Stealing from Atrium is stealing from students Jake Moser Deputy News Editor
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With a student volunteer and an Atrium employee, this photo models the problem of food theft in the Atrium.
have widespread consequences. “University dining is completely funded by meal plan purchases and cash register sales,” according to Gilmore. These funds are then used to fund new dining facilities,
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Theft is common at the Atrium Food Court, and everyone is a victim, including the perpetrators themselves. Students have noticed customers of the Atrium shoving food into their pockets, purses and book bags, especially during the lunch and dinner rush. Amidst long lines and hectic traffic, it is difficult for Atrium staff to keep up with everything, according to Thomas Jasmine, sophomore arts application major. “[Atrium customers] do it because they can,” Jasmine said. “During lunch time especially, the chicken sandwiches are easy targets.” “While theft is not a critical problem for University Dining,” according to Jennifer Gilmore, marketing and communications manager for Campus Enterprises, “the administration has taken notice to the issue.” “We are aware that people take things they didn’t purchase,” Gilmore said. “It happens, and there’s this notion that it doesn’t hurt anyone.” Gilmore challenges this notion that on-campus theft is victimless and argues it has the potential to
keeping existing facilities up to date, adding more dining options, and hiring culinary talent. University dining also allocates some of its money to administrative fees, like scholarships, and financial aid.
“When customers take things they didn’t pay for, somebody has to cover that,” Gilmore said. “When people steal, it just diminishes what we’re able to turn around and give back to students ... In a sense, they are taking from the student body.” W hi le Gi lmore says t he amount stealing has affected University Dining’s budget is hard to quantify, Atrium cashiers have seen theft taking place, and are trained to handle it responsibly and respectfully. “Another aspect of State affected by stealing is the University’s overall value. N.C. State is widely recognized as a great value, and meal plan prices are very low compared to other schools,” according to Gilmore. “[The educational value] is part of what makes N.C. State a great place, and we want to keep it that way,” Gilmore said. “We want to keep all the costs low and it challenges our ability to do so when people take things.” Gilmore also mentioned University Dining’s use of surveillance and computers to combat what she sees as an ethical problem.
Will new cyber law challenge free speech? Jessica Hatcher Staff Writer
A new North Carolina law on cyber-bulling became effective in December, and now students can now be fined or jailed for harassing their teachers online. The School Violence Prevention Act of 2012 allows for students to be charged if they commit actions that are done “with the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee.” The crime can warrant up to $1,000 or 60 days in jail. The act includes a wide range of actions such as creating false social media accounts for school employees, posting real or altered images of faculty, signing teachers up for pornography or spam, making statements with the intent to stalk or harass faculty, and even sending repeated emails or other forms of electronic communication to a staff
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Online programs make Arts NOW hosts international artists top 10 of national list Sara Awad
lab,” Hambourger said. “It is the artifact of the way the system is set up,” Hambourger said. N.C. State is usually recognized According to Hambourger, many for its engineering department and students use online courses to fulbricks, but now another program fill their general education requireis getting national attention. U.S. ments. “However, students are still News & World Report ranked the unable to complete their entire unUniversity as top-notch for its on- dergraduate degree online,” Hamline degree programs. bourger said. According to U.S. News & World “Leadership in the Public Sector is Report’s list for best online educa- the only undergraduate online detion programs, distance education gree program that is offered to stuat State is top-notch. Honors went dents, but they can only enroll with to the University’s online graduate a minimum of 60 credit hours,” engineering and Hambourger said. computer inforAccording to Hammation technology bourger, most of programs, which t he Universit y’s stood at seventh online programs and ninth place reare for master’s despectively. NCSU gree students, and also held spot nummany are geared toLynda Hambourger, ber 17 on the list of ward engineering. DELTA academic advisor top online graduate “These programs programs. UNChave had a long Chapel Hill was not mentioned in track record and good reputation. the report. Not many other institutions offer The news comes after the Uni- programs like that online, so we versity suspended the fee for online stand out,” Hambourger said. courses, meaning students no lonU.S. News & World Report ranked ger have to pay additional money for Duke University as number 69 in each credit hour they take online. best online graduate nursing proAccording to Distance Education grams. and Learning Technology Applica“Good online courses and protion academic advisor Lynda Ham- grams are well structured and probourger, whether the new system is vide avenues of communication an advantage or disadvantage de- between classmates and their inpends on the individual student. structors,” Hambourger said. “For example, a non-degree student Junior in elementary education, may have to pay more for a lab he or she takes on campus, than for the ONLINE continued page 3 online course that accompanies the Staff Writer
“These programs have had a long track record and good reputation.”
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The Red Clay Saxophone Quartet performed at Thompson Theater Tuesday, Jan. 29. As part of the Arts NOW series.
