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Students find drug policy acceptable, working

Shack-a-Thon to raise money for Habitat for Humanity Long-standing University tradition will commence Sunday.

No complaints from students regarding Campus Police work and sudent conduct.

Joshua Chappell Senior Staff Writer

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Students around campus were happy overall with how campus administrators and safety officials enforce rules and policies regarding campus drug violations. In an effort to prevent substance abuse, most universities have a zero tolerance policy on drugs and criminal charges that are pressed on any individual found in violation of this policy. N.C. State is one of those universities. “We do have a zero tolerance for drugs and will charge criminally as well,” Jon Barnwell, deputy chief of Campus Police, said. Most students come to college having drunk alcohol in the past, according to University Health Promotion. “A vast majority of first year students have had at least one drink in the past year, and 38 percent of first year students drank on at least one occasion within two weeks of being surveyed,” according to the health promotion website. An educational program emphasizing the medical, psychological and legal consequences of the possession, use or distribution of drugs is a standard feature at student orientation programs. “Given the statistics, N.C. State University requires all first year students under the age of 21 to complete AlcoholEdu for college. Completion of the program is required for spring semester registration. This two-part, online, science-based course provides detailed information about alcohol and its effects on the body and mind,” according to the website. Students who commit other minor violations are often not charged criminally. Instead they are educated by referring them to the University’s student judiciary council and the Office of Student Conduct. Many universities also have a policy on tobacco, which restricts people from lighting up in public spaces within the campus for health and safety reasons. However, they do provide smoking zones within the campus where the restrictions do not apply. For example, Shaw University in downtown Raleigh has a ban on all tobacco products, as they receive government subsidies for providing a smoke-free campus. N.C. State, however, has not instituted a smokefree campus. Skateboards are also prohibited on most campuses as they are usually ridden recklessly and result in damage to pavements and railings. “The most common policy violation on campus aside from criminal activity is skateboarding,” Barnwell said. “Most skate violations are typically warned for the first offense and in case of repeat offenders, appropriate action is pursued.” The University has strict policies on equal opportunity and non-discrimination. The Equal Opportunities and Sexual Harassment policies protect against racial discrimination, reduce hate crimes, protect the interests of the community, and foster an environment conducive for learning. There are also policies in place to prevent the unauthorized reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material. Violations of these policies have serious repercussions which may include suspension, expulsion and criminal charges.

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Sen. Barack Obama throws a Wolfpack sign to the crowd as he thanks Chancellor Oblinger for hosting his victory celebration of the North Carolina primary in Reynolds Coliseum on May 6, 2008.

OBAMA COMING TO N.C. STATE Story By John Wall

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arack Obama will visit campus Wednesday to promote his new jobs plan and to make one of his first speeches since the beginning of the campaign season. Departments across campus have made plans to rearrange facets of dayto-day University operation — transportation in particular. Obama will be the first president to visit

campus since it hosted Ronald Reagan in 1985. Reagan spoke on how Americans would give less of their earned money to the government; Obama’s jobs plan asks for tax breaks for the less fortunate, and increased taxes for the affluent. Below is a rundown of what hopeful attendees can expect.

Why is he coming? The presidential campaign season traditionally begins on Labor Day. With Republicans debating frequently, Obama has hit the road to share his views. His most recent and public stance came last Thursday when he announced his jobs plan to the nation. With unemployment hovering around 10 percent — almost identical to the level when he took office — he plans to focus most of his speech on his newly introduced bill, the American Jobs Act, according to the White House. Young Americans played a large role in electing Obama in 2008. Along with his stop at a small business in Apex, N.C. Tuesday, his appearance on campus will be one of his first since the start of campaign season.

Upperclassmen are familiar with the rickety shack-adorned atmosphere of the Brickyard this time of year. Freshmen, as well, will soon learn the ways of Shack-a-Thon. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular traditions on campus. The annual fundraiser by Habitat for Humanity began in 1991 with one shack, and has taken place annually ever since. According to Matt Woelfle, president of the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the event kicks off every year on a Sunday with the construction of the shacks. They are then occupied continuously from 8 a.m. on Monday through 5 p.m. on Friday. Throughout this entire time, shack dwellers have the goal of raising more money for Habitat for Humanity than their competitor shacks. “While in the shacks, the organizations solicit money by all imaginable means, including pan handling, selling raffle tickets, and selling food,” Woelfle said. According to Woelfle, a senior in civil engineering, there will be 17 shacks this year, including the top four fundraising shacks from last year, the Habitat for Humanity Shack, the Student Media Shack, and 11 shacks that were bid upon by 24 organizations. According to Woelf le, the event grossed $16,891 last year. This year, he said, the goal is $20,000. “We already saw a 16 percent increase in money raised on bid night as compared to last year,” Woelfle said. “We are hoping this trend continues.”

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President Ronald Reagan is presented with a special jersey by Mr. Wuf in Reynolds Coliseum on Sept. 1986.

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Tickets will available on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Brickyard. Students must have a valid campus identification card to receive a pass. Students are allowed only one ticket apiece. Tickets will also be available to faculty, staff and the general public, but students come first. Tickets for faculty and staff will be up for grabs at 10:30 a.m., and general public tickets will be available at noon Tuesday at the Vaughn Towers ticket window at Reynold Coliseum. They will also be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Where will he be on campus? Obama will speak in Reynolds Coliseum. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and he is slated to begin speaking at 12:55 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to come early and to limit personal items.

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Crash course with club rugby

Men’s squad preparing to defend ACI Championship title this weekend. See page 8.

Where can I park? Displaced “C” permit holders from Jeter Lot, Morrill Drive and Cates Avenue are asked to park in the Coliseum Deck Paylot (lowest level of the Coliseum Deck) OR the West Deck on Sullivan Drive. The Coliseum Deck paylot is available for VIP and displaced “C” permit holders Wednesday. Displaced paylot users are directed to Carter Finley Park & Ride Lot, Rt. 6 Wolfine, service every 15 minutes or designated parking at Greek Village (signed - near fraternity and sorority houses — ride Rt. 9 Greek Village).

