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Kayla Gibbs is a senior in biological sciences. She’s a Taurus. And she’s got rheumatoid arthritis. Gibbs is one of the over 600 students who have registered a disability with the Disability Services Office, and has DSO-approved academic accommodations, but she said not all professors respond well to the needs of handicapped students. “I had a professor who said he did not give extensions, make-up tests, or make-up assignments to sick or injured students in his syllabus,” said Gibbs. “When I ended up in the emergency room to have my knee drained, he wouldn’t let me make up the test I missed while being confined to bed rest after having 3 needles inside my joint.” Forced to receive zero after zero on tests she could not take on-time due to medical reasons, Gibbs attempted to drop the course, but ultimately had to go to the dean of her college to resolve the issue. “It got to the point that there was no way for me to pass the course, and

when I asked him to sign my drop final twice in your final grade,’” form due to medical reasons, he said said Gibbs. “This puts students like he did not believe in allowing students me with disabilities at a disadvanto drop a course due to disabilities,” tage to other students who got to said Gibbs. “He then said if I am hav- take their test on time. If a healthy ing such a hard time then I needed to student didn’t do well, they can leave the University altogether until I decide to replace their grade with their f inal. was healthier.” I don’t have According to t he lu xur y t he Universit y of ma k i ng policy on academthat decision ic accommodasince I got a tions for students z ero when with disabilities, I was in the it is the students’ hospital.” responsibility to However, register any disthe Univera bi l i t i e s w i t h sity’s course DSO, but t he Kayla Gibbs, senior in biological syllabus regpolicy specificalsciences ulation states ly states faculty professors members must do their best to read and adhere to the must include a paragraph in their recommendations made by DSO to syllabi stating students are able to help students with documented dis- receive accommodations if they have a documented need and their abilities. Gibbs said professors who do not request is “reasonable,” though allow make-up exams even for those there is no clearer definition as to with documented disabilities are able what does and does not fall under to refuse such tests if they state in their that category. According to Ana Ison, a lectursyllabi that they allow other grades to er in the chemistry department, make up more missed scores. But to Gibbs, allowing a final exam there are students in her class score to replace a low test grade is not every semester with documented disabilities, and said she and her an effective or fair policy. “The University shouldn’t allow colleagues do not typically turn teachers to ban make-up tests and then try to get around it by saying ‘There HANDICAP continued page 3 are no make-ups, but I’ll count your

“ I don’t have the luxury of making that decision since I got a zero when I was in the hospital.”

Renovations on Atrium continue on track University Dining is planning a preview party for Jan. 9 for select students to see the updates before the opening the first day of Spring semester classes. Chelsey Francis Deputy News Editor

The Atrium will close for serving on Dec. 10 and not reopen until Jan. 10. University Dining staff will work during the break to move equipment. According to Jennifer Gilmore, marketing and communications with University Dining, there are several different things that are going to happen before the Atrium reopens in January. “We need to switch the construction fencing to where it closes off the old temporary serving area while we renovate it and give access to the new serving area,” Gilmore said. “Second, we need to begin moving cooking and serving equipment into its new space in the new serving area.” In order to stay on schedule, Gilmore said, University Dining will start these changes on Dec. 10. “Many University Dining staff will be working during the holidays while the University is officially closed to ensure we are ready to re-open at the beginning of the spring semester,” Gilmore said. The Atrium will reopen for a preview party on Jan. 9, and then to the entire University on Jan. 10 for breakfast, according to Gilmore. “We wanted to do something really fun for the opening of the new serving area, so we came up with the idea of throwing a preview party the night before and inviting a select number of students to come,” Gilmore said. Gilmore said Randy Lait, University Dining director, came up with the idea of Golden Tickets for the preview party. “We have 100 tickets circulating at the C-stores. Students who purchase a 20 ounce drink will have the change to scratch a ticket and see if they won,” Gilmore said. “We will also give away

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Acappology set to release new album The group will have their fall concert at the same time as the release of the album.