Victoria Vesce Staff Writer
The Arts NOW Series (ANS) at N.C. State is blending art with a variety of other disciplines to create a unique and interesting experience. The ANS hosts a plethora of art-centered events that range from concerts and lectures to various performing arts that are not only for the students but open to the community as well. The series spans the globe and represents many cultures and diverse topics. From opera to climate change, featured artists have come from as far away as Canada, Argentina, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland and through out the United States,”
according to the ANS website. ANS is directed by Rodney Waschka II, a composer and professor of art studies at N.C. State. “(The series) is part of what any good college education should provide, a chance to encounter lively art of today and the possibility of broadening one’s understanding of what the arts are and can be,” Waschka said. Hosted and Sponsored by the Arts Studies Program, Waschka developed ANS in 1996-97 as an extension of Lunchtime Arts Series established by David Greene, Professor Emeritus at N.C. State. “We wanted to create a series of performances, lectures and other events that would interest a wide variety of students on campus, while also serving as an extension service
to the surrounding community and North Carolina,” Waschka said. The Arts NOW Series has a widespread appeal. The demographics vary, as there are events for everyone, from children to adults. “These events are designed for students to enjoy and learn from the work of artists who are contemplating many of the same problems and opportunities college students face today,” according to Waschka. The upcoming event debuting on Valentine’s Day will be the Fire Pink Trio, which will be presented at Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre in Frank Thompson Hall at 7 p.m. For more information about event times, visit the Arts NOW Series website at http://www4.ncsu. edu/~waschka/artsnow/
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Graduate School gains seats in Student Senate Amanda Wilkins and Josue Molina Staff Writers
The Student Senate reapportioned Senates seats without much debate Wednesday night at the Student Senate Meeting, with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences losing four seats and the Graduate School gaining four. In the past, reapportionment has been a controversial topic in the Student Senate. “The last time that that happened there was a lot of debating and politics going on,” Alex Parker, sophomore in Spanish language and literature and senator for the College of Education.”The fact that it didn’t even go into debate is a statement in and of itself of how the process went this time. It went very smoothly.” Parker sponsored the Reapportionment Act, which the Student Senate passed with little debate. This bill officially redistributes the number of representative seats each college gets for Student Senate. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Education and Textiles lost seats. The new College of Sciences absorbed representatives from CALS and all representatives from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. CALS now has four seats and the new college has six seats that will be voted on in the upcoming election. T he Graduate School gained four representative seats, for a total of 10. Graduate students now have the
most representatives of any college in the Student Senate, and some senators questioned the Graduate School’s representation. But Parker pointed out that, based on enrollment, the Graduate School should have almost 16 seats. Ten seats seemed a reasonable compromise, he said. All other colleges maintained their seats. Student Body Statues require the Committee of Apportionment to reapportion Senate seats among the colleges based on student headcount in the college and the committee’s reasoning. The Recognized Schools and Colleges Update Act, also sponsored by Parker, was adopted and officially recognizes the College of Sciences. It also combines the Life-long Education, First Year College, University Transition Program and Environmental Studies representation under the designation Division for Academic and Student Affairs. College of Veterinary Medicine students will be represented by The Graduate School seats will represent the College of Veterinary Medicines and those students can run for Graduate School seats. Senate also approved the appointment of 18 senators. They filled all representative positions, except for three from the College of Design, PAMS and Life-long Education. Senators interviewed all the candidates for the 18 Senate seats as a group at the meeting. They asked only three questions:
• What punctuation mark would you be? • What book did you read recently? • What super power would you like to have? Recent vacancies were because of some senators were no longer academically eligible to serve any longer or were stepping down from their positions because of other obligations. Tuition and Fees Resolution Revamp Act was also up for first reading. The Student Senate also adopted Non-Academic Violations Deterrence Act. UNC ASG REMOVAL ACT
The Student Senate also approved on first reading the UNC ASG Removal Act, sponsored by Khari Cy rus, sophomore in biological sciences and senator, First-Year AtLarge. went up for first reading and was sent to the Committee on Government Operat ions. The bill, which goes to the Committee on Government Operations, is a response to Student Government‚Äôs lack of confidence in the efforts of the Association of Student Government. Last year, Student Senate tried to pass Resolution 48, which called for N.C. State’s removal from the ASG. The bill was ruled unconstitutional.
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Anna Neumann, said she “enjoyed the convenience of the five online courses she has taken since coming to the University.” “Overall, I thought they were pretty good,” Neumann said. “Professors were very available on campus and answered any questions students had.” Neumann said she only wishes the fee for online courses had been dropped sooner, as the rest of her required courses are only offered on campus.
