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Tuition to rise in Thomas makes progress upcoming year BY ZACH MARINER | sports editor

The Hokies were rusty in their first scrimmage of the spring, but coaches remain confident




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Logan Thomas struggled on Monday, however QB coach Scot Loeffler remains confident in him. 2009-10




Out of state students face higher tuition costs with rates expected to rise $700 for 2013-2014. KEVIN LOHR news staff writer

In an era where the value of a degree is debatable, especially when student loan debt is taken into account, students are again facing increasing tuition. While tuition costs per semester from 2012-2013 only increased by $207 for in-state students, out-of-state students were hit much harder. For non-Virginia residents, there was an increase of $717 per semester, from $12,240 to $12,957. The Board of Visitors is in charge of setting the tuition for each year. In-state students have a large advantage over their out-of-state counterparts at Tech because a segment of

their tuition fees are subsidized by Virginia taxpayers. “State funding has been going down while expenses have been going up, and to a large extent that is the reason why tuition has escalated considerably over the past decade or so,” said Larry Hincker, Vice President of University Relations. One noteworthy budget change that is required will be a state-mandated salary increase for faculty due to excess revenues in the current year, which Hincker says is welcome because it is the first in five years. In terms of other expenses, cost drivers like healthcare costs and mandatory security changes influence what tuition for the following school year will be.


see TUITION/ page two

Joshua Stanford beats Brandon Facyson deep, but Logan Thomas’ pass is just out of reach.

ogan Thomas’ offense struggled on Monday during Virginia Tech’s first open scrimmage of the spring, totaling just 265 yards in 85 plays. “We’re going to have a lot of miscues, and a lot of mess-ups, but that’s going to come from being in practice (number) seven,” said Frank Beamer, head coach. “Yeah you can expect that, but from day one to now, yeah we’ve gotten a lot of better. It’s slow, but it’s coming along.” Thomas — in his first appearance since a disappointing 2012 campaign in which he threw for 18 touchdowns and 16 interceptions — was sharp at times, but far from perfect, completing just seven-of-17 passes for 164 yards and two interceptions. However, he remained optimistic postgame. “The focus is just to perfect the stuff we’re doing,” he said. “What we do, we’ll build off of it in the fall, so we’ll have our basics down and we’ll build off of it.” Practicing with new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler — albeit for just a week — has helped Thomas improve his accuracy this spring. He saw his completion percentage drop from 59.8 percent in 2011 to 51.3 percent in 2012. “I’m putting the ball where I want it and I’m putting it with a lot of velocity as well,” he said. “And it’s making it easier for the guys to catch and then turn and run with it. (Accuracy’s) the biggest improvement and obviously the thing I needed the most improvement in, as well.” Despite the numbers, Loeff ler praised his quarterback.

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Restaurants adjust to hardship Car crashes into news reporter

DONAL MURPHY news reporter






In the last week, two local restaurants have announced major changes — T. Flynn’s Pub and Log Cabin BBQ. T. Flynn’s on North Main has recently been put up for sale, and Log Cabin BBQ will soon be closing for good. Anthony Faulds, proprietor of T. Flynn’s, confirmed last week that he is planning to sell the bar. T. Flynn’s employees declined to comment on the impending sale, but a local realty company verified that the property had been listed with them for some time prior to Faulds’ recent statements. “It has been listed for three months,” said Patty Mostaghimi of The Hudson Team RE/MAX 8. “We have had interest in it, but no contract yet.” Faulds is asking for $1.4 million for the property, according to The Hudson Team RE/ MAX 8’s commercial listings

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BLACKSBURG BUSINESS CLOSINGS OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS website. Faulds is out of the country, and could not be reached for comment. “It is over 3,000 square feet on two levels,” said Mostaghimi of the building, which was completely renovated since the original structure had been badly damaged by a fire. “It is environmentally friendly – they have used a lot of green

materials in the building.” Classmates Faulds and Joe Castle founded the bar as a joint venture. Both men graduated from Virginia Tech in 2000 and were fraternity brothers. The two reunited at a football game in 2010, where the idea to open the Irishthemed pub downtown was born. They purchased the 607



