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WEDNESDAY | 03.05.2014 | MaceandCROWN.COM | Vol. 56, Issue 18

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FEATURED IMAGE: Over a thousand students participated in XL Dissent, a nonviolent protest against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. It is being called “the largest act of youth civil disobedience at the White House in a generation.” The pipeline is part of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy and has received an outpour of criticism and opposition from climate scientists and students. NASA’s James Hansen has said the pipeline would be “game over” for the climate. In his essay, “Silence is Deadly,” he writes, “exploitation of tar sands would make it implausible to stabilize climate and avoid disastrous global climate impacts.” Please see for the full story. Photo by Sean Davis, Mace & Crown News Editor

College Republicans reproach SGA explicit Budget Reallocation Policy -causes backlash for student government Association By:Sean Davis & Derek Page News Editor & Editor-in-Chief Mace & Crown The Old Dominion University SGA is in damage control after a pair of online articles alleging biased reallocation of funds was circulated on numerous college and conservative-leaning news sites. The articles, first published on on Feb. 21, purport that SGA removed about $800 of budget money from the College Republicans, refused to return it and then allocated funding for a “costly trip to a gay rights festival in the U.K.” Many student leaders and faculty have expressed concern that the controversial articles could have expansive consequences and reflect negatively on SGA and the university overall.

According to SGA bylaws, if an organization doesn’t spend half of its budget by halfway through the fiscal year, then it is “at risk of losing the remainder of [its] budget (which will become additional contingency funds).” Organizations have the ability to keep their funding by sending a letter to the Leadership and Student Involvement fiscal technician or the SGA treasurer. Two weeks before the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, an event the group attends every year, they received a letter notifying them that half of their budget was removed because the club did not submit an email requesting the transfer of budget funds by Jan. 17. CR Chairman Julius Lacano wrote in an article that “personal bias may have played a role,” alleging that SGA Finance Director, Connor Norton, “appropriated” the funds

himself and that “that money is being used for a project in which he has a clear personal interest… a costly trip to a gay rights festival in the UK.” “Mr. Norton is using his station for his own personal gain,” CR Vice Chairman Alex Neff told Michael Sobey, a CR member and the writer of the first article. Norton found the accusations of “personal gain” outrageous, noting that, as in any democratic government, a system of checks and balances is in place to ensure there is no direct influence or control on legislation and policies. “I am bound by laws that are voted on by the student Senate, which are the rules I then enforce. To say I have ‘sole authority and full discretion’ is a gross over statement. I never perform any actions unless they are requested of me by the bylaws, or

requested of me by SGA Advisors, Board Members, or Old Dominion University Administration,” he said. “With regards to bills or contingencies to which I have personal connection on, as soon as I receive them they are forwarded to another senator or director, spoken with by another representative of the organization, and I even recuse myself from senate meetings where discussions on bills or legislation affect me so as to not sway the senate.” Norton is also the president of the student operated theater production company, the Starving Artists (TSA), invited to attend the International Dublin Gay Theater Festival in May, the first university theater group to receive the honor. As TSA is a new organization, it received just $480 for a budget for the 2013-2014

school year. The group has raised an additional $7,000 from other donors but applied for contingency to help fund the difference of cost for the trip. TSA received funds from SGA for the trip on Feb. 18. “I am confident in saying that my position with SGA has had no bearings in the funds I have raised or requested for programming related to all of my projects,” Norton said. “It is every Monarch Leader’s responsibility to research the financial bylaws, understand the sources of funding through LSI, keep up with your points and standards, and passionately stand behind any and all of your goals when requesting for assistance and funds.”

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Scores came to Kaufmann Mall on Feb. 26 to show support for the Johnson family after the loss of their son, Paul, an ODU student recently killed in an assault off campus.

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ODU Remembers Paul Johnson By: David Thornton Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Hundreds of candles illuminated Kaufman Mall on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Each one was a testament to the warm memories of Paul Johnson, possessed by his family, friends and fellow Old Dominion University students. Unanimously described as a funny, outgoing and exceptional guy in every way, Johnson’s memory burns just as brightly in all who met him. “I loved him more than I could even tell you,” said Dan Johnson, his older brother. “I was closer with him than all of my other brothers.” “He was the funniest guy ever,” said Eric Hammond, his roommate. He lamented that his future children would have no “Uncle Paul” in their lives. Hours before the vigil, temperatures dropped to near-freezing. A brisk wind chilled the campus. Johnson’s family and fellow Monarchs huddled inside Webb Center, emerging just before 7 >>> SGA While the articles dispute the legitimacy of SGA’s actions in removing the funds, and Norton’s role in the matter, many student legislators disagree. Vice President, Jared Mays, explained in an SGA meeting on Feb. 25 that 33 organizations had funds removed, totaling $7,113.50. He reiterated that this was “in accordance with the bylaws which they [College Republicans] failed to go by.” “These articles are misleading, skewed and biased,” he said, adding that the claims “show little to no understanding of the contingency process… The student body voted overwhelmingly in support of the trip. Mind you, Connor Norton is not a senator and not in the legislative branch of SGA… Simply stated, the Starving Artists contingency and the 50-percent bylaw amendments are two totally different and separate things.” During the meeting, SGA passed a bill to give back funds to all student organiza-

p.m. for the ceremony. Despite, and perhaps in defiance, of the cold, those who remembered Johnson arrived in droves to bask in his warmth one last time. Bright white lights chased away the shadows as the Johnson clan gravely took their seats on the terrace. A podium stood between them and a large picture of their son, all sandy hair, rosy cheeks and sunny smile. Volunteers moved quietly through the crowd. Remembrance cards with Paul’s image and a message from his family were passed clumsily between gloved hands. Numb fingers gripped candles, awaiting instructions to light them. The crowd pressed imperceptibly closer together. Dan Johnson’s voice broke as he remembered his brother. The inevitable, impending sobs could clearly be heard. He leaned on the podium for support, his head hanging barely above the microphone. He fought for control as he spoke fondly of his brother. “We were tight. We were always together,” he said.

He told a story of one particular Christmas, where he and Paul had gotten into trouble a few days before. They spent their days, grounded, sitting in the garage, listening to music. “It would have been a lot worse if it had been just me, with nobody else to sit in the garage with me,” he said. Joseph Thiell, a close friend who helped to plan the ceremony, spoke in a shaky voice about Paul’s wit and sarcasm. He remembered how all of his friends melted when they were introduced to Paul. With evident pride for his friend’s character, he revealed that Paul’s last act was to donate his organs, so that others might live. “He was simple, yet extraordinary,” Thiell said. “My world was a better place with him.” Reverend Mike Kuhn gave a brief and hopeful sermon. He read biblical passages from the letters of Paul, and spoke of how, in dark times, “we walk by faith, not by sight.” He asked for those in attendance to think of Paul and wonder “what is he

hoping for us right now?” He called for peace on campus, and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Hundreds of tiny flames flickered into life during his sermon, before he led the crowd into the Lord’s Prayer. Then, in perhaps the most moving moment in the ceremony, he began to sing “Amazing Grace.” As the crowd took up the song, he modestly stepped away from the podium. The crowd, leaderless, continued to sing. Afterwards, many of Paul’s friends gathered around the family, sharing the warmth of hugs, fellowship and Paul’s memory. Laughter and tears were in equal abundance. Little by little, the crowd drifted away into the cold. Paul Johnson’s parents held each other in the spotlight of television news cameras, calling for better security measures on and around campus. The candles were out, their warmth extinguished.

tions that had them removed, including College Republicans. The body decided to use reserve funds to make up the difference. Senate Bill 49, which was sponsored by Mays, was debated amongst the legislators and only passed after a second vote in a special session. The main concern was, that by returning the money, SGA would appear to be admitting guilt and therefore wrongdoing. “We’re in a bad situation because we’re damned if we do something, and we’re damned if we don’t,” Sen. Ivan Trent said. Sen. James Owens suggested drafting a response to explain SGA’s actions “without pointing the finger back at any particular organization… so we can stand by our people who are doing right by the school.” “In this case it’s Connor, it could be anyone… If anything were to ever happen in the future, we would want to stand by that member of our organization, if they’re being misrepresented,” Owens added.

The College Republicans have since released a statement condemning the threats and derogatory emails that accused Norton of being a “thief” and a “criminal” among other denigrations. “We have no issue with the fact that Connor Norton… is a prominent member of the ODU LGBTQ community, and that his group is attending a theater festival that highlights the LGBTQ community,” it says. “While we do not believe that this money was given as a result of collusion or impropriety, there is still the outside appearance of it,” the letter explains, noting that Norton was “banned from voting on the matter.” “None of the SGA executive board members [or] directors – president, vice president, treasurer, etcetera – which includes Connor Norton are Senators,” Mays explained, “Therefore none of us, including Connor, can vote on any legislation that comes through the Student Body Senate.”

Although Lacano stands by the article, he claims that it was edited by the College Fix to appear more sensational. Lacano can be seen in the comments of several sites that reposted the story, opposing bigoted comments. “There is no need to insult the LGBTQ community as I have seen being done here. The issue is not based on that, and it is childish to do so. This issue concerns money being taken away, a lack of oversight, and the outward look of conflict of interest,” read one comment. In an email to Norton, Lacano further expressed apologies for harassment Norton received and frustration with the direction the articles have taken the situation. “Throughout this ordeal I have berated people, called them out for being bigots and spoke out against anyone trying to make this an anti-gay issue,” he wrote. “This is a budgetary reform issue. No one in our organization, especially me, is trying to make this out to be an anti-gay issue.”

