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Taken By Force: Revisiting “No...Stop”

Josh Whitener Assistant News Editor Interpersonal violence and rape are not a foreign occurrence on college campuses around the country. To illustrate this, Dr. Runell S. Washington, a clinical psychologist, presented a group discussion titled “Taken By Force: Revisiting ‘No… Stop.’” Hosted by the ODU Office of Counseling Services, the presentation dealt with interpersonal violence and rape primarily on college campuses. Washington stressed the importance of misconceptions about rape and stalking using facts and statistics provided by ODU’s Women’s Center. “One common misconception is that rape cannot occur between two people that have been friends or intimate before,” Washington said. In decades past, husbands have raped, battered or abused women. The courts never acknowledged this tragic detail, that a husband or wife wouldn’t be recognized as an assailant. This emphasizes the importance of what sexual consent means. “It is not intimidating someone into saying ‘yes,’ it is not strong-arming someone into saying ‘yes.’ It’s got to be consensual,” Washington said. Silence is also not consent.

Campus rapes are also grossly misreported due to a number of reasons. Dr. Washington brought up the fact that The College of William and Mary has been brought into a federal investigation over their sexual assault misreporting. Misconceptions have almost always led to misreporting. The misconception emphasized the most by Dr. Washington was that certain behaviors such as dressing provocatively or flirting have brought the responsibility of rape onto women. “This is from old school, and I’m so glad that old school is dying out, where it is said that ‘Well, she was flirting.’ or ‘She was drinking.’ or ‘She was wearing almost absolutely nothing so what do you expect?’” she said. Using detailed facts on date rape drugs like the effects of GHP, Rohypnol and Ketamine, Dr. Washington provided vital information for students to be aware of tactics and measures that can be taken to avoid falling prey to sexual predators. She pointed out that Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was investigated on suspicion that members placed date rape drugs into the drinks served at a party, according to search warrants issued by campus police.

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“I plan when I know that I’m going into an unsafe environment,” Washington said. “Many of the environments, though, have not been thought to be unsafe. Knowledge, again, is power. It’s hard to know that when you’re at a party, or a club or a concert that that can be dangerous at some point. Drugs may not even be at every party you go to, but you should still have a plan for keeping you and your friends safe no matter what.” The presentation concluded with a promise for another revisit of the presentation due to a lower turnout than expected. Nonetheless, Dr. Washington and ODU’s Counseling Services aided students on an earnest guide through the misconceived notions of what consent is perceived as, what kinds of dangers date rape drugs present at college functions, a short questions and answers session and an overall view of the dangers interpersonal violence presents to college students. “We wanted to do everything in our power to educate our populace; men as well as women because maybe men need to understand that if you’re coercing or…you’re trying to persuade you may be getting close to a boundary you don’t want to cross,” Washington says.





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Talk Explores Queer Representation in Media Sara Fernandez Contributing Writer Queer Studies students presented “Queering Pop Culture: How Pop Culture has Influenced and Been Influenced by Queer Communities” at ODU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday morning. Three students gave their own unique presentations about how the LGBTQ community was represented in the media using examples in DC Comics, Marvel Comics and even hardcore metal. Throughout each presentation similar themes were expressed. The major theme was the lack of representation in mainstream trends. While comic books may be popular, a lack of queer superheroes and accurately represented characteristics of bisexual men and women leaves an entire group of people looking for representation in characters that are either poorly portrayed or nonexistent. Janine Kimble, a women’s studies major, has incorporated her love

of DC Comics into her presentation “Comics and Bisexuality.” Janine started off her presentation by introducing the audience to Constantine, a less popular superhero known for his bisexuality. Constantine was even given his own television show as long as the writers changed one thing: his sexuality. When the show premiered fans showed immediate exasperation about the changes in the hero. Many LGBTQ members thought it was an outrage to change a vital characteristic of his personality, however, changes like this happens all the time in media. Bisexuality is something that is harder to portray because of beliefs in stereotypes or a lack of ability to keep a masculine presence with same gender relationships. Bisexuality will often change the way the character is written. For example, when Constantine was placed with a woman he was always given the dominant role in the relationship. However, when the gender of the partner is changed, that super-mas-

