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Band welcomes President Obama Welcoming the president, marching band will perform in Reynold Coliseum.
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It’s the question that will be on everyone’s mind when Obama sells his job plan on campus today. But it’s not an easy one to answer. Story By elise heglar | photo By brent kitchen
resident Obama will be speaking about his American Jobs Act on campus today. While the act itself is extremely comprehensive, there are sections that apply directly to NC and affect the students of our state directly. Updates for public schools, stabilization for teachers and tax relief plans are all in the program.
One of the main points of the plan focuses on teacher stabilization. Obama has proposed $35 billion to prevent the layoffs of up to 280,000 teachers in N.C.. His plan also supports new hires for teachers. N.C. will be provided with $900,300,000 to support up to 13,400 educator and first responder jobs if the plan is passed. Improving schools is also a large part of the plan that would affect N.C. A $25 billion investment in school infrastructure in order to update at least 35,000 public schools nation wide is proposed. These updates, according to the official press release, are meant to upgrade our schools and make them more technology friendly. N.C. would receive $675,700,000 in order to support as many as 8,800 jobs in the pub-
lic school system. In the plan, $5 billion is allotted for modernization needs at community colleges. N.C. would receive $163,100,000 in funding for this purpose. In the press release for this proposed plan, it stated that the money would go towards ensuring that these “local, bedrock education institutions have the facilities and equipment to address current workforce demands”. N.C. could potentially receive up to about $20,000,000 to go toward refurbishing local communities. Additional funds would also be made available through a competitive application process, according to the press release. Obama wants to use this money to help put construction workers back on the job as well as to help refurbish
Starting local to go global A seminar on education had four panelists commenting and answering questions. Erin Schnuit Staff Writer
The Global Issues seminar series hosted an event Tuesday, Sept. 13 regarding Education in the 21st century where panelists commented and answered questions. In the seminar, each panelist gave a brief, 10-minute monologue discussing their personal views of education in the 21st century. After these discussions, the floor was opened to a question and answer segment. Chantell LaPan, program coordinator at the Office of International Affairs, planned the seminar. LaPan says that the purpose of the series is to showcase what University experts are contributing in terms of big global issues regarding the state, the nation and the world. “Education in N.C. hasn’t always been globally focused and I think this is a step in the right direction,” LaPan said. “We need to start preparing students and teachers for a global society.” With each new semester comes a new theme for the seminar. Last semester’s theme was “Energy of the Environment,” this semester was “Well-Being,” and next semester’s will be “Health: Bridging the Gap.” In the 10 minutes allotted for pan-
meet the panelists Dr. Jayne Fleener, Dean of the College of Education • Dr. Hiller Spires, Curriculum, Instruction & Counselor Education, Professor & Senior Research Fellow • Megan Landwehr, International Education Program Coordinator, Office of International and Distance Education AllianceIDEA • Katie McMahon, Principal of Wiley International Magnet Elementary School. •
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elists to discuss issues, they may choose any topic that relates back to the larger theme. One panelist, Dr. Hiller Spires, spoke about connecting globally a new ecology for teaching and learning. Dr. Spires discussed in depth a change that is quickly arising from an old classroom ecology to a new, advanced one. “There is a sharp contrast in the old learning ecology in which the teacher is the center of attention in the classroom and the students simply do what they are told and the new ecology that has emerged,” Spires said. “Now there is communication among students in the classroom, in the county, and
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Quick facts on the jobs act $900,300,000 $675,700,000 $163,100,000 $20,000,000 90,400
allotted for education jobs
US schools allotted to receive updates
allotted for updating public schools allotted for community college updates allotted for refurbishing local communities people protected from losing benefits in first 6 weeks of work
SOURCE: american jobs act press release from the white house
and rehabilitate businesses and homes that have been foreclosed. Unemployment is also addressed in the plan. Obama plans to institute a Pathways Back to Work Fund, which would help to provide low-income youth and adults with opportunities to receive needed training and work. The program could potentially assist 4,000 adults and 12,700 youth with getting work.
Obama wants to extend unemployment insurance and, if approved, could potentially prevent 90,400 people in N.C. looking for work from losing their benefits in the first six weeks. Ultimately, Obama wants to use this plan to help put 234,000 people who have been out of work long-term back to work.
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Peter Lin, a sophomore in Arts Application was sitting with his fellow band members in Wind Ensemble when band director Paul Garcia walked in, with special orders from the White House. The excitement in the room at that time was palpable but Garcia asked anyway if the N.C. State marching band be ready to perform for the President Barack Obama. “We were all excited,” Lin said. “Everyone said yes.” There will be no touchdowns to highlight, no roaring crowds of football and marching band fans, but according to Lin, playing for President Obama is just as exciting and the marching band believes that they are prepared this morning to give President Obama a friendly Wolfpack welcome. Even for a fourth year marching band veteran like Karin Hurwitz, a senior in History, who has marched in bowl games and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ireland, this opportunity is a special one. “This is a completely mind-blowing opportunity,” she said. Nevertheless, this performance is not without unique challenges. With the highest standards for security, band members had to surrender their instruments Tuesday night to the Secret Service and White House staff for inspection and safe keeping until this afternoon’s performance. Colorguards and majorettes will not get a chance to perform. Food items are permitted only under strict guidelines. But Lin remains hyped despite all of the extra precautions. “I feel really privileged,” he said. Lin had considered joining one of the Ma-
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All Carolinas Meal showcases local farmers Dining hall hosts local suppliers to cook a meal from food produced in-state.
