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WEDNESDAY | 09.24.2014 | MACEANDCROWN.COM | Vol. 57, Issue 5

Student thankful to survive shooting Adrienne Mayfield Editor-in-Chief

ODU student Jerica Carmichael said she is thankful to be alive after being shot at random on Sept. 20 on 43rd Street and Killam Avenue. Zach Chavis | MC

ODU junior Jerica Carmichael was shot in the back Sept. 20 while walking to her car, after a rare evening out to celebrate her best friend’s birthday. She was transported to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital where doctors said a bullet hit her two inches from her spine. “It’s traumatizing. I got shot by a gun. I would never have expected to be shot with a gun, especially not on my own campus. I never expected that leaving my best friend’s house,” Carmichael said. Carmichael said she was leaving her best friend’s house when she noticed the beginning of an altercation between two large groups of African American males near Lot 2 on Killam Avenue and 43rd Street. “I could just tell they were about to fight because the group was that near me were, like, pulling off their clothes and they were yelling,” Carmichael said. One man shot between 10 and 12 bullets before stopping, she said. “The guy immediately retaliated with a gun. Everyone thought he was shooting in the air but we still ran. We didn’t know he was aiming the gun towards anybody,” she said. ODU and Norfolk Police departments responded to the shots at approximately 1:15 a.m. and enacted a two-hour mandatory shelter in the area, according to an email from Giovanna Genard, acting assistant vice president for marketing and communications at ODU.

Doctors told Carmichael that the bullet emerged and exited her two inches from her spine. They said that if it had gone any deeper it would have hit a major vein or exited above her heart, likely causing death. “I was really upset because, I’m like, I was just so shocked. All that kept going through my head was I could have died,” Carmichael said. “I’m actually very, very, very lucky. In such an unlucky situation, I’m very lucky. … I know it was God. He still has plans for me in this life. I feel really blessed.” Carmichael said that she rarely goes out and after Saturday’s incident she won’t be partying for a while. “Its scary that you’re just innocently walking to the car and you just so happen to be at the wrong place and the wrong time and someone can just pull a gun out and shoot you for no reason,” she said. “That was the first time I went out this semester. I definitely won’t be going out for a while – or ever again,”

she said. Police are investigating the shooting. Anyone who has information about the incident should contact the Norfolk Crime line at 1-888-Lock-UUp or the ODU police department at 757-683-4000.

Commuting impedes student involvment Robert Williams Contributing Writer Commuting might be a greater hazard to student success than anyone thought. At Old Dominion University, 76 percent of students commute to campus. According to a study conducted by California State University in Sacramento, students who commute to campus from parents’ homes or housing that is more than a five-minute drive from campus are 65 percent less likely to get involved with their campus. The study also found that students who were less involved on campus were more likely to drop out of school altogether.

In an email, Melissa DiGianfilippo, vice president of public relations for Phoenix-based Serendipit Consulting, explained some of her company’s findings. “Students who drive to campus communicate less with their teachers and do not take advantage of the abundant opportunities that are offered on campus,” she said. “Commuters are unlikely to develop key relationships with people who are involved with co-curricular activities, community service or take advantage of study abroad and internship opportunities. Those relationships help provide the essential fundamentals and foundation for graduates striving to attain starting position in their field.”

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“A lot of students don’t want the dorm life; it isn’t very private,” said Eric Schnieder, the general leasing manager of The District ODU. “Most on-campus housing options have students sharing a room. It is rare, even unheard of, that a student is able to get their own bathroom.” Many of the students interviewed have said that with the policies for ODU’s on-campus housing, it feels more like living in a boarding school rather than in an apartment. “Dorms are strict with their rues. Rules are even strict in the Village,” said student Jasmine Camacho, speaking about the upper-classmen dorms. Some students choose to compro-


mise, finding near-campus housing like The District. “You get the privacy of living off campus with the luxury of being on campus,” Schneider said. Nearly all campus amenities are a 10-minute walk from The District. In addition, The District holds social events for its residents and their guests, once they are properly signed in. These events consist of game nights, cookouts at their pool, study sessions with complimentary Red Bull energy drinks, watch parties for those who enjoy watching their favorite TV shows with friends, and other perks like free Scantrons that are handed out during exam week. These social events happen at least Continued A5


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David Thornton News Editor For Old Dominion University’s Student Government Association (SGA), balancing a $600,000 budget among almost 200 student organizations this summer was a herculean task; satisfying everyone in the process was impossible. Among other organizations that did not receive a notable fraction of what they requested, the ODU PreLaw Association expressed dissatisfaction with their budget allotment and raised pertinent questions about the process itself. The Pre-Law Association received $45 to operate for the year. Their budget was severely cut due to a combination of the application of SGA financial bylaws, points-andstandards reviews and the failure of the former pre-law president to follow up with the organization’s budget request. “I came into this budget, and I feel like all I got was ‘deal with it,’” said Shjon Stamps, current president of the Pre-Law Association. The original budget request submitted by Stamps’ predecessor requested $1,075 for the year, much less than many other organizations requested. This request included $75 for a law conference, and $1,000 to provide pizza and drinks for many guest speakers organization hosts throughout the year. “I admit that all we asked for was pizza and drinks. But what they don’t understand is, this is food for special guest speakers, not just for general meetings. It seems the least we can do is offer them pizza, which is the cheapest thing available in the Webb center,” Stamps said. Pre-Law’s fall meeting schedule lists eight special guests this semester, including several attorneys, a professor from William and Mary and admissions officials from two law schools. “I’m bringing lawyers, judges and deans of law school to talk to students, and we can’t even feed them,” Stamps said. The situation climaxed when Pre-Law’s former president failed to follow up on the budget request he submitted last semester. The request listed only “catering-pizza and drinks” for meetings throughout the semester, but did not specify that they were intended for special guests. The SGA’s financial bylaws state that no budget requests for food for general meetings can be approved. Because the former president failed to specify that this food was for special

guests, the requests were cut. Not only did the former president fail to specify the exact nature of the requests on the initial paperwork, he did not follow up with the SGA with a budget consultation. The SGA allows organization leaders to sit down in person with two SGA senators and a faculty overseer to explain their budget requests in more detail. “We do consultations to allow organizations to share what they need in person,” said Connor Norton, SGA director of finance. Both Norton and Stamps confirmed that the former president of the Pre-Law association was a friend of the former president of SGA, and this was why he never did a budget consultation. “He assumed the SGA knew what was going on because of that relationship,” Norton said. To add insult to injury, the $75 that was approved for Pre-Law members to attend a law conference was then cut by 40%, because the organization only fulfilled 60% of the SGA points and standards for organizations. There are 10 points and standards that organizations must meet throughout the school year to qualify for a full budget. “Points and standards are qualifications organizations have to meet,” said Norton. “From my experience

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with other organizations, I know that the process is easy.” “When you first become president, you’re not familiar with the process yet,” Stamps said. The former president of the PreLaw Association also never taught anyone in the organization how to operate either OrgSync or Monarch Link before graduating. Monarch Link and OrgSync are the systems used by organization leaders to submit budgets, points and standards verifications and other official documents. “I’m familiar with points and standards, but no one in my organization understood how to use OrgSync. All I got from the former president was a password,” Stamps said. Norton acknowledges that organizations are at the mercy of their former leaders when it comes to budgets, and that in certain cases can be hung out to dry by irresponsible leaders. “We got a lot of budget requests from members who were frustrated with their presidents, and took the initiative to ensure that it was done correctly,” Norton said. There are options for organizations who find themselves in this situation. They can request contingency and cosponsorship funds, which is money specifically set aside for unforeseen events and circumstances. Cont.A5






Unreported rapes leave college campuses vulnerable Josh Whitener Contributing Writer Sexual assaults and rape on college campuses have become a disturbingly frequent occurrence. According to data collected through the U.S. Department of Education, Old Dominion University’s sex offenses have varied from 37 in 2010, 50 in 2011 and a slight decrease to 43. ODU has experienced two reported rapes in the past two years. Notably, security guard Michael Spearman was convicted of one count rape and two counts forcible sodomy in April of 2014 after allegedly sexually assaulting a resident of The District, an off-campus apartment complex that provides housing for students of ODU as well as Norfolk State and TCC. This recent incident has made student question their own safety on-campus given the attacker held a position of authority. In interviewing University Police Chief Rhonda Harris and Director of Public Safety she elaborated on the dedication she and her staff strive for. “We really stress collaboration here and there is a focus to supporting our students and that is critical. We’re talking about something that is a terrible, traumatic incident and being able to support somebody through that. We want them to be successful. We want them to be able to get back on their feet. We want them to be able to be successful in school and I think overall this university does a great job of working together.” she said.Chief Harris further explained the universities collaborations and programs she’s implemented in taking a proactive approach to combating sexual violence such as Rape Aggression Defense (RAD). “It [Rape Aggression Defense] actually started at Old Dominion University so an Old Dominion police officer actually started a program and

it’s a nationwide program now called Rape Aggression Defense. We have officers here who are certified trainers, they’re a part of the executive group…we release one of our officers they recently had their national conference here in Norfolk were officers attended.” she said.Although both the University Police and Norfolk Police Department do their upmost to protect and serve the students of Old Dominion, some cases of sexual assault have come under debate due to a lengthy judicial system. Often the mishandling of evidence and delayed court proceedings are some of the reasons causing perpetrators to remain on campus. In 2012, Jack Ly and Reid Evans Jr., ODU football players, were charged with two counts of rape, two counts of forcible sodomy and two counts of conspiracy to rape after two university females testified that they were raped inside one of the students dorms. A third football player, Markel Wilkins, was charged with one count of rape several months later. Last year these charges were reduced to sexual battery with probation and forbidden contact with the victims for three years. According to the U.S Department of Justice, one in five female students are the victims of completed or attempted rape or sexual assault with ninety percent of the victims knowing their attacker. Yet many neglect to report incidents of rape. Only five percent of college students report an incident of rape or sexual assault. This same report states only half of the general population report rape to authorities. Statistical evidence is often difficult to determine given the number of unreported rapes making accurate numbers often impossible to be documented. As victims remain silent the threat becomes a silent epidemic that grows stronger. This is evidence of a stigma still attached to victims of rape. Joann

