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DNC keeps crowd fired up CLINTON CAPS OFF DAY TWO OF CONVENTION Mark Herring Editor-in-Chief

Former president Bill Clinton announced the Democratic Party’s nomination of President Barack Obama Wednesday night during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. Addressing a crowd of 35,000, Clinton outlined the success of Obama’s term, saying he saved the U.S. from slipping into a depression and revitalizing jobs. “We Democrats believe the economy works better with a strong middle class,” Clinton said. “We believe that we’re all in this together is a far better philosophy than you’re on your own.” Clinton criticized last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., saying the Republican’s rhetoric will not result in sound policy. “In Tampa, a few days ago, we heard a lot of talk,” Clinton said. “In Tampa, the Republican argument was simple: We left [Obama] a total mess, he didn’t clean it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in. But they said it well. They looked good, they sounded good.” Clinton said the Republicans convinced him they were committed to improving the nation. “We just need to pay attention to what those commitments are,” Clinton said. “They want to go back to the same policies that got us into trouble in the first place.” Though Clinton focused his

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President Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton embrace after Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night.

speech on criticizing the GOP, he also praised the president for his efforts to bridge party gaps. “Why does cooperation work better than constant conflict?” Clinton asked the cheering crowd. “[The republicans] think government is always the enemy, and comprise is weakness. You don’t have to hate the president to disagree with him. One of the reasons to re-elect President Obama is because he is still committed to constructive cooperation…

he chose a vice president who ran against him in 2008. President Obama appointed several members of his cabinet though they supported Hilary in the primary. Heck, he even appointed Hilary.” Clinton said Washington, D.C. needs more partnership over partisanship, and that Obama needs another four years for his plans to come to fruition. “No president—not me, not any of my predecessors—no one could

have fully repaired all the damage [Obama] found in just four years,” Clinton said. Clinton commended the president’s efforts on creating the Affordable Care Act, creating jobs, improving energy security and making college more affordable, saying he believes in all his heart in Obama. “On all these issues, I know we’re better off because President Obama made the decisions he did,” Clinton said. “Is the president satisfied?

Iowa remains a hotbed of campaign activity Mark Herring Editor-in-Chief

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Performance artist Vermin Supreme protests at the intersection of Caldwell and Stonewall streets in Charlotte, N.C. Sept. 4, 2012.

Pro-choice, pro-life protesters square off Jonathan Stout Staff Writer

Local Christian groups took to the streets of downtown Charlotte to protest the Democratic Party’s pro-choice stance. Though most of these demonstrations were nonviolent, some passers-by were disturbed by the group’s use of unsettling photos. Activist and performance artist Vermin Supreme, 62, stood at the corner of the Charlotte Convention Center challenging the anti-Obama groups with a megaphone. “I’m exercising my First Amendment rights in the U.S. Constitution of free assembly, and I’m dicking with the fetus lovers over there a little bit, for fun,” Supreme said. “They’ve been dissing me, and it’s really beautiful.”

The sometimes-vulgar megaphone conversation could be heard from blocks away, attracting crowds who chose to cheer various sides of the raucous exchange. Along with disturbing photos of dead fetuses, the pro-life groups blared Christian music, paying no attention to the rain. Supreme, shirtless with a rubber boot on his head, was watched closely by police, who did not interfere. “You know, these Democrats, I don’t get as much interaction as I did with the Republicans for some reason, but it’s okay, I’m having a good time,” Supreme said. Brenton Lengel, 29, and a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, made the trip to Charlotte to

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Paul Ryan visited Cedar Rapids, Iowa, appealing to students at Kirkwood Community College, continuing his campaign as the Republican vice presidential nominee. Though this was Ryan’s first visit to Kirkwood, the college is no stranger to visits from prominent politicians. President Barack Obama visited the school in July in addition to his seven trips to Iowa since January, and Herman Cain spoke at an event in downtown Cedar Rapids Wednesday. The president, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama plan to stop by Kirkwood’s campus Friday, according to Steve Ovel, associate vice president of government relations at Kirkwood. He said though Iowa’s a swing state, he hasn’t heard much news from campaign speeches. “I didn’t hear anything in Mr. Ryan’s presentation that I didn’t hear before,” Ovel said. “We are a battleground state, but we’re nothing special—the issues in Iowa aren’t very much different than what this country is facing.” Unlike many typical swing states, Iowa is economically sound, according to Ovel. The state’s robust unemployment rate of 5.2 percent and budget in surplus don’t imply that Iowans are hurting financially, according to

Ovel. The six electoral votes that the Romney and Obama campaigns are vying for boil down to hot button social issues and labor policies, Ovel said. “Though Iowa is important because of the caucus, for this election, it’s down to just the number of votes,” Ovel said. With an election down to the wire, the presidential campaigns are taking the six electoral votes seriously. Ryan addressed 400 people at Kirkwood, only 100 of whom were students. Harping on the mark of the national debt reaching $16 million, Ryan warned the crowd of the threat of staggering debt. “Of all the broken promises from President Obama, this is probably the worst one, because this debt is threatening jobs today,” Ryan said. “An Obama re-election would signify a nation in debt, a nation in decline. We will not stand by and watch this country slip through our fingers.” Ryan has struggled to appeal to students and while campaigning in Iowa in August; he was haggled by students while speaking at the state fair. Ovel said the majority of the crowd visiting Kirkwood was comprised of older workers. Lisa Bolte, 43, attended the event and said she sides with Ryan because

