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“What is so great about this housing, is it doesn’t matter how you sexually identify,” - ODU Student Body President Christopher Ndiritu

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LOCAL NEWS Snow brings cancellations, icy conditions A recent storm system closed ODU classes after 1:00 p.m. on Friday. The snowfall left many of the Norfolk streets dangerous as snow left again on Saturday. Norfolk officials told citizens to use extra caution while driving due to icy roads. ODU hosts Black History Month Keynote Address The 2016 Annual Black History Month Keynote Address will be held on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. Guest speakers will include Erik Nielson, Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond, and Travis L. Gosa, Assistant Professor at Cornell University as well as authors “The Hip Hop & Obama Reader.” The discussion will be a presentation of the influences of hip-hop in the Obama era. It will be located at the Ted Constant Center and is free of charge. Police stun gun use changes Norfolk and Virginia Beach’s use of stun guns has been altered in response to a recent federal appeals court ruling. According to the Virginian-Pilot, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said last week that police should not utilize the use of stun guns of persons fleeing or evading that do not pose a threat to the officer. Virginia wins sea level grant, ODU spearheads Coordinated by ODU on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia and three Hampton Roads communities, a proposal has been met to help secure the area from the effects of recurrent flooding a multimillion-dollar award from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development was received. Norfolk Treasurer Pleads Not Guilty Anthony Burfoot, who was accused of felony corruption charges earlier this month, plead not guilty. He will appear in Norfolk Federal Court on May 5. Burfoot has been serving as city treasurer for more than 13 years.

JANUARY 15TH

A motor vehicle theft or break-in was reported to have occurred on January 15th at 11:00 p.m. at this approximate location.

JANUARY 19TH

JANUARY 16TH A shooting was reported at Gresham Hall on January 16th at 12:15 a.m. The assailant was cleared by arrest.

A hit and run incident was reported at this approximate location on January 19th between the hours of 10:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.. The case remains active.

JANUARY 18TH

A motor vehicle theft or break-in was reported to have occurred on January 18th at 4:00 p.m. at this approximate location.

JANUARY 18TH A shooting was reported at this approximate location on January 18th at 2:27 a.m. The case is under investigation by Norfolk Police. Courtesy of Mace and Crown

Date/ Time Reported

Date/ Time Occurred

Location

Category

Incident Number

Disposition

01/21/2016

01/21/2016 11:08 PM

4701 Elkhorn Ave.

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000062

Judicial referral 01/22/2016

01/19/2016

01/19/2016 9:04PM - 9:38PM

4700 Blk Powhatan Ave. (Student Recreation Center)

Larceny

2016-ODU-000053

Active 01/20/2016

01/19/2016

01/19/2016 2:15 AM - 01/19/2016 2:30 AM

800 Blk W 43rd St

Burglary

2016-ODU-000043

Investigation by other Agency 01/20/2016

01/19/2016

01/19/2016 2:14PM

1400 Blk 49th Street - Dominion House

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000046

Judicial referral 01/20/2016

01/19/2016

01/19/2016 10:45AM - 4:00PM

1000 Blk 49th Street (Lot 16)

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2016-ODU-000049

Active 01/20/2016

01/19/2016

01/18/2016 6:00PM - 01/19/2016 8:45AM

800 Blk 47th St

Destruction of Property

2016-ODU-000045

Active 01/20/2016

01/18/2016

01/18/2016 5:04 AM

800 Blk 42nd Street

Destruction of Property

2016-ODU-000039

Active 01/19/2016

01/18/2016

01/18/2016 2:27AM

W 39th St/Elkhorn Ave

Weapons Violation

2016-ODU-000037

Investigation by other Agency 01/19/2016

01/18/2016

01/18/2016 12:04AM01/18/2016 1:07AM

Bluestone Ave/49th St

Destruction of Property

2016-ODU-000038

Unfounded 01/19/2016

01/19/2016

01/18/2016 10:00PM 01/19/2016 3:00PM

800 Blk 47th Street

Hit and Run - Property Damage

2016-ODU-000047

Active 01/20/2016

01/18/2016

01/18/2016 06:08 PM

1700 Blk 48th Street

Warrant Cleared by Arrest

2016-ODU-000041

Clear by Arrest 01/19/2016

01/17/2016

01/17/2016 12:19PM

1700 Blk 48th St - Whitehurst

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000034

Judicial referral 01/19/2016

01/16/2016

01/16/2016 2:28PM- 01/16/2016 2:45PM

1000 W 39th St

Harassing Communication

2016-ODU-000033

Clear by Arrest 01/19/2016

01/16/2016

01/16/2016 12:15AM

1000 Blk 49th St - Gresham Main

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000029

Clear by Arrest 01/19/2016

01/16/2016

01/16/2016 12:15AM

1000 Blk 49th St - Gresham Main

Weapons Violation

2016-ODU-000029

Clear by Arrest 01/19/2016

01/19/2016

01/15/2016 1:00PM - 01/19/2016 2:00PM

1000 Blk 41st Street

Larceny

2016-ODU-000050

Active 01/20/2016

01/16/2016

01/15/2016 11:27PM

1300 Blk 49th St - Webb Center

Liquor Law Violation

2016-ODU-000030

Clear by Arrest 01/19/2016

01/14/2016

01/14/2016 3:23PM - 3:45PM

4600 Blk Powahtan Ave - Powhatan II

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000022

Judicial referral 01/15/2016

01/13/2016

01/13/2016 9:30am

4100 Blk. Hampton Blvd. - ODU Inn

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000019

Judicial referral 01/14/2016

01/13/2016

01/13/2016 12:49 a.m.

4700 Blk. Powhatan Ave. - Lot 32

Tampering with automobile

2016-ODU-000018

Active 01/14/2016

01/13/2016

01/13/2016 10:57pm

4100 Blk. Hampton Blvd. - ODU Inn

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000021

Judicial referral 01/14/2016

01/13/2016

01/13/2016 10:28pm

4700 Blk. Elkhorn Ave. - Scotland House

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000020

Judicial referral 01/14/2016

01/10/2016

01/10/2016 01:19 a.m.

800 Blk W. 43rd Street

Weapons Violation

2016-ODU-000012

Active 01/19/2016

01/10/2016

01/10/2016 7:17pm

1000 Blk 49th Street

Narcotics Violation

2016-ODU-000014

Clear by Arrest 01/11/2016

01/10/2016

01/10/2016 4:38am

5200 Blk Hampton Blvd

Robbery

2016-ODU-000013

Unfounded 01/11/2016

01/09/2016

01/09/2016 4:10am

4200 Blk Killam Ave - Village Lot 3

Weapons Violation

2016-ODU-000011

Clear by Arrest 01/11/2016

01/21/2016

01/09/2016 11:52 AM 01/21/2016 10:30AM

1700 blk 48th St - Whitehurst

Fraud

2016-ODU-000057

Active 01/22/2016

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ODU TO LAUNCH GENDER-NEUTRAL HOUSING Stef Wasko Staff Writer This fall, Old Dominion University will take another step toward welcoming diversity on its campus with the introduction of Inclusive Housing—a gender-neutral housing pilot program.“What is so great about this housing, is it doesn’t matter how you sexually identify,” ODU Student Body President Chris Ndiritu said. “If you want to live on that floor, you are more than welcome to. We won’t make you feel like you have to choose; we want you to feel included and welcome.” The program is still in the early stages of development according to April Konvalinka, Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life, and Dr. Ellen Neufeldt, Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services. Practical details for how the pilot will work will be decided by a committee of students, staff and faculty, initiated by the Student Government Association. The committee will meet in early Feb. to make final pilot decisions. “We are trying to gain the best understanding to be as inclusive as possible,” Dr. Neufeldt said. “We want to do the very best for our students and our community. That’s my heart and who I am.” As of now, the location and extent of the trial housing program are undecided. It is certain, however, that students unsure of or unwilling to disclose their sexual identity will have the option of living in gender inclusive dorms without specifying a gender. It is also sure that ODU students will be at the forefront of the initiative, backed by university staff and faculty and plenty of research. About this time last year, Connor Norton, a former SGA senator and financial advisor and now senior, first proposed the idea of gender-neutral housing— or as he prefers, gender inclusive housing. Norton, along with several other students, embarked on a six month journey of research. They studied other universities already offering gender-neutral housing to their students. The team looked extensively into the program at George Mason University. Norton sent out a survey to the ODU community as part of his senior project, which revolved around the gender inclusive program. The results showed great support from the student body. Norton stepped down from his

