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University celebrates Founder’s Day Chelsey Francis News Editor

Students had the opportunity to celebrate Founder’s Day with free pizza, cake and a photo opportunity with Walter Matthews. Matthews was the first student to enroll in N.C. State after it was founded in 1887. Mitchell Abbott, a junior in civil engineering and a member of the Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program, dressed as Matthews for the event Tuesday in the Brickyard. According to Brittnee Rambo, a senior in psychology and a student ambassador, the event was a combination of recruitment efforts for AASAP and a celebration of the founding of N.C. State. “Right now [AASAP] is going through recruitment,” Rambo said.  “It’s a chance for students to be tradition keepers and ambassadors for the University.” According to the AASAP website, student ambassadors serve as liaisons between alumni, administration and students. “We’re involved in Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow, the traditions committee, homecoming, membership committee and senior class relations,” Rambo said. Abbott said he got the idea to dress like Walter Matthews from other schools. “I saw where other schools had done this and thought it was a good idea,” Abbott said.  “This is the first year anyone has dressed up for Founder’s Day.” According to Abbott, the response to him as Matthews was good. “A lot of people have laughed, but it’s

been good,” Abbott said. “I’ve taken a lot of pictures, but not as many as Mr. Wuf would have.” Annie Linker, a junior in communications, said she was the vice-president of AASAP last year and was in charge of the Founder’s Day celebration. “We think it’s important to celebrate Founder’s Day,” Linker said.  “A lot of people don’t know when N.C. State was founded, so we’re raising awareness about that and it’s always good to have cake.” The AASAP celebration on the Brickyard ties in with other Founder’s Day celebrations around campus, according to Linker. “For one thing, there’s a Founder’s Day dinner every year,” Linker said. Founder’s Day is actually March 7, 1887, however due to spring break, the group made the decision to celebrate early. “It’s always good to have an early birthday celebration, but it doesn’t look good to have a belated birthday,” Linker said. Abbott said he anticipates someone dressing up again for the celebration next year. “I’d like to continue this tradition of someone dressing up.  If someone else doesn’t do it, I will,” Abbott said.  “I already have the outfit anyway.” Sam Dennis, the director of the traditions committee and a senior in biological sciences, said this is the first year the Founder’s Day celebration has included pizza. “We introduced pizza this year,” Dennis said.  “We’re hoping to build this up as big as Homecoming is in the fall.  Homecoming is our big fall event, so we’d like this to be our big event in the spring.”



New task force for academics and athletics Academics for athletes are being prioritized with a new task force chaired by ECU Chancellor. Elise Heglar Staff Writer


Amanda Young, a sophmore in management, and Natelie Hawley, a senior in elementary education, distribute free cake in the Brickyard to celebrate NC Sate’s 124th birthday. The Alumni Association celebrated Founder’s Day not only to remember State’s birthday but to recruit new members enthusiastic about NCSU.

Athletes in the University of North Carolina system are getting more academic attention thanks to a new task force initiated by President Ross of the University of North Carolina System. The task force is a very new idea that came about in response to some of the issues that UNC schools have been having with athletics and academics in recent years. “The intersection of athletics and academics is very important to the UNC System.  We want our athletes to have the best experience from both perspectives,” said Philip Rogers, the chief of staff for the ECU Chancellor’s office. ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard is the chair of this new task force.  According to Hannah Gage, chairwoman of the UNC System Board of Governors, the two main goals of the task force are to identify and prioritize institutional risks in intercollegiate athletics as related to academic integrity and NCAA compliance, and to review

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SG bombards Chancellor with budget questions Senators express concern over tuition, class sizes. Chris Boucher Deputy News Editor


Eli Owens, a graduate student in physics, practices fly fishing for his class Thursday. The class, which meets only once a week from 10:15 to 12:10, was working on their form. Owens enjoyed being able to take an interesting class that broadened his experience in the sport of fishing.



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During the Student Government meeting Wednesday, Chancellor Randy Woodson stopped by for an informal question and answer session. Before the Senate had a chance to ask about the budget, Woodson was already on the topic. “My time at N.C. State has been terrific so far. My wife and I have been welcomed with open arms,” Woodson said, when asked how he’s adjusting to life in Raleigh. “Now, it is a fiscally difficult environment, but [N.C. State] is not unusual. Every public institution in the country is in this situation.” Woodson acknowledged the rumor that’s been spreading as the University looks to absorb campus-wide budget cuts that could reach 15 percent. “Rumors are flying,” Woodson said. “The state of North Carolina has the sixth-largest budget deficit in the country. It’s a tense time and it’s natural that tensions will be high across campus.” For now, the waiting is the hardest part. The University won’t know about its funding until the State General Assembly finishes its legislative session. The projected deadline for the General Assembly to finish is June 30, but Woodson said it could wrap up later than that. “At this point nobody’s budget has been cut, but a lot of departments have been preparing for it, and preparing for it in a really serious way,” Woodson said. Patrick Devore, a College of Physical and Mathematical Sci-

ences senator and a senior in enrollment has grown a little too meteorology, asked Woodson if fast lately,” Woodson said. he foresaw another increase in The University has limited the student tuition akin to last year, size of the freshman class each when the University upped tu- of the last three years in order to ition by 19 percent - a day before better serve the students it does the 2010 fall semester billing pe- accept, Woodson said. riod began. According to Arden, the unWoodson could not rule out dergraduate enrollment has inanother last-minute tuition hike creased by around 25 percent in this year, depending on the Gen- the past decade, and graduate eral Assembly’s progress during enrollment has gone up by 40 to the legislative session. 45 percent. “We’ve asked [the General “We had reached the point of Assembly] that it not happen saturation [three years ago]: satagain, but just uration with to be perfectly class size, with c a nd id t hat enrollment, was a legiswith faculty,” l at ive i s sue Woodson said. that we could “Bei ng big not control,” without being Woodson said high-quality is of the sumnot good.” mer t u it ion Arden said increase. “I’m that there’s no Warwick Arden, provost hopeful that magic wand won’t happen to wave and but I cannot stand here and tell instantly reduce class sizes. you it won’t.” “There’s no panacea as an anJustin  Brooks, a College of En- swer. We’re trying to protect seats gineering senator and a senior in and sections as best we can. But nuclear engineering, asked what the deeper the budget cuts go, the impact the budget cuts might more likely it will affect class size have on enrollment numbers and class sections,” he said. If the GA decides to cut less and class sizes. “We don’t anticipate that we than 10 percent “we can buffer will reach our [enrollment] ca- a lot of that,” Arden said. “But pacity. In fact, we have been try- the closer the budget cut gets to ing to keep class sizes smaller” in 10 or 15 percent, the more of an anticipation of budget cuts, said impact you’ll see on seats and Provost Warwick Arden, who class sections.” Woodson said that one way the was also on hand for Woodson’s University can better endure any Q&A. The budget cuts could allow for future funding fallout is a steady a recalibration of enrollment to growing of the endowment. “I said from the day I got here better ensure smart growth at the University, according to Wood- that we have to grow our endowment. It helps to cushion students son. “Limiting enrollment doesn’t from [cuts] when we have a large mean we’re not growing, but our endowment,” he said.