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ODU Students Host Outstanding Model U.N. Conference By: Jugal Patel Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Old Dominion University students of the Model United Nations Society (MUNS) hosted the thirty-seventh annual Model UN Conference at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Va. from Feb. 20 – 23, with over 1,000 delegates from more than 50 Virginia high schools participating. Students were tasked with addressing the most pressing global issues that the world faces in the twenty-first century. Ultimately, students were able to arrive at resolutions that address some of the world’s major problems in areas including security, nuclear disarmament, human rights, humanitarian aid and the perils of climate change. In a rapidly globalizing world in constant flux, the conference serves an integral role in educating younger high school students. By participating in the Model

U.N. Conference, high-schoolers are able to gain insight into U.N. procedure and find solutions at a time of both opportunity and risk for humanity. According to the faculty sponsor, Professor Arron Karp, the conference was one of the best ever hosted in 37 years. Six conference sessions were held over the weekend, totaling over 19 cumulative hours of debate. One of the largest off campus events at ODU, nine months of hard work went into preparing for the conference. Secretary Treasurer, Chelsea Bligh, was the backbone of the conference and was responsible for keeping everything in order. “As Secretary Treasurer, I have to take inventory of everything we own before conference, make decisions on what we need more of, create invoices for every school and update the schools as they send in their fees or have numbers changed in delegations or delegates, keep an organized binder with copies of all checks received and registration information, create name badges for all the students, faculty and

staff, print or organize to get printed every sheet of paper that goes into the delegates and the faculty folders and finally make participation awards for every delegate,” Bligh said. A total of 70 ODU students, faculty and alumni participated in the conference. Sessions were packed with intensive debate about diplomacy and crises. The staff had their hands full making sure that events ran smoothly and students were productive in articulating resolutions. MUNS member, Noelle Lentz also played an important role in the conference, serving as vice chair for her first time. Lentz participated in the conference for three years while in high school, but was able to see things from the other side as vice chair of both the Disarmament and International Security Council and the Human Rights Council. “It was incredible to see the conference from the other side. I had never realized how much work and planning goes into it,” Lentz said. “Staff literally gets almost no sleep to



make sure everything is perfect.” At the culmination of the conference, Noelle won the Secretariat Award for best MUNS newcomer, a testament to her dedication and hard work. The MUNS influence on the ODU community is also quite profound. Following its conception in 1977, society members have regularly participated in events both within ODU and at conferences across America. “ODUMUN society, in general, promotes ODU across the nation. We go to four conferences to compete with elite schools along the likes of Harvard and Yale and we have won many times,” Gulshan Chattha said. Gulshan is the Sec-

retary General, the most esteemed role in the MUNS organization. Speaking on behalf of the ODUMUN Society, Gulshan said, “My staff and I were able to host a conference in which so many delegates came to compete and everyone enjoyed themselves within the environment provided. To know that a high school student had to do research, get out of their comfort zone, and represent a different state—as well as knowing that staff, faculty sponsors, and delegates all had an amazing time—was of the most fulfilling aspects to the conference.”

Naval Station Norfolk Plans New Tide Connection By:David Baah Staff Writer Mace & Crown Members of the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study (NSNTES) met Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the Ted Constant Convocation Center to discuss plans for a possible extension of the Tide transit system. This event was one of many public workshops attended by area resident concerned with the future of Norfolk’s transit operations. “This is an opportunity to see what are the wishes and dreams of this region, and how the public transit system will help these,” Bob Batcher said, expressing his interest in the betterment of Norfolk’s rich communities. Batcher and his study team have been productively researching the most reasonable and feasible choices for a new transit expansion. “What we do as university depends on the economy of the city,” Batcher said, “and that is also an economy for roads.” Participants assisted the NSNTES in identifying potential routes and travel modes in Norfolk that would link the Tide Light Rail System with the Navy base. City residents expressed some of their concerns for the proliferating challenges that accompany planning and implementation of such a massive project. “Everyone in this room has a bias. Even I have a bias. So we must throw out all preconceptions we brought here tonight,” Batcher warned. However, residents were well justified in their preconceived notions. Julie Timm, Transit Development Officer for Hampton

Roads Transit (HRT), explained, “When projects like these start, a bunch of data is drawn and a plan is implemented, without any public consent.” “This is a publicly driven project,” Timm affirmed. Community involvement is essential for the study team’s development of a reasonable transit plan. The February workshops were organized with the intention of having attendees review corridor maps and identify key points of interest in the Eastern, Central and Western areas of Norfolk. Reasonable connections between these points, as stated in the information pamphlets provided for the audience, are one of the six priorities or themes that emerged from last year’s June workshops. The high number of green push pins. added to a map of Norfolk by participants, was a clear indication that ODU is a key activity center. Potential alignment points in proximity to campus activity include Powhatan Ave., Elkhorn Ave., and as close to home as W 35 of Hampton Blvd. “This is not a limited system, it must be able to connect multiple points”, says HRT’s Ben Camras . Camras, a lead transit planner, explained that February featured the third and final phase of workshop planning. “We are working to narrow future corridor choices while also keeping in the mind routes that are fatally flawed,” he said. It should not be forgotten that big projects like these require enormous amounts of construction. Even the project’s website describes potential construction sites as “fatally flawed” zones, or areas that require unreasonable feats of engineering, or cause too

much environmental damage. Timm herself expressed sympathy for the environmental concern. She believes the project’s aims should not “destroy community culture and natural environment.” Workshop participants were given the chance of involvement in an interactive “blue­dot” exercise, similar to the green pins from 2013. Again, city residents were asked to place circular blue markers in their desired interest points. During the Q&A session following the

program’s adjournment, members of the audience raised questions as regards the economic factors connected to planning The main thought on their minds was, essentially, who is going to pay for all this? “These projects,” Timm said, “are very expansive, so yes, they will require taxpayer dollars to maintain annually.” Citizens from across the region are welcome to share ideas and suggestions with the Norfolk study team. So far, the urge for community involvement has stimulated

strong public turnout. However, several uncertainties still linger, extending themselves across concerns over cost, engineering and destination. The public comment page located on Naval Station Norfolk’s website, is another exciting opportunity to voice suggestions and also read ideas shared by other citizens Construction is part of Norfolk’s 2030 plan, which hopes to see these goals accomplished within the next 20 years.

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An Evening of Music and Medicine Education By:Kema Effiong Staff Writer Mace & Crown Scientific studies have shown that the body has a therapeutic response to music. This was the topic discussed at Old Dominion University on Tuesday, Feb. 25 when the university partnered with Sentara Music and Medicine Center to present “An Evening of Music and Medicine Education” in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Center for Performing Arts. The event kicked off at 6 p.m. with two sets of welcoming remarks from Charles E. Wilson, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and President John Broderick. Following the welcoming remarks was an overview of “Music and Medicine,” by

M.D. Kamál Chemali, who joined Sentara in 2011 and founded the Sentara Music and Medicine Center and Neuromuscular and Autonomic Center. Chemali defines music as “a combination of molecules that vibrate,” explaining that the brain listens and integrates music through its auditory pathways. Music evokes strong subjective feelings and there are factors that come into play when studying the effect of music on the nervous system, including conditions like anxiety, blood pressure and dementia. Specifically with dementia, music shows improvements in mood and pain. Parts of the brain damaged by disease can be reactivated. Music can also improve anxiety, levels of pain as well as cognition. Chemali presented the audience with

one of her many patients who is being treated with music. The patient is a woman that lacked the ability to translate clear thoughts after suffering from a stroke. Miraculously, she has improved since music has been used in her recovery. The audience learned about the many different ways Sentara is incorporating music into their healings. Through clinical research, the “Music and Medicine” team is committed to furthering the body of knowledge pertaining to the benefits of music on health and disease. There are three parts of the Sentara Music and Medicine Center: clinical, research and educational outreach. The clinical portion of the program contains music therapy, music medicine and performance medicine. In the musical

therapy section there are a team of physicians, music therapists and psychologists who use music as targeted therapeutic tool to improve specific disorders. Music medicine brings performances to patient care settings to create a well-being environment and enhance satisfaction using collaborating musicians as well as physicianmusicians. In performance medicine, there are treatment and prevention problems of musicians, singers and dancers from repulsive stress or stage fright by means of physical and occupational therapy along with vocal coaching. The research portion of Sentara investigates the physiological and clinical effects of music on the body in health and disease. In education and outreach, medical and

musical communities are informed about how music affects human health positively, and the importance of music education in brain development. Near the end of the program the audience enjoyed a performance by French pianist and Sentara Music and Medicine Center’s artist in residence, Prisca Benoit. She gave an impressive performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Rondo Capriccioso” in Op. 14, as well as Chopin’s “Barcarolle” in F sharp major Op.60. At the reception that followed there was a CD signing and a chance to meet Prisca Benoit.

