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DEMOCRACY MONARCHS ON UPCOMING VA

PRIMARIES

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EXPLORED IN ‘THE HIP HOP AND

OBAMA READER’ A7 VAGINA

MONOLOGUES

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MONARCH WRESTLING CLAIMS 500TH WIN

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OBAMA’S EMBRACE OF HIP-HOP CULTURE ELECTRIFIED MILLENNIALS, AND THEIR VOICES HAVE BEEN HEARD LOUDER THAN EVER


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LOCAL NEWS

FEBRUARY 15TH A hit and run incident was reported at this approximate location on February 15th at 8:20 p.m. The case remains active.

CNU POLL SHOWS CLINTON AND TRUMP AS LEADERS IN VIRGINIA PRIMARY RACE

A recent poll by Christopher Newport University has Hillary Clinton with a 12-point lead over Bernie Sanders for the Democratic party and Donald Trump with a 6-point lead over Marco Rubio for the Republican Party. The Virginia presidential primary will take place on March 1.

FEBRUARY 17TH A hit and run incident was reported at this approximate location on February 17th at 9:37 p.m. The case remains active. FEBRUARY 15TH A hit and run incident was reported at this approximate location on February 15th between 9:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The case remains active.

CLINTON OPENS CAMPAIGN OFFICE IN NORFOLK

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has opened an office in Norfolk where local supporters can come together to make calls and hold meetings in preparation for the March 1 primary. The office is located at 318 West 21st Street in Norfolk. The campaign says it has the support of congressman Bobby Scott, as well as mayors Paul Fraim and George Wallace.

FEBRUARY 17TH

A hit and run incident was reported at this approximate location on February 17th between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The case remains active.

FEBRUARY 16TH

A hit and run incident was reported at this approximate location on February 16th at 4:09 p.m. The case remains active.

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES TO SPEAK AT REGENT UNIVERSITY

FEBRUARY 20TH An incident of rape and forcible sodomy was reported to have occurred on February 20th at 1:00 a.m. at this approximate location.

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson will each speak at Regent University in Virginia Beach as part of their Executive Leadership Series. Trump will speak on Feb. 24 at 12 p.m., Cruz on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., and Carson on Fe. 29 at 2 p.m. The cost is free, but registration is required. EMINENT SCHOLAR MAKES IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO RESEARCH ON TICK GENOME

ODU’s Daniel Sonenshine, professor emeritus and eminent scholar in the department of biological studies, contributed to research that identifies for the first time the genome of the tick species responsible for Lyme disease. The study was published on Feb. 6 in the journal Nature Communications, and this new genetic information can help scientists understand how ticks transmit pathogens and develop new ways to control ticks through a variety of methods. STUDENT LEADERS LOBBY AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

A large group of ODU student leaders visited the general assembly to advocate for the university with Hampton Roads lawmakers on a trip sponsored by the Student Government Association. Students spoke with lawmakers about their experiences and ODU’s mission and also met with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Education Anne Holton. In addition, they got a first-hand look at the commonwealth’s budgetary process.

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Date/ Time Reported

Date/ Time Occurred

Location

Category

Incident Number

Disposition

02/15/2016

02/15/2016 12:34PM

1000 Blk. W. 45th Street - Village 3

Destruction of Property

2016-ODU-000202

Clear by Arrest 02/16/2016

02/15/2016

02/05/2016 7:00PM - 7:30PM

4200 Blk. Killam Avenue

Larceny

2016-ODU-000203

Inactive 02/16/2016

02/15/2016

02/15/2016 9:45AM - 4:30PM

1300 Blk. W. 43rd Street - Garage B

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2016-ODU-000205

Active 02/16/2016

02/15/2016

02/15/2016 8:20PM

1000 Blk. W. 49th Street

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2016-ODU-000206

Active 02/16/2016

02/16/2016

02/15/2016 11:57PM

4700 Blk. Elkhorn Ave. - Scotland House

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000207

Judicial referral 02/17/2016

02/16/2016

02/10/2016 9:00PM - 02/10/2016 10:00PM

4800 Blk. Hampton Blvd

Larceny

2016-ODU-000208

Active 02/17/2016

02/16/2016

02/05/2016 12:00PM

1000 Blk. 45th Street

Larceny

2016-ODU-000209

Active 02/17/2016

02/16/2016

02/16/2016 4:09PM

1300 Blk. 43rd Street - Garage B

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2016-ODU-000210

Active 02/17/2016

02/16/2016

02/16/2016 5:06PM

1700 Blk. W. 48th Street - Whitehurst Hall

Fraud

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Active 02/17/2016

02/17/2016

02/17/2016 5:22PM

1000 Blk. Killam Ave - Village Lot #3

Destruction of Property

2016-ODU-000214

Active 02/18/2016

02/17/2016

02/17/2016 7:04PM

1000 Blk. 41st Street - Village #10

Tamper with Fire Equipment

2016-ODU-000215

Active 02/18/2016

02/17/2016

02/17/2016 6:30PM - 8:05PM

1300 Blk. W. 49th Street - Diehn Building

Larceny

2016-ODU-000217

Active 02/18/2016

02/17/2016

02/17/2016 9:37PM

1000 Blk. W. 45th Street - Garage D

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2016-ODU-000218

Active 02/18/2016

02/17/2016

02/17/2016 7:00PM -10:00PM

1200 Blk. W. 45th Street - Lot 29

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2016-ODU-000221

Active 02/18/2016

02/18/2016

02/17/2016 7:30PM - 10:00PM

4600 Blk. Powhatan Ave - Powhatan II

Larceny

2016-ODU-000222

Active 02/19/2016

02/18/2016

02/18/2016 11:05AM - 11:09AM

4700 Blk. Elkhorn Ave. - France House

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000223

Judicial referral 02/19/2016

02/18/2016

02/18/2016 4:37PM

1000 Blk. 49th Street - Gresham Main

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000224

Judicial referral 02/19/2016

02/18/2016

02/18/2016 8:01PM - 8:07PM

1000 Blk. W. 39th Street

Larceny

2016-ODU-000226

Investigation by other Agency 02/19/2016

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A panel of Hampton Roads museum curators discuss sea level rise at the Chrysler Museum of Art on Feb. 18, 2016.

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Scientists from ODU Speak on Climate Change, Engage in Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum Ben Maxie Staff Writer On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Old Dominion University scientists and the public met at the Wasserhund Brewing Company in Virginia Beach. Two presenters gave talks on ODU’s involvement in Arctic exploration followed by a discussion on climate change. Peter Schulman, a professor of foreign languages and literatures at ODU, also spoke on Jules Verne, an early Arctic explorer. Also this week, on Thursday, Feb. 18, the Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum met at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA. Arctic researchers gave two of the talks on Tuesday. Victoria Hill, an oceanographer at ODU, spoke about her trips over the ice to the North Pole to study the plankton

population shifts under the ice. Hill said that she spent up to six weeks camping on the ice in the winter. Greg Cutter, also an oceanographer at ODU, spoke about his trip over the summer to the North Pole. His team took an icebreaker research ship to the North Pole to study the water

the new expedition was the first to reach the North Pole unassisted by another ship. The ice was fractured and broken up for the entirety of the trip. “The ice looked like Swiss cheese,” Cutter said. The speakers highlighted scien-

impacts of climate change. Oceanographers from ODU ruled out the involvement of magma flow under the ice and the argument that the planet is simply in a warming phase. Researchers pointed out the importance of using climate models to predict the future climate and ocean

“The ice looked like Swiss cheese.” —Greg Cutter, ODU oceanographer

chemistry of the area. Cutter said that normally, two ships are needed, “in case one gets stuck.” He went on to say that he’s been stranded for days at a time on such trips, and that other ships are needed to break each other out. In the presentation, Cutter noted that

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tific concerns about shrinking ice in the Arctic. Cutter explained that while Arctic ice loss might not directly cause sea level rise, the ice is a reflecting surface. Ice absorbs only 15% of the sun’s energy, to compare with 93% for water. Discussion after the talks focused on far-reaching

dynamics. The Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum met for the winter of 2016 on Thursday. Talks centered on public institutions such as museums, aquariums, parks, etc. intended to spread information about sea level rise and flooding. Talks

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ranged on topics from advocacy in museums to creating sculptures based on scientific data. A panel afterward featured representatives from ODU Theater Arts, the Mariners’ Museum and Park, the Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and the Colonial National Historical Park. George McLeod, a geographer at ODU, gave a talk on how a laser scanning technique called Lidar is being used to map low lying areas. McLeod said that these maps can be used to project flooding around Norfolk and showed examples from ODU. “The Lafayette River is by far the biggest hotspot for flooding,” McLeod said. “The parking lot by the radio station already floods at high tide.”


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Lolo Nnawulezi and members of the Nigerian community showcased their culture at Global Cafe Nigeria on Tues, Feb. 16.

