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ODU Confessions confesses Adrienne Mayfield Editor-in-Chief Twitter: @dri_zee ODU Confessions is a Facebook page where Old Dominion University students can post their secrets anonymously. It was founded as dormconfessions.com in 2013 by two Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University students, who applied it to other colleges like Christopher Newport University and the College of William and Mary. The students eventually sold the site and Facebook pages to Whisper, but the original founding administrator still rules the ODU Confessions page, providing witty commentary on some of the confessions. He/she is currently a Senior at ODU and says that this will be the last year students enjoy ODU Confessions – he/ she does not trust another student admin with the responsibility of keeping ODU’s secrets. Hear that ODU? You have a limited time – so get to confessing. Adrienne Mayfield: Tell me how you got started doing ODU Confession ODU Confessions: It started over a year ago. I would say in the spring of 2013, me and a friend of mine were working on a project and my friend started Virginia Tech Confessions. We always like working on stuff so what we decided to do was start confessions for all the schools, even the schools we didn’t own. So we went on this big streak and started CNU Confessions, William and Mary Confessions, Syracuse.

ODU remembers 9/11 Sen. Warner discusses debt

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Senator Mark Warner (D-Va) discussed his new bipartisan efforts to address the rising problem of student loan debt at Old Dominion University on Sept. 2. He has worked closely with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl) and other senators to craft and introduce three bills that seek to help alleviate this burden. “I hear more about student debt than any other issue,” Warner said. “It’s an issue whose time has come.” The Dynamic Student Loan Repay-

ment Act is an attempt to help students and graduates pay back their student loans without creating an undue financial burden. It would set loan payment maximums at 10 percent of a graduate’s monthly income and accelerate the loan forgiveness process, wherein a graduate can have the rest of their student loan forgiven after making 25 years of payments. “Current income-driven repayment plans are underutilized because the system is so complicated,” Senators Warner and Rubio said in a joint statement. “Our proposal… will streamline the current repayment options into a simpler, user-friendly repayment plan.”

Kings of Leon ignite the Farm Bureau Live

Maria Victoria Creamer A&E Editor Twitter: @maceandcrown Fans got the encore they craved when Kings of Leon played their final set the Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach on Sept. 3As the band reappeared on stage the audience soared with excitement. All the way from South Africa, barefooted Congo bass guitarist, Dylan Kongo, bounced alongside band mates, and brothers, as they sparked off the show, playing hit song “Come With Me Now.” The cloth backdrop switched to a cursive sign saying “Young the Giants,” when plaid button-ups and striped V-necks merged onto the stage. Lead vocalist, Sameer Gadhia, reeled in the audience with funky dance moves and songs like “Cough Syrup” and “Apartment.” Sweating beers and oversized pretzels were switched out for fist pumps and rock

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n’ roll hand symbols seconds before Kings of Leon took the stage. The lights dimmed for the boys, and the southern rock meets European grunge band, sporting skintight jeans and cool hair appeared. Kings of Leon was given a sonic boom welcome as they walked to their instruments. “The Mechanical Bull” 50’s styled neon lettering glowed on the jumbotron screen and the first song off their latest album “Supersoaker” rumbled from their instruments, igniting the show. The jumbotron graphics provided a visual high, forming a link between the music, artists and fans. The connection was illustrated when the chorus from “Pyro,” off the fifth album “Come Around Sundown”: “I won’t ever be your cornerstone, Watch her run Can you feel it?” The audience reverberated the lyrics

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NEWS WARNER CONTINUED A1: The Employer Participation in Refinancing Act will allow employers to help pay down employees’ existing student loan debt with pre-tax dollars. Currently, employers may finance continued education for employees in this manner, but it does not allow for relief on debts already incurred. The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act seeks to increase transparency on the part of colleges and universities, updating requirements for reporting on retention, graduation rates, graduate earnings outcomes and other relevant statistics so that students can make more informed choices. The act would create a streamlined, easy-to-navigate website with all of this information available for every higher education institution in the country. The senator compared this hypothetical website to www.zillow.com, a real estate website that offers comprehensive information on home-buying and renting. “On average, today’s graduates carry nearly $30,000 in student loan debt. But our current loan repayment system often turns what should be reasonable debts into crippling payments,” Warner and Rubio said in a joint statement. Student loan debt in the U.S. has

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overtaken credit card debt as the average household’s largest financial obligation. Total numbers for the country are in excess of $1.2 trillion. “This must be part of a broader conversation about how to make higher education more affordable,” Warner and Rubio said. Warner spent 20 minutes outlining the five main points of his plan to ease student debt before opening up the floor to student questions and comments. First, he emphasized the need for increased opportunities for high school students to earn college credit through dual enrollment courses. Better articulation with advanced placement credits and community colleges could also help reduce the total price of a college education by the cost of one semester. Second, he referred to the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, asserting that students with better information would make better choices about their education. With this information, students would be able to plan their college education to provide the highest financial return for their investment. In response to a student comment, he also suggested the possibility that scholarships and financial aid informa-

tion may be included on the website, as such information is currently fractured and difficult to reconcile. “This shouldn’t be that hard,” Warner said. “Why can’t you just google ‘rational ways to pay for college?’” Third, he advocated both state and federal governments working towards lowering interest rates and creating options for refinancing. “If you can get a mortgage at 4.25 percent, why can’t you go to college at that rate,” Warner asked. Fourth, he said that student loans should use income-based repayment options by default, which his Dynamic Student Loan Repayment Act would accomplish. In addition to accelerated standard timelines for loan forgiveness mentioned in the act, he also suggested programs where community service and educational roles would earn accelerated loan forgiveness, similar to current programs for government service. Finally, he discussed the potential for increased recruitment and retention of educated employees if employers were allowed to use pre-tax dollars to help pay off previously incurred student debt. Students expressed their opinions

and frustrations to the senator for the rest of the discussion. A show of hands indicated that of the nearly 100 individuals in the room, roughly 75 percent had incurred debt in the form of student loans. According to a financial aid fact sheet distributed by representatives of the ODU Department of Public Relations, approximately 70 percent of all ODU undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. Warner has worked across the aisle

rather extensively in the past. Most notably, he co-sponsored bipartisan legislation on debt and deficit reduction as a member of the Senate’s “Gang of Six.” The legislation was blocked by the leadership of both parties, however. When asked what steps had been taken in order to ensure a different outcome for his current bipartisan legislation, Warner spoke on the need for growing bipartisan coalitions, and an end to bipartisan stigma on the parts of ideological purists in both parties.

ODU Army ROTC leader Brian Kerns dies

Lt. Col. Brian Kerns died at age 43 at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk on Sept. 4 as reported by News @ ODU. Kerns served as a professor of military science and commanding officer for Old Dominion University’s Army ROTC. On Aug. 27 he had a heart attack after a personal training session with Army ROTC cadets News @ ODU reported. “I met LTC Kerns when I became the SVA (Student Veteran’s Association) President and he quickly became one of our biggest advocates for the ODU Student Veterans Association. He offered to host our first tailgate by the ROTC building and was a huge supporter,” alumni Jose Roman said in an email. “He was the kind of leader anyone would want to work for,” he said. Kerns leaves behind his wife Lisa, and their son Ethan, 3. ODU’s campus flags remained at half-mast through Sept. 9 in his memory.

Casey Burnett Contributing Writer Twitter: @maceandcrown It is always a struggle to eat healthier and stay active, especially for college students. A juicy cheeseburger while watching Netflix is often more appealing than eating a salad and taking a jog around the neighborhood However, for some people, being a vegan or vegetarian is just a way of life. Nationwide, college campuses are supporting a new trend towards vegetarianism and plant-based eating. According to Tracy Conder, Old Dominion’s registered dieti-

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cian, students have come to her concerned about healthier eating, concerning family health histories and cheaper and easier ways of eating. You may have heard of “Meatless Monday” which has been very popular in K-12 and is now expanding to college campuses. It’s been around for a while, dating back to World War I where it encouraged people to do their part in the war. Now it aims to better people’s health and the environment. “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted veggies or grains, it would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads,”

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said Ashley Rhinehart, a member of the Humane Society. The majority of Americans consume meat, but fast food and service industries prove that meat free is a fast growing request. With all of the quick fast food options and pizza places on and nearby campus, it may seem more convenient just to eat there; however, there are many benefits to eating healthier. There are many students who want to eat better or who are vegan or vegetarian, but just don’t know of the many options that are available at ODU. Some students believe that there aren’t vegan and vegetarian op-

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tions available on campus. “I’m a vegan and it is so hard to eat out in general. I don’t even bother trying to eat at campus,” Tonomi Watkins, junior, said. Conder said that there are healthier options at ODU, and the dining halls provide portion plates to help students control the amount of food they consume and making sure to hit all of those important food groups. There is also a whole gluten free section in Café 1201 Conder said. ODU is certified to sell gluten free products and the staff has gluten free and cross contamination training as of Jan. 25.

