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TOOSDAY, FEBURARY 21, 2012
VOLUME 13 ISSUE Not Existant
New program brings academics to a higher level for students KAY LESLIE STAFF WRITER
Our University’s independent study major is giving students the opportunity to explore new and exciting types of education. Eliza Jenks, a freshman in the program, said her experiences with the major have been extremely positive. “I’ve learned so much I didn’t expect to. I know all the really important things UNC has to teach you, like trash talking, backing out safely and how to execute a keg stand,” Jenks said. One of the most important things to take from the program, according to Jenks, is the sense of entitlement that you’re learning in a different way. “It’s really important to let people know exactly what you’re learning; you always have to be researching something or looking into some deep issue. That way, having a relaxing major doesn’t take away from the UNC snob cache,” Jenks said. Jenks said she has done a lot of her learning in the field; she has taken to local hotspots, especially frat parties, to observe human life and learn from what she sees. She has spent most of her time looking at how students in Greek life relate and interact with one another in comparison to how they act with “regular people.” “I’ve learned a lot about people doing this program. Like, I can smell a Greek fight from like a mile away. It’s all about body language
MADELINE MAY WESTCOTT Opinion editor
NEW STUDY SHOWS MOST UNC FANS DIDN’T GO TO UNC. NOLAN EVANS A case study released Monday afternoon by the North American Society for Sport Management shows that a large majority of UNC fans do not attend the school they take so much pride in, nor have they ever attended the school. The study reveals an overwhelming 96% of all North Carolina fans have never taken a class at Chapel Hill, with an astonishing 89% having never stepped foot on university grounds. These numbers far outweigh those found in previous studies involving other schools around the nation, including in-state rivals Wake Forest, N.C. State and Duke. Coming in only two days after the team’s 22-point beat down of Clemson, which converted an estimated 17,000 South Carolinians to the Tar Heel fan base, Baby Blue nation is ecstatic about the news. “Cotdern right, we’re pretty dadgum proud of our committed fans here at UNC,” said UNC head coach Roy Williams. “It came by no surprise to me that we had the biggest amount of true fans out of anywhere in the country. Just kinda makes me want to enjoy a nice cold bottle-a Co-Coler.” Just as impressive as the sheer amount of fans the Tar Heels have piled onto the bandwagon over the
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Even on the playing field, Marv Austun can’t keep the twittering birds out of his head. No wonder UNC could never beat Russell Wilson and the Pack. and greetings,” Jenks said. Matt Riley, a freshman who transferred into the program, has also had a good experience. Riley switched to independent study from poetry after realizing how much his workload would change. “Well, I was originally a poetry major, which was, like, deep. But independent study gives you the chance to look at what you’re most interested in,” Riley said.
past 122 years is the spread of fandom across the United States. The study shows that one out of every four households across the United States owns at least one Michael Jordan jersey or a pair of Air Jordan’s. Either are automatic qualifiers to become a true Carolina fan. “Never did I imagine my shoes would have such an amazing impact on the fan base at Chapel Hill,” said Jordan, current owner of the NBA’s worst franchise, the Charlotte Bobcats. Albuquerque resident Steven Channing, a longtime New Mexico Lobos fan, wasn’t surprised at all by the recent figures. “Not three days ago, I spotted a family shopping in the Albuquerque WalMart together,” said Channing. “They were covered head to toe in Carolina blue. They radiated with passion. They must be doing something right with that basketball team in Chapel Hill.” Giant retailer corporations such as Target, K-Mart and Walmart, have seen a tremendous amount of revenue nationwide from North Carolina apparel. Walmart chairman Rob Walton, who has become a Tar Heel fan due to the explosion of sales, is, all puns aside, head over heels for the university. “The phenomenon is incredible,” said Walton. “I thought it was incredible 20 years ago, but it keeps becoming more and more unbelievable. Literally millions of Carolina fans pass through our stores on a daily basis, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.” Back in the Tar Heel state, the fan base is ever expanding, drawing in more diehards than any other team in the state. Carthage resident Cletus Jenkins, who is a diehard Carolina fan, admitted he has never been to Chapel Hill, but hopes to go to a Duke/ Carolina game one day in hopes of “personally telling Coach K that he
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Riley has spent the last four weeks talking to students about their thoughts on sporting events and comparing which events have the most interest. He cited his research as “revolutionary” and “groundbreaking.” “It’s so surprising; everyone just wants to go to basketball games. I never would have learned that without this major,” Riley said.
Hannah Pearce, a sophomore in the program, said she often gets upset when people discredit the major. According to Pearce, doing independent study has a wide array of benefits. “People who hate on it are clearly just jealous. I really am doing a lot of work. I’ve chaired eight events for my sorority this semester,” Pearce said. Jenks also said she feels as though
most people who do not participate in it under-appreciate the benefits of the major. “People think we just sit around getting wasted and going out, but what they don’t understand is that it’s field research. I might be out every night, but it’s purely for science,” Jenks said. According to Jenks, research is one of the most important elements of the major. Students must submit a proposal and have it accepted by the University before being officially accepted as an independent study major. “I worked on my proposal for three days before I sent it in. It focuses on human relations and sexual interactions. I just observe how students relate in their most natural environments and record it,” Jenks said. Riley said he does not feel as though most students understand the major because they are too restricted by society. “I mean, we grow up being told to focus on one thing. Nobody tells you to look at the whole world as something to explore,” Riley said. Riley is studying how surroundings affect emotions. “Where we are totally affects the way we feel and how we interact with situations. That’s something I’d like to explore,” Riley said. Riley plans to become a camp counselor after graduation.
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A Tar Hole fan examines the latest pair of officially licensed UNC mens underpants. The line, designed by Michael Jordan exclusively for Wal-mart, hit record sales earlier this month. should show more class like Roy does.” “I have been a UNC fan since I can remember, and I love the team more than life itself,” Sean Jones, who never attended college at UNC, said. Jones, professional NASCAR fan and gun rights enthusiast, considers UNC to be one of the most exciting things about his life. “Me and the missus, we live for UNC games. I don’t know much about that academic stuff, but them boys can sure throw a ball,” Jones said. According to Jones, he and his wife have a routine every time a game is on. They order three kegs of Busch Ice, round up as many neighbors in their trailer park as possible and gather around the big screen television in their front yard to enjoy the game. “We always get all us neighbors to-
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gether and watch ‘em play. Usually half of the boys is too drunk by halftime to really know what’s happening, but we know to yell if we score,” Jones said. Kathy Watts said she has been a UNC fan since she was about eight years old. Watts grew up in High Point, NC and watched basketball games with her father. “I’m always going to be a Tarheel fan, no matter what. It’s something you can’t get rid of,” Watts said. UNC Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp seemed to receive immense satisfaction from the study’s results. “It just amazes me that no matter how many violations our football team can commit, our fans remain loyal,” said Thorp. “Our continuous lack of honesty and integrity cannot deter our fans from their dedication to our
FEBRUARY 21, 2012 99% of our fans bought their t-shirts at Wal-mart.
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basketball program.” Likewise, ACC commissioner John Swofford was thrilled beyond belief; he could barely breath as tears of joy rolled down his face. “All my career, I have been working to better the Atlantic Coast Conference. Look where we are today. UNC is putting us on top. I would have it no other way,” said Swofford. ACC head of officials John Clougherty and referee Karl Hess, however , declined to comment when asked if they felt they played a significant role in North Carolina’s rise to prominence amongst fans.
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• Someone attempted to take a mocha frappuccino from a subject between 9:21 a.m. and 9:24 a.m. Monday outside Starbucks on Franklin st., according to Chapel Thrill police reports. • Someone was found inhaling the contents of whipped cream cans at 3:35 p.m. at 10664 Weaver Dairy Road, according to Chapel Thrill police reports. • Someone repeatedly slapped an elderly patient in the face at REX Hospital from 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Thursday, February 9, according to Chapel Thrill Police • UNC grads caught panhandling at Trader Joes from 11:38 a.m. to 11:48 a.m. Sunday, according to Chapel Thrill Police
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• NC State student made five verbal threats to Roy Williams and was banned from Dean Dome
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• A UNC grad was issued a trespass warning at SAS at 9:00 a.m. Monday, according to Campus Police • Tyler Zeller caught tipping Coach K plays before the next rival game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Monday at 1:38 p.m.
• Someone caught reading from an actual book and not an IPad, Chapel Thrill Police arrested that person immediately • Someone reported Ferrari stolen at 2:12 a.m. Thursday at 14 Martha Lane, according to Chapel Hill police reports. Investigation revealed student forgot her father took away the car for poor grades. • Someone reported student yelling at parking enforcement officers over unpaid parking tickets at 9:26 a.m. Tuesday, according to Chapel Hill police records. Investigation revealed student was football player. • Someone reported large party at Kappa Omega Oopsilon 3:20 a.m. Saturday, according to Chapel Hill police reports. Forty students were transported for treatment for alcohol poisoning to Duke University Medical Center • Someone reported a disturbance at the Food Lion at 11:03 a.m. Thursday at 602 Jones Ferry Road, according to Carrboro police reports. UNC dropout found to be begging for a job.
