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Members of Black Finesse Modeling Troupe pose during their performance. MARISA AKERS/TECHNICIAN
Keonta Wallace, a senior in mathematics, holds his daughter, Aisjan Wallace, on his shoulders and cheers for the performers at Back 2 School Jam Thursday night. Wallace, a member of the fraternity Omega Psi Phi, said he enjoyed the event. “It shows school support and educates people about the organizations we have here,” Wallace said.
Back-to-School Jam packs Talley
tudents had the opportunity to enjoy music, food and information about African American organizations at the annual Back-to-School Jam Thursday hosted by UAB’s Black Students Board.
The event drew approximately 1,000 attendees despite being moved to its rain location, Talley Student Center’s third floor ballroom. Khalia Braswell, BSB chairperson, said the turnout was a success. “It was a great turnout, even though we had to move to our rain site,” Braswell said.
Braswell said it’s difficult to judge how the event compares to previous Back-to-School Jams because of the change in location. “It’s hard to tell because this is a smaller venue and it makes it seem like there are more people,” Braswell said. Braswell also said the event was aid-
ed by UAB’s Friday Fest ticket giveaways and the added entertainment of B-Daht, an on-air personality from 102 JAMZ’s Wild Out Wakeup Show. Greek Life provided another form of entertainment, with an almost constant array of fraternity and sorority step shows to entertain the crowd.
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Campus officials question grade betting site
Lifehouse to perform on Lee Field for Friday Fest The Los Angeles rock band will perform Friday night for the University’s annual Friday Fest.
PAST FRIDAY FEST PERFORMERS: 2007 Headliner: Cartel Others: Weatherbox, Mercy Mercedes, Brooks Wood Band, Honorary Title
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Lifehouse, an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, is set to perform for Wolfpack Welcome Week’s Friday Fest on Lee Field Friday night. According to T.J. Willis, campus activities assistant director, the rock band was chosen to perform by the students on the Union Activities Board. Out of the 6,000 available tickets, 5,400 student tickets have been handed out for the event, Willis said. All other tickets will be sold to the general public, with the goal of having the maximum number of students possible.
A new website allows students to bet on their grades based on academic history and the grade distribution. Chelsey Francis Deputy News Editor
2008 Headliner: Boyz II Men Others: Little Brother, Who’s Bad 2009 Headliner : Josh Gracin, Others: Johnny Orr & South Station, Marcel SOURCE: UNION ACTIVITIES BOARD
“A mix of factors contribute to getting big name artists such as budget, dates of availability, and the bands or artists tour dates,” Willis said.
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David Clark, a senior in Nuclear Engineering, does a closing act with his fraternity brothers during the Back 2 School Jam on Thursday Aug. 19. People packed the ball room in Talley Student Center as it was moved from Harris Field after thunderstorms rolled through N.C. State’s campus.
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A new website, Ultrinsic, is allowing students to bet on the grades they make in their classes. The site works by allowing students to put money on the site via credit card and allows them to bet on their future grades. But campus officials say they have lingering questions about the site based in Garden City, N.Y. According to the site, the purpose is to provide an incentive for students to do well in individual classes or overall in a semester. The idea stemmed from two University of Pennsylvania students, Jeremy Gelbart and Steven Wolf. The site lists its availability at 36 schools nationwide, including N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Duke. The site says Ultrinsic provides cash incentives to students for academic achievement. According to the site, regardless of whether the students win their bets, if they tried harder and improved their academic standings even slightly,
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the experience was worth it. On the FAQ page, it says students are not required to give Ultrinsic t heir log i n information. But once a student registers with the website, it appears to require their University login information. The website says when students enter their login information, it will be downloaded automatically. Multiple calls to Ultrinsic’s media relations and toll-free number went unanswered. In a live chat session offered on the site, Alex, an operator with Ultrinsic who refused to give his last name, said the phones were not working at the office. “[The] phones are ringing off the hook today,” Alex said in the chat session. According to the OIT website, students should never reveal their passwords and letting anyone use their accounts violates OIT policy. Thomas Stafford, vice chancellor of
student affairs, said he hadn’t heard of Ultrinsic until the Technician contacted him Thursday. Stafford said he was unsure about the site and concept. “It doesn’t seem like a really great idea to me,” Stafford said. “I’m anxious to learn more about the website.” According to the site, Ultrinsic offers a type of insurance as well as incentives. Course incentives are for reaching target grades in individual courses, semester incentives are for reaching target GPAs and multicourse
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In the article, “Student Health insurance changes companies, not coverage,” coverage under BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is $1,205. Pearce and Pearce is the health insurance plan administrator, not provider. The enrollment eligibility requirement to be required to have insurance is to be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours is for undergraduates, but graduate students enrolled in 1 or more hours are eligible. The semester student health fee is $122.81, not $485.
