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GMO debate persists despite SCOTUS decision Ravi Chittilla Staff Writer

Between some researchers and farming advocacy groups, there remains a strong difference of opinion regarding the effects of Genetically Modified Organisms. In addition, many advocacy groups fear the threat of superweeds and they argue the patents on the technology create socioeconomic disparities. Although the scientific implications of GMOs are still being researched (and debated), Keith Edmisten, professor of crop science, said much of the information the public has about GMOs is either framed out of context, or inherently incorrect. Currently, there is debate about whether the use of GMOs has created a new kind of superweed resistant to herbicides. According to a May 2013 edition of Nature, since the

late 1990s, U.S. farmers have used GM cotton engineered to tolerate the herbicide glyphosate, which is sold as the Monsanto product Roundup. The herbicide– crop combination was extremely efficient in managing weed growth until it stopped. Advocates said GMOs have increased agricultural production by more than $98 billion and saved an estimated 473 kilograms of pesticides from being sprayed, Nature reported. In 2004, the herbicide resistant weed grass, Palmer amaranth, was found in one county in Georgia, and by 2011, it had spread to 76, Nature reported. According to Edmisten, contrary to much of public opinion it is not the introduction of GMOs that caused the explosion in weeds but rather the lack of chemistry rotation. “The resistance was in the Palmer amaranth popula-

tion,” Edmisten said. “We selected for [the gene] by using Roundup. It has really nothing to do with cotton per se. Roundup was used on multiple crops, often with multiple applications, so we selected for the resistant individuals.” Edmisten said that opponents who blame massive weed resistance on GMOs fail to understand the chemistry of resistance. He said that if any crop is continually exposed to a single herbicide, as the amaranth was, the crop would become resistant to such herbicides. Viewpoint from Farming Advocacy Groups Roland McReynolds, executive director of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, an advocacy group for small and organic farms, said large biotechnology companies such as Monsanto have made the playing field that of a “get big or get out” at-

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Author plays devil’s advocate in 90 percent of researchers aren’t getting the grant national organic food debate

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Jacqueline Lee Staff Writer

Sasha Afanasieva Jayson Lusk, the author of Food Police, gave a lecture at Titmus Theatre Wednesday evening to voice his concerns about food policies that would require people and businesses to buy “local food.” Lusk is a Regents professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair at Oklahoma State University. He said he supports people buying food from their area, but expressed his concern that “the local food movement” imposes an elitist feeling in the food industry because so many people cannot afford higher priced area foods. He also questioned what he called the movement’s “return to nature” and “romantic foolishness” to do so. Lusk started his talk by asking the audience, “What is the issue people have with the food industry that we need to fix?” He asked attendees to think about their food decisions and where their food comes from. “I thought the talk was a nice counterpoint to a lot of the more popular opinions on this topic,” said Lesley Stewart, a junior in applied nutrition. “It was interesting to look at food from a more biotechnical position versus an emotional one.” Lusk addressed the general public’s concerns about genetically modified organisms, pesticides, food prices, energy efficiency of shipping and growing food, and the impact of area regionally grown food’s on the economy. “Eating only locally restricts the diversity of foods in your diet,” Lusk said. “I am not against buying lo-

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Cuts to research funding as a result of the sequester will affect graduate student admissions at N.C. State and nationwide. In addition, only one in 10 grant proposals are currently obtaining the required funding, according to Terri Lomax, vice chancellor of Research, Innovation and Economic Development. “With less of a budget, it’s more discouraging for researchers when these are the odds,” Lomax said. Sequestration, the series of auto-

matic spending cuts started March 1, was designed to cut spending and save $1.1 trillion between 2013 and 2021. Agencies that fund research had some of the bigger budget cuts with some cuts as high as 7.3 percent in 2013. Lomax said that private funding from industries has helped offset the federal research funding cuts. This year, N.C. State received about 77 percent of its research funding, or $176 million, in research grants from the federal government

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Jayson Lusk, a Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University, presents the second installment of “The Future of Food” in Thompson Hall, Wednesday. He spoke about pesticides, growth hormones, biotechnology, and his goal to “open the door to alternative ways of talking about food and agriculture.”

