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North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis spoke to a small crowd in Daniels Hall Monday night about energy, Amendment One and his experiences as a politician. When a crowd member asked whether low salaries promote the already wealthy to become representatives, Tillis was quick to respond. “I’ve been blessed with a job and an opportunity and some level of independence; I’m by no means rich,” Tillis said. Tillis said a proposed salary for legislators based on net worth would in turn discriminate against those who had earned money previously. “At what point does North Carolina no longer want to be a citizen legislature?,” Tillis said. A question and answer session prompted questions on students’ minds, among those issues the proposed Amendment One that would constitutionally ban homosexual marriage. “It’s a generational issue,” Tillis said. “The data shows right now that you are a generation away from that issue.” According to Tillis, researchers have predicted Amendment One will pass with approximately 54 percent, but Tillis, who voted to pass the amendment, believes it won’t remain long. “If it passes, I think it will be repealed within 20 years,” Tillis said. Ryan Thomson, graduate student of anthropology and active member of the Occupy movement, prompted Tillis about the Progress Energy/
Listening to Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, N.C. State students attend a town hall meeting in Daniels Hall Monday. When asked what needs to be done about K-12 education, Tillis said, “K-12 education needs to go through reform, significant reform.”
Duke merger that is still in progress. Thomson said a program called CWIP could raise energy rates by 17 percent, but Tillis was not quick to agree. “If you’re going to build a nuclear facility built in your state, you’re going to need CWIP; if you don’t want it, you won’t want CWIP,” Tillis said. Tillis insisted increased pricing from CWIP was a “fallacy.” Thomson was not pleased with Tillis’ answer. Tillis’ words on the University budget cited a relationship be-
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Speaking during a town hall meeting in Daniels Hall, N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis talks about how he supports Amendment One Monday. “I support Amendment One, but I believe that right now we are one generation away from being able to contest this,” Tillis said.
Scientific-minded alumni and students alike will find some interesting things to read about in PAMS’ magazine. Published by the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Scope magazine gives the college an opportunity to connect with potential donors. While alumni are the main focus of the publication, according to Steve Townsend, director of the dean’s office in PAMS, students can benefit from reading it as well. “Students interested in science might be very much interested in some of the articles we publish,” Townsend said. The magazine, released once every season, discusses various research projects students, alumni and faculty are working on. Each edition typically focuses on one main type of research project. “Anything good we find out about students, faculty, or alumni are doing, we make sure to cover it,” Townsend said. Printed issues of each edition of the magazine are distributed to various places on campus, including the office of the dean of PAMS. In addition to the print version, PDF versions of every issue ever released are available on the PAMS webpage. Townsend said a more in-
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Two years ago, Michael Cherry was studying textile engineering at N.C. State when he returned from an alternative spring break trip to the Dominican Republic. However, he did not come back tired from all the work he and his classmates had accomplished. Instead, he returned to the United States with a renewed passion and the plans to turn that passion into a system to help others confront the injustices of the world. The organization Cherr y founded about a year ago, called More Than Dance, is still going strong and is inspiring students in the N.C. State community. According to Cindy Lam, freshman in arts application and marketing director of More Than Dance, the organization has not lost sight of the inspiration that started it all. This spark ignited in Cherry’s mind while he was doing manual labor as part of his alternative spring break trip, organized to help out an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. “While we were doing manual labor, we got to know the kids really well,” Cherry said. “The
very first night we got down there, show off or dance to be better than the kids come up to me, and I looked anybody else,“ Kaikai said. During these workshops, Cherry at one of them and was like, ‘What’s up? I’m Mikey.’ He looked at me like and his team of staff members teach I was crazy and I thought, ‘Oh crap. dance choreography and raise monHe doesn’t speak English, and he has ey for various charities, such as the Charlotte rescue mission, raising no idea what I just said.’” While thinking of how to respond, funds for a friend’s cancer treatCherry, who came from a danc- ment and the Red Cross in Haiti. ing background, started dancing However, Cherry and his staff never around the orphanage. This small want to stop there. “Outside of raising money for action helped break through the causes, we strive to help people find language barrier. “Kids started mimicking me and what their specific passion is, and showing off their own dance moves, hopefully inspire them to develop and by the end of the week, wher- and grow their craft so that they c a n u lt i mately ever I went, I had take that turn that a line of 10 kids into a way to serve following me and people,” Cherry dancing. Dance said. broke down that These measures barrier of lanare particularly guage to where it significant when wasn’t even about presented to high dance anymore--it school kids who was about connechave yet to find all tion,” Cherry said. of their passions. Within a year Michael Cherry, More Than Last year, More of returning from Dance founder Than Dance took t he Dominican Republic, More Than Dance was their workshops to R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem. running dance workshops. “If someone gives you $10, that’s Cicely Kaikai, junior in nutrition science, was one friend whom Cher- dope … but there is so much more ry turned to for help in running the with that face-to-face, personal inworkshops. She is now a member of teraction, knowing that someone cares about you,” Cherry said. More Than Dance’s street team. Lam was one of the staff members “I felt like this was a great way to combine my passion for dance, who got to experience that day of while still being able to do it for the workshops at R.J. Reynolds High right reasons. I don’t ever dance to School. Despite the toilet paper
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rolls strewn all over the outside of the school due to a prank coordinated by the senior class, and despite a fire drill, More Than Dance staff members were able to reach out and run workshops during every period of the day. “One of the greatest feelings was at the end of the day, although kids are usually in a rush to go home, they lingered in the dance room,” Lam said. “It was so amazing. I never imagined that they would want to keep dancing as if they weren’t tired.” More Than Dance’s effort has not gone unnoticed. This year, More Than Dance attracted they eyes of Tony Calub and Prelude Dance Competition. Prelude is a nationally recognized hip hop dance competition organized by Tony. On March 31, More Than Dance will be hosting the competition at Knightdale High School. “Somehow [Tony] had heard about More Than Dance, and he thought we were a really good organization and he emailed us to see if we would be interested in hosting the very first Prelude Carolinas … for us, the winners get to pick a certain charity to give the money to,” Lam said. Prelude Carolinas will feature 14 hip hop dance crews from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Fla. Calub is not the only person who has seen the potential in More Than
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is also working extensively with More Than Dance. “More Than Dance started about a year after REACH did, and although we did have different audiences at first, at the end of the day, we have a very similar message in that regardless of where
your passion is, you can create change through it and you can change the world through whatever you do,” Poon said. Somet hi ng t hat Poon tweeted over his R.E.A.C.H. Twitter account March 21 reflects his feelings. “Let your passion be MORE
THAN a hobby, your love touch MORE THAN your i mmed iate commu nit y, your life be MORE THAN ordinary” For more information about the organization, students can visit their Facebook page.
teractive website for the magazine is currently in the works, and could potentially be released within the next year. The circulation numbers are currently much higher for the printed version of the magazine. Scope was initially created as a means for staying in touch with potential donators to PAMS. The magazine is mailed out to about 13,000 alumni and friends of the University, Townsend said. “The head of advancement started this as a way to communicate with a lumni and donors,” Townsend said. Dan Solomon, dean of PAMS, said Scope is important because it helps educate students about things happening in the scientific field. “Even if you’re not majoring in a scientific discipline, you need to have some scientific knowledge to be a fully participatory member of society,” Solomon said. As Solomon also point-
pleted. “I thought because he was a conservative, he would want to protect our wallets,” Thomson said. “We are not only looking at tuition hikes, we are also looking at CWIP passing.” Several members of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) attended the event, and had mixed reviews on the speech. YAL members gave respect
to Tillis but held reservations on several of his points. “When he was talking about Amendment One, that it was a generational issue, he was basically avoiding it,” Ross Bradley, YAL member and sophomore in chemical engineering, said. Derek Spicer, YAL president and senior in history and economics, said Tillis was fairly concise with his answers, re-
gardless of whether he agreed with them all. “He didn’t dance around an issue,” Spicer said. “He got right to it.” Most YAL members at the meeting gave respect to Tillis’ stance on marijuana decriminalization and for medical use. Tillis said he would rather have a discussion on legalizing marijuana than a discus-
sion on whether it could be used medically. He believes that often the “medicinal” drug in other states is purely a de facto legalization. John Hader, YAL member and sophomore in meteorology, gave respect to his consideration. “I like that [Tillis was] at least willing to bring up the issue of medical marijuana,” Hader said.
Sam Kim, one of the choreographers from North Carolina State University’s More Than Dance crew, teaches a new dance during a workshop in Carmichael Gym March 13. Kim, along with the rest of the More Than Dance crew, will be competing in Prelude Carolinas at the end of this month.