position with SGA, but handed the project over to Ndiritu and Brandon Ballard. Last fall, the student senate passed Bill 16 titled “Inclusive Housing.” The bill outlines SGA’s goal of “working on a proposal that will create and/or amend policies and procedures within Housing and Residence Life to put in place a model that supports all gender identities and accommodates them as well.” The document also gives clear guidelines and tasks for the ad-hoc committee including providing education to the campus community on gender and making formal recommendations to the university based on the committee’s research. “This one piece, the housing piece, is helping us think in a new way,” Ndiritu said, “I don’t think we meant to ignore the issues students are having, but I just don’t think we ever thought about it.” Of course, ODU already offers housing to LGBTQ students in Lavender House, which occupies a floor of Virginia House in the quad. Lavender House was initiated by Safe Space back in 2012 and was met with some skepticism by the outside community, although students fully supported the new housing arrangements. “The program was an exciting idea,” Dr. Neufeldt said about the Lavender House program, which she played a large role in orchestrating. “But as people were chatting, it lost its way. Safe Space got completely misconstrued and what a learning community was got miscommunicated so that Safe Space seemed like segregation.” Norton, who was around for the Lavender House project, explained the issues with the first LGBTQ housing as simply “poorly facilitated.” Dr. Neufeldt said she now knows what to focus on with the new housing initiative.“ Absolutely learned from last program,” Dr. Neufeldt said. “We must move together in the way we communicate, understanding where we want to go and using careful communication.” While the fall’s pilot looks to be successful, Norton reminded the ODU community that the work toward gender equality on campus is not over.“ This is the first step of many steps for gender equity on campus,” Norton said. “I am more than happy to sit back and celebrate for a little bit, but it can’t be the end-all.”

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debate in Goffstown, N.H. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/, ABC / Ida Mae Astute, no changes made

ODU Democrats Remain Hopeful at Debate Watch Andrew Walo Contributing Writer The ODU Democrats trickled into the Virginia Beach Room in the Webb Center to watch the fourth Democratic presidential debate on Jan. 17, though it was more a gesture of engagement than a genuine interest in the candidates’ arguments.“We’re all for Bernie,”Alex Scruggs, a member of the Democratic group, said. “We voted last semester and chose to support him.” Going into the last debate before the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, the organization had made their choice well in advance. However, the nine attendees watched Secretary Clinton, Sen. Sanders and Gov. Martin O’Malley who provided an occasional quip or square off on issues of gun control, congressional unity, climate change and national security. “Stop letting them see the bullshit in your eyes,” Armani Gladden, secretary for the ODU Democrats said to Clinton though the screen during the first commercial break. “Divert your gaze!”

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Vice president Corey Overstreet noted Clinton as more concerned with scoring political points than commitment to the issues. “A poll shows the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage? ‘Oh, I support same-sex marriage!’” Overstreet mocked. The group’s assessment of Sanders’ performance was not without criticism. “He’s very sharp, even if he seems like he’s not,” Gladden said. Claudette Woodhouse, director of outreach and engagement for ODU Democrats, expressed an indifference to the candidates’ messages. When asked if anyone on stage surprised her, she said, “They said what they always say.” Her remark was reversed for Sen. Sanders when asked about his voting record. “He’s been saying the same thing since he started talking,” Woodhouse said, admiring his consistency. Woodhouse does not believe that Clinton has the ability to energize the party’s younger base, but concedes that, “she pulls more women.”

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The group’s endorsement of Sen. Sanders may lead some members to a disappointing election come November, however. When asked whether the organization would support Clinton if she beats Sanders for the nomination, a student who wished to remain anonymous said, “The organization would toe the party line, but I would probably abstain from voting.” In contrast, Overstreet plead for political engagement. When pressed for the most important thing he could say to ODU students, Overstreet said, “Register to vote, then actually vote!” His words, however, may not be enough to convince an increasingly disinterested electorate to head to the voting booth. Whether Bernie Sanders has the momentum to take the lead in the primaries remains to be seen, but the ODU Democrats are keen to remind any who would ask that in 1981 he won the race for mayor of Burlington, Vermont by 10 votes. But if Clinton can maintain her lead, some of the ODU Democrats may end up voting for the Republican.


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Oyster Habitat Being Restored By Marine Biology Association Ben Maxie Contributing Writer Oysters, while possibly the most overrated seafood, are important bio filters for local water. It is estimated; however, that the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay has dropped up to 99 percent since preindustrial times due largely to overfishing and diseases. One student organization at Old Dominion University is working with local, non-profit organizations to restore the oyster reefs which were once in Norfolk’s waters. The ODU Marine Biology Student Association’s Oyster Restoration Committee is raising oysters by the Whitehurst Pier. After losing their last crop to the 2014 Nor’easter, the group placed two cages of juveniles in the water last semester. “The hope is that they’ll spawn and attract more oysters to the Whitehurst beach area,” Tyler Harman, chair-

man of the committee, said. The committee works with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), which has several oyster restoration projects. Their largest project involves a 350 acre planted oyster reef in Harris Creek, Maryland. CBF is beginning to see positive results of oyster seeding in Norfolk. “We’re seeing a lot of great [new oyster] recruitment by the mouth of the Lafayette River,” Jackie Shannon, the Virginia Oyster Restoration Manager for the CBF, said. Providing the dead oyster shells young oysters typically grow on creates a problem for their restoration. The dead shells tend to be too expensive for most reseeding projects. The ODU restoration committee is arranging to work with the US Army Corps of Engineers to test cheaper alternatives to shell, such as granite. Oysters have been sliding toward extinction in the Chesapeake Bay

for a considerable length of time. The oyster population started dropping after the Civil War when canning oysters became popular by the Chesapeake Bay. “At their peak, there were around 200,000 acres of oyster reef in the bay. Now there are only around 36,000 acres,” Cate Turner, former chair of the committee, said. Rampant overfishing for over a century lead to depleted populations unable to replenish themselves or the surrounding areas. To make matters worse, two devastating diseases showed up in the 1950’s and have decimated oyster populations ever since. The group at ODU hopes if they can bring oysters back to ODU, the oysters may help to naturally recolonize the surrounding area. More oyster reef is expected to lead to better water quality and more habitat for other species.

