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Amendment One predictions unclear Experts predict debate over Amendment One will not be settled after election. Jessie Halpern News Editor

Students prepare for upcoming elections College voters range from passionate to apathetic on upcoming votes and elections.

Wit h on ly a week before North Carolina’s party primary on Tuesday, May 8, campaigns against Amendment One have come to a head on campus and elsewhere. Amendment One became the voters’ responsibility on Sept. 12, 2011, after  the state legislature sent the issue to the ballot. Though commonly called “the gay marriage amendment,” Amendment One deals with the definition of all civil unions, not just homosexual ones. The text of the Amendment reads, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.” Though many interpret this to apply to gay couples, the language of the amendment has implications for any unmarried couple. Gov. Beverly Perdue recently visited Charlotte to speak out against Amendment One. “It could change the laws that determine outcomes like emergency financial decisions, hospital visitation rights and child custody laws,” Perdue said in a press release. “And it could take away domestic violence protections for all unmarried women in the state of North Carolina. So on May 8, I’ll be voting against Amendment One, and I hope you’ll join me.” While Perdue is  opposed to the amendment, many of her fellow North Carolina politicians do not share her sentiment. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis was equivocal, at best, during a visit to campus March 26 during which he predicted the repeal of the amendment in 20 years, should it pass. Calling the issue of gay marriage

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civil liberties and am strongly opposed to Amendment One,” Joseph said. “I do not support any bill that is going to restrict rights for anyone, regardless of sexuality. Amendment

With just a few days until summer break, students at the University are getting ready to hit their first political milestone of the 2012 presidential race: the party primaries. For Republicans, what started as a race offering a wide range of candidates has narrowed down in the past few months. Herman Cain and Rick Perry both ended their campaigns after unpleasant media exposure, Michelle Bachman left with her numbers down, and when Rick Santorum learned he would most likely lose his home state of Pennsylvania, he decided to drop out as well. Now that Newt Gingrich is dropping out, Mitt Romney is favored to win the nomination, though Ron Paul is still in the running. “Over the next few days we’re going to look realistically at where we’re at,” Gingrich said in a speech in Concord, N.C., just days before he announced his departure. “I will assess the race as somebody who’s a unifier and somebody who’s realistic.” Forseeing a difficult primary, many Republicans fear that voter turnout and political enthusiasm will be way down in comparison to the 2008 elections. “Primary voter turnout will

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Scott Heath, a 2009 N.C. State alum, addressed the crowd outside the Bell Tower Thursday, March 15. Heath was one of the key organizers for “Ides of Love,” a march by GLBT supporters around the Triangle to the General Assembly building. “We wanted to send a big, positive message to everyone, and we thought a march would be a good way of doing that,” Heath said.

“generational,” Tillis offended many in the crowd who are of the mindset this amendment is dangerous. For Justine Hollingshead, director of the N.C. State GLBT Center, Amendment One isn’t about gay marriage. In fact, she can’t find anything in the amendment that would directly affect the GLBT community’s right to wed. “We already have two laws on the books that say same sex couples cannot legally marry in North Carolina, and same sex marriages from other states will not be recognized here,” Hollingshead said. “If the amendment passed on May 8, same sex couples would not have any fewer rights than they did before.” So then what’s all the fuss about? Mainly, it’s about discrimination. “Very rarely do we amend the constitution to take away rights,” Justine Hollingshead said. Jodie Joseph, secretary  of  N.C.


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The Ides of Love marchers paraded down Morgan Street Thursday, March 15 to protest Amendment One.

State’s Hillel Jewish Center and senior in animal science, said her religious beliefs tell her to vote against the amendment. “Since my people have been oppressed from ancient times to present times, I am a strong advocate for

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A lot can happen in six months, and few know this to be as true as members of the Occupy movement. Since October, Occupy movements around the country have been vocal about their concerns. As the most persistent Occupy chapter, Raleigh’s organization fighting against corporate personhood, greed and tuition hikes has grown throughout the school year. Among the most important events for Occupiers at N.C. State was the “mic check” on Wells Fargo CEO John Stumph. Several members of Occupy NCSU got together for an afternoon of protest leading up to a calling out of the CEO for what they call unjust business practices. Ryan Thomson, member of Occupy NCSU and Raleigh and graduate student in anthropology, said it was one of his favorite moments this year. “I’m still grinning about [the mic check] and I probably forever will,” Thomson said. Bryan Perlmutter, junior in


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unter Isgrid, a junior in biological sciences, has a problem with the missionary approach to service. He doesn’t like the one-directional, paternalistic dependence it promotes, and that’s why he joined with Brian Gaudio, a junior in architecture, to start a service team that veered in a different direction. Isgrid and Gaudio created Que Lo Que, a service organization dedicated to building relationships with the town of Lajas in the Dominican Republic. Que lo que is the equivalent

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Heartbeat monitor: N.C. State’S aCtive pulSe May 1, 2011: President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden.

June 13, 2011: Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke visits campus to discuss overhaul in energy production and distribution with academic and industry experts.


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July 8, 2011: NASA launches its last shuttle mission with Space Shuttle Atlantis. The ship carried experiments developed at N.C. State to the International Space Station.

Oct. 20, 2011: Libyan rebels kill former dictator Moammar Gadhafi in Sirte, entering a new chapter in Libyan politics.

Sept. 30, 2011: Anwar al-Awlaki, American born Islamist militant, is killed in a drone bombing in Yemen.

Sept. 11, 2011: U.S. commemorates and the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 and morns those lost in the terrorist attacks and conflicts that followed the event.

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Dec. 17, 2011: Kim Jong-il dies of a heart attack, after 17 years in power of North Korea.

Oct. 20, 2011: Students rally in support for the GLBT Center three days after the center was vandalized. Dec. 15, 2011: The U.S. declares an end in Operation Iraqi Freedom after more than eight years of fighting.

of “what’s up” in Dominican Spanish slang, and the organization is working to assess the “what” of Lajas. That includes what are the community’s resources, what infrastructure exists, where is it located and what needs to be done for the future. T he orga n i z at ion traveled last year with a group of students from N.C. State, but Gaudio and Isgrid are the only ones returning this summer for six weeks. During their first trip, the team assessed community needs in Lajas, this trip, they’re look-

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ing to create a map of the village. “We’re going to map ever y t hing out and bring all the data back to the U.S. to analyze,” Isgrid said. “We want to present this to the community, as a map of their own town. They don’t have that, and if you think about it, if you don’t know what or where your resources are, you’re not going to use space efficiently.” This project is a small peice of a five-year program that Gaudio and Isgrid spearheaded two

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March 7, 2012: More than 250 students associated with CSELPS traveled to service sites during Alternative Service Break, a student led endeavor of 17 trips.

Jan. 31, 2012: Mohammad Moussa and Sameer Abdel-khalek, NCSU alumni, and UNC-Chapel Hill students Will McInerney and Kane Smego present their Poetic Portraits of a Revolution in Stewart Theatre. The group of student-poets traveled to Egypt and Tunisia the summer of 2011 to document the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

March 17, 2012: Students and Raleigh residents march from campus to the general assembly to protest Amendment One.

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Ex-marine John Pearson, holds a sign that reading “I occupy to end the endless war,” is confronted by Raleigh Police officer B. A. Amstutz as he marched down Fayetville Street during Occupy Raleigh’s 100th day march on Sunday Jan. 22, 2012. Pearson was warned he would be arrested if he did not move to the sidewalk.

business administration, said the Stumph protest moved the group forward and was one of the most exciting moments of the year. “When we mic checked John Stumph earlier in the year, it was good, because it brought a lot of media attention, and it brought to light who we should be letting speak at our University,” Perlmutter said. Perlmutter said Stumph isn’t the

type of speaker that should be lecturing at the University, calling his business ethics questionable. Ishan Raval, occupier and freshman in philosophy, cited the mic check as one of the most important highlights of Occupy NCSU. He explained in general that the Occupy movement has inspired Americans to get on their feet. “Since the ‘60s there hasn’t really


