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YOUTH ACTIVISM IN AMERICA: FROM ORGANIZATION TO ATROPHY STORY BY SAM DEGRAVE & PHOTOS COURTESY OF HISTORICAL STATE PHOTO ARCHIVES
Students participate in a World War II scrap drive for scrap metal to go toward materials for the war in 1942.
Mrs. Sanford holds a sign in support of John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election.
he entire student body united in Thompson Hall Friday night to protest the proposed tuition and fees increase. But you weren’t there, were you?
Of course you weren’t. That protest occurred 73 years ago when all 2,000 students enrolled at the University put their weekend plans on hold to fight the recommended 47 percent increase in tuition — from $85 to $125. There is no way that N.C. State’s current student body could fit in Thompson Hall, but surely that can’t explain the lack of student protest against the $290 tuition increase recently approved by the
Board of Trustees. Since the board approved the tuition hike Nov. 16, there have been no organized student demonstrations to protest the 5.1 percent increase. The absence of student demonstrations at N.C. State ref lects a growing trend among students in the United States, according to Dick Reavis, an associate professor of English. “Students today are afraid that
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Stokely Carmichael, Trinidadian-American Black activist, known for his involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, visits the University.
Students protest the election of President Richard Nixon in the Brickyard in 1968.
Students protest the draft during the Vietnam War outside the Armed Forces office in 1970.
protesting will hurt their chances of getting a career, and I don’t blame them for thinking that,” Reavis said. As a student at the University of Texas at Austin, Reavis was involved in the Civil Rights movement and the movement to end the Vietnam War. He participated in several antiwar demonstrations with Students for a Democratic Society including organized marches, which are all but extinct on American college campuses today. “The big change has been cultural or atmospheric,” Reavis said. “The old sense of confrontation is gone and so is the whole attitude of ‘my opinion matters, and I’m going to
make a stand.’” Though student activism may have fallen out of popularity on campus, some students would like to see a return to the attitude Reavis said has disappeared. “Students need to step up and stand for what they believe in,” said Bryan Perlmutter, a senior in marketing and a member of the student advocacy group N.C. Student Power Union. Perlmutter said the tuition increase should serve as a wake up call to students. “Times are different, and the political climate is different, but the need for student activism is still the
same,” Perlmutter said. NCSPU has chapters in various universities within the UNC System including N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Asheville and UNC-Charlotte, according to Zaina Alsous, a senior at UNCCH and member of NCSPU. “N.C. Student Power Union is still forging a state-wide network,” Alsous said. “Students need this network to hold university leaders accountable to our values.” Alsous said members of NCSPU meet weekly and hold conference calls so that all chapters are able
Equality in NC: a long way to go Jessie Halpern News Editor
Dave Doeren named head coach of N.C. State football on Saturday, Dec. 1. See page 8 for the story.
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On Saturday, Nov. 17, hundreds of local students, faculty, staff and advocates gathered in Greensboro for the 2012 Equality N.C. conference to discuss issues of minority equality, specifically pertaining to gay rights. The keynote address covered the topic of second parent adoption in North Carolina, with guest speakers from North Carolina’s American Civil Liberties Union office. In the aftermath of its campaign against Amendment One, the ACLU of North Carolina is determined to make a positive difference in the lives of the states’s homosexual community, accord-
ing to ACLU of N.C. Executive Director, Jennifer Rudinger. Amendment One, passed in May 2012, is a North Carolina amendment that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman and bans all other types of domestic legal unions. The ACLU of N.C. spent countless hours and resources educating voters on the amendment and its consequences for both gay and straight families. While the organization was not successful in its efforts to keep the amendment from passing, the defeat hasn’t gotten in the way of its momentum to legalize second parent adoption — a form that is currently illegal in North Carolina. “A second parent adoption occurs when one partner in an unmar-
ried couple adopts the other partner’s biological or adoptive child,” Rudinger said. This situation can occur in both gay and straight relationships, though the ACLU is currently challenging the ban on behalf of six gay couples and their children. Because one parent in a homosexual couple would be unable to adopt their child in N.C., the ACLU is arguing that the children could potentially be negatively affected. ACLU of N.C. Legal Director, Christopher Brooks, explained why. “If a child’s biological or adoptive parent dies, that child would go directly to next of kin,” Brooks said. “This person would not be their
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Christmas tree economy: More than just ornaments See page 2.
All about food See pages 6, 7 & 8.
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Christmas tree economy: More than just ornaments Katie Sanders
after Scottish botanist John Senior Staff Writer Fraser, who discovered the tree in the late 1700s. The Christmas trees may be a firs are hard to come by natuwhimsical addition to holiday rally — not only are they are decorations, but the Christ- a high-elevation species, only mas tree industry is a serious growing in altitudes 3,000 business. Lining the highways feet or higher, but they also of western North Carolina have a very limited regional are more than 25,000 acres of range. However, despite its Christmas tree farms, full of rarity, the species is in high rows of firs that are ready to demand. be harvested, shipped off and “It’s got a nice conical shape sold Thanksgiving weekend to it. It’s got a nice color. It’s and after for the holidays. soft,” Frampton said. “It “The North Carolina De- holds ornaments well, has partment of agriculture a very nice aroma to it, and reports that last year there lastly, one really important were over $85 million in thing is that it has very good Christmas tree receipts,” post-harvest needle retensaid Jennifer Greene, the ex- tion.” ecutive director of the North Christmas tree breeders Carolina Christmas Tree As- start with seeds collected sociation. from Fraser fir mother trees North Carolina is second in that were growing wild and the nation for Christmas tree then breed desirable qualiproduction, behind only Or- ties into their trees by selectegon, mainly ing the best due to the ones f rom state’s moeach harvest nopoly on a nd u si ng what is conthem to cresidered by ate the next many to be generation. the perfect T he t a l ler s p e c ie s of the ChristChristmas mas tree, John Frampton, tree — the t he more professor of forestry and Fra ser f i r, it is worth, environmental resources indigenous a nd w h i le to the state. tree quality About 5 million are harvested is a subjective trait, breeders each year. mainly look for trees with “The revenue for Christmas the best branching patterns trees in the states is over $100 and needle retention after million a year, and most of harvest. that is from Fraser fir, which Income from Fraser fir procan only be easily grown in duction mainly goes to the the mountains of North Car- mountain communities of olina,” said John Frampton, a North Carolina, which have professor of forestry and en- recently replaced traditional vironmental resources and agriculture. Christmas tree geneticist. “It’s a rural area where there The Fraser fir was named are not a lot of other sources
“The revenue for Christmas trees in the states is over $100 million a year,”
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to discuss how they plan to improve North Carolina’s higher education system. Members of the group often turn to student movements of a similar nature going on in other countries for inspiration, Alsous said. One such movement NCSPU has been watching closely is the Quebec student strike, a movement led by student unions to prevent a proposed tuition increase that will raise tuition by more than 80 percent during the next five years. “In Quebec, students were in the streets by the hundreds of thousands, and it’s only a matter of time before we see protests like that here,” Alsous said.
The members of NCSPU have also been following the Chilean student protests, Alsous said. Professor of Latin American literature and culture Greg Dawes has also been paying attention to the protests in Chile. Dawes is no stranger to Latin America or student activism. He grew up in Argentina where his father was involved with student unions. Dawes also spent time in Nicaragua during a revolution. Dawes said the current movement in Chile began small, but it became quickly tied to larger issues. “The movement started simply as a high school student strike, which spread to universities and then to other aspects of society,” Dawes said.
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Fraser fir Virginia pine White pine White cypress Arizona cypress Eastern red cedars
of income, so it’s important to the people in the western part of the state,” Frampton said. Though Fraser fir production contributes to western North Carolina’s economic stability, the Christmas tree industry has been declining steadily due to the recession and the popularity of artificial Christmas trees and n. Because Christmas trees take about eight years to grow, farmers planted more trees than they are now able to sell, which has driven tree prices down and made times tough for Christmas tree farmers. “The average farm in North Carolina is 10 acres or less. I don’t think that the Christmas tree industry is decreasing, but some of the smaller farms are selling out to bigger growers,” Greene said. Moreover, pest problems have been developing. The two main problems have been root rot, called phytophthora — a Greek word that means “plant destroyer” — and an introduced insect, the balsam wooly adelgid. Frampton is researching ways to combat both of them. Unable to find resistance to the root rot in Fraser firs, Frampton has been inoculating and breeding resistance to the disease in other species of trees, such as the Moni fir, which is native to Japan. Frampton then teaches grow-
The same connections that helped the Chilean student movement to f lourish are hindering American student organization, according to Reavis. “People today don’t see a system, they only see isolated issues,” Reavis said. “There are a million issues out there, but nobody sees them as interconnected.” The N.C. State student body of 1939 saw the connections between the cost of education and the economy and used them to make its case for lower tuition to the Budget Committee. Frank P. Graham, the president of the Greater University of North Carolina, went before the Budget Committee in a hearing in 1939 and warned the committee that raising tuition would result in
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William Clark trims the trunk of a fraser fir tree Nov. 26. “I’ve been working at the market for 20 years,” Clark said, “we come down here from Ashe county for three weeks a year and we try to sell 1,500 trees.”
ers to graft the roots of the Moni firs to Fraser fir seedlings, creating plants with resistant roots and Fraser fir appearances. While many people believe artificial trees, natural trees’ biggest competitors, to be environmentally friendly because they are reusable, they do not decompose once they break or are thrown out. On the other hand, natural
Christmas trees that have been thrown away can easily be recycled. “Most of them are chipped up and made into compost,” Frampton said. They are also used to help stabilize sand dunes on beaches and are sunk in lakes for fish habitats. Moreover, Christmas tree farms themselves have environmental benefits, like creating habitats for wildlife and
carbon storage. “One acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people,” Greene said. Most of all, Greene said he supports Christmas trees because they are important to local farmers, and he encourages people to buy trees to support their state.