OCCUPY Seeking relevant football program, Carolina’s star running back anxious for return to Catholic school KELLY SMELLS STAFF POOPER
Although it’s been more than two years since UNC running back Giovanni Bernard spurned Notre Dame by de-committing at the eleventh hour, the Heels’ first 1,000yard rusher since 1997 has had a distinct change of heart. Citing an affinity for Catholic education and athletics, the St. Thomas Aquinas High School product has given the Fighting Irish an unprecedented “second verbal commitment”. “Saturdays at Kenan are nice -don’t get me wrong,” Bernard said. “But it’s more of a social gathering than a football game. I mean, I was on the sidelines one time and I could actually hear Louisville’s offense calling audibles at the line of scrimmage. I enjoy practicing my
religion in a peaceful chapel, but playing football in Chapel Hill is essentially irrelevant.” “What I’m saying is that I have re-committed to my former decommitment to Notre Dame.” The commitment has been officially cleared by Carolina’s athletic department on the condition the offensive star must be given a moniker “Gio ‘Saint’ Bernard.” Notre Dame willingly accepted the offer and is now producing T-shirts, which reportedly feature a large dog wearing a No. 26 kelly green jersey. “Giovanni will also be getting his own parking spot and is permitted to violate parking rules at his own discretion,” Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick said. “His spot is right next to the Hesburgh Library where ‘Touchdown Jesus’ is, and he’s going to live in Knott
Hall. I’m not sure if he does the whole education thing, but he’s really close to the stadium. Nothing less for the Big Dog.” Bernard’s football career took off in high school when the back made the varsity team his freshman year. Teaming up with current Wisconsin Badger running back and eventual Big 10 freshman of the year James White, Bernard and the Raiders claimed an unofficial National Title in high school football. The memories of success at a Catholic institution coupled with a second coaching change at Carolina, have the Tar Heels’ most dangerous offensive weapon headed to northwest Indiana. “To be completely honest, I’ve missed getting yelled at,” Bernard said. “My high school spent $1.3 million just so we could play on
a turf field, and we were expected to win. I lost five games during my four years, and two of those were to [current Michigan quarterback] Denard Robinson. Look at how [Notre Dame head coach] Brian Kelly screams at his players. At least they care.” Due to the fact Bernard is transitioning from the FCS ranks to the FBS ranks, he will not have to sit out the mandatory one season penalty for transferring between Division-I college programs. Bernard will also visit South Bend, Ind. for Notre Dame’s annual Blue-Gold game in the Spring, which many inside the program say will cement his commitment based on the fact “more people show up to that thing than regular season UNC games against cross-town rivals.”
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education. The myth we are merely a group of unemployed, worthless college students can be put to rest, because we provide awareness of the issues at hand. We demonstrate the flaws in our society and how they must shift from focusing on the poor and un-entitled to those who can help themselves. Therefore we are not worthless. Our 99 percent chant, which so many people have poked fun of, demonstrates the ignorance of the general public. So we have created a new one to better reflect the concerns of the UNC movement: “We are the 88 percent of students who will be without a job upon graduation, while the other 13 percent will go on to Duke graduate school.” I hope this clears up the message about the Occupy UNC movement, because a society with a Tarheel is one that continues to move forward.
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Tunnel of Oppression aims to empower Interactive experience brings diversity awareness to campus.
University celebrates diversity Through a series of events this week, N.C. State shows supports for all types of people.
Sarah Dashow Staff Writer
As part of Diversity Education Week, the University is bringing the national Tunnel of Oppression project to campus for the second time. The project is presented by Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity with contributions from the GLBT and Women’s centers. It aims to bring diversity awareness and education in a more direct and in-your-face way. “The premise of it is to bring awareness to different types of oppression. We are only able to bring certain types of oppression because we have limited space, but depending on where you go, it’s a different experience,” Abraham Dones, assistant director for the Office of Hispanic Student Affairs, said. According to Dones, last year the tunnel decoration was very general, but they plan to make it more personal this year. “There are some real challenges on our campus, and we don’t always have the opportunity to engage in conversation about those challenges... whether it’s sexual violence, homophobic, racist, discriminatory behavior, harassment... I think that we don’t take the opportunity to really sit down and talk about some of the experiences that some of us have had to endure and go through,” Dones said. In particular, the GLBT Center’s space, based on heterosexism, is going to be mainly in response to the vandalism in Harrelson Hall Oct.
Anna Riley Staff Writer
Actors in the Tunnel of Oppression depict scenes of suffering regarding race, disabilities and various injustices on Monday. Audiences moved from room to room to learn about different instances of past and present forms of oppression, ending in an interactive space where viewers could write down thoughts on their experience. The Tunnel of Oppression will continue throughout today and tomorrow in Carmichael Recreation Center’s Play Zone.
“This year the GLBT Center actually did a video of what people experienced on campus ... so it really brought their personal experience versus just a skit,” Rebekah Jaeger, program assistant for the GLBT Center, said. The exhibit will move from room to
room, and each segment will contain a skit or a video that expresses a type of oppression. The rooms this year include topics such as body image, disabilities, racism and homophobia. “I think it helps students who may not see diversity in their everyday.
They walk through campus kind of blindly and they see something happen in the tunnel, maybe not, but they don’t really understand what’s going on. So it shows right in their face,”
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Ram Roast promotes school spirit Students enjoyed a variety of student performances and events at the annual event before UNC game. Elise Heglar News Editor
Rediscovering the uses of ancient plants in modern medicine
Researchers and historians band together to develop novel treatments for illnesses. See page 6.
Pack seeks to avenge loss to UNC
N.C. State will look to snap an 11-game losing streak against UNC. See page 8.
Naming of new biological species an art by itself
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences unearths the art behind the binomial nomenclature. See page 5.
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The annual Ram Roast event was held last night to inspire school spirit before tonight’s basketball game. The Ram Roast became a University tradition after students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill painted the Free Expression Tunnel blue in 2008. The event was initially created to guard the tunnel from being painted but has grown into a more interactive event over the years. “If I walk through my campus and see the entire tunnel painted Carolina blue, it’s sickening to me. It almost feels like my campus has been violated,” Mitch Abbott, senior in engineering and chair of the Traditions Committee, said. Abbott has been helping plan this event since early January. The activities available were very diverse; there were performances by the Ladies in Red, the University pep band and the cheerleaders, to name a few. A University-wide scavenger hunt, called the N.C. State Amazing Race, was also part of the event. Abbott said he hopes students enjoyed all of the spoils of the work put into the event. “I spent an entire year planning this, so I definitely hope the events stick out to students,” Abbott said. Coach Mark Gottfried also made an appearance at the event, stopping by right before free pizza was handed out to those who were attending. The event is co-sponsored by Marco’s Pizza. “It’s nice that we get a sponsorship from Marco’s Pizza. We get to help them get their name out and hand out food to students at the same time,” Jim Gresham, coordi-
Senior in aerospace engineering Chad Griffin snags a slice of pizza at the Ram Roast in front of the Free Expression Tunnel Monday night. Griffin attended the festivity because he plays saxophone in the band.
nator for Student Programs in Alumni Relations, said. Planning the event, while an exciting experience, can also present some challenges. According to Gresham, the biggest problem faced by those in charge of the event was finding student groups who were interested in performing at the pep rally section of the evening. “The really big challenge is finding student groups for the pep rally,” Gresham said. Gresham said he did not know why
it was difficult to find groups to perform, but cited the night-time commitment and the cold weather as possible reasons for disinterest. One of the main reasons this event is important, according to Abbott, is that it helps instill school spirit before one of the biggest games of the year. “It is really important to me to make sure that N.C. State stays a two sport school and sup
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This week, a collection of University organizations are coming together to celebrate differences among students and cultures with Diversity Education Week. With University-wide support, the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity is pairing with the Department of Multicultural Affairs and the GLBT Center, among others, to raise awareness about prominent issues related to diversity and oppression. Beginning last Friday and continuing to this Friday, the University and participating organizations are hosting a variety of events including the Tunnel of Oppression and several presentations on diversity. Over the weekend, the University’s GLBT Center held a GLBT & ALLY student summit that provided information about GLBT issues, education and awareness on college campuses. Additionally, Arts N.C. State sponsored a four-day showing of Rent, a musical that highlights the lives of eight artists who struggle with diversity and oppression issues. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs is sponsoring the Tunnel of Oppression in Carmichael Recreation Center. Yulisa Lin, assistant director for University Housing, said the Tunnel of Oppression is a good diversity education medium because it allows students to see the different forms of oppression and discrimination that plague the world. “It provides students in our community a chance to observe what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes. Many people experience different forms of oppression every day,” Lin said. Last night, director and documentary filmmaker Lee Mun Wah used the Campus Cinema to show his film, ‘If These Halls Could Talk,’ a debut look at long-time oppression and diversity issues that have been present on college campuses. According to Mun Wah, “We cannot wait until tomorrow for some charismatic leader to appear who will bring us all together. We each must take a stand and personally participate in this important journey of confronting our fears and begin a conversation not only with those we love but also with those we have been taught to fear.” Also, on Tuesday Mun Wah will host ‘Unlearning Racism in Schools,’ a faculty and staff training session, ‘Only a World Away,’ a discussion on diversity, and ‘How to have a Dialogue Across Cultures,’ a student dialogue group, at 8:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m., respectively. The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity is sponsoring the Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action program on Wednesday. The program is designed to address the realities of disparate treatment and discrimination, and improve management styles when dealing with equal employment opportunity issues. Later this week diversity education continues with programs like ‘Title IX: Gender Equity in Higher Education, Gay Marriage: Is this the Civil Rights Issue for Today’s College Students,’ and ‘Beyond the
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CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS
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In Monday’s “Student Government conflicts with ASG,” Patrick Devore said “One [success] was an organized movement against the General Assembly two years ago against a $200 tuition increase to stay downtown, which was successfully defeated. And the Cuts Hurt Initiative, which has very slowly been moving, but has been hampered by its own bureaucratic-ness [sic] up at the ASG level,” not Chandler Thompson. Also, the fee committee is co-chaired by Tom Stafford and the student senate president. Monday’s “Gymnastics declaws Wildcats” was cut off mid-story in the print edition. The full version is online. The photo for that story misattributed Rachel Fincham as Jess Panza, who was doing a split jump on the beam. Send all clarifications and corrections to Editor-in-Chief Laura Wilkinson at editor@ technicianonline.com.