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be lower, but that’s because there’s no real competition, and that’s the main driver,” Michael Cobb, associate professor in public and international affairs, said. Cobb said the majority of N.C. Republicans who will turn out to vote will be primarily for Amendment One. However, Cobb believes voter turnout for the general election in November will look a lot like the 2008 elections. “The Obama team is really

active in getting people out to vote,” Cobb said. As elections get closer, students are also throwing out their own speculation. “Romney will get the Republican nomination,” Aaron Thomas, sophomore in political science, said. “It’s always been Romney. He’s the best hope the Republican Party’s got.” Romney’s inability to successfully connect with voters could negatively affect the GOP. “Romney’s going to win. It’s been the long march to the inevitable,” Cobb said. “What is interesting to me is that [having Romney as

the candidate] might wind up lowering the Republican turnout, and that might affect Amendment One.” Most voters on campus agree with Thomas, though not everyone is thrilled with it. “It’s become a rat race,” Ivan Herrera, senior in political science, said. “I’m not happy with any of the candidates. I’d rather see a moderate progressive out there.” Herrera said the closest thing the Republican Party has to a moderate progressive is Ron Paul, but Herrera has become discouraged by his lack of media coverage. Paul has become an in-

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creasingly popular candidate on campus this year. Herrera believes it’s because of the large number of Libertarians on campus. “He cuts to the chase,” Herrera said. “That’s why he’s so popular with college students. [Ron Paul] comes off as wanting to do what’s best for America in a logical way that appeals to a large amount of people. He’s not politically sugar coated.” However, Cobb said Paul’s appeal to college-aged voters won’t help him in the long run. “Ron Paul can’t stop Romney; He doesn’t have enough delegates,” Cobb said. “Right

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now he’s running just because he’s Ron Paul.” Cobb said Paul might not be given the chance to speak at the convention and is primarily an afterthought in the primaries. Some students on campus are interested in seeing what issues the candidates will present. “The hot-button issues right now are student loans and unemployment,” Hannah Pope, sophomore in political science, said. “And I think gay rights are also more prominent, mostly because we’re a more liberal and accepting generation.” As of Tuesday, April 24,

Gallup polls indicated President Barack Obama is beating Romney with 49 percent of the votes to 44 percent, with the other 7 percent undecided. Despite the excitement heating up among students who are politically engaged, many are still disheartened by the “lackluster candidates.” “National campaigns are really grueling, and many times candidates come out looking the worse for wear,” Herrera said. “And it’s so exhausting. Many good politicians just don’t want to go through that process.”

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several debates, but recent polls provided by Public Policy Polling, show supcontinued from page 1 port for Amendment One One will affect a gradient of is at its lowest level yet. “Only 54 percent of votsexual identities, not just ers in the state plan to supthe GLBT community.” Joseph isn’t the only one port it, while 40 percent looking at the amendment are opposed,” Tom Jensen from this perspective. Gov- of PPP posted on the onernor Perdue made a strong line poll last week. “This is statement of a similar nature the lowest level of support PPP has found in monthly on April 13. “Our constitution is for polling of the amendment guaranteeing rights, not tak- since last October… It’s ing them away,” Perdue said. current 14-point lead has “And no matter what reli- been cut almost in half gious or moral background from the 27-point advanyou come from, no one has tage it started out with.” The GLBT Center offers the right to put discrimination of any kind into our con- pamphlets on the Amendment, as stitution.” well as Hollingstransporhead  agrees tation for wholeheartearly votedly. ing. “If AmendWhile m e nt O n e the results passes, it’s won’t opening up come out t he potenGov. Bev Perdue until May tial for other 9, H o l implications of taking more rights lingshead urges voters to educate themselves before away,”Hollingshead said. Yet, Hollingshead said she hitting the polls. “Do people really know was even more concerned about the possibility of what it means when people voting without re- they’re filling in their ally understanding what the little bubbles?” Hollingsamendment has the power to head asked. “I worry about do, assuming it only applies the students I work with every day who will feel to the GLBT community. “Right now, students can like less of a person if this put a domestic partner on passes. How much more their student health insur- do you need to say to me ance plan. That will be gone if that I don’t matter?” For transportation to the amendment passes,” Hollingshead  said. “Any munici- vote early, students and palities whose businesses give others should go to Reynrights to domestic partners olds between 11 a.m. and will also have to stop. That’s 4 p.m. Monday through going to have an unknown Friday of this week. Unimpact on businesses that are registered voters can regtrying to recruit and main- ister and vote at once durtain employees. It’s bad for ing early polling. the economy.” The amendment has stirred

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eral really started to come together this year, and started some great things for our future,” Perlmutter said. Katina Gad, senior in fashion and textile management, said the movement has spread awareness about corrupt banking practices. “People are a lot more conscious of what the banks are doing,” Gad said. Though Raleigh Occupiers traveled to Wall Street to pro-


test banks in their own front yards, some maintained a voice in North Carolina. For Ryan Thomson, going to New York City to join those who started the movement was an experience he won’t forget. “When I got to march on Wall Street and 6,000 people took over, that was huge for me,” Thomson said. From New York City, to Raleigh, and around the country, the Occupy movement made and continues to change politics in America. “We’ve shifted the political

discussion,” Thomson said. “That is hands-down the biggest thing that I think all of Occupy has done.” As the school year unfolds, Occupiers plan to remain persistent in their views, with a change in attitude. “We’ve taken to the Capitol, we’ve readjusted our approach to local politics and are becoming increasingly engaged instead of gathering ourselves and saying ‘we’re opposed to them,’” Thomson said. “We’re saying ‘here are the changes we want to see and here’s why.’”

The movement’s new approach is organized and selfaware. “We’re getting more strategic with our campaign, we’re not trying to be so upin -your-face all of the time,” Thomson said. Thomson reflected on the work he and Occupy NCSU have done, saying that the experience was great, and that he was proud of what he has accomplished. “It has been a heck of a ride to say the least,” Thomson said.

wake county Occupy Event Timeline Oct. 15, 2011 Hundreds of North Carolinians Occupy the Capitol. 20 were arrested.

Nov. 7, 2011 Katina Gad, movement leader, delivers a speech to the NC Democratic assembly.

Nov. 27, 2011 Nine arrested for sitting down on the Capitol sidewalk, including two students. Gad’s court case was thrown out as unconstitutional, establishing a huge precedent for activist rights in North Carolina.

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Nov. 3, 2011 Teach-In on the Court of North Carolina hosted dozens of professors, drawing more than 100 students. March on Capitol continued after teach-in. Jan. 21-22, 2012 99th Day, dozens of student demonstrate to end corporate personhood.

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Maximize Your Collegiate Experience and role as a global citizen Through civic engagement, service and activism.


s students at a world-class institution, you have opportunities that many others in the world can only dream about—professors who are engaged in groundbreaking research, access to cutting edge technology, high-impact outMike of-class learning Giancola opportunities and CSLEPS Director a host of support services to help you succeed here at N.C. State and beyond.

To graduate from the University, you must declare a major and complete a course of study, but to get the most of your college experience, I want to suggest that you also seek out ways to engage with the broader world. Consider studying abroad or joining an Alternative Service Break team. Search out opportunities to interact with the local community by volunteering. Become a student of the world by reading local, national and international news. Search opportunities to explore different cultures by attending a cultural celebra-

tion that is different from your own. Attend lectures on topics that you know will challenge your way of thinking. By doing so you will expand your mind and worldview. Robert Frost said, “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” Your voice as a citizen of North Carolina, the U.S. and the world is important and should be exercised more than just on election days (which is coming up on May 8). As global citizens, we have the responsibility to understand

the impact of our choices and actions on others in our backyards and around the world. From the products we purchase or chose not to purchase, to the decisions about how we show up in the world, our actions have an impact on our global community. So go to class, study hard, graduate in four years, fall in love and take full advantage of the many opportunities in and out of the classroom that await you here at N.C. State. Doing anything less limits your ability to live out your role as a global citizen. See you out there.

Honing in on Global Health Initiatives

The trouble with foreign aid

Marian McCord shares her involvement in engaging students in the diverse and growing field.

