terrible performance by Old Dominion today,” Wilder said. “And when I say that, I give coach Maynor and his staff a lot of credit for how hard they played and how they competed. But we were not very good today.” It does not get any easier for ODU, next Saturday it travels to face North Carolina State, which had its fair share of struggles today as well, scarcely defeating FCS Georgia Southern 24-23. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 6:00 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

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Life in Hindsight Mitchell Brown Senior Writer Old Dominion Women’s Soccer is looking to put away the painful memories of a 2013 season where they went 1-13-3. Heading into the summer, the Monarchs knew they would have a lot of questions that needed to be answered. Did the 11 freshmen grow older and more seasoned? Did the team grow more cohesive after reflecting on last season? Would the new coach get the job done? All of these questions seem to have subsided since the arrival of Angie Hind, former Dartmouth coach and national assistant coach for the Scottish Football Association. Hind hails from Kilmarnock, Scotland and has an extensive background as a player. Her journey through the coaching ranks has been one that proves she has paid her dues. I sat down with coach Hind to find out how her journey has affected her so far. Mitchell Brown: You’re new here, and this team had 11 freshmen last year. What has the process been like trying to get them to buy into your system? Angie Hind: I think from the start, if you take over any program that maybe hasn’t been so successful, the first thing you need to do is build confidence. We spent a lot of time in the spring, just working and making them feel comfortable on the ball, trying to work on different things but really focusing predominantly on how we play, not results. I think to bring in six freshmen on top of the squad that we already have brings

us to 22, and we only have five upperclassmen. We’re very fresh faced and they can buy into things much easier. If you have a squad that maybe has a lot of senior players and have been through some disappointing times, they seem to be a lot less trusting and more cynical. The group has responded tremendously well. MB: What has life been like in the early stages here in Norfolk, this is your first year, kind of a transition year for these kids as well? What is it like being here opposed to Dartmouth? AH: Very, very different. I love the area; I love the institution and the vibe you get that things are happening here. It’s almost tangible that every day you can get a sense of that within the athletics department. I think it’s a real exciting time to take over a program like this and I think it’s a great opportunity to develop the program and recruit quality players. That’s not going to be an overnight, one-year, two-year, three-year process; but that’s how you get to build a program, to keep it sustainable and keep it successful in the long-term. It’s been very much a project. Ironically, I’m not the most patient person, so I have to keep reminding myself that things take time. But I have to say we’ve spent a good amount of time laying down the foundations and things look good for the future. Things won’t happen overnight but I think what we’re doing right now is building a good foundation for what we want

in the future. MB: You’ve taken one program over as a head coach before, so how do you relate the past experiences, from playing and coaching at Dartmouth, to this role? AH: When I was at Dartmouth and I went from an assistant to a head coach, I already knew the players, so I knew what we had, and how we’d like to change things, so I was ahead of the game. Whereas here, I came in and I didn’t know anyone. It’s brand new and I get to know the 16 players that we have in the spring and then we bring in six freshmen that I also don’t know. It’s been very, very different but I think with that comes a blank canvas. I’ve been very careful to not prejudge these players on what’s happened before. I actually hardly watched the games before I came here specifically because I don’t want to make judgments on how they were before. We spoke on them having a fresh page; for them they have a new coach, and for me, as I said it’s a blank canvas to see what they can offer. The transition’s been challenging because you’ve got a lot of things to find out quite quickly; it’s a new group of players, a new institution, a new area, and recruiting is a whole different ball game here. MB: I saw the numbers from the first two games; the fan support has been pretty good. What has it been like coming in? Have there been positive remarks, tons of emails? AH: It’s been so positive, and to see and feel and hear the crowd last Friday