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many creative minds collaborating on During the Acappology fall con- the same project.” Michael McKnight, a senior in biocert Saturday, the group is going to release their new album, This Always medical engineering, said he enjoys Accappology because he gets to try out Happens. Julie Steinberg, a senior in food sci- new things. “If I decide I want to imitate a synth ence and a member of the group said that Acappology means the study of pad, a banjo, or a Lady Gaga harmony I can try it without worrying how it a cappella. “A cappella is the art of perform- sounds,” McKnight said. According to Sadler, the group is ing music using only voices and zero instruments. College a cappella excited about the upcoming concert groups almost always perform covers and new album release. “We are all so psyched about this of popular (or not as popular) songs, although some college and profes- concert. I consider this a coming-out sional groups do write original songs,” for Acappology where we will be able to show to the N.C. State community Steinberg said. Dominic Greco, a junior in environ- the new style that we have worked to mental engineering, said he likes being create for ourselves over the past few years,” Sadler said. a part of the group. Acappology has been working on “I joined Acappology at the beginning of my sophomore year at State.  the album for three years, according I saw Acappology perform my fresh- to Sadler. man year and   “T his conthought ‘I have to cert is especially be in that group.’ exciting for us I absolutely love because we will music and singbe releasing our new album entiing.  I truly don’t tled, This Always believe I could be Happens , t hat happy without has been in proit,” Greco said. duction for the Acappology past three years. ta kes a lot of We are extremely time, according proud of this alto Greco. bum, as it has “ T h u s f a r, Margaret Sadler, co-director of truly shown our Acappology has Acappology progression and kept me extremegrow th in the ly busy but I love every minute of it.  That’s how you last few years. We can’t wait to share it know you’re in love with something; with everyone,” Sadler said. “We have no matter how much time it takes out a few surprises up our sleeves for this of your day, you never stop loving it,” concert that will be sure to keep you on your toes. So make sure to mark Greco said. Every person in the group is in- this one on your calendars.” Steinberg said they were excited volved in the arrangement of songs, according to Margaret Sadler, a junior about one of their songs being chosen in animal science and a co-director of for Best of College A Cappella 2011. “We just found out that the first the group. “Our unique arrangement style, song on our CD, was chosen for which allows everyone to participate BOCA 2011, which is a compilation in the arrangement process, allows CD featuring groups from all over the everyone in the group to feel a real country. Hundreds of songs from hunconnection to each and every song,” dreds of groups were submitted and Sadler said. “As co-directors, it is Eric only 18 were chosen, so this is a huge and my job to control the chaos and accomplishment for us and we are reto lead the arrangement in the right ally excited about it,” Steinberg said. direction, but everyone has their own input and everyone contributes to the finished product. This process creates ALBUM continued page 3 very unique arrangements due to so

“We are extremely proud of this album, as it has truly shown our progression and growth in the last few years.”

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Yuan Yuan Chen, a 2nd-year graduate student in economics exits the Brickyard Bubble Monday afternoon. Chen is “expecting [the Atrium] to be cleaner, have more choices, and be better overall,”. She said the renovations have caused her to come less often, three times a week as opposed to about eight times a week in the past, because there are fewer options due to the construction.

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to take one friend with them, just like in the Willy Wonka Movie, so it will be very exciting to pick a friend to come along,” Gilmore said. According to Gilmore, University Dining created 8,000 scratch off tickets. So far, 15 have been won. “I expect there will be a lot this week, because we were closed much of last week,” Gilmore said. The changes in the Atrium will be noticeable, according to Gilmore. “Bear in mind that it is still a small space, but it will definitely be a more modern space that has been designed to provide our diners with a lot of freshly made options,” Gilmore said. “There will be many staple items that diners can count on every day, plus a rotating menu that adds even

NEW ATRIUM DINING SPRING 2011 • Delirious: Deli style. Diners will have the ability to add their own toppings for custom tossed salads. As well, there will be wraps, including grilled chicken Caesar, turkey club wrap, ham & cheese wrap, vegetarian spinach wrap, vegetarian wheat wrap, BBQ chicken wrap, and BLT wrap. • Zen Blossom: Fresh-rolled sushi (California roll, Hawaiian roll and tekka maki roll), Asian salads, vegetable egg rolls, rice, fried rice, noodles, and a rotating menu of appetizing wok creations, including beef & broccoli, sesame chicken, sweet & sour chicken, dragonfire beef, zesty pork, General Tso chicken, sweet chili shrimp, and vegetable lo mein.

News more variety and gives everyone something to look forward to.” Gilmore said she had the opportunity to taste one of the rotating pastas. “I taste tested the chicken alfredo the other day, and I know that’s something I can look forward to on Mondays,” Gilmore said. “Of course, the Chick-fil-A is much bigger and will have its own queue, and the waffle fries will be in full force.” According to Gilmore, there is the chance that the Atrium will not pass inspection and be unable to open on Jan. 10. “If all goes as planned, we will be open on the first day of classes. The only thing that could cause a delay is if the inspector finds something that needs to be remedied before we can open,” Gilmore said. “He or she is not coming until Jan. 6, so that does not give us a lot of time to react. That said, we feel very confident that everything is being done according to plan.”