Oyster Restoration Committee members, Holly Skaluba, Kathryn Weisner and Tyler Harman, place juvenile oysters in the Elizabeth River, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in Norfolk, Virginia. Photo by: Ben Maxie

Styrofoam? How About a Better Alternative Ben Maxie Contributing Writer Styrofoam, a brand name for foam made out of polystyrene, has come under fire increasingly for environmental concerns. Many restaurants around ODU, from the cafeterias to Cane’s, use polystyrene take-out boxes and cups. It’s not hard to see why. A quick run to Walmart reveals Styrofoam to be considerably cheaper than paper or cardboard, but perhaps we should be searching for a better alternative. Once Styrofoam is made, it never really goes away– one of the major problems with the carryout material. “It never really breaks down. It’s not biodegradable,” Amanda Laverty, an oceanography graduate student at ODU, said. Unlike cardboard or paper, polystyrene is ferociously resistant to water, bacteria, light, or most any other process that degrades other materials. Also, Styrofoam often escapes the trash bin and makes

its way to the ocean. “It accounts for a huge amount of marine debris,” Laverty said. This is problematic for marine life, which sometimes mistakes Styrofoam for food. Laverty added, “ Polystyrene is toxic, it’s really harmful to marine life if it’s ingested.”Polystyrene is also harmful to humans if handled badly. According to Laverty, “There’s evidence that polystyrene releases carcinogens if it’s heated, like, in a microwave.” Hot beverages, like coffee or hot chocolate, are usually put in paper cups for fear of releasing chemicals into the drink. Several major cities including San Jose, Seattle and New York City have banned polystyrene take-out containers. The bans are often enacted due to problems with recycling foodcontaminated material. A July 2015 study by New York City’s Department of Sanitation concluded, “Polystyrene cannot be economically recycled.” The city implemented the ban shortly after.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio commented, “By removing nearly 30,000 tons of expanded polystyrene waste from our landfills, streets and waterways, today’s announcement is a major step towards our goal of a greener, greater New York City.” Several universities, as well, have banned polystyrene. The University of California San Diego, for instance, banned Styrofoam in the 1980s after campaigning by three Scripps Institute of Oceanography graduate students. If Styrofoam is heated, it releases dangerous compounds, but even when used safely it is thrown away. Polystyrene isn’t recyclable, which means it is either buried forever in a landfill or makes its way into the environment where it wreaks havoc on marine life. “ These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City. We have better options, better alternatives,” Mayor de Blasio said.

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Plastic waste at Coco Beach, outfall of Mandovi river into the Indian Ocean. By Hajj0 ms (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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WINTER STORM JONAS CANCELS ODU CLASSES, ACTIVITIES

Like during most storms, the bridge to get to the Gornto Teletechnet Building was closed for pedestrian use on Jan. 22, 2016.

A bird’s-eye view of the intersection of Monarch Way and 45th Street during the snowstorm on Jan. 22, 2016.

A brave biker makes his way down 43rd Street during the snowstorm.

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A bird’s-eye view of Webb Center from an ODU parking garage on Jan. 22, 2016. Photos by Brian Vliet

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BITS OF A&E Eagles founding member Glenn Frey dies Detroit native Glenn Frey died from complications stemming from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia in New York City on Jan. 18. Frey won six Grammy Awards with the Eagles and sang lead on such classics as “Take It Easy” and “Heartache Tonight.” He and the band are best known for their 1978 Record of the Year, “Hotel California.”

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Chrysler Museum acquires Beauford Delaney portrait In anticipation of Black History Month in February, the Chrysler Museum of Art’s newest acquisition, a portrait of author James Baldwin by Harlem Renaissance artist Beauford Delaney, marks the Chrysler’s first purchased work by a deceased African American artist. Delaney’s grandmother was born in Norfolk and his parents were Virginia natives.

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As Winter Storm Jonas was wreaking havoc on the Hampton Roads area Friday evening, Lamb of God, one of heavy metal’s premiere acts, took to the stage at The NorVa. The group, hailing from Richmond arrived ready to take the concert hall by storm in support of their latest release, “VII: Sturm und Drang.”The concert was originally scheduled to take place at the Ted Constant Convocation Center was remapped to The NorVa earlier on Friday. A sold out event, Lamb of God delivered and the fans responded with their frantic energy through most of the set. Lamb of God did not disappoint the crowd in their overall stage presence. Though the Ted would have been the premiere outlet to contain the sonic overload of the band, The NorVa maintained their appeal as a venue that brought with it a more intimate concert experience for performers and the audience. Concert-goers were treated to an immense stage and lighting setup that augmented Lamb of God’s sonic arsenal of instruments, amplifiers and sound equipment. As the houselights dimmed and the crowd enthusiastically chanted the band’s name, an ominous, ethereal backing track set the tone as they stepped out onto the stage with “Desolation.”Within Lamb of God’s solid 90-minute set, the band took the crowd through incendiary tracks from their vast catalog such as “Walk With Me in Hell,” “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For” and “Blacken the Cursed Sun.” Fans cheered triumphantly throughout the set as the group delivered a non-

The 58th Annual Grammys Nominees Pop music’s biggest night will happen on the evening of Feb. 15 as the Grammy Awards takes place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Among the nominees for Record of the Year are D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Album of the Year candidates include Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. Two-time Grammy recipient LL Cool J will host. English actor and director Alan Rickman dies Known for his many acting roles in his almost 30-year career, Alan Rickman has passed away at age 69. Known as German terrorist Hans Gruber in the first installment of the Die Hard franchise, he is best known as Professor Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter movies. Rickman’s battle with cancer and untimely death came just four days after David Bowie’s passing. Christian Siriano designs dress for Minnie Mouse Friday, Jan. 22 was National Polka Dot Day and also the opening of “Minnie Rocks the Dots,” interactive fashion and art reflecting Minnie Mouse’s influence on fashion and pop culture. Christian Siriano was called on to design the perfect dress for Minnie to wear to the Los Angeles exhibition opening. Siriano reflects on Minnie’s iconic red polka dot dress as his most memorable for the fanciest mouse in the biz.

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stop onslaught of aural energy. “VII: Sturm und Drang,” which means ‘Storm and Stress’ and sums up the making of the record, is the band’s seventh studio release. Within the album, vocalist Randy Blythe and guitarist Mark Ronson constructed a dark and menacing album reflecting on Blythe’s past trials overseas in Prague. The Lamb of God frontman was facing a lengthy prison sentence accused of intentionally harming a fan at a show in the Czech Republic in 2010. He was eventually acquitted of all charges. “Sturm und Drang” does not solely retell of Blythe’s past dark moments but is as he states, “an album that deals with extreme reallife circumstances and summarizes mankind’s ability to weather the most brutal storms in the ongoing quest for peace and happiness.” As an album that Blythe also states is “a record about how people handle extreme situations,” Lamb of God displayed that raw emotion and theme with live takes of new tracks such as “512,” “Still Echoes” and “Overlord.” Lamb of God’s intensity and delivery as the figureheads of modern metal made it a concert extravaganza that no external storm could overpower. Their 15-year existence continues to see them holding metal’s essential values of honesty, intensity and creativity. Very special guest Anthrax delivered a powerful set winding up for their upcoming release, “For All Kings” due out on Feb. 26. The thrash metal masters belted out classic tracks such as “Fight ‘Em,” “Antisocial” and “Among the Living.” Unfortunately, the band previewed only one new track for fans, “Evil Twin.”


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Lamb of God live at The NorVa on Jan. 22, 2016. Photo by Adam Flores.

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MONARCH MUSIC MINUTE BY ADAM FLORES Hell YES!

I’ll Listen to it Twice, Even.

We’re Getting There...

Eh...

Face Palm.

