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Campus blood drive continues, despite Sandy Alex Petercuskie Staff Writer

laxing the restrictions, Hallam said. “[There has been] a lot of debate and pushback from the restaurant industry over competition, [but] I think encouraging business competition is good,” Hallam said. Erik Mattox, who manages a Hibachi Xpress food truck, agrees that a relaxation of the food truck restrictions would be a positive change for the city. “[Food trucks offer] a different variety of food for everybody,” Mattox said. “I’m sure people don’t want to have to drive to McDonald’s every day.” Mattox said he does not believe that the proposed changes would hurt restaurants because food

Blood donors on campus today may have immediate impact on lives as Hurricane Sandy ravages the northeastern United States, home to more than 50 million people. In a new Homecoming event, the American Red Cross is encouraging N.C. State students, staff and faculty to donate blood in Talley Student Center from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The first 250 people to donate blood will receive a free pint of Howling Cow ice cream in the drive that has been dubbed “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” – but the hurricane is giving students added incentive to give. According to the Red Cross, Hurricane Sandy has caused the cancellation of roughly 100 Red Cross blood drives in 11 states along the East Coast, resulting in a loss of more than 3,200 units of blood and platelets. People in locations unaffected by the hurricane, such as those like N.C. State’s campus, could help people already in need of blood, as well as help ease the potential demand increases caused by the storm. Every day in the United States approximately 44,000 blood donations are needed to aid accident victims, cancer patients and children affected by blood disorders, according to the Red Cross. Platelets have a shelf-life of five days, and the Red Cross is encouraging people in safe regions to donate blood in order to offset the shortage caused by the hurricane. Every year N.C. State hosts various events in honor of

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Tad Castellow, an Only Burger employee, takes orders from hungry customers lined up outside the Venture buildings on Main Campus Drive on Wednesday, Jan 11 (Left). Only Burger food truck turns out juicy burgers and hot fries to Centennial Campus customers. The three employees in the truck hustle to get the large orders of food out in a short amount of time. (Top Right). An Only Burger food truck worker puts the toppings and condiments on burgers before wrapping them up to give to customers. (Bottom Right).

Food truck zone expansions undecided Sara Awad Staff Writer

Proposed changes in food truck regulations were discussed at a joint Raleigh City Council and City Planning Commission hearing earlier this month. These changes would change the zoning laws affecting food truck placement to allow more of them to operate around campus. The Planning Commission will review the comments in a Nov. 20 hearing. The proposed ordinance would allow food trucks to enter the Downtown Overlay District as well as increase the number of food trucks allowed on any one lot. If the ordinance passes, at most two food trucks would be permitted on lots of half an acre or less, three on

lots with areas between half an acre and one acre of land, and four on lots between one and two acres. No maximum would be placed on food trucks for lots that exceed two acres. City of Raleigh Planning Manager Greg Hallam said the comments at the hearing were very positive, although the Downtown Raleigh Alliance was not present at the hearing to weigh in on the changes. According to a six-month study performed by the Raleigh Department of City Planning, permits have been granted to 18 food truck operators and 11 locations from October 2011 to April of this year. There had been only one documented violation in the six months of the study, in which a food truck operator had not received a license to operate, Hallam said.

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Alum’s short film recognized internationally See page 3.

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October 2011 was the first time that food trucks were permitted to operate on public property in Raleigh, according to Hallam. Before, food trucks only had access to street fairs and festivals. When allowing food trucks on public property, Hallam said, the Raleigh City Council remained conservative in regulations and used the first months of the introduction as a trial run. The study then allowed the council to discover any flaws in the original ordinance and see if any changes needed to be made, Hallam said. In the report, Raleigh Police Department’s Sgt. Joseph Perry said no complaints have been filed thus far by the public and local businesses. Information like this has allowed Raleigh City Council to consider re-

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An N.C. State research group used new software to track opinions in real time on Twitter during the presidential debates. Christopher Healey, an associate professor in computer science, developed the system with graduate students Adam Marrs and Siddarth Ramaswamy. They tracked the presidential debates using two graphs. One graph showed the number of tweets in a certain time frame, and the second displayed the tweets’ sentiments between two topics. Healey worked with WRAL to cover a total of six debates, including the gubernatorial debate, and will work with them during the election. “WRAL has the ability to easily support the system,” Healey said of how the collaboration came together. WR AL likes this method, Healey said, because Twitter has a diverse user population that in-

cludes different ethnic groups and users 65 years and older. It is also similar to a dial test, which asks participants to twist a dial based on positive or negative opinions about what a candidate is saying, but with more participants. Ramaswamy came up with the idea in his Master’s thesis. Marrs and he began making the idea a reality about a month and a half ago. Healey took on the idea as a means of showcasing his field. “We want to show people what we do in computer science for the general public in a way that is of interest,” Healey said. Marrs received access from Twitter for a live stream of tweets that allowed them to stream 300,000 tweets on the nights of the debates. In the latest presidential debate, Healey and his team measured what stuck with viewers and what they thought about different topics. For instance, President Barack Obama achieved internet fame during a debate when he responded to


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In Monday’s publication, Megan Melbourne’s name was spelled incorrectly in “Following the Leader of the Pack.”

