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This Saturday, April 14, the N.C. State chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity will be holding a charity soccer tournament to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The third-ever tournament event, to be held on the Greek Court fields at 1 p.m., is in honor of Spencer Meyer, an ATO member who committed suicide in January 2010. Each year since Meyer’s death, ATO has organized the event to show its commitment to the suicide awareness and prevention cause, and to remember Meyer. This year, ATO is partnering with the Hope for the Hopeless Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Meyer’s mother, Lisa Meyer. Together, they are supporting the event to raise awareness about suicide prevention for teenagers and young adults. Steve Gilene, sophomore in human biology and ATO Philanthropy Chair, is heading up the event and said the teams are made up of nine different participating Greek groups. “The tournament is modeled after the World Cup, and each sorority team will represent a different country,” Gilene said. “Each team also has an ATO member as a designated coach.” According to Gilene, the teams were responsible for picking their countries and then creating or buying their uniforms.

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Students march downtown to protest coal mining practices

Upcoming tournament to raise suicide awareness

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ATO holds third annual soccer tournament this weekend to support suicide prevention efforts.


To raise money for the tournament, Gilene said each team was charged a $200 entry and participation fee. He said ATO will also be selling T-shirts, including a special “Hope for the Hopeless” shirt in Meyer’s honor. All of the proceeds from the event and T-shirt sales, Gilene said, will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Hope for the Hopeless Spencer Meyer Fund. While members of ATO have organized the event, Gilene said they’ve received help from their sponsors Coke, Valentine Commons and Coastal Clothiers. He said the sponsors will be donating things like snacks and refreshments for the tournament day. Gilene said the sorority team that wins the tournament gets to have the traditional trophy in its house for a year. Other teams will receive smaller trophies too, for awards like “best dressed team,” “best skills” and “most independence.” To further its support for suicide prevention, ATO is in the process of building and developing its philanthropic spirit to extend beyond just Greek life. “We’re hoping to expand the tournament next year to include non-Greek organizations,” Gilene said. While the charity tournament is all about fun and games, ATO members said it’s also about calling attention to a very serious matter. Jason Baker, senior in chemical engineering and ATO member

Contributed by Ryan Thomson

Students march through downtown Raleigh March 31 to bring attention to how the merger of Duke and Progress Energy could lead to an increase in the use of coal retrieved by mountaintop removal mining.

Student group ECO marched through downtown Raleigh in a stance against current Duke mining practices. Lindsey Rosenbaum Staff Writer

The N.C. State Environmental Concerns Organization marched in downtown Raleigh on March 31 to draw attention to price hikes that would accompany the merger of Duke Energy and Progressive Energy and how the merger could lead to an increase in the use of coal retrieved by mountaintop removal mining.

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In December, the Environment EPA requirements. Most of the coal Protection Agency created emis- being supplied to the plants comes sions standards against smog and from mountaintop removal coal mining. mercur y t hat The process of would go into efmountaintop refect in 2015. Commoval coal minpanies were given ing has been used a choice to purto retrieve coal chase equipment for decades, havto meet the EPA ing picked up in set standards or popularity in the to invest in newer late 1990s. forms of energy. Ryan Thomson, graduate “Mountaintop Most companies student in sociology removal coal minchose the latter ing is the process option, but Duke chose to add cleaning equipment by which coal is exposed by blowing and keep all 14 coal plants in North Carolina open and up to date with coal continued page 3

“Clean coal is a dirty lie. You can’t take sulfur emissions out of it.”

Students arrested in Occupy demonstrations


Two students were arrested downtown during foreclosure protests. Will Brooks Deputy News Editor

Nine members of the Occupy movement, including two N.C. State students, were arrested in a home foreclosure protest at a home in Southeast Raleigh yesterday. Jim Sughrue, director of public affairs for the Raleigh Police Department, said several suspects broke into the foreclosed residence at 2633 Pebble Meadow Lane, Raleigh. Monday night, two others, including Ryan Thomson, graduate student in sociology and anthropology, were arrested after revisiting the scene. “We did a good job for the most part, nine were arrested today,” Thomson said. Thomson said that the protest of what Occupy called a faked bank foreclosure was a success and by the end of Monday night, marked 52 arrests on the Occupy Raleigh timeline. “Upon arrival, the officers determined that an unknown number of suspects had broken into the residence and that others were on property outside the home,” Sughrue said in the release. According to Occupy Raleigh’s website, protesters came to the home in protest of an “illegal foreclosure” in which the owner was ordered to move out by last Sunday. . The property was foreclosed upon in early 2011 according to Sughrue,