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Bautti, Assistant Director of the ODU Women’s Center, shares her view as to why victims are reluctant to report personal encounters with sexual assault. I had the privilege of interviewing Joann to explain the role ODU plays in women advocacy. “The legitimacy of crime victims is rarely questioned like it is for survivors of sexual and relationship violence,” Bautti said in an email. College campuses and society are showing signs of becoming nonplussed by a so-called “rape culture that has the onset of being caused by the victims themselves. “Society still sends the message that victims are responsible for what has happened [to them].” Bautti said in an email. “The reality is that victim behavior does not cause rape; the presence of a rapists causes rape…” “Until we shift away that way of thinking we will have victims hesitant to come forward.” Bautti said Bautti’s role includes managing the Sexual Assault Free Environment or SAFE program. SAFE provides oncampus resource for sexual assaults, dating/domestic and stalking. Under the umbrella of SAFE are other programs like the Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) which provides personal, comprehensive responses to victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. There are also peer-to-peer programs such as the M-Power Peer Education Network encouraging students who have a desire to spread awareness to help educate students on issues of interpersonal violence. Bautti is also the Project Director for the ODU U.S. Dept. of Justice Grant to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. “When we were awarded the three year, $300,000 Grant, it allowed us to


expand and strengthen our existing SAFE Program which has put us in the best position to become a leader in educating students and training the professionals who work with them.” she said in an email. Along with programs like SAFE and SART, ODU’s campus police department is strongly committed to the safety of the students. The dangers of unreported rapes are numerous. Women who have experienced rape bear the weight of the emotional stress it can carry. Other female students are at an increased risk of continuous sexual assaults when an attack goes unreported, allowing the perpetrator to remain on campus. Many other universities are feeling the pressure from their lack of support for students who are victims of rape. ODU has been a step ahead of the problem. “ODU handles safety issues effectively by giving all students brief lectures on campus safety and wide ranged awareness all over campus. I feel safe here!” wrote Emily Monette, an 18 year old Marine Biology major. “I think that [our] campus is safe, but no one is invincible. Always travel in groups and know what to do in a sexual assault situation. NO MEANS NO!” wrote KaBrina Boyd, an 18 year old ODU student. “Even if you’re walking in a group, walk in well lighted [sic] areas. Try to avoid short cuts. Campus is safe but never let your guard [down]. Be aware of suspicious activity. In a national headline, Emma Sulkowicz, a twenty-one year old Columbia University senior was allegedly raped in her dorm room in August 2012. She did not report the incident immediately due to the fear and embarrassment of the stigma of female sexual assaults. Only until two


other women filed complaints against the same student did Sulkowicz step forward with her traumatic experience according The Huffington Post. But Columbia University has ruled the student “not responsible” and allowed him to remain on campus. Despite the ruling, Sulkowicz has turned her personal trauma to a public awareness. Determined, Emma has carried the same mattress involved in the rape everywhere she goes. An art major, she’s titling the performance art “Mattress Performance,” or “Carry That Weight” and has been incorporating it into her senior thesis. “I was so naive that I guess I thought they would just believe me because I was telling the truth,” Sulkowicz told The Huffington Post in February. “I didn’t expect the school was going to try to not take my side.” Examinations like these are become a controversial issue among college campuses. Many universities such as the College of William and Mary and James Madison University are finding their resources severely lacking or administrations approaching engaging awareness to sexual assaults comparable to theft or academic violations. These colleges, among others, are facing alleged allegations of mishandling sexual assault cases. Rape, sexual assaults and domestic violence are crimes that fester within the victim for the rest of their lives. “The scrutiny is coming hard and fast,” prompting other schools to play catch-up regarding sexual assault prevention and response,” Bautti said in an email. “ODU has been working all along to provide the best sexual assault prevention and response services to our students. We don’t need to play catch up.”

M&C| WEDNESDAY | 09.24.2014| MACEANDCROWN.COM From A1 once a week and sometimes more often, depending on what new shows or football games are airing during that particular week. “I had to live off campus,” Schnieder said. As a transfer student, housing was not guaranteed for him, even if it was needed. “It’s a big hassle; gotta be home before traffic starts. Because of the long commutes, I spend an hour commuting instead of being able to be on campus.” “It’s less convenient to commute,” said Josiah Patrick, a commuter student and member of Monarch 2 Monarch and The Modern Gentlemen. “Parking is awful and parking passes are hardly worth the price.” Trying to find available spots or meter parking is a constant annoyance he regularly suffers through to attend classes and his clubs. Several others who were interviewed agree with Patrick, although the majority of ODU’s student population is commuters, they are not catered to enough. “As campus grows, parking should grow with it,” Patrick said. “It just makes sense.” Commuter students often do not find the time or have the patience to stay on campus longer than they have to. They also suffer with no place to relax immediately after a long day of class. Driving all the way home and coming back usually requires going out of the way, and can be a waste of time and gas. “It’s not that people don’t want to [stay on campus], it’s just that when it is time to go, it’s time to go,” said student Shae Bagby. From A3 “We consider that when taking requests for contingency and cosponsorship funds,” Norton said. “We’ll be more lenient about these considerations depending on the circumstances. In the case of Pre-Law, we gave them these opportunities, and they were very receptive of that.” This money does come with certain caveats, however. For example, organizations must contribute 10-20 percent of the total cost of the events they request money for. Also, there is a cap set on how much money organizations can withdraw from these funds. Even if they are approved, it won’t equal what Pre-Law requested. This begs the question: what if an organization with a higher budget were to experience similar circumstances? An organization could be crippled by irresponsible or uninformed leadership. Although the SGA is responsible for balancing the budget, it is in the best interests of organizations to take the necessary steps to ensure their financial solvency Norton said. “We’re not the bank,” he said. “We exist to make legislative changes on an administrative level. Our goal is to be a resource, to advocate, to get as much funding for organizations as we can, specifically so that they don’t have to ask for more money.”


Former Governor Bob McDonnell found guilty of corruption and conspiracy Antonio D. Baldwin Contributing Writer Former Gov. Bob McDonnell has been convicted of 11 corruptionrelated counts and his wife, former first lady Maureen McDonnell, was convicted with nine related counts Sept. 4. The McDonnells were convicted of receiving bribes from millionaire businessman and former CEO of Star Scientific Jonnie Williams regarding his dietary supplement Anatabloc. The McDonnell family received loans and gifts from Williams totaling $165,000. In return, the former governor used his influence and the prestige of the Virginia Governor’s Mansion to promote Anatabloc, Star Scientific’s struggling product. The quid pro quo, or favor for favor relationship between a public official and a businessman, is not explicitly forbidden in any Virginia state legislation, but the governor is required to disclose any gifts received with a value of over $50 or any amount of multiple gifts with a combined value exceeding $100. The former governor only disclosed one loan in the vague range of $10,001-$50,000, leaving at least another $115,000 value of gifts and loans from Williams undisclosed. The McDonnells sought sympathy from Virginia residents by insisting that they are in a state of financial crisis. In an email to one of her staff-members regarding her clothing budget, Maureen McDonnell writes: “We are broke, have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already.” Williams’s gifts to the McDonnells included a $17,000 clothing budget for Maureen, a $6,500 Rolex watch for Bob, access to Williams’s Ferrari and vacation home, trips to California in his private jet, and thousands of dollars in loans. “It’s a shame that many Virginians are struggling to make ends meet on meager wages, while the governor’s yearly salary is $150,000 and that’s still not enough for him,” said Anthony McLaughlin, an engineering major at Old Dominion University. In return for the lavish gifts, the then-governor hosted events in the Governor’s Mansion to promote Anatabloc to potential users and investors. Gov. McDonnell made audacious promotions for Anatabloc, even pulling a bottle of the controversial dietary supplement from his pocket during a meeting with the Virginia Secretary of Administration and advocating that the product had many beneficial health effects. The Food and Drug Administration has never approved any of the supposed benefits of taking Anatabloc, and is taking action against the product’s makers for making claims that are not FDA approved.