Panic! at the Disco ‘Death of a Bachelor’

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Theatrical pop-rockers Panic! At The Disco’s latest record, “Death Of A Bachelor,” marks the birth of a new direction and life for singer Brendon Urie. Recorded shortly before his wedding, the new album released on Jan. 15 marks not only a farewell to bachelordom, but signifies a celebration of the old and new within the band’s achievements. Representative of this celebration is the opening track “Victorious” with its anthemic-like quality. As a bold entrance into the album, it serves as a catalyst into other ener-

getic tracks such as “Emperor’s New Clothes” and the ska-swing inspired “Crazy=Genius.” As the first album in three years by a group that is a sonic, theatrical spectacle, only bandleader Urie remains as an original member. Urie has no intention of reuniting the original lineup for an upcoming tour making this new record more important for his creative control and output. Urie uses samples of the B-52’s “Rock Lobster” most notably on “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time.” He also puts on his best

lounge-singer persona on the album’s eponymous track, yet with a flash of controlled falsetto to a lush backing track, Urie breaks the mold of the stereotypical lounge lizard fighting for a little musical respect. With a recent appearance on Dec. 6 at The NorVa, Panic! At The Disco will be making a return to the Hampton Roads area. In support of their “Death Of A Bachelor” release, they will be playing this summer at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach coheadlining with Weezer on June 22.

Conrad Sewell ‘All I Know’

Born in London, raised in Australia and now based in Los Angeles, singer-songwriter Conrad Sewell’s makes his debut with “All I Know – EP.” Released on Jan. 8, the crooning, soulful delivery reflects his life and music and a beat all his own. Influenced by his mom’s records of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder as a child, Sewell began to hone his talents in his formative years. By age 13, he knew what he wanted: a record deal. His first contract was with Universal in Sweden as a songwriter. Af-

ter fronting a band in Germany, he scored a hit and soon after, bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. Sew ell soon began work with producer Jamie Hartman, whose credits include Christina Aguilera and Joss Stone. “All I Know” reflects his raw vocal energy as part of Hartman’s decision to strip everything back and letting Sewell’s vocals shine. Tracks such as “Start Again” and the uplifting “Hold Me Up” serve not only as a catalyst for his sound, but also as a trend away from the ultra

electronic vocal production found in much of today’s pop music. A close listen to his out-front vocal lines reveals the grit and freshness of the young singer’s soul in his lyrical themes. Though Sewell’s sound has found him opening for Ed Sheeran, his voice is still in development. A command of his higher range and overall pitch control will help ensure his longevity and place in the music community as a respected artist.

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Durrell Babbs, better known by his stage name Tank, has released “Sex Love & Pain II,” the follow-up to 2014’s “Stronger” and the sequel from his hugely successful 2007 “Sex Love & Pain.” “SLP2” dropped on Jan. 22 and the saga continues where he left off in 2007 with an expanded guest list to include Chris Brown, Rich Homie Quan and Yo Gotti. “SLP” in 2007 quickly topped the R&B album chart, sold over 100,000 units in its first week and picked up a Grammy nomination in 2008 for Best R&B Album. The album’s first single

and number one hit, “Please Don’t Go,” also earned a Grammy nod for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance. After a recent rancorous split of TGT, Tank’s supergroup with Ginuwine and Tyrese, the singer-songwriter and producer keeps moving forward. “SLP2” expands on its three themes interwoven much like its predecessor. The story reveals the gifts Tank brings to the table and the R&B community within his music. The first single, “You Don’t Know” featuring Wale, delivers his smooth, yet precise vocal timbre. Recently,

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Tank dropped another single, “Better For You,” a piano ballad swooning the ladies and claiming he can do a better job igniting the romance. After venting on Instagram a while back about his frustrations with the music business, his record label and lack of support for his genre, Tank thought seriously about giving up his craft. Fans can be thankful he has remained on course with his music and “SLP2” looks to mark another big year for the R&B.


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‘The Overnight’ (2015) | R | 79 min. | You know that awkward moment when someone regifts you a candle or a pair of socks and you have to pretend to not be totally offended? “The Overnight” is kind of like that someone. Tired parents with lackluster sex life is the gift. Starring Taylor Schilling of “Orange is the New Black,” Adam Scott from “Parks and Recreation” and indie flick poster child Jason Schwartzman, the mystery comedy, as IMDB describes it, has much to offer but nothing original or relevant. Audiences first meet Alex and

Emily (Scott and Schilling) in the throes of an early morning quickie. Their son RJ bursts into the bedroom just as mommy and daddy are about to climax, and the rest is history. Interestingly though, Alex is a stayat-home dad who struggles with his masculinity while Emily’s character is pretty one-dimensional. At a children’s birthday party in the park, the sad but smitten couple meet Kurt (Schwartzman), the flamboyant, new-age dad-of-the-year and his son, Max. Kurt invites Alex and Emily to an evening of vegan pizza

and wine with his French wife in their LA mansion. After the kids fall asleep, the evening takes a turn for the kinky. Alex and Emily grapple with their secret sexual desires as Kurt coerces them out of their vanilla shells. The laughs are awkward, infrequent and almost out of pity, which is remarkable for film and not live performance. Without Schwartzman’s innocent charm and quick wit, the movie would have suffered tremendously. This film is available on Netflix.

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‘How to Change the World’ (2015) | Unrated | 110 min. |

Bob Hunter during a crew meeting on board the James Bay during the 1976 whale campaign.

In just under two hours, “How to Change the World” strikes a delicate balance between delivering unbiased information, telling a story and inspiring reform. It recounts the birth and maturation of Greenpeace, one of today’s largest and most influential environmental conservation organizations founded by an unsuspecting lot of Canadian hippies in 1971. The activists’ first mission, a “mind bomb” as they called it, garnered international media attention when they sailed to the Alaskan island of Amchitka where U.S. government officials conducted a single nuclear weapon test. The crew’s presence in

the Bering Sea alone stimulated so much public backlash that all subsequent tests were cancelled. Upon returning home, these “flower children” turned “a seagoing gang of ecological bikers” focused their efforts on the slaughtering of the last great whales in Russian waters followed by the clubbing of baby seals for their pristine fur in Canada. Everything ecologists and wildlife preservationists are concerned about today, Greenpeace fought for decades ago. With raw graphic footage spliced with psychedelic transitional animation and gripping dialogues, “How to Change the World” is not simply a

historical account but rather a work of art. As told by Greenpeace cofounder and journalist Bob Hunter in a series of intimate diary entries, the film offers five commandments for staging a revolution, not all of which are obvious. Audiences may recognize a young Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as featured on Animal Planet’s reality series “Whale Wars.” In some of the film’s most candid interviews, Watson openly discusses his unapologetic, interventionist approach to combatting poachers as juxtaposed with the rest of Greenpeace’s nonviolent strategies.

‘Circle’ (2015) | Unrated | 87 min. | Fifty strangers wake up in a black, circular room. They each stand on a red, glowing circle arranged in (you guessed it) a circle. Within this circle, a smaller circle of arrows points to the individuals. If they step beyond their bounds, they are shot dead by a laser from the center of the room. If they touch the person next to them, they are shot dead. Every two minutes, someone is shot dead. Their bodies are then pulled into the darkness surrounding them by an unknown force. The deaths initially seem to be at random. But the

group quickly realizes that they are the ones who choose the next victim. Together they must decide who lives. Though not fully developed, the concept of “Circle” is no less intriguing, posing questions regarding human nature, the dynamic of group decision-making and the emergence of influential leaders, for better or for worse. No one can see how the others ‘vote’ when it comes time to select another target in this “Survivor-onsteroids,” so when the group attempts to rig the system and kill self-sacrific-

es first to buy more time, everyone must be in agreement. Factions form of course, and some act out of selfpreservation, complicating matters. The minimal setting and speculation provides the parameters for a social experiment, which reveals the killing off those deemed unfit for society. No one knows what happens when there are only two people left. “Circle” has the strength in simplicity and potential to be seen by millions. Just overlook the deplorable performances of literally everyone in this film. This film is available on Netflix.