N. Main St. property, which had previously been a fraternity house, in January 2011. The bar opened its doors to customers less than two years ago as Castle’s Kettle and Pub, but Faulds and Castle split over personal differences shortly thereafter. see LOCAL/ page two

A local bicycle shop is repairing damages from an incident that occurred over the weekend. Around 3 a.m. Sunday, a car crashed into East Coasters bike shop on the 1300 block of North Main Street. Christopher Hinchcliffe, a 21 year-old Blacksburg resident, drove his 1996 Nissan pickup into the bike shop. The vehicle went across traffic into the southbound lane and careened further off the road toward the shop. The car hit an external window and wall of the bike shop, causing approximately $12,000 in damages according to the police report. The truck, having also hit a utility pole, was totaled. “It’s a hard location to hit

info on the go Driver involved in the crash has been charged with a DUI. with a car, so I was surprised there was a car in it,” said Kirby Walke, the service manager of East Coasters who arrived at the store not long after the crash. The accident has made business more difficult for the bike shop, given that it is harder to access now. A portion of the merchandise was damaged by the truck’s impact and debris, according to Walke. see CRASH/ page two




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Crash: Bike shop repairs damages

Lending a hand Volunteers participated in The Big Event, comprised of various community service projects on Saturday, April 6. photo by Ben Weidlich


East Coasters works to repair a side window damaged from crash. from page one

“We have such a great customer base that everybody’s been stopping by and checking in on us, so we’ve seen a lot of the normal faces, people who want to see the wreck and what happened,” Walke said. Hinchcliffe was taken to

Lewis-Gale Montgomery Regional Hospital for treatment to injuries sustained in the crash, and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Follow the writer on Twitter: @HokieRealist

BHS booster arrested for fraud DONAL MURPHY news reporter

Blacksburg High School may have trouble raising funds for its teams and athletic equipment after almost half of their money was embezzled. A federal indictment was brought against the former school's athletic booster treasurer, Rick Hayter, for 10

counts of wire fraud. Hayter is accused of funneling more than $300,000 from the group's account. The club, which is operated independently of the school, was trying to raise money for an improved football stadium and field house. They had raised over $700,000, of which only approximately $350,000 went toward construction of the new field

house. Hayter allegedly used the funds he had taken to invest in risky online margin trading and to pay off personal credit cards used for travel and clothing. The trading resulted in his losing a majority of the siphoned funds. The funds were accrued through donations by contributors and supporters, as

well as by concessions sales at sporting events at the school since 2007. The federal indictment was passed last month and was unsealed on Tuesday, April 2. Hayter was released from prison on a $25,000 bail. Neither he nor his attorney were available to comment. Follow the writer on Twitter: @HokieRealist

Local: Restaurants change owners and face closure more info Check back Friday to hear student voices on local businesses and for more information on how on-campus dining affects competition. For stories on other local businesses closing, visit for rolling coverage.

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Once the namesake partner left, Faulds rebranded the pub as T. Flynn’s and continued to update the menu and specials. The transition process, however, has been challenging for Faulds, who lives in California. In statements to local blog TheBurgs, he cited his out-of-state location as a primary motivation behind putting the property up for sale. Faulds has said that he

hopes to find an owner who will continue to run the Irish-themed pub from the property, though a potential buyer has yet to emerge. Mostaghimi said that the asking price includes all the restaurant’s current equipment and “everything you need to make drinks.” On Monday, less than a week after Faulds confirmed plans to sell T. Flynn’s, Log Cabin BBQ owner Brett Wolfe announced that his store would be closing for good on April 13. The res-

taurant will stay open with a limited menu until then. Wolfe graduated from Tech in 2004. He bought Log Cabin BBQ in August 2010, which had already been an established restaurant. Wolfe mentioned several factors that led him to his decision to close, including lackluster sales during last football season, and increasing competition from Tech’s on-campus dining options. Wolfe’s restaurant had been barred from participating in local festivals like Stepping

Out and Fork and Cork due to his location outside of Blacksburg’s historic downtown, which he said even further reduced his sales. “I had always wanted to open a restaurant, but I jumped in too quickly,” Wolfe said. “If I knew then what I know now, would I still do business in Blacksburg? Probably not.” Wolfe could not speak to the future of the space on University City Blvd. near the Math Emporium, though he expected another restaurant to take over the space.

