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thursday september

22 2011

Raleigh, North Carolina

UNC loses 3,000 jobs due to budget cuts Budget cuts force administrators to release thousands.

Joni Worthington, Vice President for Communications for the UNC System, released the minutes and PowerPoint presentation made durJessie Halpern ing the meeting regarding the budget Correspondent cuts. This information has since been Due to state budget cuts, UNC Sys- made public on the UNC website. Among the several areas affected by tem administrators eradicated over 3,000 positions from their school, these cuts, a popular area of demolileaving faculty and students at a dis- tion is financial aid that is not needbased. In the presentation provided by advantage. On July 1, the UNC system cut over Worthington, the first few slides show 3,000 positions, including 488 full- cuts in state funding for student intime employees and thousands of centive grants, future teachers scholgraduate positions, adjunct profes- arships and tuition wavers. As far as the damage at N.C. State sors and lecturers. While N.C. State and all the UNC schools felt the loss, goes, 457 part-time academic posithe most affected universities include tions were cut, though Worthington’s N.C. Central, with 350 students un- report does specify that. “The Center for Turfgrass Enviable to enroll in a required section of math, and UNC-Greensboro, who cut ronmental Research and Education 975 course sections, equating to about at NCSU shall have no reduction in state funds,” Worthington said. 40,000 student seats. In addition, Worthington’s presenStudents at other affected schools may not have had their class schedules tation listed the areas of impact within affected this semester, but they are no- academics. “Reduce faculty positions; increase ticing changes nonetheless. class sizes and Liz Hawryluk, reduce number a sophomore in of class sections; comparative inreduce/eliminate ternational politutoring and adtics at the Univising ; reduce versity of North operating hours Carolina at Chafor c omputer pel Hill, collabolabs; reduce lirated with fellow brar y acquisistudents to voice tions and library an opinion on the hours; reduce/ changes resulting eliminate supfrom the budget port for graduate cut. Liz Hawryluk, sophomore in teaching and re“Financial aid comparative international politics search assistanthas been effecat the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ship,” according t ive l y de molto the presentaished. I came into tion. UNC with a full While public information is helpride, through grants and scholarships, with the Covenant Scholars program,” ful for obtaining quantitative answers, Hawryluk said. “This year, UNC was Worthington seemed hesitant to offer going to charge me $7,000 in loans. any information regarding the backOnly through contacting the right lash and emotions surrounding such person was I able to set up a work- an abrupt policy change. “The [UNC system] president and study job and obtain further grants.” Furthermore, she added that print- the Board of Governors considered ing costs on campus have doubled, the six factors, including diseconomies of libraries close earlier, the number of scale; whether a campus/entity had TAs has dropped and course selections authority to charge tuition, percenthave decreased, leaving larger classes age of students eligible for federal Pell and less of a selection for graduating Grants, student retention and degree productivity relative to peer instituseniors. At N.C. State, students will notice tions, and the availability of other that their emergency technological funding source,” Worthington said. concerns will no longer be tended to “The campuses had the flexibility to at any hour, as the cuts have forced the decide how best to implement their computer help desk to follow regular share of the cuts locally.” When pressed for more than a dipbusiness hours. In addition, graduate students can no longer trust they’ll lomatic answer and asked whether she find job security in their alma mater, foresees more cuts in the near future, as almost 100 graduate positions were Worthington offered the following: “Whether or not the University cut. Undergraduate students might no- and other parts of state government tice that lecture courses have fewer are assigned additional cuts depends TAs, equating to longer waits for on how quickly the state economy imreturned work and larger recitation proves. It’s just too early to speculate,” sessions. In addition, fewer graduate she said. As the UNC System students students means that popular courses, such as statistics, might not be offering and faculty scramble to adjust to as many sections per semester, as pro- these harsh cuts, it appears that, as fessors often rely on graduate students Worthington said, only time will tell if more are to come. to teach extra sections.

“Only through contacting the right person was I able to set up a work-study job and obtain further grants.”

insidetechnician Latino culture takes flight with celebrations See page 6.

Shacks raise thousands Amidst lousy weather volunteers raise money for Habitat for Humanity. John Wall News Editor

Shack-a-thon hardliners endured a wet Wednesday evening as they strove to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. At least one person must be in each shack at all times, and those in attendance in shacks with leaky roofs were drenched. Nonetheless, spirits were high—the money has been flowing in all week. In the lead once again this year is the College of Management shack, which has raised about $3,000. Samantha Ballard, a senior in accounting, was in the COM shack before the downpour began. “We are in the lead so far. One of the guys from Habitat [for Humanity] came by earlier. Traditionally they have ranked the top four shacks. Now they just do College of Management, and then two, three,