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There are heathy and vegetarian options at all of the dining facilities and even catering on campus, including tofu, Gardenburgers, salad bars, Subway, the juice bar and much more. There are also events and activities that teach students healthier options. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center offers exercise classes and programs, as well as a gym with basketball courts and a rock climbing wall. According to both Rhinehart and Conder, this campus-wide health kick is going to expand and improve in the future.


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ODU remembers 9/11

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Sean Davis Copy Editor Twitter: @seandelakaza Like the attack on Pearl Harbor or the Columbine and Virginia Tech massacres, Sept 11, 2001 is a day that cannot be forgotten. The surreal images of commercial airliners smashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York are etched into the minds of virtually every human being on the planet with access to TV or the Internet. Events set in motion by the attack would change and shape global politics in ways that are still very much felt today, 13 years later. Most of the future monarchs that have yet to step foot on ODU’s campus will have been too young that day to recall the fear and uncertainty that washed over the country. The Mace & Crown spoke to students about their memories and experiences: “At the time I was a Lance Corporal with the United States Marine Corps stationed with 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Special Operations Training Battalion, Small Boat Platoon (3MEF, SOTG) aboard Camp Hanson in Okinawa Japan. For me it was the evening of September 11. My roommate and I had just finished cleaning our barracks room when he drew my attention to the TV showing one of the towers with smoke pouring from it. He commented that maybe it was the anniversary of a bomb going off in the parking garage and I said something about how high up the smoke was coming from. We argued for a bit and saw the second

plane swoop in and smash through the building and the barracks erupted with the sound of angry Marines. Every room had a different news channel on and we had runners comparing the news from the different rooms. The Marine on duty went to everyone’s room to relay that we were not to leave the barracks and to have a sea bag with deployment gear in it standing by. Over the following weeks as machine gun nests popped up all over the bases and travel became restricted, that prepared sea bag was a fixture of the room to be present at all times. We were chomping at the bit to be sent anywhere to visit violence on those that attacked our home soil.” –Robert Pacitti “I was at school. I was in kindergarten… I lived like 10 minutes away from it [the Pentagon] in Falls Church, and a couple days later we drove by it and you could just see the damage and stuff. it was scary.. like there were police and everything everywhere. it was weird to see as a kid too.” –Rachel Bradley “I’m from Arlington, so obviously it hit us hard. The Pentagon is there, and I actually lived like three or four minutes away… It really hit my parents hard. My dad worked in DC and actually my parents told me that they heard the noise of the plane crashing. I was in kindergarten at that time. Like 10 or 15 minutes [after the attack] at school, I specifically remember, having a shutdown. They were saying there was a terrorist attack… my mom was crying a lot. My dad was stuck in DC. It was crazy.” –Alex Meleka “In 2001, I was living in Bangladesh (where my dad’s from) and my mother

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worked at the embassy. On 9/11, my mother was at my Boy Scout troop leader’s house for a parents meeting. Suddenly someone whispered into the leader’s ear and then everyone was asked to leave. Meanwhile, we were watching CNN with my dad when the news broke. Shortly after, my mom came home and my uncle called us and said, ‘They’re attacking your country’ to my mother. The next day my mother insisted that we don’t go to school and of course the embassy was closed. The following day my mom went to work and she vividly recalls there being a huge flag with a supportive message for American citizens.” –Jason Kazi, Mace & Crown advertising director “I went to an American school in La Paz, Bolivia. They evacuated our school. “ –Nicolas Nemtala, Mace & Crown photographer “I felt so indifferent, I had no idea what was going on… the trauma. The thing that scared me most was when my parents said they could feel the floor shake when the plane hit the pentagon.” –Erin Wald “I was in third grade, and my teacher just started crying.” –Jugal Patel, Mace & crown writer. “I was in first grade at Colonial Elementary School… I just got home and my mom was calling all of her family members from New York because she’s got a lot of family that still lives up there.” –Samuel Lee Jones According to a March, 2014 Gallup poll, 63 percent of respondents said that they worry about “the possibility of future terrorist attacks in the U.S.” a “great deal” or a “fair amount.” Many students expressed similar opin-

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ions. “Do I feel safer? I mean not really. Last year we saw the marathon in Boston, and stuff happen like that every year– every week basically,” Meleka said, adding “I feel safe, but I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened. You can never be too safe.” Asked if she felt safer, Janae Tatum said “not really, especially with this ISIS crisis.” “You can’t help but think about security issues with airport security and checkpoints and stuff, but I’ve never not felt safe in the United States. Even today with all the terrorists,” Kelsey Lambert said. Students were torn over whether the

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lives and dollars spent on the war on terrorism were worth the level of safety and security felt today, however, most echoed the sentiment that they were against wars in general. “I’m typically a big person that’s against war, but I feel like… wherever there’s terrorism and a threat to the United States– which there was– I think it was important that we went over there,” Lambert said. To submit your 9/11 experience for the online article email Sean Davis at sdavi116@odu.edu. For more ODU 9/11 coverage, visit maceandcrown.com.


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KINGS CONTINUED A1: blues and purples sliced the darkness, with a starry galactic backdrop and white confetti flurrying from above. Lead vocalist, Caleb Followill, got real when he said he was having “a shitty day,” and expressed his initial reluctance to play the concert. With a smile on his face, he told the fans they turned that around. The atmosphere’s energy grew with potency as hit songs like “Closer”, “Family Tree” and “Use Somebody” kept the fans charged and hungry for more. Bass guitarist, Michael Followill, flicked a couple of guitar picks into the pit as band mates clapped and slowly disappeared back stage. The show was meant to be done and over, but the fans had other ideas. They begged for one final set by drumming their seats and cheering with thin voices. The entire arena shook and echoed until it ruptured into celebration as Kings walked back onto the stage. A waterfall of sparkling fireworks flowed behind them as alternative graphics during “Crawl” and “Sex on Fire,” which capped a night of vibrating cymbals, a deep bass and Jimi Hendrix-esque solos. To follow the 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour visit their website: tour.kingsofleon. com.

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Whirr to play Virginia for the first time Nicholas Rayfield Contributing Writer Twitter: @maceandcrown Spin your body around and around to the whirling guitars. Try not to blink each time the jarring bass comes in. Make sure you bang your head in sync with the heavy snare hits. Wear yourself out and then slowly drift into a deep sleep listening to those dreamy vocals. Just make sure that you push your earplugs deep into your head while doing so. Evidently very, very loud San Franciscobased rock band, Whirr, is the band you want to so badly to listen to, but need ear plugs in order to survive it. Whirr began their fall tour on Aug. 30 and will travel throughout the U.S. till Oct. 1, making a pit-stop in Richmond on Sept. 13 at the Strange Matter. Whirr will showcase their upcoming release “Sway” alongside bands like Cloakroom, The Snowy Owls and Keep. Who is Whirr? Friends have seen them live, reviews are floating around, and I, personally, have listened to each record dozens of times. It is safe to say that this band is undoubtedly a noisy one. Extremely well known for their feedback and dissonance during their live shows, this quintet will have you doing one of either of these things: walking out of the venue angrily to your car or planting your feet deep enough that the vibrations from their instruments don’t blow you away. To build a reputation like this in only four years is impressive. There are tons of bands that haven’t done this in 20.

Whirr is everything it wouldn’t be expected to be. Listen to any of their releases and comparisons to ‘90s shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine, Lush and Slowdive will develop. Listen again and realize that they are not as much like those bands as people would like to think. Yes, they are recycling the style. No, they are not using the leftovers of everyone else, though. Regardless, just like those bands, they are reinforcing the requirement of having to be blisteringly deafening in order to be a successful shoegaze band. They want their fans to wear earplugs to their shows. They want their heads to ring the next morning while they are lying in bed. Above all, they want it to start spinning when they try and get up. Whirr is here to bring back the tradition that died out after those bands fell apart. They are retouching the craft and proving themselves to the world more and more with each release. The music is supposed to be loud enough to make the vocals inaudible. Yes, you may not know exactly what the lyrics are, but the message will come across just fine. On top of their list of demands already mentioned, the band wants you to hear what they feel in each song. Whether it’s a series of ambient sounds or a very heavy-hitting measure of noisy guitars and cymbals, they are going to make you feel it all. Bring your earplugs.