culine male took on the submissive role when paired with another male. The same thing happens with bisexual females. More commonly lesbian and bisexual females with a female partner are portrayed as butch with a male bravado. When paired with a male they assume the helpless female role again. Another major characteristic flaw in the comic book world is the hypermasculinity overloaded into series and characters. The male superheroes are always given the overly macho appearance with an emotionally distant attitude. The traits of hyper masculinity are always working to veer away from any qualities deemed too feminine. Alisa Moore used her love of Marvel and the popular superheroine Storm to represent her own ideas of how women who are possibly bisexual should be represented. She explained Storm’s abrupt transition into “Mohawk” Storm, a hardcore leather-wearing heroine with a tough exterior. When Storm reveals her new

look she is immediately ridiculed. Alisa believes that this reaction is similar to a coming out story. Queer representation is often represented either implicitly or explicitly. With the underlying emotions being expressed in the subtext or coded text that the reader has to actively search for in the dialogue. Fortunately, times are changing and there are more examples for straightforward material. “The Young Avengers” are a prime example for the media today. With openly homosexual superheroes it is able to set a tread for how the LGBTQ representation is changing. The final presentation was “Queer to the Core” by Taylor Boyde. His presentation was all about the active participation in metal music and how it affected the LGBTQ community. After hardcore metal began in the late 70s it was widely known as appealing to the disaffected youth. With a lack of equal representation there was a large amount of homophobia and a lack of diversity. So instead there was Queercore, a

newly defined type of music that was all about keeping the queer community together. The beginning of Queercore was defined by writers trying to reach out to the community and not just the musicians. The transition to music wasn’t until the early 1990s. Even with a focus on music it was never defined by the sound but by the lyrics. Queercore never really broke out into the mainstream media because of its lack of an ability to distribute albums, so it mostly thrived underground. The concerts became a medium for networking and safety, and by refusing to conform they created a way to bring the LGBTQ community together. The queer representation in media is something that affects all of us every day. With their positive feedback other students may take it upon themselves to fight for queer representation in their own communities.

Recyclemania Returns to ODU Sara Fernandez and Brianna Lewis Contributing Writers ODU is once again competing in a challenge called Recyclemania, a student participation recycling competition between colleges and universities in North America and Canada. Over an eight-week period, colleges are going to be reporting weekly recycling waste reduction to see which universities can collect the largest amount of recyclables. Each week’s rankings will be posted from all participating schools on so students can see how ODU fares against competitors. The 2015 Recyclemania goal for ODU is 250,000 pounds of sorted and properly recycled products. All volunteers are trying to connect with the students by having accessible and mobile stations throughout campus.

There will be volunteers at each station giving out information about fun ways to volunteer for the eight-week event. According the Recyclemania website, in 2014 ODU placed 180 out of 338 schools with 8.867 poundsper-capita recycled. Facilities Management and Recyclemania volunteers collected of 198,463 pounds of recyclables. At ODU, Recyclemania is focused on getting the message across wherever it can be received. The leader of ODU’s recycling program is Harvey Logan, who works with Facilities Management as the manager of Support Services and Recycling. Logan oversees the various activities and recycling stations that will be set up around campus. Logan explained that the entire reason they will dedicate their time and manpower is to impact thousands of students in order to keep the ball

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rolling by spreading the word about recycling. “All of this is to help be part of a noble deed…to bleed blue,” Logan said. Throughout the competition, various stations across campus will be giving out information about where ODU stands in the Recyclemania competition. Students can ask any volunteer about the school’s ranking and improvement week by week, as well as checking out the Recyclemania website, for more information. Besides being an attempt at raising school spirit and awareness for recycling habits, Recyclemania is also providing opportunities for volunteers for community service hours. If students want to do more than just talk about recycling then they could consider being a Recoverable Resources Recycling Volunteer by filling out a


volunteer request form. Starting soon students will begin seeing stations put up in the Webb Center and at baseball and basketball games, as well as other major events. The Recyclemania mission is to spread the word and set an example


to other students to create a more environmentally friendly campus. With each passing week the Recyclemania team will work with students to improve recycling habits and increase the active participation throughout campus.