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lake Burnette an alumni of 2011 in arts applications tries to get the campus excited about the traditional Hillsborough Street Halloween Hike by painting the free expression tunnel. “I am doing this for Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation to get more people to stay near campus instead of going to Chapel Hill.” The Hillsborough Hike starts 8 p.m. on Halloween night at Player’s Retreat.

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that may be affected by an incoming winter storm continued from page 1 and residual wind from Hurricane Sandy. Wake County is not on the list. trucks aren’t in operation all Both strong winds and day. As an example, Mattox heavy snow are expected said the food truck he runs on in western North Carolina Fridays at Centennial Cam- through Tuesday at 6 a.m. pus is only there for about According to a governtwo hours. ment press release, The The study report stated National Park Service food trucks were not located has closed five sections too close to restaurants and of North Carolina’s Blue so are not negatively impact- Ridge Parkway. ing their business practices. “People need to continThe permit process also ue to take this storm seriseems to be straightforward. ously as we face flooding Operators just have to get the in the east and significant necessary paperwork filled winter weather in the out and have everything west,” Gov. Perdue said. “I inspected, Mattox said. The urge North Carolinians in inspection can include any- the impacted areas to take thing from making sure the the necessary precautions refrigerator works to seeing to stay safe in this storm.” if they are actually cooking, A State of Emergency according to Mattox. allows relief vehicles to If the proposed ordinance enter the state in order to does pass, the Raleigh City help impacted counties. Council has regulations in The press release also statplace to deal ed that with the likeit g ives ly increase in authority traffic f low to call in of pedestrithe State ans to food Emertrucks, the gency report said. Response Food Team Greg Hallman, City Planning trucks would to “take also be able to operate in the necessary action to ensure Downtown Overlay District. the safety and protection Hallam said about 95 percent of people in North Caroof the district is already com- lina.” Price gouging is mercially zoned. also prohibited under this “This is the most appropri- declaration. ate place for them,” he said. Counties included in the “Before, the focus was on declaration are: Alleghathe base zoning districts but ny, Ashe, Avery, Bunnow we are ready to consider combe, Burke, Caldwell, broadening that scope,” Hal- Cherokee, Clay, Graham, lam said. Haywood, Henderson, Mattox said food trucks Jackson, Macon, Madioffer many opportunities for son, McDowell, Mitchell, vendors. Polk, Rutherford, Surry, “With a food truck, you can Swain, Transylvania, go anywhere,” Mattox said. Watauga, Wilkes and Gov. Bev Perdue issued a Yancey. State of Emergency applicable to 24 western counties

“...encouraging business competition is good.”

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a Mitt Romney criticism that the size of the U.S. Navy is smaller now than it was in 1916. “Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed,” Obama said. “We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them.” “Horses and bayonets” quickly became a top-tweet-


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Homecoming week, and this year, the Homecoming Committee partnered with Howling Cow ice cream and the Red Cross to organize the Give a Pint, Get a Pint blood drive to promote giving blood in a creative way. Chris Lawing, an N.C. State sophomore and member of the Homecoming Committee, was responsible for arranging the service aspects of Homecoming. He initiated the event after being inspired by Ben & Jerry’s Give a Pint, Get a Pint blood drive. Lawing and the Homecoming Committee have been working on various Homecoming events since June. Lawing said the promotional slogan was a fun way to promote a good cause, support N.C. State tradition and enhance the 125th experience. In August, N.C. State hosted a record-setting blood drive in honor of the University’s 125th anniversary. In addition, N.C. State

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ed phrase. The researchers could look at the two charts and conclude that the general sentiment was positive for Obama, Healey said. Healey also noticed that Romney supporters “retweet” a lot more than Obama supporters. After the election, Healey hopes to use the science for breaking news and the Super Bowl. He saw the impact Twitter had during the “Arab spring” protests when people depended on it, because everything else was down.

was one of five universities placed on President Barack Obama’s Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service. According to Lawing, the 125th Anniversary Committee donated the necessary $500 to the Alumni Association used to purchase the ice cream pints from Howling Cow. Although the first 250 people will receive ice cream, the Red Cross is encouraging all members of the N.C. State and Raleigh communities to donate blood, and walk-ins are welcome with a valid photo ID. This is the first Homecoming week in which the University has organized a one-day event for the blood drive. In past years, various blood drives took place different days and times across campus, which may not have been the most effective approach. K irsten K r u hm, Red Cross donor recruiter, said that having a single, big event is wiser because it is easier to market and organize, although it can be a little nerve-wracking due to weather and other uncertainties.