• Brickyard Pizza and Pasta: A wide selection of personal pizzas, breadsticks, and garlic toast, plus a rotating menu of tasty pasta dishes. Pizzas include: pepperoni, cheese, meat lovers’, veggie, and supreme. Rotating pasta dishes include chicken Alfredo, baked ziti, cheese ziti, chicken with mushroom ravioli and vodka cream sauce, tortellini with sausage and smoked gouda sauce, and chicken cacciatore. Breadsticks and garlic toast will also be offered. • Wolfpack-to-Go: Pre-packaged fresh items including: sandwiches, salads, pitas, wraps, parfaits and other items for when you are on the go but still want something great SOURCE: UNIVERSITY DINING WEB SITE

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Four bands to play in Withers These bands, made of only University students, will play for an University audience tonight in Withers Hall. Chelsey Francis Deputy News Editor

Four bands comprised of only University students are performing for students. These four bands, Anno Domini, Wind and Willow, Tin Can Sailors and Carolina Road Kill will be performing. Each band has a different style. Anno Domini is an ‘a capella’ group. Wind and Willow is a folk band. Tin Can Sailors has an indie rock style. This show will be the final performance for Carolina Road Kill, which is being considered the headlining band. Mark Tillman, a senior in business administration, and member of Wind and Willow, was one of the main organizers for this show.

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down student requests for accommodations should they be eligible for such alterations. “If DSO finds the student’s paperwork sufficient, then I try to work with the student, whether that means they take the test at the DSO office or in a quiet room with few distractions,” said Ison. “Yes, there are students who want to take advantage of this option or have a difficulty financing the documentation, but there are students who really need this extra help.” Ison said she thinks a separate testing center should be created for any student needing extra time or accommodations for exams, and the focus of assessing students is not always in the right place. “Ultimately, I think exam time should be longer for everyone, since it is really hard to sit down and focus on simply completing the test in a short amount of time,” said Ison. “This shouldn’t be about testing on how fast students can think, but on whether or not they know they material.” In the 35 years he has taught at the University, Michael

“We decided we should do the show during dead week because everyone is back from Thanksgiving break, and really, what else do students have to do,” Tillman said. Kyle Jackson, a senior in history and member of Tin Can Sailors, said the event was put together because these student bands decided they wanted to have a show. “I’ve had classes in Withers Hall before, so it’ll be nice to have fun in Withers for once,” Jackson said. Matt Gilmore, a junior in political science and member of Tin Can Sailors, said the show is going to be pretty unique. “The best part is that it’s all N.C. State bands playing on N.C. State campus,” Gilmore said. “It’s going to be a cool show in Withers Hall auditorium.” According to Gilmore, this performance going to be the last show for Carolina Roadkill. “It’s a big band,” Gilmore said. “There’s nine people in it, so it’s hard to schedule times for practices.” Jackson said Tin Can Sailors

BASIC INFORMATION: Where: 232A Withers Hall When: 6:30 p.m. today Cost: Free Bands playing: Carolina Roadkill Tin Can Sailors Wind and Willow Anno Domini SOURCE: KYLE JACKSON

has several difference facets. They have three different lead singers, depending on the song. “We’re just five average dudes who wanted to be in a band,” Jackson said. “We had the idea to make a band. We enjoy playing for fun.”

Grimwood, a professor of students don’t have that isEnglish, said he has hardly ever sue,” said Gibbs. “A reasonable had to turn a student’s request request is one that allows us to overcome our disabilities and down. “I typically have one or still get an education. It’s not two students a semester with our fault we are sick and usudocumented disabilities, and ally it doesn’t take much for a it has rarely been the case teacher to allow us extra time or administhat I haven’t ter a makebeen able to up test.” give a student Gibbs said what he or she if there conthought they tinue to be needed,” said professors Grimwood. who refuse “I am legally to help sturequ i red to help a student dents w it h Ana Ison, chemistry lecturer if they have disabilities, a letter from t hen t hei r DSO, but I’m happy to help names should be compiled and anyway. I can’t recall more made available to students with than one instance where an documented disabilities. agreement could not be made “Personally, I feel that the between myself and a student.” fact that I look normal outside According to Gibbs, this is also makes teachers not trust the case for most professors me quite as much. They can’t she has encountered, and most see my disability so they asfind no fault with allotting an sume I’m faking,” said Gibbs. extension or make-up test “I would like to think that due to a documented medical all professors would be nice problem. However, she said the enough to listen to us and help policies of a few professors can us. I honestly feel like teachharm a student’s future educa- ers who do not like us in their tional experiences. courses and who are not going “I don’t think all teachers are to give us make up exams or like this at all, but it only takes extensions need to sign up on one or two failing grades to put a list that the DSO can hand us out of the running for grad out to us so we know to avoid school and jobs that healthy those teachers.”

“I think exam time should be longer for everyone.”

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Dominic Greco a junior in environmental engineering leads NCSU’s premier co-ed a cappella group in a song for entertainment at the Chancellor’s Ice Cream Dream. “Acappology loves singing at events across campus and getting involved with our fellow students!  The ice cream social was a fun way to welcome the new chancellor and we are honored to have been part of it. “ Greco said.

