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McCrory recommends cutting higher education Mark Herring Editor-in-Chief
Gov. Pat McCrory’s 2013-2015 proposed budget will cut $138.5 million from UNC System funding. The decrease, a 5.4 percent reduction of this year’s UNC System budget, comes at the heels of a $400 million permanent budget reduction UNC absorbed two years ago. During his budget announcement Wednesday morning, McCrory said his budget is concentrating on three major focus areas he mentioned in his February State of the State speech: the economy, education and government efficiency. What he didn’t mention was that education across the board would experience cuts. McCrory’s recommended budget — $20.6 billion
—cuts funding from public universities, community colleges and primary and secondary schools. Calling the cuts “transformations,” the governor hopes to reallocate resources to fund a pre-kindergarten program for 5,000 at-risk children and to add 1,800 more full-time teachers into public schools. “This budget will help fulfill my promise to empower [students to] succeed,” McCrory said in his budget announcement. To minimize the damage of the cuts to university budgets, the governor suggested raising tuition by 12.3 percent for out-of-state students from N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. A&T State, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Central and the N.C School of the Arts. All other UNC System campuses would raise out-
Matthew Williams, junior, has a family history with N.C. State.
of-state tuition by 6 percent, offsetting the proposed cuts by $62.7 million, according to UNC Chief Operating Officer Charles Perusse. McCrory did not recommend increasing tuition for North Carolina residents. UNC System President Tom Ross raised doubts about the budget cuts in a press release Wednesday, implying that the current cuts to the public university system add insult to injury after the $400 million cut from two years ago. “I am very concerned by the magnitude of the new cuts proposed for our campuses … I worry about the impact additional reductions will have on our ability to provide highquality educational opportunities to our residents and to assist in North Carolina’s economic recovery,” Ross
stated. “The University appreciates the many fiscal challenges facing the state, including a stubbornly high unemployment rate. While parts of our economy appear to be rebounding, these are still difficult times for many North Carolinians, especially its families and students. And yet, the importance of education to our future remains clear and ever present.” One thing on which Ross seems to agree with McCrory is the governor’s inclusion of the UNC Board of Governors 2013-2018 strategic plan in his budget, which will pour $63 million into the system for the next two years to “help guide further investment in our public university [system],” Ross stated. The budget’s deepened cuts in education have come as a shock to
Lauryn Collier, junior, is president of the UAB.
state educators and students — N.C. State dealt with a 15 percent budget cut July 2011, and NCSU faculty and staff have received a 1 percent raise in the past five years — but Chancellor Randy Woodson said in a statement to Technician that he’s not bracing for further cuts yet. “The governor’s budget proposal is the first step in the process, so the final impacts won’t be known for some time,” Woodson stated. “However, further reductions in funding beyond what we have experienced in recent years would certainly affect our ability to fulfill our mission of serving the people of North Carolina.” The State House of Representatives and State Senate will present
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Dwayne O’Rear, junior, used to play football for the Wolfpack.
‘Technician’ hosts public forum for SBP candidates Brittany Bynum Staff Writer
Student Body President candidates Matthew Williams, Lauryn Collier and Dwayne O’Rear, were able to share their personalities, perspective and platform at a debate Tuesday afternoon. The event consisted of two-minute introductions, 45-second questions and an outro limited to one minute. Trivia questions were also added to lighten up the debate. The debate started out with Mark Herring,
Wake school board battles with county government Emily Weaver Staff Writer
On March 7, 2013, Senate Bill 236 was filed in the North Carolina Senate concerning funding for school construction. The bill is an “act authorizing counties to assume responsibility for construction, improvement, ownership and acquisition of public school property.” Republican Senator Neal Hunt of Raleigh is one of the bills primary sponsors, along with Republican Senators Tom Apodaca of District 48 and Peter Brunstetter of District 31. “The school districts should be focused on education and not acquisition of real estate,” Hunt said. Although all sponsors of the bill are Republican, all other parties in support or opposition are non-partisan. The legislation was created out of concern there was too much focus on school construction. Supporters of the bill believe
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Technician’s editor-in-chief, asking the candidates to introduce themselves and present their platforms. All three candidates expressed who they are and explained their overall purpose for wanting to be student body president. The candidates stressed the importance of putting students first and making sure student voices are heard in administrative decisions. They also discussed how they intend to make themselves available to talk with students and address their concerns. Matthew Williams described himself as a Wolfpack family guy. Five of his family mem-
bers have attended N.C. State University. Williams, a junior history major, is a transfer student from N.C. A&T. After finding that the school was not the right fit for him, he transferred to N.C. State because of his love for Raleigh and the University. “I bleed Wolfpack red,” Williams said. “The heart wants what the heart wants.” Lauren Collier, a junior in animal science, criminology and parks and recreation, was originally on her way to to the University of Florida for college before she visited her sister at N.C. State and fell in love with the campus. Dewayne O’Rear, a junior in business ad-
ministration, came to play football at N.C. State. As soon as he moved in to Owen Hall, he became the dorm hall’s president. “I helped build a strong living community in Owen Hall,” O’Rear said. Students who commented in Technician’s “In Your Words” section posed the question of how the candidates will improve communication around campus. O’Rear said he would like for there to be more collaboration among student organizations. He emphasized the future combining of
Pro-choice rally criticizes Rep. politicians Jacob Fulk
Professors seek answers
Advocates of women’s rights gathered Wednesday outside the North Carolina General Assembly for the “Not in Her Shoes” rally. The protest took place in response to a piece of legislature, Senate Bill 308, which enacts restrictive regulation on women’s health care and reproductive rights. Moderated by Hannah Allison, a graduate student in social work, the event featured an array of politicians and pro-choice educators organizing to remind Republican lawmakers that they don’t walk in women’s shoes, and therefore shouldn’t make decisions that concern women’s health. Hannah Osborne, a senior history major, gave a speech on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice on the topic of “choice and activism.” She spoke about politicians who enact legislation that infringes upon the rights of women. “To say that someone else is better fit to make decisions concerning my body and my life undermines my education, insults my intelligence and mocks my citizenship,” Osborne said. Osborne also noted that activism is not a one-time gig, and chose to be a part of the pro-choice movement because the 2012 election brought to her attention an increasing number of legislative threats to women’s rights.