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George Plank Staff Writer On Dec. 18, 2015, Star Wars fans received an early Christmas gift from Disney in, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The seventh installment in the science fiction series spans nearly four decades. After ten years of waiting, fans could once again return to that galaxy far, far away. But Star Wars wasn’t always the multi-billion-dollar franchise it is today. Before there was a force to be awakened, an avenging Sith or even a new hope, there was a little, 1977 film simply called: “Star Wars.” The movie begins with a title crawl written by George Lucas and Brian De Palma and set to the theme composed by John Williams. The crawl has become a defining characteristic of the Star Wars franchise. Every film, as well as most licensed video games, have featured an opening crawl to set the tone for the story about to unfold. The opening crawl has become so synonymous with the Star Wars brand that it has been referenced and parodied in almost every facet of popular culture. This crawl succeeds in acclimating the audience to the universe they are about to be thrust into. In the initial crawl, the audience learns that

an evil galactic empire has built a massive weapon with the ability to destroy entire planets in a single blast. Princess Leia Organa is fleeing for her life with plans to take this weapon with her. From that point on, we, the audience, are along for the ride as we escape with two droids as they attempt to deliver a message to a mysterious sage. We empathize with a farm boy as he loses everything he has and goes with the sage. We take off with a smuggler as he avoids imperial attention and parties with those he owes money to. We are there when the princess sees her home world destroyed before her eyes. We are there when the princess is finally rescued. The sage dies, an attack is launched against the space weapon and the farm boy unlocks his inner potential. The cast of “Star Wars” was as starstudded as the expanses of space in the film. In addition to relative unknowns like Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher, as Princess Leia, the film featured many actors with big reputations. Harrison Ford, Han Solo, had already worked with George Lucas on “American Graffiti,” and Alec Guinness, as Obi Wan Kenobi, was a respectable British actor. Playing the Grand Moff Tarkin, Peter Cush-

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ing had worked alongside Christopher Lee as doctor Van Helsing in the “Dracula” line of hammer horror films. The voice of Darth Vader was none other than James Earl Jones. The music of “Star Wars” was composed by John Williams. Before “Star Wars,” he had done the music for films such as “The Towering Inferno” and “Jaws.” Since then, he has worked on countless films from “Harry Potter” and “Superman” to “Indiana Jones” and even more recent movies such as 2012’s “Lincoln” and Disney’s upcoming “BFG.” His orchestral melodies set the tone like nothing else and his music contributed to making “Star Wars” the phenomenon it is today. Before “Star Wars,” George Lucas had received acclaim for his film, “American Graffiti,” a film that glamorized the Americana of the 1950s. Lucas’ first film, which had also earned him some praise, was a sci-fi film called “THX 1138.” He would later use the THX moniker when naming his audio/video presentation company. Even with this minor praise, Lucas came forward with his pitch for a space fantasy many studios doubted. Eventually, Twentieth Century Fox decided to take the chance, but wanted to remain distant in case the movie was

to fail commercially. Because of that, Lucas was able to keep the merchandising rights. With every toy, album and poster created, Lucas earned a percentage and quickly becoming one of the wealthiest directors of the time. Shortly before the release of the sequel film, “The Empire Strikes Back,” George Lucas returned to the original film and added, “Episode IV: A New Hope” to the title. This told fans that the first movie was only one in a series of films to come. It was also a sign to fans of things to come. Over the years, Lucas would return to the original trilogy and touch up the graphics. In the ‘90s, before the release of “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” Lucas released the special editions of the original trilogy. With the advent of computer animation and enhancements, Lucas saw the opportunity to improve his vision for the series. With the addition of enhanced quality and more expansive environments, changes also came with CGI aliens and creatures and alterations to the story many fans see as unnecessary. The most controversial change came in the cantina scene of “A New Hope.” Lucas felt that having Han Solo strike first made him seem too violent and gave people the wrong

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impression of his character. To remedy this, Lucas edited the scene to have an alien named Greedo fire first and move Han’s head quickly to the right before having him fire. Many fans have called foul on this and petitions have been made to make available the original cuts of the films. Lucas, however, remains steadfast in his decisions. When the Library of Congress requested a cut of the original version, George Lucas would only turn over a copy of the enhanced special edition. Even to this day, you can only see the original cuts of the original trilogy on DVD contained within bonus discs of limited edition sets. Today, the series has millions of fans all over the world. The newest installment, “The Force Awakens,” holds the record for highest gross for opening weekend, week and has become the highest grossing film domestically. Even though George Lucas is no longer at the reigns, the film hit all the points a good “Star Wars” film needed. It had a close group of heroes, an enormous base posing a threat to the entire galaxy and a whirlwind of creative characters and locales. It reintroduced fans to the universe the same way “Star Wars”always has since a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…


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Surviving the Wilderness Of ‘The Revenant’ Alyssa Branch Contributing Writer “The Revenant” first premiered on Christmas Day and is still going strong in theaters. The rumors of the movie being dreadfully long and the absence of dialogue may scare people away, but it is one of the most astonishing movies of the year. Revenant, meaning a person who supposedly returns from the dead, is the perfect title for Hugh Glass’s treacherous journey. Director, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, and cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, are responsible for making the magnificent story of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) come to life. The adaptation of the story is based on Michael Punke’s book, “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.” Iñárritu and Lubezki previously worked together on the movie “Birdman,” which was an success.“ The Revenant” is a story about a man’s struggle for survival, plot to get revenge and unconditional love for his family. It follows a guide and hunter for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, Hugh Glass. Glass and his group of men battle for their lives against Native Americans and the

harsh wintery conditions of northwestern America, all while hunting for and transporting pelts to make a living. The movie is set in Montana, South Dakota and parts of Canada in 1823. There is tension between the French, the English and the Pawnee Indians and the film depicts the brutality of most of the white men, yet the kindness of some. It portrays Native American colonization and the inner conflicts between the tribes. A good portion of the movie, Glass is alone and, of course, doesn’t talk much, but grunts instead. Several different spoken languages are used and therefore, there are English subtitles. The movie is engaging. However, it is easy to overlook having to read subtitles and the lack of conversation. The prodigious landscape made shooting extremely complicated. It took nine months to complete the film. Initially, it was to be filmed in Canada and parts of Montana, but the lack of snow found them on the southern tip of Argentina. Weather was a big factor for shooting and only natural light was used, making time even more limited.

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The production of the Revenant is very unique. In the opening scene, an Indian tribe attacks and the camera doesn’t give an aerial view nor focuses on the main characters. Rather, it follows one person until he is killed, then follows their killer until his death and so on,– a very engaging and unusual way of portraying battle scenes. Visual effects of “The Revenant” were breath-taking and the faux wounds of mauled Hugh Glass would make anyone cringe. Although Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu decided that the movie would be mostly filmed on location, the few green screen moments were just as spectacular. Recently, “The Revenant” has been nominated for four Golden Globes and won three. It is now leading the race for the Oscars with twelve nominations, including best actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and best supporting actor (Tom Hardy). DiCaprio, a vegetarian, actually had to eat the liver of a bison to make the scene perfect. This shows the extent he will go to perfect his performance. “The Revenant” has been one of the most challenging performances of his career.