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The first details of this scandal came to light as the result of the termination of Todd Schneider, the governor’s personal chef. Schneider was fired and pled no contest to embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing food from the governor’s mansion for use in his own catering business. Schneider’s catering business had been hired for the wedding of the governor’s daughter. During court proceedings it was revealed that Schneider’s catering company had been issued a check for $15,000 to cover the wedding. The smoking gun is that the check was issued by Williams. After investigating this incident, state prosecutors found that this was the tip of the iceberg regarding undocumented gifts to the governor. The official indictment issued by the State of Virginia reads: “A purpose of the conspiracy was for the defendants to secretly use Robert McDonnell’s official position as Governor of Virginia to enrich the defendants and their family members by soliciting and accepting payments, loans, gifts, and other things of value from JW and Star Scientific in exchange for Robert F. McDonnell and the OGV performing official actions on an asneeded basis, as opportunities arose, to legitimize, promote, and obtain research studies for Star Scientific’s


products.” The McDonnells pled not guilty, which came as no surprise considering there is minimal legal precedent for bribery of a governor and lax laws for constituting what is bribery of a governor. What frenzied jurors was the unusual defense the McDonnells made to assert their innocence. The former governor and first lady contested that their marriage was so damaged and their relationship so distant that it would be impossible for them to conspire together about anything. To prove the disrepair of their marriage, the McDonnells released much personal, embarrassing and downright damning evidence. Many people expressed the opinion that this defense was suicidal. Most of the evidence demonized the first lady, and many saw it as Bob throwing his wife under the bus. Personal communications released during the trial demonstrated that Maureen was short-tempered and verbally abusive to her husband and state employees. An email from Bob to Maureen reads: “I am completely at a loss as to how to handle the fiery anger and hate from you,” and, “I am so spiritually and mentally exhausted from being yelled at. I don’t think you realize how


you are affecting me and sometimes others with your tongue.” Even Mary-Shea Sutherland, Maureen’s former chief of staff, spoke of the former first lady’s cold ways: “Nothing could make her happy, I felt I couldn’t protect the staff. Everyone was in a state of constant tension and stress. I was driving to work in the morning with my stomach in knots.” In what seemed like utter desperation to prove that their marriage was destroyed, the defense attorney for the McDonnells told jurors that Maureen had a “crush” on Williams. The defense failed. The McDonnells stated outside the Richmond courthouse where they were found guilty of many of the 20 charges between them that they planned to appeal the judgment. They then left the courthouse in separate cars. Sentencing guidelines for many of their crimes are approximately 20 years of imprisonment, although it’s likely that all terms will be served concurrently. “I hope he got his money’s worth,” said Terry Kitt, a student at Old Dominion University. “He deserves a year in jail for every year he accepted bribes.” Sentencing for the McDonnells is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2015.



Elijah Stewart Senior Graphic Designer Around 6:20 p.m. on Sept. 19, a goose was struck by an SUV on 47th Street. The vehicle continued down the street, leaving the animal helpless. Feathers filled the street as the wounded geese hobbled toward the sidewalk. An Old Dominion University police officer was waved down to help. The officer then called Norfolk Animal Control to come save the goose. Hours pass, and Animal Control was nowhere to be found. More than one call was made to Animal Control. An ODU student, Rivka Beedi, called Animal Control at 6:31 p.m., which was 15 minutes before the cops arrived. When she told Animal Control that it was a goose in need of assistance, she stated that Animal Control brushed it off and were deeply unconcerned about the matter. Beedi was given an emergency number and told that there was no time frame for when Animal Control could get there because they “might be helping someone else,” she said. Animal Control even took her name and number, but never followed up. Ninety minutes pass, and at that point, two ODU police officers arrive on the scene. Officers park their cars

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in the street and direct traffic around the goose that was flailing back and forth from the street to the sidewalk. One of the officers on the scene received a call from police headquarters, stating that Animal Control wasn’t going to come until the morning. The only option Animal Control gave the officer was to put the bird in a box and take him to Virginia Beach. Officers proceeded to call a volunteer group that takes care of injured animals, but they only reach their voicemail. The officers made calls to similar groups from Norfolk and Virginia Beach to help the defenseless animal. An officer tried to pick up the injured goose to place it back on the sidewalk to avoid being hit again. Eventually, a friend of Beedi’s came to take the animal to a volunteer animal shelter in Virginia Beach. ODU police used every asset to help protect the injured goose -- from moving traffic to calling every volunteer group available. When asked about how long they would stay with the geese, a police officer replied, “Seeing as tonight is a Friday night, it’s not a top priority, but it is a priority.” Friday nights are a big night for ODU police due to high activity and that Friday was even bigger due to a dance being held within the Webb. Still, they stopped and showed concern on a busy night for the injured animal.

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Public panel discusses impact of area Hispanic contributions Kristina Nazon Contributing Writer Old Dominion University hosted a public forum discussion on Hispanics in Hampton Roads on Sept.19. Its main focus was to share the unique experiences, opportunities and challenges encountered by Latinos in the Tidewater area. What started out as an intimate meeting soon grew into an exciting discussion about Hispanic culture and the impact it has on our everyday lives. The panel participants who spoke during this special event were Dr. Hector Amaya, chair of the department of media studies, University of Virginia; Olga Torres, the president of the Hampton Roads chamber of commerce; Radlyn Mendoza, immigration attorney; and Dr. Carlos Campo, chair attorney for Hispanic Leadership. The meeting started with Mendoza explaining why she wanted to become an immigration attorney and start her own law firm in Norfolk. Radlyn said that when she had finished law school getting clients was difficult. She discussed the prevailing “eat what you kill mentality,” which means fending for yourself. Mendoza explained that grow-

ing up in her family’s ethnic grocery store she had grown to know and care for immigrants and understand the unique challenges they faced. She said when she became an immigration attorney and started her law firm with her partner the phones just started to ring. Mendoza, though married, decided to keep her maiden name of Mendoza because it made her seem a part of the Hispanic community. She then learned to speak Spanish fluently because 80 percent of her clientele spoke Spanish. “It is an honor and a privilege to help out,” Mendoza said, finishing up her introduction. Dr. Campo spoke next, on a more personal note. “I didn’t feel like Hispanic heritage was important, but it is now seen as a legacy and I embrace it.” Campo said. Being a biracial child, he talked about how he had to come to terms with understanding that being biracial does not mean he cannot be a part of the Hispanic culture. Because he is chair attorney for Hispanic Leadership, he has tried to get programs running with the help of his church. “I felt a sense of responsibility,” he said. Campo asked every church affiliated with his program to help get a

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scholarship and a Bible to a student in need. When Campo was teaching in Nevada he said that nine out of ten students had chosen his class purely based on his last name. He stated that Virginia has the 16th largest Hispanic population in the United States, and yet Hispanics still have a power issue in politics. He said that because Virginia political power is generational we need to start investing in the younger generations, being particularly passionate about enforcing early education or preschool. Torres, who was born in Puerto Rico, said she thinks that the separation of the water makes it harder for the Hispanic community to come together. She was extremely excited to talk and spared no detail of her life and the struggles that she went through as an immigrant as well as what many in her community have to go through every day. “You have to learn to raise yourself,” she said. Torres explained that coming to the United States when she was just 13 years old she was petrified. Though she was taught English in Puerto Rico before she came to the United States, she said it was only textbook English and that it was hard to adapt. She said that she adapted an interesting accent because she learned the rest


of her English in New Jersey. When she turned 18, she moved to California. “I had a degree in life,” Torres said. She stressed that she really wanted to help provide an environment in which the Hispanics in the local area would flourish. Helping the Hispanic community in turn helps the economy, which should be the focus of every one. “We have to be more visible. Let’s be present.” Torres said. Amaya, also an immigrant, talked about how Hispanic heritage and immigration is very important to him. “I write on what I care about,” he said.


Amaya has published two books on the topic of immigration and Hispanic culture and is working on his third. He talked about how education was an important aspect in bettering and unifying the culture as a whole. In the closing of the discussion, the host asked the question, “What is the greatest source of opportunity in the Latino/Hispanic community?” All of the speakers agreed that education was the most important issue the Hispanic community faces. “The solutions should be creative,” Campo said.

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Huey Supreme

“Whatever’s on your mind when you first wake up in the morning, thats what you should probably be doing for the rest of your life.” - Huey Supreme Abdirahman “Dee” Moha Contributing Writer Cool, calm and collected, one of Old Dominion University’s young talents out of Chesapeake, Va., sophomore, Jesse Boome, also known by stage name “Huey Supreme,” carries good vibes during the early stages of his music career. During an interview, I wasted no time asking questions to Huey Supreme about everything from school, life, music (of course) and most importantly his big dreams within the music industry. I asked Huey Supreme what motivated him to do what he does and what message he hopes to spread through his music. “I can’t picture anything else that I would want to do with the rest of my life.” Speaking with him I could tell he was serious by everything he was saying and absolutely meant it. He went on to say “I read a post one time and it said whatever’s on your mind when you first wake up in the morning, thats what you should probably be doing for the rest of your life.” It really hit me when he said those words because that saying is so true and speaks volumes. Its all about finding what your passionate about and following whatever that is. “The reason why I do it is because I could show some people something different, I could help some people with what their going through. Its not about the money or none of that, I just want to make my family happy.” The obvious question to follow with was why he was in school, he could easily be out of school, focusing on his music, why do you bother balancing the two? “The first reason is because I had to get out of my city and see something else. When you’re in your own city, theres this mindset where people become trapped in their own environment.” He needed

to set out and see something different, thats why he chose to come to ODU. “When I got to college my mindset changed, I saw people progressing and setting the “bar”. I got the chance to meet new people and see different things.” “Another reason was because my mom wanted me to go to college but the main reason or probably most important is because college is probably the best tool you have to market yourself and get your name out there. I’m using college as a toll to market myself and using that to get the movement in my head out so people can see that.” After all of the serious talk was out in the air, I asked Huey Supreme some questions some people might want to know. If you had a project out right now, what would you name it. He went on to say “I honestly have no idea, but it would have something to do with Sunday.” I asked why Sunday? What made that day so special to him? “Sunday is of course church day and there would be really good vibes in my household and I would record Sundays because it was really my only free day and the environment just made it much better.” He went on to mention his ongoing project called “Sunday Dinners” where he releases one song weekly so people can get a chance to listen and digest it. With his first release this past Sunday, he plan’s to continue with this latest ritual. As the interview started winding down I got a chance to squeeze in some fun questions. If you could have any feature on a song from anyone, who would you choose? “If I could get a hook from anyone it would probably be from a female, maybe Jhene Aiko.” Who in the industry inspires you? That could be anyone, not only rappers. “I gotta go with J cole, Chance The Rapper, Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick Lamar, Ab soul and thats about it.”