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to digital age problems Alexandra Kenney Staff Writer
was emphasized by all speakers, but was most aptly described by NARAL Pro-Choice supporters who donned shirts that read “Politicians Make Crappy Doctors.” Concerning NARAL Pro-Choice and its growing influence on cam-
In the digital age, almost everyone has some interaction with computers or smart phones. Two N.C. State professors are trying to ensure it happens safely. William Enck and Emerson Murphy-Hill, assistant professors in the department of computer science at N.C. State, recently received the Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation. The award, commonly known as the CAREER award, is given to model teacher-scholars who are engaged in notable research in the science and engineering field. The award provides funding over the course of five years for the candidate’s study. The grant from NSF is valued at $400,000, according to the N.C. State Department of Computer Science’s website.
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Laura Owens, a senior in theater and Women & Gender studies at UNC-Greensboro, makes her voice heard at Not in Her Shoes rally on Wednesday.
“If a law, bill or act restricts reproductive rights, it impugns the freedom that all women rightfully deserve,” Osborne said. “Activism must prevail … I will not be quiet until North Carolina’s legislative attacks on my freedom cease.” The inability of politicians to make medical decisions for women
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ty Board of Commissioners, told The News and Observer his support to the bill comes from the idea that, “it is just better government structure to link the asset with the liability.” Groups in opposition include N.C. School Boards Association and the Wake County School Board. The legislation is l i kely to pa s s due to t he Republ ic a n majority in the General Assembly. On March 11, 2013, SB 236 passed its first reading and was then referred to the Committee on Education and Higher Education. If favorable, the bill will be referred to the Committee on Finance once again.
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Enck’s study aims to improve the security of operating systems, with a focus on systems on mobile devices. His study is titled “Secure OS Views for Modern Computing Platforms.” “This five-year grant was designed to help young faculty start their research agenda, and is rather prestigious,” Enck said. “It is an honor not just for the funding, winning the award shows you are among the select few.” There have been more than 20 winners of CAREER in the computer science department, which is one of the highest concentration of winners in any department in the United States, according to the CSC website. “My research for the past five years, including my dissertation, has been looking at mobile operating systems,” Enck said. “I realized that operating systems need better security to end users. In most systems, any application that is running can be accessed by any other program you are running. This is less than desirable because of malware and trojans that can access your data.” More and more people are using smart phones, but the common person does not worry about their security or know which app can access what. According to Enck, users shouldn’t have to. “My study aims to separate apps so users can control what data gets shared in a practical way,” Enck said.
“Everyone wants to protect your data, but you should not have to worry about it too much.” Enck’s received his award Feb. 1, and the funding lasts until January 2018. Murphy-Hill’s study, titled “Expanding Developers’ Usage of Software Tools by Enabling Social Learning,” aims to make software developers more aware of apps that could be useful to them. “One of the problems with software is that people do not know what is available,” Murphy-Hill said. “There are so many apps out there that people do not know what could be useful to them.” Murphy-Hill used the example of looking over a peer’s shoulder. If they are using a helpful app, then you find out about it and can use it in the future. However, MurphyHill states that this phenomenon is rare. “The purpose of my study is to make this phenomenon happen,” Murphy-Hill said. “We take a look at software users and programmers and let them know what would be useful to them. We will create screen casts of different apps, so others can find out things they could use.” Murphy-Hill’s study does not only focus on programmers. His project includes outreach activities where useful programs and tools will be taught to middle school kids, helping them gain new digital skills. Murphy-Hill also received his award in February, with the grant lasting until 2018 as well.
