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Nick Swardson “Taste It” tour at Chrysler Hall Amy Poulter Contributing Writer Chrysler Hall was full of laughter when comedian Nick Swardson appeared there on Oct. 4 as part of the “Taste It” tour. Fans poured into the hall, cocktails and beers in hand, and cheered while Swardson comedically told his newest stories and reminisced about his favorite characters. Whi¬le most fans know Swardson from films such as “Grandma’s Boy” and “Benchwarmers,” which he cowrote with comedian Adam Sandler, he got his start

Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father, spoke at ODU about turning tragedy into triumph and equality. Tiara Booker | MC

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Old Dominion University students filled the North Café on Oct. 2 for Tracy Martin’s lecture “We Are All Trayvon.” Martin is the father of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla. by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012. His death

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prompted a national discussion on American racism and gun violence. Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton were faced with a parent’s worst nightmare when they discovered their son was fatally shot. Later, they faced the reality that Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges. Tracy Martin still refers to his son’s death as a “murder.” Tracy Martin’s lecture aimed to tell

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the audience who Trayvon was, not who the media portrayed him to be. “I want to emphasize today the dangers of judging a person’s character based solely on his or her appearance. By what they wear or what kind of music they listen to. The reason I say that is I think Trayvon was characterized just because [of] what he was wearing,” he said. “I know who Trayvon was. I know

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the things that he liked to do. I know what made him go, what made him stop. So that image, although it’s nationwide and worldwide, that’s not who he is, that’s not who he was,” he said. Martin said that after the acquittal his family had to decide how to act. They could either become combative in the light of what they perceived as an unjust ruling, or


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We are all Trayvon: Tracy Martin speaks equality at ODU Continued from A1 they could react in a way that let Trayvon continue to live through his legacy. “We chose not to let the verdict, let the acquittal, define who he was,” said Tracy Martin. “He was an innovator. He was a respecting person. He was a mover. He was a thinker.” As a result the Martin-Fulton family started the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Its mission is to advocate against gun violence for what Tracy Martin describes as a “lost generation” of kids who are losing deeper connection to their families daily. “Despite our devastating losses we’ve been able to channel all negative energy and turn it into positive strength,” Tracy Martin said. “Our message of change extends to families from all walks of life. I encourage parents, relatives, caregivers and educators to let your sons and daughters and other loved ones know that their lives are of value, and stress the importance of the love that we as care-givers have for our children,” he said. Tracy Martin also told the audience that another important step in stopping crimes like these is to understand each other. “It is impossible for us to make a better future for our children, for your

children, for your children’s children if we don’t work together. We can’t separate ourselves,” he said. During the question and answer portion of the lecture Martin’s advice to ODU was that being a large and very diverse campus we must pull together, learn to understand each other. To do this he said we must stop profiling all people and we have to network and talk to each other

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about our cultural differences. He ended his lecture with a heartfelt comment to Trayvon’s supporters, saying that he may have lost his son, but he has gained about 5 million . children.

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Update: ODU student injured in hit and run Claude Dargan Contributing Writer On Sept. 23 ODU Senior Christina Crewe was injured when she was hit by a vehicle on Hampton Boulevard. She was coming from Garage C near the Ted Constant Convocation Center, heading towards campus at about 3:25 p.m. She saw other people crossing the street, so she decided to walk across as well. At this time, a truck sideswiped her and sped off. Crewe said she blacked out from the instant impact. According to witness report, the driver slowed down initially after hitting Crewe but then sped off, only to return to the scene to retrieve the truck’s side view mirror that came off during the accident.

A few ROTC members helped the unconscious Crewe by trying to hold her up and keep her head elevated. Crewe doesn’t remember this, but one of the guys told her that she woke up trying to fight them off, not understanding what just occurred. By the time she got to the hospital, Crewe had regained consciousness. “I woke up disoriented. I thought it was a dream,” she said. Her immediate worry was if her forearm tattoo was messed up. Ink and flesh were both lost. The accident also left her wearing a boot for her fractured ankle, a bandage covering up a quarter-sized gash on her forehead that required 11 stitches, and skin scraped off her left calf.

Crewe was bedridden for a week and is now able to make it to some classes. She considers herself to be highly independent and is not used to being in the spotlight. “I am miffed that the one thing I’m going to be known for now after four years at this school is that I was run over,” Crewe said. She is thankful for the ODU community’s support, including the ODU Confession status wishing her well, which received almost 300 likes and sparked a debate on pedestrians and driver rights. She wants people to remember that “cars and drivers will always have more power, and pedestrians will always be hurt more.”

Christina Crewe is back on her feet after surviving a hit and run on Hampton Boulevard. Claude Dargan

The 37th Annual Literary Festival highlights soul food and sustainability Libby Marshall Contributing Writer On Oct. 2 the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center hosted a pre-festival event for the kick off of the 37th Annual Literary Festival at Old Dominion University. The event was titled, “The Butcher, The Baker, and the Artisanal Maker: Fortifying Our Community Tables,” and drew a crowd to discuss food - of both the delectably-edible and spiritually-satisfying variety. A panel of four professional foodies led a discussion about their personal experiences of this year’s festival theme, “The Hungry Heart is Telling You.” “This year’s theme is food and sustenance, and the relationships that these subjects have and what writers have thought about them and written about them,” said Luisa Igloria, codirector of the festival and an ODU English professor This panel discussion prelude revealed the focused vision of this year’s festival: to examine the relationship of food and sustenance in a variety of contexts, including cultural, poetic and political. The panelist shared their opinions on the theme. Lorraine Eaton, staff epicure at the Virginian Pilot, said she believes that when it comes to sustainability, it’s about culture and history - not just economics. “I feel like I’m really lucky to be a food writer in this era of interest in food. I hope that knowing the stories behind the food helps everybody appreciate it a little bit more,” she said. “Food is a social justice. Good food should be available for all people,” she said. A general manager of the Five Points Community Farm Market named Bev Sell said the country’s current food system is not sustainable. In American homes cooking has gone

from familiar to foreign she said. “Our current food system is not sustainable. It’s changed more in the last 50 years than it has in the past 10,000,” Sell said. “The only foods we do have access to are making us sick. We’ve become so disconnected from this Earth. Where did we turn? How did this happen?” Americans often talk about sustainability with deaf ears. They eat at fast food joints, whose convenience and cost target poorer communities, often skipping healthy meals that nourish the body and mind. Sell believes in a connection with food. Education and awareness of food are the key to sustainability she said. “Preparing it yourself, peeling, shucking, cooking the food leads to better enjoyment of it,” Sell said. The purpose of food is to sustain life – without it life does not exist. The festival highlights that understanding the importance of sustainability and exploring nourishment of the body, heart, mind and soul can bring communities together. “Here we are. Let’s reclaim this story for ourselves and see where it goes,” said Amy Price Neff, a panelist and butcher at Pendulum Fine Meats. The final panelist was Patrick Farrell, an English professor at ODU and a wine service and fine dining industries expert. He spoke with humor about the different qualities of wine and his deep gratitude for the drink. His account of the origin of wine conveyed that appreciation of food is key in sustaining a healthy lifestyle. “Wine is God’s way of showing us that he loves us,” Farrell said. The 37th Annual Literary Festival is taking place Oct. 6 to the 10, and will feature 21 authors speaking on food-centered topics that show sustainability is only truly successful when people are feeding their souls - not just their stomachs.

