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Ammonia free water for March, more chlorine Staff Writer

Students aren’t imagining subtle changes to the taste and smells of tap water this month. The water in Raleigh actually does taste more like a swimming pool. These aesthetic changes come from the city’s reverting to using chlorineonly treatment of its water, rather than chlorine and ammonia, from March 1st to April 12th, according to an article by Edward Buchan on Every March the city changes its water treatment plan to include a higher concentration of chlorine as well. Because of this citizens may notice a stronger chlorine odor or taste during this time. Raleigh’s water is usually treated through a process called chloramination, which combines chlorine and ammonia to sanitize the city’s water. In the past, Raleigh used a chlorine-only system for water treatment. However, in 1981 the state began requiring the city to use ammonia in the treatment process to reduce the amount of trihalomethanes in the water system. Trihalomethanes refers to a group of four chemicals that form as byproducts of mixing drinking water disinfectants like chlorine with nat-


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urally occurring organic and inorganic materials in water. The four trihalomethanes are chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform. Certain studies have shown these chemicals to be carcinogenic byproducts linked also to possible damage of the kidneys, liver, heart, lung and central nervous system. In December 2001 the EPA regulated that the 100 parts per billion maximum allowable annual average of trihalomethanes in large public water systems be reduced to 80 ppb, according to The same standard became effective for small surface water and all groundwater systems in December 2003. Using ammonia in the water treatment process and less chlorine also helps to reduce the concentration of trihalomethanes in the city’s water system. However, for at least three weeks every year, state and federal regulations require that the Triangle’s public utilities revert back to the chlorine-only process to sanitize water. The reported reason for this is to cleanse the system of bacteria that grow immune to the ammonia. The water is safe for all normal activities like drinking, cooking and bathing and the short term switch back to chlorine-only should not

Walsh backs SBP candidate Nicky Vaught Deputy News Editor


cause any significant increase in trihalomethane concentrations. City officials do advise that any customers who use a kidney-dialysis machine or have any type of sensitivity to chlorine should be aware that Raleigh water will contain a higher chlorine content for at least five weeks. During this same period, Raleigh’s Water and Sewer Maintenance Division conduct a flush of the entire

system to quickly disperse the chlorine throughout the city and speed up the process. That flush may cause slight water discoloration for costumers however the water is still completely safe. The entire process takes about three weeks to complete. The City of Raleigh will resume the normal chloramination ammonia-chlorine water treatment process on April 12 at 10 a.m.

Student Body President Andy Walsh tweeted his support for student body president candidate Matt Williams Monday evening. This is the first time a current student body president has publicly endorsed a candidate, according to Kristen Gower, a senior in international studies. “I have had a working relationship with every student body president from Jay Dawkins to Chandler Thompson,” Gower, a former member of student government, said. “Up until now, the current SBP has always done their best to remain impartial during these elections.” A conflict arises, according to Gower, in that if a candidate other than Williams, Lauren Collier or Dwayne O’Rear, wins the election, that person would have to turn to a former president who supported someone else for mentorship. “If we elect a candidate who Andy didn’t endorse, then that electee is without a liferaft,” Gower

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Terrorism not a threat to NCSU students Taylor O’Quinn Staff Writer


Associate Professor Blair Kelley leads a discussion about the struggles of African-Americans Monday in Withers Hall. Kelley presented the little-known story of Corinne Sykes, a housemaid wrongfully accused of and executed for murder in the 1940s due to her race and social position. The talk was a part of the “When Innocence Constitutes the Crime” series, which will be running through Wednesday.

Battle of race and law in the South Brittany Bynum & Liz Moomey Staff Writers

James E. Coleman Jr., pulled back the curtain and displayed the hidden issues of race and crime in the South with students and faculty of N.C. State on Tuesday evening. The lecture was titled, “Juries, Race and Customs: All-White Juries and the Legacy of Slavery.” Coleman, the associate dean of Duke University Law, discussed the issue of all-white juries and the legacy of


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slavery. Micah Khater, sophomore majoring in history and French, opened up the event introducing Coleman. She organized the event out of the interest that she gained from taking a southern history class her freshman year. “The public talk is a good way to communicate and simplify the complexity of law and race in the south,” Khater said. Coleman is also the recipient of the NAACP Pro-Bono Award. He

was also involved with the Assistant General Counsel and N.C. Commission of Innocence. He spoke to the audience about the importance of knowing history in law and criminal law. He said that it is hard for society to understand the issues of our world because of a lack of knowledge about U.S. history. Coleman pointed out that some of the most admired

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Students and faculty can feel more comfortable when confronted with the possibility of a threat, thanks to a threat assessment seminar held Tuesday evening. “Terrorism is not one of the greatest threats facing the United States,” Joseph Caddell, a teaching assistant in history said at the seminar. Caddell said he views threat assessment as looking at the obvious, the intentions and the capabilities. Information about intentions is hard to collect but a capability to harm the U.S. can be more obvious, Caddell said. “We’ve only had two real threats in the history of the United States,” Caddell said. “The confederacy, and the space race with Russia.” Sept. 11 is not considered to be a major threat to national security, according to Caddell. He thinks the U.S. government “may have overreacted” to the terrorist attacks in 2001. Prior to World War Two, the United States government never really dealt with assessing threats, Caddell said, but then the attack on Pearl Harbor “changed the way Americans view the world.” Multiple government organizations, including the Central Intelligence Agency, were created to assess threats after Pearl Harbor, Caddell said. The U.S. government began fo-