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The Peace Corps at N.C. State held an informational meeting Wednesday for students interested in volunteering on a global scale. Lindsey Brantley, a former Peace Corps volunteer, who now works at the Office of International Affairs at N.C. State, said the entire process is free. Volunteers are paid, their airfare is covered and they get free healthcare while overseas. They also receive a reimbursement of more than $7,000 when they return to the United States, according to Brantley. “[The Peace Corps] is not for everyone, but it is truly a great opportunity with many benefits,” Brantley said.

The Peace Corps is also a two-way learning experience, according to Brantley. “The Peace Corps is important because it helps teach people from other countries about Americans and Americans learn about other countries and peoples they would have otherwise not have known,” Brantley said. The number of volunteers each year varies, Brantley said, and all volunteers have to be United States citizens. There are currently 8,073 volunteers serving, and in total, there have been more than 210,000 volunteers in 139 countries. However, volunteers often serve in

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mosphere for smaller-scale farmers. “Great talk has been made about the importance of GMO technology to treat seeds that are more resistant and helping populations get the food they need,” McReynolds said. “The reality has been commercialization of GMO technology, which has been resistant to herbicides and pesticides, adds the effect of increasing sales of those herbicides which enforces a policy that hurts smaller farmers.” McReynolds said the dominance of large biotechnology companies such as Monsanto, which own patents on the GM seeds, makes it difficult for the small farmer who must pay royalties on that seed to use the technology. “That concentration reduc-

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es farmer choice, increases farmer cost and reinforces a 50-year trend that tells farmers to get big or get out. We don’t think this has served rural America or farmers well,” McReynolds said. McReynolds also said that because of this growing tendency, the state of North Carolina has followed national trends in the loss of agricultural farmland for use by small farmers. Patents for Seeds In May, t he Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Vernon Bowman, an Indiana farmer, infringed on Monsanto’s patent when he planted soybeans that had been genetically modified by Monsanto without buying them from the agribusiness giant. The decision, written by Justice Elena Kagan, stated that the nine justices ruled that “patent exhaustion does not permit a farmer to repro-

duce patented seeds through planting and harvesting without the patent holder’s permission.” Edmisten said that this decision was made due to the precedent set by the Supreme Court in 1980 in the case Diamond v. Chakrabarty. In that case, the Supreme Court laid the legal foundation that would establish the United States as the global biotech patent leader. In a five to four decision, the Court articulated that the threshold question for patentability of an organism was not whether it was inanimate, but whether it was a product of nature or of human invention. The Patent Office has stated that it “consider[s] nonnaturally occurring, nonhuman multicellular living organisms, including animals, to be patentable subject matter.” “It is my opinion that it is no different to violate this patent than it is to violate a

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patent on computer software or medicine,” Edmisten said. Edmisten said one thing the public is aware of is the fact that when one farmer is not paying royalties for the seeds he uses for his crop, he is taking away from all growers who do pay large biotech firms to be able to utilize their products. “One thing that I don’t think the public realizes is that the majority of the growers don’t appreciate farmers who try to circumvent the system and plant crops in violation of patents,” Edmisten said. “They resent it when growers try to use a technology for free that they are paying for.” McReynolds said that biotechnology still has the ability to make many beneficial contributions to agriculture outside of transgenic modification. “The ownership of that technology by a particular company limits choice and opportunity in the marketplace for innovation,”

McReynolds said. “Until the early 1980s, you couldn’t put a patent on the seed, and that provided a lot more variety and a lot more development in the area of classical breeding of seeds and crop varieties. That system was a beneficial one to farmers. “ McReynolds said the more interesting case to consider will be the Supreme Court ruling on the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics case. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that companies cannot patent naturally occurring human DNA. McReynolds said that if all naturally occurring genes are held to this standard, the agricultural biotechnology business model will have to evolve. N.C. State has had a long research relationship with Monsanto, which awarded the University a $500,000 research grant in 2011.