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tween taxes and tuition. “We always have to strike a balance between a tax increase and a tuition increase,” Tillis said. Tillis said the 9 percent tuition increase over several years is still set to be com-
ed out, understanding some basic science can be beneficial when voting or making basic purchases. “Decision makers in government or industry need solid scientific information to frame policy proposals and the rest of us, voters and customers, need the tools with which to evaluate them,” Solomon said. The spring issue, which will be released soon in PDF and print format, will be focusing on energy projects that are helping further sustainability efforts. Star-Lena Quintana, junior in mathematics, helps write stories for the magazine. She has enjoyed her new experiences working with Scope and plans to continue writing. “I’m already heavily involved in [the] sciences, but to be able to write about it is a completely different aspect,” Quintana said. Quintana said Scope is a good way for the public to connect with research PAMS students are working on and to learn more about science in general. “It kind of celebrates things within our college,” Quintana said.
Hader disagreed on Tillis’ perspective on voting, which involved voting for the party a person identifies with as a last resort. “It shouldn’t be about what your party is doing,” Hader said.
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Student Government elections—including the run for student body president—open all day. Candidates have been campaigning for the last two weeks and have attended three debates to highlight campus issues. All three candidates have made Facebook pages and websites where interested students can find each candidate’s campaign platform.
The student body president is often considered the “face of the University,” so it’s imperative students vote for who they believe is the best candidate and who will best represent the University in the coming year.
ith student body president elections are open all day, it’s important every student takes a few minutes to vote for who they believe to be the best candidate. The student body president represents the entire student body, and his/her job is a difficult one. The SBP is the face of the student body to units outside the University, and to groups inside the University. For example, this year when the GLBT Center was vandalized, current Student Body President Chandler Thompson rallied students and
to get to know their campaign platform and what they hope to organizations to re- be a true rallying force fault, the student body do if they are elected. Vote for the candipresident—but when spond. The University for students. As students, we have asked if they voted, date you believe best community looked to Thompson to see her the right and respon- they will say no. This represents your opinreaction and what she sibility to vote for who year, let’s change that ions and trust he or she organized as a result of we believe the best trend. This year we will make the right dethe vandalism, but the candidate is. A lot of have three different, cisions. Let your voice community outside of times throughout the well-qualified candi- be heard by electing dates running for SBP. the best possible canthe University, such as year students Take the t i m e didate to represent us. news media, turned to will comThompson for the re- plain about action of the students. the Student The student body G o v e r n president is a rallying m e n t — force for campus when and by incidences such as the devandalism occur, as well as when positive things happen at the University. Therefore, it’s important the president doesn’t have any biases so he or she can The unsigned editorial is the opinion of the members of Technician’s editorial board, excluding the news department, and is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief.
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Candidates were asked to submit their top five platform points they felt were most important to student voters.
Advocacy for students The student body president serves as the voice of the student body; as a voting member of the Board of Trustees they’re required to speak on behalf of their peers. As budget cuts continue, we must form a unified stance of student opinion. We need to advocate for ourselves and tell the administration what we need in order to be successful as students at a 21st century land-grant institution. I will advocate for a 24-hour library, laboratory supplies, research opportunities, increased class seats and sections, and much more. I will be the true voice of all students.
Amp up traditions We are N.C. State. We need to continue showcasing our passion for the Wolfpack. As SBP, I will work to establish new traditions while promoting the current traditions we have, such as Campout, Service Raleigh and Homecoming. I support the new event “Respect the Pack” and will establish that diversity event as a tradition bringing together all students.
Go green Our University is a leading institution in green initiatives and sustainability, but we can do more. As SBP, I will support the expansion of the weekly Campus Farmers Market. As students, we should understand where our food comes from and encourage each other to buy fresh foods. Also to support
our local economy and NC agriculture, I will work with University Dining to continue our commitment to the NC 10 percent campaign, requiring 10 percent of all food items used in dining to be produced in North Carolina.
Let someone else pay for Talley Student Center We need a SBP who understands the Talley Project and the impact it will make on the future of student life. At this moment, students are completely paying for the project. With my experience as student centers president, I will seek to partner with donors and industry to attain outside funding for the project. I will commit to having the fee lowered or the number of years students have to pay reduced.
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I’d like to start a competition for Greek Life where chapters sponsor recycling bins in the student lot. The winner would receive money for their philanthropy. I’d also like to see an event emulating UNC’s Tarheel Treasure, a yard sale comprised of items students leave behind after moving out. They raise thousands of dollars for a charitable organization of their choice. Ours could be The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.
