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AllCampus linked to local eateries Important Information:

Melvin’s, East Village lead campaign to inform students of ability to link AllCampus cards with Wachovia accounts.

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Marshals work to prevent fires

To use this, AllCampus card must be linked to a Wachovia bank account. This is a marketing campaign lead by Melvin’s owner Alan Lovett and East Village Bar & Grill manager Jo Smith Website: Source: Alan Lovett, Owner of Melvin’s

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Sitting in Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches on Hillsborough Street, Amanada Etheridge, a senior in fashion and textile management, and Will Hughes, a junior in bioprocessing science, enjoy their lunch. Melvin’s Hamburgers, I Heart New York Pizza, and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches accept AllCampus Cards linked with Wachovia accounts. “I have AllCampus, but I didn’t know it works on Hillsborough,” Hughes said.

their AllCampus cards at various dining halls, Port City Java, Taco Bell Express and other on-campus, University Dining-operated venues. Director of University Dining Randy Lait said that every year, students and merchants come to him and try to get off-campus merchants put on

the AllCampus card. “Every year, I tell them that we cannot,” Lait said. According to Lait, the University is not legally able to transfer student monies from an on-campus account to an off-campus third party. “The attorney general of North

Carolina made a ruling that said it is not appropriate for a university to take deposits and transfer them to a third party on behalf of the student; because that action essentially makes the university a bank,” said Lait. For some merchants on Hillsborough Street, this ruling does not mean that there is still no way for merchants to reach out to students. They also believe that reaching out to students will help their businesses. “The idea that [the merchants] could not be a part of what students were buying was holding Hillsborough Street business back,” said Lovett. This led Lovett, along with some other business owners on the

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Fire marshals oversee a variety of programs that decrease the risk of fires on campus. Allison Saito Staff Writer

The Office of the University Fire Marshal works to prevent fires on campus and to ensure that the University is prepared in the event of a fire. The office consists of one fire marshal, five deputy fire marshals and one safety technician. University Fire Marshal Bill Stevenson described the purpose of his office is multifold. “The biggest job is to ensure a location is safe from the perils of fire [and] that the danger to people and property is minimal,” Stevenson said. Stevenson explained that he tries to hire people who will put students and faculty first. “If we don’t put the students’ welfare and safety first, who would come here?” Stevenson said. Stevenson recognized that student cooperation enabled the fire marshals to ensure safety on campus. “I really want to give our students a lot of credit. At N.C. State, they really realize the seriousness of this,” Stevenson said. Jon Brann, a deputy fire marshal, explained how the fire marshal’s office differs from a fire department. “With the municipal department, you only deal with people at the worst. At the University, it is more of a preventive measure than the suppression and response aspect,” Brann said. Stevenson has a varied background in firefighting. “I’ve been certified in fire and EMS [emergency medical services] for 40 years. I’ve been associated with it since I was 6. I got officially in the business at 15,” Stevenson said. “I came here February of 2004.”

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Michael Sigafoos, a freshman in engineering, Aaron Picart, a freshman in graphic design, and Chris Harris, a freshman in industrial design, wait in line for tickets to the Virginia Tech football game Sept. 29. The group, which included Steven Corley, a freshman in physics, and Will Mars, a freshman in industrial design, camped out to be first in line. “It’s been a long time since State went 4-0, and coming in as a freshman it’s a big deal,” Picart said. “You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.”

Field day aims for biofuel awareness Event part of plan to make the state a leader in biomass production. Shivalik Daga Staff Writer

The 2010 Bioenergy Field Day, an event featuring presentations by several N.C. State faculty, occurs today at the Oxford Tobacco Research Station and Biofuels Center in Oxford. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Biofuels Center of North Carolina and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are sponsoring the event. Event registration starts at noon and speeches will begin an hour later. Roger Crickenberger, special projects manager at CALS, will kick off the event by introducing the speakers. This will be followed by six presentations on bioenergy-related issues, including discussions on biodiesel production and studies on cellulosic


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For several business owners on Hillsborough Street, the ability to link AllCampus cards to a Wachovia debit account not only means increased revenue for the businesses, but increased convenience and variety for students. Melvin’s owner Alan Lovett and East Village Grill & Bar manager Jo Smith are leading a marketing effort called Pack Plastic to inform more students that their AllCampus cards can be linked to a Wachovia debit account. According to Lovett, Pack Plastic is a program to increase awareness among students and faculty that the AllCampus card – something that every student and faculty member has – can be used as a debit card. This, according to Lovett and Smith, is the key to increasing student presence and improving the overall atmosphere on the campus’s north border. “I have worked on this street for 14 years, and I think this is probably the biggest thing that will help us be linked to N.C. State,” said Smith. Every day, many students swipe


“CALS is helping make that a material. Field demonstrations will be carried reality by educating farmers on out in the evening. Demonstrations energy crops, providing indusinclude biomass pelleting and sor- trial partners with the technology to convert the biomass into ghum harvest and squeezing. useful fuels, and Matthew Vea l, developing outassistant profesreach activities sor and extension that engages the specialist in the public so they Department of Biounderstand the logical and Agriculpotentia l a nd tural Engineering, importance of will be speaking on renewable fuels.” the “State of N.C. Veal said that State University” as a land-grant Bioenergy Research university, one Program. of N.C. State’s Veal said that the event will be useful Matthew Veal, assistant professor prima r y misDepartment of Biological and sions is transferfor students, inAgricultural Engineering ring technology dustry and farmers and educating alike. “I would say that the highest-pri- agricultural stakeholders about ority plan is to make sure that North markets, sustainable crop producCarolina is well-positioned to become the leading biomass producer in the Southeast,” Veal said. biofuel continued page 3

“We are starting to see many early adopters produce their own energy by making biodiesel....”

