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Class of 2016 raises the academic bar Correspondent

The class of 2016 has made admission into the University more exclusive, as the relatively smaller class raised the average GPA and SAT scores from the previous classes. Of the 20,000-plus applications submitted to University Admissions, half were accepted. This year marks the first time in the University’s history the acceptance rate was so low. Out of the accepted applications, 4,316 freshmen enrolled. The class of 2016 represents 99 counties in North Carolina, 41 states and 20 foreign countries. “Having been in admissions for many years at N.C. State, it is really great to see so many wonderful students want to come here,” Thomas Griffin, director of admissions, said. The target size for this year’s freshman class was 4,250 students, 300 students less than the target size for the class of 2015. Several years of budget reductions created the need for a smaller enrollment this year. “A combination of more applications and a smaller freshman target meant the competition window for this year’s freshman class









was extremely tough,”Griffin said. “We need to balance the total enrollment from years of growth with the current budgetary realities.” The increase in applicants and the admission of a smaller class with higher scores, creates an image of the University being more exclusive than in years past. The class of 2016 enjoyed widespread academic success, contributing to the competitive admissions environment.


Average SAT score for NCSU freshman class

Taylor Adcox


For the first time in the University’s history, the incoming freshman class averaged more than 1200 on the critical reading and mathematics portions of the SAT. The class of 2016’s average score of 1219 represents a 28-point jump over the class of 2015’s average score of 1191. “The average SAT scores for this year’s freshmen really stand out,” Griffin said. “Numbers like these are unprecedented ... a jump in SAT

scores this large is unusual. We are [also] seeing a trend of incoming students taking more and more AP courses.” The numbers are impressive. The class of 2016 boasts 206 valedictorians and 95 salutatorians. More than half of the incoming freshmen completed AP or IB courses in high school, averaging about 4.4 AP classes per student. When accepting applications, admissions looks for well-rounded students with strong high school transcripts. According to Griffin, admissions uses a holistic approach when considering an application. Extracurricular activities and full high school transcripts play an important factor in deciding admissions. “We have so many people that were president of their student body, editor of their newspaper, captain of their sports team ... the freshman class is full of students with the type of ability and leadership,” Griffin said. “We like to drill down beyond the GPA and class rank, looking at the transcript and independent grades in certain classes, such as math grades for engineering majors.”

Paul Ryan shines as poster child for Romney’s campaign Arjun Puri Staff Writer

On Saturday, Aug. 11, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin’s House Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate for the 2012 Presidential elections. This nomination has ignited debate from both sides of the spectrum, especially in a swing state like North Carolina, where strong debate could be key. Ryan was not shy to draw fire when he compared the current American economy to that of Europe’s, telling ABC News, “What if your president … saw it coming? What if [he] knew that that crash was coming, what if [he] knew why it was going to hapCOURTESY OF MITTROMNEY.COM pen, but [he] just decided not to Presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan stands out as the GOP’s poster child for conservative platforms . because it wasn’t good politics … friends, that’s exactly where we are today.” spending in the health care system Romney might only have to pay 1 greet local businesses. Ryan was met Ryan has promised to bring and reining in insurance compa- percent in federal taxes after his with protests, but also overwhelm300,000 jobs to a “stagnant” North nies—reforms that won’t touch gross annual income, which is said ing cheers as he spoke to the crowd Carolina economy and get the over- your guaranteed Medicare benefits,” to cross $15 million. about the nation’s credit rating all economy growing at 4 percent. Obama reported to USA Today in The GOP plan would also raise under Obama and the Affordable Obama’s team disputed Ryan’s his weekly radio address. taxes on middle class families earn- Care Act.  c l a i m s , s t at i ng The Republican ing a combined household income Attendee Chad Buch said he that small to meresponse, backed by of $100,000 to $200,000. This is be- will vote for the Republican ticket dium businesses Romney and Ryan, ing fought by Senator Robert Casey, in November because he is a fan alone have added has been focused a Democrat from Pennsylvania, who of Ryan’s plan to simplify the tax 4.5 million jobs in towards the future said that middle-class earners would bracket. Like many, Buch is looking the last 29 months, of Medicare, saying see their tax bill rise sharply under for serious solutions. and this, coupled unless the system is the Ryan plan. While Obama swiped the North w it h A me r ic a n changed it will go The Huffington Post reports Ry- Carolina votes four years ago, most manufacturers bankrupt. Ryan’s an’s plan would eliminate taxes on experts think it will be even closer adding jobs for the plan to privatize capital gains, dividend income and this time and many, like Ryan, are first time since the Medicare will not interest income and would also do taking notice. 1990s, makes for affect anyone over away with the alternative minimum “North Carolina, when we think Paul Ryan, House Rep a very “non-stagthe age of 55. tax. of it, is a state with so many resourcnant” economy. Looking back at With Obama winning North Car- es, so much talent, a great university Health care, especially Medicare, Ryan’s prior votes on taxes in the olina by a slight count in 2008, it is system, great football, great baskethas become a key issue, and Obama House, they seem consistent with no surprise the GOP has paid several ball … it is known for its research, has wasted no time attacking the his official policy as the presumptive visits to the state before the Demo- known for its dynamic,” Ryan told GOP on their new proposals.  Republican vice presidential candi- cratic National Convention takes ABC News. “Reforms that will save Medicare date. This may hurt Ryan, however, place in Charlotte starting Sept. 4.  money by getting rid of wasteful as under the Republican tax policy, Ryan was in Raleigh Aug. 22 to

“North Carolina, when we think of it, is a state with so many resources, so much talent...”