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enise Souter, an Atrium worker, hands fries to Reed Stelten, sophomore in engineering, in the Atrium Thursday. “I like to stick to the Chick-Fil-A fries, but I’ll take these,” Stelten said. The Chick-Fil-A in the Atrium is unable to produce waffle fries during the Atrium renovation which has caused the transition to more traditional fries. “Last year I’d get fries every day. But now I’ve only got eight meals a week. I’m disgusted [by the lack of waffle fries,] but I’m glad I can get some fries.” Despite the lack of fries, Souter said the Atrium is as busy as ever. “There are a lot more people coming in [this year],” Souter said. The renovation project is set to be finished summer 2011.
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August 18 11:11 A.M. | INFORMATIONUNIVERSITY Public Safety Center RPD reported investigation regarding NCSU employee. Appropriate personnel notified. 6:01 A.M. | CONCERNED BEHAVIOR Public Safety Center Non-student was arrested by RPD for 3rd Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor at off campus location. NCSU PD trespassed subject from University property. Appropriate personnel notified. 9:23 A.M. | SUSPICIOUS PERSON Dan Allen Deck Report of suspicious subject in vehicle. Officers located nonstudent who was unconscious and physically impaired. Subject was escorted to nearby location. Vehicle was left on scene and NCSU Transportation notified. 10:24 P.M. | DISORDERLY CONDUCT Wolf Village Report of subjects fighting. Officers located two nonstudents and student arguing. Both non-students were trespassed from NCSU property. 3:47 P.M. | ASSIST OTHER AGENCY Off Campus Student was arrested by RPD for Resisting Arrest and a City Code Violation. Student will be referred at later time.
8:04 A.M. | LARCENY Tompkins Hall Staff member reported laptop stolen. Investigation ongoing.
8:28 P.M. | POLICY VIOLATION Off Campus Student was issued citation by RPD for possession of marijuana. Second student was issued citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Both students referred for charges.
8:50 P.M. | ALCOHOL VIOLATION Sullivan Hall Area Two non-students were found consuming alcohol in area prohibited by University policy. Both subjects were given verbal warnings and advised of policy.
August 17 10:25 P.M. | ALCOHOL VIOLATION Dan Allen Drive/Thurman Drive Student was referred to the University for underage possession of alcohol.
August 16 10:40 A.M. | TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Pesticide Residue Staff member struck side of building with vehicle. Appropriate reports completed and personnel notified.
2:35 P.M. | HIT & RUNPEDESTRIAN Cates Avenue Student reported being struck in crosswalk. Minor injuries reported.
10:39 P.M. | CONCERNED BEHAVIOR REPORT Pi Kappa Phi Student and non-student involved in domestic dispute. Student was referred to the university for Disorderly Conduct. Non-student was trespassed from NCSU property.
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Electric car station premiers on Centennial Campus The University strives for sustainability with a new car and charging station on Centennial Campus.
tions like ATEC say it is a slow process but they are making progress. “We’re working on making the whole campus sustainable over time,” Ewan Pritchard, the program manager for the Elise Heglar ATEC, said. Correspondent According to Pritchard, ElecA new device on Centennial tric cars emit 20 to 30 percent Campus is bringing the Uni- less than regular vehicles. “Hopefully this exposure to versity one step closer to comthe new electrified vehicles will plete sustainability. The Advanced Transporta- lead students and their parents tion and Energy center at the to buy them,” Pritchard said. The station itself has three University has recently installed a charging station to be levels of charge depending all used with a hybrid car for tours on the size of the outlet. The station at the at the Joyner University is Visitor’s considered Center. This a level-t wo new project charger and w i l l a l l ow can charge an prospective electric car in students and roughly two t heir famihours. l ies to see “The charCentennial ger is like a Campus in an gas pump in environmenthe sense that tally friendly fashion. Stu- Joshua Alger, junior in computer you wou ld science pull a cord dents will use and plug it t he vehicle and charging station to assist in into your car,” Pritchard said. The University is considering researching for the Green Research for Incorporating Data installing a level-three charger, in the Classroom, otherwise Pritchard said, which could charge an average electric car known as GRID-C. The vehicle and charging in about 15 minutes. According to Pritchard, the station are part of the University’s effort to make campus charging station is self-service completely sustainable. Offi- and the University is not curcials from on campus organiza- rently charging for use, but this
“Truthfully, I think electric cars are a smart idea and a good fuel efficient alternative.”