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Online survey regarding fee services coming up Student Government to conduct fee services satisfaction student survey. Sagar Sane Staff Writer

Student Government will conduct an online survey on Friday and Saturday to help gather student reactions regarding University fees. “This survey, known as the Fee Services Satisfaction Survey, will help us to measure the student level of satisfaction against the current fee increase,” said Stephen Kouba, Student Senate president. “We mainly aim to judge the level of satisfaction among the students.” Until last year, if a department requested a fee increase, the survey was done on a fixed basis. “We used to ask the students if they wanted the full fee increase, half fee increase or no increase at all,” said Kouba. “For example, if the Student Health Center requested to increase the fees by $10, then our questions to the students were: Do you want $10 increase, $5 increase or no increase at all? “But now, we are planning to take all the student recommendations and use those to offer a comprehensive plan to the University fee committee,” Kouba said. Patrick Devore, chair of the Student Senate Tuition and Fees Committee, said this survey mainly aims at tuition, as well as the fee increases pertaining to: athletics, transportation, student centers operations, student health services, student legal services and campus recreation services. “There will be approximately three questions per department, which will generally ask for students opinions on the fee increase. They will be yes-no type questions and no long answers,” Devore said. “The survey will be held from Friday at 12:01 a.m. until Saturday at 11:59 p.m. this week,” Kouba said. The survey is available for all students at Kouba said that after the survey closes, recommendations will be made to the University Fee Committee based on the student survey responses. Kouba urged all the students to vote during the survey period. “Please do vote. Students will be able to express their concerns through this survey. The more students vote, the more data we can gather, and a better recommendation can be formulated from this,” he said. Kanak Lagu, first year master’s student in computer science, said that the voting system will really help, especially for international students. “I personally think having such a voting campaign is a great opportunity for international students like me,” said Lagu. “We have to pay quite a lot for tuition and other fees, so we get a good opportunity to express our opinions through such voting and have the guarantee that our concerns will be heard.”


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WCU’s student newspaper shut down Western Carolina University shutters paper amid plagiarism allegations. Chelsey Francis Deputy News Editor

Western Carolina University suspended operations at the Western Carolinian, the school’s student-produced bimonthly newspaper, from Friday until Wednesday morning because of plagiarism accusations. The newspaper staff was not given an actual reason for the suspension, but the paper was recently accused of plagiarizing the local newspaper, The Sylva Herald. According to the Justin Caudell, editor-in-chief of the Western Carolinian, rumors have been spreading about the accusations. “A lot of things have been said about the suspension,” Caudell said. “We’re trying to find out what rumors are being said.” The plagiarism is being investigated by the University. “There were accusations,” Caudell said. “We’re being investigated right now, but

we’re going to still be allowed to publish.” According to Bill Studenc, the senior director of news services, the investigation is internal and being conducted by Student Affairs at Western Carolina University. “An interim suspension of the Western Carolinian’s activities was imposed, pursuant to WCU’s policies regarding student organizations, on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 24,” Studenc said. “The action was part of an internal investigation by Student Affairs personnel into allegations that portions of articles in a previous edition of the Western Carolinian had been plagiarized from a local weekly newspaper, The Sylva Herald.” Katherine Smith, the advisor for the Western Carolinian, said she is not allowed to speak to the press about the allegations. “I would love to comment, but WCU policy requires all media inquires be directed to public relations,” Smith said. Fortunately, according to Caudell, calendar publication of the newspaper was not affected.


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north border of campus, to start new marketing venture called Pack Plastic. “Pack Plastic is an effort to make students aware that they can use their AllCampus cards as long as they are linked to a Wachovia debit account,” said Lovett. According to Lovett, the process is not only simple, but also benefits students and merchants. Lovett said that since students already carry an AllCampus card all

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“We had a paper being distributed on Friday,” Caudell said. “We were also in the middle of getting together articles for the next paper, so we’re not sure how that will affect us, since [Western Carolina] officials could not talk to us.” Caudell said he’s happy the newspaper has been taken off suspension. “I’m glad WCU has been reinstated and the suspension of the staff has been lifted,” he said. “But keeping in mind the First Amendment violation, if this happens again, I hope the administration doesn’t jump to suspension again.”

the time, then this program would make it easier on them because they would not have to keep up with an additional debit card. “Not only can this card get you into your dorm or the gym, but it can also buy you a meal at a restaurant, or gas at a convenience store,” Lovett said. He also said this would also increase students’ opportunities for late-night food. Although this program can be beneficial to students who bank with Wachovia, other students receive no benefits. Alton Russell, a freshman in biomedical engineering, said that the benefits of the program are not enough for him to switch banks.

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guisher program and checks that new or renovated buildings follow fire and safety codes. continued from page 1 “I oversee plans for new Robyn Dawson is one of the buildings and renovations deputy fire marshals. She has to existing buildings,” Brann worked at N.C. State for one said. “I’m part of the team year, which follows 10 years that makes sure the plans of experience in firefighting. follow all applicable [fire] “I was a firefighter for Apex codes.” The Office of the University for 10 years before that,” DawFire Marshal is also responson said. sible for fire Dawson alarms and has worked sprinkler with several systems in programs, University includbuildings. ing public Dave Micheducation, niuk, a depAEDs (auuty fire martomatic shal, oversees external t hose prodefibrillaUniversity Fire Marshal Bill grams. tors) a nd Stevenson “I ensure evacuation that all of the programs. “Public education is one fire and life safety systems are of my favorite things. I’m a working. We test them extencertified educator. I like in- sively,” Michniuk said. M i c h n iu k p r e v i o u s l y teracting with other people and teaching,” Dawson said. worked in the armed forces Brann also has previous ex- and for a big-city fire departperience in firefighting. After ment. “[I] started while in the working as a firefighter for 14 years, he began working for Navy. I was a flight deck firethe University in 2007. Brann fighter and crash crew man works with the fire extin- on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, an

“If we don’t put the students’ welfare and safety first, who would come here?”