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The student body of 1939 assembles in Thompson Hall to protest a tuition increase.
“social, economic and intellectual waste.” The efforts of the student body paid off, and the tuition increase did not pass. Dawes said he has hope for student activism in the
United States, “but if there is no movement that will act as a vanguard, a movement that will spearhead the change and unify the masses, then things will only get worse for students.”
N.C. State’s chapter of NCSPU has not done anything about the tuition increase yet, but Perlmutter said the members of the organization are working to put something together.
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Exploring the services of Hunt Library T
he James B. Hunt Jr. Library is set to open as the heart of Centennial Campus, serving as the “iconic center for a research-oriented campus and economy,” according to NCSU Libraries website. The library is set to open in January and will feature multiple services for all N.C. State students. Currently NCSU Libraries is in the process of moving 1,201,497 books into the most-anticipated feature, the bookBot.
GRAPHICS COURTESY OF NCSU LIBRARIES & PHOTOS BY RYAN PARRY & JOHN JOYNER
The bookBot pulls a case of books when a student makes a request; librarians will then pull the book selected and have it waiting for the requester within five minutes.
The Hunt Library has several areas where students can rent lockers to store their belongings while in the library. The lockers are a new feature that was in high demand from surveyed students.
The Game Lab in the Hunt Library will feature an interactive screen for students to play with.
The fourth floor of the Hunt Library has available work spaces that will feature computers for students to use similar to D.H. Hill Library. Many of the books from D.H. Hill are being transferred to the bookBot at the Hunt Library located on Centennial Campus.
Despite storing most of the books in the bookBot, J.B. Hunt Library will also hold many of the most commonly used books out on shelves so that they can be easily accessed by students.
The Hunt Library features a glass box showcasing the technology available for use at the library. Eventually this will become a place where students will work to help other students with computer and technology problems.
The entrance to the Hunt Library features the Institute for Emerging Issues which focuses on issues within North Carolina that can be addressed.
The atrium opens from the main floor up to the fourth floor of the Hunt Library. The lower level entrance to the Hunt Library features an auditorium, cafe and windows looking into the bookBot.
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Getting to know Mike Mullen A Q&A WITH THE NEW VICE CHANCELLOR FOR THE DIVISION OF ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS FAVORITE FOOD? Almost everything, I like to eat. If I had to just eat one thing though, it would be a really great cheeseburger — despite the fact that I’ve eaten all over the world.
FAVORITE MOVIE? I don’t go to a lot of movies, but I tend to like fantasy and espionage/spy movies. I love The Lord of the Rings trilogy, all the Bourne films and It’s a Wonderful Life, which I watch every year at least once.
FAVORITE BOOK? Most of my reading is academic stuff, but when I have time to read for fun I like detective novels. I’ve also read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings several times starting back in middle school.
FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS? I really like Park Shops so I stop in there for coffee fairly frequently. My other favorite would be the Brickyard. I went to school here in the ‘80s and when I wasn’t in classes, I was on the Brickyard. It seems to me to be a wonderful integrator. It feels like the heart of campus to me.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE COMING TO N.C. STATE? Coming into an administrative job without knowing a lot of people is hard. It’s an exciting challenge, but it’s difficult. Here, I moved into the top of a system that I didn’t know so I have to learn the network from the top down. I’m not unlike a freshman coming here for the first time.
FIRST GOAL ON HIS LIST FOR CHANGES AT N.C. STATE? There are a number ... the Division of Academic and Student Affairs is part of what attracted me here. I wasn’t looking for a job last year, but the idea that a large university would do something unusual like this was exciting to me... That also means I have the challenge in the very short term of unifying two divisions into one in reality. We’ve got everyone together and started the process of thinking about ourselves as one division. That will continue for a couple of years. My staff has been outstanding, and everyone is excited. Beyond that, it’s going to be important to focus on services for all students to make them more available and better communicated, like expanding access to tutoring, expanding services in the Career Center, getting more students to participate
in undergraduate research or to take advantage of study abroad opportunities and get involved in community based learning ... incoming students, living and learning communities, more first year seminars. The question is: How do we get more students involved in high impact education? I’d also like to see us increase the number of students graduating with a bachelor’s degree. We’d like to see a much higher graduation rate, particularly in the next six years. We’re going to work with OIT to use technology to make it easier to progress toward a degree.
FAVORITE STUDENT INTERACTION SO FAR? I’ve started having monthly lunch meetings with students (one is happening Monday). I want to talk to students I wouldn’t normally get to talk to and get them to come and have lunch and give me feedback on what works well and what kinds of things would work better. So far though, I’ve really enjoyed working with student government.
BEST PLACE ON HILLSBOROUGH STREET TO EAT? Mitch’s and Porters. I used to eat at Mitch’s as a grad student in the ‘80s—it’s like coming home. The food is
Michael D. Mullen is the newly appointed vice chancellor for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. Mullen earned his Ph.D. in soil science at N.C. State.
cheap and pretty excellent. Also, a lot of lunch meetings happen at Porters and it’s really great. There are many other restaurants though; I plan to try them all before I’m done.
WHAT DO YOU MISS ABOUT KENTUCKY? There are always things that are hard about making a major change, and I was there for ten years. I keep in touch over email with friends from the neighborhood, faculty and staff. Every October and April there’s a nice racetrack with thoroughbred horse racing and it’s a huge com-
munity event. All our friends and family would come to Kentucky for a visit and it was a really nice memory I will miss here.
MOST INTIMIDATING PART ABOUT TAKING OVER FOR STAFFORD? Stafford is a great guy — I’ve gotten to know him well. Anytime anyone spends 30 years doing what he loves, he is going to leave behind a legacy. I certainly respect what he’s done but I don’t know that I feel intimidated because I’m in a different position. I suppose the most daunting part is coming in
knowing that tradition is there and finding a path to serve students really well in an environment that mandates my day-to-day activities are very different than Stafford’s. This reorganization gives me the opportunity to redefine the role in my own vision.
FAVORITE N.C. STATE TRADITION? I love college basketball and the opportunity to watch it here is great. I can remember back to my days watching Jim Valvano’s team playing. I’ve also always loved the Free Expression Tunnel.