While Wolfe stressed that he has no hard feelings about the impending closure of Log Cabin BBQ, he has no plans to operate another restaurant in the near future. “Maybe one day, but not right now,” Wolfe said. T. Flynn’s and Log Cabin BBQ join a growing list of Blacksburg bars and eateries that have recently gone up for sale or seen changes in management. Follow the writer on Twitter: @Kulak_CT

Tuition: Recreational fees frustrate students from page one

However, for out-of-state students, such as Mary Beth Wisniewski, a junior Human Development major from Ellicott City, MD, the tuition increase can be hard to swallow. “I understand the discrepancy between in-state and out-of-state students…but I think it sends a message that Virginia students are more important than out-of-state students," Wisniewski said. “It seems like Virginia Tech is after the money with those students, not necessarily the brains.” However, Wisniewski still

thinks Tech is a reputable enough school that higher out-of-state tuition costs are worth the experiences and programs students undergo while studying for their undergraduate degree. One thing factored into Virginia Tech tuition is additional recreation fees. Some of these additional costs are for resources such as the Blacksburg Transit, different athletic programs, and health services available on campus. All of these inclusive fees add up to a fairly significant amount. For the 2012-2013 school year, the fee totals were $1,170 per semester.

However, some of these costs have extremely vague descriptions about what they actually entail. For example, a technology fee is listed on the University Bursar’s page on the Tech website and is described as a “support for technology initiatives for students.” Wisniewski would like to know where exactly her money is going. “I think it would be nice to have specific outlines of these costs, and then you could justify them or say that you don’t really need them,” said Wisniewski. The recently enacted federal sequestration has no effect

on tuition, but instead affects research Tech might undertake. However, sequestration does have a large effect on possible federal financial aid. Rising costs of tuition and decreased federal fi nancial aid could really adversely affect prospective out-ofstate students in terms of their decision to attend Tech. The Board of Visitors will meet later this month to vote on final tuition costs. Follow us on Twitter: @CT_newsroom


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Guns don’t belong on campus L iberty University, the largest Christianaffiliated university in the country, recently revised its campus gun policy to allow concealed weapons. Having read the official transcript from the university and researched how to get a concealed weapons permit in the state of Virginia, this is horrific. In order to legally carry a concealed weapon in Virginia, an individual must be at least 21, complete a training program, present evidence of said training to a judge, pay a fee and not be a felon or have multiple misdemeanors within a given time range. This means the average senior college student could qualify for a concealed weapons permit. At Liberty, people can carry a weapon on campus if they have a concealed carry permit. However, only RAs can keep them in resident halls, and all other weapons must be kept in a locked vehicle, in a secure box or in other area on campus. Otherwise, students can carry weapons wherever they wish on campus, including into classrooms. It has been argued that more guns mean less violence. Aurora, Newtown,

what you’re saying On New app streamlines drink ordering Patrick Star: I think the idea of this app is neat, but logistically speaking, probably not feasible for alcohol. I work in one of the popular downtown bars and am well acquainted with the issues of crowding, both as an employee and a patron. Part of being a bartender and serving drinks is maintaining the right to refuse service in accordance with ABC laws. If a person appears too intoxicated, it is our responsibility to cut them off; however, if patrons are ordering drinks through their phone it’s impossible for the bartender to know whether or not he/she is too intoxicated to continue drinking. Sure, the person comes in contact with the bartender when the drinks are ready to be picked up, but that’s not enough correspondence to make an accurate call.