Factors such as corruption and dependence impede foreign aid’s effectiveness.

medical Engineering Department, McCord has included global health focuses on applicable program’s senior design courses, a capstone requirement for graduation Mark Herring for engineering and textiles Editor-in-Chief students. “Global Health is still deMarian McCord, an associate professor in textiles, works fining itself, but it’s the proin the field of the biomedical motion of human health and applications of textiles. Her social development through a lab uses state of the art tech- multifaceted approach. The nology, like an atmospheric challenges require this dipressure plasma treatment verse approach to be solved, system. From an outsider’s and will not be solved in the perspective, McCord’s work silo of a single discipline.” McCord’s personal remay appear to be fixed in this search ranges from various one specific field. projects that incorporate texShe would disagree. “N.C. State has an enor- tiles into medicine. She has mous capacity to engage developed a type of mosquito in global health,” McCord net covered with a chemisaid. “We don’t have a par- cal coating of a surfactant. Mosquitoes ticular departthat land on ment ded ithe net, then cated to global go to water health, but our to spawn, strengths map w i l l d row n, ver y wel l to bec au se t he global health.” Marian McCord, textiles surfactant McCord citengineering professor eliminates the ed University insects’ ability specific areas like improved food security, to float on water. She is also using an atvaccine development, medical technology development, mospheric pressure plasma system to treat textiles to zoonotic disease treatment. “We don’t need one par- alter their chemical properticular institute or program ties. With the expertise and to be a major contributor,” help from research assistant professor Quan Shi, McCord McCord said. Unlike competing pro- is using energized gases, like grams between the institu- helium, to enhance the absortions, McCord said in the bent properties of bandages. The Global Health Initiafield of global health, there must be synergy, cooperative- tives program will launch its ness and communication. She campus wide global health said it’s time to look past the council to unite campus University as an engineering wide global health events school. That said, with a joint next school year, including a appointment within the Col- seminar series, a professional lege of Textiles and the Col- development project and inlege of Engineering’s Bio- creased communication be-

“Global Health is still defining itself.”

tween clubs associated with the initiative’s mission. Global health encompasses more than just medicine. Preventative or indirect measures to a health disparity characterize the broad field. For example, the Michelson Family Foundation currently offers $25 million prize for a research team to develop a commercial, nonsurgical sterilization method for dogs in cats in developing countries. “There are more than 50,000 a year from rabies,” McCord said. The Global Health Initiatives is looking for students and faculty in the humanities to foster a campus-wide discussion in global health. Healthcare interventions are not feasible on an international scale without special attention to cultural nuances and norms, according to McCord. “We can’t look inside and figure out what are the needs of a certain community,” McCord said. “We need to hear what are the needs from bottom of the pyramid stakeholders.” McCord pilot tested this idea through her global health push in health related senior design courses, and two teams of se nior-design students to Honduras and Guatemala. McCord traveled to the World Hunger Summit in Honduras. “I want to see this as a program where you work in the framework of your own course of study, but you come together in a broader meeting to work with other students on this particular issue,” McCord said.

Hassan DuRant Senior Staff Writer

The U.S. allocated a total of $53 billion to foreign military and economic aid in 2010, making the U.S. the largest investor in foreign aid in the world, according to USAID. However, some claim these funds are largely ineffective. Foreign aid for economic advancement and infrastructure development can come in the form of military aid, such as weapons, or nonmilitary aid, such as food. On the surface, giving money to developing nations may seem virtuous, but foreign aid has its problems. Nora Haenn, director of the University’s international studies program, is very skeptical of the value of foreign aid. “It’s a business,” Haenn said. “A lot of people think aid is about creating friends in other countries—and it is—but it’s really a business.” Haenn’s research monitors international aid, and she has observed that aid money oftentimes never reaches the people it was meant to help. Money travels through corrupt channels in foreign government, and in some cases, is used for political gain instead of going to help the people of developing nations. “It’s easy to think that if you send $25 a month to a starving child in a poor country, you’re making their life better, but it’s really much more complicated than a lot of people know,” Haenn said. But these issues aren’t en-

demic to the countries they for short-term relief, such as aff lict—the problems sur- aid following famines, naturounding international aid ral disasters, or political upcan go much deeper. Ac- risings. Martin notes that just cording to Haenn, interna- giving money to other countional aid can even impede a tries is not nearly enough to country’s ability to be inde- get a country to truly develop, which is the ultimate goal of pendent. Having a steady flow of for- foreign aid. Martin, a Fulbright Scholar, eign aid can make a country dependent on that aid, and is in favor of moving from an their dependence may force ‘aid’ mentality to a ‘developcountries to alter their gov- ment’ mentality. His research ernment or culture to accom- has been looking into two modate the wishes of their ideas for potential growth: benefactor. Haenn’s research fair trade and microcredit with foreign aid also brings loans. Fair trade makes it easier up how a dependency on aid can cause artificial power for people in developing nastructures between countries. tions to gain access to the in“It’s often the case that ternational market by providpowerful entities end up ing places to sell their wares. needing others to be weak to Microcredit, on the other justify the aid,” Haenn said. hand, involves giving money For example, anthropolo- directly to an individual or gist Akhil Gupta’s research group to help their business. Both of these methods rely revealed that even after India became independent on giving funds to people rather than from Britain, government, aspects of their to de ve lop former colonial a nation by relations enstarting at its dured. Gupta roots. noted in his “The idea research that isn’t to make in t he years enough monfollowing Iney to get by,” dia’s newfound Nora Haenn, director of the Martin said. independence, University’s international “The idea the British govstudies program is to ma ke ernment used foreign aid to convince the enough money that you still Indian people they were bet- have enough to pay for your ter off being governed by a home, or to send your kids power that could bring them to school. If you give people things like food and schools the tools they lack, you’ll see long-term growth and develfor children. “We really have to hold opment.” While there isn’t a cleargovernments accountable for cut answer to the foreign aid their actions,” Haenn said. According to Alex Martin, debate, Martin’s and Haenn’s senior in international stud- research shows that common ies and business administra- foreign aid practices need to tion, foreign aid works well change.

“We really have to hold governments accountable for their actions.”

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unter Isgrid, a junior in biological sciences, has a problem with the missionary approa ch to serv ice. He doesn’t like the one-direct iona l, paternal istic dependence it promotes, and that’s why he joined with Brian Gaudio, a junior in arch itect ure, to star t a serv ice team that veered in a different direction. Isgr id and Gau dio crea ted Que Lo Que , a serv ice orga nization ded icat ed to building relation ships with the tow n of Lajas in the Dominican Republic. Que lo que is the equ ivalent

of “wh at’s up” in Dominican Spanish slang, and the orga nization is working to asse ss the “wh at” of Laja s. That include s what are the community’s resources, what infrastructure exists, where is it located and what need s to be done for the future. T he org a n i z at ion traveled last year with a group of students from N.C . State, but Gaudio and Isgr id are the only one s retu rnin g this sum mer for six weeks. Dur ing thei r first trip, the team assessed commun ity need s in Laja s, this trip, they ’re look-

ing to create a map of the village. “We’re going to map eve r y t hin g out and bring all the data back to the U.S. to ana lyze,” Isgr id said . “We want to pres ent this to the community, as a map of thei r own tow n. The y don’t have that, and if you thin k about it, if you don’t know what or whe re you r resource s are, you’re not going to use space efficient ly.” This project is a sma ll peice of a five-year program that Gaudio and Isgrid spea rheaded two

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Heartbeat monitor: N.C. State’s active pulse May 1, 2011: President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden.

July 8, 2011: NASA launches its last shuttle mission with Space Shuttle Atlantis. The ship carried experiments developed at N.C. State to the International Space Station.

June 13, 2011: Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke visits campus to discuss overhaul in energy production and distribution with academic and industry experts.


Oct. 20, 2011: Libyan rebels kill former dictator Moammar Gadhafi in Sirte, entering a new chapter in Libyan politics.

Sept. 30, 2011: Anwar al-Awlaki, American born Islamist militant, is killed in a drone bombing in Yemen.

Sept. 11, 2011: U.S. commemorates and the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 and morns those lost in the terrorist attacks and conflicts that followed the event.

March 7, 2012: More than 250 students associated with CSELPS traveled to service sites during Alternative Service Break, a student led endeavor of 17 trips.

Dec. 17, 2011: Kim Jong-il dies of a heart attack, after 17 years in power of North Korea.

Oct. 20, 2011: Students rally in support for the GLBT Center three days after the center was vandalized. Dec. 15, 2011: The U.S. declares an end in Operation Iraqi Freedom after more than eight years of fighting.