Scouting for cookies WEATHER WISE
unior in animal science Derrick Andrews purchases Girl Scout Cookies from a Girl Scout Cookie booth set up near the Free Expression Tunnel. According to Girlscouts.org, the $760 million Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country. Girl Scouts have posted themselves around N.C. State’s campus to promote and sell their renowned cookies. “I bought the cookies because I wanted something to snack on in my room,” Andrews said.
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TALLEY CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE DEEP FOUNDATIONS/ UNDERPINNINGS/FOOTINGS Start Spring 2012, complete early Fall 2012 This phase will be marked by mass excavation, underpinning the building and pouring footings. As soon as the basement excavation has progressed to allow deep foundation work to commence, drill rigs will be mobilized to install auger cast foundation piles. Approximately 550 holes 16- 24 inches in diameter will be drilled on average 60’ deep and filled with concrete to support the new building addition. Footings will be formed on top of these piles to provide a surface to anchor structural steel forming the “skeleton” of the new additions. STRUCTURAL STEEL Start early Fall 2012, complete late 2012 Approximately 1200 tons of structural steel will be used to create a framework for the new addition. CONCRETE SLABS Start Fall 2012, complete late 2012 Concrete slabs will be poured to provide a foundation for the building’s floor. UTILITY SERVICE INSTALLATION Start late 2012, complete summer 2013 We will install the exterior walls and features, which include glass, brick, terra cotta and metal panels. BUILDING INTERIORS Start early 2013, complete Fall 2013 This will include the installation of drywall, finish ceilings, paint and flooring, along with the interior construction. The finishes are available for view at Talley Student Center. Just ask the front desk staff. SOURCE: JENNIFER GILMORE, CAMPUS ENTERPRISES
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Feb. 17 10:58 A.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST Student Health Center Officers and FP responded at request of staff to student who had suffered head injury. It was determined three students had been drinking when subject had fallen and was injured. All were referred to the University for underage alcohol consumption. 7:24 A.M. | ALCOHOL VIOLATION Dabney Hall Student found intoxicated and passed out was referred for underage consumption. 9:33 A.M. | SUSPICIOUS PERSON Marcom Street/Varsity Drive Report of subject looking into vehicles in the area. Contact was made with staff member and it was determined there was no criminal or suspicious activity. 9:51 A.M. | SUSPICIOUS PERSON Student Health Center Staff reported unknown subject who appeared agitated inside facility. Subject left before police were contacted. Area was checked
1:58 P.M. | HIT & RUN Nelson Hall Staff member reported unknown vehicle had struck their vehicle. 11:16 P.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST ALCOHOL Lee Hall Units responded and transported student with alcohol poisoning for evaluation. Housing personnel notified. Student will be referred. 12:59 P.M. | DRUG VIOLATION Tucker Hall Report of possible drug violation. Two students were referred to the University for odor of marijuana. 4:20 P.M. | TRAFFIC ACCIDENT - INJURY Hillsborough Street/Pullen Road Three non-students were involved in traffic accident. One non-student was transported for treatment. 4:39 P.M. | TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Hillsborough Street/Pullen Road Non-student and staff member were involved in traffic accident. 6:14 P.M. | LARCENY Tucker Hall Student reported clothes stolen from laundry room.
Feb. 18 1:42 A.M. | SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Fraternity Court
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Today TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Carmichael Recreation Center, Playzone This event simulates the effects of oppression, showing how labels based on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and ability limit the quality of interaction possible. For more information, visit www.ncsu. edu/msa. MARDI GRAS LUNCH 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Clark & Fountain Dining Halls Let the good times roll at an event to celebrate Mardi Gras featuring Cajun cuisine. Free to students on a meal plan. Non meal plan students can pay $7.35 cash/debit/credit or $6.85 AllCampus. SPRING DIALOGUE ON DIVERSITY: ONLY A WORLD AWAY WITH LEE MUN WAH 1:30-2:30 p.m. Stewart Theatre Lee Mun Wah is a renowned documentary filmmaker,
STUDENT DIALOGUE GROUP: HOW TO HAVE A DIALOGUE ACROSS CULTURES 3-5 p.m. 126 Witherspoon Student Center Speaker Lee Mun Wah will give a presentation on how to dialogue successfully cross culturally. This event is for students only. CSLEPS SPEAKER - KRISTIN SKARIE 4-6 p.m. Talley Student Center Ballroom Based on a self-imposed commitment to not buy anything new for one year, Kristin Skarie has learned some intriguing lessons on the difference between wants and needs. UNIVERSITY SISTERHOOD DINNER 5-7 p.m. McKimmon Center This dinner celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of NC State women. Guest speakers include: Christine Grant, Cynthia Istook, Robin Kitson, Joanna Norton and Barnara Parramore. OCCUPY NCSU MEETING 7-8 p.m. 321 Mann Hall Occupy NCSU: “We are organizing a student movement aimed at combating increased tuition and fees while seeking to rid NC State of corporate influence.” GLOBAL ISSUES SEMINAR: MEXICO
Report of subject driving lift in lot. Officers located lift but no one was in the area. No damage was located.
the University for hosting an unauthorized party with amplified sound and serving alcohol from bar inside residence.
1:49 A.M. | BREAKING & ENTERING - VEHICLE Wolf Village Student and non-student reported vehicles had been broken into. iPod and GPS were stolen. 2:39 P.M. | SKATEBOARD VIOLATION Research II Report of skateboarding violations. Officer located 10 or more subjects doing tricks off brick steps. Subjects were advised of policy and complied to leave the area. No damage was located.
Feb. 19 2:49 A.M. | TRAFFIC ACCIDENT - INJURY Dan Allen Drive/Yarbrough Drive NCSU PD responded to traffic collision. Student was driving vehicle that collided with student on bicyclist. Bicyclist was transported for treatment. Pursuant to investigation, student driving vehicle was charged with driving while impaired and referred to the University for same. Appropriate personnel notified.
6:48 P.M. | FIGHT Varsity Lot Report of possible fight. Officers made contact with two nonstudents. No fight was observed. Both subjects had been previously trespassed from the University. Both subjects were issued citations for 2nd degree trespass and reissued trespass warnings. 8:25 P.M. | SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Lonnie Poole Golf Course Students were located in parking lot. Subjects were advised of hours of operation and complied to leave the area. 9:51 P.M. | ALCOHOL VIOLATION Alpha Sigma Phi Student, who was president of fraternity, was referred to
7-8:30 p.m. 232A Withers Hall Mexico’s border with Central America, as well as the border it shares with the U.S., has been a pathway for people, goods, crime and contraband in both directions. How can Mexico address these transborder challenges? What is the future of Mexico’s relations with its northern and southern neighbors? How will Mexico’s foreign relations affect its domestic politics? Wednesday EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION DISCUSSION 10 a.m. - noon 101 Administration Services Building II This program addresses disparate treatment and disparate impact discrimination under all of the federally protected categories. Participants will learn how to enhance their management style in dealing with EEO related issues. Registration required at: www.ncsu.edu/oied/education/ oeo_reg.php. TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION 3-8:30 p.m. Carmichael Recreation Center, Playzone This event simulates the effects of oppression, showing how labels based on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and ability limit the quality of interaction possible. For more information, visit www.ncsu.edu/msa.
3:26 P.M. | DISPUTE Talley Student Center Student working at Ticket Central reported two students had become argumentative about being denied entrance into program already started. Dispute was resolved when both partied were allowed entrance after first intermission. 4:32 P.M. | SUSPICIOUS PERSON Carmichael Gymnasium Officers responded to report of suspicious subject following student. Officer searched the area but did not locate subject. 4:40 P.M. | DRUG VIOLATION Owen Hall Report of possible drug violation. Three students were referred to the University for drug violations.
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Veil.’ These programs highlight issues like gender, race and orientation equality. Additionally, they foster diversity awareness and discussion among students, faculty, and speakers. Diversity Education Week will conclude Friday with a film screening of Matewan, sponsored by Students for a Democratic Society, and Drag Bingo sponsored by N.C. State’s GLBT Center and the GLBT-Community Alliance. According to the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity’s web page, drag bingo started in the Triangle in 2002 and is being held at N.C. State this week for the first time. Diversity Education Week is focused on recognizing common issues and searching for practical solutions. As the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs said, “it is extremely important to support and protect diversity by valuing individuals and groups free from prejudice, and by fostering a climate where equity and mutual respect are intrinsic.”
Jaeger said. The program is made up of volunteers from across campus, but the scripts and skits are prepared ahead of time to remain consistent despite the various guides and performers. “What we want to do is have a participant’s experience in the tunnel be the same... we want to make sure that our scenes and messages are consistent, and that everyone is able to experience the same Tunnel this year,” Yulisa Lin, assistant director of University Housing-West, said. However, the tunnel also aims to go beyond just awareness and wants to educate those who participate in how to combat this oppression actively. “We don’t want to leave anyone feeling bad or negative, so there is an opportunity to empower yourself. It’s our Empowerment Room where you will be able to write different statements that reflect possible stances that you would take if you ever witnessed some of the oppression you experienced in the tunnel,” Dones said. Students may not even realize that some events have happened on campus, and the tunnel will bring some of these to the forefront, Dones said. “With such a large campus, you can easily miss an incident that happens and not even realize it. This is an opportunity to really think, ‘I didn’t know that’,” Dones said. The Tunnel runs Feb. 2022 at half-hour intervals and students can sign up via a request form (http:// go.ncsu.edu/tunneltourrequest). However, Dones stated they will try to accommodate walk-ins. “There is a lot of passion about diversity on campus, especially through our multiple offices, and this is one of ways to pull all of those passions together... to really bring a great opportunity to campus,” Lin said.