“At Fountain, we serve about 5,000 students,” Brackett said. “It’s really hard to provide local ingredients that are in season, for that many students, on a daily basis. We’d certainly like to do it more Jordan Alsaqa if we could.” Arts & Entertainment Editor The event, which lasted from Every year, University Dining pro- 5:00 to 8:30 last Thursday night, vides a change of menu at Fountain saw a large number of students and Clark Dining Hall. Instead of turn out to sample the foods on the usual processed foods, all-natu- offer. Even students who do not normally eat at ral food grown exthe dining halls clusively on farms chose to visit and around the Carolitry out the localnas is brought in for ly-grown wares. a special dinner opSara Hess, a jution. This showcase nior in computer of the hard work and science, found livelihood of local the selection to farmers is called the be an exciting All Carolinas Meal. change of pace. The annual event, “I thought the a staple of Universifood that was ty Dining, features prov ide d w a s loca l grow n and excellent,” Hess farmed food from Kelley Brackett, recent said. “I rea lly the area, including University graduate and like homegrown producers such as University Dining employee food, a nd it’s Brookwood Farms, great to be able Carolina Catfish, Wayne Bailey Farms, and House of to support North Carolina agriculture here on campus.” Raeford. Students were given numerous Kelley Brackett, a recent University graduate who works with University choices at the four dining stations Dining, described the event as an opportunity to provide something different for students. meal continued page 3
“It’s really hard to provide local ingredients that are in season, for that many students, on a daily basis.”
Letting the bed bugs bite
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Pack embraces ‘Howl Towel’
New tradition for Wolfpack set to “make a splash.” See page 8.
Students torn on importance of college football jerseys
Students torn on the importance of jerseys in college football. See page 8.
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Hispanic Achievement Conference 10:00 a.m.—Thursday, 11:30 p.m. McKimmon Center Time to serve our community, if you are interested in volunteering and assisting the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals with their annual achievement conference for educators, here is your chance. 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
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Through patrick’s lens
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. Swoboda has devoted his career to evolving Light Emitting Deodes (LEDs) from a technology to a business. As chairman and CEO, he guides Cree’s leadership in the LED revolution, setting the stage to make energy-wasting traditional lighting technologies obsolete through the use of energyefficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting. 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. Dancing with the Wolves Newcomer Lesson 8:00-10:00 p.m. Carmichael Gymnasium Dance Studio Come learn how to ballroom dance. No experience, partner or shoes necessary. Bring socks or non-rubber soled shoes to protect the floor. Talk to an officer about how to join.
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organ Haisley, a junior in electrical engineering, Amber Barber, a senior in electrical engineering, and Adam Veit, a junior in electrical engineering, construct “fun circuits” during their ECE 200 lab. They were constructing simple circuits and taking measurements using lab equipment. “This is our second lab, so we’re just testing a bunch of capacitors,” Veit said.
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rine marching bands that plays for presidential functions. “This is a good trial for me,” he says. Fielding 320 band members, this is one of N.C. State’s largest bands in recent history. Band numbers have been growing. The band has just received new specialized drums for the drum-line. The marching band is using props for the first time since Garcia has been in charge. This year has been a year of change for the marching band according to Garcia but as far
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Aaron Marcus, a senior in as representations of N.C. State spirit go, President Obama will applied mathematics, agrees. “I do believe they are a be welcomed by what Garcia good reprebelieves is a sentation… great one. they are “We have ha rd workstudents in ing and they the marchhave loads of ing band school spirit,” from Taiwan, he said. Australia, Despite the from all over fact that Prest he United Paul Garcia, ident Obama S t a t e s n ot band director w ill not be ju st Nor t h able to see evCarolina, we ery aspect of have students from virtually every major on N.C. State in person, he will at campus,” Garcia said, “so the least get to see the best of what band is essentially a smaller the marching band has to offer. version of our campus… The band is representing all of the students here at N.C. State.”
“The band is representing all of the students here at N.C. State.”
another small city in China. Last spring, Landwehr accompanied a group of 11 students to Brazil, where they did a portion of their student teaching. She will be taking another group of 10 to Beijing this fall. “This is a new option for education students to achieve a comparative approach to teaching so that they know more than just what they experience in North Carolina,” Landwehr said. “In most North Carolina classrooms, generally anywhere from 15 percent to 20 percent of the students will be from a different background, so this program teaches them how to deal with this difference.” These are only two of the four topics discussed, and LaPan has recorded the event for anyone to view. This link is located on the International Affairs website. The next seminar is Oct. 11 and will be titled, “Health: Bridging the gap between local and global.”
advantage of all the knowledge around the world- and then bring it into the classroom.” Megan Landwehr, another continued from page 1 panelist, also shares Spires’ even around the world thanks passion for teaching students about other cultures and beto new technology.” One of the main problems lieves that an excellent way Spires foresees is that not all to do so is by giving teachers the opportuschools have nity to travel the necessary abroad. technology Landwehr or interconcoordinates nectivity to student teachprovide their i ng abroad students with programs for t he on l i ne the College advantages of Education of distancethat can be communicacompleted tion. during stu“ We a r e dent teaching currently tryin the last few ing to make weeks of the policy changChantell LaPan, program program. es so that all coordinator at the Office of Landwehr students will International Affairs note d t h at be able to be the University connected to important information on the has five partner institutions in web and learn about different five different locations across cultures,” Spires said. “We are the globe including Beijing, trying to create a system to take Brazil, Russia, London and
“Education in N.C. hasn’t always been globally focused and I think this is a step in the right direction...”