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cusing on which countries proposed a “worst case scenario” situation on our country, according to Caddell. Currently, North Korea and China are threats against the U.S., according to the Director of the School of Public and International Affairs, Richard Mahoney. China owns eight percent of our nation’s national debt, Mahoney said. “China has the world’s fastest growing economy,” Mahoney said. “They’ve become the dominant economic power in Asia.” The word “pivot” recent ly emerged as a trending word in the Obama Administration in relation to China, Mahoney said. For the U.S. it means that we’re turning towards China in hopes to establish better relations, according to Mahoney. “China views the word ‘pivot’ more like ‘access,’” Mahoney said. “They’ve taken it as a word meaning we want to contain them, or defeat them.” According to Mahoney, the U.S. needs to engage Chinese principles in multiple ways, especially in education. Mahoney said he believes that more Americans should study Mandarin and study abroad in China. Mahoney also said he believes the U.S. national debt is a “serious threat on our security” especially since the republicans and the demo-

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crats can’t come to any agreements on how to handle debt situations efficiently. North Korea is becoming a nuclear threat, according to John Mattingly, a teaching assistant in the history department. In hindsight, Mattingly said, it’s obvious what North Korea has been


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said. While Gower says the president’s public support for one candidate is unprecedented, Walsh said it happened many times before. “It’s not something that’s unheard of,” Walsh said. “Last year, Chandler Thompson didn’t endorse anybody, but the year before that, Kelly Hook endorsed her.” Walsh also said former president Jay Dawkins endorsed his roommate Jim Ceresnak, who succeeded him. Gower said there may have been help passed on from each president before Walsh, it has never been public. “I know Jay helped Jim with his campaign, but he never outright said it,” Gower said. “And Chandler Thompson was dating Andy Walsh, so how could she not want him to get elected?” Though, in the past, candidates endorsed by their predecessors tend to win, Walsh

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up to with regard to gaining more nuclear power. “When someone or some nation or what-have-you has both the intention and the capability to harm you, then they’re a threat,” Caddell said. The Threat Assessment Seminar was the last of three in the Global Issues Seminar Series hosted by the School of Public and International Affairs.

said he does not believe his endorsement will have a big impact on Williams’ chance of winning the election. Gower said that while she thinks Williams is most qualified, it’s the job of the president to have students speak for themselves. “[The election] is kind of unpredictable right now,” Gower said. “Everyone has to run hard and prove to the student body that they’re the right candidate,” Walsh said. “[The student body] shouldn’t just listen to me.” Walsh said he considers each of the three candidates as friends, but felt as though the one he chose to support was the most qualified. “All three students are great student leaders… they’re all really great candidates,” Walsh said. “I just think Matt, at this point in time, knows what’s achievable and what isn’t achievable.” As far as other student government positions, Walsh said he would not back any candidates for any position other than student body president.

Alexandra Kenney Staff Writer

Sharing faith


lum Otis Robinson poses wth his cross during a “Crossewalk” on Wednesday March 13, 2013. Robinson, who gradauted with a degree in english last December, when asked why he and others do this, explained, “We do it because it serves as a great opprotunitiy to share our faith with people around campus.” Robinson is a member of Charisma Church, an on-campus, non-denominational congregation that meets every Sunday morning at 11 a.m. in Riddick Hall. Charisma, which is led by Pastor Sean Park, also produces a television program. TVOL, or “TV One Life”, TVOL, now in its fourth season, is a made-for-students-by-students program that is broadcast on networks worldwide.






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leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln were proven racists. The governing party was seen to be in the hand of the white race. The governor was clear about what freedom did not mean by revoking privileges from freed slaves. There was a pre-civil war requirement that only jury men can be householders which excluded most of the African-American men. African Americans were excluded from juries up until the 1960s. African Americans were not seen as socially or politically equal with the white race. Therefore, the universal exclusion of African American jurors was accepted and endorsed. African Americans being a part of the jury were considered a violation of the 14th amendment. As time passed, two or more African-Americans may have been qualified to serve on juries. Prosecutors in the south gained sight of African Americans making an entrance into juries, and they often racially skewed the juries by using the peremptory challenge. The peremptory challenge was the right given to prosecutors to challenge jurors for any reason. This would often decrease the number of five eligible African-American jury members to one or two. “Solutions to the problem of discrimination in law are to abolish the preemptory

challenge and bring diversity into the jury,” Coleman said. Coleman shared that the Racial Justice Act is in the process of being repealed, and Pat McCrory has signed for it. The North Carolina Racial Justice Act was introduced in 2009 to prevent the death penalty based on racial discrimination. Winston-Salem has the largest number of people on death row. There also resides an African-American woman who excludes other AfricanAmericans from jurors. Students and faculty groaned with surprise. “I think it is important for college students to know about the issue of race and law because they need to be aware and appreciative of their history in order to gain a better understanding.” said Coleman. The lecture was the second in a series, “When Innocence Constitutes the Crime: Race, Memory and Identity in the South,” hosted by the University Honors Program and the NCSU Department of History. The two programs also hosted a lecture, “The Shadow of Death: Race, Crime and the Execution of Corrine Sykes,” Monday evening. Blair Kelley, associate history professor, lectured racism and crime and talked about her new project on the 1946 execution of Corrine Sykes, a black woman, in Withers Hall. Corrine Sykes, the last woman executed in Pennsylvania, robbed and killed Freda Wodlinger, Sykes’ white employer, while on

