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20 2012

Raleigh, North Carolina

Student Government holds debate for candidates

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Jonathon Smith, junior in agriculture education, wants to help the University continue to further environmental efforts if elected. Smith has worked extensively on the Talley renovation project and has previously worked in Student Govenment.

Technician Editor-in-Chief moderated a debate between all candidates for student body president. Jessie Halpern Deputy News Editor

As a few students gathered in Harrelson to show their support, all three candidates for student body president braved a one-hour debate Monday night to demonstrate their knowledge of the University and defend their personal platforms. While the student showing was less than desirable and filled mainly by members of Student Government, Student Media made a noticeable appearance, most especially with moderator and Technician editor-in-chief, Laura Wilkinson. To start the debate, each candidate was given three minutes to introduce themselves and their platform, a task each of them completed in a different way. “I’m really passionate about N.C. State… I’m the only candidate with experience in both branches of Stu-

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Andy Walsh, junior in political science, has experience in both branches of Student Government and has worked on a variety of projects with the University, including Coaches Corner, the largest fund raising effort ever put on by N.C. State. Walsh has also worked on Campout and The Brick in the past.

dent Government, currently holding an executive position on cabinet—I’m traditions chair,” Andy Walsh, junior in political science, said. He spent the remainder of his time discussing changes he would like to make on campus, focusing on giving students “tangible changes,” like making ePack more efficient. Walsh has worked on projects such as Campout and The Brick, and is currently coordinating N.C. State’s largest fundraiser, Coach’s Corner. In addition, Walsh hopes to begin a year-long concert series and an end-of-semester rave. Jonathon Smith, junior in agricultural education, spent his threeminute slot talking up the University, making special note of our reputation for land grants and touching on his work with the Talley renovation project. “I’ve been up to my arms and elbows in the Talley project, and I hope you’re excited about how it’s going to change and transform this University for the better,” Smith said. He continued to say that he wants to revive student traditions, go green and make sure the Talley project benefits students.

Finally, Caroline Yopp, junior in agricultural science, spoke, taking a decidedly different approach to her self-introduction. “I’m qualified, I can give you a list of all the positions I’ve held inside of N.C. State and outside of it as well, but more importantly, I’m going to ask you a question: why do you love N.C. State?” Yopp said. She continued to describe her experience in asking students this question around campus, and surprised the audience when she explained that many students could not answer it. “That’s a problem. It is time to change the culture of N.C. State. I love this university, and if I could do one thing as student body president, it would be to show you why you should love it too. No matter why you’re here, I don’t care if it was your first choice or your last choice, you’re here, and this university is one to be proud of,” Yopp said. She continued to highlight five reasons she believes students should take pride in the Pack: innovation, opportunity, social change, the city of Raleigh, and athletics. “I don’t have a political agenda... I

Agriculture students educate in Brickyard The annual Agriculture Awareness Week is underway in the Brickyard. Madison McLawhorn Staff Writer

People may have noticed, by the cow in the Brickyard, that it is time for Agriculture Awareness Week again. The event began yesterday and spans through the end of this week. Alpha Zeta, the honors agricultural fraternity for men and women, sponsors the event. Jeff Meier is a member of the fraternity and a junior in animal science. “One of the goals of AZ is the continued promotion of agriculture, which is why we have put on this event every year since 1972,” Meier said. According to Meier, this event is important because it educates students about agriculture’s contributions to our state economy and highlights the strengths of N.C. State’s agricultural program. “We want to stimulate conversation on campus. We want people to be proud that N.C. State and the N.C. Department of Agricultural Research and Extension program is the flagship for agricultural research in the nation, and that other states look to us as a model to strive for,” Meier said. Scott Whisnant is the senior advisor for the Alpha Zeta chapter and, like Meier, hopes others will recognize the importance of agriculture on a multitiered level after attending Ag Week. “We are a land grant university, and that means agriculture is one of our missions,” Whisnant said. According to Whisnant, direct farm sales receipts were over $9 billion in 2020. “When you add in sales to farmers, the taxes paid and tens of thousands employed in agriculture or [in its] support industries, it is easy to see the

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Caroline Yopp, junior in agriculture science, cited five main reasons why students should take pride in N.C. State: innovation, opportunity, social change, the city of Raleigh and athletics. Yopp plans to start a weekly blog to update students about Student Government if elected.

don’t. And I can’t promise that tuition is always going to be lower, but I can promise that I fight for what I believe in,” Yopp said. As introductions ended, Wilkinson began the Q&A session by asking how each of the candidates felt about the Student Government bill that was passed in opposition to Amendment One for the GLBT cause. While each candidate took their time defending their stance, all three agreed that it was inappropriate to speak on behalf of the student body, and would hope to increase communication in their respective offices. Next, Wilkinson posed a question about the Association of Student Governments, an organization that is meant to advocate for students and charges most N.C. State students a $1 fee. While Smith said he sees the benefits of the program, he felt strongly that there needs to be an inquiry into where that $1 fee goes. Yopp agreed that ASG is not using the student fee well, but stressed the importance of the potential of such an organization. Walsh, however, suggested that ASG might not be the most effective way

to represent our University at the legislature. Candidates were also given an opportunity to discuss their plans to incorporate social media in their office, should they win. “We need to increase transparency,” said Yopp. “I’d like to start a weekly blog about what’s going on in Student Government so that students know what’s actually being done.” Smith followed up by saying he wanted to “revamp” some existing programs. “We can do a lot more with Wolfpack students on Facebook, and we’ve also been working on an app,” Smith said. Things got a little heated when, in rebuttals, Smith took a dig at Student Senate. “I’m going to let the cat out of the bag — last year, Student Senate did nothing to benefit students,” Smith said. Walsh passionately countered by mentioning all the funds that were allotted to student clubs. In the last general question posed,

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Journalist discusses gay rights Journalist and gay rights activist Jonathan Rauch spoke about Amendment One and other issues.

Brewing up a science and training for the real world See page 5.