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Global Cafe Nigeria: A Small Sample from a Diverse Plate Clare Benedetto Contributing Writer On Tuesday, Feb. 16, approximately 50 ODU students crowded into the Strome Entrepreneurial Center to spend an hour experiencing a taste of Africa. The Office of Intercultural Relations paid its tribute to Black History Month by sponsoring Global Café: Nigeria. Nigeria gets its name from the Niger River and is the most populous country on the continent. Over 173 million people call it their home as do

some students here at ODU. The event gave ODU’s Nigerian students the opportunity to present their country to others on campus. They stressed that Nigeria, home to more than 250 ethnic groups and over 500 indigenous languages, is far from homogeneous. Major ethnicities include the Igbo, the Hausa, and the Yoruba, with Islam and Christianity as the two dominating religions. Some presentations showed photos of a traditional wedding ceremony and others played snippets of Nigeri-

an hip-hop. The audience learned that soap operas are a widespread source of entertainment in Nigeria. Popular national foods include rice-based dishes such as jollof rice, and soups such as okra soup and pepper soup. Among the foods served at Global Café was spicy chicken stew with white rice, toned down by the fruity mildness of fried plantains and a green salad as sides. By far the most noteworthy food of the buffet of Scotch Eggs hard boiled eggs coated with a mixture

of sausage and bread crumbs, deep fried and then halved. Each orange yolk peeked from its nest. The guest speaker was Lolo, president of the Nigerian Women’s Association of Hampton Roads. Nnawulezi and the Nigerian students urged American students to appreciate the education they receive in this country. “You have so many opportunities here. In America, it is so much easier to go to school. There is so much more support. In Nigeria, if you do

not have money, you cannot go to school,”Nnawulezi said. ODU students from Nigeria nodded in agreement. As Nnawulezi swept around the room in colorful native dress, she spoke of her goals to “bridge the gap” between the cultures of Nigeria and the United States. “Just because you are here does not mean you forget your Nigerian culture,” Nnawulezi said. “We want our children to know it. We want them to remember it.”

Where Monarchs Stand on Virginia’s Upcoming Primaries Jonah Grinkewitz News Editor As the March 1st Virginia presidential primary election approaches, candidates are increasing their efforts to gain support in Hampton Roads. Students here at ODU are also getting involved with the election, which has brought up many issues millennials are facing such as college education, climate change and income inequality. A Twitter poll conducted by the Mace & Crown showed that 61 percent of students said they will vote in the upcoming primary. “We’re younger, and we’re saddled with the debt that our parents didn’t have when they got out of college,” Charles Christie, president of the

ODU Democrats organization, said. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has inspired many young voters across the nation with his idealism and views on education reform. Christie sees the same type of enthu-

tie senses that students would rather aim for reform than settle with the status quo. Sanders has proposed implementing free college education, which is appealing to young voters, but his op-

and Clinton have opened campaign offices in Norfolk. Republican candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson will each speak at Regent University on Feb. 24, 26 and 29, respectively.

Candidates from both parties have intensified their campaign... siasm from students on campus. “I attribute it to the issues that are coming forward, and I think Bernie has pushed those issues into the national conversation and has forced Hillary to embrace those issues as important to a lot of people and cannot be ignored,” Christie said. When it comes to education, Chris-

ponents are attacking the practicality of this plan. “It would be a societal shift that would probably take four or five years to implement,” Christie said. Candidates from both parties have intensified their campaign in Virginia with the upcoming primary. Democratic candidates Sanders

A recent poll by Christopher Newport University showed Clinton leading for the Democrats with a 12-point lead over Sanders and Trump in front for the Republicans with a 6-point lead over Rubio. Senator Cruz was 2 points behind Rubio in the poll as well. ODU students can vote on March 1

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at the Larchmont Elementary School and Lambert’s Point Library. The Student Government Association will also be leading walks to the polls to encourage students to vote. Christie is very positive about motivating students to vote. “That is exactly why our organization exists; to engage students, educate them and then encourage them to vote,” Christie said. “Are we going to get the same turnout as we do in a presidential election? Absolutely not. But am I optimistic that for a primary this is going to be one of the highest turnouts for this district? I think it will be.” The ODU Republicans could not be reached for comment.


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ODU Hosts Model United Nations Conference Meng Mclendon Contributing Writer Once again, Old Dominion University’s Model United Nations Society has successfully hosted their biggest event of the school year, ODU Model United Nations Conference. The 39th annual conference convened more than 800 high school students from multiple states and placed them in simulated or historical scenarios to allow the students to address crises faced by the international community and to challenge the students to develop solutions. The conference opened with remarks from the society’s president, Sean McGuffin, and the ODUMUNC secretary-general, Chris Steadman, as well as the society’s director, Aaron Karp. Each of the speakers offered valuable insight on

the experiences available to students participating in ODUMUNC. During the conference, students were separated into different groups to address and debate conflicts as if representing assigned countries. These groups composed the general assemblies (GA) and specialized committees. Students in the general assembly were separated further into first, third and fourth committees. The first committee, Disarmament and International Security (DISEC), addressed the challenge of lethal autonomous weapons, while the third committee addressed concerns associated with social, cultural and humanitarian issues such as addressing the needs of internally displaced people. The fourth committee, Special Political (SPECPOL), focused on the protection of human rights

and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. Like the general assemblies, students assigned to work on specialized committees were further separated into groups to focus on topics such as sustainable development goals or human rights. In addition to the general assembly and specialized committees, some students were assigned to work on crisis committees, which addressed concerns of the Cabinet of the Islamic Republic of Iran (2015), Her Majesty’s Loyal Council on Africa (1880), and Ad Hoc of the Secretary-General. Following three days of debate divided into six sessions, students voted on resolutions to resolve their respective issues. The conference gave students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and

diplomacy skills among other delegates and potentially win an award within their committee. More than providing helpful information, the conference also provided students the opportunity to learn and expand on previous knowledge. “I came into the committee knowing nothing. I left understanding knowing how international politics work,” Brendan Shull, a participating conference delegate from Tallwood High School, said. This year, the Best Delegate award-winners from the SOCHUM committee were Tallwood High School students Kari Wilson and Brendan Shull. “We’re absolutely elated about this. Model UN has helped me find my voice and my true potential,” Wilson said. In all of the successes of this year’s ODUMUNC, one thing was differ-

Members of the Model United Nations Society of ODU participate in their annual conference this past week.

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ent. This was the first conference since the passing of a dear friend of ODU Model United Nations Society, Dr. Jean-Bernard Gazarian, who was director of the Division of General Assembly Affairs in the United Nations and a devoted participant in ODUMUNC since 1983. The highest award that delegates can achieve at ODUMUNC, the Gazarian Award for Diplomacy, is named in his honor. “We say goodbye to a generous soul,” Brian Rinaldo, Committee Chair of Global Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals specialized committee, said in a speech delivered at the close of the ceremonies. Next year, the society will be hosting a milestone conference, 40 years of ODUMUNC.

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‘Hip Hop and Obama Reader’ Shannon Jay Staff Writer Scholars Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson came together for the first time at the Ted Constant Center on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to discuss their collaborative book, “Hip Hop and Obama Reader,” as part of the Black History Month lecture series. The book discusses Barack Obama’s embrace of hip-hop early on in his campaign, critiquing his continual relationship with the previously “politically radioactive” culture throughout his presidency and how this dynamic has effectively reshaped democracy. “The timing is right,” Gosa said. “We’re in a moment in which

hip hop. “[Obama] took a risk early in embracing hip hop in his campaign,” Gosa said. “It was something that presidential candidates up until that point had definitely not done.” In the past, Nielson said, on both sides of the aisle politicians used hip-hop to illustrate what they are not, such as Bill Clinton’s Sister Souljah moment in 1992. The rapper/author’s name is now used to describe a politician’s distancing from perceivably extreme viewpoints. Hip-hop is now used frequently by candidates of all parties in an attempt to gain the youth vote, which was previously never considered. The audience giggled when clips

said has historically “preferenced dead presidents over live ones,” embraced Obama. Many campaigned for him, and several such as Nas and KRS ONE registered to vote for the first time. Hundreds of Obama-centric mixtapes and songs were released in support, including the unofficial inaugural theme song, Young Jeezy’s “My President is Black.” This surgence of campaign music led Nielson to predict a shift of consciousness in mainstream hiphop. He claimed popular rap was “recycling the same themes of materialism, misogyny and violence, [and] was not innovative.” While songs like Jeezy’s used the same, shallow symbols, such as cars, and

not for the reasons Nielson initially anticipated. “I thought it would be because of Obama,” Nielson said, “and in many ways it’s been in spite of Obama.” Frustration combined with new tools of distributing rap music heightened backlash. “The first hip-hop president quickly forgets hip hop culture,” Gosa said, adding that soon, hiphop will disappear from the White House, becoming a liability. The overwhelming emergence of the far-right Tea Party can be attributed to this decline, as they deeply criticized whenever President Obama attempted to engage hip-hop in a meaningful way. When Michelle Obama invited

rhetoric with their dissatisfaction and keeping it real with Obama’s disappointing actions. Ferguson, drones and drug policy raised questions about altering odds in society. “We have the symbolism of a black hip-hop president, but where’s the substance?” Gosa said. “People are disillusioned…and unsure weather or not their lives matter.” Jay Z still backed Obama strongly and appeared in a 2012 campaign ad for Obama’s re-election. However, he was the “distinctly de-hip-hopped” Sean Carter, not the former drug-dealer-turnedrapper, but a sanitized image of an entrepreneur who succeeded via the “American Dream.” Nielson claims this manipulated biography was a

“We are the living manifestation of protest, discontent, love and unpredictability,” Gosa said. we’re trying to make sense of the last eight years of having the first African-American president– we’re in an era where we’re beginning to ask questions about the nature of our democracy.” “We are the living manifestation of protest, discontent, love and unpredictability,” Gosa said. Obama’s embrace of hip hop culture electrified millennials, and their voices have been heard louder than ever on social media. Youth voter turnout was the highest in 30 years, with young black voters the highest demographic of any other ethnic group. Obama lost every white voter subgroup except white, college-aged voters and still won. This was achieved through what Gosa called a “sophisticated campaign,” which energized young, first-time voters through the use of

of 2016 candidates Hillary Clinton and Mark Rubio were projected. Clinton clumsily attempts the Dab on Ellen, while Rubio claims his love for Wu-Tang Clan, yet can’t name one of the nine members and falsely claims Biggie and Tupac killed each other. When Obama brushed his shoulders off at one of his early public appearances, however, it was clear he was unafraid to be the first to incorporate hip hop culture into his campaign. Beyond this, Obama professed his love for rap music in public interviews and made public appearances with artists such as Jay Z and Diddy, showing an authentic respect for the culture unlike the cheap ploys by fellow candidates. In return, the hip-hop community, a sub group which Nielson