“All of my banking is through another company,” Russell said, “and I do not think the benefits are enough to warrant switching banks. Perhaps administration should look into creating such a partnership with other leading banks.” Regardless of the AllCampus debit card program, Lovett thinks that increased student business on Hillsborough Street is the key to the livelihood of the historic district. “If students want to Hillsborough Street to be a part of their community, it is time for us to make some changes,” Lovett said.

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tion practices and conversion technologies to develop value-added products. Crickenberger said that the University has about a dozen faculty currently performing bioenergy research, along with a number of graduate students across three colleges - CALS, the College of Natural Resources (CNR) and the College of Engineering (COE). “Our faculty [members] are submitting grants all the time. These presentations are faculty-designed and will be presented by them,” Cricken-

aircraft carrier,” Michniuk said. “I am currently retired from the Chicago Fire Department.” George Keith, Weston McCorkle and John Saylor also work for the Office of the University Fire Marshal, but they were unavailable for comment. George Keith is a safety technician, and McCorkle and Saylor are deputy fire marshals. According to Stevenson, Saylor has worked with N.C. State for three years and has been in fire service for approximately 30 years; McCorkle is an N.C. State graduate and has worked for the University for 15 years. He entered fire service three years ago.

berger said. “Graduate students who have made major contribution to the presentations will be involved with the faculty during the event. They might even be asked to speak on the topics.” Veal said that the University’s bioenergy awareness efforts are paying off. “We are starting to see many early adopters produce their own energy by making biodiesel, growing crops for ethanol facilities, or burning biomass instead of coal,” he said.



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More than 16,000 students requested tickets for 8,000 student seats to Saturday’s football game against Virginia Tech. Approximately 7,000 students secured tickets, and Athletics gave out 1,000 guest tickets from the student section. On Wednesday, students were able to claim 1,500 released tickets.


Student are furious about how the tickets were distributed and they should be. Despite being on a busy day, the Athletics Department should have been able to avoid the confusing process of ticket distribution and should not made sure of how to avoid affecting students negatively.

Ticketing for the win The recent succession of Wolfpack football victories has seemed to be a dream come true for fans, however it seems to have translated into a ticketing nightmare. The recent demand for tickets is caused by the combination of Parents and Families Weekend with a conference game. The Athletics Department claims this is the only weekend to have the Family Day, but there are things they should have done to make getting tickets easier for students, despite being on a busy weekend. The offense is just as good if not better than expected this year. This, combined with a drastically improved defense, has made State a 4-0 force to be reckoned with in the ACC. The Athletic Department, with

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Debbie Yow at the helm, was anticipating this success, however they should have considered what would happen when the team won. More people, and even more students, will want to come see the team play, but students should not have to pay with their seats. One of the main issues is the online ticketing system has been in place since 2004, but hasn’t been updated since. It has been six years and technology at the “autobahn of innovation” has only improved. A trip over to Centennial Campus would have helped the Athletics Department realize this. The computer science and

engineering departments are stocked full of eager, brilliant students who could contribute to a student-friendly design. Since a redesign should be in the future of student ticketing, athletics should get on the Wolfline and get the ball rolling. The Athletic Department should have been aware of policies where Student Government has jurisdiction. Along with other departments, these organizations have a big say in how tickets are distributed, however they are operating in reaction to each other when they should be working together. They need to meet with

each other to clarify policies and rules so they are not stepping on each other with the students caught in the middle. There a couple thousand students who are happy today because they will get to go with their families to the football game, however there are just as many students who are upset. Not all students can get tickets, but Athletics should have managed tickets in a more organized and transparent fashion. In the future, they should consider the role of the services they provide in students’ lives as fans of their University. No student wants to miss a game because of their own athletics department.


Addressing concerns for student ticketing


irst, I would like to thank everyone for the student ticketing feedback that I have been getting lately. It would be an understatement to say that I’ve been hearing about ticketing just a bit over the past week; however, it is an awesome problem to have. I would like to thank students for the tremendous amount of support you have shown our athletics teams this fall. We are currently experiencing high levels of success in each fall sport — every team Jeffrey has a record Johnson of .500 or Guest columnist above. But, I will attempt to address a few main studentticketing concerns. Supply vs. demand Almost 16,000 requests were made for approximately 8,000 seats. No matter what the distribution policy is currently, or would be changed to, we will be turning away almost 50% of those asking for tickets. That in and of itself creates an unenviable situation from a customer service perspective. Distribution policy In reviewing the lottery process, all was executed as the policy states and the frustration and feedback being experienced is largely due to supply and demand. Student Government in conjunction with Athletics developed the loyalty/seniority point distribution process. The biggest misconception in this whole process is that seniority is the only component in determining awarded tickets. The fact is that this hybrid system does not guarantee a seat to any senior, graduate student or frequent attendee. The system merely increases the probability that anyone in this group would receive a ticket. Student Government will be examining changes to improve the ticketing system, however we cannot change these factors mid-season. Additional seating distribution The additional seating was offered outside the general student allotment, over and above