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The most important question of the interview; Where do you see yourself 5-10 years from now with music, ideally? “If I graduate from college and the way my faith is set up and the way I envision all of this in my head, i’m going to be out of college doing music before I graduate the way I see it. But if I do graduate, theres going to be a whole other level of motivation or a whole other level of focus from me.” I gave Huey Supreme the chance to say any last words but before he


left I asked an important question; Is there anything you want people to know about you? “At the end of the day, before the music and before anything else. “I want people to know that if they listen to my music or come around me you’ll get a good vibe, you’re going to leave my presence and feel good about yourself.” As far as his remembrance to people out there, “I want to be known as hard worker, family orientated but most importantly I love people, I love


everybody and I love the world. I’m a caring guy and I want them to know me for me.” Huey Supreme left us on a good note saying, “The main thing is to stay tuned, every Sunday at 7 p.m., come get some Sunday dinner.” You can find his sunday dinner specials on his Soundcloud Link. Soundcloud link: Twitter: @huey_supreme Instagram: hueysupreme_



The Faces of the New Super Hero and Villian Eric Barnett Staff Writer With the latest release of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a new pattern is emerging in the realm of super hero films. The norms of super hero personas are being shattered as viewers see the introduction of new superheroes on the big screen. Instead of the traditional super hero, humans with super powers saving the world or universe, there are now animal’s to alien’s saving the day. It’s a breath of fresh air to see how film studios change the audience’s views and positive response to the changing image of super heros. “Guardians of the Galaxy” puts together a team that was not normally seen in super hero films. When one thinks of super heros, a talking raccoon and a walking tree does not come to mind, but in the end the formula worked. With the box office success of the film a sequel is in the works and will be released in a couple of years. James Gunn, the director and screenwriter of this film, achieved a new style that other film studios will surely attempt to replicate. “The Inhumans” could be another type of film, similar but different to “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The idea of referring to comic book’s and their characters is moving forward in development and popularity. In “Guardian’s of the Galaxy,” Gunn used a range of deadly powers – destructive hypersonic voice, superhuman strength and the ability to manipulate the elements. There’s even an alien bulldog that can teleport. Vin Diesel, the voice of the walking tree, Groot, released a teaser on Facebook that said, “I get the strange feeling that Marvel thinks I’m Inhuman.” No date has been released but you can expect it in the near future. A new style of super villain has also surfaced from the deep this year. Currently in production, films like “Ven-

om” or “Sinister Six” will be introducing merciless protagonists. Both films are linked with Spider-Man’s plotline in some aspect. Venom is the villain in “SpiderMan 3,” he wore the deadly black spidey suit, while in “Sinister Six,” six villains from Spider-Man’s past will join together, including the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. The fresh concept of following the perspective of the villain will bring super heroes and super villains to a completely new level. One will have to see if these villain films will just be a one timer or if they will result in a franchise like the heroes they are trying to defeat. Even the actors are choosing the villains over the good guys. Recently this year, Dwayne Johnson had a choice between Shazam or his nemesis Black Adam for the super hero

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film “Shazam” and surprising everyone, he chose Black Adam. One of Black Adam’s powers is the ability to control magic lighting and use it for magic spells. Paul Rudd will be playing the main character in “Ant Man,” a Marvel science fiction/adventure. His character is a con-man that must become a hero to help his mentor protect the secret behind a suit. It is surprising to see actors gravitate towards the dark side. One hopes that they are able to have a believable performance when it comes to an evil character. What super hero films have done up to this point was show male heroes saving the day. “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is breaking the barrier of the male-oriented super hero films and incorporating a female super hero into the mix. That female su-


per hero is known as Wonder Woman. There are many other female super heroes such as Ms. Marvel and Spider Woman, so I highly doubt that Wonder Woman will be the first and last female to hit theaters. Fans have enjoyed Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow “The Avengers,” that the idea of a solo film has been sparked. Her co-star in the film, Robert Downey Jr, mentioned in USA Today’s Entertain This, that he supports the idea of a Black Widow solo film. Social media can be a great platform for films that either were put on hiatus or are still in the early stages of development. For those people that have seen “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” one of the characters in the film, a sword-wielding, wisecracking man that becomes Deadpool was played by Ryan Reynolds. It was believed he was going to get his own film. It was


in the early planning stages but has never been greenlit. Earlier this year test footage for a Deadpool film was leaked on the internet and 20th Century Fox removed it. The test footage received extremely positive feedback on the internet through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.An interview with Ryan Reynolds earlier this month added his input about the leaked footage. He was surprised about how much people loved the Deadpool character and how social media websites added onto the character’s fanbase. As a result, 20th Century Fox is now in the process of having a Deadpool film and it will be released soon. What we are seeing now is that moviegoers want to have their voice heard when it comes to super heroes and villains – film studios are listening.



The Whirr experience

Nicholas Rayfield Contributing Writer

What? What’d you say? Sorry, I couldn’t hear you that well – the Whirr show was louder than what I had anticipated. My ears were, in fact, ringing and my head was, in fact, spinning afterwards. If you read the article that I wrote about the band a few weeks ago, then you probably had an idea of what the band was going to be like live. However, if you weren’t at the show in Richmond and you haven’t seen them before, then you actually have no idea what it was like. When I tell you it was loud, I mean it – it was EARSPLITTING LOUD. A band having three guitar players, a bassist and a drummer is something that I’ve seen many times, but they did something differently that I can’t explain. It was by far the loudest set I have ever seen from any band in my entire life. I knew beforehand what I was getting myself into but I still left my earplugs at home. Noise is the kind of stuff that I look forward to and I’m sure everyone at that show felt the exact same way I did. The louder the band is, the more fun I’m going to have. I wanted Whirr to be so loud that they made me sick to my stomach. Let’s just say that they did the job quite well. Whirr is a very mysterious band, though. They set up very quickly and played their entire set in almost

complete darkness. All they had with them was a string of plug-in Christmas lights laying overtop of their amps and one other light that was hanging above the left side of the stage (probably just because the venue couldn’t be pitch black). The band didn’t say one word in between songs and their long hanging hair barely let you see their faces. They opened up with a previouslyreleased single from “Sway,” officially out on Sept. 23,titled “Mumble.” The two snare hits at the beginning of the song really opened up their performance because there wasn’t a moment of silence until the band was finished playing. However, they played a pretty short set compared to what I was expecting. They had to have only played thirty minutes or so. They dished out seven songs, four of which were off of the new, unreleased record. Back to back to back, hammering through the songs like they had a job to do. They ended the last song with a lot of noise and feedback and abruptly walked off of the stage while a sample of what sounded like a 50s tune began playing loudly in the background. They walked over to where they were selling merchandise, including copies of the record, that at the time, wouldn’t come out for two weeks. The lights came on, the sample tune was stopped, and although the show was physically over, it stayed booming in my head.

Movie Review: The Maze Runner Michaela Moreland Contributing Writer “The Maze Runner” makes its mark with a strong cast and a successful attempt at playing off the audience’s fears. Beyond this, however, the movie fails to set itself apart from the rest of recent drab dystopian young adult franchise attempts. The movie functions on its suspense and mystery. Thomas, the protagonist, wakes up in an elevator that delivered him to a society of teenage boys called Gladers. Gladers are the victims of an inescapable environment contained by a large maze that closes and changes on a daily basis. They send out Runners to map the maze for an escape route during the day, and wait in their makeshift village at night. No one left in the maze by nightfall survives. The ambiguity behind the society’s existence is the greatest strength of the movie. Every time a character presents a new piece of information, a challenge arises that deals with it. Almost immediately after mentioning the dangers of the maze after nightfall, some of the characters find

themselves trapped in that scenario. This scene is full of many edge-of-aseat moments between the contained characters and the primary animalistic antagonists: Grievers. The answer to each unknown in the film comes with the presentation of a new mystery. This makes the suspense non-stop. While some scenes of the movie have more action than others, the momentum remains consistent. The steady tension of the plot is carried along well by the actors. The cast, although not enough to bring this movie to franchise-level attention, does make it worth a single two hour sitting. Dylan O’Brien, best known for the MTV series Teen Wolf, plays Thomas, the main character of this particular group of teens under survival duress. He pulls off his role with enough believability and finesse to keep Thomas from falling too far into the stereotypical role of the YA movie “special one.” His acting chops have the makings of a great movie star, but this will not be the movie to push him into the Hollywood limelight he deserves. The rest of the cast does their part

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well in supporting O’Brien’s role with the chemistry and tension required to keep them from feeling like unnecessary background noise. Aml Ameen and Thomas BrodieSangster are particularly likeable in their roles as Alby and Newt, the main leaders of the Gladers before Thomas arrives in the box and adjusts the status quo. Kaya Scodelario’s Teresa balances well against the mostly male cast. Will Poulter’s portrayal of Gally is another noteworthy performance. His antagonism to the central character carries along much of the film’s plot. One last point of excellence for the movie is the special effects. When the movie was first developing, I was skeptical of the filmmaker’s ability to create the massive maze in a believable manner. That skepticism faded after watching the first trailer. The appearance of the film’s main object of concern was nothing short of astounding. Unfortunately for “The Maze Runner,” good special effects are an expectation nowadays rather than a selling point to get audiences into


theater chairs. The suspense and the solid cast make this movie an intriguing onetime view. The scene is set for an exciting sequel. The film, while deserving of the


little attention it will get, is still too similar to recent dystopian adaptations to appear unique to passive movie-goers. Bad timing is this film’s ultimate downfall.