Marscon 2016: The Women in Science Fiction Megan Snyder Contributing Writer At one time the gathering grounds for outcasts and the socially awkward, the sci-fi convention is now the epicenter of all things trendy and has come from relative obscurity to the forefront of mainstream popularity. Marscon, Tidewater Virginia’s longest running sci-fi convention, is no exception. Over the course of three days, Jan. 15-17, the DoubleTree Hotel in Williamsburg welcomed for the first time approximately 1,200 con-goers for a weekend of science fiction, fantasy, cosplay, gaming and more with the theme of women in science fiction and fantasy. Main events included the annual “Dr. Who Tea Party.” There was also a meet-and-greet with the 501st Legion local Rocky Horror shadow cast who participated in Fishnet Inc.’s pro-

duction of the cult classic film and a tribute to the late horror master Wes Craven. This year, Marscon saw the conversation of gender politics within the genre dominate discussions. Late Friday evening, fantasy novelists Ellen Kushner, Nickie Jamison and Melissa Scott offered aspiring writers their advice on developing realistic LGBTQ characters. A heated debate erupted during the Joss Whedon and Female Characters panel on Saturday when one brave audience member asserted that Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) of the “Firefly” series is actually a closeted misogynist. Panelists Wade Cutrell and Gail Z. Martin dissected “traditional formulas for horror films,” addressing generic tropes in “Why the Blond Gets It First.” Sunday’s “Space Opera Explodes Gender Barriers” group debated how the vast landscape of outer space and

its virtual lack of worldly constraints serve as the ideal setting for patriarchsmashing storylines. Though relatively small compared to Comicon, the Marscon community is tight-knit and far-reaching. Loyal fans attend this annual get-together religiously. In spite of Marscon staff and hotel management’s best efforts to maintain a safe environment, local police and EMS were called to the hotel on Friday when a con-goer was found unconscious and on Saturday when guests next to a large party suite reported a disturbance. Friday’s con-goer has since made a full recovery and the Saturday night party was moved into the ballroom where it continued until the wee hours of the morning. The countdown for Marscon 2017 has already begun, though details as to when and where it will be held have yet to be announced.

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Ashia Mayo Clare Benedetto Contributing Writer Ashia Mayo brought welcome splashes of color to a dreary January day when she pieced together her outfit. Electric-blue leggings and a bright pink top were a contrast to the sea of grey, black and brown that permeates winter fashion. To keep her bright colors from being overwhelming, however, Mayo toned them down with Uggs and a sliver handbag. Mayo, who is pursuing a degree in Public Health Administration, likes to take a trip to the gym into account when dressing. By the same token, Nikes are a trend she has grown fond of in athletic footwear. But if Mayo were given $1,000 to spend in any one category, she insists she would choose heels. Kim Kardashian and Instagram serve mainly as a couple of style inspirations to Mayo, although she is open to branching out. She believes her style has slowly become “more versatile.” “Before, my style was more relaxed. Now it’s fancier, and when I see something new, I take note of it,” Mayo said.

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WESTERN KENTUCKY Reese Ward Contributing Writer The Monarchs claimed a 68-62 victory over Western Kentucky University last Thursday with Trey Freeman tying his career high 28 points and Jordan Baker shooting 4-5 from the 3-point line. The conference win comes after losing three games in a row by a total of six points.“We certainly needed that,” Coach Jeff Jones said after the game. “After losing the last three with everything our kids put in it, to fall short, it means a lot to them. I can see it in their faces… to finally get a reward for playing so hard.”

“Trey told me before the last shot, ‘There’s about to be a big shot, so be ready. I know you’re gonna make it,’” Baker said, “I took the shot with confidence ‘cause I had the green light from our team leader.”

The game, decided with a singledigit margin again, certainly wasn’t an easy victory. The Monarchs trailed at the half 29-25 in a half with seven lead changes. While they shot better than the Hilltoppers with 40 percent from the field, WKU dominated the offensive boards, making nine points off second chances. The Monarchs’ seven turnovers lead to seven points for WKU, adding to the opponents first-half edge. “Western Kentucky really forced us to play well,” Coach Jones added to his post-game reel.

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Even the Hilltoppers’ bench scored 49 of their 62 points. Forward Justin Johnson led WKU scoring with 17 points and added seven rebounds, while sharpshooter Chris HarrisonDocks had 16 points including 12 from behind the arc. Old Dominion gained speed down the stretch fueled by Jordan Baker’s four 3-pointers in the second half. Freeman shot 25 of the teams’ 53 attempts and remained the workhorse of the Monarch offense. He stayed consistent and made several clutch shots, keeping ODU in the game and eventually on top. “Trey told me before the last shot, ‘There’s about to be a big shot, so be ready. I know you’re gonna make it,’” Baker said, “I took the shot with confidence ‘cause I had the green light from our team leader.” With two minutes left in the game, Baker hit his final 3-pointer after a timeout, which put the Hilltoppers out of reach for good. The Monarchs closed out the game shooting free throws, and Brandon Stith added an exclamation point to the victory by blocking guard Aaron Cosby’s desperation 3-point shot into the stands, bringing the Ted Constant Center to it’s feet. The win places Old Dominion (10-9, 3-3) back above .500 in their total record– even keel in C-USA standings. Western Kentucky (10-9, 2-4) falls below ODU in the conference with the loss. The Monarch’s next game is against FAU in the FAU Arena in Florida.


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ODU Basketball Last-Second Loss to Marshall Brendan Abban Contributing Writer After a big win over Western Kentucky by Old Dominion’s men’s basketball team, the Monarchs were hoping for a similar result on their stomping ground Saturday afternoon against another conference rival, the Marshall Thundering Herd. Trey Freeman scored a career high of 37 points, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Monarchs as they fell 78-75 in heartbreaking fashion. It was a thriller inner conference matchup with the score tied 17 times, the lead changed 17 times and gamedependent final shot. The game started out as ODU hoped, with aggressive inside play from Brandan Stith who came out of the gate hot for the

in the first half with Marshall posting field goal percentages of 50 percent and ODU posting 51.5 percent. Ultimately, ODU was impacted by an increased amount of turnovers Marshall capitalized on in order to snatch the lead away from the Monarchs.“ Maybe we were tired but you know I thought we were a little bit lazy, casual, careless,” Jones said. Jones was referring to the two late game in-bounds plays the Monarchs executed lethargically, which resulted in Marshall’s fast-break points. “Unfortunately that was four easy ones for Marshall and four quick ones, and you know in a game like this they weigh pretty heavily,” Jones said. Freeman also acknowledged his

“Brandon did a good job of finishing, and yes we wanted to force Kelly to play some defense which he did later on in the game,” Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers shooting against Marcin Gortat of the Washington Wizards. By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (Kobe Bryant) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Kobe Bryant and his Farewell Tour from the NBA Brendan Abban Contributing Writer Kobe Bryant has been one of the most polarizing figures in the sports world since he was drafted in 1996 with the thirteenth pick by the Charlotte Hornets and then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Coming into the league, the talk about Bryant was whether he would be the next Michael Jordan and follow in the footsteps of his predecessor. Bryant’s career has been a 20-year roller-coaster that has been up more than down. On Nov. 29, 2015, Bryant announced his intentions to retire at the end of this NBA season which shook up the entire realm of basketball. Due to what is shaping to be another losing season for the Lakers, who are currently 9-34 this season following their 21-61 season, the worst in franchise history, the team has made this season the unofficial Bryant farewell tour. A tour that started Dec. 1 in Bryant’s hometown of Philadelphia has resulted in much love and affection for a player many regard as the Michael Jordan of this generation. Bryant went from starting out his career with a four air-ball game against the Utah Jazz in the 1997 playoffs, to winning three straight