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Marrs has greater plans for the Twitter tracker. “I want to use it on CNN, but more realistically to build something that everyone can understand in a fun way,” Marrs said. The three researchers chose Twitter because it interested them, and it was possible to do without worrying about privacy issues that Facebook would have posed —though it is possible to do with approval. Healey hopes to expand the system by adding sarcasm to

the list of the sentiments, which currently the tracker has no ability to sense. After six debates of streaming, Healey said the system runs pretty well. On a presidential debate night, they began running the system with WRAL before 6 p.m. At the start of the debate, about 9 p.m., they received a large increase in tweets. For the first debate, 10.4 million tweets were posted during the 90-minute time frame and 7.5 million during the second and third debates.



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Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm • Stewart Theatre To honor NC State’s 125th anniversary, the Wind Ensemble will be joined by the Men’s Chorus to perform “Of Earth and Atom,” a piece composed and last performed for NC State’s 75th anniversary, and that was thought to have been lost in a fire. This concert will include works by Percy Grainger, Eric Whitacre, and J.S. Bach.

Choral Collage Homecoming Week Concert Thursday, November 1 at 7pm • Stewart Theatre A showcase of beautiful vocal music! Directed by Dr. Nathan Leaf, the Singing Statesmen, Vox Accalia, and the NC State Chorale will perform various works from all eras, including special selections in honor of Homecoming.

NC State Jazz Ensemble

Friday, November 2 at 7pm • Stewart Theatre Blues, swing and jazz ballads in a big band setting, directed by Dr. Wes Parker. Special guest: WRAL meteorologist Greg Fishel (tuba!).

NCSU Pipes & Drums

Saturday, November 3 at 7pm • Stewart Theatre An evening for all things Scottish! Spirited bagpipe marches, dance tunes, and Highland dancers.

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Alum’s short film recognized internationally Jordan Alsaqa

gan when he was doing a poetry reading at a venue near campus. Josh Bielick, a recent Campus MovieFest, a na- graduate from the Poole Coltionwide search for the best lege of Management and the student short film, gives audio coordinator for the students across the country reading, heard Reavis’ work a chance to not only be rec- and contacted him via email. ognized for their work, but Eventually, along with also see it screened in some Nicholas Sailer, the short of the biggest venues around film’s director, the team dethe world. cided to turn one of its favorFor Tim Reavis, a recent ite poems of Reavis’, “Jurasalum, the event proved to sic Parking Lot,” into “The be exactly that, with “The Strong One.” Strong One,” In both the a short film poem a nd based on one t he shor t of his poems, film, the fota k ing top cus is on a honor s i n boy who is Tim Reavis, t his yea r’s fascinated writer of “The Strong One” event. by the DiReavis nosaur Trail described the experience as at the Durham Museum of going farther than he’d ever Life and Science. The exhibit expected it to. Since winning features numerous model dithe Campus MovieFest event nosaurs left out in the forest at N.C. State, “The Strong for visitors to see as they walk One” has been screened at the trail. both the national event in Reavis explained that the Hollywood and the Cannes poem originally came from Film Festival. a poetry assignment in a class “In the beginning, you’re with Dorianne Laux, an Engwriting [the poem] just to lish professor. do it,” Reavis said. “You’re “We were just supposed to not thinking all the things write a poem about where we that will come out of it. It’s were from, which was Durbeen crazy to see how one ham,” Reavis said. “After little idea can take you all the revision, revision, revision, places it has.” [the focus became] the relaReavis’ path to participat- tionship between the boy and ing in Campus MovieFest be- the dinosaur.” Associate Features Editor

“We’re still kind of riding the wave.”

The film’s success has given Reavis and the other members of the filming team several opportunities to speak on their work. “Since Hollywood, we’ve continued to have good response,” Reavis said “We’ve done speaking engagements at smaller venues. We’re still kind of riding the wave, utilizing the momentum we have now.” The group is also currently talking with one another to see what other opportunities it may have to film together. “We’ve got some ideas that we’re throwing around,” Reavis said. “We’d like to give something a try in November.” In the meantime, Reavis is working a retail job in Raleigh while also overseeing a start-up apparel company. However, he’s still enthusiastic about poetry, and hopes to serve as an example of how writing about what you know can be the most rewarding. “Don’t write to try and have a mass appeal kind of thing,” Reavis said. “People are really good at sensing sincerity, especially in writing, and I think that needs to be one of the main connections people have with your writing. That’s one of the most important things I consider. Be sincere.”


Tim Reavis, writer, traveled to Hollywood this June to attend the 11th annual red carpet CMF Hollywood Awards held at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios on Saturday, June 23. His team’s short film, “The Strong One,” was awarded Best Picture and Best Director at the 2012 international awards.