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indie rock / hip-hop / dance / electronica / metal / folk / post rock / local / soul / a capella

According to Greco, the concert will be fun and students should definitely attend it. “I would encourage students to come and invite friends and family because a cappella music is so unique and can be so exciting especially for newcom-

ers.  A cappella music can bring an old song, or even a new but overplayed song, back to life.  Acappology has so much fun performing together and I know it flows right out to the audience,” Greco said. Sammi Mandani, a junior in English education, said she liked Acappology’s past performances. “I have attended their performances in the past. It is pretty

cool when they jam. They collaborate well and they don’t rely on instruments,” Mandani said. Sarah Cummings, a freshman in statistics, said she is planning to attend the concert. “I love music. Acappology sounds interesting. I will definitely attend the concert if I can get a couple of friends to come with me,” Cummings said.


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THE FACTS:

The Atrium will close on Dec. 10 to begin the between the newly renovated area and the area that is currently open. The Atrium will feature five new offerings while the second phase is finished up. University Dining will open the newly renovated area on Jan. 9 for the students who won Golden Tickets from the C-Stores.

OUR OPINION:

University Dining has done a good job by keeping on schedule and responding to students’ needs. Students were in need of new options and University Dining is putting forth the effort to make sure they are the best.

We’ve all got Golden Tickets T he Atrium is the breadbasket of the daily N.C. State student. By being on the main thoroughfare across campus, the dining facilities provide sustenance to us in the form of Chick-fil-a and sub sandwiches. After the blow of the Brickyard Bubble, the closing of half the Atrium and the loss of waffle fries, students are awaiting to be wowed by the new additions to food options and seating, and it looks like we don’t have much to be disappointed about. Students might be sad to hear the Atrium will close the first Friday during exams, however, this will actually help us get that much closer to the end of the renovations. By closing before the end of the semester -- essentially starting early

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-- renovations can be ready by the time students return for the spring semester. Finally, students can get their waffle fry fix. University Dining reports that the Atrium renovation project is still on schedule and hasn’t run into any issues. Students should be relieved the Atrium project is still on track, so a year-long project can remain just so. Students won’t have to be put off even longer with the Bubble or the old, limited options. The renovated Atrium’s offerings are certainly in line with what students were asked about during last year’s din-

ing assessment. With a nice selection of offerings that are different than just the pizza and sandwiches of the past, the Atrium opening in January looks to be one students should be excited about. This expansion will be good for students with a meal plan who are subject to the refrigerated salads and same old sub sandwiches. The initial investment of $4 million might be steep for the University now, but the new selections could raise revenue for the University. This push for new selections will also attract other students who might not otherwise come or even inspire someone to get

a meal plan just to take advantage of the new selections. University Dining has certainly raised the bar in the last few years with more Dinging Focus Groups and changing their menu based on student feedback, but the Atrium renovations look to be the top. Though there is nothing wrong with the current offerings, Dining recognized students needed some new selections and they delivered. We can finally move on from our parents’ lunch on schedule.

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ation building, as is evident in recent culture, starts in the classroom. With the current dropout rate of 8 percent and suicide the second highest cause of death in teens, the process of nation building is not going well at the moment. The Department of Education released a letter in October reminding Theju schools, colleges and uniJacob Staff Columnist versities about bullying and discriminatory harassment, and the implications of students’ actions. Socio-cultural differences, factors outside school and academic expectations are too much for many of today’s schoolgoing crowd to handle, but there are ways we can help t he you nger generation overcome these pressures. An obvious solution is to start in elementary school a nd prov ide students with a mentor they can have face time with and rely on for suppor t . A s students who have just passed the K-12 phase themselves, members of our University community are well prepared to take up the roles of mentors. The Students Advocating for Youth Village at Syme Hall provides that opportunity. The village consists of freshmen and sophomores who visit elementary and middle school students in the community, and mentor students on a one-on-one basis every week. According to Suzanne Berryhill, educational advisor for SAY, mentors address some of these issues, like bullying, coping with family issues and planning for the future. Freshmen visit the Fuller and Hunter Elementary Schools, while the

sophomores go to Centennial Campus Middle School. This group of students helps raise awareness of the factors that affect the lives of children and strive to make improvements in the areas they can by getting involved with schools in our neighborhood. CSLEPS also offers ways for other students to mentor children in the community and provide support for younger students. Opportunities come up over the course of the school year and are always available so N.C. State students can give back to the community. Statistically, majority of students here have been through similar experiences and can provide wisdom, friendship and support for any number of issues and pressures younger students are going through. By being involved and aware of younger students a nd t h e pr e s sures t hat affect them, we can strengthen the future of our nation and society a nd comb at t h e s e problems for the long term. This requires us older students taking our time to pass on our knowledge and provide support for them. These simple acts can make a world of difference for a child, and that will make their and our future better.