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night was fantastic. I was joking after the game with Ted; I couldn’t get information out on the field because it was so loud. That only makes you feel even more proud and determined to do something here, because like I said, the university cares. The student athletes care, the community cares, they want a women’s soccer program that’s going to be one that they are proud of, and one they can come support. It’s up to us as a coaching staff, and ultimately me, to deliver that, and I am sure we’ll find that. MB: How have the freshmen been adjusting to this new scene? AH: You know what, Mitchell, the freshmen have been great. For these players, they didn’t know me, and they took the risk that I would still want them to come here. They worked their socks off, they came here early in the summer, they took classes and they’ve worked with the group. They have been such positive influences and the team has gelled even more so because of the freshmen. I think for me, hats off to them and the impact they’ve made. Some of them already have seen playing time; in fact almost all of them have seen playing time. I think that’s maybe an example of how well they have done. They work tremendously hard, they’re so receptive, and they’re very respectful to the senior players we have here. MB: I know it was a busy summer for you here, but did you get any chances to watch the World Cup? What did you

think of it? AH: Of course I did! Thank goodness for DVR, put it that way. The games were fantastic and I thought they were great from the very first day. The sad thing was I think, the competition itself died a little bit at the end because teams began to play with a fear of failure rather than play for the glory of going on to win the game. It just shows you how much the game of soccer is global and it’s getting closer and closer when you look at some of the results of Chile and some of these teams who are fantastic. They were so much fun to watch in the World Cup. I loved every single minute of it, and I know the English Premier League has kicked in so soccer, soccer, soccer! MB: Speaking of EPL, who is your favorite squad to follow? AH: I don’t actually have a favorite. Growing up I followed the Scottish team, Aberdeen. I actually lived in the very south of Scotland and they were in the very North. Then I moved to the states, and I kind of lost all contact with following your team. I just think the English Premier League is just so exciting; the way they play, the style, the changes it involves, depending on the manager. I think Liverpool is a very attractive site. They were attractive last year, and I can relate with that because they play with pace and attack and they play a very high priced game.

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The Lizard Squad levels up from hacking to bomb threats Rashad McDowell Staff Writer Recently, gamers have ignited the social media airwaves with complaints of the laggy connection pulsing throughout the PlayStaton Network. In most cases, connecting to the online services of their favorite games proved to be impossible thanks to the work of the hacker group known as the Lizard Squad. On Aug. 24, Sony’s PlayStation Network came under attack from a distributive denial-of-service (DDoS) hack. This type of hack overburdens a system’s servers with wave after wave of communication requests, which eventually leads to

legitimate users being unable to connect. In stepped the Lizard Squad to claim responsibility for the attack. The hacker group also made claims to have taken down the Vatican’s website, as well as and “League of Legends.” For the most part, their brand of fun seemed to be more of a nuisance; that is, until the group released a tweet warning American Airlines that there was possibly a bomb on a flight that carried Sony president, John Smedley. The threat was taken seriously and the flight was diverted to Phoenix. Smedley tweeted about the incident, confirming the plane had landed and that “justice will find these guys.”

After the DDoS attacks and the bomb threat, Sony announced that the FBI would begin investigating the group. The group tweeted out several taunts to the FBI about their attempts to track them down. Despite the FBI’s investigation, the Lizard Squad continues its boasting and grand standing. Forbes speculated earlier this week that the group may not be based in the United States, which could provide a rather large hurdle for the FBI. The group’s whereabouts would need to be tracked down, after which time the cooperation of the host nation would need to be enlisted to further the investigation. At best, the process is lengthy and

time consuming. Seemingly in spite of the attempts to track them down, the Lizard Squad has not finished its reign of mischief. On Aug. 26, Twitch, a video streaming service, came under assault from a DDoS attack. Users found themselves unable to log into their accounts, similarly to the attack on PSN just days earlier. The Lizard Squad quickly took credit for the attack, though Twitch itself made no official comment on the matter. The attack came just days after Amazon purchased Twitch in a multi-million dollar deal. Several popular Twitch streamers and YouTube personalities gave in to the Lizard Squad’s strange demands by posting

pictures of themselves with the group’s name written on their faces, supposedly in the hopes of garnering attention for their organization. The attacks on Twitch slowed to a halt in light of this. The group’s ambitions seem to be limitless. They tweeted that they attempted to take down Microsoft Live, but were unable. Whatever the motivation, their attacks are making waves in the gaming community, but if the FBI succeeds in their investigations, the final wave may come crashing down on the hackers themselves.

