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University issued a Crime Warning, an automated email to all NCSU Editor-In-Chief emails. A WolfAlert, an automated text message sent to all registered As a targeted murder unfolded cell phones, was never sent. in Cameron Village Monday Safety communication has immorning, Campus Police and Uniproved in the past six months, versity Communications did not Moorman said, but Monday’s shootimmediately issue any emergency communications because the inci- ings demonstrated that improvements need to be made. dent was not an imminent threat, “The hole we’re looking to fill according to Campus Police Chief in is the fact that our students get Jack Moorman. Christopher John Bertrand, 42, more and more spread out, and it makes it very difof Hoover, Ala., f ic u lt k now i ng shot and killed his where our students ex-wife Kathleen are off campus,” Ann Bertrand, 41, Moor ma n sa id . of Cary, N.C. in “We want to esthe Cameron Viltablish procedures lage parking lot in David Rainer, associate vice that directly impact front of Kathleen’s chancellor for Environmental Health and Public Safety campus, so we need place of work, Pier to find an area that 1 Imports. The Raleigh Police Department responded we will still cover.” David Rainer, associate vice chanto the incident at about 9:30 a.m., and Christopher Bertrand’s body cellor for Environmental Health and was found about a mile away that Public Safety, said campus safety afternoon, where he turned his pis- agencies must do better. “The bottom line is that there is an tol onto himself. As the event ensued, organizations expectation that people receive inresponsible for campus safety didn’t formation,” Rainer said. “We want communicate the information of to fulfill that expectation. Even if we the shooting, as the news circulated know it’s not an imminent hazard to through social media and local news campus, it’s not enough to not tell agencies. At 12:52 p.m. Monday, the everybody else who wants to know

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University a partner in projection technology Noah Rouse Correspondent

“We could have done better, no doubt about it.”

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A police officer puts up barrier tape around the perimeter of the shooting crime scene at Cameron Village around noon on Monday, September 10.

or hears rumors or has misinformation.” Monday’s shootings proved that

Researchers from N.C. State and the ImagineOptix Corporation have developed new technology that should make smaller, cheaper, more efficient and cooler-running liquid crystal display projectors possible in the future. Michael Escuti, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University, is a leading photonics and electrooptic materials expert pioneering the development of polarizationindependent devices and transformational diffractive optics. He co-authored the paper describing the research. The paper was published July 10 in Applied Optics and was co-authored by post-doctoral researchers Jihwan Kim and Ravi Komanduri; Kristopher Lawler, a research associate; Jason Kekas of ImagineOptix Corp.; and Escuti.

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Although the North Carolina Senate passed Bill 820 setting up the possibility for legalizing the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in North Carolina, exploitation of shale gas reserves in the state are not certain. Experts in geology, economics and natural resources, as well as state bureaucrats, have been working feverishly to study the prospect of fracking. A newly formed commission, called the Mining and Energy Commission, must have recommendations for rules on how to proceed to the General Assembly by no later than Oct. 1, 2014. The timetable for delivering recommendations to the General Assembly, which must approve all measures with regard to fracking, has been described as “aggressive” by experts and state bureaucrats -the contentious fracking issue has a range of variables that require

How it works Shale gas reserves are held within shale formations deep below the Earth’s surface. The formations, formed when the supercontinent Pangea split, lie horizontally below the surface and resemble layers of stacked pancakes. In order to reach the reserves, miners must first drill vertically to reach the depth of the target formation. Then, they must drill horizontally because of the horizontal nature of the formations. Finally, they begin the fracking process. The formations are not porous enough to simply release the sought-after shale gas once a hole has been dug. Miners utilize the fracking process to soften the formations, which then re-

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aola Rodriguez, a freshman in animal science snaps a photo of the September 11th tribute outside D.H. Hill Library Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Rodriguez wanted to get a photo to pay her respect to those lost 11 years ago. She said she remembers the attacks that happened when she was in second grade. “My mom came to get me out of school, and her eyes were red from crying so much,” she said. “I didn’t know what had happened until she showed me the television. I’ll never forget the look on her face.”

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Student tickets for Saturday’s home opener for N.C. State football against South Alabama were distributed last night but it didn’t come without controversy. Social media sites Facebook and Twitter exploded with angry N.C. State students, namely upperclassmen, who didn’t receive a ticket in the lottery. Many students have now called the new ticketing system through N.C. State Athletics’ website, GoPack.com, into question. “Obviously they screwed up with the new system and are sticking to their allotment numbers,” Forbes Starling, a senior in engineering, said. “I’ll watch the game elsewhere if this is how loyal fans are treated.” However, Student Body President Andy Walsh confirmed with Associate Athletics Director Dick

Christy that the system worked the way it was intended to. According to the ticketing policy, the top 25 percent of point earners receive an automatic ticket. The remaining 75 percent are entered into a weighted lottery and are selected at random. “For any student that thinks it might have been the new student ticketing site, that’s not the case. It ran perfectly fine. That’s how our policy was written and it has been that way for two years now,” Walsh said. Walsh noted that every automatic ticket that was distributed went to seniors and the remaining seniors were entered into the lottery. Therefore, out of 8,610 tickets distributed, at least 2,152 were awarded to seniors, leaving approximately 8,800 additional student requests in the lottery to fight for 6,458 tickets. “I understand it’s the first home game of the season and everyone’s

excited and I can see how if you didn’t get a ticket you’d be disappointed, but that’s just the nature of the beast when you only have so many tickets to give out to students,” Walsh said. “It’s really a competition between juniors, sophomores and freshmen primarily in the weighted lottery.” Walsh welcomes feedback on the ticketing policy and students are already beginning to respond. “There should be more student seating,” junior in business administration Callen Leak said. “If students can’t go to football games, there is a problem. Every student that pays an athletics fee should be guaranteed a ticket.” Leak was a two-year member of the Power Sound of the South, the N.C. State marching band. “I practiced long hard hours for

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CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS

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Sept. 5 11:34 A.M. | TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Oval West Deck Staff member reported striking parked vehicle.

