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friday september

30 2011

Raleigh, North Carolina

IBM touts latest creation

Bus commuters residing near Centennial unhappy Engineering students living in apartments around Centennial have limited transportation options.

ing company that has contracts in the Raleigh area. Current services can be adjusted to meet students’ needs, though, Poosamani said. “The Department of Transportation is not short on funds, but the Jatin Bhatia contract they maintain with First Staff Writer Transit does not allow additional Graduate students who reside in buses. Hence, this limits our ability apartment complexes around Cen- to request for new routes. If we can tennial Campus have said they have change or modify existing routes to no bus transportation to Centennial. provide maximum benefit to students, A majority of the graduate students that would be great,” Poosamani said. He said that although students have in the area study engineering, and almost all of the engineering depart- embraced the temporary route, furments are in the Centennial Campus ther changes should be made. “We have recommended a few engineering buildings. Those who live in Champions Court, Avery Close, Ivy changes to number 10. Make it take Commons, Parkwood, Colonial Arms, this loop: College of Textiles, EB-2 or Gorman crossings must walk to get Partners Way, Avent Ferry, Gorman, Varsity Drive, College of Textiles to their classes. Students usually take Wolfline No.1 and then continue. This would help or Wolfline No. 9 to get off at Varsity reduce students catching the number drive stop, wait for the connecting 8 Southeast Loop, getting down at buses like Wolfline Number 8, 3 or Burger King and then catching Avent 3A, and walk to Centennial. The av- Ferry. Also the student traffic can be erage travel time is about 25 minutes more regularized if we get this new by foot, and more often than not, the connectivity. The proposed package wait-time for connecting buses makes has all of these advantages,” Poosamani said. the travel time increase. But there was confusion between Graduate Student Senator Nithyananthan Poosamani, also a committee students’ perceptions and authorities member of student government’s with regard to the ridership of No. 10, Transportation and Safety Commis- Poosamani said. “The authorities have notified the sion, has been working toward getting [TransportaWolfline to make tion] Commisstops in the afsion Chair that fected areas and they are on a t a ke st udent s research phase to engineering and are satisfied buildings. with the number He said he sucof people riding ceeded in getnumber 10 and ting a trial basis that they are not service — route wiling to change No. 10 — that the route. What I makes stops at really feel is that the apartment those numbers complexes and currently include Centennial. only people using “As informed Nithyananthan Poosamani, graduate No. 10 to get to by t he NCSU student in computer engineering College of TexDepartment of tiles and then Transportation, Southside Circulator [10] is currently walk to Centennial and not used by run on a research phase to find the fea- people to get back to their homes from sibility of running a permanent route. the College. If the authorities can It is a part of improving the Transpor- make possible changes as suggested tation on Centennial Campus Master above, there could be better utilization of number 10 and the ridership Plan” Poosamani said. He said it’s not the shortage of funds, will increase tremendously,” Poosabut the contract with First Transit that is the hurdle in starting new services. First Transit is an international busbus continued page 3

“The Department of Transportation is not short on funds, but the contract they maintain with First Transit does not allow additional buses.”

Executive and researcher explain Watson’s power and IBM’s relationship with University. John Wall News Editor

IBM executives and local business leaders took the opportunity to meet with the chancellor before and after a presentation explaining IBM’s Watson computer Wednesday. Jim De Piante, an IBM researcher who helped build Watson, explained the benefits of the computer that deciphers human speech and correctly answers questions posed. In addition, IBM sent one of its top brass, Senior Vice President and Group Executive of Sales, Marketing and Strategy Ginni Rometty, to campus to have lunch with Chancellor Randy Woodson. IBM recruits from N.C. State more than any other school in the country, Rometty said in a speech before De Piante demonstrated Watson. When Rometty asked the audience in Nelson Hall who had parents or family that work at IBM, more than half of the students in attendance raised their hands. “Watson is the greatest way to demonstrate data analytics and how it can be used in a business and University setting. Everyone can understand this presentation because Watson was featured on Jeopardy,” Tina Wilson, IBM program manager for corporate citizenship and corporate affairs, said. Watson weighs in at 18,000 pounds, and therefore IBM opted to not bring it to campus. In fact, it never travels. It sits in a research center in Yorktown Heights, New York, De Piante said. As with any other technological advance, the goal is to make the computer smaller. The computers that sent man to the moon had as much memory as a handheld calculator, and cell phones hit the market in the shape of cinderblocks. De Piante said that with all the power Watson has, it is no match for the human brain, which weighs three pounds and fits in a shoebox. IBM recruits from NCSU more

Thomas Obarowski/Technician

Executive project manager at IBM, Jim de Piante, spoke in the Nelson Auditorium Wednesday about the history and development of IBM’s Watson super computer as part of IBM’s 100th anniversary celebration.

“I believe a job at IBM would be a rewarding experience – especially if I decide to study computer engineering.” Nathan Fox, freshman in environmental engineering

than any other school in the world, Rometty said in a speech before De Piante demonstrated Watson. When Rometty asked the audience in Nelson Hall who had parents or family that work at IBM, more than half of the

students in attendance raised their hands. “The IBM-N.C. State relationship

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Tin cans made wearable

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Centennial magnet school making scientists for the future See page 5.

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Local craftswoman to host metal-working workshop.