the quantity of tickets approved for students. While any on-site method is not perfect, we were attempting to award almost 2,000 more students with seats. The positives that go along with that drastically outweigh concerns about a first come, first serve process and as a result, we elected to move forward. Money Generating Opportunity Some concerns have been expressed stating that the two guest ticket process is based on financial gain. I would like to reiterate that Parent’s and Families weekend is a campus event. Athletics offers two guest tickets to accommodate families that may be partaking in the weekend’s festivities. Knowing the burden this added ticket demand would place on inventory, Athletics cut-off sales for the game to commit almost $65,000 worth of saleable inventory to students, as well as also incurring costs to erect temporary bleacher seating to get an additional 400 students and parents into the stadium on game day. I assure you that hosting Parents and Families weekend du r i ng t he Virginia Tech game would not have been the first choice, however our other Saturday home games happen to be Fa l l Brea k, L a b or D a y a nd Homecoming. Increased student seating in the future The demand and buzz from our student body this season has been spectacular and it has not fallen on deaf ears. We are working with Athletics and looking very seriously at increasing student allotments moving forward and hope that is something you will see in the near future. Go Pack!

“The system merely increases the probability that anyone in this group would receive a ticket.”

Jeffrey Johnson is the chair of Student Government’s Commission on Athletics and is a senior in business administration.

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HOW TO SUBMIT Letters must be submitted before 5 p.m. the day before publication and must be limited to 250 words. Contributors are limited to one letter per week. Please submit all letters electronically to viewpoint@ Concerning “Student Government” talks ticketing changes, I’m writing to express my frustration at the entire ticketing system. I’m a fifth year senior graduating in December and this is my last football season as a student. I didn’t get a ticket to the last home game nor this one. Where is the loyalty to the students? We have this loyalty points program but it seems it’s only good for getting a free shirt. And for anyone who thinks that SG has any power to change anything with the Athletics Department, think again. This is my 5th year here as a student and SG has always claimed to be able to influence the Athletic Department with the only results being excuses for failure such as ‘the system will crash if they try and change it this year.’ Mr. Dennis is right in his statement ‘there is no transparency,’ but really? You’re going to say that because the current system started with NCSU not receiving recognition makes it OK to be terrible? And to Mr. Walsh, yes we do, in a way, pay for these football tickets, to the tune of $600 worth of students fees. Come on N.C. State, you’re selling out to the fair-weather

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fans and leaving us faithfully out in the cold on game day. Graham Bruns senior, civil engineering I’m writing this to voice my opinion on the recent debacle that has become student ticketing at N.C. State. As a senior at NCSU, I have only missed three games since arriving in Raleigh. Those three games I missed were the first three games of my freshman year. I missed them due to a job I once worked off campus. Since then I have not missed a single home football game at State. This includes being here for Fall Break games as well as coming back to support the Pack over the Thanksgiving Break games. Now what is the point of having a “loyalty” point system if it doesn’t reward the kind of loyalty my fellow seniors and myself have shown over the years? For the Cincinnati and now Virginia Tech games I have not been awarded a ticket. However, I see and hear all over campus of freshman and others discussing how they received a ticket. It’s also other students who are just now deciding to make it to the games when our team is on a winning streak that are receiving tickets before I do. What kind of system rewards bandwagon fans before it does those who have cheered

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for our team through thick and thin? I remember the lows of the past few years as well as the highs. I have shared in the pains and joys of our football team, and come Saturday I’ll be watching the game from home instead of inside Carter Finley. What kind of system has been put in place that denies hundreds of seniors a ticket and gives them to underclassmen who have yet paid their dues? If the system isn’t going to reward loyalty, then do not call it by that name. Why award myself and others loyalty points for arriving to games an hour before kickoff if those points amount to nothing but a chance to get a sticker or t-shirt at the end of the season? Yes, this Saturday is Parents and Families Weekend. More importantly, this weekend marks one of the most crucial games for Wolfpack football in recent years. A win on Saturday will mean a 5-0 (2-0) start to our season. In order to support our team we need those loyal and dedicated students in the student sections, not a bunch of parents who will make our student sections notably quieter. I have complete faith that our team can beat the Hokies on Saturday, but I have lost all faith in NCSU’s ability to run programs using common sense. It seems now that the University cares more about collecting money from the family and guest tickets than it does rewarding dedicated students. Well done student ticketing. Brian Cox senior, Spanish

“It is fair, because whoever enters the lottery first gets first dibs on tickets.” Gabrielle Monteiro junior, psychology

“Probably not, as far as the point system. Everyone should be equal. It should be first come, first served.” Taylor Locklear sophomore, accounting

“I don’t really think it’s fair. If you don’t know anybody in a group, you don’t have much of a chance.”