Dacia McBride Staff Writer Dystopian literature has been taking the world by storm since the eighteenth century. Books such as “Lord of the Flies,” “V for Vendetta” and more recent titles like “The Hunger Games” give readers a glimpse into what the world could potentially be like under dire circumstances. Lists beginning date as 18th century, but only lists references from the 20th and 21st centuries. Rick Yancey incorporates elements of dystopian fiction in his book, “The 5th Wave,” in ways that allow you to place yourself inside the narrator’s

“The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey

mind and combat the obstacles she faces. “The 5th Wave” is about a 16-yearold named Cassie Sullivan who is trying desperately to survive in a world that has been decimated by waves of aliens called the Others. The first wave of attacks involves an electromagnetic pulse that eliminates all forms of technology and around half a million people. The four waves that occur after the first consist of disease, killer soldiers, violent forces of nature and an army of children. The ultimate goal of the Others is to eliminate all forms of human life in order to repossess the world they believe is rightfully theirs.

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Though this book takes place in a world with danger and imminent death, it isn’t entirely impossible for readers to relate to Sullivan. Due to the present situation, she is left alone to fend for herself. Large gap between introducing Sullivan and talking about Sullivan. Many kids and teens around the world feel like they are meant to take care of themselves with no guidance whatsoever. Sullivan’s incredible amount of determination, perseverance and bravery under her less than satisfactory circumstances serve as a beacon of hope for an audience filled with people who may feel just as afraid.


Another challenge besides survival is the ongoing search for her younger brother Sammy. During all of the commotion surrounding the Others and the world changing, Sullivan is separated from her brother. Because of this, her goal isn’t to simply survive, but to locate her brother and to fight for survival together. Both of their parents are killed during the third wave Information feels out of place. Sullivan is able to find a boy named Evan who eventually agrees to help her try to find Sammy, however, Evan’s intentions were not always so benevolent. What am I referring to you ask? You’ll have to read the book to find out!


I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy science fiction, action, aliens and just reading in general. The book will leave you wanting more, which is great because the sequel, “The Infinite Sea,” was released on Sept. 16. If you have not already read it, give it a try! If you happen to enjoy it, great! If not, all is well. With so many different books out there in the world you are bound to find one that captivates you enough that it stays on your mind for days and days to come. I hope you all enjoy whatever book you happen to pick up this week. Happy reading!




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Game Preview: ODU vs. Middle Tennessee State

Jasmine Blackwell Senior Writer There is nothing more electrifying than thousands of fans roaring under Friday night lights, especially when the game is nationally televised on Fox Sports Network. The Old Dominion Monarchs (21) will face Middle Tennessee State (2-2) in their Conference USA home debut Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. The Monarchs are coming off wins against Eastern Michigan and Rice, the defending conference champion. Old Dominion’s offense has taken a hit with three wide receivers being dismissed from the team during the offseason. Returning wide receiver Antonio Vaughn has made sure that this does not stop the offense from producing. Vaughan was recently named the College Football Performance Awards National Punt Returner of the Week. Vaughan is now the first Monarch in school history to return two punts for a touchdown. The offense that helped quarterback Taylor Heinicke break records has changed, giving the Monarchs a chance to focus on running the ball more effectively. Cam Boyd, Gerard

Michael High Staff Writer Norfolk, VA- The Old Dominion University Soccer Complex was the setting for a late September matchup between former Colonial Athletic Association foes. ODU rival University of North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks came calling on an absolutely beautiful night for soccer. A tightly contested match suddenly came to an end with 3:20 to go in the first of two, ten minute overtime periods, as Seahawks forward Jamie Dell scored his second goal on the night to give his team a 2-1 win. The goal was not without controversy, when Dell appeared to be offside.Goalkeeper Alex Tiesenhausen described the play from his vantage point. “It was a long ball, not long enough for me to intercept it, for me to come out so I stayed on my line, the guy made a good run and it looked like he was offside but I could not tell from position,” said TiesenhausenSenior Captain Skylar Hagan rushed to the referee and questioned the call and after a short conference between the two as well as the assistant referee the play stood. The Monarchs finished their first homestand of the year with a 3-1 record, including three shutouts. Tiesenhausen had not given up a

Johnson, and freshman Ray Lawry all average at least 5.8 yards per carry. The Monarchs’ 188-yard average per game is almost 30 yards better than last season’s average. The Blue Raiders should be worried about Linebacker D.J. Simon. Simon is the first Monarch football player to become C-USA player of the Week, after coming off a career-high 11 tackles and half a tackle for loss in ODU’s first home FBS game and win. In 2013, The Monarchs had a

schedule with five Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents, losing to East Carolina, Maryland, Pittsburgh and North Carolina. The Monarchs managed to defeat FBS opponent Idaho. “There’s an unbelievable amount of energy in the building, among players and staff, because of the newness of the schedule,” ODU head coach Bobby Wilder said. “It reminds me of when we found out our CAA schedule in 2011.”

Middle Tennessee State has one year up on the Monarchs after leaving the Sun Belt Conference to join CUSA in 2013. In their C-USA debut, Middle Tennessee went 8-5 overall, and 6-2 in C-USA. Eight defensive starters return for the Blue Raiders in their second season in C-USA, including junior safety, Kevin Byard, who had nine interceptions for 326 yards in his first two seasons, with four returns for touchdowns. Junior linebacker T.T.

Barber is one of 13 C-USA players on the Lombardi Award watch List. Barber finished last season with 119 tackles, fourth in C-USA. The Blue Raiders did not announce their starting quarterback until very late August. Sophomore Austin Grammer has been named the starting quarterback for the Blue Raiders after winning a three-man battle for the starting position. Defenders should be more concerned with Grammer’s arm than his legs. Grammer has shown his mobility, ranking second on the team in rushing yards per game (52.7) while average 4.9 yards per carry. The Blue Raiders should have no problem with getting extra points on the board. Kicker Cody Clark was recently honored by C-USA as the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Clark was also honored as one of the three top kickers from the FBS division, receiving the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. This C-USA home opener has the ODU athletics department planning several events, including a card stunt and a Storify page.

Monarchs miffed by controversial goal

goal in 334 minutes and 4 seconds before conceding one at the 18:31 minute mark of the first half. Dell scored his first goal off a throw-in, that Tiesenhausen called “A really stupid goal, someone has to clear the line.” Dell’s goal knotted the game at 1 just 6:41 minutes after Monarchs Junior Midfielder scored his second in three games, as he knocked in a free kick that was set up by a Seahawks foul committed just outside the 18 yard box. Hagan is happy with the way the team is coming together, especially with the amount of youth on the team. If he is concerned about the team rebounding from a tough defeat, he certainly did not display it after the game. “It’s just one loss, at the very beginning, we are just going to stay positive and work on finishing off the chances,” Hagan said after the game. This was the second of two matches on the week for the Monarchs as they scored a 2-0 win against the Longwood University Lancers on Tuesday. In a game that was completely dominated by ODU’s aggressive style, and they jump out to a quick lead just 8:33 into the game. At the 35:41 mark of the first half, they added another goal to lead at half 2-0. The Monarchs continued to pressure the Lancers even though they were unable to net another tally. ODU heads on the road next

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for three games including a matchup Friday, September 26 against the instate rival Virginia Commonwealth University Rams. In regards to how the aggressive style of play would work on the road Head Coach Alan


Dawson said “You’re on the road; you have to be a little more careful in opening yourself up.” He is looking forward to the match for several reasons including the fact his son is a volunteer coach for the Rams. The


Monarchs will return to the ODU Soccer Complex on Saturday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. as they open up their C-USA home schedule against Florida Atlantic University.



From Houston to ODU: Senior linebacker D.J. Simon Brian Saunders Senior Writer

ODU gets first Conference USA victory against Rice 45-42 Michael High Staff Writer Houston, Texas – The Old Dominion University football program put everyone in Conference USA on notice Sept. 20, with an upset victory over the defending C-USA champion Rice Owls, 45-42. Ricky Segers’s 25yard field goal gave the Monarchs their first-ever C-USA victory. In a tie ballgame with 1:05 left in the game and two timeouts, the Monarchs started on their 25-yard line. Taylor Heinicke led the team on a sixplay, 67-yard drive to the Owls 8-yard line. They let the clock run down to :04 before calling a timeout. Head coach Bobby Wilder sent Segers out and the rest is history. The Monarchs never trailed in the game and had a 28-14 lead at halftime. With 11:02 left in the third quarter, Heinicke hit wide receiver Zach Pascal for an 18-yard touchdown. With a 35-14 lead, the Monarchs defense was unable to shut down the Owls high-powered offense, giving up two touchdowns before the third quarter would end. In the fourth quarter, the teams traded touchdowns before Rice got the ball back at the 6:30 mark. They

went on a 15-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 5:25, and was capped off by a 7-yard run from Owls tailback Darik Dilliard. Wilder told his coaches to “get the team ready, but I had complete confidence in Taylor because in practice, I give him the ball on the 25, with a minute to go and no timeouts. In this situation he had 1:05 and two timeouts so I was confident he would get the job done, but we still had to prepare the team for overtime.” Heinicke was 27-43 for 430 yards and five touchdowns, as well as running for another. Pascal caught six passes for 111 yards and one touchdown, while wide receiver Antonio Vaughan caught two touchdowns and if it had not been for a shoe-string tackle, he appeared to have a clear path to the end zone for the second time in two weeks. This Friday night, ODU will host conference foe Middle Tennessee State University. The Blue Raiders will bring their 2-2 record to Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium. This game will be one of several notable first for the program at home, as it will be a nationally televised, Friday night game on Fox Sports 1 and its first home C-USA game.