Student Connections

Students riot in South Africa. See page 3.

MLG steps up their game year after year Major league gaming. See page 5.

50 shades of Raleigh

How a book increased adult toy sales. See page 6.

NSF award accelerates transformer development Taylor Adcox Correspondent

The development of the next generation of power infrastructure has received a major boost following a grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, in the form of the NSF’s Accelerating Innovation Research Award is the latest in a long history of accolades for the Solid State Transformer. Developed by FREEDM Systems Center on Centennial Campus, the Solid State Transformer is aiming to entirely rethink how power grids work. Power grids distribute energy from a given power plant to the consumers. The transformer’s role in the process is to “step down” the voltage of the electricity coming from a power plant. This reduction is necessary for devices such as household appliances, lights and consumer electronics to use the power. On its most basic level, the SST is a device that is able to intelligently analyze and adapt to changes in demand on the power grid. Richard Gould, professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the faculty advisor to the SST project. “If you normally get your power from Virginia, but have a supply issue, the SST could recognize the problem and reroute the grid to send you power from South Carolina,” Gould said. The technology goes beyond fixing power outages. The SST is designed to be a bi-directional system. If adopted commercially, consumers could buy as well as sell back electricity to utilities companies. “Imagine it is a hot July day, where electricity is expensive, and you drive an electric vehicle,” Gould said. “With the SST, if you knew you were not going anywhere that day, you could drain the battery of your EV and sell the electricity to the power

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TECHNICIAN POLICE BLOTTER August 20 3:18 A.M. | ASSIST OTHER AGENCY Off Campus NCSU PD assisted RPD with investigation of possible sexual assault of student off campus. Investigation ongoing.

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1:27 P.M. | FIRE EB III Units responded to student’s moped which caught fire. Fire was extinguished. No injuries reported.


3:13 P.M. | LARCENY Avent Ferry Complex Student reported bicycle stolen. 3:20 P.M. | LARCENY NCSU Bookstore Staff member reported student had stolen text book. Student was issued citation for larceny, trespassed from NCSU bookstore and referred to the university.

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4:18 P.M. | LARCENY DH Hill Library Student reported bookbag and computer stolen. 7:19 P.M. | ASSIST OTHER AGENCY Off Campus RPD requested officers responded to University Towers. Student was referred to the university after RPD charged with underage possession on 8/12/12.

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unior in industrial design Gary Meyer grabs a plate of food at the College of Design’s Back to School BBQ Friday, Aug. 24. Along with welcoming students and faculty back to school, the College of Design unveiled its new brand identity and logo. “I’m here ‘cause I love food. But seriously though, it is free food,” Meyer said.

9:35 A.M. | INFORMATIONUNIVERSITY Brooks Hall Student reported non-student had come to classroom yesterday. Officer met with nonstudent and issued trespass. August 22 3:52 A.M. | DISPUTE Vet School Staff member and non-student were involved in verbal confrontation. Non-student was trespassed by NCSU property. 12:04 P.M. | LARCENY NCSU Bookstore Student was caught taking items without paying. Judicial referral was issued and student was trespassed from bookstore. 6:52 P.M. | HIT & RUNPROPERTY DAMAGE Coliseum Deck Student reported vehicle had been struck and damaged while parked. August 23 2:29 P.M. | STALKING DH HIll Atrium Staff member reported being stalked by former employee. 2:45 P.M. | SUSPICIOUS PERSON Upper Miller Field Staff member reported several people sunbathing in restricted access area. Officer checked the field but did not locate anyone. 5:11 P.M. | STALKING Public Safety Building Student reported being stalked by another student. After investigation both students were issued welfare referrals. Second student was also referred for harassment.


IN RESPONSE: WEAVING BY ANN ROTH AND VITA PLUME Gregg Museum of Art & Design Multi-Day Event 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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ENGINNER’S COUNCIL WELCOME BACK BASH Centennial Campus 5:30-8 p.m. BEGINNING CHINESE FOR ADULTS 1010 Engineering Building Multi-Day Event: 7pm-8:30pm Tuesday BUSINESS OPERATIONS CENTERS IMPLEMENTATION TEAM MEETING Avent Ferry Technology Center Multi-Day Event

4:18 P.M. | ASSIST OTHER AGENCY NCSU PD assisted WCSO with serving a domestic violence protective order on student. Student was referred due to allegations made by another student. completed.

August 21 1:04 A.M. | SUSPICIOUS INCIDENT Dan Allen Deck Report of bottles being thrown in the street near this location. Officers did not locate anyone in the area.



The Tampa Bay Times Forum hosts the 2012 Republican National Convention.

Protestors in downtown Tampa, Fla. march for gay and women’s rights.

COWPARADE NC, WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLIC ART EXHIBIT Downtown Raleigh STATE FARMERS MARKET 1201 Agriculture Street Wednesday ORCHID TRAIL, GREENHOUSE TOUR 402 Church St., Morrisville Multi-Day event: 9:30am5:30pm THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT (2012) Witherspoon Student Cinema Multi-Day Event 7-9 p.m. & 9:3011:30 p.m. Thursday TUITION REVIEW ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING Winslow Hall Conference Room 10-11:30 a.m. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Cantey V. Sutton Theatre Multi-Day Event 8 p.m.