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pus, Dara Russ, president of NARAL Pro-Choice at N.C. State, spoke highly of N.C. State’s pro-choice movement. “I always get this feeling that State is a bit conservative, because the conservative students have a strong presence and are very vocal on campus,” Osborne said. “Reception of NARAL by students has strongly contradicted my previous perception.” The event culminated
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CSLEPS, Student Government and the University Activity Board. Collier said she too would like to improve commincation among students and said her easy course load for her senior year will allow her to flexible to handle SBP rigors. She described herself as always being around campus — she eats in the dining halls and speaks with students and staff members regularly for her job. Williams plans to improve communication by creating a universal website on campus where students can blog and post forums for questions and concerns. He also plans to have “Lunch with Leaders,” which is for all student
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with a legislative call-to-arms beckoned by Representative Alma Adams. Adams critiqued Republican legislators for stripping state employees and teachers of comprehensive health care and passing “Choose Life” license plates in order to underhandedly funnel state dollars into Crisis Pregnancy Centers that deny women accurate information about their pregnancy options. She also acknowledged that while the “Not in Her Shoes” rally was about women’s health at its forefront, it was also a rally for voter rights. “Women stand to lose more
than anyone else if this legislature passes a voter ID law,” Adams said. “Women make up 54 percent of active voters, but 66 percent of those are without a North Carolina photo ID.” She finished her speech by encouraging those in attendance to get angry at the act. “It’s all about power, and so let’s empower ourselves to make that difference,” Adams said. “The difference that we make ourselves will matter and it will impact women all over this state in a way that allows us to realign the dignity that this state legislature tried to strip from us.”
leaders to meet and have discussions in a less intimidating atmosphere. Elizabeth Dimsdale, a sophomore in accounting, asked in “In Your Words” to know each candidate’s main goal for the 2013-2014 school year. Collier stated that she would use her position as student body president by being the student body’s “number one fan.” O’Rear pointed out that he we would make sure voices are heard for administrative decisions. He referred to himself becoming the mouthpiece of the Pack. Williams shared that he will make sure that students know where to go to voice their views to administration. He also said that the future is endless, and new programs will be formed for better communication. A nother question was broug ht up about t he $135-million budget cuts being made by Gov. Pat McCrory. O’Rear responded that he will work with ASG and con-
nect with higher authorities in order for changes to be made. Williams said he wants to be a better advocate for student voices. “I have no problem with working from the bottom to the top with students being at the bottom of the food chain. We have an opinion in our great state,” Williams said. Collier agreed with Williams and stressed that she will launch a fees awareness campaign for students. She said it’s important for students to know about fees because they affect the whole student body and community. The debate ended with the contenders making their closing remarks. They all expressed their dedication to putting students first at the school that they love and cherish — N.C. State. The debate was recorded by Wolf TV and live streaming on Technician’s Twitter feed.
Supporters of the rally who were unable to attend donated shoes that lined the walkways in Halifax Mall. Those shoes were later donated to a local organization serving women in crisis. A follow-up event will be held on Women’s Advocacy Day, Tuesday, April 9 in the North Carolina General Assembly Legislative Auditorium. Kim Gandy, CEO and President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, will speak at the event.
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their own budgets in the near future, and once all of them are reconciled into a single budget for the governor to approve, North Carolinians will be waiting questioning the future of public education in the state. Until then, they can mull over McCrory’s platitudes from his budget announcement. “Like any foundations that have stood over time, it starts getting cracks in the foundation, and it’s very similar to the foundation of our state in this point in time,” McCrory said. “We have a strong foundation, but the foundation has some cracks in it…we need to fix the cracks, so we can have a stronger foundation for future generations.”
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McCrory versus universities
ov. Pat McCrory must not read our editorials. On Wednesday he released his first spending plan which includes $138 million in cuts from the UNC System, according to the University of North Carolina General Administration. This adds more concern than just McCrory privatizing public education. We first became concerned about privatization in February after McCrory’s interview with conservative radio host Bill Bennett. He remarked, “Frankly, if you want to take gender studies, that’s fine, go to a private school and take it. But I don’t want to subsidize that if that’s not going to get someone a job.” Technician retaliated against his idea that technical education reigns supreme to liberal arts education in our Feb. 1 editorial, “In defense of liberal arts.” Although McCrory proposed spending $63 million over two years to implement the UNC System’s strategic plan which would increase efficiency, the state would acquire these funds through the $138 million cuts and an increase in out-of-state tuition.