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motifs for new purposes, according to Nielson. “The rhetoric in this so called ‘gangsta rap’ could be put to new uses, so all of a sudden the car doesn’t just have to be a symbol of wealth or status,” Nielson said, “but it can be what it [has been] for generations in the African-American community– a symbol of upward mobility.” Obama’s rise to the presidency, Nielson claimed, is a clear example of this momentum. “Look at the ways that the Obama presidency has altered the ways we can put that language to use,” Nielson said. “It’s productive rather than destructive.” While this reversal has been evident in the eight years of the first African-American presidency, it’s

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rapper Common to read his poems “A Song for Assata” and “Letter to the Law” at a White House poetry slam, right-wing media program host Bill O’Reilly claimed antipolice rhetoric, linking Obama to radicalism and calling Common a “thug.” “[Common is] one of the most peace loving, socially conscious guys out there, definitely not the thug he was portrayed as,” Nielson said. Critics proved why other candidates had avoided hip-hop and Obama began to back-pedal. Most artists who supported Obama in 2008 dissociated themselves with the previous beacon of hope and change. Rappers were torn between allegiance to a black president, along with engaging Tea Party

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ploy to gain white voters. In response, Gosa cited a chapter entitled “There Are No Saviors,” which discusses the overt faith placed in Obama, along with other figureheads for civil rights throughout history, and what the actual driver of change is– grassroots level activism. “We are the living manifestation of protest, discontent, love, and unpredictability,” Gosa said. “We have to keep an eye out for what’s gonna happen.” “We’re looking at you with a lot of optimism and hope,” Nielson said, “and that you can undo a lot of the systemic failure we see now.” He claimed hip-hop has been tackling these issues for decades and that rhythm and poetry is “an important vehicle for political change.”


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‘A Normal Heart’ comes to the University Theater next month

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BITS OF A&E ODU’S DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC PERFORMANCE

The ODU symphony orchestra will present “Spiritual Sibelius” on Feb. 28, 4 p.m., at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, 4392 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. The concert will feature the performance of Jean Sibelius’s ecstatic “Symphony No. 2” directed by Paul S. Kim. Winners of ODU’s Young Artists Competition will also perform.

ADELE CRIES AFTER GLITCHY GRAMMY GIG

Performing on “Music’s Biggest Night” was not the reason Adele couldn’t hold back her tears. The vocal diva phenom was disappointed when piano mics fell into the grand piano during her performance. This caused an out-of-tune guitar strum to flaw the performance. She still belted out her emotional ballad “All I Ask” to the delight of everyone watching.

WORK RELEASE AND WODU STUDIOS PRESENT “THRWBCK”

WODU has teamed up with Work Release to provide a full night of dancing and nostalgia in the NEON district Thursday, Feb. 25. The music starts at 9 p.m. with WODU’s DJ NiNi providing a rockin’ fusion of electric guitar and EDM. ODU’s DJ 2 Nasty will be spinning at activity hour before the event. W|R is located at 759 Granby St. in Norfolk.

AUTHOR HARPER LEE DIES

Beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee has died at age 89. Her 1960 novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” sold more than 10 million copies and became one of the most taught literary works in schools. Her sequel, “Go Set a Watchman,” released last July, sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week.

PANDEMONIUM ART EXHIBIT OPENS THIS WEEK

From Feb. 24 through Mar. 15, the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Visual & Performing Arts Academy will present their Visual Arts Senior Showcase: Pandemonium Art Exhibit. Located in the Atrium, ODU Virginia Beach, this exhibit will also feature a reception with performances on March 14 at 5 p.m.

2016 VAGINA MONOLOGUES: VOICE OF THE VAGINA Dejonna Mayo Contributing Writer During this year’s Vagina Monologues, dozens of empowered women sauntered through the low pink haze of lights onto the bare stage. They delivered inspirational talks recorded from women of all ages, races and origins. Topics ranged from masturbation, being transgender, rape, childbirth and lesbianism. Many of the patrons had no clue what to anticipate when they walked through the doors of Goode Theater on Valentine’s Day. “When I first walked into the theater, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was quite pleased. I really did enjoy it. Everything just stuck with me. I learned that the vagina is there for you to love, embrace and respect,” ODU student Raenell King said.

The use of the word “vagina” was jarring. At first it was met with widened eyes, giggles and gasps of surprise. Throughout the play, the words vagina, pussy and cunt became as normal as “money” or “test.” At the end of one performance, “The Women Who Loved To Make Vaginas Happy,” there were many shocked expressions when actress Abby Wroten began to mimic different types of moans. Panting and rubbing along her body, even the most sexually experienced person in the room likely tugged at their collar and laughed along with the crowd. With titles like “Hair,” “Because He Liked To Look At It” and “My Angry Vagina,” the audience’s mood traveled from happy, light-hearted laughter to solemn head nods and thunderous applause. “Some topics, although touchy,

need to be brought to light because you never know who’s life you can touch and who can relate,” India Johnson said, performer of “My Angry Vagina.” The entire play had an air of defiance. With each spoken word, the power of women filled the air. During the performance of “Reclaiming Cunt,” the entire audience joined in and yelled, whispered or at the very least thought the word “cunt” in an attempt to reclaim the word positively. Even men came out to support and celebrate vaginas during the holiday of love. “I learned that there is a romantic side to vaginas, and that there’s more to them than just pleasure. The confidence of the women and the stories were really inspirational,” Ross Ciuppa said.

When all the performers and directors came back on the stage with Beyoncé’s “Formation” playing overhead, they were met with a symphony of whistles, applause and shouts of praise. The assistant director of ODU’s Women’s Center, Joann Bautti, closed the show thanking everyone for attending the production. Bautti also told the audience that all proceeds from their performances were given to domestic violence programs in our community. Her two sons then ran onto the stage and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. Bautti gave thanks to her co-­ director, Myah Snowden, and lastly, acknowledged all of the amazing actresses in the production who gave women’s vaginas everywhere a voice.

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Returning to the thrash and metalcore genres found on some of their previous releases, Bullet for My Valentine’s fifth studio release, “Venom,” grips a deafening bite on the aural senses. Released back in August 2015, the group is currently on tour in support of their latest record. Their current tour has the band without veteran bassist Jason “Jay” James who departed the band early last year and was replaced by bassist Jamie Mathias. James had been with Bullet for over 12 years and the band wished him success in all his future endeavors.

With a myriad of influences ranging from Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple to Metallica and Nirvana, Bullet drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas’s songwriting is also inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. The drummer stated, “[these bands are] just proper old school songwriters.” With the advent of “Venom,” their first single, “No Way Out,” with its double-bass drum onslaught, paves the way back to the concert stage for the Welsh, heavy metal outfit. Subsequent single releases of “You Want a Battle? (Here’s a War)” and “Army of Noise” last summer defined a return

to the band’s roots led with anthemic cries from frontman Matthew Tuck. Bullet quickly followed up again with the singles “Playing God” and “Worthless” in August of 2015 shortly before the full album release of “Venom.” The new record sustains a heavier sound the band deliberately sought. Any notion of Bullet softening in tone is quickly met with inciting metal riffs and a sonic attack of nitro-fueled, heart-racing tempos. Look for the UK metal powerhouse to invade The NorVa on Thursday, Feb. 25.

‘Side Pony’

Boston’s Lake Street Dive has just released their fourth studio album, “Side Pony,” on Feb. 19. The multigenre group presents the new record with a mixture of ‘60s style soul, rock and R&B elements enhanced with some sparkling dance tracks. The album name is representative of an adventuresome, playful young horse doing its own thing, representative of the group’s music. Lake Street Dive is comprised of lead vocalist Rachael Price, Mike “McDuck” Olson on guitar and trumpet, upright bassist Bridget Kearney and drummer Mike Calabrese. The

four met and formed the band while attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Olson’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota was the basis for the band name, a street he knew with many dive bars. “Side Pony” takes us on a fun journey from the Motown Sound through the disco era to some blues elements and old-school R&B reminiscent of Gladys Knight & the Pips. Nostalgic grooves within song structures and skilled musicianship fill the new record. “Call Off Your Dogs” takes us back into New York’s famed Studio

54 of the latter ‘70s with a tinge of The Jackson’s “ABC.” Price’s voice shows limitations, thinning-out in her higher register. It is within the effortless offering of “So Long” where her voice shines best with a slight twang reminiscent of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.” “Side Pony” is at best a revamp of classic sounds and styles with little innovation. Prices’s voice appears too smooth, clean and “pretty” when certain tracks demand that expected grit, growl and nasty vocals. Lake Street Dive’s current tour will bring them to the National in Richmond, Virginia on March 19.

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American singer-songwriter Mýa Marie Harrison has recently released “Smoove Jones,” her eighth independent studio project and 12th overall. The album dropped on Valentine’s Day, and the project commemorates her debut single “It’s All About Me” and her 18th anniversary in the entertainment industry. The veteran songstress met with success from the get-go when her 1998 self-titled debut peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. She garnered a Grammy in 2001 for “Lady Marmalade,” the massive No. 1 single with girl-power vocal divas Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim

and Missy Elliot. For the entertainment industry mogul, Mýa wears many hats including producer, actress, dancer and designer. Within her music, she expertly blends hip-hop, soul and R&B into a genre all its own. Songs such as “Team You,” “Welcome to My World” and “Circle of Life (Ol’ Skoo’ Joint)” reflect her eclectic blend of styles as the foundation of her seductive vocal timbre. Though her vocal range travels outside her comfort zone in “Smoove Jones,” musically and lyrically her music rises to the occasion. Within the cut “Hold On” featuring Phil

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Ade, she plays a vocal chameleon disguised in the sultriness of Ellie Goulding complete with ethereally sonic urgings. Within her outro “Smoove Jones Afta Glow Show,” she brings us into the midnight radio hour and sings with a convincing sultry aesthetic. The occasional mix of multiple vocal blends throughout the record tends to blur Mýa’s sonic palette. Some tracks seem to miss a gentle takeoff into undiscovered parts of her vocal range. “Smoove Jones,” however, represents another solid achievement for the multifaceted singer-songwriter.