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NCSU to host leadership forum on Friday Staff Report

N.C. State will be hosting the 11th annual General H. Hugh Shelton National Leadership Forum Friday Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. According to the event website, “the forum is ideal for personnel in the corporate, higher education, K to 12 education and government professions to attend for leadership development training.” According to the University, this year’s theme will be “Strengthening Organizational Culture through Strategic Leadership.” Featured speakers include Gen. Ann Dunwoody, Former Commanding General US

Army Material Command, and George Bodenheimer, executive chairman of ESPN. In addition, panelists will share how their companies have created a dynamic organizational culture. Panelists include representatives from SAS, Ernst & Young, as well as NetApp, all companies recognized in Fortune’s “2013 Top 100 Places to Work.” Past notable speakers have included Tom Brokaw, NBC Correspondent, William Friday, founding president of the UNC-System, as well as General H. Hugh Shelton, for whom the program is named for.




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remote and exotic locations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and nearly 300 volunteers have died since its founding in 1961, according to the Fallen Peace Corps Volunteers Memorial Project. Because of this, safety is a top priority for the Peace Corps. Brantley said that accidents can happen but that joining the Peace Corps is not that dangerous. “Some incidents do oc-

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Destinations for Peace Corps volunteers cur, like with anything in any country. Volunteers are given rigorous safety training before serving,” Brantley said. “Also, the Peace Corps has living standards that each volunteer must meet and each volunteer also has access to safety personnel to react to any safety issues. As far as I know, no PCV from NCSU has died while serving abroad.” The Peace Corps was started by President Kennedy in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship by sending Americans to developing

countries to spread the idea of peace and friendship, according to Brantley. Volunteers can also serve in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and several Pacific Islands. Currently, volunteers are serving in 76 countries. Prospective volunteers are encouraged to fill out an application while acknowledging that it takes up to a year to be processed, according to the Peace Corps website.




ease Control to prove that technology is making food safer. The data showed that from 1996-2012, cases of foodborne illnesses have decreased. This included a 42 percent decrease in listeria cases, 30 percent of E coli cases, 22 percent of campylobacte cases, and 4 percent of salmonella cases. Lusk disputed books such as The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and Food Fight by Kelly D. Brownell. He asked that people turn to scientific works by organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, The World Health Organization and American Medical Association to make an informed opinion about their worries on pesticides, GMOs and growth hormone use. “Plants naturally produce their own pesticides,” Lusk said. “99.99 percent of pesticides we consume are produced naturally from a plant.” He then showed statistics that claimed there were more natural pesticides that caused relative cancer risks than chemical pesticides. According to Lusk, if people look at scientific works, they would see that not a single case can be scientifically proven of GMOs causing a physical problem. He said he does not like how critics such as Pollan and Brownell have promoted a fear of GMOs. “The food and agriculture economists at N.C. State are some of the best in the United States and it is nice to be able to come to a place where I really respect the faculty,” Lusk said. Lusk said he hopes that people don’t forget all the good things about food, agriculture and the importance of technology. Also, that everything people read in the food press is not the only way of thinking about food.


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and 7 percent, or $15.4 million, from the state. The remaining $37 million came from private industry, foundations and other sources. “We were being funded more proportionally last year by industry,” Lomax said. “I don’t think there is a conflict of interest and both are equally valid ways to fund research. Sometimes it’s a combination of private and public funding. We are good at creating partnerships with industries and federal funding.” In addition to sequester funding problems, not all research proposals are funded. In 2012, proposal funding requests at N.C. State amounted to $942 million but only $286 million were disbursed by the federal government, the state and private industry for research. As a result of the late funding, many graduate students are having trouble getting into N.C. State. “Even here, especially with research dollars coming in late, faculty don’t know if they have funding available to support students working on the projects,” Lomax said. “That means some graduate students may not have been accepted to the University because the researchers didn’t know where the funding will come from.” N.C. State has been getting an increasing amount of funding from the private sector largely due to the efforts made at the University to form partnerships with industries. From 2012 to 2013, private funding increased by 28 percent or $5.6 million. However, that number is still nowhere near the $176.3 million given by the federal government, leaving some graduate students uncertain about their future as the sequester continues. “We have to make offers to new graduate students that will be supported by research assistantship and we have to make those offers in the spring,” Lomax said. “But if the researcher hasn’t been notified whether they receive the grant or not, then they can’t commit to supporting the new student.” Getting funding is not easy either. First, the researcher must have an idea and some preliminary data from working on that idea. Then, he or she must find the right place to propose that idea to—whether it is the National Science


Terri Lomax, the vice chancellor of the Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development is concerned about the lack of funds for researchers. “Hopefully Congress will realize the value that research brings both in new discoveries and educating students and work to increase funding so that more highly merited projects can be funded,” Lomax said.