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Writer/Director Discusses “Dear White People” With ODU Students Julius Ayo Staff Writer This satirical take on race and coming-of-age made a splash in the film industry that rippled all the way to ODU. On Thursday, students were treated to a special screening of “Dear White People” and a Q&A with the director himself, Justin Simien. The indie film, set in a fictional Ivy League campus, focused on racial divide and identity among its students. It garnered some well-deserved prestige and acclaim from film festivals. Named one of Refinery29’s new rising directors to watch out for, Simien has already made a name for himself. “Dear White People” was named Indiewire’s “Project of The Year” in 2013. The film has critics and audiences in awe of its fresh and witty take on a subject that’s been oversaturated with clichés and stereotypes that are tackled head on. Simien sat for a quick interview about the film and its accomplishments. Q: “What were some of your inspirations for the concept of the movie?” Justin Simien: “For me, it started in school. I love multi-protagonist movies and the heyday of black cinema with Spike Lee and Robert Townsend. I wanted to pay homage to those kind[s] of movies and also talk about what I went through when

I was in college, toggling between the black and white worlds. One day the characters just started inside [of] my head, kind of like in the movie, and I started writing it down.” Q: “What made you choose the title ‘Dear White People?’” JS: “It was originally called ‘2 Percent,’ referring to the two percent population of black students in this college. Sam White, the protagonist in the film, has a radio show called ‘Dear White People.’ It was intended so people would take notice of it and it’s definitely more of a provocative title. I knew it was going to cause some commotion and attract inquisitive minds. In the end, it’s had its pros and cons [laughs].” Q: “What do you think the significance of having this story played out in a college setting?” JS: “Well, you know, college is the place where you’re just starting to figure out who you are and what you stand for in the world. For a lot of people, it’s their first time out of the house without parental supervision. Even for kids who live at home, it’s a place where you get to pick your major and your own path. It’s really a microcosm for life in America. I wanted to do a college movie, but also one about an American experience.” Q: “What made you choose film as the medium to tell this story?” JS: “I’ve always wanted to be a

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filmmaker. Ever since I discovered Stanley Kubrick and [started] performing in a visual arts high school, I knew that I wanted to make movies that [were] meant to provoke discussion…and say something truthful about the human condition.” Q: “While you were making the film, did you ever feel hesitant or ambivalent that you might anger some people?” JS: “Well, yeah. I have to be honest. The film isn’t really that controversial and I was kind of surprised that there were people who took offense to the title. I wanted to make a movie that was challenging. I wanted to say something about how people aren’t usually who you think they are. Just because you see a person of color, all of these assumptions about this person come to mind, but when you actually get to know that person, it turns out that none of those assumptions were true. I wanted to make the same experience with the film.” Q: “The film itself isn’t really about black vs. white, but more about identity and finding oneself. Could you expand on that a bit more?” JS: “That’s exactly what the film is about. Identity. The characters have these multiple identities they like to portray. You have this type of yourself that you show to the world, but at the same time, you have an inner identity that for some people…takes


a long time to discover or even question. At the same time, there’s really no way to get ahead in American society without having an identity and you have to choose which one you want to show to the world. For example, Lionel, a character in the movie, is gay and black. At the beginning of the movie he doesn’t know which identity he wants to pursue and is…somewhat left behind. But he’s actually being more true to himself unlike Sam who has a fixed identity and is succeeding, but she’s actually putting up a front and hiding her real self. I don’t think the movie has moral, but just pointing out the truth that you sort of have to choose both paths


and it’s a difficult balance to reach, especially if you are a person of color or not specifically in the majority culturally speaking.” Q: “The film has plot points that were somewhat unresolved by the end. Was that on purpose?” JS: “Yes. When you talk about race, it just cannot be a happy ending all tied up in a knot. There a lot of nuances in the subject that needs to be fully explored. You can’t solve racial and identity issues in a story [that] takes place in two weeks or in a film that lasts an hour and thirty minutes. The point of the film is to bring attention to the issue and start a conversation. I hope that’s being accomplished.”