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Of course not, but are we better off than we were four years ago.” Ending his speech on a wary note, Clinton said he fears that if the Republicans take power, they will strip Medicaid and Medicare of their functional budgets. “We cannot afford to give the reigns of government to someone will double down on trickle down,” Clinton said. “My fellow Americans…you must vote, and you must reelect President Barack Obama.”

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Occupy movement marches on in Charlotte Protestors gather outside the DNC. See page 2.

Religious groups sound off at convention See page 3.

Carolina to Kibera inspires students far and wide Students travel to an East African slum to volunteer. See page 6.

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Speakers motivate young Dems Kierra Leggett Nubian Message Editor-in-Chief

A protester marches on the Democratic National Convention.

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protest the two-party system with local Occupy protestors. A playwright from Harlem, N.Y., who has been involved with Occupy since October, Lengel said he plans to stay at the convention the whole week unless he is arrested. “We have a pretty decent amount of people who have come down from New York,” Lengel said. According to Lengel, John Penley, a member of the local Occupy movement, was the only member arrested during their exercise on Tuesday. “Vermin Supreme is cool as s—,“ Lengel said. “This is the same thing as when the yippies, in the ‘60s, came up with putting up a pig for President to mock the status quo.” Supreme said he plans to run as an inde-

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pendent candidate against President Obama and Mitt Romney. Lengel said one of the things that bothers him is the similarity between the Obama and Romney campaigns. “Honestly, the status quo is really f----- up and deserves some mockery,” Lengel said. The local Occupy Movement set up shop in Morgan Park, located in uptown Charlotte, and hit the streets again Wednesday afternoon. They said they plan to continue their demonstrations for the duration of the DNC.

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Second lady Jill Biden spoke with members of the Democratic Youth Caucus Wednesday afternoon at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Biden was one of many speakers who addressed the crowd of young Democrats, all under the age of 36. She touched on an array of topics, including making higher education more affordable for students. Also among the speakers at Wednesday’s caucus meeting was Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Sepulveda, a first-generation college student, spoke to the Youth Caucus about the lack of encouragement he received from his high school counselor regarding his decision to apply to college. Sepulveda praised Youth Caucus member who were first-generation college students, those who had ever worked while in college, or those with family members who spoke Spanish as their first language. Sepulveda’s address echoed the one given by Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, at the convention Tuesday night. In his speech, Castro chided Republican candidate Mitt Romney. “He’s a good guy,” Castro said. “He just has no idea how good he’s had it.” Reg i na Thomas, who served in both the Georgia House and Senate, shared members of her college days with the group. “I made more noise than you [all] when I was in college,” said Thomas. Thomas shared several personal stories about her own struggles, including having to afford college for her 23-year-old son and medicine for her elderly mother. Prior to the speeches of Sepulveda and Thomas, Youth Caucus attendees received a crash course on the Dashboard app and also watched the story of how President Obama met Edith Childs, the woman behind his “Fired up and ready to go!” chant, which has been heard in the convention hall several times during the DNC.

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Occuppier protester rallies outside the Democratic National Convention.

Occupy movement marches on in Charlotte Jonathan Stout

the city, at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets, where they shouted at anO c c upy move me nt other protest group from marches on in Charlotte Westboro Baptist Church, The Charlotte Occupy which gladly shouted back as movement, which is head- officers on bicycles formed a quartered in Marshall line separating the two. Park, began its demonAfter roughly 10 minutes, stration at the Duke En- the group resumed its march ergy building on South down North Tryon Street. Tryon Street and came to The officers kept things una halt at the intersection der control for the most part. of North Tryon and 11th There was one incident where streets Wednesday after- police could be seen yelling noon. among themselves, causing Police pa n ic a nd on bicyconfusion cles lined in the vicinthe midity, but the dle of the situation street and was quickly blocked resolved. interDarla sections Moody, 45, Darla Moody along the marched group’s with the route to prevent dem- group for the second day and onstrators from march- held a sign that read “Obamaing into traffic. Off-road Israel’s b----,“ on the front, vehicles equipped with and “9-11—Israel’s job,” on water hoses also rode the back. alongside the group as on“I am here to protest the lookers lined the sidewalk Democratic National Conon both sides of the street vention, more so the corrupt with cameras and phones. political system in our counSean Moore, a 27-year- try,” Moody said. “I think if old demonstrator, was vis- you step back and take a look iting the DNC from Vir- at his administration, and ginia, and also attended their foreign policy, it’s perthe RNC in Tampa, Fla., fectly clear who’s in control in support of the Occupy of our government.” movement. Moody said she believes “I’m out here to excite Mossad, Israel’s intelligence the people,” Moore said. agency, was behind 9/11, and “We vote every so often, the people responsible have [but] we don’t really have not been brought to justice. change.” “Bush didn’t do anything Moore said he was hap- about it,” Moody said. “I bepy with the turnout by lieved Obama would, I voted local Occupy supporters for Obama, [but] he didn’t do and hopes more people anything about 9/11,” Moody join the cause. said. “Get involved, tune in After the main demonstraand tune out to the cor- tion had ended, a few memporatocracy,” Moore said. bers marched on before com“I think word of mouth is ing to a halt at College and the only thing that’s going Fifth streets, blocking the to do that.” intersection in front of Time The Occupy marchers Warner Cable Arena. They chanted “No papers, no ultimately left after police fear, no fraking way,” un- surrounded the area. til they reached center of Staff Writer