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Ex-marine John Pearson is arrested by Raleigh Police officer B. A. Amstutz after protesting through Fayetville Street during Occupy Raleigh’s 100th day march on Sunday, January 22.

and the current property owner had not authorized the group to be in the home or on the property. “The police don’t care that the bank faked the foreclosure, they were just following orders,” Thomson said. Thomson said although not all police officers were harsh against protesters, there was an excessive amount of police forces, including the S.W.A.T. team, helicopters and city police. “An announcement was made to those outside the home indicating that if they did not wish to be arrested they should move to a sidewalk on the opposite side of the street. The majority of the group did so;

however, five suspects who did not were taken into custody and transported to the Wake County jail on second degree trespassing charges,” Sughrue said in the release. Two suspects that were in the house were additionally arrested for trespassing after cooperating with police. Among the arrested was Rachel Powell, graduate student in sociology and anthropology. Sughrue said he hopes similar events will be avoided in the future. “Breaking and entering and refusing to leave creates a “barricadedsubject” situation for responding officers, raising safety concerns for all involved. Such concerns prompted Chief of Police Harry Dolan and

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other police leaders to sincerely hope that today’s tactic is not one that will be repeated,” Sughrue said in the release. Thomson said the arrests signify progress within Occupy Raleigh. “Despite the fact that they keep on arresting people, it only strengthens us,” Thomson said. As the day of protest drew to a close, Thomson ref lected upon the Occupy movement as a whole. “This is just another node in the student movement here in North Carolina. In preventing falsified foreclosures, preventing tuition hikes; It’s all the same and NCSU recognizes that,” Thomson said.

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said, “We don’t want other people to go through what we went through when we lost Spencer.” Though he’s gone, Meyer’s

friends remember him as a caring and talented guy who had a lasting effect on all of their lives. Ben Blaiss, senior in biological sciences, ATO member and Meyer’s best friend, said Meyer would talk to anyone and always made people feel welcomed.

“Spencer could put a smile on anyone’s face,” Blaiss said. “I think about him all the time.” Blaiss and other ATO members said they hope the tournament this weekend will be a positive force in the suicide prevention community.

“I never knew how much one person could affect everyone around them. When you lose someone like that, you’re left with so many questions,” Blaiss said. “It’s important to raise awareness for this cause because we don’t know the paths that

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people have walked, we don’t know what people have been through, and they need to see there can be hope.” According to the Hope for the Hopeless Facebook page, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for college-age youth and the third-leading

cause of death for people ages 10 to 24. The foundation, run by Meyer’s family, strives to “support efforts that offer hope and help for high school and college age youth struggling with depression, addiction and hopelessness.”

Contributed by Ryan Thomson

Coal mining practices are examined at a panel discussion. Currently, many environmentalists are concerned about the potential of mountaintop removal mining increasing.


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off the top of a mountain,” Tara Beck, senior in anthropology, said. Beck said the process destroys entire ecosystems living on top of the mountains and in the valleys. Rubble from the destroyed mountains is being dumped into the valleys, poisoning the rivers and furthering environmental degradation. “It’s the most destructive form of contour mining,” Ryan Thomson, graduate student in sociology, said. According to ECO 527 mountains have been leveled in search of coal in the Appalachians alone. NCSU ECO represented these mountains when they dumped 527 pounds of coal on top of a banner outside of Progressive Energy during the demonstration. The day started with a conference about the abolition of mountaintop removal and ways to shift away from coal energy. “Coal in the ground is fantastic,” Beck said. “It acts as

the liver of the world, straining out hard metals from the water table. But when you remove it from the ground, all hell breaks loose.” The fight for cleaner energy sources has been fought for decades now, and many have tried to find cleaner ways of using coal as a way to placate environmentalists. “Clean coal is a dirty lie,” Thomson said. “You can’t take sulfur emissions out of it.” Cleaning coal itself presents a wide range of issues when it comes to the runoff produced by the cleaning process. Sludge ponds accumulate outside of coal plants, pitch black and toxic. And yet, coal has been historically the main product of Appalachia and the main source of income for many who live there. However, the heavy reliance on the mountaintop removal process has had terrible effects for the people of Appalachia. Thomson said cancer rates and infant mortality rates have been rising steadily, and as this process takes so few people to complete, traditional coal mining jobs are becoming hard to come by.