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cut-out circles that were joined tofour,” Ballard said. COM does not have a particular gether with a sort of rivet. Standing monetary goal in mind this year, but about three feet tall, the structure was they want to raise more than they the shape of a dome. “Students from the design school did last year when they raised about came up with the design and pieced it $5,000, according to Ballard. “We have two more days left, and we together. It only took a couple hours to are getting pretty close,” Ballard said. put together,” Burrus said. “They are from a prototype Although their class in the design main fundraising school.” hub is their shack All of the plasin the brickyard, tic, similar to the they are also taking type used in elecdonations daily in tion signs seen on Nelson Hall where roadsides, was management classdonated by Signs es are held. By Tomor row “We are excited Samantha Ballard, a nd Pied mont for this, and at this senior in accounting Plastics. point we don’t want T h i s u n ique to take our shack shack also utilized a solar panel. It down,” Ballard said. Jonathan Burrus, a senior in en- charged a twelve-volt battery during vironmental technology and man- the day that powered a small light inagement, stood outside of his shack, side the shack overnight. “They fell asleep with the light on which graduate students in the College of Design helped him design and last night, which caused it to die, but fabricate. Made out of plastic—the only shack shack continued page 3 not made of wood—it consisted of

“We are excited for this, and at this point we don’t want to take our shack down.”

Speakers address student senate Administrators and saleswoman speak to senate. John Wall News editor

The student senate hosted four speakers Wednesday night before voting on a wide range of bills, including one that would increase student fees amid a horrendous budgetary environment. Provost Warwick Arden and Vice Chancellor Charles Leffler spoke before the senate for nearly 45 minutes describing the finer points of the current budget climate. The director of the financial aid office spoke afterward about the current status of the financial aid department, and finally Kate Almanza from USA Today made a sales pitch for bringing national newspapers and the News & Observer to campus.

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Ashley Autry, a sophomore in elementary education, sits next to the teaching fellows shack during the busy hours of the brickyard, Monday, Sept. 19. Autry had been manning the shack for a while and was looking forward to spending more of her time there. “I’ve been here for three hours, and i’ll be here for three more,” she said.

Leffler and Arden are the chancellor’s point men on all things budget related. They have worked since before the summer on a plan—called the strategic realignment plan—meant to tackle the problems presented by a 15.1 percent decrease in state appropriations.


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They reviewed where the University faculty have not received a salary instands in regard to the plan Wednes- crease. Prior to the funding shortfall, employees’ health insurance was paid day. Class sizes have increased, and sec- for entirely by the state. Employees tion availability has diminished sub- now pay “some of the insurance prestantially. All told, 1,425 sections have miums,” Leffler said. The strategic plan tapped leaders been eliminated, and 47,491 class seats from across campus to provide recomhave been taken off the table. The significant decrease in public mendations on how to deal with the funding forced administrators to cuts. Arden and Leffler received “80 to 90” recommenrely more heavdat ions tot a l. ily “on tuition/ Although Arden other non-state said it would be funds,” accordimpossible to act ing to the Power on all of them, he Point presentaintends to lump tion Arden and the most promLeffler displayed. Provost Warwick Arden ising ones into Nationwide, a unified implefunding for public universities is at its lowest point in mentation plan. The implementation plan will then 30 years, Arden said. Schools outside North Carolina have experienced be given to the Board of Trustees in November. They will ultimately aphefty cuts over those 30 years. However, except for the past three to prove which recommendations to four years, the state legislature, which heed. has final say over how much funding universities receive, has protected the UNC system from cuts. Financial Aid “We are catching up very quickly to Julie Rice Mallette, director of the the rest of the country,” Arden said. Office of Scholarships and Financial 112 people were laid off. Leff ler Aid, presented the senate with the described the number of layoffs as glooming state of financial aid. “lower than we were afraid we would have to.” senate continued page 3 For the third straight year, staff and

“We are catching up very quickly to the rest of the country.”

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Technician POLICe BlOTTER Tuesday 1:30 p.m. | Communicating Threats Engineering Building II Non-student reported that another non-student had left threatening voicemail. Subject was trespassed from NCSU property.

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2:58 p.m. | Larceny Carmichael Gymnasium Student reported wallet stolen. 6:10 p.m. | Suspicious Person Brooks Lot Report of subject asking people for money. Officers searched area but did not locate anyone.

81/68 Cloudy skies with shower in the morning followed by thunderstorms in the afternoon and scattered throughout the night.

6:41 p.m. | Traffic Accident Dan Allen Drive Two students were involved in traffic accident.


8:34 p.m. | Suspicious Person Reserve Center Lot Report of suspicious subject loitering in the area. Officers located non-student with previous trespass warning. Subject was arrested for 2nd degree trespass and reissued trespass warning.

82 66 Mostly cloudy skies with showers and thunderstorms throughout the day.


9:09 p.m. | Suspicious Person Fraternity Court Officers responded to report of suspicious subject. No one was located.

81 62 Partly cloudy skies in the morning with thunderstorms moving in during the early afternoon.

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racticing their dance moves, Morgan Quinn, a junior in political science, and Miles McKirdy, a graduate student in business administration, hang out outside DH Hill Library, Wednesday. McKirdy, a native of Australia, was learning American dance moves from Quinn. “She introduced me to the ‘bus driver’” said McKirdy. Other dance moves the two were practicing included the ‘BJ,’ and the ‘trolley.’