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College Reps predict moderate future with McCrory Will Brooks Staff Writer
As can be expected by a swing state, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won North Carolina by a relatively small margin. However, by contrast, Republican Gov.-elect McCrory gained overwhelming support by a state with approximately 2.8 million registered Democrats and 2 million registered Republicans, taking the majority of votes with about 54 percent. “One of the large things is that being a Democrat in North Carolina isn’t the same as being one elsewhere,” said Paul Mott, senior in political science and vice chair of the University’s chapter of College Republicans. “It’s a North Carolina phenomenon, a lot of people are registered Democrat but they vote Republican.” McCrory, who held the office of the mayor of Charlotte longer than any person, governed the city with Democratic leanings. That carried on to help the current mayor, Anthony Foxx, a Charlotte Democrat, to host the most recent Democratic National Convention. What made McCrory so popular in Charlotte and the state, according to Mott, has been his bipartisanship. “If you look at his record from when he was mayor of Charlotte, he had a lot of bipartisan successes,” Mott said. “A lot of the former governors of North Carolina helped out with that.” Mott said that one of McCrory’s largest successes was initiating the installment of the first light rail system in
North Carolina, in Charlotte, working across the table with governors, city planners and the federal government. As a Republican moderate in a politically moderate state, McCrory will have the ability to guide the state and serve everyone from Asheville to Wilmington, Mott said. “I think his election shows that it wasn’t just a conservative victory but a victory for North Carolina,” Mott said. North Carolinians shouldn’t expect to be surprised either: While Romney gained 3 percent over Obama in the state, McCrory won by a 10 percent margin of victory. “It wasn’t just Republicans [voting for McCrory], it was Democrats and swing voters too,” Mott said. Mott said he believes one of McCrory’s strong points will come out in his business policies, due to his experience as a successful mayor of the banking capital of the Southeast. “The big thing is, in regards to small businesses, will give them what they need to succeed,” Mott said. According to Mott, McCrory’s educational policy will focus more on expanding opportunities for community colleges, creating programs centered on blue-collar training. “Say there’s a tractor factory — it’s machine fabrication — and he wants them to be able to gain that experience,” Mott said, “Not in an academic way but more of a hands on way.” The trade-based focus by McCrory has both implications towards the UNC System and the economy. The
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Gov.-elect Pat McCrory gets to know some “blue-collar folks” at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
emphasis on community colleges won’t just impact employers looking for technically trained students, but it may increase admissions at NCSU. More than 25 percent of the student body at some point transferred to the University, according to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. “We send a lot of students to N.C. State and we’re proud of that fact,” said Stephen Scott, president of Wake Technical Community College, in an interview with NPR. “Our state has made that investment [for higher education]. We’re the third lowest in the nation, with
less than $70 a credit hour. For the past four semesters, we’ve had 5,400 students on a waiting list. About half of all freshmen now are enrolled at community colleges.” Though four-year institutions benefit from community colleges, McCrory has maintained that they should remain vocational institutes. “I’m a big advocate of community colleges … [and] the priority of community colleges must remain vocational training … We’ve got to make sure the priority is to help the technical needs of industry,” McCrory told the Charlotte Business Journal. Mott said that he disagrees
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with recent claims from some liberals critics that some Republicans, like multimillionaire businessman Art Pope, a political friend of McCrory, have attempted to “buy the UNC System,” saying that membership of the system’s Board of Governors strategic direction advisory committee does not grant him any such power. “McCrory, being a governor, is going to look at reality,” Mott said. “He isn’t somebody in government, but [having Pope] won’t be anything close to controlling the system.” Whatever changes are made by the Board of Governors
will ultimately be approved by McCrory, and Mott said that above all, McCrory’s moderate stance will allow him to approach politics in a critical way. “It shows he’s willing to look through several angles,” Mott said. “He wouldn’t have had that bipartisan support without being a moderate.” Mott said that he expects McCrory to achieve a progressive agenda for the state. Mott, along with most College Republicans, are excited for the future. “McCrory winning was the main bright spot for us, and hopefully it is going to move North Carolina forward.”
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Finding friendship over a bowl of noodles
All About Food
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Rick Hughes, Cameron Hicks and Will Raymond serve food to the less fortunate at the Raleigh Rescue Mission, a homeless and emergency shelter on East Hargett Street on Nov. 27. The mission, a faith-based nonprofit agency, helps local men, women and children with food, shelter and education.
As a war raged throughout Vietnam, MIT doctoral graduate Hal Hopfenberg was deployed to Saigon. As a young Army captain, Hopfenberg was assigned in 1966 to the Army Concept Team in Vietnam based out of the Cholon neighborhood of Saigon, the Chinatown of Saigon — an area with a dangerous reputation. While in Cholon working for the U.S. Army to develop technology to meet soldiers’ needs, Hopfenberg discovered a restaurant called The Eskimo at Cholon, a haven for traditional Chinese food and culture. Hopfenberg did not know that years later, he would be involved in KATHERINE HOKE/TECHNICIAN bringing a taste of The Eskimo to Professor Hal Hopfenberg and chef David Mao sit at David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar. The two Raleigh. have been friends since Hopfenberg was deployed to Vietnam in 1966. David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar is the most recent of restau- in Cholon that adorn the entrance of the noodle bra and he would teach me how to cook, and I rants opened up by David Mao, bar. cooked for my going away party,” Hopfenberg a former cook of The Eskimo at Mao said his family renovated the Eskimo, a said. Cholon – and a dear friend to former ice cream parlor, and Mao, the youngest Hopfenberg’s offer to tutor Mao was an unHopfenberg. Since his arrival to of 13 children, ended up running the family- thinkable opportunity for the young Chinese the United States, Mao started and sold eight owned restaurant by the time he met Hop- cook because the prejudice that Vietnamese restaurants in the Raleigh area. fenberg. Although the restaurant was a well- school system held against his Chinese ethnicAs the current owner and chef at David’s known meeting place for the prime minister ity prevented him from acquiring an advanced Dumpling and Noodle Bar on 1900 Hillsbor- of South Vietnam, Nguyen Cao Ky, complete education, Mao said. ough St., Mao has embraced his calling as a with barricades to protect from grenade blasts, Hopfenberg returned to the United States cook: Mao opened up the noodle bar within a Hopfenberg frequented the restaurant and ul- in December of 1966 to become an assistant year of retiring and selling his last restaurant, timately befriended Mao. chemical engineering professor at N.C. State, the Duck and Dumpling. Hopfenberg said it was a common love for but he did not forget his friend Mao. Mao said he attributes his success from grow- food and Mao’s curiosity that helped them On opposite sides of the world, the two ing up in the kitchen, and he pays tribute his relate. humble beginning with pictures of The Eskimo “We had a deal — I would tutor him in algeNOODLES continued page 8
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Breaking bread in a new home in Raleigh Nikki Stoudt Life & Style Editor
(Top) Shawqua Abdelquader, an employee of the Neomonde Bakery and Deli, prepares stuffed grape leaves Thursday afternoon. (Bottom) Joe Saleh, Cecilia Saleh and Chris Saleh — three generations of the Saleh family — pose in the family restaurant, the Neomonde Bakery and Deli.
High in the mountains of northern Lebanon, between flowering apple and fig trees and twisting rows of grapevines, four brothers, their mother and father and their younger sister decided to leave the only home they had ever known for higher education and economic prosperity in the United States. Founded 35 years ago by the Saleh brothers, Samir (Sam), Youssef (Joe), Mounir and DeGaulle, the Neomonde Baking Company tries to retain the same spirit and determination its founders possess. According to Joe Saleh, the company’s dedication to quality food and authenticity began when the brothers were just boys in Lebanon. In the fall and summer, they worked in the family’s wheat fields, harvesting grain and taking it to be ground into meal at the town mill. Afterward, they watched their mother, Cecilia, mix dough and bake the bread in the communal kiln. The oncoming Lebanese civil war — a conflict that lasted from 1975 until 1976 — ultimately put the Saleh family’s plan into action but not before changing it dramatically. “Instead of coming as soon as we were all ready for college, we had to plan to leave at the
same time,” said Joe Saleh, the manager of the bakery side of the business. “So Sam and my dad were here and they contacted us when they were ready, and the rest of us came. Except for my older sister — she stayed behind.” With help from an uncle who was already in Raleigh, they opened shop in 1977 and decided to honor their new country by naming the business Neomonde, meaning “new world.” Though all four brothers sought higher education upon arrival, only Mounir and DeGaulle graduated — from Campbell University and N.C. State, respectively. Both Sam and Joe took classes at N.C. State, Sam in marketing and Joe in accounting and business management, but they soon discovered the business was growing at a much faster rate than expected. The brothers’ uncle, an avid traveler, wanted to see more French cuisine in Raleigh, but, due to some unfortunate circumstances, the equipment for baguettes and croissants never arrived and the idea for pita was born. Luckily, they had brought with them a love of bread and, most importantly, their mother’s recipes. “We landed on this idea for the bakery because we didn’t find the bread we used to eat every day,” Joe said. ���There was no pita bakery
Jason Smith, owner and head chef of Raleigh’s 18 Seaboard, attributes the use of local ingredients as a top reason for the restaurant’s growing success, which has seen an increase in sales every year since it opened in 2006. While his dishes possess a worldly touch, Smith emphasized the value of using fresh, local ingredients from North Carolina. This creates a more welcoming and comforting experience for people of all backgrounds, and also stays true to Southern roots, Smith said. Smith, a native of North Carolina, achieved his success through hands-on experience and connections made throughout his career. Smith began as a chef in Raleigh restaurants like the 42nd St. Oyster Bar, where he said he was grateful to learn
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remember wa l k ing dow n Wi l m i ng ton Street this summer with an empty belly and a hankering for chicken and waffles, a Southern delicacy. I had heard about Beasley’s Chicken & Honey, a new restaurant downtown that rivals Gladys Knight’s, the restaurant that brought the unseemly combination together. As I strolled down Wilmington, the dirty, parallel sister of the frou-frou Fayetteville Street, a homeless man by the entrance to the Moore Square bus station asked me for change. I turned my head, making eye contact with the man in a hoodie, and walked on as if I were deaf. When I got to Beasley’s, the waitress seated my