When the fee was in place, Neumann felt like she was being charged for a class twice and did not understand why she had to pay extra for a teacher who “wasn’t even on campus.” According to Hambourger, complaints
government officials,” Meno said. The law is also “potentially continued from page 1 unconstitutional” because it criminalizes free speech. The member. law has blatant disregard for Other pieces of legislation the First Amendment, achave been passed in North cording to Meno. Carolina, including the 2009 ACLU also argues that the School Violence Prevention charges are disproportionate Act and Protect Our Kids/ to the offense. Meno said that Cyber Bullying Misdemean- young high school students or, both of which protect stu- often make remarks on the dents from cyber-bullying. Internet without thinking A lthough the law was them through, but that does certainly passed with good not mean that they should be intentions, many people faced with criminal charges. think the law poses danMeno suggested that “the gerous threats to students. smartest thing to do is to The American Civil Liberty repeal the law.” There are Union of North Carolina already things in place in opposes the law for several school systems that deal reasons. with these types of situations. Mike Meno, the commu- “Sixteen year olds should not nications director for ACLU have a criminal record for one of North Carolina, explained statement they made online,” that the law was “broad and Meno said. vague.” Anything that can be The ACLU of North Caroconsidered “intimidating” lina is asking for any stucan result dent t hat in charges. ha s been “A n e xcharged a mple of under the this would new law be if a high to contact school stutheir office dent posts and submit Mike Meno, something a report. N.C. communications on a social Lt. Dadirector for ACLU networkvid Kelly, ing site, operations like Twitter, about how he manager and public informadisagrees with the plays a tion officer for the Campus football coach made, then Police, said that there have that student can face criminal not been many cases involvcharges,” Meno explained. ing cyber-bullying at N.C. Students can also get in State. However, he pointed trouble for saying things out that the new law is a rethat are true. The law says vision to previous laws and that any statement “whether suggests that students and true or false, intending to faculty members look into immediately provoke, and the specifics of the new law that is likely to provoke, any to ensure that they do not third party to stalk or harass break the law. a school employee,” can result Oftentimes when students in charges. post something negative on“If a student reveals an in- line, even if it is in fun or jest, appropriate student-teacher they do not realize that “the relationship, says they are possible ramifications are far ‘tired’ of a certain faculty greater than what is originalmember, or posts that they ly expected,” Kelly said. disagree with a decision made Kelly encourages students by school administrators, it to think twice about things could be considered crimi- they post online, especially if nal,” said Meno. it contains negative informa“This chills free speech tion about another student or and would deter students a faculty member. “Once the from posting any thing,” information is posted online, Meno said. “It also sets a bad you can’t control where that precedent for young, impres- information goes,” Kelly said. sionable students. It teaches students that it’s not okay to criticize authority figures or
“It teaches students that it’s not okay to criticize authority figures.”
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like these prompted DELTA Director and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Entrepeneurship, Thomas Miller, to spearhead a committee that voted to remove the fees. After the change, enrollment in online classes in-
creased. “We were really scrounging for seats in Spring 2013, but now many are open after students dropped classes,” Hambourger said. Hambourger said the students who succeed in online courses tend to be more mature and self-disciplined. “Students tend to think if it’s online I can just do the assignments the last week of class. That’s not true because instructors have deadlines,” Hambourger said. Neumann said one of her online instructors set up class in three segments per week, so it was similar to the time commitment she had to make for her other classes on
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campus. Online courses come with their disadvantages, as well. “More young people are participating in the online world, but you may miss the need for emotional, one-onone contact online,” Hambourger said. Because of the increase in online usage, modes of instruction are evolving, as well. MyPack Portal lists modes of instruction that include in person - remote, Internet hybrid and rich media. “The whole system is changing rapidly so the distance between online and on campus classes is blurring,” Hambourger said.
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We propose the end of proposals
ur government is finally starting to cooperate with itself. This past week, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and President Obama both released their proposed plans for immigration reform. After four years of complaints from U.S. citizens, the White House and Congress want the same thing. Immigration reform is a long time coming, the lack of which President Obama considers the “biggest failure” of his first term. Marty Rosenbluth, a local immigrant attorney, told Indie Week last week that undocumented immigrants are being deported over minor traffic offenses, such as driving without a license. We don’t think we need to reiterate the need for change. But of course, not everyone agrees. Earlier this month, the North Carolina Department of Transportation enacted a ban on issuing
The unsigned editorial is the opinion of the members of Technician’s editorial board, excluding the news department, and is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief. driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants who are eligible for deferred deportation. Both of North Carolina’s U.S. senators, Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, responded to the national proposals with statements along the lines of “I support reform, but I am only considering this approach. There could be better options.” We’re tired of the proposals. We’re tired of the musings, the considerations and the vague, diplomatic statements. Amèrica Moreno told Technician Tuesday that, as an undocumented immi-
grant, she has been waiting on reform for 17 years. During those 17 years, reform attempts failed in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007 and, most recently, in 2010 with the DREAM Act. Though we may be beating a dead horse, we also have to say that Obama’s proposal isn’t the answer immigrants need. One requirement is that current undocumented immigrants learn English. Did we not already go through this debate with the likes of the 2011 English Language Unity Act? Did we not determine that a national language was pointless?