Justin Easter, freshman in mechanical engineering, is loading down his plate at the All Carolinas Meal on Thursday.
the buffet told students from which farm each item came, and what town in the state continued from page 1 the farm was located in. Also, in Fountain. Meal options large signs proclaiming “Good included BBQ, green beans, things grow in North Carolina” red skin potatoes, and hush were hung up around the dinpuppies. Even farm-raised ing hall. Jesse Cox, a sophomore in catfish was available, procriminology, viding appreciated a wide University range of Dining’s goal meat opto provide a tions. better underEven desstanding of ser t was agriculture in a special the Carolinas. treat, with “It is always Howla good idea ing Cow Sara Hess, junior in to let people Sweet Pocomputer science know where t ato P ie t h e i r fo o d ice cream comes from,” Cox said. “It’s on the soft serve machine. The focus of the event was feels like it’s something that’s not only on providing good overlooked a lot. It puts it in food, but also on showing perspective to know where the students just how much food is grown.” Cox was also just happy to see agriculture is a part of the North Carolina economy. a change of pace in the selection Placards above each item on at Fountain Dining Hall.
“It’s great to be able to support North Carolina agriculture here on campus.”
“It’s a good selection, and a little better than usual,” Cox said. “I always like it when there’s a cut of meat to choose.” The All Carolinas Meal proved successful with students, and Brackett is hopeful that students will continue to look into the agricultural impact of North Carolina. “A film screening for the documentary film Ingredients is going to take place [September 14] at the Witherspoon theater,“ Brackett said. “The film shows how items are brought from the farm to table. The director will be taking part in the screening, as well as a discussion panel afterwards.” The clear goal of the All Carolinas Meal was to introduce students to the farmers that support the economy of North Carolina, and the hope of Student Dining is that this came through. If nothing else, students were provided with an enjoyable meal.
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Obama’s plan could work, if given the chance The Facts:
President Barack Obama unveiled his American Jobs Act at the Joint Session of Congress Sept. 8. Being true to his word, he is taking it across the nation to garner support.
The bill appeals to both sides and has the potential to spring us out of this recession. Instead of complaining why the bill doesn’t fit on their side of party lines, Congress should do what they were elected to do— represent.
resident Barack Obama is keeping his promise he made to Congress at the Sept. 8 Joint Session to “take [the American Jobs Act’s] message to every corner of this country.” By coming to N.C. State, Obama is attempting to gain support for his American Jobs Act, so those who agree will lift up their voices to their representatives in Congress to have the bill passed. The bill is aimed at creating and increasing jobs for Americans, while not adding to the embarrassing $1 trillion deficit. While many politicians on both sides have argued in opposition to the bill, Obama is escaping the comfort of the Oval Office and is taking his work on the road with him. Speaking to diverse audiences all across the nation, Obama addresses the bill as a way to “put more people back to work
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and more money in the pockets of those who are working.” For years our economy has been in a recession, with the future looking dimmer by the day. Obama’s last attempt to stimulate the economy resulted in an even worse spiral into recession. However, with the American Jobs Act, payroll taxes are cut in half and tax breaks for companies who hire new workers are put forward. This would allow more small businesses to emerge and allow more opportunities for unemployed citizens to fill new positions. As college students with a bleak chance of employment upon graduation, the bill will make it easier for small businesses to hire students right
out of school. The impact of such a bill has the potential to heave our economy from this state of recession, which will empower businesses to increase new hires and provide the optimal products and services for consumers, only if it gains the required support. The goals of the bill appeal to both sides, liberal and conservative; however, if neither side gives the bill the chance it deserves, we will not know if it will succeed or fail. Since Congress kicked the can down the hill when they had the chance to pull America out of its economic downturn, they should put aside their differences and support this attempt to pick up the chips where they allowed them to fall.
As students and voting citizens, it is our responsibility to ensure our representatives understand what we want. As Obama speaks on his plan, demonstrate the power of the people by choosing a stance and supporting it by lifting up your voices to your representatives. If we ever want to have a glimmer of hope for a decent job upon graduation, we should take the future into our own hands by forcing Congress’ hand. As Obama suggested to Congress in his Joint Session address, “it’s time for us to do what’s right for our future.” As N.C. State students, as well as the generation of the future, Congress must do what is best for us, their constituents. Congress should put aside their donkeys and elephants in the room and support any plan aimed to serve the wpeople.
You might not agree, but you should respect
onday eveni ng I received an email informing me President Barack Obama would be making a stop here at N.C. State on his tour to talk about his newly unveiled Jon American Jobs Lewis Act. It wasn’t Staff Columnist long after this notice was sent out that a mixed bag of comments began to find their way into my news feed on Facebook. Some of these comments were positive, like people saying that they were so excited for the opportunity to hear the president they were going to sleep on bricks all night to make sure that they would get their golden ticket. Of course, not all comments were ones of joy. I didn’t expect everyone to be excited about his appearance. Some people aren’t interested in politics and some people don’t approve of the job Obama has done. I also expected a fair nu mb e r of people to make ridiculous and outlandish statements about how Obama is out to ruin America with h i s rad ic a l policies. I was not let down in this regard in the least. The negative comments just last night ranged from things like, “Stay away from school Obama, we a lready have enough money problems” to “he is a sociopath and needs to be put down.” The negativity did not end there. This morning while I waited in line for my ticket I heard a handful of people say things about how everybody in the line wasn’t a true American or how they would never wait in line to watch someone as detrimental to the American way of life as Obama has been. These are comments that come from my friends, my peers, my fellow Americans. It infuriates me that people who call themselves patriots have the audacity to show such disrespect for a man of such power. A man who has devoted his life to doing what he can to help the American people and protect the freedoms they enjoy.