Lindsey Rosenbaum Staff Writer

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Keeping the cow pen clean, Matt Stilllwell, senior in fisheries and wildlife sciences, scoops out manure. The mother and calf are just two of the farm animals on display for Agricultural awareness week 2012, which is hosted by Alpha Zeta agricultural honor fraternity.

importance,” Whisnant said. Elizabeth Cooper serves as the fraternity’s chancellor. She feels the plans for the week are salient in achieving such goals. “Anyone can walk up to one of our many tractors and pieces of equipment and get up close and personal with it. They can do the same with the crops and turf grasses that are on display,” Cooper said. Emily Skipper, senior in biological sciences, appreciates the event because it gives her a chance to interact with animals, though touching the animals is not allowed due to bio-control issues.            “It’s like the petting zoo comes to me!” Skipper said. Cooper’s favorite part remains to be the spectacle that surrounds the event. “My favorite part is people watch-

ing. I enjoy watching people’s expressions if they have never seen a pig or a tractor,” Cooper said. Another highlight of the week is the annual ‘Kiss the Pig’ fundraiser in which the faculty or staff member with the most money raised in his or her assigned bucket (placed on the brickyard) must kiss a pig on Thursday. Among the previous winners is football coach Tom O’Brien. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life. The fundraiser will take place on Thursday at noon. Representatives from many clubs in CALS will be on hand throughout the week to answer any agriculture questions students may have, as well as answer questions about the clubs they are involved in.

Journalist and gay rights activist Jonathon Rauch spoke at the American Values Speaker series, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and School of Public and International Affairs, addressing Amendment One and whether the government should sanction homosexual marriage. The issue of homosexual marriage has been a hot topic during this year’s primaries, and North Carolina has entered the fray by proposing a bill for the North Carolina constitution known as Amendment One. This bill would deny recognition of any currently legal, domestic union other than marriage, including homosexual marriage and unmarried heterosexual partnerships. The general outcry over this bill is not only for its treatment of homosexual couples, but also on its harsh wording and the rights it would be taking away from straight couples, according to Rauch. “I think the whole thing is written terribly,” Ivan Herrera, senior in political science, said. “I don’t know why anyone would want to pass this law.” Rauch got his start as a journalist

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Revitalizing turf See page 6.

Wolfpack: Back in the Game See page 8.

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Corrections & Clarifications

Technician Talley Construction Updates

Through megan’s lens

Monday’s front page photo of Mark Gottfried was taken by Oliver Sholder.

This week, the construction noise level will be red, meaning during the day there will be noise and/or vibration; loud and/ or heavy noise; constantly or intermittently.

Send all clarifications and corrections to Editor-in-Chief Laura Wilkinson at editor@

Existing Talley 1. Complete the 2nd floor corridor walls 2. Start the 3rd floor separation walls 3. Complete the 4th floor abatement 4. Start the precast demolition on the north side 5. Cap the existing watermain in Talley. 6. Complete micropile installation for temp shoring

Weather Wise Today:


North of Talley - West Side (Future site of Dock, Dining, Senate Chambers & Arts N.C. State) 1. Continue excavation and grading 2. Demo the steam and water piping on north side

Scattered Thunderstorms


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POLICe BlOTTER March 16 8:27 a.m. | Larceny Clark Labs Student reported cell phone stolen. 10:40 p.m. | Medical Assist Method Road Soccer Fields Units responded and transported non-student in need of medical assistance. 3:02 p.m. | Skateboard Violation Monteith Engineering Center Report of skateboard violations. Officers checked area but did not locate anyone. 6:31 p.m. | Larceny College of Textiles Student reported cell phone stolen.

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North of Talley - East Side (Future site of Dining, Ballroom and Meeting Rooms) 1. Staging for demolition



































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Other areas 1. Complete the steam tie in at Cates Avenue.

lanna Propst, a freshman in political science, and Jackie Small, a senior in communication, assist contestant Andrew Miller, a senior in biomedical technology, during his shadow puppet show as part of the Mr. and Ms. Wolfpack Competition. The competition was held by CSLEPS in partnership with the UAB and PRSSA on Monday night in the Witherspoon Cinema. Ten students competed in several events for the title of Mr. or Ms. Wolfpack and to raise profits for a youth-focused charity of their choice. Miller chose to demonstrate shadow puppets during the talent portion because he “didn’t want to sing and can’t sing.” His performance replicated different animals interacting set to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and was a crowd favorite. The competition is held annually and focuses on the importance of leadership, service, and school spirit.

9:14 p.m. | Drug Violation Bowen Hall Report of possible drug violation. Officer made contact with residents and searched with consent. No drugs or paraphernalia were found.

University for alcohol violations.

1:13 a.m. | Fight Student Health Lot Report of a fight between several subjects. Officer searched area but did not locate anyone.

11:31 p.m. | Utility Problem Gardner Hall Staff member reported water leak in ceiling. Appropriate personnel notified.

1:46 a.m. | Suspicious Vehicle Cates Avenue Report of vehicle parked in the middle of road. Officer made contact with student who complied to move vehicle.

11:31 p.m. | Breaking & Entering - Building D.H. Hill Library Student called ECC to access library to retrieve cell phone. Once access was denied, student found insecure door, make entry, retrieve phone and call ECC to advise burglar alarm had been activated. Student was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering building and referred for the same.

1:49 a.m. | Alcohol Violation Pi Kappa Phi NCSU PD responded to noise complaint. Further investigation revealed fraternity was having function and alcohol was present. Fraternity was referred the

Today 12th Annual Student Art Purchase 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Gregg Museum of Art and Design Students who have submitted artwork - priced at $400 or less will be selling their artwork to the public. Nomination Committee Meeting 10 a.m. - noon 327 Park Alumni Center Nomination Committee meeting for the associate vice chancellor for University Development.

10:17 p.m. | Special Event Hillsborough Street NCSU PD and RPD monitored St. Patrick’s Day Hike.

Report of suspicious subject. Officers located non-student who was resting before going home. All file checks negative. No action taken.

Campus Cinema Schedule Romeo & Juliet: Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona, still retaining its original dialogue.

9:16 p.m. | Suspicious Person EB II Report of subject attempting to gain entry in building. Officers searched area but were unable to locate anyone.

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Friday, March 23 - 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 - 10 p.m. Sunday, March 25 - 7 p.m. War Horse: Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the calvary. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.

Wednesday, March 21 - 7 p.m. O Brother, Where Art Thou?: Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey,” set in the deep south during the 1930s. In it, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. Presented by WKNC.

9:46 p.m. | Suspicious Person Alpha Sigma Phi Report of subject hiding in bushes and refusing to leave. Officers made contact with highly intoxicated nonstudent who was lost. All file checks were negative. Subject was transported to off campus residence.