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company. That night, you could recharge your car when the power is cheaper.” Globally leading research universities, such as N.C. State, and technology companies are developing the FREEDM system. Billed as “the internet for energ y,” the SST is one of the key components of this proposed system. Subhashish

Bhattacharya, electrical and computer engineering assistant professor, and one of the SST project leaders, believes the SST represents a paradigm shift in energy. The SST is designed as a “plug and play” system, comparable to USB devices for a computer. “Instead of a mouse or printer, you would have electric vehicles, windmills, or photovoltaic grids,” Gould said. Consumers wou ld see immediate results if the SST was adopted commercially. The SST is designed with efficiency in mind, passing on

savings from waste reduction to the consumer. “The SST would have a d ay-to - d ay i mpac t ... c on s u m e r s w ou l d s e e i mprove d d i s t r i but ion speeds and energy savings,” Bhattacharya said. Others are taking notice of FREEDM’s work. In 2011, MIT’s Technology Review named the SST to its “Top Ten Emerging Technologies” list. According to Gould, MIT carries a lot of clout, and for a technology to be listed by MIT, it must have “enormous amounts of potential to be an incredible game changer.”

The SST was given another major accolade in July. The National Science Foundation issued the AIR Award to eight technological innovations in development that are nearing commercialization. The SST project was given $600,000 in funding as a result of the honor. The money could not have come at a more crucial t i me. T he SST projec t recently transitioned from generation two to generation three, an advanced stage of development. Bhattacharya believes the award will only accelerate the completion of the project.

FREEDM is ready to begin pitching the SST to power companies. “We are trying to interest the utilities to adopt the technology,” Bhattacharya said. “We want their input as well.” Bhattachar ya said t he SST will be adopted as the nation’s energy needs shift with the changing times. As renewable energy makes up an increasing portion of energy production, a greater part of the market will be able to use the SST’s capabilities to its fullest extent.

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Students riot in South Africa to stay safe Noah Rouse Intern

“As we moved away from the police, the police w it hout any warning launched some gas canisters in our direction,” CastelBranco said. “One exploded right next to me a nd ac t ua l ly bu r nt my leg. So I then started to move away, and people were tripping over each other because they weren’t prepared for this, and as I tried to slowly walk away and not trip over anyone, the riot police then came behind me, and with their shields, pushed me forward, telling me to run.” The University of KwaZulu-Natal announced Thursday, Aug. 24, that its Howard College campus would cancel all classes and be closed because of the student protests. Management said they were concerned about more potential violence. Angry parents have called in criticizing UKZN for not taking a decisive stance on the ongoing protests, saying the university should do more to protect students who want to attend classes.

DURBAN: Durban is South Africa’s third largest city. Located on the eastern coast, it is a popular tourist destination, and is the leading domestic destination in the country. Located near Zululand, it boasts ethnic diversity in a sophisticated urban setting, with cultural entertainment and beautiful beaches.


At the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa, students have been protesting their concerns over a lack of security at the residence halls leased by the university and their refusal to take action against recent claims of violence against students living off campus. Two incidents in particular have received considerable attention and are considered to be the sparks of the protest. Two months earlier, a student was raped in one of these residence halls in Montclair and last week two students were mugged in the same building. On Wednesday, Aug. 22, disgruntled students from the South African Students Congress (SASCO) barged into lecture halls and burnt tires at the UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg and Durban campuses. In Pietermaritzburg, the protesters stormed into classrooms forcing students to leave. One student said he had been about to start his chemistry test when protesters burst into the room. They tipped over desks, threw chairs and smashed light bulbs on the lecture hall floor. The protesters continued to tear up the chemistry test papers and, fearful he might be attacked, the student fled. The protesters said the main university body had marginalized the local SASCO and that important student issues were always dealt

with in Durban before Pietermaritzburg. The SRC’s Bhekisisa Shandu said the 150 or so protestors on campus were being addressed by provincial members from the student union SASCO, adding that the SASCO leadership is spearheading the campaign. He said that he was awaiting instruction from SASCO on when to meet with management. The protesters demands included a central security service for all off-campus residences and financial compensation for those who were robbed. Other issues include the need for greater maintenance at the university’s residences, the reconnection of off-campus residence halls onto the main university’s power grid, and all residences having their budgets more tightly controlled by the university. Suppliers for the main campus’ cafeteria were also targeted. Students called for their replacement and they argued for an increase of shuttle services between campuses. They called for the resignation of the executive director of student services, Sibusiso Chalufu, claiming that he had failed to deliver on the needs of students for over a year. Ruth Castel-Branco, a graduate student at the Durban campus, said around 100 students began the march peacefully. The police were called in and used stun grenades to disperse students. Five of the protestors were arrested.


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{ISHAN’S VIEW} Questioning ‘Islamophobia’


phobia is defined as an irrational fear. People develop phobias to almost anything – spiders, heights and even beautiful women (really – it’s called “venustraphobia”). Though phobias are technically a psychological phenomenon, words with the suffix “-phobia” have entered common parlance to denote prejudice against certain people as well. One such phobia commonly spoken of in the Ishan Raval west is Islamophobia. Since Guest the Rushdie Affair in 1989, Columnist and even more so since 9/11, distrust towards Islam in the United States has been high. It has now reached the point that one of the ways to discredit the President is simply by calling him a Muslim. Negative attitudes toward Islam and its adherents have in recent times shown their most vicious face. This August, in a span of one and a half weeks, there were eight attacks at houses of worship, with of seven of these being mosques. (The remaining one was the racially motivated shooting spree and domestic terrorist attack at the Sikh Gurdwara in Wisconsin, which killed seven people, in-





What do you think are going to be the prevelant issues discussed in the RNC? BY BRETT MORRIS