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ODU opens academic college for non-traditional students Casey Burnett Staff Writer Starting this year, the College of Continuing Education & Professional Development is the seventh academic college at ODU. This college consists of centers for career switching, engineering, music, English language, executive development and education. This college was developed on the basis of three ideas: students living on and commuting to campus, community, and staff, and will “provide high-quality professional and personal educational opportunities for nontraditional and adult learners,” according to the ODU website. James Shaeffer, the dean of the new college, explained that ODU is a wellpositioned school for this type of college and there were needs beyond the campus. Provosts had meetings where they came up with the idea for this college, shared their input and moved forward. This new college is a self-support unit, meaning it pays for itself. This creates flexibility and availability for new programs and students to be involved.

This college utilizes resources for students who can’t come to campus by being flexible. “There is currently 4,793 enrollments for FY14 which includes credit and non-credit courses,” Shaeffer said. The administrative office is located in Virginia Beach, but most classes are held in Norfolk. There are classes available online, around the district and on-site at businesses and industrial areas. The College serves as a key point of entry for businesses, industry, manufacturers, military, non-profits and governmental agencies to the resources of ODU. The music program in the college is available to all ages and skill, and offers high-level private music lessons and classes. There are about thirty faculty and teachers in both instruments and voice. The English Language Center is an opportunity for students to study English as a second language, which may help with goal reaching. Native and international speakers are paired as conversation partners to practice English. The career switching aspect of the

college is expanding to Richmond and is available for all students. Career switching allows students to take a test and pay $4400 to change

their career if they have attained a bachelor’s degree in their choice of study, but decided to change their career path.

For more information on the College of Continuing Education & Professional Development visit https:// www.odu.edu/cepd.

Women’s Center offers networking opportunities for STEM women Kiahnna Patterson Contributing Writer

One of the challenges women in these programs face is a lack of mentors in STEM occupations. Without The Women’s Center held the mentorship, they are offered less guid“Networking for Women in STEM” ance and networking opportunities event on Sept 30. The event offered than their male counterparts. women with sci“Networking is ence, technolOf the 54 percent of essential to formogy, engineering ing connections and mathematics the student body that are with people in a (STEM) majors women, less than half are productive way. the opportunity STEM majors. All we did was to network with gather people in faculty, on-camthe same room,” pus organizations and other women Palko said. with similar majors on campus. The Fellowship of Women in SciAlthough Americans are fairly ence Organization, Marine Biology aware of existing gender inequali- Student Association and the Center ties in the workforce, women are sig- for Costal Physical Oceanography nificantly underrepresented in STEM were at the event. Each organization undergraduate programs and career offers STEM students the opportunifields. ty to interact with their peers and netIn 2013 total undergraduate enroll- work with faculty and professionals. ment of women in computer science In addition to the networking opand engineering programs was 18 per- portunities, the event had an interaccent, and women enrolled in math- tive wall. Four questions were posted ematics was 43 percent, according to on the wall. Participants were asked the National Science Foundation. to respond and stick post-it notes beOf the 54 percent of the student low the question. body that are women, less than half The four questions were: Who is a are STEM majors. woman that inspires you? What do Given the low percentage of enroll- you enjoy about your field? What ment, the Women’s Center is promot- would you change about your field? ing a proactive attitude to counter the What do you want to do with your “reactive attitude” that women may degree? experience when they enroll in STEM ODU is trying to understand the programs at ODU. gender and racial imbalances that ex“Our hope was to bring together ist within STEM programs and career students, faculty, and staff,” said Mea- fields. gan Palko, the host and social justice “If we could help one woman in intern at the Women’s Center. her quest within a STEM major, our

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An interview with Cory Wharton

Abdirahman “Dee” Mohamed Staff Writer More than 2,000 miles away, Corey Wharton’s, 23, hometown, Grand Rapids, Mich. couldn’t be any further from the bay area of San Francisco where he was a cast member on the Real World. The Real World is an MTV reality show that focuses on the lives of a group of strangers hwo audition to live together for a few months. The 29th season, “Real World: Ex-Plosion,” aired in January and features Wharton. The season serves up a twist when the roommates exes move in to the house. Wharton now lives in L.A. working as a personal fitness trainer with ambitions of getting into the Hollywood acting scene. A middle-America kid, Wharton talks about making his childhood dream a reality, and how it changed his life forever. Q: What made you want to be on the Real World? A: My family supported me. My mom and grandma have always had my back. My mom was a single parent and my grandma was like my dad, so they’ve always had my back. They’re fully supportive of me. They basically said go have fun but don’t lose yourself in everything. I couldn’t imagine doing it without the support of them. It really helped to have my family support me Q: What was the experience like when you first got to San Francisco and started filming the show? A: Dawg, I was sweating! Right when I saw the cameras I couldn’t even open the door to get into the house. The camera people had to help me because I’m so d**n nervous. As a kid bro, that moment is the moment I’ve always wanted in my life. Better than any sports moment was that first day of being on the show that I’ve watched growing up and now I’m a part of it? It was just surreal! The first thing I noticed when I walked through the door is how it looked like a movie set. There’s cameras everywhere, lights everywhere. It’s not your normal house, its like a big open warehouse that they created an apartment in it almost. Q: Was it hard getting used to cameras in your face 24/7? A: At first yeah, that first night was kinda tough... The first night everyone is trying to scope each other out.

No one knows anyone’s background and at the same time you’re thinking about the cameras and if there’s going to be a twist. There’s just a lot going on, it’s crazy. Its wild bro, its wild. Definitely a lot different than what I thought. Q: What don’t viewers see on television? A: We didn’t work, I’m not kidding you. We literally would go to the tanning booth because that’s the only place the cameras wouldn’t be. People were hooking up in the tanning booth, which was crazy, and we could listen to music there, so that’s why we’d go. We’d also go to the gym, then of course go out at night. We’d always go out at night. Q: What was the living situation like before the exes arrived? A: Chill, it was real chill. People were just chillin’. It was kinda like me and Jenny were hooking up, but she was dealing with Brian and I was doing me. Tom and Jamie were in a happy relationship fighting every night. Arielle still had Ashley, and Jay was doing his thing talking to Jenna. Everyone hit a good point. We were all chillin’, just living life, and then they were like “Let’s send you on this vacation.” We should have known we were all getting along too well. So that’s where they were like “Let’s throw the exes in.” Q: What was your first thought when you saw your ex-girlfriend, Lauren, arrive? A: Shocked, surprised, no clue bro. I had no clue what so ever. This is how production did it: they asked them one day before we left for our trip. So when we left on the boat for three days, we had no communication at all. They made sure the exes couldn’t tell us about it. We were joking around on our way to the boating trip saying how funny would it be if they moved our exes in because Ashley left. So we knew we were getting one new roommate but we didn’t know it was going to be five roommates. Cory and another one of the cast members, Jenny, had a tricky relationship once Jenny’s Ex, Brian, came into the house as one of the Exes. Q: Did you and Brian actually fight? A: I wouldn’t call it “fight,” we scuffled. I wouldn’t call it a fight because we were in a van. He was about to get the [sic] strong hold man. We definitely really didn’t get along.