“Socio-cultural differences, factors outside school and academic expectations are too much for many of today’s school-going crowd to handle.”

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“I don’t eat there very often because I’m vegetarian and I don’t think their options are worth my money.”

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010• PAGE 5

Tir Na Nog sponsors weekly Nog Run around Raleigh A couple hundred people hit the pavement each Monday for exercise, finishing with free food and drink specials. Mark Herring Staff Writer

Appearing like a dysfunctional flock of birds before takeoff, runners crowded around the front of Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in downtown Raleigh waiting in anticipation. As the large group counted down the minutes, runners showed off fitness apparel or exchanged stories until someone made a move and bolted down Blount Street. Bystanders watched while waiting for the flock of runners blocking their way to thin out. However, the bizarre embarkation of hundreds of runners is not an event out of the ordinary. The over 200 runners spilling out of the peripheries of the pub were starting the ritual Nog Run. Every Monday night, rain or shine, the Nog Run Club meets at the pub to run 3 and 5-mile circuits around downtown Raleigh. “Let’s try not to get anyone run over tonight,” Eugene Wheeler, group organizer and employee of Fleet Feet Raleigh, joked before the event. “That’s generally not ALEX NITT/TECHNICIAN a good thing. We don’t want to During a weekly Tir Na Nog run on Monday, Kory Gray, a graduate student in electrical engineering, Jennifer Omlor, a freshman in zoology, ruin the event for everyone.” Nicole Lewis, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, Bryan Deitz, a senior in computer engineering, Edward Dobner, a senior in Staff from Fleet Feet Raleigh industrial engineering, Mike Habersetzer, a sophomore in mechanical engineering and John Capets, a junior in aerospace engineering, running store and the Chiro- arrive back at Tir Na Nog for the pasta dinner after the run. Lewis, a member of the N.C. State Triathlon Club, said, “we are out here training practic Café organize the run, for the Thunder Road Marathon on December 11 that will be in Charlotte.” which the pub has been hosting since the summer of 2008. neighborhoods surrounding ness activity, it is also a very games, to the most recent activSTAGGERING large social event with a strong ity, a charity toy drive. Oakwood In efforts to enSTATISTICS The Nog Run Club is by no P a r k a n d following. Upon finishing the courage fitness t hen ma ke run, which seems more like a means exclusive and attracts a and socializing 350 Runners for record t h e i r w a y religious ritual than a workout small yet dedicated student folamongst runAttendance west to St. for the seasoned Nog runners, lowing. ners, the layout April 26, 2010 Mary’s Street. a large crowd sticks around to of dow ntow n “This was my first Nog Run,” for From there share a buffet of pasta, salad and Zack Capets, a junior in aeroRaleigh and the 285 Runners Nov. 22, 2010 t h e y t u r n discount beer to compensate for space engineering, said. “I warmth of the back sout h the calories burnt. pub lend themwanted to try to come out beHolding 333 Mug Members The average attendance fluctu- cause I’ve heard a lot about it towards selves to serve the Capitol, ates between 250 to 300 people. from other people. It’s safer to both purposes. Wearing 510 Shirt According to the event organiz- run in a group and it’s also more returning The fitness levMembers around din- ers, the largest attendance was social.” els vary within Races 94 ner t i me to 350 people. the group, so a The run spans a wide perimAlong with free food — al- eter of downtown Raleigh and t he Tir Na long belt of runSOURCE: NOGRUNCLUB.COM Zack Capets, junior in Nog Irish Pub though the bar encourages a passes through some heavy trafners span along aerospace engineering o n B l ou nt one-dollar donation — the club fic areas. The large group of runthe streets of organizes activities to compli- ners tends to catch the attention Street. downtown Rament the dinner, which ranges of common passersby. leigh. Passing the Capitol, the NOG RUN continued page 6 runners head north to the old Not only is the Nog Run a fit- from mustache contests, to trivia “I saw a lot of heads turning,”

“This was my first Nog Run...I wanted to try to come out because I’ve heard a lot about it from other people.”