It doesn’t matter if you do not agree with Obama’s politics; he is the president of the United States of America and that is a position that deserves some respect. This habit of disrespecting the president is not new. The angst and hate demonstrated by Democrats during Bush’s eight-year reign is still fresh in my mind. As a Democrat, I hold those people in contempt for not showing that they are just as weak and just as easy to anger as my peers now who are spewing uninformed hate from their mouths. I did not agree with most of the policies Bush pushed to be passed but what I didn’t do was go out and try to tear down his character and insult his intelligence. I didn’t call him a fascist or say that the Patriot Act was Bush wanting to make America a police state. What I did was respect him. I knew that, as the president, he was doing what he thought was best at t he time and even though I did not think his plan would work, I did not hope that it failed b e c au s e i f the president fails, the country fails. The lack of respect my peers have shown is absolutely abominable. If they were really the Americans they claimed to be, they would lend an ear to the president. They would listen to what he has to say and if they disagreed they wouldn’t call him a socialist, communist, or radical Islamist. Saying those things does nothing to fix the situation; a true American patriot would show him the respect he deserves and voice their thoughts through their representatives. So if you are planning on missing Obama’s speech today because you don’t like him, shame on you. As American citizens and residents you owe him the respect to give him a few hours of your time on this special occasion to hear what he has to say.
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Do you think the American Jobs Act will impact your ability to get a job after graduation? by Greg Wilson
Is President Obama in the right place?
“I am slightly uninformed on the act, but with unemployment at nearly 10 percent anything to help would be welcome.”
Rachel Jordan, sophomore in architecture
Damian Findlay, sophomore, English
hile President Barack Obama’s appearance in Reynolds Coliseum will be the talk of the student body for t he ne x t few days, the major reasons behind t his appearance Trey will be forgotten. Ferguson Obama’s Deputy Viewpoint Editor new American Jobs Act has many commendable aspects, which will hopefully shock the United States’ economy into a more regular pattern. The final key element of the plan brings about the question of the feasibility of such an idealistic plan—the funding. The American Jobs Act claims it will “put workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America” and “put more money in the pockets of every American worker and family;” however, it raises the question of how will these initiatives be funded? The plan itself projects a total of $447 billion invested in the different initiatives. However, this projection is justified with the disclaimer: “the President will call on the Joint Committee to come up with additional deficit reduction
necessary to pay for the Act and still meet its deficit target.” How this political mumbojumbo translates to the plan‘s funding is not yet determined, but the Joint Committee is supposed to make sure it stays on the targeted budget, while somehow reducing our debt. This is not the first bill to have a vague funding statement. Too many times politicians purpose bills, which the f u nd i ng i s left open to interpretat ion. This is the t y pe of spending that got us in this mess to begin with. Any college student could tell you, if you use loans to pay off your tuition, eventually you have to pay them back; you can’t continually keep putting it off. This is not to completely besmirch the American Jobs Act. However, it is cause enough to raise concern for how bills and plans, like this one, can decrease the deficit when it has no concrete plan to do so embedded in it. Bills should have a strict plan as to how they are to be funded, this way if and when Congress and the President approve and sign the bill into law, they will be held accountable with the direct financial plan tacked onto a bill.
If law makers had to consider making the budget for a bill before the bill can be approved, perhaps they wouldn’t pass so many haphazardly, and use their committee meetings to find ways to compromise. So I urge you, when you are at events where politicians are presenting their plans, never take anything at face value. Whether you decide you support it or you don’t, i t ’s t h e decision that is important. What’s important i s b e i ng able to dig deeper and f ind discrepancies, like funding for particular plans. All this is not to say the American Jobs Act is an ineffective plan; but rather, the particulars of it, like most bills that go through Congress, are unclear and should be clarified from the beginning. Funding for a plan of action should not be TBD, but rather the first thought in the mind of lawmakers.
“Too many times politicians purpose bills, which the funding is left open to interpretation.”
