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Raleigh, North Carolina

Fraternities partner to host tournament Delta Sigma Phi and Pi Kappa Alpha host annual volleyball tournament benefiting the Jimmy V Cancer Foundation

Jimmy V tournament: $10 in advance, $15 at the door Can be purchased online until 5 p.m. Friday

Annie Albright

Teams can register online until Friday for $100, includes admission and T-shirts

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Stuart Gay, Delta Sigma Phi philanthropy chair and a senior in finance, said he expects a high turn out for this year’s annual Jimmy V Cancer Foundation Volleyball Tournament. “It should be a good tournament,” Gay said. “I think we have everything planned out as well as we could and the weather is supposed to be good. I guess the big thing is getting people to sign up, which is tough.” Gay said working with Pi Kappa Alpha has been a surprisingly good experience. “Most times you think that people try to separate themselves in the fraternities, and once a year we get together to join our resources in order to give back to someone who gave so much to us,” Gay said. “Everyone always gets so anti-fraternity, but we’re no different than anyone else. We are just normal students who like to give back to the community, and this is our way to show it.” Gay said he was surprised how similar his brothers are to the members of Pi Kappa Alpha. He said the experience has helped break many of the stereotypes previously held by the brothers. “Well, they’re actually really cool to work with,” Gay said. “There is always so much competition between


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Pi Kappa Alpha Vice President Matt Tucker, sophomore in environmental technology, shovels sand into a bucket while Dave Gragnolati, senior in mechanical engineering, supervises the volleyball court setup at the Delta Sigma Phi house Thursday. Pi Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Phi members were spreading new sand on the court for Saturday’s Jimmy V. Volleyball Tournament, and although shoveling is hard work Tucker said, “setting up is half the fun!”

fraternities; and sitting down, working with them on this project, seeing that they’re people just like we are, has been a great experience. Going out seeing them at bars, hanging out with PiKA’s is something I never thought I would do in my life; it’s like stepping out into a new world.”

Tucker Harris, Pi Kappa Alpha’s philanthropy chair, said the partnership is recent. “This is the third year I’ve done it,” Harris said. “It was just PiKA’s philanthropy, but when our old house was torn down — and our volleyball court was torn down — we had to find

Changes coming to Service N.C. State The annual service event held by CSLEPS the first weekend each fall is undergoing changes

the meals the University packages will go toward hunger relief in Haiti. “Stop Hunger Now has already been in Haiti for 10 years; but with the recent earthquake, N.C. State will be sending all the meals we package to Chelsey Francis the crisis relief effort in Haiti,” Watts Staff Writer said.  According to Chessney Barrick, Since 2005, CSLEPS at N.C. State has partnered with Stop Hunger Now’s development director for Stop Hunmeal packaging program to support ger Now, more than 25,000 people feeding programs in schools and or- die of hunger related causes every phanages and to help in crisis situa- day, meaning that is about 10 million tions around the world. Up until this people in a single year, the equivalent year, Raleigh-based Stop Hunger Now of losing almost everyone in North has been able to provide the funding Carolina.  “Hunger is preventable. There are for this event with a small amount of enough sustainable resources in the help from CSLEPS.  According to Tierza Watts, CSLEPS world right now to feed everyone 4.3 associate director and Service N.C. pounds of food every day,” Barrick State event coordinator, N.C. State said.   Overall, Stop Hunger Now will send has the goal of packaging 400,000 more than half of meals. The cost to the meals packaccomplish this aged to earthis $100,000.  She quake victims in said because of Haiti, according t he econom ic to Ray Buchanan, downfall, Stop president a nd Hunger Now is founder of Stop only providing Hunger Now.    enough money “Stop Hunger to package the Now is commitf irst 200,000 ted to providmeals, meaning ing aid to those the University is in Haiti af ter responsible for Tierza Watts, the current criraising $50,000.   CSLEPS associate director and Service sis stops mak“Because N.C. N.C. State event coordinator ing headlines,” State has to raise Buchanan said. $50,000, we [are] requiring that all volunteers for this “The resounding success of Univerevent raise at least $50, but more is sity Million Meals Week in the past always good. We want to stress that two years assures us we can do it we do not expect students to pay this again.  The scale of this event draws money out of pocket. We have several much needed attention to the war suggestions for how to raise the mon- against hunger and provides lifeey,” Watts said. “With your help, we saving meals to the most destitute in know we can accomplish this goal and the world.”  “CSLEPS is also sponsoring another continue our growth in this project.”  According to the University Mil- volunteer event the weekend of August lion Meals Week Event overview, $50 20 to 21 in conjunction with Teaching would pay for 200 meals to be pack- Fellows,” Watts said.  The two will come together to sponaged, meaning it costs $0.25 to package one meal. Million Meals Week is sor a blood drive. “Every year we have to turn away August 21 to 28.  Stop Hunger Now has the goal of packaging one million between 600 and 700 people who want meals throughout the state of North to volunteer with the meal packaging Carolina during this one week. All of event,” Watts said. “This year, we are

“With your help, we know we can accomplish this goal and continue our growth in this project.”