friends and I at a corner table. There are only two walls at Beasley’s — the rest of the restaurant’s borders are tall glass windows. I was at the corner of them. I ordered a generous helping of fried chicken white meat served on top of a waffle that fit over the entire plate. The chicken was covered in honey before being served, but that didn’t stop me from drizzling the complementary maple syrup that came with the food. While eating that meal, I started thinking that Technician could run a large feature on the eclectic restaurant scene in Raleigh. Hillsborough Street may offer limited options, but good food and edgy takes on traditional cuisine can be found within a short walk or bike ride from campus in downtown Raleigh. I
bounced the idea around with my friends and we thought it would be popular. Sitting by the window, I would occasionally observe the passers-by on the busy corner of Wilmington and Martin streets. It was a Friday night, and maybe people were commuting in and out of the bus station. The college-age crowd was swarming throughout downtown, just like me, for some dinner and entertainment. Then I saw the man in the hoodie walk by the window. His sulking face was directed down toward his ratty shoes. If he had looked up, he would have been eye-level with my plate of decadent food. He was going hungry, and I was shoving an immense portion of overpriced food
in my face. Though I lost my appetite, I continued to eat. But instead of dedicating this combination of feature stories solely to food, I thought we should see the bigger picture of the food, and its flipside — hunger. We are, in fact, what we eat, and we should acknowledge how privileged we are to have food on our plates three — or more — times a day. We should also acknowledge how that food ends up on our plates and who’s working to make sure we don’t go hungry. Please keep reading, and bon appétit. -Mark Herring, Editor-in-Chief
was completed, Smith and his dad traveled on Route 421 trying out different food places along the way. To this day, Smith said the feeling he gets from exploring a new restaurant space is one of the greatest he has. Smith’s love for cooking was also inspired by his relatives in eastern North Carolina who worked on farms producing crops like soy beans and sweet potatoes. Whether it is his cornmealcrusted catfish or his cracklin’ pork shank, Smith uses traditional Southern ingredients from local vendors to create unique signature entrees that leave a lasting impression on his customers. “Why would you not get the best ingredients you can and present the best you can to your guests?” Smith said. “North Carolina offers a cornucopia of incredible ingredients, and it puzzles me why other restaurants don’t use
them. It can be more expensive, but it makes a huge difference if you present it in the right way. It is better in long run than getting an inferior product, and your energy is better served trying to do it that way.” Not only does the choice to incorporate local produce benefit the state economy and provide customers with fresher, healthier food, it also pays — literally. Since open-
ing in 2006, 18 Seaboard has increased its sales by 10 percent every year, with this year’s sales seeing a 20 percent increase. Smith said that while he could purchase shrimp from a location like Thailand for 7 cents, he opts to buy them locally at 22 cents, a difference of about $20,000 a year. “However,” Smith said, “I
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The Raleigh Rescue Mission, a nonprofit Christian organization located in downtown Raleigh, provides aid to many homeless by encouraging a strong faith and work ethic. The mission, which includes 100 beds, 60 for women and children and 40 for men, is one of the largest locations downtown with the capacity and funds to provide its clients with life-changing programs. The mission got its start in 1961 when a small group of community members became concerned with people living on the streets. According to Lynn Daniell, executive director of RRM, the typical homeless people at that time were alcoholic men. The mission later bought a two-story house that was able to feed about 18 people. The housing space was added to the mission in 1976 and has operated its own clinic for the last 10 years. Although the stereotypical homeless person in decades past was an
alcoholic male, according to Daniell, homelessness today is much more farreaching. “Homelessness does not discriminate, man or woman, black or white, young or old … we’ve seen it all. It is all across the board now,” Daniell said. In addition to experiencing homelessness, a number of people may also suffer from a range of mental illnesses. Homelessness often goes hand-inhand with various mental and physical problems, such as drug addiction, according to Daniell. “We see, or recognize, a lot more mentally ill than before,” Daniell said. “We see a lot of people who are dually diagnosed with some type of mental illness and addicted to alcohol or drugs,” Daniell said. Daniell explained that many people in the past believed that the solution to problems like alcoholism or homelessness was the need for harsher discipline. “Now we know people may also have bipolar disorder or be depressed,” Daniell said.
Daniell said that while RRM works on rehabilitation by focusing on the whole person, physically, mentally and spiritually, there are some people who are simply unable to help themselves, in which case the mission attempts to help in other ways. “We will work with them to get disability, which may go in conflict with some beliefs, but they just can’t support themselves,” Daniell said. The mission operates both an emergency and permanent facility for women and children, and a permanent unit for men. While living at the mission, residents are expected to do work assignments like cleaning their rooms and doing grounds work outside, according to Daniell. Daniell said that while the mission provides food and safety, it is not a hotel, and residents must constantly be striving to make positive change in their lives. In addition to a place to stay and worship, residents can receive medical help, including psychological
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WHERE N.C. STANDS ON FOOD The agriculture industry in North Carolina contributes $70 billion to the state every year. The state’s 52,400 farmers grow more than 80 types of crops and commodities. SOURCE: N.C. AGRICULTURE
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Pork Sweet Potatoes Poultry Soy Beans Trout Strawberries Bell Peppers
We rely so much on agriculture, and we need to appreciate where it all comes from. It’s a big part of being American. Ruffin Hutchinson, farmer and senior in animal science
Tending to family’s farm for over 100 years Editor-in-Chief
Cracklin’ Pork Shank with blue cheese grits, and an appleonion compote. Apples are from the Perry Lowe Orchard in western N.C., and grits are from the Old Mill Guilford.
Mark Herring from owner Brad Hurley and experience the restaurant’s fast-paced atmosphere. Smith eventually traveled to New York City where he had the opportunity to work with Danny Meyer who, according to Smith, had an unbelievable impact on his career. Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and author of Setting the Table: The Power of Hospitality in Restaurants, Business, and Life. Smith said his interest in food stemmed from both his grandmothers’ Southern cooking and weekend trips as a kid with his father. “It was always an adventure Friday after school … trying different foods and seeing different places struck a chord with me,” Smith said. While growing up, Smith’s father lived in Raleigh while his mother lived in Wilmington. Every other weekend, and before Interstate 40
Raleigh Rescue Mission feeds homeless
Planting the seeds for sustainable agriculture
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18 Seaboard’s local touch makes a difference Alex Petercuskie
When Ruffin Hutchinson isn’t studying animal science, he’s probably at home, waking up at dawn to take part in a family tradition. Since about 1875, Hutchinson’s family has owned and worked the land that he calls home. Though much has changed over the years with the farm, the family’s attitude toward farming hasn’t. “I see it as carrying on a legacy,” said Hutchinson, a senior applying to veterinary school. “I have this opportunity to carry on what my family’s been doing for well over 100 years, and I have an opportunity to be part of something that’s more than just me, the individual.” The Hutchinson family bought the 650-acre farm in Waco, a small town at the foothill of the mountains near Shelby, N.C., during the Reconstruction era when land was cheap. Today, the farm raises beef cattle, but in the past, the Hutchinson family cultivated row crops. Hutchinson said in the 1950s, his great-grandfather decided that beef was the way to go. “Plants are at the mercy of nature, whether it’s a boll weevil infestation
Senior in animal science Ruffin Hutchinson stands with one of his Simmental bulls at his family’s beef farm, Waco Cattle Co., in Waco, N.C.
comes through or bad weather,” Hutchinson said. “Cows can be a bellwether. This last drought — we still had cows and profits, but on the other hand crops weren’t doing too well.” At the farm’s peak, it raised more than 1,000 head of cattle to send to feed lots and stock farms, but now the family only has
about 150. The new mission of the farm is to raise strong cows to sell to larger ranches. “In the late ‘80s, we started doing something called a seed-stock operation, and now we raise cows and bulls for breed-
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Becky Dobosy wanted to help those in need, but her classes didn’t give her enough chances to make what she felt was a difference. So she took matters, and a pair of gardening gloves, into her own hands. Dobosy, a senior in nutrition and minoring in agroecology, has participated in internships and traveled abroad to spread nutrition awareness to urban and rural areas to encourage community farming. Sustainable agriculture refers to the ways in which food growers and distributors cultivate food in ways that are sustainable economically, socially and environmentally. “I don’t get much [exposure to] sustainable agriculture in my major, but because I’m really interested in it, I’ve sought out those opportunities,” Dobosy said. Dobosy participated in an internship with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro this past summer. A few days a week, she learned about various farming systems that are both economically and environmentally valuable. The rest of the week, participants got hands-on experience working on a farm. They also toured different estates of flower, meat and tobacco farmers. “We were looking at different types of farming systems, so a lot of them would be direct sales, like at farmers markets into niche markets,” Dobosy said. “So instead of creating more poultry houses for a contracting company, it’d be a farmers market. That’s just one way you can get a better price.” Dobosy said one main concern of sustainable agriculture is thinking about harnessing the potential of natural ecosystems, making them profitable without depleting resources. Sustainable agriculture professionals work toward creating rotation systems for animals like cattle. Interns also taught children at a day camp new ways to think about nutrition and more healthy eating
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behaviors. Dobosy studied abroad in Guatemala as well, and during her sevenweek program, she partnered with a non-profit organization as an intern. “I did my internship with Mayan Families, a non-profit that deals with Mayan families,” Dobosy said. “I did nutrition programs for them so they’d have a lot of different programs, especially school sponsorship programs. “I held charlas, like little chats, with the moms or the kids or the seniors to tell them about nutrition and how to put the benefits they’re getting toward nutritious food,” Dobosy said. Finding ways to keep systems in place and to keep people eating is important, Dobosy said. “As a nutrition major, I get a lot of questions, ‘Is this healthy for me?’ There’s not really a clear answer to that unless it’s like a deep-fried Twinkie or something. It depends on what you’re comparing it to,” Dobosy said. It’s difficult to gauge how healthy N.C. State students’ diets are due to the wide variety of food options that comes with having money. “Money helps you provide for yourself a little better, but it’s not always healthy,” she said. Dobosy is currently working as a research assistant with Appalachian FoodShed Project. The project is a tri-state grant funded one that works within the Appalachian region of West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.