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Style757 trending As summer comes to a close, we’ve traded our easy breezy attitude for textbooks and course schedules. Old Dominion University students are combatting sweaty walks across campus, scrambling for 8 a.m. classes and living on a college kid budget – but they’re doing it in style. Photos by Zach Chavis

Bucket hats and distressed boyfriend jeans have become staple pieces on campus.

Switching out sweat pants and flip-flops for gladiator sandals and harem pants gives that put-together look without losing the effortless comfort.

Mixing bold novelty prints, like camouflage and paisley are a major trend – and we’re diggin’ it. Explore your dark side with an all-black look, and by rocking various textures like leather and velvet – Add rounded matte shades, gold jewelry and a flat-rimmed fedora to take your style to downtown SoHo. Grungier outfits are being paired with sophisticated pieces -- whether it is cut up jeans and loud sneakers with a plaid buttondown and black blazer.

Sneakers. People are willing to drop serious cash flow when it comes to having the freshest kicks. From your classic Chuck Taylor’s, to glowing neon Nike’s – the shoes are the outfit.

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Jasmine Blackwell Senior Writer Twitter: @MaceSports The Old Dominion Monarchs head coach, Bobby Wilder, has maintained the slogan “Aim high” since he was hired to resurrect the football program in 2009. This year will be ODU’s first football season in Conference USA and certainly the most competitive schedule that the Monarchs have seen since their reinstatement. In five years as a football program, the Monarchs have gone 46-14 and survived their interim Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) season last year, finishing 8-4. They currently have a young team, with 105 players on the roster; among those are 74 underclassmen, including 38 freshmen. “I feel like each year we’re recruiting better players. If you look back at last year those 22 scholarship players we signed in that class, the second-ranked class of Conference USA, those guys are talented

kids,” Wilder said. “Number one thing is getting the win. Number two is to get all those 27 first year players experience. That’s critical. There’s no scrimmages in preseason like basketball, they get some scrimmages and get some guys in there. Our guys go out in the first game playing.” With a win against Hampton (41-28) already under their belt this season, and a loss to North Carolina State on Sept. 6, the Monarchs are now 1-1 this season. There are 10 remaining games against FBS schools on the schedule for the Monarchs, and many are questioning if this young team is ready. The schedule ahead includes Rice, Middle Tennessee, Marshall and Vanderbilt, all of whom played in bowl games last season. “I don’t know if we’re quite ready but it’s on the schedule but we’ve got to go with it. I know they’re excited. The players are really excited about this moving forward,” Wilder said.

ODU is eligible for a conference title this season, but will only be bowl eligible in the event that they win six games (only one FCS game counts towards this total), and there would need to be a shortage of bowl eligible teams. Senior quarterback, Taylor Heinicke, is hopeful that ODU will get the chance to compete in a championship or bowl game. “I can’t remember the last time I was on a team with a losing record. I would not consider that a successful season. We want to compete for a conference championship. And we know that a bowl game is a possibility. That’s on everyone’s list,” Heinicke said. This season looks to be an exciting one with many new opportunities, but a full C-USA schedule is just one small step for ODU’s football program that is still in its infancy and looking to build into a powerhouse program for the future.

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Monarch Spotlight: Gerard Johnson Brian Saunders Senior Writer Twitter: @MaceSports Mace and Crown Sports is introducing a new sub-section entitled “Monarch Spotlight,” a section where we sit down with an Old Dominion student athlete every week. From a Monarch to a Monarch: Sophomore Old Dominion running back Gerard Johnson A dynamic runner turned quarterback; Gerard Johnson passed for 1,592 yards and 27 touchdowns and ran for 1,204 yards as a Senior for the Meadowbrook High School Monarchs in Richmond. For Johnson, his official visit to Norfolk to meet with head coach Bobby Wilder and his staff sealed the deal. “When we came down to visit it was a good family atmosphere down here, it was close to home,“ Johnson said. “Coming from being a Monarch in high school and then being a Monarch again it was just it fit at the time.” However, the ODU Monarchs already had a signal caller- the most decorated player in the short history of the startup football program, Taylor Heinicke.

Johnson expected to contribute at wide receiver, however the depth at the position forced him to make a decision- play running back and get more opportunities to play. “In high school I was a running quarterback, so it wasn’t that much of a difference,” Johnson said. Old Dominion is a pass first team; Heinicke averaged 40 passing attempts per game last season and threw 40 times in the season opener against Hampton as well. This means the running game often times takes a backseat. The three back tandem of Colby Goodwyn, Cam Boyd and Johnson combined for 237 total carries, Monarch all-time leading rusher Goodwyn carried a team high 104 times. Adversely, Johnson carried the ball 57 times, 36 less than Heinicke. Johnson went six of the team’s games without registering a carry, but led the team in carries twice, including a team high 17-carry game against cross-town rival Norfolk State. Johnson said the running backs stay ready even though the playing time has often been spread out. “We prepare our self through the week as we’re going to play every game. We just keep competing

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with each other, try to make each other better, you know, when its time to make sure whoever coach decides to go to in the game is ready. I just try to prepare myself every week to be ready to play.” Johnson was unmistakably ready in the Monarchs’ opener against Hampton, carrying the ball 22 times for 137 yards. The most carries for a Monarch since Tyree Lee carried 28 times during the 2012 season. “It just so happened that the run game was working that day so we kept rolling with it,” he said. Dating back to last season, Johnson has recorded consecutive games of at least 135 rushing yards. He rushed for a career high 143 yards in Old Dominion’s season finale last season against North Carolina. Since the Monarchs are traditionally a pass first team, the run game maybe needed more to balance out the defense. After all, ODU is now a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team, playing with the most supremely gifted collegiate football players. The defenses in FBS competition are leaps and bounds better than what the Monarchs saw against Football Championship Series (FCS) schools prior to the

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move to Conference USA. “Wow… you can tell FBS schools move faster,” Johnson said. “They are bigger, a lot of times the FCS schools have to rely on coaching. Versus FBS teams, of course, you have to rely on coaching, but you can let players play a little bit more because they have the talent. The talent will be there so it’s more technique… just focusing on trying to get our technique better. Playing against FBS teams, everyone is going to be fast, so you have to be a step ahead of them.” Johnson also isn’t very physically blessed; at just 5 foot 9 and 194 pounds he relies heavily on his speed. When it comes to learning from smaller backs like him he tries not to look at NFL players; however, he looks up to senior Nebraska running back Ameer Abdulla, a pre-season top 10 Heisman trophy candidate. Abdulla, like Johnson, was recruited at wide receiver and ended up becoming a running back. “I watched a lot of his tapes from when he was in high school and where he’s at now. We are similar in how we played in high school, and how we got changed to running back. He came into college as a receiver and got switched to running back

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just like me, so I pretty much mirror him,” Johnson said. The Monarchs face an uphill battle this season facing 11 FBS schools, the toughest schedule in their brief history. For Johnson, “I just want to be better than last year. You can say you want a lot of rushing yards but for me at the end of the season I want to look on film and say, ‘I got better from last season.’ ” “I just want to play as long as possible and be able to help my team as much as possible,”he said. Old Dominion heads to Raleigh to face North Carolina State Sept. 6, the second Atlantic Coast Conference team it’s ever faced. “We need to pay attention to detail, a lot of times last week it more so just small, minor details that we was just getting outside of our game,” Johnson said. Johnson also said for the Monarchs to have any shot they must, “play our game, run our plays and let the game come to us.”