Dates to remember: July 1 – Deadline to register online (Meal Packaging Event or Blood Drive) August 20 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Unload the materials August 20 TBA Blood Drive August 21 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Meal Packaging For more information visit: servicenc.htm Source:

adding a blood drive to the events that weekend in hopes of collecting 500 pints of blood, meaning we need at least 600 people to sign up to donate blood that Friday.”   Within the last years, UNCChapel Hill and Appalachian State University have both sponsored 1,000 pint one-day blood drives. Watts said she encourages NCSU students to help to meet this year’s goal of 500 pints in hopes that next year there can be a 1,000 pint blood drive.    “The blood drive and meal packaging event are both open to students, faculty and staff — and anyone in Raleigh — so we encourage everyone to get involved,” Watts said.   Watts said she wants to make sure everyone knows about the changes in Service N.C. State.  “This year, students need sponsorship for $50. Donations can be made in the student’s name on line, where the donor will get a tax receipt from Stop Hunger Now. Students interested in participating in Service N.C. State must register online by July 1 in order to secure a spot for volunteering. Also, the blood drive is another way to participate in Service N.C. State,” Watts said.

someone else to help us with it who had a court.” Harris said the relationship between the two fraternities has improved through the partnership. He said he has played a major role in organizing the event. “It has been good,” Harris said. “I’ve

been working with Stuart for the most part. Stuart, Matt Tucker and myself have mainly done everything to organize it.” Preparation for the tournament has been long, Gay said. “We have been working on it all semester long,” Gay said. “We have had meetings every week and gotten together with businesses for support. We have been trying to raise money and getting students involved.” Gay said there will be activities for everyone who attends. “Basically, for the athletic people, we’re going to be having a volleyball tournament,” Gay said. “All-day long is the volleyball tournament, and we’re going to have three bands including Simplified, who has opened up for OAR. We are working on getting inflatables. Last year we had slip and slide, which was a huge hit, jousting and an obstacle course.” Will Loveless, a sophomore in accounting and treasurer of Delta Sigma Phi, said he looks forward to the

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Senior class exceeds Bell Tower fundraising goal Annie Albright

on the bell until graduation May 15, Dawkins said. The class plans to purchase the bell during the summer and The senior class announced it had put it on display on campus. “Such a strong showing is really a raised more than $50,000 in gifts and pledges Thursday, exceeding its origi- sign of our pride as a class,” Dawkins said. “I expect the class of 2010 to be nal goal of $35,000. Early this semester, the senior class very engaged as N.C. State alumni.” Neil Ballentine, a senior in biologiannounced a fundraising goal of $35,000 for the first bell in the Bell cal sciences and a member of the SeTower, which stands unfinished from nior Class Council, said he enjoyed the experience. its original 1921 design. “I had a blast This amount being a part of exceeds the inithis,” Ballentine tia l a mount said. “For all of needed to cast us who donated a planned and put work 640-pound bell i nto t he B el l a nd ma kes it Tower campaign, possible for the our names will class to purchase be on the bell as an even larger long as the tower 1,257-pound stands and that’s bell, the second truly a testament largest in t he to our hard work planned 54-bell and commitment carillon. Jay Dawkins, president of the to N.C. State.” Jay Dawkins, class of 2010 The Senior president of the Class Counci l cla s s of 2010 and senior in civil engineering, said will continue to fundraise and acseniors should be proud of how far cept donations through their Books for Bells program, Dawkins said. The they’ve come. “Seniors have stepped up in an un- program allows students to donate precedented way for our campus icon, textbooks as an in-kind gift to the and this will solidify their legacy at Bell Tower. Representatives from the class will be in the library Wednesday N.C. State,” Dawkins said. Many seniors have already donated and Thursday night of the first exam to have their names inscribed on the week to accept donations. 2010 bell; and the Class Council is accepting donations to place names seniors continued page 3 News Editor

“Seniors have stepped up in an unprecedented way for our campus icon, and this will solidify their legacy at N.C. State.”

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Sunny with southwest wind between 3 and 11 mph.


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en Hanson plays Amazing Grace with the NCSU Pipes and Drums Grade IV Band at the Music from the British Isles concert in Stewart Theatre Thursday. The Pipes and Drums band is the longest running pipe band in North Carolina.

Mostly sunny with clouds developing through the day. source: noaa

In the know

Trudy F.C. Mackay elected into the National Academy of Sciences Trudy F.C. Mackay of Raleigh, William Neal Reynolds and distinguished University professor of genetics and entomology, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s most important scientific societies. Mackay becomes the ninth current N.C. State faculty member to be elected into the August scientific society. Mackay studies the genetic

and environmental factors affecting variation in quantitative, or complex, traits. Her groundbreaking work in the study of quantitative trait loci, or the locations in the genome where variations occur, largely focuses on the model organism Drosophila melanongaster, the fruit fly. Mackay has authored or co-authored 140 refereed publications and several books — including the principal textbook in quantitative genetics — and book chapters. The University also has nine members of the National Academy of Engineering and one member of the Institute of Medicine. Source: Mick Kulikowski

Google Apps being implemented in June The Office of Information Technology (OIT) will implement Google Apps at N.C. State, a new service that will provide enhanced e-mail and other collaborative online tools, for all University students in June. With Google Apps, students will receive a Gmail account with 7 gigabytes of storage space. With that amount of space, students won’t ever receive the message, “You are about to exceed quota.” In addition to Gmail, students will also receive a host of Google’s collaborative and educational tools, including Google Docs,

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Calendar, Sites and Talk. The new Google Apps Gmail account will be the official University e-mail account. It replaces the Unity/Webmail account. Students don’t have to wait until June to enjoy the benefits of Google Apps, they can sign up for their account today at http:// The new Gmail accounts have no connection with any personal Gmail accounts that you might already have. Please note that some students will not be eligible to receive a new student account because of their employment status with the University. Source: The Office of Information Technology

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Jazz Ensemble I

Please join the NC State Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Wes Parker for an unforgettable evening of great jazz as we welcome our featured guest, New Orleans trombonist Harry Watters.