Foundation or the National Institute of Health or another agency—and then find a specific program within that agency. Then he or she writes a proposal that is 25 pages or more and describe their research ideas and evidence and why they deserve the grant, Lomax said. “It’s a big process,” Lomax said. “Once the proposal is turned in, there are review panels at the agency that are your peers and experts in the field and give a recommendation for how high of a priority that is and if you are qualified for that research. And if it is, you get funded.” Universities nationwide lost a significant amount of research funding as a result of the sequester. For the most part,

N.C. State managed to avoid that trend. “N.C. State is doing relatively well because our researchers are very competitive,” Lomax said. According to Lomax, the amount of proposals funded prior to the sequester was low and because of the sequester it’s even lower. The University did not dodge the bullet entirely. Rather than a massive cut, funding is postponed until the end of the fiscal year. “Sequestration has definitely affected the funding,” Lomax said. “A lot of agencies held on and didn’t do solicitations for new grants since they didn’t know how the budget will be or waited until the end of the year to start funding instead earlier like they normally would.”

local food.” Lusk disputed the point that buying regionally is better for the economy by explaining that new money is not being brought into communities. Farmers might gain more customers if they exported their products, but they would lose the market they had with people they sold to before. He said trade is a vital aspect to the growth of our economy. “Many people have forgotten the achievements of our food system even though it is not perfect,” Lusk said. “Understanding the good in the system is important for thinking about the future.” Meghan Lobsinger, director of the EcoVillage, encouraged students living in the village to attend because food is a hot topic for a living-andlearning community that is centered on sustainability—a large part of the community and organic food movement. “With the University being a big research center for agriculture, there are professors and lecturers that feel very strongly in the opposite of the local and organic food movement,” Lobsinger said. “I think it is important for residents of the Eco Village and students in general to get both sides of the debate.” Lusk said 40 percent less time is being used for cleanup in households currently and 81 percent less time on meal cleanup. He said food is less expensive in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world and he questioned why people think it should be more expensive when less than 10 percent of peoples’ disposable income is spent on food today. Lusk displayed statistics from the Centers for Dis-

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Raleigh artist illustrates Batman ‘66

Holden Broyhill Staff Writer

Raleigh’s own Sandy Jarrell received a coveted opportunity in the comic book world — to work on a Batman book. Jarrell is the artist for the third and fourth issues of “Batman ’66,” a new comic book series that is done in the tongue-incheek style of the classic Batman television show, featuring Adam West. Jarrell started the project at the end of June and said that it took some time to get the paperwork going due to conventions, Jarrell said it was well worth the hassle. “I had the script in July for the second story [fourth issue] and the third story [third issue] was an emergency.” Jarrell said. “They had a hole and they needed something to happen. So we slapped together the other one, so I did those two stories in the time I should have done one.” According to Jarrell, DC Comics contacted him to work on “Batman ‘66” because of his partnership with Jeff Parker, the writer of “Batman ’66,” on a book called Meteor Men which will be coming out next October. “This book still hasn’t seen the light of day because it’s a 120 page book,” Jarrell said. “We’ve been working on it for a very long time and only have eight pages left.” Jarrell had sent pages from Meteor Men to his editor to showcase his talents as an artist while applying for the job. “I was shocked that it worked out because they typically don’t throw the new guy on the Batman,” Jarrell said. Jarrell said he has been interested in drawing since he was a child, which influenced him to obtain a painting degree from East Carolina University. During his time at East Carolina Univer-