“They’ll talk about gay marriage because that’s all they ever seem to whine about. “ Chante Thompson junior, history

“I don’t know. I’m French.” Camille Blas junior, undeclared

“They’ll talk about how to wipe out the democratic party. They’re not going to have any new material. They’ll just talk about the same old stuff” Erin Jones sophomore, criminology

“They’ll talk about limiting the social rights for minorities and lowering taxes for the rich. And how Mitt Romney is actually from America.” Lizzie Goins sophomore, biology

cluding the shooter, and injured four.) These attacks included a rifle shot at a wall (behind which 500 people were praying), a bottle bomb (which luckily did not break through the targeted window), property defacement, eggs, oranges, BB gun pellets and, perhaps most spiteful of all, pig legs. The aversion has extended beyond such individual exhibitions. This month, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an anti-Islamic organization, ran anti-Palestinian advertisements on San Francisco buses that read (emphasis added): “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” Apart from the ahistoricism (as a friend pointed out, “If this was the guiding principle, Jews and Christians would have been obliterated by the Romans two thousand years ago.”), the ad reflects a factually inaccurate outlook. Whether in Israel and Palestine, or in the United States, it is not the Muslims who take first place in “savagery.” According to B’Tselem figures from June 2012, since the Second Intifada began in Sept. 2000, 6,627 Palestinians (including civilians and militants) and foreign citizens have been killed by Israeli security forces and citizens. On the

of affairs is not that Muslims are objects of fear in this country, it is that they are victims of hate. They are hated for usually not looking like most people here. They are hated for not conforming to the most popular religion in this country. And perhaps most importantly, they are hated because they have been scapegoated as the enemy figure of our times to breed nationalistic and religious solidarity, and deceptively portrayed by institutions of power as the great evil we must unite against. The fact still stands: Islam is hardly the biggest threat to the people of this country. Indeed, it may well be the other way around, looking at U.S. foreign policy and the recent instances of vigilante assaults across the nation. Far from an innocent fear, the attitude of animosity towards Muslims is unjustified, and as it shifts attention from more substantive threats, also unwise. With seven attacks on mosques in 11 days this month, and clear calls for enmity against Islam on public buses, this should be a time for reckoning —are we too attached to the comfort of unaccountability? Or, rising above the convenience of blame and blind antagonism, will we face the values and people most behind terror?


One giant leap for mankind


hen you are a child, you are constantly being told that you can be a nything that you want Lauren to be as Noriega long a s Staff Columnist you s e t your mind to it. The psychological implications of this are often questioned, but the plain and simple answer as to why parents ingrain this into our minds is because they want us to be ambitious. They want us to think that we can be a ballerina or a professional baseball player if we so desire. When I was a little kid, I had a wide range of goals for my future. I thought I would be the next Phoenix Suns dancer­— the only non-British member of the Spice Girls,but one of my biggest dreams was to become an astronaut. You could say that my love and fascination with outer space and the world unknown had a lot of different origins: from my father’s love for science and space to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s documented space camp adventure, I was smitten. When I was in kindergarten, my parents surprised my sister and I with a vacation to Florida. Naturally, I could not contain my excitement about the potential Disney World visit, but the most important aspect of this trip was that we would be able to see the space shuttle launch. I would later learn that this was not an opportunity many people would be able to experience in their lifetime. Not many people would be able to sit out at Kennedy Space Center in the wee hours of the morning and watch one of the brightest and most spectacular light

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other hand, the Palestinians have killed 1,826 Israelis, alleged Palestinian informants for Israel and foreign citizens. Here in the United States, according to an Anti-Defamation League report from Aug. 2011, 10 times more deaths have resulted from right-wing terrorism since 9/11 than from Muslim terrorism. As per the report, which was written before the Gurdwara shooting, only 7 percent of deaths due to domestic terrorism have been because of Muslim terrorists, as compared to 85 percent because of white supremacists. Yet, in this same phase, it’s brown-skinned people who have almost exclusively faced increased racial profiling at airports. It is Muslims who have comprised the entirety of American citizens killed on Presidential orders without due process. And it is regarding Islam that a “phobia” has lodged itself into our language and thoughts. Despite the broader, non-technical meaning the suffix is intended to take on here, is it apt to use it in this context? There may be a fear of Muslims, but there is much more than that. The word “Islamophobia” does not capture the hostility that extends beyond the fear; instead, it intrinsically downplays it. The point we should be focusing on in the current state

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shows the world could offer. Not many people would be able to witness a beautifully engineered apparatus lift a crew of astronauts, hopes and curiosity into the seemingly unknown universe. It truly was a breathtaking sight to see, making a great memory that would last forever. As I grew older, my dreams started to change and adapt to the logical goals that I deemed more appropriate for myself. Admittedly, my interest in science began to fizzle as my love for other things flourished, and my dreams of becoming an astronaut deteriorated. However, I still admired the select few that were qualified enough to venture into outer space. Over the past few years, the space program has changed in ways both good and bad. Last summer, the space shuttle Atlantis made its final ascent into space. The nation watched with a feeling of pride not felt since the historic space race of the 1960s. This month, we successfully launched the Mars rover, aptly named Curiosity, to investigate if the planet had the potential to support any life in the past. However, this past weekend we were faced with some sad news that has been bombarding news outlets nationwide: Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died. His famous words will always live on; he will always be regarded as an American hero and pioneer. In a lot of ways, he was a symbol of ambition for children. He was the one to prove that doing something as unheard of as walking on the moon was possible. He was an icon for all to think about, both consciously and subconsciously, and this world needs more people like him. I have bright hopes for the future explorers, entrepreneurs, and risk-takers. Go out and seek adventure. Do not be afraid of the world unknown because after all that will mark “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Dereck Freeland, junior in biological engineering