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Twitter: a hotbed for politics P

olitical scientists will say the most important factor of political socialization is family — other factors include school, and even genes. However, there’s one more factor of influence on political opinion that Technician’s editorial board thinks is infinitely more important: Twitter. Reading newspapers (except for this one) and watching TV have become archaic forms of gathering information to form political opinion. Why — in a world full of drive-thrus, instant film streaming and online shopping — are we still reading for more than 10 minutes at a time? Twitter briefs you on all of the important topics, but without all of that useless … information. N.C. State professor Christopher Healey and his students developed Twitter Viz — an online tool that can poll sentiment on Twitter about virtually any topic.

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Dr. Marvin “Pop-Pop” Herring

For the skeptics who say Twitter is just an echo-chamber of the same opinion since people selectively follow others — not to mention very few people on Twitter know what they’re talking about … well, you’re just being … actually that’s a pretty good argument. Twitter lets us see when politicians drop the ball when they say things like “binders full of women,” and when they make ignorant comments about what legitimizes rape, and in cases like Anthony Weiner’s, “drop the ball” takes on an entirely different meaning. gives tweeters daily updates political sentiment in the Twittersphere. Monday’s figures were 34 points for Obama and 39 for Romney. From those figures, once can only assume Romney … something. Popularity sounds like a safe assumption, until you take into account Rom-

ney’s 1.6 million followers to Obama’s more than 10 million followers. So Romney must be subject of more tweets, hence his five-point lead. Why stop at gathering political information via Twitter? Congress should move the legislative process to a more social platform. The 140-character limit would certainly simplify writing bills. All-in-all, the never-ending stream of consciousness that is Twitter is the perfect place for politics. So — if you’re undecided before you vote — make sure to weigh out your own opinion with those of others. You’ll find them between Instagram photos of food and desperate tweets from Kim Kardashian’s cat. The only flaw with all of this is that neither Twitter’s nor Healey’s sentiment monitoring tools can detect sarcasm.

The Ig-Nobel Award


here is proof that awesomeness is alive in the world. More importantly, it is globally recognized and felicitated. Marc Abrahams is a busy man. During the same time of the year as the Nobel Committee selects individuals for Nobel Awards, somewhere in Cambridge, Mass., Marc Naman Abrahams is Muley busy sif ting Staff Columnist through pages of the weirdest kind of research. The kinds of things he reads include calculations on the balance of forces that shape and move the hair in a human ponytail. Marc Abrahams is the founder of the Ig Nobel Awards, an annual celebration of improbable research, and he is also the editor of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. The prestigious Ig Nobel Awards are all that stand between boring science and its invasion of creative brains. They are the symbol of hope that, in science, all is not lost — that research can be simultaneously pointless and rewarding. The 2012 Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology went to Anita Eerland, Rolf Zwann and Tulio Guadalupe for their study entitled “Leaning to the left makes the Eiffel Tower look smaller – Posture Modulation Estimation,” which was published in Psychological Science on Dec. 11, 2011. “Research that makes people laugh and then think”



rethink their results and add to the robustness. The 2012 Ig Nobel Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 20, saw ridicule reach new and unprecedented heights. The winners are given 24 seconds to talk about their work and a seven word speech to summarize their research. The ceremony epitomizes random pointless perseverance. This year’s ceremony included making and throwing paper airplanes at huge targets. The Wolfpack is represented well at the Annals of Improbable Research. Nils Peterson at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and his team have an article in the magazine on “Opinions from the Front Lines of Cat Colony Management Conflict.” Some of the better research that was awarded includes studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing to learn what happens when a person walks while carrying a cup of coffee, designing the family tree for clones and building an emergency mask from brasserie. Science tends to get boring with details. The methodical analysis and rigorous proofs take research high up in the rankings of the most repelled careers. The Ig Nobel group is a silent guardian. It stops mankind from falling to the clutches of boredom and professionalism. It is through the desire to reward pointless research that curious brains can find solace.

“I believe they are relevant, but they shouldn’t be because the general public is misinformed.”

“I personally think people need to get their facts straight, and if they are not well informed their tweets will be annoying.” Megan Broad sophomore, communication


Do you think political tweets are relevant to the presidential election? BY BOBBY KLIMCZAK

is the motto of the Ig Nobel Awards. No wonder the 2008 physics prize went to Dorian Raymer and Douglas Smith for proving mathematically that heaps of string or hair or almost anything else will inevitably tangle themselves in knots. The latter is an associate professor at the Department of Physics at University of California, San Diego. The Ig Nobel Awards were first started in 1991 and from then on, 10 awards are given each year in various categories including physics, mathematics, medicine, literature and peace. Categories are no bar to bizarre research. Often categories are invented to accommodate exemplary research. The 2012 Transportation Planning Prize was given to a team of Japanese and United Kingdom researchers for using slime molds to determine optimal routes for railroad tracks. Every year in early fall, the 10 achievements in trivial research are awarded at the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. Marc Abrahams is the master of ceremonies every year. The prizes are awarded by actual Nobel Laureates to the Ig Nobel winners. All the “Ignitaries” fly to Harvard on their own dime from various places like Russia, China and Japan. The winners have published papers in reputed journals in their respective subjects, and the research has to be extensive to win the award. Often research of this kind shows results that force the larger science community to