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. McCrory recommended a 12.3 percent increase in out-of-state tuition for six of the UNC System’s 17 flagship schools, including N.C. State. He propo�sed a 6 percent increase for the remaining 11 schools. The budget reasons that “Campuses identified for a 12.3 percent increase in nonresident tuition were selected because their combined tuition and fees were significantly lower than their peer average.” Next school year’s out-of-state tuition at N.C. State is $19,493 per year, not including required fees. Nonresidents will see this number increase to $21,890.63 with the 12.3 percent increase. Art Pope, state budget director, says this will help compensate for the cuts. Despite the fact that Forbes listed Raleigh as the fourth fastest growing city in the United States in January, it is doubtful that the allure of Research Triangle Park will be enough to attract an adequate number of out-of-state
students to offset the cuts if tuition becomes more comparable to private schools than to public. McCrory continues his support for technical schools by appropriating $28 million over two years to increase technical education programs at community colleges, according to WRAL. The budget also shows his loyalty to primary education, as he appropriated another $28 million over two years to improve third grade reading scores and planned to add 5,000 pre-kindergarten slots at the cost of $52.4 million over two years. Primary education is important in teaching students the fundamentals, but most jobs that are respectable enough to be called “careers” require a college education, something the governor should support, if he listened to himself. McCrory might argue that we should all attend technical school, but it’s the innovative minds and free thinkers found on a university
campus that will be the company creators and highly skilled employees. What makes RTP great is its proximity to some of the best universities in the country. RTP, the economic model that transformed North Carolina from a textile and tobacco state into a research and technology marvel, thrives from public support for higher education. The UNC System is still recovering from $400 million cuts from two years ago. This current budgetary insult has Tom Ross, president of the UNC System, up in arms. “I worry about the impact additional reductions will have on our ability to provide high-quality educational opportunities … to assist in North Carolina’s economic recovery,” Ross said in a statement Wednesday regarding McCrory’s proposed budget. The chancellors of each UNC System university will be responsible for deciding where to make cuts to meet McCrory’s new budget. Maybe Chancellor Woodson will read our editorials.
Judge not, lest ye be judged
very major religion has been the butt of a thousand jokes, but Southern Baptists nearly monopolize the punch line industry. Catholics get the rape jokes, Muslims get the Muhammad jokes a nd Jews are labeled a s “ t i g htJoseph wads.” But Havey the Southern Deputy Baptists cariViewpoint Editor cature is the gossiping, pie-baking, Bibletoting crazy person dressed in seven layers who stands on a street corner proclaiming the world is doomed to fire and brimstone. Basically, the Brickyard preacher. If you’re familiar with stereotypes, you may see a few parallels between stigmatized Southern Baptists and stigmatized Republicans. That’s no accident: Aside from being gay, the Baptist’s cardinal sin is voting for a Democrat. From K-5 through my senior year of high school I attended a Christian school, of which the majority of students were Baptist. I religiously—yes, that adverb was intentional—attended a Southern Baptist church. My grandfather is a retired Southern Baptist preacher. Upon revealing these aspects of my childhood to our editorial staff, my editor remarked, “Wow, that’s a lot of Baptist.” No doubt. Before we go any further, let me say that I am still a Baptist. Though I did experience the alcohol-laden freshman year typical of goody-twoshoes church kids, this column isn’t about my abandoning my faith. In fact, next year I’ll be president of the Baptist Campus Ministry here on campus.
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Baptists, namely their intolerance, their utter resistance to change and their religious—again, that word is intentional—insistence that American law should be based on the Bible. But there are so many elements of myself that I owe to my upbringing. I owe my strong work ethic directly to Christianity’s emphasis on always putting forth your best effort — though out of love for God, and not as a way to heaven. Also, it was through the church that I was able to develop my passion for music. To this day, one place in which I feel most at home is in front of a church congregation, watching my hands run up and down the keys of a piano. My love for family and my desire to actually make a difference in the community are other aspects. Throughout life, I’ve created countless “describe yourself in five words” lists. The words have changed as I’ve matured, ranging from 5-year-old items such as “boy” and “alive” to the now 20-year-old words such as “realist” and “triathlete.” However, “Christian” has always been on those lists. I say this to emphasize how central Christianity’s role has been. I would not be here today without my personal relationship with Jesus, through which I never have to worry about being a good enough to get to heaven … but I’ll keep the theology to a minimum. So that’s me — a self-righteous goody-two-shoes who realized there was more to the world after I got to college. I will probably always be a Southern Baptist, but you won’t find me silently judging you after our first deep conversation. Last election, I even voted for Obama.
“I feel like this should be discussed with the UNC school system students. Let them have a say in it.”
“Spending takes tax money or debt, yet education is something we should strive for. The question is are you willing to pay for? You the taxpayer pay for it eventually.”