“The deeper the budget cuts go, the more likely it will affect class size and class sections.”

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In Thursday’s “Stafford special coverage,” Kelly Hook is a senior in political science.

March 2 12:45 A.M. | MEDICAL ASSIST Turlington Hall Units responded to student in need of medical assistance. Transport was refused.

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N.C. STATE BASEBALL VS. PENN STATE 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Doak Field N.C. State takes on Penn State at Doak Field. Everyone is invited to enjoy the baseball game while playing bingo as part of the Which Wich Baseball Bingo Promotion.

4:08 P.M. | SUSPICIOUS PERSON Wendell Murphy Center Non-student reported that several hours earlier unknown subject had made inappropriate comments to another non-student. Officers checked the area but did not locate subject.

WOMEN’S TENNIS VS. DUKE 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. J.W Isenhour Tennis Facility N.C. State Wolfpack Women will take on Duke Blue Devils Women at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Facility.

6:00 P.M. | SPECIAL EVENT Stewart Theater Officers monitored step show.

Saturday DIG IN! 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Marbles Museum Events including Workshops, sessions led by urban farming experts, educational booths.

6:15 P.M.| MEDICAL ASSIST - ALCOHOL Gardner Hall Officers located nonstudent in need of medical assistance. Subject was transported for medical assistance and trespassed from N.C. State property.

9:47 P.M. | LARCENY Coliseum Deck Staff member reported student may have stolen parking boot.

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10:50 A.M. | LARCENY Sullivan Shops Staff member reported jacket stolen.

6:57 P.M. | SUSPICIOUS PERSON Administrative Service II Officers responded to report of suspicious subjects and located cleaning personnel in the building. No further action taken.


RESIDENCE HALLS CLOSE 10 a.m. Residence Halls will re-open March 13 at noon.

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att Barr, a freshman in First Year College, shapes a piece of wood on a wood lathe in Technical Engineering and Design Education 110 lab. Barr said this class is his first wood shop class in college. He took a few wood shop classes in high school. “My dad sort of steered me towards liking this stuff,” Barr said. “My favorite part of this class is using different tools that I have never used before.” Barr plans to major in technology, design and engineering education, a major in which students work mainly downstairs in Poe in the various shop classes there.

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Juan Williams commemorates MLK, Jr. Speaker talks about what MLK would think about life and race relations today. Shivalik Daga Staff Writer

He came. He asked. He wondered. And disheartened by society’s apathy, he left. Martin Luther King Jr., that is.  Weaving an imaginative narrative, speaker Juan Williams, delivering the Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration lecture, said this is what would happen if King was present between us today. “Let us join in an act of imagination. Imagine that he [King] comes in, sits next to you and asks you, ‘what’s going on about race in this country?’” said Williams. “He would have come back to the land of the living dead, where people close their eyes to the reality around them. Keep in mind that King has been gone for 43 years.” Williams said that while King would certainly be happy to learn that we now have a black president, other facts would lead him to despair.  “Today, we have a black president and a secretary of state, who was previously also the First Lady, a woman. Before her, the secretary was a black woman, and before her, a black man and another woman,” said Williams. “But what is the situ-

ation for the black community at large? The overall poverty rate in the country stands at 15 percent, with 25 percent for the blacks. That means one out of every four black people in this country is living below the poverty line.” Sharing similar statistics with the audience, Williams said that while 29 percent of white children have single mothers, the numbers are as high as 50 percent for the Hispanic, and 70 percent for the black population. This, Williams said, is a major cause for concern. “It is important for black women to emphasize and stress on the need to build a proper family structure,” Williams said. “You should not ignore its importance for raising your child.” He also emphasized the need for people to introspect and realize what is good for them. Giving Oprah Winfrey’s example, he said her decision to open schools for poor children in South Africa may not necessarily be without reason.  “Oprah, when she visited schools in America and asked students what they would like, all they would ask her for was to bring them on her show, or to gift them the cars she hands out. But when she went to South Africa, kids there would ask her to build a bigger and better school, they would ask her if she could help them travel the world and learn new lan-

guages,” Williams said. “That is why she said she really didn’t have to think twice about why to build schools in South Africa rather than here.” Giving Bill Cosby’s example, Williams wondered what King would have to say about his comments. “He may have said something that was not politically correct, but King would have only asked today, ‘Did he lie?’,” he said.  Williams said it is difficult to address issues of race relations in the country largely because of society’s inability to engage in honest, respectful discussions, whether they be about immigrations, terrorism, the budget situation or even race. “If you’re white and I’m black, and we are having a discussion on race, the whites would say that they don’t want to discuss this, because people might call them a racist. If I do the same, people will say that I’m obsessed with that. They will ask me when, if ever, will I get over it.” Williams, an editorial writer and op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, and until recently senior news analyst for National Public Radio, said the media plays an important role in educating and informing society, but is not living up to its ideals in the current times. “Today, newspapers everywhere are in decline, and the sort of investigative, in-depth reporting that was preva-

lent when I was in college is gone. Eyeballs are now going to personality-driven shows,” Williams said. “People gravitate to shows which are in line with their views. So you don’t think about someone who is living differently from you. This is segregating the society even more.” Not only that, but even the content and utility of news has changed definitions for the most part. “People are now looking for gossip about Charlie Sheen and his hookers and coke, so then it simply becomes another way to escape from their daily routine before they return for the next basketball game.” On a question from the audience about the lack of any public voices arguing for black children, Williams said that this was a painful topic for him. “When Obama said speaking to a black church audience that there is more to a father than just raising children, Jesse Jackson said, and I’m sorry but I don’t want to offend anybody, that ‘he should have his nuts cut off.’” Williams said. “It is a consequence of the lack of people who are willing to speak out the truth. It is because people are just afraid to say. ” Williams expressed hope, however, that the current generation would take note of this and play a more active role participating in discussions with members of the society. 