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Silversun Pickups Experiment with a ‘Better Nature’ Zachary Moeller Staff Writer It’s been more than three years since indie rock group Silversun Pickups have generated a studio album, but following the release of “Better Nature” last September, fans can rejoice. For some, however, the fact the LA locals have finally created new music will be the only reason to celebrate. It is clear that “Better Nature” attempts to transition the band’s signature sound from the raw, distorted jams many know and love to a more stable, electronic groove. Tracks like “Connection” and “Pins and Needles” make the transition evident as they begin with synthesizers in place of the heavy guitar riffs and distortion the group traditionally favors. Frontman Brian Aubert alludes on the group’s website that the shifting sound is due to more creative control. “Maybe we’re crazy,” Aubert said, “but at the end of the day, it’s really not that different than before, except we have more control.” Even with this obvious shift to an electronic vibe, Silversun Pickups keeps true to some of their trademark characteristics throughout the album. Aubert’s shrill vocals still hit fever pitch alongside the tight bass lines of Nikki Monninger who lends her backing vocals on several songs. Still, for those who fell in love with

“Lazy Eye” and “Panic Switch,” the fresh change might be a deterrent. There are instances on the album where it is not clear if the band members even knew where they were going. The song “Latchkey Kids” steadily picks up for nearly four minutes before abruptly stopping mid-line, no doubt leaving some listeners scratching their heads. Despite its inconsistency with past sounds, “Better Nature” does provide some genuinely catchy compositions. The back-to-back tracks “Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)” and “Tapedeck,” will easily get lodged into listeners’ heads thanks to the melodic hooks, distinct rhythms and backup vocal-work from Monninger. Regardless of its reception, “Better Nature” makes the band’s intentions clear. “We’ve been doing this a while now, and this time I wanted us to really enjoy the process,” Aubert said. With this dedication to enjoying the music making process, Silversun Pickups seems to have no plans of slowing down any time soon. With seemingly little off-time, Silversun Pickups is currently touring with stops in Europe and the U.S. On March 23, the quartet is slotted to play the 96X Spring Fling 2016 concert with Cage the Elephant, Foals and Bear Hands at the Ted Constant Convocation Center before moving on to the Northeast.

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The Struts Have What ‘Everybody Wants’ Lindsey Lanham Contributing Writer There is something distinct about a classic rock album. With too much synth and auto-tune in today’s music, there’s an entire generation missing the sound of raw, old-fashioned rock music. The Struts first full-length album, “Everybody Wants,” which will be released on March 4, brings back the classic rock sound while keeping it fresh with quick lyrics and strong vocals. The band got their start in England and quickly shot up the charts. They’ve opened for the Rolling Stones in Paris, Mötley Crüe in L.A. and even Twenty One Pilots in Norfolk. Though they originally took off in the U.K., the Struts are making their presence known in the U.S. with their first headlining tour this Spring. Inspired by classic rock greats such as The Doors, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, The Struts have made a name for themselves in the music world. Even with these older influences, the band has still somehow managed to keep a modern twist in

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their music. It’s a sound which has almost been forgotten in music, but kept distinct and original. The band is made up of frontman Luke Spiller, lead guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliot and Gethin Davies on drums. Spiller originally met with Adam Slack and immediately hit it off collaborating well musically. Davies and Elliot were invited to join the band in 2012. The album starts off strong with “Roll Up,” an electrifying mix of complicated guitar riffs and a chance for Spiller to showcase his incredible

The rest of the album is a collection of rock anthems and personal experiences mashed into one. “Mary Go Round” is a hopelessly honest song, taking the listener into a tragic, selfdestructive break-up. The Struts, in their unique way, already act like they’re a big deal. The band has a lot to offer, and they’re not holding anything back. Luke Spiller has a presence every classic rock band can only hope to achieve. His strong lyrics backed by his even stronger vocals and the way he makes the crowd part of their live shows is a feat few

...taking the listener into a tragic, selfdestructive break-up. vocal range. The song is the perfect introduction to the rest of the album, giving a sneak peek into what The Struts are capable of. “Could Have Been Me” makes an appearance as the second track on the album. For being their lead single, it doesn’t seem to hold the spotlight on the album. There is not a dull or disappointing moment on the album.

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bands achieve. The Struts are making themselves known in the world. Their ‘70s punk look, complete with eyeliner and fringe jackets, doesn’t fool anyone as their modern sound encompasses the familiar classic rock. The Struts act like a big deal, perhaps because they are on a track to impress the world with their artistic ability.


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Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs at The National in Richmond on Feb. 16

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Lives Forever at The National Rich Gabrintina Contributing Writer Portland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra delivered their unique brand of infectious psychedelic funk at the National in Richmond, Virginia on Feb. 16. While the first word in their name suggests the band’s obscurity, the large crowd indicated otherwise. Unknown Mortal Orchestra clearly established their presence and made themselves known to Richmond with their electrifying and memorable performance. As the opening act, Lower Dens, concluded their set, the National quickly filled with concertgoers anxiously waiting for Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Finally, the band emerged from darkness and appeared on stage, opening the set with “Like Acid Rain” as the crowd roared in excitement. Throughout

the evening, colorful lights projected overhead from six large stereo speaker installations surrounding the band. Unknown Mortal Orchestra consists of frontman and guitarist Ruban Nielson, bassist Jacob Portrait, drummer Riley Geare and keyboardist Quincy McCrary. The band was previously signed to independent record label Fat Possum Records, but is now signed with independent record label Jagjaguwar Records. Nielson’s trademark melancholic lyrics and soulful voice wonderfully juxtaposed the energy he and the rest of band delivered in their 75-minute set comprised of songs from their recently released album. “Multi-Love,” and from their 2013 album, “II.” As a singer-songwriter, Nielson reveals intimate details about his life. While “II” layers Nielson’s troubling

mental state fueled by endless touring, insomnia and self-medication underneath upbeat melodies and psychedelia, “Multi-Love” takes inspiration from the polyamorous relationship Nielson shared with his wife Jenny and a woman referred to as “Laura.” “Multi-Love” departs from psy-

the performance was continued in a standout drum solo performed by Geare. At around the 30-minute mark, Nielson took a break from the set to introduce the audience to the band and stage crew. Afterward, the venue went pitch-black until deep blue lights illuminated the stage. Un-

...the band emerged from darkness... chedelia and takes its sound in a direction more rooted in funk, while still maintaining the band’s definitive sultry quality. What distinguished Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s live set from other bands, and even from the studiorecorded versions of their own songs, was Nielson’s lively showmanship. marked by his fancy footwork and flashy dance moves. The rawness of

known Mortal Orchestra continued their set with the song “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark),” and the audience responded by dancing and singing along. Throughout the night, concert-goers adjusted their movements from explosive dancing to gentle swaying in response to the dynamic shifts of energy in each song. In the middle of the set, Nielson took the microphone

with him and leaped into the crowd, disappearing as a swarm of people immediately surrounded him. Nielson eventually resurfaced on stage and continued fronting the band. At the hour mark, Unknown Mortal Orchestra thanked the audience and took a break backstage as the audience chanted in anticipation of their return. The set concluded with “Necessary Evil” and “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone.” Unknown Mortal Orchestra left the crowd in a state of euphoria. The post-depressive effects of a concert were certain to arise at some point. Pure bliss, however, emanated from the audience after the set as conversations about the performance continued within the crowd. With their musical talent and onstage showmanship, the band provided a memorable concert experience for everyone in attendance.

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‘People, Places, Things’ 2015 | Unrated | 17 min.

When Will Henry, struggling artist and all-around nice guy, walks in on the mother of his twin girls undressing another man, the realization that their once blissful love is now over leaves Will stammering. Fast forward one year later and he still can’t quite find the words. As romantic comedies go, however, a new relationship presents itself in the unlikeliest of places. Will must let go of his past, finish the project he’s been working on for years and juggle the responsibilities of fatherhood and dating, all while managing to pull off a skinny tie in “People Places Things.”

Whether single dads watch films like this and breathe a sigh of relief as Will feeds his daughters pizza for breakfast is questionable. But while the intended audience for this film is still unclear, “People Places Things” is refreshingly honest about the disillusions of life post-breakup. Flight of the Concords’ Jemaine Clement effortlessly delivers welltimed laughs as Will with his charming New Zealand accent. A playful musical score and expository animation further lighten the mood. The tiring and sexist trope of the remorseless cheating wife, however,

sets an early precedent for the film. “The Daily Show’s” Jessica Williams, for example, plays Will’s budding student whose only purpose is to reassure her professor of his legitimacy as an artist. She sets him up with her mom, who similarly spends much of the film stroking the self-deprecating Will’s bruised ego. In spite of its glaring misogyny, “People Places Things” ventures beyond the expected without completely abandoning hallmarks of the genre. This film is available on Netflix.