As student body president I will try to continue to grow lines of communication between Student Government and all groups so we know what students want and need. Student Government needs to do more by going directly to student groups and work outside the confines of our Harrelson Hall offices.
Transportation improvements There is no need for bus overcrowding anymore. I will work with Transportation to reduce overcrowding for students and will fight to create a late-night bus route for students to explore what Raleigh has to offer. My team will also work to add Transloc screens at more bus stops so students know when to expect their ride.
Creating more efficient systems
Increased collaboration All students enter N.C. State with various interests and passions. Student Government needs to do a better job of tapping into that potential. To build unity within our University, I will increase collaboration between Student Government and college councils. As the current president of the CALS Agri-Life Council, I know what it takes to build relationships and address issues with academics. We are a team.
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We must continue to improve safety on our campus, whether it is through more officers, more lights or the alert system. I’d like to explore the meal plan time restrictions, use of meal plan in C-Stores and more vegan options in the dining halls. As always, bus systems and the ticketing system should always be revisited to determine efficiency and how well they’re serving student needs.
Improving international student experience/increasing opportunities Working with current international students and the current mentoring programs, we can make the transition easier for international students on this campus. I’d also like to explore ways we can provide study abroad to more students, whether their reservation be financial or coursework related.
Year-long concert series
Government needs to better articulate what happens in its offices. What role do they play in your student experience? I would continue to explore ways to connect students to elected officials.
Graduate student life While they are a smaller community on our campus, they are absolutely part of N.C. State. We need to enhance the resources and atmosphere for graduate students. I’d like to explore a graduate writing center as well as potential social outlets and networking opportunities among graduate students.
Accountability While we work on advising issues every year, we absolutely need to continue to. They are critical in setting students up for success and ensuring students graduate on time. Student
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The large, fee-supported University organizations have the financial resources and on-campus venues already available (no fee increases necessary) but students need strong leadership to consolidate these resources and sponsor a year-long concert series, which will bring together various genres of music and exciting artists. My team will create partnerships and gather feedback so we plan concerts that students want.
students a new outlet to learn things they need to do to find success and passion in whatever career they choose. I also will advocate for a redevelopment and rebranding to the ePack career service website. Students need to have the best tools and advising available to help them take the initial steps into future careers and employment.
Alumni mentoring and expanding ePack
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It is my goal to create a network so alumni working around the world can connect and exchange messages with students searching for professional mentoring and development. Wellconnected alumni can provide vast amounts of guidance and mentoring for career development. These relationships and information would provide
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Ophthalmologist ‘sees the light’ through intraocular lenses Ophthalmologists make significant improvements in lenses used for cataract surgery in dogs. Josephine Yurcaba Life & Style Editor
The world should now look a lot less cloudy for animals that have just had cataract surgery. Brian Gilger, a professor of ophthalmology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, has developed a way to improve vision for both large and small animals after they have undergone cataract surgery. When a dog has cataracts, the lens through which the eye filters light is cloudy or foggy. To fix this problem, doctors can surgically replace the faulty lens in the dog’s eyes with an artificial lens, and its vision will become relatively normal. Cataract surgery in dogs has become one of the most common and successful ocular surgeries. The company Acrivet manufactures the artificial lenses used at the University. The lenses are made in Germany and then shipped all over the world to different veterinary facilities and ophthalmologists. “When the lens become opaque…you take out the lens, and through a process called psycho-emulsification you can make it so the eye can focus back to the retina, and you replace that lens with an artificial lens,” Joyce Wickham, managing director and vice president of the U.S. division of Acrivet, said. “We’ve placed intraocular lenses in animals for a long time; soluble lenses have been around for seven or
eight years, and before that we used rigid lenses,” Wickham said. “With veterinary medicine, they try to adapt human ophthalmology and configure it for animals. So all the lenses are…close or very similar. [Manufacturing them] requires a lot of calculations, such as what would be the right refractions.” Even with just an an artificial implant, multiple postsurgical complications have developed after intraocular lenses have been implanted. Complications including ocular inf lammation and development of cloudiness are often frequent symptoms after implantation. Gilger has helped to develop a method of sustained ocular release of celecoxib, an anti-inflammatory medication that can decrease ocular inflammation and eliminate these postcataract symptoms. In this study, special intraocular lenses containing celecoxib will be implanted in the eyes of dogs undergoing cataract surgery. The lenses, which provide a sustained release of celecoxib, were developed by the NCSU Ophthalmic Research Laboratory under Gilger’s guidance. “The lens [in the eye] is just like [the] lens of [a] camera— it focuses the light that comes into [the] eye, but when cataracts develop, [that] is when the lens becomes opaque,” Gilger said. This is when the lens is replaced with an artificial lens, usually made of a soft-acrylic material. “The lens that is always put in after surgery… we can potentially get the lens to absorb some of this drug [celecoxib] and it slowly releases this drug after surgery.”