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ports basketball. Basketball doesn’t always get as much interest as football because you can’t tailgate or anything, but our basketball program actually has a lot of history,” Abbott said. Keeping the tunnel red before the game against UNC is one of the main goals of this event, Abbott said. One of the last events at the program is painting the tunnel red and white to support the team. “The Free Expression Tunnel is a unique part of N.C. State campus and one of the things that sets us apart from other schools is painting the whole tunnel red before a big game,” Abbott said. Daniel McGimsey, sophomore in aerospace engineering, came to the event to support his friends in the pep band. The best part of the event to him was the feeling of school spirit and community. “It motivates students to have school spirit for certain events, like tomorrow’s game,” McGimsey said. Abbott said the main thing to remember about this event is that it is all about supporting N.C. State spirit and coming together as a community for one common goal. “If our basketball team can’t keep [school spirit] alive by winning, we can do it with hatred,” McGimsey said.
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The Association of Student Governments receives $1 annually from every student at NCSU. ASG is an organization designed to be a governing body of all student governments.
Recently, we have begun to question the effectiveness of ASG in protecting the interests of students. Unless there is an overhaul of ASG, we should consider removing ourselves from the association and redistributing the savings at the University.
Secede if not successful
ach year, 1$ is paid by every student to the Association of Student Governments. It may be just a dollar, but with 33,000 students the policy can form quite a bankroll. Its odd we’re funding an organization to such an extent when they are seldom heard from. There was a time when being a part of ASG was well worth the price. Two years ago, ASG organized a successful movement against a proposed $200 tuition increase by the General Assembly. What used to be a vocal force rallying to student interests has become complacent and essentially useless. ASG is not as vocal or active as it once was, showing how times have changed. ASG holds a seat at the North Carolina
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Board of Governor’s meetings. Their official position is exofficio, meaning they can only speak and not vote. However, at the last meeting, the ASG representative did not speak up amidst talks about tuition increases. This so-called leadership makes us question what exactly we’re paying for. On the surface, it looks like we’re paying for travel and hotel fees. The majority of our funding to ASG goes toward transportation costs. With an ASG meeting nearly every month, these travel expenses can rack up. We really don’t mind paying for transportation costs as long as we’re getting some
benefit, but we’re not seeing any. We shouldn’t be paying for ASG to travel and do nothing when the same task can be accomplished from home. We now stand at an impasse with ASG. If ASG does not overhaul itself soon to perform at the level of its peak, then we must consider unaffiliating ourselves with ASG. The process of unaffiliating is not a simple matter. Our Student Government’s constitution specifies we must maintain our ties with ASG. The only way out of ASG would be a school-wide referendum. Student Government is not currently on the brink of this,
but it’s an option that should be considered. The money saved through disaffiliating ourselves with ASG could be put to good use here. One of the more likely scenarios would be to reappropriate the saved money into student organizations. We’re sure our students are better equipped to meet their needs than what is currently ASG. A dollar per student doesn’t sound like very much, but its difference here could be huge. If ASG can make a return to the fold and find its voice of old, we’re happy to invest there. If not, let’s appropriate it to our students. Whatever we do, let’s stop the money from going to waste.
Date ideas that don’t suck
very once in a while, I find my boyfriend and I repeating the same date. It’s like “Groundhog Day:” go to dinner, see a movie and snuggle. Not bad for a night, but not for every single time we go out. When these date ruts hit a relationship, things become dry and boring. At some point, I hit a state of desMadison peration and Murphy Googled “date Deputy ideas,” only to Viewpoint editor come up with t h i ng s t h at sounded either impossible or childish. One “best dates” list suggested driving to the airport, picking a flight to somewhere you’ve never heard of and staying the weekend there. That would be impossible on a college student’s budget, not to mention frivolous. Another website recommended we go to a Disney movie and dress up as our favorite characters. I could see that being a possibility for two female best friends, but I find it hard to believe a guy would agree to that. I have been thinking back to my favorite dates with my boyfriend in an effort to create a list of legitimately good date ideas. One Sunday morning, my boyfriend and I sat in my dorm debating what to do with the rest of the day. Eventually, he looked at me and said, “Let’s go on an adventure.” We ended up driving to Durham to eat at Bullock’s Barbeque, explored Duke’s campus and drove around just for the hell of it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend the same to you: Go on an adventure. Take a GPS, but only use it on the way back. You don’t have to drive three hours to the beach to see the sunset. Simply leaving Raleigh, or even just the N.C. State area, will be refreshing. Another favorite date of mine happened similarly, my boyfriend and I were trying to decide what to do. We recalled when we first met, we went stargazing together. I suggested we reenact the event. Unfortunately, it was winter, so we ended up fighting over
the world’s smallest blanket on a dock at Lake Raleigh. However, the best part came afterwards when we found a trail off the side of the road and used the DVD player in my boyfriend’s car to watch a movie. Reenact a memorable date, but don’t be strict about it. Let what happens happen and recapture the way you felt then. One of our more recent dates I enjoyed was when my boyfriend took me hiking. I kept mentioning how much I enjoyed it, so he surprised me by planning a day trip. We went to Umstead Park, enjoyed some exercise, and even carved our initials in a tree. Pay attention to what your significant other likes. Surprise them by going somewhere that they love, but the two of you haven’t been together. Probably one of my all time favorite dates did occur somewhere stereotypical: the beach. My boyfriend came with my family this summer on a vacation to the coast. One night, we went down to the beach with a blanket and looked at the stars. The best part was that we talked for about three hours straight. Just go somewhere and talk: the park, the wolf ears, Talley Student Center, your dorm room. The location doesn’t matter. Getting to know your significant other will be so much more meaningful than going to the movies. I would just like to add one more recommendation. Almost every single one of my favorite dates has been impromptu. I’m not saying to just sit around and wait for something exciting to happen. Suggest something new and then go do it immediately. Forget the boring dinner and a movie nights. Go on an adventure.
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IN YOUR WORDS
What are your predictions for the UNC game and why? BY JADE LORING
“Well I’m hoping that N.C. State will win, just because we did so well with the last game.”
Happy Fat Tuesday Tony Hankerson, junior in arts applications
can’t stand when the second N.C. State starts to lose a game, people walk out. In my opinion, the only way you should be leaving the game is because you got kicked out like Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani did at the N.C. State vs. Florida State game this past Saturday. T h e y we re k ic ked out for criticizing the referee’s less than educated calls and getting angry when Kate the team you love is consisLeonik tently getting Staff Columnist unfair judgments. What nonsense. It seems to be a common trend in the North that family is number one priority, always. Here at N.C. State, we’re all one family, and when someone treats your family member with disrespect, you are supposed to get loud and let your discontent be known. Although I’m from New Jersey, I have always been a Philadelphia sports fan. And let me assure you, Philadelphia sports fans are one of a kind. We are renowned for being absolutely, over-the-top intense. Players from opposing city’s teams have even said in interviews that they don’t like playing in Philadelphia due to the fans. When we win a big game, people flood the streets. The city is completely overrun by people celebrating, swinging from traffic lights and tele-
phone poles. The chants and songs are heard even after the sun comes up. This past May, a good friend of mine got us tickets to a Philadelphia Phillies game. Come the seventh inning, a few people began to make their way out of the ballpark because it looked like we were going to lose. Sure enough, by the ninth inning we tied it up. We went into not just one or two extra innings, but 10. At 1 a.m. with our third baseman pitching, we ended up w inn i ng t he game. The only other time that had happened was in 1921 with Babe Ruth. A truly remarkable, once in a lifetime game, and I was there till the very end along with the rest of the true fans. Players vibe off of the crowd. When the fans are going crazy, they feel it and get excited. The energy gets the players ready to do whatever needs to be done to keep the fans going. Just try to put yourself in their shoes. It must nice to know that you have a stadium of thousands of people that have your back on the bad call, but it must feel equally as bad to see those you depend on for support give up on you and walk out. One of the first things I noticed when I moved here was
Kimani Hall Freshman, industrial design
how deep N.C. State was in people’s blood. Families have gone to the University for generations. Finding out someone was a UNC fan was enough to end a friendship. I had never in my life seen such loyalty to a University, and I was proud that I could be a part of that. No matter where I go in North Carolina, I just have to say that I go to N.C. State and it’s like a long lost cousi n ha s been found. Conversation a lways follows, whether about my major, their major, or stories about the good times they had. There is truly a loyal camaraderie among all N.C. State affiliated. This is why I was so surprised to see people leaving the games before the end. If there is still even a glimmer of hope, your butt ought to be staying in that seat. I urge you all, where ever you may be, to cheer on the Wolfpack against UNC tonight with everything you’ve got. As their fans, we need to give them all the support we can and the rest will come naturally. Forget the “one man wolfpack.” We are a wolfpack of thousands— and we’re not going down without a fight.
“It be nice to know that you have a stadium of thousands of people that have your back.”