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of his personality and background. “Just like everyone else, we’re excited,” Bolte said of Ryan. “I’m a conservative, he’s a conservative. We have the same values, the same principles.” As the GOP has rallied behind hot-button issues like banning abortion and gay marriage, appealing to Heartland culture may trump sound policies, according to Ovel. Iowa, a state with a republican governor, a democratic state senate and a republican-controlled state congress has proven the feasibility of progress in bipartisanship, according Ovel. All it boils down to, he said, is visceral emotion.


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Religious groups sound off at convention Jessie Halpern News Editor

Religious arguments in front of the Charlotte Convention Center Wednesday afternoon highlighted the variety of religious groups making their voices heard at the Democratic National Convention. When Michael Marcavage joined his peers to preach on the streets of downtown Charlotte, he said he had come as a “concerned Christian.” He said he hadn’t planned to get involved in a verbal dispute with an offended passerby that would eventually last more than four hours. “Romans Chapter 13 in the Bible is very clear that those in civil government are to be ministers for God for good and not for evil, and we have a lot of evil men that are in civil government,” Marcavage said. This point, however, was not the one William Robinson, a visitor from Greensboro, N.C., took issue with. “I was walking past, and I heard him say some untruths about Leviticus and the Old Testament, and I was trying to clear it up for him,” Robinson said. “I was unsuccessful, because he still believes what he said is true.” While several police officers stood by and watched as the men’s argument stretched past the threehour mark, none intervened. Marcavage did not specify which denomination of Christianity he subscribes to, but Robinson said he represented the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He said if you take Leviticus literally, as Marcavage did, many things are abominations. “If you read Leviticus, his haircut

is an abomination, the fabrics he’s wearing are an abomination, and my tattoo is also an abomination,” Robinson said. Over the course of their impromptu four-hour debate, Robinson tried to convince Marcavage that people are not evil for interpreting the Bible in light of modern times. “I will vote in this election,” Marcavage said. “I would never vote for Romney or Obama, though. They are both wicked as hell.” Marcavage and Robinson represented only two of the many religious groups making their presences known at the Democratic National Convention. Linda Flynn of Charlotte is a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. “[Catholics] would support Obama because we would say his policies would do more for the economic crisis that would put people and families and veterans in a better place,” Flynn said. Flynn said that while the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion was well-known, her own Catholic community would not directly oppose Obama’s pro-choice stance. “We don’t see it as a conflict because we feel there are more creative ways to reduce abortion versus just making it illegal and criminalizing it, because that really takes a toll on the poor,” Flynn said. “We think there are more creative ways to do it by creating policies and safety nets for women so they could choose not to have the abortion.” She said these policies could include healthcare, food stamps and welfare — the kinds of policies the Ryan budget would cut, according to Flynn.

David Willard, a member of the Hare Krishna faith whose spiritual name is David Prasta Das, said his religion also forbids abortion, but he said he would still support President Obama. “We don’t agree with abortion, but there are a lot of other things leading up to that that need to be addressed,” Willard said. “The people’s vocal opposition doesn’t really address why abortion is happening or what people’s views of sex and relationships are. That’s really problematic. I don’t think they are getting to the root of a lot of these problems.” Willard said the Hare Krishna faith is about “seeking spiritual consciousness.” “Our basic understanding is that we are spiritual souls and our bodies are temporary, and the goal in life is to work toward spiritual consciousness,” Willard said. “Our life’s aim is to develop our spiritual consciousness, and there are some activities that are really not helpful for that.” Though Willard said “there is much to be desired” in Obama’s platform, he finds the Democratic campaign a much better alternative to the “crazy Republicans.” “Some of the Republican ideas about the economy and immigration, they’re just not grounded in reality,” Willard said. “The lack of honesty I find in Republicans and the lack of critical thinking, that’s troubling. Nobody’s perfect but, man, Obama’s better than those Republican nuts.” For some at the DNC, supporting Obama had nothing to do with religion. Jaskirat Singh, a delegate from California and a member of the Sikh faith, said his vote will

go to Obama because of what he stands for. “It’s not necessarily from a religious standpoint that I’m supporting Obama,” Singh said. “The great thing about this nation is the freedom of religion that we have here. I’m supporting President Obama because he’s f rom a working-class f a m i ly, a nd he understands the middle class. He k nows what it’s like to go through a strugg le, and he knows what’s best for the country. That’s why I’m a Democrat, and that’s why I’m supporting Obama.”