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Today Shack-a-thon 2011 All Day Brickyard Kirk Adam ‚Modern Abstracts All Day Crafts Center An exhibition of acrylic paintings by local artist and Crafts Center instructor Kirk Adam. Intramural Sports Registration All Day Online Registration is open for NFL Pick. Sign up online at http://ncsu. edu/stud_affairs/campus_rec/ intramural/. 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. Women Empowered: Inspiring change in an emerging world All Day African American Cultural Center Gallery Portraits of DADT Heroes: Photographs by Jeff Sheng All Day D.H. Hill Library Selected photographs will be on display from Jeff Sheng’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” series. The series features closeted service members in the United States military affected by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy.





it has been working well,” Burrus said. The idea behind the design was its ease of fabrication and construction. Burrus said the shack is easy to store, and they hope to use the same shack next year. Teaching Fellows student Nick Peaks, a freshman in secondary education, was at the Fellows shack Wednesday. He was in the last Teaching Fellows class before it was program was eliminated by the general assembly earlier this year. “We haven’t raised much, but we have been working together all week to raise as much as we can,” Peaks said.

“This year has been one of the roughest ever,” Mallette said at the beginning of her presentation. Although the number of students on campus increased by about 25 percent over the past ten years, undergraduate financial aid applications have almost doubled since 2000. Graduate applications have more than doubled. Her office has seen a $27.5 million increase in demand for aid over last, but the pools of money from which her office draws have dwindled, or gone dry. State-funded aid, meant for the entire UNC system,

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dropped by $35 million this to earn a degree. Student Fee academic year. Of that money, USA Today’s national highN.C. State lost $5 million, acer education account direccording to Mallette. During President George tor Kate Almanza gave a sales W. Bush’s tenure, two federal pitch to the senate about prostudent aid programs were en- viding USA Today, New York acted. Between the two, needy Times and News & Observer to students on campus received students through on-campus distribution about $3 bins. million last Although year. These the first two aid promonth would grams were be a trial peeliminated, riod, and and students Julie Rice Mallette, director of would be received no the Office of Scholarships and free, student money from Financial Aid fee s wou ld the programs increase by this year. 2009-10 graduates left school roughly $3 if the senate dewith an average debt of $20,763. cides to agree to a deal with With the prospect of receiving USA Today. In Almanza’a presentation, financial aid becoming less realistic, students will need to she broke down the cost of borrow more as they attempt the service. Based on numbers

“This year has been one of the roughest ever.”

from the 450 schools across the nation with a similar program, Almanza estimated one newspaper per every 25 students—called a 4 percent consumption rate—would be sufficient to satisfy demand. At that volume, the total price of the service would be about $102,000. Students would swipe their campus identification cards to open the bin where the three papers would be located. The University would only pay for the papers picked up. The senate met late into the night. As of this article’s publication, they had yet to reach a decision on increasing student fees to pay for the newspaper service.


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{Our view}

Senators, get to know your constituents T

his Thursday the College of Agriculture CALS is putting together and Life Sciences an ice cream social this Thursday so students may (CALS) will be hosting an ice get to know their student cream social so their students representatives and voice may meet the Student Senate their concerns. representatives and voice any concerns they may have. This Our Opinion: type of interaction is a prime More senators should model for how representatives follow CALS’s example should reach out to their conand get to know their constituents better so they stituents. may accurately represent Too many times Student Senthem. ate representatives act upon either the concerns of a select group of their constituents or merely for their own benefit. While some constituents have no idea who their student senators are and what they have been voting on, others are actively engaged in holding them accountable. The major dis-

The unsigned editorial is the opinion of the members of Technician’s editorial board, excluding the news department, and is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief.

The Facts:

connect lies with those who are unaware. This is not a good way for Student Government to function, which is why the CALS representatives’ initiative to meet and greet their constituents is a good way to better the relationship between Student Government and the student body. Student representatives in Student Government should take note of the CALS attempt to reach out to their constituents and do the same. Many times students either don’t know about an event or are unmotivated to go. As their representative you should take the initiative to make yourself ac-

cessible to them. Don’t expect them to come to you—you go to them. Speak in their classes, forums, and regular events they will be at anyway. Or better yet, set up events the students will want to attend, so getting to know you and your platform is merely a byproduct of the enjoyable event. While the representatives are expected to make themselves approachable and known to their constituents, the students should also be held responsible. Plain and simple, meet them halfway. If your representatives are making the attempt to reach you and understand your opinions, tell them. Talk

to them. They represent you; you voted them in there for a reason. The whole purpose of the institution of Student Government is to build relationships with the students so they may voice their concerns, allowing representatives to act on those concerns and bridge the gap between the student body and the administration of the University. Don’t let this year’s Student Government fall into the traps of previous representatives’ lack of communication and lack of adequate representation. Set the example. Both sides should see this break in communication and work to fix the gap so the student body may be effectively represented.