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“I have no idea because I don’t follow basketball.” Michelle Ye Freshman, landscape architecture
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012 • PAGE 5
Webassign offers helping hand to professors, students Webassign is a private company that began at NCSU, and is now in institutions across the country.
neously. Mark Santee, director of marketing at Webassign, said that before Webassign, students would have to shuffle through papers before going to the instructor or teaching assistant and sometimes would even go Arjun Puri without a purpose. Staff Writer “With the growth of this onThe dreaded red ‘X.’ Students line homework service that is at 1,500 academic institutions simply accessible at any comacross the country know what puter, students know exactly a red ‘X’ means on a Webassign where their troubles are and assignment, and how nothing can get help right away without wasting feels worse afvaluable ter countless time,” Sanhours of worktee said. ing than to see The benthe casual red ef its for ‘X’ pop up. universities We l l , how have been would you like immense. to be a part of When dealthe team that ing w it h actually develbudget cuts, ops and codes departthe questions Mark Santee, director of ments can that cause the marketing at Webassign rever t to occasional Webassign, cursing from dorm rooms, or the slamming using TAs to grade and record of doors due to warranted frus- the homework. The main Webassign office tration. Webassign is hiring! Webas- is located on Centennial Camsign, a private company, has a pus, and is thus very helpful for rich history here at N.C. State. the University. The employees Many students and faculty at the main office can work don’t know that NCSU initia- closely with professors to get tive launched the program in ideas and feedback on what can make the program a better 1997. John Risley, CEO of Webas- educational experience. The benefits of Webassign sign and professor of physics, started the program with the seem to outweigh apparent help of physics graduate stu- student frustration. Webassign offers numerous dents and has been working practice problems that have with them ever since. “Webassign is all about been integrated with actual changing the world of educa- textbooks that students use tion; from students to faculty, in class. The results are imwe are working to improve the mediate and directly impact learning experience for every- students. It’s so efficient that Kay Sandberg, professor of one,” Risley said. Webassign is a versatile on- chemistry, has been employing line homework tool that corre- Webassign exams for organic lates with the learning going on chemistry classes. Joshua Armstrong, a junior in the classroom page by page. Students have the opportunity in chemical engineering, was to answer questions and check baffled at first when asked to the answers almost instanta- take tests on Webassign, but
“Webassign is without a doubt moving forward to improve student education.”
later he found it useful. “I was really confused when my organic [chemistry] professor said our tests would be online,” Armstrong said. “I thought to myself, ‘I didn’t sign up for an online class, right?’ But later when I found out how Webassign became acclimated in the classroom, I thought the interaction was great and actually preferred Webassign tests because I knew my score right away.” For underclassmen, the opinions are varied. Alex Williams, sophomore in computer science, said, “I thought it was really refreshing when you actually got something right; it was super practical because it was a really good drill of knowledge.” Williams also found that students using Webassign can directly change and impact the growing program. “I actually went to a focus group one time for Webassign to let them know that their mathematical values for some of their physics labs were incorrect,” Williams said. Almarie Lambert, sophomore in nuclear engineering, has a differing opinion. “Webassign never clicked for me,” Lambert said. “I’d rather wait for a couple days to get positive feedback from an instructor or TA and then just know if I got the question right or wrong. For me, it was pointless.” The Webassign experience, however, is still growing by leaps and bounds, according to Santee. “We add a half a million students every term and integrate over a hundred new textbooks every year,” Santee said. The office on Centennial Campus is still where the magic happens. About 150 employees work out of the main office, doing everything from application development to content editing. “The best thing about being so close to the academic setting is that we receive wonder-
John Risley, CEO of WebAssign and N.C. State physics professor, has helped grow WebAssign from a company of 12 employees to around 150 since 2003.
ful student feedback for things they would want to see implemented,” Risley said. Risley said Webassign is working on catering to the student—Specifically, making it so students have guided support through homework, where they don’t only get questions wrong, but receive conceptual feedback on where and how they went wrong. “That is something we are actively working on because this is all about the customer experience
— the customer, of course being the bright students of today,” Risley said. Webassign is working on releasing a social media application next fall that would give students across the country the ability to leave user feedback and just interact with other students and faculty in the same field. “Webassign is without a doubt moving forward to improve student education. It’s our mantra, it’s our mission,”
Santee said. “Based on our location, we are hoping to utilize faculty, students and anyone at this campus to get involved and help improve the application further for the future.”
Naming of new biological species an art by itself and flies. “The discoverer and author of the species determine the name of the species. There are separate codes of nomenclature for plants, domesticated plants, viruses, bacteria and zoology,” Bogan said. “As long as the disAmeya Kulkarni coverer abides by the code, he Staff Writer has the privilege of naming his Apart from the permanent discovered species.” Like most of the standard place in the hearts of many, pop-diva Beyoncé Knowles has bodies, for every subject of scigained an immortal position in ence, the science of zoological nomenclature is administered the entomology dictionary. Surprised? A newly discov- and governed by the Internaered horsefly has been named tional Commission on Zoological Nomenaf ter the clature. The pop star, by ICZN finally a group of approves the taxonomists binomial at the Ausname given tralian Nato any zootional Insect logical speCollection. cies, after goThe art of ing through nomenthe abidance clature is a of the rules significant as stated in field in the sc ienc e of Arthur Bogan, research curator of the code of N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences zoological classification nomenclaand taxonomy. The horsefly is not the first ture, composed by the ICZN, of its kind to be named after a under some fellow institutions in 1999. celebrity. Steve Tracy is a zoologist and According to Arthur Bogan, the research curator of the a researcher working at the North Carolina Museum of ICZN in the United Kingdom. Natural Sciences, many species He is an expert in taxonomy of newly discovered zoological and binomial nomenclature. “The ICZN acts as adviser and botanical organisms are named after family members, and arbiter for the zoological friends of the discoverer, popu- community by generating and lar figures like former President disseminating information on Bush or the 1965 American the correct use of the scientific rock band the Grateful Dead, names of animals,” Tracy said. and others. Bogan has recent- “The ICZN is international and ly described a new species of covers all aspects of nomenfreshwater mussel for the Gulf clature of animals. The code Coast in Alabama and has a of zoological nomenclature is new species description in press today published in English and for a new genus and species of French with translated editions freshwater clam from a Trias- available in German, Spanish, sic deposit near Raleigh. N.C. and Russian.” The science of nomenclature State’s entomologists Lew Dietz and Brian Wiegmann have has a great history which dates been working on describing back to 1753, with the first newly discovered leaf hoppers publication of Linnaeus’s Spe-
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences unearths the art behind the binomial nomenclature.
“As long as the discoverer abides by the code, he has the privilege of naming his discovered species.”
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This type of mite is from a species called Funkotriploynium iagobadius, found in Australia in 1997. This photo is of an American species very similar to that of the funky mite.
cies Plantarum. “The origin of the nomenclature system we use today was developed and refined by Carl Linnaeus of Sweden. This is binomial nomenclature that is based on just two names for a plant or animal, the genus name and the species name,” Bogan said. “Prior to Linnaeus, scientific animals and plants were described with a descriptive Latin phrase, often rather long. The binomial nomenclature system discovered by Linnaeus made it much easier to remember these names and keep a record of various species, from all around the world.” Tracy said there is also another organization used for botanical nomenclature, the International Commission of
Botanical Nomenclature, based in the Slovak Republic. According to Bogan, new horsefly species are named in a few different ways. “They can be named for a diagnostic feature of the new species like the yellow rump of the fly named for Beyoncé, or to honor the person who first collected the specimens used for the description, a wealthy benefactor, a loved one etc.” Bogan said. “The list is only limited by being socially acceptable and meeting the rules of the code of nomenclature on the form of the name. Names are either of Greek or Latin origin or Latinized.”
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The Neil Young spider, a type of trapdoor spider with the scientific name Myrmekiaphila Neilyoungit, was named after one of zoologist Jason E. Bond’s favorite singers, Neil Young.
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Rediscovering the uses of ancient plants in modern medicine Researchers and historians band together to develop novel treatments for illnesses. Katie Sanders Senior Staff Writer
Dr. John Riddle, a professor of history, actually started off with an education in medicine, eventually earning an MD. He became interested in history through studying traditional medicinal plants—plants he said were just laughed at and dismissed when people wrote papers on their pharmaceutical uses. These plants first caught his eye when a close friend of his was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. “I looked up to see what he was taking… I found out those two chemical compounds for chemotherapy where from a plant, a Vinca plant. Periwinkle is the English word,” Riddle said. Surprised that such a common plant was being used as a medicine, he then looked to ancient Greco-Roman medical authorities and found they prescribed the same plant—and even the same dosage. “They said a side effect was to make hair fall out,” Riddle said. That stands true today. At that point in time there were nine known chemotherapy agents, and seven of those came from plants that had been used throughout history. So why, Riddle wondered, if they had been used in ancient times have they escaped the notice of modern science? “In the 13th century, surgeons maintained that giving drugs… was not as effective as surgery,” Riddle said. Humanity had lost most of its knowledge of medicinal plants
in the Dark Ages and has been rediscovering it since (periwinkle was not rediscovered until the 1950’s.) Riddle now looks to ancient texts to see what other useful remedies we could have forgotten and measures the usefulness of ancient drugs against their modern counterparts. “After all, we get our religion from the ancients; we get much of our philosophy... Why would they be so stupid regarding medical science? These were intelligent people,” Riddle said. Of course, some accuse these remedies of being solely placebos, but Riddle points out that all the laxatives used today were also used in ancient times. “Now a laxative is not apt to be a placebo. You know whether it works or it doesn’t work,” Riddle said. Other examples of rediscovered medicines include aspirin; the acid it contains originally came from willow bark, though we now synthesize it artificially. Cherry juice was also a cure for colds, which is why so many of our cold medicines are cherry flavored. Pistachio nuts are broken down and used to treat stomach ulcers. Many contraceptives also had ancient equivalents. Riddle discovered records of a plant called silphium, which grew in Cyrene and was such a good contraceptive it was put onto coins of the region. (It was also so effective that it was harvested into extinction.) Some people are still using these plants, according to Riddle, even here in North Carolina. A tablespoon of Queen Anne’s lace taken with water prevents implantation of zygotes (fertilized mammilian eggs) to the uterus, and is therefore often used as a “Plan B” by people in the Appalachian Mountains.