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rotests and conventions go handin-hand. As the political elite shape national dialog for a week to their (party’s) gains, largely bipartisan protesters speak for the people, trying to bring focus back to oft-neglected, and arguably more important matters. Whether these protesters are at the Convention of an incumbent or not, they convey, “If you want the highest power, we’re watching you. Things aren’t as rosy as you make them Ishan sound, and we’re not letting you off the hook.” Thus, Raval Staff Columnist these protests are a vital part of democracy, rather than a hindrance to its smooth functioning – they embody a vigilant citizenry, meant to keep the powers-that-be accountable. Protests at conventions have also been particularly action-packed. Just in the last decade, 1,800 people were arrested at the 2004 RNC in New York City, and 800 at the 2004 RNC in Minneapolis. The 1968 DNC in Chicago, which took place in the heyday of the radical movement of the sixties, is remembered for the participation of organizations like the

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Youth International Party (Yippies), the Black Panther Party and Students for a Democratic Society, and for its infamous police riot. Uproar of such a degree was expected in 2012. Just under a year ago, the world saw Occupy Wall Street breathe new life into the U.S. radical left. The American Autumn, as it was called, threatened to ignite the revolutionary fire unseen for almost half a century. When planning for the protests at the conventions began this spring, there was talk that things would explode in Tampa and Charlotte. Protesters were expected to show up by the thousands, and violent uprisings, with even more violent retaliation from the police and other State forces, were expected. The city of Charlotte passed stringent ordinances for the DNC, and declared it a National Special Security Event; i.e., the Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI were put in charge of the security and intelligence surrounding it. But relative to the murmurs of upcoming chaos, proceedings have turned out to be calm. In significant part due to Mother Nature herself protesting the G.O.P. as Hurricane Isaac, the biggest march at the RNC only had about 500 people. The Coalition to

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to stand a chance of achieving fruition, they must not let crest of O.W.S. fall. Conditions are adverse – the mainstream media either ignores or attacks all populist uprisings, and in vital contrast to the movement of the sixties, there are no issues as tangible as a draft to rally the youth. However, with U.S. imperialism and global ecocide raging, the stakes may be much higher today. And in these circumstances, one, or even two, thousand people showing up for a protest or two is not enough. Over the last year, Occupiers have chanted, “We are unstoppable, another world is possible!” If indeed another world is to be made possible, the status quo of the culture of resistance must rise to a more eruptive level. OWS celebrates its one-year anniversary on Sept. 17, and actions have been planned. If the radical left wants to retain the potency it has had for the last year, this event must not be a let-down. But right now, if “revolution is the only option,” present levels of dissent are not enough. Send your thoughts to letters@technicianonline.com.

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eople often dayd r e a m a b ou t what it would be like to step into a time machine. The appeal of such machines stems from our curiosity—we want to know what will be different. What technologies will be commonplace 50 years from now? Will we have a cure for cancer? What will people wear? Imagine the disappointment you might feel if you stepped into this machine, and stepped out 20 years later to see that everything had stayed the same. To add to that disappointment, the time machine you stepped into was really just a box that took you forward into the future at regular speed. This is true of the political time machine. “Tonight 10 million of our fellow Americans are out of work, tens of millions more work harder for lower pay,” this was said by Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. Not last night—rather, more than 20 years ago at the DNC in New York in 1992. Those words are as relevant today as they were in 1992. So what has changed? Hope and change aren’t new to the Democratic Party—ironically, the ideals of hope and change are quite old, and haven’t changed much at all. I n C l i nton’s 19 9 2 speech, aptly titled A Place Called Hope, the soon-tobe president talked about his grandfather’s little country store in Hope, Ark. In this store, Clinton often saw people who sometimes couldn’t afford food, but they were people who worked hard, so his grandfather would give them food anyway. It was in that little store that he learned to “look up to the folks other people looked down on.” Today we know this as a narrative meant to appeal to the coveted

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March on Wall St. South, comprising of over 60 groups such as Occupy chapters and other leftist organizations, was the body organizing the protests in Charlotte. Festivaliberacion, a fiesta of workshops and music, took place on Saturday and attracted over a hundred people. The main planned march took place on Sunday, for which various media sources have reported numbers ranging from 800 to 2,500. Smaller actions have been taking place through the week. Definitely, things have not been unexciting. The march on Sunday was impassioned – the cadence of bullhorns and the exuberance of the marchers’ strides buzzed through the hot afternoon air. Presidential candidate, activist and anarchist Vermin Supreme, well-known for his parodic campaign promises and his hat (an upturned boot), marched with the people. Jill Stein, presidential candidate for the Green Party, addressed an after-rally. But by no means were the protests at either Convention as powerful as they could, and arguably should, have been. Dissent has undoubtedly been louder in the past year, but the radical movements in the U.S. have to ask whether enough is happening. If their visions for this society are