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In the spirit of Parents’ Weekend, the Craft Center is hosting a unique presentation sure to attract visiting families. Marlene True, metal-worker and designer, will demonstrate how to turn old, painted tin cans into unique jewelry. The event will be held in the Crafts Center commons area at 7 p.m. Friday, and is to be in conjunction with True’s workshop called “Ordinary MaterialsExtraordinary Jewelry.” The workshop will be held twice over the weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. True’s jewelry is made from materials that would usually be thrown away and wasted, like vintage tin cans,. “I really like to use the ones with the labels printed right on the can, and they’re getting harder and harder to find,” True said. Using these unique cans, True ma kes neck laces, bracelets, brooches and rings, and suggests that people view her website to get

an idea of the kind of treasures she creates. “What I’m going to be doing is showing the students in the workshop how to use tin cans, how to take them apart. It’s really different than using regular materials. I’ll also be talking about how I started working with tin cans, how I discovered that and the evolution of my work with this material over the past eight or ten years,” True said. This weekend will be True’s first time presenting on campus, but she has displayed her work at other venues throughout her career. Crafts Center staff and faculty heard about True’s work last year, when, at another crafting event, a designer spoke highly of her work. “We’re expecting about 50 people,” George Thomas, director of the Crafts Center, said. “It’s a great event because it can gather a much larger crowd than our usual eight or ten people. We’re also trying to make this more available to the general public -- there are a lot of jewelry crafters in the Raleigh area.” Among those local crafters is Katie Sarber Kinnane, a Raleigh citizen whose current project is working with duct tape. Using her unique materials, she crafts wallets, flowers, headbands, and other wearable items. In addition,

Kinanne also collects bottle tops and other recyclables for her crafts. “I’m so excited that a fellow crafter is going to show off her work at State. I can’t wait to learn about how she uses her materials and maybe get a few ideas for my own projects,” Kinnane said. Her crafts are available for sale at, under CSarber. Attracting students, families and local crafters, the Crafts Center is sure to be a busy place this weekend. The event, according to Thomas, is also geared toward students in the Arts Village and the School of Design. “We don’t normally have the capacity to fill a whole lot of seats, but this weekends’ event will be able to accommodate a lot more people,” Thomas said. “We’re doing the seminar Friday as a way to let others see what the workshop will be about and also for people who couldn’t get into the workshop to be able to still get the experience.” For those interested in attending, True promised an interesting learning experience. Those who are unable to make any of this weekend’s crafting events can find her work on her website at

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Corrections & Clarifications

Technician Transportation updates

Through tyler’s lens

Wolfline Detours There will be no service at the following locations from 6:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. until further notice this week:

In Thursday’s Viewpoint cartoon, the caption should have read “Your fee dollars at work.” In Thursday’s “Tuition increase proposal submitted to chancellor,” the proposed out-of-state tuition increase is $660, not $600.

Dunn Avenue/Jeter Drive Carmichael Gymnasium Faucette Drive stops between Morrill Drive and Varsity Drive

In Thursday’s “Performances highlight banned books,” Leanna Hall said “To me as an actress, I am thankful for the literature I have been exposed to, because it helps to broaden the imagination and expand one’s knowledge of the physical and fictional worlds surrounding them.”

Routes normally offering extended service after 6 p.m. will detour via Pullen Road and travel southbound Pullen Road to Western Boulevard and then resume their normal routes. Rt. 7 Wolflink Shuttle and Rt. 3 Engineering will serve the campus interior as usual, but will travel Pullen Road to Western Boulevard.

In Wednesday’s editorial, “Let us get better,” the flu clinics are not administered by the Student Health Center. They are a host for an outside vendor, Maxim, who determines which insurance plans will be accepted.

Rt. 7 Wolflink Shuttle and Rt. 5 Varsity will not serve Faucette Drive, but will resume their regular routes at Varsity Drive.

Send all clarifications and corrections to Editor-in-Chief Laura Wilkinson at editor@

Keeping up with the Chancellor

Weather Wise Today:

Future Chats with the Chancellor: Friday, Oct. 14 2:00-3:00 p.m. Port City Java, Nelson Hall


Monday, Nov. 21 2:00-3:00 p.m. Port City Java, Park Shops

Partly cloudy and breezy.


Smashing balls

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photo By tyler andrews

lex Bennett, a junior in sports management, serves during intramural tennis at the Carmichael Gynasium Complex. Bennett said he plays intramural sports to have fun and stay active.

Much cooler and partly cloudy.

Chancellor Woodson’s open office hours are specifically designed to solicit student feedback and serve to help him gather a clear understanding of student needs. Source: Chancellor’s Office

Source: Brandon Bouche and Melissa Mainhart

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Friday 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’M, badminton and volleyball. 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 Superhero Plants 9:30-noon JC Raulston Arboretum The JC Raulston Arboretum is full of superheroes: plants that use defenses, disguises and special powers to adapt to their environment. Come learn how plants survive attacks from predators and the harsh conditions of life outdoors. Making the Most of a Mentoring Relationship noon-1:30 p.m. 3118 Talley Student Center What role does mentoring have in the responsible conduct of research and scholarly integrity? What are the important elements that make a mentoring

relationship work? Mentoring has a vital role in the development of researchers and scholars, and it is essential to students’ success while they are in graduate school and as when they progress with their careers. Join us as faculty share their perspectives, experiences and suggestions for how to make the most of a mentoring relationship. Registration required: go.ncsu. edu/pflevents. Speaker Series on Aging: Relational Memory, Aging and the Brain 12:15-1:30 p.m. Park Shops Dr. Kelly S. Giovanello, a cognitive neuroscience professor at UNCChapel Hill, will present the first talk in the Department of Psychology’s series on aging

with her lecture on “Relational Memory, Aging, and the Brain.” The Faculty Interview: Preparing for your Teaching Demonstration 3:00-5:00 p.m. 230 Research Building III If you plan to apply for a faculty position, you will most likely be asked to teach a class during your campus interview. How you will establish rapport with students you’ve never met? How will you decide which teaching strategies to use? How will you demonstrate your effectiveness as a teacher when you only have one chance to impress the committee? How will you establish your credibility and authenticity while managing your nervousness? In this workshop, we will explore the answers to these questions to

Rt. 2 Hillsborough Street Shuttle, Rt. 4 Westgrove and Rt. 6 CarterFinley are not affected. Wolfprowl and Werewolf (latenight service) will detour via Pullen Road. Wolfprowl and Werewolf riders who normally board/deboard at Carmichael Gymnasium or Dunn Avenue/Jeter Drive stops should use the Brooks Hall stop. Source: Kim Paylor, transit manager for NCSU Transportation