{ MARK’S VIEW } Expanding coverage despite limitations


echnician has kept its eye on n e x t w e e k ’s Democrat ic Nat iona l Convention in Charlotte, a nd t he political fight over t he battleground s t at e i s soon to Mark escalate. Herring TechniEditor-in-Chief cian will send a team of reporters to Charlotte to cover the issues pertinent to students in the upcoming presidential election, but what about t he Republican National Convent ion i n Tampa? By the luck of the draw, Technician will head to Charlotte, but the next few days this publication will feature stories from a peer institution’s student newspaper: The Oracle at the University of South Florida. To ensure balanced

campaign coverage, I thought it was necessary to include content from The Oracle’s ongoing coverage of the RNC. In exchange, Technician will contribute content to The Oracle during the DNC. I am coordinating this coverage with The Oracle’s editor-in-chief, Divya Kumar, and what we are arranging is a type of Associated Press of collegiate publications. Though the Technician’s audience is N.C. State, the matters discussed at the RNC will have consequences the nation will have to face, and with the University designated as an early voting site, my goal is to offer the due coverage of politica l events to inform voters. University of South Florida and The Oracle share many similarities with N.C. State and Technician—both schools are large state universities with publications that publish five days a week. More than 22 million young Americans, including many students, voted in 2008’s presidential election,

“If you don’t know who you’re voting against, then you have no idea who you’re voting for.”

Editor-in-Chief Mark Herring

News Editor Jessie Halpern

Sports Editor Jeniece Jamison

Viewpoint Editor Ahmed Amer

Photo Editor Brett Morris

Managing Editor Trey Ferguson

Associate Features Editor Jordan Alsaqa

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a 10 percent increase from 2004 elections, according to CIRCLE, a non-partisan organization that promotes political engagement in young voters. Student interest will have a lofty stake in this upcoming election, since the job market, the economy and domestic policies are the top of the list for both parties. As we prepare to enter the job world soon, we must also pay attention to the politics that regulate and stimulate that world. Negative ads and the halftruths of campaign speeches ultimately deceive voters, but looking into these conventions, voters will be able to see exactly where each party stands in terms of policies. Ignoring what’s going on in Tampa would detract from how informed we are in North Carolina, so I am thrilled to have The Oracle’s help. Look forward to multiple articles of the shared coverage of the RNC, and start thinking of how these conventions will inf luence your vote in November. If you don’t know who you’re voting against, then you have no idea who you’re voting for.

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MLG steps up their game year after year Jordan Alsaqa Associate Features Editor

Af ter three years, one would hope Raleigh’s annual Major League Gaming event would have worked out the kinks to become a well-oiled machine. As fortune would have it, the mistakes of past years have led to just that, with this year’s visit from MLG being its biggest and most streamlined event yet. Visitors to MLG have always been able to enjoy a variety of booths and giveaways, but this year brought it to a new level. The first thing guests were greeted by was a large Dr. Pepper booth, which provided drinks throughout the weekend. Visitors could also enter a few contests, including one to win a BenQ gaming PC, signed by several professional gamers. Beyond t he swag, there were also numerous showcases of the technological side of the gaming world. Full Sail University was on-site, allowing visitors to see and experience how developers create the 3-D models and graphics for games. Sony also returned, with one of their booths demonstrating the Xperia smartphone. However, Sony’s biggest hit was The Compound, where several upcoming PS3 games, including PlayStation AllStars Battle Royale and Bor-

derlands 2, were available for players to try out. Of course, the main focus still falls to the four gaming stages, where professional gaming’s top players faced off for over $200,000 in prizes. The two biggest stages, which sat side by side, showed concurrent matches of StarCraft II. As with last year, players sat in soundproof booths as commentators narrated matches to the audience. Also present with a large showing was League of Legends. The battle arena game drew a sizeable crowd on its own, and even managed a step-up over StarCraf t by providing even bigger soundproof booths for entire teams. The fighting game stage saw the smallest fanfare, but still managed to draw a crowd with matches of Mortal Kombat and SoulCalibur V. Regardless of what game fans wanted to see, there was plenty of se at i ng and standing room for guests to occupy. This was thanks to the increase in available f loor space this year, which provided a show floor that was much easier to navigate. Whether trying to move around the dozens of gaming stations or visiting the MLG shop, there was a more relaxed feel to this year’s event. For all the action going on at any one point, the event’s acoustics remained under an

“Visitors to MLG have always been able to enjoy a variety of booths and giveaways...”


Team “4NOT” takes on team “CLGBlack” in a game of League of Legends on Friday at the MLG Raleigh Summer Championships. Both teams were put up on stages in sound proof boxes, while crowds of onlookers sat, cheered and watched the teams compete.

impressive amount of control. Even with stages right next to each other, commentary never seemed to bleed from one side to the other. Accessibility truly describes the feel of this year’s event. The main stages, booths and demonstrations around the convention f loor all made for a fun, diverse experience. After three years, MLG Raleigh has grown into a fullyfeatured, well-planned event, one that offers something for professional gaming fans and curious locals alike.