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Washington — In another black eye for Wall Street, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced a $14 million fine against Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. to settle accusations of hiding its complex oil trades late Thursday. The settlement, in which Morgan Stanley did not admit or deny the accusations, comes as oil prices have continued their steady upwards march and have some oil companies prepared to make cuts for the future.

April 28 5:53 A.M. | Concerned Behavior Engineering Building II Report of suspicious subject. Officers located student trying to open locked doors. Student was issued welfare referral and conditionally trespassed from NCSU property.    3:17  P.M. | Concerned Behavior Owen Hall Student reported receiving unwanted calls and texts from two other students. All parties will be referred to the university. Concerned Behavior Report pending.    April 29 12:02  AM | Drug Violation Dan Allen Deck Officer observed non-student and student in the area. Nonstudent was issued citation for simple possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol under 21. Student was referred for drug violation. 

Morgan Stanley pays $14 million oiltrading fine


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opportunity to enjoy himself while benefiting the cause. “We are going to have a band, food and inflatables out here all day so everyone should come out and have a good time, supporting a good cause,” Loveless said. The structure of the event will be greater than ever, Harris said. “We’re going to have slip and slides and moonbounces and gambling, it’s basically going to look like carnival,” Harris said. “We have a big band, Simplified, coming out. The company who is doing the sound is bringing out enough sound to compare to Walnut Amphitheater. We are going to have a DJ and another small local band.” Gay said there will be a variety of sponsors attending the event. “Ou r sponsors i nclude Southern Tide, Gumby’s, Red Bull, Vitamin Water and F&M entertainment,” Gay said. “A lot of the sponsors are continuing their support from last year,

but we’ve also reached out to a lot of local businesses. We tried to pick out sponsors of products that students actually use.” Harris said both fraternities are trying to maximize safety. “As far as security goes, all we’re trying to do is keep people from drinking and driving,” Harris said. We’re going to have people standing at the gate making sure people who have been drinking don’t drive home — and if they have — we have a bus running back to campus. We are picking people up on Fraternity Court and Dan Allen and taking them to the house, then running back to Fraternity Court and Dan Allen throughout the whole day. The main reason for that is so that people can drink and not have to drive. Jennings Rose, a sophomore in accounting and a brother of Delta Sigma Phi, said he hopes there will be a large turnout. “We encourage N.C. State students to come out and show support for a common cause in a fun environment,” Rose said.

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Many seniors will graduate May 15 and the class plans to celebrate at a “Grand Bash” event at Lincoln Theatre, featuring Inflowential. The first 150 graduates in attendance, Dawkins said, will receive a 2010 pint glass and their first round as an alumnus courtesy of the alumni association. “I know many of us are excited about being alumni,” Dawkins said. “I can’t wait to be red and white for life.”

Seniors have stepped up in an unprecedented way for our campus icon, and this will solidify their legacy at NC State

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Finding the monorail in all of us A

At the Chancellor’s Liaison meeting Wednesday, Chancellor Randy Woodson challenged administrators and student leaders to act boldly.


What could be more bold than a visionary statement on campus? A monorail or a like-kind transit system would benefit the entire community in many ways.

The unsigned editorial is the opinion of the members of Technician’s editorial board excluding the news department and is the responsibility of the Executive Editors.

t Chancellor Randy Woodson’s first Chancellor Liaison meeting at N.C. State Wednesday, he put forth some bold challenges to University administrators and student leaders. Among those, he challenged the group to fight bureaucracy at the University and dream big. It’s warming to see a man, a chancellor, who is in touch with the problems the University faces and isn’t afraid to call for a grandiose vision; it’s a good lesson for the rest of it. Part of dreaming big and riding along the autobahn of innovation is looking for opportunities to expand the campus’ scope, driving it to its limits —

new horizons. Centennial Campus is a very real opportunity to realize this kind of groundbreaking change in the University’s midst; its campus of the future, which stretches down Centennial Parkway and out to Trailwood Drive, has incredible potential if its faculties are fully utilized. However, to witness that utilization of this incredible resource, students, faculty, staff and alumni must be able to effectively move between the campuses in a reasonable fash-

is a need the University identified when it developed its longterm physical master plan. Taking advantage of that need and ion. seizing it as an opportunity to The University, its student create something great for the and community, must demand University is a bonus. a pensive response from the It sounds comical, but it’s readministrators who are instru- ally not. A monorail or other mental in ensuring that proj- really inventive system falls ects like a rapid-transit system into the category of identifying between the campuses takes a need and filling it. This camoff. pus is going to have to figure Let’s build a monorail. Let’s out a way to conquer transporbuild underground walkways. tation issues, rapidly growing Let’s do something imagina- classrooms and declining class tive, creative and befitting of offerings. It’s going to take the state’s foremost technolog- extraordinary solutions on a ical learning institution. monorail scale. Perhaps it’s On a very basic level, a high- time we all find a little of that capacity rapid-transit system inventiveness within ourselves.