Thursday, March 22 - 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 - 9 p.m. Saturday, March 24 - 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25 - 9:30 p.m. Hercules: The son of the Greek gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.

Wednesday, March 21 - 9:30 p.m. Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

8:50 p.m. | Suspicious Person Case Athletic Center

7th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium 1:30-4 p.m. McKimmon Center This year, there will be 177 poster presentations representing research being conducted in 57 graduate programs from all colleges. This event is cosponsored and organized by the NC State University Graduate Student Association (UGSA) and the Graduate School.

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Friday, March 23 - 11:59 p.m. Saturday, March 24 - 5 p.m. For a full listing of movies and showtimes, visit Source: Campus Cinema

Thursday, March 22 - 10 p.m.

Studies Infosession 4:30-5:30 p.m. 2406 Nelson Hall Students interested in studying abroad while learning about the world of luxury management are invited to this information session for the one-year graduate Global Luxury Management option offered by N.C. State’s Poole College of Management. Metaphysic Seminar 4:30-5:30 p.m. 344 Withers Hall William Bauer of N.C. State will give a talk on “Informing Powers” in the Philosophy Colloquium

Series.” Invisible Children Benefit Concert 6-8 p.m. Talley Student Center Ballroom Occupy NCSU Meeting 7-8 p.m. 321 Mann Hall Occupy NCSU: “We are organizing a student movement aimed at combatting increased tuition and fees while seeking to rid N.C. State of corporate influence.”

The Global Issues Seminars, co-sponsored by the Office of International Affairs and the School of Public and International Affairs, feature panels of N.C. State experts tackling global issues that are relevant to North Carolina, the nation and the world. Tony Porter: “A Call to Men” 7:30-9 p.m. Witherspoon Student Cinema Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, University Housing and OIED.

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Wilkinson asked each of the candidates to share an idea for cutting budgets in the University, if they were ever given the power to do so. “I would join the Scholars and Honors programs to decrease administrative structure,” Smith said. Yopp followed up by offering the stipends for Student Body officers. “Stipends for Student Body officers were increased... that’s ridiculous and unnecessary,”

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at the Winston-Salem Journal. He opened his speech by asserting his belief that homosexual marriage is a positive step for this country. “I’m a speaker, I’m American, and I do have values,” Rauch said. Speaking on the history of the Gay Rights Movement, the story was told of Frank Kamney, who was “the closest thing the gay rights fight has had to a Rosa Parks or a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” said Rauch. “He [fought for] the ‘homosexual agenda’ for the first twenty years of the Gay Rights Movement.” Kamney was a World War II veteran, and after the war worked in Washington D.C. with the U.S. Army Mappings Services. In 1957, Kamney was caught up in a police sting and was charged under the Anti-Sodomy Law. Though his charges were dismissed, he was fired from the government for being a homosexual. However, Kamney chose to fight for his rights. “’If I and society disagree, I’ll always give societies’ view a second


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Yopp said. Walsh, who pointed out that these stipends have not been increased in the past three years, immediately countered this. He also noted that student body officers are making approximately $.08 per hour as it is. “I would cut the athletics fees that have increased, “ Walsh said. “I know that may be surprising, but I don’t feel that we’ve actually gotten anything out of those increases as students.” In defense of her previous statement, Yopp chose to counter. “Well I’ll offer my $4000 sti-

pend, because I don’t need all that,” Yopp said. As the debates concluded, the candidates were asked to name at least three college deans, a task all accomplished save Yopp, who named only one, compared to Walsh and Smith’s five or six. The candidates closed with statements regarding their goals for managing the University’s academic and social costs, agreeing that there has to be better management of readily available funding.

look,’” Rauch quoted. “’And if, on second examination, I believe society is wrong and I am right, the society better get out of my way!’” Today, Rauch insists that the fight for gay rights is in its second wave, fighting for the rights of marriage and the ‘gay responsibility.’ Most of the arguments against gay marriage claim it’s an attack on core American values, according to Rauch. Rauch disagrees, affirming it is an extension of these values. In his speech, Rauch focused on the importance of marriage for the community as a whole. He noted the health and monetary benefits that comes with marriage, as well as the ease it has on society. “Marriage is not a taking from society, it’s giving back,” Rauch said. “It’s a promise to undertake an obligation to another person. It’s good for homosexuals for all the same reason it’s good for straights. It makes you healthier, happier, better off financially... it reduces the likelihood of mental health, crime, and poverty.” As a social conservative, Rauch agreed with his peers in saying that marriage is the foundation of society. In America today, that founda-

tion is under threat, with divorce rates nearly four times as high as they were in the 1970s. Paulina Ragunas, freshmen in psychology, came to the speech assuming the talk would be pro-homosexual marriage, but was not expecting the pro-family angle Rauch took. “I was surprised how he spoke to us about marriage and family, and civil union versus marriage, with all of the health benefits and feelings of family,” Ragunas said. Though Rauch is not in favor of Amendment One, he stated how glad he was that it was actually on a ballot, being voted on. He noted how, just a few years ago, the notion of gay marriage would have been absurd, and now millions of Americans are dealing with this issue daily. “Some of my straight friends argue that every child deserves a mother and a father,” said Rauch. “And I say no, every child does not deserve a mother and father, they already have that, or they would not have been born… every child deserves to live in a household with married parents. Make marriage the norm.”

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{Our view}

The Facts:

There are 50.5 million Latinos in America today. They are a population that constitutes one-sixth of our citizenry in America and, as such, play a vital role in our upcoming elections.

Our Opinion:

The size of the Latino block gives it sway in political platforms; however, all too often, it spins its wheels in the debate on immigration. While immigration is a large issue for Latinos, it overshadows, if not completely blocks, attention from other issues facing Hispanics.