Where can’t I park? Coliseum Deck Paylot is closed for general parking beginning 5 p.m., Tuesday. No parking Wednesday in the Cates Avenue “C” spaces — in front of Talley to the Cates Avenue/Morrill Drive intersection. Event attendees (non-campus) will be directed to park at the McKimmon Center and Greek Village and ride shuttle buses to the event. Signs will be in place. Portions of Jeter Parking Lot will be reserved beginning Tuesday. The entire Jeter Parking Lot will be a secured area Wednesday (closed). Morrill Drive - No parking after 7 p.m., Tuesday (includes “RE” — Resident East and “C” parking). Vehicles parked on Morrill Drive after 7 p.m. will be relocated (towed) to another campus location. Morrill Drive will be closed to accommodate the president’s arrival/departure. During this time period, anyone parking in lots along Morrill Drive, i.e., Carmichael Gymnasium Lot, Weisiger-Brown Lot will only be able to depart campus via Western Boulevard. Talley Loading Dock/Service Lot closed Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Men’s club disc golf looks to expand their success this season

In second year of operation, club aims for national title contention. See page 8.

DC reboot provides new beginning

How will busing be affected? Wolfline routes are detoured Wednesday. No Wolfline buses will serve Dunn Avenue/Jeter Drive, Carmichael Gym or Faucette Drive stops between Morrill Drive and Varsity Drive. Rt. 7 Wolflink Shuttle and Rt. 3 Engineering will serve the campus interior as usual, but will travel Pullen Road to Western Boulevard. Private apartment shuttle buses are being directed to pick up/de-board on Founders Drive in front of Scott Hall. Rt. 2 Hillsborough Street Shuttle, Rt. 4 Westgrove, Rt. 6 Carter Finley are not affected.

With comic market strugging, DC starts their universe over. See page 6.

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isha Tobar, a freshman in political science, and Janet Nguyen, a sophomore in international studies, run a bake sale on the Brickyard Monday. Nguyen and Tobar, the president and vice president of FAE, the first Asian interest sorority on campus, said they are running the bake sale to raise money to charter their sorority as first Asian sorority on N.C. State’s campus. They have also planned to organize the events to raise money, such as a mixer on Oct. 14.

Friday 1:54 a.m. | Medical Assist Alcohol Lee Hall Units responded and transported student in need of medical assistance. Student was issued citation and referral for alcohol violation. 11:48 a.m. | Suspicious Person Varsity Lot Student reported being approached by suspicious subject. Officers did not locate subject. 3:29 a.m. | Assist Another Agency Off Campus Officers assisted RPD with sexual assault investigation that occurred off campus. 1:24 p.m. | Fraud Wolf Village Student reported debit card used fraudulently to make online purchase.

10:45 p.m. | Assist Another Agency Dan Allen Drive/Thurman Drive NCSU PD assisted ALE in reference to three students cited for underage possession of alcohol. One student was also cited for possession of fake ID. All were referred to the University for the same. 11:43 p.m. | Suspicious Person Coliseum Deck Officer observed student consuming alcohol. Subject fled on approach of officers. Second student was referred for underage possession of alcohol with referral for first student pending service. 3:41 p.m. | Breaking & Entering - Auto Coliseum Deck Student reported vehicle had been entered and items taken. 4:37 p.m. | Molest Fire Equipment Coliseum Deck Student reported someone had discharged fire extinguisher on vehicle.

6:50 p.m. | Breaking & Entering - Auto Coliseum Deck Staff member reported vehicle had been entered. No items were missing. Saturday 11:13 a.m. | Animal Complaint Terry Center NCSU PD, EMS and Raleigh Animal Control responded after nonstudent was scratched or bitten by dog. Animal Control ordered an in-home quarantine of canine for 10 days. 3:09 a.m. | Assist Another Agency Off Campus NCSU PD responded at the request of RPD in reference to drug investigation involving student. Student was charged by RPD for possession of drug paraphernalia and hosting nuisance party. NCSU PD referred student for underage alcohol possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

10:59 p.m. | Assist Another Agency Off Campus NCSU PD assisted High Point PD with sexual assault investigation. 11:50 p.m. | Tamper with Fire Equipment Pi Kappa Phi NCSU PD and RFD responded to alarm activation caused by student discharging fire extinguisher. Student was referred for violation. 2:24 p.m. | Damage to Property Fraternity Court Student reported hood of vehicle had been dented. 3:25 p.m. | Breaking & Entering - Auto Wolf Village Lots Student reported window damaged and vehicle had been entered. 7: 52 p.m. | Breaking & Entering - Auto Coliseum Deck Staff member reported unsecured vehicle had been entered.

Wednesday Kirk Adam – Modern Abstracts All Day Crafts Center An exhibition of acrylic paintings by local artist and Crafts Center instructor Kirk Adam. The Urge to Draw, the Cause to Reflect: Drawings, Sketchbooks, Provocations All Day D.H. Hill Library Gallery The exhibit features drawings and sketchbooks by College of Design Dean Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA. Alternative Careers in the Sciences: A Panel Discussion 12:00-1:30 p.m. Talley Student Center, Walnut Room Each panel member is a scientist who currently works in a nonacademic field. They will discuss how they acquired their current positions and what led them to seeking employment outside of the traditional faculty role. In addition, the panelists will discuss their current positions and offer insights into what one needs to know and expect when working in non-academic environments. Registration is required: go.ncsu. edu/pflevents. President Obama Visit 12:55-2:00 p.m. Reynolds Coliseum The Wells Fargo Executive Lecture Series 4:30-5:30 p.m. 3400 Nelson Hall Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Swoboda will be speaking about leading the “LED Lighting Revolution�, based on his career with Cree. Ingredients 7:00-8:30 p.m. Witherspoon Cinema At the focal point of this movement, and of this film, are the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system. Their collaborative work has resulted in great tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local.