The project works like a watershed, except for food. Dobosy works with other researchers to see where food comes from and where it goes. They focus on food’s path from producers to distributors and ultimately to consumers. Knowing the path of food distribution helps gauge which groups need more help getting healthy food. One way the project helps those in need is its guiding of people in need to a large database of organizations ready to help. Researchers also set up meetings with the at-risk people in which they discuss various nutritional needs. “It seems that there is still a lot of need in urban communities, but rural communities definitely have a lot of hurdles to jump over as far as access to resources and jobs and things like that,” Dobosy said. Dobosy is also interested in the Spanish language. She wants to work with The Nutrition Mission in developing, Spanish-speaking areas. “From coming to school and learning about nutrition and with my experiences abroad, I’ve seen, in developing areas especially, how much agriculture has to do with nutrition,” Dobosy said. “That’s where food comes from, so you can’t get healthy food without growing it.”
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friends led different lives, although their friendship never died. Mao endured six more years of war and the closing of his family’s restaurant in 1968, and Hopfenberg worked for six years with the immigration department to enable Mao to immigrate to North Carolina. In 1972, Hopfenberg and his family welcomed Mao, and Mao stayed with the host family for three years. Dur-
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between D.C. and Miami.” The family started with basic equipment and all seemed to be on track. However, according to Joe, Cecilia was quick to point out the flaw in their plan — the Saleh men were not bakers. “Sam and my uncle found a bakery in Brooklyn that made pita bread,” Joe said. “They went and spent about three weeks there. They had a lot to learn because mom actually makes the best pita.” When Sam returned, the brothers were ready to get started. According to Joe, Neomonde’s reputat ion for quality preceded them as word caught on and grocery chains like Winn-Dixie and Big Star contacted the family to negotiate deals. The Irregardless Cafe also took notice of Neomonde and became the
ing that time, Mao cooked at a friend’s restaurant and worked to bring his family from Vietnam, bringing his fiancée and now wife, Quyen, to the U.S. in 1973. During the next 2 ½ years, Mao sponsored the immigration of most of his family from Vietnam, and it wasn’t long before Mao found himself managing a string of restaurants in Raleigh. Mao said the American palate has changed over the years, and now he can be more flexible and adventurous with his cooking, com-
pared to when he first got his start. “Americans don’t just want fried rice or sweet and sour pork anymore,” Mao said. “Though I can’t get too exotic, I enjoy introducing people to new flavors, and people are liking it.” Mao said he cooks Chinese fusion food, and his restaurant’s menu is a snapshot of the best hits of East and Southeast Asian cuisine, including many traditional Chinese noodles and dumplings, Vietnamese pho soup, and different types of Malay
bakery’s first restaurant customer. In 1987, the brothers expanded the business by opening a deli. Cecilia herself, using family recipes and only authentic ingredients, prepared most items displayed in the deli case. “We started making what’s called, in the Lebanese cuisine, pies,” Joe said. “Soon people started to come here at lunchtime. Later, we added some popular dishes from the region.” By p opu l a r dem a nd, Mounir and Joe launched a small grocery so fans of the restaurant could purchase Lebanese staples and spices to prepare Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine themselves. In 2000, Neomonde opened a new establishment and relocated their wholesale baking facility and corporate offices to a 20,000-squarefoot location in Morrisville. Today, Neomonde Baking Company produces more
than 250 varieties of breads and pastries and the two restaurants serve about 750 diners daily. “Life is not all about business, of course,” Joe said. “When you work hard in America you can get somewhere.” To the Saleh family, Raleigh is more than just a place to live and carry out business. And as they enter the 35th year of operation, the Lebanese family who took a big risk still reflects on what has made the last three and a half decades so successful. “In the dynamic of creating the place called home, the more family members there are, the deeper your roots are in that place,” Joe said. “All of these experiences, we will not ever forget.”
curries. Hopfenberg has kept up both his cooking and his friendship with Mao, and they have been neighbors for 32 years. Hopfenberg continues to praise Mao’s hard work in the United States, and the professor frequents David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar just as often has he had The Eskimo. “David has been a wonderful friend and neighbor,” Hopfenberg said. “And ever since I’ve known him, he’s been a tremendous chef.”
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feel like my customers appreciate the fact that we get the best ingredients. They come more often, spend more money and tell their friends.” Smith buys from a variety of North Carolina suppliers, including seafood from Pamlico Pride Shrimp and Carolina Classics Catfish and goat cheese from Prodigal Farm. “We use a key ingredient as a focal point of the dish and pull back the layers of the direction we want to go,” Smith said. “The good thing is people trust us and enjoy the different things we create.” This past September, 18 Seaboard purchased $13,800 from local purveyors, with most purchases accounting for seafood and produce, according to its website. So far, the restaurant has purchased more than $80,000 in seafood alone this year.
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use in their herds,” Hutchinson said. “We’re trying to raise a cow that when introduced in a herd can put a calf on the ground that will grow and put on a lot of weight and make, so to speak, a lot of hamburgers.” Cows that Hutchinson raises are send to Texas and the Midwest, where feed is plentiful, rather than bring food to cows across the nation. The U.S. will consume more than 52 billion pounds of beef during 2012, according to the Earth Policy Institute. “The amazing thing is we produce that much meat a year because consumption is so high,” Hutchinson said. “America has a taste for meat, and it keeps me in business.” Though Hutchinson aspires to go to vet school, he said he will always be a farmer. “When I look out on the farm, I see not just land, tree or grass, I see a part of my history.”
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Tod ay, t he Un ited States faces the reality of increased childhood obesity, an increased chance of being diagnosed with heart disease and a lack of education about our nutritional needs. With a tough economy, many families do all they can to put food on the table. They often may not be aware of the nutritional content of their food and what their children might need to develop into strong, healthy adults. North Carolinians face challenges, and according to the UNC School of Law, 17.5 percent of North Carolinians fall below the poverty line. Worse still is the fact that 1 in 4 children in the state lives in poverty. Suzie Goodell, an assistant professor of nutrition at N.C. State, has attempted to put programs in place that will combat the malnutrition so often accompanying poverty. Launched in 2009, Nutrition NUTS (Nutrition Understanding Through Service) is a program that works with both children and their parents to improve nutritional education “by targeting specifically on obesity prevention for low income, lowresource parents and their preschool-aged children.” Nutrition NUTS runs a subprogram, including PEAS (Preschool Education in Agricultural and Nutrition Science), which is currently on hold as its effectiveness is improved. PEAS, the component that works with educated preschoolers, is currently engaging children in nutritional education lessons and “story time” sessions.
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case work with a counselor. The mission also has a children’s center where working mothers can leave their kids. The mission has 51 staff members, 36 full-time and 15 part-time. In addition, about 100 individuals and up to 50 groups volunteer every month, according to Holly Cook, director of volunteer ministry. Cook said that while most people first think of volunteering as serving food, there are a number of ways to volunteer at the mission, including tutoring and babysitting. Reiterating the idea that homelessness affects diverse
“Preschool is always playbased, and the most formal experience is meant to be enjoyable, so reading a book to a child is fun, and it’s something they get excited about,” Goodell said. “Children learn through a variety of mediums appropriate for their demographic. Whether they are simply getting acquainted with vegetables, singing a veggie song, or devouring a healthy snack, everything is a learning experience.” Goodell said that a key component of working with preschoolers was to make sure that they donot to automatically stereotype fruits and vegetables as “nasty” as so many children have done. Instead of “nasty,” Goodell said she tries to do something else. “We encourage positive reinforcement, and encourage a willingness to try new things,” Goodell said. “Somewhere along the way we get the idea that healthy food is nasty.” According to Goodell, at the age of 4, most children don’t distinguish between healthy and unhealthy. They tend to focus more on something like its color, what it looks like or what it feels like. But the most important experience, Goodell said, is that the students that go to work with these children learn from them as well. “T hese chi ld ren have come from a variety of backgrounds, some with very loving and stable families, others not so much,” Goodell said. “But our students have come with a variety of backgrounds as well, so it’s really important that they serve as a role model to them. Children get more excited when they see someone as enthusiastic as the college students that are working with them, and because they look up to you guys so much, they’re even more motivated to try them.”
groups of people, Cook said tutors are needed for all levels of reading and math. According to Cook, some residents may have a Master’s degree while others cannot read at all or be at an extremely low reading level. Cameron Hicks, 29, has been volunteering with RRM for a year and a half and said after volunteering once with her Bible study group, she then reached out to the mission to continue serving. “I love the people here. I like the people who work here and the people in the program. I like to give back and like spending time with people,” Hicks said.