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middle class. Af ter a ll, t he midd le class is the backbone of the U.S. economy. We should build an America in which “healthcare is a right, not a privilege…an America in which middle class incomes, not middle class taxes, are going up.” And, of course, an America in which “those making over $200 thousand a year are asked to pay their fair share.” At this point we’re wondering if the time machine is broken… And of course there’s the appeal to the women voters: “Listen. Hear me now. I am not pro-abortion—I am prochoice, strongly. I believe this difficult and painful decision should be left to the women of America. I hope the right to privacy can be protected and we will never have to discuss this issue on political platforms.” Sounds like something President Obama might say, or perhaps even something pre-campaign Mitt Romney might have agreed with. Again, Bill Clinton said this in 1992. Women still can’t legally decide what’s best for them in some cases. How is this still an issue if liberal candidates have been promising to solve it for at least the last 20 years? Last night Bill Clinton responded to alleged falsehoods from the Republican National Convention last week with a quote from Ronald Reagan at the 1980 Presidential Debate, “There they go again,” Clinton said. (Reagan said this to disarm Carter as the incumbent attacked him on his Medicare record.) It’s hard to keep track of who’s saying what, or how many times something has been said or promised before. 20 years ago we were promised hope and change. It’s safe to say that if Hope and Change were the American citizens, they’d vote on the democrat’s ballot solely to keep Obamacare—as they are old and tired of being beaten by politicians.

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love to complain. Well, let me rephrase that. I am not the greatest at making conversaMegan tion and Ellisor to cover Staff Columnist up t h i s social f law, I complain. As a grocery store clerk, I find it is easiest to converse with customers by commiserating. We often find common ground by complaining about how miserably hot or cold it is outside, how much we hate Carolina or how the rent is too damn high. Despite the constant whining, seldom do I hear anyone gripe about the price of water. According to the journalists and scientists behind Circle of Blue, there has been an 18 percent rise in the price of water since 2010. The Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University claims, “The amount that Americans pay for water is rising faster than U.S. inflation and faster than the amount paid to any other utility service.” It seems the effects of this increase can be seen here on campus in the Atrium where the price of bottled water surpasses the price of a medium soft drink. As someone with intolerance for car-

bonation, this is disgruntling. The drink fountains at the Atrium offer a single noncarbonated beverage: Hi-C. And so I am left with a choice – save some money while risking my hea lt h because, m y go o dness, do you know what is in Hi-C? Or I could drink water, t he purest and healthiest drink on Ear t h, but only at the expense of my Dining Dollars. In most restaurants, tap water is available at no charge. So the question is no longer about the price of water itself, but whether the water comes from a fountain or a bottle. In 2008, Lisa Ledwidge of Minneapolis told Reader’s Digest she stopped drinking bottled water because “you’re spending more per gallon than you would on gasoline for this thing that you can get out of the tap virtually for free.” In the same report by Janet Majeski Jemmott, Eric Goldstein from the Natural Resources Defense Council says, “No one should think that bottled water is better regulated, better protected

or safer than tap.” More than a quarter of bottled water comes from a municipal supply. The list of “glorified tap water,” as Jemmott refers to it, includes popular labels but namely Dasani, t he Atrium’s water of choice. “Dasani acknowledges on its website, but not on t he label itself, that it d r aw s from local water,” says Jemmott. Thus, it has no more value than the water available from the tap in the dining halls. This all goes through my head before I despondently fill my cup with the confectionery called Hi-C, so as to show I am not fooled by the deceitful bottled water companies everywhere. While my teeth are turning fifty shades of red due to the excess of red dye, I catch myself dreaming of the days when there was water, water, everywhere.

“I despondently fill my cup with the confectionery called Hi-C...I am not fooled by the deceitful bottled water companies everywhere. ”

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exting is and always will be the ugly step cousin of e-mail. Messages are misread, emoticons misinterpreted, pieces ignored, and general con-

fusion ensues. Since 1989, when the first text message was sent, we have been learning to adapt to abbreviated messages and bizarre acronyms. Despite our best ef-

forts, there are still some aspects of texting we fail to grasp. How does one appropriately respond to an “OK.”? When do you know the conversation is officially over?

Are parents ever going to learn how to avoid CAPS LOCK? We examine these timely questions and advise you on how to handle even the most absurd texter.

Decoding text messages is an art form, and it becomes even more specialized when you consider the differences of each sex. This chart gives you a breakdown of some commonly misunderstood phrases.

TEXTING FOR THE SEXES The Message

What a guy meant

What a girl meant

“Hey babe, are you hungry?”

I’m too lazy to be productive, can you come over and cook me something to eat while I just sit here and collect dust?

I’m hungry, which means you need to buy me food. At the place of my choice, of course. I’m so over burgers and Taco Bell.

“OK.”

That’s it. That phrase literally means what it says, no matter the context. Its an answer that’s universally known by dudes meaning an agreement or understanding.

You better rethink everything you’ve done in the last 48 hours. If she sends you back “OK.”, she’s pissed and is about to open a can of whoop a$$ on you. Prepare yourself. Its DEFCON 5.