In Monday’s Technician article, “Campus views of Arizona’s Women’s Health and Safety Act,” Teresa Pinus was misquoted and actually said “Our main goal is to share our idea that all life should be protected from conception to natural death.” The act also says the abortionist must have hospital privileges.

9:01 A.M. | LARCENY Tompkins Hall Student reported bicycle stolen. 1:31 P.M. | ASSAULT Sigma Phi Epsilon NCSU PD investigated alleged assault involving two students. One student was referred to the University. Investigation ongoing.

In Tuesday’s Technician article “A bigger win than most” and an alternate box, it states that Tom O’Brien has gone winless on the road in ACC competition. He has yet to record a road win in the Atlantic Division of the ACC.

12:15 P.M. | LARCENY Coliseum Deck Student reported bicycle stolen.

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3:52 P.M. | LARCENY Becton Hall Student reported bicycle stolen.

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months and have done everything to support the football team and I can’t even go to the game,” she said. “That is ridiculous.” Walsh acknowledges that many students are upset about the situation but remains firm that the system worked the way it was supposed to and that it worked as fairly as possible. “I know that there’s over 2,000 students that didn’t get tickets so we’re going to get a lot of feedback and it’s going to be from all different classes,” Walsh said. “We’ve always made it very clear that just because you’re a senior or junior it doesn’t guarantee you a ticket. “When you break it down statistically, about four out of every five students that requested a ticket got a ticket.” If tickets are available, the on-demand period for ticketing will begin at 9 p.m. tonight. If students fail to receive a ticket, they can attempt to enter the game through the stand-by line beginning two hours before kickoff.

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n the Brickyard, a memorial was set up for the 9/11 victims, by the Never Forget Project. This program began in 2003 in order to help students across America remember the anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist attacks. Today they made a figure of a man holding a flag in the grass by placing tiny American flags in the grass.

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communication is necessary, even though the incident didn’t pose a particular threat to campus. Brad Bohlander, chief communications officer, said the perceived dangers should be dealt with as immediately as imminent threats. “While we’re worrying about safety, we have media outlets blowing this thing up and we

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The research was funded by ImagineOptix, a startup company co-founded by Escuti and Kekas. “ T h i s t e c h n o l o g y, which we call a polarization grating-polarization conversion system, will significantly improve the energy efficiency of LC projectors,” Escuti said. “The commercial impli-

have schools closing, but that’s because most external people don’t have the facts,” Bohlander said. “University Police has been doing a great job with WolfAlerts and crime warnings and campus safety, and I think this is the next logical step. I think yesterday highlighted the need to get that done.” Campus Police and public affairs officers for safety meet quarterly to assess areas of improvement in communication and transparency, according to Rainer, and he said

the University’s response to Monday’s shootings will impact changes in policies. “We try to make it transparent and simple to implement—that doesn’t mean that we are always successful,” Rainer said. “I think it’s important to acknowledge we’re not always successful, though we try to be.” Moorman said the response from the campus community, parents and news agencies directly weighed in how campus safety officials will improve public awareness,

and all three public safety organizations said they could have done better. “We could have done better, no doubt about it, with this incident,” Rainer said. “Now, we’re going to put together a system that tries to communicate all real or perceived threats to make sure people at the University have the information to make appropriate and good decisions in an emergency.”

cations are broad-reaching. Projectors that rely on batteries will be able to run for almost twice as long.” Escuti also said LC projectors of all kinds can be made twice as bright but use the same amount of power they do now. “However, we can’t promise that this will make classes and meetings twice as exciting,” Escuti said. All LC projectors use polarized light to display images, but more efficient light sources like LEDs produce unpolarized light. In order to be viewed, the light generated by LEDs has to be converted into polarized light. The most common way to polarize light is to put it through a polarizing filter. The process, however, is inefficient and wastes more than 50 percent of the original light, since most of it lost in the form of heat. This is why older projectors often become

overheated and stop working. The new device created at the University has a polarizing rate of about 90 percent. Researchers used the technology to create a small picoprojector, which could be embedded in a smartphone, tablet or other device. In 2009, LG partnered with ImagineOptix to create a device that could display images and video on f lat surfaces, much like a school projector, called the LG eXpo. The idea was revolutionary at the time but never made it past the concept stage, as the extra weight added onto the phone by the projector made it impractical to carry around in a consumer’s pocket. ImagineOptix’s partnership with the University, however, has changed the concept’s prospects, as the technology developed by Escuti and his team would be capable of creating phone projectors that would have

the same picture quality as much larger projection systems that don’t currently use the technology. This July, Samsung announced the Galaxy Beam, which had been touted as the world’s thinnest projector phone released thus far, a record that is not likely to stand when this technolog y reaches the market. Smartphones represent the richest potential market for the technology. For instance, business meetings or lectures that would have otherwise been postponed due to projector problems could continue if the presenter’s smartphone had this technology. Other uses, including impromptu movie screenings, would also be possible. But the potential uses of the technology wouldn’t stop at smartphones. Projectors of all kinds could move toward sleeker and more compact designs. Problems such as overheating or dim bulbs could disappear entirely in the near future.