Juan Williams speaks about Dr. Martin Luther King in Stewart Theatre on Thursday. Williams, a political analysts and published author, discussed issues of race and poverty in America in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life.

can write, tell a story, then it can be a real springboard for all your other ambitions,” Williams said.

“If you’re writing about something with passion, people will listen to you and opportunities will come to you. If you


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and propose the best practices related to these risks with special emphasis on academic support and tutoring for student athletes. “It is vital that all student athletes stay closely tuned to academics, because it is the primary reason that they are at college,” Rogers said. According to Rogers, there will be six working groups that deal with various issues concerning academics and athletics. The first group will focus on the admissions process for students who need assistance for academic success in college. Another group will focus on the definition of academic success for the UNC system.  A third group will work on training, mentoring, character development, and creating ethical standards for student athletes. A fourth group will be concerned with the selection and training of people who will offer academic support and tutoring for student athletes.  The fifth group will work on the organizational

structure of compliance for this is important,” Rogers said. It remains to be seen exactly athletics and academic support. The last work group will what changes will come about focus on improving oversight due to the coming changes in policy that the Board of Govin the system. “We are still a very new orga- ernors will be making.  More nization, but we are planning information will be available as on having a very aggressive the initiative progresses.  What meeting schedule,” Rogers said. is clear at the moment is that The task the new task force is evenforce wants to tually going help athletes to work with be as successful in their the UNC Sysacademic tem Board of endeavors as Governors to possible. make policy “I t h i n k changes reit’s great that garding the we’re focused initiative to on keeping a protect acagood balance demics and between acastudent athdemics and letes.  The Phillip Rogers, chief of staff for task force is athletics.  A ECU Chncellor’s Office expected to lot of these forward a list athletes are of recommendations to the on scholarships, so not doing President of the Board early well in school makes us all look this summer and the Board bad.  Hopefully this will help will make changes based on with that,” said Devon Smiley, these recommendations, Gage a freshmen in the college of said. management. “Being able to identify ways we can support and train athletes to make sure they succeed in class and on the field is why

“We are still a very new organization, but we are planning on having a very aggressive meeting schedule.”


R.J. Patel, a freshman in human biology, advertises Ektaa Night, an Indian cultural dance celebration, in chalk on the brick plaza behind Talley Student Centeron Thursday. “It will be a dance performance, with Bollywood and Bhangra style dances. It will be fun” said Patel.


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At the end of the day, N.C. State will be releasing its student for spring break. According to the website, 1.5 million students go away on spring break every year, spending nearly $1 billion.


As students depart for their fun in the sun, they should remember a few things to keep them safe and out of trouble. Students should keep in mind any negative actions could compromise their collegiate career.

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he popular social site Didi’s World lists the top ten spots for students to travel to while on spring break. This list consists of a wide variety of locations, including Daytona Beach, New York City and the Dominican Republic. While at these exciting hot spots, student should keep their collegiate future in mind. According to Didi’s World, 80 percent of parents are concerned about their children drinking over spring break, and with good reason. Over spring break the average student consumes 10 drinks per day. While it is alright to enjoy the occasional poolside cocktail if you are of age, alcohol poisoning is not the best way to loosen up over the break. Such a high

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consumption of liquid courage can result in some unplanned actions. While under the influence students can do really stupid stuff. As a student of N.C. State, is it your responsibility to monitor your consumption, as well as the actions that result in it. According to the office of Student Conduct one of the most common incidents is driving while under the influence. After the constant advertisement of making good decisions, you would think students would get it through their heads to not drink and drive. That is your sure ticket to Paul Cousins office, director of

course the dreadful pieces of homework certain professors feel the need to assign to keep you busy for the break. Such a heavy load of responsibilities should not be at the fore front of your minds, but should be kept within range. However the most important thing to remember for the weeks away from this brick jungle we call home is to have fun. This time is for ultimate enjoyment and relaxation. Allow the stress of school to be released and the fun of spring break to enter your hectic college lives. This time is the University’s way of giving you a week of leisure before the long seven-week haul before summer. Enjoy.

the office of Student Conduct, which could result in banishment not only from N.C. State, but the entire UNC System. Aside from these obvious disregards for one’s college career, students should also keep in mind the plethora of information and deadlines that loom upon the end of spring break. The Monday we return from break is the last day to drop a course without penalty, as well as switch your grading options. This is followed by the kick-off of Student Government campaigns, as well as the announcements of the official plan of action for handling the state budget cuts. And of

YOUR { INWORDS } What are you doing for spring break? BY MARIA WHITE

“I am going to go backpacking on the Appalachain Trail, because I love hiking and the beauty found in nature.” Thomas George freshman, psychology

Edward L. Cloyd (at right), a 1915 graduate of NC State, became Dean of Students in 1921 and served in the position for 36 years. As Dean, his interest in student involvement was evident in his work with all student organizations on campus, particularly the Interfraternity Council and the creation of the Student Union. One student from the 1930s described him as a “tough old cookie.” Image from University Archives.

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“I am going to Colombia to get eye surgery, because its cheaper there and I am going to see a world-renowned doctor.” Diego Fernandez junior, mathematics and computer science




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Disappointed by Nutrition Club The nutritional advice and information spread throughout University Dining ranges from pointless and unnecessary to downright harmful, an example of this would be the ‘fatphobia’ persistent in all their posters. I had hoped that students actually majoring in nutritional sciences would be above this kind of thing by looking beyond the typical media’s BS, pardon my language, and approach nutrition in a scientific sense, but my hopes were dashed after reading “Club to serve up nutrition awareness” in Thursday’s Technician. The quotes from two of the