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Act like adults


ere’s a fun fact to consider: By the time freshmen set foot on N.C. State’s campus as fulltime students, they are no longer in high school. Now that might seem like a pret t y obvious Jordan statement Alsaqa — a f ter Associate Features Editor all, a high school diploma is a pretty important requirement before you can come to college. However, it seems that there are some students that arrive at this fine institution without fully leaving behind their high school mentalities – at least that’s the impression I’ve gotten from some students in one of my earlymorning classes, where disrespecting the professor, goofing off and outright insulting the validity of the course are common occurrences. I’ll be upfront that this kind of behavior was never really acceptable in high school, either, but it remained an unavoidable element throughout. Once I reached college, though, it became clear that I was on a different playing field. Classes were orderly, people showed up

on time and there were few troublemakers. So to see a class so mired in juvenile behavior for the first time in four years was a bit of a shock. Over the last few months, though, it has instead turned into the most frustrating way to start my mornings. I’ve tried to come up with reasons as to how such behavior can come about, especially considering how much of an anomaly it is in my overall college experience. Is it because it’s a class that fills a requirement unrelated to people’s majors? It’s possible, but I’ve been in other classes like that and while some may complain, they still focus in class and do what’s asked of them on assignments. As a fall semester class that fills a general requirement, there was also the chance of being surrounded by freshmen not yet accustomed to how a college classroom is run. Surprisingly, the majority of the troublesome students in the class are seniors, which — to me — was the most unbelievable part of the situation. Again, in high school, there’s a certain amount of slack to be cut for this sort of behavior. Students are forced to take the same variety of classes across the board, they spend eight hours a day at school and there’s a chance some students simply want to graduate and be done with

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their education altogether. College is a choice, no matter how competitive the modern job market has become. If a student applies to get in and pays a small fortune to attend, it’s fair to assume they’re coming with a sense of dedication and the knowledge that no one is forcing them to attend. That’s why openly disrespecting a professor and complaining about having to take their class is so infuriating. Whether or not you see the value of the course, if it’s a part of your degree and if the professor is putting genuine effort into providing a comprehensive look at the subject, you should show up, pay attention and get your tuition’s worth. In fairness, I’m not saying I’m the only well-behaved student in the class. In fact, those who know how to act are definitely in the majority, but five or six disrespectful individuals are more than enough to cause a major problem. The bottom line, though, is that by this point in our education, this sort of behavior simply shouldn’t exist. Every student is going to encounter one or two classes that they don’t like in their college career. However, if you expect to be treated like an adult during your time here and beyond, you need to make sure you know how to act like one.

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Stream a scream this Halloween STORY BY JORDAN ALSAQA

The Halloween season offers plenty of chances for college students to let out their wild side and enjoy a festive party or two on the weekend. However, with the big day falling in the middle of the school week this year, celebrating outside of the dorm room may not be the most practical option for some students. Of course, Halloween is about more than costumes and parties. There’s also a slew of popular horror films available to stream right to your TV or laptop. Here are just a few of the best scary flicks available to Netflix members (or those who sign up for a guest account) this October.



Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean there’s no room for a little song-and-dance. Little Shop of Horrors may not be the most frightening film on this list, but it earns a spot for having some of the catchiest musical numbers

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ever about an evil alien plant . The story follows Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis), a flower shop worker who finds success when a strange new breed of plant finds its way into his hands. However, the plant soon becomes a sentient being, one that demands full human sacrifice from Seymour in order to live.


Horror films of the 1980s may no longer be quite as bone-chilling as they used to be, but there’s no denying the decade’s mastery of the practical effect. Look no farther than An American Werewolf in London, which has some of the best special effects and makeup in any horror film.

ing, this 80s-set prequel serves as a much better introduction to the foundfootage franchise than the underwhelming Paranormal Activity 2. If you’re already a fan, though, if you haven’t seen a Paranormal Activity film from the comfort of your own home, a whole new level of terror awaits.

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Whether it’s the return of a dead character as a reanimated corpse or one of the best werewolf transformation scenes ever put on screen, An American Werewolf is a marvel to behold throughout its runtime. This isn’t to say that the film’s plot is lacking: Protagonist David’s journey to

discover what is happening to himself and his inevitable transformation into a horrible beast is highly effective. Still, practical effects rarely look better, and An American Werewolf in London is worth a viewing for that reason alone.



If you’re looking to wash the bad taste of the latest film out of your mouth, then Paranormal Activity 3 is a great way to do it. The film does a masterful job of building the tension and throwing unexpected scares at the audience, even to those who were fans $5 NCSU students of the first two movies. With the original film no 919-515-1100 NCState Student Newspaper Ad_Layout 1 10/25/2012 4:34 PM longer available for

To honor NC State’s 125th anniversary, the Wind Ensemble will be joined by the Men’s Chorus to perform “Of Earth and Atom,” a piece composed and last performed for NC State’s 75th anniversary, and that was thought to have been lost in a fire. This concert will include works by Percy Grainger, Eric Whitacre, and J.S. Bach.