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On the reunion episode, Cory had a lot on his mind but didn’t really want to share it. His fling with Jenny had to come to an end, and he didn’t feel that the reunion show was the place to talk about their relationship. He shared his viewpoint on it with me. “Jenny is something else. She does a lot of stuff for the cameras, and I’m not about that. She’ll sit around and say something in front of the camera, then text me something different,” he said. “She knew how I felt about her, I could care less about what everyone else thought. I knew how I felt about her. She knew how I felt about her. I felt how I felt, I didn’t feel the need to tell America how I felt,” he said. Q: How did you feel once the show came to an end and what were you most looking forward to afterwards? A: Opportunity. That excitement. You get done with this work in this craziness and you’re just opportunis-

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tic. You’re basically waiting now. Like what’s going to come with all of this now. I did the hard part, the crazy ass show, now let’s see how this is portrayed and the outcome of it. Q: What’s your favorite spot out in Cali? A: The beach, the ocean. I go there for everything: working out, chill, relax, kick it, bring a girl there, whatever. The beach is where it’s at. Q: Have you felt star-struck by any celebrities? A: No but I’ve actually trained some celebrities before. I’ve trained Cameron Diaz and some reality stars. But the first time I became starstruck was before I did the TV show, within the first week of moving out here I met Jamie Foxx at the beach working out and then he worked out with me for a little bit. It was crazy, I see a bald black guy coming up to me. It was unreal, I’m from Michigan so that celebrity stuff was new to me.

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Q: If you could go back and change one thing in your life, what would it be? A: To be honest, I believe God put me here for a reason and everything happens for a reason. I wouldn’t want to change anything. I’m happy where I’m at. Am I where I want to be at the end of the day? No. But I wouldn’t change anything. You live and you learn and life goes on. As far as the show, I regret some stuff from it but I wouldn’t want to take it back. It happened and I learned from it. Q: What can the people expect from you in the future? A: Basically big things! I am training now, I have a couple of reality star clients and basically I want to be on the big screen! So look out for me on the big screen and the training scene! I do it all, I act, I model, and I’m a personal trainer. Its kind of like a triple threat.


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Freefall Festival: of beer and loathing in West Virginia

Sean Davis Copy Editor The Second Annual Freefall Festival at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Ski Resort took place Sept. 26 to 28 and featured a craft beer tasting, a downhill mountain bike race, and live acts which included Michael Franti and Spearhead, G Love and Special Sauce

and Slightly Stoopid. The bands inspired enthusiastic crowd responses despite the cold mountain temperatures. The surrounding views created a picturesque backdrop for the music and activities. “We’ve been to West Virginia plenty of times but we’ve never been to Snowshoe,” Franti told the crowd. “I would’ve remembered a place as

beautiful as this.” Franti’s band was the main event for Friday and drew a large crowd despite the low participation earlier in the day. The band’s eclectic set included hits like “11:59” and “Hey World” as well as teases of “Smells like Teen Spirit” and “Turn Down for What.” For their final song, Franti invited

about a dozen children to join him on stage. The set ended with the crowd singing “Give Peace a Chance” a Capella. Smoke hung low over the crowd as Slightly Stoopid closed out the festival on Saturday night. In between reggae and ska numbers, they riled up the crowd with banter generally concerning the smoking of marijuana.

Michael Franti and Spearhead perform at Freefall Festival at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Ski Resort which took place Sept. 26 to 28. A.J. McCafferty | MC

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“Make some noise if you think security should partake!” vocalist Miles Doughty said, bong in hand, summoning the crowd to the loudest response of the weekend. To read an op-ed on Sean Davis’ experience at the Second Annual Freefall Festival visit maceandcrown. com.


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Artist of the Week: Tim Holmes

Not many people have the chance to do the things that they want to do while they’re still in school. Most are so expensive or time-consuming that they seem nearly impossible to be able to pile on top of a student’s courseload or tuition. A Senior at Old Dominion University, Tim Homes, has taken risky steps forward by investing in equipment and separating his time apart from school in the past few years. This 22-year-old is now on his way to becoming an experienced music producer and engineer - right out of his own home. “I have no intentions of opening a proper studio at the moment. I have space to work with right now at my home, and doing it there gives things a certain flexibility that I really enjoy. I would much rather take the money that would be going towards a studio, and buy more equipment for home recordings,” Holmes said. Being able to work from home is a dream of many. Quite frankly, being able to be comfortable all of the time,

never have the stress of overseeing management and no due date besides the ones that you make for yourself sounds incredible. Holmes has made that atmosphere a reality for himself. “I started recording because I was sick of trying to find a place for my bands to record at a reasonable price. So, I did some research and slowly began compiling an array of equipment that would allow me to create music in the comfort of my own home,” Holmes said. Holmes is a very artistic individual and has played and currently plays in a ton of bands himself (Drawback, Dominion, Studs Up Tackle, etc.). He’s been playing different venues in different styles of music with different types of bands for years. Holmes is not only a drummer, but also a bass and guitar player, and even sings in some of the bands that he’s in. That being said, he has had the luxury, as well as the weight, of being able to practice time and time again recording his own bands before stepping up to record other peoples’ songs that he did not have a part in writing. He has been a part of others’ projects at this point, some being Give

Continued from A1 To say that you have to attend one at a younger than average age do- of his shows with an open mind is ing standup. an understatement. Swardson talks Today, Swardson is no stranger to about anything from drinking and the comedy world. partying to bathroom humor and He had only been performing for his hatred of cats. eight months when he was invited One of his new bits is about his to perform at the U.S. Comedy Arts mother’s cat, Snowy, and how this Festival at the age of 20. seemingly harmless kitten attacked Swardson said, “I was by far the and outsmarted him, leaving Swardyoungest person there, so it was son hiding in the bathroom. pretty overwhelming.” The stories continued for well Three years later, he landed his over an hour, and at no point did the first half-hour laughter or cheerspecial on Coming cease. Be“My mother doesn’t edy Central, for tween jokes the which he gar- watch anything I do. Just sound of aluminered attention think about the things num beer bottles from established clinking, and fans professionals in I’ve put her through.” shouting out their the industry. favorite movie From 2003 to lines to Swardson 2009, Swardson could be heard played Terry Benadino on the Com- throughout the venue. edy Central hit show “Reno 911!” Near the end of his routine, SwardTerry wore roller-skates everywhere, son admitted that the hardest part and was frequently caught by police about touring is flying because he is in outlandish situations. terrified of it. Swardson joked about Terry in his Swardson concluded his act with act saying, “My favorite part about a story about the only flight he has being in that show is that cops love ever enjoyed, in which he flew first me. I get out of any ticket.” class next to actress Liv Tyler, and Strange characters seem to be a they both napped on the plane. part of Swardson’s repertoire. Cookies were being served, and he In the film “Blades of Glory,” he woke up to Tyler exclaiming, “Cookplays a character named Hector, who ies!” is an obsessively deranged stalker of “I’m in first class, sleeping next the movie’s protagonist. When talk- to Liv Tyler, and now cookies have ing about Hector during his act he arrived, and she’s announcing their said, “My mother doesn’t watch any- arrival? That’s the best way to wake thing I do. Just think about the things up, ever,” he said in his act. I’ve put her through.”