Nutrition Club’s members Todd and Dabbs condemn foods such as pizza, hamburgers, ice cream and French fries for no specified reason, when in reality there is absolutely nothing wrong with those foods. They suffer from the fallacy of trying to pinpoint specific foods as “unhealthy” or “healthy,” when those terms are not only grammatically incorrect in that context, but also meaningless as only taken in the context of an entire diet can something be referred to as “healthful.” In fact, a diet entirely composed of pizza or hamburgers would be superior to one composed entirely of fruit, as the former would actually provide the body with the two essential macronutrients: protein and fat. Again, if I had more space I’d expound on the other issues I have with some of the statements and advice given, but I assure you this kind of talk is not an isolated incident. I implore those going into a career in nutrition to update themselves on current research and to attempt to separate common misconceptions form truth. Sean Ressler junior, applied mathematics

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I’m writing in response to the article, “Fans at a crossroads on Lowe. After reading this, it leads me to believe that the author doesn’t pay attention to our basketball team. The reasoning why N.C. State should keep Lowe around another season isn’t logical in my opinion. The idea of keeping Lowe for Brown and Harrow’s benefit is comical. Both players are D-1 scholarship players and have an IQ for the game. Most likely the offense they ran in high school isn’t the same as N.C. State’s, which means when they arrived, they had to learn our system. If N.C. State were to bring in a new coach with a new offense, it wouldn’t take much for our players to adapt, but maybe I have more faith in them than some. Also mentioned was the possibility of Wood not having opportunities created for him. I’m pretty sure in any offense, players set screens for their teammates so I’m not worried about his production going down. As for CJ Leslie entering the draft, my belief is it’d be in his best interest to stay another year and develop his game. Currently Leslie is projected as the 27th best prospectin the NBA Draftby ESPN. Other predictions don’t have him being picked in the first round. The Draft is based on aplayer’s potential but Leslie has not lived up to his potential andhassome growing to do. Finally, I can’t deny that Lowe

knows how to recruit talented players,but developing them is another story. Bringing in a five star recruit is no good if the coach can’t develop and prepare them for ACC play. I’d rather have a coach that may not deliver the top players but can build a team. There’s a difference between having five guys onthe court vs. one teamand that’s been an issue for State for years now. State fans have an unnecessary need for instant gratification when it comes to athletics. Before we “get back to the glory days,” we must first lay the foundation. A fresh face could be what the Wolfpack needs to finally start rebuilding our program. It’s going to be several years before we’re national contenders. Right now the focus should be contending consistently in the ACC. Lowe had his chance. It’s time to bring in someone new instead of subjecting our program to another losing season.

losing a person with more NC State pride and loyalty than any other person I know. They will be losing a friend to any and all who have met him in his many years here. They will be losing a person whose presence is seen at almost every campus event. And if you’ve ever heard him speak, you know we’ll be losing a person who always happens to be in front of the best looking crowd he’s ever seen. In short, Dr. Stafford has left a mark on this University that few can rival. Whoever becomes our next Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has some big shoes to fill. However, I have no doubts that even though he may not have an official title upon his retirement, his place in the heart of NC State will never cease to exist. Dr. Stafford will always be a part of the Wolfpack community as he always sets an example for us of what it means to truly be Red and White for life.

Brian Cox senior, Spanish language and literature

Kylee Phillips graduate student, accounting

Response to Dr. Stafford retiring With Dr. Stafford’s retirement, NC State will not simply be losing its Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. They will be losing a person who truly knows more stories about this university than there are bricks. They will be

Conscience of a Community The following is in reference to the court case that just ended in Raleigh involving a doctor crashing into and killing a 20 year old girl. What kind of message do we send as a society when an individual is intoxicated 3 times

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“I am going to go skiing with my boyfriend, because he said he would beat me at it if I said no.” Frances Kenworthy freshman, psychology

“I am going home, because I miss the fountains and real food.” Anna Walker freshman, landscape architecture

the legal limit, BAC 0.24, and is driving twice the speed limit, 90 mph, on a residential city street and kills someone and they are sentenced to only three years in prison? This is the maximum the judge could have sentenced with aggravating factors. On another note, I think highlights well one of the issues we face as a community if we are to become a more sustainable society. How can we increase cycling and walking in our community when we lack the legal protection necessary to do so? It is not realistic to expect people to ride bikes if: A) traffic laws are not more strictly enforced B) legal sanctions are inadequate and C) public awareness/education campaigns do not exist? This legal protection should not be understated. Obviously, prevention of collisions is key however, in the event they do occur, adequate legal protection is key to recovering damages. It maybe about time that N.C. started looking into vulnerable user laws, more information can be found here: Don’t let people drive away drunk from a party, you may save a life. Timur Ender senior, criminology

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Everyone loves a foreign accent Knowing the dynamics of bilingualism is the key to comprehensively learn a foreign language Ken Cheng Correspondent

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Read foreign language news: The library offers serveral foreign publications Watch foreign films: These provide insight into cultural nuances Get involved with the international community locally: Take advantage of opportunities to engage foreign language speakers

Knowledge of a foreign lan• guage has become a desirable skill to employ in the modern era of globalization and mass communications. The N.C. State community is rich Source: mark darhower with students and faculty with proficiency in more than one language, but this knowledge doesn’t come by just going switch back and forth between speaking and thinking in difthrough the motions. Spanish professor Mark Dar- ferent languages. Naturally it hower has narrowed down the seems that one would think in formula to the learning process, his or her native or primary lanand according to him “instruc- guage. However, there are indition and immersion is the best viduals, like Awma Rinchhuanawma, a graduate student in way to learn.” “It incorporates both institu- etymology, who claim they can tional and cultural fundamen- actually change the language in tals needed to be highly profi- which they think.  “It really depends on the topic cient in a learned language,” and who I am Darhower with,” said Rinsaid. “If one chhuanawma was to just who naturally immerse spea ks Mizo, themselves a language into the culof northeastture without ern India and any instituMark Darhower, Hindi.  He also tional trainSpanish Professor learned English ing, they in kindergarten.  would prob“Sometimes I’ll use one word ably learn to speak just fine, but would struggle learning the in English to describe somegrammar and different conjuga- thing in Mizo just because there is no Mizo word for it.” tions.” Although many native and Darhower explained that a major disadvantage to class- heritage speakers are verbally room instruct is the lack of ex- proficient in their respective posure when it comes to accents language, grammar at times lags due to lack of institutional and colloquialisms.  There are plenty of concerns guidance. According to Darthat come with being bilingual.  hower, many heritage speakers A leading reason as to why many of immigrant families study and parents hesitate to expose their minor in their own vernacular. Being bilingual isn’t exclusive children to different languages is because they do not want to to native speakers, but rather overwhelm the child at an early many people can pick it up. Not only does bilingualism promote age. “This is a misconception,” diversity and knowledge of forDarhower said.  “Children are eign cultures, but it also has its capable of learning multiple lan- advantages in the workplace. “Bilinguals have a higher guages at an early age due to it being a critical period in their chance of getting a job,” said cognitive learning.  Between the Darhower. “Imagine if two ages of five to ten would be the equally experienced potential last window of opportunity for employees applied to one job, a child to pick up a second lan- except one was bilingual.  The employer would more than guage easily.” There exists concern that likely hire the bilingual appliknowledge of multiple languag- cant because of the need for es pose difficulties in processing more than one language being communicative information.  spoken.” The benefits of bilingualism Highly proficient polyglots can

“Bilinguals have a higher chance of getting a job.”