Again, the story is supported by great practical effects in the form of Audrey II, the aforementioned evil space plant, infectious musical numbers and solid humor. On top of all that, Steve Martin appears as a comically sadistic dentist, making this an easy recommendation for the list.


Despite the involvement of Oren Peli, creator of Paranormal Activity, Insidious hasn’t seen quite as much love since its release. This is a shame, as Insidious’ take on hauntings and demonic possession is an interesting one, making for one of the better films on the subject. The Lambert family has just moved into its new

home when the son falls into a coma. After several months at the hospital, the boy is returned home, still unconscious, when strange happenings begin to occur. As with all horror, it’s the execution that matters most. Terrif ying creatures and ghostly figures are used effectively throughout the film, and the climactic trip to the

other side makes for a tense finale, even if the demon that has been haunting the family acts a bit silly at this point. Overall, a strong horror film, one worth checking out before next year’s sequel hits the screens.

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‘Eragon’ author meets dedicated fans in Cary Andrea M. Danchi Correspondent

“Dragons,” Ingrid Neilson said as she walked away from the table. She’d just met Christoper Paolini, author of the fantasy series the Inheritance Cycle, and her arms were filled with his novels. The ink of his signature was still drying inside the front covers. The mythical creatures were her enthusiastic reason for why she loved Paolini’s world-renowned fantasy series. Neilson, a Raleigh resident, was one of the numerous fans who waited in line to meet the author Oct. 26. Paolini was in town for a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Cary. It was one of the stops on his book tour for Inheritance, the fourth installment of his fantasy series. The long line of fans formed well in advance of the author’s arrival and curved around the cafe at the center of the bookshop. Nearly every patron entering the store was there to meet the author. The strong smell of coffee hung heavily in the air as the espresso maker continuously spritzed and sputtered. Over the evening bustle, the anticipatory chatter of fans grew louder as the line lengthened. When he arrived, Paolini was led to the back of the store where a table and chair were arranged for the signing. Receiving a microphone, Paolini promptly stepped from the chair up onto the top of the wooden table and enthusiastically greeted the line of fans which stretched



Kevin Schaefer, freshman in English, converses with author Christopher Paolini after getting his copies of Eragon and Inheritance signed at the Cary Commons Barnes & Noble on Friday. The Cary signing was one of the last for Paolini with the Inheritance Cycle.

to the front of the store. “I would do handstands for you but I don’t think this table would hold up,” Paolini said. Once the author descended the table and began signing books, his spirited, personable nature was evident as he conversed with the first young man in line. It continued throughout the evening to the last fan. He greeted each of them with a smile and an interest in their individual reasons for being there. From hearing about epic sagas that fans were writing to the streams of praise for his most recent novel, Paolini

always had an encouraging ing the books since the very word for aspiring authors or first one was published. a gracious response to pas“I can’t even explain how sionate fans. good the “The way books are,” he w rites Babcock a b out t he said. “They world, you have a spesense t he cia l touch passion bet hat on ly hind it,” Jean the author Thomas, could give. who c a me All of them Chris Paolini, from Charare so welllotte to meet author of the Inheritance Cycle written.” the author, Paolini, said. “He forces you to care now 28, began writing his about it and the characters.” trilogy at the age of 15 and Caleb Babcock, another published his first novel fan, said that he’d been read- Eragon at 19 in 2001. He holds

“I just want to tell stories and writing seems the most expedient way...”

the Guinness World Record as the youngest best-selling author. In spite of his explosive success, Paolini didn’t always know his writing was bestseller quality. He was homeschooled through high school and did not grow up with teachers telling him that his writing was good enough to support a career. He explained that he simply put his work out in the world to see how people would react to it. It still took the successful publishing of three novels before Paolini knew this was his calling. “I didn’t believe I was an

author until my third book,” Paolini said. “One, OK. Two could be a fluke.” The success of his fourth book f ur t her sol id if ies Paolini’s success. Almost half a million copies of Inheritance sold on the day of release. It topped both USA Today’s and Amazon’s bestselling book lists. His f irst three books, Eragon, Eldest and Brisingr, have sold 25 million copies worldwide. Inheritance alone printed 2.5 million first copies and was released in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Paolini said that when he was young he didn’t ever plan to be an author. However, as he got older, he came to a new realization. “I just want to tell stories,” Paolini said, “and writing seems the most expedient way of doing that.” Though Inheritance has been repeatedly called the fourth and final work in the Inheritance Cycle, Paolini says that he does intend to return to the world of Alagaësia in the future. “I’ve set it up very carefully so it wouldn’t seem unexpected,” Paolini said. In the meantime, he has said there are many other stories he wants to write. The first of which, as well as his next major work, will be a science fiction novel. As the night came to a close, Paolini gave a final farewell. “As Eragon would say, ‘Sé onr sverdar sitja hvass,’” Paolini said. “May your swords stay sharp.”