Construction Update The Talley Construction team plans to place backfill along Cates Avenue between Alexander and Turlington Halls on the following days and times. During these times, elevated vibration levels may be experienced. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Source: Jennifer Gilmore, marketing/communications manager for Campus Enterprises

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help you effectively prepare for the teaching demonstration part of your interview. Women’s Center Chocolate Festival 4:00-7:00 p.m. Talley Student Center Ballroom Marlene True: Metalsmith 7:00-8:30 p.m. Crafts Center In conjunction with Marlene’s workshop “Ordinary Materials – Extraordinary Jewelry,” the N.C. State community and the public are invited to this free presentation. Men’s Soccer vs. Boston College 7:00-9:00 p.m. Dail Soccer Stadium

Musicians from the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Saturday, October 1 at 8pm • Titmus Theatre (Thompson Hall)

Brahms String Quintet in F Major, Op. 88 Mendelssohn String Quintet in B Flat Major, Op. 87 Jesse Mills, violin • Hagai Shaham, violin • Ara Gregorian, viola Melissa Reardon, viola • Edward Arron, cello

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or six” projects, Wilson said. As the largest commercial research firm, employing more than 3,000 people in the research department alone, capitalizing on synergies between IBM and universities continue to prove profitable for the company. Watson has begun to prove itself useful in business. Wilson said IBM is in a partnership with a healthcare company. Watson will help doctors diagnose lung, breast and colon cancer. It will not give doctors directions on how to treat the diseases, but instead will give them pertinent information. Wilson did not say which healthcare company IBM is working with. De Piante said he was not at liberty to discuss the partnership. At the end of the presentation, students got the opportunity to ask questions of a Watson analog. De Pianta projected Jeopardy questions, and students competed with answers Watson had given prior. Nathan Fox, a freshman planning to study environmental engineering,

Watson hardware specs • • • • •

90 IBM Power 750 servers 16 terabytes of memory 4 terabytes of clustered storage 2,880 IBM POWER7 cores total on-chip bandwidth: 180,000 gigabytes per second Source: Ibm

was in Nelson to see Watson. His class was cancelled to accommodate the presentation, but he decided to come anyway. Upon hearing the news that IBM hires NCSU students so frequently, Fox said he was excited for the possible employment opportunities that could be available to him. “Although my major is not quite set, I believe a job at IBM would be a rewarding experience – especially if I decide to study computer engineering,” Fox said. Fox welcomed the break from his usual lecture. “It’s better than class,” Fox said.


in electrical engineering, said. Students also suggested a few extra stops on Avent Ferry Road. “Number 3 and number 3A can be continued from page 1 made to have a stop at CC, which would ease the burden on 8. Also, 10 should be modified to cover the engineering buildmani said. Students in the area said it’s incon- ing, which would help everyone on Avent venient to walk to classes each day es- Ferry Road,” Svami said. Balaji Soundararajan, a graduate stupecially since some stops are not even dent in business administration, said serviced by Wolfline. he wants to “ W h i le goi ng see more suptowa rd s Bu rger port from the K i ng on Avent chancellor and Ferry, opposite KP Department of [Brigadoon Drive], Transportathere is a bus stop tion. where only CAT “This is a buses stop. TransAbhishek Svami, graduate student in nagging issue loc shows it as a electrical and computer engineering a nd we a re stop for Wolf line, wor k i n g t o but no Wolf line stops there. If made to stop, it would be push a new Wolfline route via Centenof great help to people in KP,” Abhishek nial, Avent Ferry, Gorman, Crest Road, Svami, a graduate student in electrical Champion, and Centennial. Due to clauses in [busing] contracts, this was and computer engineering, said. People still expressed doubts regarding not possible for the last 2 years. But this the number 10 services as it doesn’t run year we are having a new Wolfline route when most graduate students schedule 10 which runs periodically, so we are preparing to push this agenda further to their classes. “As of now, number 10 doesn’t func- gather more support from the Chanceltion from 11 to 3, so you can’t really lor and the Transportation department,” count on it,” Anand Bhatia, a student Soundararajan said.

“[Route 10 modification] would help everyone on Avent Ferry Road.”

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weekend! The Philadelphia Story

thru Sat, Oct 1 at 7:30pm Sun, Oct 2 at 2pm • Stewart Theatre Katharine Hepburn lit up the screen playing the beautiful, intelligent, and acerbic socialite Tracy Lord in this delightful romantic comedy. See it on stage in University Theatre’s production – and learn how Tracy solves the problem of too many men in her life.

Marlene True: metalsmith

Fri, Sept 30 at 7pm • Crafts Center

Special presentation. Prepare to be amazed at what she can create with a tin can. FREE

Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival

Sat, Oct 1 at 8pm • Titmus Theatre

A thrilling program of chamber music masterpieces, including Brahms’ String Quintet in F Major, Op. 88, and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet in B Flat Major, Op. 87. $5 NCSU students


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{Our view}

The Facts:

Keep our education affordable T

TRAC has passed along their recommendation for next year’s tuition to the Chancellor, who will be able to review it and then pass it through its various phases before reaching the final judgment by the General Assembly.

