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sports WILLOUGHBY NAMED ACC FROSH OF THE YEAR Felicia Willoughby was named the ACC Volleyball Freshman Willoughby of the Year. The middle blocker is the first freshman in Virginia Tech history to win the award. The Pleasanton, California native recorded 172 blocks on the season, averaging 1.51 blocks a game—eleventh best in the country. Willoughby also set the Tech record for total blocks for freshmen.

news NEW CANCER MODEL RECOMMENDED A calculator used to predict women’s chances of getting breast cancer underestimates the risk for most black women and should be adjusted for AfricanAmericans, researchers said Tuesday. A new risk calculator for black women will be made available shortly to researchers and clinicians, said Dr. Mitchell Gail, lead author of a research paper published in this week’s Journal of the National Cancer Institute. By spring it will be incorporated into the institute’s Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, which is publicly available online. — Chicago Times




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ct sports reporter A pair of Charlie Campbell goals – and perhaps a little bit of luck – powered the No. 11 seed Virginia Tech men’s soccer team to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the visiting California Golden Bears Tuesday night at the Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium. The Hokies (12-3-5) pulled out a determined win over the Pac-10 conference champions to advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament — the furthest the program has ever advanced in the national postseason tournament. “I think it’s just a testament to the quality of kids we were able to attract to this place … and also for them to keep working hard and elevate the program by their hard work over the years,” said Virginia Tech head coach Oliver Weiss. The Hokies started the scoring in the 25th minute when senior midfielder Ben Nason buried his sixth goal of the season. Junior forward Patrick Nyarko started the play with a sequence of dazzling spins and dribbles, and then shot into a huddle of California defenders. The shot was blocked by the defense, but it took a fortuitous ricochet to Nason who fired a well-struck volley past California goalkeeper Stefan Frei. “The ball just kind of popped out to me perfectly,” Nason said. “To be honest, I think I was kind of lucky that I hit it where I did.” But whether a stroke of luck or not, the early goal proved vital to the Hokies’ success. “(The first goal) was very crucial because it keeps building your confidence,” Weiss said. “It’s unusual for teams to come back from behind and beat a team at home. It was a crucial psychological advantage as well as a goal (to go) ahead.” California showed determination throughout the first half, both outshooting and outchancing


Charlie Campbell (10), Georg Zehender (3) and Scott Dillie (22) celebrate after Campbell’s see SOCCER, page eight second goal in the match against the University of California.

Tech falls in ACC/ Big Ten challenge

weather PARTLY CLOUDY high 51, low 25

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Head coach Seth Greenberg lectures his players during Tuesday’s loss.

Gift Guide

TOMORROW’S CT Check out the CT’s story about campus security and what the university is doing to keep students safe.

ON THE WEB Check out Barrineau’s Blog, a new sports blog, for updates on men’s basketball and this weekend’s ACC Championship game at

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emember the days when giving your brother or sister a gift consisted of writing your name on the tag of whatever Mom bought, sticking it under the tree and calling it a day? Well, you’re in college now, and (hopefully) you have matured, as has your relationship with your siblings. While you may not be under quite as much pressure to find the perfect gift as when shopping for your significant other, you still want to give your brothers and sisters something that they’ll appreciate.


GIFT GUIDE Today is the third installment in a four-part series of holiday gift ideas. TUESDAY: gifts for significant others YESTERDAY: gifts for parents TODAY: gifts for siblings FRIDAY: gifts under $20

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.—The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team lost a 66-61 nationally-televised game to the Penn State Nittany Lions yesterday evening in the finale of the 2007 Big/Ten ACC Challenge. The loss drops the Hokies to 1-2 in the challenge and 2-3 on the season. Despite Tech’s loss, the Atlantic Coast Conference went 8-3 in event. The Hokies jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and were able to make a few runs during the first half. The Hokies were led early by freshman Jeff Allen, who finished the game with 18 points and 14 rebounds. “I thought he was very good today — I didn’t think he was that consistent,” said Tech head coach Seth Greenberg. “He’s got a chance to be spectacular, but he’s got to do a lot of