“Hey, what are you up to?”

If you don’t know what this means then you don’t deserve to be receiving such a text. Drop whatever you’re doing and head to her house. She wants you...to help her study.

If you don’t know what this means then you don’t deserve to be receiving such a text. Drop whatever you’re doing and get into some comfy clothes. He wants you...to help him with his anatomy homework.

As the expression goes, no f#%@s are given.

THE EXACT OPPOSITE. Nothing matters more to her. In fact, if it meant moving a mountain to find the answer to whatever she ‘doesn’t care about’ then she’s probably already rented a bulldozer.

(sent anytime after midnight) “I don’t care.”

Parents, bosses, frenemies, hookups. Every relationship you have is different, which makes the texts they send different too. Why do parents type in all caps? How can you detect sarcasm? It’s time to get educated.

DECODING THE INDIVIDUAL The Message

Who it’s from

“HWTDYGOOCT?”

Your mother

What may look like an inebriated misspelling of every word in the English language just so happens to be your mom attempting to use “hip texting slang,” or some obviously made-up acronym. Responding might be hard, but one thing you shouldn’t do is not respond...but go easy on her, she’s new to this after all.

“Jimmy called and said he saw you at the mall, I thought you had pneumonia?”

Your boss

You’ve got yourself into quite the predicament. Rest easy though, you have options: 1. play the twin card - everyone now and again fakes a sibling to explain why they were somewhere they shouldn’t have been, and if you haven’t, try it. 2. Don’t answer - this is probably your best option...if you’d like to keep your job, of course.

“Heyyyy”

Potential hookup

It’s late when you receive this, most likely between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. You both know what it means. The sender is intoxicated, lonely and in desperate need of some attention—from you, or one of the five other people they sent this text to. Proceed with caution.

“Ha.”

Frenemy

While similar texts, such as “haha,” can be interpreted with genuine amusement, this text means anything but. The period and the shortness of the word indicate only one thing; You are not, in any way, funny. Fight fire with water and quit responding to this person, who is completely wasting your unlimited texting quota.

“ :) ”

Generic texter

Is the conversation over? Are you required to respond to this message? Does this text even warrant an “lol”? The smiley face, when used correctly, is a fun addition to texting. When used as a sign off, it’s annoying. We recommend avoiding this type of texter entirely, as they are obviously short on original thought.

THE FIFTH:

How you should respond

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Carolina For Kibera inspires students far and wide Kaitlin Montgomery Correspondent

An intern for Carolina For Kibera sat at a soccer match beside an elderly man. Although incredibly poor, the man wanted nothing from the intern but to practice his English. Wanting to repay him in the only way he could, the old man struggled to teach the young man common Swahili phrases. As a final remark the elder turned and said, “You always have something to give.” Founded by Rye Barcott in 2000, Carolina For Kibera was established in order to combat the problems plaguing Kibera, Africa’s largest slum. CFK is different from other non-profit organizations because it works directly with the youth of Kibera to instill empowerment and the idea that “the place of one’s birth should not determine the outcome of his or her life.” Leann Bankoski, executive director of CFK, is the sole operator of the United States branch of the organization. When it comes to those on the ground, there are hundreds more. “There are several different levels for Carolina For Kibera,” said Bankoski. “In Kenya, there is the full time

staff, some part-time staff and literally hundreds of volunteers.” CFK trail-blazed the idea of a participatory development model, which is the idea of implementing programs to provide progressive changes directly to communities. It addresses community needs such as education, health, gender equality, ethnic cooperation and economic empowerment. “Just because people are poor doesn’t mean they’re all the same,” Bankoski said. “Our job is to figure out what someone is interested in and develop a program that relates to their interests.” However, there have been times when projects don’t go as planned or the community wanted to implement something that isn’t an option. “I wouldn’t say there are negative things but there are lessons to be learned,” Bankoski said. “When we’re trying to start a program or an initiative we never really know if it’s going to work. We see this work as kind of an experiment. If someone had figured out how to solve poverty they would have done it a long time ago.” With its headquarters in Chapel Hill, CFK is proud of its Carolinian roots as well as the new roots in Kenya. “We’re trying a differ-

ent model of non-profit,” Bankoski said. “One that’s an all Kenyan staff and mostly Kiberan at that. When you look on the website of other NGO’s you’ll see a lot of white faces and it’s really important to us that it’s not that way with us.” Through the summer reading assignment, the incoming freshman class was given insight into the birth of CFK in It Happened On The Way To War: A Marine’s Path To Peace, a memoir by Barcott himself. Amanda McCrackan, a freshman in mechanical engineering, was inspired by the memoir. “I felt compelled to hold a drive for sterilized bed sheets to send to Kibera to help solve the bedbug problem,” said McCrackan. “I felt like there was something I needed to do.” Lubana Lanewala, a freshman in business management, felt the call to action but in a slightly different way. “It fueled my wish to travel to Africa,” Lanewala said. “I’d love to do something with writing and education. These communities can become so encumbered by their poverty that they lose track of themselves.” With inspiration being a common thread between both Barcott’s book and his

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Carloina for Kibera volunteer, Aaron Charlop-Powers greets some childern in Kibera, East Africia’s largest slum.

desire to empower Kiberan youth, it’s only right that the leaders of CFK be inspired as well. “We want to prove to you that things can be different,” Bankoski said. “If you recognize where you are and who you are and the resources that you have, you can do something with that.” CFK is paving a new way for humanitarian efforts. By teaching communities to help themselves, CFK is able to bring a sense of worth to at-risk communities. “We’re trying to paint a new picture,” Bankoski said.