Juana Hernandez junior, criminology

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Gene for neurodegenerative disease in dogs found Staffordshire breed. This observation allowed her to come to the conclusion that this canine strain of NCL was a genetic disorder, specifically a recessive one. A recessive genetic disorder, Olby said, is one that shows up in offspring only when both of the recessive alleles are inherited from the parents. “If only one allele is present, the individual Nasir Khatri is a carrier of the disorder but, in the case of Staff Writer this disorder, not affected,” Olby said. After identifying the disease and pubNatasha Olby, associate professor of neurology, has been leading efforts over the lishing her research groups’ observations past ten years to research a canine neuro- in 2004, Olbys’ lab partnered with Marie degenerative disease that she first identified Abitbol’s molecular biology research group and classified at the University Veterinary in France in order to try to find the specific School. The condition is a strain of a family gene responsible for canine NCL. Just this year, the combined efforts of the of diseases called Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses (NCL) that lead to deterioration of two research groups led to a successful and mental and motor skills in both human and critical discovery. The researchers were able to find the exact gene responsible for this animal species. According to Olby, her research efforts, disease in American Staffordshire Terriin conjunction with those of a French mo- ers. The implications for this discovery are tremendous, according lecular biology research to Olby. group, “have lead to the “Preventative medidiscovery of the gene cine is the best medicine which is responsible for and that’s exactly what this disorder.” Because this discovery will make this gene may be responus better at,” Olby said. sible for similar neuro“We haven’t found a cure degenerative diseases in but we’ve made genetic humans, the discovery is testing for this disease important for the evenNatasha Olby, associate professor possible, which in itself tual cure of NCLS in caof neurology could save millions of nines and humans alike. potential lives.” One of the first cases Word of this discovery has reached stuof NCL Olby encountered was at the Animal Hospital on campus, ten years ago. The dents who are interested in this topic or American Staffordshire Terrier she observed are majoring in a related area, and the had decreased levels of coordination, muscle response has generally been excitement. Deah Barakat, a sophomore in business spasms, and clumsiness, which are all typical symptoms of then-unidentified adult- administration, said she didn’t know the onset canine NCL. After trying to match depth and reach of the research occuring the symptoms with a diagnosis, she real- at the University before her freshman year. “Coming into NC State, I didn’t know ized that this unique disorder had not been previously identified in canines. In 2004, much groundbreaking research took place Olby and her fellow University researchers here but now that I do, I feel even more proud published an article on their discovery of to be part of this University,” Barakat said. Kaaenaat Mustafa, a junior in business adthis increasingly prevalent canine disorder ministration with a minor in biology, said, in Human Genomics. What Olby found to be the most interest- “the best thing about this research is not ing phenomenon, however, was the preva- only that one of our own researchers was lence of this disease within the American leading this but rather, these findings will

Professor Natasha Olby observed a rare form of a life-threatening disease in an American Staffordshire breed ten years ago, which led to the discovery of the gene connected to the disease this year.

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somewhere. It’s [up to] the engineer and scientist to think about it as a system.” “The system has interconnections,” Byrd said. “Where did the electricity come from? If it came from a power plant that was burning soft coal, which is a horrific way to release carbon dioxide, you may be driving up greenhouse gasses faster than if you were driving a gas powered vehicle.” According to Byrd, it’s the

smart consumer, the smart student, the smart engineer and the smart scientist who stop thinking about things as A or B. “[We ought to think] what is the net impact of A, what is the net impact of B, which one is better for me as a consumer and the environment,” Byrd said. According to Fair and DeLuca, the goal is to develop a “smart” power grid, and to use a combination of clean energy options, such as wind, solar, and nuclear to power the PEVs. Some charging stations are equipped with solar

help improve and save the potential lives of millions of dogs and their owners, which is priceless.” Because the symptoms of NCL do not become visible until about three to six years of age, most breeders don’t know if they have bred two affected, carrier, or normal canines Genetic testing made possible through the discovery of this gene, according to Olby, will allow dog owners to be certain of whether or not the dogs they have bred will be afflicted with NCL. Olby said the next step is to relate the discovery of this gene in canines to humans. “This discovery has implications in terms of human medicine as well because NCL has a form which afflicts people,” Olby said. According to the National Institutes of Health, the same gene that is responsible for NCL in dogs is also responsible for Kufs disease in adults and Batten’s disease in children. Therefore, just as in the case of dogs, researchers hope that genetic testing will one day be done for humans to bring awareness to people of whether or not they possess this gene so they can be treated earlier for the disease.

panels, which supplement the power being drawn from the grid. According to Fair, some EVSEs in California are solely powered by solar energy, and as solar technology improves it will be implemented on many future charging stations. David Audley, a freshman in undeclared engineering, said the electric car station is a good idea but will not be used much for a while. “You need a lot more people to adopt the electric car and it needs to be cheaper before anyone will really use it,” Audley said.


Most common of the neurogenetic storage diseases with 1 in 12,500 affected in some populations Symptoms include seizures, dementia, visual loss and/or cerebral atrophy Patients have shortened life expectancy depending on form of NCL Some types have onset in infancy, others at juvenile and adult ages Adult onset NCL, called Kufs disease, typically has onset at age 3 No proven treatment is available for these diseases, although medication can reduce morbidity and prevent complications SOURCE: HTTP://EMEDICINE.MEDSCAPE.COM/ ARTICLE/1178391-OVERVIEW







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University opens Level II electric car charging station The Level II Electric Vehicle Service Equipment station on Centennial charges a vehicle in 2 to 4 hours. Zach Diezel Staff Writer