Jan. 31, 2012: Mohammad Moussa and Sameer Abdel-khalek, NCSU alumni, and UNC-Chapel Hill students Will McInerney and Kane Smego present their Poetic Portraits of a Revolution in Stewart Theatre. The group of student-poets traveled to Egypt and Tunisia the summer of 2011 to document the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

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questioned, and that its culture, people, traditions and religions would not be changed or infringed upon. “People inside Tibet do not have the freedom of speech, religion, nor equal job opportunities, as monasteries are occupied by the military, and daily patrolling takes place in the capital,” Dekyi said. “The capital looks more like an army base rather than a historical or religious capital… If China cared so much about this [supposedly] autonomous province, why won’t it try to make the people happier so they won’t resist?” Although some reports on Tibet have questionable validity due to China’s media restrictions, according to William Boettcher, an associate professor of political science, some facts are undeniable. Many Tibetans


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non-theist. But Freeman fears telling his mother or people at his church at home for several reasons. “I was brought up in a Southern Baptist church, so for us [being atheist] meant that you were an awful, horrible, very bad person,” Freeman said. “I was born into the church, and I’ve identified as atheist since I was 15…I’m [still] not out of the atheist closet.” Though Freeman’s father is aware of and comfortable with his non-theism, his mother is extremely involved in his home church as the director of children’s ministries and a Bible studies teacher. “Our church holds the belief that Bible is literally true, and I don’t remember ever thinking that,” Freeman said. “I’ve always been very interested in the sciences and I still love it. It was really over time, through reading science and research books on my own and watching videos of famous outspoken non-theists online [that I became nontheist].” Freeman describes his nontheism as a general disbelief in the supernatural rather than a disbelief in God specifically. Though important, his non-theism doesn’t affect his judgments of other people. But he is very worried about how his non-theism will be viewed by others, including his mother and the members of his close-knit church at home. What makes this reality even harder to reveal is that Freeman is also gay— another fact that neither his parents nor his church are aware of. “There’s a very strong sense of community at our church; I love all of the people there and I’m very afraid of losing them,” Freeman said. “[The reason I haven’t come out as homosexual] is the exact same reason haven’t come out as non-theist: I’m afraid of losing their respect.” Freeman said it’s difficult keeping things that are such big parts of him from people he loves, but he wants to be able to be independent, before risking the loss of friends and family. “[I’ll tell them] after I have a job and am living on my own—when I’m not depending on my parents for financial help,” Freeman said. “It’s very much very difficult to keep from them. They always tease about why I don’t have a girlfriend now, and I laugh it off and say ‘I don’t have time,


are suffering due to China’s attempts to fracture their culture. Tibetans are protesting the Chinese government and escaping the geographic region, risking their lives by traveling through the Himalayas and even setting themselves on fire. “China is pursuing a policy of cultural extinction by making efforts to increase the number of Han people in areas like Tibet and Xinjiang so that the natives become a minority,” Boettcher said. Thus far, about 30 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest. Despite the fact that many Tibetans have resorted to this method of protest to try to spread the word, many students still remain confused about the topic. “I got a lot of questions like, ‘How is that allowed in Buddhism?’…‘Why would you burn yourself if your population is already so low?’” Dekyi said. “But for Tibetans we see it as, ‘It’s gotten so bad that that’s the only

way to get attention.’ That’s how desperate they are to get the world to pay attention.” In the U.S., many Tibetans including Dekyi, are trying to educate people on the issues that are occurring in their homeland. From the time Dekyi was born in Nepal to her senior year project in her last international studies course, her identity and passion for Tibet have shaped every aspect of her life. “I want to try to go into law school after I graduate,” Dekyi said. “Specifically, I want to go into immigration law because it’s really important that someone in the community knows things about how immigration laws work here. There are constantly refugees that want to come here and they don’t have much help. My dad was lucky because he could speak English and could figure things out on his own, but the Tibetan community only has a few lawyers out there.”

I’m so busy.’” Freeman said his membership within these two subgroups is extremely daunting. “If you look at surveys… the only minority group hated more than gay people are atheists,” Freeman said. “But surprisingly enough, I was extremely happy as a gay Christian…and there are tons and tons of congregations that are very open and accepting of that now.” But Freeman emphasized that his homosexuality and non-theism are two separate parts of his identity as a human being. “Sometimes people say ‘You’re gay because you’re atheist’ or ‘You’re atheist because you’re gay,’ but that’s simply not true.” For students feeling conflicted about their religious identities, there are a number of campus ministries preaching openness and equality. Brian Cunningham, campus minister for Brooks Campus Ministries, said he realized religion was his calling not through some divine intervention, but when he got injured and could no longer play football. He met a man who offered him support and encouragement, and after he recovered he found him and thanked him. “That was the starting point that changed my life,” Cunningham said. “[I realized] people are brought into your life for a reason. I saw the value of not just playing football, but how important it was to help other people. I believe that person was put there to help me.” But Cunningham said that even he has had questions about the validity of his beliefs. These questions caused him to do lengthy research in search of verification, and engage in debates, for example, at SSA’s Ask an Atheist table. Cunningham said coming to terms with one’s religious beliefs if one of the greatest stepping stones of life, but he added that it must be approached in a certain way. “I, first of all, think [students] should come with no preconceived notions to prove or disprove anything, because it’s not possible on either level,” Cunningham said. “If I were starting over with no belief system, I would try to gather as much information as I could on either side, and try to come to the best conclusion. What are the ramifications for the answers of each of those conclusions that you may come to? I don’t think there’s a more important question.” Cunningham said what led

him to believe in God was the historical person of who Jesus Christ was as portrayed in the traditional Christian Bible. But Cunningham said being a “true Christian” has been skewed by Westernized Christianity. “I think to me, the important question for people who do claim to be Christian is for what reason are you doing the things you are doing,” Cunningham said. “To glorify yourself, or to impact the world around you—that’s what the Christian message is all about.” Cunning ham said his Christian beliefs would only cause him to treat people with more respect, not less, regardless of their personal beliefs. “I would do whatever I could to serve them and treat them with respect,” Cunningham said. “Assuming there is an afterlife, I am not the judge—that is only reserved for God, the higher being.” Cunningham said he would never assert the Bible to be used as a guide for public policy, for example. Adam Keith, a senior in physics and applied mathematics and SSA member, believes there can be major problems when the beliefs of one group are used to influence a public policy that affects all. Keith has identified as atheist since his sophomore year. “When we push teaching creationism in schools then it can be dangerous because we’re not educating children properly,” Keith said. “Having a religious institution of any kind affect an environmental or social policy is bad; it’s based on something that’s verifiably untrue or not proven.” Keith said religion can try to invent reasons for certain things being bad or good, and this can cause serious problems. “There’s really no argument against homosexuality, [for example], that’s not religious,” Keith said. “There are also few arguments against stem cell research or abortion that aren’t religious.” The debate for or against God will continue forever, but for students, the resources for this exploration are unlimited. As for Freeman, he said he is aware that consenting to being quoted in this article may force him to tell his parents the two biggest truths of his life—a stepping stone he is ready, but anxious, to take.

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bot h Cat holics, who thought it i nconsistent with their beliefs to be racist, since one of the [Greek] meanings of the word Catholic is, ‘universal,’ everyone,” Hinton said. “I was brought up to be very polite, so it was probably more an awareness of politeness than an awareness of an embodiment of social structures.” It was this politeness and upbringing that allowed Hinton to befriend the first black student allowed to attend St. Benedict’s, his private Catholic elementary school. There had been moderate reforms after the Soweto Uprising in executive capital Johannesburg in 1976 that allowed slightly more freedom for black people. “At that point [the school] had no black students at all, and it was illegal to have black students,” Hinton said. “[The school] allowed a black student, Nelson Lolwane, to come‚ and he became my best friend. It was the first time I had interacted with a black person as an absolute equal. After we got to know each other, we could talk frankly. It was astonishing to me.” As Hinton grew up he became more politically involved, actively working with the Progressive Federal Party, the party of his parents. Hinton attended the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a vague intention of going into law. “There was a law that allowed people to be detained without any trial or charges being brought against them, more or less infinitum,” Hinton said.