“We’re tired of the musings, the considerations and the vague, diplomatic statements.”
Also, and more disturbingly, Obama’s proposal would require current undocumented immigrants to “move to the back of the line” on their pathway to legalization. The 11 million Hispanic non-citizens would not be any closer to citizenship than before. Essentially, this solves nothing. We need change now. Rosenbluth recently won a Citizen Award from Indie Week for his continuing fight against the abuse of undocumented immigrants, and we congratulate him. But he can only do so much without the help of new legislation. “The idea that you can go out at night for a quart of milk and end up in Mexico without being able to say goodbye to your kids is crazy,” Rosenbluth told Indie Week. Is it redundant to say that we agree?
The Kickstarter leap of faith
was one of the many people who first took serious notice of Kickstarter last year. As more interesting projects began to crop up on the site, I had a hard time not getting Jordan Alsaqa drawn in by Associate the promise Features Editor of cool new products that I could personally help bring to life. Of course, a big part of Kickstarter is the reward system. You’re welcome to pledge any amount of money you want, but the more you give, the better a reward package you can get. So, when I pledge for a new board game or graphic novel, why not go ahead and kick in enough money to get the finished product and maybe one or two extras? But when I make that pledge and see the expected delivery date, I know that the accuracy of that date is suspect. Things happen behind the scenes, whether production issues, shipping problems or various other delays. Kickstarter might project delivery in July, but the package can easily slip back to October.
I want to applaud Technician’s editorial team for taking such a courageous stand in Tuesday’s editorial, “PNC, mob mentality, and social issues.” As a fan of college sports myself and someone who advocates for an end to social injustice issues like poverty and hunger, I often struggle with how to harness some of the energy focused on college athletics as we fight for an end to injustice in our communities. As the editorial points out, this is not an attack on college athletics, rather an opportunity to raise the awareness of our civic duty to address issues of injustice in our communities. Thanks for helping to raise the awareness of the needs in our community. Mike Giancola, Associate Vice Provost Student Leadership and Engagement By now, everyone on this campus seems to have heard about the origin of Roll Pack. Our men’s basketball team beat No. 1 ranked team Duke and the students were so overwhelmed with excitement, we rushed the court in the celebration. Everyone rushed the court. Even paraplegic student Will Privette was rolled out in his wheelchair to celebrate. I think Andy Walsh was OK in helping Will out onto the court. Everyone who
As a backer, I know to be ready for that. However, one particular project I pledged, a reprint of the board game “Tammany Hall,” has seen a great number of people getting angry because the game is now more than two months late. Again, the late shipping of Kickstarter projects is nothing new, but the problem people have here is with the company behind the project, Pandasaurus Games. Back in December, the project received an update saying the game was about to ship. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this turned out not to be the case. For many, this was a sign that the company had lied to them, when it was simply a case of misinformation. This is a common problem with Kickstarter projects. Backers develop this sense of entitlement. They pledge their money and take it as a personal insult when their reward doesn’t ship on time. They begin to believe they’re being ripped off or scammed. The problem with this attitude is that Kickstarter, as the site’s creators constantly work to communicate to users, is not a store. You are not pre-ordering a product that
wants to should get a chance to celebrate the win, no matter their physical limitations. But, because of all the students storming the court, Will was knocked out of his wheelchair and nearly trampled. Luckily, C.J. Leslie came to his rescue and saved him. This story has made national news and even got a short piece on TV shows like the Today Show and ESPN College Gameday. There is one aspect of the story that is missing though: What happened to Andy Walsh, our so wonderful student body president who helped Will out onto the court? The beginning of the story was great, with Andy helping a disabled student join in the celebration with the rest of the student body. But then he seems to have disappeared. Will got knocked over, and C.J. had to save him after fighting through the crowd of excited students. Where did Andy go? If he had pushed the wheelchair onto the court, he should have been nearby, or at least close enough to try and protect Will from getting knocked over—possibly even close enough to help Will when he did get knocked over. Andy seems to have just disappeared to go celebrate and left Will to fend for himself, also leaving the job of savior to someone with greater character than himself.
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has a set release date. You are pledging money to help develop a product that might never come out otherwise. It’s true more professionals are starting to use Kickstarter, but the site still serves its original purpose of allowing anyone the chance to put their idea out there and see if others want to help make it a reality. This means many projects are created by people who have never had any experience with the production side of things because they’ve never had the chance. In turn, there are going to be delays, miscommunications and bumps along the way. If this causes me to get my reward a few months late, I don’t think I need to take it personally. Are there funded projects that have gone months without an update and left backers nervous? Yes, but when a creator is making weekly updates trying to keep backers informed and a part of the process, they don’t deserve an angry reaction every time something goes wrong. Instead, backers should do their best to be civil and live up to what their original pledge was—a pledge of support.