7:56 p.m. | Suspicious Vehicle Fraternity Court Report of subjects loitering in the lot. Officer made contact with student who was having vehicle trouble. Sunday 3:06 a.m. | Follow Up Off Campus Regarding earlier event, RPD arrested student for felony sexual assault stemming from off-campus incident. Student was referred for sexual misconduct and trespassed from NCSU property. 3:21 a.m. | Suspicious Person Engineering Building II Non-student approached officers regarding status of acquaintance. All file checks were negative. No action taken. 12:30 p.m. | Medical Assist Broughton Hall NCSU PD, Wake EMS, RFD, FP and EH&S responded to student in need of medical assistance.

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Panorama of Shack-A-Thon taken from the D.H. Hill Library entryway Sept. 20, 2009. Shack-A-Thon is an annual event that raises money for Habitat for Humanity.

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Woelfle said that $20,000 is enough to sponsor one-third of a Habitat home. Creativity is a key component of the event, according to Alyson Harding, secretary of the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. “We encourage organizations to be creative with their fundraising,” Harding said. “Some hold bake sales or sell shirts. Last year one shack was painted Carolina blue and you could pay a dollar to help paint it red.” Woelf le said that as long as the shacks are structurally sound, anything goes. “We have had shacks in the past ranging from a wolf head to a pirate ship to very shack-tastic shacks which involve some creative construction and supports,” Woelfle said. Creativity is not only necessary for building the shacks, but also for participants to accomplish what they are supposed to—raise money for Habitat

Bissett said. for Humanity. Bissett said that her team would be “Creativity also comes into play when raising money, as shacks are obtaining their building materials – competing against each other for pass- bamboo and wood – from Craigslist. “Our idea is to make the shack a tiki erby’s money,” Woelfle said. According to Harding, all types hut type theme with the bamboo,” of campus organizations, including Bissett said. Last year, the event was impacted fraternities, religious groups, scholby the presence arships groups and of the Brickyard academic organiBubble, the large zations, participate temporary strucin the event. Habiture that providtat for Humanity ed seating during provides wood for renovations of the shacks of the the Atrium. top four fundrais“ We were ing shacks from the forced to split up previous year, and the shacks, which the other shacks are made it hard for responsible for their t he shack s to own wood. for m a c omEmily Bissett, a Emily Bissett, sophomore in nutrition science munity,” Hardsophomore in nuing said. “We’re trition science, is a looking forward team leader for the Park/Franklin/Jefferson Scholars to the unity that will be restored at this year’s Shack-a-Thon.” shack this year. According to Harding, this unity “After seeing the great work Shacka-Thon does, I was convinced that I and fellowship is one of the most imwanted to be a part of it this year,” portant results of the event.

“After seeing the great work Shack-a-Thon does, I was convinced that I wanted to be a part of it this year.”

“The event brings together the community, giving people a central location to live and socialize for a week,” Harding said. “It’s always a great atmosphere, as there are people around at every shack to meet and talk to.” “There is a general sense of jocularity and friendship that pervades the shack village,” Woelfle said. Woelfle even compared it to another longstanding N.C. State tradition— tailgating. “Staying in a shack during Shacka-Thon is a bit like participating in a week-long tailgate,” Woelfle said. “People can be seen sitting outside their shacks chatting and hanging out while still keeping an eye out for potential donors.” Harding said she views the tradition as one of the most important at N.C. State. “In addition to raising money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity, Shack-a-Thon brings together the community, giving people a central location to live and socialize for a week.” Bissett said she hopes that her group will raise a lot of money for the cause and strengthen bonds with other

Shack-a-thon •

20th year; began in 1991

Shacks must be inhabited continuously for five days

Number of shacks this year: 17

Amount raised last year: $16,891

This year’s goal: $20,000

Location: Brickyard

Money raised by the College of Management so far: $435 (as of Sept. 7, most of any group) Source: Shack-a-thon website

groups in the process. “Primarily, we hope to raise a large sum of money for Habitat for Humanity,” Bissett said. “I also hope the shack will be a group bonding activity and strengthen friendships between and within the different organization groups.”


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The Facts:

President Barack Obama will give a speech at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum on his recent jobs act Wednesday. Tickets will be distributed to students starting at 8 a.m. today.

Our Opinion:

The rare opportunity to see the president of the United States speak at our own University should be a legitimate excuse to miss class. Teachers should not penalize students for missing classes on Wednesday, nor should students criticize teachers for canceling classes.

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resident Barack Obama is scheduled to speak on campus Wednesday at noon. This is his second visit to N.C. State but his first as President. Though student tickets are limited, a significant number of students will likely line up across the Brickyard Tuesday morning to obtain their tickets. It is not the fault of students nor of the University that Obama’s speech lands itself in the middle of classes. However, faculty should understand that missing class to experience a presidential speech is not a punishable act. Missing class for this purpose should be regarded as active learning, as going a step beyond coursework and into the real world.

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EDITOR’S NOTE Letters to the editor are the individual opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Technician staff or N.C. State University. All writers must include their full names and, if applicable, their affiliations, including years and majors for students and professional titles for University employees. For verification purposes, the writers must also include their phone numbers, which will not be published.