The Appalachians boast a high level of biological diversity. However, mountaintop removal processes have been changing the landscape for the worse, Thomson said. Caroline Hansley, office support in the sustainability office, grew up in Asheville surrounded by mountains. She recently visited Appalachia to look at the leveled scene. “It was heartbreaking,” Hansley said. “You just see this completely leveled area that used to be mountaintops, and all the trees and creeks have been pummeled by the rubble.” The dynamite used to blow off the mountaintops is frequently left behind, and Hansley notes its poisonous effects were evident in streams that had turned bright orange. Students who want to get involved may attend NCSU ECO meetings held Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in Caldwell, room G109. “Go online,” Beck said. “Get interested, and get involved.”

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The Facts:

C.J. Leslie his sophomore season with tremendous hype. The question circling ACC circles now is what will he do? Will he come back and be the favorite for ACC Player of the Year, or will he be drafted to the NBA late in the first round or early in the second?

Our Opinion:

The question shouldn’t be what will he do. That’s up to him, the question should be what should he do? Leslie has certainly developed in two seasons, but he still has a long way to go.


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What should C.J. do?

ere’s the situation: There’s 25 seconds left on the shot clock, the game is relatively close, and C.J. Leslie gets the ball 22 feet out. Over the course of the season, if you’re like us, you find yourself doing the same thing. You hold your breath and wait. There’s no telling what he’s going to do next. Leslie has a tendency to do one of two things when he gets the ball: He’ll either make the most bone-headed play imaginable or put his sheer athleticism and potential on display for the world to see. We curse his name for the former and praise him for the latter. Even with basketball season over, we find ourselves hold-

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ing our breath on Leslie’s decision: is he going to leave for the National Basketball Association, or is he going to stay here for another year? And, just like when he’s holding the ball 22 feet out, his decision will go one of two ways; we’ll either be ecstatic or a bit confused. Whether Leslie enters the draft this year or not, he’ll find himself in the League soon enough. Before he enters the NBA, Leslie needs to work on an aspect or two of his game, his perimeter shooting being one. A three-point percentage below .300 at the college level will not cut it at the next

level. He needs the threepointer to add round out his game. While he may be able to finagle his way through defenses at the college level, he simply doesn’t have the size, 210-pound compared to a 250-pound Lebron James, to compete at the next level. An outside shot would keep defenders at bay while he bulks up and keep him from being muscled out of the league. Leslie also needs to learn how to be a winner. While N.C. State basketball had a tremendous year this past season, we were underdogs. Going into next year, with one of the top recruiting

classes in the country, we find ourselves in the top 10 of the majority of polls. With all of the hype comes the ability for Leslie to lead the team to greatness. It’s one thing to win when nobody expects it; it’s a whole other level to do it when everyone is watching and expecting it. He has a chance to learn a lesson in what it means to win that he may never be faced with again. This is not a challenge for Leslie; this is not a group of detractors telling him he can never make it in the NBA. We just believe, at his current level, he’s a long shot for sustained success. He’d be much better served staying and developing with us for another year.

Jeff Dunham: any Ahmed’s curse


here are many advantages to being Egyptian, like being sexy, tan, intelligent, quintessentially perfect but humble, to name a few ... However, there are a few disadvantages to being Egyptian. I know that’s hard to Ahmed believe, but bear with me. Amer W hen my Deputy Viewpoint family moved Editor to America, I was not yet grown and sexy. I was a short, awkward and lanky kid who had a bowl cut and avoided eye contact. I wanted to make an effort to find new friends. Being thrown into a sea of people who are different from you can be a little intimidating, especially at the age of seven. I did what any kid would do on his first day of school in a new country: I hid under a pickup truck that was parked near the bus stop to hide from the school bus, and I told my parents it never showed up. On the second day, the teacher made me introduce myself to the class: “Hi, my name is Ahmed, I’m seven, and I’m from Egypt.” That was all I had to say with my limited English. I think the wide-eyed kids in the class were expecting more out of the foreign kid. In retrospect, I probably should have said something like, “Hi, I’m Ahmed Salah Mohammad Metwally Amer. I’m seven years old, and I was born in the middle of the desert during a sandstorm. I missed the bus yesterday because I was expecting to ride a camel caravan to school like we did back home. My family is currently trying to figure out what the microwave in our new house is; we didn’t have electricity in the pyramids that we lived in back in Egypt. Thank you.” Throughout grade school and middle school, kids would always try to explore my culture via a series of random questions: endearing, but annoying and repetitive. “Do you still have pharaohs?” “Did you live in