Even though Andy seems to have left Will on his own, he is currently soaking up just as much fame. If you ever see Will, Andy is right there next to him: posing for pictures, such as the one on the front page of Technician, giving the wolf symbol to cameras on College Gameday, walking around the PNC getting cheers from fans supporting Will. Andy Walsh has been receiving fame for the Roll Pack incident by pushing Will out to danger and completely ditching him when the time called for him to show his character. Walsh has once again shown that he is all about publicity and doesn’t care who he harms to get it.
Matthew Clark, senior in arts application
Silence is a virtue, but speech is a right
t goes without saying that the First Amendment is a newspaper’s best friend. It is the reason that sections like Viewpoint can and do exist. I n l ig ht of recent events, the First Amendment deser ves a Megan standing Ellisor ovation. Deputy On Jan. Viewpoint Editor 23, it was made clear that freedom of speech is not valued every where. Magazine editor and Thai activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was sentenced to 10 years in prison for publishing two articles that supposedly defamed the monarchy. Somyot, editor of the now-defunct Voice of Taksin magazine, used a pseudonym when the articles were published. In fact, the articles were works of fiction. However, criticizing the role of government is illegal in Thailand, and Somyot’s criti-
cism of the fictional character that represented the king was deemed unlawful. The purpose of the magazine, which launched in 2009, was “to compile political news and anti-establishment articles from writers and contributors,” according to the Associated Press’ release on the subject. Somyot led the “Red Shirt” movement after Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted by the army coup in 2006. “[Somyot’s sentence] sends the wrong signals on freedom of expression in Thailand,” United Nations high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay told the AP. “People exercising freedom of expression should not be punished in the first place.” As a Viewpoint writer, I sympathize with Somyot. He is backed by the hundreds of thousands of Red Shirts, but because Thailand has a monarchial government that doesn’t share his opinions, the voice of these hundreds of thousands of people is ignored. Consider the limitations we would have under a government that does not support
freedom of speech: First, this section of the newspaper probably would not exist. Use this page to dry your tears. Second, Stephen Colbert would not have a report, nor would Jon Stewart have a daily show. Third, we would have no Brickyard preachers or peaceful protests. Finally, without a little bit of arguing in the comment section, Facebook statuses during election season just would not be the same. Though many would argue that this issue is of no concern to the American people, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would disagree. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” he said in his Letter from Birmingham Jail. We, as Americans, have the right to label the actions of our government “right” or “wrong.” This ability, though seemingly minor, serves as the cornerstone of a democratic government. Feel free to disagree.
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A forgettable fairy tale flop
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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Tommy Wirkola Paramount Pictures
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is just a laundry list of failures. The action-horror fairy tale starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, turns the classic story on its head, following the brother and sister duo on their revenge kick for witch blood. Unfortunately, instead of taking advantage of an interesting twist, Witch Hunters lapses into empty, been there, done that action-schlock. The film’s resulting effect is equivalent to pathetic puffs of smoke. Those who are familiar with the original story know of its dark material – lost in the woods, a young brother and sister stumble upon a house made of sweets. Thinking they’ll find food and comfort inside, they enter, only to be captured by a witch who fattens children to eat them. Hansel and Gretel outwit her,
however, and burn the witch in her own fire. As the movie picks up years later, with the traumas of their past supposedly still weighing heavily on the brother and sister, we see Hansel and Gretel making their living as witch hunters. Enter Renner and Arterton as the titular Hansel and Gretel, respectively. Arterton’s track record for action fantasies (Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) is laden with disappointments, and Witch Hunters can now be added to the list of flops. The lines Arterton and Renner deliver are cheap, varying from lame one-liners with out-of-place cursing to pitiful, state-the-obvious dialogue. Witch Hunters falls into the classic action movie
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to some artists such as the headliners,” Gorn said. “However, most of the peoDirty South Improv aims to ple who want to be a part of bring a little filthy fun back the festival submit to us.” to the Triangle, kicking off its NCCAF is broken into 13th year this week. Starting three components: standwith a night of stand-up, the up, improv isation a nd North Carolina Comedy Arts sketch. The stand-up block Festival will showcase over 50 will run from Jan. 30 to Feb. up-and-coming sketch art- 3, with the sketch block folists, improvisers and stand- lowing Feb. 6 through Feb. up comedians from all over 10. Finally, the improvisathe Triangle, as well as the tion block will end the festirest of the U.S. and Canada. val, running Feb. 12 through Dirty South Improv pro- Feb. 17. duced the first North CaroEach of the blocks has colina Comedy Arts Festival medic talent such as April in 2001. DSI hoped to bring Richardson, a regular on the audiences and students at the E! Show Chelsea Lately, and University of North Carolina RISK!, a show which features at Chapel Hill the opportu- local storytellers and host nity to experience differ- Kevin Allison, a member ent workshops in the art of of the MTV sketch comedy Chicago-style improvisation. troupe