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Way and Rhombus, and has even taken his home studio to some of them. Very flexible and friendly with the people that he works with, he isn’t nearly as expensive as his flatrate competitors and is willing to cut anyone a deal so that they can put together the record that they want to. He has made a dream come true for himself and for others. He gets to experience what it’s like to becoming a music producer/engineer. Others get to come to him for a less-expensive opportunity, while still being able to leave with an awesome finished product. He has portrayed a perfect example for his peers that all you have to do is try and you can make your passions a reality – even if you’re a full-time college student. “The best tip would be to just go for it. Buy the cheapest microphone you can find. Download some free software and go at it. Make it sound as good as possible with what you have. You can upgrade over time and good gear always helps out quality, but the best recordings come from people who can make the best with what they have,” said Holmes. Holmes has made it clear that you

can still pursue your passions while you’re in school. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your major or a little hobby that you’d like to pick up, and yes,

it might take some time out of your day for you to get good at it. You just have to have the drive to want to do it.

Nick Swardson entertained an audience with his standup at Chrysler Hall on Oct. 4. Jason Kazi | MC

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A new era of horror films is upon us, ending the days of slasher films.

Eric Barnett Staff Writer A new era has begun in the genre of the horror film. Audiences don’t just want to be scared by things popping out at them; they want to be scared by things that they can’t see or fully understand. The days of slasher films are on the edge of extinction. This new era of horror film is stepping away from the serial killer aspect and is heading more towards the psychological and supernatural. For a while now, ghost films have been a constant in the film industry and they show no signs of ending anytime soon. “The Conjuring” was an extreme-

ly popular film that dealt with two paranormal investigators - a married couple, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who investigated hauntings. They come to rescue a family in Rhode Island that have been experiencing unsettling events at their home. Throughout this film, the ghosts are never seen but their presence is felt. One pulls the leg of one of the daughters of the Rhode Island family while she sleeps. In another scene one of the characters becomes possessed by one of the spirits. Because of the success of “The Conjuring,” a prequel and spin-off of the film called “Annabelle” was made and is currently playing in theaters. “Annabelle” was mentioned briefly in

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“The Conjuring” as a vintage doll that was possessed by a demon that Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated. One’s initial thoughts might be that this film would be reminiscent of “Child’s Play,” however the trailer revealed something different. It gives off the impression that Annabelle can control things around her, causing suffering and pain to anyone she comes in contact with. Which one would you be more afraid of– A doll that walks around and kills or a doll that can kill you without moving an inch? One of the best horror films of all time was this year’s “Oculus.” The film revolves around a mirror that has supernatural and evil energy that controls the people that are around it.

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The concept of vision and the mind is flipped on its head in this film. People act differently in the vicinity of the mirror and see things differently as well. Watching “Oculus” and realizing how disturbing it is definitely makes it a game-changer in the horror genre. What the films of the ‘70s and ‘80s lacked was the technology that we have now. Their ideas had to come from what they were able to show with limited special effects, because around that time special effects were in the very early stages of development. They did the best they could though with the technology that they had at that time but as the years changed so did the style of horror

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films. We are seeing a pattern in the horror genre and one can only hope that they will produce more creative ideas instead if just popping out the same style that we currently see. Wes Craven revived the “Scream” franchise with “Scream 4”, but other than rebooting the film, which includes a myriad of old and new characters, there isn’t much more you can do to a slasher film to make it better. The slasher genre has come and gone. It was great while it lasted and we received great slasher films from this time: “Halloween”, “Friday the 13th” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” It is now time though for a new style of horror film to captivate and frighten the audience.


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Sports

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The Lady Monarchs took the game with a 2-1 comeback in the second minute of the second overtime. Lex Selig | MC

Golden goal lifts Lady Monarchs over Lady Hilltoppers Michael High Staff Writer

the game, Hind said, “I tried to keep the players on the bench back because I knew the ball was out.” In front of a raucous announced Junior midfielder Devin Dougherty whipped her corner kick into a crowd- crowd of 615, the second largest home ed six yard box where sophomore crowd of the season, did not start the forward Madison Hogan banged a way the Lady Monarchs had hoped, header in off the post just 1:05 into the when sensational freshman midfieldsecond overtime of the Conference er Natalie Johnson went down with USA home opener on Oct. 3. This an apparent ankle injury in the 32nd completed a 2-1 comeback win for the minute. Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (3-6Three minutes later, the Lady Hill2, 2-1-0) over the Western Kentucky toppers registered their only tally of the match when sophomore forward Lady Hilltoppers (6-3-0, 1-1-0). The Lady Monarchs thought they Kelly Phipps crossed the ball past two defenders had won the game “I just wanted it, I threw and found her when a goal was disallowed in the my body at it, and it truly front line mate junior forward last minute of the Lauren Moats first overtime pe- was just a blur.” riod. However, -Gracey Haverly, mid- who deflected the ball past they followed fielder head coach Angie ODU’s sophoHind’s instruction more goalkeepto “keep pushing forward, and get er Erin Kinz. that goal.” Despite outshooting the opposiThe crowd was confused as well tion 5-2 in the first half, the possibility because it was apparent that neither of a positive result appeared less likely an offside nor a foul was the call. After when Kinz received a red card just six

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minutes into the second half, forcing the Lady Monarchs to play the rest of the game a man short. The “resiliency of the team” Hind spoke of showed up during the second half, knotting the score 1-1 in the 58th minute. Sophomore midfielder Grace Haverly went sliding through the six yard box to get a toe on a low cross from senior captain Taylor Smith, which found the back of the net. “I just wanted it, I threw my body at it, and it truly was just a blur,” said Haverly of the goal. After completing a six-game road trip, the Lady Monarchs played at home for the first time in a month. Starting a four-game home stand with a win was important for the Lady Monarchs if they want to make a post season run. With just four points separating 3rd and 12th places in the conference standings, every point is valuable at this point in the season. Only eight teams make it to the conference tournament to be held in Charlotte, from the Nov. 5 to Nov. 9. They have gotten off to a slow start

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this season by winning for just the third time in 11 matches, including two overtime losses. This win was potentially a costly one with the injury to Johnson. The diagnosis and her status for the Uni-

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ODU suffered a crushing loss at the hands of Marshall’s Thundering Herd. The final score was 56-14. Ariella Gould | MC.

Outscored and outplayed: ODU not ready for conference-leading foe Alex Brooks Staff Writer Just eight days removed from a devastating loss at the hands of Middle Tennessee State University on national television, the Old Dominion Football Monarchs were set to take on the undefeated Marshall Thundering Herd on Oct. 4. The Herd took the win with a score of 56-14. Coming into the game, the Monarchs were 3-2, while being 1-1 in CUSA, while Marshall was 4-0 but had not played a conference game. Old Dominion won the toss, but that would be the only win they had all day, as the Thundering Herd trampled the Monarchs for the entirety of the game. “It was an ass-kicking in every sense of the word,” said Bobby Wilder, head coach.