MEDICINAL PLANTS STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT: • •
Lavender under your pillow cures insomnia. Mint or rosemary crushed and rubbed under your nose and on your temples relieves cold symptoms. Basil boiled into tea cures nausea. Lemon juice will kill bacteria in the mouth. SOURCE: PROFESSOR DE-YU XIE
“It’s in the fields all around here, and it actually does work,” Riddle said, though he doesn’t recommend it as a substitute for prescription medicine. However, he does think that superstitions and old wives’ tales should be further investigated so that we might use the compounds in the plants to create medicines. “There’s usually wisdom to what people do,” Riddle said. The kind of research Riddle suggests, taking long-established medicinal plants and modifying them, is what De-Yu Xie, a professor in plant biology, does. He recently published a paper on his research combating malaria. Traditionally in China, the plant Artemisia annua, or wormwood, was used to bring down high fevers to stop people from getting chills. “That plant has been used for more than 2000 years in China,” Xie said. Xie first encountered wormwood when he caught malaria in middle school, and the plant was used to save his life. “Because of this medicine I was saved,” Xie said. “At that time we didn’t have any tablets; it was just crude extractions.” He therefore began to research the plant for his master’s degree after a research team
Dudeyn Xie, an associate professor of phytochemistry, holds a plant species commonly known as the Sweetworm plant Feb. 2. “The plant contains certain chemicals used to treat malaria, which is a protazoa that causes 800,000 to 1.5 million deaths annually,” Xie said.
in China had isolated a compound within its leaves called artemisinin. This compound is highly effective against malaria, a valuable trait seeing as a large percentage of malaria has become resistant to our prior go-to drug, quinine. Moreover, the plant is abundant throughout China and in parts of the United States. “They’ll grow any where [including] on the side of the road. They don’t need many nutrients,” Xie said. Xie wanted this compound to be cheap enough to viably use, so he genetically modified wormwood plants so that they could be harvested efficiently. His plants are self-pollinating, flower quickly, and have a high concentration of artemisinin. “Variation can lead to low production of artemisinin— a low yield—which increases
the price of the compound and medicine,” said Xie. Most of malaria cases occur in tropical regions where the people are relatively poor, said Xie, and so the cheaper the medicine, the more effectively it will be used. If the medicine is too expensive, people generally only take a little bit of it, causing the disease to adapt and evolve instead of killing it. If the medicine made from wormwood is cheap enough, it would ameliorate this problem. Evoca is one of the companies that produces these medicines from plants by extracting and modifying compounds. David Danehower, previously a professor of crop science, has been working at Evoca for about a month now. The company is most well known for their work on Taxol, a medicine made from extracts
of the Pacific Coast Yew tree and the leading breast cancer drug in the world. They use chromatography to separate out individual components of the tree. “So it’s a combination of extracting the plant and then doing further purification to get to the compounds that you want,” Danehower said. “Most of what they do is known chemicals… they are just simply trying to produce that compound.” Few manage to recognize the ubiquity of flora that surrounds us, but Xie reminded that these plants could be our next vaccines. “Twenty f ive percent of medicines come directly from plants,” Xie said.
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1989 men’s basketball: a numerical breakdown A statistical breakdown of the first “Wolfpack Unlimited” Award recipient, the 1989 men’s basketball team. Nolan Evans Staff Writer
Prior to Tuesday night’s matchup against North Carolina, N.C. State will honor the 1988-1989 Wolfpack men’s basketball team. It will be presented with the inaugural “Wolfpack Unlimited” Award, which “recognizes individuals and teams that refuse to accept the status quo and exhibit the ‘Never Give Up’ spirit of the Wolfpack.” During the 1988-1989 season, the Pack posted a 22-9 overall record while going 10-4 in ACC play, finishing first in the league. Highlights of the season included victories over top-10 teams in North Carolina and eventual Final Four contender Duke. In the NCAA tournament, the team made a run to the Sweet Sixteen, taking down South Carolina in the first round and No. 14 Iowa in the second. Prominent members of this team include Rodney Monroe, Chris Corchiani, Tom Gugliotta and Chucky Brown. Monroe is the all-time leading scorer in N.C. State his-
tory and fourth on the ACC’s all-time scoring list. In 124 career contests for the Wolfpack, Monroe scored 2,551 points, averaging 20.6 points per game. In the 1988-89 season, he averaged 21.4 points per game, shooting 46.8 percent from the field while playing 34.3 minutes per game. That year, he was a first-team All-ACC selection and was named to the NCAA East All-Region team. Monroe went on to become the 1991 ACC Player of the Year after averaging 27.0 points per game. Corchiani is the school’s alltime leader in assists and is second all-time in men’s Division I basketball, behind only former Duke guard Bobby Hurley. He also appeared in 124 games during his tenure at N.C. State and played on the same team as Monroe all four years. Across his career, he averaged 8.4 assists and 11.5 points per game. He shot 46.3 percent from the field and maintained a 2.63 assist-to-turnover ratio. During the 1988-89 season, Corchiani averaged 8.6 assists and 10.5 points per game, shooting 49.5 percent from the floor. Like Monroe, he also had an impressive senior season in 1991, averaging 16.3 points and 9.6 assists per contest, career bests in both categories. The duo of Chorchiani and Monroe is well known amongst
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college basketball fans as “Fire and Ice,” a nickname given to them during their college days. Gugliotta, better known to Wolfpack fans as “Googs,” played in 112 games for the Wolf pack, averaging 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He was a freshman during the 1988-89 campaign, seeing little action over the course of the season. After averaging 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds during his freshman season, he went on to average 22.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game during his senior campaign, earning him All-ACC honors. Brown was a senior during the 1988-89 season. That year, he averaged 16.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, well above his 128 game career averages of 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Other players on the roster included Brian Howard, Brian D’Amico, Mickey Hinnant, Jamie Knox, David Lee, Avie Lester, Kenny Poston, Kelsey Weems and Roland Whitley. Monroe, Corchiani, and Gugliotta each have their jerseys retired and hanging in the rafters in the RBC Center. Only 22 players in N.C. State history have received that honor.
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sick reason, to explain in detail, a big second half collapse was nothing new. Except this time, I was so close I could almost taste our players’ defeat myself. Covering a game from a courtside seat at Cameron was incredible—like Lambeau Field in Green Bay or Fenway Park in Boston, even for the home team’s haters, the place’s mystique is undeniable. As expected, the 8,000seat gym was rocking when
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team. We have done that throughout the year and we did it tonight.” Gottfried said that immediately after the Duke game. He knows his team has talent and that hanging your head sure does make it hard to shoot a basketball. Needless to say, tonight is a must-win, a term that I have never liked. With so many individual plays and games in a season, I used to think “How can you say you ‘must’ win this one game.” Well, now I understand. State fans, the Pack has to win this game, and there is no reason to think that it can’t. Seeing as the team has so many things to play for, it
I sat down half an hour before tip-off. However, at least in the section where I was sitting, the crowd was deafening, but not what I would call hostile. Instead of spewing hatred, the Crazies seemed more focused on dancing to Pitbull and Bruno Mars during timeouts, as well as mimicking sirens and chanting, “You let the whole team down” after Wolfpack miscues. Maybe Duke’s fans just reserve the hatred for the Tar Heels, or maybe they would employ chants with more anger and less wit than “Drive home safely” if their last National Championship banner said 1983 instead of 2010.
For all I thought of Cameron before and after experiencing it firsthand, I never could have imagined sitting in the midst of the Crazies and wanting to trade places with somebody watching on TV. Naturally, for most of the game, such thoughts couldn’t have been further from my mind. But as State basketball’s most recent heartbreaker became official on Lorenzo Brown’s failed heave from a spot on the court just a foot in front of my own vantage point, I would have done anything to change the channel or hit the mute button.
is almost fate for them to come together for one single game. Play for revenge. N.C. State got blown out by 19 in the first game against Carolina. Play for significance. State has failed to beat a ranked opponent this season, and it’s about time teams feared an upset any time they visited the RBC Center. Play for Googs and Corch. Referee Mike Hess ejected Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani, two basketball legends, at the Florida State game for doing… well we still don’t know yet. Play for respect. The ACC’s response to the ejection wasn’t an apology or an explanation, but a statement that said Hess should have ejected them in another manner. I don’t know about other fans, but as for me, I’m tired of being disrespected
by a conference run by a UNC alum. Play for the 1988-89 Wolfpack team. The team, which will be honored during the game tonight, was the last State basketball team to win the ACC regular-season title. The team also reached the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. Coach Got tf ried has breathed life back into a previously def lated basketball program. This is not the same team as last year, as it has gotten better with every game and will continue to do so for the remainder of the season. Regardless of record, this year has been a success. If nothing else, play for an NCAA tournament birth, because State fans want to watch some Wolfpack basketball come March.