a pyramid?” “Do you have a pet camel?” “Is it hot there?” “How do I write my name in hieroglyphics?” In their defense, we did nickname Hosni Mubarak “Pharaoh” since he was in power for so long. But I could only answer these questions seriously for so long before I became afflicted with sarcasm. By high school, the basis for questions transcended innocent curiosity and became rooted in pure ignorance: “You’re not one of them, are you?” “Is Osama your cousin?” But neither of those questions is as frustrating and insulting as this one : “Oh, you’re name’s Ackhmed? Have you heard of Jeff Dunham?” Which is usually followed by: “That Ackhmed the Dead Terrorist really kills me, man. ‘Silence! I keel you.’” People usually ask this with a very excited expression on their face, they light up instantly thinking they’re making a legitimate cultural connection. Meanwhile, I’m dying a little inside and thinking of all the different ways I’d like to slap sense into them. Let it be known that I despise, nay, abhor Jeff Dunham. My disdain for his “comedy” has nothing to do with his offensive dead terrorist character; I’m not easily offended, and being politically correct has never been my forte. My beef with Dunham has to do with him choosing one of the most common Middle-Eastern names for his dead terrorist character. Not to mention, Jeff Dunham is the comedic equivalent of a surgeon with Parkinson’s. The Ahmeds across America have to force a smile and refrain from Hulking out when faced with the Jeff Dunham question. I’m teaming up with Sarah McLachlan to make an incredibly depressing ad for the cause. The new series of ads will follow the same style as the ASPCA ads, but instead of sad, abused animals looking into the camera, it’ll be hairy, mustachioed Middle-Eastern men. But don’t wait for the PSA; find an Ahmed, and hug him today.

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Creating an impact in education


s I reflect on my past years at N.C. State, I always go back to the beginning: How did I come to get here? Each time I think back to my high school chemistry teacher and guidance counselor pushing me to acTrey complish Ferguson my goal Viewpoint Editor o f b e coming a teacher. No matter how you’ve come to be here, in some way or another you’ve had a teacher impact you along the way, positive or negative. My goal—and hopefully the goal of many others in the College of Education—is to make a positive impact on the lives of future students. Believe it or not, teaching in today’s society is different from the few years ago when we were in school. With the increasing criteria and standards of curricula, the growing negativity surrounding education, and a shrinking budget, the task of teaching is not as simple as it appeared to be. Teachers are required to not only meet standards from their superiors, but the community around them. If teachers are doing a poor job educating their

students, it reflects poorly on the school. However, how are these teachers measured? Or better yet, how should they be measured? So, what does any of this has to do with you? Eventually, when we are all grown up, you will either have kids who go to public school, pay taxes for public school, or worry about the quality of your local school to increase your property values. Regardless of how public education will affect you, the quality of education has everything to do with you. My goal is to provide your future children, schools and community with the best possible education I can provide. To do this, you would agree I must be knowledgeable about my job. Not merely the mastery of my courses’ content, but also how my students and myself are assessed, how my school gets funding, what determines this funding and all the other nitty-gritty details one should know about their job. In order to get a better idea of these details, I will be taking a trip with the N.C. State Teaching Fellows program to Washington, D.C. to meet with officials from the Department of Education and discuss future educational policies that I will be held accountable for. These topics range from federal funding for schools, standardized testing, teacher pay and professional developments, among other things.

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The point is, we will have a brief moment to have voice our opinions about the future of education. Some might say this brief meeting will have little to no impact on education’s future, so why bother? Because we are always being told to voice our opinions and make our thoughts known in attempts to make a difference. I ask these people, what better way to improve education than ask the people who will be starting out in it? This only makes sense.   In our attempt to push ever y chi ld for wa rd, we’re all being left behind, teachers included. We need to come up with a solution for assessing students and teachers, and we need a way to reach out to low-performing schools and help them improve. We need to be able to locate the fat of education and eliminate it. As broad as these solutions may be, the specifics exceed the word limit for this column. However, my peers and I will pose these solutions to the Department of Education in our brief visit and hope our pleas do not fall on deaf ears. Next week I will publish the results of this experience, and I look forward to hearing what you have to say about them.