Damian Launer, a clinical technician, assists Brian Gilger, an ophthalmologist at the College of Veterinary Medicine, in examining a patient during a follow-up visit. Gilger uses a portable slit lamp to see how the implant functions in the cataract.
The release of the drug is a time-release formula design to prevent common postsurgery symptoms. After the entire drug has been released, the lens will continue fulfilling its purpose in the dog’s eyes for the rest of his or her life, according to Gilger. Gilger said the modified drug-releasing lens is making its way through the necessary clinical trials to hopefully become available for everyday use in cataract surgery. “We’ve done a number of studies evaluating the drug delivery in vitro and in models in the lab…we are inching up with a clinical trial with 20 dogs that have had cataract surgery,” Gilger said. “[In the study] some animals are receiving the drug-releasing implant and others are receiving just the implant itself, and we are studying both to
Dr. Brian Gilger uses a portable slit lamp to examine eyes of a golden retriever patient.
see which animals are doing the best.” If the results are positive, Gilger said they hope to use it on their clinical patients by
the end of the year and then after two years hope it may be developed for commercial use. Gilger’s long-term goals are to make the product avail-
able for use in large animals and humans as well to improve their ocular health and well-being.
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Injured wild turtles attract allies Turtle rescue team works to advance reptile medicine. Katie Sanders Senior Staff Writer
Gregory Lewbart, professor of aquatic animal medicine, has always had a special place in his heart for turtles. So naturally when a friend of his brought in an injured wild turtle, he treated it. When the news spread and 10 more turtles followed that one, he did his best to treat them, too. However, he realized a solution had to be found when he started receiving about 50 wild turtles a year. “I was starting to get a little overwhelmed with turtles,” Lewbart said. So he got students involved with his cause and started what is now known as the Turtle Rescue Team. “We work to fix the turtles, then we send them to rehab, and then the ultimate goal is to release back into their natural habitat,” Kahlina Frey, a doctorate of veterinary medicine and co-president of the Turtle Rescue Team, said. The team has grown tremendously; they now receive about 200 turtles per season. Though many of the turtles are found because they have been hit by cars, the work done on them varies dramatically. Team members have even performed dental work on turtles after their mouths had been injured so they could eat properly. “We do definitely try to contribute to reptile medicine, as far as trying new techniques to see what works,”
Turtle Rescue Team captain, Caitlin Cavanaugh, stands with co-presidents Anne Meyer and Kahlina Frey, all third-year College of Veterinary Medicine students. The Turtle Rescue Team is dedicated to treating injured wild turtles, such as the two eastern box turtles and snapping turtle above.
Anne Meyer, a doctorate of veterinary medicine and copresident of the Turtle Rescue Team, said. “We’ve tried several different fracture repair techniques, because a lot of times turtles will come in with fractured limbs, and it poses a special problem when it’s small turtles to try to fix the bone.” Usually turtles with broken legs need amputations, the turtle team has been working on new methods of bone repair and recently tested it on a box turtle named Gimpy Steve. “They developed an epoxy
splint or brace for the outside of the leg so the turtle wouldn’t pull it into the shell…That leg did heal up, and he was able to use his leg and was eventually released,” Lewbart said. The team primarily treats native North Carolina turtles, but they will also treat invasive species or other reptiles or amphibians if they are injured. For example, they’ve treated a black rat snake that had eaten a plastic chicken egg and a bullfrog named Charlie who had a broken leg. “We also do a lot of community outreach stuff—we
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go to different events and try to work with the community and tell them about [the] turtle team,” Frey said. The team’s mission is exposure, not just rescue work. Not only do people have to know to call if they find an injured turtle, one of the steps in turtle recovery is rehab, where individual volunteers take a turtle that has been treated home with them until it can fully heal. “We work with the person who finds them to see if they are interested in rehabbing and releasing so we can keep them involved in that whole process,” Frey said. The doctors usually try to name groups of turtles by themes; this summer they’ve had a beer theme, a Harry Potter theme and a Spanish theme. Frey became particularly attached to a turtle named Hognose, so dubbed because one of his eyes and the end of his nose had to be removed. “He was touch-and-go for a while,” Frey said. “His prognosis was very guarded, but we ended up nursing him back to health…and we released him at the end of the season. He had some spunk to him. He would hiss at you a lot. He was feisty; he was a feisty little fighter.”