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Baseball to host UNCWilmington Tuesday The baseball team will take on UNC-Wilimington on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park. The Pack is coming off 2-1 weekend where it took its first two games against Marshall and Youngstown State but fell to Wright State. Left handed freshman Carlos Rodon is expected to start on the mound for the Pack. He only allowed one hit through seven innings on Friday against Marshall. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
Men’s soccer players named to AllAcademic team Three members of the men’s soccer team, senior Zane Tharkan, sophomore Fabian Otte and freshman Matt Ingram were named to the ACC’s All-Academic team. Tharakan is studying business management and this is his second appearance on the All-Academic list. Otte is majoring in sport management and put up five shutouts for the Pack this season. Ingram is enrolled in the First Year College and started in 17 of 20 appearances for State. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
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Pack seeks to avenge loss to UNC N.C. State will look to snap an 11-game losing streak against UNC. Rishav Dey Deputy Sports Editor
In part two of one of the fiercest rivalries in the ACC, N.C. State (18-9, 7-5 ACC) will take on No. 7 North Carolina (23-4, 10-2 ACC) at the RBC Center. It will be the 221st meeting between the two teams with the visitors having won the first matchup in Chapel Hill 74-55 earlier this season; It was also the 11th consecutive game the Heels have won in the series. The Pack will be looking to rebound from back-to-back losses against No. 4 Duke and No. 16 Florida State. Victory against UNC might prove to be the resume-boosting win head coach Mark Gottfried and his team are desperately seeking, having gone 0-6 against ranked opponents this season. Senior guard C.J. Williams, who is one of the most improved players in the ACC this season, averaging 11.7 points per game in comparison to the 4.7 last season, felt that the team was trying to enter the game with a positive approach. “Not much [watching game film], we watched our good plays from it,” Williams said. “Coach used a very positive approach showing what we can do against them. How early in the game we were able to execute, and we just got to do that for the entire 40 minutes.” Williams, who has never won against Carolina during his time with the Pack and will probably be
Today MEN’S GOLF AT PUERTO RICO CLASSIC Rio Grande, P.R., All Day BASEBALL VS. UNCWILMINGTON Raleigh, 3 p.m. MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. NORTH CAROLINA RBC Center, 8 p.m. Wednesday SWIMMING & DIVING AT MEN’S ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS Christiansburg, Va., All Day
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Sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown attempts a layup over North Carolina's Kendall Marshall while John Henson attempts to block the shot during the first half of the Pack's game at the Dean E. Smith Center Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.
playing them for the last time, felt he was fully focused on the game ahead. “It’s a big game,” Williams said. “For one, because it’s our next game. You don’t think about the past when you play, you think about what you’re going to do and what you can control ahead of you, instead of focusing on how we haven’t beaten them in a while.” Graduate student Alex Johnson is a transfer from CSU-Bakersfield who has been averaging 19.7 minutes a game. Johnson chipped in with a career-high (at N.C. State) 13 points against the Blue
THE BREAKDOWN: Points Per Game: UNC 82.8. State 73.8
Assists Per Game: UNC 17.9, State 16.5
Rebounds Per Games: UNC: 46.0, State 37.2
Steals Per Game: UNC 7.9, State 7.0
3-Point Field Goal Percentage UNC .347, State .363
Leading Scorers: UNC - Harrison Barnes 18, State - C.J. Leslie 13.3
Blocked Shots: UNC 6.2, State 4.4
Leading Rebounders: UNC - John Henson 10.3, State - Richard Howell 9.2
Thursday SWIMMING & DIVING AT MEN’S ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS Christiansburg, Va., All Day
TRACK AT ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS Boston, Mass., All Day BASEBALL VS. GEORGE MASON Myrtle Beach, S.C., 2 p.m. SOFTBALL VS. KENT STATE Raleigh, 2:30 p.m. SOFTBALL VS. GEORGETOWN Raleigh, 4:30 p.m. WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS VS. KENT STATE/WILLIAM & MARY/ TOWSON Raleigh, 7 p.m. Saturday RIFLE AT GREAT AMERICAN RIFLE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS Oxford, Miss., All Day SWIMMING & DIVING AT MEN’S ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS Christiansburg, Va., All Day TRACK AT ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS Boston, Mass., All Day MEN’S TENNIS VS. NORTHWESTERN Evanston, Ill., 12 p.m.
Rebounding Margin: UNC +11.6, State +4.8
Scoring Margin UNC +16.4, State +5.9 Points Allowed Per Game UNC 66.4, State 67.9 SOURCE: THEACC.COM
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Leader in Assists: UNC - Kendall Marshall 9.7, State - Lorenzo Brown 6.5
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Devils after spending 33 minutes on the floor and he was satisfied with the role he was playing. “I mean its all just depends on the flow of the game. Against Duke, C.J. was in foul trouble so we needed some intensity, and I am usually the spark guy, just taking open shots and making the best of what I had,” Johnson said. “I really wasn’t worried about the minutes, but I am sure if a player gets the majority of the minutes, they are going to do something sub-
stantial with it.” According to Johnson, keeping UNC point guard Kendall Marshall in check is key to winning the game. Marshall is second in the nation in assists, averaging 9.7 per game. “Definitely, we’ve got to keep them off the boards and slow down the transition. That’s what they are really good at,” Johnson said. “Kendall Marshall is a great point guard. He pushes the tempo and gets easy baskets for Tyler Zeller and John Henson, so we’ve just got to keep them out of the paint, keep them off the board and slow down the transition.” One of the main reasons the Pack has faltered in the last couple of games has been the cold streak of junior guard Scott Wood. Wood, who is one of the best shooters in the ACC and averages 13 points per game, has shot just 2-17 in the last two games. Gottfried felt fatigue had taken its toll on Wood. “I think maybe I’ve played [Wood] a few minutes too many, but I don’t think it’s that much,” Gottfried said. “I think my observation is 38-39 minutes is probably too many, but that it doesn’t need to be 28 or 29. But I do think he has looked fatigued shooting the ball, and he’s such a good shooter. We have to make some adjustments there.” Gottfried believed keeping UNC from getting as many rebounds as they normally do would be important if the Pack were to cause an upset. The Tar Heels lead the nation with 46 rebounds per game. “You’ve got to find a way to keep [UNC] off the backboard,” Gottfried said. “Sometimes their best offense is a missed shot. Just miss it and go get it. They are very talented.” The game is set for tip off at 8 p.m. at the RBC center and will be telecasted live on watchespn.com.
he Pack thoroughly dominated the Blue Devils for nearly 30 minutes on Thursday at Cameron Indoor Stadium, building a 20-point lead with 11:08 to play. However, I was still worried about a comeback. The saddest thing about that isn’t my own persistent pessimism; it’s the fact that I wasn’t alone in fearing the Tyler Everett worst. One explanation Senior Staff for this universal Writer sense of dread, even before the Blue Devils trimmed the lead to single digits, was due to foul trouble. With sophomore forward C.J. Leslie, junior forward Richard Howell and senior guard C.J. Williams all severely limited from at least two first half fouls, the Wolfpack’s seven-deep lineup had its work cut out, even with a large lead. Another reason 61-41 seemed like the least secure 20-point cushion imaginable was the atmosphere; Duke never gets blown out on its own floor. But the concerns that the big lead would slip away really weren’t about State’s foul situation or Duke’s welldocumented home-court advantage. It’s about much more than anything that happened Thursday night for a fan base that witnessed just the newest disaster in a long line of memo-
“The saddest thing about that isn’t my own persistent pessimism.” rable meltdowns. After all, far too many of us remember State leading Duke by 15 with 10 minutes left to play in the 2003 ACC Championship game. That was the J.J. Redick game, when the Devils freshman poured in 23 points with red-hot shooting from seemingly everywhere past half court during the game’s last 10:05, giving Duke the victory in regulation. Then the Pack managed to make March of the next year even more excruciating. State led Maryland by 21 in the second half of the 2004 ACC Tournament semifinals, only to come apart at the seams and lose 85-82. And I’m not even going to talk about what happened eight days later against Vanderbilt in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Memories of losses like those will linger until this program turns the corner, but what seems like a promising future is a different topic for a different column. As I have chosen, for whatever
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Tonight’s the night
ike they always say, it’s now or never. If these three straight games against ranked opponents were a fight, N.C. State would have been knocked to the ground twice. Luckily there’s one more round, and a knockout would likely put the Pack in the NCAA Tournament. n early February we were in first place in the ACC. Kyle That feels like a lifeMcMahan time ago. As of right Staff Writer now, we are sitting squarely on the bubble to make it into the tournament field of 68. So squarely on the bubble in fact, that some analysts have us as one of the last four teams in, while others have us as one of the first four out. State has a strength of schedule ranked 42nd in the nation. The team’s only true “bad loss” was a January 11th defeat to Georgia Tech. It played close against ranked Virginia and Syracuse. To sum it up, the Pack beat the teams it was supposed to beat and lost to the teams it wasn’t. I expect the Pack to have a strong showing in the ACC Tournament, but I certainly don’t want to rely on that to make it to the tourney. The Duke and Florida St. games were meaningful to say the least. They showed how much difference a year can make, and proved that
“Luckily there’s one more round, and a knock-out would likely put the Pack in the NCAA Tournament.” there are three good basketball schools in North Carolina, a fact many tend to forget. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. We lost a 20-point lead to Duke, a game in which we were silencing a crowd that has been known to take teams out in the pre-game shootaround. Any loss like that is tough to recover from, but to turn around and play another ranked team two days later is a near- impossible feat. State never had a lead against Florida State, and was never able to get into the game-plan that could put a “W” beside its name. This past week has put the team in a bit of a rut. Players’ heads are down, and they may have lost the State basketball style that won games in the first place. However, coach Mark Gottfried always sticks with his team. He has confidence in his players, no matter his reaction on the bench, which is something he’s said from day one. “We have proven that we are a good