Manufacturing needs created more than 532,000 jobs in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. If none of these manufacturing companies utilized green energy, our air would be as polluted as China’s. To combat severe air pollution while maintaining one of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy, many manufacturers have moved to finding cleaner sources of energy. Dr. Joseph Roise, professor in forestry and environmental resources, says his department has been studying green manufacturing for years. “Green manufacturing requires the company to keep in mind the sustainability of the product they are using, and the resources they need to make it,” Roise said. “Companies must try to use sustainable energy without hampering their ability to produce their product.” A completely green development is almost impossible today, according to Roise, but many companies have taken a step toward more environmentally friendly manufacturing methods. North Carolina’s environmental congresswoman, Pricey Harrison, says sustainable energy is a sector of the economy that is increasing. “Green is an area of the

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duty as her housemaid. Sykes had the mental capacity of an 8-year-old and was illiterate and worked for a bootlegger, who is said to be the one that told her to steal the jewelry. Kelley looks into significance of race in the trial and the telling of Sykes’ life. “If it was difficult for white Americans to have much sympathy for black victims of crime, it was reflectively easy for them to imagine the worse when African-American were accused perpetrators,” Kelley said. “The case of Corrine Sykes was no different.” Black housemaids were often wrongfully accused of murder during this time. Men of the family were returning from war and sometimes had psychological issues that were not known of or addressed at the time. These men would kill their wives and get away with because the black domestic workers were blamed instead. “Southern histor y was over-simplified and we were contradicted all of our lives,” Khater said. Kelley also stressed this during the discussion. “I am always arguing that there is no such thing as southern race relations and a southern way of understanding race,” Kelley said. “I am arguing that there is an American way.” Khater also wanted an understanding that events that happened in the mid-20th century still affect now. The discussion provided a stepping-stone for Kelley on the direction of her book project. At the end, she opened up to questions.




Puerto Rico, República Dominicana compitan para

el Clásico Mundial de Beisbol ¡GANAN LOS DOMINICANOS - DOMINICANS WIN! Kenneth Smith Corresponsal

A falta de menos de un mes para la temporada de MLB, el Clásico Mundial de Béisbol acaparó las miradas de los fanáticos quienes vieron competir a 16 países en el torneo más grande de este deporte. Y como es costumbre, el mundo hispano tuvo la representación más grande del torneo. Equipos de Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Venezuela, Cuba, México y España pusieron el sabor del español. México y Venezuela no estuvieron a las expectativas al ser eliminados en la primera ronda. México a manos de Estados Unidos e Italia y Venezuela a manos de Puerto

Rico y Dominicana. Cuba por su parte logró clasificarse a la segunda ronda del torneo, siendo eliminada por Holanda quien ha sido la sorpresa del torneo. Aun así Holanda se conforma principalmente por jugadores de las Antillas del Caribe. Por el otro lado República Dominicana y Puerto Rico siguen en pie y disputarán la final del torneo al deshacerse en segunda ronda de Estados Unidos, quien partía como uno de los favoritos y sede de las rondas finales del torneo. Puerto Rico y Holanda protagonizaron las mayores sorpresas del torneo y alcanzan por primera vez a las semifinales cuando nadie se lo esperaba, mientras que Dominicana fue eliminada por Cuba en las semifinales

de 2006 y no pasó de la fase inicial en 2009, por lo que en esta edición al fin pudieron concretar sus deseos de ir a la final. Ambos finalistas cuentan en sus filas con jugadores de la talla mundial de Robinson Canó (Yankees), Carlos Beltrán (St. Louis), y los hermanos Molina, entre otros, por lo que no carecen de nombres grandes y experiencia. El torneo sirve para llamar la atención de países de poca tradición de béisbol como Italia, Holanda, España y países asiáticos, por lo que ha sido considerado como un éxito por parte de los organizadores del evento, llegando a ser transmitido en todos los continentes.

With MLB season about to start in one month, the World Baseball Classic has been catching the attention of many Americans. The event features 16 countries compete in the biggest tournament of this sport. As usual, the Hispanic world had the biggest representation in the championship. Teams from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico and Spain put the Spanish flavor. United States and Italy eliminated Mexico and Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic ousted Venezuela in the first round. Cuba, on other hand, advanced to the second round, being eliminated later on by

Netherlands, which has been the biggest surprise in the tournament after the European country made it to the semifinals. Many players of the Dutch team are from the Caribbean Antilles. The final was disputed between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, two of the countries with the richest history in this sport. Both teams eliminated the United States, which was the favorite and also the host of the final rounds. Puerto Rico and Netherlands were big surprises since neither have big stars in their rosters like the U.S. The Dominican Republic was able to take vengeance on Netherlands in the semifinals, after the Dutch eliminated the

Dominicans in 2009. Both finalists have in their teams all-star players like Robinson Cano (Yankees), Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina (St. Louis), so the final didn’t lack known stars like in the last two editions when teams like Japan, Cuba and South Korea were finalists with few MLB players. This tournament is catching the attention of nontraditional baseball-playing countries. Italy, Netherlands, Spain and East Asian nations have been developing leagues that are getting better, and from an international standpoint, this tournament is considered a success, being transmitted in all the continents.