‘Kung Fury’

2015 | PG-13 | 112 min. Kung fu? Check. Time travel? Check. Nazis, crime-fighting dinosaurs and a giant robot that shoots lasers from its middle fingers? Triple check! The short film “Kung Fury” packs all of this and more into a halfhour of ‘80s fueled fun. After a back-alley ninja slices his partner in half, a bolt of lightning and magical cobra bite turns Miamibased police detective Kung Fury into a martial arts master. After defeating the assailant, the broken-hearted Kung Fury vows to leave the force. But when the equally badass, karate

guru Hitler opens fire on the precinct and kills the police chief, Kung Fury travels back in time to stop the Third Reich’s most skilled fighter. With the help of Triceracop and computer wiz Hackerman, Kung Fury recruits Norse god Thor, his Viking she-warriors and a tyrannosaurus rex from a time portal to crush Hitler’s army. Inspired by the low-budget martial arts flicks and buddy cop dramas of the ‘70s and ‘80s, “Kung Fury” combines elements of film noir and videogame aesthetic. In one sequence shot in the style of an arcade fighting

‘Uncle John'

2015 | Unrated | 96 min. Most thrillers rely on elementary means of creating suspense in an audience. Withholding vital information, a crescendoing soundtrack and other cheap scares are all standard tricks of the trade. “Uncle John” is not like most thrillers. In fact, director and writer Steven Piet lays it all out for audiences. Utilizing the eerie silence of a small Midwestern town and the unforgiving light of day, “Uncle John” is a stripped-down, skin-and-bones modern adaptation of the classic murder mystery. Local drunk Dutch Miller is report-

ed missing. Respected family man John (John Ashton) has just finished burning the body. John meticulously sifts through the ashes for any remaining fragments of bone before meeting with friends for a cup of coffee. Unsettling in the quietest of ways, this nearly two-hour long film unfolds so seamlessly that the cut to the end credits may just be the most startling transition. An exploration of man’s base instincts, “Uncle John” is viscerally charged and will leave audiences unnerved for no apparent reason. The film climaxes with the stark juxtaposition of two ingeniously mir-

rored scenes. As just-friends Ben and Kate finally succumb to the temptations of their forbidden workplacebased love in the bedroom upstairs, John too mounts his second victim in the barn out back. One couple wrestles in the throes of passionate sex while the other struggles in a violent fight to the death. Sparse in special effects and extraneous dialogue, “Uncle John” is the ultimate example of form serving function. Every turn of the camera, every transition is in service to an evocative final product. This film is available on Netflix.

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game, Kung Fury resumes a ready stance between round-house kicks and back flips, taking out Nazis as the camera continuously pushes left. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which raised over $600,000, this action comedy premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Written and directed by its star actor, Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg, “Kung Fury” was later nominated for Best Short Film at the 2015 European Film Awards. A feature-length film is currently in the works.


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Tarantino’s 'The Hateful Eight' Earns Oscar Nod for Best Score Megan Snyder Staff Writer Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film “The Hateful Eight” is nominated for three Oscars at the 2016 Academy Awards, including Best Original Score by composer Ennio Morricone. Set in post-Civil War Wyoming, the film opens with a horse-drawn carriage thundering through the snow on its way to the town of Red Rock. One of the carriage’s passengers, notorious bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell), aims to claim the $10,000 reward on the head of his prisoner and other passenger, Miss Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Wanted dead or alive, Daisy sports a mean mug and an even meaner reputation for violent crime. But her captor is equally infamous for always

Union soldier Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), in addition to the supposed new sheriff of Red Rock and former rebel soldier, Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins). Together, the motley quartet take shelter in a roadside hotel with four other travelers. But when one of the lodgers poisons the pot of coffee, killing two,

his films, so the accolades his first original score has earned come as no surprise. Morricone has already won a BAFTA Film Award for Best Original Music and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, among others, for his work in “The Hateful Eight.” Morricone has collaborated with

Tarantino in the past on such films as “Kill Bill,” “Inglorious Basterds,” and “Django Unchained.” Clearly inspired by the spaghetti Westerns of the 1950s and 60s, the score is guttural and gritty, combining the orchestral diversity and storytelling ability of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf ” with the tension and attitude of a sexy spy thriller. Tarantino joked, however, in a 2015 interview with Vulture that “there’s no whistling in this score.” While the music certainly pays homage to the genre, don’t expect your grandpa’s classic shootout. Also included on the soundtrack are several clips of dialogue and background noise from the film, creating an interactive narrative of sorts on the 28-track album. Kurt Russell unknowingly destroyed an antique

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taking extra care to turn his prisoners in alive so he can watch them hang, hence the nickname. To secure his bounty, Ruth handcuffs the feisty outlaw to his wrist, never letting her out of his sight. Along the way, Ruth and his carriage driver O. B. Jackson pick up fellow bounty hunter and former

it’s every man for himself. In classic Tarantino style, the blood splatter is aplenty, as is the excessive use of racial slurs. Fans of the innovative director will recognize cult favorites Tim Roth and Michael Madsen while newcomer Channing Tatum makes his debut. Tarantino is known for creating sensational musical soundtracks for

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Martin six-string acoustic guitar, which Leigh, who is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, can be heard playing on the soundtrack. Due to time constraints, Morricone was forced to include unused material from past soundtracks on which he has worked for the film’s music. Tracks from John Carpenter’s 1982 film “The Thing” made it into the final cut of “The Hateful Eight.” The overall effect of the musical score of this film is subtle and at times unnoticeable, perhaps because the cinematography, which earned “The Hateful Eight” its third Oscar nod, is so spectacular. Nonetheless, the recognition Morricone and Tarantino are receiving is much deserved. This film is currently playing in theaters.


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19-year-old Melissa Dillard represents many women who have to pause and think when asked to describe her style because it’s something which comes naturally. The sophomore nursing major with a children’s rights minor wore a thrift store cardigan, a solid blue button-up and Old Navy ankle pants paired with brand new, green, snake-patterned loafers also purchased from the thrift store. Her style is modern and old-fashioned at the same time. Melissa’s wardrobe includes a lot of sweaters, cardigans and loafers which are both comfy and are durable. She trots around campus in fashionable clothes, which still allow her to roam the campus comfortably. Melissa Dillard shows off her style at Perry Library. Photo by Anika Williams.

When asked how long she has had her style, she states it all began with her “granny sweaters” as a sophomore in high school. Like many of us, our style doesn’t neccesarily stay the same. Melissa attributes the altering of her style to the commencement of college life here at ODU. “My outfits used to be bold. I was all about the accessories and putting together the perfect outfits in high school. Now, I hang on to my style, but its more laid back and for comfort versus cuteness,” Melissa said. A statement a lot of college students, including myself, can identify with. Melissa mentions she thrifts heavily for her cardigans and sweaters because she hates buying them from fast fashion stores like Forever 21 because they “lack quality.” The thrift store can be a great place to find

things you can’t neccesarily find in your casual fashion store today and is the contributor to a lot of people’s unique and distinguished style. Melissa is a vegetarian now and has made the choice to move away from all clothes and shoes having anything to do with the slaughter of animals, meaning the disposal of her leather and suede purses and shoes. There’s a current trend of not being branded. Melissa says she used to be all about brands, but now she could care less about them, and actually goes out of her way to avoid being branded. Many brands come and go, and people are starting to realize it isn’t necessarily the best decision to invest in a brand of the moment compared to something simple and timeless.

Bringing Paris Fashion Week to ODU Kimberly Bering Contributing Writer As Paris Fashion Week 2016 comes to a close, fashionistas everywhere begin to formulate outfits inspired by the genius of designers. Even on the ODU campus, style constantly evolves day to day from comfy college wear to chic street style. There is a relatable style for every student, but designer prices are far beyond the

matic color blocking, often complimented by boot-heels or flats. The street style trends from the ‘80s and ‘90s will forever inspire fashionistas to add their own flair to an ensemble. Street style on and off the runway: 80s trench coats, unique hats and color schemes are especially popular on the streets of Paris. Pull out your old blue jeans and pair them with a chic blouse or jazz up a graphic tee with a trendy hat and coat!

afford a $3,000 coat, where do we find similar pieces? MacArthur Center—a convenient drive from campus—contains stores with similar apparel to take advantage of. H&M, Forever 21, Cotton On and Francesca’s are a handful of stores offering a wide set of options for every trend and taste. These stores have a rapid rate of getting new clothes in and sending the older clothes to the clearance—perfect for snatching up

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college budget. So what can be done? The hunt begins to find budget-friendly, fashionable apparel. Fashion week’s inspiring runway articles and street style photos perfectly provide the motivation to keep up our trend stamina and to stay abreast in the fashion world. Street style, a fad which allows the mixing of chic pieces with sporty comfortable apparel, is the bread and butter of style and comfort. It’s the perfect ensemble to get you to class looking like a fashion icon. A commonly seen trend in Paris in this year’s fashion week was boldly colored trench coats and monochro-

Runway apparel is the definition of creative; moreover, it has a knack for mixing together extraneous and “avant garde” pieces. A vast array of prominent themes seen in the 2016 Ready-To-Wear collections were pastels, retro and various textures. The majority of runway looks would not be worn day to day, but inspire anyone to formulate their own outfit based off of a runway look— with a touch of personal style. 2016 ready-to-wear collections: the look on the right designed by Alberta Ferretti, the center design by Oscar de la Renta, and dress on the left by Vionet. Since most college students can’t

new trends at low costs. Even higher-end stores such as New York & Company and Nordstrom host semi-annual sales and weekend specials with staggering markdowns. Trends at local stores: Trench coat on the right by Forever 21 for $52.90, turtle neck tunic in the middle by Francesca’s for $38.00, graphic tee on the left by H&M for $12.99. Financially friendly fashion can be found everywhere. There are reasonable ways to achieve outstanding style—even on a student budget. Some creativity and hunting might be needed, but attaining a runwayworthy wardrobe is in our grasp.