9:21 P.M. | DRUG VIOLATION Syme Hall Report of possible drug violation. Officers found student in possession of marijuana. Student was cited for simple possession and referred to the University. Sept. 6 1:47 A.M. | SUSPICIOUS PERSON D.H. Hill Library Officer located non-student who had been previously trespassed. Subject was arrested for second degree trespassing and re-trespassed from NCSU property. 11:24 A.M. | INFORMATION UNIVERSITY Public Safety Center Staff member reported unsafe work environment. Concern was documented and staff member was referred to Human Resources Office. 11:38 A.M. | LARCENY North Hall Student reported item taken from room during fire alarm. Sept. 7 11:25 A.M. | LARCENY Mackenzie Hall NCSU FP reported finding handicap parking sign in student room. Student was referred for theft and sign was turned over to Transportation personnel. 12:23 A.M. | ASSIST OTHER AGENCY Off Campus RPD requested assistance with report of nuisance party involving students. RPD arrested two students who were charged with resist, delay or obstruct public officer. Students were referred to the University for same. 9:56 A.M. | LARCENY Alpha Sigma Phi NCSU FP reported fire extinguishers had been removed from facility without authorization. 4:09 P.M. | LARCENY NCSU Bookstore Student was caught stealing property. Student was issued referral and trespassed from Bookstore. 8:28 P.M. | LARCENY Biltmore Hall Student reported bicycle stolen. 9:04 P.M. | DAMAGE TO PROPERTY Becton Hall Student reported light fixture had been torn from exterior of wall. 9:49 P.M. | MISSING PERSON D.H. Hill Library Non-student reported not being able to locate student. Student was later located at this location.


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lease the gas in great enough quantities to warrant the expensive and highly technical drilling process. The fracking process consists of pumping water, sand, rock and chemicals, some of which are proprietary and held secret, into the wells. The formations then fracture and release their contents. Neither fracking nor horizontal drilling is allowed until the General Assembly approves regulations. The economic boom States in the northeast, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Dakota, have seen an economic boom resulting from drilling for their shale gas. Stephen Davis, plant manager at Shamrock Environmental Corporation based in Greensboro, N.C., has drilling crews in the northeast. Shamrock deals with the vertical drilling aspect of the process and has “a couple” satellite offices in West Virginia, according to Davis. “I can’t hire enough people,” Davis said. “This is the gold rush of our time. In the states we operate in, you can’t find a hotel room to stay in for the night.” Davis attended a presentation hosted by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources at the McKimmon Center Monday. Before the presentation began, he sat at a table near the front of the room extolling the exploration of shale gas. “It’s just amazing,” Davis said. George Holding, District 13 candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, said employment opportunities that stem from shale gas production reach further than just those opportunities created on the mining site. “You know how much a

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McDonald’s employee gets paid in North Dakota? $19 an hour because they’re extracting all this energy in North Dakota. It’s a boom. They’ve created something like 80,000 jobs in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia that borders around Western Pennsylvania extracting shale gas,” Holding said. The volume problem There is much less shale gas in North Carolina than in states in the northeast. There are two shale gas reserves in North Carolina: the Dan River Basin near Rockingham, N.C. and the Deep River Basin that runs through the central Piedmont and borders Cary, N.C. Together, the two reserves make up the ‘Triassic Basins.’ Combined, the Triassic Basins have an estimated 1,079 billion cubic feet of natural and resource economics. “The composition of our gas, according to Evan Kane, ground water planning su- shale is unknown,” Feitshans pervisor at the N.C. Division said. “There are several components that can come out of of Water Quality. However, the Marcellus shale. In some cases you get Formation, the largest reserve oil, in some cases you get in the northeast, contains an mostly methane (dry gas) and estimated 84,198 billion cubic in some cases you get natural feet of shale gas, according to gas liquids.” Natural Kane. gas liquids “I in the Triwould be a ssic Bavery sursins are esprised if timated at someone 83 million wanted to come barrels, in a nd while liqdri l l as uids in the soon as Marcellus the GenSha le are eral Asestimated sembly a t 3 , 32 9 Ted Feitshans, wants us million extension associate professor in to have agricultral and resource economics barrels, acregulacording to tions for Kane. drilling,” Kane said, referring to comparatively lower The price problem amount of North Carolina The price of shale gas is reserves. down. Not only are reserves in At current prices, dry shale North Carolina smaller, but gas is selling at less than the their make-ups are not fully average cost of production, known, according to Ted according to Feitshans. The Feitshans, extension associ- industry’s success is to blame ate professor in agricultural for the price depression, Feit-

“In some cases you get oil, in some cases you get mostly methane (dry gas) and in some cases you get natural gas liquids...”

GRAPHIC BY DERRICK FREELAND shans said. “[The industry] has been producing far more gas than the market can absorb,” Feitshans said. “Most people who I follow don’t expect market conditions to improve that much in two years.” The land leasing process is one of the main problems with the excessive production of shale gas, according to Feitshans. The leasing process has two phases in states that allow fracking: the exploration phase and the production phase. “In most of the producing areas, these leases are only three to five years. They have to bring in a producing well in order to keep their lease. If they don’t bring in a producing well during the exploration phase, the lease expires. So, there’s an incentive on the part of people who own leases to go ahead and drill and find something so that they don’t lose the bonus money that they paid the landowner for the right to explore,” Feitshans said. The water problem The fracking process requires water, produces contaminated water as a byprod-

uct and is conducted near potable water supplies. Each well requires three to five million gallons of water to operate. Drilling companies place an average of six wells on each mining site, according to Kane. “One of the problems with the state of North Carolina is that the distance between the valuable ground water and the shale gas formation is not very large compared to many other states. The separation is much less, which means that the chances for groundwater contamination are much greater,” David Schlobohm, engineering extension specialist in IES Operations, said. In the areas where shale formations are found in the state, fresh water is usually found at or above a depth of 1,000 to 1,300 feet. Target formations are usually found at 2,000 feet. In the Northeast, freshwater is found at or above a depth of 700 feet and target formations are usually found a depth of 10,000 feet, according to Kane. Also in the northeast, saltwater separates fresh water from the target formation, whereas that is not

the case in North Carolina. Anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of the water used in the fracking process comes back up to the surface, according to Kane. “There is a concern about the water that comes back up,” Schlobohm said. “The water already contains some hazardous chemicals [from the fracking process] that you have to be concerned about, but in addition it can bring with it certain things that are naturally occurring in the ground, like arsenic or radioactivity.” One option for the disposal of fracking fluids is well injection, a process by which the fluids are pumped into the ground and remain there. However, injection wells have been known to cause earthquakes in North America, according to Kane. Kane said injection wells are the “least good” option for disposal of wastewater and they probably would not be utilized in North Carolina. Instead, he said the best option would be to reuse the wastewater as fracking fluid.