Virginia Tech… If only someone there had a gun, proponents say grimly. Many have mulled this issue over, including Collin Goddard, an April 16th survivor who is now working with the Brady Campaign — an organization working to close loopholes for weapons purchases, among other issues. Goddard came back to Tech in October, 2012 for an event with Democracy Now, and I had the honor of hearing him speak.

Do I trust my classmates with weapons? Do I want a classroom environment to include fire power? Absolutely not.”

Despite being seriously wounded, he moved on to physical recovery and eventually, graduation. Goddard has been closer than most of us to a school shooting, and his stance can appear shocking. In an article for CNN, published in January, 2011, Goddard wrote:

“Rather than pushing to bring more guns onto college campuses and trying to react to violence while it’s under way, my point is we should work harder to stop the guns that make it there, and to prevent those shootings in the first place. Once someone is on campus with guns and intends to kill, we’ve already lost. Let’s take steps before the last possible second to make our schools, and every American, safer.” In his October, 2012 speech, Goddard went on to add that none of the students thought the noises they heard in the building were gunshots. Someone said it must have been construction, and they continued with class until the shooter was in the room. There was also a well-documented case in the 2011 Tucson, Az. shooting in which an armed bystander nearly shot the wrong person: a split-second decision that would have left an innocent bystander dead. Do I trust my classmates with weapons? Do I want a classroom environment to include firepower? Absolutely not. EMILY BLAIR -regular columnist -sophomore -creative writing

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a plea offer floated last week by Mr. Holmes’s lawyers, in which their client would have pleaded guilty to the shooting in exchange for life in prison with no chance of parole.” Colorado is one of 32 states where the death penalty remains a legal means of capital punishment. Therefore, the major question regarding this case is whether Holmes deserves the death penalty for the crimes he committed. Holmes should certainly receive the death penalty. Opinions always vary in regards to the death penalty. Some naysayers state killing someone else does not bring back the dead or change what has already happened. Others point to the death penalty as an easy way out for criminals who have committed a major crime — they feel life in prison is a much harsher punishment. In this case, however, I think the fact we should

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Aurora, Colo. shooter deserves death Do you remember when 25 yearold psychopath James Holmes shot into the audience at Century 16 Theatres’ midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises? This tragedy, which took place in Aurora, Colo., happened on July 20, 2012, almost nine months ago. Many, including the victims, still remember this event like it was yesterday. Utilizing multiple weapons, he killed 12 movie-goers and injured 58. The charges formally brought against Holmes include 24 counts of first degree murder, and 116 counts of attempted murder. In an article released by The New York Times, the circumstances of this case remain clear: the prosecution will settle for nothing less than to put Holmes to death for his crimes. Released on April 1, it was stated, “In deciding to pursue the death penalty, prosecutors rejected

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keep in mind is the number of people’s lives this man has affected. We must ask ourselves what the worth of a human life is. Human life is something we truly cannot quantify,

Holmes could have shot a future president of the United States, or person who could have cured cancer.”

and we certainly cannot predict the future for all those lost that day. The people who Holmes killed could have changed the world in one way. Holmes could have shot a future president of the United States, or the person

who could have cured cancer. And let us not forget about the families of the victims. Their pain will never go away, whether Holmes rots in prison for the rest of his life or not. Probably the only ones who want Holmes alive are his family members, who have every right to feel that way. Nonetheless, what Holmes has done certainly warrants a major punishment. The highest punishment the United States will allow is death by lethal injection, and after all of the damage he has done to humanity, this criminal’s penalty should certainly be the worst he can receive. RYAN TURK -regular columnist -freshman -BIT

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DOWN 1 Tijuana’s region 2 Requiring binoculars to see 3 *Where evidence is gathered 4 Faith-based battle 5 Show contrition 6 Giving the go-ahead 7 Splinter group 8 Pose, as a question 9 Trick into wrongdoing 10 Piña __: rum drinks 11 Got down 12 Trig class ratio 13 Be mindful of 19 Mysteriously unusual 21 Flooring craftsman 24 “Chill out!” 25 Mel who voiced Bugs 26 Like an otological test 27 Teammate of Rivera and Posada 28 *Extremely easy task 29 Actress Holmes 30 Pumps and clogs 32 Day at the movies