could change if the expenses of the station and its usage increase. Many students are just learning about the project since it is the first one of its kind on campus. Molly Hedges, a freshman in English, language, writing and rhetoric, said the tours are a great way to gain interest in sustainability. “It would definitely be really resourceful, and they could even promote the concept of electric cars and their benefits during the tours as a more hands on productive way to gain interest,” freshmen Molly Hedges said. Joshua Alger, junior in computer science, said he feels electric cars are a good thing for the University and the environment. “Truthfully, I think electric cars are a smart idea and a good fuel efficient alternative,” Alger said. According to Pritchard, the University hopes the charging station will serve as a learning tool. Prospective students touring the campus in the hybrid vehicle will have immediate exposure to the project, Pritchard said, but enrolled students are also welcome to check out the station. “We are always looking for opportunities to add these things on campus,” Pritchard said.
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Student groups hope to make noise with Silent Disco Inter-Residence Council leads attempt to break the largest Silent Disco record Saturday night. Colin Reed Correspondent
Members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity preform onstage in Talley Ballroom during the Back 2 School Jam Thursday night.
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Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity member Stephen Lilly, a senior in finance, said representing the University’s
diverse organizations was a main point of the event. “A lot of organizations were represented,” Lilly said. “That’s the main thing, being aware of the different organizations.” Whitney Bradley, a sophomore in First Year College,
said the event provided a good cultural experience. “I loved it,” Bradley said. “It was nice to be able to meet everybody and it was a good cultural experience.”
Three student groups on campus are teaming up to organize what they hope will be the largest Silent Disco in the United States to date. Part of what the IRC hopes will be a new phase for the organization, the Silent Disco represents a larger and more elaborate undertaking than any the IRC has attempted before. Kris Gower, resident advisor and junior in international studies, who is in charge of the IRC’s Silent Disco project, said the event is part of IRC President Kyle Winters’ new mission to rebrand the organization with a much more enthusiastic theme. “We wanted to say, we can be bigger and better than you think we can,” Gower said. The Silent Disco also represents Winters’ policy of promoting increased cooperation between student organizations, an effort IRC feels made this event much more plausible. “We really want to be working with other people,” Gower said. “We couldn’t make this program happen without receiving support from these other organizations.” According to Gower, the other organizations participating in the event include the Union Activities Board and the Student Government, both of which have contributed greatly to the effort, Gower said. Student Government will provide glow sticks at the event, while GLBT Community Alliance will provide glow-in-the-dark face paint. Gower said she got the idea for the event while on a trip to London in January, where she attended a Silent Disco. She said the event stuck with her as a novel way to have fun, and when the IRC began brainstorming ideas, it was the first
thing to come to her mind. According to Gower, the idea started as almost a joke because of its complexity and only later gained steam under Winters’ direction. In addition to demonstrating IRC’s new face, Gower said the organization hopes the event will provide students with safe, alcohol-free entertainment. According to Gower, silent discos operate under the principle that each individual receives a set of wireless headphones when he or she walks in. Two DJs will be present in the room, each broadcasting on a separate FM frequency, allowing audience members to switch channels, and therefore DJs, on their headphones at will. “If you don’t like what one DJ is playing, you can switch to the other DJ,” Gower said. “You get to experience music as a group, but on a very individual level.” DJs for the event will are Beat Transformers and Doubleclick. The event will be made possible by Silent Events Inc., a Memphis, Tenn.-based company that specializes in similar events. Gower said she expects more than 400 people to attend the event, although the IRC distributed 750 of 850 tickets. The last 100 tickets will be distributed at the door. Gower said she would have liked to include more people, but the contract with officials at Talley Student Center limited her to 850. If 750 people show up, the event will become the largest Silent Disco in the U.S. to date, Gower said. The only requirement for students coming to the event, according to Gower, is to bring a valid student ID and their ticket. “We are really excited and we are very appreciative of the support…we couldn’t have made this happen by ourselves,” Gower said. “Next year, I want it bigger and better.”
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incentives are for reaching target grades in multiple classes. “You buy incentives to do good, insurance if you need a consolation prize in case you do bad,” Alex said in the chat session. The Wake County District Attorney’s Office refused to comment on the legality of the site because they were unfamiliar with it. Ultrinsic also states that, although available at N.C. State, it’s not affiliated with the University. Stafford said it is illegal to bet in certain ways in North Carolina. “I want to have a conversation with the University’s legal counsel regarding this website,” Stafford said. Keith Nichols, director of news and communication, said he doesn’t think there’s any contract between the University and the site.