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However, I will admit that I grew up a complete snob. Despite the church’s emphasis on community mission work, it amazes me how culturally isolated Southern Baptist children grow up. We attend church camp, have church friends and play in church bands. It’s no wonder that Southern Baptists are labeled intolerant: We spend our entire childhoods essentially being told that we are right and the rest of the world is wrong. As you can guess, when I first came to N.C. State, I was clueless. In effort to maintain some type of identity, I joined the BCM immediately. But I didn’t feel quite at home. There were the lighter things, such as the absence of fried chicken and collard greens, but there were also theological differences. For instance, the BCM was headed by a woman. Again, let me cut you off. I do not—and Ashley SimonsRudolph, director of the Women’s Center, will back me up on this—view women as unequal to men. But back then … like I said, I was naïve. Nevertheless, I stayed at the BCM. But my whole life wasn’t wrapped up in that one building, and during my first semester at N.C. State, I was quickly overwhelmed with the incredible diversity on campus. I met gay people, people of different religions, people who didn’t identify with any religion, hardcore liberals, feminists and people who didn’t think that immigrants crossing the Mexican border should be shot. I began to loosen my grip on the intolerant notions I’d once held so dear. Today, there are things I don’t like about most— I’ll avoid making a blanket statement here—Southern
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Marvelous life, amazing world — and nothing else necessary
do not believe in God. I used to. I was born into an open-minded Hindu family. I remember praying. The last memory I have of praying is before a race in seventh grade. I think I came second. I rememIshan Raval ber raisDeputy ing my Viewpoint Editor eyebrows about some opinions expressing religious belief in ninth grade. Something happened in eighth grade, I guess. I read Richard Dawkins in 10th, but he was preaching to the choir by then. I have a lot of friends who do not believe in God. One thing I find peculiar about their experience in becoming an atheist is that at least for a lot of them, the transition was rough — a lot of introspection, a lot of internal conflict. This wasn’t the case for me. I think I just figured it out one day. It really wasn’t that big a deal. Maybe that’s because I already felt then that there are more pressing, attention-drawing things in this very world. Maybe that’s because of my tolerant family background, or because Hinduism itself is very open — you can literally be a Hindu atheist ��� but I lost my religion without any great emotional
upheavals. I don’t think that noticing the departure of a personal, anthropomorphic, all-controlling, all-seeing, supernatural creator entity from my life was even much of an epiphany. I must have shrugged. Life moved on. That’s when I found meaning in life itself, in things around me that I had already felt, but whose simple yet monumental sufficiency for giving affirmation I had not completely recognized. In my first few years of irreligion, I found that I could still get the awareness of miraculousness and sense of humility that theists get from God, simply from the marvels of life and the majesty of the cosmos. William Blake’s words, “To see a world in a grain of sand / And a heaven in a wild flower,” rang true for me. I had been brought up to appreciate and respect nature — my grandfather was a scholar of Romanticism, my father has a background in ecology. Now, though, my wonder for nature and good ol’ reality could reach its consummation, since I did not foremost have to devote my awe to an abstraction like God. On the cusp of my 19th birthday, I got hit by a feeling that though I could regard the world with a non-divine sort of sacredness, existence held no appeal for me. It was less of a sudden deficiency of appeal caused by godlessness, and more of a realization that there were some times when I would be aware of an overbearing eagerness to be alive
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and others when there would be little. But on thinking about it, I found that when I did find meaning in (my own) life, it was when I was aware of existing in social contexts with activity and belonging. When you belong somewhere, you realize your worth as a part of a greater whole, and when surrounded by action, you see yourself as an entity that acts in the world and influences it — which, when you feel connected to the world, brings meaning to your existence. Thus, never having realized to such an extent how meaningful life is and without invoking religion, I learned how to find enthusiasm for living merely through being in a wonderful world in which I can do things through my own agency. I see why people are religious. Religion brings meaning to life, and it’s a channel through which to pay one’s due for one’s existence. But the way I’ve experienced it, life itself can bring meaning to life. The fact that we live in such an amazing world and in which we have the ability — whether out of free will or not — to consciously act and make a difference, is enough to fulfill both these purposes of religion. And this may just be me, but grounding such joy and reverence for my being alive in what is so evidently real and everywhere around us makes those sentiments stronger and keener than religion ever did.
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Timberlake’s return just short of a perfect vision Grant Golden Correspondent
It’s been nearly seven years since the world heard new music from Justin Timberlake, the boy band sensation turned multimedia mogul. Taking a hiatus after 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, Timberlake stayed busy by expanding his acting career and opening new business ventures like a New York restaurant and the revitalization of Myspace. However, with Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience, this pop genius has teamed up with producer Timbaland once again to produce one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. The 20/20 Experience is an expansive project filled with sprawling production that runs the musical gamut. From Bollywood-inspired R&B tunes like “Don’t Hold the Wall” to the funky, soulful opener that’s lined with drug-add led metaphors, “Pusher Love Girl,” Timber-
The 20/20 Experience Artist: Justin Timberlake Label: RCA Records
lake crafts ambitious songs that feel well worth the wait. There’s a clear sense of maturation within this album. While previous releases have focused on bringing out the club-bangers, The 20/20 Experience focuses more on the jazzy soul that’s been brought to the forefront of contemporary R&B. 20/20 builds upon the strong futuristic-pop foundation that J.T. and Timbaland established in FutureSex/ LoveSounds. Each track i s def i ned by a dense musical pallet, soaring strings and explosive horns blend beautifully with the tight hip-hop style production. Tr ac k s l i ke s t a ndout “Strawberry Bubblegum” delve into psychedelic-soul
territory. Timberlake is a modern-day Michael Jackson as he croons and pines for a pretty girl to be the strawberry bubblegum to his blueberry lollipop. Clocking in at more than seven minutes, much like most of the album’s track, “Strawberry Bubblegum” travels through multiple soundscapes for an adventurous and engaging listen. The album is lined with subtle references to Timberlake’s previous work, showing the depth and focus within this album. The “pops” of “Strawberry Bubblegum” feel like a nod to the N’Sync classic s wh i le “That Girl” beckons to “take it to the bridge” much l i ke “SexyBack.” Timberlake’s hiatus came from a desire to wait until he could put out music he truly loves, and 20/20 is an album that’s brimming with the passion he was waiting for.