The meaning of a letter


ately, I have read many of the replies and letters sent to Technician. What I get a chuckle from are readers that are defensive about Viewpoint columns; some readers for unknown reasons t h i n k t here should be an unbiased point to opinions. Something Sam that concerns Daughtry me is that we Staff Columnist are sometimes too politically correct today and our opinions may be too carefully crafted. I don’t try to sugar coat issues. It is no secret that I am a bleeding heart liberal, who hugs trees, is wary of the good old’ boy Student Government comedy show and thinks the Tea Party is nothing more than disgruntled high school dropouts. At the same time, I am just as critical of President Barack Obama and think he has lost touch w it h t he A merican people ; believe immigration issues start with f ining companies that continue to hire illegal immigrants; that the bank and auto bailout needed to fail; that health care needed to happen; that gays and lesbians be allowed to serve openly in the military; and support the decriminalization of marijuana. It is no secret that I despise the Talley project because it’s grossly expensive and nobody seems to have a clue as to what the end product will look like. I am not a fan of course evaluations because they seem rigged. I’m tired of all the loud and visible construction around campus. I don’t like WebAssign. And I think “South Park” should be able to produce anything it wants. But these are just a few of my opinions. There is no right or wrong answer; just my opinion. I just choose to inform you on one side of the issue so that you the reader will give me a counterview —and perhaps educate me. Or perhaps, will engage in debate to find common ground. Basically, opinions are like toilet paper. Some like it soft, others like it cheap. But there are a lot of varieties. This summer you will have

plenty of opportunities to have an impact, or perhaps, change something in the world. Some of you will engage in study abroad programs, others will intern at companies and most will take a much needed summer break. You will see that no matter where you go, or whom you work with, other nations have vast differences. This is a wonderful thing, but the face of America is much like the opinions of Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. People loath and disagree but continue to stay tuned for the next comment. Perhaps, we are just too bored, or maybe it is because we have a political system of winner take all — we just like to see a winning side. Or perhaps it’s because we only think of the gold medal winner instead of the silver or bronze. While we think we are learning about diverse and complex problems, we are only being entertained without a viable solution or sensible plan. Our country only wants to blame back and forth. Our society has shifted from the politically correct era to the transparent era. The two combined have left us more confused than informed. There are many voices and opinions around our campus and community. But while you take a break this summer, hopefully you will think about how you may impact N.C. State upon your return this fall. There are plenty of organizations that need your help, but most of all there is an inherent value to being involved. Diversity does not just start with taking on both sides; it begins with a healthy debate and, possibly, one side of an issue developing into a broader view. Have a wonderful summer and I hope to hear your opinions upon your return.

“We are too politically correct today and our opinions may be too carefully crafted.”

Send Sam your thoughts on political correctness to letters@technicianonline. com.

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“I will not be voting in the primary because exams are more important right now.”

As dead week winds down, the inevitable rounds the corner.

Mallory Moran sophomore, chemical engineering

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Exercise your right


he midterm elections this November are expected to change the political landscape in Washington. Many congressmen are retiring, and there are challengers to many seats including that of Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who is facing comSam petition this Daughtry election. There Staff Columnist are many candidates —both Republican and Democrat — vying for his seat. The primary elections are scheduled for May 4; and early voting has already started. Voter turnout during primaries is usually fairly low, especially with the 18 to 25 age group. Representative democracies, such as ours, are only effective, though, when a majority of the population participates; only those who vote get to have their views represented. Richard Burr has served in the House of Representatives since 1994, and the Senate since 2004. He is facing competition from three Republican candidates: Eddie Burks, Brad Jones and Larry Linney. There are also many Democratic candidates; Cal Cunningham, Elaine Marshall and Ken Lewis are the top three. Burr is expected to defeat his Republican rivals in the primary, but will likely face considerable competition from whichever Democratic candidate wins his or her party’s nomination. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Democratic

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candidate Cal Cunningham by telephone. He explained some of his positions on a wide variety of issues. He is currently an attorney in the Army Reserves, and in 2007 deployed to Iraq where he served as senior trial counsel for Multi-National Corp – Iraq. If elected, he would be the first veteran of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan to serve in the U.S. Senate. The interview started with national security. Cunningham supports the idea of creating a government run “Civilian Corp” that would fill the jobs currently being done by civilian contractors. He told me that many officials in the Department of Defense “recognize a tremendous need for a ‘Civilian Corp’” and that “we have relied very heavily on contract labor.” He went on to say that civilian contractors were less accountable and incredibly expensive. He also pointed out that in the reality of today’s national security issues “military might alone cannot be the answer,” and that we face “serious challenges in deploying our soft powers,” such as “our diplomacy, our economic power [and] our ability to help with basic governance and to train security [forces].” He said that “a ‘Civilian Corp’ is a very important part of a future national security strategy that puts all of America’s power into play.” Cunningham is also for repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He pointed out that 13,000 men and women have been removed from military service because of their sexuality, and that the amount “represents . . . an entire division’s worth of people.” He went on to say that don’t

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ask, don’t tell “asks our young men and women to lie about who they are, and that’s inconsistent with our values as a military; it is inconsistent with our values as a country; it is not an effective policy in maintaining good order and discipline; and . . . we should end it.” While Cunningham believes the issue of gay marriage should be left up to the states, he said he believes “we need to pursue federal policy that ends . . . the very real discrimination that affects rights [of gay couples]” and afford them the same rights heterosexual married couples legally enjoy. Finally, I asked him what he would do, if elected, to make life easier for college students. He said that “one of the key things that [he] endorses . . . is the expansion and extension of the American Opportunities Tax Credit, which makes college more affordable;” that presently, “it is a $2,500 credit that is set to expire;” and that he wants “to extend it to $4,000 and make it permanent.” It is vital that each of you get out and exercise your right to vote for the candidate of your choosing. For more information about the upcoming primary and the midterm election in general, go to

Martha Kome freshman, biological sciences

“I do plan on voting because I’ve never voted before, and I think it would be a pretty fun experience.” Matt Jarman freshman, zoology




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“As of now, no. Because I have no knowledge of who is running.”