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Lifehouse became known in 2001 with their hit “Hanging by a Moment,” which won a Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year. “Sometimes bands contact us and sometimes we look for them,” Willis said, “but we go through their agent or a middle agent to book them.” Previous performers for Friday
Fest include: Cartel (2007), Boyz II Men (2008) and Josh Gracin (2009). Some students said they did not attend last year because they are not fans of country music. “We try to rotate between genres,” Willis said. Andrew Hornsby, a sophomore in computer science, said he’s happy about this year’s artist and that musical genre played into his opinion of last year’s performance.
“I’m happy about [lifehouse performing] compared to last year,” Hornsby said. “I am not a big fan of country, so last year it was just okay.” Joe Roberts, a sophomore in biological sciences, said he’s excited about the giveaways at Friday Fest. “I am very excited that Lifehouse is playing and I’m even more excited about getting free t-shirts.” Kornelius Bascombe, a junior in criminology, said he’s looking
forward to trying something new. “I haven’t heard of the group personally, but my friend told me they are really good and I’m looking forward to being apart of a new culture and hearing something I’ve never heard before.” Casey Clayton, a senior in biological engineering, also said the band’s new to him, but he’s excited. “I can’t wait to hear the band play. I’ve never heard them before, but all my friends talk them up.
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Campaigning for his O.W.N. talk show Technician caught up with Kornelius Bascombe, a junior in criminology, to talk about his campaign for his own talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Currently one of the top five finalists, Bascombe is now waiting for the final results. Nick Tran Staff Writer
Technician: When did you decide to campaign to get your own show on the OWN Network? Bascombe: I actually heard about this show through one of my fraternity brothers. He was like, ‘Korn, guess what? Oprah’s about to have her own competition to have your own talk show.’ I was like, ‘oh, shoot.’ People have been like, ‘Kornelius, you should have your own talk show. You’re outrageous, you’re crazy and you’re very funny, but at the same time people admire you around campus and people admire your opinions about different subjects.’ So I was like, ‘that sounds like I could do my own talk show.’ We took about three or four days – and it’s crunch time because the earlier you put your video up, the more time you have to get votes. The competition started May 15 and I heard about it around May 23 and I did my video around May 29. So it was a really quick turnaround time. I put my video up and then went around, talking to
different people. From there, we put it up and tried to get all my friends to vote. We put it on Facebook, we put it on Twitter. Technician: What is your vision for the show? What do you want your show to be about? Bascombe: It’s aimed at children. One show will be about helping young middle school and high school students understand what it means to go to college. For one episode the show will talk about obesity and how you can stay in shape a nd the steps you need to take so when you get into college, you’ll be well prepared to l ive on your own. By the time they finish watching my show, I want to make sure that they have learned something new that they can take back to their home and back to their families, their friends and their relatives and say ‘this is what Korn said on his show and this is how it’s impacted my life.’ I want you to be like ‘wow, I learned something new from Korn and I really think I can help.’ It’s not just about the youth. I want my mom to sit down in front of the TV and learn about social media and learn about what’s going on in college and what’s different from being on Facebook and Twitter and all those
different social medias. I think that’s something a lot of people don’t know about. Empowering people is another thing. Empowering people in our culture and making sure people work through, and make sure they have changed someone’s life from watching this show. Technician : Is there one thing you think will make your show different, or set yours apart from others? Bascombe: I have a way of getting my voice across and getting my v ision across to people but like in a fiery kind of way. What’s going to make this show different is we’re not going to always be sitting with a studio audience; we might be at a college campus talking to a group of students. I want to take it and make it a good entertaining show where we have some comedy in there, but at the same time, we know when to be serious. Because ultimately us college students (or anybody who’s young), we like to know what’s going on with the community, but at the same time we want comedy in our life. We want to know what’s funny and we want to be able to laugh at the same time.
“I’m going to make sure I put N.C. State on the map and show everyone I deserved to win.”