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Listen carefully to songs that show you the way. Ultimately, you choose your direction. Your obsession with details comes in handy. Hidden treasures get revealed. Your subconscious mind is a great problem-solver.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) It’s not a good time to gamble, especially not with savings. Curl up somewhere cozy with your homework. There’s more time for fun later. Fix up your place after. Celebrate inishing with something delicious.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Modi ications are required after you discover a mess. You’re very persuasive now, though conditions are unstable. Show your calm under pressure. Use humor. Make an amazing discovery, as the truth comes out.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Wait until later to discuss an upcoming purchase. A benefactor appears. Listen to all the concerns. Watch out for hidden expenses. Anticipate surprises ... ireworks, even. Get everyone on the same page.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Invest in home, and improve your living conditions. Take care of a water problem. Consider options, and ask probing questions. Call for a vote. Encourage a genius. Tempers could lare. Results surprise.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) There’s a startling development. Keep digging to get to the bottom of it. Offer encouragement and an inviting proposition. Release an old assumption for a new perspective. Travel another day. Switch up your routine.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Discover a big question. Think about it a while longer. Notice changes before being told. Your reputation precedes you. Conditions are unsettled. Settle in for some cozy nesting and ponder.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Collect on invoices, and encourage others to focus. Appeal to their intellects. Persuade with charm; bullying and nagging won’t work. The possibility of error is high, so take it slow. A new idea improves your con idence.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Paint a stroke of genius without skipping a beat. Blend optimism into the syncopation. The result isn’t as imagined. Keep practicing. Enjoy the day. Adventure beckons. Go ahead and get loud!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Look for ways to make more money. Schedule private time, too. Walk around the neighborhood. Break out of your shell! Sell at a pro it. Follow your intuition. Change direction intuitively.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Your determination pays off, and there’s a sudden shift in your material position. Join a good team. Expand your portfolio with color. Defer grati ication, and avoid reckless spending. Hang with friends later. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) More work now leads to more comfort later. You’re good at solving puzzles. Ask informational questions. Charge forward and surprise everyone. Disrupt the status quo. Continue to produce results. The impact stuns. Proceed with caution.

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International Street Fair delights ‘Evil Dead’ remake disappoints Movie Rating


The International Street Fair celebrated its 54th annual fair on Saturday, April 6 at the Graduate Life plaza and downtown Blacksburg. The event, hosted by the Council of International Student Organizations, consisted of a variety of booths with cultural dishes and items as well as student performances. Many people came out to enjoy the diverse marketplace and learn of cultures around the world.

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‘End Game’ offers new maps, modes Game Rating

“End Game” is the latest expansion to the first-person shooter “Battlefield 3.” As the final piece of content before the onset of “Battlefield 4,” Dice has introduced four new maps, three new vehicles and a capture the flag mode. The new maps each focus on a distinct season. “Kiasar Railroad” takes place in the spring, and “Sabalan Pipeline” in the winter, but the highlights are defi nitely “Nebandan Flats” and “Operation Riverside” which feature the summer and fall, respectively. These maps are all fairly large, a big change from the urban environments in the “Aftermath” and “Close Quarters” expansions. Though they are clearly designed with capture the flag in mind, rush seems to be the premier experience for most of the new maps. Unlike many of the “Aftermath” maps, rush in “End Game” has large openarea standoffs between the attackers and defenders. Vehicles play a huge role as air support, and the new C-130 plane literally drops players and vehicles onto the map. Unfortunately there isn’t anything groundbreaking or exciting about “End Game.” The C-130 is a drop