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50 shades of Raleigh AN ADULT TOY STORY

Nicky Vaught Correspondent

If there ever was a dirty secret about sex, it’s likely it’s not a secret anymore. The amount of sexuality presented in American media over past decades has seemed to grow, from classy sex symbol Marilyn Monroe to the upcoming film, The Nymphomaniac. It comes as no suprise 50 Shades of Grey, an erotic novel by E.L. James, has gained widespread popularity. “Really, the last time the media has really had an effect like this was maybe back when Howard Stern had his show,” Erik Fanning, the general manager of Cherry Pie, said. “[He] would have an adult movie star, and people would come in that week asking for her movies.” Cherry Pie is a retail store for adults with locations in Raleigh, on Glenwood Avenue, and in Chapel Hill. With the rising success of the 50 Shades trilogy, employees at Cherry Pie have seen a major influx of new customers. “There are students coming in, but even aside from just students, if you’re considering the campus, there’s professors, faculty, staff, just groups of all ages coming in and announcing to us that it’s the first time they’ve ever … been in a store like this,” Fanning said. “Regardless of age demographic, we’re happy to have people coming in and exploring.” The initial goal of the Cherry Pie establishments, according to Fanning, was to have more couples and more women getting comfortable coming into the store and exploring their sexuality. “They’ve read this book, and it’s almost reassuring, like it’s okay to be here, it’s normal,” Fanning said. 50 Shades was first released mid-2011 as an e-book. Popularity spiked less than a year

Dereck Freeland, junior in biological engineering

later. Now, paperback copies which features items used in can be found most places each of the three books, so where books are sold. customers see that the store “It’s funny, actually has about si x w h at t he y months ago came for. a woman “Dehad come in pending on all excited, which items like, ‘Have they sort of you read 50 gravitate to, S h a de s of you can tell Grey?’ and I whether or didn’t really not they’ve know what read the she was talkbook,” FanNancy Britton, Cherry Pie sales clerk ing about at n i ng s a id . that point,” “What’s Fanning said about the recent most important for us is to success. have [these items] in stock. Now, Cherry Pie has a small It’s couples and groups of section devoted to the trilogy, women mostly, from 18 to

“You can tell how far along in the series [customers] are based on what they buy...”

50-year-olds… they’re coming in, clearing shelves of things like Ben Wa balls … you know, for 15 and a half years or so, we couldn’t even give these away. A few times now, [the Raleigh location]’s actually sold out of the stuff from the second and third books … better late than never.” According to Nancy Britton, a sales clerk who deals with public interface, the stores are constantly sold out of BDSM items. “You can tell how far along in the series [customers] are based on what they buy,” Britton said. “If they’re on the second and third books, which deal more with BDSM,

that’s what they’re buying.” Although the book has led to an increase in female customers, some are still uncomfortable coming into the store and making purchases. “Sometimes I have men come in for their girlfriends or wives because some women are still uncomfortable shopping for things like kegel balls,” Britton said. “On the other hand, sometimes women come in and just want to talk about it, just want to tell me about this book, especially younger women.” Fanning mentioned that younger, student-aged girls t y pica lly come in large groups and flock to the same products. It seems, though,

the books’ characters interest younger women more than the actual products. “Some of the women come in and talk about the book, the main character, Christian, not so much the merchandise,” Britton said. While the book’s success is good for the company, Fanning understands it may not last. “[Business] is probably going to slow a bit,” he says. “Unless there’s something behind this [that will lead] a lot of new people [to] continue reading and getting curious, I don’t think it’ll last too much longer. But it’s good while it lasts.”

It’s who you know and not what you know Kenneth Pham Correspondent

In the United States, many students are told the old adage, “It’s not what we know, but who we know,” and recent studies by a group of N.C. State researchers have shown it’s true. A job applicant’s social networks are more likely to be an influence in getting higher-tier jobs more so than lower-tier jobs. These highertier jobs are the ones becoming most competitive and coveted, such as managerial positions—and contrary to popular belief—studies show social networks allow more leverage in attaining them. Richard Benton, a Ph.D. candidate, and Steve McDonald, an associate professor of sociology, published a paper, “Dual Embeddedness: Informal Job Matching and Labor Market Institutions in the United States and Germany,” in the Social Forces Journal on July 19. Co-authored with David Warner of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, they explained the concept of who you know influences the probability of receiving a job. The group of researchers demonstrated this phenomenon was more prominent in the United States. Alzebeth Roman, a junior in accounting, agrees with this concept.

“Having the basic skills and abilities to do the job are requirements, but it’s not always enough to secure a job because people want to know about who you are as a person, and when you have a strong network you have a lot of people who will vouch for you on some of your strongest attributes,” Roman said. However, many people question how much influence networking should have in comparison to merits. Compared to Germany, Benton, McDona ld a nd Warner demonstrated the United States is more likely to be guilty of this phenomenon. This may be surprising because many Americans like to believe the United States is an open labor market, with few formal regulations. In his research, Benton states the United States’ business world does not behave in a manner of a meritocracy. The research shows, in Germany, roughly 40 percent of jobs were filled through job recruitment through nontraditional means that do not necessarily place heavy weight on merit. Although the researchers found 27 percent of jobs in the United States were filled through methods that did not place a high weight on merit, the researchers found in the United States these methods

are much more common in high wage positions. Jobs paying $40 per hour, or $80,000 a year, had a 66 percent greater chance to be filled through informal recruitment compared to that of minimum-wage jobs. Compared to the United States, German wages are not as big of an influence regarding how those seeking work found their jobs. “Folks in U.S. benefit more from ‘non-searching’ than folks in Germany,” Benton said. Benton defines non-searchers as “people [who] often find out about job opportunities without actively looking for them.” These individuals have the opportunity based on who they know and through their social network and not necessarily by merit “Those relationships often end up being a useful resource when we go to look for jobs, seek recommendations, or even find out about job openings,” Benton said. “The research shows that non-searching is especially prevalent among higher status jobs and jobs that pay better.” Detric Robinson, a senior in biology, sees this opportunity of occupation from another viewpoint. “Higher paying jobs like to do more research into the


character of their employees, which makes sense because you want the best people to

represent you, and you can find out a ton about a person through their [Social Net-

works],” Robinson said.