Technician: What are you currently working on? What
Technician: So there are 30 candidates left and four will win? Bascombe: There’s a total of about 40 candidates together. The top five are guaranteed a spot in the semi-final stage, and then there are 35 others who have other online videos. I’ve passed that stage and now I’m waiting to hear back to see if I’ve made it to the reality TV stage. Technician: So you are one stage from having your show aired? Bascombe: Yeah, I’m pretty much one step away. Basically, they’ll go through it and I’ll sit here until late October to see if I’ve made it to the next round. I really can’t tell you much about it; that’s all I know right now. I’m one step away from being a finalist. Technician: If and when you win, how are you going to proceed? Bascombe: I don’t know. It’s going to be so overwhelming because I got so much support from N.C. State students and so much support from my family and friends and just regular people around Raleigh. I’m going to stay in college, so I’m going to be living, enjoying my life here at N.C. State, pursuing my actual career. I’m going to
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make sure my time here at N.C. State is going to be making a college show that’s excellent, to make sure students are interested, what they like on campus, who they want me to talk to, what are student voices and stuff like that. That’s what I’m still going to do if I don’t win, but if I do win then it’s going to be awesome. I’m going to make sure I put N.C. State on the map and show everyone I deserved to win. Technician: If you win you’ll have to take some time off of school obviously. Bascombe: Yeah. Definitely. Technician: Have you met Oprah yet, or at what stage do you get to meet her? Bascombe: I have not met Oprah yet. I’ve only met the casting director, the producers,
but not Oprah. That’s actually something I’m looking forward to. Hopefully, they’ll give me a chance to meet Oprah—that would be awesome. Technician: Is there anything you wanted to add? Bascombe: Being a student at State, being a student in college, we’re all together trying to figure out what to do or what we’re interested in. I think the purpose of college is to really figure out your niche and I think I found it by interacting with different organizations and different people on campus. I really want to give a shout-out to N.C. State for giving me the opportunity to find my niche and something I’m actually interested in life.
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Ultrinsic is a website that allows students to place bets on their grades to motivate them to do better in class. The University does not have a contract with this website. It is against University policy for students to give out student account information.
Students need to be careful about who they give personal information to online and should always be wary of sites. FERPA and University policies are in place to protect students’ information and should be taken seriously.
Be wary of online motives T
he Internet is full of predators hunting for personal information. Now there’s something new posing a possible threat to students’ online safety. Ultrinsic, a website that boasts it’s out to promote good academic performance by allowing students to bet on grades, seems to be doing more than that. In the website’s registration process, students are asked give their university login information, so their grades can be downloaded. This may seem harmless and even fun, but it’s not. Giving anyone University account information isn’t savvy. Transcripts, financial information and important personal information are managed on MyPack Portal. Students are
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taking a great risk if they trust a website to download their transcript from such a personal account. Normally, FERPA protects students’ information, including grades, but this website is bypassing that protection with the student’s approval. Giving out this information is more than unsafe —its against University policy. Students face disciplinary action if the University discovers they have given out their personal account information. By revealing this information out, the student is allowing the website to have access not only to their account, but to the University’s system and could result in
lottery, North Carolina prohibits most gambling activities. It might not be worth risking your record and your educamore than just personal dam- tion to make a quick buck. age. The Internet has given people Although there are pros and ample opportunity to prey on cons to gambling as a whole, the personal information of the question of whether it’s others. Students need to be right to bet on grades is a aware of what they’re doing pressing dilemma. Ultrinsic online and who is accessing has presented an opportunity their information. for students “to create incenPersonal information, intives and reach their academic cluding login information and goals.” However, students must transcripts, should never be think about the price —they shared. would be giving up their hardearned money to a website and risking it on their grades. Students must also consider the legal ramifications of gambling, even though the legality of the site is not yet clear. Although it’s legal to play the
IN YOUR WORDS
Would you be willing to bet money on your academic ability? Why or why not? BY MARISA AKERS
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ith birth come some basic freedoms and rights. Americans are brought up to believe that people deserve to be treated decently and t hat shou ld lead us to allow everyone the freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Through Conrad our interprePlyler tive ways, Senior Staff some t hi n k Columnist the right to an equal education is also a right blessed upon birth. Thomas Jefferson just forgot “education” from his list that day. Education, unlike the philosophical concepts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, has a much more direct cost on a community. We should all be familiar with how the government handles this service industry buy subsidizing the bulk of the cost through indirect taxes. The education system was designed to be the pinnacle of Federalism, but has turned more and more to an example of fiscal nationalism