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other parent who they have grown up with.” As shown in video documentaries from the ACLU of N.C. website, the child involved is in danger of being kept away from its other parent if the next of kin does not approve of the parent’s homosexuality. The videos also followed a homosexual couple that adopted a special needs
child. Only one of the parents was legally able to adopt their son, which left the other parent unable to stay with him in the hospital alone. Should something happen to this child’s legal parent, he would most likely be placed in the state’s adoption system and be separated from his other parent who had developed a routine of care for him. “These families are being made to go through expensive and frustrating processes to ensure that their children will be cared for by their
other parent,” Brooks said. According to Sarah Preston, ACLU of N.C. policy director, this fight will be different from the battle against Amendment One. “We have a chance to form impressions where they haven’t already been made,” Preston said. Preston said that unlike Amendment One, people don’t have opinions on second parent adoption because they haven’t been exposed to it. According to her, this gives the ACLU and its advocates the
uthor Samuel Johnson once said that it takes a century for a writer’s work to become influential. This is because his critics and t hei r followers have to die before an unbiased thought cou ld be spa red. A Naman minimalist Muley Staff Columnist reason why gay rights are taking time to percolate in society is found in Johnson’s sentiment. Gradually, states are changing colors in the pie-charts showcasing suppor t for same sex marriage. Even as the American judiciary goes into deliberation, the question remains: How long will it take for social acceptance to percolate? It is not to undermine the poignancy of the moment, but to reflect upon the unfinished battle. It will take more than consent from governing organizations to bring about the change envisioned. The alignment of governance and society is not to be underestimated. The society, however diluted, still looks to the government for direction. Its decision will serve as a focal point. Yet weight will have
to be applied for the seesaw to switch sides. America has progressed more than other parts of the world in the gay marriage issue. The issue looming over the judiciary is whether it should be left to the states or not. Other parts of the world are still closed to the prospect of allowing freedom of choice in sexual orientation. In more ways than one, the same-sex battle has brought out the differences in the cultures of the world. Asian civilizations portray conservative reasons for not relenting to freedom of sexual orientation. Earlier in May, happy news came from one of the least expected corners of the world. Days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriages — Tokyo Disneyland did the same. Tokyo Disneyland is not open to same-sex marriages on its premises, which includes resorts. Although Japan does not have any laws against homosexuality, its society is generally undecided. Similar efforts in India are struggling to gain public approval. In 2009, the New Delhi High Court decriminalized gay sex, bringing the colonial law prohibiting homosexual encounters to an end. Public cinema and other
components of media are part of the act. Still, societal approval will be the longer battle ahead. With the 2009 ruling in favor of the rainbow supporters, Southeast Asia now pinned its hopes on the Supreme Court of India, which is now in discussion with both LGBT activists and conservatives. Neighboring countries — Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh — acknowledge the importance of the Indian judiciary’s decision. With those countries having the same cultural roots as India, the outcome in India provides a major boost to societal change in Southeast Asia. We are living in a transition. Culture orients people, and in return, people’s ideas percolate into culture over time. The time during which the change of thought takes effect will require struggles from opposing sides, culture and its people. All eyes turn towards the government for direction, yet the rainbow revolution must realize real oppression is a function of societal pressure — not only of the government.
opportunity to educate instead of persuade — something Preston feels will be much easier, and she isn’t the only one. Rudinger said initial surveys from online chat groups showed there was 70 percent support for the legalization of second parent adoptions in N.C. While straight, unmarried couples cannot have a second parent adoption, they have the legal right to solve the situation by getting married — which gay couples cannot do.
Brooks said it would be a long road to pass a law that would legalize second parent adoption in the state, but it’s a mission the ACLU of N.C. is very committed to as it would be a huge triumph in the fight for gay rights. To learn more about second parent adoption, visit: http://www.aclu. org/second-parent-adoption-nc
hen you are a child, you are taught that there are certain truths in life not to be questioned. For me, one of the concepts I didn’t think that I had any choice in was my religious affiliation. Lauren Ever since Noriega I could reStaff Columnist member, the inf luences around me have imposed Catholicism on my life. As a kid, not a weekend would pass when I would not get dressed up in my Sunday bests and go to church. When I was in middle school and moved from the sunny desert of Arizona to the Queen City of Charlotte, I enrolled in Catholic school. Prior to my entrance into the Catholic school environment, I hadn’t really questioned the words that had been told to me all those years prior. But then things began to shift, and all of a sudden, the aspects that I was always taught to believe in became a fuzzy unknown mostly because of one person. While I was in middle school, I befriended a boy named Dean. As time passed and we began maturing into adults, he informed me that
he was gay, and therefore he suddenly became the first and only person that I knew to be gay. Despite the fact that his sexuality may have only been something that I had heard about in reruns of Will and Grace, I never once saw him as anything different than the person that I had grown close to over the years. His sexuality did not become a label to me. However, that label did cause me to think again when I would be sitting in religion class learning about the teachings of the Catholic Church. From time to time, teachers would lecture about religion from the very traditional readings of the Bible to the modern day applications of morals. While most would believe that these two topics would logically relate, I could not help but see the disconnect. How is it possible that throughout the Scriptures, we are told to believe that Jesus loved and cared for everyone, yet in the world in which we live, many religious leaders often treat homosexuals as social pariahs who should be condemned for their lifestyle decisions? These thoughts quickly made me sick to my stomach. As we got older, the opposition to the homosexual lifestyle became even more apparent, specifically in re-
gards to marriage. In recent years, the Catholic Church has seemed to make it one of their missions to preserve the current definition of marriage. While I understand that religion is based on tradition, I wonder if the Church considers how its disapproval alienates a large majority of the population. Moreover, during just this past election, reports claim that the Roman Catholic Church leadership spent almost $2 million to fight against marriage equality. So in my opinion, not only is the Church’s tendency to favor traditional practices discriminatory, but it is also rather costly – especially when considering other organizations which could have possibly benefitted from a portion of that financial aid. Although I believe that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, I cannot seem to shake the feeling of animosity I have when I think of the hypocrisy here. As a kid, I was taught to love everyone the way that Jesus did, yet as an adult I see that these sentiments of love may be misplaced when the organization tries so desperately to ban the expression of love itself, when whom someone marries should not be their prime concern.
Is there a Libertarian position on same-sex marriage?
he legality of samesex marriage has long been a contention between liberal and conservatives, but it’s also a source of division among libertarians. As I dug into the original Ziyi Mai Staff Columnist thoughts of libertarianism and classical liberalism, I discovered that the legitimacy of same-sex marriage should never have been a concern of libertarians in the first place. Instead, whether government should be playing a role in defining and recognizing marriage is the more important issue with which libertarians should be concerned. Murray N. Rothbard lays out the framework of liber-
tarian theory in his book For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto. Libertarian theories all rest on a so called “nonaggression axiom”: that no man or group of men may aggress the person or property of anyone else. Aggression is defined as the initiation of the use or threat of physical violence against the person or property of anyone else. Libertarians believe that a man has a right to do whatever he wants as long as he doesn’t infringe other people’s rights. But if he does, he’s subject to legal repercussions. Armed with this axiom, it’s very unlikely that libertarian fall into either the liberal or conservative category when it comes to same-sex marriage. Both of their positions are considered aggression because they try to get government involved in defining or
redefining marriage. If marriage (or civil unions, domestic partnerships, etc.) fits the “nonaggression axiom,” which doesn’t violate other people’s rights, why is it polarizing the nation? Superficially, gay marriage might seem to be a religious or moral issue — but the reality is much different. Income taxes and other marriage benefits from the government are the real face behind the veil of the samesex marriage contention. In a regressive system of income tax, married couples pay less in income taxes when they file jointly than if they do it separately. It’s because their income as a whole falls into a bracket that allows them to pay less. According to Tax Policy Center, tax legislation since 2001 has substantially increased marriage bonuses
by raising the standard deduction for couples to twice that for single filers, and by setting the income ranges of the 10 and 15 percent tax brackets for couples to twice the corresponding ranges for individuals. Legislation also raised the starting point for the earned income tax credit phase-out range by $3,000 for married couples. It’s easy to see why gay Americans are fighting for the right to marry — not only for love, but largely because of the tax incentive of marriage recognized by the government. If government keeps its hands off marriage — and lets it become an affair among private institutions — by eliminating all the tax breaks and benefits for couples that fall in government’s definition of marriage, then same-sex marriage issue wouldn’t be a heated issue on
any legislative agenda. Legalizing same-sex marriage has been gaining solid ground in the U.S. Maryland, Maine and Washington have joined six other states to legalize same-sex marriage after November’s election. As we progress in the 21st century, more states will recognize same-sex marriages. Legalizing same-sex marriage can also infringe on the rights of people who don’t believe in homosexual marriage. Elane Photography, a private photography company in New Mexico, was sued by a gay couple because its Christian owners refused to take photos for that gay couple. The court ruled against Elane Photography, saying that it indeed violates the state’s antidiscrimination law. The court’s ruling is absolutely not in favor of protect-
ing private property rights. Since the photography company is privately owned, its owners have the right to reject the customers who they don’t like. Not doing business with the gay couple was not aggression. Besides, there are still plenty of photographers willing to take pictures of gay couples. The government’s interference through support of this unnecessary lawsuit is a violation against property rights. Libertarians as individuals may support or oppose the legal arrangements of same-sex couples – just like they may support or oppose the health benefits of vitamins or the use of child safety belts – but that doesn’t mean they ask government to take a position to stand or oppose it. Government has no role to play in marriage at all, both heterosexual and homosexual.
