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Mace & Crown | December 14, 2017

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Mace & Crown * Page 5 of 247 * The ODU Student Newspaper

The Rise of the New Monarchy: Following an ODU Alum’s Rise to Fame in the Octagon

October 5, 2017 |

Josh Castro | Contributing Writer

As a sound like thunder began to fill the Ted Constant Center, Chris Mecate stared blankly down the hallway, his eyes locked keenly on the black steel cage in the center of the arena. The warrior … Read More

A Nationwide Brotherhood: The NFL Unites Against Social Injustice

October 5, 2017 |

Jazzmyn Bradley | Contributing Writer

It has been over a year since The Kaepernick Effect has taken the nation by storm. Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49er quarterback, began protesting the national anthem in August of 2016. His initial silent … Read More

Blow Me! The Glassblowers of Norfolk

October 5, 2017 |

James Finney | Contributing Writer

Everyone in the crowd is nervous. They can’t see the flames, only feel it. An intense hot sun, glowing from the singular opening in the furnace. Its warmth radiates out from the center of the glass … Read More

The ODU Literary Festival is still sexy at 40

October 5, 2017 |

Brooke Nicholson | A&E Assitant Editor

ODU’s annual Literary Festival is back again with its five-day long event that puts everything about literature on display. The tradition began back in 1978 as an annual poetry slam hosted by the English department, … Read More

Recap: Campus Movie Fest 2017

October 5, 2017 |

Dejonna Mayo | Contributing Writer

On Sept. 27, suits, ties, gowns and heels greeted students at the second annual Campus Movie Fest. Refreshments, decorations and chatter filled the entrance and created a warm ambiance. There was a red carpet where patrons … Read More

A Boogie with da Hoodie dazzles with his Atlantic Records debut

October 5, 2017 | 1

Ahmad Davis | Contributing Writer

Before listening to the music on the “The Bigger Artist” album, A Boogie’s album cover art is the first thing the listener experiences. The Bronx emcee’s famous diamond rings are shown controlling women as if he were … Read More

Transatlantic cables come to Virginia Beach

October 4, 2017 |

Daija Marrow | Contributing Writer

The neighboring city of Virginia Beach is now known by the tech community as a digital sea port. This means that it is a starting point for the 4,000-mile wire. This cable is called a transatlantic … Read More

‘Destiny 2:’ The gang’s all here

October 4, 2017 |

James Finney | Contributing Writer

On Sept. 6, 2017, Bungie invited gamers all around the world to a second serving of their latest IP, “Destiny 2.” Bungie enticed the “Destiny” community to return with the promise of a new helping of … Read More

Is the online textbook a benefit or a scam?

October 4, 2017 |

Daija Marrow | Contributing Writer

Many universities have been subjected to the monopoly known as McGraw-Hill for decades. Recently, a new, money-draining disaster has come about. If you aren’t aware of the new book finding it’s way into science and history … Read More

The Ring that watches over the home

October 4, 2017 |

Daija Marrow | Contributing Writer

Ring is a new security method sweeping into Hampton Roads communities. This piece of technology is a not-so-simple doorbell. According to Neighborhoodscout, the surrounding Tidewater cities have high crime rates ranging from vandalism to homicide. They … Read More

Get lost in ‘Hearthstone’

October 4, 2017 |

Daija Marrow | Contributing Writer

“Hearthstone” is the game to play with friends in your free time. Esports is gaining popularity in both the media and on ODU’s campus. It is competitive online gaming that is played either in teams or … Read More

The truth about the Webb’s Gamer Den

October 4, 2017 |

Daija Marrow | Contributing Writer

The gamer is one of the many diverse personas that make up Old Dominion University. Have you ever walked into the Webb and passed through the center where an active group of gamers preside? It is … Read More

Women Writers Epistle to Saphho

October 4, 2017 |

Caitlin Helveston


Dear Sappho,

It is a tragedy that your works were burned and only fragments remain. You are the great creator of Sapphic meter that was left of your name. Women then and women now struggle just to live their lives … Read More

Coffee With a Stranger

October 4, 2017 |

Ann Garcia


Elissa sighed, staring out the window at the gray sky. Her shoulders slumped and her eyes drooped with exhaustion – god, what she wouldn’t do for some actual coffee right now.

Coffee hadn’t been around for almost 50 years; after … Read More


October 4, 2017 |

Richard Gabrintina

I wonder about strangers

that sit alone on empty park benches. Those characters dissolve in the background

like A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

As lonely as cookie crumbs buried in the sofa,

they watch the earth spin on … Read More


October 4, 2017 |

Matthew Meier


I have stood on your steps, Lincoln,

my soul has been reflected

by the murky mirror of your pond,

petitioning my heart for answers

to questions I fear may go unresolved.


Oh mighty Washington!

My nervous eyes are open wide

against your tower of integrity,

coercing me … Read More