Leaks before launch: an iPhone6 pre-launch review Victoria Wood Contributing Writer The time to rejoice is upon us, tech gurus and loyal Apple fans. After months of speculation, only a few days remain before Apple CEO, Tim Cook, reveals the latest mobile technology his company has to offer. Thanks to the hard work of the Internet’s finest investigators, fans have uncovered much of what to expect from the company’s keynote on Sep. 9. Last year marked the first that Apple announced two separate iPhones: the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. While the 5S was chock-full of Apple’s latest tech advancements, the iPhone 5C came with a bevy of customizable color options and a sleeker plastic shell. This highly effective two pronged approach will be extending into 2014 as well if the leaks are correct. For those iPhone lovers that have glanced longingly toward Samsung and Nokia’s ever growing arsenal of “phablets,”

it appears that iOS users may no longer have to squint into a 4 inch screen. suspects that Apple is poised to announce a 4.7 inch iPhone in addition to a 5.5 inch iPhone this year. If it arrives, the 5.5 inch iPhone is likely to take the place of last year’s 5S. The 5.5 inch device has run into some issues during production, leaving many to speculate on whether its release date will be in September with the 4.7 inch model. Another welcomed leak is the mention of a new screen material. The Huffington Post released an article speculating that the screen on the iPhone 6 will be made of sapphire crystal, a more durable substance than the iPhone’s previous Gorilla Glass. explains in its own review that sapphire crystal is “one of the most scratch-resistant materials in the world — it scores 9 on the Mohs scale, one down from diamond’s 10, and quite a lot tougher than Gorilla Glass’s (almost) 7.” Due to the cost of creating sapphire

crystal, there is a possibility that it might only be available on 5.5 inch screens. For the selfie takers and iPhone photographers, there has been no final word on whether the megapixels on the camera will increase. Some speculate that Apple will use the 8 megapixel sensor from the iPhone 5s while others suspect the iPhone 6 will have Sony’s new 13 megapixel IMX220 sensor. While the verdict is out on the sensor itself, most of the technology blogs are in agreement that OIS may be incorporated on the new 5.5 inch model. This upgrade will be a welcomed change for anyone who has suffered from blurry images. In addition to an increase in size, MacRumors has also leaked that the iPhone 6 will switch from using an A7 to an A8 processor. The A8 chip is a 2.0 GHz 64 bit chip that will continue the trend of SoC (System on Card) programming. The new jump in processing speed will be a key part of the upgrade if it hopes to run iOS 8 smoothly. Storage size is likely to stay the same from the 5S to the 4.7

inch iPhone 6 with the usual 16, 32 and 64 GB options. However, the 5.5 inch model is speculated to have an increased size option. The proposed storage capacity cap on the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 may be raised to 128 GB. What might this mean for our readers? In recent years, Apple has taken a much more honest look at their consumer base, and has tried to incorporate options for as many prospective buyers as possible. If the rumors are true, for those on a budget, the 4.7 inch model will still come

with plenty of new bells and whistles at a reasonable price. For those hungry for the latest and greatest hardware, the 5.5 inch model with a sapphire display and 128 GB storage will surely satisfy any cravings. The iPhone 6 announcement has been scheduled for Sep. 9 at 1 p.m. For those who would like to view the presentation, Apple will be broadcasting live from the event at

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Symmion Moore Staff Writer After months of speculations and rumors, the game-streaming service Twitch has been bought by Amazon for a whopping $970 million dollars, beating out other tech juggernauts such as YouTube, Microsoft and Yahoo who were rumored to be in talks to buy Twitch for more than $1 billion dollars. Launched in 2011 by co-founders Justin Kan and Emmett Shear, Twitch allows people to stream video games so that

viewers can watch them play in real-time. In only three years, Twitch has gained immense popularity and averages more than 45 million visitors per month. Recently Twitch revealed that concurrent peak viewership is around 700,000 viewers per month, higher than CNN at 495,000 a month, E! at 565,000, and rivaling MTV at 773,000 according to The New York Times. Anybody can use Twitch for their gaming needs, whether someone wants to show off a game the day it was released or someone else wants to watch a stranger

play a favorite game of theirs. Twitch has seen the likes of people speedrunning Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 in five minutes, goldfish “playing” Street Fighter and, in one of Twitch’s break-out moments, a defeat of every Pokemon game by the Twitch community using collaborative controls. Twitch has accrued so much popularity that developers, gaming conventions and tournaments are using Twitch as a method of live-streaming. EVO, a tournament geared towards the fighting game community, uses Twitch to showcase and

commentate on each match. Developers such as Ubisoft use Twitch in an effort to showcase upcoming games such as “Assassin’s Creed: Unity” and reveal gameplay that was not shown at conventions. In a press statement, Shear and Amazon’s Vice President of Games, Mike Frazzini, went more in depth on what Amazon buying Twitch may mean in the grand scheme of things. Though these changes will not go into effect until later this year, Twitch’s cofounders will be working closely with