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What happened to ASG? I
n 2005, the North Carolina Association of Student Governments took 49 delegates on a trip to Washington, D.C. in a lobbying effort to stop budget cuts from the Department of Education. While there, students met with representatives from education advocacy groups and made connections with D.C. officials with whom they would later follow up. Amanda Devore, the ASG president at the time, is quoted as saying to the Daily Tar Heel, “We can’t just sit on all the information we’ve gained.” Where did this ambitious go-getter attitude disappear to? Want to know what the ASG is up to now? In April 2012, the ASG raised the stipends awarded to its officers. The organization’s Facebook
page alerts followers to things like “It’s Election Day!” or the recent United Nations recognition of Palestine. Remind us again what this has to do with extending education “to the people of the State free of expense, as far as practicable?” ASG’s mission statement claims that its members “champion the concerns of students and ensure affordability and accessibility to quality education today and tomorrow.” Yeah, about that… These are rough times for public education. The N.C. Board of Governors is proposing more tuition hikes, and we’re sure you’ve all heard about the new idea for a 10-day drop period. The ASG doesn’t get a vote on the BOG, so it’s essentially
a lobbying group. There’s no issue there — lobbying can be extremely effective. But the most relevant thing we’ve seen from the ASG — despite their claim to get their act together in August — is one campus forum held at UNC-Chapel Hill. A forum is fine. A forum is great. A forum should be taking place far more often than once a semester, especially during a semester such as this one. N.C. State is paying the ASG $35,000 a year to represent student concerns. And just what are they doing with that money? According to the Daily Tar Heel, the ASG has — in this semester alone — lost $500 due to unused hotel rooms and transferred $2,700 from the special projects fund to cover increased stipends for
officers. To the organization’s defense, Kevin Kimball, the ASG’s chief information officer, is quoted in the Daily Tar Heel as saying, “We’ve been wasting money like this for three months now and really want to stop.” It sounds great — at least there’s some guilt associated with pouring money down the drain. Kimball is probably going to do well in public relations, but don’t you need a little followthrough to earn the trust of the public? The follow-through is what we are requesting of the ASG, or at the very least, fiscal responsibility. This association is already the officiallyrecognized liaison between students and the Board of Governors. They are in a prime location politically to
make a difference, but they need to start making good on their commitments to us as students. Technician already covered the talk of leaving the ASG by both N.C. State Student Body President Andy Walsh and representatives from ECU Friday. If the ASG doesn’t start making changes soon, we at Technician will support their decision. There are plenty of other student advocacy groups ready to go to bat for students. One example is the N.C. Student Power Union. This organization already attends BOG events, the most recent one being the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions meeting to discuss the upcoming five year strategic plan for UNC System schools. Bryan Perl-
mutter, a senior in business administration and a member of the Union, spoke with Technician on Friday. “If the rationale is to leave the ASG, then there still should be some representation on the statewide level,” Perlmutter said. He assured Technician that the Union is capable of taking on this role. Perlmutter is right. We’re always going to need student representation, but the question comes down to which organization can most effectively deliver just that. At the moment it is not the ASG, but we at Technician would like it to be. So get your act together, ASG, or like the cheesiest of all comedians, we’ll just “make like a tree and leave.”
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urning 125 is a pretty big deal. Apparently, not everyone agrees — some dismiss the University’s year-long celebration as a fundraising scheme. And it may be, but the question being raised is this: is there something we’re forgetting about, something more important than N.C. State’s 125th anniversary? The answer is yes. The year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, signed by President Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War. The Morrill Act of 1862 secured federal funding for public institutions of higher learning established in areas of agriculture, mechanics, engineering and military tactics “in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life.” Land-grant universities were intended to extend formal education to more than just privileged American citizens — diverging from the norm of the time, which was to only educate the doctors, philosophers and lawyers. Even while facing the threat of secession, our nation’s leaders were concerned about the future prosperity of our nation and the important
ased solely on the fact that we all attend N.C. State, it can be said that we are all privileged. However, not all of us are privileged enough to have our tuition, room and board, and meal plan paid for by our parents. More students than we would like to think are forced to put college costs ahead of food on their list of necessities. Although much of the public sees the four years of being dirt poor — bestowed upon us by college — as
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role college education has in long-term success. T he Mor r i l l Ac t wa s amended in 1890 to ensure race was not a consideration for admissions at all federally sponsored universities — and if race was considered, there must be an equal institution in every state for minorities. The amendment was the foundation for historically black colleges and universities in the United States, 18 of which have land-grant status. Currently, there are 74 registered land-grant universities. Some big names include: Auburn, Tuskegee, the University of California at Berke-
but for those inspired by extraordinary discoveries. Our country’s leaders were determined to make education more accessible to average citizens, and that the investment would pay off in local communities. Now, 150 years later, our leaders seem to have forgotten the importance of the land-grant mission. Schools are often more renowned for athletics than academics, politicians care more about the finances of educations rather than the quality. The 125th fundraising effort is great, but let’s not forgets the more important number — 150.
simply a hurdle in the path to richer days, N.C. State students do not believe this is a necessary obstacle. In mid-November, the Feed the Pack food pantry opened to help combat hunger on campus. The pantry is open two hours every weekday and is located in 379 Harrelson Hall. Food pantry volunteers represent numerous organizations on campus including Student Government, Union Activities Board, the Women’s Center and the Counsel-
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ley, Cornell, Georgia State, Perdue and Clemson, among many others. The majority of these institutions, analogous with N.C. State, have maintained their agricultural, technical, mechanical and engineering roots. As our national economic structure has progressed to a post-industrial society, the occupations we ready ourselves for here at State are on the rise. Last year, $540 million of North Carolina revenue was attributed to our alumni or research discoveries. Land-grant universities are no longer intended for those of “ordinary life,”
he Board of Trustees approved an increase in tuition starting fall of next year. An almost $330 increase will affect undergraduates and will continue to rise to an estimated $1,168 in the coming five years, according to a news bulletin from the University. To put that into more practical terms, that’s about 268 tall extra coffee caramel Frappuccinos from Starbucks or about 208 Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich combos. The biggest problem for students when it comes to news of tuition increases is never actually being able to see the money being spent. Whether paid with financial aid, by parents or out-of-pocket, the money seems to kind of … disappear, and the expression “out of sight, out of mind” is unconsciously applied. Student apathy regarding where our money goes could be due to a belief that we’ll make up for the money lost when we begin our careers. Or it could be due to how desensitized we have become to University authorities constantly asking us to pay more, regardless of whether it will benefit us or not. A rise in tuition and fees — it can at least
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ing Center. On still a local but wider scale, Raleigh is also struggling with hunger. The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina reported that in the 13 counties served by the Raleigh branch, more than 233,694 people are at risk of hunger — 79,990 of them are children. Several companies such as Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods and Food Lion made it easy for customers to make monetary or food donations while shopping. These donations
provide hunger relief locally. Other Raleigh businesses are doing their part as well. In partnership with the North Carolina Museum of History, PineCone will host a concert by The Happy Valley Pals. PineCone is “dedicated to preserving, presenting, and promoting traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts,” according to its website. Similarly, Sola Coffee Café is hosting its own music festival. Attendees of both shows are encouraged to bring canned food items.
The Wolfpack is also helping relieve hunger globally. The Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service (CSLEPS) is involved with Feed the Pack as well as another initiative called “Stop Hunger Now.” On Nov. 17, volunteers helped the international organization package 125,250 dehydrated, high-protein meals, surpassing its 125,000 meal goal. Many N.C. State students worry not where their next meal is coming from, but
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be hoped — means money will go to things our students need, like repairing the D.H. Hill Library from the vandalism that occurred only a few weeks ago or making sure there are enough lights on North Campus at night so we can walk back to our dorms with a little more comfort. And ultimately, we want to make sure we’re getting the best education for which we can possibly pay. But regardless of why we’re apathetic to where our money goes or how much we have to pay — we shouldn’t be. Tuition increases should cause an uproar among the student body, but instead we roll over and complain a bit before continuing a blissful sleep. Just because the tuition and fee hikes lead to something good doesn’t mean that we should blindly defer to them. Developed nations around the world provide their people with quality education — they most likely don’t struggle to have enough lights on campus — and they don’t need to strangle students’ pockets to do so. Students need not be looted to get an education, and it is about time that we at N.C. State realize this.
merely whether it is coming from The Atrium or Fountain Dining Hall. If this is the biggest food dilemma you face, Technician encourages you to volunteer with CSLEPS or make donations to the food pantry. And though it seems issues of hunger and poverty are only prevalent during the holiday season, there are opportunities to help all year long. The only problem will be deciding which cause speaks most to you.