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The often-scrutinized Old Dominion University defense came up big in its first home Football Bowl Subdivision game Sept. 13. The Monarchs took advantage of the humid, rainy conditions and played the best defensive game in their short history, giving up just three total points against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. A big reason for the career night on defense was senior linebacker and Houston native D.J. Simon, who led the team with a career-high 11 tackles, earning him Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honors. I sat down with Simon on a muggy Wednesday morning after ODU practice. Brian Saunders: First of all congratulations man, Conference USA Player of the Week, first Old Dominion football player to receive C-USA recognition. How did it feel when you found out you got the recognition? DJ Simon: It felt great, I had just gotten out of class and I really did not know and coach Wilder, my head coach texted me congratulations on being defensive player of the week. I was like, really? So I went on the internet. Everybody from back home started sending me text messages, like congratulations. It was just a great feeling. BS: So, from Texas JUCO athlete signed to Old Dominion last season. You played three sports in high school. Was football always your No. 1 sport? DS: In a way, yeah, but I always loved basketball. I just was too short, everybody else kept growing. I stopped. BS: What position did you play? DS: Really, like the two, the three and the four. (Shooting guard, small forward and power forward) BS: You think you could have made it despite your height? DS: Oh, yes, definitely. Simon laughed. BS: You are from Texas, how does it feel to be going home to play the first conference game? DS: Oh, it is feeling great because I rarely get to see my family and go home because I am always out here for school and football. It is going to


feel great. I have many people trying to come to the game, so hopefully we will have a big crowd even though we are all the way in Texas! BS: I gotta ask you, Texas-nonfootball related, we know Adrian Peterson is in the news. That is a thing down in Texas. Were you disciplined like that? DS: Not by Adrian Peterson, I can say that. Not that far. BS: But it is fair to say you know about that discipline? DS: Yeah! BS: You guys put together a strong first half two weeks ago against N.C. State. They didn’t score but 10 points for pretty much the whole first half. And then it broke down in the second half, they scored on five straight possessions. But last week you guys put together a complete effort. What do you think changed? Are you guys still adjusting to FBS teams, or was it just they got it clicking? DS: Honestly, it was ourselves. Like you said we started off fast against N.C. State, but then we mentally broke down. We killed ourselves; people were in the wrong gaps and basically misunderstood the scheme in the second half. So then we knew coming in against Eastern Michigan we didn’t want that same thing to happen, so I would say it was the preparation and everybody paid attention to the little details and little stuff like that. BS: What was it about Old Dominion after you finished JUCO that made you want to come here to continue your football career? DS: Coming here, I knew y’all were going to be FBS so I wanted to be a part of something special like this. It’s planning out kinda how I wanted it to, I was here for the first FBS win, you know, I’m here for the first FBS home win and hopefully we get our first Conference USA win. I’m here hopefully to break records. BS: You want to be a part of the start of what is hopefully one of the better FBS programs down the line, correct? DS: Yep! BS: You competed at the JUCO level, with Old Dominion vs. FCS schools and now as a member of FBS, what are the differences from each level of competition and what you see from the offenses as the competition


gets greater? DS: I think the offenses get more complex. The do multiple formations and a lot of shifts, so you have to be thinking fast, paying attention to details, know your next call. As far as skills players, there is not much of a difference, maybe the speed, but linemen are way bigger in FBS. BS: How long did it take you to adjust to that speed differential? DS: I would say the first half, like after the first half of a game. You really have to get the feel of how the game is going and the tempo of the team. BS: The talk around town has been the struggles of you guys as a defense and a lot of blame has been placed on you all. The offense carries the team many games, last week was different as Taylor and the offense struggled, only putting up one touchdown. Special teams and defense won that game, with four complete quarters. What changed from week to week? DS: Once again, preparation and attention to detail. We knew coming out after that second half against N.C. State, we really wanted to show that we can really play defense and we can be one sound group. If everybody is doing their job and nobody is trying to be superman and do two or three people’s jobs. It was good that the offense had to rely on us to win that game- I know when we are clicking like that and they are clicking like that we are going to be a pretty tough team to beat. BS: Do you assume any leadership roles on the team? DS: Yeah I try to lead the young guys, you know more not by say-so but by my actions. Hopefully they look at it and say, “Man I want to follow those steps one day.”Don’t do the wrong things, leading by example. BS: What are your goals for the season as a whole? DS: Help this team win as many games as possible. I want to hopefully become all-conference as a player, but it’s a team thing and I really want this team to win as many games as possible and possibly a conference championship. Simon and the Monarchs headed west to Simon’s hometown Sept. 20 and defeated the defending C-USA champion Rice Owls, 45-42.


Alex Brooks Staff Writer Roger Goodell, the 55-year-old commissioner of the National Football League, is on the hot seat. NFL fans feel as though he has not been doing his job up to par lately, leading companies like Anheuser-Busch to question the leadership of Goodell and the direction of the NFL. Goodell became the National Football League’s commissioner on Aug. 8, 2006. The NFL was just hitting its stride in becoming the multimillion dollar industry that it is today. Now the NFL is in turmoil from everything like players using drugs like “Molly” and marijuana to players knocking out their wives or beating their children, or in some cases both. It all came into view for the fans with the NFL lockout happened in 2011. The lockout lasted a grueling 130 days, 18 weeks and four days. Goodell said that he would cut his salary, which is double what the highest paid player in his league makes, to a single dollar if there was a work stoppage due to the lockout that started in early March. There was a work stoppage, Mr. Goodell, and yet you did not cut your salary to that dollar you promised. This was the tip of the iceberg for Goodell going back on his word and not standing by what he said. Then there was the referee lockout in 2012, which blessed us with the great “Fail Mary” between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. Some NFL fans feel that was the worst three weeks of football that have ever been played. Refs have a huge impact on the outcomes of games, and he was willing to low ball the referees, with things like their pay and benefits, resulting in follies like at the end of the now-infamous Packers-Seahawks game. The “Spy Gate” scandal exposed further what some fans would call the worst commissioner in all of


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sports. The New England Patriots were caught videotaping the defensive signals of the New York Jets. The punishment handed down by Goodell was a $500,000 fine to head coach Bill Belichick and the loss of the 2008 first round draft pick for the organization. Just to point out, the Pats went 16-0 though the regular season and lost in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. So a team went perfect throughout the regular season due to cheating and Goodell handed down that. Yet another example is the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. NFL fans feel as though Goodell finally got something right with the punishment he handed down. But why didn’t he hand down this punishment of suspending the head coach of the New England Patriots for spying? The fluctuating punishments that Goodell hands out lead some NFL fans to believe that he is influenced by the media on what actions to take against certain players and teams. Someone of Goodell’s status shouldn’t be swayed by the media, mainstream or social, on issues as big as the spy gate scandal, bounty scandal, the player’s lockout or the referee lockout. These past few weeks have opened the floodgates and everyone has found out that Goodell can’t swim. The Ray Rice saga is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Goodell saw it fit to punish a man who clearly knocked out his then-fiancée, now wife, by suspending him a measly two games. Whether or not he saw the video footage from inside the elevator doesn’t matter. The video of him dragging out the motionless body of Janay Palmer should have been enough to suspend him indefinitely. Yet Goodell stood by his punishment of Rice. That is, of course, until the video of inside the elevator surfaced on gossip website TMZ. When this happened, Goodell magically changed his tune.