Don’t hate on the construction


hree years ago, when I first showed up the summer before my freshman year at N.C. State, Hillsborough Street was torn to shreds, traffic was horrendous and trying to find a place to park was about as easy as figuring out where the heck to start on my transport Jon Lewis homework. Staff Columnist During the next year construction began in the Court of Carolinas. A beautiful grassy field was turned into a dust bowl with huge Caterpillar eyesores, and during the day the loud noises could be heard in all of the nearby buildings. Around the sa me t ime, the renovation on the Atrium began with the added benefit of that atrocious bubble right smack in the middle of the Brickyard. Last spring, construction began beneath Harrelson Hall to allow for the demolition of the bookstore. Construction workers made sure to always be pounding away on something during my class. I think they even kept track of when we had tests and liked to really get things done during those times, just to mess with us. Over the summer, the bookstore was demolished and infrastructure work for the future Talley Student Center began. This made the trek from Carmichael Gym to the library a whole new adventure, and turned what was a decent looking yard and fountain into a typical muddy construction site. There’s no doubt in my mind that I do not like dealing with constant construction projects around campus. However, when I look back at all of these things now, I appreciate and enjoy what this construction has produced. Hillsborough Street looks remarkably pleasing compared to what it once was, and parking is more accessible than it was in the past. The addition of steps in the Court of Carolinas adds a feeling of majesty to the area, giv-

ing the upward view to the 1911 building an aesthetic appeal that did not exist before. The renovated Atrium is very efficient and roomy, with plenty of outdoor seating thanks to the terrace. This is a fantastic addition to the Brickyard both for its practicality and for our viewing pleasure. The plans for the future Talley Student Center look remarkable, and once the project is complete no one will care about the nuisance during the time of construction. Considering how obnoxious the construction is, I do not blame anyone for complaining. I would encourage everyone, however, to t hin k about the long term effects. With the growing student body and the constant need for refurbishing, there will always be something under construction. Whether it’s a parking deck, renovations, or the demolition of a building, (I’m looking at you Harrelson), construction is something we have to learn how to deal with. However, we should be glad that we get to live with it. The product of construction is what makes our university shine. It gives us more space so that we don’t have to sit in overcrowded rooms. It makes old buildings shine like new again, and it can take an empty space and make it beautiful, such as the area next to Turlington Hall. So next time your walking route has to be changed unexpectedly, you get caught in a long line of cars because of some flagmen, or you experience some obnoxious noise during class, remember what it is for and appreciate what will soon come of it.

“The product of construction is what makes our university shine. ”

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Agriculture education is a necessity


hen I first declared my major as agriculture education, I was absolutely f loored by the number of people who Chelsey told me it Francis was easy or Staff Columnist unnecessary or, even worse, asked me why. I grew up in a rural town. Back home, agriculture is still important to the people born and raised there, but to the transplants they don’t seem to understand it’s the way of life for us. Keep in mind that without agriculture, you wouldn’t have been able to go to Port City Java and get that Anna Banana Smoothie, or eat that Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich, or better yet, go to the dining hall and eat locally grown food. It’s important for people to realize where the food they eat came from and how many steps it went through. Think about a chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A. Where did the chicken come from? Someone had to raise the chicken, grow the cucumber to be made into a pickle and grow the wheat that was transformed into the bun. As of 2009, North Carolina ranked fifth in the nation in broiler production. Broilers are a type of chicken raised exclusively for meat production. Just as a point of interest, in 2009, North Carolina ranked first in the nation in tobacco, flue cured tobacco and sweet potato production. Not only the food you eat, but the clothes on your back

also depend on agriculture. Without a farmer to grow cotton, you wouldn’t have t-shirts, pants, cotton balls, denim or currency. The people who take the cotton and transform it from the balls of cotton into different products also depend on agriculture. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people tell me agriculture education is an easy major. In all honesty, I don’t think it’s easy. We have to take the general education classes, at least an introductory course in the different aspects of agriculture, and take the general teaching c ou rse s . I f you never took an agriculture class in high school, you probably don’t realize qu ite how different it is f rom ot her classes. Teachers don’t lecture for the full amount of time. The best agriculture classes are the ones where the teacher tells the students what to do, gives a demonstration, then lets the students get to work in the shop or in the greenhouse. Those are the classes where students learn the most. As the popular saying has been modified, perfect practice makes perfect. For example, with welding, a part of agriculture education, a student won’t really understand what the length of the welding electrode has to do with anything. However, once

they’ve touched a welder and practiced a few times, the length of the electrode will mean something to them. Although the number of people directly involved in agriculture is decreasing, it doesn’t mean the significance of it is. The population is constantly growing, meaning there are more people to feed and clothe. The importance of using fertilizers properly and making the best use of land possible is becoming more and more important. Without educating people on the importance of the different types of soils and how fertilizer impacts it, the capabilities of those directly invo l ve d i n agriculture are going to decrease. Don’t just assume that agriculture or agriculture education is simple. It’s not. This is my major because it’s something I care about. I know I won’t make a lot of money in this field, but in the end, that doesn’t matter to me because I will have the opportunity to impress upon high school students how important agriculture is.

“Don’t just assume that agriculture or agriculture education is simple. It’s not.”