“Each track is defined by a dense musical pallet.”
However, that passion may not always translate as well as hoped. While it’s clear that Justin was setting out to make an album that far exceeded expectations, one can’t help but feel like it’s a simple victory lap. While “Let the Groove Get In” displays the diversity found within Timberlake’s inf luences, boasting vivacious Latin rhythms, the lyrical content feels phoned in. Another example of this comes in the eight grand minutes of “Mirrors,” a track that feels like a Top 40 smash that drags on a bit too long. While “Mirrors” showcases more of the emotional breadth that brought him to fame in the first place, the chorus feels like it was ripped from a Katy Perry song and the rest feels like a watered down “Cry Me A River.” Aside from the unnecessarily lengthy tracks, The 20/20 Experience feels like a proclamation that Timberlake is aiming to reclaim his spot at the top of the everchanging pop game. While some tracks like “Spaceship
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Coup” fall into ridiculous refrains about sex on the moon, there’s an equal amount of jaw-dropping moments that make listeners remember why they were so excited about this album in the first place. “That Girl” feels reminiscent of the fellow returning R&B master D’Angelo and “Blue Ocean Floor” could easily be viewed as a nod towards the obviously influ-
ential Frank Ocean with its backwards synths and slowbrooding build. Ultimately, The 20/20 Experience is an invigorating listening experience, and if you turn on the blinders to the unnecessary extravagance, you can find some incredible pop songs that truly push the genre forward.
Tomas Kubinek explores human contact through audience interaction� Young Lee Associate Features Editor
Tomas Kubinek, a performer based out of New York City, calls himself a “certified lunatic and master of the impossible.” While what he performed on the stage of Titmus Theater may not have been impossible, per se, Kubinek and Arts N.C. State provided a more personal show than what many students are used to seeing from computer and television screens. Featuring magic tricks, vaudeville acts, storytelling, foolery, dramatic physical comedy, singing and funny interactions with audience members, many students found Kubinek ’s performance hard to describe. Tracy Anderson, a graduate student in communication, attended Kubinek’s performance Saturday and invited her friend Michael Jones, a senior in physics. “[The performance] was very interactive for the audience,” Anderson said. “It’s kind of like improv [comedy] in a way. It’s very wacky. There’s physical comedy because what he does with his body is very comical. And it was goofy, innocent and natural.” Jones said he enjoyed the show because while it reminded him of many comedy shows, Kubinek’s show was less “raunchy and political.” Instead, Jones said Kubinek provided a form of humor that was more direct and honest. “We’re all more used to digital media, so when he was out there and grabbing peoples’ hands and invading peoples’ space with his person, it was all really entertaining because we didn’t know what to expect,” Jones said. During one part of his performance, Kubinek invited a member of the audience to give him a piggyback ride. Afterwards, the audience member helped Kubinek strap himself into a harness hung from the theater ceiling which Kubinek used to swing
around on while flapping yellow “wings” strapped to his back. While the cord that allowed Kubinek to offer the audiences an illusion of flight was visible to every member of the audience, Kubinek said it represented a type of purity he hopes his show exemplifies and is something that separates his show from many others. “I’ve seen a lot of really amazingly produced shows on Broadway or in Las Vegas or on the West End, and a lot of it is icing on the cake,” Kubinek said. “But I want to get to the core of what is happening which is heart-based and happening in the air between the artist and the audience. You don’t need a fog machine or projections. It’s easy to get lost behind the gadgetry and production values. I like to strip it right down.” During many parts of his performance, Kubinek stood in the middle of the audience, on top of seats. Anderson said during those times it was hard to deny that the experience was more intimate than what she had seen of performances on YouTube. “The basis of any type of performance or theater is the magic environment that is created, which we go through together as audience members and artist,” Kubinek said. “A lot of web-based stuff can keep you engaged and you can look anything up and you feel like you’re experiencing things, and it’s great, but on another level, it’s just as flat as a screen and as deep as it is in terms of actual human experience.” Kubinek said he hopes his show gets across the importance of direct human interaction. “You can meet a partner on the internet and you can see a photo and a write-up of them but it’s not the same as walking with them or sharing silence or feeling chemistry with them or smelling what they smell like,” Kubinek said.