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Many of you students are probably wondering what you’re going to do with your fancy UNC-Chapel Hill degree once you graduate. Do not fear. I offer you a list of the top 10 things you can do with your Tarheel degree. 1. Eat home-cooked meals. Move back in with mom and dad where you can eat mom’s cooking every night. That’s right. Even though your annoying younger sibling has taken up residence in your room, the couch is totally free. No rent, no job and no responsibility. Just like everyone said it would, UNC has certainly earned you a one-way ticket to the good life. 2. Start a fire. Your house is cold and your fireplace is calling your name. However, gathering wood can be a difficult task for most students at the University. Your inability to collect or buy firewood in no way makes you ignorant -- it’s tough stuff. Most people might create a pile of old newspapers when lacking firewood, but why not use your degree? You don’t really want anyone to know you went to UNC anyway and this is a good way to get rid of the evidence. 3. Share the love. In every UNC student there is a burning passion for some extinct field of study. I, for one, often impress people by quoting extensive Latin poems. This is an excellent icebreaker at parties. People may seem confused, but don’t stop reciting until they’re so moved
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With the N.C. State basketball game tonight, many members of the Wolfpack will be snarling and foaming at the mouth to take a bite out of our sacred Tar Heel basketball team. However, the rivalry our comrades in red hold onto so dearly is nothing more than a last hope for Wolfpack Glory, and it is time to let go and move on. Over the years our once great rivalry has dwindled down to a mere acquaintanceship. From the last 24 face-offs, UNC has dominated 19 of them, and we are looking for a more challenging experience for our basketball program. This is why we are petitioning the ACC commissioner for the removal of the Wolfpack from our rivalry status, by not having to face them in another basketball game
they sprint from the room, I’m sure, in search of a tissue to dab their tearful eyes. At this point, one would expect them to come back, compelled to ask you which University you went to so they may send their children there. To their question, you would proudly proclaim Carolina. 4. Do something else. Many UNC students go into professions that have nothing to do with their degree. Obviously this is done to broaden the minds of people in other fields of study, not because of the poor interview skills often found in UNC students. Many Chapel Hill students progress into cubicle jobs where they spend their lunch times sharing the differences in linguistic patterns around the world. I’m sure everyone would love to hear all about that during the very limited break time they have from their depressing job. 5. Be a perpetual student. First, you can go to graduate school and get a Master’s degree. Then, you can go back again and get your Ph.D. After that, you can go back, get another undergraduate degree and start the cycle all over again. At this point, you may still be unable to find a job due to the fact you attended Chapel Hill and not another established University. (Also, please note: Your grandchildren may be paying off your college loans long after your death.) 6. Have babies. Everyone knows females at UNC are only out to get an MRS degree. I don’t blame
again. Academically, we hold our students, and especially our athletes, to the highest standard of integrity and rigor. Ensuring every student is well rounded and able to have a close relationship with his or her more intelligent classmates. Athletically, we bring forth the same effort from the classroom onto the court. Ensuring we please our professors as we do our referees, and our fans as we do our fellow students. When aligned together, the Wolfpack simply does not measure up to the high standards we hold our programs to. We once were able to thrive and compete in a healthy and mutual relationship built on achievement; however, we have to face the fact we are no longer suited for one another. We have circulated this petition around our campus, asking students to sign their name
them. Other, less-educated women—like those at N.C. State—actually plan to “work.” Upstanding Chapel Hill men should encourage their women to marry someone who doesn’t have a Chapel Hill degree, someone with a job that actually pays, have a few babies and teach their daughters how to make the perfect sandwich. 7. Work for the Man. When future employers refuse to hire you once they see the words “University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill” emblazoned on your degree, you could work for some giant grocery store or restaurant chain commanded by a mysterious CEO. This CEO will be forever known as “the Man” every time you receive a paycheck based off the minimum $7.25 per hour. The days when you’re not working could be spent doing something productive, like protesting with the 99 percent for all the times the government shortchanged you. 8. Join the circus. This was every child’s dream at one point or another when their parents asked them to clean their room one too many times or when their younger sibling was getting to be a pain in the you-know-what. Joining the circus would be like working at Disney, only with a higher chance of dying during a stunt and more elephant dung. Plus, you wouldn’t have to compete with any N.C. State students for the jobs there since they’re too busy having real jobs. 9. Backpack through Europe.
to make this a clean and easy break. Students can find copies of the petition on the bulletin board at the multiple Starbucks around campus. We have also taken the liberty and signed some students’ name for them so they will not need to make the extra effort. With this burden of winning once again lifted, we will attempt to find a new rival, a better rival. Syracuse has demonstrated their ability to provide the challenge we need in our program. While Duke does give us something to strive for, we need another little guy to put up a fight and not allow us to bully them around. We understand how this will affect the long relationship the Wolfpack hold dear to them, but all good things must come to an end—it’s not you, it’s us.
What better way to start on those college loans than spending a ridiculous amount of money traveling in Europe for a whole summer. This is a great way to actually see the things you studied as well. I am positive Europeans would enjoy hearing chants of “Go Tarheels!” ring through their streets. 10. Blog. The best choice for using your degree is to become a professional blogger. You can write about whatever you want, make stuff up and get paid in Trident Layers. Or, if you want to take the easy route, pay a tutor to write your blog posts for you. Plus, with this job, you can still live at home—rent free! (See benefits of home cooking in #1.) With so many exciting opportunities awaiting you once you graduate, you definitely want to have that UNC degree. Plus, no University had more students go on to do something completely unrelated to their major than UNC— Go Tarheels!
TO THE EDITOR: After reading the article, “Board of Governors press onto UNC students for more dough,” in last week’s edition of The Daily Tarhell, I was truly appalled and offended at the way the BOG views us UNC students. Just because I am in a sorority and go to UNC does not make me rich. I’ll have you know, my parents only pay for my necessities: tuition, meals and my dues. I have to pay for everything else from my measly Jonny T-shirt paycheck. By burdening our fine institution with more financial restrictions, the University is forced to cut back on programs geared toward student success. The athletic tutorial center employed nearly half of the school’s mathematics and English departments, and thanks to the budget cuts, it had to be closed down. Since budget cuts cause tuition to increase, students have to realign their finances from their usual place to tuition. Because of this, The Cave, an infamous hangout for fraternities and sororities alike, is to be shutdown for lack of business. These injustices cannot be tolerated anymore; my parents pay good money in order for me to study feministic psychology and they cannot afford these increases. I hope when the time comes for their children to go to school—probably at Duke—the BOG will feel the pain and suffering of going four years without buying a new car. Mercedes Benz sophomore feministic psychology
SAVE UNC Fair TO THE EDITOR: I’m a little alarmed about the lack of job prospects this school seems to be leading to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure with a little tweak of the design, I have a real potential moneymaker in my Tumblr blog, but that being said, the opportunities for fulltime employment of stories about elementary school kids’ science projects are looking pretty grim. I have friends majoring in dramatic megaphoning, writing for monkeys and medieval llama studies and none of them seem to be having any luck either. I thought that surely there would be lots of work out there for graduates of what many consider to be one of the best public universities in the country. And everybody loves llamas! A friend of mine in political fish studies proposed a great idea. Why not use some of the leftover fish food money to hold a Triangle SAVE UNC Fair? That way the people I know in dramatic megaphoning and medieval llama studies can collaborate on an amazing sword-fighting show and can use their llama-corralling abilities to get some jousting go-
SPEAK OUT WRITING GUIDELINES: Please type: What century do you think this is? Use an aesthetically-pleasing font: If you use Comic Sans,we’ll tell our friends at the Hilltop Bar to never serve you again. Edit: If you hate on us or the basketball team, we will hunt you down and beat you with AP Stylebooks.
ing. Then my buddy in writing for monkeys could write, and heavily edit, an awesome book about four brothers in spirit, using government fish funds to find their callings, while also finding jobs for all the deadbeats in UNC land. Alright, maybe we’re okay after all. Chadus Icannotrite senior elementary school journalism
KVETCHING BOARD: kvetch: v.1 (Yiddish) to complain If tuition goes up anymore, oh wait I’m rich nevermind. Just came from the Occupy UNC camp, pitiful, they have to go to Starbucks for their coffee. Dear Nate Britt, do your own homework. Sincerely,, y our tutor. To the guy in front of me in my Antrhopology class, just because you Stumbled across that website doesn’t mean you’re not still looking at porm. In the future, shut your laptop. What is the point of this stupid math class, I’m not going to be a f****** engineer. Dear LinkedIn, why do you constantly suggest N.C. State engineers as beneficial contacts?!? Tuition keeps getting higher, like my brother at Appalachian. Just finished signing the petition to remove N.C. State from our game list next season. Whoever will we beat after a bitter defeat by Duke? #NotOurRivals I’m pretty sure the Pit Preachers foresaw the Duke victory: “UNC will be taken over by the Devil.” Why is it every time I walk into the Cafe, no one is there to take my coat? To the girl sitting next to me in Bio lecture, we all see the X’s on your hands, your one size too tight leggings and your lack of support upstairs -- we get it, you want an ‘A’ in this class. Walked by Frat Court only to see two sketchy guys walk out and then another guy with a wad of cash. Deja vu. Just Googled the word rival and apparently it means, “a team, or person, competing against one another.” Bye-bye Wolfpaq. Vote for SBP Ham Sandwich... probably shouldn’t have voted during my lunch break. Rivers decided to play for N.C. State tonight, it’s like Elementary school dodgeball all over again. Loss against Duke, no biggie. We can still beat our non-rival N.C. State.
Send your one-to-two complaints to the dthelledit@uncsucks. com, subject line ‘kvetch.’ Otherwise, shut your face.
SUBMISSION: Drop-off: Climb the steps of our ivory tower and knock three times. E-mail: to dailytarhell@ carolinasucks.com, but God help you if you send it as an attachment. Send: Snail mail? Really?
Published on Feb 21, 2012