championships alongside Shaquille O’Neal. Then he was forced to play for a struggling Lakers team for a few seasons, but went on to make three straight trips to the NBA finals with Pau Gasol, winning two of the three championships. Bryant mentors a young Lakers core constructed of Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle that will hopefully grow to be the team’s future. Bryant has filled the many different roles that the Los Angeles Lakers franchise asked him to such as franchise cornerstone, team leader, box office attraction and mentor. Players such as Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Paul George have all made it clear that Bryant was the player they all grew up watching and hoped to emulate. Bryant has arguably been the player of the decade along with Tim Duncan, who both have won five championships respectively during their time playing for the Lakers and the Spurs respectively. What set Bryant apart from Duncan in the eyes of many was the superstar cache that Bryant carried upon his shoulders throughout his career. Bryant’s style of play has always generated ohs and ahs from whatever crowd he has played in front of, which

resulted in Bryant being either loved or hated by various fan bases. His popularity is documented by the number of venues that have sold out due to his presence, the number of years he has led in jersey sales and the amount of Laker memorabilia that has sold during his tenure with the team. For years, Bryant has been seen as the most popular NBA player worldwide, only being rivaled by James and recently Stephen Curry. Even though Bryant is having his worst shooting season of his career, scoring 16.3 points per game on 34 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from deep, venues are still selling out because fans know this is the last time they will get to see the black mamba on the basketball court and hope he can still give them some moments that they will forever remember. The emotion is felt across the sports world from fans of Bryant, to his contemporaries who all relish in the chance to see him play or play against him one more time. Even though the end of this season will spell the end of Bryant’s playing days, the legacy of the black mamba will continue to grow far beyond the court for years to come.

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—Head Coach Jeff Jones said in his post-game presser. Monarchs. Stith scored nine of the Monarchs’ first 13 points and forced the Thunder Herd’s star forward, James Kelly, to play on both ends of the court. Stith finished with 15 points. “Brandon did a good job of finishing, and yes we wanted to force Kelly to play some defense which he did later on in the game,” Head Coach Jeff Jones said in his post-game presser. Freeman was also a big contributor

faults in the two late in-bounds turnovers that helped Marshall get some breathing room. “I broke down mentally at the end of the game. The first play I didn’t throw it far enough into the backcourt and the second play I didn’t wait for the play to develop and threw it early,” Freeman said. In the second half, the Monarch offense struggled. They shot 38.7 percent after shooting 51.5 percent in

for the Monarchs in the first half scoring 20 points. Consistently throughout the first half, Freeman took advantage of weak spots in Marshall’s defense and made the mid-range elbow-jumper his deadliest weapon. The Monarch defense brought the heat forced the Thundering Herd into six first-half turnovers, which gave 12 points to ODU. Marshall kept neck and neck with Old Dominion through the first half leaving the half-time score at 40-39. Kelly led Marshall in the first half with a double-double, netting 10 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams shot the ball effectively

the first. Beside Freeman, offense was hard to come by for the Monarchs. It was Freeman who tied the game up at 75-75 with 31 seconds left to play. Marshall’s Kelly took it upon himself to deliver the gut-wrenching blow to the Monarchs by hitting a contested 3-pointer at the top of the key to give Marshall a 78-75 lead with three seconds left on the clock. Freeman tried to recreate the buzzer-beating game winner he made in the NIT Tournament against Murray State. With a half-court 3-point attempt that would fall just short and send Old Dominion to their tenth loss of the season.

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Wrestling Falls to North Iowa, 21-12 Jonathan Harding Contributing Writer

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In the Mid-American Conference (MAC) opener, the Old Dominion Monarchs, ranked No. 17, fell to North Iowa, ranked No. 21, with a final score of 21-12. “I’m very disappointed with this loss. I thought we were going to beat these guys, to be honest with you,” head coach Steve Martins said. The match opened with a huge upset victory for North Iowa. The Panther’s Trevor Jauch scored a takedown in the last seconds of the match to beat Chris Mecate, ranked No. 9, in the 141 lb weight class 5-3. ODU’s Alexander Richardson responded with a dominating performance in the 149 weight class recording a 18-2 technical fall over UNI’s Jake Hodges to put the Monarchs up 5-3 for the meet. “Since I’ve been hyping myself up I’ve been wrestling a lot better, so I’ll try to keep this up,” Richardson said. “I just imagined Steve in my head, yelling

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at me to get bonus points.” ODU lost the next three matches allowing UNI to regain the lead, 12-5. In his first match since Midland’s three weeks ago, Jack Dechow, ranked No. 6, scored an impressive 11-2 major decision over UNI’s Cody Caldwell to cut the Panthers’ lead to three. UNI answered by winning the next two matches including a pin in the 285 lb class by No. 15, Blaize Cabell. Junior Brandon Jeske’s 7-2 decision victory over Leighton Gaul pushed his win streak to five and gave ODU their final meet points of the night. “I’m treating every match like it’s my last and putting everything out there on the line,” Jeske said. “I think if you don’t do that you’re letting your coaches and everyone that put time and effort into you down.” In the final match of the night, No. 17 Josh Abner decisioned ODU’s No. 14 Emilio Saaverda 2-0 giving the Panther’s a 21-12 victory. “Bottom line is we need to be able to put up more points. The attacking mindset needs to be a priority,” coach

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Martins said. “We have seven MAC meets in the next five weeks. We have to wrestle a little bit harder. Nobody is going to give us anything. If you want something, you have to go out there and earn it.” ODU Wrestles at Buffalo on Friday 1/22, and at Kent St. Sunday 1/24. Monarchs wrestling will return to the Constant Center Friday 2/05 vs Navy. 14. 1: Trevor Jauch (UNI) dec. #9 Chris Macate (ODU), 5-3149: #8 Alexander Richardson (ODU) TF Jake Hodges (UNI), 18-2 5:00157: Bryce Steiert (UNI) dec. Devin Geoghegan (ODU), 4-2165: #8 Cooper Moore (UNI) dec. Seldon Wright (ODU), 11-6174: Kyle Lux (UNI) dec. Brooks Climmons (ODU), 4-2 TB184: #6 Jack Dechow (ODU) maj. Cody Caldwell (UNI), 11-2197: Jared Bartel (UNI) dec. Austin Coburn (ODU), 7-1285: #15 Blaize Cabell (UNI) pin Andrerw Snyder (ODU) 4:35125: Brandon Jeske (ODU) dec. Leighton Gaul (UNI), 7-3133: #17 Josh Alber (UNI) dec. #14 Emilio Saaverda (ODU), 2-0


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MOMENT IN TECH NEWS Planet X discovered Scientists have announced they have found evidence for an object roughly the size of Neptune just beyond Pluto. This possible new planet orbits the sun once every 15,000 years in a long elliptical orbit similar to that of many comets. Virginia Tech fights frost Inspired by the Namib Desert Beetle, researchers led by Virginia Tech have discovered a way combat the “growth of frost caused by condensation.” The technique uses a pattern of chemicals to attract water over a hydrophobic surface, preventing the growth of frost itself. Peep on anyone with ‘Shodan’ search engine “Shodan” is a search engine for the Internet of Things, or the collection of all Internet-connected devices and objects. Using it, a security researcher was able to access unsecured webcams to watch things like sleeping children, classrooms and inhabited houses. This is a fault of the security protocol, or lack thereof, in most inexpensive webcams. ‘Undertale’ updated The critically-acclaimed indie game “Undertale” was updated, and not only to fix some of the bugs that had been plaguing the game. New dialogue had been added to certain character interactions across all types of playthroughs. The patch did not list all updates, so players are still finding new changes during gameplay. Hoverboard refunds issued In the wake of the negative attention hoverboards have been receiving for catching fire and exploding, including being banned from ODU, Amazon has offered a full refund for any hoverboard ordered through its online storefront.