isty, Jarrell started a comics’ page in the East Carolinian — the Technician even featured his comic strip called “Man of Stick” back in the mid 1980’s. That comics’ page was where he first started working with Parker. According to Jarrell, he was thrilled with the opportunity to work on a Batman comic book. “I was honestly obsessed with this version of Batman since I was three years old,” Jarrell said. “It was my favorite thing in the world and if it weren’t for that I probably wouldn’t have gotten into comics.” However, Jarrell’s work with “Batman ’66” may not continue past the fourth issue. “I would love to continue working on “Batman ’66,” but that is up to the editor.” Jarrell said. “There are a lot of people out there scrapping for this gig because it is fine, and they keep finding other people that want to do it. If they call me, they call me.” As the artist, Jarrell joins the comic book creative process once the script is completed. “I get the script, read and reread the script, I doodle pages in margins of the print out of the script and in this case I did fairly finished layouts for the editor to see because I was an unknown quantity,” Jarrell said. “He had no idea what he was getting from me.” After getting approval for the layout, Jarrell draws the pages, puts ink on the pictures, scans the pages and sends them to the editing office. Because he was working on two projects in the time it usually takes to one, Jarrell drew two issues of “Batman ‘66” and only spent three and a half weeks on each issue. Jarrell said that he drew those issues while also working at Nice Price Books and taking care of two kids. Jarrell said that he encouraged aspiring art-


A photo from the cover of issue four of “Batman’ 66,” illustrated by Sandy Jarrel.

ists to take advantage of the reprints of classic comics and to take in all the different styles of famous works, and said that hopeful comic artists and writers should attend conventions. Several great writers and artists attend conventions every year and have a lot to offer artist who are just starting out.

Most of all, however, he encouraged practice and dedication. “Draw pages and draw more pages and draw more pages.” Jarrell said. “Look at old comics, not just new comics.”


University Theatre expects Colorful fashion trends and murder mystery to be killer tips lighten up rainy days Kevin Schaefer

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umbrellas, and jackets. Ladies, leggings are always a great option for a rainy day. Leggings are extremely comfortable and come in an amazing assortment of colors to compliment whatever trendy jacket you may have found. In addition, in the event that you’re pounded with wind and rain, they dry quickly. Other bottoms that are ideal for the rain are sporty shorts, which are usually Dri-fit, meaning that they move moisture to the exterior of the fabric to keep you dry. Or some people prefer skinny jeans. Skinny jeans are great for the rain because they feature a tighter fit at the ankle. This tighter fit keeps the bottom of your pants leg from getting wet and picking up a trail of dirt and grit. To keep your feet nice and dry, you can’t go wrong with rain-boots. Rain-boots come plain, printed, and even a clear exterior, and in an assortment of heights from ankle, midcalf to slightly under the knee. I like a tall, vibrant plain rain-boot so it won’t clash with my patterned rain jacket. The best part of these boots is they keep your feet totally dry. Fortunately, as featured in Wolves in Sharp Clothing a few weeks ago, the fall brings back seasonal boots which keep your feet nice and dry in a vast assor t ment of styles. Don’t let the ra in stop you f rom s how i ng your personality and fashionable threads. Become a trendsetter with your unique rainyday finds and inspire others to make a gloomy day vibrant.

Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean that you can’t brighten the day with your dress and personal style. Typically, rain is a great reason to show off your most colorful threads. Personally, I like vibrant colors and patterns, such as horizontal or vertical stripes and rain coats that pop. You can work from your head to your feet to help you to stand out on a dreary day. Baseball caps are a popular choice for men and women alike. They keep your head dry and hair in place while sporting your favorite teams’ logos. Caps are underused by girls — they look good and are a conversation starter. If caps aren’t your style, umbrellas are an economical option to keep rain off of you and you can find one with personality. Popular brands such as Northface, L.L. Bean and Columbia have an exclusive section of rain resistant jackets and coats for ladies and gentlemen alike. Look for one with a lot of pockets to keep your belongings dry. On the college student budget, thrift and consignment stores often have a plethora of gently used but unique pieces that are perfect for your personal style. Recently, prints, fabrics and colors have been popular, so it’s not very hard for you to step out on a rainy day with your own distinct style. Lastly, we can’t forget the variety of rainy day essentials that the NCSU bookstore provides. There are a variety of unisex essentials that help students show Wolfpack Pride even in the rain, such as ponchos, rain boots and caps. There are more affordances for women, a s t he y have the opportunity to SOURCE: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS sport vibrant rain-boots,