Levels of Bilingualism: There are varying types and levels of proficiencies of bilingualism that gives it dynamic layers. The term bilingual does not just apply to someone who is superior in more than one language, but to anyone who has had the slightest exposure to another language outside their own as well. Complete Bilingual— Someone who has learned to speak and read more than one language either by the way they were raised or just the environment that they grew up in.  Everything is accurate in the way of grammar and pronunciation. Learned Bilingual— Someone who has learned another language by taking classes.  Native Speaker—Someone who was raised in the origin of the language with understanding the accents and dialects. Near Native Speaker— Someone who can speak the language fluently with minor phonetic mistakes that perhaps a native speaker would easily catch. Heritage Speaker—Someone who was born of the culture but not within the origin of the language.

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These heritage speakers explain their cultural backgrounds and how they deal with bilingualism on a daily basis.

“I speak Vietnamese and English. I learned these both at the same time. My first word was ba, which can either mean dad in Vietnamese or a typical sheep sound in English. I learned Vietnamese because both my parents are from Vietnam, and English because I was always in an environment where English was present.” Deanna La freshman in First Year College

“I learned Armenian through speaking with my parents. There was never really an adjustment in learning. When I started going to school, I used English more often thatn Armenian.” Amber Perk freshman in First Year College

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extend past the workplace. For some people like Chelsey Winstead, a freshman in fist year college, there may be a genuine curiosity and fascination of learning a foreign language. “I think it would be neat to study abroad,” said Winstead, who expressed interest in studying in Italy. Darhower mentioned that the prime age to easily learn languages is early in development, but many students and adults have found alternative ways to get past this cerebral setback. There are products and software that can be purchased that can help in learning a different language such as Rosetta Stone.  However, professors like Darhower only advise them for practice or supplemental use as they will not make an individual completely proficient in the language. According to his strategy, immersion and instruction take precedent.

“I know both Korean and English, and I learned these at the same time. My parents spoke to me in Korean more, so I guess Korean was my first language. I speak Korean to my parents, grandparents, and older Koreans I speak the language about every day, but I think in English.” Hana Chang freshman in First Year College

“I speak fluently English and Spanish, I know know basic Japanese and French. My mother language is Spanish, but I learned English around the same time. Everything was more easily understood, however, there were a lot of things that were lost in translation when I was younger.”

“I speak English and Vietnamese, and my mother language is Vietnamese. I can’t say I remember when I started learning Vietnamese. I do remember my mother reading story books in Vietnamese to me. As for English, I started learning when I was entering preschool.”

Francisco Ceron-Sagastume senior in textile engineering

Bao Vuong freshman in computer science

It’s not too late to get in shape for spring Spring break motivates students to get in shape, yet it doesn’t have to be a seasonal lifestyle. Frances Ellis Correspondent

With the frost subsiding and longer days, spring break rings loud and clear as the opening bell of swimsuit season. The recent warmer weather has coaxed us to shed the layers of coats, scarves, and sweaters to replaced them with a common spring break goal: a beachready body.  Samantha Dowless, a junior in psychology, has been working out consistently and watching what she eats for a little over a month in preparation for vacation in the Bahamas.  “I make it a point to exercise everyday and do at least 30 minutes of cardio,” Dowless said.   Not all beach bums are bound for international waters, like Mathenge Wambugu, a sophomore in computer science, who plans to visit Wrightsville Beach. 

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Pumping iron at Carmichael Recreation Center, Blake Valentine, a freshman in First Year College, works his biceps. Valentine said spring break has “made sure I come every day. Friends of mine have asked me to train them.” Valentine plans to showcase his physique at Myrtle Beach over spring break.

“I hardly get enough time to work out due to my busy schedule, but I try to sneak in a workout every chance I get,” Wambugu said. “It’s been on and off for the past couple weeks, but this past week I’ve

pushed myself to go everyday to get my beach bod for break.” His workout plan consists of working at least two muscle groups everyday and abs every other day.  Diet wise, Wambugu makes sure to take protein

after every workout and limits junk food. “I have a couple more days till spring break so I have no time for games,” Wambugu said.  

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The Players’ Retreat celebrates 60 years This self-acclaimed dive bar by campus offers a mix for everyone. Mark Herring Life & Style Editor

Looking at the menu of the Players’ Retreat bar poses a paradox that rivals the personality of the bar itself. On the same menu with the classic burger and the bacon covered iceberg wedge are French foie gras and an elegant steak. According to owner Richard “Gus” Gusler, the PR has something for everyone. “We are a dive bar,” Gusler, N.C. State alum of 1972, said as he toted a pilsner while celebrating the PR’s 60th anniversary. “We are a dive bar with some class, though. Not that all dives bars have a certain amount of class.” While boasting a wine list recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine and the largest single-malt scotch list on the east coast, the PR maintains a humble appearance with a dimly lit tavern and dining room. The corner at the end of the bar is unofficially reserved for the regulars, who routinely spin on their respective Pabst Blue Ribbons or glasses of whiskey. The borderline-cluttered décor of beer bottles, pictures, beer glasses and newspaper clippings tell a story of the 60-year-old history the PR has undergone, but the mix of old people and college students provides a feeling that the PR is old, but not outdated. According to a memoir of former employee Carol Locke, the PR’s long run comes from an attitude established by its first owner, Bernie Hanula. “Bernie was not a trendsetter,” Locke wrote, “and because of that, the Players’ Retreat remained con-