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Late miscue costs lady Monarchs first win Michael High Senior Writer Twitter: @MaceSports Thunderstorms rolled through Hampton Roads Thursday afternoon, delaying the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs game v. the Campbell Fighting Camels for 90 minutes. The smallest crowd in the young season, announced at 3:02, was treated to an offensive attack from the Lady Monarchs led by Senior Jessie Klamut. Klamut, who played at Cox High School in Virginia Beach, led all players with 10 shots. Three of those shots were on goal, including her unassisted goal scored at the 6:04-minute mark of the first half to put the Lady Monarchs on top 1-0. She stole the ball from an opposing player in the offensive zone, and beat three defenders on the left side before tucking the ball in the lower left corner between the post and the outstretched hands of Campbell’s goaltender, Alexis Connors. “It was a blur, I think I beat a couple defenders and just tried to get the shot on net,” Klamut said. The Lady Monarchs continued to attack the offensive zone, outshooting the Camels 7-1 in the first half. Despite the offensive attack by ODU, they were unable to find the back of the net, and increase their lead before heading into halftime. The Lady Monarchs missed multiple scoring chances with crosses and passes that did not connect, or took shots from

distances that never really threatened the opposing goaltender. In the second half, Campbell pushed back with ODU out-shooting them 11-7. The ODU defense was stellar throughout the game, led by freshman Natalie Johnson’s outstanding performance. She was a three time all-state honoree for Havelock High school in New Bern, N.C. Johnson was cool, calm and collected every time Campbell pushed forward with their attack, and cleared the defensive area more like an upperclassman as opposed to a freshman in her fourth collegiate game. “In my head I am freaking out, but I know I have my teammates to back me up,” she said, describing how she stays so calm in the face of adversity. With Campbell applying more pressure in the second half, the tension began to build, and it felt like one goal was not going to be enough. However, with less than five minutes to go, it appeared the one goal would hold up and coach, Angie Hind, was on the verge of recording her first victory as ODU head coach. No one in the ODU Soccer Complex would have imagined what was about to take place, and at the 87:50 mark of the game, Campbell scored the tying goal knotting the game at 1-1. However, it was not a play set up from an attack by the Camels, but a major miscue by ODU sophomore goalkeeper, Meredith Lenox, who played at Wakefield High School in Raleigh. With just over two minutes to go in the game, Lenox, who made her first appear-

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ance of the season, attempted to clear her line by sending a long ball down the pitch. It was deflected off of Campbell forward Payton Ormsby for her first goal of the season as it tickled the twine in the back of the ODU goal. Payton, who played for Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Va., and the rest of her team celebrated what seemed to be an improbable goal as the stadium went silent. Everyone was in disbelief. The teams finished out the last 2:10 of regulation, along with two 10 minute overtime periods before the game ended in a 1-1 draw. ODU outplayed Campbell for most of the game, but was unable to cash in on some excellent scoring chances. Failure to extend the lead proved to be extremely costly in the final result. They outshot Campbell 21-10 and dominated both time of possession as well as time of possession in the attacking zone. Players on the team described the outcome as heartbreaking, especially since this was the second straight game that a late goal snatched victory from their grasp and ended in a draw. They also stated that “they have to keep working hard and getting better each day.” Now they must forget about this game, and prepare for a stretch of six straight games on the road. Old Dominion will not play another home game until Oct. 3, which will be their C-USA home opener as they take on the C-USA newcomer Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

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Top football recruit Appouh ready to improve defense Matt O’Brien Staff Writer Twitter: @MaceSports Daniel Appouh is the first recruit in the history of Old Dominion’s football program to turn down offers from two Big Ten schools. Appouh was recruited as a defensive end and committed to ODU shortly before signing day in March, turning down offers from Illinois and Indiana. “They recruited me very hard, it was nice to see this program had a lot of interest and a plan for me,” he said Appouh, who is a true freshman, will redshirt this season. At 6’4” and 230 pounds, he is slightly undersized for defensive line. He makes up for that with his athleticism, posting a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash.

“Actually the first thing they said to me when I arrived on campus was get bigger so I can hit the field sooner, I am giving my all to get out there as quick as possible,” he said. With a recruiting class full of talent from Virginia Beach, Appouh is one of the few from Maryland and is a product of Seneca Valley High where he had plenty of success. In his Senior year he racked up 93 tackles 13 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss. The support Appouh received from the coaching staff is not the only reason he chose to play for the Monarchs. “Distance was a huge factor for me. This was the closest offer I had and I really wanted to be close to my family and still play the game I love. Now my mom can come see me play whenever she wants,”

Appouh said. He has now been here a little over a month and is adjusting to his new life as a student athlete. “Honestly the transition has been smooth, I’ve had a great coaching staff here helping me get through it all and made some very close friends to help me along the way,” he said. Appouh praised his roommates for helping him transition on and off the field. “Isiah Harper, Vincent Lowe and Quintin Reynolds have all helped me a lot because we are all making this transition together,” he said Of course there are some growing pains while making the transition from the high school to college game while having to learn a completely new system.

“Coming from high school it was simple. You just went out and played your game, now you are learning a brand new system and every fundamental is key. That definitely takes a lot of time,” he said. Appouh is taking it back to the basics and will spend this year learning the defense. Along with getting bigger he is driven to improve his game. “I want to perfect my technique. That can always use some work. I want to be at 100 percent when I get out on the field. I’ve got the right group of guys and coaches around to help me do so,” he said. Now football is a huge part of his life, but Appouh wasn’t always so sure it was what he wanted. After his freshman year of high school, he quit the team because it just didn’t interest him. He returned his sophomore year and didn’t start until his

junior year. “I didn’t know I wanted to play collegiately until my brothers and cousin actually told me I had the size and technique to pursue Division 1 ball,” he said Appouh cites his brothers and cousins as his biggest influences on and off the field. His brother Bani played at Penn State, and his cousin Jason currently plays for Nebraska. “They got me into the sport. We all keep up with each other and are always helping one another improve and it’s a huge help,” he said. Even with his size issues Appouh is one of the many reasons ODU football has a bright future.

ODU men’s soccer burns out: Loses 0-1 to North Carolina

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It’s been a disappointing start to the Monarch’s men soccer team 2014 campaign, despite a terrific 2013 season for Coach Alan Dawson’s Monarchs, finishing second in Conference USA, and reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament. After a 0-1 loss to University of Virginia in their season opener, the Monarchs duplicated a similar performance against University of North Carolina for their home opener that yielded a 0-1 defeat as well. The Monarchs conceded a late first half goal to UNC’s senior talisman, Andy Craven. Craven capitalized off a fortuitous ball that was initially parried by Old Dominion’s sophomore keeper Alex Tiesenhausen. That goal proved to be the

decisive one as neither team produced another goal in the second half. “It was deflating to give up a goal at that stage of the game, and its tough to pick a team up at halftime when you give up a silly goal like that,” Dawson said after the game. Offensively, the Monarchs only produced two shots on goal for the entire match, compared to the seven shots on goal for UNC. “The key to offense is timing and having a feel for each other and we don’t have that right now, and it’s a work in progress,” Dawson said. Despite the Monarch’s offensive struggles, Dawson said it was not UNC’s defense that prevented the Monarchs from attacking in the final third. Instead he attributed the struggles to all the new faces in the squad this year, and that the players have not had time to gel adequately. “Offensively, we need to take care of

our chances, and someone needs to step up and finish,” Geoffrey Hill, junior forwad, said. A bright spot for the Monarchs is keeper Tiesenhausen, who has produced 16 saves in the last two matches, and only allowed the opposition to find the back of the net twice. Against UVA, overtime was required before Tiesenhausen conceded a goal, and against UNC the aforementioned fortuitous goal was the only one conceded. The Monarchs next match is a home game against Northeastern University. According to Dawson, the key to success is creating more chances in the final third. Lately, the cliché sport saying is, “offense wins games, but defense wins championships.” The Monarchs need to win games to win championships, and at the moment, the offense isn’t winning games.