Devon Johnson, the junior running back for Marshall, showed the fans, who striped the stadium blue and white, what they were in for as he took it to the house on their first drive. He ran around, over and through the Monarch defenders on his way to a 190 -two touchdown performance. Johnson wasn’t the only back who had it going for Marshall, however. Remi Watson, the redshirt junior, also had two rushing touchdowns, on his way to a 100-yard day. To put the running attack of Marshall into perspective, one drive the Thundering Herd ran the ball 10 straight times and ended up scoring a touchdown. The offensive line was bullying the ODU defensive line, giving Rakeem Cato, the Marshall quarterback, all the time in the world to pick apart the ODU secondary. With 5:21 left in the first quarter,

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the Monarchs were already down by 21, when Jarrett Cervi, kicker, was lined up ready to punt it away to the Thundering Herd. Marshall had different plans, blocking the punt at ODU’s five-yard line and recovering it in the end zone to add to their lead. Old Dominion responded by going three and out, a reoccurring theme of the game for them. The tide seemed to have been shifted when Christian Byrum, safety, picked off Cato’s pass, giving the Monarchs great field position and a chance to chip away at the lead that Marshall had built. Heinicke orchestrated a beautiful 58-yard drive down the field resulting in his only touchdown pass, which went to Zach Pascal for 21 yards. Marshall responded by scoring 28 more points before ODU hit paydirt

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again, in garbage time late in the fourth quarter. Even though the defense for the Monarchs allowed 56 points, they caused havoc picking off two passes, both by Byrum, and recovering a fumble on their side of the 50. The problem was that Heinicke and the Monarchs couldn’t convert those turnovers into points, only having seven points on three turnovers. Heinicke had one of his worst performances of his career, only completing 10 passes and throwing for a measly 85 yards, while adding a single touchdown to accompany his interception. “We all know we just got beat by a better team…They just outplayed us,” he said. The only offensive shining spot for the Monarchs was Ray Lawry, a freshman running back, who scored 131

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yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Gerard Johnson also added 76 yards on the ground, but couldn’t find the end zone against the stifling D of Marshall. The story of the game was third downs for the Thundering Herd. Marshall’s offensive did not have to attempt a third down until the second quarter, and only four times throughout the entire game, all of which they converted. With this loss, ODU now drops to 3-3 and 1-2 in C-USA. This is the first time in Old Dominion history that the Monarchs have lost back-to-back home games, and this game was the worst home loss for the Old Dominion Monarchs ever. The Monarchs will travel to play the University of Texas at El Paso on Oct. 11 at 8pm.


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It’s not me, it’s you: How to break up and move on from an old laptop Victoria Wood Staff Writer Whether they’re used for keeping in touch, passing the time or working on homework, lap tops have become part of our daily experience. Since we depend on them for so much, dealing with a laptop that has past its prime can truly be frustrating. For anyone who has received the dreaded blue screen of death, or simply decided that they couldn’t bear the geriatric crawl of their ancient laptop, replacing this prized possession is a must. That said, the variety of options and prices can be intimidating and make buying a laptop confusing. To make the process of ditching your old computer and upgrading easier, we at the Mace and Crown have compiled a list of things to look for when buying a new laptop, as well as a few rules to follow when purchasing one. 1.) Processors matter One of the easiest ways to cut costs when buying a new computer is by purchasing older model processors. Resist this urge. There is a noticeable difference between older models, like the Celeron processor and the newer i5 processor. Skimping on processors will nearly ensure frustration in the near future. For those looking to save money on laptops, go with second generation Intel “I” series processors, or an AMD “A” series processors. Computers with AMD processors tend to retail lower than Intel machines, but much like the age-old Apples versus Windows comparison, it’s a matter of personal preference. It is worth mentioning that shooting to the top of the processor market isn’t always a wise plan for someone that uses their laptop for basic functions. An Intel Haswell i7 processor is not necessary for standard Blackboard and Instagram needs. 2.) RAM is your friend Another easy way to cut costs when buying a new laptop is to get one with a small amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) For simple browsing laptops, ones used primarily for social media and Microsoft office, feel free to go with 2 GB. For gaming or application heavy laptops, do not settle for anything less than 4 GB. Take note on whether upgrading the RAM is an option when buying a laptop. If the laptop’s RAM can be updated later on, go with a level of memory that doesn’t break the bank. Memory can be purchased easily off of Amazon, NewEgg or TigerDirect. As long as the RAM upgrade

doesn’t surpass the capability of the motherboard, it will work fine. When in doubt, consult with a computer technician. If the RAM cannot be upgraded, do not low ball on memory. The MacBook Air is a common example of this. Pay for the next level of memory available if the laptop can’t be upgraded later on. This upgrade will help to prolong the life of the computer and delay the inevitable outdating. 3.) Bigger isn’t always better Large laptops are not always helpful for the average student. A bigger laptop will require more space in a backpack or on a desk, and are nearly always heavier than their smaller counterparts. Save yourself the aggravation of lugging around a 17-inch behemoth and go for something more compact. Ultrabooks such as the Apple MacBook line, Asus VivoBook line and Lenovo’s Yoga line are great examples of compact devices with more than enough power to keep up with a student’s needs 4.) Storage Drive Quality over Quantity There are two types of commonly used storage drives in laptops: hard drives (HDD), and solid state drives (SSD). HDDs use spinning plates to store files, whereas SSDs store data without moving parts on flash memory chips. Less moving parts means less potential for data loss or drive failure on an SSD. In simple terms: if dropped, a laptop with HDD in it is more likely to experience drive issues over time than one with SSD. In addition, the response time for files to load or boot an operating system on an SSD laptop is much quicker than on the average HDD. SSDs are more expensive than HDDs because the process required to make them is more involved and the technology is still relatively new. In addition, SSDs tend to come in smaller sizes then the more widely distributed HDD. For those looking to store over a terabyte of data on their laptop, an HDD will be far more cost-effective than a SSD. One solution that some laptop manufacturers are using is to provide two hard drives: a small SSD for the operating system and critical files, and a larger HDD for file storage. This configuration provides the benefit of a quick responding operating system without paying a high premium for SSD file storage. For those that choose to go with a full SSD storage system like a Mac-

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book Air or an Asus Zenbook, the lack of onboard storage doesn’t have to be problematic. Purchasing cloud storage or an external hard drive can easily help to solve that problem. 5.) Be selective Some of the more recent trends in laptops have been the 2-in-1 laptops, ultrabooks and touchscreen laptops. Take the time to research their uses before buying a new laptop, as the latest features will come at a premium. Avoiding the trends that won’t be useful can be a quick way to drop the cost of a new computer. For those who already have tablets, a two-in-one tablet is not necessary. People that don’t plan on bringing their laptops to class may not need an ultrabook. Touchscreens have been marketed as almost an essential upgrade for anyone using Windows 8, though it’s up to user preference to decide whether or not this is true. Finding the right laptop for your needs The social media junkie on a budget For those using their laptop for basic needs such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and (occasionally) homework, a Toshiba Satellite series laptop or an HP Envy laptop should work just fine. These laptops are portable, reasonably sized and cost around the $350 to $500 price point. With many different configuration options such as RAM, processors and HDD size, they can be customized to fit any needs. The social media junkie with no budget For those using their laptop for light use, then look no further than an