Kahlina Frey, third year student at NCSU CVM, injects a chicken turtle prior to surgery. Frey is co-president of the Turtle Rescue Team, which treats and rehabilitates sick and injured wild turtles for release.
The Turtle Rescue Team is open to anyone who wants to get involved. Pre-vet undergraduate students can practice working with reptiles there, or volunteers can house a turtle who is in rehab. “You get a lot of medical practice, on how to deal with
a case and go through a case and what treatments to do and tests to run,” Frey said. “It’s a really good opportunity if you are ever thinking of doing something in the medical field, or if you just like turtles.”
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According to espn.go.com, their criteria for how cool a name is depends on how fun it is to say, how the name is spelt or how funky and unusual the name is. Based on that criteria, the names a re g iven seeds, after which they go head to head to see who moves on to t he next round. Last year’s winner, Bubba Day of Purdue, took the tournament despite being a 15 seed. This unlikely run by Day last year brings hope to the Pack faithful, as Battle was given a six seed. Another thing to note is that Fab Melo was initially given the overall No.1 seed, but since Melo was considered ineligible by the NCAA, ESPN decided not to let him in this tournament as well. In the first round of the
tournament, Battle went up against the number 11 seed, Notre Dame’s Mike Broghammer. Battle would easily take the first round victory, compiling more than 80 percent of the votes. In the second round, Battle faced off with the No. 14 seed, Grandy Glaze from St. Louis. The percentages were not as wide, but Battle won again, with more thab 64 percent of the votes. In the rou nd of 16, Battle was up against one of the tournament favorites, Dakota Slaughter of Alabama. Once again, the Wolfpack fans would thrust Battle to the next round by racking up more than 70 percent of the votes tallied. In the Elite Eight, Battle is up against yet another tournament favorite, California’s Bak Bak. Hopefully with the help of many clicks of the mouse, Battle will propel through to the Final Four.
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way as Miami won five of the six matches played. The lone win for the Wolfpack came from Kissell, who beat her opponent Anna Barenstein, ranked No. 20 in the nation, in a third set tiebreak. Kissell is currently ranked No. 60 in the nation and is in the midst of a threematch win streak. Barenstein marked the sixth nationally ranked opponent that Kissell has defeated so far this season, and also the highest ranked. Despite Kissell’s win, the Wolfpack lost their match against the Hurricanes by a score of 6-1. “I feel like these tough matches definitely gives our team confidence,” Kissell said. “We’re having close matches against all these teams. Miami is sixth in nation, and we’re right there with them and so we’re going to take some confidence from the matches and build on that.” The Wolfpack has another double-header in Raleigh this Saturday and Sunday against Virginia and Virginia Tech, respectively.
“Staats Battle has reached the Elite Eight for the coolest name in the 2012 NCAA tournament.”
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• Page 7: Continue reading about how Staats Battle made the Elite Eight.
• 1 day until the Mcdonalds All-American game.
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Dawn of a new era
NC State commits to play in Mcdonald’s All American Game
Gottfried kick-starts a new period of success in Wolfpack Basketball.