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Just Because February Is Over Doesn’t Mean the Party Stops By: Alyse Stanley Technology and Gaming Editor Mace & Crown Part fashion show, part cultural festival, part dance-off, Mama Africa isn’t a traditional cultural event by any means. On March 1, its festivities shook North Café with bass and the pounding foot falls of traditional African dance. Sponsored by ODU’s African Students Association, Mama Africa blended modern and traditional African culture, fashion and dance in a way that not only entertained its massive audience, but informed as well. The room was full to bursting. When the crowd spilled into the aisles, the African Student Association members had to remove the partition to the South Café to allow for more room. Two radio hosts from Afrikka Radio, Kofi “Cash” and Big “Bo” Boateng, came all the way from their station in Ohio to MC the evening’s events. Their quick-witted banter made for short comedy shows in between acts. “Where my fashion people at,” Bo asked the crowd to announce the start of the fashion show. “Where my shoutouts for shoutouts at?” The first show showcased collections created by students. Many of the outfits exhibited focused on the theme of African heritage, featuring African motifs and the colors red, yellow and green – the most common colors found in West African flags. Models worked collections from Turnup Time Apparel, La Vida Belen, Own Brand Apparel, Blessed Collections, Vanda Boutique and Odishie Handbags. Afterward, the hosts brought some of the designers on stage to talk about their designs and promote their work. “We want to change the face of Africa,” said the designer of Blessed Collections. “All our shirts and designs tell a story, and with this collection is to show how Africa is blessed.” The designers of La Vida Belen said that they were inspired by Christ and wanted to incorporate their religious beliefs into their

brand. The name of their collection, La Vida Belen, has religious origins as well. The second show featured African fashion through the ages, beginning with precolonial dress all the way to modern fashion. Students modeled the transition of African clothing from simple wraps and pants to constructed peplum skirts and t-shirts. They traced the lines of historical influence on fashion through their steps on the runway. The gradual overtake of fashion over function was particularly noticeable in women’s clothing. The Atumpan Drummers, led by “Corey

the talented blind guy” and his wife, performed traditional West African songs accompanied by the Hurrah players dancing. In what Corey described as “musical dance theater,” he played songs such as “Roof of Leaves” and “God Danced the Day You Were Born” to describe the story of a young boy and girl and the trials of their marriage. During an intermission, the hosts announced an impromptu dance contest to be held on stage, the winner of which would receive $100. “They know their meal swipes are finished,” the hosts joked when people tripped

over themselves to volunteer. The battle came down between the top male and female dancer, with the crowd designated as the judge. When it came time to cheer for the best dancer, entire rows of people jumped to their feet to cheer for the winner. Dance teams came from George Mason, Virginia Commonwealth University and Radford University to perform for the festival. The undulating moves of VCU’s dance team prompted one gutsy audience member to tuck a few dollars in a dancer’s dress. By the end of their performance, many people

were throwing money on stage. However, it was the performance by Old Dominion University’s own dance teams that stole the show. The ODU boys had the entire audience on their feet, with many crowding the runway to catch high fives from the dancers. Though the audience had been there three hours already, pure energy beat through the crowd along with the bass. “Who does it like ODU,” asked one of the host after the screaming finally quieted down. But the competition was on when ODU’s female dance team took to the stage. One of the members from the men’s team jumped on stage during their performance in what appeared to be an unplanned interruption, but when they all began to dance in synch the crowd went wild. Afterwards the rest of the men’s team joined them on stage and the two butted heads in a mock dance battle. Still riding the energy of the crowd’s high, the hosts gave the audience free reign to come up and dance on stage for a few minutes. The night took an educational turn when special guest Dianne Berger-Hill, an African studies and Criminology teacher at ODU, took the stage. Though she had trouble silencing the crowd with everyone full from food provided by the ASA. “Let’s talk about your homeland,” she said, showing a picture of the African continent. The crowd chuckled. After a short but detailed presentation about the history of African culture from pre-colonialism to present day, she reiterated the importance of knowing one’s heritage. “I hope that this will ignite something in your soul so that you will go looking from who came before you,” she said. Also on a serious note, the ASA revealed a video they created dedicated to Nelson Mandela. Members went around campus asking students to describe the famous humanitarian in one word and filmed their responses. The festival ended with a heartfelt thanks from the ASA president and vice president, and they bid everyone adieu until the after party.

ODU Gets Hypnotized and Mesmerized

By: David Thornton Staff Writer Mace & Crown

Hypnotist and mentalist Joshua Seth gave two final commands to Old Dominion University students attending his show before he bowed offstage on Thursday, Feb. 28. The first was to be successful and productive in every positive endeavor they undertook in the future. The second was to shout out “I love you!” every time someone says his name. Before his career in hypnotism, Seth was a comedian and voice actor. Since the late 80’s, he has provided the voices for many cartoon characters in shows and movies like “Spongebob Squarepants” and anime’s like “Akira.” He retired his distinctive voice from show business in 2005 to focus on his career as a touring “hypnomentalist.” Seth’s voice definitely seemed familiar as he ran around the stage, delivering instructions to his subjects in a rapid-fire tempo, almost too quickly to understand. Before choosing volunteers from the crowd, Seth took the time to explain a little bit about hypnotism. Hypnosis is actually a theta brain-wave state, which occurs natu-

rally while accessing memories, meditating, drowsing and driving. Visually oriented people “will see perfect hallucinations of everything I’m saying,” he said. Individuals more attuned to auditory input, which includes most women, according to Seth, “will clearly hear my voice in their heads.” Kinesthetic people experience a profound “transference of energy.” Seth then selected a dozen members of the audience, half men and half women, to join him on stage and to be hypnotized. He spent about five minutes speaking rapidly and occasionally touching them, putting them under and drawing them into a state of extreme relaxation. Some of the participants actually slumped over, arms dangling and heads hanging down to their chests. A few audience members actually entered a state of hypnosis as well. Some of these were eventually brought up on stage to replace volunteers who were not going under, either from trying too hard or from actively resisting. Most of the fun in this early stage in the show was catching the volunteers, who weren’t supposed to be able to open their eyes, peeking when Seth’s back was turned. First, Seth turned his volunteers into an orchestra with some playing air violins, cel-

los and even drums with gusto, while others merely made vague gestures with their hands. Actual classical music accompanied, and the most enthusiastic volunteers actually seemed to fall into the rhythm. One student was selected to conduct, and he really got into his role. After the musical interlude, the conductor was kept on stage. Seth made him forget the number six, and the befuddled student tried to figure out why he could count to eleven on his fingers, when he knew he had only ten. Perplexed, he admitted he was a psychology major, not a math major. The volunteers then discovered that they were driving their dream cars. Suddenly Seth told them “that trucker just splashed mud all over your clean car! Show him how you feel about that,” and all at once, each student raised up one hand, and flipped the bird. Seth then declared that they were being pulled over for speeding, and would be losing their licenses. The volunteers looked dejected and frustrated. “But wait! There’s a silver lining,” Seth said. “You’ve been pulled over by the sexiest cop you’ve ever seen!” Suddenly the students were all primping in front of imaginary mirrors. Seth walked up to each volunteer, play-

ing the part of the cop. “Do you know why I pulled you over?” he asked Nekiesha Simmons. “For being too foxy,” she replied immediately. Seth then approached the Mace and Crown’s own Symmion Moore and asked “Where’s the fire?” Moore didn’t miss a beat with his response, “I’m looking at her.” Seth decided to have fun with the guys on stage, making them first slow-motion Olympic runners, then slow-motion ballerinas. Finally, in perhaps the most hilarious bit, they all found themselves pregnant. None of them were quite sure how it had happened. One was convinced he was having a boy. Another had picked out the name Kayla. Moore admitted he didn’t know who the “baby-mamma-daddy-whatever” was, but did have a message for them, “Own up to it.” Soon, they boys were in labor. They kicked their feet up in imaginary stirrups and shrieks of pain echoed throughout the room. Moore even screamed, “Get it out! Get! IT! OUT!” Meanwhile, the girls became nurses, encouraging the men to push. Finally, as an encore, the volunteers had

a rap battle, in Japanese. Sort of. It was fairly clear that none of them actually knew Japanese, but most of them made up for it with enthusiasm. One of the guys even tried, awkwardly, to twerk. After the show, everyone shouted “Joshua Seth” randomly to see if the final hypnotic command had worked. The volunteers seemed somewhat befuddled. When asked if he remembered anything, Moore replied, “No. I love you. I don’t remember anything.” He said that he felt great. When told that he had given birth on stage, Moore’s eyes widened slightly, and he expressed disbelief, and once again, his love for Seth. “I remember, I love you, his voice really clearly,” said Simmons. “And something, I love him, about rapping and Japanese.” She also claimed to feel good. “They told me I delivered, I love that guy, a baby. I really need, I love you, to watch the video.”


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Ain’t I a Woman? Laverne Cox’s journey to womanhood

By: Adrienne Mayfield Copy Editor Mace & Crown When Laverne Cox was in third grade, her worst fear was that she would end up in New Orleans wearing a dress. Sounds silly, but for Cox, this fear, planted in her mind by her elementary school teacher, Mrs. Ridgeway, echoes the traumatizing stigmas attached to being a transgendered person. Cox is many things. Among them she is an African American, transgendered actor and advocate, best known best known for her role as Sophia Burset on Netflix’s original series, “Orange is the New Black.” On Thursday, Feb. 27, Cox packed the Old Dominion University Theatre, as a guest of ODU OUT, to deliver a speech entitled “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood.” Students and community members began lining the doors by 5:30 p.m for the 7 p.m. show. The theatre filled up so quickly that some people had to view the speech through a feed, while others were denied admission. Introduced by ODUout President, Mikey Finn, Cox commanded a diverse audience, in and outside of the LGBTQ community. Her speech was humorous and touching, detailing her journey to womanhood and the dangers facing the transgendered community. Cox also confessed, laughing, that Mrs. Ridgeway’s prediction, and her worst fear, had come true when she spoke at Tulane University two weeks prior to coming to Norfolk. “Before I knew anything about myself, I knew that I was black…. I stand here this evening claiming my womanhood in a social context that would often deny it… I stand before you a proud, African American, transgender woman, from a working class background and raised by a single mother. I stand before you an artist and an actress, a sister and a daughter,” Cox said. “I believe it’s important to claim the various intersecting components of my multiples identities with pride, in public because I have not always been able to do so. I’ve often carried shame about various aspects of who