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Ubisoft’s ‘Splinter Cell: Conviction’ evolves the stealth action genre Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction Ubisoft Montreal

Rich Lepore Arts & Entertainment Editor

“Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction,” the latest title in Ubisoft’s stealth action franchise, was a very different game a couple of years ago. The game was initially planned for release in Nov. 2007, but as that date neared, Ubisoft Montreal was not happy with the way the game was turning out. They soon announced that the project was on hold indefinitely, while designers went back to the drawing board to redefine the game from the ground up. The original version featured a grizzled, long-haired, washed-up looking Sam Fisher, who i s t he ga me’s protagonist. The focus was on the idea of “hiding in a crowd” and featured areas ver y rem i n i scent of Ubisoft’s ot her popu la r franchise, Assassin’s Creed 2. The team decided that the game had lost its identity as a Splinter Cell title, and felt that a topto-bottom overhaul was in order. And oh what a difference a year and a half makes. The game was shown again at 2009’s E3 Expo, the gaming industry’s most important yearly press event, and it was immediately clear that the extra development time had paid off. Fisher still looked a bit roguish, but in a more Jack Bauer from “24” sort of way. The game play had also gone back to the classic Splinter Cell style of sneaking and shooting in even measure, with a bit of environmental interaction built in. This new Splinter Cell also showed some modern updates to the classic formula that only time and inspiration could have produced. The new game still puts the player in Sam Fisher’s shoes on a globetrotting mission to unravel an international conspiracy, but Fisher has a different motivation

this time around. In 2006’s “Splinter Cell: Double Agent” it was revealed that Fisher’s daughter, the only thing he had left in the world, had been killed by a drunk driver, but nothing gets resolved on that front by the end of the game. In Conviction, Fisher, who is already on the verge of a complete breakdown, receives information regarding the man responsible for killing his daughter, and he grudgingly reenters the world of international espionage for a shot at revenge. Right from the outset, “Conviction” is more personal and engaging than any other game in the series, and this really helps immerse the player in the action. The moment-to-moment game play is also more visceral and exciting this time around. Had this series rested on its laurels and given players exactly what they were expecting from the next Splinter Cell game, it would not have had the chance of becoming the truly great experience that it is. As soon as you boot the game up, you will not ice ju st how streamlined and polished of an experience “Conviction” provides. In-game instructions are integrated into the game world, and there is no on-screen HUD (Heads-up Display) at all. The tutorial phase at the beginning, which is so often monotonous and hand-holding in other games, instead integrates the instructions on how to play the game seamlessly into the opening events. One of the game’s first scenes is a flashback, showing Fisher tucking his young daughter into bed and easing her fears about the dark. As part of the scene, Fisher must turn the light on and off a couple of times using the light switch, and the game uses this plot point as an opportunity to teach the player both how to interact with in-game objects – like light switches – and how the game communicates to the player whether or not they are hidden from sight. During the scene, as the lights go out, Fisher tells his daughter that

“Right from the outset, ‘Conviction’ is more personal and engaging than any other game in the series.”

she shouldn’t fear the dark because, “in the dark, you can see the bad guys, but they can’t see you.” And, to drive the point home, when the light is turned off, the scene turns black and white, demonstrating to the player that a similar palette swap will occur throughout the game whenever Fisher is hidden from enemy view. This sweet father-daughter moment accomplishes multiple goals. It humanizes the game’s main protagonist, makes us feel his love for his daughter, and teaches us about a couple of critical game mechanics. This seamless integration of game play and story continues throughout the roughly eight-hour single-player campaign, and makes for an enjoyably polished experience. In addition to the presentation, the game also excels at making its stealth-game play, which can be extremely trial and error based in other games, both fluid and exciting. In many stealth games (including previous Splinter Cell titles), players are required to sneak through the levels, and if they are detected, it’s basically “game over, try again.” Not so in Conviction. Here, there are at least three ways to play through any section of the game, and some new game play systems aid in making each route a unique and exciting option. The first new feature is called “Last Known Position,” and it is the solution to the previously mentioned “get caught, game over” stealth game scenario. When the player is seen by the enemy, that enemy becomes aware of where it was that they saw you (or in other words, your “Last Known Position”). But instead of this being a failure on the player’s part, it can be used to their advantage. Because the enemy assumes they know where you are, you can move quickly away from that position, jumping from cover to cover, to sneak up on the unsuspecting foe. A similar feature appeared last year in a game called “Wanted: Weapons of Fate,” with mixed results. Although it’s not a revolutionary concept, it is executed far more effectively in “Conviction.” The other big new feature is called is called “Mark and Execute,” and involves selecting targets first, and then pressing a button to trigger an action where Fisher kills them all, one after


another, in quick succession. This easy way to kill enemies would make the game simplistic and boring if it was an unlimited feature, but instead, it can only be triggered after the player completes a close-quarters takedown of an enemy. This forces players to play sneakily at first, in order to approach and kill an enemy at close range to earn a “Mark and Execute,” but then allows them to let loose and release their pent up aggression in a volley of bullets. In playing through the game, I felt that this added a really nice ebb and flow to the game play, and really enhanced the pacing of the experience. These new game play systems, coupled with the engrossing story, propel the player through the campaign at an ever-increasing clip. As good as the single player campaign is, however, the best part of “Conviction” lies in some rather deep multiplayer content. First there is the co-op campaign, which allows