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years ago, as part of a strategy called asset based community development, or ABCD. “ABCD allows people in any community, for us Lajas, to learn about what they have to use for themselves,” Isgrid said. “We’re not going in there telling what to do. We’re hav ing conversations and prompting thought. We don’t know how Lajas should develop itself, but we can learn with them on


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issues year round and we weren’t just thinking about them, we weren’t just talking about them— we were doing something about them.” The institute is the only organization whose sole purpose is to bring people from across the state together to focus on the future of N.C., according to Brown-Graham. However, the forums are far from the Institute’s only method of addressing issues that face North Carolinians. The inst itute has brought back an N.C. State alumnus to help them reach out to a demographic that is of growing concern. This demographic is what the institute is calling Generation Z and represents

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“But lawyers could challenge a particular person being held, so [my motive for going into law] was certainly a political motive.” Hinton said people would protest these injustices, but the response of the apartheid regime was always very swift and violent. People were detained en masse, people disappeared, and trade union leaders and leaders of the United Democratic Front were murdered. Hinton even witnessed this violence during his time at Wits. “[While] at the university, I could see the brutality of the police when they would shoot at students with rubber bullets and would beat them,” Hinton said. Hinton was a member of two activist groups during college‚ one that opposed conscription and tried to educate young men eligible to be drafted, and another that brought food and books to students who had been detained without trial. “The army was being used to wage war against people in the townships by this point,” Hinton said. “So I eventually became a member of an organization that was trying to end conscription, but it was banned shortly thereafter, just as the second group.” But Hinton could only defer conscription for so long, and he eventually fled South Africa to avoid being forced to fight against fellow South Africans, or put in jail. Hinton said things hadn’t changed at all during his first return to South Africa in 1992 and had become more brutal, with more people in jail. “When I left, I honestly thought there wouldn’t be change in my lifetime,” Hinton said. “I remember being in Kensington Gardens outside of London and just feeling this intense sadness at the thought that I might never be able to go back and live there...”

But then when the new prime minister came to power, F.W. de Klerk, he unbanned the African National Congress, the party of then political prisoner Nelson Mandela, the icon of the anti-apartheid movement. Lifting the ban freed Nelson Mandela. “I remember watching the footage on a T.V. in a common room [in Oxford] in tears,” Hinton said. “I remember having on my back pack as a school boy ‚ÄòRelease Mandela’ and suddenly it was true, it had come true.” Hinton was able to vote in the election of April 1994, at the State House in Boston, Mass. He had his identity documents with him to prove his South African citizenship, and it was the first time he had ever voted. “Once I became politically of age [in South Africa] I didn’t vote because I didn’t want to vote, because only white people could vote,” Hinton said. Hinton said his background continues to inf luence his interests in politics and philosophy. He attributes this influence to our humanity, and the fact that he feels “affronted by any system or law that undermines our humanity.” South Africa has drastically changed since Hinton’s childhood. His friend Lolwane now works closely with the South African Supreme Court as a lawyer. Despite the persisting gaps between social classes, South Africa has progressed. But, Hinton said its not nearly enough. Wit h h i s perspec t ive from South Africa, Hinton said he doesn’t believe that real equality has even been achieved between blacks and whites in the U.S. “[Equality can be achieved] by a combination of reasoned debate and movement from people who are affected by the inequality,” Hinton said. “Sadly, reasoned debate seldom wins on its own.”

how they can do it on their own.” For Gaudio, his first experience while serving in the Dominican Republic was what he called a one-way street. “I had a bad taste in my mouth after leaving the D.R. my first time,” Gaudi said. “I wanted to see how could we move forward as opposed to continuing the same thing. International aid is everywhere, but is it doing any good?” The vision of Que Lo Que is two fold: It’s creating crosscultural relationships that are sustainable, and connect-

ing those experiences with middle schoolers in Raleigh, according to Gaudio. The program started a global citizenship program at Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School, and throughout the four weeks of implementation, middle school and college students have discussed emerging social issues. “We’re looking to establish ways to allow Lajas and our students in Raleigh to achieve,” Gaudio said. “Not by implementing projects, but building relationships that last longer than short term solutions.”

the population born between 1990 and 2002. John Coggins, 2009 alumnus and the first Emerging Leaders Fellow, said Generation Z is a generation destined to face several challenges. “The most diverse in our history and the most connected in our history.” Coggins said. “However, they are also the generation that is going to be the first generation expected to be worse off than their parents so they’re not expected to live as long and they’re expected to have a lower quality of life.” During this year’s Emerging Issues Forum,Coggins helped to organize about 200 Generation Z ambassadors from the state to participate in the forum. These ambassadors helped create three objectives for leaders and the Institute to focus on in order to ensure that the state will be a sustaining and empowering place for “Generation Z”. These include healthy eating

objectives, a business mentorship program and a community co-working initiative. While the specifics of the action plans are still in process, according to Coggins, it will be easy forNCSU students to learn more and get involved. “Early summer, we’re going to be unveiling the action plans and then we’re going to be reaching out to organizations and to schools to see how people can get involved in these,” Coggins said. “If N.C. State students want to get involved, they just need to check our website for updates.” When the Commons opens with Hunt Library, the institute will have another medium to allow involvement in the creation of a better future for North Carolina. It will be open 24 hours and will also have online opportunities for people anywhere in North Carolina to connect with other leaders to spur change.



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A family’s bittersweet unity The Williams family is no stranger to adversity, but it’s brought them closer. Mark Herring Editor-in-Chief

Travis Williams slept in a chair for five nights while his parents were in surgery in May 2010. Long stays in the hospital are not out of the normal for the junior in biological sciences, but this series of nights was different. Trav is’ fat her, Rober t “Bookie” Williams, was due for a second kidney transplant. After 21 years since Bookie’s mother donated one of her kidneys to save her son, Bookie’s wife, Joni, decided to give one of hers to save her husband. “I got out of school for the summer on a Monday morning, rushed home and they went to the hospital Tuesday,” Travis said. “I wasn’t going to leave. It was a family affair.” Travis didn’t refer to just the surgery as a family affair. Before Travis was born, his father has been coping with diabetes, and rather than tearing the Williams family apart, they’ve come together to care for each other. The Williams are Chapel Hill locals, and Bookie started working as a construction manager after leaving college due to complications with his diabetes. His disease was under control, but five years after he and Joni married, Bookie stepped on a nail while at work. He walked on the nail all day and didn’t realize it was lodged in his foot until that evening. Loss of sensation in the extremi-

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Bookie, Joni and Travis Williams enjoy time together on the deck of their home in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday April 14. ties is a side effect of diabetes, “It was badly infected. The with high blood glucose levels thought of it still haunts me.” The Williams family left for damaging tissue, especially the hospital blood vessels a nd up on and nerves. arriving, For Bookie, Dr. George this incident Johnson was the start informed of a series of Travis Williams, biological Bookie he’d problems. sciences have to op“I cleaned erate fast and out the wound, but within a week, within an hour Bookie was in it got worse,” Bookie said. the OR, getting his right foot

“People will just stare, like my dad’s an alien.”

amputated. “It’s kinda funny, but they don’t mean just foot when they say foot amputation,” Bookie said. “They mean below the kneecap.” “We lived in fear about the other leg for the longest time,” Joni said. As Travis grew up, he accustomed himself to his father’s unpredictable health. Travis calls his father “Chief.” He said it’s out of respect,

since he said his father never complains. Jokingly, Travis said his family is far from ordinary. “There are times, like when we’re walking out of a restaurant, and people will just stare, like my dad’s an alien of some sort,” Travis said. “It’s always been that way, with the struggles of diabetes, but that’s normal for us. Chief is a fighter. I’ve played basketball all my life, and he’d never

miss a game.” After losing his first leg, Bookie feared he’d miss Travis’ childhood. According to Travis, Bookie did what he could to be the active father he wanted to be. “Travis is the reason I get up and go,” Bookie said. “I wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for my son and my

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Inspiring healthy eating from the grassroots Raleigh City Farm intends to connect city population with roots of the food pyramid. Eric Rizzo Senior Staff Writer

As you eat a piece of pizza at Fountain, a chicken sandwich from the Atrium, or even a hot dog from the C-Store, do you ever wonder where the ingredients from your food come from or how it is made? Most of our food travels hundreds, if not thousands, of miles to get from the kitchen or farm to our plates. According to Laura Fieselman, a founder of the Raleigh City Farm, this generates a larger amount of pollution from travel compared to buying food locally and making it yourself. Fieselman started the Raleigh City Farm when she saw there was interest in the sustainable farming community of Raleigh for an urban farm. Fieselman had worked on a similar project in Oregon, so she organized a group of people interested in the project and started the Raleigh City Farm board of directors, The board is now working to have the farm up and running as soon as possible. They have a one-acre plot of land on the corner of Franklin and Blount Streets. One of their next steps, which they are currently working on, is finding a Farm Manager. “Our vision is to be a vibrant, productive farm in the city and to educate the community,” Fieselmansaid. She hopes the farm will reestablish the connection

between people and food. Furthermore, she hopes the farm will serve as a “learning lab” for the community. Students can learn biology by observing the different forms of life on the farm, math by measuring the different components needed to grow produce, or even art by using the organic curves of the vegetation as subjects for artwork, according to Fieselman. Ariel Greenwood, a senior in psychology with a minor in agroecology and a member of the Raleigh City Farm leadership team, said the Raleigh City Farm might not be “Certified Organic,” but will definitely follow organic procedures. “We are only considering farmers for the Farm Manager position who have spent considerable time learning organic methods for food production,” Greenwood said. Furthermore, according to Greenwood, the Raleigh City Farm may even “one up” being certified organic by having an emphasis on the social, economical, sustainable and ecological needs of the community. According to Chris Gunter, assistant professor in horticulture science, becoming certified as an organic farm is very costly, and there is not necessarily a need for the extra cost of certification. “There has not been a definitive scientific study that proves that organic produce is healthier for you,” Gunter said. Gunter’s main point, however, is that people should worry more about getting