I am.” Cox, who realized that she was a girl early in her childhood, spoke about growing up as a “gender nonconforming” individual with no support from her family, educators or peers. She was labeled as a “gay,” “sissy” and “fag,” and often bullied to the point of being chased home by classmates who wanted to beat her up. “From pre-school to high school I was bullied basically every single day…The kids said that I acted like a girl, whatever that means, cause, girls act all kinds of ways, right,” Cox said. “Anti-gay slurs were being used to bully

me. I was often called ‘gay.’ But I was bullied because of my gender expression, and so often LGBTQ youth are bullied because of gender but we call it ‘gay.’” When Cox came to her mother for support, she was faced with tough love. Her mother asked her what she was doing to make the kids pick on her and why she wasn’t fighting back. “There was something about me at that age, I felt like I was above duking it out in the school yard with other kids. I don’t know. And I was scared too,” Cox said. “I was very scared. It was terrifying actually.” Although Cox realized that she liked boys

during puberty, she spent her formative years struggling with the shame attached to her nonconforming gender identity. A born performer, she expressed herself through tap and jazz dance classes, church and local performances and eventually went to high school at Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. It was years later, outside of Alabama and in college in New York City, where Cox began to really explore herself as a woman. She used education and reading to help guide her in her journey. An internally pivotal moment for Cox came in college, when she read Judith But-

ler’s “Gender Trouble.” “It was a specific moment in Judith Butler’s iconic book ‘Gender Trouble….’ where she is doing critical analysis of Simone Beauvoir’s famous book, ‘The Second Sex….’ Simone Beauvoir wrote… ‘One is not born a woman, but rather becomes one,’” Cox said. “Now the first time I heard this I was very excited by that. I wasn’t quite ready to accept my own womanhood, but this idea of becoming, this idea of existence preceding essence was very, very intriguing and exciting for me. And Judith Butler, in her analysis of this moment… said, ‘Nowhere in Beavoir’s text is it guaranteed that the one who becomes a woman is necessarily female.’ I was very, very excited by this.” Cox began clubbing and socializing with New York City’s trans community. This was the first time that Cox was able to see trans people in a positive and successful light. Through integrating herself into this community, she was able to accept her own gender identity and take the medical steps necessary to transform her into the woman she was becoming. Cox also gave the audience some shocking statistics about the plights of transgendered people. The transgendered unemployment rate is twice the national average, with it being four times the national average for transgendered people of color. Transgendered homicide rate is the highest in the LGBTQ community and 78 percent of students in grades K through 12 who express a transgender or gender nonconforming identity experience harassment or bullying. “It is a state of emergency for far too many trans people across this country… The logic of the gender binary model basically states that if one is born with a penis they should be masculine and attracted to girls and if one is born with a vagina they should be feminine and attracted to men,” Cox said. “But the reality of our lives, so many of our lives, defies the whole logic, the very flawed logic of that gender binary model. If we’re interested, really, in ending bullying… of our LGBTQ youth, we have to begin to create spaces of gender self-determination where we don’t impose ideas about gender onto our kids.”


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A Timely Victory By: Mitchell Brown Senior Writer Mace & Crown If you knew the Old Dominion University Monarchs of old, then you knew that “Old Dominion never plays on Friday.” Junior Richard Ross described it perfectly after being notified that the Monarchs (1415, 8-6) clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming C-USA tournament after a 70-63 win Thursday night. The brackets are different, as are the teams, but ODU still believes in the same concept; make it to the quarterfinals and get the job done. Marshall’s record was not indicative of how tough they would be for the Monarchs. The Thundering Herd (9-20, 3-11) gave ODU a battle but down the stretch the efficiency of Ross and Aaron Bacote was

enough to hold off the Herd in the second half. Ross would go on to score a career hightying 19 points on 8-10 shooting from the field. Bacote would continue his hot streak en route to a 22-point night in only 24 minutes of play. Despite sloppy play early on, the Monarchs were able to hang tight in the first half going into the intermission down 27-25. Kareem Canty and Chris Thomas were one of the kryptonites of ODU. The veteran backcourt duo for Marshall scored 21 of the team’s 27 in the first half. The Herd was able to force seven turnovers that equated into nine extra points. The defensive prowess of the Herd in the first half would be hard to sustain for the next 20 minutes of play. After the game ended, ODU head coach,

Jeff Jones, knew they did “everything” better in the second half. “From start to finish, we were better,” Jones said. The Monarchs opened the second half on an 11-4 run that gave them a five point lead early. Marshall would counterpunch and cut the lead to three with 13:30 to go but that was the closest the Herd would get for the rest of the contest. Whatever Jones said at halftime worked miracles for the Monarchs on both sides of the floor. Jones, who is known for his fiery halftime speeches, said, “For this case, the assumption would be right, and you couldn’t print anything that I said, pretty simple.” Jones may have been “angry” but it wouldn’t last long as the Monarchs picked it up. Bacote scored 17 in the second half while Ross completed another double-double game to go along with three big blocks. As a

team, the Monarchs shot 61% from the field in the second half, scoring 20 more points in the second half than in the first. Richard Ross is second in the C-USA in blocks and he showed why in a game where the Monarchs defense stifled the Herd to zero fast-break points. “One of the key points of the game was obviously get back and make them settle down and play a half court game because their game is obviously in transition,” Ross said. The defensive catalyst described the Monarchs’ seven swats and six strips as “an added bonus that just happened because you were playing hard”. Hustle was running all through the veins of ODU as they outrebounded the Herd 3935 and also pounded the paint for 39 points, 17 more than the lengthier, beefier Marshall

team. ODU has a new identity and even shorthandedly, they’re always ready to go to war. The transition into a new conference isn’t always easy, but the Monarchs have made themselves at home in the C-USA. ODU can continue to push for a winning season with two remaining games at Charlotte Sunday and finishing the season at home Thursday against East Carolina. Jones knows how big these two last wins would be and he believes “It all starts with more energy and going out and being aggressive as opposed to reacting,” he said.

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Where You Want To Be Lady Monarchs get .500 on the year

By: Jasmine Blackwell Senior Writer Mace & Crown The Lady Monarchs (14-14,7-7) have now risen to .500 on the season after defeating the Lady Techsters who fall to 8-19 and 3-11 in conference play as Old Dominion University defeated Louisiana Tech 75-64 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center this past Wednesday. “A lot of players are stepping up and that is the key. Our freshmen need to play good and hard for us to get a win and they are if you look at the numbers. It has become a team effort. I think there are a lot of players that can contribute and now we are using our depth which has become our advantage,” said Head Coach Karen Barefoot. It seemed as though every Lady Monarch who got in the game contributed in some way, whether it was rebounding, blocking or scoring. There was one freshman in particular who managed to come up big in high pressure situations. Odegua Oigbokie went

7-8 from the line and finished with nine points and six rebounds. Galashia Goodhope had another stellar game as she led four Lady Monarchs in double-figures. Goodhope netted 17 points to accompany four rebounds and four assists. Shae Kelley snagged her 15th double-double of the season, as she scored 15 points, snagged 11 rebounds, while adding three steals and two blocked shots. Becca Allison finished in double-figures with 10 points and six assists. “Once this team starts communicating and really working together on both ends of the floor then they become a strong unit. Chemistry has been good recently and they are playing tougher and harder. This is where you want to be, come March. You want to be playing your best basketball and that was our goal from the beginning,” said Barefoot. The first half consisted of a total of nine lead changes and four ties. The Lady Techsters took a 29-28 lead heading into the locker rooms at half time.

“Tonight the biggest adjustment was coming out of halftime and just really picking each other up,” said Lady Monarchs head coach Karen Barefoot. The Lady Monarchs came out of the locker room with a heightened level of intensity going on a 9-2 run to take a 38-31 lead within the first 2:00 of play. A large part of this quick run can be attributed to back-toback three-pointers by Tiffany Minor who scored 10 points in the first two minutes of the second half, forcing LA Tech’s head

“Bazing” a Trail in the NBA By: Brian Saunders Senior Writer Mace & Crown Former Old Dominion University basketball star Kent Bazemore isn’t making strides in his professional career. He was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 19. Kent Bazemore was a Colonial Athletic Conference defensive player of the year, and the Lefty Driesell Award winner, given to the nation’s top defensive player, during his

four years at Old Dominion and was the “big man” on the Monarchs campus. After finishing a stellar college career that included two trips to the NCAA tournament and a 2010 victory over Notre Dame in the tournament’s first round, Bazemore went undrafted in the NBA. After playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State NBA Summer League, Bazemore signed a deal to play with Golden State Warriors. “A lot of guys are going to cross the

threshold from being the guy, to just being another guy,” said Bazemore. A conveying image of Bazemore’s rookie season, was a situational player. In 61 regular season games during his rookie campaign, Bazemore averaged four minutes per game, playing double-digit minutes just six times. He had a career-high in minutes, 30 vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers Jan. 29. 2013. Bazemore scored a career-high 14 points against the Chicago Bulls, but his most memorable moment as a Warrior game in

coach to call a timeout. “I sound like a broken record,” Techsters head coach Teresa Weatherspoon said. “We play well for 20 minutes and then we come out of the locker room in the second half and we don’t get the job done. We allow opponents to get off to a good start and when you are on someone else’s home floor, you simply can’t do that. The crowd got into it, and we were forced to try to play catch up the entire second half.” The largest lead of the game came with

just 11 seconds left in the ballgame, as the Lady Monarchs secured the win. “On the board it said ‘wear them down’ and we went out there and executed the game plan,” Goodhope said. “It is time to step it up. Everyone played really well today and hopefully that will take us into the conference tournament on a good note.” The Lady Monarchs will now travel to Miami, Florida to take on FIU on March 1 at 7p.m. where they will look to extend the team winning streak to four games.