More than immigration

t seems there is a heavily concerted effort these days in going after the Latino market in America. There is great commercial gain to be made from a community with a population of 50.5 million within our borders. During March, the National Basketball Association runs a 11-game Latina Noche program meant to capitalize on the population. On Sunday, the Miami Heat re-branded themselves for the night as ‘El Heat’ to show support. But, for whatever commercial gain is to be found, it is likely that the political gains of swaying Latino Americans will show stronger yields. Latino Americans constitute one-sixth of America’s citizenry. It is a population that is young and politically dangerous because it is not loyal to party lines. Whoever meets the needs of Latinos, Democrat

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or Republican, will find themselves with a deciding vote. On Saturday, local activists met with the Obama administration in a summit to discuss strategies to improve education in Latino communities. However, the summit quickly disintegrated into an illegal immigration forum. Latino Americans are so closely tied to the idea of illegal immigration that any debate about any issue facing them soon dematerializes into a discussion on an issue where we’re all just spinning our wheels. A disservice is done to the Latino community when we paint them with the same brush, by only considering one issue facing them. The overarching issue facing

Latinos is a lack of education, as it is a prime contributor to poverty and morbidity rates. The lack of education is a multi-faceted problem. Part of the issue is due to gerrymandering, the practice of placing boundary lines to exclude certain groups, by towns and cities. Through this discrimination, Hispanic-Americans are denied services by the towns, with one of these services being a quality education. Another part of the problem facing Latinos is their outrageous poverty rates. In 2010, 26.6 percent of Hispanics were in poverty. To contrast, only 9.9 percent of non-Hispanic whites found themselves in poverty. They’re hungry and primed for action.

A portion of the population does not accrue a poverty rate of 26.6 percent without a systemic effort. Hispanics are forecasted to constitute 74 percent of the labor force growth between 2010-2020. This is not a community that should be impoverished—this is a community that should be thriving. However, reality being what it is, the economic barriers to achieving higher education are apparent. If there is something we come to appreciate in college, it is the value of our education. Would you accept a life without education for yourself or your child? No, you wouldn’t. Don’t accept it here either. There is more than one issue facing Latinos today. Between now and November, be part of the force that makes that known.


N.C. State’s presidential race: Intro to the candidates


nd they’re off! Brightlycolored flyers, sandwich boards littering campus, and even some liberties with copyright infringement are clear signs the race for student body president is under way. With signs mimicking the John Deere logo and sloTrey gans with a Ferguson Viewpoint Editor slightly sexual undertone, candidates begin this year’s election process as smoothly as possible. This year voters are only approached by three candidates, each with very different views as to what the student body is interested in for the upcoming year. Andy Walsh, the pretty boy candidate, is a name many have heard before. Being an active member of Student Government, the Traditions Commission co-chair and boyfriend to Chandler Thompson, the current student body president, allows for many voters to recall his name. Walsh is very familiar with the inner workings of Student Government, which can either help or hinder his campaign efforts. Caroline Yopp, the Greek candidate, has also been active in Student Government along with other organizations. As a member of Kappa Delta and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, she will undoubtedly receive the majority of Greek support while splitting the vote within Student Government with Walsh. Luckily for Andy, her year off in SG has the potential to hurt her effectiveness in the SG circles. Yopp has the advantage of being a female candidate; seeing voters are attracted to a candidate they’re attracted to, Caroline will appeal to at least 55 percent of the student body. Jonathon Smith, the good ol’ boy candidate, was a part of Student Government until last year.  He is currently the president of the University Student Centers Board of Directors and Agri-Life Council in CALS. Between him and Yopp, there is a chance their shared college could spilt voters within the CALS programs.

Smith’s major support will be coming from those who wish to see someone not already intertwined in the messy web of SG. However, his departure and current attempt to return could call into question if being president is the only reason for his campaign efforts. Walsh hopes to encourage student involvement and increase morale by having a student concert series, end of the semester raves, late night buses to downtown and improving the game day experience. Anyone can see these values are definitely something to party about. Walsh has had the benefit of Chandler’s direct advice on how to cater to student opinion, which has greatly swayed his platform. With his intended president position as the only student voter on the Board of Trustees, Walsh’s priorities are obviously more geared toward having a good time. While some students may fall prey to this platform, others do not share this vision with Walsh and hope to see someone a little more serious about the position in office. Yopp has a very strong following outside of Student Government and across the board. Voters from nearly every college and major can identify with her, due to an extended circle of friends. Yopp’s platform does take into account the seriousness of the position; however, as in every election, the true vote comes down to popularity—which she has. The focus of her campaign will be to ensure voters get to know her as a person so they can recall her name as the nice girl in the Brickyard when looking at the ballots. Smith takes a more traditional approach to the position — perhaps too traditional. With his campaign supported only by his leadership experience, popularity could win out. Smith does not have the popularity of either of his opponents, and will have to do a lot of networking in order to catch up and remain in the race with Walsh and Yopp. With this election year already in full throttle, things are going to heat up and it should prove to be an interesting process.

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For the love of baking


have recently discovered my love for baking. When I tell people this, I get one of two responses, both equally selfish. The first is the “Oh my gosh, you should totally bake me something” response in which the speaker attempts to g u i lt me into wastMadison ing my Murphy amazing Deputy new-found Viewpoint Editor sk i l l s on something for them rather than for myself. Let me be honest. If I’m baking, I’m probably not sharing. Get your hands off my chocolate peanut butter cookie dough high calorie 90 percent sugar brownies. The second response to my admittance to being infatuated with baking is the “Oh, you do? I bake, too. I use the KitchenAid Professional 620 Stand Mixer from Williams-Sonoma. It’s $1000. What do you use?” I use a freaking spoon. In this example, the selfish person is not trying to gain sweets from you like the former but, rather, is trying to turn the spotlight onto them. They think they’re the superior baker, but, let me tell you, a fancy mixer doesn’t make you a good baker, in the same way an expensive set of golf clubs doesn’t make you good at golf.

Now you may be asking yourself what does make someone a good baker. There are a few simple ways to succeed without having to be a professional. The tips I offer are far from professional, because I bake to relieve stress and have fun. Regardless, here’s a quick list of baking tips from a not-so professional baker:

1. Ask someone who can bake. The easiest way to learn how to bake is to ask someone you know who can bake. For me, I always call my mom if I have a question. Another great thing about this is that this person can often be a solid resource for good recipes.

2. Figure out what you want to bake. I pick what I want to bake based off my mood. I’m not particularly partial to any one thing: cookies, cakes, brownies, cupcakes. I like to try different things, but some people like to pick just one thing and become really good at that. Whatever it is, finding a recipe isn’t hard. Just run a quick Google search or browse Pinterest. The only caution I offer is about recipes that lack detail. Make sure there are measurements, oven temperatures, and things like that included.