All three of N.C. State’s basketball recruits for the upcoming season are set to play in the Mcdonald’s AllAmerican game a the United Center in Chicago. TJ Warren from Brewster Academy, N.H., ranked No. 29 in the nation, Rodney Purvis from Upper Room Christian,N.C., ranked No. 20 in the nation and No. 44 Tyler Lewis from Oak Hill Academy, Va. have signed their national letters of intent to play for the Pack, making N.C. State the only team in the nation to have more than two of its recruits playing in the game this year. The game is set for tip-off at 9.30 p.m. ET on March 28. Source: n.c. state athletics
Men’s golf closes day at fourth position The N.C. State men’s golf team hit a 9-under 279 to finish the day at fourth position at the Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay Country Club. Defending champion Mitchell Sutton and sophomore Albin Choi are tied for 10th at 3-under 141. After finishing the first day at seventh position, the Pack now finds itself in a good position heading into the final round trailing Auburn and Kentucky and Texas A&M who are tied for second place. Source: N.C. State Athletics
athletic schedule March 2012 Su
Today Men’s golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Awendaw, S.C., All Day Wednesday Softball v. UNC-Charlotte Charlotte, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Baseball v. ECU Raleigh, 6 p.m. Friday Men’s tennis v. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., 2:30 p.m. Baseball v. Virginia Raleigh, 6 p.m. Track at Raleigh Relays Raleigh, All Day Saturday Women’s Tennis v. Virginia Raleigh, 12 p.m. Softball v. Georgia Tech Raleigh, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Baseball v. Virginia Raleigh, 6 p.m. Track at Raleigh Relays Raleigh, All Day
Quote of the day “We’ve got a great foundation of players now with Leslie, Brown, Howell, and so on. These new players definitely have the skill to take us to the next level.” Jake Sigler, graduate student in accounting
Sophomore Joelle Kissell returns a volley during her doubles game against Miami in the Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium Sunday, Mar. 25, 2012. The sixth-ranked Hurricanes defeated the Wolfpack 6-1.
Women’s tennis drops double-header at home Wolfpack gain valuable experience in weekend double-header against top ACC opponents.
the Seminoles No. 1 doubles team. However the Pack were unable to win either of the other two doubles matches, as they lost the doubles point and went down 1-0 in the overall score to Florida State. Andrew Schuett The singles matches didn’t go any Staff Writer better for State. Kissell continued The N.C. State women’s ten- her hot streak by beating her No. nis team lost two tough match- 1 singles opponent. After dropping es over the weekend to highly the first set, Kissell fought back and ranked ACC foes Florida State quickly grabbed the second set beand Miami. Both matches were fore clinching the match in a hardplayed on campus at the J.W. Is- fought third set by a score of 6-4. Junior Chloe Smith delivered the enhour Tennis Center. only other singles The unwin for the Wolfranked Wolfpack. Smith won p a c k ( 5 -11, a grinding first 1-4) took on set 7-5 before her No. 40 Florida opponent sucState (8-5, 1-3 cumbed to injury in ACC) in Satand had to retire urday’s match. from the match, The match was giving Smith and played on the the Pack a victory. indoor courts “We’re improvdue to ra i n i ng w it h each throughout the Joelle Kissell, sophomore tennis player match,” Sm it h day. said. “We know Doubles play got underway as the match be- what [we’re] doing wrong and fixgan. All three doubles matches ing that for the next match.” Despite stiff resistance from all of were very close, as both teams fought to gain the advantage go- the Wolfpack players, Florida State eventually carried the day and won ing into singles play. The indoor conditions didn’t the remaining singles matches to faze the Wolfpack, as they were win the overall match by a score of first on the board after their 5-2. There was a bigger long-term No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Joelle Kissell and Ashley concern for State, however, as juMiller claimed an 8-6 win over nior team captain Tatiana Illova
“We’re right there with them and so we’re going to take some confidence from the matches and build on that.”
Quick Stats Miami
No. 60 Joelle Kissell(NCSU) def. No. 20 Anna Barenstein (UM), 6-3, 5-7, 10-4
FSU • • •
Kissell/Miller (NCSU) def. Segarelli/Seaborne (FSU), 8-6 No. 60 Joelle Kissell(NCSU) def. Leyla Erkan (FSU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 Chloe Smith (NCSU) def. Carolina De los Santos (FSU) , 7-5, 1-1 (inj. default) Source: n.c. state athletics
had to retire from her singles match due to injury. Illova plays a crucial role for the Pack as the No. 2 singles player and is also a key part of State’s No. 2 doubles team along with freshman Nicole Martinez. Sunday’s match saw State play against No. 6 Miami (FL). The Hurricanes brought a very strong team to Raleigh with three of its six singles players and two of its three doubles teams ranked within the top 100 players and teams in the nation. Miami came out of the gates quickly and won all three doubles matches convincingly to gain a 1-0 advantage going into singles play. Singles went much the same
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Staats Battle reaches Elite Eight Freshman basketball player makes headlines for unusual name. Cory Scott Staff Writer
Freshman guard Staats Battle is a native of the Raleigh area. Battle played high school basketball at Broughton High School, where he averaged 13.7 p oi nt s as a senior. B at t le , w ho led his squad in scoring and rebounding, guided the Broughton High Capitals to a 22-6 overall record. Besides lacing his shoes to tear up the hardwood, Battle also competed on the tennis team during his high school years. The
Capitals would finish second in the state playoffs. Seeing the excellence that Battle displayed in different competitive fields, Battle received WRAL’s Extra Effort Award. This past year, Battle has seen action in a handful of games for the Wolfpack. One of the most notable games for Battle this season was the contest against Northeastern. Battle was one-for-one shooting with a total of three points. T h i s m ay not seem like much, but when looking back, the Pack had already sealed the deal when Battle entered the game. Instead of standing around and passing the basketball around until the horn blew, the Pack continued to work their offense. Battle was able to knock down a huge three from the corner that sent the Wolfpack crowd into a frenzy.