What changed, Mr. Goodell? From the beginning, it was known Ray Rice knocked his now wife unconscious, but since there is a video now it makes it worse? You were okay with a man knocking out his fiancée as long as there is no video to go with it? He let the Baltimore Ravens make the first move in releasing Rice before he decided to act upon the “newly” surfaced video and suspend Rice indefinitely. This made oger Goodell look weak, and proved to many fans that he is losing his grip on the NFL as a whole. Adrian Peterson then got into legal trouble when it came out that he hit his son with a switch to punish him for hurting his brother. Again, Goodell was nowhere to be seen. The Minnesota Vikings deactivated Peterson for their Week Two game against the Patriots. Then they decided to put him on the non-injured reserve list -- at 3 a.m. Usually when the phrase, “they did it in the middle of the night” is said it is because they are trying to hide something. In this case, it seems as though Goodell and the Vikings may be trying to hide something. Goodell did not hold a press conference about it, or even make a statement for the millions of NFL fans in the country, making fans once again feel as though Goodell fell short on his duties as NFL commissioner. And to cap it all off, Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals captured both Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson into one person. Dwyer hit his wife, and then head-butted her, breaking her nose. He then proceeded to punch holes in the wall and throw objects, like a shoe, at his young son. He also prevented his wife from calling the police. Yet this man is making $32,000 this Sunday to sit at home and watch TV. What are you doing, Goodell? This man did the same thing as Rice, whom you reluctantly suspended indefinitely, and yet he is still in the

league. Will he be playing on Sunday? No, but that was the Cardinals’ call, not Goodell’s. Why Dwyer is still allowed to be in the league is puzzling. Not only should he have the six-game suspension that was agreed upon for first-time offenders of spousal abuse, since Goodell kicked Rice out of the league, it is only fair to do the same to Dwyer. Plus Dwyer harmed his child, the same thing Peterson did. Yet this man is still allowed to be on an NFL roster. Goodell is allowing Dwyer to still be in the league, but then he wants everyone to take him seriously when October rolls around and it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all the players are wearing pink to support women who have breast cancer. So he wants to show he cares

about the health and safety of women by launching a campaign about breast cancer awareness, but he won’t punish someone who knocks them unconscious or breaks their nose. With all of the turbulence that Goodell has experienced throughout his tenure with the NFL, it is hard to find out why he hasn’t been fired already. But with the recent events taking place, many fans feel he needs to be the bigger man and step down. And if he doesn’t step down by the time October rolls around, the league is going to be seen as a joke when they are chanting, “think pink.” Think about it -- what has Roger Goodell done to make huge advancements in the National Football League? I’ll wait.

What’s next: NFL ignites controversial discussions Mitchell Brown Staff Writer When the nation caught wind of Adrian Peterson being indicted on child negligence charges, the NFL picked the shovel back up, and dug deeper. The spanking epidemic that has landed Peterson in two separate cases has the nation discussing discipline and its parameters. In 2014, it’s safe to say that it’s not the same America as it was in 1999, let alone 2005. Those are just random years, but if you think back to what the world was like back then and what the societal norms were, you start to understand that we once had a different mindset to some of the controversial topics we discuss now.

Peterson, the Vikings all-time rushing leader, was indicted on charges of negligent injury to a child on September 12, 2014. Photographs were obtained by that revealed his four-year old son’s wounds as a result of being beat with a “switch” or a tree branch. A nation divided. One half thinks that spankings are ineffective and do nothing to build your child, while the other half believes that spankings give you discipline and make you who you are when you get older. A study of over 2,700 families conducted by the University of Michigan revealed that about a third of one-year old children are spanked by their mother or father once a month. For this adolescent generation,

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which I am a part of, one get mixed reviews from peers on whether they received spankings or not. Senior resident assistant Morgan Malone said she was, “spanked maybe five to ten times, but that’s about it.” She doesn’t plan to use spankings as a parenting method but understands the concept and why there’s a disconnect between then and now. “ I feel as if the times have changed. What was acceptable then isn’t as acceptable now. We’re a few generations removed from our parents so it’s hard for us to understand why they do it.” Peterson expressed his apologies in a statement following his indictment. “I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused


an injury that I never intended or thought would happen. I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child.” I received spankings, none to a severe degree, but I was disciplined (and rightfully so) for my ill-advised behavior in my earlier stages. To be quite frank, I probably wouldn’t understand some of the things I do if I didn’t get the discipline I did. It’s kept me straight and narrow. At the same time, there are alternatives and in today’s society, those alternatives are your best bet at being successful in getting your point across. I usually don’t do the hot takes thing, but I decided to put my two cents in. The problem the NFL has been having with child and domes-


tic abuse does not stop within the organization, it’s prevalent in our whole nation. If these things are to stop happening, a real “zero-tolerance policy” needs to be established. If I have one request for Mr. Goodell, its to certainly put your foot down and do what is the right thing to do. Point of the matter is, times are changing and we need to accept that. No longer are the days where you can go outside and pick your own switch. Teachers better not touch you with a ruler or you could be facing some jail time. There is a thin line that needs to be obeyed and with Peterson finding out the hard way, it seems as if America is taking the notes as well.



Beltway baseball: new territory for area teams Nate Budryk Sports Editor For most residents of the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia area, this time of year means one thing—football; namely the Ravens and the Redskins. However, this year, the immense success of the beltway area’s baseball teams have fans from Ocean City to Ocean View brimming with enthusiasm. The Maryland-Virginia-D.C. area is home to both the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals. Named after the Baltimore and Capitol Beltways, these teams’ regular season interleague matchups are referred to as the “Beltway Series.” This year, however, those meetings could very possibly no longer just be for the regular season. Both Washington and Baltimore have clinched playoff spots, the first to do so this year, thanks in part to the massive division leads each built up down the season’s stretch run. For Baltimore, this marks their first division title since 1997. For the Nationals, it’s their second division title in three years. Their other title was won in 2012, but despite a 98 win season, good enough for the best record in baseball, they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, something they look to avoid this time. “Yeah, 2012 was a little disappointing for sure, but this year, the team’s older, they’ve played together for a little longer now, and they have that 2012 experience to look back on and build on, so I’m pretty optimistic,” said Kyle Minicucci, a junior from Northern Virginia who roots for the Nats. The Nationals have a real chance to make a deep run, as they have the formula that has been successful in the playoffs for years: great starting pitching, timely hitting and bullpen depth. The Nationals have

all three in spades, now that Drew Storen appears to have reclaimed the role of closer from a beleaguered Rafael Soriano. The Oriole’s, more of a throwback team than Washington, relies heavily on its offense. Players like Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz had stellar offensive seasons, with Steve Pearce being a nice surprise as well, contributing significantly down the stretch on offense, and providing valuable depth at multiple positions. Despite injuries to star third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Matt Wieters, and the suspension of power-hitting first baseman Chris Davis, the Orioles are still very confident in their ability to make a deep playoff run, and fans around campus are echoing that sentiment. “I mean, I think they’ve got what it takes to play well in the playoffs. They hit the ball like crazy and have a really solid [bullpen], I’m just hoping their starting pitching can step up,” said Zack Daniels, a Junior who follows the O’s. “When Machado went down I was definitely a little nervous, but he’d been hurt for a good chunk of the year before that too, so I knew we could win without him. And with [Steve] Pearce playing so well, Machado’s injury is less of a blow.” Baltimore is a proud baseball town with a rich tradition. Their return to postseason prominence will make many fans feel nostalgic, while others will be too young to remember. For fans of Washington, a team that until 2005 was the Montreal Expos, this is an experience that has long been awaited, as “deep playoff run” and “Washington, D.C.” have not been said in the same sentence for quite some time. So Here’s to both quazi-local teams doing well. Here’s to playoff baseball. Oh, how we’ve missed it.

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ODU Gamers Locked-In for 24 Hours of Gaming for Charity Alyse Stanley Technology Editor Virginia House experienced a 24-hour epidemic of gamers Sept. 19 through Sept. 20 when the Video Game Design and Development Club and the Street Fighter Association hosted a daylong session of gaming for their Extra Life charity lock-in. Participants brought their own systems and games for the night, providing the VGDDC with an extensive library for players to check out. Titles such as “League of Legends,” “Halo 3,” “Gears of War,” “Street Fighter,” “Left 4 Dead,” “Super Smash Bros,” and “Nintendo World” were available. The lock-in raised money for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter through the Extra Life, a national charity service that assists individuals and organizations looking to donate to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “I’d heard about other Extra Life events happening across the country, and I thought it was really cool that they were having one at ODU,” said Jas Singh from the Super Smash and Street Fighter Associations. Though the organization operates on an honor system for proving one has completed the 24-hour play time, many gamers choose to stream their playing so that viewers can tune in and donate. The results are often entertaining. Joshua Cruz, president of the VGDDC, sited an example of one streamer who shaved his head bald for the event and another who performed random karaoke throughout the stream; viewers paid him to stop.

Cruz also explained how the club stumbled onto this event when organizing their budget at the end of last semester. As part of the 10 points and standards that every ODU organization must maintain, the VGDDC needed to organize a “philanthropic event” and donate to a charity. “They’re usually easy things, fun things to do, stuff you should be doing anyway as a club,” said Cruz. Not knowing what to expect, the VGDDC set an initial pledge goal of $100. They exceeded that goal barely two hours into their 24 hour lock-in from a combination of online and inperson donations. According to VGDDC Public Relations Manager Marquise Twitty and Treasurer Trai Corte, some people, particularly campus staff, were initially hesitant about the idea of the VGDDC hosting a 24-hour event on campus. “We’re a newer club and we don’t have a lot of event experience,” said Twitty. Other gaming clubs proved enthusiast about the prospect. The Street Fight Association, Super Smash Association, and ODU Minecraft Club aided the VGDDC in advertising for the event and recruiting participants. “We don’t do a lot of social events because we’re a production club and we focus mostly on production, but we’re looking to kind of change that this semester. We want to bring in the community and expand our presence on campus,” said Cruz. Well they did. Their designated room in Virginia House was filled to bursting with ODU students and

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members from the Street Fighter Association, ODU Minecraft club, Super Smash Association, Vex ODU, and ODU Poker A.C.E.S. Their playing was captured on at least four different streams at one time on Twitch. “It’s a pretty good turnout. Not the full number of people who registered, but I don’t think we could have fit 100 people in here,” said ODU junior Paul Kane. As many as five players at a time crowded around the Wii U to play “Nintendo World,” a party game featuring different mini-games themed to different Nintendo titles such as “Super Mario” and “Animal Crossing.” “It sounds adorable, but it’ll tear friends apart,” said Minecraft Club webmaster Kevin Prunty. A larger crowd formed around the “Super Smash Bros” area, where several Super Smash Association members competed against each other to much excitement from the onlookers. A few participants complained of the difficulties encountered with streaming, while others pined for games not present or more player rotation in the room. “I wish people would walk around and enjoy all the games here. I know I’m going to. I’m a gamer at heart,” said Street Fighter Association club President, Elijah Williams. Cruz admitted that the VGDDC rushed the organization of the lockin, and that the event could have benefited from holding off for a week or two to solidify planning. “Three weeks ago I didn’t even have officers… we organized a lot at the


beginning of this week,” said Cruz. If their enthusiasm was any indication, participants did not seem to mind the last minute organization. Players had to be told several times to mind their noise levels, particularly when versus matches of “Nintendo World” and “Super Smash Bros” led to excited hollering from the players


and viewers alike. “It was cool to see the room packed with people playing games, and it’ll be fun to see how many people are still watching the stream near the end when we’re all hanging on by a thread,” said Tyler McLean, an ODU junior.