since large amounts of funds flow from the federal level. Since education exists as a service industry and not as a philosophical concept, I think it’s unreasonable and un-American to guarantee the right to equal education. After all, the only practical way to standardize education on a national level, to achieve equal education, would be the implementation of a nationalistic system of mandating local schools to follow lesson plans from the higher level. The budgets of states, counties, cities and school boards would need to follow certain fiscal guidelines to coordinate the equal spread of funds to schools when all the money from different government branches have finished distributing their taxes. Federalism stands as one of the cornerstones of the American legal system. Our founding father James Madison would likely argue that the national government has no place deciding how education is ran. That power should be delegated to smaller regions. The logic suggests that people will be happier if they are in control of their own institutions instead
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of a national ruling. If California is dominant politically in a national education system, they could dictate education in the Carolinas. However, one of the reasons I live in the Carolinas is that I want to learn to be a Carolinian, not some Californian. It’s unreasonable to expect all states and counties to invest the same amount of money into education. Coastal cities have different costs than cities in the Midwest. If we assumed two cities had the same tax revenue for a specified year, one might see an opportunity to invest in business infrastructure or a public hospital while another cities doesn’t and can divert all funds straight to the school system. Each city has a set of individual problems and costs, and a service industry like education must take a seat as a line item on government budgets. My high school rests in the cornfields of O’Fallon, Illinois and we didn’t have the AP class system. Instead of studying for standardized tests, we studied subjects from the unique perspectives of our teachers. When I moved to our University and found all my friends from AP classes, they all had the same
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‘Vampires Suck’ fails to bite Vampires Suck
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Despite the intense rivalry between Twihards and Twihaters, the new parody pleases neither group. Cari MacPherson & Steve Rau Correspondents
Vampires Suck, brought to you by the writers of Date Movie and Disaster Movie, hit theaters on Wednesday. Expected to be a witty mockery of Twilight and today’s newfound obsession with the undead, the film hugely disappoints. The plot closely follows the first two movies of the Twilight Saga —too closely to be considered satire, in fact. The story brings in heroine Becca Crane (Jenn Proske) who enters a love triangle with vampire Edward Sullen (Matt Lanter) and werewolf (sort of) Jacob White (Chris Riggi). This movie is just like the character’s names, boring and uninventive. Going into the movie, we expected the directors to go out on a limb and include other aspects of the vampire phenomenon. But all we got were oneliners referring to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Vampire Diaries. They did manage to throw in plenty of pop culture references, as is usual with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. In 80 minutes we counted 60 allusions to commercials and pop culture, two of which were the Kardashians and Jer-
sey Shore. The movie probably would have drawn more laughs had Justin Bieber been smacked with a bottle of TrueBlood. There were a few subtle nuances that might have drawn giggles from moviegoers (all four in the theater). Twilight’s alternative soundtrack was mimicked, including lyrics about being an angsty, lonely teenager. Jenn Proske, the actress who portrayed Bella/Becca, was an outstanding talent in the movie. She receives the only kudos for the film. From stuttering, lip biting and sporadic twitching, Proske’s impression of K r i s t e n Stewart was spot on. Of course, the fact that she was cast in this movie is bitter-sweet, and we expect to see her in better movies from now on. That’s strike one Jenn! So let’s talk about the parts that made us laugh—not many. Most of the gags were cheap and over exaggerated. When we weren’t being beat over the head by trivial jokes, we did manage to grin when Edward took Becca for a segway ride in the forest. Also, there’s an amusing scene when Edward prowls over the sleeping Becca —but we won’t spoil anything. Vampires Suck covered the plot of the first two Twilight movies, which sadly means we can count on a sequel. Because this movie was so
cheap to make (a mere $20 million), Friedberg and Seltzer have found a way to continue making these “parodies,” while staying just a notch above being straight-to-DVD filmmakers. And while we’re on the subject of numbers, District 9 was produced with a $30 million budget. Compared to Vampires Suck’s $20 million, it’s amazing what a $10 million difference can make. If there’s one thing learned, it’s that Hollywood should stay away from parodies and leave t hem to real comedic geniuses: Youtubers. Si nc e Tw ilight’s release in 2008, there have been thousands of parodies and satires posted online, all of which have more potential than Vampires Suck. For instance, Take 180 has a better parody for the infamous “say it out loud” scene in which Edward is revealed to be Santa Clause. Even user Nigahiga has a better script and probably more viewers. Case in point, no budget, bedroom videos are altogether more entertaining than this film was. Vampires Suck fails to successfully parody Twilight and vampire culture today. The name is misleading, nothing is truly hilarious and despite one good actress, the actual Twilight movies have a lot more to laugh at. Perhaps vampires do suck, but so does this movie.
“Case in point, no budget, bedroom videos are altogether more entertaining than this film was.”