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Two Kiberan boys playing at a soccer match.

“We’re trying to show Kenya and the world that this community has value and a ton of potential. We’re just simply

doing it one by one.”

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lieve that something special is about to happen. Russell has never been the tallest tree in the forest, but if you were going to cut one of them down and use it for a Christmas tree, you’d choose the Russell Wilson tree. Wilson will turn what would be a sack into a completion. The defensive coverage can be perfect and take away all of his receivers, but he’ll still beat you by running for a first down. He’ll hit his wide outs square in the numbers on a slant and he can drop a 50-yard throw on a dime. The guy can just do it all. Mike Glennon is one heck of a quarterback. I think he’s one of the top10 in the country this year, if not top five. But he’s no Russell Wilson. They play two completely different styles of quarterback. Glennon is the epitome of a pocket passer. He’s one of the best in the country at what he does, but he just doesn’t possess the “it” factor or the “hold your breath” excitement that Wilson has in spades. In fairness to Glennon, Wilson is a special one-of-a-kind talent. But that’s why Glennon just doesn’t quite do it for me. I got so spoiled by watching Wilson over the years

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A member of last year’s N.C. State triathlon club prepares for the cycling portion of the race. The club member also cut the N.C. State athletics logo into the back of his head to emphasize team spirit.

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“We pretty much train every day. Sometimes twice a day.”

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because the training and preparation that goes into one of these events is far from easy. “Training’s long,” Charles Lambrecht, a sophomore in general engineering said. “We pretty much train everyday. Sometimes twice a day.” The vigorous training schedule goes as follows: a morning 6 a.m. run on Tuesday, a swim on Wednesday and a bike on Friday, repeated weekly. Athletes must monitor their own fitness levels, as well as diet, to put them in top shape for each race. The team’s conference, called MACTC (Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference), is comprised of schools from North Carolina to New Jersey. As the Wolfpack travels to Williamsburg this weekend, roads will be closed down and hundreds will gather

Charles Lambrecht sophomore in general engineering

to watch first the 750m swim across the James River, followed by the bike over Route 5 and rounded out with an asphalt-path run. Doughtie’s presence has certainly escalated the level of intensity and expectations for this year’s N.C. State Club Triathlon team. “I think it just makes more people want to come,” Fundanish said. If you would like to participate, visit www. ncstatetri.com, while the rest of us ponder your choice in physical activity.

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Triathlon Club sets lofty goals for ‘12 Will Raynor Staff Writer

Men’s soccer enters national rankings The N.C. State men’s soccer team earned its first national ranking since 2009. A poll by Soccer America ranked the Wolfpack at No. 20, the NSCAA poll ranked it at No. 23 and the Pack tied for No. 25 in the Soccer Times poll. State is currently 4-0 and will take on UNCGreensboro on Friday. It is also off to its best start since 1987 and is the only ACC team with a 4-0 record. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

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If the “club” part of the Club Triathlon Team’s name leads you to believe these guys and girls are not top-notch athletes, chew on this for a second. The Rev 3 Half Full Olympic Triathlon, set to take place Oct. 7 in Ellicot City, Md., entails a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run. You could probably count on one hand the amount of varsity athletes who could pull off something like that. “Our hardest race? Rev 3, for sure.” said team captain Christopher Fundanish, a senior in environmental sciences. In the meantime, the team will travel to Williamsburg this weekend for the Patriot’s Triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 9. Team members say they’re ready to make a statement after countless hours of preparation and training. Nothing demonstrates the team’s offseason efforts better than the hiring of experienced coach Brooks Doughtie. Doughtie, who was a six-year triathlete, is now in his fifth year of coaching and has run the coaching gamut, training ITU pros, Ironman athletes and half-Ironman athletes. The team has rallied behind his high expectations and is ready to elevate the Wolfpack’s status as one of the nation’s elite teams.

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Two members of the N.C. State triathlon club receive their number identifications prior to a race last season. The club finished at No. 38 out of 72 participating clubs at nationals last April. This season also marks the first time that the team will include a full girls roster and a head coach. It’s first meet will be on Sept. 9 in Williamsburg, Va.

“My goal for the team is to have both men’s and women’s finish top 15,” Doughtie said. “I want to get a team atmosphere going instead of a bunch of individuals racing for N.C. State.” Doughtie is impressed with the growth of the team, saying that attendance at practices has nearly doubled from last year. After placing

38th out of 72 in last April’s nationals, Fundanish emphasized the importance of a collective team effort to reach for a better performance this year. The team’s new coach is looking to provide a more uniform and structured team atmosphere, as well as alleviate some of the stress of managing and performing.