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In the context of what occurred nationally during the 2012 season, the men’s cross country team did very well. Like it did in 2011, the Pack opened the year with a sterling performance in its first competition with an impressive team victory.
C om i ng of f t he 2011 season in which two runners earned All-American status (Ryan Hill and Andrew Colley), State earned its best national finish in eight years and maintained national prominence at the NCAA finals. The Pack finished 26th overall and Colley was able to place 16th in the 10K race with a time of 29:39.5, which earned him a second straight All-AmericanTeam honor. Colley was also named the ACC men’s Performer of the Year.
wheels fell off due to problems both on and off the field as the Wolfpack stumbled to a 1010 overall record, including just one ACC win. Midway through the season, four players were booted off the team after an altercation at a local bar. Among those d ism issed i ncluded sophomore forward Monbo Bokar, the team’s leading goal scorer. The season was capped by a disappointing 3-2 loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC Tournament, in which the Pack let a 2-0 lead
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The men’s soccer team looked like one of the top programs in the country early in the season, beginning the season 6-0 and rising as high as No. 15 in the country. However, the
slip away. There were bright spots on the season, including the play of junior midfielder Alex Martinez. The transfer from High Point finished with 11 goals and 10 assists and was named
first team All-ACC. Still, the team’s poor play down the stretch has head coach Kelly Findley searching for answers this offseason.
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Following a 5-2 start, including a five-game winning streak, the women’s soccer team closed the season on
a 12-game skid to finish 5-14 overall and 0-10 in the ACC, capping off the worst season in the program’s history. Over the course of the losing streak, the Wolfpack was outscored 38-8 by its opponents and it was shut out seven times during that same period. On the last day of the season, the team suffered a 4-1 loss at home to rival No. 8 North Carolina, moving the team to 1-42-2 all-time against the Tar Heels. A few days after
the game against UNC, the Department of Athletics announced that Steve Springthorpe had stepped down as head coach. Springthorpe was 30-43-4 since taking
over the head coaching position in 2009. This was the Wolfpack’s third winless ACC season in six years.
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See what the Pack’s packing
s the men’s basketball team prepares for its trip to New York City to take on Connecticut at the Jimmy V Classic, its first appearance in the event since 2002, Technician took a peek inside the team’s equipment room to see what it takes on its road trips. Everything from a bag full of packs of gum to practice jerseys can be found in the team’s equipment bags. Redshirt junior center Jordan Vandenberg finds practice equipment is one of his road essentials. Walk-on sophomore guard Staats Battle’s laptop is a key part of keeping his grades in check while the team is on the road.
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Doeren ready to elevate Pack to new heights Jeniece Jamison Sports Editor
The Tom O’Brien era of N.C. State football was plagued by a lackluster offense, mediocre recruiting and good — but not great — finishes. While each of these served as the pitfalls of O’Brien’s six-year tenure at State, Director of Athletics Debbie Yow seems to, at least on paper, have found the remedy to those issues in DeKalb, Ill. Six days after O’Brien was removed from the head-coaching seat, a new chapter began for the program with the hiring of Dave Doeren, former head football coach of Northern Illinois, to the same position. Any change in major college football is all associated with one statistic as the bottom line— wins and losses. Despite O’Brien leading the Pack to a 7-5 record this season, three consecutive bowl games and five-straight wins against rival North Carolina, it wasn’t good enough. Where O’Brien was below par, Doeren excelled. Doeren’s Huskies went 23-4 over-
all while he was at the helm and 17-1 against Mid-Atlantic Conference opponents. This season, they reached a No. 16 national ranking, a school-record 12-win season and captured the MAC championship over Kent State. The Huskies are the only Football Bowl Subdivision team to win 21 of its last 22 games. “If we want to be the champions in this office, which I know we do, if we want to be consistent top-25 program, then we’re going to have to be tireless workers and understand that’s our charge,” Doeren said. “And we will be.” Like the hectic 24 hours between winning its season finale against Boston College and O’Brien’s departure for the Wolfpack, Doeren has also had to make a life-changing adjustment in a short period of time. His former school earned a bid to the Orange Bowl and will play Florida State. Doeren will not coach NIU in the bowl game, but he said leaving the team at this time was a difficult decision. Doeren brings experience as a recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin
to a program that has struggled to bring top-rated classes into Raleigh. The 2011 class was the worst under O’Brien, ranked last in the conference according to Rivals.com. Doeren said he would honor each of the current 2013 commits under O’Brien if they choose to stay committed to State. “To see all of these great freshmen in the state of North Carolina starting off their careers at other schools is upsetting,” Doeren said. While O’Brien’s office was plagued by dropped passes and a disjointed rushing attack all season, Doeren again provides a flip of the coin in the offensive category as well. NIU ranked 15th in total offense and scored 40.8 points per game this season. State averaged 28.4 points per outing. But in an era full of highpowered offenses this isn’t good enough, ranking State 72nd overall. As the Doeren era begins, for the price tag of $1.8 million per year in a five-year contract, Yow is expecting him to push the program to national prominence, refusing to accept the status quo.
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Dave Doeren paces the sidelines during a game. Doeren, former head coach at Northern Illinois, was named the head coach at N.C. State Dec.1.
Making the grade with fall sports T
he end of the semester is here and, along with it, many of the Wolfpack’s fall sports have come to a close. As the Technician Sports staff prepares to take its exams in the classroom, it decided to put N.C. State’s athletic programs to the test. Here are the final grades the staff assigned to each of
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sophomore running back Tony Creecy and freshman running back Shadrach Thornton had to step up in the ground game, and until Thornton took over the majority of the carries, the rushing attack was minimal. Senior wide receiver Tobias Palmer bloomed late for the Wolfpack, earning surplus receiving yardage as well as performing well as the kickoff return specialist. Junior cornerback David Amerson fell from grace at the midway point of the season but improved at the tail end, including the 55-yard interception return for a touchdown against
Boston College. The team had high hopes for the season with a possible conference championship bid in the works. These aspirations climaxed following the upset of then No. 6 Florida State, but after dropping potential victories to UNC-Chapel Hill and Virginia, the hype died, and with it, the support of O’Brien. Offensive coordinator and interim head coach Dana Bible will look to finish the season as best as can be managed, but the damage to the once-promising season has been done.
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The No. 19 Wolfpack only played three events during the fall and will have some room for improvement this spring. None of the starting five players averaged
The strength of the football team did not reflect the outcome of the season, culminating in the firing of head coach Tom O’Brien on Nov. 25. Graduate student quarterback Mike Glennon set major milestones during this season, but he was also plagued with poor performances where interceptions and fumbles superseded high passing yards. The rushing game suffered throughout the course of the 2012 campaign with senior running back James Washington injured and sophomore running back Mustafa Greene dismissed from the team. Redshirt
the fall sports. Golf will have an opportunity to rise, or fall, in the spring and football is preparing to play its bowl game. But for the majority of the fall season sports, this is the final verdict. While some programs got a passing grade, others might need to get back the drawing board.
below 73.3 in six rounds and the team failed to crack the top-5 in the trio of opening tournaments that featured plenty of talented teams ranked ahead of State. After breaking through for the program’s first top-25 ranking and first NCAA Tournament appearance, the autumn was a very small sample size. The once-young roster should regain its footing in the spring behind talented sophomore Augusta James and senior leader Amanda Baker. Starting in February, State begins a stretch of traveling to Puerto Rico, Florida, California, Louisiana and then back home to North Carolina.
The volleyball team soared to new heights in 2012, earning its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1987. Behind the outstanding leadership of its senior captains, setter Megan Cyr and libero Alexa Micek, the Wolfpack finished 22-9 overall with a 12-8 mark in ACC play. Cyr also garnered All-ACC honors. The 22 wins are the program’s most since 1982. The team started off hot, opening the season by winning five straight matches and 15 of 16
overall. The Pack cooled off considerably in the thick of conference play, but still ended up doing just enough to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a quarter century. Highlights of the season included home wins over Tobacco Road rivals Duke and North Carolina. It’s evident that head coach Bryan Bunn has the program headed in the right direction through his first three years.
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While the team was a slight disappointment throughout the fall, a pair of individual wins from Albin Choi cemented his place as one of the best golfers in program history. Choi started the semester with a win at the Tar Heel Invi-
tational and ended it with a November victory in Hawaii at the Warrior Wave Princeville Intercollegiate; his record of six career titles is the second most in school history behind Matt Hill, who won 10 times at N.C. State.
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