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Apple MacBook Air. This device will meet all light usage computing needs. It comes with 4 GBs of RAM and a type of SSD technology called Flash Storage and costs between $899 to $1199, depending on customization. For the Windows fans, the Sony VAIO laptop series will work as well and are around the same price as the Apple MacBook Air, depending on customization options. The student on the go with a budget An ultrabook is a great asset for those that choose to bring their laptop with them wherever they go. The Asus VivoBook line, starting at $599, is a reasonably priced option for those looking to get into the ultrabook market. Acer also has a line of Aspire ultrabooks that retail for around $650. The student on the go with no budget The market for portable yet powerful ultrabooks is booming at the moment. Look to Lenovo’s Yoga line or Asus’ ZenBook line for a great device. They start around $800, but expect that number to rise quickly when upgrades like added RAM and SSDs are added. Likewise, the higher end Apple MacBook Airs, or even the MacBook Pros should also meet these needs. The MacBook Pro’s start at $1300, but also can get pricier depending on added options. Feel free to get creative, but remember to check on whether things like RAM or storage drives can be swapped out at a later date. The tech-heavy user on a budget Toshiba has higher-end Satellite laptops, and Dell has higher-end XPS

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models that may suit the tech-heavy users’ needs with prices between $750 and $900. For those buying a gaming laptop or one that will be used for heavy application use, most vendors allow for a wide variety of customization options on their websites. Take a look at their sites before dropping in to your local big box store. Occasionally, Dell and other vendors offer site-wide sales that rival the prices that Best Buy and other stores can offer. The tech-heavy user with no budget This is where building and customizing truly starts to get fun. The gaming community tends to flock towards laptops from Alienware and Asus, but Apple’s higher end MacBooks are great for application-heavy use as well. Laptops built with these specs in mind will likely start over $1400, but the price is completely dependent on what add-ons are chosen. They can easily retail for $1800 or more once tricked out. While this is not the case for MacBooks, the typical Windows gaming rig is going to be much larger than the standard laptop or ultrabook in both size and weight. For those that plan on toting them around on a regular basis, this is something to keep in mind. The relationship between a laptop and its owner can be a special one, but they always have a shelf life. Don’t be afraid to move on. With a new laptop in hand, close the lid of your old fossil and don’t look back.


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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is the much-anticipated release to Atlus’ 2012 Persona 4 Arena. Jeriaska.

“Persona 4 Arena Ultimax” review Symmion Moore Staff Writer “Persona 4 Arena Ultimax,” the sequel to Atlus and Arc System Works’ “Persona 4 Arena,” is finally here and it is a vast improvement from its predecessor - full of tweaks, new additions and tons of fan service for the diehard fans while still being accessible to newcomers. Released on Sept. 30 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, “Ultimax” picks up one day after P4A ended in the rural town of Inaba. A blackout sweeps the area followed by a mysterious red fog, starting a race against time to save Inaba, and ultimately the world. Even though “Ultimax” is a fighting game it still supports the JRPG elements “Persona” is known for with its substantial story mode. The story is told in a visual novel style, full of cheesy one-liners, stylish art and fantastic music that you will be humming after you turn the game off. The story is structured so that after completing a few scenes it branches off and the player can see the story from another character’s point of view. There are two sides to the story that focus on the cast of “Persona 4” and the cast of “Persona 3”. The story does a fantastic job of bringing the characters together and showing us what the cast of each “Persona” game has been up to since the end of their respective games. For those interested in the story,

there is a new option called auto mode that causes the computer to fight the opponent instead. The story can take between 20 and 40 hours depending on the player’s choices. Every character has been tweaked. Some are stronger than before and some have had downgrades to their abilities that make them feel and play differently. Eight characters from past “Persona” games have been added to the roster: Yukari Takeba, Ken Amada and his partner Koromaru, Junpei Iori, Rise Kujikawa, Tohru Adachi, Marie and Margaret. There is also one new character; Sho Minazuki and many of the fighters have new shadow types that change up gameplay significantly. The new shadow types offer a different way to play. They have less attack power than their counterparts, lack the defensive moves of their counterparts and rely heavily on their skill moves to win. Because of this they are able to go into a shadow rampage mode in which, for a limited time, they can perform as many special moves as they are able. The shadows carry a high-risk play style that newcomers should not even attempt if they plan on using the autocombo system. The persona cards that were introduced in “P4A” have been changed too. In the original game, each character could call their persona at any time for an attack and they would lose a card if either they or their persona

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were hit. Once all four cards were opponent. gone, the player would have to wait After defeating an opponent, the a short time period before their Per- player gains experience and levels sona could be used again. up, allowing them to learn new skills The card system remains, but cer- and upgrade their stats. tain characters may have more or less The online multiplayer is just as cards than others. Yukiko Amagi, a solid as it was in the predecessor with character who heavily relies on her little lag and virtually no slowdown or persona, has interruptions. The game is full of tweaks, “ U l t i m a x ” six cards, while someone like new additions and tons of introduces the Ken Amada has lobby system two because his fan service for the diehard where up to 32 attack depends on fans while still being acces- players can select Koromaru more. an avatar and are sible to newcomers. Characters dropped into a giwith more perant arcade room sona cards now have to wait much full of arcade machines that allow longer while characters with less are two to fight each other. able to use them much sooner. The avatars are honestly adorable; “P4A” introduced the auto-combo they use the chibi models from the system where a player could hammer upcoming “Persona Q” game and it on the light-attack button and their makes me want that game even more character would automatically do a now. special combo attack. “Persona 4 Arena Ultimax” is faithIn “Ultimax,” the developers have ful to its source material and is full of added a new mechanic called the fan service. S-Hold system. Holding down the Seeing rise attack with opponents light-attack button will charge up an with her microphone stand and even attack, and depending on how long it was held will determine the special move executed. Returning game modes include the standard arcade mode, score attack and versus, which includes both local multiplayer and online. The newest game mode is called “Golden Arena,” a mode that essentially turns the game into an RPG fighter. Players select a character and pick a dungeon (difficulty level), and each floor of the dungeon is a new

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her special moves, one of which involves a rhythm mini-game, just brought a huge smile to my face. There are many nods to the previous games and the anime as well. Yosuke’s stance when he is KO’d comes straight out of the anime while winning with shadow Yukiko causes her to appear in her [rincess outfit and make an air heart with her hands. If there is one thing that surprised me the most about the game is the number of songs available. “P4A” had 25 songs while “Ultimax” offers over 60, both from the previous games as well as remixes Catchy songs like “Your Affection” and “Heartbeat, Heartbeat” can now be played during fights. Atlus and Arc System Works have accomplished making another solid fighting game. The tweaks to the gameplay are happily welcomed and the increased roster is impressive. The story mode is engaging and will be loved by Persona fans. The new game modes and online play will surely keep people busy.