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Trying to Steal Your Time George Plank Staff Writer On Feb. 3, ABC premiered their newest 4-episode miniseries, “Madoff.” The show is based on the real life actions of Bernie Madoff– investment broker, NASDAQ chairman and Ponzi scheme architect. The show tells about the events from the point of view of Mr. Madoff. The style is comparable to “The Wolf of Wall Street” where we see the central actor, without any remorse, breaking the fourth wall. Bernie Madoff, played by Academy-Award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, talks directly to the audience, detailing activities in step-by-step directions, destroying any sense of immersion for the audience. “Madoff” joins the ranks of FX’s current show “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” and the 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street” as a drama about controversial, real-life events with a Hollywood spin. Events are altered to protect innocent parties and to facilitate a more straightforward plot, but perhaps these people are put in a better light than they deserve. The miniseries glamorizes the illegal acts of Bernie Madoff and characterizes him as a plucky underdog fighting the establishment. He revels in the fact that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is too inept to catch him and openly mocks them. All characters in the show who at-

tempt to defame Bernie Madoff and reveal his illegal undertakings are played as sniveling, pencil-pushing wimps. They are unable to sway anyone’s opinion of Bernie, even though they have decisive evidence against him. American viewers in the past have reacted positively to this style of media. By painting real-life criminals as rebels and highly motivated people, the filmmakers and producers can spin news headlines to fit their 3-act structure. “Madoff” is written with the assumption the average viewer has some knowledge of the ordeal with Bernie L. Madoff Investment Securities, LLC. There will be those who have no idea what they are watching is based on a true story or that there were people affected by Madoff’s actions. Madoff, as a person, ruined the lives and livelihoods of many people. “Madoff,” as a show, is comparatively harmless. If the viewer wants to watch rich people suffer, then this miniseries might be worth their time. If viewers are hoping for something similar to “The Wolf of Wall Street,” they may be sorely disappointed. Without the humor or even a sense of irony, the show is about as painful as watching Scrooge McDuck get audited. With all of its episodes combined, the show only runs about three hours. “Madoff” aired on Feb. 3 and 4, but all four episodes are available to stream on ABC.GO.com.

Percival Everett, the distinguished English professor at the University of Southern California, spoke as guest reader at ODU’s Literary Festival last October, where he read parts of his book, “Half an Inch of Water.” This long-awaited short story collection is his first since 2004’s “Damned If I Do.” Everett is the author of over 30 books, which range in form and subject matter. The characters of “Half an Inch of Water” reside mostly in Wyoming near an Indian reservation. They are farm animal vets, students and elderly seeking solitude. Some find missing little girls and others are on quests to find a long lost relative or a human head. These characters aren’t just enjoying the expansive landscape through horse riding and fly-fishing. They embody a certain pain and joy that exudes in their humanity. Everett’s prose is swift and economical, showing his character’s wit and longing in a

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sympathetic, but realistic way. His story, “Stonefly,” for example, is about a teenaged loner named Daniel, who quietly mourns the death of his sister, which happened six years prior. He’s cold and withdrawn with his therapist, Dr. Feller, and calls her an idiot. Daniel camps to listen to the creek, but is interrupted by his therapist. She behaves in typical therapist like ways, but Daniel stays true to his angst-riddled, 16-year-old self. When she tells him it’s okay to be angry, he replies, “I’ll get angry at 3 p.m. Will that work for you?” In essence, Daniel is a boy like many others who is lost and seeks refuge only to find it when he witnesses small, but common natural occurrences. Another standout story is “Exposure,” which is about a father and his teen daughter. Long divorced, the main character, Ben, wants to have a good relationship with his daughter Emma, but it’s strained. He suggests a hiking trip. The

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good idea goes wrong when Ben is bitten by a snake and he and Emma run into a hungry cougar. Such is life in the mountains. For most of the story, Ben and Emma are disconnected until they have to figure out how to get away. Their solution is to scream while slowly walking forward. Ben is still hurt from the snake bite, but Emma starts to laugh and cry at the same time, proof that their relationship could be repaired. For a collection this rich and deep, the book itself is quite thin. Copies range from 157 pages to 88. It’s a light read from one of America’s best-kept secrets in contemporary literature. It’s even more of a surprise that for a book this small, the characters and settings are so complex. If you’re looking for stories about the American West or about deeply troubled, but sharp characters, then “Half an Inch of Water” is ideal from an author who is regarded by NPR as “one of the most gifted and versatile of contemporary writers.”


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Sports

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SPORTS RECAP MONARCH BASEBALL

Baseball comes to the Bud Metheny complex Friday, Feb. 26 in a double header against Delaware and Virginia Tech. ODU Baseball opened their season with a 5-0 shutout of the No. 10 N.C. State Wolfpack. Junior Nick Walker went 2-2 with three stolen bags and a RBI in the win.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

After almost a week off, the men’s basketball team will face North Texas once again. Earlier this month, the Monarchs beat the Mean Green by 20 points. Last week was historic for guard Trey Freeman who scored his 2000th point in a 26-point performance against Western Kentucky.

MONARCH FOOTBALL

Bobby Wilder announced early last week that he has hired Chris Malone as the new offensive line Coach. Coach Malone has spent the last two seasons at Tennessee Chattanooga and helped lead them to the FCS playoffs the last two seasons.

SWIM AND DIVE

Fourteen Monarchs received allCCSA academic honors. The men’s swimmers all achieved GPA’s of a 3.0 or higher. The C-USA women’s championships in swimming will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Monarchs will face UTEP on Thursday, Feb. 25. This comes on the heels of a tough 85-74 loss to Western Kentucky. Jennie Simms led all scorers with 28 points. She also added 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

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ODU women’s lacrosse will host Virginia Tech Saturday, Feb. 27. The Lady Monarchs opened the season with a 14-13 victory against the Longwood Lancers. Ashmore Standing led the Monarchs with four goals. Morgan Morale also added two goals and two assists.

MONARCH WRESTLING EARNS 500TH PROGRAM WIN Jonathan Harding Contributing Writer

in five weeks, is really what my goals have been set on the whole year.”

The Monarchs earned their 500th program win, and head coach Steve Martin became Old Dominion’s the second winningest coach, with an electrifying 20-19 criteria win over Northern Illinois Friday Night. Starting off the night at 133 Northern Illinois won the first match with a 15-4 Major Decision over ODU’s Josh Markham; but the Monarch’s No 16 Chris Mecate responded with an impressive 2-0 victory over No 15 Steve Bleise, and No 8 Alexander Richardson followed with an 11-5 decision to put the monarchs up 6-4. “I felt good on my feet, I had a lot of good motion… [This win] showed me that I can compete for the whole seven minutes,” Richardson said. “I’m feeling great, and just training for that national title.” At 157 the Huskies scored a decision, but Freshman Seldon wright regained the Monarch’s lead with a 7-6 decision, putting ODU up 9-7. After the Huskies scored a pin at 174, ODU’s No 11 Jack Dechow rallied for a 10-2 major decision giving giving the Monarchs the bonus points they needed to tie the match at 13-13. “He, for the first time, looked ‘on’,” Martin said of Dechow. “He had a lot of good motion… He’s getting his riding time down- which is what

cost him a placing, and winning a national title last year, and he’s figured that part out.” NIU’s No 17 Shawn Scott responded with a third period pin at 197, giving the Huskies a six point lead going into the final two matches. Austin Coburn, who is now 5-1 since bumping up to the heavyweight division, scored a first period takedown, and put the Monarchs in a position to win with a 4-2 decision over NIU’s Arthur Bunce. “I’m having fun at heavyweight, and these guys that are bigger than me I’m able to move faster than them,” Coburn said. “I got the [takedown] and rode him out for a minute, and that was all I needed.” Brandon Jeske’s takedown in the final seconds of the match gave him a 3-1 win, and secured a Monarch victory. The win was ODU’s first MAC win of the year, their 500th program win, and moved Martin into second on the all time wins list for coaches, but Martin wasn’t top concerned with any of that. “I guess that’s alright for the media, or whatever,” Martin said of the milestones. “I’m glad, more so, that our performance tonight, we had people who wrestled the whole time, that’s what you have to do at the end of the year. The conference tournament in two weeks, and national tournament

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LADY MONARCHS VS. MARSHALL

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LADY MONARCHS DEFEAT MARSHALL AFTER THIRD QUARTER RUN Matt O’ Brien Sports Editor After a tough overtime loss to Western Kentucky on Thursday, the Lady Monarchs (12-14) bounced back with a much needed 77-55 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd (16-9). Jennie Simms led all scorers with 22 points and contributed to a huge third quarter that led to the win. “I really like how we took care of business tonight. We came out today knowing that this was a great scoring team,” head coach Karen Barefoot said. Barefoot and her team know just how dangerous the Thundering Herd can be. ODU suffered an 18-point loss to Marshall just a month prior to this matchup. “It was going to take our whole team to defend these girls. They attack the basket. They got low block moves. They have 3-point shooters. They are a dangerous team,” Barefoot said. The Monarchs struggled early and started the game shooting the ball poorly, shooting 6-13 in the first quarter and 5-17 in the second. Marshall was able to capitalize on early transition points after ODU was settling for a lot of quick shots. Marshall went up by as many as 11 in the first half.