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Taking the terror out of the anthrax scare A look into what N.C. State is doing to combat a deadly disease. Eric Rizzo Correspondent
With the anniversary of Sept. 11 in the rear-view mirror, it is hard not to remember the events that came after that disastrous day. One of which was the anthrax scare. Anthrax develops from the bacteria Bacillus anthracis, according to professor John Cavanagh from the department of molecular and structural biochemistry. â€œIf you upset it [Bacillus anthracis], it develops spores, which are like protective shells to the bacteria,â€? Cavanaugh said. These spores are incredibly strong. According to Benjamin Bobay, senior researcher in biochemistry, â€œyou could throw a nuclear warhead at a spore and nothing would happen.â€? These spores are what Anthrax victims inhale.Â Once the spores get into the lungs, according to Cavanagh, they become more â€œcomfortable,â€? and Â start germinating. This means that the bacteria come out of the spores. With the help of the AbrB protein in the bacteria, anthrax toxins are produced. According to Bobay, there are three different anthrax toxins that combine to kill the anthrax victim. â€œIndividually they donâ€™t kill you, but together they do,â€? Bobay said. Anthrax is hard to notice, since it produces flu-like symptoms when it starts germinating in the lungs, according to Cavanagh. Furthermore, it is difficult to combat it once someone has the disease, since no antibacterial medication exists. However, this is precisely what Cavanagh and Bobay are researching on campus. â€œWeâ€™re interested in once youâ€™ve got the anthrax, what do you do?â€? Cavanagh said. According to Cavanagh, by
targeting the AbrB protein, blocking it from producing the three anthrax toxins, could produce effective antibacterial medication, which could combat the anthrax disease once it has started affecting a person. It has been four years since Bobay and Cavanagh started researching the intricate structure of the AbrB protein, something necessary in order to create a â€œblockâ€? to prevent the anthrax toxins from being produced, and they are continuing to research it. By targeting the AbrB protein, according to Bobay, they are preventing anthrax from mutating into a new, stronger form, since what they are targeting is not yet anthrax. On a more understandable scale, Bobay compared the AbrB protein to the trunk of a tree, making anthrax a branch of that tree. By chopping down the tree early on, the branch cannot grow. However, this is not the first time N.C. State has worked on trying to protect people from anthrax. Todd Klaenhammer, professor of the food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences, led research on a unique way to distribute the anthrax vaccine through using benign bacteria. According to Klaenhammer, his research was geared toward putting the anthrax vaccine into a non-pathogenic strain of bacteria, which when consumed would inoculate an individual. However, just doing this does not produce good results. According to Klaenhammer, only 30 percent of the mice who consumed the bacteria with the vaccine in it survived. The problem, according to Klaenhammer, is that the GI tract doesnâ€™t accept all of the vaccine bacteria, making it not as effective. Thus, his research produced a peptide; which, when attached to the vaccine bacteria, would attract the GI tract more effectively than the bacteria alone. According to Klaenhammer, these peptideenhanced bacteria produced a 100 percent survival rate when
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This copy of a letter sent to Sen. Tom Daschleâ€™s office in 2001 is one of many letters containing anthrax sent around the U.S. to policy makers and celebrities. The attack, which the FBI referred to as Amerithrax, killed five people and injured 17.
mice consumed the new vaccine containing the peptideenhanced bacteria. By producing vaccine bacteria, according to Klaenhammer, public health infrastructure could package the bacteria and send them to areas of the world where shots may not be as accessible. In developing countries, where there arenâ€™t always sterile syringes, having a vaccine you could take by eating yogurt would have a great potential, according to Klaenhammer. â€œFor us, itâ€™s not so much the disease aspect of anthrax, more that is makes a great model,â€? Klaenhammer said. Therefore, Klaenhammer, could apply this type of vaccine absorption to other of vaccines. Although many may have forgotten about anthrax and the harm it could cause in the wrong hands, research at N.C. State shows that not everyone has and that there are solutions being created locally for a global concern.
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These are spores from the Aimes strain of Bacillus anthracis bacteria, the anthrax bacteria, under an electron microscope. A key characteristic of the Aimes strain is the smooth surface of the protein coat of these bacterial spores, which makes it very resistant to treatment. These spores can live for many years, enabling the bacteria to survive in a dormant state.
Professor tackles Android malware issues Jack Borkey Staff Writer
Xuxian Jiang, assistant professor in computer science, in collaboration with Chinese mobile security firm, NetQin, uncovered two pieces of malware, GingerRoot and DroidDeluxe, inside the Android Mobile Operating System.Â For all the technophobes
out there, Jiang defines malware as â€œ[any] app [that] does something malicious to either compromise the phoneâ€”i.e., turning it into a botâ€”or cause damage to the phone user, leaking personal information or increasing the phone bill without the userâ€™s knowledge.â€? GingerRoot, which originated in China, infects the latest Android version, 2.3, while DroidDeluxe is only able to reach phones using Android 2.2.Â Both disguise themselves within applications, which users download, thinking they are legitimate, and then the
malware is unleashed within the phone. Once installed on the phone, the malware is able to do whatever it please within the internals of the phone.Â GingerRoot and DroidDeluxe are able to gain unauthorized root-level access into the phones.Â Once they have access, they are able to extract any information they desire from the internals of the phone and deliver it to a third party, mainly the developers of the malware.Â Â Â Â To uncover the two pieces of malware, Jiang and his team used patience and created their
own software to sniff out mali- effective in identifying these malware, ahead of most existcious applications.Â ing anti-viâ€œWe have rus software been crawlcompanies.â€? ing and Impressive monitoring a for an assisfew Androidtant profesoriented marsor who has ketplaces and a f ull slate developed a of teaching nu mb e r of in addition tools to spot to f ig ht i ng suspicious apps,â€? Jiang Xuxian Jiang, assistant professor cyber-crime.Â in computer science The discovsaid.Â â€œWhile ery of both we are still in pieces of malthe process of improving our tools and tech- ware is an important one.Â Now that both are uncovered niques, they are so far rather
â€œWe have developed a number of tools to spot suspicious apps.â€?
the threat of both spreading globally, and perhaps infecting millions of phones, has been quelled.Â Xuxian Jiangâ€™s team has made App Marketplaces around the mobile cyberspace safer for millions of Android users.Â â€œWith the discovery of latest threats, Jiang said, â€œwe can effectively notify anti-virus companies so that they can timely push updates to their anti-virus software to detect and block them.â€?