3. Be prepared. Once you have the recipe, read it. You need to have all the ingredients in the correct amount. The worse thing that can happen is getting half way through a recipe and realizing you don’t have the ingredients

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Brewing up a science and training for the real world The Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences prepares brewers for the future. Mark Herring Features Editor

Blake Layfield’s research hub isn’t the typical microbiology lab full of petri dishes and lab coats. His lab, full of 80-gallon tanks, cultures the focus of his research, a microbe called Saccharomyces cerevisiae—also known as brewer’s yeast. Layfield’s passion is beer, and with the guidance of John Sheppard in the Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences Department, he’s working towards a doctorate in fermentation science. Specializing in yeast culture and the particular byproduct of its metabolism— beer—Layfield and Sheppard are looking to improve brewing techniques and fermentation of beer. The ancient practice of fermentation is now a field heavy in microbiolog y and biochemistry. Though studying beer may seem like an extracurricular for many students, Layfield’s serious approach to his research reflects his conviction that brewing is as much of a science as it is a diversion. What’s his particular interest? Keeping the yeast cells happy. Layfield’s research focuses on yeast aging and how to maintain healthy cultures of yeast. The better the yeast, the better the beer. The importance of maintaining a healthy batch of yeast, according to Layfield, keeps beer batches consistent. The byproducts are an assortment of six beers, each developed by John Sheppard’s research team. Sheppard, a professor of bioprocessing, and graduate students Layfield and Lucas Vann, run and maintain the brewing facility on the ground floor of Schaub Hall. “Making these beers is developing us as brewing scientists,” Layfield said. “Not only do we

need to know what we’re doing from a chemistry and microbiological perspective, but we need to be product developers in order to be true food scientists. We need to know how to make these and consistently produce them.” That consistency is achieved through precision and patience. First, there’s the recipe. According to difference styles, the recipes change, but there are four basic ingredients: water, malted grain, hops and yeast. Layfield mapped out the course of beer production, and once grains are milled, they are added to hot water in a mash ton, where they steep at particular temperatures to activate the amylase, or starch converting enzymes, that are naturally found in the grains. During this process, the starches and complex sugars in the grains are broken down into simpler sugars, which yeast can readily metabolize into ethanol. Hops are adding during the boil portion, which flavors the beer with the characteristic flavors of pine, citrus and fruity aromas. The boil also sterilizes the beer. Once the hot liquid, called wort, is quickly cooled in a glycol bath, Layfield inoculates the batch with the yeast. And just like a microbiology experiment, he has to be careful not to contaminate the batch with other microbes. This process is the simplified version that all breweries use. There is plenty of skill and science involved, but Layfield incorporates a high-tech approach to maintenance. “We have access to high performance liquid chromatography, so we can get an exact measurement of alcohol we have, how many grams per liter of sugars that we have,” Layfield said. “Through this, we can monitor the fermentation process.” The brew lab is looking at a new system using near infrared technology for modeling not only ethanol and consumption

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Blake Layfield, a graduate student researching fermentation, fills a glass with a sample of a Pilsner brew from their most recent batch. “Beer is a really great tool for getting food science out to the general public,” Layfield said.

of carbohydrates, but also yeast viability and yeast concentration, according to Layfield. “This will give us real time assays of what’s going on in our batch,” Layfield said. “You can work quickly to save your batch if something is going wrong. In my research, I’m looking at yeast aging, and we’re also looking to reduce this variability in fermentation. In total, it’s about maintaining a yeast management strategy and making a better brew.” Though the lab pours its product down the drain, they have a few beers on tap, not

to drink, but to see how they handle storage. However, the department may be looking into a way to avoid throwing the beer away. But that’s in the distant future. “To make it perfectly clear, we cannot sell beer,” Chris Daubert, interim head of the Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science Department, said. “However, if we find ourselves with the approval of the University in a position where we could distribute products of our research programs, then those dollars would go back

into the education for all the students and to the research to benefit the science of fermentation.” The hypothetical system would be homologous to Howling Cow ice cream, but as Daubert reiterated, no plans have been discussed. “We have to be very careful that we’re positioning ourselves to benefit the students, because that’s our product,” Daubert said. “The selling of the products from this department is just the means for us to have students learning how to manufacture these things, and,

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if their dollars are revenue generated, all of that revenue goes back into educating the next generation of students...It’s all about educating students.” Daubert said the fermentation science field will be one of interest for the department, especially with developments in the North Carolina craft brewing scene. “If you learn how to do it better here at N.C. State and you take that knowledge and work for a microbrew, we’re impacting economic development and jobs in the state,” Daubert said. “Have you heard about Sierra Nevada?” Sierra Nevada, what Layfield called a holy force in the craft-brewing world, has plans to open a plant in Asheville, North Carolina. Bill Manley, director of communication and product development, said the state and Asheville naturally fall into what the company wants in a brewing environment. “Asheville has a burgeoning and exciting craft brewing scene, and people accept it and expect it in drinking establishments there,” Manley said. “We have a lot of work to do before we get staffing and all that. That’s further down the line, and there will be a few people moving from Chico to North Carolina, but we are looking to employ North Carolinians.” Daubert sees his department primed for this upcoming industry and sees it complement the University’s role as a landgrant school. “That’s just one example... and with the Sierra Nevada announcement, it’s an industry we feel we’re well positioned to serve,” Daubert said. For Layfield, looking for an industry job once he finishes his doctorate—that may be something to drink a beer to. In the meantime, he’ll keep up the research he loves. “When Dr. Sheppard came here and started a brewing lab, I wanted a job and he offered me a position. It was dumb luck and I got into it. It’s been great.”