LADY MONARCHS LET ONE SLIP AWAY IN OVERTIME Jonathan Harding Contributing Writer

“We just knew we had to lock them down. We went down pretty early so we knew we had to step up defensively to stay in this game,” Simms said. The team got their defensive spark, but from an unlikely source. ODU cut the lead to eight with just under two minutes remaining in the half. On back-to-back inbound plays, junior guard Rhaven Kemp came up with steals and was able to find her teammates for some easy points. She cut the lead to four going in to half time. Kemp’s defensive play sparked a big change in momentum and served as a turning point in the game. “Those last two steals gave us some great momentum going into the third quarter. We came out relaxed and the third quarter we told ourselves, ‘let’s just play, lets push the ball.’ It had a lot to do with Rhaven’s steals,” sophomore guard Keyana Brown said. Kemp had three points and four assists to go along with her steals. She had not seen the floor all season until last week. “We needed that. We were thinking too much out there. It got our whole team going,” Simms said. The second half was an entirely different story. The Lady Monarchs came out firing. The offensive tempo was much improved and it seemed ev-

eryone on the court was contributing in some way or another. A balanced offense and stellar defense attributed to a 28-10 third quarter for the Monarchs. Defensively ODU kept Marshall almost completely out of the lane, not allowing them any drives and really forcing the ball outside. Perhaps the most telling statistic of the night came from the free-throw line. ODU was 20-29 and Marshall was just a mere 2-4 from the line. “We played better position defense, kept them out of the lanes. We had great communication to key in on all their great shooters as well,” Barefoot said The fourth quarter was more of the same with the Lady Monarchs shooting over 50 percent. Two back-to-back 3-pointers from Brown solidified the victory in another late-game run. Five players finished the game in double figures. “It’s fun to see these girls play as well as they were. They were on the attack, and we got a very strong third quarter out of everyone,” Barefoot said. ODU now sits at 8-6 in conference play. The Lady Monarchs travel to El Paso on Thursday to take on UTEP.

Jennie Simms sank two freethrows to give the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs a 62-52 lead with just under five minutes left in their game against the defending Conference USA champion, Western Kentucky Lady Hilltoppers, Thursday night at the Ted. Despite ODU (11-14, 7-6) having most of the game under control, quickly turned into an 11-point overtime loss 85-74 to the Hilltoppers ODU had a chance to win the game at the buzzer when Simms’ 3-pointer rattled off the rim. The Lady Monarchs lost momentum and were never able to recover. Western Kentucky (20-4, 11-2) scored the first four points in overtime and never looked back. Old Dominion came out the gates firing, shooting 48 percent (13-of27), including 4-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc. They held the Lady Hilltoppers to 35 percent in the first half, en route to a 32-28 halftime lead. “We had a lot of empty possessions to close regulation,” Simms said. “We turned the ball over, but kept them from scoring for a stretch. For three and a half quarters, we had fun and played like it.” Western Kentucky increased their defensive pressure over the last 10

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minutes and closed out the game on a 33-12 run. The Lady Monarchs turned the ball over 18 times, including nine in the fourth quarter and overtime. “Saw a lot of good things tonight for three and a half quarters,” ODU coach Karen Barefoot said. “They executed the game-plan very well, never slowed down from them until the end.” Simms led the Lady Monarchs with 28 points. She added eight rebounds. Old Dominion junior guard Rhaven Kemp recorded a career-high nine points. She drained her two 3-pointers in the first period, including one at the buzzer, to give the Lady Monarchs a 22-18 lead. “I was feeling good with my shot coming in tonight and just went with it,” Kemp said. “I wanted to do what I could to be a spark, and it was me hitting my jumper tonight.” The Lady Monarchs had a balanced attack with eight players scoring. Simms, Destinee Young and Ije Ajemba narrowly missed double-doubles. Young recorded eight points and eight rebounds, while Ajemba notched nine points and grabbed nine rebounds. “It’s unfortunate that we came out with a loss, but I will tell you this, we really moved forward as a team tonight. I was very proud of how we executed our game-plan and responded to adversity tonight,” Barefoot said.


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Technology TECH IN A SEC

CABLE BOXES FOR ALL

In a 3-2 decision, the FCC has approved the proposal to allow thirdparty manufacturers to make cable boxes and also requires cable companies to make their content available to these boxes. This decision opens up the possibility of cheaper cable boxes and breaks up the near monopoly cable companies have on cable box equipment.

WORLD’S CHEAPEST SMARTPHONE LAUNCHES Indian company Ringing Bell has launched what is purported to be the world’s cheapest smartphone, the Freedom 251. The phone costs 251 rupees ($3.67), 8GB of storage and front and back cameras. The initial demand was enough to crash the company website after it received 600,000 hits per second.

“STREET FIGHTER V” TROUBLES “Street Fighter V” launched on Feb. 16 with a variety of problems and missteps, disappointing fans. Between the complaints about a lack of controller options, server connection issues and server outages, “Street Fighter V” creator Yoshinori Ono was compelled to issue an apology on Twitter.

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DEVELOPING STORY: FBI DEMANDS IPHONE “BACKDOOR,” APPLE REFUSES Ross Reelachart Technology Editor The wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, the FBI has ordered that Apple provide a “backdoor” to the iPhone operating system so that they can access the phone recovered from the attacks. In response, Apple CEO Tim Cook released a public statement responding to the demand, and refusing the order. This is one of those most high-profile events in the current struggle between national security and digital privacy. As information technology grows more widespread and ubiquitous, both in terms of usage by the population and access to tools to modify the technology, a conflict arises between governmental institutions and citizens, and the private technology companies serving both. A central issue in recent months is encryption, which is a broad category, which covers the “scrambling” of data as it travels from sender to receiver for security and privacy reasons. It is another iteration of the “privacy versus security” issue, which has plagued the modern world for years now. On the one hand, government and law enforcement believe that unfettered access to private data could prevent and solve crimes and acts of terror. On the other, tech companies and security experts believe digital privacy is more important and argue the government

cannot guarantee any access will be used “just” for a specific case. A large portion of the discussion is the result of Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing and the public fears of mass surveillance by the government. Both Cook’s letter to the public and a post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization championing digital civil liberties, argue that the FBI’s demands pose a serious threat to anyone using Apple products. The demand also sets a dangerous precedent of the FBI demanding total access to any digital information behind any security measure. “The implications of the govern-

were to pass, Apple would be unable to sell its smartphones in the place the company is headquartered. Security experts and researchers have weighed in on the issue and almost universally agree that allowing the government backdoor access to data is a bad idea. A Harvard report concluded that any kind of national policy circumventing encryption would only harm American businesses, as most encrypted devices are developed overseas anyway. Not only would it hurt the people the policy would try to protect, but any actual criminals would simply just turn to foreignmade devices leaving the problem

...FBI’s demands pose a serious threat to anyone using Apple Products... ment’s demands are chilling… The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge,” Cook said in his public letter. Cook’s letter follows close after two bills were introduced in New York and California last month calling for all smartphones to be decrypted and banning sales of encrypted smartphones. If the California bill

unsolved. A report from the European cybersecurity agency, ENISA, echoes the sentiment, while emphasizing the futility of anti-encryption policies. ENISA referred to a policy in the 1990s, which allowed encryption keys to be limited to a “sufficiently” large size and assumed only a national power would be able to decrypt them. “Computing costs are systematically decreasing, in ever shorter periods. Therefore, attacks that seem out of the reach of anyone but a nation state will not remain so for the lifetime of the implementations,”

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During New York’s Toy Fair trade show, Mattel unveiled its new toy product: “ThingMaker”. “ThingMaker” is a $300 kid-friendly 3D Printer, which comes with a companion app developed with the help of Autodesk. “ThinkMaker” will launch in the fall of 2016.

“LINKNYC” ROLLED OUT

New York City has launched its initiative to bring free Wi-Fi to the public, dubbed “LinkNYC”. The initiative replaced old pay phones throughout the city with fiber-poweredWi-Fi hubs that anyone can connect to free of charge. NYC will continue to roll out more “LinkNYC” hubs throughout the city.

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ENISA noted, reiterating the idea that any well-equipped individual or group can break a limited encryption already or in the near future. In the days following Apple’s public statement, other prominent figures in tech fields threw their support for the decision. Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a series of tweets supporting Cook’s stance. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey wrote a short tweet alining himself with Apple. Facebook released a public statement reiterating the more nuanced stance of tech companies. These companies will often do everything possible to aid law enforcement, except compromise security. The cybersecurity expert John McAfee wrote an editorial for Business Insider, which not only showed his support for Apple in colorful language, but also offered to hack the iPhone in question for the FBI, for free, so Apple wouldn’t have to compromise security. The battle to find middle ground between privacy and security continues, and there seems to be no end in sight. Technology’s growth far outpaces the ability for policy makers to adapt, or even understand, and so law lags behind. Laws will continue to try to bind technology to outdated notions, but technology leaders seem ready to inform and educate lawmakers to find the best solution. We shall see if Tim Cook is up to finishing the fight he may have started early in January.


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Jibo, the personal robot assistant, can be a helpful device in the kitchen to do things like tell you how many tablespoons are in a cup.

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Welcome Home Jibo: A Social, At-Home Robot Morgan Englehardt Contributing Writer From Siri to Cortana, artificial intelligence has become an important part of our lives. Now, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal wants to welcome the first home robot named Jibo who can socially interact with its owner. Dr. Breazeal started a fundraiser for Jibo back in 2014 and has raised over $38.6 million since. It has been stated that the first robots will be sent out in March or April of this year to those who preordered Jibo when the fund-

raiser was still open. A preorder cost $750 and was so popular, preorders were closed by August 2015. Jibo is a small robot made to accomplish tasks around the house while interacting with children and adults. Jibo can create your schedule, make to-do lists and even take pictures at family events. Jibo can also answer questions when prompted. It can even read stories to children and make phone calls. Dr. Breazeal stated, “Now that we have all this data, let’s focus on the experience and the human engagement.”