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Erin Bergstrom, a 2007 alum, is one of four co founders for Raleigh City Farm, an organization that aims to produce “hyperlocal food.” The organization currently is planting simple crops in a purchased green area in the heart of downtown Raleigh, and hopes to expand. “We want to inspire and empower people to grow food all over [Raleigh],” said Bergstrom.

more fresh produce in their Fieselman. “Land values in the city diet, whether it is “organic” or not. According to Gunter, are more expensive in general than in benef its of rural areas the Raleigh and finding Cit y Fa r m fertile land include is difficult,” exposing Fieselman people to said. farming When seand keeping lecting a plot money in the for an urban community. Ariel Greenwood, senior in fa rm you There are psychology have to concertain chalsider what lenges that come along with creating was on the plot before and if an urban farm, according to it would have any effect on

“For students especially, we absolutely welcome your enthusiasm.”

the soil, according to Gunter. Another thing of concern is your farm practices. “If you use manure on an urban farm, your neighbors might get upset,” Gunter said. While the Raleigh City Farm intends to be an active aspect of the community, it is not a community farm. “A community garden either has small plots for the community to run or a big, shared farm,” Fieselmansaid. “Whereas an urban farm has produce for sale, in our case it’s a not-for-profit.” Greenwood said she en-

courages her classmates to get involved in local food movements and said Raleigh City Farm is looking for student engagement. “For students especially, we absolutely welcome your enthusiasm and ambition,” Greenwood said. “I would encourage students to check out the group on Facebook and the website and to contact us if they would like to help. We absolutely welcome the expertise of not only students but faculty and grad students in the relevant fields as well.”

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Buying locally and living Wise-ly Mt. Olive family keeps produce and quality in the family. Nikki Stoudt Staff Writer

“Locally grown” is a term too often thrown around, and, with increasing dependency on foreign oil and sundry products, homegrown produce doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. The Wise family has been in the region for over 75 years and continues to provide a consistent supply of quality fruits and veggies to the entire Triangle and surrounding areas.

The farm and family

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Gary Wise, of Wise Farms, stands in the Brickyard selling fresh local produce to students. Wise Farms sets up a stand every Wednesday for the campus farmers market.

In 1941, Gary Wise’s grand- wife Teresa in 1994, Wise left father, Ivey, and a great uncle education and settled down bought and split roughly 100 in the house between his faacres of fertile farmland situ- ther and grandfather’s propated just outside Mt. Olive, erties to take over the farm North Carolina. The men full-time. “Full-time farming is a harvested tobacco, raised hogs and a small amount of blast,” Wise said. “We’re exproduce to send to farmers’ tremely lucky to have made a living on farming. We’re markets in the area. Wise’s father, William, small, so sometimes we get jumped into farming at a very ignored and that hurts more early age and later worked as than people would think. a welder for North Carolina It’s what I’ve always wanted Natural Gas, but he eventu- to do.” Lucky, they most certainly ally returned to Mt. Olive to are. Wise and his family have take up the family business. Gary Wise worked on the watched farm after farm farm until he graduated from foreclose and often credit the close rehigh school lationship and headed w it h N.C . to N.C. State State. to earn his “O n e o f deg rees i n our favorhistory and ite things is political scit he Br ickence. While yard farma memb er Gary Wise, owner of Wise Farms ers market,” of the WolfWise sa id. pack, Wise worked for Technician as an “We don’t make much moneditorial writer and opinion ey, but we get so much busicolumnist. The Wise’s ties to ness from N.C. State grads the school remain strong, as who have opened their own Gary Wise’s brother-in-law, businesses.” As produce farmers who Randy Lait, is the senior director of Hospitality Services turn out crops year-round, at N.C. State and member of the Wise family knows a thing or two about sustainthe Class of 1983. Post-graduation, Wise ability. “We’re committed to prewent on to teach economics for three years at Southern serving the land for generaWayne High School and only tions to come,” Wise said. farmed during the summer “We really try to stick to months. After marrying his practicing sustainable agri-

“If anything, we’re dedicated to the quality of our produce.”

cultural procedures.” Crop rotation, the age-old method of rotating the planting of crops from different families over a two to three year period, has proven to be and invaluable means of sustainability. As well as serving as a viable means of pest control, crop rotation maintains soil fertility, reduces erosion and even prevents diseases. “Rotation eliminates weeds, too,” Wise said. “We’re now 70 percent less reliant on synthetic chemicals than most other farms.” Yes, it’s a lot of extra work but by hand weeding, Wise is able to ensure the elimination of herbicides, because it’s what’s best for both the product and the consumer. Wise and his family have also chosen to reduce waste and hazardous materials by refraining from raising livestock. “Livestock run-off and general waste is extremely bad for the environment and fertility of the soil,” Wise said. “Plus, it’s a lot of really unnecessary work. They’re more trouble than they’re worth.” In the beginning, he didn’t really want animals of any kind, but three dogs and several cats later, Wise feels ready to take the “Old McDonald” plunge. “I think I’d like to get some horses one day,” he said.

The market From the North Carolina State Farmer’s Market that runs everyday to the Wednesday Brickyard farmers market, Wise Farms is making a big name for itself. Customers from around the Triangle flock to the booths known for

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Gary Wise, of Wise Farms, places tomatoes for sale at this farmers market stand.

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Josephine Yurcaba, a sophomore in English and philosophy, sits with her mother, Paris, a breast cancer survivor who’s now battling peritoneal cancer. Doctors say Paris has a few months left.

Daughter works to send her terminally ill mother to the city she’s named after. Mark Herring Editor-in-Chief

Josephine Yurcaba’s grandmother, Beatrice Brazeau, had a dream that one of her children would visit her native France some day. She was so determined to realize this dream, she named one of her daughters Paris. Now, after seeing her mother survive breast cancer only to learn that she had developed peritoneal cancer, a disease she continues to fight today, Josephine, a sophomore in English and philosophy, is trying to take her mother to the city of her namesake to fulfill the dreams of three generations. Paris has a lot to say about dreams. With her limited time remaining, she said her last wish is to see her children never give up on their dreams. Here’s Beatrice’s dream. Here’s Paris’. Here’s Josephine’s. Paris Yurcaba was admitted to hospice a week before Easter after experiencing excruciating pain from the tumors in her abdomen. For the past two years, Paris has been fighting cancer that metastasized from her ovaries into her abdominal cavity. During her 10-day stay at the hospital earlier in April, Josephine came to visit for Easter. By that point, doctors took Paris off chemotherapy for fear that the treatment would weaken her already frail immune system. Easter Sunday, Josephine’s father, Yul, broke the news to her: Paris only had between four and five months left. “It’s surreal when you hear news like that,” Josephine said. “I had known her time was limited to less than a year when she was on chemo … but when I found out on Easter, I was angry at first, but I realized it was time to do something.” Paris and Yul have always know their daughter was ambitious. Just like her mother, if Josephine gets an idea in her head, she runs with it, Yul joked. “Nothing’s impossible for Josephine,” Yul said. “She