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Bungie balances botched booty system Carlito Ricafort Staff Writer Imagine a desolate future: Our galaxy has been attacked by an alien force known as the Darkness, and it’s up to protectors called the Guardians to travel to other planets to defeat them. But instead of doing that, dozens of Guardians are hanging out back on Earth, shooting at a cave located in the countryside of Russia. Why? It’s because players of the popular massively multiplayer game “Destiny,” have exploited a way to grind for legendary items and equipment. In “Destiny,” a Guardian’s equipment dictates their level, and players can gain additional weapons and armor through enemy drop items called “engrams.” The reason hundreds of “Destiny” players have flocked to this specific cave is because, with the right execution, it spawns infinite enemies that can be killed and will possibly drop loot. Players spend hours in this location, hoping that they will pick up an engram that will lead to equipment that can increase their level. In September and October Bungie

released two patches that dialed back respawn time for enemies in that area. In addition to closing the “Treasure Cave,” one of the more heavily exploited equipment caves. In a post released on their official website, Bungie stated that “shooting at a black hole for hours on end isn’t our dream for how Destiny is played.” The result of this patch has resulted in players leaving the infamous “Treasure Cave” in search of similar areas to farm for engrams. Why was this a big deal? “Destiny’s” loot system is completely random, relying on players to grind for hours for a chance at acquiring a legendary engram. This is a main factor in players’ decisions to farm for legendary engrams at the cave, because they did not want to risk playing through missions just to be rewarded with a common item. This is a meticulous process that some may claim to be the downfall of “Destiny”. Bungie has noted this, and in the same patch in which the respawn time for the cave was increased, Bungie addressed some issues players had with engrams. They instated a standardized and color-coded system of en-

gram rarity in addition to adding better rewards for completed missions. The popular video game blog “Kotaku” cites “Destiny” critic, Sparky Clarkson, in saying “in perhaps the biggest game of the year, one of the things players are spending a lot of time doing is shooting, for hours on end, into a cave.” “They’re not doing it for fun; I’ve

tried it for just a few minutes and I can confirm, it’s incredibly boring. But, it’s also productive, in the sense that it gets players more of what they want, what they in fact need, if they want to progress,” he said. Though Bungie may have killed off the notorious “Treasure Cave,” it actually lives on in a humorous online version titled “Interactive

Cave Shooting Simulator.” It was developed by developer Daniel Rosas and parodies the antics of the cave-shooters - the players shoot at a cave that occasionally spouts orbs that resemble engrams. It’s a jab at “Destiny” that entertains and immortalizes the great “Treasure Cave” rush of 2014.

Games to scare your pants off: Zombie edition Seann Barbour & Robert Williams Staff Writers In celebration of Halloween, the Mace and Crown technology section will be featuring a new horrorthemed game list each week. First up, a spooky staple: zombies. Whether they are shambling, moaning corpses or freakishly fast monstrosities, zombies have appeared as the villains of numerous video games. They make particularly excellent antagonists, because players can happily mow down hordes of the ravenous undead without feeling guilty. Five zombie games to play: 1. Left 4 Dead 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Killing zombies is fun. Killing zombies with friends is just brilliant. Players and up to three of their friends, travel through several chapters of the game to complete a campaign, tearing down hundreds of zombie while trying to reach the next safe house. What sets this game apart, other than the co-op play, is the diverse range of zombies including special infected. Several have become iconic in gaming lore, such as the Hulk-like zombie tanks, the agile and pouncing hunters and, terrifying witches. 2. Plants vs Zombies (Multiplat-

form) “Plants vs Zombies” is a simple, flash-based tower defense game from PopCap about using a garden of defensive plants to fend off a horde of zombies. As the game continues, the zombies become craftier, using buckets to defend themselves from literal peashooters and pole-vaulting over dangerous plants. “Plants vs Zombies” is a fun, comedic, and addictive game that all ages can enjoy - which is certainly unusual when it comes to zombie games. 3. Dead Rising 2 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) The original “Dead Rising” set the stage for this pinnacle of zombie hack ‘n slash fun: a journalist trapped in a mall full of zombies must survive by any means necessary while getting the word out about the conspiracy behind the outbreak. The ability to to messily destroy mobs of zombies with whatever you can get your hands on was a major selling point. Eventually, Capcom followed up with “Dead Rising 2,” in which a father must battle through a massive shopping center, collecting medicine for his daughter. Perhaps the most interesting thing about “Dead Rising 2” is that its world is one in which zombies are common knowledge, and practically

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an accepted part of life. 4. The Walking Dead (Multiplatform) “The Walking Dead” brand has become a massive media phenomenon recently. Starting as a comic book by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moor and Charlie Adlard, the franchise went big with TNT’s television adaptation. When Telltale Games acquired the license, they set out to create an original story under the player’s nearly total control. Every choice matters in this point-and-click adventure game. Different characters live or die depending on the player’s actions, leading to a variety of differ-

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ent storylines and endings. Telltale Games has taken advantage of gaming’s interactivity to craft a deeply engaging story about survival in a zombie apocalypse. 5. Resident Evil 4 (PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, Gamecube) The “Resident Evil” series is one of gaming’s first modern family of zombies, and “Resident Evil 4” shook up the series formula by focusing more on the action aspect of zombie killing. While the enemies of “RE4” were not technically zombies by the series’ definition, they still exhibited many classic zombie-like behaviors. The player steps into the famed

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shoes of Leon S. Kennedy of “Resident Evil 2. Now a secret service agent, he has been tasked with rescuing the president’s daughter from a remote European village, which turns out to be controlled by a cult with access to a dangerous infectious parasite. Throughout the game, “RE4” is full of puzzles, seemingly unbeatable bosses, constant fear and never enough ammo to help combat those fears. The game opens strong, with Leon having to fight his way through a village full of homicidal infected, and continues with many more intense sequences.


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Mastering the art of genre blending with X Ambassadors Jessica Scheck Mace & Crown Alumna The thick floor of The NorVa thundered while audience members stomped and clapped in unison. The joint act of the X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons emanated an ardent enthusiasm for their craft, which radiated throughout the concert venue on Oct. 3. This show didn’t seem to discriminate as every member of the crowd sang along and pumped their fists in support of the unique partnership that weaved deep thumping drums with bluesy, soulful crooning. The atmosphere gave an overwhelming sense of companionship as the artists flashed each other pleased smiles when the audience jammed to their set, complete with two energetic encore performances. A New York-born alternative rock band, the X Ambassadors sprouted to fame during the season two premier of “Orange is the New Black” with a grungy anthemic tune that catalyzed excitement for the show. Lead singer, Sam Harris, brother and keyboardist, Casey Harris, guitarist, Noah Feldshuh and drummer, Adam Levin, have reversed

the expectation for typical NorVa performers. Their unique mixture of genres tears down any boxes created by the music industry, redefining the meaning of “alternative rock.” Unlike their previous tour mates, The Lumineers and Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors choose to combine a different type of musical tapestry. They seemed to be unafraid to let their guards down on stage in front of a full audience, with Sam Harris pulling his energy from his surroundings and fellow band mates. Many fans stumbled upon the band’s music by listening to the hit “Jungle” and getting lost among their other singles from “Love Songs Drug Songs” and “The Reason EP.” Their unique sound didn’t stop with their genre collisions. The lead singer frequently lifted up his alto saxophone to play weeping, jazzy solos in a graceful dance among the guitar rifts. Although the soulful belting seemed moody, the lyrics were inviting and relatable through simple storytelling. “In all honesty, you guys are why we’re here,” Harris said.