In the parking lot of the E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center, a Level II EVSE (Electric Vehicle Service Equipment) station is the latest example of the University being on the cutting edge of research and development. The EVSE station, in addition to being the first in the Raleigh area, features the latest J1772 interface and is capable of charging a compatible electric car in two to four hours. In mid-November a second part of the University research project will arrive-a Ford Freestar Minivan converted to run solely on electricity. The station is the creation of V. William “Bill” DeLuca, an associate professor in the College of Education’s Department of Math, Science and Technology. According to DeLuca, the goal of the project is to research the use of infrastructure in regards to Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs), and to provide outreach to the community about the benefits of the new technology. Funding for the charging station and van came from a Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Solar Center at N.C. State. According to Stacy Fair, director of the Joyner Visitor Center, the primary purpose of CFAT is to provide funding for transportation related emission reduction projects in North Carolina counties with poor air quality. “Wake County is one of 24 counties in North Carolina that is considered a non-attainment or maintenance county for national ambient air quality standards,” Fair said. “It’s a chicken-and-the egg type of thing,” DeLuca said. “We want electric vehicles, but we need the charging stations. What comes first, the electric vehicle or the charging station? We’re trying to build an infrastructure

where there are enough charging stations around the area that people feel comfortable buying an electric vehicle knowing that there is going to be a fueling station available within their region.” The charging station located in the E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center parking lot was built by ClipperCreek Inc. and features both a level one charging plug and the new Level II plug. According to Fair, a Level I charging station is simply a regular outlet. “It delivers a 110/120 volt alternating current,” Fair said. “There are multiple Level I charging stations everywhere, as long as your extension cord is long enough to hook up to your vehicle.” The Level II EVSE is almost a two-fold improvement over the Level I. According to Fair, “[The Level II EVSE] is 208 or 240 volt VAC… It will charge a vehicle in two to four hours, which is why it’s so important. With Level I, you’re really looking at an overnight charge; whereas Level II you could be in a meeting and charge your vehicle and by the time you’re done with your meeting, the car is ready to go to your next location.” Fair is currently working towards her doctorate in technology education. “The connector itself may be the most important piece of the Level II charger,” Fair said. The J1772 connector was recently certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers, and will be the standard plug on such EVSEs. The charging station does not see many users, other than a handful of Honda Prius owners who have modified their cars to hybrid plugin vehicles. “We do see it being used more frequently,” DeLuca said. “We hope it will be used more frequently.” Caitlin Miller, a sophomore in horticulture, said she doesn’t know anyone who has an electric car. “If the station is cutting down the time it takes to charge the cars, that’s definitely an improvement,” Miller said. “It will be easier

for people and they will be more likely to buy the cars now.” The Level II EVSE will be compatible with the soon-to-be-released Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. The Volt and Leaf will be the first mass-scale production vehicles to feature the Level II interface, according to Fair. The second phase of the project is to convert a 2006 Ford Freestar minivan to all electric power. This project is currently underway at the Electric Blue Motors Company in Flagstaff Arizona, according to Fair. “Basically they took out the combustion engine and gasoline tank and are replacing it with a battery pack,” Fair said. “Right where you would normally open the door to put in gas is where you will plug it in.” Once completed, the van will be used to give tours of campus to small groups and to promote the use of electricity for vehicles. The van is planned to arrive by mid-November. Electric cars may pollute less, but what is their true effect? According to Med Byrd, director of applied research in the pulp & paper abs, “Unless a car is solar, the electricity has to come from

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Raleigh’s first level 2 charging station was installed in front of the E. Carroll Joyner visitor center earlier this month. The station is free to the public, so long as users sign in so that researchers can collect user data.

ELECTRIC CARS: WHAT’S COMING NEXT • Charging an EC from the wall can take longer than 16 hrs. Level II home charging docks, such as the one on the University campus, can charge in two to four hours. • The GE Wattstation, set to arrive next year, provides 100 miles’ worth of driving after four to eight hours of charging for about $3. • The Chargepoint Level III Fast Charger can fill a battery in 30 minutes or less, but when they will appear on the market is still to be determined. • The Nissan Home Charging Dock, a Level II charger, can fill the Nissan Leaf’s 24-kilowatt-hour battery in four to eight hours. •




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you play a team when they have an active middle,” junior middle hitter Margaret Salata said. “When you play a team that has an active middle, you have to take your attention away from an outside or an opposite, and that leaves more room for Becah, or for [junior outside hitter Luciana Shafer] to get an opportunity for more kills because the block isn’t automatically focused on them. So it completely changes how you play defense against a team and I think that’s helped us a lot this year.” Cyr has also contributed greatly to the Wolfpack’s defense, notching four doubledigit dig games on the year. “She sees the game pretty well,” Bunn said. “So she knows where the ball is going to go. So that helps on defense. As a setter she understands the game a little better than some other players who don’t set. So she sees where the ball is going to go and she gets there.” Cyr and the Pack will host Florida State Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Miami Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

race, the Wolfpack Invitational at the Wake Med Cross Country Course Sept. 17, Hoer posted a 5k courserecord time of 17:00.8 and won the women’s race handily, beating her closest competitor by 29.5 seconds. “I was feeling really good during that race,” Hoer said. “I raced that course in high school a year before and got a minute and a half slower.” More recently, Hoer recorded the third-fastest winning time in the 25-year history of the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. last weekend. She completed the 6k course in 20:38.4 and won by 2.4 seconds after outsprinting Minnesota’s Stephanie Price down the stretch. She was the first freshman to win the race since 1999. It was her second collegiate race and her first ever 6k. Along with fellow State runner Ryan Hill, Hoer was named ACC Cross Country Performer of the Week for

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Sophomore setter Megan Cyr sets the ball during the match against Boston College in Reynolds Coliseum Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. Cyr had 27 sets and help score 7 points during the game. N.C. State beat Boston College, 3 - 0.

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Tenuta-led trio of linebackers, who have collectively accounted for 12.5 of the team’s 29 tackles for loss. Cole has one of the team’s three interceptions, Manning has recovered two fumbles and forced one, and Irving has also forced a fumble. All three have also

recorded two sacks apiece. This type of play has led to both Cole and Irving winning ACC defensive player of the week awards. 2010 is by no means Tenuta’s first stop in the ACC. He graduated from the University of Virginia as a star defensive back for the Cavaliers before he became a coach. His run in the ACC did not stop there, as he was named the defensive coordinator for State’s rival, UNC-Chapel Hill, in 2001.