Amazon’s Amazon Web Services team to significantly improve video-quality. Plans are also being discussed to combine Twitch’s ad-free subscription, Twitch Turbo, with Amazon Prime. However, there is no word yet on if pricing would change for either services at the time.




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Alyse Stanley Technology and Gaming Editor To all incoming students, the Mace and Crown Technology and Gaming section would like to offer you a warm welcome! The summer months can coax the lazy streak out of even the most dedicated students, but don’t worry: we have the technology. Study aids and tools for campus life abound on the smart phones permanently attached to our finger tips, so put that screen time to good use with these five essential apps for ODU students. Staying organized is a key aspect of

Five essential apps for ODU

maintaining good grades in college, and the Evernote app makes the process one step simpler by keeping all of one’s notes and to-do lists in one place available across all one’s devices. These notes can then be posted on Facebook and Twitter to share amongst colleagues or classmates, or shared in presentation mode. The Web Clipper feature also allows the user to save articles and snap pictures to store all the research for a project in one place. For those students needing a little extra help in math, the Mathway app provides tutoring from basic mathematics all the way up to calculus, statistics, finite math and chemistry.

Most days hitting the snooze button is easier than waking up, but the Rocket Alarm Sleep if U Can app makes the snooze button a more formidable opponent. While normal alarm customizations such as the sound and duration are available, users must also set the degree of difficulty to turn off the alarm. Tasks include shaking the device to fill a rocket fuel meter, using the camera to match one’s face within the confines of an on-screen astronaut’s helmet, and performing math problems. The alarm will not cease until one of these pre-decided tasks is complete. Paying friends and collecting IOUs just got easier with the Venmo app. It

website say it is “designed for payments between friends” and it facilitates lending money and paying it back by allowing users to transfer. Voted “the #1 app college students should download right now” by Buzzfeed, exchanging money with Venmo is free for supported debit cards, but requires a three percent charge for credits cards. The app also allows students to checkout from their phones and access their store reward cards. Unfortunatly school isn’t always about tutoring and waking up on time; many students enter college with concerns about campus safety weighing heavy on their minds. Circle of 6 U, the university

version of the Circle of 6 app, provides students with a databank of campus resources and hotlines. Upon downloading the app, the user is asked to choose six close friends to add as their emergency contacts. If the user feels in danger, he or she can send out a discreet, pre-programmed alert to these contacts in just two short clicks. Circle of 6 U is the Winner of 2011 White House and HHS “Apps Against Abuse” Technology Challenge, and Winner of Avon Foundation for Women/Institute of Medicine “Ending Violence @ Home”.

Hey listen! - What games did you play this summer?

Technology and Gaming Staff Now that the school year has officially started we here at the Mace and Crown have a question for all you gamers out there: Where did you go this summer? Did you walk amongst the clouds in pious Columbia, or roam with Pearce along the crime-ridden streets of Chicago? Or perhaps you wore out the bottom of your soles (and your thumbs) scouring the mountain ranges of Skyrim or the beaches of Los Santos? We want to know what games you guys were playing this summer! Visit and leave your answer in the comments of this article, and you may see yourself in next week’s issue. In honor of this semester’s first issue, here’s what our staff had to say about their summer gaming habits: Sean Barbour, staff writer: I think the game I spent the most time with over the summer was “Thief Gold,”’ the 1999 enhanced edition of 1998’s “Thief: The Dark Project.” I should probably emphasize that this is the original game I’m talking about, and not the recent reboot that was simply titled “Thief.” “Thief Gold” is a stealth game with massive, open-ended levels, set in a fascinating steampunk fantasy world. With its sense of humor, and it’s excellent, (and