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es focused on encouraging Alabama Governor George The mid-1960s was rife Wallace to enact legislation with civil unrest over racial to secure voting rights for his inequality, and photographer African American constituSpider Martin was there to ents, according to the exhibit’s press capture release. it all on On camera. March 7, The 1965, also African known as American “Bloody Cultural Sunday,” Center is approxihosting mately a black600 proand-white testers photo gathered exhibit, outside “Selma Martin Luther King Jr. Brown to MontChapel in gomery: A March for the Right to Vote,” Selma, Ala. to march to the Sept. 12 through Nov. 7 to capitol in Montgomery, according to the release. On display Martin’s work. Martin, a Birmingham, March 9, Rev. Dr. Martin LuAla. native, documented a ther King, Jr. led a march to series of civil rights march- the site where the first march

“Spider, we could have marched, we could have protested forever, but if it weren’t for guys like you, it would have been for nothing.”

ended. The final march began March 21 at Brown Chapel and ended five days later at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. According to the release, King praised the work of Martin and other photographers who captured the events of the marches. “Spider, we could have marched, we could have protested forever, but if it weren’t for guys like you, it would have been for nothing. The whole world saw your pictures. That’s why the Voting Rights Act was passed,” King said to Martin in August of 1965. The exhibit, hosted in the gallery of the African American Cultural Center in Witherspoon Student Center, will feature 46 photos of marches occurring from March 5-25, 1965.

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Photos by civil rights photographer Spider Martin are on display at the African American Cultural Center Art Gallery on the second floor of Witherspoon Student Center.


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{ TREY’S VIEW }

As I was driving to the office a few Sundays back for yet another night of production, I gave my great-grandmother a call to catch up on all the family gossip and what I was missing out on back at home. First a little background on my Ma, she is the most mobile 92 year-old you’ll ever meet, and according to her doctor, she will live to be 102 just out of spite of the people Trey who say she can’t. Ferguson She was born in a simpler Managing Editor time to a mill family in the piedmont. She grew up during two World Wars and the depression, leaving her to be very fiscally conservative. As for most people from her generation, going to church wasn’t just a Sunday outing, but a way of life.   She worked at a hospital for nearly a quarter of her life and then at the church daycare well

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“I signed up for the emails and texts but didn’t hear anything yesterday. I was upset how inefficient they were in getting out the news and how they never texted me.” Alyssa Burns Freshman, chemistry

“I feel like that we should have known at the time, instead of finding out after the fact.” Hunter Goodwi Freshman, math education

“They didn’t even explain what was going on and then sent out an email saying there was no threat. But What Happened?! I think it needs to work on its communication skills.” Makyla Smith Freshman, animal science

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into her retirement. Needless to say, she believes in working hard to get where you want to be in life. Over the twenty years I’ve known her — and that’s not an exaggeration seeing as she practically raised me — she’s provided me with these gems of wisdom that are hard to let go of. For example, when family members or friends are in dispute and want you to weigh in on the subject, her response is merely, “Well, I just keep my mouth shut.” Or when someone is obviously giving you a line, she looks them square in the eye and responds, “Psht, that’s a bunch of poppycock.” During my weekly call, our topics range from all sorts of things. Typically we discuss

school, church, work, etc. However, she always surprises me with how our conversations will end. For this instance in particular, it went something like this: “Now Trey, do you plan on voting in this next election? Because I want you to think and pray long and hard about who you’re gonna vote for, you hear me?” I was taken aback for a second. A woman who was born under the Harding administration and who has since seen 19 more presidents come and go was still so concerned about the state of the union. I politely told her I would think and pray about who I wanted to be my next president. But over the course of that week at Technician, we were dealing with the back-to-back con-

“We should ... do what we have to in order to ensure our quality of life improves.”

ventions, which made me think even harder on the matter. And after hearing each candidate and their supporters take the stage to merely bash their opponent and glorify their party, I had decided I didn’t truly care who is sworn in this January, because it is going to be another four-years of the same political dribble, which has no real effect on the quality of the average American life. I’m not by any means underplaying the importance of voting. I am merely emphasizing that our priorities should not be so strongly focused on the next resident of the White House. We should take a lesson from Ma and do what we have to in order to ensure our quality of life improves. If Ma can, as she says, “Still get along,” there’s no reason any one of us has to rely on our government to make sure we can succeed in our life, liberty or pursuit of happiness.

{OUR VIEW} A happy medium for WolfAlert

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o one wants to be the boy who cried “wolf.” On the other end of the spectrum of possibilities, no one wants to be the boy who stayed silent. Like everything in life, there needs to be a happy medium. To some, it would seem that Campus Police had not found that happy medium Monday morning when a shooting took place in Cameron Village—just a few blocks from N.C. State’s campus. The Raleigh Police Department identified the shooter as 42-year-old Christopher Bertrand and said he shot his exwife, Kathleen Ann Bertrand, in Cameron Village in front of her place of work, Pier 1 Imports. Due to its proximity to campus, Cameron Village receives a lot of traff ic f rom N.C. State students—it’s a popular hangout spot. It’s likely that there were several students eating lunch, shopping or getting coffee in Cameron Village when the shooting took place, and there were probably even more students on their way. C on s ide r i ng C a meron Village’s popularity among students, it’s reasonable to expect Campus Police to alert students promptly when there is a perceived threat. And that’s the question: Was Monday’s shooting a threat to students? Hindsight is 20-20, and it seems that students were relatively unaffected by this tragedy. Campus Police did not send out an SMS warning because when the suspect fled the scene, he was heading away from campus. However, after news media had broken the story—but before all the details were known—students immediately took to Facebook and Twitter,

THE FACTS:

The shooting in Cameron Village did not pose a threat to students on campus.