Jibo is meant to socially interact with everyone around it and is considered an “emotionally engaging machine,” according to Dr. Breazeal. The robot is supposed to be a social and personified version of Apple’s Siri. However, Dr Breazeal’s robot Jibo is not the first attempt at a social robot. A company called Softbank in Japan originally came up with a robot named “Pepper,” which was designed to entertain people. The Blue Frog Robotics group in France also made a similar robot called “Buddy.” The French version, however, has wheels

while Jibo does not. These are just two of multiple companies who have attempted to sell personal robots for the home. How will Jibo stand out in a crowd of personal home robots? Jibo has already received positive reviews. Frank Tobe, from the Robot Report, says that Jibo will be a “gamer changer.” He attributes this to the company’s use of robotic engineering and inclusion of animators, speech recognition specialists and game creators. Jibo got more positive reviews after a promotional video showing how the robot works was released. The video gave pre-orderers a show

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of what Jibo is capable of. There have also been some negative reviews of Jibo, however. Time magazine has even dared to say they “wouldn’t know why you’d actually need one.” They stated that a smartphone could do what Jibo could do, but in a less expensive way. One of the tech writers at GeekWire said they wouldn’t dare leaving Jibo in his daughter’s room, due to the fact that Jibo has a camera installed in it. With the number of preorders Jibo has received, at-home robots may become a norm in the modern household.


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To the Sheriff, Peyton Manning

Conner Peloquin Contributing Writer On Sunday, Feb. 7, the entire sporting world was witness to what is likely the final game in the career of Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning. If this is, in fact, the end for Manning, what we have witnessed over the last 18 years has been nothing short of amazing. Manning, who many know as the son of former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints quarterback, played college football at the University of Tennessee. This came as a surprise to many who thought that Peyton would follow in his father’s footsteps to Ole Miss, where his brother, Eli, went on to play. Peyton went on to become Tennessee’s all-time leading passer and broke the Southeastern Conference record for most career wins, all while starting his freshman year as the third string quarterback behind Todd Helton and Jerry Colquitt. Surprisingly, Manning never won the Heisman Trophy, the award given to the nation’s top college football player every year. His college career was only the beginning. He was drafted first overall by the Indianapolis

Colts in the 1998 NFL Draft. Manning came into the NFL with high expectations, and he did not disappoint. Manning threw for almost 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in his rookie campaign. His Colts record, however, did not continue his success, as the Colts finished the season with a 3-13 record. Manning’s second year would be far more impressive as he went on to lead the Colts to a 13-3 record, reversing their fate from the previous year. The Colts lost to the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs, and the Titans went on to the Super Bowl only to lose to Kurt Warner’s St. Louis Rams– the “Greatest Show on Turf ” dream team. The season wasn’t all disappointment, as Manning was selected to his first of 14 Pro Bowl appearances. Manning and the Colts followed the season with shaky performances in the next few seasons, but success was right around the corner. In 2001, the world was introduced to one of the greatest sporting rivalries in history: Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady. The first game in this epic series would take place early in the 2001 season. It was Brady’s first career start, and he was thrust into

the role with quarterback Drew Bledsoe taking a nearly season-ending injury against the New York Jets a week prior. Peyton’s Colts came into the game at 2-0, Brady’s Patriots were 0-2. The game proved most experts wrong with the Patriots routing the Colts and intercepting Manning twice. The Colts missed the playoffs in 2001, but the legendary saga of Brady vs. Manning would continue for many years. Perhaps the most memorable game for Manning in the series was the 2006 AFC Championship game. The Colts found themselves trailing 21-3 to New England after an interception was returned for a touchdown by New England’s Asante Samuel. Manning would lead the Colts to a 38-34 win, one of the most improbable comebacks in playoff history, sending him and Indianapolis to the Super Bowl. Manning lead the Colts to their first, and his first, Super Bowl victory in a rainy game in Miami against the Chicago Bears. The game cast Manning in an entirely new light. He was seen as a great quarterback who couldn’t win any big games. After the Super Bowl win, however, he was just seen as a great quarterback. Manning would go on to play in three

more Super Bowls. He would lose to the New Orleans Saints in 2010 and to the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, a crushing 43-8 defeat at the hand of the “Legion of Boom” defense led by cornerback Richard Sherman. The conversation arose once again: Manning could not win the big game, and Manning could not beat Brady. Manning was now, in many people’s eyes, too old for this young man’s game. Over the course of the 2015 season, Manning would battle injury and poor arm strength, eventually leading to him missing several games to the younger, more mobile, Brock Osweiler. Many people saw the Broncos as a team with no offense, being carried by their defense, which ranks among the greatest to win a Super Bowl. However, when Manning came back just in time for the playoffs, it sparked something in the Broncos team. They were on a roll throughout the playoffs. In the AFC championship, Manning faced his old rival Brady one last time. The 17th meeting between Brady and Manning, and Brady had his number. Most experts chose the Patriots’ high scoring offense led by Brady, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski to walk all over Den-

ver and roll past Peyton’s team. The Denver defense, however, proved its worth by shutting Brady down for the entire game, forcing him to make uncommon mistakes. Manning did just enough to give his team the offensive edge and give himself one last shot at the title. For Super Bowl 50, a celebration of the biggest game on earth, it was only fitting that one of the greatest players ever would represent the AFC. Manning and the Broncos shut down Cam Newton’s Panthers, who were favored coming into the game. Peyton, visibly excited at getting that last, sweet victory, avoided the questions about his future, and instead opted to celebrate with his team. If what we saw on Sunday, Feb. 7 was the last game in Manning’s career, it has been a privilege to watch him play and the honor of the entire sporting world over the past 18 years to watch his success and skill. We may now see one of the greats go out on top, just like former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway did in Manning’s rookie year. If this is it, the world wants to let you know it’s been one hell of a rodeo, sheriff.

What Free College Means For You Addison Parker Contributing Writer Tired of paying an arm and leg for your college education? Want to afford that house mortgage after graduation? Want to land a well paying job with benefits and not have a chunk taken out out of each paycheck to pay off student loans piled up to your neck? It would all be possible if public universities were free, and this isn’t just fantasy written like a child’s fairy tale. Other countries around the world offer free college tuition and it works rather well. Why couldn’t free college be plausible for the greatest country in the world?

Imagine: you’re graduating from high school, your college essays are reviewed more rigorously than Santa’s naughty and nice lis,t and you spent countless hours filling out applications to schools. What happens when you find out the school you applied to is far too expensive? You result to lowering your standards and choose to attend a two-year community college with the promise “From Here, Go Anywhere.” Well, anywhere in your budget. Hannah Purnell wrote the number one reason for college dropouts, according to a 2011 study out of Harvard University, was money concerns. This is the reality we live in, paying impossible college tuition rates.

If you want to attend a university out of state, it comes at an even higher price. Don’t even think about applying for a school that’s well known throughout the country because rates practically triple for big-name schools. A common result from the terrifying price tag on colleges is for students to try to get higher paying jobs, but the requirement for higher paying jobs is a college education. This sends students into an unexplainable wormhole. College students work full-time jobs to pay for full-time college courses to get a job to pay off the debt they racked up in college. The easiest solution is to simply make tuition free for public universities. Outside

countries looking in see America as a new beginning. However, more and more college-aged citizens are on their way out, seeking free education elsewhere. So you want to move out of your parent’s house before you turn 35? And you want a degree to put on that resume for a career that supports your family? Free college is the only solution. College education is what employers are looking for and education is what America lacks in the work force. Bernie Sanders, Democratic Party candidate, plans to do just that. Sanders stated on his campaign website he plans to make college affordable for every American by cutting down the interest rate

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of loans and taxing wall street, allowing lower income families to send their children to college. Let’s take a step back just to imagine America with free college tuition. You just graduated high school and get accepted into the college of your dreams. You study, work hard and get your diploma. Debt-free and looking towards your future, you get a job that pays for a house and supports your family. As a result of college tuition being paid for, there will be more educated Americans building lives for themselves rather than paying for it. Free college tuition almost sounds too good to be true. Why not just make it true?


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Donald Trump Edited Out of ‘Home Alone 2’ George Plank Staff Writer It seems that not everyone is riding the Donald Trump bandwagon all the way to the White House. Film writer, John Hughes, has elected to leave the public figure out of the remastering of his classic film series. Hughes has recently announced that he will be re-releasing the popular movie series “Home Alone” on blu-ray with improved resolution and effects. Hughes has also elected to digitally alter several of the scenes in the series. Most of the changes are harmless enough, but some of the changes have some fans calling foul.

In “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” in perhaps the most iconic scene in the series, Kevin McCalister, played by Macaulay Culkin, asks for directions from a random person in a hotel lobby. That person is none other than current hopeful, Donald J. Trump. This scene is beloved by many and is considered a pivotal moment in the “Home Alone” franchise. In the remastered special editions, however, the iconic scene has been edited and Trump no longer makes an appearance. In the lobby scene, Donald Trump is replaced with a hologram of Michael Jackson. When asked about the changes made to the series, John Hughes said, “It’s a relic of a different time. As we go on, opinions change, and

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what people find socially acceptable is reshaped from generation to generation. I can no longer, with good conscience, allow Donald Trump to be in my series.” Not everyone agrees with the writer’s perspective on these changes. One of the strongest proponents keeping the original cut is film historian Leonard Maltin. “You can’t just change a classic film on a whim. Once it is released it belongs in part to the viewers. Removing something because it offends someone would do an injustice to the original spirit of the film that fans have come to love. Just like how ‘Looney Tunes’ left in all the racist undertones, we accept that these were different times,” Matlin said. While the change regarding future president

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Donald Trump has garnered the most attention, there have been other changes as well. Some of Kevin’s traps have been replaced with CG effects. There is an additional scene between Kevin’s mother and his brother and, because Hughes felt that Kevin seemed unjustifiably too violent, Joe Pesci shot first. Despite the negative audience reaction to the change, Hughes has made it clear that he has no intention to release the original cuts on blu-ray. He has conceded that the original cuts may be available on limited-edition versions of the blu-ray.

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