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with most other things in Charlottesville, blends in perfectly with the community. The seven-year-old arena, like the campus, is understated and, at a capacity of 14,593, is a significant increase over University Hall. The Cavaliers do not always sell out, but the crowd is typically boisterous. The noisy crowd is a big reason why basketball teams who travel to Charlottesville often go home with a loss to show for the trip. Runner-up: �Clemson (Littlejohn Coliseum) Worst Arena Wake Forest (Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum) Entering the middle of the second decade in the 21st century, it is hard to fathom anyone actually operating a motor vehicle indoors. Yet, the Demon Deacon mascot duly enters the arena and rides
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onto the court on a motorcycle for every home game, while also idling during the announcements for the starting line-ups. The episode seldom gets the supporters who bother to show up worked into frenzy. In all honesty, it is hard to discern at this point if the listlessness is based on numbness to having seen too many poor displays over the years, complete apathy for head coach Jeff Bzdelik’s program, or a unique combination of the two. Opened in 1989, Joel Coliseum straddles the sad balance of being too young to justify being replaced and being too old to have modern amenities or charm. Runner-up : Florida State (Tucker Center)
feature, driving the ball down the field and moving around in the pocket.” Aside from Bible, Glennon also received help from former Pack wide receivers T.J. Graham of the Buffalo Bills, Jay Smith and �Super Bowl champion Torry Holt. “[Holt is] so experienced, even I can take away some of the points from him because obviously he’s a potential hall of fame player. He did the right things in the NFL,” Glennon said. “He gives me advice here and
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history competing versus each other, with the Pack holding a 6-1 edge in the series. Most recently, the two schools split two games of a home-and-home during
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there, although it might not be quarterback-specific, just how to handle myself at the next level.” Wolff said he wanted to participate in the workout to help keep other seniors, such as Mario Carter and C.J. Wilson, motivated throughout the workout. Wolff also said he will participate in five individual workouts with several NFL teams in Raleigh. Unlike his counterparts in the secondary, Wilson was not invited to the combine, which placed much more emphasis on his Pro Day workout. “I felt like it was another
opportunity where I can showcase my talent that God’s blessed me with and show them what I’ve got,” Wilson said. “I took full advantage of the opportunity today. I felt like I did the best I could. That’s what’s important to me.” Wilson also caught the attention of the Jacksonville Jaguars organization. Wolff was interviewed by Jaguars representatives following his workout. “They asked me some personal questions,” Wilson said. “They asked me questions about my family and how’s my family doing,
things of that nature. The best thing to do is to keep it honest with them, you know. Everything’s fine and leave it at that.” The seniors on the offensive line, R.J. Mattes, Zach Allen and Camden Wentz also participated in drills under the instruction of a representative from the New England Patriots. Prospects are down to their final opportunities to impress an NFL club with individual workouts. The NFL Draft takes place April 25-27 in New York City.
the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, which were Herb Sendek’s first two teams at N.C. State to reach the NCAA Tournament. Before that, the Wolfpack won back-to-back matchups over Temple during Jim Valvano’s final two seasons in Raleigh (1988-89 and 1989-90) when the Owls were led by John Chaney and featured one its greatest play-
ers in school history, Mark Macon. N.C. State is continuing its return to relevance under Gottfried. The Pack’s second year coach is 48-23 overall in Raleigh and is only the third coach in ACC history to take his first two teams to the NCAA Tournament (along with Bill Guthridge and Roy Williams of North Carolina).
“[N.C. State] has done a phenomenal job of helping to build our program,” Gottfried said. “So I am excited about [the overall record]. I am excited about some of the things we have accomplished here.” “I am excited about playing,” Gottfried said. “I believe we can play with anybody, and we can beat anybody.”
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• One day until the Wolfpack take on Temple in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
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• Page 5: A review Justin Timberlake’s new album, 20/20
The best and worst: ACC venues Rob McLamb
N.C. State athletes visit local elementary schools Wolfpack student-athletes will travel to local elementary schools during the week of March 18-22 as part of their annual Wolfpack Blitz event. Wolfpack Blitz gives N.C. State student-athletes the opportunity to speak to students about developing good morals. The State athletes have the opportunity to read to students, get involved in physical education activities and speak at assemblies. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
ASPA institutes Academic All-Stars Program The N.C. State Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes has started a new program named the Academic All-Stars Program. The purpose of the Academic AllStars is to recognize the academic accomplishments of five Wolfpack student-athletes each month. SOURCE: N.C. STATE ATHLETICS
ATHLETIC SCHEDULE March 2013 Su
Thursday WOMEN’S TENNIS VS. UNC Raleigh, N.C., 4 p.m. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS. RICHMOND, WNIT Reynolds Coliseum, 7 p.m. SWIMMING AND DIVING, WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS Indianapolis, Ind., All day WRESTLING, NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS Des Moines, Iowa, All day Friday MEN’S BASKETBALL, NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND Dayton, Ohio, 1:40 p.m. MEN’S TENNIS VS. CLEMSON Clemson, S.C., 3 p.m.