two players to team up, like in previous Splinter Cell titles, to accomplish tasks as a team. This second, smaller campaign acts as a prequel to the main story, and fleshes out the international politics underlying both campaigns. There are also some competitive multiplayer modes which I didn’t have time to fully delve into, but which promise to add even more play time to the overall experience. As a complete experience, “Splinter Cell: Conviction” is highly polished and action packed, and will thrill gamers of every skill level. This is the first Splinter Cell game that can really be played by any gamer, as it gives the player a choice as to whether they want to go stealth or press forward guns a blazing. There is nothing revolutionary here, but as an evolution of one of the most solid franchises in all of gaming, “Conviction” certainly delivers.

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NINEONENINE ‘A Night at the Opera’ comes to Meymandi Saturday and Sunday, Meymandi Concert Hall will be showcasing some of the finest opera with overtures, intermezzos, arias and duets from Handel Mozart, Carmen, Wagner and Verdi. SOURCE: WTVD.COM

Free day of fun Come out and enjoy crafts, games, musical performances, food and an open house Saturday at Mordecai Historic Park. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. The event will also feature a historic fashion show, which begins at 12 p.m. SOURCE: VISITRALEIGH.COM

Concert in City Plaza Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Weekend gets started on Friday with a free concert in City Plaza. The concert will start at 7 p.m. and run until 11 p.m. Friday night. The free concert precedes the 2010 Benefit Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. SOURCE: GODOWNTOWNRALEIGH. COM


A sift through the Grains of Time Men’s a cappella group has experimented with multiple styles of music throughout the years Laura Wilkinson Life & Style Editor

Since 1968, the Grains of Time men’s a cappella group at N.C. State has performed songs ranging from country to doo-wop to rap. Brad Wood, a senior in textile engineering and pre-med, said the Grains – of which he is president – is the oldest a cappella group in North Carolina. “We started off as part of the Glee Club, and they actually used instruments,” Wood said. “They were called the Statesmen back then. The Grains of Time didn’t actually come around until a few years after that.” Wood said the songs the group performs do not use instruments, only vocals. “We use a vocal percussionist so that’s kind of our rhythm section – there’s one guy just spitting into a microphone,” Wood said. Wood said the group does a lot of covers of popular songs, most of them arranged by members of the group on their own time. “We’ll get a song in our head that we really like that we think

might work well for the group. We know all the people, we know their taste and things and you kind of gear it around that - so you end up with rock, you end up with rap and a few country songs and oldies. It’s very eclectic choices, so it comes from a lot of people,” Wood said. As for balancing school work, jobs, a social life and the Grains, Woods said it comes down to effort and responsibility. “The time is there, you just have to utilize it and be mature enough. School always comes first. We’re all trying to graduate – that’s the main focus,” Wood said. Justin-Ray Whitley, a junior in mechanical engineering and a first year member of the Grains, said while he has enjoyed it so far, it’s been a large time commitment. “It did take away a lot of my free time. I’ve got a lot of homework because I’m a mechanical engineering major,” Whitley said. “I’ve just been not going out as much and I’ve been singing a lot more.” As a new member, Whitley said he started out as a “Grit,” and became a “Grain” after his first concert with the group. “After your first concert that’s when you turn into a Grain,” Whitley said. “We’ve learned seven new songs since


Justin Gray, a senior in construction engineering and management, sings at the Grains of Time 40th anniversary concert in Stewart Theatre April 4, 2009. The concert featured six of the past Grains of Time groups including the first group from 1969.

I’ve been in [the Grains] - we learn songs pretty fast.” Justin Gray, a senior in construction engineering, and Daniel Knight, a senior in history, have been part of the Grains for five years and have experienced the changes that have occurred within the group over time. “We’ve seen a lot of changes, we’ve sang with a lot of dif-

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ferent people, we’ve gotten to experience a ton of different styles of songs,” Gray said. “We’ve been on two CDs, studio albums. We’ve seen several different eras of groups go by since we’ve been in it.” Knight said the Grains were the reason he came to the University in the first place and has never looked back. “The Grains is pretty much the reason why I applied to college and at the end is why I chose State over another school - for the group,” Knight said. “It’s been pretty cool to see how the group has changed over the course of five years, just in song selections and strength of the group and closeness of all the guys together. We’re all pretty much like brothers.” Knight said although balancing the different parts of his life with the Grains is not easy, the group is what gets him through the tough times. “In the past I’ve had to balance a job, and the group, and a fraternity and doing 17-18

hour semesters, so it’s really, really hard. But one thing that makes it easy is that we all are in the group because of our love of music. In the end, we know that this actually helps us get through our weeks,” Knight said. “We know that this twohour practice two times a week is what helps us get through those tough times. Because we love the group so much, we’re willing to make it work - whatever lengths necessary to make the group work.” Wood said the most rewarding part of his time with the Grains was creating an album. “Actually having my voice – and knowing that it’s mine – on the CD… that’s kind of the biggest reward for me,” Wood said. For those interested in hearing the group firsthand, the group will have their spring concert Stewart Theatre. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.