Send Chelsey your thoughts on agriculture education to letters@technicianonline. com.

Joseph McRae junior, electrical engineering

“Maybe a debate or a discussion with students.” Alex Weitzel sophomore, biology

“I feel that an informal get together would be great. Along with some coffee.” Amanda Bryon graduate student, English

“Maybe a lunch with the senators, or something casual like that.” David Moreau junior, physics

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Features Life & style


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Home schooled student adapts to Wolfpack lifestyle After spending her grade school years being home schooled, Renn Shearin finds her way at N.C. State. Kierra Leggett Correspondent

If she had a dollar for every time she heard someone say, ‘Home schooled students don’t know how to socialize,’ Shearin would possess a small fortune. Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia but having spent the majority of her life in Raleigh, Shearin is now a freshman in nutrition science. She was enrolled in home school throughout the entire duration of her grade school career. Despite a few downsides-crazy homeroom teachers, cliques and the occasional fist fights--the social setting of the traditional high school experience was designed to ease student transition into campus life. However, Shearin would argue that the four years she spent as a home schooled high school student were just as enjoyable and preparatory for campus living. W hen a sked what she thought was the biggest misconception people had about homeschooled students, she immediately responded, “[The idea] that we are not sociable... I have met some [homeschooled students] that are not, but we have events every other day.” Despite the considerable difference in class size and the drastic change of the presence of professors in the classroom, Shearin didn’t feel as if she missed out on anything by attending home school. If anything, her time spent at home afforded her the opportunity to spend more time and develop stronger bonds with her

siblings. According to the 2009 U.S. Census Bureau, the estimated number of North Carolina students enrolled in home school was 41,814. Between the years of 2003 and 2007 the national number of students enrolled in home school increased by 36 percent, reinforcing statisticians’ belief that the numbers would only continue to rise. While public and private schools can undoubtedly offer their students unique and life enriching experiences, many parents opt for home schooling as a way to isolate their children from the peer pressures often associated with a traditional school environment. Home schooling also provides an alternative for parents who are unimpressed with the curriculum and quality of education provided elsewhere. Others also believe reinforcing moral values and religious beliefs are easier to do for students at home. Initially, Shearin was hesitant about the class sizes at N.C. State, since the largest class Shearin had ever been a part of consisted of 25 students (Shearin attended a French class at Wake Tech). However this has proven not to be a problem for the former Home School Honor Society Member. Currently taking 15 credit hours, the only major adjustment Shearin claimed to be struggling with was spending so much physical time in the classroom – a far cry from her home schooling days. “Normally, I’d have class once a week, per subject; each class lasting one to two hours a week.” Although she spent little time in the classroom,Shearin felt that as a result she gained great  study skills that have proven thus far to be beneficial.


home school facts Home-based education is growing in countries such as Australia, Hungary, Canada, Japan, Kenya and the United Kingdom. Home schooling is quickly growing in popularity among minorities. About 15 percent of home school families are nonwhite/non-Hispanic. Families engaged in homebased education are not dependent on public, taxfunded resources. They represent over $16 billion that American taxpayers do not have to spend since these children are not in public schools. SOURCE:

According to Shearin, she has adapted well to the Wolfpack lifestyle by establishing friendships with her roommate and suitemates. Counterintuitive to the stereotype that home schoolers are reclusive and lack social skills, Shearin was active on the Junior Varsity Home School Volley Ball Team, took four years of ballroom dance and was heavily involved in Teen Community Bible study for seven years, even leading worship for four of those years. Shearin has tried to maintain the same social vigor this year by joining the Food Science and Nutrition Club, as well as the University’s on campus Grace Church. While Shearin may not have experienced high school in the traditional format that most University students have, her unique home school experience only has added to the diversity that N.C. State prides itself in.





Features Life & style

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Latino culture takes flight with celebrations University becomes feasting and celebration grounds for an ever increasing Latino population. Ankita Saxena Staff Writer

The period from September 15 to October 15 is celebrated as the National Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., celebrating the heritage and culture of the Hispanic and Latino population. “Some people have the misconception that Hispanics are found only in some pockets of society [and] are relatively isolated,” Héctor Jaimes, associate professor of Latin American literature and culture, said. “However, they actually have made prominent contributions in the fields of science, humanities, sports and entertainment. In the recent past they were a minority group, but now they have grown not only in number, but also in the impact they are making in the culture and politics of the country.” The Hispanic population on campus, which is growing every year as well, comprises three percent of the total student population. This year held the largest number of incoming Latino first year students. As the University’s Hispanic population increases, so has the presence of Hispanic culture and subsequent growth of activities and celebrations. A number of activities observing the Hispanic Heritage Month have ensued on campus and more are lined up for the near future. There will be a free screening of Motorcycle Diaries at Witherspoon on October 4.