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Hold ASG accountable The Aug. 31 Viewpoint column “ASG in need of serious reform” is filled with factual errors and still somehow manages to miss the point: the group’s structure doesn’t need reform, its leadership simply needs to be held accountable. When N.C. State won the UNCASG presidency in April 2008, I led the effort to force UNCASG to operate more like us. The UNCASG Constitution was rewritten from scratch with language taken straight from our Student Body Constitution. We cut the president’s stipend by 30 percent and put new rules in place weakening the power of the president, empowering the group’s 68 delegates instead in a fashion similar to our Student Senate. I also made more than 115 visits to the 17 UNC institutions during my two terms — more than five a month, every month, for 22 consecutive months. Those are just three of the dozens of reforms enacted between 2008 and 2010. Those reforms produced an all-time record level of participation (despite your inaccurate claim of “three years of backlash [since 2007]), a privately-funded advocacy trip to Washington attended by more than 40 students, (despite your inaccurate claim the trip was merely “attempt[ed]”) and the repeal of the N.C. General Assembly’s 8 percent student tax in both 2009 and 2010 (despite your inaccurate claim that the organization is “ineffective”). That’s not even touching the other areas of your column, such as your citation to a former ASG president’s assault conviction — when the charge against him was actually dismissed by the judge during his jury trial — and your quoting of a 2009 Viewpoint column — that was itself blasted for factual errors. If students are dissatisfied with the current UNCASG administration, the solution is to take over the organization. Our delegates should be making the policy proposals they want to see, advocating for their adoption and holding the leadership’s collective feet to the fire along the way. I recognize doing so will

Political science and business majors will benefit in their academic studies from experiencing the presidential speech. A political event which promotes support for a presidential reelection, while simultaneously marketing a new Act of Congress, is directly related to these fields of study. Obama’s speech will also discuss job creation and employment. Those are highly relevant topics of direct interest to students soon entering the job marketplace. It is true that the text of the speech can be accessed afterwards through news media. However, the passion and fer-

vor invoked by our nation’s leader can never be recreated. Students of any field of study are impacted by the government. It is important for students to be informed about current events and to demonstrate that college students are not apathetic about politics. Some students are already complaining about classes being canceled due to the presidential visit. These students should be sensitive to the fact that their teachers also have a right to cancel class in order to attend this event. They too have a legitimate excuse to miss class.

This visit is a historic landmark in N.C. State history. The last President to visit the University was Ronald Reagan, and it is unclear when the next visit will be. For most students at N.C. State, this is likely the only presidential visit they will experience. Faculty should excuse any students who obtain tickets to this historic event and miss class as a result. They should not penalize attending students for their absences Wednesday, and non-attending students should not criticize faculty for canceling class. President Obama’s visit is a rare opportunity and as many students as the tickets allow should take advantage of it.

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What do you want Obama to talk about at his speech on Wednesday?

require actual effort, but bleating about the need for more “reform” is a lazy man’s solution that doesn’t actually fix anything; the tools are already in place, the only question is whether N.C. State’s delegation has the intestinal fortitude to use them.

by Greg Wilson

T. Greg Doucette, N.C. State alumnus of 2009 and former president of the UNC Association of Student Governments

Jobs Act, not Housing Value Act I find John Wall’s article, “Obama jobs plan deemed not enough” extremely misleading and uninformative as to the true nature of the president’s job bill since it does not speak to what the bill is actually trying to do with respect to jobs. This isn’t the “American Housing Value Act,” it is the “American Jobs Act.” Your entire premise on the jobs bill is that it will not be enough because it does little to help the downturn in housing values. What does that have to do with a “jobs” plan? I find it hard to believe that someone who is unemployed is more concerned about their housing value rather than having an income in order to make their housing payment! What President Obama proposed were ways to get folks out of the unemployment line and back to work. He didn’t propose fixing all the housing issues or completely reducing unemployment levels down to Clinton-era lows. No, he is simply trying to get employers to start investing in job creation. The job creation measures in the bill are bold and aggressive, not to mention things that most Republicans hold dear. Of the total cost of the package, $240 billion is in tax cuts. There are credits, such as the $4000 credit for someone to hire a worker who has been unemployed for longer than six months. There are tax incentives to hire more workers due to payroll tax cuts. Not to mention that this would put more money in the pocket of average Americans relatively immediately. What will these average Americans do with more money in their pocket? Odds are, spend it on goods and services they need, thus stimulating the economy. I think that is a proposal that is worth reviewing.

“If the debt is eliminated, how would that help the unemployment situation in the United States?”

Obama hopes to see you there.

Matthew Clark, junior in arts application

James Age freshman, visual arts

Don’t ever forget

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eptember 11th is the 254th day of the year. And in most ways, it’s not particularly different from Sept. 10 or Sept. 12. It’s just a day—24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds. The calendar wou ld imply that it comes a nd goes in late summer each year—just one more day Russell in a relatively Witham quiet time of the year. Senior Staff Columnist But for most of us in our late teens and early twenties, it’s not just a day; it was the day that changed everything. For me, at least, I’ll always be 13 years old on 9/11. I’m always going to remember that feeling of helplessness and fear. On that day — more than 10 years ago, now — my father was flying a McDonald Douglas Super 80 for American Airlines. I can still vividly remember the moment I discovered two American planes crashed—I froze. Even the news that they were wide-bodied aircraft—Boeing 757s and 767s—didn’t really console me because I lived near Washington D.C. Military brats and other children of civil servants surrounded me that day in a school that rapidly took the

mood of a funeral home. We were scared and none of the teachers seemed able to console us with authentic confidence. Thankfully, that day wasn’t defined by the timid or feckless. It’s not a memorial day for those who would have us live in fear and anarchy. 9/11 was a day for patriots, a day for the brave men and women who have the courage and self lessness to wear the uniforms of this great country. There are many, many heroic stories from that day of extraordinary actions, but one in particular has always resonated with me. It was one known by very few until a couple days ago when the Washington Post printed its simple, and beautiful, message. It’s special to me because my father isn’t just an airline pilot; he is a National Guardsman and was the squadron commander of the 121st Fighter Squadron, the guardians of our nation’s capital, that fateful day. On that incredible day, as the world seemed to fall around them, two of my father’s colleagues and friends —Col. Marc Sasseville and Maj. Heather Penney—didn’t need to be called to duty. Despite the shock and chaos of the moment, they knew how to respond when it became clear there was at least one more plane still under terror-