at times very tense!) sneaky gameplay, it’s no small wonder that many consider “Thief ” and its two sequels to be the undisputed masters of the stealth genre. I definitely had to use my wits and quick thinking to avoid being caught by guards again and again. But even when the game was at its hardest, that just made my eventual success all the sweeter. Victoria Wood, contributing writer: The game that I was fascinated with this summer was “Hearthstone.” Once I watched the “Hearthstone” feeds on Twitch, I was hooked. It is a strategy based card game, a first for Blizzard. Your options within the game are extremely diverse. No two player experiences will be alike, due to the player’s ability to create different strategy decks. I spent a good deal of my summer crafting Legendary cards and experimenting with various rush versus control decks. After a month of trying things out, I settled into the Warlock class and began my trek toward leveling up. While singleplayer mode was a nice improvement to a previously PVP environment, I found myself playing mostly PVP. The arena option was an easy way to switch things up class wise without rebuilding a new deck. It was a quick yet addictive game. Perfect for pickups between summer outings.

Rashad McDowell, staff writer: This summer, one game kept my attention unlike any game before. If you haven’t heard of “League of Legends,” then you won’t understand the obsession that comes along with playing the game. “League of Legends” is a multiplayer online battle area (MOBA). The goal of this type of game is push down the three avenues of travel, or lanes, to reach the enemy team’s nexus. Each lane is protected by turrets that deal significant damage to the opposition. Enemy players and their minions, which spawn periodically, present further hindrance to reaching the nexus. A lot of strategy goes into how to push each lane and reach that one final objective. “League of Legends” has over 100 champions to pick from, each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. I myself have taken very fondly to the mid lane. Currently, my favorite champion is Diana, a moon based melee fighter/mage who excesses in chasing down targets. Symmion Moore, staff writer: I would say that this summer was a good one for me in terms of video games. I finally got myself a Wii U as well as “Mario Kart 8” which is amazing. “Watch Dogs” came out but it did not live up to everyone’s expectations, mine included. Knowing there weren’t going to be

more interesting releases this summer I decided to try a game I had heard get a lot of praise from a friend of mine: “Persona 4.” I came into the game with no expectations whatsoever, and although I’ve yet to beat it, I can say it is one of the few games to have me fully engrossed. Because of just playing “Persona 4,” I have gone out of my way to get the OST, watch the first anime series, and buy “Persona 4 Arena.” Now that classes have started, I have to wait until the weekend to dive into the game for hours without any worry about classes or sleeping. Noah Young, webmaster: My time was split between a lot games that I hadn’t gotten around to or hadn’t finished yet. The biggest one would be “Xenoblade Chronicles.” I didn’t beat it, but made good progress. I played through “The Walking Dead” and “The Wolf Among Us,” finished “Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3” (preordered “Revolution” not too long ago), “Sleeping Dogs,” “Deus Ex Human Revolution” (for the third time, this time on Wii U) and “Pandora’s Tower.” I also got some new games from Humble Bundle and the Humble Store, including “Tomb Raider Anniversary” (which I played through), plus “Asterbreed” which I’d wanted to get and an awesome rogue

like called “One Way Heriocs.” Overall, when it comes to games I had a busy summer playing through stuff as well as growing my collection, also having gotten “Mario Kart 8” and “Tomodachi Life.’ ” Alyse Stanley, technology and gaming editor: Four words: Grand. Theft. Auto. Five. I regret how long it’s taken me to really sink my teeth into this game. When I first got it back in November – well, technically my little sister got it; while I found Niko Bellic endearing and GTA IV enjoyable enough, I wasn’t exactly the biggest GTA fan – I played the first thirty minutes or so and hated the slow pacing enough to toss in the towel. Come the beginning of summer, I found myself with a long distance relationship and an Xbox live account, and decided to give it a second chance, if only for the online antics. Big mistake. Huge. I beat the game. I beat the side plots. I got 90 percent completion (and still working on it). In short: I spent my summer in Los Santos, running along the CGI beaches with explosions burning the horizon behind me.