This biopic describes the jour- aspires to add cumbia and hipney of Che Guevara, leader of hop to the list this year. They the Cuban Revolution. It will also hold monthly salsa workbe followed by a discussion of shops this year at the Carmiany questions or ideas the audi- chael Recreation Center. “Sube Ritmo’s purpose is to ence might have pertaining to bring Latin cultural awareness the movie. The “Latinization of Amer- by teaching [and] showing othica” on September 26 will be ers the different types of danca lecture by Augustin Garcia es derived from the Hispanic regarding the impact Latinos community.” Lisbeth Arias, have had on the country eco- sophomore and social chair of nomically and politically. It Sube Ritmo, said. The soccer event “Se Baila will be co-sponsored by the Union Activities Board and Futbol,” which translates to Lambda Beta Phi, one of the “soccer is danced,” will be held nine Hispanic societies on on September 30th. “It will have participating campus. Others societies include Mi co-ed teams from Mi Familia, Familia, SHPE (Society of His- SHPE, and the UNIDOS counpanic Professional Engineers), cil which includes students the Lambda Beta Chi and from UNC, Duke and N.C. Lambda Theta Alpha sororities State,” Jimmy Schiemann, juand the Lambda Theta Phi fra- nior in German studies and soternity. Destino is a Bible study cial chair for Mi Familia, said. group and Sube Ritmo is the “To make room for a soccer University’s only Latin dance ‘derby’, we invited a team from UNC’s ‘Chisteam. pa’, a LatinoEl Salsabor, student orgathe eighth annization.” nual cultural But the Hiscelebration panic Heriof the Histage Month panic society celebrations was held on are not only September for Hispanic 16. Some of a nd Lat ino t he event students. highlights “In recent included ArAbraham Dones, assistant times, more gentinian food, Span- director for Hispanic and Latino a n d m o r e student affairs students have ish d ri n k s, been showing line and folk dancing, live music and a per- an interest in Latino culture, and we are seeing ever growformance by Sube Ritmo. Sube Ritmo is comprised of ing connections between North about 22 members, with Salsa- and South America,” Jaimes bor and Somos being their two said. “In fact the Department major performances during the of Foreign Languages has year. The team is known for its started offering a whole range salsa, bachata and merengue of courses in Spanish.” To people interested in learndances. Sube Ritmo currently

“I believe the Hispanic Heritage Month to be an exciting opportunity for everybody.”

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Lisbeth Arias, sophomore, carries on a traditional Mexican dance with fellow ‘baile folklorico’ (Spanish for folk dancing) dancer. ‘Baile folklorico’ is performed throughout Mexico to portray ancestral rituals.

ing more about this culture, Jaimes recommended the annual Latin American Film festival held at N.C. State, believing it to be another way students and faculty can see Latino cultural impact, as well as issues such as the plight of Latin American illegal immigrants who come to the U.S. across the border of Mexico. “I believe the Hispanic Heritage Month to be an exciting opportunity for everybody, and it is great to see participation from all students, who would certainly leave these events more enriched and culturally competent,” Abraham Dones, assistant director for Hispanic and Latino student affairs, said. “It is a great way to re-enforce the diversity we have on our campus.”

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Jaquelinne Murillo (middle), sophomore in political science, paints Mi Familia and SHPE’s shack for Shack-a-thon along with two other members. Mi Familia and SHPE are among two of many Hispanic student groups on campus.

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Club sports

Student club pokes and prods for prominence N.C. State Club Fencing continues swordplay on campus. Nate Pedder Staff Writer

A group of dedicated athletes attempts to stab each other every Monday and Wednesday night in Carmichael Gym. These are the members of the N.C. State Club Fencing team. Kevin Barkett, a senior majoring in physics and the president of the team, spoke about what drove him to join the club and what he enjoys about the sport of fencing. “I was intrigued by it freshman year. I thought I’d explore something new since it’s college, and fencing class was available, so I figured why not,” Barkett explained. “Now I like the competitive nature of the sport and the concept behind it. I mean, how often do you get to wield a sword and stab people in a fair fight?” The fencing club team has about 15 members that show up every week, ranging in experi-


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has performed this season. “When we recruited Steph [Bronson], we knew she was a very talented player and she possessed some things that would help our team immediately,” Springthorpe said. “Her quickness, her speed, her technical ability on the ball, she’s

ence levels from students just beginning to learn the rules of fencing to class A—the top, national-ranking group—students. The rules of fencing are not complicated, as in most sports, especially with the style of fencing the club team uses. The club team utilizes a fencing style known as épée, which is simpler than the other two types of fencing, foil and sabre. With épée, any hit from the tip of the épée scores a point and each bout usually goes to 15. On the tip of the weapon, there is a button connected to an electrical system that runs down the length of the blade and through wires up the fencer’s sleeve. From there, either a signal is transmitted through wires or wirelessly to an electrical scoring box, which lights up every time the button is compressed for a strike. Graduate student in civil engineering and also coach of the team, Kelly Herrick, who has fenced for over 11 years, spoke of the advantages of épée over foil and sabre. “There are fewer rules in épée than foil and sabre,” Herrick