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On the defensive side, Georgia Tech yields a slight advantage. The Yellow Jackets’ pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.76, compared to the Wolfpack’s 5.31. Georgia Tech’s Friday starter, Deck McGuire, is the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Year and proved himself this weekend, despite the loss,

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said he is most excited for the historical significance of the land. On his way to Dublin, he hopes to have time for a side trip to his ancestral castle, Bunratty Castle, which is the traditional home of Brian Boru. Descendants that followed Boru were “of the house of Brien” or, more commonly,

allowing only one earned run with eight strike outs in seven strong innings. As the ACC tournament approaches, the Wolfpack realizes the need for a series win this weekend against the Yellow Jackets. Aside from last weekend, State has only been swept once, and followed the next weekend with a convincing series win against Wake Forest, scoring 25 runs in three games. Poulk sees this weekend as the

“O’Brien.” “Certainly they will all really enjoy the culture,” O’Brien said. “History in Europe is a lot different than history in America —we have no history compared to Europe. It’s just a great trip to recognize that.” Highlights of the trip include the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, a carriage ride of Muckross House and Gardens and a tour of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. “We’re going to have lunch


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opportune time for the winning ways of the Wolfpack to return. “This is a big weekend coming up. Because we’ve fallen back a little bit, we need to get that step back up,” Poulk said. “We need to get back in the right direction.” Action begins Friday night at 6:30, with games also slated for Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., all at Doak Field at Dail Park.

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ACC championship game in 2009. And yes, I wish October would start tomorrow so I can watch and cheer for Pack basketball. I’ve covered a number of sports while I was at State. While people may think t hat t he Technician Sports staff is rooting against any type of success in athletics, deep down inside, I’m rooting really hard for most of the team’s I’ve covered to win. Not only because it makes a great story line, but most of the athletes and coaches I’ve talked to have been a joy to cover. A number of people have

made my time covering sports and college a lot easier and a lot of fun. My friends, I would name you all but that would take up too much space, but I love you guys. Thanks for putting up with my reenactments of my day and telling you what I learned from the History Channel. I would also like to thank Tanner, Dennis, Langdon, J. Mike, Nick, Clark, Brian and Hannah, the staff from my freshman year, for helping me understand how t h e s p or t s world works from a college student’s point of view. I would also like to thank Brian, Brandon, Mark, Bruce, Pat and Annabelle from Media Relations. Thanks for setting up all my interviews and answering my dumb questions that I probably could have answered myself. I also can’t forget the media relations intern, Ryan, for allowing me to talk my head off about complete nonsense.

“I’ve grown a lot as a person, and I’m still growing.”

at The Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub,” O’Brien said. “And we’re going to tour the Guinness Factory too—Guinness always tastes better in Ireland.” The members of Wolfpack Nation will be leaving for Ireland on May 15 and return May 22. “I’m just looking forward to seeing the country side in Dublin, Ireland,” Fowler said. “It should be a lot of fun.”


I would also like to thank former women’s soccer coach Laura Kerrigan for yelling at me before the start of soccer season in 2008 for something that another staff writer wrote a year ago. She actually taught me something through that incident. When someone is attacking you for something you didn’t do, just hold your composure and keep it moving. You have a reputation to keep. I would be lying if I said this was not the best four years of my life, but it has been. I’ve grown a lot as a person, and I’m still growing. I love this University with all my heart and will never forget this place. It’s funny when you can truly call a place home, and I can really call State my home. I would sum up my four years at State with a quote from Henry David Thoreau. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”


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Smith to test waters in 2010 draft Junior Tracy Smith of the men’s basketball team entered his name on the NBA’s early draft entree list Thursday afternoon, but has not hired an agent and will have until May 8 to withdraw his name from consideration and retain eligibility for his senior season. Smith led the Pack in scoring and rebounding and was first in the ACC in field goal percentage (.654) last season. He was named to the ACC All-Tournament second-team after he helped the Pack advance to the semifinals. Several sources, including head coach Sidney Lowe and Smith’s mother, insisted he would be coming back to State next year. Smith took to his Facebook page Thursday to confirm the claims. “Dear people, I am 100% coming back to play my senior with Lorenzo Brown. Ryan Harrow, and Cj Leslie at NC STATE...”he wrote. Sources: N.C. State Athletics,

Track and Field heads to Stanford, Ohio State The State track and field teams will split up to compete in two competitions this weekend in different regions of the United States. The distance runners will race in the Payton Jordan Invitational Saturday at Stanford University and the sprinters, jumpers and throwers will be at the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State University Friday and Saturday. Sources: N.C. State Athletics



Pack hopes to end fourgame slide against No. 8 Georgia Tech

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Senior infielder Bill Edwards catches a ball thrown by redshirt sophomore pitcher Vance Williams after an Elon player tried to steal second base. N.C. State fell, 13-9, to Elon Wednesday, its fourth straight loss.


































Today Baseball v. Georgia Tech Doak Park at Dail Field, 6:30 p.m. Saturday Softball v. Georgia Tech Dail Softball Stadium, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Baseball v. Georgia Tech Doak Field at Dail Park, 1 p.m. Women’s Track and Field at the Cardinal Invite Palo Alto, Calif., All Day Men’s Track at the Cardinal Invite Palo Alto, Calif., All Day Men’s Golf at the Cavalier Invite Charlottesville, Va., All Day Sunday Baseball v. Georgia Tech Doak Field at Dail Park, 1 p.m. Softball v. Georgia Tech Dail Softball Stadium, 1p.m.