Our Opinion:

The General Assembly does not understand how much students are affected by tuition increases, so students should tell them to go with the TRAC recommendation and not add anymore to the proposed amount.

he proposed tuition and fee increases have been handed to the Chancellor for further evaluation. Currently, the proposed tuition increase is at $330, but is far from being finalized. This number could be raised even more, and for some, these increases are the difference between graduating from N.C. State and becoming a college drop-out. Since the General Assembly is the last say in this process, they should understand we can’t afford these hikes and should take the Tuition Review Advisory Committee’s recommendation as the final increase. After TRAC passes their recommendation on to the chancellor, he has the power to decide whether the recommendation is appropriate, which entails any changes he sees necessary. Then he will hand it off to the Board of Trustees, who

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.

will push it onto the Board of Governors, who leaves it up the General Assembly to make the final changes and approve it. This circuitous process gives each of these hands the ability to increase the proposed raise in tuition. Since TRAC and the chancellor are most connected to the University and its students, they are able to lessen the blow of a tuition increase on students. Whereas the Board of Trustees, Board of Governors and General Assembly do not fully understand the impact additions to the increase will have on the student body. While this $330 increase will affect students’ and their families’ pockets, the areas the money is allocated for is meant to help the students of

N.C. State. The 35 percent of the proposed tuition increase would go to financial aid—this number was at 25 percent last year. This means more people may be able to receive financial aid, and those who have it may receive more. However, even more of a tuition increase may break the bank for many students. N.C. State was built on the foundation to be an institution of higher education at an affordable cost. With the constant tuition increases each year, that foundation is being threatened. For many students and their families, tuition is already a cumbersome burden; and with these increases the burden seems impossible to bear. Two years ago the General

Assembly mandated an acrossthe-board increase of $750, and what is to say they will not do the same this year? Nothing. The state is in such a devastating financial situation, they must find ways to balance the budget, and unfortunately for us, that includes cutting from education while raising the cost of getting it. Students, let the General Assembly know how a large tuition increase will impact your educational experience. They cannot understand the personal impact unless you tell them. Find out who your representative is and email them, call them or write a letter. Talk to the chancellor via email or in person. Speak out about these increases. Take the time to save on your tuition—don’t allow them to take advantage of you and your family’s pockets.


Diversity is good, right?


y inv itation, I give talks to student groups around campus. A couple weeks ago, I gave a presentation to students in our University’s Honors Rupert Village. It was Nacoste one of t hose Guest Columnist laid back, getto-know-the-professor kind of gatherings. My job was to share my history as a research scientist with the students. To do that, I had to walk them through my life, starting from my Navy experience; it was in the Navy my personal and scholarly interest in race relations and diversity really came to life. In my lecture, I talked to the students about creating and teaching my Interpersonal Relationships and Race course. We have eliminated the immoral laws of racial segregation. What’s lef t now, our greatest cha llenge , i s learning to interact with each ot he r a s equals. You see, we live in a time when contact with people who do not look like or even sound like us is unavoidable. So we struggle with the neo-diversity question, who are the “we” and who are among the “they.” But as I tell my students, everybody on our campus is a “we,” and everyone in your classes is a part of the Wolfpack. Our challenge today is to accept and live in that reality. That evening, I got an email from one of the students who attended. She wrote: “I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience and perspective on diversity with us at the Honors Colloquium. I attended a large public high school, where the bottom line was ‘diversity is good.’ However, I’ve often asked myself: What is diversity, exactly? Why is it such a big issue?

Your perspective and the whole idea of a “we” has given me a much deeper understanding of diversity and why it’s so difficult, especially for Americans, to find peace with it.” It’s not necessarily about putting the Chinese, African Americans, Caucasians, etc. into a room together—it’s about developing understanding and acceptance. I think this interpersonal connection is a societal necessity that a lot of people do not understand and therefore do not strive for. Turns out, we continue to do a lousy job of teaching young people about diversity and why it is important in America. We continue to offer only soundbites like “diversity is good.” Having been given no substance, young people leave high school confused about diversity. And too often, young people end up at colle ge s a nd universities where that confusion continues because t here to o you get nothing but “diversity is good ” sound-bites. But what t he ema i l f rom t hat young woman tells me is that students at N.C. State want substance; you are looking for a real understanding. That email and what I see happen to students in my class tells me once students come to understand that the real challenge today is interpersonal, they feel better, calmer, and more prepared to live, go to class, and eventually work within a diverse community.

“Turns out, we continue to do a lousy job of teaching young people about diversity and why it is important in America.”

Dr. Nacoste is Professor of Psychology faculty advisor to “Wake Up! It’s Serious: A Campaign for Change.” Send Dr. Nacoste your thoughts on diversity to

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in your words


How would the proposed tuition increase affect you personally? by Brett morris

Swat that Jacket! Georgia Institute of Technology vs. North Carolina State University.

Mark McLawhorn, editor-in-chief emeritus

Nate Johnson junior, mechanical engineering

A well-balanced schedule


ost college students are experts at cramming in work at the last possible minute before a deadline. We know which energy drinks have t he most caffeine, which spots are the quietest in the Dileep library Karpur and which Staff Columnist restaurants deliver at 3 a.m. The problem with this strategy is it adds to our stress, making us tired and irritable, and it doesn’t leave a buffer in case something goes wrong. Think of time management like a diet. Your tests and major assignments are like the meats in your diet, your smaller or easier assignments are your vegetables and your fun things are your desserts. The trick to managing your time and stress in college is a balanced diet of these tasks each day. For example, after your morning classes, you could write a few pages of your term paper, a meat, complete a chapter of reading, a vegetable, and hang out with your friends at the Atrium, a dessert.

We don’t naturally work like this. If we have a big test on Monday, our natural inclination is to not worry about it until we absolutely have to, and then try to study for 48 hours straight. However, if studying is a meaty task, it’s like trying to eat nothing but steak for two days. You need to break up your meat and vegetables tasks into smaller chunks and spread them out over a longer period of time so you retain the most information and don’t become overwhelmed and frustrated. If you have a 15-page paper to write, don’t assign yourself one day to write all 15 pages. Instead, set aside five days to write three pages each. Studying needs to be broken up into manageable portions too. If you have a test over five chapters, start studying six days before. Review one chapter each day and reserve the last day to review all the concepts. Repetition leads to retention. Rather than struggling with an assignment the night before it’s due, allow enough time to visit your professor’s office hours, drop by the tutoring center,

“I wouldn’t have any money to do anything. My financial aid doesn’t cover everything. I would have to start looking for more scholarships and maybe take out some loans.”

or talk with a classmate to work through your roadblocks. After you’ve finished a portion of your meats or vegetables for the day, don’t forget to reward yourself with a dessert, even if it’s something simple like relaxing in the dorm with your favorite book. If you try to do too much work for an extended period of t i me , your brain goes into cognitive overload. You need to give it a rest. Making time for something enjoyable each day is essential to keeping your stress level in check. Maintaining a balanced time management diet will be more difficult at certain points in the semester than others. Study health and balance your time to help your academic diet.