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Letting the bed bugs bite Researchers in entomology are working on a way to get rid of bed bugs. Story By selma abdulhai | photos By Brett Morris
hroughout our lives we have always heard the well-known bedtime saying: Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite. Despite this warning, bed bugs have been biting more than ever in the last ten years, and have become a real problem for the lives of people around the world, including those on campus. According to Coby Schal, Carolina. All in all, I wouldn’t professor in entomology, bed be surprised if we have a milbugs are little insects that live lion bed bugs here in the lab.” Bed bugs normally feed on indoors and prefer nice, dark areas: like our beds. These humans, so in the beginning bugs feed on human blood Schal would let the bugs feed and can live anywhere in the on him, but after two weeks, world as long as there is a hu- he had negative reactions. Now, man around to feed on. They these bed bugs are fed with rabcome in colonies and yet, many bit blood, which simulates hupeople are not extremely famil- man feeding. “We are looking to underiar with them. “I know that they are really stand [the bed bug’s] biology hard to get rid of and I wit- better, so we can come up with nessed them when I was in New a more targeted way to treat York,” Zainab Baloch, a junior them,” Rick Santangelo, a rein psychology, said. “I heard search specialist working in the if they get into your mattress, Schal lab, said. The Urban Entomolog y then you literally have to throw it away, as well as your other department is researching a way to treat bed bug infestafurniture.” Schal has studied insects and tions. According to Schal, this urban entomology since 1976, requires killing the insects specifically on cockroaches. In without having to spray a whole the last three years, he picked house with pesticides or do an expensive up the heat treats t ud y of ment. bed bugs The topic because of research of the infor Schal’s creasing team right problem now is a it was beliquid bait. coming. Schal said The lab t he c onhas colcept of liqlected bed uid bait is bugs from Rick Santangelo, research specialist to make an all over the working in the Schal lab artificial country to human for do genetic testing to enhance understand- the bed bugs to feed on. Acing of how they infect humans cording to Schal, the first step and to find a way to effectively is to find out what attracts bed bugs to humans. Then they remove the pest. “We have about 40 differ- must decipher what chemicals ent colonies of bed bugs in the the bed bugs are most attracted lab, each of them representing to. The third step includes puta specific area and type of genetics,” Schal said. “There are ting those chemicals into an ten populations from North artificial feeder so that the bed
“We are looking to understand [the bed bug’s] biology better, so we can come up with a more targeted way to treat them.”
A feeding frenzy ensues as hungry bed bugs rush up to the top of a glass container sealed with a synthetic material that mimics human skin. A vial of rabbit’s blood rests on the surrogate skin as it is systematically heated to 98 degrees Fahrenheit by the tubes of water on either side of it.
bugs will feed on it. In this artificial feeder would be a pesticide that would not only kill the bed bug, but could be transferred to the rest of the colony. Santagelo has worked with Schal for nine years and said the lab not only does research, but provides bed bugs to those who need them. Bed bugs are supplied for training dogs to detect live bed bugs and eggs, and also for companies to test their pesticides. Everyone is trying to get rid of bed bugs through pesticides, but at the lab, they are working to find the most effective manner of removal. This Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will hold its annual Bug Fest. This event will showcase the research on bed bugs, cockroaches, and the other insects that the entomology department works with.
Coby Schal displays some of the instruments in his lab in Gardner Hall. The one to his left is used to test the bed bugs’ reactions to different stimuli, most of which are human-based and can run the gamut between the oils we secrete and the carbon dioxide we exhale. The bed bugs’ antennae, which are painstakingly clipped from underneath microscopes, are used for these particular tests.
fans and gives Heinz Field an intimidating look on Sundays,” Pfendler said. “If the Howl Towel became a tradition like that, it would separate Wolfpack fans from other fans and really add to the ‘12th man’ aspect of the crowd.” Pfendler thinks it will take at least a season for the towels to catch on. “I will bring my towel, but I don’t think everyone else will at first,” Pfendler said. “It might take a whole season to catch on.” Pfendler suggested other ways the Howl Towel could be promoted and be beneficial to fund raising organizations. “Give them to students free at orientation,” Pfendler said. “Have anyone else who wants one to pay a small fee that would be a donation to the [Jimmy] V Foundation for Cancer Research.” It will be interesting to see if the Howl Towel catches on and remains a fixture at Carter-Finley Stadium this week against South Alabama, the remainder of the season, and for years to come. The “Howl Towel” could be one way State sets itself apart from the rest of the NCAA.