ist control—­­perhaps more. O u r h e r o e s d i d n’t flinch— didn’t think twice. With what we now know to be United Flight 93 heading eastward bound through the Pennsylvania sky, they ran to unarmed F-16 fighters and soared into the skies. Blazing across t hose placid skies, they were prepared to ram their fighters into Flight 93 to protect the Washingtonians they swore to defend. Maj. Penny and Col. Sasseville didn’t have to make the ultimate sacrifice that day, but their willingness to go above and beyond is surely an incredible display of real American valor. The 113th has a motto to describe its mission, “Mors Ab Alto.” In Latin, it means Death From Above. They are definitively one of the best units of warriors on the planet. But on that day, their mission was much closer to that of the guardian. They and so many others that day were our guardians above. I’m glad they were there, and that we still have so many self-sacrificing men and women in this country. Especially at this time, God bless them and God bless America.

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Jamie Pendergrass, N.C. State alumnus

“How can this plan completely turn the job market around?” Jeff Allgeyer sophomore, electrical engineering

“How quickly will these promised jobs be created, and will they be as permanent as a long term solution as well?.” Matthew Williams sophomore, history

“Why and how are we as citizens supposed to trust that this plan will work even though others that have promised to do the same haven’t?” Nolan Evans sophomore, communication

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Mixed Martial Arts film a knockout Warrior

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After a long summer of blockbuster hits, as well as some Hollywood duds, it is refreshing to see a film as well-crafted and exceptional as Warrior. The film, which has been heavily compared to last year’s Oscar-winning film, The Fighter, is stuffed with raw, emotional energy from start to finish. Warrior is already being called one of the best films of the year, a title it decidedly deserves due to its mesmerizing story and unforgettable characters. There are multiple conflicts set up throughout the plot of Warrior, but the story primarily focuses on a deeply troubled family. Brendan Conlon, played by Joel Edgerton, is a high school physics teacher living happily with his wife and two daughters in Philadelphia. Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy, in his best role yet), Brendan’s alcoholic brother living in Pittsburgh, is an Iraq War hero who has trouble coping with his tragic military experiences. The film tends to focus more on Brendan, which is the only unfortunate aspect of the movie since Tommy’s story is just as entertaining. The only thing the brothers have in common is their mutual hatred for their father

(Nick Nolte, in one of his most outstanding roles ever) who abandoned them as kids due to problems with alcoholism. Although their father has sobered up, becoming a changed man, the brothers cannot forgive him for all of the pain he has caused them. The emotional force that ensues after their father pleads and begs for forgiveness is one of the most powerful elements of the film. The brothers have not seen or spoken to each other for years since Brendan left Tommy and his mother to start a family. When the bank threatens to take away his home, former Mixed Martial Arts fighter Brendan decides to start training again in order to compete in an Ultimate Fighting Championship tournament worth $5 million. Tommy also enters the tournament because he needs the money to fulfill a promise he made to the family of his deceased friend from the military. Tommy enlists his father, a great ex-fighter, to be his trainer, but he must sternly remind his father that he is not looking to repair their relationship. Brendan and Tommy are both successful at the beginning of the tournament, and find they must compete with one another. Each brother has justifiable reasons for competing, convincing the audience to root for them both, adding more and more tension as the tournament wears on. The portrayal of the sibling rivalry in Warrior is well-balanced, and allows for a fresh angle on the familiar tropes of

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the fighting film genre. The film works well for many reasons, most notably for the great characters and the powerhouse performances by the actors. One of the greatest portrayals in the film goes to Nick Nolte in a truly unforgettable role as the redemption-seeking father. Also noteworthy is that the story is not told in the traditional fighter movie format. While there are clichés in the story, the plot exposition is interesting and well-done, keeping the audience involved the whole way through.

Like every great fighting film, the MMA fighting sequences are excellent and extremely suspenseful. While at times the audience may have a hunch on what will happen next, the fights are tremendously intense and breathtaking. As stated earlier, the plot does contain some “inspirational sports movie” clichés. However, in the end, the viewer will still be satisfied with the film’s close. The emotional kick of the film is unforgettable as well, with the redemptive and forgiveness themes causing

many scenes to be tearjerkers. While there are many conflicts in the film, such as the obvious familial and conscious issues, they are not overbearing and they play out brilliantly. When watching the film, one can reminisce about how inspirational Rocky was for its time. This film is also capable of having that inspired touch upon all of those who view it, since it makes the audience care about both the events and the characters of the film. As part of a movie genre that has been replicated many times

before, Warrior stands out due to its powerful emotional core and great character-driven qualities. Warrior stands out as one of the best films of the year. In modern times like this when Hollywood either recycles or re-imagines all of its films, movies such as Warrior can give us hope that great, new films are always bound to come.

Eagle Scout’s memorial honors fallen hero Tyler Andrews reflects on his monument to former Scout killed on 9/11 Tyler Andrews Guest Columnist

Where were you? Around this time of the year, it’s a question that travels from person to person quite frequently, and I will be able to answer it for the rest of my life. I was in a third grade classroom when I first saw the image of a tower with smoke billowing out of it. My class continued to watch as the rest of the tragedy of 9/11 unfolded, which at that age, I found unimaginable. Just having a memory isn’t the only way that I have been affected by the terrorist attacks. I have been able to realize the importance of heroism in our nation, and I have helped remember those true heroes. I remember coming home after school and talking to my mother about watching the buildings collapse. She told me a story about a man that she knew, Lt. Cmdr. Eric Cranford, who had passed away in the Pentagon that day. Every anniversary of the event, I thought of Eric and his family, and I wanted to know more. I began to connect with Eric on a personal level. He had graduated from the same h ig h school that I had attended, had lived in the sa me community as me, had attended the same Boy Scout