ship version of capture the flag featured in the earlier “Battlefield” games, but it doesn’t always play well on the new maps. Matches usually involve two teams hell bent on protecting their own flag above all else. Snipers sit at every elevated position and tanks wait behind buildings, ready to gun down anyone making an attempt at the flag. Luckily, the maps holding those flags are fi lled with eye candy. The blue tint from many of the standard maps is mostly gone, and all four of the new additions to the game look spectacular. The wheat fields on “Nebandan Flats” are absolutely stunning; lying prone in waist-high grass as shots fly overhead is a situation that “End Game” embraces. Whether you’re lying in a snowdrift or underneath a giant evergreen, the new maps are all inherently differ-

ent from each other. At its best, capture the flag is a back-and-forth that even manages to put rush to shame. Zipping around on the newly added dirt bikes is a lot of fun. Pressing shift while on a bike lets you pull a wheelie that works wonders when paired with one of the many ramps strewn across the “End Game” maps. If you aren’t already a “Battlefield 3” premium member, “End Game” probably isn’t worth your money. Capture the flag is worth playing through a few times, but the new maps are the only real value here. Jumping on a dirt bike and capturing a flag isn’t exactly what “Battlefield” is known for, and it’s probably good that it isn’t. BEN KIM -regular game columnist -sophomore -communication major

“Evil Dead” is the latest Hollywood remake of a horror cult classic. The original “The Evil Dead” (1981) was written and directed by the iconic Sam Raimi in his prime, before such missteps as “Spider Man: 3” and his decision to produce any second-rate horror f lick that would put his name on the poster. What made the original a cult classic was its terrifying story, dark humor and truly innovative camerawork on a miniscule budget. Thanks to the success of the franchise, “Evil Dead” received a $17 million budget, compared to the about $400,000 for the original. This enormous difference in budget is obvious when you watch “Evil Dead” — and not in a good way. This remake follows the same premise as the first, with some interesting deviations in the plot. “Evil Dead,” the new rendition, follows a young heroin addict, Mia (Jane Levy,) as she holes up in a cabin in the woods in an attempt to kick her habit. She is joined by her friends Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci,) Olivia (Jessica Lucas,) her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) and his girlfriend Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore). When they explore the cabin, Eric finds a book filled with demonic incantations and naturally cannot resist trying a few out. This releases an evil spirit lurking in the woods that possesses Mia and proceeds to wreak havoc on the group. In order to avoid spoilers, I can only say that if you’ve seen “The Evil Dead” and think you know what’s going to happen, don’t be so sure. “Evil Dead” is the debut feature film of Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez, who directs and co-writes with fellow first-timer Rodo Sayagues. Raimi returns to co-produce with Bruce Campbell (star of the original “The Evil Dead”) and Robert G. Tapert (who also produced the original and, as a side note, is married to the truly awesome Lucy Lawless). To be perfectly honest, there’s not that much of Raimi’s original in this remake, with the obvious

exception of the movie’s premise. There are some nods to the original, like the stillbizarre scene where a tree rapes the main female character, but these seem largely nominal. “Evil Dead” thoroughly divorces itself from its predecessor largely through its style and tone. Alvarez has benefitted from incalculable upgrades in the quality of lighting and digital cameras.

Indeed, the most obvious difference between the two films is that “The Evil Dead” (1981) was downright scary, and “Evil Dead,” is consistently creepy.”

Alvarez also follows the trend of recent horror films in adopting a detached style of camerawork, with a strong use of cinematography and set design to give the film an overwhelming sense of eeriness. Indeed, the most obvi-

ous difference between the two films is that “The Evil Dead” (1981) was downright scary, and "Evil Dead,” is consistently creepy. There’s still an insane amount of gore — and more fake blood than a Tarantino film — but these are merely violent punctuations in the suspense, rather than a steady trend. The 1981 film was fantastic and enduring because it was more than just a gory splatter film. Raimi’s deft use of black humor and imaginative camerawork set the film apart from the numerous other grisly horror movies of the 1970s and 1980s. Meanwhile, “Evil Dead” has none of that. It’s a straightforward gore-fest – albeit, a well-made one. The new movie is admittedly much better than many of the horror movie remakes that Hollywood seems bent on recently, but it falls into the trap of nearly every remake or sequel. It simply leaves you wanting to watch the original, instead. KATIE WHITE -regular columnist -junior -history major