Raleigh come tamales de todo tipo Miguel A. Sánchez Editor de Bienvenidos

Era como una Nochebuena que llegó temprano o una reunión entre familiares para la comunidad latina en Peach Road Park en sábado. Aproximadamente 600 personas de la comunidad latina en Raleigh asistieron al Quinto Festival del Tamal para disfrutarse de una delicia cultural que muchas casas latinas son acostumbradas a comer en grandes juntadas de la familia—especialmente alrededor la Nochebuena. Los asistentes también tenían la oportunidad de aprender sobre los varios recursos disponibles a la comunidad latina en Raleigh. Desde el 2009, el evento se ha llevado a cabo anualmente en el tercer sábado de marzo. El festival permite algunos concursantes entrar en una competencia del tamal, con la condición que traigan por lo menos 25 de sus tamales hechos a mano al evento y tengan un envase para mantener caliente la comida, entre otros requisitos. Para el segundo año consecutivo, la compañía de masa Maseca—la cual fue el mayor patrocinador

para el Festival del Tamal—les ofreció premios en efectivo a los ganadores. El primer lugar ganó $600, el segundo lugar ganó $300, el tercer lugar $200, y los lugares desde cuarto a sexto ganó $100 cada uno. Un panel de 12 jueces que consistían en miembros del Consulado Mexicano, el Departamento de Bomberos en Raleigh, y el grupo español de servicio NCSU VOLAR, evaluaron los tamales en base al sabor, textura, apariencia, y presentación. Para algunos de los jueces, era una experiencia nueva. “Había tenido unos tamales antes, pero generalmente del supermercado, de la tienda. Quería ver cómo se sabrían los verdaderos, unos auténticos,” dijo William Smith, un miembro del Departamento de Bomberos en Raleigh, que sirvió como juez. “[Mi favorito] fue el tamal de pollo; no estoy seguro de todo lo que tenía adentro…un poquito de pollo y unos pimientos. Tenía un buen sabor. No era demasiado picante, pero tenía un poquito de pica, y no era tan insípido como algunos,” dijo Smith. La ganadora de este año fue Rosal-

va Verdín, una mexicana que ganó Además de la competencia del por su tamal de piña, coco y pasa�. tamal, el festival también presentó Este año, catorce personas se in- interpretaciones culturales de baile scribieron para el concurso. Los por un grupo de danza azteca e intamales oscilaban de los rellenos terpretaciones musicales por una tradicionales de pollo, carne de res, bandita mariachi de niños que se y puerco, hasta rell la ma Ma r iach i lenos más dulces Nueva Esperanza. como piña y pasa, Muchos asistentes y hasta rellenos más al evento participexóticos como caaron en un ejercicio marón—un relleno de baile cuando un típicamente usado grupo de instructoen los tamales del res de Zumba se lo estado de Sinaloa dirigió a la mucheen México. Tamales dumbre en una de muchos países seria de rutinas de se presentaron, y baila asociadas con William Smith algunas inscripcanciones comunes ciones presentaron a la comunidad tamales envueltos hispanohablante, en hojas de maíz mientras otras incluyendo algunas de los artistas inscribieron tamales envueltos en Lucenzo y Don Omar. hojas de plátano. Sin embargo, no se enfocaba el En total, acerca de 400 tamales, evento solamente en la comida y el cada uno cortado en muchos ped- entretenimiento. Muchos programazos del tamaño de un bocado, as y negocios de la comunidad latina fueron servidos en el evento. Cada de Raleigh también proporcionaron asistente fue regalado un brasilete información sobre los servicios e que le permitió probar los varios ta- iniciativas que ofrecen no solo para males que los concursantes habían los latinos, pero para la ciudad de preparado. Raleigh en general.

“Había tenido unos tamales antes, pero generalmente del supermercado, de la tienda.”

La Noticia, un periódico de español en nuestro área, tuvo una rueda de ganancias en su puesto con un premio de dos billetes al ver el partido entre los Carolina Railhawks y Las Pumas de la UNAM de México en marzo 19. Otros puestos incluyeron apariencias de 101.1 FM La Ley y El Pueblo, Inc., además de información sobre Triangle Transit y los programas de ESL ofrecidos por la Ciudad de Raleigh Parques y Recreación. Maseca también ofreció varias cosas gratuitas, incluyendo calendarios con recetas hispanas y frases que saben bien y libros de colorear sobre la independencia de México. “Oh, creo que son muy importantes [eventos culturales como este]. Les dan [a los latinos] una oportunidad para juntarse y celebrar de lo que están orgulloso, su herencia. Y también les da a los americanos como yo mismo una oportunidad de ver de dónde vienen. Junta la comunidad más,” dijo Smith.





A U.S. marine pulls down a picture of Saddam Hussein at a school April 16, 2003, in Al-Kut, Iraq. A combination team of Marines, Army and Special Forces went to schools and other facilities in Al-Kut looking for weapons caches and unexploded bombs in preparation for removing and neutralizing them.

Samar Hassan, 5, screams after her parents were killed by U.S. soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division in a shooting Jan. 18, 2005 in Tal Afar, Iraq. The troops fired on the Hassan family car when it unwittingly approached them during a dusk patrol in the tense northern Iraqi town. Parents Hussein and Camila Hassan were killed instantly, and a son Racan, 11, was seriously wounded in the abdomen. Racan, paralyzed from the waist down, was treated later in the U.S.