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The memorial developed and created in memory of Lt. Cmdr. Eric Cranford, who passed away in the Pentagon after the attack on 9/11. Andrews chose to make the memorial as the final step in his journey to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

troop as me, and had even graduated from N.C. State. Eric’s name meant more to me than that of a person who had passed away; he was a hero, and I knew I needed to show that he was. The choice to create a memorial to Eric as my Eagle Project (a project that allows you to complete the highest

“Eric’s name meant more to me than that of a person who had passed away; he was a hero, and I knew I needed to show that he was.”

rank of Scouting) was one of the easiest choices I have ever made. Completing the project, however, was much harder. I would sit for hours designing a monument that I thought would suffice, only to end up scrapping it and coming up with a new idea. My intention was not to create something to symbolize the sacrifice Eric made for this country, because that would be impossible. My goal was to offer something that would allow the community to remember him and the others who passed away on 9/11. With a great deal of support from local businesses, friends, family members, and the community,

the monument was completed. The walls were formed out of concrete in the shape of a pentagon to symbolize all of those who were taken on September 11. The center column was made to represent Eric. Sitting atop it is a bronze plaque with a piece of rubble from the Pentagon attack. The plaque describes a portion of Eric’s life and allows the community to connect with him. During the unveiling ceremony on May 15, 2011, Eric’s mother and I cut a red, white, and blue ribbon, officially opening the memorial to the public. September 11th changed my life in a very unique way. Unlike so

many others, I did not go through the pain of losing a loved one. Instead, I learned to respect and desire the values possessed by Eric and many others who lost their lives on that day. The heroism, bravery, and self-sacrifice, held by every person who serves our nation, are the strongest values that a person can hope to have. I know that the memorial in honor of Lt. Cmdr. Eric Allen Cranford is not as large or as prominent as the ones in D.C., and its appearance will soon begin to fade. However, the memories of Eric and all of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice by dying for our country will never be forgotten.

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expands magic for fans Though the last film has been released, fans of Harry Potter can still enjoy Rowling’s world online. Ashley Broder Staff Writer

Fans of Harry Potter should grab their wands, spell books and invisibility cloaks as they prepare for the next level of J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Harry Potter. Pottermore, a new online experience for those that simply aren’t ready to let go of “the boy who lived,” is ready to give them more time at Hogwarts. The website, which opens to the public in October, is essentially an entire online community that gives avid fans access to unreleased material and back stories written by Rowling herself. It also provides visuals and summaries that coincide with the different books in the series. Fans of the series can even be sorted into one of the four houses at Hogwarts, just as their wizarding counterparts are. Currently, the site is open to a select group of 1,000,000 beta-testers who successfully found the magical quill in the online scavenger hunt that began July 31, Harry Potter’s birthday. Fans waited anxiously for seven days, sometimes staying up for the entire night, in order to successfully solve the clue that was released for that day. One clue was released per day, and only a certain amount of people were lucky enough to find the quill each day until it was no longer available. Those that found the quill were promised an email that would allow them to access the site before the general public. Starting Sept. 2, emails were sent out giving users access to the beta site. Not only were these lucky fans the first to experience the site, but they were also given the opportunity to send in feedback and suggestions in order to ensure the site is ready for its final unveiling. The question is if the site will be enough to satisfy the cravings of Potter-heads all over the world, as well as continuing to catch the interest of new readers. “I think Pottermore can only make

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the fan base rise,” Joy Nunez, a freshman in history, said. “Fans are truly excited which makes others curious as to what it’s all about.” It’s no wonder the fan base is growing. The summer release of the final film broke movie records, and the book series itself has become famous worldwide, with fans of all ages including those that grew up alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida has also allowed fans to come together and feel as if they are stepping inside the pages of the books. From choosing their wand at Ollivanders to sipping butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks, Potter-heads can fully immerse themselves in their favorite world of magic. In essence, Rowling hopes Pottermore will be an online supplement to

the actual wizarding world, allowing fans to feel as if they are a part of the magic. Users begin their journey on Privet Drive, where they can start out just as Harry did. They then go on to the Hogwarts Express to reach Diagon Alley, where they will acquire all of the supplies they need for Hogwarts, including a personalized wand from Ollivanders. Finally, users arrive at the acclaimed Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where they are sorted into their respective houses based on a series of questions designed by Rowling herself. Once sorted, the Hogwarts students can earn points for their houses by mixing potions and dueling with other wizards. Jenn Wenger, a junior in animal science, enjoys how much extra informa-

tion about the Harry Potter world is available. “The backstories on a lot of the different characters you might not know about are available,” Wenger said, “like the professors. There are paragraphs detailing their entire lives before coming to Hogwarts.” Though Pottermore may be an extension of the Harry Potter experience, it is by no means an online game. Rowling wanted the site to be more about “the literary experience,” which is why the site is more similar to the book series, rather than the movies. According to USA Today, there were over 213,000 users by midnight Sept. 7. This number is continuing to climb as the lucky first 1,000,000 users gain exclusive access. These growing numbers, however, are bound to create some concern. In

this digital age, online involvement seems to be rising steadily as actual social interaction is sacrificed. For college students that are Potter fans, there may be some concern about necessary study time. “The site will definitely take time away from studying, especially for the diehard Potter fans,” Nunez said. “They see this as a foot into that world, a world they have always wanted to be a part of. Now that they have their chance, they can take it.” For now though, there’s no need to worry, at least until October, when the site is officially opened. Though Rowling has no plans to write another novel, we can rest assured that Harry Potter will live on in our digital hearts.