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Dive into “Waterplay” Stephanie Donald Contributing Writer Have you ever stood on the beach, looked out into the ocean and wondered what it would be like to live underwater for just one moment? Well, you’re in luck. ODU Rep Theatre presents “Waterplay,” a lively and interactive performance that allows audiences to experience what living underwater might feel like. “Waterplay” was inspired by the Greek myth of Pyrrha and Deucalion. Prometheus, the protector of mankind, warned them that Zeus was

going to send a great flood to destroy Earth. Instead of Pyrrha and Deucalion’s people dying in the flood, director and writer, Jenifer Alonzo, and co-director, Megan Thompson, recreated a story where the people evolved to live underwater. “The arts are social,” said Alonzo. “We go and ‘see’ performances. I want audiences to ‘feel’ this performance.” Throughout this exploration, audience members can interact with lights, bubbles, sea creatures and even manipulate the environment. Alonzo and Thompson invite and encourage audiences to take pictures and share

their experiences through social media. “From the imagination of the choreographers, the 3D minds of the set and lighting designers and the detailed creations from the costume designer, this play will really blow people’s minds away…,” said Lauren Kidd, actress and aerialist. “Audience members [will] walk directly through the action and [will] feel a part of this world that has been created… They won’t want to leave!” The production has a run time of 90 minutes and evening performances will have live music, food for sale and

a cash bar. The matinee on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. will be a special family performance. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite sea creature while they participate in games and take photos with the cast. Actor Elijah Motley exclaims, “If you want to experience something that’s different, you need to see ‘Waterplay.’” “Waterplay” runs from Feb. 19-28 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Goode Theatre located on Monarch Way. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for the general public.

“Nonstop Feeling” East Coast Tour Hits Shaka’s Nicholas Rayfield Staff Writer Baltimore-based Turnstile will take the stage at Shaka’s in Virginia Beach on Thursday, Feb. 12 to begin their 10-day East Coast run in support of their first full-length record, “Nonstop Feeling,” available now via Reaper Records. “We are very excited to come back to Virginia Beach,” said Daniel Fang, drummer of Turnstile. “[The response has been] shockingly and overwhelmingly positive. “Nonstop Feeling” has some elements that people seem to consider a little different from the traditional ‘hardcore’ sound. What came out was the sound we liked and we are pleased to know that a lot of kids dig it.” With the release of their first LP this past January, Turnstile set the

bar high. They’ve woven together the styles of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine into something that they can proudly call their own. Joining them on this run will be Doylestown, Pa.’s Superheaven, the grunge quintet formerly known as Daylight, to bring some variation to the lineup. They aren’t quite the band that most would picture touring alongside of Turnstile, however, people have been constantly talking about how excited they are about the blend of genres since the first announcement of the tour. Not often enough are bands able to be a part of mixed-genre tours such as this. Popular opinion has unfortunately pushed bands that are sonically different away from one another. “We are thrilled to do a mixedgenre tour like this one because we

couldn’t ask for anything better,” Fang said. “In musical subcultures, bands tend to become woefully compartmentalized based on aesthetic or nuances in sound for no good reason. Although the bands on this tour might sound a little different from each other, they are all going to be in the same room for the same reasons. I hope that everyone who comes out enjoys every band, and if not, I hope they at least discover something new.” Superheaven will bring a new element into the mix with their distinguishably harsh, fuzzy guitar tones and their influences from bands like Seaweed and Alice in Chains. The band also announced recently that they were finished recording their sophomore LP with Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pa. Filling in the remaining two spots of the Nonstop Feeling East Coast