The State. “It’s been Accord12 years ing to Gorn, since we’ve a unique started, so qualit y of the festival the festival is 13 years is the dualiold,” Carrie ty of having Gorn, NCsuch a large CAF’s pubnumber of Zach Ward, licist, said. comedic NCCAF executive producer “It’s one of ta lents in the largest festivals of its kind one area. While the NCCAF on the East coast.” showcases up-and-coming The NCCAF kicked off this talent, it also provides year’s festivities at Motorco unique opportunities for Music Hall in Durham. The the performers. festival will run until Feb. 17 “While the performand will be held at several ers are here it’s almost like venues throughout Chapel a huge conference,” Gorn Hill and Carrboro. Accord- said. “They get to go to ing to NCCAF executive pro- workshops, and they get to ducer Zach Ward, opening network with performers all the festival with an evening over the country.” of stand-up seemed like the According to Ward, the only way to go. festival has continued to at“Stand-up is always a great tract a high level of talent, way to kick off the festival,” something everyone can Ward said. “Last year, we had benefit from. two All-Star showcases with “I am thrilled that the fesLate Show with David Let- tival continues to attract the terman comic Eddie Brill. level of talent that it does,” This year we are thrilled to Ward said. “The teams repwelcome Aparna Nancherla resenting the Upright Citiback to the festival.” zens Brigade Theatre in both Ward said that there will be New York and Los Angeles a large number of rising com- this year are incredible.” ics in attendance this year. With the dawn of its thirThe festival’s headliners in- teenth year the NCCAF clude Kevin Allison’s RISK! hopes to once again draw Live, Second City and Steven both audiences and comedic Wright. NCCAF has featured participants to its trademark talent that has been seen ev- concoction of comedy. erywhere from big television “It’s simply a really great shows such as Saturday Night way for people in the TriLive and on cable networks angle to see comedy from like Comedy Central. all over the country,” Gorn “We invite and reach out said. Staff Writer
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trap of trying to appear badass instead of putting the effort into developing a compelling world. To begin with, the film tried to guise the fact that it was objectifying the female body. For instance, there is a particularly lingering scene where Mina (Pihla Viitala) – originally accused of be-
ing a witch – gets completely naked and lounges into a magical healing pool. During this scene, she is perpetually under Hansel’s gaze. There is really no point to the scene other than to establish a romantic relationship between the two. Which brings us to Witch Hunters’ second offense: not a single character relationship
felt real. There’s just not a reason to care about Mina and Hansel’s romance, full of about as much passionate heat as a bowl of watery, week-old soup. The same can be said for the relationship between Gretel and Edward the Troll. Even Hansel and Gretel as a blood-bonded pair, the quintessential heart of this
story, are a weak caricature of a brother-sister relationship. In short, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ biggest problem is the stakes are not high enough. If the audience doesn’t care about the characters, the relationships or where any of it seems to be going, then why bother seeing the movie? The simple – and only – answer is the witches. They were the saving grace of an otherwise complete and total disaster. Fantastically hideous and terrifying hair, make-up and costume designs, along with the added special effect enhancements, made these villains the only memorable piece of the movie. Rewriting fairy tale history – as seen with the recent movies Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror Mirror, and the television show Once Upon a Time – can be intriguing. But all of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ shortcomings put it in the ranks of 2013’s worst movies so far.
tep into a world of manufactured drama and sensual pseudo relationships with NCSU World. Follow four friends who have been pushed together by filming contracts and typecasting as they handle the trials and tribulations of college. From the first day of freshmen year to the pharmaceutically altered night before graduation, NCSU World shows you how real kids are dealing with college today. With one season dedicated to each semester, this show chronicles all the changes these students experience throughout their undergraduate career. Watch as B-ri skates straight into academic apathy, com-
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ing close to trouble with the administration, which he manages to get out of with financial coercion from the studio just before season 2 returns. Enjoy hours of scenes full of Jimothy brooding in various coffee shops while surrounded by girls he ignores in favor of black coffee, the hipster requisite. See Logan fight her way to the top of the work chain intertwined with scenes of shopping and gossiping with an un-
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In contrast to the girl everyone loves to love must be the girl everyone actively hates. The mean of Elise knows no bounds; she crushes people for fun and lies like it’s her job. Which really, it kind of is. She can be seen cutting down the other cast members at the smallest offense and causing public drama on a regular basis. Usually hand-cuffs are just a few steps away for this trouble-maker. Rich and seemingly untouchable, Elise tends to make audience members cringe when she arrives on screen as they anticipate what awful thing she will do to the other cast members. Lies and scandal come to her as easily as breathing. Most of her screen time is spent stomping around in insanely expensive shoes and yelling at someone, whether in person or on the phone, about how they have ruined her life in some way. She not only creates drama; she thrives on it. How else is one to end up on the cover of US Weekly? Nice-girl Nancy and Elise cross paths frequently, usually ending in tears from one party and fury from the other. Like Jimothy is a catalyst for girl drama, Elise is a catalyst for the fire of hatred.