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2010 • PAGE 11
New era of Wolfpack volleyball to begin in earnest Saturday Coach Bryan Bunn trying to change culture of program in first year Tucker Frazier Deputy Sports Editor
The Wolfpack Challenge volleyball scrimmage Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum will mark the beginning of a new chapter of the volleyball program. Firstyear coach Bryan Bunn seeks to instill a winning culture into a program that has been a fixture at the bottom of the ACC standings in recent years, registering only four conference wins in as many seasons. “The past is the past,” Bunn said. “We can’t do anything about that but we can definitely shape our future and that is what we want to do. The good thing is that we have no place to go but up. Any kind of improvement will be looked upon favorably, by both the players and the fans.” After serving three years as the associate head coach at Baylor, Bunn was hired in February to help turn the program around. Bunn said he has already seen improvements since practice began Aug. 7.
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In Reynolds Coliseum, junior setter Alex Smith dives for the ball during the match against Rutgers on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009. N.C. State lost to Rutgers 3-2.
“The girls are working really hard and getting better every day,” Bunn said. “We’ll take a step back and then two steps forward, then another step back and two more forward, but as long as we keep moving forward, then that’s great.” Along with changing the culture inside the program, players want to change the public perception of the program as well.
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ing project as the Wolfpack welcomes 10 new faces to the program. Six freshman, two sophomores and two juniors join six players from last year’s squad. Alex Smith, Jana Angel and Pritchard will attempt to provide much-needed senior leadership to this year’s inexperienced team. “The seniors will offer leadership in terms of having been
“We want our fans and everyone affiliated with the N.C. State volleyball program to see a change,” senior Taylor Pritchard said. “One of our main goals is to change the vision of N.C. State volleyball. I think it’s important that our fans see that the program is being switched around.” Leadership will play an integral part in the team’s rebuild-
there before,” Bunn said. “They’ve been in the ACC for three years so they have good insights into that. But in terms of who will be our leaders, well, they will emerge as we start competing because you have to earn it. Taylor, Jana and Alex are all providing good leadership right now. They want to start winning so they’re putting forth the necessary effort. It’s been great to work with.” The inaugural Wolfpack Challenge scrimmage will provide the coaching staff with a chance to see which players have the ability to contribute right away. “We want to see who is going to take charge, who is going to perform when the lights are on and the whistle blows, and who is ready to get out there and prove they deserve a starting spot,” Bunn said. “We want to get an idea of how we are going to compete.” The scrimmage will also provide an opportunity for fans to get their first look at the new and improved team when action gets underway Saturday.
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Sports PAGE 12 • FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2010
• 15 days until the football team’s season opener against Western Carolina
• Page 11: A season preview of the volleyball team
Charity golf tournament comes to Raleigh The Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic will be held at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course, located on NC State’s own Centennial Campus on Sunday, August 22. The foundation, named after former Wolfpack basketball coach Jim Valvano has raised over $14 million for cancer research in the Classic’s 17 year history. Sunday’s golf tournament will conclude the 9-day ‘V-Week’ celebration. Earlier in the week, various events held by the foundation included a tennis event, a raffle for a 2010 BMW, a cancer forum and a blacktie V Gala. SOURCE: THE V FOUNDATION
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee plans upcoming year at nature park The SAAC’s annual planning meeting was held over the weekend at Durant Nature Park. Representatives from each of N.C. State’s 23 intercollegiate athletic teams gathered together to determine the schedule for the academic year that kicked off with the start of classes Wednesday. The date for this year’s athletic talent show was set for Oct. 18. Each team finished the day with a series of tasks, including one that required each team to build its own raft and then race the length of the lake and back again within a 30-minute time limit. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
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Today WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. TEXAS Dail Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m. Saturday MEN’S SOCCER AT DAVIDSON Davidson, N.C., 7 p.m. Monday WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. COASTAL CAROLINA Dail Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m. Thursday MEN’S SOCCER VS. HIGH POINT Dail Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m. Friday WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. HIGH POINT Dail Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL VS. EASTERN KENTUCKY Reynolds Coliseum, 2:30 p.m. VOLLEYBALL VS. COPPIN STATE Reynolds Coliseum, 5:30 p.m.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “Just because we are young doesn’t mean that we don’t know how to run things.” senior defender Lucas Carpenter
Pack set to take on Longhorns Women’s soccer team “going in blind” in season opener against Texas Kate Shefte Senior Staff Writer
No one wou ld have blamed women’s soccer coach Steve Springthorpe and his group of largely inherited players if it had taken them some time to settle into a rhythm last season. But the Pack made significant strides in its first year under the new coaching staff. The team finished 8-9-2 overall and notched its first two conference wins in three years, including an upset over Virginia, ranked No. 14 at the time. It just missed out on the final seed in the ACC Championship, which Springthorpe said gives the team something to work toward. “Ultimately, we hope we improve year after year,” Springthorpe said. “It was a transition year last year. It took a lot of learning and we felt good with how we progressed. But this year, we certainly hope we’re going to take it to a higher level and reach some of the goals we didn’t hit last year.” State will take its first step toward getting another crack at the postseason Friday when it hosts Texas at 7 p.m. at Dail Soccer Stadium. Senior Nadia Aboulhosn said she and her fellow returners have tried to impress upon the incoming freshmen how important it is to start off strong. “We’ve emphasized how
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Forward Tanya Cain attempts to dribble the ball past the Campbell defense at an away game Monday, Aug. 24, 2009. Cain scored the first goal of the game in the seventh minute.