Quote of the day “[I appreciate] all the history [Ireland] has and I’ll go look for leprechauns.” Football coach Tom O’Brien

After being swept by Boston College and losing to Elon on Wednesday, the State baseball team (26-17 overall, 9-12 ACC) has its work cut out for it heading into this weekend against No. 8 Georgia Tech (35-7, 16-5 ACC). However, this is the same Wolfpack that upset No. 1 Virginia after losing to Campbell and Miami the week before. “That’s the thing about our team. We have great guys, great coaches, and

we’re just staying positive and believing in each other,” junior center fielder Russell Wilson said. State needs all the positivity it can get as the team has committed 14 errors in the past four games. Although the Wolfpack is ranked second in the ACC in team batting average (.340), it also has the second-lowest fielding percentage with 74 errors this season. “We’re making it really complicated,” senior second baseman Dallas Poulk said. “It’s a mental thing. We need to just come out here and play with a lot of confidence.” The Yellow Jackets are currently sitting atop the ACC, but proved to be beatable this weekend, dropping a home series against underdog Virginia

Tech. The Jackets returned to it. State continues to lead top form on Tuesday, though, the ACC offensively in sevdefeating in-state rival Georgia, eral categories, including hits, runs 6-4. scored, State is now a nd onfourth in the base perAtlantic Dicentage. If v i sion a nd the statiseighth overtics prove all. With only true, this t h re e AC C weekend series left in should t he season, Dallas Poulk, be evenly w i n n i ng i s second baseman matched crucial. on the of“Every game is a must-win from here fensive side. Georgia Tech on out,” said Russell Wilson. leads the ACC in several “We have to cut down on some categories as well, includof the mistakes, just continue ing home runs, slugging to focus, and continue to hit percentage, and RBIs. the ball.” Despite a few bad games, the Pack still has plenty going for GT continued page 7

“We’re making it really complicated. It’s a mental thing.”

I remember coming in as an 18 year old, wide-eyed freshman, trying to figure out this Fidelis ne w world Lusompa called college. Senior Staff Writer I remember at one point my freshman year, I wanted to leave school early because college was not like I thought it would be. As I creep closer to the final two weeks of college life, I realized how much these four years have meant to me and how much I have grown as a person. I realize that there is more to life than fitting in. It’s important to hold on to your dreams and do whatever it takes to keep them intact. I didn’t decide on being a sports reporter until my senior year in high school. As a kid, I wanted to be a meteorologist, an ambition I held until I got to my sophomore year in high school and realized I hated math and science. For two years, I wanted to be a news journalist. And then I realized that would be too boring. What makes covering sports so much fun is it reflects life. The Cinderella stories, the idea of survive and advance and never being satisfied can be reflected in sports and in real life. I never wanted a regular 9-5 job, and after taking some time away from covering sports last year, I realized this is what I want to do until I hit the millionaire jackpot and can retire. Yes, I know its N.C. State athletics, but I have witnessed and covered some high points at this University. These include the men’s basketball team’s run in the ACC tournament during my freshman year and again this year, the wrestling team winning the ACC in 2007, State beating UNC three years in a row in football, and the soccer team making it to the

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O’Brien, Fowler head for the old country Football coach, Athletic Director will travel to Ireland with Wolfpack Club later this month Jen Hankin Deputy Sports Editor

While expertly maintained, the lush green turf of Carter-Finley Stadium will pale in comparison to the rolling hills of Ireland this summer for a small band of Wolfpack staff members and fans. Football head coach Tom O’Brien will lead a trip back to the home of his ancestors this summer. O’Brien’s paternal great-grandparents emigrated from Ireland almost a century ago. “My dad’s from Clara so I certainly enjoy going to Ireland,” O’Brien said. “[I appreciate] all the history it has and I’ll go look for leprechauns.” O’Brien is no stranger to international travel. He and his wife Jennifer visited Ireland a few years ago when their daughter was on a semester study aboard trip there.

“Everywhere we’re going we have already been,” O’Brien said of the weeklong excursion he, Jennifer, Athletic Director Lee Fowler and his wife Carol, along with 45 Wolfpack Club Boosters will take around the beautiful countryside of Ireland. Brian Cochrane of the Wolfpack Club hammered out most of the details of the trip with help from Jennifer O’Brien. The trip needed at least 15 boosters to fund the outing and organizers were surprised when tickets quickly sold out. O’Brien said he is excited to be traveling with his fans. “Some of them I’ve met and have been around and others I don’t know,” O’Brien said. “So it’s an opportunity to get to know them personally and it’s an opportunity for them to get to know us personally. I think that’s the advantage of the trip.” This will be the first trip to Ireland for many of the Wolfpack Club members and Fowler. “I’ve never been to Ireland before so I am excited,” Fowler said. “It’s going to be fun to be with Wolfpackers number one, and fun to be in a country I’ve never been to. And to play

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Coach Tom O’Brien waits to take the field after halftime with a 24-21 lead in the homecoming game Saturday Nov. 7 at Carter-Finley Stadium. O’Brien will be part of a group of State booster club members and faculty heading to Ireland this May for a week long trip.

some golf —that’s my hobby. They have some of the oldest golf courses in the world so that will be nice.” Fowler and O’Brien will have three golf outings that Wolfpackers have the option to attend. They will be playing

at the Ballybunion Old Links course, Druids Glen, which is the top parkland course in Ireland and hosted the PGA Tour’s Irish Open, and the European Club. “We’re going to Ballybunion, which is one of the old-

est courses there,” O’Brien said. “All of the courses have spectacular vistas there on the course by the water.” Besides the golfing, O’Brien

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