said. “Those two rely on a referee interpreting the flow of the bout, who has control. “Épée gets rid of that middle man.” Herrick also explained why he enjoys fencing so much after 11 years. “I like fencing because it doesn’t require just physical activity, you have to be able to think as well,” Herrick said. “You have to have that balance. You can be quick and you can be smart, but if you can’t do both, you won’t do as well.” While Herrick is one of the few fencers at State who fenced before college, most students on the team initially gained interest for the team by taking the PE class. The class had always been a recruiting tool for the club, finding new students interested in the sport who enjoy it enough to continue on the team after they complete the class. However, the fencing class is no longer offered at State and the club team could feel the consequences down the line. Josh Holben, a senior in aerospace engineering, spoke of the effect that the loss of the

one of our leading goal scorers, she’s playing at a very high level right now so she is hugely vital to our team.” Springthorpe also seemed mindful of the attacking threat possessed by the Demon Deacons. “Wake’s a great team, they have got some attacking personalities that we are going to have to be mindful of,” Springthorpe said. “They have a forward Katie Stengel, who

leads the league in goals right now, she’s a handful. They’ll be a great team and it will be a good challenge for us. We have got to make sure our team is defensively prepared to handle that but at the same time we want to be able to attack, too. I think we have matched up pretty well before and hopefully we’ll do that on Thursday night.”

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Fencer Tom Whalen, senior in civil engineering and history, bouts with Kelly Herrick, senior in civil engineering, at club team practice in Carmichael Gym Monday. Herrick has been fencing for over 11 years and describes it as ‘physical chess.’ “You have to be both quick and smart,” Herrick said.

fencing class could have on the club team. “It’s one of the biggest draws that brings people to the fencing club. A lot of the times, people have heard of fencing before so they take the class at State. Then, if they like it, they continue with the club,” Holben said. “Most of the people

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said. “When [backups] start the year off on the scout team, they aren’t getting coached in the same way. Then we have to coach them up on the sideline. That causes some headaches. But as Bill Parcells says, ‘it is what it is.’” As many eyes focus towards



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come here because they took the class.” Fencing is a sport of balance, both physically and mentally. Fencers must stay focused, as the action of the sport happens so fast. Balance is the most important physical aspect of the sport, by being able to move back and forth with ease while

parrying opponent’s blows and lunging for attacks. While the nature of the sport is difficult to sum up, Holben provided an analogy to explain the sport. “It works your mind and it works your body,” Holben said. “It’s like chess with swords.”

an injury-plagued defense, the last 90 minutes of football for the offense gives hope State can leave a mark on Cincinnati’s traditionally mediocre defense. Mike Glennon, who matched Phillip Rivers as the school’s all-time leader in single game completion percentage, has seven touchdowns and one interception in the past three halves of play. “From halftime of Wake Forest through now, for a guy

that’s only played three games, it’s been a pretty remarkable stretch,” O’Brien said. “The good news is he can be better. He can be better than he is now because he works at it and he has the talent to be a better quarterback if we can protect him.” With the whole country watching, Glennon and the offense may just need another remarkable effort to help their defense.


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Prime time in Cin’ City All signs point towards an offensive shootout as Pack faces Bearcats on national television. Sean Fairholm

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HEAD-TO-HEAD: STATE VS. CINCI CINCINNATI SCORING OFFENSE (4th) VS. N.C. State Scoring Defense (52nd) N.C. STATE SCORING OFFENSE (41st) VS. Cincinnati Scoring Defense (55th) CINCINNATI OFFENSE (84th) VS. N.C. State Pass Defense (103rd) N.C. STATE PASS OFFENSE (39th) vs. Cincinnati Pass Defense (94th) CINCINNATI RUSH OFFENSE (15th) vs. N.C. State Rush Defense (36th) N.C. State Rush Offense (86th) vs. CINCINNATI RUSH DEFENSE (56th) CINCINNATI KICKOFF COVERAGE (53rd) vs. N.C. State Kickoff Returners (61st) N.C. State Kickoff Coverage (86th) vs. CINCINNATI KICKOFF RETURNERS (62nd) N.C. STATE PENALTY YARDAGE (10th) vs. Cincinnati Penalty Yardage (19th) Above are ESPN’s NCAA rankings of offense and defense. The helmet signifies an advantage.

When Cincinnati has the ball: Bearcat Impact Player: #23 Isaiah Pead (Running Back) Wolfpack Impact Player: #27 Earl Wolff (Boundary Safety) When N.C. State has the ball: Wolfpack Impact Player: #8 Mike Glennon (Quarterback) Bearcat Impact Player: #37 J.K. Schaffer (Linebacker)

Only four days after the ACC lacerated the foundation of Big East football by stealing away Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the two conferences are already set for on-field battle. Suffering a 30-19 loss in Raleigh last season, Cincinnati (2-1, 0-0 Big East) will be searching for payback against N.C. State (2-1, 0-1 ACC) in the finale of a Thursday night home-and-home series. The expected sellout at Nippert Stadium prepares to wear all black in anticipation of Cincinnati’s first primetime Thursday night home game in nearly three years. “We’re going to their place, which is a hostile environment,” wide receiver Tobais Palmer said. “Word on the street is that they owe us one. “We just have to be ready for them.” As State plays at Cincinnati for the first time in school history, injuries and underachieving play have put the Wolfpack in an underdog position. Palmer, one of the major bright spots early in the season, said the term ‘underdog’ is absent in State’s locker room. “That’s what [Cincinnati] thinks,” Palmer said. “They think they’ve got us figured out, but we’re going to do what we have to do. “We just have to handle business and come back home with a ‘W.’” And to handle business, the

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Senior fullback Taylor Gentry dives over a Cincinnati defensemen into the endzone last season, scoring the final touch down for N.C. State, leaving the score 30-7 in the middle of the fourth quarter. Gentry had three receptions and covered 20 yards for the game.