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“I went rock climbing at Crowder Mountain with a friend. The weather was amazing, and there are a lot of really great bouldering rocks up there too.” Jon Wall sophomore, business management

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Constructed Facilities Laboratory: deconstructive science University laboratory works to make public infrastructure safer for all—by breaking it. Hassan DuRant Senior Staff Writer

We’d all like to think our buildings, roads and infrastructure are here to stay for the long run. At the Constructed Facilities Laboratory, researchers know it’s only a matter of time before something goes wrong. Earthquakes, erosion, and even time itself pose a threat to the things we use every day—but it’s the CFL’s job to push these structures to their breaking point to find out how to make them safer for society. Established in 1996, the CFL boasts a large research complex dedicated to testing large-scale structures under a variety of environmental conditions. According to engineering professor Rudi Seracino, the CFL employs a variety of techniques to test the integrity of materials and observe how they behave under stress. The seismic shake-table test uses a massive platform to simulate the conditions of an earthquake. Researchers can use the large-scale static test to apply a load at a slow rate until the structure fails. However, catastrophic events aren’t the only things that can damage a material. Continuous everyday stress can cause damage, such as wind or cars driving over a bridge. In those cases, researchers use fatigue tests to simulate the real-life wearand-tear a structure will go through over millions of

cycles—the goal of this is to approximate the life span of a structure. Many companies have already shown great interest in the CFL, and continue to do so. Sami Rizkalla, Mervyn Kowalsky and Rudi Seracino are researchers at the CFL’s structural engineering department. Their work has been consistently supported by government agencies such as the North Carolina Department of Transportation and privately-owned corporations like Progress Energy. “We test the materials until they fail to learn more about how they work,” Rizkalla said. Learning about the way a structure behaves under stress is essential to learning how to improve it. Rizkalla, a professor of civil engineering, conducts research with concrete structures. He is also researching an advanced fiber-reinforced polymer material and how it can be used on existing structures to strengthen and repair them. Rizkalla’s research aims to examine the behavior of large-scale structures in order to assess the safety of those structures. Safety is an important aspect at the laboratory, and many of the current research projects are connected to the idea of better-preparing infrastructure for failure. Civil engineering professor Mervyn Kowalsky is particularly interested in earthquake engineering research, focusing on the design of bridges to improve their safety during large-scale seismic events. Several of Kowalsky’s research projects are currently supported by the state of Alaska to improve the safety

of the construction of bridges in the region. One of the aspects Kowalsky’s research is working to improve is a method for constructing bridges. One bridge construction method involves driving large, hollow steel pipes into the ground. The pipes are then welded to beams to form the bridge supports. This is potentially dangerous, as the welding can become brittle and fail catastrophically during an earthquake. Kowalsky aims to replace this welding technique with a safer design that will force potential damage away from the welded connection. In addition to improving the bridge’s safety, Kowalsky also aims to improve the efficiency and longevity of the bridges. For example, a lot of money is spent each year rebuilding structures that have failed. Instead of rebuilding an entire structure, part of Kowalsky’s research is concerned with repairing these structures to force future

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Top: Graduate student in structural engineering Nicole King watches as hydraulic actuators push on a bridge column made of steel and reinforced concrete in the Constructed Facilities Laboratory. Bottom: King measures deformations in a bridge column made of steel and reinforced concrete.

damage to another area of the structure. The Department of Homeland Security is currently invested in Seracino’s research. It is chiefly concerned with the use of the FRP materials to strengthen or repair existing infrastructure, and also with structural health moni-

toring to predict structures’ remaining strength. The Department of Homeland Security is particularly interested in Seracino’s research in predicting the erosion of the soil around coastal bridges following severe weather phenomena. There are many other proj-

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Facebook speaks louder than words in job interviews Employers go beyond looking at prospective employees’ social media sites, demanding passwords. Sarah Maxwell Staff Writer

With more people than ever using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, employers scope out job applicants’ online interactions as a test of character. But now they are going beyond the access granted to the general public—they are asking for users’ passwords. A recent report by WRAL recounts the experience of Justin Bassett, a New York City statistician, who went in for a job interview anticipating the usual round of questions regarding his experience and character. Instead, the interviewer turned to her computer and searched for Bassett’s Facebook page, which yielded no results because of his privacy settings. To Bassett’s surprise, the interviewer requested his username and password. Essentially accessing the site as Bassett himself would have made the interviewer privy to all of his personal messages, photos and networks. As this request becomes more common, questions are raised as to whether it is ethical, or even legal. Pam Gerace, director of N.C. State Student Legal Services, said it is more of a privacy issue. “Facebook is a public social media, so it’s not a privacy concern if the page is pub-