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Local comic book shop to close down Capitol Comics will close down on Hillsborough Street to consolidate with location near Crabtree Valley Mall.

where the store is currently located to make way for newer buildings. He also explained that merging with the store’s other location helps to cut down on employee and building costs. “It makes economic sense,” Elizabeth Ayscue Pleasant said. Staff Writer Pleasant opened Capitol It started with a dissatisfied Comics in its Hillsborough worker and a love of comic Street location 24 years ago. “I was in banking and I was books. And now it ends with not enjoya 24 -yea ring my job, old collecand I coltion t hat lected comic fills a back books,” storeroom Pleasant and one less said. Pleascomic book ant has been store for a fan of University comic books students to for 45 years, enjoy. having read Comic Ken Pleasant, owner of Capitol Comics them since book lovers he was 10 w i l l soon years old. be losing a He noticed there was a need convenient location to enjoy one of their favorite past times for another comic book store in when Capitol Comics, located the Raleigh area because, at the on Hillsborough Street, closes time, there was only one store down this year to merge with that specialized in comic books its Holly Ridge Road location in the area. He did some research and near Crabtree Valley Mall. The owner, Ken Pleasant, said discovered that the demand the reasons were economical. for comic book stores was highHe believes the city will end est around major universities. up tearing down the building Having been an N.C. State

“I was in banking and I was not enjoying my job, and I collected comic books.”

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graduate in business management himself, he started looking for a Hillsborough Street location to open his comic book store so it would be close to the University, and particularly the residence halls, allowing students to easily walk to the location. And, Pleasant added, the location he chose was the only one with decent parking. Students have been purchasing comic books—both single issue and trade paperbacks—as well as collectable statues and action figures from the store since then. When asked if the digital age of iPods and Kindles would have an effect on comic book sales, Pleasant said he was sure it would have an effect—in the future. But so far, comic book sales have not been as bad as they could be. “It’s hard to gauge how it’s going to affect it,” Pleasant said. Right now, Pleasant has an entire back room filled with boxes of comic books. He said during December he plans to organize as much as possible to make the move to Holly Ridge Road a bit easier.

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Capets said. “It’s funny thinking what others observing must think, especially of some of the people out here decked out in highlighter-yellow running shirts.” Along with the dedicated Nog Running Club members, the NCSU Triathlon Club comes to the event every Monday. “This is our Monday practice,” Jennifer Omlor, a freshman in zoology and Triathlon Club member, explained. “It’s a good way to meet people and it’s a great workout. It’s a way for runners to train for a lot of different races. It’s helped me out a lot and improve my running.” Eric Reed, a junior in civil engineering, said he has participated in the event several times. “I heard about the run from a coworker,” Reed said. “He was telling me on how to get involved and plugged into the running/biking scene in Raleigh, since I’m new here. It’s really nice to be within biking distance to downtown Raleigh. For instance, today, I’m biking down to the run with a group of friends. We’re making an event out of it. Plus, the food is much better than expected for just one dollar.” The event exemplifies the healthy dynamics between local restaurants and the people of Raleigh. “It’s cool that they offer this because the runners and the pub want to support Raleigh,” Reed said. “If they want to celebrate with a discount beer at the end, better for the pub and the runners.”

Students are not only going to miss the short distance to and from the store, but the atmosphere of the store itself. Courtney Holland, a sophomore in creative writing, says she will miss having a comic book store so close to campus. “As a person who enjoys comic books and just the environment of the shops, I am sad that they are moving because it is one less location that’s close to campus that people can enjoy and visit,” Holland said. Pleasant said he hopes to be able to open a Hillsborough Street location again in the future, if the economic situation gets better.

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Capitol Comics on Hillsborough Street will be consolidating with its partner store in Oak Park Shopping Center in late December. Lacking the amount of sales needed to uphold both stores, the owner, Ken Pleasant, is forced to close the store on Hillsborough Street. The store is holding a sale of 40 percent off everything in-store, except one-dollar comics.

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clinch the Atlantic Division title and guarantee it a trip to Charlotte. And lastly, the one that was completely out of the team’s hands, the one play many fans had been waiting for all season, the hose job. State was down seven points with just a little more than a minute remaining. It had just used all of its timeouts to stop the clock and Maryland was faced with a fourth and one from the State 32-yard line. Coach Ralph Friedgen elected to go for it. Although it seemed like the Pack stopped Maryland running back D.J. Adams, who appeared to barely make it back to the

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EAGL conference in 2010, but led the league in uneven bars and floor exercise and finished second on vault. “Beam was our big issue last year, and it has been for the past couple of years,” Hardiman said. But Barr said Johnson’s return has aided State in overcoming its demons surrounding the event. “She makes you feel comfortable and excited to do beam, whereas in past year’s, we have been nervous for it, because we did not know what to expect,” Barr said. “It’s looking really good.”

line of scrimmage, a favorable Terps spot gave them the first down. An official review confirmed the call, sealing Maryland’s win. I know this has been a very controversial topic. The ACC came out Monday and stood behind Ron Cherry and the referee’s decision. But everyone watching the game knew that the Pack defense had stopped Adams well short of the first down mark. There was no guarantee whatsoever State would have been able to move the ball almost 70 yards in less than 60 seconds and score a touchdown to tie the game. But the refs robbed State of the chance to complete one of the greatest comebacks in school history. Three plays. Three losses. Each could have gone the

other way. State got a ton of huge breaks this season (a Christian Ponder fumble comes to mind) but maybe just one more break could have pushed it over the edge and into the title game. But as State fans have come to except, that last big break never came.