DID YOU KNOW? North Carolina is tied with Pennsylvania as the state with the most teams in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Both states have five schools competing in the tournament. The next closest states are California, Indiana and New York, each of whom have four schools each.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “[Temple is] a team that is proven and has done it all year long. They have played very well.” Mark Gottfried Men’s Basketballl Head Coach
In its effort to bring you all the comings and goings of the N.C. State men’s basketball team, Technician staff writers have traveled the highways and byways to witness the action firsthand. Today we bring you the ratings of all the campuses, facilities, and, perhaps most importantly, the food the good people of Technician have encountered along the way. Best Campus Virginia Near the Blue Ridge Mountains, the University of Virginia sets the bar high for other ACC schools in terms of natural beauty. The campus is gorgeous yet understated, and it meshes well with the surrounding area. The campus is also easily accessible and subtly hints that blending in with the community is of huge importance. Runner-up: Maryland Worst Campus Georgia Tech To be fair, Georgia Tech is
North Carolina sophomore guard P.J. Hairston dunks the ball during the basketball game against North Carolina in the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill Saturday, Feb. 24, 2013. The Wolfpack fell to the Tar Heels 76-65.
nestled right off the highway in Atlanta, so that does not lend itself to having much natural beauty. The biggest problem is that most things school-related are lined along a street, so there is not only a lack of
open room, but there is much walking required. The school provides parking but, like most things in life, it is not free. Runner-up: Clemson
State looks to stifle Owls Rob McLamb Staff Writer
N.C. State returns to the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season Friday at 1:40 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio. The eighth-seeded Wolfpack will play the ninth-seeded Temple Owls in a game that will nationally broadcast on TBS, with the winner of this matchup to face the survivor of the game between top-seed Indiana and 16th seed James Madison, who defeated LIU-Brooklyn, 68-55, Wednesday night. Temple will enter the tournament with a 23-9 record on the season, 11-5 in the Atlantic 10 conference. The Owls earned several marquee victories during the regular season, including wins versus Villanova and Syracuse, while suffering some tough setbacks to high profile opposition, including single-digit losses at Xavier and at St. Joseph’s. This is the Owls’ 30th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and sixth straight berth for the Owls under the leadership of Philadelphia coaching legend, and native son, Fran Dunphy. Dunphy is in his sixth season at Temple after coaching Penn of the Ivy League for 17 seasons. He also was an assistant for several seasons La Salle before coming to Temple. Temple is led by senior guard Khalif Wyatt, who averages 19.8 points and 4.1 assists per game. Wyatt is one of three players on the squad to posts double-figure averages in scoring, and he has N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried’s attention. “I think they have an elite player, elite level, high level guy in Khalif Wyatt,” Gottfried said
Best Arena Virginia (John Paul Jones Arena) The John Paul Jones Arena, along
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Former Wolfpack stars impress scouts at Pro Day Jeniece Jamison Sports Editor
“They are very well-coached, beating Syracuse and Villanova in the non-conference, they play in a tremendous league with Butler, St. Louis and VCU,” Gottfried added. “[Temple is] a team that is proven and has done it all year long. They have played very well.” State and Temple have a limited
N.C. State seniors went into the next stage of an extended job interview for various National Football League organizations yesterday. Wolfpack football players, along with a few participants from other local schools, participated in Pro Day. Scouts from NFL teams, including the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos and New York Jets, came to evaluate State’s prospects. Graduate student quarterback Mike Glennon, junior safety David Amerson and senior safety Earl Wolff participated in position drills at the event. Both were looking to improve on their draft stock following their performances at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., which was held Feb. 23-26. Glennon’s drills were scripted with the help of former N.C. State offensive coordinator Dana Bible. Glennon said he planned the routes thrown to accentuate his skill set. “I think the thing we wanted to feature today was driving the ball down the field and me moving around a little bit,” Glennon said. “I think one of my strengths is that I can drive the ball down the field.” “A big misconception of me is that I can’t move around in the pocket,” Glennon said. “So that was two things that we wanted to
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Freshman guard Rodney Purvis dunks the ball on Jan. 12, 2013 in PNC Arena. The No. 20 Wolfpack defeated the No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Blue Devils 84-76
Sunday after the NCAA Tournament pairings were announced. “He is a combo, point guard, offguard. He is a terrific player.” Senior forward and Philadelphianative Scootie Randall provides Dunphy’s squad with 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest. Sophomore forward Anthony Lee also has posted solid numbers, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds in his 30 games played this season.