sistent throughout the years.” The extrapolation of this quote transcends why the PR has not only lasted, but also how the bar attracts an eclectic crowd. “This has always been a place where anyone can come,” Gusler said. “It’s always been that way.” Although the bar attracts large crowds for sports games and, in the past, was a meeting place for the N.C. State football team, the origin of its name doesn’t come from sports. “When the PR was first established by Dan Allen Drive in 1951, it was to serve the ‘players,’ the actors from Raleigh Little Theater,” Gusler said. The restaurant moved to its current location on 105 Oberlin Drive in 1961 and was one of the first few bars in Raleigh. “This was the sports bar here, back at the time,” Gusler said. “It went from being theater people to being a sports bar. This was the first bar I came to, the first beer I ever drank in Raleigh when I came here in 1967. It’ll probably be the last one too.” Gusler first started at the PR as a cook will he was student body president his senior year at the University in 1971. His countless anecdotes of the connections between the bar and the University have been documented on the walls of the watering hole, with portraits of the football team and pictures of faculty and alumni passing time. The bar attracts, according to Gusler’s observations, 70 percent professionals, including politicians, doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs, including the regulars too. The rest are students and the youth. However, the demographic split wasn’t always that way. Bob Hughes, a regular at the bar and dear friend of the Hanula family, said that more students frequented in the past. “I’m joking, but there were more

kids when you could drink at 18,” Hughes said. Nevertheless, the PR has a strong student following. “I like the decorations, especially the pictures,” Sokun Hourn, a senior in biochemistry, said. “It’s so old and it contains a lot of history. It’s very eclectic.” The daily specials attract students on a budget and last Sunday, while the bar celebrated its 60th anniversary, the kitchen churned out 25-cent hotdogs and 35-cent beer. “One thing I also like about the PR, when you go to normal bars there is the regular crowd and you feel out of place,” Hourn said. “But at the PR, they have a more diverse crowd in ages, with older folks and college students.” Hourn’s point goes along with an idea of respect and etiquette that the bar has been practicing since the Hanula family opened it. Gusler said that Bernie Hanula set a rule that everyone was treated fairly at the PR and that they’re all the same. Locke’s memoir and Gusler’s accounts also mentioned the list of rules that the PR has established, one of which being if a fight breaks out, the belligerents can never return. “I’ve only seen two people get in a fight,” Gusler said. “It was some knucklehead and one of the cooks. We just had to fire the cook.” However, despite the history and rapport the PR has established, people return for the food and the atmosphere. “I come at least two to three times a week,” McBryde Cameron, former N.C. State student, said. “I think it’s the environment, since it’s not really the typical college bar. I like their chicken fingers, called chicken retreats and I also come for the beer pitchers and whiskey.”

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Matt Gunnell, a junior in natural resources, and Tyler Wicker, a sophomore in international studies, enjoy a few drinks at The Players’ Retreat, a local bar by Hillsborough Street and Oberlin Drive. The Players’ Retreat is celebrating it’s 60th year in business. “We come here at least once every week,” Wicker said. “I like it because it’s old and the fish tanks are a plus.”

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Working out at the Carmichael Recreation Center, Megan May, a freshman in fashion and textile management, works her pectoral muscles. May said that spring break has not really affected her workout schedule, because she is a regular. “I’m a cheerleader, so I usually get a good workout.”


tered dietitian at Campus Recreation, argued that eating healthy and working out is a lifestyle change rather than a continued from page 5 quick fix. “You should make healthy There are countless diets and workouts available and many choices everyday and select claim to be the easiest and foods that are high in nutrient quickest on the market. How- content, but lower in calorie ever, according to assistant content,” Clark said. “I don’t director of fitness at campus recommend a quick fix because recreation Natalie Freeland, it encourages a yo-yo mentality while discourthere is no aging healthy quick fix to eating habits.”  getting a fit According to physique.  Clark, a diet “You full of fruits, shouldn’t vegetables, do a nywhole grains, thing draslea n meats, tic,” Freeeggs, fish and land said. he a lt hy f at s “It ne e d s work best.  to be a well “Be mindful thought out Kristine Clark, dietian a nd obser ve pla n t hat w h at you’re involves strength training, cardio, and eating,” Clark said. “Take the a well balanced diet.  It’s not time to taste the food and eat going to happen in two weeks until you’re no longer hungry if you’re just starting now.  It rather than stuffed.”  Clark said she encourages takes a bit of time to see healthy changes and positive results.”  students to read nutrition laShe said that recommenda- bels, forego crash diets and tions include high intensity avoid eating in front of the interval training and adding television or computer. As for squats, lunges, pushups and bloating, the dreaded enemy of the swimsuit, Clark said that planks to one’s routine.   Kristine Clark, the regis- watching one’s sodium intake is

“If you’re mindful, watch portion sizes and select the healthier choices, eating healthy is simple.”

important as it causes the body to retain water. “Everything can be a part of a healthy diet with moderation,” Clark said.  “If you’re mindful, watch portion sizes and select the healthier choices, eating healthy is simple.”   The simplest way to be swimsuit-ready for the warmer seasons is to stay familiar with the gym and a healthy diet year round, as to avoid the gym rush before spring break. “I work out and try to eat healthy all the time,” said Kimberly Hodges, a sophomore in animal science. “It’s not just before spring break.” While Spring Break may already be here, it’s never too late to make a few healthy changes and enjoy the rewarding results they bring. 



pect is her ability to pitch. She doesn’t really have a weakness other than her lack of college continued from page 8 experience.” You know you are a special what any kid has played at in talent when your coach comsummer ball or high school.” Outside of being an athlete, pares you to a former AllCox is also a hardworking stu- American. Well, that is exdent with media aspirations actly what Navas did this past fall when she compared Cox to and an artistic side. former pitch“Academier Abbie Sims. c a l l y, I ’m But Nava s doing really was quick to wel l,” C ox say that you said. “There’s cannot turn so much supinto an Allpor t here American with tutoring overnight. a nd ever y“In the thing. I take Coach Lisa Navas fall, we saw f ull advanglimpses of tage of it. I was a scholar athlete last semes- our previous All-American, ter, making all A’s and B’s. I’m Abbie Sims, in [Cox] and what majoring in communication her capabilities are,” Navas media. I want to do sportscast- said. “We don’t want her to get ing one day. I also like to draw ahead of that and think about already being an All-American. and paint; things like that.” When asked if Cox had any All her stuff is still ahead of us. noticeable weaknesses in her It’s a weekly process. In our game, Navas was quick to ACC conference, there is no praise the freshman for her one to sniff at and no time to relax on the weekend. It’s tough multifaceted talents. “It’s scary how good she is,” day in and day out, just like any Navas said. “Her strongest as- other sport. We’re going to ride