Honoring our own Schoolgirls reach out for presents in a girls school June 12, 2005 in Fallujah, Iraq. U.S. Marines mentoring Iraqi forces in Fallujah brought presents of balls and other toys to the school after they were donated by citizens in Boise, Idaho, where many of the Marine advisors in Fallujah are stationed.



o r d s a r e n’t enough to stop a nation from going to war — but a photograph can change the course of history. From raising the flag on Iwo Jima, to the execution in Saigon, photographs have spoken volumes about human achievement and destruction and have worked as instruments of change. After President George W. Bush deployed troops to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, Chris Hondros, a Getty Images photographer, embedded himself with American troops, and traveled to the war-torn country 12 times. Ten years and one day ago, American troops invaded Iraq, and after a short conflict between the U.S. and Saddam’s Republican Guard troops, wave after wave of sectarian violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims emerged. In May of 2013, the war turned Pft. Daniel Sims of Clemson, S.C. of the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army sits during watch duties in a partially destroyed building that’s being converted to an Army field post July 13, 2007, in the tense Amariyah neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq. Insurgents who were in control of Amariyah until recently attempted to destroy this building and an adjacent bunker with explosives and burning tires, but the Army was able to salvage the compound and is now occupying it.

Detained men sit, bound and blindfolded, under the light of the moon after being detained by marines of the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines June 24, 2005 near Fallujah, Iraq. Marines in the 3/4 launched the midnight raid in the rural sububs of Fallujah and detained 19 men, the marines said.

into a counter-insurgency in divergent ways in battle between occupying the different parts of American forces and pow- the world at any given er-hungry, nationalistic or time,” Hondros said Islamist militias. In total, in an interview with 174,000 people have died. the Chicago Tribune. The surrounding im- “And many people ages are some of Hondros’ have to deal with most moving from his time similar issues, like in Iraq, and the image of say social workers in the little girl earned him our own country who a prestigious World Press often must experience Photo award. the cruel realities of Honindros spent nerMarines begin Operation Dagger on June 18, 2005 in the Anbar Province, Iraq. Chris Hondros (right) takes a photo of his career city deterlife and the marines beginning their mission. mined to then capture come mir and Libya — where he nalists have a basic functhe most home to died covering the civil war tion to oversee the acts of agonizing, their own that erupted after the Arab government, and the Iraq thrilling relatively Spring on April 20, 2011. invasion is the government and diswealthy Before returning to Iraq to the nth degree.” Chris Hondros turbing housefor another tour, Hondros Hondros started workimages of holds.” said he believes he has a ing in photography at N.C. war to confront the belThough he never found duty to report the events State Student Media, where ligerent and to extinguish comfort with the idea of happening in Iraq and to he shot for Technician and violent hatred. His col- war, Hondros reported hold the U.S. accountable the Agromeck yearbook. He leagues remember him as a with confidence in many for the war. graduated with a degree in man who could act calmly ot her combat z one s : “I’ve been at this for a English in 1993. while caught in crossfire. Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Le- while,” Hondros said. “I “I’ve made peace with one, Liberia, Afghanistan, believe in the work that I the fact that people live Pakistan, Palestine, Kash- do in Iraq. I believe jour-

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The intersection of faith, guilt and marshmallows


slam is the most important thing in life. At least that’s what my mom always told me. And when she did say that, it was usually after she had told me to pray – extra hard this time – because I had a midterm the next morning. She always got the same reAhmed Amer sponse from Viewpoint Editor me: a pause, a nasal exhale loud enough to hear over the phone, and a terse “okay.” It always bugged me that she’d attribute my success (or failure), even on something as secular as an international finance midterm, to whether or not I prayed enough. Despite my vexation with my mom’s preaching, I’d always feel a healthy amount of guilt when we hung up the phone — and I wasn’t entirely sure why. When I was 11, I was one of only two Muslim kids at my middle school. And because of this novelty, the other kids wanted to know what other brown kids like me believed. I was the unofficial Muslim ambassador to E. Lawson Brown Middle School. “Do you really pray five times a day?” one kid named Jonathan asked. I wanted to be able to say yes — partly because it was fun being different, but also because I hated the shame and guilt that came with saying no. “Not all the time … but I am supposed to.” I’d follow up with an excuse about not being able to pray during class — which, at the time was a legitimate excuse, but I knew school wasn’t the only thing keeping me from praying. Jonathan had a deep voice (deeper than most boys’ voices in middle school) and pretty impressive facial hair. Jonathan was 14, almost 15 years old — he’d been held back a few times (I guess he didn’t pray before his tests). I remember looking at him and thinking, “So that’s what puberty looks like.” I really wanted a beard — like Jonathan’s — and a low voice, too. So I prayed. Every time I prostrated and put my head to the ground, I’d ask God to let puberty be kind and generous to me. I figured it would help to look the part. Facial hair would not only cover up my face, but my shortcomings as Muslim ambassador. The summer after sixth grade my parents enrolled me in Sunday Quran studies at the mosque in Greensboro. It was only one day out of the week, but the thought of memorizing Quran for two hours while other kids were playing bored me to tears. I brought Skittles to the classes to lessen the misery — sneaking them one-by-one out of the bag in my hoodie pocket. One of the kids there, a chubby boy, must have seen me and was walking toward me. “Oh, crap!” I thought, “He’s coming to ask for some Skittles.” I pushed the bag deeper in my pocket and quickly