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Spring: Loeffler sees offensive promise Hokies swept in Raleigh, fall out of national rankings

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“Normally I’m careful about speaking before watching the tape, but for the most part I think he went to the right place with the ball,” Loeffler said. “Some things were out of his control. Without a doubt, from practice one to six, his technique is night and day.” Loeffler also cited the offense’s primitive state as a reason for the lack of execution in key moments. “Some of those third down situations, we don’t have all the third down (plays) even remotely close to being in,” he said. “What we wanted to see today, what we were trying to do is get the kids to play really hard, play together, handle the notalent issues and we still have a ways to go. “We’re still making way too many mistakes, turning the ball over and jumping offsides — all the things that can absolutely kill you. But they’re learning, they’re getting better. I think whenever we get to the fall and get the whole thing in we’ll be all right.” It’s typical for spring scrimmages to look sloppy, especially this early in practice — something Thomas seemed to understand. “Everything is correctable and like I say, we come away from it very encouraged,” he said. “I think you could tell the ball came out of my hand well. I was hitting my spots and can’t complain at all. I’m very excited and I’m moving in the right direction.” His position coach certainly seemed to agree. “(Thomas) has improved in these six days as fast as anyone I’ve ever been around,” Loeffler said. “If he keeps going, keeps working, and keeps grinding — of course, I’m not going to tell him all these things — but, I like him a lot. I think he’s going to be a heck of a player.” Follow the writer on Twitter: @ZMarinerCT

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Trey Edmunds (14) runs over Desmond Frye (26) for a chunk of his 29 yards on the day.

The Virginia Tech baseball team dropped its third ACC series of the season this weekend as the NC State Wolfpack swept them. The Hokies, now 21-12 overall and 7-8 in ACC play, were riding high entering the weekend, coming off a series win over No. 4 Florida State and a midweek win over VCU. Tech, who was ranked No. 22 entering the weekend, fell out of the top 25 in Monday’s polls. The loss Sunday was the team’s first loss in the third game of an ACC series. It took 14 innings to decide Friday night’s game against the Wolfpack before NC State pulled out an 8-7 walk-off win. Tech starting pitcher Brad Markey lasted just 4.1 innings before handing the ball to his bullpen. Jake Joyce, Clark Labitan and Sean Keselica finished up the game, allowing just one earned run over the final nine innings. The Hokies committed six errors in the loss, none bigger than the one committed by centerfielder Andrew Rash in the 14th inning that allowed NC State’s Grant Clyde to advance to second on a single. Clyde moved to third on a balk by Keselica and would eventually score the game-winning run on a wild pitch. On Saturday, the Hokies built another lead in the late innings, leading 4-2 in the sixth inning. In the Wolfpack’s half of the frame, nine straight men reached base with two outs to push across

seven runs. Tech starter Devin Burke went 5.2 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits. He faced one batter over the minimum through the first four innings before falling apart in the sixth inning.

Tech, who was ranked No. 22 entering the weekend, fell out of the top 25 in Monday’s polls.”

Tech catcher Chad Morgan went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the 13-4 loss. Sunday’s series finale mirrored the first two games of the weekend as Tech and NC State were locked in a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning. Starting pitcher Joe Mantiply turned in a second-straight strong start, going 6.2 innings and allowed just three runs on 85 pitches. The defense let the Hokies down again late in the game, however, as two key errors helped NC State score four runs in the eighth inning. Labitan took the loss as the Hokies fell 7-3 in the series finale. The Hokies return home today to face Longwood at 5:30 p.m. Tech will need to get things rolling again before they welcome the No. 1 team in the nation, North Carolina, to Blacksburg this weekend. Follow the writer on Twitter: @MattJonesCT

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