lic,” Gerace said. “Or, if the interviewee grants access by giving their password.” Gerace said, as of now, it is not illegal for the employer to ask for this information, but the interviewee has the right to deny access. However, the employer can take into account whether that access was granted or denied when considering the person for a job. “North Carolina is an atwill employment state, which basically means that you can be hired or fired, or you can quit, for any reason that you want outside of discriminatory reasons,” Gerace said. She said Facebook has not been included in the discriminatory reasons yet, making it legal to take into account information on one’s Facebook page when hiring or firing. Gerace works regularly with pre-law students. She said issues like this arise even in the interview process at that level so it’s something for students to be aware of. Kacy Buchanan, a senior in secondary science education, is very aware of that competition. With her upcoming graduation next December, Buchanan said she will actively seek a teaching job and confronts the possibility her Facebook will be under close surveillance. “Since I’ve been student teaching, I’ve had my profile set to private so that you can’t search for my name unless you’re a friend of a friend,” Buchanan said. “I’m also very careful about what I put on my Facebook, and sometimes I untag myself in photos if my friends aren’t as careful.”

Buchanan found the fact that employers would request usernames and passwords an extreme invasion of privacy. “If everything is private, why would they need to access what no one else can see anyway?” she questioned. The Facebook social network company shares Buchanan’s concern. In a report by WRAL, Erin Egan, the chief privacy of policy officer, warned employers not to request passwords from job applicants because it was an invasion of privacy that opens companies to legal liabilities. Facebook has a long-standing policy against sharing passwords, and it threatens legal action against those who violate the policy. By turning over your Facebook password, you grant access not only to your own information, but to that of your friends and other users who are protected by the security policy. “As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job,” Egan said. “And as the friend of a user, you shouldn’t have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don’t know and didn’t intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job.” With this in mind, sharing your password is much more than a privacy concern. Facebook considers the action to be a security risk for all those involved.




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Intercollegiate. Now fully healthy, Sutton has started to assemble some solid rounds with three of his past six being under-par. Despite sophomore All-American Albin Choi picking up his third collegiate title earlier this season, the man w it h the No. 8 scoring average in the conference hasn’t been able to carry the Pack to the same type of success it had last year. Aside from senior

Mark McMillen tying for an individual title during the fall, it has been a relative struggle for a team featuring just one of the top 34 golfers in the ACC. At this time last season, State was ranked No. 23 and eventually garnered a No. 20 seed in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. To aid in reaching the NCAAs for the 17th time in program history, a strong home showing would be a crucial momentum booster heading into the following weekend’s ACC Championships. For the final time in collegiate

competition, four seniorsMcMillen, Chad Day, Graham Baillargeon and Hunter Howell - will play on their home course. Watching the course’s grand opening take place in July 2009, the foursome will be the last class to have experienced what lacking a true home course feels like. Conditions should be an improvement over the wet, cold and blustery elements that accompanied the Wolfpack Intercollegiate back in October. The weekend forecast calls for warm temperatures and slight breezes coming out of the west. 

a strong bond between the child and the mother, but the busy schedule of being a division I athlete has the potential of throwing a wrench in those plans. However, Hampton makes it a point to make sure that their bond is inseparable. “It’s hard to break that kind of bond,” Hampton said. “It’s something she and I still have

intact. That’s why she comes with me to track meets.” “Pretty much anywhere I go she comes too. Thankfully, the athletic program is very understanding of that and they try to accommodate me as best they can. It’s been really easy to keep her with me pretty much all of the time.”

““Marchand..... Wolfpack’s winningest women’s golfer in program history.”

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men’s basketball awards banquet Chris Corchiani Most Steals Award-Lorenzo Brown Thurl Bailey Most Blocks Award-C.J. Leslie Ronnie Shavlick/Tommy Burleson Most Rebounds AwardRichard Howell Rodney Monroe Best Three-Point Shooter Award-Scott Wood   Terry Gannon Best Free-Throw Percentage Award- Scott Wood Kevin Thompson Field-Goal Percentage Award-C.J. Leslie Chris Corchiani Most Assists Award-Lorenzo Brown Everett Case Scholar Athlete Award-Kendall Smith Sixth Man Award-DeShawn Painter Nate McMillian Best Defender Award-Alex Johnson Norm Sloan Most Improved Award- C.J. Williams Jon Speaks/Julius Hodge Award- Richard Howell  Jim Valvano Coaches Award- C.J. Williams David Thompson MVP Award-C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown

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Sweet 16 in the NCAA • • Tournament. The Sweet • 16 berth marked State’s • first since the 2005-06 • • season. The Red Ter• rors finished the season • ranked 20th in the ESPN/ • • USA Today Coaches Poll, • which is the team’s highest final ranking since 2004 when it finished 15th in the final poll. When asked if he had surrounding the evening anticipated such a suc- concerning the sophomore cessful season, sophomore forward. Last week, Leslie guard Lorenzo Brown requested a report from the said, “I didn’t know what NBA’s draft advisory committee. The t o e xreport will pect. give Leslie We had a solid idea a new of where he coach will land in [and] the draft. some “I st i l l new Mark Gottfried, basketball coach haven’t gotplayten my iners. It’s an amazing feeling right formation back yet,” Leslie said. “So far, it’s going pretty now.” Hoping for a decision good. I’m hearing some feedon Calvin Leslie’s future back. It’s pretty positive.” “I haven’t made a decision with the Wolfpack, there was much speculation yet. I’ll be making my deci-

“I’m really proud of them. I think everybody’s proud of them.”


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Men’s tennis travels to Wake Forest Wolfpack men’s tennis, ranked No. 36 in the nation will go on the road one final time this season as they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on Wake Forest. Despite a mixed weekend that saw the Pack (16-8, 2-6 ACC) beat Boston College and lose to Maryland, they will be wary of the Demon Deacons who beat both teams by a score of 4-3. The match is set to start at 3 p.m. at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex. Source: N.C. State Athletics

Athletes honored with ACC post-graduate scholarships Four N.C. State Athletes joined an elite group that were honored with the Atlantic Coast Conference postgraduate scholarships. The winners were Tanya Cain from the women’s soccer team, Akash Gujarati from the men’s tennis team and Jess Panza from the gymnastics team. Baseball player Vance Williams was named as an honorary winner of the award. Each recipient will get $5,000 towards their graduate education. Source: atlantic coast conference


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Tuesday Men’s Tennis at Wake Forest Winston-Salem, 2:30 p.m. Softball vs. Campbell Raleigh, 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. Wednesday Baseball vs. Elon Raleigh, 6 p.m. Friday Women’s Golf at ACC Championship Greensboro, All Day Men’s Tennis vs. Georgia Tech Raleigh, 3 p.m.

Opportunity knocks for golf programs Men’s and women’s golf enters crucial phase ahead of post-season.

Men’s basketball hosts awards banquet Basketball program celebrates Mark Gottfried’s first year as head coach. Nolan Evans & Andrew Schuett Senior Staff Writer & Staff Writer

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weekend of golf will be played right here on Centennial Campus when the men’s team, who ranked a disappointing No. 64 in the country, hosts the Wolfpack Spring Open at Lonnie Poole Golf Course. State finished seventh in this fall’s home event without the services of AllAmerican junior Mitch Sutton and will be eager to take advantage of its home turf following a solid second place showing last weekend at the River Landing

The N.C. State men’s basketball team celebrated its season with an awards banquet that was also open to the public at the McKimmon Center Monday night. The banquet gave fans, players, coaches and administration one last opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2011-2012 season together. The night was headlined by speakers Chancellor Randy Woodson, Athletic Director Debbie Yow and Wolfpack basketball legend Chris Corchiani. Many former players were also in attendance. Among these players was Corchiani’s former teammate, Tom Gugliotta, who was called out by Corchiani for wearing a “Carolina blue” shirt. Corchiani jokingly told the audience that he would have “Googs” ejected from the banquet for this offense. Following a catered meal, the awards ceremony began. Members of the coaching staff took turns at the podium, announcing the award title, significance of the award, and the recipient’s name. Often the coaches would share a brief humorous story about the recipient before presenting the award. Along with individual achievements, the Wolfpack celebrated its teams’ accomplishments this season. Those accomplishments included ending the season with 24 overall wins, the highest win total for State since 1988. The team also accumulated nine ACC victories, the most since 2006. “This is a night for [the players] to get some recognition, which I think they deserve,” head coach Mark Gottfried said. “From where we came from, these guys did a lot. I’m really proud of them. I think everybody’s proud of them.” The Pack reached the ACC Tournament semifinals, as well as the