credible spirit.” Through muff led tears, Paris said Josephine’s effort to go to France goes beyond trying to realize this family dream. “I know she can take care of herself, and Jo’s proven that,” Paris said. “That’s helped me so much, that when I leave this world, I know my children will have their own spirit and their own life when I’m done. I just want to make sure they don’t give up on their dreams. All my children are definitely the people who have the ability to make their dreams come true, and Jo is the closest of all making sure to that… she knows what she’s doing. I’ll be up there, and I’ll find a way to poke them or prod them to make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to do.” Looking back on her life Jordan Moore/Technician and forward to her remaining Paris Yurcaba adjusts her morphine pain pump at her home in Pinehurst. Paris, mother of Josephine, a sophomore in English days, Paris said she’s glad to and philosophy, has Stage IV, metastatic peritoneal cancer. have embraced the love she’s does what she has to do, and breast-ovarian cancer when experience abdominal pains much as my mom. She’s the received from her family and Paris was 4 years old. With two years ago. Doctors dis- most important person in the friends. It’s that same selfless she goes for it.” When Josephine was talk- her family’s history, Paris covered advanced peritoneal world to me, and it wouldn’t love, according to Josephine ing about her plans to travel knew she was at risk. When cancer after running pre- be who I am to sit back and and Yul, that will make Paris live on. the world, Paris mentioned her insurance agreed to liminary tests. A month ago, let the clock tick.” “How’s she going to live Yul never expected that her wish to visit Paris, France. cover mammograms, Paris doctors took Paris off chemo, on ? She “It hit me that this would be consistently went to the hos- classifying her cancer as Stage ticking has stacks the last summer that I have pital for examinations twice IV—metastasized, the most c l o c k t o of jou rclose in so with my mom,” Josephine a year for the most part. But advanced stage. n a l s a nd “As of now, all I want is fast. Paris in December of 1998, while said. diaries. Josephine has been run- she was working as a health quality of life for Paris,” Yul w a s t h e Josephine Yurcaba is raising money to send her terminally ill That’s all ning with this idea, and it has insurance outcomes manager said. “I want her out of pain. first wom- mother to Paris, France. that I have gained momentum quickly for TRICARE in the Depart- We live right around the cor- an he ever to have— thanks to help of several key ment of Army Civilians, a ner from hospice, and I’ve thought nurse approached her in the taken her in there twice to he could grow old with. The my memories,” Yul said. “I allies. couple met when both were guess I have to accept this A benefactor has pledged hospital in Colorado Springs reset her pain pump.” The tumors, especially stationed in Incirlik, Tur- situation, but I’ll always know to cover flights for the fam- after Paris had an overdue those on her diaphragm, have key—Yul as a Green Beret and that Paris was there and she’s ily to go to Paris. Wendy checkup. Paris as a non-commissioned always been taking care of ev“A woman came down the made life unpredictable. Bierwirth, a nurse practierybody.” “It’s funny how cancer pain officer in the Air Force. tioner with Student Health hall of the hospital, and she Some of those memories in“We met right after Desert Services, has agreed to travel had a look in her eye and said, is,” Paris said. “One day, I got free of charge with the fam- ‘Paris, do you want to come a really bad stabbing pain in Storm, and when I left there, I clude driving across the U.S., ily to France. And Josephine with me for a minute?’” Paris my diaphragm, just driving didn’t know if I’d ever see her going to sporting events for has raised more than $2,000 said. “They found a lump on along. I said, ‘Oh dear God, again,” Yul said. “Before I left their children, enjoying Paris’ through an online fundraiser. my breast. It was right before what in the hell is that?’ And there, I told her I could see us legendary Christmas cookthen, all of a sudden, it went growing old together. I never ies and battling through two She said this is helping her the holidays.” bouts of cancer. Doctors put Paris on doxo- away. It’s on and off, but now told anyone that.” cope at least somewhat with Josephine hopes to add a Yul dreamed of being with the reality of her mother’s rubicin, a chemotherapy it’s on more.” Seeing her mother’s posi- Paris until their 80s or later, final trip to Paris on that list. nicknamed “red devil,” an condition. “Working on the project “Before Easter break, I was aggressive treatment for tive attitude in the face of but he said he was happy to just ignoring the facts that my breast cancer, and after four pain—and the inevitable— see her reach 50 in September. just reminds me of how much Paris said she couldn’t be I love her and how awful it’s mom was really sick, and that treatments of chemo and Josephine is determined to no matter what, she didn’t nine surgeries within two further work toward her goal prouder as a mother after going to be when she does have more than a year left,” years, doctors declared Paris to send Paris to Paris. She said watching Josephine pour die,” Josephine said. “But I it’s her duty as a daughter to herself into this project while can put those feeling aside Josephine said. “It finally hit cancer-free. often forgoing sleep to ac- in the hopes that this makes “Me and Paris were blown do so. me that the time I am going “People tell me what I’m commodate her studies and her really, really happy. I to have with her for the next away when we found out she few months is going to be re- was sick,” Yul, her husband, doing is inspiring or admira- work at Technician as Life & don’t want to regret this, and I don’t care if we can’t make ally precious, and that there’s said. “It overwhelmed me. ble,” Josephine said. “When I Style editor. “I lay in bed at night, and I it. I want to be as selfless for But her recovery was amaz- try to look at myself from the not that much of it.” outside, I don’t see it as admi- want to stay so I can see my her as she’s been for everyone Paris’ current struggle ing.” Things had turned around rable—because it’s the only kids grow up,” Paris said. “I she’s ever touched.” with cancer dates back to her childhood, when her in Paris’ health for the next logical thing I could think use my kids for strength a lot, mother, Beatrice, died of 10 years, until she started to to do for someone I love as especially Jo. She’s got an in-

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Technician kidney. Compared to her husband, her recovery took longer, considering her reduction in renal function. After continued from page 11 waking up from anesthesia, Bookie said he could feel the family.” Over time, Bookie’s health new life his wife gave him. “I was feeling so good after worsened, and in Oct. of 2008, doctors had to ampu- the surgery, since I went in tate his left leg. He wasn’t feeling so bad,” Bookie said. able to recover fully with his “It was tough for her, ‘cause new prosthetic leg until June she was feeling good going in, and coming out a kidney of 2009. “I’ve never been much of short ain’t a great feeling. I a complainer, but what the was bouncing around and heck,” Bookie said. “Pain told her she looked beautiful and she told me to shut it. don’t bother me too bad.” In addition to “Chief,” She’s been my best friend, my wife, my soul Travis calls mate a nd his father a my nu rse. warrior, and She’s never whenever flinched.” Bookie’s in After leavp a i n, he ’s ing the hosshrugged it pital, Travis off. Unless s t a r te d to it’s excruciRobert “Bookie” Williams, rethink what ating, Bookie father of Travis Williams he wanted to won’t bring do with his it up, according to Travis. In May of 2010, life, career wise. He was playBookie’s kidney, the one his ing basketball and studying mother donated, started to at Montreat College, a small fail. The discomfort became liberal arts college in Virginia, and once Bookie fell apparent. “I got 21 years out of my ill with double pneumonia mother’s kidney—that’s a in December of 2010, Travis long time for transplants,” decided a career in medicine Bookie said. “It goes to show was his vocation. “When your family is in how strong and great she is. She brought me into the hospitals all the time, you world and gave me my second get a taste of great doctors and not-so-great doctors,” life.” Joni gave Bookie his third Travis said. “Seeing the imlife, and in May of 2010, both pact it can have on a family, I underwent surgery. Joni said knew this is something I want she was worried, knowing she to do.” While Bookie was sick with wouldn’t be conscious while pneumonia in both lungs, an Bookie was in surgery. “That was the hardest experience he considered to part—it was the morning be his lowest and most diswe checked in, we had our heartening, Travis saw part of families, and the preacher the movie Patch Adams while and Travis was in the wait- waiting in the hospital. The film of Dr. Hunter Doherty ing room,” Joni said. Joni stayed in the hospital Adams intrigued Travis to for a week after donating her investigate whether his story


“I take things day by day, and today happens to be a good day.”

Features was true or not, and after reading Adams’ biography, Travis was inspired to write to the doctor after his father went back into the hospital from an infection during Thanksgiving of 2011. “When I got some time off over winter break, I hand wrote a letter on why I want to be a doctor and what I’ve been through with my dad,” Travis said. “A week later he sent me a letter back with his other book. It was encouraging. He’s crazy, but inspiring.” The UNC hospital has come to be the Williams family’s second home, and it has become their second family too. Clara Neyhart, a nephrology nurse clinician, has been Bookie’s nurse when he’s had kidney problems. Just like the Williams, Neyhart is a Chapel Hill local. “I met Bookie after his mother gave him his first transplant,” Neyhart said. “They’re an extraordinary family.” Neyhart works under Dr. Ronald Falk, Bookie’s nephrologist and close friend who took care of Bookie’s father before he passed away from kidney disease. Neyhart said the family has a long history of struggle with diabetes, but she’s uplifted by their support for each other. “We’ve all tried to support Travis along the way, as we know it’s been tough on the family,” Neyhart said. “He had some frightening things to see, both with Bookie’s health and his grandfather passing away, but their family is strong.” Travis said that strength comes from his mother’s devotion to his father and from his father’s stubbornness. Bookie jokes it’s what’s kept him around for so long. But

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Travis Williams, a junior in biological sciences, holds a letter he received from Dr. Patch Adams. This letter was a response to one Williams had sent to Adams and which contributed to Williams's inspiration to pursue pre-med at NCSU.

never ending battle. “You can’t take anything for granted,” Bookie said. “But I’ve received a lot of love and support. I take things day by day, and today happens to

be a good day. I’ve got Joni and Travis here with me, so I’m not going to complain. We’ll see about tomorrow.”