“However, if studying is a meaty task, it’s like trying to eat nothing but steak for two days.”

Send Dileep your thoughts on time-managment to letters@technicianonline. com.

“I have to pay a percentage of tuition to my father, so it would increase the amount that I have to pay to my dad.” Daniel Wolski sophomore, polymer and color chemistry

“I would probably have to start paying more for personal expenses. Just things like food and stuff.” Melissa McLeod sophomore, biology

“I’m poor. And I would have to start looking for more scholarships. Unfortunately the scholarship I have right now wouldn’t increase with tuition.” Arneka Montford sophomore, human biology

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photos contributed by Soil and watever conservation society

Members of the Soil and Water Conservation Society work on container barrels for runoff water, which they use to collect storm water to prevent it from going into the sewer system. This water can be used to irrigate lawns and saves tap water use, making it a more environmentally friendly option. These barrels go through a process to make water collection easier and to make them user friendly.

Water barrels to benefit local ecology The Soil and Water Conservation Society work to limit runoff pollution. Ankita Saxena Staff Writer

A group of students hope to alleviate the pollution of lakes, rivers and oceans through a small innovation. One of the latest activities of the N.C. State student chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society is making rain barrels from disposed materials and selling it as a fundraiser. The main idea behind these barrels is to allow them to collect storm drain water. Water pollution is a growing problem in Raleigh, with one of the larger contributors being pollutants from the storm water drainage system that feeds creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes. There is a common misconception that water flowing into storm drains

goes to a treatment plant to get cleaned before flowing into the streams, but that isn’t the case, according to Frank Davis, graduate student in natural resources. Storm water runoff picks up pollutants like dirt, oil, fertilizer, and cigarette butts and carries them directly to the nearest stream, lake, or river without any treatment whatsoever. “Collecting run-off storm water by intercepting it when it falls down drains also saves the energy that would otherwise be required to pump up the water from other sources” Davis, member of the SWCS chapter, said. “Also, this prevents the soil erosion which storm water would otherwise cause by running off on the surface of land.” People can use these barrels for collecting rainwater to water their gardens, which would also save clean drinking water that is otherwise used for this purpose. “The barrels we get are mostly

bought off places such as Craigslist or per barrel. The SWCS is a professional society used pickle storing barrels from whole sale food vendors,” Nicholas Tyler of conservation-minded professionLannon, sophomore in agricultural als from around the world. There are approximately and environmen5,000 members tal technology, worldwide with and member of hundreds of stuthe chapter, said. dent members. “We fix them up, The student attach nets, modchapter at the ify them and sell University is relthem according atively new, havto customer oring been formed ders. Orders can just last semester. be placed for cusThey have just tomized barrels.” made a start into They also prothis activity with vide barrels with Frank Davis, graduate student their first eight the NCSU logo in natural resouces barrels sold so on it. Options far, but hope to are unpainted, painted or primed barrels, with the grow gradually. “We operate mostly by word of price varying from 80 to 100 dollars per barrel. They have a variety of color mouth and hope that as more people options for painted barrels. The size become aware of this activity we will also varies between 50 to 60 gallons increase our sales,” Davis said.

“Also, this prevents the soil erosion which storm water would otherwise cause by running off on the surface of land.”

According to Shawn Springer, Graduate in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, the organization doesn’t just do it for the money. “Even more than making sales, we hope that at least we get the message out about our concern for this issue,” Springer said. “Pollution of lakes and rivers by storm water is a big issue, and one purpose of this activity is to get people thinking about it, and maybe somewhere in the future influencing politics so that more and more such activities are conceived which would help find solutions for this.” The mission of the group is to find solutions for soil and water conservation, and anybody who is interested in the cause is welcome to join. “All of us are already from pretty diverse backgrounds, and we would be glad to see this diversity grow,” Springer said.

Centennial magnet school making scientists for the future The Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School is incorporating Obama’s STEM goals into their curriculum. Sarah Guizard Staff Writer

Looking to expand the technical work force, President Barack Obama has focused his goals for primary education on enriching science and math curricula, which the administration is referring to as STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. Although N.C. State may benefit from more science savvy students in the future, Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School has been implementing this science-fortified curriculum since 2000. With the University connections of being located right on Centennial Campus and the community support, the Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School has been able to partake in a multitude of programs that are able to engage and educate their students in the sciences. The goal is to integrate the STEM objective into the curriculum in a way to have the students “learn the way they live,” according to school outreach coordinator Peter Elwood. The students so often use technology in recreation that by bringing it into a learning environment it makes the cur-

riculum more engaging, according to Elwood. Behind STEM One of the school’s recent Science education: programs called Crystal IsScience: A research based land: Outbreak demonstrates ecuation this approach to education. Technology: Incorporation of This program is a narrativeadvanced tools in courses Engineering: Applying centered virtual learning enviscience skills in classroom ronment, which features a sciMath: Integrating math into ence mystery of an unidentified other disciplines disease that the students play a Source: Stem education role in uncovering. Throughcoalition out the game, students are exposed to microbiology content and scenarios that match up to “[It] helps the content be their science curriculum. According to Elwood, this and more engaging and enables the students to similar prothink differg r a m s e nently,” Spires ables stusaid. dents to take According part in 21st to E lwood, century techSTEM edunology that cat ion cenis key to the ters on t he progress of benef its for learning. the student. The Friday Elwood said Institute is this approach a large contributor to Hiller Spires, senior research and to lea r ni ng professor at the Friday Institute doesn’t just incorporatfocus on a ing the STEM “particular program into the curriculum at the middle type of student” but is able to school level. Hiller Spires, a se- reach a diverse population. According to Elwood, the exnior research fellow and professor at the Friday Institute, pectations of a STEM curricudiscussed a new project that lum require that teachers and engages students in a research administrators try to create an environment where every type inquiry process. The program expects stu- of student is able to succeed. Ada Lopez, a seventh grade dents to create and research a compelling question and re- science teacher, stressed the quires them to redesign their importance of her students observations into a multimedia working on projects as research teams. presentation.