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Since women’s golf was reinstated as one of State’s varsity sports back in 2000, head coach Page Marsh has taken her team to 11 ACC Championships. The one taking place this weekend at Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club is going to feel a little different than the previous 11. Marsh, a winner of five North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championships in her competitive playing days, has overseen No. 21 N.C. State’s journey to uncharted waters. The Wolfpack has never finished better than third in the conference championship, and has only been in the top 5 once throughout the past six years. After earning a top-25 ranking for the first time in program history, the only two teams expected to finish ahead of N.C. State are the two powerhouse programs a half an hour west of Raleigh.  Playing the tournament on the same Donald Ross design for a fourth consecutive year, State is led by freshman Augusta James. With a 73.65 scoring average, the young Canadian ranks sixth overall in the ACC and possesses the talent to challenge the likes of 2011 Champion, Cheyenne Woods (Wake Forest), and this season’s scoring average leader, Lindy Duncan (Duke).  If State hopes to capture its third team victory of 2011-2012, James’ fellow Ontarian teammates will have to be particularly sharp in the short game department. Sedgefield, the course Marsh grew up at before composing an ultra-productive career at her alma mater UNC, features undulating greens and an abundance of run-offs that


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Chad Day talks with his coach before teeing off for the 405-yard 16th hole at the Lonnie Poole golf course for the Wolfpack Spring Open April 16, 2011. The teams started an hour early in the stormy weather to avoid the tornado strength storms later in the day. Day finished 68th at the end of the two-day tournament.

steer away inaccurate approach shots. Freshman Vivian Tsui and decorated sophomore Brittany Marchand, both of whom are top20 players in a competitive golfing conference, hope to repeat the success they had on Pinehurst No. 6 less than a month ago. Marchand, a participant in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open, won the Pinehurst Spring Challenge with 5-under tournament total to edge out Tsui by two shots while also increasing her lead as the Wolfpack’s winningest women’s golfer in program history. In Raleigh, another pivotal

Baseball at Clemson Clemson, S.C., 6:30 p.m. Saturday Men’s Golf at Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, All Day Women’s Golf at ACC Championship Greensboro, All Day Track at UNC Invitational Chapel Hill, All Day Women’s Tennis at Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga., 12 p.m. Baseball at Clemson Clemson, S.C., 12 p.m. Softball at North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Sunday Men’s Golf at Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, All Day Women’s Golf at ACC Championship Greensboro, All Day Men’s Tennis vs. Clemson Raleigh, 12 p.m. Women’s Tennis at Clemson Clemson, S.C., 12 p.m. Baseball at Clemson Clemson, S.C., 1 p.m. Softball at North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1 p.m.

Did You know? 24 is the maximum number of victories the men’s basketball program has had in a season since 1988.


Striking the balance between sport, family Discus thrower Brittany Hampton finds her path through being an athlete and mother.

weighs its negative aspects. “It has been really hard,” Hampton said. “But, if you want something you’re going to do whatever it takes to get there. It’s a huge blessing, because just four months ago I Jeniece Jamison couldn’t see my feet. I’ve had some Deputy Sports Edtior really good throws in the past couple Being a mother certainly isn’t of weeks, makes me feel like I can easy, and being a student doesn’t still do this.” “It takes a lot of strength training make the ride any smoother. Now, try being an athlete along and my coach spends a lot of time with me working with the aforeout and a lot of mentioned time at practice,” conditions. Hampton said. “I T here’s cerowe a lot of my tainly a chalsuccess to him.” lenge in that, In terms of adbut senior justing to motherdiscus throwhood as a student, er Brit ta ny Hampton took onHampton balBrittany Hampton, senior line classes during ances all three discus thrower her pregnancy and with the help of after her daughter her family and was born. She also took one class on support system at N.C. State. Hampton’s daughter, Nellie campus and had the help of a profesHampton, was born Dec. 5, 2011, sor that eased her work around the and she returned to competition pregnancy. “I took all of my classes online three months later at Raleigh Relays, where she placed first in her in the fall,” Hampton said. “In the event with a 51.05-meter throw. spring of last year I had one class on According to Hampton, con- campus. That was really hard, but I ditioning during and after her had a very understanding teacher, pregnancy has been difficult, Deborah Hooker. She’s the WTS but the reward of returning out- adviser. She was very understand-

“If you want something you’re going to do whatever it takes to get there.”

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Senior discus thrower Brittany Hampton poses with her newly born daughter Nellie. Hampton won the discus event at the Raleigh Relays.

ing and worked with me. I spent a lot of classes just sitting on the floor if I got nauseous. She would let me bring food if I got hungry.” Hampton is only taking one class this semester, but she is still faced with the challenge of finding time for herself to complete her work. She

credits her husband, Nathan, with helping her in finding a slot of time in the day to do her work. “It is a lot busier,” Hampton said. “I only have one class, it’s online, but Nellie is stuck to me like glue, so it’s

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