Pack has to overcome traveling during a short week while continuing to accumulate injuries. With defensive end Art Norman and linebacker Terrell Manning going down during last Saturday’s South Alabama game, State’s ailing defense faces an even larger challenge to contain the fourth-best scoring offense in the country. “We’re beat up right now,” Palmer said. “We’re trying to get our bodies right, and we just have to come out here and focus by fighting through the pain.” One of the most vital pieces of that banged-up defense is redshirt senior linebacker, Audie Cole, who recorded five tackles and one sack a year ago against quarterback Zach Collaros and a Cincinnati offense that has grown since last Sep-

tember. “[Collaros] is quick, he can throw the ball, and he did a good job against us last year,” Cole said. “He’s just more experienced. The running back is good, the offensive line is better, so everyone has just improved a little bit.“ Cole also made note of a crucial factor for State’s defense – getting off of the field on third downs. Cincinnati, who leads the Big East in third down conversions, has the overwhelming advantage on paper, as the Pack defense is 91st in the country at stopping teams on third down. “[Not stopping team’s on third downs] gets frustrating, but I’m not really worried about it,” Cole said. “We’ve been good on third down in the past, even though we’ve been struggling lately.”

Fi f t h-ye a r he ad c oach and Cincinnati native, Tom O’Brien, said 2011 has not been a kind year for Cole and the rest of the defense. “It’s been a tough season to play defense around here,” O’Brien said. “Our defensive coaches have been playing the little Dutch boy, putting fingers in the dike right now.” Although the task of stopping the Bearcats’ offense appears daunting, O’Brien made mention of how defensive backups are continuing to learn after receiving an impromptu crash course from the defensive coaching staff. “Part of the problem we’ve had is not being able to execute the defense,” O’Brien

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women’s soccer

Wolfpack women, 8-2, set sights on Demon Deacons N.C. State prepares to take on Wake Forest tonight. Rishav Dey Staff Writer

N.C. State’s women’s soccer team (8-2, 0-1 ACC) takes on Wake Forest (8-1, 1-0 ACC) in the Dail Soccer Stadium tonight at 7 p.m. against their second consecutive top-10 opponent in ACC play. No. 7 Wake Forest comes to Raleigh as the favorite in what should prove to be a tough encounter for the Pack. State, who lost their previous game against an ACC opponent in the form of UNC-Chapel Hill, showed incred-

ible mental strength to bounce back against Towson to clinch the game at 3-1. It will be a completely different story against the Demon Deacons. Senior defender Alex Berger, who is also the joint top scorer for the team, felt that looking forward after the loss against UNC was the best thing to do. “We just had to forget about UNC, we had to learn from our mistakes,” Berger said. “We had to take that loss and turn it around and find something positive to take away from the game. We know we are a good team and didn’t show it against Carolina, and we were determined to come back and show that against Towson.” Berger also revealed her enthusiasm

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at the opportunity to play a top-10 team like Wake Forest and having the chance to pull off an upset. “We are excited, we always look forward to a challenge and that’s what we love about playing in the ACC,” Berger said. “There’s always a chance, at least five or six times, if not more, per season, to knock off a top-10 team and we look forward to that opportunity.” Berger also discussed the plan the team had in place for the ACC player of week, Wake Forest forward Katie Stengel, who currently has 25 points to her name. “We want to keep her in front of us, we want to keep her back to the goal,” Berger said. “We want her to receive

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the ball facing away and double down on her and block her shots.” Senior forward Tanya Cain, who is currently tied for second in the team for points scored, is feeling optimistic going into the game. “I think it goes to show that any team can be beaten on any day, like Wake Forest was ranked lower than FSU and they beat them and it’s the same with us,” Cain said. “We are ranked lower than them so any day anyone can beat anyone, so it’s just a good challenge and we are ready for it.” Cain also lavished praise for fellow freshmen forward Stephanie Bronson, who leads the team in goals scored and

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points scored, combining with Cain to have 17 shots in their previous game. “I think it’s awesome to have an attacking mentality,” Cain said. “In the past, we have played in different formations, where we haven’t had as much of an attack, but its really nice to have someone besides you that you can count on and know that she’s going to get to that ball and get a great shot.” Coach Steve Springthorpe, who is having his best ever start to a season in his three years at N.C. State, was delighted with the way Bronson, who has scored in each of the last three games,

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