run will be two of the most up-andcoming Detroit hardcore punk bands, Freedom and True Love. “The Virginia Beach hardcore scene is a bit of a mystery to us,” said Freedom drummer, Jake Duhaime. “There is a lot of anticipation to see what happens. Plus, maybe we can go swimming… I’m currently in the midst of a snowstorm!” Freedom gained their share of well-deserved recognition last year and there is a whole lot more in store for them in 2015. The band left its fans with plenty to look forward to with their recent announcement of an LP and a repressing of their last 7-inch record, “Pay the Price,” both available this year via Triple B Records. Topping this tour off are fast and aggressive heavy hitters, True Love, who will be playing songs in the vein of “Right Brigade” and “Count Me

Out.” “True Love is comprised of our best friends,” Duhaime said. “We’ve been side by side since the start. We fill in for each other and even share a member. I’m excited for them to be able to do this. It’s going to be nine idiots rolling through town in some rented piece of shit.” The band’s 2014 release of their first LP, “New Young Gods,” caught the attention of many new ears with their most recent tour with Citizen. This tour will undoubtedly be a great one for them and most definitely one for the books. Opening the show will be Virginia Beach’s Paper Trail. Advance tickets are available through InTicketing, Seaside Raw Bar or Paper Trail.

Mystic India Dazzles Crowd Amy Poulter Staff Writer Stepping through the doors of the Sandler Center’s Performance Hall Friday night could have made you believe you had been transported to South Asia. The rich smells of cardamom and turmeric wafted down from the third floor where Saffron, a local Indian Bistro, had set up a catering table. Women wearing beautifully colored, traditional saris made their way to the performance hall entrance, smiles on their faces and excitement in their voices. Groups of attendees eagerly waited to be ushered to their seats. People of all ages and ethnicities had gathered to watch Mystic India, a celebration of Indian dance and culture spanning from traditional to modern. The 1,200-seat theater was almost full. Children were bouncing in their seats, waiting for the show to begin. When the house lights finally dimmed, music started playing and

the soft glow of golden rays slowly illuminated the hall. A massive tapestry of Ganesha, the Indian God of wisdom, knowledge and new beginnings, hung from the back of the stage. The evening’s host greeted the guests and described India as the “land of dreams and romance.” Barefoot dancers dressed in ornate orange and gold costumes rushed to the stage to honor Ganesha. Six women in matching saris made their way through the aisles of the audience. The dancing had begun and every eye was fixed on the stage. After celebrating Ganesha, the host described a tradition known as the Holi Festival of Colors. The backdrop behind him twinkled like a starlit sky. Dancers on stage were chasing each other in fast circles throwing gulal, a colored powder made from flower petals, on one another. Suddenly, the lights darkened and neon-clad men and women filled the stage, blacklights pulsing to the beat of electronic-style music. Strobe lights flashed through the rainbow

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into the audience. Twenty dancers electrified the stage with hip-hop elements infused with their traditional dances. Sandler Center was transformed into a club, and members of the audience were dancing along in their seats. After the pounding bass had died down, we began to travel through India’s regions by way of folk dancing. Explosions of color once again shone from the spotlights. A dozen women


graced the stage, dancing to the music of hand drums and wooden flutes. Their anklets, adorned with tiny bells, were ringing through the theater. Soon, Bollywood took over the show, and the host elaborated on the delicately designed costumes saying, “No detail is ever left to chance in India.” Quickly rotating through upbeat songs and vibrant costumes, India’s most popular Bollywood hits reverberated off the walls. Girls danced


through the orchestra pit with ease. People in the audience were singing and clapping along. Mystic India is not only a dance show, but also a lesson in culture, drenched in the country’s rich history. When the strobing lights faded behind the curtain, cannons blasted steamers over the crowd. Though the show had ended, the dancing throughout the audience continued.