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“Tales of Xillia 2” review: Adventures in time and space

Seann Barbour Staff Writer “Tales of Xillia 2” is the latest of Namco Bandai’s long running “Tales” series to arrive on American shores, making its debut for the PlayStation 3 on August 19. While nearly every character from the 2011 original “Tales of Xillia” makes a return appearance, “Tales of Xillia 2” stars a new character: Ludger Kresnik, a native to the technologically advanced world of Elympios - the sister world to the magical Rieze Maxia, where the previous game began. Ludger lives alone with his older brother, Julius, an agent of the powerful Spirius Corporation. When Ludger begins a new job as a cook at a local train station, he encounters a young girl named Elle, who was sent by her father to find the mythical Land of Canaan. One train crash later, and Julius is a wanted terrorist, while Ludger has accrued a massive debt, and must hunt his own brother in order to pay it. Things are further complicated when Ludger discovers that he has the power to enter parallel timelines called fractured dimensions, which leach souls from the original

timeline, and therefore must be destroyed before they kill the world. Those who played the first “Tales of Xillia” will doubtlessly experience a sense of déjà vu, as multiple areas are copied and pasted straight out of the previous game. While this is understandable, given the game’s short development time and the fact that it takes place on the same two worlds as its predecessor, the all-toofamiliar can still be distracting. Since fractured dimensions use basically the same maps as the prime dimension, players will quickly find themselves exploring the same locations multiple times. Ludger’s debt can also add to this repetition. To advance in the main story, players must take a number of side quests in order to pay off the debt bit by bit. The next chapter is always closed off until Ludger catches up on his payments, which means that the player will spend much time running around the same areas, collecting items and fighting monsters. While this debt mechanic could be seen as excellent practice for graduation, it doesn’t exactly make for a fun and epic

adventure. One area in which “Tales of Xillia 2” greatly improves on its predecessor is combat. Like the first game, it uses a realtime combat system. Players spend Action Capacity points (AC) to chain together combos, using both normal attacks, which restore Technical Points (TP), and special attacks called “artes” which cost TP. Players can also “link” with other characters in order to work together and unleash special artes. Ludger possesses a number of abilities which enhance the combat of this system. He can switch between three different weapon sets at any time: twin blades, a pair of pistols or a giant hammer. Enemies may be weak or resistant to different weapons, so switching weapons in the middle of combat can make all the difference. Ludger also has a special ability called Chromatus that, after his Chromatus gauge becomes full, allows him to become immune to damage and perform an endless chain of attacks. All this comes together to create a deep, complex and very fun and rewarding combat system. While many aspects of “Tales of Xil-

lia 2” make the game feel more like an expansion pack than a proper sequel, its entertainment factor should not be overlooked. Fans of the original will enjoy seeing the old cast back together, and learning how they have grown and changed between games. New fans will likely be

drawn into a fascinating fantasy world on the brink of a bright new age. However, “Tales of Xillia 2” makes great strides to be inclusive to new players, there are many scenes and plot points that will only have a full impact on those who played the original.

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What I learned in the newsroom

Summer was hot – so hot that I stayed cooped up inside offices, working one job for money and interning at a Virginian daily newspaper with a Sunday circulation of 100,000 readers. To say that my internship, which has been temporarily extended, is a valuable experience is an understatement. Not only did I get some front page time and over 30 clips so far, but I was exposed to a realm of people who have been doing what I want to do for a long time. The best part is that they want to help me do it too. What I learned in the newsroom: 1. Mistakes happen – learn from them. Did I make mistakes? Yes. Did some work need correction? Yes. Were these instances few? Thankfully. Mistakes happen, especially when you’re a college student getting your first real world working experience. Bosses get that. Listen to them – they pull great lessons from your mistakes. 2. People know people – so get to know people. My first internship was on WHRO’s “HearSay with Cathy Lewis.” I got that internship because I was friends with one of their best former interns. Having that internship on my resume made me appealing to my newsroom internship, and I got it. While in the newsroom I got to meet a political reporter I’ve admired since I worked on “HearSay with Cathy Lewis.” In turn, he took me under his wing and taught me to look at documentation, including a trip to Richmond to meet the creator of VPAP (the Virginia Public Ac-