for a matchup between the two schools who have been surrounded by scandal all season. Newly eligible quarterback Jacory Harris will have an immediate impact, lending experience and athleticism to an offense that needs a spark. (vs. #17 Ohio State)
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7. Wake Forest – 1-1 (LW: 9) – The Demon Deacons continued their home winning streak against N.C. State, highlighted by the inspired quarterback play of Tanner Price. While the offense shone, the defense, specifically the secondary, will need to improve, as another late game collapse looked imminent. Expect head coach Jim Grobe to tighten the loose screws against Gardner-Webb. (9/17 vs. GardnerWebb) 8. Clemson – 2-0 (LW: 6) – Two uninspired performances have left Clemson fans worrying about their upcoming clash against reigning National Champion Auburn. If the Tigers can come away with a win and exploit their SEC opponent like Utah State did, fans of the orange and white will breathe easier. If not, head coach Dabo Swinney’s seat will get a little hotter, and panic mode sets in in Death Valley. (vs. #21 Auburn) 9. Virginia – 2-0 (LW: 10) – The Cavaliers just barely squeaked by Indiana, managing a field goal as time expired that sent them back to Charlottesville victorious, despite giving up a 20 point lead in the second half. UNC will provide a good test to see whether or not the Cavs has what it takes to compete in the ACC this season. (9/17 @ North Carolina) 10. N.C. State – 1-1 (LW: 7) – The concerns about the defense were legitimized as the Wolfpack went into Winston-Salem and gave up 34 points to the Demon Deacons. While the offense has showed that it can put up points, quarterback Mike Glennon will need to play well for a full game before the Pack turn the season around. South Alabama should provide the confidence boost that State needs. (9/17 vs. South Alabama) 11. Boston College – 0-2 (LW: 11) – Easily the biggest disappointment in the ACC thus far, Boston College was embarrassed by Central Florida, losing 30-3 last Saturday. The Eagles’ offense has been unable to put anything together, leaving the defense to carry the team. (9/17 vs. Duke) 12. Duke – 0-2 (LW: 12) – The Blue Devils hung with Stanford for a half but eventually succumbed to their high energy offense. This week they take on fellow bottom feeder Boston College in a matchup that will put the losing coach’s job in jeopardy. (9/17 @Duke)
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dustrial engineering, was from a different school of thought as he felt the football team uniforms were one of the more important components of the football program. “I think the football uniform is very important from a branding perspective, because most people only see and identify universities through their sports program,” Blair said. “What the team looks like factors into how they view NC State, and that makes our appearance critical.” Blair also critically reviewed the present set of uniforms and came up with some thoughtful observations. “I like the simplicity and sleekness of the new uniform, although the text for ‘STATE’ could stand to be a bit bigger going across the whole chest.” Blair said. “I also have mixed feelings about the black trim, because a more classic look would only have red and white, with no black trim around the numbers, though the black does modernize it a bit perhaps.” Blair also didn’t seem to care about which brand of uniforms the team was going to play in, as long it provided quality products for the players and fans. He also felt Adidas had done a shoddy
job with the football team uni- have something constant to identify N.C. State. We don’t forms. “Adidas seems to have have something that stays conbeen sub par in some re- stant like those teams do.“ R.J. Mattes, offensive guard spects, with the pants slipping down with this years new on the team, had a first hand jersey, and the discolored red approach to the whole football uniform situof the jeration and felt seys from there were cerlast year,” tain positions Blair t hat looked sa id. ”I good wearing wouldn’t t he uniforms be opand some that posed to didn’t. a switch “Our linemen dependdon’t look too ing on the great in them financial because of the offers.” form a nd f it Blair but our receiva lso ofers look great in fered an Eric Blair, junior in them” Mattes ultimate industrial engineering said. “For the solulinemen it tion that would erase the problem of shows their curves which is having to get new and differ- somewhat not flattering, so I mean they are tight jerseys but ent jerseys every year. “The teams with the best its good because it ensures no uniforms are those timeless one can grab them.” Mattes also claimed to like classics that will never go out of style,” Blair said. “All the Maryland football jerseys of these programs also have and admitted a lot of people better history as a program were talking about them, but than N.C. State, which is why claimed to like the Wolfpack their traditional jerseys end jersey more. “It’s a change, they do what up being timeless. But if we go with a design based on these, they gotta do, they got people or pull a design from our past talking about it,” Mattes said. that will never go out of style, “I kinda like them, I know a lot of people hate them, but I we can create a better brand. “Our current problem is that like our playing jerseys better we change jerseys too often than their jerseys.” so the general public does not
“What the team looks like factors into how they view N.C. State, and that makes our appearance critical.”
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Team synergy leads to best weekend ever The Wolfpack women’s golf team finish tied fourth in a 22-team field at the Cougar Classic, but the three-day total of even-par 864 set a school record. While the team did not win the tournament, it did triumph over programs like No. 3 Alabama and conference rivals No. 8 Duke and No. 14 Wake Forest. N.C. State also earned its most wins in a tournament as its record sat at 17-3-1 for the weekend. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
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The fate of the Howl Towel, handed out at the Sept. 3 football home opener against Liberty, will either be a one-time gimmick or a long-lasting, gameday tradition. If Chris Alston, Assistant Athletics Director in charge of marketing, promotions and web operations, had his way, he would like to see the Howl Towel stick around. He hopes N.C. State turns the Howl Towel into a tradition similar to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Terrible Towel.” “Absolutely, [creating a tradition] is kind of where we are going with it,” Alston said. “We’ve put a f lyer inside everybody’s season ticket packet that went out this June explaining that we are going to be handing it out and for them to use it on third down and for fans to get up and use the towel. We’ve used a lot of
like a ‘ Te r r i b l e Towel,’” said Jamgochian. “I feel it will become a tradition in a few years.” Chase Pfendler, a sophomore majoring in plant and soil sciences, is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and thinks the towel would add to the game day environment at CarterFinley Stadium. “As a Steelers fan, there is a unifying, transcendent quality in the ‘Terrible Towel’ that inspires Steelers
“They thought doing a Howl Towel for the season would be an item the fans could easily bring back to the game.”