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BME instructor Andrew DiMeo shares his insights from his TED Talk on how to be creative. Arjun Puri Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered where that brilliant idea that just leaped out of your brain and onto your paper came from? We’re not talking about brain waves and neural pathways. This is all about “ideation,” the process of forming a thought, conception or notion.        This is exactly what Andrew DiMeo, a senior design instructor in Biomedical Engineering, knew he would cover the moment the was asked to present at a TEDx event.  Thousands in the area attended the event on Feb. 25 at Wake Forest Chapel.  “It was a great event, a lot Thomas obarowski/Technician bigger than I expected, but I think everyone understood BME instructor Andrew DiMeo plays catch with his son last week. DiMeo, a product developer in the biomedical industry and TEDx what I was trying to convey Talk speaker on how to come up with a great idea, said thinking like a kid and taking diversions is a way to inspire creativity. — which was the important find the nearest pay phone and of the real world.  reason,” DiMeo said. “Know- pursuing inspiration or di“I wanted to make the course ing the voice of the customer version so the mind can thing,” DiMeo said. “I wanted hear that they need an extra to help change the world by pair of hands on a set of Ma- as real life as possible,” DiMeo is critical … whether you are process abstract thoughts. exploring how each of us can rissa Tomei lingerie scene. At said. “I brought in concepts making a medical device or Being childish can’t hurt, increase our chances of coming 19 years old, Marissa Tomei in such as the FDA Quality Sys- solving a homework problem, either. lingerie beats out calculus any tem Regulations and project you have to ask yourself who “If you want to come up up with good ideas.” with good idea… set the Instead of talking about the day of the week… needless to deliverables, but more im- you are doing it for.” portantly, evolution of an idea, DiMeo say, I dropped out of school.” The en- stage, go on a journey and It was there where DiMeo I wanted immerse yourself. Find a wanted to reach back, dig lightendeeper and explore the actual learned that “setting the stage” t he s t ument part way to dream with youthis the first step in any decision. dent s to birthplace of a good idea.  comes in like innocence… and then “I got a 1.0 GPA one semes- h a v e a DiMeo calls his process “Idewith the I promise, your water cooler ation through Enlightened ter, failed out of college and still sen se of W W W . T E D X . c o m customer. talks and coffee shop meetFind DiMeo’s full video and his advice. ings will become the birthEmpathy,” and it starts with managed to become a professor intrinsic “Howwith a Ph.D.  I could success- motivasetting the stage.  ever, re- place of great ideas,” DiMeo Twenty years ago, DiMeo fully say, my stage was set,” tion by giving them an oppor- member the customer will said. DiMeo joked he will start studied mechanical engineer- DiMeo said. tunity to work on real unmet always want a faster horse,” Not only did DiMeo become medical needs that they per- DiMeo said. “I always suggest making his 50 minute lecing at Stevens Tech College. He also found himself paying a professor, he sets expectations sonally identified, defined and walking in the shoes of your tures into a compact 18 for college by working as a set his students would find in an solved.” customer, but at the same time minutes, the time limit for a dresser in the New York City industry setting. He said he His pure ideals were shown always be naïve about them as TEDx Talk, for his students tries to guide future biomedi- in the rest of his process.  benefit. motion picture industry.  well.” “I am walking to calculus cal engineers through the gates The empathy comes from “It’s called ‘Ideation through class and my pager goes off… I of college life and into the sea Enlightened Empathy’ for a curiosity. DiMeo recommends

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to maintain their basic metabolic functions. Plants take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen through tiny pores called stomata. Biophysicist Robert Riehn was recently brought in to help investigate how paint particles diffuse through a plant’s stomata, and to see if the paint impedes the plant’s respiration. “We don’t really have microscopic knowledge about paint and plants, but we have some ideas about what goes on,” Riehn said. Riehn and the other researchers plan to use N.C. State’s focused ion beam, which can cut very precise sections of material into cut cross-sections of these pores and examine where and in what quantity paint diffuses through a plant. Riehn predicts three likely scenarios that depend on the size of the paint particles. If the particles are a bit larger than the size of the pores, the paint may be clogging the pores from the outside. If the particles are much larger than the stomata, they may be too large to cause any significant blockage. The third and most difficult scenario to deal with is that the paint particles are small enough to block the plant’s pores from the inside. The ultimate goal of the experiment is to try and figure out another method for applying paint that could lessen the effects of stomata blockage. However, the research team is still waiting to earn funding for this latest endeavor, according to Miller. “Schools like State and Duke will always kill grass,” Miller said. But perhaps the upcoming tests will provide some way of reducing our impact.

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University researchers investigate how paint colors affect turf grass health.


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t’s no surprise that spraying paint chemicals on grass will have harmful consequences for the health of the turf. However, according to researchers at N.C. State, one of the largest impacts paint has on a plant isn’t in the chemicals—it’s all in the color.

Painting grass isn’t a big concern for most consumers, but for those in the sports world, the upkeep of turf is essential. “Years ago, people didn’t care what the field looked like,” Grady Miller, professor of crop science, said. “They just went to see the game.” Now, however, a poor field can reflect poorly upon the image of the team itself. Miller said he wanted a graduate student to work on a turf grass project for a long time; however, the prospects of working with turf aren’t as glamorous as other projects in the crop science field. Casey Reynolds’ project started out by trying to answer the fundamental question of how paint affects turf grass growth. While investigating, Reynolds observed it wasn’t the chemicals used, but the colors used that had a large impact on the turf. We’re taught in school that plants need the sun’s light to get nourishment from photosynthesis. Schools tend to leave out the fact that plants do not require the full spectrum of light to get their daily meals. According to Miller, plants only need two wavelengths of light for photosynthesis — red and blue. Reynolds, a graduate student, tested various colors used in ACC sports teams, and compared how they inhibited photosynthesis. The worst paint color in the ACC? Duke University, with a photosynthesis reduction of over 80 percent. The simplest way to avoid the problem of kill-

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Results from the study on painted turfgrass have shown that the light absorbed by the pigments in the paint are not transferred to the plant, leading to a decrease in photosynthesis.

ing grass would be to just change colors. “But let’s be honest,” says Miller. “Colleges aren’t going to change their colors just to save grass.” To tackle the problem of colors, Miller contacted Michael Paesler, a professor of physics with expertise in optics. Paesler’s original intent was to find a way to make certain colors without involving the more harmful pigments. However, that part of the team’s research has been abandoned for several reasons. According to Paesler, one of the problems with that idea was that pigments aren’t very precise when it comes to colors. Pigments use a wide swath of colors to provide a specific shade. For example, the trademark Wolfpack-red paint contains many different shades and hues of red and other colors in order to provide the perfect appearance. According to Paesler, the team also considered using nanotechnology to solve the problem. This may still be possible, but it would be impractical for use in commercial paint. Now the team’s project is concerned with how paint affects turf grass physically. In addition to absorbing sunlight, plants also need to ‘breathe’

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Casey Reynolds, graduate student in crop science and turf-grass research associate, sprays red paint on samples of turf in the Phytotron on March 13. Reynolds is researching how different colored paint affects the health of grass on painted sports fields.