swallowed the Skittle I was sucking on. I was ready to play dumb. “You’re going to hell if you eat those,” he said. My face didn’t hide my confusion. “There’s pork gelatin in those,” he continued. “We’re not supposed to –“ “Yea. Okay,” I interrupted. I felt like an idiot for not knowing Skittles were haraam. But Hell? Really? For eating a bag of Skittles? I could understand his point had I been eating a Christmas ham — but they were Skittles. I threw the bag away and didn’t eat any more Skittles. Shortly after I started finding gelatin in everything: marshmallows, Rice Krispy Treats, gummy worms … everything that was good and sweet had gelatin in it. I caved. I ate them all in secret. The sugar highs were not subservient to the guilt. Though, it was still there. I’m not a total heathen, though. Guilt implies faith. Why would I feel guilty if I didn’t believe there was something to feel guilty about? Eleven years later – at 21 – I’m trying to figure out what my life will be after graduation. I never got the beard I prayed for, but Islam isn’t absent from my job search. In fact, it’s safe to say Islam turned me into the worst finance major ever. What I learned about interest and inflation in college did not change what I believed and learned from Islam — interest is haraam (I could write an entire column about my feelings about interest, inf lation and morality — but not today). During winter break I was filling out applications for financial analyst and loan consultant positions at a few banks. And each time I hit the submit button, I felt an intense feeling of self-loathing and guilt. It finally became too much. I deleted whatever applications I hadn’t finished, and turned down the interviews I had gotten. Believe me, I’m in no position to confidently turn down interviews so close to graduation. But something other than reason tells me I shou ld use whatever knowledge and talents I have to help other people, not encourage them to take on debt. It sounds stupid and idealistic — and maybe it is. I don’t always pray five times a day. And sometimes I eat Lucky Charms with pork marshmallows. I can’t say that I’ll stop, but I can say I feel a slight tinge of guilt about it — so that must mean something. I’m not a perfect Muslim, but my soul will go to Hell for eating marshmallows before it goes to Wall Street.

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Maintaining faith in the face of death


never thought in a million years that at age 18 I would be wearing my mother around my neck, her ashes residing in a tiny case as a rem i nder of what I used to have. It can be very hard to believe in God. Taylor Quinn If he is real, he gave my Staff Columnist mother cancer and let her die. He took her away from me — let her deteriorate right in front of my eyes because of that horrid disease. He left my family and me to stand without her, leaving our hearts feeling empty. So, why would a god who is so great use his power to hurt my family? I am angry beyond belief and I am confused to no end — but I still maintain my faith. Faith is a tricky concept. It’s scary. Faith requires believing in something that you have no proof is real — it’s gambling. Sometimes it drags you through the dirt and grime of life, but it also allows you to hold on until a brighter tomorrow. If I had to label myself, I would say I am an ex-Catholic who dabbled in Christianity and took what she wanted from it to create a vision of the higher power she believes in — simple, right?



That’s the thing though, religion isn’t simple. It’s not black and white, there is more of a fluidity to it. I do believe in God, but I believe that the Bible is metaphorical and things were not meant to be taken literally. Personally, I believe if you do take them literally you would be practicing hypocrisy instead of Christianity. I wasn’t brought up in a religious home, but we all had faith. We only went to church when we had to support a family member for their communion or confirmation. We never took it seriously though, giggling through it and poking fun at the “1984” vibes we would get from the repetition and the synchronized sitting and standing. The Catholic Church wasn’t for us, but our home was our church. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer I started going to a non-denominational Christian church. I thought that maybe He would listen to me better if I worshiped in His home — but He didn’t intervene. I begged on my knees and was willing to sacrifice anything to help her survive. I would read stories about people with stage four colon cancer who were miraculously healed and felt a sort of jealousy and betrayal. He gave them a miracle, why

not us? I had been trying to live by his ways, and made an effort to reevaluate my liberal views to fit the Bible, but I realized I was doing it all wrong. I found God in my own way, and it ironically happened when I stopped going to church. When I stopped allowing messages to be forced into my mind and took what I wanted from them I gained something I had not felt before — trust that God knew what he was doing. Trust that the nightmare I was going through was happening for a reason. I believe religion is sort of a coping mechanism — a way to deal with death — for me at least. A way to maintain hope that we will see our loved ones again after they die. It seems silly to me not to believe in something that makes the harsh realities of life easier to deal with. If I am wrong about God existing and an afterlife being real, I will never know. Nobody will be there to tell me I’m wrong if I am six feet under and my soul doesn’t travel up above. But if I am right, I will know, and be rewarded for my trust. I always have my doubts, though. To be honest, I can name more reasons why God doesn’t exist than reasons why he does. Despite all of my doubts, the ending of my mother’s life helps me to

believe. We knew her death was coming so we knew it was time to have a family talk. My brother, my dad, and I sat around her hospital bed in our living room and started talking to her like she could hear and comprehend every word. Though the morphine she was on made her tired, we were certain she could understand us. She could respond back to us in fragments with her eyes closed, but we were happy with that. Then, all of the sudden her eyes shot wide open and she looked at me and said “There is somebody behind you.” I looked back in astonishment to find that the space behind me was empty. My dad asked her a list of yes or no questions to grasp what he looked like and concluded the ‘invisible person’ looked like her father, who had passed when she was eight. The next day the extended family came over to say their goodbyes. She passed the day after that. I believe it was her father behind me that night, coming down from heaven to escort her back up but waited until his sons and widowed wife could say goodbye. So yes, I firmly believe in God, and I thank him every day for sending her father to bring her to her eternal home.