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Out with the old, in with the new: Soccer Monarchs looking for fifth straight NCAA berth Mitchell Brown Senior Writer Twitter: @MaceSports Old Dominion men’s soccer lost a wealth of talent at the end of the 2013 season, but added a plethora of players to counter the losses this season. The season got underway with Old Dominion drawing Coastal Carolina in an exhibition match, and narrowly losing to the University of Virginia 1-0. Confidence is high a season removed from going 11-6-1, and securing a second-place finish in their first season of Conference USA play. Coach Alan Dawson (322-135-41) is beginning his 18th season and is looking forward to the challenge of making a fifth straight trip to the NCAA tournament. The Monarchs advanced to the second round of the tournament last season before losing to Georgetown 3-0. Four of the major faces from last season’s run are gone and the daunting task of replacing that production is not an easy one. Dawson insists that this team will learn how to close games, an issue that the Monarchs have had in previous seasons. “I think there is talent. I think its just can we win close games? Are we going to be a team that can find a way to win in difficult circumstances? Do we have enough

of the intangibles to take us further,” Dawson said. Eight lettermen from the previous season will return to the team, including Ryan Condotta ( Jr, MF); Skylar Hagan (Sr MF/D ); Geoff Hill ( Jr. MF );Nick Hutchinson (So. F/MF); Ivan Militar (Sr. F ); Jesse Miralrio (So.F/C-USA AllFreshmen team), Michael Nelson ( Jr/D ); Cole Stringer (Fr/MF/C-USA AllFreshmen team), Nate Foglesong (Sr./D) and Sidney Rivera (Sr, F). Rivera, Foglesong, Hagan and Militar will provide the Monarchs with the valuable experience that young players often don’t have. Major lineup changes have been made with the loss of C-USA’s Offensive Player of the Year and second team All-American Tim Hopkinson (F, 12 gls, 4 asst., 28 pts), forward Gideon Asante (2 gls/1 asst.); All-C-USA defender Jason Gaylord (2 gls) and All-C-USA keeper Sean Stowe (1.32 GAA). “It’s tough to replace those guys, not in terms of talent, but in terms of intangibles; those are guys that are program guys, four year guys, Monarchs,” Dawson said. Hopkinson was a force to be reckoned with upfront but Dawson believes the depth that the team has will produce the goal production that they’re normally accustomed to.

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“We don’t right now have any freshmen that are starting, so we still have a core group that understands what it takes, and we just have to tweak it and keep getting better.” The Monarchs welcomed 12 newcomers to the team this summer. With it being a mix of junior college transfers and high school prospects, Dawson believes that the fresh faces have provided some motivation and hunger to get further this season. “They’re slowly adjusting to the speed of play, how quick the game is. We’ve got some transfers. The freshmen are a project, but they will play their role and be significant at times that they’re needed,” he said. If there were a map to pinpoint the origins of the 12 arrivals, it’d look like a dartboard. ODU brought in Stefano Barahona (Fr. MF, Pompton Lakes, NJ.); Christian Coulson (Fr. GK, Portsmouth, VA.); Tyler Edwards (Fr. F, Carrollton, GA. );Momodu Jalloh (Fr. F, Alexandria, VA.); Charles Jones (Fr. F, Fayetteville, NC.); Amir Najib (Fr. F, Ellicott City, MD.); Josh Toma (Fr. F, Cary, NC.); Garrett Walke (Fr. MF, Virginia Beach, VA.); Josue Henriquez ( Jr. F, Mesa, AZ.); David Macsicza ( Jr. D/ Dunajska, Slovakia);Alex Tiesenhausen (So. GK/

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Graz, Austria) and Christian Schroer (GS.F/Petershagen, Germany). Old Dominion opens the season with a five-game homestand, including the 39th annual Stihl Classic. ODU will face the University of North Carolina and Northeastern in the weekend tournament. Following those two games will be three home games in the span of eight days against South Florida, Longwood, and UNC-Wilmington. “It is certainly an opportunity to get our feet wet against quality opponents, but we can’t overlook South Florida and our old CAA rivals Northeastern, William and Mary, UNC Wilmington and VCU. Of course, C-USA is a beast of a league from top to bottom,” Dawson told odusports.com. Leadership was strong on and off the field last season. Foglesong and Rivera are ensuring that it isn’t any different this time around. “Most of the guys, the core of the team has been here all summer. We’ve been working really hard since the end of spring season last year. It’s a focused group, it’s a young group, so we try and get the guys to have fun but also stay focused,” Rivera said. The Senior forward attributed some of his growth over the years to the veterans that taught him when he first came to Old

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Dominion. “The previous years since I’ve been here, we’ve had older groups, and being an older guy now, we have a lot more younger guys, so we have to show them the way, and that just comes with experience. It’s just something we have to mold into them so when they get older, it’ll be like that,” he said. Foglesong has seen the progression over the past four years, not only in himself, but also in the team dynamic. “I think it’s a lot different. When I first got to the team I was a quiet kid. My first couple of years I hardly talked,” he said. “Now, being a Senior, I’m captain, I have to take more of a leadership role, really organize the team for practice’s and even out-of-soccer events. When I got here, we were more of a big, athletic team and now we’ve gotten better and better talent wise so I think it’s a big improvement since I’ve gotten here,” he said. Foglesong said his main goal, along with the rest of the team, is to “win the conference because it’s something that my older brother got to do while he was here and its something I’ve never gotten to do, especially with us hosting the CUSA tournament.” The tournament will be held at the Old Dominion Soccer Complex Nov. 12-16, 2014.


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Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney A great crossover, but not without some “Objection!”s Noah Young Webmaster Twitter: @MCTechie2014 Professor Layton versus Phoenix Wright is just a great concept. Take two of the greatest video game characters known for adventure games that rely more on thought than action, and put them together in one game. And it was done spectacularly. The story is about Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright, with their respective partners Luke and Maya, both helping a mysterious girl named Espella. The game opens in the Phoenix Wright style of showing a crime occurring, in this case a car being attacked by supernatural beings. In true Layton fashion, the victim is a friend of Layton’s and sends him a letter through Espella, who had also been in the car. When investigating the incident, Layton and Luke get pulled into a book Espella had with her about the place she came from, the mysterious and magical

Labyrinthia. From there, the player steps into the shoes of Phoenix Wright who is called upon to represent Espella in court after a separate incident occurs. After winning the case, Phoenix and Maya also get sucked into Labyrinthia through Espella’s book. From there, the player constantly switches between exploring and solving puzzles, to trying to prove someone’s innocence in witch trials. The user interface is taken from the recent Layton games. When exploring and investigating, even as Phoenix Wright, the game relies on the player using the touch screen to control a magnifying glass moving over the scene on the top screen. The magnifying glass turns orange over points of interest, which takes away a lot of the guess work of finding evidence that had been present in past Phoenix Wright games. Though the Layton sequences are almost exactly like past Layton games, the trials manage to pull in new aspects for Phoenix Wright fans. The main new fea-

ture is that multiple witnesses testify at once. This allows for whole new lines of questioning, allowing players to switch between witnesses when they react to what another witness has said. It also allows the player to use other people’s testimonies as proof of a contradiction. Hint coins can also be used in trials to help guide the player if they have no idea what to do with the information at hand. One of the main things I picked up on early on were the sounds. When Layton characters speak, the familiar text tone of Layton games plays, while when other characters speak, it plays the Phoenix Wright beep sound. They are very subtly different, but still noticeable. The soundtrack also pulls from both series and uses the songs well. Some original songs are also used. Another point worth noting is the art style. Rather than force the characters to adapt to the style of the other, they maintain their usual look. The other characters of the game are also done in one style or

the other, with witnesses usually looking like Layton characters and other, more important, characters, such as the Storyteller and Inquisitor Barnham, looking like Phoenix Wright characters. The cut-scenes are as beautiful as ever. Though they are technically 2D, they’re layered in such a way that 3D does actually have a pretty awesome effect on them, giving them depth and a sense of liveliness. Unfortunately, there aren’t many cut-scenes, and most of them are short. The puzzles featured in this game are mostly harder than Layton’s last game, but still not terribly difficult. There’s also the fewest puzzles to be featured in a Layton game, with only 70 puzzles appearing in the main game. This is offset, however, by the presence of lengthy witch trials. Though the puzzle count is small, the game still feels well rounded and fun. Some pieces of dialogue are voiced, but, like with cut-scenes, this is very rare. The plot therefore relies on players having the patience to read each block of text, of which there are many. This isn’t uncom-

mon for either series, seeing as initial entries had no voiced dialogue, but is still unfortunate due to the amount of reading that must be done. Another upsetting, yet minor, detail is that occasionally the game will slow down. This is only during parts where the player is reading, so it’s not as bad to see happen as it is in more action oriented games. It’s not jarring when it happens, but still noticeable and somewhat offputting. Despite these minor failings, “Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney” is a fantastic crossover that celebrates both franchises and what makes them unique. The plot and setting were chosen well to pull both characters out of their element and make them shine. It also allowed Phoenix and Layton to stand back to back yelling “Objection!” and pointing simultaneously in what was one of the best scenes ever. Fans of either series should definitely pick this game up.