VIDEO GAME DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT CLUB Corbin Pangilinan Contributing Writer Two years ago, an arcade cabinet showed up in the Webb Center. It has become a fixture ever since, alongside the statue of Big Blue. Its presence has roots in one of ODU’s recently formed clubs on campus. The “Ride the Lion” cabinet was one of the Video Game Design and Development Club’s first projects, and they are aiming to teach students on campus about how to make more games, just as they did three years ago. Trai Corte, the president of the VGDDC, alongside Marcus Twitty, the vice president, had plenty to say about the club’s history, purpose, and their plans for the future. Q: So, can I get the idea behind the club, what inspired you guys to get this whole thing started? Corte: Well, the club started three years ago. Unofficially it’s been a club for three years, officially through the school, it’s been a club for two. When they started the club, they wanted to get a bunch of local developers together. Eventually, I think the main goal they had at the time was to try and get ODU with some kind of game design program– whether it’s through an offshoot certificate program or a major, something like that.

“Squirrels in Space,” a game jam game where they would shoot nuts at other squirrels and defeat them before taking over your planet tree. Q: What game jam did you guys enter that in? Corte: Oh, that was just a small thing we did ourselves. Twitty: Yeah, it was a spring break where there were still people on campus and it was a small thing that they held in the library. Q: Do you have any other history or past projects you want to get out on the table? Corte: We do have the “Ride the Lion.” There’s a game cabinet in the center of Webb, and “Ride the Lion” was the project that they ended up doing a full release for. Twitty: They made it during their probationary period, like a speed runner where you would go through different parts of the university and exploit some of the landmarks. Q: Any future projects that you’re looking at for this semester?

Twitty: When they first started the club, it originally started with three different people, but it grew to nine people working on a project; the first project being, technically,

Corte: Right now, we’re doing a game jam again because it was actually really good last semester. There’s a team who ended up winning last semester, the game jam they participated in, and we gave them the theme of ‘fairytales’. The teams aren’t allowed to be any bigger than five people and they’re all PC releases,

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but we let them make genre or use any game engine; we just want them to get down and actually learn. Q: What do you like about running your club, and what do you see in it that you’d like to bring back to other people? Corte: Honestly, I love seeing the ideas that the members come up with. Last semester, they came up with three completely different things and we didn’t give them any restrictions, as long as they got it finished in a formal time span. Twitty: I just like gathering new, different people to the game design group, since the goal was to bring gaming to Norfolk. So to see people trying to pursue game design as something they want to do in the future, it’s given me a motivation to keep going and motivate other people to do game design. Q: Are you planning to do anything more formal out in the community? Corte: As far as the club goes, it will probably just be a campus club. We definitely want it to be a bigger organization on campus since there isn’t a degree or any type of programs here at ODU for games. This is a great thing for people to get an idea of what’s going on. We definitely want people to learn how to do this, and even if it’s not something they want to pursue after they graduate, they have something they

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can put into their portfolio. If they want to make games, they’ll have made games already, which most game companies require you to have portfolios with games in them. It also shows to other companies that you can work on a team and get things done. Most of our club right now is programmers and story people, but we’ll take business. We’ll take art, because this helps everything. Games aren’t just one thing, it’s pretty much everything coming together to work in an amazing way, and that’s what we’re trying to push. Twitty: I do want to expand the club at ODU, but I also want it to be integrated into the classroom, so it’s not just you come to the club and go home and that’s it. I want something recognized by the school where you’re getting some kind of credit for it. The VGDDC is filled with a lot of ambition and love for their craft, and they have a fair amount of involvement in the games community around Norfolk and the surrounding area. They’ve participated in the past three years of the East Coast Game Conference down in Raleigh, North Carolina. They’re also entering Pixelfest, which is happening in Norfolk for the first time this year. They meet every Thursday from 12:30-1:15 p.m., though any prospective members will want to contact them to see where they meet, or they can look up the club at http://orgs. odu.edu/vgddc/Calendar.shtml.


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FBI’s Questionable Actions and Cybersecurity Ross Reelachart Staff Writer In July 2015, the FBI seized a Tor-hidden website involved in the exploitation of minors. Although arrests were made and the website was removed from access, the FBI’s methods and activities during the operation were cause for scrutiny from the cybersecurity community and raised questions about the legality of it all. Tor is a piece of software freely available on the Internet. It is also a network. Tor allows users to access what is called the “dark net,” which is the part of the Internet either normally unserved by mainstream search engines or accessible only through special browsers that utilize a specific kind of communication to provide maximum anonymity to the user.

This is usually accomplished by disallowing certain plugins, like Adobe Flash or Java, that could compromise the user’s anonymity and “bouncing” signals between multiple servers across the world before reaching the destination. While services such as Tor are host to many illegal or extralegal activities, it can also be used to bypass government censorship in countries with regulation-heavy Internet access. Obviously, such a network is usually under intense law enforcement watch. In this case, the FBI was able to bust a minor sexual exploitation website on the Tor network. However, as is often the case with the new field of cyber law enforcement, even the take down of a heinous website is not without question. There are two particular questions

in this case: whether the warrant used by the FBI was specific enough to be legal and second, whether it was legal for the FBI to run the website under its own power in order to catch other suspects. The first issue is a result of current judicial system not yet understanding the nature of cyber crimes nor possessing the technical expertise to make fair judgements or issue fair warrants. The best example is the affidavit for the case, which never refers to the Tor network by name nor refers to the name of the illegal website. There are vague mentions of “a network” with an anonymizing capability and that “Website A” is hidden on it. Additionally, the affidavit even goes on to describe a kind of malware that would be injected into the website and would specifically be used to infect additional suspects’ computers.

This malware would stealthily track, identify and locate the suspect’s computer without their knowledge or consent. For the second question, there are concerns over whether or not the FBI should have continued to allow the website to exist in order to catch new suspects. On the surface, it makes sense to allow the website to run for a few weeks to stealthily catch new criminals. But there are ethical questions about leaving such a website accessible when law enforcement has the power to take it down outright. Other than being controlled by law enforcement, the website is unchanged. The images continue to exist and users can still upload new ones and circulate them. A quote from USA Today put it best. “At some point, the government investigation becomes indistinguishable

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from the crime, and we should ask whether that’s OK,” Elizabeth John, a University of California, Davis law professor said. Finally comes the issue inherent to the global nature of the Internet: some of the suspects could be in other countries– outside of the FBI’s jurisdiction. Installing malware on a suspect’s computer across country lines could be seen as hacking or at least a violation of a country’s sovereignty. With this particular case, the crime was terrible enough for almost all concerns to be outweighed by the benefits of catching the perpetrators. But the questions of cybersecurity, privacy and the jurisdiction of law enforcement on the Internet need to be addressed before they become larger issues.


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Naked Erin Sudek Undress your thoughts for me. I’ll caress your unspoken affections, And lay down with your darkest fears. I’ll comfort your unpleasant memories, And kiss the moments you had wild roses burning In your cheeks. Vemödalen Josh Whitener To fight off this infection, love we sell out to apathy; to boredom. Work is for our parents: their façade. We saw through it judged and misjudged it. Our way is pretending to be adults. We put our lives on billboards. Whore it out. It’s a love that matters to others. It does. Kristin liked it. It’s a love that’s a thing a hiding tumor swelling, breathing sometimes laughing alive and growing. Yolk of it runs down our bones over our former selves.

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