“[It] helps the content be more engaging and enables the students to think differently.”

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Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School seventh graders Marsya Mohdzanuar, Dyani Debnam and Ayana Jones take notes about the effects of ozone on crops at the University Air Quality Resources Laboratory off Lake Wheeler Road Tuesday. The students went with their science class to learn about agriculture and environmental issues and talked with USDA Professor Kent Burkey, whose research focused on the ozone’s effects. The curriculum at the Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School focuses on STEM education.

“[The goal is to] have the kids work in meaningful groups,” Lopez said. When dividing the students, Lopez compared data achievement scores in order to group students together so that they could feed off each other’s strengths and weaknesses. By using this method of group work, Lopez said it “maximized each child’s strength and helped them to grow.” T he STEM i nteg rat ion throughout the Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School curriculum is beneficial to all

students with different talents, according to Elwood. “[The curriculum is] relevant and rigorous and at this age both of these are crucial.” With as many as thirty collaborations with different community resources the staff is able to provide many opportunities for students and create as Elwood said, “STEM experiences that are effective and scalable.” The importance of math, science, engineering and technology are crucial for further success in global society, according

to Elwood. The Obama administration is trying to promote STEM jobs over non-STEM fields. With STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17 percent over the next decade, it seems apparent why these subjects are stressed in today’s education. Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School is only one out of many institutions that have integrated these elements into their curriculum. STEM has become a critical part of education and continues to make an impact in schools.


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Student health ranked No. 11 in nation Princeton Review ranks Student Health Center in the top of the nation, beating out peer institutions.

These surveys, according to Soto, are essentially five-point scales, where students are asked to rate various aspects of their schools from one to five. “I think we would be hard-pressed to find a way to find out what campus life was like besides asking currently Eric Rizzo enrolled college students,” Soto said. Staff Writer This ranking may be due to efforts As most students know, N.C. State of our student health center. AccordUniversity is a top ranked institu- ing to Robert Hayford, interim direction academically; however, we are tor of Student Health Services, the efalso 11th in terms of student health fectiveness of a Student Health Center in the nation, according to Princeton is directly related to the size, location, Review. No other North Carolina number of providers offered, number schools, public or private, made this of services offered and the quality of those services. top 20 list. NCSU’s health In their most fee is $258 comrecent edition pared to UNC’s of their annual $421 or Duke’s book, The Best $ 580. Accord376 C o l l e g e s , ing to Hayford, Princeton ReNCSU Student view ranks N.C. Health Center State No. 11 in optimizes prostudent health, vider efficiency, and according to Dr. Beth Neel, medical director lowering the cost David Soto, diof the Student Health Center to students. rector of college “The vendors ranking for the Princeton Review, the rankings are we negotiate with have the lowest costs in the area,” Hayford said. By doing based on student input. “All of the rankings are based ex- this, according to Hayford, NCSU clusively on student surveys that we Student Health Center can provide quality health services at a low rate conduct,” Soto said.

“What makes us special is the amount of services we can provide.”

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Student Health Fees in North Carolina: N.C. State: $258 UNC-Chapel Hill: $421 Duke: $580 Source: Princeton Review

to students. According to Dr. Beth Neel, the Medical Director of the Student Health Center, the team at the Health Center, including six full-time physicians, can do anything from sutures to short-term IV fluids. “What makes us special is the amount of services we can provide,” Dr. Neel said. According to Dr. Neel, these services make it possible for students to avoid paying the high prices charged by the

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emergency room or urgent care. These services, according to Dr. Neel, have been fairly consistent in terms of quality and quantity over the nine years she has worked with NCSU’s Student Health Center. The only change she mentioned was that the health center grew with the University. The health center also has grown with technology, according to Dr. Neel, offering online appointment reservations through HealthWeb. The Student Health Center’s doctors, ac-

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ACC Championship Game may go northward following new expansion A look at new possible sites for the ACC Championship Game. Brian Anderson Staff Writer

With ACC expanding to the north, could the ACC football championship game follow its direction? The ACC first tried the Championship game at Jacksonville, Fla. in 2005 for three years and after initial success, attendance dwindled each year. Next, it moved to Tampa for two years, where attendance, to put it mildly, was a train wreck. The 2008 ACC Championship game between Virginia Tech and Boston College only had 27,360 people in attendance, according to Tampa Sports Authority, less than half of Raymond James Stadium’s capacity. So far, having the game in Charlotte has been successful and it should remain the main host of the ACC championship game, as it is in the heart of ACC territory. However, the ACC will likely want to play the game above the Mason-Dixon Line every few years to appeal to its new fan bases and for exposure in large, Northeastern media markets. The Big 12 Conference was successful in rotating its football conference championship in numerous cities such as Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio. Here are four northeastern cities the ACC should consider for its football championship game. 1. Washington, D.C. - D.C. makes the top of the list due to its proximity to many ACC schools. Maryland and Virginia are located in the D.C. metro area and Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and the Triangle-area colleges are within five hours driving distance. The city also has two stadiums, FedEx Field and RFK Stadium, that host college football games, but FedEx Field, in the Landover suburb, is the better of the two. FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins since 1997, has successfully hosted major neutral-site college football games the past several years, such as the Virginia Tech-Boise State game last year. This year it will host the Army-Navy Game.