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2001 was one of the Tar Heels best seasons defensively, as Carolina finished the year with the conference’s top-rated defense. Tenuta then moved on after one stellar season with the Heels to Georgia Tech. During his tenure from 2002 to 2007 with the Yellow Jackets, Tenuta helped 18 players earn All-ACC recognition and coached 18 players who were drafted or signed NFL contracts. Saturday the Pack will be relying

the second time this season. But this isn’t the best Hoer has to offer. According to Henes, “the sky’s the limit” for the freshman in biological sciences. “At this level, some people can get to where they love training and they like racing, but not that much,” Henes said. “[Hoer] just loves to race and loves to win. That will get you so far at this level. “We’ve increased her training volume more than we usually would for a freshman, but left her with a lot of room to grow.” Even with the success she’s already attained, the smile-ready and level-headed Hoer said she still just wants to be a normal freshman. “I’m really proud of how I’ve run so far because it was not at all what I thought would happen coming in, needless to say,” Hoer said. “It’s a little overwhelming. I need to keep putting in hard work because I don’t want to have anything happen that would jeopardize our team. I know [Henes] will be careful with all of that.” Henes said she is focused on keeping Hoer and her other runners in shape but healthy, as one injury can easily derail a promising career. They are

on the defense to continue its success against dual-threat quarterbacks. In the past three weeks, State’s defense has faced Central Florida’s Jeff Godfrey, Cincinnati’s Zach Collaros and Georgia Tech’s Joshua Nesbitt, three gunslingers who can run and pass the ball efficiently. But O’Brien said he knows his team will have its hands full against Tyrod Taylor and Virginia Tech. “For the past three weeks, we have


focused on their next race, at NCAA Pre-nationals, which will take place in three weeks in Terre Haute, Ind. ACC Championships are right afterward, on Oct. 30. After the season is over, Hoer and her coach will adjust her long-term goals. “She has really exceeded expectations these first few weeks. It’s early in the season, though, and we want her to be careful,” Henes said. “We want to keep her on an even keel for now because there’s a lot of season left.” Hoer’s teammate, redshirt senior Kara McKenna, said she’s willing to advise Hoer with anything she needs, though she doesn’t think she’ll take her up on the offer. “I don’t think she really needs much guidance or help or anything,” McKenna said. “She’s doing fantastic on her own. In terms of her coming in and fitting in with the team, she’s perfect.”

faced quarterbacks like Tyrod Taylor […] but quite frankly, he is better,” O’Brien said. “At least we’ve coached and understand the type of things that we will have to do against Taylor.” Tenuta will look to have his linebackers ready Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when the defense will look to help the Pack continue its winning ways in front of a sell-out crowd at CarterFinley Stadium.


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• Page 7: A continuation of the story about linebackers coach Jon Tenuta




Remainder of Virginia Tech tickets distributed After many students did not receive a ticket in the first and second ticket lotteries for the Packs’ football game against Virginia Tech on Saturday, the remaining tickets were available for distribution on Wednesday afternoon. Starting at 4:30, students with an ID were able to pick up the leftover tickets. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Women’s tennis duo heads west Sandhya Nagaraj and Sanaa Bhambri will partcipate in the ITA All-American, which will get underway Saturday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Nagaraj has completed two seasons with the Pack and the ITA has her ranked 55th nationally. She will open play in qualifying competition intending to advance to the main draw, which will begin Oct. 7. Bhambri, who was mentioned in the ITA’s preseason top-10 singles rankings, and Nagaraj combined to take the A Doubles title in the first action of the season, the UVA Fall Invitational. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS






































Friday, October 1 WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. NORTH CAROLINA Dail Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m. MEN’S SOCCER VS. BOSTON COLLEGE Chestnut Hill, MA, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL VS. FLORIDA STATE Reynolds Coliseum, 7 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY AT THE GREAT AMERICAN CROSS COUNTRY MEET Wake Med Soccer Park, TBA Saturday, October 2 FOOTBALL VS. VIRGINIA TECH Carter Finley Stadium, 3:30 p.m. MEN’S TENNIS AT THE ALL AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS Tulsa, OK, All day WOMEN’S TENNIS AT THE ITA ALL-AMERICAN Pacific Palisades, CA, All Day RIFLE AT SEARC 1 Dahlonega, GA, TBA VOLLEYBALL VS. MIAMI Reynolds Coliseum, 1 p.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “We might not always get a tackle for a loss or a sack, but if we get a hurry, the quarterback starts thinking, ‘Which direction are they coming from next?’”