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Bacote Reaches 1000 on Alumni Night, Monarchs Get 18th win

Matt O’Brien Staff Writer The Old Dominion men’s basketball team (18-4) celebrated Alumni Night with their third straight win and remain undefeated at home. ODU bested the Charlotte 49ers (10-13) 61-57. A win against another conference foe gives the Monarchs a 7-3 record in Conference USA play. The victory was overshadowed by a milestone reached by junior guard Aaron Bacote. In the second half, in the midst of a 14-0 run by ODU, a timeout was called and a crowd of almost 7,500 fans erupted. A graphic had just come across the jumbotron signaling Bacote had reached 1,000 career points as a Monarch. “It’s just accredited to the situation I got in coming out of high school. I have been lucky enough to play with some great teammates. Richard should take credit for a lot with all

the screens he sets for me, Trey who is always finding me and the coaches who are always putting me in position to make plays,” said Bacote. His head coach Jeff Jones joked about the feat after the game. “It’s great. In a couple months, when the seasons done, we will have a chance to enjoy this. He got the opportunity to play early in his career and has responded to the coaching staff and the guys around him,” said Jones. Bacote is the 48th player in the history of the program to reach 1000 points. His accomplishment seemed to energize a then-sluggish looking team. With less than five minutes left in the first half, the Monarchs found themselves looking at a 12-point deficit. “We were clearly back on our heels, Charlotte was firing on all cylinders,” said Jones. The 49ers brought heavy pressure

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all game long by utilizing a full court press, creating a lot of problems early. The consistent press forced the Monarchs to play at a very fast pace. “Assistant coaches had been telling us all week how dangerous they were. I mean they have a few guys that could easily put up 20 a night,” said guard Trey Freeman. Freeman struggled early and went 12 minutes without a shot attempt. He put up 12 points on 4-12 shooting and was instrumental in igniting the scoring run late in the first half. “After that timeout we made a few plays and really tried to get Trey the ball he was able to make consecutive shots,” said Jones. Jones was sure to give a lot of credit to sophomore forward Denzell Taylor, who provided a spark off the bench with four points, seven rebounds and some key deflections. “Denzell makes a lot of great effort plays, has a great feel for this gameit’s fun to coach a guy like that,” said


Jones. The Monarchs scored 12 unanswered points to close out the half, a run that carried into the second half. “We really picked up our energy, settled down on defense and hit the shots we needed to and we were able to continue that in the second half,” said Bacote. ODU was able to maintain their lead despite being outrebounded 4028, a rare showing from a team who has otherwise been very solid on the glass, especially at home. The defining number of the night was the turnover battle. The 49ers turned the ball over 18 times where the Monarchs only turned the ball over a season-low 6 times. “You can look at a lot of different things but that is the stat to determine the game especially given the way they outrebounded us that hasn’t happened much this year,” said Jones. Charlotte continued to fight for most of the second half but eventu-


ally ended up shooting themselves in the foot with two technical fouls late in the game. One was given for a taunt following a dunk, the other for a spike of the basketball. Then, who else was called upon but Bacote to seal the game with free throws. “Coach called some great plays and we were able to really execute on defense. There was some solid team defense to close out the game after Aaron hit those free throws,” said Freeman. Coach Jones credited his team for coming back and getting an always important win in the conference. “The way our guys responded was terrific and we just grinded it out as the game went on,” said Jones. The win puts ODU in second place the C-USA standings, as the Monarchs will travel to San Antonio for their next game, taking on University of Texas San Antonio.