OUR OPINION:

Campus Police should have put to rest the rumors and concerns circulating online. asking why Campus Police were remaining silent. Rumors that the shooter was f leeing towards campus began circulating, causing confusion among the student body. The shooting happened at 9:30 a.m., but students didn’t receive any updates from Campus Police until 1:30 that afternoon via email. The SMS system was not utilized. There may have been disparity in knowledge: Campus Police k new what students didn’t know until much later. Perhaps there wasn’t a legitimate threat to N.C. State students, but that’s still worth knowing. It’s understandable that Campus Police doesn’t want to cry wolf. If they were to send out an SMS alert for every incident, then students would stop taking them seriously. How e v e r, s o m e t h i n g should have been done to put the Internet rumors to rest. Facebook and Twitter posts made it clear that students were concerned for their safety—Campus Police should have communicated with students better. Campus Police should have sent out an email or text as quickly as their messaging systems could have allowed after the shooting, even if it was just to tell us there was no need to worry.

“Perhaps there wasn’t a legitimate threat ... but that’s still worth knowing.”

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y hiatus has ended and I’ve don ne d my server blacks once again. Let me back up a little bit. About two months ago, I quit my job without having another one waiting for me. I just quit, and assumed things would fall into my lap-- they Anna didn’t. Betts Staff Columnist I like to pride myself on being a mature, responsible person, and this decision was quite a deviation from that. So, I spent roughly two and a half months unemployed and broke. It’s not fun–at all. The money I had in my bank account went away very quickly when I didn’t have anything coming in. Between bills, gas, and groceries I had no money left for fun stuff. I couldn’t go out for dinner and drinks with friends, or catch a movie because I didn’t have the funds. I’m completely aware that being denied the luxury of entertainment is not the worst thing that could happen to me. But it did make for a lonely summer. Fast forward to this week and I’ve been given a second chance. My job was offered back to me and I jumped at the opportunity. My first night

back was Friday, and I legitimately had butterflies walking through the door of a place where I’d worked for almost three years. I spent the days in between accepting the offer and my first night back building up the experience in my head. I worried about all the potential tragedies t hat wou ld inevitably occur Friday n ig ht, l i ke spi l ling a tray of drinks onto a fouryear-old, dropping a $150 bottle of wine or tripping and falling in the middle of the floor. I played these scenarios over and over in my head, because I felt that I deserved to have something horrible happen. And while it would’ve been fun to relay those events to you, nothing like that happened. I was greeted with hugs and “How are you?”s by everyone I used to work with, and everything just kind of fell into place. The night was an interesting mix of the familiar and the new. The restaurant was still the same, I knew where to find everything I needed and I remembered the menu like I had never left. However, this time around each tip received was appreciated. The weight of worrying about my finances was less-

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Literacy program develops reading skills, diversity in children Lindsey Schaefer

Social Justice Youth Development Program, developed Staff Writer by Jennifer Castillo , associate At N.C. State, there are director of the Women’s Cenmany clubs and organiza- ter. This program focuses on tions that students can join educating children from kindergarten to help give back to f if t h to the commugrade nity and enrich from the lives of others. Something lowa s si mple a s income donating to a families blood drive or by helpvolunteering at ing them a soup kitchen develop for a day may both offer students academiJennifer Castillo, t he s at i s f accally and associate director of the Women’s Center tion of giving socially back while also so t he y maintaining a balance be- can become active citizens tween schoolwork and daily in their community. The procollege life. gram is said to acknowledge One such volunteer op- the change in demographportunity that may be con- ics in classrooms through venient for busy college diverse literature that repstudents is the Literary and resents many different eth-

“...they are able to engage with children and transform their own outlook on society...”

nicities. Volunteers meet with their mentee once a week for an ne else’s experience. Even if a kid wasn’t able to leave their surrounding area, they could travel all over the world with different books, expand their minds and see what’s possible,” Foster said. Some of the ways this benefits the children includes the development of adult role models through the encouragement that volunteers provide for the children, higher expectations in themselves, the ability to read for pleasure, integrity, cultural competence and the encouragement to positively interact with people of all races. “This program also benefits the volunteers, as they are a ble to engage with children and transform their own outlook on society while contributing to this revolutionary

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Member of the Literacy and Social Justice Youth Development Program reads to childern.

change impacting classrooms all over the country. Being able to learn more about how we can help spread the awareness and appreciation for all cultures, while also helping children in need, is an incred-

hug me. Just forming that relationship is the most rewarding thing for me.”

ible opportunity,” Foster said. “Over 12 weeks, you get paired with one student,” Foster said. “So you get to develop a relationship with them. By the third week, my mentee would run up and

Researchers isolate steroid from vegetables Katie Sanders Senior Staff Writer

Vegetables pack more of a punch than many people give them credit for. Researchers have recently found that some vegetables contain small quantities of a natural steroid responsible for increasing muscle strength: brassinosteroids. Brassinosteroids are hor-

mones that regulate the growth and development of plants, according to Slavko Komarnytsky, a metabolic biologist and assistant professor at N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute. Brassinosteroids are present in almost all plants, but usually in very small quantities. There is one genus of plants, the brassica genus, which

contains greater amounts of the compound. Broccoli and cabbage both belong to the brassica genus. While brassinosteroids are responsible for protein synthesis in plants, researchers were uncertain of what effect the hormones might have in animals. “Plants and animals at some point in evolution were related — so you would think

some compounds would have targets which predate the time when plant and animal cells split. It was basically a guess,” Komarnytsky said. “It was a far-fetched guess, but it worked.” One of the laboratories has been working with homobrassinolide — a type of brassinosteroid — looking at their effects on protein synthesis and muscle strength. Researchers added a radioactively labeled amino acid to the homobrassinolide cultures, and looked to see to what extent these amino acids were incorporated into the protein created by the cell. In the presence of greater quantities of brassinosteriods, more of the radioactive amino acids were included in the protein that the cells created, meaning that these cells demonstrated an increase in protein synthesis. “After we noticed that homobrassinolide increased protein synthesis in muscle cells in cell culture, we moved onto the animal study,” Komarnytsky said. The researchers first tested the compound on cell cultures from the muscle of a rat. This allows researchers to look at the compound’s effect on the rat’s entire body, and also allows more opportunity for researchers to determine if the compound is toxic. Rats were fed the pure compound for 24 days before researchers examined them for a change in muscle size and strength. To test these factors, the researchers looked at both the live rats and sections of their muscles, examining the size and type of their muscle fibers. “We noticed that after the treatment, these rats became stronger. If you gave them something to grip, their grip was much tighter than the control animals,” Komarnutsky said. “There was a dramatic increase in the muscle size and size of the