game one of the second-round playoff series with the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs. After Tony Parker missed a lay-up off the right side of the rim, Stephen Curry threw a bounce pass ahead to Bazemore with 3.9 seconds and Bazemore hit a lay-up to put the Warriors up 127-126. A lay-up that TNT play-play commentator Dick Stockton called, “an unlikely performer.” Manu Ginobili of the Spurs stole Bazemore’s moment with a dagger 3-pointer at the buzzer. “It was a great feeling, to come off the bench and do the most correct thing you can do,” Bazemore said. “Manu is probably going to be a Hall-ofFamer, I think he was like 4-20 in the game, Gregg Popovich is a great coach and he trusted Ginobili.” Bazemore’s second season in Golden State was parallel to his rookie season, Bazemore played in 44 games with Warriors averaging just six minutes per game played. However, for Bazemore learning the game from an experienced playoff team was just as valuable as getting playing time as soon as entering the league. “Playing time will come, no one can take away your talent, GM’s and scouts come to watch player’s warm-up before games, and you’ll get your opportunity. Learning from the right guys is key,” Bazemore said. Although Bazemore’s impact on the court was minimal, Warriors fans felt his impact on the Bay Area. Bazemore, was known for “Bazemoring” a celebration he’d do to keep himself involved on the bench. It took on a mind of its own and fans began to make videos and tweet him pictures “Bazemoring.” Even though he wasn’t getting the playing time, Bazemore maintained a healthy work ethic, in the event that he’d be called on, like the aforementioned game changing lay-up. “Keep your eye on the bigger picture. I want to be great, it don’t matter how you get there I want to be great ; go to practice, work hard, being the first in the gym. Hitting the treadmill for 15minutes before games, you

never know when you are going to be called. A guy could twist his ankle, somebody could be in a slump you have to be ready,” Bazemore said. Bazemore admitted to watching and learning from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, two of the NBA’s best shooters. “To be honest I couldn’t throw a rock in the ocean, shooting was one of my deficiencies, I watched them and a lot of film. Feb. 19, Bazemore was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, a storied NBA franchise that’s having a tumultuous season, with its franchise cornerstone Kobe Bryant on the shelf with varying ailments. “Kind of shocked man, I was there for a year and a half, had a following you have to realize it’s a business. I realized I had the opportunity to play, get up and down. It hasn’t hit me that I’m a Laker, in the offseason when I reflect, It will probably hit me.” In his first game as a Laker, Bazemore scored 15 points on 5-10 shooting in 33 minutes against the Boston Celtics. Both statistics were career highs. The following game against the Brooklyn Nets, Bazemore extended his career high with 17 points in 29 minutes. Bazemore’s biggest game came against the Eastern Conference leading Indiana Pacers, Bazemore exploded for his third straight career high, with 23 points, in a 98118 loss. “It’s fun playing in the biggest market outside of New York. It’s a blast,” Bazemore said. “People down here, they don’t really like Golden State, so I was kind of nervous about that but they greeted me with open arms. They’re cheering me on. You can hear the little claps from the crowd when they call my name,” Bazemore told the LA Times. Bazemore said he is finding his groove in Mike D’Antoni’s system, saying, “It is an adjustment, it is my first time playing extended minutes.” As for the Monarchs basketball team, he follows them via play by play on an app, the time difference makes it difficult for him to watch, but he keeps tabs on them.

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Allen Iverson, 11-time NBA all-star from Hampton, Va., had his number retired by the Philadelphia 76ers on March 1.

Forever Hanging From the Rafters: Remembering Allen Iverson By: Brian Saunders Senior Writer Mace & Crown For sports lovers there is always one athlete that carries a huge impact on their lives. For my dad it was Magic Johnson and his flashy transcending “ShowTime” presence. Allen Iverson was, and still is, my hero. I first heard of Iverson from my grandfather, reading the sports pages from the Virginian- Pilot he used to ask me, “Do you know who Bubba Chuck is?” Bubba Chuck was a hardnosed pit-bull in a Chihuahua sized body, who was averaging just less than 27 points and two, steals per game in that, his third season with the Philadelphia 76ers in1999. Iverson quickly became my favorite player and the 76ers my favorite team. It was the, Only the Strong Survive motto he lived by and had tattooed on his arm, the play-everyplay-like-it’s-my-last attitude, and I am going

to be me no matter what you want me to be way of life, that drew me and many others to him. In kindergarten, I wanted to be like Mike, throughout my childhood I wanted to be Iverson. I got the cornrows like him, begged my parents for his Reebok signature shoe every year, I covered myself in temporary tattoos and worked on my ball handles every chance I got in hopes of making someone fall, resembling the dance-like way Iverson created space from defenders. More so, Iverson, like me, was born in Hampton Roads and I found it fascinating that a person from the Seven Cities, not unlike me was a trailblazing NBA superstar. Iverson once called the NBA’s dress code “fake,” saying you put a killer in a suit he is still a killer, ultimately saying, people should be able to dress how they want, you are who you are regardless of what you wear. One to hold no punches, the infamous “practice rant” characterizes Iverson the

best, “I say what is on my mind and if you don’t like it that’s your problem.” I was lucky enough to see Iverson live during his MVP season, Fri, Nov 17, 2000 the 76ers beat the Miami Heat 94-73, Iverson scored 19 points and dished five assist, while my dad I watched in awe, the biggest grin imaginable on my face. I saw Iverson again in the summer of 2007 at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Va., during his football camp and celebrity game. In the gym he spoke for 15 minutes, mostly he talked about work ethic, achieving dreams and most importantly being you. When Iverson and his crew were walking to the parking lot after his speech, like every other kid I ran to his car. My idol and childhood hero, face to face, he gave me the head nod that means what’s up. Quite possibly one of the most exciting things that happened to me. Nevertheless, more important than any

of that, it was his play on the court that inspired me the most. Whether it was the comeback in the 2001 All Star game, including 15 fourth quarter points and subsequent All Star MVP, the 16 assists in game seven of the second round of the 2001-playoff series vs. the Toronto Raptors or his 44 points in game seven of the 2001 Eastern Conference finals. Alternatively, his David vs. Goliath performance in game one of the 2001 NBA Finals scoring 48 points, hitting a game-clinching step-back jumper and then stepping over Tyronn Lue, that made you fall in love with his play. Iverson’s career was simply amazing to watch. Iverson is the reason I started to write about sports, I wrote a biography on him at eight years old. It was then that I knew I wanted to share my sports opinions with the world. Jermaine Dupri once rapped, “I’m the truth like AI.” A double entendre for Iver-

son’s game on the court and his ability to not succumb to who people want him to be and be true to himself. Averaging 26.6 points per game, six assist and two steals over his career, Iverson is one of the best guards in NBA history and surely a Hall of Famer. Reflecting on Iverson’s career, prior to his subsequent March 1 jersey retirement, he should be remembered by these words from Kurt Helin of, “ a little guy, 6’0 and thin, who had playground moves, a steady jumper and fearless style that saw him attacking the rim and finishing over and around the trees that populate the NBA’s paint. More than that, Iverson changed the game off the court with his style — he brought hip-hop to the NBA with his look and swagger.”


By: Eric Guy Staff Writer Mace & Crown Saturday night provided laughs, oohs and aahs, and plenty of surprises. The Harlem Globetrotters made a pit stop at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on their “2014 Fans Rule” Tour to entertain the likes of 4,500 fans, young and old. The Globetrotters were able to get a win over the World All-Stars but to the fans, especially the kids, it was more than just a game. In their 88th season, the Globetrotters provide fans with comedy, prizes, and of course, some basketball. The Globetrotters are adamant about innovating the game of basketball with new rules. To the surprise of many fans, they found out that they could

dictate some of the rules in the game. During the pre-game antics, Twitter users were able to tweet to the Globetrotters page and vote on a rule to be implemented into the game. The Showman Ant Atkinson led the diverse crowd through a show that saw flashes of comical basketball, yet, still giving fans a reason to get out of their seats with uncanny athleticism. Atkinson had an unbelievable record 93 points in one game for the Globetrotters last season. The “Four Point Shot” was prevalent in the game. The 35-foot shot marked on the court is a fan and player favorite. Atkinson knocked down a record 22 in a game last season. The usage of props was the icing on the cake for some fans. At times during stoppages in play, the Ted was deafening for the fan giveaways.

As far as basketball went, the Globetrotters and World All Stars played a close game. Lefty Remos, a local Globetrotters fan felt that “the game is entertaining” and he “loved the way fans are engaged into the show”. Fans constantly got out of their seats to give applauses to the talented players that took the court. The Globetrotters continue to make history with rookie guard “T-Time” Brawner being drafted to the roster as the 10th female in Globetrotter history. For many, a nostalgic flashback, this moment will be remembered for ages for these fans. 6th grader Cameron Waltz “can’t wait for next year”. The Globetrotters will stay along the east coast for a while with showings everyday.

Harlem Globetrotters guard T-Time goes up for a layup.

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2014 Winter Olympics a Bitter Pill to Swallow By: Eric Guy Staff Writer Mace & Crown Losing sucks, doesn’t it? Please, excuse my language. But the truth is that it most certainly does.  I’m sure most can think back to days racing through the field against siblings or that irritating classmate who you probably would’ve decked with swiftness if the teacher wasn’t looking.  Sanctioned competitions at a varsity level? Boy, an L is even harder to take, including second place.  Usually, pouting and crooked smiles result.  At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the aforementioned couldn’t be truer.   Can you imagine how Shaun White must’ve felt after making a mess of the first of two runs in the men’s halfpipe final, falling on his backside into the snow in bizarre and unbelievable fashion?  Dejection and utter humiliation.  The million-dollar smiles of figure skaters Gracie Gold and the always-telling-us-howya-feel Ashley Wagner transitioned from joy, pre-program, to Angelica-Pickles smirks, post, in all but one event.  McKayla, show them how it’s done!  All jokes aside, let me tell you, it’s tough seeing athletes fall short of what they’ve set out to accomplish.  Years dedicated to that one moment, only to end up with the outcome nobody wants?  It hurts. Bad. I’ll be honest, I’ve semi-cried a couple times watching NBC’s broadcasts. I broke down a bit watching the women fall short in figure skating. 

Seeing Jazmine Fenlator try to hold it together while Lolo Jones tried her utmost to cheer her up after their underachieving runs in women’s bobsleigh, reminding the former of her past failures during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, was sorrowing. I know they wanted to scream, and I definitely wanted to. Now, of course we won’t see athletes flip off reporters or go 1993-NCAA-Championship-Chris-Webber style on cameramen because, if they did, they’d never hear the end of it, and their pockets wouldn’t, either.  Nonetheless, ask them in private and they’ll probably admit they feel like scissor-kicking someone, or something along the lines of that. Just don’t say the wrong word, though, for you might be the recipient of some major hurt. Again, I hate to kick a dead horse over and over and over, but these individuals have set aside years dedicated to achieving one goal—Gold. It’s not the same as failing a test in a 300-level class, practically begging one’s instructor in his/her best Keith-Sweat voice to pardon the mess that was made. This—wiping out on the halfpipe, falling on the ice after a failed triple flip, crashing into the track, nearly airborne, in a bobsled—is life.  Gloomy and downright depressing is the tone, I know.  However, like Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, sang, “that’s life!” Sheesh, again with the clichés. Forgive me, please.  Nevertheless, it’s true; and it does, indeed— sometimes, and frequently—suck.