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University Theatre’s upcoming production of The Game’s Afoot opens Friday night in the Kennedy-McIlwee Studio. The play is set within the home of Broadway star William Gillette, who is famous for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage, but who finds himself in a real murder mystery. The show provides an abundance of suspense and comedy for a wide array of audiences. “We selected this play because it had excellent roles for our


students, was a light-hearted comedy/murder mystery, and we also presented the other play in Ken Ludwig’s catalogue about the same subject years ago called Postmortem,” director John McIlwee said. The play takes place on Christmas Eve in 1936 as Gillette (played by Christian O’Neal) invites his fellow cast members for a weekend celebration in his castle in Connecticut. Yet as an unknown murderer lurks the castle’s halls, Gillette must assume the guise of Sherlock Holmes himself in order to unravel this mystery. “This cast is working beautifully together to create a highly enjoyable visit to Gillette’s world and a glimpse at an early 20th century icon,” McIlwee said. “It is always a good experience for me, as a director, to have such enthusiastic and talented young actors from colleges across the campus who are dedicated to bringing quality entertainment to University Theatre’s audiences.” The Game’s Afoot will be playing from Nov. 8-24, every night at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.ncsu. edu/theatre



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Q & A Thursday: Kody Burke to step into leadership role for NCSU Daniel Wilson Staff Writer

N.C. State’s women’s basketball team is set to kick off its first season under new head coach Wes Moore on Friday against St. Bonaventure. One of the team’s key athletes is senior forward Kody Burke, the team’s highest scorer from last season. Burke’s achievements on and off the court have earned her two consecutive Academic All-American honors. Technician: With the team entering its first season under Coach Moore, how have you and the rest of the team handled the transition from last year’s regime? Burke: “The transition has been tough at first because it’s like we’re all freshmen with a whole new system, but I think that, slowly but surely, we’re getting adjusted to it. We’re pretty excited, and we trust the system to help us win.” Q: Jumping back to when you were a senior in high school, what schools reached

out to you to play for them, and what made you choose to come to N.C. State? A: “My top three schools were N.C. State, the University of Colorado and Arizona State. What made me choose N.C. State was the tradition. [Former women’s basketball head coach] Kelly Harper was a big part of the decision, but the family atmosphere and the support for women’s basketball N.C. State had [influenced me as well]. ” Q: How was playing for Coach Harper for the first three years, and what differences have you noticed in coach Moore’s style? A: “I’d say it was about the same. Coach Kelly and Coach Moore ran the same offensive system, so the same chemistry was there. However, I do feel we are more disciplined now, and we are more trusting in the system. Kelly was a little bit more lenient on offense whereas with coach Moore, it’s that you do what he says or you’re coming out, so we’re a lot more disciplined


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in that manner.” Q: You’ve been named as an Academic All-American for two years in a row. How well have you been able to maintain a balance between your academic schedule and life as a student-athlete? A: “I would love to say I have it down pat, but every year is a learning process. Every year, classes are getting more difficult, and the pressure of playing basketball in the ACC picks up every year I gain more experience. I just have to trust my process and stay organized to stay successful in both areas.” Q: Friday marks the start of your final season as a member of the Wolfpack. Do you feel like there’s any anticipation for the finality of your collegiate career? A: “I do, but at the same time, I try to cherish every moment. I know if we all buy into Coach Moore’s system, things will happen for us, and we could potentially make the NCAA tournament, but I’m taking everything one


Senior forward Kody Burke drives down the court during the exhibition game against Winston-Salem State in Reynolds Coliseum Sunday. The Wolfpack defeated the Rams 80-46.

game at a time and playing to the best to my ability.” Q: Finally, what do you foresee for your future when your time at N.C. State has


come and gone? A: “I just want to be a proud alumnae being so active in the women’s basketball program coming out to games

and everything. N.C. State is dear to my heart, and any way I can stay connected to the university would be awesome.”