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jects in college football this year. “The thing [Georgia Tech] is doing so much better right now is they are throwing the ball. It’s 230 some yards a game; they are rushing for 400 a game. That’s mind-boggling right now,” O’Brien said. “The wide receiver is averaging 40 yards a catch, that’s pretty big numbers. At the end of the year last they decided they were going to get into the passing game and it certainly helps because it takes a lot of your support and it puts pressure on the perimeter.” On being quizzed on why things have gone so wrong for the Wolfpack, after so much was expected of it, O’Brien admitted that injuries have taken a huge toll on his team’s hopes for the season. “We’re down four defensive tackles now, we only have two defensive tackles left to play this game. You look at five games now, there is a different grouping in that front seven than we’ve had so it’s hard to be consistent,” O’Brien said. “Every time we take a step forward we take two steps backwards.” Senior linebacker Audie Cole, one of the leaders on the field for the Wolfpack, expressed his enthusiasm in playing Georgia Tech and claimed it was a much different team this year in comparison to last year. “I have a good time playing Georgia Tech. You know they are going to run the ball. They have been throwing the ball a little bit more this year, they are a running team and that’s we have go to stop,” Cole said. ”Georgia Tech is so much different from every other team, the only thing

However, it may be a challenge for the ACC to fill its 82,000 seats if a small school such as Wake Forest or Boston College plays in the championship game. 2. New York City (East Rutherford, N.J.) - C’mon, it’s New York—enough said. Why wouldn’t the ACC want to play in NYC, the largest media market in the country? New York offers the state of the art MetLife Stadium. An 82,000-seat facility, is host of two NFL teams, the New York Giants and New York Jets, and will be the site of Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. Many ACC schools have sizable fan bases in the NYC area. The site would be even more attractive if Connecticut and/or Rutgers join the ACC. The only downside is it can get frigid in December. 3. Baltimore, Md. - Similar to Washington D.C., it is a central location between the Northern and Southern colleges in the ACC. Nine of the fourteen ACC schools are within a six-to-seven hour drive. While Baltimore is a smaller market than Washington, it has a better-sized stadium for the ACC Championship game. M&T Bank Stadium holds 71,008 people and its turf field provides ideal playing conditions. It is no stranger to big events, either; it held the Army-Navy Game in 2007 and is scheduled to again in 2014 and 2016. In 2009, it also hosted a Chelsea-A.C. Milan soccer game and the city shows great fan support for the Baltimore Ravens. 4. Philadelphia, Pa.-The least likely of the four cities to host the ACC championship game. Philadelphia commonly holds college sporting events at Lincoln Financial Field (69,000 seats). Temple University plays its home football games there. It is the main site for the Army-Navy Game, and it hosted the college lacrosse championship in 2005, 2006 and will do so again in 2013. Philadelphia loves football as much as its cheesesteaks and is one of the nation’s largest cities. Philadelphia would be a longshot unless the ACC adds more teams in the northeast. And, like New York, it is cold in December.


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is that they never used to pass the ball this much, this year they have been passing the ball much more. We have got a lot of turnovers, a lot of interceptions so hopefully we can get that going this week.” Cole, part of the defense that is ranked No. 81 in the country for number of points allowed per game, also admitted that the key was for everyone to stick to their roles or pay the price. “All we have been doing is working on stopping the option, to make sure we keep our assignments,” Cole said. “Someone’s got the quarterback, everybody has got someone, if you don’t stick to your roles, you’ll get into trouble during the game.” Defensive coordinator Mike Archer, who had also overseen the stellar performance by the defense last season, felt the numerous defensive changes, including the decision to switch sophomore defensive end Darryl Cato-Bishop to tackle, was the smartest thing to do. “He played that position last year against them and because of what happened [injuries], we have no choice,” Archer said. “He was the one big body we could put down, who has played there and knows the call so that was a no-brainer.” Archer also claimed the team would take the positives from last year’s victory over Tech and would try to replicate them again on Saturday. “We have looked at the tape [of last year’s game versus Georgia Tech] and they see some of the same guys playing,” Archer said. “Their scheme has changed a little bit and we’ll do things differently as well but it’s basically the same thing. “It comes down to fundamentals of getting off the blocks, tackling and we did that really well last year with the exception of 4-5 plays.” N.C. State takes on Georgia Tech Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium.



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quite make clear the sad state of the ACC, Maryland went out and made Temple look like a national title contender in a 38-7 loss. Granted, Temple nearly knocked off Penn State in week three and is probably a lot better than most people think. However, what happened in College Park was beyond embarrassing. The Terps were blown off their home field by a team that before Saturday was 0-12 all-time against the ACC, with each of the last seven of those losses since 2004 coming by at least three touchdowns, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Making matters worse, The Terrapins were proba bl y dom i n ate d e ve n more thoroughly than the 31-point margin of victory would indicate. Temple outgained Maryland 425-240, led by 28 at halftime and did not allow a score until less than five minutes remained. Normally, such woes by the ACC aren’t remotely newsworthy. Bad weekends are nothing new in this league, but this past weekend was notable because it erased what hadn’t been associated with the conference in a long time – a short-lived sense of pride. Unfortunately, based on the years leading up to it and the week that followed it, the league’s national success in week three now looks a lot more like an aberration than a turning of the corner.


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Georgia tech yellow jackets

Don’t be fooled, ACC is as pitiful as ever

Location: atlanta, ga. Total Enrollment: 20,487 Established: 1885 Conference: acc Stadium: bobby dodd stadium capacity: 55,000

What happened the last time State played

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Redshirt junior quarterback Mike Glennon barks out orders in the huddle during the first half of the team’s game against Liberty Saturday, Sept. 3. N.C. State won 43-21.

Georgia tech?