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“At the end of the day, that is what it is all about.” Adding to the pride of holding a major fundraising golf tournament is being able to do so on a special venue. Jimmy Valvano’s connection to State makes Lonnie Poole a natural location, but the condition of the course was a bonus for participants. “This is the first time I’ve played the course, and it’s beautiful,” Gugliotta said. “When I was here at school, I lived here—this land was kind of our backyard, only it was undeveloped. What they did to it along with Centennial Campus and this golf course is world-class, so it’s cool to see.” Holt, who laughed while casually reminiscing with fans about an infamous game he played against Florida State in the 1990s, also lauded the course’s growth.  “I’ve played out here at Lonnie Poole quite a few times, but I would say this is the definitely the best I’ve seen it,” Holt said. “It’s a tough course, and it’s taking five of us to conquer it.” 



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of that today.” The Pack paid for its sloppy finishing in the 60th minute as Mercer scored the opening goal for a 1-0 lead. After Mercer’s goal, the Pack stepped up the intensity and fought for the equalizer. Multiple chances came and went begging as State couldn’t find the net, but with four minutes left in the game Bokar got the tying goal after a scramble in the box. “The ball bounced a few times,” Bokar said. “I just happened to be lucky to be the one to put it in.” With the score tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, the game went into sudden death overtime where the first goal scored by either team would end the game. “We basically told the guys that we were going to bring a couple players on halfway through,” Findley said. “We told them you’ve got to press and work and then we’ll bring guys on.” There were no real chances to speak of until Albadawi made a penetrating run that was capped with a twirl

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through two defenders and a clinical 20-yard strike that beat the Mercer goalkeeper and slammed into the back of the net. This sent the crowd into ecstasy and ended the game, 2-1, in favor of the Wolfpack. “I was thinking we had to score, like we had to improve to 2-0,” Albadawi said. “We wanted to start the season on the best foot possible so somebody on our team was going to step up. It was just lucky enough it happened to be me.” “It was a great win,” Findley said. “In college soccer you’ve got to grind out games. I thought we did a great job of that, very proud of the mentality. The guys didn’t fold, they kept working, and then to get a win today I thought was great. “We’ll take confidence, composure and knowing that even if we go down we can come back and win a game.” State will take the field again Aug. 31 for the Duke Classic at 5 p.m. against Delaware at Duke.


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put it past her. The win is N.C. State’s first over Texas since 1984. The Pack and Longhorns have now split four meetings alltime. The Pack continued weekend action in Baton Rouge as the team took on the Tigers of Louisiana State. State fell behind, 1-0, early on, but the Pack rallied behind a pair of assists from sophomore defender Shelli Spamer, leading the team to victory. Twenty minutes after LSU (1-1-1) took the lead, freshman forward Shannon Colligan tied the match with her first collegiate goal in the 38th minute of play. “I think we started the season saying ‘winning’s a habit, losing’s a habit, so start off on a good foot.’” junior midfielder Ariela Schreibeis said. “When we played last weekend we did not do that, so coming into this weekend we were sick of losing and were ready to win a couple games and play with that intensity and passion, and we were able to bring that this weekend.”

Sophomore forward Cheyenne Spade put the Pack up the 52nd minute by finishing a volley off of a free kick by Baity. The goal would eventually become the gamewinner following a stellar performance from Hopkins, who made six saves to keep the Tigers in check and take the Pack to victory, 2-1, improving its record to 2-2 on the season. “We didn’t generate as many scoring opportunities as we did the previous two games, but we played a lot better defense, we played a lot better as a team.” Springthorpe said. “Coming out with two wins against both these quality opponents was great for the maturation of our team and hopefully for the rest of the season it kind of gets us kicked off in the right direction.” The Wolfpack (2-2-0) return home on Friday, Aug. 31 against The Citadel. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Dail Soccer Stadium.


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• Page 7: Continued coverage of women’s soccer’s opening weekend.


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Celebrites unite for a cure

Men’s tennis adds to coaching staff Head coach Jon Choboy has added Maciek Sykut as a volunteer assistant coach to the men’s tennis coaching staff. Sykut finished his collegiate career at Florida State with the third most career victories in program history with 175, 93 from singles play and 82 in doubles. His 93 singles wins stands as the second most in Seminole history. Sykut is a native of Poland and immigrated to the United States at age seven. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Men’s basketball extends offer to 5-star recruit Head coach Mark Gottfried offered a scholarship to the Class of 2015’s No.1 prospect, Karl Towns. Towns, a native of New Jersey, played for the Dominican Republic national team for the Olympic qualifiers. Towns has also received offers from Connecticut, Michigan State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Syracuse and Villanova. He’s also gone to UNC-Chapel Hill for an official visit, but has yet to receive an offer. SOURCE: WRAL


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Friday MEN’S SOCCER V. DELAWARE Durham, N.C., 5 p.m.