much every game counts,” Aboulhosn said. “It’s tough to see the end at the beginning. But then you’re looking back thinking, ‘if only we had won that one game or hadn’t allowed that extra goal, maybe we would have made it.’” State hasn’t hosted a Big 12 opponent in six years and has never played Texas. The Longhorns went 9-9-3 last year and are expected to finish in the top half of the Big 12. Other than that, Springthorpe said he knows little about
the team, as scouting reports aren’t available yet. From what he knows about Texas coach Chris Petrucelli and what he’s watched on television, he expects it to be a fast-paced, athletic game. Senior goalkeeper Kim Kern said not having a full scouting report on the opponent isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “We’re kind of going in blind, but I think it’s almost better because we can only worry about ourselves,” Kern said. Springthorpe and his assis-
tant coaches have been tinkering with positioning, trying to find the best possible formation. One noticeable difference is that junior and last season’s second leading scorer Paige Dugal has been transitioned to center back. “I hope we can find a way to spread the goal-scoring around a bit and that our other players up top will get better chances,” Springthorpe said. Sophomore Kara Blosser, last year’s leading scorer with nine goals, will be counted
upon again to pace the Pack’s offense. Kern injured her knee during summer workouts and sat out during some of Springthorpe’s increasingly intense workouts, but she is back to full health and expects to start against Texas. But there’s still plenty of room for some of the 11 incoming freshmen to make a statement against the Longhorns. Springthorpe pointed to local
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Men’s soccer ready to replace top players from 2009 Wolfpack confident it has enough talent, experience to make noise in competitive ACC Ely Yarbrough Staff Writer
This year’s men’s soccer team is going to have quite a different look than the team that led the Pack to the ACC championship game last season. This year’s squad will hit the field without several familiar faces from a year ago, including keeper Chris Widman, midfielders Kris Byrd and Alan Sanchez and leading scorer Ronnie Bouemboue. In addition to those players, State also loses two more starters and five reserves from a year ago. Of the 37 goals the Wolfpack scored in 2009, players no longer with the Pack accounted for 25 of them. With many of last year’s top scorers having graduated, senior defender Lucas Carpenter said it will be especially important that the returning players step up early in the season to show their younger teammates how it’s done. “We are going to have
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Junior midfielder Chris Zuerner chases down Wake Forest’s Luke Norman in the team’s match at Dail Soccer Field Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. The Pack gave up 19 shots to the Demon Deacons in the teams 4-1 loss.
a lot of younger guys that are going to have to step it up for sure,” Carpenter said. “They are here to help fill the void of the guys who left”. Though it must replace several key pieces from last year’s team, its not as though the Pack will be without any experience,
as it will return four starters from the No. 15 overall seed in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Seniors Chris Zuerner, Tyler Lassiter and Carpenter are prepared to play prominent roles this season. Carpenter said that last season’s success wasn’t due solely
to the play of the team’s seniors. “ I don’t see us dropping off at all from last season,”Carpenter said. “The standard is set from last year. We can’t just have a season like last year’s once every four years” Besides replacing the offensive firepower from last season,
the Pack also faces the task of replacing a departed veteran goalie in Widman. Widman was a wall between the posts who tallied 67 saves in 2009 for an average of less than one goal allowed per game. Carpenter said Widman’s replacement remains unclear. “We have four guys competing for the job,” Carpenter said. “Preseason isnt quite over yet”. Whoever ends up starting can have some confidence knowing he will have two senior defenders in Carpenter and Lassiter in front of him. Despite the team’s relative youth, the returning starters are determined to make sure the 2010 season is more than a rebuilding year. The competition will heat up quick, as nearby powerhouse UNC-Chapel Hill comes to town Sept. 10 to open conference play. But regardless of his team’s inexperience at certain positions, Carpenter said he and his teammates will remain confident. “Just because we are young doesn’t mean that we don’t know how to run things,” Carpenter said. “We have our traditions with the same goal and determination that we had last year - to win”.
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