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On Sept. 28 redshirt senior Emily Pritt competed for the first time this season—and the first time since 2010— finishing 71st overall, and sixth on the women’s cross country team, at the Roy Griak Invitational. Pritt returned from a 3-year recovery after a string of injuries, the most profound being a hip labral tear, suffered through hip dysplasia. Doctors shaved down Pritt’s femur to better fit in the hip joint. For the first six weeks after the surgery, Pritt used a machine that assisted her in moving her leg. In Friday’s ACC Cross Country Championships, Pritt finished 34th overall, second on the team in her third race of the season. The road to recovery was a tough one for Pritt. She said that there were days where the rehabilitation process was very difficult, but she managed to pull through with the support of those close to her. “Encouragement and support from my family, friends, teammates, coaches and medical [staff] kept me going through the hard times,” Pritt said. “My coaches and teammates mean the world to me, and I wanted the opportunity to put the [Wolfpack] jersey back on. I just kept pushing until that day came.” Pritt said that her return to the track this season has felt phenomenal, but her injury has changed the way that she views each race. “I just take every opportunity that I’m given to go out there and do the best I can because I never know when my last race is going to be,” Pritt said. “When I raced three years ago, I didn’t know that that would be my last race for three years. I look at every race as potentially my last and give it everything I have.” No matter how much Pritt missed


Redshirt senior Emily Pritt participates in the 2009 ACC Cross Country Championships. Pritt placed 71st overall, sixth on the team, in her first competition back from injury. She placed 34th overall, second on the team, in the 2013 ACC Cross Country Championships on Friday.

the action on the track, the aspect of cross country that she missed the most was the practices and time spent with her team. “A lot of memories are made at practice, and to not be able to be there every day was torture for me,” Pritt said. “I tried to still be involved, but it’s different when you’re in the training room getting rehab and not down at practice. I’m really enjoying being part of the team again.” Women’s cross country head coach Laurie Henes has coached Pritt during her entire career at State and said that the team not only lost a competitor in Pritt’s absence, but a leader as well. “[The impact of Pritt’s injury on the

team is] two-fold because she’s such a good leader as well as a very high level athlete,” Henes said. “I think that anyone in the program who looks at what she’s been through and how dedicated she is will try and bring themselves and others to that level.” Pritt has assumed the role of leader on this year’s squad, but she said that the first-year runners make that job easy. “The freshmen that we have are very talented and intelligent,” Pritt said. “I’ve just tried to lead by example and to go out there and put my best foot forward at practice and in the races. I just try to be there for them if they ever have a problem.” In her time off the track, Pritt was

able to pursue her interest in sports media. She is currently working on a graduate degree in communication. “When I was hurt, and wasn’t really sure that I was going to make it back on the lineup,” Pritt said. “I filled my time with a lot of internships.” “I definitely want to do something in sports, whether that’s public relations or broadcasting.” Pritt’s internships included working with media relations for the Carolina Hurricanes and the 2012 Summer Olympics. Pritt will try to build on her already successful comeback on Oct. 15 when the men’s and women’s teams head to Charlottesville, Va., to participate in the NCAA Regionals events.

Bowl appearance unlikely for Pack’s bowl bid still intact Doeren in first season at State with four games remaining


nly four games remain in head coach Dave Doeren’s first season with the Wolfpack, and despite its struggles, it is still possible for the N.C. State football team to secure a bowl bid. It is possible but not li kely. The Luke Pack, c u rNadkarni rently mired Staff Writer i n a fou rgame losing streak, has to win three of its last four games to become bowl eligible. Would I like it to happen? Yes. Do I think it will happen? No. State has not won a game since its 48-14 win against Central Michigan in Raleigh on Sept. 28, and it has not put up more than 19 points in a contest since. The team has yet to win a road game and has not beaten a team with a winning record this season. Simply put, this team has given no reason to believe that it can win three of the final four based on its recent performance. The last four games consist of trips to Duke and Boston College followed by home games against East Carolina and Maryland. State opened as a 10-point underdog to the Blue Devils and will likely not be favored to win any of the following games. The Pack had trouble last Saturday against UNC-Chapel Hill’s dual-quarterback system of Bryn Renner and Marquise Williams. When the Packs travels to Duke this weekend, it will have to