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Rebounding with Rock Chalk After winning a pair of battles on the glass, State has its work cut out with Kansas.

underdog. For the first time since 2005, the Wolfpack is in the Sweet 16. In that span, Kansas, the second-winningest program in college basketball history, Josh Hyatt & has made five appearances in Sean Fairholm the Sweet 16, including in 2008 when the Jayhawks won the NaSports Editor & Deputy Sports tional Championship. Editor Odds and history are going Vowing to radically change against State, but if the Pack the culture of N.C. State bas- wants to show the country it ketball, head coach Mark Gott- belongs en route to setting up fried ambitiously stepped up to what would likely be a dream the podium inside of Vaughan rematch with Carolina, winTowers in his introductory ning the rebounding battle will press conference with an im- be a major factor. Fortunately age of how his Wolfpack team for Wolfpack fans, the team isn’t anywhere near ready to would evolve. But even he couldn’t have be out of this tournament. “The seen the Gategood thing way Arch of St. about our Louis being a team is part of his first t he y ’re a season’s vision. hungry After posting bunch,” a pair of upsets Gottfried against 6-seeded said in a San Diego State press conand 3-seeded Mark Gottfried, head coach ference afGeorgetown, ter defeatGottfried’s team will head west on Friday night ing Georgetown. “I don’t see for a 10:17 p.m. showdown a satisfied group, at all, in our against traditional power- locker room.” In the 66-63 victory versus house Kansas in the Edward Jones Dome. Figuring to be a Georgetown, N.C. State outpredominantly Jayhawk crowd, rebounded the Hoyas by 15-6 the Pack travel to ‘The Show- on the offensive boards. DeMe State’ as an eight-point spite lacking a height advan-

“I don’t see a satisfied group, at all, in our locker room.”


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tage in Columbus, it could be argued the game was won with hard work - a first half follow up by C.J. Williams coming off of two missed Calvin Leslie free throws came with State trailing 25-17. Not only did that effort play spark a run that left State on top after the first 20 minutes, but another play—Leslie tipping in a basket following a missed three—stemmed Hoyas momentum after they had gone on a 7-0 run to cut State’s lead to 45-41. And like State, Kansas also shot a lower percentage from the field than its round of 32 opponent. But Georgetown and Purdue won’t be in St. Louis on Friday night - they both lost the battle on the glass. So Friday’s challenge of containing KU’s rebound machine, junior forward Thomas Robinson, could easily be a pivotal factor in the outcome. Robinson averages 13.0 RPG, good for 10th in the nation. As advertised, he has pulled down 13 rebounds in each of the first two games of this year’s tournament.

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some custom fit Rockports is similar to pocket change when I bring in over a million dollars a year. Lastly, to complete my appearance, I may need some ring polish for my championship ring, or in Gottfried’s case, two rings. I have to be sure that when the camera is on me, my rings shine so bright they glow. I guess being a successful head coach does have its benefits. Putting the kind of money schools do into their respective coaches shows exactly what an investment those coaches. As the Pack continues to work its way up in the tournament, to some, it means more money for Coach Gottfried. To Coach Gottfried, it means another win, another game and one step closer to the national championship. With such a successful year from Gottfried’s first year at N.C. State, we can honestly say, “$1.2 million, well worth it.”

we beat them, we can definitely beat North Carolina and get to the Final 4.” 
When I think about what the game against Georgetown means to N.C. State basketball fans, there is one moment that sticks out in my mind. The moment when sophomore forward Calvin Leslie stole the ball from Georgetown’s point guard, ran the length of the floor and dunked it. When that happened, the bar where I was watching the game at went insane. Deafening chants of “WOLF! PACK!” rang from one side of the bar to the other. People were high-fiving and hugging each other. If you walked into the bar, you

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would’ve thought we had just won the game. But it was only halftime. 
“I was jumping up and down and screaming,” Sisk said of Leslie’s dunk. “I thought that would give us the confidence to pull out the win in the second half.” 
Every Wolfpack basketball fan was jumping and screaming because in that moment, nobody cared that the game wasn’t even close to over, or that we only had a three-point lead against one of the best teams in the country. We were happy because we knew we were going to win the game and the dark days of the past were behind us. We were excited because after the gloom and doom of recent years, we knew that Wolfpack basketball was going back to basking in the national spotlight as a force to be reckoned with.

after her first year, and the last two may have them questioning - but it’s important to keep the faith. State has been in a rebuilding phase since Yow handed over the majority of her coaching responsibilities to her assistants in her later stages of cancer, and the program is still building. It’s important to stay calm and let it all play out over the next couple of years.


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Keeping our faith in Harper

Wolfpack Gymnasts named to EAGL AllAcademic team As many as 12 gymnasts on the Pack’s roster made it to the 2012 East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) All-Academic Team. The Pack had four seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and two freshman selected. The team is comprised of student-athletes that maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A total of 99 gymnasts were selected to the team with New Hampshire and Rutgers leading the way with 15 selections each.


ly to coach the game I love, the first thing I would do is buy a new car. There is no way I would come rolling up to the PNC Center in anything less than a brand new Mercedes. Gas prices may be on the rise, but does it really matter if I am loaded? Sorry Toyota Prius, but you are out. Secondly, how about a brand new Armani suit? For only a small setback of $2,000 dollars, coaching the sidelines in an Armani suit means only one thing—swag. With a new suit comes some new shoes. Spending $300 on