Figure skater Ashley Wagner was just one of the United States’ many disappointments in the 2014 winter olympics.

Meet the Wolfpack By: Brian Minnick Staff Writer Mace & Crown Mark your calendars, because on Sept. 6, 2014, the Monarchs will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina for the first road game of the season. Upon first glance of the schedule, N.C. State stands out as the marquee game since they will only be the Monarchs’ second ACC opponent to date. As our team gears itself for next season, you will be provided with a breakdown of each opponent: summary of their previous season, incoming players, and a breakdown of their offensive and defensive squads. This week’s edition will be the Wolfpack. N.C. State finished the 2013 campaign 3-9, but they are still not to be taken lightly.

They had a fairly tough schedule, facing the likes of National Champion Florida State and 12th ranked Clemson. They also played three teams that defeated Old Dominion: East Carolina, Maryland, and North Carolina losing all three games.. They started the season 3-1, highlighted by a 23-21 gritty victory over the Richmond Spiders which took a 48-yard game-winning field goal with 33 seconds left in the fourth-quarter. But the following week’s sloppy 28-13 loss to Wake Forest, which had two fourth-quarter turnovers and eight penalties for 74-yards, set the tone for the rest of their season. First year head coach Dave Doeren knew the importance of the 2014 recruiting class, a class that was signed to fill areas of need and will be asked to step up immediately, according to, the 33-man class was ranked 27th in the nation. Doeren ap-

plied great emphasis on both lines and in the secondary with an inclusion of seven defensive backs, six defensive linemen, and five offensive linemen. Two of their top 10 in-state recruits are on defense: defensive end Kentavius Street and safety Germaine Pratt. Both players are highly touted for their physical abilities, but are still considered raw. Doeren will work hard into molding them into elite football players. The Wolfpack runs a spread offense that is projected to be led by quarterback Jacoby Brissett, a transfer from the University of Florida who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. He was highly recruited coming out of high school, and after a few lost seasons at Florida, is considered to be the cornerstone of N.C. State’s future. He is a pure pocket passer with decent speed, and is described by Coach Deoren as being

“a great leader.” While having security at the quarterback position, there is uncertainty as to whom will emerge as the new starting receivers as last season’s starters, Quinton Payton and Rashard Smith, have graduated and only Bryan Underwood returns as the sure starter at the flanker spot. The offensive line remains the Wolfpack’s biggest concern and this spring camp will determine the outlook of this unit. The running game has been in a bit of the rut in recent years, failing to produce a 1000 yard rusher while the offensive line aims to rally around starting running back Shadrach Thornton. The defense is a 4-3 scheme that will rely upon the leadership of their upper-class interior linemen to reverse the fortunes of last season’s disappointment. Seniors T.Y. McGill and Thomas Teal will rotate with the younger and fresher underclass linemen

during games, and the two seniors will be key assets to the young linemen’s development. The back seven is a work in progress, the linebackers no longer have inexperience as an excuse for lack of production, although they have shown some flashes of being a strong unit but consistency remains a goal to strive for. The secondary, with seven incoming freshmen, is a unit that will take the entire spring camp and beyond to sort out. They were susceptible to giving up big pass plays last year, which provides Taylor Heinicke and company an opportunity to do what they do best. This defense allowed over 30 points in seven of twelve games last season, but with a year under their belts in the new system, this defense could show solid improvement.

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By: Kimberly Joy Ward Staff Writer Mace & Crown Written by the same author as Sword Art Online, Reki Kawahara , Accel World is an anime about the future of the SAO world and how technology progressed into a nearly co-existing reality between the virtual and real worlds. It opens with Haruyuki, the protagonist, in the middle of class as the camera focus on the radically different social norm. All students are linked into to the school network through Nuerolinkers and participating in class through them. Nuerolinkers are small neck bands that harmonize with the user’s specific brain wave in order to utilize all the functions of a laptop computer and the pervious Full Dive technology. Your eyes are the monitor and your finger is the mouse; you are utilizing the most complex man-made computer to access the most complex organic computer known to man. Aside from the amazing science fiction premise, the viewer is introduced into the literary world as Haruyuki is finally liberated from his schoolyard tormenters by being introduced to the Accelerated World, or Accel World, for short. Kawahara is effective and proficient in the craft of storytelling. He knows how to delve into a character study through action and

Accel World

comedy as well as through drama and various narrative aspects. Characterization happens through action and reaction. Most of the cognitive aspects, such as motivation and logic of the cognitive process, are given after extensive speculation period available to the viewer. The narrative is not by any means slow, but Kawahara knows when to speed up and when to slow down the story’s pacing to let the intelligent viewer react and consider many themes and philosophical points, also giving weight and atmosphere to the different situations that his characters face. This provides a larger audience with accessibility to its entertainment value. Development of characters is seen through interaction within the main cast. Kawahara uses the specific personality, idiosyncrasies and perspectives of each character to work off of and cognitively mature in conjunction with each other. Avoiding or postponing interior monologue, Kawahara finds the most efficient ways to fully develop a character in a short amount of time, allowing for imagination and proper perspective manifest the outline of a character’s personality, and even a character’s façade is brilliant. Surprisingly, Accel World centers around two couples and is not a dramatic drowning of coincidentally sadistic situations. Instead, these coupled love interests fight the roman-

tic genre’s norm by not sappily completing the other, but rather bringing out the best and worst in each other and addressing it like they should. There was no “will they or wont they” subplot with either couple. Alternatively, there is a natural progression toward a real relationship and the maturing of that relationship. This natural progression helps suspend the viewer belief that these characters could really exist. Accel World has believable women, which is ultimately rare in anime. Most anime women fall into stereotypes of women that would be considered attractive in anime, the many preferred flavors of women. Most are based off of past anime women in successful anime; the klutz based on Sailor Moon, the tsundere from Tenchi Muyo, etc. Kawahara does not treat his characters as stereotypes, especially his female character. They are fully developed, consistent with their distinct personalities and grow organically to their cognitive and emotional parameters. The fighting between girls is real, anytime it happens. Kawahara shows the different perspectives of each girl as it is revealed to Haruyuki, and there is obviously only one girl that is truly romantically interested in him. Then there is Chiyu. As Haruyuki’s childhood friend, she fights for his well-being, not

for his love, as she has a boyfriend. This is rather unconventional for the Seinen (target demographic: young me, ages 14-25), but Kawahara pulls of the unconventional Seinen here as well as he did in Sword Art online. Many of the Accel World cast, male and female, hover between hero and villain at least once in the story whether it is a reference to the current plot or a formerly established continuity. Utilizing wonderfully sympathetic backstory for each character, Kawaharas test the furthest reaches of the anti-hero definition. Kuroyukihime, Haruyuki’s love interests, is nearly psychotic as she was a blood-thirsty Burst-Link warrior that took all the points of her opponents mercilessly. She obviously feels guilty it to a degree, but she does not regret many decisions; however, she is portrayed in an angle of a princess trapped in a social convention wanting more, which quite odd and hard to pull off yet authentic. Kawahara knows how to use narrative aspects. A seemingly pointless sub story glossing over the establishment of a character becomes a perfect example for Chekov’s gun principle. A combination between flashbacks and fights heightens the suspense and adrenaline while informing the viewer of major expositional points and character development. Wonderful use of cliff hangers and transitions between episodes by having a snippet

of the previous episode’s last scene while incorporating opening song as a bridge between cliffhanger and next chapter of the story. Many parallel and dual story arches are used to establish themes and proper pacing. The story telling aspects are so well integrated that the viewer might believe something improbable story wise will happen due to the narrative build up and weight of scene. For example, death, uninstall brain burst or the end of an ultimate fight. Accel World contains differently designed characters. There is a specified style and artistic interpretation for the Brian Burst program, for the school net and for the real world. The Brain Burst program has a unique mechanical, science-fiction feel as the avatars a based off of robots and the worlds are based on premises of the science fiction genre, i.e. the post-apocalyptic world’s end stage, the alien swamp forest of decay, etc. There are many stages that are simply based on popular landscapes (twilight meadow and moonlight cityscape) for games, but not very often. Consistently, Brain Burst has a very surreal and alien atmosphere that helps create CONTINUES ON D2

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CONTINUED FROM ACCEL a different feel to the world that the viewer could think of it as a different more three dimensional animation similar to video game. The school net has a more fantastical, kid-friendly feel, as this virtual reality seems based on a Disney renaissance mixed with Alice in Wonderland’s tea party and the Wizard of Oz’s forest. It is whimsical with avatars

ranging from talking animals to kingdom court members. The atmosphere is portrayed through mushroom-top tea tables and a huge tree arcade that would make the Keebler elves jealous. The imaginative ambience provides a middle ground between Brain Burst and the real world while introducing the concept of true nature. The real world has a more established