Redshirt sophomore center Joe Thuney recovers a fumble by graduate quarterback Brandon Mitchell during the second quarter of the Homecoming game against UNC-Chapel Hill on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium.

face another dangerous pair as well in Anthony Boone and Brandon Connette. These aren’t your older brother’s Duke Blue Devils either. Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe turned longtime ACC doormat into a respectable program. Duke will be going to a bowl game for the second straight season. As a matter of fact, none of State’s final four opponents have a sub-.500 record. BC, ECU and Maryland are not slouches. The Eagles, which State faces after Duke, defeated ACC Coastal Division contender Virginia Tech last week. The Pirates mauled the same UNC team that stole a win in Raleigh earlier this season. The Terrapins have cooled off after a fast start and lost top offensive threat Stefon Diggs for the season on Oct. 20 and may represent State’s best remaining chance for a win this season, but even that is far from a guarantee. Another area in which the Wolfpack struggled against Carolina was sustaining and finishing drives. State’s only

touchdown came on a short field after an interception by sophomore cornerback Juston Burris. On three other occasions when the Pack reached the red zone, it had to settle for field goals. That may work against Richmond, but it isn’t going to work in the ACC. Bowl teams score touchdowns not field goals. The Pack ’s offense has struggled to find an identity all season long. Losing starting graduate student quarterback Brandon Mitchell for the first half of the season didn’t help.There’s no consistency with this offense. A week and a half ago against Florida State, Mitchell didn’t do much running. Last Saturday, Doeren relied on Mitchell to produce on the ground. Until the Pack shows that it can play consistently well and maintain a team identity, they will not be able to rise to the next level that State fans have long hoped for. Maybe next year, Wolfpack Nation—Maybe next year.

here is still hope in Raleigh that the Pack can turn this season around. It’s no secret that this season has been an ordeal for Wolfpack fa ns. Four straight losses, including a blowout against Florida State Andrew and a loss Schuett to U NCDeputy Sports Chapel Hill Editor in back-toback games, can turn even the most optimistic State fan into an emotional wreck. State has a young, inexperienced team this season. Graduate student quarterback Brandon Mitchell, a transfer from Arkansas, had never started a collegiate game at quarterback before this season. After Mitchell went down with a foot injury in the season opener, junior quarterback Pete Thomas stepped in. Thomas hadn’t seen action in almost two years since transferring from Colorado State, where he was a twoyear starter. True freshmen receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Jumichael Ramos, along with freshman running back Matt Dayes, have all seen significant time on the offensive side of the ball this season. On defense, freshman cornerback Jack Tocho and sophomore defensive backs Hakim Jones and Justin Burris have played in all eight games for the Wolfpack. Although young players


Freshman running back Matt Dayes dives into the end zone during the game against the University of Richmond at Carter-Finley Stadium on Aug. 31. The Wolfpack narrowly defeated the Spiders, 23-21.

tend to have their growing pains as they adjust to collegiate football, things can only get better in Raleigh. S t a t e h a s t h e r i g ht man at the helm. First year head coach Dave Doeren, along with his staff, has instilled the Wolfpack with his blue-collar mentality. Although recent results have not been kind to State, the players ‘effort levels have not dropped off. The Wolfpack’s resilience in the midst of a losing streak gives hope. State could do a 180-degree turn. Mitchell’s injury in the season-opener kept him out for almost two months.

His return from injury against No. 3 Florida State didn’t go well, throwing two interceptions. Mitchell threw two more against Carolina on Saturday, leading to his benching by Doeren in the fourth quarter. Despite his recent hiccups, Mitchell’s dual-threat abilities give the Wolfpack another offensive dimension, and he should be State’s best option at quarterback through its final four regular season games. As he gets more ingame experience at the position, his play will improve. Mitchell has the ability to lead State’s offense, and the team, to bowl eligibility.

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