In all my years, I can’t recall one that doesn’t include this family and their produce.” The Wise Choice, the continued from page 13 Wise’s brand name, supplies their freshness of produce produce to several CSA certified customers and often sells and friendliness of face. “We really want to make an to Poole’s Diner, an upscale impression,” Wise said. “We restaurant downtown. While love people, and we want prices can get a little steep, it’s important to remember them to love us.” the level of Margaquality that ret Leeks, a comes with usua l cuslocal crops. tomer at the “I f a n yWise Family thing, we’re sta nd, has dedicated spread t he to the qualword of eatit y of our ing locally produce,” grown proWise sa id. duce to her Gary Wise, farmer “It’s imporfriends and tant to make family. “They do a good job,” Leeks people want to eat locally.” said. “I buy all my collard Planting seeds for the fugreens from them and can’t ture imagine going anywhere else. Wise and his family have a

system of online order forms, email and a new Facebook account allow access to all manner of customers. “If we don’t reach out to younger generations, how will they know about eating locally?” Wise said. “With fast-food on every corner, it’s a wonder small farms like us are even in business. From our produce you get nutrients, no preservatives and a feeling of connection to the area.” For the past 13 years, Wise has been farming everything from acorn squash to zucchini on land that has belonged to his family for three-fourths of a century. “We’re lucky,” Wise said. “That’s all there is to it. Profitable or not, it’s what we love to do, and we’re good at it. Farming is in our blood and is something we’ll hold on to forever.”

it’s a daily struggle. Bookie can experience insulin reactions, or hypoglycemia, when his blood sugar plummets and he falls into a state of stupor. Bookie calls it a


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t f inished the season with an 8-16 record (4-9 ACC.)However, its record does not even begin to tell the story of the mental fortitude and undying effort displayed by these Wolfpack women. A year removed from possibly the best season in Wolfpack history with an end-of-year No. 25 national ranking, the Pack lost three of its top players from last season. This year’s team is young, with five of its eight players being either freshmen or sophomores. This year’s struggles would be attributed as a “rebuilding year” for the program. Despite tough ACC competition (the ACC has six schools ranked in

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Games of the year

Football v. Clemson

Men’s basketball v. Georgetown


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Junior safety Brandan Bishop celebrates after intercepting for a touchback during the third quarter against Clemson.


he game was a must-win for the Pack, a struggling team still trying to become bowl eligible. N.C. State came into its home game against the No. 7 Clemson Tigers as heavy underdogs. However, the Wolfpack rose to the occasion and met the challenge head-on. Junior quarterback Mike Glennon led the Wolfpack’s rout of the Tigers. Glennon put in a commanding performance, going 19-29 for 253 yards and three touchdowns while helping the Wolfpack offense put up a staggering 37 points against a Top-10 team. The much-maligned Wolfpack defense also stood strong in the





olfpack baseball met its expectations this season, boasting one of the best records the program has had in recent years. With a star-studded lineup and the addition of some talented freshmen, State looks to uphold its high expectations throughout the postseason. One of the standouts of the season is freshman third baseman Trea Turner. Turner has proven to be dangerous each time he gets on base. Along with a great on-base percentage, Turner shows impressive speed he uses to steal bases on a regular basis. Turner is 41 out of 43 on stolen base attempts. Another standout for the Pack is freshman pitcher Carlos Rodon. A perfect 7-0 in 11 appearances, Rodon, who led the team with a 1.23 ERA, has shown excellent pitch command throughout the season. He is also the team leader in strikeouts with 85 on the season so far. The Pack has struggled away from Raleigh with a road record of 7-8. However, N.C. State boasts an impressive 16-4 home record. With its dominant pitching and ability to score runs in bunches, State will look to make a deep run in both the ACC and NCAA tournaments. -Cory Scott

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face of Clemson’s high-powered offense. Senior safety Brandan Bishop and senior linebackers Terrell Manning and Audie Cole all combined for 24 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception while holding Clemson to 13 points and a 2-14 (14%) third-down conversion rate. The 37-13 rout was a clear turning point in the Wolfpack’s season. After the Clemson win, the Wolfpack recorded the second-largest comeback in ACC football history the next week against Maryland to become bowl eligible. -Andrew Schuett

he team came into the Columbus, Ohio regional matchup with a chip on its shoulder, ready to prove it belonged in the contest. The Pack easily defeated the Aztecs and advanced to play No. 3 seed Georgetown two days later. Out of the gates, the team showed a sort of reluctance on the court and played within itself. Georgetown jumped out to a 2515 lead and the Wolfpack faithful could sense the hope of a tournament run slipping away from it. However, the Pack clawed back into the game, going on a 17-2 run to close the half and take a 32-27 lead. State had life again and all the momentum in the world headed in the break. The Hoyas wouldn’t go down without a fight, climbing back to within two points with just under a minute to play. Sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown put the Pack up 66-63 on a free throw with 4.6 seconds remaining but missed the second. Hoya guard Jason Clark grabbed the rebound and hurried upcourt. Defended by senior guard C.J. Williams, Clark’s desperation heave at the buzzer was off the mark to seal the victory and Sweet Sixteen berth for the Wolfpack. -Nolan Evans

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Junior forward Richard Howell lays the ball in during the round of 32 game against Georgetown Sunday, March 18, 2012. Howell scored 9 with 10 rebounds in the 63-66 Wolfpack win.

Athletes of the year


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Junior Rachel Fincham focuses on the bars during her event at the 2012 NCAA Gymnastics against William and Mary, Rutgers and North Carolina. She took home a No. 20 finish with a score of 9.825 on the bars.

Junior Ryan Hill broke the 4 minute mile barrier, running a 3:58.33 to become the first runner in school history to accomplish the feat.

(1)Rachel Fincham (gymnastics): The junior from Gambrills, Md. had a stellar junior year for the Pack, capturing the NCAA regional title on the bars with a score of 9.9 out of 10. Fincham also scored a 9.875 on the bars at the EAGL Championship, helping the Wolfpack to a second place finish at the event. She ended her season by finishing No. 20 at the NCAA championships with a score of 9.825 on the bars, her tenth score of 9.8 or more this season. (2) Joelle Kissell (tennis): Sophomore Joelle Kissell posted a 15-8 singles record on the year, knocking off the No. 16 and 20 singles players in the country. Thanks to seven wins against nationally ranked opponents, Kissell finished the season

(1)Ryan Hill (cross country/ track): Over the past year, senior Ryan Hill has been N.C. State’s top male athlete and one of the nation’s premier runners. At the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Hill’s time of 7:43.08 in the 3,000-meters was the fastest by a college athlete and at the time the fastest in the world. Hill led the cross country team to the 2011 ACC championship. In addition, Hill won three individual titles and one relay title in the ACC this season. He was first in the NCAA Southeast regionals in cross country and was an All-American. (2)David Amerson (football): During the 2011 season, the firstteam All-American, sophomore cornerback Amerson led college football with 13 interceptions. The

ranked No. 31 in singles. Kissell and her doubles partner, senior Ashley Miller, finished the season ranked No. 76. Due to her excellent play throughout the year, Kissell was named to the women’s tennis AllACC team. (3)Margaret Salata (volleyball): The senior middle blocker led the Pack to its best saeason under head coach Bryan Bunn. In her final season, Salata led the team in kills and blocks. She also finished her collegiate career ranked third in the ACC in hitting percentage, ninth in kills and fourth in points. Salata was named to the All-ACC team for her performance throughout the season. -Jeniece Jamison

13 interceptions gave the 2011 Jack Tatum Award Winner and Thorpe Finalist the school and ACC record for interceptions. Amerson was tied for fifth in the nation in pass deflected with 18. (3)Carlos Rodon (baseball): Freshman, Pitcher—the reigning ACC pitcher of the week has lived up to his high billing as the No. 3 freshman prospect by Baseball America. Rodon has gone 7-0 with a 1.23 ERA, 85 strikeouts and one complete game to this point. -Brian Anderson

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