The new energy and confidence spread by Johnson has also been felt by head coach Mark Stevenson. Stevenson, a four time NCAA Southeast Region coach of the year, has led the Pack since 1980 and attributed the team’s new perspective to Johnson. “She brings a new perception on how to compete and see inside yourself and be consistent on balance beam,” Stevenson said. “I think the biggest thing for us will be confidence.” New training techniques have also been implemented on the balance beam in the pre-season to promote confidence in a team that finished 17-6 in 2010. Johnson pointed out the important role that Barr will have to play in 2011, highlighting her as a potential

star performer. “Brooke is a very, very talented young lady,” Johnson said. “Sometimes I think I have more confidence in Brooke than she has in herself. She brings experience to the table and is a rock.” The Pack will look to get its season off to a perfect start with a victory against Oklahoma in its season opener January 14in Reynolds Coliseum.

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Redshirt junior quarterback Russell Wilson reaches back to pass the ball during the first quarter of the team’s season opener Saturday Sept. 4 at Carter-Finley Stadium. Wilson has four touchdowns on 306 yards passing. The Pack defeated Western Carolina 48-7.

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four touchdowns on 57 receptions. He finished fifth in the conference in receiving yards and eighth in yards per catch, with 15.2, a year after leading the nation with 25.5 yards per catch. The mark of 25.5 yards per catch in 2009 broke his own conference record in that category, which he set in 2008, when he averaged 22.3 yards per reception. His average of 72.3 yards per game this season showed his continued progress in that department, as he averaged 53.2 yards per game as a sophomore and 69.5 as a junior. Vermiglio was named honorable mention All-ACC after playing 815 snaps without

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NATE IRVING (1ST-TEAM) Tackles: 93 Tackles for loss: 19.5 Sacks: 6

surrendering a sack. Of the six players recognized, if anyone had a breakout season, it was Sweezy. From the defensive tackle position, he led the Pack with six sacks and recorded 13 tackles for loss, which was good enough for second, behind only Irving, one of the nation’s lead-

Catches: 57 Yards: 868 Touchdowns: 4

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ers in that category. He also finished tops among all Wolfpack defensive linemen with 46 total tackles. He racked up those numbers just one season after starting only one game.

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Irving, Bryan named All-ACC Tyler Everett Sports Editor

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2010 AllConference football players Monday, with four Wolfpack players drawing first or secondteam honors and two more garnering honorable mention recognition. Quarterback Russell Wilson received two fewer voting points than first-teamer Tyrod Taylor of Virginia Tech, while a pair of his teammates in junior tight end George Bryan and senior linebacker Nate Irving were named to the first team. Joining Wilson on the second team was his favorite target throughout the season, senior wide receiver Owen Spencer. Two players who did not quite qualify for either the first or second team were redshirt junior defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy and senior offensive tackle Jake Vermiglio. Vermiglio led all honorable mention honorees with 34 voting points, while Sweezy received just seven fewer voting points than Maryland DT Joe Vellano. For Bryan, it marks the second consecutive year he has been named first-team all-conference. This season he hauled in 32 receptions for 344 yards and three touchdowns a year after making 40 receptions and six touchdowns. Bryan is joined on this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first team by senior linebacker Nate Irving, who sat out all of 2009 after sustaining lifethreatening injuries in a preseason car accident. Irving led his team with 93 tackles and 19.5 tackles for loss. More impressive than Irvingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statistics was his impact on a defense that clearly missed his presence throughout 2009. With Irving at middle linebacker, the defense gave up 22.5 points per game a season after giving up 30 or more points in seven of eight games against ACC opponents. The defense also made tremendous strides in terms of rushing the passer, as it is third in the nation with 40 sacks a year after recording only 24. In 2008, Irvingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 84 tackles and four interceptions in only eight starts earned him honorable mention all-conference recognition. Coming off his breakout sophomore season, Irving was a preseason All-ACC linebacker before injuries stemming from the car wreck ended his season before it started. Wilson received just two fewer voting points than Virginia Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tyrod Taylor, the first-team signal caller. Wilson threw for ACC-bests 3,288 yards and 26 touchdowns and also ran for 394 yards and nine touchdowns. Wilson has accounted for 101 touchdowns, 74 passing and 27 running in his career, with a bowl game still left to be played before his junior year is complete. In his fourth and final season with the Pack, Spencer remained a deep threat and also developed as an all-around wide receiver. Spencer led his team in 2010 in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, with 868 yards receiving and

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aturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 38-31 loss to Maryland dashed the Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ACC Championship hopes in heartbreaking fashion, but it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prevent State from competing in its second bowl game in the last three seasons. Below are the Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible options, with the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most likely destinations being either the Champs Sports or Hyundai Sun Bowl.