Defense flourishing with Tenuta leading linebackers Linebackers coach’s arrival has coincided with greatly improved defensive play Cory Smith Staff Writer

As much of the rest of the defense did throughout most of 2009, the linebacker corps for N.C. State struggled a year ago. With senior linebacker Nate Irving unavailable while recuperating from a severe car accident before the season and players like then-redshirt freshman linebacker Terrell Manning seeing playing time early in their careers, the Wolfpack’s situation at linebacker was anything but stable. This year, it is a much different story on the defensive side of the ball for the 4-0 Pack. With many of the same players in the fold and defensive coordinator Mike Archer still calling the shots from the sidelines, the faces on the Wolfpack defense are largely the same – with one notable addition. New to the defense is linebackers coach Jon Tenuta, who coach Tom O’Brien said has teamed up with an improved linebacking group in leading the turnaround. “Jon is a good coach, I don’t think anyone is going to dispute that, or his ability to coach the linebackers,” O’Brien said. “I feel like he came into a good situation as well. Because Nate [Irving] returned and he is a great player, and knock on wood he stays healthy. And redshirt junior Audie [Cole] and Terrell [Manning] have matured a lot and grown up


Redshirt senior linebacker Nate Irving eyes Western Carolina quarterback Zack Jaynes before the snap during the team’s game at Carter-Finley Stadium Sept. 4. Wolfpack linebackers, led by Irving and linebackers coach Jon Tenuta, have helped the Pack hold opponents to 18.8 points per game this season.

over the last year.” In Tenuta’s first four games coaching the linebackers, the defense’s statistics are drastically better than they were a year ago. So far, State has given up 18.8 points per game just one season after allowing eight of 10 FBS opponents to put up 30 or more points. Through four games, the Pack has already tallied 14 sacks and forced nine turnovers – which puts it on pace to nearly double its 2009

totals in those categories. Another big statistical difference under Tenuta has come on third down. In 2009, State allowed opponents to convert 44 percent of third down attempts. This year, Wolfpack opponents are converting on only 25 percent of third downs. “We play faster when we are more aggressive,” O’Brien said. “I think [Tenuta] has helped us. The third down pack-

ages that we have put together through spring practices and during preseason have helped us. We might not always get a tackle for a loss or a sack, but if we get a hurry, the quarterback starts thinking, ‘Which direction are they coming from next?’” No position group has been more responsible for the big plays than the

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Hoer bursts out of the gate

Transfer’s immediate impact leads improved volleyball team

Freshman bringing winning ways to N.C. State Cross Country with two first-place finishes in first two collegiate races

Megan Cyr has quickly made her presence felt in the Pack’s best start in years

Kate Shefte Senior Staff Writer

In high school, no one could keep up with Laura Hoer. During her junior and senior years at T.C. Robertson High School in Asheville, N.C., she was the 2009 North Carolina 4-A champion, secured state championships in the 3200, 1600 and 1000 meter outdoor events and graduated second in her class with a 5.0 GPA. Despite this, Hoer had all but decided that the 2010 Outdoor Championships would be her swan song. “I remember sitting in her house during a visit and she was talking about how it seems that a lot of people decide to run at this level and aren’t committed to it,” Laurie Henes, the Pack’s women’s cross country coach, said. “If she was going to decide to do it at this level, she really wanted to commit to it.” Hoer considered both options and almost called it quits. Even with her family’s history with the sport – her father ran cross country for a year at Bucknell University and her mother has competed in marathons – she questioned whether running at the college level was the right choice for her. “Essentially my whole

Brent Kitchen Agromeck Sports Editor


Freshman Laura Hoer races to the finish in the Wolfpack Invitational at the Wake Med Cross Country Course. Hoer won the women’s 5K, setting a course record of 17:00.8. N.C. State’s women’s team finished second in the event behind Richmond.

high school career, I told myself I wasn’t going to run in college,” Hoer said. “I thought it was going to be taken to a level that was too much. But my dad had always told me not to count it out as an option and I started get successful in the spring of my junior year. I’m really glad I chose [to keep racing.]” Hoer’s coaches and teammates are thrilled as well. She trained with her future teammates over the summer in

Boulder, Colo. and settled into N.C. State in the fall. “I wanted to be on the top squad, but I wasn’t expecting anything more than that,” Hoer said. “I essentially wanted to live out my freshman year as a freshman.” But that wasn’t in the cards. At her first collegiate

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Adjusting to a new environment is a challenge for all college students coming to a new campus. The process forces students to adapt, and adapt quickly, to survive. Redshirt sophomore setter Megan Cyr has done just that and more in her first few months with Wolfpack volleyball. Cyr, a University of Colorado transfer, has been able to make the transition to starting setter at a Division 1 school seem seamless and easy. “I thought it was going to be a lot harder at first,” Cyr said. “I didn’t know if there would be animosity among the team or anything. So I really didn’t know what to expect. But I am pleasantly surprised with how well we all mesh and how well we all get along on and off the court.” But Cyr admits that having junior outside hitter Becah Fogle transfer with her has been crucial to her transition. “I don‘t even know what I would do without Becah,” Cyr said. “I’m so happy we made the decision to go to the same school. It made me more comfortable from the beginning. I was able to be myself and I was able to open up to the girls a lot quicker.” Cyr came into a struggling

program with a new coach at a crucial time and has helped the Pack (11-4) to more wins than it had all of last season. She has led her team in assists every game. “Everything is new [this year,]” Cyr said. “It’s not just the coaches. It helped because as a transfer I didn’t feel like I was the only new person. Everybody was learning a new system of play, everyone was adjusting to the new coaching style, and I think it’s helped a lot.” Her success hasn’t surprised coach Bryan Bunn, who said he knew she could play at this level since he saw her play in high school. “I knew she was going to be good,” Bunn said. “We recruited her when I was at Baylor so we expected her to be good for us.” And natural talent isn’t the only thing helping Cyr succeed. Coming to State over the summer allowed her to get accustomed to her teammates. “Being here over the summer really helped,” Cyr said. “We had workouts everyday and we tried to hang out outside of volleyball. There was a sense of family before I got here so I was able to adjust into that.” This familiarity with her teammates has also helped the team to improve in an area where it has struggled in years past--middle hitting. “It completely changes how

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football coach Tom O’Brien

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