gifts for siblings

by laura ingles ct staff writer

coming up

With several criminal incidents occurring recently on and off the Virginia Tech campus, many students are concerned for their safety after dark. As a result, students have been wondering whether crime has increased or whether the police have been notifying the community of more since the shootings last spring. However, crime has not increased this year and the police have not been notifying the community any more than they used to, police said. “We haven’t changed any of our policies,” said Capt. Bruce Bradbery of the Blacksburg Police. Crime seems to have increased over the course of this semester due to a more concerned community. Following the campus shootings last April, students and the Blacksburg community have become more likely to notify police of crimes, Bradbery said. “People are more sensitive and aware, and are more willing to report,” Bradbery said. Isaac Van Patten, professor of criminal justice at Radford University, and chair of the RU criminal justice department, said that the events from earlier this semester and last year have created a sense of worry, which causes people to notify the police more frequently. In addition, Patten stated that crime rates depend upon the community’s relationship with the police. “When the community and the police work together, crime rates go down,” Patten said. Nevertheless, when the two institutions work together there are more notifications of crimes, because the community is more responsive. While notification of crimes by witnesses may go up, this does not necessarily mean that crime itself is increasing. Blacksburg generally has a low crime rate when compared to urban Roanoke. However, crime exists nonetheless, and the reason students are so affected when crime is reported is because of the sheltered “bubble” of college, Patten said. “The reality of college is that it is a four-year period where you don’t have to deal with the intrusion of the real world,” Patten said. “Tech has been put in the position where the bubble has been burst.”

see CRIME, page two


AIDS RESEARCHER FABRICATED DATA A former University of Washington AIDS researcher committed scientific misconduct by altering images and fabricating data, an investigation found. Investigators recommended that Scott J. Brodie be banned from future employment at the university. All his research is now “viewed with suspicion” and subject to independent verification, according to a UW Investigation Committee Report. — Seattle Times

Crime rates not up, only awareness

MEN’S BASKETBALL PENN STATE: 66 VIRGINIA TECH: 61 NEXT UP: At home vs. UNC-Ashville, Saturday, 7 p.m. ON THE WEB: Check out a photo gallery from the game at little things … I expect him to average a double-double.” But Tech’s offensive success was relatively short-lived during the first half. Nine turnovers aided the Nittany Lions in climbing to a 10point advantage late in the half. “We lost focus in the first half,” said point guard Hank Thorns. “We’ve got to have better first halves for

Blacksburg Crime Statistics July-October 2007

Ordinance citations Misdemeanors Robberies Assault Burglaries Larceny

Part 1 Crimes All have increased 25 percent Homicide Rape Robbery Assault Burglary Larceny Motor Vehicle Violations Service calls have gone up 14 percent since last year

see BASKETBALL, page seven

favorite clothing store or his top choice for electronics, a gift card guarantees that they will end up with something that they want. It also means that, unlike straight cash, it cannot be spent on something lame, such as gas.

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Chances are, regardless of age, your siblings have open wall space somewhere in their rooms. Help take care of that with a poster of favorite animals, country singers, reality shows or pieces of art. Browse Crossroads on Prices Fork Rd. for music and movie posters.

Whether it is a chick flick, science fiction movie, or that random foreign film that no one has heard of but your brother is obsessed with, a DVD is an easy gift. It may not seem particularly personal, but a DVD collection is one of those things that everyone has, but people don’t want to spend their own money to expand it. Check for unbeatable prices, and if you’re willing to put down more than a couple bucks, go for a TV show season rather than just one movie.

Take whatever your siblings are into and work from there. Help


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Not all electronics are in the iPod Nano price

between Christmas and New Year’s. has been looking for to complete her snowboarding ensemble.

BOOKS Winter break is an excellent time of the year to relax and catch up on some reading. Who doesn’t love curling up next to the fire (or gas logs) with a mug of hot chocolate and a good book? Both chain and local bookstores (such as Easy Chair Bookstore on N. Main St.) tend to set up large displays with fun gift ideas for a variety of people, from Eats, Shoots & Leaves for the English nerd to cute little paperback series for the younger ones.

GIFT CARDS Giving money as a gift seems so impersonal, but somehow giving it in the form of a gift card makes it more acceptable. Whether it’s for her

GAG GIFT saying that you must buy your brother a thought-

VIRGINIA TECH GEAR Naturally, if your brother is a fellow Virginia Tech student, a Tech hat or hoodie seems like an easy, obvious gift. If your 17-year-old sister is beginning the process of selecting a school, go ahead and push her in the right direction with an orange and maroon purse. Have a little one in the house? Start ‘em young with a little Tech T-shirt or sippy cup.

VIDEO GAMES Go back to the days of playing “Super Mario” (and probably fighting over who had to be Luigi) with your big brother and surprise him with a game for his Wii or Playstation. Video games can be a bit pricey, but remember that you have a month at home, so investing in a game that you can enjoy with your siblings may be worth a few extra bucks. Check out Best Buy for the latest in games and accessories.

ily offended or prone to unnecessary tears, maybe some nice earrings would be a better approach than the mildly vulgar “I like to move it” dancing Santa Claus from Kroger.

DRINKS Coffee shops come out with amazing holiday treats this time of year. Check out Starbucks (or More than Coffee, located downtown) and pick our your sibling’s favorite coffee, tea or hot chocolate. If you are both of age, throw in a little bottle of their favorite whiskey or coffee liqueur.

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