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ODU Football Signs New Wave of Recruits Mitchell Brown Senior Writer Like the current state of the Old Dominion campus, the football Monarchs are undergoing a facelift. With the departures of program pioneers Taylor Heinicke and Antonio Vaughan, head coach Bobby Wilder and the coaching staff rolled up their sleeves and hit the recruiting trail. The Monarchs were able to sign 16 players on National Signing Day, adding to the nine that enrolled in December to bring the total intake to 25. It was a class that not only addressed the team’s biggest needs but also exhibited the transition to stocking up on players that understand “Big boy football”. “We are excited with our signing class for 2015. We feel like we addressed needs at every position. We signed 14 defensive players and 11 offensive players at the midyear and today,” coach Wilder said. As this season presents new opportunities (first shot at being bowleligible with 6 wins), the Monarchs knew that emphasizing defensive personnel would be critical to the team’s long-term success. In an interview with ODU Sports, Wilder said, “The classes are bigger, and boy, the competition is bigger as

we’ve found out in the last couple of days.” The Monarchs added five defensive backs, four defensive linemen, and five linebackers for defensive coordinator Richard Nagy to implement into his system. With the move up, the battles got even harder this year. ODU had to fend off Power 5 schools to keep the likes of three-star cornerback Jamez Brickhouse (Duke, Virginia, Wisconsin), three-star running back Kesean Strong (Maryland), and highly touted three-star defensive tackle Miles Fox. “If you’re doing it right at a school like Old Dominion, and you’re recruiting the right players, you’re going to have some power five schools come in and recruit your players” Wilder said. Perhaps the toughest task was keeping Miles Fox on board who turned down late overtures from Arizona State, Georgia Tech, and Iowa. It was a signee that coach Wilder could not afford to lose, mainly because he fits the frame and scheme that the Monarchs utilize. In a talk with the Virginian-Pilot’s Harry Minium, Fox chose Old Dominion because, “I just felt more comfortable at ODU,” he said. “I love the coaches there, the players, the campus. It was just the right place for me.”

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miles fox Old Dominion got a warm welcome to the big leagues this week, seeing three players decommit and another choosing junior college for academic reasons. There was also a spurning of the Monarchs when Salem (Va. Beach) High School safety D.J. Davis chose Bryant University over Old Dominion. Perhaps the best example of a Power 5 bullying was when Los Angeles commit quarterback Caleb Wilson chose to attend Pac-12 powerhouse Southern California over the Monarchs. Local talent has always been one of Wilder’s top priorities and he felt like he got some of the gems from the Hampton Roads area. The Monarchs inked four from the seven cities, eight total from Virginia. Also walking on to the team will be mega-leg kicker out of Oscar Smith Brad Davis. 16 of the 25 in the class are from Maryland (Four total), Virginia (Eight total), or North Carolina (Four total). Maury High School standout linebacker and coaches son Derek Wilder joined the team at the mid-year. The annual objective is for Wilder to be able to redshirt his freshmen, but he knows that some of these athletes can contribute right away. In his conversation with the Virginian-Pilot, Wilder said “With his


size and strength, it will probably be hard to keep him [Miles Fox] out of the lineup. “ This won’t be the end of the 2015 class as Wilder will try and add some more pieces to the puzzle. According to Harry Minium, three-star Georgia quarterback Evan Shirrefs will visit Old Dominion’s campus. He was set


to sign with Penn last week, but will wait after being contacted by ODU quarterbacks coach Ron Whitcomb. As if it could get any higher, the Monarchs will yet again “Raise the Bar” and take the field for the first time in 2015 for the April 11 Spring game at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

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Moving Forward: Sony Sells MMO Division Carlito Ricafort Staff Writer “Everquest.” For many gamers, that may ring a bell. “Everquest” was a well-renowned MMO released in the late 1990s well before the rise of “World of Warcraft.” Behind it was Sony Online Entertainment, a division of Sony established to produce subscription-based MMO games for the company. In a move that may not come as a surprise to some, Sony has sold off SOE to management firm Columbus Nova, resulting in an independent studio with a new name: Daybreak Game Company. While this does not affect the development of titles such as “H1Z1” and “ Everquest Next”, it