“It’s just nice to turn to someone with experience that we can rely on,” said Fundanish, who last year acted as both an athlete and team organizer. “It just makes it easier on everybody.” Perhaps “easier” is a relative term,

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QUOTE OF THE DAY “I want to get a team atmosphere going instead of a bunch of individuals racing for N.C. State.” Brooks Doughtie triathlon club head coach

Cheerleaders on a quest for success after losing by a fraction

Glennon: He’s good, but he’s no Russell Wilson

Catherine Glover

Andrew Schuett

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Because of its consistent presence on the football field and basketball courts, the N.C. State cheerleading program is often overlooked because it’s “expected” to be at each game cheering on the Wolfpack. Unless they personally know a cheerleader, most students, fans and other athletes are not aware of the expectations, responsibilities and accomplishments of the State cheerleading team. The State cheerleading team holds four of the Pack’s eight national titles, with its most recent being in 2001. Cheerleaders don’t just show up at home and away football games, home men and ALEX SANCHEZ/TECHNICIAN women’s basketball games and Olivia Blackwood, a sophomore in animal science, celebrates a fourth gymnastics meets to cheer on quarter interception by Earl Wolff in the game against Maryland in the Pack. They also perform at Carter Finley stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Wolff’s interception exhibitions and appear at home- started a Wolfpack drive that gave N.C. State the lead for the first time coming, pep rallies and parades, in the game. The Wolfpack defeated the Terrapins in 56-41 in what was as well as volunteer in the com- the 2nd largest comeback in ACC history. munity. Their season concludes in April when they compete at teams. lawyers and two doctors. The the National Cheerleaders Asso“We set goals at our practices,” program has had at least two ciation Collegiate Nationals in said Trammel, who is a former athletes in the top 10 studentDaytona, Fla. State cheerleader athletes for the past four seasons, In 2012, himself. “We work including one where there were State’s Small with our strength three cheerleaders in the top 10. Coed team and conditioning In addition to the Coed teams, f inished in coaches. We take the cheerleading program also second place every opportunity includes the mascot program. in t he nathat we get to per- To top off the four national titles tion, losing form in front of already earned by State Cheerby just 0.078 crowds, such as leading, Mr. and Mrs. Wuf have of a point. at games or at pep two National Championships of Harold Trammel “[B]eing rallies. their own and are also two-time cheerleading head coach t h at c lo s e “We work as participants in the CapitalOne to being a a team and one Mascot Challenge. National Champion is a huge family to not just strengthen our Trammel said the program source of motivation,” Head skills and hone the mental tough- thrives on tradition and stressed Coach Harold Trammel said. ness that the sport of cheerleading true meaning of success as an “You never want to be that close demands,” he said. “In our sport we athlete. but not get there.” have two minutes and 15 seconds “More importantly, the Losing by less than one point to show the crowd and judges what cheerleading program wants is the difference in bobbling a we have been working on for 12 to continue graduating athletes stunt, having your feet crossed months.” through the program while on a 720 or not pointing your Members of the cheerleading teaching members valuable life toes on a jump. team face the same challenges as any skills that will help them become Such a heartbreaking loss has other student-athlete. In the last 10 successful in their personal lives pushed and motivated both the years, the team has had three Park and in their academic and career Small Coed and Large Coed Scholars and has graduated four pursuits,” Trammel said.

I’ll get right to the point: N.C. State graduate student quarterback Mike Glennon just doesn’t impress me. I wish that he did, but he just doesn’t. I spent all of last year wondering why, and I’ve finally figured it out. There’s no reason for me not to like Glennon. He’s got prototypical size, plenty of talent and a cannon for an arm when he cuts loose. Like clockwork, Glennon will keep the chains moving and keep putting points on the scoreboard. In fact, he’s so good at his job that it can be borderline dull to watch the State offense operate at times. All of this spells trouble for any other team unlucky enough to have to play the Pack this season. I’ll be the first to admit that I like Glennon. He’s as solid as they come and he’ll be a great quarterback for State this year, just as he was last season. But for all of Glennon’s skill and accolades, he has one glaring fault. He’s not Russell Wilson. Ah, Wilson. I bet you saw this coming from a mile away didn’t you? For those who don’t know, Wilson was recently named the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks brought in fifth year veteran Matt Flynn during the offseason to become the team’s franchise quarterback. Flynn is the perfect candidate, too, after spending the past four years as an able deputy to the best quarterback in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers. Most experts believed that, at 5’11”, Wilson was too short to make an impact in the NFL. Those of whom have seen Wilson play know he’s got the “it” factor. There’s no substitute for it and when somebody has it, it’s blatantly obvious for all to see. Wilson reminds me of Tim Tebow in the fourth quarter, except Wilson makes plays throughout the entire game. Every time he touches the ball, you hold your breath because you truly be-

“[B]eing that close to being a National Champion is a huge source of motivation.”

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