“We’re going to ride her coattails and see what happens.”


the rebound and was fouled on the put back attempt. The senior drained the go-ahead free throws to give the Pack a 71-70 lead that they would not relinquish. The team now has a quick

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Little was undefeated early on against ACC competition, but struggled in his last two matches against conference foes. While he may not have won his final two matches, he had two close contests against Maryland and Virginia Tech, losing 3-2 and 8-2, respectively, against ranked competition. While Little knows he will have some tough competition this weekend, he said he will still be watching and rooting for everyone on the team to pull out a championship. “I’ve always been the guy who roots for everybody on the team,” Little said. “If my team can’t hear me while they’re on the mat, they must be deaf. I don’t care what the circumstances are or what tournament we’re at. I’m always screaming for my guys to win.” This weekend will also be the last conference championship for redshirt senior Darrion Caldwell, who is the No. 1 seed in the tournament, as well as the No. 1 wrestler in the country in the 149-pound weight class. Caldwell said the key to his success this weekend will be not underestimating his competition and continuing to keep up the pace that has led him to an undefeated 12-0 season to this point. Caldwell said that he wants to finish up his

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her coattails and see what happens.” Cox and the Wolfpack (7-7 overa ll) travel to Cookeville, Tenn., today to take part in the Tennessee Tech Combat Classic. State will play five games over the weekend against Louisville (9-6), Tennessee Tech (5-7), East Tennessee State (4-7), Belmont (4-10) and Samford (3-10).

turnaround against Miami, who is ranked No. 10 nationally and beat the Pack 84-77 on Jan. 27 in Coral Gables, Fla. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. today in Greensboro Coliseum.



Colton Palmer, a redshirt junior in the 157-pound weight class, takes down Campbell’s Jake Fose on Saturday, Jan. 22. Palmer won by a minor decision over Fose, 7-4, as the Wolfpack defeated the Fighting Camels 31-9.

career the same way he started it – with a bang. “Coming in with a bang and leaving with a bang would be a blessing to me,” Caldwell said. “I would love to win another ACC Championship, but I also understand that anything can happen. So wrestling tough throughout the entire competition will be a key to winning this whole thing.” While Caldwell may be one of the only favorites from the Pack going into this weekend, he still said that he feels the entire team has a chance to shock some people this weekend by

going deep into the tournament. “I feel like from top to bottom we are going to be solid this weekend,” Caldwell said. “From Mike Moreno all the way down to Eloheim Palma, we are set to have some great performances this weekend. I have a great feeling about every individual on this team, including myself.”


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• Page 7: A continuation of the stories on Kayla Cox, wrestling and women’s basketball.


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Baseball hosts Nittany Lions in three-game series The N.C. State baseball team enters its weekend series against Penn State having won three out of its last four games, including victories over 17th-ranked Coastal Carolina and Pacific in last weekend’s Baseball at the Beach tournament, as well as a win over Davidson in a midweek matchup on Tuesday. Penn State comes into the series after dropping two of its three games at Eastern Kentucky and is looking to improve on its 22-30 record from a year ago. Through seven games, the Wolfpack (4-3) offense has been rather schizophrenic. In its four victories, the Pack has scored an average of 11.25 runs compared to only 1.33 in its three losses. After a tough-luck loss to 14th-ranked California, pitcher Cory Mazzoni (1-1, 5.40 ERA) will take the mound to square off with the Nittany Lions’ Heath Johnson (0-0, 1.93 ERA). Rounding out the rotation will be Danny Healey (10, 2.25 ERA) starting on Saturday and Josh Easley (0-0, 11.88 ERA) on Sunday. Center fielder Brett Williams, a transfer from Pitt Community College, has been the Pack’s hottest hitter to start the season, batting a team-high .462 with two home runs and eight RBIs. All three games over the weekend will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1). SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Women’s Tennis hosts No. 3 Duke at Pullen Park The 38th-ranked women’s tennis team faces a tough matchup today as it hosts third-ranked Duke in its first outdoor match of the season at Pullen Park. Originally scheduled for 4 p.m., the match has been moved up to 2:30 p.m. and includes pizza for all spectators in attendance, as well as free t-shirts for the first 50 fans. The Wolfpack (7-1 overall, 1-0 ACC) is coming off its first conference victory of the season and will be looking to improve its national ranking with a win over the Blue Devils. Leading the charge will be 28th-ranked Sanaa Bhambri and 83rd-ranked Sandhya Nagaraj, who also happen to be the 11th-ranked doubles team in the nation. Undefeated freshman Christy Sipes will be looking to improve on her 8-0 record against Duke. However, the Blue Devils boast one of the strongest singles lineups in the nation as all six players are nationally-ranked. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS







































Today BASEBALL VS. PENN STATE Doak Field at Dail Park, 3 p.m. WOMEN’S TENNIS VS. DUKE J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL VS. LOUISVILLE Cookeville, Tenn., 12:30 p.m. SOFTBALL AT TENNESSEE TECH Cookeville, Tenn., 5:00 p.m. GYMNASTICS AT PENN STATE University Park, Pa., 7 p.m. Saturday WRESTLING AT ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS Charlottesville, Va., All day BASEBALL VS. PENN STATE Doak Field at Dail Park, 2 p.m.


Matt Nereim, a freshman in the 149-pound weight class, fights for a pin against Ohio University Saturday, Jan. 22, at Reynolds Coliseum. Nereim pinned Ohio’s Darrin Boing at at the 3:46 mark. The Wolfpack split the tri-meet and fell to the Bobcats 29-12.