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Meineke Car Care Bowl

Where: Charlotte, N.C. When: December 31, noon Who: Big East No. 3 vs. ACC No. 5 CNNSI Projection: Clemson vs. Connecticut

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Where: Orlando, Fla. When: December 28, 6:30 p.m. Who: ACC No. 3 vs. Notre Dame or Big East No. 2 CNNSI Projection: N.C. State vs. Notre Dame

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Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return to bolster beam performance Assistant coach Colleen Johnson returns after six years with Arizona

ability is there and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking the approach that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not focusing on the past but dealing with the cards I have been dealt.â&#x20AC;? After the Pack finished last Charles Brooke among six teams at the 2010 Correspondent NCAA Regional ChampionThe return of assistant ships held in Morgantown, W. coach Colleen Johnson to Va. The team will be looking Carmichael Gymnasium to make the next step in 2011. has inspired a newfound To make that step, the Pack will need juconfinior Brooke dence for Barr, a star the N.C. performer in State 2010 with 28 gymnaspodium fintics team ishes, to lead. as it looks â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope to to avenge go out there last seaand contribsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disute to my appointteam as much me nt at as possible,â&#x20AC;? the NCAA Brooke Barr Barr said. Regionals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are ready Johnson to show evserved as eryone what assistant coach at N.C. State from we are made of and we know 2000 to 2004, and won the we can get to nationals.â&#x20AC;? Senior Brittany Hardiman, 2003 Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. who indentified the balance After spending the last six beam as an event of concern seasons at Arizona, she is in previous seasons, echoed delighted to be back in Ra- that confidence. The Pack was ranked fourth on beam in the leigh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are a very talented and a very hard-working GYM continued page 7 group,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are ready to show everyone what we are made of and we know we can get to nationals.â&#x20AC;?

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Sophomore Brooke Barr does a cartwheel on the balance beam as junior Brittney Hardiman, sophomore Jess Panza and coach Mark Stevenson stand by. Barr placed second on balance beam with a score of 9.750, first on vault with a 9.825, 6th on Uneven Parallel Bars with a 9.600, and 2nd on the floor exercise with a 9.825.

COMMENTARY

What might have been After two days of sitting around depressed, sulking and thinking terrible, terrible things about what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to do to Ron Cherry, I have finally simmered down and stopped being such a Debbie Downer. But after watching the Terrapins rip our heart out and stomp out any dreams of the ACC Champion s h ip, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but wonder what Taylor if State had Barbour c aug ht t hat Deputy Sports last big break. Editor S t at e h a d played so well this season, surpassing all of the very low expectations that it had coming into the year. But man, it would have been nice to win that ACC Atlantic Division title. I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the past and we cannot dwell on it, but just allow me to play a little bit of devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advocate and revisit three plays in three games that could given State a golden ticket to Charlotte. Take week five, for example. The Pack was up 17-7 and driving late in the second quarter. State had jumped all over the Hokies and had a firm grip on the game. Wilson and the offense were driving in the red zone, looking to add another score and all but put the game away before halftime. But Wilson dropped back and attempted to force a pass to wide receiver Jarvis Williams in the end zone. The throw resulted in an interception by VT defensive back Jayrod Hosley and gave the Hokies a glimmer of momentum heading into the half. No, a touchdown or field goal by the Pack was not a given, but that interception did two things. One, it took off points that would have been crucial in driving the nail into the coffin in the first half. And two, it gave Virginia Tech the slight spark of momentum it needed going into the half. The Hokies used that momentum to come out and take the kickoff for a touchdown, and then outscored State 34-13 in the second half, eventually winning 41-30 and giving the Pack its first loss of the season. The second play game just four weeks later. State was at Clemson and was up 7-0 early in the second quarter. The drive stalled on the Clemson 13-yard line and State elected to kick the 30-yard field goal. However, defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins busted up the middle and got a hand on the Josh Czajkowski kick, blocking it. Czajkowski could have made it a 10-0 game. But with the way the two defenses were playing that day, a 10-0 lead looked more like 24-0. Both D-lines were at their peak as Clemsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense only gave up 275 yards of offense to the Pack. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 125 yards less than Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season average. The Wolfpack gave up only 263 total yards to Clemsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense, almost 75 yards less the Tigers had been averaging on the season. Not exactly a shootout. Had State won this game, it would have put itself in the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat for good, only needing a single win against Florida State the next week to

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