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New York Giants running back Andre Brown scored the fifth touchdown of his breakout campaign against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday evening. Following an interception by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, the Giants regained possession on the Dallas 31-yard line with 5:42 to play in the first quarter, already holding a 6-0 lead. A 12-yard pass from New York quarterback Eli Manning and a pair of runs by Ahmad Bradshaw placed the Giants on the Dallas 1-yard


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been a great recruiter. He is a great player developer, turning many not-so-highly-touted recruits into very solid football players, and Sidney Lowe taught us that a great recruiter does not make a great coach. But does this trait make up for O’Brien’s afore-mentioned shortcomings? To me, it means he would make a great assistant. Now, another important question is, “Can State get someone better?” It’s a legiti-

line. Brown was given the handoff on second down and punched it into the end zone for a touchdown, putting the Giants up 13-0. Brown finished with 21 rushing yards and New York would go on to win a thriller 29-24. Wolfpack great and San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers had an underwhelming performance in Cleveland as the Bolts took on the Browns. Rivers completed 18 of 34 passes for 154 yards in a 7-6 loss, the Chargers’ third straight.



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as State’s Di Prima and VMI’s Santo Ripa collided while going for the ball. After the collision Ripa fouled Di Prima while he was down. The referee quickly blew the whistle, but a small scuffle broke out between the two teams. The referees were able to control the situation and Ripa was shown a yellow card for his actions.


Junior defender Ryan Metts fights for posession of the ball during the men’s soccer game against VMI in Dail Soccer Stadium Monday Oct. 29, 2012. The Wolfpack defeated the Keydets 3-2 thanks to three unanswered goals in the first half.

mate concern. I’m not one to throw out names while the season is still in progress, but consider some of the coaches in conferences like Conference USA or the Mountain West, or assistants of BCS conference teams. Carolina did it last year, plucking Larry Fedora, who seemingly had a good thing going at Southern Mississippi. Also, look at Duke’s David Cutcliffe, who was an assistant at Tennessee and Mississippi before coming to Durham. Consider this: O’Brien’s contract is up after the 2013 season. With Glennon and many other key pieces on


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Wolfpack marches on the Keydets Springthorpe steps down as women’s soccer head coach N.C. State Associate Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales has announced that Steve Springthorpe has stepped� down from his duties as women’s soccer coach to pursue other professional opportunities. Springthorpe just completed his fourth season at the helm of the Wolfpack.  He posted a 30-43-4 record since taking over in 2009. A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately, led by Clinkscales. Chris Shaw and Dena Floyd will continue in their current roles as assistant coaches, managing the team in the interim. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS

Washington suffers season-ending injury Pack head football coach Tom O’Brien announced Monday afternoon at his weekly press conference that senior running back James Washington is out for the season with a knee injury suffered during Saturday’s game against North Carolina. “James Washington pretty much tore everything in his knee,” O’Brien said. “To get hurt like that is devastating for him and certainly it is for a lot of us.” SOURCE: PACK PRIDE

Graduate cornerback C.J. Wilson has been named co-ACC Defensive Back of the Week

Wilson played 59 snaps at North Carolina and made two of the biggest defensive plays of the game. He created two Tar Heel turnovers in the red zone, intercepting a pass in the end zone and stripping another ball out of the receiver’s hands at the N.C. State 10-yard line, returning it to the 24. Wilson also tallied three tackles and broke up another pass in the contest.


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As Hurricane Sandy bore down on the northeast coast, the N.C. State men’s soccer team looked to rebound versus Virginia Military Institute on Monday night. A combination of wind, rain and cold weather produced slow and sloppy play from both teams, but the Pack prevailed 3-2 after a late f lurry of VMI attacks. Junior forward Alex Martinez lead the Pack with a goal and an assist, while junior forward Nazmi Albadawi and senior midfielder Moritz Steidten knocked in a goal each. “We are just trying to recover after this game, we have a few injuries,” head coach Kelly Findley said. JOHN JOYNER/TECHNICIAN The first half was without a Freshman midfielder Joaquin del Rosario maneuvers the ball during the men’s soccer game against VMI in Dail doubt owned by State. With the Soccer Stadium Monday Oct. 29, 2012. The Wolfpack defeated the Keydets 3-2 thanks to three unanswered goals heavy wind to its back, it pro- in the first half. vided many problems for the VMI defense. It took State only the first goal, the Pack scored anoth- Daniel Kitchen. came with one minute remaining 12 m i nu t e s er, this time from Two minutes later, the Pack struck in the half off a free kick. However, to break the leading scorer again, this time from Steidten. The the free kick sailed just over the bar. deadlock with Alex Martinez. senior found the back of the net “It was a tale of two halves,” Finda goa l f rom The goa l was after a Martinez free kick took a ley said. Albadawi. The Martinez’s 10th bounce in front of the VMI keeper. With the wind blowing in the face goal was assistof the season. Kitchen was unable to fully control of the Pack’s defense for the second ed by Danny Martinez lost the the kick as his effort to block the half, VMI took control of the posDi Prima and ball originally, kick landed in front of Steidten who session. VMI’s possession game proMatt Ingram. but quickly stole capitalized on the mistake. duced results 15 minutes into the Men’s soccer head coach Kelly The rain and it back from the The floodgates seemed to open for half with a goal from Zahar Shihata. Findley wind intensidefender as he the Pack, but the VMI defense held Sloppy play soon turned chippy fied as State continued to hold made space for himself and fired the back State’s attacking efforts for the possession. Just six minutes after second goal past VMI goalkeeper rest of the half. VMI’s best chance SOCCERcontinued page 7