Automatic bids on the line at ACC’s Saturday’s ACC Championships offer Pack wrestlers a chance to earn a spot at Nationals. Cory Smith Deputy Sports Editor

The ACC Championships are being held in Charlottesville, VA, at John Paul Jones Arena this weekend, and several N.C. State wrestlers are ready to compete for the conference championship in their respective weight classes. Winning the conference crown means a lot to each and every wrestler, but coming out on top this weekend also equates to a spot in the NCAA Tournament. This year, the ACC has been awarded 21 automatic bids, which are separated into a certain amount for each weight class. The most bids that a weight class

earned was three, which was awarded will have to pick me, so I haven’t even to the 141-pound, 157-pound, and been thinking about the possibility of 184-pound weight classes. Therefore, losing.” Palmer has been one of the most conredshirt juniors Darrius Little and Colton Palmer have the best chance sistent wrestlers for the team thus far of making it in in the season. He t h roug h auto leads the team in matic bids. wins with a 26-11 But Palmer says record, and enhe doesn’t even ters  the weekend wa nt to t hi n k with a bit of a chip about hav ing on his shoulder. to leave his opWhen the Wolfportunity up to pack traveled to chance. He plans Chapel Hill earRedshirt junior Colton Palmer on controlling his lier this season, it own destiny by was beaten by the winning the whole tournament this Tar heels by a final score of 24-12. Durweekend. ing that match, Palmer was pinned by “My weight class actually has three Corey Mock in what Palmer believed bids this year,” Palmer said. “But I’m was an illegal pin. really setting my sights on just winning “I’m looking forward to every single the whole thing. I don’t want to put my- match,” Palmer said. “I would love to get self in the situation where the NCAA my hands on Corey Mock again. With

“I don’t want to put myself in the situation where the NCAA will have to pick me...”


Cox finding home with Wolfpack Freshman pitcher Kayla Cox is adjusting to college both on and off the field. Staff Writer

Women providing magic at ACC Tournament, again

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Freshman Kayla Cox winds up for a pitch in one of the Wolfpack’s games this season. Cox currently sports a 4-3 record with a 6.43 ERA and 54 strikeouts in her first season with the Pack.

softball through her brother. “My brother was playing baseball and I was jealous,” Cox said. “I wanted to play a sport, so he suggested softball. I started playing and just fell in love with it.” At East Bay High School, Cox played four years of softball and led her team to an 18-1 record in 2010 as a senior captain, posting a 0.19 ER A along the way. She received several notable awards along with a third place finish in the 2010 Amateur Softball Association Gold Nationals with her travel team, Team FLA. Once high school concluded, t h e uph i l l s t r u g g l e of

transitioning into college sports began. But Navas does not doubt whether or not the ability is there for Cox, it is just a matter of getting accustomed to the high level of college competition. “She’s a work in progress,” Navas said. “Her ability to pitch is there, it’s just the transition. It’s a 3-4 year process. She’s really worked hard. She has heart and dedication and it’s coming for her. She’s a great athlete. She’s absorbing everything that we’re talking about. The game at the college level is a lot different then

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The women’s basketball team is making its patented late-season surge with 71-70 victory over Boston College.

Josh Hyatt Fresh off of a 5A Florida state softball title, freshman pitcher Kayla Cox has found her way to the mound for the Wolfpack. Although she is new to college athletics, Cox is quickly becoming a pivotal ingredient in the Pack ’s team chemistry. Ever since she first laid eyes on her, coach Lisa Navas predicted that Cox’s impact would be paramount as she continues to mature in the college atmosphere. “She was just someone we thought we could build our future around for the program,” Navas said. “There are certain things that you wish you could put your finger on what a kid has. She’s that type of kid. In a game situation, she’ll pin her ears back and go at it. She’ll be aggressive where most kids will just throw the ball. Being able to win a state championship and go through everything that leads up to it is admirable.” Cox’s reasons for joining the Wolfpack involve a lot more than just the opportunity to play the sport she loves. “I really fell in love with [N.C. State],” Cox said. “I knew it was a really good school and a great place. It was just a really good environment. It felt like home ever since my first visit.” Like most college athletes, Cox found her love for softball at a young age. In her case, Cox discovered

him being from UNC, makes me want to beat him a lot more.” Another contender for the Pack this weekend will be Little, who is second in wins on the team this season with an overall record of 25-8. Little’s 141-pound weight class is expected to have a strong crop of competitors this weekend, as three automatic bids are on the line for the NCAA Tournament. Little says that while his weight class may be one of the toughest, he feels prepared to make a late run and possibly win this weekend in Charlottesville. “Everybody in my weight class is tough this year,” Little said. “A thin line separates the No. 6 seed and the No. 1 seed, so I’ve got a feeling that whoever comes in the most prepared will take the belt this weekend, and I feel like I’m ready to contend for the championship this weekend. “

After making a run to the ACC Tournament title game last season as a No. 6 seed, the N.C. State women’s basketball team proved it still had a little magic left over from last year’s lateseason surge. Trailing by one point with less than 15 seconds remaining, senior Brittany Strachan knocked down two clutch free throws to give the 10th-seeded Wolfpack a 71-70 lead over Boston College in the first round of the ACC Tournament Thursday night in Greensboro Coliseum. Fol low ing St racha n’s made free throws, the seventh-seeded Eagles took a timeout to set up a gamewinning shot, but State’s defense held strong in the final seconds to seal the victory and move on to the second round of the tournament where it will face No. 2 seed Miami today at 2 p.m. The injury-riddled Wolfpack is once again hitting on all cylinders during the late stages of the season, winning four of its last five games. But unlike last season the Pack (14-16 overall) is in a must-win scenario if it hopes to make the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row under coach Kellie Harper.

Leading the way for the Pack was junior Bonae Holston, who justified her selection to the All-ACC second team by finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds, both team-highs. Despite a poor night shooting (3-13 FG), sophomore guard Marissa Kastanek, an honorable mention All-ACC selection, was a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe to finish with 15 points. Joining Holston and Kastanek in double figures were Amber White and Strachan, who finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively. State was slow out of the gates as the Eagles built a 24-11 lead to start the game and were in full control for the majority of the first half until heavy defensive pressure allowed the Pack to cut the deficit to 32-27 at intermission. Led by 6-foot-6 center Carolyn Swords, who finished with a game-high 27 points, Boston College opened its lead to 14 points at the start of the second half. But the Pack once again turned up its defense a notch, forcing several BC turnovers. Behind stout defense, the Wolfpack went on a 12-0 run of its own to tie the game at 55 with nine minutes remaining. In all, State’s defense forced 25 turnovers by the Eagles. The Pack was able to hold the lead down the stretch, but surrendered a three-pointer to BC’s Stephanie Murphy with under a minute to play, cutting State’s lead to 69-68. Two free throws by BC’s Kerri Shields handed the Eagles a 70-69 lead with 25 seconds left to play. The Wolfpack tried to get

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