cess Project) and search through old files. My nerdy journalistic dream come true. Now, I’m preparing to introduce the Mace & Crown to many reporters from my internship, who are coming to give us workshops on reporting techniques. Networking is important and cyclical. Do it. 3. Work for responsibility – it will be given to you. Stereotypes dictate interns as the lowest on the totem pole – fetching coffee, making copies and managing schedules. While I’m sure that there are many internships like that – because there sure as hell are a lot of jobs like that – at any work experience if you aim for more responsibility you’re probably going to get it. At my internship I was thrown in head first. It was a bit of a struggle at the beginning, and by the time I thought I had it figured out it would always change. But eventually I started to get it and I’ve been entrusted to take over breaking news shifts, juggle up to six stories at a time and pitch my own ideas. 4. Real jobs move real fast – step up the pace. I love the Mace & Crown – it is my launching point and it is a great learning lab. But we have a week to get our stories into print – at a daily newspaper you have… a day. Sometimes I have a hard time being efficient. My efficiency was challenged this summer, and I believe I improved because of the pressure of working in a real newsroom. 5. Enjoy it while it lasts – nothing is guaranteed. In the good old days, a great internship may very likely land you a full time job at the company when you graduated. That’s

not the way the world works now. My internship was amazing for me – and it was satisfactory enough for the newspaper to extend it on a month by

month basis in my final semester of undergrad. But nothing is guaranteed for me, except that I will be there until September. I’ve prepared myself for the fact

that I may have to say goodbye to this newspaper – but I’m lucky that I will never leave the experience I had there.

Southern Fried Festival: From a foreigners perspective Nicolas Nemtala Contributing Writer Lines of cherry reds, dusty blues and deep purple Cadillac Coup Devilles, Desoto Deluxes and Chevy Coupes glistened against the sunny Virginia skies. Smokey smells of prime ribs and steak floated in the air as kids with painted faces chased one another. The red, white and blue never felt so strong. One of the most rewarding experiences is to find yourself in a situation where you are completely surrounded by another culture, when with every turn you find yourself soaking in the traditions of the place you are in. One of the most effective ways to find yourself in such a situation is by visiting the traditional fairs and events of the country. These events portray a certain subculture of the country; in this way you get an authentic look into the culture and the uniqueness it beholds. As a local, you don’t really appreciate such events, just because it feels so normal and natural. Of course its still a blast to attend these events, but you don’t really comprehend how unique and representative of your country it is. Being born and raised in Bolivia, I was

constantly visiting many fairs and events that depict the culture of my country, yet for me these almost felt mundane. For example, there is a yearly fair filled with cultural idiosyncrasies which simply go over my head. Like the sale of llama fetuses, or the foretelling of one’s future by opening an egg into a beer and examining the shape it creates (then chugging it), and countless more. It wasn’t until one day that I took a foreign friend to visit this fair in which I was forced to stop and analyze. He would stop me at almost every stand to inquire about the details and the story behind each one; He was so amazed and perplexed by these things that I so easily overlooked. Not only was he fascinated of the artifacts of the fair but also of the people he saw. Obviously fairs such as these consist mainly of the native people, in their environment. For him, the cholitas with their high bowler hats, puffed skirts, and their newborns wrapped around their backs on colorful carrying cloths was something extraordinary, yet for me it was commonplace. I’ve always been exposed to the U.S. lifestyle and culture, so I thought I would never have those awe inspiring moments which were so apparent on my friend’s

face when I would eventually come study in the U.S. I was wrong. Visiting Southern Fried Festival in the Hampton Coliseum was an eye opener. I never felt so out of place in this country, and it was truly engaging. Like my friend, I was amazed by the strange things I encountered, such as the sophisticated yet mobile grilling set ups, the vast array of classic cars and the stories behind each. I was also surprised to see people carrying guns so liberally. I realized that these peculiarities are symbols of a country’s culture, and a representation of its people. I am aware that this particular fair depicted a subculture of the U.S., just how the fair in La Paz depicted one facet of Bolivia. Attending events such as these tells a story of where you are standing, and in turn in makes you value the city or region you’re in. Even in the smallest of towns the world over, more often than not they’ll have their own distinctive fairs, and all have a lot to teach about the way of life of its inhabitants. Whether its Mardi Gras or a small local fair, attending these events is deeply gratifying as you learn to appreciate your surroundings and place in them.

ODU student Nicolas Mentala attended the Southern Fried Festival which featured southern food, custom cars, and hot rods. (Nicolas Mentala | Mace & Crown)


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ODU Football vs Hampton and Tailgate event. (Zach Chavis and Adrienne Mayfield | Mace & Crown)

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Mace & Crown 9/3/2014  
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