Microsoft purchases Minecraft maker Alyse Stanley Technology Editor “Yes the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft,” read a post by Mojang’s Chief Word Officer, Owen Hill, on the company’s website the morning of Sept 15. News of Microsoft’s $2.5 billion acquisition of the Sweden-based studio famous for their creation of “Minecraft” flooded technology news sites soon afterwards. The company expects to make $25 million in sales by summer of next year. Since its initial launch for the PC in 2009, “Minecraft” has sold over 50 million copies across multiple platforms and, according to Microsoft, had over 100 million downloads on the PC alone. Its open-world gameplay provides players with a nearly limitless amount of freedom to exercise their creativity and construct their own world, earning the game a cult following. The brand has expanded beyond simply games to t-shirts, costumes, toys, and even a yearly convention, appropriately named Minecon. “Minecraft” is currently available on every game console except the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo consoles, and mobile versions exist on both the Android and iOS. In 2012 when it released for the Xbox 360, it swiftly became the best-selling online game of all time for the system. President of the ODU Minecraft Club, Daniel Swift, said when he announced the news at a club meeting last week, the main reaction he received was surprise. After the initial shock, however, many had questions about Microsoft’s plans. Would “Minecraft” become exclusive to Xbox and Windows devices? Will updates still be available across all systems? “If they make it hard for people to access, and you can only get it on Microsoft machines I think people will go nuts,” said Vice President Jon Phillips.

“Minecraft’s” open-source code which allows any player to mod and customize the world as they wished has been an integral part of the game’s mechanics and a source of its proliferating popularity since its release. Head of Microsoft’s Xbox division Phil Spencer released a video on Xbox Wire with the acquisition announcement addressing these concerns that many in the gaming community shared. “Whether you’re playing on an Xbox, whether you’re playing on a PlayStation, an Android, an iOS device, our goal is to continue to evolve and innovate with Minecraft across all those platforms,” said Spencer. He also stressed how Microsoft plans to work with the Minecraft community, and hopefully learn a lot about gaming in the process. “A real cornerstone of [our] plan is listening to the feedback from the Minecraft community on what they’d like to see, and just as we’ve made some changes and improvements in our Xbox program, I want us to keep that same level of commitment to the Minecraft community as we go through this experience together,” Spencer. Spencer is referring to how Microsoft responded to gamer’s overwhelmingly negative response to the Xbox One reveal, retracting many of their policies and amending others to perform a virtual 180. According to Mojang’s website, there are no specific plans for changes to “Minecraft” currently. However, Hill did write in a blog post that the game will continue to develop and evolve as it has since its inception. “Stopping player’s making cool stuff is not anyone’s interest,” wrote Hill. Considering Microsoft’s substantially larger resources, members of the Minecraft club were excited about the prospect of faster updates and what effects a greater pool of developers could have on the game. Secretary Yves Saint-Franc also suggested that

Microsoft could potentially include a copy of “Minecraft” with every future copy of Windows. “As long they put money into it and human resources into it but don’t really change what’s happening, it should be fine,” said Phillips. “Minecraft” creator Markus “Notch” Persson, considered an icon by the community even after he stepped down as lead designer in 2011, posted his candid opinion about the acquisition on his blog He described how after the whirlwind success of “Minecraft” he sincerely wishes to return to obscurity in the public eye.

“I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer…” said Persson. While he plans to continue working on smaller projects and experiments, if one of those ever develops into something monumental again he wrote he’ll “probably abandon it immediately.” He ended his message by saying that “Minecraft” always has, and always will, belong to the players. Several board members of the Minecraft club expressed their empa-

thy as fellow enthusiasts and gamers. “He is definitely a builder. He builds for the sake of building, for the fun of it. He doesn’t really expect to make much of a profit margin out of what he does, he simply does it because he can. He wasn’t expecting for Minecraft out of all his products to make it this big and become what it is today,” said Swift. One thing’s for sure: if Microsoft decides to change “Minecraft’s” iconic pixelated style, it could lose a large chunk of its fanbase. “Because if it’s not a cube, then it’s not Minecraft anymore,” said Phillips.

Your data is their data: an alarming rise in government demand for user information Rashad McDowell Contributing Writer Governments around the world are increasingly demanding their citizens’ data, or rather the user data stored by companies such as Yahoo and Google. These demands have been justified under the veil of national security, tied to the NSA surveillance program brought to light by Edward Snowden. Google recently posted its latest transparency report which shows a 150 percent rise in requests for its users’ data since 2009, with the United States showing a 250 percent increase. In a Tumblr post, Yahoo announced the Foreign Intelligence

Surveillance Court of Review had release over 1,500 pages of previously secret documents related to the company’s 2007 challenge of the government’s demands, as reported by Mike Snider of USA Today. Court paper released Sept. 12 revealed the United States has asked for a daily fine of $250,000 until Yahoo complies with its demands. Legally, companies like Yahoo and Google are prohibited from disclosing certain amounts of detail about the request they receive. They are allowed to post a broad range number reflecting how many requests they receive, but only after a six month delay. The NSA and FBI, both of which have also submitted requests for user data, are empowered to do

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so through national security letters (NSL) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa). On the heels of American pressure for this data, other countries have begun their own attempts to collect. “Despite these revelations, we have seen some countries expand their surveillance authorities in an attempt to reach service providers outside their borders. Others are considering similar measures,” Richard Salgado, Google legal director, wrote in a blogpost. Salgado admits that governments have a right and responsibility to crime fighting and national security, but says the laws should be transparent. “To maintain public confidence in


both government and technology, we need legislative reform that ensures surveillance powers are transparent, reasonably scoped by law, and subject to independent oversight,” he wrote on his blog. In the U.S., President Barack Obama asked Congress to put a leash on collection of U.S. citizen’s metadata after the Snowden report. This has yet to occur, given the size of the programs and resistance being met. In response, the USA Freedom Act, a bill introduced by senators Patrick Leahy, Mike Lee, Al Franken and Dean Heller, has begun to receive support. Under the bill, the bulk collection of internet metadata would become preventable. Several consumer groups, trade associations, and


companies have put their support behind the bill. A White House petition has also earned more than 100,000 signatures, as well as bipartisan support in the House. Despite this, the United States policy on collection of user data has yet to change. Currently, service providers continue to receive demands that border on threats. While these companies push for more transparency, they have very limited options as to how to react to governmental pressure. The effectiveness of these surveillance programs is not readily available to the public, something that Google and its peers have said they would like changed.

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Knight of the Furballs

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My name is Lime. I am… A Knight of the Furballs. My mission is simple. I am to go on a journey to find the Bowl of Tuna. I was given this task by the very king himself, King Artty Pendog. I don’t know how long I will be on this mission, but it is very important. Crossing the threshold of the kingdom into the lands between, my paws are silent upon the grey grass. This grass is soft, but smells weird. My dark eyes move over the area, and I see a giant not far away. This giant appears to be occupied with a scroll. Moving past the giant and into the tunnel under the giant’s mountain, I am clear of danger. For now. I reach the end of the tunnel and am at the top of a large hill, almost a mountain itself. And at the bottom, I

see my old rival, Lady Pussypaw. She seems to have grown fat since the last time I laid my eyes on her. Slinking down the hill, I reach the bottom and move to the right, giving Lady Pussypaw a wide birth. Then I stop; I’ve reached the woods. It is dangerous in there, as there are many things that can pierce my paws. Stepping carefully, I watch were I am going, until I reach the last bit of land between me and the Bowl of Tuna. And then I hear something behind me. “Move.” Turning my head, my ears lowering under my helmet, I see Lady Pussypaw. She pushes past me, prancing like the ‘queen’ she thinks she is. It’s really more of a waddle; she’s too fat to prance. Sitting at the edge of the

forest, she watches the giant who appears to be working in the mountains. I creep up behind Lady Pussypaw, watching the giant work. Then the giant leans down and I nearly jump with joy. In the giant’s hand is the legendary Bowl of Tuna! And what luck! The giant sets it down near me, one that seems less elegant next to it. Lady Pussypaw doesn’t seem to care which bowl she goes to, but I immediately shove her out of the Bowl of Tuna. It’s mine! I’ve completed my quest! King Artty Pendog will be so happy! I lean into the bowl and start eating the— … Wait. This is beef and gravy. Noooo - ...Ooh, this is good. This is really good.

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