Too many games, too little time: A rundown of PAX Prime Rashad McDowell Staff Writer Twitter: @ MCTechie2014 Seattle hosted the 2014 PAX Prime during the weekend of Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. During the four day event, all of the big names in gaming, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo gave demonstrations and early gameplay opportunities for some of the most highly anticipated titles. Lesser known, but still equally hyped, independent developers also made their appearance to announce launch dates of upcoming games. The weekend opened with a presentation for “Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusades.” Players were advised to prepare for a player versus player (PvP) fo-

cused event, with challenges centering on working together in a militaristic manner. An early alpha version of the game was on display at the convention and allowed eight players to skirmish on a small PvP map. Preceding the convention and as a means of celebration, Sony put several of its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games on sale. Not one to do anything in half measure, the gaming industry giant brought more than 30 playable games along to PAX. That list included titles such as “The Order: 1866,” “Far Cry 4” and “LittleBigPlanet 3.” Visitors to “The Order: 1866” area were eligible to win a PS4 signed by members of the development team for the aforementioned game.

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Microsoft brought its own collection of big-name titles, primary among them “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” and “Sunset Overdrive.” Both games were available as playable demos. The “Halo” playable debut featured a mini tournament with a $10,000 prize pool. The top performers for the day of Aug. 8 were invited to be among eight teams to play in the finals. Upcoming Xbox One titles “Forza Horizon 2” and “Dragon Age: Inquisition” were also on hand for visitors to the Microsoft booth. The “Halo” developers held a panel to provide an in-depth look into all of the upcoming “Halo” projects. “Hyrule Warriors” and “Super Smash Bros” were two of the biggest titles for which Nintendo provided demos. This

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wasn’t the first time “Hyrule Warriors” had been available as a playable demo, but it nonetheless offered even more hype for the game. “Super Smash Bros” continues to be one of Nintendo’s most successful game lines, and with its presence on both Wii U and the 3DS, Nintendo is hoping to keep it that way. The massively multiplayer online world got their hands on two huge upcoming games: “ArcheAge” and “Warlords of Draenor.” Coming off a cycle of closed betas, “ArcheAge” announced its official launch date of Sept. 16. The game offers many of the usual conventions of the MMO genre, as well as a few interesting tweaks. The class system is more open, allowing

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for additional player customization with three options for specializations at once. “World of Warcraft” fans were exposed to the upcoming expansion, “Warlords of Draenor.” The demo allowed for instant level 90 character creation. Multiplayer online battle arena fans can look forward to a new aggression friendly addition to the genre, Tome. With time consuming titles like “League of Legends” and “DOTA 2,” Tome promises shorter game times in return for highly aggressive play. With so many great games on the horizon, gamers of every preference can rejoice for the future.


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What you may have missed at Sony’s Pre-TGS Conference

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The annual Tokyo Game Show, a gaming expo focusing primarily on Japanese games, does not start until Sept. 18 but Sony recently had an early conference focusing on the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita on Sept. 1. Starting the conference off with Sony’s handheld, the PlayStation Vita, a new entry in the long-running action RPG “Phantasy Star series” titled “Phantasy Star Nova” was announced for release this November in Japan. Seeing as “Phantasy Star Online 2” has yet to be released to the Western audience, it is unknown if this title will make it here as well. A sequel to “Samurai Warriors: Chronicles 2” was announced as well for both the Nintendo 3DS and Vita

for a December release in Japan. Other games shown were a portable version of “Way of the Samurai” and “Luminous Arc Infinity,” a strategy RPG with a fantasy setting. “Luminous Arc Infinity” will be the first in the series to make its way to a Sony system, as the previous three released exclusively on the Nintendo DS. Finishing its Vita games presentation, Sony announced that the next update for the Vita will support themes. The themes can change the background, icons, and sometimes the music of the Vita’s interface. A date was not given for the update. Sony also promised new models of the Vita that may include engravings on them that are themed to various games. The conference soon shifted from the Vita to the newest member in the PlayStation family, the PS4. Trailers for already familiar games, “Assassin’s Creed: Unity,”

“The Crew,” “Far Cry 4” and “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” were shown first. Shuhei Yoshida, the president of SCE Worldwide Studios, made an appearance to remind everyone that the PS4 has sold 10 million units worldwide while multiple games on the system have sold over 1 million units as well. A trailer was shown for the first “Hot Shots Golf ” game on the system this time called “Everybody’s (Hot Shots) Golf ” and may have a social aspect tied to it. The somewhat spiritual successor to the “Souls” games, “Bloodborne,” was shown in a new trailer. Sony also revealed a limited edition to be released Feb. 5 in Japan, hopefully with a Western release not far behind it. The next game in the cult-hit series, “Earth Defense Force,” is making the transition to PlayStation 4 next year with “Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of

New Despair” (try saying that five times fast) and appears to be a follow up of “Earth Defense Force 2025” as the trailer details the events of 2025. After a leaked box art of a sequel to “Resident Evil: Revelations” appeared on the internet weeks ago, Capcom finally announced it with a tagline of “Evil is Watching” and added that it will have a new story, protagonists, and will be released in 2015 on the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Capcom will be at Tokyo Game Show and will give more information about the game as well as hands-on demos. Square Enix appeared to present “Dragon Quest Heroes” coming in 2015, but the only thing different about “Dragon Quest Heroes” from previous games is that Omega Force, the team who makes the “Dynasty Warriors” games, are developing it.

Atlus made an appearance as well, and they had a special gift to everyone watching: a trailer for “Persona 5.” Granted, the trailer only showed cinematics, and not gameplay, it did let everyone know that the game will be released on the PS4 as well as the PS3 in 2015. Last but not least, Sony also talked about the next PS4 update, which will add themes similar to the PS Vita update, before closing the conference with a montage of PS4 games that have yet to be released in Japan. Though the Tokyo Game Show does not start until Sept. 18, Sony has already given gamers a taste of what is yet to come with this pre-TGS presentation.

Technically wearable Victoria Wood Contributing Writer Twitter: @ MCTechie2014 Consumers were quick to rejoice over the arrival of smart devices as wearable technology earlier this year. The research firm IDC performed a study in early 2014 on the market trends behind wearable technology, and estimated that as many as 20 million wearables will be purchased in 2014. With that many customers rushing to purchase these products, a burgeoning demand for devices that don’t clash with the wearer’s wardrobe has flooded the market. ABI Research employee Nick Spencer captured the need for the design change in his interview with the Washington Post. “Wearables need to take account for varying tastes, not least between genders. One size, or even design form - touchscreen designs, for example - doesn’t fit all as it does to a much larger degree in consumer electronics. Designers need to play a key role here,” he said. Both fashion houses and startups alike have answered their target audiences’ calls for new technology in beautifully presented packages this season. Technology giant Intel will debut a line of smart watch cuffs this year in the fall at New York Fashion Week.

Rashad McDowell Staff Writer Twitter: @ MCTechie2014 In a live stream from Japan on Aug. 29, gaming giant Nintendo announced two of its newest handheld consoles: the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. This move comes at a time where Nintendo has embraced the fact that their latest home console, the Nintendo Wii U, hasn’t lived up to sales expectations. The New 3DS promises to bring back everything that users loved about the older model, the Nintendo 3DS, while improving on several key areas. Arguably the most highly anticipated upgrade the New 3DS is packing comes in the 3D function of the system. On the earlier 3DS, images rendered in 3D could become blurry when viewed from different angles

Intel’s MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) cuff will bring them into the market of wearables with other technology companies such as Samsung, Sony and LG. At first glance, Intel’s watch resembles an ornate cuff bracelet. Compared to the utilitarian style of the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch, the MICA is very clearly intended to capture the female market. While Intel’s MICA is on trend, they are not the only company this season to turn toward a more fashion friendly accessory. Some of the bigger fashion houses are incorporating wearables into their lines this year. Diane Von Furstenburg partnered with Google to create a line of Google Glasses for the techie with taste. The bulky silver framed glasses are gone, and in their place, DVF has released a positively kitschy pair of oversized black plastic frames. Tory Burch has also partnered with Fitbit to make a jewelry line for their Flex exercise tracker. With multiple bracelet options, both plastic and gold, and a pendant necklace option, the line emphasizes aesthetic far more than Fitbit’s previous options. In addition to these partnerships, designers such as Rebecca Minkoff are trying to independently incorporate and merge the fashionable and technological aspects of wearables.

Minkoff ’s accessory line for this year includes a gold bracelet that connects to one’s phone via Bluetooth and sends alerts when one receives calls and texts. Her second bracelet looks like a thin leather studded bracelet, but houses a lightning cable for iPhone users in need of a charge. The less-is-more approach to wearable technology can also be seen in men’s wear. Ralph Lauren debuted their new wearable during the U.S. Open tennis championships.