GRAPHIC BY MENGCHAO LAI muscle fibers.” According to Komarnutsky, the strength of the rats’ extremities increased by 10 percent. “It’s definitely very helpful, especially if you think of the future of these compounds if they ever become drugs — for patients who are recovering from cancer or a similar disease, or muscle atrophy — even a 10 percent increase in their muscle strength is very significant,” Komarnutsky said. Any disease characterized by muscle dysfunction could theoretically be ameliorated with this compound. That is why creating new medicines is the goal of the project. “A treatment like this could slow down or even prevent muscle loss in people with these diseases,” Komarnutsky said. Researchers also recognize that the compound could also be used for muscle improvement in healthy patients. Komarnutsky personally hopes that one day the compound could be used to improve the muscular health of astronauts while in space. While the researchers have high hopes for the compound, it has yet to be tested on humans as of yet. There is no guarantee that the compound would have the same effect on humans as it does rats. “Rats and humans are quite different. So sometimes the effect that you see in rats does not translate directly to humans. That does not mean that they will not repeat, but they may repeat at different

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degrees,” Komarnutsky said. Researchers have also yet to see if large amounts of the compound would have toxic effects on a patient. “Twenty-four days is not suf f icient to determine whether there is any toxicity or not — from what I can see, they behave as usual. Their appetites actually increased. But that doesn’t mean there are no toxic effects in the long-run,” Komarnutsky said. To test the compound for toxicity, rats will be fed the compound for 90 days before they are given complete physicals and biochemical profiles. If this study is successful, researchers can move into human clinical studies. If youíre looking to take advantage of brassinosteriods now, it would be difficult. Even with its increased concentration in brassica plants, you would still have to eat a lot of cabbage. “I do love cabbage, but I know a lot of people who don’t. It’s an acquired taste,” Komarnutsky said.

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Natural World Investigate Lab Micro World Investigate Lab Visual World Investigate Lab Window on Animal Health Science Panorama Visual World Investigate Lab The SECU Daily Planet

On April 23, an hour or two • after midnight, hundreds of • people found themselves in the middle of a downtown • Raleigh street waiting to • get into the North Carolina • Museum of Natural Sciences. The museum celebrated • Earth Day with the opening SOURCE: NATURALSCIENCE.ORG of the latest addition to the building: the Nature Reprocess with everyone. search Center wing. “Traditionally, museums It has been a few months since the excitement of the have answered the question grand opening. However, ac- ‘What do we know?’” Malow cording to Brian Malow, cu- said. “The NRC likes to dig rator of the Daily Planet sec- into the question of ‘How do tion of the Museum of Natu- we know?’” According to Kays, this ral Sciences, museum organizers continue to try to find new way of interacting with new ways to engage college the public is one of the most students, the Triangle area interesting aspects of his job. “I like talking to people and the scientific commuoccasionally nity. Many and I don’t of these mind people new initialooking in,” tives involve Kays sa id. the 80,000 “It’s great to square-foot le t pe ople Nature Resee what search Cenwe’re doing. ter. Sometimes “In many it’s boring, musesometimes ums, the Brian Malow, curator I’m working main wing of the Daily Planet on a grant, is geared bu t o t h e r towards younger audiences, maybe times, we’re working on specaround Elementary School,” imens or working with coyote Malow said. “The NRC, while scat in there. Right now, we suitable for all ages, aims at have flesh-eating beetles that an even higher age group - are cleaning up a skeleton.” The biodiversity lab also Junior High and older.” The new wing boasts inter- engages the public by followactive displays on topics such ing in the philosophy of the as nanotechnology, deep-sea “Citizen Science” movement. exploration, evolution and This movement connects scidinosaurs. The wing also at- entists with members of the tempts to connect the public public who volunteer to help in new ways previously unex- drive the scientists’ research plored at the museum. forward. Roland Kays, the director This year, the biodiversity of the biodiversity lab in the lab initiated a project that Nature Research Center, is in involves spreading camera charge of some of these new traps all around the state. At features. Kays begins his daily the biodiversity lab, organizresearch in a lab at the mu- ers allowed members of the seum that is oftentimes open public to pick up cameras to to the public. set up around different locaAccording to Kays, the tions. The cameras’ data will laboratory is a relatively new be an important component initiative by the museum to of the lab’s research. allow audiences to see science In addition to the biodiverand live research happen be- sity lab, the Nature Research fore their eyes — and occa- Center also contains an open sionally participate in new paleontology lab, astronomy research themselves. lab and genetics lab. While untraditional, for According to Malow, the people like Malow, this new new wing presents college level of accessibility for the students with special opporpublic represents the chance tunities. for museum organizers to “Each of the four directors share the scientific research [of the open labs] and Meg

“So you can sit here, have a beer and get a scientist not giving a lecture...”

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Rachel Frick, a sophomore in social work, takes part in the new interactive exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. “I have come to learn for a class I am taking at State,” Frick said.