MACEANDCROWN.COM anime feel of the current decade. Hiroyuki Aigamo, illustrator for Accel World manga, had an interesting approach as he drew the main character as a “chibi” figure. The “chibi” interpretation of a character requires a large head with rounded eyes and stubby body to maximize the cuteness factor exponentially and provide a comedic interpretation of reactions and gestures. For that interpretation to be the end-all be-all of the characters profile is very bold and unorthodox. Most main characters are presumed attractive by animation standards, even if the literary world that they are in does not see it, but Haruyuki is unattractive to many degrees within the realm of anime. He is fat and short. He is by far the most simply drawn in a cast of more stereotypically, thus complexly, drawn anime character, while being the most conventionally unattractive. In Brain Burst, his avatar is drawn in the same style as everyone else’s, so the viewer can really see that he finds a sense of belonging there. Aiding in the themes of alienation, the animation helps make the viewer see that he does not belong in the real world like the others do, but rather sees the Brian Burst program as the great equalizer. Due to its reliance on the psychological scars, fears and hopes to create the avatars, the Brain Burst program provides equal opportunity to all players based on their natural strengths and weaknesses. Having two visuals associated with one character is a difficult task within itself, but three is ridiculous; consequently, it is rare to see an episode with all three visuals. The transition between stylistic translations of the character and the world that they are in

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY STUDENT NEWSPAPER require seamless integration between worlds through interactions, expressions, mannerisms and the proper used of cinematography, which it pulls off quite well. The cutting in and out between the virtual and real worlds are done to sew the worlds together in a very believable way. Seeing the reactions of the people inside the avatars bring the virtual world to life in a new way. The layered gestures and body language coupled with the voice acting makes this world feel as real to the viewer as it does to the character playing the game. The avatar and the character merge into one entity, so the viewer continues to suspense of his or her belief even further whilst giving the definition of escapist fiction a perfect example. Two themes songs and two ending songs are the most memorable tracks. Complementary instrumental undertones of techno pop add the action and atmosphere. Characters approach deep, probing themes in such a natural way, as opposed to Un-go, where it was instantaneous moment of wax poetic monologue, but rather as the relevance to the specific situation allowing the viewer to mediate on the ethical and moral applications. Being offered as an optional reflection of the episode, the series yields to enough entertainment that the audience may decide on how the consume this particular media. This makes it very re-watchable. One viewing the viewer may focus on action or logistics of game and applications of tech, and another philosophical and ethical debates, and still yet another on the social commentary of humanity as the collective think tank of expectations. Accel World tackles the themes of perfec-

tionism, friendship and its place within the concept of teamwork, trust, betrayal, guilt and letting go. Like SAO, Accel World also approaches how game ethics translate to ethics in real life as morality and how ethics should be the same in both arenas of reality. Deep conversations with heavy topics usually have something to make it more palatable, whether it is fights or comedic situations to loosely related media within the conversational topic or the situation surrounding it. Even with some poor translation by Viz Media, this anime has a lot to offer the philosopher or the lay person. Real science, in the form of water theory, is glossed over, and the action scenes are well choreographed to incorporate how the avatars fight. The comedy still holds up on a second viewing and the philosophical perspectives are fresh every time. I find this is a very interest story within the same continuity of SAO and a very entertaining experience. Love Anime? The Mace & Crown are looking for anime review suggestions from readers. If interested in giving input, please send an email with “Anime Request” in the subject line. The message should include the title of the anime, the number of episodes, and a brief description of the premise. I am only able to review completed anime, so please do not suggest anything that is ongoing or discontinued. Please send an email to Dri Mayfield with idea’s for reviews or other features you’re interested in reading about. Contact Dri Mayfield: amayf003@odu. edu


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More Bang for Your Buck: 10 Tech Accessories for Under 25 Dollars By: Kionna Morris Contributing Writer Mace & Crown From impulse buys to well-planned purchases, there are tons of awesome geek gadgets and tech accessories out there for under 25 bucks. Including USB powered cup warmers and shower speakers, this list is specially built to satisfy any nerdy craving you might encounter for a low, low price. With the weather flip-flopping from hot to cold and rain to snow, every student needs a practical pair of gloves on hand. The Agloves Touchscreen Gloves can interact with a smartphone or tablet to keep hands toasty. They are compatible with all your touchscreen devices, come in three unisex sizes, and are available at Amazon for $9.95. Love cookies but sick of coffee or hot cocoa getting cold while sitting at your desk?

The Hot Cookie: The USB Powered Coffee Cup Mug Warmer, for $17.99, solves that problem. Whether the weather is hot or cold, your drink won’t be. This warmer plugs into any USB port and heats mugs from below while you’re absorbed on your computer or, worse, doing homework. The Camera Telephoto Lens with Tripod gives iPhone photos that professional feel without expensive editing software. Its lens has a 12x magnifying zoom and its sleek black back allows it to be easily affixed to Apple devices. Prices start at $22.52 on Amazon. Gaming on the go becomes truly possible with the MOGA Mobile Gaming System for Android phones. It includes free downloads of Sonic CD and PAC-MAN by Namco included with purchase and an entire library of MOGA games. The mobile gaming controller is a portable high precision game

controller with dual analog sticks, shoulder triggers and four action buttons. It is available for phones up to 3.2 inches, works with Bluetooth enabled Android 2.3+ phones and tablets, and is available at Amazon for $19.99. Want to connect more USB enabled devices to your computer but don’t have enough USB ports? Give the Sabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub with individual power switches and LEDs a try. It allows users to expand by connecting up to 4 USB 2.0 to any USB 2.0 capable computer. It is compatible with Windows/Mac/Linux systems and available at Amazon for $6.79. Avoiding tickets just got a little easier with the iOttie One Touch Windshield Dashboard Universal Car Mount Holder for iPhones, Galaxy phones, and the HTC One. The one-touch mounting system holds smart phones with just the push of the finger

while the 360 degree twistable knobs and swivel elbow allowing for optimal viewing. It mounts securely to desks, counters, windshields and dashboards, and is available on Amazon for $19.99. The Shower Tunes Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Shower Speaker Portable Speakerphone by FreshETech makes it so that you never have to be without your phone by your side. It is compatible with any Bluetooth media player or phone and offers convenient buttons for music and call control. It runs up to 15 hours and is available on Amazon for $23.99. Take your music and sound to another dimension with the Plug and Play MutiColored Illuminated Dancing Water Speakers. Multi-colored water jets make the water dance to the beat. Four multi-colored LEDs create an incredible light show with black base. Speakers stand 9 inches tall and are

compatible with any audio. It is available at Amazon for $16.99. For those who need more memory for their computer or camera, the SanDisk Ultra 32GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card stores more high-quality images and video with up to 32GB capacities. Prices start on Amazon for just over twenty dollars. Want a stand that can hold up devices such as an iPod, iPhone or Android with or without protective cases? The ICarpus Stand will do it for you. It holds all handheld devices and is available at for $12.99. Check out these great gadgets and tech accessories for under $25, so you can still have money in your pocket and in the bank.

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“Thief” is a Kleptomaniac’s Dream By: Rashad McDowell Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Stick to the shadows, move quietly and don’t draw any attention are three tips that might help anyone who decides to play “Thief,” a title released Feb. 25 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game’s central protagonist is master thief, Garret. Early on, it becomes apparent that Garrett is a highly revered thief among like-minded individuals. He is efficient, performs his heists without dealing much harm to others and he never kills. From the very beginning, the game stresses the mechanics that dictate game play. Objects that can be stolen, ranging from jewelry to weaponry, glint with a white light periodically. The game is mostly played in first person, so the player gets to see The City, Garret’s steampunk-style hometown, through his eyes. After learning how to move around and steal whatever is valuable, the player is lead to a roof to meet with one of Garrett’s protégés, Erin. During their run through the city to perform a heist, it becomes apparent that the two do not share the same philosophy of thievery. Erin kills any guards in her way and runs with almost reckless glee along the roofs of The City. This difference in opinion opens

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By: Brian Minnick Staff Writer Mace & Crown Telltale Games is the new kid on the electronic entertainment block. The young but surging video game company has found their bread and butter after revitalizing the graphic-adventure-game genre with their award winning “The Walking Dead,” an adaptation of the zombie-horror comic book and television series of the same name. Success comes in a package with recognition, and with that comes higher expectations. So how is Telltale going to top themselves after “The Walking Dead?”

To all you thumb-smashing fanatics, and on behalf of Telltale Games, I proudly present to you their next installment: “The Wolf Among Us,” an adaptation of the “Fables” comic series. Like “The Walking Dead,” “The Wolf Among Us” is a dialogue-based, episodic point-and-click adventure that aims to yield the same emotional roller coaster ride that its predecessor provided, only this time you’ll be playing alongside fable characters with a mature twist. For those unfamiliar with the mechanics of a dialogue-based game, players choose the protagonist’s responses whenever engaged

in a conversation. There are typically four different options, each ranging in intensity, motive and reaction; sometimes silence is a valid option. Each dialogue directs and redirects the story, and each conversation with a supporting character influences their opinion about the player. Every choice has a consequence, which places greater emphasis on the wellknown adage “choose your words wisely.” All Telltale titles are released in episodic format, typically five episodes long with each running about an hour-and-a-half of playing time. The episodic release, accompanied by previews that tease moments for the

next episode, prevents players from binging through the game and creates anticipation like that experienced by fans of popular television shows. Though the waits in-between episodes are a month long, Telltale’s games offer great replay value with a long list of achievements and a chance for players to explore different options. One of the most basic elements to “The Wolf Among Us” is the point-and-click gameplay, which contrasts the open-world sandbox and platform games that have gained great popularity in recent years. The point-and-click mechanic is simple and a good change of pace to the intense dialogues and decisions that highlight the critical moments of the story. When moving around, you have the option to point your mouse or joystick over an object highlighted by an icon, and click on an available option. This is where players explore their surroundings, search for clues or items to aid them in their journey or discover Easter eggs that embellish the experience. “The Wolf Among Us” places Bigby Wolf, formerly known as the Big Bad Wolf, center stage in a mystery crime thriller. He operates as Sheriff in Fabletown, a settlement for exiled fables located in the heart of New York City. Here he keeps the fables safe from each other and unnoticed from the “mundies,” also known as ordinary people. Unfortunately, the establishment faces a crisis after he discovers a decapitated head specifically placed in front of Fabletown’s headquarters. The murder has Bigby run through a gauntlet of suspicion and unnerving tensions with a long lineup of characters: Snow White, Mr. Toad, the Little Mermaid, Ichabod Crane, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and other fables who play a crucial part in the story. The premise of “The Wolf Among Us” is promising and it delivers through the gameplay experience. It isn’t the heart wrenching,