omen’s basketball head coach Kellie Harper headed into this year with sub-par expectations, after a previous season that saw a sophomore slump, and returned equal results. The Wolfpack finished 5-11 in t he conference, fel l short of a bid to the NCAA Tournament Jeniece and ended its Jamison season by los- Deputy Sports ing to Appala- Editor chian State in the WNIT on Saturday. In her first season at N.C. State, Harper lead the Pack to an NCAA Tournament bid and yielded a positive prognosis for the direction of the program. Now that the program is in its third year with Harper and has fallen short of its expectations over the past two seasons, is it time to rethink the direction that she is taking the program into? Answer: No. Even though the team did not have the success that it hoped for in terms of wins and losses, there are still some elements in the team that show Harper is making progress towards building a foundation for her tenure at State. The current roster has some talented players that State could potentially build upon. Even though junior guard Marissa Kastanek was initially a Yow recruit, she has blossomed under Harper. Kastanek finished the season twelfth among conference scoring leaders and 4th in three-point percentage. She was also named to the All-Tournament team, which should give Harper some confidence going into next year at the guard position. Freshman guard Krystal Barrett, Kastanek’s understudy, is also a very aggressive guard that could blossom in her time at N.C. State. When scoring 14 points in one game, she attacked the rim ferociously and showed that she could get in a rhythm from outside. If she can perform in this fashion for the Pack on a consistent basis she could certainly be an asset for the program. Harper also has one of the better big players in the conference, sophomore center Kody Burke. She has had doubledouble outings and aggressive outbursts of scoring for the Pack, most notably being her career-high 26-point performance at Wake Forest. If she too becomes a consistent performer for the Pack, she can also become a dominant force in the ACC. Another reason why you shouldn’t question Harper’s tenure yet is that she has spread the recruiting network for Pack basketball. Since arriving in Raleigh, she’s garnered signings from California, Texas and Ohio, which is an expansion on what was once a majority eastern seaboard recruiting pipeline. The combination of local and national talent usually

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Pack football back in action The N.C. State football program will hold it’s annual pro day this Wednesday. Players declaring themselves eligible for the NFL draft are measured and asked to perform workouts in front of a multitude of NFL scouts one final time before the NFL draft in April. Also the first spring practice will be held this Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Dail practice complex, right next to Carter-Finley Stadium. Source: N.C. State Athletics

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Today Baseball vs. east Carolina, Greenville, N.C., 6 p.m. Womens golf at Pinehurst challenge, Pinehurst, N.C., all day Wednesday Women’s tennis v. north Carolina, Chapel hill, N.C., 2:30 p.m.

Thursday Men’s swimming and diving NCAA Championships, Federal Way, Wash., All day

Friday Men’s tennis v. Miami, Coal gables, Fla., 2 p.m. Men’s ncaa swimming and diving championsips, all day Federal way, wash.   Men’s basketball v. TBD, St. Louis, Mo., TBA

Track v. high point, High point, N.C., all day 

Quote of the day “I think we can beat Kansas and then if we beat them, we can definitely beat North Carolina.” Jake Sigler, graduate student in accounting student

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Junior forwards Richard Howell and Deshaun Painter celebrate the 11th-seeded Wolfpack’s round of 32 win over 3rd-seeded Georgetown University. The Wolfpack defeated the Hoyas 66-63 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

Wolfpack: back in the game What Sunday’s win over Georgetown means to State fans. Andrew Schuett Correspondent

Coming off N.C. State’s win against San Diego State, I was ecstatic. We played so well against the Aztecs that I had every reason to believe that State could get to the Sweet 16, but after the Georgetown Hoyas beat Belmont to set up a 3rd round showdown with the Pack, doubt began to creep into my mind over who would win Sunday’s game. 
I wasn’t the only one who thought we might not beat the Hoyas. “Georgetown has a lot more athletic players than we do,” Bobby Stover, senior in civil engineering, said. “They beat a few good teams this season, so we’ll have to play really well to

tucky leaving State without beat them.” 
Here was my logic: George- a true point guard. Midway town is one of the top basket- through its season, State was ball schools in the country. demolished by its most hated They play in the Big East con- rival in Chapel Hill, dealing a ference, recognized as the most major blow to the Wolfpack’s talented top-to-bottom bas- confidence. The Pack even went on a fou r ketball congame losing ference in skid during the country. the most cruGeorgetown cial part of its has enough season, caussi z e, speed ing many fans and athletito give up any cism to comhope of makpete with any ing the NCAA team in the tournament. country, let Bobby Stover, senior in civil 
“I d id n’t a lone N.C . engineering feel like we State. Long had much of a story short, shot to make the Pack had its work cut out for themselves the tournament at that point,” Connor Sisk, sophomore in against the Hoyas. 
But frankly, State has had sport management, said. “I its work cut out for them all thought we needed to have at year. After the Wolfpack hired least one big signature win and Mark Gottfried to be its new then win the ACC tournament head coach, star recruit Ryan to still get into the NCAA tourHarrow transferred to Ken- nament.”

“They beat a few good teams this season, so we’ll have to play really well to beat them.”

But through all the tough times, the Wolfpack never quit or lost faith. The Pack jolted back to life by winning out their regular season games, making a deep run in the ACC tournament and playing the best they had played all year. Optimism started to spread amongst fans that this team was different than Wolfpack basketball teams of recent years; that this year’s team would not only reach the NCAA tournament, but make a deep run and cause some upsets in the tournament once they got there. 
“I think they can go to the Sweet 16,” Jake Sigler, graduate student in accounting, said before the tournament started. “If we beat Georgetown, I think we can beat Kansas and then if

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Can I be Head Coach?

Coach Mark Gottfried gets a hefty extension after a phenomenal season in his first year of coaching


any people ask just how much a Division I coach makes in a year while coaching men’s basketball. Well, it depends on how successful b ot h t he Adam team and Luther the coach Staff Writer are. The average collegiate men’s basketball coach makes around $400,000 a year. Successful coaches who advance to the NCAA Tournament average around $1.3 million. Head coach Mark Gottfried of the Wolfpack can now add his name to the list of one of the highest paid coaches in the NCAA.


According to an article in The News & Observer, coach Mark Gottfried has received a six-year extension, worth $1.2 million per year. Wolfpack fans can rest assuredly knowing that Gottfried will be returning as the head coach for N.C. State until at least April of 2018. In addition to the extension, Gottfried will also receive an additional stipend depending on just how far the Wolfpack goes throughout the remainder of the tournament. If State’s road ends in the Sweet Sixteen, Gottfried will receive a bonus of $62,500. His bonus will increase as each round progress. If the Pack can win the national championship, Gottfried will receive $437,500.

Along with the per round bonus of the NCAA championship, Gottfried could also receive a little more extra cash due to a new media deal. State will now pair with media companies Capitol Broadcasting and Learfield Sports. The new deal means major cash for N.C. State athletics, as the deal is worth no less than $49 million over the next ten years. With all the financial benefits of being a successful Division I head basketball coach, many people impose the question, “Can I be head coach?” Making all this money brings in some major assets. Let’s look at Coach Gottfried, for example. If I was in Gottfried’s shoes and made $1.2 million annual-


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