Sean Fairholm Deputy Sports Editor

The Wolfpack family doesn’t always include the likes of NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott and Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller, but when it does, it’s in support of finding a cure for cancer. Under gorgeous blue skies contrasting the bright green turf of Lonnie Poole Golf Course on Centennial Campus, nearly 30 celebrities led groups of five in a scramble format at the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic. State was represented by the past — Torry Holt, Tom Gugliotta, Chris Corchiani, Dereck Whittenburg, Rodney Monroe and Walt Densmore ­­­­­­— as well as PHOTO COURTESY OF ABC 11 the present in the form of men’s Three participants in the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Tournament chat while putting on the green. The tournament was basketball coach Mark Gottfried held on N.C. State’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course on Centennial Campus. and women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper.  State power for- having a blast supporting a great Jimmy V Foundation and what they The golf tourward who played cause.  are doing.” nament, which under Valvano, “I’ve heard a lot about the Jimmy Echoing Holt’s sentiment was charges a $5 ensaid. “The great V Foundation over the years, so Gottfried, who was one of many tra nce fee for people that they it’s good to have an opportunity golfers to bring family members fans, has raised have that run it to come out and participate,” Holt, out for the tournament.  nearly $15 miland the people a 7-time Professional Bowler who “It’s important to me, and it’s imlion while develthey have who played for N.C. State in the 1990s, portant that we as N.C. State people oping into a latep at ron i z e t he said. “To have the chance to see support it as well,” Gottfried said. Torry Holt, former N.C. State football wide reciever August staple in tou r na ment is Charles [Barkley] and a lot of the “It’s a great event, and I look at it the Raleigh comawesome. It’s just celebrities come to North Carolina as a privilege. I think everybody is munity.  a great weekend.” and kind of see how we do things having a lot of fun, and we are going “It’s such a wonderful event, Five days before his alma mater’s in the South, I think it’s good ... I to raise a lot of money.  and obviously it’s for a great football team starts the season in definitely have a lot of respect for cause,” Gugliotta, a former N.C. Atlanta, another former star was the Valvano family and with the JIMMY V continued page 7

“I definitely have a lot of respect for the Valvano family...”

WOMEN’S SOCCER V. THE CITADEL Dail Soccer Field, 7 p.m. VOLLEYBALL V. USF Reynolds Coliseum, 7 p.m. FOOTBALL V. TENNESSEE Atlanta, Ga., 7:30 p.m.



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ee saw no foul and let play continue. State kept pushing for the opening goal and had the majority of possession, but couldn’t finish any of its attacking moves with a goal. Halftime came with the game still scoreless. The Wolfpack came out firing at the beginning of the second half with a series of great chances, but Bokar and Albadawi either couldn’t get their shots off quick enough or missed their target. “We just talked about making sure we impose ourselves on the game,” said Findley. “I thought we were really good and unfortunate not to get [a goal] in that first ten minutes and if you let a team like that hang around with you, it makes life difficult and they did a really good job

The N.C. State women’s soccer team picked up its first win of the 2012 season on Friday night, defeating the Texas Longhorns, 1-0, in Austin, Tx. Freshman forward Jessica Baity found the back of the net in the 84th minute and the rest of the Wolfpack held on from there. State limited Texas to just three shots on goal, leading to three saves for sophomore keeper Victoria Hopkins. It was Hopkins’ first career shutout. The Wolfpack had just two shots on goal, but Baity had the most important one of the night. “I saw something that maybe I didn’t see in the first two games, and that was more grit and desire and fight in our team, playing in both these away stadiums with the home crowd screaming and yelling at us, and certainly today the weather was warmer and more humid than what we’re accustomed to.” fourth-year coach Steve Springthorpe said. “I think I just saw a different mentality from our team.” In the 54th minute, freshman midfielder Sharon Wojcik put a shot on goal but was thwarted by Longhorn keeper Ava Vogel. Vogel wasn’t as fortunate when Baity took the ball off a clear and

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “I saw something that maybe I didn’t see in the first two games, and that was more grit and desire and fight in our team...” Steve Springthorpe women’s soccer head coach

Women’s soccer sweeps weekend road trip


Jumping in for a header, freshman Philip Carmon fights a Mercer defender for the ball. The Wolfpack won 2-1 against the Mercer Bears in overtime Sunday, Aug. 26.

Andrew Schuett Staff Writer

The N.C. State men’s soccer team took down Liberty Friday and Mercer Sunday to cap a great weekend for the Pack. The Wolfpack (2-0) opened its season on the road Friday night as it beat the Liberty Flames (0-1), 2-0. Goals for State came from junior forward Nazmi Albadawi and sophomore forward Monbo Bokar. Junior midfielder Alex Martinez also provided an assist in the contest that saw State improve its record in season openers to 1-0-1 under head coach Kelly Findley. Albadawi, the Pack’s leader in both goals and points from 2011, opened the scoring in the 44th minute with a strike from

the top of the 18-yard box. The Wolfpack carried its 1-0 lead into halftime and doubled its lead in the 71st minute through Bokar. Martinez beat both his defenders and sent his cross into the box where Bokar was waiting to slot the ball home for a 2-0 lead. This lead was enough for the Pack to grab its first win of the season as junior goalkeeper Fabian Otte kept a shutout. Sunday’s game for State came against the Mercer Bears (0-2). The game started with both teams having equal possession of the ball, but no real chances to speak of. Martinez was a bright spot for State, constantly running at the defense and giving the Bears problems along its back line. Martinez’s hustle was almost rewarded in the 20th minute as he went down in the box, but the refer-

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