Every good reality show needs someone to completely f*** things up every now and again. They’re usually nice, outgoing, and even smart in certain areas. No matter how many good qualities they possess, however, they always seem to find a way to drive everyone else just a little insane. It’s generally unclear whether this is intentional or not; maybe they really are just that bizarre. One may never know. B-Ri is just this type of person. He wears loud clothes, rejects going by a name that doesn’t include a hyphen and is know for randomly supplying off the wall ideas to available listeners. Hobbies include skating, crashing, building useless things and generally using any opportunity to be “creative”. His romantic past is unpredictable and he often ends up getting the best of everyone without really trying. Audiences find him loveable, albeit somewhat absurd. Grades and typical measures of success don’t interest B-Ri. He is content to give audiences something fun to watch; him skinny dipping in a school fountain, running the Krispy Kreme Challenge in platform boots or donning grappling gear with the Bell Tower in mind. The adventures of B-Ri are endlessly amusing; he takes the other cast members on his exploits as often as possible, usually with interesting results.
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On the straight and narrow professionally and the ledge romantically, Jimothy is the typical dude everyone wonders about. Unlike B-Ri, he takes school seriously and looks for opportunities to better himself professionally. While watching him in the classroom isn’t always a guarantee for scandal, his personal life often is. Decidedly business-like in life as in class, Jimothy is constantly offending women without realizing it. He is not generally one for attachment, and thus every female on the show is unwaveringly in awe of him. Some find him cruel, others simply oblivious. Whatever the case may be, he certainly causes devastation on a regular basis. Many a catfight has been inspired by his confusing actions and the friendship of the two main women Nancyon the show frequently hangs in the balance while they await him to make a choice. Jimothy is a surefire recipe for destruction, and thus gets insane amounts of attention. His conquests of the personal sort dictate a lot about the other characters; who he dates determines who is fighting, who is happy and who is currently available for drama elsewhere. He is crucial as a cast member and fascinating to watch; NCSU World would cease to exist without such a catalyst.
A success story is something people love to see, and Nancy is just the type of girl to offer one up. Driven, focused and insanely saccharine, Nancy is the loveable girl of NCSU World. She’s so sweet that it’s almost impossible to be upset with her, even when she is kissing strangers in The Keg or daring to dance on the bar at Neptune’s. She spends much of her screen time looking polished and organized, the type of girlnext-door mothers love. Coming from a humble beginning, Nancy rose to the top with what sounds suspiciously like hard work, standing out among the other cast members as a step up from a charity case. She smiles so frequently it seems prudent to wonder if her face hurts at the end of the day and her oncamera time is usually more mild than her fellow cast members. She is the type to break up fights and force everyone to make an effort towards friendship, even when the circumstances are oddly reminiscent of a Jerry Springer episode. Without the nice girl, reality becomes one big hate-filled brawl.
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where Doeren was an assistant before taking the Northern Illinois job. The O’Brien regime, for the most part, has scattered. Such a practice is not unusual for a coaching staff when a firing occurs. That is the nature of the beast. O’Brien himself has landed on his feet at fellow ACC program Virginia. O’Brien is no stranger to Charlottesville, having served 14 seasons as an offensive line coach and later offensive coordinator under legendary Cavalier head coach George Welsh from 1982-96. T h is t i me a rou nd, O’Brien will be working under current Virginia head man Mike London as an associate head coach for offense and tight ends. Moreover, Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor took a job with the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, leaving open the possibility that O’Brien could move to his old position.
sports fans, according to Hazouri. With the allure returning to the basketball program last season, Hazouri said Mitch’s also saw some old and new customers return to enjoy the team’s success, but it is still a niche market. The pub’s most successful game day sales are during and after weekend home games, but it’s still not as big as it was in the 80’s. “It’s not a major thing anymore,” Hazouri said. “Everyone has access to big screen TVs.” The drinking age being increased to 21 in 1986 also caused a shake in the popularity of watching games at bars among students, according to Hazouri. “They can’t smoke in here and students can’t drink,” Hazouri said. “So students are going to go.”