They designed an exercise shirt with sensors woven in to the back of the shirt. The shirt measures the vitals of its wearers, with a built in Bluetooth transmitter, accelerometer and gyroscope. In men’s wearables, the Pebble smartwatch is another option. With a leather band and stainless steel bezel, the Pebble Steel watch emanates a look of quality and craftsmanship. This was a notable change from Pebble’s first watch, which had a plastic band and a screen similar to the Kindle Paper-

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“So, to get the maximum effect you have to hold the 3DS perfectly still, hold it close, and make sure the 3D dial isn’t cranked too high,” Tim Stevens of Engadget.com said. Using a built-in camera and gyro sensors, the New 3DS tracks the player’s face and makes adjustments as needed to prevent blurring. Aesthetic changes include the addition of several new buttons and the relocation of the cartridge slot. By moving the slot from the back of the system to the front left side, space has been left for two additional shoulder buttons. A C button, similar to the C-stick from Nintendo’s GameCube, has been added as well. This button will have different functions in several games, such as controlling the Super attacks in “Super Smash Bros.” The current buttons will be recolored

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red, blue, green and yellow. This is no accident: the colors are homage to Nintendo’s 16-bit era Super Famicon, known as the SNES in the United States. Additional memory for the New 3DS will be available in the form of MicroSD cards. A slot has been added to the system, positioned under the base’s covering. With an improved CPU, the New 3DS promises to be much more powerful than its predecessor. This, in turn, will allow for higher quality images in games produced for the system. “Xenoblade Chronicles” is set to release as a New 3DS exclusive and will capitalize on the upgrades to hardware. The most ambitious new addition to the New 3DS will be the near-field communication or NFC reader that will support Nintendo’s Amiibo figures, figurines that, when placed on the system’s lower

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touch screen, can effect in-game play. Poised to compete with “Disney Infinity” and “Skylanders,” Amiibo figures offer players expanded gameplay features and customization. Nintendo explained that play style and player preference will ensure that no two Amiibos are the same. The highly anticipated “Super Smash Bros” for the 3DS will support the Amiibo system. Nintendo’s decision to develop and release a new handheld may be in part due to the commercial failure of the Wii U. Earlier this year, the company announced its move to slash sales projections by 70 percent. Since its launch two years ago, the Wii U has sold 6.68 million units, compared to the PlayStation 4’s selfreported 10 million units and the Xbox One’s 5 million units in half the time. Handhelds have held a different fate for the Nintendo. Since its 2011 release,

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white. Beyond fashion moguls, there have been a flood of startups providing cute, functional wearables as well. Earlier last year, San Francisco startup Misfit Wearables released a fitness tracker called the Misfit Shine that could be worn in a bracelet, a necklace or clipped to an article of clothing. The unique part of the device was that it looked more like a fashion accessory and less like a monitor.

the 3DS has sold upwards of 44 million units worldwide. Even accounting for the runaway success of the Wii back in 2006, Nintendo’s golden ticket has always been handhelds. In its lifetime run, the Wii sold around 101 million units worldwide, ranking it fifth in total consoles sales ever. The Nintendo DS and Gameboy ranked second and third overall, with sales of 154 and 118 million units sold worldwide. Refocusing on handhelds may be just what Nintendo needs to revitalize interest in the brand and shake off the Wii U’s poor performance. The New 3DS and New 3DS XL are set to release on Oct. 11 in Japan. No word has been given on a 2014 release date for the US and Europe. Similar to the 3DS, the systems will be region locked.


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Op-ed CONFESSIONS A1: We just opened a bunch of pages. I was doing the ODU one because I went here so it was easier to navigate through that. And after a while we had over 45,000 likes on all of the confession pages and this app Whisper contacted us and they offered us money. So you know, being college students we were like “Oh ok lets take it.” So we took the money, gave them the pages, but we still had access to is. At that time we were using Survey Monkey to get the posts off the page but then we decided to make our own website, dormconfessions. com, which is another way people can submit their confessions. So we had that going and we still kept the site because all they wanted was the [Facebook] page because that was the main thing for their marketing strategy. They were targeting Facebook pages. So we had the site, and we still had access to it, we just didn’t fully own it anymore. Over time, just because for us the interest in continually posting was kind of gone, we were busy with other stuff, so I think they added one or two other people throughout that time. They would add people from the schools. In the fall of 2013 of that very same year I started getting interest in it again and I had a little bit of time on my hands so I started posting again. And the other admins would sometimes comment really stupid stuff just because before people had the impression of the admin posting really funny comments and stuff, witty stuff. And it was a little bit annoying because when I wanted to get back into it I had these people posting things that were really stupid. So I think after that I had to make a new page but the old page was still up and served as a backup. During the fall... there were a lot of racist posts coming up on the actual site, and someone posted a bomb threat on the site, and the web got shut down. So the Friday of that week I came back home and I had two detectives waiting for me but luckily I wasn’t in trouble, they just wanted my help because it was on my servers. So I helped them with the page and just a lot of stuff was going on. People were posting things and I couldn’t fully

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regulate it so we shut down that page and launched a new one and just having all the traction from the other one I was able to grow that page pretty fast. So it went from the old one had like 5,000 likes and this one has like 3,300 or something. That worked out for the best. Not in terms of the web getting shut down – I wish that didn’t happen and luckily I did my part in helping them find the actual person that did it. Turns out the person who did it didn’t even go to the school – they went to NSU. And I got like a subpoena to go to court to testify against them. Luckily it was during exams so I was able to opt out of that not have to deal with that at all. Then just with the new page I just post every once in a while when I have time. I don’t really trust many people with the information that I see so I always go through all the efforts to keep it private and I don’t leave my Facebook open in places just because when you have that level of responsibility you have to really make sure. Because people are telling you their secrets and just like their deepest thoughts and the thing is a lot of the stuff that I get I don’t even post it because some things are really deep and dark and it’s kind of interesting just because throughout the whole period of all this I was really able to get an inside look at all of the different colleges, especially in Virginia, and I can tell a lot about student life. Me and my friend were just joking around and just said we could probably write the best college review for Virginia. Overall it was a really interesting experience. AM: How much did you end up making from Whisper? OC: We made a good amount of money. It was kind of worth it, but in the long run I think me and my friend could have probably done more with it but the timing was not too great with us being in college. I think it was in February that we started the pages and throughout the next few months or so we were opening pages at other schools. I remember we were staying up until 5 a.m. just posting stuff because we had a lot of them.

We made a website first which was probably not the best decision. It was easier, but I think it would have been better for us if we had made an app back then to compete with Whisper. AM: Will you tell me the exact amount that you made? OC: Probably not just because there were other people involved. AM: Will you give me a range? It was in the $1,000 to $10,000 range altogether. For two months worth of hardcore work. AM: Being the current admin and posting you do come up with some of these witty comments that you put on the end of the confessions? OC: That’s the thing. When I first started making the comments I was just doing it because I didn’t want to have to go back into the comment section and type something. Then a lot of pressure started coming just because I guess the early ones were really funny and people liked it. So now there’s a lot of pressure when I make a comment. You’ll realize that I don’t make as many comments anymore just because I only do it if I know it’s a really good one. I kind of wish people wouldn’t tell me it was witty and funny because I think it would have been better but now that people do tell me there’s a lot of pressure. I just wait until I have a good one before I comment and usually it does well. AM: So when you’re choosing the confessions to post you have a system for that? You said some of them are a little too dark and personal. OC: So what I do is, a confession cannot have someone’s name, number, it can’t talk about suicide or anything. I’ve got this guide in my head to tell me. Because at first when we started we were just posting fraternity names and it became really hateful. We wanted to get away from that so I think after a while we just thought we shouldn’t post this because at the end of the day I don’t want to have anything that makes anyone feel bad, and its just not worth it at all to me. AM: Does anyone at the school know that you’re the ODU confessor? OC: Yea, my close friends, they know about it. From like the very start, when I

started it. Even when I had more time on my hands I expanded it to ODU Connections and Snapchat Confessions and it was just too much to do. I just kind of resorted back to the initial confessions because I think I can keep up with it every once in a while. AM: And what do you think you’ve learned about ODU through the confessions? OC: I learned that a lot of people are more similar than they think. It’s kind of interesting. There’s a lot of similarities amongst people and I think just the way our culture is set up... I know people who would probably be best friends with each other if they met each other. But I would say maybe the social class of ODU kind of keeps people separate sometimes. It’s kind of interesting. It would be interesting to see people get to know each other who are really similar to one another but it won’t happen just because of the way things are set up in our culture. AM: What do you mean by that? OC: A lot of people they are probably going through the same things. One person is looking for a friend, the other one is, or people are open to having them join their friend group. There’s a lot of different areas and people just probably will never meet. At the end of the day I can’t be like the middleman because that would mean compromising people’s identities, and I guess their secrets, so you just have to watch things as they go. AM: So is there any confession that stands out in your mind as “Oh that was a good one?” OC: Oh gosh, there’s been a lot. That’s the thing at this point there’s not much that I can read that shocks me. Some of them were really nasty and those really stood out. I’ve read so many of them, like thousands and thousands of confessions. My favorite time to post is during exams just because people come up with the funniest memes. AM: Do you think that you’re going to try to be more active this semester? OC:I’ll try to be more active. The thing is, it’s my Senior year and I’m taking like six classes both semesters. It’s like a good escape every once in a while ,when I’m not studying, just to come

