Generation Study Abroad, and more from the campus of ODU

Written by Derek Page on .

Greetings and good wishes from the editor of the Mace & Crown!

Here you will find a select few stories from Old Dominion University’s student newspaper, the Mace & Crown. We are a weekly independent newspaper established as The High Hat in 1930. We publish 25 issues throughout the year.

The first story I have selected has drawn a lot of attention on campus. The Video Game Design and Development Club created its first video game called “Ride the Lion,” an endless runner featuring the famous monarch lion gallivanting around campus, dodging obstacles students frequently encounter.

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On a dryer, though ambitious topic, the next story regards the university’s initiative to double the number of American students studying abroad by the end of the decade. ODU isn’t alone, however. This is part of a broader initiative called Generation Study Abroad cultivated by the Institute of International Education for which 150 higher education institutions have committed to.

Things get a bit morose in a profile of ODU creative professor Blake Bailey’s new memoir “The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait,” in which he tackles his demons and gives a dark and droll account of his growing up. National Public Radio’s David Sedaris called the book “haunting.”

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We go on adventure with Mark W. Moffett, National Geographic’s “Indiana Jones of Entomology.” Moffett spoke at ODU on March 20 about the microscopic world of ants; a vital yet overlooked species. He makes interesting comparisons between the ants and humans regarding the social complexities of both species.

To cap things off, we highlight men’s basketball win over the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational, March 19. The Monarchs won with a final score of 72-65. The article focuses largely on the Monarchs making the most out of not making it to the NCAA tournament with comments by sophomore forward Richard Ross.

I hope this new addition to will open the doors to a more inclusive community at ODU and the Ghent and larger Norfolk communities. Keep reading for more news around the university.                            

For more Mace & Crown, here's the website.


Derek Page
About Derek Page
Derek Page is a graduate of Old Dominion University where he studied English journalism and creative writing. He is the former editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Mace & Crown and is pursuing a career in writing and media, preferably in Hampton Roads. His favorite things include writing, the dictionary and making soup on a cold day.

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