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video board elements for the week reminding them to fans to use it throughout the bring it back.” The towels were made course of the year.” Alston and the marketing white, as opposed to the team worked with spon- red towels distributed in Csors to form a giveaway fans Stores in 2009, to create color contrast inside Carter-Finley would embrace. “The sponsors such as the Stadium. “About 95 percent of our Wolfpack Club wanted to find an item that would make fans wear red to the game a splash,” Alston said. “They and the towel being red would thought blend into doing the backa Howl ground and Towel for wouldn’t the season work very wou ld be well,” an item the Alston fans could said. “The easily bring white towback to the el against game.” a red backHe added ground the distris e em s to bution of be the best the towel way to get was a oneChris Alston, the towels time event. assistant athletics director to show “We are up.” not handStudents seem to like the ing out more towels this season and that’s why we idea of the Howl Towel beput on the towel to bring it coming a game day tradiback to every game,” Alston tion. Anthony Jamgochian, said. “This is the first time a freshman human biology we have done a full stadium major, thought the Howl giveaway, so handing out Towel would be a good tradi55,000 plus towels in itself tion, but may take some time was a big task, so we are to catch on. “I think it is a good idea going to be promoting this
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Quote of the day “The teams with the best uniforms are those timeless classics that will never go out of style...” Eric Blair, junior in industrial engineering
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New jerseys across the nation more flashy than N.C. State jerseys.
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N.C. State’s baseball team will start off Wednesday afternoon by attending a fundraiser battling leukemia and lymphoma at 4:30 p.m. at Amedeo’s Restaurant on Western Boulevard, then will travel over to Doak Field at Dail Park for a slightly different battle. A scrimmage with the 18-andunder National team is set for 7:15 p.m. and admission is free of charge. The Wolfpack softball team will also be present from 6 to 8 p.m.
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his week, the ACC has the opportunity to restore some of the respect that it has lost in recent years. A slew of high profile games mark the schedule, including one against reigning National Champion Auburn and another against the current #1 team in the country, Oklahoma. With four matchups against ranked teams, this Saturday is a crucial turning point for the conference as a whole.
Oregon did it. Maryland did it too. Why not us? That was the question on everybody’s mind as college football teams all across he country donned new team jerseys that were not only unique, but also said to enhance player performance. While many were in favor of a new and better set of uniforms, there were some who felt the uniforms didn’t matter that much. Hannah Mosteller, a sophomore in English, was one of the few who felt that football uniforms weren’t an important factor when it came to judging the reputation of a football program. “I do not feel that the uniform is a top factor in the ability of the football team,” Mosteller said. “Our team is known for having talent, so a uniform is not what people need to think about when they think of our awesome football team.” Hannah also felt that if it came down to a choice between color and comfort, she would pick the latter. “I think comfort is more important,” she said. “The uniform does not matter if the players are uncomfortable. If they are not comfortable, then more than likely they will not play well.” Eric Blair, a junior in in-
1. #5 Florida State – 2-0 (Last Week: 2) – The Seminoles’ first true test of this season comes this week with a matchup against #1 Oklahoma. Their offense, which is averaging 48 points per game, has been spectacular, and the defense has not been far behind. A victory by FSU would vault them to the top of the rankings and avenge last season’s loss to the Sooners. Expect a hard-fought battle that will go down to the wire and help figure out the BCS landscape in the coming weeks. (9/17 vs. #1 Oklahoma) 2. #13 Virginia Tech – 2-0 (LW: 1) – Last week’s 17-10 win over East Carolina showed the good and bad in this year’s team. Their defense shined, only allowing 112 total yards to a team that played exceptionally against South Carolina the week before. However, the offense fell flat, especially in the passing game, as quarterback Logan Thomas threw for 91 yards on 8/20 passing. Virginia Tech will rebound this week, but doubts are rising in Blacksburg, and the Hokies are no longer looking like the favorites to win the conference. (9/17 vs. Arkansas State)
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Senior wide receiver T.J. Graham models the football team’s new jerseys in the Murphy Center on July 26.
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5. North Carolina – 2-0 (LW: 3) – The Tar Heels were lucky to escape with a win against Rutgers, especially considering they turned the ball over five times. Quarterback Bryn Renner looked pedestrian compared to his debut, throwing three interceptions as well as struggling down the stretch. Luckily, the Tar Heel defense was able to hold on despite all of the turnovers, avoiding what would have been an embarrassing home loss to an inferior opponent. (9/17 vs. Virginia)
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4. Georgia Tech – 2-0 (LW: 8) – The potent Yellow Jacket offense has put up huge numbers on the ground and in the air against two weak opponents. Their 49-21 drubbing of Middle Tennessee should have them prepared for Kansas on Saturday. The Jayhawks struggled last week against Northern Illinois, so Georgia Tech should get a nonconference victory to add to their resume before the start of their ACC slate. (9/17 vs. Kansas)
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3. Maryland – 1-0 (LW: 4) – Maryland had the week off after beating Miami to open the season. Their matchup with #18 West Virginia, whose offense is similar to the Hurricanes, offers Randy Edsall and company another opportunity for a statement victory. Expect quarterback and North Carolina native Danny O’Brien to have another big game and put his name among the ACC’s elite playmakers. (9/17 vs. #18 West Virginia)
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