DC reboot provides new beginning With comic market struggling, DC starts their universe over.

bucks. But, it has been very well received. The orders received are sizable and some have even been made as backorders that we could not fulfill.” In a recent story that apNishanth Coontoor peared in the Los Angeles Staff Writer Times, it was reported that the Reboots happen all the time pre-orders for Justice League with films and television shows, No. 1 reached 200,000. The and even comic books have push for success has seen a lot undergone numerous facelifts of support, with DC even creover the past century. However, ating a television commercial the concept of completely start- to draw attention to “The New ing the entire 60 year continu- 52.” “This is like nothing we have ity over is a bold one. That’s exactly what DC Comics has seen in the last 25 years,” Rick done with the launch of its 52 McGee, co-owner of Foundation’s Edge, said. “We have sold new No. 1 issues. The DC Comics’ relaunch out every copy that we had. I brought in of 52 susome of my perhero personal titles can be copies toviewed as d ay. T he an attempt comics by the pubhave a ll i s he r to ready gone draw new for a secreaders in ond print, large numand must bers. The be available relaunch next week.” began with McGee Justice attributes League No. t his up1, w h ic h Jason Holcomb, Capitol Comics II surge in was resa les f igleased on August 31. It coincided with ures to two reasons. “Readers are starving for a the release of the final issue of Flashpoint, an alternate real- comic universe,” McGee said. ity tale meant to close out the “This launch gave them that. old DC universe. Other titles Also, I have observed, when in the new universe will roll comics get sold out everywhere, out throughout the month of people want them more,” he explained. September. While Justice League pre“This is the first time that I know of a relaunch this large,” miered on its own, last week Jason Holcomb of Capitol saw a deluge of titles such as Comics II said. “Initially, be- Action Comics, Batgirl, Animal fore the launch, there were Man and Green Arrow were some complaints I heard that out last week. Batwoman and this move was to simply get new Batman and Robin, to name a readers, and make some quick few, will be out this Wednes-

“With the internet, computer games and the technology that is available, it gets very difficult to grab young reader’s attentions”

day, and even more titles will be released throughout the rest of the month. Comic book sales are said to have been steadily dropping for the past three years. It is reported to have gone down by an additional 7 percent this year. “Sales of comics rise and fall, and depend on many factors,” Holcomb said. “With the internet, computer games and the technology that is available, it gets very difficult to grab young reader’s attentions.” “The latest trend is of people being raised not to read,” McGee said. The digital media and the economy, pointed out McGee, are reasons for the decline. “[Foundation’s Edge] has been here [on Hillsborough Street] for the past 25 years. We are also close to a major university, and maybe it is the reason that we haven’t felt the slump. But yes, comic stores across the city have been on a decline.” The comics can also be accessed and read on devices like an iPad the day they are available in the stores. It will surely help readers like Weihu Wang, a graduate student in electrical engineering. “I prefer to surf the web, and often don’t find time for comic books,” Wang said. “Although I am not an avid reader, I am excited for the launch because these are characters that are familiar to each one of us.” While readers continue to fight to get themselves copies of their favorite superhero titles, bookstores are keen to see if this demand sustains. “How they will hold up is questionable,” Holcomb said. “Strong storytelling and good art are two important parameters to keep the readership up,” McGee said.

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Brad Brower, senior in sports management, runs with the ball during a rugby sevens practice on Wednesday.

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iterated his team’s promise to play those who come out to test their wits and their endurance. continued from page 8 “We’re open to anyone playlow N.C. State to gain national ing,” Haram said. “What’s realrecognition as a high caliber ly only required is commitment to practice, which obviously sevens team.” sets the team Both rugby for game day. sevens a nd Once you men’s r ugstart coming by are still to prac t ice looking for regularly, recruits for you’ll probthis season’s a b l y m ov e competition. through McAlister lower grade and team teams up to captain Matt our top level.” Pace, a senior However, in biological with an unand ecologiCoach Robert McAlister interrupted cal engineerstyle of play ing, actively promote the idea that “if you rife with brutal hits, recruits will have to make sure they practice, you play.” Tighthead prop Haram re- survive first.

“I’d like to see the team to have a strong display and successfully defend our ACI title.”

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Rugby conversation for Americans Rugby Sevens A variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15, with shorter, faster paced matches. Fly Half Rugby’s equivalent of a Quarterback. Rugby, an Olympic sport. In 1900, 1908, 1920, and 1924. The US won the Gold Medal in 1920 and 1924. Scrum A conglomeration of opposing players who bind together in specific positions when a scrum is called – it’s like a group hug gone bad. Rucks and Mauls The more spontaneous versions of a scrum that can occur at any time.

Basketball Was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a rugby coach was looking for an indoor activity to provide winter conditioning for his rugby players. The Ball A rugby ball is similar to a football, but is bigger and has rounder edges. Match time A rugby match is game of 40 minutes halves umpired by an on field referee and two linesmen.

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Gottfried set to skydive into football game In honor of military appreciate week, it has been announced that an unexpected member of University Athletics will be jumping into the next home football game via parachute before kickoff—men’s basketball coach Mike Gottfried. Before the football team takes to the field in an attempt to give South Alabama their program’s first ever loss, Gottfried will be making quite the entrance into the football game in tandem with a member of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, the same member who helped former President George H.W. Bush earn his parachutist’s wings on his 80th birthday in 2007. Source: ESPN

Women’s golf hope to continue success at Cougar Classic After finishing in fourth place yesterday evening, the women’s golf team, today, prepares for the final day of competition at the Cougar Classic in Hanahan, S.C. With the help of freshman Vivian Tsui’s two straight days of shooting under-par at her tournament debut, the lady Pack finds themselves ahead of six nationally ranked opponents, including No. 3 Alabama, No. 8 Duke, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 17 Vanderbilt and No. 19 Georgia. State will head off against the top-placed teams, No. 5 LSU, No. 12 UNC and No. 18 Florida at 9 a.m. Source: GOPACK