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Interestingly enough, London was actually O’Brien’s defensive line coach at Boston College from 1997-2000. He is excited about being reunited with his former assistant. “The way that he’s pulled in so many different directions, I can take some of that load off,” O’Brien said in a press conference shortly after being hired at Virginia. “I can be a better assistant coach, he can be a better head coach.” O’Brien is not the only former Wolfpack staff member headed to Charlottesville. The Cavaliers also hired Jon Tenuta, who coached State’s linebackers, as their defensive coordinator. Tenuta is also returning to Virginia where he was a graduate assistant from 1981-82 One O’Brien assistant who will remain in Raleigh is running backs coach Des Kitchings. Kitchings just completed his first season with the Pack and was asked to return by Doeren for 2013 and beyond. It is not unusual for a new coach to retain certain assistants from the previous staff. Elsewhere, former offensive line coach Jim Bridge has settled into the same position
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N.C. State football offensive coordinator Dana Bible speaks with the press after the announcement of head coach Tom O’Brien’s firing in Vaughn Towers at Carter-Finley Stadium Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Bible will be the acting head coach during the Wolfpack’s bowl game appearance this winter.
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Basketball, bar share success
Albin Choi name to 2013 Ben Hogan Award Watch List N.C. State junior All-American Albin Choi has been named to the 2013 The Ben Hogan Award Watch List Wednesday by Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, in conjunction with Colonial Country Club, The Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America. The award, which was first issued in 1990 and included academic achievement in its original list of standards, revised its criteria for the 2001-2002 collegiate season to its current standard of honoring the outstanding amateur collegiate golfer. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
Three-star recruit Dayes stays with Wolfpack Despite heavy pressure from Vanderbilt, Cypress Bay, Fla. tailback Matt Dayes is sticking with N.C. State. Dayes tweeted Wednesday evening, “My mind said Vanderbilt but my heart was telling me North Carolina state. Went with my heart. #Wolfpack #wpn.” Dayes is the No. 27 running back in the nation according to Rivals.com and No. 59 according to Scout.com. SOURCE: PACK PRIDE, THE WOLFPACKER
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Following the Wolfpack’s win against North Carolina Saturday, some fans chose to celebrate the victory at several local bars and restaurants donning N.C. State red. Mitch’s Tavern, one of the oldest establishments on Hillsborough Street, was no exception. A group of around 20 fans along with other small groups filled the pub to continue the victory celebration. When the Wolfpack takes home a big win, patrons like to celebrate with a pint or bottle of their favorite beer. Mitch’s Tavern owner, Mitch Hazouri, has been familiar with this pattern for more than 40 years. Hazouri, a former student at State, bought what was formerly a nightclub in 1972 and has seen how the suc- pionships to Raleigh in the ‘80s. cess of Wolfpack basketball cor- State also qualified for the NCAA relates with his business. “If it’s tournament in 1991 but went on to a major thing, it builds up and experience an 11-year drought in people want to be around other tournament appearances. Hazouri people,” Hazouri said. “That’s said customers would come from the thing. When people want to outside North Carolina to be be around other part of the N.C. people, t hat’s State experience when they’ll all at Mitch’s durgather in here ing the program’s and watch the glory days. “We game.” Hazouri have a history of said the 1980s people that were and ‘90s saw the here before the most successgames in the ‘80s f ul basketba ll and ‘90s before Mitch Hazouri, bar owner season sales in the game was at Mitch’s history. Reynolds and they The Pack notably won its second would still come here,” Hazouri national title in 1983 and brought said. Because Mitch’s main clientwo ACC tournament cham- tele includes students and faculty
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of the University, Hazouri said its best beer sellers, even during basketball season, are microbrews and other local brands. Before the emergence of local breweries in North Carolina, Guiness Stout and Bass, brands that would be considered on more of the pricy side, were staples of Mitch’s basketball scene. Newcastle Brown Ale, an English brand owned by Heineken, is the best seller at the tavern during basketball season. Hazouri said Newcastle is more popular among its student patrons than the faculty. The major American brands, such as Budweiserowned brands, are not among the top choices of most Mitch’s patrons despite it being marketed towards
After former N.C. State head football coach Tom O’Brien was fired, most of the attention on State’s campus was focused on who the next head coach would be. Not much mind was paid to where O’Brien’s staff would continue their coaching careers. State has since hired former Northern Illinois boss Dave Doeren, a prospect that has excited students, fans and alumni alike. Doeren has been popular even though his first game as coach is about seven months away. During College GameDay on the morning of State’s basketball game against UNC-Chapel Hill, Doeren delighted those in attendance by playing guitar with fullback Logan Winkles along with country singer and State student Scotty McCreery. He has also assembled a coaching staff that includes some of his assistants from Northern Illinois, as well as former Wisconsin offensive coordinator Matt Canada and former Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable. Huxtable also has ties to the University of Wisconsin,
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