up three distinct play styles later in the game. Those who want to keep a low profile and avoid detection at all costs earn the moniker of Ghost. Then there are those who take any opportunity they can to further advance their goals. Such players alternate between taking down guards to get that extra bit of loot when it helps or avoiding them until they walk away. That route earns the title of Opportunist. The final play type involves aggression. Adherents to the Predator play style take on guards simply for the thrill of it. Predators miss no opportunity to take out guards and those who might limit the gold they can earn. Each chapter rates the player’s activities and provides them with a breakdown of their achievements. This allows players to fluidly choose which of the three play styles they will use each time they set out into The City. With a host of tools and gadgets to help discover hidden loot and seek fortune, the player can immerse themselves in what it feels like to be a genuine thief. The game is a great first person perspective of the stealth genre. Gamers who love exploring every inch of a world while taking on tasks and challenges will love “Thief.” How often can players claim they are doing the right thing by stealing everything that shines and running off into the night? tear jerking thrill ride that “The Walking Dead” was, and Telltale wisely choose to stay away from that tone. This instead is a noir-esque story that is more paced and laced with a grimy vibe. The graphics run like they are straight from the comic book pages. Its unforgiving world sends shivers down your back each time a new fable is introduced. This isn’t the cheery Little Mermaid or goofy Tweedledum and Tweedledee pair that we remember from Disney movies. Telltale’s Little Mermaid is a stripper and the Tweedle twins are sketchy thugs for hire. The strength of the gameplay lies on how players choose to shape Bigby throughout his journey. When exiled to Fabletown, every fable was given a clean slate, including the infamous Big Bad Wolf. As his patience becomes tested, however, players will have to choose between his ruthless or reformed sides. It is always a test of mettle and patience as some characters and situations can be unnerving. The heart of every Telltale product is the story, and so far it is evolving into a classic mystery. There is a long list of suspects and memorable interactions, and an already big twist in the case; nothing is for certain, no one is safe. “The Wolf Among Us” is rated mature and available on Steam, Xbox Live and the PlayStation Store. Players can purchase the game for $5 an episode or purchase a seasonal pass for $20.

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Your Lack of PS4s is… Disturbing By: Symmion Moore Staff Writer Mace & Crown

When Sony first announced the PlayStation 4, fans rejoiced that Sony had listened to what gamers wanted. Many games were announced, both AAA titles and indie games and Sony basically said they would be better than Microsoft and their Xbox One; that they were going to outdo them and be cheaper at that. Well, Sony and the PlayStation 4 have succeeded, but at a cost to their customers. Just like any other major console release, those who pre-ordered the system were guaranteed a PS4 when it came out, while those who decided to wait until sometime after the console release were going to be in a rut. Sony expected their newest system to be a hit with customers, and it quickly sold out within a few days after release, selling one million units alone when it first launched in North America. Within 48 hours of its release in the United Kingdom, it sold 250 thousand consoles making it the best-selling console at launch. In Japan, the console sold over 322 thousand systems within 48-hours. As of Feb. 8, Sony has sold a whopping 5.3 million PS4s, and this is with their availability at retailers almost nonexistent. Due to this, Sony announced that it would take until April for the PS4 shortages to end.

Compared to the sales numbers of the Xbox One, which has only sold 3.9 million since Jan. 23, Microsoft is still slacking in the war. The high number of consoles sold is possibly due to the PlayStation 4 being less expensive than the Xbox One and its unique features such as PlayStation Plus, where digital games are discounted every month along with certain games becoming free to those with the membership, and the compatibility it has with the PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation Now service, although not currently available, will also allow players to play almost any PlayStation 1, 2, or 3 game on their PlayStation 4 and Vita. Comparatively, the only other contender in the eighth generation of home consoles, Nintendo’s Wii U, has sold 5.86 million units. Yet this is after being out for more than a year, while the PS4 has only been out for a little more than three months and is well on its way to surpass the Wii U in console sales. Even with the PS4 lacking in availability, selling 5.9 million consoles is an outstanding achievement in such short of time. With numbers like that, one can only imagine how many will be sold by the end of the year. With highly anticipated games like “Infamous: Second Son,” “Watch Dogs,” and “Kingdom Hearts 3,” how many consoles will be sold because of those games being released?

“Deus Ex: The Fall” Upgrades from Mobile to Steam By: Seann Barbour Contributing Writer Mace & Crown Last Tuesday, Japanese publisher Square Enix announced that “Deus Ex: The Fall,” previously a game exclusive to iOS, will receive a PC port and be released on Steam this March for $9.99. A prequel to the 2011 PC title “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” which in itself is a prequel to 2000’s “Deus Ex”, this new release tells the story of Ben Saxon, a cybernetically augmented former mercenary. Ben seeks the truth behind a special drug that augmented individuals need to survive and, as per usual with games in the “Deus Ex” series, soon finds himself in the middle of a vast conspiracy. Like its predecessors, “The Fall” promises wide open environments that players can explore however they wish. The game provides multiple methods for dealing with its challenges, from stealth tactics to actionoriented gameplay. It also features a number of augmentation upgrades and customizable weapons. “Deus Ex: The Fall” was originally released on the iPad in July 2013. While it received a number of positive reviews, it was also heavily criticized for its unwieldy touch screen controls. In particular, the controls often made combat unnecessarily difficult and frustrating. By adapting the game for PC, Steam seeks

to fix these control issues. The game will use a mouse and keyboard control similar to that of “Deus Ex: Human Revolution.” In addition, the game will support gamepads and Microsoft controllers to give players more choices in how they wish to be in control. However, the most notable change is in regards to microtransactions. A somewhat controversial topic among the gaming community, microtransactions are payments made in-game using real money, usually to unlock new levels, equipment or characters. This practice is notoriously common in mobile games, and the original release of “Deus Ex: The Fall” was no exception. The Steam version will eliminate the game’s microtransactions. Content that cost real-world dollars in the iOS version of “The Fall” will be automatically available in the Steam version. As a result, the developers have also tweaked and rebalanced the ingame economy. Other improvements to the mobile game have also been made. Enemy AI has been updated to make the gameplay more interesting, and the tutorial has been revised as well. The game will also remove autotargeting options, change the game’s aiming mechanisms and allow for customizable graphic options. “Deus Ex: The Fall” will release with 28 Steam Achievements for players to collect. Available March 25, the game is already available for preorder on Steam.



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Never Write A Girl A Love Poem by Robert Alpheious Williams III

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I promised myself I would Never write a girl a love poem I am just not the type to express such sappy emotions I would prefer to write about life struggles and how blind the world is,

Your voice was borrowed from a demon in hell and your presence gives me an itch... I don’t know when it happened, but ever since a certain time I can’t even stand the sound of your breath.

But if I did. If I did write a girl a love poem I would write about how much she bugs me. How her voice is like a thousand bees Stinging every nerve repeatedly, Leaving me in an aggravated coma For which I think is also caused by my allergic reaction to her dainty aroma. Though, I do have to confess If given the chance I would stick my hand right back into that hive again For the Queen Bee does has a way with knocking me off my feet. Now like I said, I promised myself I would Never write a girl a love poem I am just not the type But, If I were the type. I’d write about how greedy she is. Every drink I share she has to have the last sip Every meal I eat she has to eat the last bit. For someone “supposedly” watching her figure My lord can she eat. It’s like being around Miss Piggy and I’m the green frog If I was allowed to write a girl a love poem It would be about how this swine loves to hog How she selfishly holds me Arms wrapped around me so tight my bones shatter Frequently using her five finger discount To snatch my heart without even asking Keeping it safely locked up inside of her Gut. She would even steal my spine Forcing me to use her as my backbone to help me stand. If I didn’t make that promise to myself And I was able to express my emotions I’d write about her hellish lips Demons able to set the body a flame Monster that can make a grown man fall to one knee Bewitching his mind to make commitments and promises. Vows that under normal circumstances he would never keep But for her, He would flip this world upside down and watch it burn I promised myself I would never write a girl a love poem I just don’t think i would be good at it.

I am tired of scraping the residue of yesteryear— when every day was spring and I was enthralled in you and I. Now I lie to myself: I tell me things will get better soon, sitting across this room, not seven feet away from you and I can’t even spark a conversation. I’m searching for a flint, but I can’t see anything through this stale cloud of silence. I am torn between souls— part of me says, “We’ll work things out,” tells me, “everything will be okay. You just have to find her smile.” Then there’s the other part that whispers, “Why try? Why lie any longer, giving energy to years in waste?” Futility, is being ripped apart from day to night, hoping to mend by sunrise, only to realize you’ll never be the same. Still, I close my eyes and pray that when I open them I’ll see a familiar face

Late Lucidness by Roland Cowles I’ve been waiting for the sun to go down so I can weigh in on my surroundings ‘cus in the day my thoughts cross like plates that make mountains but in the night they rally in the valley and roll like roundness

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DOWN 1. Fishing poles 2. False god 3. Officer 4. Trap 5. Scribble 6. Makes a mistake 7. Makes changes to 8. Get back 9. Laughable 10. Agreeable 11. 1 1 1 1 12. Contributes 15. Utilize again 21. A neutral color 23. Not this 25. Quaint outburst 27. Keen 28. Television 29. Historic period 31. Thankless

32. In shape 34. Not brilliant 36. Boorish 39. Regulation (abbrev.) 40. Tale 43. News 44. Any day now 46. Views 47. Oblivious 49. Hitches 50. Bury 53. Eagle’s nest 55. Colorful salamander 56. Hodgepodge 57. Numerous 58. Information 60. Anagram of “Sire” 61. Anagram of “Note” 64. Directed


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