[Lowman], the director of the whole NRC, hold positions at local universities,” Malow said. “A couple of them are at NCSU, but some of them are at other universities. That’s part of the design here. We’re fostering strong connections with the universities. We want that. We welcome that. If there are college students that are interested in any of these fields, there are people here that would be happy to talk to them.” This year, several N.C. State graduate students had the opportunity to work with Kays at the biodiversity lab. “It’s great. So far, they really like it,” Kays said. “A lot of them appreciate that contact and the opportunity to share the cool science that they’re doing with the public.” In addition to opportunities to work with researchers in the museum’s new open labs, Malow said that the museum also holds events targeted at college-aged visitors called “A Taste of Science.” These events typically occur every Thursday and many of them are hosted at the museum’s own Daily Planet Cafe. “It’s set in this casual environment where we serve drinks and food, including adult beverages,” Malow said. “So you can sit here, have a beer and get a scientist not giving a lecture, not usually a Power Point presentation, but a really casual, fun presentation... it’s very interactive, it’s bringing science into a casual atmosphere.”

BugFest swarms back to Raleigh Staff Report The Museum of Natural Sciences plans to hold its annual tribute to bugs, BugFest, on Saturday Sept. 15. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature both indoor and outdoor activities. The event will center around the museum and will spread onto Jones Street, The Plaza and Edenton Street. Although the event is a celebration of all bugs, museum organizers have chosen mantids – more commonly known as praying mantises –as this year’s theme bug. Organizers hope to entertain attendees with bugcentered displays, exhibits and activities. BugFest will also challenge visitors’ palates with the museum’s Café

Insecta — an event that chal- mathematics education, vislenges visitors to eat bug- ited BugFest two years ago, based cuisine from around to satisfy a requirement for the world. Café Insecta will one of his classes. Pierce said he enjoyed involve chefs BugFest — f rom loca l a nd even restaurants te sted h i s including taste buds Buku, Marat the Café ket RestauInsecta. rant, Rocky “BugFest Top Hospitaug ht me tality and the Colt Pierce, junior in mathematics education that chocoWilmoore late-covered Café. Participating restaurants bugs aren’t…horrible-tastplan to serve such appetizing- ing,” Pierce said. “Don’t ask me what type sounding dishes as: peanut bugger crunch, chocolate of bug it was, but it was acchirp ice cream, bugz-on- tually pretty decent. You’d a-log, buggie brittle, cricket think that a bug would have moon-pies, cinnamon-sugar a certain taste or texture, but crickets, cricket bruschetta it was actually decent.” and superworm enchiladas. Colt Pierce, a junior in

“Don’t ask me what time of bug it was, but it was pretty decent.”

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Rachel Frick, a sophomore in social work, interacts with a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.


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capped off with a final Pack kill and big celebration. Bunn took no credit for the comeback, saying it wasn’t a coaching change or technique change, only the girl’s change of attitudes which caused the win. The team’s next home game is Friday against rivals, UNCChapel Hill at 7 p.m. When asked about preparations for Carolina, Bunn said “We will be practicing with a purpose, coming in everyday and working hard and not going half speed.” State’s record improved to 8-1 overall.

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rejuvenated Mark Sanchez and company, 48-28. Finally, after having to wait an extra day to watch the face of N.C. State football alumni, Monday Night Football premiered for the 2012 season. Phillip Rivers returned to the gridiron in prime form, running the Chargers’ offense like a well-oiled machine in their 22-14 defeat over the Oakland Raiders. Connecting on 22 of his 33 passes for 231 yards, Rivers found Malcolm Floyd four times for 66

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The team celebrates after scoring a point against UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday. The Pack game back from being down 2-0 to take the match, 3-2.

yards and Robert Meachum twice for 49, who caught his one touchdown pass of the night. Rivers threw no interceptions, and San Diego’s defense held up well enough to start the season off on the right foot. To wrap up, some alumni had big games, such as Rivers and Tulloch, while others such as Williams and Russell Wilson are still trying to find their groove. Expect rookies Audi Cole and T.J. Graham to find their way onto the field before the end of the season, but as for week one in the National Football League, it was back to work for the veterans.

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N.C. State is a team carried almost exclusively by underclassmen who have already been a part of the best season in program history. After starting fall 2012 with a 7th place finish in the 24-team Cougar Classic, the team will have a solid foundation to improve upon throughout the season. Sophomore Augusta Ja mes a nd f reshma n Lindsay McGetrick led the Wolfpack in the Charles-

ton, S.C. tournament which ran from Sunday through Tuesday. James, a native of Bath, Ontario, Canada, carded rounds of 70-74-72 to finish even and in a tie for 14th. Leading State in the final round was McGetrick, who fired a 2-under, 70, to help NCSU to a final round team score of 2-over par, 290. The Colorado native finished in a tie for 25th in the event after reaching 4-under during the last day and then suffering two bogeys over her final six holes. Finishing third for State

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was sophomore Brittany Marchand, who had one of the team’s three underpar rounds throughout the tournament. Despite a disappointing 78 in the final round, Marchand still finished in a tie for 43rd in a field of nearly 130 competitors. Junior Ana Menendez finished just one shot behind Marchand in a tie for 48th, while senior Amanda Baker rounded out the team’s scoring with an 11-over, 227. The Florida Gators left Charleston with both the individual and team titles, as

the team posted a three-day total of 13-under par. Duke finished in second place as the ACC’s top team at the tournament, and North Carolina turned in as the third best conference team seven shots behind State. The next time the Wolfpack hits the course will be on Oct. 12 when it heads over to Chapel Hill for the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational. After the tournament, State will head east to Wilmington on Oct. 26 to end the brief fall season.