The Wolfpack defeated the Yellow Jackets 45-28 when they last met in 2010. Quarterback Russell Wilson passed for a career-high 368 yards and threw three touchdowns, bringing the Pack’s season to an undefeated 4-0. N.C. State had also played Cincinnati at a Thursday game the week before, where State won 30-19. N.C. State gained 527 yards during the game which was the highest number of points they had ever scored against the Yellow Jackets in the series between the two. Wilson threw his first interception on his 136th pass of the season; Wilson had set a NCAA record that season with 379 attempts without an interception, a record which had ended the week before against the Bearcats.

Wolfpack Injury Report

Wolfpack seeks to exterminate Yellow Jackets N.C. State football prepares for its first ACC homeopener against Georgia Tech. Rishav Dey Staff Writer

OUT FOR SEASON: Jarvis Byrd, CB - knee Sterling Lucas, LB - knee

OUT FOR GAME J. Ferguson, DT - knee Mustafa Greene, HB - foot Terrell Manning, LB - knee Quintin Payton, WR - ankle Jeff Rieskamp, DE - shoulder Brian Slay, DT - ankle Thomas Teal, DT - foot Curtis Underwood, HB - knee Andrew Wallace, OG - knee

QUESTIONABLE J.R. Sweezy, DT - foot

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Four games into a season that had promised much, N.C. State (2-2, 0-1 ACC) faces its first ACC opponent at home in the form of the undefeated, No. 21-ranked Georgia Tech (4-0, 1-0 ACC). With State struggling to find its feet against FBS opponents

and both their wins coming against FCS opponents, the Wolfpack has found the going difficult on more than one occasion. A new quarterback, numerous injuries and a depleted defensive line have all contributed in ensuring that the Pack has had a start it least expected after a stellar season under coach Tom O’Brien last year and despite a 45-28 win at Bobby Dodd Stadium last season. Georgia Tech, who leads the nation in points per game (53.3) and is second in the na-

tion is rushing yards per game (398.8) is no doubt posing questions to every State fan as to whether or not their team can hold its own against the Yellow Jacket offense that has torn every defense into shreds this season. O’Brien, who led his team to a 9-4 record last season, was quick to lavish praise on the Yellow Jacket offense, which has become one of the most talked about sub-

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ACC teams specialize in different types of offense From Pro Style to I-Form, each offensive style brings different action to the game. Jeniece Jamison Senior Staff Writer

Pro Style: Teams that run this style: N.C. State (364), Miami (380.3), Florida State (407.5), Duke (415.8). The Pro Style offense, which is the most common in the ACC, is intended to resemble the schemes seen in the NFL. Its formations typically include formations of two receivers, a tight end, and two backs. The distribution between passing and running plays is

usually balanced, requiring the offensive linemen to be both skilled in run and pass blocking. The West Coast offense, which is ran by Duke, is considered a subset of the Pro Style offense and focuses on short passing routes, such as slants and screen passes, go move the ball down the field. Triple Option Teams that run this style: Georgia Tech (630.5). The triple option is ran exclusively by the Yellow Jackets in the ACC and has garnered them the most potent offense this season. The formation is based on the success of the option run,

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where the quarterback has the choice of handing it off to either back or pitching it to the running back after the snap. All three of the triple option formations, the wishbone, the veer, and the flex, each include two running backs and two receivers. The tight end appears in the veer and flex formations. Spread Teams that run this style: Clemson (502.8), Virginia Tech (430.2). The spread offense has produced the second and fourth best offenses in the ACC this year. The spread includes shotgun formation, which includes one back and two to four receivers, and the pistol package,

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which brings the back closer to the shotgun position quarterback. Most view the spread as a pass heavy offense, but Virginia Tech has the second best running offense in the conference at 211.8 yards per game. Even though many experts thought it would only turn out to be a passing trend, it is certainly proving that it’s here to stay. Seven of the teams in the AP Top 25 poll have all adopted this offensive set. I-Form Teams that run this style: Wake Forest (432.7), Virginia (424.5), Boston College (328.2). The I-Formation is an of-

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fense that places emphasis on establishing a presence running the ball early in the game plan. The players line up the “T” formation, which include the quarterback under center, two backs, and two, sometimes three, receivers, and a tight end. The full back and tight end are usually employed in the run-blocking scheme. Play action is utilized to open up opportunities in the passing game after the rushing attack has been established. The goal line formation, which is ran by almost every team in football, is a variation of the I with two tight ends and one receiver.

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t sure didn’t take long for ACC football to get back to what it does best — embarrassing itself. By the conference’s wellnoted low standards, Clemson beating defending national champion Auburn and Miami knocking off then - No. 17 Ohio State Tyler Everett Sept. 17 constituted a Senior Staff Columnist banner day. Considering recent history, the fact that ACC teams accounted for two wins over top-25 opponents in the same weekend was nothing short of miraculous. Throw in Florida State and Maryland nearly taking down top-ranked Oklahoma and No. 18 West Virginia, and for at least a day, the ACC looked deserving of its automatic BCS bid. That illusion lasted less than a week. The Wolfpack’s disaster Thursday night on ESPN against Cincinnati, a 2010 Big East bottom feeder in the only BCS conference worse than the Pack’s own, embarrassed fans of not only State but of the ACC as a whole. One season removed from division title contention, State was outclassed in every sense of the word by the Bearcats. That should have stood out as the conference’s low point of the season. Instead, it was only the secondworst ACC performance of the weekend.   In hindsight, State’s meltdown was a fitting start to the week for miseries for the ACC. The Hurricanes followed up the big win over the Buckeyes by falling to Kansas State. The Wildcats are 3-0 and take on No. 15 Baylor Saturday, so there very well may be no shame in Miami’s narrow loss. That doesn’t completely remove the disappointment for a team that had just routed a perennially formidable program like Ohio State just one week earlier. An ACC team losing to a Big East or Big 12 foe is bad enough, but squads from BCS conferences shouldn’t lose to anyone from Conference USA, which is exactly what Virginia did in a 30-24 loss to Southern Miss. In case the performances of State, UVA and Miami didn’t

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