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Abraham Haram is about as easy to tackle as an oak tree. With three years of experience on the club rugby team, the junior in mechanical engineering pulled no punches when I met his team on the practice field Wednesday afternoon. An Australia native and avid rugby player, I figured I could hold my own with the local guys. T he g rapef r u it-si zed bruise on my right thigh proves otherwise. And there’s reason why the men’s rugby team has been training so ruthlessly. The season starts this weekend, and the rugby sevens will defend the team’s championship title at the fourth annual ACI Championship, Sept. 17 through 18 in Greensboro. Squ ad members s ay they’re hoping for the same success they had last year, which would earn them an automatic invitation to the first USA Rugby men’s collegiate rugby sevens national

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Robert Jordan, sophomore in management, pushes tighthead prop Abraham Haram as he competes for the ball with outside center Brandon Mosinan.

championship. With the introduction of new players and the luxury of a strong return from last year’s players, the team is looking to make an impact after last year’s ACRL divisional I upgrade. “We’ve got a lot of return-

ing players who’ll be adding maturity and direction,” coach Robert McAlister said. “On the other hand, we’ve got some new exciting players who are adapting well to the faster style of sevens.” McAlister has set expecta-

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Today WOMEN’S GOLF AT COUGAR CLASSIC Hanahan, S.C., All Day Friday MEN’S TENNIS AT DUKE NIKE FAB FOUR Cary, All Day WOMEN’S TENNIS AT UVA INVITATIONAL Charlottesville, Va., All Day CROSS COUNTRY AT ADIDAS CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE Cary, 5:15 p.m. WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. UNC Chapel Hill, 7 p.m. Friday VOLLEYBALL VS. LIBERTY Raleigh, 7 p.m. MEN’S SOCCER VS. MARYLAND College Park, M.D., 7:30 p.m. Saturday MEN’S TENNIS AT DUKE NIKE FAB FOUR Cary, All Day FOOTBALL VS. SOUTH ALABAMA Raleigh, 6 p.m.

Did You know? The South Alabama football team is undefeated in their program history. The Cougars come to Raleigh on Saturday with a 19-0 record.

Atlantic Coast Conference teams fail to impact in bowl situations.

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hen it comes to college football, ever yone a nd their grandmother knows that the SEC reigns supreme. Ever since the BCS National Championship was established in 1999, the SEC has cemented their domiVincent nance in D1 football Grady winCorrespondent b y ning seven championships. Over time, college football fans have reached a general consensus, recognizing the SEC as the superior conference over other contending conferences such as the Big 10, Big 12 , Pac10 or our very own ACC. Because of SEC’s perennial success, many analysts and fans often speculate on where the other conferences measure up. If you’re a person who is well informed on the gener-

al history of the BCS series, it’s safe to say that the ACC should be nowhere near the top of any sane individual’s list. In this past decade, the Atlantic Coast Conference has sadly but surely been on the decline. Just recently, Virginia Tech, the current ACC champion, reinforced the already established negative perception of the ACC among college football fans when the No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinals obliterated them in the Orange Bowl to a score of 40-12. The Hokies’ other two losses stemmed from a No. 3 ranked Boise State and a mediocre James Madison University. It’s almost ludicrous to consider the ACC to have any form of legitimacy when the best team in it happens to breeze through the conference undefeated but somehow manages to fall flat on their face in non-conference play. It is, however, unfair to only ba sh Vi rg i n ia Tech when other teams within the conference had opportunities to rectif y its standing w it h i n t he college football community but were ultimately embarrassed in non-conference play. In the last season alone, various other ACC powerhouses came up short against high ranked non-conference teams. Florida State losing to a No. 10

“The ACC may very well be irrelevant but it is without a doubt top tier in producing major league talent.”

ranked Oklahoma by a margin of 30 points, Miami losing to a No. 2 ranked Buckeyes to a score of 36-24 and Maryland losing to a top 20 ranked West Virginia squad are all notable examples. For the record, the ACC as a whole has lost 31 straight games against nationally ranked top 5 teams. The ACC’s lingering absence from winning or even reaching the BCS championship has also been a burden on their reputation. This has not only plagued the conference but has also contributed to their irrelevance in BCS discourse and rankings. Just try to recall the last time an ACC unit won the BCS bowl game. Hint—It was the same year Phillip Rivers was awarded ACC rookie of the year while taking snaps at this very institution. If eleven years ago doesn’t sound like a long time to you, then it needs to. Since 2000, the Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10, and the all mighty SEC have managed to capture the BCS title. So, why hasn’t the ACC been able to follow suit? Despite the ACC’s shortcomings, the amount of quality players that have reached the NFL from this conference is irrefutable. Calvin the “Megatron” Johnson, Mike Vick, Vernon Davis and none other than Neon Deion Sanders are all just some examples from a long list of players who have excelled in the NFL coming out of the ACC. In terms of BCS standards, the ACC may very well be irrelevant but it is without a doubt top tier in producing major league talent.

tions high after last year’s results and the team is motivated to improve last year’s ACRL No. 5 ranking. “I’d like to see the team to have a strong display and successfully defend our ACI title. Ideally, we’ll make our

way to this year’s USA Rugby men’s collegiate rugby sevens national championship and perform well,” he said. “To do well in this tournament will al-

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The N.C. State Men’s Disc Golf Team at the 2011 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.

Men’s club disc golf looks to expand their success this season In second year of operation, club aims for national title contention. Philip Misklow Staff Writer

A sport gathering more attention in the area, disc golf is beginning to spread throughout State’s campus. There are two popular courses in the area; one course can be found on Centennial Campus and the other at Kentwood Park, the latter of which is the practice course for a growing club at N.C. State. Last semester, NCSU had its first club disc golf team in years.

In its first year, the men’s club team competed in the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship in North Augusta, S.C. In an impressive debut, the men’s team defeated University of South Carolina in the final round to finish 14th out of 36 teams. “As a team, we were happy with our finish at the national championships,” David Weaver, a freshman in First Year College, said. “However, we have set new goals for this year and hope to be in contention for a national title.” This year’s team looks to make a strong push for the na-

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