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The significant insignificance of religion


ere in the Bible Belt I came to realize religion plays an important role, but it has had a very minor impact on my life. I was raised Christian but Tyler Gobin I can’t state what kind Staff Writer of C h r i s tian because I honestly don’t know. Before my parents divorced, they took me to church maybe once a month but never made it a huge obligation. And the church was more like a concert hall anyway, with other families in casual dress trying to look like they actually knew the words to the songs. I went. I participated. But eventually it completely dissipated and church was disregarded. Once it couldn’t be any less influential, religion started to build energy during high school after a poor decision under the influence of a girl who led me to a Young Life youth group. I started attending weekly meetings at first just to spend time with her, but eventually began getting dragged to independent Bible studies. Having no knowledge of the Bible and

no intention of putting forth the effort to read it, I continued to attend the meetings for one reason – the girl. This was a terrible reason, but fortunately I was able to knock my head loose and jump out while I still had my senior year ahead of me. Though I may make it might sound like Young Life is a terrible organization it truly isn’t, and I want to make it clear that — it just wasn’t for me. Able to look back now and obser ve how things transpi re d, I a m happy with my experiences and how my parents raised me. Religion was there but beyond being baptized, the Young Life ordeal and celebrating Christmas, it was quite irrelevant growing up. To this day I find nothing wrong with that. I guess you can say religion’s impact is its insignificance in my life. It was never anything special and will never be anything special. Religion often

brings along rules and ways of life to follow and without these guidelines one can look at its absence in peoples’ lives two different ways. Some people will probably think that without religion an individual will be lost and live a life of sex, drugs, crime and alcohol, but hopefully the majority believes that people can get along just fine without religion. I view myself as a life without religion success story thus far, and I don’t see it creeping back in anytime soon. Thinking back to the church services, there were highlighted individuals who were in unfortunate circumstances and used Christ and the Bible’s teachings as a guide for how to cope. There is nothing wrong with these people, but there is nothing wrong with coping without some religious teachings either. It seems our culture is uncomfortable when an individual refuses to identify with a specific religion and

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I realize I’m the minority when I say I don’t identify with any specific religion. To sum up my beliefs I will say this: there is a tremendous amount that had to go right for our presence on this planet to be possible, but there are too many higher powers to choose from. That might be vague but it works for me. Religion’s absence in my life has not inf luenced me in a negative way but instead left room for other things to influence me even more. I obtained my morals, values and other guides to impact my life from role models, parents, culture and personal experiences. If you enjoy identifying with a certain religion, don’t stop if it makes you happy, but I am here to say that you should not feel obligated to pick one. I am certainly happy with my choice and proud of it. Send your thoughts to

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economy that will continue to grow,” Harrison said. “We need a carbon-constrained future. Congress and authorities will understand we need energy that will not harm our environment and planet.” North Carolina has become a leader of green energy in the southeast, according to Harrison. “We have pushed policies and laws that go for green energy,” said Harrison. “The green energy portfolio standard requires a certain percent of our energy needed to be clean. This was adopted in 2007, and it was a big step, we are the only state in the southeast with that requirement.” Environmental Entrepreneurs released an assessment on March 6 ranking North Carolina as second in the

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nation for clean energy jobs. The organization also said that North Carolina leads the southeast and is becoming a center for green energy manufacturing. The report stated that the west coast still remains the best region in terms of clean energy, but North Carolina has entered the top-tier mix due to growth in electric vehicle manufacturing and light rail manufacturing. ABB, a Swiss international corporation that focuses on technology, is headquartered in Cary. ABB strives to lower their environmental impact, and cables used for wind energy are made in the manufacturing plant in Huntersville, according to the Environmental Entrepreneurs report. A company located in Asheville called Biowheels RTS focuses on making solar-powered charging docks for electric vehicles and is ex-

pecting to create over 1,000 new jobs out of the company’s projects, according to WRAL Tech Wire. Harrison said she is very proud of the steps our state is making towards clean sources of energy. “We have made a deliberate effort to promote green energy in North Carolina,” Harrison said. “There are wind turbines and solar components in Charlotte. Greensboro is looking at solar cell production. There is a lot of interest here.” However, the state still has a lot of work to do, according to Roise. “Our laws regarding clean energy are not as strong as other states, so some companies do not follow them,” Roise said. “But a lot of manufacturers are trying to do better, to pollute less and be more sustainable, and it is great that we are moving in that direction.”

Companies like Environmental Manufacturing Solutions try to make it easier for companies to go green by providing more environmentally friendly products to replace cleaning products that do heavy damage to the ecosystem. Honda has been named the most fuel-efficient auto company in the United States, according to CNN. The company focuses on two alternative fuel sources and strives to be the cleanest and most efficient manufacturer in the world. “Green energy jobs are great in this economy,” said Harrison. “Many colleges in North Carolina focus on green energy and green manufacturing jobs, which will beef up the work force and help North Carolina continue to be a leader in green energy.”