allows the company to expand to other platforms such as the Xbox One. For more than a decade, SOE was a very beneficial part of Sony. Not only did they develop the “Everquest” franchise, they also explored the “Star Wars” universe with “Star Wars Galaxies”, delved into superhero territory with “DC Universe Online”, and fathered the MMOFPS (Massively-Multiplayer Online FirstPerson Shooter) genre with the “Planetside” games. As time went on, SOE shifted its focus to a free-to-play model instead of the traditional subscription-based one. As a result, games such a “Everquest” and “DC Universe Online” eventually became free-to-play, with “Planetside 2” launching completely

free-to-play. The free-to-play model allowed for a larger audience to play the game & withheld certain items and privileges to players willing to pony up some cash. The system also still produced revenue for the company. SuperData reported that “Planetside 2” earned $27 million in the year of 2014. Unfortunately, SOE still struggled in some areas, closing four of their MMOs in the same year. Where does this fit within the puzzle that is Sony as a whole? It mostly boils down to the fact that while free-to-play was still somewhat profitable on the PC and PS4, the business was booming on mobile devices. As Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter puts it, “free-to-play is grow-

ing most rapidly on phones and tablets, and SOE wasn’t there because those aren’t really core Sony products. SOE didn’t support any of Sony’s consumer electronics businesses, so it was easy to sell.” As SOE became less of an important asset to Sony than it was several years ago, the next logical step was for Sony to sell it off. Variety reports that Sony is expected to report a $2 billion loss at the end of it’s fiscal year in March. While the official financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed, it is sure to give Sony a slight boost. What does this mean for Daybreak Game Company? Without any ties to Sony, the studio is now free to bring their products to other

platforms. This is evident in a tweet that Daybreak’s Company President John Smedley sent out, which simply says “Can’t wait to make Xbox One games!” This is good news for Xbox One owners, who can now expect games like “H1Z1” and “Planetside 2” on their console. This news also implies that Daybreak may also start developing for mobile devices also. This split has been rather fair for both Sony and Daybreak. It’s always exciting to see studios go independent and pursue new opportunities, and it seems like Daybreak is going to do just that.

This iPhone isn’t for the Average College Student Rashad McDowell Technology Editor Are there any avid iPhone fans who need to upgrade to the latest device whenever possible? Do any of those fans also happen to have a fetish for 24-karat gold, rose gold or platinum? How about the desire for just the right gift to make the Chinese New Year a little bit more special? If you said yes to any of those questions and you have a few thousand euro (prices will be in dollars below) then the people over at Goldgenie have just the thing to sate your needs. The self-styled gold plating masters, Goldgenie specializes in the aforementioned process. They dabble in blinging out everything from luxury vehicles to plants and home interiors. The company got its start back in 2007 and has worked with companies like Lexus, Bentley and Nokia. In this time, the company has built up a reputation for being able to gold plate anything. Clients of Goldgenie applaud its masterful gold plating

technology. They’ve even been trust to apply their technique to Hindu artifacts, an anecdote the company makes reference to on their website. While the company makes no mention of a professional relationship with Apple itself, Goldgenie does have a very strong relationship with Apple resellers. With the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the company has rolled out a flashy catalogue of the devices. The most recent line of gold plated iPhones the company has for sale are customized for the Year of the Goat. As a limited edition line, Goldgenie promises to only release 99 of these marvels. Each Year of the Goat iPhone is plated in either white gold, rose gold or platinum. They also come with hand painted Chinese symbols celebrating the Year of the Goat. Every iPhone comes with the standard earpods, charging cable and charging block, as well as a cherry wood box. The latter of those items is offered exclusively by Goldgenie. The price tag for a 64 GB Year of the Goat iPhone 6 comes in at $1,515,

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$115 more for a 128 GB. At such a steep price, only the most well to do iPhone fanatics can afford to indulge in Goldgenie’s products. Outside of their limited edition Year of the Goat line, Goldgenie has


several other specially customized iPhones. These lines include phones bedazzled with Swarovski crystals and even laser engraved with emblems from Gulf States. For those with bottomless funds,


there’s even a line of phones that comes embedded with actual diamonds with a price tag as low (but not really low) as $11,500, on up to $2 million.



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