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars Dacia McBride Contributing Writer Twitter: @Mace_AE There are some books we encounter in our lives that leave a permanent print on our hearts. The kind of books that take your mind for a ride, leave you absolutely breathless and amazed. I’ve read many books like this, but one of my favorites is “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green. “The Fault in Our Stars” is a novel about a seventeen-year-old girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster who battles thyroid cancer that has metastasized to her lungs. In an attempt to motivate her to get out and socialize, Hazel’s mother convinces her to attend a support group that centers on teens with cancer and discusses coping mechanisms. In this group she meets

a boy named Augustus Waters; from this point on, her life is forever changed. Augustus can be described as pretentious, but I think that’s how he’s intended to be. He carries around a pack of cigarettes that he never lights because he says he prefers to “put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Augustus and Hazel’s developing friendship (and eventually, romance), introduces Isaac, Augustus’ friend who has eye cancer. The bond between these three teenagers is pretty much sealed after the first meeting of the cancer support group; their personalities seem to fit perfectly and they genuinely enjoy being around each other. Since Hazel met Augustus in a support group for teenagers with cancer, it is obvious that Augustus himself had cancer

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as well. Augustus, Hazel and Isaac are all able to relate to one another without sympathetic baggage. They also flow well together because of this, despite each having different types of cancer. I began reading this book expecting to enjoy it, and absolutely did. It’s a book I frequently come back to when people ask me to suggest something new for them to check out; when people take me up on this suggestion, they usually enjoy it as well. This book gets pretty emotional, and yes, it very well might make you cry, but I believe it is at least worth the read. Enjoy and happy reading!

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on ODU Confessions and post stuff. I would say it keeps me entertained. I think me and the people who follow benefit equally. It gives me like a little escape from studies and they get to enjoy the posts. I’ll try to be a little more active this final year. AM: Do you have anything else you would like ODU to know? OC: I would say that overall people think that anonymity is bad but I think it’s good in a sense that the way our society is growing with technology we’ve become more subjects of the environment. People are always posting on Instagram and Facebook about how they’re happy all the time. I don’t think it’s possible to be happy 24/7. If I’m too happy I’ll start to get worried. I don’t think you can keep that level of excitement, and I think a lot of people see these things and they become sad because their life isn’t like that. I think with being anonymous you get the ability to be yourself again, and express yourself without any pressure of what people think. I think that’s the upside. The downside of that is when you have people bash each other. That’s why apps like YikYak I don’t post. When people post about it I don’t post that just because I’ve seen a lot of hateful stuff on there and they kind of, I say, I guess it almost reverses a lot of the stuff I’ve been doing in terms of not posting peoples names and stuff. So whenever things come out that are really beneficial and helps people express themselves anonymously without the hate, I always try to promote that. When it gets to that point where it’s just slut shaming and racism, it ruins the whole atmosphere and I think it makes our school look bad over all. That’s one of the main reasons I started becoming active again because I think by not being active almost kind of enabled that environment because people really crave the anonymity.


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M&C| WEDNESDAY | 09.10.2014| MACEANDCROWN.COM Psalms 151 - By Raven Bland

Judgement Forcast - by Raven Bland Feet dangling Shuffling above my own fate Not because I’m happy, I’m resisting my own suicide. Someone help I can’t breathe, Suffocating on my own will, My own dream. I lost my shoes, My drive to run, He took them and I let Him. Scorching pebbles play patty cake with my soles, Flames embrace my ankles, I’m being tickled by my own fate And it’s not funny. Someone help I can’t breathe, I smell my future And it’s the smell of hands on fire Because I chose not to write for him, The smell of my legs because I chose not to witness, The smell of my knees because I chose not to pray, The smell of my heart because I chose not to give him all of it, And it’s the smell of my soul because I didn’t choose otherwise.

Joy cometh in the morning But God where’s your sun Trials come to make us strong But God the fire is too hot. How long must I burn here To become your precious gold. How much longer? I’ve become mine own enemy And I’m indeed strong. Hide me from the shadows of my mind Hold back thoughts that push thoughts of you away. For God you are my peace, Your arms embrace my soul Like no one else ever could Save me from my own demise. Deny me the power to separate myself from you Replace my mind that files memories eternally Reading each one continuously With a mind that forgetsSo that only the pursuits of you will last.

Someone help I can’t breathe. Condemnation flies around my head I swat them but they grow in number. I’m losing strength, I can’t hold on for much longer. I’m starting to hear the screams of prior inhabitants. Even my tears have become inflamed. Fate is taking me. Someone help I can’t breathe.

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KAUFMAN MALL | 7:30 PM

WE ARE ALL TRAYVON

WEBB CENTER - NORTH CAFE | 8PM

16 BRIDEGROOM FILM & LECTURE WITH SHANE BITNEY CRONE WEBB CENTER - NORTH CAFE | 8PM

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE: ANDREW SCHULZ FROM GUY CODE

18 EXPLORE VA: COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG DEPART FROM LOT 27 (NEXT TO SCOTLAND HOUSE | 11AM - 9:30 PM

WEBB CENTER - NORTH CAFE | 8PM - 12AM

LOVE 23 BODY WEBB CENTER - NORTH CAFE | 8PM

INTRAMURAL SAND VOLLEYBALL & CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

24 FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE: CIRQUE DU ODU WEBB CENTER - NORTH CAFE | 8PM - 12 AM

WHITEHURST BEACH | 10AM - 3PM

30 LEADING LADY: ISSA RAE

12 80’S SKATE NIGHT

WEBB CENTER - NORTH CAFE | 7:30 PM

WEBB CENTER - NORTH CAFE | 7PM - 11PM

18 THE SOUND OF CITIZENSHIP: LATINAS/OS, LANGUAGE, AND MEDIA

WEBB CENTER - HAMPTON & NEWPORT NEWS ROOM | 6PM

19 JAMMIN’ ON THE LAWN SRC LAWN | 6PM - 10PM

20 EXPLORE VA: DOWNTOWN NORFOLK

BUSES DEPART FROM LOT 27 (NEXT TO SCOTLAND HOUSE) | 9:30AM - 6PM

25 MONARCH WELLNESS COLOR FUN RUN/WALK

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HOMECOMING STEP SHOW

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HOMECOMING CONCERT

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HOMECOMING PARADE

STARTS AT KAUFMAN MALL | 12:40PM WELLNESS FAIR | 11AM - 2PM

THE TED | 7PM THE TED | 8PM

49TH & HAMPTON BLVD. | 11AM

FOOTBALL TAILGATE

KAUFMAN MALL | 12:30 PM

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REGISTER ON MONARCHLINK| 7PM

FOREMAN FIELD | 3:30PM

HOMECOMING BALL

NORTH CAFE | 9PM - 1AM

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3RD ANNUAL ODU TRIATHLON & SUPERHERO SPLASH DASH STUDENT RECREATION CENTER | 9AM - 11AM

REGISTER ON MONARCHLINK | 7PM

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DEPART FROM LOT 27 (NEXT TO SCOTLAND HOUSE | 6AM - 10PM

21 FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE: SALSA MAGIC

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PAW is presented by the Division of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services. Sponsors include National Pan-Hellenic Council, Recreaction & Wellness, Outdoor Adventure Program, Housing & Residence Life, Monarch Wellness Committee, Office of Intercultural Relations, ODU Out, Women’s Center, Office of International Programs, Student Activities Council, Leadership and Student Involvement, and F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S. For more information, please visit http://www.odu.edu/life/gettinginvolved/programming/paw or call 683-3446.

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