“In the Elite Eight, Battle is up against... California’s Bak Bak.”
ESPN coolest name contest Elite Eight • • • • • • • •
Cashmere Wrght, Cincinnati Tavon Sledge, Iowa State Vander Blue, Marquette Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse Bak Bak, California Scoop Jardine, Syracuse Staats Battle, NC State Bubu Palo, Iowa State Source: espn.go.com
However, Battle has grabbed headlines for other reasons this year besides his basketball exploits. For those who do not already know, Staats Battle has reached the Elite Eight for the coolest name in the 2012 NCAA tournament. The bracket started out with 64 favorite player names from this year’s tournament field.
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N.C. State’s game against Kansas Friday night was one of the most nerve-racking ga mes I’ve ever watched. I was so nervous throughout that by the end of the game, I felt like years had Andrew been taken off my Schuett life. That would’ve Staff Writer been fine with me, had we beaten Kansas, but we didn’t. Normally, I would have been infuriated with the referees for not calling any fouls on the Jayhawks, or become inconsolable over our inability to execute in late-game situations. This time, however, I wasn’t angry or sad. I felt more at peace than anything; at peace with the spectacular progress State basketball has made over the past year and comforted the Pack will be a force to be reckoned with going forward. “The tournament run has meant a lot to me, because I’m here at N.C. State amongst all the players and the excitement around campus, Connor Sisk, a sophomore in sport management, said. “Considering how the last few years have been, it’s meant a lot to show that there are signs of life that Wolfpack basketball is coming back to what we were in the 1970s and 1980s.” Head coach Mark Gottfried deserves much of the credit for the rise of the Wolfpack this season. In his first year, Gottfried has led the team to a 20-plus-win season, a strong ACC Tournament showing and a bracket-busting run in the NCAA Tournament. He’s also pulled in an incredible recruiting class (ranked top five in the nation) and has brought the best out of our current players. “I’d give Gottfried an A+ for his first season,” Andrew Snyder, sophomore in sports management, said. “If you would’ve told me a year ago that we’d make it to the Sweet 16 and have a top 10 recruiting class coming in, everyone would say you were crazy. He’s taken the program from the bottom of the ACC and moved it to where our expectations would be, at the very least, to finish in the top five of the conference, if not higher.” Among the things Wolfpack fans are most excited about is Gottfried’s elite recruiting class. So far, three players have committed to play college basketball at N.C. State next year. Rodney Purvis, Tyler Lewis and T.J. Warren are all McDonald’s All-Americans and are also all among the top 50 recruits in the nation. “Our recruiting class is topnotch,” Jake Sigler, graduate student in accounting, said. “We’ve got a great foundation of players now with [Calvin] Leslie, [Lorenzo] Brown, [Richard] Howell and so on. These new players definitely have the skill to take us to the next level.” “Lewis reminds me of Steve Nash, because he can make both basic and flashy passes,” Snyder said. “Purvis reminds me of Dwayne Wade because he can finish around the basket and he’s got a pretty good jump shot. T.J. Warren has a lot of Paul Pierce in his game because he can make jumpers, but he’s tall and has a big wingspan like Kevin Durant. So he’s like a Pierce/Durant hybrid, which is nice to have.” As far as predictions for next season go, the Wolfpack is primed for a potentially breakout season. “People don’t realize this, but we can win the ACC next year,” Sigler said. “All the current UNC players are going to go pro after this year and Duke’s as beatable as they’ve been in recent memory. Next year, we’ll have the talent, athleticism and coaching to go toe-to-toe with anyone in the country.”