“We are just trying to recover after this game, we have a few injuries.”


The case against TOB Luke Nadkarni Staff Writer

NFL Roundup Week 8 Nolan Evans


#foreveralone *derp voice* haha Anthony Hall @mahj11 @JW3Sonic24 Hoping for a full and speedy recovery. Thank you for everything you did for State Football and NC State. GO STATE #GoPack

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Let me preface this column by saying that I have nothing against Tom O’Brien as a person. I don’t know the guy. He’s a military man, very even-keeled and well-spoken. He is undoubtedly a very respectable man. He has also done a lot of good things for the N.C. State football program. The Wolfpack has won two consecutive bowl games, and with a soft November schedule, a third straight appearance seems likely. Until Saturday’s last-minute loss to UNC-Chapel Hill, O’Brien was undefeated against the rival Tar Heels. A host of former Pack standouts now play in the NFL. And to top it all off, he runs a clean program. But let’s face the facts. O’Brien is 38-33 overall in his sixth year at State. That’s pretty mediocre. Compare that to our previous boss, Chuck Amato, who was run out of town after seven seasons. In Amato’s first six seasons, he was 46-28 overall. Amato’s teams never finished better than 5-3 in ACC play. Neither have O’Brien’s. Amato had a losing record overall in the ACC. So does O’Brien. Amato won four bowl games through six years. If the Pack wins one this year, that’s three for O’Brien through six years. Let me get to my point: Except for the 2002 Gator Bowl season and the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl season, N.C. State football has been very average over the past decade or so. And frankly, I’m tired of it. Seemingly every big win is followed by a loss—this year’s Florida State game notwithstanding. State constantly gives away winnable games. Does this past Saturday ring a bell? How about two years

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State football head coach Tom O’Brien runs out onto the field at the beginning of the football game against Florida State.

ago at East Carolina? Boston College last season? O’Brien and offensive coordinator Dana Bible have long been criticized due to bewildering play-calling and clock management. With about four minutes left and the Wolfpack clinging to a 35-32 lead in Chapel Hill, running back Shadrach Thornton had just given State a first down with his feet. That sequence was followed by three straight incomplete passes. What kind of logic is that? Then, after Carolina kicked the game-tying field goal with 1:24 left, the Pack got the ball back with all three timeouts and a realistic chance to drive downfield to win the game. After Glennon was sacked on the

first play, State ostensibly played for overtime, running the ball twice. You know what happened next. If State had run the ball on the previous drive and, if nothing else, made UNC call its timeouts, State could have run out the clock. It wasn’t just last week, either. Who remembers O’Brien’s decision to punt on fourth-and-1 at the Clemson 43-yard line with three minutes left and the Pack down 1413 two years ago? If State had won that game, maybe it would have gone to Charlotte. Moreover, O’Brien has never

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NFL Roundup: Week 8 Nolan Evans Deputy Sports Editor� One day removed from N.C. State’s miserable loss to North Carolina, a host of former Wolfpack gridiron stars took to football’s biggest stage in Week 8 of the 2012-13 NFL season. State fan-favorite Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, continued a productive rookie season on the road against the Detroit Lions. Wilson completed 25 of his 35 pass attempts with two touchdowns and an interception. With 5:27 remaining in the game, Wilson lobbed a 16-yard pass into the end zone that was hauled in one-handed by a diving Zach Miller to give the Seahawks a 24-21 lead. However, the Lions stormed downfield as time was winding down and found the end zone with 20 seconds remaining to give Detroit a 28-24 victory. Seattle teammate and former Wolfpacker, kicker Stephen Hauschka, put the Seahawks on the board early in the first quarter on a 23-yard field goal, giving Seattle an early 3-0 lead. Hauschka also missed a 61-yard attempt as time expired in the first half and nailed all three of his extra-point attempts. Hauschka has hit 14 of his 17 field goal attempts this season and is a perfect 14-for-14 on PAT attempts. On the other side of the football, Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch had another dynamic game, finishing with 5 tackles, four of which were solo tackles, and a pass defended.

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