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How about them Cowboys De’Andre Taylor Staff Writer Who would have thought the Dallas Cowboys would be sitting at 3-1 in the first quarter of the season, especially with all the talk about Dallas coming into the season with possibly the worst defense in the NFL now that Sean Lee is hurt. The season hadn’t even started yet and the media was already bashing Dallas about getting rid of DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher, and drafting an offensive lineman instead of Jonny Manziel. Oh and let’s not forget all the talk about Dallas bring back Rolando McClain from retirement. Sports experts even said this team will be lucky to even win seven games. Really? Seven games? But I believed in my boys and backed up their decisions during the offseason. Losing Ware and Hatcher during the offseason was heartbreaking, - but Dallas is finally getting rid of the old and bringing in new, young players. Also, Dallas defense finally has some depth, unlike last season where they were getting people off the streets to play. Adding Michael Sam to the practice squad will also come in handy in the future. When Dallas lost their first home game against the 49ers, I was already prepared for what the media would say. But in that game I saw some posi-

tives coming from the defense. That game could’ve been a lot worse, but the defense stopped the 49ers from scoring in the second half. Let’s not forget about DeMarco Murray rushing for over 100 yards on a tough run defense. After losing that game, everyone started pushing the panic button - even me. But the Cowboys got it together now and look a lot better than last year. But why? Well for one thing, the Cowboys are finally running the ball, instead of putting all the pressure on Tony Romo. Also, Rob Marinelli is doing a wonderful job with the defense and picking the right personnel for each position and creating turnovers. Also, their offensive of line is the best in the league right now. I’m sure that Dallas proved to everyone on Sept. 28 when playing against the Saints, that they are potentially a playoff team. I think the real test for Dallas will be the game in Seattle. That game will make us all see if Dallas is for real or not. As long as everyone stays healthy, the offense stays committed to the run and doesn’t turn the ball over, I can see this team going far into the playoffs. I hope the Cowboys do bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Dallas this year and I can finally say to everyone, “How Bout Them Cowboys!”

The Dallas Cowboys are sitting at 3-1 in the first quarter of the season. AP Images.

Asking the right questions: the landscape of today’s sports Alex Brooks Staff Writer Sports. Today the word means something completely different than it did 10 years ago. Sports used to mean fun at a ballpark, football stadium, racetrack or ice rink. All that mattered then was how many touchdowns Steve Young threw on Sunday, or how many strikeouts Randy Johnson had in his last start. Now the word sports refers to a corrupt place where juiced-up players jack 60 homers in a season, a star running back is hitting more women than holes in the line and NASCAR drivers are involved in legal troubles for killing a kid on the track. Sports aren’t about the numbers and stats anymore – they are about who can make their league the most entertaining so that no one will care what stars are doing off the field. NASCAR sweeps dead fan under the rug Take NASCAR racecar driver Tony Stewart for example. He hit

and killed a fellow driver on a dirt racetrack. Some claim he did it on purpose, while others think it was merely an accident. Regardless, somebody was killed, yet it isn’t broadcasted all over ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports 1, NBC Sports or any other sports or news channels . Yet when an openly gay football Michael Sam is drafted in the 7th round, those same channels cram it down the throats of their viewers because it is a feel good story. He’s no good, yet it is well known that he is on the Cowboys practice squad because the ESPN app notifies just about everybody. Why isn’t the Tony Stewart incident being covered? These sports networks aren’t giving viewers any information on him because that looks bad upon the sport, and guess who sponsors NASCAR races… ESPN and Fox. They won’t dig deeper into the story because they know if they do they may stumble upon facts that may hurt their ratings.

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The NFL values players rights over women’s rights Ray Rice is another prime example. Who released the video? ESPN? Fox? CBS? NBC Sports? Nope, TMZ. Can we honestly think that the NFL, ESPN, Fox, CBS or NBC couldn’t get the video, but TMZ could? Maybe these networks didn’t want to break the story because they knew that the NFL would drop them in the blink of an eye. Then when someone on ESPN’s staff questions Roger Goodell and his truthfulness throughout this whole scandal, they put the guy on a threeweek-long suspension. ESPN had an analyst who said that Ray Rice’s fiancé did something to deserve getting a left hook to her temple and only got a week suspension. Yet when another analyst calls Goodell a “liar” they are suspended for three weeks and have an article written about them by Robert Lipsyte, stating, “No columnist has the right to call the commissioner a liar.”

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Maybe this is because Goodell makes ESPN, Fox, NBC Sports and CBS billions of dollars, and they are afraid to criticize any action he makes. These sports networks don’t want to bite the hand that feeds them, so they give the viewers whatever the NFL hands them. The NFL has a one-year contract with CBS for Thursday night football. So that means that at the end of this year, they will need a new channel to broadcast the most-watched television show in America. If Fox would have played that second video, bringing the NFL’s moral decisions into question, they would have been out of the running for Thursday night football. Sports channels aren’t dumb, they understand that the NFL controls them. Everything from the Tony Stewart incident to the Ray Rice saga, to the steroid era could have been broken on Fox, ESPN, NBC, CBS or any other sports-all-the-time channels, but they weren’t. Not because the information wasn’t available, but because they never tried to get the

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information. Ten years ago, a reporter would draft a story about the score of a game, but now the world of sports is more about scandalous stories that no one in the sports world will break, but everyone in the sports world will talk about.

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Style757 trending Brandi Long Frank Contributing Writer

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The historical research of costuming, or fashion, creates a gateway between ancient and modern fashion. Dating back to 800 B.C., the fashion from Roman civilization’s has remained relevant in the fashion cycle time and time again. The tunic, toga and gladiator sandal are just a few important pieces originating from this time era. These pieces have been a popular pick in the summer of 2014. The tunic has been a timeless fashion staple, perfect for almost any occasion coming in a variety of colors. Ancient Romans used the color and design of clothing as a representation of social status. Tunics may now be found in a variety of clothing lines and stores today. This piece can be seen walking down the catwalk or in the clothing lines of famous designers, Giorgio Armani and Tory Burch’s, during fashion week. The toga was a piece of cloth usually made of wool fabric and draped around the body during ancient times. This piece of clothing was exclusively worn by the men of Roman civilizations and was seen as the only decent attire of outdoors. Today, togas can be seen as “ready-to-wear” clothing items popular during the spring and summer seasons. You can check out some catwalk images of togas in Vogue Magazine, Style Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily Newspaper. Sandals made during ancient times were made with many straps to protect their feet. These straps were made with either a tougher leather or cork base. A popular shoe for the summer, these sandals known today as “Gladiator Sandals” can be found in many stores ranging in price. Target, Aldo and Macy’s are just a few stores that carry these sandals. Many thanks are due to Roman civilizations for their influence in the fashion world. Although many trends have come and gone, fashion pieces from ancient Rome have shown that they are here to stay.

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