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Volleyball rallies from 2-0 deficit Daniel Neal Staff Writer

Updates from the ticketing office Almost 11,000 tickets were requested for the game against South Alabama so about 4 of every 5 students that requested a ticket will receive one in the lottery. Almost 14,000 students activated their online account this weekend which exceeded any single week of activity under the old software. Students no longer need to claim a ticket that they won in the lottery so all students who won a bar-code printat-home ticket were emailed Tuesday night with their ticket. If any tickets are returned or canceled, the “On-Demand” phase for left over inventory begins Wednesday at 9pm. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATLETICS

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The girls decided they need to play to win.” Bryan Bunn volleyball head coach

The N.C. State volleyball team fought back from two sets down to defeat UNC-Wilmington. Sophomore outside hitter Dariyan Hooper led the team with 17 kills, while senior setter Megan Cyr had 52 assists. Sophomore libero Alston Kearns had 22 digs to lead the team’s defensive effort. According to Head Coach Bryan Bunn, this game served as a wakeup call for the team. “The girls decided they need to play to win,” Bunn said. During the first two sets, unforced errors from the Wolfpack and strong blocking from UNC-W caused State to fall behind near the end of the first set. Two unforced errors and a kill gave UNC-W the first set, 21-25. UNC-W once again took advantage of State’s uncharacteristic sloppy play in the second set to win, 22-25. The third set got under way and it looked like it was over for the Pack. State called a timeout at 11-17, the bench looked hopeless. “Our minds weren’t in the game,” Bunn said. The play did not improve as State once again fell behind by six, this time at 16-22. An unusu-

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Senior defensive specialist Alexa Micek prepares for a serve during the Pack’s victory over UNC-W, 3-2.

al quiet filled Reynold’s Coliseum as UNC-W was three points away from sweeping the Pack. Fans started to round up their belongings, but before they could get to the exits, the light bulb came on for the Pack. The Pack went on a 10-3 rally to win the set, 26-24. The win set the storyline for the rest of the game. The mustwin sets that followed brought the return of the Pack’s normal form

and the departure of many unforced errors. State dominated early on in the fourth set. A diving kick from Alston Kearns to save a point got the crowd on its feet, fully behind the Pack. State was up, 6-2, in the fourth and showing a real difference in attitudes and production. However, UNC-W didn’t go away easily, as it tied the game at eight and brought

it to a one-point game six different times. But, State held strong, with a 9-1 rally to win the set. Kearns had seven digs in the fourth set. In the shortened fifth set, the team’s focus was business as usual, winning the set, 15-11. Hooper had four kills in the set and Cyr tallied nine assists. The comeback was

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Thursday WOMEN’S SOCCER AT VIRGINIA Charlottesville, Va., 7 p.m. Friday VOLLEYBALL V. NORTH CAROLINA Reynolds Coliseum, 7 p.m. MEN’S SOCCER V. MARYLAND Dail Soccer Field, 7 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY ADIDAS XC INVITE Cary, N.C., TBA Saturday FOOTBALL V. SOUTH ALABAMA Carter-Finley Stadium, 6 p.m. MEN’S GOLF TAR HEEL INTERCOLLEGIATE Chapel Hill, N.C., All Day Sunday WOMEN’S SOCCER AT VIRGINIA TECH Blacksburg, Va. 1 p.m. VOLLEYBALL V. OHIO Reynolds Coliseum, 2 p.m. MEN’S GOLF TAR HEEL INTERCOLLEGIATE Chapel Hill, N.C., All Day

It was a ground and pound first week back in the NFL, as relentless defense was the defining factor of many victories across the league. At least, that was the trend for former N.C. State defensive players, who, in some cases, put up big numbers. Then again, Phillip Rivers looked pretty good throwing the pigskin around the yard Monday night. In case you missed any of the NFL action over the weekend, here’s a breakdown of how State alumni performed for their respective teams. Steven Hauschka, placekicker for the Seattle Seahawks, went a respectable three of four in Sunday’s loss against the Arizona Cardinals. Putting up 10 overall points, including one extra point, Hauschka’s longest make was from 47 yards. The 2008 alum, who made a near-perfect 16/18 in his tenure at State over one year, went undrafted after the Pack’s losing season. Since then, he has found his way onto seven different teams, and continues to prove he can help out teams with his specialized talent. On the subject of the Seahawks, Russell Wilson was in the forefront of every State fan’s mind on Sunday, wondering how he would fair in his debut as a starting NFL quarterback. He’s come a long way from playing shortstop for the Asheville Tourists, a Class-A minor league team in Asheville, N.C., with hopes of being called up to the Colorado

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During the fourth quarter in Carter-Finely, redshirt sophomore quarter Russell Wilson tries to dodge USC’s defense in the first home game of the 2009 season. Wilson had 74 rushing yards in the game. N.C. State lost to USC 3 to 7.

Rockies someday. In his first NFL game, Wilson completed 18 of his 34 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and one pick. Nonetheless, he couldn’t will his new team to victory

as Arizona solidified the win after a 20-yard field goal with 34 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Regardless, Seahawks fans must be encouraged by the emerging quarterback’s

leadership and potential that State fans are all too familiar with. The Seahawks take on the Cowboys next Sunday. Shifting to defense, former Pack linebacker Stephen Tulloch led the defensive stats for the Detroit Lions, and for most of the NFL on Sunday. The fourth round pick of the 2006 draft had nine total tackles for Detroit, three of them solo tackles, and reminded the organization why they resigned him after coming off a 111 tackle season in 2011. Tulloch was the MVP of the 2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl, where the Pack shut out the University of South Florida 14-0. No surprise here, strong safety Adrian Wilson performed for the Arizona Cardinals in their defeat over the Seattle Seahawks, registering two solo tackles in the books. The five-time pro-bowler, who was drafted late third round in 2001, has been a Cardinal for life, and helped them get to Super Bowl XLIII where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wilson seems to still be healthy in his 11th season in the league, and promises to continue to be a threat to slot receivers and halfbacks. This takes us north, to Mario Williams. To the disappointment of many, Williams only recorded one tackle in the Bills’ tragic performance against the New York Jets on Sunday. The former first round pick in the 2005 draft signed the most lucrative contract for a defensive player in NFL history, pulling in $100 million over six years starting this season. But on Sunday, there was very little Williams was pulling in, as his team went down to a

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