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out to second base while Adametz crossed the plate to tie the game. Austin walked with one out in the frame. Senior first baseman Tarran Senay hit a single to put runners on the corners as Austin advanced to third base. Fincher followed with an RBI bunt single that plated Austin. Following a wild pitch that moved Fincher and Senay to second and third respectively, sophomore pitcher Carlos Rodon grounded out to shortstop as Senay reached home plate. UNCG responded in the fifth inning with a solo home run into left-center field by Spartan senior center fielder Zach Leach. The Pack returned to the scoreboard in the sixth inning when Fincher scored Ratledge on a base hit to center field. The Spartans turned their luck around in the eighth, scoring three runs off of Wilkins, capitalizing on a two-run home run by UNCG

senior shortstop T.J. Spina. State would not settle for defeat easily. After a leadoff double by Ratledge, Senay walked to put runners on first and second with one away. A failed double play attempt by the Spartan defense tied the game as UNCG redshirt freshman second baseman Nin Marrero’s throw to first base was off target. Ratledge, who made it to third on the batted ball, took advantage of the error and scored. The top of the 11th inning started off with two walks from Wilkins. After Orwig entered and struck out the next batter, Overman took over on the mound and walked the subsequent Spartan to load the bases. During the next at-bat, Overman’s pitch got by Austin and a run scored. On the next play, Morgan’s throw to first base was misaligned as UNCG scored two runners to seal the Pack’s fate. State will travel to Charlottesville, Va. to take on the Virginia Cavaliers for a three-game series.


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Football holds spring practice

Wolfpack gymnastics takes weekly honors N.C. State senior gymnast Rachel Fincham has been named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Specialist of the Week, while freshman Brittni Watkins garnered EAGL Rookie of the Week honors, announced by the conference office Tuesday. The honor is the first of the season for Fincham and the second for Watkins, who was also named Rookie of the Week in January. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS







































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The offense warms up before spring practice at the Dail Football Practice Complex Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

New N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren got his first look at his Wolfpack squad Tuesday morning when the football team held its first spring practice, opening up the 2013 spring drills. The team will practice 15 times during the spring and will conclude workouts on April 20 at 1:30 p.m. with the Kay Yow Spring Football Game. Doeren, who was named the Wolfpack’s head coach on Dec. 1, was excited to be on the field to see what he had to work with this upcoming season. “It’s good to be back on the field,” Doeren said. “There’s a lot

of work to do and I kind of expected that, but there is definitely some high points.” Doeren coached Northern Illinois to an Orange Bowl berth during the 2012 season. Doeren’s Huskies averaged 38.6 points per game and featured a fast, high-octane offense that was well-balanced on the ground and in the air. Sophomore quarterback Manny Stocker took notice to the change of pace from former head coach Tom O’Brien’s more conservative offense. “The first practice is definitely a learning experience,” Stocker said. “It’s a lot different from last year. The pace is a lot faster and I think everybody is trying to run around

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and figure things out. The first practice is just so everybody can get a feel of how it’s going to be for the rest of the year and the rest of the season.” Players have also taken notice to Doeren’s enthusiasm as a coach and have quickly taken to him. “He’s a real young energetic coach,” redshirt junior quarterback Pete Thomas said. “I think he relates to us real well. We all love him and we’re all real excited to play for him.” The Wolfpack is returning just three seniors who were starters last season after losing 12 starters who graduated or left for the NFL Draft. One of the key points of emphasis for the spring practices will be de-

termining who the team’s leaders will be for the upcoming season. “Three people are gone from the secondary from last year,” senior cornerback Dontae Johnson said. “I played all last year and everything so it’s going to be a challenge for me to step up this year and make sure these guys step up into the void and fill it with proper technique and energy and passion to play in the secondary in the ACC.” Doeren is happy with what was shown to him on the field Tuesday and is looking forward to the team coming together in upcoming practices.

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Baseball falls to UNCG in extras


Senior infielder Grant Clyde reacts after the N.C. State loss to UNC-Greensboro on Tuesday, March 19. The loss makes the Wolfpack’s overall record to 16-6. The Wolfpack’s next home appearance will occur on March 29 against Virginia.

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Junior pitcher Andrew Woeck followed Jernigan and threw for 3.1 shutout innings, striking out three and holding UNCG to two N.C. State (16-6, 3-3 ACC) held a strong lead hits. throughout its Tuesday night game against Senior pitcher Josh Easley came to the UNC-Greensboro (9-10, 0-3 SoCon), but the mound to pitch 1.2 innings and allowed a run Spartans charged back to defeat the Wolfpack on two hits. Redshirt senior southpaw Grant in 11 innings at Doak Field, 8-5. Sasser succeeded Easley and was on the hill “We did not play hard and we did not play for 1.1 frames, holding the Spartans to one well,” head coach Elliott Avent said. “We did run on one hit while striking out two batters. not play like this game was Senior Ryan Wilkins (2-1, important.” 1.56 ERA) earned the loss afSophomore center fielder ter giving up four runs, three Jake Fincher was the silver of them earned, on two hits lining in State’s dark cloud and two walks while striking of defeat. The Charlotte naout four Spartans in three intive had three hits in six atnings. bats and drove in two runs in “I tried to go out there and Tuesday’s game. battle, but I could not get it head coach Elliott Avent “When you play hard and done,” Wilkins said. come up short, there is not much to say,” said. Sophomore left-hander Travis Orwig Sophomore right fielder Brett Austin saw his earned a strikeout before giving way to se10-game hitting streak snap as he was hitless nior right-hander Chris Overman who closed in four at-bats, but he managed to cross the out UNCG’s offense by striking out two and plate after walking in the third inning. walking one while giving up an unearned run Trouble started early for the Pack as sopho- in 0.2 innings. more pitcher Logan Jernigan left the game After dropping behind by a run due to Jerniafter 0.2 innings. In that stretch, he allowed gan’s four free passes, State jumped ahead in a run on one hit and four walks. the third inning. Following a leadoff triple by “He could not find the strike zone,” Avent senior left fielder Bryan Adametz, sophomore said. second baseman Logan Ratledge grounded Staff Writer

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